That Cool Blue Feeling

by Tom Heyman

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Produced, recorded and mixed in Portland, Oregon by Mike Coykendall, mastered by John Greenham. Available on cd, vinyl and digital download, August 19th 2014.

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released June 3, 2014

Produced recorded and mixed by Mike Coykendall at Blue Rooms
Portland, Oregon, April 15-18, and May 21-22, 2013
Mastered by John Greenham
Design by Brian Mello
Photos by Deirdre F. White

All songs by Thomas Vincent Heyman III, © 2013, BMI

Tom Heyman vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead and slide guitar, organ
Russell James Miller drums, bass, piano, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
Mike Coykendall drums, percussion, bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar

Paul Brainard pedal steel guitar and organ on Chicken Hawks and Jesus Freaks

Thanks to Mike Coykendall, Rusty Miller and Paul Brainard for lifting it up, to Jill Coykendall for her patience and Mikey Young. Special thanks to Deirdre White, Mary B. Heyman and Tom Heyman Sr., and to the rest of my family for their love and faith.

© ℗ 2014 Bohemian Neglect Recording Works, San Francisco, CA. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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Track Name: Black Top
black top black top let me be
why you gotta keep on calling me
one lane two lane three lanes wide
day or night it’t just a place to hide
I cant hold on I won’t let go
nothing left but black top road

rain drop rain drop won’t you fall
can’t you hear me when I call
cut right through this summer heat
cool this road underneath my feet
from a swollen sky a wind is gonna blow
the dust from on this black top road

walk it talk it ride or run
don’t you move to slow
it won’t let up on you until it’s done
and there’s no place left to go but black top road

black bird black bird when you cry
it sounds like laughter in the sky
watch those wings beating broad and black
laugh with me I’m gonna laugh right back
you can have the wires signs and poles
we’re partners on this black top road

black top black top let me be
why you gotta keep on calling me
your siren song is such a pretty trick
a rainbow in an oil slick
I cant hold on I won’t let go
nothing left but black top road
Track Name: Cool and Blue
I’ve got that cool blue feeling there’s frost upon the ground
a chilly wind is blowing the fallen leaves around

soon we’ll be closing windows it gets cold around this time of year
then we’ll turn the clocks back time’s the only thing that seems to change round here

I go to work in darkness
then I go and sleep the day away
every time we see each other it seems like we’ve got less and less to say

life doesn’t stop for sadness and it don’t slow down for pain
Indian summer’s over now I’m walking in the cold and freezing rain

I go to work in darkness
then I go and sleep the day away
every time we see each other it seems like we’ve got less and less to say
I still believe in loving I still believe in me and you
I know we’re gonna turn a corner until then I’ll just be cool and blue
Track Name: Time and Money
MyThe old man went to school at night so we could get ahead
first up in the morning light last to go to bed
he always tried to set me right it’s like I never heard a word he said
up till now I’ve done ok and never cared that much about tomorrow

my brother’s got a wife and kids my sister teaches school
there’s all those things my mother did to keep me from acting like a fool
l just seem to drift along and now it just seems kind of cruel
they never shut the door each time that I reached out to beg or steal or borrow

if time was money man I’d be a millionaire
spent it just like pocket change man you couldn’t make me care
about time all this precious time

I stood out on the overpass and watched the cars go by
hypnotized by trails of light beneath the evening sky
If I said that I was coming home man we’d both know it was a lie
so in the end we’ll both pretend that after all this time you still believe me

I called that number late last night to find out where we stood
I knew I never loved her right but I did the best I could
she said don’t get sentimental baby, it was never all that good
but I’ll take what I can get and be content to let my memories deceive me
Track Name: Keep the River on Your Right
keep the river on your right
keep the river on your right
keep the river on your right as you navigate the night

It’s a mystery to me
such a mystery to me
it’s a mystery to me we treat our love so carelessly

there’s beauty in this strange and desperate world
it’ll take the measure of us all
she was such a beautiful young girl we stood together true and tall

you got to have a a heart of steel
you got to have a a heart of steel
you got to have a a heart of steel you got your shoulder to the wheel

you wear it on your sleeve
yeah you wear it on your sleeve
you wear it on your sleeve enough to make a man believe

