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"More Recent & Esoteric Songs"

   (Date placed on web site -- length of song.)

   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  "Jimmy."

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        D-4 His Mother's SonThe 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 BallEarly '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.

     (04/25/07 -- 2:42)        For song words click on "Lyrics".  Lyrics.

D-7 Dim 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 Angel."

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D-8 Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded, Dollar BillVince Mathews.  I got this from an E.V. "Poppa" Stoneman gig in Houston in 1968, though the song sounds older than 1967.

     (04/28/07 -- 2:44)       For song words click on "Lyrics".  Lyrics.

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.

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D-10 Last Straw1950, 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.

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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.

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D-13 This Cold War With You;  1949.   Floyd Tillman. More honky tonk dance music.

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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 waltz.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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D-19 Cheatin's The Same;  I have no idea where I got this song.

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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.

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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.

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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 even hers!)

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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.

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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.

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D-25 Middle Age Crazy;  1978. Sonny Throckmorton.  Another date I am surprised at. 

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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.

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D-27 You Win Again;  1953.  Hank Williams.

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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 great songs. 

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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.

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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 hits.

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D-31 Cigareets, 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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D-32 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 performers.

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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.

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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." to #3).

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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.

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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 here.

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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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D-49 Here 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 music.)

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D-50 Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind; Whitey Shafer.  Another good Shafer song. 

   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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D-51 She 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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D-56 Wurlizer 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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D-57 Louise; 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 others. 

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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 located.

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D-60 Sands 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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D-62 What 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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D-63 Divorce 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" is typical.)

(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.) 

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D-64 Yearning Just for You; 1938; Bob Wills. It seems that everything the Texas Playboys did became "standards."

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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 the population.

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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 think.

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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 music.

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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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