Dirty Little Empire

by Scott Wells

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A collection of songs written over the last year and a half. Some folk, some rock, and some rockabilly, all with a country edge to them.

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released June 5, 2016

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Scott Wells Fargo, North Dakota

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Scott's lyrics are heavily influenced by the story tellers his Dad listened to on their many road trips to their favorite fishing destinations. Scott currently resides and records in Fargo, North Dakota.

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Track Name: Swingin' Little Ditty 'Bout a Girl I know
Not gonna try to be your Prince Charming,
Seems passe and a little disarming,
Just gonna say I think you're cool;

Wouldn't want you to be a lady-in-waiting,
I know waiting is aggravating,
I'll take the hit, and be waiting on you;

I just wanna say that I adore ya,
Hardly think these words will floor ya,
I know you've known for least a little while;

But I'm wonderin' if you realize,
My stomach still feels these butterflies,
When I see your face and it's wearing that smile;

I'm not writing this to impress you,
And I'm not singing this to undress you,
Just need to speak I'm thinking inside;

I know this world can be so unkind,
So I've put these words down to remind
You that someone in it's always on your side;

Not gonna try to be the perfect man,
Much more important to be who I am,
And who that is? Wish like hell I knew;

Sometimes I feel like a blinding light,
Sometimes I feel like a starless night,
But always like a better man with you;

The world wouldn't be near as warm without you,
Not a single thing I'd change about you,
To wrapped up in the things you do;

When you see the people whirl, sway, and swirl
To this swingin' little ditty, 'bout a girl
Just smile a while, and know that it's for you
Baby keep on smilin' you know it's all for you
Track Name: Flowers
You like gettin flowers,
Flowers ain't my style,
They're just temporary
Only live a little while,

They fade unlike these feelings,
Shrivel in the dark,
But words can live forever
When they come right from the heart,

(spoken)
And speakin of hearts,
YOu little troublemaker...

I don't know how, but you stole it
Gone, in one fleeting little moment
You took my heart, played with my mind
But I don't mind, hell, why would I mind?

All I never wanted,
And just what I deserve,
Only lookin for a little,
So girl you got some nerve,

Makin' yourself my favorite,
So you're all I'm thinkin' of,
This tough-as-nails roughneck,
Just hisself in love;

(spoken)
Love - a feelin 'bout as sweet as hepatits
And as much fun as getting punched in the junk by some
Big ol' mama who stuffed her shirt
With two burlap sacks filled with oatmeal -
Or it used to be that way 'til I met you, and now,
Well, I just can't get enough

You took my heart and now you own it
Gone, in one fleeting little moment
You took my heart, played with my mind
But I don't mind, why would I mind?
You're so fine, why would I mind?
Your love's devine, why would I mind?
And you all mine, so hell, why would I mind?
Track Name: Drink Hard, Love Harder
The most cockamamie soul, this old boy will ever know,
May be gone, but not from yesterday
His big ol' bright blue eyes, they couldn't tell no lies,
So he used his shades, hid his truth away

And as his story grew, well I hope like hell he knew,
He was loved through all his too short years,
And in mourning now, our love is pouring out,
In whiskey, and gin, and scotch, and beers

So I'll drink hard, And I'll love harder,
Won't condemn, try not to judge,
Lord I'll laugh 'til I'm horse, Live without remorse,
If I'm wronged, well, I won't begrudge,
I'll tell my story to the world, I'll live a life without regret,
And long as I live, I'll try to forgive,
But never, no never, will I forget

He'd offer up his time, both his dollar and his dime,
To anybody who could use a hand,
He'd lend you both his ears, ease away your fears,
Get your sad-sack ass to laugh again,

He'd gather up your hurt, bury it in the dirt,
And curse the Earth, to make sure it didn't rise,
His mouth may have been smart, but he had a gentle heart,
And he was as profane as he was wise,

With a roar, that hung like rollin thunder
And a laugh to chase the lightning from the sky

Now silence has taken it's place,
Time's left it's mark on my face,
And he'd hate to know just how often
We're all askin' why

