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Unrecorded Songs by Bill Naughton, Jr.
all songs c 2012- 2016 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

“Don’t ever feel too proud to ask your neighbors for help,
If it looks like it’s too heavy, don’t try lifting it yourself."
Bill Naughton, Jr.
from the song Keep These Little Lessons

This page is where you can find songs by Bill Naughton, Jr. that have not been recorded in the studio, simple home made demos, with only voice and guitar, or ukulele, meant only to give someone an idea of the basic structure of the songs and the potential they may have if they find their way to the right recording artist and producer. I recorded these demos on a little Sony ICD-PX820, transferred the files to my laptop and uploaded them onto this page. If better versions become available, these demos will be replaced, but for now this is what I have. Thanks for listening to my songs. I hope you like them.


Click on a link below to go directly to that song. Songs are listed in alphabetical order.



Because You Mean That Much To Me
Buried In The Blues



  





 

Because You Mean That Much To Me 
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)
 
Lou Gerolami gave me perhaps the greatest compliment a songwriter can get one day when he walked in while I was playing this song on guitar and when I told him I’d written it he was surprised. He said he thought it was a Beatles song. Wow! I’ll never forget that. It’s probably the chord pattern. Maybe I ripped it off but I don’t think so. The song just came to me out of nowhere one day. It’s great when it happens that way. No struggle at all. It just kind of flows…



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Because You Mean That Much To Me
 (words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

I guess you’ll never know,
The things I seem to go through each time you’re near,
It’s not unusual for me to shake my head and wonder why...

The way you’ve come to mean that much to me,
Is something I could not foresee,
And now it looks as though you could be here to stay...

-chorus-
And that’s alright, little lady, that’s alright,
It’s one thing these days that I don’t mind,
That’s alright, little lady, that’s alright,
I feel this way because you mean that much to me.

I think I’ll let you know,
That I could love you so, and I want you here,
It’s getting to the point where I have nothing but you on my mind...

The way you’ve come to mean that much to me,
Is something I could not foresee,
And now it looks as though you could be here to stay..

-repeat chorus-


 

                  Buried In The Blues
                           (words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
                                copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


I had been fooling around with these words for several months and the song had several title changes during that time as well as several rhythms and then it all came together over the course of a couple days in November 2013 when it went from country to rock and then finally to an Americans feel when I decided to use the ukulele on the work tape that's posted here. I changed the title from I Can't Face The Blues Today to Buried In the Blues and I rewrote the final verse giving it a very unconventional structure which I learned from studying Bernie Taupin's latest lyrics on Elton John's album The Diving Board. This is another of my songs that I wrote specifically for a female vocalist, now all I have to do is find the right female singer to record it for me.

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           Buried In The Blues
                                   (words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
                                  copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


Yesterday was April seventeenth, 
And you say it slipped your mind about our anniversary, 
But I think it may be more than what you say, 
Now I'm buried in the blues today...

I didn't want to spend last night alone, 
I had dinner planned by candlelight but you never made it home, 
So I drank the wine to try to ease the pain, 
Now I'm buried in the blues today... 


 - middle eight- 
I remember you said that you'd never forget, 
Ain't it funny how fast feelings fade, 
I can see it in your eyes, those little white lies, 
And I'm buried in the blues today...

I've been through this before and it's not fun, 
It's always me who ends up hurting after all is said and done, 
I don't have a heart of stone it's more like clay, 
You're gonna have to understand that if you decide to stay, 
And you'll have to make me think that things will change, 
Or I'll stay buried in the blues like today...

I'll need to hear you tell me that for you love's not a game,
 Or I'll stay buried in the blues like today...
I'm buried in the blues today...



 





 

FYI (For Your Information)
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

People write this as a heading or an introduction to a statement all the time, but when I heard a co-worker say it out loud one day I started singing it in my head and before I knew it I had a song started. It took me quite a while to finish it, and I recorded dozens of takes over the course of several hours before I got what I consider to be a fairly decent demo.What I struggled with was the arrangement. Initially I was doing it real fast right out of the box. I even tried a clever introduction using a piece of the chorus as a powerful introduction similar to what George Martin recommended to The Beatles for Can't Buy Me Love, but that seemed over the top for a simple demo, so I ended up staring the song with the complete chorus, although I slowed it down with a very soft vocal with some subtle acoustic guitar, and picked up the tempo a bit as the song progressed. As Lou Gerolami has often told me, keeping it simple allows for an artist to hear their own arrangement within the framework of the demo. I added a de de de guitar solo after the bridge, but that could be changed by a producer and a real lead guitarist, So anyway, for what it's worth - and for your information - here it is, my song called FYI.
 


