Shades of Crystal

by Tracey K. Houston

Released 08/16/2019
Songbird Productions
Released 08/16/2019
Songbird Productions
In her early career Tracey K. Houston was also influenced by Crystal Gayle, to whom she pays homage in this album. As a longtime friend and fan, it’s with great admiration and respect Tracey K. presents this new album.
  • 02:01 Lyrics Sparklin' Look of Love

    Sparklin’ Look of Love

     

    When I saw you my heart went thumpity thump

    Then you smiled at me and my head went bumpity bump

    I knew that I was a goner, it wasn’t hard to realize

    You put that sparklin’ look of lo-ove in my eyes

     

    I can hear the lovebirds singin’      twiddle de dee

    And the feelin’ that I feel is a fiddle de dee

    Hello world, I’m in love          and what a sweet surprise

    You put that sparklin’ look of lo-ove in my eyes

     

    Chorus

    That look of love is in my eyes as far as I can see

    And everything I touch       turns to love around me

    You took the blue from my heart, and you placed it in the sky

    You put that sparklin’ look of lo-ove in my eyes

     

    That look of love is in my eyes as far as I can see

    And everything I touch       turns to love around me

    You took the blue from my heart, and you placed it in the sky

    You put that sparklin’ look of lo-ove in my eyes

     

    You put that sparklin’ look of lo-ove in my eyes

     

     

    Written by Loretta Lynn – Sure Fire Music

     

     

  • 02:40 Lyrics I've Cried (The Blue Right out of My Eyes)

    I've Cried (The Blue Right Out Of My Eyes)

     

    Oh I've hurt enough     for the both of us

    Since we said our goodbyes

    And I've cried and cried        until I've cried

    The blue right out of my eyes

     

    If you hear a beat        look down at your feet

    For that's where my heart lies

    I should run and hide   be-cause I've cried

    The blue right out of my eyes

     

    Chorus

    Now my eyes are grey         my blues are washed away

    From tears I've cried for you

    I need you close to me        baby honestly

    I love you you know that I do

     

    Come on back again    don't say it's the end

    Or don't you realize     since you've left my side

    Darlin' I've cried the blue right out of my eyes

     

    Chorus

    Now my eyes are grey         my blues are washed away

    From tears I've cried for you

    I need you close to me        baby honestly

    I love you you know that I do (modulate up)

     

    Come on back again    don't say it's the end

    Or don't you realize     since you've left my side

    Darlin' I've cried          the blue right out of my eyes

     

    Writer: Loretta Lynn

    Publisher: Sure Fire Music

     

  • 02:12 Lyrics Wrong Road Again

    Wrong Road Again

    I can't seem to learn not to love you
    You get to me     every time
    You're someone I just can't say no to
    And you’re so good at changin’ my mind

    Chorus:

    Here I go down that wrong road again
    Goin' back where I've already been
    Even knowin' where it will end
    Here I go down that wrong road again

    (instrumental)


    Though I see      the web that you're weavin'
    You   and your soft easy lines
    Before I stop to think I'm believin'
    And I'm fallin' for you    one more time

    Chorus:

    Here I go down that wrong road again
    Goin' back where I've already been
    Even knowin' where it will end
    Here I go down that wrong road again


    Here I go down that wrong road again
    Goin' back where I've already been
    Even knowin' where it will end
    Here I go down that wrong road again

     

    Here I go down that wrong road again
    Goin' back where I've already been
    (fade)

    Even knowin' where it will end

    Here I go down that wrong road again

     

    Writer: Allen Reynolds

    Publisher: Universal - Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc.

     

  • 02:49 Lyrics When I Dream

    When I Dream

    I could have a mansion         that is higher than the trees
    I could have all the gifts I want       and never ask please
    I could fly to Paris, all that’s at my beck and call
    Why do I go through life        with nothing at all?

