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Steering Wheel

by Rustin Smith

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King 03:26
King {chorus} I don’t want to be king I’d only reign on parades and weddings So get a crown and keep it ready for the real thing I don’t want to be king There’s a void Someone’s missing on the throne of your heart You’re annoyed Telling me I could be the one but don’t start {chorus} Don’t look at me I’m not the one who made the rules for all men Let it be No I’m not gonna play it cool once again {chorus} I don’t want to be King
Once and For All Here we bark, we’re like dogs in a kennel Here we staring out through the chains You got nothing if you can’t get up to take it You got nowhere if you can’t escape And how could I sound so at ease with myself When I’m staring it all in the face {chorus} And I deserve a big slap, holding back, Waiting for the big attack, waiting for the ax to fall But I know what You see has so much less to do with me And so much more to do with One who came to die once and for all Once and for all—once and for all Here we swim, we’re like fish in a barrel Here we never even had a chance We were choked before we were chosen We were the fruit of the circumstance I guess hope was holding onto me More than I could ever dream of holding onto hope {chorus} {lead} {chorus}
Stand 04:43
Stand He ride the night like He shine the day so bright Evening in the pouch on His hip He got the time thing down Right in the palm of His hand He surf the water Hold in a jar the Ocean that He spill on the sand He got the jar full of ocean Right in the palm of His hand {chorus} He speak creation He make the earth sing “Glory to His name He is the King” I can be His servant He will take my hand And when the world is ended We will stand Stand He down the mountain He up the canyon Footprint on all of the world He got the earth thing down Right in the palm of His hand He shine the sun like A match in the moonlight Kickin’ it around with His heel He move the stars all around Right in the palm of His hand {chorus}
Lead 05:02
Lead And as I remember Lord, I tried but I never had the chance And if that’s the groove I know I’ll lose, I’ll never learn to dance This is the way The prophets say, the world is sure to end The darkness of this dry winter I hope I will not remember {chorus} You lead me on now Beside the still water You set my eyes to the mark You make me lie down In the green pasture You lead me out of my dark You lead me on, You lead me on And as I remember The summer sun was near too much to bear And the wilting leaves Renounced the trees, the trees they could not care This is the way The wise men say, the world is sure to end The Springtime I will remember O God, send Your light this winter {chorus}
Never 02:57
Never Never so hurt that You couldn’t mend Never so lost I couldn’t find my way again Never so dark that light wouldn’t shine Never so hopeless that I hope could not find I’ll be all right just as long as You’re mine Never so blind that You couldn’t see Never so real it doesn’t feel like a dream Never so scared You couldn’t change my point of view Never so hard You could not get me through I’ll be all right just as long as I’m with You Golden Slumbers used to fill my eyes But now all I see are stacks of smoke and nights of fire Never so wrong You couldn’t make so right Never so strong to find a shelter in Your might Never so confused You wouldn’t reason the rhyme Never such a rebel wouldn’t call to You in time I’ll be all right just as long as You’re mine I’ll be all right just as long as You’re mine
Sleep 04:21
Sleep And I reside in memories Just see what I want to see Ever hoping I might see the way And I’ve fulfilled my prophecy To become just what I’d be Now that there is nothing left to say {chorus} I ever want to be forgiven I want to find myself just living Free from out these chains that hold my mind I ever want to wake from dreaming To find that I have known the meaning There just where the sleep has left my eyes And I could think that it’s OK Another mile, another day ‘Til I forget what I was living for Some new problem in my head Same old reeking of the dead ‘Til I admit I can’t take anymore {chorus} I can see that this life is a dream As its meaning unfolds And one day I will wake up To answer the bell as it tolls {lead} {chorus}
Found Out 02:56
Found Out {chorus} Found out Now nothing can take from me What I’ve seen Found out Now nothing will ever be The same for me I thought I knew the danger But I was slow to see I didn’t know You were the one Who’d reconcile me {chorus} I thought I saw it coming But I was slow to see I didn’t know You were the one Who could forgive me {chorus} {lead} {chorus}
One Heart 03:07
One Heart Bought some virtues, tried to keep them under lock Really thought that I could hold them But I was hungry at the spinning of the clock It wasn’t long before I sold them Where the two paths crossed My heart got lost {chorus} Two eyes, blind to each other Two hands, always fighting one another Two feet, O I could run but why bother? I’ve got two choices but one heart Set a curtain to the wind and watch it blow I’m half-wishing I could be there But only You will take me where I’m gonna go And You are what I hope to see there When that wind gets strong My heart’s beyond {chorus} I’m clearing my head of voices Not thinking ‘bout all of these choices I’ve already given my heart away {lead} {chorus} {chorus}
Break Through When I was fourteen I was hit by Bolt of lightning from the clear sky How the hot wind did mock my pain It blew me down and down again But how You knew that, You knew it well that {chorus} All You had to do was hear me, know me All You had to do was stand in my shoes All You had to do was touch me, heal me All You had to do was break through And on this sea of ebb and flow I try to steady, but this I know That You are spirit, but I am flesh A simple doubter trying to trust But how You knew that, You knew it well that {chorus} So I will work here and I will wait here For the One who took my place here Who knows the struggles of being born here One who knows me—who knew it well that {chorus}
Pass Away 03:02
Pass Away 1 John 2:17; Matthew 24:35; Ezekial 37:3 The tide is turning like a motorcade One thing after another, everyone seems OK I guess they never thought it’d end someday {chorus 1} But if you wake up Hope you smell the ashes burning And when I hear you scream I know that you’ll be learning While Mr. Happy-go-luck runs to his fire truck But that truck ain’t gonna work that day ‘Cause the world is gonna pass away Trouble’s brewing like a coffeepot Everyone wanting what the other one has got And our reporter’s got it live on the spot {chorus 2} O come on, Hamlet Can’t you see the curtain falling? And would you be so sad If you heard Jesus calling? Now I have read that you talk to the dead But those bones are gonna dance someday ‘Cause this world is gonna pass away I got a fast gas tank filled up to the top Got thirty-one flavors, but the hunger doesn’t stop We’re gonna get what’s coming Hope that we’re not shocked (verse 1) (chorus 2)
Here 04:53
Here Leather hands, leather neck Feather weight, but what the heck Around here, you gotta stand bigger than you are Iron rule, a little much Iron grip, so little touch Around here, you gotta stand bigger than you are {chorus} Buy a ticket for a train But trains don’t roll into this town You can chase the sun across the field But be sure it’s going down You can peel your ears and beat the odds And maybe you’ll hear the sound Of the life you always dreamed about But you just never found Around here Dusty boots, dusty shirt Dirty soil, soiled dirt Around here, you gotta stand bigger than you are Working man, pays the toll Callused hands, callused soul Around here, you gotta stand bigger than you are {chorus} {lead} {chorus}
Hovercraft 04:22
Hovercraft Awake in the garden Rubbing my eyes, check the time on my bed Begging Your pardon Gently surprised by the kind thing You said {chorus} I was adrift like a hovercraft At once salvation in Your bloom I am only coming back ‘Cause I heard You had prepared a room Counting the hour Shaking the sleep from the rug in my head Then like a flower Saving the weak like a bug from the dead {chorus} {lead} {chorus}
Home 04:08
Home Ecclesiastes 11:10; Luke 15:11-32 Life at seventeen Was on the fence and in-between Said I got a way to save myself Riding over those hills Steering wheel and a Bonneville And I got a way to save myself {chorus} It was youth that burned One of those lessons learned Seemed like the hardest turn Just to head back home Having seen what I’ve seen It just doesn’t seem like me I got no way to save myself And I never got that far Peddle down in a fast car I couldn’t seem to save myself {chorus} And I could see him from the road My father waiting by the telephone How could I think of myself? “Hey son, I’m glad you’re fine, Supper’s on, you’re just in time” How could I think of myself? {chorus} I guess it was the best turn Just to head back home


