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What You Know and What You Feel

What You Know and What You Feel

She’s always out sowing oats
While I’m trying to put down roots
Should I let go or hold on
When either way I lose

Cause though she doesn’t love me
I keep thinking one day she might
When she’s through doing me wrong
Maybe she’ll do me right

Chorus:
Then she smiles at me
And my frozen heart melts like ice
One day she’s as mean as a snake
The next she’s all sweetness and light
I’m caught between what I wish
And what I know is real
Between what I know and what I feel

I see every tear coming
Before it even leaves my eyes
I start making excuses
Soon as she starts to lie

I’ve always been her old dog
She kicks me and I come right back
I have tried a few new tricks
But they all end the same

Chorus:
Then she smiles at me
And my frozen heart melts like ice
One day she’s as mean as a snake
The next she’s all sweetness and light
I’m caught between what I wish
And what I know is real
Between what I know and what I feel

I used to pretend she’d change
Now I’m afraid I never will
And when I am old and gray
She’ll be hurting me still

Bridge:
When your heart keeps getting broken
There’s only one chance for it to heal
You’ve got to learn the difference
Between what you know and what you feel

Chorus:
Then she smiles at me
And my frozen heart melts like ice
One day she’s as mean as a snake
The next she’s all sweetness and light
I’m caught between what I wish
And what I know is real
Between what I know and what I feel

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
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Wait on Me (Waitress No. 3)

Wait on Me (Waitress No. 3)

When we met she was a waitress
Over at the Do Drop Inn
I dropped in and she bummed me out
By talking ’bout her boyfriends
She said here are your french fries
I said forget all those guys
She grinned and said
What guys are you talking about

We walked out on the patio
We were gazing at the stars
When truck full of drunk rednecks
Lost control and smashed my car
They took off in a full run
Which is what I should have done
Cause sometimes things
Don’t turn out the way we expect

Chorus:
All of my friends said She’s sweet on you
She gave me extra french fries
And lots of free beer too
Then she called me a cab
Me and my car were smashed
I said are you working tomorrow
If you are I’m coming back
Cause you’re the finest waitress
That I have ever seen
And I have loved a waitress
Won’t you please wait on me
Waitress number three

I woke up the next afternoon
With a waitress on my brain
The worst hangover on record
And a certain hunger pain
I thumbed back to the diner
To grab a bite and find her
I had visions
Of the meals she would cook for me

Chorus:
All of my friends said She’s sweet on you
She gave me extra french fries
And lots of free beer too
Then she called me a cab
Me and my car were smashed
I said are you working tomorrow
If you are I’m coming back
Cause you’re the finest waitress
That I have ever seen
And I have loved a waitress
Won’t you please wait on me
Waitress number three

The folks at the Do Drop Inn
I thought she’d be glad to see me
But she bummed me out again
She said of all my boyfriends
You are only one of them
Guess she wasn’t
Quite as sweet on me as it seemed

Chorus:
All of my friends said She’s sweet on you
She gave me extra french fries
And lots of free beer too
Then she called me a cab
Me and my car were smashed
I said are you working tomorrow
If you are I’m coming back
Cause you’re the finest waitress
That I have ever seen
And I have loved a waitress
Won’t you please wait on me
Waitress number three

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

Virgil and the Beancat

Virgil and the Beancat

Lying in the window
She looked at him and said
Sometimes I feel like screaming
All these things in my head

He said I think I know you
For we have spent some time
Yours is a word I know well
I could almost make it mine

Chorus:
But I’m scared of what I don’t know
And scared of what I do
I’m bound by these old things
Though I long for something new

She said I have a brother
But it has been a while
And most of the time I feel
Like I’m an only child

He said there is a big place
Out there somewhere
I’ve been there once or twice
But every time I go
I get so scared

Chorus:
Cause I’m scared of what I don’t know
And scared of what I do
I’m bound by these old things
Though I long for something new

And did you know
That when I run
Around at night
I keep the front door
In my line of sight
I would just walk away
But there’s just one word
That I really, really, really
Want to say…

