Girl With the Guitar case

(written by Frank Renfordt © Sentric Music 2021)

 Growing up in a small town 
 can be tough for a girly teen 
 she starts writing songs 
 and is a karaoke queen 
 Heading down to Nashville 
 for mom it’s like going to war 
 but her dad spends a monthly salary 
 for a nice Martin guitar 
 
 Her head’s filled up with fresh tunes 
 music’s running through her veins 
 and when she’s out of money 
 she’s not one who complains 
 See her walking down broadway 
 with a big smile on her face 
 Hold on and keep the faith 
 girl with the guitar case 
 
 At daytime she’s a waitress 
 in a honky tonk bar 
 sometimes she climbs the stage 
 to feel like a rising star 
 She’s working on her own songs 
 and rehearsing day by day 
 to stand in line for an open mike 
 at the Bluebird Cafe 
 
 
 Her head’s filled up with fresh tunes 
 music’s running through her veins 
 and when she’s out of money 
 she’s not one who complains 
 See her walking down broadway 
 with a big smile on her face 
 Hold on and keep the faith 
 girl with the guitar case 
  
 From time to time she feels so lost in this town 
                so tired of walking her way all alone 
                but whenever she falls in love with someone 
                it may end up in a bittersweet song 
 
 Her head’s filled up with fresh tunes 
 music’s running through her veins 
 and when she’s out of money 
 she’s not one who complains 
 See her walking down broadway 
 with a big smile on her face 
 Hold on and keep the faith 
 girl with the guitar case 
 Hold on and keep the faith 
 girl with the guitar case

The story behind the song

The very first time I was in Nashville I noticed the many young women and young men strolling around town with a guitar case, probably on the way to the next gig in a Honky Tonk, a songwriters round or to the next co-write session and this line 'Girl With The Guitar Case' stuck in my head. In the meantime, I've met some young songwriters in Nashville and I admire their courage to just go there and live their dream. This song is dedicated to these folks and no matter if they will be successful or not, they do the right thing. 

 She Takes me Home

(written by Frank Renfordt © Sentric Music 2020)



She found me in a dark place
a demon in every corner
I felt so lost in this rat race
and I couldn't run any further
she wasn't scared of my whiskey kiss
held my hand for a prayer
covered me with affection I'd deeply missed
woke me up from a nightmare

I guess she is an angel,
her love makes me believe once again
When she's calling me baby  
I feel I can be a better man
she's gives me here warmth
she don't let me down
she's my patron in this firestorm
I don't walk alone
she takes me home
she takes me home
home
she takes me home

Sun is rising over Tennessee
it smells of coffee and fried bacon
she laid all night beside me 
and kept the bad from breakin' 

Yeah she is an angel,
her love makes me believe once again
When she's calling me baby  
I feel I can be a better man
she's gives me here warmth
she don't let me down
she's my patron in this firestorm
I don't walk alone
she takes me home
she takes me home
home
she takes me home

I'll give it all back to her one day 
I'll give it all back to her 
whenever she needs me I'll pay my debt I swear

Cause she is an angel,
her love makes me believe once again
When she's calling me baby  
I feel I can be a better man
she's gives me here warmth
she don't let me down
she's my patron in this firestorm
I don't walk alone
she takes me home
she takes me home
home
she takes me home
She is an angel
my patron in this firestorm
I don't walk alone
she takes me home


Down at Chickamauga Creek

(written by Frank Renfordt ©Sentric Music 2020)


With a burning heart 
on the way to fight
ready for adventures
eager for the first strike
when the train set off we felt no regret or fear

I kissed my sweetheart goodbye 
a hero would come back
the lord would protect me
with her hymn book in my pack
and I said: don't worry girl I'm gonna marry you next year

But then the sun set blood-red
and the southern wind was full of lead
hell's bells pealed
when we were fighting on the battlefield
down at Chickamauga Creek 

Gun smoke filled the air
we aimed at silhouettes
A taste of blood on my tongue
when the bullet hit my chest
and the screams of dying horses echoed in my head 

When the canons stopped firing
and night fell with a grace
I prayed and thought of her
dreamed myself into another place
and the wailing of the wounded gave way to the silence of the dead

