Rattlesnake In A Cooler;
The music for a familiar production of this one-man play was done by Danny Darst.
The following four songs are from the play and tell the story of four men whose lives are
like many men.
D-1 Gave His Soul To The Highway; How the story begins.
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D-2 Armed And Crazy; The second part of the story of a "Jimmy."
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D-3 Crazy & Out of Control; The third part of the story, but of a different
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D-4 His Mother's Son; The final story of many "Jimmies."
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D-5 Billy and Nanny; 1950. George Vaughn and Kenny Roberts. Another Beautiful
Nonsense song that always gets a laugh.
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D-6 One Meat Ball; Early '40s song by Hy Zartet & Lou Singer. Josh White had
a good, early version of this song and Dave Van Ronk had a later one. It is
generally done with a vamp, but not here.
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For song words
click on "Lyrics". Lyrics.
Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music); 1952, Cousin Joe Maphis, Rose Lee, & Max Fidler. It is a great old
honky tonk song. Similar thoughts in Hank Thompson's big hit, "Honkey Tonk
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Crinkled, Wadded, Dollar Bill; Vince
Mathews. I got this from an E.V. "Poppa" Stoneman gig in Houston in 1968,
though the song sounds older than 1967.
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D-9 Makes No Difference Now; 1938. Floyd Tillman and Jimmy Davis (Governor of Louisiana / "You
Are My Sunshine."). This was Floyd's earliest hit. Even the Supremes
recorded this song. Bob Wills had thousands dancing to this tune.
Straw; 1950, Floyd Tillman. Good honky
tonk song for the swayers and gropers on the dance floor. One of the "slowest"
songs I know.
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D-11 I Gotta' Have My Baby Back; 1949. Floyd Tillman. I always enjoy doing Tillman
songs. This was my first guitar music.
D-12 Just As Long As I Have You;
1950. Floyd Tillman. The lines in this song and
in "This Cold War With You" date them.
D-13 This Cold War With You;
1949. Floyd Tillman. More honky tonk dance
D-14 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever
Know: 1953. Cecil A. Null. An
unusually beautiful song for the 1950 honky tonk period. It was a popular VFW dance hall
D-15 Don't Brush Them On Me;
1953. Ernest Tubb. Like most Tubb songs, this one
has the Tubb "Walking The Floor Over You" sound.
D-16 Playin' Dominoes And Shootin'
Dice; 1953. Tex Wood and O. D. Dobbs.
These songs, like "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke," "Preacher And The Bear,"
"Hot Rod Lincoln," "That's What I Like About The South,"
and others, were done in the then-popular, near sing-song voice.
D-17 My Mary; 1941. Stuart Hamblen and Jimmy Davis. Nice sentimental
song. I think there might be a "Mary" in every man's life.
D-18 She Even Woke Me Up;
1969. Mickey Newbury and Douglas Gilmore. I
first heard it in a bar. I don't know who the guy singing it was.
D-19 Cheatin's The Same; I have no idea where I got this song.
D-20 Pressure Cooker; This term might have already fallen into folkloredom. The
places were called "pressure cookers" because wives could go out to local clubs
to run around, and then get back home to cook beans (quickly) in a pressure cooker before
their husbands returned from work. Before then, the wives needed to stay around the
house to keep putting water in the beans. The pressure cooker had freed the
wives. I don't know where I got this song.
D-21 She's Lookin' Better By The
Minute; I do not know where I got this
song but I know that Ernest Tubb recorded it. A fun song to do.
D-22 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold; 1941. Wiley Walker and Gene Sullivan. Many, many people
recorded this song. It just always was around, not unlike, "You Are My
Sunshine." (This was the first song Cindy Walker recorded and it wasn't
D-23 There Must Be More To Love Than
This; 1971. Bill Taylor and Laverne
Thomas. I was surprised that this song is that recent.
