Clinton Collins & The Creekboys
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Life is a journey and many times the obstacles that we encounter are of our own doings. We're slowed down and side tracked by traveling down long paths that gets us lost and unsure of where we need to be. It's also a fun song to play in concert.

Lyrics

Here I go Down the Pothole Road Spinning gravel With a heavy load Should have learn my lesson Years ago Now here I go Down the Pothole Road When I was a young man I left my good home Set my sails high For the asphalt sea I've journey so far I don't remember I love to go back But that can never be Chorus I broke some kind hearts My dear mother's She try to warn me Of my wicked ways But I was stubborn I didn't listen I turned off that light For the dark highway Chorus Should have been me Upon that cross Pay my own debts Serve my time But somebody loved me When I didn't love myself Stood in my place Accused of my crime 12/15/06 ©ASCAP Hollowcreek Songs 2009
2009-01-11
Clinton Collins Lyrics Clinton Collins, Dale Elswick, and Randy Fielder Music

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Throughout life, it's so easy to overlook the treasures and gems that are before us. We're easily seduced by the busyness of life and the journey becomes a burden. The child like wander is forgotten and lost on the way. Kick a few stones over to find the beauty of life awaiting you on your own journey.

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Black crow flying above the pines Creek bed is dry only puddles to find Sun is baking the blacktop road Heat rising at the fishing hole Breaking bottles along the ditch Found a hubcap and I struck it rich Caught a ride into town to catch a show I met little Julie at the old drug store Young eyes still wander at this little blue earth Old eyes still ponder for all it’s worth Treasure to find under every stone You got to dig a little deeper on the long journey home Baby smiling at a mystery Dog barking in the distance like a melody Porch swing lovers steal a kiss Street congregation in the mist Darkness strays as the night sky glows Catch a firefly and let it go In the tall grass smell the meadows perfume As summer fades beneath the midnight moon Chorus 1/11/09
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Written in '99, I tried this song several times but, one day I picked up a banjo to see what it would sound like and it stuck. Semi-autobigraphical, the writer wants to catch his breath and enjoy the moment. Remembering the experiences of life and the things that matter and people that's changed his life.

Lyrics

I was born a miner’s son But I never wanted to be one He worked until his day was done Down in the cold dark mine I was just sixteen I had my visions and I had my dreams Yeah how my heart did bleed Down that old dirt road {Chorus} The portal of light is just ahead I remember all the things he said A breath of fresh air is going to clear my head And makes me think of you It makes me think of you I was born on a snowy day The chill of winter and the clouds of gray She said there would be better days I’m looking for a patch of blue Take me down where the fields are green Hold my hand and walk with me You’re the cutest thing I’ve ever seen The first I’ve ever loved {Chorus} I've been broken and I've been healed Up and down like a Ferris wheel I've known hunger and I've been filled From the table of the King 8/15/99 ©ASCAP Hollowcreek Songs 2009
Clinton Collins & The Creekboys
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My first coal mining song. I've avoided this for years and felt it was time to write something. I've had 3 endings and finally settled for this one. I always think of my grandfather, when I sing this song, who was killed in a mining accident in the 1930's.

Lyrics

A yellow moon was sleeping In the blue mountain sky Two young lovers And a million fireflies His heart was revealed Under that big search light Would you marry me And be my Junebug bride He became a union man At the number ten mine A company store ring From his hard worked overtime And down by the willow On the Brier Creek side He became one with her His Junebug bride And the fiddles played On that long summer day Everyone danced As the cool grass swayed All through the valley And the countryside She was the prettiest girl His Junebug bride The coal seam was low And mixed with sweat and blood It'll break your back As you sacrificed your lungs But they could not take his soul He held on to his pride And his heart belonged to one His Junebug bride chorus In the darkness and dust There came a rumbling sound Bad news spread fast As the town folk gathered around Her eyes filled up with tears Like those misty hollow skies As they prayed upon their knees With his Junebug bride The night crept on forever Out of the portal no one came At dawn they found some men Someone called upon her name Among the worn black faces Was two arms opened wide And he held on to her tight His Junebug bride 10/28/06 ©ASCAP Hollowcreek Songs 2006 Clinton Collins
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Fun song to perform live. Simply, choose your friends wisely.

