Tune About Tennessee

Oh when I’m on my death bed
About to meet our maker in heaven
And you come to visit with me
Don’t be sad I’m leavin’
And prematurely grievin’
Sing me a tune about Tennessee

Don’t want a song about California
Or one ‘bout pretty Nevada
Where I learned how to snow ski
Don’t you sing about Kentucky
Where in love, I got so lucky
Sing me a tune about Tennessee

Chorus
Cause it’s where all great songs are born
From the songwriters who are there
Writing tune after tune n prayin’
They’ll be sung at the Opry one eve
It’s where I fell in love with Country Music
And the girl who set my soul on fire then free
Oh won’t you sing me a tune about Tennessee

Solo

Even though I wasn’t raised in that state
Oh no, I had to be patient and wait
Til after I graduated with a degree
And when I got to the station
I felt a sense of sweet elation
And I started singin’ about Tennessee

Chorus
Cause it’s where all great songs are born
From the songwriters who live there
Writing tune after tune n prayin’
They’ll be sung at the Opry one eve
It’s where I fell in love with Country Music
And the girl who set my soul on fire then free
Oh please sing me a tune about Tennessee

Oh please sing me home
with a tune about Tennessee

2020, Matthew Kenneth Gray

On Writing Songs

Inspired by Paul Williams, Doak Turner and Steven McClintock

Write from the heart
Not from the head
Songs that you’re proud of
Songs lighter than lead
Songs lighter than feathers
And stronger than steel
Songs that have depth
Songs you can feel
Songs people will relate to
Songs people will like
In arenas and dive bars
Or at some Open Mic
Songs that have meaning
Songs that won’t quit
Songs that’ll inspire
Songs people will get
Songs that are riddles
But aren’t hard to understand
The kind we’ll all cherish
But can’t hold in our hands
So they make way to our hearts
They make way to our souls
They grab hold of our visions
They fill our deepest holes
They unite us and trigger
All the things we already know
But we still learn from them
Songs help us all grow
Especially those who write them
Like builders of cars
That take us places
Like inner caverns or to the stars
Where we can see hope
In the promise of every day
That someone might listen
To what these songs say
And what they mean
What they represent
Pure love & communication
and a life well spent

February 7, 2020

What Will We Do Without Willie?

As I was driving on an empty country road
and had a Venti Starbucks Cafe Mocha at my side
I had my Essential Willie Nelson cd on
Cos I needed to hear some classics during my ride
My Cousin Janet used to play him all the time
but my parents didn’t own any of his cassettes
Instead, they’d play lots of Neil Diamond & John Denver
and against smokin’ weed and nicotine cigarettes

Well I listened to every song in Willie’s collection
Like Pancho & Lefty and the rockin’ Whiskey River
When he said in that song, “I gotta get drunk,”
I thought about the damage he’d do to his liver
And I wondered what would happen if he passed away
With a hand on the wheel, I wrote the title down
Oh, now what would we do without dear Willie?
I don’t think we’d go out and paint the town

Well, per his request he wants to be rolled up
and smoked like a doobie when he dies
But I think we’ll all be so distraught then
It’ll come as a shock and a sad surprise
And I’ll hate to see the look on all the faces
‘specially the tears flowin’ from my Cousin Janet’s eyes
Oh what will we do without dear Willie
I know I won’t be singin’ anythin’ like Blue Skies

I don’t like ponderin’ about anyone’s death
I don’t wanna think about things I can’t control
But I know Willie’s gonna leave just like a cowboy
Whenever our Precious Lord calls home his sweet soul
I can’t help but want to meet him in Hawaii
Before our dear Willie’s not around anymore
So Willie, if you’re listenin’ to this tribute to you
If I come knockin’ please open that damn door

Well per his his request he wants to be rolled up
and smoked like a doobie when he dies
But I think we’ll all be so distraught then
It’ll come as a shock and a sad surprise
I’ll hate to see the look on all the faces
‘specially the tears flowin’ from my Cousin Janet’s eyes
Oh, what will we do without our beloved Willie?
I just know I won’t be singin’ anythin’ like Blue Skies

Oh, what will we do without our beloved Willie?
I just know I won’t be singin’ anythin’ like Blue Skies

