The High Road

by The Little Wheels Band

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A vibrant collection of live and studio recordings beautifully engineered and professionaly mastered. The songs on this album were recorded during the band's Summer and Fall tours of 2006.

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released April 1, 2008

Michael John Ahern-vocals and guitars
Lachlann Kane-vocals and keyboards
Rob Wenig-bass guitar
Harold Ohashi-drums
Gary Chiappetta-pedal steel guitar
Drew Pieros-vocals and percussion
Bo Putnam-vocals and harmonica

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Michael John Ahern Half Moon Bay, California

Rolling Stone's Ben Fong-Torres describes Michael as "a singing, picking, shredding embodiment of Americana music".
Michael is an Emmy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist rooted in classic rock.

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Track Name: Tear Stained Eye
Walking down Main Street
Getting to know the concrete
Looking for a purpose from a neon sign
I would meet you anywhere the western sun meets the air
We'll hit the road, never looking behind
Can you deny, there's nothing greater
Nothing more than the traveling hands of time?
Sainte Genevieve can hold back the water
But saints don't bother with a tear stained eye
Seeing traces of the scars that came before
Hitting the pavement still asking for more
When the hours don't move along,
Worn-out wood and familiar songs
To hear your voice is not enough
It's more than a shame
Can you deny, there's nothing greater
Nothing more than the traveling hands of time?
Sainte Genevieve can hold back the water
But saints don't bother with a tear stained eye
Like the man said, rode hard and put away wet
Throw away the bad news, and put it to rest
If learning is living, and the truth is a state of mind
You'll find it's better at the end of the line.
Can you deny, there's nothing greater
Nothing more than the traveling hands of time?
Sainte Genevieve can hold back the water
But saints don't bother with a tear stained eye.
Track Name: Bitter Potion
Hey baby, why you say those things to me?
Pretty baby, (why) can’t you let the lovin thing be?
I saw you downtown last Friday night there with some other gal
Broke my heart and it don’t feel right
Make me wanna hurt that gal
Your love is a bitter potion Your love driving me insane
Our love is a passin notion Your love driving me insane
Hey Lady, why you say those things to me?
Pretty baby, (why) can’t you let the lovin thing be?
I saw you uptown last Saturday night there with some new man
Broke my heart and it don’t feel right Make me wanna hurt that man
Your love is a bitter potion Your love driving me insane
Our love is a passin notion Your love driving me insane
Track Name: Stones in the Road
When we were young, we pledged allegiance every morning of our lives
The classroom rang with children's voices under teacher's watchful eye
We learned about the world around us at our desks and at dinnertime
Reminded of the starving children, we cleaned our plates with guilty minds
And the stones in the road shone like diamonds in the dust
And then a voice called to us to make our way back home
When I was ten, my father held me on his shoulders above the crowd
To see a train draped in mourning pass slowly through our town
His widow kneeled with all their children at the sacred burial ground
And the TV glowed that long hot summer with all the cities burning down
And the stones in the road flew out beneath our bicycle tires
Worlds removed from all those fires as we raced each other home
And now we drink our coffee on the run, we climb that ladder rung by rung
We are the daughters and the sons, and here's the line that's missing
The starving children have been replaced by souls out on the street
We give a dollar when we pass, and hope our eyes don't meet
We pencil in, we cancel out, we crave the corner suite
We kiss your ass, we make you hold, we doctor the receipt
And the stones in the road fly out from beneath our wheels
Another day, another deal, before we get back home
And the stones in the road leave a mark from whence they came
A thousand points of light or shame, baby, I don't know
Track Name: Nothing But The Wheel
Way on past the boulevardsOut here underneath the starsI've been flying past the houses, farms and fields
Leaving all I know back there
Rushing through the cold night air
And I'm holding on to nothin'..but the wheel
Staying clear of the interstate
I'm seeking out those old two lanes
Trying to explain the way I feel
Till all at once it's half past three
And it's down...to just the trucks and me
And I'm holding on to nothin'...but the wheel
I've been trying to drive you off my mind
Maybe that way baby I can leave it all behind
And forty-one goes on and onAnd the lights go winding in the dawn
And the sky's the color now..of polished steel
And the only thing I know for sureIs if you don't want me anymore
Then I'm holding on to nothin'...but the wheel
And the only thing I know for sureIs if you don't want me anymore
Then I'm holding on to nothin'...but the wheel
I'm holding on to nothin'...but the wheel
Track Name: Angel from Montgomery
I am an old woman named after my mother.
My old man is another child that's grown old.
If dreams were thunder and lightning was desire
this old house would've burnt down a long time ago.
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
Make me a poster of an old rodeo.
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.
When I was a young girl I had me a cowboy,
wa'n't much to look at, just a free ramblin' man.
But that was a long time, and no matter how I try,
the years just flow by like a broken-down dam.
quiet break w bass solo ?
There's flies in the kitchen, I can hear all their buzzin'
but I ain't done nothin' since I woke up today.
I am kind of person goes to work in the morning
come home in the evenin' and have nothin' to say.
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.
Track Name: Hank Don't Fail Me Now
I had a heck of a time gettin' into my house today
There was a big ass U-Haul trailer in my way
And she was headed for the car
so I grabbed my old guitar
I got one more chance before she drives away So...
Hank don't fail me now You've always bailed me out
"Your Cheatin' Heart" could set that suitcase down
Give me one more song to whine
That'll make her change her mind
Cause she's walkin' out Hank don't fail me now
Yeah she was throwin' stuff... cussin' like a sailor at me
She was waving her arms around like she was fightin' bees
If I could yodel her a lick That just might do the trick
If I sang "I Saw The Light" would she believe
(I don't think so)
Hank don't fail me now You've always bailed me out
"Your Cheatin' Heart" could set that suitcase down
Give me one more song to whine
That'll make her change her mind
Cause she's walkin' out Hank don't fail me now
Track Name: It Doesn't Matter
Falling and spinning
Losing and winning
Keeping my head
Watching for signals
Wearisome vigil
Was I mislead
I remember you said
That you don't want to forget me
It doesn't matter Which of our fantasies fail

