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This page is a collection of all Andy’s Notes ♪♪♪, in the order in which Andy wrote them. The subject-matter skips around, chronologically speaking, depending upon when Andy was inspired to write on a particular topic. And the topics are wide-ranging – from biographical blurbs, to philosophical musings, to his report on a recent show, to music history tidbits – it’s all fair game. Check back every so often to see what Andy’s thinking about now!!

  • Life’s a Gig

    ©Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

    Behind the Song

    I have watched as a remarkable group of folks my age and older (some of whom I am lucky enough to call friends) navigate the challenges of life and the marketplace and live life fully. “My old friend” in this song is really a mix of a bunch of folks: Men and women I know or have observed who have impressed me over the last few years. With age has come wisdom and humility, and their music has stayed fresh and fun.  —AM

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    Life’s a Gig
    © Andy May, Swift River Music/BMI

    From Amsterdam to Aberdeen
    Then off to London and in between
    To California, then home again
    Life’s a gig for my old friend
    Life’s a gig for my old friend

    Chorus:
    This one pays, but this one won’t
    This he plays and this he don’t
    The music stays, the music grows
    And he’s still learning as he goes

    From Oregon to the Florida coast
    He sings the songs he loves the most
    He might slow down, but he don’t know when
    Life’s a gig for my old friend
    Life’s a gig for my old friend

    Chorus

    I know he’s got his house in order
    With fans like friends, like sons and daughters
    They won’t see his like again
    Life’s a gig for my old friend
    Life’s a gig for my old friend

    Chorus

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  • Stone Soup from Hard Times

    © Lyrics: Lauren LeCroy MayMusic: Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

    Behind the Song

    Lauren:  This lyric actually combines two trains of thought I had been entertaining when I wrote it. It started with the thought that even when you’re broke, you can enjoy a beautiful day as much as anyone. That got me thinking of other things that enrich our lives yet cost us nothing: Relationships, memories, sunshine, singing, dreams…. 

    The second idea is the thought of joining forces to get through a tough spot. Sometimes it takes a little adversity to get us to dig down and reconnect with what’s really important to us and to pull together to get through the hard times. In that sense, I thought, hard times can be a catalyst – kind of like the stone in the old folk tale, “Stone Soup.” And there it was.

    For those who aren’t familiar with the “Stone Soup” story, I retold it my way, and Andy included his reading of my version as a bonus track on Room for Roots.

    Andy:  I loved the lyric that Lauren came up with for this song from the first time that I read it. To me, it talked about the challenges and triumphs that we all face in relationships, and the importance of remembering that many of the things we have in our lives don’t cost a thing and yet are priceless. That is what I had in mind when I set out to write the music for this piece.

    When it came time for me to plan the production of “Stone Soup from Hard Times” for our Room for Roots CD, Lauren wanted it to be a duet. I am glad that she suggested Maura O’Connell for the part, since we both love her voice and the emotional depth and honesty that she brings to her performances.

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    Stone Soup from Hard Times (PDF)

    © Lyrics: Lauren LeCroy May; Music: Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

    These days it seems like hard times are all we’ve got
    And hard times are good at feeding fears
    It’s up to us to find some stuff to add to the pot—
    And make stone soup from these hard times and tears

    Chorus:

    We’ll search our hearts for little bits of old dreams
    Pour in a little love that’s aged like wine
    Mix it up with memories and hopes for tomorrow
    And make it through by makin’ soup from these hard times
    We’ll make it through by makin’ soup from these hard times

    The sun that shines like gold over there on Easy Street
    Shines just the same on our side of the town
    So, whaddya say we catch some rays and not admit defeat
    We’ll make stone soup from these hard times we’ve found

    Chorus

    Bridge:

    We’ll add all the things that please us
    Winter fires & summer breezes
    A joke that always that makes us laugh
    Old records on the phonograph
    You know it doesn’t cost a thing
    To sing a song we love to sing
    We’ll cook something up together
    Maybe come out even better

    Chorus

    These days it seems like hard times are all we’ve got
    And hard times are good at feeding fears
    It’s up to us to find some stuff to add to the pot—
    And make stone soup from these hard times and tears

    Stone soup from hard times, Stone soup from hard times, Stone soup from hard times
    Stone soup from hard times, Stone soup from hard times, Stone soup from hard times

     

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  • You’ve Been a Friend to Me

    ©A.P. Carter (Peer Music)

    Behind the Song

    AndyI have known this song, recorded by the original Carter Family, since I was a kid. It has taken on deeper meaning as I get older. – Duet with Joanie Keller Johnson.

