How I Love Them Old Songs

by Ronny Cox

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This tribute CD is to one of Ronny's friends and accomplished song writer/performer, the late Mickey Newbury. Produced by another one of Mickey's close friends, Jack Williams, who also performs on the CD. Included are 12 great Mickey songs and 2 new ones of Ronny's.

From Jack Williams:
"I've been asked, by a few fans and friends of Mickey's music, about the new CD, "How I Love Them Old Songs - Ronny Cox Sings Mickey Newbury". I'll start by saying that Ronny knew Mickey well, and was among a great number of friends whom Mickey would call up, in the dead of night, just to sing his new songs on the speakerphone.,,The album is a real labor of love.

"There are some fans who were especially drawn to Mickey's rich and unique singing voice. It's important to understand that Ronny Cox makes no pretense at being able to interpret this music with anything like the voice Mickey had. (And who could sing it like Mickey? And why should one bother to try?) Ronny's love for the Songs themselves is abundantly clear from his sensitive interpretations. He's always been more of a storyteller than a singer, but he brings a sensitivity and an understanding to these familiar songs which I - and other listeners - find quite moving."

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released January 1, 2007

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Track Name: On The Road With Jack
A big ol' lazy gator rests his chin upon a turtle
There's a lonely Mickey freight train on the track
A wren is in the canyon there's a warbler in the myrtle
I'm on the road with Jack
And the miles turn into miles and miles
Texas fades to black
Lost in the words I am lost in the music
I'm on the road with Jack

(Refrain) Ooh, ooh ooh-ooh on the road with Jack
Ooh, ooh ooh-ooh on the road with Jack

A hawk above the field describes a circle
Jack describes the markings on his tail
And how a stellar's jay can for protection
Imitate that melancholy wail
,,,I'm on the road with Jack

Refrain

Thirty miles of swamp land once you cross that Mississippi
A foggy mist creeps in from everywhere
An old man on his front porch...just a foot above the water
Waves as he fishes from his rocking chair
On that bridge to Baton Rouge....ain't no turning back
New strings tuned and bright we are on our way to Louie's
We're singing there tonight

Ooh, ooh ooh-ooh on the road with Jack

Lost in the words...God, I love the music
I'm on the road with Mary
I'm on the road with Judy
I'm on the road with Mickey
I'm on the road with Jack
Track Name: Catherine
Catherine came into this world a little early
She came into this world on a prayer
Oh, how could anyone that small have any chance at all
There is a reason...must be a reason
She was born to make a difference
She's got something, something to do...something to do

Dr. King came to Memphis on a Thursday
The garbage men were marching arm-in-arm
Those K boys warned him not to come, but King would never run
He had a reason...a real good reason
He was there to make a difference
He had something...something to do...something to do

Oh, oh, oh he had something
Oh, oh, oh he had something
He was there to make a difference
He had something...something to do...something to do

Something to give...something to share
The courage to see it through
To make a stand, to carry on
Can sometimes move a mountain

Look around this world has got some problems
The air we breathe..the homeless on our streets
Oh, what if you and you and me, if all of us could see
There is a reason....we've got a reason
And we could make a difference
We've got something...something to do...something to do

Oh, oh, oh we've got something
Oh, oh, oh we've got something
Together we could make a difference
We've got something...something to do...something to do