Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw

S2 E8 | FULL EPISODE

Clint Black and Bob DiPiero

Grammy Award winner, multi-platinum artist and country royalty, Clint Black (“Killin’ Time”), joins Bob DiPiero, hitmaker to the stars (Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill), for a night of songs and stories. Maggie Rose is a special guest.

AIRED: January 28, 2021 | 0:54:13
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[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

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♪ Angela believes that wearing jasmine brings you luck ♪

♪ And eating chocolate cake will make you wiser ♪

♪ Angela believes that when your karmic wheel gets stuck ♪

♪ You dance, you laugh

♪ And it rolls free just like that ♪

♪ Who's to say she doesn't really talk to angels? ♪

♪ Who's to say she can't read your mind? ♪

♪ She sees the world in her own sweet way ♪

♪ And its kind of strange

♪ But who's to say?

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♪ Angela believes that she was once a pirate king ♪

♪ And sailed upon the ocean seeking treasure ♪

♪ Angela believes she sounds like Patsy when she sings ♪

♪ She feels, she dreams

♪ But not like you and me

♪ Who's to say she doesn't really talk to angels? ♪

♪ Who's to say she can't read your mind? ♪

♪ She sees the world in her own sweet way ♪

♪ And its kind of strange

♪ But who's to say?

♪ I don't know if she's wrong or right, right, right ♪

♪ But it makes for an interesting life ♪

♪ Who's to say she doesn't really talk to angels? ♪

♪ Who's to say she can't read your mind? ♪

♪ She sees the world in her own sweet way ♪

♪ And its kind of strange

♪ Yes, it's kind of strange

♪ But who's to say

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That's like a Beatles chord.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Was that a Beatles chord at the end?

I am so excited, Thank you so much.

Welcome to "Songwriters Under the Covers"

with me, Victoria Shaw.

I am your dance instructor for the night.

And tonight we are actually shooting this

in Nashville, Tennessee,

at the famous Listening Room Cafe.

I am so happy to be here.

I wasn't sure we were going to make it,

but I'm so glad we're here.

And I have the most amazing friends,

hit songwriter friends tonight as my guest.

I always tell how this this works,

but we're in season two now,

which makes me very cool and hip.

And I'm hoping that you've seen the show

and you know how it works, but just in case

for the three people out there who's watching

who hasn't seen the show,

I invite my very successful hit songwriter friends to come

and play their hits or play new songs,

tell us the stories behind them, and then we go home.

It's really very simple. We just go round and round.

We have a lot of fun, and tonight is no exception

To my left, I'm going to start with him.

Oh, my God.

My -- my friend here is a songwriter, okay?

But not like a songwriter.

He's like asongwriter.

And give you an example.

He has had over 1,000 songs recorded.

Impossible. Impossible.

Not like 1,00 songs written, 1,000 songs recorded.

He has had countless hits singles,

and he has an astounding 15 number one songs.

His songs have been featured in TV shows

and commercials and movies.

He's had multiple awards, and in 2007

he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He -- yeah, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He even has a star in the Nashville Walk of Fame.

Yes.

And in 2017,

he received the prestigious BMI Icon Award,

which is unbelievable because it's a very small group

of people that get to have this award.

He's in the company of people like Paul Simon,

Carole King, Al Green, Brian Wilson.

I mean, it is and it's impossible.

It's really quite astounding.

And he never lets me forget that.

My dear friend, my brother, Bob DiPiero.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Thank you. That was perfect.

Thank you. Just like you told me to say.

Right? Okay.

And my next guest is also a dear friend,

and I'm so happy to have him here.

He is a songwriter, a musician, a producer,

a multi-instrumentalist and an actor.

In 1989, he burst onto the country music scene

and turned it upside down with his debut album, "Killin' Time."

I'm still talking about you.

More of a flurry, really.

No, it was it was upside down.

It was a flurry.

With his debut album "Killin' Time,"

which produced four straight number one songs

right off the bat.

All in all, he has had, or should I say so far,

he has had 22 number one songs.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Along the way, he's earned dozens of awards,

hence all the gold, I mean, gold and platinum albums,

hence all the awards, the ACM awards, the CMA Awards.

Of course, he has a Grammy.

He's a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And this year, I believe it's the 30th anniversary

of the debut of "Killin' Time,"

and this guy is still killing it.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Please welcome my friend, Clint Black.

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

I'm going to let you start this off, this roundoff.

We'll go me, this way

and just tell us a story, sing us a song, Clint.

I'll do the thank you for that wonderful introduction.

