January 31st, 2020 – Freedom Rock

In 1989 there was plenty of political unrest and social upheaval around the planet to keep the 24 hour news cycle humming as background noise on televisions across America, mine included. Most people barely paid attention.

But it has been a time honored tradition for musicians to write songs highlighting political hot button issues or calling out hypocritical, tyrannical or complacent governments and leaders. Some folks got their news and social perspectives from woke musicians who took full advantage of this country’s freedom of speech to advance the conversation.

Neil Young – “Rockin’ in the Free World”

I never felt that Neil Young was a particularly strong singer. He has a unique sound to be sure but it’s his songwriting and energy when he delivers this song that captivates me. Truth be told, when I was playing in a band at around the time this was released I really enjoyed singing this tune onstage.

Rockin’ in the Free World” was released in 1989 and was from Neil Young’s 17th studio album “Freedom“. The story behind the song is that Young and his band Crazy Horse were planning a tour that included the Soviet Union. When that gig fell through it was his drummer who quipped “we’ll have to keep rockin’ in the free world” – Young seized upon that phrase and applied it to all of the geopolitical concerns of the day.

The song made it to number 2 on Billboard, is considered to be one of Neil Young’s best songs and ranks 216 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of all Time. I don’t know if it was Neil but the Berlin Wall opened the same month this song was released. Coincidence?

Fast forward to January 2020, Canadian born Neil Young is granted United States citizenship after living in the U.S. for more than 50 years – Happy Freedom Neil.

Lew Hastings

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign on the road ahead
There’s alot of people sayin’ we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan, but I am to them
So I try to forget it, any way I can

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away, and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life, and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

Writer: Neil Young Reprise Records

January 26th, 2020 – Don’t Leave Me Hanging

This band has held my attention since I first heard them burst onto the scene with their debut album in 2000. While the rest of the world was still shaken by the unrealized threat of Y2K, these alternative rockers were gearing up to deliver a different brand of attack that would catch the music industry off guard.

Lifehouse had inauspicious beginnings in 1995 under the name Blyss. But for lead singer songwriter Jason Wade, evolving and creating was his way of life.

Lifehouse – “Hanging by a Moment”

From the group’s 2000 debut album “No Name Face” the song “Hanging by a Moment” screamed up the charts planting the band firmly onto the music scene as the new decade continued to scramble for the favor of alternative rock fans.

To his credit, the band’s frontman Jason Wade taught himself guitar at 14 and originally wrote songs as an escape from the impact of his parent’s failed marriage. In the video for HBM, Wade looks more like a California surfer dude than rockstar but the songwriting and performance tell a different story. During the bands formative years Wade caught the attention of music industry producer Jude Cole who introduced him to Dreamworks Records who funded the demos that would eventually become Lifehouse‘s debut album “No Name Face

Wade changed the name of the band to Lifehouse as a nod to the music being representative of his life and by extension those who would come to identify with it. And identify they did. The album went on to sell over 4 million copies worldwide. While the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts, it eventually went on to be crowned Billboard’s number 1 single of 2001 beating out Alicia Keys, Usher, Train, Matchbox 20 and Lenny Kravitz among others for the top spot.
Fun fact – Wade admits the song was written quickly, in under 10 minutes, with no real regard for what would eventually happen to it. But after some reflection, Wade says the song probably represents being able to appreciate living in the moment.

-Lew Hastings

I’m desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I’m Closer to where I Started
Chasing after you

I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I’m lacking
Completely incomplete
I’ll take your invitation
You take all of me

Now I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you

I’m livin’ for the only thing I know
I’m running here and I’m not quite sure
Where to go?
And down I know I’d like to be in tune
Just hanging by a moment here with you

There’s nothing else to lose
There’s nothing left to fly
There is nothing in the world that can change my mind
There is nothing else
There is nothing else
There is nothing else

I’m desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I’m closer where I Started
I’m Chasing after you

I’m falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I’ve held onto
I’m standing here until you make me move
I’m hanging by a moment here with you

I’m livin’ for the only thing I know
I’m running here and I’m not quite sure
Where to go?
And down I know I’d like to be in tune
Just hanging by a moment here with you

Just hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment
Hanging by a moment here with you

Writer/s: Jason Wade 
Publisher: Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs

January 24th, 2020 – Would I Lie to You?

So those of you that know me will probably be surprised that it took this long for me to add this artist to my playlist considering I have every album he has ever released and have seen him about 25 times in concert over the years.

