You’ve Got to Give A Little

Dr. Hall

© All Words and Music Howard Hall

Smoky Mountain Music, BMI

  Track #1 You’ve Got to Give A Little 3:25

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass

Joe Kye, Violin

Tony Galioto, Drums

Lyrics: 

You’ve got to give a little, to those that need.  You’ve got to give a little, to those that grieve.  At the end of the day If you lucky to stay.  You’ve got to give a little, and give a little more.  You’ve got to love a little, Let yourself go.  You’ve got to love a little, there's more than you know.  At the end of the day If you lucky to stay, you’ve got to love a little, and love a little more.  Don't talk about tomorrow. Don't talk about yesterday, Time is now. Find your way!  You’ve got to give a little.  You’ve got to give a little.  That’s what they say.  You work hard for your money, they take it away.  At the end of the day, If you’re lucky to stay, you’ve got to give a little and keep a little more. You’ve got to watch a little, keep your eye on things.  Watch a little closer, don’t trust those kings.  At the end of the day if you’re lucky to stay you’ve got to watch a little, and watch a little more.  Helping is important, for those that need.  It's good for the heart, good to believe.  Watch out for the takers, Watch out for the thieves.  Watch out for the people who will bring you to your knees.  You’ve got to give a little. 

 

Track #2  Three Angels 3:45

Howard Hall, Vocals, electric guitar, bass

Joe Kye, Violin

Tony Galioto, Drums

Lyrics:

Three angels.  Looking over me.  Three angels.  Helping me to see.  I can’t go back, can't go back, back to where I've been.  Lost three souls in this old life. There waiting for me.  Down today, trouble on my mind. Work is hard, times are tough, my life is in a bind.  Seen hard time before, you know I've seen my share.  I've got a pain deep down inside.  One that I can't bear.  Three angels.  Looking over me.  Three angels, helping me to see.  I can't go back, can't go back, back to where I've been. Lost three souls in this old life.  Awaiting for me.  I've missed you so.  Been hard to know.  What could have been. It was your time to go.  I've come to know. Still hurts me so.  A tear remains, the tears remain.  Further down the road today.  Time has come and gone. My kids have grown up strong.  Children of their own.  I'm thankful for the gifts of life, of family and friends.  Three angels have made me strong, and I'm moving on.  Three angels. Looking over me.  Three angels. Helping me to see.  I can't go back, can't go back, back to where I've been.  Three Angels have made me strong and I'm moving on. Three Angels have made me strong and I'm moving on, moving on, moving on, growing strong. 

 

Track #3  A Home for Everyone 4:56

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Homer Wills,  Harmonica

Howard Hall, Percussion

Lyrics:

Old man, old man.  What you going to do?  Two strong boys and four little children.  All depending on you.  Take to the mountains, run to the plains.  Where ever you it's still the same.  Old man, old man think before you go.  This grey day will end in time.  The end you can never know, ol lord, the end you can never know.  Back in Carolina. Hall's Mills and family. The wild green countryside, the rivers and the trees.  The graves of kin. The stills and friends. The promise of the West. A better life, a young man's dream. It's hard to know what's best.  Hard to know what's best.  It's a grey winter morning.  Baby is born.  Happened without warning, now the woman's gone.  She was a strong woman. Traveled across the land.  Brought six children to this old world. Seven was to much to stand, ol lord, seven was to much to stand.  Two boys stand together. They can make it, they are grown.  . But what of the other four?  They don't have a home. Think of the children, all the people say.  The house the home you can't provide. Maybe another day ol lord.  Maybe another day. 

Sixty years have come and gone. The old man's passed away. But what of the boys he left behind? What of the boys that stayed? Who is the lucky man? The ones that stayed or gone? And what is the price he left behind? What is the price today, ol lord?  What is the price today?  Go back, go back.  Back to where your from.  Your families waiting. Wondering where you've gone.  Go back, go back.  Back to where your from.  Your families waiting. Wondering where you've gone. 

One of those four was my Dad.  Taken from any home he had. Taken by the State to Boise Idaho. Watched his three brother go. He was then alone. Taken to the country to work on a farm. Ran away at 14. Grew up as a cowboy. Raised my brothers and me. He made our home.  Old man, old man. What did you do?  You raised three strong boys, created a home for your family. All depending on you. You took them to the mountains, went to the plains. Their lives will never bear the shame. Old man, old man think before you go. Your days will end in time. The end you can never know, ol lord, the end you can never know. 

 

Track #4  New House 3:13

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Homer Wills, Harmonica

Background:

Lyrics:

We need a new house.  She said with a grin.  The old one is full.  It’s filled to the brim.  No room in the attic.  No cars in the garage.  We need a new house.  Just because.  I know where my things are.  They’re out in the shed.  Packed up in a box, or maybe under the bed.  Going through my stuff, isn’t that my white suit?  Sitting in a pile of things to boot!   We need a new house.  She said with a grin.  The old one is full.  It’s filled to the brim.  No room in the attic.  No cars in the garage.  We need a new house.  Just because.  The boxes in the attic.  Are things I should keep.  Tools in the garage.  Stuff under the seat.  The kids are all gone, in their own place.  Say what’s that smile showing up on your face.  We need a new house.  She said with a grin.  The old one is full.  It’s filled to the brim.  No room in the attic.  No cars in the garage.  We need a new house.  Just because.  We need a new house.  Just because. 

