Vincent Rolls

by Dave Manning

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1.
Maybe your love is an uncrackable code Maybe your love is like a railroad That you ride when you’re all alone And you speed down the tracks to the place You call home You’re like a song that I can’t unlearn Drivin your truck you make every head turn wanna Sleep with you tonight with the sheets upturned When it’s so quiet darlin you can hear a cigarette burn, cigarette burn Kissin in your truck, construction zone Callin you at midnight, bar payphone How many weeks till you come back home and How many nights can I make it all alone Whiskey sour, Jack and Coke Runnin real hard at the end of your rope Drivin through the desert on a hot summers night Hearin Don McLean’s “Stary Stary Night” Well your heart’s a can and I’m just kickin it on down the road Well your red wine darling, it just makes me want to explode Dancin barefoot to a bluegrass band With a do-si-do and a kickin up sand Take your partner swing her by the hand Drivin ten thousand miles in a V-dub van Well your heart’s a can and I’m just kickin it on down the road Well your red wine darling, it just makes me want to explode Pullin into Reno just before dawn I’m checkin in a hotel doin no wrong Nickel slots with a girl named Dawn Wakin up every morning with a rock-hard-on Your heart’s a can and I’m just kickin it on down the road Well your red wine darling, it just makes me want to explode Maybe your love is an uncrackable code Maybe your love is like a railroad That you ride when you’re all alone And you speed down the tracks to the place You call home You’re like a song I can’t unlearn Drivin your truck you make every head turn wanna Sleep with you tonight with the sheets upturned When it’s so quiet darlin you can hear a cigarette burn, cigarette burn
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Barter Baby 04:05
Well my buddy Ed; well he sells used cars He’s got this nasty habit of pickin up women in bars They say “Hey Ed baby, won’ t you buy me a diamond ring?” He says “Money’s tight baby, I can’t afford a thing.” I got this friend; he sells jewelry at great deals, And he sure could use a new set of wheels. Chorus: Barter baby, why don’t you give it a try It’s legal tender for the other guy Tit for a tat, eye for an eye You got demands baby, I got supply Sometimes babe, we gotta do it on the sly Cause the man can’t tax you on the things you don’t buy I got this friend down at the duty free shop He can get his hands on some really old scotch His wife bought him a Rolex, then he lost it How can he tell her without getting accosted? I got a friend who could replace just such a watch And it just happens he likes 35 year old scotch Chorus My buddy Sam, well he owns Sam’s Garage He just restored a 1954 Dodge My buddy Joe; he’s a part time circus clown Needs a car to take a date out on the town Sam’s daughter; she’s got a birthday comin round And it looks like Joe man, is gonna have to play the clown Chorus twice
3.
Well I’m rollin down that long lonesome highway Smoking my breakfast by the pack Sittin by a river in the early morning sun Watch a train ballin the jack Well I turn the key, it starts right up Head on down the road There’s places that I never been, Stories I aint been told Chorus: Maybe my home is on the road The road’s the only place I feel at home I don’t know if I’m ever gonna get back again this way the road’s the only place I feel at home, Feel at home I rolled into a one-horse town, sat at the local diner You poured my coffee, smiled with small-town eyes I had my dinner, we had a talk about the wide-open spaces Headin’ west ‘cross the great divide. Never seen such a beauty in faded jeans with your long red hair flowin I looked into your big green eyes, and you looked at me knowin Chorus We kept tellin stories, laughed till closin time Turn off the lights, turn the sign round in the door We stood out in the parking lot, under heaven stars Is this the beginning, or is this good-bye You asked me where I came from, and I said “Carolina” I asked you where your home is and you just said “this diner” Maybe your home is on the road The road’s the only place you might feel at home I can’t promise I’ll ever bring you back again this way the road’s the only place I feel at home, Feel at home Chorus
4.
She was sittin in a corner, lookin fine and alone Sittin in a corner, makin my heart moan Well I walked over to her from shadows black as ink Said “Can I have this next dance?” She said “Honey, finish your drink.” She said “Baby, baby, Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, You only seen the tip of my g-string Before I’ll dance with you honey, slip off that wedding ring.” The bartender said “Boy, you thinkin with the wrong head You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here instead!” As he walked away, he gave us both a wink Then he turned on all the lights and said “Everybody! Finish your Drinks!” And the band said: “All you wanna do is ride around Sally ride All you wanna do is ride around Sally ride But one of these early mornings I’m gonna be wipin your weepin eyes.” And the band said “If you free me from that prison if that railroad train was mine You know I’d move further down the line Far from Folsom Prison, that’s where I long to stay I’d let that lonesome whistle, blow my blues away” She said “baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, I can see it in your eyes, tomorrow you gonna have some regrets. But why don’t you walk me home, cause you aint seen nothin yet!” I said “Baby, Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, Why don’t you slip off that party dress? One thing I can tell you is, I aint gonna have no regrets.” Well the radio was playin, playin nice and low The radio was playin, and we were dancin nice and slow It was playin a song from a long time ago We were movin and grooving baby’ And this is how that song did go: Well, If I stay with that woman, I know I’m gonna die, Gotta find a brand new baby, that’s the reason why I’m goin to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come They got some crazy women there and I’m gonna get me one.”
