Like a King

by Ted Z and The Wranglers

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released 05 June 2014

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Ted Z and The Wranglers Costa Mesa, California

Ted Z and The Wranglers, of Southern California, deliver heartfelt ballads and gritty grassroots rock 'n' roll with a cowboy kick. Their folky story-telling songs convey themes of love, politics, environmentalism, childhood imagination, and the rawness of humanity. Melding Southwestern romanticism, cultural awareness, and rollicking good times, audiences can't help but get down and want more. ... more

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Track Name: Like a King
Verse 1: The dragon blew and it spit its fire and we caught its hell and it took our lives but you never gave a Goddamn for me… Now the morning kept its promise, son, and the sail is lost and the mast is won and the wind stole it like a thief…

Chorus: She said “I love you- I always loved you like a king, in spite of all the lies, deception, clouded truth that stole your being…”

Verse 2: Now the light has gone and the dark has come and the fear, it grows, and it burdens some spectators down to their knees, and the cynics cry and the crowd, it sighs, and the guilty man, he takes his time preparing for his final feast…

Chorus: She said “I love you- I always loved you like a king, in spite of all the lies, deception, clouded truth that stole your being…”
Track Name: Heaven's Rent
Verse 1: Dear Ma, wake up Pa; there’s a man in the backyard- I think it might be God. I didn’t know what to do until he pulled out his bible and walked on water, too…

Chorus: He said he’s looking for a place to stay; Heaven’s rent is hard to pay when you’re the Devil’s only friend…

Verse 2: And now he moved in except for the weekends. That’s when he’s out riding Harleys, out there chasing hens. We’ve been drinking since half-past noon. He’s got some stories about baby Jesus and Mother Mary, too…

Chorus: And now he’s looking for a place to stay; Heaven’s rent is hard to pay when you’re the Devil’s only friend…

Verse 3: I guess it worked out; sleeps on the pull-out. Said God’s a pretty damn good roommate, except for when he drinks. Yeah, God’s a pretty damn good roommate, except for when he drinks…

Chorus: And now he’s looking for a place to stay; Heaven’s rent is hard to pay when you’re the Devil’s only friend…
Track Name: Virginia
Verse 1: Well I said come on, Virginia, give me one more chance. The morning is calling; let’s chase that river on down town…

Chorus: I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you. Yeah, I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you…

Verse 2: I said come on, Virginia, let’s sing ‘em one more song. Yeah come on, Virginia, they’ve been waiting all night long…

Chorus: I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you. Yeah, I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you…

Bridge: There’s an old town where the burying grounds are low. Yeah, we can run through the hills, hand in hand we’ll go… if you love me…

Verse 3: So I said come on, Virginia, give me one more chance. Yeah, the morning is calling; let’s chase that river on down town. Yeah, come on, Virginia, let’s give ‘em one more song. Yeah, come on, Virginia, let’s dance all night long…

Chorus: I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you. Yeah, I’ve got the lovesick blues, like Hank used to do for you…
Track Name: Ball and Chain
Verse 1: I hope real bad they take a swing, I hope real bad they do, then we can put on prison stripes and spend a little time holdin’ you, spend a little time holdin’ you… Morphine and that red, red wine have got me feeling loose. We took a stroll through business tracks and found out there wasn’t nothin’ new, found out there, wasn’t nothing new…

Chorus: Set fire to that ball and chain- four horsemen gonna ride, baby, that’s a shame…

Verse 2: The rich man’s got his bills to pay, the poor man makes his wage, the middle man just shuffles home, but they’re all pawns on that interstate, they’re all pawns on that interstate… Now morphine and that red, red wine have got me feeling loose. We took a stroll through business tracks and found out there wasn’t nothin’ new, wasn’t nothing new…

Chorus: Set fire to that ball and chain- four horsemen gonna ride, baby, that’s a shame…
Track Name: Tomorrow
Verse 1: Said honey, let’s go there. Let’s take that long road down south. Let’s say the words, three words we never ever said. This dusty back road has got a love song left to sing, left for the ones with ears and eyes and hopes and dreams.

Chorus: She said “Baby, there’s always tomorrow,” but I said “Darling, all we ever have is here today…”

Verse 2: We watched the midday sun creep into night and a new day come. The sky turned grey and cried her eyes out into tears of rain. The summer’s gone, a dim lit light and a new sad song. The southbound train tears through the lives that we once made…

Chorus: She said “Baby, there’s always tomorrow,” but I said “Darling, all we ever have is here today…”