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S7 E9 | FULL EPISODE

CMA Songwriter Series With Jennifer Nettles

Three time Grammy Award winner and six time CMA Award winner Jennifer Nettles is known as one of country music's powerhouse vocalists. Her debut solo album, That Girl, hit #1. Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and singer/songwriter Amos Lee join Jennifer Nettles on stage to sing some of their greatest hits including "Love Can Go to Hell," "Unlove You," and "Drunk in Heels."

AIRED: February 28, 2017 | 0:57:40
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>> Check.

Check 1, 2.

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[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Oh, hello.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Let's do the dang thing.

[ "Drunk In Heels" plays ]

♪ Tired, tired, dog-ass tired,

tired down to the bone ♪

♪ I did a 40-hour week at the

Quickie Mart and another 35 at

home ♪

♪ Dead, dead, the walking dead,

dead right on my feet ♪

♪ I'd like to put on my pajamas

and go to bed, but no one in the

house would eat ♪

♪ If I go to work, I have to

make up my whole face ♪

♪ And if once a month I want to

shoot the whole damn place,

well, I just have to deal ♪

♪ If I bring home the bacon,

I have to fry it up in a pan ♪

♪ Now, I ain't saying that it's

easier to be a man, but let's

get real ♪

♪ When we get drunk, we do it in

heels ♪

♪ Dirty, dirty, my house is so

dirty, I've forgotten what it

looked like clean ♪

♪ It's so sad that my husband

went blind and can't see the

dishes sitting there in the

sink ♪

♪ Loving, loving, he'd like a

little loving, and I'd like to

fulfill his dreams ♪

♪ But right now I'm so tired,

him fixing that oven is a sexier

thing to me ♪

♪ If I go to work, I have to

make up my whole face ♪

♪ And if once a month I want to

shoot the whole damn place,

well, I just have to deal ♪

♪ If I bring home the bacon,

I have to fry it up in a pan ♪

♪ Now, I ain't saying that it's

easier to be a man, but let's

get real ♪

♪ When we get drunk, we do it in

heels ♪

♪ Yeah, they might be in style,

but until you've walked that

mile, you'll never know how hard

it is to keep yourself from

falling ♪

♪ When you're up there and

you're carrying it all and ♪

♪ On the tightrope of my life,

the man and the babies and the

9 to 5 ♪

♪ I might've looked sexy while

I'm jugglin', but I'm

strugglin' ♪

♪ When we go to work, we have to

make up our whole face ♪

♪ And if once a month we want to

shoot the whole damn place,

well, we just have to ♪

♪ If I bring home the bacon,

I have to fry it up in a pan ♪

♪ Now, I ain't saying that it's

easier to be a man, but let's

get real ♪

♪ When we get drunk, we do it in

5-inch-platform Louboutin

stiletto pumps ♪

♪ We doooo it, we do it in

heeeeeels ♪

Oh!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

Welcome, everybody.

[ Cheers and applause ]

What a pleasure to get to be

here with you this evening and

celebrate the craft of

songwriting.

Because while I love the

music -- I'm sorry I'm in your

way, Kenny.

Don't mind me.

Just move me over.

While I love getting to perform,

I love getting to tell stories

and write those stories as much

as I do to perform them.

And tonight, we get to talk a

little bit about some of these

songs, some of their

inspirations, how they happened.

That last song, it's called

"Drunk in Heels."

I wrote it with a writer named

Brandy Clark.

She's all over my new record,

and she's all over her own

records.

She is a fantastic artist in

her own right and has written,

also, so many hits that you

probably know off of the radio.

And she actually -- she inspired

that song by saying, "Oh, I want

to write a song about the

saying, you know, 'Ginger Rogers

did everything Fred Astaire did,

but backwards and in heels.'"

She said, "But I want to call it

'Drunk in Heels,'" and I don't

know exactly how to go about

that.

And she lobbed that out there,

and a few months later, we were

on tour together, and I had a

baby that I was still

breastfeeding at the time.

And I was exhausted on all

different levels because baby --

no sleep, road -- no sleep.

