Where I’m From

Patrick Davis/Joe Leathers

(Recorded by Jason Michael Carroll – Top 10 Country Single)

On a three hour flight from Memphis to LA
I was silently celebrating my first class upgrade
Laughing at my jeans and my boots
Beside those high dollar shoes and Armani suits
When the gentleman next to me said the drinks up here are free
So if you’d like the first one can be on me
He said i’m headin’ back from business in New York and Rome
Tell me son, Where do you call home…

I said I’m from the front pew of a wooden white church
Acourthouse clock it still dont work
Where a man’s word means everything
Where moms and dads were high school flames
Who gave their children grandmother’s maiden name
Yeah it may not sound like much
But its Where I’m From

So we drank that round and then another
There wasn’t a topic in this world we did not cover
He said I headed out west when I was barely 19
Just a kid chasing my dreams
And I said I’m flying out here to pick up my big brother
He’s been fighting the cancer they discovered
But he called last night and said I think this is the end
So come take me home to my family and my friends

Where the quarterback dates the homecoming queen
The truck’s a ford and the tractor’s green
And Amazing Grace is what we sing
Where there’s a county fair every fall
And your friends are there no matter when you call
Yeah It may not sound like much but it’s
Where I’m From

And as we stood to claim the bags we checked
He said I’ll pray for your brother and did I mention that
Italian suits haven’t always been my style
See I was quarterback of my high school team
We took state back in ’63
And my wife, she’s still my homecoming queen

Cause I’m from the front pew of a wooden white church
A courthouse clock that still don’t work
Where a man’s word means everything
Where moms and dads were high school flames
Who gave their children grandmother’s maiden name
Yeah it may not sound like much
I said it may not sound like much but it’s Where I’m From
Yeah… it’s Where I’m From

“I’M JUST A BIG OLE (Game)COCK”

Patrick Davis

(My ode’ to years of being a faithful South Carolina Gamecock fan)

Well… I barely slept a wink last night
Cause I could hardly wait…
To wake up this morning on game day
So as soon as I heard that rooster crow I set off on the road
Straight down 1-20 to the capitol city
Where the pretty Carolina girls go….

Cause I’ve heard all the stories of the great George Rogers
And how back in 1980 he made the whole nation holler
And I’ve seen that photograph of young Steve Taneyhill
Up in old death valley signing his name on the field
Yeah and I love to hear 2001 & feel Williams Brice rock…
Oh what else can I say
I’m just a Big Ole Cock…

Well you know I come from a long line of cocks just like me.
Who never stop believing despite our history
Cause though we’ve had heartbreak & oh so many tears
I know one day I won’t have to say
Wait until next year…

Cause I’ve hear all the stories of 1984
And how if we’d just beat Navy we’d won it all for sure
And I’ve cheered for Todd Ellis, Duce Staley (& Corey Miller) and Lou Holtz
And even at 0 and 11 I never gave up hope
Yeah I hate those Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators & Rocky Top
Oh what else can I say
I’m just a Big Ole Cock

Yes & when I die I have just one request
So if you could would you promise me this

Put a keg on my coffin inside the state fair grounds
Serve chicken & biscuits with all the fixins’
Gather everyone around
Have the ole’ ball coach say some words in his golf shirt & his visor
& then send the boys off to destroy them Damned Old Clemson Tigers…

Cause I’ve heard all the stories of the great George Rogers
And how back in 1980 he made the whole nation holler
And I’ve seen that photograph of young Steve Taneyhill
Up in old death valley signing his name on the field
Yeah and I love to hear 2001 & feel Williams Brice rock…
Oh what else can I say
Until my dying day…
I’ll be a South Carolina Gamecock…

Dixie Lullaby

Patrick Davis/Pat Green/Justin Pollard

(Recorded by Pat Green – Top 20 Country Single)

My father had skin like leather… hands like steel… from a lifetime spent in a  cotton field
And though he’d come home tired and dirty almost every night
He found the strength to smile at me and hold my mama tight
While that old transistor radio would play the Opry out in the hall
I’d sit and watch their shadows glide across the wall

And they’d dance to a Dixie Lullaby
A picture of love beneath a southern sky
Oh my what a beautiful life
Just like a Dixie Lullaby

Well I left home at 18 in a hand me down Chevrolet
Packed with my mamas cookin’ and my old man’s stubborn ways
It was college, work, love and then the babies came
The eldest boy got his grand daddy’s name
And in the early morning hours when my children could not sleep
I’d rock them in my arms to a gentle beat

And sing them a Dixie Lullaby
Hush baby don’t you start to cry
Oh my what a beautiful life
Yeah it’s a Dixie Lullaby

