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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 1

by Holiday Music Motel

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Here, in tangled times A rolling wheel and a weakened smile Silvers rise Tears of steel rolling down her side You remember me Like I remember you Tell me What can I do to change your mind? Slow down, busy child That old sad jaw can only smile Hear her sigh Admit your fears, I told you mine Will you remember me Like I remember you Tell me What can I do to change your mind? You remember me Like I remember you Tell me mind?
2.
Come r… Into this place that we made Not too late for the best of us to show Memory Served me so well until now Take your turn There’s so many ways we can go So many ways we can go So many ways we can go Tear it down Or demolish what is true Haunted by Things we never do Or wanted to It may not be the loveliest of all Stand alone And bring your wrecking ball One and all So many ways we can go So many ways we can go So many ways we can go So many ways we can go We should never be all alone Cross with me Take me home You will never be … You can find home in me I can think of you Far away Stays with me Every day So many ways we can go
3.
Bring Change 03:38
Lookin’ at a poster down at the general store They are takin’ names they said they have room for just one more It’s dangerous work so they say I ain’t got no choice we got so many bills to pay I won’t need my rowboat no more Build a span going here from shore to shore In days to come they will sing our praise And no one will remember these rowboat days Refresh This old town And bring some change around Refresh This old town And bring some change around I’m gonna shake a leg and get myself back home And tell my friends and my kin just what I know I never thought that we would live to see the day Funny how fast time goes, it’s just slippin’ away Refresh This old town And bring some change around Refresh This old town And bring some change around Refresh This old town And bring some change around Refresh This old town And bring some change around Refresh This old town And bring some change around
4.
Steel Shines 01:57
Every day the steel shines will be another day of sunshine Every, every, every day it shines will be another day of sunshine Every, every, every day that steel shines (oh, oh) Every, every, every day Every day of sunshine I’ve seen it all my life I’ve used it most the time I’m only for what I can still stand for the child and the man ‘cause Every, every, every day that steel shines Every, every, every day, every day of sunshine Every, every, every day that steel shinin’ Every, every, every day, every day of sunshine Sunshine No I cannot conceal it Oh, I must reveal it It’s time to let my light glow I’ve gotta let it show Every, every day that steel shines is another day of sunshine, yeah Every, every, every day that steel shines Every, every, every day another day of sunshine
5.
Just Like Me 02:09
drive a old Bronco, ‘73 A finer truck you’ll never see It’s got no roof, it’s just out in the wind They tell me I should trade it in But it’s a fine old ride, and it’s just like me Lacks a certain sensibility They don’t know, they can’t see That old truck is just like me I got a old dog and it sleeps on the floor And it walks outside and it sleeps some more It don’t wanna leave, it keeps hangin’ around Maybe I should put him down But he’s my find old friend and he’s just like me Lacks a certain sensibility Someday that dog gonna be set free Oh yeah, just like me Well there’s a old bridge in my hometown They say they wanna tear it down When I go home I go outta my way I drive that bridge over Sturgeon Bay ‘Cause it’s a fine old bridge, it’s just like me Lacks a certain sensibility I just wish that they could see That old bridge is just like me That old bridge is just like you and me
6.
I Got A Love 03:18
I got a love I got a time Got so much You can have some I’ve got to give it all away Holdin’ in don’t make it stay I got a soul, deep and wide Reaches to the other side It’s not a trip, it’s just a ride I got a soul that likes to fly I got a song Wanna sing for you Sing along If you want to ‘Cause you got love And you got soul Child that’s all you need to know Don’t cry no tears Of despair You can fly Anywhere Anywhere You want to You’ve got my love To carry you I got a love I got a time Got so much You can have some Please take it all All that you need I got to give it all away before I leave I got a love I got a love I got a love I got a love I got a love Yeah I got a love
7.
Tender Man 02:15
Tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me Tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me I am yours and the boats move slow Can’t get through when it hangs so low Tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me Don’t know how I can make my love stay Just keep my love on this side of the bay Oh tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me Wind will push us in if that black cloud don’t strike us first Mast will hold us true if the spinnaker doesn’t burst Tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me Tender man, keep that bridge open for me Bridge tender man, won’t you keep that bridge open for me
8.
He walked on the water We sink or swim He didn’t need no stinkin’ bridges We’re not as lucky as him But look what happened to him The past and the future Square off in the here and now Progress, history, oughta call it a draw Bridge the gap somehow You’d think with all these bridges We could get across With all the signposts up ahead We wouldn’t be lost Now I need a bridge Of another kind Perhaps a metaphor to rhythm Somethin’ in steel, span in time He parted the water Well, him and his God They didn’t need no stinkin’ bridges With that divinin’ rod The past and the future Square off in the here and now Progress, history, oughta call it a draw Bridge the gap somehow
9.
Hey steel bridge How are ya holdin’ up Over the water That I sail down I see your high beams Slowly rusting But soon the paint trucks will come around And the wheels keep rolling Over your trestle I’d like to thank you For letting through my vessel Hey steel bridge Grey as the rainy sky How many tons What was the cost How many stories Have you witnessed How many stories Have become lost Don’t, don’t you feel like you’re taken for granted Standing like Atlas Cemented in the mud You do a job here And that job ain’t done Hey steel bridge I gotta keep movin’ on I ride across you Sometime, someday I know you’ll be here There’s people that do care If you hold up, we’ll all keep rollin’ on If you hold up, we’ll all keep rollin’ on
10.
It goes up It goes down It goes up and then again it goes down And I’m waitin’ for the whole damn town To start yellin’ at me that I’m takin’ too long I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Well the boats Yeah the boats Gather round Gather round Yeah the boats they all gather around But I hold Yeah I hold All the power So I only let ‘em go through once an hour I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Everyone says I’m old Everyone says I’m old And I don’t know but I’ve been told I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender Steel bridge tender I’m a steel bridge tender
11.
What the hell’s in the water in Sturgeon Bay Where I come from, people try and get away Where you come from, people always come back Wanna hear that bridge goin’ clickety clack Clickety clack Clickety clack Wanna hear that bridge goin’ clickety clack
12.
You’ve got me deep in all the chaos I create Waves are crashin’, reshapin’ the shore I’ll never give myself the chance to hesitate Because your solid embrace I can not ignore Rise up Every hour Don’t stop I’m feelin’ your power The time for loving me is now Just connect your heart and I’ll show you how Stormy shadows over we Drop the anchor steadily Seeking shelter underneath What an architect will live and breathe Stream of pavement, bones of steel, tell me now just how to feel And every time I hear the sound of thunder it becomes the real deal Go drip on water I’ll be coastin’ above way up high In the sky you might think I can fly It’s just the beauty of livin’ life at ease So put down your words and consider please And just rise up Every hour Don’t stop Bathe in the power The time to love yourself is now Just connect your heart and I’ll show you how Stormy shadows over we Drop the anchor steadily Seeking shelter underneath What an architect will live and breathe Stream of pavement, bones of steel, tell me now just how to feel And every time I hear the sound of thunder it becomes the real deal Stormy shadows over we Drop the anchor steadily Seeking shelter underneath What an architect will live and breathe Stream of pavement, bones of steel, tell me now just how to feel And every time I hear the sound of thunder it becomes the real deal
13.
Yeah that steel bridge has got me here And here is where I am now Might not be exactly where I wanna be Things should work out anyhow Two long hard years have passed me by They really hollowed out my head I can thank myself for bein’ here But I’d rather thank the bridge instead Well I guess I could try to explain it But I’m not so sure that I should Yeah I guess I could try to explain it But I really don’t know if it would do any good Yeah that steel bridge has got me here Here is where I am now
14.
A fire ahead, a fire behind and cool cool water runnin down below A feeling so real, a bridge made of steel that i can cross over, whichever way i must go Memories and anticipation it's all a little fuzzy it all goes by so fast Memories and anticipation maybe nothin stands forever but it seems these beams were meant to last This bridge won't burn though with every heartache in defiance i have tried This bridge won't burn even when there's nothin but fire on either side A fire ahead, a fire behind and cool cool water runnin down below A feeling so real, a bridge made of steel that i can cross over, whichever way i must go This bridge won't burn though with every heartache in defiance i have tried This bridge won't burn even when there's nothin nothin but fire on either side
15.
Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself for the comin’ storm Steel yourself ‘cause it won’t be long Steel yourself in the things you do Steel yourself and you might get through Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself They teach you when you’re just a kid To sell yourself at the highest bid Just as long as you get your price The job you hate and the wife that’s nice Steel yourself Steel yourself Not small enough to steal this book But you’re cool enough to steal that look You can’t steal enough to fill the fridge Are you bad enough to steal this bridge (Take it to the bridge) Steel yourself like a railroad track Like a tin roof on a shotgun shack Steel yourself for the long slow ride And we’ll all get together on the other side Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself for the comin’ storm Steel yourself ‘cause it won’t be long Steel yourself for the lone dark rider Armageddon and the great decider Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself Steel yourself

