A Country Boy Can Survive

Hank Williams, Jr.

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The preacher man says its the end of time, And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry

The interest is up and the stock market’s down

And you only get mugged if you go down town

I live back in the woods you see, My woman and the kids and the dogs and me

I got a shotgun a rifle and a four-wheel drive and a country boy can survive

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Country folks can survive


I can plow a field all day long I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn

We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too

Ain't too many things these ole boys can't do

We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine, And a country boy can survive

Country folks can survive



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Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run

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Cause we them ole boys raised on shotgun

We say grace and we say ma'am

If you ain't into that we don't give a darn


We came from the West Virginia coal mines

And the Rocky Mountains and the Western Skies

And we can skin a buck we can run a trotline

And a country boy can survive

Country folks can survive


I had a good friend in New York City, He never called me by my name just Hillbilly

My Grandpa taught me to live off the land, And his taught him to be a business man

He used to send me pictures of the Broadway Night

And I'd send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switch blade knife

For forty three dollars my friend lost his life

I'd love to spit some Beechnut in that dude’s eye, And shoot ‘im with my ole 45

Cause a country boy can survive

Country folks can survive (Chorus)


We're from North California and South Alabam’, And little towns all around this land

And we can skin a buck and run a trotline, And a country boy can survive

Country folks can survive, Country boy can survive

Country folks can survive


A Hard-Headed Woman

De Metrius


Well a hard-headed woman, a soft-hearted man


Been the cause of trouble ever since the world began.

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Oh yeah, ever since the world began, Oh yeah

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A hard-headed woman been a thorn in the side of man.


Now Adam told to Eve, "Listen here to me,

Don't you let me catch you messin' round that apple tree."


Now Samson told Delilah, loud and clear,

"Keep your cotton pickin' fingers out my curly hair."


I heard about a king who was doin' swell,

Till he started messin’ with that evil Jezebel.


I got a woman, a head like a rock.

If she ever went away I'd cry around the clock.


American Pie

Don McLean

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A long long time ago

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I can still remember how that music used to make me smile

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And I knew if I had my chance, That I could make those people dance

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And maybe they'd be happy for a while


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But February made me shiver, With every paper I'd deliver

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Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn't take one more step


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I can't remember if I cried, When I read about his widowed bride

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But something touched me deep inside, The day the music died



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So Bye-bye, Miss American Pie

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Drove my Chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry

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And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

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Singin' this'll be the day that I die, This'll be the day that I die


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Did you write the Book of Love, And do you have faith in God above

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If the Bible tells you so

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Do you believe in rock 'n roll, Can music save your mortal soul

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And can you teach me how to dance real slow


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Well, I know that you're in love with him, 'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym

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You both kicked off your shoes, Man, I dig those rhythm and blues


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I was a lonely teenage bronkin' buck, With a pink carnation and a pickup truck

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But I knew I was out of luck, The day the music died



I started singin' (Refrain)


Now for ten years we've been on our own, And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone

But that's not how it used to be

When the jester sang for the King and Queen, In a coat he borrowed from James Dean

And a voice that came from you and me


Oh, and while the King was looking down, The jester stole his thorny crown

The courtroom was adjourned, No verdict was returned

And while Lennon read a book of Marx, The quartet practiced in the park

And we sang dirges in the dark, The day the music died


We were singing (Refrain)


Helter Skelter in a summer swelter, The birds flew off with a fallout shelter

Eight miles high and falling fast

It landed foul out on the grass, The players tried for a forward pass

With the jester on the sidelines in a cast


Now the half-time air was sweet perfume, While the Sergeants played a marching tune

We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance

'Cause the players tried to take the field, The marching band refused to yield

Do you recall what was revealed, The day the music died


We started singing (Refrain)


Oh, and there we were all in one place, A generation lost in space

With no time left to start again

So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candlestick

'Cause fire is the Devil's only friend


Oh, and as I watched him on the stage, My hands were clenched in fists of rage

No angel born in hell, Could break that Satan's spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night, To light the sacrificial rite

I saw Satan laughing with delight, The day the music died


He was singing (Refrain)


