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Dixie Boy

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Words and Music by Jim McBride Iwas raised in the shadow of an old cotton mill, back when believin' was in style. Smalltown heaven and a big-eyed boy made sweet music for a while. My daddy worked hard down at the facotry. Nights he went to G.I. school. He didn't know nothin' 'bout the silver spoon, but he lived by the golden rule. Summer nights he was gone; me and mama stayed home, out on the front porch swing, wishin' on the stars in the southern sky, and sometimes we used to sing. We were leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms of love, livin' all the simple joys this Dixie boy is made of. Got my real educationfrom the T.V. station and good ole boys down at the park. The say Hey, Willie and those rock-a-billies played their way into my heart. I remember the old folks sittin' 'round talkin' on laidback Sunday afternoons. They said them young folks sure got a hard road. Oh, they're growin' up too soon. Now I know they were right, and as I sit here tonight out on the front porch swing, the stars are shinin' in my young boy's eyes, just like they did for me; We are leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms of love, livin' all the simple joys this Dixie boy is made of.

Had It Not Been You

ALAN JACKSON "Like Red On A Rose"
The girl's wouldn't look anything like they do Can't imagine my life without dresses and shoes Or never taking a sunset from a front porch swing Or make any sense of the pleasure love brings I'd been alone for sure Had it not been you I wouldn't reach for your arms When my dreams don't come true Never sit holding hands On a crowded church pew I wouldn't smile when my fingers run through your hair Or laugh when we race to the top of the stairs I'd get old for sure Had it not been you You know there are times That I can't wait to pick up the phone When you're callin' And the three little voices That always chime in right along When we're talkin' Oh I never would see through eyes of truth And my heart would have overlooked a view that some just talk of and never find In a lifetime It's hard to describe in just words how I feel when I hold stand beside you But I make it known It's just time that I kill When I'm alone and without you I will love all through the night If you love me As long as I wake up each morning I'll know I'm the only one around For a lifetime I'd never have taken in a sunset from the front porch swing Or make any sense of the pleasure love brings I'd been alone for sure Had it not been you

Sittin' On The Front Porch Swing

DOLLY PARTON "Honky Tonk Angels"
I remember a time when the bloom was on the cotton When our hearts chased the clouds like the swallow on the wing When our cares which were already few, some forgotten Just sitting on the front porch swing Oh we'd sit every Sunday, and watch the married ladies And we'd dream of white dresses and church bells in the spring And they'd talk and paint their nails while they let us hold their babies Sitting on the front porch swing Where was I when the time came to join the married ladies Why did I paint the nail when the finger had no ring Why do I sit at my age and long to hold their babies Sitting on the front porch swing When the mind longs to follow, but the memory erases And the lips form the words that the heart no longer sings When the leaves in the hollow have been dyed to match our faces Sitting on the front porch swing Oh we'll dream of the time when the bloom was on the cotton When our hearts chased the clouds like the swallow on the wing But the words to the rhyme are not the only things forgotten Sitting on the front porch swing Sitting on the front porch swing

Swingin'

Cledus T. Judd "Cledus T. Judd (No Relation)"
John Anderson (J. Anderson/L. Delmore) Polygram Imternational Publishing, Inc.(ASCAP) Let's dance!!! UH... (Yes ma'am... Is Charlotte Johnson at home by chance? Uh yea ma'am we're supposed to have a date tonight. Where we going? I'll tell you where we're going... Swinging) There's a little girl, living in my neighborhood Her name is Charlotte Johnson mmm mmm lookin good I had to go and see her, so I called her on the phone Walked over to her house, and this was goin' on Her brother was on the sofa, eatin' chocolate pie Her momma was in the kitchen cuttin' chicken up to fry Her daddy was in the back yard rollin up a garden hose And I was on the porch with Charlotte feelin' love down to my toes Chorus: And we were swingin' (swinging) Yeah we were swingin' (swinging) Little Charlotte she's as pretty as the angels when they sing I can't believe it started on the front porch in a swing Just swingin' (swingin) Just swingin' (swingin) Now Charlotte she's a darlin she's the apple of my eye When I'm on the swing with her it makes me oh so high Now Charlotte is my lover and she has been since the spring I can't believe it started on her front porch in the swing Chorus Repeat Chorus Here we go... Me and Charlotte sittin on the porch swing Eating moon pies sipping on the Real Thing Daddy comes out with a 12 gauge shotgun Had a flashback from his days in Viet Nam Honey please you're my daughter I guess she forgot all the things I taught her Shot gun blast my ears ringing on the front porch... UH Chorus That's what we were doing Swinging There's your money in the bank...two step to that There's a little girl, living in my neighborhood Her name is Charlotte Johnson mmm mmm lookin good Now Charlotte is my lover and she has been since the spring I can't believe it started on her front porch in a swing Here we go... Me and Charlotte sittin on the porch swing Eating moon pies sipping on the Real Thing Daddy comes out with a 12 gauge shotgun Had a flashback from his days in Viet Nam Honey please you're my daughter I guess she forgot all the things I taught her Shot gun blast my ears ringing on the front porch... UH CHORUS That's what we were doing Swinging There's your money in the bank...two step to that Don't touch that knob there might be some JAM ON IT... Too much jam on it Too much jam on it Too much jam on it

