Don't Envy The Wheels

by The Road To Ruin

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released September 7, 2018

Miles Stenhouse: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Percussion
Sam Lubin: Bass
Erik Sandfort: Backing Vocals, Keyboards on "Don't Envy The Wheels"
Rob Fragnito: Drums on "Don't Envy The Wheels" and "Anywhere You Hang Me Will Be Home"
Hyoung Yoon: Drums on "The Height Of The Sky"
Adrian Bourgeois: Keyboards, Bass, Drums on "May Heaven Bend The Rules For You"
Mike Sposato: Lead Guitar on "The Height Of The Sky"
Katie Ortiz: Backing Vocals
Julia Halitgan: Backing Vocals on "The Height Of The Sky" and "Anywhere You Hang Me Will Be Home"
Genevieve Faivre: Backing Vocals on "Dark Cloud"
Megan Horan: Backup Vocals on "May Heaven Bend The Rules For You"

Produced and engineered by Miles Stenhouse
Mixed and mastered by Andy Freeman

All songs written by Miles Stenhouse, copyright 2018.

Cover painting by Leslie Ragan, public domain
Cover text and design by Scott Stenhouse

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Track Name: Build A Day
A burned out house, an angry man. a chlldhood dream
Sneaker on a wire a block up Troutman Street

A plastic form, a cloud of gas, too scared to ask
The silly teacher won’t explain the painted scene

Getting so entrenched in knowing how to say the right thing
You don’t say anything and you forget what you mean

Being so enslaved by losing, feeling so afraid of choosing
Don’t stop to think, you forget what you need

These are things you take away change a minute build a day
These are things you take away change a minute build a day

A pile of ash upon the floor and failure’s door
Another train wreck on the news at half past midnight
So run away from jay walkers and hit parades
Appalachia turns into the New York sky line

Camouflaging slowly with the colors in the backdrop
When the movie’s obscene and your crush has turned green
Waiting for a tragedy to shake you out of normalcy
The back of your head during a beautiful dream

These are things you take away change a minute build a day
These are things you take away change a minute build a day

These are things you take away change a minute build a day
These are things you take away change a minute build a day
Track Name: Dark Cloud
Dark Cloud, storm so tame
The wind is dancing like a bullet train
Two fold as the crush of the sea brings
A young man home and mends his knee
And each time that you tumble round,
you don’t let your shadow bring us down
It’s a fact we can balance fine
In flurry insane and burning shine

Dark cloud come on strong, show us your power with your lightning storm
Dark cloud keep the fire warm, keep the roof above us leave no branches torn
And we’ll love you like a clear blue day, grow our fields with your skies of grey

Dark cloud, holy hurricane,
Bring on your justice like the old men say
Drown out the evil but keep us safe,
Bring us to shore with your thunder and waves

Dark cloud come on strong, show us your power with your lightning storm
Dark cloud keep the fire warm, keep the roof above us leave no branches torn
And we’ll love you like a clear blue day, grow our fields with your skies of grey
Track Name: Afford To Love
Dizzy darlin' with your stepped on blues
open up the gift I gave to you
you may find it’s something you can use
and you are so lucky

You keep nagging like a spoiled child
Our conversation walking single file
Don’t you remember how I used to make you smile
don’t run from your family

You’ve balanced work and health and wine
You’ve got good taste and you made good time
Now you can afford to love
Hey you comfortable and fair
no one see’s you, no one’s there
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love

Just take the help and feel the way you like,
these days the chemicals get it right
It’s not a tranquilizer, it doesn’t blur the fire
Just guides your good side

You’ve balanced work and health and wine
You’ve got good taste and you made good time
Now you can afford to love
Hey you comfortable and fair
no one see’s you, no one’s there
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love

And when you slide and when you grind
I can be your safe side

You’ve balanced work and health and wine
You’ve got good taste and you made good time
Now you can afford to love
Hey you comfortable and fair
no one see’s you, no one’s there
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love
now you can afford to love
Track Name: Don't Envy The Wheels
You won't hear no whistle blownin', on the old freight line,
The calfornia airports, replaced that old Carolina whine
And you can't find a needle, to fit your old time groove
The record's long since out of print, but it still plays as part of you

