San Juan Street Lyrics

  1. Nobody Got A Hold On Me
  2. More Than California
  3. Dreams In The Desert
  4. Hit The Road
  5. Anna Lee
  6. In The Afternoon
  7. I Can't Hide
  8. Down Here
  9. Mercy
  10. There's Time
  11. Hollow Moon
  12. Babyon
  13. Daydreamers
  14. San Juan Street

Production Credits



 

1. Nobody Got A Hold On Me   

I can head for the mountain or sail out to sea
Or hang out here in the hill country
If you dance with the devil he’ll dance right back
Ol’ Doc Dupuy told me that

Chorus
But nobody got a hold on me
Nobody got a hold on me
Gonna get what I need eventually
Nobody got a hold on me

It’s a crying shame what we gotta do
In the land of plenty for the few
But we got guns and rock n roll
Honky-Tonks and Muscle Shoals

There was once was a time when we could survive
With crops in the field and homemade wine
It’s a wicked world we’re living in
Fighting these wars over and over again

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals, Percussion – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Bobby Perkins – Bass and Percussion; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums and Percussion; Joel Guzman – Percussion


2. More Than California

Say good-bye to LA for me
I don’t have the time to care
‘Cause I know she’s down in Austin
Who knows how long she’ll be there

Chorus
I need her more than California
Needs the bright lights of LA
She’s the dream I should be chasing
I can’t let her get away
I need her more than California
Ever needed me to stay

Had to try my luck out west
Had to see how far I could go
The further I got from her and Texas
The closer I got to coming home

I said I’d be there by tomorrow
If you’d give us one more shot
I may not have much to offer
But I’ll give you all I’ve got

Say good-bye to LA for me
I don’t have the time to care

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

 Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


3. Dreams In The Desert

There are dreams in the desert
Hope on the highway, a rough rocky road ahead
Promise in passion, faith in the fallen
Religion for when you are dead

Chorus
You pray, you dream, you beg, you plead
But it don’t change a thing
You want, you need, you give,, you bleed
But it don’t come so easy
It’s the same ol’ story

There are feelings of failure and down-right depression
Choices and chances to take
Wisdom in winning, lonely in losing
And fortune that can fall either way

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Joel Guzman – Accordion and Piano; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


4. Hit The Road

I left home when I was grown
When I could cross the bayous on my own
Spent some time living crazy
A little too lazy for a man
So I ended up down in New Orleans
With a pretty Creole woman I called Rose
But Rose she says we can’t stay round here
Let’s have another beer and hit the road
Let’s hit the road

61 can take us out of New Orleans
Be in Memphis in the morning if we drove
But Rose and me we ain’t got much money
Or a car that can make it to Tennessee
The TV’s talking but I can’t hear it
Bet they’re saying hell’s a coming for us all
And Rose she says I can’t make it without my Momma
Can’t be leaving here without her all alone
Let’s hit the road

Still remember walking through New Orleans
With my pretty Creole woman by my side
But if I smell me a blooming sweet Magnolia
I’ll pretend I don’t know ya and start to cry
‘Cause Rose and me we never ever found her Momma
Guess the Good Lord came and got her before we could
And as I boarded the last bus to Houston
Left Rose there refusing to go
So I hit the road

Hit the road
Cross the bayou
On my own now, all alone, heading home
Hit the road, hit the road, hit the road

And as I boarded the last bus to Houston
Left Rose there refusing to go

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric Guitar – Scott Martin; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Will Dupuy – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


5. Anna Lee

It’s a cold grey morning and I can’t ignore it, I’m blue as I’ve ever been
I’m laying here lonely thinking if only I wouldn’t have done what I did
We had us a home on a slow rolling bayou living and loving so fine
She told me to hold her and always adore her and she would never leave my side

Chorus
Oh Anna Lee, baby come back to me
Oh Anna Lee, baby forgive me
Oh my sweet Anna Lee

