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The Break Neck Sessions Live 2013

by Shades of Rust (feat. Tom Schena)

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    The bonus track is the reason for the title of this album. A guitar's broken neck just before recording is no joke, but Tom performed as if his favorite guitar was right there with him.
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1.
Intro You’ve only got one life (echo) Don’t you leave anything on the table. Won’t you try to be everything you’re able. Verse 1 You’ve only got one life One life to live You’ve only got one heart One heart to give And you’ve only got one melody Singing in your soul And you’ve only got one future to see what these eyes Have always known [Bridge] You’re stuck on a ledge And there’s no safety net to hold you You want to get to the other side But you’re too damn afraid to fly Verse 2 Well sometimes You got to open up your wings And let the weight of the world Bring you down Down to the ground Only got one life You’ve only got one heart You’ve only got one start In this crazy world
2.
Verse 1 I don’t seek no pity for This low down burden burnin’ in my soul I can’t blame anybody For a future that is blind Cause everybody falls on their ass In those hard times Chorus I will never be, no King of the homeless Unless I find myself Out in the cold without no roof over my head Verse 2 Even trash can look like treasure When you ain’t seen nothin’ for too long a time Said even trash can look like treasure When you ain’t seen nothin’ for too long a time Bridge Solo
3.
Verse 1 Well it’s hard to feel inspired When you feel oh so tired You just wanna go home. And I know the feeling Of working in the evening Dreaming the hours away Chorus A As my thoughts go racing Towards a future I’ve been chasing Following those old yellow lines I can see tomorrow and it only took today To realize the beauty all the miles away. Verse 2 Well your beauty’s set in motion Fueling the commotion Of those steel wheels that roll on by Cause if it were not for you I’d never get a chance to view A more precious life Verse 3 My bags are packed And I’m heading for the door I can’t take the waiting any more You’ll always hold the key To old souls like me Who love to wander free. Chorus B So as my thoughts go racing Before a future I’ve been chasing Following those old yellow lines I can see tomorrow and it only took today To realize the beauty all the miles away. [repeat]
4.
Verse 1 The Drifter is a man With snakeskin and a tan Living life under the sun Always on the run Chorus With his brown oiled leathers And his heart stained love letters Lord he wanders the day and night Waiting on the winds of change to make him feel alright Alright. Verse 2 Well, Pearl was the name Of the only girl who could ever tame The Drifter’s wild, stallion-like heart But his love for hard living Only drive her away Till one day she ran away with his heart Verse 3 With a tear in his eye He’s always surprised When the bottom of every bottle is near Wondering why he’d cast her aside For the taste of a bottle of beer Chorus With his brown oiled leathers And his heart stained love letters He wanders the day and the night Waiting on the sweet winds of change to make him alright, To make him feel alright.
5.
Verse When the road gets too rough And you’re sure you’ve had enough And a cold rain blows along the trail Your shoulders feel the strain Of a heavy heart in chains And you wonder how your back ever got so frail You used to be a young man But the years slipped through your hands You recall them all as you lie awake at night And there’s nothing quite as cold As the fear of growing old So you wrap another blanket around you tight Chorus So have a little faith Have a little faith There’s more to this old world than meets the eye Have a little faith Have a little faith Cause what you need is hiding in the tears you cry So have a little faith Verse Well you swore you never would Cause burning bridges ain’t no good You might just be needing them someday But undaunted there you stand Gasoline in your hand Praying somebody threw your last match away Chorus Verse And the sun is sinking low And its time you should be going To leave it all behind for a little while To return again someday Much stronger than today And the suns gonna turn around just to see you smile Chorus
6.
Gone (live) 05:07
verse If you’re gonna give up You’re never gonna live up To the things you always said you’d be So try and make the best For the good times are often said To never last as long as the times after their gone chorus Gone, like the rivers in search of the sea Gone, like a stranger in search of a place That he’s never been Gone, like an empty old canvas to curiosity Gone, gone, gone verse Walking near the lake in stride Where the wind and the water and the sand collide The sunlights a’dying but the moon is alive Now everything I’ve sung in this song Are simple things we’ve known all along So make the best of these times before they’re all gone chorus
7.
Verse 1 Well tell me do you listen Whenever you hear the old folks say Not everything was born to die right away So won’t you hear my lessons Without ever learning the hard way So you might never see Your dreams denied Bridge When the smoke had finally settled And the road was feelin’ calm A young man was bleedin’ barely holding on Sirens in the cold dawn Well, sounded just like a warm song But his young mind was already gone To a place much farther on Verse 2 The young woman’s eyes Were crying in the night She just heard those fateful words That said her fears were right How could my brother act like such a fool Ignoring all the warnings and breaking all the rules Ending Everyone is weather by the scars of time at some time Yeah I said Everyone is weathered by the scars of time at some time When they're gone, lord they're gone When they're gone, lord they're gone
