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Some of the Songs
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New River By Lee Rector Well, Iím tired to the bone Of the general tone Waitiní for my dreams to turn the pages Just been gettingí along With nothing goin' on I think itís time, I head down a new river Clothes on my back Ragged as the pack, Lord, that I carry Goiní no where blues Lord, I got my hat and shoes so weary And Iím tired of just getting by Sick of being so high Think itís time I head down a new river. Clothes on my back Ragged as the pack, Lord, that I carry Goiní nowhere blues Lord I got my hat and shoes so weary And Iím tired of just gettingí by Sick of beiní so high Think itís time I head down a new river. A Peaceful New Beginning By Lee Rector Dawn, open wide the eyes of this sleepy one The night lies behind and weíve just begun For life was made to celebrate, looking for the sun And today is a peaceful new beginning. Heart, beat stronger now lift my soul awake Give me strength to carry the crosses that we make And as I pick up to bear, still I celebrate In a day of a peaceful new beginning (Bridge) Today the sun is shining down, the sky is glowing clear Birds on the horizon sweep clean the morning air And as I look for the Son and answers to my prayer I see today is a peaceful new beginning. Yesterday was thunder, Lord, the rip and tear of rain Drownders falling overboard, calling out their names But now the storm is over and I can rise again To a day of a peaceful new beginning Yes today is a peaceful new beginning. Within Me By Lee Rector God, I see your light I see is shining within me God, I know youíre here And I can feel you within me, God, I know your touch And I can feel you come forth from me Within me God And from me God I thank you God For coming to dwell in me God, I know your voice And I can hear it deep within me Good are your ways And is the love you place within me Happy are my days Since I recognize your coming Within me God And from me God I thank you God For coming to dwell in me. Hope has filled my heart And positive is my direction Now that I have you within me God Iíve made connection Everlasting love and striving To be like you father Within me God And from me God I thank you God For coming to dwell in me. Ascending By Lee Rector (Refrain) Ascending, Ascending To the mansion worlds up above Are you ascending Through the stairways of love? The first step to heavenís believing The rest is quite easy to do Just pledge you will love one another Let love guide you all your days through (Refrain) Christ showed the will of the father To a world lost in darkness below If you live the words of your teacher Ascending you will go. (Refrain) Iím Richly Blessed By Lee Rector You give me a happy family The best place on earth to live You send the Spirit of Truth When I most need it (Refrain) And all you ask of me Is that I do my best Oh, I thank you Michael For Iím richly blessed. You want to see me though This world and many more You lend me a hand As you go before (Refrain) You show me the love of the Father And how I can go to him You give me the key To the eternal plan And all you ask of me Is that I do my best Oh, I thank you Michael For Iím richly blessed God Bless The Children By Lee Rector God bless the children In every land God bless the brothers God bless the man God bless the spirit Show us the way And God bless you Father For every living day Itís Your Life By Lee Rector Then I was down With nothing at all On my knees, I finally did fall With nothing to loose I uttered a payer And my life it started right there. Said, ďLord Iím empty With nothing to give Wonít you show me the reason To live?Ē He said, ďItís your life And youíll live it One way or another Youíll give it. Itís your life Donít abuse it For the good of your brother Use it!Ē I raised up my head And lo I beheld A hand to help me Off the ground. I looked in his eyes And as I arose From a loving face Came a voiceÖ He said, Itís your live And youíll live it One way or another Youíll give it. Itís your life Donít abuse it For the good of your brother Use it!Ē For the good of your brother Use it. Light and Life By Lee Rector I had a dream or a vision Came churning into the night When an angel told me the story Of the coming paradise. No more death upon the planet No more hunger, toil or strife When all of mankind is settled In the glorious light of life. There will be no rebellion When the truth is made right We will love one another In the glorious light of life. We are all sons of almighty We can choose eternal life When we strive to be like the father We step into the light of life. So come now and tell y our children That the time is drawing neigh When Urantia will be settled In the glorious light of life. The New Golden Rule By Clyde Bedell and Lee Rector Did you ever sit and ponder Did you ever stop to think That all the rule to save this world Is in one drop of ink The Golden Rule is all men need The simple Truth it speaks And promises the good on earth That every good soul seeks. For ages all religions Had a famous Golden Rule You learned it from your family And you learned it all from school ďDo not do to others What you donít want done to you.Ē The Buddhists and the Muslims And Confucius had it too. Well that old rule was good enough Until on earth there came A man bestowed as son of God And Jesus was his name He saw what no one else had seen The rule said ďDo not do.Ē But Jesus wanted me to act, And he gave us all the cue. He turned the Golden Rule around, Jesus said, ďDo!Ē Get out and do to others What you donít want done to you. Donít waste your time in idling Get out and help your brother In essence he pure instructs ďDo good to one another.Ē Between You and Me By Lee RectorBetween You and Me Havenít seen you in a while, Somehow heartaches mend But the warmth of your smileís Got me stirring up inside again. If itís forward, pardon me But Iíve got to see If itís still going on Between you and me. ĎCause when we come close together Itís impossible to see How we could ever let someone Get between you and me And just between you and me I think we could make it together Between you and me This feelingís never going away I canít get enough of your love If it lasts forever Between you and me Our love is here to stay. When I heard your friendly voice I just couldnít wait As my heart skipped a beat You were telling me Itís not to late Donít you think itís come a time That we both agree Somethingís gotta be done ĎBout this thing between you and me. ĎCause when we come close together Itís impossible to see How we could ever let someone Get between you and me And just between you and me Ö The Ship Seraphim By Lee Rector She was the trust captain Tested and ready for sea Her ship, Seraphim, rigged tight to the wind Can leave with lightening speed. Her cargo, the souls of peace. Now the mighty ship set sail Her wings let loose to the sky To a place of many mansion worlds On a race for endless life Where they clothe men in garments of light. She charted her course by the stars At night it can be hard to tell Where the sea leaves off and the sky begins But they sailed and they sailed and they sailed Off in the distance they sailed. Truth was the name of the mission Goodness the fuel for their souls Beauty is what they were seeking As the Universe unfolds In search for the Father of all. The crew felt the ship leave the surface As off into sleep they did dream For a sea of glass in the distance Past the speed of light it did seem They flashed in a streak of blue green. Now some people think itís a legend And flinch at the scent of the truth How a ship of souls can sail the sky They want material proof For them faith alone will not do. But she was a trusty captain She takes no time to rest Her ship seraphim into orbit did spin Doing what she does best Clutching children of light to her breast. Truth was the name of their mission Goodness the feel for their souls Beauty is what they wee seeking As the Universes unfold In search of the father of all. You Will Survive By Lee Rector When you see the world is closing in And you wonít get out alive Trust the unseen power And say, ďI will survive.Ē You will survive. You will survive. You are alive. You will survive. Say, ďIíll survive, Hey, Iím not giving up, Because I will survive. And after I drink this cup Iíll be strong and alive.Ē Say, ďIíll survive, And though the goingís rough I will not cringe or hide. I will take my comfort Knowing Iíll survive.Ē (Repeat) Oh, take your comfort Knowing you will survive You will survive You will survive. Walk With Me Through Paradise By Lee Rector Walk with me through paradise Let the sunshine in Happiness is all around Wonít you come on in. Walk with me through paradise Feel the fatherís touch Comfort and security Falling down on us. Oh, now I see what theyíre saying About being in love For what you are telling Is all Iíve dreamed of. Walk with me through paradise Journey into dawn Come with me and see the light In all Iíve dreamed of. Walk with me through paradise Journey into dawn Come with me and see the light Forever and beyond. Walk with me through paradise Forever and beyond. The Bible Tells Me So By Mayf Nutter and Lee Rector Though itís clear, itís just like dreaminí Crossing that old mountain stream and Heariní childrenís voices sing Through High Sierra Pines Little one room church bell ringiní Calliní us to Sunday meetiní How Iíd love to hear them One more time I would sing with all the rest Dressed up in my Sunday best But I was only tryiní hard To sing the lines in key I learned the words and sang the songs But, Lord, itís taken me this long To see just what It really meant to me When we sang, ďYes, Jesus Loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, The Bible tells me so.Ē Sometimes when youíre off and grown Tryiní to make it on your own You find youíre just lost and liviní In a crowded dream. This old world is rough and wild ĎTil you see it as a child You never know Just what the children mean. When they sing, ďYes, Jesus Loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, The Bible tells me so.Ē Anything It Takes (To See the Father) By Lee Rector Been searchiní all my life For something to believe A truth that I can hold To set me free Iíll do anything at all For a drink of living water Anything it takes To reach the Father. Iíve seen many different places As I moved along But thereís no place on this earth That I call home Yet thereís something drives me on Thereís a reason for the bother Iíll do anything it takes To reach the Father. Iíll keep wanderiní this pathway Tilí it comes to itís end And I know Iíll have to walk The path again If it takes a billion years It really doesnít matter Iíll do anything it takes To reach the Father. Iíll do anything it takes To reach the father. Gimme the Strength By Lee Rector Give me the strength Give me the strength, Oh Lord, to carry To carry the load To carry the load, Oh Lord, you give me Give me the strength Give me the arms Give me the load And let me walk on Give me the strength Give me the strength, Oh Lord, to carry. Give me the eyes Give me the eyes, Oh Lord, to see thee To see the love To see the love, Oh Lord, you give me Give me the eyes To see the way Iíll have a part That I can play Oh, give me the eyes Give me the eyes, Oh Lord, to see thee Give me the ears Give me the ears, Oh Lord, to hear thee To hear the truth To hear the truth, Oh Lord, you give me Give me the ears Give me the sound Give me the light Let it shine down Give me the ears, Give me the ears, Oh Lord, to hear thee Give me the heart, Give me the heart, Oh Lord, to feel thee To feel the power To feel the power, Oh Lord, to hear thee Give me the heart Give me a part Give me the load Give me a start Oh, give me the heart Give me the heart, Oh Lord, to feel thee. Somewhere In Time By Lee Rector Somewhere in time Iíll meet the love That Iíve waited for Somewhere in space I know Iíll find her Our paths yet to cross But they will, I know it And dreams will be coming true For somewhere in time I know that IĒll find you. And soon Iím alive With all the wonder That keeps me going on Somewhere in time I know that Iím no longer alone Our paths yet to cross But they will I know it And dreams will be coming true For somewhere in time I know that Iíll find you. Our paths yet to cross But they will, I know it And dreams will be coming true For somewhere in time I know that Iíll find you. Old Mexico By Lee Rector Drinking a beer from a gay colored glass In a tavern in Old Mexico A lady came in and sat down and then Began to sway to and fro The man in the corner was playing guitar Songs tat she knew so well And I let the evening come over me As I fell under her spell. I let the lady sing to me in the moonlight I let the stars hypnotize me I let the midnight air revive me And itís me and the girl, cheek to cheek, Down in Old Mexico With her hand in mind Her eyes on fire I felt my love