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The Dog Don't Know Sit

Written By: Will Hopkins / Steve Mitchell

I've gotta mutt named Amos; he's sweet as sweet tea
What he lacks in proper breeding he makes up in personality
A more loyal friend you will never find
But when it comes to what I say, he doesn't pay no mind

That dog won't hunt, that dog won't come
He refuses to do what I tell him to
Just stares up at me looking dumb
He don't know how to shake, he won't fetch, he won't stay
Lord, it pains me to admit the dog don't know sit

I ain't saying he's clueless; he's got gumption galore
He can drag a roasted turkey twice his size
From the counter to the kitchen door
He can sniff out any dead thing from here to Birmingham
And there's one special trick he does just because he can

But that dog won't hunt, that dog won't come
He refuses to do what I tell him to
Just stares up at me looking dumb
He don't know how to shake, he won't fetch, he won't stay
Lord, it pains me to admit, the dog don't know sit

Well, you know what they say 'bout people and their pets
As time goes by, they look and act alike
Pretty soon, you got a matching set
Well, I don't like taking orders; I get set in my ways
So if my dog takes after me, I reckon that explains

Why the dog won't hunt, that dog won't come
Why he refuses to do what I tell him to
And just stares up at me looking dumb
He don't know how to shake, he won't fetch, he won't stay
Still, it pains me to admit the dog don't know sit
The dog don't know sit; the dog don't know sit

That Boy Can Sing

Written By: Will Hopkins / Steve Mitchell

The scrawny boy with two left feet
Is chosen last for the softball team
And out in right field, he watches clouds go by
The other kids all laugh and play
He hopes the ball won’t come his way
Feels like he just can’t do nothing right
When that school bell rings, he takes the long way home
That’s the only time he can really let go

He sings at the top of his lungs
That’s the thing he really loves
Such a big sound for such a little boy
It fills the air with a joyful noise
He sings like he was born onstage
Fire and Rain and Amazing Grace
He opens his mouth and all his dreams take wing
Oh, don’t you know that boy can sing

Next day at school, he stands in the hall
Staring at a poster taped to the wall
They’re taking names for the 4-H talent show
Then the fifth grade bully looks him in the eye
Says, “you don’t stand a chance, so don’t even try”
Scared to death, he feels his chest sink low
But that night, he sneaks outside when the coast is clear
Heads down to the river, where his folks can’t hear

And he sings at the top of his lungs
That’s the thing he really loves
Such a big sound for such a little boy
It fills the air with a joyful noise
He sings like he was born onstage
Fire and Rain and Amazing Grace
He opens his mouth and all his dreams take wing
Oh, don’t you know that boy can sing

He hears laughs from the kids in back as he takes the stage
But like a lightning bolt, that first high note takes their breath away

He sings at the top of his lungs
That’s the thing he really loves
Such a big sound for such a little boy
It fills the air with a joyful noise
He sings like it’s the Opry Stage
Fire and Rain and Amazing Grace
He opens his mouth and all his dreams take wing
Oh, don’t you know that boy can sing

Beautiful Life

Written By: Will Hopkins / Claire Ulanoff

Shreveport on a summer evening
Screen door is barely breathin'
Outside, the pavement's steamin' after a poundin' rain
She's in a rush gettin' supper ready
Second try at his mom's spaghetti
First time was a bust but he said he loved it anyway
He honks his horn, as he's pullin' into their drive
She's on that porch, waiting with a big ole smile

And they're so young, barely starting out
Learning what life's about
Writing their story one page at a time
So in love and so amazed
With the beautiful life they've made
What a beautiful life

They can't quit talking all through supper
Catching up with one another
A gentle kiss shows he loves her more than words can say
Later on in their tiny kitchen
They're cuttin' up and washin' dishes
And when she feels the baby kickin,' it takes her breath away
She grabs his hand and places it on her side
Then she laughs out loud, watching his eyes get wide

Oh, they're so young, just barely starting out
Learning what life's about
Writing their story one page at a time
So in love and so amazed
With the beautiful life they've made

They've got a second hand sofa and a brand new bassinet
There's so much they don't know, but they don't know that yet

They're so young, just barely starting out
Learning what life's about
Writing their story one page at a time
So in love and so amazed
With the beautiful life they've made

