Song Title / Regular Who Sings It

Wish I Didn’t Like Whiskey / Mike Cullison
(Cullison/Neel) Cullison Music BMI & Real Deal Music ASCAP

A friend said this after I bought her a drink. So I wrote a song about it.

When I go out to have a good time
I find ‘em standin’ all in line
Inviting me out on thin ice
And once again, oh I didn’t think twice

I wish I didn’t like whiskey
Wish it didn’t like me
I don’t need friends, no not like these
They revel in my misery
I wish I didn’t like whiskey, I wish it didn’t like me

Where’d I meet ‘em, how long it’s been
I just can’t turn my back on them
They’re always there when I hit the ground
And let me tell ya’, neighbor, it’s a long way down

CHORUS
Maybe some day I’ll find an old barstool
Where they won’t know I’ve played the fool
But the only truth in this poor boy’s life
Is I can run, but I just can’t hide


As the Cold Sets In / Tiffany Huggins Grant

(Cullison/Neel) Cullison Music BMI & Real Deal Music ASCAP

The idea for this song came while not wearing a big enough coat during a winter walk.

You don’t come to me with that fire in your eyes
Like you did when we lived in sweet paradise
Once our love burned hot as the devil’s den
But oh how I tremble as the cold sets in

I can feel the chill when you turn away
And a cold hard rain finds another day
It cuts to the bone this bitter wind
And oh how I tremble as the cold sets in

How does love that burned oh so bright
Turn as cold as a stone on a frozen night
Losin’ you is more than I can stand
And oh how I tremble as the cold sets in

I pray to see the day when your love comes back
And I see your smile and hear your laugh
But for now it’s a sin, loves wearin’ thin
And oh how I tremble as the cold sets in


Prayin' for Rain / Jon Byrd

(Cullison/Neel) Cullison Music BMI & Real Deal Music ASCAP

I got to thinking about how we may seek the same thing, but to satisfy different needs.

Mama’s letter said it’d been hard back home
Seems the devil’s heat won’t leave a body alone
She sent a picture of a farmer down on a knee
Takin’ in the depth of a dusty sea
A look of desperation, Lord, he feels the strain
You gotta know he’s prayin’ for rain

He’s single again and just turned sixty-three
Through his eyes the future is hard to see
Days come and go, shadows still cross the floor
His dreams ain’t his dreams any more
The tears in eyes are so hard to explain
You gotta know he’s prayin’ for rain

Like a rain of love that will heal the wounds
And a rain of hope couldn’t come to soon
Let forgiveness fall and wash away the stains
Yeah, we’ve all got reasons, to pray for rain

Marriage on the rocks, chokin’ on the sands of time
A passionate drought, love’s sure runnin’ dry
A neglected heart walks down a dusty road
Loneliness burns out of control
It’s hell on earth, and he can damn sure feel the flames
You gotta know he’s prayin’ for rain


Who Turned You Loose / Brian Langlinais

(Cullison/Jones) Cullison Music BMI & Song Jones Music ASCAP

I wrote this one for my wife Dianna—it’s a question I asked her soon after we started seeing each other.


I’ve always had pride about my liberty
I could come and go and just do as I please
But you could change my mind, that’s what you could do
Good God Almighty who turned you loose

You just can’t miss that sweet little swish
A hundred million women wanna move like this
Well, if you’re starting a club let me pay my dues
Hey, pretty mama, who turned you loose

I don’t think his bulb is burning too bright
To let someone like you get out of his sight
I don’t want to add to his gloom and doom
But I need to thank the fool that turned you loose

If I was a rich man with a house downtown
Maybe I could talk you into comin’ around
But I’m just a poor boy ‘bout to blow a fuse
Heaven help me, who turned you loose


Til I See Her With Him / Davis Raines
(Cullison/Rakes/Goonan) Cullison Music BMI & DKC Music ASCAP

We wanted to write a “lost love” song with a twist. I thought, “What if it’s his little girl rather than the woman?”

Everybody wonders why, I won’t say goodbye
to this dusty little town
I know that I can’t leave, she keeps holding on to me,
that’s why I’m still around
My how folks would talk, if they knew
the paths that crossed
That hot August night way back then
I’m all right, ‘til I see her with him

Though we’ve gone our separate ways, I’ve got to say,
it’s more than one man can stand
Just last night out in the park I saw them
walkin’ hand in hand
I pretend that it’s all right, when he holds her tight,
here I go foolin’ myself again
Yeah, I’m all right ‘til I see her with him

I try to be discreet, as I drive down her street
on my way home from work
Sometimes I catch them in the yard,
she runs and jumps into his arms
Like it’s the safest place on earth
I’m sure he’ll give her the world,
but, God, she’s still my little girl
That’s a secret I’ll keep ‘til the end
I’m all right, ‘til I see her with him.


Good and Evil / Mark Robinson
(Cullison/Robinson) Cullison Music BMI & King of Money Publishing ASCAP

Mark came up with this idea. Turned into a good rock ‘n’ roll song.

