One More Night In Nashville

by Kurt Fortmeyer

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Fans of Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, and David Allan Coe should enjoy "One More Night In Nashville", the latest release from this North Carolina native currently residing in the hills northwest of Nashville.
From the twin fiddle kickoff of the opening track "(I Got My Heart) Broke In" to the last lonesome harmonica bend of the closer "I've Been There", Kurt takes the listener on a colorful and emotional meander through an eleven song set of what can be loosely categorized as (not today's) country music...four solo writes and seven co-writes with Nashville newcomers and old-timers, including hit writers Rich Fagan and Dave Gibson, and the Grammy-nominated Jeff Batson.
For fans of hardcore honkytonk music, Kurt sets up the bar with his tribute to the Georges "Dickel, Strait & Jones" and the sly "(A Man Can't Live On) Beer Alone". If busted relationships are your thing, the ragtime/New Orleans/blue yodel "Better Hearts Than Yours" takes a light-hearted poke at an ex. "A Thing Of The Past" will make you yearn for a love gone by, while the bluegrass song done Kentucky Headhunters-style "You Done Done It Now" offers up a darker solution. The Bob Seger-meets-Pete Seeger-on-Jimmy Buffett's-houseboat vibe of the economic protest "Not In My Backyard", the sad sentimental song about Grandpa "Inside That Box" and the mad not-so-sentimental one about Dad "(All You Taught Me How To Do Was) Drink", and the struggling songwriter's lament of the title track round out the CD.

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released January 21, 2014

Recorded by Pat Lassiter and River Front Recording in Madison, Tennessee
Produced by Kurt Fortmeyer & Pat Lassiter
Executive Producer: Red Wigglers

Kurt Fortmeyer - lead vocals, harmonica
Joe Caverlee - fiddles, mandolin, backing vocals
Tim Galloway - acoustic, electric, and baritone guitars, banjo
Mike Holmes - piano, B3 organ
Pat Lassiter - bass
William Ellis - drums, percussion
Kevin Post - pedal steel
David "Tele" Tilley - electric guitar (1, 4, 6, 8), acoustic lead guitar (6)
Trey Ward - acoustic guitar (1, 4, 8), backing vocals (8)
Peter Young - drums (9)
Jackson Oglesby - trombone

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Track Name: (I Got My Heart) Broke In
(I GOT MY HEART) BROKE IN
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Roy Holdren)

I ran these Levis through the laundry at least a dozen times
Before I liked the way they felt resting on my thighs
Bought a bargain box of Band-aids and baby they got gone
The first three days I had this pair of Tony Lamas on
And I'd be stretching things if I claimed I'd been in love

It took some time to get things like I like 'em
But I finally found the comfort in my skin
You made loving you fit so easy
I got my heart broke in

When talk turned to commitment and love put to the test
My breathing got uneven there was a tightness in my chest
Like a pony on a prairie I'd run every time
Because I had the feeling feelings were no friend of mine
But now I've gotten used to me and you

It took some time to get things like I like 'em
But I finally found the comfort in my skin
You made loving you fit so easy
I got my heart broke in

Like saddle soap helps a catcher's mitt
To soften up and get a grip
Your love is what did the trick for me

It took some time to get things like I like 'em
But I finally found the comfort in my skin
You made loving you fit so easy
I got my heart broke in
I got my heart broke in
Track Name: One More Night In Nashville
ONE MORE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE
(Kurt Fortmeyer)

I thought that I could take Nashville in a week or two
What with all the great songs I wrote
But the years poured by so quickly
Like beers down a thirsty throat
I wish I'd heard what she was sayin' in her last phone call
'Bout how a woman needs a man
But I was so hung up on makin' it big
I guess I thought she'd understand
(When I said)

One more night in Nashville is that too much to ask
I'm not the kind to leave behind an uncompleted task
I've got business to take care of here on Music Row
So give me one more night in Nashville
Then I'll come on home

