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Two Sides of My Heart

Two Sides of My Heart

Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay

I Climb the Walls

I Climb the Walls

You're Where I Belong

You're Where I Belong

Kindergarten Days

Kindergarten Days

Everything To Me

Everything To Me

When Trouble Comes

When Trouble Comes

Prisoner

Prisoner

Pour Four More Por Favor

Pour Four More Por Favor

Still Letting Her Go

Still Letting Her Go

Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

A Lotta Shouldn't Oughta

A Lotta Shouldn't Oughta

Dancing All Around It

Dancing All Around It

Whiskey Lips

Whiskey Lips

So I Cry

So I Cry

Hillbilly Billy

Hillbilly Billy

When Love Leaves

When Love Leaves

Pretend It Isn't There

Pretend It Isn't There

Finally Fine

Finally Fine

My Out of the Blue

My Out of the Blue

I Miss You And Me

I Miss You And Me

Good at Goodbye

Good at Goodbye

Sounds Like Love

Sounds Like Love

Halfway Home

Halfway Home

Buckle Up

Buckle Up

Happy Nashville New Year

Happy Nashville New Year

Won't Cry On Christmas

Won't Cry On Christmas

I Love You, But I Don't Like You

I Love You, But I Don't Like You

Holding On

Holding On

One More Time

One More Time

Home By Suppertime

Home By Suppertime

Come To The Table

Come To The Table

Let's Do This Thing

Let's Do This Thing

I'll Never Know Why

I'll Never Know Why

Don't Cry Long

Don't Cry Long

He Ain't Me

He Ain't Me

Make Up Your Mind

Make Up Your Mind

When It's True

When It's True

I Know Better Now

I Know Better Now

Already Gone Away

Already Gone Away

It's All Good

It's All Good

This Town Is Ours

This Town Is Ours

Spin the Wheel

Spin the Wheel

Dream With You

Dream With You

Do You Good

Do You Good

I LOVE YOU BEER

I LOVE YOU BEER

Same Damn Road

Same Damn Road

DOWN AT THE LOST & FOUND

DOWN AT THE LOST & FOUND

THROUGH THE BLUE

THROUGH THE BLUE


THE LIGHTS OF GRACELAND

THE LIGHTS OF GRACELAND

(feat. Sixwire)

Lyrics for Originals

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Let's Do This Thing

Let's Do This Thing

Esten/Wilhelm

Girl, this is hard for me
But there won't be a better time than now.
We both know where this is going anyhow.
This boyfriend/girlfriend thing ain't workin' out.
Let's do what needs doin' tonight.
And get on with the rest of our life.

Let's get it on, let's get it on,
Let's get it on your finger.
Let's take the plunge. Let's git 'er done.
C'mon let's pull that trigger.
I pop the question, you say "Yes"
While I'm down on my knee.
Got all we need.
Got you, and me, and a ring.
Let's do this thing!

You're surprised? Well so am I.
I never thought I'd be
Begging you to be the ball that's chained to me.
Baby, now you're crying.
Can't talk - but you're trying.
And you still haven't answered me yet.
Now you're hugging me.
I guess that's a yes? Yes? Yes?!
OH YEAH!!!

CHORUS

Something borrowed. Something blue.
You're about to make my dreams come true.
Something old. Something new.
Come on baby, let's say "I do!"

Let's call every friend we got.
And tell 'em that we're tying the knot.
The champagnes about to...3...2...1...POP!!

Let's get it on, let's get it on,
Let's get it on your finger.
Let's take the plunge. Let's git 'er done.
C'mon let's pull that trigger.
I pop the question, you say yes,
While I'm down on my knee.
Got all we need.
Got you, and me, and the bling of a ring.
And it's spring.
Let's do this thing!

When It's True

When It's True

Clementi/Esten/Foster

The fights I’ve won, the fish I caught, high school football glory.
I never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
I’ve told my share of lies to the girls I’ve known before.
God knows the things I’d tell ‘em, when I’d stumble through the door.
I don’t do that anymore.

‘Cause when it’s true, you don’t have to change a thing.
Like me and you, holding on together, forever,
Whatever life brings.
It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true.

I’d bend it, stretch it, fight it. I’d bury it if I could.
Yeah, me and that old truth, we never got along to good.
Until the day I met you, and your love rescued me.
And that’s what set me free.

