Charlie Bishop

Charlie Bishop

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Charlie's deep and gravely voice will touch your heart; his words appeal to the gypsy in all of us. Charlie's music is from Texas, about Texas and is from his big ol' Texas heart.

Biography

Although known as a Luckenbach, Texas singer/songwriter, Charlie was born in Liberty, Texas, in 1958. Eventually, he found his way to Luckenbach, and Texas music has never been the same!

Charlie has loved and played music most of his life, starting with Mrs. McFadden’s piano lessons at age 6.

Inspired by Bob Wills, Waylon Jennings, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Rusty Weir, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell and many other writers who have something to say, Charlie started writing songs at the age of 14. He has written over 50 songs from 'Tastes Like Chicken' which will make anyone chuckle, to his touching ballads, and his foot stomping sing-a-longs. Charlie's deep and gravelly voice will touch your heart. Charlie tries, as he says, to paint as good of a 3 minute picture as anyone.

Charlie has played in venues from California to Alabama, from Virginia to Kansas, Mexico, and in the east coast.

Charlie's new CD, Amarillo Gypsy, is a collection of Charlie's favorite songs and appeal to the gypsy in all of us. Enjoy....

Lyrics

King of Texas

Written By: Charlie Bishop

King of Texas © Music & Lyrics by Charlie Bishop
All rights reserved

Well, the dreams of an old man, they fade like daylight.

They pass like a noon sun right into twilight

Memories last forever like a desert skyline

They sparkle like a stars' light

Each time I close my eyes

I was the king of Texas for a night

The woman child lay in my arms and made my old life right

When I was the king

of Texas for a night

She lay in my arms

Just gentle as a dove

Unaware of the moonlight shining on her from above

When I’m gone lay me down but

Don’t you ever morn

Write there on that stone

Here lies the lucky one.

He was the King of Texas for a night

The woman child lay in his arms

And made his old life right

When he was the king … of Texas for a night

Memories last forever like a desert skyline

They sparkle like a stars' light

Each time I close my eyes

Tastes Like Chicken

Written By: Charlie Bishop

I was frying up some rabbit just the other day

When I took it from the skillet and put it on my plate

My girlfriend asked is that good I had to laugh it’s great

Try you some and don’t be shy and please don’t hesitate

Chorus: Chicken, taste just like chicken. Try you some and don’t be shy
It taste just like chicken

My buddy Bo showed on my porch with a pair of armadillos’

He said it’s possum on the half shell son I think we ought to grill ‘em

Chorus: Chicken, taste just like chicken. Yeah, try you some and don’t be

Shy. It taste, just like chicken

My girlfriend said she had for me a great big ol’ surprise

Something she wanted me to taste, but first, close my eyes.

Chorus: Chicken, taste just like chicken. She had shot that coon getting in

My trash and he tasted just like chicken. Chicken. Taste just like chicken.

She had shot that coon getting in my trash and, he tasted …just like

Chicken.

Amarillo Gypsy

Written By: Charlie Bishop

Amarillo Gypsy© Music & Lyrics by Charlie Bishop
All rights reserved

There’s a gypsy girl from Amarillo

Down in Houston now

She dances in the night time

With her hair flowing all around

She dances with that full moons’ light

Just resting on her skin

She listens for that call to come

On a wild, west Texas wind

Chorus: The Palo Duro calls
And she knows all it says
The Palo Duro calls
She believes all it tells
The Palo Duro calls
And she knows
Someday
It’ll call her back home

2) Well, the gypsy girl she taught me so much

‘bout this life I lead

It’s never all that black and white

It’s the colors that I need

It’s all about the friends we make

And how we treat each other

It’s how we live our lives each day

It’s how we treat this Earth

Chorus

There’s a gypsy girl from Amarillo

Down in Houston now

She dances in the night time
With her hair flowing all around

I Don't Play George

Written By: Charlie Bishop

I Don’t Play George © 2005
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Bishop
All rights reserved

In a little bar in Waco, for a Friday night show,

I headed towards that bandstand to fire up and go

when I seen an old man coming and I could almost read his mind;

All you old songwriters know, its happened to you 10,000 times—

Chorus:
And he said , Who do you know Mister;
Who can you play;
Play me some Haggard or some Jones, right away.
He said who do you know, Mister, who can you play,
Play me some Haggard or some Jones right away.