My father was a mountain of a man
That was the description I gave
The morning that we laid him in his grave
There with my mama by his side, I said my last goodbye
To a man I thought would never die
And as I stood there in that field of amazing grace
Oh how the tears they ran down my face

As I sang him a Dixie Lullaby
We’ll meet again, by and by
Oh my what a beautiful life
Yes it’s a Dixie Lullaby

Oh my what a beautiful life
It’s just like a Dixie Lullaby

LUCKY

Patrick Davis/Pat Green/Justin Pollard

(Recorded by Pat Green – “What I’m For” Album)

I hope you get to be on a TV game show
And win a million dollars ’cause that’s lucky
And I hope a playmate appears with a shot and a beer
Every time you holler ’cause that’s lucky

And I hope you get to live in a big old crib
In a fancy neighborhood ’cause that’s lucky
And you never have to fight for an invite
To the coolest parties out in Hollywood, oh that’s lucky

But if you are just a regular guy
Living beneath this red, white and big blue sky
With your job, your car, your family, your friends
The love of a girl that you know will never end
Then you’ve already got it made every single day
Yeah, you know what it’s like to be Lucky

Well, I hope you get the chance for a paparazzi romance
With a supermodel ’cause, yeah man that’s lucky
And I hope you’re getting chased first place full throttle
In a NASCAR race, oh that’s lucky

But if you are just a regular guy
Living beneath this red, white and big blue sky
With your job, your car, your family, your friends
The love of a girl that you know will never end
Then you’ve already got it made every single day
Yeah, you know what it’s like to be Lucky, yeah
Well, don’t you feel lucky?

But if you are just a regular guy
Living beneath this red, white and big blue sky
With your hopes, your dreams, your faith, your prayers
Every breath you take, every moment you share
Then you’ve already got it made every single day
Yeah, you know what it’s like
Yeah, brother you know what it’s like to be Lucky

SWEET DREAMS

Patrick Davis/Jewel Kilcher

(Recorded by Jewel – “Lullaby” Album)

The shadows are waltzing
The moon beams are calling
Like a dream I am falling into
Silver threads lined with dew twinkling stars seem
To shine just for you

Behind your eyes
Are endless blue skies
You travel places I want to come to
Each breath that you breathe is a brush stroke
That leads me to you

So, sleep
Fall into night’s indigo hue
Believe me its true
There is nothing that I would not do
For my dream is Sweet Dreams for you

It seems far away but there once was a day
It was gray in a world without you
To this heart like a dove from above
A miracle of your love found me

So, sleep
Fall into night’s indigo hue
Believe me its true
There is nothing that I would not do
For my dream is Sweet Dreams for you

So hush-a-bye
And don’t you cry
Sweetly dreaming, little baby

Yes, sleep
Lose yourself in nights indigo hue
Believe me its true
There’s nothing that I would not do
For my dream is sweet dreams
Yes, my dream is Sweet Dreams for you

BE WARY OF A WOMAN

Patrick Davis/Dave Berg/Darius Rucker

(Recorded by Darius Rucker – “Learn to Live” Album Certified Platinum)

If you’re a man like me who is good at leavin’
If you like your space and you love your freedom
Don’t see yourself ever settlin’ down
Or your whole world bein’ tossed around

Be Wary of a Woman, a woman so fine
Don’t wanna change you, loves you just right
Makes you feel like a man inside
Sometimes she’ll make you cry

Till you don’t know what you’re doin’
You’re outta control, forget about
Leavin’, your heart won’t go
If you don’t like that you better run and hide
And Be Wary of a Woman Like Mine

She’ll make you laugh when you feel like cryin’
Make you wanna live when you feel like dyin’
So if you like livin’ in the dark
Just walk away, you’re gonna lose your heart

Be Wary of a Woman, a woman so fine
Don’t wanna change you, loves you just right
Makes you feel like a man inside
Sometimes she’ll make you cry

Till you don’t know what you’re doin’
You’re outta control, forget about
Leavin’, your heart won’t go
If you don’t like that you better run and hide
And Be Wary of a Woman, Be Wary of a Woman Like Mine

Man, you don’t stand a chance, don’t even try
Be Wary of a Woman Like Mine

Be Wary of a Woman, a woman so fine
Don’t wanna change you, loves you just right
Makes you feel like a man inside
Sometimes she’ll make you cry

Till you don’t know what you’re doin’
You’re outta control, forget about
Leavin’, your heart won’t go
If you don’t like that you better run and hide
And Be Wary of a Woman like mine, a woman like mine
Be Wary of a Woman like mine, a woman like mine

WE THREW IT ALL AWAY

Patrick Davis/Jason Michael Carroll

(Recorded by Jason Michael Carroll – “Growing Up is Getting Old” Album)

Baby come take a look
At this dusty yearbook
Do you remember those two kids?
It’s you and me
Most likely to succeed
Had it all planned out yes we did

You were off to college gonna practice law
And I was gonna play football

But we threw it all away
That’s what the whole town had to say
Momma cried, daddy went for a drive
And the whole world changed
Not a clue what to do
So I just kept on loving you
On the day
That we threw it all away

That fall came and went
And so did our friends
Off doing all the things we thought we would
It was tough I know
But we never let go
Kept holdin’ onto prayers
With all we could

And then that morning in December baby
Don’t you remember?