D-24 Whoa' Sailor; 1944. Hank Thompson's earliest hit. I remember it
from when Thompson had a live radio show on KWTX at 12:15 noon, Waco, TX, in
1946. My mother didn't like me singing this song because it had the word
"bull" in it. I was 12.
D-25 Middle Age Crazy;
1978. Sonny Throckmorton. Another date I am
D-26 To Make Love Sweeter For You;
1968. Glenn Sutton and Jerry Kennedy.
Sutton died in April, 2007, with over 400 great songs to his credit.
D-27 You Win Again; 1953. Hank Williams.
D-28 I Was Just Walking Out The Door;
1952. Cindy Walker. I remember doing this
song in late 1953 on my arch top Harmony Broadway. Walker was born July, 20, 1918,
near Mexia (central Texas) & died in Mexia, March 23, 2006. She wrote so many
D-29 Be Honest With Me; 1941. Gene Autry and Fred Rose. Autry's clear voice made this more of a
pop hit than country.
D-30 Born To Lose; 1942. Ted Dafin. Autry did this song, as well as "Time Changes
Everything." His fan-base and his superb selection of songs kept him in #1
Whuskey, & Wild, Wild Women;
1947. Tim Spencer. Spencer, with the Sons of
the Pioneers, had a moderate success with this song, but Red Ingles and his Natural Seven
had a block-buster hit.
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Time Changes Everything;
Tommy Duncan, singing with Bob Wills' band, had a
big hit with this song and it was so well written that it was recorded by many top-name
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D-33 Angelina: Written
by Tom Gruning
Austin, TX songwriter/performer. This is a great song about true love.
(Note: This is a long song.)
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D-34 Where Are All The Girls?;
1985. Whitey Shafer. I think Whitey listened to
Al Dexter (1940s) a lot. This is similar to classic 1950 honky tonk songs. It
is only 22 years old. I didn't know I knew any modern songs.
D-35 Once More With Feeling;
1970. Kris Kristofferson. This song is from just
day before yesterday! I remember being in community theater and we thought this song
was a good one for the acting troop.
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D-36 So Round, So Firm, So Fully
Packed; 1947. Merle Travis. This is
one of those West Coast songs from the old honky tonk recording days of the independent
studios. Travis did OK with this song, but Johnny Bond had a good swing band and his
version reached #4 (at the same time, he took Travis's "Divorce Me C.O.D."
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D-37 Don't Tell Me How I Looked A'Falling; ~1962. Peter La Farge wrote this about his rodeo days.
It makes a good point.
D-38 Frankie & Johnny #2;
1964. Bob Gibson and Shel Silverstein. Totally
tongue in cheek and for having fun. I heard Gibson do this many times in the
Village. The little recitation at the end, I picked up from an early guitar playing
friend of mine, Jon Meeks, who could do this song extremely well. (Jon, call me.)
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D-39 One More Minute With You;
1985. Al Yankovic. I consider this the
reciprocal of a love song. (Note: This is a long song.)
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D-40 You Are A Liar; 1981. Whitey Shafer. Shafer has written as good a drinkin' and
cheatin' song as any one. I enjoy all of his songs.
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D-41 Ten Times Ten; 1971. Red Lane. Simple thoughts and simple lines becomes as pretty a
song as there can be.
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D-42 I Sang Dixie; 1988. Dwight Yoakam. One of many good songs about Dixie.
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D-43 Lay Me Down Easy; 1974. Kate Wolf. A really nice woman's song even if a guy does it
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D-44 Bubbles In My Beer; 1948. Tommy Duncan, Cindy Walker, and Bob Mills. A great
old honky tonk drinkin' song from the past.
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D-45 All Round Cowboy; 1974. Waylon Jennings. This was from the last Roy Roger's movie,
"T.J. and McIntosh." Very good music.
