Lyric Writer Awards

LYRIC WRITER AWARDS

2011 Round 3
WINNER
Michael Haden Kefauver
Michael Haden Kefauver
Six Miles Apart

This room's never felt colder
Than it does tonight
It was a hell of a day 
And a hell of a fight
As I lie next to you
Thinking about what you said
Feels like we're six miles apart
In a six foot bed

Chorus:
They say you shouldn't go to sleep angry
But I ain't slept yet
And it's not likely I will
Anytime soon I bet
As the yelling and the crying
Still runs through my head
Feels like we're six miles apart
In a six foot bed

The night has gone quiet
Even the crickets are asleep
But you won't have the satisfaction
Of hearing me weep
And I wonder what thoughts
Are running through your head
Do you share the pain I feel
Or the tears that I've shed

Chorus

But I dare not move
And I dare not speak
And the tears that I cried
Have dried upon my cheek
As I lie next to you
Wondering what tomorrow brings
More fighting, more screaming
Me packing my things?

Chorus

Now the sun starts to rise
And the room starts to glow
A new day has begun
But I still don't know
If our love will endure
Or this affair is now dead
Feels like we're six miles apart
In a six foot bed


2011 Round 2
WINNER
Willie Lowe & Chris Julian
Willie Lowe & Chris Julian
Forever Man

Verse 1
I'm not like the other guys
The one's that got away
Cause I heard a voice a cryin out
Callin me to stay

Bridge
I had my boots all tied up tight
New trails were on my mind
Off to see another world
Not knowin what I'd find

Chorus 1
I thought I'd be a wanderin until my dyin day
But now bells are ringin, sayin things I thought
I'd never say
I do...I will... I can
Dearly loved and home with you
I'm your FOREVER MAN

Verse 2
Well a lasso's made for cachin fools
But you're smarter than the rest
For love that lasts, not a stitch in time
It seems I passed the test

Bridge 2
Though my heart ached, twas long ago
Cross the prairies I would roam
Till the dawn rose up on my restless heart
And I was no more alone

Chorus 2
I thought I'd be a wonderin until my dyin day
But now bells are a ringin, sayin things I thought
I'd never say
I do...I will...I can
Dearly loved and home with you
I'm your FOREVER MAN

Bridge
You see cowboys long for freedom
Cut lean and wild at heart
And the only gals that heed em
Recognize right from the start
That birds are known to fly away
But every lock will have it's key
And soldiers that leave through open doors
Come home eventually

Chorus3
I thought I'd be wonderin until my dyin day
But now bells are ringin, sayin things I thought
I'd never say
I do...I will...I can
Dearly loved and home with you
I'm your FOREVER MAN


2011 Round 1
WINNER
Lee Ashley and Courtney Heins
Lee Ashley and Courtney Heins
I Need A Cowboy Tonight

six a.m. traffic, just a sea of red lights
cell phone keeps ringing, got a meeting at 9
coffee’s too hot, burnt the roof of my mouth
should have pulled up the covers, never left the house

e-mail is down and the copier’s jammed
I’m low on supplies and high on demands
late for my luncheon and mid-year review
I’m losing my mind and the heel of my shoe

I need a cowboy tonight
a Don Juan in denim to make it alright
I work all day long and I never see the light
I need a cowboy tonight

he’s got dust on his bootstraps, a cold bottle of beer
he holds me, says honey, ain’t no boardrooms here
my heart starts to pound as he touches my face
all we have now is this time and this place

I need a cowboy tonight
yeah yeah
a Don Juan in denim to make it alright
I work all day long and I never see the light
I need a cowboy tonight

and we dance out underneath the stars
and I realize just how small we are
in this life, all there is is love
in this life, all there is is love

6 a.m. traffic, sky’s just turning blue
I don’t even notice the rush hour glue
turn the radio up, let my hair fall back down
one night with a cowboy, it’s a whole ‘nother town

