Will Hoge – Midway Motel

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…A song with a harmonica

From his 2020 album, Tiny Little Movies. The song has not charted.

From Rollingstone.com

Hoge doesn’t shy away from challenging himself on Tiny Little Movies. He poses existential questions about where he’s landed in his own life, at 47. On “Maybe This Is OK,” he wonders if he’s at peace with the way things turned out for him. (He is.) “It’s a funny thing to say,” he sings, “but maybe this is OK.” While Hoge remains ambitious and dedicated to expanding his audience — he won over crowds opening for SoCal punks Social Distortion on their 2018 tour — he’s not about to repeatedly ram his head into Nashville’s wall.

“If I feel like I’m a failure every time I do something, then there’s not a point in doing it. It’s been an interesting couple years of realizing that,” Hoge says. “There are bands that I love and admire that have changed the way that I play music or think about the world, and they drive their own van and never played a venue that’s bigger than 300 people. I got into this because I wanted to try and write great songs and make great records and play great shows.”

Midway Motel

I’m not alone, there’s a bible and a telephone
And a tv that keeps flashing off and on
Yeah, it’s as broken as the world outside
Down the hall, there’s a bar with no last call
Mrs. Jenkins pours the drinks that that make me fall
When I want to stumble back again

At the Midway Motel
Just a mile down Highway 5
Everybody’s got a story they’re trying to tell
You can run away or hold on
You can buy or you can sell
You get what you want
At the Midway Motel

Corner booth, there’s a girl out looking for the truth
With a pain in her eyes that could make you cry
Yeah I wish we could go back in time
Look at him, no scars and a crooked grin
Thinking that the world is his
Who am I to try to change his mind?

At the Midway Motel
Just a mile down Highway 5
Everybody’s got a story they’re trying to tell
You can run away or hold on
You can buy or you can sell
You get what you want at the Midway Motel

I keep a key that opens up 203
It’s got everything that I need
When I want to leave it all behind

At the Midway Motel
Just a mile down Highway 5
Everybody’s got a story they’re trying to tell
You can run away or hold on
You can buy or you can sell
You get what you want at the Midway Motel

Written by Will Hoge and Ricky Young.

Will Hoge – Washed By The Water

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Air/Earth/Fire/Water.

From his 2007 album, Draw The Curtains. The song is about Hurricane Katrina and the damage it caused when it hit New Orleans in 2005.

Washed By The Water

Damned old levy,
Well they knew that it would go.
Been talking about it,
Since before my daddy’s born.
Ain’t nobody listens to what a poor man has to say.
But down here we’re washed by the water,
The water can’t wash us away.
Now I hear people talkin’,
Say I should have up and gone.
But I ain’t got nothing but this place,
To call my home.
My father and his father,
Stay until their dying days
Down here we’re washed by the water,
The water can’t wash us away.
Down here we’re washed by the water,
The water can’t wash us away.
We’ll put it back together,
With our own two hands.
Ain’t nobody gonna turn us around.
It’s oddly a little empty,
And it all seems broken down.
Oh Lord we sure could use you now.
Then the president came down,
And said this is awful sad.
But ain’t no words from that man,
Gonna bring us nothing back
And in the ghost of church bells,
I hear my momma say
Down here we’re washed by the water,
The water can’t wash us away.
Down here we’re washed by the water,
The water can’t wash us away.
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
(Everybody sing)
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
(Can’t wash us away)
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
(Can’t wash us away)
Been washed by the water, the water can’t wash us away
(No no no no no no)
Been washed by the water, water can’t wash us away
(Can’t wash us away)
Been washed by the water, water can’t wash us away
(One more time)
Been washed by the water, water can’t wash us away
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Will Hoge

Will Hoge – Highway Wings

From his 2009 album, The Wreckage. The song did not chart but it reminds me a lot of the band The Wallflowers.

 

Highway Wings

I hear…
Here your voice shaking
On the end of the line
Hold on
Baby I’ll be there
In a sweet little while
Blue skies…
Blue skies calling
Telling me to move on…
Around here
Everyones fadin
Already… gone
This town is broke down baby
Full of dust from rusted dreams
I gotta get
Before it gets me
I need to hear that blacktop sing
Underneath my highway wings
My highway wings
I hear to
Too many stories
About what could have been…
Everbody here would be different
If they could do it again
I’m not
I’m not gonna stay here
There’s no way to win…
In a town
Of dead end losers
I don’t want to fit in…
I need to know…
I need to feel…
What it would be like far away from here
The time has come
To say goodbye
It’s time for me to fly…
I need to know…
I need to feel…
What it would be like far away from here
The time has come
To say goodbye
It’s time for me to fly…
I got my highway wings…
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Eric Paslay / Will Hoge