And then the sun set blood-red
and the southern wind was full of lead
hell's bells pealed
when we were dying on the battlefield
down at Chickamauga Creek 

When she feels a cool breeze on her cheek 
and wonders what it could be
the hushed whisper in her ear
maybe it's me

And then the sun set blood-red
the southern wind was full of lead
hell's bells pealed 
when we were dancing on the battlefield
down at Chickamauga Creek 

And then the sun set blood-red
the southern wind was full of lead
hell's bells pealed 
when we were dancing on the battlefield
down at Chickamauga Creek 




The story behind this song

Ever since 'Gone With The Wind' (Vom Winde verweht) and 'North and South' (Fackeln im Sturm)
the American Civil War has held a certain attraction for me. At some point my wife gave me the 11 hour Ken Burns documentary 'The American Civil War' on DVD for Christmas.  After I had worked my way through it, I had the idea for this song. But it took quite a while until I actually wrote it. 
The battle of Chickamauga, fought on Sept 18-20 in 1863, was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. 'While Chickamauga was decided Confederate victory, the results of the battle were staggering. With more than 16,000 Union and 18,000 Confederate casualties, Chickamauga reached the highest losses of any battle in the Western theater'. - (American Battlefield Trust) 

This song has been produced by myself with the help of my son Dennis who played the guitar solo and licks and Dave Demay who recorded Adam Cunningham's vocals in Nashville. Dave then mixed the whole thing as well. 


The Man Who Never Was

written by Anita Oakley/Frank Renfordt     © Sentric Music 2020

You gave her everything her heart desired
Roped the moon for her down from the sky
Gave her piggy-back rides through the tender years
And helped to put that twinkle in her eyes

You saw her through her teenage heartaches
Supported her down every road she chose
Held the light for her in bitter darkness
Helped her bloom into a lovely rose

You're the woman who was always there
holding her and taking care
I never took her fishing or called her just because
I'm just the man who never was

And through the years I've missed so many blessings
Taking pride in the woman she’s become
With tears and laughter sprinkled through each moment
I never was a part of any one

You're the woman who was always there
holding her and taking care
I never took her fishing or called her just because
I'm just the man who never was
              
I walked away in anger but if I could I would rewind my life 
I walked away from love and left the best part of me behind 

You twirled her playfully across the dance floor
on this special day that you gave the bride away
You held her newborn babies in your loving arms
Relishing those moments every day

You're the woman who was always there
holding her and taking care
I never took her fishing or called her just because
I'm just the man who never was

I'm nothing but the man who never was

The story behind this song
As a songwriter I am part of different Facebook groups with people who share my passion. Once someone posted a fragment of this lyrics asking for advice. Somehow the story touched me and I contacted the writer Anita Oakley from California and asked her if she would like to work with me on a song based on this fragments. Anita told me that the lyric is taken from a short story she wrote and she won an award with. The story itself is based on something which happened to herself in a similar way, however from an other perspective. Together we worked on some details of the lyric and the music came quite easily, so It wasn't too long till the song got finished and when I played it to Misko, who is also my vocal coach, he loved it immediately and was really keen to sing it by himself. We recorded it by ourselves, Misko the vocals and I played the guitar, later we hired a cello player and then we gave all the audio tracks to Dave Demay in Nashville asked him to mix it properly and here we are now, a new song is born, we have a new release and even a nice video.

Lyrics

Back on the road

Some friends took me out on the town 

Yeah, I'm doing fine
For the very first time
Since she let me down 

like a worn-out truck, 

Trash on the dash, 

Tires flat, out of gas, 

and stuck in the mud 


Now her image is fading, like an old Polaroid
I rev the engine up, and leave that dust behind 


I'm back on the road
Girl I did recover
Life is painted red
Yes I'm back
Looking for another
Heart that I can hold
I’m back on the road
Yeah, I'm back on the road 


Yeah I'm ready to roll 

I’m in damn good shape 

Ever since I escaped 

Now it’s all systems go 


Locking eyes with a girl on a Friday night 

Gonna ask her name and take her for a ride 


I'm back on the road
Girl I did recover
Life is painted red
Yes I'm back
Looking for another
Heart that I can hold
I’m back on the road
Yeah, I'm back on the road 


