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THE LIGHTS FROM ROBERT THE ELLIS CHEMICAL PLANT


TV Song 4:46 2. Chemical Plant 4:27 3. Good Intentions 2:47 4. Steady As The Rising Sun 4:08 5. Bottle Of Wine 6:26 6. Still Crazy After All These Years 3:50 7. Pride 4:59 8. Only Lies 3:49 9. Houston 7:10 10. Sing Along 4:05 11. Tour Song 7:15 1.

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Produced and mixed by Jacquire King Recorded at Blackbird Studio G and The Casino - Nashville, TN Mixed at The LBT - Nashville, TN Recorded by Brad Bivens, Eric Masse and Jacquire King Recording Assistant - Kevin Sokolnicki All songs arranged by Robert Ellis and Jacquire King Mastered by Richard Dodd @ RichardDodd.com Main personnel Will Van Horn - pedal steel, banjo on Sing Along Kelly Doyle - electric guitar Geoffrey Muller - electric bass Robert Ellis - guitars, piano, keyboards, vocals Josh Block - percussion, drumset With Jim Lauderdale - background vocal on Sing Along Robbie Crowell - sax solo on Bottle Of Wine Skylar Wilson - piano on Pride and Good Intentions Stevie Blacke - strings and arrangement on The Lights From The Chemical Plant and Steady As The Rising Sun Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith - backing vocals on Steady As The Rising Sun Art Direction by Robert Ellis and Paul Moore Design by Paul Moore Photography by Davis Ayer Management - Vector Management Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith appear courtesy of HUB Records

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This album is dedicated to my wife Destiny Ellis and our families. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents and great grandparents; Those still with us and those whose memories live on through us. We love you with all our hearts. Thanks to (in no particular order): Ken Levitan, Brad Oldham, John Ingrassia, George Fontaine and everyone in the New West Records family, Amanda Hale, Andrew Colvin, Jeff Colvin, Pete Frostic, Ken Weinstein, Loar Guitars, Jason Cooper, Derek Dunnivan, Mark Austin, Omar Afra, Davis Ayer, Tristan Berlanga, Robert Ellis (the author) and even Harry Roberts. The incredible team of people who worked on the record with me: Jacquire King, Eric Masse, Brad Bivens, Kevin Sokolnicki, Skylar Wilson, Jim Lauderdale, Robbie Crowell. The band, who I am honored to count among the best friends I have ever had and my favorite players on the planet: Will Van Horn, Kelly Doyle, Geoffrey Muller, and Josh Block.


I am not a failure, I played the hand that I was dealt But every now and then I do pretend that I am someone else It takes no imagination, just a flick of the remote Then I am on vacation in a life someone else wrote Maybe I’m a millionaire, I travel o’er the world I’m handsome and respected, I get all those pretty girls So calm and mysterious, fightin’ for the greater good People love and adore me, from New York to Hollywood Well, this may not be the healthiest, I know But I’m happiest when I exist through my favorite TV shows Chorus: I’m a gun fighter, I’m a bull rider I’m the captain of some pirate ship at sea For a couple hours I’ve got super powers Oh my god, I love watchin’ my TV, oh yeah Oh my god, I love watchin’ my TV Oh Betty Draper, I wish my wife was less like you It gets so hard to take her, she complains the whole day through When I get home from workin’ I just hate to hear her speak But we do spend time together at least three nights a week We’ll watch the one about the family with that great big ol’ house Or the one with the detectives who always find the bad guys out Or the one about the lawyers who make sure that the right guy wins Or the couple that is still in love and needs never to pretend Well, no matter what is goin’ on at home I can always get a smile or two when my favorite show comes on Chorus God bless you Walt Disney, you were a father to me I used to fall asleep with the TV on at night Through my roughest days you put a smile on my young face You kept me company when no one else had time I was a gunfighter, I was a bull rider Or the captain of some pirate ship at sea For a couple hours I’ve got super powers Oh my god, I love watchin’ my TV, oh yeah Oh my god, I love watchin’ my TV 4

TV Song


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In a small town down the highway to the coast Factories and churches laid on dusty gravel roads This is where they first met such a long time ago Young lovers wet behind the ears Foolish and unguarded, falling blindly without fear Skippin’ school and hoppin’ fences Makin’ love down by the pier Love like elements react Constellations in the black The lights from the chemical plant Burn bright in the night like an old kerosene lamp From a car parked by the ocean, what a vision to behold The lights from the chemical plant She says, “My heart is like an orphan and your words are like a home I do not deserve such kindness as keeps me warm down to my bones You bear some strange familiar likeness to a man I feel I know” As if to keep each other safe They spent the night locked in embrace The lights from the chemical plant Burn bright in the night like an old kerosene lamp When all else seemed unstable, like a watchtower they were there The lights from the chemical plant Oh, the years passed by them both not so unkindly And whenever things got rough, the pain they’d share But no matter when death comes it is untimely And she sat next to him and she tried hard to prepare “Oh can you still see them? Through the window if you look they are still there Open up your eyes just once more darlin’ ‘Cause without you I know I just can’t bear ... The lights from the chemical plant Burn bright in the night like an old kerosene lamp I was sure they’d always be there and then one day they were gone 6

The lights from the chemical plant.”

