Cory Johnson

Cory Johnson

 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA
BandCountry

Real life situations make the best songs because,everyone can relate to them.

Biography

I started playing guitar when I was 14,and not very well.I knew about six chords (two different progressions) And after a couple of weeks I started writing songs(good ones for a 14 year old:)And next thing I knew I started getting alot of attention from people and I liked it;) A friend of mine who had a friend who had a band eieio! and in this band who had a friend who was a friend of a friend of mine eieio! Ok,ok enough of that!! So anyway, I got to go sit in with this band.They would hide me beside the drums on a little stool and I would get up and do a couple of songs, and the people would clap and I liked it even more!!!! So from then on I was hooked!
In January of 90(I was 28) I made the move to Nashvegas(where the lights are bright and the stars are burned out!) And I got to see what the real business was like.Oh how I loved it!!!!!Songwriters everywhere,in the rounds (not to be confused with in the buffs),writers nights,parties,free food! (which is important to someone who is starving).And there I knocked on doors and played all my wonderful songs for anyone who would listen.I heard things like:heard it,it's already been done,are you from Oklahoma?I could tell by the way your jeans stack on your boots!(Garth Brooks manager)And my favorite one is"Man! I love your lyrics but you need to work on your melodies" can you come back on thursday? I've got a guy I want you to write with.Sure! I said.So I went back on thursday and the other guy didn't show,So he says play me some more of your stuff(Thats what they call music down there)So I played him some more of "my stuff"And he says"Man I love your melodies but you need to work on your lyrics"But didn't ask me to come back.So I drove to my apartment in the rain and started writing songs about rain and missing home and all that crap!And one day I woke up and the rain had stopped.So I drove back down to music row and went to a.s.c.a.p.(look it up)And met a guy named John Briggs.What a guy he was and is! Anyway, I joined ascap and went back home.Later that afternoon the phone rang, and it was John Briggs.He said, Hey man I was just thinking do you play basketball? and I said,Why yes I do.So he invited me out to play with a bunch of guys in the stuff business.I mean music business!
So when I got there John started introducing me to everyone as a great new writer that just moved to town.And everyone said "COOL"(thats what they say down there)So I continued to play basketball every tues.night and met some great guys.This one guy I met was James Dean Hicks who wrote songs like Goodbye Time,It Takes a Little Rain,Grandpa Told Me So.Just to name a few.One night I asked him if I could set up a meeting and play him some of "my stuff"(trying to fit in)And he said sure I'd love to hear it.And so began my few years as a "Songwriter"Well James and I wrote alot of songs and he got everything in my catalog(thats where they put your "stuff") put on hold at one time or another.So I felt pretty good about that.I got so close to making it on to John Michael Montgomery's Album with a song called "When It Rains I Pour"And Rick Trevino with a song called "Knock Knock Who Cares"Well anyway that was pretty close!
In 93 I decided to try and do this from home, and kind of just let life take over.So here I am In Oklahoma still dreaming.I still have alot of great friends in Nashville and see them alot,and I'm still holding out for that one great song!


Lyrics

THAT WAS OUR PLACE

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

Vs1:
I went inside that lonely house today
Saw the mickey mouse where our baby girl had played
The sunlight lit a picture on the hallway wall,
Of you and me on our honeymoon in Niagra Falls.

Chorus

That was our place,
where it all began
Where we shared our dreams and talked about our future plans
That was our place,
I can't believe that it would end,
And heaven knows I'd give anything if we could go to our place again

Vs 2:
I made my way on further down the hall,
Couldn't even look in the baby's room at all,
And my heart broke as I stood at your side of our bed,
And I cried tears on the pillow where you laid your head,

Chorus:
That was our place,
where we made love
named our little girl and talked alot to God above,
That was our place, I can't believe that it would end,
And heaven knows I'd give anything if we could go to our place again,

Bridge:
Was five o'clock that evening, like always running late,
The road was wet,
a car was stalled,
no time to hit the breaks.
Now I'm standing here looking back through heavens gates..
Back to our place.

