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lucy billings - open air

OPEN AIR

 

2006

Produced by Andrew Hardin

Recorded at Redboot Ranch – Buda, TX

 

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LYRICS

Open Air

 

Warrior Girls

 

Man of Steel

 

Dancing in Heaven

 

All Slip Away

 

A Little Bit Every Day

 

Time Will Tell

 

Child's Song

 

Never Stop Loving You

 

The Second Dance

 

Take a Chance

 

Let Loose the Line

The Second Dance

(Lucy Billings)

I took my chance on a second dance with the consequences

And now I’m hanging from a wire

I know I should have run from away that temptation

I guess I’m just addicted to the fire

 

Every time I try to walk away from you

You show me something that I can’t refuse, oh

I know it’s wrong, I guess I’ll think about that tomorrow

For tonight let the darkness hide all my secrets away

 

Oooo, I’m living in the darkness

Oooo, everybody looks the same, yeah

My soul to sell and I know too well that the second dance

Is the one that tells me, tells me what I’m gonna be

 

I’ve gone below, I’ve gone so low

I’m living in the shadows, I know I’m in too deep

I can’t deny that when I look into your eyes

There’s danger staring back at me

 

Every time I try to walk away from you

You show me something that I can’t refuse, oh

I know it’s wrong, I guess I’ll think about that tomorrow

For tonight let the darkness hide all my secrets away

 

Oooo, I’m living in the darkness

Oooo, everybody looks the same, yeah

My soul to sell and I know too well that the second dance

Is the one that tells me, tells me what I’m gonna be

 

Tells me, tells me what I’m gonna be

Oh, gonna be

 

 

All Slip Away

(Lucy Billings)

Don’t have the tunes to sing how I feel

Don’t have the words to say what I must say

Don’t have a path that needs to be chosen

I only live for each day

And when I reach the end of my life

And I look back on what went by

Will I shake my head and say

How did it all slip away?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, all slip away

 

Let happen what may can go too far

I know it’s up to me to decide where we are

So that when I reach the end of my life

And I look back on what went by

I don’t shake my head and say

How did it all slip away

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

All empty dreams I have cast away

Only my spirit is what really remains

So that when I reach the end of my life

And I look back on what went by

I don’t shake my head and say

How did it all slip away

Yeah, yeah, yeah all slip away

 

 

Dancing in Heaven

(Lucy Billings)

You were the one, invincible spirit

The light in your eyes

Riding your life like the crest of a wave to the sky, yeah

I didn’t know you would leave me so soon

It took us both by surprise

I’m still asking why, why, why

 

But last night I dreamed, I dreamed we were dancing in heaven

Whirling and twirling together just like before

Don’t want to wake up, I want to just keep on dreaming

If that is the way I can be in your arms just once more

 

There are some mysteries that I’ll

Never understand

I know I can’t blame you, but how could you leave me alone, yeah

I must accept divine wisdom

But how will I ever survive

And get through these nights, these nights

 

I’ll just keep dreaming that we are dancing in heaven

Whirling and twirling together just like before

Ya ya, ya...... oh

In your arms once more

Once more

 

 

Let Loose the Line

(Lucy Billings)

What are you doing to this stubborn lady?

Why are you holding her all through the night?

She can’t resist, she knows where you’ll take her

She just can’t let you out of her sight

She sees the Southern boy in your eyes

You’ve got some ideas she just can’t take

But there’s desire that can’t be denied

No time to think when you touch her that way

 

So, I’ll let loose the line

Just for a moment, leave all my doubts behind

And so, I’ll indulge for a while

I see Southern country, horses and you

And I smile

 

What are you doing to this stubborn lady?

