Mustang Road (LP)

by Edmund Snyder

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A collection of songs written over the last year, most for a weekly songwriting challenge. Every song on this release was either rerecorded or remastered just for this release.

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released May 17, 2014

Edmund Snyder: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synths, lead vocals, background vocals

Percussions designed using Addictive Drums

Thanks to my wife, Alena, for her support, and to my handful of fans.

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Edmund Snyder Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Edmund is an avant garde singer, songwriter, and guitarist who creates an eclectic mix of tunes. He has set a challenge to perfect his art by writing a new song each week during 2014. Edmund is a Navy veteran who has traveled extensively both in and out of the military. He draws on his experiences in small town and big city America as well as his adventures to craft his words. ... more

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Track Name: He Can't Remember
He's called you stupid and he's held you down
He told himself you'd always stick around
There was no way you'd ever want to leave
He bought you everything you could conceive

He can't remember the first time he let you down
He can't explain why it happens so often now
He can't believe it that you're walking away
He can't do anything to make you want to stay

He spent so much time focused on his work
He only noticed you when you became berserk
He bought you pearls and he bought you gold
When all you really wanted was someone to hold

He can't remember the first time he let you down
He can't explain why it happens so often now
He can't believe it that you're walking away
and he can't do anything to make you want to stay

He's never been a drunk and he's never been violent
But he mocked your words until you chose to be silent

He can't remember the first time he let you down
He can't explain why it happens so often now
He can't believe it that you're walking away
He can't do anything to make you want to stay
Track Name: The World Is Doing Fine
Sometimes you'll hear stories how we're clear cutting the trees
and just don't get me started on what's happening to bees
You'll hear guys on the radio who say it isn't real
how if you have the money you can do just what you feel

The world is doing fine
I saw a picture from in space and everything was in its place
The planet is just fine
In a snapshot from the I.S.S., you can't see a single mess
The world is doing fine
The world is doing fine

I've heard some people claim that the globe is slowly frying
But it feels so cold outside so you can tell those clowns are lying
The world is doing fine
The world is doing fine
The world is doing fine

I saw a picture from in space and everything was in its place
The world is doing fine
A snapshot from the I.S.S. doesn't show a single mess
The world is doing fine
The world is doing fine
The world is doing fine

It's the people that are screwed
Track Name: Mustang Road
We've been apart for weeks now and i say I'm doing fine
The grass is growing greener and the sun's up in the sky
The weather is much warmer, and my pay is better, too
but I just can't help but feeling like it's wasted without you

On Mustang Road, the blacktop's made of gold
The birds are always singing and it's almost never cold
On Mustang Road, I always get to bed on time
The kids are never under foot, and water tastes like wine
On Mustang Road, there'll always be something to do
but I'll never be with you on Mustang Road

I left on an adventure, and you think I'm feeling great
You've heard of the excitement of a new and better state
There's never a dull moment, and everyone's my friend
The journey's just beginning but I wish that it would end

On Mustang Road, the driver's always yield
The ladies are all lovely, and crickets fill the fields
On Mustang Road, the stores are open late
The postman smiles, the rent is low, you trust the hand of fate
On Mustang Road, all jars are filled with honey,
the gas is just a buck or so, and the hoboes give YOU money
On Mustang Road, there'll always be something to love
but you're all I'm thinking of on Mustang Road
Track Name: Older Man
When I was a younger man I wanted to be an older man
Now that I'm an older man, I really miss that younger me
People always want things to be different than they are
Greener grass on the other side or a sleeker, faster car
But take some time to be grateful for all the things you have
Soon enough you'll find your life is really not that bad

Oh-oh-oh

Too many days I sat at home and I wanted to hit the road
Now that I've been on the road so long and I just want to go back home

Oh-oh-oh

Everybody wan't some things to be better in their lives
Take a glance at the looking glass and you'll find it's deep inside
So spend some time being thankful that you really have so much
Open up your mind and heart, who are you to judge

Oh-oh-oh
Track Name: Forgotten
Many visions build up in my mind
I sit here deep in thought
With dreams of things that might have been
and wondering why or why not
Moving on with a life well-lived when you hear that old sweet song
Memories come racing back, though buried for so long

Is it ever forgotten, will it ever go away?
The thoughts of how things were before and the plans of yesterday.
Is it ever forgotten, will it ever end?
The hope that someday she'll return and love will live again.

You said that we would last forever, our love would never end.
I never thought you'd break my heart, or that it could ever mend.
But I've moved on and so have you and our lives are good apart.
So tell me why at times it seems you still control my heart.

Is it ever forgotten, will it ever go away?
The thoughts of how things were before and the plans of yesterday.
Is it ever forgotten, will it ever end?
The hope that someday she'll return and love will live again.

