All songs written by Brian Cottrill     Copyright 2019

Remember My Name

Someday after you've collected all the payments from the bankers and prostitutes you owned
Someday after you've enjoyed the favors from the queens and pawns you control

When you're upside down looking up
When your plans dry up with your luck
When there's no escape and you're a sitting duck
Don't forget
No, Just remember
Remember my name

Someday when society doesn't belong to you and singers have stopped singing your song
Someday when all of your followers and fake friends and hangers on have gone

When a winter storm steals your coat
When your stomach turns up in your throat
When you're lost at sea with no one to steer the boat
Don't forget
No, Just remember
Remember my name

Someday maybe you'll see everyone pushed aside in the name of progress
Someday maybe you'll see what you've done but I guess that might be too much to expect


Erica

When you're tired at the end of the day
All the demands, no one understands what you have to say
When the world looks down on you again
Take a while to stop and smile
You’ll win in the end

Erica, you say you don’t know what to do
Erica, you painted your world blue
Don’t worry, it’s a journey that you choose
Erica, I believe in you

When it rains outside and dark is moving in
You’re always smart, you got the heart
To prove yourself again
When you’re wondering, don’t overthink what’s done
You crack me up, let’s laugh a lot
Go out and have some fun

Erica, you say you don’t know what to do
Erica, you painted your world blue
Don’t worry, it’s a journey that you choose
Erica, I believe in you


All I've Got Is You

There's two dollars in my wallet
there never seems to be much more
spent the morning dark inside the closet
all alone I lock the door
On my clothes are wrinkled
I've got nothing I can wear
someone calls out your name
I crumble in despair
I could talk about the pain
but I know that you don't care
no no

Don't leave me now
What am I gonna do
I'm alone and lost
all I've got is you

I see that look in your eye
it says the end is coming soon
now I sit and wonder why
Or pace up and down across the room

I can't watch TV
the lines just fade into red
I feel sick every day
I just lay around in bed
I can't look at your picture
it reminds me of what
you said

Our time together just can’t be history
I took advantage of you
You took advantage of me
I thought you would get mad but
You just cot yourself free
And left

All I've got is you
All I've got is you
All I've got is you
Don't leave me now


Lace

Two shadows against the window blind
Coming from the house next door
The outline of Sally's figure is easily adored
A cool breeze bows this autumn night
And the leaves dance in the wind
The lights go out, the shadows fade
A silent rage begins

Sally looks so beautiful in the morning light
On the front porch all dressed in lace
She thinks about last night
Well he walks toward her and draws in close
As he goes to kiss her goodbye
But she can't look, she turns away
And slowly walks inside

So she ain't the Virgin Mary, and she's made a few mistakes
But can't you sense the innocence and can't you see her face
There's an aura around her that could calm the human race
Can you believe she's standing there in that white dress and lace

Time moves on the seasons change
But Sally never will
Her soft, sad face tells all there is
She has to think to feel
She holds a crucifix
Her fingers wrapped in rosaries
She's filled with centuries of guilt
Thinks that's how it's supposed to be

Oh Baby have you ever been lonely
Have you ever been scared and cold
Baby have you ever needed someone
Have you ever needed a warm heart to hold

There's a big blue car in front of Sally's house
It's been there for weeks
It's been driven down a thousand roads
But no guilty history
Now this guy thinks what he wants
No matter what the signs may say
If you really want something bad enough
You have to be blind
You have to look the other way

Arrangements made, everyone's in place
Forget about the past
Together they'll walk down the aisle
But she will come in last
There's a stain on her wedding dress
No one can see the place
But she'll never forget it's there
Underneath all that lace

So she ain't the Virgin Mary, and she's made a few mistakes
But can't you sense the innocence and can't you see her face
There's an aura around her that could calm the human race
Can you believe she's standing there in that white dress and lace


The Murder Farm

The lonely hearts club ad said, "Wealthy widower
With a beautiful home where we could live"
You sent them love letters, they ran away with you
They were never seen alive again

You took all their money and you tied them up
And you strangled them to death
It really turns you on to hear them scream
Is that what you confessed
Dorothy, and Asta and her three kids you killed in Quiet Dell
You planned to marry Bessie, and take her underground, to torture in your cell

You hit 'em with a hammer to the head
You're gonna hang by the neck till dead
You hit 'em with a hammer to the head
You're going to hang by the neck till dead

After they arrested you, a lynch mob formed to kill
They had to move your trial to the opera hall
The jury came back quick
Guilty in the first degree
A verdict cheered by one and all

Is your name Harry Powers, or Cornelius Pierson, or is it Herman Drenth
The ad says you're a lonely widower, but you have a chamber of death
Are you a furniture salesman, an engineer, or run the Fairmont Hotel
Did you kill fifty before you killed these five, and will you ever tell

You hit 'em with a hammer to the head
You're gonna hang by the neck till dead
You hit 'em with a hammer to the head
You're going to hang by the neck till dead

The crowd has gathered round
Your last 13 steps
They put a black hood over your head
Your hands and feet are tied
You fall through the trap below
The doctors say that you are dead


