Midnight Prayer
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo
It’s scary how life changes fast
Just when she thought that things could last
The way that it was set at for a while
No one’s sleeping much tonight
They pray the doctors won’t be right
It should’ve been a normal night right now

God, save your child
God, save your child
You’re the one who made her strong
So if she’s held on for this long
Don’t you think that you could wait
Just a little while
God, save your child
God, save your child
And let me know somewhere
This is a midnight prayer
Not a lullaby

They’re standing by the hospital bed
So many things that they could have said
But the rainstorm outside seems to say it all
Singing old, familiar songs
God, if only she could sing along
Say you won’t listen when Jesus calls
And her parents knelt down and they said,

God, save our child
God, save our child
We weren’t supposed to live to see the day
There’s the brokenness on that sweet face
You just can’t take her away
God, save our child
God, save our child
And let us know somewhere
This is a midnight prayer
Not a lullaby

I know why you’d want her there with you
But she’s still got so much living to do
I never thought I’d ever see the day
When all those plans
You said you’d made for her
Just went up in flames

God, save your child
God, save your child
You’re the one who made her strong
So if she’s held on for this long
Don’t you think that you could wait
Just a little while
God, save your child
God, save your child
And let me know somewhere
This is a midnight prayer
Not a lullaby

Let me know somewhere
This is a midnight prayer
Not a lullaby

Till The Phone Rings
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo

I wonder if he’s made his first move yet
Sounds like the sort of thing he’d do
Tell her how pretty she is
In that frilly blue dress
Well I remember what he said, too
And silent words mean much more than you knew

Chorus 1

Let’s talk about who he’ll call
And who’s just messing with his heart
Trying to make him think
He’s better off with you
Who do you think you are?
Well it’s such a shame she can only keep up
With other people’s things
So go have fun, I’ll be biding my time
Till the phone rings

Hold her hand as she gets into
That fancy limousine
Heard your daddy wouldn’t let you take his car
And I’m stuck sitting here replaying
What I said and didn’t mean
Would’ve crashed your date by now
But I haven’t got that far
Who’d have guessed that waiting here
Would be so hard

Repeat Chorus 1

And, oh, in case you’re wondering
I saw those pictures, too
What a shame they’ll be in pieces
The next time he sees you

Chorus 2

Let’s talk about who he’ll call
And who’s just messing with his heart
You’re barging in here with
Your fake white smile
Who do you think you are?
Well it’s such a shame she can only keep up
With other people’s things
So go have fun, I’ll be biding my time
Till the phone rings
Till the phone rings

I wonder if he’s made his first move yet

Sounds like the sort of thing he’d do

Cold Outside Tonight
from the album Halfway to Tennesee

Written by Kristen Barkuloo
What a sweet face to go
With a lying smile
That wasn’t how I planned it out to be
You sure did know how to look
So endearing
And you always did so easily

Chorus 1

But with road signs flying past me
You’d best look now or I’ll be gone
Driving fast so you won’t catch me
Cause unlike you I can afford to run
But I think I’ll bring my coat
Into this rainy night
I hear it’s gonna be cold outside tonight

What a sweet face to go
With that sweet dream
What a shame, it never did come true
You were the one thing
That I could never tame
And you always knew it, didn’t you?

Repeat Chorus 1

And I’d like to know
What’s it like to know
You’ve got all those girls
Sitting in the palm of your hand?
Do you feel that strong?
Well I didn’t think that it was wrong
To like summer better
That’s why I ran

Chorus 2

Road signs flying past me
Don’t look now; I should be long gone,
Driving fast so you won’t catch me
Cause unlike you I can afford to run
But I think I’ll bring my coat
Into this rainy night
I hear it’s gonna be cold outside tonight

Oh, what a shame
And what a perfect face to goWith a lying smile

Back to Frostproof
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo
You always seemed
A little rough around the edges
I bet you didn’t know
I always saw you that way
It’s kinda bittersweet
To think someone could be so naive
But I don’t suppose you
Really knew me anyway

Chorus

I think that I’ll go back to Frostproof
To one of those small towns
I know you never knew
For a city boy,
You sure did know how to pretend
But now I think that I’ll
Go back to Frostproof again