Playing that music strikes her so deep

Riding the horses together at sunset

Giving her memories she’ll always keep

You saw that wary look in her eye

And now you’ve e got this wild thing in your bed

You thought she’d be selfish and trying

But she turned out to be loving instead

 

So, I’ll let loose the line

Just for a moment, leave all my doubts behind

And so, I’ll indulge for a while

I see Southern country, horses and you

And I smile

 

So, I’ll let loose the line

Just for a moment, leave all my doubts behind

And so, I’ll indulge for a while

I see Southern country, horses and you

Oh I smile

Oh I smile

 

 

A Little Bit Every Day

(Lucy Billings)

He’s packing his bags and he’s heading south

He says, this ain’t a home, it’s just a house

The right address, the best location

Doesn’t really matter ‘cause the spell has come undone

 

He still loves her, he’d like to stay

But he feels like he’s dying a little bit every day

Living in her world where he can’t belong

Got to go back to the place that feels like home

 

They remodeled the house and fixed the fences

But some old cracks just can’t be mended

They come from the past and haunt her still

Make her a prisoner against her will

 

He still loves her, he’d like to stay

But he feels like he’s dying a little bit every day

Living in her world where he can’t belong

Got to go back to the place that feels like home

 

She won’t ask him to stay though she knows she should

She says if you walk now you’re gone for good

It’s fear and pride mixed up together

Taking a stand that she’ll regret later

 

He still loves her, he’d like to stay

But he feels like he’s dying a little bit every day

Living in her world where he can’t belong

Got to go back to the place that feels like home

Got to go back to the place that feels like home

 

 

Take A Chance

(Lucy Billings)

I took my heart and locked it in a far away place

Where it wouldn’t show

But there you stood holding out your hands to me and how

How could I say no

 

Ooooo baby, when you put your arms around me

I can take a chance on love

Ooooo darling, something in your eyes that tells me

I can take a chance on love

 

I think you knew that years of hurt had made me wary and

I wanted to run away

But you were wise, you treated me so gently and how

How could I not stay

 

Ooo baby, when you put your arms around me

I can take a chance on love

Ooo darling, something in your eyes that tells me

I can take a chance on love

 

Ooo baby, when you put your arms around me

I can take a chance on love

Ooo darling, something in my heart that tells me

I can take a chance on love

I can take a chance on love

Help me take a chance on love

 

 

Time Will Tell

(Lucy Billings)

Walking on the hillside

With the twilight glow

The softness of the evening air

I ask where I should go

And I can’t help but see your face

Captured by the spell

And I wonder do you feel the way I do

I don’t know... time will tell.

 

Been walking in the shadows

Afraid to face the truth

Never noticing the others

‘Cause all I see is you

And do I have the courage

And what should I reveal

Will I lose my nerve and put that dream away

I don’t know... time will tell.

 

Lost in the confusion

Don’t know which way to turn

Real or an illusion

The line is usually blurred

Need can breed deception

The lies we tell ourselves

Should I turn the page and hope for my redemption

I don’t know... time will tell

Time will tell

Time will tell, oh, time will tell

 

 

Open Air

(Lucy Billings)

The sky is clear, the night is cold

I walk alone down the road

The place is still, I stayed away from the rodeo

The barn is warm, that’s where I go

I think of you, I say goodbye

I cast the dream back into the sky

Then I find my horse and I ride

Make the best of what’s left of the night

 

There was a time I did love you

That I don’t deny

And some of my better memories

Found by your side

Awakened by a cowboy

Hear your spurs come up the stairs

Once a passion

All we have in common now

We both sleep out in the open air

 

Once the aspens started turning

I knew the time had come for moving on

A cowboy needs to find a winter pasture

Where horses can run free in Southern sun

So farewell you roving cowboy

I hope you find the place where you belong

Our time was short but sweet but I have no regrets

Lessons learned, moving on

 

Lessons learned

Loved and lost

But the pleasure

Greater than the cost

So I find my horse and I ride, yes I ride

Make the best of what’s left of the night

Make the best of what’s left of my life,

my life

Ride, ride, ride

 

 

Child's Song

(Murray McLaughlin)

Goodbye Mamma, goodbye to you two

Little sister you’ll have to wait a while to come along

Goodbye to this house and all its memories

We just got too old to say we’re wrong

Got to make a last trip to my bedroom

Guess I’ll have to leave some stuff behind

Funny but the same old crooked pictures

Just don’t seem the same to me tonight

 

