Standing Outside The Fire We call them cool Those hearts that have no scars to show The ones that never do let go And risk the tables being turned. We call them fools Who have to dance within the flame Who chance the sorrow and the shame That always comes with getting burned. But you've got to be tough when consumed by desire 'Cause it's not enough just to stand outside the fire. We call them strong Those who can face this world alone Who seem to get by on their own Those who will never take the fall. We call them weak Who are unable to resist The slightest chance love might exist And for that forsake it all. They're so hell-bent on giving, walking a wire Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the fire. (chorus) Standing outside the fire Standing outside the fire Life is not tried, it is merely survived If you're standing outside the fire. There's this love that is burning Deep in my soul Constantly yearning to get out of control Wanting to fly higher and higher I can't abide Standing outside the fire. *chorus* Standing outside the fire Standing outside the fire Life is not tried, it is merely survived If you're standing outside the fire. The Night I Called The Old Man Out The dining room fell silent I can't believe what I just said I just told my dad he's full of it And I watched his face turn red And I should've said, "I'm sorry" But I matched him shout for shout I can still hear that screen door slammin' The night I called him out. (chorus) He said, "Son it's gonna hurt me more than it hurts you" But somehow I couldn't help but have my doubts 'Cause I'd seen my own dear brothers crawl back in the house Each time they called the old man out. Fist to fist and eye to eye Standin' toe to toe He would've let me walk away But I just would not let it go Years of my frustration Had let me to this night Now he'll pay for all the times that he's been right. *chorus* It was over in a minute That's when I realized The blood came from my mouth and nose But the tears came from his eyes And in memory of that fateful night I know the greatest pain was his And I just pray some day I'm half the man he is. *chorus* Just like my own dear brothers I crawled back in the house The night I called the old man out American Honky-Tonk Bar Association If your paycheck depends on The weather and the clock If your conversation calls for A little more than a coffee pot If you need to pour your heart out And try to rectify some situation That you're facing Contact your American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. When Uncle Sam dips in your pocket For most things you don't mind But when your dollar goes to all of those Standing in a welfare line Well rejoice you have a voice If you're concerned about the destination Of this great nation It's called the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. It represents the hardhat Gunrack, achin'-back Over taxed, flag-wavin', fun-lovin' crowd They're heart is in the music And they love to play it loud There's no forms or applications There's no red tape administrations It's the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. We're all one big family Throughout the cities and the towns We don't reach for handouts we reach for those who are down And every local chapter has a seven day a week Available consultation For your frustration It's called the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. It represents the mud flaps Six pack, bare crack Over-taxed, flag-wavin', fun-lovin' crowd They're heart is in the music And they love to play it loud There's no forms or applications There's no red tape administrations It's the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association. One Night A Day There's not a lot of things to do I wouldn't rather do with you Guess I'm funny that way Lately I just sit and stare I talk to people who aren't there To get through one night a day. (chorus) One night a day One step away From leavin' you behind I sit up with the radio Sing along with the ones I know To get through one night a day. *chorus* I'm callin' every friend I've had Wake 'em up, and make 'em mad Let 'em know that I'm OK . I used to sit and talk to you They're all just a substitute To get through one night a day. *chorus* I stay up with the late, late show Just another way I know To get through one night a day To get through one night a day. Kickin' And Screamin' Well, I don't know what my uncle did But he must have done it right They sure strung him up one Saturday night He had spent his whole life fussin' Would have spent his last breath cussin' 'Til he realized the deal was really done He started screamin' "Hallelujah!" Tryin' to make his peace with everyone Yeah, he was kickin' and screamin' Just like he came in He was kickin' and screamin', darlin' Right to the bitter end Ain't it funny how we come in kickin' giddyup And go out hollerin' whoa Lord, we never want to be here Sure don't ever want to go. Well, I could hear those church bells ringin' To my best friend I was clingin' Screamin' "If you love me brother don't let me go" Well then the whole scene was repeated Two years later I begged and pleaded Screamin' "If you love me, honey, Now you know you wouldn't want to let me go" No, I didn't want to do it But I sure don't want to see it come undone. Yeah, I was kickin' and screamin' Just like I came in I was kickin' and screamin', darlin' Right to the bitter end Ain't it funny how we come in kickin' giddyup And go out hollerin' whoa Lord, we never want to be here Sure don't ever want to go. *repeat* Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) Six o'clock on Friday evening Momma doesn' t know she's leaving 'Til she hears the screen door slamming Rubber