Credits and Lyrics for Laura Lee Styles's Debut Album Finally

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Finally

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Ron McPhail, Dave Williams
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass:Dave Williams
Pedal Steel Guitar:Roy Ellis
Drums:Gus Armstrong

I got married straight out of high school
I knew it all, I was nobody's fool.
Soon had a baby with diapers and bottles,
I was so young, divorce sadly follows.

So there I was, out on my own:
Hungry and frightened, had to face the unknown;
No skills or college to help me compete;
Managed a car wash just to make ends meet.

Worked and took classes, 'till I'd nearly drop.
But after four years had my own beauty shop.
Money was tight no extras allowed.
I raised a great son and he makes me proud.

Chorus:
Finally, at the end of the day,
I wouldn't have it any other way.
Finally, it's so clear to me,
I'm where I'm meant to be.

My son grew strong, and he went off to college,
Wanting to learn, and expand on his knowledge.
I started datin', just hopin' to find
That special man who could ease my mind.

It took some time, now I'm in love
Every day I thank our Lord up above.
He helped me realize the dreams of my youth
Singing country in a recording booth.

Chorus

Finally, I feel in love
I'm livin' the life I always dreamed of
I truly hope it will happen for you
That all your dreams come true.

Finally!
Finally!

Never Means Forever

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Rick Troia, Dave Williams
Electric Guitars, Piano, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

Never, no, never will I come back to you.
Never, no, never will you tell me what to do.
I've taken you back too many times before,
And I'm not gonna do it any more!

Never, no never will you see me again.
Never, no never will I let you back in.
You've cheated and lied and hurt me too many times.
I can't even remember all your crimes.

Chorus:
Well, I know that never is a long, long time,
But when Hell freezes over and the sun don't shine.
You'll believe me then. I ain't lyin'.
You can wait an eternity, but never means forever to me!

Never, no, never will you see me around.
Never, no, never will I stay in this town.
My decision is final, I'm movin' on,
So don't look for me, 'cause I'm already gone.

Chorus

Chorus (variation):
Well, I know that never is a long, long time,
But when Hell freezes over and the sun don't shine.
You'll believe me then. I ain't lyin'.
You can wait an eternity, but never means not EVER to me!

Not ever to me!
Forever to me!
Not ever to me!
Forever!

Piece of a Man

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

I've got a good looking man, who makes sweet love to me
Then he has to go home to his wife and family.
So he only spends a little time, when he can.
Now I know I only have a little piece – piece of a man.

Chorus:
I need a big piece of a man
who will listen and understand.
He will spend his time with me,
not just come and go in a big hurry.

Bridge:
I can't live with just a little piece – piece of a man
I gotta have a big, big piece – piece of a man.

Lookin' for a man to share a big piece of his life.
He will be a comfort and friend, thru the good times and the strife.
I know I can't have ever'thing, all the time,
But just a big piece of a man would be really fine.

Chorus
Bridge

So the next time you want to bring your little piece to me,
Don't come – stay home and tend to your wife and family.
Then when you feel that urge – urge to roam,
I think that you should just keep your little piece at home.

Chorus
Bridge

Second bridge:
So gimme that big, big piece – piece of a man.
I just gotta have a big, big piece – piece of a man.


Almost Single

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Electric Guitars, Piano, Mandolin, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

Saturday night again, I'll try somewhere new.
Went to a cross-town bar, to see how I'd do.
Soon a good looking guy bought me a drink.
He made me laugh and it's promising, I think.

We were getting along fine and had two dances.
His name was Joe, and I liked his advances.
A gray haired waitress whispered in my ear,
"You just ask him if he's married, my dear."

Chorus:
He said, "Sugar, I'm separated.
My wife doesn't understand me.
Soon I'll have the final divorce decree.
See now, honey, I'm almost single".

So I checked with the girls in the ladies room.
They all laughed and said, "You must have met Joe Bloom.
He always meets women and buys them beers.
Look out girl he's been "almost single" for years."

Chorus

So then I told Joe, "almost single" is not!
It's like almost pregnant – you either are or you're not.
From what I'm told you're not single so good night.
As I left, Joe spoke to the blond on his right,

Chorus

Look out girls he's "almost single".

