Have Mercy

by Handsome and the Humbles

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released April 16, 2016

produced by Handsome and the Humbles. engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Odell Brummett.

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Track Name: Hard Times
Daddy died in the mines at 29
Mama supposed it was his time
She took another job at night to make ends meet
Was left with me to raise up me

I learned you gotta take what you can get
You gotta give back what you can
Don't let the hard times break you down
They're gonna make you a better man

When I turned 18 I bought a one way ticket to a place I'd never seen
Was I running away or was I chasing a dream
It can go either way when you're living day by day
Ain't no reason to stay when times get lean

You learn you gotta take what you can get
You gotta give back what you can
Don't let the hard times break you down
They're gonna make you a better man

I took that river from it's mouth and headed south
To let it take me where it roll
I had to find out what this life was all about
You gotta leave to find your soul

I kept the letter you wrote in the pocket of my coat
It's my memory of you that keeps me afloat
Hold you in my dreams oh the prettiest gal my eyes have seen
When I find my place I'm gonna bring you to me

Til then I'm gonna take what I can get
I'm gonna give back what I can
I won't let the hard times break me down
They're gonna make me a better man
Track Name: Burn
Among these trailers and a fireworks shop
where I spent my youth trying to dodge the cops
It's just a cycle man it never stops
until all of us are dead and gone

I ain't saying that we do it right
all that I'm saying is we gotta fight
You gotta take what you get
cause it's all that you got

I'd like to watch this town
burn to the ground
Until there's nothing left
there wasn't much anyhow

My buddy Randy robbed a liquor store
and for my life I couldn't say what for
He wasn't looking for money
probably just needed a score

For $60 and a fifth of Jack
a pellet pistol in a paper sack
As he turned to walk out
he took two shots in the back

I'd like to watch this town
burn to the ground
Until there's nothing left
there wasn't much anyhow

Unfinished buildings with abandoned beams
and people holding on to fading dreams
We cling to hope that things
ain't as bad as they seem

I ain't saying that we do it right
all that I'm saying is we gotta fight
You gotta take what you get
cause it's all that you got

I'd like to watch this town
burn to the ground
Until there's nothing left
there wasn't much anyhow
Track Name: Knoxville Lights
Right across them mountains from Caroline
in them hills where Jesus saves
and good men turn water into shine
you can still see the stars at night
where the highways are named
for the young and the brave who volunteer to fight

I shipped out when I was 18
dad said the Army might make a better man out of me
and I said "Hell we'll see"
he said "a boy your age oughta know the cost of being free"

Hallelujah alright
when I rest my weary head tonight
I close my eyes and see those Knoxville lights
Hallelujah alright

Well the desert ain't no place for a boy like me
and I'll never understand what a politician's war's
gotta do with being free
but maybe in time we'll see
but until I'm home I'll hold on to the hope
that someone's praying for me

Hallelujah alright
when I rest my weary head tonight
I close my eyes and see those Knoxville lights
Hallelujah alright

I don't know if I could ever be the man he hoped I would be
I ain't sure if anybody could learn from the things I've seen
but I swore if I made it home to you I'd love you so strong and true
I suppose that's what a better man might do

Hallelujah alright
when I rest my weary head tonight
I close my eyes and see those Knoxville lights
Hallelujah alright
Track Name: Sister Song
Oh gal little gal with your eyes like the sky
don't change who you are for the love of some guy
They won't all break your heart but they'll all make you cry
there ain't one good enough in your old brother's eyes
don't change who you are for the love of some guy

Oh the world will be cruel the world will tell lies
it'll make you a fool it'll try
But the world is still wealthy in things that are true
because the world still has people like you

Oh sister oh sister know the world can be mean
but don't ever lose wonder in the things that you've seen
time takes it's toll and love loses it's sheen
but don't ever lose hope in the gold and the green
don't ever lose wonder in the things that you've seen

Oh the world will be cruel the world will tell lies
it'll make you a fool it'll try
Oh the world is still wealthy in things that are true
because the world still has people like you
oh the world still has people like you
Track Name: Have Mercy
I tried to build my house on the rock
but my spirit didn't come from what some might call sturdy stock
I tried to fix my eyes on the prize unseen
went down to the Jordan and I couldn't stay clean
baptized in the Jordan I could not stay clean

I tried to mend my wicked ways
I tried to walk in the light I got blinded by the haze
I prayed I begged for better days
I could not shed these wicked ways

I was searching for some shelter and that shelter never came
I was staring into heaven I was drowning in the rain
While some men pray for fortune others respite from pain
Have mercy have mercy on me

I tried to walk that narrow path
somewhere my feet they slipped and I wandered in the grass
And like all things you know this too is gonna pass
I bid thee farewell on narrow path

I was searching for some shelter and that shelter never came
I was staring into heaven I was drowning in the rain
While some men pray for fortune others respite from pain
Have mercy have mercy on me
Track Name: True Believer
Put another rose atop the coffin
say some words lay my bones to rest
Think about the things you will remember
tell my mother that I done my very best

So won't you pray for my everliving soul
that I may that I may find my home

See I was born a true believer
among these robbers and deceivers
still I carried on
never floating like the driftwood
trying oh so hard to be good
turns out I was wrong

So won't you pray for my everliving soul
that I may that I may find my home

Praying for a change that never came
ending every breath "in Jesus name"
It's just who I am maybe I'm just damned

So put another rose atop the coffin
say some words lay my bones to rest
Think about the things you will remember
tell my mother that I done my very best
Track Name: Glad To Know You
The sky is red consider me warned
you're better off dead than to leave a lover scorned
The words you said straight forward unadorned
if I hurt you again I would wish I was never born