8.
Verse They call me the junkman I am the savior of all that is old I am the one keeping the light bright At the end of a dirty old road Some call me a hoarder Of things you can never throw away Well one man’s trash is another man’s treasure For this I am so proud to say… Chorus You can see into the future By looking into the past ‘Cause if you do not believe me, That everything wasn’t made to last Take a walk down any old where, See the shades of rust So go ahead and leave it to the powers that be When we all should turn to dust. Verse Well I’ve got a frame to a ‘43 Ford, And I’ve got a painting of royalty, And I’ve got a million old records on the floor, If ever one day you feel like helping me. If not then its quite alright, I’ll be a rambling man in the middle of the night, Searching for a trace of something to prove Just what the hell I’ve been preaching is true. Chorus Well, you can see into the future By looking right into the past ‘Cause if you do not believe me, Everything wasn’t made to last Take a walk down any old where, See the shades of rust So go ahead and leave it to the powers that be When we all should turn to dust. When we all should turn to dust.
9.
Chorus Some men like diamonds Some men like gold Some men like silver And mining more coal While some men see the weight of the world As a way to get paid By breaking the hands of the poor man For minimum wage Verse 1 Well every night I lay alone Wondering where the hell it is My dreams do roam Is it through lonesome valleys Or rivers so wide That take me to a better place to my Soul’s wild side Verse 2 Well bullets are flying by Bombs are busting in the sky It’s all left me wondering why Is it for glory, is it for fame Is it for freedom, is it for fame Bridge Well every night I lay alone Wondering where the hell it is My dreams do roam Is it through lonesome valleys Or rivers so wide That take me to a better place to my Souls wild side Chorus Some men like diamonds Some men like gold Some men like silver And mining more coal While some men see the weight of the world As a way to get paid By breaking the hands of the poor man Minimum wage.
10.
Verse Well the rivers, The running roads, All along the pines and the railroad signs Well, tell me are the mountains On your mind Or will the flatlands just steal your time? Chorus ‘Cause time is like a measure Oh, like one, two, three. Like a sunken old sea of treasure Fire and the flame, Oh, the wind and the rain Can only shape just how we’re tamed. Verse 2 Well the devil, Can seem like your only friend, When you lay your cards on the table, And find you lost your hand again Well, just recall, Some words of wisdom I’ve been told By a man, much wiser than me, Chorus He said… Boy, You’re gonna win some, you’re gonna lose some, But that’s just life. (repeat 3) Chorus
11.
Verse 1 There’s a pretty little thing, walking the side of the road, Gun on her hip, blood on her clothes. Chorus Well that old girl can steal a heart, better than a dollar bill. She likes all the cheap wine, even cheaper thrills. She’s old school, even though she’s young at heart. Verse 2 She says, “Hey there Mr. Banker Man, gimme all your money. Sure don’t mind the hard way, but I prefer the easy way, honey. I might look sweet, but I got one mighty mean streak.” “I got a derringer, hidden up my sleeve, Always got a few holes in my jeans, And my heroes - Thelma and Louise.” Chorus Well that old girl can steal a heart, better than a dollar bill. She likes all the cheap wine, even cheaper thrills. She’s old school, even though she’s young at heart. Bridge Oh the law, is so swift, oh so swift and fast. Those real outlaws they never last. Chorus Well that old girl can steal a heart, better than a dollar bill. She likes all the cheap wine, even cheaper thrills. She’s old school, even though she’s young at heart. She’s so young at heart. Verse 1 (repeat) There’s a pretty little thing, walking the side of the road. Gun on her hip, blood on her clothes. Blood on her clothes.
12.
Verse 1 Yesterday I left on a train bound for a town without a name Cause that was the only ticket I could get yesterday And on the train I found me a smile Where we watched through the window for a while Seeing all the places that we hadn’t seen before yesterday Chorus Just like the thunder chases, All of the lightning down I’ll be on this train chasing all of my dreams around Choo choo come on train… Choo choo yeah Verse 2 Well the wind is singing don’t look back As I switch trains and barrel down another track And I’m nowhere where I thought I’d be yesterday [Bridge] Verse repeat Yesterday I left on a train bound for a town without a name Cause that’s the only ticket I could get yesterday And on the train I found me a smile Where we watched through the window for a while Seeing all the places that we hadn’t seen before yesterday Come on let’s go!

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released September 7, 2013

Recorded Live and Mixed by Chris Chase at 1130Ft. Studio on April 5, 2013.
Photography by Mike Morrison and CROKeefe.
CD artwork by CROKeefe and Tom Schena.

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Shades of Rust is a 5-piece soul rock band from New England that weaves music ranging from acoustic ballads to rock anthems about the power of freedom and love to rise above the human condition.

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