Right Side of History: Love Who You Love

by Cheley Tackett

Released 2015
Released 2015
Real songs for real people
NOTES
Several years ago, I was involved in a program for YouthSpeaks Nashville. Performers were asked to create a work envisioning what we hoped for the future of Nashville, be it tomorrow, or 10,000 years from now. The fight for equality & efforts to end bullying weighed heavy on my mind. I asked myself what I wanted for the future, not just for Nashville, but for all of humanity. Turns out, this song was my answer.

Whisper Me Slow

by Cheley Tackett

Released 2010
Adroit Records
Released 2010
Adroit Records
  • 04:19 Lyrics
    Save Yourself

    Tangled feet, cotton sheets, to hell with sleep/I'm dyin' to wake you up/Me 'n you, you 'n me/Baby we can't get close enough

    Just takes my lips on your skin/You start to smile, I breathe you in

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

    Get up slow, it's hard to go/ We both know that world's right outside/Coffee strong, shower's on/C'mon baby the water's fine

    You draw some hearts on the glass/Reach for a towel, I pull you back

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

    I'm done, I'm gone, I'm history/Look what your love's gone and done to me

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    Trainwreck

    Tangled feet, cotton sheets, to hell with sleep/I'm dyin' to wake you up/Me 'n you, you 'n me/Baby we can't get close enough

    Just takes my lips on your skin/You start to smile, I breathe you in

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

    Get up slow, it's hard to go/ We both know that world's right outside/Coffee strong, shower's on/C'mon baby the water's fine

    You draw some hearts on the glass/Reach for a towel, I pull you back

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

    I'm done, I'm gone, I'm history/Look what your love's gone and done to me

    (Chorus)
    Oh stay in my eyes
    You're killin' me good
    Baby you've ruined me for anyone else
    Whisper me slow, kiss me too deep
    It's too late for me
    Save yourself

  • 04:08 Lyrics
    Good For Me

    Never would have struck this match/Never would have started back/This cigarette would be my last/If I knew what was good for me

    Never would have bought this drink/Never would have gone beyond the brink/I'd have told 'em to throw the damned thing down the sink/If I knew what was good for me

    But I learn things the hard way/Time and time again

    Never would have said hello/Never would have danced so slow/I'd have settled my tab and headed home/If I knew what was good for me

    But I learn things the hard way/Time and time and time and time again and time and time again

    No, I never would have said that first hello/Never would have gave my heart and soul/Lord know I'd learn to let you go/If I knew what was good for me

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Teach Me to Forgive

    I don't wanna live like this
    A victim of this pain
    All because you used me 
    To play your heartless games

    I just can't go on 
    Hiding from the truth
    You still have the power 
    And I don't know what to do

    I'm tired, so tired of being sad
    I want my life back

    God, if you're listening
    Teach me to forgive
    I'm down on my knees
    'Cause this ain't no way to live
    God, if you're listening
    Teach me to forgive

    It's hard to have faith
    But I'm ready to believe
    Release me from my fears
    Set me free

    I'm tired, so tired of being sad
    I want my life back

    God, if you're listening
    Teach me to forgive
    I'm down on my knees
    'Cause this ain't no way to live
    God, if you're listening
    Teach me to forgive

    Amen

  • 05:36 Lyrics
    Up Here

    I know who shot Kennedy/
    Stonehenge ain't no mystery to me/And the Mona Lisa herself/Told me why she smiled

    You won't believe all the things that I see

    As I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds/I hear you at night, when you cry out loud/
    Here, there's no pain, there's no fear/
    But I can see my house from up here

    I saw our Amy's class play/
    Hard to believe she's already eight/And you wished I could be there/But how would you know that I was

    'Cause I left this world so suddenly/With so many people depending on me/I only wish that there'd been more time for goodbye/I couldn't speak but I tried

    Now I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds/I hear you at night, when you cry out loud/Here, there's no pain, there's no fear/But I can see my house from up here

