The Price Of Sin

by Markus Rill

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1.
You can’t avoid life once you’re brought into this world And you can’t avoid makin’ mistakes and people gettin’ hurt There’s some things you coulda done better and things that you should’ve known But I still feel like cryin’ today like I cried for you three years ago Instead I celebrate your life and the fact that you’re free That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery I remember you weak and I remember you strong I remember you right and I recall you doin’ wrong But you loved me with all of your heart this I know And I still feel like cryin’ today like I cried for you three years ago But I celebrate your life and the fact that you’re free That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery May the light of the merciful moon guide your travelin’ ways I’m woebegone and I’m blue but I know you’re safe I celebrate your life and the fact that you’re free That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery That’s why I’m singin’ and dancin’ tonight in the cemetery
2.
I no longer felt the blacktop flying 'neath my feet I could not feel the churning of the wheels There was a puppet of St. Christopher lying in the street next to you starin' empty-eyed at me you starin' hollow-eyed at me And the rain came pourin' down it blurred my memory wipers slappin' back and forth without a sound and puppet of St. Christopher lyin' broken in the street Your seat belt got unbuckled to reach for something in the back I hit the brakes, I heard you scream, and the windshield crack then all was quiet on the interstate, not a soul in sight just that big rig lying wounded on its side the big rig lying weary on its side And the rain came pourin' down it blurred my memory wipers slappin' back and forth without a sound and puppet of St. Christopher lyin' broken in the street Tonight I drink more than I did then, drink and think of her holdin' a little patched-up puppet of St. Christopher just a broken patched-up puppet of St Christopher
3.
My name is Roy Thornton, you may not have heard of me But you’ve heard of the woman made my life a misery She wore my ring upon her finger and a tattoo ‘bove her knee Makin’ love it made me smile for it said “Roy & Bonnie” Me & Bonnie Parker all through our high school years We laughed and danced together and I dried away her tears Me & Bonnie Parker until Barrow came along Well, I treated Bonnie right and then she turned and did me wrong When I got sent to prison, Bonnie said she’d wait for me But her and that new beau of hers went on a killing spree I read about them in the papers, headlines are full of Bonnie & Clyde But it would still be Roy & Bonnie if I could just hold her for awhile Me & Bonnie Parker all through our high school years We laughed and danced together and I dried away her tears Me & Bonnie Parker until Barrow came along Well, I treated Bonnie right and then she turned and did me wrong Barrow made her happy, like she deserved to be So on the day they died, I cried for Bonnie And I cried for Clyde Me & Bonnie Parker all through our high school years We danced and laughed together and I dried away her tears Me & Bonnie Parker until Barrow came along I treated Bonnie right but she didn’t stay for long
4.
My love runs to you, my love don’t walk My love flies to you, my love don’t crawl But I would crawl the highest mountain to send my love to you My love runs to you For thirty-odd years I’ve been waitin’ to arrive Thirty-odd years is all my life And after thirty-odd years I’m here Lemme say it clear I love you Wish you were near My love runs to you, my love don’t walk My love flies to you, my love don’t crawl But I would crawl the highest mountain to send my love to you My love runs to you I close my eyes and I can almost feel you near I close my eyes and I dream And in my dreams you’re next to me And I’ll make you feel That I love you and this is real My love runs to you, my love don’t walk My love flies to you, my love don’t crawl But I would crawl the highest mountain I would swim the deepest ocean I’m gonna cross the widest valley Just to bring my love to you My love runs to you
5.
One shooting star flying far To the beating of my heart, one shooting star Train whistle blows from long ago Won’t say where it goes, train whistle blows And I lie awake aware of what’s at stake I lie awake Here in the night in the absence of light It’s just you and I here in the night Love’s pure as rain, no taint nor stain Let’s ride this train, love’s pure as rain I’ll hold you close, I won’t let go Just so you know I don’t plan to let you go Let you down, leave you all alone I plan to be your man and be the best that I can And not let go just so you know If we lift the veil we won’t fail We’ll find our trail, let’s lift the veil On through the dark to the beating of our hearts Just like that star on through the dark And I won’t give up come hell or hard luck I won’t give up I don’t plan to let you go Let you down, leave you all alone I plan to be your man and be the best that I can And not let go just so you know If we don’t have trust it ain’t much That we got if we don’t have trust And if we don’t have faith we just waste our time away if we don’t have faith but I do and if you do too we’ll make it through
