Rainbow Road

by Dan Sullivan

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released July 4, 2017

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Dan Sullivan Kalamazoo, Michigan

Some people like gardening, working on cars or woodworking. Others enjoy knitting, collecting stamps or coins. That kind of thing. I like writing songs.

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Track Name: They Don't Make 'Em Like Johnny Cash No More
He likes pickup trucks and getting drunk
With all his country bros
And he looks real handsome in his latest video
Nobody told him fortunes disappear
And fames a revolving door
And they don’t make ‘em like Johnny Cash no more

(chorus)
They don’t make ‘em like Johnny Cash no more
You can’t find John Prine at the record store
Hey, who’s that guy who just walked through the door
They don’t make ‘em like Johnny Cash no more

A man’s been shot in the parking lot
There’s two live camera crews
Recording the action for the six o’clock TV news
Right’s still right and wrong’s still wrong
But there’s no one keeping score
And they don’t make ‘em like Johnny Cash no more

chorus

Lies can shine like brand new dimes
And street’s can look like gold
They can sell you dreams ’til you put your life on hold
The future’s just around the bend
Listen up, you can hear it roar
And they don’t make ‘em like Johnny Cash no more

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Track Name: The American Dream (4th of July)
Two old pals sippin’ coffee at a corner cafe
Readin’ newspaper want ads that have nothing to say
Small talk is one way of passing the time
But once they made cars on an assembly line
Eddie and Leon used to put on the hoods
They lived in the suburbs and thought life was good
Now they’ve had to downsize all the plans that they made
Cause 6 months ago their jobs moved away

So roll up the sidewalk as tight as a drum
They’ve shut down the last Dairy Queen
You can turn out the lights on Main Street tonight
And wave goodbye to the American Dream

Morning in Milltown the first rays of sun
Fall on a steel mill whose work is all done
Boarded up windows, gates chained and locked
Where steel used to sing by the ring of the clock
Ray learned his lessons real well back in school
Took a job in the steel mill and followed all the rules
But now he flips burgers for the minimum wage
Just an old baby boomer showing his age

So roll up the sidewalk as tight as a drum
They’ve shut down the last Dairy Queen
You can turn out the lights on Main Street tonight
And wave goodbye to the American Dream

When the Captains of Commerce look overseas
A cheap labor market is all that they see
Maximum profits and minimum pay
The American Dream being auctioned away

So roll up the sidewalk as tight as a drum
They’ve shut down the last Dairy Queen
You can turn out the lights on Main Street tonight
And wave goodbye to the American Dream
Turn out the lights at the ballpark tonight
And wave goodbye to the American Dream
Load what you can in a Mayflower Van
And wave goodbye to the American Dream
Track Name: Refugee
I am just a Refugee
I have no place to rest
I’m hungry and I’m tired now
I have but one request

Won’t someone spare a Refugee
Some water and some bread
And perhaps a place upon the floor
To lay my weary head

The fever took my mother
I have no family
I’m lost and forgotten
There’s no one left for me

No vagabond am I
I did not choose this fate
To stand outside the city walls
Begging at the gate

I am just a Refugee
I have no place to rest
I’m hungry and I’m tired now
I have but one request

Won’t someone spare a Refugee
Some water and some bread
And perhaps a place upon the floor
To lay my weary head
Track Name: Lonely Too
I know I’m not pretty
I was born like this
I’m not the kind of girl
Men long to kiss
But I’ve got feelings
Just like you
Don’t stare at me that way
I get lonely too

I may not be smart
Not the way that you are
But sometimes I still shine
As bright as any star
And sometimes I wish
You could stand in my shoes
You wouldn’t stare at me that way
If you were lonely too

Now I don’t mind the rain
It washes things clean
And I don’t have to worry
It can’t wash away my dreams
Track Name: The One You Don't See Coming
Well I never gave it much thought when I was younger
Yeah I guess you could say that I was perfectly blind
You better watch out for the one you don’t see coming
That’s the one they say will get you every time

There’s a woman who lives all alone with her cats and her Bible
There’s a red rose she keeps under glass to remind her of him
Ruth used to dance with Bobby at the club every Friday evening
Just a little bit of joy in a world full of sorrow and sin

Broken hearts and memories
Are always leaving town
Just when you’re not looking
They always come around

Well I never gave it much thought when I was younger
Yeah I guess you could say that I was perfectly blind
You better watch out for the one you don’t see coming
That’s the one they say will get you every time
Track Name: Rainbow Road
Don’t leave me wandering early mornings
Searching for that long ago warning
You know I couldn’t find it by myself
Images like broken glass
Memories and photographs
Touching tears I never knew I had

On days like this when memories
Are all that I have left
And all my time like all my dreams are spent
I’ll remember that smile of yours
And know that I’ve been blessed
And never wonder where the time all went

Don’t leave me wandering early mornings
Searching for that long ago warning
You know I couldn’t find it by myself
Lost and found and lost again
Someday soon I don’t know when
I’ll find you back on Rainbow Road again
Track Name: Santa Writes Home
Well, I bet I’ve seen every Salvation Army tree
And every department store from sea to shining sea
I must have turned the lights on on a million Christmas trees
And held every boy and girl in the world on my knee