When we threw it all away
That’s what the whole town had to say
With your baby blue eyes
Our baby boy cried
And the whole world changed
Not a clue what to do
So I just kept on loving you
On the day
That we threw it all away

Ain’t it funny how life works out sometimes
just like we planned it?
You make all the rules in this house
And I’m quarterbacking for our little man

You were off to college gonna practice law
And I was gonna play football

But we threw it all away
That’s what the whole town had to say
Momma cried, daddy went for a drive
And the whole world changed
Not a clue what to do
So I just kept on loving you
On the day
That we threw it all

God bless the day
We threw it all away

Cannonball

Patrick Davis/Pat Green/Justin Pollard/Brett Danaher

(Recorded by Pat Green – “Cannonball” Album)

Girl you are, my kind of lover
And I’m still amazed that we found one another
Cause I’m just a man, selfish and proud
You could have been gone, but you’re standing here now

And I know I don’t say it enough
But I long for your body and I live for your touch
All those moments when it’s just you and me
Right where I know I should be

Cause you save me baby
From myself
Can I be saved
Only time will tell
You see you’re the difference
Between luck and love
Hit me when I wasn’t looking at all
With love like a cannonball
Tear down the walls, (with) love like a cannonball

Tonight, when I said what I said
I’d had too much to drink and went out of my head
And I’m sorry, and I’ll give up the fight
So let’s lay down together and get through the night
Closer and closer, right by my side
Here in the dark where there’s nothing to hide
We’ll spend a lifetime under these covers
Cause there’s so much of you that I have yet to discover

Cause you save me baby
From myself
Can I be saved
Only time will tell
You see you’re the difference
Between luck and love
Hit me when I wasn’t looking at all
With love like a cannonball
Tear down the walls, (with) love like a cannonball

AIN’T LETTIN’ GO

Patrick Davis/Charles Kelley/Josh Kelley

(Recorded by Josh Kelley – Upcoming Universal Records Release)

Well I know you’re probably out
Probably movin’ on
Cause a girl like you with a heart that true
Just shouldn’t be alone

Well I’m just right down the street
At our old familiar spot
And yeah I’ve probably had too many beers
And one too many shots

But that don’t mean
That I don’t mean these words

Oh I can’t seem to get you off my mind
It don’t matter how I try
I always end up here, baby can’t you hear my tears
Pouring through this pay phone line
It’s just too hard to say goodbye
And I just thought you should know
I still love you and I ain’t letting go

Well I know I made mistakes
I know I’ve hurt you bad
I gave you reasons to stop believing
In what we used to have

And if you can’t forgive me
I guess I’ll understand
But no I won’t give up hope
That you’ll be in these arms again

Yeah can’t you tell
This hell I’m goin’ through

Oh I can’t seem to get you off my mind
It don’t matter how I try
I always end up here, baby can’t you hear my tears
Pouring through this pay phone line
It’s just too hard to say goodbye
And I just thought you should know
I still love you and I ain’t letting go

The bartender just screamed last call
So I guess I’ll be heading home
But before I hang up this phone

Oh I can’t seem to get you off my mind
It don’t matter how I try
I always end up here, baby can’t you hear my tears
Pouring through this pay phone line
It’s just too hard to say goodbye
And I just thought you should know
I still love you and I ain’t letting go

BEAT OF YOUR HEART

Patrick Davis/Cory Morrow

(Recorded by Cory Morrow – 8 week #1 on Texas Music Chart)

So I hear that you’re doing unwell
From your smile I could never tell
You open up the door and the world pours in
All of its problems, solutions and sins
Everybody seems to have a remedy
But there ain’t no remedy that’s ever gonna cure me

So…take it when it comes cause it won’t last long
Hesitate and the moments gone
Run in the rain and howl at the moon
Fall in love way too soon
Take my hand as the music starts
And we’ll dance to the beat of your heart

There’s a distance in your eyes
Seems you been looking for a place to hide
There’s nothing but love around you my child
But you can’t see from your cryin’ eyes
You stand in a crowd when you wanna be alone
You’re your own contradiction but you’re not alone

So…take it when it comes cause it won’t last long
Hesitate and the moments gone
Run in the rain and howl at the moon
Fall in love way too soon
Take my hand as the music starts
And we’ll dance to the beat of your heart