The reason is obvious to me. I have a hard time selecting my favorite songs. In keeping with how I have been choosing for my travel playlist I wanted to pick a song or two that was not an obvious hit or something that has been played out for me on the radio and in concert over the years.

Elton John – “Lies”

Lies” is a song from Elton John‘s 24th album Made in England released in 1995. It was never released as a single and is probably one of those unknown gems that, sadly, most casual EJ fans will miss completely.

I think the piano playing and driving uptempo beat juxtapose perfectly the semi-serious content of Bernie Taupin’s lyrics. Some of my favorite bits include “I’ve lied for a stolen moment, I’ve lied for one more clue, I’ve lied about most everything, But I never lied to you.”

I know it might not be a song most would pick for their playlist but I like to throw a curveball in the mix once in a while. Even though I know it’s in there, when it comes on so abruptly in a well produced blast of sound, it’s a great charge and change of pace when you’re trucking down the road. Would I lie to you?

~Lew Hastings

Some lie about who they love
Some lie about the truth
Some lie to save their lives
Some lie about their youth

Some lie about age and beauty
The conquest of sex
Most lie about the night before
A woman lies for a party dress

I‘ve lied for a stolen moment
I’ve lied for one more clue
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you

And we lie, lie, lie on a streetcar named desire
Oh we lie, lie, lie for that sweet bird of youth
I could be great like Tennessee Williams
If I could only hear something that sounds like the truth

Some lie in the face of death
Some lie about their fame
Some kneel and lie to God
Some lie about their name

Some lie in words and speeches
With every living breath
The young lie with their guitars
The old lie for a little respect

I’ve lied to lie with danger
I’ve lied for a drug or two
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you

I’ve lied for a stolen moment
I’ve lied for one more clue
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you.

Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin 1995 William A. Bong Limited

January 23rd, 2020 – Separate but Very Together

If there was a soundtrack to my life, this band would write most of the songs to it. I had the very good fortune to see them in their heyday, when they charted with single after single after single and I clearly wasn’t the only one buying their albums.

I spent good money for tickets to three concerts spanning over three albums in five years from 1981 to 1986. I think I still own a t-shirt from those days. I own a number of concert tees from those days but that’s another story.

Journey – “Separate Ways (World’s Apart)”

Journey really was one of the all-time favorite bands of my youth and I amassed probably half of their 17 combined studio and live albums which probably contained the bulk of the 59 singles they released since 1975.

Talk about radio friendly, arena rock, anthemic tunes – they covered just about the entirety of my elementary, middle and high school years. Journey formed in San Francisco in 1973 by members Neal Schon and Ross Valory who splintered off from another popular 70’s group, Santana. Again a progressive beginning for Journey took a mainstream turn with the addition of lead vocalist Steve Perry for album #4 “Infinity” in 1978 and the rest, as they say, is history.

I chose “Separate Ways” for my playlist frankly because I got burned out on the standards “Don’t Stop Believin’“, “Anyway you Want it” and “Faithfully” but I really wanted the band represented somewhere in the music I listened to on whatever journey I was taking.

~Lew Hastings

Here we stand
Worlds apart
Hearts broken in two, two, two
Sleepless nights
Losing ground
I’m reaching for you, you, you

Feelin’ that it’s gone
Can change your mind
If we can’t go on
Survive the tide, love divides

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
How we touched
And went our separate ways

If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you
Though we touched
And went our separate ways

Troubled times
Caught between
Confusion and pain, pain, pain
Distant eyes
Promises we make
Were in vain, in vain

If you must go, I wish you love
You’ll never walk alone
Take care, my love
Miss you, love

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
How we touched
And went our separate ways

If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you
Though we touched
And went our separate ways

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you

If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you

I still love you, girl
I really love you, girl

And if he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
No, no

Songwriters: Stephen Ray Perry / Jonathan CainSeparate Ways (Worlds Apart) lyrics © Twist And Shout Music, Love Batch Music, COPYRIGHT CONTROL (NON-HFA), WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING OBO TWIST & SHOUT MUSIC, SHEPPY MUSIC

January 22nd, 2020 – A Fire in Kansas

I keep saying that I am not a big fan of progressive bands yet there have been several in my playlist so far and we are not out of January yet. This band cites the likes of Yes and Genesis as influences and wound up writing and recording some of the biggest rock anthems of all time.

