Meant To Be

by Tijerina

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released 08 November 2010

Todd Tijerina: Guitar & Lead Vocals
Dave Hiedt: Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Curly Castillo: Drums
Produced by Todd Tijerina & Dave Heidt
Recorded at Rt 66 Music in Bernalillo, NM

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Track Name: Nothin' Like the Blues
Long hours on the road and there’s never much dough
Livin’ a dream that some feel is crazy
But it pays the bills and it gives me such a thrill
I wouldn’t have it any other way

I play the blues ‘cause it moves me more than any music ever has (repeat)
A labor of love, the blues is a gift from above
And it makes my world a better place, maybe yours too

The blues gets inside me moves me deep down in my soul
The blues is the groove that grabs ahold and won’t let go
The blues will never grow old
Whether funky rockin’ or straight ahead there ain’t nothin’ like the blues

The blues gets inside me moves me deep down in my soul
The blues is the groove that grabs ahold and won’t let go
The blues will never grow old
Whether funky rockin’ or straight ahead there ain’t nothin’ like the blues
Track Name: Life's Too Short
Sometimes my life feels all in disarray
Things left undone keep pilin’ up
I’m bailing out my life raft with a spoon
Seems every day new leaks have sprung
Don’t wanna let my worries drown me
‘Cause life’s too short

I’m feeling stuck in my situation
Like it’s time to hit the road
Feels like a ton of bricks crushing my mind
I’d love to lose this heavy load
I really need to take a holiday
‘Cause life’s too short

Life’s too short
To feel this stressed out
Life’s too short
To let my mind be filled with doubt
I could let worry get the best of me
But life’s too short

I’m so busy worrying night and day
I’ve got to schedule time to think
I need to stop and smell the roses
‘Cause being worried sick sure does stink
I’m losing sleep over troubles pilin’ up
But life’s too short

Life’s too short
To feel this stressed out
Life’s too short
To let my mind be filled with doubt
I could stay focused on my problems
But life’s too short
Track Name: I Tried
When love’s slippin’ away
How we fight to hold on
Sometimes we reach out in vain
For something long gone
I never contemplated solitude
That you would walk some separate road
But what was once warm and bright
Has grown dark and cold

I tried to keep our fading love alive
Whoah oh oh oh
I tried to save what had already died

Perhaps there’s beauty in frailty
To be touched a heart must be exposed
With open hand we began our dance
In pain we bring it to a close
I saw it in your eyes
And when I touched your distant hand
It hides my path in shadows
To know exactly where you stand

I tried to keep our fading love alive
Whoah oh oh oh
I tried to save what had already died

There’s no use hopin’ for a second chance
When it would only be in vain
I’ve got to keep movin’ forward
I’ve got to break free from the pain

I tried to keep our fading love alive
Whoah oh oh oh
I tried to save what had already died
Track Name: Barely Gettin' By
Words: Todd Tijerina; Music: Todd Tijerina & Dave Heidt

Well I’m down and out
And my luck has gone south
And I’m feelin’ kinda mean
But I know
There’s better times around the corner

Well my rent is overdue
I’ve got holes in my shoes
And my raggedy clothes
Just seem to have the blues
But I know
I know my luck has got to change

Well ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh sweet baby
I said ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh sweet baby
I ain’t been actin’ right
Hard times make me kinda mean

Me and my guitar survive from day to day
We don’t know no other way
You know sometimes I can’t help but feel a little desperate
Always barely gettin’ by makes it so hard to be nice

Well ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh sweet baby
I said ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh sweet baby
I ain’t been actin’ right
Hard times make me kinda mean
Track Name: Roses
Roses, roses
Cast to the wind
Prospects dance in shadows
And fan the flame within
But a fantasy can shade the sun
That lights the face you see

Desire paints a picture
Of what your life could be
With someone who fits the mold
And you think that one is me
But a fantasy can shade the sun
That lights the face you see