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I love you like kissin in the hall, high on alcohol Like a walkin in the rain with gumboots and champagne Like a goin to the john, just to get it on Like a walkin up a mountain swimming in a fountain Then she said, then she said, then she said, I Love you Too I love you like a listenin to Hula while we’re sippin on Kalua Smokin marijuana while we’re sittin in the sauna Jumpin in my car, we’re goin to the bar Yea we’re getting all relaxie in the back seat of a taxi Then she said, then she said, then she said: I love you too Chorus: I love you too, baby baby you’re long and lean I love you too, baby baby you’re such a machine I love you too, baby baby, I love your long hair I love you too, baby baby, I love you in your underwear now now I love you like scrubbin in the shower till you smell just like a flower While you shave your legs, I’m fryin up some eggs We’re sippin cappuccino, ridin in my ElCamino We’re building a snowman, just because we can Then she said, then she said, then she said, I love you too! Chorus I love you like usin a machete just to eat spaghetti Talkin close and juicy while we’re goin out for sushi Sippin a martini while you model a Bikini And I’m searchin for production of your weapons of mass seduction Then she said, then she said, then she said, I Love you too! Chorus
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Well I don’t want a brand new car Drivin smokin on a big cigar Well I don’t want a brand new car Drivin smokin on a big cigar All I really want from here is one more beer Chorus: One more beer, the bathroom is in the rear One more beer, bring it over here One more beer, ahh baby All I really want from here is one more beer I don’t want to own this bar I don’t want to be a super star I don’t want to own this bar I don’t want to be a super star All I really want from here is one more beer Chorus Well I don’t need to be genius Or to have a 12 inch Well I don’t need to be genius Or to have a 12 inch All I really want from here is one more beer Chorus Well uhh uhh huh huh huh uuhh uhh uhh huh huh huh uhh uhh huh huh huh uuhh uhh uhh huh huh huh uuhh All I really want from here is one more beer Chorus Well we’d like someone to buy us a brew Just in case you haven’t got the clue Well we’d like someone to buy us a brew Just in case you haven’t got the clue All we really want from here is one more beer Chorus
8.
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in the air Sweet smell of gasoline, and a comb in his slick black hair Blue jeans on vinyl seats and the turn of the key Rubber spins on desert dust, tonight he’s gonna be free V-8 purrs like a dragon, vibrates the floor Pulls on the highway, pours in a little more Open up all the barrels, chase away all the fears Just him and his American Iron, tonight there’ll be no fears Chorus: Detroit Angels, wrap me in chrome Detroit Angels, hey I’m all alone Carry me home, sing me your song Well it’s warm asphalt and white wall tires, the tail fins split the night He’s doin this one last time, tonight he’s gonna make it right The radio’s playin the old songs, do-wop-she-bop He can make Reno tonight, if he don’t stop Chorus Well teen angel, old a grey Detroit factories closed yesterday And yesterday is a million miles away He can see all the old times thinking back in his head Pullin motors with his buddies, buildin hot-rods in that old shed They ported and tuned em, big cams and dual exhaust What ever happened to four barrel carbs? What happened to the time they lost? He’s ridin for the guys tonight, the ones who can’t be here May they ride in peace tonight, look for them in your mirror Chorus 2 times
9.
Well they, hit us hard that morning Hit us right between the eyes As I went to work that morning, the towers fell from the skies Yea the towers fell from the skies They attacked freedom They attacked you and I Well they died young and strong And I didn’t ask why We didn’t bother askin why Two days later he enlisted, Sayin they can’t do that to us He rode down to Fort Bragg in the back of a Greyhound bus Singin don’t mess with the U.S., Don’t mess with US He’s gonna fight for freedom He’s gonna fight for you and I He’s brave young and strong For America he’s willing to die For Freedom, he’s willing to die He trained hard, he wrote home Gonna protect America from attack Gonna bring the fight to the terrorists But instead they sent him to Iraq Yea instead they sent him to Iraq Now he’s gonna fight for freedom He’s gonna fight for you and I He’s brave young and strong For Iraq he’s willing to die In the oilfields, he’ willing to die He was there for one day In a convoy rollin down the road Laughin, smoking cigarettes, when the pipe bomb did explode He died by the side of the road But they tell me he died for freedom Sayin he died for you and I Well he died young and strong And I don’t know why, Why did he have to die? A few years later we come to find out They knew it all along, There were no nukes, no chemical bombs Our justification is all gone Imminent threat was wrong Iraq was no threat all along He didn’t die for freedom He didn’t die for you and I He died young and strong Now they say it was all a lie, They’re tellin me he died for a lie He died for a lie Nuclear bombs, they were a lie Chemical bombs, they were a lie Imminent threat, it was a lie Iraq was a lie He died for a lie
10.
