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Ronny Cox Live

by Ronny Cox

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An ol' rusty nail stole the air from my whitewall tire A black cat on a ladder crossed the moon And I counted 13 steps from where you threw my mirror I don't think I'm comin' back to you Tried not to notice when you stepped upon that sidewalk crack It didn't have to mean our love affair was doomed But you laughed at me, and said I'm too damned superstitious I don't think I'm comin' back to you Chorus You tossed my lucky boot You replaced it with that chicken foot I'm tryin' to figure out exactly when I lost control A hurricane has wrecked my car, my pool is missing from my back yard Hell, my dog's even starting to look like Marie Leveau Now I think about it, since the day that you moved in here My little parakeet's turned awfully mean and cruel And just last night my goldfish nailed me with an evil eye I don't think I'm comin' back to you Chorus Woke up this morning had this awful pain there in my neck I saw a doll that looked like me danglin' from a noose You can have my house, I left the keys out in the mailbox I don't think I'm comin' back...I'm pretty sure I'm not comin' back... Ain't a chance in hell I'm comin' back to you
Larry is a veteran, I've seen him at the store Six pack of malt liquor, Prozac of the poor A can of chili and a can of beans...pack of cigarettes Four cheap cigars and he writes a check He climbs in to his van, it's a blue Econoline And they're both on their last legs, if looks are any sign There's a flag on the bumper and just to the right An eagle with a nail file saying "It's time to fight" Chorus You think you've got nothing to give Look around how people live Loneliness is poverty Say hey, say hey to me I had an old piano, it just didn't belong A couple of missing keys seemed to be in every song And even when I had it tuned it didn't sound that good I was tempted to scrap the guts and burn the wood So I put it in the paper, a piano for free If you can haul it you can have it, people came to see Some folks played "Chop Sticks" or "Heart and Soul" But they were always hammerin' in that empty hole. Chorus "I hear you got a piano" he said with suspicion He was shaking from the cold, and probably malnutrition I said, "Hey Larry, won't you come on in Can I fix you some coffee?" But he wasn't listening He went straight to that piano like he'd seen an old friend He drew his name in the dust, told me where it was made and when Said "I haven't seen one of these since I was a boy" And his face was twisted into joy Chorus Well, we talked a few minutes then the coffee was hot And I said "Hey, Larry, won't you show me what you've got" He showed me what he had alright, with conviction and soul He banged the Barrelhouse Blues, baby he rolled like Jelly Roll He played songs of love and country..."From Sea to Shining Sea" And not once, not once did I hear a broken key A broken old piano and a broken old man Rolled away smokin' in a broken old van Chorus
Oberammergau 03:26
I remember Sunday mornings, sittin' on Grandpa's knee The congregation singing "Rock of Ages, Cleft for me" The preacher spoke of Heaven, he warned about the fires of Hell He taught the love of Jesus and drawing life from the living well Chorus Children, let not your life be troubled By thing you can't do nothin' about If his eye is on the sparrow Then He sure won't let you down We were gathered by the Harpeth River, it was close enough to Jordan for me When I came up from that water my sins had been set free Now I stand upon that promise, I'm safe in the Master's hand And I don't have to worry, I'm gonna see the Promised Land Chorus Singin' Glory Halleluliah, sing it right out loud If his eye is on the sparrow, then he sure won't let you down No he sure won't let you down Chorus
Quintanaroo 04:45
The shadow of a ceiling fan sweeps across the floor He stares at the shutters, stays out of view So many reasons, he's forgotten them now But he followed them all to Quintanaroo He'd kill for a cigarette, the Cuervo is gone Nowhere to go, nothing to do So he waits for the chance, slip out with the dawn But dawn takes forever in Quintanaroo Chorus Once it was easy, you could always talk your way out It didn't matter if what you said was true Truth and lies are all the same, hell, everything you knew Don't mean nothing in Quintanaroo From Lupo's cantina music seeps through the door And it plays like a movie there in his head The burning white flash, the look of surprise The cobblestone street, a river of red Chorus He knows that they'll find him, it's just a matter of time No one can save you in Quintanaroo Truth and lies are all the same, hell, everything you knew Don't mean nothing in Quintanaroo No one can save you, in Quintanaroo
Austin 00:21
I had no doubt, had no fear Guess that you could call me cavalier I was playing loose, thought it would stay Hold on tight, love slips away Love what you have, you might have naught Thank your lucky stars for what you've got One day sunshine, next day rain Hold on tight, love slips away Chorus Love slips away when you're not watching All the things you love Love slips away when you're the only one You're thinking of Here's my advice, make it real Tell the ones you love just how you feel Don't wait 'til tomorrow, tell 'em today Hold on tight, love slips away
Recognition 01:36
You give your hand to me, and then you say hello An that we met somewhere about three years ago I claim to recognize, but it's a pack of lies 'Cause I don't know you You say you got me stoned back at some festival Then you fell down the hill and lost a testicle Think I'd remember it, it must have been great shit 'Cause I don't know you I meet, I'd say, oh, fifity folks a day With all the singing and playing I do Each year, I guess, five thousand more or less, So, no offense, but would you remember you? You give your hand to me, and then we say goodbye I clap you on the back and say "Love you...........guy" And then I think of how we'll meet three years from now And I won't know you
