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Victim & Villain

by The Rayo Brothers

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released March 29, 2019

Recorded and mixed by Tony Daigle at Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana and Comoland Studio in Lafayette, Louisiana
Produced by Louis Michot
Mastered by Greg Obis at Chicago Mastering Services

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Track Name: Colorado
I heard the warnings
I had the bad dreams
The way isn't always
As straight as it seems
I thought patience could hold a love
That's holding at the seams
I was wrong

When we'd done talking
Said all we could say
I told you I loved you
And hoped you would stay
'Cause the last thing I wanted
Was you feeling that way
But you did

Broke down and lost
Sky turning black
I'm searching the stars
I studied the map
To find how we got here
And how to get back on my own

When I get to Denver
I'll have a few beers
Drain a glass of whiskey
Refill it with tears
As sadness sets in
And replaces the sting
And the fear

Broke down and lost
Sky turning black
I'm searching the stars
I studied the map
To find how we got here
And how to get back on my own

Broke down and lost
Sky turning black
I'm searching the stars
I studied the map
To find how we got here
And how to get back on my own

Father forgive me
For all of my sins
When this bottle's emptied
I'll set things to mend
You know that I never
wanted this thing to end
But it did
Track Name: Lips Like Wine
Black and white movies and talks about Shakespeare
Aroma of wine on a warm summer night
I don’t know where this kiss is gonna take us
All that I know is it feels just right

Your head on my arm, hair in a tangle
It’s been a long while since I’ve felt this way
I said that I don’t want this night to be over
Your dark eyes smiled and said why don’t you stay

She’s so fine
And I’m so restless
Lips like wine
Body like incense
Burn so sweet
Burning for me

She wants a prince who is riding a white horse
And I’m not the one but for now we can be
Just for this moment we both need each other
And just for this moment that’s alright with me

She’s so fine
And I’m so restless
Lips like wine
Body like incense
Burn so sweet
Burning for me

Smoke drifts away o’er an empty bottle
Fading into a sweet memory of you
One that I’ll always recall with such fondness
I hope that you feel the same as I do

You’re so fine
And I was restless
Your lips like wine
Body like incense
Burning so sweet
Burning for me
Track Name: Darkroom
I reminisce and what’d I miss
Here’s a photo of our wedding kiss
In black and white, this one I like
Before we ever learned to fight
We were laughing in the candle light

I didn’t know time would grow
We were supposed to go along with it
Feelings hurt and even worse
When you’re caught in a memory
It’s causing me misery

How did I get here in this darkroom
Staring at pictures, negative and true
You’re starting to move on
What am I gonna do

This one looks bad, your smile looks sad
And what the hell was I looking at
Was I blinking or looking back

And look at you on the move
While I stopped to take in the view
Were you moving too fast
Or was I caught in the past
Always stopping for a photograph

How did I get here in this dark room
Staring at pictures, negative and true
You already moved on
What am I gonna do

I’ll take a picture of what I see
And learn from it what I need
Of what and what not to be
Then I’ll douse it in kerosene

And I’m gonna light up this dark room
Burn in my memory, exposing the truth
Tell me where you’ve gone ‘cause I’m coming too

Then I’ll reminisce but I won’t miss
As I close in for another kiss
Track Name: One Good Day
I'm holding off depression
One good day at a time
Asking how long it will take
To get peace in my mind
I'm looking for a shady place
Where I can rest a while
For now I'm barely hanging on
One good day at a time

I’m holding off insomnia
One bourbon at a time
If I can only get to sleep
Come morning I'll be fine
‘Cause troubles haunt me through the day
And follow me to bed
I need something to erase the thoughts
Racing through my head

I’m holding off the loneliness
One kiss at a time
Asking all the pretty girls
If they would be so kind
To let me take them for a dance
Just to pass the time
And keep away my lonely blues
One kiss at a time
I’m fighting desperation
One prayer at a time
Hoping that the Good Lord
Will look upon my plight
And somehow ease the burden
That lays upon my mind
And show a little mercy
One prayer at a time

I'm holding off depression
One good day at a time
Asking how long it will take
To get peace in my mind
I'm looking for a shady place
Where I can rest a while
For now I'm barely hanging on
One good day at a time

For now I’m barely hanging on
One good day at a time
Track Name: Victim & Villain
I've never been one for needles or pills
But I've had my vices and I know them still
Can we cut the strings and just have the thrills
A trip down Niagra where no one gets killed
But no one is fulfilled

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
I don't need your help
And I don't need to talk
If i say too much
Then you might look in
And see what a pitiful victim I've been

I'll find a girl that I've never known
From some distant city, some far away home
I'll open the doors like there's nothing to hide
We can explore what's on the inside
But will she retreat from the things that we find

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
I don't need your help
And I don't need to talk
If this conversation goes on for too long,
You might see the villain was me all along

There was a doctor
Said you don't need me
The truth is the cure
For your misery
You can't live without pain
But if you live without lies
You can live with the suffering
And be satisfied
I sure do hope he was right