I write them myself.

I would have added one thing

that my drummer has pointed out for years,

that my eyes actually do sparkle when I smile.

it's true. You'll see.

[ Laughter ]

Nice.

Nice. Sorry.

I hope that doesn't make the broadcast.

It really shouldn't. It absolutely should.

-It has to. -It has to.

Well, there's certain things you don't want to get out

because then it's expected.

The sparkle?

I'm going to do a song that's not one of the hits.

We love our deep cuts, we artist do.

Songwriters, not so much.

That's less royalties. Right?

But as the guy writes all my own songs,

I don't play favorites.

I really love this song.

I wrote it with a real hack out of Nashville

named Frank Rodgers.

You may have heard of him.

He's a hack.

If you knew, Frank, you'd knew why

I have to say that.

He's a really talented guy, songwriter, producer.

We wrote this song based on something that I've always said

as kind of a smart alecky response

when people would ask, "How are you doing?"

And my response was always, "I've been better,

but I've been worse,"

which I learned is not that bad, really.

You can end up in the middle somewhere.

I think you ought to count yourself lucky.

This is a song, "Better and Worse,"

is a rhyme that comes up again and again and again

throughout the song.

So much that I thought we were going to run out of...

I knew we were going to run out of them. We didn't.

And in fact, I've learned after we recorded it

that there are actually still more out there.

Yep, you may find some tonight.

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♪ I've been better, I've been worse ♪

♪ I've been blessed and I've been cursed ♪

♪ Ain't dead last and I ain't in first ♪

♪ Not everything's gonna go my way ♪

♪ I've been better, I've been worse ♪

♪ I'm right on purpose and unrehearsed ♪

♪ Singin' in the chorus when I need more verse ♪

♪ Not everything's gonna go my way ♪

♪ So I push too hard, I lean too far ♪

♪ Thinkin' I can have it all

♪ Then I stumble just a little, I end up in the middle ♪

♪ Thanking God Almighty I didn't lose it all ♪

♪ I've been better, I've been worse ♪

♪ I can do without the doctor but I need my nurse ♪

♪ My heart's beatin' steady but it's in reverse ♪

♪ Not everything's gonna go my way ♪

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♪ So I push too hard and lean too far ♪

♪ Thinkin' I can have it all

♪ Then I stumble just a little and I end up in the middle ♪

♪ Banging my head against a brand new wall ♪

♪ I've been better, I've been worse ♪

♪ I got a yin yang thing and a tie for first ♪

♪ I guess I ain't the center of the universe ♪

♪ Not everything's gonna go my way ♪

♪ I've been worse

♪ I text with the best but I can't converse ♪

♪ I got a little money but it's in... ♪

Audience: ♪ Her purse

♪ On more than one occasion it has made me... ♪

[ Indistinct talking ]

[ Laughter ]

♪ Gonna be that way till I'm ridin' in my... ♪

Audience: Hearse!

Well, y'all got that one, didn't ya?

[ Laughter ]

♪ Not everything's gonna go my way ♪

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Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

That was a lot of rhyming.

Well done, my friend. Well done.

I've done it better, but, you know.

[ Laughter ]

That was really good. Whoo.

-Fabulous. -Fabulous.

Is that a new song or an older song?

That's on my last album,

my last studio before this one coming.

Because I was just, as you were singing,

I was like, "that is classic Clint Black."

Just fabulous. Thank you.

Yeah, just fabulous.

OK, Bobby.

It's good, don't get me wrong.

[ Laughter ]

It's good.

But you're going to play something better, aren't you?

[ Laughter ]

I got to say, before I start playing,

Clinton and I I played this show in the heart

of country music, Belfast, Ireland.

And... This feels like Belfast, doesn't it?

[ Laughter ]

It was an amazing show.

Country music's big there.

Country music is.

It wasn't big that night, but it was --

[ Laughter ] It was pretty cool.

They were excited about who was coming next week, weren't they?

Oh, man. No kidding.

So I'm a world famous songwriter,

which means most of you don't know

who I am, and that's okay.

My accountant knows who I am.

That's the main thing.

I grew up in Ohio, north eastern Ohio.

Yeah, Youngstown, Ohio up there, and I played rock

and roll bands, you know? That's what I did.

I played guitar and rock and roll band

for longer than I should have, and I moved to Nashville.

And I started hitting streets, doing the thing,

knocking on doors, meeting people,

finally got some people interested in my songs

and I started writing songs.

And my first song ever got recorded was --

There's a brand new artist, I'll tell you

how long ago it was.