 

 

Track #5  Mean Town Blues 4:37

Howard Hall, Vocals, electric guitar, bass

Mark Miller, Harp

Tony Galioto, Drums

Lyrics:

Got the mean town blues, got the mean town blues.  No money to spend, no one to call my friend, mean town blues.  Be careful where you go, be careful who you

know.  This is the mean town truth.  So far from home.  Always seem to be alone. 

My heart feels the pain.  Got nobody to blame.  I've got the mean town blues.  So long have I roamed.  Many miles have I gone.  Been out on the road, carrying a heavy load.  I've seen the mean town blues.  Lost my money and friends.  Hit the bottom, came back again.  Found me a good wife, she probably saved my life.

Goodbye mean town blues

 

 

Track #6  Sophie’s Song 3:24

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Joe Kye, Violin

Lyrics:

Dream, dream your way home.  Dream, no need to be alone.  She walks in dreams, she smiles and sings, Going where she wants to go.  She walks in dreams, she smiles and sings.  Going where she wants to go. Dream, dream your way home.  Dream, no need to be alone.  She plays she dreams, wishing for other things.  Looking for the way to go.  She plays she dreams, wishing for other things. Tired of waiting, life seems so slow.  Dream, dream your way home.  Dream, no need to be alone.  He's miles away, He wishing for the day.  The day he's going home to stay.  He's miles away. Wishing for other things. The day he's going home to stay. Dream, dream your way home.  Dream, no need to be alone.  She talks she sings, Seeing Daddy on the screen.  Wishing he was coming home today.  She talks she sings. Seeing Daddy on the screen.  Wishing he was coming home today.  Dream, dream your way home.  Dream, no need to be alone.   Can you touch?  Can you see?  Do you know? What will be? Can you touch?  Can you see? Depends on, you and me. 

Track #7  Down the Road 3:05

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Jack Casey Jr., Harmonica

Lyrics:

Getting up, driving down the road.  Thinking bout things I've been told.  It's always back in my memory.   A little part of my history.  On the road, I look back and see.  Every little thing that happened to me.  Good times, bad times, you know back whens.  I'm thinking bout family, thinking bout friends.  When I was young I was wild and free.  Had room to roam, had family.  Money was tight, working on the land.  Didn't have a clue, didn't have a plan.  I grew up fast playing music for a living.  Traveling on the road.  Taking and a giving.  Six shows a week playing one night stands.  Feeling young and bold with a five piece band.  I married before twenty to a woman thought I loved.  A turn down the wrong road, lesson from above.  I took my licks, learned by lessons.  Now I'm down the road.  Not forgetting

 

Track #8  Too Fat Blues 3:27

Howard Hall, Vocals, electric guitar, bass

Jack Casey Jr., Harmonica

Lyrics:

Got the too fat blues (5 Times).  Got the too fat blues, can't see my shoes.  Got the too fat blues.  Eating in the morning, eating at night. I'm eating right now cause I gotta feel alright mmmm.  Got the too fat blues, can't see my shoes.   Got the too fat blues.  My skinny brother Jim, he's the apple of her eye.  Started out thin but he hooked on cherry pie mmmm.  Got the too fat blues, can't see my shoes got the too fat blues.  Decided to get in shape.  Gonna work out all the time.  Went down and joined the gym.  Haven't been - doing fine mmm.  Got the too fat blues, can't see my shoes.

Got the too fat blues. 

 

Track #9  Jimmy’s End 3:22

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Joe Kye, Violin

Lyrics:

Jimmy was a man. Who died last week by his own hand.  He was known to many. A friend to just a few.  Jimmy was a man, we'll never understand.  First met Jimmy. In the spring of 92.  Strong proud man with dark shades. Few things he couldn't do.  Man of few words.  One which you could rely.  A man of family, children and friends, who chose his day to die.  When Jimmy met Mary.  His life seemed at ease.  A beautiful girl with dark brown eyes. A woman he wished to please.  Wed in the springtime.  With family and friends.  Soon there were children.  Soon was the end.  I saw Jimmy's dark side.  When Mary ventured away. A trip, a drink, a dance, a fight.  Had there been another day?  Mary escaped with a tear, bruised arms and a black eye.  Jimmy went home alone and lost.  Had he kissed his wife goodbye?  How do you know when to fight back? How do you know when you’re done?  How do you know when to walk away?    How do you know when to run?  Jimmy was man.  Who died last week at his own hand.

 

Track #10  Got A Good Looking Woman 3:03

Howard Hall, Vocals, acoustic guitar, bass

Mark Miller,  Harmonica

Tony Galioto, Drums

Lyrics:

Got a good looking women, Can't get her out of my mind.  Got a good looking women, Can't get her out of my mind. 

I am such a lucky man. Cause I'm with her most of the time.  I've been through some bad times, troubles got a hold of me.  Been through some bad times, troubles got a hold of me.  Been down and out a wondering.  Is this what the man's got planned for me.  I've been sad and lonely, good things were hard to see.  Been sad and lonely, good things were hard to see.  When I get the blues I wonder, what she sees in me.

 

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