Jeff Kelly and the Graveyard Shift

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1.
Life's been good to me Even through the bad I see through the trees We're all built that way We all have our good times I'm doing just fine My heart's still alive Since you took it from me We're all built that way We all have our hard times I love the dark That's when I notice the light Life's been good to you Gave you paths to choose And brought people Into your world You're better that way And you'll see all their good sides You'll make friends along the way Call strangers lovers over time We're all built that way And our heart skips Our hearts skip better those days I love the dark That's when I notice the light I'm doing just fine My heart's still alive Since you took it from me We're all built that way We all have our hard times I love the dark That's when I notice the light Oh I love the dark That's when I notice the light
2.
Blizzard 02:04
We were young Two thousand one and four Blizzard at our door Snow piled twelve inches high Fire crackles in the middle of the night Stay safe my darlin Stay safe with me Stay safe my darlin Stay safe with me We were young Small thoughts in ever growing minds Sleep in the warmth that each other provides Rest easy in blankets of white Alone with my loved one Tonight
3.
Butcher 03:02
I've seen the butcher cry for the calf But that don't pay the bills so he takes the meat and puts it on racks and the thing of it is, life is never as funny as it seems But life is worth living when you're out there chasing dreams I've seen the woman cry with her heart on the floor I've seen her pick up the parts and it's hard when you're alone and the thing of it is, life is never as funny as it seems So she's out there growing callous to the next man in her life that she meets. I've seen the couple dance in the night, all alone I've seen the couple dance when one of them's not home Sometimes two lovers grow distant and tired of each other But in growing apart, they have more beauty and depth if they return So take a moment and stare into your lover's eyes Love them for who they are and love them for living their life I've seen the butcher cry for the calf But that don't pay the bills so he takes the meat and puts it on racks
4.
I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today Still strung out from the night before Bags under my eyes tell the story of down and out Life can't get any better, life can't get any worse So I'm told, so I'm told I was cash strapped gotta find my way home Hard times scrape myself from of the floor Need some money to put my mind at ease and be a rich man for a day I live in a tiny place a one room space With neon lights ablaze outside my dusty window panes Lanlord is asking for the last month's rent Kinda hard to pay when you don't make a decent wage So I'm told, so I'm told I was cash strapped gotta find my way home Hard times scrape myself from of the floor Need some money to put my mind at ease and be a rich man for a day I went down to the twenty four hour store To try my hand at the lottery That's when my crooked mind got the best of me and I planned the perfect get rich robbery I was cash strapped gotta find my way home Hard times scrape myself from of the floor Need some money to put my mind at ease and be a rich man for a day Two years later in a tiny place, a two bed space Surrounded by three walls and bars Life can't get any better, life can't get any worse Why be a rich man, a rich man at all I was cash strapped gotta find my way home Hard times scrape myself from of the floor Need some money to put my mind at ease and be a rich man for a day
5.
Momma I'm lonely But I'm keeping busy This town's gonna eat me alive This town's gonna keep me alive A quiet old City and the women are all so pretty But home is always on the back of my mind No matter the proof This whiskey just won't do I am drunk with the thoughts on my mind and this town's gonna eat me alive Pour me a glass Let me fall flat on my ass These are my decisions to make and I'm gonna make'em and I'm finding my way to your heart It's a road seldom travelled in the night when it's dark and my heart it generates sparks For a lantern that burns so dim in your arms No matter the words that I say Oh I'll miss you like hell each and every day I have all of these thoughts on my mind every day in every way and I'm finding my way to your heart It's a road seldom travelled in the night when it's dark and my heart it generates sparks For a lantern that burns so dim in your arms Momma I'm lonely But I'm keeping busy This town's gonna eat me alive This town's gonna keep me alive A quiet old City and the women are all so pretty But home is always on the back of my mind
6.
Ghost 04:52
When I was a boy, many years ago I lived in a home, haunted by a ghost Walls were screaming, creaking doors Feint heart beating, below the cedar boards Late at night, I would roam the halls I would walk, walk with my ghost Where has your father been in your life? While I've got you alone, lose yourself in the night Lose yourself in the night Haunted by a shepherd, leads me on the path Distant fingertips, pressing on my back What is it you're doing here? and when will you be done? Your hands have pushed me this far to the darkness of the sun Where has your mother been? You saw her in the washroom, resting on a knife Bleeding in the night. When I was a boy, many years ago I lived in a home, haunted by a ghost What is it you're doing here? and when will you be done? Your hands have pushed me this far To the darkness of the son. Grab the rope, hang on by a thread You're remembering now, where your family's been You took the knife and turned it in her side and your father left you and her behind When I was a boy, many years ago I lived in a home, broken by a ghost
