Rock ‘n Country

Rock 'n Country

Rock & country songs embrace a very broad range of moods, but in our opinion are inextricably related to each other whilst in many ways being diametrically opposed.

Country in its purest form often tells the tales every way heartaches and life experiences. Whilst Rock music in it’s original form was probably derived from a marriage between Country music and the Blues.

The nine songs here range from gentle rock ballads like the very incessant “I’ll wait for you” via traditional country (and western?) “Livin’ life My Way” right through to an out and out frantic rocker like Drivin’ Force.

Driving Force

(Bancroft/Johnson)

DRIVING FORCE

Moving through a tunnel
I travel on in hope
And after many miles
I found you to help me cope.

OH YOU’RE MY DRIVING FORCE
MY DRIVING FORCE
RIGHT THERE ON COURSE
DRIVING FORCE.

You’re giving me direction
You’re showing me the way
Is it right or is it left
Ahead is what you say
You keep me on the rails
You hold me on the track
There’s only now and moving on
There ain’t no going back.

WHEN YOU’RE MY DRIVING FORCE
MY SOLE RESOURCE
MY DRIVING FORCE
YOU’RE MY FORCE.

Refrain:
Beyond the horizon and over the hill
Even then I can see you still
Standing on a peak waving at me
Leading me to you by letting me be.

Instrumental Bridge:

We venture on an impulse
We can’t see ’round the bend
We never ask the question
Where will the journey end.

OH YOU’RE MY DRIVING FORCE
MY DRIVING FORCE
MY FORCE
MY SOUL RESOURCE
MY DRIVING FORCE
RIGHT THERE OF COURSE
DRIVING FORCE.

I’ll Wait For You

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

I’LL WAIT FOR YOU

I can’t believe that this is happening to me
Why can’t you leave alone those sad old memories?
But when the night closes in you’re thinking of him
Though you’re looking at me
It’s him you see my love.

CHORUS:-
HOW CAN I GET THROUGH? – I’LL JUST WAIT FOR YOU
COZ YOU’RE THE ONE THAT KEEPS ME HANGING ON
YES I’LL WAIT FOR YOU.

You say those pretty words of love and poetry
I wish I could believe that they were mean’t for me
He was one of those guys with his sweet talking lies
And you can’t let him go
My heart beats so my love.

CHORUS:-
HOW CAN I TELL YOU? – THAT I’LL WAIT FOR YOU
TO LOVE ME WHEN THAT SAD OLD MEMORY’S GONE
YES I’LL WAIT FOR YOU.

Instrumental Bridge:

When you open your eyes maybe you’ll realise
That I’m waiting for you
And it’s me you’ll see my love.

CHORUS:_
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? – GIRL YOU KEEP ME WAITING FOR YOU
YES I’LL WAIT FOR YOU – ONE DAY YOU’LL NEED ME TOO
HOW CAN I GET THROUGH? – I’LL JUST WAIT FOR YOU
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT KEEPS ME HANGING ON
YES I’LL WAIT FOR YOU
HOW CAN I GET THROUGH?
THEN I’LL WAIT FOR YOU. (Fade)

Love Is One More Sigh

(Colman/Johnson)

LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH

Looking at one image in a mirror
Feeling thoughts you never had before
Thinking of the love that you can give her
In her eyes tomorrow and much more.

CHORUS:-
IT’S A SMOOTH AND TENDER FEELING ON THE OUTSIDE
IT’S AN IMAGE THAT YOU COULDN’T TURN AROUND
IT’S THE KISSES THAT SHE SENDS YOU FROM THE INSIDE
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH AND THOUGH IT MAKE YOU CRY
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH WHERE DREAMS ARE FOUND.

Asking heaven why the earth ain’t moving
Leading from the heart for things to change
When the anger’s gone and she is soothing
Times inside your heart will now arrange.
CHORUS:-
IT’S A SMOOTH AND TENDER FEELING ON THE OUTSIDE
IT’S AN IMAGE THAT YOU COULDN’T TURN AROUND
IT’S THE KISSES THAT SHE SENDS YOU FROM THE INSIDE
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH A PROMISE THEN A LIE
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH WHERE DREAMS ARE FOUND.

Bridge:
In the train that’s waiting at the station
You’re in the carriage bound with your despair
Your written word needs one more explanation
You cannot go away while love’s still there.

CHORUS:-
IT’S A SMOOTH AND TENDER FEELING ON THE OUTSIDE
IT’S AN IMAGE THAT YOU COULDN’T TURN AROUND
IT’S THE KISSES THAT SHE SENDS YOU FROM THE INSIDE
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH AND THOUGH IT MAKE YOU CRY
LOVE IS ONE MORE SIGH……

Mad As A Hatter

(Hunt/Johnson)

MAD AS A HATTER
Won’t someone tell me what’s happening
I’m used to playing it by the book
But I thought the whole thing was sewn up
When she threw me a second look.

