SONG LYRICS
The first three songs were released on 18 September 2001, written and produced in the aftermath of the World Trade Towers disaster exactly one week earlier. Proceeds from this 3-song Special Edition release are being directed toward the nation's disaster recovery efforts to aid disaster victims. Country Rocks!


AMERICA'S STILL STANDING TALL TONIGHT
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2001 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

No American can ever erase the mental image of the Twin Towers collapse. Parallels to
the attack on America exactly 60 years ago are inescapable. This ballad commemorates
the story of a strong and enduring America still standing tall in the aftermath of both disasters.


The whole world still remembers - the 7th of December
    America's bright blue skies turned red with fire
Over calm Pacific water - a place they call Pearl Harbor
    No warning came, 1941
Then freedom called a nation the "Greatest Generation"
    Stood as one America heard the call
When the war was finally over the whole world watched in wonder at
    America standing straight and proud and tall

And America's still standing tall tonight
    With freedom's beacon shining strong and bright
And if I'm the last man standing, I'll stand for all that's right
    America's still standing tall tonight

Now the world will long remember - the 11th of September
    America's bright blue skies burned red with fire
Over calm Atlantic water our peaceful New York harbor
    No warning came - the year 2001
Now freedom calls a nation - and the latest generation
    Of Americans will stand and hear the call
And when there's no more terror the world will watch in wonder
    At America standing straight and proud and tall

America's still standing tall tonight
    With freedom's beacon shining strong and bright
And if I'm the last man standing, I'll stand for all that's right
    America's still standing tall tonight



ECHOES OF YOUR LOVE
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2001 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Every American was deeply touched by moving stories of victims making desperate
final phone calls to loved ones as they faced disaster. This haunting and intensely
personal love song will emotionally touch every listener.


I still hear the echoes of your voice softly calling
    Calling to me one last time
Somehow in that moment as the world came down around you
    The voice you needed most to hear was mine
All up and down these concrete canyons
    Through the open skies far above
You were calling to me one last time
    And whispering your love

They say our dreams are echoes of hearts that feel a longing
    Babe I long to hold you close tonight
Every night I'm dreaming you're still lying here beside me
Now nothing in my world feels right
But I know someday the skies again will open
    And you'll hold me close in heaven far above
'Til then you're calling to me and I still hear the echoes of your love
Thanks for calling to me one last time and whispering your love, yes
You're still calling to me and I still hear the echoes of your love
    Echoes of your love...echoes of your love...echoes of your love



AMERICAN SKIES
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2001 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

When terrorists attacked our airlines and tallest skyscrapers, they attacked international symbols
for America's fundamental freedom of the skies. But our greatest freedoms and symbols
survive the vicious attack. This is the anthem for a new united America.


Oh, say - say, can you see
    Flying high
    Still flying free
Over hearts
    Still strong and true
Under skies
    Red white and blue

Can you see - here hand in hand
     Sea to sea
     United we stand
Now as one
    Our Nation will rise
Under free
    American skies

Oh, say - say, can you see
    There she waves
   Still flying free
Now as one
    One nation will rise
Under free
    American skies

Oh, say - say, can you see
    There she waves
    Still flying free...

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HOT ROCK CAME TO THE COUNTRY
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2001 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

On July 23, 2001, millions of Americans saw and heard the fiery 30-ton meteor
as it streaked across the daytime skies of the northeastern USA. Within 72 hours this song was
receiving heavy radio airplay. Introducing the smash hit single that's making sure
American Country Rocks


We were sittin' on the front porch Saturday night
    Kickin' back, takin' a break (…or was it Monday?)
Pickin' our guitars, layin' some licks
    When the whole house started to shake
We looked straight up 'n saw an awesome sight
    There sailin' over head
Streakin' through the sky like the 4th of July
    Came the big ball of burnin' red

Well, it was movin' real fast and it flew right past
    Our front porch - pickin' up steam
Scarin' all the chickens nearly half to death
    And tearin' off the tops of the trees
When it came to rest just a little bit west
    Of our big ol' barn in the field
We felt a hot shock - the whole place rocked
    Knockin' us back on our heels

Chorus
When that Hot Rock came to the Country
    The whole country started to roll
Well it made a big blast as it flew right past
    And opened up a hundred foot hole
But the really cool thing as we started to sing
    It shook us down to our soul
And the music's never gonna sound the same again
    Since the Country's gone Rock 'n Roll

Didn't take long for the sheriff to call
    "You boys see anything strange?"
Was that a UFO? 'cause whatever it was
    Man, it's lightin' up our radar range
So we told the truth we reported the news
    And this is what the radio said
Just a meteor shower, at this late hour
    Go home and tuck yourselves in bed

But just about then, climbing out of that hole
    Crawled a funny little green-faced man
Staring at us he just smiled and said
    "I've come to join a Rock & Roll band
Now Country's sweet and you got a great beat
    But you got to play it down to your soul
Yeah, Country's fine but for a really hot time
    I came to make it Rock & Roll!"

