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Alan Jackson - The Talkin' Song Repair Blues Lyrics

The mechanic raised up from under my hood
And he shook his head and said, "This ain't good
Your timin' belt's done shrunk one size too small
Those spark plug wires are a little too long
And your main prodsponder's nearly gone
Your injector ports are stripped and that ain't all"

"The torque converter's runnin' low on torque
And that water pump's nearly down a quart
But we caught it all in time so you're in luck"
He said, "I've got the time and I've got the parts
Just give me the word and I'm ready to start
I think we can bring her in for eight hundred bucks"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long, it'll just take money

Then he said, "Aren't you that songwriter guy?"
And I said, "Yes, I am," he said, "So am I."
He sat down and played me a song by the grease rack
When he finished singin', he gave me a smile
And I closed my eyes and pondered awhile
And he said, "What do you think? Now don't hold nothin' back"

Well, I gave him my most sorrowful look
And I said, "This song's got a broken hook
I can order you a new one from Nashville, but it won't be cheap
And I know you've been using a cut-rate thesaurus
'Cause your adverbs have backed up into your chorus
Now your verse is runnin' on verbs that are way too weak"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long, it'll just take money

And I said, "Hold on friend now I'm not through
I hate to be the one to give you this news
But your whole melodic structure's worked itself loose
It's got so many dotted eighth notes in it
I'd keep her under fifty beats per minute
I mean, that's just me talkin', it's really up to you"

"You've got a bad safety problem with
That dominant chord with the augmented fifth
Just see how dangerously high it raises you up
So just go on over there and work on my car
I'll sit here by the fan and chances are
I can straighten this thing out for eigh... nine hundred bucks"

But don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long, it'll just take money
Don't be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny
It won't take too long
You guessed it
It may be a hit
I like it


Alan Jackson Small-town country singer finds his place in the big time

"I know I've owned about two hundred cars, boats and motorcycles since I was fifteen," he flashes that sheepish grin again. "And I'm still counting."

Alan Jackson performs at the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival, near Cumberland, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert and other festival activities are $25. For more information, call 1-301-724-2511.

Rocky Gap festival

One of the regions most popular summer events, the Rocky Gap Country Bluegrass Festival, is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Rocky Gap State Park, near Cumberland.

The festival offers lakeside concert performances, music workshops, Appalachian crafts, children's activities and all-day access to swimming and picnicking in the 3,200 acre park.

The family atmosphere also attracts magicians, mimes and storytellers.

Along with 32 regional artisans and 19 musical acts from all traditions, country music headliners, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, will make appearances.

"We truly give a festival," says Dave Williams, one of the event's promoters. "We have a wonderful range of activities for young, active families who want a full day of community-based events." Last year's festival attracted 35,000 people, Williams says.

Tickets are available by calling the festival ticket office at 1-301-724-2511. Tickets are $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $2 all weekend for children 8 and younger.

Following is a schedule of performances. But keep in mind that

performances are subject to change:


4:30-5:30 p.m. -- Donnie Gibson and the Country Grass Band, local country music performers.

6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Jordanaires, Elvis Presley's former band, and

Sandy Kelly.

8-9:15 p.m. -- Willie Nelson.


11 a.m.-noon -- Northern Lights, progressive bluegrass.

12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Beusoleil, Cajun band.

2-3 p.m. -- David Grisman Quintet, fusion bluegrass.

p.m. -- Country Currents, U.S. Navy country/bluegras band.

5-6 p.m. -- Joe Diffie, country singer/songwriter.

6:30-7:30 p.m. -- Alan Jackson, country singer/songwriter.

'8-9 p.m. -- Jerry Lee Lewis.


11 a.m.-noon -- Shady Grove Band, bluegrass.

12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lost and Found Bluegrass Band.

p.m. -- Alan Munde & Country Gazette, bluegrass.

3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Pam Tillis.

5-6 p.m. -- Tammy Wynette.

6:30-7:30 -- Waylon Jennings.

Directions: Take I-70 west to Hancock. At Hancock take I-68 west (formerly Route 48) to Rocky Gap State Park exit.

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The Drive with Alan Taylor: Barrett-Jackson inaugural Houston auction

In the latest episode of “The Drive with Alan Taylor,” Taylor invites Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson, to talk about the auction house’s inaugural Houston auction being held September 16-18.

Jackson lists a few of the docket’s notable cars, including a pair of 2019 Ford GTs, a trio of 2005-06 Ford GTs, a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 once owned by Stirling Moss and a 1988 BMW M3 previously owned by Paul Walker.

Later, guest Lauren Fix, editor-in-chief for Car Coach Reports, joins the show from the race track as she tests her 2000 Jaguar that was a Trans Am championship car.

The duo wraps up the show talking about their excitement for the SEMA show in November and how to watch out for “flood cars” that are on sale.

Episode Highlights:

[00:00:00] – The Playoffs!
[00:06:20] – Nissan Frontier
[00:12:32] – 300 Horsepower is Enough
[00:19:53] – Getting the Jump on the F Series
[00:35:58] – Houston Here I Come!
[00:42:19] – Barrett-Jackson Inaugural Auction
[00:48:47] – No Reserves!
[00:54:53] – End of the Era
[01:02:14] – Provenance
[01:10:36] – SEMA & AAPEX
[01:18:17] – Flood Cars

To learn more about “The Drive with Alan Taylor,” visit the podcast’s website.

by Robin Richardson 12/17/2004

Alan Jackson offers a personal tour of his car collection when this week’s episode of CMT Insider debuts Saturday (Dec. 18) at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT.

A hatless Alan Jackson enters the room, undetected by the television crew who are busy setting up lights. He watches as the small video army transforms his garage office into a maze of cameras, tripods and cables. Not one who normally enjoys interviews, he looks relaxed in his brown shirt and torn jeans.

“Hi, Katie,” he says with a warm smile to CMT Insider host Katie Cook. “We got coffee over there.” It’s 7:30 in the morning and everyone is a little groggy.

“Do you need some?” Cook asks.

“Nah, I’ve been up for hours, ” he drawls.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this superstar doesn’t rest on his laurels. Jackson has sold over 43 million albums and left his mark on country music as both a singer and a songwriter. In turn, the music business has been good to this self-professed “writer of simple songs.” Very good.

We’re in his garage and while that might sound like a grungy, foul-smelling place to do an interview, it’s nicer than most people’s homes. And bigger. The V-shaped building contains 10 cars and a 1958 Harley-Davidson Panhead down one corridor alone. The other section houses four more cars and a small plane. In the middle is an open area called “the office,” complete with a Harley-Davidson pool table, a coffee table and four leather chairs. Custom-built cabinetry lines the back walls, filled with every kind of knickknack (from Hot Wheels cars to Andy Griffith memorabilia). Some kind of metal road sign or picture covers any remaining surface.

Jackson’s “desk” carries the car theme even further. It’s the front of an old red Ford pickup truck, provided by his sister and brother-in-law. A “Yee Haw” license plate is beneath the grill, and you can even see the wheel wells on the sides.

“This was actually my first Fan Fair booth,” he says proudly. “They made it for me, and I stood behind it and signed autographs that first year. And then I made it into a desk for the house after that.”

Once seated for the interview, someone tells him to put on a hat. A khaki cap with a fish appears, and he begrudgingly puts it on. The stylists and producer seem happy, so Cook begins.

“Where and when do you do most of your writing?” she asks.

“Just different places,” Jackson says. “It’s more like when my mind’s empty, you know? I wake up in the morning, and if I lay in bed and don’t get up, and I’m just sitting there kind of blank, you know, sometimes melodies or ideas will come to me. Just the other day, I was out riding on one of the [golf] carts out here. I wasn’t even thinking about writing. I’d just finished an album [What I Do]. I was tired of thinking about it. And I just started singing this chorus and it sounded pretty good, so I went in and put it down so I wouldn’t forget it.”

These days, technology helps Jackson remember melodies for his new songs.

“I started carrying this little digital pencil type recorder, so I try to keep that handy,” he says, leaning back in his chair. “I’ve forgotten a lot of good melodies. It’s melodies you forget, not so much the hook of the song. That melody, man, it’s amazing how quick it will go away.”

Jackson always has a collection of unfinished songs, although he chuckles, “Usually if they’re not finished, they’re not worth finishing. You get excited about an idea, then come back to it a day later and it wasn’t what you thought it was. You just drank too much coffee that day.”

His wife, Denise, is usually the first person to hear the new songs.

“I’ll play them for her because she’ll try and be more honest,” he explains. Looking past Cook to his wife in the back of the room, he adds, “I play them for my girls, too.”

“Do you think they might follow in your footsteps?” Cook asks. “And would you be OK with that?”

“I’m OK with anything they want to do as long as it’s legal,” Jackson says. “I don’t feel like parents should push their children in any direction. For a while there, they were all taking piano lessons, and they were all really good. And they got tired of it, and we got bummed out that they wanted to quit, but I told my wife, you know, ’I never had a lesson in my life. I didn’t pick up the guitar until I was 16 years old. They’ve got plenty of time to start.'”

Cook asks Jackson about his memories of writing his first song.

“I was probably 20 years old,” he says. “Nah, I was probably older than that. Denise was a flight attendant, and she was based out of Charlotte [N.C.] for six months. That’s the first time we hadn’t really lived together. I was living in this little mobile home down on this lake in Georgia. I was working at this marina in the daytime. I would drive my boat to work and fish on the way back.” He says almost wistfully, “It was pretty cool.”

Asked whether he’s considers himself a good judge of what makes a hit record, Jackson replies, “You never know. I think my taste is probably defined a little bit. I feel like I’ve been able to stay close to my fans because I’m still a fan. And that helps you pick songs that appeal to people. I don’t know. It’s a mystery to me. If I knew all the ingredients, I’d sell them.”

If he could sell that, he might buy even more cars. There’s a green Hummer with huge tires. “To make it look even more aggressive,” Jackson says. Less aggressive is the pink Jeep with the striped canopy top in the corner.

“This is a Jeep I gave Denise,” he says, placing his hand on the hood. “It’s a 1960 Willis. They came in pink or turquoise, and they were 2-wheel drive. They were trying to get away from their military image. I call it her Barbie Jeep!”

His collection includes a wide range of years and models. But they’re all kept in pristine condition and driven regularly. One day you could spot Jackson in his red 1968 Shelby GT-500 convertible Mustang. Or in his black 1957 Porsche Speedster.

Parked side-by-side are a 1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Speedster and a 1929 Bentley 0.5 liter Le Mans.

“How fast will this go?” Cook asks, gesturing to the Stutz.

He thinks for a moment, “Oh, probably around 80, but you wouldn’t want to ride in it that fast. It’s pretty comfortable at 50 or 60.”

As an ex-mechanic, Jackson takes an active role in restoring these beauties. A yellow 1957 Chevy required a lot of work.

“It was a basket case when I got it,” he admits. “Pretty much a rusty shell, not much left, and we totally restored it back to the original color and upholstery.”

Next to the Chevy is a shiny red 1977 Ford Bronco.

“That was one of the first vehicles I bought after I started making a little money,” he explains. “I’ve had it longer than any of these in the garage. We’ve done a lot of work to it. I’ll show you.” Jackson raises the heavy hood to reveal an immaculate engine.

“It’s so clean!” Cook says. “Are you one of those guys like if a bird poops on the car you freak out?”

“Nah,” he says, waving his hand. “I don’t care. My kids come in here and play. They climb in and out of them. The only car I really have a personal attachment to is that old Thunderbird. The rest of them are just cars.”

That “personal attachment” is a white 1955 T-bird convertible, the first year Ford made the model.

“I bought this car when I was 15 years old,” he says. “I’d been working since I was 12 to save up to buy a car. It’s all I cared about. I bought it for $3,200. I drove it for two or three years in high school, and Denise and I dated in it.”

Cook looks the car over before asking, “There’s no backseat. But you two were dating?”

“That wasn’t a problem. It has an adjustable steering wheel, ” he says with a wink. “And no console. I’d make it go sometime without the top. And that was pretty scary — go parking without the top on.”

“The car or her?” Cook inquires.

Laughing, he admits, “Well, it might be both — depending on how it worked out.”


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Wanna win Alan Jackson's Ford GT?

Not a big fan of country, but I have been known to slap some praise on the hood of the Ford GT. Country singer Alan Jackson also likes the Ford GT, enough so that he used his own personal GT in the video for his song Talkin' Song Repair Blues. That same car is now being raffled off with all proceeds going to the Franklin Road Academy, a K-12 college-prep school in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets cost only $20 and can be bought up until August 30th. The raffle itself will be held the following day on September 1st.
In addition to being upgraded with a $4,000 Macintosh Audiophile stereo, Alan Jackson will also sign the vehicle for the winner. Just keep in mind, you're probably going to have to pay tax on that $200,000 Ford GT if you win.

[Source: via Sports Car Market]


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Alan Jackson - Drive (For Daddy Gene) (Official Music Video)

The Talkin' Song Repair Blues

2005 single by Alan Jackson

"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" is a song written by Dennis Linde, and recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in March 2005 as the third single from his album What I Do. It peaked at No. 18 on the United States BillboardHot Country Songs chart.[1]


A songwriter brings his automobile into a repair shop for maintenance; the mechanic on duty inspects the vehicle and determines it needs extensive minor repairs, adding up to $800. The mechanic recognizes that his customer is a prominent Nashville songwriter and asks to have a song that he wrote looked over. The songwriter agrees but, tongue in cheek, assesses that the song has numerous musical flaws, using much of the same language the mechanic used on him; the songwriter offers to fix the song for about $900.[2] Jackson said that he and producer Keith Stegall had intended to recorded the song for a minimum of two previous albums before it was finally included on What I Do.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Jackson "has a chance to exact a little justice, by working on his song." She goes on to say that the song "boasts some of Linde's most inventive lyrics, and Jackson delivers each line with a tongue-in-cheek attitude that is sure to elicit smiles."[3] Nick Marino of Entertainment Weekly gave the song a positive review, contrasting it with "Burnin' the Honky Tonks Down" on the same album. He wrote that both songs were "a hoot and a half."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Margaret Malandruccolo and released in May 2005. Actors Anthony Clark (as the customer/songwriter) and former Nickelodeon GUTS and Get the Picture host Mike O'Malley (as the mechanic), then cast members of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear, appear in the video.

The video begins with Clark's car breaking down in front of a garage. He has O'Malley look at it, and he tells Clark the distributor cap is broken, and to come back (as he was lucky that this was the only garage for 50 miles). The song then begins, and the rest of the video goes exactly as the song states, with both actors mouthing the dialogue in the song. Finally, Jackson pulls up in a Ford GT with "Yee Haw" on the licence plate, and offers to take Clark to his destination. He tells O'Malley to have the car ready, and he and Jackson drive off, leaving O'Malley confused as he goes back into the garage.

Alan is also seen performing the song near a fence while playing guitar.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 2, 2005.



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