To Suzie

by Morning River Band

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A wedding vow means nothing to a broken-hearted man You can try your best to help him, but you will never understand That his past is just a prison, and your cold heart holds the key And though you left the cell wide open, he has no hope of walking free 'cause none of the roads lead home A wedding vow means nothing to a broken-hearted man You can try your best to help me, but you will never understand
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This morning came too early, or maybe last night left too late I'm not sure which it is right now, but it's painful either way Whiskey kept me company when all my friends had gone But I passed out cold next to the bed, and now I'm starin' at the dawn 'cause that bourbon done me dirty, the whiskey burned my nose Not quite as bad as you burned me, but it's gettin' mighty close You'd think I'd learn my lesson from all this mornin's pain But now I'm waitin' for 5 o'clock so I can do it all again Now it's Sunday morning, and I should probably go to church But the organ would pound on my heavy head, and this would go from bad to worse I wonder if the savior ever drank too much of that wine? I'm sure he would if he were broke like me and cryin' all the time A cigarette to burn my blues, sad songs for company If my head don't stop poundin' in a minute or two, I'm gonna need another drink or three My mama said a lady should never drink alone I guess I'm not much of a lady then 'cause this bar stool feels like home
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Lately, I've been wonderin' where this life went wrong Doin' lotsa drinkin', and singin' country songs But every day's more of the same, and somethin's gotta give This heart of mine's just doin' time, and that's no way to live So won't you help me lose these drinkin' blues, and wipe away my tears Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon, make my worries disappear! Jesus Christ, let's sing it twice, for everyone to hear Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon, honey, get me outta here! Pills and Pabst Blue Ribbon...
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Life is hell, a prison cell where I spend my days Dreamin' 'bought my guilt and doubt, hope just melts away This heart of mine's still doin' time, the key got thrown away And I've been drinkin' every day And Jesus Christ can't save my life, his murder was in vain 'cause everyone I've ever known is broken just the same I work my fingers to the bone, a price too high to pay So I been drinkin' every day And I'll just keep drinkin' my life away
6.
So long, Suzie, the damage is done You wanted a daughter, I wanted a gun But in the end, we got neither one So long, Suzie, the damage is done You're haunted at night by the ghosts in your head But the livin' are silent, and so are the dead So, honey, get out of your cold, empty bed And start drinkin' instead 'cause there's a whole world out there in front of your face Speakin' in tongues, runnin' in place So forget about love, forget about grace This life is a waste...

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released May 21, 2013

Morning River Band is Denny Barron: bass, vocals; Morgan Caulfield: ukulele, vocals; Jeffrey Fields: acoustic guitar, vocals; Arthur Herrmann: dobro, Weissenborn; Philip Kunkle: drums, percussion; with Dennis: Bonfiglio: pedal-steel guitar; Lou DiDomencio: vocals; Sean Grexa: mandolin; Joe Kille: fiddle, vocals; Dino Lionetti: organ, piano, vocals; Bob Saunders, vocals; Steve Shomo: vocals.

Recorded in July and October 2012 by Matt Weber and Steve Poponi at Gradwell House, Haddon Heights, NJ. Mixed by Steve Poponi and Morning River Band. Mastered by Dave Downham. Artwork by Denny Barron.

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Morning River Band Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Inspired equally by encounters with George Jones and Jim Beam, Morning River Band sings simple songs of drinking, dying, and divorce, and tells tall tales of broken minds, broken bodies, and broken hearts.

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