Lonesome Number One

Lonesome Number One, just call me Lonesome Number One
Although no titles have I won, I surely must be Lonesome Number One

Every love I've had has faded like the dew
Everyone I wanted has wanted someone new
Heartaches hang around, they always come
Well I surely must be Lonesome Number One

Seems I'm always losing, love just can't come near
Whenever love gets closer it always disappears
Sorrow always keeps me on the run
Well I surely must be Lonesome Number One


Out Among The Stars

It's midnight at a liquor store in Texas / beneath the neon, close-up's just begun
A boy walks in the door and points a pistol / he can't find a job, but man, he's found a gun

But a change of heart before there's confrontation / lets the old man live and run out in the street
The boy knows that soon they'll come with guns a-blazing / and already he can feel a great relief

Oh how many travelers get weary / bearing both their burdens and their scars
Don't you think they'd love to stop complaining / and fly like eagles, out among the stars

He pictures the arrival of the cruisers / sees that old familiar anger in their eyes
He knows that when they're shooting at this loser / they're aiming at the demons in their lives

The evening news it carries all the details / he dies in every living room in town
And in his home a bottle's thrown in anger / and his daddy cries "we'll never live this down" 


Sweetest Waste Of Time

If you don't see me caught in your wire / if you don't hear me outside your door
If all this waiting just leaves me wanting / you still would be the sweetest waste of time

If I could learn the ways of your mind / if I could burn a hole in your cold heart / every time I called your name

If you don't need me when I get lonely / if you don't want me to call your own
If all this hoping just leaves me hurting / you still would be the sweetest waste of time

If you could find a way through the dark / if you could shine a light on my cold heart / everytime I lost my way

If you on't see me caught in your wire / if you don't hear me outside your door
If all this wanting just leaves me waiting / you still would be the sweetest waste of time


Country Roads

Almost Heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains growing like a breeze

Country roads, take me home / to the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain momma / take me home, country roads

All my mem'ries gather 'round her, a miner's lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty painted on the sky / misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
And driving down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday


Ring Of Fire

Love is a burning thing / and it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire / I fell into a ring of fire

I fell into a burning ring of fire / I went down down down, but the flames went higher
And it burns burns burns / the ring of fire, the ring of fire

The taste of love is sweet / when hearts like ours meet
I fell for you like a little child / ooh, but the fire went wild


Green Green Grass Of Home

The old home town looks the same / as I step down from the train
And there to meet me is my mama and papa
Down the road I look and there runs Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries / it's good to touch the green green grass of home

Yes they'll all come to meet me, arms are reaching, smiling sweetly
It's good to touch the green green grass of home

The old house is still standing / though the paint is cracked and dry
And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries / it's good to touch the green green grass of home

Then I awake and look around me / at those four grey walls that surround me
And then I realize that I was only dreaming
For there's a guardian and a sad old padre / arm in arm we'll walk at daybreak
it's good to touch the green green grass of home

Yes they'll all come to meet me, in the shade of that old oak tree
as they lay me 'neath the green green grass of home


Midnight Special

Well you wake up in the morning / you hear the workbell ring
And they march you to the table / too see the same old thing
Ain't no food upon the table / and no pork up in the pan
But you better not complain boy / you'll get in trouble with the man

|: Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me :|
Let the Midnight Special shine her everloving light on me

Yonder comes Miss Rosie / how in the world do you know
By the way she wears her apron / and the dress she wore
Umbrella on her shoulder / piece of paper in her hand
She come to see the Gov'nor / she wants to free her man

If you ever go to Houston / man you better do the right
And you better not gamble / and you better not fight
Or the sheriff's gonna arrest you / and his boys will bring you down
And the next thing you know, boy / oh you're prison bound


Love Me Tender

Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go
You have made my life complete, and I love you so

Love me tender, love me true, all my dreams fulfill
For my darling, I love you, and I always will

Love me tender, love me long, take me to your heart
For it's there that I belong, and we'll never part

Love me tender, love me dear, tell me you are mine
I'll be yours through all the years, till the end of time