Lyrics

The Company You Keep I've been drifting slowly Into the dark I've been hiding so foolish From my own good heart I've never been a strong man You know I'm so weak So easily persuaded By the company I keep I fell for all the lies That fill up the air Believe in yourself What others think don't care But I've hurt those I love I've seen them weep For a man such as I And the company I keep It's easy to stray And stumble into the night Far from your love ones Farther from the light And what you have sown You'll someday reap Be careful who you trust And the company you keep This modern world Will laugh and scorn To have faith in something When you're tattered and torn But you can rise up From the darkness deep But sometimes you've got move on From the company you keep 10/8/07 Hollowcreek Songs ASCAP 2009
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Wrote this one at the beach. Dale's mandolin part went down in one take. Ask my daughter, Nicole, to sing lead vocal.

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Sun Is Risin’ Sun is risin’ red & gold Sun is risin’ red & gold Sun is risin’ red & gold If you love me let me know Sun is risin’ red & gold Tossed & turned in my dreams I tossed & turned in my dreams Tossed & turned in my dreams Swept away within the stream Sun is risin’ red & gold Love is such a price to pay When you give your heart away Sun is rising red & gold Felt your presence in my room I felt your presence in my room I felt your presence in my room Heard your voice smelled your perfume Sun is risin’ red & gold Love is such a price to pay When you give your heart away Sun is risin’ red & gold 07/03/08
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Wrote this one for my wife on her birthday. The camera had not came in and I thought she would like a song about her. I played it and she asked "Did you order any lens to go with it?" Lot's of fun to record and play live. Love the Creekboys vocals.

Lyrics

My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth Can't measure in dollars what she's worth My baby prays on her knees My baby prays on her knees My baby prays on her knees That a saving hand will rescue me I've never been a good man But she seen something in me Loves me desite my failures Unconditionally My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth Can't measure in dollars what she's worth My baby deserves the best My baby deserves the best My baby deserves the best In heaven is where she'll invest I've never been a good man But she seen something in me Loves me desite my failures Unconditionally My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth My baby's the salt of the earth Can't measure in dollars what she's worth 10/15/07 Hollowcreek Songs ASCAP 2009
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This is the wedding day for the Junebug Bride. I used my Grandparents names for the kin folk! Our daughters sang on this one and it was a joy.

Lyrics

My shoes are shined My suit is fine The preacher has been payed My throat is dry The fiddles cry On our wedding day The earth is still We're in God's will The crickets began to sing My heart is humming in your hand Like a Junebug on a string Your mom and dad And all my kin Has came from far away Uncle Jim Grandma Cline For our wedding day I say I do And you do too I place the golden ring My lips are buzzing as we kiss Like a Junebug on a string Dance with me yes dance with me As our hearts take wing Dance with me yes dance with me Like a Junebug on a string Your golden hair Your soft white skin Your eyes are like bluejays Your beauty is all I see On our wedding day I hold you close I feel your breath Cool as a mountain spring Hold on tight don't let me go Like a Junebug on a string 04/18/08
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Simple song with an age old story. Lovers removed by thousands of miles. Separated by a war and kept together by faith.

