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2022 Song of the Month Winners

Heaven County Line

October

Warren Hanson

2022

intro
What if Heaven is just across the river?
What if Heaven’s just a country mile away?
What if Heaven is as close as the next county?
It won’t be far to go to get there one fine day.

verse 1
Life is a road trip, and you and I are on it.
Sometimes a back road, sometimes a highway.
We can choose a new direction when we want it.
Sometimes your way, and sometimes my way.
One day we will realize this road will never end.
It just goes over the horizon to a place we’ve never been.

chorus
One day I’ll cross that Heaven County line,
And I hope you’re sittin’ with me when it’s time.
Then I will hold your lovin’ hand in mine
And fin’lly cross that Heaven County line.

bridge
Heaven County may not be some far away land,
With clouds and harps and halos in the sky.
Heaven County might be like our ev’ry day land,
Where we will feel at home together, you and I.

chorus
Lyrics
Mercy on Me

October

Andrew Fischer

2022

They say that you can see
That you can see us in the dark
All the stains upon our souls
All the cracks within our hearts

And I know that I can’t hide
Won’t even try to run away
I just hope that you can hear
That you can hear me when I pray

Mercy, please have mercy on me

They say it’s all because of you
How this old world goes round and round
The old become the new
The lost can still the found… so I sing

Mercy, please have mercy on me

For all that I’ve done wrong
This life isn’t long enough to pay that price
So I offer you this song
And hope that it’s enough to make it right
Because I need to make it right with you

Mercy, please have mercy on me
Lyrics
Bottle Rocket

September

Ray Wyatt

2022

Bottle Rocket © Ray Wyatt 2022

Bottle rocket in my hand
Dripping sparkles in the sand
Blazing deep into the night
Splashing colors in my weary eyes
I don’t know where you came down
Embers glowing on the lawn
Ten-cent bottle rocket, won’t you tell me where you’ve gone

Bottle rocket in the sky
Oh, so stunning when you fly by
Will you tell me what you see?
High above the earth that you had to leave
I can’t see you where you fell
Drifting down before the dawn
Ten-cent bottle rocket, won’t you tell me where you’ve gone

<Hmmmmmmm…..>
If I could see it through your eyes
Then I would not have to try
To make sense of this sorrow, bottle rocket
Glowing in the sky

Now you’ve fallen to the deep
Dark and ashen and your soul to keep
Never more again to fly
Left alone with no goodbye
But I will see you once again
High above this mortal sun
Ten-cent bottle rocket, won’t you tell me where you’ve gone
Lyrics
The River Will (Conscience Speaks)

September

Pam Grisham

2022

The River Will (Conscience Speaks)

Turn around...this is not a road to travel alone
Danger ahead...it's dark and foggy but I keep driving on
I'm heading to a place, I'm heading to a place where I don't belong ooh, ohh

Turn around...didn't I see the signs long ago?
Danger ahead...hit the breaks! There's a bridge out on this road
It's a long way down, it's a long way down and the water is deep and cold

If the fall doesn't get me the river will...If the fall doesn't get me the river will
If the fall doesn't get me the river will

Turn around...there's still time to change my mind
Danger ahead…the farther I drive the farther from the light
I'm lying to myself, lying to myself when I say I'll be just fine

If the fall doesn't get me the river will...If the fall doesn't get me the river will
If the fall doesn't get me the river will
Lyrics
Sweet Dreams

August

Pam Grisham

2022

Sweet Dreams
By Pam Grisham, August 2022

The sun comes up over the mountain
You turn earth and stone with your strong hands
I tend to my flowers and my fountains
A thousand miles away on burning sand…but I’ve got
Sweet dreams of your warm eyes
Sweet dreams of your tender smile
Sweet dreams of your hand on mine, I’ve got…sweet dreams

The sun sets through your kitchen window
You cook up some dinner and then you rest
Reach for your blanket and your pillow
I’m already sleeping in my bed…but I’ve got
Sweet dreams of your warm eyes
Sweet dreams of your tender smile
Sweet dreams of your hand on mine, I’ve got…sweet dreams

