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Release Date 9-11-12

RUR-1107

Musician Credits

Vocals/ Guitar: Mark HouserGuitar/ Banjo: Cody KilbyFiddle/ Mandolin: Andy Leftwich Banjo: Cory WalkerBass: Barry BalesDobro: Scotty SandersGuitar/ Percussion/ Accordian on “Reasons Why”: Rich HerringHarmony Vocals: Paul Brewster, Dawn Sears, Rich HerringSpecial Guests: Rhonda Vincent, Vocals/ Lead Me HomeJoanne Williams, Vocals/ When Standin’ Up Stood For Something

Ashlee Blankenship, Vocals/ Reasons WhyAdditional Background vocals on Lead Me Home:Rick Dixon, Sam Green, Donny Jackson, Rich Herring, Dorinda Giggs, Anna-Laura Green, Keli Green, Hannah Houser and Suzanne Karr Rhonda Vincent appears courtesy of Upper Management RecordsAshlee Blankenship appears courtesy of Mountain Fever Records

Production Credits

Produced by: Mark Houser and Rich HerringEngineered by: Rich Herring,Additional Overdubs: Joey Crawford, Mark HodgesMixed by: Rich HerringMastered by: Alex McCollough at Yes Master, NashvillePhotos by: Kim Davidson Album Artwork by: Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign

Thank Yous

  • My wife Kelly, my children (Matthan and Hannah) and grandchildren (Mattison, Huttson, and counting), my parents (John and Ann), and my sister (Patty) and her family, all of whom make every day exciting and love filled
  • Rich Herring for spending countless hours on this project- for being such a professional, a visionary, for exhibiting patience, and especially for being a good friend
  • Sam Passamano and the entire staff at Rural Rhythm Records for making dreams come true
  • Penni McDaniel, Hope River Entertainment
  • Anthony Ladd, Kneelindesign
  • Dan Hays for friendship and advice
  • Hippie Jack for making people aware of Overton County, TN.
  • To all those who sung on the project including Dawn Sears, Paul Brewster and Rich Herring as well as Special Guests Rhonda Vincent, Ashlee Blankenship and Joanne Williams, and also the additional singers on Lead Me Home, including my daughter Hannah.
  • All of the musicians for your incredible talent and for bringing these songs to life.
  • All of my co-writers, because it really is all about the song.
  • Jimmy Bilbrey, Rodney Atkins and Arlo Gilliam for sharing dreams over so many years
  • Reed Nielson for inspiring me to listen to the voices in my head
  • A special mention of my good friend and Grand Ole Opry legend Jack Greene for singing my song on the Grand Ole Opry
  • Finally, my home: Livingston/ Overton County, TN-“The Home of Americana Music” and the birthplace of my inspiration and cousin, Lester Flatt.
  • Special Thanks to God for all the blessing that I have experienced in my life.

1

HARD RAIN

(Mark Houser- Jimmy Bilbrey) 3:02

If a concrete yard and artificial trees

Are all this life has to offer me

Always with his back to the wall

The fresh cut hay and the daffodils

I can almost hear the whippoorwill call

CHORUS

It's a hard rain on the cold ground

Loosening’ the chains of this big ol’ town

A rich girl's money couldn't make me stay

I'm driving though Kentucky in a hard rain

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO

I told her I would give this city life a chance

But if she wants my heart she’ll have to understand

I like the simple joy of a front porch swing

Even if I’m swingin’ all alone

These worn out blades cut a groove in the glass

The check engine light is blinkin’ on the dash

I won't slow down until I see that oak grove

The one that leads me safely home

CHORUS

It's a hard rain on the cold ground

Loosening’ the chains of this big ol’ town

A rich girl's money couldn't make me stay

I’m driving through Kentucky in a hard rain

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO

CHORUS

It’s a hard rain on the cold ground

A rich girl’s money couldn’t make me stay

I'm driving through Kentucky in a cold rain


© 2007 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI)

2

DELILAH

(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 3:33

CHORUS

Can Delilah see I’m cryin’

Can Delilah feel my pain

Does she know I’ll be arriving’

On this cold and mournful day

Can she see me from her grave

They got me weighted down in shackles

Sweat is pourin’ from my brow

From somewhere in the shadows

Is she watchin’ now

SOLO CHORUS

Can Delilah see I’m cryin’

Can Delilah feel my pain

Does she know I’ll be arriving’

On this cold and mournful day

Can she see me from her grave

I never meant to pull that trigger

The devil’s whiskey was to blame

But today I’ll be delivered

On a long black train

SOLO CHORUS

Can Delilah see I’m cryin’

Can Delilah feel my pain

Does she know I’ll be arriving’

On this cold and mournful day

Can she see me from her grave


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(Mark Houser) 3:37

3.

