HOMEWARD BOUND

gonna take an eastbound highway no one’s ever heard of 
and then I’ll walk back honey, I promise Ill be right home 

I’ve got bags to pack but I don’t have a dollar on me 
I spent the last I had on a tall cool pint of Bud 

I told em I was 18 so they’d me sail me round the globe 
I’m gonna send my love stateside when they take roll call 

I don’t know what I’ll see, I’m scared to death to be honest 
but I’ll live my life however it falls on the floor 


BRIDGE 
so hold your candle close to see 
the words I’ve scratched inside these walls 
hold your candle close to me 
help me shine a guiding light back home 

CHORUS 
so I’ll hold myself up tall and never let go 
hold yourself up tall if you never know 
what are you supposed to learn from me? 
and who am I supposed to be today? 
I’ll hold myself up tall if you never let go 


no matter how many years you stack on a stubborn body 
the mind stays sharp but the soul, cold as stone 

and I don’t think those scars from a life lived fast and reckless 
will ever fade in a way that seems calm and slow 

but doctors say I got too much of him in me 
self inflicted flaws, well I’m proud of em all 

I can feel his restless spirit somehow guide me 
all I hope is that it stays, wherever I go 

BRIDGE 
CHORUS

I CAN'T SEE

oh where do I go 
if I’m not home by midnight my old man will bury me 
but I know that if I start to slow 
you can find me where the sun sets low and the moonlight falls on the sycamore trees 

so please don’t speak to me 
until you find the words that you truly mean fall across my ears so peacefully 
leave don’t stay with me 
I’m gonna lie right here and find my peace while the crickets sing a song through the back door screen 

CHORUS 
but I can’t see through the sheets that bind my soul 
I’ve got no place for me to call my own 

well these fears still hide 
I can’t abide by time where words collide, I can’t move down the path with this thorn in my side 
so when, when you hear me leave 
just rest your head and don’t worry my dear its just another passing day inside a horrible year 

CHORUS

BACKED BY THE RIVER

it’s been a couple days since I’ve seen you smile 
come sit by me, turn the radio down and stay a while 

you were so pretty that day in your dancing shoes 
and that polka dot dress just spinning around the room 

laughing with a room temp drink in your hand 
why don’t you stay with me, just a little bit, I know you can 

cos’ those butterflies fade, but in that moment I saw 
I saw it in you, and in me, in your eyes, God I want it all 

and as you’re dancing with him, only I know the truth 
he ain’t the one, I am, and I see it in you 

and now these memories fade, not only out of design 
but of the stone cold truth, there’s just no fire 

so I stumble out of Red’s and stay up late tonight 
sitting by the river hoping you just might float by

FAR ENOUGH

she put herself on a plane to nowhere 
she couldn't get far enough from him 
all the time he'd steal, all the cuts that just won't heal 
all the pain she'd take from him 
all the pain she would take form him 

and all my life I've stumbled through the night 
when I met you, and you found me 
right outside where we first shared candlelight 
but you're now gone and it's just me 
you're now gone and it's just me 

so take my hand tonight, let's dance beneath the moonlight 
I'll sing songs and you'll be free 
but I smell smoke subsiding, so lets stomp out the campfire 
you'll tell stories while I sleep 
you tell stories in my sleep 

and all my life I've stumbled through the night 
when I met you, and you found me 
right outside where we first shared candlelight 
but you're now gone and it's just me 
and this old house is all you see

PUNCH IT

lately I've been thinkin about 
an old trailer on the edge of town 
a bunch of marlboro cigarette butts 
thrown all over the ground 

but lately I’ve been thinkin 
how my job don’t pay enough 
I’m gonna hook the house to the 79 
and pick a lot near Bremo Bluff 

I might find me a wife or two 
I might even buy a rifle 
I'm gonna sing sad songs at the local bar 
if they’re rowdy I don’t mind the trouble 

I might even have the freedom to sin 
without the blue lights chasing me down 
you can find me outside with a mean old bride 
catfishing on the edge of town 

CHORUS 

God knows my friends don’t care 
God knows my family won’t 
I might stick around here for a couple of years 
or I might just punch it and bolt 

I don’t know whats next in this cruel charade 
that’s gonna push me to the edge of my mind 
I guess I’ll write a few songs nobody will hear 
we all know they ain’t got the damn time 


if I can tell you anything about the man I am 
I can't promise a thing at all 
so take a swing and a miss, well you’re cutting your wrists 
you might as well pack a U-Haul 

cos I’m sorry that I can’t pay rent today 
even though that I promised I could 
baby I’m not built for this type of life 
I belong alone out in the woods 

