Bruce Rits Gilbert

Ride the Open Road

by Bruce Rits Gilbert

Released 2016
Released 2016
This new album includes some upbeat rockers, a couple of sentimental stories, a few tributes, a ballad, and a silly love song.
  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Dancing All Night Long

     

    Dancing All Night Long

     

    Chorus

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance really slow

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance cheek to cheek

    Hey Hey, Ho Ho

    Keep swaying to the beat

     

    We hadn’t been dancing for a long time

    We almost forgot all our moves

    But then the music starting hoppin’

    And we found our groove

     

    The band played some oldies

    I was twirling you around

    Our heads were really boppin’

    Our feet barely touched the ground

      

    Chorus

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance really slow

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance cheek to cheek

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Keep swaying to the beat

     

    The jams kept a comin’

    But then they said one last song                                  

    This shindig should never end

    We could keep dancing all night long.

     

    Chorus x 2

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance really slow

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    I don’t want to ever let go

     

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Let’s dance cheek to cheek

    Hey hey, Ho ho

    Keep swaying to the beat

     

     

     

  • 03:24 Lyrics
    All the Way to Seattle

    Chorus

    We took a road trip across the country

    We started out in Philadelphia, PA

    The road took us all the way to Seattle

    Moving my baby girl out that way.

     

     

    She was 27 and she wanted a change

    Decided to head way out west

    So we packed the car and started down the highway

    Deep in my heart I knew it was for the best.

     

     

    3000 miles to go on our journey

    3000 miles to drive we had

    Lots of sights to see along the way

    But still making this trip made me sad.

     

     Chorus

    We took a road trip across the country

    We started out in Philadelphia, PA

    The road took us all the way to Seattle

    Moving my baby girl out tha

     

    Bridge

    Was it really time for her to go?

    I think that I really know

    Sometimes you gotta let go

    Change is often good for the soul.

     

    We finally made it out to Washington

    Starting out in old Spokane

    Before heading west to Seattle

    We somehow made it across the land.

      

    Chorus

    We took a road trip across the country

    We started out in Philadelphia, PA

    The road took us all the way to Seattle

    Moving my baby girl out that way

  • 02:57 Lyrics
    Ride the Open Road

    Ride the Open Road

    I first met you back in 1976

    There you were standing in that spot

    You were all alone in a crowded parking lot     

    Were you going to let me take you home or not.

     

    I didn’t know what to say to you

    You were looking oh so very blue

    Standing by yourself not knowing what to do

    But oh so bright, shiny and new.

     

    Chorus

    Ride, ride, ride the open road

    Come on, let’s ride the open road

    You and I should ride the open road

    Come on, you know it’s time to go.

     

    Mile after mile you drove with me

    And I know that the years took their toll on you

    But you always looked so pretty in blue

    Even when you weren’t bright, shiny and new.

     

    Bridge

    It was back in 1998

    You and I were out a little late

    We got hit head on that night

    But everything turned out all right.

     

    You and I are in this forever

    You take care of me and I of you

    A model two thousand two

    You’re the perfect BMW.

      

    Chorus

    Ride, ride, ride the open road

    Come on, let’s ride the open road

    You and I should ride the open road

    Come on, you know it’s time to go.

    Yeah, you know it’s time to go.

     

     

  • 02:56 Lyrics
    Back in Whitefish Bay

    Back in Whitefish Bay

    You and I were walking through town

    It was a snowy night in 1971

    A couple of days before Christmas

    I knew it was time to run.

     

    So off we went through the streets

    Passing all kinds of Christmas lights

    Running through the ice and snow

    It just was the perfect night.

     

    Chorus 

    Back in Whitefish Bay

    The town just had a way

    Of making things okay

    Back in Whitefish Bay

     

    You and I were walking through town

    It was a summer night in 1972

    School had just let out

    Time for me to head out of town.

     

    I knew that I’d see you again

    When I came back another day

    It might not be til Christmas time

    And those lights would be shinin’ away

      

    Chorus 

    Back in Whitefish Bay

    The town just had a way

    Of making things okay

    Back in Whitefish Bay

     

     

  • 03:13 Lyrics
    99 Miles to Philly (Electric Version)

    99 Miles to Philly

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Just me and a bottle of gin

    Somewhere on Atlantic Avenue

    I don’t know where I’ve been

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

     Just looking to get back home

    What am I gonna do today

    Cuz I’m doing it all alone

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Somebody show me the way

    I don’t know this town at all

    I’ve been lost all day

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Looking to hop a train

    Gotta get myself moving along

    Before I go insane

      

    Chorus

     

    99 miles to Philly

    I wanna get home today

    99 miles, 99 miles

    99 miles away

     

    99 miles to Philly                             

    That’s the only thing I know

    99 miles, 99 miles

    99 miles to go

     

     Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Don’t know where I’m supposed to go

    Everyone’s moving around me fast

    They’re coming at me high and low

      

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Looking to find my way

    The sun is finally going down

    It’s been a real long day

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Just me and a bottle of gin

    Somewhere on Atlantic Avenue

    I don’t know where I’ve been

     

    Walking down the streets of Brooklyn

    Just looking to get back home

    What am I gonna do today

    Cuz I doing it all alone

     

     

    Chorus

     

    99 miles to Philly

    I wanna get home today

    99 miles, 99 miles

    99 miles away

     

    99 miles to Philly

    That’s the only thing I know

    99 miles, 99 miles

    99 miles to go

     

     99 miles, 99 miles

    99 miles to go

  • 02:54 Lyrics
    Beautiful Day in August

    Beautiful Day in August

     

    It was a beautiful day in August

    The moon was out that night.

    Sittin’  around the kitchen table.

    Everything felt so right

     

    We were just starting dinner.

    Just the five of us that night.

    All three girls at home

    Oh my, it was quite a sight.

     

    Then Emily had an announcement.

    We listened to the news.

    She said Molly was having a baby.

    My oh my how crazy.

     

    Chorus

     

    Oh, there were tears in our eyes.

    Oh, we were so surprised.

    We weren’t sure what to do.

    So we had a group hug or two.

     

    It was a beautiful day in August.

    All the girls were home that night.

    Sittin’ ‘round the kitchen table.

    Everything felt so right.

     

    We started asking questions.

    Like when the baby was due.

    Molly started to answer.            

    Then Casey said there’s something else, too.

     

    Molly said there’s more.

    We wondered what it could be.

    She said, “Yes, I’m having a baby,

    But so is my sister, Emily.”

     

    Chorus

     

    Oh, there were tears in our eyes.

    Oh, we were so surprised.

    We weren’t sure what to do.

    So we had a group hug or two.

    Oh yeah, we had a group hug or two. 

  • 02:31 Lyrics
    It Wasn't so Long Ago (Country Version)

    It Wasn't So Long Ago

     

    It wasn't so long ago

    There were three kids here

    Three beautiful girls

     

    It wasn't so long ago

    There were three kids here

    Some even with curls

     

    It wasn't so long ago 

    With laughter, squeals and shouts

    Our home was full of toys

     

    It wasn't so long ago

    With baseballs and Barbies

    A home filled with joy

     

    Chorus

     

    And just like that

    One by one

    They left the house

    It was no fun

     

    Yeah, and just like that

    They left our home

    It was time to go out

    On their own

     

    Chorus

     

    And just like that

    One by one

    They left the house

    It was no fun

     

    Yeah, and just like that

    They left our home

    It was time to go out

    One their own

     

    It wasn't so long ago

    There were three kids here

    Three beautiful girls

     

    It wasn't so long ago

    There were three kids here

    Some even with curls

  • 02:51 Lyrics
    Katie and the Truth

    Katie and The Truth

       

    He has red hair, and that’s plain to see

    He’s a ginger through and through

    What you notice after a little while

    He’s the Truth and he has a crooked smile.

     

    Her mama always loved her, and she tells so everyday

    She beautiful through and through

    It’s easy to see through all of those dark brown curls

    It ain’t no lie she’s a special kind of girl.

     

     

    Chorus

     

    Katie and the Truth, it’s happening right now

    Katie and the Truth, right out on Long Island Sound

    Katie and the Truth, they’re on top of the world

    It’s the Truth; Katie is his girl 

     

    She came back from New York just two short years ago

    She’s a Philly girl through and through

    Waiting for her at home was something brand new

    It ain’t no lie she found the Truth.

