I Ain't Lost

by Jim Parker

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This album was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL! "Chicken Truck" was recorded at the VBC Playhouse on July 6, 2012 during the Jim Parker Songwriter's Series.

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released September 22, 2012

Jim Parker Music, LLC.
© HenKid Music (BMI)

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Track Name: I Ain't Lost (But I Don't Know Where I Am)
The mistress in the GPS says I'm getting near
To think I went to find myself and found myself back here
The sign says Grand Oak Village where the Grand Oak used to stand
I ain't lost, but I don't know where I am

I used to walk and run these streets, I knew my way back then
I pulled into a station and recognized my high school friend
Long time no see buddy, say can you help me Sam
I ain't lost, but I don't know where I am

I've been driving round in circles and it's messing with my mind
Thought I was going forward but it was backwards all the time
Do I look as different as the old town looks to me
Am I still her hometown hero or just what used to be

I scribbled down direction and got back in my car
I swear that Walgreen's used to be the Old Red Rooster Bar
I feel like some stranger in a far and distant land
I ain't lost, but I don't know where I am

I was traveling round in circles and it was messing with her mind
She was waiting for an answer I couldn't give her at the time
Now I know I need her but did I push her love too far
I was all she ever wanted once upon a wishing star

I slowed down on Maple Street but I just drove on past
A loving wife and children were playing in the grass
She was my Molly Elliott but now her mailbox says Moran
I ain't lost, but I don't know where I am
You can't relive old memories they're just markers in the sand
I ain't lost, but I don't know where I am
Track Name: 20 Miles Back
With a full tank of gas...I laid the rubber down
This fight would be our last ...I yelled baby I'm out
I didn't really know...where I was gonna go
But I knew I was leavin'
She's 20 miles back...20 miles back

She wrote I love you in the dust on my dash
Found her picture in my pocket, I miss you on the back
It got me thinkin' what am I thinkin'
Leavin' her behind
20 miles back...20 miles back

Sittin' on the shoulder, semis blowin' by
I'm thirty minutes older and twice as wise
There's only one woman I want in my life
And I know that's where my heart's at
20 miles back

Well I came to my senses and got her on the phone
Tryin' to mend our fences don't want to go it alone
I'll come back and get you I'll try to make it right
I know I was wrong
20 miles back...20 miles back

Sittin' on the shoulder, semis blowin' by
I'm thirty minutes older and twice as wise
There's only one woman I want in my life
And I know that's where my heart's at
20 miles back

I'll be burnin' up the highway
Driving crazy, passing traffic like a maniac
To get that 20 miles back

Sittin' on the shoulder, semis blowin' by
I'm thirty minutes older and twice as wise
There's only one woman I want in my life
And I know that's where my hearts at
20 miles back
Track Name: Wasting Roses
I wrote another letter I know she’ll never read
I keep trying to get her to take a call from me
All I want is one more minute to tell her I was wrong and I admit it

She won’t take my calls, talk to me at all
I’ve sent roses, letters, cards and emails
She’s never coming back; in my heart I know it
So why do I keep wasting roses

My life plays like a movie, she’s in every scene
Our boy's baseball star; the twins turned sweet sixteen
Every time I try to keep them in my life

She won’t take my calls, won’t talk to me at all
I’ve sent roses, letters, cards and emails
She’s never coming back; in my heart I know it
So why do I keep wasting roses

I swear I’ve done everything I can think of
How in the hell do I fall out of love

She won’t take my calls, won’t talk to me at all
I’ve sent roses, letters, cards and emails
She took the kids and left, I never would have guessed
Now the sign in my front yard says home for sale
She’s never coming back; in my heart I know it
So why do I keep wasting roses
Why do I keep wasting roses
Track Name: Wal-Mart Wedding Ring
Ain’t it amazing the changes that come about
When you find someone you can’t live without
That math you were taught ain’t a lot
But it all adds up to what you ain’t got
Two can eat as cheap as one
As long as one don’t get none
You want to give her more; your jaw hits the floor
Sticker shock at the jewelry store
You can’t cash out, need a discount
For a symbol of love that leaves no doubt

It’s a Walmart wedding ring
Itty bitty, teeny-weeny, Hope diamond
Tied to her heartstrings, Oh it’s her everything
Her Walmart wedding ring

Ten hour days, six days week
School at night to get his degree
It all paid off, got a better job
Raisin’ three kids in the house they bought
She didn’t know it but on the side
He had a little bank account with money he’d hide
So he could afford to pay cash for
A bigger ring than he bought before
You’d never guessed what happened next
She slide that ring right up against

