Are You Ready

Br Areyouready
Warner Music Canada

2005

Produced By

Blue Rodeo with Chris Shreenan-Dyck

All songs By

Keelor/Cuddy

1
Can't Help Wondering Why
2:54
I could have done better things
If someone shut my mouth
Or somebody clipped my wings
So many wasted evenings
Talking the same sweet talk
Always the last ones leaving
Waking up when fortunes knock

I’ve no regrets no I couldn’t think of one
We both kept the road
The road that we stumbled on
You and me walking home
Fighting the morning light
Just making our way through days
But making out like thieves at night

I can’t help wondering
Can’t help wondering why
I can’t help wondering
Can’t help wondering why

Sometimes you wake up screaming
All my life I must be dreaming
I’ve been wrong
And I’m not strong
But I’ll be the one that keeps rolling on

Born to this generation
Never made to wait
Looking like fools sometimes
A couple of blind men at the gate

I can’t help wondering
Can’t help wondering why
I can’t help wondering
Can’t help wondering why
2
Are You Ready
3:59
Are you ready
Ready to cry
Are you ready
Ready to cry
This is the saddest story
You all know why
So cry, cry, cry

Don’t worry buddy, we’ll see this thing thru
I’ll cry the river that carries you through
Are you ready
Ready to leave

This life we love
You know what I mean
No more whiskey
No more cigarettes
Your last breath just like a sunset

Don’t worry buddy we’ll see this thing thru
I’ll cry the river that carries you through
Are you ready
Ready to cry

Are you ready, ready to die
Is there anything I can do
Cause saying goodbye to you
Will be the hardest thing I ever do

Don’t worry buddy, well see this thing thru
I’ll cry the river that carries you through
3
Rena
4:34
I got my plans
From trembling hands
I knew just what to do
Follow each step carefully
And hope they pulled me through

My father ran
To different lands
And not a word we spoke
But I was here
To conquer fear
And bring some glory home

Theres a world of hate and sorrow
Out there standing in your way
Theres a load of compromise
Before you die
And each time you step forward you get burned a little bit

No longer know the way
To say goodbye
Now I’m down here underneath
Your bedroom light
Rena please come out
With me tonight

I look in through
The window
And I though I’d take
My chance I taught myself to play
So I could be where people danced

No higher call
Than stars that fall I waited patiently
A thousand miles of pavement
That became my destiny
You can wait a lonely lifetime
Wondering when its gonna come

You can while away the hours
Getting stoned
But one day you get lucky
And you look in someones eyes
That tell you you don’t
Have to be alone

Now I’m falling back
Just out of your sight
Rena please come out
With me tonight

Oh now I know the way things go
And what I put you through
Cause when they try to get to me
They get to me through you
I know its not the kind of hurt
Thats easily set right

And I know you got your reasons
To stay inside
But nothing ever happens
When its left out on its own
You locked in there with
Just your wounded pride

I’m down here and I’m
Way too tired to fight
Rena please come out
With me tonight
Rena please come out
With me tonight
4
Up On That Cloud
3:33
It’s so easy to fall in love with you
I know I did for a day or two
You never noticed lost in your crowd
Just no room for me up on that cloud

Can’t find no changes
For better in my luck
Empty are my eyes and my heart
Cold grey days
The nights are so long
My heart is sinking
Bound to a stone

This old world is a bag of tricks
A whole lot of nothin’
Where nothin’ ever fits
In all her glory she just don’t compare
To one single tear
In your beautiful eyes

Thank you, December
For your cold grey air
Lakes are frozen, trees are bare
I once loved her
Of that I am proud
Just no room for me
Up on that cloud
5
I Will
3:34
Who wouldn’t do anything
That you want them to
Carry the world right to your feet
If that’s what you want me to do

Didn’t we laugh
And scream and shout
Didn’t we wait
Til it all worked out

I know it’s late
And I should wait until the morning comes
But I got a fear that wakes me up
And I don’t know where the fear comes from

Didn’t I bring you
What I could bring
Didn’t I tell you
Everything
Well I will
Well I will

Some people talk about us
Said we’d never get this far
Let it all rain around us
You know the way things are

Fifteen miles from hope
Another town another week goes by
I’m fading away here like the birds
That disappear into the sky

Wouldn’t I be there
When you call I pick you up
When you start to fall
Well I will
Well I will

Well I will
Well I will
6
Phaedra's Meadow
5:26
I was walking thru the forest
One cold and dreary morn
My heart sick with jealousy
And memories I need no more

No I could never kill a man
But I would do him harm
Knowing that you’re there
Lying in his arms
My flesh was ripped and torn
By the bramble and the thorn

I was lost but well-prepared
To offer up my soul
Because the greater misery
Is to live with what I know

The moon concealed by April’s storm
No bearing I could find
Until I fell into a clearing
And a road I recognized

I was far far from my home
Further from her smile
Not sure if I would return
Or just lay down and die

As I stood in Phaedra’s Meadow
Well the dawn did break the sky
And from the highest up in heaven
The Weaving Star fell into my eyes
7
Runaway Train
4:14
As he sat down upon the train
Silence settled in his brain
He reached out his hand
And touched her hair

He struggled with the
Same old though
Should he tell her
Should he not

He felt her presence
Everywhere

Whatever comes between us
Don’t let it stand in your way
This is what he’d come
Here to say

