All This For Gas Money?

by Samuel Barker

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Self-produced LP-length collection of songs presented to listeners for enjoyment.

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released 21 June 2011

Samuel Barker - Vocals, Guitars and basses
Tommy Worley - Guitars
Huke Green - Harmonica
Rayanna Barker - Background


Mixed and Mastered by Samuel Barker & Tom McMurray

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Samuel Barker Houston, Texas

After spending years on the road playing shows with the mere hope of recouping travel costs, the title of the album, All This For Gas Money?, was natural. It's not a slight against the life, but a playful joke for those who live it. It's a testament to keeping your head up after averaging 149 miles per show for an average payout of $36 for 2010. You covered the cost to get there, so keep going! ... more

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Track Name: Take The Blame
Talk it on out, we've got all the time you need
I've made my mistakes, but I always did love you
It pains me to think of life without you
But I can't help feeling we may be through
Chorus:
You can say the problems were all my doing
You can say my actions split us apart
I'll take the blame for all the anger
Just promise we can try to make us a brand new start
You're damn right, I took you for granted
Just figured you would always be around
Never thought to think it could all go southbound
Too busy driving myself right into the ground
Chorus
Talk all you want, we got all the time in the world
And I don't think I could live without your smile
I'm willing to admit that I'm the reason
I ain't seen you do it in quite a while
Chorus
Track Name: Kim's Song
I can see the stars in your eyes tonight my dear
In your arms, the future is perfectly clear
Just those 3 words I hope to hear
And you've got the words, they're rolling in your brain
Push them out your mouth, stop driving me insane
You've got the words, they're in your mouth
Just say you love me and erase any doubt
These love songs have been sang a million way
With every rhythm and every turned phrase
There are still just three words to say

Chorus

These poor boys been singing these songs for years
From swollen hearts and broke down tears
Simple sentiments that still ring true
Just like those 3 words I long to hear from you

Chorus
Track Name: Northwestern Dreaming
Stuck here in this old town
Where everything just seems to get to me
Got me this old camera
From its unfocused lens I can finally see

I've been northwestern dreaming
Sooner or later life will go my way
Been northwestern dreaming
Still got so much left to say

Got older and I joined the army
Figured it'd help me get my head on straight
Now I'm back here in this old town
It's like they say man, just can't escape your fate

I've been northwestern dreaming
Sooner or later life will go my way
Been northwestern dreaming
Still got so much left to say

Got me this old film crew
My ragtag friends and my family
You know I got this vision
I think the world, well, it's just got to see

I've been northwestern dreaming
Sooner or later life will go my way
Been northwestern dreaming
Still got so much left to say

Spent last night sitting home drinking
So often life gets stuck on repeat
No more time for drinking and dreaming
It's about time we learn to create and complete

I've been northwestern dreaming
Sooner or later life will go my way
Been northwestern dreaming
Still got so much left to say
Track Name: Kansas
Frail hands turn the pages
While bloodshot eyes search the words
Old letters and postmarks light the way
She was still in Kansas last I heard

God I miss her loving arms
The way they held me close late at night
Through the darkness and uncertainty
She made everything feel alright

The doctors say it's the worst they seen
No cure, no chance that it'll pass
Just one more night in her arms
And I'll die happy, here in Kansas

Her mother got sick in 93
I was a selfish man and told her not to leave
But she left Houston on that Greyhound bus
And I started doing things you wouldn't believe

Drank myself to bed most every night
Did any drug I could to make it through
The drugs took my money and took my health
Left me here broken and blue

The doctors say it's the worst they seen
No cure, no chance it'll pass
Just one more night in her arms
And I can die happy, here in Kansas

The doctors say the end is near
Put on too many miles in not enough years
I just pray that she'll forgive me
She's the only thing to take away my fear

I think back to the better days
You and me dancing down at Dottys to our favorite song
God, I need your loving arms
Because everything in this life, it has gone wrong

The doctors say it's the worst they've seen
No cure, no chance it will pass
Just one more night in her arms
And I can die happy, here in Kansas
Track Name: Easy Come, Easy Go
Riding on the plains of the worst
We always deny ourselves first
Little more than a black witch curse
I've always held this untold verse

Arguing with myself right now
No one ever wins anyhow
Every voice a fixed place
Some days I don't know my own face

