Lyrics

Sleepy Driver’s Peter Hicks is known for penning thoughtful lyrics dealing with hard lessons, life and death, love and leaving, murder and betrayal. The songs read like a road journal: escaping mistakes and missteps, accepting consequences, and making the humble drive home.

Here are the lyrics for “In A Low Dark Light” (2012), as well as “Steady Now – Expanded Edition”.

 

In A Low Dark Light (2012)

[learn_more caption=”1. The Night”]

I put my hand into the fire.
It did not burn, ooh it did not burn.
I wandered in this world awhile.
Where will I turn, ooh where will I turn?

And all I know for certain: we’ll all be someone’s servant.
And the end, I know will come again.

I’m stepping in, I’m stepping out.
Into the night, ooh into the light.
And though I’m free, I know I’m tied.
To your side, ooh right to your side.

And all I know for certain: we’ll all be someone’s servant.
And the end, I know will come again.

I’ve been within, I’ve been without.
I’ve been the light, ooh I’ve been the doubt.
And no one’s clean when it gets out.
When it gets out, ooh when it gets out.

And all I know for certain: we’ll all be someone’s servant.
And all I know for certain: we’ll all be someone’s servant.

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[learn_more caption=”2. Mile Marker”]

Mile marker, mile marker, count em off, son.
Between what once was and what’s begun.
Mile marker, mile marker, count em off, kid.
Between what we should do, and what we did.

And I know your face like the back of my hand.
And I’ve dreamed of you all across this land.
And maybe one, maybe two, maybe three days in.
I’m losing track of where I’ve been.

And the night of the fire, when I got home.
When I came through the door.
You said hold me.

Ah Julianne, Julianne, how do you tell.
Between what you give and what you sell?
And our innocence, innocence, where did you go?
You’re off learning things you shouldn’t know.

And the night of the fire, when I got home.
When I came through the door.
You said hold me like you never will again.

Mile marker, mile marker, count em off, son.
Between what once was and what’s begun.
Mile marker, mile marker, count em off, kid.
Between what we should do, and what we did.

And can you still feel my face on the back of your hand?
We’re still doing things I don’t understand.
And maybe one, maybe two, maybe three days in.
We’ll find our way back from where we’ve been.

And the night of the fire, when I got home.
When I came through the door.
You said hold me like you never will again.

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[learn_more caption=”3. Baby Don’t”]

Baby don’t, baby don’t
Baby don’t keep your love from me.

You got the kingdom, I got the key.
Peek in your keyhole on one knee.
I got the hammer, you got the nail.
Let’s take this tiger by the tail.

Baby don’t, baby don’t
Baby don’t keep your love from me.

I got the shovel, you got the dirt.
I got the tool, put me to work.
You got the fuel and I got the flame.
Show me the line, I’ll sign my name.

Baby don’t, baby don’t
Baby don’t keep your love from me.

You got the kingdom, I got the key.
Peek in your keyhole on one knee.
I’m a perfect clock, I’ll keep good time.
Be my six, I’ll be your nine.

Baby don’t, baby don’t
Baby don’t keep your love from me.

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[learn_more caption=”4. Silverback Dog”]

Our love, where did you go?
You’re like a setting sun.
I lie around gnawing the bones
Just like a silverback dog.

And we came to learn what we don’t deserve.
And our song keeps playing along
And every note hits down
So hard like lead in the soul,
Just like a cannonball.

And we came to learn when what’s lost returns.
Our love is stronger than the both of us.

Let’s go, I’ll follow you down
To where the light is low.
And hold on, we’ll hold on so tight
Until the feeling goes.

And we came to learn when what’s lost returns.
Our love is stronger than the both of us.
And maybe our heart, our heart won’t fail us now.

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[learn_more caption=”5. Losing My Fear”]

I can hide it on the mountain,
I keep it buried in the sand.
Maybe locked up in a tower,
Tight in the fingers of my hand.

It keeps me on the straight and narrow.
It keeps me knowing where I stand.

But nothing scares me more than losing my fear.
Nothing scares me more than losing my fear.

When I stand up to the lions,
When I lie down with the lambs.
When I’m walking through the fire,
I’m brushing ashes from my hands.

