The Andy Rau Band

Americana music... an eclectic blend folk, rock and bluegrass from Southern California

Americana
an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass styles

LYRICS    On The Horizon
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ANDY RAU EXCEPT
"JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR" WRITTEN BY
DENNIS ROGER REED
NEW TURQUOISE MUSIC BMI
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED USED BY PERMISSION

MY STOWAWAY
i thought i left you back in boise
i thought i left you there to stay
but when i unpacked my memories
i found a stowaway

i thought i left a lie behind me
i thought i started out brand new
but here you are inside of me
whispering the truth

i tune my banjo to the darkness of this empty room
but i don't hear a note i play
the light of darkness will be here soon
but it just means another day
my stowaway

i thought that i would just continue
down this road to emptiness
why should i try something new
when i'm used to life like this

i thought that you were just another
flame who's coals would die
but here we are with each other
in the lonely tears i cry

i tune my banjo to the darkness of this empty room
but i don't hear a note i play
the light of darkness will be here soon
but it just means another day
my stowaway




SAVANNAH
there was a girl i knew when i was younger
just off the mississippi delta shore
lord that girl she took away my hunger
never felt that way before

i used to hold savannah in the morning
i used to dream savannah every night
one day she left me with no warning
but i still need savannah
i still need savannah
i still need to hold savannah tight

the days are long the nights are longer
i lie in bed and think of what we were
i've tried to be what i'm not i've tried to be stronger
life's no good without her

i used to hold savannah in the morning
i used to dream savannah every night
one day she left me with no warning
but i still need savannah
i still need savannah
i still need to hold savannah tight

 


I WANDER THROUGH MY NIGHT ALL DAY
there's a place my heart goes
every time my eyes close
and it's there that i know i'd like to stay
but the sun wakes me up
even though i haven't had enough
and so i wander through my night all day

she was more than i could imagine
she awoke my passion
now my dreams are all i have worth having
that's where I hide her away

now the time may go by
and the sun may light up the sky
but i wander through my night all day

i don't know why she left
guess i failed part of her test
depressed
staring up a grade
now the cold wind may blow
but my feeling for her will not let go
and so i wander through my night all day

she was more than i could imagine
she awoke my passion
now my dreams are all i have worth having
that's where I hide her away

now the time may go by
and the sun may light up the sky
but i wander through my night all day

 


MISSING DIXIE
i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
why in the world did i ever roam
i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
my lessons learned and i'm going home

got my ticket in my hand
this time i'm going to use it
i tried to make my stand like a man
but my heart would just confuse it
so i am going back to where my life began
i'm taking this old track home again

i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
why in the world did i ever roam
i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
my lessons learned and i'm going home

there's no better place no better space
on the face of this earth
i got caught up in the pace of the race
and i learned that it's a curse
to be so far away  from where my life began
and now i'm on my way home again

i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
why in the world did i ever roam
i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
my lessons learned and i'm going home

i can hear a banjo picking through a breakdown
i can hear my momma's voice calling out to me at sundown
i can see the bluegrass sway
back where my life began
and now i'm on my was home again

i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
why in the world did i ever roam
i've been missing dixie
i've been missing dixie
my lessons learned and i'm going home

 

I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'LL DO
sitting on the porch
watching the night roll by
looking to the north
wind drying my eyes
at least it tries

sitting in my world
watching my life stroll by
don't even say a word
i just let it go by

and i don't know what i'll do
i don't know what i'll do
i don't know what i'll do without you
spend my time thinking 'bout you
and all those plans don't amount to
much more than a lie
if you don't stay here with this heart of mine

hanging from the edge
of a crystal ball
arms outstretched
waiting for a fall
'cause just when i thought
that you were going to stay
well you're not
and as i turn away i have to say

that i don't know what i'll do
i don't know what i'll do
i don't know what i'll do without you
spend my time thinking 'bout you
and all those plans don't amount to
much more than a lie
if you don't stay here with this heart of mine

 

OLDER BUT NOT WISER
my record isn't clean i've done some fooling things
i guess by now somehow i should have learned
each time that i vow to turn this life around
i step right out of line before my turn

i've grown older but not wiser
and i left that girl behind
you see i told her i would write her
but she knew that i was lying
and now i walk alone
on streets that aren't my home
and lord i should have known
this time

i had myself a girl  and this one was my world
but still somehow i turned and i walked away
and now it's far to late to stop and navigate
this lonely heart back through those long lost days

i've grown older but not wiser
and i left that girl behind
you see i told her i would write her
but she knew that i was lying
and now i walk alone
on streets that aren't my home
and lord i should have known
this time

