Songs of Dignity & Grit

by Julie Nolen

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1.
You can tell me how to live my life And give me all that good advice After you've gone to hell and back twice Lived the life I've lived and survived. You could probably see a whole lot clearer If you focus on your own mirror Cause this life I lead it ain't for beginners It's the life of a winner...and a sinner. Right or wrong I get scorned This is how a bad girl gets born Call me the Devil but be warned Play with me you're gonna get the horns If you need me I'm just a stone throw away But don't you dare get in my way Ain't your rules I gotta obey Watch your judgement ricochet. Before you throw that stone at me Hope your conscience is clean Skeletons love to dance and sing Right out of there closets when I pull their strings Right or wrong I get scorned This is how a bad girl gets born Call me the Devil but be warned Play with me you're gonna get the horns No, I wasn't raised this way but I sure been made this way Wasn't always sinister must be all that piss and vinegar Right or wrong I get scorned This is how a bad girl gets born Call me the Devil but be warned Play with me you're gonna get the horns Right or wrong I get scorned This is how a bad girl gets born Call me the Devil but be warned Play with me you're gonna get the horns
2.
Fields of orange, yellow and red Sun goes down in the ground and I'm trying to resurrect You say the fires have died between you and me But I still feel those embers burning down deep And I still love you Well I still love you I still love you Even though long ago you said no Fields of brown, black and red All those things you said echo in my head One grey tombstone lies between you and me And it's that highway that parted us like the Red Sea And I still love you Well I still love you I still love you Even though long ago you said no Fields of pink, green and red Hope those flowers said everything needing to be said All those years have passed us away But here in the dark we'll find each other anyway And I still love you Well I still love you I still love you Even though long ago you said no If I had my way, we'd still be on that highway I'd convince you to stay, instead of always running away If we ran out of road, we'd still find our way home Through the fields of unknown instead of always being alone And I still love you Well I still love you I still love you I still love you Baby I still love you Baby I still love you whoa oh oh oh oh oh
3.
From the corner of the room Saw you and knew we were doomed You're drinking my favorite whiskey And you smell like sin just like me We stayed past last call You got me out of a bar brawl Said "Baby stay the night" So we chased away the daylight You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder Tonight we might need a reminder That together...we're trouble. We got matching tattoos Then you disappeared for a week or two Got a call from the boys in blue Asking me, have I seen you? You stopped by in a Cadillac Said the cops have finally relaxed Let's go on the road like Kerouac More like Bonnie and Clyde are back You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder Tonight we might need a reminder That together...we're trouble. Like moths to a flame or bees to honey We got no restraint. We're just trouble junkies. You're a trouble maker, I'm a trouble finder Tonight we might need a reminder That together...we're trouble.
4.
There’s always someone out there you can rely on They’ll always be there waiting, leaving that light on Some places I’m a rockstar, some places unknown Either way there’s always a neon light calling me back home There’s always someone out there waiting on me They’ll always be the very last one to leave I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender Don’t shut us down Oooooh Hey Bartender How bout another round? I’ve been known to fall in love once or twice It’s kinda hard not to when they serve you and they gotta be nice Best thing for a heartache anywhere I’ve found Is a beautiful bartender serving you a shot of crown There’s always someone out there waiting on me They’ll always be the very last one to leave I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender Don’t shut us down Oooooh Hey Bartender How bout another round? I’ve sailed with the captain, I’ve flown with the grey goose I’ve drank the champagne of beers and I’ve toasted with Veuve Whether it’s Johnny, Jack or Jim or Mr. Jameson We’ll be doing a little drinking and a lot of hell raising There’s always someone out there waiting on me They’ll always be the very last one to leave I said “Ooooooh” Hey Bartender Don’t shut us down Oooooh Hey Bartender How bout another round? (repeat chorus)
5.
Texas 04:47
Before she boards that plane the wood grain Of this old guitar has been tear-stained As she goes overseas will she think about you or me? Are there too many clouds beyond those wings? Are we both home or is she yours alone? When she comes back, is it to us both? Oh Texas How could we be so reckless with a love like that? We should have known Oh Texas Gotta help me bring her back bring her on back home An old oak tree, my roots are planted deep But I’m just as lost as those pines in the east Like the fields in the west, my heart is desolate Lonesome for miles, ain’t no one left Are we both home or is she yours alone? When she comes back, is it to us both? Oh Texas How could we be so reckless with a love like that? We should have known Oh Texas Gotta help me bring her back Bring her on back home If I was the one to blame I would wrap my heart in cellophane. Send it on an aeroplane to you Don’t know what your leaving means but it pulls so hard on these damn heart strings Can you hear the hills and I sing for you? Oh Texas How could we be so reckless with a love like that? We should have known Oh Texas Gotta help me bring her back Bring her on back home
6.
Raise Hell 03:36
Well that grim reaper, he don't care How much loss your heart can bear He's got a job to do, don't matter what you do You're just biding your time til your time is through Well that grim reaper works everyday and night And he'll tell ya boy, that ain't no kinda life He's got kids to keep alive and a couple ex wives It's the deadest of dead end jobs just trying to survive Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself Well that grim reaper gets paid just enough to get by Not enough to thrive but enough to stay alive He's a middle man, works enough to keep him occupied So he'll never notice the noose in his tie. Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself There's death march that goes from 9 to 5 It's usually longer days but they stiff you on overtime If you think about it, it's a brilliant design Gonna pay you enough, they gonna pay you enough Gonna pay you enough to keep you alive til you meet your demise Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) Nobodies gonna raise you up until you raise yourself Raise the dead! (Raise the dead!) Raise hell! (Raise hell!) You don't stop chasing dead ends you're gonna kill yourself
