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Wildroots Sessions VOlume 2

Produced by Stephen Dees

Words: Stephen Dees

Music: Stephen Dees, Bryan Bassett

You know love sometimes can be a selfish thing

All give and no gettin’ back

But girl the way you give your love to me, I owe baby and that's a fact.

 

I O U for lovin' me the way that you do

I O U I'm gonna pay you back, with a love that is true

 

If our love was a mountain, I'd climb to the very top

Shout it out to the world, what you do for me girl

Tell me that you'll never stop

 

I O U for lovin' me the way that you do

I O U I'm gonna pay you back, with a love that is true

 

No other man could ever lead me away, from your sweet lovin arms

And I'm gonna pay a little each day, with interest babe'

Straight from the heart

 

How did this girl get so lucky, playing at loves game of chance?

I drew the queen of hearts became a winner

now I'll never lose at romance

 

I O U for lovin' me the way that you do

I O U I'm gonna pay you back, with a love that is true…

 

Copyright © 1991 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

Lazy Little Daisy (feat. Anthony “Packrat” Thompson)

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Listen up people I got to tell about my little Daisy; man she ain’t nothin’ but lazy!

 

When I first met that gal of mine she had a lot of get up and go;

but as the years go passin’ by, she ain’t nothin’ but slow.

She’s so lazy; my do nothin’ spouse,

pure lazy, layin’ around the house.

She’d better change her lazy ways, I might have to put her out, that lazy little Daisy of mine.

 

Now all she wanna do is watch TV and snack,

when she can’t take another bite. It’s time to take a nap.

She’s so lazy, my do nothin’ spouse,

pure lazy, layin’ around the house.

She’d better change her lazy ways, I might have to put her out,

that lazy little Daisy of mine. All the time..

 

I can’t complain about the lovin’ when we’re shaggin’ in the sack,

she still do pretty good, lying flat on her back!

She’s so lazy, my do nothin’ spouse, pure lazy,

layin’ around the house.

She’d better change her lazy ways, I might have to put her out, that lazy little Daisy of mine

 

She better get herself together

I might have to put her out, that lazy little Daisy of mine. All the time.

Lazy. How could one woman be so lazy. Lord have mercy.

She better get herself together, I might have to put her out, that lazy little Daisy of mine. Have mercy.

Copyright © 02/13/2012 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

Long Way to Go (feat. Reba Russell & Patricia Ann Dees)

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Moses was a holy man; led his people to the promise land

40 years of desert sand; pain and misery

Moses never lost his faith, though the hour was getting late

Down a long hard road and we still have a long way to go.

   

See the soul of Abraham, in the eyes of a righteous man,

God’s children all take a hand, join in revelry

Hallelujah sound the call, house divided will surely fall

Down a long hard road and we still have a long way to go.

 

History of sorrows, gonna change tomorrow someday

We've gotta change.

We will overcome if we let love guide the way.

 

Brother King was a preacher man; drew the line, made a stand

Had a dream all men could live, in peace and brotherhood

Gave his life for what he believed, freedom, justice, equality

Down a long hard road, and we still have a long way to go.

Long long way to go!

 

History of sorrows, gonna change tomorrow someday

We’ve got to make a change. Yes, we do.

And we will overcome if we let love guide the way.

 

See the soul of Abraham, in the eyes of a righteous man,

God’s children all take a hand, join in revelry

Hallelujah sound the call, a house divided will surely fall

Down a long hard road and we still have a long way to go.

Down a long hard road and we still have a long way to go

Long Way.

Copyright © 02/27/2008 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

 

The Bad Seed (feat. Dyer Davis)

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

Well, I heard what you did, down in old Madrid

The way you hurt that boy; I could have sworn he was dead

And his sister too, you had to further your thirst

Is it just a habit, were you born with a curse?

 

Why do you water your garden, with the tears from the broken hearted?

So bad, bad, bad, the bad seed.

 

Well, the seeds that you sew, you plant so low

Deceit and deception, you need some correction

When something is lost it’s then that you gain

Down the trail of confusion, an alley of pain

 

Why do you water your garden, with the tears of the broken hearted?

