All Along

by Mandy Woods

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released November 1, 2013

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Mandy Woods Oxford, UK

The transatlantic flavour of Mandy Woods’ songs reflects a decade spent in Austin, Texas. Now based in Oxfordshire, she plays guitar and country blues harmonica and performs at venues around the UK, and as her alter-ego cowgirl Randy Moods, has a comedy country set. A number of her songs are currently getting worldwide radio airplay. Mandy also writes songs about dachshunds, as Dax Lyrical. ... more

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Track Name: Don't Wanna Run
Don’t Wanna Run

Always had one foot stepping out the door,
Never had money, but I never felt poor.
Lived on the road in a rusted-out car,
Got by on nothing more than playing my guitar.
Traveled light, always alone,
Wherever I laid my head was the place I called home.
Loving and leaving, that’s the game I played,
Hearts got broken when I couldn’t stay,
Yeah, hearts got broken when I couldn’t stay.

’Cause I was born to cut and run,
I was born to keep moving on.

You met me at the grocery store,
Said you’d never seen me there before.
I said that’s ’cause I’ve just arrived here in this town,
If you like, I’ll let you show me round.
You came out of work soon after five,
Jumped in beside me, we went for a drive.
Then I saw the future in your clear blue eyes,
And an unfamiliar feeling took me by surprise,
Yeah, an unfamiliar feeling took me by surprise.

’Cause I was born to cut and run,
I was born to keep moving on.
But this time it feels different,
This time there’s something new;
You might be the one to change my point of view.
Don’t know where this feeling is coming from,
But this time, don’t feel like moving on;
No, this time, don’t wanna run.

You—turned out to be the one,
My morning and my night time, my moon and sun,
Never thought I’d ever change my point of view,
Never thought I’d meet anyone quite like you.

’Cause I was born to cut and run,
I was born to keep moving on.
But this time it feels different,
This time there’s something new;
You were the one to change my point of view.
Don’t know where this feeling is coming from,
But this time, I don’t feel like moving on;
No, this time, don’t wanna run,

© 2010, Mandy Woods & Terri Calderon
Track Name: In My Arms
In My Arms

A cold night in November,
Homebound in a gridlocked mess of cars,
So I turned off down a road I didn’t know existed,
And all that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

Ten miles of empty darkness,
Finally a street sign loomed from underneath the stars;
By the side of the road a ghostly hunched-up figure,
Head resting on two bony arms.

So easy it would have been to drive past,
Pretend I’d seen nothing in that bleak November dark,
But I hit the brake and turned back and got out of my car,
When all that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

A frozen and fragile old lady,
I wrapped her in my coat to keep her warm;
And as I drove her back to the place she said she lived,
All that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

So easy it would have been to drive past,
Pretend I’d seen nothing in that bleak November dark,
But I hit the brake and turned back and got out of my car,
When all that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

[Bridge]
I helped her from the car to the front door,
And she begged me not to call her only son;
‘He’s not like you,’ she muttered, ‘thank God you’re here, not him’—
Then she grew heavy in my arms.

That cold night in November,
Heaven was lit up by one more star;
And for myself, I felt the greatest honour
That she’d died in the comfort of my arms.

So easy it would have been to drive past,
Pretend I’d seen nothing in that bleak November dark,
But I hit the brake and turned back and got out of my car,
When all that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

A cold night in November,
And all that I wanted was to hold you in my arms.

© 2012, Mandy Woods
Track Name: All Along
All Along

You yearn for a lover to warm you on cold nights,
As one more soulmate drifts by from some soulless dating site.
You call in desperation now that love has gone;
Inside I feel frustration, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Scared of blurting out the truth in case it goes all wrong:
I’m the one you’ve needed all along.

For fifty tear-filled minutes you keep me on the phone,
Sure there’s nothing left now but to grow old all alone;
Duty bound, I listen to your tale of love gone wrong,
But my heart isn’t in it, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Scared of blurting out the truth in case it goes all wrong:
I’m the one you’ve needed all along.