I need a cowboy tonight
yeah yeah
a Don Juan in denim to make it alright
I work all day long and I never see the light
I need a cowboy tonight
just a cowboy tonight
I need a cowboy tonight
I need a cowboy tonight

2010 Round 4
WINNER
Mary Ann Daugherty
Mary Ann Daugherty
Twenty-Three

Verse
There was nothing but fun in act one
And no place you wanted to run
Pretty bricks laid
And promises made
A chord that would not come undone

I saw your first shade of blue in act two
As we were bronzing the baby’s first shoe
And the rainy season came
When you had enough of ‘same’
And starting longing for everything new

Chorus
Now you’re many degrees from warm
And you’re living in your perfect storm
Kicking all the sand castles and mirrors you see
Because you really miss twenty-three

When the sand in the glass picks up speed
And the familiar is not what you need
She may give you a glimpse back at free
But she can’t give you back twenty-three

Verse
So now I’m trying to see my act three
And I’m wondering if you’ll ever see
How you traded us in for a race you’ll never win
Because you really miss twenty-three

Chorus
Now you’re many degrees from warm
And you’re living in your perfect storm
Kicking all the sand castles and mirrors you see
Because you really miss twenty-three

When the sand in the glass picks up speed
And the familiar is not what you need
She may give you a glimpse back at free
But she can’t give you back twenty-three

2010 Round 3
WINNER
Aaron Hurst
Aaron Hurst
The Best of Me Was Not Enough (For Even the Worst of You)

VERSE 1
Oh dear September, I'll never know
What you wanted with a boy like me
But if you only wanted her, well she
Has all the nights that make me feel
So insignificant

And well if the stars won't look at me
Then I won't look at them
And we can forget the moments that we
Never knew who was more of a mess

PRE-CHORUS 1
Give my clumsy feet the sand of the coast line
And I will wonder if there were ever times
That it was as real as it felt

CHORUS
And Chasity, I can't help but be
A little out of time and tune
Hoping October will shake me loose
From the lips I can't help but miss
And will I ever be the same again because
I don't know what I did to deserve
The burn from the candle I couldn't hold to her
But I guess maybe I'm just scared of the truth
That the best of me was not enough
For even the worst of you

VERSE 2
And dear September please tell me why
You had it out for a boy in love
I know you know you could've had anyone
But you took the nights that made me feel
So invincible

And if her heart didn't beat for me
Then who did it beat for€
Because I can't get past the moments that she
Found such beautiful words

PRE-CHORUS 2
Give my clumsy feet the sand of the shore line
And I will wonder if there was ever a time
She was as sincere as me

CHORUS

BRIDGE
And I can't pretend we were only kids
How could you turn us into this€
And if the years grow long
And you have second thoughts
I will never forget you had the best of me once
And it just wasn't enough

CHORUS

Oh dear September I'll never know
What you wanted with a boy like me...


2010 Round 2
WINNER
Terry Peney
Terry Peney
Normandy in Newfoundland

Staring out the window, the moon is shining down
ghostly like the color of his hair
he doesn't see me, doesn't look around
it's like he isn't even there
I couldn't help but wonder what's been troubling the man
so I ask his darling wife
and she says, he's still haunted by the fight
and it's Normandy in Newfoundland tonight

His memory's dragged him back to a time when he was young
1944 June the 21st
fighting in France, hiding from the Huns
in some ruined Catholic Church
just beyond the walls of God was hell and blood and hate
and as the moon lit up the foreign sky
he heard himself say to a comrade
I wish Normandy was Newfoundland tonight

He said, over seas friend, I've been there a thousand times
fishing fearless, tiny boat adrift
but this oversea's a different kind of thing
I'm frightened every moment that I live

Just beyond his window pane is hell and blood and hate
I see his face reflected by the light
and sixty years haven't killed what's in his eyes
it's Normandy in Newfoundland tonight
it's Normandy in Newfoundland tonight.


