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Better Things To Do

Don’t tell me the reason that you’re calling
Is to see if I’m all right since you’ve been gone
‘Cause I know you and I know why we’re talking
You’re wanting me to say I’m barely hanging on
Well, maybe that was true for a night or two
But now, I got better things to do

[Chorus:]
I could wash my car in the rain
Change my new guitar strings
Mow the yard just the same as I did yesterday
I don’t need to waste my time crying over you
I got better things to do

Maybe when I don’t have so much going
Or quite so many irons in the fire
I’ll take the time to miss you like you’re hoping
But now, I can’t put forth the effort it requires
Well, I’d love to talk to you, but then, I’d miss Donahue
That’s right, I got better things to do

[Repeat Chorus]

Check the air in my tires
Straighten my stereo wires
Count the stars in the sky or just get on with my life
I don’t need to waste my time crying over you
I got better things to do
I got better things to do

If I Were You

You were standin’ at my front door
When I came home tonight
And I could tell by the look you gave me
You were needin’ my advice
You say you want more out of life than he can give you
As a tear rolls down your face
But girl, I’ve seen the way he looks at you
And I know someone who’d gladly take your place

[Chorus:]
If I were you
I’d run back home tonight
Tell him everything’s all right
Yeah, I know what I’d do
If I were you
I’d never let him go
I’d have someone to hold
My whole life through

If I were you

You shouldn’t think you’re missin’ out on something
Because you wear a wedding band
‘Cause I can’t seem to find somebody
Who wants more than just a one night stand
You know this single life I’m livin’
Ain’t all it’s cracked up to be
So you’ve come to the wrong place
If what you want is sympathy

[Repeat Chorus]
[Repeat Chorus Again]

If I were you

Catch 22

A farmer on a tractor
Plowing in the field
Doing all he can to increase the yield
But the more he raises
The more the price goes down

Over at the factory
Working on the line
You do a good job and never fall behind
So your quota goes up every time you turn around
It ain’t nothing new, it’s called Catch 22

[Chorus:]
Heads they win, tails you lose
It’s all the same either way you choose
You’re damned if you don’t and even if you do
It’s (still) a Catch 22

Tell a man you love him
He starts backing up
Tell him you don’t and he’s a lovesick pup
You try to get together
And watch it fall apart
Hey, I’ve been there too, what a Catch 22

[Repeat Chorus]

Oh, it’s a Catch 22
No matter what you do, it’s a Catch 22

Is Fort Worth Worth It

You say your bags are packed
You won’t be coming back
You’ll hit I-35 and be in cowtown by tonight
In Austin, here with me
Ain’t where you want to be
But somewhere down the line, the price will be
way too high

[Chorus:]
Is Fort Worth worth it
For what it costs in Austin
Is the love you think you’ll find
Worth the love you’re gonna lose
Can that woman west of Dallas
Make you forget about us
Is Fort Worth worth it to you

She offered you the moon
But darling, someday soon
The sun is gonna rise and you’ll see things
In a different light
The love you’re looking for
Is right inside my door
And if you leave you might ask yourself some
lonely night

[Repeat Chorus]

Is Fort Worth really worth it to you

When Boy Meets Girl

First it’s baseball
Arcades in the mall
Skippin out of study hall to hang with the guys
Then it’s fast cars
Rock n roll guitars
Lightin up behind the barn and not knowin why

*Chorus*
But his life is about to change
He’s never gonna be the same
And he’ll be livin in a different world
When boy meets girl

One smile one look
He’s nearly on the hook
Got it bad and feelin good all over inside
He aint got a clue
What hes goin through
But he’s going to just give him time

[Chorus]

He never polished his boots before
Never thought about what he wore
Never knew he could feel like that
Now there aint no way he can ever go back

Oh yeah

[Chorus] x2

Tyin’ A Heart To A Tumbleweed

I’ll always remember the first time I saw him
Up in the saddle alone
Riding that pony and racin’ the wind
Whereverit would blow
Each night I’d pray
For one more day
But his soul was wild and free
It’s like tyin’ a heart
To a tumbleweed

So I’ll make a wish beneath the desert moon
His love will blow my way one day soon
Yes I know I should let him go
But I can’t deny the need
It’s like tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed

So I’ll make a wish beneath the desert moon
His love will blow my way one day soon
Yes I know I should let him go
But I can’t deny the need
It’s like tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed

I could fashion some fences that might hold him in
But only for a little while
‘Cause that restless spirit keeps following him
And I know he’s bound to say goodbye
I dream he’ll say that he wants to stay
Then he drifts away from me
It’s like tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed

So I’ll make a wish beneath the desert moon
His love will blow my way one day soon
Yes I know I should let him go
But I can’t deny the need
It’s like tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed

Tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed
Tyin’ a heart to a tumbleweed

When We Had It Bad

Back when we had nothing
That was when we had it all
We were so in love, it almost hurt
Now, you’re staring at the TV
While I’m staring at the wall
And I’m hurting now-for the way we were

I liked it better when we had it bad
When a burning love was all we had
And every time we were apart
There was an aching in our hearts
Now that ain’t the way things are
And it’s so sad
I liked it better when we had it bad

