Daniel Worley

Daniel Worley

BandCountryAmericana

Lighter than Johnny Cash, darker than Brad Paisley. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always honest and heartfelt.

Biography

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky. I’ve been a musician since the day my Mom finally got me an electric guitar when I was ten. But the musical road I’ve traveled is as twisted as those back roads we used to drive going to visit my Grandmother in Stearns Kentucky down near the Tennessee boarder… we’d be listening to Waylon, Willie, Johnny, and the Statler Brothers the whole drive. I was in all kinds of bands starting around 13, playing southern rock, country, top 40 and blues, then turning off into metal, jam and art rock. Eventually Stravinsky and Beethoven caught my ear and I decided to go to school (University of Louisville) and try to find out what made them tick. While I was there, besides playing classical guitar at weddings and receptions, I sang in Guerrilla Theater and played bass in The Goddess Fred. I got into the Grad program at University of Michigan, won some awards, wrote for a couple orchestras (Albany Symphony and Tulsa Philharmonic) and finished a DMA with the first concept album ever accepted as a dissertation (Freak Show). Then I formed CityGoat, a roots-americana band with my friend Erik Santos. After four fantastic years and three albums with them (one is still unreleased), the hills of Kentucky finally called me back home. I’ve returned to my roots, to songs that are direct, powerful and sometimes even funny… to the valley, to my old Kentucky roads.

Lyrics

Comin' Home

Written By: Daniel Worley

I've seen the sun rise on many-a long night,
And woke to street-lights comin' on.
I've watched the dew dry nursin' a bottle of cold rye,
Still wired and feelin' gone.
And I can't remember the last time
I walked into the middle of a dream and the dream was my own

I'm comin' home... been on this road too long.
Hell, I've forgotten what it feels like just to hold you in my arms.
I'm comin' home... to those hills where I belong.
Please leave a light on for me babe I won't be long
Just one more song and I'm comin' home.

I've flown with tired-eyes through gray, unfriendly skies,
Starin' at some sad lines that I wrote.
It's been a long time since I felt half alive
When I smiled and it wasn't work.
And I can't remember the last time
I walked into the middle of a dream and the dream was my own.

CHORUS

I'm comin' home to my memories,
Comin' home to a better life,
With my arm around you baby on the back porch every night.
I'm comin' home to the valley
And I ain't leavin' till I die.
Yeah my whiskey friends'll wonder where I've gone...
Just one more song and I'm comin' home.

And I can't remember the last time
I walked into the middle of a dream and the dream was my own

CHORUS

Almost Feel It

Written By: Daniel Worley

I remember all the promise flowin' in that mountain stream
An' I can see that blossom rushin' through the rocks
Well it seems like only yesterday I was climbin' in the trees
And the breeze was whisperin' "I'll never let you fall"

Now I'm far too tired to turn the other cheek again
It's still bloody from the last time that I tried
And I'm startin' not to know what I believe in
But for a time, yeah for a time
I could almost feel it

Well I walked a thousand miles growin' blisters in the heat
While I prayed to heaven for just one summer squall
But the road was always dusty and the sky kept burnin' clear
And they left me at the foot of this stone wall

But I'm far too tired to turn the other cheek again
It's still bloody from the last time that I tried
And I'm startin' not to know what I believe in
But for a time, yeah for a time
I could almost feel it

So I gathered up the pieces to a million broken dreams
I Forged a chain and I tied it too that wall
You know I thought I'd pull it down, but it's ain't as easy as it seems
And I don't think that it's ever gonna fall

Now I'm far too tired to turn the other cheek again
It's still bloody from the last time that I tried
And I'm startin' not to know what I believe in
But for a time… there was a time…
I could almost feel it, I could almost feel it,
I can almost feel it

Life's Too Short

Written By: Daniel Worley

When I read the note you left, ' felt like you punched me in the teeth.
I should have seen it comin' a mile away, but I must have been asleep.
And I wondered, yeah I wondered, did I ever have a chance to be
The man you needed?... And what seemed greener
down that road you took away from me?
'Cause all it said is,

"It's alright, don't worry baby
Life's too short to waste your time on me.
It's all right, I know you wanted more from me,
You'll see love, you're better without me."

