Southern Ground

Track Listing

  • 1

    1. Toes

    I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today. Life is good today.

    Well, the plane touched down just about 3 o'clock
    And the city's still on my mind
    Bikinis and palm trees danced in my head
    I was still in the baggage line
    Concrete and cars
    Are their own prison bars
    Like this life I'm living in
    But the plane brought me farther.
    I'm surrounded by water
    And I'm not going back again

    I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today. Life is good today.

    Adios and vaya con dios
    Yeah, I'm leaving GA
    And if it weren't for tequila and pretty senoritas
    I'd have no reason to stay
    Adios and vaya con dios
    Yeah, I'm leaving GA
    Gonna lay in the hot sun and roll a big fat one
    And grab my guitar and play

    Four days flew by
    Like a drunk Friday night
    As the summer drew to an end
    They can't believe
    That I just couldn't leave
    And I bid adieu to my friends
    Because my bartender -- she's from the islands
    Her body's been kissed by the sun
    And coconut replaces the smell of the bar
    And I don't know if it's her or the rum

    I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today. Life is good today.

    Adios and vaya con dios
    A long way from GA
    Yeah, and all the muchachas -- they call me "big poppa" when I throw pesos their way
    Adios and vaya con dios
    A long way from GA
    Someone do me a favor and pour me some Jaeger
    [Another version: "Hey, boss, do me a favor and pass me the Jaeger"]
    And I'll grab my guitar and play

    Adios and vaya con dios
    Going home now to stay
    The senoritas don't care-o when there's no dinero
    [Another version: "'Cause senoritas don't care-o when there's no dinero"]
    I got no money to stay
    [Another version: "You got no money to stay"]
    Adios and vaya con dios
    Going home now to stay
    Just gonna drive up by the lake
    [Another version: "I'm just gonna kick it on the lake"]

    I put my ass in a lawn chair, toes in the clay
    [Another version: "With my ass in a lawn chair, toes in the clay"]
    Not a worry in the world, a PBR on the way
    Life is good today. Life is good today.

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    2. Whatever It Is

    She's got eyes that cut you like a
    Knife and lips that taste like sweet red wine
    And her pretty legs go to heaven every time
    She got a gentle way that puts me at ease
    When she walks in a room I can hardly breathe
    Got a devastating smile knock a grown man to his knees

    She's got whatever it is
    It blows me away
    She's everything I want to say to a woman
    But I couldn't find the words to say
    She's got whatever it is
    I don't know what to do
    And every time I try and tell her how I feel
    it comes out "I love you"
    You got whatever it is

    You know I've never been the type that would ever want to stay
    Bring 'em home at night and they're gone the next day
    But that all changed when she walked into my life
    People ask me what it is
    I tell them I don't know
    There's just something about the woman makes my heart go haywire
    She's gonna be my wife

    She's got whatever it is
    It blows me away
    She's everything I want to say to a woman
    But I couldn't find the words to say
    She's got whatever it is
    I don't know what to do
    Because every time I try and tell her how I feel
    it comes out "I love you"
    You got whatever it is

    When she loves me
    Girl that's how I feel
    When she loves me I'm on top of the world
    Because when she loves me I can live forever
    When she loves me I am untouchable

    She's got whatever it is
    It blows me away
    She's everything I wanted to say to a woman
    but couldn't find the words to say
    She's got whatever it is
    I don't know what to do
    Because every time I try and tell her how I feel
    it comes out "I love you"
    You got whatever it is

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    3. Where The Boat Leaves From

    There's a place, where the boat leaves from
    It takes away all of your big problems
    You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
    But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from

    Take one part sand, and one part sea, one part shade of banana tree
    The drinks they're cold and the raggae is hot
    And I know this is the place for me

    So get away to where the boat leaves from
    It takes away all of your big problems
    You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
    But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from

    See the problem is that you're right there
    And there's a perfectly good island somewhere
    Where a ride that floats and don't grab your coats
    You won't need it where we are going

    Get away to where the boat leaves from
    It takes away all of your big problems
    You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
    But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from

    Pick me up
    Pick me up
    Pick me up

    Put me down
    Down on the sand where its cool
    Put me down
    When I fall off my stool
    Put me down
    I'll just sleep there til morning comes around

    With sunshine tanned ladies and piña colodas
    and Bob Marley songs that are playing
    There's a song in my ear that I want you to hear
    Soft tropical lips that are singin

    Get away to where the boat leaves from
    It takes away all of your big problems
    You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
    But you gotta get away to where the boat leaves from

    So get away to where the boat leaves from
    it takes away all of your big problems
    You got worries you can drop them in the blue ocean
    but you got to get away to where the

    so get away to where the boat leaves from
    it takes away all of your big problems
    you got worries you could drop them in the blue ocean

