Leave the Light On

Released 2003

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I stole the outside running into the sun
I’m alive loud as a golden gun
I killed my pride so once again I’d see

Live and learn fallen one thousand times
I feel the burn there’s fire from a crazy sky
I sealed concern so once again I’d be

It lifts you up it puts you down
Then it feeds you life then it lets you down
While it holds your heart then it slowly tears you apart
And ya know life is what I mean

If I could ya know I’d stand on the rock where Jesus stood
Innocence and evil bad and good walking side by side

It lifts you up it puts you down
Then it feeds you life then it lets you down
While it holds your heart then it slowly tears you apart
And ya know life is what I mean

We got a way of making up our minds
How could I run just leave it all behind
When it breaks me up inside still I refuse to hide
And it is just what it is and that’s all right

It lifts you up it puts you down
Then it feeds you life then it lets you down
While it holds your heart then it slowly tears you apart
And ya know life is what I mean

 

Writer & Composer:Beth Hart & Gregg Sutton & Bob Thiele

I’ve seen myself with a dirty face
I cut my luck with a dirty ace
I leave the light on
I leave the light on

Daddy ain’t that bad he just plays rough
I ain’t that scarred when I’m covered up
I leave the light on

Little girl hiding underneath the bed
Was it something I did must be something I said
I leave the light on
Better leave the light on

I wanna love I wanna live
I don’t know much about it I never did

17 and I’m all messed up inside
I cut myself just to feel alive
I leave the light on

21 on the run on the run on the run from myself
From myself and everyone
I leave the light on
I leave the light on
Better leave the light on

Cause I wanna love I wanna live
I don’t know much about it I never did
I don’t know what to do
Can the damage be undone
I swore to God I’d never be what I’ve become

Lucky stars and fairytales
I’m gonna bathe myself in a wishing well
Pretty scars from cigarettes I never will forget
I never will forget

I’m still afraid to be alone
Wish that the moon would follow me home
I leave the light on

I ain’t that bad I’m just messed up
I ain’t that sad but I’m sad enough

Cause I wanna love I wanna live
I don’t know much about it I never did
I don’t know what to do
Can the damage be undone
I swore to God I’d never be what I’ve become

God bless the child with the dirty face
Who cuts her luck with a dirty ace
She leaves the light on
I leave that light on

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart & Oliver Leiber

I got my wine and cigarettes
These 20 cents is all I got left
Don’t bother me I’m trying to swim

I guess I’ll lay around all day
Sit back and smile just fade away
A drunk yard dog is what I am

Break out the bottle of Jesus
Plug in the black light rosary
Somebody’s waiting to save me

I know my neighbours wish I’d die
I’m much too loud when I get high
I think I’ll send around some pie

I’ll spike that dish with a touch of herb
It’ll numb their lips and soothe their nerves
I’ll build my kingdom on the curb

Break out the bottle of Jesus
Plug in the black light rosary
Somebody’s waiting to save me

Be it rain or shine I’ll get high like summertime
It’s an All-Americana party time
Tell that landlord man I’ll kick that bastard like a can
It’s an All-Americana party time

I don’t listen to rules or Gospel
They’re just trying to shut me up
Call me the master of “ole misfortune
A weasel a weaseling away
Dear Lord hold the sight
Oh Lord gonna set me free

Break out the bottle of Jesus
Plug in the black light rosary
Somebody’s waiting to save me

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

Days ‘n nights n’ nights n’ days
In silent shades of lazy grays
I’ll call your name
It’s all the same

Sitting staring at the ceiling
Dripping painted pictures peeling
From my walls
The time just crawls

Was it yesterday I don’t know
Was I dreaming or did I lose everything I believe in

If you could only see what I see
Every time you leave

Imagine a world with no sky
Imagine the ocean run dry
Imagine and you’ll see the view
Of my world without you
Imagine no sun and no rain
Imagine that each day is the same
It doesn’t matter what I do
In a world without you

Doers doing thinkers thinking
Lonely lover’s lips are sinking in my tea
They’re burning me

Wasted weeping someone speaking
In my head the bed is leaking tears again
And there’s no end