She went back to Wichita, she went back to her Ma and Pa
Reckon I saw her next to my truck pumping gas with the car packed up
We talked as neighbors will, they're waiting for their tanks to fill
Talked about nothing, how it might snow, how far she had to go

Going back where the grass grows tall, and the fields burn in the fall
You can still hear the nightbirds call, back in Wichita

She came in '85, she came here as a July bride
Never got easy, never got rich, ain't got much but what she came here with
Good times have all been spent, she ain't broken but she's badly bent
Nothing she wants here, nothing that shines, she made up her mind

She said, for all my time well I ain't got much to show
You can tell that man of mine, and anyone who wants to know


Unwed Fathers

In an Appalachian Greyhound station she sits there waiting in a family way
Goodbye Brother, tell Mom I love her, tell all the others I'll write someday

From a teenage lover to an unwed mother / kept undercover like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered / they run like water through a mountain stream

In a cold and grey town, a nurse says "lay down - this ain't no playground and this ain't home"
Someone's children out having children, in a greystone building, all alone

On a somewhere else bound Smoky Mountain Greyhound she bows her head down singing lullabies
Your Daddy never meant to hurt you ever, he just don't live here, but you got his eyes


I Wish You Knew

I wish you knew / how hard I tried to tell you / how hard I tried to get you off my mind
I wish you knew / how hard I try to sleep at night / since I know that you're no longer mine
Since you let another beat my time

If only half the things were true you said about my heart
Then I would have forgotten you since we've been apart
You said I forced my lips to kiss you when we said goodbye
You even said I forced the tears that came into my eye

There's not a thought that could be worse than knowing that you're gone
But in the picture in your mind I'm never all alone
You see me in another's arms just like I've been with you
By the way I cry for you each night, I only wish you knew


Pancho & Lefty

Living on the road my friend is gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron, your breath as hard as kerosene
Weren't your momma's only boy, but her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye / and sank into your dreams

Pancho was a bandit, boys, his horse as fast as polished steel
Wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel
Pancho met his match, you know, on the deserts down in Mexico
Nobody heard his dying words / ah, but that's the way it goes

All the Federales say they could have had him any day
They only let him slip away out of kindness, I suppose

Lefty he can't sing the blues all night long like he used to
The dust that Pancho bit down South, it ended up in Lefty's mouth
The day they laid poor Pancho low, Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go / there ain't nobody knows

Poets tell how Pancho fell, Lefty's living in a cheap hotel
The desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold, and so the story ends we're told
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true, but save a few for Lefty too
He only did what he had to do / and now he's growing old



Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby's kissing me
Heartbeat, why does a love kiss stay in my memory

Riddledee-pat, I know that new love thrills me / I know that true love will be
Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby's kissing me

Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby's lips meet mine
Heartbeat, why do you flip, then give me a skip-beat sign

Riddledee-pat, and sing to me love's story / and bring to me love's glory
Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby's kissing me


Please Help Me, I'm Falling

Please help me, I'm falling in love with you
Close the door to temptation, don't let me walk through
Turn away from me darling, I'm begging you to
Please help me, I'm falling in love with you

I belong to another whose arms have grown cold
But I promised forever to love and to hold
I can never be free, dear, but when I'm with you
I know that I'm losing the will to be true

Please help me, I'm falling, and that would be sin
Close the door to temptation, don't let me walk in
For I mustn't want you, but darling I do
Please help me, I'm falling in love with you


It's So Easy (To Fall In Love)

It's so easy to fall in love, it's so easy to fall in love
People tell me love's for fools, so here I go breaking all of the rules

It's so easy - so doggone easy - it seems so easy - where love's concerned my heart has learned

Look into your heart and see what your love book's set aside for me


Catch A Falling Star

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day

For love may come and tap you on the shoulder, some starless night
And just in case you feel you want to hold her, you'll have a pocket full of starlight

For when your troubles start a-multiplyin', and they just might
It's easy to forget them without tryin' with just a pocket full of starlight


Me And Bobby McGee

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for the trains, feeling near as faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a Diesel down just before it rained, rode us all the way to New Orleans
I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana, was blowing sad while Bobby sang the blues
With them windshield wipers slappin' time and Bobby's clapping hands we finally sang up every song that driver knew

