The Goodnight Trail

by Mack West

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released October 10, 2011

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Mack West Cincinnati, Ohio

With their unique sound marriage of Southwestern country, rock, and blues, Cincinnati’s Mack West established its own sub- genre: Alt-Western. The evocative sound immediately caught the ears of national television producers looking for the right music for their shows’ soundtracks. Tracks from their debut have surfaced on History Channel, Discovery Channel, AMC, and CMT. ... more

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Track Name: I'm Gone
I’ve been watching this road for a thousand miles
Want to trade in this life for some peace of mind
Days have blinded my eyes and the nights, so tired
I would give my stone heart for the perfect prize

Sooner or later I’m gone Sooner or later I’m done
Soon I’m breaking the chains off the highway cage

Seeing summer die down, what a sad demise
Autumn’s cold ass grin creeping through the pines
Think I’ll make my way south where they poison the wine
Take the fool’s way out for the rest of time

Sooner or later I’m gone Sooner or later I’m done
Soon I’m drinking away what the mind can’t erase

Sooner or later I’m gone Sooner or later I’m done
Soon I’m wishing in vain for what time can’t replace

Send me words I can use, maybe for my song
Sing them out like I do but they’ll still be wrong
Couldn’t make it out here and I blame myself
Couldn’t stand on my own, couldn’t get no help
Track Name: Sinners & Angels
Living alone on a sandy sea with sinners and angels
Digging for gold down on my knees
I’ve got a pain in my heart that won’t ever leave
Now I wait for the day that I’ll have to retreat

Time moves so slowly when you’re no longer young
Time moves so slowly
When you’re no longer the one behind the gun

They were laying the law but all I could see were sinners and angels
Raking the coals over all I could be
Lord, make me a man, make me believe
Or am I too far gone to stop living a dream?

Time moves so slowly when you’re no longer young
Time moves so slowly
When you’re no longer the one behind the gun

Wish I could take back everything
Without taking the poison that made it okay
Boy, I wish you were here, I wish I could stay
‘Cause no one ever really wants to leave this way

Time moves so slowly when you’re no longer young
Time moves so slowly
When you’re no longer the one behind the gun
Track Name: The Goodnight Trail
Riding southbound on the Goodnight Trail
I got my mind on the woman I love
Take a drink of the midnight air, soon I’ll be there
Dancing with the one and only woman I love
So darling, won’t you wait for me?

Some men die before they reach their prime
But I’ll take my chances here
Some men fold before their blood runs cold
But I’ll make my way back home

They say this here’s a no man’s land
You won’t live by speaking your mind
But someday everything will turn out right and baby you know
I’m gonna bring you gold

Some men die before they reach their prime
But I’ll take my chances here
Some men fold before their blood runs cold
But I’ll make my way back home

They say this here’s a no man’s land
You won’t live by speaking your mind
But someday everything will turn out right
When I get home I’m gonna dance with the woman I love
Track Name: Ton
Didn’t I say it right, didn’t I make you smile?
Didn’t I stay all night, didn’t I make it alright?
Didn’t you let me in, didn’t you let me win?
Didn’t I take your side, didn’t I bring down the fight?

This road bends and winds, did it lose you once again?
Just pull to the side, come and find you when I can
‘Cause it weighs a ton, the load bearing down
But I’ll help you out

Didn’t you figure it out, didn’t you part the clouds?
Didn’t I sing it out loud, didn’t I make you so proud?
Didn’t I keep you warm, didn’t I keep you from harm?
Didn’t I tuck you in, didn’t I hold back the wind?