My publisher called me up and said, "Hey,

you got yourself a song recorded."

I said, "Great. Who?"

"Oh, Let me see. It's a new artist.

Her name is Reba."

Now, at the time, Reba was not Reba.

She was Reba.

Now she'sReba.

[ Laughter ]

So this was fantastic.

I was in the game, and it went up the charts

and it went all the way to 20, which was a big hit in my book.

And then the money came in after nine months.

It's kind of like being pregnant.

You know, after nine months,

something exciting happens.

The money shows up.

So this check shows up in my mailbox,

and I did what any red blooded American Electric

guitar player did. I spent every penny of it.

I bought everything I didn't have and I didn't have anything.

I bought a Sony color TV,

I bought two Sony color TVs in case,

I bought a Nikon camera,

I bought a a video game, I bought everything.

And nine months later,

like being a little bit pregnant,

I realized I had made a miscalculation mathematically.

I had forgot to put money aside for Uncle Sam.

So I'm sitting in my kitchen looking at the Nikon camera

sitting in a corner over there.

I probably took four pictures,

and my Sony color TV is over there

and I'd already lost the videogame in a card game.

And I'm thinking to myself, "What should I do?

What should I do? Write another song?

Yeah, I think I'll write another song."

So this song I wrote is my first number one.

Thank the Oak Ridge boys.

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♪ Seems everything I buy these days ♪

♪ Has got a foreign name

♪ From the kind of car I drive

♪ To my video game

♪ I got a Nikon camera

You gotta right what you know. You know?

Pentax would not have worked.

♪ I got a Nikon camera

♪ A Sony color TV

♪ But the one that I love is from the U.S.A. ♪

♪ Laying next to me

♪ My baby is American made

♪ Born and bred in the U.S.A.

♪ From her silky long hair to her sexy long legs ♪

♪ My baby is American made

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♪ She looks good in her tight blue jeans ♪

♪ She bought in Mexico

♪ And she loves wearing French perfume ♪

♪ Everywhere we go

♪ But when it comes to the loving part ♪

♪ One thing is true

♪ My baby's genuine U.S.A.

♪ Red, white and blue

♪ My baby is American Made

♪ Born and bred in the U.S.A.

♪ From her silky long hair to her sexy long legs ♪

♪ My baby is American Made

♪ Yeah, my baby is American Made ♪

♪ Born and bred in the U.S.A.

♪ From her silky long hair to her sexy long legs ♪

♪ My baby is American Made

♪ Yeah, my baby is American Made ♪

♪ Oh, my baby is American Made

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you. Thank you.

That song makes you want to have, is it Coors?

Who used it as their...?

Oh, no. Miller Brewing Company.

Miller.

Miller's made the American way.

And didn't like Babe Ruth?

There's a lot of products that used it.

Candy bars, Be--

Look at me, think about this.

Beer and candy bars and me.

It's perfect. You can't make that up.

Oh, my God. That is a true iconic song.

I mean, it's amazing. Yes, that's amazing.

Alright, Clint, your turn again.

Me again? Yes, you again.

What happened to you?

Believe me, I will have my moment.

It's my show,.

I'll go ahead and do three or four.

It's okay.

Do you like to sing along?

Audience: Yeah.

I'll do something you don't know.

It's been my experience that...

[ Laughter ]

Have you been drinking?

I don't really want to discuss that right now.

Oh. [ Laughs ]

This song --

this song is taken on new meaning

in the age of quarantining,

and it's turned me actually quite anti-social distancing.

And so I've gotten quite an attitude.

But when I sing this song now,

I'm tempted to change the lyrics a bit.

If you think of any new one, just shout them out.

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♪ You were the first thing that I thought of ♪

♪ When I thought I drank you off my mind ♪

♪ When I get lost in the liquor ♪

♪ You're the only one I find

♪ And if I did the things I oughta ♪

♪ You still would not be mine

♪ So I'll keep a tight grip on the bottle ♪

♪ Gettin' loose and killin' time ♪

Help me sing it, y'all.

♪ This killin' time

♪ Is killin' me

♪ Drinkin' myself blind

♪ Thinkin' I won't see

♪ That if I cross that line

♪ And they bury me

♪ Well, I just might find

♪ I'll be killin' time for eternity ♪

Take it away, Bob.

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♪ I don't know nothin' 'bout tomorrow ♪

♪ I've been lost in yesterday

♪ I've spent all my life just dyin' for ♪

♪ A love that passed away

♪ If there's an end to all my sorrow ♪

♪ This is the only price I'll pay ♪

♪ I'll be a happy man when I go ♪

♪ And I can't wait another day

Let me hear you now. Come on.

