Merle Haggard – Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)

Watch Merle Haggard singing his classic song “Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver).” He wrote this song and backed by his band The Strangers. It was released in May 1982 as the third single from his album Big City. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and #1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

From the album: Big City
B-side: “I Always Get Lucky with You
Released: May 15, 1982
Genre: Country
Length 4:48
Label: Epic
Songwriter(s): Merle Haggard
Producer(s): Merle Haggard

Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)

I wish a buck was still silver
And it was back when country was strong
Back before Elvis and before Vietnam war came along
Before the Beatles and “Yesterday”
When a man could still work and still would
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
And are the good times really over for good?


Are we rollin’ down hill like a snowball headed for hell
With no kind of chance for the flag or the Liberty Bell
I wish a Ford and a Chevy would still last ten years
Like they should
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
And are the good times really over for good?


I wish coke was still cola
And a joint was a bad place to be
And it was back before Nixon lied to us
All on TV
Before microwave ovens
When a girl could still cook
And still would
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
And are the good times really over for good?


Are we rollin’ down hill like a snowball headed for hell
With no kind of chance for the flag or the Liberty Bell
I wish a Ford and a Chevy would still last ten years
Like they should
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
And are the good times really over for good?

Source: Musixmatch

Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver) lyrics © Sony/atv Tree Publishing

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Conway Twitty Sang “I See The Want To In Your Eyes” – Live Performance

WATCH live performance of Conway Twitty of his Number 1 hit song “I See the Want To in Your Eyes.” This song was first recorded by honky-tonk singer Gary Stewart and appeared on his 1975 album Out of Hand. Conway heard Stewart’s version on the radio and decided to record it. Conway’s version became his 11th number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent a total of 13 weeks on the chart.

From the album: I’m Not Through Loving You Yet
B-side: “Girl from Tupelo”
Released: July 29, 1974
Genre: Country
Length 2:52
Label: MCA
Songwriter(s): Mischa Scorer, Wayne Carson
Producer(s): Owen Bradley

I See the Want in Your Eyes Lyrics

I see the sparkling little diamond on your hand
It’s plain to see that you’ve already got a man
I can tell you’re not about to fall for any of my lines
I see the want to in your eyes

Deep in your smile there’s a quiet, soft desire
Like the ember of a once raging fire
You know I could light that fire again
You know it isn’t wise
I see the want to in your eyes

How strong is a band of gold
Is it strong enough to hold
When a love has grown cold
And a woman wants a love, sweet and warm

How many women just like you have silent schemes
How many men like me do they sleep with in their dreams
You can stay or you can go and although I sympathize
I still see the want to in your eyes
I see the want to in your eyes

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Wayne Carson Thompson

I See the Want in Your Eyes lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Concord Music Publishing LLC

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Kris Kristofferson – ‘Good Morning John’ (Live Performance)

Watch Kris Kristofferson performs on stage a song that he wrote entitled “Good Morning John” in response to his good friend Johnny Cash’s ongoing struggle with addiction. At a party celebrating Cash’s sobriety, friends were invited to write a letter, but Kristofferson chose to write a song instead.

“Everyone was supposed to say something inspirational, so I wrote a song,” Kristofferson tells Billboard. “I tried to record this once before with Wilie Nelson and my band. When I sang the chorus, they echoed me when I would sing “Good morning John.” When I got to the line that said “I love you, John,” Willie said “He loves you, John,” and we all cracked up laughing. We never finished it, so I finished it myself.”

Kristoffer “Kris” Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor. Born in Brownsville, Texas, he attended Pomona College, where he achieved a degree in literature and specialised in the poetry of Blake. Whilst at college, he published a series of short stories in Atlantic Monthly, and went on to win a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford.
It was in 1958, during his stay in England, that Kristofferson first performed his own music, under the pseudonym ‘Kris Carson’. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the US army for five years and, upon being discharged, turned down a teaching post in order to pursue his music career in Nashville.
(source: allmusic.com)

Good Morning John Lyrics

Kris Kristofferson

Good Morning, John!
Ain’t it great to see your future shining brighter in the naked light of day?
Ain’t it great to see your future shining brighter than the naked light of day?

You maid it, son!
But I confess there was a time or two I thought that you might let it slip away.

I love you, John!
In the cold and holy darkness you were always shining brighter than a star.

God bless you, John!
For the love and joy you’ve given and the living inspiration that you are.

You’ve scared me, John!
‘Cause you crossed so many borders into danger with a price upon your head.

They got you, John!
And it hurts to see so many friends, who ran along beside you lying dead.

I know you, John!
There ain’t nothing you can’t handle now, ’cause there ain’t nothing bigger than your heart.
There ain’t nothing you can’t handle out there ain’t nothing bigger than your heart.

Keep shining, John!
Keep smiling, John!
For you owe it to the others and the dark and holy wonder that you are.

Hang in there, John!
It’s a rocky role to glory, but the strangest and strongest will survive.

Keep smiling, John!
We’ll both make it there tomorrow but today lets say we’re lucky we’re alive.
We won’t make it there tomorrow, but today let’s say we’re lucky we’re alive.

I’ll see you John!
Though the best of good intentions have a way of gettin’ scattered by the wind.

I know you, John!
There ain’t nothing you can’t handle now, ’cause there ain’t nothing bigger than your heart.

I’m leavin’ John!
You can lose your mind and mem’ry but you ain’t gonna lose me as your friend.
I love you, John.
You can lose your mind or memory, but you’ll never lose me as your friend.

Good morning, John!
(Good morning John…)

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