Lyrics

Family, friends, love and loss…and soul. Darrell thinks about this and more with songs from his new CD “Darrell Wyatt and Tennessee Soul”. Here are the lyrics. Click here for samples of all the songs, here to order the CD or downloads.

You Better Call

You better call, you’re son’s done up and gone
You better call, ’cause he ain’t coming home
You better call, ’cause you’re life’s passing by
You better call, and you ain’t got to wonder why

He’s been on the move all his life
Away from trouble and away from strife
Looking for things that just ain’t right
To run from the places that he didn’t like

Chorus

In Nashville, Tennessee he took flight
Cornbread and green beans, that did him right
The Grand Old Opry played in the night
But Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald, Duke and Count and Q and them fellas,
Got him playing that slide trombone all night

Open your heart and let him know
that you’re there, that you care, that you know what’s going on
(come on now)
If you wait too long the distance grows
Time’s gone you never can make up, long gone, you never did wake up
He’s gone, he’s moved on, but don’t let him go

Tennessee

What will you do on your last day?
Will you play, will you weep, will you give, will you keep?
Will you come home on your last day?
Will you sing a song, will you think of me?

I’ll think about the love that I have lost
I’ll think about the pain that my mistakes cost in Tennessee
I’ll think about the light in my children’s eyes
I’ll think about the last time I saw the sun rise in Tennessee

Where will you go on your last day?
Will you leave what you know, will you stay and help it grow?
What will you think on your last day?
Will you count your stars, will you think of me?

Chorus

And when i finally come to my last day
And opportunities are sliding away to see the man I’ll never be

I’ ll think of my mistakes and I’ll wonder ‘why’?
And at the last time that I close my eyes and cease to be
I’ll think of you in Tennessee

Sing a Simple Song

Nobody’s here, nobody’s listening
Nothing to fear or think you’re missing
But if you can’t find the words, just sing a simple song for me

Sing a simple song about what you need
A song about your fantasies
Sing about the tears in your eyes
Or a song about paradise

Sing about you and me, tenderly

Sing a simple song about love and life
A song about struggle and strife
Sing a simple song about the love you lost
Or about your mistakes cost
Just let it flow, let it flow, just open your soul

And sing a simple song for me tenderly
And tell me about what you need

You don’t have to make it complicated, don’t have to make it overstated,
Don’t have to worry about who’s listening, don’t have to worry bout offending
Don’t need no books, don’t need no school, don’t need no teaching and no rules,
Just open your heart to me when you sing

Just sing about you and me, tenderly
Just open your heart to me when you sing
And tell me about what you need

Nobody’s here, nobody’s listening
Nothing to fear, just sing a simple song and tell me about what you need

I Would

If I could turn back the hands of time, I would
If I could learn your words and rhymes, I would
If I could see your eyes and smile, I would
If I could be your dreams tonight, I would

Then we’d hear no sound while we all fell down

And if you said that I should go, I would
And if the daylight came too soon, I would
And If I played your games alone, I would
To find the way from your someday, I would

Then we’d hear no sound while we all fell down

If I could read your mind, if I could be what you see when you close your eyes
If I could hold on to the dream I had when I saw you reaching for me
If I could slap that fear right across the cheek, if I could go with your flow then you’d know how to hold the sky in your hand and make some room for me

And then we’d hear no sound while we all fell down

Simple Love

Simple simple simple love
Just hold me tight and tell me about you
It feels so good because its true

Complicated, syncopated
Dont want any part of that,
too much trouble, that’s a fact

Play my heartstrings, make my soul sing
Turn me on, Bring me down, fill me up…

With your ever lovin’ simple simple simple love
Now it’s time to tell me about you
And now you know just what to do

Don’t Know My Way Yet

Father..don’t go, I don’t know my way yet
Wind blows, trouble’s on my mind
I’ve been told, a man aughta find his own way through his life, but

Don’t go, I still need answers
Wondrin’ if you had a mind
To tell me all about the things that you learned through your strife

But, I know, you’ve told me all you can
And that your good advice is from sacrifice
And you just made your ways through this maze

But, father, you just can’t go yet
You just might show me the way
I don’t want to be here without you

Cause you’re my rock…..I know you don’t know it

When you were just a young boy in the hills of Tennessee
Your father was a good man, strong man who died too young to see
His boy grow up go into the world and see what its like
to work and fight and love and cry and see what life brings

You had your eyes open, but your heart closed tight to keep the pain and the strain away
You coulda told your papa about it all, but he was gone

When you were just that young boy long ago,
I can imagine what it felt like when your mama came to you and said,
“Your daddy’s gone”. What did you say, what could you say?

Pictures on the Wall

I was a young man, just playing and singing and wondering how life could be
Empty romances, not taking chances on heartaches or deeper things
But my oh my, when you walked by
I put your picture on my wall

We came together and started a life, we were seeing how life could be
Beautiful children who opened our hearts and our minds to the things only they can bring
The sun shined high on you and I
We put our pictures on the wall

But then the storm came, and the laughter faded
Horrible days and nights and nights and days where the skies opened wide and rained down on our dreams
I’ve never seen a storm like that
Blackness all around, no sign that we weren’t gonna drown
But we kept on, and we got strong, and we found a better day

Here we are baby, still going and working and learning how life can be
Life keeps flowin, we’ll always keep growing and seeing that our love can bring
An open sky for you and I
Still got your picture on my wall

Give me your Hand

I was there at the start when you were born and changed my heart
You turned my life around, ’cause I could keep you safe and sound.
But now you’re growing, always going
What I’d like to say

Give me your hand, young man and I’ll do my best to guide you
I’ll do all I can to show you love and life
Come along with me and you won’ t face the great unknown alone
Then you’ll be free to find someone to wrap your arms around

Lay Your Sorrow Down

Be my brother now, ’cause it’s good for you

Lay your sorrow down, your heartache’s dragged you down
Lay your sorrow down, it’s no good for you
Just be my brother now, free your worries how
Be my brother now, cause its good for you

The sins of the father are the demons of the son
Gotta get that pack off your back
Get your eyes to the sky and finally see the sun today

Lay your sorrow down, heartache’s been in town
Lay your sorrow down, it’s no good for you
Just be my brother now, free your worries how
Be my brother now, cause it’s good for you

She’ll Light Up Your Life

Like the rain in the morning on a winter day
Like the sun shining through the clouds to light your way
Like the flowers blooming when you thought that the time for them was gone
Well you were wrong

Like the wind blowin sweetly when you need relief
Like the river flowin’ cool upon your feet
Like the birds a singing and the butterflies swingin
She’ll open up your eyes

And she’ll light up your life with her song
(Come sing with me daddy)
She’ll open up your life

Like the snowflakes a blowing in the pale moonlight
Like the moonbeams guiding you through the night
Like the sun still a shining when you thought that the day was long gone
You were wrong

Like the words of a poem that make you cry
Like the painting with colors that light your eye
Like the music you’re bringing when your soul is singing
She’ll open up your eyes

Chorus

With her heart, and her soul, and her laugh, and her smile
she’ll look you in the eyes and you’ll wonder for a while
what you ever did without her