And so I'll drink hard, And I'll love harder,
Won't condemn, will try not to judge,
I'll laugh 'til I'm horse, Live without remorse,
If I'm wronged, well, I won't begrudge,
I'll tell his story to the world,
I'll live a life without regret,
And long as I live, I'll try to forgive,
But never, no never, will I forget

No I won't forget

Sure as hell I won't forget

Tell you what son,

How the hell could I ever forget?
Track Name: Desert Sun
You let her go, should've held tight,
She slipped away to desert nights
And now the starlight leads the way
I'm heading out, she'll make me stay

Her thighs, my hands, My skin, her breath,
I'll love her 'til There's nothing left,
She cuts through me, Like sharpened blades,
Inside of her, The world just fades

The way she arches up her back,
At the trace of my fingertips,
The way she leans in close to taste,
The love I'm speaking with my lips;

She paints me pictures of the desert sun,
She calms me when I want to run,
I love her more than I can say,
I'll stay here 'til the end of days,

My hands, her hair, her nails, my skin,
Her arms and legs wrap me in sin,
A sin so sweet, it feels divine,
Her scent and sweat in the sunshine

The way she arches up her back,
At the trace of my fingertips,
The way she leans in close to taste,
The love I'm speaking with my lips;

You let her go, I'll hold on tight
We'll both enjoy those desert nights
I let the starlight lead the way,
I won't let go
I won't let go
I won't let go, she'll make me stay
She'll make me stay
She'll make me stay
Track Name: Don't You Worry
Don't you worry 'bout
What some other girl said,
Don't you bother one
Pretty little hair on your head,

No one makes me smile like this,
No one has lips I'd rather kiss,
No one has a face I'd miss
Like you;

Don't you fret about
What other people say,
Don't you fear I'm
Ever gonna run away,

No one has any prettier eyes,
No one has any sexier thighs,
No one makes my spirits rise
Like you,
No one makes me feel more alive
Than you;

Don't you think that
A day'll come when I'll leave
Don't you worry I'm
Ever gonna not believe
(whispered) In you

No one's ever made me want to stay,
No one's ever made me lust this way,
No one'll love me when my head turns gray
Like you;
Ain't words sweet enough I could say
'Bout you

No one warms me when I'd cold,
And no one makes me feel this bold,
And nobody will ever hold
Me like you,
No truer stories ever been told to you;
Track Name: Burn Me to the Ground
Temperature falls, Here inside these walls
Until you come to melt them down
Mercury will rise, In between your eyes
Hope that you don't let me drown

When my mind is numb with worry, And my eyes are tired and blurry
You set my blood on fire, My body is your empire
And you brighten up my soul, Like a little lump of coal
Because you're smokin hot, And fill my mind with dirty thoughts

Burn me to the ground, Leave no traces to be found
Scattered to the wind, Build me up then burn me down, burn me down, Again

When you're feeling down, I will be around,
I can make your spirits rise,
When you're sad and blue, I'll reach out to you,
And I'll take you to your prize,

It's a secret only we'll share, I won't spoil how we get there
No details in the light, But just you wait until tonight
I won't promise you a new day, But I promise you if you lay
Your body next to mine, I'll keep it working overtime

Burn me to the ground, Leave no traces to be found
Scattered to the wind, Build me up then burn me down, burn me down;
Burn me to the ground, Leave no traces to be found
Scattered to the wind, Build me up then burn me down, burn me down, Again
And Again
And Again
Track Name: Bullet Shaped Hole Where My Heart Should Be
You came in hot, you came in fast,
Put up my fences, you blew right past,
Left me reelin,
On the blood-stained ground;

Thought I was ready for anything,
Then a girl like you with an angel's wings,
And a gun in her hand,
Came round to shoot me down;

I open my eyes, look down and see
A bullet-shaped hole where my heart should be;
You were quick on the draw,
Quicker to forget me;
I'm out of time and tears to waste on you
The wound you left is just a through-and-through
Wish I'd known better, wish I'd let you be;
Now I've got a bullet-shaped hole
Where my heart should be;

Drew ya pretty little pictures, sang my songs,
Held your gaze, for about as long
As it takes I guess
To blink the dust from your eye;