At the times when new improvements feel a lot like being beat
When you’re just as good as you used to be but you still feel obsolete
when you wish they’d work on you before they go build some something new
Don't you envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet

In the allies there's still cobble stone, though the main streets have been paved
and all towns best regulars still haven't changed their ways
I still hear them late at night singing ballads of times gone dusty
And the old piano may be out of tune but your fingers are not rusty

At the times when new improvements feel a lot like being beat
When you’re just as good as you used to be but you still feel obsolete
when you wish they'd would work on you before they go build some something new
Don’t you envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet
Don’t envy the wheels for charging through, just trust your own two feet
Track Name: The Height Of The Sky
Peter never needs a coat, he sees the clouds through his telescope
Hey hey thats ok
He loves to stay inside his house and from his window looking out
He can see the rain coming down and he marvels at the height of the sky

Nancy’s shades are always drawn, she doesn’t care what’s going on,
Hey hey thats ok
Her head’s a better place to be but sometimes when she’s high and free
She dreams of places she’s never seen and she marvels at the height of the sky

The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky
The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky
The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky she marvels at the height of the sky

Me I’m building a flying machine, with twigs and glue and bicycle chains
While and I may well fall and die,
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
And my fall will be my flight

Charlie loves the corner seat, he’s there at every meet and greet,
Hey hey thats ok
But though his cloths are sharp and neat and though his mind is so elite
He never finds the heart to speak and he marvels at the height of the sky

The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky
The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky
The sky, the sky, the beautiful sky he marvels at the height of the sky

Me I’m building a flying machine, with twigs and glue and bicycle chains
While and I may well fall and die,
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
I’m gonna marvel at the height of the sky
And my fall will be my flight
Track Name: Natural
You’re easy to want, you’re a comfortable daydream
Dancer dangling on a wire
But you hurt yourself all the time
Cause you know who you are and it’s not who you want to be

And all you’re desire, is hurting your power
You fight so much you can’t keep on winning
And I know you’ve never been one for quitting
But you’re getting tired and I don’t want to see you get weak

You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural
You radiate so easily
And as long as I’m nearby you
You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel
And magic is real while my old wounds heal
You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural
So won’t you please just let yourself be

You’re lonelier than you tell me sometimes
You’re true love keeps changing hands
one day you’re making plans and the next you’re banging your head on the ground

But through all the bumps, all the grinds and the stumbles
You have a royal way,
You’re proud and brave, eloquent and brief
And you mean every word that you say

You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural
You radiate so easily
And as long as I’m nearby you
You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel
And magic is real while my old wounds heal
You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural
So won’t you please just let yourself be

And life may reward you
Right after it thwarts you
You don’t have to cry at every scrape of the knee
You can’t just ask for a little help from me, yeah

You’re a natural, babe you’re a natural
You radiate so easily
And as long as I’m nearby you
You’re all I can see, you’re all I can feel
And magic is real while my old wounds heal
You’re a natural, babe it’s unnatural
So won’t you please just let yourself be
Track Name: Anywhere You Hang Me Will Be Home
Tie my hands, drop your weapons
We played a game I’m handing you the flag
Give your 84 cents to the carpenter
Cause the hangman is happy just to brag

And don't gripe bout the finer points of sportsmanship
For thirteen years I was your good little thorn
Please let me be as I prepare to die
And you can honor the oath you have sworn

And I haven't had a place in a heart or on a range
In a hideout or a faith from which i haven't run
I used to bow to instinct, I closed my eyes and fired my gun
But now i have grown weary of what I have become

So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone
And anywhere you hang me will be home

Hurry dust off the last of the fireworks
My arrest will be big news in the town
Bring your children so they can remember
When the trap door came a’ tumbling down

Overnight your bellies will be full again
And they’ll soon find a cure for the common man's cold
So rejoice for the brave politicians
They've finally caged the big bad wolf

And I haven't had a place in a heart or on a range
In a hideout or a faith from which i haven't run
I used to bow to instinct, I closed my eyes and fired my gun
But now i have grown weary of what I have become

So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone
And anywhere you hang me will be home
So sheriff come for me, as I walk to town alone
And anywhere you hang me will be home
Track Name: Feel It
If you’ve got a pencil, break it in half
If you’ve got something to say, take out the trash
If you’ve got somewhere to be, don’t change it for me
I’ve got nothing to do, but I won’t count on you