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, nothing ain't worth nothing but it's free (nothing left that's all she left to me)
Feeling good was easy, Lord, when Bobby sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me, good enough for me and my Bobby McGee

From the coal mines of Kentucky to the California sun Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Standing right beside me Lord through everything I done, every night she kept me from the cold
Then somewhere near Salinas Lord I let her slip away, looking for a home I hope she finds it
And I'd trade all of my tomorrows for one single yesterday, holding Bobby's body next to mine


Rave On

Well well the little things that you say and do / make me want to be with you
Rave on it's a crazy feeling and I know it's got me reeling when you say "I love you", rave on

The way you dance and hold me tight / the way you kiss and say good night
Rave on it's a crazy feeling and I know it's got me reeling when you say "I love you", rave on

Rave on, it's a crazy feeling and I know it's got me reeling
I'm so glad that you're revealing your love to me
Rave on, rave on and tell me / tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only, rave on to me


This Land Is Your Land

As I was walking that ribbon of highway I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley / this land was made for you and me

This land is your land, this land is my land / from California to the New York Island
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters / this land was made for you and me

And the sun was shining as I was strolling  and the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
When the fog was lifting a voice come chanting / this land was made for you and me

As I was walking I saw a sign there, and on that sign it said "no trespassing"
But on the other side it didn't say nothing / that side was made for you and me

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple, near the relief office I see my people
And some are grumbling and some are wond'ring / if this land's still made for you and me


Teach Your Children

You who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself because the past is just a goodbye

Teach your children well, their fathers' hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick's the one you know by
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you you would cry
So just look at them and sigh / and know they love you

And you (can you hear) of tender years (do you care)
Can't know the fears (Can you see we) that your elders grew by (must be free to)
And so please help (teach the children) them with your youth (to believe and)
They seek the truth (make a world that) before they can die (we can live in)

Teach your parents well, their children's hell will slowly go by 


Some Broken Hearts Never Mend

Coffee black, cigarettes / start this day like all the rest
First thing in the morning that I do / start missing you

Some broken hearts never mend / some mem'ries never end
Some tears will never dry / my love for you will never die

Rendez-vous in the night / a willing woman to hold me tight
But in the middle of love's embrace / I see your face


I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hear that lonesome whipporwill / he sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low / I'm so lonesome I could cry

I've never seen a night so long / when time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud / to hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep / when leaves begin to die
That means he's lost the will to live / I'm so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star / lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are / I'm so lonesome I could cry


Love Hurts

Love hurts, love scars, love wounds and mars
Any heart not tough nor strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain
Love is like a cloud, holds a lot of rain, love hurts

I'm young, I know, but even so
I know a thing or two I learned from you
I've really learned a lot, really learned a lot
Love is like a stove, burns you when it's hot, love hurts

Some fools think of happiness, blissfulness, togetherness
Some fools fool themselves I guess, but they're not fooling me
I know it isn't true, know it isn't true, love is just a lie, made to make you blue, love hurts



Cilia, you're breaking my heart, you're shaking my confidence daily
Oh Cecilia, I'm down on my knees, I'm begging you please to come home, come on home

Making love in the afternoon with Cecilia up in my bedroom
I got up to wash my face, when I come back to bed someone's taking my place


Wooden Heart

Can't you see I love you, please don't break my heart in two
That's not hard to do 'cause I don't have a wooden heart
And if you say goodbye then I know that I would cry
Maybe I would die 'cause I don't have a wooden heart

There's no strings upon this love of mine, it was always you from the start
Treat me nice, treat me good, treat me like you really should
Cause I'm not made of wood, and I don't have a wooden heart

Muss i denn, muss i denn zum St├Ądtele hinaus, St├Ądtele hinaus
Und du mein Schatz bleibst hier

There's no strings upon this love of mine, it was always you from the start
Sei mir gut, sei mir gut, sei mir wie du wirklich sollst
Mein Herz ist nicht aus Holz, und I don't have a wooden heart


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