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    Track 1 - Ashes & Diamonds

     

    Track 2 - Lady Whiskey

     

    Track 3 - I'm out of this Place

     

    Track 4 - JulieTrack 4 - Julie

     

    Track 5 - Before I get to Heaven

     

    Track 6 - The Preacher

     

    Track 7 - Ribbon of sky-blue Lace

     

    Track 8 - Rosalita

    Track 9 - The Last Time (that he saw Marie)

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    Virg's new video of The Last Time (that he saw Marie)

Words & Music copyright (c) Gareth Owen. May 2013/2014

 

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Songs featured in the Movie - Old Country

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I’m a Long Tall Cowboy

Well I was down Missouri once
Just passing the time of day
I stopped for a shave in a barber’s shop
That I passed along the way.
Well, the barber he was a small man
Personality was Grey
Most memorable thing about him was
You’d forget his face next day.
He said himself, ‘I’m a small town man
Ain’t nothin’ special ‘bout me
I never done nothing with my life,’
Well I just had to agree.
‘I lived in Clay County all my life,’
He said with a kind of sigh,
‘I was born and bred in this two-bit shack
And this is where I’ll die.
My life don’t amount to a handful of dust
But I’m proud and I’ll tell you why-
‘Cos I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.
Yes I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.

I’m a nobody man
From a nowhere town
Lead a nothing kind of life
Got three second-rate kids
And a second-hand car
And a plain kinda second-hand wife.
We once broke up Jolene and me
We was worse of living apart
And I’ve cut out beer and cigarettes
Since they put this valve in my heart.
I watch the weather on t.v.
I read about Sport and Crime
I watch life walking past my door
But nobody watches mine.
Now the life of a man should grow like a tree
And so I’ve often been told
So I watch my face in the mirror
But all I grow is old.
But though my life don’t amount to much
I’ll be happy when I die-
‘Cos I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.
Yeah I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James rising by.

I was raised by Ma most on her own
Had no kin I could rightly call mine
‘Cept a half kind of brother
By an outside dude
Died of fever when he was nine.
And my Pa sold brushes door to door
Drifted in on a passing train
Spent and hour with Ma in a cheap motel
Then drifted on out again.
And I lost my faith in religion
When I saw my Momma die
Though the preacher told me I loved her
I just couldn’t make myself cry.
When I look at Jolene as she sleeps some nights
Why love seems to me like a stone
You can lay with a woman all your life
And still sleep all alone.
Sometimes I can see myself dyin’
I can see it clear as day
See the blinds pulled down
On an empty room
While the world looks the other way
But with the last breath in my body
Be sure you’ll hear me cry-
That I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by
Yeah I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.

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20 Second Extract

Sing an Old Country Song

I was riding in my car when I was twenty
The sweetest girl I knew was by my side
Her name was Laura Lee
And she was pure as driven snow
Next Saturday she’d be my blushing bride.

I’d loved that girl since I was only seven
Her hair was like the sun and three yards long
And when she caught it in the wheel and she got dragged out and caught her heel in the bumper,why, she broke her back, her teeth fell out and I sat down and thought, whatever can I do…

Sing her an old Country song
Sing her an old Country song
When times get hard and the roof falls in
The whole damn world seems full of sin
Why, sing an old country song.

My Pa give me a puppy for my birthday
(Loved that hound dog)
Whenever I was bad or in disgrace
Well, that dog would cover me in puppy kisses
And lick the salty tears right offa my face.

Well, he saved my life one evening down in Memphis
When a diseased, half-breed hooker tempted me
(Was a real dirty girl)
She would have kissed me on the lips
Dog got in first and started frothing at the mouth.

Lay on his back with his paws in the air,
why  he was the first dog in Tennessee to die of  herpes and I thought,
whatever can I do…

Sing him an old Country Song… etc

My life has been a story of disasters
Nothing that I did would work out right
Till I hit a  seam of gold one day in Dawson
(That’s prospectin’ country there)
And went to blow it out with dynamite.

