Oh My Stars

by Charlie Roth

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Mourning You Mourning you, you, you Says the bird on the window sill Ooo, oo, ooo, oo, ooo Morning dew on my shoes A walk to clear my head Every thing you said still ring true Missing you, you, you There's a wind in the willow tree Ooo, oo, ooo, oo, ooo A song weeps in there too Nothing but a breeze, whispered melodies, and memories of a kid in his room so long ago six strings and hi-fi stereo all that soul his young ears heard hanging on every word hanging on every word Now you’re free so free Not tied down by your dreary chains Ooo, oo, ooo, oo, ooo Come any time you please Your songs will remain Some things in me you’ve changed Still singing through…Mourning You
The Ghost of Hobo Bill Riding on a westbound freight train a specter of cold light rises off the boxcar floor and wanders thru the night It’s the ghostly form of Hobo Bill still smiling there inside Yeah the cold would kill our boy bill but it wasn’t his last ride The Ghost of Hobo Billy He never has no mother’s mercy to sooth away his soul He never had no home to call his own nowhere else to go so he stayed to haunt that boxcar at night you could hear that little hobo moan cuz hopping hot shot freight trains was all he’s ever known The Ghost of Hobo Billy They say that hobo bill will mysteriously fill another hobo’s cup with booze in his bindle he’ll put bullets and loaded dice stuff a travelin’ man can use but he’d bounce a railroad bull right off the train as payback for being mean by day he’d appear in his shaving mirror and at night he’d haunt his dream The Ghost of Hobo Billy That boxcar is in a bone yard now from the old Meridian line From outside I heard coughing and a yodelin tune from 1929 Two men were in there laughing and shooting dice I looked inside I was alone And that boxcar was from the very same train that brought the singing brakeman home Along with Hobo Billy
Arms of a Gypsy Woman I am lying here wrapped in the arms of a Gypsy Woman It don’t look like we’re even gonna get out of bed today I’m so happy to be the man with the hands she’s holding So I will tell her again and this is what I’ll say: I’m so happy to be in your arms So I’m turning off the alarm Glad to be wrapped in the arms of a Gypsy Woman Her embrace is the sweetest sensation I’ve ever known There have been some long sad years of waking up alone And I know sometimes Gypsies just won’t stay So I hope she’ll be taking to heart what I have to say: I’m so happy to be in your arms So I’m turning off the alarm Glad to be wrapped in the arms of a Gypsy Woman
Five More Minutes Half way up to Dallas Standing still in a truck Staring at the angry sky Pushing our luck Hailstone up ahead of us Twister from the south Wonderin’ what the hell to do With our hearts up in our mouth I couldn’t move I just stood there mesmerized Mother natures awesome power built a wall cloud in the sky Tim said let’s get out of here it’s bound to come our way I told him that a highland boy Don’t see this everyday Just give me five more minutes five more minutes Give me five more minutes Then we’ll be on our way I was like that twisted wind I was an angry troubled child down tainted streets of sin I was a whirlwind running wild My dad tried to tame me down I thought I knew it all He used to say it was like talking to a wall Five more minutes sure wish I had five more minutes Wish I had five more minutes So I could tell him I heard it all ..solo.. Am D ..Five More Minutes 3 times so I could tell him I heard it all Bridge Take a little time Give yourself some space Gather where your going Forget about the race and just take five more minutes And have a little faith
Lady of the West Chorus Sail away, sail away, sail away from darkness Sail away, sail away, sail away from death Sail away, sail away, sail away from sorrow Sail away, sail away, sail away to the lady of the west We had no food on the table, no crops in the ground no hope for the future, no help from the crown a mass exodus across a bowl of bitter tears from the eyes of the Irish those terrible years Yes Erin remembers An Gorta Mor still homeless, hungry, tired, and poor we’ve heard of a lady with a lamp lifted high beside a golden door on the shore Chorus We thought of that lady on the McCorkell Line that passage meant life and staying was dying we clung to our rosary beads and prayed a new life would be made for our families that stayed and when we arrived just barely alive just the clothes on our backs more reasons to cry laid eyes on the help wanted sign there that said “if you’re Irish you need not apply” Chorus And though the lady tried to turn us away still huddled together in squalor we stayed in her shanty town and for very low pay we fought her wars, we worked as her slaves, we built her cities, and we laid her rails, we dug her canals, we cut her trails, we kept our traditions, we clung to our ways, and we stand beside her today Chorus
