Scotty Orme

Scotty Orme

BandCountryRock

My name is Scotty Orme. I'm a songwriter (primarily lyricist) from southern Indiana. I write mostly country and rock. I'm a member of NSAI, and currently working to get some songs cut.

Other Info

Cover band: 
No

Lyrics

Head Above Water

Written By: Scotty Orme / John Dowell

VERSE 1:
I just try
To provide
I try to make a life
For me and my wife
And our little girl
She deserves the world
And I'd love to give her
Diamonds and pearls

There's bills and bills
That I can't pay
It's got to be better
On some other day
Just when the sun
Peeks through the clouds
The sky breaks open
And the rains come down

CHORUS:
It's gettin' harder and harder
To keep my head above water
Somebody could help
But why should they bother
I've got to be careful
Not to get too far down
'Cause the way things are goin'
I'm sure to drown
I ain't nothin'
But a husband and father
I'm doin' my best
To keep my head above water

VERSE 2:
My wife's prescription
Is a hundred a month
If we're short on cash
Then we're out of luck
I have to drive to work
So there's the cost of the fuel
I guess I could steal
But I play by the rules

Meanwhile, the rich guy
He's doin' alright
He's got a sweet-lookin' ride
And his castle's real nice
Pocket change to him
Is enough to change my life
We need to spread it around
Before our free land dies

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE
I love this country
But it's movin' too slow
What's a man to do
Does anybody know

REPEAT CHORUS

I'm doin' my best
To keep my head above water

The Cowboy's Ghost

Written By: Scotty Orme

VERSE 1

In a little ol’ ghost town
Somewhere north of Sante Fe
I’d been looking for an answer
But couldn’t even find my way
I wondered where had all the cowboys gone
Were they still around
Or are they just ghosts and memories
Like this old forgotten town

There sat an old man on the store’s front porch
In an old gray hat and boots
Time had wore his pains away
But his scars looked pretty new
He looked at me and said, “Sonny,
I hope you’re livin’ life
There used to be some more like me
But time has passed us by”

Then he said,

CHORUS 1

“At least I was once a cowboy
And had the chance to ride
Travellin’ across the prairies
Beneath the western skies
Our memories will live on
Long after we’ve said goodbye
You’ll never see the cowboy’s ghost
‘Cause cowboys never die”

VERSE 2

The old cowboy told some stories
About the way things used to be
From rolling mountain ranges
To never-ending fields of green
There were a little less people
There was a lot more time
And you could ride in to town
And buy something for a dime

Now the river’s run dry
And the fields have been washed away
You can’t make a living out on the range
And the city’s no place to stay
There’s no place for this old cowboy
In today’s society
And I know I can’t go back
To the way that things used to be

REPEAT CHORUS 1

VERSE 3

I glanced down at the floor
As a tear came to my eye
Then I looked up, and the old cowboy
Had vanished from my sight
How could’ve he just been a ghost
If cowboy’s never die
Then I heard his words once more
Echoing through the night

CHORUS 2

“I was once a cowboy
Son, I think that you’re one too
It’s not the hat, it’s not the boots
It’s the spirit inside of you
Our memories will live on
Long after we’ve said goodbye
I may be a cowboy’s ghost
But the spirit never dies”

The Barrel and the Bottle

Written By: Scotty Orme

VERSE 1

My step dad, Jim
Was a mean ol’ fool
A frequent flyer
On a barroom stool
He liked to drink
And he liked to fight
He’d knock ‘em both down
Every Friday night

Someone meaner
Finally tanned his hide
But then he came back
With iron on his side
Loaded with lead
And loaded with Jack
He shot that poor soul
In his back

CHORUS

It took him six shots
To throw down the throttle
Two from the barrel
And four from the bottle
He had the bulb
But not the lights
He pulled one trigger
And took two lives

VERSE 2

My step daddy
Got his tail in jail
Loco the motive
He ran off the rails
The man he killed
Ain’t the only one
That lost his life
Big Jim’s is done

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

When he blew through the bar
Like a roman candle
The gun's the only one
That came in with a handle

REPEAT CHORUS

Mama and me
Are finally out the door
He stole two lives
And freed two more

The Barrel and the Bottle

Written By: Scotty Orme

VERSE 1

My step dad, Jim
Was a mean ol’ fool
A frequent flyer
On a barroom stool
He liked to drink
And he liked to fight
He’d knock ‘em both down
Every Friday night

Someone meaner
Finally tanned his hide
But then he came back
With iron on his side
Loaded with lead
And loaded with Jack
He shot that poor soul
In his back

CHORUS

It took him six shots
To throw down the throttle
Two from the barrel
And four from the bottle
He had the bulb
But not the lights
He pulled one trigger
And took two lives

VERSE 2

My step daddy
Got his tail in jail
Loco the motive
He ran off the rails
The man he killed
Ain’t the only one
That lost his life
Big Jim’s is done

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGE

When he blew through the bar
Like a roman candle
The gun's the only one
That came in with a handle

REPEAT CHORUS

Mama and me
Are finally out the door
He stole two lives
And freed two more