Daddy

by Sarah Barker

Released 2014
Gypsy Twang Publishing
Released 2014
Gypsy Twang Publishing
Two-step back in time with hardcore traditional country music as real as it gets. In this tribute to both the artist's father and her honky-tonk heroes, you'll find yourself looking for the jukebox to see where the sound is coming from.
  • 02:33 Story Lyrics
    Close Up the Honky Tonks

    He’s in some honky tonk tonight I know

    Dancing where the music’s loud and lights are low

    In a crowded bar he likes to hang around

    And as long as there’s a honky tonk, he’ll never settle down

    So close up the honky tonks, lock all the doors

    Don’t let the one I love go there anymore

    Close up the honky tonks, throw away the key

    Then maybe the one I love will come back to me

    Oh I wish I had the power to turn back the time

    And live again the hours when he was all mine

    It hurts to see him running with that crowd downtown

    And as long as there’s a honky tonk, he’ll never settle down

    So close up the honky tonks, lock all the doors

    Don’t let the one I love go there anymore

    Close up the honky tonks, throw away the key

    Then maybe the one I love will come back to me

     

  • 02:54 Story Lyrics
    I Fall to Pieces

    I fall to pieces each time I see you again

    I fall to pieces, how can I be just your friend?

    You want me to act like we’ve never kissed

    You want me to forget, pretend we’ve never met

    And I’ve tried and I’ve tried but I haven’t yet

    You walk by and I fall to pieces

    I fall to pieces each time someone speaks your name

    I fall to pieces, time only adds to the flame

    You tell me to find someone else to love

    Someone who’ll love me too, the way you used to do

    But each time I go out with someone new

    You walk by and I fall to pieces

    Well, you walk by and I fall to pieces

  • 03:21 Story Lyrics
    Daddy

    Daddy, all your cowboy records

    Ended up in my room most all the time

    I’d play them over ‘til I wore the grooves out

    But looking back you didn’t seem to mind

                                                                   (Chorus)

                You were right about the Okie from Muskogee

                And Today I Started Loving You Again

                The Man in Black and you are still my heroes

                And sometimes Eddy Arnold does me in

    Daddy, I’ve seen the places

    Where you grew up hungry so long ago

    Thinking of your hometown makes my heart turn over

    Because of all the stories you have told

     

                Chorus

     

    Daddy, I know you wonder

    If the things you taught me I still hold dear

    Well I don’t recall much from sixth grade science

    But I’ve seen the way you hold my mama near

     

     

  • 02:53 Story Lyrics
    I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)

    Today I passed you on the street

    And my heart fell at your feet

    I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you

    Somebody else stood by your side

    And you looked so satisfied

    I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you

     

    A picture from the past came slowly stealing

    As I brushed your arm and stood so close to you

    Suddenly I got that old time feeling

    I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you

     

    It’s hard to know another’s lips have kissed you

    And held you just the way I used to do

    Heaven only knows how much I’ve missed you

    I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you

    No, I can’t help it if I’m still in love with you

  • 03:24 Story Lyrics
    Crazy Arms

     

    Now blue ain’t the word for the way that I feel

    And a storm is brewing in this heart of mine

    This ain’t no crazy dream I know that it’s real

    You’re someone else’s love now, you’re not mine

     

    Crazy arms that reach to hold somebody new

    But my yearning heart keeps saying you’re not mine

    My troubled mind knows soon to another you’ll be wed

    And that’s why I’m lonesome all the time

     

    Please take these treasured dreams I had for you and me

    Take all the love I thought was mine

    Someday my crazy arms will hold somebody new

    But right now I’m so lonesome I could die

     

    Crazy arms that reach to hold somebody new

    But my yearning heart keeps saying you’re not mine

    My troubled mind knows soon to another you’ll be wed

    And that’s why I’m lonesome all the time

    That’s why I’m lonesome all the time

  • 03:07 Story Lyrics
    Jackson (feat. Dan Nieto)

    Well, we got married in a fever

    Hotter than a pepper sprout

    We’ve been talkin’ ‘bout Jackson

    Ever since the fire went out

    I’m going to Jackson

    Gonna mess around

    Yeah, I’m going to Jackson

    Look out Jackson town

    Well go on down to Jackson

    Go ahead and wreck your health

    Go make your plan you big talkin’ man

    Make a big fool of yourself

    Yeah go to Jackson, go comb your hair

    I’m gonna snowball Jackson

    See if I care

    Well when I breeze into that city

    People gonna stoop and bow

    Ha!

