Mark Houser - Uneven Road

 

Uneven Road

Release Date 9-11-12
RUR-1107
 

 
Musician Credits

Vocals/ Guitar: Mark HouserGuitar/ Banjo: Cody KilbyFiddle/ Mandolin: Andy Leftwich Banjo: Cory WalkerBass: Barry BalesDobro: Scotty SandersGuitar/ Percussion/ Accordian on “Reasons Why”: Rich HerringHarmony Vocals: Paul Brewster, Dawn Sears, Rich HerringSpecial Guests: Rhonda Vincent, Vocals/ Lead Me HomeJoanne Williams, Vocals/ When Standin’ Up Stood For Something 
Ashlee Blankenship, Vocals/ Reasons WhyAdditional Background vocals on Lead Me Home:Rick Dixon, Sam Green, Donny Jackson, Rich Herring, Dorinda Giggs, Anna-Laura Green, Keli Green, Hannah Houser and Suzanne Karr Rhonda Vincent appears courtesy of Upper Management RecordsAshlee Blankenship appears courtesy of Mountain Fever Records

Production Credits
 
Produced by: Mark Houser and Rich HerringEngineered by: Rich Herring,Additional Overdubs: Joey Crawford, Mark HodgesMixed by: Rich HerringMastered by: Alex McCollough at Yes Master, NashvillePhotos by: Kim Davidson Album Artwork by: Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign


 
Thank Yous

  • My wife Kelly, my children (Matthan and Hannah) and grandchildren (Mattison, Huttson, and counting), my parents (John and Ann), and my sister (Patty) and her family, all of whom make every day exciting and love filled
  • Rich Herring for spending countless hours on this project- for being such a professional, a visionary, for exhibiting patience, and especially for being a good friend
  • Sam Passamano and the entire staff at Rural Rhythm Records for making dreams come true
  • Penni McDaniel, Hope River Entertainment
  • Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign
  • Dan Hays for friendship and advice
  • Hippie Jack for making people aware of Overton County, TN.
  • To all those who sung on the project including Dawn Sears, Paul Brewster and Rich Herring as well as Special Guests Rhonda Vincent, Ashlee Blankenship and Joanne Williams, and also the additional singers on Lead Me Home, including my daughter Hannah.
  • All of the musicians for your incredible talent and for bringing these songs to life.
  • All of my co-writers, because it really is all about the song.
  • Jimmy Bilbrey, Rodney Atkins and Arlo Gilliam for sharing dreams over so many years
  • Reed Nielson for inspiring me to listen to the voices in my head
  • A special mention of my good friend and Grand Ole Opry legend Jack Greene for singing my song on the Grand Ole Opry
  • Finally, my home: Livingston/ Overton County, TN-“The Home of Americana Music” and the birthplace of my inspiration and cousin, Lester Flatt.
  • Special Thanks to God for all the blessing that I have experienced in my life.



lyrics
1
HARD RAIN 
(Mark Houser- Jimmy Bilbrey) 3:02

If a concrete yard and artificial trees 
Are all this life has to offer me
Always with his back to the wall
The fresh cut hay and the daffodils
I can almost hear the whippoorwill call 
CHORUS
It's a hard rain on the cold ground
Loosening’ the chains of this big ol’ town
A rich girl's money couldn't make me stay
I'm driving though Kentucky in a hard rain
INSTRUMENTAL SOLO 
I told her I would give this city life a chance
But if she wants my heart she’ll have to understand
I like the simple joy of a front porch swing
Even if I’m swingin’ all alone
These worn out blades cut a groove in the glass
The check engine light is blinkin’ on the dash
I won't slow down until I see that oak grove
The one that leads me safely home 
CHORUS
It's a hard rain on the cold ground
Loosening’ the chains of this big ol’ town
A rich girl's money couldn't make me stay
I’m driving through Kentucky in a hard rain 
INSTRUMENTAL SOLO 
CHORUS
It’s a hard rain on the cold ground
A rich girl’s money couldn’t make me stay
I'm driving through Kentucky in a cold rain

© 2007 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI)

2
DELILAH
(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 3:33

CHORUS
Can Delilah see I’m cryin’
Can Delilah feel my pain
Does she know I’ll be arriving’
On this cold and mournful day
Can she see me from her grave
They got me weighted down in shackles
Sweat is pourin’ from my brow
From somewhere in the shadows
Is she watchin’ now
SOLO CHORUS
Can Delilah see I’m cryin’
Can Delilah feel my pain
Does she know I’ll be arriving’
On this cold and mournful day
Can she see me from her grave
I never meant to pull that trigger
The devil’s whiskey was to blame
But today I’ll be delivered
On a long black train
SOLO CHORUS
Can Delilah see I’m cryin’
Can Delilah feel my pain
Does she know I’ll be arriving’
On this cold and mournful day
Can she see me from her grave

