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Give'em What They Want

by Patterson Barrett

Released 2018
So' Fish Records
Released 2018
So' Fish Records
Solid Americana songwriting; melodic, sometimes clever, always heartfelt.
  • 02:51 Story Lyrics
    Be My Guest

    Be My Guest (2:52)

    --Fats Domino, John Marascalco & Tommy Boyce (BMI) EMI Unart Catalog Inc.

     

    Come on baby and be my guest

    Come join the party and meet the rest

    Everything’s gonna be all right so be my guest tonight

    We’re gonna dance to the rock and roll

    We might even do the Stroll

    We’re gonna Lindy Hop and Susie-Q

    It’s a special party just for you

     

    My, my-oh-my

    Gee, you’re so fine

    Don’t let me down

    I’m the King, but you can wear my crown

     

    I’m gonna sing, my band’s gonna play

    I’m gonna make you queen for a day

    Everything’s gonna be all right so be my guest tonight

    My, my-oh-my

    Gee, you’re so fine

    Don’t let me down

    I’m the King, but you can wear my crown

     

    I’m gonna sing, my band’s gonna play

    I’m gonna make you queen for a day

    Everything’s gonna be all right so be my guest tonight

    We’re gonna dance to the rock and roll

    We might even do the Stroll

    Everything little thing’s gonna be all right so be my guest tonight

  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    3 Young Alleycats

    Three young alleycats sitting on a fence

    Trying to find a way to make their rents

    It don’t take much but it takes all we got

     

    So we show up for work at the lumber yard

    The money’s not bad, the work’s not hard

    But it’s gonna take a few more two-steps to get out of here

     

    Watching the stars rise and fall

    Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

     Way back when

    Now the universe will never be the same again

     

    At the fork in the road there’s a hole in the wall

    The stage is set, but it’s kind of small

    Hey, I think I heard someone singing my song

     

    Country loving doesn’t hold the key

    But there’s something in her eyes I see

    Something so rare when she sings

     

    Watching the stars rise and fall

    Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

     Way back when

    Now the universe will never be the same again

     

    We’re all passing time

    Who knows just what we’ll find

    We’ll all be paid in kind

     

    Now the dust has settled, the wind has blown

    The ashes are scattered and the kids are grown

    And how long we can howl at the moon, no one can tell

    I’m not prepared for the rockin’ chair,

    I heard that thing ain’t going nowhere

    So Rick, Richard and Levon won’t you wait a spell

     

    Watching the stars rise and fall

    Don’t it seem like the universe used to be a little bit smaller

     Way back when

    Now the universe will never be the same again

    No, the universe will never be the same again

  • 05:23 Story Lyrics
    Give'em What They Want

    Give ‘Em What They Want (5:24)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    A bar in New York City, a line running out the door

    Inside it’s shoulder-to-shoulder on every inch of floor

    Somehow I climbed up on the stage, started to sing

    Thirty minutes later you could’ve heard a dropped pin ring

    I wasn’t giving them what they wanted---But I tried

    I didn’t give ‘em they wanted that night

    But if you give them what they want

    Well, you might get what you need


    A brew pub in Frederick, Maryland, outside Washington, DC

    Where people come to hear the songs, now all ears are on me

    I sing my songs about heartbreak full of sweet, sad misery

    Somehow hearing those me sing those songs helps to set their poor hearts free

    I was giving them what they wanted

    Well, I give them what they wanted that night

    If you give them what they want

    Then you might get what you need

     

    Sometimes I’m set to wondering, what was I sent here to do

    The only time I know my mind is when I sing and play for you

     

    Somewhere out in Virginia, playing with my boy and young KT

    Doing our best to be seen and heard above the big flat-screen TV

    The place was full, the crowd was loud, call it chaos and cacophony

    But everyone sings along when they play the song about Johnson City, Tennessee

     

    We were givin’g them what they wanted

    Yeah, we give ‘em what they wanted that night

    If you give them what they want

    You might get what you need

     

    I got a family to feed . . . two kids in college

    You know knowledge don’t come cheap

    They got to eat, they need shoes on their feet

     

     

     

  • 04:15 Story Lyrics
    Coldwater County

    Coldwater County (4:15)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    How dry I am

    In Coldwater County

    Here comes the bride, well I sure could use a drink

    She brought joy to the world while she was still single

    She’ll be mama’s little baby with fourteen children before you can blink

     