I took that note you left, packed a bag and hit the street.
Drove a thousand miles to find you, and I never thought to sleep.
'Cause I wondered, yeah I wondered if you'd give me one last chance to be
The man you needed... I might be dreamin',
But it felt like heaven stole my soul away from me...
The moment I read,

CHORUS

I found your Ford in a drive behind your sister's SUV
Stopped and watched through her window
And saw your red-rimmed eyes and faded cheeks.
Now I wonder, babe I wonder, would you give me one last chance? You see,
You're all I needed. You're all I wanted. You're all I dream of... please.
You're the only reason I breath.
Then you said,

"It's alright, don't worry baby
Life's too short to spend on tears and dreams
It's alright, I never wanted more than you and me, love
I'm happy you found me,
I’m happy you found me,
So happy you found me."

(I Think) I Liked You Better Online

Written By: Daniel Worley

Well I remember you sayin’ you loved Hank and George
Waylon and Willie and Johnny, of course
But while we were drivin’ ta Pigeon Forge
Ya had ta listen ta Kenny G the whole time

And I thought that ya said you loved good Bar-B-Q
And Tequila and Bourbon were like heaven to you
But ya only eat salads and stir-fried tofu
And drink Perrier with a slice of lime
Ya know, I think I liked you better online

So forgive me if I seem a little confused
It’s all about me, it ain’t a bit about you
I’m sure it’s technology that I ain’t quite used to
‘N prob’ly it’s all in my mind
But I think I liked you better online

You said you were raised just north of Tallahassee
But your accent’s tellin’ me you ain’t from Dixie
Your blonde hair looks brown and your blue eyes seem green
But honey you really look fine
I just think I liked ya better online

So forgive me if I seem a little confused
It’s all about me, maybe a smidge about you
I’m sure it’s technology that I ain’t quite used to
‘N prob’ly it’s all in my mind
But I think I liked you better online

Your profile said you were saucy and wild
‘N any chance ya get, ya water-ski and hang-glide
But now you can’t swim and you’re afraid of heights

So forgive me if I seem a little confused
It ain’t about me, babe it’s all about you
It’s more than technology that I ain’t quite used to
It can’t just be all in my mind
‘Cause really I liked you better online
I’m sorry, but I liked you better online.

Just East of Clay Street

Written By: Daniel Worley

Just East of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine,
There’s a small white house with a picket fence
And a “sold” sign in the yard,
A worn out, old front porch swing,
And a weed-filled flower bed,
A maple tree grown over with ivy,
And twenty years of love and sweat.
And I know they’re still there… all the best years of my life.
Just East of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine

Well, a home ain’t just a house
Or the memories that go with it
It’s love and hope and warmth and pain
And the life that you live in it
It’s a peaceful summer mornin’
It’s a fire-lit winter night
It’s teachin’ your kids to catch and share, Bar-B-Q’s and cold, cold beer
And it’s makin’ sweet, sweet love when you get the time
And it’s just east of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine

Just east of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine,
We went into debt, raised two kids,
Laughed and fought and cried,
Mowed the lawn and raked the leaves,
Had some birthdays and a wake,
Then a letter came from some bank I’d never heard of
Sayin’ all of it was theirs to take.
And I know they’re still there… the best years of our lives
Just East of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine

Well, a home ain’t just a house
Or the memories that go with it
It’s love and hope and warmth and pain
And the life that you live in it
It’s a peaceful summer mornin’
It’s a fire-lit winter night
It’s teachin’ your kids to catch and share, Bar-B-Q’s and cold, cold beer
And it’s makin’ sweet, sweet love when you get the time
And it’s just east of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine
Just east of Clay Street, a little south on Brandywine

Let's Stay In Tonight

Written By: Daniel Worley

It’s been a long, long hard week
Workin’ tryin’ to make all those ends meet
Every night we’ve been dead on our feet
And fell asleep watchin’ Must See TV.