Lost And Forgotten

Second left after the light and underneath the bridge
She holds a paper bag with extra clothes in it
Turn the lights out kill the engine coast in quietly around the back
Seems funny now I don’t know why we did the things we did

And I wonder if you’ll ever hear this song
Cause I’ll never figure out where things went wrong

I don’t know why every time they have to put you down
You can’t see through the things they do how they push you around
Do you know where you’re going
Do you know where you’ve been and remember when
They took us for granted and they left us all alone
We were lost and forgotten (forever) by everyone

As I’m digging in the sand she hands the box to me
Don’t know if I can find a spot to dig it up again
Can’t she see that I’m the only one who hangs on every word she says
She never saw that I was there for her until the end
No I’ll never know just what was going on
And I wonder can you hear me sing this song

I don’t know why every time they have to put you down
You can’t see through the things they do how they kick you around
Lost and forgotten we were together and then
Lost and forgotten do you remember when
We were lost and forgotten we were together then
Lost and forgotten do you remember when we were lost

When The Fire Comes

Ooo when the fire comes there’s nowhere to go run and hide
You know I want you near, I want you here by my side
Ooo when the fire comes, no it doesn’t care who it harms
You know I want you near, I want you here in my arms

I’m too scared to watch the TV news reveal disasters of the day
And I’m nervous as I think of you, a 1000 miles away

Another day another night of time, together we stare at the moon
I guess there’s no way we can make it last, the end will come too soon

Ooo we’re gonna fall
Ooo I feel so small
Who will end it all

Ooo there is nowhere to run and hide
Ooo you know I want you in my arms
Yea you better run
When the fire comes


Uncertain Keyhole Jangle

Everybody out on the street was making big predictions, yeah
But you know you can’t get too caught up in all this science-fiction, no
You can’t spend your whole life worrying if you’ve got a date, no
Tomorrow you might wake up and meet somebody that was worth the wait, yeah
And through the fog with her umbrella in the rain
I see her laugh, try to forget about the pain
Don’t let it drag you down there’s so much more
Don’t let it fill you up we’re never sure
Look through the keyhole look at the painting that is hanging on the wall
Look through the keyhole see all there is to see I’m not so sure that’s all

The other day I saw a little girl all dressed in black, yeah
She said she was leaving home probably never coming back, no
I said now Janie how bad can your life really be, huh
She said you don’t know what I’ve been through I don’t need you singing songs about me, no
Lay down my head and I pull the covers tight
Down through the cracks come all the monsters of the night
The things they do to me they are obscene
I can’t run I cannot hide I cannot scream
I’m a toy soldier marching in line to battle blindfold on my face
Look in the newspaper look in the telescope now put me in my place

So now I’m driving down the road on my way to see your friend, yeah
And I’m thinking you never really know what’s coming around the next bend, no
There’s not much we can do living with this uncertainty, no
Not much I’ll ever really know not much I’ll ever get to see, no


Sammie Lee

A knock at the door told Texie May
Her husband was killed in the mine
She had a young daughter and another on the way
She’ll figure out how to get by

Texie May, she took sick
Died following a surgery
Granny had to raise these little girls
Nancy and Sammie Lee

In a four room house in the hills
Granny and Grand Pap did the best they could
Took ‘em to church, sang hymns to Jesus, tried to teach them good

And they sang hallelujah
Hallelujah
Praise the Lord
Amen

They didn’t have much
No bath or running water
Just an outhouse and a well
No fancy clothes
Just one good dress when you hear that church bell

After church, family and friends
Came by for dinner and a song
Granny played her fiddle, Aunt Winnie on guitar
Everyone sang along

Sammie Lee got married at 15
Roger had job and a car
They got an apartment
She had had something now
Man she felt like a star

Roger just finished two years in the army
Was cutting meat for the grocery store
Soon they had three baby boys
Couldn’t ask for anything more

Sammie Lee got cancer
The odds were not good
An operation and radiation blasts
She couldn’t leave her little boys
Without a mother that fast

Roger got run over by an asphalt truck
Inspecting roads for the state
They told him he could collect disabled checks
He worked past the age of 68

Sammie Lee beat cancer again and again
Roger beat it once and fights it still
Now they got grandkids and great grandkids
They’re alive and together still



Gates Of Venus

We fly through the lonesome darkness
Look out on the golden ray
Leave your worries far behind us
I'll take you far away

Inside the gates of Venus
We're hiding no one can see us
You fire up a sexy storm
I know you'll keep my body warm tonight
Inside the gates of Venus

Outside it is cold and empty
Inside you hold on to me
Tonight they are looking for us
But they will never see

Inside the gates of Venus
We're hiding no one can see us
You fire up a sexy storm
I know you'll keep my body warm tonight
Inside the gates of Venus

Won't you come through the gates
Oh won't you come through the gates
Goddess of love and beauty
I fall for all your charms
I only have one duty
Just fall into your arms
Everyone's a bit insane
But love can free us from the pain tonight
Inside the gates of Venus

Inside the gates of Venus
We're hiding no one can see us
We won't wait to eat our slice
We'll live inside this paradise tonight
Inside the gates of Venus

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