Two Thousand Miles

by Owen Temple

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"His songs, even the rowdy ones, barrel straight through the roadhouse on the way to better, safer places, like the center of a woman's heart. He has a curl of Townes Van Zandt's spoken-word style of singing, which lifts the sincerity and power of his lyrics." -No Depression

"Great lyrics full of insight and plainspoken poetry."
-All Music Guide

"Owen Temple combines his heart and intellect to create music that hits the bull's-eye of the country soul." -Vintage Guitar Magazine

"With enough passion in his work to be one of the Texas cats that breaks trough nationally, Lloyd Maines' reliable production provides the right setting for such a thing to come together. This is the kind of set that makes you quite self-satisfied for knowing about it before everyone else." -Midwest Record

"a delightful array of lyric driven songs on Two Thousand Miles." -The9513.com

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released January 29, 2008

Song Lyrics:
owentemple.com/lyrics/list_songs/Two_Thousand_Miles/Two-Thousand-Miles

Produced by Lloyd Maines
Engineered by Cris Burns
Recorded at Bismeaux Studio, Austin, Texas

Owen Temple - Acoustic and Electric guitar, Harmonica
Lloyd Maines - Electric guitar, Steel, Mandolin, Dobro
David Grissom - Electric guitar
Glenn Fukunaga - Bass, upright bass
Riley Osbourn - Hammond B3 organ
Richard Bowden - Fiddle
David Sanger - Drums
Gordy Quist - Harmony vocals
Terri Hendrix - Harmony vocals

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Track Name: You Want to Wear That Ring
A friend asked me before his wedding day
Tell me the truth I want to hear you say
Is marriage a blessing or is it a curse
I said, it's for better and for sometimes worse

You're gonna be happy and sometimes so sad
It feels good except when it feels bad
And you'll know that you don't know a thing
But day after day - you want to wear that ring
You want to wear that ring
It's hell when the two of you can't agree
It's heaven just being with your family
Growing hurts, but you grow and thrive
Through it all you feel so alive
Chorus

He asked will I love her more or will I love her less
And with all my heart I answered yes
You'll take a ring and a ring you'll give
Before you die you will surely live
Chorus

Why the all the questions
Man you already know

Chorus

(Owen Temple & Wade Bowen)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI) / Stolen Taylor Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Red Wine and Tequila
Sipping wine then taking shots is a stupid thing to do
Last time I felt this bad, I was spending time with you
Drank red wine and tequila now I'm hanging on the floor
I've got a sick feeling, we can't do this anymore
So I called to say goodbye, I can't argue on the phone
I tried to love you baby but we're better off alone

Like red wine and tequila, we're a bad combination
All we feel together is sick frustration
I've got some rough edges and you're smooth and refined
We do alright apart but we're terrible combined
We should have known better now it feels like hell
Red wine and tequila, baby - we don't mix well

You're sophisticated, always had a lot of class
You take things slow and steady, sipping wine from a glass
I was born impulsive, always got a new plan
I drink a shot of liquor soon as it's in my hand
If I make it through this, I swear to all my friends
I have learned my lesson, never mix with you again
Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Swear It Off Again
The lights in the arena and the crowd in the stands
Fifteen hundred pounds of bull gripped tight in your hands
Announcer says your name and the crowd goes wild
I've had rodeo dreams since I was a child

I ride in a rodeo a few times a year
I get stomped and bucked and then
I ride enough, I get muddy and bloody
Then I swear it off again

I've been trampled and broken and left in the dirt
Cheered by fans through ten years of hurt
Now I hung up my number, there's a ranch that I run
Where a man can make a living working out in the sun

Chorus

My rodeo buddy he's doing real good
He's holding on longer than they thought that he could
He's got a chance in Vegas at the glory and wealth
Some nights I wonder could I do it myself

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Two Thousand Miles
See that U-haul truck filled with all that we own
Parked in the driveway of our old home
To cross this country by tomorrow night
We're gonna hit the road in the morning light

In a truck full of dreams
And a handful of doubts
But we put fear away
After we pulled out
Cause there's nothing we can't do baby
No problem, no trials
Two lovers, two days,
And two thousand miles

With you on one side and me driving on the other
Nothing's comes between us, two young lovers
We'll point this truck straight through the country's heart
Go thousands of miles from where we start

Chorus

Yeah you and me baby we passed a test
Hauling these two hearts across the Midwest
Our friends called us crazy you know they were right
Crazy in love as we drove out of sight

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Like We Still Care
I go the other way if I see you first
And I know you do the same
I didn't think I'd see you out tonight
'Til I heard someone speak your name

But we don't want to talk
We don't want to share
We go through the motions
Just like we still care

Like we still care
I force myself to look okay
You do your best to smile
When I asked how have you been
We visit for awhile

Chorus

Then I look out the window
And you reach for a light
The silence comes back colder
And it won't let go tonight

Chorus

You stand there smoking silent
And I move down the hall
I step outside in darkness
I promised you I'd call

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Can't Drink Enough to Sing
Dale was painfully shy back in high school
But he worked up the nerve bought Carla a ring
He hits the open mic every Friday
But he can't drink enough to sing

His momma said he shakes his leg like Elvis
His daddy said he does no such thing
He hits the open mic every Friday
But he can't drink enough to sing

And Carla says
Honey would you like another whiskey
I'd love it if you'd get up on that stage
Honey I know you think singing's risky
But you've written out the lyrics on a page

Sweat drips off his brow into his bourbon
With just the thought of banging on them strings
He hits the open mic every Friday
But he can't drink enough to sing

Carla huffs and comes on to the waiter
She looks around and fiddles with her ring
She hits the open mic with him Fridays
But he can't drink enough to sing