So nobody was sleeping, and I

got inspired and ran on her bus,

and the rest is history.

She happens to be here this

evening.

Put your hands together for

Ms. Brandy Clark.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Let's do one of yours.

>> Let's do it.

>> You want to tell them about

it?

>> Yes, I would love to.

Actually, Jennifer Nettles has a

lot to do with why I recorded

this song.

I've told her this before,

but --

>> It's about me.

[ Laughter ]

>> That'd be great if it was,

actually, wouldn't it?

>> Great publicity.

>> Yeah.

I wrote this with a guy named

Scott Stepakoff, actually, and I

always liked the song a lot.

But I wasn't pushed over the

edge by it until Jennifer heard

it and loved it and said some

things about it that were really

nice, and I thought, "Man, if

Jennifer Nettles thinks it's

that good, I better record

that."

[ "Love Can Go To Hell" plays ]

♪ Love can go to your head

like a shot of something

strong ♪

♪ Love can go to your bed

and stay there all night long ♪

♪ Love can go on and on like a

Sunday-morning sparrow ♪

♪ Love can go to your heart like

a sweet-talkin' arrow ♪

♪ Love can go to hell in a

broken-heartbeat minute ♪

♪ That's where I am without you

in it ♪

♪ Every day is just another

night by myself ♪

♪ Love can go to hell

♪ Like roses in a vase of

whiskey, dyin' for the way you

used to kiss me ♪

♪ Heaven knows, I only wish you

well ♪

♪ Oh, but love, yeah, love can

go to hell ♪

♪ I can go to church and fold

these idle hands ♪

♪ I can go to work, call some

friends, make some plans ♪

♪ I can get drunk on a Saturday

night and try to fall for

someone new ♪

♪ But I just wake up hung over,

cursin' the day I fell for you ♪

♪ Love can go to hell in a

broken-heartbeat minute ♪

♪ That's where I am without you

in it ♪

♪ Every day is just another

night by myself ♪

♪ Love can go to hell

♪ Like roses in a vase of

whiskey, dyin' for the way you

used to kiss me ♪

♪ Heaven knows, I only wish you

well ♪

♪ I don't blame you at all

♪ No, I don't hate you at all

♪ It's all loooooooove's fault

♪ So love can go to hell in a

broken-heartbeat minute ♪

♪ That's where I am without you

in it ♪

♪ Every day is just another

night by myself ♪

♪ Love can go to hell

♪ Like roses in a vase of

whiskey, dyin' for the way you

used to kiss me ♪

♪ Heaven knows, I only wish you

well ♪

♪ Oh, but love, yeah, love can

go to hell ♪

♪ "Forever's" just a lie that

love will tell ♪

♪ So love, yeah, love can go to

hell ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Brandy Clark.

>> Thank you, guys.

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Yes.

I find -- I like to write songs

for different reasons, and some

of them are...

some of them are charact--

They're all characters, but some

of them are characters that are

not me.

Some of them are for the sake of

storytelling, and some of them

are more confessional.

And while I appreciate both,

it seems that sometimes the more

confessional ones come...

well, they just come in a

different way.

And this song is one of the more

confessional.

I find that, sometimes, people

get afraid of your dreamer,

'cause, really, they're afraid

of their own, right?

And this next song is about

that, and it is about embracing

that dreamer and...yeah.

Don't listen to the haters.

This song's called

"Stupid Girl."

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ "Stupid Girl" plays ]

♪ Stupid girl

♪ How could you think that you

could take those wings and fly

so close to the sun? ♪

♪ Do you like to fall for fun?

♪ Ohhh, stupid girl

♪ How dare you to try to bring

your dark to the light ♪

♪ To live your life undivided

♪ Take your unhappy and hide

it ♪

♪ You got to hold yourself back,

put yourself last, never first ♪

♪ Always make 'em laugh, say

you're sorry, don't make it

worse ♪

♪ Take a deep breath, give 'em

what they want and smile ♪

♪ All my life, I've tried to do

what's right ♪

♪ But I'm a leaver who can't

leave well enough alone ♪

♪ I'm a seeker, an unholy

rolling stone ♪

♪ And it might be stupid, but

that stupid girl ain't wrong ♪

♪ No

♪ Stupid girl

♪ What else could you want?

