I’m a man in despair
I’m a man beyond repair
Got a problem: I know what to do Have a drink, well maybe one or two

Got more trouble than any of you
Got more trouble than I know what to do Sup down a bottle, I sup again
No new answers, but it sure delays the pain

Where were you Lord, when I strayed?
Where were you Lord when I prayed and prayed and prayed? Oh Lord, yeh Lord, please help me now

Where were you Lord, when I strayed?
Where were you Lord when I prayed and prayed and prayed? Oh Lord, yeh Lord, please help me now

The last job I had was fixing cars
Last job I had kept me out of bars Turned up too often a little drunk,
Then got fired found sleeping in a trunk

You can find me now sleeping in a door You can find me now begging with the poor I was once a man of note
Now just a bum who needs a new coat

Where were you Lord, when I strayed?
Where were you Lord when I prayed and prayed and prayed? Oh Lord, yeh Lord, please help me now

I was once a man of note, I was once a man of note, I was once a man of note
Oh Lord, yeh Lord please help me now

Storm warning – she’s back in town
Storm warning, you’ll soon know she’s around Cos she can kill, with just one look
Few caustic words is all it took
Here comes a storm warning,
Storm warning when she’s around

Storm warning, whirlwind’s here again Storm warning, she’ll get you, it’s just when Her words dig in, like a rusty blade
Few fatal blows and out you’re laid
Here comes a storm warning
Storm warning, when she’s around

You been warned, here she comes You been warned, here she comes, Here she comes

Trouble’s here – you sense it in the air Trouble’s here – she’ll catch you in her stare She leaves a wake like a hurricane
Her every word dispensing pain
Here comes a storm warning,
Storm warning, when she’s around

You been warned, here she comes You been warned, here she comes, Here she comes

Trouble’s here – lock up and get inside
Trouble’s here – there’s nowhere else to hide
Cos no one’s safe when she’s around.
Watch out folks, she’s this way bound
Here comes a storm warning,
Storm warning when she’s around… when she’s around… she’s around

Trail my feet on this winter’s beach, just thinking of you Hope a great big wave can come, wipe away the view

Skimming stones out to sea, made it to three Look left as it’s your turn, then I fall to my knees

Remember the back roads we took that rainy night Deer in the headlights, I steered hard to the right Sent us into a ditch, you to eternity
Ah, ah, I’m on my own
Ah, I can’t go on alone

We were born months apart, destined to be one
Can’t carry on alone, lost my anchor, now you’re gone

Last night together we went to the county fair Too many beers and shots, cos you said dare

We danced our last waltz, never thought you’d be gone You said I had two left feet, I said better than one

Remember the back roads we took that rainy night Deer in the headlights, I steered hard to the right Sent us into a ditch, you to eternity
Ah, ah, I’m on my own
Ah, I can’t go on alone
Ah, ah, I’m on my own
Ah, ah, I’m on my own

You all think you know what you see,
as you spot me in the doorway
Watch your eyes look up to the sky
You never look this ghost in the eye
Every ghost, every ghost has a story

You seem to think I chose this world;
Want a cardboard, cold life
People don’t break their stride passing me,
They don’t care who this ghost might be
Every ghost, every ghost,
Every ghost, every ghost, has a story

Sitting here in a winter’s doorway
Sleep if the night’s not too cold
Life just seems to fall away from me
And I’ve not got the strength to hang on

I remember a life like the one you have now
Picture postcard family
Lost my job, was the start of it all
Drink and demons completed the fall
Every ghost, every ghost,
Every ghost, every ghost, has a story

Sitting here in a winter’s doorway
Sleep if the night’s not too cold
Life just seems to fall away from me
And I’ve not got the strength to hang on

When you see shimmers just like me,
Imagine the life that got ‘em there
Try and listen to the stories they tell
Hear all of the harrow and the hell
Every ghost, every ghost,
Every ghost every ghost, has a story

Debt was high and income was low, yeah Two jobs and nothing to show
Fighting hard on minimum wage
Can’t get no payday loans

I’ve gone off the grid, yeah – friends gone, no phone, no cable I’ve gone off the grid, yeah – just me and my two dogs
We keep it nice and simple – we’re living life off the grid

