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Things We Find

Things We Find

Darlin’ it seems this road we’re on
Is always going up hill
I’m too tired to keep up with you
So I think I’ll just sit still

It’s not how fast you go that counts
It’s the progress that you make
And his hurry up life we lead
Is just more than I can take

Chorus:
I’m gonna gather me some moss
And I don’t care how much it costs
I want to see some grass
Growing beneath my feet
You tried so hard to get ahead
That you left me behind
Sometimes the things we’re looking for
Aren’t the things we find

You used to say we’d have it all
I guess most was not enough
Your war against imperfection
Finally took its toll on us

I hope you get where you’re going
But I doubt that you will stay
When you see what little you gained
For the things you threw away

Bridge:
I waited so long for you to slow down
That it was hard to believe when I found
I could learn to live without you
But that’s what I’m gonna do

Chorus:
I’m gonna gather me some moss
And I don’t care how much it costs
I want to see some grass
Growing beneath my feet
You tried so hard to get ahead
That you left me behind
Sometimes the things we’re looking for
Aren’t the things we find

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
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These Boots are Made for Standing

These Boots are Made for Standing

I’ve got on my best Nudie suit
The one you liked me to wear
And I’ve got my old Thunderbird
To take me from here to there

I’m still wearing the same old boots
You gave me for my birthday
But the soles are almost worn out
So it’s hard to walk away

Chorus:
These boots are made for standing
And that’s just what I’m gonna do
I’m gonna stand right here
And tell myself
That I’ll get over losing you

I once dreamed of our wedding day
You were wearing calico
Now that dress hangs in my closet
Just like some faded old ghost

And you know I’m scared of the dark
And these voices in my head
That keep telling me to move on
I’d rather stay here instead

Chorus:
These boots are made for standing
And that’s just what I’m gonna do
I’m gonna stand right here
And tell myself
That I’ll get over losing you

But one day I’ll climb in that bird
To go look for what I lost
Close my eyes and whisper your name
And say it’s my turn to cross

Bridge:
There’s not a highway in this world
That can take me where I need to be
There’s an angel on my shoulder
I know she’ll take care of me

Chorus:
These boots are made for standing
And that’s just what I’m gonna do
I’m gonna stand right here
And tell myself
That I’ll get over losing you

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

These Blues for Christmas

These Blues for Christmas

Her Christmas card was postmarked Paris, France
It said Peace on Earth but no second chance
Guess she’d rather travel around the world
She always was a continental girl

It’s getting cold, Christmas will soon be here
And I could use some tidings of good cheer
Or at least some more whiskey in my glass
So here’s to her, my long gone bonny lass

This year it won’t take long to make my list
Santa there is only one thing I wish
I want to stop wanting her to come home
I want to stop watching the telephone

Chorus:
I want to lose these blues for Christmas
The holidays are no time to be blue
I want to lose these blues for Christmas
Santa won’t you please bring me someone new

But these frozen days drift by like the snow
That falls so sadly outside my window
I hear carolers singing Silent Night
I’m hurting bad and there’s no end in sight

I’ll hang my stocking by the tree with care
I’ve got some milk and cookies here somewhere
Then I’ll go to bed and hope for good dreams
In the morning I’ll see what you left me

Bridge:
She could have stayed here with me
Helped me put lights on the tree
Red, green and flashing, lot and lots
All the blues ones left in the box

Chorus:
I want to lose these blues for Christmas
The holidays are no time to be blue
I want to lose these blues for Christmas
Santa won’t you please bring me someone new

Copyright Kent Newsome and Bob Clay
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The Streets of Music City

The Streets of Music City

There are a lot of sad stories
On the streets of this town
Among the flashing neon signs
And the sad country sound

And there’s lots of pretty women
To pull your world apart
Beneath the bright lights of Nashville
With their icy black hearts

Chorus:
The streets of Music City
Have been awful hard on me
I was gonna be a star
I had lots of hopes and dreams
Now I play lower Broadway
For tips and spare change
I wish it wasn’t raining
I wish it wasn’t so gray
On the streets of Music City today

Everything starts out in color
And slowly fades to black
Just like all the old memories
That always call you back

To the places you left behind
All the choices you made
On the way to Music City
And where you are today

Bridge:
I wish I’d never heard a fiddle
I wish I’d never seen a guitar
I wish I was a cowboy
I wish I was a country star