♪ How could you ask for

something more? ♪

♪ With all the gifts you are

given, ain't it enough to just

be livin'? ♪

♪ You got to hold yourself back,

put yourself last, never first ♪

♪ Always make 'em laugh, say

you're sorry, don't make it

worse ♪

♪ Take a deep breath, give 'em

what they want and smile ♪

♪ Oh, all my life, I've tried to

do what's right ♪

♪ But I'm a leaver who can't

leave well enough alone ♪

♪ I'm a seeker, an unholy

rolling stone ♪

♪ And it might be stupid, but

that stupid girl ain't wrong ♪

♪ There are no answers without

questions, even if they're

wrong ♪

♪ How else you gonna learn all

the lessons? ♪

♪ We only get this one trip, so

lose the fear, loose the grip,

and throw the lines from the

ship ♪

♪ And take it all my life

♪ Ohhhh, all my life, I've tried

to do what's right ♪

♪ But I'm a leaver who can't

leave well enough alone ♪

♪ I'm a seeker, an unholy

rolling stone ♪

♪ And it might be stupid

♪ But that stupid girl ain't

wrong ♪

♪ I'm not wrong

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

I wrote this next song with

Brandy Clark and with another

writer, named Shane McAnally.

[ Cheers ]

And -- Yes.

He is a hitmaker.

And originally, I had come in

with this very clever idea that

I wanted to write a song about a

woman who was waiting at the

bar -- she was at a bar, she was

trying to find a date, so to

speak.

She was trying to, you know,

whatever -- hook up.

And -- but she wasn't having any

takers, and I wanted to call it

"Straight But No Chaser."

And he didn't think that was

very funny, and he -- but he

very diplomatically said, "I

like the 'chaser' part."

So, yeah, so we wrote this next

song, and it is called "Chaser."

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ "Chaser" plays ]

♪ I wanna be the one, not the

one after the one that breaks

your heart ♪

♪ I wanna be the fire, not the

cool that soothes your tongue

after the spark ♪

♪ Don't wanna be an

afterthought ♪

♪ Don't wanna be the

aftershock when you've had a

double shot of her ♪

♪ I wanna be the taste you

crave, not just some call you

make when you're dying of

thirst ♪

♪ And I know, I know, I know, I

know that I don't, I don't, I

don't, I don't ever learn ♪

♪ And if you go, you go, you go,

you go ♪

♪ But I wanna be the one that

makes you burn and never burn

out ♪

♪ Wanna make you burn all the

way down ♪

♪ Are you feeling me now?

♪ I don't wanna be your chaser,

chaser, second in line, waiting

on my turn ♪

♪ I don't wanna be your chaser,

chaser, wanna be the one that

makes you burn ♪

♪ I wanna be the name, the only

name that's on your lips when

you're alone ♪

♪ I wanna be the first, not the

next one on the list in your

phone ♪

♪ Don't wanna be the old

fallback, the one you never did

call back even though I waited

all night long ♪

♪ Straight up or on the rocks,

don't wanna take the edge off

when a drink is too strong ♪

♪ And I know, I know, I know, I

know that I don't, I don't, I

don't, I don't ever learn ♪

♪ And if you go, you go, you go,

you go ♪

♪ But I wanna be the one that

makes you burn and never burn

out ♪

♪ Wanna make you burn all the

way down ♪

♪ Are you feeling me, feeling

me burn and never burn out? ♪

♪ Are you feeling me burn all

the way down? ♪

♪ Are you feeling me now?

♪ I don't wanna be your chaser,

chaser, second in line, waiting

on my turn ♪

♪ I don't wanna be your chaser,

chaser, wanna be the one that

makes you burn ♪

♪ Burn, burn, like an old

Scotch whisky ♪

♪ Drink it down slow, pour it

all night long ♪

♪ Burn like a heat every time

you kiss me ♪

♪ Like these words pouring off

my tongue ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> This next song, I wrote with

Brandy Clark, as well.