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D-46 Goin' Away Party; Cindy Walker. She could contribute to any song and make it
sound better. This one is all hers. This is a good dance hall song. To know
more about this fabulous Texas songwriter, check her out on-line. Bob Wills did this
and other Cindy Walker songs.
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D-47 Thirty-Nine And Holding;
Jerry Foster & Bill Rice. Both are prolific
writers. Jerry Lee Lewis had a hit with this song. Every old guy can identify
with this song.
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D-48 I Never Fool Nobody But Me; Doc Pomus & Mac Rebennack. Irma Thomas (New Orleans) does this
song so well. It is really a fun song to play and sing.
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Comes My Baby Back Again; Dotty West.
Dean Martin did this song as well as anyone. But I have a confession here. It
is a great song but it doesn't last long enough when done without a band. I added
the second/last verse just to make it longer. I am still consistent with the
context. (I apologize to Dotty West's memory, her fans, and whoever owns the rights to her
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D-50 Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your
Mind; Whitey Shafer. Another good Shafer
In the early days of Tin Pan Alley
there was a publisher, Leo Feist, who in 1897, had the motto, "You can't go wrong
with any Feist song." The same could be said about Whitey Shafer songs.
"You can't go wrong with any Shafer song."
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Still Comes Around; Glen Sutton. Jerry
Lee Lewis did this song as good as it could be done in September 1968 and it quickly went
to #2 on both US and Canadian charts.
There is a similar song from 1918,
"I'm Sorry I Made You Cry" and like "She Still Comes Around"
the listener can feel no sympathy for the man; his remorse is stated while he is
almost snickering at what he is getting away with. He is obviously abusing the woman
and enjoying every minute of it. That is what makes if fun to do. Both songs are so obvious.
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D-52 Come On In; Bobby Braddock. Braddock wrote a lot of good songs.
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D-53 Close Every Honky Tonk;
Norman Wade. Wade typified old-time honky tonk
music. He had an active band for years and being from Louisiana, it was thought it
should have been Cajun; nope, country honky tonk through and through.
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D-54 Bubbles In My Beer; Cindy Walker. Her songs just last and last.
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D-55 Backing to Birmingham; Lester Flatt & Burkett Graves. This song works as a
bluegrass band song, or as just a single humorous song.
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Prize; Waylon Jennings. An unusually good song
when most of these songs are about forgetting failed relationships, this one is for those
who do not want to forget.
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Paul Siebel. A very poignant song telling a good
story but leaving some mystery for the listener. It is one of the few songs here
where I also play a harmonica. That is why it lasts over 3 minutes. These
songs are not for me to showoff but to just make the lyrics and tunes available to
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D-58 When You
Leave Amarillo; 1973 Cindy Walker. Another
good Cindy Walker song. Just one of so many. And this is another song that
Bob Wills did.
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D-59 Then I Know You're Really Gone;
From a Bob Wills album. It is very difficult to
determine who wrote what and when it was copyrighted when it involves Bob Wills. He
and his band did maybe 300 songs and since it was dance music, the credit is often
missing. Additionally, the internet search engines are now designed for making money
and not for providing information; unless it can make money. The
Information Highway is now so littered with billboards that the information cannot be
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Motel; Kerry Grombacher, New Orleans singer
& songwriter, produces songs he has lived. He performs over most of the US.
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D-61 My Shoes
Keep Walking Back To You; Bob Wills & Lee
Ross. This was done by many people but Bob Wills had the integrated band sound.
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They Already Know; Doc Jones. Austin, TX
singer & songwriter. This is not at all just another honky tonk song. This is a
complex song that leaves us wondering what is really going on.