This road bends and winds, did it lose you once again?
Just pull to the side, come and find you when I can
‘Cause it weighs a ton, the load bearing down
But I’ll help you out

Didn’t you take the fall, didn’t you hit the wall?
Didn’t I say goodbye, didn’t I make it alright?
Track Name: A Strong Wind
Woke up alone, cursing at the morning
Nowhere left to roam
I ain’t never going home I’m too proud
She broke all but my bones, how far must I go
Until it makes some sense somehow

Hey, I know the way a strong wind blows
Away I go, just let this fire fade out
Smolder down
Take me in, help me out, be my friend

I’ll never know why she let go
She’d rather be alone, it kept me up all night
Pretending like she’s bold
Never say “I told you so” and don’t ever give me advice

Hey, I know the way a strong will grows
Away I go, just let this fire fade out
Smolder down
Take me in, help me out, be my friend
Track Name: August Night
Guess I rode too far to look on every star
‘til I was lost again
Came upon a house, guess I had my doubts
Was she here alone?
She wore a new blue dress and I was just a mess
But I couldn’t help myself
Such a precious heart, you tore my world apart
And now I’m lost for good

In the morning I will go on my way
But tonight I’m in your eyes and you’re in my hands

I don’t know your name and you don’t know my name
Guess it’s for the best
Such a fine moonlight in the August night
Dancing with me slow
So where do you want to be twenty years from now?
‘Cause I don’t want to be a lonely man no more

In the morning I will go on my way
But tonight I’m in your eyes and you’re in my hands

Guess I rode too far to look on every star
And now I’m lost for good
Track Name: Misery
Found my church in the woods, threw my sins in the fire
Drank that wine like it was the last time
I’d ever set foot on this earth
Now this full-lit moon shows a fool’s own desire
To be one with the earth and the sun, let all of this fighting be done

I’ve taken for granted what the lord’s given me
A curse I’d been given was a blessing to be
If you’re up in heaven please help me see
I sold my soul to my own misery

Now I dream too much, how it all should’ve been
So I lie and I steal and I cry, how the hell do the others get by?
Now some time has gone on and I’m looking so old
Can’t believe my own son next to me might someday
Do the things that I’ve told

I’ve taken for granted what the lord’s given me
A curse I’d been given was a blessing to be
If you’re up in heaven please help me see
I sold my soul to my own misery
Track Name: Montana Stars
Montana stars alight take me away tonight
Montana stars alight like rhinestones in the sky
Well they said I would not go, that I could not leave my home
So I left and off I rode out where the old wind blows

Sun was fading I couldn’t stay and the starlight lit my way
Now I call out your sweet name from the mountain far away
I’m alone I miss you dear when the day begins again
But tonight I feel alright
Montana stars alight
Track Name: All You Know
A thieving bandit rode on the western wind
Where all it takes is one mistake and you’re dead
Now he’s hidden and dry just like an old man’s smile
And his hurricane life brought to a halt a while

Tell me…
Where will you go when it’s raining out here, will you
Hide away in them hills all alone?
Now you’ll be out after sixteen years tell me,
Without no friends, boy, where will you go?
Did they change all you know?

Lost in streets that once were paved with gold
Eliza’s gone ‘cause the ugly lie you told
All your kin folk are dead, the walls full of lead somehow
Drunk on Rye and revenge, you shot the whole place down

Tell me…
Where will you go when it’s raining out here, will you
Hide away in them hills all alone?
Now you’ll be out after sixteen years tell me,
Without no friends, boy, who will you know?
Did they change all you know?
Track Name: Lily
By the end of the trail
I was looking for something good to cure my ail
In a brothel on Main, I found me a sweet young thing
She kept the bed clean, where the rest of the world can’t see
I tore up the sheets, ‘cause I ain’t seen a woman in weeks

So hard on this trail, pushing longhorns through miles of hell
I was glad to be alive
Lily made me feel this might be my last drive

Lily, run away with me, I’m so tired and so lonely

In a brothel on Main Lily packed up every little last thing
We snuck out the back
Headed for the hills and she never looked back

Three years went by
Seemed Lily never did nothing but cry, she missed her home
There I was again waking up alone

Lily, run away with me, I’m so tired and so lonely
Though you’re eighteen, well so am I
We will find our way in the sunshine
Track Name: Soldier On
You rode in too fast and still came in last
Dug up the past and still never found out the truth
So count all your loot and wear down your boots
Listen to nothing and live by the light of the moon
Down at the root

Hold your own, soldier on
Hide when night is over

Throw down the cross, forsake all you lost
Bury the letter that never got through to her there
With your heart on the page, you opened a cage
Dispel everything when you told her
“I don’t want to die without you by my side.”

Hold your own, soldier on
Ride when night is over