I met a girl who sang the blues, And I asked her for some happy news

But she just smiled and turned away

I went down to the sacred store, Where I'd heard the music years before

But the man there said the music wouldn't play


And in the streets the children screamed, The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed

But not a word was spoken, The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most, The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost

They caught the last train for the coast, The day the music died


And they were singing (Refrain)


Annie’s Song

John Denver

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You fill up my senses, Like a night in a forest

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Like the mountains in springtime, Like a walk in the rain

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Like a storm in the desert, Like a sleepy blue ocean

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You fill up my senses, Come fill me again


Come let me love you, Let me give my life to you

Let me drown in your laughter, Let me die in your arms

Let me lay down beside you, Let me always be with you

Come let me love you, Come love me again



Christopher Cross

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Once in your life you'll find her, Someone that turns your heart around

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And next thing you know, You´re closing down the town

Wake up and it´s still with you, Even though you left her way cross town

Wonderin´ to yourself, Hey what have I found



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When you get caught between the moon and New York City

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I know it´s crazy but it´s true

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If you get caught between the moon and New York City

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The best that you can do, The best that you can do, Is fall in love


Arthur, he does as he pleases, All of his life his master´s toys

And deep in his heart he´s just, He´s just a boy

Living his life one day at a time, He´s showing himself a pretty good time

He´s laughing about the way, They want him to be (Chorus)


Blue Suede Shoes

Elvis Presley


Well it's one for the money, two for the show, Three to get ready now go cat go



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But don't you step on my blue suede shoes

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You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes


You can knock me down, step on my face, Slander my name all over the place

Do anything that you're going to do, But uh-uh honey lay off of my shoes


Can’t Take my Eyes off of You

Frankie Valli

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You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off of you.

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You'd be like heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much.

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At long last love has arrived. And I thank God I'm alive.

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You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off of you.


Pardon the way that I stare. There's nothing else to compare.

The sight of you leaves me weak. There are no words left to speak.

But if you feel like I feel. Please let me know that it's real.

You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off of you.


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I love you baby, and if it's quite all right, I need you baby to warm the lonely night.

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I love you baby.  Trust in me when I say:

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Oh pretty baby, don't bring me down, I pray.  Oh pretty baby, now that I found you, stay.

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And let me love you, baby. Let me love you ...


Cat’s in the Cradle

Harry Chapin

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My child arrived just the other day, He came to the world in the usual way,

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But there were planes to catch and bills to pay, He learned to walk while I was away.

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And he was talkin’ ‘for I know it, and as he grew he’d say:

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“I’m gonna be like you, dad, you know I’m gonna be like you.”



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And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man in the moon

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“When you comin’ home, dad?”  “I don’t know when, But we’ll get together then,

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You know we’ll have a good time then.”


My son turned ten just the other day

He said, “Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play.

Can you teach me to throw?”  I said, “Not today, I got a lot to do.”  He said, “that’s OK.”

And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed; It said I’m gonna be like him, yeah.

You know I’m gonna be like him.  (Chorus)


Well, he came from college just the other day, so much like a man, I just had to say

“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?” 

He shook his head and said with a smile,

“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys

See you later, can I have them please?” (Chorus)


I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away.  I called him up just the other day.

I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.”

He said, “I’d love to, dad, if I can find the time.

You see, my new job’s a hassle and the kids have the flu.

But it’s sure nice talkin’ to you, dad.

It’s been sure nice talkin’ to you.”

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And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me, He’d grown up just like me

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My boy was just like me.


And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

“When you comin’ home, son?”  “I don’t know when, But we’ll get together then, dad,

We’re gonna have a good time, then.”


Classical Gas

Mason Williams

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Country Roads

John Denver

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Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah river

Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains blowin' like a breeze


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Country roads take me home, To the place I belong

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West Virginia, mountain momma, Take me home country roads


All my memories gather round her, Miner's lady stranger to blue water

Dark and dusty painted on the sky, Misty taste of moonshine teardrop in my eyes


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I hear a voice in the morning how she calls me

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The radio reminds me of my home far away

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Drivin' down the road I get a feelin' that I should been home yesterday, yesterday




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Edelweiss, Edelweiss. Every morning you greet me.
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Small and white, clean and bright. You look happy to greet me.
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Blossoms of snow, may you bloom and grow, Bloom and grow forever,
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Edelweiss, Edelweiss. Bless my homeland forever!


