As Country As It Gets

I’d like to say I’m from a small town,

Well, the truth is smaller I guess.

Nothin’ but open fields and dusty back roads,

About as country as it gets.

Set up high upon a hilltop,

Blue sky as far as I could see.

Playin’ music in that old jam shed,

Couple of guys, my brother, and me.

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets.

 

Oh……………..As country as it gets,

Oh……………..As country as it gets.

 

Raised on a steady diet of rock n roll,

In smoky bars playin’ sets.

Across the country gave my heart and soul,

I paid my dues, paid my debts.

Always came back to those old dirt roads,

Blue sky as far as I could see,

They’re always shining but those big city lights,

Can’t take the cowboy out of me.

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets.

 

Oh…………….As country as it gets…….

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets, as it gets,

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets, as it gets,

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets, as it gets,

Lookin’ back I was as country as it gets, as it gets.

 

 

Hey Stranger

Hey stranger, been so long, since we were face to face,

You’d be shocked by all the changes that went on in this place.

Hey stranger, been so long, since I got to hear your voice,

I’m not sayin’ that I’m sorry ‘cause I don’t have a choice.

 

Ain’t it crazy how the years keep flyin’ by,

Since the last time that we said goodbye.

 

And you went west but your life went south,

Is it really you that’s runnin’ your mouth?

Is it from the pain that you hide so deep?

It costs so much when your talk gets cheap.

And I’m not sorry for what I do,

But I am sorry for me and you,

And what you put us through.

Hey stranger.

 

Do you remember, that one time, on the highway late at night,

When that car pulled up beside us, and they started a fight.

It got crazy, fists flyin’, and we got out without a scratch,

Well I remember it like yesterday, ‘cause you had my back.

Well ain’t it crazy how the years keep flyin’ by,

Since the last time that we said goodbye.

 

When you went west but your life went south,

And is it really you that’s runnin’ your mouth,

Is it from the pain that you hide so deep?

It costs so much when your talk gets cheap.

And I’m not sorry for what I do,

But I am sorry for me and you,

And what you put us through.

Hey stranger.

 

When you went west but your life went south,

Is it really you that’s runnin’ your mouth?

Is it from the pain that you hide so deep?

It costs so much when your talk gets cheap.

And I’m not sorry for what I do,

But I am sorry for me and you,

And what you put us through.

Hey stranger.

 

Hey stranger, been so long, since we were face to face.

 

If She Asks

It’s been so hot outside but to me it feels like rain,

So many times before and I’m right back here again.

I guess I was wrong to think she was my lover and my friend,

So many laughs but so many tears came back again.

I never would have thought that things would end the way they did.

So if you ever cross her path,

 

If she asks, tell her for me it’s been a struggle.

If she asks, everything I see reminds me of her.

If she asks, I’d do anything just to hold her.

And I’m not doin’ so well if she asks.

 

Been thinkin’ ‘bout the times we shared and the way she’d smile at me,

She’d whisper  words in my ear that sounded so sweet,

And if I had to do it all again,

I probably would and then I’d be right back here again.

You’d think I would’ve figured it out the first time,

But if she ever drops you a line,

 

If she asks, tell her for me it’s been a struggle.

If she asks, everything I see reminds me of her.

If she asks, I’d do anything just to hold her.

And I’m doin’ so well if she asks.

 

I got tired of bein’ lonely,

When she’d say she had to clear her head,

So I won’t be here for her,

If she decides to come to me instead.

 

If she asks, tell her for me it’s been a struggle.

If she asks, everything I see reminds me of her.

If she asks, I would’ve done anything just to hold her,

But I won’t be here anymore if she asks.

No I won’t be here anymore if she asks.

No I won’t be here for her if she asks.

 

 

Dead End Dirt Road

Been a long cold winter but it’s about to break,

And I’ve been sittin’ here at night just holdin’ on.

I made a lot of money one time, those days are gone,

And I’ve been holding on to hope for way too long.

Been tryin’ to get ahead, still I’m left out in the cold,

And I’m half way down a dead end dirt road.

 

Been thinking ‘bout headin’ back down, down to Vegas,

And maybe try my hand at spinnin’ that roulette wheel.

Maybe try some Texas Hold ‘em, get in the game,

And I’ll just see what kind of hand that they deal,

But I ain’t even on the plane and I’m ready to fold,

Cause I’m halfway down a dead end dirt road.

 

Maybe I’m lookin’ for somethin’ that just ain’t there,

Maybe I’m too blind to see,

Maybe I’ve been on this road for so long,

That it’s a part of me.

 

Well it don’t look like much, these hills and fields,

But this is where I call my home and I hang my hat.

I don’t like the city life, concrete and steel,

Rather be back home and listenin’ to the Whiskey Jacks.

 

And at night the sky’s so clear and the stars all seem to glow,

I head down to the fishin’ hole where my grandpa used to go,

And life goes by so fast but here its movin’ slow,

Think I’ll stay here on this dead end dirt road.

I think I’ll stay here on this dead end dirt road.

 

 

 

Did I Make You Proud

He thinks back to when he was a little boy,

With a lifetime still ahead,

Playin outside until they called him,

Then getting tucked in to his bed.

 

Playin’ baseball in the summer,

They were the champions one year.

His mom was always in the stands,

Cheerin’ with the other fans,

She was all that he could hear.

 

And did I make you proud?

Did I stand out in a crowd?

Did I fill your heart with pride?

Did I make you smile inside?

Did I make you proud?

 

Growin’ up he found some trouble,

Broken bones and some black eyes,

Stickin’ up for all his friends,

Was it worth it in the end,

You couldn’t stop him if you tried.