I can’t remember where I heard or saw them for the first time but I watched a documentary on the band last night and I’m betting that I saw them on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert which was a TV show in the 1970’s that featured bands of the time performing live.

Kansas – “Fight Fire with Fire”

By the release of “Fight Fire with Fire” in 1983, Kansas had long been entrenched in superstardom after their releases of “Song for America“, “Carry on Wayward Son“, “Point of No Return“, and of course “Dust in the Wind“. Some would say they were past their prime at this point in their career but of course, the 80’s brought new chart life with more radio friendly pop tunes and Kansas fell in line with the albums “Vinyl Confessions” and “Drastic Measures“.

I try and choose songs to listen to that may not have gotten the same airplay as the biggest hits from some of music’s biggest bands. While this is a lesser known song from Kansas, it did actually do well on the charts reaching 58 on Billboard‘s Top 100 and number 3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts.

In my opinion, the decade of heavy metal pop was kind to the band and while some key members were not in Kansas anymore, they maintained their signature sound and produced shorter compositions that I think packed a punch. A space in my playlist is well deserved.

~Lew Hastings

There’s a hole in the wall
With a light shining in
And it’s letting me know to get up
It’s time to begin

Oh there is nothing to lose
‘Cause it’s already lost
In a runaway world
Of confusion
I’m gonna take it

That’s why I fight fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
I don’t want to lose this flamin’ desire
Standing alone
In a crowded room
I can feel a chill in the air
I’m shakin’

I’m miles away
I want to cry out loud
I want to fight till the end
I won’t let ’em take me alive

That’s why I fight fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
I don’t want to lose this flamin’ desire
Standing alone
In a crowded room
I can feel a chill in the air
I’m shakin’

And you know I’ll fight fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
‘Cause I’m never gonna lose this flamin’ desire

Songwriters: Dino F Elefante / John ElefanteFight Fire With Fire lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company

January 21st, 2020 – Constant Contact

Every once in a while there comes a voice that is unidentifiable yet familiar. Just different enough to make you sit up and take notice but once you do, it puts you so at ease that you can’t imagine your world without it.

This artist is hard to categorize and there are many who have tried. While she is the first to say her roots are in country, she also adds a punk style. And she wasn’t the first to introduce that hybrid genre.

k.d. lang – “Constant Craving”

k.d. lang‘s single “Constant Craving” from her 1992 release “Ingénue” was her biggest hit and a Grammy award winning song but, Lang was a bonafide superstar long before it came out. Indeed she won a Grammy in 1989 with Roy Orbison for a duet of Orbison’s hit “Crying“. That same year she also won a Grammy as Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her album “Absolute Torch and Twang“.

In an interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, k.d. revealed that she was comfortable with the fact that she was never really categorized or fully embraced by the country & western scene. And she understood why. But one thing the music industry and the listening public could not ignore was her tremendous talent. From a small town in Alberta Canada to Nashville, to L.A. to the Pacific Northwest, mainstream success did not elude the vocal powerhouse who could handle country, pop, folk, jazz and probably just about anything else she wanted to sing.

A 2010 performance at the opening of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Lang performed an incredible rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” If you have any curiosity about what a gift from God sounds like, check out that performance. It’s what you crave.

~Lew Hastings

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been

Writer/s: K. D. LANG, BENJAMIN MINK 
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

January 20th, 2020 – A Walk in the Park

I have never been a fan of musicians who feel the need to shout or scream their performances at the top of their lungs. I don’t find that enjoyable, relaxing or mood inducing. However, there is a time and a place for angst laden lyrics and hardcore heavy metal music. Or so I understand.

In all seriousness, there are bands with singers who can express themselves with terrific range taking the listener on a journey through their darkest nightmares and their deepest pain. This song and this band delivers all of that and more.

Linkin Park – “Breaking the Habit”

Linkin Park released “Breaking the Habit” as the fifth single from their second album Meteora. No other album on the alternative charts has been as successful as this one. The album made the top 3 on charts in 24 countries and this single topped out at number 20 on the Billboard charts in the U.S.

There is so much more to the story of Linkin Park, frontman Chester Bennington, and this song. Songwriting credits are listed as Linkin Park but guitarist and keyboardist Mike Shinoda began composing this song long before the band’s first album. It was originally a long instrumental but after the lyrics were added some 6 years after the first concept it became an emotional powerhouse particularly for Chester Bennington who had struggled with addition for a long time. The song affected him to the point where he struggled to sing it live for a year after its release. Bennington also traveled in the same circles as good friend Chris Cornell, frontman for Soundgarden and he replaced Scott Weiland as frontman for Stone Temple Pilots for a time before coming back to Linkin Park.