And she had said to me, at one

point -- clearly, we talk a lot,

just in general, because she's

always saying something that

then turns into a song.

But she said, "You know, you

can't unring a bell."

And I thought, "Hmm.

Yeah. that's true."

You know, like once you know

something, you can't unknow it.

You can accept it, you can deal

with it, you can deny it and

pretend, but the reality is, you

can't unknow it or even forget

it, really.

And that is part of the

inspiration behind this next

song.

This song was the first single

off my new album, and it's

called "Unlove You."

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ "Unlove You" plays ]

♪ I could break down and cry

♪ Laugh it off and deny

♪ Draw lines in the sand

♪ And count on both hands

♪ All the reasons why

♪ This just won't work

♪ It'll be nothing but hurt

♪ I can swear that I don't

♪ And maybe one day, I won't

♪ But for how hard I've tried

♪ I can't unlove you

♪ And my heart can't unbreak

♪ I can't unfeel how it felt

♪ To feel so much myself

♪ My whole body ached

♪ And I can't unknow this

♪ Lord, I wish I knew how

♪ But I can't unlove you

♪ So come love me for now

♪ If I were 25

♪ I know just what I'd do

♪ I would have already kissed

♪ Till I was drunk on your

lips ♪

♪ A thousand times too few

♪ But we have other lives

♪ And we know it ain't right

♪ This is going nowhere

♪ If I'm with you, I don't

care ♪

♪ Take me nowhere tonight

♪ They call it fire

♪ But it feels just like

drowning ♪

♪ With the weight of my burning

desire ♪

♪ Closing in all around me

♪ I wasn't lost until you found

me ♪

♪ And I can't unlove you

♪ And my heart can't unbreak

♪ I can't unfeel how it felt

♪ To feel so much myself

♪ My whole body ached

♪ And I can't unknow this

♪ Lord, I wish I knew how

♪ But I can't unlove you

♪ So come love me for now

♪ I can't unlove you

♪ So come love me for

♪ Nooooooooooooow, ooh, owww

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

This is a song about a

blossoming.

It's called "Want To."

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ "Want To" plays ]

♪ I packed a cooler and a change

of clothes ♪

♪ Let's jump in, see how far it

goes ♪

♪ You got my heart in your

daddy's boat ♪

♪ We got all night to make it

float ♪

♪ We could sit on the shore

♪ We could just be friends

♪ Or we could jump in

♪ Whole world could change

in a minute ♪

♪ Just one kiss could stop it

spinning ♪

♪ We could think it through

♪ But I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ We could keep things just the

same ♪

♪ Leave here the way we came

♪ With nothing to lose

♪ But I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ No

♪ I got your ring around my

neck ♪

♪ And a couple of nights I don't

regret ♪

♪ You got a dream of a degree

♪ And a shirt that smells like

me ♪

♪ Yeah, we both got dreams

we could chase alone ♪

♪ Or we could make our own

♪ Whole world could change in a

minute ♪

♪ Just one kiss could stop it

spinning ♪

♪ We could think it through

♪ But I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ We could keep things just the

same ♪

♪ Leave here the way we came

♪ With nothing to lose

♪ But I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ Never waste another day

♪ Wonderin' what you threw

away ♪

♪ Holding me, holding you

♪ I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ We could keep things just the

same ♪

♪ Leave here the way we came

♪ With nothing to lose

♪ But I don't want to

if you don't want to ♪

♪ But I want to

♪ But I want you

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

So, when I was invited to come

be a part of this series, the

invitation was also opened up if

I wanted to bring other artists,

other songwriters with me,

songwriters with whom I have

worked or songwriters to whom I

looked up.

And both are the case --

not only with Brandy, but also

with this next artist.

I don't even know -- It's been

years ago since I first met

Amos, and I love his work, and

he brings the spirit everywhere

he goes.

As a matter of fact, that's the

name of his latest album, is

"Spirit."

Give it up for Mr. Amos Lee.

[ Cheers and applause ]

We're gonna do a little song for

you.

Amos, you chose this one.

And I'm so glad you did.

