Communicate

 

1. Communicate

(Alger/McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass and hammond organ: Mark Prentice   drums: Tommy Harden

background vocals: Michelle Nicolo Prentice and Peggy Severs

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)/Rosebriar  Music (ASCAP)


2. I See Purple

(McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

fiddle and mandolin:Tammy Rogers King   background vocals: Michelle Nicolo Prentice

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


3. World Without Mirrors

(Doyle/McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass, keys: Mark Prentice   drums: Tommy Harden

  background vocals: Michael Dearing and Peggy Severs

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI )/Dream Island Music, Ridgeforce Music, Taylor Lane Songs (BMI)


4. It's Still Love

(McGrath)

acoustic, electric guitars and percussion: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice

piano: Catherine Styron Marx 

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


5. I'm Not Losing You

(Rankin/McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass and b3: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

keyboards: Julia Eng   background vocals: Tommy Harden and Lorrie Harden

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI )/Co'Bhan Music Company Ltd.-SOCAN


6. Sure Bet

(Castleton/McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass and keys: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

background vocals: Michelle Nicolo Prentice

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI )/Diamond Aire Misic (ASCAP)


7. Changing Who I Am

(McGrath)

acoustic and b-bender guitars and harmonium: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

  background vocals: Michael Dearing

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


8. Forget About It

(McGrath)

acoustic, electric guitars and percussion: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

piano: Catherine Styron Marx   background vocals: Tommy Harden and Lorrie Harden

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


9. One More Try

(McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass and keys: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

piano: Katherine Styron Marx   cello: Katy Yo Yo Marx

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


10. Cool Grip

(McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, mandolin and lap steel: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

ukelele: Nicky Laguna   background vocals: Michael Dearing

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)


11. Sam

(McGrath)

acoustic and electric guitars: Mike Severs   bass: Mark Prentice  drums: Tommy Harden

Bat McGrath Publishing (BMI)




Recorded @ Sunny's Lab, Franklin, TN and Tommy's Dungeon, Nashville, TN

Mixed by Mike Severs @ Sunny's Lab, Franklin, TN

Mastered by Doug Wayne @ Mastermind


Lyrics



COMMUNICATE          

(Alger/McGrath)


I’VE SEEN WHAT A WORD CAN DO

WITHOUT A HINT OF TRUTH

AND I’VE HEARD WHAT A LOOK CAN SAY

AS LOUD AS ANY WORD

SOME FOLKS TALK AND TALK ALL NIGHT

AND NEVER SAY A THING

MAYBE NO ONE’S LISTENING ANYWAY

AT LEAST THAT’S HOW IT SEEMS


    WHY DON’T WE COMMUNICATE

    TRY A CONVERSATION FACE TO FACE

    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO OPEN UP YOUR HEART

    AND SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

    STAND UP STRAIGHT AND RAISE YOUR VOICE

    BEFORE YOU LOSE IT AND THEN HAVE NO CHOICE

    THERE’S REALLY NO MORE TIME TO WASTE

    WHY DON’T WE COMMUNICATE


LAST NIGHT YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS

WHILE I JUST WATCHED T.V.

I WOKE UP LATER ON THE COUCH

AN’ NEVER HEARD A WORD YOU SPOKE

I FELT BAD ABOUT IT ALL DAY LONG

I WAS SUCH A CRAZY FOOL

YOU WERE POURING OUT YOUR SOUL TO ME

JUST THE WAY I WANT YOU TO


    WHY DON’T WE COMMUNICATE

    TRY A CONVERSATION FACE TO FACE

    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO OPEN UP YOUR HEART

    SAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND

    STAND UP STRAIGHT AND RAISE YOUR VOICE

    BEFORE YOU LOSE IT AND THEN HAVE NO CHOICE

    THERE’S REALLY NO MORE TIME TO WASTE

    WHY DON’T WE COMMUNICATE


    THERE’S REALLY NO MORE TIME TO WASTE

    WHY DON’T WE COMMUNICATE



I SEE PURPLE

(McGrath)            


