Straight Line

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lyrics

I heard about this place they call the straight and narrow road
it's paved and graded, silver-plated, cleared, surveyed and plowed
where all you cash goes in the bank, and only truth is said
and by nine o'clock each night you're fast asleep in your own bed
I'd love to walk there one day, God knows that I've tried
I'm just not used to walking in a straight line

Well I was driving home one night after another great show
bumped into a friend of mine, named officer Joe
his lights were flashing as he asked me, "Son, why you dashing so?
Why don't you come on over here and give this little thing a blow"
"I'd love to do that, Joe. God knows that I'm tryin',
I just can't seem to walk there in a straight line"

I met a girl one day, and I fell into her smile
we made that sacred promise to walk each other down the aisle
I swore I'd never falter, I promised to be true
that I'd meet her at the altar, and then stick to her like glue
well that's what I intend to do, God knows that I'm tryin'
I just can't seem to walk there in a straight line

I asked my mama, when I was a boy, "What's my special gift?"
she said, "Son, you're gonna be the one to give our brains and hearts a lift,
our heads are tired and fuzzy, those working days are long
and the rights are few and far between that make up for the wrongs.
I'd say this to you Johnny, even if you weren't my own,
someday everybody's gonna know your name, they'll flock to you in throngs
because we need a boy like you, who can sing a perfect song
that lifts us up to that higher place where we belong"
well, mama I'll get there one day, God knows that I'm tryin'

I just can't seem to walk there in a straight line

credits

from Move The Mess Around, released August 23, 2016
written by JF Garton (SOCAN)
performed by Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron
recorded at Stone Canyon Studios, Vancouver BC, 2015
engineered and mixed by Steven Drake

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