Chorus
When that Hot Rock came to the Country
    The whole country started to roll
Well it made a big blast as it flew right past
    And opened up a hundred foot hole
But the really cool thing as we started to sing
    It shook us down to our soul
And Country's never gonna sound the same again
    Now Country's gonna Rock & Roll
Now Hot Rock's come to Country and
    Country's gone Rock & Roll
    Rock & Roll… (flew 5 trillion light years…)
    Rock & Roll… (just to Rock the country…)
    Rock & Roll…
    Country's gonna Rock and Roll... (rockin' U.S.A...)
    Rock & Roll…
    Rock & Roll… (Country Rocks...!)



CRAZY
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Love gettin' "crazy" with you, baby
    Love gettin' wild all the time
Love to get it goin'...now you got me knowin'
    I'm lovin' that your lovin's all mine
Can't stop thinkin' 'bout you, baby
    We're "crazy" and we' wild and it's true
Guess I always knew it...when it gets down to it
    I love getting "crazy" with you

Love gettin' "crazy" in the mornin'
    Love gettin' "crazy" in the night
And when we get it goin' you might as well be knowing
    I'm lovin' that your lovin's all right
Can't stop thinkin' 'bout it, Baby
And all the "crazy" things we're goin' to do
Guess we always knew it...when it gets down to it
    I love gettin' "crazy" with you

        Chorus
    Love to get it rockin'...love to get it rollin'...
        Love to get it every time play!
    Cause when we get it goin'...you know our love is showin'...
        I love getting "crazy" every day!

    Love to get it rockin'...love to get it rollin'...
        Love to get it every time play!
    Cause when we get it goin'...you know our love is showin'...
        I love getting "crazy" every day!

Love gettin' "crazy" with you baby
    Love to see that fire in your eyes
Temperature's a risin' guess there's no disguisin'
    I love it that I'm feelin' so alive
Can't stop thinking 'bout us, baby
    Whenever we're together...well, it's true
Guess we always knew it when it gets down to it
    I love getting "crazy" with you!



SOMEBODY TONIGHT
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

No one smiled and held me close this mornin'
    No one softly sighed, and said she cared
And no one said she'd wait for me, when I came in from working late
    And now, when I get home, nobody's there
I guess she always said I'd find out someday
    Well now she's gone, I see the girl was right...when she said,
"No one makes it all alone...we're nobody without someone,"
    Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...

        Chorus
        'Cause everybody needs somebody sometime
            It seems we spend our whole lives wishing love could work out right
        But now too late, I know it's true, I guess she always knew it, too
            Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...somebody tonight...

No one's here...is someone there beside her...
    And does he whisper, as he holds her tight...does he say
"I won't leave you all alone...we're nobody without someone,"
    Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...

            Chorus
            'Cause everybody needs somebody sometime
                It seems we spend our whole lives wishing love could work out right
            But now too late, I know it's true, I guess she always knew it, too
                Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...somebody tonight...

No one left her make-up out this mornin'
    And no one used my razor...and my comb
And no one's askin' where I've been, when I'm out half the night, but then
    Now, when I get back, nobody's home
If I could turn back time for just a minute
    I'd whisper to her as I held her to me tight...that...and I'd say
"I won't leave you all alone...I'm nobody without someone,"
    Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...

            Chorus
            And everybody needs somebody sometime
                It seems we spend our whole lives wishing love could work out right
            But now too late, I know it's true, I guess she always knew it, too
                Oh, Lord, I need to be somebody tonight...
                Somebody tonight... somebody tonight... somebody tonight...



I DON'T CARE
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Well, there's trouble, Baby, brewin' in the world tonight...I Don't Care
    Transit union workers are about to strike...I Don't Care
Deficit's a-risin' and the dollar's down...
I Don't Mind
    Market's are a-droppin' up in New York town...I Feel Fine

    (Chorus)
    Cause when you hold me, Baby, well I feel the heat
        The fire's ragin' from my head to my feet
    Love me, Baby, all through the night
        And you tell me everything is all right!