SHE WAS HALFWAY THROUGH KENTUCKY

SHE SAID DAD THIS RIDE GETS UGLY

AND IT KINDA FEELS INSIDE LIKE YOU’RE ALL GONE

SHE WAS ON HER MAMA’S CELL PHONE

IT WAS BREAKING UP LIKE OUR HOME

AND I HAD TO MAKE ALRIGHT OUT OF ALL WRONG


    I SAID CLOSE YOUR EYES CASEY

    WHAT DO YOU SEE  

    SHE SAID DADDY DON’T BE FOOLISH

    IT’S PLAIN OL’ BLACK TO ME

    I SAID WAIT A MINUTE

    DIG DOWN IN IT


SO WE SQUEEZED OUR EYES MUCH TIGHTER

WE SAW SHOOTING STARS AND FIRE

AND THE COLORS FLEW LIKE BIRDS HIGH OVERHEAD

I SAID I SEE YELLOW

SHE SAID DADDY I SEE PURPLE

WELL NOW THAT’S ANOTHER NAME FOR BLUE AND RED


    USE YOUR MIND

    WHAT MIGHT THIS MEAN

    BLUE’S THE WAY I MISS YOU

    RED MEANS WILD AND FREE

    RIDE RIGHT THROUGH IT

    YOU CAN DO IT


        CALL ME WHEN YOU HIT NEW YORK

        AND TELL ME WHAT YOU FIND

        GROWING UP IS BUILDING ON

        THE THINGS WE LEAVE BEHIND


SHE DRIFTED TO A NEW SPACE

HER MAMA ASKED WHAT’D YOU SAY

I SAID IT’S A GAME MY DAD  AND I WOULD PLAY

SOMETIMES IN THE DARKNESS

IF YOU LISTEN IN THE SILENCE

THE TROUBLES OF THE WORLD CAN FADE AWAY


    CLOSE YOUR EYES

    WHAT DO YOU SEE

    DON’T BE FOOLISH

    IT’S PLAIN OLD BLACK TO ME

    WAIT A MINUTE

    DIG DOWN IN IT

    YOU’LL SEE...



WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS        

(Doyle/McGrath)

                     

THE FIRST FACE I SAW WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING

WAS THE LAST ONE I WANTED TO SEE

I HAD ONE TOO MANY, OWE SOME  I’ M SORRYS

AND THERE I WAS STARING RIGHT BACK AT ME

WHY NOT FORGET AND FORGIVE

WHY BE SO HARD ON MYSELF

LIVE AND LET LIVE


    IN A WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS

   WE WOULDN’T WASTE ALL OUR TIME

    REFELCTING ON REGRETS

    AND DWELLING ON OUR EVERY FLAW SO MUCH

    IN A WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS

    WE’D ONLY SEE OURSELVES

    THROUGH THE EYES AND THE LIVES OF THE ONES

    WE’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO TOUCH


WE WISH WE WERE TALLER, WISH WE WERE THINNER

ANYTHING BUT THE SHAPE THAT WE’RE IN

WE’D LIKE TO BE WISER, LOOK A BIT YOUNGER

IT’S TOUGH BEING EASY INSIDE OUR OWN SKIN

IT SEEMS WE’RE ALL CURSED WITH THE THOUGHT

WE NEED TO BE LESS WHO WE ARE

AND MORE WHAT WE’RE NOT

    

    IN A WORLD WITHOUTMIRRORS

    WE WOULDN’T WASTE ALL OUR TIME

    REFELCTING ON REGRETS

    AND DWELLING ON OUR EVERY FLAW SO MUCH

    IN A WORLD WITHOUT MIRRORS

    WE’D ONLY SEE OURSELVES

    THROUGH THE EYES AND THE LIVES OF THE ONES

    WE’VE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO TOUCH


    WE ARE WHO WE ARE WE DO WHAT WE DO

    FOR BETTER OR WORSE

    AND WE’RE SELDOM THE BEST JUDGE TO ASSESS

    OUR OWN WORTH



IT’S STILL LOVE              

(McGrath)


I MET PATTY OUTSIDE SANTE FE

FOLKS THERE CALLED HER TRISH

SHORTER HAIR WITH JUST A HINT OF GREY

SPOKE OF THE YEARS WE MISSED


    I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH WE CHANGE

    ONE THING TIME CAN’T TOUCH

    KNOWN BY ANY OTHER NAME

    IT’S STILL LOVE


CAUGHT BREAKFAST AT AN OLD CAFE

SAW PICTURES OF HER KIDS

SHE WAS SORRY THAT I COULDN’T STAY

REACHED OUT AND TOUCHED MY LIPS 

    

    I DON’T CARE WHAT POET’S SAY

    CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL

    EVEN WHEN IT GOES AWAY

    IT’S LOVE STILL


        ROLLIN’ EASTWARD HOME TO TENNESSEE

        TOLLING MILES BETWEEN WHAT IS AND WHAT IT OUGHTA BE


    MAYBE SOMEWHERE OFF SOMEDAY

    IT ALL TURNS TO DUST

    BUT OUT HERE ON THIS INTERSTATE

    IT’S STILL LOVE

    IT CAN’T EVER GO AWAY

    IT’S LOVE



I’m Not Losing You      

(Rankin/McGrath)

                              