Every tomorrow
Looking tomorrow
A piece of today
Run a bit faster
Here comes the catcher
Making his play
You had better not stay
You will soon be surrounded
It doesn't matter
Which of our fantasies stay

Lonely and winsome calling
For someone living right now
Something is shallow ugly and hollow
Doesn't even allow you to want to know how
You might live for the living
Give for the giving moment by moment
One day at a time It doesn't matter
It's nothing but dreaming anyhow
Track Name: Time Won't Let Me
I can't wait forever
Even though you want me to
I can't wait forever
To know if you'll be true

Time won't let me (oh, no)
Time won't let me (oh, no)
Time won't let me...ee...ee...ee

Can't you see I've waited too long
To love you, to hold you in my arms

Ahhh...ahhh...ahhh...ah!

I can't wait forever
Even though you want me to
I can't wait forever
To know if you'll be true

Hear me baby waitin' that long
Take me back, I'm comin' back right now
Hear me baby sayin' I'm comin' home
I'm comin' home, oh hear me talkin', pretty baby
Don't you know I'm comin' back to you, oh!
Oh pretty baby, take me back, I'm comin' back
Open up your arms and take me back, a-here I come
Track Name: Traveling Light
Travelin' light, is the only way to fly
Travelin' light, just you and I
One-way ticket to ecstasy
Way on down, follow me
Travelin' light, we can go beyond
Travelin' light, we can catch the wind
Travelin' light, let your mind pretend
We can go to paradise
Maybe once, maybe twice
Travelin' light, is the only way to fly
Track Name: That's What Love Will Make You Do
When I hear your name I start to shake inside
When I see you stroll, I lose my self control

That's what love will do for you
That's what love will make you do
No matter how hard I fight it
Baby, I'm still in love with you

If you're ever in need, there's no limit to what I'll do
I'll work eight days a week baby, and give it all to you

That's what love will do for you
That's what love will make you do
No matter how hard I fight it
Baby, I'm still in love with you

When they speak of beauty, you can stand the test
When they talk about makin' love, baby, you're the best
I don't want to brag about you too much, give others ideas
I'm tryin' hard to express myself, cause
Baby, that's the way I feel

That's what love will do for you
That's what love will make you do
No matter how hard I fight it
Baby, I'm still in love with you