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Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

My family has farmed this land
For damn near a hundred years
We made these rocky fields fertile
With lots of blood, sweat and tears

Now you tell me we have to leave
Because the bank foreclosed our loan
That some paper gives you the right
To take the only thing we own

Chorus:
The school books say cotton was king
But we both know that is a joke
The only king there’s ever been
Is the one that grows on Tobacco Road

We always planted tobacco
Cause the government told us to
Now they pulled all the subsidies
And filed a bunch of lawsuits

Now we have these tobacco wars
Fought by some lawyers on TV
They aren’t hurting R.J. Reynolds
But they’re killing farmers like me

Chorus:
The school books say cotton was king
But we both know that is a joke
The only king there’s ever been
Is the one that grows on Tobacco Road

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
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Threeway Freeway

Threeway Freeway

He thought for sure it would be allright
Their logic was sound
Without any doubt
But something got lost
In the translation friends
Between that hotel room
And the line where friendship ends
He said it would be OK
That it would be good for both of them
But now all he feels is bad
Whenever she touches him

Chorus:
That old threeway freeway
Has taken an unexpected toll on him
It’s written on a cave wall somewhere
That it’s no fun to be on the other end

He made her promise to telephone
When they got checked in
If they are just friends
Why doesn’t he believe
All that bullshit they said
I guess his dust bowl heart
Trumped his polygamous head
She said it would be allright
That it was an artificial line
One that somebody else drew
He thinks he understands why

Chorus:
That old threeway freeway
Has taken an unexpected toll on him
It’s written on a cave wall somewhere
That it’s no fun to be on the other end

Once you’ve been on that threeway freeway
There’s no exit ramp
That can take you back
To the place you left
And even if it could
They won’t remember you
The way you once hoped they would
They thought it would be just fine
Because there was no betrayal, though
He wishes she had just lied
Because then he wouldn’t know

Chorus:
That old threeway freeway
Has taken an unexpected toll on him
It’s written on a cave wall somewhere
That it’s no fun to be on the other end

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
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Think About Missy

Think About Missy

As I read the letter she wrote
It filled my heart with great hope
That everything would turn out OK
Sadness hides behind a gleam
And things aren’t the way they seem
But everything seems pretty bad today

Chorus:
Because the more I think about Missy
The more I want to take away her pain
If it was up to me
Then you better believe
Missy would be feeling good again

Missy has been a good friend
Her love and faith never bend
Now it’s my turn to be there for her
And after all she’s been through
There’s not a thing I wouldn’t do
If I could make things the way they were

Chorus:
Because the more I think about Missy
The more I want to take away her pain
If it was up to me
Then you better believe
Missy would be feeling good again

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
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There Ain’t No Saints (In St. Louis)

There Ain’t No Saints (In St. Louis)

I am a religious man
I have prayed for the rain to stop
When the water topped the levee
My prayers were just drowning crops

My wife is in a shelter
And my children are in there too
We watched our whole life float away
There was nothing we could do

Chorus:
Catholics and Irishmen all have their patron saints
The Show Me State surely needs to see one tonight
The Mississippi River has turned into a raging sea
And it has made a broken hearted sailor out of me
By the grace of Saint Elmo we’ll be all right
But there ain’t no saints in St. Louis tonight

The Bible says that Moses
Turned the ocean into dry land
Moses don’t live in Missouri
So we do the best we can

Soon the water will recede
And leave its muddy calling card
That says disaster area
And means National Guard

Chorus:
Catholics and Irishmen all have their patron saints
The Show Me State surely needs to see one tonight
The Mississippi River has turned into a raging sea
And it has made a broken hearted sailor out of me
By the grace of Saint Elmo we’ll be all right
But there ain’t no saints in St. Louis tonight

Bridge:
The President flew in today
Another helicopter in the sky
He promised federal aid
Then waved and said goodbye

Chorus:
Catholics and Irishmen all have their patron saints
The Show Me State surely needs to see one tonight
The Mississippi River has turned into a raging sea
And it has made a broken hearted sailor out of me
By the grace of Saint Elmo we’ll be all right
But there ain’t no saints in St. Louis tonight

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Tears of Llorona

The Tears of Llorona

There’s a path leads to the water’s edge
Green fields beyond but there is no bridge
If you listen carefully
You can still hear her weep
The tears of Llorona flowing down her cheek

Water as dark as her lover’s eyes
And deep like the pain she tries to hide
He pledged his love to her and
Vanished without a trace
The tears of Llorona glisten on her face

Chorus:
She walks into the water
To wash away the pain
Lifts her head to the sky
And screams out his name