    Up in this holler ten-years ago a beautiful young girl with something to show

    We all had a look and my love started to grow

    But she never took notice of me

     

    How dry I am

    In Coldwater County

    Here comes the bride

    Well I sure could use a drink

    She brought joy to the world while she was still single

    She’ll be mama’s little baby with fourteen children before she can blink

     

    Young men have dreams and we all dreamed of her

    Life would be heaven with her, we were sure

    But I left this place chasing dreams of my own

    I imagined her waiting at home

     

    How dry I am

    In Coldwater County

    Here comes the bride

    Well I sure could use a drink

    She brought joy to the world while she was still single

    She’ll be mama’s little baby with fourteen children before she can blink

     

    Life’s about change

    Of that there’s no doubt

    Some things we need, some we do without

    I think to myself as they walk down the aisle

    Well I’m glad it’s not me in those shoes

     

    How dry I am

    In Coldwater County

    Here comes the bride

    Well it’s later than you think

    She’ll bring joy to his world now she’s no longer single

    They’ll be mama’s little babies with fourteen children before they can blink

     

    There’ll be mama’s little babies

    Now how about that drink

     

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    If I Only Knew How

    If I Only Knew How (4:04)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    When the world around you comes tumbling down

    To crush all your dreams, you come looking for me

    If I had the answer, if I knew the plan

    Well I’d put all those pieces back where they belong

    If I only knew how

     

    There’d be no reason for you to struggle anymore

    I’d make your trouble disappear

    Your life would be softer

    My love would wash your pain away

    And I’d make everything OK

    If I only knew how

    If I only knew how

     

    And if I had the power to change the hour

    I’d turn back the clock before tragedy struck

    But that can’t be done, I can’t change the outcome

    But I’d give you a chance at life simple and free

    If I only knew how

     

    There’d be no reason for you to struggle anymore

    I’d make your trouble disappear

    Your life would be softer

    My love would wash your pain away

    And I’d make everything OK

    If I only knew how

    If I only knew how

     

    Hold on to me

    I will try and find a way

     

    There’ll be no reason for you to struggle anymore

    I’ll make your trouble disappear

    Your life will be sweeter once we defeat your misery

    And I’ll make everything OK

    If I only knew how

     

    If I only knew how

    If I only knew how

    If I only knew how

     

  • 03:07 Story Lyrics
    Elephant in the Room

    Elephant in the Room (3:07)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    How you been lately, I thought maybe

    We could get together soon

    The conversation starts to bloom

     But there’s an elephant in the room

    Things left unsaid

    Are those flowers dead?

     

    Emotional gumbo, there sits Jumbo

    The big fellow’s sure working hard

    The conversation could get hot

    Is there an elephant or is there not?

     

    Believe me when I say

    It’s best to keep things gray

     

    Talk about baggage, there’s a whole lot of junk in that trunk

    You know what they say about loose lips, and we don’t want to get sunk

     

    Elephants carry a heavy load

    You don’t want to be here when it explodes

    ‘Cause it will take lots more than a broom

    To get all of the elephant out of this room

    We don’t want to clear the air

    It’s more than we can bear

    So we embrace the Pachyderm

    And keep our friendship firm

     

  • 05:08 Story Lyrics
    The Where and When

    Where and When (5:08)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    Walking home this evening, well it’s happening again

    I just can’t stop this feeling when I remember the where and when

     

    Now this sorrow seems familiar, but I don’t feel it every day

    I guess it’s just a part of life, It’s made me stronger in a way

    You dismantled my heart part and parcel

    And I don’t know if I’ll ever love again

    Now my mind’s a little hazy about what you had to say to me

    But I remember the where and when

     

    It was in the park near the river, you know that one downtown

    We used to go there after work sometimes, hold hands and watch the sun go down

    There were people all around us walking dogs and riding bikes

    And there’s a small wooden bench down there by the shore

    Or at least there used to be---I don’t go there anymore

     

    It was a bright crisp clear sunny day in the very beginning of fall

    I was just heading home from the office andI was happy when I got your call

    You said meet me at our usual place and I wonder thinking back on it now

    Why I never even detected a trace of something strange in your voice somehow

     

    Now this sorrow seems familiar, but I don’t feel it every day

    I guess it’s just a part of life, It’s made me stronger in a way

    You dismantled my heart part and parcel

    And I don’t know if I’ll ever love again

    Now my mind’s a little hazy about what you had to say to me

    But I remember the where and when

     

