Ticket to Fly

by Mike Lawson & Friends

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1.
When you spoke you would quote from a notebook where you wrote about a boat you couldn't row, about a friend you'll never know who you thought had cut your throat When you say you're ok, you're only staging your own play, but you may fall off that stage or use the same lines every day 'til they come and carry you away Well songs are fine, oh but a waste of my time I won't sing another one for you if you'll think about this one when I am through So I said you were dead to get you out of my head but instead I see my bed turning a darker shade of red I can't believe what I just said Well songs are fine, oh but a waste of my time I won't sing another one for you if you'll think about this one when I am through When you spoke you would quote from a notebook where you wrote about a boat you couldn't row, about a friend you'll never know who you thought had cut your throat When you say you're ok, you're only staging your own play, but you may fall off that stage or use the same lines every day 'til they come and carry you away Words and Music by Davis/Lawson Psychotronic Music - BMI
2.
Now when I left you last night it was a quarter to one Now it's half past two and I'm coming undone I've got to give you a call, gonna fine me a phone 'Cuz I'm every single minute feeling all alone Oh oh, feeling like a fool, every single minute more in love with you Oh oh oh what am I gonna do, every single minute more in love with you I'm at a phone booth, baby, down at 4th and Main I got a Bell operator looking up your name I'm going through my pockets looking for some change but I'm flat broke busted now it's starting to rain Oh oh, feeling like a fool, every single minute more in love with you Oh oh oh what am I gonna do, every single minute more in love with you I got your number ringing now you're on the phone I tell you hang on baby, I'm coming home Oh oh oh what am I gonna do, every single minute more in love with you every single minute every single minute Words and Music by Bob Welch/Mike Lawson Cigar Music - ASCAP, Psychotronic Music - BMI
3.
What's that baby? You know I don't want to know Take me out there, where the cold wind blows "Cuz I'll go fly off into the night I've been running, baby all my life This old man told me long ago, "it's gonna be a hard row for you to hoe Live and learn, sometimes you'll burn. Get in line and wait your turn" Hold on now, I didn't catch what you said You know it's hard to try when all you feel is dread I fought the battle but I missed the war I'm not leaving like I did before This old man, he said to me, "everybody got a right to be free. Sometime you'll win, sometimes you'll lose, it all comes down to the war that you choose" Get back Jack, hey, I don't remember that I got a feeling that ain't where it's at I can see it, you made it so hard to miss You got everyone living the life of Sisyphus This old man, he's a long time gone, but I can still hear him carrying on "It's not if you win, it's not if you lose, it all comes down to the war that you choose."
4.
Here bedroom window is made of stain glass, colored crystal chandelier Out the backdoor is her garden, she knows that harvest time is near One more day and I'll be leaving, a change in plans I got to go I go another home a waiting, where it's waiting I don't know Well she's got big plans and every one she's got she's got to do And she don't seem to understand, I've been dreaming, too She won't be lonely for too long, she says she's soon gonna fill my shoes And I'll keep riding in the night, following the moon I hopped a bus down in Austin with my suitcase and my guitar I don't think this $50 bill's gonna take me very far I've been writing words on a paper bag by a glaring Greyhound light The humming of these wheels is so loud it's hard to think of what to write I've got 18 hours to Nashville, 18 hours to think of you I can't get you off my mind, no matter what I do I'm sure that if I close my eyes it will all be over soon And I'll keep riding in the night, following the moon Well she's got big plans and every one she's got she's got to do And she don't seem to understand, I've been dreaming, too I'm sure that if I close my eyes it will all be over soon And I'll keep riding in the night, following the moon
5.
Old Jack 04:39
Old Jack was a millionaire with gold chains and silver hair He kept his money in a feather bed, nobody listened to him when he said. "Someday I'm gonna buy this town, gonna make it something grand. I'm gonna take a stand now..." Old Jack was a funny sort, nobody knew what he was waiting for I think that something got into his head, he never listened when the people said, "Hey Jack come on down from there so we don't have to climb the stairs. You gave us quite a scare now..." Sit still, 'cuz he never will Sit still, 'cuz he never will Old Jack said it all the time, without a reason but with a rhyme "Everybody got to make their way, I'm making mine, started yesterday. Gonna go to the moon sometime, plant a flag and call it mine." I hope he's doing find now Sit still, 'cuz he never will Sit still, 'cuz he never will Sit still, 'cuz he never will Sit still, 'cuz he never will Sit still Words and Music by Davis/Lawson Psychotronic Music - BMI
6.
Georgiana Starlington, you can't take my love and run I got something more to say, don't just turn and walk away If there's one thing left that's true, I'm in crazy love with you Now you got to be that one, Georgiana Starlington I can be the trying kind, trouble always finds my time I know that you deserve the best but I can't like all the rest Don't you walk on me tonight, I know we can make it right If there's one thing left that's true, I'm in crazy love with you Georgiana Starlington, you can't take my love and run I got something more to say, don't just turn and walk away If there's one thing left that's true, I'm in crazy love with you Now you got to be that one, Georgiana Starlington We could use some time away but I got all these bills to pay I know sometimes you feel alone, even when I'm there at home I've been working night and day, sometimes I forget to say If there's one thing left that's true, I'm in crazy love with you Georgiana Starlington, you can't take my love and run I got something more to say, don't just turn and walk away If there's one thing left that's true, I'm in crazy love with you Now you got to be that one, Georgiana Starlington
7.
I got out here with my uncle, and I brought me two good fingers It don't matter what I'm burning, there's this one still thought that lingers I left Columbus, drove to Wheeling, just to try to catch that feeling What did that bring? Oh, what did that bring? When you left here Sunday morning, you told me you weren't returning It's a long hard road to travel, where I guess that's what I'm learning I called you Tuesday night from Lansing but I guess your phone ain't answering What did that bring? Oh, what did that bring? You won't touch me with that look in your eye or the tears on your face You're not crying 'cuz you're leaving, just because I won't be grieving I got something more to tell you, so I'll just come out and say it The way you spoke about your vow I never thought you could obey it I walked from Memphis down to Macon, 'cuz it kept my heart from breaking What did that bring? Oh, what did that bring?
8.
Well don't do me like that girl, don't call me a fool Baby don't forget about the golden rule You got something to say don't speak out of turn If you do that again you got a lesson to learn I been ten hard days, I been ten hard nights Got nothing to say so just turn out the lights Well I'm so damned tired, just let me rest my head Baby can I climb into your big brass bed? Aw come on darlin... Tomorrow morning just forget my name Do that for me baby, and I will do the same You can go your way and I'll go mine Now if you do that for it would be just fine I been traveling so hard along the edge of the moon Little did I know that I'd be back so soon When tomorrow morning comes I will be high in the sky I got not ticket but I love to fly I got nothing here to give to you Ain't got not reason for the things I do But if you want it baby better take a stand You'll get your blessing when you've lent your hand Well now if you wanna join me on this ride to the sun Well you listen baby and I'll show you how it's done You got to give to get, lose to win, look to find your way Don't think you're getting out of judgment day Tomorrow morning if you still feel the same Then you'll have a reason to forget my name You can go your way and I'll go mine Now If you do that for me baby it would be just fine
9.
Oh man I get luck most of the time I talk my walk in the Sunset, I keep my feet on that line I don't need money to make me happy, I got everything that's true I don't need nothing, now I got you In the morning when I open my eyes I see an angel lying by my side I kiss you as you're sleeping, I know your love is true I don't need nothing, now I got you Oh you know I love you, you know for sure Well it makes me go crazy, just to hear those words I'm in heaven when we're together When we're not I sing the blues I don't need nothing, now I got you No, I do not need nothing, now I got you
10.
Lay down my dear brother Lay down and take your rest Won't you lay your head upon your saviors breast? I love you all but Jesus loves you the best And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Walking in Jerusalem just like John Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Well I never would ride, no I never would ride Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Well his rod and his staff they comfort me Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Tell A for the ark that wonderful boat Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Tell B for the best at the ending of the wood Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Walking in Jerusalem just like John Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight I go walking through the valley of the shadow of death Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Lay down my dear brother Lay down and take your rest Won't you lay your head upon your saviors breast? I love you all but Jesus loves you the best And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Walking through Jerusalem, just like John And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight Traditional: arrangement by Mike Lawson Psychotronic Music - BMI

