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Passing Through

by Owen Temple

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Downtown 03:43
Downtown's all closed down They've boarded up all the windows Just like an old ghost town The storefronts are empty There's no one around Downtown's all closed down A small town in Texas by the courthouse in the square The middle of the afternoon and there's nobody there Well I shook my head and wondered Where the businesses had gone There used to be everything that you'd ever need Now just the bank's still holdin' on Chorus The old drugstore is vacant And the café's locked its doors The movie marquis is falling down There's no more hardware store So I sat down on a bench I watched a car go driving by I wondered what had killed downtown And how the people could let it die Chorus The railroad brought the people here Now the interstate draws them away It moved the steady business east Left these old buildings behind to stay But some folks in town remember A time not too long ago When a film called Casablanca played At the town square picture show Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
I guess it's been some time Since my feet been on solid ground They've been hovering over the road That my wheels keep rollin' down And I bet you that these truckers They must wonder who I am To keep speedin' past 'em up the road And heading right back down again It's all that I can do Just to keep it between the lines The hum of the road keeps humming through my mind After this many miles it all gets a little hazy I've been here before I'm just driving myself crazy A locomotive blowing smoke and glittering in the sun Raced me by the road and I'm proud to say I won But maybe I lost 'cause I don't know what its worth To keep spinning these wheels along with the spinning of the earth Chorus The road is a raging river and I just follow where it leads I don't pay too much attention to those old trucks in the weeds Rusting at the junk yards on the outskirts of town This old truck's still running, I got no time to slow it down Chorus (Owen Temple, Paul Lee) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
All night I tossed and turned I couldn't sleep a wink I laid there in the dark I couldn't help but think About those miles between you and me Then I gave up on sleeping and I reached for my keys I can't keep my mind off you No matter where I go No matter what I do Even looking up at the sky of blue I can't keep my mind off you Rolling down a highway all alone I hear Bob Wills playin' Rose my Rose of San Antone And it's just me, there's no other cars Riding in the dark with a windshield full of stars Chorus Now the sky around me turns a little gray The sun is coming up bringing on a brand new day As I wake you with the phone I say you're startin' this day early But you ain't spending it alone Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
I broke your heart one more time I came home you were crying I love you babe you know it's true But I can't keep from hurtin' you Cause I go out to those roadside bars Livin' fast beneath the stars And you just want your man at home Or at least a call on the telephone I don't know why I treat you like I do It's got more to do with me than it's got to do with you When that evening sun goes down There ain't no doubt where I'll be found Dim lights, a crowd, and a smoke-filled room Forget I said I'd be home soon And by the time I find our front door You just can't wait up no more You thought a man that cared for you Could do the things you ask him to Chorus Last night I came home you were gone Lord knows I've done you wrong I guess its time that I lost you I'm sorry for the time I cost you Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
The red sun's going down, I'll be waiting up again Wondering where you are tonight Out with all your friends And I guess that you don't think about The home you left behind But I'd give everything to get you out of my mind You thought a quiet ranch road Was good enough back then But now you need those city lights and bars to go sit in And I wonder where the old you goes When all the bars close down 'Cause I can just listen to the crickets sing but you need the lights of town The lights of town are blinding you now You can't even see That part of you you left behind When you walked out on me But when those city lights go dim and you're left all alone I wonder if you could find Your way back home You forget about the moon in a bar full of neon lights You can't remember holding hands On chilly autumn nights And though it seems to you That the starts have lost their shine They're glowing bright as ever darling Past the city limits sign Chorus In the middle of the night I sometimes watch the road I see the headlights move on past And I shiver from the cold By now the doors are locked downtown And still no sign of you The lights of town have broke the heart That loved you once so true Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Open Window 02:25