I haven't done it in a long

time.

It is a beautiful song.

It also hearkens to that idea

that I was talking about, how

country music celebrates

brokenness.

And this song basically

celebrates that whole theme.

This song is called

"Very Last Country Song."

[ "Very Last Country Song"

plays ]

♪ Today is my birthday

♪ And all that I want

♪ Is to dig through this big box

of pictures in my kitchen till

the daylight's gone ♪

♪ This one here's my mama

♪ With the long, brown hair

♪ I'm 40 years older today than

she was in that picture there ♪

♪ But if life stayed the way it

was ♪

♪ And lovers never fell out of

love ♪

♪ If memories didn't last so

long ♪

♪ If nobody did nobody wrong

♪ If we knew what we had

before it was gone ♪

♪ If every road led back home

♪ This would be

the very last country song ♪

>> ♪ These are all my babies

♪ Lord knows how we've

survived ♪

♪ The first one was hard, and

the last wasn't planned ♪

♪ What a big surprise

>> ♪ That's him with his daddy's

eyes ♪

>> ♪ I loved the man in this

one ♪

♪ It's faded, but I don't care

♪ There are nights when I wake

and I know he's beside me, I

swear ♪

>> ♪ Sometimes I still feel him

there ♪

♪ But if life stayed the way it

was ♪

♪ And lovers never fell out of

love ♪

♪ If memories didn't last so

long ♪

♪ If nobody did nobody wrong

♪ If we knew what we had before

it was gone ♪

♪ If every road led back home

>> ♪ This would be

the very last country song ♪

>> ♪ If we knew what we had

before it was gone ♪

♪ If every road led back home

>> ♪ This would be

>> ♪ The very last country

song ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

>> Amos Lee.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

Thank you.

This song is called

"Way Back Home."

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ "Way Back Home" plays ]

♪ Gonna need some more gold

♪ Workin' as hard as I can

♪ To build it, my next gilded

cage with my own two hands ♪

♪ I've made some mistakes

♪ I'm gonna make some more

♪ But I'm clear

♪ They brought me here

♪ A world worthy of making them

for ♪

♪ I'm taking off my armor

♪ Already cut to the bone

♪ The prodigal daughter

♪ On her way back hooooooome

♪ Burn the maps to this place

♪ I don't need one, anyway

♪ I can find you by charting the

lines to every smile on your

glorious face ♪

♪ The past is behind me

♪ Always there to remind me

♪ To haunt me, to scare me, to

taunt me, to dare me to jump and

fly ♪

♪ I'm taking off my armor

♪ Already cut to the bone

♪ The prodigal daughter on her

way back hoooooooooooome ♪

♪ I'm alive and wide awake

♪ Better that my heart should

break ♪

♪ Than forget how to feel

♪ So here's to chance

♪ And something reeeeeeeeal

♪ I belly up, and they ask

♪ "Girl, what'll you have?"

♪ Take one and double up

♪ Drown myself in the beautiful

struggle of a life well lived ♪

♪ And a love worth earning

♪ And a big heart to give

♪ To the one fiery soul who can

handle my burning ♪

♪ I'm taking off my armor

♪ Already cut to the bone

♪ The prodigal daughter on her

way back hooooooome ♪

♪ Way back hoooooooooooooome

♪ Gonna need some more gold

♪ Workin' as hard as I can

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

One moment. I'm being Southern.

Normally, they're bringing out

the hook, but I love that.

[ Laughter ]

Well, heck!

It's real fun.

[ Light applause ]

[ "Hey Heartbreak" plays ]

♪ Hey, Sleepless,

my eyes are red ♪

♪ Why don't you get out

of my bed? ♪

♪ I don't want to

watch the fan no more ♪

♪ And hey, Crazy,

that's enough ♪

♪ I'm sick of tripping

on all your stuff scattered

across my bedroom floor ♪

♪ Hey, Heartbreak,

gimme your key ♪

♪ It's you, it's not me

♪ Oh, you only bring me

down, down, down, down ♪

♪ Hey, Heartbreak,

don't come back ♪

♪ I swept up

your shattered glass ♪

♪ What goes around is coming

back around,

'round, 'round, 'round ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Oh!