Another day, another night…it’s all the same routine
Another day, another night…but I’ve got dreams…sweet dreams
Sweet dreams of your warm eyes
Sweet dreams of your tender smile
Sweet dreams of your hand on mine, I’ve got…sweet dreams

Sweet dreams of your warm eyes
Sweet dreams of your tender smile
Sweet dreams of your lips on mine, I’ve got…sweet dreams
Lyrics
Chupacabra

August

Ray Wyatt

2022

Chupacabra ©Ray Wyatt 2022

Last night I heard a tapping on my window
I drew back the curtain to see what I could see
There he stood in all his mystical glory; I saw
Chupacabra staring back at me

I opened up the window and asked him his business
I said sir, whatever can I do for you?
He said I’m here to ask you for one small favor
And if it works out, I can help you too

Just in case you don’t know what a Chupacabra is, I’ll tell you
He’s a cross between a bobcat, a gorilla and a wolf
He has big red eyes and claws like a grizzly
Kills wild animals and drinks their blood

C> Woohoo, Chupacabra
Woohoo, he won’t let me be. (Spell on me/Set me free)
Woohoo, Chupacabra
Chupacabra got his eyes on me.

He said, my baby got mad and then she walked out on me last night
So I need some poetry so I can win her back
If you would just jot down a rhyme or a jingle or two,
I could call her up and get things back on track.

Well, I rubbed my eyes and tried to make some sense of the situation
You see, I was feeling a little neglected lately too
I scratched out some verses for an ode to his lover
Crossed my fingers and hoped that it would do

C>
He took one look with those big red eyes
Let out a howl and I was paralyzed with fear
He blew a puff of smoke and I passed out cold
When I woke up, he had disappeared!

Ever since that night, the grass seems a little bit greener
And I feel a whole lot better now; that’s what I believe
So always be kind to a heartbroken stranger
You never know what kind of spell he weaves
So, if you ever hear a tapping on your window
Open the window and see what’s stirring out there
You might see nothing but a bright full moon
But, listen closely and you might hear
Lyrics
The Weight of Time

July

Wallace Chase

2022

The Weight of Time

Verse 1
The lines on my face seem deeper every day.
And your black hair has turned to gray.
My green eyes are starting to degrade.
and some of our best memories are beginning to fade.
I know that time is taking its toll
but we can get through anything that it has to throw.

Pre-Chorus
Sometimes the years get better
some get the better of me.
But with you, the years that are weighing me down
don’t seem so heavy.

Chorus
Like a bottle of wine baby, we get fine as the years unwind.
Well, they go by fast but our love will last like a star and its shine.
We’re in a phase with the burden of age and we’re well on down the road.
Seem like time is an endless mile, uphill with a heavy load.

Verse 2
We've been together now for such a long long time
and my only regrets are the times I made you cry.
I know that time is wasted on the youth,
and if time is all uphill baby I want a mountain with you.

Pre-Chorus
Chorus

Post-Chorus
So put your hand in mine, we're gonna be fine.
Together baby we’ll carry the weight of time.

Bridge
Oh, this old world keeps rolling like a stone.
No, you don’t have to go at it alone.
And when it comes our time to go and cross the great divide
I’ll be there right by your side.

Chorus

Post Chorus

© 2022 Words and Music by Wallace Chase, Double You See Music, Inc LLP
Lyrics
Rise Up

July

Melanie Broussard

2022

RISE UP
Words and Music ©2022 by Melanie E Broussard

Lying on your back staring into space
Tears streaming down your face
Friend I’m tellin’ you, things will turn around
Soon as you lift your head off the ground
Rise up, c’mon and rise up

Sitting on that bench, lookin’ woebegone
So much that life has piled on.
Wish I had magic words to say
Life won’t always be this way.
Rise up, c’mon rise up.

CHORUS
If you don’t try you’ll never know..
Just how high you can go..
Rise up, rise up, rise up

BRIDGE
I’m not telling you anything new
You know what you got to do
Come on and rise up, rise up, rise up

The weight of the world crushes a soul
Don’t dig yourself a deeper hole.
You will work it all out in time.
Find a ladder and start that climb.
Rise up, c’mon rise up.

