Strangers

by Roger Hoover

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released May 5, 2010

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Roger Hoover Ohio

Over the past 15 years, songwriter/guitarist Roger Hoover has been preaching the gospel of traditional American music to a growing group of devoted fans by keeping one foot in what Greil Marcus describes as the “old, weird America” and another foot firmly planted in the now.. ... more

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Track Name: Keep Me Away From You
This day couldn't go on any longer for me its been all night
I want to slip into your arms indefinitely it feels alright
I've got time, wasting away beneath the cold winter nights
maybe one day I'll find, what keeps me away from you
I heard you singing far and loud like a bluebird singing from her nest
I walked up to you and looked you straight in the eyes, before I drew my breath
I've got time, sometimes I feel I'm losing my mind
Maybe one day I'll find what keeps me away from you
All our friends from years ago, they're busy working overtime
its not a concrete fact but its understood, I never set out to walk that line
I've got time, wasting away beneath the cold winter nights
maybe one day I'll find, what keeps me away from you.
has anybody seen my bride, walking down the coast?
Track Name: Vagabond
i was born in a town where the farms left long ago
to be carved out of concrete and trimmed with ash and smoke
spend twenty-five years in the factory
get a gold plated watch and cancer for your loyalty
pay your bills on time and if there's any money left
you can make it down to fifth street after your last shift
clock out by half past ten, there's no drinking in the bars after 12am
when you're a vagabond
i was born into a bloodline full of tragedy and shame
where lies smile wide in public and get buried in my name
believe blood's thicker than water and able and cain
you can't find the blood when its not in your vain
here the night grows silent and the moon is in disguise
men grow hungry in their hearts for lovely parasites
wallets get open and guns get drawn
we're far cry from heaven and babylon
when you're a vagabond