Now old Gabriel's blowin' his golden horn
Saint Peter is a-callin' roll
It looks like a hundred million angels
Have come to claim my soul
But I'm not quite ready to meet my maker
There's a man I've got to go see
Who told me if I'd do one more re-write
He might buy this song from me
(So I'm beggin' Lord)

One more night in Nashville is that too much to ask
I'm not the kind to leave behind an uncompleted task
I've got business to take care of here on Music Row
So give me one more night in Nashville
Then I'll come on home

I know I'm bound for Heaven because it's hell on Music Row
So give me one more night in Nashville
Then I'll come on home
One more night in Nashville
Is that too much to ask
Track Name: (A Man Can't Live On) Beer Alone
(A MAN CAN'T LIVE ON) BEER ALONE
(Kurt Fortmeyer)

I’ve got a big old hollow place that I’ve tried hard to fill
With all the beer that I could drink and manage not to spill
I could buy every can and bottle at the Kwik-Pak-istani store
But that empty feeling deep inside still needs something more

A man can’t live on beer alone
He needs a little company
When I want to have a few
This is where I like to be
My home sweet home away from home
I hope this feeling never ends
A man can’t live on beer alone
That’s why I drink with friends

That’s Rhonda back behind the bar she’s working hard for tips
She’ll give you a PBR but she won’t take no lip
There’s Mater, and there’s Brigitte, and the guy we all call Big G
They’re each and every one a part of what makes my life complete

A man can’t live on beer alone
He needs a little company
When I want to have a few
This is where I like to be
My home sweet home away from home
I hope this feeling never ends
A man can’t live on beer alone
That’s why I drink with friends

Woody puts a dollar in the jukebox
He plays that new Dale Watson song
With an ice cold brew and the regular crew
I’m right where I belong

At my home sweet home away from home
I hope this feeling never ends
A man can’t live on beer alone
That’s why I drink with friends
No a man can’t live on beer alone
That’s why I drink with friends
Track Name: Not In My Backyard
NOT IN MY BACKYARD
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Neal Guinane)

I hear tell they think they're doing well
Up on Wall Street in New York
But that's so not the view I've got
Out here on my porch
Dog's running rabbits through the weeds
Growing up around a truck that hasn't cranked in days
I ain't sweating at no factory job
Just setting up here in the shade

I've got no reason for leaving here anyway
It don't matter if that truck won't start
Somebody somewhere is making hay
Just not in my backyard

They closed the textile mills in Caroline
And the steel mills in PA
You'll only get connected to some Indian guy
If you pick up the phone to complain
Big boxes killed off the Mom & Pops
China owns the American Dream
The King of Beers belongs to Belgium now
There ain't no local economy

I've got no reason for leaving here anyway
It don't matter if that truck won't start
Somebody somewhere is making hay
Just not in my backyard

How they sleep at night the devil knows
And he shipped my job off to Mexico
I hear the money's good if you're a CEO
But a working man's got nowhere to go

I've got no reason for leaving here anyway
It don't matter if that truck won't start
Somebody somewhere is making hay
Just not in my backyard
Yeah somebody somewhere is making hay
Just not in my backyard
Track Name: (All You Taught Me How To Do Was) Drink
Drink
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Luke Robinson)

I thought I had it good back in our old neighborhood
When all my friends were feeling friction from their dads
They had to take out the trash do their homework cut the grass
And never stray from the straight and narrow path
But my role model was a man who loved a bottle
More than he loved his wife and kid
It’s no wonder I turned out like I did

You taught me how to hang out in the bar rooms
And not come home until love had gone to sleep
Lucky kids learn good things from their fathers
All you taught me how to do was drink

Now I come home every night hug my kids kiss my wife
And I look at what your lessons led me to
I tuck the young’uns into bed and the thought runs through my head
I learned what not to do from watching you
‘Cause my role model was a man who loved a bottle
More than he loved his wife and kid
It’s no wonder I turned out like I did

