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YOUR LADY SHE'S SHADY
music & lyrics by jj grey

you say your lady she’s shady
You can't trust her for a minute if your backs turned

I seem to remember some cheap hotel on your credit card bill
that got your ass burned

You’ve wined and dined so many tricks at a time
You couldn't keep up with all the little lies

And now your jealousy has got you crying to me
So just stop.

Your lady, she's shady
Ah but you the one running around town
Acting like a dog in heat, in heat
Your lady, she's shady
Everybody seems to know it but you

You out there playing the field, dressing to kill
While your lady's home working

She's watching the kids while you've been hitting the skins
somehow now it's got worrying

You think she's stepping out while you've been stepping in
You say she don't care about the kids

Bitch please! quit trying to squeeze
Your big ass through the door of innocence

Your lady, she's shady
Ah but you the one running around town
Acting like a dog in heat in heat
Your lady, she's shady
Everybody seems to know it but you

Your lady, she's shady
Ah but you the one messing around town
Acting like a dog in heat in heat
Your lady, she's shady
All your dirty laundry in the street
trying to keep it clean but all the people see
Your lady, she’s shady
Crying the blues now, Crying the blues now, Crying the blues now,
Your lady, she's shady
Everybody seems to know it but you


SOMEBODY ELSE
music & lyrics by jj grey

Some people say that I don’t play
they say I got a temper when I’m in that way
But I don’t know who that person is that acts like a fool
Thats somebody else Lord I swear it ain’t me
I guess I’m my on worse enemy
Cause I don’t know who I am when I am - that somebody else

I grab up the keys I fly out the gate
The family is fighting I don’t want to be late
Cause I’m going to tell them all about my ass like I said that I would
We’re out in the yard yelling at each other
hate in my eyes sisters and brothers
I don’t know who I am when I am - that somebody else

The neighbors are watching cause its getting real loud
but making my stand yo it makes me feel proud
but I know tomorrow I’ll feel the shame when I cool down
Baring my fangs when I hear my niece
yell to the neighbors “Lord call the police”
Cause I don’t know who I am when I am - that somebody else

I can’t hear the yelling no more
my eyes glaze over as I reach for the door
I grab my pistol time to show these fools what time it is
Now I’m in jail for the rest of my life
I can’t see my kids Lord I can’t see my wife
Cause I don’t know who I am when I am - that somebody else


TAME A WILD ONE
music & lyrics by jj grey

There's never been a man
to keep her underhand, or to hold her down
Cause she's as wild as a raging sea and just as beautiful too

Oh what was it in her eyes that scared him so
How come he felt so weak but tried look so strong

He tried to tame - tame a wild one
He tried to make a woman do right till she wants to do wrong

She, she was content
She loved to live each day as if another may never come

Ah but he
He did is best to hold her down
He built a cage a prison for the thing he loved most

He tried to tame - tame a wild one
He tried to make a woman do right till she wants to do wrong
He tried to tame - tame a wild one
Ah love is as free as it gets but it ain’t ever cheap

He, woke to an empty house
Only the shell only the echo inside

He may never understand
Just why she left
But words can’t build what's real
Or pull the life from a breath

He tried to tame - tame a wild one
He tried to make a woman do right till she wants to do wrong
He tried to tame - tame a wild one
Ah love is as free as it gets but it ain’t ever cheap


99 SHADES OF CRAZY
music & lyrics by jj grey
 
I can’t agree to disagree
Fighting like I’m fighting for life
They’re only words but they cut like a blade
Swinging wide with all of my might
 
Ah yeah, I guess it’s all of that coffee, that’s got my mind in a whirl
I’m still cussing and bitching and there ain’t nobody here
 
Oh yeah, you don’t have to holler I hear you
I’m standing right here beside you
Oh, 99 shades of crazy, I’m 99 shades of crazy
Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy
 
Pour another drink, make it a double for me
Maybe I can drink this away
It’s never fun when they pull out the gun
Beat you black and blue, boy
You gotta pay, you gotta pay
 
Oh, where the hell am I? I hope at least I had fun
I’m stumbling through New Orleans oh, to the rising sun
 
Oh yeah, you don’t have to holler I hear you
I’m standing right here beside you
Oh, 99 shades of crazy, I’m 99 shades of crazy
Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy
 
Lord have mercy on me
Noventa nueva tonos de loco
 
I need some peace, just some relief
From this voice, killing me
You stare at me, and you glare at me
All this pain it’s all the same, it’s all insane
(you see)
 
Is this really happening or did I make it all up?
I’m bound for Chattahoochee on a turnip truck
 
Oh yeah, you don’t have to holler I hear you
I’m standing right here beside you
Oh, 99 shades of crazy, I’m 99 shades of crazy
Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy

Ah you’re crazy you’re crazy
hold my feet, feet to the fire
you hold my feet to the fire
I never said I was down with you


THE BALLAD OF LARRY WEBB
music & lyrics by jj grey

He never missed a day of work, always had a kind word Four buttons on a worn out shirt, but neatly cleaned and pressed
He couldn't read or write, but never failed to see a sight or hear a sound.
A triumph in this life to watched it all go by - with a smile

All that is, all that will be, all we have is each other

His son died young his daughter as deaf as stone.
His castle a shotgun house an easy chair his throne He'd work from day to night and in the evening he’d feel its bite of pain
But every sunrise he'd greet it all with open arms and love - for all that is.