Swore I wouldn’t tell you,
But I told you anyway;
And I wish I didn’t know now
That you just don’t feel that way.

Each of us is deeply woven through the other’s life,
Helped each other out in bleaker times;
But friends becoming lovers, to you that feels all wrong,
It’s not the way you see me, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Finally blurted out the truth and watched it all go wrong:
You’re the one I needed all along, (Am)
You’re the one I needed…

You yearn for a lover to warm you on cold nights…

© 2012, Mandy Woods
Track Name: Slick as Texas Oil
Slick As Texas Oil

I waited up for you all night,
Your promise ringing loudly in my ears;
But hope slowly faded till the breaking day
Brought nothing but a flood of bitter tears.

I can’t be the first one who believed in you,
Swallowed lies as slick as Texas oil;
You said you’d walk away from her to be with me—
Like a fool, I never doubted you at all.

Up and down that room I paced a hundred times,
Thought I heard your car pull up outside;
But wishing never changes cold reality:
It’s just imagination running wild.

I can’t be the first one who believed in you,
Swallowed lies as slick as Texas oil;
You said you’d walk away from her to be with me—
Like a fool, I never doubted you at all.

Deep inside came words I could no longer ignore:
Talk is cheap—you’ve heard it all before.

I waited till the morning light
Showed you and I were just a fragile dream;
Hope died, wounded pride, you chose her over me,
But love never comes with guarantees.

I can’t be the first one who believed in you,
Swallowed lies as slick as Texas oil;
You said you’d walk away from her to be with me—
Like a fool, I never doubted you at all.

© 2011, Mandy Woods
Track Name: Come October
Come October

Some people never leave the place
They’ve lived in all their life,
But the house that I was born in
Ain’t the house where I will die;
Just this once I thought I’d stay
When things were going right—
But the habit of a lifetime,
You can’t change it overnight,
You can’t change it overnight.

I had a mind to settle down,
But suddenly everything felt wrong;
Once more I found my head was filled with thoughts of moving on—
Come October, I’ll be gone,
Come October, I’ll be gone.

I’ll never have a family,
Just one job till I retire,
A mansion I can call my own
Is nothing I desire;
What’s mattered more throughout my life
Than my security
Is the spirit of adventure
And the joy in being free,
Oh, the joy in being free.

I had a mind to settle down,
But suddenly everything felt wrong;
Once more I found my head was filled with thoughts of moving on—
Come October, I’ll be gone,
Come October, I’ll be gone.

Who cares about the price I’ve paid
For how I choose to live?
A heart that’s yet to find its other half—
One day I will.

I’ll always be a nomad,
It’s the way that I’m inclined,
Brain hard-wired to move on,
Time after time.
‘Never one to stick around’
They’ll write on my headstone,
But what they think don’t matter—
Come October, I’ll be gone,
Come October, I’ll be gone.
Come October, I’ll be gone,
Come October, I’m gone.

© 2012, Mandy Woods
Track Name: All Along (remix)
All Along

You yearn for a lover to warm you on cold nights,
As one more soulmate drifts by from some soulless dating site.
You call in desperation now that love has gone;
Inside I feel frustration, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Scared of blurting out the truth in case it goes all wrong:
I’m the one you’ve needed all along.

For fifty tear-filled minutes you keep me on the phone,
Sure there’s nothing left now but to grow old all alone;
Duty bound, I listen to your tale of love gone wrong,
But my heart isn’t in it, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Scared of blurting out the truth in case it goes all wrong:
I’m the one you’ve needed all along.

Swore I wouldn’t tell you,
But I told you anyway;
And I wish I didn’t know now
That you just don’t feel that way.

Each of us is deeply woven through the other’s life,
Helped each other out in bleaker times;
But friends becoming lovers, to you that feels all wrong,
It’s not the way you see me, cos I’m the one who’s been here all along.

For years I’ve longed for more of you,
Kept it hidden from your view,
Finally blurted out the truth and watched it all go wrong:
You’re the one I needed all along, (Am)
You’re the one I needed…

You yearn for a lover to warm you on cold nights…

© 2012, Mandy Woods