Fire and Rain

James Taylor

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Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone

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Susanne the plans they made put an end to you

I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song

I just can’t remember who to send it to



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I’ve seen fire and I've seen rain, I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end

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I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend

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But I always thought that I'd see you again


Won’t you look down upon me Jesus you got to help me make a stand

You just got to seem through another day

My bodies aching and my time is at hand

An' I wont make it any other way (chorus)


Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun

Lord knows when the cold wind blows it’ll turn your head around

Well there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come

Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground (chorus)


Thought I'd see you one more time again

There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now

Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now

Five Foot Two

Ray Henderson

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Five foot two, eyes of blue, But oh!  what those five foot could do

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Has anybody seen my girl?

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Turned up nose, turned down hose, Never had no other beaus,

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Has anybody seen my girl?


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Now if you run into a five foot two, covered with fur,

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Diamond rings and all those things, Betcha’ life it isn’t her, but


Could she love, could she woo?  Could she, could she, could she coo?

Has anybody seen my girl?


Free Bird

Lynyrd Skynyrd

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If I leave here tomorrow, Would you still remember me?

For I must be trav'ling on now, 'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.



But if I stayed here with you girl, Things just couldn't be the same.

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now, And this bird you'll never change.

And this bird you cannot change, And this bird you cannot change.

Lord knows I can't change.


Bye, bye baby it's been a sweet love, Though this feeling I can't change

But please don't take it so badly, 'Cause the Lord knows I'm to blame. (Refrain)



Chip Fields

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I’ve Got a Song

Jim Croce

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Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name

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Like a singing bird and a croaking toad, I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name

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And I carry it with me like my daddy did, But I’m living the dream that he kept hid



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Rollin’ me down the highway, rollin’ me down the highway

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Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by



Like a north wind whistling down the sky, I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song

Like a whippoorwill and a baby’s crying, I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song

And I carry it with me and I sing it loud, If it gets me nowhere, I’ll go there proud (Refrain)



And I’m gonna go there free


Like a fool that I am and I’ll always be,I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream

They can change their minds but they can’t change me

I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream

Oh, I know I could share it if you want me to, If you’re going my way, I’ll go with you (Refrain)


Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley


The warden threw a party in the county jail

The prison band was there and they began to wail

The joint was jumpin' and the band began to swing

You should've heard those knocked out jailbirds sing



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Let's rock, everybody, let's rock

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Everybody on the whole cell block, Was dancin' to the Jailhouse Rock


Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone

Little Joe was blowin' on the slide trombone

The drummer boy from Illinois went crash, boom, bang

The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang


Number forty-seven said to number three

"You're the cutest jailbird I ever did see

I sure would be delighted with your company

Come on and do the Jailhouse Rock with me"


The sad sack was a sittin' on a block of stone

Way over in the corner weepin' all alone

The warden said, "Hey, buddy, don't you be no square

If you can't find a partner use a wooden chair"


Shifty Henry said to Bugs, "For Heaven's sake

No one's lookin', now's our chance to make a break"

Bugsy turned to Shifty and he said, "Nix nix

I wanna stick around a while and get my kicks"


Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry


Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans


Way back up in the woods among the evergreens


There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood


Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode

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He never ever learned to read or write so well


But he could play the guitar like a-ringing a bell




Go go, go Johnny go, go

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Go Johnny go, go


Go Johnny go, go

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Go Johnny go, go, Johnny B. Goode


He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack

And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track

Old engineers would see him sitting in the shade

Strummin' with to the rhythm that the drivers made

People passing by would stop and say

Oh, my that little country boy could play (Refrain)


His mother told him, "Someday you will be a man

And you will be the leader of a big old band

Many people coming from miles around

To hear you play your music when the sun go down

Maybe someday your name’ll be in lights

Saying “Johnny B. Goode Tonight”


Missing You

Chip Fields

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