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
But I'm tired of this
And I'm ready to talk
And when all my thoughts
Are laid out in the sun
You'll see that the victim
And villain were one
Track Name: The Dream
I've never been one for needles or pills
But I've had my vices and I know them still
Can we cut the strings and just have the thrills
A trip down Niagra where no one gets killed
But no one is fulfilled

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
I don't need your help
And I don't need to talk
If i say too much
Then you might look in
And see what a pitiful victim I've been

I'll find a girl that I've never known
From some distant city, some far away home
I'll open the doors like there's nothing to hide
We can explore what's on the inside
But will she retreat from the things that we find

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
I don't need your help
And I don't need to talk
If this conversation goes on for too long,
You might see the villain was me all along

There was a doctor
Said you don't need me
The truth is the cure
For your misery
You can't live without pain
But if you live without lies
You can live with the suffering
And be satisfied
I sure do hope he was right

My head is up
Back straight as I walk
But I'm tired of this
And I'm ready to talk
And when all my thoughts
Are laid out in the sun
You'll see that the victim
And villain were one
Track Name: Rye Whiskey (feat Louis Michot and Andre Michot)
And it’s whiskey, rye whiskey
Rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t drink rye whiskey I surely will die

Jack of diamonds, Jack of diamonds
I’ve known you of old
You robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold
I’ll eat when I’m hungry
I’ll drink when I’m dry
If the whiskey don’t kill me I’ll live ‘til I die

And it’s whiskey, rye whiskey
Rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t drink rye whiskey I surely will die

Darling, oh darling
I’ve told you before
Just make me a pallet and I’ll lie on your floor
I’ll tune up my fiddle
And rosin my bow
And I’ll make myself welcome wherever I go

And it’s whiskey, rye whiskey
Rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t drink rye whiskey I surely will die

If the ocean was whiskey
And I was a duck
I’d dive to the bottom and never come up
But the ocean ain’t whiskey
And I ain’t a duck
So I’ll play jack of diamonds and trust to my luck

And it’s whiskey, rye whiskey
Rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t drink rye whiskey I surely will die

And it’s whiskey, rye whiskey
Rye whiskey I cry
If I don’t drink rye whiskey I surely will die
Track Name: Goodbye Jane
I said we’ve been through too much to throw it all away
But you’re already past that
It took so long to get here and I really want to stay
You said that I could not ask that
You said that I had no right to require of you
To stay true

But before you go
Jane I want you to know
That I wish you the best on the rest of this journey apart

And it’s a shame all the pain we both are going through
Maybe I should just let her
Cut the ropes that are cutting us as we pull away
In time we’ll get better
So I’ll write this letter to say the words
I can’t speak

But before you go
Jane I want you to know
That I wish you the best on the rest of this journey apart

You take the exit left
And I’m gonna take the right
‘Cause I won’t be following you
Chasing after the smoke that used to be light
Now that I’m clear of this
It’s not so mysterious
Lost all my weariness
I’m guessing maybe that I’d had enough of this too
Track Name: Hard To Tell
I saw it in your eyes
When those words turned to lies
The ones we said
Would last forever after
I heard it in your voice
When love became a choice
To take or leave
To rebuild or to shatter

Darling I will stay here if you want to
And be your man
If you’d only let me try
Are you still holding on
Or is your heart already gone
I can’t tell
And it's hard to keep on caring

When you walk out the door
I don’t know anymore
When you’ll return
Or if you ever will
I cried the first time you left
But now my mind is set
I won’t let you back
If you walk out again

Darling I will stay here if you want to
And be your man
If you’d only let me try
Are you still holding on
Or is your heart already gone
I can’t tell
And it's hard to keep on caring

Darling I will stay here if you want to
And be your man
If you’d only let me try
Are you still holding on
Or is your heart already gone
I can’t tell
And it's hard to keep on caring

It’s hard to tell
And it’s hard to keep on caring
Track Name: The House I Hate
The hallway is quiet and clean as a crypt
The closet is empty, except a shirt that never fit
Since she’s been gone I’ve been wanting to go
And the pain I’ve closed up here is beginning to show

Hold on my brother, slow down my friend
I’m starting to feel it, it’s really the end
I’m moving on, I don’t want to stay
But I’m sad as I’m leaving the house that I hate

I didn’t think I’d be sad as I leave
But as the house empties I’m starting to grieve
For all of the memories I’ve looked at today
Some that I packed and some I threw away

Hold on my brother, slow down my friend
I’m starting to feel it, it’s really the end
I’m moving on, there’s no reason to stay
But I’m sad as I’m leaving the house that I hate

I’ll lock up the door, hand over the key
There’s nothing that’s left here but our history
I hope you folks like it, I hope that you stay
I hope that your love keeps our ghosts away

So long my brother, I’ll see you around
Thank you my good friend, keep the liquor you found
I’m moving on, and it’s getting late
But I’m sad as I’m leaving the house that I hate

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