Rustin Smith suspended his pursuit of a degree in theology and classical guitar studies to launch the Ardent Records' acoustic rock band, Satellite Soul. As a founding member of the band, Rustin contributed as a songwriter and lent guitars, vocals, mandolin and various other stringed instruments to the band's sound and to their critically acclaimed self-titled project released in 1997. During his stint with Satellite Soul, the band played over 300 shows nationwide, recorded four top 20 and two top 10 singles, and sold nearly 40,000 copies of their debut national release.

Since leaving Satellite Soul, Rustin has recorded his first solo project, Steering Wheel, which proves nothing short of a masterpiece of lyrical depth and textural "roots rock" Americana. Preferring to downplay his prodigious ability on all instruments strung, Rustin instead showcases his equally impressive songwriting in intelligent, earthy pieces of song-craft a la Tom Petty, Mark Heard and the Beatles. To label Steering Wheel simply a "pop" record would be to limit the sensitivity and depth of this artist whose explorations of faith, family, and life in the Midwest are capable of speaking to anyone with ears to listen.


released January 1, 2000

All lyrics and music by Rustin Cody Smith

Produced by: Rustin Smith
Recorded by: Rustin Smith and Brandon Beyer
at Dane Studios, Shawnee, KS and Joseph Mills at M&M Studios, Manhattan, KS
Mixed by: Matt Martone at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Mastered by: Brad Blackwood at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Art Director: Trevor Williams
Back Photo: Maya Needham

I thank God for…
my family—Marcola Rae; my parents—Bob and Debbie Smith, Shawn, Kay and Kamryn (for their generosity); the Smiths; the Clarys; the Needhams and Hills
those who contributed to this project directly and otherwise—the musicians who played and sang; Brandon Beyer; Joe and Kim Mills; Wayne Valentine; James Felver; Devin and April Wendt; Lano Needham—my very own live band; Cheryl, Derek, and Tyler Beyer—for their patience; Justin Klein; Bo and Paige Jackson; Curtis and Sarah Oberle; J. Edward Albert; Derek and Holly Shacklett; Julie Needham; Kip Blue; Justin Williams and the Lighthouse guys; Tyler and Trisha Simpson; Maya Needham; Trevor Williams; Travis Brockway; the Swiharts and Wellspring; Ken Pennell; Lynda Hurt; Dave Ferneau and the kind people at Blue Springs Christian Church; my friends at West Hills Community Church; my friends in Troy; Mark and Jeremy at Bentley Guitar Studios; everyone at Ardent
the One who knows me
And everyone else who cared

This recording is dedicated to my grandparents:
Bert & Vivian Smith and B.W. & Virginia Clary


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Midwest songwriter Rustin Smith creates indie/alternative and heartland rock songs influenced by 1960’s pop and country to 1980’s synth rock.

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