Stories To Prove It

by Kevin Stokley

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I go back in my mind Those Friday nights Heart on my hand, removin’ my hat Up in the stands, high school band Playin that National Anthem And all that I wanted was all that you had In that hand-me-down car there was no looking back Every question that life had to ask We’d have forever to answer Whether it’s train tracks or river banks A bypass or water tanks They’re all gonna crumble someday But the memories stay Out past all those freeways Outlasting all those stars Where the curfew county line freedom Made us who we are Out where God is watching On the streets where we were raised In the towns where we were famous Where the spray paint knows our name Tonight feels like maybe we could outlive ourselves You get two summers that you never forget You’re gonna be a legend but you don’t know it yet The stories we tell, heaven and hell Yeah, we got the scars to prove em And all of those train tracks or river banks Bypass or water tanks They’re all gonna crumble someday But the memories stay Outlive our first kiss by a mile Outrun our first midnight running wild Outdream all the fires we felt inside Tonight feels like maybe we could outlive ourselves Lyrics © Creative Nation
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There's a t shirt folded in the back of the drawer That you know that you're never gonna wear But you scraped 20 bucks together And you bought it at the show that summer of your senior year You still love the smell of October You love the look of the lights on the field And it's been a little while but not long enough To forget how the way a good comeback feels We're all just a kid from somewhere Working on a Friday night dream Turned up loud, trying to make our Daddies proud Acting like we know what we're doing in the back seat We're still back there under the bleachers We're still out there under the stars No clue what we're doing when it comes down to it We're all just a kid, all just a kid from somewhere We're all still waiting on a slow song Still praying Summer's never gonna end Yeah, we're still making plans Some are still falling through We're still drinking a beer with our best friend We're all just a kid from somewhere Working on a Friday night dream Turned up loud, trying to make our Mamas proud Acting like we know what we're doing in the back seat We're still back there under the bleachers We're still out there under the stars No clue what we're doing when it comes down to it We're all just a kid, all just a kid from somewhere Doesn't matter if you leave somewhere Doesn't matter if you stay Cause I swear either way We're still right there under the bleachers We're still out there under the stars No clue what we're doing when it comes down to it We're all just a kid, all just a kid from somewhere Lyrics © Creative Nation
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Top of the world the ferris wheel stopped You pulled out your phone and took a snapshot We were close to heaven as this town could take us Stars in our eyes, smiles on our faces Even if we forgot But pictures don't lie, look at us there Holding on tight, flower in your hair Yeah, we're up on the wall Frozen in a frame We had it all for a while Hey, didn't we baby I know it's hard to see it was good When it ends in goodbye But pictures don't lie We could tear them up, trash the truth Forget there ever was a me and you There was a time this love was golden It'd be easier to let it all go If we didn't have the proof But pictures don't lie, look at us there Holding on tight, flower in your hair Yeah, we're up on the wall Frozen in a frame We had it all for a while Hey, didn't we baby I know it's hard to see it was good When it ends in goodbye But pictures don't lie There's one of you and me on a Carolina beach I was laughing out loud, you were kissing my cheek I know it hurts to look back, it's hard to believe But it wasn't all bad Baby, these pictures don't lie Look at us there Holding on tight, flower in your hair Yeah, we're up on the wall Frozen in a frame We had it all for a while Hey, didn't we baby I know it's hard to see it was good When it ends in goodbye But pictures don't lie These pictures don't lie Lyrics © Anthem Music Publishing
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03:53
As the sun slowly rises above the river I look out over all that God has made Listen as the day starts to awaken I thank God for things that never change I can hear her laughing in the kitchen And the sounds of little footsteps on the stairs I've got all I'll ever need: a wife, a home, a family And I thank God for all those answered prayers And it's good I got more than I ever thought I would I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches The lessons in the mistakes Help me count these blessings like I should And it's so good Every day's a gift that I've been given Every breath feels like a second chance And everything I've done heaven has seen And God just keeps on forgiving me, and I Do my best to change what I can And it's so good I got more than I ever thought I would I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches The lessons in the mistakes Help me count these blessings like I should And it's good to know that I have been forgiven Good to have her laying by my side I've been given more than I deserve For a past so full of bridges burned I couldn't make this better if I tried And it's so good I got more than I ever thought I would I can finally see how all the wrong turns and the heartaches The lessons in the mistakes Help me count these blessings like I should And it's so good Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing
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04:29
My apologies for the world Or at least this little cradle of the south And the parts that I tore up in this small town I’d say I didn’t know what I was doing But I knew You So my apologies for the world And the way we always need to have a king Politics, rock ‘n Roll, and everything I’d say You never warned us, but You did I’ve read your book I know it ain’t like I’ve been elected No, I don’t speak for anyone I sure ain’t got this living thing perfected Drowning in the things I wish I’d never done But if I’m being honest and if You’re really listening Truth is I can’t promise things will be much different But my apologies for the world And the times I didn’t notice what You made When You lit a cornfield sunset up and I looked away Like beauty ain’t some precious kind of gift I swear I know it is. And my apologies for the world And the way we all pretend that we’re all different Like You said those words in red and never meant it Like there’s more to life than how we learn to love But enough’s enough I know it ain’t like I’ve been elected No, I don’t speak for anyone I sure ain’t got this living thing perfected Drowning in the things I wish I’d never done But if I’m being honest and if You’re really listening Truth is I can’t promise things will be much different Please let me say I’m so sorry Even when I can’t find the words And thank you for wild nights and Sundays And all those second shots I don’t deserve I know it ain’t like I’ve been elected No, I don’t speak for anyone I sure ain’t got this living thing perfected Drowning in the things I wish I’d never done But if I’m being honest and if You’re really listening Truth is I can’t promise things will be much different But my apologies for the world My apologies for my world My apologies for Your world Lyrics © Pulse Publishing

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You know - I feel like I've come to a place in life where I'm comfortable. It's easy to look ahead at 36 with a positive outlook and the days and months just seem to make a little more sense. I think this collection of songs really shares where my head is at and I'm so proud to share them with you.

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released June 12, 2020

Electrics: John Marlin
Acoustics/Keys/Drums: Kevin Stokley

Mixed and Mastered by Gone Coastal Productions

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“Kevin Stokley has magnified and glorified the intersecting sweet spot of love for distinctly country music, swelling guitar string arrangements and the tricky craft of writing songs that are both intensely personal and universally identifiable.”

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