Song Lyrics: “Out of the Rain” by the Duhks

Those who know me know that I don’t care much for rain, especially when I have to work in it. Some days I think I really would like to live in the desert. The recent rain made me think of this song by the Duhks, a Winnepeg-based group whose music I was introduced to some time ago. Here is the group’s website:

Out of the Rain – The Duhks

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Song Lyrics: “Perfect Timing” by Drive-by Truckers

If you’re a fan of Americana music, you’ve likely heard the Drive-by Truckers. I’ve officially declared myself to be a fan. Their official site is loaded with song lyrics and information about the band. They have produced a significant amount of work that you should take a look at. You can find their site here:

I heard this song the other day, and it spoke to me, so I purchased it on iTunes and decided to post the music. It is a song with energy that I may be able to use in my own show.

Perfect Timing by Mike Cooley of Drive-by Truckers

Here I am again, perfect timing,
The strings are ringing and the words are rhyming
I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning
Now I tolerate him all day long

Out on the highway, I hear the moaning
That low and lonesome whisper,
You only know from longing,
Through those naked trees at the windows glowing orange,
Taking over that cold shoulder racing by

I might have known before
If I’d got this old before I thought I got too cool to give a damn
That who you see in dreams at night seem to spend their afterlives
Trying hard to live the last one down

Here I am again perfect timing,
The strings are ringing and the words are rhyming
I used to hate the fool in me, but only in the morning,
Now I tolerate him all day long

Emmylou Harris Song Lyrics: “Waltz Across Texas Tonight”

For today’s post, I wanted to share the beautiful lyrics of another great song by Emmylou Harris. I heard it just a few minutes ago on the Americana station and I think it’s one I’ll add to my show someday. I found the lyrics at Cowboy Lyrics.com, a great site to visit if you’re looking for Country & Western & Americana lyrics. If you’re a fan of Emmylou, her official site is here. I do so hope I can see her perform sometime, as I do love her music.

Waltz Across Texas Tonight by Emmy Lou Harris

The wind can blow cold, it moans and it cries
When it carries the sound of a thousand goodbyes
But if you listen tonight on that high, lonely plain
You’ll just hear my voice as it calls out your name
You’ll just hear my voice as it calls out your name

You’ve been on a road that just don’t seem to end
Where that broken old heart of yours won’t ever mend
You’ve crossed over bridges and bridges they burn
So many rivers and so much to learn
So many bridges and so much to learn

But the moon is so full, the stars are so bright
And my hand is steady, my touch id light
Look in my eyes, hold on real tight
And I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight
I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight

We both have known hard luck
And love that’s gone wrong
When the ghosts take the shadows and
The night takes too long
We folded our cards when the hand wasn’t strong
But that wheel will keep spinning long after we’re gone
Yeah, that wheel will keep spinning long after we’re gone

And the moon is so full, the stars are so bright
And my hand is steady, my touch is light
Look in my eyes, hold on real tight and I’ll
Waltz you my darling across Texas tonight

I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight
Look in my eyes, hold on real tight
And I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight
I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight

Son Volt Lyrics: Tear Stained Eye”

While working on my online classes I teach and on my tax preparation, I heard a Son Volt song on my Americana Cable station I like to listen to. The song was okay, but as always happens when I hear any Son Volt song, I thought of my favorite song of his and decided to post the lyrics. Songs are often personal turning points, and I’m sure this song was a spark for my interest in the saints and their involvement in or distance from the life of the individual artist. Jay Farrar (of Uncle Tupelo fame) has a voice that deeply resonates in the heart of many. Anyway, here is a transcription of the song I found on the Web somewhere a while back. If I got any of the lyrics wrong, please let me know.

Moodle & Mac’s

Today’s post is a short one and is centered on computer/technical issues. My MAC iBook is now three years old. Hopefully, it will last three more. I travel everywhere with it, and as a big hunk of my income comes from the online college classes I’m teaching, I’m constantly trying to sharpen my computer and technical skills, and I feel like I’m learning something new every day. I’ve been trained to use ANGEL, eCollege, and now am using Moodle. I have Comcast cable at home with a Netgear Wireless setup. I’m thinking of getting the AT&T wireless setup (good anywhere you can get a good cell signal), but I have not talked to a fellow MAC user to evaluate its effectiveness.