start to grow And when I awoke my hair was a mess Down in Old Mexico My money was gone at the breaking of dawn And I had nothing to show The cabaret closed, everyone left As I dreamed the evening away And now here I am with no way to go And I have nothing to say I let the lady sing to me Ö. (etc.) It's All Done with Mirrors By Lee Rector Mirrors, itís all done with mirrors Canít you see the reflection in your eyes You can be what you dream All the peaches and cream When you look into the mirrors of your mind Lovers, we all can be lovers When we open our hearts to someone new Take a hold and give in To the love of a friend And embrace a higher power than you. Oh, mirrors Sparkling bright shining mirrors Flashing scenes of the way You hope to be Donít let life pass you by Open up your mindís eye Look into the light Of eternity Oh, mirrors, itís all done with mirrors. I'm Gonna Drink A Little Beer By Lee Rector I wait all week, half loose my mind For Friday to get here My job is rough My hours are long But Iím gonna drink a little beer Gonna put my duds And after shave on And polish my boots up clear High tail it down To the Peacock lounge Iím a gonna drink a little beer You better grab your woman tight ĎCause Iím on the loose tonight Bartender fix me a drink Why, she gets purtier with ever wink Tie things down, Iím a comminí to town But donít you never fear Itís Friday night and Iíll get tight ĎCause Iím a gonna drink a little beer Music Has Got To Be Fun By Lee Rector I used to sing ballads every day And go crying in my beer But that was long before I wrote the song Iím singing here ĎCause if there was anything I picked up When I was on the run I learned that music has got to be fun I learned that music has got to be fun So when you go out danciní And kickiní up your heels You donít want to hear no sad song To make you feel ill. I will tell that I got the words Tat will turn you on Because I know that music has got to be fun I know music has got to be fun I know that music has got to be fun I know that music has got to be fun. Dare To Be Great By Lee Rector With their child she held at the side of the gate Waving good bye as she felt the cold For she knew he was one who dared to be great But she cried all the same, so Iím told As he faded in the dust down the road. ĎTwas a warrior his bullets they always flew straight And strange how misunderstood Leave their loved ones to wage battle with hate To defend all their honor and good So he left her behind in the wood Yes there are men who dare to be great Who will take on the world with their will And if you be a man who dares to be great You donít attend and watch, you participate In the battle his saber was shiny and swift He slashed at the evil and foes And he conquered aggressors and held them at wait Until retreat and surrender were told A resounding reunion of bold Yes there are men who dare to be great Who will take you on the world with their will And if you be a man who dares to be great You wonít stand and watch, youíll participate. Behind Your Eyes By Lee Rector Behind your eyes Is Every wonder I ever want to know And every feeling I ever need to show Rests behind your eyes And on your brow Is where I want to lay My lips to rest a while Till the morning shines And I can see the smile Behind your eyes Behind your lips The secrets that they hold It may never be told Whatís behind your eyes Behind your eyes Is every memory I ever want to make And Iíve a lifetime to take To get behind your eyes Behind your lips The secrets that they hold It may never be told Whatís behind your eyes Behind your eyes Is every wonder That I ever want to know And every feeling I ever want to show Rests behind your eyes. The Ashes Once Were Me By Lee Rector You loose the chains that bind us Yes ever I have broken free To fly high like an eagle Oíer the ashes once were me As I look through the window Of the heavens stretching in I know Iím given part Of your eternal plan Your body is the bounty Of celestial harmony And your gift is giving life To the ashes once were me And when my soul takes wings To leave my place of birth I wonít be looking backward At a lonely planet earth As a journey into light Begins an endless odyssey Behind the winds have scattered All the ashes, once were me You loose the chains that bind us Yes even I have broken free To fly high like an eagle Oíer the ashes once were me;. We've Got Love Every Day By Lee Rector When you lay down to sleep close beside me Iíll keep you warm, Iíll be your shelter from the storm And if you ever need to guide me Donít be afraid, weíve got it made Because weíve got love every day Donít you think itís kind of sad How some others can only be lovers When you and I are best of friends/ Donít ever let go of what weíve got We hold a lot Itís the key to happiness And weíve got love everyday And tomorrow when I wake Iíll smile and say I love you to the morning of the day Sheltered in the Arms By Lee Rector Youíre sheltered in the arms Of someone who loves you Youíre sheltered in the arms Of someone who cars Who strives to be In support of you Youíre sheltered in the arms Of someone who dares What a sad world it would be without shelter Someone to hold you when you cry Turn your eyes up to me and Iíll rock you In the warmth of my love till tears are dry Youíre sheltered in the arms Of someone who lives you Youíre sheltered in the arms Of someone who cares Who strives to be In support of you Youíre sheltered in the arms Of me and I care. Bein' Alone Ain't Enough By Lee Rector Beiní alone ainít enough You gottaí touch somebody Beiní alone ainít enough You gottaí touch someone Beiní alone ainít enough You gotta love somebody Bein; alone ainít a Beiní alone ainít a Bein alone ainít enough Slowing Down to 55 By Lee Rector Used to traveliní by jet airplane ĎCause I like to get there fast Used to ridiní in limousine Heads turning as I go past Now Iím thumbiní on I-40 Everybody ignoriní me Oh, but I feel so alive Slowiní down to 55 Once my records were on the top Everybody wanted me On a roll that I could not stop It was such a sight to see Then I stepped off to smell a flow Kiss the ground and enjoy an hour Now Iím learniní how to survive Slowiní down to 55 One I loved she said to me Baby, youíre gonna have to stop I flew off but now I see I really left a lot God, I hope sheíll take me back On foot without a Cadillac But Oh, I said I feel so alive Slowin down to 55 Oh, I said I feel so alive Slowiní down to 55 Some Things Are Good For This Old Earth By Lee Rector He smiled into the cradle On the night of her birth And slowly wiped a tear from his cheek Said, ďSome things are too good for this old earth,Ē As new life was easing his grief. Mother had left me Had answered the call And Daddy he had to be strong And into the cradle He stretched his loving arms To pick up his life and go on. Some men strive for power Some men strive for gold Some men count their blessing By they things that they control Some men live for love And for what love is worth Some things are too good for this old earth Oh, some things are too good for this old earth. Now sisterís by the cradle And smiles at what sheís made Daddy stands beside her Young eyes and hair of gray He flashes back upon the night Of his daughterís birth Some things are good for this old earth Oh, some things are good for this old earth. *(Repeat Refrain) High Up In Sierra By Lee Rector Out across the blue sierra With my baby flyiní high Like the eagle up above us Making circles in the sky Like the tall and mighty redwood Stretching up to touch the sun For a thousand years it stood there And a thousand more to come Oh, weíre high up in Sierra Lookiní in each others eyes And forever may we stay this way ĎNeath the blue Sierra skies For as surely as the seasons Come and then they go I will be with you as continuous And I promise so (Repeat Refrain) Hangin' By A Thread By Lee Rector In he gutter laid a wino Who was given up for dead When the mission volunteer knelt down to pray ďOh Lord, please help this weary soul,Ē She bowed her head and said, ďíCause I know heís still hanging by a thread,Ē Another face familiar To the motion picture screen But lately no one even turned their head With a hypo, spoon and needle She sat numb beside her bed But you know, sheís still hanginí by that thread Oh yes, you know somebody Who needs a helping hand And yes, you can reach out and take hold As surely as the stranger you leave lying in the sand You too, may be stranded on the road So open up your hearts To the people that you see And put a thought of kindness in your had For surely just like you Reaching out for someoneís hand Weíre all just hanging by a thread. From the father comes commandment To perfect be But sometimes itís hard for us to see How the strands between souls Weave a tapestry itís said And weíre all just hanging by a thread (Refrain) But donít give up Ďcause youíre hanging by a thread Golden thread Tennessee Rainbow By Lee Rector Last night baby was crying when she hung up the phone When she heard that Iíd be goiní out again But I canít stand her sorrow when I know she loves me so For sheís my Tennessee rainbow Now Iíve spent many years playing music on the road And how they come and go I sure know But this old country boy ainít never had a home Until I found my Tennessee rainbow Tennessee rain Tennessee dawn Oh, babe, canít you see Iím cominí back home Since I met you I canít stand it alone Oh, Tennessee rainbow Tennessee dawn. As the sun is coming up I drive through Kentucky Makiní fast tracks for Nashville, Tennessee I just canít wait to tell her, Iíll be cominí off the road To stay home with my Tennessee Rainbow. (Chorus) California By Lee Rector California! From the desert to the sea To Yosemite I love you. California! From the big, big bear To the sweet wild flower I love you California! From the lights of L.A. To the San Francisco Bay I love you. California! From the Redwood tree To the mountain peaks I love you California! Youíre the Golden State And I just canít wait I love you. California! California! California! Goin' Somewhere By Lee Rector A young man at the window used to sit and stare At the cars going up and down the street Sufferiní from the blues of haviní been nowhere And all the passiní faces he should meet So upon himself he took to leave that life behind And from a small quitet town went off to war In a foxhole soon was sweatiní cold out of his mind But, he was goiní somewhere The years found him gazing from a high rise penthouse perch At cars winding up and down the shore Specks like ants were splashing happily on the beach Yet still his hunger craved something more Looking down from the rooftop at the concrete far below He realized his world was not so tall As to all four corner of the earth he did go But what mattered most in life had just grown small The dragon of his dreams he slew with his valor With his hand upon his sword he had no fear He climbed as he move every mountain Yes, he was goiní somewhere. And brick on top of brick laid a foundation Upon which he mounted great and massive wealth An empire to rule at his whim and fancy But nothing he had done for himself He turned from his perch atop the building And slowly to the stairway he did walk Climbing down from his stately castle He and himself had a talk ďOh God,Ē he said, ďcanít you show to your children That material greed is what to fear For only when I give to you my mansion Can I finally say, ĎIím goiní somewhereí.Ē As he stepped into the streets of Monte Carlo He shouted to everyone who could hear ďI give to you my fortune and my castle ĎCause Iím a goiní somewhere.Ē Yes, now Iím goiní somewhere.