 

Then on the road and playin’ rock star,

He moved away and took a wife,

Time went by and that all ended,

Picked up the pieces of his life.

 

And did I make you proud?

Did I stand out in a crowd?

Did I fill your heart with pride?

Did I make you smile inside?

Did I make you proud?

 

He goes to see her sometimes,

And he sits there on the ground,

There’s so much runnin’ through his mind,

And he says to her out loud.

Did I make you proud?

Did I stand out in a crowd?

Did I fill your heart with pride?

Did I make you smile inside?

Did I make you proud?

 

Did I make you proud?

Did I stand out in a crowd?

Did I fill your heart with pride?

Did I make you smile inside?

Did I make you proud?

 

 
 
 
 

Not Feelin' It Tonight

I'm not feelin’ it tonight,

But I guess I’ll be alright.

 

Shut down, my body feels broken,

Drinkin’ beer and chain smokin’ but hell,

There’s nobody else around here.

 

Too much time and I can’t stop thinkin’,

Can’t sleep ‘cause my heart is sinkin’ but hell,

You won’t even shed a tear.

 

You’ll get to hear my voice on the radio,

And if you’re thinkin’ ‘bout me I won’t know,

I might be singin’ all about you,

But I guess you’ll never know.

And I’m not feelin’ it tonight,

But I guess I’ll be alright.

 

I’ve seen friends come and go,

I guess I’ll never know,

Man how do you sink so low?

 

I’ve been through, all the highs and lows,

How it ends, nobody knows, but hell,

I guess that’s how it goes.

 

And I’m not feelin’ it tonight,

But I guess I’ll be alright.

 

You’ll get to hear my voice on the radio,

And if you’re thinkin’ ‘bout me I won’t know,

I might be singin’ all about you,

But I guess you’ll never know.

 

And I’m not feelin’ it tonight,

But I’m not givin’ up the fight,

I guess I’ll be alright,

But I’m not feelin it tonight.

 

Said I’m not feelin it tonight,

But I guess I’ll be alright.

 

 

 

In Your Hands

Sometimes that summer seems like yesterday,

And other times it seems so far away.

I drifted through but I was goin’ nowhere,

And I was done and I didn’t care.

 

I can’t put my finger on it,

What it is, or what it was.

I guess sometimes you just have to let it go,

Maybe sometimes it was just because.

 

It’s like someone sent an angel,

For watching over me,

To keep me out of danger,

As pretty as can be.

And I promise its forever,

That’ll be my vow.

It was a sad day in September,

But I’m in your hands now.

 

A man can only take so much,

Before he runs and tries to hide.

When all he needs is a gentle touch,

To know that someone’s on his side.

 

You came from out of nowhere,

I saw you smile from across the room.

And I couldn’t get you off my mind,

I knew I had to see you soon.

 

I don’t know how long it’ll hold on,

But I know some day it’ll be gone,

‘Cause you’re helpin’ me somehow.

And no more sad days in September,

‘Cause I’m in your hands now.

No more sad days in September,

‘Cause I’m in your hands now.

 

 

 

 

 

Who Needs a Love Song

I could say your smile lights up the room when you walk in,

How you make everything that’s wrong with the world seem right again.

When I stare into your eyes they take me so far away,

There’s so many things about you girl that I could say.

 

How I feel so alive every time that I’m with you,

And my love for you will last forever more.

And there isn’t one thing for you that I wouldn’t do.

But if I said it once I’ve said it all before.

 

So who needs a love song, ‘cause I can write one,

Who needs to tell someone what they don’t know how to say.

Who needs a second chance, before it’s all done,

Who needs a love song, ‘cause I can write one.

 

My love for you grows stronger every day,

And I’m sad every time we have to be apart.

And I love you more than words could ever say,

But the lines I’d write could surely melt your heart.

 

So who needs a love song, ‘cause I can write one,

Who needs to tell someone what they don’t know how to say.

Who needs a second chance, before it’s all done,

Who needs a love song, ‘cause I can write one.

 

Sometimes you need a helping hand,

Just some words to guide your way,

I can make it so she understands,

‘Cause I know how to write it, and what to say.

 

Who Needs………..who needs……..

 

Who needs a love song, ‘cause I can write one,

Who needs to tell someone what they don’t know how to say.

Who needs a second chance, before it’s all done,

Who needs a love song, cause I can write one.

 

 

 

Can't Even Say Goodbye

You were a good man,

the kind of guy that did no harm.

When I was a little boy,

I remember you bein’ at the farm.

Id listen to the stories,

when you’d come back in in your hunting gear.

I didn’t know it way back then,

but now I know it was my favourite time of year.

And who would have thought it way back when,

you’d become such a good friend.

 

Twenty five years went by,

and you’d lived your life full of ups and downs.

But my folks were always there,

and they were always glad when you came around.

And when you left you took a part of me,

and took a part of my family.

 

Now there’s no place where I can talk to you,

And tell you what’s been goin’ on,

Sometimes when I’m alone I cry,

‘Cause I can’t even say goodbye.

 

So much is left unsaid,

sometimes it seems so hard to believe.

I thought if I wrote this song,

just sang it into the gentle breeze,

Let the wind take it for a ride,

so you could hear it on the other side.

 

Now there’s no place where I can talk to you,

And tell you what’s been goin’ on.

Sometimes when I’m alone I cry,

‘Cause I can’t even say goodbye.

 

You were a good man,

The kind of guy that did no harm.

 

 

 

© 2020 Punch Douglas

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