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One Last Ride

by James Coates

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The first single and title track from James Coates's upcoming album One Last Ride, available October 16th.


Sometimes it feels like I'm sinking
To the bottom of the ocean
With the devil's very claws in my back

I never tried a drink of whiskey
But as this water surrounds me
I think, maybe it's whiskey that I lack

Well, I've been fighting for so long
For something that's so wrong
Yeah, I've been wounded by my pride

So, Lord, could you please afford me
One last ride

I'm walking through the streets of town
Like the crazy king of nothing that I am
When there's no one else around

And I'm begging on my bruised-up knees
Is there a way for me to get back where I was
Before the demons dragged me down

Well, I started at the bottom
And I conquered the summit
But now I'm just choking on the tide

So, Lord, could you please afford me
One last ride

Well, I've begged, borrowed and burned
Every single stupid lesson
That I never really took the time to learn

And now I'm sleeping with my ball and chain
Wishing I could find a better way
For me to take away my pain

Well, if you're born to your mother
And you die in the gutter
Then who really knows how hard you tried

So, Lord, could you please afford me
Yes, Lord, could you please afford me
Oh, my Lord, could you please afford me
One last ride, one last ride

To my high school
To my hometown
To say I'm sorry
To remember


released September 18, 2020
Written by James S. Coates, III
Copyright © 2020
Produced by Michael Rabb and James Coates
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Michael Rabb at A.M. Studios
James Coates: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica
Dan Tyack: pedal steel
Samuel Rabb: bass
Mark Alvis: drums, percussion, graphic design


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James Coates Sumner, Washington

James Coates is a songwriter who has used well-crafted, heartfelt songs to connect with audiences for 15 years.

He combines folk, soul, country and R&B to create a signature blend of “Soulful Americana,” a sonic tapestry that feels modern and timeless.

Coates has toured nationally, opening for Sheryl Crow, headlining Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe and been featured on KEXP and Seattle Weekly.
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