Between The Devil and a Hard Place

by Sheldon Vance

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released April 20, 2013

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Sheldon Vance Charleston, West Virginia

I have never really considered myself a "musician" or "singer"...I am just a fan who loved music so much that simply listening wasn't enough involvement for me.

What I do may be acoustic, but it is aggressive and is put forth with every fiber of my heart and being. I just want to play...plain and simple...I honestly and humbly feel that the songs I have are worth sharing.
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Track Name: "What Remains"
(Verse 1)
You take what you're given you scrape to get by You can feel your hands shake as you swallow your pride The decisions the failures you've stopped asking why, take the blinders from your eyes Your friends that remain you can count on one hand, you struggle to keep up with your own demands There's no other choice time to make up your mind, though with compromise this time its do or die

(Chorus)
With what remains here and now we will make it through somehow
With what remains

(Verse 2)
You tried going back found that so much has changed you question yourself do you still feel the same Remember the past and the dues that you've paid they still stand true today You know who you are and you know where you've been you've done this before you can do it again There's no other choice time to make up your mind through with compromise this time its do or die

(Chorus)
With what remains here and now we will make it through somehow
With what remains

(Bridge)
The place you once called home is it still where you belong?
With every step you take all that binds you starts to fade

(Chorus)
With what remains here and now we will make it through somehow With what remains
Track Name: "Best That I Can Do"
I tried to write it off pretend that everything was fine,
But deep down I knew this day would always come
There's no rhyme or reason for the hell I've put you through
God knows that it's the last thing you deserved

I had to test the limits I can't leave well enough alone
All that's next to me is an empty space It chills me to the bone
I never cared before but now it's different
cause I got something to lose

It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do
When I make a commitment I'll face death to see it through
When I give my word it's do or die on my life I swear it's true
It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do

Hell bent for self destruction I did everything I could
To live a life to match the hell inside my head,
But nothing matched the pain I felt the day I realized
To hurt myself was just the same as hurting you

I had to test the limits I can't leave well enough alone
All that's next to me is an empty space It chills me to the bone
I never cared before but now it's different
cause I got something to lose

It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do
When I make a commitment I'll face death to see it through
When I give my word it's do or die on my life I swear it's true
It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do

I took everything I'd always wanted and I threw it all away
There's no way I can forgive myself, the guilt will haunt me
till my dieing day

It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do
When I make a commitment I'll face death to see it through
When I give my word it's do or die on my life I swear it's true
It may not be the best, but it's the best that I can do
Track Name: "Say What I Want to Say"
(Verse 1)
Well I’ve worn this blue collar since I was eighteen,
Seems the more that I give the more that they need,
Now my hands are all calloused, I’m broken and old,
They may tax all my money but they can’t tax my soul,

(Chorus)
My words may offend you, but I don’t give a damn,
Gonna say what I got to say,
By the dawns early light, it’s my American right,
To say what I want to say,

(Verse 2)
I love my country; God knows this for sure,
But the people in charge are blood sucking whores,
They get fat off our taxes, and whatever’s left,
Gets sent out to the deadbeats for their welfare checks,

(Chorus)
My words may offend you, but I don’t give a damn,
Gonna say what I got to say,
By the dawns early light, it’s my American right,
To say what I want to say,

(Verse 3)
To our veterans we owe a debt we can’t pay,
They’re the reason I can stand here and say what I say,
But it doesn’t add up, the price of oil should stand,
As a soldier lying dead his blood soaking the sand.

(Chorus)
My words may offend you, but I don’t give a damn,
Gonna say what I got to say,
By the dawns early light, it’s my American right,
To say what I want to say,

By the dawns early light, it’s my American right,
To say what I want to say,
Track Name: "Turn it Back Around"
(Chorus)
Looking for some motivation, turn it back around!
At the bottom and I'm scraping, turn it back around!
Through with doubt through with, waiting turn it back around!
Nothings ever what you want it to be

(Verse 1)
Well I knew this would fail right from the start hey, but I still had to try
tried to run away and deny my fate, but it pulls me back every time

(Pre-Chorus)
I let my guard down now I gotta face the repercussions
it's all I've known guess it's with me till I die

(Chorus)
Looking for some motivation, turn it back around!
At the bottom and I'm scraping, turn it back around!
Through with doubt through with waiting, turn it back around!
Nothings ever what you want it to be

(Verse 2)
Give me thirty-two shows and a floor to sleep on
some money for gas and strings you can call me crazy
but I know what freedom truly means

(Pre-Chorus)
I let my guard down now I gotta face the repercussions
it's all I've known guess it's with me till I die