I know you’ve stumbled down that road
Trembling from the cold
But this heart and this love can save you
Yes it can save you

So…take it when it comes cause it won’t last long
Hesitate and the moments gone
Run in the rain and howl at the moon
Fall in love way too soon
Take my hand as the music starts
And we’ll dance to the beat of your heart

IN IT FOR MONEY

Patrick Davis/Pat Green

(Recorded by Pat Green – “What I’m For” Album)

Up in Dallas I met a painted lady
Who swore to the world that she could save me
Said it wouldn’t take long just a New York minute
Believe me boy you won’t soon forget it
And I was tempted but I told her no
Then she grabbed my hand and she wouldn’t let go
She said listen here boy we aint that different you and me

And it’s human nature been that way since Cain and Able
If there’s bread in your pocket don’t matter how you got it
As long as there’s food on the table
Yeah and sooner or later your gonna figure this out honey
If you aint in it for love…you’re in it for the money

And I met and old-timer behind Tootsies Lounge
In the shadow of the Ryman as the sun when down
He said they’ll steal your soul for a radio song
Sale you on fame but it won’t last long
He said you’ll be tempted but you better say no
Then he grabbed my hand and he wouldn’t let go
He said cowboy we aint that different you and me

And it’s human nature been this way since Hank and Waylon
They put fame in your pocket but as soon as you got it your star is already fadin’
Yeah and sooner or later this old town sure seems funny
And if you ain’t in it for love you’re in it for the money

Everybody’s tempted
Yeah everybody’s tempted
Tell me have you been tempted

And it’s human nature been this way since Cain and Able
If there’s bread in your pocket it don’t matter how you got it
As long as there’s food on the table
Yeah and sooner or later you better ask yourself honey
Do you do what you do for love
Or do you do for the money

GOOD INTENTIONS

Patrick Davis/Cory Morrow/Ray Wylie Hubbard/Radney Foster

(Recorded by Cory Morrow – 4 week #2 on Texas Music Chart)

I got a fast car
I got a big house
But my friends won`t return my calls
I got a good wife
And I got a girlfriend
But now I`m staring at these hotel walls

I`m good at driving and mathematics
Got my money making money all day
I cheat the tax man and my girlfriend
I tell you brother cheating just don`t pay

I was a good kid with good intentions
Did everything that they said I should
The road to hell knows me well
Now I`m finding it ain`t no damn good

She sold my fast car
And took my big house
Married my best friend
Man, she got it all
As for my girlfriend
Well, she up and left me
Safe and sound behind these hotel walls

I was a good kid with good intentions
Did everything that they said I should
The road to hell knows me well
Now I`m finding it ain`t no damn good

I`m drinking cold beer with pretty women
Seems I got a bit of lease on life
Woke up this morning lying next to
The younger sister of my ex-wife

BORN AGAIN

Patrick Davis/Justin Pollard

(Recorded by Caitlin & Will – “Other Songs” Digital EP)

I called home from the greyhound station with the coin I’d flipped to pick a destination
Said dad, please understand
I’m not running or hiding from anything
I just gotta go and find my wings
And in this small town I don’t think I can
Yeah, it took leaving everything I’d ever known behind
For me to see the world for the very first time

Yeah, Sometimes it takes a fall,
A leap of faith, risk it all,
A goodbye so you can begin
A second chance,
A brand new start,
To find your way out of the dark,
Against all odds believe you can win,
Born again

And I knew a girl who walked the streets every night,
From sundown to sunlight,
To feed the habits that had taken control
Until a sidewalk preacher caught her ear
With a message she needed to hear
And to this day she knows it saved her soul
Yeah that road she was on sure looked like a dead end,
But that all changed when she put her trust in him

Yeah, Sometimes it takes a fall,
A leap of faith, risk it all,
A goodbye so you can begin
A second chance,
A brand new start,
To find your way out of the dark,
Against all odds believe you can win,
Born again

Well my best friends mom had been sick for years
We all knew the end was near
So he packed a bag to head on back home
He was on the next flight out of town
When he got a call that knocked him down
It was his mamma she said son I don’t think I can hold on
She said I love you boy, don’t worry I’m gonna be alright
I’m gonna get my wings and I’m gonna take flight
Yes I am

Yeah, Sometimes it takes a fall,
A leap of faith, risk it all,
A goodbye so you can begin
A second chance,
A brand new start,
To find your way out of the dark,
Against all odds believe you can win,
Born again
A second chance,
A brand new start,
To find your way out of the dark,
Against all odds, believe you can win,
Born again

 

A second chance,
A brand new start,
Find your way out of the dark,
All you gotta do is believe in him
To be born again