Everybody needs a vacation

That’s why I drove to the end of the world
A little R & R in a Key West bar

Dancing with the Cuban girls
I bought a round for the Conch Republic

I drank a toast on the parrot’s advise
I bought a round and then I bought a round again

On my first night in paradise

Here in paradise

You’re workin to hard if you have to think twice 
We like to party all night, drinking rum and Coca-Cola on ice

Here in paradise

The last thing that I remember

I was carving my name in the bar
Before the lights went out I heard the parrot shout

“Let him sleep it off in the car”
Now I’m never going back to the main land

I’m going to stay here for the rest of my life
You see, I sold my car to pay my tab at the bar

On my first night in paradise


In this world of fear and confusion, with no more bridges to burn
I say that’s just an illusion, there’s a few more lesson to learn
If you’re feeling dead on arrival, empty and blue
There’s a receipe for survival, here’s what you can do

Be somebody to someone, you’ll be blessed by the one up above      
Be somebody to someone and you’ll be somebody that’s loved
It’ a simple solution, when push come to shove 
Just be somebody to someone and you’ll be somebody that’s loved

We all need some protection, no one can make it alone
On closer inspection, the flesh the blood and the bone
Will vanish into the twilight, when it comes to the end
The best thing that you can hope for is someone holding your hand

I beleive that everyone can find a friend, someone to help along the way 

Just open up your lonely heart and let them in, you won’t regret a single day


I’m going to head on back, back where I belong

Where life is slow and the moonshine’s strong 
Hear the Cypress sing when the warm wind blows,

Magnolias sway where the old Savanah flows

Let the southern rain wash away my cares

Bumble bees a buzzin, their chorus fills the air
Feel that old sun, warm these old bones

When I get back to my Carolina home

I'll take my achin heart, gonna make my last stand

Just north of Georgia, down in Dixie land       
Won’t want for nothin’, my life will be complete

When I’m livin on whiskey and easy street

Going to go on out where the river bends

Find a few good acres and make a few good friends
Plant a little garden, water it with love

Thank my lucky stars and the good Lord above

When night comes calling, at the end of a perfect day

It's the inspiration for the songs that I play
Tall pines whisper, I hear a hoot owl on the hill

He’s harmonizing to the voice of the Whipporwill

- Lyrics from my latest CD -


On a late night train from Memphis, down around Jackson bend
Had the luck of a conversation, with no beginning or no end
Talked about faith and understanding, how patience always waits
Why the truth is so demanding, then we spoke of love and hate
How religon’s never yielding, it would break but it would not bend
That’s the luck of a conversation, with no beginning or no end

One way ticket going to leave the past behind us, our hearts were racing from the pain
Though we came from different places, our destination it was the same
As the hour grew much later, it got harder to pretend
But that’s the luck of a conversation, with no beginning or no end

When the talk ran down to silence, west of Winfield, east of Tupelo
Felt a presence come between us, we had communion of the soul 
And we stared on through the darkness, when the night gave way to dawn
With the morning light upon us, our desperation it was gone, long gone
As we pulled in to the station, vowed we’d one day meet again
And have the luck of a conversation, with no beginning or no end


Her Daddy was a Southern Baptist preacher, the Bible’s every word she must obey
The fear of God her only teacher , to the fires down below if she strayed

No time for boys or socializing , those thoughts could lead to mortal sin
And why is heaven so uncompromising, seems like they’ll never let her in

And she cries like an angel on fire, can’t fly on her featherless wings                       
Caught between her faith and her desires, God knows what heaven will bring

Confused every night while she lays dreaming, the devil keeps knocking at her door
Though fearful, she still keeps on leaning, towards feelings she cannot ignore

One dark and moonless night she went stealing, away with a boy she met in town 
His touch was gentle and so healing, heaven on earth is what she found

Now reads between the lines a firm believer, in the Good Book and lessons that it taught
And faith she knows will never leave her, thanks God for the heaven that he brought

And she'll rise from the ashes of the fire, she'll fly on featherless wings
Finds comfort in her faith and her desires, God knows what heaven will bring