Rain stops pouring, birds start singing again It's not if, but when 


I'm back on the road
Girl I did recover
Life is painted red
Yes I'm back
Looking for another
Heart that I can hold
I’m back on the road

I'm back on the road
Girl I did recover
Life is painted red
Yes I'm back
Looking for another
Heart that I can hold
I’m back on the road

Yeah I'm back on the road

Girl I did recover (life is painted red yes I'm back)
I’m out to find another (life is painted red yes I'm back)

heart that I can hold (life is painted red yes I'm back) 

I'm back on the road 


Written by Dave Demay/Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Honey in my Head

Her hair like sunlight

on a field of wheat

eyes filled with wonder

Freckles on her cheeks

drunk with her beauty 

stoned on her smile

her smalltown sweetness

knocks me out for a while


She's like honey in my head

since the sunny summer day we met

it's raining kisses on her neck

Heaven in my bed - honey in my head

I've never felt like that

sweet sweet things that she did

everything is spinning a bit

around around around around

in my head in my head in my head

she's like honey in my head


Don't need no whisky

to get a buzz like that 

To be this happy

I don‘t need Prozac 

She makes me dizzy

with her fingertips

an' like a bee to a blossom 

I'm addicted to her lips 


She's like honey in my head

since the sunny summer day we met

it's raining kisses on her neck

Heaven in my bed - honey in my head

I've never felt like that

sweet sweet things that she did

everything is spinning a bit

around around around around

in my head, in my head, in my head

she's like honey in my head


I'll never forget our hot rendezvous

and how I discovered her tiny secret tattoo


She's like honey in my head

since the sunny summer day we met

it's raining kisses on her neck

Heaven in my bed - honey in my head

I've never felt like that

sweet sweet things that she did

everything is spinning a bit

around around around around

She's like honey in my head

since the sunny summer day we met

it's raining kisses on her neck

'I love you' she said - honey in my head

I've never felt like that

sweet sweet things that she did

everything is spinning a bit

around around around around

in my head in my head in my head

in my head in my head

in my head

she's like honey in my head

Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Wild horse Rider

She is a little less ballet than rodeo

She's beautiful but it's not like her to show

Grown up in the fields of Arkansas

raised by brother John and her grandma


More confident than everyone I've met

hands on her hips daring me a bit 

she's nobody's fool, but she's my girl

and sometimes I may be a fool for her


A sexy grin and sunburned skin

a worn-out baseball cap

Working gear and ash blond hair

yeah - she's like that


My red rose from the cotton fields

she's a little bit off the track

rough but irresistible

yeah - she is like that

never try to tame her 

she'll buck you off her back

Like a wild horse rider

yeah - it feels like that


She's the fastest gun in town and she ain't shy

but a dead bird on the porch will make her cry

She's pretty, she's hot and so damned smart 

but best of all she's got a golden heart


A sexy grin and sunburned skin

a worn-out baseball cap

Working gear and ash blond hair

yeah - she's like that


My red rose from the cotton fields

she's a little bit off the track

rough but irresistible

yeah - she is like that

never try to tame her

she'll buck you off her back

like a wild horse rider

yeah - it feels like that


Sometimes she needs a shoulder to lean on

I'm proud she's chosen me to be the one


My red rose from the cotton fields

she's a little bit off the track

rough but irresistible

yeah - she is like that

never try to tame her

she'll buck you off her back

like a wild horse rider 

- it feels like that


My red rose from the cotton fields

she's a little bit off the track

rough but irresistible

yeah - she is like that


never try to tame her

she'll buck you off her back

like a wild horse rider 

Yeah - it feels like that

Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music





Lyrics

Revel in love devine

Sunday comes blinking through the blinds

I feel your bed-warm skin on mine

Waking up from a strange dream

I realize that all I need 

is you and me

underneath these sheets.