So for now I'm glad to say
it's a long long way from here to Minnesota
Ain't no reason left to stay
so I leave you with these words "I was glad to know you"
oh so glad to know you

I'm all alone sitting by the phone
trying to decide whether I should call you
So far from home still I'm not sure that I know
would I stay or would I go if ever I saw you

So for now I'm glad to say
it's a long long way from here to Minnesota
Ain't no reason left to stay
so I leave you with these words "I was glad to know you"
oh so glad to know you

Farewell so long cause I'm already gone
you know it's a shame I couldn't take you with me
Time to move on like a flash we were here and gone
in a moment we became and lost all we ever could be

So for now I'm glad to say
it's a long long way from here to Minnesota
Ain't no reason left to stay
so I leave you with these words "I was glad to know you"
oh so glad to know you
I was glad to know you
Track Name: Lila
Hello dear friend old willow tree
when I go don't weep for me
I waited here I suffered long
for death to come and sing his song

Soon enough I'm leaving soon enough
soon enough dear Lila

Lila gone these many years
silence has replaced the tears
My body gone my family too
soon Lila I will rest with you

Soon enough I'm leaving soon enough
Soon enough dear Lila soon enough
Soon enough sweet Lila soon enough
Soon enough dear Lila

I watched you 'neath the willow tree
waiting ever patiently
For me to come and take you on
to your eternal resting home
To reunite a love so true
sweet Lila has been waiting too

Soon enough he's coming soon enough
soon enough dear Lila soon enough
Soon enough sweet Lila soon enough
soon enough dear Lila
Track Name: Miss You So Much
Last night I went to the diner where we first met
ordered my coffee and eggs smoked half my cigarette
Spent most of my life treading in a sea of regret
a lot of shit I'd like to forget still I just can't let go yet

It's getting hard for me to handle
it's getting hard for me to take
All these dreams of broken promise
turn to nightmares that I can't shake
Hell I miss you so much

I sit and watch the door for you to come
sometimes it hurts so bad others times I just feel numb
I wait and pray for something to change
nothing ever does I guess they call that insane

It's getting hard for me to handle
it's getting hard for me to take
All these dreams of broken promise
turn to nightmares that I can't shake
Hell I miss you so much
Track Name: Tell Me A Lie
I've grown to resent all this change
and now that my future has been rearranged
The things that I thought that I knew to be true
stare up at the cracks at which they have slipped through

The sunlight that let our love grow
the weeds of betrayal that grew from below
And choked out the light that we had
the higher the happy the deeper the sad

Won't you please tell me a lie
to ease up my worried mind
Cause when it comes down to the things that are true
I don't think I'm ready to start over new
I don't think I'm ready for life without you

I watched innocence fade away
like the sun bleeds to night at the end of the day
And all we're left with is the moon
laughing down at a future that ended too soon
if we asked him I'm sure that he'd tell us he knew

Won't you please tell me a lie
to ease up my worried mind
Cause when it comes down to the things that are true
I don't think I'm ready to start over new
I don't think I'm ready for life without you

I held on to the sadness
and I clung to the pain
The past is a poison that leads you to madness
the devil that will drive you insane

I learned how to let it all go
things that I learned became things that I know
the only true way you can live
is to open your heart and learn to forgive
Track Name: The Ballad of Rose Thompson
Rose Thompson walked in at a quarter til 3
two gun shots rang out then a terrible scream
I seen her run out of the back of the house
where she left those two lovers to bleed

They found Rose wandering down by the cold creek
her hands they were shaking she barely could speak
When questioned about all the things that she'd seen
only word she could utter was "cheat"

I ain't saying that she done it
but someone done a bad bad thing
For the death of Judge Thompson and his unlucky lover
old Rose she was sentenced to swing

The trial was quick and the sentence was fair
old Rose she hung high right there in the town square
They laid her bones down on the top of the hill
where they say you can meet her ghost still

I ain't saying that she done it
but someone done a bad bad thing
For the death of Judge Thompson and his unlucky lover
old Rose she was sentenced to swing

Come closer the darkness is stealing my breath
my soul it is tired I'm ready for death
God please forgive me for what I have done
I seen what I seen but was I with the gun

I never said that she done it
was I who done a bad bad thing
For the death of Judge Thompson and his unlucky lover
old Rose she was sentenced to swing
Track Name: Mountain Honey
Way down here yonder holler
up in them misty hills
There lives my mountain baby
gives me whiskey gives me pills

She asks me how I'm doing
she helps me sleep at night
Long as I know I have her
I know I'll be alright

And when I do without her
it hurts me to my bones
My dear sweet mountain honey
she keeps me coming home

Way down here yonder holler
up in them misty hills
There lives my mountain baby
gives me whiskey gives me pills
Track Name: Love Worth Giving
I saw a billboard on the interstate today
told me think about the way I live my life
And when I die will it be heaven it be hell
I ain't sure that I can tell you but I'll tell you that I tried

So let's raise ourselves a glass to brothers living
let's pour a little out for loved ones gone
The light you have inside you is a love you have worth giving
who knows what we can carry when our spirit passes on

A homeless man was selling newspapers today
told me anything I paid him would be fine
And if he could that he would find another way
and just because he hasn't doesn't mean he hasn't tried

Let's raise ourselves a glass to brothers living
let's pour a little out for loved ones gone
The light you have inside you is a love you have worth giving
who knows what we can carry when our spirit passes on