Buckeye

by Cheley Tackett

Released 2017
National Road Records
Released 2017
National Road Records
If Tom Petty and Mary Chapin Carpenter had a music baby, it might sound something like "Buckeye."
  • 04:23 Lyrics
    Bitter Girl

    BITTER GIRL

    (Cheley Tackett/Robert K. Wolf) 

     

    Bone dry without a drop of rain

    You looked for love in vain

    Bitter girl

     

    Good man (at) least for a little while

    Until he stole your smile

    Bitter girl

     

    Dead-on right, you’ve had a hard life

     

    Scars don’t heal easy as they used to/is that what’s killin’ you

    (You) live each breath fightin’ with an enemy/haunts your memory

    Angry at an angry world, bitter girl

     

    Blue sky, you say it weighs you down

    You learned to hang the clouds

    Bitter girl

     

    Stranded out here where nothin’ grows

    You and your shadow

    Bitter girl

     

    Dead on right, another day goes by

     

    (Repeat Chorus) 

     

    Sour years salt filled tears left a bad taste on your lips

    Think you’re stuck but you make your own luck with love & forgiveness, sweet forgiveness

     

    (Repeat Chorus) 

  • 03:11 Lyrics
    All She Knows Is Rain

    ALL SHE KNOWS IS RAIN

    (Lisa Carver/Cheley Tackett/Robert K. Wolf)

     

     Six years old watchin’ cartoons in a trailer reeks of cigarettes

    Mama’s long gone and Daddy’s out cold on his cloud of barbiturates

    And she’s right at home all alone

    Ain’t no use to cry

     

    When all you’ve ever known

    Is broken glass & dust

    You learn to say hello

    But goodbye’s all you trust

    How’s she s’posed to know not to run away

    When all she knows is rain

     

    Seventeen she learned fast slingin’ hash ain’t no ticket out

    She rented smiles and slept her way right out of East Youngstown

    But she pulls a storm

    And makes it pour everywhere she goes

     

    (Repeat Chorus)

     

    I held the girl behind the smile we were sunshine for awhile

    But she ain’t wired that way

     

    Oooooohhhh

    Ohhhhhhhhh

    All She Knows Is Rain

    (Carver/Tackett/Wolf 3/18/14)

     

    Six years old watchin’ cartoons in a trailer reeks of cigarettes

    Mama’s long gone and Daddy’s out cold on his cloud of barbiturates

    And she’s right at home all alone

    Ain’t no use to cry

     

    When all you’ve ever known

    Is broken glass & dust

    You learn to say hello

    But goodbye’s all you trust

    How’s she s’posed to know not to run away

    When all she knows is rain

     

    Seventeen she learned fast slingin’ hash ain’t no ticket out

    She rented smiles and slept her way right out of East Youngstown

    But she pulls a storm

    And makes it pour everywhere she goes

     

    When all you’ve ever known

    Is broken glass & dust

    You learn to say hello

    But goodbye’s all you trust

    How’s she s’posed to know not to run away

    When all she knows is rain

     

    I held the girl behind the smile we were sunshine for awhile

    But she ain’t wired that way

     

    Oooooohhhh

    Ohhhhhhhhh

    (Repeat Chorus)

     

  • 03:39 Lyrics
    $2 Bill

    $2 BILL

    (Mark Stephen Jones/Cheley Tackett)

    I've got a two dollar bill i a drawer

    Grandad gave it to me the day I turned four

    So long as it's there, I'll never be poor

    So I've got a two dollar bill in my drawer

     

    I wear this pair of old cowboy boots

    They fit better now than they did brand new

    From all those Saturday nights dancing' with you

    So, I wear this pair of old cowboy boots

     

    But I ain't sentimental

    And I ain't no hanger on


    I've got this memory of you in your bath

    With your wet skin, and your red toes, your head back and eyes closed

    But now I don't even know where you're at

    So, I keep that memory of you in your bath

     

    But I ain't sentimental

    And I ain't no hanger on

     

     

     

  • 04:34 Lyrics
    The Healer

    THE HEALER

    (Randall Clay/Cheley Tackett)

     

    The Healer

     

    Reached out hand, thrown fist

    A hard word, a blown kiss

    Dream maker, sleep stealer

    You can be the breaker or the healer

     