    If a streetlamp burns out as you pass underneath/Or you swear someone's there so you turn round to see/Or the radio's on and they keep playin' our song/And you fall back through time's open door/
    That's me tryin' to touch you once more

    Now I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds/Move on with your life, go make me proud/Here, I'm away but I'm always near/'Cause I can see my house...from up here

Here

by Cheley Tackett

Released 2005
Released 2005
"Here" ranges from slammin' earthy southern rock to soaring pop ballads to intimate singer/songwriter stories.
  • 04:15 Lyrics
    Homegrown

    Grandaddy worked for the steel mill/That brought the boom into river town/Fed nine mouths with blue collar hands/Earned his keep by the sweat of his brow

    Home was the foothills of Appalachia/Where country's more than music, it's the way of life/And same as the bluegrass growin' in the holler/And the moonshine

    Grandaddy he was homegrown/Proud, flag-wavin' patriot son/This heartland's backbone/Homegrown/Perseverin', God-fearin', America's own

    Daddy joined up no one forced his hand/Shipped out to fight in Vietnam/Came back a Purpe Heart a forever changed man. But he still loves Uncle Sam

    My daddy he's homegrown/Proud, flag-wavin' patriot son/This heartland's backbone/Homegrown/Perseverin', God-fearin', America's own

    Lord, let me live a simple life/I pray for fertile fields and open skies/And to lay my head down every night still free/Oh Lord keep me

    Homegrown/Proud, flag-wavin' patriot/This heartland's backbone/Homegrown/Perseverin', God-fearin', America's own

  • 04:31 Lyrics
    Play the One I Like

    Hey Mr. DJ it's me again Looks like it's gonna be another sleepless night You must be tired of the same old request But could you please play the one I like Where the guy gets the girl And they take on the world With nothing but their hopes and their dreams And by the second verse For better or worse She promises she'll never leave Just for a moment It'll make me feel alright So could you play the one I like No, I'm not crazy I know she ain't comin' back Even if I hear the song a million times But it tells the story of the life we had So could you please play the one I like REPEAT CHORUS (twice) Will you play the one I like - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 05:16 Lyrics
    Sky Is Falling

    Haven't you heard California just went and fell off into the ocean/ And the axis of the earth tilted back six degrees now we're spinnin' in slow motion/Media man on the AP wire says there's a raging forest fire burnin' up hte Amazon/Went and smoked a monkey right outta them trees and he's carryin' some damned mutated disease and it's bound to kill us all And the sky is falling down Don't you know the sky is falling down Alien cult fortells apocalypse and they're praying from crop circles in the sticks to the mothership UFO/Primetime preacher cryin' end of times and he's countin' on your every last nickel and dime to save his soul/Nostradamus 34th quatrain, John 3:16, another big bang sent to seal our doom/With an asteroid on a collision course that's driven by Jesus and four dark horses and they're gonna be here anytime soon 'cause The sky is falling down Don't you know the sky is falling down down down We got walls crumbling on the temple mount/Wr got radioactive battlegrounds/We got suicide kids in Jerusalem sand makin' a holy mess out of the holy land/Gotta raise in paranormal activity, got an internet full of conspiracy, a machine on the other side of that screen doin' it's best to get you to believe The sky is falling down Don't you know the sky is falling down down down - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 05:18 Lyrics
    Jerusalem Ridge

    Bluebirds sang from the bluegrass in the dewy Sunday morn We stood silent by the window Granny said they were blessed creatures from the Lord And good omen to our christian home And they sang from high atop Jerusalem Ridge With Kentucky's fair Rosine for their view Where the wind carries the song of a pearl mandolin To yonder's palest shade of wild blue Unto yonder's palest shade of wild blue Grandaddy gave the sermon for the twilight service Spoke of Jesus and John the Baptist Then called all souls to redemption and we lifted our voices As sunlight struggled through the stained glass And we sang from high atop Jerusalem Ridge With Kentucky's fair Rosine for their view Where the wind carries the song of an old gospel hymn To yonder's palest shade of wild blue Unto yonder's palest shade of wild blue We laid Grandaddy to rest 'neath the chinaberry tree Granny went to God near two years later With bluebirds painted on the pinebox to join the melody The angels sang as they took her Singin' How Great Thou Art, The Old Rugged Cross, Blue Moon of Kentucky keep on shinin', and Amazing Grace From high atop Jerusalem Ridge With Kentucky's fair Rosine for their view Where the wind carries the song of a pearl mandolin To yonder's palest shade of wild blue Unto yonder's palest shade of wild blue - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    Good For Me