    We sat down and you were restless, but I didn’t notice it then

    All I could see was your beautiful hair brushed aside by a warm gentle wind

    And you said something, I don’t know what, and all I could do was stare
    And when the moment arrived I thought I saw in your eye, a hint of a tear forming there

     

    Now this sorrow seems familiar, but I don’t feel it every day

    I guess it’s just a part of life, It’s made me stronger in a way

    You dismantled my heart part and parcel

    And I don’t know if I’ll ever love again

    Now my mind’s a little hazy about what you had to say to me

    But I remember the where and when

    I still remember just where and when

    So clearly---I remember the where and when

     

  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Last Night in Barcelona

    Last Night in Barcelona (3:43)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    My last night in Barcelona after a long stay

    We were invited out to a little bar called Tekila spelled with a “K”

    The day was long, the night was hot, but we went anyway

    I could not speak the language so I grabbed a guitar and I started to play

     

    And there was music and everybody sang and danced with each other

    Singing words I did not understand

    My head was swimming in a sea of liquid dreams

    My last night in Barcelona

     

    They offered me drink, and then they offered me one more

    And before I knew what was happening, I’d had another four

    The room began to spin a bit but in a pleasant way

    I gathered up my courage, I stood up to sing and they all started to sway

     

    And there was music and everybody sang and danced with each other

    Singing words I did not understand

    My head was swimming in a sea of liquid dreams

    My last night in Barcelona

     

    And they sang a song I knew so well

    But I’d never heard the words before

     

    *A la novia que yo tengo, tequila le digo yo

    Pues cuando le doy un beso, borracho me siento yo

    Y como quema, pero es tan Buena

    Te pides otra,,casi sin respiración

     ¡Tequila!

     

    And there was music and everybody sang and danced with each other

    Singing words I did not understand

    My head was swimming in a sea of liquid dreams

    My last night in Barcelona

    My last night in Barcelona

    My last night in Barcelona

     

    *(roughly)

    I have a bride, Tequila I call her

    Because when I kiss her, I feel drunk

    And it burns, but it feels so good

    You ask for another, almost breathless

    Tequila!

  • 04:12 Story Lyrics
    Take a Chance

    Take a Chance (4:13)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    After all these years to find myself in this circumstance

    Ready to take a chance on love

     

    You wandered through my dreams like you were born there

    And you stepped into my world and left your songs there

    I wore my sorrow like a cloak to keep me warm

    In the cold gray morning after love’s brutal storm

     

    Now I can’t believe that I’d receive this gift again

    Waiting for the ride to end

    After all these years to find myself in this circumstance

    Ready to take a chance on love

     

    Being with you is way too easy

    Am I being blinded by your bright light?

    So long in the dark it’s hard to trust my eyes again

    Can I love once more; if not now, then when?

     

    Now I can’t believe that I’d receive this gift again

    Waiting for the ride to end

    After all these years to find myself in this circumstance

    Ready to take a chance on love

     

    How can I resist love’s slow burning kiss

    I know the way so well that it’s hard to tell if I‘m leading or being led

     

    Now I can’t believe that I’d receive this gift again

    Waiting for the ride to end

    After all these years to find myself in this circumstance

    Ready to take a chance on love

     

    Now I can’t believe that I’d receive this gift again

    Waiting for the ride to end

    After all these years to find myself in this circumstance

    Ready to take a chance on love

     

    Take a chance on love

    Can I love again?

    Just one more chance at love

     

  • 04:55 Story Lyrics
    A Way Back Home

    A Way Back Home (4:56)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    Searching for an answer and finding not a clue

    Upon close examination the answer is in you

    You may not want to believe it, I think that what you’ve heard is true

     

    Look inside, find what you need to know

    Illuminated intuition shows

    Your heart sends you where you need to go

    In your mind try to find a way to get back home

     

    Too many years ago to count, he left and hit the road

    His mind was churning every day trying to break the code

    He spent a lifetime looking for someplace to unload

     

    He looked inside and found what he needed to know

    Revelation as intuition showed

    His heart sent him where he needed to go

    All that time was trying to find a way to get back home

     

    I don’t remember feeling so far away from here

    But it’s easy to see clearly with the destination near

    Oncemy vision was distorted by uncertainty and fear

     