If I wasn’t so busy I’d take you to lunch
It sure does get lonely being everywhere at once
Your hair is so curly and your skin is so soft
I’m gonna drop off these toys and take the next 6 months off

Well I love the laughing children and their eyes so bright and gay
They shine and sparkle like the stars across the Milky Way
But sometimes I get lonesome and I wish that you were here
I can’t wait to get back home I can use some Christmas Cheer

If I wasn’t so busy I’d take you to lunch
It sure does get lonely being everywhere at once
Your hair is so curly and your skin is so soft
I’m gonna drop off these toys and take the next 6 months off
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Track Name: Without Your Love
Don't wonder if I love you baby
You know that you're always on my mind
Don't worry I won't hurt you baby
You know that I'd never be unkind

Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all

On nights like this when I need your kiss
I can almost feel you touching me
The scent of you fills this lonely room
Then I wake and I find it's just a dream

Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all
Without your love I'm nothing at all
Track Name: If You Don't Love Me Anymore
I’ve noticed your inattention
You always seem so far away
And when I’m talking to you
You look the other way
It doesn’t take a genius
To figure out the score
Why don’t you just come out and say it
If you don’t love me anymore

You’re keeping your thoughts hidden
But I can see it in your eyes
And that look of indifference
You don’t bother to disguise
It doesn’t take a genius
To figure out the score
Why don’t you just come out and say it
If you don’t love me anymore

Don’t pretend to be a martyr
Or betray me with a kiss
I’ve survived heartaches before
And stronger storms than this

I don’t need an explanation
I don’t need a reason why
Don’t waste your time denying
What I see with my own eyes
It doesn’t take a genius
To figure out the score
Why don’t you just come out and say it
If you don’t love me anymore
Track Name: I Didn't Mean To Fall In Love With You
© Dan Sullivan (2010)

I didn’t mean to fall in love with you
It wasn’t something that I meant to do
‘Cause this old heart of mine
Don’t need to be broken in two
I didn’t mean to fall in love with you

I didn’t mean to make you feel so small
It wasn’t what I meant to do at all
And if I could I’d make you feel
Like you were 10 feet tall
I didn’t mean to make you feel so small

I wonder if there’s a reason why
Things happen like this
Did some unseen hand a long time ago
Write it in a script?
Did we bring it on ourselves
Or was it just an accident
Sometimes it seems like
There’s something that I missed
Sometimes it seems like
There’s something that I missed

I didn’t mean to fall in love with you
It wasn’t something that I meant to do
‘Cause this old heart of mine
Don’t need to be broken in two
I didn’t mean to fall in love with you
Track Name: Sometimes Love Means Letting Go
She knows he’s still in love with her
But she’s not in love with him
She says she needs to find herself
But he knows where she’s been
His heart’s hoping to change her mind
But deep inside he knows
Sometimes love means holding on
Sometimes love means letting go

There’s a picture hanging on the wall
Taken on their wedding day
He’s holding her in his arms
As she cuts the wedding cake
It seems like only yesterday
Her love was sure and strong
Now his world’s turned upside down
And he’s barely hanging on

He could try to hold onto
A love that isn’t there
But what good would it do
When she no longer cares

She knows he’s still in love with her
But she’s not in love with him
She says she needs to find herself
But he knows where she’s been
His heart’s hoping to change her mind
But deep inside he knows
Sometimes love means holding on
Sometimes love means letting go
Track Name: Ain't It Sad The Way A Train Can Let You Down
Headin’ for Chicago on a freight train from St. Paul
Feelin’ like I’m feelin’ nothing at all
Hot steel burnin’ fast tracks ‘cross Minnesota ground
Ain’t it sad the way a train can let you down

It hurts to have to watch a diesel cry
Leavin’ you with sad, lonesome goodbyes

I met that train in Denver, she left me in Sioux Falls
Caught her in St. Louis, took her to St. Paul
But now I know she’s leavin’, when Chicago comes around
Ain’t it sad the way a train can let you down

It hurts to have to watch a diesel cry
Leavin’ you with sad, lonesome goodbyes

Yes, now I know she’s leavin’, when Chicago comes around
Ain’t it sad the way a train can let you down
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Track Name: I Could Use A Rainbow Right Now
Rain, rain, rain
Fallin’ on my head
I wonder if the sun
Will ever shine again
Lord I hate to bother you
But I’m feelin’ so down
And I could use
A rainbow right now

Rain, rain, rain
Fallin’ on my bed
“I don’t love you anymore”
Was all she said
Lord, I hate to bother you
But I’m feelin’ so down
And I could use
A rainbow right now

Tears of laughter, tears of joy
Have turned to tears of sorrow
And all my happy yesterdays
Can’t buy me one tomorrow

Rain, rain, rain
Fallin’ from the sky
She wouldn’t even answer
When I asked her why
Lord, I hate to bother you
But I’m feelin’ so down
And I could use
A rainbow right now