So bad, bad, bad, the bad seed.

Oh yes you are.

 

I never knew someone could be so mean

You’re the devils spawn, of the serpentine

From the root of evil, in a cold dark past

You’re a cool deceiver with the spell that you cast

 

Why do you water your garden, with the tears from the broken hearted?

So bad, bad, bad, the bad seed.

Bad, bad, bad, the bad seed.

Yes, you are. Voodoo child.  

Why you gotta be that way to me.

I night long I put up with it. Go on leave me alone girl.

I ain’t got time for you no more.

Oh yeah, bad seed. Bad seed…

Copyright © 2021 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

 

I Feel Fine (feat. Victor Wainwright)

Words: Stephen Dees

Music: Bryan Bassett/Stephen Dees

Somethin’ good is coming, big fish on the line

I can feel em bitin’, and it’s about time, and I feel fine.         

 

Got my cards on the table, I’m gonna let em ride

You know I’m ready willing and able.

It’s about time, and I feel fine.

 

Driftin’ down the lazy river; high on a sea of dreams

Stay away ole’ man trouble, you’ve got nothing on me

Got a secret in my pocket, blackjack, and a dime.

Gonna burn away all my worries.

It’s about time, and I feel fine.

 

No, I’m not gonna hurry

I’ve got nothing on my mind

I’m gonna kick back and take it easy.

It’s about time, and I feel fine.

It’s about time, I feel fine.

 

Gonna kick back and take it easy baby

On down that lazy river

I ain’t gonna hurry

No more worries

I feel fine

Copyright © 1990 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

 

That Man of Mine (feat. Patricia Ann Dees, Beth McKee, & Reba Russell)

Words: Stephen Dees/Patricia Ann Dees

Music: Stephen Dees

My ole man, he’s a very hep cat.

A cool rockin’ daddy and I like him like that

When he struts his stuff, he rocks my world

He’s my guy and I’m his girl.

He’s so fine. That man of mine.

 

He’s lean and mean my own James Dean.

The prettiest boy I’ve ever seen.

There’s more to the man than meets the eye.

He’s a real straight shooter, a stand-up guy.

 

A soft-spoken man don’t brag too much.

He can turn me on with a simple touch.

He’s always there to lend me a hand.

I’m his woman, (and) he’s my man.

 

Holy Moses, it ain’t no jive.

I love that man about a zillion times

Sakes alive, mercy me

I’m as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree.

Love that man of mine, he’s so fine. 

 

Soft-spoken man don’t brag too much.

He can turn me on with a simple touch.

He’s always there to lend me a hand.

I’m his woman, (and) he’s my man.

 

Holy Moses, it ain’t no jive.

I love that man about a zillion times

Sakes alive, mercy me

I’m as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree.

Love that man of mine, he’s so fine.

Love that man of mine, so fine.

 

He’s got a heart full of soul, a pocket full of rhythm

Don’t know how I got him but I’m sure glad I’m with him

So fine, love that man of mine.

Copyright © 2021 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

The Threads of Time (feat. Mark Hodgson)

 

Words: Stephen Dees

Music: Bryan Bassett/Stephen Dees

From the past I’ve learned to live, with all my mistakes

And out of all the false starts, and all those second takes

Well, there’s just one thing I’d like to change  

That’s when I left that girl of mine.

I must have been out of my mind.

Cause no matter how hard you try.

You can’t unwind the thread of time.

 

Now if I could build a time machine, go back to the past.

Make a change for the better, I’d make a love that would last.

But options not mine, no. I’ve got to leave it all behind.

It’s a dog gone crime.

No matter how hard you try,    

You can’t unwind the thread of time.

 

Now listen up.

The web we weave, well it seals our fate.

There’s no going back when it’s too late.

The thread of time, they’re just like a noose.

It’ll hold you in their grip, you can’t cut loose.

No, no, no.

 

So, if you’ve got a feeling, there’s time for a change.

You better think twice. Before you lose what, you gained.

You might make a real big mistake.

You know I did, I’m not lying, no I’m not lyin’

Cause no matter how hard you try.

You can’t unwind the threads of time.