    Chorus:

    But when I dream, I dream of you
    Maybe someday you will come true


    (instrumental)

     

    I can be the singer       or the clown in every room
    I can even call someone       to take me to the moon
    I can put my makeup on        and drive the men insane
    I can go to bed alone   and never know his name

    Chorus:

    But when I dream,      I dream of you
    Maybe someday you will come true


    But when I dream,      I dream of you
    Maybe someday you will come true

     

    But when I dream,      I dream of you
    Maybe someday you will come true

     

    Writer: Sandy Mason

    Publisher: Universal - Polygram Int'l Pub Inc.

     

  • 02:55 Lyrics Loving You so Long Now

    Loving You So Long Now

     

    Chorus:

    I've been lovin’ you so long now
    What I'd give if I could see you once again
    Just to throw my arms around you
    And live those happy times again

     

    Was I dreamin’    it seemed so right
    When I held you all through the night
    I could see me    forever lovin’ you
    I never thought of losin’ you

     

    Chorus:

    Cause I've been loving you so long now
    What I'd give if I could see you once again
    Just to throw my arms around you
    And live those happy times again

     

    (instrumental)

     

    Hungry lovers     we used to cling so tight
    Whisper softly     all through the night
    And I remember so many lovin’ days
    I can't believe they've slipped away

     

    Chorus:

    Cause I've been lovin’ you so long now
    What I'd give if I could see you once again
    Just to throw my arms around you
    And live those happy times again

     

    I've been lovin’ you so long now
    What I'd give if I could see you once again
    Just to throw my arms around you
    And live those happy times again

     

    I've been lovin’ you so long now
    What I'd give if I could see you once again
    Just to throw my arms around you 
    (start fade)
    And live those happy times again

     

     

    Writer: Allen Reynolds

    Publisher: Universal - Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc.

     

  • 02:35 Lyrics Beyond You

    Beyond You

     

    No--body holds me like you can
    Lately you´ve been holding me back
    It´s time to let you know,       it´s time to let me go
    Gotta get a hold of myself


    Chorus:

    Reckon I need to see a few new places
    A little time alone will do me good
    Bein´ without you I´ll be thinkin’ about you
    Gotta reach beyond you beyond

     

    (instrumental)


    Nothin’ I´ve ever done´s been harder
    All these years no one´s been closer
    Can´t sweep you under my bed,    just can´t shake my head
    And expect my wantin´ you to shake away


    Chorus:

    Reckon it´s time to find a few new faces
    A little time alone will do me good
    Bein´ without you I´ll be thinkin’ about you
    Gotta reach beyond you beyond

     

    (instrumental for 2 bars)
    Bein´ without you I´ll be thinking about you
    Gotta reach beyond you beyond   you-----

     

    Writers:  Bill Gatzimos/Crystal Gayle

    Publisher: Stonehill Music Co

     

     

  • 02:43 Lyrics This Is My Year for Mexico

    This Is My Year For Mexico

    You no longer notuce if I'm wearin' perfume
    I seldom hear a lovin' word from you
    Your attention's wrapped up in the mornin' paper
    And I feel a restless yearn for somethin' new

    We used to whisper love across the nighttime
    Now we never whisper nor recall
    Our love is left upon the shelf of winter
    Where the sunlight never touches it at all

    Chorus:

    It's a habit for us to be together
    We sit and watch the deadly shadows grow
    Every day last year I left for California
    This is my year for Mexico

    (instrumental)


    Your back is turned to me while you are reading
    I close my eyes while I pretend to doze
    From the road I hear the sound of passin’ traffic
    Some of them are bound for Mexico

    Chorus:

    It's a habit for us to be together
    We sit and watch the deadly shadows grow
    Every day last year I left for California
    This is my year for Mexico

     

    (long instrumental out then fade)

     

    Writer: Vince Matthews

    Publisher: Universal - Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc.

