Joy Frank-Collins

Joy Frank-Collins

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I'm a songwriter with influences that range from Ton T. Hall to William Shakespeare to Radney Foster to Jim Croce.

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Hanna Road

Written By: Joy Frank-Collins

Hanna Road
Joy Frank-Collins/Chad Raymon 2007

Katelyn Davis disappeared in the summer of ‘98
She left behind a messy room and a mother who stays out way too late
She was from the harder side of town where you just don’t go
Near the bars and factories by Hanna Road

Three boys from the city came to town looking for some fun
When they saw that pretty Katie they thought they found the lucky one
They were all looking for a good time, drinking from a bottle of Old Crow
Then they took her out to party at the end of Hanna Road

On Hanna Road, (Hanna Road) a place where she never meant to go
Hanna Road tells the story of a life left untold

Late that August some men came to fix the street
They’d finished about mile when the foreman saw something in the weeds
She was bruised and battered and broken and left there all alone
How did she end up here on Hanna Road?

On Hanna Road, (Hanna Road) a place where she never meant to go
Hanna Road tells the story of a life left untold

A small wooden cross was left and that is all there is to show
What happened to the Davis girl out on Hanna Road

On Hanna Road, (Hanna Road) a place where she never meant to go
Hanna Road tells the story of a life left untold

Lives for Sale

Written By: Joy Frank-Collins

They came up to California in 1943
Just the clothes they had on – and experience pickin’ trees
Our boys were over in Europe, protecting us from harm
So Congress opened the border to try and save the farms

And they came
For the promise of a dollar
And they came
For a better tomorrow
But all they found
Was blistering fields of hell
And all they were
Were lives for sale

Like the fields they harvested their numbers grew
Till there were 400,000 Braceros to misuse
Farmers made them break strikes for seven cents a day
Then sent them to the migrant camps to wither away

And they came
For the promise of a dollar
And they came
For a better tomorrow
But all they found
Was blistering fields of hell
And all they were
Were lives for sale

They worked the fields from dawn to dusk
Baked in the sun and choked on the dust

But they came
For the promise of a dollar
And they stayed
With hope for tomorrow
And all they found
Was blistering fields of hell
And all they were
Were lives for sale

Yeah all they were
Were lives for sale

Fall Apart

Written By: Joy Frank-Collins

Fall Apart
by Joy Frank-Collins and Chad Raymon

We were growing up together
We thought we would last forever
It makes me feel like a fool now looking back
To all the times you controlled me
And made me feel like you owned me
I’m more important than you think I am

Our love was never perfect,
I thought it was good enough
We had passion, we had fire,
we survived when times got tough

But something changed somewhere somehow
Something lost we have not found
Take me back to when all you needed was me
I ask my broken heart
If we had it all once upon a time
When did everything fall apart?

I watch you sleep there on the couch
I wander the dark halls of this house
I did my best to turn into a home
I check the babies while they’re sleeping
I pray to God their souls he’s keeping
And I crawl back into our queen bed all alone

'Cause something changed somewhere somehow
Something lost we haven’t found
Take me back to when all you needed was me
I ask my broken heart
If we had it all once upon a time
When did everything fall apart?

Life changes people everyday, that’s true
It sure changed me, I guess it forgot to change you

Something changed somewhere somehow
Something lost we have not found
Take me back to when all you needed was me
I ask my broken heart
If we had it all once upon a time
When did everything fall apart?
When did everything fall apart?

Leaving Jackson

Written By: Joy Frank-Collins and Chad Raymon

I wore out my welcome in this pit stop town two years ago
Getting loud and raisin’ hell, down at the Double L
I’ve seen the inside of the county jail more times than I can stand
I make bail and there’s always someone to tell me I’m just like my old man

That’s why I’m leaving Jackson
There’s nothing left for me
No bar, No girl, No 6x6 I haven’t seen
That’s why I’m leaving Jackson

Growing up there was never enough of anything to go around
No one cared if I was sick or scared.
I’m the survivor no that one found

That’s why I’m leaving Jackson
There’s nothing left for me
No bar, No girl, No 6x6 I haven’t seen
That’s why I’m leaving Jackson

I fell in love with this girl down on the river’s edge,
She lived on Harmar Street
She turned my world inside out
I was lost, she found the man hidden inside my doubts

Now I still can’t believe she walked out on me and left me in this town alone
There’s no one to blame but myself and this place is beating down my soul

That’s why I’m leaving Jackson
There’s nothing left for me
No bar, No girl, No 6x6 I haven’t seen
That’s why I’m leaving Jackson