Honky​-​Tonk Opera

by Railtown

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Songs set in and about Honky-Tonks. Country music by Railtown aka Jeffrey Scott Stewart.

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released March 4, 2009

All Instruments/Vocals by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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Track Name: My Ol' Stompin' Ground
MY OL' STOMPIN' GROUND

Tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground
And I won't even let her memory get me down
I was haunting this place
Long before I saw her face
So tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground

It was here that we met
I could never forget
In that corner's where we broke up
When I'm near there I get choked up
But I'm tryin' to get that woman off of my mind

Tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground
And I won't even let her memory get me down
I was haunting this place
Long before I saw her face
So tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground

I'll find some women to dance
And steal a kiss if I can
But no temporary lovers
I've had one, don't want another
I'm just tryin' to drive that woman out of my heart

Tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground
And I won't even let her memory get me down
I was haunting this place
Long before I saw her face
So tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground
So tonight, I"ll reclaim - I won't even think her name
Tonight, I'll reclaim my ol' stompin' ground

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Honky-Tonk Opera
HONKY-TONK OPERA

With all the neon lights to set the stage
There's gonna be some drama in this place
And when the music brings the room to life
The curtain opens on the whole charade

It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
I know the scene all too well
It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
So many stories to tell

Pretty women draw a sea of hats
Men push closer tryin' to watch 'em dance
Just when you think there's gonna be a fight
Someone hollers out, "I'll drink to that!"

It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
I know the scene all too well
It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
So many stories to tell

It's the kind of show you shouldn't miss
Costumes change and the plot has twists
But all the characters stay the same
And it's been goin' on for years like this

It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
I know the scene all too well
It's a Honky-Tonk Opera
So many stories to tell
So many stories to tell


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Steve Trinward
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / trinSongs
Track Name: If I Knew An Angel
IF I KNEW AN ANGEL

I know the difference
But I don't always do what's right
I've made choices
And I've made some bad ones in my life

I regret
Some things that I did yesterday
I'm not proud
But I know that I could change

If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel like you
Could love a man like me

I've had lessons
And I have scars that you could find
I've felt cheated
And tried to hold the hands of time

Now I'm wiser
And there are some things I understand
That just make me older
But I'd be a brand new man

If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel like you
Could love a man like me

If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel
If I knew an angel like you
Could love a man like me

If I knew an angel like you
Could love a man like me

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Queen Of The Neon
QUEEN OF THE NEON

Ruby comes into the "Palace"
Most every night of the week
Everyone knows her around here
And that's how she wants it to be

There ain't no strangers in this place for long
She makes 'em feel right at home

She's the Queen of the Neon
The "Belle of the Ball"
And she glows in the flourescent light
She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

She's got a son in Nevada
They say he's a gambler by trade
I'll bet she misses her family
But Ruby, she won't move away

We won't be losin' her anytime soon
She's made herself right at home

She's the Queen of the Neon
The "Belle of the Ball"
And she glows in the flourescent light
She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

She might be ordinary
But not till tomorrow
She's the Queen of the Neon tonight

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Out Of The Question
OUT OF THE QUESTION

It's out of the question
It's just too much to ask
And I'm too broken hearted to pretend
I'm too busy cryin'
And living in the past
Don't ask me, I can't be just your friend

It seems like just yesterday we were in love
You told me a million times back then
That your love was strong
So can you tell me what went wrong?
Why can't we be that way again?

It's out of the question
It's just too much to ask
And I'm too broken hearted to pretend
I'm too busy cryin'
And living in the past
Don't ask me, I can't be just your friend

I won't stay around and let you see me cry
Wishing we could share just one more kiss
I can't stay here
Wondering how your feelings disappeared
I'm too close to the tenderness I miss

So I'll be movin' on
I'd rather miss you when I'm gone
Than stay and play a game of make believe
Honey it hurts too much
To be in reach, but out of touch
So I will live with memories

It's out of the question
It's just too much to ask
And I'm too broken hearted to pretend
I'm too busy cryin'
And living in the past
Don't ask me, I can't be just your friend

Don't ask me, I can't be just your friend
I can't be your friend . . .
It's out of the question

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The One That Got Away
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

I know I'm empty handed, and I don't like to brag a lot
But let me tell you a story, about the kind of luck I've got
I swear that it's the truth - you can believe it or not

You should've seen the one that got away
Silky hair, bedroom eyes, and a great pair of legs
I thought I had her hooked by the look on her face
But she twisted and turned and escaped
You should've seen the one that got away

