When The Deal Goes Down

by David Olney

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released July 8, 2014

Produced by David Olney and Mark Robinson
Associate Producer Daniel Seymour
Engineered by Mark Robinson and Daniel Seymour
Mixed by Mark Robinson
Recorded and Mixed at Guido’s Studios South, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Paul Mahern, Mahern Audio, Bloomington, IN

Photography by Gregg Roth
Art Direction and Package Design by Paul Needham, Mohawk Visuals

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Track Name: When The Deal Goes Down
When The Deal Goes Down written by David Olney (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP)

You don't have to lie for me
Cry for me or die for me
You don't have to fall down on the ground
You don't have to give me breath
Give me life or give me death
Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down

When the deal goes down
When the deal goes down
Tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down

You don't have to reach for me
Pray to me or preach to me
You don't have to make a single sound
You don't have to raise the dead
Give wine or give me bread
Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down

When the deal goes down
When the deal goes down
Tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down

You don't have to be the light
In the day or in the night
You don't have to wear no heavenly crown
You don't have to save my soul
Walk on the water, walk on hot coals
Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down

When the deal goes down
When the deal goes down
Tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down
Track Name: Little Bird (What I Do)
Little Bird (It's What I Do) written by David Olney (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP)

Little bird
Little bird
High up in the tree
Little bird
Little bird
Why do you sing to me?

It's what I do
And what I do
I do all summer long
I'm a little bird
This is my song

Winter wind
Winter wind
You howl and you moan
Winter wind
Winter wind
And chill me to the bone

It's what I do
And what I do
I do all winter long
I'm the winter wind
This is my song

Anyone, anyone
Every anywhere
Born into this precious life
To breath this holy air

It's what I do
And what I do
I do my whole life long
This is who I am
This is my song

It's what I do
And what I do
I do my whole life long
This is who I am
This is my song
Track Name: Servant, Job
Servant, Job written by David Olney and John Hadley (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI)

God walking east, Satan walking west
They meet on the road and they stop for a rest
Sitting on a rock passing the time of day
Talking 'bout the people they've met along the way
Talking about the future, talking about the past
And how time seems to slip by so fast
And how hard it is to find something that will last
God said, yeah
God said, yeah
God said, Have you considered my servant, Job?
Have you considered my servant, Job?
There's nowhere in the land
You will find a better man
He'll suffer any pain
Just to glorify my name
He'll go down on his knees
To raise his prayers to me
There's nothing he won't do
He's my servant good and true
Have you considered my servant, Job?
Have you considered my servant, Job?

Satan said to God, I"ve been walking up and down
Walking through the country, the city and the town
Just like you I've been making the rounds
There's always something different, there's always something new
I never get tired, I just love what I do
Satan said, yeah
Satan said, yeah
Satan said, Yes, I've considered your servant, Job
Yes, I've considered your servant, Job
He's a man like all the rest
Nothing more and nothing less
Sure he gives you praise
Look how much it pays
Pretty wife and lots of land
It's not that hard to understand
Let me have him for a while
I'll wipe away that smile
I'll take away his wealth
And I'll take away his health
I'll take all that he's been given
Make him wish he wasn't livin'
I'll leave nothing but his shame
And he'll learn to curse your name
Yes, I considered your servant, Job
Yes, I considered your servant, Job

Have you considered my servant, Job?
Yes, I considered your servant, Job
Track Name: Soldier Of Misfortune
Soldier Of Misfortune written by David Olney (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI)

I wish I could come to you in glory
A soldier from some holy war
Then you could see me in my splendor
Standing proud outside your door
And bearing gifts from far off places
I'd gladly give them all to you
Eastern spice and Spanish laces
Silks of gold and velvet blue
I am a soldier of misfortune
Hold me close to your breast
I had my dreams but then I lost them
And I am weary for my rest

I wish I could come to you with wisdom
Or golden words that I would speak
To touch your heart and mind together
To touch you soft and touch you deep
I wish I had some special treasure
That only I could give to you
Eastern spice or Spanish laces
Silks of gold or velvet blue
I am a soldier of misfortune
Hold me close to your breast
I had my dreams but then I lost them
And I am weary for my rest
Track Name: Scarecrow Man
Scarecrow Man written by David Olney (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP)

The black clouds scowled
The cold wind howled
The lightning stabbed like a knife
The wild wolf cringed
And became unhinged
And he cried like a baby for his life
This was no night for a man or a beast
Confusion ruled on the land
What fool would venture forth in this hell?
Only the Scarecrow Man

With his eyes all ablaze
And his voice cracked and crazed
He was near swallowed up in the roar
Abandoned and lost
Tattered and tossed
He beat on the farmhouse door
"For the love of God let me in!" he cried
"I'll die if you don't lend a hand."
He pleaded and he begged and he bellowed like the wind
"Have mercy on the Scarecrow Man!"