    Never would've struck this match/never would've started back/this cigarette'd be my last/if I knew what was good for me Never would've bought this drink/never would've gone beyond the brink/I'd a told 'em to pour the damned thing down the sink/if I knew what was good for me But I learn things the hard way/time and time again Never would've said hello/never would've danced so slow/I'd have settled my tab and headed home/if I knew what was good for me But I learn things the hard way/time and time and time and time again No, I never would've said that first hello, never would have gave my heart and soul, and Lord knows I'd learn to let you go, if I knew what was good for me - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 03:52 Lyrics
    Fried Chicken

    Milk duds, ligtnin' bugs, sweet cherry wine chug-a-lug chug-a-lug/gone fishin' skinny dippin' she tried to whip the devil around the stump Oh my my shoo fly pie Whistle dixie while the world rolls by/the only thing sacred to my southern upbringin was the sunday sermon and my mama's fried chicken But with a sweet talk and a slow drawl/she wasn't no stick in the red clay mud/moonstruck and with lady luck i lost more than the tailgate tot he back of that truck singin' Oh my my shoo fly pie/whistle dixie while that world rolls by/the only thing sacred to my southern upbrining was the sunday sermon and my mama's fried chicken Oh no everybody knows showed up sunday mornin' in saturday night's clothes/Holy smokes I swear I didn't know it was the preacher's freaky daughter that I didn't get home Oh my my shoo fly pie/whistle dixie while that world rolls by/the only thing sacred to my southern upbringing was the sunday sermon and my mama's fried chicken - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 04:52 Lyrics
    Up Here

    I know who shot Kennedy Stonehenge ain't no mystery to me and the Mona Lisa herself told me why she smiled--you won't believe all the things that I see As I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds, I hear you at night when you cry out loud, here there's no pain and there ain't no fear, and I can see my house from up here I saw our Amy's class play, hard to believe she's already eight, and you wished I could be there but how would you know that I was 'Cause I left this world so suddenly, with so many people depending on me, and I only wish that there'd been more time for goodbye--I couldn't speak but I tried Now I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds, and I hear you at night when you cry out loud, here there's no pain and there ain't no fear, and I can see my house from up here If a streetlamp burns out as you pass underneath or you swear someone's there so you turn round to see or the radio's on and they keep playin' our song and you fall back through time's open door, that's me trying to touch you once more Now I walk on the stars, sleep in the clouds, move on with your life, go make me proud, here I'm away but I'm always near, 'cause I can see my house from up here - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

  • 05:06 Lyrics
    Where Is There

    He was thumbin outside of Biloxi, a life stalled at a crossroads lookin' for a sign An old powder blue caddy pulled over squealed to the shoulder to offer him a ride Her silver hair just reached above the dashboard, she stuck out her hand and said "Howdy do! Now I'm gonna put the Lord's Good Book between us and if you don't hurt me, I won't hurt you And I don't care where you've been it's about where you're goin' where you're goin' and knowin' how to get there, there's a way and a plan and a place you belong, it's been there all along, we need to find, where is there Some folks say I'm like Mother Theresea but I'm borna again Baptist and I sure ain't no saint, I've had my own share of detours got twisted turned of course, and it took a helping hand to set me straight So I don't care where you've been it's about where you're goin', where you're goin' and knowin how to get there, there's a way and a plan and a place you belong, it's been there all along, we need to find where is there You and me we don't know where we're destined, you're a young soul tryin' to find your way on earth, I'm just an old lady tryin' to reach heav'n So I don't care where you've been it's about where you're goin', where you're goin' and knowin' how to get there, there's a way and a plan and a place you belong, it's been there all along we need to find where is there" - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/here_cd/#sthash.9GLBHAoM.dpuf