I'd already caught my limit, but I just had to reel her in
She was a real free spirit, she played my line, then let me win
But when she saw my net, she slipped back to sea again

You should've seen the one that got away
Silky hair, bedroom eyes, and a great pair of legs
I thought I had her hooked by the look on her face
But she twisted and turned and escaped
You should've seen the one that got away

You should've seen the one that got away


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Steve Trinward
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / trinSongs
Track Name: Empty Bottles
EMPTY BOTTLES

One by one they take their place
He likes to put them all in line
Each one leaves a bitter taste
In his mouth and on his mind

The waitress passes by and offers
To clear the table - but he stops her

Empty bottles fill his nights with haunting memories
Of friends who died too soon and love that let him down
Still he makes the most of every drop, and then he
Orders up another round
By now he must be losing count
Of empty bottles

He'll be here till closing time
No-one waits for him at home
He once told a friend of mine
It ain't good to drink alone

So he sits starin' at the labels
Of his friends across the table

Empty bottles fill his nights with haunting memories
Of friends who died too soon and love that let him down
Still he makes the most of every drop, and then he
Orders up another round
By now he must be losing count
Of empty bottles


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Heath Davidson
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Low Places Music (BMI)
Track Name: I'll Let The Jukebox Do My Talkin'
I'LL LET THE JUKEBOX DO MY TALKIN'

Friday night is here again, and I'm not hard to find
I'm back in this honky-tonk, and there's a reason why
She'll be here before too long, I hope she'll look for me
Tonight I'll tell her how I feel, and I won't have to speak

I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'
and by George I'll win her heart
I'll pick A-5, "Check Yes or No"
- That's a real good place to start
I'm too shy to tell her
that I feel this way
So I'll put money in the slot
and let the music play
I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'

Met her here two months ago, now we dance all the time
But when I try to ask her out, all I can do is smile
My heart pounds inside my chest whenever we get close
Tonight I think I've found a way I can let her know

I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'
and by George I'll win her heart
I'll pick A-5, "Check Yes or No"
- That's a real good place to start
I'm too shy to tell her
that I feel this way
So I'll put money in the slot
and let the music play
I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'

I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'
and by George I'll win her heart
I'll pick A-5, "Check Yes or No"
- That's a real good place to start
I'm too shy to tell her
that I feel this way
So I'll put money in the slot
and let the music play
I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'

I'll let the jukebox do my talkin'


Written by Tresa Street and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Tresa Street / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: A Woman Like That
A WOMAN LIKE THAT

She had fire in her eyes and a devil-may-care attitude
And the cut of her dress revealed more than just her tattoo
I fell under her spell, I could tell it was more than the wine
I couldn't resist her painted red lips close to mine

A woman like that, who spends all her time in the dark
A woman like that, with a permanent scar for a heart
She wasn't born that way
It took time and a lot of mistakes
It takes good love gone bad, to make a woman like that

She said there was a time, she was on top of it all
But the one that she gave her love to, set her up for a fall
Now she's down all the time, and she's finding herself feeling lost
So she searches the night, hopin' luck's on her side - but it's not

A woman like that, who spends all her time in the dark
A woman like that, with a permanent scar for a heart
She wasn't born that way
It took time and a lot of mistakes
It takes good love gone bad, to make a woman like that


Written by Heath Davidson and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Low Places Music (BMI) / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Honey, Don't You Dare
HONEY, DON'T YOU DARE

Honey, don't you dare complain
'bout how he's caused you pain
and now you know you should have stayed with me

I could've told you way back then
you and he would end
before too long I knew that he would set you free

Honey, don't you dare come cryin' at my doorstep
hopin' it'll make me weak
Just because he left you feelin' sad and lonely
you think you'll come back to me
Well I know that it's a game and I've heard the sayin'
"all in love is fair"
But don't tell me your sad, sad story
Honey, don't you dare

You're wonderin' if your heart will heal
Well I know how you fell
I've felt the same way once or twice not long ago

You told me that you had to leave
So now I can't believe
You have the nerve to say you want to come back home

Honey, don't you dare come cryin' at my doorstep
hopin' it'll make me weak
Just because he left you feelin' sad and lonely
you think you'll come back to me
Well I know that it's a game and I've heard the sayin'
"all in love is fair"
But don't tell me your sad, sad story
Honey, don't you dare