I sit here knowing somehow I’ve offended you

You’ve got that faraway look in your eyes

Was it something that I did..or didn’t do

Tell me what to say to make it right


    If it takes all night I’ll put my finger on it

    And find out what you need before daylight

    If it’s not too late I’ll take the blame and own it

    I’m not losing you without a fight


Maybe I should pour a drink and pack it in

And pray that you’ll forget come morningtime

But I can’t sleep until you’re lying next to me

It’s the only way I’ll get some peace of mind


    If it takes all night I’ll put my finger on it

    And find out what you need before daylight

    If it’s not too late I’ll take the blame and own it

    I’m not losing you without a fight


        Guys like me just don’t know how to show it

        I’ll change, I swear my love, before you know it


    If it takes all night I’ll put my finger on it

    And find out what you need before daylight

    If it’s not too late I’ll take the blame and own it

    I’m not losing you without a fight

    No I’m not losing you without a fight



SURE BET      

(Castleton/McGrath)


I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE GIVING ME THE TIME OF DAY

I UNDERSTAND THE SIMPLE RULE I MUST OBEY

THERE’S NOT A SINGLE CHANCE FOR LOVE, YOU WON’T GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN

YOUR BROKEN HEART HAS SEEN ENOUGH                                       

THAT’S GOOD WITH ME

WHATEVER YOU NEED


    WE’LL TAKE A WALK

    GO TO THE LAKE

    I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND, I’LL GIVE YOU SPACE

    YOU’RE STILL HOLDING PAIN

    I WON’T FORGET

    WE’LL SIT AND TALK

    WASTE A WHOLE DAY

    KEEPING IT REAL AND PLAYING IT SAFE

    I WILL BE YOUR SUREST BET

    NO ONE’S EVER LOVED ME YET


WE DON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT I DON’T NEED TO KNOW

BUT I’M RIGHT HERE TO LISTEN IF YOU NEED TO BARE YOUR SOUL

LET’S TAKE A PICNIC TO THE PARK, WE’LL MAKE A DAY OF IT

I’LL TREAT YOU LIKE THE ANGEL THAT YOU ARE

THEN AT YOUR DOOR

I WON’T EXPECT MORE


    WE’LL TAKE A WALK

    GO TO THE LAKE

    I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND, I’LL GIVE YOU SPACE

    YOU’RE STILL HOLDING PAIN

    I WON’T FORGET

    WE’LL SIT AND TALK

    WASTE A WHOLE DAY

    KEEPING IT REAL AND PLAYING IT SAFE

    I WILL BE YOUR SUREST BET

    NO ONE’S EVER LOVED ME YET


    NEVER PURE..WITHOUT REGRET


    NO ONE’S EVER LOVED ME YET



CHANGING WHO I AM  

(McGrath)

                                                     

WHO DID YOU VOTE FOR...WHERE DO YOU PRAY

I DON’T HAVE ONE CLUE WHY YOU SHOULD EVER THINK THAT WAY

SHAME MY LOVE..WHO AM I TO JUDGE


  I WANT TO BE A BETTER HUMAN BEING

  CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AND ZERO IN ON ME

  I NEED TO CHOOSE MY BATTLE WHERE I STAND HALF A CHANCE

  AND TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY CHANGING WHO I AM


I DRIVE A CHEVY..YOU RIDE FORD

I SEE YOU’RE STILL SMOKING, I DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE

SHAME MY LOVE..WHO AM I TO JUDGE


  I WANT TO BE A BETTER HUMAN BEING

  CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AND ZERO IN ON ME

  I  NEED TO CHOOSE MY BATTLE WHERE I STAND HALF A CHANCE

  AND TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY CHANGING WHO I AM


  I DON’T NEED TO PICK A FIGHT, I’M NO ONE’S BODYGUARD

  I’VE GOT ALL THE BONES I NEED HERE BURIED IN MY YARD


WHY ARE YOU HERE WITH HIM...THAT AIN’T COOL

I’LL BET ALL YOUR EXES WIND UP SOMEONE ELSE’S FOOL

SHAME MY LOVE..WHO AM I TO JUDGE


  I WANT TO BE A BETTER HUMAN BEING

  CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AND ZERO IN ON ME

  I NEED TO CHOOSE MY BATTLE WHERE I STAND HALF A CHANCE

  AND TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY CHANGING WHO I AM


  GONNA TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY CHANGING WHO  AM



Forget About It            

(McGrath)


