All That I Am

by J. K. Coltrain

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This is J. K. Coltrain's 2008 release that won The Texas CMA Album of The Year Award.

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released June 7, 2008

Produced by J. K. Coltrain

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J. K. Coltrain Nashville, Tennessee

J. K. Coltrain is President of Colt Records Nashville, Chairman of The Traditional Country Opry and hosting The Country Star Showcases. He was recently awarded The Texas CMA Entertainer and Best Country Album of The Year awards.

J. K. Coltrain is a member of:
Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame
Country Music Association
Academy of Country Music
Country Legends Assoc
Americana Music Assoc
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Track Name: First Time Memory
JK Coltrain - FIRST TIME MEMORY

VERSE

MY FAVORITE FISHIN’ HOLE HASN’T CHANGED IN YEARS
I WAS BARELY FIVE THE FIRST TIME MY DADDY TOOK ME THERE
A CATFISH CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE AND NEARLY PULLED ME IN
WHEN I THINK BACK ON THAT FIRST TIME I’M A KID AGAIN

CHORUS

THE FIRST TIME ONLY HAPPENS ONCE BUT IT LASTS FOREVER
FRESH ON MY MIND LIKE IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
THE SECOND TASTE OF INNOCENCE ISN’T HALF AS SWEET
THERE’S MAGIC IN A FIRST TIME MEMORY

VERSE

WE DIDN’T SAY A WORD AS I WALKED HER TO THE DOOR
MY HEART WAS TURNIN’ CARTWHEELS AS WE STOOD ON HER FRONT PORCH
I CLOSED MY EYES AND HELD MY BREATH THE FIRST TIME THAT WE KISSED
IF I LOVE TO BE ONE HUNDRED THAT’S ONE NIGHT I WON’T FORGET

CHORUS

THE FIRST TIME ONLY HAPPENS ONCE BUT IT LASTS FOREVER
FRESH ON MY MIND LIKE IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
THE SECOND TASTE OF INNOCENCE ISN’T HALF AS SWEET
THERE’S MAGIC IN A FIRST TIME MEMORY

BRIDGE

MY FIRST CAR MY SENIOR PROM THE DAY THAT I LEFT HOME
NAMES AND FACES PLACES THAT I’VE BEEN
MEMORIES THAT MEAN THE MOST KEEP ME YOUNG AT HEART
OVER AND OVER AGAIN……..

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: These Days
JK Coltrain - THESE DAYS

Back not all that long ago
On the heartland family farm
Fires burning warm at night
Grantin' shelter from the storm
We could swim and fish all day
Not a worry or a care
When we got back to the house
Supper was waiting there


These days, the good life's hard to find

Tryin' to put food on the table

We stretch the ties that bind

Seems love for God and family

Is goin' out of style

Takes a lot to smile, these days

I guess it’s true we all grow old
An' leave the simple past
Move on in to the city
Where the neon pace is fast
Wrong-way streets an' broken dreams
Bitter memories that don't pass
An' at the bottom of this bottle
There’s just an empty glass


These days, love is growin' cold

On the altar of technology

We sacrifice our soul

Fiction rules the classroom

While truth is put on trial

Takes a lot to smile, these days

Seems that life’s just one big lesson
You’re never out of school
All these things they brag about
Are really not that cool


These days, divided votes are cast

At the turn of a new century

Fear is risin' fast

Security an' freedom

Are hard to reconcile

Takes a lot to smile, these days

Yeah, takes a lot to smile, these days
Track Name: Don't Forget My Name
JK Coltrain - Don't Forget My Name by Roy Cooper

To part I know is bitter sweet,
to leave this war-torn land,
but the lord my maker,I have to meet,
as he takes my lowly hand.

Dont cry my love,dont cry for me,
the tears are all for you,
though my eyes no longer see the world,
my spirit is brand new.

Dont cry my love,dont cry for me,
the tears are all for you,
though my eyes no longer see the world,
my spirit is brand new.

