Mountain Songs

by Paul William Ray

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Collection of songs from the 'Last Drinks, One More Night' EP, the 'Mountain Songs Vol.1' EP, as well as singles, session recordings, and demo recordings.

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released August 28, 2016

Paul William Ray - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Harmonica, Percussion
Carl Sutton - Guitar, Vocals
Michael Hall - Drums, Vocals
Darren Steel - Bass

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Paul William Ray VIC, Australia

I live on top of a mountain in Victoria, Australia. I play guitar, banjo and sing... On rough days I like Tequila shots with a beer chaser.

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Track Name: A Song For Emily
We're counting down the songs this week again
I listen to the radio, I just wanna hear your name
But they don't know you
They don't write songs about you
I can't get out the words inside my head
I lie in bed awake at night with what I should've said
I'm just waiting, it hurts anticipating

We were young, so young, wild and free
Emily
Wait there for me

Love is just to much to understand
If I had the chance to take your hand in my hand
Would I know it, would I be too scared to show it

We were young, so young, wild and free
Emily

Wait there for me

We're counting down the songs tonight again
I listen to the radio just to hear your name
But they don't know you
So I wrote this song about you
Track Name: Settling Down
Reflections on the water of leaves swaying out in the breeze
Broken by rain as its falling so calmly and sweetly
I've captained my own paper boat as it sailed through the night
And drowned in the liquor as years just go rolling on by

I've had addictions and habits but swore I had none
I cant wait forever to find who I’ve tried to become
I've lived in places that say that they won’t ever sleep
And got lost in the race and somehow forgot how to dream

So keep running, keep on running
But if you don’t listen you won’t hear the sound
So keep running, keep on running
But there ain’t no shame in settling down

Sometimes I talk to myself and nobody can hear
Take it in stride as the passing parade takes the field
Take what you get and just keep on moving along
Do as I say just do all the things that I've done

So keep running, keep on running
But if you don’t listen you won’t hear the sound
So keep running, keep on running
But there ain’t no shame in settling down

Take what you get and just keep on moving along
Do as I say just do all the things that I've done
Do as I say just do all the things that I've done
Do as I say just do all the things that I've done
Track Name: Broadway
I lost myself in a bar on Broadway
I lost my mind for the southern belle's
I found myself in a bar on Broadway
I found these girls will never kiss and tell

If you wait long enough
You can get what you want, oh yeah

I'd trade my soul for a night on Broadway
I'd give my heart to a southern belle
I found myself in a bar on Broadway
I found my heart in a cheap motel

If you wait long enough
You can get what you want, yeah

I lost myself in a bar on Broadway
I lost my mind for the southern belle's

If you wait long enough
You can get what you want, yeah
On Broadway, on Broadway
Track Name: Helping Hand
So Jesus wants to be a part of my life
Well he better not go mess it up this time
He ain't done no good from what I've seen
He ain't done a good job of keeping me clean

Fallen down twice in the past few days
Tequila ain't ever too far away
Well there ain't no cure for the lonely heart
But to take it to the river for a brand new start

I don’t need a helping hand, cos I'm big enough to stand
I've seen all the vices that have tried to bring me down
I don’t need a helping hand cos I'm big enough to stand
I don’t need no one to tell me how to be a better man

Seen the good life don’t get me wrong
But everyone's a sinner when the nights get long
Praying to the lord in the heavens above
Cos when I'm with those girls i ain't falling in love

I don’t need a helping hand, cos I'm big enough to stand
I've seen all the vices that have tried to bring me down
I don’t need a helping hand cos I'm big enough to stand
I don’t need no one to tell me how to be a better man
Track Name: Field Of Fire
I can't catch up to you, the train has left I'm falling through
Cracks in the pavement as I try
In this wave of discontent, a little piece of heaven sent
But it hurts like hell when you walk by
I didn’t want to feel this way
But every time I hear your name

I'm in love, I'm in love, and I cant wait for this to be over
I've had enough, I've had enough
And as you walk through fields of clover
I will walk in a field of fire

The sun will rise and I'll await, ribbons tied in a perfect eight
Caroline make me fall for you
I didn’t want to feel this way
But every time I hear your name

I'm in love, I'm in love, and I cant wait for this to be over
I've had enough, I've had enough
Ans as you walk through fields of clover
I will walk in a field of fire

I play this story over in my mind
Of how I'd win your heart this time
Caroline make me fall for you

I'm in love, I'm in love, and I cant wait for this to be over
I've had enough, I've had enough
And as you walk through fields of clover
I'm in love, I'm in love, and I cant wait for this to be over
I've had enough, I've had enough
And as you walk through fields of clover
I will walk in a field of fire
I will walk in a field of fire
I will burn in my field of fire
Track Name: Baby's Got A Gun
On the edge of the county, to the point of no return
Wounded stars they are falling from the sky
And there's a girl who watches as they burn

So what have you done this time
I can hear her saying come on ain't it fun
And I got scared now that Baby's got a gun

Her brother rides with the devil
He's out to do the devil's work
She's got blood on her torn blue jeans
You can tell she's not built like other girls