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FYI (For Your Information)
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 Biliolga Music (ASCAP)

-chorus-
FYI… when I said I’d love you ‘til the day I die,

I wasn’t foolin’ girl I didn’t lie,

I live each moment with you on my mind,

Peace is hard to find…

FYI… I know forever is a long long time,

I’m livin’ lonely with no end in sight,

And I can’t drink you off my mind,

Lord knows I’ve tried…FYI…


Since you’ve been gone I’ve written you a letter every day,

To let you know I’m still alive and nothing’s really changed,

I’m not a clever writer, each one’s pretty much the same,

So for your information, let me say…


-repeat chorus-


I’m never gonna give you up so don’t expect me to,

Right now I’m not the one you love but I’ll never not love you,

The words I write are the way I feel, there's really nothing new,

And for your information, it’s all true…


-bridge-

I’ve kept these thoughts inside,

'Cause I'm not sure how you'd react,

If you found out I’m lost without you,

And I want you back...


-break: guitar solo-

-repeat chorus-







Good Time Connoisseur
 (words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


I had some words for this for a while but I never got around to finishing it and finalizing the melody,  but recently when I was just fooling around on my guitar it all came together and I figured it was about as good as it was going to be so I went ahead and recorded the demo and here it is, pretty simple story about a guy who just can't stay in one place. Even though he's married with kids, he can't stop rambling around whenever the urge strikes him. It's kind of sad in a way but it's just a fun up-tempo song that I made up with a lot of room for lead guitar jammin' in the middle like Neil Young does before it comes back to the chorus to wrap it up. It's really nothing special, just a song for a band to kick into high gear with a catchy chorus for the crowd to sing along with. Country rock, it doesn't have to be complicated.


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Good Time Connoisseur
  (words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


All right I guess I went too far this time,
It only took a case of beer for us to reach the Arkansas line,
And here I am in El Dorado just about a hour from Baton Rouge,
Tryin' to find a phone so I can call my wife and tell her the news,

Last time I said I'd never leave again,
But now I'm on the road and I can't turn around and disappoint my friend,
She wants to go to Mexico so I might not make it home til Monday night,
Tell the kids I love 'em and I'll bring 'em back a present this time,

-chorus-
Oh I must have been born in the back of a bus,
Cuz when it comes to ramblin' Lord I can't get enough,
Good country music and a cold can of Coors,
I'm a good ol' boy, good time connoisseur...

-break for extended lead guitar jam-
-repeat chorus -











 

I Wonder If She Feels That Way Tonight
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

I wrote most of the lyrics for this and then put it aside for several years, then when I concentrated on it over a couple days in December 2013 it all came together. I actually wrote a bridge for this song but decided not to use it because it would have made the song too long, as it is it's four minutes, the bridge would have extended it to five minutes and I didn't want it to be a five minute song so I dropped my idea for a bridge. It's a pretty straight ahead country song with a tip of the hat to Kris Kristofferson and a nice little lyrical twist on the word "feel" in the second verse that, for me, makes the song.
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I Wonder If She Feels That Way Tonight
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


- chorus - 
She said she'd always love me, the day we said goodbye, 
Now I wonder if she feels that way tonight, 
'Cause I found I can't forget her, no matter how I try, 
And I wonder if she feels that way tonight... 

I guess I didn't know, the night I let her go, 
That the day would come when I would hurt like this, 
It's been hard getting by, without her in my life, 
It's everything about her I miss,

Now I might have made a few bigger mistakes, 
Though right now I can't bring one to mind, 
I remember she told me "come home if you're lonely," 
Now I wonder if she feels that way tonight... 

- repeat chorus - 

She gave me her love, always more than enough, 
She was all that a man could ever need, 
For a while things were right, then I left her behind, 
It must have been the fool in me, 

I remember at night how she's hold me so tight, 
Her skin felt so soft next to mine, 
Now I'm lonely in Denver and nights are forever, 
And I wonder if she feels that way tonight... 

- repeat chorus-  
- repeat last line of chorus and end with lead guitar line -














 

Merry Christmas For Me Is Okay
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

 This song took me two years to complete. I started it two years ago during the Christmas season when the postmaster in my home town told me that she couldn't say "Merry Christmas" to a customer unless the customer said "Merry Christmas" to her first. I thought that was a good theme for a song so I wrote it down. I came up with a few more lines, then Christmas came and went, and the song got "shelved." I worked on it a little more, now and then, another Christmas season came and went, and the song remained unfinished. (It's not easy sometimes.)

Then this year, I dropped some money in a Salvation Army kettle and the bell ringer said, "Thank you, happy holidays." I went into the store but when I came out I approached her and said, "You know, you're a Christian organization, and you said 'happy holidays,' you really should be saying 'Merry Christmas,'" and she told me that she'd been told by her bosses that she had to say "happy holidays." I walked away knowing that I had found the missing lines for my song.


I worked on it for a couple days and everything just seemed to fall into place. Even the melody, which I didn't think much of at first, started to feel right. I'm primarily a lyricist, but very often those of us who write words have what we call a "guide melody" to help us get the rhythm and the meter for the verses and the chorus, and sometimes, with a few alterations, this guide melody ends up sounding pretty good.  It happened with my song
Meet The Beatles, and I think it happened again with this song. The problem, however, is that because I'm not a great musician, I'm having a hard time coming up with the guitar chords for this song.  I actually think it's probably a piano song, and I don't play the piano, so I had to record a demo of just my "guide vocal," without any instrumentation. I played a C chord on the guitar to give me an idea of where I should start the melody and I just sang it into my Sony ICD-PX820 Digital Voice Recorder, and here it is. It may be a little fast paced, when I get some instrumentation on this, I'll replace this demo with a more polished version of the song, but right now this is all I have.



