Rascal Flatts
release: October, 2002
THESE DAYS  Stream in Real Audio
TOO GOOD IS TRUE  Stream in Real Audio
I MELT  Stream in Real Audio
MAYBERRY  Stream in Real Audio
LOVE YOU OUT LOUD  Stream in Real Audio
DRY COUNTY GIRL  Stream in Real Audio
LIKE I AM  Stream in Real Audio
YOU  Stream in Real Audio
FALLIN’ UPSIDE DOWN  Stream in Real Audio
10 SHINE ON  Stream in Real Audio
11 MY WORST FEAR  Stream in Real Audio

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Steve Robson, Danny Wells, Jeffrey Steele
We knew this was a special song. We’d already completed the album but we dropped a song that we wrote to put this on our album.--GARY

This song just blew our hair back. Although we had already tracked everything, we learned we were still budgeted for a little more, so we tracked this the next day and it was stunning.--JOE DON
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Hey baby, is that you
Wow, your hair got so long
Yeah, yeah I love it, I really do
“Norma Jean,” ain’t that the song we’d sing
In the car driving downtown
Top down, making the rounds
Checking out the bands on Doheny Avenue

Yeah, life throws you curves
But you learned to swerve
Me, I swung and I missed
And the next thing you know, I’m reminiscing
Dreaming old dreams
Wishing old wishes
Like you would be back again

I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on that old song we danced to and then
I head off to my job, guess not much has changed
Punch the clock, head for home, check the phone just in case
Go to bed, dream of you
That’s what I’m doing these days
Yeah, that’s what I’m doing

Someone told me after college
You ran off to Vegas
You married a rodeo cowboy
Wow, that ain’t the girl I knew
Me, I’ve been a few places
Mostly here and there once or twice
Still sorting out life but I’m doing alright
Yeah, it’s good to see you too

Well hey girl you’re late
And those planes, they don’t wait
But if you ever come back around
This sleepy old town
Promise me you’ll stop in
To see an old friend
And until then

(Repeat Chorus Twice)

I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on that old song we danced to and then
I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on that old song we danced to and then
I wake up in teardrops that fall down like rain
I put on that old song we danced to and then


Jay DeMarcus, Danny Orton
It took us just a couple of hours to write that one. I’m always a fan of uptempo tunes with great melodies and hooks, and I think we came up with a good one.--JAY

As soon as I heard it I loved it. It is catchy, uptempo, and has a lot of energy. It was a no-brainer.--JOE DON
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I guess it’s cause and effect
Your heart and mine
The way that we connect
Keeps blowing my mind
There you go again, it never ends
What you do to me

That I have seen the light of day
Love is finally going my way
Is it too good to be true
Give me one more kiss, one more touch
Baby, I just can’t get enough of you
This time, too good is true

All of a sudden
I’m not who I used to be
I had my heart locked
But you held the key
And you find a way, everyday
To show me even more

(Repeat Chorus)

Some people say we’re too good to be true
But they don’t get to be loved by you

(Repeat Chorus)

Oh this time, too good is true
Yes it is, yeah

Gary Levox, Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley
That was truly enjoyable to write. Neil and Wendell had the melody idea and a chorus idea, and they called me in and we finished it that day. It’s a sexy tune. I think a lot of women would like to hear a man say they don’t have to do anything special to make him melt.--GARY

Just a big old power ballad. It’s one of my favorites on the record. If that song doesn’t move you, then there’s something wrong.--JAY
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When you light those candles
Up there on that mantle, setting the mood
Well, I just lie there staring
Silently preparing to love on you
Well, I can feel the heat from across the room
Ain’t it wild what a little flame can make you wanna do

I melt every time you look at me that way
It never fails, anytime, any place
This burn in me is the coolest thing I’ve ever felt
I melt

Don’t know how you do it
I love the way I lose it, every time
What’s even better
Is knowing that forever you’re all mine
The closer you get, the more my body aches
One little stare from you is all it takes

(Repeat Chorus Twice)

Every time you look at me that way
I melt, I melt

Arlos Smith
It hit us the first time we heard it. It’s got chord progressions that are really different and unique. We kept that one on hold for a long time and it’s one of my favorites on the record.--JAY

The banjo really stands out on this track. It tells a lot about life in 2002, how busy you can get being caught up in the rat race. It reminds me of my childhood and it’s a really cool tune--one of our favorites.--GARY
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Sometimes it feels like this world is spinning faster
Than it did in the old days
So naturally, we have more natural disasters
From the strain of a fast pace
Sunday was a day of rest
Now, it’s one more day for progress
And we can’t slow down ‘cause more is best
It’s all an endless process

(Well) I miss Mayberry
Sitting on the porch drinking ice-cold cherry Coke
Where everything is black and white
Picking on a six string
Where people pass by and you call them by their first name
Watching the clouds roll by
Bye, bye

