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Songwriter of the Year
Nominee Song List

Colores Oscuros (Dark Colors)

January

Andrea R Cannon

2023

This is an instrumental song. There is no lyric sheet
Lyrics
River So Deep

January

Pam Grisham and Cindy Prince

2023

Grew up on that muddy river
Used to dream about buildin' a raft
But Mama always said too dangerous
She said, "Baby, don't you know you're all I got left."

Papa was known for his cheatin' ways
Everyone knew just how he drank
People thought he just walked off and left her
'Til his body washed up on the bank

Oh, river, so deep… Oh, river, so deep… Oh, river, so deep… River so deep

Bridge:
The Old Muddy took Papa
Now Mama, she clings to me 

I hear her singin' those sad songs
When she thinks I'm asleep

I try to help Mama feel better
She gives me her sweet tender smile

But I know from her night singin'
She ain't gonna feel too good for awhile

Oh, river, so deep… Oh, river, so deep… Oh, river, so deep… River so deep
Talkin' bout that river so deep…singin 'bout that river so deep
Oh, river, so deep… River so deep
Lyrics
Into the Sunrise

January

David Fahl

2023

v1 Night sky empty as night can be,
Nobody here but you and me,
Catching our breath, now the battle’s won.
Was the victory worth the killing we’ve done?

V2 I’m looking at you, you’re looking at me.
Both trying to hide what we can’t not see.
Two things certain we both know,
You’re going to stay and I’m going to go.

Ch If I was in a cowboy movie, we’d know how it goes
I’d ride into the sunset, silent and alone.
That don’t seem right to me, I’ll travel through the day
Head into the sunrise when I see the dawn’s first ray.

Br I’ll try to sleep tonight on this restless bed
While the weeping of the widows echoes in my head
Is it the good and the bad or just the living and the dead?

V3 Dark night turns to shadows, shadows disappear.
I can’t hide anything when the sunlight shines so clear.
Who we are, and what we’ve done, so obvious and plain,
We’ll let the poets tell the tale, remove the stain.

Ch If I was in a cowboy movie, we’d know how it goes
I’d ride into the sunset, silent and alone.
That don’t seem right to me, I’ll travel through the day
Head into the sunrise when I see the dawn’s first ray.
Lyrics
Wish I Had Met You First

January

Randy McClendon

2023

Wish I Had Met You First
Randy McClendon

Intro

Well I learned to Waltz and Two Step too
I learned these things before I met you.
Well I learned to Waltz and Two Step too
Tonight, I’ll be dancing with you.

Chorus
Well I wish that I had met you first,
Well I wish that I had met you first,
Well I wish that I had met you first, I do
But I’ll be your baby tonight

Well I’ve tussled with some gals in old Gruene Hall
And I’ve loved a few women from Arky Blues
But I swear to you there were so many from which to choose
And I gambled like I had nothing to lose.

Chorus
Well I wish that I had met you first
Well I wish that I had met you first
Well I wish that I had met you first
But I’ll be your baby tonight.

Bridge
You’re everything I ever wanted
You’re everything I ever dreamed of
Darling, you’re the only one I’ll ever need

Chorus
Well I wish that I had met you first
Well I wish that I had met you first
Well I wish that I had met you first
But I’ll be your baby tonight.

Instrumental

Chorus Flipped
Well I’ll be your baby, tonight,
Well I’ll be your baby, tonight,
Well I’ll be your baby, tonight,
But I wish that I had met you first.
Lyrics
Fisherman, the sinner and the saint

January

Paul Boedeker, Ray Wyatt

2023

Fisherman, the sinner and the saint (Paul Boedeker, Ray Wyatt) 2023

(intro). There are 3 voices living here inside my head
a fisherman, a sinner and a saint
Fighting for a space in my mental real estate
Each with something different to say

C1 All these voices make a melody
a strange and haunting harmony
of obscenities, absurdities and the wisdom of the years
The fisherman, the sinner, and the saint
V1
The saint in no uncertain terms will tell you what is right
To him it is as plain as night and day
The sinner stretches selfish hands reaching far and wide
To have whatever he can take away
(repeat C1)
V2
The fisherman will cast his line precisely at a spot
To hook a prize he hopes is hiding there
Then readjust his cap ever so slightly just for luck
Pretending that he doesn’t really care

