Hills, Pills, & Unpaid Bills

by Sheldon Vance

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released November 19, 2014

Recorded and mixed by Stephen "Bob" Chapman.

Additional vocals and backups by Travis Egnor and Jeremy "Wood" Roberts.

Percussion on "Guy Like Me" and "Got Your Back" by Jeremy "Wood" Roberts.

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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: "Right Here All Along"
I never gave up on my commitment I just got lost for
a while, gave in to the lies and all the bullsh!t and let
it get me down, but now I'm back up on my feet and
by God that's where I'll stay, and I'll blast right through
anything that's standing in my way.

For all these years I've denied myself forgiveness, but
I've finally found my place again and I'll never let it go,
and from this day on I'll never take this gift for granted,
I realized what I was searching for was right here all along.

I'm sure that there were times that I lost my better judgement,
I hurt my friends and brothers that's a burden I must bear,
I let my drive and passion turn into obsession, too blind
to see that I drove our dreams right into the ground.

For all these years I've denied myself forgiveness, but
I've finally found my place again and I'll never let it go,
and from this day on I'll never take this gift for granted,
I realized what I was searching for was right here all along.
Track Name: "Guy Like Me"
I finally bit the bullet tried settling down
Work a 9-5 stop bumming around
Ain't no easy prospect especially for a guy like me
I worked real hard learned myself a trade
Found out real fast that the honest way
Left my wallet a little empty, but that's nothing new to me

Nobody said that it was easy
Sometimes all you can hope for is just to make it day to day
Nobody said that it was easy
There ain't no use complaining no one listens anyway

I found a good woman and I made her my Wife
Tried to walk the line and do what's right
Ain't no easy prospect especially for a guy like me
I never chased women or messed around
But the bottle was something that I couldn't put down
Wish that I could get back all the years that I pissed down the drain

Nobody said that it was easy
Sometimes all you can hope for is just to make it day to day
Nobody said that it was easy
There ain't no use complaining no one listens anyway

I can look you in the eye and honestly say
That I gave it a shot and tried things their way
All it did was help me realize just what I already knew
That it's not the point who's right or wrong
It's being honest with yourself about where you belong
I'm not putting it down, but there's just no place here
For a guy like me

Nobody said that it was easy
Sometimes all you can hope for is just to make it day to day
Nobody said that it was easy
There ain't no use complaining no one listens anyway
Track Name: "To Spite the Pain"
(verse 1)
It's a place I often visit, but I don't wanna stay,
Cause dwelling on the memories is just too much to take,
Thoughts they race like bullets, and cycle in my head,
I'm searching for perspective, but I end up lost instead

(verse 2)
We all do what we have to, to get by and survive,
And we all have our demons and secrets that we hide,
we learn to keep them buried, and never let them show,
Cause once they spot our weakness they'll never let it go

(chorus)
And I believe, there's a reason for the struggles that we see,
What we endure is not in vain we just learn to carry on to spite the pain

(bridge)
It's a place I often visit, but I don't wanna stay,
Cause dwelling on the memories is just too much to take,
Thoughts they race like bullets, and cycle in my head,
I'm searching for perspective, but I end up lost instead

(chorus)
And I believe, there's a reason for the struggles that we see,
What we endure is not in vain we just learn to carry on to spite the pain
Track Name: "Going to the Tracks"
Going to the tracks to hop a train
Leaving here tonight I gotta get out
Lost all the reasons I should stay
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train

I'm not looking for no Broadway lights
Or where the grass is greener on the other side
All I know is that I gotta get away
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train

Wish it didn't have to be this way
Guess that I should stop "Chasing Rainbows"
And "I'm No Stranger To The Rain"
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train

I'm not looking for no Broadway lights
Or where the grass is greener on the other side
All I know is that I gotta get away
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train

Going to the tracks to hop a train
Leaving here tonight I gotta get out
Lost all the reasons I should stay
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train

I'm not looking for no Broadway lights
Or where the grass is greener on the other side
All I know is that I gotta get away
Gonna go down to the tracks and hop a train
Track Name: "I Will Sing"
They say son step back rethink your occupation,
Just grow up and leave this all behind,
I just smile and quietly leave the conversation,
I could argue but it's just a waste of time

Fifteen years from now I'd say that I will still be here,
Playing shows for twenty dollars and a pitcher of free beer,
But as long as there's one person there who wants to hear my songs,
I will sing with all my heart and soul until my voice is gone,
I will sing..I will sing..I will sing!

I've never set my sights on fame or fortune,
I won't change the world and that's alright with me,
I'm a simple man with simple aspirations,
Sing my songs, be happy, and be free!