Talking voice

I remember fondly your smile,so soft and sweet,
and the way we kissed and held each others hands.
The plans we made of a future yet to come.
What now my love, I ask, what now?

singing

Remember me as I was then, when we were so in love,
These words I'll write with earthly pen,
Then wait for you above.
The years may pass and come and go,
you'll find true love again,
some pain and sorrow you may know,
but don't forget my name.

Oh don't forget, have no regrets,
please don't forget my name,
some pain and sorrow you may know
but don't forget my name.

Talking

The sounds of battle have long gone,
and my comrades surround me,
I feel my life slipping away,
as I am engulfed by darkness.
I know I will not see another day,
but I will carry your image with me to eternity.

Singing

The years may pass and come and go,
you'll find true love again,
some pain and sorrow you may know,
but don't forget my name.

please don't forget my name.
Track Name: Red, White & You
JK Coltrain - Red White And You

A single mom slips from her bunk and drops down to her knees
She asks for strength to face a day that holds no guarantees
She pictures someone with her son tucking him in bed
And longs for that day to come when she’ll be there instead
Chorus
There’s no such thing as just a weekend warrior
With what they’re called to do
The life they’ve put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red white and you

The youngest driver in the convoy just turned twenty- one
A wedding band on his left hand- flashes in the sun
This ain’t like the miles he logged when he worked for U.P.S.
He’ll call her later on to plan the honeymoon they missed
Repeat Chorus
Lead Break
A teacher and a preacher’s son are standing guard tonight
A moonless sky is lit up by a distant firefight
They were total strangers before this all began
Now they’re borthers united defending our homeland
Repeat Chorus
Tag
Yeah the life they put on hold back home they now lay on the line
For the red white and you
The red white and you
Track Name: LA & Tennessee
JK Coltrain - L.A. AND TENNESSEE

I can still see her waving from the front porch
But this time she didn’t say to hurry home
The tears she’s cried are putting out that old torch
She’s carried in her heart for oh so long
But work takes me away from her
And she needs the kind of man that I can’t be
And I dial the phone tonight but no one answers
And I know that she’s not waiting there for me

So tonight somewhere between L.A. and Tennessee
There’s a lady out there learning to let go
And the roads that run between L.A. and Tennessee
Are the only things that I have left to show
There’s a lonesome stretch of highway, waiting there for me
And nothing is all that I can see
I’m lost somewhere between L.A. and Tennessee

Lord knows she held on for a long time
She did the best that anyone could do
As I look back on the photographs in my mind
I can see the Hell I must have put her through
The candle in the window
Has burned away and faded with the wind
And across a thousand miles of highway, I know
That I can turn around and light the fire again

So tonight somewhere between L.A. and Tennessee
There’s a lonesome man that’s lost the urge to roam
And the roads that run between L.A. and Tennessee
Are the same roads that’ll take this old boy home
There’s a homebound stretch of highway waiting there for me
And her eyes are all that I can see
I found myself between L.A. and Tennessee
I found myself between L.A. And Tennessee
Track Name: All That I Am
ALL THAT I AM (© David Worby and Bobby Carmichael)

Daddy couldn't find many words to say
The day I turned his old job down
After all the years of schooling
He said I need you to stick around
But I couldn't stay and do things his way
Cause I had my own dreams to follow

Mama helped me pack everything I had
In a warn out duffle bag
She said I hope you know what you're doing
Then turned and looked at dad
You’ll never make a living
With a guitar in your hand
I said I hope you’re wrong, please try and understand

That’s all that I am
That’s all that I know
That’s all that I feel down deep in my soul
So I sure hope the music makes the man
That’s all that I am

That was so many years ago
And through all the ups and downs
I stayed true to myself
And I never turned around
Now when I play close to home
My folks come out to see
The man the music’s made of me

That’s all that I am
That’s all that I know
That’s all that I feel down deep in my soul
So I sure hope the music makes the man
That’s all that I am


Tag:

That’s all that I am
Track Name: If I Could Start Over
If I Could Start Over

VERSE I
Well I've finally reached the bottom
On the ladder of my life
There's nothing to hold on to
No reason left to fight
So tonight I get down on my knees
A broken man I beg you please
Won't you save me from
The choices I have made