Chorus:
The streets of Music City
Have been awful hard on me
I was gonna be a star
I had lots of hopes and dreams
Now I play lower Broadway
For tips and spare change
I wish it wasn’t raining
I wish it wasn’t so gray
On the streets of Music City today

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
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The Shape I’m In

The Shape I’m In

Tell me some happy stories
Cause it’s not that way for me
I like those happy endings
But they just aren’t meant to be

I miss skies full of sunshine
Cause I’ve been out in the rain
I miss all my yesterdays
Now each day brings me more pain

Chorus:
I try to tell myself
That you’ll come crawling back
But that is just a lie
It ain’t gonna be like that
I try hard to pretend
Things aren’t as bad as this
But deep inside I know
That just ain’t how it is

When I see pictures of us
Things look a whole lot clearer
How could I trade those smiles
For the frown in my mirror

You tried so hard to love me
But I took more than I gave
If I’d been a better man
Maybe you would have stayed

Bridge:
I’ve got to face the hard cold facts
And stop kidding myself
The arms that are holding you now
Belong to someone else
You needed love I didn’t give
And there can be no doubt
I’ve got no one to blame but me
For the shape I’m in now

Chorus:
I try to tell myself
That you’ll come crawling back
But that is just a lie
It ain’t gonna be like that
I try hard to pretend
Things aren’t as bad as this
But deep inside I know
That just ain’t how it is

Copyright Kent Newsome Bob Clay
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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
All Rights Reserved

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 Light of a Brand New Day

The Light of a Brand New Day

Harsh words spoken
In the heat of a fight
Hang around us like dark clouds
Turning our days into night

Listen to me
This is not like before
The moon may need the sun
But darlin’ I need you more

Chorus:
In the darkness around us
It’s easy to lose your way
But we can walk together
Into the light of a brand new day

I have loved you
Since the first time we met
When the rain came between us
I tried too hard to forget

But late at night
When the thunderstorms came
I always longed to hold you
And I still called out you name

Chorus:
In the darkness around us
It’s easy to lose your way
But we can walk together
Into the light of a brand new day

Every journey
Starts with a single step
We have a long way to go
But I know we’ll get there yet

Chorus:
In the darkness around us
It’s easy to lose your way
But we can walk together
Into the light of a brand new day

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Left Side of the Road

The Left Side of the Road

She used to like to sit on the porch
Counting the cars as they passed by
She said for every place they’re going
They’re leaving someplace else behind

I didn’t think much about it then
But now I think I understand
It’s easy to talk about leaving
When you’ve got leaving on your mind

Chorus:
We said we’d be together
Until the end of the line
But somewhere along the way
She must have changed her mind
I wonder where we got off track
But I’ll probably never know
Answers don’t come easy
On the left side of the road

We used to lie in bed and listen
To the lonesome sound of the trains
But trains sound a lot like goodbye
When you find you’re on different tracks

Then one day she said we had to talk
Said she had decided to leave
Did she hear that old highway call
Or did she just want to leave me

Bridge:
Was it pictures of far away places
The sparkling lights of town
Or something she’s looking for
That she still hasn’t found
Or was it simply wanderlust
That put an end to us

Chorus:
We said we’d be together
Until the end of the line
But somewhere along the way
She must have changed her mind
I wonder where we got off track
But I’ll probably never know
Answers don’t come easy
On the left side of the road

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Last Days

The Last Days

It was a dry and thirsty road
That brought us to this place
Grab a chair and sit with me for a while
At the end of these last days

We can talk about the good times
Before the hurtful things
That blew across our lives like a killing wind
A dust storm of broken dreams

Chorus:
When I started out I packed light
That’s not the way I’ll leave here
Your memory is my postcard
A broken heart my souvenir
I never meant to make you cry
I never thought we’d leave this land
The last days of Rancho DeNada
The last days of an old ranch hand

You’ve been asleep for hours now
It must be well past one
I wish I’d never picked up a bottle
Or known another woman

The drought killed the crops in the fields
While we drowned in our pain
A deluge of hatred, whiskey and lies
That fell around us like rain

Bridge:
You spend your life waiting
For something better to come along
And just when that last grain falls
You realize you had it all wrong

Chorus:
When I started out I packed light
That’s not the way I’ll leave here
Your memory is my postcard
A broken heart my souvenir
I never meant to make you cry
I never thought we’d leave this land
The last days of Rancho DeNada
The last days of an old ranch hand

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
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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