I remember how we drank white wine

With a two glass limit

I’ve forgotten all the rules over time though

In a world with you not in it

I remember how you wore your hair

How you’d let me tie it up in braids

Then I remember that you’ve gone away....and I forget about it

Every day


I remember how you’d stare for hours

At some brand new fabric

I’d suggest that I could sell a guitar, you’d say no

You would not have it

I remember all the many ways

That you taught me to be strong and brave

Then I remember that you’ve gone away...and I forget about it

Every day

    Sweet Jesus what did I ever do

    To have her leave so soon and live back home with you


I remember how you’d get so tired

As we crossword puzzled

How the nurse would turn a sweet blind eye

When I’d sneak in your bed and cuddle

I remember how you’d say forget all our troubles

And be glad we met

Then I remember that you’ve gone away...and I forget about it

Every day

I remember that you’ve gone away...and I forget about it

Every day



One More Try

(McGrath)


WHEN I’M OUT OF HERE

THE FIRST THING I’ll DO

IS CONFRONT MY GREATEST FEAR

OF LOSING YOU

LORD IF THERE’S A BIGGER FOOL ON PLANET EARTH

THEN I AIN’T WORTH YOUR TIME


    WHEN I’M OUT OF HERE MY BAGGAGE STAYS BEHIND

    OLD HABITS MAKING WAY FOR PEACE OF MIND

    IN MY WILDEST DREAM I’M RIGHT BACK BY YOUR SIDE

    YOU FORGIVING EVERYTHING I DID AND SAID

    AND ME WITH ONE MORE TRY....OH..


..I APOLOGIZE

I NEED TO FACE THE PAIN

I FEEL INSIDE

OH IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING I’D CHANGE IT ALL

AND SCALE THIS WALL TONIGHT


    WHEN I’M OUT OF HERE MY BAGGAGE STAYS BEHIND

    OLD HABITS MAKING WAY FOR PEACE OF MIND

    IN MY WILDEST DREAM I’M RIGHT BACK BY YOUR SIDE

    YOU FORGIVING EVERYTHING I DID AND SAID

    AND ME WITH ONE MORE TRY....


I’M CHANGING MY DIRECTION

ONE DAY AT A TIME



Cool Grip

(McGrath)

         

She may not fit Sunset strip but boy she rocks Pond Creek

All those L.A. actresses want just one taste of what she cannot help but be

    A good wife...a true friend

    With a cool grip on life


Sometimes you get lucky when she's in a wild mood

Other times you hold her like a child and feel her innocence flow through you


    She's a good wife...a true friend

    With a cool grip on life


        I caught her crying in our bedroom late last week

        And I asked baby what's the matter, is it me?

        She said I'm sad about the sorry state of this whole world

        I wish that there was more that I could be


Some girls want what they don't have while some girls have it all

She believes that love's the only key to being happy for the long haul


    She's a good wife...a true friend

    With a cool grip on life


    She's a good wife...a true friend

    With a cool grip on life



SAM      

(McGrath)


I WAS SICK OF TAKING NAPS

TIRED OF PLAYING BRIDGE

I BET I’VE WORKED ON EVERY CROSSWORD PUZZLE THAT THERE IS

PRONE TO DRINK ALONE

A SOLITARY MAN

THEN HERE COMES SAM


    LITTLE HANDS CAN REACH A HARD SPOT

    LITTLE FEET TAKE SMALL STEPS

    STUMBLIN’ TOWARD THE NEAREST SOLID PERSON THEY CAN GRASP

    MOM WAS HANGIN’ CLOTHES OUT

    DAD WAS WATCHIN HER

    SAM TOOK ONE STEP OFF THE PORCH AND TUMBLED  STRAIGHT TOWARD EARTH


NOW I’M OLDER THAN AN EIGHT TRACK

BUT I MOVED LIKE THE WIND

CAUGHT HIM LIKE AN ERRANT PASS AND SET HIM STRAIGHT AGAIN

SAM LOOKED IN MY EYE

AND GRABBED ME BY THE CHIN

WITH ONE BIG GRIN


    LITTLE HANDS CAN REACH A HARD SPOT

    LITTLE FEET TAKE SMALL STEPS

    STUMBLIN’ TOWARD THE NEAREST SOLID PERSON THEY CAN GRASP

    I KNEW IN THAT INSTANT

    SOMEONE NEEDED ME

    NOW THE BOLDEST DRINK I TASTE IS LEMON WITH MY TEA


NOW SAM CALLS ME POPS

HE DROPS BY ONCE A WEEK

AND LISTENS TO THE STORIES OF THE LIFE I USED TO LEAD

I WATCH AS HE GROWS

A BOY INTO A MAN

THAT’S MY SAM


    LITTLE HANDS CAN REACH A HARD SPOT

    LITTLE FEET TAKE SMALL STEPS

    STUMBLIN’ TOWARD THE NEAREST SOLID PERSON THEY CAN GRASP

    I LOOK BACK AND WONDER WHO WAS SAVING WHO

    CHILDREN ARE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT JOB WE DO


AH SAM