General Store

by Owen Temple

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Rod Archer Such a talented artist, have loved this album from release and now on my 2nd copy! Favorite track: Wanna Wanna Bar.
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1.
This old skyline takes me back to another time Years ago in San Antonio I was yours and you were mine It's been awhile I hope you're doing well I'm doing fine as far as I can tell I recall a Sunday by the Riverwalk you and me just walking' around Music filled the evening air on the streets of old downtown We guessed about the days to come and the laughter and the tears But since that time so much has changed I haven't heard from you in years And when I'm passing through I always think of you Are you with someone are you somewhere all alone I think of you when I hit San Antone Sometimes Lord you can't help but think what might have been Would we do it all over if we could do it all again Sittin' by that fountain is a sweet memory When you pass by that fountain do you ever think of me Chorus By the bank of the river I held your hand There was a distance even then I that I couldn't understand I loved you more than I ever loved before I loved you though you said I can't see you anymore Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
2.
Me and Maria 03:43
I sent Maria North last summer said I'd follow over soon I'm reminded of my promise 'neath a yellow desert moon I can hear the crickets song again it's time for me to go Cross over the border get out of Mexico By the bank I scan the darkness and watch the river rollin' past I crouch down in the water hidden by the grass And I wade that muddy river till I reach the other side I scramble through the bushes and out into the night And a foreign land is all that stands between me and Maria I cross the line with her in mind my only chance to see her I rush silent through mesquite brush no thought of slowin' down Movin' over the barbed wire fence I never made a sound And I'd sent word to Maria where to meet me before dawn I knew she would not fail me I prayed nothing would go wrong So I inched across the fencelines and rushed across the roads I was watching close for green and white INS Broncos And at least I reached the crossroads before morning's light Soaked with sweat and torn by thorns Maria nowhere in sight Chorus So I hid off in the brush paralyzed by fear I searched my brain for answers why Maria was not here And the sky turned gray as dawn approached still I saw no sign Of Maria down that long highway I was runnin' out of time Then a flicker down the pavement dropped me to the dust With the rush of tires on asphalt I looked out through the brush And my heart leapt to my throat the patrol Bronco passed I met the eyes of sweet Maria cryin' through the glass I stood and watched them disappear speeding down the road I walked out on the blacktop then turned my head to go On the quiet early morning my heart heavy filled with pain I crawled across the barbed wire headed back the way I came Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
3.
Tennessee Highway Tennessee highway Take me home to see my Texas baby Tennessee Highway Tennessee highway Take me home to see my Texas baby I been in and out of every bar here in Nashville Seen nothing but broken promises and empty dreams Everyone here thinks they're on the verge of stardom But nothing here is what it seems Chorus Now the Grand Ole Opry ain't playin in the Ryman They moved it out of down down the road a little ways They say it's the same but I know something different From old Hank Williams' days Chorus This motel room is filled with songs that don't ring true And doing what I love don't make sense like it used to Deep down inside I guess I always knew This Tennessee road leads back to you Chorus (Owen Temple, Lendon Lewis) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
4.
Dry Creek 03:16
Just a way down Mount Bonnel Road There's a little place where the beer is cold Dry Creek Café and Dock No place better come five o'clock Just off the lake a two story bar You know you're there when you see the cars Lined up and parked along Jukebox playing a Guy Clark song I want to go down to Dry Creek Down among the live oak trees No playing cards or leaving bottles around You can sit on the deck and watch the sun go down There's a weathered deck right upstairs A few odd tables and rusty chairs Spring days when the hills are green The view beats all I've ever seen Feel the Texas sun warm your skin Ain't it good to be back again People's voices with the swaying trees Honeysuckles on a gentle breeze Chorus Sara owns the place and she lives in a shack A green trailer parked out back High dollar condos are closing in And she ain't thinking about giving in Rumors go around with the offers they make For the little piece of land there by the lake She tells 'em all to go to hell After fifty years she ain't gonna sell Chorus So if you want to keep the bulldozers back Stop and get a drink at the Dry Creek shack Watch Lake Austin and the big blue sky You won't ever have to ask me why Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
5.
Jaded Lover 03:47
6.
