The Essential Judds (1995)

  • 1

    Had A Dream (For The Heart)

    Words and Music by Dennis Linde

    Had a dream about you, baby
    Had a dream about me and you
    Had a dream and I woke up cryin'
    Well, I can try but I just can't stop
    And the time is draggin' by, tick-tock
    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you

    Well, I'm high and dry and lonely
    I'm as lonesome as can be
    And I stare out of my window
    Well, I can play but I just can't win
    And the weather's lookin' mighty grim
    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you

    (Chorus)

    Oh my heart, it can't love no one but you
    My heart can't love no one but you
    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you
    Oh my heart can't love no one but you
    My heart can't love no one but you
    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you

    Had a dream about you, baby
    Had a dream about me and you
    Had a dream and I woke up cryin'
    Well, I can try but I just can't stop
    And the time is draggin' by, tick-tock
    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you

    Oh my heart, it just can't love no one but you

  • 2

    John Deere Tractor

    Words and Music by Lawrence Hammond

    Dear Mama, well, here's a letter from your girl
    Well, I think my city days are done, Mom
    And it ain't been three weeks since I came

    And Mama, do remember what you said
    Say your prayers before you go to bed, child
    And remember city boys ain't the same

    (Chorus)

    I'm like a John Deere Tractor
    In a half acre field
    Tryin' to plow a furrow
    Where the soil is mighty still
    How I wish I was home, Mom
    Where the blue grass is growin'
    And the sweet country boys don't complain

    And, Mama, so much perfume I thought I'd drown
    And the Lord didn't seem to be nowhere around
    Hey, I felt just like a flower from the vine

    (Repeat Chorus)

    How I'd like to be home, Mom
    Where the blue grass is growin'
    And the fire light shimmers and it shines

    (Repeat Chorus)


  • 3

    Mama He's Crazy

    Words and Music by Kenny O'Dell

    Mama, I found someone
    Like you said would come along
    He's a sight, so unlike
    Any man I've known
    I was afraid to let him in
    'Cause I'm not the trustin' kind
    But now I'm convinced
    That he's heaven sent
    And must be out of my mind

    (Chorus)

    Mama, he's crazy
    Crazy over me
    And in me life is where he says
    He always wants to be
    I've never been so in love
    He beats all I've ever seen
    Mama, he's crazy
    He's crazy over me

    And, Mama, you've always said,
    "Better look before you leap!"
    Maybe so, but here I go
    Lettin' my heart lead me
    He thinks I hung the moon and stars
    I think he's a livin' dream
    Well, there are men
    But ones like him
    Are few and far between

    (Repeat Chorus)

  • 4

    Why Not Me

    Words and Music by Harlan Howard Sonny Throckmorton and Brent Maher

    You've been lookin' for love all around the world
    Baby, don't you know this country girl's still free?
    Why not me?
    Well, you've finally come down to your old hometown
    Your Kentucky girl's been waiting patiently
    Why not me?

    (Chorus)

    Why not me on a rainy day?
    Why not me to love your cares away?
    Why not me?
    Why not me when the nights get cold?
    Why not me when you're growin' old?
    Why not me?

    You've been searchin' from here to Singapore
    Ain't it time that you notice the girl next door, baby
    Why not me?
    You had to see if the world was round
    It's time that you learned how good settlin' down could be
    Why not me?

    (Repeat Chorus)

    You've been lookin' for love all around the world
    Baby, don't you know this country girl's still free?

    (Repeat and Fade)

    Baby, why not me?

  • 5

    Girls Night Out

    Words and Music by Brent Maher and Jeffery Hawthorne Bullock

    Friday finally came around
    This girl's ready to paint the town
    Tonight ain't nothin' gonna slow me down

    I did my time workin' all week
    Tonight's all mine, tomorrow I'll sleep
    I wanna hear a band with a country sound

    (Chorus)

    Well, I've been couped up all week long
    I've been workin' my fingers to the bone
    Well, it's a girl's night out
    Honey, there ain't no doubt
    I'm gonna dance every dance 'til the boys go home
    Well, it's my night to rock
    No watchin' that ol' clock
    Oh, ain't no doubt, Lordy it's a girl's night out

    Two step or the Cotton Eye Joe
    They can play 'em fast or they can play 'em slow
    I can do 'em all just show me the floor
    You can give me a little rock 'n roll
    Or even a waltz with the lights down low
    I'll still be dancin' when they close the door

    Well, I've been couped up all week long
    I've been workin' my fingers to the bone
    Well, it's a girl's night out
    Honey, there ain't no doubt
    I'm gonna dance every dance 'til the boys go home
    Well, it's my night to rock
    No watchin' that ol' clock
    Oh, ain't no doubt, Lordy it's a girl's night out

