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Nobody's Fool

Nobody's Fool
Lyrics

All Songs Written By Chris Mitguard
Copyright 2004 Snakes Alive Publishing (BMI)

Trumpets, Fiddles and Spanish Guitars

Susanna with your pretty brown eyes
With your Spanish tongue and your young ears so full of lies
Those precious moments that I spent time with you
They ask me was it worth it, but what else could I do?

Iím sorry for the harm that Iíve done
Your brother tried to run me off; threatened me with a gun
In the struggle I took it away
Now they say it was murder and that Iíll have to pay.

Chorus:
From my cell I can look up to the stars
I can hear the trumpets, the fiddles and the Spanish guitars
And tomorrow Iíll be resting in peace
In a little desert graveyard
Wonít you please forgive me?

Your mother, sheís gonna come and watch me hang
Your poor father still holds you to blame
How in a moment of passion all of our lives have been changed
Iím sorry for your brother, Iím sorry for your pain.

Chorus
And tomorrow Iíll be resting in peace
In a little desert graveyard
Wonít you please forgive me?

Motherís Wayward One

When I was a cute little baby
Everyone thought I would do well
But I grew up and found those painted ladies
And I fell beneath their worldly spell

So many nights Iíve spent in the jailhouse
For some petty things Iíve done
Stole a few cars and took some money
But I never did hurt anyone

Chorus:
Itís cards and liquor in the morning
I never step into the sun
I stay one step ahead of the policeman
I am my motherís wayward one

When my mother was on her death-bed
I saw those tears in her eyes
She prayed that I would find Jesus
And then that poor old lady died

Chorus

I coughed up blood when I woke this morning
There was a cold wind at the door
Sounds like the devilís out there knocking
Lord, I canít do this anymore

Chorus

I Donít Even Know What Iím Doing

Iíve been sad and blue all because of you
I donít even know what Iím doing
Each night I lay awake, youíre such a fake
How did I ever fall for you, babe?

Chorus:
You should hear what theyíre sayiní
That Iím such a fool for you
Iíll put on my shoes, walk away from you
I donít even know what Iím doing

If you had a heart, Iíd have a chance
To save this broken down romance
But I see it in your eyes, Iíd be unwise
So I wonít even try to chance it

Chorus

This chilly night beneath the moon
Walking down this lonely avenue
Iím thinking of your lips, the way you made love
I donít even know what Iím doing

Chorus
Iíll put on my shoes, walk away from you
I donít even know what Iím doing

Light In The Kitchen

The light in the kitchen burns all night long
My eyeís out the window and the coffee's gone
Oh, whereís my love, wonít she come back home?
The light in the kitchen burns all night long

A tear on the table sits below my head
The radio's off and the TVís dead
The door's unlocked, though itís been so long
The light in the kitchen burns all night long

    Instrumental

Well my bodyís gone skinny and my face has gone pale
I pace all night, pray that I donít fail
I miss her love and her touchiní me
The light in the kitchen burns all night long
The light in the kitchen burns all night long
The light in the kitchen burns all night long

Nobodyís Fool

Iíve never trusted anyone
And I donít get the blues
No matter what you do or say
Iíll be nobodyís fool.

You might spend the night with me
But, honey, if you do
Youíll never get close to my heart
ĎCause Iíll be nobodyís fool

Chorus:
Nobodyís fool, nobodyís heartache
Never will I sit and cry
Nobodyís fool, nobodyís mistake
Nobodyís fool till the day that I die

Iíve seen my friends like babies weep
Iíve seen what love can do
And youíre as pretty as a sweet sunset
But Iíll be nobodyís fool

Iíll suffer my fate in this world
No matter how hard or how cruel
But Iíll not suffer the pains of love
Iíll be nobodyís fool

Chorus

I wonít be your dog to kick
Or the one you hold on to
Iím gonna live as free as a sparrow
Iíll be nobodyís fool
Iím gonna live as free as a sparrow
Iíll be . . .
Nobodyís fool, nobodyís heartache
Never will I sit and cry
Nobodyís fool, nobodyís mistake
Nobodyís fool till the day that I . . . die

Born Without A Conscience

I am a lowly man, Iíve sinned all my life
My words are like poison, sharp as a knife
I aim for your weakness before ever I do speak
I feel the strongest when you feel weak

Chorus:
And while you do trust me
I will lead you on
When you are in need
Iíll surely be gone.