Last week’s fuss and overtime 

drowned in a bottle of red wine 

made us skip church for today

instead of blessings from above 

we give each other 

our precious love


We can’t stop the world from turning round

but you and I we have a way to slow it down

we let the demons play outside

let them burn in the morning light

we take this moment in time 

and revel in love divine


And when you tell me with your eyes

of all the hurt you feel inside

I fly with you up to the stars

and love away all the pain

until your tears

turn to Champagne 


We can’t stop the world from turning round

but you and I we have a way to slow it down

we let the demons play outside

let them burn in the morning light

take this moment in time 

and revel in love divine


When fake and hate get too much for us

I give you mine and you give me your love

and we’re fine 

for a while


We can’t stop the world from turning round

you and I we have our way to slow it down

let the demons play outside

let them burn in morning light

take this moment in time 

and revel in love divine



When we can’t stop this world from turning round

we steal this moment in time

and revel in love divine


Written by Dave Demay/Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Summer 's Gone

The Carolina sky is fading to grey

and the pier on the beach clouded in mist

with tears in her eyes she sighed it's okay

leaving me with a lump in my throat 

and a farewell kiss


When we were walking on cloud nine

I thought the sun would always shine 

now radio 's playin' a rainy day song

and time 's moving on

A northern breeze is blowin' in

raising goose bumps on my skin

a roosters crowing in the foggy dawn

sweet summer 's gone 


tanned skin glowing dusky in moonlight

with all my senses drinking her in

Learning all the secrets of a magic night

caressed by the gentle whisper 

of a southern wind


When we were walking on cloud nine

I thought the sun would always shine 

now  radio 's playin' a rainy day song

and time 's moving on

A northern breeze is blowin' in 

raising goose bumps on my skin

a roosters crowing in the foggy dawn

sweet summer 's gone 


diving so deep and flying so high

it felt so wrong to say goodbye


When we were walking on cloud nine

I thought the sun would always shine 

now  radio 's playin' a rainy day song

and time 's moving on

A northern breeze is blowin' in

raising goose bumps on my skin

a roosters crowing in the foggy dawn

sweet summer 's gone 


and radio 's playin' a last summer song


Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Hometown

The Greyhound dropped me off

close to that little dive bar

you could hear the tic-tac bass

and a whining steel guitar

it was here that my daddy washed

the coal dust from his throat

before he got laid off

and struck down by a stroke


Old brick walls with graffiti

broken glass and flaking paint

at least that old Chevron station

at the corner still remains

This is where we hung out

bumming cigarettes and beer

longing for the glorious day

we finally get out of here


In my hometown

they shut the coil mine down

In my hometown

faith is losing ground

In my hometown

they used to say life goes on somehow

but it’s sure been a hard way to go

In my hometown


I walked past that weathered for sale sign

crossed that dust covered floor

not quite sure why I’m here

and what I’m looking for

I close my eyes and turn back time

feel the spirit in this place

I almost hear Mama laughing in the backyard

we sure had some good ole days


In my hometown

they shut the coil mines down

In my hometown

faith is losing ground

In my hometown

we used to say life goes on somehow

sometimes it’s a hard way to go

In my hometown


I strolled down to the diner

she waited tables now and then

I wondered what it be like

if I met her again

It’s just like I remembered

those same old vinyl seats

but no one knows my girl

at Laura’s Meat ’n Three


In my hometown

they shut the coil mine down

In my hometown

faith is losing ground

In my hometown

I used to know a girl with curly hair

and when I dream about her 

she still lives here 

in my hometown

in my hometown

Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Lyrics

Craving the Beach

It's been raining for days sky 's grey and dark

thinking of her is the hardest part                        

same bar another buzz since a couple of nights

I'm getting tired of those neon lights 

The bartender asks 'What'll it be'             

Man I need a change of scenery

                    

