Six Songs from Tucson

by The Darrell Elmer Rodgers Trio

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These songs are all on my 2009 album “Plain & Simple” but without our drummer who made us a trio in 2010. The trio performed these songs at the 2011 Tucson Folk Festival. Since then, many folks asked for a recording of our set. Here it is!
You can get a CD of this at Kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00ZVAUK9

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released August 31, 2013

Darrell Elmer Rodgers - songwriting, guitar, vocals
Rick Heyman - bass
Michael Parker - drums

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Darrell Elmer Rodgers Las Cruces, New Mexico

Darrell Elmer Rodgers is a veteran singer-songwriter. He has been called the Bard of the Baby-Boomers for songs that celebrate his generation's life and times.

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Track Name: Second Chance (Trio version)
Second Chance words and music by Darrell Rodgers

I can’t remember just why we said good-bye, so long ago and way back when.
I’m just so grateful that we’ve got this chance to try and be together once again

‘cause, It’s a rare occasion when we get a second chance,
to make a first impression or to re-dance the last dance
Now and then I recommend we resurrect romance and give love a second chance

When we were younger we needed separate space, our own time and our own place
This love today, it’s both old and it’s new, A little different me, a little different you

I’ve been around the world and I’ve seen a thing or two
You’ve been around the world and I know you’ve seen it too
Given time to change your mind, that’s just what love can do
Now all I really need is you

I can’t remember just why we said good-bye, so long ago and way back when.
I’m just so happy we’re together once again, it sure feels good to have a friend

‘cause, It’s a rare occasion when we get a second chance,
to make a first impression or to re-dance the last dance
Now and then I recommend we resurrect romance and give love a second chance
Now and then I recommend we resurrect romance and give love a second chance
Keep givin’ love that second chance.

Copyright © 2004 by Darrell Rodgers. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Have You Been There Too? (Trio version)
Have you been there too? - words and music by Darrell Rodgers

Seems like forever since we were one. I well remember our youthful fun.
In dreams at night darling we rendezvous, and wondering if you've been there too.

Lately I've been dreamin’ ‘bout you every night. I’m married now so it don’t seem right
I ain’t lookin’ for a dream come true, I’m only wonderin’ if you've been there too.

Have you been there darlin’ do you dream of me, do I hold a sweet spot in your memory?
Tell me sugar, tell me true, do you think of me like I think of you?

Do I still love you? oh there ain’t no doubt. Got you in my heart, can’t get you out.
There ain’t a single thing that you need do, but tell me that you’ve been there too.

The years go by, they leave us lonely, dreamin’ ‘bout some former one and only
The only one I dream about is you, and I’m wonderin’ if you’re dreamin’ too.

Have you been there darlin’ do you dream of me, do I hold a sweet spot in your memory?
Tell me sugar, tell me true, do you think of me like I think of you?

Deet en daadi doot en deet dat do, deedley daaten deeten dat deet do
Deeten datti deet en dat deet doo. Tell me darlin’ have you been there too?

Beep Bop Boop booo. Deedley datten deeten daaten dee doo.
I close my eyes and I fantasize, tell me darlin’ have you been there too?

Have you been there darlin’ do you dream of me, do I hold a sweet spot in your memory?
You can tell me sugar, tell me true, do you think of me like I think of you?

Wait a minute, I don’t want to know. I’d be heartbroken if the answer’s no.
But if it’s yes, that’ll torture me too, knowin’ there ain’t nothin’ we can do.

So, don’t say a word, keep it to yourself. I’ll put my memories of you on a shelf
And take ‘em down when I get feelin' blue and imagine that you've been there too

I’ll just imagine that you've been there too.


Copyright © 2004 by Darrell Rodgers. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Sailin' (Trio version)
SAILIN’ Words and Music by Darrell Rodgers and Rick Graves

I used to dream of goin’ to sea, when I was just a boy
Hoping one day to no longer be just a Captain of a toy
I remember hanging ‘round down at the docks and hearin’ the sailors say
If ya keep comin’ ‘round with that look in your eye boy, we’re gonna take you away!

And Go
Sailin’ pushin’ off from the shore
Don’t have to worry ‘bout nobody no more
Sailin’ tackin’ into the breeze
You know I can go wherever I please....