Honey, don't you dare come cryin' at my doorstep
hopin' it'll make me weak
Just because he left you feelin' sad and lonely
you think you'll come back to me
Well I know that it's a game and I've heard the sayin'
"all in love is fair"
But don't tell me your sad, sad story
Honey, don't you dare


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Recipe
THE RECIPE

It was four in the mornin', when I stumbled in
Expecting to find her cryin' again
Instead, in the kitchen, I read her good-bye
In a letter she taped to the recipe file

Warm up a jukebox with an old country song
Mix in your cheatin', and stay out till dawn
Add just a teaspoon of teardrops I've cried
Cover with excuses and weak alibis
When you've had a taste, I think you'll agree
There's nothing so bitter as a fool's recipe

There was no light from the doorway at the end of the hall
And our picture was missing from it's place on the wall
She left it torn up on our bedroom floor
She just couldn't see us together no more

Warm up a jukebox with an old country song
Mix in your cheatin', and stay out till dawn
Add just a teaspoon of teardrops I've cried
Cover with excuses and weak alibis
When you've had a taste, I think you'll agree
There's nothing so bitter as a fool's recipe

When you've had a taste, I think you'll agree
There's nothing so bitter as a fool's recipe


Written by Scott Tonkinson and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Tonkinsong / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Jesus In A Bottle
JESUS IN A BOTTLE

I've spent Sunday mornings
Prayin' to porcelain gods
'Cause I worshipped Saturday night
You won't find Jesus in a bottle
- Lord knows I've tried

I sat on a barstool
For years like a darn fool
Tryin' to find peace of mind

But my search is over
Now that I'm sober
I thank God that He's in my life

So I'm here to tell you
Give up your decadent ways
'Cause you're wasting more than your time
You won't find Jesus in a bottle
- Lord knows I've tried

I sat on a barstool
For years like a darn fool
Tryin' to find peace of mind

But my search is over
Now that I'm sobe
I thank God that He's in my life

I've spent Sunday mornings
Prayin' to porcelain gods
'Cause I worshipped Saturday night
You won't find Jesus in a bottle
- Lord knows I've tried

You won't find Jesus in a bottle
- Lord knows I've tried

Written by Allan Sostrin and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) /
Universal-Songs of Polygram Int. (BMI) / Seven Angels Music (BMI)
Track Name: I Can't Go Home
I CAN'T GO HOME

I can't go home, 'cause the bar's still open
And I don't know when to leave
Till the music stops and the lights go up
And the girls won't dance with me
There ain't nobody waitin', and no place I've got to be
I can't go home
I can't go home

Everybody knows my reputation,
I'm always runnin' 'round
'Cause there's always something goin' on
somewhere else in town
As long as there's a good time waiting anywhere for me
I can't go home
I can't go home

I can shake a leg, I can cut a rug
I'm a certified dancin' fool
I can slow it down and hold 'em tight,
the way a woman loves to do

But I can't go home, 'cause the bar's still open
And I don't know when to leave
'Till the music stops and the lights go up
And the girls won't dance with me
There ain't nobody waitin', and no place I've got to be
I can't go home
I can't go home

I can't go home

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Leon Tunstall
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Leon Tunstall
Track Name: You Can't Stay Here
YOU CAN'T STAY HERE

I've been singin' to you since nine o'clock tonight
Playin' old favorites and the new ones that you like
If you're feelin' kind and you wanna tip the band
Give until it hurts - put it in the can
This is gonna be our last tune
So if you're gonna get lucky, well, you'd better get it soon

We'll be here tomorrow
Come see us again
If you've had a good time
Next time bring a friend
Thank you everyone
We've had a lot of fun
Now it's time to finish up your beer
You don't have to go home . . .
but you can't stay here

Don't forget your waitress, give it up before you go
She's been good to you, she told you all her jokes
The man behind the bar wants to see his wife
He's lookin' more than ready to be callin' it a night
Give your best wishes to the bouncer at the door
Make your last promise - you won't bother him no more

We'll be here tomorrow
Come see us again
If you've had a good time
Next time bring a friend
Thank you everyone
We've had a lot of fun
Now it's time to finish up your beer
You don't have to go home . . .
but you can't stay here

We'll be here tomorrow
Come see us again
If you've had a good time
Next time bring a friend
Thank you everyone
We've had a lot of fun
Now it's time to finish up your beer
You don't have to go home . . .
but you can't stay here

You don't have to go home . . .
but you can't stay here

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Pam O'Daniel
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Pam O'Daniel