It Takes a Lot to Laugh...
written by
Bob Dylan

Well, I ride a mail train, baby,
can't buy a thrill
I been up all night
leanin' on the windowsill
And if I die on top of the hill
If I don't make it,
you know my baby will

Don't the moon look good, mama,
shinin' through the trees
Don't the brakemen look good, mama, flaggin' down the "Double-E"
Don't the sun look good
goin' down over the sea
Don't my gal look fine
when she's comin' after me

Now, the wintertime is comin',
the windows are filled with frost
I went to tell everybody
but I could not get across
Well, I want to be your lover, baby,
I don't want to be your boss
Don't say I never warned you
when your train gets lost

© 1965

It Only Hurts When I Cry
written by
Dwight Yoakam & Roger Miller

The only time I feel the pain
Is in the sunshine and the rain
I don't feel no hurt at all
Unless you count when teardrops fall
I tell the truth 'cept when I lie
It only hurts me when I cry

You couldn't tell it by my smile
That my recovery took awhile
I worked for days and nights on end
Just to walk and talk again
You can't believe the time it takes
To heal a heart once it breaks


Oh maybe every now and then
I have a small heartache again
You wouldn't know to look at me
There's tiny scars that you can't see
It was a struggle to survive
I'm probably lucky I'm alive


© 1991

Alabama Tonight
written by
Delbert McClinton

It sure is cold tonight
out here on this highway
And my mind is on someone warm
and far away
Although it's been all wrong,
I know I'd make it right
If I could be in Alabama tonight

I'd take her to that place we used to go
Yeah, and we'd dance to that ol' jukebox
just once more
I'd hold her close till the morning light
If I could be in Alabama tonight

That old moon would put a shine on
This ol' faded love of hers and mine
And I can't help but feel
That everything would be alright
If I could be in Alabama tonight

Chicago ain't no place to be alone
And this old storm here in my heart
just keeps raging on
But I know what to do to make it right
I think I'll make a call to Alabama tonight


© 2001 (*as Birmingham Tonight)

Sea of Heartbreak
written by
Paul Hampton & Hal David

The lights in the harbor
Don't shine for me
I'm like a lost ship
Adrift on the sea

Sea of heartbreak
Lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress so divine,
how I wish that you were mine
again my dear
I'm on this sea of tears
Sea of heartbreak

Oh how did I lose you
Oh where did I fail
Why did you leave me
Always to sail

Oh what I'd give just to sail back to shore
Back to your arms once more

Oh come to my rescue
Oh come here to me
Take me and keep me
Away from the sea

© 1961

Sail Away
written by
Neil Young

I could live inside a tepee
I could die in Penthouse thirty-five
You could lose me on the freeway
But I would still make it back alive.

See the losers in the best bars
Meet the winners in the dives
Where the people are the real stars
All the rest of their lives.

As long as we can sail away
As long as we can sail away
There'll be wind in the canyon
Moon on the rise
As long as we can sail away.

There's a road stretched out between us
Like a ribbon on the high plain
Down from Phoenix through Salinas
'Round the bend and back again.

© 1977

Mystery Train
written by
Junior Parker

Train arrive 16 coaches long
Train arrive 16 coaches long
Well that long black train
Got my baby and gone

Train train rolling round the bend
Train train rolling round the bend
Well it took my baby
Away from me again

Train train rolling down down the line
Train train rolling down the line
Well it took my baby
And left poor me behind

Train arrive 16 coaches long
Train arrive 16 coaches long
Well that long black train
Got my baby and gone

© 1953

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
written by
Fred Rose

In the twilight glow I see them
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain
When we kissed goodbye and parted
I knew we'd never meet again

Love is like a dyin' ember
Only memories remain
Through the ages I'll remember
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain

Now my hair has turned to silver
All my life I've loved in vain
I can see her star in heaven
Blue eyes crying in the rain

Some day when we meet up yonder
We'll stroll hand in hand again
In a land that knows no partin'
Blue eyes cryin' in the rain

© 1947

Act Naturally
written by
Johnny Russell & Voni Morrison

They're gonna put me in the movies
They're gonna make a big star out of me
We'll make a film about a man
that's lost and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally

There'll be a scene about a man
that's sad and sorry
Begging down upon his bended knee
I'll play the part but I won't need rehearsing
All I'll have to do is act naturally

Well, I'll bet you I'm a-gonna be a big star
Might win an Oscar you can't never tell
The movie's gonna make me a big star,
'Cause I can play the part so well

Well, I hope you come and see me
in the movie
Then I'll know that you will plainly see
The biggest fool that's ever hit the big time
And all I gotta do is act naturally

© 1963

Back Street Girl
written by
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

I don't want you to be high
I don't want you to be down
Don't want to tell you no lie
Just want you to be around
Please come right up with your ears
You will be able to hear what I say
Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my backstreet girl

Please don't be part of my life
Please keep yourself to yourself
Please don't you bother my wife
That way you won't get no help
Don't try to ride on my horse
You're rather common and coarse anyway
Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my backstreet girl

Please don't you call me at home
Please don't come knocking at night
Please never ring on the phone
Your manners are never quite right
Please take the favors I grant
Curtsy and look nonchalant, just for me
Don't want you part of my world
Just you be my backstreet girl


Fast as You
written by
Dwight Yoakam

Maybe someday I'll be strong
Maybe it won't be long
I'll be the one who's tough
You'll be the one who's got it rough
It won't be long and
Maybe I'll be real strong

Maybe I'll do things right
Maybe I'll start tonight
You'll learn to cry like me
Baby let's just wait and see
Maybe I'll start tonight
And do things right

You control me
Oh so boldly
Rule me 'til I'm free
'Til the pain that shakes me
Finally makes me
Get up off of my knees

Maybe I'll be as fast as you
Maybe I'll break hearts too
But I think that you'll slow down
When your turn to hurt comes around
Maybe I'll break hearts
And be as fast as you

© 1993

Lost Highway
written by
Leon Payne

I'm a rollin' stone, all alone and lost
For a life of sin, I have paid the cost
When I pass by, all the people say
Just another guy on the lost highway

Just a deck of cards, and a jug of wine
And a woman's lies, makes a life like mine
Oh the day we met, I went astray
I started rolling down that lost highway

I was just a lad, nearly twenty two
Neither good nor bad, just a kid like you
And now I'm lost, too late to pray
Lord I pay the cost, on the lost highway

Now boy's don't start, to ramblin' round
On this road of sin, or you're sorrow bound
Take my advice, or you'll curse the day
You started rollin' down that lost highway


written by
Stevie Wonder

Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout' to fall,
Thirteen month old baby,
broke the lookin' glass,
Seven years of bad luck,
the good things in your past

When you believe in things
that you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain't the way

Very superstitious,
wash your face and hands,
Rid me of the problems, do all that you can,
Keep me in a daydream,
keep me goin' strong,
You don't want to save me, sad is my song

Very superstitious, nothin' more to say,
Very superstitious, the devil's on his way,
Thirteen month old baby,
broke the lookin' glass,
Seven years of bad luck,
good things in your past

© 1972