Cris Conerty

Cris Conerty

 Spokane, Washington, USA
BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Cris Conerty, singer-songwriter of original life inspired piano-driven country folk/rock/pop tunes featuring close harmonies and heart and soul lead vocals.

Biography

“Music has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel,” – a statement attributed to singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, with which I wholeheartedly agree.
My full name is Cristine Desiree Conerty (my maiden name is Sullens) and I was born in Bellevue, WA, August 25, 1961. I grew up watching Buck Owens and Roy Clark on “Hee-Haw” and listening to the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, Charley Pride, and Glen Campbell. As a teen, I idolized Barbara Streisand and the late Whitney Houston for their incredible voices and enjoyed the surge of country pop music featuring the incomparable Dolly Parton, and many others. My love for the piano drew me to the music of Elton John, Carole King, and virtually any artist or band that featured the piano. I have always had a passion for close vocal harmonies and in my formative teen years couldn’t get enough of Fleetwood Mac, Manhattan Transfer, Boston, and the Little River Band. The singer-songwriter era of the early-mid 70’s was winding down but the female singer-songwriters of that era and those who have followed in their footsteps since then have been a constant source of inspiration to me. Favorite songwriters today include Miranda Lambert, Alisha Keys, India.Arie, Sarah McLachlan, and Shania Twain. If I could be one megastar for a day, it would be REBA. I also have a secret (well, not-so-secret) passion for Josh Groban.
Since joining the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and traveling to Nashville, Tennessee for the first time in April 2009, I have devoted myself to professional songwriting, primarily in the country genre. My songs are inspired by my own life experiences as well as stories I hear of other people’s challenges and victories. I have a lifetime of original music in many categories, and I work nearly every day creating new music, and honing my songwriting craft. I am the mother of five children and grandmother of five, and I currently live in Eastern Washington State in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband, youngest son, and golden retriever.

Lyrics

Tell Me What My Daddy Did Right

Written By: Cris Conerty

Tell Me What My Daddy Did Right
Copyright April 2009 Cris Conerty

VERSE
Beside my bed in a heart-shaped frame is a picture of my folks is the good old days
Mama and Daddy loved each other once, but finally went their separate ways
And Mama talks about it all the time: Daddy left her with a broken heart
I finally had to say yeah, he made mistakes, but he’s still my dad, the only one I got

CHORUS
Please don’t tell me what my daddy did wrong
I know that he hurt you but you gotta move on
He has a good heart; he fought a good fight
Don’t tell me what went wrong
Tell me what my daddy did right

VERSE
Did he ever look you in the eyes, hold your hand, pull you close tell you how much he loved you
Did he ever bring you flowers on your birthday, listen to you sing, tell you he was proud of you
What about that string of pearls that he gave you and you wore with pride?
Daddy says he’s sorry and you’ll never know how deep he loved, and how long he cried

CHORUS
Please don’t tell me what my daddy did wrong
I know that he hurt you but you gotta move on
He has a good heart; he fought a good fight
Don’t tell me what went wrong
Tell me what my daddy did right

BRIDGE
And I heard from my mama the very next day
She said “I thought about the words you had to say
I gotta live my life and not burn any bridges
Especially the one to you ---------

CHORUS
Please don’t tell me what my daddy did wrong
I know that he hurt you but you gotta move on
He has a good heart; he fought a good fight
Don’t tell me what went wrong
Tell me what my daddy did right

Here's To Sorrow

Written By: Cris Conerty

Here’s to Sorrow
Cris Conerty copyright August 2010

VERSE
When my heart was broken and I didn’t think I could go on
That’s when I sat down and wrote my best song
When the tables were turning and I was on the wrong side
That’s when I learned how to stand up and fight

CHORUS
Here’s to sorrow, here’s to pain
That gives me something to sing about
I’d do it all again tomorrow
Here’s to sorrow

VERSE
When I lost a true love that I thought would always be
That’s when a new love came straight to me
Now when life deals me heartache I don’t worry anymore
Cause God, He opens a window when He closes a door

CHORUS
Here’s to sorrow, here’s to pain
That gives me something to sing about
I’d do it all again tomorrow
Here’s to sorrow
I didn’t suffer in vain
And I thank God for the pain
I’d do it all again tomorrow
Here’s to sorrow