It's over, it's over, it's time that I forgot
It's over, it's over, I'll put away these thoughts
It's over, it's over, it's time that I forgot
It's over, it's over, I'll put away these thoughts

Is it ever forgotten, will it ever go away?
The thoughts of how things were before and the plans of yesterday.
Is it ever forgotten, will it ever end?
The hope that someday she'll return and love will live again.

The hope that one day you'll return and our love will live again.
Track Name: Wallowing
You left me here, everything ceases, picking up the broken pieces
Wallowing in my own sorrow, hoping that there's no tomorrow
Now you want back in, but I'm not open,
months were spent wishing and hoping
I needed you to ease the pain, now you can find that hope's in vain.

I was there, where were you?
Did everything you asked me to.
You say it's true, I know you lie.
You told me you wanted to try.
'Cause you don't have guts to say goodbye.

You crushed me here, my mind diseases, broke into a million pieces
You finally tell me you will stay.
But won't you please just go away!

I was ready, you weren't willing, you were laughing, you were chilling
I did all you asked me to, I was here but where were you?
You told me you wanted to try, you ain't got guts to say goodbye.
No you got no balls to say goodbye.

You told me you wanted to try.
Track Name: Once In A Life
Only once in your lifetime will the stars shine this bright
Lighting trillions of other worlds while you sleep through the night
Maybe once in my lifetime, I will know what to say
When I'm peaceful beside you in that bed where you lie

If it's only once in our lives that we feel this way,
let's hope it stretches the time and lasts for all of our days.
If only once in my life, one of my wishes came true,
I would wish it's the one where my life's spent with you.
Track Name: Your Kind of Kindness
You've been my dearest friend since the day I was born
You gave me comfort and strength and such
and you helped me weather so many storms
Some days I'd come home from school in tears
from the cruelty so often found there (in tears found there)
You always made it look so easy to still find a reason to care
(so easy to find a reason to care)

Watching you made me see the person I wanted to be
All the hatred in the world and all the blindness
could be turned away with your kind of kindness.

After years came a day when you had your own daughter
then your path led you away, so far away across the water
(so far away across the water)
Now every day I think at length of how you made my world a better place (how you made the world a better place)
And I still draw upon you strength which makes every obstacle easier to face (makes everything easier to face)

Watching you made me see the person I wanted to be
All the hatred in the world and all the blindness
could be turned away with your kind of kindness.

Don't think for a second I begrudge you
I'm happy that you found your own family
If they learn your gentle strength
They'll look forward to a beautiful destiny.

Watching you made me see the person I wanted to be
All the hatred in the world and all the blindness
could be turned away with your kind of kindness.
Track Name: Never Gonna Find
The night is falling while you're lying there all alone
The piper's calling, and you're too scared to pick up the phone
You have your escapes but they won't put your mind at ease
There's just no peace now while you're adrift on a stormy sea

You're never gonna find what you're looking for
in a bottle of wine or a convenience store
and you're never gonna get what you want
when you catch the ball if all you do is punt

Life can seem so long if you live in a self-made hell
I've been there myself and you can believe I know it well
(oh I know it so well)
But there's a way out, if you're willing to take a chance
Just pick yourself up and snap out of your wretched trance

You're never gonna find what you're looking for
in a bottle of wine or a convenience store
and you're never gonna get what you want
when you catch the ball if all you do is punt

I know where you are because I've been there to
You just can't figure out what you're supposed to do

You're never gonna find what you're looking for
in a bottle of wine or a convenience store
and you're never gonna get what you want
when you catch the ball if all you do is punt
Track Name: You Won't Miss Anything
Sometimes it's easy to write a song
and other times nothing comes along
Sometimes you want to get up and move
but you just can't remember where you left your shoes
But who needs shoes anyhow?
Just because everyone wears them now.

Play some games, read some books,
reflect upon all the paths you took
You can go out or stay home and dream
Don't worry you won't miss a thing at all.

I bought a dictionary that's full of rhyme
but they don't sell a book that gives more time
Sometimes you feel you need to stay put
and there's really nothing out there for you anyway.
So just relax and have a seat.
Have you had anything to eat at all?

Play some games, read some books,
think back on all the paths you took
You can go out or stay home and dream
Don't worry you won't miss a thing at all.

Sometimes it's easy to pen a verse
Other times all you can do is sit and curse
Will anything ever go your way?
Who cares now that the sun is out and it's a beautiful day.