All I can hear in my head is the fear in her voice when she called out to me
I woke up in water and grabbed our two daughters and told them all to hang on to me
‘Cause the water was rising and rising and rising through the attic and onto the roof
We swam to the street light together we held tight wasn’t nothing else we could do

I thought that forever that we’d be together but that was just never to be
She cried for her maker to please come and take her but all she had was me
She started screaming and cussing the demon that rained down upon us that day
I tried to hang on but I’m just not that strong, my sweet Anna Lee was washed away

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals– Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


6. In The Afternoon

Honky-Tonkin’ in the afternoon
Daydreaming ‘neath a neon moon
There ain’t nothing to loving you
Ain’t it cool, in the afternoon.
Ain’t it cool, in the afternoon

The jukebox plays all them country songs
Right or wrong, you’re gonna sing along
I dance with you, the sun shines through
And it’s cool, in the afternoon
Ain’t it cool, in the afternoon

There must be something
No there’s nothing
I wanna do without you
Baby it’s cool

Ain’t it cool, in the afternoon
Ain’t it cool, in the afternoon
In the afternoon

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric Guitar – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Joel Guzman – Organ; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


7. I Can't Hide

My head is heavy and I’m beyond blue
Going crazy can’t stop thinking about you all the time
Must be losing my mind
‘Cause I can’t run and I can’t hide from you

I held you close, but you slipped away
And if I could I would fade away, but I keep on moving
Before I ruin everything
‘Cause I can’t run and I can’t hide from you

So drink ‘em down yea now one more round
Drive me out of this whiskey town, the skies are blue
Ain’t nothing more I can do
‘Cause I can’t run and I can’t hide from you

Can’t run from you, I can’t hide
Can’t run from you, I can’t hide
Can’t run from you
I can’t hide, I can’t run
I can’t hide, I can’t run
Can’t run from you
Can’t run from you
I can’t hide

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Joel Guzman – Organ; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


8. Down Here

Up in the morning down on my luck
Well the money in my pocket, well it’s just ain’t enough
To take you out dancing and buy you pretty things
Had to hustle baby just to get you a ring

Chorus
Down here
Down here
Yea down here

I got a shotgun don’t need the police
‘Cause I’ll shoot you down if you point that piece at me
From Ft Worth to Houston live and die by the gun
Won’t you come and take it son ain’t that how it’s done

Singing songs of freedom in honky-tonks and bars
Sometimes I can feel ‘em sometimes I fall apart
But barley breaking even and just getting by
Get me gas in the van and little to get high

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Lead Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


9. Mercy

Give you all I got, it’s not enough for you
The tears they don’t drop ‘cause they’re tired and blue
And broken over you
I’m down on my knees
Mercy

Now I’m just a man at the end of his line
I do what I can but it’s just not my time
Won’t you show me a sign
I’m down on my knees
Mercy

There’s a monkey on my back but he ain’t the one
To blame for what I lack or for all that’s left undone
Yea there’s nowhere left to run
I’m down on my knees
Mercy

There’s a better road I know not the same ol’ highway
But I have been told that there’s a brighter day
Won’t you show me the way
I’m down on my knees
Mercy

I’m down on my knees
Mercy, Mercy
Mercy, Mercy

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Pedal Steel Guitar – Scott Martin; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Joel Guzman – Organ; Will Dupuy – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums; Matt Slusher – Harmony Vocals


10. There's Time

A man in a mirror, a soul made of stone
Callused and cratered, battered and worn
Dirt on your elbow, you finger your food
Out here a drift with the stars and the moon
But there’s time, oh it’s time

A pistol on a table, a book made of dreams
A heart with no halo and salvation seems
To pass you on by like you’re not really here
Watching and waiting for it to appear
But there’s time, oh it’s time

Chorus
There’s time to keep moving, time to carry on
Time to keep living and time for a song
There’s time, oh it’s time

A beer in a bottle, a boy and girl
A slow action throttle, a fast moving world
Holding and hoping for something to come
Lonely ain’t nothing but a loaded gun
But there’s time, oh it’s time