    Well, it's a girl's night out
    Honey, there ain't no doubt
    I'm gonna dance every dance 'til the boys go home
    Well, it's my night to rock
    No watchin' that ol' clock
    Oh, ain't no doubt, Lordy it's a girl's night out

    Friday finally came around
    This girl's ready to paint the town
    Tonight ain't nothin' gonna slow me down

    I did my time workin' all week
    Tonight's all mine, tomorrow I'll sleep
    I wanna hear a band with a country sound

  • 6

    Lazy Country Evening

    Words and Music by Naomi Judd

    Lazy country evening
    Sittin' by you
    The baby's
    In his cradle
    And the day's
    Almost through

    Red sunset
    Over pine trees
    I'm feelin'
    High as the mountain
    Free
    As the breeze

    Yodeleeo, Yodeleeo
    Yodeleeo, Yodeleeo

    Whippoorwill calls
    Darkness falls
    The perfect
    Way to say
    Time to close
    Another perfect day

  • 7

    Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain

    Words and Music Don Schlitz and Brent Maher

    Sittin' on the porch swing
    Listenin' to the light rain
    Beatin' on the tin roof
    Baby, just me and you
    Rockin' with the rhythm of the rain

    Slide on over
    Baby, hold me closer
    Movin' to and fro
    Just swayin' like a slow freight train
    Rockin' with the rhythm of the rain


    (Chorus)

    So, let the breeze keep blowin'
    (Rockin with the rhythm of the rain that's fallin')
    (Night birds are singin' the crickets are a callin')
    Oh, my heart will never be the same
    So, keep the sweet feelin' flowin'
    (Whisper in my ear, baby, ooh, feels so fine)
    (Nights like this come once in a lifetime)
    Me and my baby, rockin' with the rhythm of the rain

    Oh, baby, hold me tight
    Say you love me
    That's all I wanna hear tonight

    Sittin' on the porch swing
    Listenin' to the light rain
    Beatin' on the tin roof
    Baby, just me and you
    Rockin' with the rhythm of the rain

    Slide on over
    Baby, hold me closer
    Movin' to and fro
    Just swayin' like a slow freight train
    Rockin' with the rhythm of the rain

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Me and my baby, rockin with the rhythm of the rain

  • 8

    Grandpa (Tell Me Bout The Good Old Days)

    Lyrics are not available
  • 9

    Turn It Loose

    Words and Music by Don Schlitz, Craig Brickhardt and Brent Maher

    Some call it country with a little bit of rhythm and blues
    And when the boys start rockin'
    There's a beat that you just can't lose
    Where it's gonna take us nobody knows
    It sure feels good to the body and soul

    (Chorus)

    I love the slide of a steel guitar
    I love the moan of an old blues harp
    I love the shake of a tamborine
    I love the bass when it's low and mean
    So put on your shoutin' shoes
    And turn it loose
    Turn it loose

    You feel like dancin' and you just can't stay in your seat
    Your knees start knockin' and you can't help stompin' your feet
    Before you even know it you'll be singin' along
    Makes me wanna stay hear all night long

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Turn it loose
    Everybody put on your shoutin' shoes and turn it loose
    Grab your shoutin' shoes and turn it loose


  • 10

    The Sweetest Gift

    Words and Music by J.B. Coats

    One day a mother
    Come to a prison
    To see an 'erring
    But precious son
    She told the warden
    How much she loved him
    It did not matter
    What he had done

    She did not bring to him
    (Bring to him)
    Parole or pardon
    (Pardon free)
    She brought no silver
    (Brought no gold)
    No pomp nor style
    (Him to see)
    It was a halo
    (Halo bright)
    Sent down from heaven
    (Heaven's light)
    The sweetest gift
    (A mother's smile)

    Her boy had wandered
    Far from the far side
    Though she had pleaded
    With him each night
    But not a word did
    She ever utter
    That told her heartaches
    Her smile was bright

    (Repeat Chorus)

    She left a smile
    You can remember
    She's gone to heaven
    From heartache's free
    Them bars around you
    Will never change her
    He was her baby
    An error will be

    (Repeat Chorus)

    It was a halo bright
    Sent down from heaven's light
    The sweetest gift
    A mother's smile

  • 11

    Don't Be Cruel

    Words and Music by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell

    (Chorus)

    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true
    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love
    Baby, it's just you I'm thinking of

    Well, you know I can be found
    Sitting home all alone
    If you can't come around
    Well, at least please telephone
    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true

    Baby, if I made you mad
    For something I might have said
    Please let's forget the past
    'Cause the future looks bright ahead
    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love
    Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

    Well, now don't stop thinking of me
    Don't make me feel this way
    Come on over here and love me
    You know what I want to say
    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true
    Why should we be apart?
    I really, really love you, baby, cross my heart

    Well lets walk up to the preacher
    And let us say I do
    And then you'll know you have me
    And I'll know I'll have you too
    Don't be cruel
    To a heart that's true
    I don't want no other love
    Baby it's just you I'm thinking of

    (Repeat Chorus)
  • 12

    Working In The Coal Mine

    Words and Music by Allen Toussaint

    Workin' in the coal mine
    Goin' on down, down
    Workin' in a coal mine
    Oops, about to slip down
    Workin' in a coal mine
    Goin' on down, down
    Workin' in a coal mine
    Oops, about to slip down

    Five o'clock in the mornin'
    I'm already up and gone
    Lord, I'm so tired
    How long can this go on?