    Random bullet, Kevlar vest

    The Civil War or The Gettysburg Address

    Cold life taker, new life breather

    You can be the breaker or the healer

     

    Either one’s as easy as the other

    Neither one’s really all that hard

    Just because your sometimes one more than the other

    That don’t mean that that’s who you are

     

    You can be thecrow or the sparrow

    The olive branch or the arrows

    Soul forsaker/Faith revealer

    You can be the breaker or the healer

     

    Either one’s as easy as the other

    Neither one is really all that hard

    Just because your sometimes one more than the other

    That don’t mean that that’s who you are

     

    Reached out hand, thrown fist

    A hard word, a blown kiss

    Take a good long look in the mirror

    Are you the breaker or the healer?

    Cause you can be the breaker but you could be the healer? 

     

  • 04:55 Lyrics
    My Best Dress

    MY BEST DRESS

    (Randall Clay/Ashley McBryde/Cheley Tackett)

     

    My true love came home alive

    From the bloodshed at Shiloh

    To find my hand given to another man

    On the other side of the Ohio

     

    Pa sold off every mule he had

    And mama’s only piece of silver

    As the railroad reached from Lexington

    He had ‘em harvest all our timber

     

    I gave all that we had left

    So he’d pay off my Daddy’s debt

    I wore white with innocence

    And he got blood on my best dress

     

    There was nothing gentle about this man

    And his baby grew inside me

    Before I died by his hand

    I prayed my true love would find me

     

    Whiskey & wickedness

    He cursed the Bible & my Sunday best

    I mourned a child that I never met

    And he got blood on my best dress

     

    The only chore that I had left

    Was to pull the wash down off the line

    Dogs were barking so he stood up

    Slipped on his boots and stepped outside

     

    I heard a gunshot from the west

    Bullet sank deep in his chest

    He grabbed the line with his last breath

    And he got blood on my best dress

     

    My true love came home alive

    From the bloodshed at Shiloh

    To find my hand given to another man

    On the other side of the Ohio

     

  • 03:52 Lyrics
    Never Could Leave

    NEVER COULD LEAVE

    (Lisa Carver/Ashley McBryde/Cheley Tackett)

     

    Were you really gonna sit there

    And act like you didn’t feel me walk in

    If that’s how you wanna play this I’ll play this

    Game with you again

    Like the last time was the last time

     

    I know better tonight

    You’re somewhere I don’t belong

    But you’re here and you know me

    I should be going home

    I never could leave well enough alone

     

    Damndest thing about a lover

    Is they’ll always be somewhere you’ve been

    And you’re left with the knowin’, their secrets,

    What it takes to do ‘em in

    Baby the less I do the more that you want me to

     

    (Repeat Chorus)

           

    You always loved me to wait make you be the one to break down

    I love the way you let me take my time and drag it out

     

  • 03:27 Lyrics
    Heavy Heart

    HEAVY HEART

    (Cheley Tackett)

     

     

    Sky curved gray and the air cut weird

    I think nobody’d notice if I disappeared

    Into the shadows thrown through the storm

    The static she cradles uncomfortably warm

    The static she cradles uncomfortably warm

     

    I spin trying to understand

    I’ve been recovering my loss

    Civilization speeds by with a million fresh starts

    I fall behind holding my heavy heart

    I’m falling behind holding my heavy heart

     

    Had one second of sunshine that second split apart

    In the tangle of time I lost who you are

    The weight of the world plus a 20 ton ache

    How laden does a heart get ‘fore she goes on and breaks

    How laden does a heart get ‘fore she goes on and breaks

     

    I spin trying to understand

    I’ve been recovering my loss

    Civilization speeds by with a million fresh starts

    I fall behind holding my heavy heart

    I’m falling behind holding my heavy heart

     

    Sky curved gray and the air cut weird

    I think nobody’d notice if I disappeared

    I think nobody’d notice if I disappeared

  • 03:18 Lyrics
    Ohio

    OHIO

    (Neil Young)


    Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming

    We're finally on our own

    This summer I hear the drumming

    Four dead in Ohio

     

    Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down

    Shoulda been done long ago

    What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground

    Why would you run when you know

     

    Na na na na na na na na....

     

    Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down

    Shoulda been done long ago

    What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground

    Why would you run when you know

     

    Tin soldiers and Nixon's coming

    We're finally on our own

    This summer I hear the drumming

    Four dead in Ohio

    Na na na na na na na na....