7.
Tomb 02:54
Red curtains in this dark bar Smoke clears and there you are All eyes can see that tattoo above your knee covering up your scars Stale booze it's your perfume As you dance circles around this room Learning your steps maybe I can cheat death Lead me to your room Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Cause this bar is my tomb. These fools don't know what I do There's a dark devil inside of you Their hearts are your toys they're just little boys I can see straight through We both haunt this bar But you're the one who possess my heart You have me eternally Standing guard Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Cause this bar is my tomb. Count the years I've been stuck in this sink hole Purgatory without parole Even death won't stop me from loving you Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Well I moan and moan and moan and moan for you Cause this bar...oh your love is my tomb.
8.
Well Eugene was a blue jean kinda guy And Margie was his shot gun shooting wife From sun up to sun down they worked out on that ground To give their family a better life Well Eugene's buried in the ground where he slaved And Margie's gotta find her own new way She said I won't let this family down, gonna find a little place in town And she kept that farm going through the worst of days Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground On the other side of the state there's a cotton farm Where a hay baler took my Grandaddy's arm But he knew that cotton would harvest, hell or high water he'd try his darndest And that hook he had for a hand added to his charm. Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground Mom and Dad showed their integrity When faced with their own lives' worst realities Gotta fight for your life with all that grit in your teeth When it's time to go on home, you go with dignity Well Dignity & Grit, this family's founding bricks You won't make me a hypocrite no matter how ya bring me down Well Dignity & Grit, we'll survive long after you quit Stand on our feet til we're six feet under the ground
9.
I've lived the wasted life And I've been the bad guy But I sure know how to have a damn good time You came from the real world To find the glory of rock n roll Instead you found me and put on a blind fold We've been making it some time Maybe it's love, as much as it can be for a time So darlin don't waste that tear on me Darlin, don't waste that tear on me You and me we play our little games Make the blood boil in my veins You can get burned playing with flames People know you and they know about her But I don't know what she may have already heard You see, I haven't been straight forward. Well I've been married now for some time It ain't love, but it'll do just fine So darlin don't waste that tear on me Darlin, don't waste that tear on me It ain't her I'll ever leave, she's the only one that stays despite me. So darlin don't waste that tear on me Darlin, don't waste that tear on me
10.
From Afar 03:29
You and me we're like tequila and whiskey. either way the clothes comes off but together we're risky This love affair has lasted longer than our favorite bar. This hangover is wearing thin. It's time I love you... From afar. From afar From afar I'm playing checkers while you're playing chess. I'm waiting to be kinged while you put me in check You're out there playing games while I just play my guitar. It's time to pick up the pieces and just love you... From afar From afar From afar My mind is torn in two but my heart just collects scars It's time to pick up the pieces and just love you... From afar From afar From afar
11.
Battleground 05:38
Said his vows before he went over seas Kissed his bride, slipped on his ring Met and married now her husband's gone He's off to war, Vietnam. He came home sick from the war Complications of Agent Orange Couldn't hold any food down She helped his mind escape his battleground She held his hands... We're gonna make it baby, go on leave your battleground We're gonna make it baby, cause I meant every single vow And i know you did too Come on now baby, let's make it through He always knew she'd make a good mother Three little girls, no one like the other For all their questions she knew all the answers Til she came home and said it was cancer She woke up from her medications Complications of radiation Ran it's course now she's hospice bound He helped her mind escape her battleground He held her hands... We're gonna make it baby, go on leave your battleground We're gonna make it baby, cause you know I meant every vow And I know you did too Go on now baby, I'll see you soon. To have and to hold til they grow old In sickness and health, the cards they're dealt Time and tears, never another in all those years She held his heart, long after death did they part. Driving home in the ice and snow, try to get there before he goes Holding hands 3 girls surround, we help his mind escape his battleground We all held hands... We're gonna make it, daddy, go on leave your battleground We're gonna make it daddy, cause we know you meant every vow And we know she did too Go on now Daddy, she's waiting on you.
12.
Love is kitten whiskers and puppy dog tails or so that's the story that they tell but you and me, we ain't that naive. Love is sweet tea and summer days and wiping off a spot of mayonnaise off your chin, you got that silly little grin. Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours Love has been around the corner many times before Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door. Love is slamming doors and picking fights just to apologize and make love all night, come here baby I'll make it all go away Love ain't just for Cinderella. You're opening that door while I hold the umbrella. The chivalry will still be there as we're helping each other to our rocking chairs. Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours Love has been around the corner many times before Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door. Knock upon my door... Love likes long walks on the beach and thinking about each other when we're out of reach. Love will always be understanding and I'll always be your last man standing. Love will keep us feeling young even when we're one hundred and one. Love will keep me writing you these loves songs, even if I'm just re-writing this one. Love is meeting a stranger turning into a friendship...then a little more Love is beating inside the heart of someone...you don't know is yours Love has been around the corner many times before Love is patiently waiting for you to knock upon my door.

