Farther up the Road   Run Time: 5:44

Written by Bill Mallonee for CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©1998

honey cover me with roses
cover me in the leaves of fall
on those beads of your rosary
hey remember me when you call

i'll be waiting by the telephone
though you're just down the hall
when i'm beat down cold and stoned
wrap me up in your prayer shawl

now some will steal your garden
some will sow their weeds
yeah some will rob you good and blind
just to see you bleed

honey cover me with roses
this sack of bones and skin
come and breathe upon this spirit
'fore winter settles in

checking out of this cheap motel
with the wind all in our souls
God shows His face
farther up the road

now all those choices that you took
asked more than you can give
and all of those worst-case scenarios
become your one life to live

and all the greed and powers that be
they have worked no ill effect
there are never disappointments
when there's nothing left

now hunger she's a driver
but you never knew her name
you had assumed different destinations
but now they're obviously the same

hey you can take it all on the chin
pretending you don't feel a thing
and there is no bucket big enough
for tears that make you sing

honey cover me with roses
yeah and do not spare the thorns
you know some of us are waiting
a lifetime to be born

and if there are no roses
and those dealers will not sell
let your prayers become like kisses
and they'll do just as well

Did You Know?

This is one of Bill's favorites songs. "We could sing that song every night and all of us in that band know what that's about. You know, it's kind of a rallying cry for us." This song was recorded "live" using an old Coles ribbon mic.

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