♪ Hey, Laughter,

where's your smile? ♪

♪ Haven't seen it in a while

♪ And I miss

the drunken nights ♪

♪ Hey, Lonely,

won't you leave me alone? ♪

♪ If you call me,

ain't nobody home ♪

♪ Go find somebody else

'cause I'm going out tonight ♪

♪ Oh!

♪ Hey, Heartbreak,

gimme your key ♪

♪ It's you, it's not me

♪ Oh, you only bring me down,

down, down, down ♪

♪ Hey, Heartbreak,

don't come back ♪

♪ I swept up

your shattered glass ♪

♪ What goes around

is coming back around,

'round, 'round, 'round ♪

♪ Hey!

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you,

you, you, you, yeah ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

♪ Oh!

♪ Everything I thought

that I needed, turns out I had ♪

♪ Everything I thought

that I wanted, I'm giving back ♪

♪ I'm starting to mend,

it's beating again ♪

♪ Everything I thought

that I needed,

turns out I had ♪

♪ Everything I thought

that I wanted, I'm giving back ♪

♪ I'm starting to mend,

it's beating again ♪

>> ♪ Hey, Heartbreak,

gimme your key ♪

♪ It's you, it's not me

>> ♪ Oh, you only bring me down,

down, down, down ♪

♪ Everything I thought

that I needed, turns out I had ♪

♪ Everything I thought

that I wanted, I'm ♪

♪ What goes around

is coming back around,

'round, 'round, 'round ♪

♪ Oh, it's coming around

>> ♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin'

>> ♪ It's coming around

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

>> ♪ Breakin' up with you

>> ♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin'

♪ Stop bringin' me down,

bringin' me down ♪

♪ Bringin' me dooooooown

♪ You, you, you, you, yeah

♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin'

>> ♪ Breakin' up with you

>> ♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin'

>> ♪ Breakin' up with you

>> ♪ Heartbreak, I'm breakin',

breakin' up with you ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

You know, I was thinking

about -- you know, I was

thinking about "Sugar."

Let's do it.

>> Whoo!

♪ Sugar

♪ Sugar

♪ Sugar

♪ Come on

♪ Sugar

♪ They like their Domino,

their Sweet'n Low,

their cookie cutter queens ♪

♪ Simple syrup overdose

and the cotton candy greens ♪

♪ Little pink package

you put me in ♪

♪ Servin' it up like saccharin

♪ Always had a bitter taste

to me ♪

♪ And all the boys say

♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme, gimme, gimme

some of that sugar ♪

♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme something sweet ♪

♪ They want my sugar and spice

and everything nice ♪

♪ And they're beggin'

for a taste of my cherry pie ♪

♪ But I'm never, never, never,

never, ever gonna give 'em

a piece ♪

Ha ha ha.

♪ Mama always told me that it

takes a little bit of honey ♪

♪ If you wanna attract

yourself a bee ♪

♪ But I kinda like it

with a little sting ♪

♪ I'm gonna make 'em buzz

when they hear me sing ♪

♪ And they'll swarm around me

like I was a queen ♪

♪ And all the boys say

♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme, gimme, gimme

some of that sugar ♪

♪ Whoo!

♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme something sweet ♪

♪ They want my sugar and spice

and everything nice ♪

♪ And they're begging

for a taste of my cherry pie ♪

♪ But I'm never, never, never,

never, ever

gonna give 'em a piece ♪

♪ Hey! Hey!

♪ No, never

♪ Hey! Hey!

>> ♪ Never

>> ♪ Don't you go a-changin'

♪ 'Cause they only like you

one way ♪

♪ Oh, but this girl you see

♪ She's just pieces of me

♪ And I'm more than

just a topping ♪

♪ Not your

marshmallow frosting ♪

♪ On your Betty Crocker

chocolate cake ♪♪

♪ Got

[ "Whatta Man" plays ]

♪ Any funky thing

♪ What a man, what a man,

what a man ♪

♪ What a mighty good man

>> ♪ Mighty, mighty good man

>> ♪ What a man, what a man,

what a man ♪

♪ What a mighty good man

>> ♪ Such a mighty good man

>> ♪ What a man, what a man,

what a man ♪

♪ What a mighty good man

>> ♪ Mighty, mighty good man

>> ♪ What a man, what a man,

what a man ♪

♪ What a mighty good man

♪ Unh, unh ♪

[ Rapping ] ♪ Here I go, here I

go, here I go again ♪

♪ Girls, what's my weakness?