CHORUS
Lyrics
It's A Good World

June

Jay Harris

2022

“It’s a Good World” by Jay Harris

When the morning sunlight finds me through my window.
I know its time for me to start a brand new day.
Who will I see, where will I be, what will bring a smile and pure joy out of me.
Maybe a sweet song, a bird sings day long.
A wagging tail friend, with love that has no end.

It’s a good world most days, despite what some might say,
Take a look around and tell me I’m not right.
It’s a good world most days, all its wonders set on display
To erase the doubts that sometimes fill our minds.
That hope and love are just too hard to find.
It’s all good most days.

Looking round me seems the colors have united
To deliver candy visions for my eyes.
A red bird flyby, a blue sky so high, green fields with red barns like a picture in my mind.
Crop rows of good things, to make my mouth sing
Flowers so bright, I have to close my eyes.
Chorus

I know too well its not all joy, pain and suffering still annoy,
Wrongs that make you want to drop and shake your head.
Injustice still alive and well, been here long as I can tell,
But I won’t let it take away the good I see, and believe.
Chorus
Lyrics
Carry On (feat. Brittany Villamil)

June

Tim Bentley, Josh David Walker

2022

VS:1
My love, I wish you had a better alibi
As I sit and listen to you lie
I wonder if the truth would make me cry
And yet. if I am truly honest with myself
I had no right to put you on the shelf
I guess you can’t buy what you can’t sell

PRE1:
Right now, there’s no act from me
What you’ll get is just honesty

CH1:
Stripped down just the naked truth
Without a care, without excuse
No need for your disguise
Nothing left to analyze
And as the band plays a happy song
I have to wonder if it’s wrong
To pretend as life goes on
and carry on,,,,,carry on

VS:2
My love, there’s no need for you to be afraid
all the evidence has long been weighed
This seems to be the bed that we have made
And yet, my mental state is anything but clear
As we embrace and I draw you near
I see you’re smiling as you shed a tear

PRE2:
Right now, there’s no act from me
All you’ll get, is what you see

CH2:
Stripped down just the naked truth
Without a care, without excuse
No need for your disguise
The truth is right here in our eyes
And as the band plays a happy song
I have to wonder if it’s wrong
That we pretend as life goes on
and carry on, carry on, just carry on……carry on

CH3:
Stripped down just the naked truth
Without a care without excuse
Nothing left for us to hide
I’m still standing by your side

And as the band plays a happy song
I have to hope before too long
Our love will again be strong
If we just carry on, just carry on, carry on……just carry on

Lyrics
Mama's Voice

May

Jay Harris

2022

“Mama’s Voice”
Words and Music by Jay Harris

My heart was hers the day it started beating
Although we wouldn’t meet for many months
She carried me with pride, safe from danger.
And when the time arrived we knew at once.

I hit this world with nothing, softly screaming
She held me tight and whispered baby hush.
I heard the sound that I would trust forever.
The tender loving peace of mama’s voice.

She raised me, often saved me,
Holding two jobs down to keep our lives on track.
She never judged me, always taught me,
learn from doing something wrong and make it right.
It never crossed my mind I had a choice.
Than to trust each word I heard from Mama's voice.

She knew I’d see some trouble as life happened
I guess that’s why she taught me all she knew.
To help me understand the world plays different.
That I may see and hear things that weren’t true.

Well she was right and I fell for some stories
And as I recall as well a girl or two.
Some guys I thought were friends were only bullies.
They made me do things that I knew I shouldn't do.

Chorus

I barely knew my Daddy's name but I don’t care.
I pretended , but I knew that wasn't fair.
To not know me or care how mom was getting on.
But no worries, I assure you she was strong,
Right up until the day that she was gone.

I hope she’d like the man that my wife married.
Our kids are growing up fast, true and strong.
Our house is filled with love and hope and caring.
Just like the one I lived in with my Mom.

Chorus

Lyrics
907

May

Warren Hanson

2022

907 © 2022, Warren Hanson

verse 1
The numbers on our house were 907
Where I grew up in that small Dakota town.
My dad had nailed them up there on a ladder.
Last time I looked, the seven had fallen down.
That house was the first home that I remember,
And the last thing that I saw a I drove away.
It looked so small in the rearview mirror,
But it was big enough to love me, even when I couldn’t stay.

chorus
The child in me still lives at 907.
It was paradise on the western edge of town.
I never will get closer to God’s heaven
Than I did when I lived at 907.

verse 2
The houses all around were filled with children.
We would play the day away all summer long.
When my mother rang the bell beside the back door,
Time for supper, time for me to head on home.
Then in Westside Park, the locusts started humming,
Like a choir singing hymns in the summer night.
I was thirteen in that park, as the sky was getting dark,
When I kissed a girl for the first time in my life.

chorus

bridge
907. I always will remember.
Warm and safe in bed from the chill December wind.
And the dreams I had back then have come true in who I am.
907. I will never see you again.
Lyrics
Buzzard's Roost Texas

April

Anna Beavers

2022

Buzzard’s Roost, Texas ©Anna Beavers 2022

He walked into a tavern in Buzzard’s Roost Texas
Slapped a dollar on the counter and ordered a beer
He said, ‘I’m lookin’ for a man named Jim Allen
I think my wife’s been with him in here’

Instrumental refrain

He wore Del Rio dust like an armor of anger
His face was as hard as the mud on his boots
You knew when you looked in the eyes of this stranger
That he was a man with nothing to lose

CHORUS
Oh, a gun on a hip is the devil’s companion
When a man is looking for someone to blame
For a woman he lost in a battle for freedom
And the hole in his heart where he wrote her name

Instrumental refrain

The bartender nodded to a booth in the corner
Where a raven-haired beauty leaned in to a man
With his hand on his gun the old man walked to her
Sayin’ “You’ll never see Jim Allen again”

Instrumental refrain…

An old church bell rings at the Sisters of Mercy
A cross with her name is all that remains
But people in town say at night when the moon’s bright
An old man in shackles.. whispers her name.


Repeat Chorus

Instrumental refrain out
Lyrics
High on Hope

April

Jay Harris

2022

High On Hope



There are some days that I don’t remember. There are some days I’ll never forget.

Like our day in the sun, in front of everyone, promising to love and respect.

No way anything could ever destroy us, no way anything could come in between.

But we lost our minds, screaming hurts and lies , using words just because they were mean.



Slamming doors and throwing bottles we’d drinken. Making up and then lovin all night.

Three good days in a row and your’e thinking, that your’e gonna be good and play nice.



You get me High on hope when you say your’e not leaving,

High on hope and you get me believing ,

High on hope that your’e never gonna let me go.

You get me high on hope, that wer’e gonna be better,

High on hope that your’e staying forever

High on hope, and then you say you don’t know.



There’s no excuse for my childish behavior, no excuse for always being high.

I want to rewind, forget the day and time, that’s a fact that I just cant deny.

But can’t you see how you helped to fuel it, pushing me I simply had no choice,

You know how you do, till I don’t know what to do, then the next thing I’m raising my voice.



Are you that hell bent on believing, you exist just to shatter my life?

I’m committed to changing for better and I don’t even have to think twice.



You get me High on hope when you say your’e not leaving,

High on hope and you get me believing ,

High on hope that your’e never gonna let me go.

You get me high on hope, that wer’e gonna be better,

High on hope that your’e staying forever

High on hope, and then you say you don’t know.



Hey come on let's make it work and forever. Love is hard baby there ain’t no doubt.

Where’s that sweet tender voice I remember,

Right now all you do is scream and shout.


You get me High on hope when you say your’e not leaving,

High on hope and you get me believing ,

High on hope that your’e never gonna let me go.

You get me high on hope, that wer’e gonna be better,

High on hope that your’e staying forever

High on hope, and then you say you don’t know.
Lyrics
I Wouldn't Change a Thing

March

Tim Bentley, Josh David Walker

2022

V1:
I still recall, that day back in
the spring I fell so hard
I offered you my ring down on my knee
And now look we’ve come so far

Life’s been tough at times
With all the hardships that life can bring
If given the power of the universe
I wouldn’t change a thing

V2:
So many seasons now have come and gone
The kids have gone away
Once again it’s back to you and me
In your arms I want to stay

As fall retreats, and winter sets in
our love can face anything
if given the power of the universe
I wouldn’t change a thing