Ē When The Right Thing Had Come Along By Lee Rector & Dave Estes I always said Iíd know it When the right thing came along And the right thing Came along with you When you first looked my way Ö Electricity Your smile flashed Simplicity Your voice spoke so Explicitly That I knew the right thing had come along When I met you I felt so free My heart was thumpiní love Inside of me And you turned me on Like I could never be And I knew the right thing had come along I always said Iíd know it When the right thing came along And the right thing came along with you When we first touched in love It was warm to me Your lips upon my lips Brought life tome Thank God we took the time To be happy When we knew the right thing had come along I always said Iíd know it When the right thing came along And the right thing came along With you Your Cheatin' Lies By Lee Rector Canít you see the real you In the reflection of my eyes Canít you see that I can see Through your cheatiní lies Canít you tell that I can tell It will be no surprise When you see that I can see Through your cheatiní lies Why pretend youíre true to me When youíre cold and pull away Donít hide your eyes for I can see Through the hands across your face Canít you take the best of me And what we could do with our lives Face to face, open up your eyes When you see through your cheatiní lies. I'll Pay the Price By Lee Rector Iíll pay the price Iíll do anything No cost is too high to have you back again Iíll pay the price. Yes Iíll pay the price Iíll go all the way Iíll do what it takes to bring you back to stay Iíll pay the price. What would it take to bring you back Would it take all Iíve got and more? Iím longing to show you what I didnít before Iíll pay the price. Do You Know How To Live By Lee Rector What are you doihí here Sittiní in your chair there Waistiní lifeís precious time What are you doiní there Sittiní in your chair there Isnít life so fine? Do you know how to live Do you know your mind You have something to give Donít you think itís about time? Itís not too late now Thereís no time to wait now Time was not made to pine Theyíve gone to the moon now You can go there too now You have a life to design Do you know how to feel Do you remember how to cry? Can you imagine what is real Or do you just live and die.? Thereís something in your heart there And you can start there To make that soul of yours shine Why are you waitin' there Your lifeís a fadiní there Use our words as a sing Do yu know how to live Do you remember how to cry Can you imagine what is real Or do you just live and die Well letís get goiní now Your guts are showiní now Letís get out of the line Youíre something special now Donít be superficial now Show us that youĎve got a spine. Do you know how to live? Do you know your mind? You have something to give Donít you think itís about time? Her Love Was Like A River By Lee Rector Her love was like a river Flowing through a valley wide Swelling with the waters Coming from the mountain side She shared with me her water I thirst, she was a giver She spoke to me in silence Her love was like a river And then the rains came falling The stream began to rise Her love went wild and raging And left itís banks behind I was pulled underneath The torrent made me shiver Thereís danger in the waters Of a love so like a river. Somewhere Between Love and Goodbye By Lee Rector In the lock the key is turning And your eyes are open wide Youíve stared at that ash tray all night long Like you my eyes are burning I must shave and get awake I have to go to work, right or wrong Oh it hurts to see whatís happeniní Right here in our home Itís too late to turn the pages Back to when we were alone Thereís no time left to wonder And less time left to cry Weíre just somewhere in between love and goodbye I can hear the children waking Time to straighten up your face No need to make them feel thereís something wrong Just a few more minutes faking Then Iíll be out of your way Iíll take the family car and Iíll be gone Oh it hurts Ö Without You I'm Not Long For This World By Lee Rector Without you thereís no sunshine in my future No stars at night to shine in the sky Without you I know who is the looser Without you, Iím not long for this world Without you thereís no time to count my blessings Prayers go unheard, no matter what I try Without you Iím just left guessing Without you Iím no long for this world And late at night tears come without warning I bow my head and pray that I could die But life goes on to still another morning And that is why I lie awake and cry I cry Without you Iím the ashes of a looser Blowing in the wind across the sky Without you Iím a lonely self-abuser Without you Iím not long for this world. The Ashes Once Were Me By Lee Rector As I look out my window At the heavens stretching in I know Iím given part Of your eternal plan Your body is the bounty Of celestial harmony Your gift is giving life To the ashes once, once were me And when my soul takes wings To leave my place of birth I wonít be looking backward At a lonely planet earth As a journey into light Begins and endless odyssey Behind the winds have scattered All the ashes once, once were me The ashes once were me. Loafin' By Lee Rector We were sittiní on the tailgate of my pick-up truck Eatiní cantaloupes and Moon Pies When a school bus load of girl scouts passed us up Slowin Ď down for the junction of Highway 5 and Y There were 16 lovely ladies all about 16 The first time away from Mom and Dad And me and Bob was figuriní out a way To get some of those girl scouts in our cab When You Stopped Lovin' Me By Lee Rector You broke my simple minded way you used to be And pulled apart my happy heart An empty shadow of all that I could see When you stopped loving me Tripped up my tripper and tore me anew I didnít know what to do with two But now Iím lost without you Since you stopped loving me I knew when we met youíd b e easy to forget But when I found out you were I was afraid to see you might forget me When you stopped loving me Sittiní here alone lookiní at the tel3ephone Wonderiní if it will ring what silly thing to do Pulling all the parts away I donít know what to say When you stopped loving me When you stopped loving me. I Don't Want Nobody New By Lee Rector & Dave Estesr I donít want nobody new Darling, all I want is you I know what your love can do I donít want nobody new I wonít let nobody else Ride upon my carousel I have no urge to rebel Youíre my only mademoiselle I donít want no other one Just look what loving you has done Happiness goes on and on I donít want no other one What would I do with someone new That I could not do with you All my love belongs to you I donít want nobody new I donít want nobody new Signal Tower Hill By Lee Rector All the teenage lovers In our town will tell Of how they first tasted love On Signal Tower Hill I met you at the dance We had planned it out so well I took the top down And we went driving up and down With the warm wind blowing Your hair swirled all around We drank a little whiskey And headed out of town And like all the teenage lovers That ever have a will We took the rocky turnoff Up to signal tower hill In the summer we married In the winter had a child And in one year had parted As our lives got turned around Oh the pain of being young And of wanting to your fill We nerve listed to the message Up on Signal Tower Hill And Lord a cold windís blowiní Yes Lord a cold windís blowiní Yes Lord a cold windís blowiní Up on Signal Tower Hill All I Want Is Her By Lee Rector All I want is her standing close to me Walking to the park, through a memory6 And I ant is love to touch me now and then Lying next to her, living once again And you see me here alone With teardrops and my song Lord, donít you wonder why, Why my babyís gone Cause all I ant is her speaking soft to me Telling me how much sheís in love with me And yet Iím alone with teardrops and a song Lord donít you wonder why6, why my babyís gone Boy donít you wonder why, why your babyís gone. And if you come around Youíll catch me now and then I may be looking back at how She slipped right through my hands. The Last Time She and I Were Together By Lee Rector Every time I see you it just reminds me Of the list time she and I were together Every time I love you it just reminds me Of the last time she and I were together. The smoke hasnít cleared from all my memories And the things you did at that time So all I get to thrill me Is that memory of mine Every time I need you it just reminds me Of th3e last time she and I were together The last time she and I were together I Don't Want You Anymore By Lee Rector I donít want to see you anymore Although Iím sure I may now and then Iíd like to tell you everything I feel But I donít know where I would begin Itís over now and thatís one thing for sure And though an emptiness has started to creep in I donít want to see you anymore Not any time, not once again I donít want to touch you anymore Although your touch is so close to where I am I donít think I can stand to say goodbye So please go out the way you came in I donít want to feel you anymore I donít know how I can make it more plain I donít want to see you anymore Not any time, not once again. Bring Back That Good 'Ol Country Music By Lee Rector Iím lonely for the sound of country music That ringiní of twin fiddles in my ears Lord, donít you know I really want to hear it Wonít you bring it back after all these years? Wonít you bring back that good Ďold country music The kind that I heard when I was young Wonít you bring back that good old country music And sing for me a good old country song I long to hear that steel guitar Ďa crying To a vocal group with four part harmony I wish just once that everyone could hear it Country done the way that it used to be Wonít you bring back that good Ďold country music. The kind that I heard when I was young Wonít you bring that good old country music And sing for me a good old country song Don't Confuse Me With The Facts By Lee Rector Woman the time has come and you must know the truth As you sit and look at me in the prime of your youth Iíve put up with too much now, I wonít take any more Youíve put me too far down now, Iím walkiní out the door Iím goiní to the station. Gonnaí ride out on the tracks. My mind is made up gal, donít Donít confuse me with the facts. When that train starts rolling, Iím gonna laugh my mind away When I hear those rails a clickiní Iíll be gone to stay I donít know where Iím headin', but I donít want to see your face Iím goiní to some other town to join the human race. Iím goiní to the station Ö (etc.) Burn Candle Burn By Lee Rector Burn candle burn I wonít ever learn As the flames race for the middle I say, ďBurn candle burn.Ē Burn, candle, burn I wonít take a turn To watch it get shorter I say, ďBurn, candle burn.Ē The flame of life it lit me (scorched me) On the day that I was born And like a day old pony I was yearning for to run. I left my sweet homestead Still wet behind the ears I lit the candle at both ends And never shed a tear I said burn candle burn, etc. Iíve poured me lots of whiskey Iíve loved me lots of gals Been locked up for vagrancy When I was takiní pills Driviní long black Cadillacs And smoked them big cigars Digginí my way to China And reaching for the stars And I said .. burn, candle burn (etc.) That's The Kind of Cowboy He Is By Lee Rector Heíll lasso you when youíre not even looking Heíll rope your heart just like he would a calf Heíll mount you on his saddle and heíll lead you For thatís the kind of cowboy he is. Heíll sing to you sweet country love songs And harness your emotions with a kiss Heíll ride you like a pony till he tames you For thatís the kind of cowboy he is Some night when youíre asleep and dream of ranches His mind will be on rodeos and more exciting days And you will not suspect when he touches Heís breaking other horses in corals so far away Heíll let you believe that you love him As y ou lay there and dream that youíre his Then heíll slip out of y our stable and heíll leave you For thatís the kind of cowboy he is Ö but Iím not the kind of cowboy he is. I Can't Believe Your Leaving Him Fore Me By Steven A Zanetis & Lee Rector I met you on a park bench You were there with your kids It was in the springtime And we talked about simple things we did You spoke of your husband In Washington, DC Now it is mid-winter And I canít believe you leaving him for me. I Don't Want the Pain By Lee Rector The feeliní just got up and walked away And no, I didnít want it to Oh, how I wanted this to work I didnít want he hurt No I didnít want it to. Oh the heartaches and the pain are hard to take I didnít want for them to be I didnít want the rain No I didnít want the pain No I didnít want the grief (repeat) What's Done Is Done By Lee Rector When I woke up this morniní With the hope that I could pray The things that I did last night Would just up and walk away Is ehn I looked out the window And the daylight I saw Is when I knew whatís done is done And that is all When I called you up to tell you How sorry that I am When you cursed me and disowned me And cancelled all our plans When you closed the door on me And put up that brick wall Is when I knew whatís done is done And that is all Is life so cold and hollow That no one can forget Is there nothing left to live for When thereís nothing but regret When I think about my living Another day like this When I canít escape the memory Of what Iím about to miss When I think of me without you Not to ever hear you call Is when I know whatís done is done And that is all Is when I know whatís done is done And that is all. Someone Like You By Lee Rector (G) Someone like you Thatís all it took To put it together for me Someone like you (Am D7 bar) (Em C) I was lost in a maze Confused by all the faces And what they had to say I looked in all the wrong places Till I saw inside your heart And heard the notes And the melody Of someone like you Someone like you Everything came clear The fog lifted from view Someone like you And there I was standing In the sweet dawn of morning Looking at the horizon Of love unfolding (And I saw inside a heart And heard the notes And melody) Of someone like you It wasnít you Itís sad to say That took me away from despair It wasnít you Still I can stand here And I can thank you Like having a vision For opening awareness To the goodness of you Ö. The Way She Used to Say, ďI Love YouĒ By Lee Rector Sheíd lay there like a fawn Smile and then sheíd yawn Say, ďGood Morning honey How are you?