Live Dogs (Live)

by Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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I dedicate this album to the talented musicians I've had the pleasure of working with . . . the members of my backing band, The Big Dogs . . .

From September 8, 1996 through September 11, 1998 we performed around the Nashville area at places like The 16th Avenue Cafe, The Courtyard Cafe, The Broken Spoke, The Boardwalk Cafe, Henry's Coffeehouse, The Bluebird Cafe, The Gibson Cafe, The Music City Cafe, Douglas Corner, and special events like The Tennessee State Fair and "Barkin' In the Park" (at Centennial Park). This album is a time capsule of that period of performances.

Most of our shows were recorded on cassette, using the PA system. Although, per Murphy's Law of course, it seems like our best performances weren't recorded at all (through one snafu or another), while most every screw-up did make it to tape. Still, from these crude tapes, I searched to find these performances. I'm proud of these songs (a tip of the hat to my co-writers), and I'm thankful to the people who helped me bring them to life . . . ladies and gentlemen . . . The Big Dogs!

This is Live Dogs . . .

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released August 21, 2008

Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar: Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Fiddle, Mandolin: Tim Lorsch
Lead Guitar (Tracks 1,3,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13): Rick Gordon
Lead Guitar (Tracks 2,4): Denny Martin
Lead Guitar: (Track 10): Donnie Skaggs
Bass Guitar (Tracks 2,4,9,10,12,13): Allan J.C. Ward
Bass Guitar (Tracks 1,3,5,6,7,8,11): Michael Spellman
Drums (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11): Kevin Kathey
Drums (Track 10): Steve Holland
Drums (Track 13): Ron Gannaway
Backing Vocal (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,13): Kim Winters
Backing Vocal (Track 10): Trish Vogel
Backing Vocal (Track 10,12): Allan J.C. Ward
Backing Vocal (Track 12): Tim Lorsch

I also want to thank these Big Dogs who didn't happen to be on these particular recordings:
Fiddle: Sid Walker, David Johnson
Lead Guitar: Jim Hall
Bass Guitar: Doug Kahan, Ron De La Vega
Drums: Matthew Stevens
Backing Vocals:
Colette Wise, Julianne Sutton, Garnet Imes

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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: Barkin' With the Big Dogs (Live)
                        BARKIN' WITH THE BIG DOGS

A golden puppy chasin' butterflies
across a yard full of dandelions
Doesn't stop to wonder why
It comes naturally
He hears a howling from across the fence
Calls back with a 'yelp' at best
Doesn't know what he's up against
But can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

Little Jimmy, he's a three-year-old
Never seems to do like he's told
He's not bad, he's got a need to know
It's curiosity
Through the window, hears the kids at play
Wants to join 'em in their baseball game
But mama's got him stayin' in today
He can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

          Every puppy, every boy
          Anyone with a dream
          Gives it all they've got
          and can't wait to be

     Barkin' with the big dogs
     Makin' noise with the boys next door
     Talkin' that big talk
     Mixin' it up, not a pup anymore
     Barkin' with the big dogs

Written by Steve Trinward and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright trinSongs / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Frostbite (Live)
FROSTBITE

She's drivin' crazy, tryin' to get out of town
It doesn't matter where she's goin' right now
Steam on her windows, her blood's runnin' hot
He was cold and heartless, never thought he'd get caught

She's got frostbite
His love was cold enough to burn
One look into her icy eyes confirms
She's got frostbite
She's afraid of being touched
Now that she's realized love can hurt so much

Hunger stops her, she wipes the tears from her face
Walks into the diner and pretends she's okay
But when a stranger crosses the room
She cuts him down, it's much too soon

She's got frostbite
His love was cold enough to burn
One look into her icy eyes confirms
She's got frostbite
She's afraid of being touched
Now that she's realized love can hurt so much

Love is a fire you can't control
And where there's smoke you'd think there's a flame
But there's a cloud that comes from dry ice
It looks familiar, but it's not the same

She's got frostbite
His love was cold enough to burn
One look into her icy eyes confirms
She's got frostbite
She's afraid of being touched
Now that she's realized love can hurt so much

She's got frostbite
She's got frostbite
She's got frostbite

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Pam O'Daniel
Copyright Blue Clover Music / Pam O'Daniel
Track Name: Help Yourself To Me (Live)
HELP YOURSELF TO ME

I see the sadness of a lonely dreamer, it's something you can't hide
You've done your best to be a true believer, but you're not satisfied
Don't start thinking no-one understands
Come on, take my hand

If you can't help yourself, help yourself to me
I think I know how you feel, once I was down on
my knees
Now I'm standing strong enough to help someone
in need
So if you can't help yourself, help yourself to me

Anytime you need a friendly shoulder, you can lean on
mine
And if you ever think of starting over, I'll be by your
side
I'm with you no matter what it takes
I've been in your place

If you can't help yourself, help yourself to me
I think I know how you feel, once I was down on
my knees
Now I'm standing strong enough to help someone
in need
So if you can't help yourself,
If you can't help yourself,
If you can't help yourself, help yourself to me

Written by Allen Sostrin and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Universal-Songs of Polygram (BMI) / Seven Angels Music (BMI) / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Out Of The Question (Live)
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: Shadow of Love (Live)
SHADOW OF LOVE

Moonlight casts a shadow through my window
Traces of you dance around the room
Reflections of the past, so clear I can't deny
It's too soon for someone new

I'm living in the shadow of love
It follows me when I try to run
Doesn't matter how far I've come
I'm still living in the shadow of love

I know she's lying here beside me
But I can't touch her like I want to . . .
The candle by the bed still burns in memory of
You and only you

I'm living in the shadow of love
It follows me when I try to run
Doesn't matter how far I've come
I'm still living in the shadow of love

Maybe someday you'll see the light
If you come back, the sun will shine

I'm living in the shadow of love
It follows me when I try to run
Doesn't matter how far I've come
I'm still living in the shadow of love
Living in the shadow of love

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Pam O'Daniel
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Pam O'Daniel
Track Name: You're Gonna Miss Me (Live)
YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME

You'll be knockin' at my door
But I won't answer
I know
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

You'll be callin' out my name
But I won't be there
I know
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

You know that you've hurt me
But you won't even try to treat me right
You're gonna cry every day
When I'm away
Girl, if I leave
You're gonna miss me
When I'm gone

You'll be lookin' for my love
When you feel lonely
I know
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

You know that you've hurt me
But you won't even try to treat me right
You're gonna cry every day
When I'm away
Girl, if I leave
You're gonna miss me
When I'm gone

You're gonna cry every day
When I'm away
Girl, if I leave
You're gonna miss me
When I'm gone

Written by Gavin West and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Gavin West / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Show Me Where It Hurts (Live)
SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS

I understand your hesitation
It's hard for you to share right now
Even though it's unspoken
I know your heart's been broken
And I want to chase away your doubts

If love's a river of pure emotion
You're like a dam about to burst
You've tried to hide your pain
And only made it worse
I know I can make you feel better
If you show me where it hurts

I could learn by demonstration
Teach me how to treat you right
As long as we stay together
Our love will last forever
We'll get there, if you'll be my guide

If love's a river of pure emotion
You're like a dam about to burst
You've tried to hide your pain
And only made it worse
I know I can make you feel better
If you show me where it hurts

You're only human I realize
Heartaches take time to heal
I'm just a man, and I'm asking you
To let me know how you feel

If love's a river of pure emotion
You're like a dam about to burst
You've tried to hide your pain
And only made it worse
I know I can make you feel better
If you show me where it hurts

I know I can make you feel better
If you show me where it hurts
Open up your heart
Show me where it hurts

Written by Allen Sostrin and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)/Universal-Songs of Polygram(BMI)/Seven Angels Music (BMI)
Track Name: Take Your Mama (Live)
TAKE YOUR MAMA

Your taxi's waitin', your bags are packed
You say you're leavin' and you ain't comin' back
I'm down on my knees - I'm beggin' you
If you're gonna leave me honey, take your mama too

Take your mama
Don't leave her behind
Take your mama
She drives me out of my mind
Take your mama
When you leave, take your mama too

She showed up at our doorstep, suitcase in hand
Wearin' her robe and slippers, and her polyester pants
You said she'd only stay for a week or so
But Baby, that's been eleven months ago

Take your mama
Don't leave her behind
Take your mama
She drives me out of my mind
Take your mama
When you leave, take your mama too

Well she lays around on my couch all day
Drinkin' beer and eatin' up my take home pay
Watchin' her soaps on that old boob tube
I can't even live in my own livin' room