Was it yesterday I don’t know
Was I dreaming or did I lose everything I believe in

If you could only see what I see
Every time you leave

Imagine a world with no sky
Imagine the ocean run dry
Imagine and you’ll see the view
Of my world without you
Imagine no sun and no rain
Imagine that each day is the same
It doesn’t matter what I do
In a world without you

 

Writer & Composer: Oliver Leiber & John Shanks

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Me and my dog really get along
She don’t howl when I’m screaming my song
I cuss I drink I lie I spit
Guess I don’t really give a shit

Broken and ugly yes I am
Still I feel good diving in
Mama I’m running again odelay

Down in Alabama where I’m wanted in jail
I’m a little nervous in the Bible belt
I’m broke I’m smoked out and passed out on the bar
Then I took all the money and your grandma’s car

Broken and ugly yes I am
Still I look good diving in
Mama I’m running again odelay

Do what ya do say what ya say
Don’t waste no time on yesterdays
Cash in your ticket to ride
Don’t let them talk you into walking
Into no one else’s shoes
Don’t be no sucker in line

Broken and ugly yes I am
Still I look good diving in
Mama I’m running again
Mama I’m running again
Mama I did it again odelay

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

She got a lover’s soul
She got her radio
She got her memories
And her extremities
She’s driving much too fast
She wants to make it last
She wrote a song for you
She calls it black and blue

Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
Ain’t no way to live at all
Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
It just ain’t no way to live at all

She’s sick of being late
She knows she’s second rate
She wonders if you’ll stay
And love her anyway
She’s crawling back again
It’s such a bitter end
She knows she don’t belong
She screams a children’s song

Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
Ain’t no way to live at all
Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
It just ain’t no way to live at all

The sun don’t shine my way
And the moon don’t make me dance
If you’re listening hear me pray
I’d give my hands for just a second chance
My plea is not in vain

She lost her lover’s soul
She lost her radio
She got her memories
And her extremities
Just let that bad man go
She’s sweating in the snow
No one to call her own
Don’t call the truth ain’t home

Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
Ain’t no way to live at all
Ain’t no way to live a lifetime
It just ain’t no way to live at all

All alone
All alone

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

Ain’t no words to say the way I feel
It’s like a bad dream but it’s real
It seems like only yesterday
We were talking in the most familiar way

Now everybody knows the way I am
They all see right through my show
I aimed so high now I’m so low
I’m all dressed up and I got nowhere to go

If God only knew how I loved that man
I would have died for you
I guess he’ll never understand
I loved you right or wrong
It was you all along
Heaven knows that it’s true
Hard as it’s been
I’d do it all over again

Say goodbye to dreaming
It’s only water in my hands

So when you see me walking down that street
Don’t ignore me if I speak
‘Cause I knew you better than anyone else
I loved you more than you could ever know yourself

If God only knew how I loved that man
I would have died for you
I guess he’ll never understand
I loved you right or wrong
It was you all along
Heaven knows that it’s true
Hard as it’s been
I’d do it all over again

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart & Gregg Sutton

Oh God save me for I am wicked and damned
Oh God show me a better way to the Promised Land

Cause I
I can’t take it no
I can’t shake it no
I can’t break it no
Don’t wanna eat it no more
I cannot hide it
I’m uninvited
I can’t fake it no
I can’t shake it
I can’t take it
I can’t shake shake shake shake
Shake that ‘ol monkey off my back

Gimme my money back
Slip through your crack
Gimme my money back
Sit back

Oh God know me I’m just dirty footprints at your door
Oh God hold me from one more trip and liquor store

Cause I
I can’t take it no
I can’t shake it no
I can’t break it no
Don’t wanna eat it no more
I cannot hide it
I’m uninvited
I can’t fake it no
I can’t shake it
I can’t take it
I can’t shake shake shake shake
Shake that ‘ol monkey off my back

Gimme my money back
Slip through your crack
Gimme my money back
Sit back
Gimme my money back
Slip through your crack and get back

I’m not praying for a miracle
Just a little peace of mind
And if what I do is all in vain
As I’m screaming going insane
Still I am not my name