2010 Round 1
WINNER
Larry Taylor
Larry Taylor
All In

VERSE 1
I use to think that I was big slick
In the money all the time
But I found out I was a big fish
In a sea so sublime
I thought that I might make it
Wear the bracelet and the crown
But you broke my heart strings
When you busted my kings and you took my chips down

CHORUS
I may have been a fool on the flop, but I made the turn
The river is rollin’, there's one card to burn
You could hurt me so badly, that it might be a sin
But I've counted my percentage, and I know I can win
So when it comes to lovin you, I'm all in, oh baby I'm all in.

VERSE 2
We play the game for high stakes
We play the game for keeps
But we know once a bets been laid
A loser often weeps
But I know we can make it
We can turn this thing around
Cause when it comes to your love babe
You can never keep me down

BRIDGE
I've waited a life time
For the right time to come along
This time is the right time
Cause I know with your love I just can't go wrong


2009 Round 4
WINNER
H. Jay Carney
H. Jay Carney
The Marionette's Parade

VERSE 1
Whose strings are these that lift my arms
What of these dreams that work their charms
With dancing meters and bright red clothes
We entertain on tippy toes
Look at this, look at me
I wish I knew just how to be
You shake my hand, I walk like this
You only see external bliss

CHORUS
Our acting is deserving all the love that's in your hearts
And you're clapping cause you're happy to see the Marionette's March
We entertain you and sustain you as we fill our life's crusade
But you fail to see our tears inside the Marionette's Parade

VERSE 2
I want so much to be so real
And feel those things that people feel
I need so much to have a heart
And not to live a world apart
Pull my strings make me sing
Make me do amazing things
Let me fly don't ask why
I hide this sadness deep inside

CHORUS

BRIDGE
I'm happy when I'm on the stage
That's when I feel I got it made
So sad when I'm back on the shelf
And must deny my one true self

CHORUS

2009 Round 3
WINNER
Vincent Robert Trocchia
Vincent Robert Trocchia
Hearing Things

VERSE 1
I can tell Joe Rodger's pickup from the other side of town
I know someone's burning brush, just by that crackling sound
See I can hear a pin drop, way up on this hill 

When that 5 o'clock work whistle blows, the boys go racing home
If Terry Tanner's screen door slams his girlfriend's good as gone
Every sound in town means something, normal folks agree
But up here on this hill at night, sounds aren't what they seem

CHORUS
Cause when the storms blow, that banging window shutter, is you knocking at my door
Every hard rain, sounds just like you crying, the day you went away
I'm not crazy, just scared of all the sounds your memory brings
When I'm hearing things

VERSE 2
Our lunch today is meatloaf, I overheard that pretty nurse
That steel racket down at Jake's Garage means he's about to curse
Those barking dogs on Main Street, got a calico up a tree

That quiet hush doctor Body, spreading gossip down this hall
And I'm not one to eavesdrop, but he thinks he knows it all
He says I'm not crazy, that I'm well enough to leave
But judging by the sounds up here, I'd have to disagree

CHORUS 2
Cause when the storms blow, a lighting flash is a car crash, fifteen years ago
In every hard rain, I can hear that medic saying, she's in a better place
Am I crazy or just scared of all the sounds your memory brings
When I'm hearing things

BRIDGE
All my life, I've had you hear, living without fear
But since you've gone, I'm not sure what life sounds like all alone

[REPEAT CHORUS 2]

OUTRO
I can tell Joe Rodgers pickup from the other side of town
A good friend comes on visiting hours when he hears you're feeling down

 



2009 Round 2
WINNER
Dean Caputo
Dean Caputo
Blue-Collar Cowboy

VERSE 1
I'm an ol' fashioned man
And I'm fixin' to take a stand
On all these high-tech ways to communicate

Spam & spies, web-wide,
I get Google-eyed
Yahoo? Yeehaw!
It's all over-advertised
Don't need no pills for lovin', or GPS to navigate