There was you’re ma’s appendicitis and little Julie’s recital,
Between dinner and homework, the bills and the mortgage,
Taxes and the plumber, feels like we’ve been short-changed
The car broke down in that heavy rain
And it’s a miracle that we survived
So let’s celebrate that we’re alive…

Baby let’s just stay in tonight, I’ll order pizza and light a fire,
Some Charlie Rich and a bottle of good red wine,
Slow dancin’ in the candlelight.
We could go out, get a little wild
The way you’re lookin’, there’s only one thing on my mind
Don’t need ta honky-tonk to have us a real good time
So baby, let’s stay in tonight
Baby, let’s stay in tonight
Honey, let’s stay in

The kids are with my mother.
Seems like months since we’ve been alone together,
I saw your face in the livin’ room mirror,
And I fell in love all over again.

And I don’t wanna share you with anyone else out there.
So let’s turn off the phones, turn down the lights,
Deadbolt the doors and close all the blinds,
Don’t wanna waste this precious time,
‘Cause we’re here and we’re alive,
So let’s celebrate that we survived.

Baby let’s just stay in tonight, I’ll order pizza and light a fire,
Some Charlie Rich and a bottle of good red wine,
Slow dancin’ in the candlelight.
We could go out, get a little wild
The way you’re lookin’, there’s only one thing on my mind
Don’t need ta honky-tonk to have us a real good time
So baby, let’s stay in tonight
Baby, let’s stay in tonight
Honey, let’s stay in tonight
Baby, let’s stay in tonight
Honey, let’s stay in.

Forty Days of Rain

Written By: Daniel Worley

The sun’s been shinin’ about forty days
Old Noah, he’d be happy, but me… I wish it would rain
‘Cause all our farm is growin’ now is dust…
And the cows are gettin’ hungry ‘cause we’re runnin’ out of hay
I don’t mind hard work, but it seems like all I do is pray
For some mercy from the Farmer’s Bank and Trust
Another way to pay
And forty days of rain

The river’s runnin’ low, gasoline’s runnin’ high
The dogs are gettin’ thirsty, the cistern’s goin’ dry
And a penny for a dime is all anyone will pay
So I’m on my knees prayin’ for forty days of rain

My kids have all run off to the city chasin’ dreams
After five generations, it looks like the end is finally here
Yeah, we’ve used up two-hundred years of luck
There’ve been good times and there’ve been bad times, but nothin’ like today
‘Cause we’re down two old coon-hounds and one lonely bale of hay,
A worn-out John Deer tractor and a truck
And all I can do is pray
For forty days of rain

The river’s runnin’ low, gasoline’s runnin’ high
The dogs are gettin’ thirsty, the cistern’s goin’ dry
And a penny for a dime is all anyone will pay
So I’m on my knees prayin’ for forty days of rain
Yeah, I’m on my knees prayin’ for forty days of rain

Don't Be Afraid

Written By: Daniel Worley

Well I was five years old
When they said my tonsils had to go
And momma tried, but I saw her cry
As she drove me to the hospital
Everything was cold and white
In that pale, washed-out fluorescent light
The Doc said, “Don’t worry son,”
“We do this all the time.”
But I guess he saw the fear in my eyes
‘Cause he called my momma to my bedside

“Don’t be afraid,” that’s what she said
As she looked me in the eye and took my hand
“Don’t be afraid, it’ll be alright”
“You’re in good hands now, so honey don’t you cry”
“I’ll see you again in the mornin’ light”
“So, Don’t be afraid, Don’t be afraid.”

It was three years ago
A December night that was bitter cold
When momma thought she’d had a stroke
And I drove her to the hospital
The room was warm and bright
And as he flashed a light in her eyes
The Doc said, “Don’t worry Son,
We see this all the time”
But momma saw the fear in my eyes
And she called me over to her bedside

“Don’t be afraid,” that’s what she said
As she looked me in the eye and took my hand
“Don’t be afraid, I’ll be alright”
“I’m in good hands now, so honey don’t you cry”
“I’ll see you again in the mornin’ light”
“So, Don’t be afraid, Don’t be afraid.”