Play some games, read some books,
reflect upon all the paths you took
You can go out or stay home and dream
Don't worry you won't miss anything
Don't worry you won't miss anything
Don't worry you won't miss anything
Track Name: Why Must You Go
We met last year and things were great
You warned me you had a lot on your plate
So I guess I always knew there'd come a day
when you'd pack your bags and go away
Somehow I hoped you'd change your mind
but I guess I never was what you wanted to find

Oh tell me why you have to go now
I don't know why you have to go
I waited so long just to see you
I don't know why you have to go
Oh tell me why you have to go now
I wonder why you have to go
I searched my whole life just to find you
I wonder why you have to go

We moved along and had a lot of fun
Soon I forgot how you had told me I was not the one
I started to believe in destiny
even though you said that we were never meant to be
So long to my imagined fairytale
So long to you; I see your ship is setting sail

Oh tell me why you have to go now
I don't know why you have to go
I waited so long just to see you
I don't know why you have to go
Oh tell me why you have to go now
I wonder why you have to go
I searched my whole life just to find you
I wonder why you have to go
Track Name: You've Gotta Get Away
Stupidity on the front page.
God you've just gotta get away.

You say you don't know which way to go
You think your life's moving way too slow
You've always lived in a one-horse burgh.
You'll leave as soon as you get the nerve.
There's nothing happening at Andy's Bar.
You'd drive away if you had a car.
The new stop light is on the front page.
God, you've just gotta get away.

There's a party at Phil's but you aren't welcome there.
Why'd you and Linda have that damned affair?
You'd go anyway, hell it's only life.
Phil should have paid attention to his wife.

There's nothing happening at Andy's Bar.
Nowhere to go 'cause you got no car.
Mrs. Smith's new puppies made the front page.
For the love of God, you've gotta get away.

You say you gotta get your ass in gear
just as soon as you finish your next beer.
You're getting tired of this one light town.
The village closed your favorite hangout down.
There's nothing happening at Cooter's Pub.
And there's nothing left in this town to love.
The dumbest things wind up on the front page.
Anger, regret, disgust, and rage.

There's a party at Phil's but you aren't welcome there.
Why'd you and Linda have that damned affair?
You'd go anyway, hell it's only life.
Phil should have paid attention to his wife.

There's nothing happening at Andy's Bar.
Nowhere to go 'cause you got no car.
Mrs. Smith's new puppies made the front page.
For the love of God, you've gotta get away.

Probably be here until you die
It's hard to shake that small town pride
There's nothing better anyway
On second thought, I guess you'll stay

There's nothing happening at Andy's Bar.
Nowhere to go 'cause you got no car.
Mrs. Smith's puppies made the front page.
God, you've gotta get away.

There's nothing happening at Andy's Bar.
You can't go anyway 'cause you got no car.
The new stop light is on the front page.
For the love of God, you've gotta get away.

The new stop light is on the front page.
God, you've gotta get away.
Track Name: The Light
Black, black day. Blue, blue night.
They always told you stay away from the light.
Now in your secret place where thoughts freely flow.
Isn't the light a place where trees choose to grow?
It might be a beautiful place where we can all go.
It might be a beautiful place where we can all go.

Having some final thoughts out by your porch swing.
It was supposed to be a wonderful spring.
Thinking about last fall you still had a friend.
But now for you the winter will never end.
But now for you the winter will never end.

White, white pill. Red, red wine.
A couple hours from now and you're feeling fine.
The bullies and tormentors will be far away.
No more crying all night and sleeping all day.
There might be a beautiful place where we can all play.
There might be a beautiful place where we can all play.

Now time is running down; you're starting to drool.
I guess you really showed those bullies at school.
I hope the light has what you couldn't find here.
A peace and comfort and a world without fear.
A peace and comfort and a world without fear.
Track Name: Once In A Life (reprise)
Only once in your lifetime will the stars shine this bright
Lighting trillions of other worlds while you sleep through the night
Maybe once in my lifetime, I will know what to say
When I'm peaceful beside you in that bed where you lie

If it's only once in our lives that we feel this way,
let's hope it stretches the time and lasts for all of our days.
If only once in my life, one of my wishes came true,
I would wish it's the one where my life's spent with you.

I hope that once in your lifetime everything will align.
All the dice will roll your way, just as they're rolling mine.
And that once in our lifetimes, all the fates remain kind.
Weave our life strings together with the rest intertwined.

If it's only once in our lives that we feel this way,
let's hope it stretches the time and lasts for all of our days.
If only once in my life, one of my wishes came true,
I would wish it's the one where my life's spent with you.

It's easy to live your life for moments.
Moments of pleasure and moments of pain
Why not make our moment last forever
Then we'll find these feelings will never wane.

If it's only once in our lives that we feel this way,
let's hope it stretches the time and lasts for all of our days.
If only once in my life, one of my wishes came true,
I would wish it's the one where my life's spent with you.