The Way It Works

by Chris Mullen

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
03:38
6.

credits

released April 13, 2012

All music and lyrics by Chris Mullen.
Photography by Marisa Miller Photography.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Chris Mullen Montrose, Colorado

contact / help

Contact Chris Mullen

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Dirt Beneath The Mustard Tree
The Dirt Benieth The Mustard Tree

Tell me what I've done to come to this
I swear that I've seen better days
I'm gripping sand between my knuckles as it slips away
And blends back into the beach again
'Cause there's a war I fight but I do not claim
I fight it's demons on my own
And I'm ashamed of the casualties I've left along the way
These vicories won't make me strong

How many times must I forgive myself the same mistakes
Must I do it seven times?
'Cause I heard my own words bouncing back from the mouth of my oldest son
I saw my anger in his eyes
Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from the body of this death
If there's no forgiveness in this life for the things I've done
I'll owe my life to pay the debt

Somedays I get it right
Somedays I feel so strong
Somedays I get it right
But today... today I got it wrong
Today I got it wrong

Too many times I've played the role of a clanging cymbal
Though I speak with tounges of man
But all the words that I can spew with a breath of air
Can't substitute for loving hands
And there's a vicory, I know, that I am yet to taste
I've got some mountains left to move
I've been digging around in the dirt benieth the mustard tree
Feeling like a fool

Somedays I get it right
Somedays I feel so strong
Somedays I get it right... right
But today... today I got it wrong
But today... today I got it wrong
Today I got it wrong
Track Name: The Confident Stitch
The Confident Stitch

To think out loud is exactly what I need
A needle pulling thread through my memories
Tie it all together with a confident stitch
Take the fabric of these thoughts and make everything fit
Like a glove
A little peace would be enough

Tell me how I got to twenty-eight
I got ten years older in a single day
And I don't regret a bit of this life we've made
That doesn't mean that it's always gonna be the same
You'd think by now I'd know how to hold my tongue
Instead I'm on the backside of this smoking gun again
But life is a mixture of what you do and what's been done
And you can't go back so just set your eyes on the rising sun
Track Name: The Way It Works
The Way It Works

I woke up this morning and I drove to work
And I cursed this life for the way it works
Spending all my time working this old job
Just to get back to what I love
And I made a couple dollars and I paid the bills
But it always gets me thinking about the way it feels
To see you growing small in my rear view
And it doesn't make sense at all

Look at your life is it a life to live
Or is it work, sleep, and fighting with the kids
Sometimes it makes me think that we should grab the boys
Leave it all and just skip town
If it's the house that holds you back
Well then I'll burn it down
If it's the dog then I'll drop her outside of town
If its the car then tonight I gonna roll it off a cliff

If there's a time for peace and a time for war
Then there's a time for me to walk out the door
Stick my finger out the window as I drive away
Straight home to your pretty face
Pack up the boys and we'll hit the road
We could be to the beach in a day or so
When you think about it, it doesn't make much sense
But it makes a lot of sense to me
I guess that what I'm saying is it's such a crime
We spend our lives trying to make a dime
In the end we just want more time with the ones we love
But we never seem to question we just walk the line
In the end maybe it's just a waste of time
I don't want to spend my life building walls on sinking sand
Track Name: That Ain't Love
That Ain't Love

He can hear their voices bouncing down the hallway to his bedroom door
And daddy started sleeping on the couch
Cut down to size by his mothers eyes the day that she walked out
He still keeps her picture on the shelf

And that stuff, It ain't love
Though they'll tell you that it is
It's just little children fighting grown up wars
And if you gotta see love to be love
It seems like we're on a sinking ship
But if there ain't love, then what's worth fighting for

She can make excuses for the way he treats her, the way he beats her
He's just like her daddy anyway
And every guy she's know only proves that love's a fantast
Just someone to help you pay the bills

But that stuff, It ain't love
Though they'll tell you that it is
It's just little children fighting grown up wars
And if you gotta see love to be love
It seems like we're on a sinking ship
But if there ain't love, then what's worth fighting for
And that stuff, it ain't love
No matter what you hear
'Cause there's a wound that I know that love was meant to heal
And if you gotta know love to show love
It starts with giving everything
You gotta lose your life if you ever want to live
Track Name: Wait And See
Wait and See

She says “Baby it's okay”
“You know it's not your fault”
She says she's tired of thinking
I just watch as her tears fall
And part of me feels like there's gotta be an answer
If I could just think it through
The other part of me is making up excuses
So I could look good to you

Oh girl, I know that everything will work out for you and me
I'm certain, but I can't tell you what the miracle will be
I'm working, but everything keeps on slipping away from me
But I'm certain that something good is coming, wait and see

Keep thinking someday I'll make it
Then the money won't be so tough
You know it's not that I'm greedy
I know we've always had enough
I just hate to see you worry about the numbers
It gets me thinking I've failed
You say you're fine, but I can tell you're lying
There's nothing but bills in the mail

Oh girl, I know that everything will work out for you and me
I'm certain, but I can't tell you what the miracle will be
I'm working, but everything keeps on slipping away from me
But I'm certain that something good is coming, wait and see
Oh girl, I know that everything will work out for you and me
I'm certain, but I can't tell you what the miracle will be
It's working, this crazy thing we keep calling “you and me”
And I'm certain that something good is coming, wait and see
Track Name: On This Cheap Guitar
On This Cheap Guitar

I'm getting home from a job that pays the bills
It ain't much but we're doing fine
You are doing dishes in the kitchen sink
God, you're beautiful when you smile
I pick up the six-string just to let you know
I'm happy just to be with you
There's laundry on the bed as I'm hooking up the microphone
The kids are sleeping in the other room

I write you a love song on this cheap guitar
I lay the tracks down one by one
I know it ain't the lifestyle of a shooting star
But we're still young, we're still in love, and we're having fun

I'll take you out every chance I get
I'll take you in when we can't find a babysitter
I'll take you with me everywhere I go
To any place, in any kind of weather
I'll take the good times and I'll take the bad
I'll take your hand for worse or better
I'm not much, but I love you and I hope you know
I've got no regrets, I'm still in love, and I'm having fun

The boys are wild and the neighbors crazy
The cars don't run all of the time
I know I haven't fixed the leak in the bathroom ceiling
At least I'm yours and I know your mine