6.
Lying naked on white linen I watch the smoke rings on their way up to the ceiling There’s a storm outside a-brewin’ as I contemplate the price you pay for sin As I wait for Angelina to step out of the shower again I keep thinkin’ ‘bout her husband Frank who happens to be my oldest friend Frankie is a decent man, I do the best I can But the price you pay for sin Is you leave the behind the kid that you were way back when And with the shadows rollin’ in I get weak again And I cough up the price you pay for sin The way that Angelina touches me, I never have been touched before And Gina says that Frankie, well, he don’t touch her much no more How I wish that I could hold her and would never have to let her go again But Angelina’s husband, he just happens to be my oldest friend Frankie is a decent man, me, I do the best I can But the price you pay for sin Is you leave the behind the kid that you were way back when And with the shadows rollin’ in I get weak again And I cough up the price you pay for sin Way back when we were kids we swore blood brothers till the end We were young and we were free, I swear we didn’t know the price you pay for sin And I never will forget the way we used to be I just hope Frank never finds out about his wife and me The other night I came home early with the smell of Angelina on my hands Sneakin’ out the back door was a guy looked a whole lot like a decent man And the price you pay for sin Is you leave the behind the kids that you were way back when And with the shadows rollin’ in I get weak again And I produce the price you pay for sin
7.
I’m gonna walk on that road, Lord I’m gonna walk on that road I’m gonna carry my load, Lord I ain’t gonna stop till I find me a home I’m gonna fill up that hole, Lord I’m gonna fill up that hole I won’t be hurtin’ no more, Lord Gonna find me a woman’s gonna soothe my soul I’m gonna write her name in the sky, Lord Write her name in the sky She’s gonna teach me to fly, Lord And I’m gonna love her till the day that I die I been trying for awhile, I’ve been trying for some time I been trying for a while But it’s hard to find, hard to find I’m gonna keep on trying, keep on trying tryin’ to find peace of mind I been trying for awhile, I’ve been trying for some time I been trying for a while But it’s hard to find, hard to find I’m gonna keep on trying, keep on trying tryin’ to find peace of mind I’m gonna walk on that road, Lord I’m gonna walk on that road I’m gonna carry my load, Lord I ain’t gonna stop till I find me a home
8.
I’m beggin’ you, Lord, if you’re lookin’ down, please forgive me now I know I’ve done wrong but I’ll rise again somehow please forgive me now I went down to the river to wash away the stain But all the love I give her cannot wipe away the shame It’s gotta change, please show me how I’m beggin’ you, Lord, if you’re lookin’ down, please forgive me now You know me, Lord, I always try to be my best But there’s some things I’ve done I ain’t proud of, I confess In the back of my mind I know what the difference is ‘tween a man who walks the line and a fool like this So I go down to the river To wash away the sin All I got’s the love I give her till I dirty my hands again I’m on my knees, my head is bowed I’m beggin’ you, Lord, if you’re lookin’ down Please forgive me now Lead me not into temptation Better yet, give me strength, Lord, to resist I don’t care about my precious reputation It’s her love that I don’t ever wanna miss So I’m beggin’ you, Lord, if you’re lookin’ down Please forgive me now
9.
Run Run Run 02:46
She dumped me out here on the street just another shot of that good old misery I did the best I could, I still don't know what I did wrong I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run I'm gonna run till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run till my wings start growing wheels I'm gonna run till till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run A tear right through my heart and holes in my soles just another shot, then another for the road there's one thing left to do and I'm gonna do what's gotta be done I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run I'm gonna run till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run till my wings start growing wheels I'm gonna run till till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run Things might be better by tomorrow I could be dancin', laughin', singin', having fun If I can just escape my sorrow that's why I run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run I'm gonna run till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run till my wings start growing wheels I'm gonna run till till I get back on my feet I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run, I'm gonna run