Chorus:
I’m scared of what I don’t know
And scared of what I do
I’m bound by these old things
Though I long for something new

Copyright Kent Newsome and Rick Paul
All Rights Reserved

Turning Up Rose’s

Turning Up Rose’s

This just can’t be my life
That I’m leading these days
It’s a show I’m watching
From a long way away

A black and white picture
One I can barely see
Like another late show
On a worn out TV

Chorus:
Everything was all right
Everything was just fine
Our future was so bright
Oh how she used to shine
They say once you hit bottom
There’s only one way to go
But every time I turn around
Everything keeps turning up Roses

From here in the shadows
I watch her play a new part
I’ve heard those lines before
I know them all by heart

When the show is over
And the curtain goes down
The hero gets the girl
And the loser leaves town

Chorus:
Everything was all right
Everything was just fine
Our future was so bright
Oh how she used to shine
They say once you hit bottom
There’s only one way to go
But every time I turn around
Everything keeps turning up Roses

Bridge:
I’m gonna find me a new town
With more gardens to till
But there’s one thing I know
I’ll never find another flower
Half as sweet as my Rose

Chorus:
Everything was all right
Everything was just fine
Our future was so bright
Oh how she used to shine
They say once you hit bottom
There’s only one way to go
But every time I turn around
Everything keeps turning up Roses

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

Two Birds

Two Birds

I saw two birds fly
Out of the corner of my eye
Well there you go
Four more quarters down the drain
With nothing to show

I wish I’d kept one
But that’s easier said than done
Now I’ve lost two
So I’m rolling on the floor
Crying over you

Chorus:
Two can be one too many
But it’s a whole lot better
Than not having any
Feathers fall from the sky
Tears fall from my eyes
While two birds fly

I’d give one away
If only life would work that way
If you could choose
Which one to put in a cage
Which one to let loose

I kept holding on
Until both of my birds were gone
What’s done is done
Why wasn’t I satisfied
When I had just one

Chorus:
Two can be one too many
But it’s a whole lot better
Than not having any
Feathers fall from the sky
Tears fall from my eyes
While two birds fly

Tears fall from my eyes
While two birds fly

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

Trash Truck Tragedy

Trash Truck Tragedy

In December when the snow starts to fall
Is a good time to clean both heart and house
So I gathered up her goodbye letters
And I resolved to throw them all out

I put those letters in a big trash bag
With some photographs and a band of gold
If I’m ever going to get over her
It’s in with the new and out with the old

Then I took all my burdens to the curb
In the dark of night so no one could see
That I’ve given up on her coming back
I let the darkness hide my misery

But this morning the trash men let me down
When they let that trash bag fall off their truck
Now my memories scatter in the wind
While I stand here wrapped up in my bad luck

Chorus:
Her goodbye letters blow up and down the street
Caught in trees and the bottom of my neighbors’ feet
All those cold and hard words she wrote
Lying like icicles on the side of the road
A tale of woe for all to read
All thanks to a trash truck tragedy

Boys you better not spend those twenties yet
And I won’t be making cookies this year
My heart is ripped open like that trash bag
All that litter has trashed all my good cheer

I’ll still separate my recyclables
And put out my trash on every trash day
But next time I get my heart broken
I will not throw the evidence away

Bridge:
When it warms up a little I’ll put on my work gloves
And pick up the newspapers, cans and things I once loved
I’ll avoid all the sympathetic glances and stares
Yeah I’ll look right through them like they’re not even there

Chorus:
Her goodbye letters blow up and down the street
Caught in trees and the bottom of my neighbors’ feet
All those cold and hard words she wrote
Lying like icicles on the side of the road
A tale of woe for all to read
All thanks to a trash truck tragedy

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

Three Angels

Three Angels

Momma died last year
Jose went back to the ocean
We’ve grown short on good memories
Around here these days
No more home cooked meals
No more heartstrings to pull on
Just the same old garden path
Leading into the gray

Chorus:
It took three angels to guide me
Out of the woods and up the walk
To a place that looks like home
They speak to me softly
With kind, familiar voices
Three angels, three chances
And three bad choices

