Just The Way That I Am

by Dave Insley

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1.
Drinkin’ Wine and Staring at the Phone written by Dave Insley (3:29) I've walked these city streets and thought about you Where are you tonight, are you alone? So many sleepless nights I've sat and wondered While drinking wine and staring at the phone Drinking wine and staring at the phone And all of those "good times" I've spent alone I wish I had a friend that I could call To be here with me when my teardrops fall I wish I had a dime for every night I've spent alone Just drinking wine & staring at the phone I've made the rounds and gone to all the parties And I've even tried to find another girl But I always end up feeling sad and lonely And stuck out in this cold cruel lonesome world
2.
I Don’t Know How This Story Ends written by Dave Insley (3:11) There ain’t no map to where we’re going Just one way out from deep within I met you in that field the poet mentioned I hope I’ll see you here again Beyond the world that lies before us Out where our spirits long to fly Beyond ideas that separate us Out where there is no you and I I see you and I feel your eyes upon me I meet them and the room begins to spin A good thing for us that time has no meaning Cause I don’t know how this story ends I don’t know how this story ends I don’t know how this story ends I hope I’ll see you here again But I don’t know how this story ends Two heartbeats that resonate together I feel your tender body next to mine Dreams are intertwined with love & laughter Float away and leave the world behind
3.
Call Me If You Ever Change Your Mind written by Dave Insley (3:14) You tell me that you think that things will never be the way they were before You’re right I guess the world will change the minute that you walk out of my door You need some time alone and honey I am going to give you endless time But call me if you ever change your mind Call me if you ever change your mind The writing's on the wall & it’s not hard to see the future if you look Our minds are complicated but you know our hearts read like an open book And I might not still be here, after all my hearts been waiting a long time But call me if you ever change your mind Call me if you ever change your mind The rhythm of your breathing in our bedroom lets me know that you’re still here But now our days have numbers ever since you made your mind up true & clear I hope that you'll be happy all alone and maybe searching for a sign But call me if you ever change your mind Call me if you ever change your mind Call me if you ever change your mind Call me if you ever change your mine
4.
Win-Win Situation For Losers written by Rick Shea, Dave Insley, Paul Lacques (3:45) Amber lights, liquor flows, a cheating song that we both know It's plain to see we’ve both been here before You lost yours, I lost mine, the razor cuts both ways sometimes And the tears that fall will be our just reward It's plain to see that we both deserve each other We both have scraped our hearts up off the floor It's a win-win situation, for losers For broken hearts and second chance abusers You and me, we can't go wrong We both are right where we belong It's a win-win situation, for losers Another round we'll talk a spell, a short walk to a cheap hotel And we both leave old memories outside the door Lie there in each other’s arms, and tell ourselves we’ll do no harm But the sins we hide are too big to ignore It's plain to see that we both deserve each other We both have scraped our hearts up off the floor It's a win-win situation, for losers For broken hearts and second chance abusers You and me, we can't go wrong We both are right where we belong It's a win-win situation for losers It’s a win-win situation for losers
5.
Arizona Territory, 1904 written by Dave Insley (4:37) Momma always told us Agua Fria’s really pretty in the springtime When we were boys we always said someday that we would like to travel there Momma didn’t know when time had passed that I would fall in with the wrong crowd Dear momma passed away before that fateful day my brother shot me down I don’t know how it started but the truth is we were always very different He had a heart so true, he stood up tall and always did his very best I don’t know why my heart was black & cold and I could be so very vicious I killed 20 men before the day when I had just turned twenty-four years old The air is crisp and clear and pretty cactus flowers bloom out in the desert Clear water forms a rocky stream that flows down from Black Canyon up above Before this day is done I’ll take a bullet from the gun of my dear brother An Arizona Ranger, he’s the only one who thought to track me here I guess I could’ve killed him if somehow I could have found it in my mind to I stepped into the street at forty feet and then I looked him in the eyes But I was tired of running, always looking back & forth over my shoulder I let him win, I died for him, since I don’t care, why should I even try? Momma always told us Agua Fria’s really pretty in the springtime When we were boys we always said someday that we would like to travel there Momma, aren’t you glad I finally got to come and see all of this beauty? I’m dying in the street but I still smell the pretty flowers in the air Yes I’m dying in the street but I still smell the pretty flowers in the air
6.
Please Believe Me written by Dave Insley (3:14) Please believe me, when I tell you, that I love you Please believe me, when I tell you, that I adore you Wipe away those tears, you silly little thing You know I’m going to ask you, to wear my wedding ring Please believe me, when I tell you, that I need you Please believe me, when I tell you, that I adore you You’re my darling, you’re my sweetheart, and I love you Yes you’re my honey, my one and only, and I want you… You know I miss your smile, whenever it’s away You know I’ll love you baby, until my dying day Please believe me, when I tell you, that I need you Please believe me, when I tell you, that I adore you Please believe me, when I tell you, that I love you Please believe me, when I tell you, that I love you