    [x4]
    oooooo pick me up
    oooooo pick me up

    i gotta go

    [x4]
    oooooo pick me up
    oooooo pick me up

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    4. Violin Intro To Free

    [Violin playing]

    So we live in our old van
    Travel all across this land
    Me and you

    We'll end up hand in hand
    Somewhere down on the sand
    Just me and you

    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be

    We drive until the city lights
    Dissolve into a country sky
    Just me and you

    Lay underneath the harvest moon
    Do all the things that lovers do
    Just me and you

    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Ever be

    No we don't have a lot of money
    No we don't have a lot of money
    No we don't have a lot of money
    All we need is love

    We're free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Ever be

    So we live in our old van
    Travel all across this land
    Me and you
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    5. Free

    [Violin playing]

    So we live in our old van
    Travel all across this land
    Me and you

    We'll end up hand in hand
    Somewhere down on the sand
    Just me and you

    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be

    We drive until the city lights
    Dissolve into a country sky
    Just me and you

    Lay underneath the harvest moon
    Do all the things that lovers do
    Just me and you

    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Ever be

    No we don't have a lot of money
    No we don't have a lot of money
    No we don't have a lot of money
    All we need is love

    We're free as we'll ever be
    Just as free
    Free as we'll ever be
    Ever be

    So we live in our old van
    Travel all across this land
    Me and you
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    6. Chicken Fried

    You know I like my chicken fried
    And cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio on

    Well I was raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia Pine
    And that's home you know
    Sweet tea, pecan pie, and homemade wine
    Where the peaches grow
    And my house it's not much to talk about
    But it's filled with love that's grown in southern ground

    And a little bit of chicken fried
    Cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio on
    I love to see the sun rise
    See the love in my woman's eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother's love

    It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most
    Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
    There's no dollar sign on a peace of mind, this I've come to know
    So if you agree, have a drink with me,
    Raise you glasses for a toast

    To a little bit of chicken fried
    And cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio on
    I love to see the sun rise
    See the love in my woman's eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother's love

    I thank god for my life
    And for the stars and stripes
    May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
    Salute the ones who died
    The ones that give their lives
    So we don't have to sacrifice
    All the things we love

    Like our chicken fried
    And cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio on
    I love to see the sun rise
    See the love in my woman's eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother's love

    Get a little chicken fried
    And cold beer on a Friday night
    A pair of jeans that fit just right
    And the radio on
    I love to see the sun rise
    See the love in my woman's eyes
    Feel the touch of a precious child
    And know a mother's love

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    7. Mary

    Mary, Mary, why you want to do me this way?
    I was dumb enough not to settle down when you wanted to
    Now I'm sittin' here going crazy trying to crawl back to you
    Mary, Mary, why you want to do me this way?

    But I was smart enough to come to my senses
    Be who you need me to be
    And if you say that I'm too late
    I'll curl up and die in misery
    Mary, Mary, why you want to do me this way

    I remember our first kiss on the 4th of July
    I'll never miss another one of those
    I'll be by your side

    If my foolish heart was wrong,
    this truly was never meant to be
    Well I only hope that he'll count his lucky stars
    and love you as much as me

    Mary, Mary, why you want to do me this way [3x]

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    8. A Different Kind Of Fine

    She make a train take a dirt road
    Make it stop on a dime
    Make 'em wonder which way to go
    Make a man change his mind

    She's a lawyer's queen, a trucker's dream
    With a baseball hat fit for a queen
    A genuine, a different kind of fine

    Cadillacs and caviar
    Well, that ain't how she rolls
    Implants and tummy tucks
    She sure don't need those

    She's a cool drink of water
    When the summer's mean
    Poured into those Levis jeans
    She's country as the day is long

    She make a train take a dirt road
    Make it stop on a dime
    Make 'em wonder which way to go
    Make a man change his mind

    She's a lawyer's queen and a trucker's dream
    With a baseball hat fit for a queen
    A genuine, a different kind of fine

    Tan and lean like a long-neck bottle
    In the passenger seat
    Got her hand on the throttle
    She'll get you there right on time

    Lord, take you down to Tijuana
    Make you wanna slap your momma
    Gotcha all tore up and made you spill your dip cup
    Bona fide, a different kind of fine

    Make a train take a dirt road
    Make it stop on a dime
    Make 'em wonder which way to go
    Make a man change his mind

    She's a lawyer's queen and a trucker's dream
    With a baseball hat fit for a queen
    A genuine, a different kind of fine

    She make a train take a dirt road
    Make it stop on a dime
    She make 'em wonder which way to go
    Make a man change his mind

    A lawyer's queen, a trucker's dream
    A baseball hat fit for a queen
    Genuine, a different kind of fine!
    Lord, Lord!

