No Place Lower Than High

by Justin Payne

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This is my first full length project. It includes ten true stories and a few little extras. Hope you enjoy it because I lived it...

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released 29 July 2014

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Justin Payne West Virginia

Raised, lives and works as a coalminer in Boone County, West Virginia.
Born at the height of the "Outlaw Movement" Justin cut his teeth on the console stereo while Willie Nelson was playing on the turntable. That would be the biggest influence on his musical style when he picked up a guitar at age 14. ... more

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Track Name: She Never Will
I lost my soul
Out among these haunted hills
When A sweet mountain angel
Surrendered to my will

With these devilish eyes as headlights
Through the naked trees and tall pines
I met her on the hillside
Just outside the old dead field

Jesus may forgive me
But she never will

From her body I watched the steam rise
And the lights of heaven in her eyes
In that cool October moonlight
No I never felt no chill

Jesus may forgive me
But she never will

All the blame's all my own
Got the scent of sin on my clothes
That damned ol' devil must have beat me home
And told her 'bout our deal

Jesus may forgive me
But she never will
Track Name: Gettin' By
mixin strong drinks with a man who thinks
don't bring good news
he just bleeds the blues
he's low down through and through

and there ain't much worse than an endless thirst
you keep pourin that booze
on them open wounds
from a lack of better things to do

when there ain't no other place than lonely
and there aint no lower place than high
a drunken hideaway's the only
way that I can find of gettin' by

being dragged through the dirt
brings the sting and the hurt
it gonna leave some scars
if the healings too hard
shoot some whiskey that empty heart

spending these nights where the neon lights
drown out the moon
all these Nashville ruins
haunting sad old country tunes

when there ain't no other place than lonely
and there aint no lower place than high
a drunken hideaway's the only
way that I can find of gettin' by
Track Name: The Man I Should Be
Daddy was a simple man
Flannel shirts and pocket tee's
All he knew was working hard
Always aimed to please

There's nothing that he couldn't do
Everything for everyone
Damn near perfect man
The perfect father to this son

Cause Daddy was a hero
If only in my eyes
Had our share of ups and downs
and he cut me down to size
Now looking back I realize
Yea I can plainly see
Daddy was the man I should be

Had the will of 20 men
Heart larger than life
Fought his way to hell and back
Seen his share of pain and done his time

There were many bigger men
None stronger I don't believe
Trouble never stood a chance
He kept them aces up his sleeve

Cause Daddy was a hero
If only in my eyes
Had our share of ups and downs
and he cut me down to size
Now looking back I realize
Yea I can plainly see
Daddy was the man I should be

Toe to toe and eye to eye
Where we stood so many times
I see things so different now
As I stand here by his side

Cause Daddy you're my hero
If only in my eyes
Had our share of ups and downs
and you cut me down to size
Now looking back I realize
Yea I can plainly see
Daddy was the man I should be
Track Name: Your Kind
We don't care for outsiders
We've seen all of your type
You march in here preaching
That our way of living
Is wrong and yours is right

You slither in here on your belly
A forked tongue and bold lies
And you paint misleading pictures
For the masses
And their ignorant eyes

Take your business elsewhere
And stop minding mine
Because you ain't going to like how we deal with the likes of your kind
No you ain't going to like how we deal with the likes of your kind

You take food from our tables
You take your swing at our pride
And you take lots of liberty with the facts that you spin to your side

Better hit that road a running
And don't ever look back
Because the shits getting deep
So take your signs and your sheep
Pack 'em up and start hauling ass

Take your business elsewhere
And stop minding mine
Because you ain't going to like how we deal with the likes of your kind
No you ain't going to like how we deal with the likes of your kind
Track Name: I Can't Wait
Slow burn Kentucky bourbon
And jumpstart the hurtin'
Fuel the wheels turnin'
In the back of my mind

I've got this history
Of building bad misery
I drink the devil dizzy
But still me, he finds

And I can't wait, til the morning
When these demons are gone
And I can't wait, til this storming moves on
And I can't wait, til this killin me
Feeling is through
And I can't wait, til I'm over you

Smoke cloud it smothers
I light one from the other
Cigarettes just another
Way to pass time