‘Cause when it’s true, you don’t have to change a thing.
Like me and you, holding on together, forever,
Whatever life brings.
It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true

It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true.
Like the North Star comin’ in view.
Your love guides me through the midnight blue.
Your love. Your love. Your sweet, sweet love it true.

Dream With You

Dream With You

Collie/Esten

Workin', grindin' - same old song.
Dreamin' about you all day long.
Home at last alone with you.
You ask me what I wanna do.

I wanna take your hand.
I wanna slowly dance back to our room.
And honey, when our dance is through.
I wanna dream with you.

Southern sunlight in your hair.
Beside you in the sand somewhere.
Salty sweet tequila kiss.
Starts out warm and it end like this:

I'm gonna take your hand.
We're gonna slowly dance
Back to our room.
And honey, when our dance is through.
I wanna dream with you.

I wanna dream with you
All spooned up tight in the middle of the night
Moon lightning in the window.
Dream with you
Our bodies entwined ‘til we find we just drift away.
Where the sweet wine flows
And our troubles won't grow
By an ocean that's oh so blue.
'Til all our dream come true
I wanna dream with you.

Southern sunlight
In your hair
Beside you in the sand somewhere

Down At The Lost And Found

Down At The Lost And Found

Bach/Esten/Lee

It’s five o’clock, and there’s a place around the block from here.
Where you can drown all your troubles in singles and doubles,
Bad karaoke and beer.
It ain’t no Taj Mahal.
It’s just a little hole-in-the-wall.

But there’s something about it that keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the Lost and Found.

You’ll know it’s true right from the minute you walk through the door.
We all been broken and lonely.
Here we all know we ain’t alone anymore.

Yeah, there’s something about it that keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the lost and found.

It ain’t no Taj Mahal.
It’s just a little hole-in-the-wall.
In a mini-mall.

Something about it keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the Lost and Found.
Down at the Lost and Found.
Come on down. Come on down. Come on down.
To the Lost and Found.

I Love You Beer

I Love You Beer

Esten

We met in high school, and I fell hard.
Bobby Whelan’s party - you were out in his backyard.
With all your friends, beside that tree.
I tried to pick you up, but you were oh so cold to me.
I opened up, and you did too.
And then I spent that night just sitting there and holding you.
And then I knew – yes it was clear:
I love you beer.

I went to college, and you were there.
You made it hard to study, aw but, man, I didn’t care.
We just ran wild most every nightYou’d get me in some trouble
And I’d end up in a fight.
Sometimes I grew so sick of you.
And lying on that bathroom floor I swore that we were through.
Those days are gone, but you’re still here.
I love you beer.

After all these years together, you and I are going strong.
Through the good times and the bad this thing has lasted for so long.
My wife she knows about you.
It’s okay - she says it’s fine.
She understands my feelings ‘cause she loves a glass of wine.

So here we are – in love to stay.
I must have had a few of you to talk to you this way.
But I don’t mind. No, I don’t care.
‘Cause every time I reach for you, you’ve always been right there.
I lift you up. You feel my cup.
And if I could pour a million more it wouldn’t be enough.
This one’s for you. It’s so sincere.
I love you beer.

Spin The Wheel

Spin The Wheel

Collie/Esten

I like a road that I ain’t traveled.
I like a town I ain’t seen yet.
Take another longshot gamble.
Throw down your money and place your bet.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.

You gotta face what you’re afraid of.
You got your fears and I got mine.
We only find out what we’re made of when it’s all out on the line.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Spin the wheel.

Shooting stars. Four-leaf clovers. I believe in dreams come true.
And girl before this night is over, I’m gonna bet it all on you.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
(Spin the wheel.)
Spin the wheel and roll the dice.
(Spin the wheel.)
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
(Spin the wheel.)
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Spin the wheel.

Already Gone Away

Already Gone Away

Danoff/Esten

“We need to talk.” That’s what she said.
So I sat down beside her on the bed.
I could tell that she’d been crying, and that soon I would be too.
She said, “Baby, I been trying, but I don’t know what to do.”
‘Cause that thing we felt before… I don’t feel it anymore.
And I said…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay.
But she’s already gone, already gone away.

So here we are, tryin’ to find our way back to the start.
Tryin’ to find my way back in her heart
Struggling and stumbling in the dark.
And when it falls apart, I say…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay.
But she’s already gone, already gone.

