The High Risk Years

by Joel Henderson

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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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