    (Repeat Chorus)

    'Cause I make a little money
    Haulin' coal by the ton
    When Saturday rolls around
    I'm too tired for havin' fun

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Lord I'm so tired
    How long can this go on?

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Five o'clock in the mornin'
    I'm already up and gone
    Lord, I'm so tired
    How long can this go on?

    (Repeat Chorus)

  • 13

    Old Pictures

    Words and Music by K.T. Oslin and Jerry Gillespie

    ere's a little girl playin' dress up
    Somewhere under all that lace
    Standin' in her mama's high heeled shoes
    With a lipstick covered face
    And here's a little boy on a pony
    He's a cowboy all the way
    He used to pull my hair and make me mad
    At the Saturday matinee
    Who would've thought that I'd lose my heart
    To the same little boy someday

    (Chorus)

    Lookin' through my old pictures
    Faded photographs
    Some of them bring me close to tears
    Others make me laugh
    Old memories seem to come alive
    And open up the past again
    And let me dream inside

    Here's brother with his first automobile
    Thought he'd washed the paint away
    He took a job that took him West
    He's doing very well
    We don't see much of brother these days
    And this is my favorite of my papa
    He's dressed up in his Sunday suit
    A wide brimmed hat, a watch on a chain
    Well, I'm gonna tell you the truth
    It's a picture of a downright handsome man
    Caught in the prime of his youth

    (Repeat Chorus)

    They open up the past again and let me dream inside


  • 14

    Guardian Angels

    Words and Music by: Naomi Judd, John Jarvis and Don Schlitz

    A hundred year old photograph
    Stares out from a frame
    And if you look real close you'll see
    Our eyes are just the same
    I never met them face to face
    But I still know them well
    From the stories
    My dear grandma would tell

    Elijah was a farmer
    He knew how to make things grow
    Fannie vowed she'd follow him
    Wherever he would go
    As things turned out they never left
    Their small Kentucky farm
    But he kept her fed
    She kept him warm

    (Chorus)

    There my guardian angels
    And I know they can see
    Ev'ry step I take
    They are watching over me
    I might not know where I'm goin'
    But I'm sure where I come from
    There my guardian angels
    And I'm their special one

    Sometimes when I'm tired
    I feel Elijah take my arm
    He says, "Keep a-goin', hard work
    Never did a body harm."
    And when I'm really troubled
    And I don't know what to do
    Fannie whispers, "Just do your best, We're awful proud of you!"

    (Chorus)

    A hundred year old photograph
    Stares out from a frame
    And if you look real close you'll see
    Our eyes are just the same

  • 15

    Give A Little Love To Me

    Words and Music by Craig Bickhardt Don Potter and Brent Maher

    I've been lonely
    I've been lonely much too long
    I've been cryin'
    'Til all my tears are gone
    If I got to take a slow boat
    And sail the seven seas
    I'm gonna find someone, I want someone
    To give a little love to me

    I've been dreamin'
    I've been dreamin night and day
    I've been feelin'
    A little luck is gonna come my way
    Now if I got to fly around the world
    To see what I can see
    I'm gonna find someone, I want someone
    To give a little love to me

    Oh, I need someone who cares
    And I know
    I'll find someone somewhere

    I've been waitin'
    I've been waitin' for a night like this
    I've been longin'
    I've been longin' for my lover's kiss
    I don't need a gypsy
    With a crystal ball to see
    I'm gonna find someone, I want someone
    To give a little love to me

    I'm gonna find someone, I want someone
    To give a little love to me

    I said give a little
    Give a little love to me
    I said give a little
    Give a little love to me
    I said give a little
    Give a little love to me
    I said give a little
    Give a little love to me
  • 16

    More Fun Than The Law Allows

    Words and Music by Hugh Prestwood

    We were playin' music
    We were dancin' slow
    Everything is cheek to cheek and toe to toe
    When our inhibitions got real unsuppressed
    We danced around in the living room like souls possessed

    We just begun
    When the night was done
    And we had more fun than the law allows
    We had more fun than the law allows

    First thing next morning
    The sheriff's at the door
    He said, "You two are the ones I got this
    Warrant for!"
    Last night your friends and neighbors all called in
    'Cause around here that much amusement is a sin

    And you best not run
    I can use this gun
    And you've had more fun than the law allows
    And you've had more fun than the law allows

    The prosecutor told us,
    "You better say your prayers!"
    'Cause this here judge is famous for the
    Frown he wears
    The one thing you can't deify is levity
    And you're both charged with carousing
    In the first degree

    You might still be young
    When your time is done
    But you had more fun than the law allows
    But you had more fun than the law allows
    You had more fun than the law allows
    But you had more fun than the law allows
    You had more fun than the law allows
    We had more fun than the law allows


  • 17

    One Little Teardrop

    Words and Music by Brent Maher and Don Schlitz

    One little tear drop
    That's how it starts
    Can turn into a river
    It'll drown your heart
    When the river starts a flowin'
    The damn will break
    One little tear drop
    Is all it takes

    One little tear drop
    You can hardly see
    Can turn into an ocean
    Between you and me
    If we don't do something
    Two hearts will break
    And one little tear drop
    Is all it takes

    Tell me that you love me
    Tenderly and true
    Say you'll be there for me
    And I'll be there for you
    It only takes a moment
    To heal a heart that aches
    So hold me in your arms
    'Cause, darlin', all it takes

    Is one little tear drop
    That's brushed aside
    By true love's hand
    To turn the tide
    So hold me gently
    Our love's at stake
    On little tear drop
    Is all it takes

    (Repeat First Verse)

    One little tear drop
    Is all it takes
    One little tear drop
    Is all it takes
    Just one little tear drop
    One little tear drop
    Two hearts will break
    Just one little tear drop
    That's how it starts
    Just one little tear drop
    Will drown your heart
    Just one little tear drop
    Is all it takes
    One little tear drop
    Two hearts will break
    Just one little tear drop
    That's how it starts

  • 18

    Born To Be Blue

    Words and Music by Mike Reid, Brent Maher and Mack David

    Maybe I'm wrong
    Maybe I'm right
    Maybe I just don't know
    Will I ever fall in love
    And never have to worry
    That I'm fallin' all alone?
    Maybe it's true
    I was just born to be blue
    Maybe it's true
    I was just born to be blue

    They say everybody's got a someone
    A sweet somebody to love
    It might be fate or destiny
    May be written in the stars above
    But I can't help but wonder
    After all that I've been through
    Maybe my baby's nowhere to be found
    And I was just born to be blue

    Was I born to be unhappy?
    Just to live on heartache street
    Was I born to go to bed each night
    And cry myself to sleep?
    Can somebody out there help me?
    Give me some kind of clue
    Tell me I'm wrong, tell me I'm right
    But, don't tell me I was born to be blue

    They say nobody dies from a heartache
    You can't drown in your own tears
    But who wants to live in this world alone
    Where minutes turn into years?
    So I'd rather go down believin'
    Suffer a heartache or two
    Tell me I'm wrong, tell me I'm right
    But, don't tell me I was born to be blue

    Was I born to be blue?
    Born just to cry?
    Born to be alone 'til the day I die?

    Somebody tell me

    Was I born to be loved?
    Born to be kissed?
    Born to find the one to show me what I missed?

    Was I born to be blue?
    Born just to cry?
    Born to be alone 'til the day I die?

    Tell me, Mama

    Was I born to be loved?
    Born to be kissed?
    Born to find the one to show me what I missed?
  • 19

    Love Can Build A Bridge

    Words and Music by Naomi Judd, John Jarvis and Paul Overstreet

    I'd gladly walk across the desert
    With no shoes upon my feet
    To share with you the last bite
    Of bread I had to eat
    I would swim out to save you
    In your sea of broken dreams
    When all your hopes are sinkin'
    Let me show you what love means

    (Chorus)

    Love can build a bridge
    Between your heart and mine
    Love can build a bridge
    Don't you think it's time?
    Don't you think it's time?

    I would whisper love so loudly
    Every heart could understand
    That love and only love
    Can join the tribes of man
    I would give my heart's desire
    So that you might see
    The first step is to realize
    That it all begins with you and me

    (Repeat Chorus)

    When we stand together
    It's our finest hour
    We can do anything, anything
    Keep believin' in the power

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Love and only love
    Love and only love
  • 20

    Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan

    Words and Music by Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd and Brent Maher

    Well, brother, better get right with God
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    While here upon this Earth, do try
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

    (Chorus)

    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Glad souls are singin'
    And the joy be ringin'
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

    Well, get to church and listen to the preacher
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Get right with God and He'll be your teacher
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?

    (Chorus)

    Well, you better get on your knees and pray
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    Let Jesus wash your sins away
    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?
    (Chorus)

    (Repeat First Verse)

    (Chorus)

    Don't you hear Jerusalem moan?