CHORUS:-
SHE’S MAD AS A HATTER
I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER
SHE’S OUT TO FLATTER AS I PUT ON A TOP TWENTY PLATTER
LOOK AT HER SHAKE THOSE MARACAS
ON A DIET OF WINE AND TOBACCA
WHAT CAN I SAY I’M IN LOVE EVERY DAY
SHE’S MAD AS A HATTER
AND I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER?

She knew all the right things to ask
Once I’d run out of witty lines
We got so bored playing cat and mouse
She said why are we wasting time?

SHE’S MAD AS A HATTER
AND I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER?
SHE’S OUT TO FLATTER AS I PUT ON A CLYDE MACPHATTER
LOOK AT HER SHAKE THOSE MARACAS
THERE’S FIVE GIRLS TO ONE IN CARACAS
WHAT CAN I SAY BUT I’M ON MY WAY
SHE’S SPENDING MY RICHES
AND I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER?

Refrain:-
Every moment brought a new surprise,
Til she lean’t back and closed her eyes
I couldn’t tell what was on her mind
But it didn’t take us long to get acclimatised.

Won’t someone tell me what’s happening
I’m used to playing it by the book
But I thought the whole thing was sewn up
When she threw me a second look.

CHORUS:-
SHE’S MAD AS A HATTER
I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER
SHE’S OUT TO FLATTER AND I PUT ON A TOP TWENTY PLATTER
LOOK AT HER SHAKE THOSE MARACAS
ON A DIET OF WINE AND TOBACCA
WHAT CAN I SAY I’M IN LOVE EVERY DAY
SHE’S MAD AS A HATTER
AND I’M ASKING MYSELF DOES IT MATTER?

Playin’ With The Band

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

PLAYING WITH THE BAND

There ain’t gonna be no big fast car
With its own TV and cocktail bar
No mansion house up on the hillI don’t need change for a hundred bill
But Friday night when the boys come ’round
It all comes together with a rockin’ sound
The only thing that I understand is….

CHORUS:-
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN – THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

I don’t know where I went wrong
I’m not too pretty I’m not too strong
Guess I didn’t have what it takes
And I don’t score well in the IQ stakes
But Friday night when the boys come ’round
It all come together with a rockin’ sound
But he only thing that I understand is….

CHORUS:-
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN – THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

Bridge:
Monday – I’m OK
Tuesday’s – Another day
Wednesday’s – A no – no – no
Thursday’s – I’m getting ready to go
But Friday nights when the boys come ’round
It all come together with a rockin’ sound
The only thing that I understand is…

CHORUS:-
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN – THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

There’s Joe on base Tom on keys
He’s the sweetest thing on the ivories
Bills guitar & Johnny’s drums
They shake the house when the weekend comes
On Friday nights when the boys come ’round
It all comes together with a rockin’ sound
Coz the only thing that I understand is…

CHORUS:-

PLAYING WITH THE BAND – PLAYING WITH THE BAND
OH I’M THE MAN WHO CAN – THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN – THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYIN’
PLAYIN’ WITH THE BAND
PLAYIN’ WITH THE BAND
PLAYIN’ WITH THE BAND.

Playin’ With The Band (Unplugged)

(F Johnson/J Johnson)

PLAYING WITH THE BAND

There ain’t gonna be no big fast car
With its own TV and cocktail bar
No mansion house up on the hill
And I don’t need change for a hundred bill
Coz Friday night when the boys come ’round
It all come together with a rockin’ sound
Coz the only thing that I understand is…

CHORUS:-
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN
THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
I’M PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

I don’t know where I went wrong
I’m not too pretty and I’m not too strong
Guess I didn’t have what it takes
And I don’t score too well in the IQ stakes
But Friday night when the boys come ’round
It all come together with a rockin’ sound
Coz the only thing that I understand is….

CHORUS:-
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN
THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
I’M PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

Bridge:
Monday – I’m OK
Tuesday’s – Another day
Wednesday’s – A no – no – no
But Thursday night I’m getting ready to go
Then Friday nights when the boys come ’round
It all come together with a rockin’ sound
Coz the only thing that I understand is…

CHORUS:-

PLAYING WITH THE BAND
PLAYING WITH THE BAND
OH I’M THE MAN WHO CAN
THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
I’M PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN
THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
I’M PLAYING WITH THE BAND
I’M THE MAN WHO CAN
THAT’S WHY I’M PLAYING
I’M PLAYING WITH THE BAND.

Roll over easy

(Colman/Johnson)

ROLL OVER EASY

I know that you’re my woman every day
I know that I can never forget you
You soothe away my sadness in your way
I’m just never gonna let you down.