Sparks dance toward the sky a thousand miles from home For Saint John the Batiste, he’s cryin alone in the Northland French girls dance like there’s no one around And they all love ya in that tent city town, in the Northland Cowboy singin songs on a borrowed guitar All about salvation, he found it in a bar He’s goin where the sun never goes down And the rivers flow with ice and gold And the people are strong, that’s how they carry on In a land as big as your soul 500 miles of dirt, I’m travelin along, If your windshield aint busted, you just don’t belong in the Northland Dust in your coffee, dust in your bones, Speed up for that long grade you don’t wanna gear down in the Northland Best water in the world, flowin through an old gas hose Just how long that spring’s been there the good lord only knows I’m goin where the sun never goes down And the rivers flow with ice and gold And the people are strong, that’s how they carry on In a land as big as your soul Old man in a graveyard, where lies a way of life Sits alone at night drinkin beer with his wife in the Northland Talks a lot about the way things are, and the life that he’s led Fifty years since he came here, he built his homestead in the Northland Last frontier there were no roads, there were no telephones If he needed somethin he had to make it on his own He’s diein where the sun never goes down And the rivers flow with ice and gold And the people are strong, that’s how they carry on In a land as big as your soul Met this girl in the brewery, she was cryin in her beer Talkin about her father, he told her come here, to the Northland Sold her home, sold her car, to make her dreams come true A one-way ticket north, it was his dream too in the Northland She says “Daddy thank-you, for makin me so strong.” But he can’t hear her, the distance is too long She’s stayin where the sun never goes down And the rivers flow with ice and gold And the people are strong, that’s how they carry on In a land as big as your soul Goin where the sun never goes down And the rivers flow with ice and gold And the people are strong, that’s how they carry on In a land as big as your soul In a land as big as your soul
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10,000 Miles 05:52
I’m runnin down the roads that aint got no lines Pickin up speed, runnin out of time Tryin to make sense out of this lovin game When you deal the cards, play again I called my ex from a roadhouse payphone She said “Where ya been darling?” I said “I aint been alone.” Two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road With my heart on my mind I got a heavy load Four years of love and it all boiled down To good-bye in a driveway, she split town I walked the streets, I called all my friends, Said I’m goin away man, but I’ll be back again On my way out, I stopped downtown Played piano in a bar as the sun went down Tipped a few beers, had a good time And I met this girl I can’t get off my mind She walked in my life as I walked out the door Got in my truck, pedal to the floor I drove up, I drove down, The tires on the road make a lonesome sound Well I looked right past her I didn’t even see The answer to all my questions Staring back at me The only way to know, the only way to believe Was to look in her eyes and then just leave Chorus: I drove ten thousand miles lookin for love And all I had to do was come back home By the side of the road there’s a young couple hitchin I pulled over, “Are you goin our direction?” Said “I’m goin there man, but I aint goin fast” Gave me a few bucks, help me pay for some gas Well I said “Thanks man, but that aint what I need Keep your eyes on me as we’re pickin up speed If I start cryin won’t you take the wheel Cause my heart’s runnin on empty, do you know how I feel?” Chorus Two months later I got back here, I was wonderin if I could look myself in the mirror You met me at a diner on the outskirts of town Whispered in my ear “I’ll see you around” Well what you don’t know and I can never repay Is the feelin in my heart you gave me that day Ever have any doubt, ever have any fear Well just lean harder, I’ll be right here Chorus
12.