Sadly, Scott Weiland died of an accidental overdose in 2015, Chris Cornell took his own life in May of 2017 and despondent Chester Bennington committed suicide on what would have been Chris Cornell‘s birthday July 20th 2017. The demons that stalk creatives is well known and storied and it’s always tragic when talent is silenced by an untimely end.

~ Lew Hastings

Memories consume like opening the wounds
I’m picking me apart again
You all assume
I’m safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again
I don’t want to be the one the battles always choose
’cause inside I realize that I’m the one confused

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don’t know why I instigate
And say what I don’t mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I know it’s not alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

Clutching my cure
I tightly lock the door
I try to catch my breath again
I hurt much more than any time before
I have no options left again
I don’t want to be the one the battles always choose
’cause inside I realize that I’m the one confused

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don’t know why I instigate
And say what I don’t mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I’ll never be alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

I’ll paint it on the walls
’cause I’m the one at fault
I’ll never fight again
And this is how it ends

I don’t know what’s worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
But now I have some clarity to show you what I mean
I don’t know how I got this way
I’ll never be alright
So I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit
I’m breaking the habit tonight

Writer/s: BRAD DELSON, CHESTER CHARLES BENNINGTON, DAVE FARRELL, JOSEPH HAHN, MIKE SHINODA, ROBERT G. BOURDON 
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

January 19th, 2020 – Who you calling crazy?

This song is an excellent mixture of club and trance, pop and R&B with a little bit of soul added in for good measure. The lyrics are a hazy trip through the world with concepts of people coming together, breaking apart and becoming delirious and angry with the singer wondering if to keep it all together, perhaps we all need to be a little bit off.

This song does not match any of the profiles I normal look for in a playlist selection. But I feel that the artist’s voice draws me in because it’s a little different. Matching that up with a slick, heavy drum beat through a synth/trance track with a slight nod to repeated guitar power chord strums. I think it’s a cool driving tune.

Seal – “Crazy”

Seal literally came out of nowhere. A musician who can sing, play guitar, bass and keyboards, he simply handed a demo tape to UK club DJ and producer Adamski and the rest is history. It probably wasn’t as simple as all that, truth be told, but suffice it to say that it didn’t take long for Seal to burst onto the scene and take the music industry by storm. The album “Seal” was released in 1991 and “Crazy” charted well, won Seal a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal, an Ivor Novello award, and the video was nominated in multiple categories for MTV music awards.

I really enjoy this song and when I began my Red Road Radio Show back in 2014, I chose this song as the shows closing theme. It tied into the content of the news I was delivering and how it made me feel after really digging into the issues of the day. It kind of left me thinking that the World was mad and not interested in changing in the least. Call me crazy.

~Lew Hastings

In a church, by the face
He talks about the people going under

Only child know

A man decides after seventy years
That what he goes there for, is to unlock the door
While those around him criticize and sleep
And through a fractal on a breaking wall
I see you my friend, and touch your face again
Miracles will happen as we trip

But we’re never gonna survive, unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive, unless
We are a little crazy

Crazy yellow people walking through my head
One of them’s got a gun, to shoot the other one
And yet together they were friends at school
Ohh, get it, get it, get it, get it no no

If all were there when we first took the pill
Then maybe, then maybe, then maybe, then maybe
Miracles will happen as we speakBut we’re never gonna survive unless
We get a little crazy
No we’re never gonna survive unless
We are a little crazy
No no, never survive, unless we get a little bit

Oh, a little bit
Oh, a little bit

A man decides to go along after seventy years

Oh darlin’
In a sky full of people, only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
In a world full of people, only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy, crazy
In a heaven of people there’s only some want to fly
Ain’t that crazy
Oh babe, oh darlin’
In a world full of people there’s only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy, isn’t that crazy

But were never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy
No were never gonna to survive unless we are a little
But were never gonna survive unless, we get a little crazy
No were never gonna to survive unless, we are a little, crazy
No no, never survive unless, we get a little bit

Someday, only child know

Them things
The size of which you’ve never known before

They’ll break it

And then you see things
The size of which youve never known before

Someday…
Someway…

Songwriters: Guy Sigsworth / Seal Samuel

January 18th, 2020 – Good Lord

I know that this will not be a favorite of many people following this blog or for fans of music in general. I know this because I caught a lot of flack back when I was listening to them. Well, fear not, the band broke up long ago. But I think after hearing some neat facts about the band and the song, you may look at them with a tiny bit more respect.