Found hope in tabs of codeine
Before long I was out of my mind Sheer will brought me right back, yeah Ain’t going back to hell again

So I’m living off the grid, yeah – three channels on an old TV So I’m living off the grid, yeah – hear the birds call at night We keep it plain and simple – we’re living life off the grid

Daddy said you gotta pay your way, boy Church said stay honest and humble Did it all and still in deep debt
Will try a brave new world, yeah

Ex-wives and a pick-up truck
Too much for me to pay
No hopes no dreams, all that shit
I’ve cashed my chips and now I’ll ride away

So I’ve gone off the grid – you’ll find me hard to find
I’ve gone off the grid – saves me from more fake news, yeah We keep it plain and simple – we’re living life off the grid I’m living life off the grid
Off the grid, off the grid, off the grid, off the grid

You’re lying next to me, fake charm so plain to see We’re talking every day, don’t trust a word you say Where were you Thursday with a friend called Lou? Tuesday you said you have work to do

Every night, you’re lying, every night, every night You’re lying next to me, the truth so plain to see

Our bodies close, but so far away, I feel the space grow day by day Excuses are built on sand; feel you flinch when you hold my hand New shoes and hair, now new dress;
Is this the time that you’ll confess?

Every night, you’re lying, every night, every night You’re lying next to me, the truth so plain to see

Why don’t you just tell the truth, tell me what’s going on? Maybe we could make it through, or am I foolishly wrong?

Every night, you’re lying, every night, every night You’re lying next to me, the truth so plain to see

Woke up and you’re on the phone, hear you say you’re not alone Gonna catch you in a net yeah, you’ll slip up – that’s my bet
Jo’s birthday again don’t sound right, or even another girls’ big night

Every night, you’re lying, every night, every night You’re lying next to me, the truth so plain to see. Every night, every night, every night

Heavy drinking ain’t a heavy load
Drinking whiskey by the bottle ain’t no skill at all But it’s killing me inside, it ain’t helping me to hide Lord I’m still so terrified

Bourbon breakfast helps me start the day
Glass of rye in the morning, that’s my Special K But it’s killing me inside, it ain’t helping me to hide Lord I’m still so terrified

Cuz the world keeps goin’ on and on and on, without me there Cuz weeks pass by, then months are gone,
I don’t know what’s going on

Sat in Joe’s – drinking out the day
Cold Bud, with a shot – that’s the usual way. Excuses’re getting lame, but it all still ends the same I keep playing a losing game

Cuz the world keeps goin on and on and on, without me there Cuz weeks pass by, then months are gone,
I don’t know what’s going on

Bourbon breakfast helps me start the day
Glass of rye in the morning, that’s my Special K But it’s killing me inside, it ain’t helping me to hide Lord I’m still so terrified, Lord I’m still so terrified Lord I’m still so terrified, Lord I’m still so terrified

8-track still played some old Johnny Cash
Knew they were dead, just looking at the crash Then up came a big black car
Looked behind – saw the bishop standing there That was the start of the story of the county affair

Then came a rumour of bags in the trunk
Got tongues wagging, how low had they sunk? Parish priest and headmistress of the school Doing Lord’s work or had they broken the rules? Opinions differed on the story of the county affair

No-one knew what went on
Charity work or some carry on?
Father Jo with his sweet Mary in the car Out too late and out too far

More gossip came from a border bar
Seems one or two there recognised the car
They’d been seen off sitting by the fire
Some say formal some say with desire
That gave some fuel to the story of the county affair

No-one knew what went on
Charity work or some carry on?
Father Jo with his sweet Mary in the car Out too late and out too far

I can’t tell you the truth of that day,
Was it good work or Lord, did they stray?
40 years and the story lives on
No one can agree and the bodies are long gone That’s all there is to the story of the county affair

No-one knew what went on
Charity work or some carry on?
Father Jo with his sweet Mary in the car Out too late and out too far

They met in Nancy’s bar,
Fell in love at first chord
Shaggy guitar player, pick-up band Sultry waitress
She’d seen ‘em all, the cocky, shy and tall Now she had fallen

They had a good run from ‘82 Dreams came into view Bigger tours, louder crowds Home a guitar hero

She’d seen ‘em all, the cocky, shy and tall Now she had fallen

They were the darlin’s of the town, People listened to his hopes
For his brand-new sound,
But fame came tumblin’ down

Fell apart in late ‘92
Success never came
Drink filled the void, fuelled the rows And dope replaced the dream
She’d seen ‘em all, the cocky, shy and tall Wished she’d not fallen

They were the darlin’s of the town, People listened to his hopes
For his brand-new sound,
But fame came tumblin’ down

But fame came tumblin’ down But fame came tumblin’ down Yeh, fame came tumblin’ down

Thirty miles north of nowhere Sells fuel, whiskey and gin Five miles south of some ocean You’ll find the Seaview Inn

I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
Ain’t seen the ocean since I don’t know when No views in the Seaview Inn

Charlie’s here with fishing stories Caught salmon the size of sharks We ain’t seen none of his catch Tall stories in the Seaview Inn

I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
Ain’t seen the ocean since I don’t know when No views in the Seaview Inn

Behind the bar is old man Tom
Got a beard as long as your arm
He ain’t a sailor but we all say
He’s the captain of the Seaview Inn

I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
Ain’t seen the ocean since I don’t know when No views in the Seaview Inn

Funeral car came passing by
Paddy died on Saturday night
Head to the wake to say goodbye When we’re done in the Seaview Inn

I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
I’ve been drinking in the Seaview Inn
Ain’t seen the ocean since I don’t know when There’s no views from the Seaview Inn There’s no views from the Seaview Inn
Come and join me in the Seaview Inn

Have my eye on the prize, never thinking of the risk,
Sure I’ve got the running flush – this could be the big deal. Borrowed money from a man in a hat, said I’d pay him back by fall. Snow’s settling on the hilltops now, so I’m lying low.

Playing poker with my life, not for the first time; Playing poker with my life, not for the last.

Last time, a man in the bar knew a jockey took a bung.
I sold the car, went full in, you can guess the rest.
Post to wire ran at the back, think it’s still running now; Just another of those debts I got to pay.

Playing poker with my life, not for the first time; Playing poker with my life, hope the cards fall well.

I’m always looking for the aces, destiny just gives me twos. Only thing there is left now is my life to lose.

Latest deal’s just a scam, could double all my money. In so deep can’t see the sky, now it ain’t worth a dime. Every time I see a Stetson, I head to the shadow’s edge. Fate’s in town now, so how long can I hide?

Playing poker with my life, not for the first time; Playing poker with my life, I know I’ll bet again. I know I’ll bet again.

Baby thanks a lot
You made me smile and I smiled a lot Baby thanks a lot

You girl were like a shimmer of light When all was dark, one long black night You brought light, you brought light

Before you hung a big dark cloud Followed me round and round Left me no place to hide

So baby thanks a lot
You made me cry, I even cried a lot Baby thanks a lot

You girl shone like a beacon bright
Into the shadows of my heart
Dragged day from night, dragged day from night

Before you hung a big dark cloud Followed me round and round Left me no place to hide

So baby thanks a lot
You made me smile and I smiled a lot
Baby thanks a lot, baby thanks a lot, baby thanks a lot.

I rake the coals in the range on the farm
His words still hitting me just like a winter’s storm
‘I’m sorry I’m going away, don’t want to farm so I can’t stay’

Go tell your father what you said to me
Gonna leave this land behind
Leaving him, leaving me, leaving him, leaving me

My brother left back in 1916
Came back once in a Cadillac, so big black and green
Then just letters in the post, later just a Christmas card at most

Go tell your father what you said to me
Gonna leave this land behind
Leaving him, leaving me, leaving him, leaving me

He never liked the land – sure that I could see Loves cars and music he wants to be free
‘I’m sorry I’m going away; Ma don’t curse me I pray’

Go tell your father, go tell your father, Go tell your father, go tell your father

Leaves just one son behind, he’d better stay home
Farm needs a strong man – Pa can’t go on alone
Early milking kills him bit by bit, need to keep a young son who’s fit

So go tell Seamus what you told me Tell him he can’t leave this land Can’t leave Pa, can’t leave me
Now the farm’s down to three.

Go tell your father, go tell your father, Go tell your father, go tell your father