Let it show, just let yourself feel it
Let it show, oh oh
Just let yourself feel it

If you empty the closet I’ll know what about
I wear a pair of your shoes but I wore them out
You don’t have to say that you’ve been feeling cooped up in here
Just run down the street in the rain let it cover your tears

Let it show, just let yourself feel it
Let it show, oh oh
Just let yourself feel it

You’ve been sharing more than a bed with him
Soon you’ll be in love

Let it show, just let yourself feel it
Let it show, oh oh
Just let yourself feel it
Track Name: May Heaven Bend The Rules For You
I know you walk the tightest rope, you hide your pride behind your careful hope
You’re a sign of the times cause you’ve learned to to cope with violence and obligation

I’ve seen you straight faced in a deal, you tricked the dealer with your face of steal
I’ve seen you quietly conceal, all your moral observations

May you know when to agree and what to refuse
May you pay back in full all those people you used
May you cross your fingers like a new recruit
May heaven bend the rules for you
May heaven bend the rules for you

I’ve seen you save the ones you love, with the devil’s hand and your neighbors blood
We all know that it was you who stopped the flood, how can we linger on your calculation

I’ve seen you sharpening your tools, I know your rules and the ways they’re cruel
I have seen the things you do to fools, with only quiet conversation

May you know when to agree and what to refuse
May you pay back in full all those people you used
May you cross your fingers like a new recruit
May heaven bend the rules for you
May heaven bend the rules for you

May you know when to agree and what to refuse
May you pay back in full all those people you used
May you cross your fingers like a new recruit
May heaven bend the rules for you
May heaven bend the rules for you
Track Name: All The Things
When you pick up a guitar, what’s the first chord that you play
When you wake up in the morning freeze, what are the first words that you let get away

Who’s got a right to know what you're saying in your sleep,
And you can’t hide that from your partner, no no no, but you can hide from me

And he never says a word, he likes to keep it easy
You don’t have to face yourself so every morning is a trophy,
You love him cause he’s healthy, you love him cause he’s happy,
You love him like an actor and you love him like a movie,
It doesn’t change your burden, I just can’t put it gently
When we kissed behind the curtain that was you looking straight at me

All the things that we don’t say, will add up one day

When you pick up a guitar, are you ever at a loss,
When you eat your bread and butter do you only taste the cost

Who’s got a right to hear, the songs you sing behind your door
Well maybe he was listening in last night, or maybe he just read the score

Maybe you show it in your eyes maybe he know’s when your not looking
Maybe all your comprisinings all you need to keep you going,
Only you know if my guessing, is catching on to something
As I’m reaching through the dark, and I pray to god for lighting,
Are we only doing damage to get high on all the hurting,
Do we share the same horizon is that why we both keep searching

All the things that we don’t say will add up one day
All the things that we don’t say will add up one day
All the things that we don’t say will add up one day
Track Name: Hall Light
Don’t cry, I’ll stay with you as you fall asleep
Hall light, brave like a soldier he won’t desert you

But I’ve never fit right, in this old uniform
So I’m saying goodbye but I promise to crack the door
You’ll be fine

You can write down, all of the questions you never asked me
But sometimes, the things that we keep are what keep us angry

So as I string up my tie, I won’t look in your eyes too long
I’ll wink as I kiss you goodnight and I’ll promise the monster’s gone
You’ll be fine
Track Name: Now That You're Gone
Hey, I sorted through the paper plates and plastic forks you saved
When the china in the dinning room grew too far away,
Then the silver did too

Hey forget about the good ones its the greats,
you can hide your life learned lessons well,
you can hide them in heaven you can hide them in hell but that don’t keep them safe

Thinkin' bout you

Now that your gone
I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith
Now that your gone
I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith
Now that your gone

Hey, throw out all the "what if"s and "too late”s
A few more things you used to say, a put on voice, a still sad face
A year goes by and no one waits
Thinkin' bout you

Hey it’s not about the good ones its the greats,
you can hide your life learned lessons well,
you can hide in heaven you can hide them in hell but that don’t make them safe

that’s the thing about you

Now that your gone
I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith
Now that your gone
I’ve learned to trust your absent minded faith
Now that your gone

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