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"On The Street"
Words and Music by Benmont Tench --
Performed by Mudcrutch/Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Album: "Playback"/"Through The Cracks" -- 1973, 1995

 

"Never Be You"  
(Tom Petty & Benmont Tench) -- Rosanne Cash, Album: Hits 1979-1989, Album: Super Hits -- 98, Rhythm & Romance -- 1985; Streets of Fire (Soundtrack) -- 1984

 

"Kind Of Woman" 
 (Stevie Nicks, Musical bridge by Benmont Tench) -- Recorded By Stevie Nicks, Album: Bella Donna -- 1981

 

"Not Enough Love in the World" 
(Henley, Kortchmar, Tench)
-- Don Henley,  Album: Building the Perfect Beast -- 1984; Recorded By Cher - It's a Man's World -- 1996

 

"Sunset Grill"
 (Henley, Kortchmar and Tench) -- Don Henley, Album: Building the Perfect Beast -- 1984

 

"Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)"
 (Little Steven/McKee/Tench) -- Lone Justice, Album: Lone Justice -- 1985

 

"Why Don't You Quit Leaving Me Alone"  
Words and Music by Benmont Tench -- Rosanne Cash, Album: King's Record Shop -- 1988

 

"Little Love Letter #1"
  (Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench) -- Carlene Carter, Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

 

"Little Love Letter #2"  
( Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench) -- Carlene Carter, Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

 

"Wastin' Time With You"  
(Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench) -- Carlene Carter, Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

 

"Unbreakable Heart"  
Words & Music by Benmont Tench
-- Carlene Carter - Album: Little Love Letters - 1993 and Hindsight 20/20 - 1996, Jessica Andrews - Album: Heart Shaped World - 1999

 

"Stay Forever"  
(Benmont Tench & Hal Ketchum) Recorded by Hal Ketchum - Album: Hits - 1996

"Monkey Around"  
(McClinton/Nicholson/Tench) -- Delbert Mcclinton, Album: One of the Fortunate Few -- 1997

 

"Love Like That"
 (Al Anderson, Gary Nicholson, Benmont Tench) Recorded By Wynonna Judd - Album: Other Side -- 1997

 

"How Do You Do What You Do So Well
(Tench/Wiseman) - J.C. Jones -- Album: One Night -- 1998

 

"It's A Rockin' World" 
 (Tom Morello, DJ Bonebrake, Benmont Tench & Nick Hexum) Performed by Joe Strummer featuring Flea -- Chef Aid: The Southpark Album -- 1999? Click Here for Sound Clips

 

"I'll Give My Heart" 
 (Beth Nielsen Chapman & Benmont Tench) -- 1999

 

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"On the Street"

Words and Music by Benmont Tench

Performed by Mudcrutch/Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Album: "Playback"/"Through The Cracks" -- 1973, 1995

Chords

I saw you walkin' down the street with him
You know I almost could've died
I didn't know you had a second friend
I never thought you would've lied
I heard somebody as I knocked upon your door
See somebody else's socks were lyin' on the floor
And I saw you on street with him
You know I almost coulda' died

I never said I was all that choice
I never said I was supreme
I didn't think you'd pull that second voice
It seems a little too routine
I see somebody as a smile cut across your face
I see somebody as he's takin' you some other place
Yeah I saw you on the street with him
You know I really coulda' died

I didn't know you had another man
I didn't know, I thought I was in
I didn't know you had another man
I didn't know
I thought I was in on the action
I thought I was ace in the hole
But I guess I was wrong

I see somebody as a smile cut across your face
I see somebody as he's takin' you some other place
Yeah I saw you on the street with him
You know I really coulda' died

I didn't know you had another man
I didn't know I thought I was in
I didn't know you had another man
I didn't know
I thought I was in on the action
I thought I was ace in the hole
But I guess I was wrong

Copyright 1973 Blue Gator, Maverick Music
and Warner Chappell Music. All Rights Reserved.