Copyright © 2021 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

Sweet Louise (feat. Patricia Ann Dees)

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees and Victor Wainwright

You say that you’re not at home

Leave your number at the tone

Sure, is good to hear your voice again, on the telephone

The sun don’t shine quite as bright these days

Without your helping hand to guide my way

I remember good times, such memories

Do you ever think about me.

I’ve been lonely too long…

 

So won’t you. Come on home, sweet Louise                                                                                                                     

The peaches are fallin’ from the trees

There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the breeze

Come on home sweet Louise.

 

Our pictures up on the wall

Ole Savannah, no cares at all

Ain’t been the same since you’ve been gone, it’s all wrong

If I could turn back the hands of time,

When you were twelve and I was nine

You’d never leave your little sister behind, anytime, rain or shine

You’ve been gone far too long

 

Come on home, sweet Louise                                                                                                                    

The peaches are fallin’ from the trees

There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the breeze

Come on home sweet Louise.

 

I’ve been lonely too long…

So won’t you, come on home, sweet Louise                                                                                                                    

The peaches are fallin’ from the trees

There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the breeze

Come on home sweet Louise

 

Come on home, sweet Louise                                                                                                                    

The peaches are fallin’ from the trees

There ain’t nothing shaking but the leaves on the breeze

Come on home sweet Louise,

Come on home sweet Louise

Copyright © 2008 Stephen Leslie Dees / Victor Lawton Wainwright / BMI

 

Working for My Car Blues (feat. Billy Livesay)

Words and Music by: Stephen Dees

Got me a job, sometimes it’s steady

Got me a house, keeps me dry when it rains

Life ain’t too bad, it could be better

If I had just one wish, it would be

 

I wish my car would never break down

I’m losing weight in my wallet every week.

Transmission, rack and pinion,

Tires, brakes, and oil aren’t free

Truth be told you won’t get far, behind the wheel of a broken car

 

I’m workin for my car, I’m workin for my car

Take my money from a jar, they’ll repair my broken car

I ain’t shirkin’ I’m working, working for my car

 

Now down at EJ’s, they claim to fix things

It’s working just like a top, so they say

So, what’s that noise, I hear a sputter

Seems like a government plot this intrigue

 

Now my granddaddy, he likes to tell me

How in the old days cars were “built to last”

Don’t need computers, for our commuters

All that stuff, it ain’t nothin’ but trash

Truth be told you won’t get far, behind the wheel of a broken car.

 

I’m workin for my car, I’m workin for my car

Take my money from a jar, they’ll repair my broken car

I ain’t shirkin’ I’m working, working for my car

 

What you need is cold hard cash, or you’ll be sitting on your ass

 

I’m working for my car, working for my car

Take all my money, repair my broken

I ain’t shirkin’ I’m working, working for my car

 

I’m working, working for car

Yeah, take all my money, just to fix this dog gone car.

No, I ain’t shirkin’ I’m working, working for my car

I ain’t shirkin’ I’m working, working for my car

Copyright © 2017 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI  

 

WildRoot Boogie (feat. Victor Wainwright)

Music by: Stephen Dees

Instrumental

Copyright © 05/31/2012 Stephen Leslie Dees / Robert Thomas / BMI

 

Put Your Hand in the Fire (feat. Stephen Dees & Patricia Ann Dees)

Words and Music: Stephen Leslie Dees

Hey yeah, we’re gonna sing a song here, and you just might learn something.

Hey, hey put your hand in the fire, put your hand in the fire and your hand gets burnt... (repeat) 😊

Copyright © 2006 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

Pile of Blues (feat. Robert “Top” Thomas)

 

Words and Music: Stephen Dees / Victor Wainwright

I done stepped in a big pile of blues.

 

I can’t begin to tell you about the shape I’m in

My hands are shaky and my constitutions thin

I went and put my big foot right in it again

 

I had way too much to drink last night

Can’t quite remember what I did, but I’m sure it wasn’t right

All the things they said I said, got me wishin’ I was dead

 

A disheveled appearance, my first clue

Suspicious remnants left on my shoe

I guess what they said must surely be true

I done stepped in a big pile of blues (pile of blues)

 

My vision impaired I couldn’t see where I was goin’.