Christmas Eve

Written By: Will Hopkins

All the gifts are wrapped; the shops are closed
We've got gingerbread and mistletoe
There's an open fire and Nat King Cole
It's Christmas Eve

The twinkling lights have all been strung
The tree is trimmed and the stockings hung
We've gathered each and every one
It's Christmas Eve

On Christmas Day, in no time flat
We'll open all the presents that took days to wrap
And then we'll scatter far and wide
Like snowflakes on a windy night

Old Saint Nick will soon be here
So fill your cup with Yuletide cheer
And promise you'll come back next year
For Christmas Eve

Old Saint Nick will soon be here
So fill your cup with Yuletide cheer
And promise you'll come back next year with me
For there's magic I believe
In Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve
It's Christmas Eve

I'd Take You Back

Written By: Will Hopkins / Joan Walker / Bill Warrington

Almost a year since we called it quits
A lot of river under the bridge for the both of us
I'm sleeping better, taking care of myself
And it ain't heaven but it ain't hell, the way it was
Still there are times if you were to ask
I can't lie, I'd take you back

Oh, I'd take you back to those cold winter nights sippin' peppermint socks
Warmin' our toes in those thick woolen socks in front of a cracklin' fire
Yeah, I'd take you back to that one room cabin and two feet of snow
And those three perfect days 'fore they cleared the road when love was all we had
Don't you know if I only could, I'd you back

I had a feeling I'd run into you
Rehearsed exactly what I'd say to prove I'm over us
But walkin' out of Sears last night
That long blonde hair caught my and I still felt the rush
She turned around and it wasn't you
But in that instant I faced the truth

Oh, I'd take you back to that old wooden sled, your arms around me
Laughin' out loud and pickin' up speed down a hill that was ours alone
Yeah, I'd take you back to that one room cabin and two feet of snow
And those three perfect days 'fore they cleared the road when love was all we had
Don't you know if I only could, I'd you back

Wish we could've saved those amazing days when love couldn't be better
Like a snow globe that seems to hold the magic of forever

Oh I'd take you back to Eskimo kisses in that old sleigh bed
Pullin' the covers up over our heads and feeling the morning sun
Yeah, I'd take you back to that one room cabin and two feet of snow
And those three perfect days 'fore they cleared the road when love was all we had
Don't you know if I only could, I'd you back
Oh I'd I take you back
Yeah, I'd take you back

One Thing Right

Written By: Will Hopkins

One Thing Right

I’ve fought my demons my whole life long
At times I’ve been weak when I should've been strong
Good lord knows, I’ve done a lot of things wrong
But I sure did one thing right

She came into this world on December the 5th
Seven weeks early – it scared us to death
Tiny little thing barely three pounds
When they said I could hold her, I didn’t know how
But I learned
And seeing her bright smile tonight
I know I sure did one thing right

We had our problems, her mother and me
Almost split up back in late ’93
When there seemed nothing left, she made us see
That we sure did one thing right

From pink baby booties to white ballet shoes
From crayons to crushes and ankle tattoos
She broke her right arm when she was fifteen
It kept her from making the volleyball team
How she cried
She’s stubborn but mostly polite
Yeah, we sure did one thing right

Slumber parties, the senior prom
Tell me where all the years have gone

She carries herself with such grace and style
Takes my left arm and gives me a smile
Her mother looks back from her seat on the aisle
In the flicker of soft candlelight, she’s a vision in ivory tonight
Can you blame me for bursting with pride?
Yeah, we sure did one thing right

One Thing Even God Can't Do

Written By: Will Hopkins / Steve Mitchell

You tell me you've been working, pulling overtime
But all that you've been pulling is the wool over my eyes
You've been drinkin' vodka, cause you think that it don't smell
Did you have a little party in some second-rate motel?
You swear "So help me God, baby, I've been true"
But I wouldn't be surprised if God has given up on you

Well, I know he pulled Jonah from the belly of a big ole whale
Set his people free, split the whole Red Sea, gave Moses an open trail
He can raise the dead, make it rain down bread
Save Daniel from the lion's den
But he'll never make an honest man of you
Oh, that one thing even God can't do

You think I didn't notice all that whispering on the phone?
And what kind of man heads down to the gym after putting on cologne?
Must've been a whole lot of hard work spinning all them lies
I guess it's second nature when you do it all the time
I know God works miracles, he can do 'em just like that
But with a piece of work like you, he's done met his match

