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The Hits (Tracks 10-18)

  • #01 Standing Outside The Fire
  • #02 Rodeo
  • #03 What She's Doing Now
  • #04 We Shall Be Free
  • #05 Papa Loved Mama
  • #06 Shameless
  • #07 Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House
  • #08 That Summer
  • #09 The Dance








    Standing Outside The Fire

    We call them cool
    Those hearts that have no scars to show
    The ones that never do let go
    And risk the tables being turned

    We call them fools
    Who have to dance within the flame
    Who chance the sorrow and the shame
    That always comes with getting burned

    But you've got to be tough when consumed by desire
    'Cause it's not enough just to stand outside the fire

    We call them strong
    Those who can face this world alone
    Who seem to get by on their own
    Those who will never take the fall

    We call them weak
    Who are unable to resist
    The slightest chance love might exist
    And for that forsake it all

    They're so hell-bent on giving ,walking a wire
    Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the
    fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire

    There's this love that is burning
    Deep in my soul
    Constantly yearning to get out of control
    Wanting to fly higher and higher
    I can't abide
    Standing outside the fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire



    Rodeo

    His eyes are cold and restless
    His wounds have almost healed
    And she'd give half of Texas
    Just to change the way he feels


    She knows his love's in Tulsa
    And she knows he's gonna go
    Well, it ain't no woman, flesh and blood
    It's that damned old rodeo

    CHORUS
    Well, it's bulls and blood
    It's dust and mud
    It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
    It's the white in his knuckles
    The gold in the buckle
    He'll win the next go 'round
    It's boots and chaps
    It's cowboy hats
    It's spurs and latigo
    It's the ropes and the reins
    And the joy and the pain
    And they call the thing rodeo

    She does her best to hold him
    When his love comes to call
    But his need for it controls him
    And her back's against the wall
    And it's "So long girl, I'll see you."
    When it's time for him to go
    You know the woman wants her cowboy
    Like he wants his rodeo

    CHORUS

    It'll drive a cowboy crazy
    It'll drive the man insane
    And he'll sell off everything he owns
    Just to pay to play her game
    And a broken home and some broken bones
    Is all he'll have to show
    For all the years that he spentchasin'
    This dream they call rodeo

    CHORUS

    It's the broncs and the blood
    It's the steers and the mud
    And they call the thing rodeo



    What She's Doing Now

    Last time I saw her it was turnin' colder
    But that was years ago
    Last I heard she had moved to Boulder
    But where she's now, I don't know
    But there's somethin' 'bout this time of year
    That spins my head around
    Takes me back, makes me wonder
    What she's doin' now

    CHORUS
    'Cause what she's doin' now is tearin' me apart
    Fillin' up my mind and emptying my heart
    I can hear her call each time the cold wind blows
    And I wonder if she knows...what she's doin' now

    Just for laughs, I dialed her old number
    But no one knew her name
    Hung up the phone, sat there and wondered
    If she'd ever done the same
    I took a walk in the evenin' wind
    To clear my head somehow
    But tonight I lie here thinkin'
    Wha's she doin' now



    We Shall Be Free

    This ain't comin' from no prophet
    Just an ordinary man
    When I close my eyes I see
    The way this world shall be
    When we all walk hand in hand

    When the last child cries for a crust of bread
    When the last man dies for just words that he said
    When there's shelter over the poorest head
    We shall be free

    When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
    And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
    When the skies and the oceans are clean again
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud
    'Cause we shall be free
    When we're free to love anyone we choose
    When this world's big enough for all different views
    When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
    Then we shall be free
    We shall be free

    We shall be free
    Have a little faith
    Hold out
    'Cause we shall be free

    And when money talks for the very last time
    And nobody walks a step behind
    When there's only one race and that's mankind
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold
    out
    We shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, have a little faith

    We shall be free



    Papa Loved Mama

    Papa drove a truck nearly all his life
    You know it drove mama crazy being a trucker's wife
    The part she couldn't handle was the being alone
    I guess she needed more to hold than just a telephone
    Papa called Mama each and every night
    Just to ask her how she was and if us kids were alright
    Mama would wait for that call to come in
    When Daddy'd hang up she was gone again

    CHORUS
    Mama was a looker
    Lord, how she shined
    Papa was a good'n
    But the jealous kind
    Papa loved Mama
    Mama loved men
    Mama's in the graveyard
    Papa's in the pen

    Well, it was bound to happen and one night it did
    Papa came home and it was just us kids
    He had a dozen roses and a bottle of wine
    If he was lookin' to surprise us, he was doin' fine
    I heard him cry for Mama up and own the hall
    Then I h heard a bottle break against the bedroom wall
    That old diesel engine made an eerie sound
    When Papa fired it up and headed into town