>> ♪ Men

>> ♪ Okay, then, chillin',

chillin', mindin' my business ♪

♪ Yo, Salt, I looked around,

and I couldn't believe this ♪

♪ I stared, I swear,

my niece, my witness ♪

♪ The brother had it goin' on

like somethin' kinda ♪

♪ Unh

♪ Wicked, wicked

♪ Have to kick it

♪ I'm not shy, so I asked

for the digits ♪

♪ A ho? No, that don't make me

♪ See what I want, slip slide

to it swiftly ♪

♪ Felt it in my hips,

so I dipped back

into my bag of tricks ♪

♪ Make me wanna do flips,

make me wanna do tricks ♪

♪ Don't know how you do

the voodoo that you do ♪

♪ So well, it's a spell,

hell, makes me wanna

shoop shoop shoop ♪

♪ Shoop ba-doop

♪ Shoop ba-doop

♪ Shoop ba-doop ba-doop

ba-doop ♪

♪ Shoop ba-doop

♪ Shoop ba-doop

♪ Shoop ba-doop ba-doop

♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme, gimme, gimme

some of that sugar ♪

>> ♪ Shoop ba-doop ba-doop

>> ♪ Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme,

gimme something sweet ♪

♪ Heeey

♪ They want my sugar and spice

and everything nice ♪

♪ And they're begging

for a taste of my cherry pie ♪

♪ But I'm never, never, never,

never, ever

gonna give 'em a piece ♪

♪ No, I'm never, never, never,

never, ever

gonna give 'em a piece ♪

♪ Noooo

♪ Never, never, never, never

ever gon' give 'em a piece ♪

♪ Hey! Hey!

♪ No, never

♪ Hey! Hey!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thanks, guys.

Oh!

Appreciate it.

Appreciate it.

This song is called "Stay."

[ "Stay" plays ]

♪ I've been sittin' here staring

at the clock on the wall ♪

♪ And I been layin' here

prayin' ♪

♪ Prayin' she won't call

♪ It's just another

call from home ♪

♪ You'll get it and be gone,

and I'll be crying ♪

♪ And I'll be begging you, baby,

beg you not to leave ♪

♪ But I'll be left here

waiting ♪

♪ With my heart on my sleeve

♪ Oh, for the next time we'll be

here ♪

♪ Seems like a million years

♪ And I think I'm dying

♪ What do I have to do to make

you see? ♪

♪ She can't love you like me

♪ Why don't you stay?

♪ I'm down on my knees

♪ I'm so tired of being lonely

♪ Don't I give you what you

need? ♪

♪ When she calls you to go

♪ There is one thing you should

know ♪

♪ We don't have to live this

way ♪

♪ Baby, why don't you stay?

♪ Yeah

♪ Oh, I, oh, I, ohhhhhhhh

♪ You keep telling me, baby,

there will come a time ♪

♪ When you will leave her arms

and forever be in mine ♪

♪ Well, I don't think that's the

truth ♪

♪ And I don't like being used

♪ And I'm tired of waiting

♪ Mmmmmmm

♪ It's too much pain to have to

bear ♪

♪ To love a man you have to

share ♪

♪ Why don't you stay?

♪ I'm down on my knees

♪ I'm so tired of being lonely

♪ Don't I give you what you

need? ♪

♪ When she calls you to go

♪ There is one thing you should

know ♪

♪ We don't have to live this

way ♪

♪ Baby, why don't you stay?