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My Devil Does

Written By: Will Hopkins

My God don't drink whiskey on the rocks
He's never smoked a single cigarette
He doesn't feel the need to toke a little weed
The way my devil does

My God is early to bed and early to rise
He ain't raising Cain all hours of the night
One thing he hates is pissing away the day
The way my devil does

It's a constant struggle to juggle the darkness and the light
I feel this tug on my sleeve pulling me to the other side
Sometimes I'm scared as hell, 'cause no one knows me quite as well
As my devil does

My devil kneels down by the river of regret
He only wants a sip of water, but he winds up soaking wet
Almost like he likes the pain; Lord knows I can't explain
The things my devil does

It's a constant struggle to juggle the darkness and the light
I feel this tug on my sleeve pulling me to the other side
Sometimes I'm scared as hell, cause no one knows me quite as well
As my devil does

My God takes chances; he ain't afraid of life
My devil takes chances; he ain't afraid to die
Is it any mystery who gets the best of me?

Not Tonight

Written By: Will Hopkins / Dustin James

I appreciate the gesture
Yes, you're right I'm here alone
But this double shot of vodka
Oughta last me all night long
Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to all those fruity frozen drinks
I'm all for cutting up 'n letting loose
'N showing off my wild streak

But not tonight, I've got a heartache
I'm not in the mood to party
Cause the man who took my hand just up and ran right out on me
Some other place, some other time
I'd gladly join your conga line
But not tonight, I've got a heartache

No, I don't have eyes of violet, I've got standard issue blue
Do I know what it means, those are size fourteens?
Yeah, it means you've got big shoes
To tell the truth, I don't come here often, 'n I don't care about your sign
Still I'd bet you're a Taurus, cause you're all bull
And I can guess what's on your mind

But not tonight, I've got a heartache
There's no use in your getting started
I don't believe I'm gonna need no company when I get home
Some other place, some other time
I might've fallen for your lines
But not tonight, I've got a heartache

Some other place, some other time
Maybe I'll get him off my mind
But not tonight, I've got a heartache

One Thing No Man Should Have to Do

Written By: Will Hopkins / Claire Ulanoff


First it was just little things
But then you start to notice
A six pack of beer, half a bottle of scotch
$50 missing from the cigar box

The school tells you he's cutting class
Your gut tells you he's smoking grass
He don't give a damn, barely scraping by
And seeing the world through bloodshot eyes

He swears he's fine but you know he ain't
It hurts like hell to see him in such pain

That's one thing no man should have to do
He's your flesh and blood, the son you love
And it tears your heart in two
You know that he needs help
He can't do it by himself
You realize he ain't the kid you thought you knew
That's one thing no man should have to do

Pretty soon, you're getting calls from the cops
You clamp down hard, but it just don't stop
Still you don't know fear 'til that one rainy night
They haul his ass in on a DUI

He calls you up and begs you for his bail
You say "Sorry son, you'll have to sleep in jail"

That's one thing no man should have to do
He's your flesh and blood, the son you love
And it tears your heart in two
You know that he needs help
You can't do it by yourself
But to turn your son away when he turns to you
That's one thing no man should have to do

So you sign him in for 28 days
Then it's up to him, one day at a time
It ain't easy – giving tough love
But it sure as hell beats giving up

That's one thing no man should have to do
He's your flesh and blood, the son you love
It would tear your heart in two
You know that he needs help
He's gotta do it for himself
"fore you see your boy laid out in a dark gray suit
That's one thing no man should have to do

One More Year

Written By: Will Hopkins / Claire Ulanoff

They say Nashville is a five-year town
And if you're good you'll find success
Well, I've been at this for six years now
And I sure ain't found it yet
So what do you do when the money's all gone
Your time runs out but the dream lives on

Do you pack it up and walk away
Chalk it up to a big mistake
Head on home with your tail between your legs
Or do you grit your teeth, and tough it out
Still believe in the face of doubt
Keep on giving 'til there's nothing left
Do you sing your song and pray that someone hears
For one more year, just one more year

I know what it's like to have a job
That pays the mortgage and the bills
But every morning I came face to face
With an emptiness I couldn't fill
So I don't regret the choice I made
Still I have to ask on those darker days

Do I pack it up and walk away
Chalk it up to a big mistake
Head on home with my tail between my legs
Or do I grit my teeth, and tough it out
Still believe in the face of doubt
Keep on giving 'til there's nothing left
Do I sing my song and pray that someone hears
For one more year; yeah, just one more year

How long is too long for a dream to come true?
Can you fail, can you really fail, when you're doing what you love to do?