You taught me how to hang out in the bar rooms
And not come home until love had gone to sleep
Lucky kids learn good things from their fathers
All you taught me how to do was drink
All you taught me how to do was drink
Track Name: Better Hearts Than Yours
BETTER HEARTS THAN YOURS
(Kurt Fortmeyer)

I've had love's tables turned on me
Felt warmth become a chill
I've been forced to swallow pride
And that's a bitter pill
We had an overflowing cup
Until you let it spill
Once I suited you just fine
Now I don't fit the bill

In your oyster bar of love
I got an empty shell
Now your menu caters to
A different clientele
If you don't want my business
I guess that's just as well
But I'll tell you what I'll stay right here
And you can go to hell

I've been thrown out of better hearts than yours before
Given the bum's rush and escorted to the door
I've been told I'm not welcome "Don't come back any more"
I've been thrown out of better hearts than yours

I've been kicked out I've been cursed at
Treated like a cuspidor
After lettin' someone use my heart
For moppin' up the floor
Been served restraining orders
When I dared to ask for more
I've maintained my sense of humor
'Though it's really been a chore

I've been thrown out of better hearts than yours before
Given the bum's rush and escorted to the door
I've been told I'm not welcome "Don't come back any more"
I've been thrown out of better hearts than yours
Before
Track Name: A Thing Of The Past
A THING OF THE PAST
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Aaron Raitiere)

We were going to climb the mountains the world put in our way
Hanging on to each other and taking it day by day
Reckless ambition from two kids who couldn’t know
How the story went and which way the end would go
We were going to take the world on and show it who was boss
All we thought we needed was us

But those memories in the making won’t be happening now
We were burning bright but the fire went out too fast
We had it going on now all our going to’s are gone
And our future is a thing of the past

We were going to swim the oceans against the raging tide
Saddle up some unicorns take a magic carpet ride
Dance through fields of flowers as yellow as the sun
And we were going to do it all before each day was done
We were going to take the world on and show it who was boss
All we thought we needed was us

But those memories in the making won’t be happening now
We were burning bright but the fire went out too fast
We had it going on nowt all our going to’s are gone
And our future is a thing of the past

We put our hearts together
Thought love would stay forever
But the truth is that was too good to be true

And those memories in the making won’t be happening now
We were burning bright but the fire went out too fast
We had it going on now all our going to’s are gone
And our future is a thing of the past
Our future is a thing of the past
Track Name: Dickel, Strait & Jones
DICKEL, STRAIT & JONES
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Jeff Batson)
She’s drawn here most every night
Like a moth to a neon light
Memories burnin’ way too bright
She’s missing her old man
She never orders wine or beer
And if you ask her why she comes in here
She’ll tell you it’s the atmosphere
And three friends who understand

A bottle and a jukebox make her feel at home
Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and classic country songs
Jack is good Merle is great but that ain’t what she wants
She loves the Georges Dickel Strait and Jones

Her daddy played the radio
All night trucking coast to coast
When he’d get home he’d drink a toast
And she’d crawl up in his lap
She remembers how the whiskey smelled
And all the stories he would tell
They sang his favorite songs and she almost felt
Like she was with him in that cab

A bottle and a jukebox make her feel at home
Tennessee sippin’ whiskey and classic country songs
Jack is good Merle is great but that ain’t what she wants
She loves the Georges Dickel Strait and Jones

She'll have a round of what he used to drink before that heart attack
And play the guys who sing the songs that bring her daddy back

Jack is good Merle is great but that ain’t what she wants
She loves the Georges Dickel Strait and Jones
She loves the Georges Dickel Strait and Jones
Track Name: Inside That Box
INSIDE THAT BOX
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Dave Gibson)
Dad Zone Music ASCAP/Savannah's House Music BMI

There was this magic box sittin’ on a shelf
Right above the fireplace in my grandpa’s house
Now and then he’d get it down
Spread all those treasures out
We’d travel back in time and never leave the couch
He’d say I got a million of ‘em kid as he opened the lid

