Two​-​Bit Strangers [EP]

by Richard the Lionhearted

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Third release from Columbia, Missouri's Richard the Lionhearted. Album out June 21, 2013.


released June 21, 2013

All songs written and performed by Richard the Lionhearted.
Produced by Richard the Lionhearted.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Blair Miller
Copyright Richard the Lionhearted 2013.




Richard the Lionhearted Columbia, Missouri

"They have a sound born before its members were…drawing deep from wells of psychedelic rock and cosmic-minded country sounds that were dug in the 1970s…yet deftly passing their retro-fied sonic penchants through the eye of a modern-rock needle.” ... more

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Track Name: Change to Spare
Tell me what you mean by these gasoline dreams
Fiery desires consume most everything
Every spark fades, that's the way it goes
Don't burn too bright with nothing left to show

From my window I watch you leave
In that moment I cease to breathe
I don't want to lose you to the sea

Because I still get nervous when you come around
Sweaty palms, silent, stare at the ground
Tear me inside out, tear me up, tear me down
It's always the same, isn't it?

Lately I've been having a real hard time
Lately why that is I can't seem to define

It's all the same faces but with different names
All the same notions and nothing ever gained

I feel like I'm losing it again
Time enough for nothing, time and time again
I feel we've lost before it even begins

But I still get nervous when you come around
I swear I ain't lost, nor looking to be found
Hold tight to me until I can settle down
It's always the same, just different
Track Name: High Noon
For months on end, I've been on the mend
Forgot my woman, lost my best friend
But if they daylight's shining through my window tomorrow
I'm going to make this chapter end

The summer sun has scorched the land
The robots are the stars on the American Bandstand
I've never been a stranger in my whole life
Now I'm looking out west at that golden sand

My uncle went to Vietnam
And my Grandpa helped them drop The Bomb
What do you do when the war's at home
And the soldiers are our minds?

I'm headed for the ocean
Our heads are out at sea

The clouds aren't rolling in again
It's nice to see
It's the end of that for you and me
No one there will even know our names
We'll find a place where the sun is always overhead
So we can step out from the shadows
Track Name: Draggin'
Eyelids crashing
Life light flashing
I am barely hanging on

Focus blurry
Interests curving
Am I even here?

Feet are scraping
Battery needs replacing
Life light fully gone

When it rains it pours
So I bought out the sky
Now I like my chances
When my day comes to die

Should I be fearful
Of what waits up above
I'd give everything to this world
My life and my love

Doors swing wide
Is this the end of my travel?
Decision rests with eternal knowledge
And the temper of its gavel

Swing your hammer so light, so free
Slam the sledge, so heavy
Judge me now, my time has come
From your devil I won't run
I won't run
Track Name: Devil's Touch
Woke up this morning feeling quite a wreck
My baby, she don't want me hanging 'round no more
Oh my life's a mess
Everybody tries to make me feel...

My baby she don't care for things
My baby she don't care for me
(But I love her anyway)

Lord, I try my best to keep her satisfied, well
She's always running 'round with every other guy in town

I try my best
But I can only try so much
I'm getting tired of her Devil's Touch
Track Name: Two-Bit Strangers
Pushing the pedal as far as she goes
Wondering "will she take it, or will she blow?"
Getting from the sun about as much as we can take
Hoping hard we won't break
Roaming from town to town like two-bit strangers
Looking for whisky, women and danger
Every time out they get a little bit stranger

Limp into town and ask, "What do you think?"
"To tell you the truth, man, I could use a drink."
"There's a place over yonder, let's step inside."
Old man greets us, says "Sit down boys and enjoy the ride - it's a mighty wild ride."
"Every night it gets a little more dangerous
When they shut down the streets and go looking for strangers
I tell you, boys, it ain't no joke.
You boys are going to learn that lesson well."

Turns out the old man he was right
The heat hit us just as soon as we stepped outside
Next thing we know, man, we hit the ground
As thousands of eyes start passing around and around
Every time it gets a little more dangerous
Roaming through this town pretending we ain't strangers
I tell you, boys, it ain't no joke.
You boys are going to learn your lessons well