Atlanta

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A man abandons a promising relationship, ostensibly because he feels that higher powers are calling him back to Atlanta, but really because he’s afraid to commit. Influences: Leftover Salmon, Ricky Skaggs

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“Atlanta”
Words and Music by D. R. Commander
Copyright ©2007 Twelve-Foot Hedgehog Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

[Verse]
You know I don't owe the kind of debt that makes a proud man lay his cards upon the table
They say I can't offer you the moon the way I could when we were young and so in love
The promise is something I can't give to you
The truth is, I just can't live for two,
And it only takes one to run

[Chorus]
Hey hey, I got to keep heading down the road
I've got the voice that's calling me,
Writing a one-way ticket back there to Atlanta
I want to be holding you tonight,
Even though it's plain to see
There's just no way this could be right

[Verse]
Maybe I shouldn't have gone on about the way you seem to light up every room
And Baby, I should have left last week, but I can't help but think that maybe it's too soon
If there's a pillar, I can hide behind it
If there's a way, you know I'd try to find it
If I only had the time

[Chorus]
Hey hey, I got to keep heading down the road
I've got the voice that's calling me,
Writing a one-way ticket back there to Atlanta
I shouldn't be holding you this way,
Even though we both know
I would be better off if I could stay

[Solo]

[Verse]
You know I don't climb the tallest tower just to get closer to God than to you
You know I don't play my only ace unless I have nothing left to win or lose
You can't say I didn't warn you
I wouldn't be here by morning light
I've got to make Baton Rouge tonight

[Chorus]
Hey hey, I got to keep heading down the road
I've got the voice that's calling me,
Writing a one-way ticket back there to Atlanta
I want to be holding you tonight,
Even though I've got to go
You know I won't forget to write you from Atlanta

credits

from Seven Cities, released April 17, 2013
Musicians:
D. R. Commander (piano, vocals)
Graeme Francis (drums)
Aaron Goldfarb (acoustic and slide guitar)
G. Pat Harris (bass)
Lloyd Maines (pedal steel guitar)
Andrea Whaley (backing vocals)

Recorded at The Congress House Studio (engineer: Andre Moran)
Backing vocals recorded at The Zone Recording Studio, Dripping Springs, Texas (engineer: Mike Morgan)
Produced by D. R. Commander
Mixed by Pat Manske at The Zone Recording Studio, Dripping Springs, Texas
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin, Texas

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D. R. Commander Austin, Texas

A self-taught pianist, D. R. Commander's approach to the instrument is somewhat non-traditional and is influenced as much by Earl Scruggs and Mark Knopfler as by Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne. His songs paint pictures of far-off, beautiful places inhabited by people who are different on the surface but whose lives intertwine in the same universal quest. ... more

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