credits

released June 14, 2007

One week in June, 2006, twenty-five songwriters from across the U.S. filled the old Holiday Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin with a purpose in mind: To save an old bridge. Songwriting teams formed in a game of spin the bottle. Songs were written fast and captured fresh in a makeshift studio in one of the rooms. New groups formed as more flooded the town, and Steel Bridge Songfest 2 culminated in an all-day waterside concert headlined by Jackson Browne. The 15 selections on this disc bring the message, convey the fun, and immortalize the spirit of Steel Bridge Songfest. The writers and artists all volunteered their time, energy, and creativity to this project. Proceeds and royalties will be donated to the Steel Bridge Fund held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Songwriting artists, including Jackson Browne and pat mAcdonald, recorded a compilation of music written about a bridge during the first ever Construction Zone songwriter sleepover at Steel Bridge Songfest 2. Release date was June 14 at Steel Bridge Songfest 3.

01 What Can I Do To Change Your Mind? 2:43
Written and performed by Adam Mackintosh and Corey Carlson

02 Wrecking Ball 2:55
Written and performed by Liv Mueller and Paulie Rocco

03 Bring Change 3:36
Written and performed by Ilan Laks, Troy Therrien and Jason Berken

04 Steel Shines 1:48
Written and performed by Rob Atwood and Kim Manning

05 Just Like Me 2:07
Written and performed by Allan MacPhee

06 I Got Love 3:16
Written and performed by Cat Braaten

07 Tender Man 2:13
Written by Mike Bleck, performed by Mike Bleck and Chris Aaron

08 He Walked On The Water 2:39
Written and performed by mo rose

09 Hey Steel Bridge 3:02
Written and performed by J.J. Verner

10 Steel Bridge Tender 1:50
Written and performed by Charlie Cheney

11 Clickety-Clack 0:17
Written and performed by Bruce Reaves

12 The Real Deal 3:22
Written and performed by Tom Schriner-Schmitt

13 Try To Explain It (Would If I Could) 2:15
Written and performed by Andy Lubahn and Bruce Reaves

14 Steel Bridge Song 3:18
Written and performed by pat mAcdonald

15 Steel Yourself 5:40
Written and performed by Jackson Browne and pat mAcdonald

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Holiday Music Motel Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

A 1952 motel taken over by musicians in 2007 for the purpose of creating and hosting collaborative songwriting events, The Holiday Music Motel is the world's only motel with its own internet radio station that plays 100% self-generated content 24/7.

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