Partners, Brothers, and Friends

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    Modern Day Romance

    We met on the highway, she flagged me down
    Had a flat on her Stingray with nobody around
    So I helped her out, she said climb in
    So I ditched my ol' truck just to see where the party would end

    We spent the weekend in Reno in a honeymoon suite
    Never saw the casino, barely took time to eat
    I never dreamed she would take me that far
    But by Sunday that lady had taken a hold of my heart

    It's a modern day romance, a new kind of game
    With no time to slow dance in the fast lane
    I tried to love her without any strings
    But a modern day romance has left me some old-fashioned pain

    She never said good-bye, just a note by the phone
    Said thanks for the good times, but it's time to move on
    Well, I'm out here walkin' with my thumb in the air
    Wondering where she might've gone and why I even care

    It's just a modern day romance, a new kind of game
    With no time to slow dance in the fast lane
    I tried to love her without any strings
    But a modern day romance has left me some old-fashioned pain
    It's a modern day romance, an old fashioned pain
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    Other Side Of The Hill

    Watch out when they start to twist
    Hold tight with a leather fist
    That's what my daddy told me how to ride the bulls
    There's a jingle in my jeans sore places in between
    I'm leaving Tennessee with a push and pull

    Ten-four, buddy, come on back
    Horse trailer on a Cadillac
    You're talking to the cowboy in the Coupe de Ville
    Chug-a-lug up one side, glide down the other
    I'm a lover of the other side of the hill

    Turn up that radio and don't think about rodeo
    Don't think about roundup up in old Cheyenne
    It's a crazy circuit but you still work it
    Won't you turn the sound up and let's check the scan

    Ten-four, buddy, come on back
    Horse trailer on a Cadillac
    You're talking to the cowboy in the Coupe de Ville
    Chug-a-lug up one side, glide down the other
    I'm a lover of the other side of the hill

    Bandana's on the rearview mirror
    Still wet from ear to ear
    Once again its proven what the wise men say
    When you ride the last one, you better make it a fast one
    Jump while he's movin' and just walk away

    Ten-four, buddy, come on back
    Horse trailer on a Cadillac
    You're talking to the cowboy in the Coupe de Ville
    Chug-a-lug up one side, glide down the other
    I'm a lover of the other side of the hill
    I'm a lover of the other side of the hill
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    Home Again In My Heart

    One in a million in a lonely town
    Two hundred people trying to keep me down
    I've taken all I can, I ain't lookin' back
    Small town boy in a back yard lot
    Can't make a living with the luck I've got
    I'm gonna leave it all, I ain't looking back

    That's the way I remember
    It seemed to me when I was young
    But I can still see the leaves slowly fall to the ground
    And the snow on the trees as the winter comes down
    Still I go home again in my heart

    My father worked hard on the railroad tracks
    Thirty-seven years cut across his back
    He gave it all he had for what he believed
    Like every other kid that came before
    I grew up believing there was something more
    and I still believe, I still believe

    That's the way I remember
    It seemed to me when I was young
    But I can still see the lightning on a warm summer night
    And the rain on the window when I close my eyes
    I can still hear us laughing on the front porch in the dark

    There are days when I know I've traveled so far
    That I'll never find the road leading back to the start
    Still I go home again in my heart
    Still I go home again in my heart
    In my heart
    In my heart
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    Telluride

    Now the girls in Telluride do it like this
    They cross their fingers when they kiss you
    They don't say nothing behind your back
    And they don't take nothin' that they don't give back
    Take the gold into Telluride

    Work all winter in the Tomboy Mine
    Dreamin' of what we'll do
    When the snow finally ends and the spring breaks through
    We'll load up the wagon, set the little one by our side
    Take the gold into Telluride

    I'd like to lay you down on a cannonball bed
    Put a soft feather pillow down by your head
    Intertwine flowers into a maiden's veil
    Wake you in the morning, now she's wailing
    Take the gold into Telluride

    Ain't nothing'll stop an avalanche when it's sliding
    Once the wagon starts to roll you can't turn the mule and the brakes don't hold
    You end up in the valley with the little one by your side
    Take the gold into Telluride

    Lace curtains for the windows
    Dreams torn from a catalog page
    We may wander where the wind blows
    You change your views but our love won't change
    She gonna climb you high on top of a hill
    Fall asleep laughing with the whippoorwill
    Intertwined flowers in the matrons ring
    Wake you in the morning, now she's singing
    Take the gold into Telluride

    I loved my winter with a teenage bride
    Dreamin' of what we'll do
    When the snow finally ends and the spring breaks through
    We'll load up the wagon set the little one by our side
    Take the gold into Telluride
    Take the gold into Telluride

    Take the gold into hell you ride...
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    Old Upright Piano

    For as long as I remember when Friday night came round
    The family would gather out at Grandpa's house
    With supper over and the dishes done it was then the best time came
    At an old upright piano that only Grandma played