Well I saw the mountain falling down upon me
I saw my body travellin’ different ways
The next thing that I knew about there was angels singin’ and I was standing in front of these here Pearly Gates and St. Peter he looked down at my poor broken body and I thought, whatever can I do…

Sing him an old Country song …etc…

That’s what you have to do folks, when it seems like the whole world is sitting there, right on your shoulders just get your guitar out and get to strummin’ You better believe. Yes sir.

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20 Second Extract

Why did God give Lucinda such a Beautiful Ass

Lived my life in Kansas
Working on the land
For Mr Jobley’s stud farm
And I played in a Country band
Been married now for fifteen years
And I love my family
Got five boys, two girls and a dog
Mean the whole wide world to me.

Why did God give Lucinda such a beautiful ass?
How could he do this to me?
I feel week when Lucinda walks past
That ass will be the ruin of me.

When I first come here Lucinda you weren’t but five years old, took you to church honey but you got growed and your ass growed too

Why did God give Lucinda such a beatiful ass?
That ass will be the ruin of me.

Always read the Bible
And I lived religiously
I never left God’s narrow path
When the devil he tempted me
‘Till Mr Jobley’s daughter
Lucinda she passed my door
She wore the tightest pants in Kansas City
And a look that promised more.

Why did God give….etc

Had to tell somebody, told my wife Ellie Mae. We knelt by the bed and we prayed. Here’s what we prayed: Why did God give Lucinda such a beautiful ass
That ass will be the ruin of me.

Why did God give Lucinda…etc I go to bed nights try real hard to dream good things but all I see is but, but but…

Why did God give Lucinda such a beautiful ass
That ass will be the ruin of me.

Went to see the Preacher
When temptation it grew too great
I was being pulled to Hell by
That fifteen year old jail bate
I couldn’t believe that Preacher
In confession after Mass
Why, he closed his eyes in prayer and said,
‘Ain’t Lucinda got some ass!’

Why did God give Lucinda…etc

Tried real hard walkin’ round with my eyes shut, ain’t no good. I see this vision;
Heaven in denim with a life of its own- rotatin’ rotatin’ and moving away That ass will be the ruin of me.

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20 Second Extract

Jesse James and the Barber

Well I was down Missouri once
Just passing the time of day
I stopped for a shave in a barber’s shop
That I passed along the way.
Well, the barber he was a small man
Personality was Grey
Most memorable thing about him was
You’d forget his face next day.
He said himself, ‘I’m a small town man
Ain’t nothin’ special ‘bout me
I never done nothing with my life,’
Well I just had to agree.
‘I lived in Clay County all my life,’
He said with a kind of sigh,
‘I was born and bred in this two-bit shack
And this is where I’ll die.
My life don’t amount to a handful of dust
But I’m proud and I’ll tell you why-
‘Cos I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.
Yes I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.

I’m a nobody man
From a nowhere town
Lead a nothing kind of life
Got three second-rate kids
And a second-hand car
And a plain kinda second-hand wife.
We once broke up Jolene and me
We was worse of living apart
And I’ve cut out beer and cigarettes
Since they put this valve in my heart.
I watch the weather on t.v.
I read about Sport and Crime
I watch life walking past my door
But nobody watches mine.
Now the life of a man should grow like a tree
And so I’ve often been told
So I watch my face in the mirror
But all I grow is old.
But though my life don’t amount to much
I’ll be happy when I die-
‘Cos I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.
Yeah I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James rising by.

I was raised by Ma most on her own
Had no kin I could rightly call mine
‘Cept a half kind of brother
By an outside dude
Died of fever when he was nine.
And my Pa sold brushes door to door
Drifted in on a passing train
Spent and hour with Ma in a cheap motel
Then drifted on out again.
And I lost my faith in religion
When I saw my Momma die
Though the preacher told me I loved her
I just couldn’t make myself cry.
When I look at Jolene as she sleeps some nights
Why love seems to me like a stone
You can lay with a woman all your life
And still sleep all alone.
Sometimes I can see myself dyin’
I can see it clear as day
See the blinds pulled down
On an empty room
While the world looks the other way
But with the last breath in my body
Be sure you’ll hear me cry-
That I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by
Yeah I once met a man
Who talked with a man
Who saw Jesse James riding by.