It keeps me knowing where I’m going.
It keeps me knowing where I stand.

But nothing scares me more than losing my fear.
Nothing scares me more than losing my fear.

And when I feel the hard times pulling me astray,
I’m going to let the pure fear set me on my way.

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[learn_more caption=”6. Tractor Trailer”]

Here’s how it is, I just restlessly spin in the wind,
A weathervane, baby, hinged on a dream,
And you’re like the blowing breeze.

And here’s how it’s been, on the road now for too many days.
This highway song just gets harder to sing
The further you get from me.

‘Cause I’m like a tractor that rusts in the snow,
And you’re like a trailer that’s hitching to go.
And how does this song go, let’s sing it.
How does this song go, let’s sing it,
All the way home.

Here’s how it is, I’m a padlock and you’re like a chain.
When consequences, they start making sense,
We are mending that fence again.

And here’s how it’s been, all these sunsets are starting to blend.
I want your headlights to shine up ahead,
And bring you back home to me.

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[learn_more caption=”7. Long Time Coming Home”]

The call came in at 5 o'clock Sunday,
And everything turned around.
And now they're pulling up stakes, and locking up the gates,
They're pulling those towers down.

And all our follies, all our fears,
Came tumbling down the line, all right.

When the hard times come, they come so fast,
And they come without a sound.
And all the newspapers said "The dream is dead,
"There's no money left in this ground."

And everybody knows just how it goes
When a city becomes a town.

We've been a long time coming home
To not know what we came here for.

It's been so long since we've been gone,
Since we packed our luck and went.
And now there're too many hands and not enough plans
To get us back on the map.

So in a taillight glow and our heads hung low,
We’ll return to where we left.

We've been a long time coming home
To not know what we came here for.

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[learn_more caption=”8. The Doubt”]

I cannot decide what I’m more afraid of:
The things we haven’t tried or what we’re not prepared for.
No color of a lie could ever make things right, love.
When all we leave behind is everything we came for.

And I know I have felt my fortune to be gone,
With every card I’m dealt, and every coin I’ve tossed.
When everything we’ve built comes crashing to the ground,
I will shake my fist and say, “Jesus, come on down,
“Let’s settle this.”

This house let out a sigh, underneath the weight of
Everything inside, and all it couldn’t hold, love.
Don’t cover up their eyes when we cross the town line.
When all we leave behind is everything we came for.

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[learn_more caption=”9. He Said Her Name”]

Under the power lines, just past town,
Just three miles from where your sister was found,
You cried in the car and hid from the moon,
While the wind in the power lines whistled a tune.
It went, “la, la-la, la-la.”

She was just sixteen, still had the smile of a child.
You couldn’t keep her in on a Friday night.
She felt the pull of the lights, the pull of the town,
Where the work men came to throw their money around.

And her friends they swore they danced in the hall,
Till she left on the arm of a man with a voice like a radio song.
They danced in the hall,
Till she left on the arm of a man with a voice that went, “la, la-la, la-la.”

When the trial adjourned you could tell by their eyes,
The jury was believing every one of his lies.
The way he said her name like he was wasting his breath,
And he sat with a smile when the verdict was read.

Oh and two weeks passed with a hum and a haw,
While you fattened your hate and you sharpened your claws.
Then on a Friday night, in a wig and a dress,
You walked up to him and said, “Let’s make a mess.”

So you drove him down a long dirt road,
You kissed his neck and turned the radio on.
Yeah, down a long dark road, as you were held in his arms,
You pulled out a knife and turned the radio on, it went …

You made him cry, you made him beg,
For all the times he said her name.
Under the power lines, just past town,
Just three miles from where your sister was found,
You cried in the car and hid from the moon,
While the knife in his heart, it beat out a tune.
It went, “la, la-la, la-la.”

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[learn_more caption=”10. Down Down Down”]

I’m not coming down the mountain, I’m not heading for the hills,
I’m face down in the fountain, loaded to the gills.
Well I knew that I had lost you by the perfume in your hair.
And now the bottle’s got me broken and every lonely tear,
Falls down, down, down.

