Laura Cantrell

Songs and a show – a meeting in the ether or down the wire.  I was pleased to be asked to join this effort.  Writing songs is a great mystery to me, and I love mysteries.  I’m hoping some of my colleagues here will reveal a secret or two of their own.

For someone who spent several years on the radio putting songs together in sets, I have a hard time committing to lists of favorite songs.  But when I think of songs important to me, there are several from my childhood that are almost like films or short stories.  Maybe because I’m from Nashville, they are almost all country songs – this is a narrow, specific sampling that doesn’t reflect my love of Hoagy Carmichael or my schoolgirl crush on Nick Lowe.  Here goes:

From “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Kris Kristofferson
In a park I saw a daddy with a laughing little girl he was swinging
And I stopped outside a Sunday school to listen to the songs that they were singing

From “Coal Miners Daughter” by Loretta Lynn
Mommy rocked the babies at night
And read the bible by the coal oil light
And everything would start again come break of morning

From “Sing Me Back Home” by Merle Haggard
I recall last Sunday Morning when a choir from off the street
Came in to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers, ‘there’s a song my mama sang,
Could I hear it once before you move along?’

From “I Still Miss Someone” by Johnny Cash
At my door the leaves are falling
A cold wild wind will come
Sweethearts walk by together
And I still miss someone

From “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my mama put those rags to use

From “Don’t Forget The Coffee Billy Joe” by Tom T Hall
Well if you see Fred you tell him I’ll help him come kill them hogs
And ask him if he’d still be interested in my dogs
Don’t hang around the poolroom all day, we might get more snow
And don’t forget the coffee Billy Joe

From “Wanted Man” by Bob Dylan
Went the wrong way into Juarez with Juanita on my lap