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BETTER YOU GET READY
Pat McLaughlin

You can drink your broken heart to sleep
Get a message that your soul's to keep
Before you fall into a hole too deep
or get a notion that you can't be beat

Try to wipe out each and every mile
Get twisted in your own good style
You're not arrested don't you go on trial
You gotta move in on down that nile

Better you get ready
Better you get ready
Better you get ready
on time

You can shuck and jive your whole life through
Go dancin' even lose your shoes
Relax and have a smoke or two
What'll happen? You'll find someone new

Talk softly when you need to pray
It's not for me to really say
Heaven knows you're gonna go your way
Oh Lord, I only wish you'd stay

Better you get ready
Better you get ready
Better you get ready
on time

 

HIGHWAY OF THE SAINTS
Pat McLaughlin

I’m drivin' down the Highway of the Saints
Keepin' in mind a friend of mine
who issued no complaint
When strength had all but left her
and hope had become faint
Now I’m driven' down the highway of the saints

The sun is out but no one's in the field
The temperature keeps risin'
and winter's on its heels
Of all the things she taught me
I've none of the restraint
I’m drivin' down the highway of the saints

I’m holdin' on to something I can't hold
The old folks are all leaving
The farm is almost sold
There ain't no sense in grievin'
I can't be what I ain't
Now I’m driven' down the Highway of the Saints
I’m driven' down the Highway of the Saints

 

NIGHT THING

 

FRIENDLY BIRD

 

DON'T TELL ME

 

NOTHIN' BUT TROUBLE

 
KNOCKIN' AROUND NASHVILLE
Pat McLaughlin

It was an old worn out fender
It laid it right on the line
Sweet warm and tender
like she was all mine
She laid awake that's not funny
cause I was out on her floor
I don't go knockin' around Nashville no more

The magazine, she don't bring it
not like she did to your door
Every fad, fade and color
like you wore before
And your man, he don't sing it like back in '74
I don't go knockin' around Nashville no more

They say California is the place I should be
with my hard-headed woman
and a hard rolling sea
My doggone radio's done busted
I can't keep up with the score
I don't go knockin' around Nashville no more
I don't go knockin' around Nashville no more

 

WIND IT ON UP
Pat McLaughlin

Son, she said, be your own kind of man
and retire with a dollar in your hand
and what she meant was
wind it on up when your work is done
But the dawn, it put a light in my room
cut between a table and a spoon
and then I got my feet up
kicking down a never before wall

I spot a man about half of my age
with a girl off of this morning's front page
and lord, his hands were
winding it up like nothin' you ever saw

Ma Cherie' you're surrounded by fools
in that dress, you're gonna make short work of my school
and when offended
wind it on up and send it on home to me

Said the news in front of my face
This is the day gonna change the whole human race
and I said lighten it up boys
You're windin' it up for your own good time

Make a move and get to somewhere by five
Get control, get yourself a drink in some dive
and get your mind made up
to be gettin' it on with your favorite country star

Son, she said, be your own kind of man
and retire with a little bit of money in your hand
and what she meant was

 

IT'S HARD
Pat McLaughlin

It's hard to get along
when we're gonna blow ourselves up
but I’m gonna do it
It's hard to feel at home
when everything's gonna soon be gone
but I’m up to it
though it's a holiday
Feel like it's safe to say
It's hard

It's hard to be polite
when you have to be polite
Way on out in mt. juliet
it's hard to say goodnight
when you have to say goodnight
and you're just not through yet
I’m standing in your door
can't see you anymore
It's hard

It's hard but that's okay
'cause you know that that's the way that
she's gonna like it
It's hard to settle down
when you're smokin' into town
and no one fights it
I need a rocking chair
Somebody stole my hair
It's hard

 

TRY THE LOVE
Pat McLaughlin

Before you marry, before you mend
or have someone's children long before then
You could find somethin' with somebody new
Try the love that I’m offerin' in my open arms before you do

We should have quarreled. It's so unwise
to cut yourself loose with only some lies
Wasn't my first time. It won't be my last
Try the love that took only a minute to grow
It won't die that fast

Try the love that the keeper of the key
told me one time was clearly not for me
He's not keepin' no more
It's the kind when held up to a flame
whispers one word, always your name
Of this you can be sure

I have a home now. You should come back
It's got so much room that I can't unpack
This is my wish dear. A now spoken truth
Try the love that once hidden now seems so alive
It's waiting on you
Try the love that once hidden now seems so alive
It's waiting on you

 

GOOD WOMAN BAD
Pat McLaughlin / Roger Younger

Went out last night 'til way past ten
Same thing all over again with my best friend
Why she wanna make me so mad
I treat that bad woman good
Lord, I need a good woman bad

Now when I asked her to go to Sunday school
She went and called me a damned ol' fool
I don't understand - why she wanna make me so sad
I treat that bad woman good
Lord, I need a good woman bad

Well, I saved my money and I bought her a car
She got it stolen outside of a bar
She looks good but she might not be
the kind of woman that I’m likely to need
Well I don't know why I let her walk on me
She's impolite as she can be
Now I’m starting to think maybe I've been had
I treat that bad woman good
Lord, I need a good woman bad

I treat that bad woman good
Lord, I need a good woman bad

 

MEMPHIS
Pat McLaughlin

I gotta get down to Memphis
I’m loosin' my mind
I gotta get down to Memphis
cause time after time
The people there down in Memphis
they show me a sign

When you're loaded and the weekends up
Ain't a soul that's gonna beat me up that way
Saw about it in a magazine
Got to get one tank of gasoline today

I’m gonna make some u-turns
they're legal there down in Memphis
Got money that burns
The eagle there down in Memphis
Never a concern

In the winter when the sun don't shine
I would never even hesitate to say
A truck stop in Jackson, Tennessee
she called me her little baby doll today

I gotta move it on down to Memphis
would you be my guide
I gotta get it on down in Memphis
Would you be my ride?
Killer on down in Memphis
gonna swallow his pride:
On down to Memphis
down to Memphis

 

LONG TIME
Pat McLaughlin / Ben Keith / David Ferguson

It took me a long time
but hey, it turned out great
It took me a long time
I’m sorry you had to wait
I was just lookin' for a sign
but it took a long time

It took me a long time
maybe a little too long
It took me a long time
I had to sing this song
You must've thought that I was blind
It took such a long time

The hurricane's a comin'
better tie it to the ground
Don't wanna be out cruisin'
when she lays her hammer down

It took me a long time
guess I got too stoned
It took me a long time
just gettin' on my own
Hey, I was lost but I'll be fine
it just took a long time

I was lost but now I’m fine
it just took a long time

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THE PLAYERS
Pat McLaughlin • Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin
Carlo Nuccio • Drums
Ray Ganucheau • Guitar
Lenny Jorns • Bass
David Briggs • Keyboards
John Willis • Guitar
Larry Paxton • Bass, Tuba
Steve Turner • Drums, Percussion
Gary Primich • Harmonica
Jelly Roll Johnson • Harmonica
Larry Knechtel • Keyboards
Ben Keith • Steel, Dobro

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