These Lonesome Nights

by Samuel Barker

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After releasing a demo of songs, All This for Gas Money?, and an EP recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, plus, an LP with his band, The Wayward Sons, Samuel Barker returns with his first official LP, These Lonesome Nights. I hope you dig it.

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released June 21, 2015

Samuel Barker - Vocals/Guitars/Mandolin/Harmonica
Kim Daniels - Vocals on Various Tracks

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Samuel Barker

All songs written by Samuel Barker except Kerosene, which was written by Brian Henneman and Scott Taylor.

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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: Couchsurfin' & Cryin'
Try to forget those cold winter nights
Smiling and laughing by the pale candle light
Because life can't help but steal your dreams
And all these damn habits betray us it seems

Dry those sweet tears left by the pain of love
Promises, they ring empty like faith in above
And all these memories, they cut bone deep
So lonesome like a night without sleep

Your sweet smile brings a pain so hard to face
Recollections of joy once felt in this place
Our bed sits empty where we once laid
And I drink on the couch safely out of range of those...

Sweet tears left by the pain of love
Promises, they ring empty like faith in above
All these memories, they cut bone deep
So lonesome like a night without sleep

Hold the memories or try to erase the pain
Drink away the sorrows to relieve the strain
Each night these thoughts fade to black
And each morning the pain comes rushing back

Dry those sweet tears left by the pain of love
Promises, they ring empty like faith in above
And all these memories, they cut bone deep
So lonesome like a night without sleep
Track Name: 12 Hours From Richmond
I'm 12 hours from Richmond, waiting on your call
Counting down the moments until you're sick of it all
Bracing for the words resting on your lips
A sad punchline we just couldn't skip

You ask for truth and hope every word is lie
And you regret every chance you've given me
Out on this road, it's easy to forget who we're supposed to be
And I know that I've forsaken thee

I'm 12 hours from Richmond, working through the night
I'm going to try and tell you that I've been living right
The money rolls right into these idle hands
And I've become something you just can't stand

You ask for truth and hope every word is lie
And you regret every chance you've given me
Out on this road, it's easy to forget who we're supposed to be
And I know that I've forsaken thee

I'm 12 hours from Richmond, my heart is hanging low
I've done some things that you'll never let go
I rarely go to bed, in this room, alone
But I'd trade them all to be with you back home

You ask for truth and hope every word is lie
And you regret every chance you've given me
Out on this road, it's easy to forget who we're supposed to be
And I know that I've forsaken thee

I'm 12 hours from Richmond, waiting on your call
Counting down the moments until you're sick of it all...
Track Name: Kerosene
Ever see that damn thing that burned out shell
For a little while that trailer must've seemed like hell
If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline

Kids wore rags, he never worked too much
Whose the judge to decide how much this world can punish
If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline

Now the welfare check won't pay the electricity
Who's the jury who decided they were all guilty
If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline

The fire started about 3am you know no of them would survive
They hated that trailer so it burnt them up alive
If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline

It's a pure and perfect world, it tells no lies
It'll burn you down if you try to improvise
If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline

If kerosene works why not gasoline
If kerosene works why not gasoline
Track Name: Crystal Beach
They're paving all the dirt roads
But they left this one alone
My trailer is at the dead end
It's no place to call home

Shrimp boats and oil fields
The only jobs still around
When the tourists all pack up
And forget this little town

The winter months bring boredom
Until the sun shines again
I'm cooking up distraction
Until the payday ends

Yeah, it's just another small town
Where the edges get so hard to reach
Wasting away all my best years
Just living out here on this Crystal Beach

Cough syrup and matchbooks
Coffee filters, starter spray
It takes a special kind of poison
To survive this day to day

At the end of my dirt road
The heat never gets too high
The sheriff has bigger problems
Like the runoff this July

And momma keeps the children
You know they never want or need
She hides behind her bible
To block the things she shouldn't see

Yeah, it's just another small town
Where the edges get so hard to reach
Wasting away all my best years
Just living out here on this Crystal Beach

When a man gets greedy
That's when it all goes wrong
A zig when you should zag
One spark and it's all gone

The flames lit the night sky
If there's a maker, we would have met
Ma just told the children
I fell asleep with a cigarette

