Live At University Grille

by Nick Andrew Staver

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1.
I've been waiting for the rain to stop I've been waiting out the rain I've been waiting for the storm to pass me by so I can cross the river I've been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance So if you don't mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I've been waiting for the tides to change So I can see the mud below my feet I count the waves crashing to the shore to remind me I still got a heartbeat So if you don't mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace So if you don't mind Stop wasting my time Change your ways Give me peace I'm in need, I'm in need of a change I'm in need, I'm in need of a change I'm in need, I'm in need of a change I want to come back home I've been waiting for the river to dry So I can come back home Crawl across the bed and fall asleep in the arms of temperance
2.
Wake up Maggie, set the stage The curtain's up on our honeymoon masquerade Champagne in the morning and by mid-afternoon You got the Toulouse St Blues Saunter down Bourbon and hook a right on Dumaine In Jackson Square Louis' calling out while the trombones play Soiree with the spirits and then deja vu You got the Toulouse St Blues The Toulouse, Toulouse St Blues The Toulouse, Toulouse St Blues If I lose my heart here and my mind I'll come on back to New Orleans and find my bride Rest easy Maggie, fin d'un affaire It's bedtime sweet baby with a side of morning prayer Scripture woes and one pound of voodoo Thats just the Toulouse St Blues Scripture woes and one pound of voodoo Thats just the Toulouse St Blues The Toulouse, Toulouse St Blues The Toulouse, Toulouse St Blues If I lose my heart here and my mind I'll come on back to New Orleans and find my bride
3.
I'm a friend to the wind but she ain't mine to own She belongs to the fields where the wild flowers grow I sing her sad songs whenever she leaves All about my heartache and the places I've seen I know she's gonna go no matter how I weep and moan I'm a friend to the wind but she ain't mine to own I'm familiar with father time as a flawless enemy He haunts me with age and troubles of jealousy He's a mean old condition no medicine can cure Like fighting fire with fire expecting not to burn He'll leave you behind with little left to show I'm familiar with father time but he ain't mine to own I'm in love with a girl that I don't deserve But I never question fate or how a miracle's supposed to work She stuns like the sunrise peering through the trees I tell her that I love her more than she loves me I know someday my cup will overflow But I'm in love with a girl and she ain't mine to own I'm in love with a girl but she ain't mine to own
4.
Grandpa would rise every morning Get out to the fields by dawn Pioneers ply the earth and rain to rock-a-bye the seed and all the life it bring Rock-a-bye the life it bring Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye Rock-a-bye the life it bring Daddy laid brick every summer Hammering nails in the heat Pioneers earn through skill and sweat with two jobs, overtime and an honest days beat Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed I've come to learn the tireless ways of the pioneers and their song The hand that guides the hammer, plow and the pen is the same of the pioneer of my own that I've become Of my own that I've become Of my own Of my own Of my own that I've become Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed Working hands do work Working hands do bleed Working hands work all day 'cause they got mouths to feed
5.
Louisiana by-way Haulin' ass to outlast the rain If it were up to me I'd already be in Baton Rouge, forgetting you The radio's broken Oh, how the silence leads to the pining for something other than a lover like you If only I were like the river Unmoved and weatherproof I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks haunted by the ghosts of you Another life time One I swore I left far behind Our history, it's a mystery to me If only I were like the river Unmoved and weatherproof I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks haunted by the ghosts of you I'll rebuild my body just as strong as the levee And risk another flood by letting you back into my heart If only I were like the river At ease in my solitude I'd flow past the memories and flood the banks haunted by the ghosts of you If only I were like the river If only I were like the river If only I If only I If only I were like the river
6.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you Don't steal those words right out of my mouth You know I'd love to believe you When you say you'd never let me down Don't mock on me Mr Mockingbird you old crow! Don't hangout by my window It ain't no place to get your daily news Just because I'm a happy man doesnt mean I can't sing the blues Don't mock on me Mr Mockingbird you old crow! I hear you talking, sound more like squawking to me You ain't no nightingale, just an old crow to me I hear you talking, sound more like squawking to me You ain't no nightingale, just an old crow to me Don't eat, don't drink, nor be merry If all you plan to do is rain on my parade Ever since you've come around here I haven't seen a blue sky for days Don't mock on me Mr Mockingbird you old crow! Don't mock on me Mr Mockingbird you old crow! Don't mock on me Mr Mockingbird, leave me alone!
7.
I heard an old song playing on the jukebox Ol' Otis singing about life down by the docks It was an old familiar tune Leaves me so sad, so blue Off the record, I never stopped loving you I wonder where you are sometimes in your big city nightlife I'm feeling mighty bad for myself in ever roadside dive I did many things I can't undo Said many words that were never true Off the record, I never stopped loving you A dream is only a dream until you awake Pain, is never really pain, at least not until you feel your heart break Come tomorrow I'll be your something borrowed, broken and blue for you Along will come a day when your vows are exchanged Wedding bells will ring Glasses will be raised I know you waited your whole life for this day to come true Off the record, I never stopped loving you Now I'm singing out some brand new tune Hoping I can find someone to love me too Off the record, I never stopped loving you No, I never did and I'm sure I never will
8.
Dirt (Live) 03:28
I'm covered in sweat Rolling down my neck All from a long hard day of work I pushed and I pulled until my body done fell back to the dirt I gamble with stress A life of roulette All on account that there's no sign of change I pray and I wonder when will my life be mine to live again There'll come a day I'll be replaced By machines, an atrocity And you'll say how priceless I was at my grave I'm riddled with rust, cobwebs and dust I got too many bills to pay yet I'm overworked A dollar don't get you very far these days and to my boss that's all I'm worth No more than dirt There'll come a day I'll be replaced By machines, an atrocity And you'll say how priceless I was at my grave Because to you I'm no more than dirt I'm worth, no more than dirt I'm worth, no more than dirt

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Recorded July 15, 2018 at University Grille

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released December 29, 2018

Nick Andrew Staver - Resonator & Vocals
Mike Quinlivan - Electric Guitar
Live Tracks Recorded by Shaw Ranch Studio
Mixed & Mastered by Nick Andrew Staver

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