Chemical Plant


Chorus: I don’t care how wrong it is I’ve got good intentions And I just can’t hide it anymore I made my decision You pull that collar ‘round my neck and you bring me to your whisper You say the things I want to hear, don’t do this to me sister Chorus You put your hand up on my chest and your eyes are filled with laughter Your lips are wet, your hair’s a mess and I know just what you’re after You want to play Chorus

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Good Intentions


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Steady As The Rising Sun

Bottle Of Wine

I won’t take much of your time, I just need someone to talk to that’s kind

A bottle of wine and a bag of cocaine

You know all my darker shades, you know everything I keep hidden away

You’re on my mind as I drive home in the rain

And whenever it seems as if nothing is going my way

I’m reminded again of some familiar yesterday

You will call and it seems like you always know just what to say And whenever it seems as if something’s gone terribly wrong

Cheers to old times, raise a glass to the pain

There is some kind of power in the sound of your voice and it keeps me strong

I hope that you’re alright but it seems not much has changed You are buying a round for everybody at the bar

Chorus:

You are painting the town with your daddy’s credit card

You are steady as the rising sun

All these things you must do to keep from going insane

But, like the moon, you keep on shinin’ long after the day is done It seems impossible to think somehow

Up and then down until nothing remains

That there is a love that won’t ever let me down

Sand through an hourglass on its last grains

And honey, I hope your love won’t let me down

Only now that it’s over I know who to blame A bottle of wine and a bag of cocaine

Life can drag you through the dirt And a man can’t always tell you exactly where it hurts

In this lonely apartment, in a cloud of regret

But you’ve touched my unhealing heart

I go through the same old argument

By making known your very own until I can’t tell us apart

To reminisce or to forget?

And if a storm or a gale ever capsize the sails, let these words resound

I find acceptance so fleeting unless it’s coursing through my veins

You’re the finest of sailing companions a sailor has ever found When I lose or I win, when the audience thins, you have stuck around

If my heart is still beating, if in my sleep I’ve not choked

Oh, I may die in the fight but with you at my side that won’t get me down

Come over tonight, won’t you bring along some smokes? We can put on a record and I can fill your head with lies

Chorus

We get so sentimental but it’s only lust in disguise It’s so hard to extinguish such an old familiar flame Up and then down until nothing remains Sand through an hourglass on its last grains Only now that it’s over I know who to blame A bottle of wine and a bag of cocaine A bottle of wine and a bag of cocaine

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You’re too damn proud to say you were wrong You’re screamin’ so loud, makin’ sure everyone knows what I done One of these days after everyone’s gone, you’ll see that it was better Just for once for you to be wrong

Pride

You’re just a kid inside a grown up body And you don’t have to apologize to nobody Well, you just keep burnin’ every bridge that you walk across No matter what it costs, no matter who you’ve lost You’ll blame it on the rain You’ll blame it on everybody else You’ll blame it on the way you grew up You’ll blame it on anyone but yourself Why you’re so alone Why you turned out the way you did Honey, you’re full grown but you act ... Just like a kid inside a grown up body

You tell yourself that you can trust him

And you don’t have to say sorry to nobody

That you know him better than anybody can

Well, you just keep burnin’ every bridge that you walk across

You don’t believe the things they tell you

No matter what it costs, ‘cause your pride is your only boss

When the evidence is stacked against your man Oh, I’ve seen it with my own eyes and I do not want to tell you lies

You’re just a kid inside a grown up body

But you asked me here to help you to feel better

And you don’t have to apologize to nobody Well, you just keep burnin’ every bridge that you walk across No matter what it costs, no matter who you’ve lost So long as it ain’t your fault Honey tell me, is it worth it all?

