Rise & Fall of A Honky Tonk Hero

by J. K. Coltrain

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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
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The Bottle 04:18
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
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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
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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
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Empty Handed 03:09
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:
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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
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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
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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.
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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

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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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