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Michael Johnson - MICHAEL JOHNSON Lyrics


Two Ships That Passed In the Moonlight
By Hugh Prestwood

He was chasing fame and fortune, glory bound
He was too much in a hurry to slow down
And she was running from some devils that she had inside of her
I'd like to say it was romantic but the truth is that they were

Two ships that passed in the moonlight
Two stars that crossed around midnight
Without a chance either one might ever turn back
Two ships that passed in the moonlight
Two hearts that flashed on a hot night
And then sailed on till they lost sight
And never looked back

There the story might have ended but you see
On that cross was born a child and that child was me
And darling now I must be going even though this might be love
I'd like to stay a little longer but I'm just a product of

Two ships that passed in the moonlight
Two stars that crossed around midnight
Without a chance either one might ever turn back
Two ships that passed in the moonlight
Two hearts that flashed on a hot night
And then sailed on till they lost sight
And never looked back



Rich Like Me
By Kent Robbins & Mike Reid

On a hill at the edge of town
There's a man who lives like a king looking down on the city
There's a gate at the end of the drive
Every morning a long limousine rolls by shining pretty

'Bout the same time I'm being kissed goodbye
By the woman I've held all night
Who knows if the rich man's lady wants to hold his money
Or hold him tight

Oh he may be a rich man, living in the lap of luxury
Oh but if you talk about a rich man
Don't you understand man you're talking about me
He's got his treasure in the bank, but I've got you and I'm so thankful
Oh well it's good to be rich like, oh well I'd rather be rich like
Oh well it's good to be rich like me

Got a boss, he's a self made man, he owns this town and he's hell bent not to lose it
He works eighteen hours a day
Got a house and a pool and a plane and the ulcer to prove it
We got a home on a third of an acre with big dreams about adding on
You might not call it a mansion but why have a mansion if you never go home

Oh well he may be a rich man, living in the lap of luxury
Oh but if you're talking about a rich man
Don't you understand man you talking about me
He's got his treasure in the bank but I've got you and I'm so thankful
Oh but it's good to rich like, oh but I'm glad to rich like
Oh well it's good to be rich like me



One Honest Tear
By Susan Longacre & Randy Sharp

You wonder how long we'll last and when I see your fear
I want to answer forever with an honest tear
It's so easy to say what you're needing to hear
But I'd give anything sometimes for an honest tear

I can whisper your name and tell you how lucky I am
Oh but nothing can say what one honest tear can

I still don't know why it's taken me all these years
To trust in something so simple as an honest tear

I'd move the earth for you and maybe I do now and then
Oh but nothing can do what one honest tear can

One of these nights when I'm holding you near
You'll see all my love in one honest tear

I can whisper your name and tell you how lucky I am
Oh nothing can say what one honest tear can
I'd move the earth for you and maybe I do now and then
Oh but nothing can do what one honest tear can



This Ain't the Night To Be Me
By Michael Johnson & Kent Robbins

Life of the party, feel like a fool
Just look at this smile I'm wearing
And this isn't easy faking it all
Hiding the pain I'm bearing

She left a note on the dresser today
She said it's over and she's gone away
This ain't the night to be me

Counting the hours, checking my watch
Wishing this evening was over
Feeling my heartache, fighting the tears
Lord I could sure use a shoulder

I gotta go now cause I can't wait
To get home and let this poor heart break
This ain't the night to be me

(I) Tonight the only thing I
NEED is just another chance with
YOU you know I really need you here with me
TONIGHT I'm feeling so alone and
(I) never thought that I would
CRY like I'm crying these tears inside tonight

I gotta go now cause I can't wait
To get home and let this poor heart break
This ain't the night to be me

(I) Tonight the only thing I
NEED is just another chance with
YOU you know I really need you here with me
TONIGHT I'm feeling so alone and
(I) never thought that I would
CRY like I'm crying these tears inside tonight

Life of the party, feel like a fool
Feeling the heartache, fighting the tears
Counting the hours, checking my watch
Life of the party
Feeling the heartache



Mr Sawyer/Mr Finn
By Don Scruggs & Don Schlitz

Oh there's a steamboat coming half a mile around the bend
Hear the voice of old man river calling him again

Old man Sawyer he wakes at down, he puts his tie and his coffee on
He lives in a room on the second floor where everyday is like the one before
From his window he can see the river flowing endlessly
Down on the banks the children play, he closes his eyes and he drifts away

Oh there's a steamboat coming half a mile around the bend
Hear the voice of old man river calling him again
Oh and it would be so easy for a boy and his best friend
To tell the world that they've gone fishing, Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Finn

Every afternoon about five o'clock, old man Sawyer goes down to the dock
He knows the folks at the corner bar, has a glass of beer and a good cigar
Now and then someone will ask well just when did old Finn pass
Old man Sawyer says he never died, he just went fishing on the other side