I'm craving some beach days                

and a southern breeze

swinging' in a hammock under coconut trees

a wet 'n wild banana boat ride

steel drums echoing through the night

might get my heart some relief

I'm craving the beach


Drinking didn't work I'm still feeling depressed

and go for some help from my therapist

he said no big deal I've got some pills for you

and if you feel bad just take one or two

But drugs get me numb I almost fell asleep

I think he didn't get what I really need


I'm craving some beach days                

and a southern breeze

swinging' in a hammock under coconut trees

a wet 'n wild banana boat ride

steel drums echoing through the night

might get my heart some relief

I'm craving the beach


Booze and drugs ain't gonna clear my mind    

I've booked an Air B & B and a budget flight      

Put my shades and my flip-flops on         

It's high time - I‘m off and gone            


I'm craving some beach days and a starry sky

a bunch of happy people where the girls ain‘t shy

they hold me tight when we dance all night

everything 's gonna be alright

all my troubles are out of reach

I'm craving some beach days and a southern breeze

swingin' in a hammock under coconut trees

a wet 'n wild banana boat ride

steel drums echoing through the night

might get my heart some relief

I'm craving the beach

Oh, I'm craving the beach 

Oh I need a beach

I need a beach

I'm craving the beach 

Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Zombie

Cigarette smoke hangin' in the air

an empty whisky bottle tipped over on it's side

all the blinds pulled down

A moldy pizza in a box

old grunge jeans and dirty boots and a blotted Hard Rock shirt

scattered on the ground

Just another night here on the couch, but that's ok

this house has way to many rooms

when you're not around 


Without you

I'm a stranger to myself

Without you

I've been under a bad spell

I'm a soulless husk with a smell of booze

a walking dead, it's the bitter truth

baby I'm a zombie without you


Baby I know I did you wrong

there's no undo button and I can't turn back the clock

but I swear that I will try

your name is in my DNA, and if you leave

you'll make a monster out of me

please don't say goodbye


Without you

I'm a stranger to myself

Without you

I've been under a bad spell

I'm a soulless husk with a smell of booze

a walking dead, it's the bitter truth

baby I'm a zombie without you


I know I should have told you that before

I took too much for granted till you turned around

and slammed that door



Without you

I'm a stranger to myself

Without you

I've been under a bad spell

I'm a soulless husk with a smell of booze

a walking dead, it's the bitter truth

baby I'm a zombie without you

and only you can save me from the blue


Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Like A Child

When it calls your name
 When it starts singing
 you can't pretend like
 you didn't hear anything


Innocent and sweet
 it comes into our life
 and you need to take good care of it
 so that it grows and thrives


Sometimes it cries
 Sometimes it smiles and shines
 Sometimes it's running wild
 Love is like a child 


She took my freedom away
 when she knocked on my door
 but she made me feel something
 I've never felt before 


One day she ran away
 I know I did her wrong
 and I hit rock bottom
 it hurt so bad when she was gone


Sometimes it cries
 Sometimes it smiles and shines
 Sometimes it's running wild
 Love is like a child 


Keep it warm when it get's cold

with all your heart and soul

keep it safe at any cost.

Cause if you lose it, you're lost.


Sometimes it cries
 Sometimes it smiles and shines
 Sometimes it's running wild
 Love is like a child 


Sometimes it cries
 Sometimes it smiles and shines
Sometimes it's running wild
 Love is like a child 


Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music

Lyrics

Jackpot

Have been to Vegas for a dozen times 
But never hit a number in my life  
Scratched off tickets like a maniac 
Desperate to get my slice.  
Trying to rise above the ordinary 
Lady Luck didn't care about me  
Till the day that you showed up 
Here by my side

And I can't get my head around it yet  
But I guess I won the biggest bet of my life

You're my royal flush in a poker game
My name on the wall in a hall of fame
My sideline ticket for the Super Bowl
My hole in one on a par 5 hole
The needle that I found in a haystack
The Triple Crown Trophy at the horse track
My precious pearl  
I hit the jackpot with you girl

Now life feels like a paradise preview 
And every time when you enter the room
You make me feel like a billionaire
Smelling your perfume 

And I can't get my head around it yet
Finding me with you in a bed on a honeymoon 

You're my royal flush in a poker game
My name on the wall in a hall of fame
My sideline ticket for the Super Bowl
My hole in one on a par 5 hole
The needle that I found in a haystack
The Triple Crown Trophy at the horse track
A precious pearl  
I hit the jackpot with you girl

Baby the sweetest thing in the world is you 
hit the jackpot with you girl

You're my royal flush in a poker game
My name on the wall in a hall of fame
My sideline ticket for the Super Bowl
My hole in one on a par 5 hole
The needle that I found in a haystack
The Triple Crown Trophy at the horse track
You’re my precious pearl  

