Rise & Fall of A Honky Tonk Hero

by J. K. Coltrain

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The 2012 release from traditional country music singer, songwriter & producer J. K. Coltrain. It features songs that go back to his roots in country music.

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released August 8, 2012

Produced by J. K. Coltrain

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We are a rather small but growing indie label started back in October of 1998 by country singer & songwriter J. K. Coltrain and a group of trusted friends with offices located in Nashville, Tennessee. It has quickly expanded into one of the top Indie country music labels having won British CMA's Country Album of The Year in 2010 as well as Texas CMA's Country Album of The Year in 2009.. ... more

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Track Name: Rise & Fall of A Honky Tonk Hero
The Rise And Fall Of A Honky Tonk Hero


They come here to see him in this honky tonk roadhouse
A burning young star at the top of his game
They're packed wall to wall for a glimpse at their hero
Who's almost gone crazy chasing this fame

The road has been hard, somehow he's been harder
But the pills and the whiskey have taken their toll
He keeps the truth hidden as long as he's singing
But it comes rushing in with the last dying note

It's the rise and fall of a honky tonk hero
Who's been burning the candle at both ends too long
He'll fly high tonight but it's all smoke and mirrors
While the truth lies there hidden in the words of his songs

There was someone who loved him, a girl back in Texas
With the ways of an angel as he now recalls
But he traded her love for a song and the highway
Oh how bitter his tears whenever they fall

(Repeat Chorus)
Tag: Yes the truth is there hidden in the words of his songs
Track Name: The Bottle
The Bottle

She picks up the bottle
and fills up her glass
She drinks till she’s throttled
the pain from her past
She’s bent on forgetting
his face and his name
As the candles burn down
She says here's to old flames

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me


I know it ain’t likely
I can smother that flame
But I love her so much
I’ll try just the same
I'm more man than him
Why can’t she see
That till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Bridge:

When the bottle is empty
and her glass is dry
She'll smile and say I love you
But the truth is in her eyes

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Outtro:

Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me
Track Name: Some Bridges Just Won't Burn
Some Bridges Just Won't Burn

After her I thought it would be easy
I'd move on another lesson learned
I'd burn my bridges and I'd start all over
But some bridges just won't burn

Chorus
I'd tried to go to where memories wouldn't find me
But all roads led right back to yesterday at every turn
I could be in love again tomorrow, but some bridges just won't burn

What chance is there of finding anybody
It's just no good as far as I'm concerned
My big mistake was thinkin I could leave her
Cause some bridges just won't burn

Chorus
I'd tried to go to where memories wouldn't find me
But all roads led right back to yesterday at every turn
I could be in love again tomorrow, but some bridges just won't burn
No some bridges just won't burn
Track Name: If That's What It Takes
If That's What It Takes

If that's what it takes to make you happy
If that's what it takes to make you smile
If you want I'll play the fool again
Anything to make you stay a while

Verse 1
Well I know that you've been using me
I've done it myself in the past
But still I keep holdin' on
To a love that just can't last

REPEAT CHORUS

Verse 2
Here goes that silly game again
You know I've seen it all before
And the object is for me to beg
You not to walk out that door

REPEAT CHORUS

© 1987 J. K. Coltrain & Waylon Jennings
Track Name: Empty Handed
1st. Verse:
Well, that lady on the other stool
Is giving me the eye
I'm hoping one more whiskey
Will get her by my side
So, I lay my money on the bar
And, set her up, again
Cause, I really think we're gonna
Be a little more than friends:

Chorus:
And, I ain't going home
Empty Handed
No, I ain't leaving here
All alone
And, I ain't going home
Empty Handed
I just need a little pleasure
Of my own:

2nd. Verse:
Well, I can almost taste the perfume
She's wearing on her cheeks
And I can feel her hand rubbing
Right above my knee
So I whisper some sweet nothings
Soft and sexy in her ear
Then, she says a hundred dollars
Will get us both out of here:

Chorus:
And, I ain't going home
Empty Handed
No, I ain't leaving here
All alone
And, I ain't going home
Empty Handed
I just need a little pleasure
Of my own:

Bridge:
Well, it's nearly two O'clock
And, they're just about to close
She's got herself a taker
And, I got a six pack to go:

Chorus:
Cause
I ain't going home
Empty Handed
No, I ain't leaving here
All alone
And, I ain't going home
Empty Handed
I just need a little pleasure
Of my own:
Track Name: Don't Close Your Eyes
Don't Close Your Eyes lyrics
I know you loved him along time ago
And even now in my arms you still want him I know
But darlin' this time let your mem'ries die
When you hold me tonight don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
Don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darling just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes

Maybe I've been a fool holding on all this time
Lying here in your arms knowing he's in your mind
But I keep hoping someday that you'll see the light
Let it be tonight, don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
Don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darling just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
And don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darlin' just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Track Name: Did You Say That You're From Texas
Did You Say That You're From Texas

Detroit ain't a cowboy's kinda town
This bar's as close to a honky tonk as anything I've found
And did I hear you say you're from Ft. Worth and by the way
You're the only girl who wears a Stetson hat in this whole dang town

(Chorus)
Darling did you say that you're from Texas
Fancy that I'm from Texas too
We're both a long way from the Lone Star State
And I could use some company how 'bout you

(TA)

Darling could I buy you a cold beer
Let me apolegize they don't sell Lone Star here
I moved here years ago and I miss Texas guess it shows
I ain't seen a Texas sunset or a girl like you in years

(Chorus)
Darling did you say that you're from Texas
Fancy that I'm from Texas too
We're both a long way from the Lone Star State
And I could use some company how 'bout you

(TA # 2)

Tag:
We're both a long way from the Lone Star State
And I could use some company how 'bout you

Darling did you say that you're from Texas
Fancy that - I'm from Texas too
Track Name: Almost Persuaded
ALMOST PERSUADED

Words and music by Billy Sherrill and Glenn Sutton

Last night, all alone in a bar-room
Met a girl with a drink in her hand
She had ruby red lips, coal black hair
And eyes that would tempt any man. ...

Then she came and sat down at my table
And as she placed her soft hand in mine
I found myself wanting to kiss her
For temptation was flowing like wine.

And I was almost persuaded
To strip myself of my pride
Almost persuaded
To push my conscience aside. ...

Then we danced and she whispered, "I need you!
Take me away from here and be my man."
Then I looked into her eyes and I saw it
The reflection of my wedding band.

And I was almost persuaded
to let strange lips lead me on
almost persuaded
But your sweet love made me stop and go home.
Track Name: I Pray There's A Honkytonk In Heaven
I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN



VERSE


THEY SAY THIS PLACE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME IF I DON’T GET OUT OF HERE
BUT I LIKE ROMANCIN’ LOVE SLOW DANCIN’ IN A NEON ATMOSPHERE
I’M ON CLOUD NINE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WITH AN ANGEL BY MY SIDE
I’VE HEARD YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO SO WHEN I KISS THIS WORLD GOOD-BYE




CHORUS


I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
‘CAUSE IT WOULD BE A SIN TO LEAVE TO LEAVE THESE GOOD TIMES BEHIND
I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
SO I CAN LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE


INST.

BRIDGE


TONIGHT I’LL LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP AND PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP
IF I SHOULD DRAW MY FINAL BREATH LET THIS BE MY LAST REQUEST


CHORUS

I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
‘CAUSE IT WOULD BE A SIN TO LEAVE THESE GOOD TIMES BEHIND

I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
SO I CAN LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG
I WANNA LIVE IT UP BUT ONE LIFE JUST AIN’T ENOUGH
SO LORD LET ME LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE