Ain't No Easy Way Lyrics

  1. Ain't It A Shame
  2. Her Memory
  3. Don't Let The Devil Drag You Down
  4. You Are There
  5. Jesus and the Honky-Tonk Queen
  6. Don't Wanna Be Your Baby
  7. Do Me Fine
  8. Get Over You
  9. Streets of Gold

Production Credits


1. Ain't It A Shame

My truck it broke down
Transmission dropped
That son of a bitch
Down at the shop
Told me he needs
Another G outta me
Down the damn drain
Ain't it a shame

I went to school
Like they told me too
Got a real job
But I feel like a fool
Chained to the grave
A slave to the game
Just to get paid
Ain’t it a shame

Chorus
Ain't it a shame
The way they do you these days
Ain’t it a shame
Ain't it a shame

I'm livin' a life
I can't afford
They tell me to work
And work some more
I am a man
I ain't a machine
Money don't grow
On no hill country tree

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums


2. Her Memory

It’s back street bars and honky-tonks
Shattered dreams and broken hearts for me
It’s swingin’ doors and saw dust floors
And she don’t love me anymore
No ‘Dear John’ note was wrote
For me or my misery
So hide the pain and suffering
And drink away her memory

The hardest part ‘bout bein’ here
Ain’t the smoke or cold can beer
And it ain’t the band who sings the songs
We used to dance to all night long
It’s the thought of her tender touch
Her warm embrace I miss so much
But lonely ain’t no way to be
So I drink away her memory

I had a chance to let her know
But my pride wouldn’t let me go to her
‘Cause she’s the one who left me here
To waller in the bourbon and the beer
And if I could you know I would
Be the man I outta be
But there’s too much beer and too much smoke
Too much coke and whiskey

Yea lonely ain’t no way to be
So I drink away her memory

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; Kris Brown - Dobro and Steel Guitar


3. Don't Let The Devil Drag You Down

As I walk through the valley I hear a voice on high
Tellin’ me not to worry ‘bout the burdens of this life
‘Cause you cain’t take it with you and you ain’t gonna get it right
If your soul is full of sorrow and your heart is dark as night

Chorus
Don’t let the devil drag you down
Don’t let him run you ‘round
Don’t even let him in, he ain’t no kind of friend
Don’t let the devil drag you down

‘Cause he will call and he will catch you
He’ll tempt you with all his might
And if you fall know I’m with you
Just look for me in the light

So let that light shine on you
Let it shine through the cold dark night
And when you wake in the mornin’
I’ll be right there by your side
Don’t let the devil drag you down

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; LZ Love - Harmony Vocals


4. You Are There

It ain’t about the money
Or the guitars honey
But I sure need you
‘Cause in the mornin’
When the clouds are formin’
And I don’t know what to do

Chorus
You are there for me
In my time of need
When nothin’ is what it seems
You are there for me
You are there

When the honky-tonkin’
And beer joint rockin’
Like to do me in
And nothin’s workin’
But another burden
And I’ve lost my will again

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ; LZ Love - Harmony Vocals


5. Jesus and the Honky-Tonk Queen

Give me heart to anyone if they understood
How to keep me from fallin’ for that honky-tonk girl
But it might be the way I am or it might be the world
I don’t know

Chorus
It gets harder everyday on that train
Ninety miles an hour in a locked down cage
Thought I was sittin’ on Jesus’ knee
But it was just a warm barstool and a honky-tonk queen

I can be a devil or a saint
When you’re down here trying to fool someone into thinkin’ you’re somethin’ you ain’t
So won’t you be good Tanya told you I am not that strong
To watch you walk in here all alone, you got your pretty little red dress on
Just for me

Written by Shawn Nelson and Joe Faulhaber. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ


6. Don't Wanna Be Your Baby

Chorus
But I don’t wanna be your baby
No I don’t wanna be your baby
No I don’t wanna be your baby
No I don’t even wanna be your friend

We’re down at the ‘ole honky-tonk
Yea we’re down at the ‘ole honky-tonk
And the band is playing their best song
Yea we’re down at the ‘ole honky tonk

Well we only got tonight
Yea we only got tonight
‘Cause I gotta be at work by nine
Yea we only got tonight

Well baby it ain’t what you think
Yea baby it ain’t what you think
Now maybe you’ve had too much to drink
Yea baby it ain’t what you think

Written by Shawn Nelson and Joe Faulhaber. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; Kris Brown - Dobro Guitar


7. Do Me Fine

Well tell me what good would it do?
To live a life not lovin’ you
When you’re everything I’ll ever need
And my kind of company

Chorus
‘Cause I’m as high as I can be
See it’s all over me
Can’t believe you are mine
Girl you do me fine

And when I’m down on being blue
No one can comfort me like you
Worry not when you’re with me
You’ll never be left lonely

Can’t believe you are mine
Girl you do me fine

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; Kris Brown - Dobro Guitar


8. Get Over You

Shake me and break me and do with me what you will
You’re high on a mountain while I’m pushing up a hill
I come from the bottom but I ain’t goin’ down again
You can meet me in the morning dew
Or catch me ‘neath a country moon
But I’ll get over you

So strip me and whip me and make me beg you to live
I’d offer my soul but you know it ain’t mine to give
Your kingdom is cunning but nothing is without end
You can meet me in the mornin’ dew
Or catch me ‘neath a country moon
But I’ll get over you

So pill me and still me and fill me full of your lies
But there is no hiding the willful deceit in your eyes
Cause’ I ain’t the one who’ll turn and run from you
You can meet me in the mornin’ dew
Or catch me ‘neath a country moon
But I’ll get over you

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ


9. Streets Of Gold

I’ve got a plan, don’t you understand
Gonna leave this place today
It’s hard on us just keepin’ up
There ain’t no easy way

Chorus

I have a dream for you and me
To walk on them streets of gold
It may rain and it may snow
But baby we gotta go

Look around and hear the sound
Of our people they’re proud and poor
Tired of trying and crying for crumbs
And fighting for nothing but war

Is there no peace, no harmony
Left in this wretched world?
Maybe it does in Heaven above
But its hell on you and me girl

Written by Shawn Nelson. © 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.

Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar – Shawn Nelson; Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Harmony Vocals – Joe Faulhaber; PJ Herrington – Bass; Nick Chambers – Drums; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; Kris Brown - Dobro Guitar; LZ Love - Harmony Vocals


Production Credits

Independent Release 2009
Recorded with PJ Herrington in Austin, TX
Mixing and Additional Tracking at The Still Studio with Randall Squires
Mastered by Douglas Ferguson at The Still StudioAll songs written by Shawn Nelson except: "Jesus and the & "Don't Wanna Be Your Baby" by Shawn Nelson and Joe Faulhaber
© 2009 Fonky Tonk Music (BMI) All Rights Reserved.


Shawn Nelson - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica; Joe Faulhaber - Electric Guitar and Vocals; PJ Herrington - Bass; Jerome Kinkaid - Piano and Organ: Nick Chambers - Drums; Trisha Keefer - Fiddle; LZ Love -  Vocals; Kris Brown - Dobro and Steel Guitar