Jocelyn Jocelyn sits on a cloud all sassy and loud bosses angels around Jocelyn teaches Moses to dance Gives him another chance when he gets it wrong (chorus)There’s a shadow all over our world and a big old hole in the shape of a girl there’s a shadow all over our world and a big old hole in the shape of a girl Jocelyn eats cheeseburgers for breakfast with Dr. Pepper and fruit Tootsie Rolls Jocelyn is best friends with Jesus rides her bike when she pleases on streets made of gold and she’ll never get old and she’ll never change and we’ll always have her in the back of our brains (solo over verse chords) What’s that in the sky? Is it heaven? a bird, or it could be some kind of plane Some times we wonder why or if we’ll see her again we do know Jocelyn’s wants and wishs for those of us who remain get through this despair remember to share and try and take care of each other.. (to chorus) …with a shadow all over our world…
Good Last night Al fell into the band Took out a guitar and a mic stand He’d been dancing with Diane had a dram glass in his left hand But the years been kinda rough Perhaps he’s just lost it or his job sucks Might be trying to drown his sorrow I bet his head will hurt tomorrow Chorus Most people want to be good They’d be good if they could You might see em down a wrong way You could’ve caught em on a bad day Most people want to be kind Try a little love and they should might step a bit out of line sometimes most people want to be good Besides some bullies on the block Hitler and Stalin and Saddam Hussein Most people try to do the right thing Help keep the world from going insane It aint getting any easier to Rise above all this insanity Take the high road when we disagree Have some more faith in humanity Chorus
Rae Ann My wanderin’ dusty boots walked through our doorway I’d been on the road for way too many days I saw your empty closet and the letter that you left me on the table that said I left you lonely It read I heard you on the radio You sounded like a star I wouldn’t want to slow you down On the road to where you are Chorus Rae Ann I am broken down and weary Rae Ann I need you here to heal me It seems I’ve left the candle burning at both ends I want you as my lover and I need you as my friend And if you would please come home So I could leave you again I tried to be a carpenter but I’m too much a dreamer I am afraid I might lose a finger I’d work for the man with a retirement plan But it wouldn’t be fair because my heart isn’t there I got this guitar when I was very young It’s part of what I am and what I have become And I know it’s a hard thing that I’m asking you.. Chorus
Imma Maker Happy Well she’s drop dead pretty as a gal can be I’d be happy with her most definitely But when she gets mad aint no use to put up a fight Cus when she aint happy no one happy Imma maker happy tonight Some day I’ll buy a car just to drive her around We’ll make a mess a trouble in this old town I’ll grab her by the hand and never let her out of my sight Cus when she aint happy no one happy Imma maker happy tonight If I had to do it over wouldn’t change a thing I’d walk her down the isle and I’d give her a ring I’d move on in and pray to God she don’t bite Cus when she aint happy no one happy Imma maker happy tonight
Last Letter Waltz There were birds among the trees it was springtime Two lovers lips inclined to whistle their song But were otherwise entwined in a farewell kiss And her eyes said she would miss him so long And her eyes said she would miss him so long There were clouds among the stars it was twilight The ground seemed to shudder and sway They knew first light meant the end of their last night then the drums and pipes would play then the drums and pipes would play There was wind in the sails he was war bound She waved her handkerchief along the pier memories remain of that last night will sustain her as well as the words whispered dear the words of love he whispered so dear An old woman on the beach is holding The last letter from her lover stained with tears She reads again the words of clouds, stars, and birds As she’s done on this day for forty years As she’s done on this day for forty years
Carter’s Tune After the rain puddles remain Come on little buddy come on Go and get your rubber boots on We’ll catch some frogs in the lawn I was once a tadpole just like you You got a stick I got a cane pole Come on little buddy come on We’ll go hike in the woods You use yours for a rifle I use mine for a cane Gonna shoot some bad guys all day long You got a Mustang I drive a Camaro Come on little buddy come on Lets make a drag strip on the table Pop a wheelie squeal out Make a motor sound with your mouth mine’s got a souped up super charged 396 You got a fast back…1964…and a half You got a fort made from blankets Come on little buddy come on Go up to the stuffed critter zoo Bring back a little buddy or two Got some little guests in there Grandpa’s got to sit in his chair awhile Grandpa’s got to sit in his chair Supper’s ready little buddy better go wash your hands
Oh My My Oh my my you’re sure lookin’ fine babe Light reflects your pretty face in that glass of wine The kids are grown and gone and we’re all alone Hey slide on over here let’s stop wasting time As the hour glass has passed each grain of sand We have walked this world hand in hand It ain't always been easy but we had a plan Oh my my it’s sure has been grand It’s a simple song and history will show that we planted love and made a garden grow Oh my my is that you crying I’m here waiting for your angel wings to fly High above the clouds and far up in the great beyond You will hear me sing and know that I’m not really gone High above the clouds and far up in the great beyond You will hear me sing and know that I’m not really gone Oh my my – Oh my my


