Music Monday – 90’s Country

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

 

Hello friends!

I was really into country for a time in the 90’s.  It’s still my favorite decade for country music. I loved the videos too. Loads of emotional songs that still make me tear up.

 

These are some of my favorites:

Trisha Yearwood – Walkaway Joe ft. Don Henley (the video stars a young Matthew McConaughey).

Kathy Mattea – Where’ve You Been?

Patty Loveless – How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl

Tim McGraw – Don’t Take The Girl

 

I hope you enjoy!!

 

Walk Away Joe
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Mama told her baby girl take it real slow
Girl told her momma hey I really gotta go
He’s waiting in the car
Mama said girl you won’t get far
Thus are the dreams of an average Jane
Ninety miles an hour down a lovers lane
On a tank of dreams
Oh if she could’ve only seen
That fate’s got cards that it don’t want to show, and
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
She’s gonna know it in a matter of time
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Now just a little while into Abilene
He pulls into a station and he robs it clean
She’s waiting in the car, oh, underneath the Texaco star
She only wanted love didn’t bargain for this
She can’t help but love him for the way he his
She’s only seventeen and there ain’t no reasoning
So she’ll ride this ride as far as it can go, ’cause
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
She’s gonna know it in a matter of time
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Somewhere in a roadside motel room
Alone in the silence she wakes up too soon
And reaches for his arms
But she’ll just keep reaching on
For the cold hard truth revealed what it had known
That boy’s just a walk away Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
But it was just another lesson in life
That boy was a walkaway Joe
Mmm yeah,
All he was was a walkaway Joe
Oh,
(Walkaway Joe)
He was a walkaway Joe
Mmm
Songwriters: Greg W. Barnhill / Vincent Edward Melamed
Walk Away Joe lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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Where’ve You Been
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Claire had all but given up,
When she and Edwin fell in love.
She touched his face and shook her head,
In disbelief, she sighed and said:
“In many dreams I’ve held you near,
“Now, at last, you’re really here.
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
He asked her for her hand for life,
And she became a salesman’s wife.
He was home each night by eight,
But one stormy evening, he was late.
Her frightened tears fell to the floor,
Until his key turned in the door.
“Where’ve you been? ”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
They’d never spent a night apart,
For sixty years, she heard him snore.
Now they’re in a hospital,
In separate beds on different floors.
Claire soon lost her memory,
Forgot the names of family.
She never spoke a word again,
Then one day, they wheeled him in.
He held her hand and stroked her hair,
In a fragile voice she said:
“Where’ve you been? ”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
“No, I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
Songwriters: Don Henry / Jon Vezner
Where’ve You Been lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
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Through the back window of our ’59 wagon
I watched my best friend Jamie slipping further away
I kept on waving till I couldn’t see her
And through my tears I asked again why we couldn’t stay
Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it’s okay to hurt and it’s okay to cry
Come let me hold you and I will try how can I help you to say goodbye
I sat on our bed he packed his suitcase I held a picture of our wedding day
His hands were trembling we both were crying
He kissed me gently and then he quickly walked away
I called up mama and she said time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
She said how can I help you…
Sitting with mama alone in her bedroom
She opened her eyes and then squeezed my hand
She said I have to go now my time here is over
And with her final words she tried to help me understandMama whispered softly time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it’s okay to hurt and it’s okay to cry
Come let me hold you and I will try how can I help you to say goodbye
Songwriters: Burton Collins / Karen Taylor-Good
How Can I Help You Say Goodbye lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management, Carol Vincent & Assoc LLC
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Goodbye Earl
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Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends
All through their high school days
Both members of the 4H club, both active in the FFA
After graduation
Mary Anne went out lookin’ for a bright new world
Wanda looked all around this town and all she found was Earl
Well, it wasn’t two weeks after she got married that
Wanda started gettin’ abused
She’d put on dark glasses or long sleeved blouses
Or make-up to cover a bruise
Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce
And she let the law take it from there
But Earl walked right through that restraining order
And put her in intensive care
Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta
On a red eye midnight flight
She held Wanda’s hand as they worked out a plan
And it didn’t take ’em long to decide
That Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
Those black-eyed peas, they tasted alright to me, Earl
You’re feelin’ weak? Why don’t you lay down and sleep, Earl
Ain’t it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl
The cops came by to bring Earl in
They searched the house high and low
Then they tipped their hats and said, thank you ladies
If you hear from him let us know
Well, the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
And summer faded into fall
And it turns out he was a missing person who nobody missed at all
So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand
Out on highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam
And they don’t lose any sleep at night, ’cause
Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
We need a break, let’s go out to the lake, Earl
We’ll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
Is that alright? Good! Let’s go for a ride, Earl, hey!
Ooh hey hey hey, ummm hey hey hey, hey hey hey
Songwriters: Dennis Linde
Goodbye Earl lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Don’t Take the Girl
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Johnny’s daddy was taking him fishin’
When he was eight years old
Little girl came through the front gate
Holdin’ a fishin’ pole
His dad looked down and smiled
He said, “We can’t leave her behind”
“Son, I know you don’t want her to go
But someday you’ll change your mind”
And Johnny said
“Take Jimmy Johnson
Take Tommy Thompson
Take my best friend, Bo
Take anybody that you want as
Long as she don’t go
Take any boy in the world
Daddy please, don’t take the girl”
Same old boy, same sweet girl
Ten years down the road
He held her tight and kissed her lips in
Front of the picture show
Stranger came and pulled a gun
Grabbed her by the arm said
“If you do what I tell you to
There won’t be any harm”
And Johnny said “Take my money
Take my wallet
Take my credit cards
Here’s the watch that my Grandpa gave me
Here’s the key to my car
Mister give it a whirl
But please don’t take the girl”
Same old boy
Same sweet girl
Five years down the road
There’s gonna be a little one and she
Says it’s time to go
Doctor says the baby’s fine
But you’ll have to leave
‘Cause his momma’s fading fast and
Johnny hit his knees and there he prayed
“Take the very breath you gave me
Take the heart from my chest
I’ll gladly take her place if you’ll let me
Make this my last request
Take me out of this world
God, please don’t take the girl”
Johnny’s daddy
Was taking him fishin’
When he was eight years old
Songwriters: Larry Johnson / Craig Martin
Don’t Take the Girl lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Throwback Thursday – A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

