Things Still Left Unsaid

by Society of Broken Souls

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Susan Bergquist The whole album is good. All the songs are really great! The instrumentation is very well done, what ca I say I love the album. Favorite track: Creakin' Boards.
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released May 21, 2016

All songs written, produced, and performed by Dennis James (BMI) and Lauryn Shapter (BMI)

Recorded & mixed by Dennis James, Fairfield, IA
Mastered by Jim DeMain, Yes Master Studios, Nashville, TN

Dennis James: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, harmonica; songwriter, tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 9
Lauryn Shapter: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, violin, viola; songwriter, tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, and 10
Special guest Troy Morgan: bass, tracks 1, 3, and 7

Photography by Liz Brown, Estorie Photography, Des Moines, IA
Layout and design by Caroline Foster, Annapolis, MD

This project is dedicated to all the broken souls out there, living and gone. You are not alone, you are not forgotten.

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Society of Broken Souls Fairfield, Iowa

Society of Broken Souls is the songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter. From stripped down, bare-bones acoustic arrangements to a denser and edgier electric sound, their songs confront our shared, raw humanity all while celebrating the beautiful mosaic of the human experience. ... more

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Track Name: Tired of Toein' That Line
I’m tired of toein’ that line
I’m tired of toein’ that line
I wake up every morning ‘fore the sun does shine
And I’m tired of toein’ that line.

When I do things the way you say I should
When I do things the way you say I should
Well at the end of the day, it don’t do me any good
When I do things the way you say I should

‘Cause I ain’t got a nickel to my name
No I ain’t got a nickel to my name
You’re living on the hill with your riches and your fame
But I ain’t got a nickel to my name

I’m tired of toein’ that line
I’m tired of toein’ that line
I wake up every morning ‘fore the sun does shine
And I’m tired of toein’ that line.

Well a good girl, she’ll never rock the boat
No a good girl, she’ll never rock the boat
She’s gonna keep her head down just to keep herself afloat
No a good girl, she’ll never rock the boat

But a good girl, I’m never gonna be
No a good girl, I’m never gonna be
I’m gonna speak my truth, gonna tell you what I see
No, a good girl I’m never gonna be

I’m tired of toein’ that line
I’m tired of toein’ that line
I wake up every morning ‘fore the sun does shine
And I’m tired of toein’ that line.

Mister, when you gonna look me in the eye
Mister, when you gonna look me in the eye
You take me for a fool but I can see through all your lies
Mister, when you gonna look me in the eye

Well, you ain’t gonna trouble me no more
No, you ain’t gonna trouble me no more
I’m gonna turn this mess around, gonna even up the score
Mister, you ain’t gonna trouble me no more

‘Cause I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
No, I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
I’m gonna wake up every morning, feel that sweet sunshine
And I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
No, I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
No I ain’t gonna toe your wicked line
Track Name: One More Kiss
Well you walked away from the midnight parade
You left all your friends for the night
‘Cause the whisky ran dry and the streetlights don’t ask why
You made up your mind to start some kind of fight

Fighting’s much better than nothing at all
And nothing’s about all that you’ve had
So you knocked on my door on a Saturday night
Stood on my steps your heart drawn like a knife

Well I came to the door, saw you standing there
I tried to look past you but the moonlight caught your hair
You said why’d you go and leave me all alone like this
Don’t you ever want just one more kiss

There was crying and yelling, there was the calling of names
There were things we both said we didn’t know we could say
When one of us ran, the other gave chase
There was an awful lot that we both had to face

Well the tears in your eyes left a taste in my mouth
That I swear to this day is the sweetest in the south
You made love that night like there was no love but yours
But the light Sunday morning sent you out my front door

You walked out on me while I lay asleep
Tangled but forgiven there alone in the sheets
You said I hate to go and leave you all alone like this
But I told you i only wanted one more kiss
Yes I told you I only wanted one more kiss
Track Name: Creakin' Boards
Reaching way back just as far as he can
Looking ‘cross the plains with cloudy eyes and shaky hands
The wind is picking up and it’s bringing on a chill
While the memories in his head break the dam and start to spill
Dust out on the gravel road still lingers in the air
From the live stock trailers rattling by, they don’t see him there
An unknown foreign visitor from some other time
Looking for to trespass or commit some kind of crime

He wanders through the halls just outside the empty rooms
Their windows shuttered tight against a cold November moon
The shadows in the corners from all they left behind
They bleed into the cracks of light that leave him nearly blind
Stealing back to yesterday when no one sees him leave
Slips the latch undone and closes the door so quietly
Cuts through fallow fields until he comes upon the track
He’s leaving it all behind him, he ain’t ever coming back

And the ghosts in the backyard that you speak to late at night
They’re the only ones who even bother to tell you you’re right
But being right don’t mean a thing when you’re left alone
To listen to the creakin’ boards of what was once your home

A boxcar from a rusty freight cradles his achin’ bones
Iron, wood, and steel taking him further on down the road
But the road ain’t always kind when you’re looking to outrun
The bullets and the blasts that you fired from your own gun
‘Cause the black powder stains and smells and gets inside your head
Mixes blood with all the dreams that you left for dead
And every passing mile you begin to long for sleep
But there ain’t no place to lay your head ‘cept the planks beneath your feet

And the ghosts that you talk to in the night outside the train
They’re the only ones who are telling you to stay in out of the rain
‘Cause the rain can wash away every sin you’ve ever known
Except for these old creakin’ boards that are taking you from your home

Kneeling by the river’s edge, filling his old canteen
The icy water rushing by is the only thing he sees
Stands and takes a drink and hears the sound of his own breath
Coming from some hollow place that’s deep inside his chest
He turns to look and see if there’s anyone standing there
Just some naked trees swaying in the autumn air
Pulls his jacket tight and he steps off towards the sun
Thinking to himself that it’s already come undone.

And the ghosts that you talk to when you sleepwalk through the day
They’re the only ones who can understand all the crazy things you say
And them trees bending in that wind are yours and yours alone
Just some more old creakin’ boards for you to build yourself a new home
Track Name: Shape I'm In
Please don’t leave me
Here to drown in the dark
Of this boundless blue sky
Where I can’t find my heart

And please don’t leave me
‘Cause I can’t catch my breath
In this stifling clear mountain air
That won’t let me rest

And the sun, it burns my skin
And it won’t let me hide the shape I’m in
And it bleaches the bones of the skeletons who roam with me
Everywhere that I’ve been

And please don’t leave me
Sitting too near the flame
‘Cause I need the snow and ice that I carry in my veins
Helps me numb all the shame

And the sun it burns my skin
And it won’t let me hide the shape I’m in
And it bleaches the bones of the skeletons who roam with me
Everywhere that I’ve been

And please don’t leave me
By the rushing river’s edge
‘Cause the current’s just a siren with a sweet, seductive song
But I got things still left unsaid

And the sun it burns my skin
And it won’t let me hide the shape I’m in
And it bleaches the bones of the skeletons who roam with me
Everywhere that I’ve been

Yeah it bleaches the bones of the skeletons who roam with me
Everywhere that I’ve been
Track Name: Here I Am
You stand there looking mean
Staring me down again
You’re hoping I’ll come clean
‘Cause you know where I’ve been
Oh I ain’t got the nerve to say
It wouldn’t matter if I did
‘Cause somethings never change
Oh who am I to kid

But don’t you turn and walk away from me
Don’t you leave me where I stand
‘Cause after all it was you who brought me here
And here I am

You got something on your mind
Something you need to say
But you think it unkind
That you feel this way
Oh don’t you lie to me
‘Cause I deserve more than that
I’ve come with you this far
I’m gonna stay right where I am

But don’t you turn and walk away from me
Don’t you leave me where I stand
‘Cause after all it was you who brought me here
And here I am

You step out in the street
With your pistol at your side
And all eyes fall on me
There’s no place left to hide
Oh you and I both know
Hiding’s no way to live
If you’re looking to take aim
Well, I got blood to give

But don’t you turn and walk away from me
Don’t you leave me where I stand
‘Cause after all it was you who brought me here
And here I am
Track Name: Rough Road, No Shoulder
There’s no one on this lonely road, just you and I
Kaleidoscope of colors in a watermelon sky
I got one hand on the steering wheel while you’re riding shotgun
Are we chasing sunset rubies or are we just out on the run?

There’s a sign up ahead
By the side of the road
Out here in the fading light
Rough road, no shoulder

The hours roll away my love, she’s a coy and slender moon
Dancing through the shadow peaks to a rusted broke-down tune
Static crackling on the AM radio, Crazy Woman Creek
I can barely hear you breathing, you can barely hear me speak

There’s a sign up ahead
By the side of the road
Out here in the fading light
Rough road, no shoulder

The high beams on this midnight road are our only light
Can’t see what’s around the bend as the highway splits the night
I don’t know how we found ourselves, out here all alone
Drinking in the darkness, a restless need to roam

There’s a sign up ahead
By the side of the road
Out here in the fading light
Rough road, no shoulder
Track Name: Wyoming
Out here the sky runs on forever, clear to the shadow of the plains
Where the painted sage, it gathers the snow from the Saratoga Range
Clouds wander down Elk Mountain drift south in the November wind
Like birds lost before winter lost just to be found again

With purple rust and dusted rooftops, the truckers just roll on by
They don't see her living or breathing, they don't see her smile
She looks to me with open arms and I wonder where I've been
Blankets me in all her charms and I’m free again

Oh how she calls to me, this lover wild and new
A daring untamed beauty, immortal in her youth
All spread out wide before me
Wyoming lies between me and you