    I looked inside and found what I needed to know

    Illuminated intuitions show

    My heart sent me where I needed to go

    In my mind I was trying to find a way to get back home

    Out of your mind, now it’s time to find your way back home

    Flying blind, we’re all trying to find a way back home

     

     

  • 03:44 Story Lyrics
    The Way She Makes Me Feel

    The Way She Makes Me Feel (3:44)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    She makes me feel like a man

    She makes me squeal like a little girl

    The way I feel when she touch me

    I promise her anything in the world

    I don’t know what this is, but it’s for real

    The way she makes me feel

     

    Well, she’s a nice place to visit

    When you’re looking for someone

    To throw a little party

    I’m begging her please just let me come

    This might not be love but it’s for real

    The way she makes me feel

     

    I got no business standing outside your door

    I tell my feet just to keep on walking

    But they keep coming back for more

    The way she makes me feel 

  • 00:50
    Be My Guest (Reprise)
  • 02:17 Story Lyrics
    Hard to Think of You

    Hard To Think of You (2:16)

    --Patterson Barrett ©2017 (BMI) Criminal Tunes

     

    It’s hard to think of you so far away

    When there’s nothing I can do to keep you warm

    Having you near all of these years

    Now here’s a place that’s hard for me to stay

     

    You had to change

    I know the rules

    Life’s a hard game, win or lose

     

    I can see you now

    Your smile lights up the room

    Our time was up

    You had to leave us all too soon

     

    Now it’s hard to think of you so far away

    When there’s nothing I can do to keep you safe

    Having you near all of these years

    Now here’s a place that’s hard for me to stay

    It’s hard to think of you so far away

     

NOTES
As in his two previous solo outings, Barrett makes much of the music on Give ‘Em What They Want himself, but there are plenty of guest appearances by friends and peers. Featured performers include Jim Lauderdale, Walt Wilkins, and Stuart Duncan, plus Gurf Morlix and Buddy Miller sharing vocals with Barrett on the single “3 Young Alleycats.” Credited to “3 Ol' Alleycats,” the song is a reminiscence of the days gone by when Morlix, Miller, and Barrett …
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Patterson Barrett
Patterson Barrett

Story

Here's a song about a young man who doesn't have a clue (possibly drawn from an early version of myself). So excited to have Bonnie Bramlett singing harmony with me on this! Her voice, so distinctive, has been one of the defining voices of rock and soul music. Joining her is another, less well-known but equally wonderful Julieann Banks. Let's dance!

Lyrics

Come back to me
Darlin’ can’t you see
On my own, I’m in jeopardy
I guess living alone’s just not for me
I’m a better man
When you hold my hand
Don’t make me face the world all alone
Please, please baby, won’t you come back home
 
It was a bad situation
Fueled by inebriation
I stayed out too late with someone else’s date
And now you’re nowhere to be found
 
I didn’t think things through;
What my life would be like without you
I should have done the math, ran out of cash too fast
And now I can’t find a ride home
 
Now I’m not asking you to stand by me forever
Just help me stand until I get myself together
 
What can I do or say
To get you back here today?
I’m sorry you got burned, consider my lesson learned
And now we’ll start doing things your way
 

Patterson Barrett
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Story

Features long-time friend Buddy Miller on guitar and vocals

Lyrics

This old heart’s been stuck in idle
Way past a little too long
What it needs to get it racing again
Is to find another song
It’s time to sing another song

Coming up a hill and it’s a long one
My vision’s not too clear
We’ve got to find a way to keep this thing going
And get this show in gear
Take the stage and show no fear

Pressure’s building, things are coming to a head
The melodies are flying but the radio is dead

This old road might be a little bit rough
But I’m not through singing yet
Come on along let’s go for a ride
And see how good it gets
We’re going to see how good it can get

 

Patterson Barrett
Patterson Barrett

Story

I played this song for my wife (and sometimes harshest critic), who commented that it would be a nice wedding song. Several years later, I got the opportunity to sing it a wedding—of my son Emerson and his bride Chelsea. Thanks, universe!

Lyrics

This kiss will last a lifetime

This moment sheltered by a love so strong, so new

If a thousand more may follow, their lips can only pale compared to you.