Don't Try to Tell Me

Written by:Pat Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

I'm a grown woman, I'm no small child!
I make up my own mind, I cannot be beguiled.
I'll face consequences of my actions with a smile.
It's up to ME to set my style!

I'm not a kitten, don't expect me to mew.
When a challenge arises, it gives me the cue
A decision from me is definitely due.
It's up to me the trouble I brew.

Chorus:
You may see the problems my actions will cause.
It's OK if you want to point out the flaws,
But it's up to me what I get into,
So don't try to tell ME what I should do!

My life has had its ups and downs.
When I think it over, I've very few frowns.
It wasn't filled with fools, nor too many clowns.
It's been up to ME to make sure my life counts!

I learned a long, long time ago
The way to thrive is NOT go with the flow!
I'm the one who cares, so I control the show.
It's up to ME to not create woe.

Chorus

Surprise

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles, Tom Moore
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Acoustic Guitars, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

Woman: My job in Chicago paid well with lots of perks
I loved my new condo and enjoyed my work.
But I was still looking for a man just for me
When I took a vacation to Utah to ski.

Man: I bought a nice little ranch by working and saving
And earn a good living from cattle I'm raisin'.
In the mountains of Utah, I've found a great life.
I sure would like to share it with a good wife.

Both: When I saw you at the ski lodge, I'll never forget.
I felt a special attraction when we first met.
We dated for every reason we could think of.
By the time we parted, I knew it was true love.

Man: I went to Chicago. You took me everywhere.
But then you suggested I should soon move there.
Thinkin' of my home, I couldn't stand the contrast.
I left knowing our long distance romance can't last.

Woman: I just can't imagine giving up the things I had.
To live way out in the mountains would be so bad.
No friends, no shopping, no clubbing, no shows – no way!
Though I love him, long distance never works, they say.

Both: I sold my home and quit my job to be with you,
Said goodbye to all my friends to live with you.
I have to be with you, I've come to realize,
Him: So I'm flying to Chicago as a great big surprise!
Her: I'm flying to Utah as a great big surprise!
Both: Yes, I'm flying to your place as a great big surprise!

Him: It'll be a really big surprise!

Proud But Afraid

Written by:Pat Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Flute (patch), Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

Chorus:
My son's gone off to fight the war.
He's gone! He's gone!
It was a hard decision he made.
He's gone! He's gone!
He wants to serve his country and
He knows this way he can.
If I stop to think,
I'm proud, but I'm afraid.

You raise a boy from toddler
And you teach him to be kind,
But then somewhere along the way
You lose what's on his mind.
I still don't know exactly what
He was thinking of,
Except that it involved
This country that we love.

There are other ways to be a man,
But this is the way he would choose.
It makes me proud, but at the same time
There's so much I can lose.
Our family once knew more about
Goal posts and hoops.
Now we wear yellow ribbons saying
"Please support our troops".

Chorus

I never thought their GI Joe
would be my very own.
I'm like any mom would be,
I know I'm not alone.
I'd really like to retreat
inside myself and hide,
but I won't let that fear
overcome my pride.

Chorus

I'm afraid, but I'm so proud.

Lifeblood of the Good Old USA

Written by:Kenneth King, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Dave Williams
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Organ, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

I never drove a big rig, or pulled a heavy load,
Like all the many truckers do, out on the open road.
But I can still appreciate all that they go through,
Hauling almost everything, for folks like me and you.

Now I don't know how many times, I've heard somebody say,
"Those old trucks are big and loud, and they're always in my way."
But the next time you go shopping, you need to look around
At all the many things those big rigs bring into your town.

So when you speak of truckers, have something nice to say,
For you're talking 'bout the lifeblood of the good old USA.

When you're safe at home each night, with your loving family
Enjoying your hot home-cooked meal and watching your TV,
Remember all the truckers, out there, all alone.
Long-hauling for everyone, miles away from home.

So when you speak of truckers, have something nice to say,
For you're talking 'bout the lifeblood of the good old USA.

