Country music lyrics

I’ve been into country music since 1948 - when I was 14. I still prefer the old stuff to modern country. I enjoy singers like Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Patsy Kline. Today, I enjoy George Strait, Alan Jackson and Randy Travis.

I like songs that tell a story. Songs that touch on real emotions. Songs about real people, about true life situations.

I also enjoy some of the humorous lyrics, the ones with a play on words.  For example, "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?". Or the Staler Brothers song, "You can't have Kate and Edith too.".  I love the Bobby Bare fun songs like "The Winner",  "The Jogger" and "There Ain't no Ten".

I like to write, and I thought, why not write songs? How hard could it be? So I took a class in song writing at UCLA. That was a long time ago and nothing ever came of it. I guess I forgot whatever I may have learned.

Then, a few years ago, I teamed up with a friend who was really passionate about song writing. His name was Don Stavlo. Don had written lots of songs and had even made the rounds in Nashville trying to find a publisher.

He played guitar and was a halfway decent singer. I still have one of his sample tapes.

Don knew about the structure of a song. The meter, the rhythm, where a bridge went, what was the chorus and what was the verse.

I was just the idea man. The lyrics were mine, but I could not have constructed them properly without his help

Well, I sent letters to music publishers, but no one asked to see my songs.

Don passed away and I sort of gave up. I think trying to sell songs is like trying to sell a book or a movie or a television series. The competition is enormous. There are thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people in America alone that think they can write songs.

So, here I sit with the lyrics to a half dozen country songs. I think they’re pretty good - but obviously, I am not objective.

So, I am going to publish them here. Maybe some music publisher or big country singer will spot them and think, WOW, here is a song writing genius, as yet undiscovered. My songs will be played all over the country. I’ll get rich and buy me a beach house and a classic car and a few more motorcycles.

Anyway, let me quit dreaming and share with you what I have written:

ANOTHER NEW FRIEND Don Gately

 

He goes to see her every day

She always asks his name

He’s just another new friend

She’s lost in memory lane

…. just another new friend

He reminds her of their honeymoon

The son and daughter they share

Forty happy years together

All Are lost in her blank stare

He gently holds her hand

And tries to hide his sorrow

He will always love her

So he’ll be back tomorrow

He goes to see her every day

She always asks his name

He’s just another new friend

She’s lost in memory lane

…. just another new friend

Tomorrow when he comes again

He’ll sing a tender love song

A favorite she’s forgotten

But she’ll smile and hum along

He’ll show her photographs

Talk of walks along the river

They’re all things she can’t remember

But they’re all that he can give her.

He goes to see her every day

She always asks his name

He’s just another new friend

She’s lost in memory lane

…. just another new friend

To mom, dad will always be

Just another new friend

 

 

I LOST MY BUDDY TODAY

By Don Gately

Copyright Donald Gately

Written June 27, 2007

My son’s letter came today

With questions only God can answer

We hear folks back home can’t agree,

Should we leave or should we stay?

I’m only eighteen - so it’s hard to say.

All I know is, I lost my buddy today.

Why did he choose to serve

Knowing the danger he would face

Fighting for the freedom of others

All I know is, I lost my buddy today.

Was he a hero? Do some brave thing?

Or just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Just the luck of the draw - just fate

All I know is, I lost my buddy today.

Would his dreams have come true

A doctor with a home in the country

A husband, and a father too

All I know is, I lost my buddy today.

The people all say support our troops .

But the cost of freedom isn’t free

I guess this is the price someone has to pay.

All I know is, I lost my buddy today.

 

 

CREDIT CARD BLUES

By Don Gately Copyright, Donald Gately

Written June 16, 2007

I opened the mail today - and, no surprise

3 more credit card offers right before my eyes

One percent, two percent, sixty days for free

Visa, Mastercard, Discover - and no annual fee

I got the mean old credit card blues

-- -the mean old credit card blues

My daughter wants to dress like a star

My son says he has to have a new a car

My wife insists its time to take a trip

No problem, just sign a credit card slip

I got the mean old credit card blues

-- -the mean old credit card blues

Car repairs, furniture, a new TV

A swimming pool, maybe an S U V

Doctor bills, dentist bills, lawyers too

And all too soon the bills come due

I got the mean old credit card blues

-- -the mean old credit card blues

Variable or fixed rate, no annual fee

Minimum payment, rewards are free

Late charge, no charge - I’m so confused, ,

I only make two hundred a week but I’m pre-approved

Worrying about money isn’t so hard

I’ll just get another credit card

It’s the American way - I’ll pay till I die

Now, let’s see - what shall I buy?

I got the mean old credit card blues

-- -the mean old credit card blues

 

 

 

 

MY LITTLE GIRL

Don Gately

Copyright Donald Gately

Written June 20, 2007

 

She waits, wondering what the night will bring

It’s her first formal dress, her first bouquet

She hears his car, waits for the doorbell to ring

He shakes my hand, not knowing what to say

Seeing her mom and I about to cry

They quickly smile and say goodbye

My little girl, my little girl…

She’s nearly grown, my little girl

She’s entering the grown-up world

Life is changing for our little girl

I watch anxiously as they drive away

Will they have lots of fun but still be safe

And remember happily what happens today

Memories they’ll have for old times sake

An unforgettable night she’ll want to share

Because she knows how much her Dad and I care

My little girl, my little girl…

She’s nearly grown, my little girl

She’s entering the grown-up world

Life is changing for our little girl 

She’s really a woman now,

but she’ll always be our little girl.

 

 

 

 

NOT EXACTLY WHAT I HAD IN MIND

By Don Gately

I wanted a well traveled single girl Copyright Donald Gately

You’re a dedicated young mother Written June 20, 2007

You’ve never seen much of the world

Not exactly what I had in mind

I wanted my own daughter and son

You already had two for us to love

And we still haven’t yet begun

Not exactly what I had in mind

Sometimes what we’re searching for

Is as close as the girl next door.

I wanted to be on the road, travelin’

You wanted me to plant a garden

And sit by the fire instead of ramblin’

Not exactly what I had in mind

I wanted a hopped-up pick-up truck

You wanted a sedate family van

Looks to me like I’m just out of luck

Not exactly what I had in mind

Sometimes what we’re looking for

Is as close as the girl next door

I wanted to stay up late, party with the boys

Drink longneck beers at baseball games

You wanted a pool, trees, dogs, lots of toys

Not exactly what I had in mind 

I thought I knew what I wanted to find

But now I’m so happy we got together

You’re not exactly what I had in mind

You’re so much better…so much better

If you enjoy nostalgia, and if you like motorcycles, you might enjoy my book, OVER THE HANDLEBARS, a collection of 24 short stories or articles about many aspects of motorcycling. Most of these stories were first published in motorcycle magazines in the 1960s, but, I feel they are timeless. The book was updated in 2006 with several new additions. I also have written two other books about motorcycling available from Amazon.com.  You can read them on your computer for just $2.99.  Go to motorcyclenostalgia.com.

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Harold Smith 4 years ago

Born in 1947, Bethel, Vermont. As with you I have always loved country music. As with you I have a number of lyrics setting around (for 23 years or more). Some I like, some I keep working on, and some I just read and smile. Lyrics are special. No one knows where the next hit will come from. It saddens me that there is not an easier way to send lyrics to these "super stars" and/or to someone who actually knows good lyrics when he reads them. At any rate, I wish you the best in youur endeavors. We both like the same artists. I can't listen to the exagerated nasal "new country" sound.

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