This song has a big, sing along chorus with dramatic keyboards leading it and a pounding drum to accent the power chords of the electric guitar.

Mr. Mister – “Kyrie”



Formed in Arizona but quickly residing in L.A., Mr. Mister had been kicking around in one form or another from the late 70’s and early 80’s. That’s a sound right in my wheelhouse. The lineup of Richard Page, Steve George, Steve Farris and Pat Mastelotto broke out with their first album in 1984 on RCA records. Not a critical success but the industry attention got frontman Richard Page offers to front bands like Toto and Chicago, both jobs he wound up turning down. Prior to the first album Page and George were already pretty much industry insiders having working as session musicians for Quincy Jones and having written songs for the likes of Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Rick Springfield and others.

Popular success came with the release of their second album “Welcome to the Real World” in 1985. “Kyrie” was the second single and made it to number 1 on the Billboard charts riding the success of the albums first single “Broken Wings“. Richard Page, who was heavily into meditation and introspection and personal power, wrote “Kyrie” he says, as a prayer. In fact, Kyrie Eleison translates to “Lord have mercy” in Greek. Page remember singing this in church services he attended as a kid.

The song was a blockbuster hit worldwide reaching Number 1 in the U.S., Canada and Norway. It made the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. And it made the top 100 in Australia, Italy, and New Zealand. If you ask me this might be one of the quintessential 80’s tunes of all time. Hallelujah and Amen.

~Lew Hastings

Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie

The wind blows hard against this mountain side, across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide, setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories, my body burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine, is where I find myself again

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old, of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road, or only wished what I could be

Kyrie eleison, down the road that I must travel
Kyrie eleison, through the darkness of the night
Kyrie eleison, where I’m going will you follow
Kyrie eleison, on a highway in the light

Writer/s: JOHN ROSS LANG, RICHARD JAMES PAGE, STEVEN PARK GEORGE 
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

January 17th, 2020 – Get Lit

I remember watching American Idol. I wasn’t a regular viewer by any means but it was enjoyable seeing talented folks getting a chance to show their stuff to industry players who could change their lives. Ultimately, someone was gonna get their big break and TV viewers not only got to be along for the ride but could vote on who it would be.

Well season 7 was a game changer for me. I saw this cat sing for the first time and knew he was going to win. Sure enough he did. And he deserved it.

David Cook – “Light On”

Born in Houston Texas and raised in Missouri, David Cook brought the goods to American Idol and he originally did not intend to audition. He was actually there to support his brother who did audition. David’s mother and brother both encouraged him to audition as well. David Cook was well into music by the time American Idol came around for him at age 27. David’s first guitar was given to him at age 2 and he had worked playing in bands since high school. In fact, Cook was working as a bartender at the time of his audition and playing gigs with his band as he was able.

Winning American Idol set David Cook on a path from season finale in May to a record deal with RCA and a debut album released in November of the same year, 2008. The self titled album had Cook working with rock and grunge artists and producers including Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell who co-wrote the top 20 hit “Light on

This song ranks up there with some of my favorite all time. It’s got power, range and emotion delivered by a new voice in music. I definitely pegged David Cook a winner from early in the season and he did go on to break some Billboard records including having 11 songs debut in the Hot 100 the week of his win. I just wish he had more star and staying power. The music industry and the American public is fickle and if you’re not careful they just may turn out all the lights and pretend they’re not home when you come around hawking your wares. Where’s Tom Bodett when you need him?

~Lew Hastings

Never really said too much
Afraid it wouldn’t be enough
Just try to keep my spirits up
When there’s no point in grieving
Doesn’t matter anyway
Words could never make me stay
Words will never take my place
When you know I’m leaving

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

You know we’ve been down that road
What seems a thousand times before
My back to a closing door and my eyes to the seasons
That roll out underneath my heels
And you don’t know how bad it feels
To leave the only one that I have ever believed in

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone yeah

Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck
When the signal keeps on breaking up
When the wires cross in my brain
You’ll start my heart again
When I come along

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Try to leave a light on when I’m gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it’s late at night you can look inside
You won’t feel so alone

Writer/s: BRIAN HOWES, CHRIS CORNELL 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC