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1. My D-18 [4:04]

It was almost 50 years ago that I was made to play
Born in 1959 in Nazareth, PA
And I felt the sweet vibrations from my head down to my heel
When the hands of a Massachusetts boy
Brought life to wood and steel

I played “This Land is Your Land” and “We Shall Overcome”
In a coffee house in Boston in 1961
We sang songs to protest the war in Vietnam
And finished that boy’s senior year
In the mud on Yasgur’s farm

I’m a loud and glossy X-braced box of spruce and mahogany
Named for the British battleship that sailed the cold North sea
Some ebony and tortoise shell and six Deluxe machines
I’m a vintage flat-top steel guitar, a Martin D-18

I cracked my side on a rocky stoop one night in Baltimore
And somehow got filled up with sand out on the Jersey shore
I crossed this land and played all night on a Northwest mountain side
And I got new frets and a neck reset
In 1989

Since then there has been silence; the boy has disappeared
I’ve been lying in this cardboard case in an attic all these years
I don’t plug in, I can’t rock out, my sound just isn’t cool
No one wants acoustic tones
Where the Stratocaster rules

But I can still remember all the words and melodies
I hear that Massachusetts boy playing “Freight Train” in C

I’m a loud and glossy X-braced box of spruce and mahogany
Named for the British battleship that sailed the cold North sea
Some ebony and tortoise shell and six Deluxe machines
I’m a vintage flat-top steel guitar, a Martin D-18
A vintage dreadnought steel guitar, a Martin D-18

2. First Second Chance [3:39]

I was ten years old that summer day,
and it was my turn to shine
In the batters box, my cap pulled down low,
a little league game on the line
That ball blew by like a shooting star,
and the umpire called strike three
I thought that my life was over,
until Dad took the bat off my shoulder
He smiled and told me “you learn from mistakes,
step back up to the plate”

Get ready to try again
There’s always one more spin
Get ready to show that you’ve got it down
When your first second chance comes around

Now my little girl is ten years old,
and she’s growing up so fast
She wants to show me how well she can do
in her first horse-riding class
Then her horse stumbles, she loses her grip,
and tumbles onto the grass
She thinks that her life is over,
so we sit on the fence and I hold her
Then I whisper “hang on to the reins,
someday you’ll gallop away”

Get ready to try again
There’s always one more spin
Get ready to show that you’ve got it down
When your first second chance comes around

I went for it all, kept my eye on the ball
And finally hit my homerun
Take a father’s advice, chances always come twice
And two tries are better than one

Get ready to try again
There’s always one more spin
Get ready to show that you’ve got it down
When your first second chance comes around
When your first second chance comes around

3. Saints and Poets [4:19]

Up in Grover’s Corners the sky is streaked with light
Just before it disappears the morning star is extra bright
Emily skips down main street as school bells chime
And church bells mark the time
Then like a tired clock the day runs down
On another peaceful evening in our town

Who could ever know, who would realize
What goes on before our eyes
Who lives every minute as they are passing through
The saints and poets do

The sun has circled our town a thousand times and more
Emily stands in her wedding dress, but now she’s not really sure
She says “Let me stay just as I am and never grow old
Why are you pushing me so?”
You’re 21, then 70, turn around
Sleepwalking through life in our town

Who could ever know, who would realize
What goes on before our eyes
Who lives every minute as they are passing through
The saints and poets do

On a windy hill above our town, closer to the clouds
Emily walks among the stones and takes her place in the quiet crowd
Sorrows come to rest up here where the lilacs grow
To touch the earth before they let it go
She listens as the spirits gather ‘round
They say “The living never see it in our town”

Goodbye to coffee and babies and new-ironed dresses
To sleeping and waking and loving caresses

Who could ever know, who would realize
What goes on before our eyes
Who lives every minute as they are passing through
The saints and poets do

The stars come out and start their criss-cross journeys in the sky
Good rest, sweet dreams, goodnight

4. It's Time To Fly [2:50]

Open your eyes and look around you
A bright new world surrounds you
And on your back is a brand new pair of wings
So follow me and I will show you
Even when the cold winds blow you
Together we can do anything

It’s time to fly
Leave yesterday behind you
Your fears will never find you in the sky
And when you try
Like an eagle you’ll be soaring
It’s time to go exploring
So get ready, spread your wings, and say good-bye
It’s time to fly

Remember when I told you
How the old world could not hold you
Though it left you full of doubt and feeling small
But now you’re strong and you are growing
We face tomorrow knowing
These wings will take us high above it all

It’s time to fly
Leave yesterday behind you
Your fears will never find you in the sky
And when you try
Like an eagle you’ll be soaring
It’s time to go exploring
So get ready, spread your wings, and say good-bye
It’s time to fly

Don’t let this magic moment pass you by
A chance to fall is just another chance to fly

It’s time to fly
Like an eagle you’ll be soaring
It’s time to go exploring
So get ready, spread your wings, and say good-bye
It’s time to fly

5. Bag of Bones [3:26]

by Guy Clark and Gary Nicholson
Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP) / EMI April Music (ASCAP)

6. Congratulations (You're Right Again) [4:06]

Congratulations, you’re right, again
My negative streak gets out of control, every now and then
It’s a one-way conversation, your point is crystal clear
Life is good and things aren’t half as bad as they appear

