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Amarillo


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johnwhitehead

 Genre: Bluegrass

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Band mates (Blue Yodel No.9) and I cut four tracks live in the studio to use as a demo for coffeehouse gigs. This #2 out of four. Sorta of a country thang. Would love to track this one day with steel, fiddle, harmonica. A song about being home sick.
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Lyrics
Amarrillo

There’s something ‘bout this place that always keeps me comin’ back, Amarillo
You see cows in all directions on the flat and dusty track in Amarillo
I got bills to pay and friends who know the truck I drive in Amarrilo
Had my share of nasty scrapes, guess I’m lucky to be alive, Amarillo

Still have more dreams than I’ve regrets
I ‘m doubled down but I’m not finished laying bets
Ooh you’re in my system yet , Amarillo

Been working down in Houston but I send my paychecks back to Amarillo
Where my sweet Juanita waits inside a little bungalow beneath the willows
We drive out to the canyon and watch the clouds makin’ patterns on the hoodoos
And we’re careful drivin’ back, cuz those Texas two-lane gravel roads can fool you

You ain’t from around here or you’d know the reason why
Lookin’ out for miles beneath a blue umbrella sky
Ooh might spread my wings and fly back to Amarillo

Bridge:

There’s other towns with higher ground where I make better pay
But shopping malls with waterfalls don’t make me wanna stay
And glass and steel and fancy wheels may glitter in the sun
But there’s just one place that I wannabe when day is done

The first thought when I wake up and the last before my heads hits the pillow
is the sound of tires on gravel as I turn into the drive in Amarillo
I wind the clock again but its no use ‘cuz the time is draggin’ real slow
And I’ll count the hours and minutes till I get myself back to Amarillo

Still have more dreams than I’ve regrets
I ‘m doubled down but I m not finished laying bets
Ooh you’re in my system yet Amarillo




Song Stats
Hits: 3642
Comments: 22
Fans: 16
Plays: 141
Downloads: 107
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Jul 18, 2009 - 01:27:46 AM
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2009 - 01:27:46 AM Last Played: Sep 26, 2017 - 03:08:16 PM
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Feter said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Amarillo
O my ..what a spirited song ..I loved how your
dealt with your guitar ..the bass so solid behind
you ..that richin the song ...indeed the dobro
is fantastic (by the is it real playing ?) ...
perfect lyrics ...but what s more impressive
here is your vocal ...man ...hats off to you !
thnx alot for sharin such gem !!!!

*What a lucky night for me two of my fav Mjers
posted two bluegrass songs :-)
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bronco said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Sweet sounding
who are the other members of the band? Is that you on the vocal and guitar? Sounded great - just the kind of pleasant country song that makes you feel good. Music just carries you along for a nice walk/ride in the country with a sweet breeze blowing.
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Daugrin said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Amadillo
Yea, no R. We talked about this...Thanks for posting here John. Classic stuff, peerless red dirt ballad.

Daug
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daibhre said 3071 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Killer
Fav'd again. Really like your music, John. Pass along my appreciation to your mates, too. Could listen all day.
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gail60 said 3070 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
AMARILLO ----- ALRIGHT!!!!
I live in Amarillo and have all my life. This is now my new favorite song! :) You really did a wonderful job and this is just one sweet song. I agree with the lyrics totally. No place like home for me. Thanks for the smiles!!
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johnwhitehead said 3070 days ago (July 18th, 2009)
Thanks
That's so cool coming from a native. Only on MJ does a guy from St. Paul write a song about Texas and the gets instant feedback from Texas. Thanks for the comment. I've only been to your fair city once, many moons ago. Always loved the name, though. Full disclosure: was starved for images and looked up the part about hoo doos on the internet!
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chestnut said 3069 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
Amarillo
Highly listenable! You have a good way with words, John. Thanks for the song and its easy-going arrangement with some fine musicians. Nice!
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tempie said 3069 days ago (July 20th, 2009)
Amarillo
hey man i dig this. really nice listen. i've spent a lot of time in amarillo and this tune captures the good side of the place really well, the side that sticks in your mind long after you leave. and all the way from MN! that's some long distance longing there.
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Lennon714 said 3067 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
smooth vocals
The meter made me think of Steve Earle, but your vocals are much, much smoother. Not a dig against Steve at all, of course. Again, great story with perfect simple-man philosophy in "Still have more dreams than I’ve regrets". Love it.
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johnwhitehead said 3067 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
smooth
I'm a BIG fan of Steve's. Some people can't get past his limitations as a singer. But I just love his songwriting so damn much. My band currently covers "Dixieland" among a few others. Thanks for the attaboy. I'm still trying to find my voice as a singer. Gaining confidence, but still hard to listen to playbacks. Read a little of your interview and enjoyed it. You're one of my faves here, bud.
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tmcfate said 3067 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
impressed with the song
did you live in........amarillo? i am really impressed with the song and story here. it really conveys the emotion. again great playing. glad i found you .....or you found me! one way or the other
tim
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kassia said 3064 days ago (July 25th, 2009)
soft as a summer breeze
I love your voice, smooth and gentle. This is folk-country at it's best. A beautiful song, beautifully performed.
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susi2 said 3062 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
Lovely
Finally I managed to find the link to the place where I can listen to the whole tune. It's gorgeous, really nice.
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ThroughRivers said 3061 days ago (July 28th, 2009)
wow!!!
i absolutly luv this track!! the recording is so clean and the instruments all in the right place. your vocals are amazing perfectly suited for this song. how i wish i was you!!! haha thanks for sharing such a fantastic song!!
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crissew said 3057 days ago (August 1st, 2009)
Wow
Loved this song. Downloaded and faved. I would consider it country or pop more than bluegrass.
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crissew said 3057 days ago (August 1st, 2009)
By the way
People were making vocal comparisons. I would say you kind of have a Don Williams thing goin on.
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Moviz said 3055 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Are you sure
you're not performing on the radio you guys? Everything is so 'in place' regarding lyrics, instrumentation, vocals and of course ability, that it sounds so easy.... and I'm wondering if that's what makes something sound as good as your stuff does i.e. that it sounds as if it all came so 'easy'. Lovely work, regards M
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johnwhitehead said 3054 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
thanks
for the very kind comments, Maurice. In response, I might offer that I had the chance to perform this live as a solo and then with the band maybe a dozen times before we recorded it. So we got really comfortable with the arrangement, etc. I find that hugely helpful to the recording process. Cheers, John
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davisamerica said 3015 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
...how can a guy
in Saint Paul nail such a Texas classic???? ...amazing you....
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alackbass said 2848 days ago (February 26th, 2010)
Elegant & Beautiful!
Great vocal! This has real country/pop hit potential. The melody flows so elegantly allowing the words to flow naturally. The entrance of the 2nd guitar at :55 is such a simple and effective arranging device. This is truly pro stuff!
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MarkHolbrook said 2640 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Yup
loving your style. It seems you can just cut a track and its a perfect hit. Your style comes easy and plays sweet. Nicely done!
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Dobrothunder said 2639 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Authentic Country
It's nice to hear country done the right way.
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Name: John Whitehead
Location: Saint Paul MN United States
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I've been singing and playing since the age of fourteen when my brother Paul was working his way through the Beatle book and needed someone to play with. From Paul I learned to fingerpick, play barre chords, and to sing the melody while he sang harmo... [see more]

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