The old widow heard
But she could not be stirred
To answer those pitiful cries
The storm grew in violence
She clung to her silence
She held to the safety inside
She'd heard the rumors, the stories, the tales
Of things she could not understand
That filled her with anger and filled her with fear
Of the cold blooded Scarecrow Man

The lightning did flash
The thunder did crash
The cattle were frozen in fear
Curses and groans
And unnatural moans
Echoed in the tornado air
The old widow sank and she breathed her last sigh
And she died on the farmhouse floor
The sun chased the clouds and the wind ceased to howl
And the air was as still as before

The old widow's dead
Her spirit has fled
To some far and mysterious land
But there by the door
Is a handful of straw
All that's left of the Scarecrow Man
There by the door
There's a handful of straw
All that's left of the Scarecrow Man
Track Name: Why So Blue?
Why So Blue? written by David Olney and Gwil Owen (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Bug Music/Turgid Tunes, BMI)

Why so blue?
Why so blue?
Haven't all your dreams come true
Why so blue?

Why so low?
Don't you know?
That it's all because of you
Why so blue?

Could it be
You miss me after all?
Could it be
You just need my arms to hold you?

Why so blue?
Why so blue?
Haven't all your dreams come true
Why so blue?
Track Name: Mister Stay At Home
Mister Stay At Home written by David Olney and John Hadley (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI)

Gonna comb my hair, shine my shoes
Get dressed up like I used to do
Feeling good, looking fine
Gonna sparkle like a glass of wine
Girls watch out when i come 'round
Mister Stay at Home is going to town

Here's to Saturday night
Here's to neon light
Here's mud in your eye

Gonna stroll right down that boulevard
Where all them pretty women are
People laugh, music plays
Gonna sing and dance til the breal of day
Girls watch out when I come 'round
Mister Stay at Home is going to town

Here's to Saturday night
Here's to neon light
Here's mud in your eye
Track Name: Roll This Stone
Roll This Stone written by David Olney and John Hadley (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI)

I'm gonna roll this roll this stone
I'm gonna roll this roll this stone
I'm gonna roll this roll this stone
Don't want your help, I wanna do it alone
I wanna roll this roll this stone

I'm goin' to the top from the bottom to the top of the hill
I'm goin' to the top from the bottom to the top of the hill
I'm goin' to the top from the bottom of the hill
I don't care if it gets me killed
I'm gonna roll this roll this stone

Me and this mule gonna plow this cold hard ground
Til me and this poor old mule both fall down

I'm gonna dig a hole so deep I can't get out
I'm gonna dig a hole so deep I can't get out
I'll dig a hole so deep I can't get out
When I get to the bottom, gonna jump and shout
I'm gonna roll this roll this stone
Track Name: No Trace
No Trace written by David Olney and John Hadley (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI)

I have come from far away
From far away I've come
From out beyond the mountains
Past where the rivers run
I am here to speak my mind
To speak my mind I'm here
If you'd like to listen
Won't you gather near
Gather near
Gather near

There's a world beyond this place
A world you've never seen
Cities full of people
People full of dreams
They can build a bridge of steel
And roads across this land
Someday they may come here
Just because they can
Because they can
Because they can

If they come there's something
You're going to need to know
What you want to keep
And what you're willing to let go
Some will try to buy and sell
The smile upon your face
The life that you have always known
Could vanish with no trace
With no trace
With no trace

I have come from far away
From far away I've come
Track Name: Sad Saturday Night
Sad Saturday Night written by David Olney, John Hadley, Ad Vanderveen (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI; Songsense Music, BUMA/STEMRA)

It's a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
It's a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
No music, no laughter, no happy ever after in sight
Everyone's gone on a sad Saturday night

There's a full moon shining tonight through the trees
But there's a dark blue shadow between you and me
Silence is everywhere silence is not meant to be

On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
No music, no laughter, no happy ever after in sight
Just a sad, sad, sad Saturday night

The streetlights are on, my footsteps are all I can hear
The sound of that train in the distance, so cold and so clear
I could walk these streets all night long and still wind up here

On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
Come Sunday or Monday or someday it might be alright
But it's hard to believe on a sad Saturday night

This town is as empty, as empty as my broken heart
I could tell you my story but why even start
Everything's changed since you and I drifted apart

On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
On a sad, sad, sad Saturday night
No music, no laughter, no happy aver after in sight
On a sad, sad, sad Staurday night
Track Name: Big Blue Hole
Big Blue Hole written by David Olney and John Hadley (Red Lilly Music, ASCAP; Hadley Six Music, BMI)

Bag of bones
Bag of bones
I aint nothin' but
A bag of bones

Big blue hole
Big blue hole
Meet me down at
The big blue hole

Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Where'd she come from
And where'd she go?

James Dean
James Dean
He jumped out of
A movie screen

Big blue hole
Big blue hole
Landed in
A big blue hold

Ghengis Khan
Ghengis Khan
Headed out to
The great beyond

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
No one knows just
Where she's at

Big blue hole
Big blue hole
Everything goes
In the big blue hole

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
All them saints are
Dead and gone

Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain
They aint comin 'round here again

Big blue hole
Big blue hole
Heaven aint nothin' but a
Big blue hole

Bag of bones
Bag of bones
I aint nothin' but a
Bag of bones