♪ This killin' time

♪ Is killin' me

♪ Drinkin' myself blind

♪ Thinkin' I won't see

♪ That if I cross that line

♪ And they bury me

♪ Well, I just might find

♪ I'll be killin' time for eternity ♪

Come on, y'all. Here we go.

♪ This killin' time

♪ Is killin' me

♪ Drinkin' myself blind

♪ Thinkin' I won't see

Nicely done.

♪ That if I cross that line

♪ And they bury me

♪ Well, I just might find

♪ I'll be killin' time for eternity ♪

♪ I said I just might find

♪ I'll be killin' time for eternity ♪

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Clint Black,.

Yes. Nice job on the singing.

Nice.

It's way better than the crowd last night.

[ Laughter ]

I don't really remember. It was December I think.

[ Laughter ]

Oh man, that just sounds so good.

You know, do you have like a painting down in your basement

because you don't change a bit.

Okay? You look the same.

You're singing the same key. You're amazing.

I think it's all the water I drink in my liquor.

[ Laughter ]

Wait, I went to your house. You have a bourbon.

What do you collect?

Cognac. Cognac. yes.

Cognac. Yes, very interesting.

Yup.

Okay, Bobby. Bobby D.

Oh, is it turn? Oh, yes.

Alright. See, this is it.

I get my own show, I get to host it,

and then I don't have to even do the work.

You haven't even played yet. I'm waiting for you.

I played. I played, I sang.

I'm waiting for you, Victoria. I'm waiting for it.

I'm kind of making the suspense happen.

Well, I decided to do this song with...

With our world in the shape it is in now,

I thought this song would be apropos.

It's a song I wrote with Vince Gill.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Heard of him.

You know, Ringo Starr said, "Bob,

don't be a name dropper.

Very rude, yeah. Nevermind.

It's a song called "Worlds Apart."

[ Cheers and applause ]

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♪ There's nothing quite as lonely ♪

♪ As a sky that turns to gray

♪ Or a love that just starts dyin' ♪

♪ And slowly fades away

♪ You we're my best companion

♪ We lie silent in the dark

♪ Why do you and me have to be worlds apart? ♪

♪♪

♪ There's nothing quite as empty ♪

♪ As when children go away

♪ All that's left is just a memory ♪

♪ Of all those yesterdays

♪ You can't understand the feeling ♪

♪ Till it finds its way to your heart ♪

♪ Why do you and me have to be worlds apart? ♪

♪♪

♪ There's nothing quite as ugly ♪

♪ As two people full of hate

♪ We'll all end up as equals

♪ When we stand at Heaven's gate ♪

♪ Love is still the answer

♪ It's the only place to start

♪ Why do you and me have to be worlds apart? ♪

♪ Whoo

♪ Love is still the answer

♪ It's the only place to start

♪ Why do you and me have to be worlds apart? ♪

Play me something, Clint.

[ Harmonica solo ]

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you. Thank you, Clint.

Thank you.

I haven't heard you play that in a long time.

Thank you, Vick.

So, now it is my turn. I'm actually going to do a song.

It's about time.

But this is a special song

because I wrote this with my friend Clint.

Came over, we went over to his house to his studio,

had a really, really fun day.

Just a lot of great conversations.

I got to see his Cognac collection,

and we wrote this song, which is a duet,

which he recorded with his beautiful, beautiful wife,

Lisa Hartman.

Yes, the talented, beautiful actress.

Well, Lisa Hartman Black. Right?

So I'm going to do Lisa's part, actually, funny enough.

But anything you want to add?

Any dreamy-eyed exchanges are purely coincidental.

The song is a bit suggestive,

so I had to just put out there.

You're an actor. Come on. Come on.

Yeah, that's, you know, first time

I got Lisa to duet with me, it was a song

I wrote in the kitchen over a couple of days

and I got her singing along with me, and she had no idea

I was writing it for us when I said I do.

But came our first duet together, and getting her

to do anything related to that was like pulling teeth.

You know, it's going to be a single,

We're going to do "The Tonight Show"

"I'm not doing The Tonight Show."

Every single thing that we did

until she went on stage with me in Dallas and 20,000 people

made her feel welcome and she really realized

that it was okay for her to be doing that.

And then I couldn't get her off the stage after that.

But that song went to number one.

I went to number one, and did a funny thing

that songs don't often do.