     

  • 02:08 Lyrics Before I'm Fool Enough

    Before I'm Fool Enough


    G                   C        G
    I'm goin’ away babe I cannot stay
                                    D7
    It's gonna hurt for a long long time
                  G        C                 G
    But I've been with you and I've been without you
        C       G            D7           G
    And neither way gives me any peace of mind

                         C         G
    So I may leave in the wee small hours
                              C            G
    If I'm not brave enough to kiss you goodbye
        Em                          G
    But once I get the nerve up I'm goin’
                              D7               G
    Before I'm fool enough to give it one more try


    (instrumental)

                           C                  G
    Much more than halfway I've tried it your way
                                   D7
    But you don't see me the way I do
                     G       C             G
    You really don't want me you want your daydreams
           C       G     D7            G
    Simple love is all I ever promised you

                         C         G
    So I may leave in the wee small hours
                              C            G
    If I'm not brave enough to kiss you goodbye
        Em                          G
    But once I get the nerve up I'm goin’
                              D7               G
    Before I'm fool enough to give it one more try


        Em                          G
    But once I get the nerve up I'm goin’
                              D7               G
    Before I'm fool enough to give it one more try

     

    Written by Allen Reynolds

    Publisher: Universal - Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc.

  • 03:30 Lyrics I'll Get over You

    I'll Get Over You

    One thing 'bout this heart of mine
    All my hurt’s gonna mend in time
    It don't leave no scars behind 
    I'll get over you


    I'll find me   a guy one day
    Who's not scared to give his heart away
    When I do it's safe to say

    That I'll get over you

    Chorus:

    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new          when I get over you


    From now on       think I’ll lay low
    I'll talk fast          but I’ll move slow
    You taught me all I need to know
    'bout gettin’ over you


    Sometimes think                   I love you still
    Wonder if I always will
    But I know it’s just until

    I get over you

    Chorus:

    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new          when I get over you


    Sometimes think                   I love you still
    Wonder if I always will
    Love for you's so haaard to kill
      But I'll       get o--ver you

    Chorus:

    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new          when I get over you


    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new          when I get over you

    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new          when I get over you

    I'll get over you           I'll get through and when I do
    I'll      be good as new 
    (fade) when I get over you

     

     

    Writer: Richard C. Leigh

    Publisher: Universal Music Corp. o/b/o Pulleybone Publishing Company

     

  • 02:21 Lyrics I Want to Lose Me in You

    I Want to Lose Me In You

     

    Love me and let me let go of myself

    Let’s think of love and of nothin’ else

    Move me and make me dream dreams that are true

    I want to lose me in you

     

    You love me, I love you

     

    Hold me and help me believe one more time

    Love is worth livin’ when love is kind

    Love me and take me where love dreams come true

    I want to lose me in you

     

    (instrumental)

     

    You love me, I love you

     

    Love me and let me let go of myself

    Let’s think of love and of nothin’ else

    Move me and make me dream dreams that are true

    I want to lose me in you

     

    I want to lose       me-- in you

     

     

    Writers: James Rushing / Marshall Chapman

    Publishing: Universal - Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc. and Universal - Polygram Int'l Pub Inc.

     

  • 02:41 Lyrics What You've Done for Me

    What You’ve Done For Me

     

    I gave you my dreams,          you looked and you smiled

    I knew I’d be stayin’,     for a long, long while

    I gave you my heart,    you held it in   your hands

    We’ll never be apart now,     because love never ends

     

    Bridge:

    Even though we both know it’s over

    Even though you tell me       I’m free

    As I love the world over

    I’ll remember       what you’ve done for me

     

    Chorus:

    You made me laugh   you made me strong

    Now I can feel    all the love in this song

    You made me laugh   you made me strong

    Now I can feel    all the love in this song

     

    (long instrumental then fade)

     

     

    Writer: Sandy Mason

    Publisher: Good Music

     

  • 02:45 Lyrics I'll Do It All over Again

    I'll Do It All Over Again


    Was I right? Was I wrong?
    A little too weak or a little too strong?
    Was it him? Was it me?
    Oh I guess I'll never know

