The High Risk Years

by Joel T. Henderson

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A retrospective collection of home recorded demos over the last 10 years.

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released December 1, 2010

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Joel T. 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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Track Name: High Risk
You can bet your bottom dollar
You’ll never see that dollar again
You can pick my door if you want to
But baby what’s behind it
Just ain’t grand

You can lay your cards down baby
You may even win sometime
But when the rainbow fades its colors
You’ll see the gold was only in your mind
Only in your mind

So you best think of this
Loving me poses you a risk
Yeah you best think of this
I am a high risk

And like the salt on your dinner
I add some flavor but then I’m gone
And like a long and winding river
I change direction so much you may drown
Yeah you may drown

I know you’ll think I’m wrong
But let me know when you’ve been torn
Between a life worth betting on
And a life worth running from

Should you wake up and catch me dreaming
Of some far off distant land
Just remember the game we’re playing
There are winners and losers
In every single hand
Every single hand
Track Name: If Only We Would Talk
I can hear that mission bell ring
Across the Western sky
I’ve been here nearly one week
It’s been two since you’ve died

And at the wheel is my old man
Someone I don’t know at all
Surely he could us a friend right now
If only we would talk

You were our common thread
Through all the times of war
The nurse with the kindly heart
Stitching enemy wounds no matter
What we were fighting for

Well I have been away so long
Found running was just as wrong
And now we’ve all missed out
On what family is all about

Driving back from Fields of Rest
Where we laid you in your grave
I am feeling sorry and sad
For the way that we behaved
Track Name: Always Willing to Take Me In
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
Track Name: Love Remains True
Straighter than an arrow
Sharper than a shot
Deeper than the ocean
A mountain with no top
Take it from me
It’s a road without an end
Though the scenery may change
At every bend
Love won’t my friend

It’s heavier than its anvil
But it is not a load
Never a burden
Cause worthy is its yoke
Just you wait and see
You won’t get more
Than you can bear
Though life may feel heavy
And seem unfair
Love won’t I swear

Tender as a mother
With a child to her breast
Loyal as a father
Always faithful to his nest
And it’s never hurtful
I know you’ll find this too
When the worst in life
Gets the best of you
Love will remain true
Track Name: Still I Want Nothing More
The leaves are all gone
The trees are all bare
Soon the snow will be falling
You can smell it in the air

The streets are all colored
With candy canes and Christmas things
Lampposts decorated
With hopes of seasonal peace

Well maybe this Christmas
A peace we will know
Though the past teaches differently
Still I want nothing more

With all of this fighting
In and outside the door And across every ocean
And within our souls

So baby let’s be joyful
Let us focus our love
Though the world may not
Change this Christmas Maybe we can change us
Track Name: I Threw it a Away
Crossing all my boundaries
A half passed myself
Gave in to the sin that carried me
On a fast train to hell

And I knew what I was doing
And I knew my position
But I made the wrong decision anyway

I threw it away, I threw it away
I gambled all my life away
I have gone and spent
The last sent of my soul

Well she was so beautiful
With deception in her eyes
Like a two bit lover
I coughed up money for her lies

And I knew what she was doing
With that sexy disposition
But I chose to give in anyway

I threw it away, I threw it away
I gambled all my life away
I have gone and spent
The last sent of my soul
I threw it away, I threw it away
And now there’s no place I can stay
Where my conscious won’t
Catch up to me

Oh but I’m sorry, so sorry
But I’m sorry, sorry

I threw it away, I threw it away
I gambled all my life away
I have gone and spent
The last sent of my soul
I threw it away, I threw it away
And now there’s no place I can stay
Where my conscious won’t
Catch up to me
Track Name: Interested Friend
Wait, tell me what happened again
I must have fallen asleep after all night drinking
Well I’m sorry it’s been a long, long night
But I can’t think of anything better to do with my time

Don’t go back to the part
About your love trampled heart
Cause darlin’ my patience is wearing thin

Well I will stay hear all night long
As you go on I’ll be listening
Just make sure my glass is full
So I can keep this interested grin
Ah honey I will play this part
Hoping one day you’ll see my heart
‘Cause every time he breaks yours
I’ll come waltzing in

And do you remember when we were kids
I thought you were pretty and you thought that I was sick
And do you remember that time in school
When I punched all the boys I found disrespecting you

Let’s go back to this part
Like you ran back to them
Darlin’ you’ve always had bad taste in men

Well I will stay hear all night long
As you go on I’ll be listening
Just make sure my glass is full
So I can keep this interested grin
Ah honey I will play this part
Hoping one day you’ll see my heart
‘Cause every time he breaks yours
I’ll come waltzing in
Ah honey I will play this part
Up until I spill my heart
Up until you push it off my sleeve again
Cause darlin’ I am more
Darlin’ so much more
Darlin’ I am more than an interested friend
Track Name: This Time of Year (iPhone Demo)
Winter has gone
Trees awake but they are still bare
Children making their way out
Mix laughter with new spring air

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year

Warmed by a drink from the sun
In its crisp sugary sky
Blue washed above us
Should bring the color back to our eyes

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year

As we sit and talk with our eyes locked fixed on the glare
The cloudy clock with its tick and tock reminds us we’re going nowhere

To answer your question
I know how you feel
But I don’t know just how to say it
It’s like a wound that just won’t heal

There’s something very lonely
Something’s just not right
Something very lonely
This time of year
Track Name: When Will it End
I’ve been selling myself
A whole lot of lies
And what is worse
I’ve paid a high price

I can’t believe
That I’m in debt again
Can someone please tell me
Where it all begin
And when will it end
Oh when will it end