The Price Of Sin

by Markus Rill

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released January 1, 2006

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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

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Track Name: Singin' In The Cemetery
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
Track Name: Broken Puppet
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
Track Name: Me & Bonnie Parker
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
Track Name: My Love Runs To You
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
Track Name: Just So You Know
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
Track Name: The Price You Pay For Sin
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
Track Name: Carry My Load
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
Track Name: Wash Away The Stain
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
Track Name: Run Run Run
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
Track Name: Fade To Blue
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
Track Name: Out Of The Cold
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
Track Name: Not Ready Yet
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