V3:
When eyes grow weak and our strength fades fast
Our love will make it through
And even when they’ve all moved on
I will stay with you

No matter what life brings our way
These words I still will sing
If given the power of the universe
I wouldn’t change a thing
Lyrics
Simple things

March

Paul Boedeker

2022

(intro)
Eiffel Tower in the Paris lights
Egyptian pyramids in desert night
the Great China wall
the Taj Mahal
places I’ve never been
I could make a lengthy list, it’s true
lament the many things I may never do
I can’t speak for you…but for me

(chorus)
it’s the simple things
picture books and childhood dreams
the little song my daughter sings
and tucks my grand baby in bed
best laid plans are overrated
isn’t all that complicated
life’s an overflowing cup
when you choose to fill it up
with the simple things

(verse)
crickets chirping in the woods tonight
curtains open on the pale moonlight
I’m not for certain, but this just might
be the best it can get…
favorite rocker in the big front room
a quiet lazy afternoon
I suppose I’ll do something soon
but right now I’m gonna sit…
crackling fire to keep us warm
me and my honey baby arm in arm
safe and secure from all alarm
yes I am a lucky son…because for me
(chorus)

(bridge)
castles and kings
glittery things
never make the world go ‘round
if the truth be told
can’t be bought or sold
the greatest treasures to be found…

(chorus)
Lyrics
I Wish I Was a Better Man

February

Tim Bentley, Josh Walker, Nathan Gard, Mark Bentley

2022

I Wish I was a Better Man
September 2020
Lyrics by Tim Bentley, Nathan Gard, Mark Bentley
Music by Tim Bentley, Nathan Gard, Josh Walker

I'm not gonna try to understand
Why you kicked me to the floor
I'm not gonna try to get even with you
To settle up the score
We've wasted so much time
Going down that road before
I'm gonna try Forgiveness
Thats what my soul's been longing for

I wish, I wish
I wish I was a better man
I wish, I wish
I wish I was a better man

When you want to start a fight with me
You know just the words to say
Things that I did ten years ago,
Just like they happened yesterday
We've wasted so much time,
I've heard it all before
I'm gonna try forgiveness,
that’s what my soul's been longing for

I wish, I wish
I wish I’d been a better man
I wish, I wish
I wish I’d been a better man

I wish, I wish
I wish I’d been a better man
As time unfolds before me
I wish I had a better plan
Other times I must confess
My mind takes a different turn
Sometimes I'd like to light it all in flames
And kick back and watch it burn

I wish, I wish
I wish I’d been a better man
I wish, I wish
Lyrics
Heart Trouble

February

Warren Hanson

2022

verse 1
I am an old man. My age starts with a seven.
One foot firmly on the ground, one foot in heaven.
I feel things diff’rent now. My heart’s started to soften.
Don’t always know just why, but I cry a little more often.

chorus
I’ve got heart trouble. Getting more sentimental.
I used to take the hard line. Now I’m a little more gentle.
And the tears come easier now than they used to do.
I’ve got heart trouble ever since losing you.

verse 2
Some dumb commercial on TV can start the tears flowing.
Is that young couple on the screen you and me? Or is my heart showing?
And how can the grocery store leave me feeling so sad?
I guess cooking for one is a lot less fun than all those meals we had.

chorus

bridge
Our life together lasted such a long time.
That long time seems like minutes to me now.
I just don’t think it’s fair that you’ve moved on to somewhere,
And left me here, nowhere, to live alone somehow.

verse 3
I am an old man. Now my hour’s getting late.
No guarantee that my age will ever start with an eight.
No guarantee that this old heart will keep working so well.
But in its time, this heart loved you more than tongue can tell.

chorus
I’ve got heart trouble. It’s beating slow and lonely.
I’m left living in a world without my one and only.
And the tears come easier now than they used to do.
I’ve got heart trouble ever since losing you.

