Blackberry Smoke - Like An Arrow

Artist: Blackberry Smoke
Release: Like An Arrow


1. Waiting For The Thunder

Light the fuse and run now brother
‘Cause you ain’t got a lotta time
Don’t you act surprised when it all goes to hell on your dime
Maybe you can stand tall enough to look the Devil eye to eye
But you better make your get away quick so you don’t have to answer why

The bells will ring, the flames will fly
Two thousand years of fury in the big black sky
The wind will blow, the rain will fall
Are we waiting for the thunder or will the lightning get us all?

All the money and the war and religion and the ‘which one do you serve?’
Maybe them with the power and the glory got more than they deserve
Why do we stand by and do nothing while they piss it all away?
And we hope we wake up in the morning to the light of a brand new day

The bells will ring, the flames will fly
Two thousand years of fury in the big black sky
The wind will blow, the rain will fall
Are we waiting for the thunder or will the lightning get us all?

The bells will ring, the flames will fly
Two thousand years of fury in the big black sky
The wind will blow, the rain will fall
Are we waiting for the thunder or will the lightning get us all?
Waiting for the thunder
Waiting for the thunder
Waiting for the thunder

2. Let It Burn

If I had a nickel for every line this town put on my face
If I had a dime for every time I said I’s fixin’ to leave this place
It would help me buy the gas I’m about to pour on everything I see
I can’t be sentimental when it don’t mean nothin’ to me

Let it burn, let it burn
I’m sick of hangin’ round here waitin’ for the tide to turn
It don’t matter if it’s far or near, just as long as I get outta here
Let it burn, let it burn

I worked too damn hard to wind up in this shotgun shack
To get a little behind and have the man come and take it back
They’re all breathin’ down my neck waitin’ for me to fall
If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have no luck at all

Let it burn, let it burn
I can’t wait to see ‘em all when they ain’t got nowhere to turn
I watch the flames light up the sky
Blow ‘em a kiss as I wave goodbye

Let it burn, let it burn
I’m sick of hangin’ round here waitin’ for the tide to turn
Even if I wanted to stay, they’d probably run me outta here anyway
Let it burn

3. The Good Life

He was not the kind of man that would walk you to school hand in hand
He was hard work, leathered and tan
And he spoke with a throat full of sand

Me I’d hang on every word
You never know what you might learn

Son, don’t let your horseshoes point down
Never put a blade in the ground
Always look a man right square in the eye
Don’t let the good life pass you by

Any little problem of mine he’d spit and say ‘boy, you’ll be fine’
He knew that there’d come a time when I’d find real mountains to climb
Life can be cruel to us all
Sooner or later we fall

Son, don’t let your horseshoes point down
Never put a blade in the ground
Always look a man right square in the eye
Don’t let the good life pass you by

I only ever once saw him cry, the day that his own mother died
Just one tear in the corner of his eye, then he smiled and said, softly, goodbye

Me I’ve got two of my own and a love that is solid as stone
Like a stone

Son, don’t let your horseshoes point down
Never put a blade in the ground
Always look a man right square in the eye
Don’t let the good life pass you by

4. What Comes Naturally

Hey pretty baby come spend a little time with me
Hey pretty baby come spend a little time with me
Hey pretty baby come spend your time
I ain’t got but one thing in mind
Come here baby, do what comes naturally

Come on in mama, you don’t need key
Come on in mama, you don’t need no key
Come on in babe, the door ain’t locked
I got the shade pulled down
Got your drink on the rocks
Come on baby, do what comes naturally

Hey hey hey
I said, hey hey hey

Took my dollar and gave me back a dime
Took my dollar and gave me back a dime
Took my dollar, gave me a dime
I got ten percent and a mighty good time
Come here honey, do what comes naturally

Hey hey hey
I said, hey hey hey

I ain’t trying to stop you from running wild
I just thought I might be your man for a little while

Hey pretty baby, you’re my little queen bee
Hey pretty baby, you’re my little queen bee
Hey pretty baby, you’re my queen bee
Come rub your honey all over me
Come on baby, do what comes naturally

Hey hey hey
I said, hey hey hey

5. Running Through Time

A young man will follow his heart into lonely and blue
He’ll kick like a mule at the thought of being told what to do
An old man’s just trying to keep himself out of the way
He’s seen it all and said all that there is to say

There is a line
Running through time

A young man will try to chase every new sunrise away
Heartache is harder for him in the bright light of day
An old man will hold it and touch it and shine it with care
He knows how lucky he is just see it was there

There is a line
Running through time
There is a line

There’s a line through the middle
A line that you cross
A part that you finish if you don’t get lost
Some just get tired of that same old routine
Some wind up lucky and gracefully stuck in between

There is a line
Running through time

6. Like An Arrow

Take the straightest shot that you can
I won’t move from where I stand
It’s a heavy burden to bear
I’ve earned every scar I wear

And I feel no shame
It’s just more and more of the same

Yeah we all live and die
Time will always roll on by
Like an arrow we will fly
Some stay low and some get high

Run your fingers over the flame
That’s about as close as you came
It’s a narrow way after all
Waitin’ for the hammer to fall

I see no end
Here we go again and again

Yeah we all live and die
Time will always roll on by
Like an arrow we will fly
Some stay low and some get high