So do I pack it up and walk away
Chalk it up to a big mistake
Head on home with my tail between my legs
Or do I grit my teeth, and tough it out
Still believe in the face of doubt
Keep on giving 'til there's nothing left
Do I sing my song and pray that someone hears
Cross my fingers, hope my time is near
For one more year, just one more year
Yeah, I think I'll give myself one more year

He Knew

Written By: Will Hopkins / Mersaidee Soules

Two ticket stubs from a Broadway show
Seats 5 and 6 on the very front row
Our first date, and I didn't want to go
And here's my fortune from the China Moon
He must have kept it I didn't have a clue
It said your life is gonna change soon

Ke knew somewhere in his heart
I was the one right from the start
He knew from that moment on
It's hard to believe it took me so long
When he knew

This leather scrapbook he made for me
Is filled with all these memories
Even confetti from New Years Eve
And it's all here -- every word I wrote
Every birthday card, every little note
He kept it all, yeah, it goes to show

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I remember the night he gave this to me
I was laughing, i was crying, I could barely see
When I turned the final page it said "Will you marry me?"

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That Day

Written By: Will Hopkins / Mersaidee Soules

He came to town in June for the summer
He was working for his Uncle Vince
We’d just put in a swimming pool
And Daddy hired them to build a fence
Just one look and I fell in love
And I still can’t shake the memory of that day

His sunburned chest, the beads of sweat
And the way he smiled every time he looked my way
Nothing can replace that day

September sun was shining
We were lying on fresh cut grass
Out behind the tool shed
So Mama couldn’t see where we were at
One year older than me, he was eighteen
And I don’t want back what he took from that day

My first long kiss, my innocence
Believing what my mama said about men
Was gone with the wind that day

Ain’t it funny how life goes
How I wished he could have stayed
I wonder if he ever thinks of me
And that warm September day?

I cried, he smiled as he waved goodbye
And his old blue truck was gone without a trace
That day

That Kind of Man

Written By: Will Hopkins / Jeff Middleton

I hardly knew my daddy
He left when I was barely old enough to walk
My mama made up stories
Said that he’d be back for me in no time at all
My hero in that picture frame
I had his eyes and his last name
It took me years to understand
I didn’t wanna be that kind of man

Somehow my mama raised me
She said that I drove her crazy just like my old man
I had a will that wouldn’t budge
Slow to listen, quick to judge -- like lightning in a can
Heading nowhere, going fast
Hell-bent on following his path
It took me years to understand
I didn’t have to be that kind of man

Five years ago, I heard a knock at my door
There he stood -- a man whose eyes were just like mine
He tried to speak, fumbled, staring at his feet
And it hit me that he’d missed me my whole life

It’s my turn this morning; I’ve got the baby’s bottle warming
He almost slept the whole night through
His sister calls me in – tiny apron, big ole grin
She pouring tea-for-two
I’ll always be there for my kids
Won’t miss out like my daddy did
He’s the one who helped me understand
I don’t have to be that kind of man

The River Runs Too Deep

Written By: Will Hopkins / Claire Ulanoff

On the silent edge of morning
I’m half-awake, half-asleep
Out of breath, my heart is racing
Something’s chasing after me
I stumble through a forest
The sound of footsteps drawing near
Hounded by my own fears

Then I’m standing on the bank of a river
I’ve gotta get to the other side
So I jump down into the water
Cause it doesn’t seem to be that wide
Every time I think I’ve made it
Within reach of solid ground
I can feel my feet slipping
As the current pulls me down
I’m struggling to get free
But the river runs too deep

That’s the dream I keep on having
And that’s the story of my life
Heaven knows, I keep on trying
But I can’t seem to get it right
The ghosts of my mistakes
Keep racing through my mind
I can’t leave them behind

It’s like I’m standing on the bank of a river
I’ve gotta get to the other side
So I jump down into the water
Cause it doesn’t seem to be that wide
Every time I think I’ve made it
Within reach of solid ground
I can feel my feet slipping
And the current pulls me down
I’m struggling to get free
But the river runs too deep

