IDIOT FLATS — LYRICS

Lyrics & Music By Rick Shaffer • ©2014 Tarock Music (BMI – CAE 240.80.04.09)

  • UNFORGIVEN MAN

Back it up, roll it over

Makes no difference to me

Hiding bones, settin’ fires

Live in your misery

Well, it ain’t no worry for me

Long as your leaving me alone

They say I’m an angry man

Well, yes I guess it’s so

And, if you be hanging here

There’s a few things you ought to know

Don’t put no spell on me

Don’t be pulling my chain

Police be knocking your door

Don’t be using my name

An unforgiven man, got nothing to lose

He’s living deep inside, of these naked eyes

An unforgiven man, got nothing to hide

Living deep inside, come on take a ride

Come on

Don’t say I’m a wicked man

Because this I will deny

And, this sense of being alone

That’s how I survive

Redemption now has been a long time gone

Well, this brother here, he still knows right from wrong

An unforgiven man, got nothing to lose

He’s living deep inside of these naked eyes

An unforgiven man, got nothing to hide

Living deep inside, come on take a ride

Come On

Come On

He don’t get lonely now, here’s what you’re missing

He don’t get lonely now, here’s what you’re missing

Come on and let him show ya

Come on and let him show ya

Come on and let him show ya

  • ONE MORE HEARTACHE

One more heartache

But I can’t stand it now

One more let down

You could die

But, the strengths in your conviction

You could be laughing, or you could be crying

This is an Eastside situation

I don’t want Westside on my mind

I don’t want your money, or your persuasion

I don’t want your dream

I don’t want your lie

Oh, I heard about your future

But, I ain’t seen it

And I get troubled by the ones that I hear

Is trying to steal it

Oh, don’t let go

Well, the story it gets so broken

By the things that we get told

And the truth will sometimes suffer

When you’re walking on down this road

Oh, when you’re walking on down this road

Oh, when you’re walking on down this road

Well, there’s something you ought to know

You better be doing, just what you’re told

  • REMEMBER

Coming down for the first time

But, you know it won’t be your last

If you should fall in this surrender for too long

Don’t go living in your past

Oh, I’ll be holding on to things we said today

Oh, I’ll be keeping strong things we said today

Remember, change is gonna come

Remember, change is gonna come

Oh no, I’m not running scared

And, I’m not the only one, believe me

Yeah, I took your medicine, for so long

But, now I’m on the run

Oh, I’ll be holding on to things we said today

Oh, I’ll be keeping strong things we said today

Talking about right now

Living in the moment

Talking about right now

Living this time

Talking about right now

Remember, change is gonna come

Remember, change is gonna come

All this pain is your belief

For all the things we’ve done, no, no

When all the fire within you dies

That’s the time for digging deeper and deeper inside

Remember, change is gonna come

Remember, change is gonna come

  • IDIOT FLATS

I’m confessing now, whoa darling can’t you see

Don’t want me anything they’re saying I might need

Oh I may be wrong now, but won’t be wrong always

Some people got a real need

For telling you brother just how to please them

And I don’t belong in here

Just give me the time and I’ll disappear

Now, don’t you get lonely

The man came to me now, and he always spoke his mind

He said, son you better listen, this world gets to unkind

If you don’t play

Ahh, if you don’t do

If you don’t think now brother like they want you to

Ahh here it comes

And I don’t belong in here

Just give me the time and l will disappear

Oh, they ain’t got nothing on me

And they just can’t see what’s coming up ahead

Don’t it get lonely in your head

Hey now I’m giving you a reason to believe

Sometimes it’s what you got and that’s what you need

This is my story, oh yeah

I don’t belong in here

Just give me the time and I will disappear

Don’t you get lonely

Oh, don’t you get blue

I’ll be leaving these Idiot Flats in my mirror

I’ll be leaving these Idiot Flats today

Come on sugar, come on and dream with me

Come on sugar, come on and live with me

  • HARD TO TELL

Come on come on

Keep ringing the bell

Give way to Mr. Petey

I hope he’s swell

And, if you see him, what would he say

He’d probably stand up and walk away

But I know what he means now

He say’s it so well

It ain’t hard to tell

It’s a long time since yesterday

And the choices that were made

Like some late night, oh indecision

That you keep asking what were the reasons

Know what you mean now

You say it so well

It ain’t hard to tell

Ain’t looking for no miracle

Just trying to find conviction

I’m not looking for no yesterday

I won’t go back, I won’t go back

That way again

Will you hear me, oh what I’m saying

I’m picking up pieces, just where they’re laying

I thought I saw you on down the road

You said come on up, boy come on up

I know what you mean now

You say it so well

It ain’t hard to tell

Ain’t looking for no miracle