    Well you're up     then you're down
    Oh but the world keeps turnin’ around
    Ain't it hard                  to find
    Somethin’ to hang on to

    Chorus:

    But I know         that my heart will mend
    And I know         that I'll smile again
    I'll get back        on my feet and then
    I'll do it all over again

    (instrumental)


    Some you lose    some you win
    They say that's the way it's always been
    First you laugh    then you cry
    Oh but I guess that's life

    So you live          and you learn
    And never look back at the bridges you burn
    And you change somehow
    Oh I'm a little bit wiser now

    Chorus:

    But I know         that my heart will mend
    And I know         that I'll smile again
    I'll get back        on my feet and then
    I'll do it all over again

    But I know         that my heart will mend
    And I know         that I'll smile again
    I'll get back        on my feet and then
    I'll do it all over again

    I'll do it all over again

     

    Writers: Bob McDill, Wayland Holyfield

    Publisher: Universal - Polygram Int'l Pub Inc.

  • 02:28 Lyrics Ready for the Times to Get Better

    Ready For The Times To Get Better

    I've got to tell you I've been rackin' my brain
    Hopin' to find a way out
    I've had enough of this continual rain
    Changes are comin'     no doubt

    Chorus:

    It's been a too long time
    With no peace of mind
    And I'm ready for the times
    To get better


    You seem to want from me what I cannot give
    I feel so lonesome at times
    I have a dream that I wish I could live
    It's burnin' holes in my mind

    Chorus:

    It's been a too long time
    With no peace of mind
    And I'm ready for the times
    To get better

    Nana na na na na na na na na na nah

    Nana na na na na na nah

     

    Nana na na na na na na na na na nah

    Nana na na na na na nah


    Chorus:

    It's been a too long time
    With no peace of mind
    And I'm ready for the times
    To get better

     

    (instrumental fade out)


    Writer: Allen Reynolds

    Publisher: Songs of Universal, Inc. o/b/o Aunt Polly's Publishing Co.

  • 03:34 Lyrics It's Like We Never Said Goodbye

    It's Like We Never Said Goodbye

    I was sure I'd lost my chance forever
    I never dreamed            we'd ever meet again
    Now here we are alone     once more together
    Doin’ all the lovin’ things       we used to do back then

    Chorus:

    It’s like we never said goodbye love
    You're just a little shy love
    But you sure remember how      to make me smile
    A different bed a different ceilin’
    But still   that same old feelin’
    As I hold you close     I almost wanna cry--
    Cause it feels just like   we never said goodbye


    It’s good to hear you talk      about the old times
    It’s good to hear your sweet voice          once aga-in
    Right now all I wanna do is touch you
    And feel the love start happenin’
    The way it happened then

    Chorus:

    It’s like we never said goodbye love
    We’re both a little shy love
    But you sure remember how      to make me smile
    A different bed a different ceilin’
    But still   that same old feelin’
    As I hold you close     I almost wanna cry--
    Cause it feels just like   we never said goodbye

     

    It’s like we never said goodbye love
    We’re both a little shy love
    But you sure remember how      to make me smile
    A different bed a different ceilin’
    But still   that same old feelin’
    As I hold you close     I almost wanna cry--
    Cause it feels just like   we never said goodbye---- -----


    Writers: Roger Greenaway, Geoff Stephens

    Publisher: Music Sales Corporation o/b/o Arrgee Music Ltd and Universal - Polygram Int'l o/b/o Theobalds Music, Inc.