Well I’m packing up my satchel, I’m gonna come to take what’s mine.
If we can bury all our hatchets, I’ll load it to the line.
When I’m loaded I ain’t level, when I’m level I ain’t right.
I keep wishing on the stars, ‘til all the stars at night,
Fall down, down, down.

Well the cool hand of the morning reached in and touched my brow,
It took me by the soul and pulled the darkness out.
Now all the pharaohs and the sultans, all the emperors and kings,
Their fortunes’d pale beside you. If you would wear my ring,
I’d kneel down, down, down.

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[learn_more caption=”11. The Light (Till He Returns)”]

Till he returns or calls me home, I will prepare, I will prepare.
Till he returns or calls me home, I will prepare, I will prepare.

Through darkest days or blackest night, I feel him there, I feel him there.
Through darkest days or blackest night, I feel him there, I feel him there.

I say his name on every breath, on every breath I say his name.
I say his name on every breath, on every breath I say his name.

And when he takes me by the arm,
His face is golden like the sun.
And I’ll take shelter in his love,
When he returns, when he returns.

I keep my lamp so full of oil, I keep my light shining so bright.
I keep my lamp so full of oil, I keep my light shining so bright.

And when he takes me by the arm,
His face is golden like the sun.
And I’ll take shelter in his love,
When he returns, when he returns.

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Steady Now – Expanded Edition

[learn_more caption=”1. Like a Weapon”]

You're heading out, you're getting out
Eyes blinking like a candle
You're dragging that old heart around
Like a suitcase by the handle

How long until it all goes down?
I gave you love, I gave you love
And you hold it like a weapon
You're colder than the blackened night
You're colder than the devil
How long until it all goes down?
I'm buzzing out, I'm fuzzing out
Like a radio searching for a station
And I need you, yes I need you
Like an answer needs a question
How long until it all goes down?
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[learn_more caption="2. Drowning in my Dreams"]
I'm tired of fences, tired of skies broken by the wires
I've been inside my whole life, looking through the bars
I took a woman's breath away; she was the girl of my dreams
But now I'm getting out, they're letting me outNo more drowning in my dreams
Driving through my hometown where everything has changed
I got to buy back my soul again, my parole officer said
I was on the main street, wasting time, my head was black with thought
I saw her in the window of the gas station restaurant
She looked just like the girl of my dreams
I asked her to the riverbank for a walk along the shore
Under the bridge, we sat awhile and talked about anything
I wrote my name upon her arm, she wrote her name on mine
We sat close, I smelled her hair, my head was black with thought
Trying to kiss the girl of my dreams
They found her on the riverbank; my name was on her arm
I was on the main street, wasting time, when everything went wrong
I'm tired of fences, tired of skies broken by the wires
I can't buy back my soul again, drowning in my dreams

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[learn_more caption=”3. When the Lights Come On”]

I knew a girl named Twila, used to lay on her bed
Folded her arms across her chest
She would dress like it was Sunday, she'd pretend she was dead
But you can't predict the time, the good Lord said
It won't happen when you want it, you'll be sorry it's gone
If you spend your life wishing all your days were done

When the lights come on

They called him John the Butcher, he could cut to the bone
Spent his life drifting through halfway homes
He wore a bloody apron underneath his clothes
Said he'd lop your head just to spite your nose
And one day he went straight from his crooked ways
But he still holds a knife every time he prays

When the lights come on

Don't call the preacher, don't fill the pews
Don't let the tailor cut the back from my suit
The only undertaking I need is to choose
So give me the truth, man, give me the news
Show me what you're made of, nail your colors to the mast
And live every day like it was your last

When the lights come on

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[learn_more caption=”4. Watch You Sleep”]

Last night I dreamed of you
You were by my side, shining like a treasure no dark of night could hide
And let me watch you sleep, I won't make a sound
Let me wake you up and kiss you on the mouth
'Cause I love the way you smile, I love the way your eyes say "Hold me."

You're my dearest friend, you're my angel sweet
All the world around us will fall down to our feet
The clanging of the bell, the sounding of the horn
Like Christ upon the cross, you lead me through the storm
I love the way you smile, I love the way your eyes say "Hold me."