    She played "Beautiful Dreamer", and "My Wild Irish Rose"
    She never played 'em perfect
    But there was love in every note
    Grandpa sat beside her in harmony they sang
    At the old upright piano
    That only Grandma played

    Grandpa was a stubborn man they said it was his style
    Grandma called him ornery but she said it with a smile
    Even he could not disguise the love he felt so strong
    We all could see it in his eyes when she played his favorite song

    She played "Beautiful Dreamer", and "My Wild Irish Rose"
    She never played 'em perfect
    But there was love in every note
    Grandpa sat beside her in harmony they sang
    At the old upright piano
    That only Grandma played

    I was almost seventeen when my Grandma died
    I stayed all night with Grandpa the old man never cried
    He sat at her piano there was nothing we could say
    It was the first time in my life I ever heard my Grandpa play

    It wasn't "Beautiful Dreamer" or "My Wild Irish Rose"
    It was a song he played from memory and he never missed a note
    I sat right there beside him until the morning came
    "What A Friend We Have in Jesus" was the only song he played

    She played "Beautiful Dreamer", "My Wild Irish Rose"
    She never played 'em perfect
    But there was love in every note
    Grandpa sat beside her in harmony they sang
    At the old upright piano
    That only Grandma played
    At the old upright piano
    That only Grandma played
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    Partners, Brothers, and Friends

    The promoter says he wants to cancel
    'Cause there ain't enough tickets sold
    The air conditioner on the bus just broke
    And I can't shake this cold

    The single lost the bullet
    The singer's losin' his wife
    Well, I might be crazy but I wouldn't change
    A single thing about this life

    Sometimes we feel like champions
    Sometimes we just can't win
    Sometimes our records hit the top of the charts
    Or the discount bargain bin

    Through almost twenty years of touring
    We've remained partners, brothers and friends
    Well, we keep it together 'cause we're sure
    We're gonna be big time before it all ends

    Well, as long as Johnny's got his fiddle
    And Jimmie's got his drums along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long

    Well, I saw a story in the paper
    Suddenly the band's big news
    The critics all like our records just fine
    But they seem a bit confused

    Is it folk or rock or country
    Seems like everybody cares but us
    So just leave us an early wake-up call
    So we don't miss the bus

    Well as long as Johnny's got his fiddle
    And Jimmie's got his drums along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long

    The band says it can't stand my latest song, it's too personal
    But my first wife's second marriage blew up
    They had to get the dang thing annulled
    Well if that ain't something to sing about
    Then you tell me what is
    And we'll give it a beat and put it on the street
    And we just might have another hit

    Well, as long as Johnny's got his banjo
    And Jimmie's got his harps along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long
    Yeah, it's great to be a part of something so good that's lasted so long
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    Redneck Riviera

    Headed south on 65, route 5 or 6 I'll drive
    There's a place where the folks from dixie go
    You don't need no cowboy boots, trade'em in for a bathing suit
    Hang out on the Gulf Of Mexico

    On a weekend holiday
    We don't parlez vous francais
    Turnin' it up from a sunny day
    Then we dance the night away
    On the redneck riviera
    On the red-ed neck riviera
    On the redneck riviera
    It's a paradise, oh yeah
    (Oh) yeah

    Sippin' hospitality under proud umbrella trees
    Good ol' boys and the long necks scattered 'round Girls come rushin' from a far when I strum Louie Louie on my old guitar
    String bikini, happy hunting ground

    Chorus

    We don't have to parlez vous francais
    Well the surf is up in Alabam'
    Mississippi, Florida and the Gulf shore sand
    Stoke your fire with a sunny day, yeah
    Just like them folks in St. Tropez

    On the redneck riviera
    On the red-ed neck riviera
    On the redneck riviera
    It's a paradise, oh yeah
    It's a paradise, oh yeah
    It's a paradise, Oh yeah
    Oh yeah

    Oh, the surf is up in Florida down
    Panama City to the Destin Sound
    You can stoke your fire with a sunny day, yeah
    Just like them folks in St. Topez

    Hey this is the south
    Not the south of France
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    Queen of the Road

    Standin' in the doorway with her hand on her hip
    Eyes like the beacons on a rocket ship
    Just about the bottom of a bottle of gin
    She baits the hook and reels 'em in

    She's got a black leather jacket with a patch on the back
    No imitation Cajun gonna get to that
    Got a red bandana and a rose tattoo
    She got a mind of her own, nobody tell her what to do

    Diamonds, pearls
    Hey, hey, hey
    Well, they're for all the other girls
    Some women just don't need 'em

    You can keep 'em
    She goes putt, putt, that's my queen
    Putt, putt, on her big machine
    Putt, putt, when the light turns green

    Putt, putt, she's so mean Nothing can stop my queen of the road

    Now if you want to roll the dice you can try your luck
    She can melt the ice off of an ice cream truck
    You can't holler uncle when you've had enough
    Her own brother won't fight her 'cause the girl's so tough