All that is, all that will be, all we have is each other

Many thought him simple but so few see the truth
So loud we live that we can't feel the glory anymore
And then I heard he died but all I could feel was the joy, oh the joy

All that is, all that has been, all we have is each other
All that is, all that will be, all we have is each other


FLORABAMA
music & lyrics by jj grey

There's a place down on the coast
between Florida and Alabama
Ah the women down there get a little, little too hot to handle
The air so sweaty so sticky so tricky
Trick or treat baby trick it on me
Love on the beach sweet as peaches and cream

I can feel the breeze from the gulf of mexico
Something in that salty air feels just right
I can feel the breeze from the Gulf of Mexico
Gonna be a party in Florabama tonight

Ah this blankets to small
Going to get a little sandy
Candied-lipped sweet tip, sweeter than cotton candy
Ah a little sweat never hurt nobody, nobody, nobody at all
Least of all me - baby can’t you feel it now

I can feel the breeze from the gulf of mexico
Something in that salty air feels just right
I can feel the breeze from the Gulf of Mexico
Gonna be a party in Florabama tonight

I can feel the breeze from the gulf of mexico
Something in that salty air feels just right
I can feel the breeze from the Gulf of Mexico
Gonna be a party in Florabama tonight


STANDING ON THE EDGE
music & lyrics Andrew Trube, Anthony Farrell

Time, Has a way of rolling on
And  no matter how hard you try
You can't seem to hold on

But maybe, we can hold onto one another
Inside of our love
For a little while

Why not, It's all up to us
Here we are - standing on the edge of love

Tonight is a drop, in the ocean of eternity
In all this current we flow, out into the open sea

Our destination is unknown
but if we let our hearts choose the course
One thing is for sure, we can get there together

Why not, It's all up to us
Here we are - standing on the edge of love


WRITE A LETTER
music & lyrics by jj grey

Soft as a voice, spoken from heaven
Honey for my ears, temper my soul
The warmth in the rain, the green in the bottom
The echo in the night when a train whistle blows

Holding up your arms, V is for victory
Power versus force, power wins
Radiate the joy from deep in your essence
It’s always the beginning it’s always the end

I write these words and I’m going to send them home to you

I’m going to write a letter, send it home
first class, first class baby
Let them know where I’m going to be
I’m going to write a letter, send it home
just as fast, as fast as you can mister postman
if you please

I’ve been waiting, been waiting, waiting so long
Time ain’t standing still, ain’t standing still
While I sing, sing this song

Holding up your arms, V is for victory
Power versus force, power wins
Radiate the joy from deep in your essence
It’s always the beginning it’s always the end

I write these words, someday I know I’ll understand
ooh baby want you understand

I’m going to write a letter, send it home
first class, first class baby
Let them know where I’m going to be
I’m going to write a letter, send it home
just as fast, as fast as you can mister postman
if you please



HARP & DRUMS
music & lyrics by jj grey

you know, you know, you know
What I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

Beat your feet you find that you just don’t shine it
knowing what you know but you just can’t hide it
Know what I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

you know, you know, you know
What I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

Beat your feet you find that you just don’t shine it
knowing what you know but you just can’t hide it
Know what I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

you know, you know, you know
What I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

Beat your feet you find that you just don’t shine it
knowing what you know but you just can’t hide it
Know what I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

you know, you know, you know, you know,
you know, you know, you know, you know,
Lord you know, you know, you know, you know
you know, know  

you know, you know, you know
What I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about

Beat your feet you find that you just don’t shine it
knowing what you know but you just can’t hide it
Freedom, what you freed? But you feel like your moving
Nobody don’t feel it when you feel like you grooving
Know what I’m talking about
Lord it feels so good deep inside you know what I’m talking about




THIS RIVER
music & lyrics by jj grey

Stare at a picture but there's nothing for it
I pull on the bottle and watch this river roll on by

Trying to find purpose trying to see meaning
Trying to make sense of the nonsense that I've called my life

Cause only this river can bear me to safety
Only this river can bear me away

See them all work and play there on the other bank
Warm in their houses while I face my cold alone

Guess I've been a drinking away to keep the wolves of my mind at bay
But if you run, you die I'm just too tired to care

Cause only this river can bear me to safety
Only this river can bear me away

I feel her flowing, flowing right through me
I hear her whispers drowning my words

Cause only this river, only this river, only this river
can save me, from myself

Where did my soul go? Where did my spirit hide?
Why won't they rescue me from the pain in my mind?

Cause only this river in all of her glory
Only this river can bear me away

Only this river
Only this river
Only this river...