Yes, we try and try
I can’t find the light in the sky

Yeah we all live and die
Time will always roll on by
Like an arrow we will fly
Some stay low and some get high

7. Ought To Know

You throw caution to the wind
You toss everyone aside
Put it on your lucky number and you let it all ride

I can’t tell you nothing that you don’t already know
You’re bangin’ on the dashboard
Is this as fast as it’ll go

You ought to know by now
You ought to know by now
It’s gonna drag you down
You ought to know by now

We’ve heard all the stories
First you trip and then you fall
You don’t heed no warning
You’ve probably seen it all

We watched you from the cheap seats
With the whole world in your hand
Your time is running out now
Like so many grains of sand

You ought to know by now
You ought to know by now
It’s gonna drag you down
You ought to know by now

I’ve seen you light up the sky
When you had the fire in your eyes
I guess it’s just a matter of time
‘Til you reach the end, the end of your line, your line

You ought to know by now
You ought to know by now
It’s gonna drag you down
You ought to know by now

Yeah, by now
Yeah, by now

8. Sunrise In Texas

Somebody somewhere’s waking up with a face full of tears
‘Cos everything to say has been said
There’s a man in a cell staring at the walls all around
Swears somebody done put the Devil in his head

There’s a world goin’ on outside the world that I’m in
I got sunrise in Texas again

Well I feel pretty good here laying in this bed
In some old town, I swear to God I don’t know where
Share a smile with a woman, Lord I’d love to share more
I guess it’s always the same old game of truth or dare

There’s a world goin’ on outside the world that I’m in
I got sunrise in Texas again
There’s a world goin’ on outside the world that I’m in
I got sunrise in Texas again

There’s a young girl on the street, ain’t got no shoes on her feet
Don’t know where she’s gonna find her next meal
There’s an old man wearing rags and he screams ‘You gotta love the ones you hate’
‘Cos the end is near
Now’s the time

There’s a world goin’ on outside the world that I’m in
I got sunrise in Texas again
There’s a world goin’ on outside the world that I’m in
I got sunrise in Texas again

9. Ain't Gonna Wait

Lay me down to sleep
Sweet dreams never come to me
Just some time between two crazy days
Guess I can’t complain
I get pleasure, I get pain
I’m just trying to get as much as I gave

Cutting loose from all this lonely misery
Gotta get a move on
‘Cos time ain’t gonna wait for me

Writing’s on the wall
I can hear the beck and call of the things that I have yet to see
Waitin’ round, be damned
Losing faith in who I am
Got to shake myself and tell me that I’m free

I ain’t one to hang around and see
Gotta get a move on
‘Cos time ain’t gonna wait for me
Time ain’t gonna wait for me

Patience is just lost on me
This thing they call it destiny
Gimme all that I’ve got coming to me

Lay me down to sleep
Sweet dreams never come to me
Like I’m always just one wink away

I can’t stand to wonder what could be
Gotta get a move on
Time ain’t gonna wait for me
Time ain’t gonna wait for me
Time ain’t gonna wait for me

10. Workin' For A Workin' Man

Stand in line to get your brand new blues
How you gonna win when we were born to lose?

The last man I saw standing
He could barely stand at all
I might ease out into the ether
Before anybody knows I’m gone

This bait and switch, it’s a son of a bitch
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man
I got to shuck and jive just to even survive
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man

Here we go again, it’s the same damn thing
Everything they give is on the end of a string

I want the biggest side of the wishbone
All I got is already gone
I need a little good with the bad
Now brother, you can’t get no blood from a stone

This bait and switch, it’s a son of a bitch
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man
I got to shuck and jive just to even survive
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man

This bait and switch, it’s a son of a bitch
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man
I got to shuck and jive just to even survive
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man

This bait and switch, it’s a son of a bitch
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man
Feeling shot at and missed, or maybe shit at and hit
It ain’t workin’ for a workin’ man

11. Believe You Me

Gather round and listen to me children
I got a thing or two to say to you
I may not have the answers to your questions
All I know is all that I’ve been through

It all comes back to you, everything you do
What comes around, you see
It goes around, believe you me

I ain’t no saint honey, I ain’t preaching to ya
I don’t point my finger at no one
Some might say the years have made me wiser
Just a few more trips around the sun

It all comes back to you, everything you do
What comes around, you see
It goes around, believe you me

It all comes back to you, everything you do
What comes around, you see
It goes around, believe you me

12. Free On The Wing

Little red bird outside my window today
Big blue sky above his head
He don’t know that she is leaving me today
He ain’t crying over what we had

Free on the wing
To head straight into the sun
One love story’s over and another’s just begun
We come and we go
Life surely goes on
We might find what we search for all along

Some go looking for a little change of scenery
Maybe try to wipe the slate clean
Others just seem like they ain’t ever gonna settle down
They’re just wired to be in between

Free on the wing
To head straight into the sun
One love story’s over and another’s just begun
We come and we go
Life surely goes on
We might find what we search for all along

People just want you to be what they want you to be
Nothing ever turns out to be the way we thought it would be

Free on the wing
To head straight into the sun
One love story’s over and another’s just begun
We come and we go life surely goes on
We might find what we search for all along