"Tennessee" as written by Harper James Simon and Paul Simon....
I never had all the answers
I never had enough time
But I sure had all the reasons
Why you weren't what I wanted to find

I never laid all my cards out
You just wanted to play
The king, he waited on my door's steps
While the joker and me went on our way

[Chorus]
Maybe I was much too selfish
But, baby, you're still on my mind
Now I'm grown and all alone
And wishing I was with you tonight
'Cause I can guarantee
Things are sweeter in Tennessee

These days everything is all business
Never in one place for too long
And there's no lack of arms around me
But I still wonder if somewhere I went wrong

[Chorus]

And I'd wish on every star in the
Southern sky
For that man and our life
If I did not think that

[Chorus]


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"Tennessee" as written by Jessica Harp

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    General CommentI
    Fallouton May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    Fallouton May 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song i think is bout taking a friend for granted and now they are not there they wish they had treated them differently.
    lie to meon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI never laid all my cards out
    You just wanted to play
    The King he waited on my doorstep
    While the joker and me went on our way

    I love it! I think possibly because it reminds me of how I write. Using words really well to convey different meanings. Jess is such a talented lyricist and I LOVE this song. Especially the acoustic version on the album
    LeaveThePieceson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe she had a childhood friend that she absolutely loved, but she left him for her career, and then she regrets doing that and thinks that she should have stayed with him instead.
    doedoe181on September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song's about Jess's relationship with Michelle's brother. Jess left a guy to go out with Michelle's brother, but it ended up being a really crappy relationship.
    mmmkayon September 27, 2006   Link
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    angelpawson April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMeant to say. I heart this song. Girl still loves guy. Wonders if life wouldve been better if she stayed, or he followed.
    angelpawson April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song relates to my life so much right now. I'm that man that waited for her.
    I will be with this girl soon, but not soon enough.
    This is how the song would relate to me. Enjoy.

    I never had all the answers
    I never had enough time
    But I sure had all the reasons
    Why you weren't what I wanted to find
    (This is about how she didn't want the man,
    maybe because he wasn't in the "cool" crowd.
    She always found a reason not to be with him.)

    I never laid all my cards out
    You just wanted to play
    (She never looked at what might happen in the future.)

    The King he waited on my doorstep
    While the joker and me went on our way
    (She was always with the other guy, while the
    one she wants back was always waiting for her to change her mind.)

    Chorus:
    Maybe I was much to selfish
    But baby you're still on my mind
    Now I'm grown and all alone
    And wishing I was with you tonight
    Cause I can guarantee
    Things are sweeter in Tennessee
    (Now as she looks back she realizes just how
    much he cared for her and how much she misses
    having him around. And also how safe she felt with him.)

    These Days everything Is all business
    Never in one place for too long
    And there's no lack of arms around me
    But I still wonder if somewhere I went wrong
    (Now her life is full of work and she never has
    far to look for people that want to be with her or care about her.
    But she wonders if maybe she chose the wrong one.)

    -Chorus-

    And I'd wish on every star in the
    Southern sky
    For that man and our life
    If I did not think that
    (Now she is wishing for that boy that
    she loved so long ago to come back to her.)

    -Chorus-
    MycroSophton June 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song means so much to me. its perfect. theres this boy and i've always just taken advantage of him cause i new he would always be there if i was lonely so i just kinda dated the fun guys while he was always there thinking they weren't good enough and i always got hurt by them but he never hurt me. i was selfish and just did what i wanted to. but now he's moved away and all the way across the country & i just want him back here with me, here in tennessee
    emmylou2on June 17, 2007   Link

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