Nothing stops the bleeding
And nothing yeilds the needing
To hell with the reason
She took all the rhyme

And I can't wait, til the morning
When these demons are gone
And I can't wait, til this storming moves on
And I can't wait, til this killin me
Feeling is through
And I can't wait, til I'm over you
Track Name: The Fall
Lately I've been
In a nosedive and
Drivin wedges deep

It seems the reason's
No-one to believe in
They're all deceiving me

And I don't have an answer for it all
But I'm learning to love the fall

I'm goin down down
Set up another round
Gonna drink and drown it all
Goin down down
Got this lonesome sound
Stuck inside that drives me up the wall
But I'm learning to love the fall

Can't seem to find
Any piece of mind
Until I drink me blind again

Every open road
Paved with hope is closed
Ain't that the way it goes at dead ends

Any tougher times man I can't recall
But I'm learning to love the fall


I'm goin down down
Set up another round
Gonna drink and drown it all
Goin down down
Got this lonesome sound
Stuck inside that drives me up the wall
But I'm learning to love the fall
Track Name: Life Is A Country Song
I've got a date
With this D-28
and a mountain sunset sky

I ain't walking away
From this Ford tail gate
til I play her out of my mind

A melody rings
From this new set of strings
got to put this down on lines

I might start first
With a short little verse
or a hook that almost rhymes

Cause some people reach for whiskey
When their world comes undone
I won't soak my soul in that misery
And I'll never run
I'll stare stright in the eyes of a heartache
And this music keeps me strong
I'm gonna write my life
Cause life is a country song

It's mostly about
Letting it out
getting all this off my chest

There's a feeling I get
When the ink is still wet
thats when I'm at my best

Cause some people reach for whiskey
When their world comes undone
I won't soak my soul in that misery
And I'll never run
I'll stare stright in the eyes of a heartache
And this music keeps me strong
I'm gonna write my life
Cause life is a country song
Track Name: Papers
You can take back the tear stained sorrow
You can take back this lie painted
shame
I'll take back the Dodge
Out in the garage
And You can take back your daddy's last name

Just leave me a piece of the good times
Leave me a memory to hold
Leave me in the past
When I wasn't last
And when You leave me just leave me alone

So be up by eight
Girl You just can't be late
Be at the courthouse at a quarter till nine
I'm taking off work
And I spoke with the clerk
She said the papers are ready to sign

Well maybe I'll be lost without you
And maybe it's the wrong thing to do
Maybe it's the truth
That I still love you
But just maybe I'm through being used

So be up by eight
Girl You just can't be late
Be at the courthouse at a quarter till nine
I'm taking off work
And I spoke with the clerk
She said the papers are ready to sign
Track Name: Trip Me Up
It's gonna take some time
Just to clear my mind
Man I'm angry as hell
But I'm not dying

And these tears in my eyes
Just blur your lies
They don't wash them away
So why keep crying
I've got to stop it today..and I'm trying

And you always seem to let me down
Every time the going gets to rough
Finally set my feet on solid ground
Then you go and trip me up

I'm gonna take myself
Off of your shelf
May be a broken man
But my hearts still beating

And there will come a time
You'll have no love in your life
The one you threw away
Will be the one your needing
I'm gonna be the one...the man your needing

And you always seem to let me down
Every time the going gets to rough
Finally set my feet on solid ground
Then you go and trip me up
Track Name: Sunday Song
Today at 10:39 PM


Sweet Sunday morning
where have you gone
Who took your smile
who stole your song

They walk through you empty
they fall into place
Ashamed of your memory
they hide from your face

Sweet Sunday morning
how I long for the kid
That grew up dreaming
it'd be better than this

But pride runs through your streets
With his best friend deceit
And they play arms in air
Spreading lies, pain and greed
They dance on the grave
of a once peaceful day
As we stare down on love
lying dead in the way

Sweet Sunday morning
where have you gone
Who took your smile
who stole your song

But now we look at ourselves
as though nobody else
Could matter as much
as our time and our wealth
Now were running in place
can't fall off this pace
Consumed by the gold
absorbed by the race

Sweet Sunday morning
where have you gone
now more than ever
we need your song