So what have you done this time
I can hear her saying come on ain't it fun
And I got scared now my Baby's got a gun

Now that Baby's got a gun
Track Name: Bordertown
I’m bound to this place, like the bridge across the water
Bound to this place, like the hotel to the corner
Nothing much changes
Nothing much happens 'round here

Get a morning cup of coffee and my last cigarette
It’s a habit I’m kicking but I ain’t gotten there yet
Nothing much changes
No-one likes changes 'round here

So I take a ride, I’m heading out to where the dust devils fly
And I won’t be gone, too late, too far, too long
Cos I’ll be coming back around as the night falls down
On this bordertown

Meet the girl of your dreams when they’re out on vacation
It’s a lovely little place if you ain’t planning on staying
Cos nothing much changes
Nothing much happens round here

So I take a ride, I’m heading out to where the dust devils fly
And I won’t be gone, too late, too far, too long
Cos I’ll be coming back around as the night falls down
On this bordertown

Hear those factory bells as they ring cross the land
There’s two ways in but only one way out

I’m bound to this place like the bridge across the water
Bound to this place like the hotel to the corner
Nothing much changes
No-one likes changes round here

So I take a ride, I’m heading out to where the dust devils fly
And I won’t be gone, too late, too far, too long
And I’ll be coming back around when the night falls down
And I’ll be coming back around as the sun goes down
On this bordertown
On this bordertown
Track Name: What Went Wrong
No one really knows, everybody's got some kind of doubt
On how we should behave and if you really should have shut your mouth

So don’t try, I don’t know why
We had it all when I was young
The lights going out what went wrong
Oh what went wrong

It’s all political, look at what the world is coming to
Just get out in the sun, or take a Valium to pull you through

So don’t try, I don’t know why
We had it all when I was young
The lights going out what went wrong
What went wrong

No one really knows, everybody's got some kind of doubt
Just give me rock n roll cos there's a lot that I can do without

So don’t try, I don’t know why
We had it all when I was young
The reasons, and the fallout
The victims everyone's become
So don’t try, I don’t know why
We had it all when I was young
The lights going out what went wrong
What went wrong
Track Name: I'll See You Around
You're in a room lit up and high in the afterglow
Calling the shots, so what was it like to be in control
Of everything and nothing all at the same time
God it's such a crime

I don't care if you can't talk right now
But don't blow me off cos you thing that I'll always be around
With my patience wearing thin, I'm only in this game to win
I'll see you around
I'll see you around

You're in a car off to the show with a cheap red wine
The lady's will shake so get on the take leave the rest behind
And shoot us down with the sound of the latest thing
Let that phone just ring out hey man

I don't care if you can't talk right now
But don't blow me off cos you thing that I'll always be around
With my patience wearing thin, I'm only in this game to win
I'll see you around
I'll see you around

So shoot us down with the sound of the latest thing
Let that phone just ring out hey man

I don't care if you can't talk right now
But don't blow me off cos you thing that I'll always be around
With my patience wearing thin, I'm only in this game to win
I'll see you around
I'll see you around
I'll see you around
Track Name: Oh Clair
Oh Clair, what are you waiting for
Oh Clair, leave your boyfriends at the door
Come out with me tonight so I canl show you what it's like
to be so free
Of the boys who’ll never grow up to the men that you expected them to be

Oh Clair, I saw it in your eyes
Don’t dare leave me with a last goodbye, oh no
I'm not around as much as I would like to be but that's just how it is
I'm not the guy who hangs around just waiting at the doorstep to be kissed
Oh Clair

I got something on my mind
I'll tell if you come sit beside me just one time
What are you waiting for
Oh Clair, leave your boyfriends at the door

Come out with me tonight so I can show you what its like
to feel so free
Of the boys who’ll never grow up to the men that you expected them to be
Oh Clair
Oh Clair
Track Name: Rule The World
So here's a man who's out of luck again
It's another diamond ring
He calls me up, I say what's been going on
He says we better go out drinking

If I had a dollar for every broken heart
And if I had an answer for every empty glass
I'd rule the world
I would rule the world

So take a man who sings a different tune
He says I never really loved her
And I don't need forgiveness for my sins
I think I've gone too far

If I had a dollar for every broken heart
And if I had an answer for every empty glass
I'd rule the world
I would rule the world

So one more round and pass it down the bar
To those sweet sweet girls
They say they'll do you no wrong at least that's what you believe
When the last train is gone

So here's a man who's out of luck again
It's another diamond ring

If I had a dollar for every broken heart
And if I had an answer for every empty glass
I'd rule the world
I would rule the world
Track Name: The Fight
The sun is tired of rising here, i'ts just waiting out the season
Im telling no more secrets, cos no one here can keep them

The stars are out and full of hope, the constellations counted
There's promises of better days, I'm willing but I'm broken

Let's stay and fight
Don’t lay down don’t you cry
Let's stay, let's stay and fight

I'm cutting out a silver key, and I'm turning locks on ghost ships
There's tales and threats of mutiny, just maybe we can save it

Lets stay and fight
Don’t lay down don’t you cry
Let's stay, let's stay and fight