     

  • 03:34 Lyrics Livin' in These Troubled Times

    Livin' In These Troubled Times

    It takes all the faith that's in you
    Takes your heart         and it takes mine
    It takes love        to be forgiven
    Livun’ in--   these troubled times

    When it rains on the rain
    And it snows      in the Spring
    You're reminded   again
    It's just a march   of the dimes
    Livun’ in   these troubled times


    Brings you down            to buy a paper
    If you read                   between the lines
    No one seems     to have the answer
    To livun’ in          these troubled times

    Still you try and you try
    And you do   what you   must do
    It's a march of the dimes
    Livun’ in   these troubled times
    And lovin’ in      these troubled times


    It takes a man     it takes a woman
    It took your heart         and it took mine
    It takes love        to be forgiven
    Livun’ in--   these troubled times

    (ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh)
    It's a march of the dimes
    Livun’ in   these troubled times
    And lovin’ in      these troubled times

    (instrumental then fade out)

     

     

    Writers: Roger F. Cook / Philip Charles Donnelly / Sam Hogin

    Publisher: Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.

     

     

  • 03:54 Lyrics Til I Gain Control Again

    'Til I Gain Control Again

    Just like the sun over the mountain top
    You know I'll always come again
    You know I love to spend my mornin’ time
    Like sunlight dancin’    on your skin

    I've never gone so wrong      as for tellin’ lies to you
    What you've seen is what I've been
    There is nothin’ I could hide from you
    You see me better       than I can

    Chorus:

    Out on the road that lies before me now
    There are some turns where I will spin
    I only hope    that you can hold me now
    Til I can gain control again


    Like a lighthouse  - - -   you must stand alone
    Landmark a sailor's   journey's end
    No matter what    seas I've been sailin’ on
    I'll always row      your way again

     

    Chorus:

    Out on the road that lies before me now
    There are some turns where I will spin
    I only hope    that you can hold me now
    Til I can gain control again

     

    Til I can gain      control again

     

    Writer: Rodney J. Crowell

    Publisher: Travellers Hollow Music o/b/o Tessa Pub Company

     

  • 03:10 Lyrics Turning Away (Bonus Track)

    (Bonus Track from ROCKIN' LITTLE ANGEL album)

    TURNING AWAY

     

    None of your friends come near you 
    They've given up trying to steer you 
    Because you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    Lately you look so ragged 
    The edge of your heart's become jagged 
    And you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    I said you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love 

    Well, she gives it to you without asking 
    A piece of her heart ever lasting 
    But you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    Just when this old world 
    Needs all of the love it can get 
    You're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from the one who really cares 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    Just when this old world 
    Needs all of the love it can get 
    You're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from the one who really cares 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    I said you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    Well, she gives it to you without asking 
    A piece of her heart ever lasting 
    But you’re turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away  
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    I said you’re turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

    No No No, 
    Turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love 
    I said you're turnin’ away 
    Turnin’ away from love

     

     

    Writer: Timothy Krekel

    Publisher: Combine Music Corp.

     

NOTES
Tracey K. Houston and I have known each other for many years. I enjoy her music and friendship, and it is always fun to share the stage with her. Although Tracey grew up in British Columbia – far away from my Butcher Holler roots – we both were raised in families that loved playing and singing country music.

When Tracey came to see me perform at Johnny Cash’s farm outside of Nashville, she told me she was ready to start recording this project. I was excited and honored that she was recording an album of my songs. Her selections include some of my hits and some of my favorite album tracks.

Tracey is singing great! I love this album!

~ Crystal Gayle


Crystal Gayle… I have always loved this lady and her music even before I first met her in 1986 in Calgary, AB. Five years ago, while attending a concert of Crystal’s at the Country Music Hall of Fame, I came up with the idea to do a tribute album to her, since her music was an influence in my early career. After the show I asked how she would feel about it, with a huge smile and a hug her response was, “I would love that!” It’s been my dream ever since.

Fast forward to the present. I finally recorded this album of some of my favorite Crystal songs, having the great privilege and honor of recording in Crystal’s studio with her son, Chris, the very talented Engineer. Crystal was actively involved with this project as well, with her input and suggestions, an unexpected and pleasant surprise! A huge Thank You also to Bill Gatzimos, her husband, for being instrumental in making this album happen at their studio! A huge thank you to all involved with this album, including the Jamie Haage “dream team” in Branson, MO, who recorded the tracks.

~ TKH