The Town Where I Was Born

by Gabriel Knight Hancock

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released December 27, 2011

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Gabriel Knight Hancock Oklahoma

My name is Gabriel Knight Hancock, I currently live and perform in Oklahoma City. I write and play my own music, mostly autobiographical songs and story songs using fictional characters. I guess all I want to do is make music that's engaging mentally and at the same time moving emotionally. ... more

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Track Name: The Town Where I Was Born
The town where I was born

With a match I light a fire
to the town where I was born
mom said there's only one way out
and the train leaves in the morn
dad got laid off at the factory
they sent their apologies
he read the letter at the table
from it his eyes rose to me
he said son we don't live by bread alone
lord knows this world ain't our home
this is the town where I was born
foxes got holes and birds got their nests
son of man he's got no place to rest
wind blows me down like a tumble weed
pushing me down the alleyway
like a leaf departs from its old tree
pack my bags for ramblin
and I hear son we don't live by bread alone
lord knows this ain't our home
this is the town where I was born
warmed my fingers on the flame
rises high off my birth place
shake the dust from our feet
pray to God things are going to change
and I say son we don't live by bread alone
lord knows this world ain't our home
this is the town where I was born
Track Name: No Man At All
No man at all

Rented a video and we watched it all night
in the morning when we rose
all was the same except the snow outside
shaving with dad's razor blades
I don't know if I should go or stay
friends that once were close
now they're so far away
I've been thinking about a girl
but she don't think of me anymore
well maybe if I changed these clothes
changed the words I spoke
if you don't mind I'll quit wasting all my time
trying to hide this man I am inside
to change just to look good in her eyes
well I'd be no man at all
I saw God out the window
through his ghost lips he softly spoke
I couldn't hear what he said though
I was watching my favorite picture show
and I know God's trying to call
but right now I can't hear him at all
in the morning when we rose
I could hear angel's horns softly blow
if you don't mind I'll quit wasting all my time
trying to hide all these doubts I got inside
but to deny this God who gives new life
well I'd be no man at all
Track Name: Deep In The South
Deep in the south

Deep in the south there's a noose from a tree
and it hangs there for you and me
for anyone who dares question what they believe
and anyone who dreams of a better day
men in white walk the grounds at night
and you'll see them in their pews when Sunday comes around
don't you remember that Jesus was a Jew
and now you're spitting on David's star
oh I see a noose hanging off the pulpit
where love was strung up long ago
there's a man on a road and the distance he'll go
is all determined by the color of his skin
well I see a noose hanging from the old oak tree
where wisdom was hung long ago
and truth, she yells in the face of the young
saying never forget what once was
and don't ever let it happen again
she said cut down wisdom from the old oak tree
and cut down love from the pulpit
and let them run through the congregation
and let them all remember what Jesus once said
Track Name: Red Lights
Red lights

Misery came in with the wind
stole my last dollar and my father's homemade gin
lust lets me in like an old friend
behind her mask a beast hides
I can see its crimson red eyes
I see London I see France
I see good old Amsterdam
and its red lights softly burning
girls inside hearts are hurting
men outside light their cigars
girls forgetting who they are
in the dark see their sparks
in the dark cover scars
loneliness is like an old coat
one size fits all for young and old
misery loves his company
and he's got his eyes out for me
wrong and right black and white
in my mind this town feels so gray—gray tonight
girls invited me to stay
though I refrain it doesn't change
in my heart all the mistakes that I—I have made
Track Name: Badge Of Bravery
Badge of bravery

Tonight could be the last time you ever see me
tomorrow I'm shippin' right out of Tennessee
got my bags packed and they taught me to shoot straight
tryin' to be strong and I'm tryin' to be brave
maybe when I get back I'll have a badge of bravery
or maybe when I get back I'll have some shrapnel in my knees
maybe I'll say I fought to be free
maybe when I get back I won't say anything
tonight all I got these new friends and a cold street
so I'm going to run I'm going dance I'm going to sing
got no wife and no kids to leave
so come on friends sing one more song with me
well maybe when I get back I'll have a badge of bravery
maybe I'll have some shrapnel in my knees
maybe when I come back I'll say I fought for you to be free
or maybe when I get back I won't say anything at all
Track Name: Quiet Man
Quiet man

When I was a boy I knew a man
he didn't talk very often
people listened when he did
every word so thought out
he sat with his legs crossed
as we ran our mouths
gonna be like him
mean every word I say
and try my very best
to keep every promise I make
a lie is still a lie
even if you paint it white
it's a long dark snake
that will come around and bite you in the night
you can talk real big
but you never could listen quite right
you can learn a lot more from a whisper
than you can from a fist fight
you can learn a lot from a quiet man
some boys grow up fast and quick
with hate in their hearts and blood on their lips
never say what they mean or mean what they say
and most of their faults come by 'em honestly
some people talk all day
they don't really have very much to say
so they gossip about the neighbors
and put them down in their shame
and in the corner sits a quiet man
I want to be like him
and mean every word I say
never tear anyone down
or say a harsh word in vain
oh I'm gonna be a quiet man
Track Name: Cobwebs
Cobwebs

I got cobwebs in my bed
It's been a while since I've rested my head
kill this love off before it's been born
lord knows that I've done this before
victims voices are heard
in this torment that I have earned
God he whispers forgiveness
for the sins that I commit
God came in a light
made me blind so I could see wrong from right
and I've been running for a long long time
God— he can put up one hell of a fight
I'm a man with no name
forgot who I was and why I came
I guess it's about time I get on my way
still I got this thorn in my side
God— he left it and I'm not sure why
God— he can put up one hell of a fight
I will carry his light
in the darkness I will try and be bright