7.
I was a boy, I am a man I was a sinner, Lord knows I'm no saint For all that I was, there's two hundred things I aint Strip me down to the lead in my veins. I was a sailor, I have no ship I was a drunk, barstool at my hip For all that I was, there's two hundred things I aint Strip me down to the lead in my veins I'm fine drinking wine out of boxes I have no preference on beer I'll be a good man if you let me be Just give me time and you will see Turn down the lights, draw the shades down low Turn on sweet music, you know just where that goes For all that I was, there's two hundred and fifty shades of grey Strip me down to the lead in my veins Strip me down to the lead in my veins
8.
I have had my fair share of picking all the pieces off the floor It's moments like that in your life, when you're left to fight your own wars It's not just me, it's not just you We all have our struggles we're going through Sometimes you are alone, in an empty house, no lights in the room But you're never truly alone, the world is just waiting for you It's not just me, it's not just you We all have our struggles we're going through I have had my fair share of falling right down on my knees Praying out loud for something to help me find some kind of peace It's not just me, it's not just you We all have our struggles we're going through I have had my fair share of picking all the pieces off the floor It's moments like that in your life, when you're left to fight your own wars It's not just me, it's not just you We all have our struggles we're going through.
9.
Farmer's Sun 03:52
There was a man with a gun in his hand asking questions What does it mean, does my life have a purpose? and the moments roll by as his memory fades away in a world so much bigger than you, it's hard to relate A distant young woman stands stolid by the kitchen door Her seafaring husband lays lonely on the ocean floor The moments flash by like the shutter of a camera's eye A loved one is lost, not forgotten, till the other one dies A boy sits alone on his porch, searching for his best friend Who gnawed on the ropes when his family didn't let him in The moments slow down when a loved one has lost their way Putting up flyers may that boy find his friend some day There was a man with a gun in his hand asking questions What does it mean, does my life have a purpose? A man sits alone on the sidewalk of a busy street Subtle with motion as the world moved around his feet The sun his companion in an otherwise lonely life His purpose was the beauty, little moments, sewn in time.
10.
Alive 03:30
I cut myself open, bleed out each drop I'd burn out my eyes just to share in your sun My smile though pained is a guide when I'm lost I will hold on to hope till all hope is lost I see you grow distant, your dreams out of sight I will lay there beside you toss and turn in the night I keep on thinking what could I do right? We're an old faded picture in that frame placed bedside Drag me through fire coals under my feet Let's walk hand and hand till we're both buried deep Your heart is an ocean, my love is the sea Your lips are the sirens, your rocks beckon me I cut myself open, bleed out each drop I'd burn out my eyes just to share in your sun My smile though pained is a guide when I'm lost I will hold on to hope till all hope is lost I will hold on to hope till all hope is gone
11.
River Song 03:46
Went down to the river to cleanse my sins Old man in the collar, with a crooked old grin Said god's gonna save you, if you dive right in But I don't want my head wet, so the hell with him I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts Went down to the alley for a handle of gin Old woman 'hind the counter, looking tired and thin Said how you doin honey, and where you been? Well I'm not one for talking, so the hell with it I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts Took a train down to Boston, to bury my kin Old woman sat beside me with her hand in his Said love brought them together, god kept em that way But I'm not one for loving, so the hell with it I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts Went down to the river to cleanse my sins Old man in the collar, with a crooked old grin Said god's gonna save you, if you dive right in But I don't want my head wet, so the hell with him I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts I have a way of losing myself in my thoughts

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released April 28, 2018

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Jeff Kelly and the Graveyard Shift Indianapolis, Indiana

Originally from Massachusetts, Kelly made a slow migration to the Midwest, living in Rochester, New York for several years, before settling in Indianapolis, Indiana at the end of 2009. In the absence of family and people he knew, Kelly took up the guitar shortly thereafter, if only to keep him company. He's been writing and performing ever since. ... more

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