 

I'M GONNA LOVE YOU RIGHT
i'm gonna love you when the sun comes up
i'm gonna love you when times are tough
i'm gonna love you as the days roll by
i'm gonna love you right

i'm gonna love you when you're young and bold
i'm gonna love you growing old
i'm gonna love you as the year roll by
i'm gonna love you right

there's nobody for me
nobody but you
there's no one for my dreams
no one but you

and if i have to plead
if i have to get down on my knees
that is something i would gladly do
if i have to shed a tear at night
if i have to dig in for a fight
darling that's alright
i'll do it for you

there's nobody for me
nobody but you
there's no one for my dreams
no one but you

and if you cannot see
let me open your eyes to me
look my way i'll show you that it's true
i would be a happy man
if you'd only take my hand
girl it's in the plan
to pull each other through

i'm gonna love you when the sun comes up
i'm gonna love you when times are tough
i'm gonna love you as the days roll by
i'm gonna love you right

i'm gonna love you when you're young and bold
i'm gonna love you growing old
i'm gonna love you as the year roll by
i'm gonna love you right

 

DOES SHE MATTER THAT MUCH
does she matter that much for me to fall in love
does she matter that much to my dreams
does she matter enough to let her talk of us
does she matter as much as it seem

sometimes i blame it on her smile
has it fooled a lonely heart
or could it just be my denial
of what real feelings are

does she matter that much for me to fall in love
does she matter that much to my dreams
does she matter enough to let her talk of us
does she matter as much as it seems

you see i've always had my way
freedom's always been my game
but now another wants to play
and the rules will have to change

does she matter that much for me to fall in love
does she matter that much to my dreams
does she matter enough to let her talk of us
does she matter as much as it seems

she wants to tell her friends about me
she wants to let her feelings show
says that life's no good without me
i think i feel the same
why can't i just let go

i guess it comes down to my pride
lord i wear it like a crown
i can't reveal my tender side
to the one that i have found

does she matter that much for me to fall in love
does she matter that much to my dreams
does she matter enough to let her talk of us
does she matter as much as it seems

 

NOTHING'S CHANGED
first time i saw you
your blue eyes blew me away
it felt like paradise
i wanted to stay

first time we held hands
you handed me a life
walking by the ocean side
in the chill of the night

nothing's changed
nothing's changed 'bout the way
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you
nothing's changed
nothing's changed to this day
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you

first time that we kissed
i kissed my past goodbye
there was no more looking back
the future was mine

first time that we said goodnight
it wasn't a good night at all
Ii tossed and i turn in my fright
and i cursed at the walls

nothing's changed
nothing's changed 'bout the way
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you
nothing's changed
nothing's changed to this day
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you

years may roll by
youth may lose its grasp
I still feel like
Time hasn't even passes

still fells like the first night
still fells like love at first sight
still fells like the first night
still fells like love at first sight

nothing's changed
nothing's changed 'bout the way
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you
nothing's changed
nothing's changed to this day
nothing's changed 'bout the way
i feel about you

 

JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR
You think you're hiding something with your mirror to the wall
But your silence says it all
I can see you look at me as if I read your mind
Are you leaving me behind

Just look in the mirror
And Tell Me what you see
Just look in the mirror
Well it's all too clear to me

You won't face your reflection you're afraid what it shows
But I already know
Without failed excuses pale and you just walk away
How much longer will you stay

Just look in the mirror
And Tell Me what you see
Just look in the mirror
Well it's all too clear to me

The image in the mirror you know it can't be taught to lie
So I can see the truth each time I look into your eyes

Just look in the mirror
And Tell Me what you see
Just look in the mirror
Well it's all too clear to me

 

 NO PLACE FOR A HEARTACHE
we've got no place for a heartache
we've got no place for us to fall
we've got no place for a heart break
no trace at all no place at all

when we see sorrow walking by
we flash a no vacancy sign
we don't want its kind ever stopping by
we're too happy with our lives

we've got no place for a heartache
we've got no place for us to fall
we've got no place for a heart break
no trace at all no place at all


at night i take my baby for a ride
up ahead anger holds out a thumb
but i push that pedal down and we cruise right on by
we're too busy having fun

we've got no place for a heartache
we've got no place for us to fall
we've got no place for a heart break
no trace at all no place at all

yeah we could yell
sure we could scream
and say what the hell with the life e dreamed
others may argue
we'll let them fight
but only two fools would give up paradise

we've got no place for a heartache
we've got no place for us to fall
we've got no place for a heart break
no trace at all no place at all