I don’t know how it happens
Why the passion has to fade
Remember when we said it never would
Won’t you hold me like you used to
When you took my breath away
‘Cause it ain’t too late for us to feel that good

I liked it better when we had it bad
When a burning love was all we had
And every time we were apart
There was an aching in our hearts
Now that ain’t the way things are
And it’s so sad
I liked it better when we had it bad

I liked it better when we had it bad
When a burning love was all we had
And every time we were apart
There was an aching in our hearts
Now that ain’t the way things are
And it’s so sad
I liked it better when we had it bad

I liked it better when we had it bad

Suddenly Single

In the pale neon light of a Saturday night
You’ll see him walk up to the bar
He’ll size up the ladies, the ‘no’s” and the “maybe’s”
Till he finds one who’ll let down her guard
Then the band on his hand gets slipped off again
And his disarming charm starts to work
And with a drink and a lie, in the blink of an eye
Something amazing occurs

He’s suddenly single
Instantly free
And for three or four hours
He’s the man of her dreams
He acts like there’s no one waiting at home
He’ll be suddenly single
Till he’s suddenly gone

He sneaks through the door at a quarter to four
But tonight there’s no one to wake
The note that she wrote him says, “I’ve given up hoping
I’d be able to change you someday.”
He sits on the bed, shaking head
A man in complete disbelief
He knows what he’s lost
Oh, but he never thought
Someday, he’d really be

Suddenly single
Instantly free
And for the rest of his life
She’ll haunt his dreams
And now there’ll be no one waiting at home
He’s suddenly single
‘Cause she’s suddenly gone
He’s suddenly single
‘Cause she’s suddenly gone

Flowers After The Fact

Ten days too late you show up
With a sheepish grin and a bouquet in your hand
You make mistakes by the dozen
Don’t think you can make it up the same way again

Flowers after the fact
Ain’t gonna get me back
You gotta do something sooner and better than that
When you bring red roses
There’s an ulterior motive
Don’t give me flowers after the fact

No part of your heart’s ever in it,
You’re just trying to get your foot back in the door
I might feel like you meant it
If those long stems had come in the name of love before

Flowers after the fact
Ain’t gonna get me back
You gotta do something sooner and better than that
When you bring red roses
There’s an ulterior motive
Don’t give me flowers after the fact

When you bring me red roses
There’s an ulterior motive
Don’t need no flowers after the fact
Now don’t give me flowers after the fact

The Inside Story

The rumor going’round
Is that I haven’t shed a tear
But don’t they know you can’t believe
Everything you hear
‘Cause ever since you left
I’ve been a master of disguise
I may be smiling on the outside
But don’t look into my eyes, ’cause…

The inside story
Is as clear as black and white
I still dream about you
When I turn out the lights
The news out on the street
Says you didn’t break my heart
But the inside story
Is tearing me apart

I thought maybe there was something wrong
That we’d work out in time
And looking back I can see
I didn’t read between the lines
And now my pride helps me hide the pain
So it’s not written on my face
When we pass I’ll pretend your memory
Was easy to erase, but…

The inside story
Is as clear as black and white
I still dream about you
When I turn out the lights
The news out on the street
Says you didn’t break my heart
But the inside story
Is tearing me apart

Oh, the inside story
Is tearing me apart

Was There A Girl On Your Boy’s Night Out

You’re late, it’s well past two
And there’s a trace of strange perfume
I can see you had a good time
‘Cause honey I ain’t blind

And I can read you like a book
You’ve got a guilty look
And there’s something I’m wondering about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

You ain’t the kind to cheat
But maybe you would if she threw herself at your feet
Did you look or did you touch
Tell me now, you owe me that much
I think you know what I’m talking about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

A friend called a while ago
Said there was something I should know
She saw you shooting pool
With someone who was making eyes at you
I never have accused
But, baby I’m a bit confused
I need to know without a doubt
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

You ain’t the kind to cheat
But maybe you would if she threw herself at your feet
Did you look or did you touch
Tell me now, you owe me that much
I think you know what I’m talking about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

I think you know what I’m talking about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

I never have accused
But, baby I’m a bit confused
I need to know without a doubt
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

You ain’t the kind to cheat
But maybe you would if she threw herself at your feet
Did you look or did you touch
Tell me now, you owe me that much
I think you know what I’m talking about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

I think you know what I’m talking about
Was there a girl on your boys’ night out

Something You Should’ve Said

I overheard a conversation
Down at the diner tonight
A boy told a girl she was his whole world
And He’d love her till the end of time

It reminded me of you, and the thought went through my head
“That sounds like something you should’ve said.”

I took myself out to a movie
Saw a man on the silver screen
Tell the woman he loved for just one touch
He would do anything

It reminded me of you, and the thought went through my head
“That sounds like something you should’ve said.”

You never let me know the way you felt
And I don’t understand why
The longest talk we ever had
Was when I said goodbye

I heard a song playing on the jukebox
A singer pouring out his soul
And every word he sang was filled with pain
That he’d ever let his lady go

It reminded me of you, and the thought went through my head
“That sounds like something you should’ve said.”
“That sounds like something you should’ve said.”

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