February 3, 2020

Lighthearted Love

Lighthearted love
is all they wanted
Lighthearted love
like a summer breeze
Lighthearted love
was all they needed
So they’d have
Lighthearted memories

They met on the internet
in a chatroom at four am
Both couldn’t sleep a wink
and exhausted from the gym
They were young and striving
on opposite sides of the States
But had something in common
They were tired of dead-end dates

Lighthearted love
is all they wanted
Lighthearted love
like a summer breeze
Lighthearted love
was all they needed
So they’d have
Lighthearted memories

They shared their horror stories
That night they couldn’t sleep
Then soon it was morning
She didn’t think he was a creep
They logged in the next night
Happy the other was online
It seemed to be predestined
Like it was all from God’s design

Lighthearted love
was what had begun
Lighthearted love
Growing in their hearts
Lighthearted love
was all that mattered
Even though
they were many miles apart

And the next few weeks they shared
their life stories across the miles
They told each other their secrets
and they confided about their trials
So on one sunny day half way
Between Manhattan and LA
They met in Central Illinois
Shared a meal and bottle of Cabernet

Lighthearted love
is what they had then
Lighthearted love
without drama or strife
Lighthearted love
is what they share now
He’s her good husband
and she’s his great wife

He’s her good husband
and she’s his great wife

January 27, 2020

RC and a Moonpie

We were young
Too young for love of any kind
But still, I tried
I desired to blow your little mind
We went down to the General Store
I spent silver dollars and a dime
Just so you and I could share
our first RC and a Moonpie

I was twelve
You were going on eleven
It was a crush
You were my idea of heaven
You held my hand the way there
Though it was nearly suppertime
Just so you and I could share
our first RC and a Moonpie

We sat outside on the porch
It was only me and you there
I remember how you smiled
and your golden wavy hair
I don’t know if we were gone long
But I didn’t really care
Star crossed children do what matters
What happened after was unfair

It was dark
On that porch, we were a kissin’
And your Mom
She thought you were missin’
They found us on the swing
Your Daddy looked me in the eye
And said you’d ever see me again
or shared with any boy then
another RC and a Moonpie

We went back to that porch
It was only me and you there
I remember that next time
I wasn’t even timid or scared
We had to sneak around, sure
Star crossed teens do what matters
And now I’ll always share
an RC and a Moonpie with you

Now I’ll always share
an RC and a Moonpie with you

January 22, 2020

When She Walks Away

When she walks away
Don’t you shed a tear
Don’t you stay up all night
Don’t you fret and fear
Don’t you chase after her
Don’t you beg her to stay
Just give her patience and grace
When she walks away

She’s only thinkin’ ’bout the others
Who did her wrong all her life
And she’s gettin’ frustrated
As she’s tryin’ to be a good wife
Try to see it through her eyes
That’s just the way she works
She’s a stubborn country girl, and
knows you’re not one of them jerks

When she walks away
Don’t you feel so bad
Just trust me, my son
As I’ll always be her Dad
She’s just like her Mom
Back in those early days
She needs time and space
When she walks away

She’s only thinkin’ bout the others
Who did her wrong all her life
And she’s gettin’ frustrated
As she’s tryin’ to be a good wife
Try to see it through her eyes
That’s just the way she works
She’s a stubborn country girl,
Knows you’re not like those jerks

It’s one of her inborn traits
Especially when she’s wrong
So hang in there, kiddo
This ain’t no country song
Where the girl leaves the boy
To go drink, dance and play
She’s fighting for your love
When she walks away

Don’t get twisted up in her game
When she walks away

When she walks away

August 4, 2019; Revised January 4, 2020

Workin’ on a New One

I’ve been sittin’ here in our front room
The curtains are open, I look outside
Boy that sun is layin’ down some bright
And I’m on my second cup of coffee
Chasin’ the right words for me to write
And I wanna finish by tonight

I’m workin’ on a new one
I’m workin’ on a new one
Cause it’s all I know how to do
I’m workin’ on a new one
I’m workin’ on a new one
Cause I’m here alone & missin’ you