If I love her, I should let her go.
I can’t ever seem to let her though.
So she stays and she tries, and when I see it in her eyes, I say…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay, but she’s already gone.
Already gone away.

Hey. Hey. All the plans and promises we made.
They’ll come true for me and you someday.
She said okay, but she’s already gone.
Already gone away.

I Know Better

I Know Better

Esten/Nicholson

When I met you I knew you were the one.
And my long look for love was finally done.
And if you’d asked me then I knew for sure.
That I would not be lonesome anymore.
No, I’d be happy and you’d be true.
And all that stuff I thought knew
Convinced me I could trust this love I’d found.
Well, I know better now.

When I stop and look back now, it’s plain to see
How a heart like yours could be so hard on me.
I fell fast for you and all your lies
You’re a rebel with a devil behind those angel eyes
Love is blind and deaf and dumb,
And I’m as dumb as a lover could come.
Convinced me it was all my fault somehow.
But, I know better know.

You stepped out, and she stepped in.
And showed me what a fool I’ve been.
Now I know what good love’s all about.
Yeah, I know better now

DANCING ALL AROUND IT

DANCING ALL AROUND IT

by Charles Esten, Matt Ramsay, & Trevor Rosen

Silverware on a champagne glass.

They call our name.
DJ playing that old song by Etta James.
All the lights down low on a hotel banquet hall.
But we were shining like diamonds underneath that mirror ball.
Surrounded by everybody we knew.
But all we saw was me and you.
And pretty soon that while room was ours.

And we were dancing all around it.
Lost in each other for so long
We didn't notice the last note had sounded.
We kept holding on.
Even though the song was gone.

It's all right there in the photo album that we made.
I guess pictures aren't the only things that fade.
Wish we could have stayed forever on that floor.
'Cause we're not the people in those pictures anymore.
We say, "I love you" and kiss goodnight.
And we act like everything's alright.
As we both try to hide what we don't feel.

We are always dancing all around it.
Losing each other for so long
We didn't notice the last note had sounded.
We keep holding on.
Even though the song is gone.

Neither one of us wants to be the one to let it go.
Neither one of us wants to say what we both know.

So we keep dancing all around it.
Losing each other for so long.
We'll try to remember how we once found it.
And will keep holding on.
Even though the song is gone.

DO YOU GOOD

DO YOU GOOD

by Charles Esten & Andrew Rollins

Got a call from my old grandpappy.
He could tell there was something wrong.
He said, "The city done stole your happy.
My little hillbilly been gone too long.
You been missing that big green mountain.
You been missing that big blue sky.
Get yourself back home to your kin now.
You can get across 'cause the creek ain't high"

"You'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Sippin' on shine.
Sawin' on a fiddle.
Kid, a little bit of it'll do you good."

Had to tell him that I just couldn't make it.
"Too busy and I can't break free."
He said,
"Your gettin' too big for your britches, but you ain't to big to put across my knee."
So here I am in the car with my girl, now.
Gonna show her some country fun.
She said, "Hey, can I bring my cellphone?"
Baby, you can bring it.
But it won't work none.

But you'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Sippin' homemade wine.
Hearin' that fiddle.
Kid, a little bit of it'll do you good.

Got a call from my ol' grandpappy,
That's why we're here today.
I got my city girl here in my lap.
We're drinkin' and we're thinkin'
That we just might stay.

We'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Come up and see us sometime.
Hear that fiddle.
Watch Grandad whittle.
Kid a little bit of it'll do you good.

HE AIN'T ME

HE AIN'T ME

by Charles Esten & Steve Mandile

I heard tell you gotta
brand new boy.
They say you done well.
He's the real McCoy.
He's a hoot,
and cute to boot.
They all agree.
Well he might might be all that.
But honey, he ain't me.

Bet that guy's gotta line or two.
He cares and swears he's
there for you.
He thinks he's Mr. Right.
And he might be.
But he ain't right for you,
'Cause honey, he ain't me.

He ain't the one who can love you best.
He ain't got this heart beating in his chest.
He may be sweet. He might be true.
And there's a girl for him,
But girl it ain't you.
I feel bad 'cause when you break up,
You're gonna crush that boy like a Dixie cup
When you come running back eventually.
'Cause when all is said and done
He ain't me.

Yeah, when all is said and done.
He won't be the one.
That poor sad sonofagun.
He ain't me.

