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A good lyric takes you someplace you've never been...

I love that quote that goes something like, "I'm homesick for a place I've never been."  It has always resonated with me for some reason.  I think a good lyric can take you someplace you've never been.  

When people tell me they don't really pay attention to lyrics in the music they listen to, I'm baffled.  "What do you mean you don't pay attention to the lyrics?!"  See, when I was a child, my dad taught me the importance of lyrics in a song.  And he especially taught me to appreciate the really good ones.  He'd say them aloud to me as we listened to his favorite songs on road trips and in the house I grew up in.  I learned the story of the song and felt the emotion behind the melodies so much deeper.  I connected with the artist.  Some of those songs still remain my favorites to this day.  Understanding the meaning of the songs connected me deeper than the music could alone.

 

 

 TENNESSEE

Music & lyrics - Lori Triplett

On the road again/I’ve just gotta clear my head/Toss my bags into the backseat/Patty Griffin singing to me once again/ I tried my best to love this town/It tried its best to knock me down/So I’m on the road again/I really wish that I could stay/’cause half my heart’s here in Ohio/but the other half’s 500 miles away/I tried my best to stick around/but there’s nothing left except tears and I’m drowning/So do me a favor/say I’ll be fine/And do me a favor/say you’ll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don’t let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/On the road again/to a place I used to know/Mom and Dad cry as I’m leaving/but they believe in me and know I have to go/I’ll try my best to make them proud/I’ll try my best to live out loud/So do me a favor/say I’ll be fine/And do me a favor/say you’ll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don’t let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/I always found a sweet relief in the sound of your melodies/So do me a favor/say I’ll be fine/And do me a favor/say you’ll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don’t let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/I know I’ll be fine/I know you’ll be kind, Tennessee.

Crooked Heart

Music & lyrics - Lori Triplett

Crooked little heart/where are you taking me/I don’t know these roads/but I don’t trust your lead/’cause I’ve been fooled before/But I’m not that fool anymore/I need the truth, need the smoothness of a straight path/sun on my face, need the tears of a good laugh/need the storms to roll away/the peace that comes by faith over me/And I don’t need a crooked heart still guiding me/cause I am free/Crooked little heart/why do you sound so sweet/You feel just like the rain in the summer’s heat/But I’ve been fooled before/and I’m not that fool anymore/I need the truth, need the smoothness of a straight path/sun on my face, need the tears of a good laugh/need the storms to roll away/the peace that comes by faith over me/And I don’t need a crooked heart still guiding me/No I don’t need a crooked heart still guiding me/cause I am free/Who the Son sets free is free indeed/who the Son sets free/Who the Son sets free is free indeed/who the Son sets free/Cause I don’t need a crooked heart still guiding me/No I don’t need a crooked heart still guiding me/cause I am free.