You’re right to tell me not to sweat the little things that I regret
You’re right to say “be satisfied, just slow down, enjoy the ride”
I need to be reminded what a lucky guy I am
Congratulations, you’re right, again

So many aggravations that I should rise above
I’m trying to be thankful for my health and home and all your love
Those stressful situations that life puts in the way
They fade when I remember what I have every day

You’re right to tell me not to sweat the little things that I regret
You’re right to say “be satisfied, just slow down, enjoy the ride”
I need to be reminded what a lucky guy I am
Congratulations, you’re right, again

Is the glass half empty or half full? Help me to understand
These little talks we’re having make me a better man

You’re right to tell me not to sweat the little things that I regret
You’re right to say “be satisfied, just slow down, enjoy the ride”
I need to be reminded what a lucky guy I am
Congratulations, you’re right, again

And misery has no company when we’re walking hand in hand
Congratulations, you’re right, again.

7. No Safe Place [4:10]

The sun comes up on Blacksburg, it warms the cool night air
Shadows melt into the light but never disappear
The sky was clear and blue in that time before we knew
There is no safe place

They line up at the coffee carts and linger on the lawn
They hurry to the classrooms, how could anything be wrong
On this April morning, there won’t be any warning
When it rains

Shots broke through the morning calm before their cries were heard
He just went from room to room and didn’t say a word

How lonely do you have to be to take me down with you
To wrap me in the darkness of your soul
How heavy is the heart that love will never hold
When life cannot find a saving grace
There is no safe place

Some went out the windows, some just fell and froze
The ring-tones never answered in the pockets of their clothes
Another corner turned, on this day we learned
There is no safe place

Flowers fill the sidewalks and the fields where they lie
Their voices whisper in the wind, their dreams fill up the sky
We push away the fear, let the anger mix with tears
In the rain

The sun comes up on Blacksburg, another day begins
For the brothers and the sisters and the parents and the friends

How lonely do you have to be to take me down with you
To wrap me in the darkness of your soul
How heavy is the heart that love will never hold
When life cannot find a saving grace
There is no safe place

Wherever we are going, we face tomorrow knowing
There is no safe place

8. Nighthawks At The Diner [3:19]

There’s a place in the city where the nighthawks go
An island of light in green and yellow
A corner of glass, wood, and naugahyde
Serving up coffee with silence on the side
A refuge for strangers at the end of the block
Leftover people the day forgot
The stories they tell and the secrets they keep
The nighthawks at the diner
While the city sleeps

What did he say, the guy in the white hat?
And the woman in red, what is she looking at?
The man beside her, he smokes too much
Are their hands just close, or do they really touch?
Why did they come and what makes them stay?
Are they going home or running away?
They are all joined together but their eyes never meet
The nighthawks at the diner
While the city sleeps

And late every evening I take the same seat
My hat tipped down low, my back to the street
A nameless suit in the windowpane
Wondering how I got into this frame
From the outside looking in, what do you see?
I only know what is in front of me
A picture as wide as the night is deep
The nighthawks at the diner
While the city sleeps

The nighthawks at the diner
While the city sleeps

9. Path of Least Resistance [4:51]

My friends all plan and work so hard to complicate their lives
Climb every mountain, never compromise
If anything comes easily, it's not what they need
They won’t take a straight path to where they want to be

Like water flowing down the hill, pulled by gravity
Rays that run from the morning sun, bound for infinity
Nature finds the easy route, but I took a winding road
The path of least resistance was the hardest way to go

I played in that circle game but fell out of the race
The moment that I touched your hand, I met my saving grace
The truth was plain and simple, there was more than just a friend
Standing right in front of me and not around the bend

Like water flowing down the hill, pulled by gravity
Rays that run from the morning sun, bound for infinity
If I had known back at the start I had so much to lose
The path of least resistance is the one that I would choose

We can cover any distance if we trust the natural force
The shortest path between two hearts
Is when nature takes its course

Like water flowing down the hill, pulled by gravity
Rays that run from the morning sun, bound for infinity
Following the easy route was the hardest thing to do
Until the path of least resistance led me straight to you
The path of least resistance led me straight to you

10. Mockingbird Hill [4:10]

by Brooks Williams
Red Guitar/Blue Music (BMI)

11. She's A Stranger In His Mind [3:55]

by Mark "Brink" Brinkman
Mark Brinkman Songs (BMI)

12. Carry Me Home 2008 [4:05]

There was a time when I was lost
Had no light to find my way
You gave me sight to guide my steps
Along the path through night and day
When I trembled, when I stumbled
You were there to lead me on

You lift me up
You take me over
You carry me home

The road is narrow, the road is long
But your love is all I need
When I’m weary of the struggle
You will keep me company
And when my legs have taken me
Just as far as I can go

You lift me up
You take me over
You carry me home

I’m not as strong as you think I am
But I will follow you and see
If I can try to justify
This faith you have in me

When my time is almost through
And I am near my journey’s end
I’ll have no fear or apprehension
About the trials that lie ahead
With you here by my side
I won’t ever be alone

You lift me up
You take me over
You carry me home

And I know you will be with me
In that dark before the dawn
You lift me up
You take me over
You carry he home