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Matches and Kerosene

Matches and Kerosene

I can see flames across the field
I can see smoke rising in the sky
I told my baby I loved her
Then I kissed my baby goodbye
I can see smoke rising in the sky

Her daddy told me to leave town
Her daddy said I was no good
Her daddy has a big old house
That big old house is made of wood
Her daddy said I was no good

Chorus:
Her daddy called me painter
Painting houses is my trade
He joked about the stains on my clothes
He laughed at the money I made
Now I’ve painted him a little picture
The prettiest one I’ve ever seen
A still life of sorts
In matches and kerosene

I’m gonna head for the Rio Grande
I’ll find some work in Mexico
I can speak a little Spanish
And Canada is much too cold
I’ll find some work in Mexico

Chorus:
Her daddy called me painter
Painting houses is my trade
He joked about the stains on my clothes
He laughed at the money I made
Now I’ve painted him a little picture
The prettiest one I’ve ever seen
A still life of sorts
In matches and kerosene

I wonder if he’ll be sorry
I wonder just what he’ll say
When he learns his only daughter
Is waiting for me in Monterrey
I wonder if he’ll be sorry

Chorus:
Her daddy called me painter
Painting houses is my trade
He joked about the stains on my clothes
He laughed at the money I made
Now I’ve painted him a little picture
The prettiest one I’ve ever seen
A still life of sorts
In matches and kerosene

Bridge:
He tried to keep us apart
He didn’t want me around
But the walls he put between us
Are burning to the ground

Chorus:
Her daddy called me painter
Painting houses is my trade
He joked about the stains on my clothes
He laughed at the money I made
Now I’ve painted him a little picture
The prettiest one I’ve ever seen
A still life of sorts
In matches and kerosene

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

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  • Kent Newsome

  • About

    Kent Newsome (BMI) is a recorded songwriter who has been writing songs for over thirty years. He writes traditional country, alt. country, rock and blues. He has written songs on commercial recordings throughout the United States and Europe.

    If you're looking for songs for your next recording project, please browse our large selection of online, fully produced demos. We have a hit song for your next record.

    This is Kent's music publishing and song demos site. Check out Newsome.Org, his popular tech, music and life blog here.

  • History

    Err Bear Music, Inc. (BMI) (in this case Err rhymes with her) is a publishing company Kent Newsome formed in 1977, when his first song was recorded. Err Bear Music continues to administer the majority of Kent's catalog. If you're looking for some great songs for your next recording project, listen you our full length online demos via the Song Index pages above, or request a demo MP3. We'll send you some great songs for your next record.

    All songs Copyright by the writer or writers set forth thereon.

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