© 2021, Warren Hanson
Lyrics
Something

January

Molli McMills

2022


                     Something                             
by Molli McMills

V1-I have friends who pray to Jesus, Others who were once believers
     Some bank on the truth,
people taught them in their youth
     Many only worship science, put their faith in self reliance
     As for me I know that I don’t know.
 But even if it turns out to be nothing,
It’s still something

Chorus
Something fills us up,
when we hear our newborn baby’s cry
Something breaks us down,
for the ones we hate to lose
Something makes us keep on trying to pull each other up
Its love ……….and that’s something

V2-Seems we wonder all our lives,
about what happens when we die
Do we simply end? Will I see you again?
Does it matter anyway
when you’re right here with me today
    Holding on to you is never nothing   

Chorus
Something fills us up,
when we hear our newborn baby’s cry
Something breaks us down,
for the ones we hate to lose
Something makes us keep on trying to pull each other up
Its love ……….and that’s something

Bridge
Maybe love is the breath of God
or bits of dust from the stars
No matter where it comes from, it’s the best of who we are

Chorus
Something fills us up,
when we hear our newborn baby’s cry
Something breaks us down
for the ones we hate to lose
Something makes us keep on trying
to pull each other up
It’s love,  love,  love……..
and thats something.
Lyrics
No Catch Today

January

Ray Wyatt

2022

No Catch Today ©Raymond Wyatt 2021

She kicks off her shoes and rolls her cuffs up to her knees and
She wades out in the ankle deep in the early morning breeze
Pulling back the bale, she rips a cast out in the bay
It sails across the universe to greet the break of day
Somethings tugging on the line, she pulls with all her might,
And then the line goes slack again and settles in the brine

C> Hey, no catch today. Maybe its best he got away.

While she’s waiting for that spotted tail to give himself away
And here she is alone again; it’s always been this way

B> Too many years of trying - to find a little love in a hurricane just leaves you sad and sore
Counting up the teardrops tumbling down the drain would surely flood an ocean since he walked out the door

She wades from the water, and warms her hands upon her knees and
Turns around for one last look in the early morning breeze
Pulling back the bail, she rips a cast out in the bay
It sails across the universe to greet the break of day
Lyrics
Cinnamon River

November

Warren Hanson

2022

verse 1
You and I sittin’ by the Cinnamon River,
Talkin’ to the clouds as the sky goes by.
Wish this perfect minute would last forever
By the Cinnamon River, just you and I.
But we both know the minutes don’t last.
If they did, then the past wouldn’t be the past.

chorus
If the Cinnamon River were to ever run dry,
The mountains decide to stop touchin’ the sky,
If the sun doesn’t rise tomorrow, you and I
Will keep on shinin’.

verse 2
Me and you could choose to grow old together,
Build a cabin by the river, raise a family,
Through the summery days and the wintery weather,
We could dance until forever very happily.
Then however long forever might stay,
You and I will keep lovin’ away.

chorus

bridge
And when trouble comes to cover the sun,
We won’t worry ’bout whatever may come.
Doesn’t matter what tomorrow is bringing,
You and I will find a way to keep singing.

chorus
Lyrics
But I Did

November

Wallace Chase

2022

Wallace Chase
Double You See Music Inc.
2021

But I Did

Pre-Chorus:
I know this’ll lead to disaster.

Chorus:
I had no reason to look back
But I did
Had no good reason to turn back
But I did
Not one right reason to go back there but I did
I knew not to go back
But god damn, I did

Verse 1:
My fuse was lit a long time ago
At anytime I’m bound to blow
And I’ve run the hard line every day
But as sure as time will turn away
I’m waiting and don’t have much left to say
Yea I’m waiting and all I can do is pray

Chorus:
I had no reason to look back
But I did
Had no good reason to turn back
But I did
Not one right reason to go back there but I did
I knew not to go back
But god damn, I did

Verse 2:
Those clock hands keep on turning around
And I keep my ear pressed to the ground
I have to stay one step ahead
of the debt of the cards, of the hand I was dealt
I’m waiting for what the fortune teller says
Yea I’m waiting but the fortune teller is dead

Solo:

Bridge:
I know this’ll lead to disaster
None of the reasons matter
Once I’ve turn around
And I know back there is a feeling
One that’ll send me reeling
And never let me go

Chorus:
I had no reason to look back
But I did
Had no good reason to turn back
But I did
Not one right reason to go back there but I did

I had no reason to look back
But I did
I did
I did
god damn, I …

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