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Still

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STILL

Alissa Moreno, Linda Moroziuk, Tedd Swormstedt

When I’d crawl in scared in the still of the night
When everything was dark and everyone was quiet
You’d hold me still
When I did something wrong and the teacher called you up
I knew that I was bad my heavy head was hung
You loved me still
The time you tried to hide a smile when I disappeared a while in grandpa’s still

In the still just before sunrise you’d wake me up for practice even before you’d pour your coffee I never had to ask
You’d smile still
My room still looks the same every trophy every  prize
You never took em off the wall didn’t think about it twice
Cuz you love me still

Though we didn’t have the money you bought me that piano
From that old goodwill store it was more than you could handle
And I play it still
And every time I fall from mountains
Or face the breaks of life
You somehow make me laugh
Still

That stoic look on your face and the way you stayed strong you were there for me when my baby brother was born
Still
The way you held us all together and through the tears we prayed
That God would take her home now
And grandma finally laid
Still
When everyone was gone we just turned on a show it’s your favorite still

I see you lying in this room doctors everywhere
I’m the one holding your hand it’s more than I can bear
You’re beautiful still
And every time I fall from mountains
Or face the breaks of life
You somehow make me laugh
Still

And even when this world takes you from me
I will love you still I will still believe
You’re not ever/really gone you’ll live inside of me forever
Until my soul is
Still

Blood

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A cut on a thumb it seals an oath
It’s the color of love in a rose
It can turn bad or it run cold
It beats the odds with sweat and tears
Crazy happens when it’s mixed with beers
It’s what bonds the young and old

Blood
It’s where we’re from
It’s what we bleed
Blood
It’s shared with love
It binds us deep
In our veins we’re all the same
We’re all the color of
Blood

Some pray the words written in it
Sunday get baptized with it
Love plants a seed when there’s none
It’s on this wood, it’s on these strings
In the songs I write the notes I sing
When we can’t give up what we love
It’s in our

Blood
It’s where we’re from
It’s what we bleed
Blood
It’s shared with love
It binds us deep
In our veins we’re all the same
We’re all the color of
Blood

Don’t matter what air we breathe
Or the color of skin that we see
It runs through the heart of each of us

Blood
It’s where we’re from
It’s what we bleed
Blood
It’s shared with love
It binds us deep
In our veins we’re all the same
We’re all the color of
Blood

A Ring In The Ocean

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There’s a ring in the ocean
It lies beneath the salty sand that used to be on someone’s hand
The light in the harbor
Shines upon what used to be drifting on the open sea
And nobody knows how it got there does anybody really care

Oh nothing is as lonesome as a ring in the ocean where the silence is its only kind of sound
Did it just slip off a finger was another promise broken oh tonight it’s only hoping to be found

There’s a ring in the ocean
A fourteen carat mystery as tarnished as its history
There’s a heart and forever
Once so perfectly engraved now you can hardly see what it means
No one can hear its gold prayer is anybody looking for it way up there

Oh there’s nothing quite as lonesome as a ring in the ocean where the silence is its only kind of sound
Did it just slip on a finger was another promise broken oh tonight it’s only hoping to be found

Oh and once in awhile when the waters all collide
And the moon moves the tide just right it starts to come alive
For a moment umm for a moment

Oh nothing is as lonesome as a ring in the ocean where the silence is its only kind of sound
Did it just slip on a finger was another promise broken oh tonight it’s only hoping to be found

There’s a ring in the ocean
It sits upon the salty sand it used to be on someone’s hand

She’s everything I’m not

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She drinks whiskey, but knows when to stop
She’s like Magellan she never gets lost
She can stretch a dollar from fifty cents
I know where she stands it’s never on the fence
She believes in God and she believes in me
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

She’s traveled coast to coast, from Memphis to Rome
Ain’t met a stranger she didn’t know
She’s almost always right but says when she’s wrong
As hard as she tries she can’t sing a song
She’s the key that unlocks the best part of me
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

She’s everything I am not from the twang when she talks
Down to her skin sweet smellin soft
She’s everything I want and never could be
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

Ain’t done nothing that’s leaves a scar
Ain’t put a tiny scratch on my heart
She lives each day without regret
Ain’t made me cry from something she said
She knows the roads I’ve walked but sees what I can be
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

She’s everything I am not from the twang when she talks
Down to her skin sweet smellin soft
She’s everything I am not from the way that she walks
Into a room and everything stops
She’s everything I want and never could be
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

She believes in God and she believes in me
She’s everything I’m not and the only thing I need

You have my word

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They can’t wield a knife but you wear their scars
They can’t shatter glass but they broke your hear
The ones left unsaid are the ones that hurt the most
Every night the silence haunts you like a ghost
The only ones you’ve known have been a lie

There’s red ones in a black book that tell us right from wrong
But every man chooses the ones to call his own
The ones I say to you I say with my heart
As honest as a prayer in Sunday church
You have my word

I carved em in that oak tree where we kissed neath the stars
I wear them on my skin, this tattoo on my arm
The ones I said to you, down on one knee
Hoping that you’d say the right one back to me
I lay them on your pillow with a rose