Left my conscience way back
Ever piece of pride before that
Never deserve what I get or got
Won't shit or get off the pot

Feel like the coward of the county
Long after you lost and found me
Pull of the trigger then it stops
You could have heard my pen drop

Riding on the plains of the worst
We always deny ourselves first
Little more than a black witch curse
I've always held this untold verse
Track Name: Goodbye Letter
Woke up this morning
To face the things I've done and places that I've been
On the fall down
I've lost more than my fair share of friends

And I don't owe you a damn thing
But I just got to let you know
I'm getting the help that I need
It's about time I let you go

I don't expect you to write back
But I've just got to let you see
I'm doing what I must
So don't you worry over me

When the triggers hit
You know, it fills my head, oh, so full of doubt
Fighting these demons
They say it's going to be a life long bout

But I've got nothing but time to kill
Thirty days till I get out
There's some things I should make right
Best not sit around and pout

I don't expect you to write back
But I've just got to let you see
I'm doing what I must
So don't you worry over me

Some days it feels like
I got this whole world crashing in my head
Looking through these past years
I can't believe I didn't end up dead

So I just take it one day at a time
Realize this thing is bigger than me
Some days it adds up against you
Feels like fighting against the sea

I don't expect you to write back
But I've just got to let you see
I'm doing what I must
So don't you worry over me
Track Name: Ship's Wheel Saturday Night
Daybreak dawns with the scent of sin from last night
Scenes we'll regret exposed in the morning light
Ashtrays broken, mascara ran with tears
Same old hangover we've been fighting for years

Lonely dollars spend slow
And lonely lovers don't know when to let go
If there's one thing I know
The more you make, the more you blow

I just parked my car in the tree outside
It's nights like these you feel lucky to get out alive
For every year of school, they've locked me up twice
You can have the fucking pie, all I want is a slice

Lonely dollars spend slow
And lonely lovers don't know when to let go
If there's one thing I know
The more you make, the more you blow

Sometimes it helps to get high
Kiss your baby's mouth and rub her thigh
Meet me down at the wheel tonight
Spending all our money on a Saturday night

Lonely dollars spend slow
And lonely lovers don't know when to let go
If there's one thing I know
The more you make, the more you blow
Track Name: Elysian Falls
Snap to from a dead sleep
Frost on the pillow where she'd laid
Wish I could go back to dreaming
So she could take the chills away

I'd go to my job if I had one
But the factory closed last spring
I couldn't see past the county line
But she dreamt of bigger things

Some nights I swear
I can still hear her call
Saying that she's coming home
Back to Elysian Falls

I met her down at the falls
Summer before our senior year
Two naive young lovers
Who'd never tasted fear

I walked down to the banks today
Just to clear my mind
My friends say I should let her go
Leave those memories behind

But, some nights I swear
I can still hear her call
Saying that she's coming home
Back to Elysian Falls

There no fear like the clarity
Growing up seems to bring
To youthful ideas of innocence
We so desperately cling

They say when the tie that binds
Is worn as thin as a thread
It comes down to us or them
Guess she chose them instead

Some nights I swear
I can still hear her call
Saying that she's coming home
Back to Elysian Falls
Track Name: Closing Night
He worked in those plants his whole damn life
Like his father and his brother, it's where he met his wife
Building those cars that America loves to drive
Now that it's shutting down, how the hell is he gonna survive

They gave him a severance, but it ain't gonna last
Everybody's leave town, hope ran out real fast
The whole community gave themselves to that old place
Now that company is pulling out so fast, you'd think they're running a race

Used to love the look of those factory lights shining in the sky so bright
Feels like the world is gonna end on closing night
An honest days living used to be every man's right
Now life don't look so good on closing night

Now he's got to go home, look at the kids
Tell them the life they've know, well now it's on the skids
Walk the streets, the places where he grew
Knowing deep down in his heart the old place was through

Paper ran a story, got everyone asking why
No one can believe it, seems middle America is going to die
People losing homes and jobs at such an alarming rate
You can't beat the king, because they got you in check-mate

Used to love the look of those factory lights shining in the sky so bright
Feels like the world is gonna end on closing night
An honest days living used to be every man's right
Now life don't look so good on closing night

He worked in those plants his whole damn life
Like his father and his brother, it's where he met his wife
The whole community gave themselves to that old place
Now that company is pulling out so fast, you'd think they were running a race