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    9. Highway 20 Ride

    I ride east every other Friday but if I had it my way
    Days would not be wasted on this drive
    And I want so bad to hold you
    Son, there's things I haven't told you
    Your mom and me just couldn't get along

    So I'll drive
    And I think about my life
    And wonder why I'll slowly die inside
    Everytime I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line
    and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

    A day might come and you'll realize that if you could see through my eyes
    There was no other way to work it out
    And a part of you might hate me
    But son please don't mistake me
    For a man that didn't care at all

    So I drive
    And I think about my life
    And wonder why I'll slowly die inside
    Everytime I turn that truck around, right at the Georgia line
    and I count the days and the miles back home to you on that Highway 20 ride

    So when you drive
    And the years go flying by
    I hope you smile
    If I ever cross your mind
    It was a pleasure of my life
    And I cherished every time
    And my whole world
    It begins and ends with you
    On that Highway 20 ride....

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    10. It's Not OK

    A man was bothering me today and I
    wanted to tell him to go away
    But I stood and listened to him anyway, okay.
    He said he didn't want to shoot that man
    And it was his thing and I wouldn't understand
    And he had done all that he can, okay.

    I guess his body was as good as mine
    And just like me he was wasting time
    Turning over every stone to see what he could find, okay.
    He was filling tank and he asked for money
    I lied and said I didn't have any
    Then my conscious took over and I gave him a hand full of change.

    Don't do a thing.
    Stay right there.
    You'll lie there.
    You don't seem to care

    I know its hard to survive in the city
    When the beautiful days don't look so pretty
    And you don't have windows to keep the night away, okay.
    He was dirty and stink and just a bit crude
    But I didn't say that because that's kind of rude
    And he didn't care what I had to say in the first place, okay.

    I wanted to say you're a big disgrace to the world,
    yourself, and the human race
    And reach back and pop him one good time in the face, okay.
    No its not okay and I didn't do that
    But I gave him a smile and tipped my hat and told him to have a very nice rest of the day

    Don't do a thing. Don't do a thing.
    Stay right there.
    You'll lie there. You'll lie there.
    You don't seem to care.

    Guess he bought some booze or shit

    And sure that bothers me a little bit but it's his life and I can't tell him how to live it

    As he turned and started to go his way I tried to think of something wise to say like...

    Don't do a thing.
    Stay right here.
    You'll lie here.
    You don't seem to care.
    You'll die here.
    You don't seem to care

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    11. Jolene

    Cocaine flame in my bloodstream
    Sold my coat when I hit Spokane
    Bought myself a hard pack of cigarettes
    In the early mornin' rain

    Lately my hands they don't feel like mine
    My eyes been stung with dust and blind
    Held you in my arms one time
    Lost you just the same

    Jolene
    Well, I ain't about to go straight, it's too late
    And I found myself face down in the ditch
    Booze in my hair, blood on my lips

    A picture of you holding a picture of me
    In the pocket of my blue jeans
    Still don't know what love means
    Still don't know what love means

    Jolene
    Jolene

    It's been so long since I've seen your face
    Or felt a part of this human race
    I've been living out of this here suitcase
    For way too long

    Man needs something he can hold onto
    Nine pound hammer or a woman like you
    Either one of them things will do

    Jolene
    Well, I ain't about to go straight, it's too late
    And I found myself face down in the ditch
    Booze in my hair, blood on my lips

    A picture of you holding a picture of me
    In the pocket of my blue jeans
    Still don't know what love means
    Still don't know what love means

    Jolene
    Jolene

    Cocaine flame in my bloodstream
    Sold my coat when I hit Spokane
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    12. Sic 'Em On A Chicken

    Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken and watch them feathers fly

    Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Bring out the butter and the flour we're ready to fry.

    My dog Pete is the smallest dog of all the dogs in my yard He's a mean son' bitch Drinks Beam and water from a broken mason jar

    Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken and watch them feathers fly

    Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Bring out the butter and the flour we're ready to fry.

    I heard this awful noise coming from the woods I heard chicken screams Know it ain't gonna be good

    Well I think we lost the chicken Think we lost the chicken Think we lost the chicken because I just heard him cry

    Think we lost the chicken Think we lost the chicken Think we lost the chicken but you can get another one for a dollar 79

    In a couple of years his spurs have grown He wasn't safe to keep around the house When he almost took an eyeball from Lonny's son And I was sitting at home making fig preserves And I'd seen where that rooster kicked him in the eye And I knew that that was the day that chicken was going to get what he deserved

    So I chased the chicken I chased the chicken I chased the chicken and Pete hit 'em from the side

    I chased the chicken I chased the chicken I chased the chicken and me and Pete suppered on a home made chicken pot pie

    Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken. Sic 'em on a chicken and watch them feathers fly

    Sic 'em on a chicken Get that chicken I can smell the kitchen and it's almost supper time