There’s red ones in a black book that tell us right from wrong
But every man chooses the ones to call his own
The ones I say to you I say with my heart
As honest as a prayer in Sunday church
You have my word

Stronger than a mother’s love
You can count on them like each day comes
As fertile as any farmer’s dirt
The sweetest sound you ever heard
No matter where you go on this earth
You have my word

Things I Left Undone

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Sunday morning coffee sitting out back
Looking at the yard I heard “honey what’s that”
I said “that’s a dead pine I’ve been meaning to cut”
I heard ”Put it on the list of things you left undone”

I know baby
“The garage ain’t been cleaned in over a year
The clutch on the truck slips in first gear
If all the things I left undone were done
There’d still be one, that’s true
Cause Darlin I ain’t every gonna be done lovin you”

You smiled that smile that makes me weak
I love how you whispered “honey that’s so dang sweet”
I was surprised when you gave me a kiss
And in my lap you dropped a brand new list

Now let’s see “The shower in the bath is starting to leak
Our mailbox is leaning bout to fall in the street
If all the things I left undone were done
There’d still be one, baby it’s true
Cause Darlin I ain’t every gonna be done lovin you”

“Honey I was taught to finish what I start
That changed the moment you were in my arms
As long as there’s a moon, as long as there’s a sun
My love for you will always be undone”

Sunday morning coffee I loved when you said
“Hon let’s do that one thing you’ll always leave undone”

The Love You’ll Never Be Without – Kaylee’s Song

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As my wife and I unpacked
My stepdaughter came and asked
Do I call you Daddy
I said now honey that’s up to you
But I’m gonna do the things Daddy’s do
And I’ll be your Dad if you’ll have me
Late one night when she awoke frighten from a dream
I held her close and stroked her hair ‘til she fell back asleep

In the morning when she called me Dad
I felt like the world’s richest man
I said now honey don’t you doubt
The love that’s in my heart and the love that’s in my house
Is the love you’ll never be with out

I shared her first broken heart
And the dented fender on the family car
Watched her leave to follow her dreams
She asked me to walk her down the aisle
Took my name for her first child
Love has grown a new family
On the day her mother died and I was all alone
My stepdaughter came to me said Dad I’ll take you home

In the morning when she called me Dad
I felt like the world’s richest man
She said now Daddy don’t you doubt
The love that’s in my heart and the love that’s in my house
Is the love you’ll never be with out

Sunday morning I sat in church and bowed my head to pray
Lord I’ve been a lucky man can we make it one more day
In the silence I heard his words
The love you give is the love you earn
And son you’ve given without any doubt
Now the love that’s in my heart, the love that’s in my house
Is the love you’ll never be with out

Let Em Run

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Found an old cowboy hat beneath my Daddy’s bed
Said “tell bout the man that wore this and the life he led”
“Your Great Grand Dad was a cowboy and the toughest man you’d ever meet
One day he came up on six wild horses down by Morgan’s Creek
Riders came to fence them in and Grand Dad pulled his gun
What he said I’ll remember long after my days are done”

Let ‘em run, Let ‘em run,
Let them feel their own freedom, find their own soul
Got to let ‘em go to find their way home
Let ‘em run

Long blonde hair in a pony tail, Hershey kiss brown eyes
Shared our first taste of love as the sun slipped from the sky
That was earlier April we got married that same June
Spent four days celebration on the beach in Cancun
Now she says she needs her space we were foolish and young
I searched for what to say and then I heard these words come

Let her run, let her run
Let her feel her own freedom, find her own soul
Got to let ‘em go to find their way home
Let her run

She came back six months later now she’s pregnant with our son
I know my Great Grand Dad was right because the time is going to come

Let him run, let him run
Let him feel his own freedom, find his own soul
You got to let ‘em go to find their way home
Let him run

Found an old cowboy hat beneath my Daddy’s bed

Raised on a Country Song

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Twenty miles south of guitar town above a honky tonk
Baptized in the neon light, that’s where I grew up
The jukebox in the corner played a country sound
Every night I’d say my prayers and then I’d lay me down
When other kids were counting sheep
Patsy’d sing me sweet sweet dreams

Cause late at night with the jukebox on
I was raised on a country song
Banjo, fiddle and a steel guitar
Three chord truth that touched my heart
Take me back where I belong
Cause I was raised on a country song

Every night I heard those songs seeping through the floor
Tammy Wynette would sing a duet with George Jones
I’d hear Lester Flatt, then Johnny Cash sing I walk the line
Then Patsy would take me walking after midnight
When other kids were reading Seuss
I knew the words to a boy Named Sue

There was always someone there to play with anytime
Cause my best friends were Wynette, Jones and Cline

Every night I heard those songs seeping through the floor

Tammy Wynette would sing a duet with George Jones
I’d hear Lester Flatt, then Johnny Cash sing I walk the line
Then Patsy would take me walking after midnight
When other kids were reading Seuss
I knew the words to a boy Named Sue

There was always someone there to play with anytime
Cause my best friends were Wynette, Jones and Cline