I can practically see her
Holding your hand
But you’ll both be standing
On the other side of the room
You know you come to mind so easily
Well, at least you did back then
I’d made a whole dream inside my head
And I don’t think you ever knew

Repeat chorus

And by now
I wish you knew
How many excuses
I’d always made for you
You’ll be dressed up in your suit and tie
And I’ve got dirt on my face
It’s strange but I won’t ever see
Frostproof the same

Repeat Chorus

Sit on the Pier Alone
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo

It was cold outside, that first day of fall
Driving to the airport
He held her hand in the car
Like he always did
She tried not to let him see her cry
As she kissed him one last time
Before he’d be gone
He said, I’ll call you every night
And some other times in between
He grabbed his bag
And jumped on the flight
And when he was gone she whispered,
Now don’t you forget me

And I’ll be waiting here at home
Counting down the days till you return
I know you’ll be miles away
But promise, darling,
You won’t go back on your word
I hope you’re happy way up north
But know I’m waiting by the phone
And till you come back I’ll just have to
Sit on the pier alone.

He sat down in his new apartment
In the heart of the city
And pulled out a box of photographs
They were from the time
They’d gone walking downtown
Near the boatyard, and he smiled
Looking at her laugh
And he said,

 I’ve been feeling so alone
Counting down the days till I return
I know you are miles away
But promise, darling,
You won’t go back on your word
I’m sure you’re happy back in our hometown
But know I’m waiting by the phone
I just hate to think that you’ll have to
Sit on the pier alone

A little while down the road
Past all the letters they had sent
The leaves had fallen to the ground
But he still hadn’t come home yet
She grabbed that box
Of things he’d left
And pulled on his old shirt
She went to the water, sat on the pier,
And praying that he heard
She cried out,

 I’ll be waiting here at home
Counting down the days till you return
Reading your letters over again
Till I’ve memorized every word
Cause I still hear those songs you’d sing
Back when you were here at home
And till you come back I’ll just have to
Sit on the pier alone.

His car pulled up outside her door
She couldn’t believe her eyes

So Far Gone
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo

It’s funny how
One little song can take you back
I still can’t believe it was months ago
Never thought I’d see the day
I’d become part of your past
I guess I was the only one
Who never let go
Back then I honestly believed
That you would sit around
And wait for me

Chorus 1

But who am I to break up
Such a beautiful thing
By now I’m just an echo,
A summer’s memory
But you should probably know
I haven’t seen you smile that big
In so long
I’d tell you now but right now
You seem so far gone

Well, she’s a pretty girl
I’ve got to give you that
And it’s been so long since I’ve
Seen you see anyone that way
And you don’t know it but I still miss you
How long have I wanted to tell you that?
Just never thought someday
It might be too late
I guess things would never pick up
Where they used to be
But it was such a nice thing to believe

Repeat Chorus 1

You know, I’ve always had
That picture in my mind,
We’d walk off while the sun’s still fading
But keep in mind
Just cause you’re that far gone
It doesn’t mean my heart’s not breaking

Chorus 2

But who am I to break up
Such a beautiful thing
By now I’m just an echo,
A summer’s memory
But you should probably know
I haven’t seen you so happy in so long
And I wish I could tell you now
But you’re so far gone
I’d tell you now but right now
You seem so far gone

It’s funny how
One little song has taken me back
I guess I was the only one
Who never let go

Seagull and the Sky
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo
All cards on the table now
There’s nothing more that I want to hide
You’re glowing like an ember now
But I once watched you in the firelight
And for a long time passing
I kept the perfect daydream alive
I got too caught up to realize
It was a beauty within our minds

Chorus

Birds with wings
Aren’t meant to stay on the ground
So I’m asking you to fly
Pretty things in life
Shouldn’t be caged
Like the rain or the seagull and the sky

I should probably tell you
I usually keep my feet on the ground
But you never saw that side of me, did you?
You’ll recall I was always
So crazy with you around
It was a tendency I got into

Repeat Chorus

And I’ll watch from the window
As you fly away
Promise me you won’t listen
When I ask you to stay