Sometimes I can hear this old earth shouting
Through the trees as the wind blows
That’s when I climb up here on this mountain
To look through God’s window
Now I can’t fly
But I got two feet that get me high up here
Above the noise and city streets
My worries disappear

(Repeat Chorus)

Sometimes I dream I’m driving down an old dirt road
Not even listed on a map
I pass a dad and son carrying a fishing pole
But I always wake up every time I try to turn back

(Repeat Chorus)

Bye, bye
(I miss Mayberry, I miss Mayberry)


Brett James, Lonnie Wilson
That was another one we got when the tracks were finished. It knocked us out. We just knew we had to cut it. It’s Rascal Flatts to a "T". It’s energy, fun, all about being in love and what any man would want to do for his girl.--JOE DON

Lonnie’s a great writer and a great friend, and he and Brett called and said, "Man, we’ve got a gift for you." They were right. Yeah, that’s definitely us.--GARY
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I have always been a little shy
I’ve always been the quiet type till now
And I never let my feelings show
I never let anybody know
Just how much I was so deep in love
But now that you’re in my arms

I’m gonna stand on a rooftop, climb up a mountaintop
Baby, scream and shout
I wanna sing it on the radio, show it on a video
Baby, leave no doubt
I want the whole world to know just what I’m all about
I love to love you out loud

You keep bringing out the free in me
What you do to my heart just makes me melt
And I don’t think I can resist
But I’ve never been one to kiss and tell
A love this true can’t be subdued
So I’m gonna let out a yell

(Repeat Chorus)

Baby, I want the whole world to see
Just how good your love looks on me

(Repeat Chorus)

Baby, I love to love you out loud
Yeah, I love to love you out loud

Marcus Hummon, Chuck Jones
I was writing with Marcus last year and he said, "Mind if I play you a song?" He played it in my truck while we were on the way to lunch and I was blown away. The melody is so captivating. I played it for Jay and Gary and we loved it and put it on hold. It has a lot of energy and a good little story.--JOE DON

The musicians that played on our album took this thing to another level. It really stood out. Plus, melodically, it’s so cool.--GARY
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A tall drink of water in a cotton dress
That preacher’s daughter, she sure is blessed
As sunlight passes through the fabric so soft
You can imagine what goes through my thoughts
She says there`ll be time for all of that
When my dress is white and your suit is black

There`s so many fish in the sea
And I know it’s a great big world
But I couldn’t help but fall in love so hard
For my dry county girl
For my dry county girl, yeah

It’s widely known that I have my flaws
While she’s the Joan of Arkansas
Her lips won’t touch the demon wine
But her eyes are full of pure moonshine
And I get drunk just holding her hand
I get high thinking I could be her man

(Repeat Chorus)

For my dry county girl
Lord, I fell so hard
For my dry county girl
For my dry county girl, yeah
Yeah, talking about my


Joe Don Rooney, Danny Orton
This is a very special song for me, since I wrote it after a conversation with my girlfriend Kassidy. For me, like for a lot of men, when a woman says great things about you it can be hard to believe. I thought, "I don’t see everything you see in me, but since you see it, I’ll try to be that way." It was very easy to write, and as soon as I came up with the melody I shared the idea with Danny Orton and we wrote it.--JOE DON

I think you can tell Joe Don was influenced by those 80s power ballads. I think he knew we would all love it because we’re all suckers for big sappy ballads, and that song just says it all.--JAY
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Lying here with you
I watch you while you sleep
The dawn is closing in
With every breath you breathe

I can feel the change
The change you’ve made in me
But will I ever see
All the things you see in me

When you say that I’m one of a kind
Baby, I don’t see it but you believe
That I’m so strong and true, I promise you
I’ll try to be that kind of man
Because you love me like I am

When it comes to love
I may not know the rules
But there’s one thing I know
My heart belongs to you, just you

(Repeat Chorus)

You show me you love me
With a fire that burns deep inside

(Repeat Chorus Twice)

- I am
I’ll never understand
I don’t think I’ll ever understand
Why you love me
Why you love me just like I am


Brad Crisler, James LeBlanc
We were tracking the 11th song for the album when I was going through some tapes and found one that had just been dropped off. I put the song "You" on in the headphones and said, "Gosh, this is great!" I played it for Marty and Mark and they thought it was great too. We called the publisher and the song was on hold for Tim McGraw, whose people said if he didn’t cut it by 2 p.m. that day, we could have it. He didn’t cut it and we tracked it that day. That’s how things happen in Nashville when the right person hears it at the night time.--JOE DON

Melodically it felt like it was us, and, again, it was a song with a great, positive message, really fun to sing, and the harmonies really stand out.--GARY
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Every road that I’ve been down
The only truth that I have found
There’s only one thing I can’t live without