There was a purple heart from Uncle Sam
Picture of a black Trans Am
“Just Married” sign and all them tin cans
A jackknife and a rabbit’s foot
First edition comic book of Spider man
He was a big fan
Oh I could sit for hours and listen to him talk
It’s hard to believe all those memories could fit inside that box

He’d talk about the big war sit and reminisce
Of how much he loved grandma and their first kiss
It was always about that time
He’d get something in his eye
And he’d say you know one of these days I gotta quit smokin’ this old pipe
He’d grin and say guess who’s on deck and I loved what he’d do next

Show me that foul ball from Willie Mays
He caught on his birthday back in 62
And Willie signed it too
Two tickets to the county fair
He first met grandma there on the Tilt-a-Whirl
She became his girl
I could sit for hours as he turned back the clock
It’s hard to believe all those memories could fit inside that box

It all seems like a dream to me now
As I sit beside this hole in the ground and they lower him down
And as they shovel on the dirt and rocks
I excuse myself and have to take a walk
‘Cause it’s hard to believe all those memories could fit inside that box
’Cause he was bigger than life to me
And all those sweet memories could never fit inside that box
They'll never fir inside that box
Track Name: You Done Done It Now
YOU DONE DONE IT NOW
(Kurt Fortmeyer)

A fiddle played and bluebirds sang our friends all gathered ‘round
We spread great grandma’s blanket out had dinner on the ground
The preacher read a Bible verse the day we took our vows
We said for better or for worse but you done done it now

You done done it now You done done it now
My heart is not a plaything for you to kick around
You can beg for my forgiveness
You can bend and scrape and bow
It won’t change the fact you can’t come back
‘Cause you done done it now

You took off with an old boyfriend eight months ago today
While I worked hard here on this farm you rolled in the hay
Sometimes I’ve felt so doggone bad I’ve cried behind this plow
We said in sickness and in health but you done done it now

You done done it now You done done it now
My heart is not a plaything for you to kick around
You can beg for my forgiveness
You can bend and scrape and bow
It won’t change the fact you can’t come back
‘Cause you done done it now

You showed up here this morning as big as my old cow
You tell me that you think it’s mine but there’s no way no how
You'd best get before I take a mind to put you in the ground
'Cause we said until death do us part and you done done it now

You done done it now You done done it now
My heart is not a plaything for you to kick around
You can beg for my forgiveness
You can bend and scrape and bow
It won’t change the fact you can’t come back
‘Cause you done done it now
You better face the fact you can’t come back
‘Cause you done done it now
Track Name: I've Been There
I'VE BEEN THERE
(Kurt Fortmeyer/Richard Fagan)

Teachers couldn’t teach me nothin’ back when I was in my prime
Their lessons couldn’t find their way through this hard head of mine
I could never learn what’s right or wrong by watching all my friends
I had to make my own mistakes time and time again

Been there done that made me a better man
Now I’ve climbed out of the fire and back into the frying pan
If you don’t think you can stand the heat I’ve got some things to share
I’m here to say I’ve been there

I thought my world had ended when love walked out the door
But broken hearts can mend so they’re much stronger than before
I never understood how bad the pain of heartache felt
Or how the selfish things I did affected someone else

Been there done that made me a better man
Now I’ve climbed out of the fire and back in the frying pan
If you don’t think you can stand the heat I’ve got some things to share
I’m here to say I’ve been there

You live and you learn
Or you can crash and you burn
It’s as simple and as difficult as that

Been there done that made me a better man
Now I’ve climbed out of the fire and back in the frying pan
If you don’t think you can stand the heat I’ve got some things to share
I’m here to say I’ve
Been there done that made me a better man
Now I’ve climbed out of the fire and back in the frying pan
If you don’t think you can stand the heat I’ve got some things to share
I’m here to say I’ve been there