Now the television's talkin ' 'bout the latest alarm...I Don't Care
    Aliens are landin' on a nearby farm...I Don't Care
Someone's spotted Elvis, and he looks real cool...I Don't Mind
    The globe is warmin' up, now, but I'm not fool...I Feel Fine

    (Chorus & repeat)
    So just hold me, Baby, we can stand the heat
        The fire's ragin' from our head to our feet
    Love me, Baby, all through the night
        And tell me everything is all right!

    So just hold me, Baby, we can stand the heat
        The fire's ragin' from our head to our feet
    Love me, Baby, all through the night
        And tell me everything is all right!

Well, the world is surely comin' Baby, to an end...I Don't Care
    Oh, they talk about it night and day on CNN...I Don't Care
There's trouble brewin' somewhere, Baby, every night...I Don't Mind
    But as long as we're together, Babe, we'll be all right...I Feel Fine

        Have you seen the latest checkout counter news..Man!...Elvis is sure fillin' out...
        And how do them aliens keep them saucers in the air anyhow...
        I know one thing...I Don't Care...
        Them dudes with their "global warming" ought to come & check out my heating oil bill...



LET ME DOWN EASY
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

I know it's over, I know it's time
        I know I'm no longer yours, and you're no longer mine
And your heart's set on leaving, and maybe it's time
But the heart that you break as you're leaving well, Baby, that's mine.

                Chorus
                So let me down easy, please let me down slow
                        Let me pretend that tomorrow you won't let me go.
                Just stay for tonight, Babe...say it ain't so
                        Babe, won't you let me down easy, please let me down slow...

I know the sadness, these tears that I cry
        They'll pass through the years, and I'll someday stop wondering why
But tonight it ain't easy to watch our love die
        So for tonight, hold on tight to me darling, please don't say good-bye.

                Chorus
                And let me down easy, please let me down slow
                        Let me pretend that tomorrow you won't let me go
                Cry me a river, sing me a song
                        Babe, won't you let me down easy, just string me along.

                Chorus (Repeats)
                Let me down easy, please let me down slow
                        Let me pretend that tomorrow you won't let me go
                Just stay for tonight, Babe...and say it ain't so
                        Babe, won't you let me down easy, let me down slow...
                        Babe, won't you let me down easy, let me down slow...
                        Babe, won't you let me down easy...don't let me down.



MORE THAN YOU COULD KNOW
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Been out all night a walking, Babe, I haven't slept for days
        I guess we both know it's coming to an end
I've wondered if you're coming home each time you've gone away
        Now, I guess you won't be coming back again.

                Chorus
                And we never meant to hurt each other or to let the loving die
                        But Babe, we never worked to make it stay
                So it's time to go, now, there's only time for one more last good-bye
                        And the love that's left when the hurting's gone away.

Oooh...the fights were endless, Babe, and oooh...our friends were right
They said you and I were never meant to be
But oooh!...the times you loved me softly somewhere in the night
Now I guess that shouldn't matter much to me.

                Chorus
                But someday, when they're about to lay this tired old body down
                        And the road I'm riding takes the final turn
                I'll still remember, you're the best this poor heart ever found
                        I'll still love you more than you could ever learn.

Just one last chance to tell you, Babe, now one more thing to say
Then I'll pack my bags and head on out the door
For all our ups and downs, the feelings just won't fade away
And despite the pain, I couldn't love you more.

                Chorus
                And someday, when they're about to lay this tired old body down
                        And this old road has nowhere left to go
                I'll still remember, you're the best this poor heart ever found
                        I'll still love you more than you could ever know.



DAY AFTER DAY
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

She gets up with the sun-up, gets the kids to school
        Thinks about her day ahead, repeats "The Golden Rule"
But then she thinks about him, and for a little while
        The lady's so in love...he makes her smile.

He gets up with the sun-up, another lonely day
        Sometimes it seems all his plans and dreams got lost along the way
But then he thinks about her, and for a little while
        The lady lights his life...she makes him smile.

                Chorus
                And it's just another day
                        Two hearts finding a way...forever
                Leading lives alone...together...day after day.

She wonders as she holds him..."How'd it get this way?"
She takes his hand, she asks the man, "This time can you stay?"
But with the dawn he's leaving, and so she holds him tight
And they're reaching out for love, again, tonight.