There ain’t no use in shedding no more tears Mamma

There ain’t no use in shouting at me Pa

I can’t live no longer with your fears Mamma

I love you, but that hasn’t helped at all

Each of us must do the things that matter

All of us must see what we can see

It was long ago-you must remember

You were once as young and scared as me

 

I don’t know how hard it is yet Mamma

When you realize you’re growing old

I know how hard it is not to be younger

I know you tried to keep me from the cold

Thanks for all you’ve done-it may sound hollow

Thank you for the good times that we’ve known

But I must find my own road now to follow

You will all be welcome in my home

 

I’ve got my suitcase and I must go now

I don’t mind about the things you’ve said

Sorry Ma, I don’t know where I’m going

Remember sister, look ahead

Tomorrow I’ll be in some other sunrise

And maybe I’ll have someone by my side

Mother give your love back to your husband

Father you have taught me well-goodbye

Goodbye Mamma, goodbye to you two

Woodstove Music (ASCAP), administered by Bug Music

 

 

Never Stop Loving You

(Lucy Billings)

Sometimes I’m patient, sometimes I’m not

Sometimes I’m cool and sometimes I’m hot

Sometimes I’m tender and sometimes I’m rough

But I’ll never stop loving you

 

Sometimes I’m blue, sometimes I’m bright

Sometimes I’m darkness and sometimes I’m light

Sometimes I’m bold and sometimes I’m shy

But I’ll never stop loving you

 

Long time ago, yeah

I can’t forget

Sometimes the memories swirl through my head

Lately at night, I rise from my bed

Am I still searching for you

Guess I could blame the blindness of youth

You don’t consider what you have to lose

Caught in the middle and I had to choose

It haunts me that it wasn’t you

 

Sometimes I’m lost, sometimes I’m found

Sometimes I fly, sometimes I drown

Sometimes regret, sometimes move on

But I’ll never stop loving you

 

Long time ago

I can’t forget

Sometimes the memories swirl through my head

Lately at night, I rise from my bed

Am I still searching for you

Guess I could blame it on the blindness of youth

You don’t consider what you have to lose

Caught in the middle and I had to choose

It haunts me that it wasn’t you

And I’ll never stop loving you

And I’ll never stop loving you

 

 

Man of Steel

(Lucy Billings)

Where do you go when your dreams have died?

Trapped in a body and you can’t even smile

How do you sit while others pass you by?

So much to say but words are locked inside

 

Once he seemed a man of steel

Invincible to her

There was nothing that he couldn’t do

Raised a family of girls

Sent into the world

A living legacy of grace and truth

 

How do you know when it’s time to go?

When your soul is giving up the fight

The ones who love you want you to stay

You’re tired of the war and ready to take flight

 

Once he seemed a man of steel

Invincible to her

There was nothing that he couldn’t do

Now he never leaves the chair

His eyes a vacant stare

A shadow of the man that she once knew

 

I see my future written in your eyes

Can’t think of that, I’m safe in my denial

We can’t control what life will deal

I gotta live grabbing every morsel

 

Once he seemed a man of steel

Invincible to her

There was nothing that he couldn’t do

Now he never leaves the chair

His eyes a vacant stare

A shadow of the man that she once knew

 

Raised a family of girls

Sent into the world

A living legacy of grace and truth

 

 

Warrior Girls

(Lucy Billings)

When we were young girls

We ran through the hills and valleys

Racing our horses in the sand

Free in a desert land

We thought no one could stop us

And all our dreams were boundless

We didn’t know what was ahead

Dark days of womanhood

 

And then we grew up fast, the losses brought us to our knees

And all the days of freedom seemed like long lost memories

We thought we’d lost our fight

The fire was buried deep

But we could not see

 

After we wage our battles

We come to this place together

Footprints of horses in the sand

Bound by a desert land

The battle scars well hidden

We show our tattered souls

To those who understand

Wisdom comes with a heavy toll

 

And though the years have passed and life still brings us to our knees

Sometimes to survive is like a kind of victory

We haven’t lost our fight

The fire still burns so deep

And we can see