Not knowing any better

I opened up my heart and let it's doors swing wide

And you gave your love so freely, now I'll hold you always, somewhere deep inside

And you'll be forever mine

Cross the endless seas of time

Now the world may come between us and conspire to separate us further still

But our souls cannot be parted, our hearts beat now as one and always will

And you'll be forever mine

Cross the endless seas of time

When every other memory

Has faded in the mist that soon surrounds us all

Like a bright and burning ember

The warmth of this embrace I'll still recall

Patterson Barrett
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Story

When my children were young, my wife announced that we needed to go to church. She said it didn't matter to her which church, just that we needed to expose our children to some spirituality, and she gave me the task of picking. As a child, I attended a Unitarian Universalist church (I guess most Unitarians will go so far as to use the word "church"), and so I visited a UU church in Austin. 

I happened to attend the week a prominent member's daughter had killed herself. I was moved to write this song.

Lyrics

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart

Learning to see is the hardest part

I know that you’re here somewhere, but I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart again

One time, one chance, one heart in your hands

One day, it all comes crashing down

Where were you when she needed you, surely there was something you could do

Now I’ve cried all my tears and my crying is through, and I can’t see the light anymore

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart

Learning to see is the hardest part

I know that you’re here somewhere, but I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart again

One day, one man, alone and confused, here I stand

One question occupies my mind

Her blood on her own hands, how can this be a part of any master plan

Now you’re asking me to believe again, I don’t know if I can

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart

Learning to see is the hardest part

I know that you’re here somewhere, but I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart again

Some day, somehow, we’ll talk, but not now

My heart is cold, my words just frozen pain

Maybe death takes a turn today, but I just have to turn away

And a thousand tears won’t wash away this shadow on my soul

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart

Learning to see is the hardest part

I know that you’re here somewhere but I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart again

Patterson Barrett
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Story

features long-time friends and one-time bandmates Buddy and Julie Miller

Lyrics

Concrete And Steel

Patterson Barrett/criminal tunes

 

Last night I had a dream, you let me hold you in my arms

And in the darkness there, I could smell your hair as I held you close to me

Though I know it could never be

And the love I felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love was real

 

It felt so good back then, and I felt that way again

That moment in time again was mine, when we lived in harmony

And we knew it was meant to be

And the love we felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love was real

 

And nothing that’s happened can change any of that

Not the silly spats or the bitter combat

And so in my dreams I’ve forgotten all that was wrong for you and me

But now I see…

 

And in my dream you asked what did I do

And I said I’ll take care of you

And for a while last night everything was right as I held you in my arms

Everything was right

 

Something happened when we kissed, and something still exists

We’ve parted ways, but a part still stays and lives forever in my head

As I lie here in my bed

And the love we felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love is real

And the love I feel is real, as concrete and steel, my love is real

 

Patterson Barrett
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written by Bill Browder

Story

A wonderfully infectious song written by Denim bandmate Bill Browder.

Lyrics

You say I’m a lucky guy, I guess that’s true

You think I can touch the sky, if you only knew

I can’t have you, I face it every day

I can’t have you, I’ve got to find a way

I can’t have you; no will, no how, no way

No, I can’t have you

You sure look just fine to me, I guess you know

If fish sprout wings and love is free, then I will go

I can’t have you, I face it every day

I can’t have you, I’ve got to find a way

I can’t have you; no will, no how, no way

No, I can’t have you

If everything you've ever dreamed of

Showed up at your feet today

You would smile and say, "Take it away, take it away"

You say I’m a lucky guy, I know that it’s true

You think I can touch the sky, if you only knew

I can’t have you, I face it every day

I can’t have you, I’ve got to find a way

I can’t have you; no will, no how, no way

No, I can’t have you

Patterson Barrett
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Story

Riding home at the end of the day, the sunroof open, the heat of a Texas summer a welcome contrast to the windowless chill of the recording studio, driving west toward a beautiful sunset; this song sort of showed up. It also delves into my dreaming life, the theme of the CD "I Must Be Dreaming". For some reason, I always think of my brother Chris when I sing the line, "...next minute I'm crying why does everything happen to me?"

Lyrics

Did you ever wake up not knowing where you were

Where the places and faces around you were just a blur?

Well I’ve been walking around on the concrete in my head

My future cemented in place with every step I tread

I really thought I had it all down pat, thought I knew just where my life was at

Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky

I spring out of bed knowing all this was meant to be

Next minute I’m crying why does everything happen to me?