Take your mama
Don't leave her behind
Take your mama
She drives me out of my mind
Take your mama
When you leave, take your mama too

Written by Dave Trout and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Dave Trout / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Cherokee Blood (Live)
CHEROKEE BLOOD

Cherokee blood flowed like water in a red colored stream
As I watched my brother dying at my feet

I had heard the soldier's rifle as he gunned the young brave down
Now I knew a life was ended at the sound

The soldier said,
Injuns deserve to die, they have no fear of God
I saw those savage eyes, just before I shot
There ought to be a price paid for every drop
of Cherokee Blood

I was proud of my people - We'd made peace with the whites
Now I vowed not to die there without a fight

Not afraid to die, I had no fear of God
I saw the soldier's eyes just before he shot
There ought to be a price paid for every drop
of Cherokee Blood

I live on as a spirit in the heart of every brave
I live through my children's children - in their veins

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: When The Twister Touched Down (Live)
WHEN THE TWISTER TOUCHED DOWN

If I could paint a picture of what I saw, it would all be black and white
She was waiting in the stillness with a storm behind her eyes
If I had heard a warning, I would have tried to change the way she felt
But she was hiding her emotions, then like a train straight out of hell

When the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
But I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

I still have scars from when she left me, but I've come to realize
How the words that went unspoken grew clouded in her mind
She was angry, she was restless, and the winds began to blow
Until she finally had to let loose, and the twister broke up our home

When the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
But I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

I guess she held it all inside as long as she could
And in her silence I believed - and misunderstood

But when the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

When the twister touched down

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Pam O'Daniel
Copyright Blue Clover Music / Pam O'Daniel
Track Name: Pull Over (Live)
PULL OVER

This goes out to the black-haired lady in the dark blue Ford stepside
Westbound I-40 in the fast lane, twenty miles from the Jackson line
Michael's callin' on his cellphone, to get this message to you
So if you're listenin', he's the red Mustang, smilin' in your rearview

Sounds like you've got a love thing there
Hold on, I'll put Michael on the air

Pull over at the next truck stop
I'll buy the coffee, I'd sure like to talk
Pull over, I like the way you smiled at me
There's no tellin' where this might lead
So if you'd like to meet, pull over

It's three twenty on your drive-time station, our Romeo is still on the line
He'd like to make a dedication to the lady in the Ford stepside
It's John Michael Montgomery singin' "Life's a Dance"
If you want to, give him a sign, if not, he'll understand

If I were you I'd give him a try
He sounds like a real nice guy

Pull over at the next truck stop
I'll buy the coffee, I'd sure like to talk
Pull over, I like the way you smiled at me
There's no tellin' where this might lead
So if you'd like to meet, pull over

Wait a minute let's go to line two
There's a lady with a message for you

I'll pull over at the next truck stop
If you'll buy coffee, I'd sure like to talk
I'll pull over, I like the way you smiled at me
There's no tellin' where this might lead
Yes, I'd like to meet, pull over


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Steve Trinward
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / trinSongs
Track Name: If I Knew An Angel (Live)
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: (I Wanna Be) Superman (Live)
(I WANNA BE) SUPERMAN

I wanna be Superman . . . super tough
Xray vision and all that stuff . . . I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman . . . man of steel
Hey, what a kick, if I could be a real Superman

I want Lois Lane to call my name if she gets in a jam
I want outlaws all around the land to fear me for
who I am

I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman

I wanna be Superman . . . in a single bound
Nail the crooks and save the town . . . I wanna be
Superman
I wanna be Superman . . . then I could fly
I could change the world if I was Superman

I want Lois Lane to call my name if she gets in a jam
I want outlaws all around the land to fear me for
who I am

I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman

I seem like an ordinary guy for all you know
But underneath it all I have big plans I don't show
Someday soon I'll share the dreams that I've
been dreaming
'Cause I can't go on quietly, while inside I keep
screaming

I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman

I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be
Superman

I wanna be Superman . . . big and strong
Make things right when things go wrong . . . I wanna
be Superman
I wanna be Superman with all my might
But love sure feels like Kryptonite . . . I wanna be
Superman

I want Lois Lane to call my name if she gets in a
jam
I want outlaws all around the land to fear me for
who I am

I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman
I wanna be Superman

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Debbie Allen
Copyright Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Debbie Allen