Ē And it would feel so sweet When she would repeat The way she used to say, ďI love you.Ē Rose Is In The Rain By Lee Rector & Don Smith The heavy mist of morning Gives way to a new dawning As it urges us to rise and face the day The raining on the window Sings a song of guilt and sorrow Of the pleasures we shared yesterday So rise my lovely rose And draw your coat about you Kiss me goodbye before you go away Rose is in the rain again Beariníall the pain again Weariní all the shame again Rose is in the rain. Rose youíre like a flower Standiní in the summer shower With itís petals closed to keep the storm away Donít shield my memory from you Just remember that I love you Weíre not two children at a game of play You will see a lot of faces You will see a lot of places But in the end youíll come back to stay Rose is in the rain again Beariní all the pain again Weariní all the shame again Rose is in the rain. I Love My Cowboy Shirt By Lee Rector I love my cowboy shirt I love the buttons and the snaps I love the little arrows That point up to my hat I love my cowboy boots I love the pointed toes and the straps And I love the fringe thatís on my chaps Hey Iím a rip tootiní Hard shootiní Cowboy son-of-a gun Ridiní Ropin. Drinkiní, smokiní Boys, Iím haviní some fun See, I love my wranglers I love the tight way that they zip I love the way they hang low down on my hips I love my leather belt With the silver buckle and the coin And I love to shoot my shiny gun Ö cause Iím a rip tootiní (etc) Standin' Here Without You By Lee Rector I played at being sorry And acted out the part False smiles most always Upstage a broken heart I kept my feelings hidden With no on to cry to When you turned and you left me Standiní here without you When you realize that your busted And the game is played for keeps All of them hard times seem Just like a memory Now the curtainís standiní open With no one to play to You turned and you left me Standiní here without you. Mother Pickin' Fool By Lee Rector A beer from last night Sat on the table Invitiní my tongue to get wet I couldnít fight The urge to pour That stale beer down my gullet I guess Iím just makiní My initiation To a bad situation I face But if I had my druthers Iíd tell all you mothers That payiní my dues is a waste So all you cowboys Donít look at me Iím drunk and Iíve done blown my cool Iím just another Old stale beer stained mother Guitar Pickin Fool. Feelin' Our Love Grow By Lee Rector Music sets a mellow mood on our table tonight Steak and wine and coffee in the evening light After we talk together in the candleís glow We go to pull the covers down, feeliní our love grow You take my heart inside and love me to sleep Iím feeliní my pride to know itís so deep And as the tenderness of love starts to flow Once again weíre together feeling our love grow Sun peaks through the window, your eyes open wide I put my arms around you and pull you to my side As the morning traffic winds through the streets below You put your warm red lips to mine feeliní our love grow You take my heart inside to love me awake And we come alive to a new day And as the tenderness of love starts to flow Once again, weíre together feeliní our love grow Once again, weíre together feeliní our love grow. It Wouldn't Work By Lee Rector It wouldnít work, you and me, as lovers Somehow I knew when it began Too far apart are we to ever Think that we could love and win It wouldnít work, you and me, as lovers We learned all of this before Yet crazy fools let the urge take over And to the flames run back for more. The spark of lust sets fires of passion burning And just like us, the flames so hot are yearning To light, to ignite, to delight, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh Youíre holding me tight It wouldnít work But somehow it worked out right. It wouldnít work, you and me, as lovers Still I believe that in the end With so much good between two souls to be discovered Some we could not leave off as friends The spark of lust Ö etc. I Have Been Know to go Cray By Lee Rector I have been known to go crazy I have been known to get blue I have been known to go crazy Now that Iíve gone crazy for you I have been known to go crazy And I have been known to get blue I have been known to go crazy Now Iíve gone crazy for you. There Ain't No Hell By Lee Rector What you scariní people forí Telliní them your age old lies There ainít no hell canít you see Open up your eyes I hear you holleriní advice Then turn around as cold as ice And leave your people wide-eyed shakiní Feariní all that you advise Did you ever stop to think If God is Love, If God creates How could there be Such a place? Hel is of your own makiní Not of God, so quit mistakiní Your horror stories of olden times For the gospel, divine. Time Is All We Had By Lee Rector Sometimes love comes easy When you donít have to choose Time is all we had baby All we had to loose Sometimes love comes easy When you want to give Time is all we had baby All we had to live Sometimes it seems kinda funny They life turns around I give to you, you give to me Itís as easy as it sounds Sometimes love comes easy When you donít hide the pain Time is all we have baby All we have to gain The Summer Sun By Lee Rector Our love came like a cool breeze in the desert air Iíve been searching for you everywhere And there you were before me, I knew you were the one Glistening like a diamond in the summer sun When we come together I never felt so free Your touch as liberation, and it gave new life to me When you walked beside me, I knew my time had come As I drew close to you, in the summer sun And our love was so complete But it brought me to my knees You were loving hard and living fast And life had just begun I swear we were blinded by the summer sun So when the sun is shining straight into your eyes Turn and look the other way and donít believe the lies You canít love when your blinded by illusion and the fun Itís like to build snowmen in the summer sun. Hi Mom! By Lee Rector Sitting in the audience the camera turned his way And as it zoomed in you could clearly see him wave And hear him say, ďHi Mom. Hi Mom.Ē The young man went to Hollywood to seek fortune and fame And each day on the set of ďThe Waiting GameĒ He came To wave, ďHi Mom.Ē At night heíd walk the beach with the breeze in his hair With dreams of driving sports cars through the streets of Bel Aire But with despair He turned to the ocean and into to the waves did say, ďBye, Mom.Ē Are we but lost in images of what life should be Searching in the shadows have we lost reality The right to see Oh, Mama, wonít you turn off your TV? Sunday Mornin' Cold In San Diego By Lee Rector I woke up with a foggy aching feeling in my head In a paper thin motel after hard words had been said Now babyís on a bus headiní back to Mexico And itís Sunday morniní cold in San Diego. Itís Sunday morniní cold Itís Sunday morniní old That old fog hangs heavy on the bay I came down here just to warmmy soul But itís Sunday morniní cold In San Diego. If Iíd have kept my promise she would not be leaving now Yes alcohol controlled my mind and made my heart go wild How I wish it was just two days ago But itís Sunday Mornin cold in San Diego If I could catch that next bus I would see her before three And she might take me back if I get down on bended knee So I must grab my bag and humble myself so Thereís no more Sunday morniní cold in San Diego. Itís Sunday morniní cold Ö (etc.) AT&T Made It Easy By Lee Rector Rang that old familiar number I know so well by heart To talk to my sweet lady on the phone But the ringiní I could hear 3,000 miles away Was telliní me that no one was to home Takes a looser of a man Whose lonely on the road To call the number of his home To hear that old bell ring But when it comes to answering A strange manís voice says hello AT&T made it easy for me To find out when your not at home AT&T made it easy for me To find out when youíre not alone Have the lights all gone out In my warm corner of the world Can there be no more turniní round Is there nothing to be said Is she out, Lord, is love dead AT&Tís done let me down AT&T made it easy for me To learn what I didnít want to know AT&T made a wreck out of me And Iíve got one more dine to go. Am I Wastin' My Time By Lee Rector Thereís just one thing That I want to know And I wonít linger If you ask me to go But I wonít be coming Around here anymore If Iím wasting my time I canít wait anymore You say you love me Then push me away Say goodnight at the doorstep Watch me drive away Youíre warm when I call you You talk as if youíre sure Am I wasting my time I canít wait anymore. I would be such a love If you would love me I would linger and I would be your man I would shelter your life If you would love me But Iím not going to play out this hand What do you say The timeís drawing near When I go down these steps The answer will be clear Why wonít you love me I must know the score And I wasting my time I canít wait anymore. When I Get the Chance By Lee Rector Iím beginning to like it here Itís made me want to stay But thatís not my nature girl I just donít work that way I stand on my own two feet I pay the piper when I dance And I always move along When I get the chance Your love has been good to me But you knew when it began That youíd wake up some day And find that I had went Your love has felt so fine to me That it has put me in a trance But you know Iíll move along When I get the chance When I get the chance Iíll put my traveling boots on When I get the chance Iíll move along Now, I donít want to hurt your girl Youíre not driving me away Thereís nothing out there Iím goiní to So maybe Iíll just stay Iím getting a little slower now But lifeís still got romance And Iíll be moving on If you give me the chance Yes, Iíll be moving on If you give me the chance. There's Something About You By Lee Rector Thereís something about you Like a walk in the park Let me lead the way And ďll show you Iím not afraid of the dark Pretty Lady Stand here by me Now let me touch you How sweet itíll be Thereís something about you I can feel it grow The first time I saw you I knew that you know Thereís something about you Just look and see Open up your eyes See what youíre doiní to me If You Love Me By Lee Rector If you back me in a corner girl Iíll bite like a dog to get back out Thereís a lots of ways to do me gal But then I can do without And if you hand goes in my pocket Just to take me for a ride Youíll come up empty handed girl With no one at your side, but Ö If you love me Iíll love you easy Iíll touch your tinder If you love me (repeat) (Alternate chorus) If you love me Iíll touch you tinder Go down on my knees Iíll be your defender Iíll hold you forever Close here inside me Iíll never waiver If you love me Iím a mad man when Iím with you girl And Iím a mad man if Iím without I need you to love me girl And thatís what youíll hear me shout I want you to hold me And keep me by your side Everything I say is true ĎCause I ainít never lied Ö and (Chorus) I got my hands where they belong, girl And Iím up against the wall I donít know if I can wait As long as you want to stall I tell you little woman Youíve got me in a stew I donít know where Iím goiní girl But I know what I want with you (Chorus) Well Iíd like to take you home with me And put you in my bed There we could work this out And thereís a lot to be said Little gal, donít you know I want to be your man And I want you to be my woman Now donít you understand Ö and (Chorus) It Won't Be Long By Lee Rector The day has come for us to reach for the sun And the time is comminí on And the hour has arrived so open up your eyes ĎCause you know, it wonít be long Yes you know when you see That old standby me You know, it wonít belong Head up now my friend Itís time for us to begin And you know it wonít be long Just reach for the day Brothers give it a try ĎCuase you know, it wonít be long Hold on and live Give up and forgive Yes you know, it wonít be long (Chorus) The time has come For the meek to be strong You know, it wonít be long Just give love a try Youíll be flying high And you know it wonít be long (Chorus) A Soft Love Song By Lee Rector Iíll sing you a soft love song Before I go away Soon I will be back with youí And Iíll be here to stay Your touch is so tinder Your arms cling true to me Youíre the only thing Iíve ever loved Youíre a part of me Now darling please go to sleep Iíll be back as soon as I can Donít fear for me while Iím gone Iím your faithful man So Iíll sing you a soft love song Before I go away Soon I will be back with you And Iíll be home to stay. This City Life By Lee Rector I sat down on a bench at the bus stop and this boy asked for a cigarette He was about 15, I guess, but I gave him one I had already lit He pushed back his dirty bangs and drew in a long hot draw of it Looked at me and nodded then sat down and started to talk a bit But I wasnít listening Ďcause I was thinkiní back on what I used to be And wonderiní what happened to all those Boys Club t-shirts that I used to see And I canít get over thinkiní what this city life has done to you and me No I canít get over thinkiní what this city life has done to you and me The bus came I got on, paid my fare, saw lonely faces staring Sat down, third row I guess, and leaned my head against the glass remembering I saw a boy at a bus stop in a small town years ago a waiting And though of him going through a meadow with a friend of his running I saw him get on the bus and ride to the city to make his fortune And looked down at his dirty hands callused and rough for years of working And I canít get over thinking what this city life has done to you and me No I canít get over thinking what this city life has done to you and me That boy and all his dreams of riches has longtime now been shattered And images of costly things have long since been scattered That boy gets up every day and rides a bus down to the factory And leans his head against the glass and taxes the remainder of his memory To wake up the next morningí and do it all over again Oh I canít get over thinking what this city life has done to you and me Oh I canít get over thinking what this city life has done to you and me In The Mornin' By Lee Rector Lovelier than autumn being here with you Fresher than springtime in the air Greater than the mountains are the thoughts of you For you can take me there Lighter than a feather is the touch of your hand As you hold me in your arms again When weíre together weíre strong and we are free How happy we can be Now in the morning Just as life began I hold you in my arms Iím a happy man Now in the morning Just as life began I hold you in my arms Iím a happy man Downtown Bus Stations By Lee Rector Downtown bus stations Tattoos on naked arms Cigar buts in ash trays Sirens and alarms A paper cup of cola And a dollar candy bar I ainít gone so far Grey clouds and thunder, Lord MY spiritís getting damp Diesel smoke reminds me Of my grandmaís coal oil lamp Somehow I wish that I could go back there But I can. The air in the station is stale like yesterday The taverns are all closed itís a two-hour lay away I guess Iíll sit here and snore til the break of day On this public bench The heat waves from the pavement make mirages in the rain I loosen my belt and lean against the window pane My mind can take me deeper than the gutters can drain Thatís where Iíve been He Left You Standing Broke By Lee Rector Heís like a freight train passing Through the valley where you stand Heíll meet you at the station He will kiss you like the wind His smile and his approach Will make circles in your mind Heíll touch you and heíll love you But heíll leave you there behind If there were only something I could do to ease the blow He may give to you a treasure But heíll leave you standing broke. Our Love Will Come By Lee Rector (First song I ever wrote at age 12 or 13) Far away, past the moon Iíll pass you in a dream And clouds will fly by And love will touch you and I On a wind, on a breeze Anywhere you may go Our love will come Our love will come In my mind and on the street Iíll pass you and Iíll see That love has brushed by And love will touch you and I (Refrain) I will feel the warmth of you When you pass me by When I finally catch up to you I know what it will be Yes far away, past the moon Iíll catch you in a dream And clouds will fly by And love will touch you and I On a wind, on a breeze Anywhere you may go Our love will come Our love will come Locked Behind My Selfish Door By Lee Rector Life was goiní on Then one day I awoke to discover That Iíd become a man And time was moviní on One time I looked up to uncover I hadnít gone where Iíd planned Now Iím here, beside myself Doiní what I did before Singing songs to no one else Locked behind my selfish door Locked behind my selfish door Yes life goes on, This world needs no help to keep on turniní And I keep dreaming on No careful plans Nothing really steady for tomorrow Is this where I belong? Yes I sit here, beside myself Doiní what I did before Singiní songs to no one else Locked behind my selfish door Iím locked behind my selfish door Oh, Iím sittiní here, beside myself Doiní what I did before Singiní songs to no one else Locked behind my selfish door Iím locked behind my selfish door. Love Don't Treat Me Wrong By Lee Rector The curtains are drawn across the window The night light is on, my head by your pillow I lay near the phone I hope you will call To tell me how it went today And though th3e evening is still early I lie here alone and pray your thinking of me I pull the blanket Up to my chin My feet are cold when youíre away Strange thoughts come to me in the night when youíre goine But I know you well, and I wait for your call Love donít treat me wrong, Love donít treat me wrong As I listen for the bell to ring I know that you will be calling Then you open the door And I feel your kiss Hello my dear I say Strange thoughts come to me in the night when youíre gone But I know you well and I wait for your call Love donít treat me wrong Love donít treat me wrong The First Time By Lee Rector When I met my lady, the first time I felt this feeling for the first time When I touched her gently for the first time I know who se was When I loved my lady for the first time Everything in the world felt just like the fist time On this lady is like the first time Every time we touch When I held my lady for the first time It was like heaven for the first time Now I have my lady for the first time And every day Every day Every day *(Note here how impersonal. When I met YOU Ö) After Today By Lee Rector Iíve been debatiní ĎBout where Iím goiní After today, after today I must be leaviní I know Iíll be goin I just canít stay, after today I know she didnít think, she was doiní wrong What she done to me I deserved all along Now Iím debatiní ĎBout where Iíll be goiní After today, after today Iím told sheís goiní Left with another Thatís what they say, thatís what they say But I know her Lord she would never Do me this way, do me this ay So Iím debatiní ĎBout where Iíll be goiní After today, after today. On The Road Again By Lee Rector Iím on the road again, markiní time again Singingí my rhyme again to whoeverís there Iím on the road again kickiní my heels again Ridiní the rails again, because of you Iím on the road again, takiní it back again Out of the rack again, because of you Iím on the road again, breakiní down again Just like a clown again, because of you Iím on the road again, singiní my song again Right or wrong again, because of you Right or wrong again, because of you. Let Me Have That Feelin' One More Time By Lee Rector Honey, let me have that feeliní One more time before you go Letís go roll in the hay for a while Letís mess around a play for a while But honey let me have that feeliní One more time before you go Then if you want to walk away you can. Honey, take me to the task One more time before you go Chase me Ďround with the rolliní pin Lock me up in the closet again But honey take me to the task One more time before you go Then leave me broken hearted In the bed. Chase me with your shoe Around the house a time or two Get me down on the floor and tickle my ribs But honey let me have that feeliní One more time before you go Then leave me broken hearted In the bed. Makin' Heartaches By Lee Rector Makiní heartaches, makiní hearts break ĎCause thereís not enough of me to go around I love the women, Lord knows love Ďme And I want to keep Ďem happy as I can ĎCause I want to love Ďem To love all of Ďem See I just canít keep myself in hand Makiní heartaches, making hearts break ĎCause thereís not enough of me to go around When I start to love Ďem, I take in all of Ďem And I know I love Ďem the best I know how But oh, those women, They get so human When they see me start to leave town Makiní heartaches, making hearts break ĎCause thereís not enough of me to go around. The Question By Lee Rector Arms are reachiní for my lady Hands are shakiní and empty Lips are askiní the question Is love to be or not to be Eyes are misty now and foggy Memory lingers here with me Heart is aching with the question Is love to be or not to be The question is my lady Bound to set me free Is love to be or not to be Whisky in the glass beside me Dizzy, put my mind to sleep Ears are ringiní with the question Is love to be or not to be The question is my lady Bound to set me free Is love to be or not to be. When You Tell Me You Don't Love Me By Lee Rector When you tell me you donít love me Break it to me softly Say it easy When you say youí donít care When you tell me you donít want me Break it to me easy ĎCause itís gonna shame me And itís gonna take me To get down on my knees to understand When you tell me you donít need me Break it to me kindly When you tell me You donít want me around When you tell me you wonít have me Say it to me smoothly ďCause itís gonna break me And itís gonna take me To get down on my knees to understand ĎCuase itís gonna break me And itís gonna take me To get down on my knees to say a prayer. Jonesboro Girls By Lee Rector & Jim Holaday Jonesboro girls, Saturday night Dance at the high school gym He sits in the drive-in cafť gettingí tight While sheís goiní out with him Jonesboro boys, driviní their cars From Loverís Lane down to main Old men in the tavern raise glasses of beer Drinkiní away alltheir pain Notes from the honky tonk drift down the street Itís midnight rockín roll Down at the malt shop there gathers a crowd Just out of the picture show At 17 Elm Street a mom and a dad Wait up for the kids to come home Passiní their time watching TV Together, yet so all alone Still the notes from the honky tonk drift down the street The midnight rockín roll And up at the ball field they just passed a pipe And the coach gets to take the last toke Joensboro girls Ö Your Cheatin' Lies By Lee Rector Canít you see the real you In the reflection of my eyes Canít you see that I can see Through your cheatiní lies Canít you tell that I can tell It will be a surprise When you tell me the truth About your cheatin; lies. Why pretend youíre true to me When your cold and pull away Donít hide y our eyes for I can see Through the hands on your face Canít you take the best of me And what we can do with our lives Face to face, open up your eyes So you can see through all your cheatiní lies. Mary Ann By Lee Rector Mary Ann was famous For the way she said, ďHello.Ē She made her way through crowds Where other people couldnít go She slid so skillfully Through distinguished arms A girl-next-door Snake charmer She held in her palm The heart of every man Who kissed the backside Of her tinder hand And she wouldnít let go Until she knew She had won the soul Of her new-found pawn. Mary Ann turned 20 At the Governorís ball And the statesmen saw a flower Budding sweet, standing tall And she created lust In every man who saw That low cut dress And the bust of Mary Ann But May Ann, now youíve grown older Let your hair down to your shoulders And cover up with makeup the wrinkles in your eyes Girl you had a chance to love me But you put yourself above me No Mary Ann itís your turn To cry (To hear the word good bye?) Is This Just An Illusion? By Lee Rector Is it just an illusion Beiní here with you? Is it just an illusion Or can it really be true? Happiness, it is every day Waking up with you by me in the bed And I wander what it really means To have such great feelings in my head (Chor) Happiness is haviní someone to talk to And someone to live in through the day Happiness is haviní someone who loves you And who will sweep the night away (Chor) Happiness is holdiní on to you When I know I need someone to love Happiness is seeiní everyone as beiní You and me and in love (Chor) It's A Good Day By Lee Rector Itís a good day With you here Laughiní, playiní singingí Blowiní in my ear And itís a good day with you here Wonít you come along ĎCause I like the way you hold me And I like the way y u feel Itís a good day haviní you here I can hardly believe that you are real. (Repeat top) Behind a Microphone By Lee Rector Oh Lord, what can I do with myself? When I donít want to train to work behind no desk When I fear Iím to small do dig on the highway And all I want to do is stand behind a microphone Lord all I need is an audience Someone to pay to be in attendance To clap their hands and to smile when I sing As I pick my guitar behind a microphone Dear Lord, wonít you call on my name Help me to make my lifetime claim Let me tell all them folks how to live and be happy As I pick my guitar behind a microphone. Headin' Down the Wrong Highway By Lee Rector Raceiní for the salt mines (flats), baby In my Chevrolet Headiní down the wrong highway Busted with no spare time Got to pump the brakes Headiní down the wrong highway And there