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"Never Be You"  

By Tom Petty & Benmont Tench -- Performed by Rosanne Cash, Album: Hits 1979-1989, Album: Super Hits -- 98, Rhythm & Romance -- 1985; Streets of Fire (Soundtrack) -- 1984

Chords

chorus

take a look at my eyes
it's been a long, long time
I used to feel so strong
when I knew you were mine
but since you let me down
I'm hard to be around
I don't know what I'm gonna do
he could never be you

I guess it all come around
baby please don't cry
love is going to be a little reckless
lovers all have to stand trial
but since you let me go
there's nothing going on
I don't know what I'm going to do
he could never be you

repeat chorus

he knows the moves
he plays the part
but he only has me
he don't have my heart
he could never be you
he could never be you

so take a look at my eyes
know you can't hide the truth
you don't get by on pride
it'll run over you
but since you let me down
I'm hard to be around
I don't know what I'm gonna do
he could never be you

repeat chorus

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Little Love Letter #1

By Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench

Recorded By Carlene Carter - Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

My answer machine is feelin' lonely and blue
'Cause there ain't been a message in an hour of two
And my fax machine has tears in its eyes
'Cause there ain't no words runnin' through its wires
Is it something I did
Is it something I said
Is it something I sang
Or is it something you read
Come clean with me or else instead
I'm gonna wash my hands of you
Hey like elvis said, "We're goin' seperate ways"
I'm gonna wash my hands of you

Copyright 1993 Humble Artist Music/Dog He Music BMI/
Blue Gator Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Contributed by Theresa Duval

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Little Love Letter #2

By Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench

Recorded By Carlene Carter - Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

You used to love me a lot, you said that I was the best
Although you didn't agree with the way that I dressed
We were the business, oh what a team
Now our hillbilly heaven's turning into a bad, bad dream
Is it someting you drank, is it something you ate?
Did I somehow rain on your hit parade?
I can't please you, no, there ain't no way
I'm gonna wash my hands of you
I'm gonna wash my hands of you

Copyright 1993 Humble Artist Music/Dog He Music BMI/
Blue Gator Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Contributed by Theresa Duval

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Wastin' Time With You

By Carlene Carter, Howie Epstein, Benmont Tench

Recorded By Carlene Carter - Album: Little Love Letters -- 1993

Get out of bed you sleepy head
And shake a leg or two
The sun is up
pour some coffee in the cup
The rent is way past due
Could I rewind the hands of time
Back to my wasted youth
I'd lay the days all out in a line
And waste my time with you

The freeway's like a parkin' lot
And I'm runnin' low on time
I'm workin' double shifts to find
I'm barely scrapin' by
What I would give if I could live
The way the rich folks do
Just kickin' back in my cadillac
And wastin' time with you

We could take the time so hard to find
And wrestle it to the floor
Then up and do nothin' like it's never been done before

Sometimes at night my thoughts ignite
In dreams of great escape
A couple sticks of dynamite
And no more workin' late
I'm sure the cops would understand
They're workin' people too
And I'd like to take this chance to thank
Those hard workin' boys in blue

Just kickin' back in out cadillac
And wastin' time with you
Just wastin' time with you
I wanna be wastin' time with you

Copyright 1993 Humble Artist Music/Dog He Music BMI/
Blue Gator Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Contributed by Theresa Duval

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"Unbreakable Heart"

Words & Music by Benmont Tench

Recorded By Carlene Carter - Album: Little Love Letters - 1993 and Hindsight 20/20 - 1996
Jessica Andrews - Album: Heart Shaped World - 1999

Chords

an empty house, a broken fairy tale
a hollow girl with empty arms
from an angels tears
god made the stars
why can't he make me
an unbreakable heart.
in my blue world
you shone like heaven's fire
and left me crying in the dark
how could anyone
be so hard
did you think i had
an unbreakable heart.

i suppose i should know
sometimes love just comes and goes
but i believed, foolish me
we'd go on and on
one day someone will come to you
and rock you tightly in her arms
please remember this
when you drop your guard
nobody has an unbreakable heart
from an angel's wings to a fallen star
god makes everything
but unbreakable hearts.

Copyright 1993 Blue Gator Music ASCAP.
All Rights Reserved.

