Acoustic Eclectricity

by Ronny Cox

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New York City in the pouring rain Long way from Santa Fe You can measure the miles but you can't change The reasons you came by this way So many faces in your memory All those places...just had to be You can't go back That's the price of the fare That gets you from here to there A desert town on a summer night A thousand years ago A restless boy, hell-bent for something Hell...what it is, he don't even know Headlights on the highway Carried my dreams I knew that someday...they'd carry me It's a cry in the night... It's a whispered prayer That gets you from here to there Sittin' here thinking by the railroad tracks Ain't complaining...just statin' facts If you wake up in the mornin and you can still care Oh, that gets you from here to there So many faces in your memory You walked away...(it) just had to be Sometimes it's the road That ain't going nowhere That gets you from here to there Takes you from here Oh, that gets you from here to there Oh, that gets you from here to there
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Mostly mornings, when it's misty Them ol' grey clouds riding low Hanging o'er me like her sweet memory From not that long ago Mostly mornings, that's when it hits me This time she's really gone away So I tell me lies, drink alibis Just to get me through the day Chorus (sing twice) She begged me to give her one good reason Just one reason to remain All she ever wanted was sunshine All I gave her was rain Mostly summers, mostly winters Mostly all the time, it seems But mostly mornings that's when I miss my darling 'Cause that's when I've just held her in my dreams I just held her in my dreams
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N.O. Story 02:07
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On the levee by the lazy Mississippi When that sun goes down Cresent City starts to cookin' We'll add a pinch of me and you To that old French Quarter stew 'Cuz it don't matter who do voodoo In New Orleans, only in New Orleans If you want music it's there on every corner Dancin' in the streets They got them taps nailed to their sneakers You can Dixie-Land or blues it, all you gotta do is choose it You got a problem you can lose it In New Orleans, only in New Orleans Bayou ladies, they're tall and tan and sassy My head turns clear aroung Every time one sashays past me If you can't find love down there you can't find it anywhere 'Cause there's magic in the air down in New Orleans, only in New Orleans Oh my plane left yesterday But I'm still here to say Laissez le....Bon Temp Roulez In New Orleans, only in New Orleans Laissez le....Bon Temp Roulez Only in New Orleans
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JH Story 01:39
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He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest And if he won or lost his expression never changed John was a student of the game He wasn't much of a husband, he was married to his work There were millions who loved him and a precious few he hurt He was a man of vision who saw the world in frames John was a master of the game Chorus And I saw Sierra Madre when I was just a kid Somehow I had to find out how he did the things he did His Red Badge of Courage, his African Queen He taught me about life, casting shadows on a screen No full house was showing the night John Huston died Just faithful Maracella was sitting by his side He found her hand and raised it high A champ at the final bell The last thing John said was "Give 'em Hell" Chorus He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest And if he won or lost his expression never changed John was a student of the game 5. I've Lost My Touch (J. Cox) Had the world in the palm of my hand Back then I was a cocky man And I followed my every hunch Can't place where it all went wrong But now I'm singing me a different song Oh, no, I've lost my touch I can't buy a break I don't have a dime And that don't get me peace of mind She used to make my day But then she walked away Oh, no, I've lost my touch When I was on a roll Arrogance took its toll I trusted my luck too much Now I spin down, down, down On a crash course with the ground Oh, no, I've lost my touch Everything that ever comes my way Shining bright like a piece of gold When it hits my hands it's a lump of coal I used to make her sigh Today she passed me by Oh, no, I've lost my touch Oh Lady Luck please hear my prayer Don't turn your nose up in the air Because I need a favor from you Please send a seven for these dice Or a better weapon than a knife To cover me if I should lose I can't buy a break Because I don't have a dime But right now I need to buy some time She used to ride my arm Now she's sent me into harm Oh, no, I've lost my touch Oh, no, I've lost my touch
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LF Story 01:37