And when the road gets dark, baby I will be your man
I'm holding out my hand

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[learn_more caption=”5. Lazy Eye”]

I was born with a lazy eye
And a lazy heart to match it
I made my way through the underground
With a switchblade and a hatchet

Get in my way, get in my way
I'll snap you like a matchstick
Been born again a thousand times
Somehow it's never lasted

But I don't want your love and I don't want your time
And I might earn your trust, but all I want is your life

I'm faceless like the devil
I'm shameless like the beast
And you invite me in and next I'm poisoning the feast
And attitude and gratitude won't get you very far
When blood is all that fills your cup
And violence is the law

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[learn_more caption=”6. North Dakota”]

And I'm going far away, to where the radio still plays our song
And no better than today, I'm following that falling star
I'm gone and moving on, from that city of the lost
Of a devouring comfort that I don't want to know

And I'm jealous of the sun, 'cause it sees you every day
And I'm going to send it off, that letter with your name
Say I see a brand new start, from the bottom to the top
All blue sky and country as I lay on the lawn

And I'm bound for North Dakota
To where they got more sky than ground
'Cause I'm tired of California and that dirty little town
Yeah I'm bound for North Dakota
To where silence is the sound

And I want to take you with me
'Cause I like your kind around
And I'm sleeping in my car
With the radio on and the windows down
And I'm up before the dawn
Before this heartache gets the best of me

I'm gone and moving on, from that city of the lost
Of a divide and conquer that I don't want to know

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[learn_more caption=”7. Architects”]

This town is getting smaller all of the time
It's getting kind of hard, hard to avoid you
Your silence is a wall that I won't climb
And just because I'm hurt, doesn't mean I love you

'Cause everyone has decided, and everyone is misguided
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave

You're getting further away all of the time
And distances we make, they tend to harden
I'd turn the car around if I saw you
And just because I'm hurt doesn't make it okay

'Cause everyone has decided, and everyone is misguided
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave
And the architects who designed us
They never taught us how to fight this
When it comes to you and it comes to me
And it comes to how I leave

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[learn_more caption=”8. Get Right With the Lord”]

It's hanging over me right now
It's hanging over me right now
Yeah, all the things you did and baby, all the things you done
It's hanging over me right now

'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun
And I don't want to talk anymore
I don't want to talk anymore
'Cause I heard all your excuses, man, I heard them before
And I don't want to talk anymore
'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun

And you better get right with the Lord
You better get right with the Lord
You better learn your Bible from the back to the front
You better get right with the Lord
'Cause I bought myself a pistol, I bought myself a gun
And I don't want to talk anymore

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[learn_more caption=”9. Let You Down”]

Things that I remember and things I won't forget
I miss you on the one hand, but I'm scared of what comes next
Why do we hold the longest to things already lost
And spend our days not thinking of the cost?

It's been two years this December since you went away
But some thing never falter and some things never change
My heart is where you left it, buried in my side
I said I wouldn't love you but I lied

And I won't let you down

I'm picking at the sutures of where you used to be
I'm dreaming of the futures I know we'll never see
Why do we hold the longest to everything gone wrong,
Then try to put it down in a song?

And I won't let you down

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[learn_more caption=”10. Only Water”]

And so she said, "We're never getting out of this.
"We've gone too far, and now we lost our way."
This road I've led is littered with regrets
If you see my picture, these ain't tears that I'm crying, yeah

Hello my daughter, take care of your Mom
Hello my son, be sure that they are strong
Don't let your neighbors fill your heads with lies
If you see my picture, these ain't tears in my eyes

It's only water, it's only water
Like rain on my face
And I want you to know that I'll be fine

Hello my daughter, take care of your Mom
Hello my son, be sure that they are strong
I got your letters, I got your valentines
Yeah I could never stay inside the lines

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[learn_more caption=”11. And the Gravedigger Says…”]

Baby's got her shoulder to the wheel
She's pushing on the raw end of a deal
She's never going to win
And now it's sinking in, sinking in

Baby hears the ticking all the time
It's in her head most every day and night
She's so afraid of dying
That she can't close her eyes, close her eyes

And the gravedigger says, "Welcome home."