A seagull cry, a child laugh, an old man orders a drink It's been ten years since he got here and it hurts to think That years ago at this beachside bar a woman held his hand He lost his chance for true romance on South Padre Island The woman's name was Mary Ann and Gary loved her so He said be my wife for the rest of your life and she said no Old Gary was from Indiana all his life a traveling man He had a dog and a boat and he would float and fish around the island He's stuck at Wanna Wanna the beachfront bar sipping on a Coke and rum The tide rolls in his dreams die out waiting on a love that won't come True love never will come Years ago in California Gary loved a girl named Sue She and three more wives told him lies when they said I do And this last one took the money and the things Gary cared about She took the dog and the boat, now he can't float cause she walked out Chorus Gary looks out at the gulf and squints his eyes He's thinking again of what might have been without them hard goodbyes But Gary's got lots of stories about people and places he's been Yeah, I've had a few of them good times too he said with a grin Chorus And Gary's still down there on Padre a little sad but he's alright If you head his way on some Sunday he'll drink with you all night Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
7.
Mary 03:57
Like a summer wind I'm walking with you warm Like a bay out on the ocean you can keep me from a storm But now your face shows signs of coming rain Mary what can I do to ease your pain Mary I can't bear to see you cry Mary wipe the tears out of your eyes Say the word and I'll make it right Mary you don't need to cry tonight Like a ship movin' out to sea The hurting in your eyes is plain for me to see I've got the time to be with you awhile So Mary dry your tears let me see you smile Chorus You're as gentle as the waves rollin' in And the time for me to go is coming once again I won't be gone long just like the moon Though you can't see me you know I'll be back soon Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
8.
I spent several days thinking of the ways I'd say we're through But when I let you go I didn't know that I still cared for you But last Saturday night beneath the barroom lights I saw you out with him And in a matter of time I changed my mind I wanted you back again Who'd a thought that I'd be feeling sorry I'd have guessed that I'd be doing well Well I saw you and my piece of mind went to pieces It goes to show with love you never can tell Well I did not go to the rodeo but I heard you were there Now the talk of the town is the love you found they say you're quite a pair I thought wait and see you'll be back with me it's just a matter of time But something's changed they say you've got a different way of smiling since you were mine Chorus Now it's lonely nights and neon light every day's just the same Since a church room crowd gathered around to hear you change your name So I sit and drink and sometimes think about getting out of town But I never go 'cause you know she just might come back around Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
9.
James' Blues 03:28
James washed dishes at a barbecue place Fifth Street downtown He'd get his pay and go next door to drink his money down I was just getting started playing guitar when I met him there I'd finish a song he'd clap his hands noone else would but he didn't care He'd yell out play Whiskey River and I'd play it as best I could I'd take a break and he'd say, man you're really sounding good I shook his rough dishwashing hands, he said his name was James He'd go back to playing that pool every evening the same old thing He was drinking away every single dollar I'd play the song that he'd holler He'd clap his hands and make everybody smile No wife no kids just a job in Austin No telling all that drinking cost him I haven't seen James in awhile James would ask the bartender for a ride home now and then He said he lived a few blocks down at the Capitol Inn The bartender dropped him off but James walked right on past He didn't quit walking 'til he'd laid down beneath a busy underpass Chorus James got drunker than usual and ended up in jail The owner of the barbecue place came down and paid his bail But when they got back to the place she said now James I got to let you go James walked out that door forever and the rest nobody knows Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)
10.
The lowering sun stretches shadows across the windy plain I 'm thinking on the time that 's passed, how you never felt the same When I said it 's hard to leave you said, it 's hard to watch you go I shouldn't have believed you, but back then how could I know I 'm trying hard not to love you My heart don 't know that you don 't care at all I say aloud that I do not need you But I know I 'd come to you if you called The moonlight down by the riverside must have played a trick upon my eyes Cause I thought I saw forever with you, I could not realize And I can 't stand to search this heart and find I still love you And it hurts my pride to know I 'd take you back if you asked me to Chorus I 'm trying to get you off my mind But your love 's a memory I can 't leave behind Chorus (Owen Temple) © 1997 Owen Temple Music (BMI)

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released September 21, 1997

Song Lyrics:
owentemple.com/lyrics/list_songs/General_Store/General-Store

Produced by Lloyd Maines
Engineered by Fred Remmert
Recorded at Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, Texas

Owen Temple - Acoustic
Lloyd Maines - Electric guitar, Acoustic, Pedal steel, Mandolin, and Dobro
John Inmon - Electric guitar, Acoustic
Michael Tarabay - Bass
Richard Bowden - Fiddle, Mandolin
Rich Brotherton - Mandolin
Riley Osbourn - Keyboards
Bob Livingston - Harmonica
Stan Smith - Clarinet
John Treanor - Washboard
Bukka Allen - Accordion
Mark Patterson - Drums
Fred Remmert - Percussion
Paul Lee - Harmony vocals
Terri Hendrix - Harmony vocals
Graham Sones - Harmony vocals

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