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Just flew into close up the house Where Mom, Dad and I used to live Mom got too sick to take care of herself And Dad died in seventy-three Now it's just the memories and me I stand here surrounded by so many things That mean nothing to no one but me This old house that's known me since I was a kid Remembers what time can't erase And possesses what can't be replaced Chorus Mr. Singer's machine, Dad's safety Gillette Buttons saved in a Prince Albert can A Sears radio, a Warm Morning stove I miss summer nights on the porch And the days of linoleum floors An old faded tintype of Smokey and blue And "Ready or not, here I come" I've sat here for hours, just looking at junk The day's gone and I've just begun Like it or not it has fallen on me To come here and pack up the past So what do I throw out and what do I keep? I need everything that I see And, Dear God, it's killing me Chorus
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JD Story 00:45
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I'm still mad and I just can't help it It's all the little things you do After all this time you're bound to have felt it Oh, I'm still mad about you No disguise could ever hide it Or fake it when it's just not true It's written on my heart, no use to deny it Oh, I'm still mad about you Sitting with my morning coffee, walking with my mind outside You come in and take my cup away Drowning in a sea of worry, wondering what can turn the tide You take my hand and everything's okay I understand the world because I love you I need the crazy things you do Can't keep up with time, but this feels like forever Oh, I'm still mad about you... I'm still mad... I'm still mad about you
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DG Story 01:54
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Dad Gum-mit 03:25
I can eat crackers in my bed if I want to Stay up all night watchin' TV I don't mind the dirty clothes, I just keep my closet door closed Since my baby walked out on me I could hit the night spots, I could go crazy Sail off to Bimini, I'm as free as a breeze I don't have to stay at home , I love sittin' here alone Since my baby walked out on me But, Dad Gum-mit, I love her I just can't stop thinking of her And I can't deny I was wrong Can't eat, can't sleep, since my baby's gone I'll bet the boys down at Joe's would come unglued To see a grown man on his knees But I'd crawl from here to Timbuktu To give my baby one more chance with me She said she's found a new diet plan It calls for her to lose a man My life's sugar-free, since my baby walked out on me I can eat crackers in my bed if I want to Stay up all night watchin' TV I don't have to stay at home , I love sittin' here alone Since my baby walked out on me But, Dad Gum-mit, I love her I ain't never, never, never, never gonna find another Peaches and cream, she was my dream My baby walked right out on.... My baby walked right out on me Oh, my baby, my baby walked right out on
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G Story 02:10
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Grady 04:48
Grady walked the two miles into town most every day With his funny, jerky gait it seemed he galloped all the way With his baseball cap on backwards, he'd sail into the wind He was always on the outside. We wouldn't let him in The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched He hid a grin behind his hand, he didn't talk that much Mama used to say, "You kids leave that poor man alone" We'd follow him and giggle, saying "Grady, sing your song" Chorus Grady would dance for a penny While he sang "Those Oklahoma Hills Where I Was Born" I carry this picture of old Grady even though it's getting kind of worn The edges are ragged and torn I remember the day it happened, I was coming home from school The banker's baby daughter had fallen in the pool Grady saw it happen, he jumped the fence and he plunged right in He saved her life, but he gave his - he never learned to swim Chorus I wish you could've seen the funeral they had for old Grady He even got his picture in the paper My dad cut it out and gave it to me... Said he was a hero Chorus The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched And he was...by God
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Ride On 03:22
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GB Story 00:53
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Standin' on the mesa, staring at the night The stars are cold and bright, like burnished steel A thousand contradictions are running through my mind As I try to understand what I feel Distance and space are what defined us Now everything's too close for me to see I watch the far-off lightning of rain clouds closing in And the storms we had flood my memory Chorus You never combed your hair like that And where's that fiery, fierce look in your eye? I'm lookin' at a stranger, they tell me he's my Dad And I'm tryin' to find a way to say goodbye Now you're gone and I stand here bewildered It never crossed my mind that you could die Years have dulled the anger of old wounds left unhealed I hurry home but we've run out of time Chorus I'm lookin' at a stranger, they tell me he's my Dad And I'm tryin' to find a way to say goodbye

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released January 1, 2000

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