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The debut album of friends, recorded on the first multitrack digital recording studio installed in Nashville, Tennessee, between 1992-1995, picked up by Merl Saunders as the first album release on his label other than his own. This is the only other artist title released by Sumertone. It includes guest performances by Bob Welch, Jorma Kaunonen, Merl Saunders, Joe Louis Walker, and Dennis Robbins. After release, the priority of caring for a family with a special needs daughter kept Lawson from touring and releasing additional full albums for another twenty+ years.

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released May 19, 1998

Fred Bogert - Engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Producer
Catherine Craig - Vocals (Background)
Happy Levon - Drums
Harvey Benschvise - Bass
Zuma Mombasa - Percussion
Tod Davis - Composer, Vocals (Background)
Jorma Kaukonen - Guitar
Mike Lawson - Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocals
Glenn Meadows - Mastering
Stanley Mouse - Cover Art
Dennis Robbins - Slide Guitar
Merl Saunders - Organ (Hammond)
Joe Louis Walker - Slide Guitar
Bob Welch - Composer, Guitar
Stuart Ziff - Guitar

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Mike Lawson has, over 30 years, recorded and/or performed together with Merl Saunders, Vince Welnick, Vassar Clements, Pete Sears, Gary Talley, John McEuen, Bob Welch, Dennis Robbins, Joe Louis Walker, Jorma Kaukonen, Phil Keaggy, Jack Casady, Scott Guberman, Dianne Davidson, Noah Wall, Tyra Juliette, Bill Vitt, Rob Wasserman, Michael Cleveland, Phil Madeira, and a host of other amazing friends. ... more

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