Up all night with her whispered words, secrets shared with no man
So I show her my scars and tell her what hurts ‘til I'm lost drifting across her land
Where the snow fences of Sweetwater County stand in cold salute
Asking nothing of me they see everything but you

Oh how she calls to me, this lover wild and new
A daring untamed beauty, immortal in her youth
Waking soft beside me
Wyoming lies between me and you

Ice melting slow on the shoulder, I see your eyes in the sun
But come tonight it'll get much colder with this ride only half done
I'll make Cheyenne by dark, gonna leave her a tender kiss
Because she bares her naked heart pleading with my restlessness

Oh how she calls to me, this lover wild and new
A daring untamed beauty, immortal in her youth
Promising the world to me but
Wyoming lies between me and you
Promising the world to me
Wyoming lies between me and you
Track Name: On the Other Side
I’m headed down that old highway just one more time
I don’t think I’ll be back this way again
Been thinking about my younger days when the world was mine
But it’s too late to atone for all my sins

Maybe the air’s a little cleaner
On the other side
Maybe I’ll find the peace I’ve been denied

I started out an honest man, gonna live my life right
I didn’t want to take any more than rightly was my share
But this ain’t no place for an honest man to fight the good fight
They’ll beat you and break you ’til there’s nothing left of you anywhere

But maybe the sky’s a little bluer
On the other side
Maybe I’ll find the peace I’ve been denied

Well, no one warned me ‘bout the road beyond my first burning sip
But man the whisky sure eased this troubled mind
And I’ve been told that that old corn liquor made me one mean son of a bitch
Too blind to see the broken souls I left behind

But maybe the rivers run freer
On the other side
Maybe I’ll find the peace I’ve been denied

I’m headed down that old highway
Just one more time
I don’t think I’ll be back this way again
Track Name: Take Me There
Can you take me there ‘cause I don’t want to know a thing
Only want to glide above it all and listen to you sing
So paint for me a picture of a misty wooded land
Set me on a grey paint mare with the reins in my hands

And pour for me from a still through a winding copper line
The voice of some old ghost who’s traveling through time
Like a blood moon harvest of an angel’s wings
Or a heartbeat promise of a midnight dream
Oh can you take me there

Walk me to the water, weightless on these bones
Dare to take me farther, farther than I’ve ever gone
Cut me right down to the quick until I recoil in bitter pain
Spill me out in crimson red and do it all again

Just wake me from this drunken slumber, sound and dull and deep
Fill me up with wild-eyed wonder and never let me sleep
‘Cause it’s a mindless, timeless, tragic waste
This wicked twisted game we play
Oh can you take me there

‘Cause I don’t want to rattle from the wind and the rain
But the hinges are broken and I’m feeling the pain
Wrap me up in flannel and pull me to the fire
When the flames die down the shadows grow higher
Katy-lock the door and seal it up tight
Put your arms around me and hold me through the night
Wake up at dawn to see the break of day
When the demons are gone there ain’t much to say

Pull from me all the tears I didn’t know I had
Like a tarnished antique mirror that’s cloudy, grey, and cracked
Speak to me a vivid truth of all I hope to know
Soothe these scars and petty wounds but heal my broken soul

Bring back to me the years I spent fighting the ways of man
Set me free on a winter’s day with my life back in my hands
Just dance me around the joyful sound of that choir singing loud
And lay me down in the hallow ground when my time runs out

Can you take me there ‘cause I don’t want to know a thing
Only want to glide above it all and listen to you sing
Track Name: Chase County Line
Let’s get off of this interstate and take the two lane north
Eighty miles an hour and we don’t even know what for
And roll down your window, babe, ‘cause the day she’s looking fine
Ever since we wondered ‘cross that Chase County Line

A worn-down, beat-up cattle pen tries to kiss the ground
The wind across these Kansas plains can take a good man down
But today it’s just a gentle breeze flirting with my skin
So unwrap that winter heart and let the warmth melt in

You must have known when you took a gypsy bride
I’d always find the blue highways
But the road is so much sweeter when you’re along for the ride
So let’s get lost one more day

The tall grass prairie’s waving while she dances with the sky
Shaking off her rusted coat to let the wildflowers glorify
A little piece of heaven on a stretch of unplowed earth
Mourning dove’s sweet elixir distilled from the roots of all this hurt

You must have known when you took a gypsy bride
I’d always find the blue highways
But the road is so much sweeter when you’re along for the ride
So let’s get lost one more day

’Cause I’ve seen the way the light’s been slipping from your eyes
The toll you’re paying is too damn high
But it ain’t too late to turn this rig around
Let your song be unbound

How far did we wander off the path we thought we’d take
Let the wheels put miles behind all the wrong turns that we made
All I need is an open road and a little room to roam
And sometimes taking forgotten routes is the quickest way back home

You must have known when you took a gypsy bride
I’d always find the blue highways
But the road is so much sweeter when you’re along for the ride
So let’s get lost one more day

Let’s get off of this interstate and take the two lane north