God wouldn’t save me
So now it’s just me and my rotten friends
The drugs ain’t working
No they’re just jacking me off again

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart & Jon Nichols

Why do you carry a pocket of stone
Body and mind are tired from the load
Still searching for shelter in your own restless thoughts
Believing in anything still you are lost

I will be there
Just look over your shoulder baby
Longing to share a sky full of clover

Come to the grass where the orchids run wild
See how they’re laughing a land full of smile
People in clover are holding up their hands
Praising the holy one the wiser of man

I will be there
Just look over your shoulder baby
Longing to share a sky full of clover

I’m not trying to make no contradiction
I’m not trying to make you go my way
I’m not trying to tell ya what I think ya need to know
I’m still trying to figure out my own

Said I’m gonna be there
I will be gonna be
I will be there

So now you say to me do I still have time
To live out these precious dreams that swell up my mind
Raise me then lay me down and humble my soul
Wash me in patience I’ll be whiter than snow

I will be there
Just look over your shoulder baby
Longing to share
There’s a sky full
A sky full
A sky full of clover

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

Close your eyes and I’ll hold you here
It’s all right if you’re feeling scared
It’s just the sound of your aching heart
You’ve hurt for so long inside the dark

Now you can cry for the world out there
Come inside and I’ll kiss your tears
It’s still the sound tearing you apart
Loving out loud with only half a heart

I’ll stay with you
I’ll stay with you
I won’t leave you alone
I’ll stay with you
Yes I want to make your pain my own
And if you need me all night
Or until I grow old
No you don’t have to ask me to
I’m gonna take good care of you
Yes I’m gonna stay with you

I’ll be right at your fingertips
Hold on tight and we’ll get through this
If you can’t remember what is good anymore
I will surrender and kick down heaven’s door

I’ll stay with you
I’ll stay with you
I won’t leave you alone
I’ll stay with you
Yes I want to make your pain my own
And if you need me all night
Or until I grow old
No you don’t have to ask me to
I’m gonna take good care of you
Yes I’m gonna stay with you

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

There was dust in the wind and some straight cool gin
All the horses ran ran ran beside you
There was truth in a friend an new suit’s on the men
All the choices planned planned to guide you

And so we are
So we’ll be
As so we were
Just you and me

I know that whiskey and wine numb my scared insides
Yes I run run run trying to break free
It’s a beat up town when the holy church was torn down
I know that corner bar ain’t never ever gonna save me

And so we are
So we’ll be
As so we were
Just you and me
I’ll beg to own
A soul to take
Something better than me
That’s gold and brave

Yes the wheels made kind of those thoughts
In my mind as we rolled rolled rolled off to China
Anywhere but here yes I screamed so clear
As we pulled pulled back into the diner

And so we are
So we’ll be
As so we were
Just you and me
I’ll fantasize about being new
About being free
And looking good to you

I’ll beg to own a soul to take
Something better than me
That’s gold and brave

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart

I keep my head on straight
And my eyes wide open
I try to move forward
Wishing and hoping
I took a hold of myself
In the middle of November
Don’t you look back now
Is all I can remember

I feel like I’m leaving
Like I’m leaving home
Like the clouds are parting
And I’m not alone

I’m learning to live living to learn
Starting to sing my song right or wrong
Breaking away setting me free
Free to be my own me
I’m learning to live

I got my vanity crisis
From my beautiful mother
I’m not gonna go there
I’m anything other
Take another deep breath now
It’s just one more hurdle
I’m breaking this line
Before it comes full circle

I feel like I’m leaving
Like I’m leaving home
Like the clouds are parting
And I’m not alone

I’m learning to live living to learn
Starting to sing my song right or wrong
Breaking away setting me free
Free to be my own me
I’m learning to live

I found a place where I can lay my shit down
Somewhere that I can finally be myself
Be myself

I’m learning to live living to learn
Starting to sing my song right or wrong
Breaking away setting me free
Free to be my own me
I’m learning to live

 

Writer & Composer: Beth Hart & James Benedict Thomas & Rune Westberg