ainít no reason to turn back now Past the point of no return I canít go back there anyhow This is something we have already learned Gut string bass and guitar Pickiní every day Got me headed down the wrong highway Put no bait out on the trot line Let the big fish get away Headiní down the wrong highway (Chorus) Iíve been makiní like a fair child, Mama Like a member of the race Headiní down the wrong highway It ainít got me in the money But then whoís to say That Iím headiní down the wrong highway Lord, am I headiní down the wrong, highway? Is The Doctor Out Today? By Lee Rector I feel the wine cominí on I feel the pain ease away Is there a sickness in the cure Or is the doctor out today? I donít have to feel the pain, if I donít want to Though it doesnít change the fact that you are gone But with the wine to settle in upon me I might be able to sleep the whole night long I feel the wine cominí on I feel the pain ease away Is there a sickness in the cure Or is the doctor out today? All The Way To Memphis By Lee Rector & Jim Holaday It started down in Jackson A sweet love and I Just a couple of crazy kids Ready and williní to fly We headed up the Delta Takiní what would come And we found it in each other And we wanted some Ö All the way to Memphis We loved as best we could All the way to Memphis It was mighty good We loved enough to make it stay We took it all the way All the way to Memphis To Memphis all the way I Must Go On Livin' By Lee Rector Darliní you told me Our love would last forever The way you left me Yes, it was very clever And how Iím feeling Here all alone Is a fact I must accept And life must go on. I must go on living Thereís nothing else to do I must go on living Living without you I must go on living Thereís nothing else to say I must go on living Day after day I know I can be happy When the storm blows away And it will end up better Workiní out this way I get a little better As each minute drags along I just loved you girl to death And now youíre gone (Chorus) When My Thoughts Return To You By Lee Rector At times I get down when days defeat me I start to wonderiní where it is that I go And when my life mistreats me I wonder what it is that I know The weather might cloud the skies above To make me wonder what Iím gonna do But my senses all come back to me I smile again when my thoughts return to you. When my thoughts return to you Thereís no need to be cryiní When my thoughts return to you Soon Iím backup high again Yeah the cloudy weather may get me down But I donít have to say that way too long ĎCause all I need do is think of you And I can hear you singing my song When my thoughts return to you Thereís no need to be cryiní When my thoughts return to you Soon Iím back up high again. South Is My Favorite Direction By Lee Rector South is my favorite direction Itís the other end of the pole But if I could make a correction North ainít so bad at all And with a change in inflection I will tip my hat to the east Some say west is best And it ainít bad out west But southís the direction for me. Twenty First Century Lover By Lee Rector Iím a 21st Century Lover The world has grown so small Though miles away I can give her The comfort of a call Well maybe Iím in L.A. But Nashville ainít far away And Iíll be with my baby tonight. Yeah, Iím a 21st Century Lover And I donít give a care But Iíve got what it takes To keep my baby there So maybe Iím in L.A. But Nashville ainít so far away And Iíll be with my baby tonight. Hey that silver birdís gonna lift me Way up high in the air And I know sheíll be waitiní When I get off over there So what if Iím in L.A. Nashville ainít far these days And Iíll be with my baby tonight. Warm Me To The Bone By Lee Rector So baby, warm me to the bone with your loviní Hold me tight as you please all night long Donít let me be Ďa longiní for you loviní Oh, baby wonít you warm me to the bone Iíve been searching all my life for someone soft and warm To hold me thought these long cold nights alone And you came into my life like a hurricane one night Now I want you to always tag along (Chorus) And if the urge should come to y ou to someday leave Remember how much love you have at home Oh someone else may want to try to take you away But the cheatiní kind wonít love you half as long (Chorus) Our love glows like the growing springtime flowers That comes with every new done Oh Baby wonít you warm me to the bone. Good Things Comin' By Lee Rector Good things cominí Happyís on the way Good things cominí For you and for me. Good things cominí No more loney days Good things cominí For you and me today. I woke up today and Lord I felt so find I knew that good things were cominí to my mind I want to hold your hand and keep you by my side Good thingís comminí, what a wonderful surprise (Chor) When I heard you were coming home, I made up my mind Iím gonna treat you like a king The message came through loud and clear When I read the sign Good things cominí for yours and for mine. (Chor) Reflections By Lee Rector Smiling in an ever grateful smile I look at you, you look at me Touching warm in love Our souls have finally found their peace Happy we can be Like we never realized Til this moment here with you As I look into your eyes And as evening comes to us The sun sets out across the pond In mere reflections of your beauty And dear reflections of our love Tightly I hold on you you For what IĎve found I canít let go Had it not been for you A happy life Iíd never know And as we hold on to love The sun sets out across the pond In mirror reflections of your beauty And dear reflections of our love. Grandma's Precious Dream By Lee Rector Grandmaís Precious Dream She walked down the street very proudly With her handbag in the bend of her arm Dressed for Sunday morniní meeting In her Sunday morniní charm Her eyes glared dimly through glasses As her black heels clicked on the ground She was headiní for the meetiní But her head was turniní round Grandma she prayed to Jesus Since she as just a teen But the changiní world it ainít beatiní Grandmaís precious dream She stepped into the chapel Lord, she always makes that turn To light a candle for Grandpa And to watch that candle burn As she kneels at the alter sheís smilingí At memories that dance around Her lips send a blessing to Grandpa As she glows in the comfort sheís found Yes Grandma she Ďs talked to Jesus Since she was just a teen And the changiní world it ainít beatiní Grandmaís precious dream As she steps into the chapel Lord she always makes that turn To light a candle to Grandpa And to watch that candle burn Grandmaís precious dream. Like The Way It Used To Be By Lee Rector Take my hand a little tighter Like the way you used to do Make my world a little brighter Like the way you used to do I came back to you ĎCause out in the world I find Thereís no place but with you That I have peace of mind So Take my hand a little tighter Like the way you used to do Make my load, a little lighter Just like the way, you used to do. Take Time To Make Somebody Happy By Lee Rector & Jim Beedle Take time to make somebody happy Take time to show someone you care Take time to make somebody happy Thatís the only way youíll ever get there, from here Too many folks donít care for others Try to make a buck just to get ahead Take time to make somebody happy Just listen and remember what I said, my friend And when the happies finally get you Theyíll make you feel groovy every where Take time to make somebody happy And youíre sure to get there. They say it takes more effort when youíre frowniní So why run yourself into the ground Take time to make somebody happy And youíll be the happiest somebody around. Oh, yeah. Take time to make somebody happy Itíll make you the happiest somebody around. Hillbilly Singer By Lee Rector Iíll sing through my nose Iím a hick a hillbilly An Arkansas Traveler Dressed up in disguise. Wherever Iím goiní Iím wild and Iím woolly A barefoot ridge runner With Lone Ranger eyes. I bite off a mouth full And if I can chew it Makes me no difference Whatís on your mind Winniní or loosiní Weariní holes through it Findiní a way To make up for lost time. Oh buddies, oh my Friends and compadres Tip your hat high To the ladies who pass I done betrayed My pa and my madre With hillbilly singing And living too fast With a wink of an eyeí I know Iíll be talkin To that honey Ėhaired lady Who loves steel guitar Every old charmer Whose chalk line Iím walkin Works all week long To keep tabs at the bar So buddies, oh my Friends and compadres Tip your hats high To the ladies who pass I done betrayed My pa and my madre With hillbilly singing And living too fast. I Do! By Lee Rector Youíve got me skippin away Danciní and a pranciní Roll in the hay Aints in my pantsín Happy and gay Hollywood romanciní You do You do. And yes I just want to say Let there be no mistake about it Since you came my way I canít do without it Every day I just got to shout it I do I do Youíve got me runnin to play Laughiní and a singiní Swinginí and swayin Youíve got bells a ringin Headiní my way Youíve got me singiní You do You do And yes I just want to say Let there be no mistake about it Since you came my way I canít do without it Every day I just got to shout it I do I do I Can't Believe the Lady Wants to Hurt Me By Lee Rector Here I am In the dawn of early morning She is gone And my mind and soul are burning Carefully I tried to make it work I dolled her and I charmed her But my loving care just harmed her What to do? I donít know, I canít think clearly Will she return? Iíd do anything to relieve me I would hang a new high for her Oh, how could this happen Am I just too blind to see I just canít believe the lady wants to hurt me. Getting Over Loosing You By Lee Rector How many times must I get over Getting over loosing you Your lips were so tinder The sweetest taste I ever knew Your eyes so kind and warm Matched a heart so strong and true Your caresses were so inviting They helped me to get through But now my heart is empty Getting over loosing you. And how many times Must I get over Getting over loosing you. Oh how many times Must I get over Getting over loosing you? There's No doubt By Lee Rector When it comes to love Sheíll say, Iím the best that there is. Just ask her And sheíll say, ďIím his.Ē And when it comes to makiní out Sheíll say sheís mine, thereís no doubt And when it comes to her Iíll say that sheís mine Just ask me Iíll say it any time And when it comes to beiní proud Iíll show her off, thereís no doubt Sheís all the woman I need She makes me complete I donít want nobody else For she rings all of my bells And when it comes to us Weíll say that we are Just tempt us You wonít get very far ĎCause when it comes to beiní loud Weíll shout our love Thereís no doubt. Neon Invitation By Lee Rector Wonít you cheer up, Iím your neighborhood tavern IĎve got a jukebox and a cooler full of brew Iíve got bright lights and a lot of friendly people And a neon invitation just for you. Turn the corner and youíll see my greeting flashing And relief is just a step or two Donít be lonely when you know that Iím here waitiní With a neon invitation just for you. Neon invitations, flashing welcome in the night Come on in and enjoy the pretty view Frosted mugs and rose colored glasses And a neon invitation just for you. Pull on over at my neon invitation Step inside and say, ďHow do you do?