I hide behind God, I hide behind the flag
While I accuse you of offenses most terrible and bad
I poison the water and the air that you breathe
I can cry like a little baby, make you feel sorry for me

Chorus

Iím jealous and mean and cold as a morgue
But I camouflage well and I can change form
I lead you down the road till I get my way
I was born without conscience, thereís nothing you can say
I was born without conscience, thereís nothing you can say

Old Wreck
   
Broken down heaped old wreck
Iíll just keep moviní
Iíll get there yet
Never been important and I never will be
Soon enough, buddy, youíll forget about me

These old tires, worn too thin
Patched so many times
Thereís nothiní left to mend
This old engineís runniní well
But for how much longer, I really canít tell

Chorus:
I got a leak in the oil, use too much gas
Iím always in the slow lane, I never pass
Cracks in the windshield make it hard to see
But you get used to it, you get used to it...eventually
   
This old radio doesnít work
When you shift the gears
The whole thing jerks
Cops roll by me, they just shake their heads
Donít want to know nothiní Ďbout this piece of lead

Chorus

Thereís no heat on a cold winter night
No air conditioning
When the sunís too bright
Better wear a warm coat or nothiní at all
This old heap has seen it all

Iím a broken down , heaped old wreck
Iíll just keep moviní Iíll get there yet
Never been important and I never will be
Soon enough, buddy, youíll forget about . . .
Youíll forget about me

Just Another Pilgrim

Iím just another pilgrim searching for the light
I wander through the desert and through the dark of night
Iím just another pilgrim headed down the road
Lookiní for a safe place to lay down my heavy load

Chorus:
Iíve lived in the cities, Iíve slept out in the rain
Sometimes I use a bottle to ease my aches and pains
Maybe Iím just a sinner, but I do the best I can
I wander like a pilgrim; wander through this weary land

Iím just another pilgrim with blood on my hands
Iíve done more than a few things I wish I could take back
Iím just another pilgrim, donít know where I am bound
Lookiní for a safe place to lay my burdens down

Chorus

Iím just another pilgrim, pray that God is by my side
I try to be a good man; I hold at bay my pride
Iím just another pilgrim wanderiní through your town
Lookiní for a safe place to lay my burden down
Iím just another pilgrim wanderiní through your town
Lookiní for a safe place to lay my burden down

Man With A Mission

If anyone cares to listen
Iím a man with a mission
To save myself from my past
I betrayed so many friends
I lied and stole from them
Now I pray my die ainít cast

Chorus:
I had a pretty wife and a sweet baby girl
But I was addicted to some stuff.
I ended up in jail in a place so dank and stale
Now I finally believe Iíve had enough

I spent all our money
On everything but the rent
ĎTill finally we had to leave.
My wife took our baby
Back to her motherís home
And I lived out there on the streets.

Chorus

Now Iím getting clean
And it makes a poor boy mean
But you know I need to change.
Or Iíll die a junkieís death
So I pray with all my breath
ďOh, Lord, wonít you save me from these chains?Ē

Chorus
I ended up in jail in a place so dank and stale
Now I finally believe Iíve had enough

Paybacks

Well, Iím sitting at home, drinking alone, Iíve been
   waiting for my man
Said heíd be here two hours ago, looks like
   he lied to me again
Thereís no use sitting at home getting myself all upset.
They say IĎm a witch
Paybacks are a bitch

When I was young my momma said, ďDonít let no man step on youĒ
And if he does thereís only really one thing you can do
Give it back ten times worse, show him some attitude
They say Iím a witch
Paybacks are a bitch

Chorus:
Itís payback time, Iím stepping over the line
Iím putting on my red dress
Iím going downtown, gonnaí mess around
Doing what I do best

Iím packing my gun in my purse in case I have a problem
And if he shows up acting a fool, well, I know just how to drop him
No, I ainít no girl next door, Iím sorry if that brings you down
They say Iím a witch
Paybacks are a bitch

Chorus

I learned a long time ago, no man is forever
ĎSpecially if heís putting you down, thinking heís so big and clever
If you ever lay a hand to me Iíll put you right back into your place
They say Iím a witch
They say Iím a witch
They say Iím a witch
Paybacks are a bitch

Dancing On That Wooden Floor

We were just two young kids on a moonlit night
Her friends didn't like me much,
But still I caught her eye
I was a little nervous, but I gave it my best try
She turned her eyes down to the ground
She was acting shy

Chorus:
And we went danciní on that wooden floor
We kept danciní till we couldn't dance no more
And we'd be laughiní until our insides ached
I knew that she would be my wife
I could hardly wait

She went off to college and I played in a band
There were lots of girls around
But I'm an honest man
Her picture in my wallet
Letters written in her hand
She'd come home on holidays
And we'd kick up the sand

Chorus

The years went by, she drifted
I didn't hear a word
She married someone just like me
That's what someone heard
I am just a guitar man; I play behind the lights
Someday Iíll find another girl
On a moonlit night

And we'll go danciní on that wooden floor
We'll keep danciní Ďtil we can't dance no more
And we'll be laughiní until our insides ache
Then I'm gonna marry her, I can hardly wait
And we'll go danciní on that wooden floor

New Mexico Night

By the time she knows Iíve gone
Sheíll know that I left her plenty
Of dreams that must die
Of times she must cry
By the time she knows Iíve gone

When I reach New Mexico night
My dreams there, they will be empty
Of the love that she made
Of the love I betrayed
When I reach New Mexico night

Instrumental

Oh, I see my path has changed
Iím getting onward and lonely
Itís the way that I am
And I donít like to be
Oh, I see my path has changed

When I was way back in school
I used to know so many people
That sometimes I had to hide away
When I was way back in school

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