Just trying to find conviction

I’m not looking for no yesterday

I won’t go back, no I won’t go back

That way again

I won’t go back, no I won’t go back

That way again

It ain’t hard to tell, well it ain’t hard to tell

How this ends

No it ain’t hard to tell, it ain’t hard to tell

How this ends

  • AROUND THE BEND

What are you waiting for

Well I just don’t know

Because it all left town, like a late night show

It ain’t coming back

Now whatcha’ gonna do

Well it ain’t up to nobody but you

Now this change is my only constant now

Oh it sits there, it sits there like a friend

You keep on asking me, about the good old days

Well, I’m sorry now they’ve come to an end

Like Willie Loman, you keep on looking back

Well don’t you worry about what’s going on

Just load that stack

You call it what you want to

Well, it don’t need no name

We’re going around the bend

We’re going around the bend

C’mon Junior

I heard the funeral march, it was a sad, sad song

Oh yeah I heard those refugees clatter

Searching for lots of things, that been a longtime gone

And I’m thinking now they no longer matter

You call it what you want to,  well it don’t need no name

We’re going around the bend

We’re going around the bend

What are you waiting for

Well I just don’t know

  • NAMELESS THINGS

Don’t give me that who dat

Who dat all the time

Don’t give me that who dat

Who dat on your line

Don’t go wasting time living all in these blues

You could be happy knowing you’re born to lose

Searching for something

Something that’s got no name

Don’t give me that who dat

Who dat all the time

Don’t you give me that who dat

Who dat on your line

Calling out to me saying information please

Broken down and busted in some downtown history

I been searching for things, things that got no name

All this trouble keeps following me

Your law and order is going to be the death of me

Don’t give me that who dat

Who dat all the time

Don’t give me that who dat

Who dat on your line

Holding out for something, man I hope it’s strong

Taking me away, maybe satisfying my soul

Well I keep searching for something

Something that’s got no name

Well I keep searching for something

Something that’s got no name

Well I keep searching for something and baby I can’t explain

  • GOT TO GO

Don’t you feel it coming

Would you heed the call

The bell is ringing

When the music stalled

And I’m praying on forgiveness

Paying off the sins of me

Couldn’t go any further

Oh, down your road

My skin was crawling

Squirming like a toad

And I’m praying on forgiveness

Paying off the sins of me

But sooner or later

Somebody’s got to go

Somebody’s got to go

Somebody’s got to go

Now you heard the story

A little tale to tell

Solitary man, on his way to hell

His mind was twisted in a thousand ways

Now his soul is burning, his eternal grave

And I’m praying on forgiveness

Paying off the sins of me

Won’t you hear my plea now

Cause sooner or later

Somebody’s got to go

Somebody’s got to go

Somebody’s got to go

Won’t be long now

It won’t be long

It won’t be long now

Hear my plea

Won’t you hear my plea

  • GETTING LOW

Today I’m losing everything I thought I had

It all just goes away and turns from good to bad

What’cha gonna do when it all comes down to you

Yeah nothings promised

Yeah you get what you deserve

But I ain’t getting low, oh, no

But I ain’t getting low

Take it or leave it were the words I often heard

Boy why you so distressed and so disturbed

Cause in a minute you loose everything

That you’ve been loving man, and all that makes you sing

But I’m not getting low, oh no

But I’m not getting low

And I ain’t wasting time, just waiting on you

I’m getting busy oh just seeing this through

I’m gonna shake and shimmy gonna rock your mind

Yeah come on scratch my back, yeah we got the time

Cause I ain’t getting low

Cause I ain’t getting low

Cause I ain’t getting low, oh no

Cause I ain’t getting low

Won’t you hear me, won’t you hear me now

I ain’t getting low, oh no

I ain’t getting low

Won’t you hear me, oh won’t you hear me

  • DANGEROUS DANCE

Heading out going way across town

Not gonna let this box of fear drag me down

Looking for me, oh I’ve been looking for you

Right here inside got my eyes on you

Come on darling

Waking up with the same thing on my mind

Finding out you’re my favorite waste of time

Looking for me, oh I’ve been looking for you

Right here inside got my eyes on you

Come on children

All I know you got a dangerous dance on your mind

Oh, I’m ready now, for laying it on the line

If I been lying baby, you know I’m dying

Come on darling

Sometimes you seem like the best for me

Other times it’s a negative history

Looking for me, oh I’ve been looking for you

Right here inside got my eyes on you

I’ll be right here inside, got my eyes on you

Right here inside, got my eyes on you

Come on sugar

All I know you got a dangerous dance on your mind

I’m ready now, for laying it on the line

Yes, I’m ready now, for laying it on the line

Come on get down with it