 

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

 

A Mother's Confession

Published October 28, 2016 by Bookouture

 

Goodreads Description:

‘He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Daughter and Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.

 

My Thoughts:

This was my first read from Kelly Rimmer and is one of my favorite novels.

The story is told from the point of view of Olivia and Ivy. Olivia is a young mother to Zoe and she’s recently suffered what everyone refers to as “The Tragedy”, her husband David’s recent death. Ivy is David’s mother. The chapters alternate between Olivia and Ivy.

There were many secrets in David and Olivia’s relationship….

The way the story unfolds is compelling and heartbreaking. Definitely an intense read.

I was totally immersed in both perspectives. I thought that the character development was phenomenal. There were so many wonderful characters.

The narrator of the audio-book was phenomenal. Her voice able to take on each character and what they were saying and feeling at that moment. I HEARD the pain in Olivia’s voice and it went straight to my heart. I HEARD the rage in David’s voice and it terrified me. I HEARD the kindness in Seb’s voice and it brought me to tears…

I know this may sound like a devastating read, and it is very emotional.  However, there were also many genuine moments of happiness, laughter, and hope.

A thought provoking novel that pulls you in, grips you, wrings you out, leaving you a quivering mess of emotions.

I thought this was an outstanding novel and I highly recommend it!!

 

 

REVIEW – Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Sunset Beach

Published May 7, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

I’m surprised that it has taken me this long to read a book by Mary Kay Andrews. However, I’m excited to have found a “new to me” author with such an extensive backlist!