Hello to the sun and hello moon
I said Hello to December, goodbye June
How can the nights be long
When the years keep moving on, moving on?

And the gravedigger says, "Welcome home."

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[learn_more caption=”12. Scars”]

The lights down the valley all shimmer like they're stars
This town feels like suicide, it's covered us in scars
But we'll find a way around

The fires of the factories, they keep us up at night
It feels all our time is spent and all our days gone by
But we'll find a way around

I carry the cross all the way home, lay it on the bed
Sat in the dark all night long, just wishing you were there
I'm wishing you were there

Our hearts are like a hand-me-down, wearing at the seams
Yeah, goddamn the media for filling us with dreams
But we'll find a way around

I carry the cross all the way home, lay it on the bed
Sat in the dark all night long, just wishing you were there
I'm wishing you were there

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[learn_more caption=”13. Where You Are”]

"Baby, take your time."
From the bottom of my heart,
All the canyons I would cross to the garden of your arms
On the promise of a smile, on the promise of a kiss
I'd drive a hundred thousand miles for the chance to be forgiven

Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time

Now I'm dizzy from the highway, from the cigarettes and joe
I know you're sleeping on my pillow with your head next to the phone
And I'm scared of burning bridges and I'm scared of being wrong
But sometimes you've got to fall just to find out where you are

Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time

Ah be careful what you ask for and be thankful what you get
Because there's no regret in comfort and no comfort in regret

Ah but darling dry your eyes and take your time

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[learn_more caption=”14. Hand in the Till”]

Hey pretty maiden Mae Maria
I’ve got a hard time turning you down
So meet me out behind the mission
We’ll follow sunset right into town
All the way to Sausalito
With the moonlight bright in our eyes
I know trouble when I see it
So you come round without a surprise

‘Cause all I know and all I don’t
And everything I’ve been told
I got nothing left except my soul
And it’s time that it was sold

I bought a ribbon for a dollar
So put your head back, tie up your hair
I want your lipstick on my collar
Don’t need a fat lip to show me you care
All the way down to Atlanta
Riding shotgun, God on my side
We’re breaking hearts and pistol-whipping
With the moonlight burning our eyes

‘Cause all I know and all I don’t
And everything I’ve been told
I got nothing left except my soul
And it’s time that it was sold

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[learn_more caption=”15. Ring the Black Bell”]

I ain't looking for a reason, I'm out howling at the moon
Yeah my lover is the night-time, sweet like honey on a spoon
I got whisky in my veins and draw my breath through cigarettes
I ain't looking for salvation and it hasn't found me yet

Take my hand and give me purpose
Take my hand and lead me home

Got Jolly Roger on my ribcage and a crucifix tattoo
Got a devil on each shoulder and they tell me what to do
I went looking for a white dove but I found a big black crow
And I knew that it meant business when it picked upon my bones

Take my hand and give me purpose
Take my hand and lead me home

They might put me in a pine box, they might put me underground
All my widows will be crying, they might pass a drink around
When they sound the golden trumpet, when they ring the big black bell
I'll be standing on the rain cloud, where my chains and shackles fell

Take my hand and give me purpose
Take my hand and lead me home

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[learn_more caption=”16. Blue-Eyed Boy”]

Hollow, empty as the day is long
Our hearts are like the setting sun, love
Hearts are like the setting sun
And go now, out into this lonely world
I’m feeling we don’t ever learn, love
Feeling we don’t ever learn

I’m your blue-eyed boy that you never loved
An angel without any wings
A whispering voice you hear in the dark
I’m telling you terrible things
I’m telling you terrible things

I know now, our cages don’t all have keys
Some things are never meant to be, love
Things are never meant to be

I’m your blue-eyed boy that you never loved
An angel with fire in his wings
A whispering voice you hear in the dark
I’m telling you terrible things
I’m telling you terrible things

I’m your blue-eyed boy that you never loved
An angel with blood on his wings
A whispering voice you hear in the dark
I’m telling you terrible things
I’m telling you terrible things
I’m telling you terrible thing

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