Put Your Boots Back On

Written By: Cris Conerty

Put Your Boots Back On
Copyright August 2010 Cris Conerty

VERSE
Hey pretty lady with the big sad eyes, you’ve gone and left your country life
For the city with your city boy; you thought he’d bring you lasting joy
But all he did was bring you tears, broke your heart after 20 years
I feel your pain, yeah, I know it hurt - he threw you off like a dirty shirt

CHORUS
Put your boots back on, go back home where you belong
There’ll be a long line of men waitin’ for you, the kind that won’t do you wrong, so
Honey put your boots, put your boots back on

VERSE
Hey sweet darlin’ in another town, Mr. Right is lettin’ you down
Ain’t got no time for his pretty wife, Don’t you remember your country life
Ya wanna find mind blowin’ love; the kind that they got plenty of
Not gonna get it in a big skyrise, gotta have them country skies

CHORUS
Put your boots back on, go back home where you belong.
There’ll be a long line of men waitin’ for you, the kind that won’t do you wrong, so
Honey put your boots, put your boots back on.

BRIDGE (Instrumental)
Girl, you better get to some open land so you can find you a better man

CHORUS
Put your boots back on, go back home where you belong
There’ll be a long line of men waitin’ for you, the kind that won’t do you wrong

So baby, baby, baby put your boots back on.
Take my advice , head for the door, I know what I’m talkin’ bout, I been there before
Girl you better get on home, put your boots back on

Speak Love

Written By: Cris Conerty

Speak Love
Copyright Feb 2011 Cris Conerty

VERSE
I stand on the street corner now and then
For a cause I believe in
I hold my handmade cardboard sign
So you won’t have to read my mind

CHORUS
I would like to shake your hand, sit down at a table and
Make amends, make a plan and show the world we’re able to
Speak love (if you’re gonna say something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna write something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna do something)
Speak love

VERSE
The children watch the things we do
They hear what I say when I talk about you
Will they grow up singing songs of peace
In a world that needs it desperately?

CHORUS
And I would like to shake your hand, sit down at a table and
Make amends, make a plan and show the world we’re able to
Speak love (if you’re gonna say something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna write something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna do something)
Speak love

VERSE
How we gonna cross this great divide?
There’s always gonna be another side
We’ve got to think twice ‘bout what we’re sayin’ and
This foundation that we’re layin’

CHORUS
And I would like to shake your hand, sit down at a table and
Make amends, make a plan and show the world we’re able to
Speak love (if you’re gonna say something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna write something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna do something)
Speak love

VERSE
If we think we’ll agree we’ve missed the mark
If we walk away we’ve gone too far
There’s a place somewhere between us
Where we all can learn to speak love

CHORUS
And I would like to shake your hand, sit down at a table and
Make amends, make a plan and show the world we’re able to
Speak love (if you’re gonna say something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna write something)
Speak love (if you’re gonna do something)
Speak love
There’s a place somewhere between us
Where we all can learn to speak love

He Was Her Friend Too

Written By: Cris Conerty

He was Her Friend Too
Copyright October 2009 Cris Conerty

VERSE
I don’t see her much anymore; I think it’s best that way.
It’s just too hard
She’s got a whole new life with somebody else, there’s nothing left to say.
Since she’s moved on.
But when I think about her holdin’ hands with another man
I should be happy she’s found someone new
And I know he’ll probably love her better than I ever could
‘Cause He Was Her Friend Too.

VERSE
I didn’t wanna just let her go, I got too tired to fight.
I just gave up
And when he saw what I was throwin away, he couldn’t believe his eyes.
He picked her up
And when I think about her in the arms of another man
I should be happy she found someone new
But I’m down one wife, and down one friend, and it just don’t seem fair
That He Was Her Friend Too. OH

BRIDGE
Life throws a hardball and you take it in the face
There’s no escaping the consequences
I let her go and it seems fair that she would fall in love with
Someone she trusted; someone that I trusted too

VERSE
And when I think about her makin’ love to another man
Who sees in her the sweetness I once knew
Oh it’s gonna take a lifetime for me to understand
That He Was Her Friend Too

ENDING
I don’t see them much anymore; I think it’s best that way.
It’s just too hard

Discography

"Here's To Sorrow" release date March 2012