Oh there's a steamboat coming half a mile around the bend
Hear the voice of old man river calling him again
Oh and it would be so easy for a boy and his best friend
To tell the world that they've gone fishing, Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Finn

And if fishes were wishes and wishes came true
I know what old man Sawyer'd do
He'd go riding on a raft and reel one in
And laugh once more with young Huck Finn

Oh there's a steamboat coming half a mile around the bend
Hear the voice of old man river calling him again
Oh and it would be so easy for a boy and his best friend
To tell the world that they've gone fishing, Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Finn



Half the Moon
By Hugh Prestwood

Half the moon is shining tonight, half the moon is pitch black
And I got half the chance that you might turn around and come back
And half my love is seeing the light and half my love is still blind
It keeps on thinking tomorrow you'll change your mind

Half our hearts were doin' just fine, half our hearts were in doubt
Half the time while walking the line, I ended up stepping out
Half my prayers were praying to God and half my prayers were to you
Tonight it looks like the answers are overdue

And I am feeling just how hard half the moon can pull
I swear my heart might crack in two if that moon were full

Half the moon is shining tonight, half the moon's up and gone
You must have taken half of its light to find the road that you're on
And half my love is seeing the truth, half my love is still blind
It makes that missing half the moon hard to find
It makes that missing half the moon hard to find



Cheatin' On the Blues
By Kix Brooks, Don Cook & Chick Rains

He left you, she left me, drowning in this misery
We stopped living when they said goodbye
We've been faithful to these blues
I've had enough now how about you
Don't you think we've earned the right
To go Cheatin' on the blues tonight

Cheatin' on the blues tonight
Let's go out and do it right
Throw it into overdrive and get on down the road
Shake it till the break of dawn
Party till the heartache's gone
We'll have us a real good time
Cheatin' on the blues tonight

Pick you up at half past eight
You can bet I won't be late
With any luck we'll make the dance by nine
Let's not talk about the past
Let old memories die at last
Have some fun, keep it light
Cheatin' on the blues tonight

Cheatin' on the blues tonight
Let's go out and do it right
Throw it into overdrive and get on down the road
Shake it till the break of dawn
Party till the heartache's gone
We'll have us a real good time
Cheatin' on the blues tonight



Company Man
By Bob McDill & Dan Seals

She's got my picture inside of her locket
She's got a most unforgettable face
She goes for walks with her hands in her pockets
She is a girl of impeccable taste

I work the mill and I vote with the union
Just like my father, I'm a company man
She'll go away to a school in New England
I'll spend my life working with my hands

And oh she's never gonna be mine I know
Some things were decided so long ago

I sit alone in a chair in her parlor
And I look down at the cuts on my hands
Her father smiles, he treats me kindly
But I know I don't fit into his plans

We'll meet tonight down at the drug store
We'll say goodbye and tomorrow she'll leave
She'll cry and say she'll love me forever
But I know in time she'll forget about me

And oh she's never gonna be mine I know
Some things were decided so long ago

But oh someday I'll own this factory
Someday I'll own this town
Someday I'll get her back
Some way, somehow



It Must Be You
By Hugh Prestwood

If there are reasons why I should come down off this cloud
I don't know them
If the law says that walking on air is not allowed
I'll just show them, I'll just show them

And if I am not dreaming, then dreams do come true
And if someone loves somebody anymore than I do
It must be you, it must be you, it must be you

If there are reasons why I should not feel so alive
I don't buy them
And if they tell me our love's just too hot to survive
I deny them, I defy them

And if true love is unending then this love is true
And if someone loves somebody anymore than I do
It must be you

When it comes to forever, it's never too late
And if this isn't heaven, then heaven can wait

And if love was a candle, I'd shine like the sun
When the sun is an ember, you'll still be the one
And if someone loves somebody anymore than I do
It must be you, it must be you
It must be you, It must be you

Must be you . . .



Bristlecone Pine
By Hugh Prestwood

Way up in the mountains on the high timber line
There's a twisted old tree called the Bristlecone Pine
The wind there is bitter, it cuts like a knife
And it keeps that tree holding on for dear life

But hold on it does, standing its ground
Standing as empires rise and fall down
When Jesus was gathering lambs to his fold
The tree was already a thousand years old

Now the way I have lived there ain't no way to tell
When I die if I'm going to heaven or hell
So when I'm laid to rest it would suit me just fine
To sleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine

For as I would slowly return to the earth
What little this body of mine might be worth
Would soon start to nourish the roots of that tree
And it would partake of the essence of me

And who knows but that as the centuries turn
A small spark of me might continue to burn
As long as the sun did continue to shine
Down on the limbs of the Bristlecone Pine

Now the way I have lived there ain't no way to tell
When I die if I'm going to heaven or hell
So I'd just as soon serve out eternity's time
Asleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine
Asleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine



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