Due to my condition, I had no way of knowin’

that I’d wake up on the bathroom floor this mornin’. Lord have mercy.

 

I freely admit this wasn’t me at my best,

Well, I’ve seen better days, but then there’s the rest.

One more failed sobriety test.

I’ve got myself in an awful nasty mess.

I shouldn’t of had that one last drink,

all my ambition’s goin’ down the sink.

Bad behavior led me to the brink.

I done stepped in a big pile of blues.

 

Now every dog has its day, [that’s what they say]

And every child must play.

But too often this ole’ boy gets so very carried away.

 

And I get to thinking… maybe I should change what I do and give up that booze. 

 

I am a victim of my excess.

Fell off the wagon and outta’ the nest,

I stumbled over the 12th step,

I done stepped in a big pile of blues

I done stepped in a big pile of blues

I done stepped in a big pile of blues

Copyright © 2011 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / Victor Lawton Wainwright / BMI

Good Word (feat. Victor Wainwright)

 

Words: Stephen Dees / Victor Wainwright

Music: Stephen Dees

Well, have you heard. Oh, have you heard

Have you heard, have you heard the good word

Well, have you heard, Have you heard

Have you heard the good word

 

Hear the message, it’s in the song

Love is good, can’t be wrong

We’ll have you heard, have you heard

Have you heard, have you heard the good word

 

Seek higher ground, leave room to grow

Walk with the righteous, free your soul

Don’t you hear me brother, don’t you wanna go

Listen sisters, when you’re feelin’ low

 

Open your heart, free your mind

Cast out your fears, leave hate behind

Have you heard, have you heard

Have you heard, have you heard the good word

 

It is not jealous, it does not judge

Only evil will hold a grudge

Board this train, don’t you wait

Get your ticket, it’s not too late

Forget the past, the time has come

Love everybody, love everyone

Have you heard, have you heard

Have you heard, have you heard the good word

 

Walk with me brothers

Walk with me sisters, walk with me everyone, love love love

 

Have you heard, have you heard the word

Copyright © 2008 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / Victor Lawton Wainwright / BMI

 

I Say Amen (feat. Patricia Ann Dees)

Words: Stephen Dees / Patricia Dees
Music: Stephen Dees

We've been through so much, I know you so well
The love between us I know is real
You are the heart and soul of it all
On you I can depend
I say, amen
I say, amen

You and I have weathered some storms
With life what it is, we'll face some more
After the rain and dark clouds have gone
The sun always shines again
I say amen, amen

Our vow reminds us, ties that bind our love, eternally
To have and hold as we grow old, my darlin’
We are one in a sacred trust, forever the two of us
Say it again, amen.

God only knows what tomorrow will bring
As long as we're together we'll face anything
Life without you, is no life at all, our love will never end
I say amen, amen
I said amen, amen

Copyright © 2017 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI

 

Ready When the Day is Done (feat. Brianna Harris)

Words and Music: Stephen Dees

I believe something better one fine day’s bound to come

I’ll be faithful and patient. Lord I pray that it won’t be long

 

Take me down to the river, save my soul Holy son.

Wash away all my sorrow I’ll be ready when the day is done.

Oh, I’ll be ready, when the day is done, yes, I will, oh I’ll be ready

 

Though I walk in the shadow, I am drawn to the light.

I will lay down my burden, save my soul from the long dark night.

 

Let my spirit be lifted on the wings of a dove.

In the glory eternal in the arms of abiding love.

 

Help me lord give me hope in my darkest hour.

Keep me on a just and righteous path.

I’ll seek the truth, embrace the hope one day I’ll be free.

When angels sing songs of joy in perfect harmony.

 

So, take me down to the river, save my soul Holy son.

Wash away all my sorrows, I’ll be ready when the day is done.

I believe something better one fine day’s bound to come

I’ll be faithful and patient. Lord I pray that it won’t be long

Won’t be long. Take me down, take me down to the river.

Copyright © 2020 Stephen Leslie Dees Music / BMI