Always Willing to Take Me In

by Joel Henderson

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1.
I wasn’t ready to let someone in Like a punch you came and I flinched Scared and frightened when vulnerable are we I’ve a hunch with some trust this fear leaves It’s like a home that we miss When we find a love like this Ain’t it worth the risk for me and you One kiss at a time is all we need to do With baggage in hand and brokenness in our souls A tender love we need that’s unconditional It’s like a home that we miss When we find a love like this Ain’t it worth the risk for me and you One kiss at a time is all we need to do And the closer we get With each step that we take Is proof enough that our love is worth the risk And it’s bigger than each mistake we make It’s like a home that we miss When we find a love like this Ain’t it worth the risk for me and you One kiss at a time is all we need to do
2.
It’s raining in Louisville It’s really coming down If the lights go out We’ll burn a candle we’ve found If it lasts all night If the sky doesn’t clear Though the river may rise We’ve no reason to fear Oh, we’ll open the red wine And our hearts deep and wide And we will listen To heaven From safely inside May the candle burn slow And time slower still Cause there’s nowhere I’d rather be When it’s raining in Louisville
3.
Honey let’s take the day off And go out for a ride We can check on that house we love With the whitewashed brick inside The garden in the backyard Wrap around porch, too Updates in the kitchen A bathroom that’s brand new Though it’s not that big it’s just about right For a couple of kids and a good long life Honey don’t you see it Picture a summer day We can look out from this window And watch our children play With the dog dressed up like grandma A smile on his face I guess he’ll sense what we both know That there’s no better place Though it’s not that big it’s just about right For a couple of kids and a good long life Through birthdays and graduations And maybe a wedding day We’ll all come together here In some old fashioned way And when it’s time for them to find A place to call their own They’ll look back on what we have And make some house their home Though it’s not that big it’s just about right For a couple of kids and a good long life So tell me honey What do you say Do we make an offer Do we walk away Though it’s not that big it’s just about right For a couple of kids and a good long life
4.
There is a house Full of love and kindness Where the door is always open Where sorrow turns to gladness And when my day comes crashing in When my world falls apart East of Nashville 40 from town She’ll be waiting for me Whenever I come around With loving arms open No matter where I’ve been She’s always willing To take me in And in this house Lives a sweet tender rose With a deep well of grace That God only knows In every way or so it seems Her home reflects this peace And when my dreams come caving in She knows how to mend my heart Written by Joel Henderson (2003) There is a house Full of love and kindness Where the door is always open Where sorrow turns to gladness And when my day comes crashing in When my world falls apart East of Emerson Just south of Tenth She’ll be waiting With loving arms open She’s always willing To take me in And in this house Lives a sweet tender rose With a deep well of grace That God only knows In every way or so it seems Her home reflects his peace And when my dreams come caving in She knows how to mend my heart
5.
I’ve been missing the sun and the nights spent burning I’ve been missing each of you Growing up is hard to do Now we’ve all got our debts to pay and there’s no room left for us to play ‘Cause they only want something new Growing up is hard to do Last night I heard a song in my dreams now it’s long gone I don’t recall the words or tune Growing up is hard to do Don’t recall the last breath I drew Growing up is hard, growing up is hard, growing up is hard to do
6.
The sun is rising the sky is clear Been awfully gray and cloudy ‘round here Dry your eyes and let it go Here he comes with the deed in hand Toss him the keys let him walk right in Don’t look back leave the bags let’s go C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around Go on roll the window down Let your long hair blow around It don’t matter what people think We’ve been living for way too long To the rhythm of someone else’s song It’s time for us to break free C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around So are we running now Been so long since we left that place And the limits of time and space But we ain’t free just yet you know There’s a stone that’s deep inside Trying hard to beat alive And it ain’t gonna break itself C’mon baby can you blame me There’s got to be something better If we don’t feel the wind blow Then how will we know There’s nothing better around So are we running now
7.
There’s little left to offer We’re caught on the edge of love The truth may knock us over But pretending just ain’t enough We started off like a rocket Burning hot and high While charging all the others With simply floating by, on Heartless kisses They warned us with their laugher I guess their right it seems Everything was cool ‘til We got stuck in between, those Heartless kisses I don’t know what happened We lived in every moment now life keeps passing us by Please tell me there’s a future With something more to love, other than Heartless kisses They ain’t enough
8.
Brass buttons, green silks and silver shoes Warm evenings, pale mornings, bottle of blues And the tiny golden pins that she wore up in her hair Brass buttons, green silks and silver shoes My mind was young until she grew My secret thoughts known only by the few It was a dream much to real to be leaned against too long All the time I think she knew Her words still dance inside my head Her comb still lies beside my bed And the sun comes up without her it just doesn’t know she’s gone But I remember everything she said Brass buttons, green silks and silver shoes Warm evenings, pale mornings, bottle of blues And the tiny golden pins that she wore up in her hair Brass buttons, green silks and silver shoes
9.
I’m learning to love loneliness It’s like an old wooden door that always sticks I can count on it with every kick It will always open for me I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure Now I’m learning that life is full of tests Full of questions with no simple guesses Locked doors and pretty fences That may never open for me Well I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure that it’s true It’s been so hard to get over you But I’m trying to hang on the mundane to see me through I’m learning to love loneliness Each passing day I miss you less and less Everybody says that time will heal every wound But I’m not yet sure that it’s true I’m a mess But I’m learning to love loneliness
10.
Well I’m feeling blue Over some mystery Don’t know why or how I came to be So very low That even I would pray To an unseen face For some relief Oh and that’s another thing How could it be So very simple to calm The choppiest of seas Well have a little faith Or so the story goes So does my belief When disappointment grows Well I’m feeling blue Even further from the shore So very blue now Than I was before
11.
I met Jesus in a bar I guess you just can’t fall too far I was pouring whiskey in an empty heart When I met Jesus in a bar Man or angel, son of God, he did not tell me who he was, but I knew In that least expected place, I saw heaven in his face and couldn’t move We sat there for hours, I could feel the grace and power And I said things I’ve never told a soul I asked for forgiveness He said I’ve already done this, don’t you know I met Jesus in a bar I guess you just can’t fall too far I was pouring whiskey in an empty heart when I met Jesus in a bar I started crying in my hands and when I looked up again he was gone Then I walked the whole way home for the first time knowing I was not alone Some meet him on the highway, some meet him on a Sunday on the back row of a church I can only tell you my way was in a place where people go to hurt I met Jesus in a bar I guess you just can’t fall too far I was pouring whiskey in an empty heart When I met Jesus in a bar I was pouring whiskey in an empty heart When I met Jesus in a bar

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released December 1, 2011

Demos for Locked Doors & Pretty Fences, recorded at home with one guitar, one voice, and one old tube microphone.

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Joel Henderson Louisville, Kentucky

Heartfelt lyrics and wit are at the core of many singer-songwriters, but the ability to translate feelings to others is where Joel Henderson sets himself apart. With true-to-self lyrics and timeless melodies, Henderson combines folk, country, blues, gospel, and classic pop with equal reverence. ... more

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