It went to number two and then went back to number one.

-Wow. -Wow.

It hadn't had enough.

And so I thought it would be fun.

We started working on this idea to write a song

about who we are all these years later.

We're coming up on 29 years of marriage this fall.

Wow.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

♪ I know your secret

♪ It's easy to tell

♪ Ain't what you're wearing

♪ Or what you do that well

♪ You can put on anything

♪ Pretty dress or blue jeans

♪ And you still get to me

♪ First time I saw you

♪ Honey, you lit a flame

♪ I started melting

♪ And I still feel the same ♪

♪ Baby you hold the key

♪ One touch can set me free

♪ And you still get to me

♪ Love still feeling new

♪ I still look at you that way ♪

♪ It's getting stronger everyday ♪

♪ I'm still reaching for you

♪ I couldn't want you more

♪ It's something anyone can see ♪

♪ You still get to me

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♪ Love is a message

♪ It always gets through

♪ Just like the sun is gonna shine on that moon ♪

♪ Just like a mountain stream

♪ We'll always find the sea

♪ Baby you get to me

♪ Love still feeling new

♪ I still look at you that way

♪ It's getting stronger everyday ♪

♪ I'm still reaching for you

♪ I couldn't want you more

♪ It's something anyone can see ♪

♪ You still get to me

♪ The way you hold me

♪ The way you whisper in my ear ♪

♪ The way you hold me

♪ The way you run your fingers through my hair ♪

♪ The way you love me

♪ Year after year after year

♪ Love still feeling new

♪ I still look at you that way

♪ It's getting stronger everyday ♪

♪ I keep reaching for you

♪ I couldn't want you more

♪ It's something anyone can see ♪

♪ You still get to me

♪ You still get to me

♪ You still get to me

♪ Ooh

♪ In the morning

♪ You still get to me

Oh, the middle of the night.

♪ You still get to me

♪♪

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Yeah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

That's a first.

Love it.

You heard it here first,

It was fun, so much fun.

Never did that as a shuffle that was really fun.

Well, this is the part of the show where I like

to bring up another special guest,

and lately I've been doing more kind of emerging artists

that maybe you've never heard of

or you're just beginning to hear of

who are going to be tomorrow's iconic songwriters.

And this woman is no girl, woman, young woman.

I don't know what they say. No exceptions.

She is, first of all, loved in this town.

Everybody loves her. She has worked so hard.

And I was Wikipediaing her and I actually learned something new.

I learned that when she was 16, she was in a Bruce Springsteen

cover band called the B Street Band.

Okay, that was very cool.

Since then, she's written and released multiple singles.

She's one of those artists, again,

that you can't put in a box.

She's mixes country with progressive rock

with soulfulness in it, And she's so pure and true.

And I'm not the only one that thinks so.

As a matter of fact, Kelly Clarkson had her go

on tour with her last year. So she yeah, it's a big deal.

[ Cheers and applause ]

I also Googled this, too.

NPR hailed her as what's next in Nashville.

"The Washington Post" labeled her one of the music's

rising storytellers, and Rolling Stone included

her album "Change the Whole Thing"

as a must have, along with Macy Gray and Prince.

Very cool. Yes.

She's performed at Bonnaroo, CMA fest

and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry over 50 times.

It's amazing. This is my favorite part.

"Vogue" magazine has called her an IT girl

and "Glamour" magazine calls her sophisticated and flawless.

I just call her my friend.

Ladies and gentlemen, Maggie Rose.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Vick Shaw.

I'm going to pay you after the show.

Absolutely. Your amazing.

Two legends on stage, three legends.

I'm sharing a microphone with Bob DiPiero.

It's such an honor to be here.

That microphone was clean. Yes.

I would share it with him regardless, by the way.

But this is a first for me in many months.

And it's it's almost emotional to be here

and see you and be part of this.

And I've just finished an album in the last couple of months

that I did down at Muscle Shoals FAME Studios.

And since this is a PBS program,

the best documentary about Muscle Shoals

is one that they produced, and I made a batch of songs

with some of the folks from Alabama Shakes

and some of the historic musicians from that area

and people from my band. And it's a big, big,

diverse crowd that came together and made this project.

And this song in particular,

I think has taken on so many new meanings,

like all songwriters are feeling with what we're going through.

But I hope that it will help you all find a little peace

in this tumultuous time.

It's called "What Are We Fighting For?"

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♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ Don't even know any more

♪ Baby, don't you worry

♪ We're caught in the fury

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ Where did we lose our way?