I brought her a dozen roses on January ninth
And I prayed that she could see me while I whispered and I cried…

“Don’t be afraid,” that’s what you said
When you looked me in the eye and took my hand
“Don’t be afraid, I'll be alright”
Well you’re in God’s hands now and I’m down here alive
I’ll see you again in Heaven’s light
So don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid
Don't be afraid
Mamma I won't be afraid

I Want You

Written By: Daniel Worley

Hello, it’s me. Yeah I know I ain’t called in a week,
And you’ve prob’ly given up, and you’re prob’ly movin’ on.
But I’ve been thinkin’ a lot, and I’ve been drinkin’ a lot
Sittin’ on my ma’s back porch starin’ up at the moon and stars.
And I know, I prob’ly don’t deserve you
But I know I’ve gotta give us one more shot.
‘Cause I figured out everything, yeah, and I know what I want…

CHORUS:
I want to see you, feel you
Know you and believe in you
I wanna make you laugh, and get lost in your kiss
I wanna chase you, taste you
Protect and celebrate you
I wanna give my dyin’ breath to your sweet lips
I want our slice of heaven, I want it all
I want you, oh I want you

It’s me again. Did you get those roses I sent?
Or that beer and tear-stained letter, wrapped around a diamond ring?
Darlin’ you know I meant every word and I’s callin’ ‘cause I hadn’t heard from you,
And I ain’t givin’ up, and I ain’t movin’ on.
And I know, you don’t wanna forgive me
But I know we’ve gotta give us one more shot
‘Cause I’ve figured out everything, yeah, and I know what I want

CHORUS

Then you walk in
That diamond ring on your hand
Throw your arms around my neck and whisper in my ear.

“CHORUS”

Better Than Make-Believe

Written By: Daniel Worley

Years ago I dreamed I was some frog a princess kissed
And she didn’t care when I didn’t change
She said she loved me just like I am
But now I don’t believe in fairy-tales or once-upon-a-time
‘Cause when I wake up to your smile I see
Your love, is better than make believe.

Castles in the clouds can’t hold a candle to your lips
And dragons breathin’ fire don’t scare me half as much
As when I miss you
I ain’t impressed by giants, golden eggs or magic beans
‘Cause when I look into your eyes I see
Your love, is better than make believe

Romeo and Juliet, well they were just a couple kids,
Samson and Delilah… I didn’t like the way their story ended
And I don’t want Sleeping Beauty, or some pop-song fantasy
Holdin’ you is all I’ll ever need.
‘Cause, your love, is better than make believe.

Castles in the clouds can’t hold a candle to your lips
And dragons breathin’ fire don’t scare me half as much
As when I miss you
I ain’t impressed by giants, golden eggs or magic beans
‘Cause when I look into your eyes I see
Your love, is better than make believe
Your love, is better than make believe

I'll Be Right Here

Written By: Daniel Worley

She was full of fire and dreams
Two days before she turned nineteen
When she packed her things and said “I’m leavin’”
“I’m goin’ out to L.A.
I’ll waitress or somethin’ till I get my break…
Johnny you’re really great, but I need my freedom.”

Johnny pulled her close and held her tight,
In that still and clear September night,
Kissed her cheek and closed his eyes and whispered,
“When you need me honey, I’ll be right here.”

“I know the grass seems greener in that warm California sun
And ya know that I believe in you and pray ya get what you want
But if ya start feelin’ lonely, or just need someone to hear you,
You can come home honey, ‘cause I’ll be right here.”

It’d been about three years
When he opened his door and saw her standin’ there,
Blinked away a tear and said, “It’s good to see you”
She said, “I’m only in town today”
“Great things are happenin’ for me out in L.A.”
“But I just left my mama’s place and I had to see you”

Johnny took her hand and eased her inside,
Kissed her hard and held her tight,
And after three hours and a bottle of wine he whispered,
“When you need me honey, I’ll be right here.”

“I know the grass seems greener in that warm California sun
And ya know that I believe in you and pray ya get what you want
But if ya start feelin’ lonely, or just need someone to hear you
Come home honey, I’ll be right here.”

