No Place Lower Than High

by Justin Payne

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1.
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
2.
03:39
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
3.
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
4.
04:59
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
5.
04:08
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
6.
04:06
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
7.
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
8.
04:00
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
9.
03:43
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
10.
06:20
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

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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 July 29, 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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