Vincent Rolls

by Dave Manning

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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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Track Name: Cigarette Burn
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
Track Name: Barter Baby
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
Track Name: My Home Is On The Road
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
Track Name: Finish Your Drink
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.”
Track Name: The Cowbell Song
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
Track Name: One More Beer
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
Track Name: Detroit Angels
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
Track Name: The Iraq Song
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
Track Name: The Northland
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
Track Name: 10,000 Miles
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
Track Name: Mama
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
Track Name: Across the Miles
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
Track Name: Vincent Rolls
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
Track Name: Memory Comin Round
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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