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Gift Horse (Deluxe)

by The Lost Dogs

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Recorded & Mixed by Gene Eugene and the Dogs mostly at The "Fabulous" Green Room, Huntington Beach, CA during August and September 1999

credits

released September 19, 2013

Derri Daugherty ~ guitars, bass, vocals
Gene Eugene ~ keyboards, guitars, vocals
Michael Roe ~ guitars, bass, mandolins, vocals
Terry Taylor ~ guitars, vocals
Burleigh Drummond ~ drums and percussion

also:

Melissa Hasin ~ cello
John McDuffie ~ pedal steel

All Songs by Terry Taylor ©1999 Zoom Daddy Music ~ BMI, except "Farther Along" ~ (Traditional) Public Domain

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Track Name: Ghost Train To Nowhere
It's a sinners dream when the whistle screams
Calling "All aboard you fools and hard-hearted"
Ever circling back on a one way track
They pull into the station where they started
Some arriving when they think they've just departed
But they're not going anywhere
Lost souls when they've landed there choose to stay like prisoners unguarded
All hope is abandoned here 'cause they know the engineer
Ghost Train to Nowhere

They pass a thousand concrete pillars and never see a single tree
Grey sky eyes begging for a little sleep
Down the same dark tunnels past the same empty streets
The cigarette smoke chokes, the coffee's weak
And they cry "oh..."

It's a funeral pyre belching smoke and fire
All luxuries, amenities discarded
It circles back on a one way track
Pulling into the station where where it started
Ghost Train to Nowhere...

They search eternal winter landscapes
For images of loved ones and home
Though every seat and aisle is crowded
They have never felt so all alone
While suffering is assured and silence is preferred
Most everybody weeps though they don't speak a word
They just cry "oh..."
They sigh..."o-o-h-h..."

It's a sinners dream when the whistle screams
Calling "All aboard you fools and hard-hearted"
Ever circling back on a one way track
They pull into the station where they started
Some arriving when they think they've just departed
But they're not going anywhere
Lost souls when they've landed there choose to stay like prisoners unguarded
All hope is abandoned here 'cause they know the engineer
Ghost Train to Nowhere...
Track Name: Free Drinks And A Dream (A Vegas Story)
I heard the law came down in Vegas town
They no longer fear the mob
Told my wife and kids, "It's a business trip,
Daddy's only doin' his job"
So I emptied out the savings account
Sure that I could beat the odds
And though you might not rate a desert grave
That town still steals and robs

For free drinks and a dream
I gave them my wallet
I rolled the dice and upped my price
A soul for sale, they bought it
Now a billion lights gleam
They're twinkling 'bove this dead broke alcoholic
And I lost everything
To free drinks and a dream

The day I sold my car
I hit the bar across from my cheap motel room
That's when I thought hard about just gettin' out
Of this bright and lavish tomb
But this place don't sleep on its promise to keep
A light on against the gloom
She says maybe you got one more shot
And that's the lie that's been my ruin

A dream of livin' your years out
With just a little ease
Where a man can afford to be ill
And that extra bill won't bring him to his knees
Now I'm so alone, I can't go home
How could a family understand?
That your love for them can do you in
Make you a desperate man

Though youth is gone still the heart draws you on
To devise foolhardy plans
You set aside your guilt for kingdoms built
On shifting desert sands
Track Name: If You Loved Here You'd Be Home By Now
A freeway runs right past my home
It's the home where you left me to live alone
And I admit I feel good knowin' you feel hurt
Every time you pass by on your way to work

Got a sign on my roof it's twenty feet high
Read it and weep when you drive by
A daily reminder that you broke our vow
Reads: If You Loved Here, You'd Be Home By Now

The fact that you're angry 'cause you're stuck in a jam
Brings a little bit of comfort to this lonely man
But what's better than this is the pain you must feel
Every time you gotta drive your automobile

It's standin' tall to remind you of all you're missin'...
If you'd be home right now
We'd be lovin' and huggin' and kissin'
If you loved here...

You thought you found a new love but it didn't come through
Yeah, he's long gone now
He's a cheater too
And that long long drive it's two hours plus
You've got a lot of time to think and it's gotta be rough

When you see that sign that's twenty feet high
You must read it and weep as you drive by
This daily reminder that you broke our vow
Reads: If You Loved Here, You'd Be Home By Now
Track Name: Diamonds To Coal
Go ahead and do it Lord
Change my Diamonds to Coal
Go ahead and do it Lord
Bring me lower than low
You said a man might gain the world
And lose his own soul
So go ahead and do it Lord
Change my Diamonds to Coal

I was thinking I had everything
Thinkin' I was mighty
But lately I've been feelin' all the
Ash and dust inside me
And I can't ignore the Savior King
I can't avoid the cross
I'll need the help His spirit brings
To count my gain as loss (so)

Thought my money was my worth
So my wealth was my devotion
My love for treasures on this earth
Is a chain that must be broken
And I can't ignore the Savior King
I can't just walk away
I desire to be redeemed
That's why I'm here to pray
Track Name: A Blessing In Disguise
How often do we spot the angels?
Or feel the unseen hand?
Most times are tough, the going rough
Like there never was a master plan
Those steadfast doors won't open
And you pray...but you don't understand

Hold fast the hope that's in you
Don't always trust your eyes
Sometimes it takes a long time to see it as
A Blessing in Disguise

We live upon this dark surface
And God, He moves upon the deep
What is concealed will be revealed
There is no promise He won't keep
Still, we're confused by the shadows
We're awake, but we're half asleep