Just one phone call can bring my whole world to an end

But your voice in my ear puts me back on the track again

I really thought I had it all down pat, thought I knew just where my life was at

Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky

Each day when the sun goes down, I know I’ll see the light

The hues of blues fade into night

By the end of the day I grow tired of the race

I put the world at my back and the wind in my face

I look up at the sky and I nearly cry

I see a thousand colors, not one can be described

I really thought I had it all down pat, thought I knew just where my life was at

Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky

Patterson Barrett
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Lyrics

She stares wide awake at the broken window where the warm night air drifts in

And she can still hear it shatter as he put his fist through it when she told him she didn't want to see him again

And she attempts to sleep on a matress that’s stained

Because emotion and blood couldn't be contained

She won't be getting any sleep tonight

She won't be getting too much sleep tonight

It's a constant battle, she doesn't know how to fight it

She won't be getting any sleep tonight

She tries once again to tell him it's over but she's not quite convinced herself

And he continues to call just to see what she's up to, but she dosen't really feel she's obligated to tell

When she finally admits that she's been sharing her bed

An image of them starts to burn in his head

He won't be getting too much sleep tonight

He won't be getting any sleep tonight

It's a constant battle, he doesn't know how to fight it

He won't be getting any sleep tonight

Now it's 3am and its' finally quiet but she's not feeling drowsy at all

He came over this evening and they started out talking but he just ended up throwing stuff at the wall

And when she told him to leave and he wouldn't obey

She had to call the cops to come and haul him away

She won't be getting too much sleep tonight

She won't be getting any sleep tonight

It's a constant battle, she doesn't know how to fight it

She won't be getting any sleep tonight

Patterson Barrett
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Story

Written for my daughter, Dana

Lyrics

She’s so small, she’s so soft

And my love for her grows stronger every day S

he’s so smart, she’s so funny

And I marvel at the things she says

I’ve been loving you for such a long time

I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago

When I look into your eyes

I see the world that’s waiting there for you

Filled with joy, laced with pain

I’ll do everything and more to see you through

I’ve been loving you for such a long time

I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago

Now I can’t always be there with you

Some steps we have to take all on our own

Look in your heart, dear; I’m living in there

I’m going to move right in and make myself at home

I’ve been loving you for such a long time

I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago

I’ve been loving you for such a long time

Patterson Barrett
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by Gurf Morlix and Rod Picott

Story

As a disclaimer for Tommy Taylor, I should mention that I played snare and various percussion on this version of a neat song from my friend Gurf Morlix and Rod Picott

Lyrics

I don’t believe in fairy tales, I put no faith in fate

I thought destiny would pass me right on by

I might have spent a whole lifetime waiting on love

But then you looked across the room and you crossed my eyes

I couldn’t pull away from you, I was caught up in your spell

Time it froze and we just flew away

While soaring like two angels it all came clear to me

I’d be with you until my dying day

I took that leap of faith without a thought about landing

Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that running start

What goes up comes down so quickly to the ground

I jumped so hard, I fell and broke my heart

You snapped me like a tiny twig, you tore me limb from limb

You shook me and you put me in a spin

My day went night, my left went right, my whole world stopped turning

I went tumbling like a dead leaf in the wind

I took that leap of faith without a thought about landing

Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that running start

What goes up comes down so quickly to the ground I jumped so hard, I fell and broke my heart

Patterson Barrett
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by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson

Story

This sadly prophetic song first appeared on The Band's "Stage Fright" album, 16 years before Richard Manuel took his own life in 1986

Lyrics

For the life we chose in the evening we rose

Just long enough to be lovers again

If for nothing more, the world was too sore to live in

Sad old ships, a morning eclipse

I’ve spent my whole life missing

Then I turned from the sun and saw everyone searching

The hoot owl and his song will bring you along, where else on earth would you want to go?

We can leave all this hate before it’s too late, why would we want to come back at all?

Cobwebs on my pillow, I’m found in the willow

I’ve spent my whole life sleeping

To be called by noon is to be called to soon today

Now the storm is passed, there’s peace at last

I’ll spend my whole life sleeping

Now there’s not a sound, no one to be found anywhere

The shepherd and his sheep will wind you to sleep, where else on earth would you want to go?

To a land of wonder when we go under Why would you want to come back at all?

Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Lyrics

I had a dream so normal and sedate

Nothing occurring in my mind sparked controversy or debate

It was easy to accept it all as fact

But then the structure of that world began to crack

It was a dream about you, and how it used to be

And you were there just like you’d always been before

They say that dreams can come true but mine usually don’t

So I don’t want to dream about you anymore

I never dreamed that this could ever be

But then I realized that that must be the key

If I dream it, it will never come to pass

And now I think I understand it all at last

I used to dream about you, and how it used to be

And in my dreams, you’d come walkin’ through that door

They say that dreams can come true but mine usually don’t

So I don’t want to dream about you anymore

Now when I dream, I hope that none of it is good

‘Cause it only serves to increase the likelihood

That what I long for cannot be reality

And that you could never be in love with me

I used to dream about you, and how it used to be A

nd in my dreams, you’d come walkin’ through that door

They say that dreams can come true but mine usually don’t

So I don’t want to dream about you anymore

No, I don't want to dream about you anymore

Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Story

Features harmony vocals from my high school sweetheart and another in the long list of musical friends who have been way more successful than me, the talented Deborah Holland

Lyrics

Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting

Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes

In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing

Trying hard to find some meaning in another world

Out walking the sun shining warm on my face

I follow the path and I feel like I know this place

But lying in bed with the stars in my eye

Free from my body my thoughts start to fly

Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting

Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes

In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing

Trying hard to find some meaning in another world

I’m standing with feet planted on solid ground

I feel what I know and I smile when I hear the sound

But sometimes my eyes give me reason to pause

Could the person I saw really be who I thought she was

Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting

Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes

In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing

Trying hard to find some meaning in another world

Time makes it’s circles, never the same

Trying to stop it’s like trying to hold a flame

Burning and turning from fire to air

The smoke’s drifted off but the spark is still there

Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting

Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes

In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing T

rying hard to find some meaning in another world

Patterson Barrett
11/08/2009
Patterson Barrett

Lyrics

Late at night one christmas eve, not a soul still awake except for me

As I headed to bed a sound caught my ear; a sound from above now who's that I hear?

I grinned as I went to investigate; I found Santa all right, but wait...

I heard a thumpin' beat, I looked up from the street

He was starting to move, he was getting his groove on

Who's that stomping up on the roof? Santa Claus is on the loose

He finished up work a little early this year and stopped off to enjoy a little christmas cheer

Who's that stomping up on the roof? Santa Claus is on the loose

Working all year just to get it right

And it all comes down to just one night

When it's all over and his work is through

I guess he'd like to unwind, now wouldn't you?

He sure is making a lot of noise; now that he's off the clock, he's just one of the boys

Who's that stomping up on the roof? Santa Claus is on the loose

Santa dancing alone, well that just won't do

I caught a glimpse of mama up there dancing too

Not wanting to be left out I ran right up the stairs

Climbed out onto the roof into the December air

When he saw me coming he said, "What took you so long?"

Just then a call came ringing in on my cell phone (uh, I better get this… who's that stomping up on the roof?)

Why, it's Santa Claus and he's getting loose

He sure is making a lot of noise now that he's off the clock, he's just one of the boys

Who's that stomping up on the roof it's Santa Claus and I've got the proof

You see this photograph in my hand? I took it myself with this cell phone camera

Who's that stomping up on the roof? Santa Claus is on the loose

Santa Claus is on the loose

Santa Claus is on the loose

Patterson Barrett
11/08/2009
Patterson Barrett

Lyrics

I count the years in jingle bells and gentle silent nights

My memory magnifies the love and disregards the fights

Tis the season it's the thought that counts and counting thoughts I find more than a few are of you

Another Christmas you're not here, it's the hardest time of year

I know you won't be coming back, still it's hard to face the fact

The kids are getting older and it's harder to surprise

But you can still see some christmas magic if you look deep into their eyes

And there are times I feel it too and there are times I realize you're not coming home

Another Christmas and you're not here, it's the hardest time of year

I know I won't see you again; if not now, then when

It happened once, a miracle, around this time of year

it's way too much to ask for another one I fear

So I look around see I'm surrounded by love and know I'm blessed

Needs, or even wants, to list just one I'd be hard pressed

Still I can't help missing one merry gentleman God rests tonight

Another christmas you're not here it's the hardest time of year

I know you won't be coming back still it's hard to face the fact

Another christmas and you're not here