WHEN I LEAVE MY LITTLE HOME

ALL THE CLOTHES AND DEBTS I'VE BARELY OWNED

WITH NO RESPONSIBILITES 

A LIFETIME CARVED WITH LITTLE RESIGN


ALL OF MY FRIENDS OF PAST AWAY

I DON'T RECALL A TIME OR A LETTERED STAY

WHEN I'M STANDING ON MY SHOULDERS

A HAIR LINE FRACTURE ALONG A FAULT LINE


MY EYES USED TO TURN IT ALL TO GOLD

WHEN DID THE FEELING TAKE ITS TOLL

I WAS LEFT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WITH THE ROSES FOR ME AT MY DOOR


I TOOK A TRIP ACROSS THIS LAND

TO REDISCOVER THE KIND OF MAN I AM

WHEN I LEFT THE SALTY WATERS 

FOUND MYSELF IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE


THE COFFEE WISDOM FILLED MY HEAD

THE BLUEBIRD SINGING EVERY WORD I DREAD

WHEN I'M STANDING ON A SIDELINE

A SIMPLE VOICE IS SINGING OUT OF KEY


MY EYES USED TO TURN IT ALL TO GOLD

WHEN DID THE FEELING TAKE ITS TOLL

I WAS LEFT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WITH THE ROSES FOR ME AT MY DOOR


MAYBE I'M JUST A LAZY SOMEDAY NO ONE WILL TAKE TO FOLLOW ME

I KNOW I'LL LOSE AND I'LL FORGET THINGS

BUT I'LL BUILD MY OWN BRIDGE WHILE I BREATHE


SO IF YOU SEE DOWN THIS ROAD

TRYING TO FIGHT MY HEAVY LOAD

SOMEWHERE AFTER MIDNIGHT 

TRYING TO WALK A SOBER STRAIGHT LINE


AND IF YOU SEE ME RUN AWAY

DON'T TRY TO FILL MY HEAD WITH WORDS YOU SAY

WHEN I'M SLEEPING THROUGH THE SUNRISE 

ON A PATH OF WRONG AND WHAT'S RIGHT


DON'T SAY YOU'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE

AND IF YOU SAY THAT I'M SELLING OUT MY SOUL

PLEASE PUT ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AND LEAVE THE ROSES FOR ME AT MY DOOR




ROSES

words and music by Erik J. Matthews​