Dustin James

Dustin James

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Double-Wide

Written By: Dustin James

Daddy laid the slab himself back in ‘sixty-five
Planted double-rows of dogwood up and down that gravel drive
They were set to start the framin' ‘bout the time I came along
So a hundred and a handshake brought a temporary home

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And the raindrops danced on that flat aluminum roof
Though it didn’t hold a chimney, Santa always made it through
Sorrows were divided and love was multiplied
In a place where hearts were open double-wide

They made the final payment in June of sixty-nine
That same summer Magic Chef up and closed down Daddy’s line
So momma planted roses ‘long the lattice by the wheels
With the twins there in the playpen and me right at her heels

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Through those wood-grain walls we could all hear Daddy's prayers
And momma sewing dresses for the little girls to wear
Sorrows were divided and love was multiplied
In a place where hearts were open double-wide

BRIDGE
Last winter when we sorted through the boxes
Of memories that belonged to Mom and Dad
We found a dusty cardboard tube of blueprints
The house they never had

CHORUS
But that little kitchen was the warmest place on earth
When we’d gather 'round the table, talk and laugh till our sides hurt
Sorrows were divided and love was multiplied
In a place where hearts were open double-wide

The Jacket

Written By: Dustin James

In the corner of my closet behind my summer clothes
There’s a jacket I ain’t worn in fifteen years
I recall the day I got it just the sight of the green and gold
Was enough to bring one teenage boy to tears
The leathers cracked and faded the collars curling at the edge
And that single letter's hanging by a thread

CHORUS
But that beat-up leather jacket I could never let it go
It's a bittersweet reminder of the things that matter most

Brad was my best buddy as far back as second grade
His momma used to joke that we were twins
From bikes and backyard baseball to cars and double-dates
Anything I did I did with him
He was first string center-fielder I only warmed the bench
And that jacket in my closet it was his

CHORUS
That beat-up leather jacket means much more than you could know
It's a bittersweet reminder of the things that matter most

BRIDGE
Talking ‘bout love and forgiveness
The grace of God let me be a witness

At our graduation party Brad had too much to drink
So I took his keys and said “I’ll get you home”
Somewhere down I-40 I guess I fell asleep
When I came to they told me he was gone
The day before the service I went to see his Mom and Dad
They hugged me, said “There’s something you should have.”

CHORUS
So that beat-up leather jacket is much more than just a coat
It's a bittersweet reminder of the things that matter most

BRIDGE
Like love and forgiveness
The grace of God let me be a witness

What If'n

Written By: Dustin James

I stuck around here after high school
Cause it was Shannon’s senior year
She graduated then she dumped me, left me stumbling
And wondering, “What am I doing here?”

My folks had my whole life planned out
I was s’posed to take the hardware store
A life of penny nails and rye seed, oh but I need
A little more

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It’s time I finally busted loose ‘stead of holding back
Gave up all these lame excuses I’ve always had
I can hear that highway callin’ and for once I’m gonna listen
Sling these dreams across my shoulder and find out what I’ve been missin'
‘Stead of hanging around this town, what if'n

I had big plans to leave this small town
My ticket out was my guitar
But I always heard this little voice say, “Boy you’re crazy,
ain’t no way, you’re getting very far.”

I know the odds are stacked against me
But I still have a hand to play
I’d rather risk the cards I’m holdin’, ‘stead of foldin’
My life away

(Repeat Chorus)

BRIDGE
What if I hit the big time? What if I hit the skids?
A lifetime of what if’n that ain’t no way to live

(Repeat Chorus)

It Ain't Braggin'

Written By: Dustin James

Some folks think I’m cocky but that don’t bother me
‘Cause it might be so but I just don’t know any other way to be
Now you can call it ego or you can call it pride
But if you ask me well I just can’t see being honest as a crime
It’s like my daddy told me back when I was young
“Son, it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.”

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It ain’t boastin’ if you tell the world just what you’re gonna do
Then you go on out and do it like you said you were going to
When you hold all the aces there ain’t no need to bluff, no no
And it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up

Now I recall a fighter that some folks called a clown
‘Cause he spoke his mind and he wasn’t shy ‘bout pickin’ out a round
So I just have to wonder how those same people felt
At the sight of him with a big ‘ol grin and a brand-new shiny belt
That just goes to show you if you can walk the walk
There ain’t one thing wrong with a little talk

CHORUS
It ain’t boastin’ if you tell the world just what you’re gonna do
Then you go on out and do it like you said you were going to
When you hold all the aces there ain’t no need to bluff, no no
And it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up

BRIDGE
Now modesty’s a virtue I won’t argue that
But my mouth ain’t never wrote a check my butt couldn’t cash

CHORUS
It ain’t boastin’ if you tell the world just what you’re gonna do
Then you go on out and do it like you said you were going to
Well when you hold all the aces there ain’t no need to bluff, no no
And it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up

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No it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up