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The Lights of Knoxville

The Lights of Knoxville

You grow up fast in East Tennessee
On minimum wage and moonshine
It’s easy for a poor boy like me
To feel old long before his time

But I remember those summer nights
With Sissy up on Ridge Road
Lying in the grass until daylight
Watching the city lights far below

Chorus:
She said those lights shine just like stars
And they’re just as far from where we are
Promise me one day we’ll leave these hills
And go see the lights of Knoxville

When we got married we felt no shame
In a borrowed tux and a loose gown
She couldn’t wait till the baby came
I got a job laying asphalt down

I’ll never forget that winter day
When the foreman came with the bad news
She lost the child she wanted so much
While I built a road we’ll never use

Chorus:
She said those lights shine just like stars
And they’re just as far from where we are
Promise me one day we’ll leave these hills
And go see the lights of Knoxville

Bridge:
There’s a hole in our hearts
Where our dreams used to be
She sits and stares into space
But I know exactly what she sees

Chorus:
She said those lights shine just like stars
And they’re just as far from where we are
Promise me one day we’ll leave these hills
And go see the lights of Knoxville

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
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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