Chorus:

Only Lies

Only lies can comfort you Only lies will see you through Just because a thing’s convenient that doesn’t make it true Only lies can comfort you Well, that fine if that’s what you want I’m sure there’s some good reason for where he’s gone Maybe he was drivin’ and the car broke down And he’s stuck on the interstate outside of town Oh, what good is the truth, when it causes so much pain for you? Your optimism’s up against a wall Chorus

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When I came here I was a boy And now I’m leavin’ a man When I came here I was lost But now I know who I am Oh, you helped me understand You took me by the hand and you showed me how to fight When I was afraid, your lights did not fade No, they shone through the night We shared an apartment on the verge of downtown Two kids so in love but in vain I have found Well, when our love turned to rust Then all I could trust was the cover of the blanket in the night I owe it to you, I would have come unglued Had it not been for the city and her light From Houston I’m movin’ tonight I’ve got to pick up and wipe the slate clean Oh, Houston I’m losin’ the fight You remind me of too many things

Houston

Well, time takes a toll and your eyes start to change It puts walls all around a soul and you feel restless and caged Yes, it’s happened to me, I’ve just got to break free From the scene and the places I know I just need a new start, oh, the seas they must part I am finally ready to go

Nobody talks too loud in my hometown Nobody stands too tall for fear of getting knocked down Just follow straight lines and teach your children how Well, you just do your job and conceal your doubts And the flames of hell they seemed so high when I could barely see over the pew I was just a boy when they told me that lie but, lord, it felt so true With one big voice, all the children sang The grown folks lead and they praised his name Like an army camp marching off to fight Like a mindless chant will make you right And that’s a hell of a thing to do to a kid just to teach him right from wrong You can burn in hell the rest of your days or you can choose to sing along Sing along You can speculate about the way things end Or you can sit and wait for the resurrection But a child believes in whatever they’re told A pillar of flame, a street of gold And the flames of hell they seemed so high when I could barely see over the pew I was just a boy when they told me that lie but, lord, it felt so true

From Houston I’m movin’ tonight I’ve got to pick up and wipe the slate clean Oh, Houston I’m losin’ the fight You remind me of too many things From Houston, I’m movin’ tonight But it does not mean that we’ll have to part Oh, Houston this is not goodbye You will be living inside of my heart Oh, and when I think back on when I called you my home I will fill up with pride and love I will not forget all those nights that I spent How your lights shone so pretty Just a boy in the city 11

And that’s a hell of a thing to do to a kid just to teach him right from wrong You can burn in hell the rest of your days or you can choose to sing along Sing along

Sing Along


She’ll find someone to talk to when she’s feelin’ all alone

Oh, I hope she’ll be there

And she’ll find someone to cook for and to care for when I’m gone

When I come back home again

She’ll find someone to go with her to all the honky-tonks

Home again

And she’ll find someone to dance with when the jukebox plays our song

Oh, I hope she’ll be there

Though I can’t be with her, she is always on my mind

When I come back home again

But there’s so many things I can’t do from a van in Caroline’ Soon she’ll start to wonder what it is that I provide

She’ll find someone to tell her that she looks good in the dress

And why the hell a husband can’t be by his woman’s side

That one that I had sent her by the Federal Express In the shoes I bought her, she will walk by all the men

It’s the choice I made

And every one will stare and hope that she walks by again

It’s the price I’ll pay

I know that she loves me and I know her love is true But when she needs some company what else is she gonna to do?

Just to hang out in some shitty bar, then spend ten hours in a car

She’ll have some tough decisions that may try her achin’ heart

And play and sing a couple songs, but they never let us play too long

But everything feels different from a million miles apart

‘Fore they shut us down and kick us out and you move on to another town Well, it ain’t so glamorous as it sounds and I need her more than ever now

I know just how to cope How to keep my worries choked

She’ll find someone to help her to lift all the heavy loads And when she wants to see a movie, he will take her to the show

I’ll go out to the nearest bar

Maybe she will ask him what he thinks of me and her

I’ll shoot some pool and play some cards

Well, he’ll probably agree that I’m controlling and insecure

Put the jukebox on A-32

When I ain’t there to help with all the duties of a man

That song that makes me think of you

She’ll probably get to wonderin’ what I’m doin’ and where I am

I’ll get so drunk that I can’t stand

Maybe she’ll imagine me alone with someone else

Or think of you with another man

And maybe she will think she ought to find someone herself

And cloud the pieces of my mind That remind me of what I left behind

It’s so hard to lay in this bed I made In the back of a cramped up, dirty car I’m drivin’ out to some hipster bar With people that I don’t wanna see But I appreciate the company

Tour Song

On an endless string of one night stands With ok girls and shitty bands A good one comes by now and then But I long to be back home again Home again

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All songs written by Robert Ellis Roger Elvis (BMI) / New West Independent Music Publishing (BMI) / Little Bit Tiny Music (ASCAP) except Steady As The Rising Sun written by Robert Ellis and Taylor Goldsmith Roger Elvis (BMI) / New West Independent Music Publishing (BMI) / Taylor Goldsmith Songs (BMI) / Little Bit Tiny Music (ASCAP) Still Crazy After All These Years written by Paul Simon Paul Simon Music (BMI)


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