Lyrics

Your voice calms like a silk wind Your eyes are like blue skies When you laugh it spills around you To everyone passing by And I know I’m not deserving Of your warmth and your grace But you are a sweet angel Your faith I’ll embrace Keep your love light shinin’ And I’ll be home some night Keep your love light shinin’ Someday I’ll take my flight {repeat} Oh I promised long ago That I’d always be around What could ever separate us From the love we have found Now I’m far across the ocean In this desert and the dust But your prayers have kept me safe from harm Your faith I will trust Chorus In the shadow of destruction The language of pain My heart still overflows When I whisper your name And my knees are not a stranger To the ground beneath my feet But your faith has kept me safe thus far And God will deliver me Chorus 05/12/08
CC & The Creekboys
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Bob Dylan

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I first heard this song in 1979. I was blown away by Dylan's album Slow Train Coming. This is our first cover song on a cd.
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You've got to think tent revival. Sawdust, loud music, and electricity. Crank it up when you're traveling.

Lyrics

Somebody ‘s gonna get saved tonight Ooh yea Somebody’s gonna turn from wrong to right Ooh yea Some heart’s been broken is gonna be healed Ooh yea Some spectator is gonna know it’s real Ooh yea It’s revival night {revival night} It’s revival night The stage is set the earth’s gonna shake Ooh yea Tears gonna flow the dam’s gonna break Ooh yea Days are numbered invitation’s been sent Ooh yea Fall on your knees it’s time to repent Ooh yea It’s revival night It’s revival night Leave all your burdens at the door You are standing in the house of the Lord It’s revival night {repeat} 07/19/08
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I'd played a gig and got home late. As soon as my head hit the pillow this song started floating around. I knew from experience that it would be best to get up and record a demo before the next day because it would have traveled on through the ethereal.

Lyrics

Now these mountains are much smaller Strip and orphan left all alone Robbed of the glory they were hiding Picked apart like flesh from a bone Grandfather labored in these shadows Until he was broken and gray Now he rest within this hillside Waiting for the resurrection day The democrats promise better The poor man will get his fair share The others more for the rich But to me no one really cares All these years I've barely broke even No matter what they portray My hope is in my Savior And the promise of the resurrection day Now some day I will rise When I hear that trumpet blow And the veil will be removed I will know as I have been known Joy will fill these valleys And tears will be washed away But I've got to remain faithful Until the resurrection day Look for me on that resurrection day 10/21/07 Hollowcreek Music ASCAP 2009
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This one went down live. Lot's of fun and a good way to end a show. My first and last kazoo solo.

Lyrics

Well I went to party and drank to many cokes We ate some pizza and told some jokes I had a good time but somewhere in between While singing happy birthday it came over me You gotta go gotta go You gotta go gotta go You're good company And I hate to leave When you gotta go gotta go I was talking to my preacher about life and death And doing your best with no regrets And when the Lord calls there is no doubt You'll leave this world with an exit shout You gotta go gotta go When you gotta go gotta go You're good company And I hate to leave When you gotta go gotta go I was playing guitar with my favorite band When I got a call that said guess who I am It's your baby and I'm all alone So play that last song and hurry on home 12/1/06 ©ASCAP Hollowcreek Songs 2009 Clinton Collins
Clinton Collins
2013-04-18

Lyrics

There are roads I must travel
There are mountains I must move
And I know I’m nothing special
But I have one favor of you

Keep me in your prayers
Keep me in your prayers
While the world’s sleeping
Keep me in your prayers
Keep me in your prayers
Keep me in your prayers
Whisper my name
Keep me in your prayers

In the darkest regions the lonely shadows
I hear the voices of those I love
They are calling reaching for me
But I’m just beyond that shore

Chorus

We try to stand in a fallen world
We all need someone by our side
Pray for each other pray with your whole heart
Pray until that light arrives

Chorus

And on that day when we come together
We’ll embrace with love that’s true
And you will know that in those hard times
I was praying for you

10/17/2010

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Gigs

Mar 2
THE LISTENING ROOM at Ron Ireland Studio
Wytheville, VA
Mar 21
Bolling Wilson Hotel
Wytheville, VA
Mar 23
Cornershop
Bramwell, West Virginia

Chicken & Dumplins'

Baby I Need Your Love

Dogwood Drive

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