She had a lonely thirteen weeks,
Then she packed up all her things,
Caught a plane back to Kentucky,
Walked through Johnny’s door… and said,

“The grass ain’t really greener in that warm California sun
‘Cause ya never have what you need, even when ya get what you want.
So if you start feelin’ lonely, or just need someone to hear you,
You can kiss me honey… ‘cause I’ll be right here.
So kiss me honey… I’m right here.”

I Believe Again

Written By: Daniel Worley

Lyrics for "I Believe Again"
Been livin’ in exile all these years
A stranger in my own house with a constant quiet fear
Waitin’ for the new bad news, I didn’t wanna hear…
Afraid to hope, afraid to change
Think I’s afraid of everything but not now,
Yeah I’m better now.

CHORUS:
‘Cause I believe again, think I can breathe again,
And bridge that empty space, ‘tween what I want and where I am.
Yeah I believe again, I have a dream again.
And I won’t give up, I won’t back down,
I won’t retreat, I won’t turn around,
Yeah, my heart’s wide open
And my arms are full of the love and the life I’ve found…
And I believe again.

I spent far too long in fog of fear and lies
Livin’ not to care, only livin’ not to die
Now I stare at the sky feelin’ righteous, free and wild
‘Cause I have hope and a heart that sings,
And I see how beautiful everything is now
Yeah, I see it now

(CHORUS)

And I threw out all my anger
Yeah I gave up all my fear
I left my past behind me
You know, my future
It starts right here

(CHORUS)

He's Still In There

Written By: Daniel Worley

She was standin’ by his bedside
Head bowed in prayer
I heard, “Thank you Lord for bringin’ him back
from that desert over there.
They say that he got lucky,
He might even learn to walk again.
But right now he can’t eat and he can’t talk;
So help me keep my faith and my love;
‘Cause you know, and I know:
He’s still in there”

CHORUS:
“He’s still in there
I can see it in his eyes
Yeah, he’s in there
When he laughs or when he smiles
And all he wants to do is come back home…
Lord please give me the strength to carry on…
‘Cause he’s in there, I know he’s in there,
But it’s hard out here all alone.”

BRIDGE:
Well I’ve heard a lot of people pray
‘bout death and love and life
But ever since last Saturday
All I can hear
Is that poor soldier’s wife…

CHORUS

Now I’m at my Daddy’s bed next door
Eyes closed in prayer
They say he’s had a major stroke
He might never learn to talk again
But I don’t care,
No I don’t care…
‘cause he’s still in there…
Yeah, he’s still in there…

You Had Me At Hello

Written By: Daniel Worley

I’d been at the bar about an hour, when I noticed she was lookin’ at me
She blushed and smiled and I decided to slide over there and buy her a drink
We talked and laughed and danced ‘til closin’
I said, “Honey, why don’t ya come over,
‘Cause the night’s still young and I don’t wanna let you go.”
Then, she bit my ear and said,

CHORUS1
“You had me at hello
With that killer smile,
The smoke in your voice,
And the fire in your eyes…
You know I never did believe in love at first sight
But you’ve had my heart since nine-twenty nine
And the way we were dancin’ it felt so right I can’t say no.
Oh, didn’t you know?
You had me at hello.”

Well six months later I took her to dinner and got down on one knee
She laughed and smiled and rolled her eyes when I asked her if she’d marry me
My hands were shakin’ when I gave her that ring
And said “For you, love, I’ll do anything.
If you’ll just say yes, I promise I’ll never let you go.”
Then she kissed my ear and said,

CHORUS2
“You had me at hello
With that silly smile,
The warmth in your voice,
And the laugh in your eyes…
You taught me to believe in love at first sight
‘Cause you’ve had my heart since the ninth of July
And the way that we love babe, it’s so right I can’t say no…
Oh, didn’t you know?
You had me at hello.”

BRIDGE
Well I tell ya that’s the real true story
Of how I met your ma, in all it’s glory.
Yeah, I’ll never forget how lucky I felt when she said…

Chorus1-Chorus2

Blame it on Love

Written By: Daniel Worley

I’s in the turnin’ lane, dreamin’ about you
Then I went straight before the light changed
And a siren blew
It took a couple blocks for me to come to
Then he shined a light in my smilin’ face and said,
“Son, you’re drivin’ like some blind-drunk fool.”
I said,

“I blame it on love, blame it on her smile,
Blame it on her lips and the way she kissed me tonight,
I tell ya, she’s the reason why I’m flyin’ so high.
Oh, blame it on Love, blame it on her eyes,
Blame it on her hair, her neck, her laugh, her sigh
I’m tellin’ the truth; I ain’t got nothin’ to hide.
Oh, I blame it on love.”