When I was a child
There were biscuits on the table
Grass to cut and sins to chase me
Where I shouldn’t go
One day I woke up
With no one left to save me
The yard’s full of widow’s weeds
I can’t find my hoe

Chorus:
It took three angels to guide me
Out of the woods and up the walk
To a place that looks like home
They speak to me softly
With kind, familiar voices
Three angels, three chances
And three bad choices

I’ve heard angels wail
About higher roads not taken
Songs that echo with bad timing
Like coon dogs at night
There’s something out there
Haunting those woods like a ghost
Wide-eyed for lost salvation
Staring into the light

Bridge:
A community raises a child
Two women lead him astray
Three angels bring him back home
But nothing can make him stay

Chorus:
It took three angels to guide me
Out of the woods and up the walk
To a place that looks like home
They speak to me softly
With kind, familiar voices
Three angels, three chances
And three bad choices

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

Thieves by the Lake

Thieves by the Lake

Canyon Lake
Cody’s house
We went there some
We don’t go there now
That was then
Times have changed
The wounds have healed
But the scars remain

Summer nights
On the porch
In the darkness
We lit quite a torch
Talked all night
In the yard
The sun came up
Made things much too hard

Chorus:
We were thieves by the lake
I’ve done my time but my heart still aches
Either way we went
Would’ve been a mistake
When we were thieves by the lake

I was hers
You were his
We risked it all
For a stolen kiss
All our friends
Sound asleep
While we borrowed
Things we couldn’t keep

No one saw
No one knew
It’s one to take
To the grave with you
Standing up
Laying down
Love goes awry
When lovers are bound

Bridge:
We’re older now
Ain’t life grand
You’re a wife and a mother
I’m a family man
I cleaned up my act
So I’d get parole
But one dangerous night
A long, long time ago…

Chorus:
We were thieves by the lake
I’ve done my time but my heart still aches
Either way we went
Would’ve been a mistake
When we were thieves by the lake

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Voice of the Howling

The Voice of the Howling

Satellite dishes on tar paper shacks
On a hot farm to market road
Outside some non-descript town
Where the wind don’t ever blow

I’m starting to feel feral
Ignore me at your peril
When the sun goes down

Chorus:
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
Will you answer my call

I crouch silently beside the highway
Among wildflowers and road-kill
Dead soldiers who lost their way
Looking for something to steal

I think about ancient things
Arrowheads and Saturn’s rings
When the darkness comes

Chorus:
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
Will you answer my call

Bridge:
Shadows dance on the front porch
Anything to occupy the mind
Love, hunger and HBO
Primitive needs as old as time

Someone gazes through a plastic window
Something’s afoot but there’s no sound
As the world slows to a crawl
I’m covering lots of ground

I fly out of the blackness
So silent, mad and fearless
Wolf of the evenings

Chorus:
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
I’m the voice of the howling
Will you answer my call

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

The Way Things Go

The Way Things Go

See the girl in that Mercedes
Where’s she going, where’s she been
Do you think she’d be my lover
Would she even be my friend
I keep looking for the next thing
My eyes squarely on the prize
Once or twice I thought I had it
But then much to my surprise

Chorus:
It ain’t up to me
It ain’t up to you
That’s just the way it is
There’s nothing we can do
It ain’t what you think
It ain’t what you know
It’s just the way things go

I once knew a guy named Eddie
Had a dog whose name was Earl
He said man I love this old dog
More than I could love a girl
He gave up the chase years ago
Said it’s easier this way
That dog he’ll love me forever
And believe every word I say

Chorus:
It ain’t up to me
It ain’t up to you
That’s just the way it is
There’s nothing we can do
It ain’t what you think
It ain’t what you know
It’s just the way things go

Well my granddad was a rounder
Right up to the day he died
I guess he sprung a leak someplace
He could neither fill nor hide
After he outlived two good sons
He outlasted two bad wives
Then he found if he quit caring
It was easy to survive

Chorus:
It ain’t up to me
It ain’t up to you
That’s just the way it is
There’s nothing we can do
It ain’t what you think
It ain’t what you know
It’s just the way things go

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

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    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.

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  • 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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