    Well, the picture in the paper showed the scene real well
    Papa's rig was buried in the local motel
    The desk clerk said he saw it all real clear
    He never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears

    CHORUS



    Shameless

    Well I'm shamemeless when it comes to loving you
    I'll do anything you want me to
    I'll do anything at all

    And I'm standing here for all the world to see
    Oh baby, that's what's left of me
    Don't have very far to fall

    You know now I'm not a man who's ever been
    Insecure about the world I've been living in
    I don't break easy, I have my pride
    But if you need to be satisfied

    I'm shameless, oh honey, I don't have a prayer
    Every time I see you standin' there
    I go down upon my knees

    And I'm changing, swore I'd never compromise
    Oh, but you convinced me otherwise
    I'll do anything you please

    You see in all my life I've never found
    What I couldn't resist, what I couldn't turn down
    I could walk away from anyone I ever knew
    But I can't walk away from you


    I have never let anything have this much control over me
    I work too hard to call my life my own
    And I've made myself a world and it's worked so perfectly
    But it's your world now, I can't refuse
    I've never had so much to lose
    Oh, I'm shameless

    You know it should be easy for a man who's strong
    To say he's sorry or admit when he's wrong
    I've never lost anything I've ever missed
    But I've never been in love like this

    It's out of my hands

    I'm shameless, I don't have the power now
    I don't want it anyhow
    So I got to let it go

    Oh, I'm shameless, shameless as a man can be
    You make a total fool of me
    I just wanted to you to know

    Oh, I'm shameless, I just wanted you to know
    Oh, I'm shameless, Oh, I'm down on my knees...shameless



    Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House

    Yes, she's my lady luck
    Hey, I'm her wild card man
    Together we're buildin' up a real hot hand
    We live out in the country
    Hey, she's my little queen of the South
    Yea, we're two of a kind
    Workin' on a full house

    She wakes me every mornin'
    With a smile and a kiss
    Her strong country lovin' is hard to resist
    She's my easy lovin' woman
    I'm her hard-workin' man, no doubt
    Yea, we're two of a kind
    Workin' on a full house

    Yea, a pickup truck is her limousine
    And her favorite dress is her faded blue jeans
    She loves me tender when the goin' gets tough
    Somtimes we fight just so we can make up

    Lord I need that little woman
    Like the crops need the rain
    She's my honeycomb and I'm her sugar cane
    We really fit together
    If you know what I'm talkin' about
    Yea, we're two of a kind
    Workin' on a full house

    This time I found a keeper, I made up my mind
    Lord the perfect combination is her heart and mine
    The sky's the limit, no hill is too steep
    We're playin' for fun, but we're playin' for keeps

    So draw the curtain, honey
    Turn the lights down low
    We'll find some country music on the radio
    I7m yours and you're mine
    Hey, that's what it's all about
    Yea, we're two of a kind
    Workin' on a full house

    Lordy, mama, we'll be two of a kind
    Workin' on a full house



    That Summer

    I went to work for her that summer
    A teenage kid so far from home
    She was a lonely widow woman
    Hell-bent to make it on her own
    We were a thousand miles from nowhere
    Wheat fields as far as I could see
    Both needing something from each other
    Not knowing yet what that might be

    'Til she came to me one evening
    Hot cup of coffee and a smile
    In a dress that I was certain
    She hadn't worn in quite a while
    There was a difference in her laughter
    There was a softness in her eyes
    And on the air there was a hunger
    Even a boy could recognize

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    That summer wind was all around me
    Nothing between us but the night
    When I told her that I'd never
    She softly whispered that's alright
    And then I watched her hands of leather
    Turn to velvet in a touch
    There's never been a summer
    When I have ever learned so much

    We had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    I often think about that summer
    The sweat, the moonlight and the lace
    And I have rarely held another
    When I haven't seen her face
    And every time I pass a wheat field
    And watch it dancing with the wind
    Although I know it isn't real
    I just can't help but feel
    Her hungry arms again

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    Rushing in long in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burnin' both ends of the night



    The Dance

    Looking back on the memory of
    The dance we shared 'neath the stars above
    For a moment all the world was right
    How could I have known that you'd ever say goodbye

    CHORUS
    And now I'm glad I didn't know
    The way it all would end the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
    But I'd of had to miss the dance

    Holding you I held everything
    For a moment wasn't I the king
    But if I'd only known how the king would fall
    Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all

    CHORUS

    It's my life is better left to chance
    I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance

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