Tales of The Bed Yam

by Brett Allen Gregory

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    Tales of The Bed Yam is a chronological compilation of the best of my Acoustic Americana songwriting efforts. I wrote, played, and recorded everything here. Is it nap time yet?

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Tales of The Bed Yam is a chronological compilation of the best of my Acoustic Americana (country/folk singer-songwriter) songwriting efforts.

I suspect this album will be my last as I haven't written a new song since 2008. So I wanted to have one last album that I could be proud of, and could use as a presentation of my best work, both in songwriting and performance. It contains my 6 latest, and previously unreleased songs (the last 6 on the CD) plus 10 recent re-recordings of some of my best original songs.

I wrote, played and recorded everything here to the best of my ability. As for the album title, 'Bed Yam' (a close relative of the couch potato) it was a nick-name given to me by my friends when I was stationed in the Philippines with the USAF because of how much I could sleep (12 - 16 hours!) :)

I am The Bed Yam, and I hope you enjoy my tales.

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released October 1, 2016

I recorded this entire album (at my home in Livermore and my old studio in Pleasanton) on a 16 track digital recorder (Fostex VF160) thru an AKG 414. Processed via N-Tracks software on my trusty old pc, GUS.

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Brett Allen Gregory Livermore, California

I've always been compelled to write.

Early on it was journaling and poetry, but then that merged with my guitar addiction to become songwriting.

The process was always a bit manic, pressured, as if a large gorilla had stepped into my room, grabbed me by the lapels and said, "I will not let you sleep until you write this idea down." And so for years the gorilla and I danced madly thru the night.
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Track Name: Country Girl
Verse 1: I close my eyes but I cant sleep
Look what your love has done to me
I know you wanna take a your sweet time
Pretty girl I’m bout to loose my mind

Chorus 1: You held me under a moon lit night
One little kiss and I made up my mind
Your heart can run but it cant hide
Little country girl you got to be mine

Verse 2: Well I’m getting restless and I can’t eat
I know your love is just a what I need
Down this road I’m doing double time
My heart aint stopping for no stop sign

Chorus 2: You held me under a moon lit night
One little kiss and I made up my mind
Your heart can run but it cant hide
Little country girl you got to be mine

Bridge: Everything about her just feels so right
That girls loving was made for mine
Don’t wanna spend another lonely night
Little country girl dontcha think its time
Country girl just a mine all mine

Lead guitar section

Verse 3: Well in the wink of an eye you cast a spell on my heart
That summers night you blew my world apart
There’s just one thing that I’m thinking of
I got to have some more of your love

Chorus 3: You held me under a moon lit night
One little kiss and I made up my mind
Your heart can run but it cant hide
Little country girl you got to be mine
Little country girl won’t you be mine
Little country girl wont you be all mine

Coda (Chorus 4): You held me under a moon lit night
One little kiss and I made up my mind
Your heart can run but it cant hide
Little country girl won’t you be mine
Country girl got to be all mine
Country girl just a mine all mine yeah
Track Name: A Heart Without Your Love
Something here is telling me, you’re gonna say goodbye
It’s nothing you’ve done differently, and maybe that’s just why
You still hold my hands and look at me the way you’ve always done
Just going thru the motions has left a heart without your love.


So many years have sailed on by, and it’s just been you and me.
One secret can hide a sea of lies, so tell me what can I believe?
That day upon your hand I placed a ring, is the day that I think of,
To raise the tides for one more night, in a heart without your love.



After all these years you're still the one
So I’ve tried everything that my heart can think of
but alone with you still every night is this heart without your love.



I’ve gone back thru all the pages, just to read between the lines
I’ve got my sleeve full of aces, just need some luck and a little time
Cause we both vowed to keep our love together, come what ever will
So in your arms here every night is a heart that loves you still.



After all these years you're still the one
And I’ve tried everything that my heart can think of
but alone with you still every night is this heart without your love.



without your love.
without your love.
Track Name: Lowdown & Lonesome
Lowdown and Lonesome, I walk these streets alone
Lowdown and Lonesome, just a stranger in this town
Everyone here looks at me and they wonder who I am
I’m just a lowdown, lonesome kinda man.