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Me C.O.D.; Merle Travis and like a lot of
Travis songs, this one is also tongue-in-cheek. Johnny Bond had a big hit of this in
1947. Bond had already been working on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch radio show.
Also, in 1947, Bond had a hit with another Travis song, "So Round, So Firm, So
Fully Packed." He charted again that year with "The Daughter of Jole
Blon." Johnny Bond had a good band and continued to perform the most honky
tonkiest songs on any jutebox. (His "Love Song in 32 Bars"
(Harry Choates wrote "Jole Blon"
and in 1946, brought Cajun dance music to the main stage of country and western. It
charted at #4 on Billboard, but he gained nothing from it. He had given up all
rights to the song. Choates was supposedly from Rayne, LA. He had moved to TX
in the '30s and dropped out of school early and spent most of his time playing and
drinking in bars. He became an alcoholic and this led to the breakup of his band in
1951. For failure to pay child support, in July 1951, he was put in jail for three
days in Austin, TX. He didn't handle it well. He beat his head on the bars so
long and so hard, he gave himself a concussion and he lapsed into a coma. Several
days later he died without regaining consciousness. He was only 28 years old!
I remember hearing his records on the radio when a kid in S. TX.)
D-64 Yearning Just for You; 1938; Bob Wills. It seems that everything the Texas Playboys did became
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D-65 Act Naturally; 1963. Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison. It was another
Buck Owen's hit.
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D-66 Back the Way You Came; 1971; Tom Ghent. This superb song was done so very wll on a
Mike Settle LP. I think this is the only song on the album that Settle didn't write.
I consider this quite a tribute to Tom Ghent.
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D-67 Delta Mama Blues; 1971; Townes Van Zandt. I have this on a Townes LP, but I am positive that
I heard him doing this song in sort of a reverse and it was as if it was "Delta
Daddy." I heard Townes a lot in Houston and I have no idea where else I could
have learned this song. I left Houston in December of 1970. Maybe he sang it
some as "Daddy" and then copyrighted it as "Mama." I always
invision some womanizer doing the song.
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D-68 Him or Me; Townes
Van Zandt, Studdard, and Moore.
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D-69 I Lie When I Drink; 2011. Dale Watson. This is maybe the most recent song I
have here but Dale Watson is a Texas singer/songwriter and has a super honky tonk band.
His sound is from long ago. From the bandstand, he will ask for orginal
titles to nonexistent songs and then from the bandstand make the song up and the band play
it. He said that by the time he got to the second chorus of this song, he knew he
had a really good song.
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D-70 Keeper Of My Heart; 1948; Bob Wills and Jerry Irby. This is another of the typical
dance numbers that Wills and the Texas Playboys did so well. If you can't dance to
this; you can't dance to anything.
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D-71 Lets Say Goodbye Like We Said
Hello; 1979 Ernest Tubb always had good songs
and he was the Jukebox King for many years.
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D-72 I Can't Go On This Way;
1943 Fred Rose. This is one of many of his good
songs, and in this case, it was done by Bob Wills. The song is also known as
"Moanin'" Another good Texas Playboys dance song.
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D-73 Reciprocity; 1975;
Loudin Wainwright III. This is both an ugly and comic song. Wainwright wrote
about what was going on in his life. This makes his life not only an open book
story, but an open heart story, as well.
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D-74 Ride Me Down Easy; Billie Joe Shaver. The lyrics here are not exactly what Shaver sings
and I apologize for it. I learned the song from a friend in Texas and I thought the
lyrics were correct. Still the gist of this nice song is here and any deviations
from Shaver was not intended.
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D-75 Singing Lonely Songs; 1971; Mike Settle. This is also from his LP. Settle could always
create exactly the right visual images.
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D-76 Together Again; 1964, Buck Owens. He and Don Rich had a wonderful version of
this and I thought of this song many times after Don was killed on a motorcycle. Don
and Buck had gotten together in 1960 and toured in Buck's old pickup. Don was killed in
1974 when he was 32 years old. This just about destroyed Owens. The band went
away. Much later, he said that he might have done some music, but the love of music
was gone with Rich's death. Dwight Yoakam is credited with getting Owens to perform
live again in 1988.