Ē Put a smile on, you donít need an explanation Cause thereís a neon invitation just for you. Love Circle By Lee Rector Iíve got me a woman wild in love Sheís as sweet as she can be Hello walls, Iíve got a roof up above And Iím living in the circle of love Iím living in loveís circle Where all you do is good Loveís circle like everybody should Iím living in loveís circle Thanks be to the Lord above That Iím living in the circle of love I got my Jesus to show me the way To teach me how to be I see the light that shines from above And Iím living in the circle of love Iím living in Ö (etc) Handle Me With Care By Lee Rector Iím caught, I just said I love you And youíve said that you love me Weíve both been hurt by love before But when our eyes meet You make me feel so completeí Itís time to give love a try once more I see the love light turning on I feel advances coming on Your hands are reaching out for me You say you have a lot of love to share And you can take me there Darling, handle me with care. Am I trapped, I just said Iíd stay with you And your lips are touching mine Weíre both so hungry in our embrace As your arms reach Ďround me It makes me feel so happy Again I think that it can be Yes that old love lightís shining bright And Iím in love again tonight And all the hurt has gone away You say that you have love to share And you can take me there Darling handle me with care. Everybody Wants to Be a Star By Lee Rector Everybody wants to be a star Oh you donít know how lucky you are Not to have to wear that ugly scar Still you want to be a star Everybody wants to strike it rich Get back at some old son of a bitch People jumpiní when you flip the switch Everybody wants to strike it rich Cause when youíre dreaminí The days fly by The same old scheme and the same old lies Itís like rehearsing a familiar tune Forward, reversing, shoot for the moon Every dreamer goes to Hollywood They say that you can make it there if youíre really good And if you doiní everyone you should You might become a star in hollowood Cause when youíre dreaminí The days fly by The same old thing and the same old lies Itís like rehearsing a familiar tune Forward reversing, shoot for the moon Yeah everybody wants to be a star You donít know how lucky your really are Not to have to wear that ugly scar Still you want to be a star. When You Fall In Love With Strangers By Lee Rector It always seems to happen Least once or twice a day While changing plans, in the car Or at some dark cafť My eyes behold a stranger And my heart gives out a smile Oh maybe sheís the one for me I kind of like her smile It begins with a gentle smile And a kind word, I know Iíve been watching from across the room I just had to say hello And donít you see it in my eyes I need a place to rest Oh rock me on your bosom girl Is all that I request When you fall in love with strangers You donít know whatí youíll get You take your chances like the rest And hope you an forget Or you can fall in love with a stranger And take anyone you meet To ease your lonely burden While you get back on your feet I Never Forget a Feeling By Lee Rector I ainít needing any cheatiní To keep me satisfied Sheís a twice a day woman And Iím a twice hungry man The trouble with cheatiní is Ė itís fun You need a transfusion of spirit I Had a Falling Out With Baby By Lee Rector I had a falling out with baby She cried and wet to sleep somewhere new Lord, the thought is driving me crazy Now Babyís got me crying too I miss her hanginí on to my shoulder Sleepingí close to me all night long Her sweet face smiling every morning In the early light of dawn She always did the things to make me happy Beiní friends with her made me feel tall But she was the strong one who could carry Now Babyís left me with it all The Finest Lovers By Lee Rector You just said goodbye to me Thereís something that will take some time to see Iíll try not to resent what you did But did you give away the finest lover you ever had? Search through the valleys and the streets For who knows who or what youíll meet Walk tall and remember what I did For I gave away the finest lover I ever had The sun will shine another day Iíll get along youíll find your way But just remember what I said Did we just give away the finest lovers, weíll ever have? Makin' Love to a Memory By Lee Rector I can feel your sweet love all over me I can feel the way youíre touching me And I feel strong again The way it used to be But Iím only making love to a memory. Canít you see when you left me here alone You left a man as broken as our home And I know this ainít The way that it should be For Iím only making love to a memory. Iíve got to get a hold of how I feel For your leaviní might turn me into a child Into a child My hand is reachiní out for y ou To touch a love so warm and true But I canít hold on to The image in a dream And I canít be making love to a memory. Bogart By Lee Rector Bogart was a hobo Who lived behind the bar He slept out in the alley In the back of some old car And all he had to call his own Were the clothes upon his back And a pocket radio He carried in a sack A 20th Century hobo In a day when hobos was Who fed his hungry stomach Sweeping sidewalks outside bars Bogart always had a smile Upon his friendly face Said, ďHow Ďya doiní buddyĒ To everyone who looked his way He kept the local gossip Down on West End Avenue Down to a keen science For all of those he knew But Bogart couldnít understand The passing hands of time He dreamed his dreams like any man Who drinks yesterdayís wine He never begged or borrowed No one thought him a cheat The only space that he took up Was on the floor beneath his feet But Bogart died this afternoon And thereís a silence in this place For an empty bar room corner And a bill that has been paid. He Comes Home to Me By Lee Rector You say heís been seen with other women And yes it makes a difference to me But se, I love him and I need him I clean house for him, I feed him And I know that he comes home to me And no sir, I donít need to cheat on him Though you say heís cheating on me You see I love him, and I need him There is no man who can beat him And I know that he comes home to me For we have a love thatís not in danger You say heís weak, but I know heís true to me And the life he puts inside me Will keep him close beside me For I know that he comes home tome. The Rain in Mississippi By Lee Rector & Don Smith Our words fell like raindrops on the windshield as we parked outside her door Though the newness of each other lay uncovered in what was said before When I reached out to touch her, she knew I had to leave her there alone And the rain in Mississippi fell around her as her stairway led her home And itís raining in the pines in Mississippi Like the teardrops falling from her eyes Leaving sorrow on her mind in Mississippi For the rain in Mississippi washed me away And left a lonely girl behind There wasnít much to say to her, except, ďGoodbye Iíll see you later on,Ē I didnít have the time to say the things I thought of when Iíd gone All it left me was the memory of a passing moment that had flown And the rain in Mississippi fell around her as she stood there like a stone. And itís raining in the pines Ö (etc) Marietta By Lee Rector & Steven A Zanetis Marietta me Marietta my Mariettaís done gone and turned it on high Marietta .. Marietta Ö Marietta, Ohhh Marietta. Marietta comes Marietta goes When Mariettaís hot good golly it shows Marietta sugar Marietta spice Marietta sure do make it feel nice Marietta peaches Marietta cream Mariettaís got me bursting that the seams Marietta smiles Marietta hears Marie3ttaís done gone and stripped my gears Marietta tight Marietta loose Marriettaís done gone and cooked my goose Marietta open Marietta shut Marietta really knows how to make love Save Me From Myself By Lee Rector Save me from myself, Iím fallingí in love with you again Lord, Iím goiní back To where Iíve always been I canít give up on you Youíre right you always win So save me from myself Iím falling in love with you again One Time Too Many By Lee Rector I cried for you one time too many My heart longed for you one time too many I reached out for you one time too many It took too many one times for me to touch you I wrote for you one time too many And I went broke for you one time to many I spoke for you one time to many It took too many one times for me to feel you Too many times, one time too many To many dreams Iíve left with you Too many times Iíve been wounded Yes it took too many one times for me to read you You se, I fell in love with you one time too many And I came back to you one time too many Now Iíve said good bye to you one time to many Still itís been too many one times for me to forget you. The Kind of Love (That Makes Me Strong) By Lee Rector In the morning when I walk and youíre beside me Thatís something I can always depend on When Iím troubled youíre always here to guide me You have the kind of love that makes me strong. When I come home youíre always here to kiss me And welcome me into the warmth of home And when Iím gone you call an say you miss me You give the kind of love that makes me strong Itís not easy to let my eyes wander When I find Iím walking with you And all the friends that we know sit and ponder And wonder if what they see itís true. In the evening when Iím lying close beside y ou A new world every day starts to come on Darling hold me and keep me close inside you You give the kind of love that makes me strong. We're Not That Far Removed By Lee Rector Weíre not that far removed from each other What made you think that time would make it be Though weíre far apart, you still have my heart Darling, weíre not that far removed Iím still singing love songs to you Up at night with you on my mind And when I close my eyes, it comes as no surprise Darling weíre not that far removed Some day you may see Just what you mean to me And when you hear this song I pray that you will call For darling weíre not that far removed No darling weíre not that far removed Standing Out In The Rain By Lee Rector You hurt me again like you did once before I donít know if I can take it anymore But I keep hanginí on In hopes you will change Like a fool standing out in the rain. You haunt me, when youíre gone and Iím here alone In my dreams I pretend that you havenít gone I reach for you Only to draw back in pain Like a fool standing out in the rain Itís not like I canít go out and find someone new Ďve just grown weak in my craving for you And for better or worse Iím waiting here again Like a fool standing out in the rain Like a fool standing out in the rain Ö Shine On Love By Lee Rector I sure like having coffee with you in the morning I could look into your eyes forever And I think I will Yes I love you still You take the night right out of my life And you make the daylight shine on love. Iím so glad you stopped by to see me You sure made a lonely body happy To think that you love me Builds me up and sets me free It takes the night right out of my life And it makes the daylight shine on love Shine on Love Shine on me and the lady that I see Shine on love Shine on bringing her up with me, Lord Shine on bringing her up with me Iím sure glad you feel the way I feel for y ou I love to smile and put our lips together To think that we can grow Sets my light aglow It takes the light right out of my life And it makes the daylight shine on love. (Chorus) Her Other Lover By Lee Rector In the arms of her other love She tells me sheís not afraid In the arms of her other lover She tells me, sheís not ashamed She tells me of her other lover In words that turn my heart to fear In those arms I held close Everything to me that is dear In the arms of her other lover She tells me that sheís strong In the arms of her other lover She tells me, thatís where she belongs. Ice Box Lovers By Lee Rector I was sittiní there alone With the lyrics to a song And a she in her ice box apartment They were selfish little lines About selfish little minds About me and my ice box existence She was all entranced As the sugar fairies danced When she said in her ice box delivery ďWonít you play for me the tune I know Iíll be hearing soon Blaring out of my ice box memory?Ē So I played for her the song Iíve been singing all along Like Iím singing here in your ice box living room Put my guitar in the case Iíve got no time to waste So letís head for your ice box bedroom. Waitin' For A Train That Never Comes By Lee Rector Standing at the station with a kiss upon her lips Her smile fixed at the gate for a glimpse of happiness Listening to the ticking of a heavy pendulum Waiting for a train that never comes She opens up the letter and reads the tinder lines Sent from far away down the tacks between two minds The chill of the wind turns rosy cheeks to numb Waiting for a train that never comes Back in her apartment the tableís cozy set With flowers and red wine and candle light and yet The clock just keeps ticking on and on and on Waitiní for a train that never comes Sittiní in the parlor looking through the fire Knitting a sweater for an aunt in Deleware Staring at a picture yellowed by the sun Waiting for a train that never comes. Keep Away By Lee Rector Since wee were little children Learning how to play Life has been to some degree A game of keep away First it was little things Like paper dolls and toys It wasnít like the keep away Played by grownup boys and girls Then we fell deep in love We knew that it would stay We were only playing A game of keep away Soon we were keeping bigger things That could make love grow Locked away in closets Buried deep in side our souls Things that seem so simple Could be so hard to say We were only playing A game of keep away Now the tables turn again And we stand face to face It seems that every corner Leads us back to this old place So as we meet each other Let it come what may Weíre back together We just canít keep away. Commin' On Together By Lee Rector & Steven A Zanetis It was a long, long way From me to you Evening fog To the morning dew Iím comingí Such a long, long time I was alone Misty nights And chilly dawns Iím cominí Youíre cominí The sunrise lights up a brand new day And yesterday was a mistake Iím forgettiní how hearts can break Weíre cominí .. Weíre cominí on together Her I am There you are Weíre both looking Past the morningí star Iím coming Youíre coming Weíre comingí on together. The Smile In Your eyes By Lee Rector & Steven A Zanetis The smile in your eyes brightens up my daay The love in your heart, God put there to stay Sometimes this old world turns cold and gray But the smile in your eyes, never goes away A million