(bridge) Will I be the man I think I ought to be?
will I walk
and not grow faint?
Can I tame the characters inside my head?
The fisherman the sinner and the saint.
V3
A fishing line and bobber plop into the water
Sending circles ‘cross the surface of the day
The saint will seek the light, the sinner, lurk in darkness,
The fisherman will catch what comes his way

C2 All these voices make a melody
to life’s relentless symphony
of obscenities, absurdities and the wisdom of the years
The fisherman, the sinner, and the saint (x3)
Lyrics
7 Deadly Moods

January

Mark Winters

2023

7 Deadly Moods v1.6 - by Mark Winters

[Verse 1]
I got these bad moods - their living - in my head
(Instrumental)
Snapping and biting They put me on edge
(Instrumental)
It’s Like a hydra - spitting - with seven heads
Sneaking around and trying to spread

I won’t no sadness creeping up on me
Dropping me down to misery
Fear can get a hold on me
What’s it gonna take to make you leave

[Pre-Chorus]
My mind is tied up in a funky mood
It’s got me on edge what do I do

[Chorus 1]
I’m Moo-d-eh Making a scene
Check my pulse and you will see
Gotta turn them over and change the tone
Seven deadly moods gonna turn to gold

(guitar pent riff)


[Verse 2]
I’ts lonely and quiet just sitting on my couch
(Instrumental)
No one around to help me out (vs see me pout)
(Instrumental)
I miss my friends chatting and hanging around
Loneliness is leaving with that sound

Shameful and murky depressing thoughts
Constricting and squeezing im heading south
Anger and panic are setting in
What’s it gonna take to make them leave

[Pre-Chorus]
My mind is tied up in a funky mood
It’s got me on edge what do I do

[Chorus 2]
I’m Moo-d-eh Making a scene
Check my pulse and you will see - write other lines about making a scene
Gotta turn them over and change the tone
Seven deadly moods gonna turn to gold
[tag]
Turning turning turning to gold, Turn to gold

[Bridge]
7 deadly moods sitting in my head
H-i-s-s-ing
Love and light and camaraderie
M-i-s-s-i-n-g
Turn those moods and loosen their hold
K-i-s-s-ing
Seven deadly moods turn to gold
[tag]
Turning turning turning to gold, Turn to gold

[Chorus 2-outro ]
I’m Moo-d-eh Making a scene
Check my pulse and you will see - write other lines about making a scene
Gotta turn them over and change the tone
Seven deadly moods gonna turn to gold
[tag]
Turning turning turning to gold, Turn to gold
Lyrics
Adios you're toast

January

Larry Glass

2023


ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST

V1:

YOU DON’T KNOW OR YOU DON’T CARE AN I CAN’T KNOW THE REASON WHY

ALL I REALLY KNOW FOR SURE IT’S GOODBYE GOODBYE GOODBYE

Chorus:

ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST O LO SIENTO MUCHO


ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE GONE

V2:

YOU PROBABLY THINK THIS RHYME IS FULL OF TEARS AND GRIEVIN


BUT YOU’D BE WRONG THIS TIME CUZ I’M JUST GLAD YOU’RE LEAVIN

Chorus:

ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST O LO SIENTO MUCHO


ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE GONE


LEAD:


Repeat V1:

YOU DON’T KNOW OR YOU DON’T CARE AN I CAN’T KNOW THE REASON WHY

ALL I REALLY KNOW FOR SURE IT’S GOODBYE GOODBYE GOODBYE

Chorus and Tag:

ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST O LO SIENTO MUCHO


ADIOS YOU’RE TOAST MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE GONE MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE GONE

MIGHTY GLAD YOU’RE GONE

Lyrics
Laramie

January

Gary Graham

2023


It seemed so easy years ago
The lure of easy greenback dough
There for the taking
Who’s ever gonna know

The stagecoach time always the same
It seemed like such an easy game
One day it is yours the next day mine
Things would never be the same

Bridge

We planned it my two brothers & me
Why should we work we can have it for free
There for the taking
Or so it seemed at the time

We hadn’t planned on the man inside
Long rifles leave no place to hide
2 brothers gone now from my side
Only 1 riding

Chorus

I’ve been to Laramie
Had the fear of God starring me
Straight in the eyes

Blue eyes and boot heels &
A look at ice cold six gun steel
I am a man who knows how it feels
To be on the run
To be on the run
Lyrics
Wasted

January

Wallace Chase and Vic Sapp

2023

Verse 1
You took me by surprise
when you looked into my eyes
One touch and you got me high
I got the butterflies fluttering around inside
It's gonna be a hell of a ride