Evil, she’s good and evil
Everywhere she goes there’s upheaval
The things she do let me tell ya people
She’s good, she’s good and evil

I love to watch her struttin’ her stuff
I kinda like the way, that she calls my bluff
I pick her for church, dressed in her Sunday best
By Friday night Lord, you know that girl’s a mess

I’ve seen her make a salty sailor blush
She knows how to be just tough enough
She can be sassy, oh, she can be coy
It’s on the street, I’m her favorite boy

Evil, she’s good and evil
Everywhere she goes there’s upheaval
The things she do let me tell ya people
She’s good, she’s good and evil

She got a knockout jab, she got a roundhouse right
She likes to rub my back, when I come home at night
Oh, the way she purrs, it really turns me on
She’s hot to handle, I can’t leave her alone


Ghost of My Heart / Natalie Langlinais
(Cullison/Stergis) Cullison Music BMI & Writers World Music Group BMI

Mike Stergis and I wrote this after I first got to Nashville, probably ’96.

There’s a shadow of a man that drives me to the edge
And tears me into little pieces till there's nothin' left
I can't escape the spirit that's carved our love in stone
Now his memory and I will live our life as one

‘ Cause there’s a ghost of my heart that keeps haunting me
From the start he wouldn't leave my nights alone
I come apart, remembering how we used to be
Ghost of my heart, for eternity

I never thought his love for me
would keep me up all night
Rattlin' old chains he has around my heart
and comin' back to life
Sendin' chills through my body
while the sweat runs off my brow
I don't know about the hereafter
but I know about the here and now

CHORUS
I’m never ever alone, though I try to hide
There's still a vision of yesterday locked up inside
Cause there’s a ghost of my heart that keeps haunting me
From the start he wouldn't leave my nights alone
I come apart, remembering how we used to be
Ghost of my heart, for eternity


I Can’t Let You Drink Alone / Randy Handley
(Cullison/Neel) Cullison Music BMI & Real Deal Music ASCAP

It took Johnny Neel and me about six months to get this one just right.

I thought you looked familiar sittin’ over there
I almost didn’t see you can I pull up a chair
Looks like there’s a problem, weighing on your mind
Let’s make it a double, I’ve got nothing but time

There’s a heartache in every corner of this smoky old bar
Same old sad stories I don’t care who you are
Sometimes old friends just gotta’ get stoned
So I can’t let you drink alone

Well, I think I can help ‘cause I’ve been there myself
Lord knows I’m a witness to the same kind of hell
That you’re going through, so the least I can do,
I can’t let you drink alone, oh, I can’t let you drink alone

Let’s raise a glass, you make the toast
We’ll drink to the past and the one you let go
That girl who loved you so

Once you hit bottom things become clearer
You can’t lie to me, I’m the man in the mirror
So while we reflect on all that’s gone wrong
I can’t let you drink alone


Just Another Night / Travis Lamb

(Cullison) Cullison Music BMI

Thinking about a girl I dated while in the Army—and took liberties with memories.

Well, it’s just another night here in Tennessee
The kitchen curtains dance with the evening breeze
While the radio plays some old forgotten song
Oh, I didn’t know your memory would last so long

I remember us together in your upstairs room
The intoxicating fragrance of your sweet perfume
How can love feel right and still be wrong?
Oh, I didn’t know your memory would last so long

Now the rivers have flowed to the sea and back
And the days roll on til I’ve lost track
And the sands of time still fall one by one
Oh, I didn’t know your memory would last so long

Now I can’t change the way the winds have blown
And the past won’t leave my soul alone
So as I wrestle with the devil, I try to be strong
Oh, I didn’t know your memory would last so long


Barstool Monologue / Mike Cullison
(Cullison/Neel) Cullison Music BMI & Real Deal Music ASCAP

Johnny Potts and the late, great Nashville bar The Sutler were my backdrop for writing this.

I bought this bar on the G.I. bill back in seventy-five
Never ever thinking, it’s where I’d spend my life
Got addicted to the saints and their eighty proof philosophy
Lord, you know I need ‘em, more than they need me
My fix was the neon prophets and the wisdom that they brought
As they bared their hearts and souls in a barstool monologue

They take their places on a dim lit stage, where they do their lines
For a captive audience that’s only doin’ time
A man can say a lot when there’s little to say
His eyes will tell a story, they’ve seen better days
They all have their demons, they all have their gods
And they all preach to any ear, a barstool monologue

You can come in here to forget the silence of your dreams
You can sit and try to bury what might have been
The faces change, but the stories remain, sanity has a cost
And you pay on that tab with a barstool monologue

Now I’ve turned off the light and put a lock on the door
And found my favorite spot to sit and have one more
Now you might think I’m crazy for talkin’ to myself
And the picture of a woman that stands upon a shelf
It serves as a reminder that everyone bears a cross
And they hope to find the answers in a barstool monologue

© Mike Cullison 2012 www.CullisonMusic.com

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