CHORUS:-
ROLL OVER EAST WHILE THE NIGHT’S STILL IN YOUR HEART
KEEP US TOGETHER WHERE THE DREAMS OF LOVE CAN START
ROLL OVER EAST AND STAY INSIDE MY ARMS.

I’ve been through all the heartache of the past
Without you there’s no good tomorrow
I know these things we have are gonna last
I ain’t never gonna let you down.

CHORUS:-
ROLL OVER EAST WHILE THE NIGHT’S STILL IN YOUR HEART
KEEP US TOGETHER WHERE THE DREAMS OF LOVE CAN START
ROLL OVER EAST AND STAY INSIDE MY ARMS.

Bridge:
I can see all the magic in your eyes tonight
You took away all the emptiness and lies.

CHORUS:-
ROLL OVER EAST WHILE THE NIGHT’S STILL IN YOUR HEART
KEEP US TOGETHER WHERE THE DREAMS OF LOVE CAN START
ROLL OVER EAST AND STAY INSIDE MY ARMS
ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL
ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL
ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL
ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL
ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL OVER EASY – ROLL
ROLL OVER EASY

Since You’ve Been Gone

(J Johnson)

SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE
I can’t stand the noise there’s a knock at the door
The telephone is ringing and the mail’s on the floor
I can’t get to sleep there’s a scream from the hall
My perception’s missing I’m climbing the wall.

I don’t hear a sound there’s no-one at the door
The telephone is broken you don’t write me no more
I can’t hear your voice though your face seems everywhere
My poor heart is thumping I’m lying on the floor.

CHORUS:-
SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE I DON’T TALK TO NO-ONE
I DON’T SEE NOBODY AND I DON’T HAVE NO FUN
CAN’T STAND THE SIGHT OF THOSE OLD PHOTOGRAPHS YOU LEFT
AND ALL THE MOMENTS OF GOOD TIMES AND LAUGHS.

Refrain:-
I’ll drink a scotch on the rocks and a lager and lime
Then I’ll search through the mists of time
Coz since you’ve been gone oh I can’t get it on
And I just can’t escape from my crime!

The Sky’s The Limit

(Hunt/Johnson)

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
I came into money but money wouldn’t stick this me
So i turned to the bottle and livin’ dangerously
Bu with something around the corner i’ll land on my feet
I’m off to the next phase I have to complete

CHORUS:-
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (As far as i’m concerned)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (When you’re reaching out for love)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (You might get your fingers burned)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.

Like something out of a vision she leaned against the bar
I tipped her a wink not knowing if I’d gone too far
Then when she got up I thought to disappear
She bent her head towards me and whispered in my ear.

CHORUS:-
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (As far as I’m concerned)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (Tonight may not bring love)
THE SK’YS THE LIMIT – (But I think I’ll take my turn)
THE SHY’S THE LIMIT – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.

All life is a gamble you slip you stumble an fall
And the fear of failure comes back to haunt us all
But there’s no need to worry or contemplate defeat
With our love as a bond we’ve got it beat.

CHORUS:-
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (At least this much I’ve learned)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (You seem to get so far)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – (When you’re not concerned)
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT – THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.

Refrain:
The sky’s the limit and I’m flying high
I started at the bottom but now that’s all gone by
The sky’s the limit and I’m going to the top
There’s no way that i’m gonna stop

CHORUS & FADE

Living Life My Way

(Johnson/Rosenberg)

LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY

I’ll stay a season takin’ it easy
Summer some place where it’s warm
I’m down on my uppers
I sing for my suppers
Got no place I call home.

CHORUS:-

I’M LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY – OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
I MAKE FREEDOM MY GOAL
FACE UP TO EVIL – I CHALLENGE THE DEVIL
I WANT NO CHAINS ON MY SOUL
LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY.

There’s girls by the dozen so tempting and lovesome
I ain’t the man to deny
Take my time choosing
I’m paying my dues
And it’s heartache when I say goodbye.CHORUS:-

CHORUS:-

I’M LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY – OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
I MAKE FREEDOM MY GOAL
FACE UP TO EVIL – I CHALLENGE THE DEVIL
I WANT NO CHAINS ON MY SOUL
LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY.

Bridge:

Facing the music leaf falling blues week
Summer’s completed its scene
It’s no use in grieving
Because soon I’ll be leaving
Wiping the slate of life clean.

CHORUS:-

I’M LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY – OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
I MAKE FREEDOM MY GOAL
FACE UP TO EVIL – I CHALLENGE THE DEVIL
I WANT NO CHAINS ON MY SOUL
LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY
OUT ON THE HIGHWAY – LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY
I LIVE LIFE MY WAY – LIVIN’ LIFE MY WAY.