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Howlinghorse Music (BMI)
(Mark Houser) 3:37

3.
UNEVEN ROAD
(Mark Houser)3:37

Life is like a canvas
Love can paint it bright
Try and just imagine
What that would be like
You and me together
Whatever may unfold
Let me bear you gently
Down life’s uneven road
SOLO
This world is like a willow
Blowin’ in the wind
Try and just imagine
Where we might fit in
You and me forever
Wherever we may go
Let me bear you gently
Down life’s uneven road
SOLO
BRIDGE
I will always love you
I’ll stay by your side
Let me give my heart to you
Take my hand tonight 
Sometimes life gets rocky
Sometimes it gets rough
But try and just imagine
Just the two of us
You’ll never have to wonder
How much I love you so
Let me bear you gently
Down life’s uneven road
Let me bear you gently
Down life’s uneven road

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI)

4
I'LL BE ALRIGHT
(Mark Houser) 3:10

Love me ‘til the rain subsides
Love me through the storms of life 
Then even on our darkest night
I’ll be alrightThe road ahead may not be clear
But follow me and have no fear
For if you never shed a tear
I’’ll be alright
BRIDGE
Cause I don’t want to let you go
I’m not that strong    
No, I just wanted you to know
You’ll never be alone
Love me as the rubble falls
Lean with me against the wall
And even if we lose it allI’ll be alright
SOLO BRIDGE
Oh, I don’t want to let you go
I’m not that strong    
No, I just wanted you to know
You’ll never be alone
Love me ‘til the winter ends,
Love me ‘til our smiles are thin
The way you always love me andI
'll be alright...
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And even on our darkest night
I’ll be alright

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI)
Sage Brush Msic (BMI)

5
RIVER OF REGRET
(Mark Houser- Arlo Gilliam- Carrie Hassler) 2:56 

I took no questions, said my peace
Then I drug everything I owned down to the creek
Climbed on board without lookin’ back
Now I’m aimlessly, wanderin’, where I’m at CHORUS
This old boat ain’t got no oar
And I’m way to far from shore
Looks like I’ll drown before I forget
Floatin’ down this river of regret 
What was I thinkin’ when I set sail
Lookin’ back I should have took the rail
Here I am, wait here I go
Aimlessly wanderin’, to where I don’t know CHORUS
BRIDGE
The creek became a river leadin’ to the sea
Looks like I’ve gotten deeper than I wanna be
CHORUS
 
© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Slow Town Music Publishing (BMI)


6
WHEN STANDIN' UP STOOD FOR SOMETHING
(with Special Guest JOANNE WILLIAMS)
(Mark Houser- Mark Conklin) 4:05

I heard about a poor man from Montgomery
He never saw the inside of a school
He couldn’t read a word out of the Bible
But he was raised up on the golden rule
He was there the day the whole thing first got started
On a city bus on Cleveland Avenue.
People watched as they led Rosa off in handcuffs
He never said a word or made a move
CHORUS
When standing up stood for something
Most just watched from their seat
When standing up stood for something
Some stood up for what they believed
A few years later at the county court house
When a crowd gathered ‘neath the noon day sun
He stood arm in arm with perfect strangers
Singing we shall overcome
CHORUS
When standing up stood for somethin'
Most just watched from their seat
When standing up stood for somethingS
ome stood up for what they believed
SOLO
Singing we shall overcome
CHORUS
When standing up stands for something
Will you watch from your seat
When standing up stands for something
Will you stand with me 

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI)Jive Buddha Music (ASCAP) 


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7
JOHN THE BAPTIST
(Mark Houser- Arlo Gilliam- Kendell Marvel) 3:37

Johnny was a rebel rouser 
Sonof a preacher man 
Wasn’t scared of nothing but the muddy river water
The Lord and his daddy’s hands 
His mama had a fling with a deacon 
When he was just a little kid 
He watched his daddy hold ‘em under in the mighty Mississippi 
Let the water wash away their sins 
Nobody ever saw them again 
Johnny knew his way ‘round the good book 
Johnny knew how to fight 
He’d pray off the knots on Sunday morning 
He put on your head Saturday night 
He used to like the wine and the women 
Raised a little cane now and then 
Now he’s singin’ in the choir at tent revivals Shoutin’ Hallelujah Amen 
CHORUS 
John the Baptist
Held the Bible like a pistol in his hands 
Stone cold, holy rollin’ preacher man 
John the Baptist John’s daddy went to hell from a prison 
And Johnny was his father’s son 
He kept on preachin’ but he couldn’t stop thinkin' 
Bout the sinful things he’d done 
One night down at Johnson’s levy 
There wasn’t no where to run
He was preachin’ to the masses on the banks of the river 
Never saw where the bullet come from 
CHORUS 
If you’re just south of Memphis
When the fog off the water moves in 
Legend says you can still hear 
Johnny preachin’ Shoutin’ Hallelujah  Amen 
CHORUS
  
© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Slow Town Music Publishing (BMI) Bug Music/ Marvel Man Music (BMI)

8
REASONS WHY
(with Special Guest ASHLEE BLANKENSHIP)
(Mark Houser-Jimmy Bilbrey) 2:32

It’s like wakin’ from a dream
And the dream continues on
Just like sittin’ in a porch swinglistenin’ to your favorite song
Like the poetry of a sunsetIn a late 
September sky
And I tell you so you’ll know
The reasons why 
Someplace where the scent of spring
Is forever in the air
Where you know even when it rains
The sun is always there
Soon the clouds will disappear
And the whisperin’ wind will sigh
And I tell you so you’ll know
The reasons why
BRIDGE
Life with you is like paradise
I’ll be true each day of my life 
It’s like wishin’ on a star
When you believe with all your might
Like the sound of a guitar
In the glow of candlelight
Like a precious baby’s smile
Or a tender lullaby
And I tell you so you’ll know
The reasons why 
And I tell you so you’ll know
Cause I wanted you to know
From my heart I’ll always showThe reasons why
 
© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI)Hickory Chicken Music (BMI)

9
WISH I’D OWNED THT LAND
(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 2:37
Wish I’d owned that land
Before they built that high rise
Coverin’ up my blue sky
Lights a country mile wide
Wish I’d owned that land
Wish I’d made a stand
Back before the progress
Showed up at this address
And left us in a big mess
Wish I’d owned that land
CHORUS
The government man in a suit and tie
Must have been a lawyer
Said three words, told two lies
Til both sides of his mouth hurt
I wish I’d owned that land
Wish I’d owned that land
That sits across the river
Where money people gather Cigars, hats and sweaters
Wish I’d owned that land
If I’d owned that land
I’d have blocked those dozers
A tractor parked in clover
Shotgun on my shoulder
If I’d owned that land
CHORUS
The government man in a suit and tie
Must have been a lawyer
Said three words, told two lies‘
Til both sides of his mouth hurt
God will judge the greedy souls
In the great here after
Some progress is disaster
Brings more tears than laughter
Pain than pleasure

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Howlinghorse Music (BMI)

10
THE LITTLE CHILDREN
(Mark Houser- Jimmy Bilbrey- Steve Reece) 2:41

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
God save the little children
Protect them Lord and when they dream
Give them roots and give them wings
Give them wisdom all their days
God save the little children 
CHORUS
Temptation waits around the bend
This world is filled with paths of sin
So hold them safely in your arms
Dear God, save all The little children 
Let them smile and know they’re loved
Guide them with your light above
In times of weakness don’t let them stray
God save the little children 
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
Dear God save the little children
CHORUS
We all are your little children   

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Hickory Chicken Music (BMI)

11
YOU WERE
(Mark Houser- Ben Ward) 3:10
 
I was waitin’ for an angel one dark night
When I met up with the devil’s piercin’ eyes
So beautiful I fell for her disguise
I thought that I was bound for paradise
Before I knew it I woke confined in hell
Knew I could not escape all by myself
Dirty scorched and thirsty for a breath
I was livin’ with the scars of my regrets
And there you were, oh there you were
CHORUS
Life can be a tempest, life can be a war
Unpredictable but baby ain’t what living’s for
You make mistakes, you turn around
As long as your heart beats you have a prayer
When I needed someone there….
You were
I was taken in and treated like a King
Dressed up, sat down, for dinner you and me
Transgressions were not mentioned at this feast
Just forgiveness, thankfulness and peace
And there you were, oh there you were
CHORUS
SOLO
CHORUS
You were

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Ben Ward Music (BMI)
 
12
LEAD ME HOME
(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 4:05
 
My heart is broken, my eyes are tired
My back is weak, the mountain’s higher
Still I climb with no regrets
Until they lay me down to rest
CHORUS
When you find me, lead me home
I’ve been wanderin’ for too long 
Been so lonely since I’ve been gone
When you find me, lead me home
You held my hand, when I was young
Then you let go, and let me run
You tried to warn me, I turned away
But still you hear me, when I pray
CHORUS
When you find me, lead me home
I’ve been wanderin’ for too long
Been so lonely since I’ve been gone
When you find me, lead me home
SOLO
CHORUS
When you find me, lead me home
I’ve been wanderin’ for too long
Been so weary since I’ve been gone
When you find me, lead me home
MODULATION
When you find me, lead me home
I’ve been wanderin’ for too long
Been so weary since I’ve been gone
When you find me, lead me home
When you find me, Lord lead me home

© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Howlinghorse Music (BMI)  
 






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