                Chorus
                And it's just another day
                        Two hearts finding a way...forever
                Leading lives alone...together...day after day.

He wonders as he holds her, why they're leading lives apart
        A working man, a broken plan, a young girl's broken heart
He says they'll be together in just a little while
        He leaves her with a kiss...a tear...a smile.

                Chorus
                And it's just another day
                        Two hearts finding a way...together
                Leading lives alone forever...forever...day after day.



WASN'T I THE ONE
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Wasn't I the one who was restless?
        Wasn't I the one who had doubts?
And wasn't it me who was wild and free?
        Wasn't I the one who walked out?

Well, look at me now on the outside
        Looking for a way to get in
I've been all around, now I've finally found
        I only want your love back again.

                Chorus
                And Baby, it's been lonely without you
                        And maybe every heart needs a home
                But now I know I can't live without you
                         You're the only real love I've known
                Baby, won't you take me back home.

Wasn't I the one who was searching?
Looking for my place in the sun
And didn't I say I could just walk away?
Wasn't I the hard-hearted one?

Now isn't it my heart that's breaking?
And isn't it me who was wrong?
And isn't it strange how people can change?
Don't know what we've missed til it's gone.

                Repeat Chorus
                And Baby, it's been lonely without you
                        And maybe every heart needs a home
                But now I know I can't live without you
                                You're the only real love I've known
                Baby, won't you take me back home.



TIME FOR MOVIN' ON
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Love, do you remember..."Once-Upon-A-Time?"
        Love was all we lived for, the world was yours and mine
But now the nights get lonely and sadness fills my heart
        I love you still, but time took us apart.

                Chorus
                Now, there's time enough for fighting, time enough for tears
                        Time to hold your memory when I'm gone
                But, no time now to dry your eyes, no time to hold you near
                        'Cause, Baby, right now it's time for moving on...´time for moving on.

Love, do you remember, time was on our side
        We started out together, you said you'd be my bride
But, now the party's over, there's no more left to say
        I love you still, but time took you away.

                (Repeat Chorus)

Love, will you remember, and think of me someday
        The good times live forever, the bad times drift away
And someday you'll remember and know that it was so
        I loved you more than you could ever know.

                Chorus
                But, there's no time left for fighting, no time left for tears
                        No time left to hold you when I'm gone
                Someday, maybe when there's time, we'll still recall the years
                        When you were mine, before our time was gone...´time for moving on. (Repeat)



DREAM OF HER TONIGHT
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Well, I'm standing at the crossroads of the fast lanes of my mind
        And I'm getting tired-of leavin' that girl behind
And I'd love to take her with me each and every place I go
        But my tongue gets tied-when I try to tell her so
And I'm so tired of leavin' things this way
        But I ain't got words to say-the way I'm feelin'...

                Chorus
                So I'll just Dream Of Her Tonight (and miss her...)
                        And long to hold her tight (and kiss her...)
                        And it somehow don't seem right-so mister I'm pleadin'
                Won't you sit and write a song for me
                        The kind the ladies love
                With guitars and three-part harmony
                And the moon-lit stars above
                And I'll sit and sing it softly
                        Tell her who I'm dreamin' of....

Well, I'm rollin' through the canyons and the hollows of my mind
        And I'm getting tired-of leavin' that girl behind
And I've somehow got to reach her, teach her everything I know
        But my brain gets fried-when I try to tell her so
And I'm so tired of leavin' things this way
        But I ain't got words to say-the way I'm feelin'...

                Chorus
                So I'll just Dream Of Her Tonight (and miss her...)
                        And long to hold her tight (and kiss her...)
                        Still it somehow don't seem right-so mister I'm pleadin'
                Won't you sit and write a song for me
                        The kind she'll understand
                With guitars and three-part harmony
                        And the "Front-Porch Country Band"
                And I'll sit and sing it softly to her
                        Tell her I'm her man...
Well, I'm standing at the off-ramp of the exits of my mind
        And I'm getting tired-of leavin' that girl behind
And I'd love to take her with me each and every place I go
        But my tongue gets tied-when I try to tell her so
And I'm so tired of leavin' things this way
        But I ain't got words to say-the way I'm feelin'...