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20 Second Extract

Ballad of Jesse James

Jesse James we understand
Had killed many a man
He robbed the Union Train
But history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Had laid Jesse James in his grave.

It was on a Saturday night
All the stars were shining bright
They robbed that Glendale train
It was one of the younger Fords
That gathered in the spoils
And carried that money away.

Now Jesse had a wife
To mourn for his life
Three children they were brave
But that dirty little coward
He shot Mr Howard
And laid Jesse James in his grave.

In that small house unawares
A straightening pictures there
He thought he heard a noise
And as he turned his head
A bullet struck him dead
Fired by Bob or one of the Fords.

Now Jesse had a wife…etc  and out.

   (Traditional arranged Clenthills)

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20 Second Extract

The Waltzin’ Kid

A young girl’s eyes searching
The hills far away
For a man who once loved her
And left her one day
Three kids with no daddy
And the stream runnin’ dry
And the bed cold beside her
And her heart asking why.

  Chorus
Why do you waltz
Sweet Waltzin’ Kid
Why do you keep your love hid?
She will forgive
Whatever you did
‘Cos she loves you sweet Waltzin’ Kid.

He rode out one morning
And his gun told her why
With the morning sun pouring
From that great Texas sky
She asked, ‘Why must you go kid
When you know my love is true?’
He said, ‘A man has to do
What a man has to do.’

  Chorus
Why do you waltz…etc

There was part of his story
From her he kept hid
She never suspected
That her man was the kid
Though she’d noticed when dreaming
How his lips they whistled low
And how his feet in the bed clothes
Danced  slow-quick-quick-slow.

  Chorus
Why do you waltz…etc and out

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20 Second Extract

Can you Hear that Sound?

Can you hear that sound?
That’s my heart bursting
Bursting over you
’Cos your love has gone.
Your eyes alone
Can find the pieces
Put your glasses on
And walk around looking down.

Can you hear that sound?
That’s my lungs calling
Calling out to you
To come back to me.

Do your cheeks feel wet?
That’s my tears a-falling
Out of my eyes
And all over you.
My stomach can’t eat
Can’t eat my breakfast
Can’t eat my lunch
Can’t eat my dinner
Can’t eat at home
Can’t eat in restaurants
Can’t eat packed lunch
Can’t eat fast food.

Can you hear that sound?
That’s my heart bursting
Bursting over you
’Cos your love has gone.

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20 Second Extract

If my House was as Big as my Heart

The clock on the wall ticks  the seconds
And sixty ticks the minutes away
Takes sixty more minutes
To make up one hour

Now seven of those days
Makes up one week
Four weeks makes a month so they say
Takes twelve of those months
And that makes one year
And that’s how your life drifts away

So the clock on the wall ticks the seconds
Tells me that the time has come to part
Well I’d love to take you home with me
If my house was as big as my heart.

As my heart …etc    and out

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20 Second Extract

Stone drunk Again

Driving down the highway
On a medicine show
Selling pills and sweet religion
Down in Boise Idaho
I was sat on Momma’s knee
Sister Mae was singing hymns
Pa was drinking moonshine gin
Momma shouted, ‘It’s a sin
There’s your daddy look at him-
Stone drunk again!’

Pa he laughed right back at Ma
One thing he did not know
Both of them was riding to
The last Rodeo.
When he saw them cows a coming
There was nothing he could do
When Mamma screamed, she screamed too late
When the god Lord wants you he won’t wait
And Daddy drove through Heaven’s Gate-
Stone drunk again.

         Chorus

Stone drunk again
Stone drunk again
Daddy can you hear me
In your bar room in the sky?
Well I sometimes get to wondering if’n
I’m a lot like him
I guess I’m closest to you Daddy
When I’m stone drunk again.

There’s a tree out in the desert
Two names carved on the wood
And dust falls on the road that once
Ran thick with tears and blood
I can see my daddy sometimes
In that everlasting night
Trying to shelter from the rain
Liquored up to kill the pain
Singing songs and raising Cain
Stone drunk again.-

        Chorus
Stone drunk again…etc    and out

(recorded at Virgil’s home on an old recorder-but we thought you’d like to hear it.)

Words & Music copyright (c) Gareth Owen. 1984