You're my royal flush in a poker game
My name on the wall in a hall of fame
My sideline ticket for the Super Bowl
My hole in one on a par 5 hole
The needle that I found in a haystack
The Triple Crown Trophy at the horse track
A precious pearl  
I hit the jackpot with you girl
I hit the jackpot with you girl


Written by Dave Demay/
Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music




Beyond Broken Dreams

When dad found that college flyer in her mail 
he said forget your thoughts of getting a degree 
 Honey I'm so sorry we don't have that kind of money 
 college is an out of reach luxury 

Bubbles bursting in the sun
Loosing faith is not much fun 
Blue ain't just the color of her jeans 
Trapped in this two-lane town
 Nowhere to go but down 
On the other side the grass looks so green 
 on this side of beyond broken dreams

She always wanted to be an actress in L.A. 
 Fate only works if you meet it half way 
Oh no she couldn't find courage to let him go 
when his blue eyes were begging her to stay

Bubbles bursting in the sun 
Loosing faith is not much fun
 Blue ain't just the color of her jeans 
Trapped in this two-lane town
 Nowhere to go but down 
On the other side the grass looks so green 
 on this side of beyond broken dreams 

Now she's waiting tables at the local bowling alley 
wearing low cut shirts to get a better tip 
The going sure gets tough, the money’s barely enough 
to cover trade school while raising up her kid

Bubbles bursting in the sun 
Loosing faith is not much fun 
Blue ain't just the color of her jeans 
Trapped in this two-lane town 
Nowhere to go but down
 On the other side the grass looks so green 
on this side of beyond broken dreams

She’s kept her grade average up 
and been recommended by the Dean 
Soon she’ll will graduate
 beyond broken dreams 


Written by Dave Demay/
Frank Renfordt


© 2019 Sentric Music


Hey Girl

She caught my eye
She caught my heart
When I saw her waiting there for the bus
I was magnetized
And couldn‘t look away 
While painting a picture of us
But I was a shy guy
And not a fly-boy 'n those days
Only in my head did I hear myself say

Hey girl
Won't you be my girl
I show you my world
If you show me yours I'll dare to dive in
Don‘t be shy girl
Come on be my girl
If you turn away we‘ll never know what could have been
Hey girl

My heart 's beating wild 
When I see her again
Standing in line for a Broadway Show
And it feels like sky diving the first time
When I’m putting my whole heart on the line, saying

Hey girl
Won’t you be my girl
I show you my world
If you show me yours I'll dare to dive in
Don’t be shy girl
Come on be my girl
If you turn away we‘ll never know what could have been

And then she gives me that look and I can’t stop saying again

Hey girl
Won’t you be my girl
I show you my world
If you show me yours I'll dare to dive in
Don’t be shy girl
Come on be my girl
Let’s go to a place we never have been
Be my girl
Hey girl


Written by Frank Renfordt
© 2019 Sentric Music




Last Flight Home

Dancing snowflakes in the headlights 
Tired eyes barely find the lane
another crazy week behind me
running late to get that plane

I promised to be back on Friday
when we did our routine call
there was a strange note in your voice 
I wonder if you care at all

A chilly breeze
is blowing through my heart
Don‘t let this road
drive us apart

Don‘t kick me out
out of your life
I‘m gonna rush to you
to get things right
you sounded different on the phone
I wonder if you're not alone
I have to catch this last flight home

You‘re the one I want to want me
You‘re my safe haven, my hometown
and when things are flying high
the gravity that keeps me down

You‘re my remedy
the drug I‘m addicted to
I can‘t get along
without you

Don‘t kick me out
out of your life
I‘m gonna rush to you
to get things right
you sounded different on the phone
I wonder if you're not alone
I have to catch this last flight home

Lost in thoughts of you
I’m running to the gate 
praying to the lord
it’s not too late

Don‘t kick me out
out of your life
I‘m gonna rush to you 
to get things right
you sounded different on the phone
I wonder if you're not alone
I have to catch 
this last flight home
you sounded different on the phone
I wonder if you're not alone
I have to catch 
this last flight home
this last flight home


Written by Frank Renfordt
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