I got no stories left that I can tell no second chance no brand new start
and we both know that you can’t unring a bell
but baby can’t you please unbreak this heart

all the little souls
all the little souls
gone off to paradise while we stay here and we get old
Track Name: In the Nighttime World
in the nighttime world you know the hours move slow
don’t look at the clock man there’s hours to go
till the night falls away and the sun rises up in the sky
you could drop by between 11 and 3
I’m full of advice and the next round’s on me
then I turn my back and you leave without saying good by

don’t it feel like there’s no turning back
this is just the path that I’ve taken
another day gently slips through the cracks
close my eyes to the dawn that is breaking

the streets are deserted as I make my way home
sit on the couch and I’ll slowly get stoned
in the flickering glow of the home shopping show on tv
theres a guy selling knives so I give him a call
he asks me which ones I want I say man I’ll take them all
just wrap them up nice and send them off to my old used to be

its the gift that keeps giving I hope that she thinks of me
when she sits down to eat with her new family
and I hope that she smiles and I sure hope that she gets the joke
cause in the night time world you can get stuck in the past
you might start to dream but you wake up to fast
then you’re stuck lying there with the empty words you never spoke

and it feels like there’s no turning back
wake up and go through the motions
another day gently slips through the cracks
and this is just the lie that I’ve chosen
Track Name: Chickenhawks and Jesus Freaks
I rode my thumb when I was young to see what I could see
your story’s yours out on the road I never felt so free
head out for the Interstate try and flag one down
the hardest part of every trip is getting out of town
Cadillacs and Cherokees and White Freightliners too
flash a smile and stand up straight and hope one stops for you

when you’re out on the drag with your over night bag
and no headlights as far as you can see
watch those palm trees sway as the night time turns to day
chickenhawks and jesus freaks and no one rides for free

a roughneck bound for Lafayette to me for a ride
we speed rapped for a thousand miles until his tranny died
then its son do you know Jesus Christ and have you seen the light
or do you wake up full of fear on the darkest side of night
said I never missed a Sunday Mass till the day turned eighteen
jesus told me we were square if you know what I mean

it’s easy to get burned
too scared to close your eyes
the money spent the money earned
the simple truth the complicated lies

the tinted window midnight creeps they hit the shoulder slow
put your bag in back slide in front and down the road you go
the parking lots the motel rooms the truck stop shower stalls
I had my fun I’m going home before the next night falls
when you’re young you don’t hear anyone when you’re old no one hears you
memories flash and stories fade leave you wondering what was true
Track Name: Always Be Around
oh baby can’t you hear me calling
It’s such a low and mournful sound
and I feel like I am falling
I thought you’d always be around

I’ve got nothing to hold onto
I just feel old and broken down
and I can’t make myself not want you
I thought you’d always be around

The night would hold us i it’s dark embrace
watch the world go passing by
shadows fall like black silk lace
and morning sings it’s cold grey lullaby

and if you’re feeling sad and lonely
and this old world has got you down
I’ll always be your one and only
you know I’ll always be around
Track Name: Jack and Lee
get up in the morning honey taking out the trash
the sun glints like a razor in the sky
someone’s gonna come along and turn these bottles into cash
and I’m gonna beg my darling not to cry

I’m not going nowhere honey I ain’t gonna quit
we can just maintain that status quo
I get a little loaded honey and I start talking shit
and it gets late and I don’t want to go

we both know our parts say our lines hit our marks
and they never see the sweat or feel the fear
just like Jack and Lee close your eyes and It could be
the days of wine and roses around here

I can stop these hands from shaking go to work pay the rent
call the folks and let them know we’re doing swell
this hearts too old for breaking but it gets a little bent
when I start to think I’ve shot our dreams to hell

sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night
I’ve got no earthly idea of where I am
then I feel you there beside me and I know I’ll be alright
we forgive and we forget the best we can
Track Name: Number 9
number nine number nine ride that hepatitis line
ever since they moved the methadone I can’t get there on time
gonna have to kick it on on a little further down the line
number nine number nine number nine

In my hand in my hand got my transfer in my hand
been taping them together get there anyway I can
a ship out on the ocean needs a beacon from dry land
you know I got mine right here in my hand

in these shoes these old shoes got the 24th street blues
walking one end to the other can’t find nothing I can use
watch out who you eyeball son I got nothing left to lose
In these shoes these old shoes these old shoes

goin home goin home wish to god I could go home
gonna call my baby brother try and float another loan
I don’t think he wants me out here sinking like a stone
going home wish to god I could go home

number nine number nine ride that hepatitis line
they’ll take you down at general if you ain’t got a dime
tell em you got no fixed address and you’ll be doing fine
number nine number nine number nine
number nine number nine number nine
Track Name: Losers Like Me
What if God hates losers like me
Look at what You made me do
and if god hates losers like me my
my troubles will never be through

Its cool dark and quiet
I like it just fine
they don’t know what we’re hiding from
I’ve got some money and I’ve got the time
to blot out the thing I’ve become

The words should come easy simple as pie
like a song you might sing to a child
but I just can’t say them and risk losing again
so I guess I’m gonna be here awhile