Thirty-six-year old Drue Campbell has fifteen minutes to get to work but knows she’ll never make it on time. If she was back in Fort Lauderdale, she could call a friend or take an Uber. Unfortunately, Drue just moved back to the west coast so she doesn’t have any money or friends she can call. She heads for the bus stop, getting there just in time to see the bus pull away. She collapses on the bus stop bench and ends up with a large splinter in her butt cheek. The ad on the bus bench is a picture of Brice W. Campbell from the law firm Campbell, Coxe, and Kramer. “Her new boss. Her long-lost father, and as always, a major pain in the ass.”

A few months earlier Drue’s mother passed away. Her father, Brice attended the funeral. It was the first time Drue had seen him in more than twenty years. After the funeral, he gave Drue a set of keys for her Nonni and Papi’s cottage in Sunset Beach. He told her the cottage was hers, but it needed a lot of work. He asked Drue what her plans were. With a flaky boyfriend, a crappy waitressing job, and a recent injury, Drue had to admit she didn’t really have any plans. He offered her a job working at his law firm, but Drue turned him down. I have no interest in moving back to St. Pete and zero interest in the law.

Unfortunately, her circumstances worsened so here she was. Today is Drue’s first day of work at Campbell, Coxe, and Kramer. She finally makes it to the office and heads inside. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worse…

She meets her father’s office manager.

Drue tries to settle in at work. When she’s not at the office she’s working on getting the cottage into shape. In the attic, she finds some old papers and newspaper clippings about a missing person. She wonders why the papers are in the cottage. Drue also wonders about the recent suspicious death of a young woman who worked at a local beach resort. The woman’s mother is unhappy with how the firm handled her daughter’s case. Drue finds the case heartbreaking and begins investigating on her own.

Is it possible that someone at the firm is involved in these cases? Could Drue be putting herself in danger as she tries to find the truth?

I really enjoyed this novel!

Most of the story takes place in the present, but there are chapters from 1975/1976 interspersed throughout the novel that give the backstory of one of the cases Drue is researching.

I thought this was a very well-written, well-paced story with many great characters. Drue’s story was interesting and so were the cases she was investigating. It was emotional at times but was also often refreshingly funny.

“Sunset Beach” was an engrossing and satisfying novel with layers and twists that kept me gripped and quickly flipping the pages.

Now I just need to decide which Mary Kay Andrews novel I’m going to read next!

 

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

 

Music Monday -Bishop Briggs – White Flag

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

The song I’m sharing today is:

 

Bishop Briggs – White Flag

I’ve been listening to this song constantly lately.  It helps bring me up when I’m feeling down.

I hope you enjoy!!

 

Bishop Briggs – White Flag

Take a hit, shoot me down, shoot me down
I won’t ever hit the ground, hit the ground
Playing dead, I’ll never do
Gotta keep an eye on you
Patience is wearing thin, paper thin
Promises broke again, what a sin
But it only feeds my energy
So don’t expect no sympathy
Smoke, fire, it’s all going up
Don’t you know I ain’t afraid to shed a little blood?
Smoke, fire, flares are going up, flares are going up
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no
This time I won’t let go
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no
Oh, I won’t go down slow
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Put an X on my chest, on my chest
But I’m still standing ’cause I won’t forget
The hell on earth you put me through
I’ll save myself in spite of you
Smoke, fire, it’s all going up
Don’t you know I ain’t afraid to shed a little blood?
Smoke, fire, flares are going up, flares are going up
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no
This time I won’t let go
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no
Oh, I won’t go down slow
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
White flag never going up, never going up, no, no
Oh, won’t wave my white flag, no (wave my white flag)
This time I won’t let go (won’t let go)
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Won’t wave my white flag, no (wave my white flag)
Oh, I won’t go down slow (go down slow)
I’d rather die
Than give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight, give up the fight
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Wave my white flag
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Raise my white flag, no
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Songwriters: Dan Wilson / Ian Brendon Scott / Mark A. Jackson / Sarah Grace McLaughlin
White Flag lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc