Hal Ketchum Don’t Let Go

Hear that whistle, it’s ten o’clock.

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Come on, baby, it’s time to rock,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

I’m so happy I got you here,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Keeps me grinnin’ from ear to ear.

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Oo-wee, This feelin’s killin’ me;

Ah shucks, I wouldn’t stop for a million bucks.

I love you so, Just hold me tight.

Don’t let go!

Thunder, lightening, wind and rain,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Love is stormin’ inside my brain,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

I’m so eager, I’m nearly dyin’,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

You’ve been keepin’ your lips from mine.

Oo-wee, This feelin’s killin’ me;

Ah shucks, I wouldn’t stop for a million bucks.

I love you so, Just hold me tight.

Don’t let go!

Hound dog barkin’ up side the hill,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Love is draggin’ him thru the mill,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

If it wasn’t for havin’ you,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

I’d be barkin’ and howlin’ too.

Oo-wee, This feelin’s killin’ me;

Ah shucks, I wouldn’t stop for a million bucks.

I love you so, Just hold me tight.

Don’t let go!

One day, baby, you’ll quit me yet,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

I’ll be cryin’ and soakin’ wet,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

One thing, baby, I’ll never stand,

Don’t let go, Don’t let go.

Your lips kissin’ some other man.

Oo-wee, This feelin’s killin’ me;

Ah shucks, I wouldn’t stop for a million bucks.

I love you so, Just hold me tight.

Don’t let go!

Just hold me tight, Don’t let go!

Hal Ketchum Sure Love

There’s a new star in my sky

There’s a new song in my life

Some may take love casually

But I know what it’s worth to me

I would count the steps from here to heaven

Every heartache I was given

Tip my hat and walk through fire

To find sure love

I would chase old ghosts and watch them scatter

Drop old dreams and watch them shatter

Lose myself and all I own

To find sure love

To find sure love

I wake up and she is there

And for a moment I just stare

For the sake of love this true

There is nothing I won’t do

I would count the steps from here to heaven

Every heartache I was given

Tip my hat and walk through fire

To find sure love

I would chase old ghosts and watch them scatter

Drop old dreams and watch them shatter

Lose myself and all I own

To find sure love

So may take love casually

But I know what it’s worth to me

I would count the steps from here to heaven

Every heartache I was given

Tip my hat and walk through fire

To find sure love

I would chase old ghosts and watch them scatter

Drop old dreams and watch them shatter

Lose myself and all I own

To find sure love

To find sure love

Oh, to find sure love

Hal Ketchum My Love Will Not Change

Well, the seasons come, and the seasons go.

And the reason you left, guess I’ll never know.

There will be others, yes, I know it’s true.

But they won’t do you like I did for you.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It just rolls like a river to the sea of your name.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It’s as steady as the rhythm of the pouring rain.

Strong as a wind across a mountain top,

Hey, my love is moving and it just won’t stop.

I turned you loose, honey, I let you fly.

Now all I can do is hang my little head and cry.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It just rolls like a river to the sea of your name.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It’s as steady as the rhythm of the pouring rain.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

Might as well try holdin’ back a fast freight train.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

Baby, ask me tomorrow and I’ll tell you the same.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It just rolls like a river to the sea of your name.

My love will not change.

My love will not change.

It’s as steady as the rhythm of the pouring rain.

Hey, my love will not change.

My love will not change.

Yeah, my love will not change.

My love will not change.

Yeah, my love will not change.

My love will not change.

Hey, my love will not change.

My love will not change.

Hal Ketchum Softer Than A Whisper

I’ve often wondered how love would strike me yet

Would it hit me like thunder, that’s what I’d expect

But when I held you, I knew it was different from the start

No words were spoken, but I felt it in my heart

It was softer than a whisper

Quiet as the moon

But I could hear it loud as laughter

Across a crowded room

It was gentle as a baby’s hand

But it held me like a chain

It was softer than a whisper

When love called out my name

Last night you lay sleepin’ when I thought I heard a sound

I got up and slowly, took a look around

Well I found no answer – No sound I could explain

It must have been your heart, dear, callin’ out my name

It was softer than a whisper

Quiet as the moon

But I could hear it loud as laughter

Across a crowded room

It was gentle as a baby’s hand

But it held me like a chain

It was softer than a whisper

When love called out my name

Yes, it was softer than a whisper

When love called out my name

Hal Ketchum I Saw The Light

It was late last night

I was feeling something wasn’t right

There was not another soul in sight

Only you, only you

So we walked along,

Though I knew there was something wrong

And the feeling hot me oh so strong about you

Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see

‘Cause I saw the light in your eyes

Though we had our fling

I just never would suspect a thing

‘Til that little bell began to ring in my head

In my head

But I tried to run,

Though I knew it wouldn’t help me none

‘Cause I couldn’t ever love no one, or so I said

But my feelings for you

Were just something I never knew

‘Til I saw the light in your eyes

But I love you best

It’s not something that I say in jest

‘Cause you’re different, girl, from all the rest

In my eyes

And I ran out before but I won’t do it anymore

Can’t you see the light in my eyes

Hal Ketchum The Unforgiven

Pistol in my pocket, whiskey on my face

I guess this time the devil sent the bottle in his place

Well, I lived to see the morning’s sun

Well, I make my way among the unforgiven

Things get good and crazy once the bottle takes my hand

I get to run in sideways like a snake across the sand

Gliding on straight into the morning sun, yeah

As I make my way among the unforgiven

You may pity me, you may mark my time

You may even understand

How nobility and love go blind

Once the bottle owns the man

You may pity me, yeah, you may mark my time

You may even understand

How nobility and love go blind

Once the bottle owns the man

I got a funny feeling, I have been this way before

Trouble on my shoulder, temptation at my door

Win or lose, still I fly straight towards the sun

Straight towards the sun

As I make my way among the unforgiven

As I make my way among the unforgiven

Hal Ketchum I Miss My Mary

A threadbare alibi…..a lifetime full of promise

Fell from my Mary’s eyes as she saw the screen door swing

The baby never woke……he lay cradled in her trembling

He lay safe and never knowing what my leavin would bring

I draw my pay down on the docks…..I send it off to Mary

I might hold back a dollar to wash this pain out of my back

But the pain keeps getting clearer and Mary your face just keeps on fading

Now the light shines through this bottle….memories all fade to black

[Chorus:]

Well I’ll see you out on the street tonight

I’m a lover of a drink, a lover of a fight

Hold my own on the dark side of this town

Yes, I’m tough as nails, got a heart of steel

I will never fear, for I will never feel

And one more round would surely set me right

I miss my Mary tonight

They call me the old man in this bar, sleeves rolled up and showin

Faint blue souvenirs of love and places I have been

One says “US Navy” and this one says “Darling Mary”

Now my Mary’s turned to ashes and the ocean’s turned to gin

[Chorus]

And one more round would surely set me right

I miss my Mary tonight

Hal Ketchum Till The Coast Is Clear

Last drag on a Lucky

One more swallow in the glass

Spend my time like dirty money

Each hour longer than the last

It’s easy to remember

All the times she met me here

In the safety of these shadows

Waiting till the coast is clear

Bob Wills on the jukebox

No one in here knows my name

Just a wide spot on the highway

Where everybody looks the same

Pull the change out of my pocket

The waitress brings another beer

Outside a welcome sign keeps flashing

Waiting till the coast is clear

When the coast is clear she’ll call my name

Like a whisper in my ear

And in my mind I know that nothing’s changed

She’s waiting till the coast is clear

Left my suitcase at the station

Hitched a ride back into town

I know there’d be a mess of trouble

If they knew I was around

I’ll be living these memories

If I live a hundred years

I’m not running, I’m not hiding

I’m waiting till the coast is clear

Hal Ketchum Fall In Love Again

Remember when we’d spend the whole night lovin,

We just had to be together all the time,

So much in love we didn’t want for nothing,

Back when I was yours and you were mine

Somehow we let it slip right through our fingers,

Somewhere we left our love along the way,

Now after all thre life we’ve lived between us,

How can we have nothing more to say

Let’s put aside the pain and all the sorrow

Stop talking bout the way things mighta been

If we’d only throw our hearts into tomorrow

Tonight we just might fall in love again

Remember how we lived on hopes and wishes,

Remember when we lived for love alone,

Just getting by on one another’s kisses,

Back before the sweetness turned to stone,

Let’s put aside the pain and all the sorrow

Stop talking bout the way things mighta been

If we’d only throw our hearts into tomorrow

Tonight we just might fall in love again

Hal Ketchum Five O’Clock World

Up every morning just to keep a job

Gotta fight my way through the husslin’ mob

Sounds of the city poundin’ in my brain

While another day goes down the drain

But it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows

No one owns a piece of my time

And there’s a five o’clock me inside my clothes

Thinkin’that the world looks fine, yeah [yodel]

Tradin’ my time for the pay I get

Livin’ on the money that I ain’t made yet

Gotta keep going, gotta make my way

But I live for the end of the day

Cause it’s a five o’clock world when the whistle blows

No one owns a piece of my time

And there’s a long haired girl who waits, I know

To ease my troubled mind, yeah [yodel]

In the shelter of her arms everythings okay

She talks and the world goes slippin’ away

I know the reason I can still go on

When every other reason is gone

Cause in my five o’clock world she waits for me

Nothing else matters at all

Cause everytime my baby smiles at me

I know that its all worthwhile, yeah [yodel]