He asked me for my license and registration
Said, “Son get outa the car now, I’m takin’ you down to the station”
“Looks like you’ve got yourself a little situation,”
“’Cause this car ain’t yours and neither is that purse,”
“So ya better have a real good explanation.”
I said,

Chorus

So Honey, I hate to call you so late
But when I left your place, I must’ve taken your car by mistake
So could ya throw on some clothes, grab some cash, catch a cab down here
And help me explain

Oh blame it on love, blame it on your smile
Blame it on your lips and the way you kissed me tonight
Tell ‘em you’re the reason why I’m flyin’ so high
Oh blame it on love, blame it on your eyes
Blame it on your hair, your neck, your laugh, your sigh
Just tell ‘em the truth, we ain’t got nothin’ to hide.
Yeah, they’ll blame it on love, blame it on your thigh,
Blame it on your hips and the dress that you’re wearin’ tonight
They’ll see that you’re the reason I was flyin’ so high…
Yeah, they’ll blame it on love.

It Ain't Me

Written By: Daniel Worley

She said, “It ain’t you, I just need some time”
“And I need a little space so I can clear my mind”
Then she walked out our front door
Turned the key in her old Ford
And left my heart bleedin’ at my feet
‘Cause she knows what she wants
And it ain’t me

CHORUS1:
It ain’t me she’s dancin’ with tonight
And it ain’t me getting’ lost in her blue eyes
I thought I gave her everything a girl could ever need
But the woman knows what she wants
And it ain’t me

I thought life was good, I had no complaints
Workin’ overtime, savin’ up for a diamond ring
Then she said she’s needed more
Than an empty house, a case or Coors,
And lonely nights shoppin’ on QVC.
Now I know what she wants
And it ain’t me

CHORUS2:
It ain’t me she’s dancin’ with tonight
And it ain’t me getting’ lost in her blue eyes
I tried to change, I tried to be the man of all her dreams
Well someone’s got what she wants
But it ain’t me

'Cause, I ain’t the one, I ain’t the man she’s with tonight
And after all I gave and compromised
Eatin’ crow and swallowin’ pride
You’d think there’d be a better prize for me

CHORUS 1 – CHORUS 2

Discography

2008 - Just East of Clay Street - EP (country, somewhat dark)

2006 - Can of Worms - (country/bluegrass inflected roots rock) with my band CityGoat

2004 - When Goats Fly - (roots influence rock) with my band CityGoat

2002 - Freak Show - NOT COUNTRY - a dark concept album inspired by the life of John Merrick (also the first rock album accepted as a doctoral dissertation)

Set List

Originals:
You Had Me at Hello
He's Still In There
I Believe Again
Better Than Make-Believe
Blame it On Love
Don't Be Afraid
I Want You
Take Me Back
Forty Days of Rain
Just East of Clay Street
Don't Need You
(I Think) I Liked You Better Online
If I'd Known (Where We Were Goin')
Whiskey Is Still My Friend
Lonesome Valley Road
One Night Stand
Fire In My Tank
See You In Hell ('Cause I'm Gone)
Come July (The Divorce Waltz)
(I'd Feel Better) With Her Gone
Take Me Home
Goin' Down
Drunk Again
Hair of the Dog (That Bit Me)
The Kinda Woman (That I Can't Say No To)
Brother Can Ya Spare a Beer?
Girl Like You
Long Gone
Almost Feel It
Mem'ries I Don't Own
Comin' Home

Covers:
I Can't Help It - Hank Williams
Time Well Wasted - Brad Paisley
Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Kris Kristofferson
Flushed From The Bathroom of Your Heart - Johnny Cash
Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis
Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson
The Pilgrim - Kris Kristofferson
She Ain't Hooked