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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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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Track Name: Crazy World (live)
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
Track Name: King of the Homeless (live)
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
Track Name: All the Miles Away (live)
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]
Track Name: Drifter (live)
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.
Track Name: Have a Little Faith (live)
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
Track Name: Gone (live)
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
Track Name: Scars of Time (live)
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
Track Name: Shades of Rust (live)
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.
Track Name: Soul's Wild Side (live)
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.
Track Name: Wind and the Rain (live)
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
Track Name: Young at Heart (live)
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.
Track Name: Yesterday (live)
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!