This is my 7th studio album - the title is significant - the songs are significant - I hope you give it more than one listen and find a song that you can relate to.

Please click on each track for info about credits, inspiration & lyrics


“Finding and sharing the music of artists like Charlie Roth with my audience is the reason I have been presenting my radio show for the last 19 years. I know that when I play a song from "Oh My Stars” it will make some listener's day a little better”
Eddie White The Cosmic Cowboy Café. 2RRR 88.5 Fm, Sydney, Australia

“Charlie Roth goes from strength to strength with every record .. On the new one he makes every note count ..A record he can be right proud of ..Charlie has hit the spot with his new one.
”Noel Casey Dublin FM Dublin, Ireland

“There are always people you've never heard of. Mostly, they're the best ones. One of them is Kurt Rodman, playing like Grady Martin for Marty Robbins. There are always people you cannot hear enough. One of them is Charlie Roth. What a great bunch of clever songs. *Oh my stars* , his new c.d. , is mine. Don't you dare pinch it,”
Doctor Paul van Gelder, Nightjock,VARA Holland

“Charlie Roth..a so talented songwriter, the perfect troubadour for an interesting musical journey ...I love the sensibility in the singing”
Michel Penard (American Roots Music), Radio ISA , La Tour Du Pin, France


released April 13, 2015

The Bands

Charlie Roth & the Healers: Charlie Roth – acoustic guitar (all tracks) harmonica (track 10.11) foot percussion tracks 1.3,10,11 Kurt ‘Lightning’ Rodman – electric guitar, slide guitar, nylon stringed guitar (tracks 2,4.6,7,8,9,12) Tommy Vee - Kala Uke Bass (tracks 2,4.6,7,8,9,12) Dennis Kennedy – drums and percussion (tracks 2,4.6,7,8,9,12)

The Henry Girls: Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin -Back up Vocals (Tracks 2,4,6,7,8) Lorna McLaughlin –accordion (track 6)

Ring of Kerry: Paul Blondell –fiddle (tracks 4,10) vocal (track 4) Paul Imholte –hammered dulcimer (tracks 4,10) vocal (track 4) Paul Cotton – drum (tracks 4,10) vocal track 4 Carrie Oberg – flute & vocal (track 4)

Jonathan Byrd &The Pickup Cowboys: Jonathan Byrd– backup vocals (tracks 1,9) Johnny Waken – slide guitar (track 1) banjo and saw (track 2) mandolin (track 11) Paul Ford - bass and cello (track 1,3,5,11)


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