UNEVEN ROAD

(Mark Houser)3:37

Life is like a canvas

Love can paint it bright

Try and just imagine

What that would be like

You and me together

Whatever may unfold

Let me bear you gently

Down life’s uneven road

SOLO

This world is like a willow

Blowin’ in the wind

Try and just imagine

Where we might fit in

You and me forever

Wherever we may go

Let me bear you gently

Down life’s uneven road

SOLO

BRIDGE

I will always love you

I’ll stay by your side

Let me give my heart to you

Take my hand tonight

Sometimes life gets rocky

Sometimes it gets rough

But try and just imagine

Just the two of us

You’ll never have to wonder

How much I love you so

Let me bear you gently

Down life’s uneven road

Let me bear you gently

Down life’s uneven road


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI)

4

I'LL BE ALRIGHT

(Mark Houser) 3:10

Love me ‘til the rain subsides

Love me through the storms of life

Then even on our darkest night

I’ll be alrightThe road ahead may not be clear

But follow me and have no fear

For if you never shed a tear

I’’ll be alright

BRIDGE

Cause I don’t want to let you go

I’m not that strong

No, I just wanted you to know

You’ll never be alone

Love me as the rubble falls

Lean with me against the wall

And even if we lose it allI’ll be alright

SOLO BRIDGE

Oh, I don’t want to let you go

I’m not that strong

No, I just wanted you to know

You’ll never be alone

Love me ‘til the winter ends,

Love me ‘til our smiles are thin

The way you always love me andI

'll be alright...

TAG

And even on our darkest night

I’ll be alright


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI)

Sage Brush Msic (BMI)

5

RIVER OF REGRET

(Mark Houser- Arlo Gilliam- Carrie Hassler) 2:56 

I took no questions, said my peace

Then I drug everything I owned down to the creek

Climbed on board without lookin’ back

Now I’m aimlessly, wanderin’, where I’m at CHORUS

This old boat ain’t got no oar

And I’m way to far from shore

Looks like I’ll drown before I forget

Floatin’ down this river of regret

What was I thinkin’ when I set sail

Lookin’ back I should have took the rail

Here I am, wait here I go

Aimlessly wanderin’, to where I don’t know CHORUS

BRIDGE

The creek became a river leadin’ to the sea

Looks like I’ve gotten deeper than I wanna be

CHORUS


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Slow Town Music Publishing (BMI)

6

WHEN STANDIN' UP STOOD FOR SOMETHING

(with Special Guest JOANNE WILLIAMS)

(Mark Houser- Mark Conklin) 4:05

I heard about a poor man from Montgomery

He never saw the inside of a school

He couldn’t read a word out of the Bible

But he was raised up on the golden rule

He was there the day the whole thing first got started

On a city bus on Cleveland Avenue.

People watched as they led Rosa off in handcuffs

He never said a word or made a move

CHORUS

When standing up stood for something

Most just watched from their seat

When standing up stood for something

Some stood up for what they believed

A few years later at the county court house

When a crowd gathered ‘neath the noon day sun

He stood arm in arm with perfect strangers

Singing we shall overcome

CHORUS

When standing up stood for somethin'

Most just watched from their seat

When standing up stood for somethingS

ome stood up for what they believed

SOLO

Singing we shall overcome

CHORUS

When standing up stands for something

Will you watch from your seat

When standing up stands for something

Will you stand with me


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7

JOHN THE BAPTIST

(Mark Houser- Arlo Gilliam- Kendell Marvel) 3:37

Johnny was a rebel rouser

Sonof a preacher man

Wasn’t scared of nothing but the muddy river water

The Lord and his daddy’s hands

His mama had a fling with a deacon

When he was just a little kid

He watched his daddy hold ‘em under in the mighty Mississippi

Let the water wash away their sins

Nobody ever saw them again

Johnny knew his way ‘round the good book

Johnny knew how to fight

He’d pray off the knots on Sunday morning

He put on your head Saturday night

He used to like the wine and the women

Raised a little cane now and then

Now he’s singin’ in the choir at tent revivals Shoutin’ Hallelujah Amen

CHORUS

John the Baptist

Held the Bible like a pistol in his hands

Stone cold, holy rollin’ preacher man

John the Baptist John’s daddy went to hell from a prison

And Johnny was his father’s son

He kept on preachin’ but he couldn’t stop thinkin'

Bout the sinful things he’d done

One night down at Johnson’s levy

There wasn’t no where to run

He was preachin’ to the masses on the banks of the river

Never saw where the bullet come from

CHORUS

If you’re just south of Memphis

When the fog off the water moves in

Legend says you can still hear

Johnny preachin’ Shoutin’ Hallelujah Amen

CHORUS


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Slow Town Music Publishing (BMI) Bug Music/ Marvel Man Music (BMI)