Now I grind my teeth, stitch my wounds,
Hands and chest both stained maroon,
This blood's on your hands,
Bet you don't even know why;

I open my eyes, look down and see
A bullet-shaped hole where my heart should be;
You were quick on the draw,
Quicker to forget me;
I'm out of time and tears to waste on you
The wound you left is just a through-and-through
Wish I'd known better, wish I'd let you be;
Now I've got a bullet-shaped hole
Lord bless my little soul
'Cause now there's a bullet-shaped hole
Where my heart should be
Track Name: Bound
Close my eyes
I'm flooded by the memory of your face
I reach out
The image disappears without a trace

All that's left
Is hundereds of miles of empty air
Haunted by
The ghost of someone never really there

Spend my nights
Searching for someone to call a lover
Can't escape
This truth I tried so hard not to discover

Wish I knew
Why you have to be so beyond compare
Haunted by
The ghost of someone never really there

I try to break these chains
But my skin has grown around
Infected and neglected, rejected
Left to rot here, bound

Bound to burn
Consumed by this insane, drunken desire
Choking on
The ashes and the flames of fickle fire

Never learned
The lesson that would keep me from despair
Haunted by
The ghost of someone never really there

Try to run
But every road just brings me back to here
Haunted by
The ghost of someone never really there
Track Name: Be My Remedy
You scratch the itch that's under my skin,
I'll scratch the skin that's under your clothes;
Spend a few hours in sentimental sin,
Leave in the night so nobody knows;

Girl we know we're tryin'
To treat this like a game,
We both know why we're cryin',
Though our reason's aren't the same;

You get the scraps, cuz she got the best of me,
You're just a victim, she's just a memory,
You take the high road, she'll take the rest of me;
I'll be your poison, you'll be my remedy,

You'll tell yourself you ain't gonna call
I'll take the call because we're both broken
You'll wonder if I feel this at all
I'm out the door before the thoughts spoken

Leave you cold and sleepless
'Cause I can't show you my shame,
Honey I know your secrets,
You just know my name;

You get the scraps, she got the best of me,
You're just a victim, she's just a memory,
You take the high road, she'll take the rest of me;
I'll be your poison, you'll be my remedy,

I come crawlin' back to you
Don't know how else to cope;
You think you're cryin' over losing love,
But I know you're cryin' over losing hope,

You'll try to break the spell that I cast,
Stand your ground, be a little bolder;
I'll do the best to learn from the past,
We'll give each other the old cold shoulder;

When December's blowin,
And we're running from the cold,
And when the whiskey's flowin,
We'll chase it with the same old, same old

You get the scraps, she got the best of me,
You're just a victim, she's just a memory,
You take the high road, she'll take the rest of me;
I'll be your poison, you'll be my remedy,
Track Name: Hope Dies Slowly
Four in the morning,
Lost in my own head,
I know that I,
Should be sleeping instead;

But burned in my mind,
Is your pretty little face;
Try as I might,
To see it erased;

Love can come crashing down,
With bridges that you've set on fire;
Lust is a fickle little flame,
That burns through too much desire;
Crushes will crush you and leave you,
All kinds of broken and lonely,
Oh, but hope, hope dies slowly;

Sit in my car,
Don't want to go in;
I know that my bed
Will be empty again;

Should light a candle,
'Stead of cursing the dark;
But you can't make a flame,
'Less you start with a spark;

Love can cut you to pieces,
Wrapping you up in it's wire;
Lust grabs ahold of you tightly,
Dragging you down in the mire;
Crushes will quickly consume you,
Taking your mind over wholly,
Oh, but hope, hope dies slowly;
Why does hope, why does hope die slowly;

Six in the morning,
Lie awake in my bed,
Tryin' to let go,
Of the hope kickin 'round in my head
Track Name: Fire in My Veins
There's a fire in my veins, spreading to my soul,
Burning up my brain, raging out of control,
Drawning me in, it swallows me whole;

It feels like home, here within the flame,
A flame I entertain no thought of trying to tame,
Your face shines through the fire, so I know who to blame;