Maybe someday, I’ll forgive myself
Face the past and make amends
But until then …

I’ll be standing on the bank of a river
I’ve gotta get to the other side
So I jump down into the water
Cause it doesn’t seem to be that wide
Every time I think I’ve made it
Within reach of solid ground
I can feel my feet slipping
As the current pulls me down
I’m struggling to get free
But the river runs too deep

Two Miles South of Tupelo

Written By: Will Hopkins / Joan Walker / Bill Warrington

Two miles south of Tupelo
I saw a broken down Ford by the side of the road
Black smoke pouring from underneath an open hood
This cute brunette ran out and flagged me down
Said, "I was heading to a wedding but it''s too late now"
I said, "Never say never, but babe you better buckle up good"

She had a smile as wide as the Mississippi
And her eyes were as soulful as the Delta Blues
We mighta been going a little too fast
But once you get started, there''s no turning back
So don''t blink, ''cause you never know
What you''ll find by the side of the road
Two miles south of Tupelo

We were blurring all the lines on Highway 78
Making good time in so many ways
Got to laughing so hard, we must''ve missed a turn or two
We finally made it to the church and all we found
Was rose petals and rice scattered on the ground
I thought she''d be mad, but she said I''d rather be with you

Oh she had a smile as wide as the Mississippi
And her eyes were as soulful as the Delta Blues
We might''ve been going a little too fast
But once you get started, there''s no turning back
So don''t blink, ''cause you never know
What you''ll find by the side of the road
Two miles south of Tupelo

Well, she finally made it to a wedding on time
She sure looked pretty walking down that aisle

Yeah, she had a smile as wide as the Mississippi
And her eyes were as soulful as the Delta Blues
We might''ve been going a little too fast
But once you get started, there''s no turning back
Friends and family filling every row
of a church made of stucco and stone
Two miles south of Tupelo
Oh, two miles south of Tupelo

No Road's Gonna Go Through Me

Written By: Will Hopkins / Ellen Britton

I was born in this backwoods holler
Like my daddy and his before
Legend says a battle was fought here
The tail end of the Civil War

This dirt road, General Lee traveled
Right before Appomattox came down
And I don't mind a little bit of gravel
But you ain't gonna pave this sacred ground

So don't waste your time
I can tell you I ain't gonna budge
You won't change my mind
I'm as stubborn as old oak stump
Your steamroller better turn around
'Cause that asphalt ain't touchin' this ground
You might've got it past the authorities
But no road's gonna go through me

I don't care 'bout the Board of Supervisors
I don't care about the county's plans
I pretty good with this here rifle
Ain't afraid to use it if you force my hand

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What about the sheriff? Go ahead and call
You see, he's my brother-in-law

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That's What Makes the Bluegrass Blue

Written By: Will Hopkins / Ellen Britton

In a corner of Kentucky, where the hills are filled with coal
A young girl holds a locket to her heart
She fumbles with the clasp as the sun is sinking low
Just one more look before the sky turns dark
She gazes at a handsome man in that tiny frame
Then wanders through the rolling fields calling out his name

And she cries, cause her one true love is gone
Every night, from the dusk until the dawn
Her tears fall down and touch the ground and become the morning dew
That's what makes the bluegrass blue
That's what makes the bluegrass blue

Her man, he was diggin' coal a half mile underground
The day before the day they were to wed
She was trying on her wedding dress when she heard that awful sound
Wouldn't listen when they told her he was dead
She ran into the darkness, calling after him
That's exactly what she's done every night since then

Oh, she cries, cause her one true love is gone
Every night, from the dusk until the dawn
Her tears fall down and touch the ground and become the morning dew
That's what makes the bluegrass blue
That's what makes the bluegrass blue

The miner in this story died in 1939
One of twenty-eight men lost that day
The young girl couldn't sleep or eat; they say she lost her mind
Within a month, they laid her in her grave
But folks in east Kentucky, they swear they see her still
A woman in a long white dress wand'ring through the hills

And she cries, cause her one true love is gone
Every night, from the dusk until the dawn
Her tears fall down and touch the ground and become the morning dew
That's what makes the bluegrass blue
That's what makes the bluegrass blue