10.
Fade To Blue 03:33
You say you got your bags a-packed You’re clearin’ out, a fact’s a fact Ain’t nothin’ gonna slow you down no-how You say you’ve had enough of me Highway songs and therapy And you don’t believe a man can turn around Go on, walk out and leave me standin’ here with empty hands Never mind, girl, that you walk out on a broken man I’ll be left with nothin’ and that’s nothin’ left to lose And all my colors fade to blue My colors fade to blue I never should’ve had that dream That you and I could make it real But it sure felt good to hold you for awhile I can’t go back to my old ways Now that everything’s forever changed Forever, girl, I will miss your smile Shut the door and let me wallow in my misery The very last thing that I need’s your frickin’ sympathy If you can’t give me love that is patient, good and true All my colors fade to blue My colors fade to blue And I will get along quite alright In another year or two I’ll find a way to make it through the night Tossin’ and turnin’ and cryin’ over you All my colors fade to blue My colors fade to blue (background chant: no more golden sunsets no silver wedding ring no more flashy shoes of red no rainbow in your hand no more eyes of blue and green no shiny brunette hair no more guitar with sunburst sheen And you don’t even care) I fade to blue
11.
I've watched the rain fall down, stood out in the pouring rain myself I've laid my pillow on the cold & muddy ground Now I wanna get up, I’m gonna need some help So won't you take this hand of mine gimme a smile, lemme look into your eyes cuz when I'm with you, girl, I’m protected, safe, and home and I come in out of the cold I've been trying to walk a straight line and I stumbled I should've never lost my way now I've learned my lesson and now I'm humbled that's why I'm on my knees today Begging you to take this hand of mine gimme a kiss, look into my eyes when I'm with you I know things I've never been told I come in out of the cold Girl, don’t you give up on me now Don’t give up on the love we found If we make it through all of this somehow Then, girl, I swear I will never again let you down Now I’m waiting here with open arms Cuz what you can do for me, girl, I can do a little for you I swear I’ll never let you come to any harm And I swear this heart of mine is true So won’t you lay your hand in mine Gimme a kiss and look into my eyes When we’re together, girl, we’re better, safe, and home So come on in out of the cold
12.
The phone call came at two a.m. and I drove two hundred miles straight through the night My Daddy had a heart attack and I knew I had to be there by his side I found my Daddy breathin’, he was fadin’ in a hospital bed He is 63, I’m 35, and I ain’t ready yet I want you to see me getting married I want you to hold my first-born kid Daddy, don’t you leave me all alone, don’t you know I ain’t ready yet to let you go He drew a line upon the wall for every inch I grew, cheerin’ me on And it made me proud to make him proud with every wrestling match that I ever won Then he’d tuck me into bed at night with a wink and a pat on the head That was twenty-something years ago and I ain’t ready yet I want you to see me getting married I want you to hold my first-born kid Daddy, don’t you leave me all alone, don’t you know I ain’t ready yet to let you go And I’d never seen him cry just like he did when his old man passed on Standin’ in his hometown cemetery, leanin’ on his son And on the day that Momma died, I know that he and I shared some regrets So, Daddy, won’t you hang on for awhile, I ain’t ready yet I want you to see me getting married I want you to hold my first-born kid Daddy, don’t you leave me all alone, don’t you know I ain’t ready yet to let you go

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released January 1, 2006

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Markus Rill München, Germany

A unique sandstone voice and songs that’ll get under your skin. Markus Rill has a way of combining stripped-down storytelling with rough-edged roots’n’roll that’s utterly captivating

»Songs that are beautifully shimmering with ambiguity - brilliant lyrics« - Rolling Stone"

"Rill shows great depth as a songwriter, bandleader and producer" - No Depression/USA
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