You left home with our precious girls
No, you didn’t forget my Momma’s pearls
Took my jacket with the scent of me
Swiped my favorite sing-along vinyls
A couple of my song filled journals
Hope you see what you needed to see

Yeah I’m workin’ on a new one
I’m workin’ on a new one
Cause it’s all I know how to do
I’m workin’ on a new one
I’m workin’ on a new one
Cause I’m here alone & missing you

I thought you & me had a lasting love
Father time would never have to test
Can’t tell me I didn’t give it my all
I put my effort in, girl I gave you my best
Tried so hard to make you happier than
you’d ever be with that salty man
But off you ran, off you ran

Cause you’re there my dear
You took the kids & all my beer
Or I’d be workin’ on a long neck bottle or two,
or maybe more than a few
Instead he’s workin’ on them with you
Yeah, while I’m in this messy front room
Workin’ on a new one and feeling so blue

So blue….. So blue…. Oh so blue

Yeah I’m workin’ on a new one
Workin’ on a new one
I’m workin’ on a new one

✅ 2019, Ryan Bennett Price & Matthew Kenneth Gray

Links to Stream:

Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/workin-on-a-new-one-acoustic-single/1491622377

Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/5zjjEz1Q7o1tnHiTqzE8Bq?si=LTXTeRuoRfaKFeKbtm2QWA

Love, Let Me Sleep

You woke up at the crack of dawn
Got out of bed & took a shower
Like you’re Wonder Woman
Ready to use her superpower

You had your bowl of Cheerios
And your cup of morning brew
And now that you woke me up
This what I gotta say to you

Love, my sweet love, let me sleep
I had a hard day at work last night
And when I rolled into the drive
The sun was already shinin’ bright
You know I’d get up with you if I could
I know you think I’m a lazy SOB creep
But love, leave me in peace to sleep

You’re looking at me in disgust
You think I should get out of bed
And I can’t get you to understand
Now your face is turning radish red

You just threw a heavy book at me
And a big pitcher of ice cold water
Like you had just been disappointed
As if you were our youngest daughter

So love, my sweet love, let me sleep
I had a hard day at work last night
And when I rolled into the drive
The sun was already shinin’ bright
You know I’d get up with you if I could
I know you think I’m a lazy SOB creep
But love, leave me in peace to sleep

You got a healthy eight hours last night
You got to take up our queen size bed
While I was out there workin overtime
Sugarplums were dancin’ in your head

So love, my sweet love, let me sleep
I had a hard day at work last night
When my truck rolled into the drive
The sun was already shinin’ bright
And love, my sweet love let me sleep
You know I’d get up with you if I could
I know you think I’m a lazy SOB creep
But love, leave me in peace to sleep

Love, my sweet love, let me sleep
Love, my sweet love, let me sleep
Love, let me sleep
Let me….
Zzzzzzzz

December 16, 2019

Blue Blazes

She walks into our favorite bar
And I break into a cold sweat
Her light blue eyes see me
And it’s just like when we met

It was at a Golf Course cafe’
She was waiting there for me
Even though it was February
We had to cool off by the sea

Cause she’s hot
Whoa she’s hot
As Blue Blazes
Blue Blazes

Now she’s holding my hand
And I order her favorite drink
She takes off her winter coat
It was her mother’s faux mink

And she gives me that wink
The one I know so very well
Everyone around us there
Are caught up in her spell

Cause she’s hot
Whoa she’s hot
As Blue Blazes
Blue Blazes

She’s sweeter than candied apples
Her steamy kisses fog up my bifocals
She doesn’t get why she’s admired
By Out of Towners and The Locals
She’s nothing like the rest of them
All the women in this crowded place
She thinks she’s just about average
But she has a timeless sexy face

I’m not sure what she sees in me
Yeah I’m just a regular blue collar joe
I’m the luckiest man because of her
How much I love her, she’ll never know

How I’m so surprised
Out of all the guys
She could have ended up with
She chooses me every night and day
She doesn’t care about my lack of raises
Or my multiple random weird phases
She just thinks I’m hot as blue blazes
And makes me feel like a wealthy king
She’s hot as blue blazes
She’s hot as blue blazes
With her by my side I can do anything

With her by my side I can do anything

Black Friday, 2019