    All them women gonna make me

    Teach ‘em what they don’t know how

    I’m going to Jackson

    Ya turn loose of my coat

    Yeah I’m going to Jackson

    Goodbye that’s all she wrote

    They’ll laugh at you in Jackson

    And I’ll be dancing on a pony keg

    They’ll lead you ‘round town like a scalded hound

    With your tail up between your legs

    Yeah go to Jackson, you big talkin’ man

    And I’ll be waiting in Jackson behind my Japan fan

    Now we got married in a fever

    Hotter than a pepper sprout

    We’ve been talkin’ ‘bout Jackson

    Ever since the fire went out

    We’re going to Jackson

    And that’s a fact

    Yeah we’re going to Jackson

    Ain’t never coming back

    We got married in a fever

    Hotter than a pepper sprout

    We’ve been talkin’ ‘bout Jackson

    Ever since the fire went ou-ou-ou-ou-out

  • 03:47 Story Lyrics
    Love and Lies

    You walked in here like you owned the place

    I wouldn’t even look you in the face

    I was weak, but now I’m strong

    Love and lies and cheatin’ songs

         (Chorus)

         Love and lies and cheatin’ songs

         You say your marriage is all wrong

         So it goes on and on

         With love and lies and cheatin’ songs

    I remember when you were all mine

    You said you would love me for all time

    Then you left me here alone

    With love and lies and cheatin’ songs

         Chorus

    You say you’ve found somebody else to love

    But I’m still the one you’re thinking of

    Go on home where you belong

    With love and lies and cheatin’ songs

         Chorus

     

  • 02:56 Story Lyrics
    D-I-V-O-R-C-E

    Our little boy is four years old, and quite a little man

    So we spell out the words we don’t

    want him to understand

    Like t-o-y or maybe s-u-r-p-r-i-s-e

    But the words we’re hiding from him now

    Tear the heart right out of me

    Our d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes final today

    Me and little J-o-e will be going away

    I love you both and this will be pure h-e double l on me

    Oh I wish that we could stop this d-i-v-o-r-c-e

    Watch him smile, he thinks it’s Christmas or his fifth birthday

    And he thinks c-u-s-t-o-d-y spells fun or play

    I’ll spell out all the hurtin’ words and turn my head when I speak

    But I can’t spell away this hurt a-drippin’ down my cheek

    Our d-i-v-o-r-c-e becomes final today

    Me and little J-o-e will be going away

    I love you both and this will be pure h-e double l on me

    Oh I wish that we could stop this d-i-v-o-r-c-e

     

  • 03:07 Story Lyrics
    It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

    As I sit here tonight the jukebox playing

    Your song about the Wild Side of Life

    As I listen to the words you are saying

    It brings memories when I was a trusting wife

     

    It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels

    As you said in the words of your song

    Too many times married men think they’re still single

    That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

     

    It’s a shame that all the blame is on us women

    It ain’t true that only you men feel the same

    From the start most every heart that’s ever broken

    Was because there always was a man to blame

     

    It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels

    As you said in the words of your song

    Too many times married men think they’re still single

    That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

    That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

  • 03:49 Story Lyrics
    Sing Me Back Home (feat. Nick Alberty)

    The warden led a prisoner down the hallway to his doom

    And I stood to say goodbye like all the rest

    And I heard him tell the warden just before he reached my cell

    Let my guitar playing friend do my request

    Let him sing me back home with a song I used to hear

    Make my old memories come alive

    Take me away and turn back the years

    Sing me back home before I die

                I recall last Sunday morning a choir from off the street

                Came in to sing a few old gospel songs

                And I heard him tell the singer, there’s a song my mama sang

                Could I hear it once before you move along?

                Won’t you sing me back home with a song I used to hear?

                Make my old memories come alive

                And take me away and turn back the years

                Sing me back home before I die

  • 02:50 Story Lyrics
    She (He) Thinks I Still Care

    Just because I asked a friend about him

    Just because I spoke his name somewhere

    Just because I rang his number by mistake today

    He thinks I still care

    And just because I haunt the same old places

    Where the memory of him lingers everywhere

    Just because I’m not the happy girl I used to be

    He thinks I still care

    But if he’s happy thinking I still need him

    Then let that silly notion bring him cheer

    How could he ever be so foolish?

    Tell me where would he get such an idea?