When the wind blows, makes the embers dance,
Spinning like a wheel of circumstance,
The trails they leave put me in a trance,
So transfixed, I never take a second glance,
At a suffocating flame;

There was fire in my veins, but it burned to fast,
Not enough fuel to build a flame that could last,
Another pile of ashes left in the past;

Used to light the way but now it's blinded me,
Whisp of once sweet smoke, burns bitterly,
Choking on the ashes, of my own dignity;

It used up all the atmosphere,
smothered us both,
When the smoke clears...
We'll see who got burned the most
Track Name: Warm Breeze Blowin' Tonight
There's a warm breeze blowin' tonight
Hope it brings you round my door
I've suffered and I've seen the light
And it would rock me to my core
If you told me you want me
Tell me that you want me

There's a warm breeze blowin' tonight
I hear it whisperin' through the trees
Tellin' me it be alright
If I dropped down on my kness
Beggin' you to want me
Tell me that you want me

That you want me to load you in my car
To get the hell away from this place
Far away from the hurt we hide inside
Until it disappears without trace
Drive until the headlights give up the fight
To the dawn of a brand new day
There's a warm breeze blowin' tonight
And we can let it lead the way

There's a warm breeze blowin tonight
And it's sweet just like your kiss
Cuttin' right through the night
'Cause it knows I don't wanna miss
You tellin' me you want me
Tell me that you want me

There's a warm breeze blowin' tonight,
And it smells like your perfume
So darlin' just do what's right
Take the stairs up to my room
And tell me that you want me
Tell me that you want me

That you want me to load you in my car
To get the hell away from this place
Far away from the hurt we hide inside
Until it disappears without trace
Drive until the headlights give up the fight
To the dawn of a brand new day
There's a warm breeze blowin' tonight
And we can let it lead the way
Track Name: Sweet Little Sister
Sweet little sister,
Let me take you for a ride
Grab some clothes and jump inside
Tell the world we're gonna hide

I've got some cash to burn
And time enough to spend
On the road with my best friend
But it could be fun to pretend

That I'm your man, and you're my girl
If some roughneck in a dive bar tried
To take you for a whirl;

Sweet little sister,
There's the city limits sign
Leave your worries far behind
Because the futures undefined

Best part about this?
Doesn't matter where we go
The highway told me so,
We're the only ones who'll know

Lean your chair back, and close your eyes
When you wake your weary head
We'll both be closer to the prize

Can't help but wonder, why'd we wait to roam,
Chase the thunder, feel it rumble in our bones,
Let's make a pit stop, let's find a phone,
Dig a quarter from the ashtray, say we're never coming home

Sweet little sister,
Don't forget to watch the skies
Catch some stardust in our eyes
We just might be surprised

If we
Make a little wish
Upon a shooting star
That we follow in the car
I'll drive, you play guitar

Girl won't you play me, something sweet,
I'll try to keep the rythym
With the wheel and my feet

Sweet little sister,
Hope our story never ends
But if it ever does my friend
Send a letter now and then

I'll want to know about
The roads you're traveling on,
The sights you look upon,
When the sun rises to dawn
On a brand new day
Track Name: Dirty Little Empire
Broken down and old,
Seeking shelter from the cold,
She welcomes me with a half burnt neon smile;

Only stopping in,
'Fore I hit the road again,
But something about her makes me stay awhile;

Tryin' to walk away
Is like trippin' when I try to cross a highwire,
My heart keeps telling me to stay in her dirty little Empire;

Been here before,
Watching others stumble through her door,
We share a smile 'cause we just can't say goodbye;

When I come inside,
She patches up my pride,
And when I'm low, Lord, she gets me high;

If I tried to slip away
I know it'd feel like walking through barbwire,
So instead I stay right here in her dirty little Empire;

I wear out my welcome, like a hundred nights before
But we both know that soon enough I'll be darkening her door;

Like the moth and the flame
I can't aim for anything but her warm fire,
So I find myself circlin' back to her dirty little Empire;

I'll be staying here tonight,
I don't have the strength to fight against her gyre,
I just can't keep myself away from her dirty little Empire.