They say he returned to the Old World
She’s always been such a trusting girl
The river calls out her name
And begs to set her free
The tears of Llorona, flowing out to sea

Bridge:
She’s walked every inch of that river bank
Just another stone that’s been cast away
But some stones are heavy
And some stones they sink
She’s gonna find those stones someday

Chorus:
She walks into the water
To wash away the pain
Lifts her head to the sky
And screams out his name

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
All Rights Reserved

The Silver Screen

The Silver Screen

If I close my eyes
My memory wonders back to LA
And the way she shook her head
Turned around and walked away
It took me a long time
To see things this clearly
She finally got that starring role she wanted
In every one of my memories

Chorus:
It was such a simple part
I can’t believe I got it wrong
I forgot the only lines that mattered
And now the role I want is gone
She always said she would be a star
I made her leave her dreams behind
Now she’s the biggest star by far
On the silver screen in my mind

I can close my eyes
But there’s no way for me to erase
All the tears she cried that night
I watched them run down her face
It took a bad actor
To make things end this way
There’s no way you can have a happy ending
When the leading actress gets away

Chorus:
It was such a simple part
I can’t believe I got it wrong
I forgot the only lines that mattered
And now the role I want is gone
She always said she would be a star
I made her leave her dreams behind
Now she’s the biggest star by far
On the silver screen in my mind

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Promise Land

The Promise Land (no MP3 available)

I think I’ll quit my job today
Sell what I can give the rest away
This broken promise life I’m leading
Just ain’t giving me what I’m needing

You see I’m hanging by a thread
I’ve got these voices inside my head
And every one of them sounds like you
So I know just what I’m gonna do

Chorus:
I’ve got me a brand new plan
And I don’t give a good Goddamn
The walls are closing in on me
I’ve seen all I need to see
I’m gonna go as fast as I can
Straight towards the promise land
I’ve always wanted to be a travellin’ man
Mama your baby’s gonna be a travellin’ man

Maybe when enough miles pass by
I’ll stop somewhere along the roadside
Hear the coyote’s sad, mournful howl
And know just what he’s talking about

I’ll lie down underneath the stars
Count my regrets and the passing cars
I’ll hear that lonesome whippoorwill
And I’ll know exactly how he feels

Bridge:
Take my love and put it on the shelf
Take my love and put it on the shelf
Cause I am an orphan now
I don’t need nobody else

Chorus:
I’ve got me a brand new plan
And I don’t give a good Goddamn
The walls are closing in on me
I’ve seen all I need to see
I’m gonna go as fast as I can
Straight towards the promise land
I’ve always wanted to be a travellin’ man
Mama your baby’s gonna be a travellin’ man

Mama your baby’s gonna be a travellin’ man

Copyright Kent Newsome
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The Other Side of You

The Other Side of You

When you’re at some party
With all your fancy friends
Maybe you’ll forget about me
Until the evening ends

But you’ll come back to me
Just like you always do
Cause I’m the only one who knows
The other side of you

Chorus:
The other side of you
The one nobody sees
You’ve got everybody fooled
Everybody except me
I know the things you need
And I know what you like
There ain’t nobody here baby
It’s just me and you tonight

You’re so prim and proper
When your friends are around
They wouldn’t believe the way you look
When you let your hair down

My phone will be ringing
Right around closing time
Then you’ll come knocking on my door
With trouble on your mind

Bridge:
You ask if I’m lonesome
And I’ll ask you to stay
You say one day you might
But it won’t be today
I know what you’re after
You‘re looking for a thrill
You keep saying you won’t
Baby please say you will

Chorus:
The other side of you
The one nobody sees
You’ve got everybody fooled
Everybody except me
I know the things you need
And I know what you like
There ain’t nobody here baby
It’s just me and you tonight

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
All Rights Reserved

The Only Girl in Town

The Only Girl in Town

Chorus:
She’s not the only girl in town
She’s just the only one I want
I know she’s not the only girl around
But she might as well be
She’s the only girl for me

I stood in the rain
The night she said goodbye
I called out her name
But she never came outside
I was drowning in a flood of tears

Chorus:
She’s not the only girl in town
She’s just the only one I want
I know she’s not the only girl around
But she might as well be
She’s the only girl for me

Once she was my girl
And I was her man
I’d never let her go
If I had a second chance

Chorus:
She’s not the only girl in town
She’s just the only one I want
I know she’s not the only girl around
But she might as well be
She’s the only girl for me

I know she’s not the only girl around
But she might as well be
She’s the only girl for me

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
All Rights Reserved

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

  • 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.

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