I was searching for something I thought I would never find
Losing my mind
In and out of bad love, I thought I was born to lose
Then came you
I thought I knew what the real thing was
But nothing shakes me like your love does
I’ve been hypnotized
Now I realize

(Repeat Chorus)

Every time I get lost in a temperamental mood
You still stay cool
Just when I think that this life`s about to drive me insane
You take the reins
Every time I feel I’m drifting off course
You’re my compass, you’re my one true north
In a mixed up world
You make sense to me girl

(Repeat Chorus)

Yeah, every road girl
Leads me to you
And baby, that’s all I need to know

(Repeat Chorus Twice)

Every road that I’ve been down in my life
Every time I feel I’m taking off
Every road that I’ve been down in my life
Every road girl, leads me to you
Yes it did, yes it did
Every road girl
Every road leads me to you


Derek George, John Tirro
That was a hard song to sing. We thought the song had a cool twist, a cool way to talk about love, that it’s like falling upside down. That was one of those songs that we heard and said, "Man, we’ve got to cut it."--GARY

Every record needs a song that’s just fun, where you don’t have to think hard. This is a great, catchy, uptempo tune.--JAY
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There’s no gravity up here
It’s kind of hard to explain
Every time I’m holding you
It’s like backwards rain - yeah

You lift me up like a kite on a string
Like a bird on newfound wings
So high on you, I’m floating and flying around
Your love is like fallin` upside down

You’ve got me so lightheaded
It’s a dizzy mood
Spinning uncontrollably
And gaining altitude

(Repeat Chorus)

Look at me
Used to be, I could keep my feet on the ground
When you said you could take me higher
You weren’t playing around
(You weren`t playing around)

(Repeat Chorus)

Gary Levox, Joe Don Rooney, Jay DeMarcus
When we won the ACM award, the 7th to 12th graders in my hometown, Picher, Oklahoma, made a huge banner and posed in the gymnasium with it. It said, "Shine On, Joe Don." It was so sweet, and I thought, "We’ve gotta write a song called ‘Shine On’." A few months afterward I had this cool melody on the bus and the "Shine On" idea came into my head. I was playing it for Jay and Gary and they started singing this melody over the chord progression. I said, "Sing ‘Shine on’" and boom, right then and there it was married together. It was magic. We wrote it in about 45 minutes.--JOE DON

This is a testament to the way somebody, when they truly love you, can turn your life around.--JAY
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I was lost in darkness and sinking sand
Well I was barely nothing, a broken man
But you picked up the pieces of my heart in your hand
Then you came and showed to me love’s second chance

Shine on, shine on, shine on me
Whenever something’s missing
You’re exactly what I need
Your love has shown me the light and now I finally see
So shine on, shine on, shine on me, yeah

Lord knows that I’m not perfect but I sure do try
And I see the man that I can be in your eyes
Well there are times I still get lost in yesterday
But you put the past behind me and you light my way

(Repeat Chorus)

Shine on (let your love shine)
Shine on (on me)
Shine all your love on me, yeah
(Your love on me)
Shine all your love on me, yeah

(Repeat Chorus)

Shine on, shine on, shine on me
Won’t you keep on shining, yeah
Won’t you keep on shining your love
Down on me, baby
Won`t you keep on shining, yeah
Won`t you keep on shining your love
Yeah, you’re exactly what I need, baby
Yeah, you are

Anthony Smith, Al Anderson
This is my favorite song on the record, without a doubt. That lyric is great and the twist at the end is just unbelievable. Gary’s vocal shows that he can deliver a song like that like no one else.--JAY

It’s the perfect country song, with a great story and a twist. That chorus has such a great melody, a crying steel guitar, and Gary’s vocal is terrific.--JOE DON
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Last night you gave me a kiss
You didn’t know it, but I was awake when you did
You were quiet, you were gonna let me sleep
So I just laid there pretending to be
You said some things you didn’t know I could hear
And the words “I love you” never sounded so sincere

It’s gonna make it hard to tell you that I’m leaving
Now that I know just how much you care
You finally gave me one good reason not to go
But staying here is my worst fear

This morning I rolled out of bed
Recalling all the sweet things you said
This was the day I was gonna hurt you bad
Called out your name, but you didn’t answer back
I searched the house to find out what was wrong
Like a ton of bricks, it hit me you were gone

(Repeat Chorus)

All along I knew that there was something missing
And only one thing left to do
I had to leave behind this life that we’d been living
But the only thing that left was you

Second Chorus
It`s gonna make it hard to tell you that I`m leaving
Now that I know just how much you care
You finally gave me one good reason not to go
But being alone is my worst fear
And staying here is my worst fear