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit
That my heart had filled in some spaces
And it tricked my vision into seeing
Rosy, painted pretty faces
Now I can’t help but feel I’ll never be
The ideal of your infatuation

Sometimes hope feeds self-deception
And I don’t know how to feel
When you compliment the thing about me
That I know just isn’t real
Girl a fantasy can shade the sun
That lights the face you see
Track Name: Sweet November
Another gray mornin’
As I’m starin’ out my window
When hard times and bad luck wear you down
It gets hard to face another day
But the leaves have turned setting fire to the hillside
I can’t help but take it all in

Sweet November
Demons flee on your arrival
As the leaves die and snow falls
My desperation fades
For the first time in weeks, maybe months
I begin to feel hope again

Well it only takes one spark to be captured by the moment
As the vast horizon expands the space between fills in with life
And I’ll run as long as I can to make the moment last
Leaving doubt behind

Well it only takes one spark to be captured by the moment
As the vast horizon expands the space between fills in with life
And I’ll run as long as I can to make the moment last
Leaving doubt behind
Track Name: Meant To Be
Time… keeps on movin’ by
Time… keeps on movin’ by
The further down the road I go
The more you’re on my mind

Choices
I can’t escape the past
Regretful choices
I can’t escape the past
Girl like a prisoner doin’ hard time
I need a second chance

I close my eyes
And you’re right here with me
When I close my eyes
You’re right here with me
Sometimes dreams tell the story
Like it was meant to be
Whoah
Sometimes dreams tell the story
Like it was meant to be
Track Name: I Hate My Job
I hate my job
The way they treat me like a slave (repeat)
I dream of quittin’ this job
Each and every workin’ day

I’m gonna head to the bar
I’m gonna have myself a beer (repeat)
Gonna forget about this job
And how much I hate workin’ here

Hey Bossman
You got a problem with my work? (repeat)
‘Cause then I’m askin’ if you don’t
Why you always such a jerk

I hate my job in the mornin’, I hate it at night
I say if I don’t quit this job man there’s gonna be a fight
I hate my job, I said I hate it day and night
I’m gonna quit this job
Find one a where they treat my right

I’m getting’ tired
Of being bossed around by you (repeat)
I can feel you breathin’ down my neck
On every little thing I do

I hate my job in the mornin’, I hate it at night
I say if I don’t quit this job man there’s gonna be a fight
I hate my job, I said I hate it day and night
I’m gonna quit this job
Find one a where they treat my right
Track Name: Wrong Side
4:30 in the mornin’
I hear the siren’s warnin’ (repeat)
The angry world is waitin’
Just outside my castle’s walls

Wrong side of the tracks
Young man wanders out of bounds

Wrong side of the tracks
Ends up in the wrong part of town
People despising his kind
Wait for him to cross the line

Is fear the root of evil
People hating people (repeat)
Devils that we’ve painted
Without having seen their eyes

Wrong side of the tracks
Red, yellow, white or black (repeat)
People afraid of differences
Wait for us to cross the line
Track Name: Lookin' Away
Freezin’ in the street
No shoes on his feet
Left to his wits to fight hunger and the cold
An unjust sentence for the crime of growin’ old
I’m lookin’ away
I won’t be dismayed
By what I don’t see

Young mother huddled on the stairway ‘neath the storm
Trades her child’s next meal for that needle in her arm
Searchin’ for her pleasure in the rain
Maybe retreatin’ from a life that’s full of pain
I’m looking away
I won’t be dismayed
By what I don’t see

I look at myself in the mirror and wonder why
I know this person yet I don’t know who’s inside
It’s hard to face the weaknesses that lie within
I’m lookin’ away
I’m lookin’ away
I’m lookin’ away

I look at myself in the mirror and wonder why
I know this person yet I don’t know who’s inside
It’s hard to face the weaknesses that lie within
I’m lookin’ away
I’m lookin’ away
I’m lookin’ away