Road To Perdition

JAY ELECTRONICA
[Ronald Reagan:] "And they say if we'll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he'll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple" I got that black on black skin tone, actual-fact syndrome That's why I dropped the jewel on every verse you heard me shit on Okay, it's a Slumdog opera The tale of a king whose name wasn't on the roster My road to glory was Road To Perdition And Act II: The Turn is just the memoirs with no omissions We came a mighty long way from standing near the stove In the cold, the greatest story ever told The realest niggas see the pain in my story boards The true believers say, "Wallahi, I support the boy" My life feel like a highlight reel This is lightning striking, feel how the Zeitgeist feel Get a slight chill [Bridge - Jay Z:] I got these niggas, Breezy! Don't worry about it My swag is on 1.21 gigawatts, 10 trillion kilowatts Hardcore Thriller pop, Michael Jackson, nigga rock Google me, baby, understand where I'm coming from My destiny's to hit a grand slam when my number come All hail the lyrical, Grand Wizard Imperial Nigga signed the dotted line with Hov, that's a miracle And I ain't leave the thugs alone The humble in me will surely inherit the mud we on And shoot up every club we clone The flow is too atomic The poetry's too Qu'ran-ic, the young prophet Muhammad And I could drop a verse to change the whole vibration The whole Roc Nation, the whole Live Nation So pour libation Beware, but prepare for the polarization, it's the globalization Warn all the clergymen and notify Satan I been waiting, this the notarization, I been patient [Bridge] A thousand kisses to the haters cause they made me greater A thousand wishes from a million slaves could raise a savoir A thousand disses to these dickheads at these major labels From Big Daddy Kane to Big Daddy Kane and Abel You pay a cost to be a boss, nigga, I paid the wager Mastered both sides of the force and plus I made my saber Yes sir, I'm a soldier of love Drowning all my sorrows and woes in the club My white boys say, "that shit you spit last year, bro Was like a real fine Merlot and a cashmere throw" Some black chicks say he ugly, white women they love me My Asians and my mamis don't put nothing above me I call it as it happens, the art of quality rapping One autobiographical chapter could start up the rapture And even though I walk in the narrow valley of death All I see is green pastures, bitches screaming from the rafters

Young Hearts

JJ DEMON
Here, in the summer when the sun leaves later we sat under the plum tree hearing the hum of the cicadas We become free fireflies, lantern The fields of our youth ever feel the sky's amber Dust, brings a calming glow Like a brush we can kiss and my mom won't know and I promise tonight to be honest my pot grows cold Don't tell us that we're too young and the blinds won't hold But I feel like this is for real life Forever I'm squeezing your hand in a trance that's so clever Dandelions explode The wind blows tender Will I still be outside of your window in September? Who knows when the days are like years and my big little heart says "Stay the night here" Knowin' I can't and I won't but I want to Suddenly I'm brave enough to tell you that I love you In the summer when the sun stays longer and everyday is Sunday There's no place to complain Two hearts unchained, kids fallin' fast bear for thunderwaves we're fallin' in the grass Left it spillin' like water from a bucket Life was so luscious now we're both thrushes[?] How much is a popsicle cause I'm treatin' we leave the red stains on our faces while we eat 'em on the swings like the wings of a lovebird children upping forts in the passion of the suburb We plan for the next minute we abandon our plan and the very second we're in it Cause these are like the days to be timid an its ink will confess the note I will ask you but please, certain yes Maybe all I can remember are the fun parts or have we just grown too old for our young hearts? In the summer when the sun starts humming something beautiful Before we ever saw our first funeral Before we ever cried over love and its little quirks we just like the way it felt not knowing if it will hurt one day I used to scribble[?] your name on my arm now I'm looking at your text not knowing what to respond All the poetry escapes me I wonder how we've forgotten the bliss in waitin' an eternity for a kiss an eternal leave we'll miss the days your parents thought we were cute now I'm no longer welcome in your home No shelter from the storm back then the clouds all seemed pretty We learned later how it felt to be alone stomp every mountain in the cold young love is like icecream I'm the Cancer and you're the Pisces why do we grow like a cancer? I'm lookin' for that old answer to the question "Do you like me?"

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