Her Walmart wedding ring
Itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, Hope diamond
It’s tied to her heartstrings, Oh it’s her everything
Her Walmart wedding ring

Men don’t think like women think
They can see their whole world in the smallest things

Like a Walmart wedding ring
Itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, hope diamond
Tied to her heartstring, Oh it’s her everything

Repeat chorus
Track Name: The Man I Wanna Be
GIRL I SWEAR SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’M MY OWN WORST ENEMY
YEA, I’VE BEEN KNOWN TO PULL MY OWN RUG OUT FROM UNDER ME
YOU THINK I’M A DIAMOND UNDERNEATH THIS DIRT
I KNOW I’M STILL A PIECE OF WORK…

BUT EVERYTIME I’M SURE THAT YOUR GONNA GIVE UP ON ME YOU DON’T
WHEN ANY OTHER GOOD WOMAN WOULD WALK AWAY YOU WON’T
I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, FIGURED OUT THAT YOU MUST LOVE ME
FOR THE MAN I WANNA BE

BABY YOU AND I BOTH KNOW I’M SO… NOT WHAT YOU DESERVE
YOUR GOLD AND CURLS CHAMPAIEGN AND PEARLS AND I’M AN OLD T-SHIRT
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND
HOW YOU SEE PAST WHO I AM…

CAUSE EVERYTIME I’M SURE THAT YOUR GONNA GIVE UP ON ME YOU DON’T
WHEN ANY OTHER GOOD WOMAN WOULD WALK AWAY YOU WON’T
I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, FIGURED OUT THAT YOU MUST LOVE ME
FOR THE MAN I WANNA BE

I PROMISE YOU SOMEDAY SOME HOW
I’M GONNA BE THE MAN YOU SAY YOU SEE RIGHT NOW

BUT EVERYTIME I’M SURE THAT YOUR GONNA GIVE UP ON ME YOU DON’T
WHEN ANY OTHER GOOD WOMAN WOULD WALK AWAY YOU WON’T
I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT, FIGURED OUT THAT YOU MUST LOVE ME
FOR THE MAN I WANNA BE
OH, YOU MUST JUST LOVE ME……..FOR THE MAN I WANNA BE
THE MAN I WANNA BE...THE MAN I WANNA BE
Track Name: Fight The Light
On a rain slicked street in the south side of the city
The club just closed and the crowd is leavin’ the party
Round the corner comes a White Diamond Escalade
Blindin’ lights slowin’ down in pistol range
There’s a flash of fire, a familiar sound
Another young man is taken down

Fight the light, Fight the light, He heard himself say
Fight the light, Fight the light, Death is just a breath away
Fight the light, Fight the light, the afterlife can wait
Fight the light, Fight the light, Fight the light

Someone stop the bleedin’ a young girl cries for help
As she fumbles deep inside her purse to find her buried cell
The crowd steps aside as the sirens start to scream
He’s surrounded by the faces of the EMTs
But he can’t hear them say your gonna be okay
He’s too busy prayin’ the angels away

Fight the light, Fight the light, He heard himself say
Fight the light, Fight the light, Death’s a breath away
Fight the light, Fight the light, the afterlife can wait
Fight the light, Fight the light, Fight the light

He can’t wait till he’s back in the streets
With his heart full of grace and sermon he must preach

Fight the light, Fight the light, He heard himself say
Fight the light, Fight the light, Death’s a breath away
Fight the light, Fight the light, the afterlife can wait
Fight the light, Fight the light, Fight the light
Track Name: Healing
Silt and sand break through the levees
Buildings fall far beyond the strand
Waters rage with deadly power
Families run for shelter through the rain

Waging war cost our sons and daughters
Quakes shake down our cities and homes
Mothers cry for newborn babies
Buried in the rubble of a storm
Now’s the time to pray for healing
When we’re feeling like giving in
We cannot hide our hearts in darkness
Beneath the scars, deeper than our skin
Let the healing begin

We have a need for deep reflection
Heads bowed down in the palms of our hands
Kneeling here on this earthly alter
Where healing of our hearts begin

Now’s the time to pray for healing
When we’re feeling like giving in
We cannot hide our hearts in darkness
Beneath the scars, deeper than our skin
Let the healing begin

We’re not alone in sorrow as we search for peace within
Finding comfort in tomorrow building back our lives again

Now’s the time to pray for healing
When we’re feeling like giving in
We cannot hide our hearts in darkness
Beneath the scars, deeper than our skin
Let the healing begin; Let the healing begin
Track Name: Blood In The Water
I was drinkin’ at the Sand Bar down by the sea shore
They was packed like sardines out on the dance floor
When in come a red hot drop dead tall blond
Lookin’ for a big fish in this little pond
The look she sent me put me in a feeding frenzy

