One Way Road

from by Mike Vial



With a guitar feel of John Mayer, this is a song about roads that are often life decisions, literally and metaphorically.

Written: September 2007
Guitar notes: whole-step down tuning
Recorded with a Taylor 414rce


“One Way Road”

Maybe there’s only one way to go
If life is just a one way road
I’d rather take it fast than too slow tonight
Maybe I’m better off being alone
But it’s scary being away from home
There’s no way to know which way is right

There’s no guarantees I’ll arrive
In the mean time it doesn’t help me
That I don’t believe in love at first sight

There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
If life’s a one way road

I never, I never even say goodbye
My friends and family don’t know why
I impulsively drive, drive, drive away
And maybe it helps me get a grasp on life
For awhile my memories
Since minutes add up faster than miles

I’d better slow down
It’s only fifty-five through this town
I think I’ve been here before
Because I recognize all the faces
Coming out of the store
It’s like they’re looking for more

There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
There’s only one way to go
If life’s a one way road

And maybe this long drive will help me
Maybe this long drive will
Help me find some way to settle down

There’s only one way to know
If I’m heading down the wrong way
On a one way road
And that’s to try to turn round…


from Burning the Boats, released September 25, 2010
Guitars and vocals by Mike Vial
Produced by Michael Chambers and Dan Achen @ Catherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario in 2010


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Mike Vial Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Vial is a singer-songwriter from Michigan. He drinks too much coffee, plays Heritage and Taylor guitars, teaches guitar lessons at Dixboro Guitar, and tries to take his dog for two walks every day between a busy gig schedule, and his baby's nap schedule. ... more

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