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Reflections
I remember my beginnings in the dry heat of Texas
Where the sun is merciless and dust storms strip the towns
My Daddy was a handsome man strong and fearless
And my Mama’s hands were full with babies all around.
Two were walking, two were crawling, two were crying in the crib
My Daddy worked while my Mama slaved, and we just lived protected in their shadows.

I remember my Mama so pretty and so tired
Always cleaning, always cooking, always working, always trying
Then one night my Daddy came home and he said he’d just been fired
Oh I never will forget the sound of that man crying
He was sobbing like a baby with his face down in his hands
And I tried to comfort him, I could not understand my Mama’s silence.

When I was sixteen I fell in love with a young mechanic
He had calluses on his hands and grease spots on his clothes
He swept me off my feet, he was so damn romantic
That we ran away from Texas for the good life on the coast
There was magic when he touched me, there was freedom in the air
And my body melted into his until I did not care and then he left me.

I am a lucky woman I’ve had freedom in my life
And I’ve never had to give it up to be somebody’s wife
But if my freedom has been dearly bought at much too high a price
It’s because I still hear my Daddy crying
He’s crying in the silence that grows inside my head
And he’s crying in the nighttime when I’m lying in my bed alone in the dark.

I remember my beginnings in the dry heat of Texas
And my memory is merciless it has no sympathy
I often see my life as no more than an illusion
A mirage that disappears on closer scrutiny
Like a stream in the desert an oasis in the sand
Like reflections on a quiet lake shattered by the hand of a child throwing pebbles.

Make You Love Me

I saw you last night and now I’m lost in a dream
You’ve got the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen
And I know I could do anything
If I could just make you love me

Don’t get me wrong
I don’t mean you no harm
Ain’t trying to cause you no great alarm
But if I could just hold you here in my arms
Well, that would surely set me free

Baby, can you hear me when I call
Just want you near me and that is all
There ain’t no use in you trying to stall
Because my love is much to vast to contain

I said baby, you know it’s true
I love you crazy, you know I do
And if I could just get you to say that you love me too
That’s all that I would ever need.

 

Sugar Cane Daddy
My Sugar Cane Daddy, he rock me all night long
He know how to roll me, he roll me all night long
And then in the morning when the rooster crows
I hear him there moaning and that’s how it goes
He’s got that lovin’so fine, sugar cane on my mind!
My Sugar Cane Daddy!

Down in Louisiana where the sugar cane grow
I found me a lover thrills me down to my toes
He’s got the candy that I need so bad
And he is handy, drives me mad
He’s got that lovin’ so sweet, sugar cane what a treat!
My Sugar Cane Daddy!

I love me some sugar cane, love it so much
I love me some sugar cane, hunger for his touch
In the evening when the sun goes down
I hear him breathing, nobody else around
He’s got that lovin’ so good, love me like a man should
My Sugar Cane Daddy!

 

Hard Living Woman
I’m a hard living woman
You’ve got to understand
I take my whiskey in a shot glass
I take my life in my own hands
And there ain’t no point
Trying to change me
Cause I like what I am
I’m a hard living woman
I need a hard loving man.

Now I’ve been walking down your highway
I’ve been browsing in your store
I’ve been thinking about pitching my tent
Right outside of your door
Because you’ve got a way about you
Makes me a bird in your hand
I am a hard living woman
And you are a hard loving man.

There ain’t no use in you coming round here
Trying to change my ways
I just need a man who will give me his love
Every night and every day.

Because I’ve done my share of wild things
And I would do every one of them again
Yes I’m a hard living woman
And you are a hard loving man.

 

Can’t Help But Wonder
I used to be a girl of style and grace
Who favored lace and poetry
But time put these lines here in my face
And I’ve been punching this clock
At this factory
And I can’t help but wonder
If it’s ever gonna end
No I can’t help but wonder
If I am ever gonna win

I’d like to see my folks
If I could find the time
But they live so far away
They’re getting older now
They’re past their prime

And my daddy’s hair has turned all grey
And I can’t help but wonder
If it’s ever gonna end
No I can’t help but wonder
If I am ever gonna win

I went to Florida last July
I baked out in the sun
This year I think that I am gonna try
To go somewhere where I can be
All alone
And I can’t help but wonder
If it’s ever gonna end
No I can’t help but wonder
If I am ever gonna win.

 

Wrong Side of the Tracks
Meth is a drug that will make you bug
It will make you chatter through the night
It will turn you mean, make you obscene
Make you forget what’s wrong and right
It will take you down to the squalid side of town
And you’ll sell your mother to get high
And when it’s through there’ll be nothing left of you
But bad memories and no will to survive

On the wrong side of the tracks
No, I can never let myself go back there
Cause if I do
My life is surely through
I will die on the wrong side of the tracks

At first its was fun, I felt like the sun
And the moon and the stars and the sky
I could walk on the air, no I didn’t have a care
If I jumped off of a mountain I would fly
But when I came down I crashed into the ground
And I hit so hard that I cracked
And those holes in my arms were no longer lucky charms
I came down on the wrong side of the tracks

I ran down that road until I came to the end
And I stared into darkness up ahead
I had sold my soul didn’t have a single friend
And I thought that I was probably dead
And the sickness in my gut told me I was out of luck
And I would have to fight to stay alive
I had sunk so low there was nowhere left to go
So I came back from the other side

 

Precious Soul
If you damage your precious soul
And don’t even try to make it right
You will find you are lost and wandering
In that dark and endless night
And the love that you need so bad
You’ll be unable, unable to hold
So be kind, be forgiving
And protect your precious soul.