CHORUS
I'm a BLUE-COLLAR COWBOY, thank-you kindly
Don't look on the web
You'll never find me
I just figured out the remote on my TV
My PC's a pile a debris
Because I forgot the passkey
I'm a BLUE-COLLAR COWBOY, thank-you kindly

VERSE 2
I don't know how to retrieve email
I ain't never logged-in to a yard sale
I'm not the kind'a guy who "chats" in a chatroom

Blue-tooth, WiFi, don't know why I even tried
Accessories and manuels stacked up by my bedside
It'll all end up in a pile underneath my broom

[REPEAT CHORUS]

BRIDGE
Stop by the house
Write me a letter
Holler my name
It works so much better

2009 Round 1
WINNER
Allyson Weiland
Allyson Weiland
Tag, You're It

VERSE
See that woman pushing that stroller there?
Yeah that’s the one with the wild brown hair
You may think housewife when you see her now
But in her crazier days, we all tried to chase her down
She used to yell
 
CHORUS
Just Try and catch me Romeo,
I’m flyin fast and you’re movin too slow
Time’s racing by and this moment’s gonna pass
Tag, you’re it, now step on the gas
 
VERSE
At 16 her parents gave her her dream
The keys to a beautiful racing machine
Friday night, she pulled up next to me
Revved up her engine, and flew off with a wink
And she screamed
 
CHORUS
Just Try and catch me Romeo,
I’m flyin fast and you’re movin too slow
Time’s racing by and this moment’s gonna pass
Tag, you’re it, now step on the gas
 
BRIDGE
She had two hands on the wheel and one foot to the floor
Laughing sayin’ come on baby show me what that engine’s for
 
VERSE
The last time we saw her my senior year
A black mustang passed her on the road out of here
She took it as a challenge caught up to him quick
Brown eyes sparkling, that cloud of dust was thick
She must’ve told him
 
CHORUS
Just Try and catch me Romeo,
I’m flyin fast and you’re movin too slow
Time’s racing by and this moment’s gonna pass
Tag, you’re it, now step on the gas
 
VERSE
She came back few years ago all settled down
Riding shotgun in that mustang without her racing crown
That guy she married managed to win that race
Man, that must’ve been one hell of a chase
With her yellin’
 
CHORUS
Just Try and catch me Romeo,
I’m flyin fast and you’re movin too slow
Time’s racing by and this moment’s gonna pass
Tag, you’re it, now step on the gas
Tag you’re it now step on the gas

2008 Round 4
WINNER
Chris Volpe
Chris Volpe
Dusty Bibles

Well they say Saddam Hussein was a baller
When you asked him how tall he was, he said "taller!"
And Reagan said there was no better man to stockpile nukes while we set up Japan
Then the time came and a Bush had to burn
All the bridges we built with the teeth of the unlearned.
They said he killed his mother and he had three wives--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

I'm sure you've heard Keith Moon was the man,
He'd crush hotel rooms like Mich- Ultra cans
And batter his drumset into a pile, the devil gaini ng control all the while
Then one night he lost his teeth in a duel at a drunken hotel with an empty pool
He closed his eyes and took a swandive--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

You know Jimmy Baker was nobody's fool
He could guzzle scotch and play a mean game of pool
His wife Tammy Fay was the prettiest thing that any televangelist had ever seen
Who would have thought he'd steal millions from the Lord,
When he opened his Swiss account, he must have been bored
Now prison's his gospel cause the rest was a lie--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

Remember when Martha Stewart had it all?
She was even a model once,
Blonde and tall
Then a magazine TV star CEO makin killer hors'douvres tied with satin bows
But it wasn't enough until her favorite stock broke
And she wound up in chains at the butt of a joke
The paparazzi swarmed like bees on a hive--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

Now slobodon smirked as he hit the skids like a genocide version of billy the kid
Terrorizing both the old and young, in the Serbian hills he even torched his own son
To think he started with the purest intentions,
Even served on the board at the Geneva Conventions
With his head in noose and his tongue kind of tied he sang--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