    Just because I asked a friend about him

    Just because I guess I spoke his name somewhere

    Just because I saw him then went all to pieces

    He thinks I still care

    Well, he thinks I still care

  • 02:35 Story Lyrics
    You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

    You’ve come to tell me something

    You say I ought to know

    He don’t love me anymore

    And I’ll have to let him go

    You say you’re gonna take him

    Ah but I don’t think you can

    ‘Cause you ain’t a woman enough

    To take my man

    Women like you they’re a dime a dozen

    You can buy ‘em anywhere

    For you to get to him I’d have to move over

    And I’m gonna stand right here

    Well it’ll be over my dead body

    So get out while you can

    ‘Cause you ain’t a woman enough

    To take my man

    Sometimes a man’s caught lookin’

    At things that he don’t need

    He took a second look at you

    But he’s in love with me

    I don’t know where that leaves you

    Ah but I know where I stand

    And you ain’t a woman enough

    To take my man

    Women like you they’re a dime a dozen

    You can buy ‘em anywhere

    For you to get to him I’d have to move over

    And I’m gonna stand right here

    Well it’ll be over my dead body

    So get out while you can

    ‘Cause you ain’t a woman enough

    To take my man

    It’ll be over my dead body

    So get out while you can

    ‘Cause you ain’t a woman enough

    To take my man

  • 03:42 Lyrics
    Satin Sheets

    Satin sheets to lie on

    Satin pillows to cry on

    Still I’m not happy don’t you see

    Big long Cadillac

     Tailor-mades upon my back

    Still I want you to set me free

    I found another man

    Who can give more than you can

    Though you’ve given me

    Everything money can buy

    But your money can’t hold me tight

    Like he did all the long, long nights

    You know you never kept me satisfied

    Satin sheets to lie on

    Satin pillows to cry on

    Still I’m not happy don’t you see

    Big long Cadillac, tailor-mades upon my back

    Still I want you to set me free

    Repeat 1st verse

    Big long Cadillac, tailor-mades upon my back

    Still I want you to set me free

    Still I want you to set me free

  • 02:18 Story Lyrics
    Just Someone I Used to Know (feat. Nick Alberty)

    There’s a picture that I carry

    One we made some time ago

    When they ask who’s in the picture with me

    I say just someone I used to know

    Just someone I used to spend some time with

    Just a flame that’s lost its glow

    I don’t tell them of the nights I cried without you

    I say just someone I used to know

    Just someone I used to hang around with

    Just a friend from long ago

    I don’t tell them how lost I am without you

    I say just someone I used to know

    I say just someone I used to know

  • 02:30 Story Lyrics
    Honky Tonk History

    Sitting alone in my misery

    Old Hank Williams got nothing on me

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

    The whole world knows

    What you done to me

    Broke my heart and set me free

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

    Honky-tonk history

    Almost too blue to believe

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

    Running from your memory

    Neon lights and cheap whiskey

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

    Honky-tonk history

    Almost too blue to believe

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

    We’ve all got stories we can tell

    How our heaven turned to hell

    We’re making our own

    Honky-tonk history

    Honky-tonk history

    Almost too blue to believe

    I’m making my own honky-tonk history

NOTES
When I was a kid, I had a record player in my room. Somehow, all my dad's country and western albums ended up in there. I'd listen to them over and over again until I had each phrase and every nuance down. As a teenager, I went through a very rebellious rock 'n' roll phase, listening to popular music on the radio. But eventually I came back around. These are the songs in my heart, the music in my soul, and the roots of my raising. This album is dedicated to my dad, Jim Barker. I am grateful beyond words for my early education in traditional country music, and for the pure joy it brings me to sing these classic country keepsakes today.
'Daddy' includes 15 true honky-tonk tracks (2 self-penned and 1 by contemporary Oklahoma songwriters). It was recorded in both Nashville and Tulsa, with some of the best musicians around. Nashville sessions included Kenny Vaughan (guitar), Dave Roe (upright bass), Mike Sweeney (pedal steel), Dave Cox (guitar), Hoot Hester (fiddle), Johnnie Barber (drums) and Rachael Hester (harmony vocals). The duets were recorded in Tulsa with Dan Nieto (guitar and vocals), Nick Alberty (guitar and vocals), Steve Huhn (upright bass), Mike Music (guitar), Rick Morton (fiddle), John Williams (harmonica) and Rusty Hampton (harmony vocals). Mike Sweeney and Johnnie Barber played on the Tulsa recordings as well.
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