She just smiled
And read a book
Gave him such a
Gentle look

He felt a pain right
Through his chest
He pictured back to
When they met

Open door on a movie set
Her brown eyes took
His breath
And every word she

Spoke to him
Went like a bullet to his heart
Thats what he remembers
From the start

Now they’re off
Searching in vain
Out of control
Just like a runaway train
Can’t see that its
Not up to them
Soon just like a river
They’ll be back home again

He sat up through
The hours it takes
Passing through the Northern lakes
Til the sleeping giant was in his sight

He knew that shed been drifting some
Wondered where his Faith had gone
He stayed awake most
Of the night

Whatever makes you happy
I won’t stand in your way
Words you hope you never
Have to say

Now they’re off
Searching in vain
Out of control
Just like a runaway train
Can’t see that its
Not up to them
Soon just like a river
They’ll be rack home again

She watched him toss
And try to sleep
Struggle with his
Demons deep

She thought of all
That they’d been through
Imagining her life alone
No where he was

That was home
She wondered if he knew
That every word
He spoke to her

Went like a bullet
To her heart
Thats the way its
Been right from the start

Now theyre off
Searching in vain
Out of control
Just like a runaway train
Can’t see that its
Not up to them
Soon just like a river
They’ll be rack home again
8
Stuck On You
3:56
I don’t know much about love
How it cures and frees the soul
Makes you whole and all that other stuff
But I was kissed by lady luck
And I know that I’m stuck on you
Yes I know that I’m stuck on you

Sometimes it gets so very hard
It’s like were trying to tear each other apart
With every scar a deeper love revealed
Now theres nothing left to conceal
No theres nothing left to conceal

With every turn it’s like we hit a wall
Do you see it the same way
And I don’t want to complicate it
But I hate this place
And theres only so much that I can take
Before this glass heart breaks

And I know I’ve got to let you go
You were gone so long
And I didnt even know
It’s just that I love you so
And I know that I’m stuck on you
Yes I know that I’m stuck on you
9
Beverley Street
3:25
A crowded room on Beverley
A party for the rent
You were sitting casually
With a few of your fabulous friends
I asked you what your name was
But you just turned and laughed
Then a little later
I finally caught your eye
And even though you tried so hard
You couldn’t hide your smile
I followed you downstairs
And we talked for a long long time

Would you call that love
Who’s to say
I don’t know much about love
But you’re the best I ever had

It wasn’t long before you changed
Your phone number to mine
You said that you were movin’ in
But you needed a little time
So I kept all your messages
Til you made up your mind
Now the rain is fallin’ and the clouds are gathering
And the sun refuse to shine
Your promises and whispered words
Are forever on my mind
And I’m left here smokin’ cigarettes
That you left behind

Would you call that love
Who’s to say
I don’t know much about love
But you’re the best I ever had
10
Finger Lakes
5:06
As we drove on through the Finger Lakes
Water shining at our side
I was wrestling the demons in my mind
But it seemed to me you were reaching for
Some places we’d never been
Where we’d leave the past
On some dark road behind

I will always come
If you need me
And I will never forget
The things you said
And in my hour of darkness
You will come to me
And I will raise up
My worried head

Theres a line between what might have been
And where we stand today
There are roads we both know
We can never cross
But a voice comes down from history
And whispers in my ear
‘Don’t waste the time’
The time that isn’t lost

I will always come
If you need me
And I will never forget
The things you said
And in my hour of darkness
You will come to me
And I will raise up
My worried head

I have walked by so many rooms
And watched you brooding in the dark
I spent my youth moving round you
Like a ghost
But the years go by
And the reasons die
That kept us far apart
Now the sun coming up each days
What we need most

I will always come
If you need me
And I will never forget
The things you said
And in my hour of darkness
You will come to me
And I will raise up
My worried head
11
Tired Of Pretending
6:22
You have never tried
To conceal or deny
That this love is my ruin
My peril and trial
All of the promises were nothing but lies
But now that you’re here
Why don’t you stay for a while

Most of my friends
Fell under your spell
Some fell into heaven
But most fell back in to hell

The beauty forgotten
Like the snow-covered crops in the field
Where the wind knows no mercy
And she howls and she reels

But I’m tired of pretending
Yes I’m tired of pretending
That I still care
I still care

And the smoke curls like a river
To some forgotten land
Floating abandoned the mystery concealed
Like the moonlit shadows
On a snow-covered field
Where the wind knows no mercy

And she howls
And she reels
But I’m tired of pretending
Yes I’m tired of pretending
That I still care
I still care
12
Don't Get Angry
4:01
If you see some picture of us
Lying on the bed
Some old memory haunts you
Gets stuck inside your head
Don’t get angry about it
And wish we’d never been
Don’t get roped into a corner
And try changing everything
Don’t get paralyzed with fear
And stand there wondering
What to do
Just forget it girl
And I will too

If you’re on our corner
And you run into our friends
If they ask about me
Start wondering where I am
Don’t get angry about it
Feel like youre caving in
Don’t start crying again
And go and tell them everything
Don’t you walk away believing
You will never make it through
Just forget it girl
And I will too

If some rainy afternoon
You’re crying in your bed
Cursing every detail
‘Bout the day that we first met
Don’t get angry about it
Start throwing everything
Don’t get struck dumb in your steps
Each time you hear the doorbell ring
Take some comfort in knowing
These are things that I will do

I can’t forget it girl
Though I try to
I can’t forget it girl
Though I try to