times Iíve wondered how much you care A million times Iíve asked myself how much you bear Through all the dreams Iíve dreamed And all the tears Iíve cried Youíre always here unchanged Youíre always by my side And the smile in your eyes (etc) Every Living Day By Lee Rector The wounds of love are healed in time AT least thatís what they say But you still haunt my dreams and mind Every living day The pictures of your gentle face Are tattooed into my brain Oh darling canít you see I need To hold you once again I ask for you to come back to me Every night when I pray Words fall like ashes to the floor Every living day Dnít you know what youíve done to me Leaving me all alone Darling I appeal to you Please, my love, come home I turn my face to the wall I canít go on this way For my life was made to make love to you Every living day. Granny White's Tavern By Lee Rector Oh Granny Whiteís Tavern it stood to the north Though Granny White she had died We remembered her brandy and comfortable beds As we stood by her grave site and cried She fed all the hungry, brought joy to the men Who traveled the Natchez Trace road I remembered the days way back then When Granny Whiteís Tavern was every manís home. The hearth at Granny Whiteís Tavern was warm Her song rang loud in the night And granny poured brandy for all of the men From dusk to broad daylight Oh, Granny Whiteís tavern saw many young man On his way to barter and trade And the pelts that they carried, the salt and the lead Were all the money that Granny was paid. So lift your pewter glasses high To toast a dear girl and the word For Granny6 Whiteís Tavern will never die It will live in the hearts of the men that she served. Oh the hearth at Granny Whiteís Ö (etc) Oh Granny Whiteís Tavern it stood to the north Of the grave where Granny was laid The dogwood, the redbud will bloom in the spring And the head and foot of Granny Whiteís grave Oh the hearth at Granny Whtieís Ö (etc.) Ridin' In Luxury, Living In Hell By Lee Rector I built you a mansion up high on the hill So you could be happy, girl, I pleased you so well I worked my fingers down clean to the bone And woke up this morning to find you were gone. Now the streets are all empty, except just for me And youíre with him saying that finally youíre free And here I am drowning in a dark lonely well Ridiní in luxury, living in hell The castle is cold when the sun sets at night And echoes of ghosts scream out in the quiet In the climb from the bottom to the bottom I fell Lord, Iím riding in luxury, living in hell I Got A Charge Card By Lee Rector Well I ainít no rich man, babe But I like the looks of you And I ainít got no cash on hand But I tell you what Iíll do Iíll take you out to dinner Weíll have steak and Iíll rent a car Then weíll drive downtown to drink At the finest bar Well I ainít got no money gal, But I got a charge card. Weíll go out to see a movie Long as I can pay on time Weíll kick our heels up dancing Everything will be fine A cotton candy evening With Master Card and you Weíll dress up nice and have The best night you ever knew No I ainít got no money gal But I got a charge card. And after all that splurginí Weíll rent a bridal suite With a vibrator (pron. Viberator) bed And a view that canít be beat Weíll have the best night Of our lives Liviní like rich folks do With a private bath and plumminí All night long with you Well I ainít got no money gal But I got a charge card. Weíve a million alleys open And if it sounds like fun You just wink your eye And itís as good as done I promise you the best night That you ever knew Weíll live like king and queen And that ainít no dream Hey I ainít got no money gal, But I got a charge card. If You Want To Get Ahead By Lee Rector If you want to get ahead in this world, world, world You gotta work, work, work, work, work. And if you want to be content in this world, world, world, You gotta, play, play, play, play, play. And if you want to be happy in this world, world, world You got to love, love, love, love, love And if you want to get to heaven in this big wide world You got to look to the Father above. Standin' In the Middle (Of Everything I Own) By Lee Rector I reach out my hand to touch you dear Close my eyes, pretend youíre not gone I close my hand over a dream and I say Iím holdiní on to everything I own. I kiss your lips and open my eyes And I see Iím standing alone Antís no surprise that dreams deceive my eyes And Iím so tired of writing those sad songs Standing in the middle of everything I own. It's All Returnin' By Lee Rector Iíve had time enough to put my house in order Iíve had the pleasure of knowiní your love But your leaviní when you did Turned me back into a kid Now I see itís all returniní Iíve had reason to make myself ready Takiní over where I left off And now I feel Like a broken newsreel And I see it all returniní Returiní back to where we began In a new way I see how happy we once were I can see a lovely memory But I canít see you returning. In The Rapture By Lee Rector In the rapture of your arms You hold the key to my heart In the rapture of your arms I share my love You keep me warm. In the rapture of your arms You hold the key to my heart In the rapture of your arms I pledge my love You keep me warm Heaven is with you in the rapture And the rapture is with you in my arms I find you are my past and my future We share our love forever and beyond In the rapture of your arms You hold the key to my heart In the rapture of your arms I pledge my love You keep me warm Felt But Never Touched By Lee Rector I was out of my mind with envy on the day she said her vow I couldnít stand to see her go Now her mindís at peace My hell my never cease Knowing she loved him more than me I played an evil game with cards and shameful things But I did not know so much While gambling for a way To buy her clothes and fancy things She waited felt but never touched Felt but never touched by human hands Felt but never loved by any man I wanted it easy when I came to claim her love And she waited felt but never touched When I returned in hand with a golden wedding band She told me I was too late For she had pledged her life To the church and Jesus Christ Never more to have to wait. I was out of my mind with envy on the day she said her vows. The Woman of My Mind By Lee Rector Hey Brother look at her As she goes steppiní down the street Did you know that sheís the type of gal Iíd like to meet She looks so healthy She looks so fine That thereís the woman of my mind Can you look at her Without poppiní out your eyes Have you ever seen Such a sweetie pie She looks so healthy She looks so fine Thatí thereís the woman of my mind Listen and Iíll tell you a secret If you wonít let it out Iím gonna get that gal Iím gonna jump and shot She looks so healthy She looks so fine That thereís the woman of my mind. A Better Man By Lee Rector Iím not listeningí to you anymore Iím not perfect, I well understand But IĎm followiní whatís right to me And that proves me to be a bigger man So long I trusted in you I let you lead me by the hand But I wonít step down that wrong road with you again And that proves me to be a bigggr man The time I spent aching for all of my wrongs Scared me in a way I couldnít stand Iím puttiní right a means to an end And that proves me to be a bigger man One day at a time Iíll walk through this world Meet each day as best as I caní Workiní for goodness and taking a stand Will prove me to be a better man It will prove me to be a better man. What Does It Matter By Lee Rector What does it matter if itís all over Thereís no reason to carry on When we see that old memory Itís just time to be alone What does it matter, if itís all gone now Why hold on with empty hands When we weight right or \wrong now The balance bends Itís all over But this time it means to tend So hold back your tears and smile once again Letís make this as easy as we can What does it matter, were both crying Just look into our eyes What does it matter if weíre both dying It wonít free us from our lies. It Ain't as Bad as It Seems By Lee Rector & Steven A. Zanetis We ainít got no money in the bank We just got ourselves to thank We ainít got no plans ainít got no dreams But we got love and it ainít as bad as it seems We ainít got no Rembrants on the wall And we donít read no Shakespeare at all We donít live like king and queen But we got love and it ainít as bad as it seems ĎCause every night when the sun goes down You slip into that cotton (sexy) gown Love, It donít pay the bills But it sure do give you and me the thrills We ainít got no gas in that old car It looks like weíre not goiní very far Some folks ride in fancy limousines But we got love and it ainít as bad as it seems (Chorus) We ainít never been to gay Parie WE like watching wrestling on TV Some folks go to all kinds of extremes But we got love and it ainít as bad as it seems. We're Almost There By Lee Rector Weíre almost there We almost made it We tried so hard And here we are Weíre almost there And I can feel it Baby, Weíre almost there There were days when we were lonely And there were times when we were scared But weíre most there We almost made it Baby, Weíre almost there The Wolf and the Wild By Lee Rector Barkiní at the pale midnight moon I was hungry, but babe so were you And I need what only you can do The wolf is wild but then so are you You came up and touch my hungry hand And I felt the stirrings of a man And I took you home with me so soon Now baby look how long Iíve been with you And I donít care what other people say You and Iíve made something really great Out of two hungry souls stretchingí for room To open up and see what love could do. Dark and Checkered Past By Lee Rector I can tell youíre not listeniní As you stare off in space And I know when you feel like it Youíll join me in this place If there was something I could do You know Iíd step in fast To save you from reliving All your dark and checkered past. Oh babe canít you see That the past is dead and gone There ainít no use rememberiní All the things you saw go wrong Today is where youíre living And tomorrows come to pass If you will just step out of Your dark and checkered past. Yesterdayís sorrows shouldnít cloud up your todayís Look forward to tomorrows , throw bad memories away If all you do is dwell on bad hat is all youíll l see And what a way to waste all of your good memories So smile and just remember The good things that went by And clear up your vision Wipe the tears from your eyes The sun will rise tomorrow And with itís dawn will cast A new light on your vision And your bright and checkered past. Lord, Help Me Off of This Rusty Old Saddle By Lee Rector Lord help me off of this rusty saddle Iíve been in the rain much too long Help me dry off my boots, help me shelter my cattle And when I get the strength wonít you ride along He rode into town to go down to the temple The trail, it was dusty, the highway was old The message he carried with him was so simple But few would heed the story he told Their swords were unsheathed they called him a stranger Said they were told heíd be coming to town They took him and threw him In a dungeon of danger Tomorrow theyíll lay him like a thief in the ground (Refrain) As Iíd have done to me, help me do unto others Help me lift eyes up to see heavenwards If by chance I can teach by revealing your wisdom Let me live by example and speak with your words (Refrain) One Way Ticket to Paradise By Lee Rector I got no fear of growing old I got no feelings that I canít control And thought I donít say life is all sugar and spice I got a one way ticket to paradise. Iíve pointed my nose down a one-way street Iíve got one direction, I accept no defeat And Iíll carry you along if you want to come for a ride On my one way ticket to paradise The Lord is my direction and I canít understand How any one could listen to some other man I got all I can handle just holding it in I ainít got no time to step off and sin So let me tell you fair brothers and sisters It ainít gonna get Ďya if you donít give in Keep the faith baby and wonít it be nice With your one way ticket to paradise I say keep the faith brothers open up your eyes To your one way ticket to paradise I Want You Near By Lee Rector & Larry Stein Manyís the night shadows and darkness held me Then came the light you brought life back into me And I needed you I held you, I held you close to me And yes it was true I had you, I had you next to me And now I want you near I want you near to me I want you near to me We lie face to face and as you touch me In our embrace we hold our hearts together And I needed you I hold you, I hold you close to me And yes it is true I have you, I have you next to me And now I want you near I want you near to me I want you near to me I want you near I want you near to me I want you near I want you near to me I want you near I want you near to me (etc) All of the material on this website is Copyrighted. 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