River Of Mercy

by Hogie

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released February 2, 2016

HOGIE Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica, BV’s
KENNY DICKENSON Keyboards, BV’s, Additional Instrumentation
CJ HILLMAN Guitars, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Dobro, Mandolin
LUKE BULLEN Drums, Percussion
DAVE EVANS Upright Bass
RHEINALT AP GWYNEDD Bass
NOEL LANGLEY Trumpet
STEVE ‘WEST’ WESTON Blues Harp
ANGIE POLLOCK Background Vocals
DAVID ‘DIBBLE’ BROWN Violin
ARNULF LINDNER Cello

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Track Name: Devil's Got His Work To Do
The Devil’s got his work to do
If he’s gonna make a sinner out of you
Satan’s reach is far and wide
I won’t let him get close to your spirit inside
He’ll try every trick in the book on you
He’ll even offer you a little gift or two
Yes, the Devil’s got his work to do

You paid the price for living too well
Now you know how much it costs to go to Hell
The Devil’s been taxing you right from the start
He’s after your soul and he’ll capture your heart
He’ll whisper sweet promises in your ear
Make you feel good, like there’s nothing to fear
Yes, the Devil’s got his work to do
His work to do
His work to do

Look over your shoulder
He could be coming after you
He’s always on the lookout for lost souls
The Devil’s got his work to do

Well you know - he’ll try every trick in the book on you
Even offer you a little gift or two
Yes, the Devil’s got his work to do
His work to do
His work to do
Track Name: Toe The Line
Didn’t get much sleep - got up at the crack of dawn
Washing this face that’s looking back at me so forlorn
Arrive for work at some ungodly time
Day after day - I toe the line

There are many things that you hold to be true
But since you took the party line
You’ve got no point of view
You’d think that saying nothin’
Would be the bigger crime
Just saying nothin’ - and toeing the line

Do you remember the days
When you weren’t afraid to say
Just exactly what was on your mind
But now you’re grown
And your opinion is not your own
And the rebel’s cause you seek you can not find
So you toe the line

What happened to our dreams?
What happened to our hopes?
What became of the people
Who were different from their folks?
Don’t go showing dissent now
Or you’ll end up doing time
Just button your lip and toe the line
Toe the line
Track Name: Ballad Of Santa Muerte
We offer her apples and honey, tequila and cigarettes
How many red and white roses
Will buy our earthly regrets?
As sand flows through the hour-glass
And we hang by a silver thread
She looks into our future
And protects us when we’re dead

Señora de las sombras, Señora de mi corazon
Absolve us from these wicked things
That on this earth we’ve done
Señora Blanca you’re my beautiful skinny one
Protect my soul in the underworld
And for eternity to come

For traffickers, thieves and pirates
For the gangsters and kidnappers
Whose evil deeds they gain no grace
From the Holy Roman church
And the victims, poor and desperate
The misfits and prostitutes
Señora Negra is the only one
Whose justice is absolute...

She’s been navigating the darkness
Since the beginning of time
Hiding in the shadows, witnessing many a crime
Crimes that cannot be forgiven
Victims that cannot forgive
She offers us her solace
As from day to day we live...
Track Name: River Of Mercy
I go down to the River of Mercy
From my lonely mountain top
Watch as the tide takes the truth away
And I’ll follow it ‘till it stops

I’m going to wash myself in the river
Wash away the sin
And let those sacred waters
Take me back to where I came in

I don’t want to miss the last ferry home
Don’t want to be drowning on my own
With this River of Mercy rising above my head

It was on the banks of this river
That I met my first true love
But she sailed away into the night
Up to the heavens above

So I drowned my sorrows with whiskey
And lived a life of shame
Now I’m back at the River of Mercy
I’m trying to wash away the blame

I don’t want to miss the last ferry home
Don’t want to be drowning on my own
With this River of Mercy rising above my head
Track Name: Disappear From View
When you find someone to love you it’s a blessing in disguise
Can you see her soul as you look into her eyes?
Does she remind you of an angel who fell from the skies above
Is she the one who will give you all her love?

So don’t let the one that you love loose their trust in you
‘Coz if you don’t treat her right, here’s a warning
That she’ll disappear from view
She’ll disappear from view

If your sweetheart gives you comfort, do you offer her respect?
And when you hold her close do you feel your hearts connect?
And if you give into temptation like other lovers do
Will she’ll be walking out the door - and she’ll say to you

She’ll say…
Don’t let the one that you love loose their faith in you
‘Coz if you don’t treat her right, here’s a warning
That she’ll disappear from view - she’ll disappear from view

And the only thing to remind you of a love affair that came undone
Is a photograph pinned to your wall that’s fading in the sun
It disappears from view

So don’t let the one that you love loose their trust in you
Coz if you don’t treat her right, here’s a warning
That she’ll disappear from view

No, don’t let the one that you love stop believing in you
‘Coz if you don’t show the love that she needing
Then she’ll disappear from view
She’ll disappear from view
Track Name: Think Of Me
Think of me when you’re lonely
Think of me when you’re blue
Close your eyes and imagine me
Lying there next to you
I’ll be there as fast as I can run
Showing you just what I’ve become
So think of me when you find yourself alone