NOTES
Armed with a rich, soulful voice and songwriting talent that shines even in the writing Mecca of Nashville, Cheley Tackett stands poised to break into the mainstream while retaining her indie feel. Her debut CD "When We Knew It All" earned the Just Plain Folks Award for Country Song of the Year in 2001. Her song "Penny Wishes" won the top prize in the country category at the 2002 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North …
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When We Knew It All

by cheley tackett

Released 2001
Released 2001
Country music just got better. Image driven songs incorporating folk & pop influences with soulful delivery from a Nashville singer/songwriter with her star on the rise.
  • 04:36 Lyrics
    When We Knew It All

    Pebbles and tar clicked through our spokes As we rode down daylight on that gravel road And our parents voices fell off in the distance yellin' "Kids it's time to come home" But there were adventures to seek, trails to blaze, And buried treasure left hidden at the end of the day For young explorers to discover And still make it home for Disney by eight We were invincible we were untouchable The world was at our feet and the mighty would never fall And in our innocence and inexperience No one could tell us different when we knew it all Mud and grass stuck to our heels As we partied past midnight in that ol' field Couples stealin' kisses by the bonfire That first love seemed so real Racin' the backroads pushin' seventy-five Tryin' to get everybody home on time Late for curfew again while our parents waited To give us a piece of their minds But we were invincible we were untouchable The world was at our feet and the mighty would never fall And in our innocence and inexperience No one could tell us different when we knew it all We were kings and queens with endless dreams in those glory days Now we're nine to five with common lives but we still hold a trace of when We were invincible, untouchable The world was at our feet and the mighty would never fall And in our innocence and inexperience No one could tell us different No one could tell us different No one could tell us different when we knew it all - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 02:36 Lyrics
    Round

    So you think that you're in with the in crowd Walking round lookin' all smug Mr. can't- be- outdone can't see in the long run Tables might turn so you better wake up Hey there big shot another day's comin' ready or not Day in day out the world spins round and round (and around and around and around) So learn to laugh and love and sing You'll be surprised by what they bring The only guarantee I've found Is everything that goes around comes around Don't you remember what your mama always said now Live your life by the golden rule Everday's a gift and you get what you give Better do unto others as you'd have 'em do you Hey there hot shot another day's comin' ready or not Day in day out the world spins round and round (and around and around and around) (Round and around and around and around) So learn to laugh and love and sing You'll be surprised by what they bring The only guarantee I've found Is everything that goes around comes around (Round and around and around and around Round and around and around and around Round and around and around and around) - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 03:12 Lyrics
    Little Feet in a Big Shoe

    Just four years born in this world Mama's high heeled shoes and big blue eyes and curls Walkin' across the hardwood floor It won't be long 'til they're not too big anymore Little feet in a big shoe Gotta whole lot of walkin' to do just to fill 'em up Big world and a short life Takin' steps for the first time and it's a little tough You never know what path to take There's some dirt roads and some highways The direction's up to you Little feet in a big shoe He's a young man leavin' home His daddy says son there's just so much you don't know I've been right there where you stand and It takes more than eighteen years to be a man Little feet in a big shoe Gotta whole lot of walkin' to do just to fill 'em up Big world and a short life Takin' steps for the first time and it's a little tough You never know what path to take There's some dirt roads and some highways The direction's up to you Little feet in a big shoe She wore her mama's high heeled shoes on her wedding day And as he slipped the ring on her hand he could hear his daddy say Little feet in a big shoe Gotta whole lot of walkin' to do just to fill 'em up Big world and a short life Takin' steps for the first time and it's a little tough You never know what path to take There's some dirt roads and some highways The direction's up to you Little feet in a big shoe - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 05:19 Lyrics
    Penny Wishes