Well I stopped in my tracks, counted to 10--
Drawed me a real deep breath and I turned right back to him—
And I said, I write these songs, Mister, hope you sing along;
I hope you like my show, but you really ought to know,
I don’t play George Jones and George, well, he don’t play me.
It ain’t nothing personal, he’s a hero to me,
I don’t play George Jones and Georgie don’t play me
Thought it work out best if you heard it first from me.

Well, I got thru that first set
Thought it went real well,
Young girls they were hollering
And young boys raising hell
So I headed towards that bar just to get myself a beer
Before I could even take a drink, what’s the first damn thing I hear

Yeah but who do you know mister, who can you play,
play me some Haggard or some Jones right away.
He said, who do you know mister, who can you play
Play me some Haggard or some Jones right away.

Well I set down that beer, counted to ten
Drawed me a real deep breath and I turned right back to him.
And I said, I write these songs, mister, hope you sing along;
Hope you like my show, but you really ought to know
I don’t play George Jones and George, well he don’t play me,
It ain’t nothing personal, he’s a hero to me.
But I don’t play George Jones and Georgie don’t play me,
Thought it work out best if you heard it first from me.
Yeah, I thought it’d work out best if you heard it first from me.

I Don't Ride Buses

Written By: Charlie Bishop

I Don’t Ride Buses© 2004
Music & Lyrics by Charlie Bishop
All rights reserved

Well, I don’t ride buses;
I don’t care for planes
I’m a little ol’ fashioned yeah
But I’d rather ride on a train
When I was just a young boy, I’d go down by the tracks
Me and my pony’d race them cars
Like we’s never comin’ back

I remember in the Autumn… 1963
My great-grandmother died
It was the first train ride for me
All the way with Santa Fe was what that little boy sang
And, ever since that fateful trip I’ve been dreamin’ about them trains.

Chorus;
Well, I don’t ride buses
I don’t care for planes
I’m a little ol’ fashioned yeah
But I’d rather ride on a train
When I was just a young boy, I’d go down by the tracks
Me and my pony’d race them cars
Like we’s never comin’ back

Well, I moved to North Dakota
And I liked it pretty well
The winter times were a little rough
But the folks was nice as hell
‘til I played them all my music
And them stories that I’d tell
They said you belong back in Texas son
So I came home on the rail

Cause, I don’t ride buses
I don’t care for planes
I’m a little ol’ fashioned yeah
But I’d rather ride on a train
When I was just a young boy, I’d go down by the tracks
Me and my pony’d race them cars
Like we’s never comin’ back

Discography

Amarillo Gypsy, released February, 2008.
All songs are Charlie's original compositions except for 'Rodeo Wind' (Chris Wall/Groper Music), and 'Thought I was Doin' Fine' which Charlie co-wrote with Mark Walker.

Charlie's new CD, Amarillo Gyspys, was recorded with the following awesome musicians:

Bodie Powell -Bass Guitar (former Bass player for Johnny Cash)
Chris Whitten-Fiddle
Arty Passes- Pedal steel
Freddy Steady Krc-Drums
Tracy Martin - Lead guitar
Cathryn Burton-back up vocals
Tim Nolan- Harmonica

Finalist, for upcoming Bi-annual BEST OF SHOWCASE CONCERT series at The Bugle Boy, La Grange, Tx for his song, Tastes Like Chicken

Member, Academy of Texas Music
Member, Roots Music Association

Set List

Charlie plays over 50 original songs, including:
Texas Sun
Long Time Gone
Amarillo Gypsy
King of Texas
Taste Like Chicken
Thought I was Doin' Fine
I Don't Ride Buses
Lacy Ann
I Don't Play George
Gone to the Prairie
Livin' Easy
Santa Fe Rain
Where My Memories Live

Covers include Texas staples such as Rodeo Wind, Luckenbach Tx, Navaho Rug, London Homesick Blues, Little Bird, Redneck Mother...etc.