8

REASONS WHY

(with Special Guest ASHLEE BLANKENSHIP)

(Mark Houser-Jimmy Bilbrey) 2:32

It’s like wakin’ from a dream

And the dream continues on

Just like sittin’ in a porch swinglistenin’ to your favorite song

Like the poetry of a sunsetIn a late

September sky

And I tell you so you’ll know

The reasons why

Someplace where the scent of spring

Is forever in the air

Where you know even when it rains

The sun is always there

Soon the clouds will disappear

And the whisperin’ wind will sigh

And I tell you so you’ll know

The reasons why

BRIDGE

Life with you is like paradise

I’ll be true each day of my life

It’s like wishin’ on a star

When you believe with all your might

Like the sound of a guitar

In the glow of candlelight

Like a precious baby’s smile

Or a tender lullaby

And I tell you so you’ll know

The reasons why

And I tell you so you’ll know

Cause I wanted you to know

From my heart I’ll always showThe reasons why


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI)Hickory Chicken Music (BMI)

9

WISH I’D OWNED THT LAND

(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 2:37

Wish I’d owned that land

Before they built that high rise

Coverin’ up my blue sky

Lights a country mile wide

Wish I’d owned that land

Wish I’d made a stand

Back before the progress

Showed up at this address

And left us in a big mess

Wish I’d owned that land

CHORUS

The government man in a suit and tie

Must have been a lawyer

Said three words, told two lies

Til both sides of his mouth hurt

I wish I’d owned that land

Wish I’d owned that land

That sits across the river

Where money people gather Cigars, hats and sweaters

Wish I’d owned that land

If I’d owned that land

I’d have blocked those dozers

A tractor parked in clover

Shotgun on my shoulder

If I’d owned that land

CHORUS

The government man in a suit and tie

Must have been a lawyer

Said three words, told two lies‘

Til both sides of his mouth hurt

God will judge the greedy souls

In the great here after

Some progress is disaster

Brings more tears than laughter

Pain than pleasure


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Howlinghorse Music (BMI)

10

THE LITTLE CHILDREN

(Mark Houser- Jimmy Bilbrey- Steve Reece) 2:41

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

If I should die before I wake

God save the little children

Protect them Lord and when they dream

Give them roots and give them wings

Give them wisdom all their days

God save the little children

CHORUS

Temptation waits around the bend

This world is filled with paths of sin

So hold them safely in your arms

Dear God, save all The little children

Let them smile and know they’re loved

Guide them with your light above

In times of weakness don’t let them stray

God save the little children

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

If I should die before I wake

Dear God save the little children

CHORUS

We all are your little children


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Hickory Chicken Music (BMI)

11

YOU WERE

(Mark Houser- Ben Ward) 3:10

I was waitin’ for an angel one dark night

When I met up with the devil’s piercin’ eyes

So beautiful I fell for her disguise

I thought that I was bound for paradise

Before I knew it I woke confined in hell

Knew I could not escape all by myself

Dirty scorched and thirsty for a breath

I was livin’ with the scars of my regrets

And there you were, oh there you were

CHORUS

Life can be a tempest, life can be a war

Unpredictable but baby ain’t what living’s for

You make mistakes, you turn around

As long as your heart beats you have a prayer

When I needed someone there….

You were

I was taken in and treated like a King

Dressed up, sat down, for dinner you and me

Transgressions were not mentioned at this feast

Just forgiveness, thankfulness and peace

And there you were, oh there you were

CHORUS

SOLO

CHORUS

You were


© 2012 Writers In House Music, LLC (BMI) Sage Brush Music (BMI) Ben Ward Music (BMI)

12

LEAD ME HOME

(Mark Houser- Reed Neilsen) 4:05

My heart is broken, my eyes are tired

My back is weak, the mountain’s higher

Still I climb with no regrets

Until they lay me down to rest

CHORUS

When you find me, lead me home

I’ve been wanderin’ for too long

Been so lonely since I’ve been gone

When you find me, lead me home

You held my hand, when I was young

Then you let go, and let me run

You tried to warn me, I turned away

But still you hear me, when I pray

CHORUS

When you find me, lead me home

I’ve been wanderin’ for too long

Been so lonely since I’ve been gone

When you find me, lead me home

SOLO

CHORUS

When you find me, lead me home

I’ve been wanderin’ for too long

Been so weary since I’ve been gone

When you find me, lead me home

MODULATION

When you find me, lead me home

I’ve been wanderin’ for too long

Been so weary since I’ve been gone

When you find me, lead me home

When you find me, Lord lead me home


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