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I KNEW THIS CHICKEN WAS A TOUGH DUCK TO PLUCK
THIS LIVIN’ IS A HARD ROW TO HOE
I GUESS I DIDN’T REALLY EVER KNOW
HOW HARD IT WOULD BE ON MY SOUL

I NEED JESUS
OR I NEED OTIS
I NEED TO WATCH THE TIDE ROLL ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY
PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR ME WHEN YOU CALL ON THE LORD
I BEEN A RAMBLIN SO MUCH I FORGET HOW TO PRAY

SO, THE ROAD HAS YOU SPLITTIN’ & A CODE HAS YOU CRACKIN’
& A KEY HAS YOU SEARCHIN’ FOR DOORS
SO STAND IF YOU’RE SITTIN’ & TELL IF YOU’RE ASKIN’
& CUSSIN’ & SPITTIN’ & YELLOWIN’ NAPKINS
& WISHIN’ & SHITTIN’ & KISSIN’ LIKE ALASKINS
DON’T ICE IT & GLASS IT IF IT AIN’T WHAT YOU’RE THIRSTY FOR

YOU NEED A VISION
OR YOU NEED JIM
DON’T GO RIDIN’ THAT STORM IF YOUR MOJO AIN’T RISEN
YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPINION BUT IT MAY GO UNHEARD
I BEEN A RAMBLIN’ SO MUCH I FORGET HOW TO LISTEN

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
YOU WEAKEN MY HEART WITH A CHERRY ON TOP
& RED JUST REMINDS ME SO FLY A CHECKERED FLAG
& LINE UP BEHIND ME WITH STICKERS & BUTTONS
& PACKAGES & TAGS & BLUE RIBBONS & TROPHIES
& GOLDEN-BROWN MUFFINS & CABBAGE & GOAT CHEESE
& WOMEN WHO KNOW ME, WHO TOLD YOU I ONLY
WILL DRAG YOU TO THE FIRST PLACE TO STOP

I NEED BREAKFAST
OR I NEED ELVIS
WELL, THIS HEARTBREAK HOTEL, IT AIN’T NO PLACE TO BE
I GUESS IT’S ON ME IF YOU GOT EYES FOR MY GIRL
I’M A SCRAMBLED EGG & I FORGET HOW TO SEE

YOU KNEW THIS CHICKEN WAS A TOUGH DUCK TO PLUCK
IT’S NO KIDDIN’, IM A HARD SEED TO SOW
I GUESS YOU DIDN’T REALLY EVER KNOW
HOW NARROW THE LINE IS I TOW

I NEED BALANCE
OR I NEED JOHNNY
I NEED A LONESOME WHISTLE TO BLOW MY BLUES AWAY
I DIDN’T WANNA LEAVE BUT THE TRAIN HIT THE STATION
& I’VE RAMBLED SO MUCH I FORGET HOW TO STAY
I BEEN A RAMBLIN’ SO LONG I FORGET HOW TO STAY

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from Heavy on the Heart, released March 7, 2020

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Justin Pickard Dallas, Texas

In the course of Justin Pickard’s musical pilgrimage, his songwriting has covered a gamut of subjects: smoking and drinking, the ins and outs of grave-robbery, love and loss, and UFOs that resemble bananas. These subjects in any other writer’s care may not coalesce as seamlessly as they do in the hands of Pickard, who ties them together with wit, passion and heart.

-Jamie Vahala, Dallas Observer
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