Fifteen years from now I'd say that I will still be here,
Playing shows for twenty dollars and a pitcher of free beer,
But as long as there's one person there who wants to hear my songs,
I will sing with all my heart and soul until my voice is gone,
I will sing..I will sing..I will sing!
Track Name: "Strength to Let it Go"
Am I the one that's holding the bottle,
Or does the bottle have a hold on me,
Gotta find the strength to let it go,
All the pain and past resentment,
Hate and anger's tearing me apart,
Gotta find the strength to let it go,
Gotta find the strength to let it go

I've wasted all these years,
Searching for the source of the problem,
Finally figured out there's no one to blame but me,
The weight of the future good or bad,
Is riding on my shoulders,
I won't let my sins get the best of me

It all started with a casual interest,
Now I got a monkey on my back,
Gotta find the strength to let it go,
How many times do I have to repeat this,
How will I know when I've gone too far,
Gotta find the strength to let it go

I've wasted all these years,
Searching for the source of the problem,
Finally figured out there's no one to blame but me,
The weight of the future good or bad,
Is riding on my shoulders,
I won't let my sins get the best of me
Track Name: "Carry On"
I'm taking back what's mine and I'm not holding back this time I'm sick of losing out,
My heart's always been true and I've got nothing to prove to you, You're as worthless as this town,
I took the good with the bad gave it everything I had it made me who I am today,
It gave me hope it gave me pride it's the reason I'm alive and I'm standing here today,

I'm so thankful for the gift that I was given the miles and songs burn brightly in my mind,
The music's what I lived for it gave my life a purpose these songs gave me the strength to carry on,

I'm taking back what's mine and I'm not holding back this time I'm sick of losing out,
My heart's always been true and I've got nothing to prove to you, You're as worthless as this town,
I took the good with the bad gave it everything I had it made me who I am today,
It gave me hope it gave me pride it's the reason I'm alive and I'm standing here today,

I'm so thankful for the gift that I was given the miles and songs burn brightly in my mind,
The music's what I lived for it gave my life a purpose these songs gave me the strength to carry on,

These songs were the only thing that kept me hanging on
Track Name: "No Reason to Ask Why"
There ain't no reason to even ask why,
She was tired of the heartache and tired of the lies,
She kept giving me chances I kept making her cry,
I let her down just like people had done all her life.

And her broken heart just couldn't take anymore,
She'd heard all the lies and the promises before,
When there is no trust love just can't survive,
There ain't no reason to even ask why.

There ain't no reason to even ask why,
For better or worse God knows she tried,
She kept on believing in spite of herself,
When deep down she knew it had all gone to hell.

And her broken heart just couldn't take anymore,
She'd heard all the lies and the promises before,
When there is no trust love just can't survive,
There ain't no reason to even ask why.
Track Name: "Birthright"
When it comes to desperation it's the birthright of this place
And no amount of pills or booze could ever kill the taste
Of the poverty and hopelessness that got shoved down our throats
Though this place doesn't define me it's still all I've ever known

As time goes by these hills all start to look like prison walls
Complacency and fear become the chains that bind us all
If you get out now run as fast as you can close your eyes
And don't look back I'm not ashamed of where I'm from
But I won't let it hold me back

Junkie's tying off his arm and he's using the bible belt
People fill the churches here and the pharmacies as well
To put food on the table the only choices that you'll find
Are working in the coal mines or standing in the welfare line

As time goes by these hills all start to look like prison walls
Complacency and fear become the chains that bind us all
If you get out now run as fast as you can close your eyes
And don't look back I'm not ashamed of where I'm from
But I won't let it hold me back
Track Name: "Got Your Back"
We dwell of the fringes we do it with pride,
Just a room full of misfits in most people's eyes,
But we wouldn't think twice to give you the shirt off our back,
Sometimes we get weary this life gets us down,
But our brothers will pick us back up off the ground,
I've got your back and I know that you've got mine!

WHOAH! We're all in this together!
WHOAH! Nothing ever could be better!
WHOAH! We're all in this together!
I've got your back and I know that You've got mine!

Though miles separate us and years may go by,
Without seeing each other we know anytime,
That we get back together it feels like nothing has changed,
I try to describe it no words can express the feeling of
pride that swells up in my chest
When I think of those days and what they mean to me,

WHOAH! We're all in this together!
WHOAH! Nothing ever could be better!
WHOAH! We're all in this together!
I've got your back and I know that You've got mine!

We dwell of the fringes we do it with pride,
Just a room full of misfits in most people's eyes,
But we wouldn't think twice to give you the shirt off our back,
Sometimes we get weary this life gets us down,
But our brothers will pick us back up off the ground,
I've got your back and I know that you've got mine!

WHOAH! We're all in this together!
WHOAH! Nothing ever could be better!
WHOAH! We're all in this together!
I've got your back and I know that You've got mine!