     

    He’s tall, red and handsome, and fair as can be

    He’s good hearted through and through

    It’s easy to see right away

    It’s the Truth; he digs Katie every day.

     

    Chorus

     

    Katie and the Truth, it’s happening right now

    Katie and the Truth, right out on Long Island Sound

    Katie and the Truth, they’re on top of the world

    It’s the Truth; Katie is his girl.

    The Truth knows that Katie is his girl.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 05:02 Lyrics
    What Ever Happened to Tyjai

    Whatever Happened to Tyjai?

     

    He grew up in the southwest part of town

    He never knew any other way

    Mom raised him all by herself

    His dad was never there for a day

     

    Things were tough most all the time

    But he didn’t seem to mind at all

    He went to school now and again

    But mostly he was just out playin’ ball

     

    No one was better on the court

    His dream was to play in the NBA

    That was his ticket out of town

    He didn’t see any other way

      

    Chorus

     

    Whatever happened to Tajai?

    He was the best you’d ever see

    Whatever happened to Tajai?

    His dreams died so quietly

     

    Mom lost her job once again

    There was no food on the table at home

    He needed to help her out

    He left the house all alone

     

    He started walking uptown

    On a cold and windy night

    His hood was on top of his head

    His eyes were down and his hands out of sight

     

    The cop yelled at him to turn around

    But he kept walking down the street

    He never saw it coming

    He just fell to the cold concrete

      

    Chorus

     

    Whatever happened to Tajai?

    He was the best you’d ever see

    Whatever happened to Tajai?

    He died so quietly

     

  • 03:00 Lyrics
    I'll Always Stand with You

    I’ll Always Stand With You

     

    Oh, I love you today

    Oh, I love you today

    Oh, I love; I wanna hug you

    Oh, I love you today.

     

    Oh, I’ll miss you tonight

    Oh, I’ll miss you tonight

    Oh, I’ll miss you; I wanna kiss you

    Oh, I’ll miss you tonight.

     

    Oh, I’ll see you tomorrow

    Oh, I’ll see you tomorrow

    Oh, I’ll see you; I’ll never leave you

    Oh, I’ll see you tomorrow

      

     

    Oh, I want you right now

    Oh, I want you right now

    Oh, I want you; I’ll never haunt you

     Oh, I want you right now.

     

    Oh, I’ll always stand with you

    Oh, I’ll always stand with you

    Oh, I’ll stand with you; I’ll never quit you

    Oh, I’ll always stand with you.

     

    Oh, I’ll love you forever

    Oh, I’ll love you forever

    Oh, I’ll love you; I wanna hug you

    Oh, I’ll love you forever.

     

     

     

NOTES
Bruce Rits Gilbert has a new album, "Ride the Open Road." It's his first album recorded in a studio. Recorded at Red Planet in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, the album includes 10 original songs. Bruce co-produced the album with Matt Lyons, the lead guitarist and frontman for The Parameters. In addition to Matt's riveting lead guitar, Matt's bandmates in the Parameters also support Bruce on the album. Brian Kelly adds a fine bass guitar to several songs and plays piano on others, and Kevin Haindl, on drums, sets the tempo throughout.

The album includes upbeat rockers "Ride the Open Road," the title track which is an ode to an old friend; "Dancing All Night Long," the catchy opening track on the album; and a rockin', new recording of "99 Miles to Philly," in which Bruce ditches his acoustic guitar for an electric guitar. Bruce also re-recorded an uptempo, country version of the sentimental "It Wasn't So Long Ago," a sweet tune about kids growing up and leaving home.

The album also includes sentimental stories of a cross country road-trip "All the Way to Seattle" with his youngest daughter, as well as hearing some surprising news at the dinner table on a "Beautiful Day in August." Also included are tributes to Bruce's hometown in "Back in Whitefish Bay," and to his niece's marriage in "Katie and The Truth."

And the album closes out with "What Ever Happened to Tyjai?," a sad and moving ballad, and "I'll Always Stand With You," a silly love song that would make Paul McCartney proud.