Because the soul it is a flower

That could blossom endlessly
Oh but hatred will soon devour
The very air that flower breathes
And love is the only power
That can pick you up
When you’ve fallen down so low
So be kind, be forgiving
And protect your precious soul.

You damage your precious soul
By letting hatred move on in
Through self /righteousness and bigotry
And contempt for your fellow men
Through prejudice and violence
That cancer will soon take hold
So be kind, be forgiving
And protect your precious soul.

 

Nobody’s Woman
Can’t keep from wondering why
Our love had to end
Thought I’d found my place in the sky
Now I’ve got to start over again
And I know that I’ve got to change
But I don’t know how
I’m nobody’s woman now.

I guess I got stuck in my ways
Started feeling too secure
Things that I couldn’t face
I just chose to ignore
Now suddenly I’m on my own
And My future’s in doubt
I’m nobody’s woman now.

If I was younger
I’d take it in stride
I’d probably go out on the town
But there’s this fear
That keeps me inside
I got so used to you being around.

Morning comes, night falls
Each day is the same
When I was a child
Life was a game that I played
But love’s going to hurt you
And there is no way out.
I’m nobody’s woman now.

 

Well-Endowed
You know it’s true that I love you
And I would never make you blue
Or ever leave you unhappy
‘Cause you’re my sunny day
Oh, you make me feel so gay
Lord, you make me want to play
And shout out loud
Baby you are so well-endowed.

Your eyes are so blue that the sky and the sea
Are turning green with jealousy
Your legs are so long
And your arms are so strong
Well, I just want to hold you tight
To squeeze you all through the night

‘Cause you are the one
Who makes my nights so fun
Well, I’m down on my knees
My head is bowed
I said baby you are so well-endowed

Your eyes are so blue that the sky and the sea
Are turning green with jealousy
Your legs are so long
And your arms are so strong
I just want to kiss your mouth
And then keep on traveling south

‘Cause you are so nice
You are sugar and spice
You are fire and ice
You drive me wild
I said baby you are so well,
Honey, you are so well,
You are so well-endowed.

 

The Day that Patsy Cline Died
I grew up in the west Texas oil fields,
Seventh of thirteen kids
Four of ‘em died when they was just babies
The dust and the heat did ‘em in
Born on the morning the stock market crashed
10/29/29
It didn’t take long for that west Texas oil field
To turn into a dustbowl breadline
And I couldn’t cry when my mama died or baby sister followed close behind
But I cried like a lightning storm over the desert on the day that Patsy Cline died

No more sweet dreams, no more crazy arms
No more foolin’ around with one or two
Just faded love and fallin’ to pieces
Singin’ the lovesick blues

In ’45 I was a child bride
My cowboy left me to fight
In a war far over the ocean
Left me and our daughter behind
And I didn’t cry when he didn’t come back, I kept it all bottled inside
But I cried like a flashflood, I cried like a gusher, on the day that Patsy Cline died

I worked in the cotton fields, I worked at the diner,
I worked every day of my life
To give my girl a life that was finer
Than the childhood that left me behind
And I didn’t cry when she ran away, like me, too young for a bride
But I cried like a dust storm choking Odessa
On the day that Patsy Cline died

 

Whiskey Woman
I’m a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey bone
I am a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey bone
Sometimes it gets so dried out I feel like I am turning to stone

I’m a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey dog
I am a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey dog
She bites when she gets thirsty and she drinks just like a hog.

Oh whiskey, whiskey I got whiskey on my mind
Oh whiskey, whiskey I have got whiskey on my mind
I will drink it in the morning in the summer and the wintertime.

Oh whiskey, whiskey I swear that whiskey’s killing me
Oh whiskey, whiskey I know that whiskey’s killing me
But I love my whiskey Takes me right where I want to be

I’m a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey man
I’m a whiskey woman I got me a whiskey man
He’s drinking all the time so I just get it when he can

 

The Stone
They nailed him to a cross, they watched him die.
His friends took him to a cave and they closed him up inside.
In the morning what they saw filled their hearts with awe
Because the Lord rolled back that stone and took him home.

The Lord rolled back that stone, don’t you know.
Well, the Lord rolled back that stone, don’t you know.
Well, the Lord rolled back that stone and in the morning he was gone.
Oh, the Lord rolled back that stone and took him home.

We’re born to one day leave this life
We live, we work, we love and then we die.
And when there’s no more time it is our friends who are left behind
And the Lord rolls back that stone and takes us home.

So let’s all raise our voices in a song
To the power that gave us life and keeps us strong
Let’s pray with all our might
That our souls will reach the light
That the Lord will roll back the stone and take us home.