When David Koresh first strolled into town, everybody in Waco just kneeled down
Read his manifestos through and through, rented the rec center for the whole month of June
Parents handed over their twelve year old daughters
Sayin "save her soul cause we don't wanna be bothered"
When they cleaned up the bodies at the mass suicide, they sang--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

Now I don't know how they do it on other planets
I'm sure they've got gospels that run the whole gammet
With idols and books and moral codes, shock absorbers for the rocky roads
But one thing's for certain now understand, in this here country it's the law of the land
Repeat after me if you wanna survive--
Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives

2008 Round 3
WINNER
Nita Velo
Nita Velo
Shadow Of A Child

VERSE
The back roads know my number
They call me ever summer
And my childhood ain't long-distance
When my eyes take in the scene
There's a boy in the meadow
Running faster than his shadow
There's a SHADOW OF A CHILD in me

CHORUS
There's a SHADOW OF A CHILD in me
Holding on to every hope and dream
I can't deny, I try, but I can't hide
The SHADOW OF A CHILD in me

VERSE
When the gravel dusts my windshield
Memories blossom in the fields
And my future fills with promises
As far as I can see
There's a freedom here I treasure
One my heart will not surrender
There's a SHADOW OF A CHILD in me

[CHORUS]

BRIDGE
Success may be the pride of life
But, that's not what I believe
The Good Book says a child's faith
Is everything I need

[CHORUS]

2008 Round 2
WINNER
Keith Curtis
Keith Curtis
Home To Dallas

Watching the sheets of rain fall down
On southern Kansas, near an Oklahoma border town
I hadn't planned a stop 'til Amarillo
But then I hadn't planned on leaving yesterday
With nothing but my clothes and shoes and bankroll
A bottle filled with pocket change and half of last week's pay

[CHORUS]

Home to Dallas
Just another long days drive should get me there
Home to Dallas
Not a single winding road from here to there
And if God can really hear you when you pray
Then it's time I saw a rainbow and the storm clouds blew away
So I'll just close my eyes and I'll be home today
Home to Dallas

Looking for sun behind a cloud
A little game of hide and seek I'm not too old or proud
I never planned to live along the hiway
But choices often narrow to a few
At every turn I've gone around the long way
Life is filled with things you want and things you have to do

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]

The rain would not have stopped me fifteen years ago
Maybe wisdom does go hand in hand with age
If I can get this storm to drop me just a little bit down the road
Where it's warm and dry and nothin's in my way
I'll be home to Dallas

[Who knows, someday I might use this verse]
Watching the heat rise off the road
Checking that horizon for a sign I might be home
The city rises up from out of nowhere
Just beyond the wells and the desert sage
I've memorized the place that I can see clear
It's like watchin the canvas come to life in a painters' skyline page

[CHORUS]

2008 Round 1
WINNER
Andrea Rieber
Andrea Rieber
Big Montana Sky

Beneath big skies on the T Bar Y, forty years I worked there til'
The old folks sold out to the bank 'cause cows couldn't pay the bills
A Denver lawyer bought the place for a trophy ranch estate
The realtor came, took down the T Bar name
And put a padlock on the gate.

Cowboyin's all that I've ever known
Sunset comes swiftly, all purple and roan
This land's worth a ransom, and so when I die
Please save me a few acres of that Big Montana Sky

That lawyer drives up here a couple times a year in a Cadillac SUV
With his CEO friends lookin' to land the dandy elk I used to see
They'll be huntin' til the night falls, you can hear them shootin' still
But there ain't no sound like the peace I found
Trailin' cattle through them hills

Cowboyin's all that I've ever known
Sunset comes swiftly, all purple and roan
This land's worth a ransom, and so when I die
Please save me a few acres of that Big Montana Sky

Now I'm rentin' a motel room by the month south of Great Falls
With a one-ring hot plate burner and asbestos in the walls
Once I dreamed I'd have a few acres, a couple cows to call my own
But all I can scratch is an eight-foot patch
Where I'll lay these crippled bones.