Blurry eyes and endless nights
Are so intoxicating
and I don’t want this spinning room to stop

Chorus
'Cause I’m wasted on you
Yeah I’m drunk on the touch of a little too much
of the heat of the moment
Yeah I’m wasted on you
I am high off the rush of my heart and the lust
for the love unfolding

Verse 2
They say it wouldn’t last
We burn too hot and fast
Maybe we should just slow it down
All up inside my head
Remember things you said
My feet would float off the ground

But blurry eyes from all the fights
It all disintegrated
Now I just want this spinning room to stop

Chorus 2
'Cause I'm wasted on you
I have given too much and I'm sick of your touching
it's so complicated
I am wasted on you
Now I'm sobering up and it's gonna be rough
It was so overrated
I am wasted on you
I am more than enough and it cost me too much
for my heart to be traded
I am wasted so wasted
I feel wasted on you
Lyrics
Wishbone

January

Narissa Bond

2023


Grand daddy found water with a divining rod
It’s like a wishbone turned upside down
Grand daddy went hunting in the afternoon
Brought a squirrel home to grandma to make squirrel stew

You can put your dreams up on the shelf
Hold them close to your heart and tell nobody else
Or break the wishbones you’ve been saving
And let your dreams fly free
Wishing bone

Grandma was 33 grandpa was 73 years old
My momma was the last child they brought into this world
He said cry when they’re born and laugh when they go
For colored folks it was a hard, hard road

You can put your dreams up on the shelf
Hold them close to your heart and tell nobody else
Or break the wishbones you’ve been saving
And let your dreams fly free
Wishing bone

Grand daddy looked like a white man
But he never tried to pass, some folks didn’t understand
The bus driver said “sir, you can ride up front”
Grand daddy said I’m colored. It was the Jim Crow south

You can put your dreams up on the shelf
Hold them close to your heart and tell nobody else
Or break the wishbones you’ve been saving
And let your dreams fly free
Wishing bone

My momma wished for me at 19 years
The brown color of my skin and black satin hair
Grand daddy died a few years before I was born
I guess I’ll meet him in heaven when my time comes

You can put your dreams up on the shelf
Hold them close to your heart and tell nobody else
Or break the wishbones you’ve been saving
And let your dreams fly free
Wishing bone

Momma drove down that lone star road
Brother, sister and I in tow
To a beautiful house he build with love
Barely held together with memories
And the well where they drew water
Found through the divine
Wishing bone
Lyrics
You Will Always Be a Part of Me

January

Tim Bentley, Josh David Walker

2023

V1:
The past is gone
It’s time to move on
My mind keeps telling me
It’s called reality
live in the here and now

V2:
But the future’s unknown
for the seeds that we’ve sown
There is no certainty
How will they reach maturity
without you by my side

PRE:
I know there’s no chance that I’m wrong
Cause my love for you is so strong
Past or future
I know it has to be

CH1:
You will always be a part of me
You’re the melody to every song that I sing
You will always be that part of me
That still believes your love can carry me through

V3:
So life moves on, but I’m not alone
I have my memories
I know you’re here with me, as I sing this song

CH2:

Bridge:
Late at night, when I’m by myself, it gets hard to bear
I know you’re gone but you’re still so close, I can feel you there

CH3:
Lyrics
She Might Be The Reason

January

J.Robeson

2023

I saw you picking flowers
by the road just yesterday
I didnt know your name
Didnt want to be in your way

It seems so sweet and innocent
to pick flowers in the rain
an Indian paintbush in your hair
and the sound of a passing train

She might be the reason
that i dont sleep tonight
She might be the reason
i havent felt quite right
I cant really remember
I really cant explain
She might be the reason
i dont know hername

Do you keep those flowers
next to a picture frame of him
or is there an empty space
for a guy like me to fit in

Even though we havent met
Ide still like to know your name
maybe i can hope for
flowers next to my frame

She might be the reason
i wont sleep tonight
She may be the reason
i havent felt quite right
i really cant remember
i really cant explain
She might be the reason
that i don't know her name

I saw you picking flowers
like you were doing the other day
you were standing there in the rain
so i had to stop and say

i came to pick a wildflower
and bring it in from the rain
I was hoping you could tell me
if this flower has a name

you might be the reason
that i might sleep tonight
you might be the reason
i havent felt quite right
I can't remember
i cant explain
you might be the reason

my flower has a name.
Lyrics
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