    She had a smile filled with daisies and a laugh that fell like summer rain She picked pennies from the south track left by folks who still believed in trains She'd hear the echo of the whistle and ride the sound to the state line On a gentle road to nowhere lost on Alabama time She'd throw that copper in the creekbed the old well long ago ran dry But if all you got are penny wishes creekbeds works just fine She lost her childhood at thirteen the day her mama died And her innocence at fifteen to broken promises and lies At eighteen she took off for the city with a simple heart and starry eyes Her whole life packed in just one suitcase and dreams brighter than the city lights Whenever she felt homesick she'd stroll down to the park's south side 'Cause when you're short on creekbeds Bethesda fountain works just fine She never got her big break but she found a happy life In the arms of a good man with sapphire blue eyes Had a child two winters later and named her Caroline After the saddest song she ever heard from a Texas poet she'd long admired She takes her daughter to the south pier pail full of pennies by their side 'Cause creekbeds and city fountains and rivers work just fine And from the palm of her only child her penny wishes still fly - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 03:05 Lyrics
    Long As I Have You

    There's a gentle breeze blowin' Sun's high up in the sky Got the top rolled down take a spin around Perfect day for a drive Got the Eagles on the radio Your hand brushin' through my hair There's a peaceful easy feelin' Floatin' through the air Long as I have you my troubles fade away You're a little piece of heaven you're my saving grace Got the world on my shoulders but you carry the weight Nothin' baby that I can't get through long as I have you Stop off for a picnic On the bank of Grissom's creek Can't resist gotta steal a kiss Beneath the shade of the willow tree It's just you and me together Not another soul in sight And just so long as you never let go Everything's gonna be alright Long as I have you my toubles fade away You're a little piece of heaven you're my saving grace Got the world on my shoulders but you carry that weight Nothin' baby that I can't get through long as I have you - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 03:51 Lyrics
    Mississippi Sunshine

    Mississippi sunshine Mississippi rain Muddy water rollin' goin' back again Been too long time away from Delta plain Mississippi sunshine Mississippi rain Shade of the sweet magnolia lazy standard time Pass that Southern Comfort everybody feelin' fine Mississippi sunshine Mississippi rain Muddy water rollin' goin' back again Ain't gonna pick no cotton ain't gonna wear no shoes Lord I ain't forgotten how to pick them blues Way down on the bayou freshwater catfish fry Cold brew in the icebox bring a tear to your eye Mississippi sunshine Mississippi rain Muddy water rollin' goin' back again Been too long time away from Delta plain Mississippi sunshine Mississippi rain Mississippi sunshine Mississippi moon Big wheels rollin' goin' back there soon - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 04:16 Lyrics
    Just Feelin' a Little Lonely

    I must've seen the show on the tv About a hundred times You know I'd turn it to something else But this set only picks up channel five Forgive me for calling so late I forgot I'm an hour behind Are you sure it's ok I can call back another time But I was just feelin' a little lonely I was just lookin' a little lost I thought it might be only That it's been awhile since we've talked And I was just feelin' a little guilty I haven't called in so long I was just a little lonely No nothing's really wrong Well things here are fine and the town's ok But it's sure not home I suppose I'd be better if I got out more But I don't know a soul So tell me how's your new job Yeah you're right, guess it's not so new Well I won't keep you long I'm sure you have plenty of better things to do REPEAT CHORUS I was just feelin' a little lonely No nothing's really wrong - See more at: http://www.cheleytackett.com/when_we_knew_it_all_cd/#sthash.2arKX5rS.dpuf

  • 04:27
    When We Knew It All *bonus track*
NOTES
"The first time I heard Cheley was around four years ago at a writer's club in Nashville. I was instantly drawn to her voice. I've heard literally thousands of singers during my career as a songwriter/producer and I've heard a lot of very good singers. Every now and then however, you hear someone who REALLY makes youwant to listen to what they're saying and Cheley does that. I'm definately a fan and once you …
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