Then one day as a younger man I made my dream come true
And I plotted my course on my maiden voyage across the sea of blue
Through many a gale and choppy sea you know my vessel got tattered and torn
But I always pushed on and it seemed somehow, I always survived the storm

To go
Sailin’ pushin’ off from the shore
Don’t have to worry ‘bout nobody no more
Sailin’ tackin’ into the breeze
You know I can go wherever I please....

Now looking back I realize that all the world’s my sea
And the vessel I’ve sailed for many years has been none other than me
and freedom’s chartin’ your own Life’s course and being in command
and pushin’ myself through wind and storm just to reach the promised land

And Go
Sailin’ pushin’ off from the shore
Don’t have to worry ‘bout nobody no more
Sailin’ tackin’ into the breeze
You know I can go wherever I please....

Sailin’ pushin’ off from the shore
Don’t have to worry ‘bout nobody no more
Sailin’ tackin’ into the breeze
You know I can go wherever I please....

Copyright © 2004 by Darrell Rodgers. All rights reserved.
Track Name: If That Ain't Crazy (Trio version)
If That Ain’t Crazy words and music by Darrell Rodgers

Every time I look a headline I seem to find
That the world gets a little bit crazier every time
With fanatics everywhere tellin’ you how things must be
And they break your face in case you disagree

If that ain’t crazy, If that ain’t strange
Then the world’s in store for one hell of a dangerous change.
If that ain’t crazy, Nuts at best
You better lock me up, I think I need a rest.

I know a little boy who’s constantly under attack
Just because his momma’s white and his daddy’s black.
The other kids at school say “We can’t play with you”
And if you ask them why they say “my momma told me not to”

If that ain’t crazy, If that ain’t strange
Then the world’s in store for one hell of a dangerous change.
If that ain’t crazy, Nuts at best
You better lock me up, I think I need a rest.

I was surprised when I heard a preacher preachin’ for war
He said “America don’t have to take no stuff no more”
He said “We’ll kick some butt and make them run and hide”
He said “We got the right ‘cause Jesus is on our side”

If that ain’t crazy, If that ain’t strange
Then the world’s in store for one hell of a dangerous change.
If that ain’t crazy, Nuts at best
You better lock me up, I think I need a rest.
You better lock me up, I think I need a rest.
You better lock me up, -- Lord I think I need a little rest.

Copyright © 2004 by Darrell Rodgers. All rights reserved.
Track Name: They Surely Won't Forget (Trio version)
They Surely Won’t Forget words and music by Darrell Rodgers

Tell me that you love me woman, every day
Tell me that you need me now in every way
Speak to me those words of love I need as much as I can get
So that on some lonely night, I surely won’t forget, I surely won’t forget

Funny how the time, seems to change our mind
Never knowing quite what we’ve got until it’s left behind

Mothers tell your children that you love them so
Tell them every day now tell them as they grow
If you tell them long enough there’ll be no need to fret
When they’re finally on their own, they surely won’t forget, they surely won’t forget

Funny how the time, seems to change our mind
Never knowing quite what we’ve got until it’s left behind

Funny how the time, seems to change our mind
Never knowing quite what we’ve got until it’s left behind

People of the world tell your leaders no more war
Tell them a million times then tell them a million more
We all want peace on earth but that ain’t happened yet
So tell them with your heart and soul so they surely won’t forget,
they surely won’t forget, they surely won’t forget.

Copyright © 2004 by Darrell Rodgers. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Tucson to Tehran (Trio version)
Tucson to Tehran words and music by Darrell E. Rodgers, Jr.

Bobby left his home up on the mountain
Far above the Tucson city line
He joined the Army for an education
But what he learned was heavy on his mind

They sent him off to fight the Taliban
In someplace torn by thirty years of war
He could only guess that he succeeded
‘cause he didn't have to stay there anymore

Before he could find a new job in Tucson
His unit got called up again
Seems two weeks of active duty in the Guard
Can be two weeks that never end

Well he found himself in Baghdad
Patrolling dusty streets through hell
When they finally brought him home to Tucson
He had deeper wounds than we could tell

Sometimes the guilt of his survival
Can drive a soldier half insane
Bobby sought a permanent solution
To his temporary pain

Nothin’ stops the pain
Like a bullet in the brain

Well there’s other kind of casualties
Than they report on the evening news
Too many young men just like Bobby
Minds are broken, Hearts confused

Well it’s seven thousand miles and more
From Tucson to Tehran
Some folks say we’re never goin’ there
But we’d better change the road we’re on
Yeah, we’d better change the road we’re on.

Copyright 2009, Darrell Elmer Rodgers