There’s a lady down in Lafayette, she’s lonely just for me.
Cause her love ain’t over yet but I just had to leave.
That ole ball and chain don’t look too good on me
I’d rather be Lowdown lonesome and free.

Chorus

Instrumental break

I must admit that sometimes I get down
I’ll settle in a bit with some girl in some town
Till I hear that highway song calling out my name
I tip my hat say thank you darling just the same

Chorus

Instrumental Break

I got some women in Wyoming, some girls in Gatlingburg
There’s arms waiting to hold me in towns you never heard
You know a city boy would probably lose his mind
this kinda livin' suits this country boy just fine.

Coda:
Lowdown and Lonesome, I walk these streets alone
Lowdown and Lonesome, just a stranger in this town
Everyone here looks at me and they wonder who I am
I’m just a lowdown, lonesome
lowdown lonesome
lowdown lonesome kinda man…
Track Name: 500 Miles
I can feel this storm a coming, like a slow moving train
A thunder cloud in the distance, spilling over with rain
I best get these wheels back on the tracks and move my self along
I got 500 miles to get back home I got 500 miles to get back home


A pale full moon followed me the night I left
It’s that moon shining in my veins it don’t let me get no rest
this guitar on my back I walked this way alone
now just 500 miles till I get home



Some say it’s the road that leads you astray some say its just the night
or the stars spinning around your head that make you feel alright
well don’t worry about where your going all these roads were made to roam
and your heart can lead you home your heart can lead you home



With the sun rising my wings are melting and I fall to the ground
the son watching over me I close my eyes and lay my head down
one night closer to the days that I wont spend alone
not like 500 miles away from home not like 500 miles away form home


away from home
take you home
So don’t build those walls around your heart
and your heart will lead you home
will take you home
lead me home
Track Name: Mystery
She never sits down with her back to my heart
She’s played the fool before so now she plays it smart
She never lets her guard down, always on the run
She plays me like a game that she’s already won.

She got those longing looks she doesn’t need to say a word.
She’s got that delicate touch feels just like a whisper.
She says just close your eyes I’ve got so much love in side
but girl your love’s no good when all you do is hide


She’s a mystery to me.
She never says just what she really means
She keeps one bullet in that gun just for me
She’s a mystery to me.

Interlude

She takes my breath away she leaves me out in the cold
She takes me by the hand she thinks that I don’t know
She doesn’t sleep at night she keeps her eyes wide open in the dark
She’s got her arms round me but she’s got chains round her heart


She’s a mystery to me.
She never says just what she really needs
She keeps one bullet in that gun just for me
She’s a mystery to me.


She’s a mystery to me.
She gives no clues till she plays her final scene
Every line a ruse every deception a victory
She’s my mystery.

She’s my mystery.
Track Name: Dreamin' in the Country
Well I’ve been living in between these city lines
drive that freeway twice a day, stare at the highway signs
There’s a whisper in the back of my mind, oh boy,
don’t you think it’s time?

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you, my Miss Angelee
You’re my wife my love my life, my reason to believe
but it’s all houses and black top as far as I can see
Angelee, don’t you think its time we leave?

I been dreaming bout the country you know those dreams that get to you
Angelee it may sound funny but I think you feel it too
So lets head out to the heartland and do some dreamin in the country
do some dreamin in the country

Who knows what we’ll find the other end of this dotted line
and chasin dreams can leave you astray, sometimes
you gotta take that chance put your wheels in gear
So take me by the hand Angelee, lead me anywhere because

I been dreaming bout the country you know those dreams that get to you
Angelee it may sound funny but I think you feel it too
So lets head out to the heartland and do some dreamin in the country
do our dreamin in the country

I’m going where the grass is greener,
Well I’m sure the air smells sweeter
Lets do some dreaming in the country