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Merry Christmas For Me Is Okay
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


The clerk at the post office can't say "Merry Christmas,"
Unless someone greets her that way first,
Our currency says "In God we trust," but I guess,
Some folks would like to forget Jesus Christ,
Now I'm into diversity, but it doesn't make sense to me,
That it seems like a sin if we say,
Two words simple and true, so between me and you,
Merry Christmas for me is okay...

-chorus-
Merry Christmas for me is okay,
It's what I was brought up to say,
I believe baby Jesus was born on this day,
Merry Christmas for me is okay,
Merry Christmas for me is okay...

In school children learn these days, to say Happy Holidays,
And they can't use term Christmas tree,
Even Christian church bell ringers, are told by their managers,
Not to say "Merry Christmas" to me,
It's that time of the year again and to me it's quite clear my friend,
There are those who'd restrict what we say,
But Christ is the reason for this holiday season,
Merry Christmas for me is okay...

-repeat chorus-

-bridge-
If you deny he exists, the true meaning is missed,
And that's not how God meant it to be,
You can think what you want, believe what you will,
But you can not re-write His story...

-break, strum through one verse with with guitar, piano or horn-

-repeat chorus-





 
Some Other Girl
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)

copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

Another song that I had words for but couldn't decide on a direction for the melody until I finally realized that it was a slow country song, and I recorded it almost like a Bob Dylan demo. I was thinking of a Dylan song like Make You Feel My Love, which when you hear Dylan's version on his 1997 cd Time Out Of Mind, you'd never think that it would be covered by the likes of Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow and Adele, just to name a few of the artists who have recorded that song and made it into another Dylan standard. So for what it's worth, here is Some Other Girl, a simple country influenced song about a guy who is going out with a girl who has a "Jekyll and Hyde" type personality, particularly when she's drinking (not an official diagnosis, but I think you know what I mean, or at least you will once you hear this song.)


  


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Some Other Girl


(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)


copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)



Some other girl took me home last night,


Some other girl, I don't know who,


She kept me up til dawn and made me cuss and fight,


That's not the kind of thing you'd do,



She wore your clothes and her hair was the same,


At first I thought that girl was you,


She sat down next to me and called m


She had to be someone I knew,



-middle eight-


Now I wonder where you were,


When she took me by surprise,


I wound up in her car, then  I knew I'd gone too far,


She had a strange look in  her eye...



Some other girl took me home last night,


Some other girl I don't know who,


She screamed and yelled and cried until the morning light,


You won't believe what I've been through...



-break-


-repeat middle eight and last verse-




That's not the kind of thing you'd do,


  That's not the kind of thing you'd do...














  

Waiting In The Wings 
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)


Ideas for songs can come from anywhere, anytime. This is a perfect example of that. One day while I was listening to the news on WCBS-AM New York, and I heard their fine midday news anchor Pat Farnack say something that I realized she said every day at that time, going into a break she says, "waiting in the wings, Dave Ross." Well, I thought to myself, "Waiting In The Wings, that's a good title for a song," so I wrote it. It took some thought but it came together rather quickly, it's not very complicated and it's certainly not one of my best, but for what it's worth, here it is. And thanks to Pat Farnack for the title!
I hope she get to hear it someday...



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Waiting In The Wings
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

-chorus-

Waiting in the wings,
For something to happen with you,
One of those things,
That makes you want to find someone new...


I'll be here on the sidelines, biding my time while,
You make up your mind what to do,
And then when you are free, you'll know where I'll be...
Waiting in the wings for you...

-repeat chorus-

It's a fairy tale story, but it's not easy for me,
I'm trying real hard to be true,
My mind's made up to stay, where you'll find me someday...
Waiting in the wings for you...

-repeat chorus-
-instrumental break-
-repeat chorus and first verse-









 
What Am I Gonna Do
(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)
copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)

This is a a very simple, pretty song, like a 60s pop song by Dennis Yost and the Classics 4, with that saxophone solo that reaches out and tugs at your heart. What am I gonna do? I can't help but write simple little love songs that I think - I hope - have some widespread appeal, if for nothing else except that they sound nice. This is a pretty song. It sounds nice. I'm glad I wrote it. hope you like it.



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What Am I Gonna Do

(words and music by Bill Naughton, Jr.)

copyright 2013 BiliolgaMusic (ASCAP)
 What am I gonna do,
Who am I gonna tell,
About the way I feel tonight,
I'm crazy about you...

And if I only knew,
A way to keep you here,
Right by my side, you know I'd try,
What am I gonna do...

I've known some ladies before,
But I'm sure I love you more,
Than anyone I ever knew,
What am I gonna do...

-saxophone solo-

I've known some ladies before,
But I'm sure I love you more,
Than anyone I ever knew,
What am I gonna do...

-saxophone out-

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