Category Archives: Best of Rusty

Broken Pride

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Buenos Aires 2012

This is My Fantasy


Buenos Aires 2012

Buenos Aires 2012

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balcony view Maui 2007

Souvenirs

balcony view Maui 2007

Maui 2007

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There’s a cup on the counter that proves you were here
A gentle reminder of what once was was clear
Should it be in the sink or with my souvenirs?

The bed is a wreck where you once slept
The love that we shared there it made such a mess
The sheets are reminders of something we kept

I’ve got this feeling that you won’t be back
Is this a pain in my chest or a heart attack
As it stabs my truth or or was that my back

Chorus:
But what I collect now are lines on my face
The gray in my hair it is no disgrace
Its one more reminder of these past few years
Should I wash these sheets or put them with my souvenirs?

There’s a cheap little magnet that I bought in Perth
It pays rent in the kitchen for all that it’s worth
It lights up a spot for all that come here
But it earns its keep among my souvenirs

There’s a folder on my desktop from Portland I think
It’s real swell reminder if I want to wink
At the time spent with you that took all these years
It stands in the my life amoung my souvenirs

But what I collect now are lines on my face
The gray in my hair it is no disgrace
Its one more reminder of these last few years
Should I wash these sheets or put them with my souvenirs?

Tango Atlanta GA

What do we do for and encore?


A tribute to a five year partnership… thank you Joanne!

This song was written and recorded in one take. There was no script, melody or outline, just me a guitar and a microphone, pure stream of consciousness.

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Its a good day to show you the best and worst that I feel
Cause I’m feeling bad and it’s such a deal…
Its a good day to tell you exactly what I’ve on my mind
Cause I’ve got you on my mind and I’m still on my time
Leaving my heart up there on my sleeve
Just won’t stop the way that it bleeds

They always told me that nothing would do what I do
And a moment is something that I wish I could do
Besides all the laughter what did we gain?
Besides all the bleeding why is there pain

What do we do for an encore when encores are all that we do?
How do we take a bow for all we’ve been through?
Lessoned by hope and learning by time leading my answers one at a time
I’m losing my dreams again here in the night

Tango Atlanta GA

Tango Atlanta GA


Relax and hold on just let it go
These words comfort a place in my soul
Crowded by new beginnings shoved into old endings

What do you do for an encore when encors are all that you do?
Where do you bleed when your heart’s on your sleeve?
Whose got the truth whose got their needs?
And we’ve got nothign but time on our hands
And the time is running away from me here my friend

What do we encore with nothign to do?
Who do we turn to when nothing is turning to you?
Its belief in my heart that tells me I must let it go
Playing again playing playing so slow

Its just another waltz and a waltz is all I can play
And a good waltz ended I danced to it many days
So long farewell to my old best friend
Hello and hope are all that I have in the end

Turning my heart away from my sleeve
I might seem cold but this is the thing that I need
Watching you run through the reasons you are
Letting me know that your gone by the sound of your car
And the whole world is watching thanks to the tricks that you use
I guess times have changed and this is the way breakups do

What do you do for an encore when encores are all that you know how to do
And what do you with your love when you love is now through
Where do you go for an answer to questions you feel
When you know the answer the answer is sit here and heal

Watching beginnings crash to the end
Watching my love roll down the street once again
Who did what and what was that thing that you said
If we’re all running then who is that lying in bed

What do you do for and encore when encores are all that you do
Who do you turn to when questions are what you produce
Where do you put all the love thats not used today
Like minutes on cell phones the love it just goes away

What do we do for and encore…. the whole world is watching!!!

Withered Philosophy

Butterfly

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It’s a withered philosophy – It’s all to be judged
It scampers like mice in the field – Escaping from love

So sweet in your mouth left to dry – Like sugar in wine
It lingers behind eyes to cry – Like grapes on the vine

I’ll follow you where I would lead – You’ll lead with reins
You’ll cut it if I’ll do the bleeding – You’ll stand in the rain
I’ll follow you where I am leading – I’ll live in your pain
And we’ll go just like a thief in the night – and it cuts like a crime
Just like a crime

Insanity breeds the illusion – that nothing is real
Philosphies come with conclusions – there’s nothing to feel

And if your not your thoughts – then nothing is you
And all that you’ve bought and you’ve sold is now coming true

My Father Red Cline

Pretty Tears

My Father Red Cline

My Father Red Cline


I have had a cold for three days and my eyes have not stopped crying… all by themselves…. just crying… it seems it is ominous of a time in my near future….

This song will have to be reworked but it is the way all the parts and mistakes came together in just thirty minutes…

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If I Could Move a Mountain

life is changing…
the world is changing…
so many beginnings
so many endings…
all crashing into one another…

“What the government needs is washing machine
’cause its tail is stuck in a dead magazine
Still I’m not the one to say the whole thing’s a sham

But…
If I could move a mountain I’d move you here
I’d bat my eyes and make you appear
It I could move a mountain I’d move you here”

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The Gulf of Mexico

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New Version: Gulf of Mexico

“As another 1000 barrels flow into the Gulf of Mexico!
I lay my head upon the pillow and I wonder is there something I can do!”

A sample lyric:
Dominion has a consequense the spoils are no longer ours alone
Reduced to rape and pillage of the only planet that we can call home
The time for indirect solutions are are behind us our decisions are today
Must this be the point of no return or can we learn in time to change our ways

As another thousand barrels flow into the Gulf of Mexico…
This is a song by Rusty Cline about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. When will this all end? How will be for us when it comes to an end?

This is my response to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Pollution and water don’t mix any better than oil and water.
Funny how “oil and water” is a globally synonymous phrase for things that don’t belong together.
I forget, tell me again… why are we drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico?