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I've Got A Way

by Kelsey Waldon

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    "It's the immediacy of her storytelling, utterly unsentimental yet deeply heartfelt, that makes Kelsey Waldon a queen of the cool rejoinder and an all-around contender." - NPR

    Tracklisting:

    Dirty Old Town
    All By Myself
    You Can Have It
    False King
    Don't Hurt The Ones (Who've Loved You The Most)
    I'd Rather Go On
    There Must Be A Someone
    Let's Pretend
    Life Moves Slow
    Travelin' Down This Lonesome Road
    The Heartbreak

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1.
Dirty old town, dirty old town I’m getting low as I can go I’ve been going too far, and wishin’ on a star Goin’ to a place where the light can’t show But I keep hangin’ on I keep hangin’ on You dirty old town, I’m gonna keep on hangin’ on There’s voices over here, voices over there Sayin come along and come with me Don’t wanna bridge to burn, but I’m takin’ my turn Ain’t gonna let em over take me So I keep hangin’ on I keep hangin’ on You dirty old town, I’m gonna keep on hangin’ on I keep fightin’ with my left side, fightin’ with my right side Fightin’ with everything I got A dirty old town makes you wanna sink right down Make you feel like it’s your last shot But I keep hangin’ on, I keep hangin’ on Ain’t no dirty old town gonna keep me from hangin on Ain’t no dirty old town gonna keep me from hangin’ on
2.
Many people want to run and hide Wanna run from what scares them deep inside You wouldn’t look it in the face, never let it show I’m gonna tell you something that you already know That when you wanted to be you, you needed somebody else But I can be me all by myself; I can be me all by myself I can be me all by myself I can be me all by myself Build your tower strong and tall Never know what to do when it starts to fall There’s one thing you should understand If you ain’t your own man You’re nobody’s man You’re nobody’s man The moon can’t hide behind the stars Can’t go anywhere when it gets too dark Don’t wanna hide my face behind the clouds Don’t wanna listen to that voice when it gets too loud Don’t have to make my mind up with anybody else I can be me all by myself I can be me all by myself
3.
There’s nothing in this world that can change the way I feel When somewhere deep inside, I know what’s really real If you’re not willing to go there with me Take what you came with just leave gently You can have it, I didn’t want it anyway Now there’s folks you will know, that’ll live to bring you down The only pride that they show is when you are wearin’ a frown But you don’t need anybody to tell you; you can’t live like you want to Tell em they can have it, you didn’t want it anyway You know it takes a bigger person It takes a bigger person, we’ll be okay You know it takes a bigger person It takes a bigger person, these days Yeah there’s nothing in this world that can change the way I feel Somewhere deep inside, I only feel what I can feel I may not know very much to tell you But I got a way that I’ve been gettin’ through I tell em they can have it, I didn’t want it anyway I tell em they can have it, I don’t need it I never had to, I’m better without it I didn’t need it anyway
4.
False King 02:48
Entitlement only leads to disappointment, Because you can’t ever hang on too long to anything They gave that man a microphone, and a song to sing Now he’s sayin’ big words and he don’t know what they mean… Because you can’t place a crown on the head of a clown And then hope he turns out to be a king. Competition only comes with a fine line, And jealousy only seems to bring me down Well I was never trying to be the queen, I just take a lot of pride in who I am, and the way I sing… I just know you can’t place a crown on the head of a clown And then hope it turns out to be a king. I believe in doin’ it right Takin’ your time, And staying true to who you are. Fight the good fight Keep those harmonies tight, And maybe tuning your guitar. I’ve got to get it off my chest, I’m trying my best, I know some of y’all know what I mean When I say, you can’t place a crown on the head of a clown And then hope he turns out to be a king. I’ve got to get it off my chest, I’m trying my best, I know some of yall know what I mean… When I say, you can’t place a crown on the head of a clown And then hope he turns out to be a king. You can’t place a crown on the head of a clown, And then hope he turns out to be a king.
5.