Mama 04:49
I’m runnin down the roads that aint got no lines Pickin up speed, runnin out of time Tryin to make sense out of this lovin game When you deal the cards, play again I called my ex from a roadhouse payphone She said “Where ya been darling?” I said “I aint been alone.” Two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road With my heart on my mind I got a heavy load Four years of love and it all boiled down To good-bye in a driveway, she split town I walked the streets, I called all my friends, Said I’m goin away man, but I’ll be back again On my way out, I stopped downtown Played piano in a bar as the sun went down Tipped a few beers, had a good time And I met this girl I can’t get off my mind She walked in my life as I walked out the door Got in my truck, pedal to the floor I drove up, I drove down, The tires on the road make a lonesome sound Well I looked right past her I didn’t even see The answer to all my questions Staring back at me The only way to know, the only way to believe Was to look in her eyes and then just leave Chorus: I drove ten thousand miles lookin for love And all I had to do was come back home By the side of the road there’s a young couple hitchin I pulled over, “Are you goin our direction?” Said “I’m goin there man, but I aint goin fast” Gave me a few bucks, help me pay for some gas Well I said “Thanks man, but that aint what I need Keep your eyes on me as we’re pickin up speed If I start cryin won’t you take the wheel Cause my heart’s runnin on empty, do you know how I feel?” Chorus Two months later I got back here, I was wonderin if I could look myself in the mirror You met me at a diner on the outskirts of town Whispered in my ear “I’ll see you around” Well what you don’t know and I can never repay Is the feelin in my heart you gave me that day Ever have any doubt, ever have any fear Well just lean harder, I’ll be right here Chorus
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Well you hit me with the news in early July, said we were through We talked for hours, wasn’t nothing I could do So I got in this old truck of mine, headed for the Yukon line and I Pointed her straight south one last time, one last time Across the Miles you know that I loved you Across the Miles well you know it’s true Across the Miles holdin my hand out in the dark Across the Miles hopin there’s still a spark Now I’m runnin desert highways, runnin with a heartache I’m runnin with wild mustangs and I’m runnin out of time Runnin with this old car, runnin with a fallen star and I’m Runnin with the memory of your hand in mine, hand in mine Across the Miles you know that I loved you Across the Miles well you know it’s true Across the Miles holdin my hand out in the dark Across the Miles hopin there’s still a spark It was a cold morning in early September There was snow in the Yukon skies You called me on that frozen payphone with a tear in your eye You said you knew I was commin back to town and you just didn’t know why But there’s some things that you had to say before you could look in my blue eyes, my blue eyes Across the Miles you know that you loved me Across the Miles you know that I loved you too Across the Miles you’re holdin your hand out in the dark Across the Miles you’re hopin there’s still a spark Now I’m dreamin about desert highways, dreamin about a heartache Dreamin about wild mustangs, dreamin about more time Dreamin about this old car, dreamin about a fallen star This time I’m going to do it with your hand in mine, hand in mine Across the Miles you know that I loved you Across the Miles you loved me too Across the Miles we’re dancing in the park Across the Miles we’re like lightning in the dark
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Gave eight-hundred dollars to a man usin it for a pick-up truck Gave me the keys and a handshake, and he wished me luck Said don’t drive it further than you want to tow it home I turned the keys, I put Arlo Guthrie on You can get anything you want Just gotta go down to Alice’s Restaurant Theys words to live by when you aint got much bread I turned some wrenches, I turned some heads Chorus: And Vincent rolls, yeah Vincent rides Down a highway in the dark, under starry, starry skies Teachin you the lessons you already had inside Vincent rolls, Vincent rides, yeah he rolls Too slow for the interstates, on the old two-lanes we’d run Long ribbons of stories, chasin the western sun Interstates are full of people pushin for a destination In a hippie wagon, we aint got none and Chorus Broke down in Kansas, broke down in Tenesse, North Carolina, Indiana, Vancouver, BC Skagway and Fairbanks, Wyoming, Kentucky And a whole lotta time broke down in the Yukon Territory Been broke down in Washington, Nebraska, Saint Louis I forgot my jack Change the engine in a front yard, Change the axle in the back Been broke down everywhere that the sky is blue The only places I aint been broke down are the places that I aint been to, but Chorus So if you see me sittin by the side of the road Turning wrenches tryin to make my Vincent van go Stop by and I’ll make you a cup of cowboy coffee Pretty soon that van’ll be fixed and we’ll both have a new story, and Chorus
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Shootin pool in a gold rush town Hours go by and the rain falls down Old wood sidewalks bringin the sound Of a memory, comin round She’s a ghost, she’s a queen, An old friend midsummer night’s dream Just like a face from an old movie scene She’s a memory comin round How you been, what’s your name Things round here they just never change Old time losers, playin the game A memory comin round Pull up a stool, finish your beer Lets get the hell out of here Walk in the rain, lend an ear To a memory, commin round Crossed the bridge of truth that night Danced in the rain make-believin its right Holdin each other just to keep out the fright Of a memory comin round The next day I left that town, She said don’t be sad, you’ll see you around In some other face, in some other town I’ll be a memory comin round It’s the code of the highway, the way I was raised There’ll be other towns, there’ll be other days There’ll be another woman to cut through the haze She’s a ghost, she’s a queen, An old friend midsummer night’s dream Just like a face from an old movie scene She’s a memory comin round

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released January 1, 2008

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Dave Manning Arizona Village, Arizona

He's played Folsom Prison. He's opened for the likes of Dan Bern, Mose Allison, and Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman James Mathus. He's held up traffic all over the west puttering along in an old VW Microbus that Arlo Guthrie autographed. Dave is living his life in the old tradition of the traveling-storytelling songwriters. ... more

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