"A Kiss Before I Go" as written by and J.p. Bowersock Ryan Adams....
The engine turns on a dime
But I ain't goin' nowhere, tonight
I ain't been goin' nowhere for quite awhile
Can't tell the truth in a house of lies
Can't explain what I don't know
One shot, one beer and a kiss before I go

One more kiss 'fore I go
One more night and day
Breath all heavy and slow
One shot, one beer and a kiss before I go

I'll miss those nights at the bar
With every girl all loaded like freights
And the pain in the morning comes as easy as it goes
Can't find the truth in a house of lies
And you can't see tomorrow with yesterday's eyes
One shot, one beer and a place where nobody cries

One more kiss 'fore I go
One more night and day
Breath all heavy and slow
One shot, one beer and a kiss before I go


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"A Kiss Before I Go" as written by Catherine Anne Popper Bradley Smith Pemberton

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    General CommentCan't find the truth in a house of lies
    And you can't see tomorrow with yesterday's eyes

    those lines are what make this song, unbelievably fantastic
    ysgwrnon July 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfrom Ryan himself:

    "one shot- could mean two things. but yes he is in the car and he is wasted and he is about to end his life. I always assume it is from inhalation but the "one shot" was also in there not by accident.
    sometimes these fuckers I have made up in my songs have a life, and even a death of their own after a while.
    I try and build them to last. Doesn't always work but it's crazy fun tryin'"
    rfrippon January 14, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentno comments? the lyrics in this song are amazing
    stengalion December 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly new to RA's music, and I love the feel of the entire Jacksonville City Nights album. I grew up in a state where honky-tonk country music was widely loved, and now that I'm older I find myself nostalgic for those days and times. From the moment I heard RA sing, "The engine turns on a dime..." coupled with the plaintive moan of the steel guitar, I knew I had found my way back home.
    readmedotexeon November 15, 2010   Link

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