♪ I can't take it any longer

♪ But my will is getting

stronger ♪

♪ And I think I know just what

I have to do ♪

♪ I can't waste another minute

♪ After all that I've put in

it ♪

♪ I've given you my best

♪ Why does she get the best of

you? ♪

♪ So the next time you find

♪ You wanna leave her bed for

miiiiiiiiiiiine ♪

♪ Why don't you stay?

♪ I'm up off my knees

♪ I'm so tired of being lonely

♪ You can't give me what I

need ♪

♪ When she begs you not to go

♪ There is one thing you should

know ♪

♪ I don't have to live this

way ♪

♪ Baby, why don't you stay?

♪ Yeah

♪ Oh, I, oh, I, ohhhhhhhh

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

So, we cannot end on the note of

"Stay."

We got to pick it up.

I wrote this song -- Well, I'm

still -- I feel like, you know,

we go through these

transformations, the

metamorphosis, if you will, so

many times in life.

But I find that people want us

to stay small.

They just want you to stay

small, 'cause that makes them

feel safe.

And I say with this song,

"Please don't stay small."

We're ready.

[ "Playing With Fire" plays ]

[ Laughs ]

♪ Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell

♪ I'm tired of being perfect

♪ And I'm bored of being good

♪ And I've done my time and had

my fill ♪

♪ Of acting like I should

♪ I've colored right inside the

lines ♪

♪ Now I wanna make a mess

♪ And I don't care if it offends

you ♪

♪ 'Cause I ain't trying to

impress ♪

♪ I wanna flirt with my own

fear ♪

♪ Wanna dance with my desire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ I wanna walk down every

street ♪

♪ In that dress I shouldn't

wear ♪

♪ Just to show the whole damn

world ♪

♪ Just how little that I care

♪ If I see something that I

want ♪

♪ Gonna reach right out and take

it ♪

♪ And if this service don't

bring smiles ♪

♪ You know I ain't gonna fake

it ♪

♪ I wanna flirt with my own

fear ♪

♪ Wanna dance with my desire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ I'm choosing door number 4

♪ If they're offering me three

♪ I wanna make a choice that's

got nothing to do ♪

♪ With no one else but me

♪ And I'm tired of scripted

lines ♪

♪ That have been so well

rehearsed ♪

♪ And for just one [bleep]

time ♪

♪ I wanna put my own self

first ♪

♪ I wanna flirt with my own

fear ♪

♪ Wanna dance with my desire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ You know, I just might learn

♪ That I really like to burn

♪ Playing with fiiiiiiiiiiire

♪ Here's the way the world sits

to me ♪

♪ Good girls rarely make

history ♪

♪ You gotta take a risk if you

want a story ♪

♪ There's a real fine line

between content and boring ♪

♪ Break the bar, don't just

raise it higher ♪

♪ You done the work, you get to

play with ♪

♪ Playing with fire

♪ Playing with fire

♪ You know, I just might learn

♪ That I really like to burn

♪ Playing with fire

♪ You know, I just might learn

♪ That I really like to burn

♪ Playing with fiiiiiiiiiiiire

♪ Here's the way the world sits

to me ♪

♪ Here's the way the world sits

to me ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank y'all so much.

What a pleasure.

Come see us on the road.

Thank you, Brandy Clark.

Thank you, Amos Lee.

Mwah!

Scott Patton, Phil Kronengold,

Andy Keenan, Josh Day,

Annie Clements.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Don't wanna be an

afterthought ♪

♪ Don't wanna be the

aftershock ♪

♪ When you had a double shot of

her ♪

♪ I wanna be the taste you

crave ♪

♪ Not just some call you make

♪ When you're dying of thirst

♪ And I know, I know, I know,

I know ♪

♪ That I don't, I don't, I

don't, I don't ever learn ♪

♪ And if you go, you go, you go,

you go ♪

♪ But I wanna be the one that

makes you burn ♪

♪ And never burn out

♪ Wanna make you burn

♪ All the way down

♪ Are you feeling me now

>> To learn more about

"Front and Center," go to

frontandcenter.com.

>> ♪ Second in line, waiting on

my turn ♪

♪ I don't wanna be your chaser,

chaser ♪

♪ Wanna be the one that makes

you burn ♪

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