Well I been dreaming bout the country you know those dreams that get to you
Angelee it may sound funny but I think you feel it too
So lets head out to the heartland and do some dreamin in the country
do some dreamin in the country

Do our dreamin in the country
Track Name: Texas Twist
We were all out last night with nothing to do
I said you take Claudette, I’ll take Mary Lou
Hold my hand girl, come with me
I got something you should see

Well they looked a little nervous so I gave ‘em a wink
You know me pretty well ladies but it’s not what you think
It’s a little side step that you don’t step alone
You’re gonna wanna do it all night long


Well you just move your hips like you got nothing to lose
The way you use it girl you’re so cool
You can twist it with a friend or dance it in a line
It’s in the way that you hold your body to mine
They’ll be doing it in Raleigh, North Platte Nebraska
Way down in Wyoming, all the way to Alaska
It’s kinda got a Hillbilly gist
It’s a little thing I call the Texas twist


Well we’ve been twisting together for quite some time
Just me and Mary Lou and Claudette sometimes
No one can twist my world the way that you do
I wanna do a little Texas Twistin with you!


Well you just move your hips like you got nothing to lose
The way you use it girl you’re so cruel
You can twist it with a friend or dance it all night
It’s in the way that you hold your body to mine
We’ll be doing it in Raleigh, North Platte Nebraska
Way down in Wyoming, all the way to Alaska
It’s kinda got a Hillbilly gist
Come on girl just one kiss
All the good Cowboys and Girls are doing the Texas Twist
Texas Twist Texas Twist Come on now Texas Twist
Track Name: Everyday (I Believe in You)
Everyday, I get a little more ahead
Everyday, I get a little something right
Everyday, I get a little closer to the end
Everyday one step closer to the days I’ll spend with you.

Everyday, everyday, I get a little bit behind
Everyday, everyday, I keep runnin’ out of time
Everyday I keep runnin’, just to catch up to where I was
Everyday your love saves me with the grace of the Lord


I Believe, we’ve all been on that midnight train
I Believe, in a bit of darkness thru our veins
I Believe, there’s a reason for all the rain
I believe that’s when I find you holding me once again.

I Believe, I Believe that your love remains true
I Believe, I Believe in this light that shines from you
I Believe you stand by me tho all the things I put you thru
I Believe your love saves me, touching grace thru you.


Everyday everyday Lord I Believe in You
I believe that your love will see me thru
Theres a prayer in my heart that I keep just for you
“Everyday I believe Lord, I Believe in You”


Solo


In you is a light that shines like home
In you I find my faith as I grow old
In you I find hope for all of us
In you I have found love and in you I place my trust

In you in you I’ve learned faith is a two way street
In you I believe, and you believe in me
and when you get a little lonesome Lord I know just what you might need
I’ll sing you a song of Love and Grace just like you sang to me
I’ll sing you a song of Love and Grace, remind you that I believe.


Everyday everyday Lord I Believe in You
I believe that our love will see us thru
Theres a song in my heart that I sing just for you
“Everyday I believe Lord, I believe in You
Everyday I believe, I believe, believe in you”
Track Name: Wanderlust
I been wondering
Lookin out my window again
There’s nothing but moonshine
Pourin down tonight
I’m tryin to get some sleep
but I just can’t close my eyes

So I go out wandering
Let the moonlight soak right through my skin
A million stars above
and so much space in between
So I set my sails to the wind
And it’s a traveling junkies dream

Wanderlust is my blood
When the moon is shinning down above
Not one destination
Where I need to go
All I need right now is any
thousand mile road


This nighttime wandering takes me away from you
But I’ll be back before the sun comes shinning through


I been wondering
Lookin' out my window again
There’s nothing but moonshine
Pourin down tonight
I’m tryin to get some sleep
but I just can’t close my eyes
Track Name: Here and Gone
Here and gone, it’s here and gone
Hang on for the ride, don’t you look back for too long
Driftin’ thru the past, you know time keeps walkin’ on,
til close enough to touch is here and gone.

Sometimes I think I’ll find, that you’re still waiting,
or that the years have gone by and nothing’s changed.
Put the top down in the sun and we’ll go riding.
Never let this day fade away.