CHORUS

BROTHERS

little white lie 
little girl popping adderall 
she’s such a loud hot mess 
got me feeling sentimental now 

the open road with her will clear your head 
remind you who you’re gonna be 
but her home is gonna chain you down 
it’s never gonna set you free 

lean in close enough to feel your breath 
slowing on my skin 
the way this place feels changes 
every single time you walk back in 

so don’t stop now 
tear me down and make me play the part 
grab your coat and pay your tab 
we’ve still got a few hours in the dark 

(chorus) 
but I can see something wrong keep’s happening 
and I don’t know what it is, I just wanna go home tonight 
to see all my family 
I need my brothers nearby they’re just about all that will get me right 
get me right 

such a ground shaking girl 
with such a tiny little silhouette 
don’t think you’ll make it out alive 
she’ll make you hedge your bets 

pack your bags, before you know 
she’s hustled you right down the road 
she’s gonna build you up fast 
but she tears you down oh so slow 

CHORUS 

I woke up yesterday and read the news 
this stuff just makes me fall apart 
I can’t imagine what it’s done to you 
thank god you’ve got such a true heart 

I know the end is such a long ways out 
what’s in your way is now a wall 
but Josh believe in me you’re gonna see 
you’re still standing oh so tall 

CHORUS

CHESTER

so nice to see tucked so tight beneath the sheets 
not a worry left in this world just a tired mind at peace 
so I do believe I've seen all that I need 
a pocket full of haunting reminders, I'll take them where I need to be 

CHORUS- 
so I rake up the leaves, gas up the old tractor 
procrastinate with me honey, later on we move a little faster 
I miss that old town, and the people we used to be 
but when I turn that key over, it comes rushing back to me 

oh momma don’t you see I still hold to my beliefs 
I'm just a little country jaded, a little older than I used to be 
I still talk to my sister, made some friends kinda like me 
I’ve got plans for tomorrow, they’re just not a priority 

CHORUS 

the smell of California breeze blowing through Torrey Pines 
it keeps my feet north of Hell, a little peace to my mind 
sunny days are my provider, a good living gives me the time 
but any other world I'd be born in, his beer would sit right next to mine 

CHORUS 

who am I to die now? and who are you to change? 
I can’t stop my direction, I can’t stop because you stay 
now who am I to be now, but what anybody else should need? 
I put that town in my rear view, and watch those thin white lines fade 

but outside that house I look inside to see 
the right side of the bed was just the wrong place to be 
torn pages are my reminder, lost souls are God’s decree 
my bones feel so hollow, but Dad's head and the heart is for me

WISH I HAD THE SENSE

little white lie 
little girl popping adderall 
she’s such a loud hot mess 
got me feeling sentimental now 

the open road with her will clear your head 
remind you who you’re gonna be 
but her home is gonna chain you down 
it’s never gonna set you free 

lean in close enough to feel your breath 
slowing on my skin 
the way this place feels changes 
every single time you walk back in 

so don’t stop now 
tear me down and make me play the part 
grab your coat and pay your tab 
we’ve still got a few hours in the dark 

(chorus) 
but I can see something wrong keep’s happening 
and I don’t know what it is, I just wanna go home tonight 
to see all my family 
I need my brothers nearby they’re just about all that will get me right 
get me right 

such a ground shaking girl 
with such a tiny little silhouette 
don’t think you’ll make it out alive 
she’ll make you hedge your bets 

pack your bags, before you know 
she’s hustled you right down the road 
she’s gonna build you up fast 
but she tears you down oh so slow 

CHORUS 

I woke up yesterday and read the news 
this stuff just makes me fall apart 
I can’t imagine what it’s done to you 
thank god you’ve got such a true heart 

I know the end is such a long ways out 
what’s in your way is now a wall 
but Josh believe in me you’re gonna see 
you’re still standing oh so tall 

CHORUS

EIGHT HOURS

I left my soul by the riverbed 
but I dug up my heart and dragged it all the way home 
all these pretty little people I know 
well they’re right and they’re wrong and they just wanna go home 

I broke a 20 dollar bill and started drinking alone 
but the man at the bar he sent me packing on home 
the simplest days are the ones where she’s away 
but if I close my eyes she’s right back here today 

so buy and sell my name 
it still wont buy out the blame 
I’m tired of these silly little games 
surely theres some other way 

we're headed 8 hours south and just to help a buddy out 
half asleep in the car but ain’t nobody got a doubt 
that all these miles are worth a single damn smile 
if you cannot agree our common ground’s the enemy 

so buy and sell my name 
it still wont buy out the blame 
I’m tired of these silly little games 
surely theres some other way

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