Long Way Home

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A Long Way Home - (click for lyrics)
I’ve been lookin’ for an answer
But the words ain’t come
I’m a song without a dancer
And it’s a long way home
It’s a long way home

Seems I just can’t remember
Where I’m supposed to be
I’m a letter marked return to sender
Oh, and it’s a long way home
It’s a long way home

I need a gust of wind to move me
Farther on down the line
I’m not sure where I’m goin’
I need an angel,
I need an Angel by my side

Someone please give me a reason
Cause I sho ain’t got the rhyme
I’m a ship without a beacon
Lost at sea, I’m runnin’ blind
And it’s the worst storm of the season

Oh, and it’s a long way home
It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home
It’s a long way home
A long way home

This is both a song of introspection and a cry for Divine help. I suppose one could call it a prayer. I wrote it at a time when I was feeling a bit hopeless and confused, after peering inside with self reflection, not liking some of the things that I saw and asking God for help. It speaks to some very powerful and dark emotions, of feeling lost, purposeless, lacking in direction. It’s a look into the the darkness of the storm and wondering “where’s the way out?” There’s not a person who at one time or another has not had to deal with these emotions. We’ve all been there. But it is not just a song of feeling hopeless. It’s also a cry for and expectation of Divine help. “I need a gust of wind (the wind of the spirit) to move me, “I need an angel (divine intervention) by my side.”

Song Credits
Mitch Hayes – Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Erin Hayes – Lead and Harmony Vocals
Eric Lovell – Electric Guitars
Jim Ashton – Pedal-Steel Guitar
Chris Revels – Bass
John Spurrier – Drums

Music by Mitch Hayes, BMI
Lyrics by Mitch Hayes, BMI and Emily Stewart, SESAC
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by Eric Lovell
Recorded at at Blu Bubble Studios, Charlotte, NC
(C) 2019, All Rights Reserved

Firewater - (click for lyrics)
Firewater, burning everything around
Poison water, killing without making a sound
Lambs to the slaughter, everywhere to be found
Our Sons and our daughters
Falling down to the ground

Firewater!

Save the children, if you wanna save the land
Teach the children, show them how to take a stand
Love the children, make them all understand
What we’re buildin’ It’s all part of the plan

And the Reaper you know he wanna cut ’em down
And the dealer wanna put ’em underground
And it rains, and it rains, and it rains, Firewater!

Instrumental

Save the children, save them now
Teach the children, teach them how
Love the children, love them now

Cause the Reaper you know he wanna cut ’em down
And the dealer wanna put ’em underground

When it rains, when it rains
When it rains, when it rains
When it rains, when it rains
When it rains, Firewater!

This song is a both a warning and a call to arms. It came about after watching the news, one evening. I saw story after story about terrible things happening to children, abuse and neglect, abduction, sex trafficking, street violence, etc. As I watched I was overwhelmed with both sorrow and anger and filled with utter disdain and disgust. I have also witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of these things on children, having worked for many years as a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist, much of in Pediatric Intensive Care.

Children are our legacy, our hope for the future. We must, as a society, do more to protect them and shield them from such heinous crimes! Firewater and Poison Water are metaphors with which to describe these horrors. The Reaper and the Dealer are of course references to drugs and death resulting from things like opiates, neglect and abuse. It’s not enough just to arrest and convict those who prey upon children, we must find more and better ways to prevent these things from happening, at all! This is the “what we’re building” (and should do a better job of building) I’m speaking to these protections, these shields, to protect them. We have to love, save, teach the children, our future as a society depends on it.

Song Credits:
Erin Hayes – Flute, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Mitch Hayes – Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Eric Lovell – Electric Guitars
John Spurrier – Drums
Jason Adkins – Organ
Chris Revels – Bass

Words and Music by Mitch Hayes, BMI
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by Eric Lovell
Recorded at at Blu Bubble Studios, Charlotte, NC
(C) 2019, All Rights Reserved

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