Dennis Neal Johnson

Dennis Neal Johnson

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Faded Cheerleader

Written By: Dennis Neal Johnson

Faded Cheerleader
© 2004 Dennis Neal Johnson
(Country)

VERSE
I was drinkin’ Rye Whiskey
And feelin’ no pain
When you sat down beside me
And asked me my name

You said you’re reminded
Of someone you knew
But you don’t know me
And I sure don’t know you

You’re lost and you’re lonely
But I understand
The need that you have for
The arms of a man

But deep in your eyes
Is a need for much more
Than I’m willin’ to give
Or that I’m lookin’ for

CHORUS
But I’ll tell you I love you tonight
Though I won’t say I love you tomorrow
We’ll look at our bodies
By that motel light
Make believe that I love you
And that I’ll stay with you
I’ll make you feel better
When I tell you I love you tonight
VERSE
You borrowed your clothes
But your looks are your own
A faded cheerleader
So far from your home
Knowin’ verses in yearbooks
That said you and he
Would be happy forever
Were never to be

There’s a mist in your eyes
That says you’re feelin’ shame
At the bar stools and dim lights
And your made up name
And the memory of someone
Whose touch has grown cold
And the need in your tight jeans
That’s made you grow bold

CHORUS
But I’ll tell you I love you tonight
Though I won’t say I love you tomorrow
We’ll look at our bodies
By that motel light
Make believe that I love you
And that I’ll stay with you
I’ll make you feel better
When I tell you I love you tonight

Repeat Chorus

Save The Children

Written By: Dennis Neal Johnson

Save The Children
© 2004 Dennis Neal Johnson
(Blues beat)

VERSE
Well my frightened brothers
Is it really fun
Do you feel real good
When you hold your gun

And when the headlines kill
Another man you admired
Was your finger on your trigger
When the gun was fired

CHORUS

You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You got to
Choose the day
You’re gonna
Change your way
You got to
Save the children ohhh
VERSE

Well my brothers and my sisters
Have you lost all hope
Has your life gone bad
And you just can’t cope

Are you takin all your courage
From a needle in your veins
Shootin slow motion bullets
That’ll blow your brains

CHORUS

You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You got to
Choose the day
You’re gonna
Change your way
You got to
Save the children ohhh

VERSE

Do you have a little trouble
With your self esteem
Is your chemical your lover
Did you smoke your dream

When things get tough
Do you reach for a toddy
Do you make the bottle bubble
Just to be somebody

CHORUS
You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You know you got to
Save the children ohhh
You got to
Choose the day
You’re gonna
Change your way
You got to
Save the children ohhh
(Repeat chorus)

Rock Star

Written By: Dennis Neal Johnson

Rock Star
© 2004 Dennis Neal Johnson
(Moderate Rock beat)

VERSE

If you’ll take a moment
Just to sit down next to me
I’ll take you on a word trip
And we’ll see what we will see

I’ll tell you sexy stories
Of my trips from town to town
The story’s not to pick you up
They’re meant to lay you down

CHORUS

I’m a rock star
I show up and people pay me
I’m a rock star
I’m gonna let you call me baby

I’m a rock star
I dress up and play the music
I’m a rock star
If it’s bad then I’ve abused it

VERSE

I know it’s been a while
Since you’ve seen me on TV
But I’ll be back on top
And then they’ll see what I can be

I’ve got it all together now
So if you want to be
A girl who touched a rock star
Then come sit down next to me

CHORUS

I’m a rock star
I show up and people pay me
I’m a rock star
I’m gonna let you call me baby

I’m a rock star
I dress up and play the music
I’m a rock star
If it’s bad then I’ve abused it

VERSE

If you wonder where I came from
If you wonder where I’ve been
You wouldn’t recognize me
If you knew me way back then

I remember Momma sayin’
Son be all that you can be
Now I have to be a rock star
Cause that’s all that’s left of me

CHORUS

I’m a rock star
I show up and people pay me
I’m a rock star
I’m gonna let you call me baby

I’m a rock star
I dress up and play the music
I’m a rock star
If it’s bad then I’ve abused it
(Repeat chorus)

Jenny

Written By: Dennis Neal Johnson

LYRIC SHEET

SONG: Jenny
Copyright 2004
Dennis Neal Johnson

VERSE

I’ll just stand here at the back of the church
And I’ll listen to Jenny take her vows
We’d cherished the moment
We’d say those sweet words
But she’s saying “I do”
To a different man now

CHORUS

Can you see my Jenny
She’s walking down the aisle
I can see my Jenny
She’s wearing my favorite smile
I love her, my Jenny
But so does he
Oh Jenny, my Jenny
Why can’t that be me

VERSE

She grew up, girl to woman by my side
She was there when I wanted her to be
I took her for granted
Like she was something I owned
He treated her like a woman
And he took her from me

CHORUS

Can you see my Jenny
She’s walking down the aisle
I can see my Jenny
She’s wearing my favorite smile
I love her, my Jenny
But so does he
Oh Jenny, my Jenny
Why can’t that be me

The Castle

Written By: Dennis Neal Johnson

LYRIC SHEET

SONG: The Castle
Copyright 2004
Dennis Neal Johnson

VERSE

You ask me, who’s the Lady
In the corner by the dance floor
I’ll tell you since you ask
That’s Marianne

Marianne was once the princess
In this barroom called The Castle
She danced with all who came
To seek her hand

You ask me if I knew her
In her youth with all her beauty
Yes I came to seek a dance
With Marianne

I have held her tightly to me
I have felt her whisper softly
I stayed to seek the hand
Of Marianne

CHORUS

But Marianne would treat the men
Like they were toys that she’d been given
She’d play with them a while
Then dance away

VERSE

Now Marianne sips watered whiskey
Made that way by tears a’fallin’ (In her drink)
As she sits cryin’ thinking of her yesterdays
That’s Marianne

Every now and then you’ll see her
Walk alone onto the dance floor
In her eyes you’ll see
She doesn’t understand

Why the music isn’t playin’
And there are no dancers swayin’
And no one comes to seek a dance
With Marianne

CHORUS

For Marianne would treat the men
Like they were toys that she’d been given
She’d play with them a while
Then dance away

VERSE

I have held her tightly to me
I have felt her whisper softly
I will stay and dance the dance
With Marianne