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D-77 Turnstyled; Junkpiled; Townes Van Zandt. Like all of Townes' songs, it has some
nice turns of phrase.
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D-78 Where I'm Bound; Tom Paxton. This was almost a national anthem in the '60s and when he wrote
about universal concerns, his songs had a universal appeal. Unfortunately, too many
of his songs are poltiical to the extreme so they appeal to just one poloraized segment of
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D-79 Faded Love; 1950. Bob Wills and Johnny Wills. This is such a simple
song but the tight execution of the Texas Playboys make it much more than one might first
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D-80 Mad Magazine Millitary Songs; 1960s. These songs appeared in Mad Comics and I thought they
were clever. I never set out to learn them because many vets might be insulted by
them, but I seemed to absorb the songs. Doing them together here, it can be seen
that it is in good fun and the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force are having contemporary
fun poked a them, and for those vets around then, they would agree with them. The
lyrics are historically (for then) correct. There is a lot of history in these
songs, but if you weren't around then, you will not get the "Henry Luce Corps,"
"Movie Duty," and "JFK" asides in their proper context.
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D-81 Let's Say Goodbye Like We Said
Hello; 1952; Ernest Tubb and Jimmie Skinner
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D-82 You Find Your Way; This song is from the movie, "Daddy's Dying; Whose Got
the Will?" This song is rather long because I am playing harmonica with it
because I just always did. It is a good thought and analog for life.
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D-83 If You Feel The Way That I Do;
The song is from some more Bob Wills' dance
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D-84 These Shoes Keep Walking Back
To You; 1956, by Bob Wills and Lee Ross.
His music was simply dance music and it is impressive how many songs he produced
that could stand alone as just simply good listening.
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D-85 Don't You Ever Get Tired Of
Hurting Me?; Hank Cochran. This is as
pathetic as a guy can be..
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D-86 Down And Out; 1923; Jimmie Cox. Bessie Smith and Emmett Miller both had the
earliest recordings of this song. Emmett Miller should be known as the composer of
"Love Sick Blues" in 1922. This black face minstrel performer influenced
many musicians from Hank Williams through the Dorseys. He went through mountain
string bands to minstrels through jazz, country and western, and swing..
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D-87 Last Thing On My Mind; 1964; Tom Paxton. .
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D-88 God May Forgive You; Harlan Howard and Bobby Braddock. Song was written from a woman's view; it
was easy enough to make it from a man's. We are supposed to turn the other cheek
when offended, but after some point it just can't be done any more.
Harlan Howard wrote maybe 2,000 songs. At one
time, he had 15 songs in the Country Top 40. This hadn't been done before and it
hasn't been done since. It was Harlan Howard who, when asked what it took to be a
good song, he said, "Three chords and the truth."
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D-89 The Remember Song; Steven Walters. Tom Rush had a big YouTube hit of this song and as he says,
"I've waited many years to become an overnight sensation." Because of this
song, the singer got a lot of fame and the songwriter? What does he get?.
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D-90 Goin' Crazy In 3/4 Time; (1977) Billy Joe Shaver. He was born in Corsicana, TX, 1939
and lost two fingers on his right hand when young in a sawmill. He writes some great
songs with interesting play on words.
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D-91 My Souveniers; John Prine. This is an early hit of his. John, like Bob Dylan, has an
interesting accent. People do not talk like John in Chicago.
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D-92 I Don't Have Anymore Love Songs; Hank Williams Jr. A song about real writer's block.
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D-93 The Way To Survive; Hank
Cochran. Cochran, from Mississippi, was a prolific writer of great songs.
Ray Price had a good recording of this. It is similar in tone to Waylon
Jennings' "Wurlizer Prize."
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D-94 Bottle Of Wine; (1966) Tom Paxton. This is one of his many fun songs to
do. Not all of his are.
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D-95 Cry; (1951) Johnnie
Ray. Truly an original. He was too early to find his best audience.
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