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"Not Enough Love in the World"

By Henley, Kortchmar, Tench

Recorded By Don Henley - Album: Building the Perfect Beast -- 1984; Recorded By Cher - It's a Man's World -- 1996

Not Enough Love in the World
Sometimes I wonder where it is love goes
I don't know if even Heaven knows
But I know you had some dreams that didn't
quite come true
And now I'm not the one, little girl, who's
keeping you
I was either standing in your shadow or
blocking your light
Though I kept on trying I could not make
it right
For you girl-
There's just not enough love in the world
I know people hurt you so bad
They don't know the damage they can do,
and it makes me so sad-
How we knock each other down just like
children on a playground
Even after that ol' sun went down-
I was either standing in your shadow or
or blocking your light
Though I kept on trying I could not
make it right
For you girl-
There's just not enough love in the world
Oh darlin', this is still a shady little town
And sometimes it's so hard to smile-
For the world, for the camera-
And still have something left
You don't have to prove nothin' to nobody
Just take good care of yourself
I'm not easy to live with-
I know that it's true
You're no picnic either, babe
And that's one of the things I loved about you
But a time will come around when we need to settle down
Got to get of this merry-go-round
I was either standing in your shadow or
blocking you're light
Though I kept on trying I could not make
it right
For you girl-
There's just not enough love in the world

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"Stay Forever"

By Benmont Tench & Hal Ketchum

Recorded by Hal Ketchum - Album: Hits - 1996

Chords

Maybe I pray too much
may-be I'm waiting God's time
Living with-out you touch
Is driving me out of my mind
If you could only see
how much you matter to me
may-be you would stay fore - ever

Maybe I care too much
Maybe I'll push you away
Maybe I'd have my doubts
If I were in you're place
And If you could see inside
This aching heart of mine
Maybe you would stay forever
You don't have to go on living
with your back against the wall
Let my lovin arms surround you
I won't let you fall

And if you would trust in me
And this love of mine
We'll said and endless sea
Under a starry sky
And when the cold wind blows
We'll hold each other close
Maybe you will stay forever

And when the cold wind blows
We'll hold each other close
Maybe you will stay forever

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"Love Like That"

By Al Anderson, Gary Nicholson, Benmont Tench

Recorded By Wynonna Judd - Album: Other Side -- 1997

You might tell me to mind my business
But I've been watchin' and I've been a witness
To the things you do and say and the games you play
You better start cutting the man some slack
Or he's gonna leave and he won't be back
One day you're gonna chase him away
If you keep on yankin' that chain
Honey if I was in your shoes
I tell you what I would do

(chorus)
If i had a love like that
A real fine love like that
I'd be treatin' him right
And never do him any wrong
If you're gonna do like that
With a good love like that
Sister, just like that you're gonna wake up
And find him gone

That man you've got is crazy about you
He wants to build his world around you
There's nothin' that he won't do will satisfy you
But i see you flirtin'
Shakin' your skirt and one of these days
You're gonna hurt him
Gonna push him just a little too far
And break a good man's heart
Before you go and lose it all
Here's a little wake up call

(chorus)
If i had a love like that
A real fine love like that
I'd be treatin' him right
And never do him any wrong
If you're gonna do like that
With a good love like that
Sister, just like that you're gonna wake up
And find him gone

(chorus)
If i had a love like that
A real fine love like that
I'd be treatin' him right
And never do him any wrong
If you're gonna do like that
With a good love like that
Sister, just like that you're gonna wake up
And find him gone


Sister just like that you're gonna wake up
And find him gone

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"Sunset Grill"

by Henley, Kortchmar and Tench

From the album Building the Perfect Beast -- 1984

Let's go down to the Sunset Grill
We can watch the working girls go by
Watch the "basket people" walk around and
mumble
And stare out at the auburn sky
There's an old man there from the Old World
To him, it's all the same
Calls all his customers by name
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
You see a lot more meanness in the city
It's the kind that ears you up inside
Hard to come away with anything that feels
like dignity
Hard to get home with any pride
These days a man makes you somethin'
And you never see his face
But there is no hiding place
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Respectable little murders pay
They get more respectable every day
Don't worry girl, I'm gonna stick by you
And someday soon we're gonna get in that
car and get outta here
Let's go down to the Sunset Grill
Watch the working girls go by
Watch the "basket people" walk around and
mumble
And gaze out at the auburn sky
Maybe we'll leave come springtime
Meanwhile, have another beer
What would we do without these jerks
anyway?
Besides, all our friends are here
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill

Contributed by Darla Borsos

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