Tag:
That was our place,
I can't believe that it would end
And heaven knows I'd give anything if we could go to our place again
I went inside that lonely house today.

WIN, LOSE OR DRAW

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

V1

Well you won't give up,
and I ain't givin' in,
So we stand toe to toe
and take'em square on the chin.
Nobody's gonna break,
But somebody's gotta bend.
You see it your way,
And I see'em mine.
We're both right and we're both blind, but it's plain to see,
We're runnin' out of time....(ch)

Chorus

We've got our love in a strangle hold,
If things don't change it's gonna be out cold
And I for one am already turnin' blue.
I'm not one to back down from a fight
But I'll be glad to see it end.
Baby, win, lose or draw
or fall in love again.

V2

Well it seems like it's somethin'
most all the time,
We get mad and angry words start to flyin'
And we say things that cut clean to the bone.
So if ther's a chance,
One little glimmer of hope of savin'
this thing and gettin' it off the ropes.
We've gotta bury the past,
If we wanna last...... (ch)

Bridge

Girl you can count me out,
I'm not goin' one more round.
I'm tired and sore, and not even sure what the fight is all about

Chorus

We've got our love in a strangle hold,
If things don't change it's gonna be out cold,and I for one am already turnin' blue.
We've put up onr heck of a fight
but I'll be glad to see it end.
Baby, win, lose or draw
Just over that's all
Baby, win, lose or draw or fall in love again....
Lets fall in love again.

WHAT GOES AROUND

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

V1

I'm drinking doubles in this smokey bar,
Trying to forget you and me,but I'm not getting to far.
I had it coming,it was destiny now the pains on me.
But thats what I get and it's got me down...(ch)

Chorus

'Cause what goes around comes around,
If you cheat at life best not get caught with your guard down.
It's a losing game just without rules,
Like a boom-a- rang what goes around comes around.
Tag; Comes around...

V2

You said you loved me, and I believed in you.
And you onl;y cheated 'cause you wanted me, and wanted me to love you.
But it didn't take too long to find someone new who wanted you.
But hey, thats what I get,and it's got me down....(ch)

Bridge

I've always heard do unto others,
Yeah thats the golden rule.
'Cause one way or another if you cheat you'll get cheated too!...(ch)

IN THE MOONLIGHT

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

BABY ITS BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME
SINCE WE'VE HAD A NIGHT OF OUR OWN.
I THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD GET ALL DRESSED UP AND DROP THE KIDS OF AT YOUR MOMS.
THEN WE'LL DRIVE DOWN TO THAT PLACE BY THE RIVER WHERE WE USED TO HANG OUT BACK WHEN
AND STIR THESE OLD EMBERS IN OUR HEARTS AND MAKE OUR LOVE BURN BRIGHT AGAIN.

CHORUS:
IN THE MOONLIGHT
WITH THE STARS BRIGHT
BY THE FIRE SIDE
LETS FALL IN LOVE AGAIN.

I'LL TURN UP THAT OL RADIO
WHEN THE D.J. PLAYS US ONE THATS SLOW,
THEN WE'LL DANCE REAL CLOSE
WHILE THE FROGS AND THE CRICKETS SING ALONG TO THE ONES THAT THEY KNOW.
THEN WE'LL MAKE OUR WAY TO THE BACKSEAT LIKE A COUPLE OF HIGH SCHOOL KIDS.
OH BUT TONIGHT STAY AS LONG AS WE LIKE, WE'VE SO NEEDED A NIGHT LIKE THIS.

CHORUS:
IN THE MOONLIGHT
WITH THE STARS BRIGHT
BY THE FIRE SIDE
LETS FALL IN LOVE AGAIN.

BRIDGE:
I KNOW THERE'S NOT MUCH TIME FOR YOU AND ME THESE DAYS.
AND WHAT WOULD IT HURT ANYHOW IF EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE WE JUST STEAL AWAY!
IN THE MOONLIGHT.....