                Chorus
                So I'll just Dream Of Her Tonight (and miss her...)
                        And long to hold her tight (and kiss her...)
                        And it somehow don't seem right-so mister I'm pleadin'
                Won't you sit and write a song for me
                        The kind the ladies love
                With guitars and three-part harmony
                        And the moon-lit stars above
                And I'll sit and sing it softly
                        Tell her who I'm dreamin' of....



COUNTY FAIR
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

I took my song to the County Fair
        I said, "I want to be a Star!"
And the music man with the coal black hair
        Said, "Son, you know, you could go far!
You look real clean and you sound real keen
        And man, you play a mean guitar!
Now all it takes is just a few big breaks, boy,
        Before you know it…there you are!"


                And I said, "Sit down, I've got a song to sing…"
                        But he said my song would never sell
                "But these fans will go for anything
                        If we package you up real well…"

So they changed my style…they changed my looks…
        The record people changed my name
And before too long, they changed my song
        And soon I didn't sound the same.
So when I stepped on stage like I was all the rage…
        The people saw right through the game!
But as they stood to go, you know, I stopped the show…when I said
        "Thank you, folks, I'm glad you came!"

                And then I said, "Sit down I got a song to sing…
                        You know, they say my song'll never sell…
                But if I never learn another thing, well,
                        This story's mine to tell…"

And so the lights went down, I turned around…
        Picked up my old guitar…
And I sang it low…I sang it soft…
        And ooohh, the music touched their hearts
And as the last notes died…they dried their eyes…
        And then I heard the cheering start…

And now every time I sing my song that way…
The people cheer, and I've just got to say…you know…
The D-Jay called me just the other day…to say…
        I'm Number One on all the charts!
And I've finally learned, no matter what they say
If you're going to play the music…play it straight…
        From the heart.

I took my song to the County Fair
        I said, "I want to be a Star!"
And the music man with the coal black hair
        Said, "Son, you know, you could go far…!"



SOLOMON WIND
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

Sail me home, Solomon Wind
        'Been away too long, head me home again
Comes a time, we grow too old
        Need a heart, a hand to hold.

Sail me down the Solomon Keys
        Head me out across the seven seas
And I've sailed too long alone
        Nothing for me now but the heading home...

                Chorus
                All my life a sailor, see me stranded on the shore
                        I come too soon to see my journey's end
                Lived my life alone, now I can't take it anymore
                        Need to feel your soft sea breeze again.

And sail me home, Solomon Wind
        Don't believe she'll back again
Quiet sky, silent sea
        Let your cool dark waters carry me...

                Chorus
                Are we all just sailors standing stranded on the shore?
                        We come too soon to see our journeys' end
                Live our lives alone til we can't take it anymore
                        Need to feel your soft sea breeze again.

And sail me home, Solomon Wind
        'Been away too long, head me home again
Comes a time, we grow too old
        Need a heart, a hand to hold...



FRONT PORCH SWING
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
All rights reserved worldwide. USAgency Songs (BMI).

        Down Tempo/Easy Pickin'
To The Tune Of "Hot Rock Came To The Country"

When I was just a little bitty boy
        Sittin' on the front porch swing
Folks would stop and just gather around
        Got to be a front porch thing
Daddy there pickin' on his old guitar
        Boy, the old man could sing
Forever I'll remember all the music we made
        Sittin' on the front porch swing

        - Instrumental Break -

Front porch memories still hold strong
        Banjo and the mandolin
Washboard scratchin' out our favorite song
        Tub bass kickin' in
Daddy still strummin' on his old guitar
        Boy the old man could sing…
Forever I'll remember all the fun we shared
        Sittin' on the front porch swing!
Now whenever we're together…
        Sittin' and a swingin'…
We're pickin' and a grinnin' and
        a-sittin' on the front porch swing



CHRISTMAS ONCE UPON A TIME
Written expressly for The Front Porch Country Band. Music & Lyrics © 2002-2003 RWGathman.
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She chased her Christmas star across the city
        She watched his magic light the Christmas sky
And early on one snowy Christmas morning
        He whispered that he'd never say good bye

Now love was long ago and dreams were younger
        And memories fade like children's lullabies
Close your eyes remember Christmas morning
        Christmas morning once upon a time

        Christmas time and love is all around us
                Christmas time means love is yours and mine
        Close your eyes remember Christmas morning
                Christmas morning once upon a time

-Instrumental-

        Christmas time and love is all around us
                Christmas time means love is yours and mine
        Close your eyes remember Christmas morning
                Christmas morning once upon a time





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