I'll never get a second chance
To take the field or have that dance

CHORUS
If I could start over, I'd do things better
I'd give a little more, take a little less,
Show a little guts, I'd do my best
If I could be someone, I wouldn't be a no one
I'd never make you cry, I wouldn't tell a lie
Forget about myself, think of someone else
If I could start over

VERSE II
And after thirty something wasted years
And thirty million wasted tears
I know I can't get that time back
So I have got to get myself on track
The people who have rescued me
Have saved me from myself it seems
I can't afford to let them down again

And I'll never get a second chance
To take the field or have that dance

REPEAT CHORUS
BREAK
I can't turn back the hands of time
I can't re-write my history
But as time passes you will see
That you can count on me
Track Name: Ex's & Why's
EX'S & WHY'S

The lights were low and so was I
Swapping stories with the guy
Behind the bar
He poured me out one more Jim Beam
And said I know just what you mean
About love being hard
And though the girls we’d lost had different names
The questions that we have are just the same

Chorus :
Why do dreams fall apart
Why does someone leave
And why do I still wake up and sometimes hear her breathe
Why does it hurt so much anytime love dies
Will my life always be full of Ex’s and Why’s

She drew a line, she said I crossed
Her letter spelled out all my faults
One by one
She never gave me half a chance
How’s a guy supposed to understand
What a woman wants
The barman kinda smiled and wiped a glass
As the jukebox played another song that asked

CHORUS

Bridge:
And somewhere in the world tonight
You’ll find someone wond’ring why

CHORUS

Will my life always be full of Ex’s and Why’s
Track Name: American Christian
American Christian

AMERICAN CHRISTIAN

VS1
THEY SAY WE CAN’T PRAY IN JESUS NAME
YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY
YOU MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE WITH DIFFERENT WAYS
CAN’T SAY THE PLEDGE OR PREACH THE TRUTH
CAUSE ITS NO LONGER ABSOLUTE AND THAT LEAVES
ME WITH JUST ONE THING TO SAY

CHO
I’M A FLAG WAVING AMERICAN CHRISTIAN
LIVING IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
I BELIEVE IN JESUS I PLEDGE ALLIEGENCE
UNDER ONE GOD ARE WE
I’M GONNA STAND WITH YOU FOR WHAT IS TRUE
I’M GONNA LIVE OUT LOUD, I’M AMERICAN, I’M CHRISTIAN, AND I’M PROUD

VS2
NOW I DON’T MEAN TO BOAST OR BRAG BUT MEN HAVE DIED FOR THAT OLD FLAG
AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR ALL WHO WOULD BE FREE
SO WHEN YOU PLEDGE AND SAY THE PHRASE UNDER GOD DON’T HESITATE
CAUSE HE’S THE ONE WHO GIVES US LIBERTY

VS3
AND WHEN IT COMES TO TRUTH AND RIGHT I WILL STAND MY GROUND AND FIGHT GOD IS GOD AND THAT’S ENOUGH FOR ME AND ITS ABSOLUTLY TRUE TO SAY JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY THROUGH HIM I HAVE LIFE AND I AM FREE
Track Name: Never Too Old To Rock N' Roll
NEVER TOO OLD TO ROCK & ROLL

Hey there sleepyhead
It Ain’t even midnight yet
So save your dreaming for those rainy days
The band’s just warming up
The party’s just begun
No rule that says how to act your age

You may not be what you used to be
But you’re not ready for the cemetary
Take your cue from the Stones
You’re never too old to rock & roll

You’ve still got the moves
And you can shake them loose
A little rusty but the beat will take you back
Once those drum sticks hit
You’ll catch your second wind
I’ll see that star again from the high school dance

You may not be what you used to be
but you’re not ready for the cemetary
Take your cue from the Stones
You’re never too old to rock & roll

Bridge
2 - 4 - 6 - 8, counting candles stop it, come on
Honey rock it, oh yeah, rock it, rock it around the clock

Repeat Chorus>