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"Songs of Dignity & Grit" is Julie Nolen's first full length studio solo album, due out for official release January 2016.

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released January 12, 2016

Producer - Daniel Barrett of Rubicon Studios with Assistant Engineer, Jeremy Walden.
Mastering - Mark Hallman at Congress House Studios

All songs written by Julie Nolen, except "Texas" written by Nolen and Billy Abel. Copyright 2016.


Julie Nolen - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion, Background vocals
Daniel Barrett - Lead Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Keys, Background Vocals
Hunter St. Marie - Lead Guitar and Slide Guitar, devilish laughter
Rusty Keith - Bass (Raise Hell, Texas, Still Love You, Hey Bartender, From Afar)
Brannan Lane - Drums (Raise Hell, Texas, Still Love You, Hey Bartender, From Afar)
Red Young - Keys (Hey Bartender)
Cari Hutson - Background vocals and devilish laughter
Barbara Nesbitt - Background vocals and devilish laughter

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Julie Nolen Austin, Texas

Julie Nolen, who is known for her energetic and exciting performances, has been playing in Austin for over ten years, focusing not only with solo shows but also with her band. She regularly plays rooms such as the Saxon Pub, Lambert's and One2One Bar. Nolen has captured her energetic sound onto disc, releasing her first solo demo album, "Raise Hell" in February 2015. ... more

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