Sometimes the dark can move our hearts
To long for the light of the Son
And our ways don't become His ways
Until we are undone

And after you've been broken
You may not realize
That you are grace to the broken hearted
And a blessing in...
A blessing in...
You are a Blessing in Disguise
Track Name: Loved And Forgiven
Go on and watch the horizon reeling in
You're free now to open every forbidden door
Or let a thunderstorm chase you all the way back east
But don't ever think I won't love you anymore

And I pray for lights at the ends of tunnels
And I pray for rivers flowing in the desert
Wherever life is leading, don't stop believing that
You are loved...and forgiven (2x)

Ancestors who fought to make it but never did
Fathers, sons, old grudges rolling down the years
Still, it's not in your nature to ever settle a score
I'm guessin' it was just a good night for gettin' out of here

Look for the broken cross
In your shattered rearview mirror
Is that the face you've lost getting nearer?
becoming clearer?

And I don't believe in cheap grace or easy streets
This world needs to break our hearts and our innocence
But maybe that hard rain will drive you all the way home
Save you from drowning in your last defense

Don't stop believing
You are Loved and Forgiven
Track Name: Rebecca Go Home
Rebecca, Go Home
Though you may be scared
Just close your eyes and let go
I'm not far behind you
Soon I'll meet you where the river of life ever flows

Yes, the Lord's been good to us
But now you're lyin' here
And I just found the right words
Can you hear them through my tears?

Rebecca, Go Home
I know you're tired
God knows I wish that you could stay
You've fought the good fight
You've been through the fire
Let every sweet memory light your way

Down to the little church
Our son has gone to pray
And now that we're alone sweetheart
I feel that I can say...
Rebecca, Go Home

Oh, Rebecca, go home
Like when you were a child
Your daddy would call out your name
And you'd run through the dark fields
To the light of his smile
My guess is that heaven is much the same

So don't you worry, I'll be alright
Sweet Rebecca my love
Goodnight
Rebecca Go Home
Oh Rebecca, my love...
Goodnight
Track Name: Honeysuckle Breeze
A melancholy ghost moves
Outside your window certain
That brushing past your curtain
And dancing through the leaves
Will remind you of your first love
Who held you warm and tender
And gently asked you to surrender
To the Honeysuckle Breeze

Now do you see his face love
In the shadows and the sunlight
He held his tongue to still the dark night
Now he's whisperin' through the trees
To remind you of your first love
And the days before your winter
When you breathed the sweet sweet splendor
Of the Honeysuckle Breeze

Far away, far away you've wandered
And soon forgot the one who loves you still
In the ruins of the precious gifts you've squandered
Rise again and breath again His will

Come away, come away sweet darlin'
While the scent of love's still drifting on the wind
Your lover knows your hungry heart's still starving
For the gentle one who bids you come to Him

Oh, breath the sweet sweet splendor
of the Honeysuckle Breeze
yes...
Track Name: Ditto
You don't like my politics
You're not impressed with my magic tricks
You call "cruel" my rapier wit (and) think my poetry is drivel

Well, I don't care for your style of clothes
Your choice of food turns up my nose
And when it comes to love and hate then I suppose
We're both somewhere in the middle
(but when you say)

(CHORUS)
"I want you", I say "Ditto"
You say, "I need you", I say "Ditto"
No I'm not kiddin' you kiddo
Right here we got devotion
Let me second your motion... "Ditto"

You don't like my old pick-up truck
Or the things I'll do to make a buck
The fact I seem always down on my luck frightens you a little
Well, I don't always get your attitude
Your condescension can be flat and rude
Where this is leading is like your mood, something like a riddle
(when you say)

We got in common that we don't have much in common
Ah, but these distractions are just a fraction
Of what you and me apparently been wantin'

You always mock my guitar licks
My metaphors, my puns and quips
You don't dig my friends, you call them hicks
It's your penchant to belittle
You act like it's a favor when you hang around
And you never show affection to my old hound
You don't eat your hot cakes till they've cooled down
I like 'em hot off the griddle
(now you say)
Track Name: The Wall Of Heaven
I've been a drunkard most of my life
My drinkin' killed my darlin' wife but not one night has she left me here alone
Still it's not her ghost I dread when she stands next to my bed
It's those words she speaks that chill me to the bone

I have seen the wall of heaven
And your name's not written there
And each time you turn from Jesus
It is more than I can bear
For there awaits a robe of diamonds
And a crown for you to wear
But I've seen the wall of heaven
And your name's not written there

I know a man who is my shame
Old Whisky is his name, and he mocks my wife each night when she appears
And though she's fighting for my soul, Old Whisky won't let go
Though she says these words through a ghostly veil of tears

And every night it is the same
All the guilt and all the shame
And there's Old Whisky saying "Hey, I'm your truest friend"
And though the ghost has gone away, she will haunt me through the day
And when the night comes 'round, she'll remind me once again

And though you've always been a sinner
And you've reaped just what you've sown
The angels are still willing
To carve your name into that stone
You've yet to give your heart to Jesus
Trust His love and tender care
For I've seen the Wall of Heaven
And your name's not written there
Track Name: Farther Along
Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested though in the wrong

When death has come and taken our loved ones
Leaving our homes so lonely and drear
Then do we wonder why others prosper
Living so wicked year after year

Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by

Faithful till death said our loving Master
A few more days to labor and wait
Toils of the road will then seem as nothin'
As we sweep through the beautiful gate

When we see Jesus comin' in glory
When He comes from His home in the sky
Then we shall meet Him in that bright mansion
And we'll understand it all by and by

Farther along we'll know all about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by