Cowboyin's all that I've ever known
Sunset comes swiftly, all purple and roan
This land's worth a ransom, and so when I die
Please save me a few acres of that Big Montana Sky

Cowboyin's all that I've ever known
My sun's goin' down and my years have all flown
Montana's ground is something only big money can buy
But this blue vault above Montana...
...is still anybody's sky.

2007 Round 4
WINNER
Steve Krause
Steve Krause
If I Were A Book

If I were a book
You said I'd be a mystery
Uncertain at the end, I guess
Keep you at the edge of me
But I feel more like a tragedy
Playing out the hero's part
Dying just before the lesson's learned
And you promise me your heart

If you were a book
It's poems you would be
Where understanding comes so slow
And meaning hides so deeply
But I'm gonna write a brand new book
In a novel sort of way
Gonna stare at these blank pages
Until you tell me what they say

If I were a book
You said I'd be a mystery
Uncertain at the end, I guess
Keep you at the edge of me
Well if I am that book
I'm very near the end
So hold me close, and read my heart
And tell me how we end

2007 Round 3
WINNER
Marcia Hendrick
Marcia Hendrick
Wheatland County Line

1st Verse

I'm heading west on 94
Into mountain time
Towards the red of a setting sun
In a big Montana sky
For ten long years I've been away
From sagebrush and plains
It took my mama's dying
To bring me home again

Chorus

Where the Musselshell winds
Beneath the cottonwood trees
And the sight of those mountains
Will bring you to your knees
I know there will always
Be room enough for me and mine
Across the Wheatland County Line

2nd Verse

Alcohol became her lover
But it did her wrong
Her days were stolen long before
Her memories were gone
When I was still a child
She began to slip away
I couldn't keep her from her demons
But I'll be with her today

Repeat Chorus

Bridge

Grandma and Grandpa
Are sleeping by their stone
Under wide open spaces
The prairie embraces
Another daughter coming home

Repeat Chorus

2007 Round 2
WINNER
Josh Martin
Josh Martin
Southern Boy's Dream

1st Verse

It's a Bulldog's bark on a Georgia Saturday night
a Tiger fightin' with a Rolling Tide
Just West in Alabama
It's a six year old shakin' on his daddy's knee
He's freezing cold but hopin' he might see
his first white buck

Chorus

It's an eight second ride and a tent pitched by a campfire
a catfish on a bush hook late at night
It's mama's pecan pie and daddy's hard earned advice
an Abilene rodeo queen
It's a Southern boy's dream

2nd Verse

It's a local band playin' at the rodeo to the folks they know
who share their dream and hopes
of becoming a Tennessee starIt's an ole pick-up jacked up, beat up, and stuff
bikini tops covered in mud on the banks of Sandy Creek
It's a Southern boy's dream

Repeat Chorus

Bridge

Willie told my mama not to let me be a cowboy
but Mama said, "Son, follow your dreams!"

Repeat Chorus

2007 Round 1
WINNER
Randy Heavin
Randy Heavin
Chances

1st Verse

Well I picked up a broken pencil, from the console that sat between my seats
I wrote down my name and number, on a matchbook, I found laying at my feet
I placed it on her icy windshield
Then I drove into the night
I've been told to not take chances, but this one felt so right
After all, a chance is just a chance
And if you'll never take it
It might be your last

Chorus

I'm taking CHANCES
That I never took before
I'm crossing over the lines
That I once stopped for
Yea, I don't know why I waited for so long
A chance is just a try
And trying can't be wrong
I'm taking CHANCES

2nd Verse

Well almost a week went by, and I must admit, I forgot what I had done
I had just sat down for dinner, said my grace, and then the phone begun
I didn't recognize the number
But I answered anyway
She said, I think you left your matches on my car the other day
And I'm sorry that I took so long to call