     

     

     

     

     

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    Crucible Steel

    CRUCIBLE STEEL

    (Ashley McBryde/Cheley Tackett)

     

    My roots go deep a good 6 feet in this ground

    If you’re here son you was born here and ain’t figured your way out

    They ain’t moved a scrap since nineteen seven and nine

    But some ol’ haunt must be up there keepin’ fire in the sky

     

    FDR put “Old Suzie” to use

    Makin’ quarter ton munitions for the red, white, & blue

    Son we built the backbone of the American dream

    Now Uncle Sam has to feed us and our river don’t run clean

     

    Grandma’s rockin’ on the porch just a waitin’ on Jesus

    Mama’s pacin’ back and forth, sweepin’ a clean floor

    Daddy don’t dream no more

     

    Virgin pine and a legacy of steel

    Kept Hanging Rock alive with the iron in these hills

    Now, we’re all dyin’ slow from politics and pills

     

    Grandma’s rockin’ on the porch just a waitin’ on Jesus

    Mama’s pacin’ back and forth, sweepin’ a clean floor

    Grandma’s rockin’ on the porch waitin’ on Jesus

    Mama’s pacin’ back and forth, sweepin’ a clean floor

    Daddy don’t dream no more

  • 03:46 Lyrics
    Used to Feel Good

    USED TO FEEL GOOD

    (Cheley Tackett/Rob Wolf)

     

     It used to feel good

    To hold you in the mornin’ like the world was gone

    With the windows wide open to greet the sun…knowin’ you’re the one

    Yes it would, it used to feel good

     

    To hear the baby giggle through her one toothed grin

    Love the perfect life we were livin’ in…way back then

    Now it feels better than I ever thought it could

    And it used to feel good

     

    Real life happened kept us askin’

    How on earth can we do this anymore

    Made us stronger, brought us closer

    Than we’d ever been before

     

    So much has changed

    Faster than imagination dreams it up

    Look what time and circumstance have done to us…and our love

    Ain’t it strange so much has changed

     

    Real life happened kept us askin’

    How on earth can we do this anymore

    Made us stronger, brought us closer

    Than we’d ever been before

     

    It used to feel good

    To hold you in the mornin’ like the world was gone

    With the windows wide open to greet the sun

    Knowin’ you’re the one

    Now it feels better than I ever thought it could…and it used to feel good

  • 04:38 Lyrics
    Magic Still Happens

    MAGIC STILL HAPPENS

    (Lisa Carver/Steff Mahan/Cheley Tackett) 

     

    Sweet ol’ lady countin’ her pennies in the grocery line she was short a dime

    Hers eyes fell, she apologized, and put the blueberries back

    I was standin’ behind the college kid who was watchin’ her & I watched him dig

    A five out of his pocket. He whispered “I got this.’

     

    She smiled through tears said “Honey you didn’t have to do that”

    But her voice cracked…

     

    Just when I’ve lost my faith in humanity

    Feels like the whole damned world’s rollin’ right downhill
    Some soul steps up pulls a miracle right in front of me

    Remindin’ me that love is real and magic still happens

     

    I left that store a little changed what didn’t seem like much meant everything

    Still holding on to a spark of hope that stranger threw my way

    When I came across the homeless guy with his faithful dog I usually walk on by

    Stopped for a minute, gave him my sandwich and asked their names

     

    Hungry as he was the second he got it unwrapped

    That dog got first half

     

    Just when I’ve lost my faith in humanity

    Feels like the whole damned world’s rollin’ right downhill
    Some soul steps up pulls a miracle right in front of me

    Remindin’ me that love is real and magic still happens

     

    Saw the sign at the corner bookstore blew me away

    Read times are hard and books can heal help yourself if you can’t pay

    Did you hear about the girl who had her eyes on first place

    Stayed behind to help her fallen rival finish the race 

NOTES
Brick Briscoe, Host of WNIN's The Song Show, described his initial impression of "Buckeye" with "three songs in and they are all badass!" Roughstock.com describes her as "...a remarkable vocalist....Imagine Allison Moorer's blissfully soulful voice and you've got yourself a good comparison for Cheley." Maverick, the UK's leading independent country music magazine has this to say about Cheley: "One of the most powerful, soulful singers in the business, she writes with the deep confidence and total abandon that only a true artist is capable of."