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Country's What I Sing to Keep from Crying

by Joey Clark

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1.
You can tell she’s running but not from what What she gives you to go on is all you’ve got She keeps her cards close to the vest Bare feet on the dash she lights up a smoke Says thanks for the ride do you want a toke Don’t care where we’re headed just as long as it’s West Baby's beautiful, baby's beautiful, baby's a beautiful mess Daddy’s home looked perfect from the outside Now she’d rather live in a double wide Than to chase after the biggest and the best She say’s she knows how people go insane It’s from doing the same thing over and over again Can’t learn to fly lest you leave the nest You know you're going the wrong way But you can't slow down You can try to love her But she won't stick around Baby's beautiful, baby's beautiful, baby's a beautiful mess Something to eat a little cash Someone to hold and a place to crash If less is more than more is less Any man in the room she can have her pick But she always goes home with the one who’s sick She tries to fix ‘em like it’s some kind of test Baby's beautiful, baby's beautiful, baby's a beautiful mess Now she’s in the French quarter in an old chateau At the end of the hall where the lights are low With the moonlight through the window and tears on her dress Everyone has a song to sing Her’s is about having a broken wing And not a single thing to confess Baby's beautiful, baby's beautiful, baby's a beautiful mess
2.
The grain the rain grew Out to the horizon Amen ocean blue Sky like heaven My window has just one view Of the willow tree and you The end of of a friend true Bleeds the evening sun To run to someone new Coats and notes left undone I'm looking through at a love I once knew At the window tree and you
3.
Not Today 04:10
An angel came to me when I was in despair Light shined from her eyes as she floated in midair She said that in the future after I am dead People will listen my songs and the things that I said Like love is real But not today Love is real But not today Today you will be hungry Today you’ll be alone today you will wander looking a home And you’ll wonder If your life means anything at all Watching shadows slide along the wall When the angel was finished she faded away I thought I’d finally gone insane as the curtain swayed And the night gave way To the sun’s first rays just like love is real But not today Like love is real But not today Love is real But not today
4.
Kathleen 04:31 video
She’s behind the counter for just one more hour Puts on the best smile she can For the insane and sages in temples and cages Who all want to hold her hand for a piece of sky she’s had her eye on a castle made of sand she don’t need a reason just one more season and she’s off to join a rock in roll band Kathleen Kathleen don’t forget who you’re meant to be You were meant to be my lover some day on a movie screen Can’t say she didn’t warn ya She’s gone to California Where puppets cut their strings they lay around for hours smoking flowers And preach about many things The hustler comes with a highway tongue To turn trees into wedding rings upon a saddle in Seattle where the needle stings If you have to wonder they invented the thunder To beat like a drum in your mind Pain comes as a porter throws you a quarter And tells you get back in line A face in the crowd shouts out loud Can someone please tell me the time Count your sheep and go back to sleep We’re trying to turn water to wine The flag dreams still flies it seems But who knows where or when Watch the train leave the station and another generation Comes up behind you again Some wander the isle for winning style While others went to the wheel They hear it creak even in their sleep And forget how to feel
5.
Little Light 02:18
A rhyme to cry Come to shine and die To glow and show where you are Like the light of a firefly I know why you try to keep out of sight That's why I write you this song I hope you hold out for so long You see the coming of daylight Chasing after wind A will to find the words We are still in love Of the mind our time might arrive I see you my little light Waiting for a song Hiding right in plain sight I know you long for daylight
6.
This is as far as my wheels will take me As good enough a place as any Down in the dirt I found a lucky penny By the side of the road My lucky number three on a ticket for the lottery Among the treasures I can keep for free By the side of the road Oklahoma by the Neosho In a field of flowers with nowhere to go With my self to lose by the evening sky Send an Oklahoma girl to give me a ride Roads snake and rivers wind The prairie waves to your state of mind All you've lost you might just find By the side of the road The earth is tattooed by tar And growing out of every scar A flower growing like a star By the side of the road Oklahoma by the Neosho In a field of flowers with nowhere to go With my self to lose by the evening sky Send an Oklahoma girl to give me a ride There was an only son His shoelace mind came undone Watch him run and trip over the sun By the side of the road A steel tower stood tall On the top floor against a wall A suit and a tie and a long way to fall To the side of the road Oklahoma by the Neosho In a field of flowers with nowhere to go With my self to lose by the evening sky Send an Oklahoma girl to give me a ride Oklahoma is where I'm free In a field of flowers in reverie Oklahoma girl with a heart of gold Find me by the side of the road
7.
She said some things I tell you I tell nobody else And somethings I need to keep to myself Then they found her face down on the lawn Just another junkie gone He said you heard of a day trader? Well I trade in the night And my death will come like a moth around that street light Then he stumbled out into the dawn Just another junkie gone She said that girl in the picture Can you believe that was me? I wanted to be a dancer ever since I was three No one knows what it’s like to hold on I’m just another junkie gone He keeps a constellation Of marks up his sleeve And for his next trick friends he’ll try to remember to breathe As he closes his eyes and stretches out long He’s just another junkie gone She said I always feel different Than everyone else So like an ugly duckling I keep to myself Now she finally has the wings of a swan She’s just another junkie gone I have one thing I managed not to pawn It’s my father’s guitar going to play it all night long Trying to write you one more song I’m just another junkie gone Watch me slip away I’m just another junkie gone
8.
The kid is fed and off to bed So with thoughts buzzing in your head You walk out the back door Bugs fly around the porch light You stare out into the night And wonder what it’s all for You don’t always have to be the one who’s strong If you won’t take my love then take this song As a shoulder to cry on His daddy was killed in the war And with only one week left of his tour And now when the boy cries You never let it show How it breaks your heart even though He’s got his daddy’s eyes I’ve known broken hearts before But yours is making me hate all war So your boy can have my guitar Holding one is better than a gun And it can still teach you how not to run It was my only guiding star
9.
For Laura 03:37
Reasons why and machines that fly Some buzz around, some should never leave the ground This I know and there’s nothing up my sleeve Were you to go, what a hole in the world you would leave I’d ask you to stay, but the hills are far away And they’re blue and cold even on a clear day Leaves fall so we can see the sky Through the trees with tears in our eyes There are mountains in the sky If you watch the clouds go by The air is calm, an eagle circles high How long before memory fails Like a busted train on rusted rails? Another town where the world has gone cold Looking down at cracks in the road Love found was a fist full of sand A little gold to run through our hands After all we just needed to be fed Day’s good and gone Sun’s rays are burning red
10.
Country is where I get to know you Country is where I get to hold you But God in Heaven knows I'm lying Country's what I sing to keep from crying Country is where I see your face Country is where there's a trace Of a smile you know I'm tying Country's what I sing to keep from crying 'Cause what I sing my savior hears Going to trade my tears for wings and I'll by flying Country's what I sing to keep from crying Country's where I go to be alone Country is my home But living without you is like dying Country's what I sing to keep from crying 'Cause what I sing my savior hears Going to trade my tears for wings and I'll by flying Country's what I sing to keep from crying

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released February 18, 2020

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Joey Clark Weare, New Hampshire

Songwriter from NH with ties to Nashville

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