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Acoustic Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Trisha Keefer – Fiddle; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


11. Hollow Moon

Hollow Moon up above me
Serpents shifting down below
Spin in circles forever
Round and round the cosmos

Some say the sun’s got a sister
Some say she will return
And bring the Annunaki with her
From the heavens to the earth
From the heavens to the earth

Cut up cattle and bended crops
Pyramids and carved rocks
Tell a story we forgot
About the Chariots of Gods
Oh believe it or not

When I’m up top the mountain
Or down in the valley below
Keep the spirit close to me
Baby never to let go
Filling my body and soul

Chorus
Round the cosmos
Oh round and round we go
Cosmos, oh round and round we go
Cosmos, oh round and round we go
Round and round the cosmos
Oh round and round the cosmos

Galactic hearts and dark rifts
Ancient calendars predict
The fiery dragon spits
A shift in consciousness

Cosmos, Cosmos, Cosmos
Round and round the cosmos
Oh round and round the cosmos

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Will Dupuy– Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums; Joel Guzman – Percussion and Harmony Vocals


12. Babyon

There were towers of sin
For the children of men
Who all spoke the same
But when the tongues did change
With the winds of no name
Swept it all away

Chorus
It’s a hard day in Babylon
It’s a hard day indeed
In the land between two rivers long
It’s hard day indeed

There were idols of love
And gardens that hung
From behind the gilded gates
But they were covered in blood
When they danced and they sung
In the mighty Persian reign

Babylon, you've bled for far too long
Dead and gone in Babylon

Now the tyrants of old
Who long for the gold
That lies beneath the land
And so here they come
With their banks and their guns
And an oil company man

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals and Harmonica – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar – Scott Martin; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Will Dupuy – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums; Matt Slusher – Harmony Vocals


13. Daydreamers

Come with me
Take my hand
Cross the sea to another land
Cool breeze come
Blowing on through
There is no end to me and you

Chorus
Daydreamers, peaceful people
Don’t take your dreams away
No, not today
Not today, not today

Dreadlock Rasta
God and Allah
Makes no difference you see
‘Cause we are one
‘Neath the stars above
And everyone’s out looking for love

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Electric Guitar and Lead Vocals – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Joel Guzman – Organ; Ephraim Owens – Trumpet; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


14. San Juan Street

The sun still shines on San Juan Street
The wind still blows through the trees
November rains come and go
Your spirit it still remains
Your spirit it still remains

I close my eyes and see your face
Smiling back at me
I think you’re there and hope you’re here
All around this place
All around this place

Chorus
Self medicate myself into a haze
But that don’t bring back them damned ol’ good ol’ days
Them good ol’ days
Them good ol’ days

We said goodbye you touched the sky
I watched you fade away
My heart is heart and full of pain
Since you went away
Since you went away

Wet and cold, hot and dry
Seasons still pass on by
You’re in my head and on my breath
Can’t get you off my mind
Can’t get you off my mind

Them good ol’ days
Them good ol’ days
Them good ol’ days

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2011 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals, Cornet and Trombone – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Banjo – Matt Slusher; Electric Mandolin – Fletcher Murchison; Ephraim Owens – Trumpet; Bobby Perkins – Bass; Patrick Herzfeld – Drums


Production Credits

Produced and Engineered by Joel Guzman
Recorded at Guzman Fox Studio (Austin, TX)
Mixed by Bradley Kopp
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering
All Songs Written By Shawn Nelson
© Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved

Shawn Nelson - Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Cornet and Trombone; Matt Slusher - Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmony Vocals; Fletcher Murchison - Electric Mandolin; Scott Martin - Electric and Steel Guitar; Will Dupuy - Bass; Bobby Perkins - Bass and Percussion; Patrick Herzfeld - Drums and Percussion; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; Joel Guzman - Accordion, Piano, Organ, Percussion and Harmony Vocals; Empraim Owens - Trumpet