Chorus

Dale wakes up face down on his momma's driveway
With tore up lyrics and a thrown out ring
He won't hit the open mic next Friday
'Cause he can't drink enough to sing

And his momma says
Honey would you like another whiskey
She'll love you if you'll get up on that stage
Honey I know you think singing's risky
But you've written out the lyrics on a page

Dale was painfully shy back in high school
But he worked up the nerve bought Carla a ring
He hits the open mic every Friday
But he can't drink enough to sing

(Owen Temple & Jay Altizer)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: I Just Can't Quit Loving You
I quit smoking I quit drinking
I quit staying out all night
I quit drinking from the milk carton
I quit starting barroom fights
But there's one habit that I don't want to lose
I just can't quit loving you

I quit paying my bills late
I quit driving cars too fast
I quit wasting my good money
On thrills that wouldn't last
But I can't stand the thought if you and I were through
I just can't quit loving you

Love is harder on me
Than anything else I find
Messes with my heart, messes with my mind
I guess I'll have to live with the love I have to do
I just can't quit loving you

When things got rough at work
And I kept at it for awhile
But when I'd finally had enough
I quit Johnny Paycheck style
But I'm still around after all that we've been through
I just can't quit loving you

Chorus

I can't take any steps
To leave behind your heart
Without falling down honey
Or falling apart
And walking away is something I could never do
I just can't quit loving you

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Demolition Derby
Racing down a track, a collision course
If we crash neither one will survive the force
Ramming into each other, fighting over the lane
We'll both be twisted metal and a bent up frame

Slamming into each other but the wheels are still turning
We used to be lovers demolition derby
Engines overheating, hearts taking a beating
We used to be lovers demolition derby

The last one to break apart wins
But neither one will live to love again
We trash each other like backroad punks
Perfectly good love becomes a pile of junk

Chorus

Who better to tear the other apart
Than the one who knows the secret places of the heart
We know how to hurt each other so when love goes bad
The one who used to make you so happy is gonna make you so sad

We could end this race and call it a draw
Call it a day before we wreck it all
Seems like a waste when we've got a clear head
All for bragging rights when love is dead

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: You Don't Have to Be Lonely
When you come how from work - dark house noone's there
You might think that nobody cares
If the telephone won't ring and no message is waiting
You can't say that hope for love is fading

If you don't want to be alone
You don't have to stay at home
Someone else is out there you are not the only
One who hates to be lonely
You don't have to be lonely

When he saw her out one night, he said to himself
I bet she's here to meet somebody else
But a friend introduced her and a year later to the day
Down on one knee he took her hand to say

Chorus

But time passes and seasons change

They shared the same address and name but they lived separate lives
It's a thing that can happen to husbands and wives
They hadn't spoken for two weeks unless it was to shout
When she asked him to think of moving out

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: The Pluto Blues
I heard what happened, what they did to you
I read it in the paper, could not believe it was true
Scientists all met up as I understand it
They changed their minds one more time, now Pluto's not a planet
Pluto was once every astronomer's dream
A few decades later, nothing's sacred it seems
Now it lost its place in the planetarium set
In orbit for centuries - the thanks that you get

Today's star is tomorrow's black hole
Fame in the solar system is a dangerous goal
One day you're a planet, next day just a rock in space
Left in the cold, fallen from grace

He was the star of TV's Diff'rent Strokes
Once people the world over were laughing at his jokes
He made millions of dollars with his trademark phrase
But it all went downhill after those glory days
The TV show was cancelled, they said he wasn't funny
Then he found out his parents spent all of his money
Now he's doing his best as a security guard
He never thought the acting gig would ever be this hard

Today's star is tomorrow's black hole
Fame in Hollywood is a dangerous goal
One day you're a star, next day you're just a rock in space
Left in the cold, fallen from grace

And I know it isn't fair, celebrity's no gentle game
You haven't got it made when everybody knows your name
You may think your place in the stars is for sure
A trip from the top to a rent-a-cop can make you feel insecure

So take a lesson from former planets and former stars
You might dream someday everybody knows who you are
But astronomers are a fickle bunch, and the public just gets bored
You might wake up to find you're not a planet anymore

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: Rivers Run From Many Waters
My great grandfather was a rake and a rambler
Good with the women but not a good gambler
Bet away a fortune, and lost a family business
Deep in East Texas, he died with no witness

A son of a son, a father of fathers
Rivers run from many waters

My grandfather could be called a free thinker
A poet, a painter, a pretty heavy drinker
He'd show me his workshop on Galveston Island
We'd go watch the ocean, he was a kind man

Chorus

My father tells me, that he's born again
Says he's not lonely 'cause Jesus is a good friend
Dad comes to visit and we get to talkin'
Get past the tension when he first walks in

Chorus

I can hear him when he wakes up and I fix his breakfast
Take him on school days, help him to get dressed
Everyday he's bigger, learning all that he can
Says he'll be a daddy when he's a grown man

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Track Name: On the Lonesome Road
Well I've rambled coast to coast seen the cities of the plains
Where they know my face but they don't know my name
I made music and whiskey in the hills of Tennessee
I forget more places than most folks ever see

On the lonesome road I'm headed down
The highways roll from town to town
Just keep movin' on but might come back someday
I've got miles to travel and a heart full of songs to play

If I had a dollar for every song I've played
I'd bet you a dollar that my bills would all be paid
If I owed you a dollar for every love I lost
Don't show me the tab I can't bear to know the cost

Chorus

When I get weary, I wonder where to go
When the road gets dark and the nights get cold
I want to find a place where restless souls like me
Can hear an old fiddle tune and a harmony

Chorus

(Owen Temple)
© 2006 Owen Temple Music (BMI)