Now, they don't work just nine to five, those trucks roll all the time
In every kind of weather – heat, cold, rain or shine.
They ply our country's highways – the arteries of the land –
Supplying all our nation's needs, the best way that they can.

No, I never drove a big rig, or pulled a heavy load,
Like all the many truckers do, out on the open road.
But I can still appreciate all that they go through,
Hauling almost everything, for folks like me and you.

So when you speak of truckers, have something nice to say,
For you're talking 'bout the lifeblood of the good old USA.
Talking 'bout the lifeblood of the good old USA.

Diamonds and Pearls

Written by:Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Piano, Organ, Slide Guitar, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

I'm not needing no man to complete me.
I feel no hurry to be someone's girl.
Don't much care for the way most men treat me,
But I still accept diamonds and pearls.

I've given up habits and vices.
I gave up on most things of this world.
I'm not fooled by some slicker's enticements,
But I won't give up my diamonds and pearls.

You always wanted me to love you.
You never cared to change a thing.
I guess I needed time to see things clear –
This never was 'bout no silly ring.

It's alright if you want to come over.
Just don't think that it makes me your girl.
And it will be okay – when you go away –
As long as you bring diamonds and pearls.

Repeat last verse

Just bring me some diamonds and pearls.

I'm So Grateful

Written by:Tom Moore, Laura Lee Styles, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Piano, Electric Guitar,
Keyboard (Strings & Cello), Bass:
Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

He was old enough to be my father.
We had a May-December romance.
The courtship was short and wonderful.
He stole my heart at the very first glance.

People said I was a trophy wife,
I didn't love him, said quite a few;
But we both knew the truth:
Our love was sure and true.

Chorus
Our love was so very dear.
We had some good times
We had great times.
I'm so grateful for these last few years.

I wasn't his first love,
But I was his very last.
I wasn't the mother of his children,
But we didn't live in the past.

Chorus

We always knew he would go first.
Now that he has gone,
My sorrow is at its worst,
But I wouldn't trade places with anyone on earth.

Chorus (variation):
Our love was so very dear.
We had some good times
We had great times.
I'm so grateful for his last few years.

I'm so grateful for your last few years.

I'm Losing You

Written by:Charles Frady, Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Charlie Frady, Dave Williams
Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin,
Keyboard Strings, Bass:
Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

You walked in our apartment on a warm spring day.
You asked me to sit down, 'cause you had things to say.
You said that you'd be leavin' soon if I don't change,
But since I am who I am, then that's okay.

Chorus 1:
I'm losing you.
I'm losing once again, and don't believe it's true.
I'm losing my best friend, for what, I wish I knew.
I'm losing you.

The neighbors stood and watched you as you drove away,
And even though I knew I'd face another day,
I couldn't bear to picture my life with you gone,
So I didn't walk you to the door or say "so long".
I knew

Chorus 2:
I was losing you.
I'm losing what I thought I could believe was true.
Even though somewhere inside I guess I knew
I was losing you.

Bridge:
It's strange to say for now it's over
'Cause you thought I'd never change.
You used to love these things about me
And I've always been this way.

Chorus 1
Chorus 2

Almost Famous

Written by:Dave Williams
Lead vocal:Laura Lee Styles
Backup vocals:Charlie Frady, Tom Moore, Dave Williams
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass:Dave Williams
Drums:Gus Armstrong

See the handsome man with that look in his eye –
Wants to be famous, chances are he'll die tryin' –
He's broken many hearts with his grace and ease,
He'll say sorry, but he always leaves 'em cryin'.

Says he can't be troubled with a small-town plan,
His eye's on the prize, but I believe he's lyin'.
He's just another Joltin' Joe –
Afraid of gettin' close, so he just lets go – he's hidin'.

Chorus:
Whoa, get serious!
He's just the type of man you shouldn't trust –
But sometimes, that's the cost, when you –
You're almost famous.

There he goes again, workin' the scene –
A score with a gal in designer jeans looks certain.
What's he gonna do when his good looks fade –
And finds he never made it as a person.

Chorus
Chorus



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Last updated: 2009 July. © 2009 Moore & Moore Country Music Company. All Rights Reserved.