The sun is tired of setting here, so let's find another reason
I'm telling no more secrets
Cos no one here can keep them

Let's stay and fight
Don’t lay down don’t you cry
Le'ts stay, let's stay and fight

Hail Mary where is the light
Hail Mary where is the light
Don’t lay down don’t you cry
Let's stay, let's stay and fight
Track Name: Last Drinks
There's a place and it's just so hard to find
There is no map, there is no X, no guiding light
When you're on the road for so long
And you can't recall the last rest stop oh

Maybe it's time to just go home
Last drinks, one more night out where the buffalo roam

So there's this girl and she calls me late at night
Says she's been up for hours but she won't wait up next time
She's saying that she's through with me
But that's exactly what she said last week oh

Maybe it's time to just go home
Last drinks, one more night out where the buffalo roam

This is your last call

See there's this guy and I ain't seen him in awhile
When it all would go to the dogs he'd know how to bring it all back in style

So maybe it's time to just go home
Last drinks, one more night out where the buffalo roam
Maybe it's time to just go home
Last drinks, one more night out where they roam
Track Name: Your Favourite Song
Well I can go out on the town, I hit the city streets at 10
And I know where to find you, I know the places that you're in
Until I find myself in the alley just outside
I don't ever dare, no I won't even try

So can I borrow your favourite song to keep me warm
I can sing it when I'm feeling like everybody's gone
I could go out and I could try to write my own
But baby I can never replace your favourite song

And it's always after midnight I get a willingness to call
I won't mind distractions or asleep I'm gonna fall
Until I find myself just hanging on the line
All I do is whisper goodnight my dear goodnight

Can I borrow your favourite song to keep me warm
I can sing it when I'm feeling like everything is gone
I could go out and I could try to write my own
But baby I can never replace your favourite song
Oh baby I'll never replace your favourite song
Track Name: Alive
I waited for the night to fall
I wait all hours but you don’t ever call
It’s cold and the place is a mess
I was waiting 'til I couldn’t catch my breath

I waited for the lights to go out
Before I'd figured what I'm feeling now
Does anyone want to be alone
I have my moments when I'm laying low

I’ll tell you what I tell myself
I know you know it’s not a lie
I am really not too worried now
I never felt so alive

So what is it you want from me?
What is it you need me to do?
So whats it gonna take to build a bridge between me and you?

Swimming in an angry stream
Overflowing with the trouble I'm in
Mercy gonna save my soul
Oh my God will i ever know

I’ll tell you what I tell myself
I know you know it’s not a lie
I am really not too worried now
I never felt so alive
Track Name: Good Time
She's taking her clothes off, she said Eden is her name
I think she might be lying, yeah these girls are all the same
It's 20 on the table or it's 50 down the hall
You gotta be careful, these girls will take it all

But I'm looking for a good time now I'm out here on the town
I've been looking out for forgiveness for too long
I don't need to know your name
I don't need to know your state of mind
All I know is that I'm looking for a good time

I said I think I seen you, I've seen you out somewhere before
You might have seen the band play, that's when the penny hit the floor
She said hey I remember you played that song I really liked
Well maybe I could change things, it's a different kind of show tonight

I'm looking for a good time now I'm out here on the town
I've been looking out for forgiveness for too long
I don't need to know your name
I don't need to know your state of mind
All I know is that I'm looking for a good time

She's taking her clothes off, she said Eden is her name
I think she might be lying, yeah these girls are all the same
Track Name: The Valley
I took a job in the valley out East
Somebody put in a good word for me
The rates OK and they treat me alright
The bar tabs paid on a Thursday night

The good folk come and they sit down there
There's a room for me at the top of the stairs
I don’t like those long drives home
There ain’t much light on the winding roads

For my sins I will pay my price
I’ve lied 'til I couldn’t tell wrong from right
The TV’s on with the sound down low
There's just enough light so I can find my clothes

I’ll be awake when the sun comes up
The little sleep I get just isn’t enough
I wouldn’t trade for another man's life
Now a second hand hearts gone and left me dry
Track Name: Sleep
Sleep little one, sleep 'til the dawn
Sleep 'til the sun meets the sky
Dream little one, dream of the moon
Now close, close your eyes

Cos no one can take me from you
No one can take me from you

Dream little one, dream of the moon
Now close, close your eyes

Cos no one can take me from you
No one can take me from you
Track Name: Just Had To Know
So it's been all these years
The old school photograph's becoming more unclear
Look at us, look at me, girl look at you
This will be my big regret
I had the numbers but I never had the strength
Now i'm bent out of the shape that I was in

I just had to drive along this road
I got behind the wheel and I got so close
I just had to know, I just had to know

You can't predict the way things go
But I would play this story out at night when my eyes begin to close
Now it'll hurt, and it'll scar, and it'll show

I just had to drive along this road
I got behind the wheel and I got so close
I just had to know, I just had to know

I remember the way she'd shine and radiate beneath this southern sky
And I remember when her daddy moved away

I just had to drive along this road
I got behind the wheel and I got so close
I just had to know, I just had to know
And all I did was find her hand
Had been given to another, another man
And I just had to know