I Crossed The Tracks (country version)

Story Behind The Song

Christy's father was a travelling Baptist minister and so her family moved frequently from small southern rural towns to big cities in the northern U.S.

Song Description

Christy Howard sings about events in her life that shaped her musical career in Country and Blues.

Song Length 3:58 Genre Blues - Country, Country - Honky Tonk
Tempo Multiple Tempos Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood In High Spirits, Pleasant Subject Happiness, I, Me, Mine
Language English Era 2000 and later


I Crossed the Tracks �© 2005 Christy D. Howard and Jeffrey L. Howard

slow - intro

When I was a young girl, I crossed the tracks
To see my friends, in their run-down shacks
They had their guitars, harmonicas too
Just sittin' on the front porch, singing the blues
They'd sing: "I'm lonesome, all the time
All I've got's the blues, on my mind"

slow turn-around -- breakdown

Moved to Chicago, when I was nine
Still got the blues, on my mind
My teacher told me: "You got it right"
So keep on singin', all the time
When I was fifteen, moved to Tennessee
I'm a little bit country, as you can see

fast turn-around
fiddle solo

Moved up to Detroit, and I met a man
Walkin' with a guitar, in his hand
You know he asked me: "What you got to lose?
If you can sing country, you can sing the blues"
Now I sing country, all the time
Still got the blues, on my mind

fast turn-around
guitar solo
fast turnaround -- breakdown

Now I'm singin', all the time
About being on both sides, of the line
I'm sittin' on the front porch, singin' the blues
With our guitars, harmonicas too
I sing: "I'm lonesome, all the time
All I've got's the blues, on my mind" (abrupt end)

Lyrics Christy D. and Jeffrey L. Howard Music Jeffrey L. Howard
Producer Christy Howard and Kenny Parker Publisher unpublished
Performance Christy Howard, lead vocals; Jeff Howard, lead guitars; Kenny Parker, rhythm guitar; Martin Gross, drums; Bob Conner, bass; Tim Sparling, piano; Tim Brockett, organ. Label unreleased
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