Hot One

Hot One

by Charles Esten & Steve Mandile

Just woke up. Got a beer in my cup, ‘cause it’s already hotter than hell.
The AC’s gone, but the fan’s still on in this cheap beach motel.
So my boys and I climb in and drive down to milepost 5.
And I can feel the temperature rise.

It’s gonna be a hot one!
Soaking it up while the sun beats down.
Bring a cooler if you got one.
Ain’t nothing else to do in this one beach town.
All I need is the sea in front of me. Sand under me.
Yeah, it’s gonna be hot. (Ready or not.)

It’s high noon now on this motel towel, and I just burned my feet.
There ain’t no breeze. ‘Bout a hundred degrees.
Let’s go get something to eat. Wait.


There’s some girls, by the shore, that we met before.
There were three. Now there’s more.
And they’re bringing us beer.
Good Lord, looks like…

It’s gonna be a hot one!
Living it up while the sun beats down.
Bring a cooler if you got one.
Ain’t nothing else to do in this one beach town.
All I need is a girl in front of me, sand under me.
Yeah it’s gonna be hot.

SOLO

The sun’s long gone but the party goes on in the firelight.
She holds my hand, while we sit in the sand.
Yeah, it’s a pretty good night.
And our friends are all near, drinking beer by the pier.
And she says in my ear, “Why don’t we get outta here?”

It’s gonna be a hot one. It’s gonna be a hot one.
Wanted a girl, and now I got one.
And she’s a hot one, hot one, hot one!

I'LL NEVER KNOW WHY

I'LL NEVER KNOW WHY

by Marty Dodson, Charles Esten, & Kyle Jacobs

She tells me that she don't deserve me.
And I say, " Baby that's the truth."
She laughs because she thinks I'm joking.
But I know how much better she could do.
And I know that's what everybody's thinking.
Me, I think it all the time.
But somehow, she don't seem to see it.
She's still got her hand in mine.

CHORUS:

And I will never know why
I'm the lucky guy who gets to taste her kisses
And take her home.
God knows this is heaven,
'Cause this angel says she's mine.
And I'll never know why.

I remember when I met her.
Man, I was blown away.
All this time we been together.
She's more amazing every day.

CHORUS

PRETEND IT ISN'T THERE

PRETEND IT ISN'T THERE

by Charles Esten, & Steve Mandile

Well it's almost been forever
We've been playing it this way.
Feeling things that we must never
Ever feel or ever say.
It's so powerful, what hovers
Here between us, in the air.
But you are taken by another,
So you pretend it isn't there.

And I feel the toll that it's taking
Waiting for what you can't give.
Deep inside me something's breaking
What a lonely way to live.
And it's been there since I found you,
All this beauty and despair.
But just so I can stay around you,
I pretend it isn't there.

And you're not wanting me.
And you're not haunting me.
And it's not still in me,
This thing that killin' me.
And my heart will be fine.
And you will be...

Love continues to reward us
With all the pain that we can bear.
And though the end is rushing toward us
We pretend it isn't there.

SAME DAMN ROAD

SAME DAMN ROAD

by Charles Esten, Brad Warren, & Bret Warren

It ran right by the house I grew up in.
Right through the town I knew I was stuck in.
Took Mama to church, and me to the high school,
Daddy to work and then to a barstool.
There was a stretch a Chevy could fly on.
Gave us a gravel shoulder to cry on.
I found you, girl, and then I let you go
On the same damn road.

CHORUS:

But the same two lanes that let me leave
Are ‘bout to bring you back to me.
I got out, but I want back in.
I’m prayin’ maybe I could be your baby again.
And these four wheels that got me gone.
Can turn around and drive all night long.
I got lost, but I know my way back home.
It’s the same damn road.

Flat and dusty. Cracked and crooked.
A one-way ticket and this boy took it.
Mama cried. Daddy drank.
She filled my belly. He filled my tank.
Crossed my heart on those railroad tracks,
And swore to God I wasn’t comin’ back.
But oh, I guess you never know. ‘Cause...

CHORUS

I was born to run.
So here I come.

CHORUS

There’s a sign.
Just two more miles to go.
On the same damn road.
It’s the same damn road

THIS TOWN IS OURS TONIGHT

THIS TOWN IS OURS TONIGHT

by Charles Esten, Chris Farron, & Matthew West

It's been a long time coming.
It's been a hard road running.
Now all that's done
And all we wanna do is play.