    Devil of an angel, she's one of a kind
    She got a knucklehead Harley and a one track mind
    Roadhouse reputation everywhere she goes
    As a big sled rider she's the queen of the road

    From Pomona to Dayton
    Hey, hey, hey
    And every highway in between
    There's not a-one of 'em she ain't seen

    Well, you know what I mean
    She goes putt, putt, that's my queen
    Putt, putt, on her big machine
    Putt, putt, when the light turns green
    Putt, putt, she's so mean
    Nothing can stop my queen of the road
    Putt, putt, on her big machine

    Now when the party's over and the lights go on
    Don't have to try to find her 'cause the girl is gone
    She slip it in second and away she goes
    My motor-headed mama is the queen of the road

    She goes putt, putt, that's my queen
    Putt, putt, on her big machine
    Putt, putt, when the light turns green
    Putt, putt, she's so mean
    Nothing can stop my queen of the road

    Putt, putt, that's my queen
    Putt, putt, on her big machine
    Putt, putt, when the light turns green
    Putt, putt, she's so mean
    Nothing can stop my queen of the road
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    As Long As You're Loving Me

    Some people say that the fate of a man
    Is written down in the palm of his hand
    Others say they can see it all in the cards and how they fall
    I don't need my fortune told
    As long as I've got you to hold
    I can live with the mystery as long as you're loving me

    Looking up at the stars tonight
    I can't read 'em but I love the light
    Heaven knows I'm right where I wanna be
    As long as you're loving me

    I don't need a crystal ball
    Wouldn't even wanna know at all
    I've got everything I need
    As long as you're loving me

    Who knows what tomorrow brings
    One day changes everything
    I'm willing to wait and see
    As long as you're loving me

    Looking up at the stars tonight
    I can't read 'em but I love the light
    Heaven knows I'm right where I wanna be
    As long as you're loving me

    I don't need my fortune told
    As long as I've got you to hold
    I can live with the mystery as long as you're loving me

    I've got everything I need as long as you're loving me
    As long as you're loving me
    Oh, as long as you're loving me.
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    Leon McDuff

    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
    I come before you to plead for the life of Leon McDuff
    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
    I'm asking you to be the judge of when enough is enough

    Now Leon McDuff has worked on his daddy?s farm
    Every day since the day that he was born
    Plowing in the field & hoeing in the garden
    And helping to pick the cotton and the corn

    Then came the time of the Mississippi floods
    When all of his work went down the drain
    His land was parched by sun, blown by the wind
    And finally washed away by the rain

    So Leon went to his friends trying to get help from them
    But their crops and their money all were gone
    So Leon when to the bank trying to mortgage his home
    But the banks wouldn?t give Leon a loan

    He could not decide how his family could survive
    With no crop and no money to buy food
    And as he struggled with his hands trying to rework his land
    The notice came and said your land tax is due

    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
    I come before you to plead for the life of Leon McDuff

    In an air-conditioned office on the other side side of town
    There sat a government official with a frown
    Seems he'd been trying all week long to find land to build a summer home
    But cheap river land could not be found

    And in the middle of his gloom the boss walked in the room
    He said I got some real good news for the house you planned
    See there?s a farmer who's so poor and who's luck has gone so sour
    He'll never pay the taxes on his land

    So you just wait a week or two until the money's overdue
    Then go to the cashier down the hall
    Hold this deed in your hand and pay the taxes on his land
    And have the sheriff give Leon McDuff a call

    And you can tell Leon to move by the last day of July
    'cause his taxes on his land are overdue
    Tell him he's gotta move away
    'cause his taxes were not paid
    And then all that river land belongs to you

    The same air conditioned office in about a week or two
    Here comes the sheriff saying I got bad news
    That old Leon McDuff knows he?s had bad luck
    He says he'll try to get the money but he won't move

    Well that bureaucrat jumped up and grabbed the sheriff by the arm
    And says we're going out to take his land today
    And so he and the sheriff drove on out to Leon?s farm
    To tell the McDuffs to move away

    And there stood Leon on his land with a shotgun in his hand
    And his eyes, they were narrowed beneath the brim of his hat
    He said I've worked hard on this land as a boy and as a man
    and I'll lose it now to no damn bureaucrat

    Well that bureaucrat got mad and he grabbed the gun in Leon?s hand
    In the struggle an explosion cracked the air
    And when the smoke and dust had cleared and the ringing left their ears
    the sheriff he lay dying on the ground
    the sheriff he lay dying on the ground

    Now on this table I will lay this here gun, Exhibit A
    And there's two sets of fingerprints that you can't even see
    Other hands were here, none perceived by eye nor ear
    To help trigger off this morbid tragedy.

    And now to me it's still unclear what really caused the problem here
    There's just too much you got to know before you know enough
    And though we can't find out today just where all the guilt should lay
    It shouldn't lay be Leon McDuff

    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
    I come before you to plead for the life of Leon McDuff
    Ladies and gentlemen of the jury
    I'm asking you to be the judge of when enough is enough
    (it's just about enough....)