Jet Black Heart

“Jet Black Heart”

By: Steve Everett


Verse 1

You use your sex like a weapon

You wear a smile like a lie

You’re dressing down for the battle

You’re gonna win if you’re gonna fight

You look a lot like your Mother

You talk a lot like your Dad

Half of you hates the other

But you keep on crawling back



And when the angel on your shoulder

Starts to talk a bit too loud

You just reach right for the bottle

Til the devil comes around



You’ve got a jet black heart 

And a pair of eyes that look a lot like paradise

I was a fool to listen and a fool to listen twice

You look a lot like heaven

The kind that hurts like hell

You’ve got a jet black heart but sure do wear it well


Verse 2

You wear a dress like it’s honey drippin’ off your frame

You never make your way back home til someone’s had a taste

You swear it off every morning but when the sun goes down

You get an ice cold itch you’d rather scratch than go without



You’ve got a broken soul to sell

And some debts to pay as well

You never trust yourself alone

You’d rather rent than buy your own

Long Year

“Long Year”

By: Steve Everett


Verse 1

Woke up way too early one morning late last fall

Couldn’t hear you breathing, couldn’t feel you on my arm

Lord the room was freezing with the window open wide

Spent the next month sleeping all alone & on your side



It’s been a long year and some dark, dark nights

Since you threw a lasso ‘round the moon & rode it outta sight

I could see where you were headed so I tried to rope the sun

But he just burned my lasso off & said

Boy you’ve gotta let love run, It’s been a long year


Verse 2

I used to think your father’s love advice was always right

He said boy keep movin’, you’ll forget her face in time

He couldn’t have been wronger if wronger was a word

Cause your memory’s stronger than the best advice I’ve heard



And every shooting star that I see

I can’t help but wonder if you’re driving

And maybe you’re up in the sea of tranquility 

Waitin’ on me to be what you need

So you can come back down and try it

Never Love You

“Never Love You”

By: Steve Everett


Verse 1

I’ve got a real bad habit of thinking I’m the one

Who can put things right when no one else could get it done

But a thing stays broken when it’s broken for so long

All I do is paint myself another shade of wrong



I could never love you but I’m sure I’d like to try

Lost causes turn me on and cut me like a knife

You say you’re broken and I just might be the cure

I’d love to fix you up and leave you wanting more


Verse 2

We could last the weekend we could talk all night

I could let my shoulder soak up every tear you cry

But the morning’s coming and the Monday sun

Brings back the pain from all the battles that you’ve won



I’m leaving with nothing

Cause you’re not gonna change

I hate to admit it but I like it that way


Fake It

“Fake It”

By: Steve Everett


Verse 1

I dress like I’m famous and talk like I’m cool

I’m not sure if it’s more for me or you

I’m wearing all black in the middle of June

I’ve got my jeans rolled up just to show off my boots



I’m dressed for success

I’m going for gold

I’d rather strike out on three straight pitches

Than have regrets when I get old

Well you can wait to feel like someone

Til the world discovers you

I’d rather fake it til I make it than make due

I’d rather fake it until I make that just get through 


Verse 2

I’m renting a room in a house downtown

I can’t afford booze but there’re bars all around

I don’t have but one bulb not burned out

But I’ve got a cool spot when my friends come down



Not an awful lot would change

If I had one song on the radio waves

Probably pay my bills on time and have a lot more light at night

And buy myself a new guitar or two