I can hear that crowd now.
It's about to get loud.
Turn the lights out
We got one thing to say:>

CHORUS:

This town is ours tonight.
Everybody's feeling alright.
Let the good times flow
'Cause all I know is It's on tonight.
We're gonna go until it's gone tonight.
Ain't no doubt about it.
It's written in the stars.
Come on lets get it started
This town is ours.

We're gonna walk in like we own it.
We're gonna drive it like it's stolen,
Rock until we roll and
Everybody know our names.

We're gonna fire up the crazy.
We're gonna light up all the ladies.
Tearing up the stage
Me and my boys
Let me hear you make some noise!

THROUGH THE BLUE

THROUGH THE BLUE

by Charles Esten, Kendall Marvel, Tim James

Sometimes days are dark. Sometimes nights are long.
Sometimes all that you can do is just keep hanging on,
Staying strong until the gray is gone.
Everybody seen a little, been through a little bit of hell.
Lord knows I’ve felt the flames myself.

Might be a song you sing, or John 3:16.
Might be a long walk, or aphone call from a long, lost friend.
Might be a steel horse ride, or just cry, cry, cry.
You just do what you gotta do to get you through the blue.

We all fight the fight. We all drag the chain,
That ties us all, like a cannonball, to all the pain.
Just find a way to ride out the rain.
Everybody’s looking for, praying for a little bit of light.
Whatever gets you through the long, dark, night.

WHISKY LIPS

WHISKY LIPS

by Matthew Alderman, Charles Esten, & Philip Lammonds

When I rise in the morning
She's on my mind.
'Til I hold her I won't be okay.
And I can see she's killin' me.
This love isn't blind.
Still I just can't walkaway.

CHORUS:

She's my weakness and I give in
No matter how hard I try.
My sweet addiction 'til someday when I kiss those whiskey lips goodbye.

It was good for a while,
And she used to make me smile.
When I hurt she was always there for me.
But she ain't no good no more.
And I'm just praying for the day that I can say she finally set me free.

There are times when I'm strong,
But they never last too long.
I just can't resist when she's around
But it helps me to know
There's a place that she can't go
And I'll get there when they put me in the ground.

Prisoner

Prisoner

Ashley Campbell/Charles Esten

Well I can’t recall just how long it’s been
Since I seen the sun from this place I’m in.
It just rolls together all this time I served
But I guess I got just what I deserved
‘Cause I picked you just like you picked me
Way back when this was what it was ‘sposed to be.
And it hurts to think just how good it was.
‘Cause it ain’t no more, I’m just here because…

I’m a prisoner, and I got no hope.
Got me danglin’ at the end of my rope.
I’m a prisoner and I can’t break free.
This love got a hold on me.

Well, I walked that line, up until I fell.
Now, I’m killin’ time here inside this cell.
It’s just one more mark on that concrete wall.
It’s getting hard to count them all.
Baby, once or twice I got out but then,
I found myself walkin’ right back in.
I could stay away if I wanted to.
God, I wish I wanted to.

I’m a prisoner, and I got no hope.
Got me danglin’ at the end of my rope.
I’m a prisoner and I can’t break free.
This love got a hold on me.

BACK HOME

Back Home

Nashville – Season 1

NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE YOU

No One Will Ever Love You

(feat. Connie Britton & Charles Esten)

Nashville – Season 1

UNDERMINE

Undermine

(feat. Charles Esten & Hayden Panettiere)

Nashville – Season 1

THIS TOWN

This Town

(feat. Clare Bowen & Charles Esten)

Nashville – Season 1

BELIEVING

Believing

(feat. Esten w/ Lennon & Maisy)

Nashville – Season 2

IT'S ON TONIGHT

It's On Tonight

(feat. Will Chase, Charles Esten, Chris Carmack)

Nashville – Season 2

KEEP COMING BACK

Keep Coming Back

Nashville – Season 2

LIKE NEW

Like New

Nashville – Season 2

YOU'RE THE KIND OF TROUBLE

You're The Kind of Trouble

Nashville – Season 2

BREATHE IN

Breathe In

Nashville – Season 3

I KNOW HOW TO LOVE YOU NOW

I Know How to Love You Now

Nashville – Season 3

BLUE CHRISTMAS

Blue Christmas

Christmas with Nashville

CELEBRATE ME HOME

Celebrate Me Home

(feat. Charles Esten and Nashville Cast members)

Christmas with Nashville