Repeat Chorus

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Runaway (A Little Earth and You)
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo

 I’ve never been the one
To prefer a concrete canyon
Or taxi rides and city streets
I’ve found it’s harder to run free
So far away from the fields and breeze
But in a world far away from where you are
There’s that lonesome memory

Chorus

If you want to run away
Past the city lights and road signs and interstate
We could find an open field in view
Drive through the dirt till it’s just us two
I would be just fine with a little earth and you

When was the last time you saw all the stars at night?
Must be so hard with those towers on the horizon
We could make good time if we start driving now
Pack your guitar and then head out
Find the bridge out of the city and keep on driving

Repeat Chorus

And, oh, you seem so grounded
But I bet there’s something reckless inside of you
Feet tied down to the ground
Scared to drive the back road’s muddy ground
But let’s see what one off-road pickup truck ride
Does for you

Repeat Chorus

And, baby, keep on driving
Cause I need you
I need a little earth and you

A little earth and you

Halfway to Tennessee

from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo
He said he’d never seen
Days going by quite like that
It’d been a long time coming
But now he swears he’s got it all
It’s been easy come but so hard to go
They’re both too young to be leaving home
And by September he’ll be gone
Four hundred miles away

Chorus

There’s a long road to Memphis,
Up to the Tennessee state line
Said he won’t go without her there with him
It took a long, long time to realize
Some memories never leave
But the first time that you hear this
I’ll already be halfway to Tennessee

It’s been a rough ride
So far as I can see
He’s tossed some mighty big rocks
Into the river off the beaten path
He’s got a few scars well earned,
Some bridges burned
He don’t know how much he’s changed since that
And he’ll never see
That old book of letters I’ve got
From a few months back

 Repeat Chorus

They both say they’re Nashville bound,
Gonna do it right this time around
Head out to the open highway on a whim
I’m still not sure why he is leaving
He said that she’s his only reason
And I guess that’s gonna be good enough for him

There’s a long road to Memphis,
A whole lot of things I never said
Said he won’t go off the path he’s planned
To find out where it led
And, oh, it took a long, long time to realize
Some memories never leave
But the first time that you hear this
I’ll already be halfway to Tennessee
Halfway to Tennessee

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I’m Not That Crazy Anymore

from the album Halfway to Tennessee

Written by Kristen Barkuloo
Suppose you saw me

Driving downtown
Singing like you told me to,
Loud as I can with the windows down
Just know that’s about as
Far as I’ll ever reach
I wasn’t meant to chase the wind
Just like you were meant to be free


Chorus


Now you walk in
With those big brown eyes again
Don’t you remember
You’ve already done all that before
So don’t think I’ll be needing you
The way I always used to
I’m not that crazy anymore

I never saw you as something
I couldn’t hold
I always thought that you adored me
Maybe you did and I just didn’t know
But I wanted to cut through the trails
Drive down your wild Alabama roads
Never thought I’d try to hate you
Never thought I’d need to learn to let go

Repeat Chorus

I don’t know who
Made a cowboy out of you,
Riding wild into the fading light
Like I always wanted to see you do

You with your button-down shirt
Looking so caged and tame
Like when we played games from across the room
Back before I learned to forget your name
So don’t think I’ll be needing you
The way I always used to
I’m not that crazy anymore
Oh, oh, no

No, I’m not that crazy anymore

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Where the Road Runs
from the album Halfway to Tennessee
Written by Kristen Barkuloo

Paper lanterns flying through the darkness
Shouldn’t have been captivated
But I couldn’t help it
I saw a lighthouse on the water
Tried reaching out
But it was so much harder

Chorus

Someone led a moth to the flame
And I’ll try not to be drawn to you
Sitting there silently screaming your name
Cause I’ve found it’s better
Than being without you
And there’s miles between the way it should be
And where the road runs now

I tried so hard to let you let me in
And for a while I honestly thought that I did
But it ain’t easy diving into the deep end
When he’s already on an island

Repeat Chorus

But I swear there was a candle
Lit up against the sky
It made it just so easy
Guess that’s the reason why

Repeat Chorus