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    You’ve Been a Friend to Me
    ©A.P. Carter (Peer Music)

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  • Haggard and the Queen

    ©Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

    Behind the Song

    Andy: This song is a short chapter, dedicated to my late friend and band-mate, Tabby Crabb, in my book of true road stories. Tabby and I opened for Merle Haggard and The Strangers – with Leona Williams and Bonnie Owens – in 1978. About that time, we also played a private event held for Kitty Wells, “The Queen of Country Music,” and her husband, Johnnie Wright. I am glad to have been a little part of all of that!

    (Learn more about the Andy May-Texas Tabby Crabb Band.)

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    Haggard and the Queen
    © Andy May (Swift River Music/BMI)

    There are so many choices
    People have today
    What to pay attention to-
    How to spend their pay
    But sometimes I remember back
    To a very different scene
    When we opened up for Haggard
    And we played for the queen

    Chorus:

    We opened up for Haggard
    And played for the queen
    The Queen of Country Music-
    Miss Kitty Wells, I mean
    We were singin’ hungry
    ‘Cause we were mighty lean
    When we opened up for Haggard
    And played for the queen

    We were two young broke musicians
    Pushed right to the brink
    If something didn’t happen soon
    Either one would sink
    So we put our heads together
    And we came up with a plan
    We started us a duo
    And we soon became a band

    We filled those old roadhouses
    We took it pretty far-
    A regional phenomenon
    And we were local stars
    Sometimes the road was kind to us
    And sometimes it got mean
    But we opened up for Haggard
    And we played for the queen

    Chorus

    Now, when I think about it
    I just have to grin
    If I had it to do over
    Heck, I’d do it all again
    To be a little part of something good
    Well, I know what that means
    ‘Cause we opened up for Haggard
    And we played for the queen

    Chorus

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    We were singin’ hungry
    ‘Cause we were mighty lean
    When we opened up for Haggard
    And played for the queen

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  • Ruby Lee

    ©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, Ronnie Young, Wes Cooper (Swift River Music/BMI)

    Behind the Song

    Andy: Writing material for and with artists that I have produced has given me many songs that I enjoy singing myself. This is one.

    Lauren: I love writing about relationships with a twist. Our client, Ronnie Young, came to us with this song started, and I had a blast fleshing out the lyrics while Andy did the same with the music. It’s based on a person Ron once knew (with a great deal of embellishment), but we’ve all known a Ruby Lee at one time or another….

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    Ruby Lee
    ©Andy May, Lauren LeCroy May, Ronnie Young, Wes Cooper (Swift River Music/BMI)

    She’s got herself a plan, gonna get herself a man with a house as big as Texas
    She’s got expensive taste and no time to waste—got her heart set on a Lexus
    She’s bored with jeans and boots, wants a man in a suit when she’s goin’ out on the town
    That girl’s on a mission, she knows what she’s been missin’, this time she isn’t messin’ around

    Chorus:
    Ruby Lee—ain’t lookin’ for an ordinary guy like me
    Ruby Lee—plans to land a lawyer or some big-time MD
    She don’t care if his blood ain’t blue
    If his money’s green—he’ll do
    OOOOOH—Ruby Lee

    I met her late one night in the soft romantic light of a swanky uptown pub
    I’d been best man at a weddin’ that wound down at eleven, so I wore my rented tux into the club
    When Ruby saw me comin’, she figured I was someone who could make all of her dreams come true
    I was completely unaware she was loaded for bear—I never had a prayer or a clue

    Chorus

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    Ruby Lee came on in overdrive
    Wanted me to take her for a midnight ride
    When she saw my ol’ pickup the bubble burst
    Man, you shoulda seen her hit reverse

    Chorus

    Tag: OOOOOH—Ruby Lee

    Spoken: Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that ol’ truck! It’s just got a little rust…

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