7.
Footprint In The Snow written by Dave Insley (3:34) Shadows linger from your every move The future’s just a memory that we choose And I’ll remember every place we go Reminded by a footprint in the snow Yes I saw your little footprint in the snow Left when I walked you to the car before And it makes me tremble sadly cause I know That our time on earth together is too short Came back inside for another kiss Drove away and waved while you waved back The light within your eyes is deep & true Five minutes gone but damn I sure miss you Stay with me till we both are old & gray I’m grateful for each ever-loving’ day Stay with me until my heart no longer beats Stay with me cause our time’s so short & sweet “I’m almost never careful” is what you say They might be the words they etch upon your grave But you’re careful not to waste a single kiss And I’m lucky that I have you dear to miss
8.
Dead And Gone written by Dave Insley (3:33) My wife and my girlfriend met at my funeral Well I guess they got along just famously I heard they got a lot in common They both loved me while I was hitting rock bottom And they both cried, and waited patiently But now I'm dead and gone I had to say "so long" At least I died with my boots on But I'm still dead & gone My credit cards all caught up with each other Well I was just one step ahead of them each day I guess someone’s gonna have to pay ‘em But not me, I think I’m going to just lay here Because I ain’t got the strength to do much anyway My pets have found a new home they love better And the mailman he just throws my things away I guess I really don't need those letters They ain’t a-gonna make me feel no better Ever since the good lord took my breath away....
9.
No One To Come Home To written by Dave Insley (4:05) I made you lots of promises, about how things would be That I would come in off the road, and spend my time with thee I made you dinner, gave you flowers, no girl could ask for more But now there's no one to come home to, since you walked out my door Now there's no one to come home to, so I guess I'll stay away No one to greet me at my door, and to put my coat away No one to spend my time with, who means the world to me There’s no one to come home to, what a lonely life I lead I cried the day you left because I knew that we we’re through I hope someday you’re happy, cause I want the very best for you I couldn’t read the note you left, or face our bed alone And this house here sure seems lonely, with just the rattling of my bones You packed your clothes and all your things and took off with a roar You took your little dog whose nails went tic tac on the floor Now I’m alone and I sure wish I had that dog to walk Instead of all these empty rooms and the ticking of the clock
10.
We’re All Here Together Cause Of You Dave Insley (3:43) Thank you for the things you always do Like washing clothes and making beds And making sure the kids get fed And taking time to love their daddy too I’m grateful for the light that’s in your eyes It shines on all these blessings true And fills my every breath with you And somehow helped me come to realize It’s a wonder that I’m here at all To hear our little baby’s footsteps fall Her tiny voice, her smile, her laughter too Yeah we’re all here together cause of you The six year old wants eggs and daddy’s knee The baby’s playing peek-a-boo And clapping hands and hugging you You all want what I’m so glad to be And the older girl’s a joy to be around All grown up and heart of gold But still she needs her folks to hold I’m grateful we’re a family and I’ve found It’s a wonder that I’m here at all To hear our teenage daughter when she calls And to see her pretty smile and know her too Cause we’re all her together cause of you Well all our kids were sent from up above They make me laugh and smile and then It makes me cry if I can’t help them Learn all of the ways to grow in love And I know of the things that you’ve taught me That lonely are the ships that drift Upon a sea without a kiss The girls and you and I are family It’s a wonder that I’m here at all With Lily, Sammie and our Genny Bell Vienna, Jayde, Sujata, Laurel too Yeah we’re all here together cause of you The Doctor said your going to be just fine You’re just in the family way But everything will be O.K. Hey aren’t you glad that it’s a boy this time? It’s a wonder that I’m here at all To watch our little Otto learn to crawl A little man to join our little crew We’re all here together cause of you Yes we’re all here together cause of you
11.
Just The Way That I Am Dave Insley (3:30) I used to be clear as a picture, I never was meek as a lamb Inside a fire’s always burning, that’s made me the man that I am I can’t help the way that God made me, I just try the best that I can Love me in spite of my sorrow, love me because I’m a man Lord I know I’m not perfect, I’m a fool but I’m a man And I hope that you’ll take me, just the way that I am Just the way that I am, just the way that I am Lord I hope you will take me, just the way that I am I used to think that I could make it, I used to think that I’d be fine I never thought I was in danger, of losing my heart or my mind I can’t help the way that God made me, I just do the best that I can Love me because of tomorrow, love me because I’m a man
12.
Everything Must Go Dave Insley, Rosie Flores (4:01) Everything must go Nothing ever last Time will take its toll It all goes by so fast I want to be alone And it's a brand new day I need some time to breathe I've got to find my way Cause everything must go I'll empty out the drawers I'll disconnect the phone I'll probably cry some more But everything must go And when I'm all alone And everything has gone I'll say goodbye once more And try to carry on But everything must go Cause everything must go I'll find my peace at last I feel like letting go It all goes by so fast Everything must go

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Old-style country crooning from a distinctive and original voice from Austin, Texas. Dave’s new disc showcases his quirky, heartfelt narratives and smoky baritone, and features the musical muscle of some of Austin’s finest players. From the opening lines of “Drinkin’ Wine and Staring at the Phone” through the closer, “Everything Must Go,” it’s solid country gold with Rick Shea, Redd Volkaert and Danny B. Harvey on guitar, Matt Hubbard on piano, harmonica and trombone, and special guest vocalists Kelly Willis, Elizabeth McQueen and Dale Watson. Just the Way That I Am is Insley’s fourth solo release, and his first since 2008’s West Texas Wine. His artistic maturity and the clarity of his ideas shine through, carried by the easy cadence and quality performance Insley is known for. Highlights include the honky-tonk weeper “Win-Win Situation, for Losers,” co-written with Rick Shea and Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in LA) and performed here as a duet with Kelly Willis; “Arizona Territory 1904,” a re-telling of a Marty Robbins classic; and “We’re All Here Together Because of You,” a tender, upbeat homage to his wife and family. Insley’s modern voice and old-fashioned approach have earned him a singular position in the broad field of Americana music. This is thinking man’s country—intelligent, thought provoking story-songs that grow more satisfying with each listen.

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released April 29, 2016

Dave Insley “Just The Way That I Am”

Tracks:
1. Drinkin’ Wine and Staring at the Phone (3:29)
2. I Don’t Know How This Story Ends (3:11)
3. Call Me If You Ever Change Your Mind (3:14)
4. Win-Win Situation For Losers (3:45)
5. Arizona Territory, 1904 (4:37)
6. Please Believe Me (3:14)
7. Footprint In The Snow (3:34)
8. Dead And Gone (3:33)
9. No One To Come Home To (4:05)
10. We’re All Here Together Cause Of You (3:43)
11. Just The Way That I Am (3:30)
12. Everything Must Go (4:01)

Dave Insley: vocals, acoustic guitar
Daniel Jones: drums, percussion
Charlie Irwin: bass, vocals
Rick Shea: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Redd Volkaert: electric guitar
Danny B. Harvey: electric guitar
Bobby Snell: pedal steel
Matt Hubbard: piano, trombone, harmonica
Beth Chrisman: fiddle, vocals
Jimmy Shortell: trumpet, accordion
Joey Colarusso: saxophone
Kelly Willis: vocals
Elizabeth McQueen: vocals
Billy Brent Malkus: vocals
Dale Watson: vocals

Produced by Dave Insley

Recorded and Mixed by Cris Burns
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Design by Beth Middleworth
Photography by Jim Herrington
Recorded at Summit Studio and King Burns Hit Ranch, Austin, Texas

All songs written by Dave Insley, except “Win-Win Situation For Losers,” written by Dave Insley, Rick Shea and Paul Lacques, and “Everything Must Go,” written by Dave Insley and Rosie Flores

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