Honky​-​Tonk Opera

by Railtown

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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)
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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03:55
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)
12.
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)
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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
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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

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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, ukulele and harmonica.
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