Woke up this morning my house was cold
Checked out the furnace she wasn't burnin'
Went out and hopped in my old Ford
Hit the engine but she ain't turnin'
We've given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain't learnin'
We're the same sad story that's a fact
One step up and two steps back

Bird on a wire outside my motel room
But he ain't singin'
Girl in white outside a church in June
But the church bells they ain't ringing
I'm sittin' here in this bar tonight
But all I'm thinkin' is
I'm the same old story same old act
One step up and two steps back

It's the same thing night on night
Who's wrong baby who's right
Another fight and I slam the door on
Another battle in our dirty little war
When I look at myself I don't see
The man I wanted to be
Somewhere along the line I slipped off track
I'm caught movin' one step up and two steps back

There's a girl across the bar
I get the message she's sendin'
Mmm she ain't lookin' to married
And me well honey I'm pretending
Last night I dreamed I held you in my arms
The music was never-ending
We danced as the evening sky faded to black
One step up and two steps back

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  • +1
    Song MeaningClearly this album was all about his whirlwind romance, marriage to Julianne Phillips. The agony of 2 people mismatched in a marriage/relationship headed down completely separate paths.
    Her loved her, but knew they were not meant to be together. He found solace in his heartbreak with a woman who was always there Patti Scialfa, the rest is history. Ever man can identify with this album, we all have somebody in our past that we long for, but know deep down just not good for us..;....
    neverquiton March 10, 2017   Link

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