Rise & Fall of A Honky Tonk Hero

by J. K. Coltrain

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released July 27, 2012

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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: Rise & Fall of A Honky Tonk Hero
The Rise And Fall Of A Honky Tonk Hero


They come here to see him in this honky tonk roadhouse
A burning young star at the top of his game
They're packed wall to wall for a glimpse at their hero
Who's almost gone crazy chasing this fame

The road has been hard, somehow he's been harder
But the pills and the whiskey have taken their toll
He keeps the truth hidden as long as he's singing
But it comes rushing in with the last dying note

It's the rise and fall of a honky tonk hero
Who's been burning the candle at both ends too long
He'll fly high tonight but it's all smoke and mirrors
While the truth lies there hidden in the words of his songs

There was someone who loved him, a girl back in Texas
With the ways of an angel as he now recalls
But he traded her love for a song and the highway
Oh how bitter his tears whenever they fall

(Repeat Chorus)
Tag: Yes the truth is there hidden in the words of his songs
Track Name: The Bottle
The Bottle

She picks up the bottle
and fills up her glass
She drinks till she’s throttled
the pain from her past
She’s bent on forgetting
his face and his name
As the candles burn down
She says here's to old flames

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me


I know it ain’t likely
I can smother that flame
But I love her so much
I’ll try just the same
I'm more man than him
Why can’t she see
That till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Bridge:

When the bottle is empty
and her glass is dry
She'll smile and say I love you
But the truth is in her eyes

Chorus:

Till she reaches for the bottle
she don’t reach for me
It’s the only way she gets him
Out of her memory
She only lays the torch down
When she picks up a drink
Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me

Outtro:

Till she reaches for the bottle
She don’t reach for me
Track Name: Don't Close Your Eyes
Don't Close Your Eyes

I know you loved him along time ago
And even now in my arms you still want him I know
But darlin' this time let your memories die
When you hold me tonight don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
Don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darling just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes

Maybe I've been a fool holding on all this time
Lying here in your arms knowing he's in your mind
But I keep hoping someday that you'll see the light
Let it be tonight, don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
Don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darling just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes

Don't close your eyes let it be me
And don't pretend it's him in some fantasy
Darlin' just once let yesterday go
And you'll find more love than you've ever known
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Just hold me tight when you love me tonight
And don't close your eyes
Track Name: If That's What It Takes
If That's What It Takes

If that's what it takes to make you happy
If that's what it takes to make you smile
If you want I'll play the fool again
Anything to make you stay a while

Verse 1
Well I know that you've been using me
I've done it myself in the past
But still I keep holdin' on
To a love that just can't last

REPEAT CHORUS

Verse 2
Here goes that silly game again
You know I've seen it all before
And the object is for me to beg
You not to walk out that door

REPEAT CHORUS

© 1986 J. K. Coltrain
Track Name: I Pray There's A Honkytonk In Heaven
I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN



VERSE


THEY SAY THIS PLACE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME IF I DON’T GET OUT OF HERE
BUT I LIKE ROMANCIN’ LOVE SLOW DANCIN’ IN A NEON ATMOSPHERE
I’M ON CLOUD NINE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WITH AN ANGEL BY MY SIDE
I’VE HEARD YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO SO WHEN I KISS THIS WORLD GOOD-BYE




CHORUS


I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
‘CAUSE IT WOULD BE A SIN TO LEAVE TO LEAVE THESE GOOD TIMES BEHIND
I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
SO I CAN LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE


INST.

BRIDGE


TONIGHT I’LL LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP AND PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO KEEP
IF I SHOULD DRAW MY FINAL BREATH LET THIS BE MY LAST REQUEST


CHORUS

I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
‘CAUSE IT WOULD BE A SIN TO LEAVE THESE GOOD TIMES BEHIND

I PRAY THERE’S A HONKYTONK IN HEAVEN
SO I CAN LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE

REPEAT CHORUS

TAG
I WANNA LIVE IT UP BUT ONE LIFE JUST AIN’T ENOUGH
SO LORD LET ME LIVE IT UP WHEN I DIE