Blood in the water on the neon sea
Cute little fishy just swam by me
Headin’ for the deep end shakin’ that tail fin
Sharks at the Sand Bar showing them teeth
She rolls her tide like a wave on the ocean
I’m a big Great White and I’ve got a notion
Gonna eat her up, yum, boys don’t even bother
Get out of my way there’s blood in the water

She was cornered by a Hammerhead, tall dark and scaly
Something in her eyes said somebody save me
I sized him up like whale does a guppy
I ran him off like a dog does a puppy
I was gonna save her for a chomp, chomp later

Blood in the water on the neon sea
Cute little fishy just swam by me
Headin’ for the deep end shakin’ that tail fin
Sharks at the Sand Bar showing them teeth
She rolls her tide like a wave on the ocean
I’m a big Great White and I’ve got a notion
Gonna eat her up, yum, boys don’t even bother
Get out of my way there’s blood in the water

She lured me in and I took the bait
She knew I was hooked soon as I got a taste

Blood in the water on the neon sea
Cute little fishy just swam by me
Headin’ for the deep end shakin’ that tail fin
Sharks at the Sand Bar showing them teeth
She rolls her tide like a wave on the ocean
I’m a big Great White and I’ve got a notion
Gonna eat her up, yum, boys don’t even bother
Get out of my way there’s blood in the water
Track Name: It's A Good Thing
Hey there cutie in the skin-tight tank top
Pink flip-flops and hip huggin’ jeans
Got my heart going near ‘bout non-stop
How ‘bout a Bud and some hot wings

It’s a good thing
If you’re lookin’ for a love machine
Baby I’m the real thing
I want you and I’m feeling no shame
It’s a good thing

I’ve got a head full of home grown come-ons
But I don’t like “Honey what’s your sign?”
We can dance real slow to a George Straight love song
Have a little nip of my new moonshine

It’s a good thing
If you’re lookin’ for a love machine
Baby I’m the real thing
I want you and I’m feeling no shame
It’s a good thing

It’s like a birthday, Christmas and the 4th of July
All rolled up in a Saturday night
It’s 3 big 7s on a slot machine
It’s the last day of school when you hear the bell ring
It’s a good thing

It’s a good thing
If you’re lookin’ for a love machine
Baby it’s the real thing
I want you and I’m feeling no shame, no pain
It’s a good thing
Track Name: If This Isn't Heaven (This is Paradise)
Yesterday someone said
Heaven’s a vision dreamed up in our heads
But they never felt that river rush
The truth in your kiss; the love in your touch

If this isn’t heaven, what else could it be
You lying soft on my shoulder like an angel‘s wing
You and me loving each other tonight
If this isn’t heaven, this is paradise

Who am I to be so blessed
The one you love over all the rest
You could have had any man on earth
I’ve loved you from the very start
Love comes easy when it comes from the heart

If this isn’t heaven, what else could it be
You lying soft on my shoulder like an angel wing
You and me loving each other tonight
If this isn’t heaven, this is paradise

If I’m only dreaming, let me dream on
I’d rather be dreaming than wake up with you gone

If this isn’t heaven, what else could it be
You lying soft on my shoulder like an angel’s wing
You and me loving each other tonight
If this isn’t heaven, this is paradise
Track Name: Chicken Truck (LIVE from the VBC)
It was mornin' when I left Alabama
I must a been around in mid July
Well I got behind a chicken truck from Georgia
And the feathers were a fallin' like snow out of the sky

I couldn't get up speed enough to pass him
And a funny smell was a gettin' close to me
Somethin' keeps on messin' up my windshield
And the further I go the harder it gets to see

Chicken Truck, Chicken Truck, behind it I'm stuck
Chicken Truck, Chicken Truck, ain't it just my luck
Chicken Truck on Highway 65
Well the hens are a squawkin', the roosters are a crowin'
He's a slowin' me down when I need to keep goin'
Chicken Truck on Highway 65

He slowed down and I finally got around him
On a big long hill just south of Tennessee
He had a box of Colonial Sanders on his dashboard
He was eatin' fried chicken and throwin' the bones on me

Chicken Truck, Chicken Truck, behind it I'm stuck
Chicken Truck, Chicken Truck, ain't it just my luck
Chicken Truck on Highway 65
Well the hens are a squawkin', the roosters are a crowin'
He's a slowin' me down when I need to keep goin'
Chicken Truck on Highway 65