Through the open window I can hear a passing train In the gentle wind I can smell the coming rain I can tell its dusk by the shadow on the wall But I don't know if you're in love with me at all I can watch the sky and I always seem to know Just before an old blue norther's gonna blow I can tell that summer's giving was to fall But I don't know if you're in love with me at all Maybe you could show some kind of sign And then at least I'd know that you never will be mine Maybe you could say so I'd believe That you love me and you're never gonna leave With the winter wind the autumn leaves will fall But I don't know if you're in love with me at all Just before you go I'm gonna see it in your eyes And I'll feel it in your gentle alibis I'll hear it like that lonesome whistle's call And I'll know you weren't in love with me at all And I know you'll never be in love at all (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
I pulled out of Charleston West Virginia In the middle of the night I made it down to Nashville town When the sun was shining bright I'm headed out west on a four day run And I've got to make pretty good time I gotta make a living livin' My life chasing down a broken white line So I ride this road and I try to get where I'm going A cup of coffee and thoughts of home are all that help And I'll spend another midnight early morning Listening to the AM and talking to myself Kingman Arizona's Just three hundred miles away from old LA And I stopped to take a nap in Flagstaff But I've still got to drive all day And when the sun sets out On the desert you never seen such a beautiful sight But at two AM in the desert man You never seen a blacker night Chorus I made it into LA Just about the time I swore I had to get off the road And I checked in to a motor inn I turned the air condition way down cold I slept all day then I woke up around about ten PM I grabbed a bite to eat at a little cafe Then I hit the road again Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
We live in a house of cards so tall It looks fine on the outside but it's bound to fall But the looking good is easy It's the feeling good that's hard And this house is just a house of cards We've been bluffing each other for almost seven years We both put on our best poker face But inside we're filled with tears I bet our love and lost in too many other secret games Now the love is spent and just the marriage remains Chorus You wear a diamond but you've got a broken heart We look like the perfect paid but we're far apart It just a matter of time until the shiny surface fades And all that I've done wrong pays back in spades Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
I was late for work My boss is a jerk He said don't let it happen again But when I got my check I said what the heck I'll spend a weeknight out with friends The last thing I recall About the old dancehall Was thinking I should probably get home soon But at least I enjoyed becoming unemployed I woke up at the crack of noon That's one less thing to worry about Work was a jail and I busted out I got time on my hands and there ain't no doubt That's one less thing to worry about There was a new girl in town And I seen her around She was the prettiest thing I'd seen I had a plan in mind How to make her mine At the fair out in Abilene I won her a prize And I looked in her eyes I thought the love I saw there was real But on a ride in the sky She met another guy Left me standing by the Ferris wheel Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
Flickering lights mean distant towns Rolling wheels make humming sounds The full moon makes the night like day A lonely road will make you feel this way When the town square's dark the stoplights flash A midnight diesel rolls on past A northern front gives the air a chill I loved you then and I always will I just roll the window down Passing through your hometown Up at the high school there's noone in sight But they won their game on Friday night But now the lights are dark on the field of grass Where the hometown kid caught the touchdown pass Now the S.P. rail it makes a lonesome sound It splits the air and it shakes the ground Then it's swallowed up in the morning still I loved you then and I always will Chorus Do the edge of town a store's lit up bright Gas pumps washed in flourescent light The cashier nods and jerks awake At eight AM she says she'll take his break And now your town recedes in my rear view I've no idea what became of you The sun comes up on a distant hill I loved you then and I always will Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
You heard I was lonely I heard you were blue I heard a song in my head I wrote it down here for you It's nothing too fancy Just a few rhyming lines It's just something to tell you That you're on my mind I wrote you a waltz I wrote it so you could see That I don't feel like dancing Unless you're dancing with me You know that I love you Won't you give me your hand I wrote you a waltz so that you'd understand We've spent time together We've spent time on our own I'm tired of spending my money On a long distance phone There's no doubt that with dancing Two's better than one So come on dancing partner The song's just begun Chorus Owen Temple © 1999 Owen Temple Music (BMI)


released October 4, 1999

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Produced by Lloyd Maines
Engineered by Fred Remmert
Recorded at Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, Texas

Owen Temple - Acoustic
Lloyd Maines - Electric guitar, Acoustic, Pedal steel, Mandolin, Dobro, Harmony vocals
Michael Tarabay - Bass
Darcie Deaville - Fiddle
Bukka Allen - Accordion, Piano
Mark Patterson - Drums
Zack Taylor - Drums
Fred Remmert - Percussion
Terri Hendrix - Harmony vocals
Ryan Lynch - Harmony vocals


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