I think of you when I’m drinking
I think of you and pour a shot
The thought of you in another man’s arms
Makes me want to drink the lot
But I put the bottle back on the shelf
It’s the reason that I’m here by myself
Thinking of you - when I’m drinking on my own

Do you think of me - the way I think of you
I didn’t turn out the way you wanted me to
And do you think of me - I sure think of you
Or don’t you have the mind to think of me at all

So think of me when I’m shaking
Think of me when I’m dry
The thought of me fighting demons
Must surely make you cry
I know you think I’m a hopeless case
But I’ll put the smile back on your face
Just think of me the way I used to be
Track Name: Bloodline Royalty
Ten thousand flags are waving
But you hear no-one complain
As the boats go down the river
Through the summers mist and rain

And you look so proud as you sing aloud
You’re so happy to be free
As you bow and scrape
And doff your cap
Just to show your loyalty

Just to be a part
You’d love to be a part
But you’ll never be a part of the bloodline royalty

This ain’t 1748
Too many years have gone by
The colour has long since faded
From your Canaletto sky

And with a wave of the hand
They’ll take our land
And rattle their shiny jewels
Look down from grand palaces
On a kingdom full of fools

Who’d love to be a part
Love to be a part
But you’ll never be a part of the bloodline royalty
Track Name: Rome
The sun was out it Rome
But it rained back home
I see a rainbow leading to your gold
See you in the fountain fifty years ago
Living the sweet life
So glad that we made it
For now you’re home…

…to the beauty of Rome
La Dolce Vita is coming home

You always looked so good
Sure knew how to pose
The very definition of a perfumed English rose
I can see it in your eyes
As you see the light
See him waiting
On the Spanish Steps tonight
To take you home…

You loved me so young
I love you untold
Your next generation will carry your soul
For yours is the Kingdom
The Power and Glory
And I’ll shed my tears
As I tell your story
And see you home…

The sun was out it Rome
But it rained back home
Track Name: Inseparable
We were inseparable
Couldn’t leave each other alone
Always kissin’ and huggin’, pushin’ and shovin’
Finding our way back home
We didn’t need no band of gold
Or words taken from a book
Always shouting and cussin’, fighting and discussing
Inseparable was our love

We were inseparable
From the first time I saw your face
I’d been praying for an angel, looking for a lover
You appeared with effortless grace
And even though I’d given up on Him
The Lord had sent me you
We were in this world together, looking at forever
I was inseparable from you

We were inseparable
The Heavens had made their match
Aways giving and receiving, doubting but believing
At the heart we were attached
This ship didn’t always sail plain
Got caught up in stormy seas
We’d batten down the hatches until the storm passes
Inseparable, you and me
Inseparable, you and me
Inseparable, so it seemed
Track Name: Two Minutes
Give me two minutes of your time
I’ve got my story to tell
I know your time is precious
Don’t want to know how far I fell
When you hear what I’ve got to say
You might think of me in a different way
So listen up and give me two minutes of your time

Your in-box is overflowing
Your diary is always full
Won’t you open me up a window
So I can sing my song for you
A tale so melancholic
Will help to ease your mind
All it takes is two minutes of your time

So give me two minutes of your time...

Well my time is nearly over
I won’t be singing these words for long
And if I ever get to Heaven
I’ll be singing a different song
Won’t have lived my life in the burning flames
I won’t be walking down the line
If only you’d given me two minutes of your time

So give me two minutes of your time...
Track Name: Hard Times
Have you ever seen a rich man giving it all away?
Ever heard a con-man say that crime don’t pay?
And have you ever seen the poor man’s tears on pay day?
I ain’t never known a cliché that isn’t true
Never heard a blues song that isn’t blue
And I’ve never known a truer love than I have with you

Living through hard times, it’s true
And though there’s good times for the few
Well at least I’m living through these hard times with you

When it’s heating and eating that you can’t afford
And you’re spending your days keeping the wolf from the door
And you wonder exactly what it is that your living for
You got bills on the table that you choose to ignore
You’re putting in the hours for very little reward
You’ll soon be stealing from the plate while you’re praising the Lord

Living through hard times, it’s true
And though there’s good times for the few
Well at least I’m living through these hard times with you

There ain’t nothing but recession showing on the news
Give the anchorman a guitar, he could be playing the blues
Singing about what we once had and what we’ve got to loose

Living through hard times, it’s true
And though there’s good times for the few
Well at least I’m living through these hard times with you
Track Name: Old Time Song
The Devil’s right there in your eyes
And it comes as no surprise
Given the way that you’ve been carrying on
I smell the whiskey on your breath
And you have that look of death
You’re waiting for the last train to come along

And you live your life like there ain’t no tomorrow
Fearing what the future may hold
And you always thought that we would be forever
Don’t want to be on your own when your growing old

So down that drink, pop that pill
Chase the line - you know you will
Forget about your worries and your fears
Smoke that smoke, eat at the feast
For you’re never going to tame the beast
And you’re future will have you rolling back the years

And you live your life like there ain’t no tomorrow
Fearing what the future may hold
And you always thought that we would be forever
Don’t want to be on your own when you’re growing old

Time done gone a little too fast
And as you rewind through your past
Wondering how you got things so very wrong
But the past is where you long to be
Nostalgia comes for free
So raise a glass and listen to the old time song