Pat Green Song Lyrics: “If I Had a Million”

I was listening to my iPod while working online, and heard again my Pat Green CD, I stopped work and transcribed the lyrics and learned the song. I decided to add this song to my Americana show and to post the lyrics for it today. I admire so many musicians whose music I would classify as Americana (some call it Roots music). Most of them are songwriters, most travel extensively, and they all seem to be more concerned about their music than in becoming a superstar. Speaking of Pat Green, at one of my Barnes and Noble book signings, I saw a book that interested me. I copied the following information from the Amazon description:

Pat Green’s Dance Halls & Dreamers is an all-access look at Texas’s legendary music venues and the musicians who make them great. Author Luke Gilliam and photographer Guy Rogers III spent a day at ten of Texas’s venerable dance halls, recording candid interviews and action-packed color photographs. The result is an unprecedented day-in-the-life look at the people who make the Texas music scene flourish. Each of the chapters documents a venue’s personality, history, and atmosphere as everyone prepares for and parties at the biggest show in town.

Texas icon and three-time Grammy nominee Pat Green shares his memories and favorite stories of each venue. He also gives fans a backstage pass into his world with a performance at his favorite dance hall, Gruene Hall.

A unique assemblage of Texas musicians share their stories about dance halls that have served as landmarks on their rise to fame. Hear from honky-tonk heroes Willie Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Robert Earl Keen, as well as established stars Jack Ingram, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cory Morrow, and Kevin Fowler, and up-and-comers Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. Each performer offers a firsthand perspective on his career.

The venues are equally diverse, from the big city lights of Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth and Stubb’s BBQ in Austin to road-trip outposts in Luckenbach and Schroeder Hall.

But the Texas music scene’s true essence is painted by the dance hall owners, bartenders, bouncers, and fans, who commingle at these halls on a nightly basis. Colorful sidebars delve into the unique characteristics of each hall as well as its founding fathers.

I think I liked this song because I thought of the many times I’ve said and heard people say, “If I had a million dollars . . .”

If I had a Million by Pat Greene

If I had me a million
I would build you a mansion,
A hundred miles from nowhere
With all a girl could need,
We would run around through the hallways
And dance in the backyard,
If we ain’t got no neighbors
Ain’t no one will see.

And if I had a speed plane
We’d fly across the land,
Settle in some little border town,
We’d drink some margaritas
And dance to mariachis,
Put you on my speed plane
And I would bring you back home.

And if I had a steamboat
We’d sail across the ocean,
Dock in some little port of call,
We would have a fine time
With Swiss cheese and French wine,
Put you on my steamboat and I
Would bring you back home.

Yeah, But I ain’t got a million
And I ain’t got a speed plane,
I ain’t got no boat upon the sea,
All I’ve got is these two strong arms
I can hold you so tightly,
So baby won’t you, won’t you please,
Come back home with me.

All I’ve got is these two strong arms
I can hold you so tightly,
So baby won’t you, won’t you please,
Come back home with me.

The Self Health Revolution by J. Michael Zenn

The past year I’ve tried to pay more attention to taking care of my health. There were several factors: the death of my younger brother (who didn’t take care of himself) the realization that I would be the one to care for my parents, and some other personal losses that caused me to feel the ephemeral nature of existence and the realization of mortality. I quit smoking, made some other changes, and did some reading on health. I found one book, The Self Health Revolution by J. Michael Zenn that is inspirational and packed with the common sense details and a ten-day plan that I think even I can follow.

Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, January 19

Today is a Federal holiday, but most Southerners know it is also as the birthday of Robert E. Lee. Having spoke at the SCV camp in Abbeville at their annual Lee-Jackson banquet, Lee has been on my mind all weekend. You can read more about this great Southerner here.

Here’s one little known fact about Robert E. Lee: He had no slaves and abhorred slavery.