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
Sanctuary 04:15
Where do you go with a brand new foal? Ground froze solid 'neathe the blowing snow Sanctuary Fought off the coyotes, fooled a lion Got Black Hawk Creek in the back of her mind Sanctuary, Sanctuary Chorus There's a southside pocket where the rimrock's ending Cheat grass, water and a sun ascending If her colt's gonna make it his life's depending On Sanctuary Morning breaks pretty on the canyon floor A place that she's been looking for She tests the wind until she's sure It's Sanctuary Chorus
I Love Words 01:38
They both swear they met by chance He liked the band, she liked to dance They were in love at their first glance Mamihlapinatapei All that summer, no matter what they did You could always see them with her hand in his They almost said it once, but God forbid Mamihlapinatapei Chorus Funny how the patterns of our well-laid plans Tangle our way Scared that we'd unravel if we said the words We never say Mamihlapinatapei We can't say what's in our hearts Our minds keep saying "Is this smart?" But our eyes ask "Can't we start?" Mamihlapinatapei Chorus They were married yesterday Two lovers danced the night away Words could never touch what their eyes convey No, words can't touch what their eyes say Mamihlapinatapei....Mamihlapinatapei.....Mamihlapinatapei 10, When I Go (D. Carter) Come lonely hunter, chieftain and king I will fly like a falcon when I go Bear me, my brother, under your wing I will strike, fell, like lightning when I go I will bellow like the thunder drum, invoke the storm of war A twisting pillar, spun of dust and blood, up from the prairie floor I will sweep the foe before me like a gale out on the snow And the wind will long recount the story, reverence and glory When I go Spring spirit dancer, nimble and thin I will leap like coyote when I go Tireless entrancer, lend me your skin I will run like the gray wolf When I go I will climb the rise at daybreak, I will kiss the sky at noon Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon I will make the lay of long defeat and draw the chorus slow I'll send this message down the wire and hope that someone wise is listening When I go And when the sun comes, trumpet from his red house in the east He will find a standing stone where long I chanted my release He will send his morning messenger to strike the hammer blow I will crumble down uncountable in showers of crimson rubies When I go Sigh, mournful sister, whisper and turn I will rattle like dry leaves when I go Stand in the mist where my fire used to burn I will camp on the night breeze when I go And should you glimpse my wandering form out on the borderline Between death and resurrection and the council of the pines Do not worry for my comfort, do not sorrow for me so All your diamond tears will rise up and adorn the sky beside me When I go
Dave Carter 02:10
When I Go 04:12
You need two cups of cornbread, finely ground Make sure it's white when they mill it And then some oil, about an inch deep Real hot, but not smokin' in the skillet Four spoons of flour, a teaspoon of salt Then you pour from that whistlin' pot Two cups of boiling water Be careful, don't you spill it Now comes the tricky part, you gotta add the water To all that dry stuff you got And the only way to do it is to put our hands in it Do it quickly, 'cause it's hot Drop 'em in the skillet when they're round Turn 'em over once they're brown Feeds four hungry people, and that's a lot Chorus Hot water cornbreat, my grandma's cornbread I see her in the kitchen, oh, I miss her so I hear my grandma saying "Bless my soul" It takes me back to childhood Sunday mornings Grandma singing in some mystery key I hear my daddy saying "Rise and shine, you lazy cowboy" Someone's in there cooking up a special treat for us to eat And I know just what he's talking about so I jump out of bed It's gotta be my grandma's sweet cornbreat Chorus Now I ain't had any hot water cornbread since I I grew up and moved away 'Cause the doctors nowaways say if you eat that fried stuff There's gonna be hell to pay Well, I guess they're right but here's what I think If you spend your life trying to be in the pink You don't really live any longer, it just seems that way Chorus My grandma used to say "Bless my soul"
Old tin roof, leaves in the gutter A hole in the scren door big as your fist Flies on the butter Mamaw makin' sugar cookies, we were watchin' cartoons Heard her holler from the kitchen "Which one of you young'uns Wants to lick the spoon?" Yellow Jackets on a watermelon, honeysuckle in the air Daddy turnin' on the sprinkler as kids runnin' through it In our underwear Old dog nappin' on the front porch, his ears just a twitchin' Fall asleep on Grandaddy's lap to the sound Of his pocket watch tickin' Chorus Oh, oh it doesn't feel like it was all that long ago Oh, oh you can dream about it every now and then But you can't go home again Me and my best friend Rickey set up a backyard camp Stole one of Mama's mason jars, poked holes in the lid and Made a firefly lamp Me and Jenny Monroe sneaking down by the river I'm still haunted by the kiss I was Too scared to give her Chorus There's a blacktop road, faded yellow center line It can take you back to a place, but it can't take you Back in time Chorus Old tin roof, leaves in the gutter A hole in the scren door big as your fist Flies on the butter
Last Saturday night I got married Me and my wife settled down Now me and my wife are parted Gona take a little stroll downtown Chorus Irene, goodnight, Irene, Irene goodnight Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene I'll see you in my dreams Stop rambling, stop your gambling Stop staying out late at night Go home to your wife and family Stay there by the fireside bright Chorus Sometimes she sleeps in pajamas Sometimes she sleeps in a gown But when they are both in the laundry Irene is the talk of the town ....That's when I come around Chorus


released January 1, 2004


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