Every now and then a stranger will walk by And they always look so inviting from time to time They build you up, make a castle way up high But they always let you down after the ride So don’t ever leave them, don’t lie or mistreat them Don’t hurt the ones who’ve loved you the most You may take a trip by bus, or by plan Ride around the world in a big ol’ fancy plane Play to millions of people who know you by name But the ones at home, they’ll love you just the same So don’t ever leave them, don’t lie or mistreat them Don’t hurt the ones, who’ve loved you the most It don’t make you any kind of big person To walk around like you ain’t got learnin Talk about a bird, that you’ve never seen fly Bury the truth so you can live a lie I wonder about the old folks at home I wonder how they’re getting along since I’ve been gone One day the grass’ll grow high and cover up my bones And I will return to the place, I call my own You can’t ever say son, that I forgot my raisin’ Don’t hurt the ones, who’ve loved you the most Don’t hurt the ones, who’ve loved you the most.
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7.
There must be someone I can turn to Someone like me, lonely too All my life I’ve been alone Got no friends, got no home There must be someone I can turn to Well all my so called friends have turned they backs on me There were looking for someone I just couldn’t be Let them go and have their fun, unaware of the harm they’ve done There must be someone I can turn to (BREAK) Now if all the tears that I’ve cried are still inside of me Why can’t a woman be accepted for what she has to be Must I live my whole life through Not knowing what to do There must be someone I can turn to There must be someone I can turn to
8.
Let’s pretend we’re somewhere far away Where nothing bothers us except for today We’re gonna do the things we wanna do We’re gonna have some fun and like it too There’s only one of you and one of me And we can only be who we’re meant to be Sometimes we do things we’re not proud of But honey, at least we know how to get out of Let’s pretend we don’t know what it means To say those hurtful words and spiteful things They never do any good for me or you They take away what we believe in too There’s only one of you and one of me And we can only be who we’re meant to be Sometimes we do things we’re not proud of But honey, at least we know how to get out of It’s a crazy dream sometimes this life we live It’s hard to see what’s to become of it If anything should happen that we’re not proud of Honey, we know how to get out of
9.
A mailbox on cement blocks The old man down the road He don’t care how he gets there All he knows is he’s gonna go And it took a little while for Ricky to come around He used to set em up and he used to shut em down It’s so good to see him smile like I’ve always known Hey now what can you say I’ve been gone a long time, but that’s how I was raised It’s so good to know you can go Where life moves slow One of the things that I like the best Is people who got a mind of their own They know that world’s not black and white And there’s more than what we’ve been shown When I drive down the highway past the county line I take a deep breath; I know I’ll be doin’ fine I’m gonna save all my money gonna buy me A place you can’t find Hey now what can you say I’ve been gone a long time, but that’s how I was raised It’s so good to know you can go Where life moves slow
10.
11.
I just wanted to thank you for the heartbreak, All those times the sight of my face, I could not bare Those days I couldn’t get out of bed, you’d mess so much with my head That I couldn’t see, the future that was there We’re all just trying to get better We’re all just trying to do the best that we can I just wanted to thank you for the heartbreak Because it’s brought me to were I am Can’t hold no grudges on life’s long journey Can’t live with bitterness or demand All the bridges we’ve crossed, and all the friends that we’ve lost are all apart of one big plan I just wanted to thank you for the heartbreak And for the good times, that I know that were there Everything that I’ve gained remains one in the same One day we’ll all meet in the middle somewhere One day we’ll all meet in the middle somewhere

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released August 12, 2016

All songs written by Kelsey Waldon (SESAC)
Except "There Must Be A Someone" written by Vern Godsin & Rex Godsin
and "Travelin' Down This Lonesome Road" written by Bill Monroe
Copyright 2016

All songs featuring Kelsey Waldon (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Brett Resnick (Pedal Steel), Jeremy Fetzer (Electric Guitar), Michael Rinne (Bass), Miles Miller (Drums and Percussion). Additional Musicians include Dan Parks (Acoustic Guitar on Track 8), Dan Knobler (Guitar), and Skylar Wilson (Keys).

Produced by Michael Rinne
Recorded in Nashville, TN at Goosehead Palace
Engineered & Mixed by Dan Knobler
Mastered by Alex McCollough

Photography by Laura E. Partain
Album Design by Fetzer Design

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