CHORUS:
IN THE MOONLIGHT
WITH THE STARS BRIGHT
ON A PERFECT NIGHT
LETS FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

IN THE MOONLIGHT............

MUSIC CITY USA

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

I PUT EVERYTHING I OWN
IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK.
THE FOLKS BACK HOME SAID I'D MAKE IT,
CAUSE I HAD WHAT IT TOOK.
SO I HAMMERED 'ER DOWN
ON MY WAY OUT OF TOWN,
AND TOOK ONE LAST LOOK BEHIND.
AND SWORE I WOULD'NT COMEBACK
'TIL I HIT THE BIG TIME
HEY BUT

CHORUS:
THE CITY LIGHTS OUTSHINE THE STARS IN NASHVILLE,
AND I WONDER IF IT'S WORTH THE PRICE I PAY.
I'M WORKING DOUBLE SHIFTS HERE IN A CAFE,
SPEND MY NIGHTS OFF ON LOWER BROADWAY IN MUSIC CITY USA.

MAMA SAY'S EVRYONE BACK HOME IS PRAYING SO HARD,
AND THEY ASK HER EVERYDAY
WHEN'S THAT BOY GONNA BE A STAR
MAMA, TELL'EM I DON'T KNOW
CAUSE THE WORLD TURNS SLOW DOWN ON MUSIC ROW
BUT I'M READY IF THEY EVER LOOK MY WAY.
BUT TODAY

CHORUS:
THE CITY LIGHTS OUTSHINE THE STARS IN NASHVILLE
AND I WONDER IF IT'S WORTH THE PRICE I PAY. I'M WORKING DOUBLE SHIFTS HERE IN A CAFE SPEND MY NIGHTS OFF ON LOWER BROADWAY
IN MUSIC CITY USA

BRIDGE:
AND MORE THAN A TIME OR TWO
I THOUGHT I OUGHTA GO BACK HOME
BUT I CAN'T TURN MY BACK ON EVERYTHING I WANT.

I'M WORKING DOUBLE SHIFT'S HERE IN A CAFE
PAYING MY DUES ON LOWER BROADWAY
IN MUSIC CITY USA........
I'M GONNA MAKE IT HERE SOME DAY

THINKIN' 'BOUT YOU AND ME

Written By: CORY JOHNSON

LATELY I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT THE DARNDEST THINGS,
PICKIN' FLOWERS AND LISTENIN' TO THE BIRDIES SING.
AND LATELY I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT THE STARS IN THE SKY,
AND HOW THEY MUST HAVE GOT THERE TWINKLE FROM YOUR EYES.

CHORUS:
LATELY I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT LONG WALKS
MOONLIT NIGHTS AND PICNICS IN THE CITY PARK
HOLDIN' HANDS FOR THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD TO SEE.
I'VE BEEN THINKIN BOUT YOU AND ME.

LATELY I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT A DIAMOND RING.
AND CUDDLIN' UP WITH YOU ON YOUR FRONT PORCH SWING.
I WAS THINKIN' IF YOU WERE SO INCLINED,
I'D GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND ASK YOU TO BE MINE.
I'VE BEEN THINKIN; BOUT CALLIN' UP THE PREACHER,
TELLIN' OUR FOLKS WE'RE GOIN' TO SEE A DOUBLE FEATURE,
SWAPIN' VOWS AND STARTIN' OUR OWN FAMILY TREE.
I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT YOU AND ME.

BRIDGE/CHORUS:
THE KIDS ARE GONNA CALL YOUR MAMA GRAMMIE
PAPA BEAR IS WHAT THEY'LL CALL YOUR DADDY.
WE'LL ALL BE AS HAPPY AS WE CAN BE.
I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT YOU AND ME
THINKIN' BOUT YOU AND ME
I'VE BEEN THINKIN' BOUT YOU AND ME, YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH... YEAH !