Yeah, it's just another small town
Where the edges get so hard to reach
Wasting away all my best years
Just living out here on this Crystal Beach
Track Name: It's Okay to Be Okay
It's okay to be okay
that she up and walked away
And it's alright to feel alright
And still sleep through the night

I worked so hard to hold on to who I am
Called self-righteous for trying to give a damn
Got so lost in how it had always been
Never going to sell myself that short again

So it's okay to be okay
Let the sun shine on a brand new day
And it feels good, feeling good
Even if some folks don't think I should

I worked so hard to hold on to who I am
Called self-righteous for trying to give a damn
Got so lost in how it had always been
Never going to sell myself that short again

Well, it's okay to feel okay
And know sometimes she just goes that way
I'll just say whatever...to whatever
And hope I always stay that way

I worked so hard to hold on to who I am
Called self-righteous for trying to give a damn
Got so lost in how it had always been
Never going to sell myself that short again
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: The Mendoza Line
When I was just a young man
Daddy said more times than not we all strike out
Well, I weathered some minor failures
And learned to onto some doubts

This heart's been broke a few times
Left me a little shy at the dish
When you smiled across the barroom
I figured I'd just swing and take the risk

I know it may not seem as such
But honey, I swear I'm doing fine
A lot more swings than I'll ever have hits
But I'm staying about that Mendoza Line

Never had a problem with the curveballs
Nor those breakers, you always threw
But all those goddamn change ups
Kept me falling down over you

I know it may not seem as such
But honey, I swear I'm doing fine
A lot more swings than I'll ever have hits
But I'm staying about that Mendoza Line

You know, I always called it luck
But if you like, you can call it fate
I just know laying here in your arms
Kept me off that interstate
Your love kept me off the interstate

I know it may not seem as such
But honey, I swear I'm doing fine
A lot more swings than I'll ever have hits
But I'm staying about that Mendoza Line
Track Name: No Saints Here
Pick up the phone or leave a message
Just let me know you're still there
I never say what I oughta
It doesn't mean I don't care

Love isn't about sunshine and rainbows
Not just about happiness being found
It's knowing at my darkest
That you'll still be around

And you keep looking for answers
But the truth never reveals a saint
Never gave a damn about redemption
Because I'm can't be something I ain't

The past never held our perfection
Just a blind eye to all of our wrongs
Steadily sugarcoating disaster
From the moment we said so long

And you keep looking for answers
But the truth never reveals a saint
Never gave a damn about redemption
Because I'm can't be something I ain't

Forget who we were
Because we'll never be that again
We might find some forgiveness
But we have to pay for the sins

And you keep looking for answers
But the truth never reveals a saint
Never gave a damn about redemption
Because I'm can't be something I ain't
Track Name: Better Off Alone
Selling all the things that remind me of you
I played your game and always seemed to lose
Dreaming always kept us out of tune
Spent our time in the sun waiting on the moon

The storm in your eyes such lousy weather
This little love so quickly outgrown
We did our best to keep it together
But now I think I'd be better off alone

Yelling all the words that cut like knives
We've got our pride and we'll never take a dive
Burning this bridge until it's ash and coal
This one-sided love was never worth the toll

The storm in your eyes such lousy weather
This little love so quickly outgrown
We did our best to keep it together
But now I think I'd be better off alone

Selling all the things that remind me of you
I played your game and I'm glad to say I lose
Track Name: Night on the Town
Choosing sides of our own demise
Seems like the thing to do
It feels so nice to think you're right
Whether hypocrite or true

Dreams and lies walk the line
Spelling out desire in code
Mainlines and fixes fool good will
And leave us on a lonely road

Honey, don't be scared
It's a game we all play
Make a mess to clean again
It marks our path day by day

Selfish eyes tie the tongue
Though we try to live right
Drink it slow and breathe a smile
It'll never get better than tonight

Morning light sobers the mind
Regardless of the night before
Sins of the soul, this life we know
Still leaves us hollow at the core

Smokes and a smile to curl her lips
Change the pattern we've come to hold
Bottles and time loosen the mind
Teaching wisdom to let go

Honey, don't be scared
It's a game we all play
Make a mess to clean again
It marks our path day by day

Selfish eyes tie the tongue
Though we try to live right
Drink it slow and breathe a smile
It'll never get better than tonight