Zane Williams

Zane Williams

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Folk/country songwriter who recently won the John Lennon, CMT/Nashville Songwriter's Association, and Merlefest Chris Austin song contests. Also, a gifted performer who has played at 400 universities and is featured on CMT.com's "New Voices No Cover."

Biography

Zane Williams writes folk/country songs that are simultaneously heartfelt and universal---songs that give you the impression that every line was thoughtfully and lovingly crafted. It's no wonder then that he has won a slew of song contests in the past two years: two categories of the Merlefest Chris Ausin song contest, grand prize of the CMT/NSAI song contest, and "Maxell Song of the Year" ($20,000 grand prize of the John Lennon songwriting contest). Those award-winning songs come to life on his newest studio release, which features some of Nashville's finest acoustic musicians and cover art that was designed and hand-stitched by Zane himself. Visit his blog at www.TheMusicRowDiaries.com for behind-the-scenes photos, sound clips, videos, and entertaining stories from the life of this up-and-coming artist!

Lyrics

Hurry Home

Written By: Zane Williams

Well he's been sittin' by the phone since she left
But it's time for work and he just can't be late
So he grabs his old guitar
And he plays a couple bars on the machine
And this is what he sings

It doesn't matter what you've done, I still love you
It doesn't matter where you've been, you can still come home
And honey if it's you
We've got a lot of makin' up to do
And I can't hug you on the phone
So hurry home

Well the message light was blinkin' when he got back
It was an old friend callin' 'cause he just heard the news
He said man I hope you find her
If I see her I'll remind her that her dad is worried
And wantin' her to know

(Chorus)

Well the days dragged by without a word from her
And it looked like she might not be comin' back
People said man don't you think it's time to take that old message off
He said no, you never know when she might call

Well she was just outside a bar in New York City
Her so-called friends had left her all alone
She was scared he wouldn't want her
But she dialed up that old number and let it ring
And then she heard him sing

(Chorus)

He walked in just in time to hear her say

Dad I'm on my way

Livin' in the Good Ol' Days

Written By: Zane Williams

Well we always laugh at that old photograph
Of your parents on their honeymoon
Lookin' so skinny yeah your mom was barely 20
With her short shorts showin' off her attitude
And it makes me think about you and me and how
The years are gonna slip away
Times like this are the times we're gonna miss
Yeah, we're livin' in the good ol' days

So come on, baby come closer
Let me kiss all your blues away
'Cause there ain't no time for fussin' and fightin'
When we're livin' in the good ol' days

Well I never did know Great-grandaddy Joe
But I heard he was somethin' else
Up in Grandma's hall, she got his picture on the wall
With his baseball team back in 1912
If he could only see you smilin' at me
I know he would wanna say
The sun is shinin' boy and you better enjoy
'Cause you're livin in the good ol' days

(Chorus)

Life is lovely, then it slips away
There's no comin' back to where we are today

So come on baby scoot a little closer
Let me kiss all those blues away
'Cause there ain't no time for fussin' and fightin'
What's the point of that anyway?
Come on baby, scoot a little closer
Let me kiss all your blues away
I don't wanna miss one single little minute
When we're livin' in the good ol' days
Yeah we're livin' in the good ol' days
Hey you're lookin' at the good ol' days

Back Porch Band

Written By: Zane Williams

The Distance Between
Written by Zane Williams

When I was a boy I had a dream
About the kind of man that one day I'd grow up to be
I wanted to change the world
I wanted to love someone
I found out that both of those things are easier said than done

Ain't it funny how the time goes by
Ain't it funny how you never win the game you never try
And even if you try
There ain't no easy way
To rise above the past that led you where you are today

I've got a head full of dreams that I don't want to forget
I'm always on my way, but I'm never quite there yet
And I'm tired of seeing the distance between
The man in my mirror and the man I wanna be

I guess I always have known wrong from right
I see them both as clear as day when I turn out the light
So why are they so far away
In the mornin' when I rise
To live out another wasted day and another compromise

I've got a head full of dreams that I don't want to forget
I'm always on my way yeah but I'm never quite there yet
And I'm tired of seeing the distance between
The man in my mirror and the man I wanna be

Why is it so hard to do the thing I know is right
Why does every day bring one more demon
That I have to fight?

It'd sure be nice to finally make a change
I guess only time will tell if I've got what it takes
Yeah, but even if I don't
I'll try it anyway
It's not like I had anything else to do today...

I've got a head full of dreams that I don't want to forget
I know what I need to do I just haven't done it yet
And I'm crossin' the distance that lies in between
The man in my mirror and the man I wanna be...

Workin' Man Like You

Written By: Zane Williams

Workin Man Like You
by Zane Williams

Here is a song for a man that I know
Workin' away his life with nothin' to show for it
Just a song and it's all he'll ever get
Cause he's hard to understand and easy to forget
Easy to forget

Brought all his dreams to the land of the free
But he's still a slave to his low wage destiny
Never been afraid to work his fingers to the bone
Buildin' all the mansions that he'll never own
Never call home
Singin'

Hey, hey workin' man, workin' man like you
The hours keep on comin' but your work is never through singin'
Hey hey workin' man, try to get some sleep
Tomorrow there'll be bills to pay and promises to keep

He loves his family the best way he knows how
Six o'clock in the morning and he's already out
Gets home just in time to put the kids to bed
Visions of their future goin' runnin' through his head
Runnin' through his head
Singin'

Hey hey workin' man workin' man like you
Trade your life for pennies but your work is never through
Singin' hey hey workin man, try to get some sleep
Tomorrow there'll be bills to pay and promises to keep

It was a Saturday, the day they laid him down
Finally at rest in that cold hard ground
His children's children will never know the man
But they'll have a chance at a life that he never had
And I know that he'd be glad
Singin'

Hey hey workin' man workin' man like you
Gave your life for another and your work is finally through
Singin' hey hey workin man, try to get some rest
I hope you got a mansion in the city of the blest

Discography

Coming in Summer 2006 "Hurry Home"
2003 "Zane Williams Live"
2000 "Fast Licks and Toothpicks"
1998 "Step in the Right Direction"
1996 "Train of Thought"

Set List

Typical set is 75 minutes of original songs from Zane's albums, with a few new (or even improvised!) songs thrown in.

Some songs that you're likely to hear:

Oh My Goodness, What've I Done (And When Can I Do it Again)
Livin' Alone Ain't So Bad
Five Star Service
Hurry Home
Back Porch Band
The Distance Between
Burst Into Flames
The Big Picture
The Truckin' Song
Home Sweet Home
What's So Good About Normal
Workin' Man Like You
Livin' in the Good Ol' Days
Just Like a Country Song
Worst Case Scenario