There’s a thousand yesterdays that I go back to.
The old times are so sweet in memory.
History ain’t nothin’ but just a shadow,
of everything that’s standing here today.

It’s here and gone, it’s here and gone
You hang on for the ride, don’t you look back for too long
Driftin’ thru the past, you know time keeps walkin’ on,
til close enough to touch is here and gone.

Intro Melody

Bridge:
Every now and then, I go driftin’ back
but you smile at me and say, ”Honey, where are you at?”

Here and gone, it’s here and gone
Right here and now, ain’t gonna wait around too long.
While it’s close enough to touch, you better hold it tight in your arms,
‘cause sometimes the sun comes up,
and what was close enough to touch,
sometimes the sun comes up…
Track Name: Say It Ain't So
Say it ain’t so
You say that our love’s run out of time
Say it ain’t so
But you turn to go
And you won’t be mine.

There’s some things that are better left unsaid
But it’s dangerous silent voices in your head
Talk to me come on tell me what went wrong
But don’t look at me that way like you don’t know what’s going on

It’s a lonely old night a long ride home
Got my hands upon the wheel turn the radio on
There’s a red headed stranger and blue eyes crying in the rain
It don’t matter what I do, there ain’t nothing feels the same

Say it ain’t so
You say that our love’s run out of time
Say it ain’t so
But you turn to go
And you won’t be mine.

Lead Solo

Nothing like the sunrise when you been up all night
Pale washed out colors in a world a little too bright
Close the blinds and shut my eyes and pour one last shot of sleep
Now I won’t be too surprised with every promise that you don’t keep

Where did it go?
Guess I just slipped right off your mind
How could I Know
Till you turn to go
And left me behind

Say it ain’t so
but you turn to go
and you won’t be mine
you wont be mine
you wont be mine

false ending then pick back up with half time ELVIS feel

You turn to go and you won’t be mine
Track Name: Hold Hands with The Devil
Lately I have noticed
The way that you hang around
Hidin’ out beneath the back of my brain
I’d kinda hoped you’d left town

Well I can tell right now that you ain’t never gonna leave
and sure as hell you ain’t gonna leave me be…

Guess it wasn’t so long ago
longer than you might like
I can still feel your touch on my skin
the traces in my mind

Well I can hear every lie that you whispered so sweet
and every laugh when I said I could leave…

You hold hands with the devil,
He wants you to stay.
Can leave any time,
is just words that you say.
One thing you’ll notice
he’s there everyday
You hold hands with the devil,
you don’t just walk away.

There ain’t nothing that I wouldn’t do
to cut you out of my veins
So why do I start to thinking about you
when things go right for a change

And in the middle of the night when I whisper your name
there ain’t no one here but my self left to blame…

You hold hands with the devil,
He wants you to stay.
Can leave any time,
is just words that you say.
One thing you’ll notice
he’s there everyday
You hold hands with the devil,
you don’t just walk away.

You hold hands with the devil,
you don’t just walk away,

you don’t just walk away.
Track Name: Cool California Nights
Verse 1:
I get lost on a night like this
Moon and the stars just spin me round
Stare at the sunset
Oh such sweet regret
As sunset gold fades into midnight blue
And I go driftin thru

Chorus:
On those cool California nights
And those blue western skies
Asleep in the sun, let the days pass by
And go dreaming on a cool
California Night

Verse 2:
Like summer nights drivin my old car
Me and my best friend with the top rolled down
Or a million miles away
Wishin I hadnt strayed
But oh how sweet to finally be coming home
Back where I belong

Chorus repeats

Bridge:
And the days are filled
With so many reasons why
Feel the sun shining on my skin
I just close my eyes

Instrumental chorus

Verse 3:
Now theres some things I wish I hadnt done
And some friends I wish Id never left behind
But I try not to think about
Cuz Im better off without
Getting lost inside an old memory
But they still find me

Chorus repeats

Coda:
Oh I get lost on a night like this