squealin', gears a-jamming Local country station just a blaring on the radio Pick him up at seven and they're headin' to the rodeo Momma's on the front porch screamin' out her warning "Girl you better get your red head Back in bed before the morning." Nine o'clock the show is ending But the fun is just beginning She knows he's anticipating But she's gonna keep him waiting Grab a bite to eat And then they're heading to the honkey tonk But loud crowds and line dancing Just ain't what they really want Drive out to the boondocks and park down by the creek And where it's George Strait 'til real late And dancing cheek to cheek. (chorus) Ain't going down 'til the sun comes up Ain't givin' in 'til they get enough Going 'round the world in a pickup truck Ain't goin' down 'til the sun comes up Ten 'til twelve is wine and dancing Midnight starts the hard romancing One o'clock that truck is rocking Two is coming, still no stopping Break to check the clock at three They're right on where they want to be Four o'clock get up and going Five o'clock that rooster's crowing *chorus* Six o'clock on Saturday Her folks don't know he's on his way The stalls are clean, the horses fed They say she's grounded 'til she's dead Well here he comes around the bend Slowing down, she's jumping in Hey mom, you're daughter's gone And there they go again *chorus* The Red Strokes Moonlight on canvas, midnight and wine Two shadows starting to softly combine The picture they're painting Is one of the heart And to those who have seen it It's a true work of art. (Chorus) Oh, the red strokes Passions uncaged Thundering moments of tenderness rage Oh, the red strokes Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn) Burning the night like the dawn Steam on the window, salt in a kiss Two hearts have never pounded like this Inspired by a vision That they can't command Erasing the borders With each brush of a hand *chorus* Oh, the blues will be blue and the jealousies green But when love picks its shade it demands to be seen *chorus* Oh, the red strokes Passions uncaged Thundering moments of tenderness rage Oh, the red strokes Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn) Burning the night like the dawn. Steam on the window, salt in a kiss Two hearts have never pounded like this. Callin' Baton Rouge I spent last night in the arms Of a girl in Louisiana And though I'm out on the highway My thoughts are still with her Such a strange combination of a woman and a child Such a strange situation stoppin' every hundred miles Callin' Baton Rouge A replay of last night's events Roll through my mind Except a scene or two Erased by sweet red wine And I see a truck stop sign ahead So I change lanes I need a cup of coffee And a couple dollars change Callin' Baton Rouge (chorus) Operator won't you put me on through I gotta' send my love down to Baton Rouge Hurry up won't you put her on the line I gotta' talk to the girl just one more time. Hello Samantha dear, I hope you're feelin' fine And it won't be long until I'm with you all the time But until then I'll spend my money up right down to my last dime Callin' Baton Rouge. *chorus* Callin' Baton Rouge Sweet Baton Rouge, my Baton Rouge The Night Will Only Know That night will live forever Their first time to lie together They were finally where desire dared them to go Both belonging to another But longing to be lovers Promising each other that the night will only know. Parked on some old backstreet They laid down in the backseat And fell into the fire down below But they would pay for their deceving For a deadly web was weaving Why they picked that spot that evening Lord, the night will only know. Well within the innuendos Just outside the steamy windows The night was shattered by a woman's scream Motionless and frightened The grip of fate had tightened And with trembling hands they wiped away the steam. They saw a woman pleading Stumbling, begging, and retreating 'Til she became the victim of a foe And they watched her fall in silence To save their own alliance But the reason for the violence Just the night will only know And every paper ran the story She was stripped of all her glory And they told exactly how the woman died Abandoned and forsaken Too many pills were taken And they ruled the woman's death a suicide. Bound by their behavior They could have been her savior Now guilt becomes an endless debt they owe But another crime was committed And it's never been admitted Have the guilty been acquitted Lord, the night will only know. The Cowboy Song Pushin horns weren't easy like the movie said it was And I don't recall no dance hall girls Or hotel rooms with rugs You worked hot and tired and nasty Rode your pony's head too low There were all the nights you couldn't sleep 'Cause it was too damn cold And you'd sing "Strawberry Roan" and "Little Joe" Like the time we hit the river And the rains began to fall And the water was risin' so damn fast We thought it'd drown us all We lost a lot of steers that day And four to five good mounts But when all the boys rode into camp We knew that's what counts And we sang, yippie ti yi yay and "Amazing Grace". Or the night they broke behind us And then took us by surprise I whistled out to Bonner, I seen the terror in his eyes And he rode for all his horse would ride And I know he done his best But he crossed over Jordan ridin' Dunny to his death And we sang "Bringing in the Sheaves" and "The Rugged Cross" So when you see the cowboy, he's not ragged by his choice He never meant to bow them legs Or put that gravel in his voice He's just chasin' what he really loves And what's burnin' in his soul Wishin' to God that he'd benn born a hundred years ago Still singin' "Strawberry Roan" and "Little Joe"