(Chorus)
Looking for some motivation, turn it back around!
At the bottom and I'm scraping, turn it back around!
Through with doubt through with waiting, turn it back around!
Nothings ever what you want it to be

(Bridge)
I finally made up my mind gotta move on down the line
gonna hurt like hell, but that's the price I have to pay

(Pre-Chorus)
I let my guard down now I gotta face the repercussions
it's all I've known guess it's with me till I die

(Chorus)
Looking for some motivation, turn it back around!
At the bottom and I'm scraping, turn it back around!
Through with doubt through with waiting, turn it back around!
Nothings ever what you want it to be
Track Name: "1,000 Miles"
(Chorus)
One more day and a thousand miles behind me,
but I can't outrun the doubt that's in my head
I ignored the truth and blindly kept believing,
but I've learned some things are better left for dead.

(Verse 1)
When all the bullsh*ts stripped away
we're all at fault we share the blame
what's done is done sometimes it's best to walk away
the sacrifices guilt and pain are overshadowed by what was gained
seems the right road is the hardest one to take

(Pre-Chorus)
You'll never when if you're afraid of loosing
who can you trust if you don't trust yourself?

(Chorus)
One more day and a thousand miles behind me,
but I can't outrun the doubt that's in my head,
I ignored the truth and blindly kept believing
but I've learned some things are better left for dead.

(Verse 2)
As I'm standing here today though I've changed my goal's the same
play my songs sing with my friends do things my way,
as far as I can see I have everything
I need I get stronger now with every word I sing

(Pre-Chorus)
You'll never when if you're afraid of loosing
who can you trust if you don't trust yourself?

(Chorus)
One more day and a thousand miles behind me,
but I can't outrun the doubt that's in my head,
I ignored the truth and blindly kept believing,
but I've learned some things are better left for dead
Track Name: "Tonight We Sing"
I used to sit in the floor with my headphones
CDs stacked up by my side
The songs were saying everything I wanted to say
They gave me courage to start speaking my mind
I was alone I was angry I was bitter
I was going through hell every day
But when I pressed play and cranked up the volume
My problems felt "2,000 Light Years Away"

This week may have been for shit
but right now that don't matter
Cause there's a show here in Logan tonite
We're all here together and right now
That's all that we need

Tonight we sing! A song for ourselves
Sing it out loud let the world go to hell
We don't give a damn what they think
Cause right now is for you and for me
Tonight we sing!

They said you can't do this forever
Maybe not, but I'm still gonna try
Cause I gave up once before
Left my dreams on the floor
those were the worst f*ckin' yrs of my life
I was alone I was angry I was bitter
I was going through hell every day
But when I pressed play and cranked up the volume
My problems felt "2,000 Light Years Away"

This week may have been for shit
but right now that don't matter
Cause there's a show here in Logan tonite
We're all here together and right now
That's all that we need

Tonight we sing! A song for ourselves
Sing it out loud let the world go to hell
We don't give a damn what they think
Cause right now is for you and for me
Tonight we sing!

All I need is that three chord salvation
It's the only time I feel alive
So let's stand up and sing..Let's sing!

I used to sit in the floor with my headphones
CDs stacked up by my side
The songs were saying everything I wanted to say
They gave me courage to start speaking my mind
I was alone I was angry I was bitter
I was going through hell every day
But when I pressed play and cranked up the volume
My problems felt "2,000 Light Years Away"

This week may have been for shit
but right now that don't matter
Cause there's a show here in Logan tonite
We're all here together and right now
That's all that we need

Tonight we sing! A song for ourselves
Sing it out loud let the world go to hell
We don't give a damn what they think
Cause right now is for you and for me
Tonight we sing!
Track Name: "Bust One Up"
Let's bust one up I got a hydro 10
Johnny's got some Percocets
And he said he'd throw one in
We'll toss in a xanax an Adderall or two
Let's bust one up that's the thing to do

If you ain't got a pen tube a dollar bill works fine
We'll use johnny's food stamp card to chop out the lines
I get to lick off the residue whenever we get through
Let's bust one up that's the thing to do

Kate threw in a Adipex and a couple Fiorocets
Bill threw in an oxy 30 and a white pill with green specks
It's one hell of a mixture hard telling what it'll do
Lets bust one up that's the thing to do

If you ain't got a pen tube a dollar bill works fine
We'll use johnny's food stamp card to chop out the lines
I get to lick off the residue whenever we get through
let's bust one up that's the thing to do

I can't put my finger on exactly how I feel
Guess it wasn't a good idea mixing all them pills
Kate puked in the corner and Johnny done turned blue
I guess busting one up ain't the thing to do