♪ Baby, I still keep the faith

♪ Used to share everything

♪ Now we don't know where to begin ♪

♪ How did we lose our way?

♪ I know I don't know everything ♪

♪ But you'll never know what I can bring ♪

♪ To the table if you don't have a seat with me ♪

♪ Honey, won't you hear me out? ♪

♪ When did it get so loud?

♪ If you don't understand

♪ Just keep holding my hand

♪ Honey, won't you hear me out

♪ I know I don't know everything ♪

♪ But you'll never know what I can bring ♪

♪ To table if you don't have a seat with me ♪

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♪ I know I don't know everything ♪

♪ But you'll never know what I can bring ♪

♪ To the table if you don't have a seat with me ♪

♪ I'm down the line

♪ A little grace and little time ♪

♪ We can stop keeping score

♪ That's worth fighting for

♪♪

♪ Oh yeah, baby

♪♪

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ Oh, hey

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ I said hey

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ Oh, yeah

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ Yeah

♪ I just don't know anymore

♪ Hey, yeah

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ What are we fighting for

♪ Oh yeah, baby

♪ What are we fighting for?

♪ What are we fighting for?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Maggie Rose.

Maggie Rose.

That big voice out of that little body.

She's amazing, Maggie Rose.

And Bob's back. I'm glad you're back.

Oh, my God. It's been so long.

[ Laughter ]

You're terrible.

Whose turn? Clint, it's your turn.

It's your last song. Have you had fun?

Because I just enjoyed the hell out of having you.

I have had fun. I always have fun with you,

Me too. Thank you. It's a blast.

Bob, mostly. Yeah, so much.

Sometimes.

You know, Bob and I traveled over around

the U.K. together.

You and I, we played together many times,

and of course, written together.

And it's always a blast. Always.

You say such wonderful things that I wrote for you to say

so makes it even better.

I just take dictation.

But what are you going to play for our last song?

I'm going to play -- I have a new album coming out.

[ Laughter ]

Thank you. Thank you.

It's called "Out of Sane."

It's very good, according to me.

And I would encourage you to get it.

Actually, by the time you're seeing this at home,

it's probably out and you know how good it is.

This is a song that I wrote with another Nashville hack,

Steve Wariner, or as I call him, Strummer.

He came over to the house

just to show me his new guitar

because he kept forgetting to bring it

every time he came over for some other reason.

So you have to just bring your guitar over,

So he brought over his new Gretsch,

and we were admiring that.

And I told him -- I just told him this new idea

I had and told him the idea

and said we should write that, which we always say.

And and he said, yes, we should.

And so I just launched into writing it right there.

We were standing around no paper or anything.

And before you know it, we had a verse chorus going

and and in between writing lines,

I'm texting musicians and my engineers

seeing who's available.

Within about five days,

We were recording that song.

Got it all finished up and the quarantine hit.

And I was able to deliver it as a late edition to the new album

right on the day of the deadline.

It just barely made it onto the record.

And it's a song that I really, really wanted to

for all my friends of many different persuasions,

all my fans, everyone I know who,

you know, each looks at things in their own way.

Wanted to write a song that would be true to all of them,

all of you as Americans.

Even some of my Canadian friends love this song.

And they might not admit it, but they do.

This is called "America (Still In Love With You.")

♪ We had a rocky start

♪ Never certain it would last

♪ We nearly came apart

♪ But now that's all in the past ♪

♪ We've stood the test of time

♪ And though it doesn't seem that long ♪

♪ We've toed the line for years now ♪

♪ And we're still going strong

♪ You've gotta know you're not alone ♪

♪ I'm still in love with you

♪ In spite of all our ups and downs ♪

♪ We've gone our separate ways

♪ But we've come back around

♪ And even when we fight

♪ Just a little or a lot

♪ When it comes to friends

♪ You're the best one that I've got ♪

♪ And I'm still in love with you ♪

♪ America

♪♪

♪ I'll still stand beside you

♪ When we don't see eye to eye

♪ And I'll help to guide you

♪ When you can't see the light

♪ And if fate again should find you ♪

♪ With your back against the wall ♪

♪ Just let history remind you

♪ who'll be answering the call

♪ You've gotta know

♪ You're not alone

♪ I'm still in love with you

♪ Even when you lose your way

♪ There's nothing I won't do

♪ To bring you better days

♪ In everything you are

♪ And anything you're not

♪ When it comes to friends

♪ You're the best one that I've got ♪

♪ And I'm still in love with you ♪

♪ America

♪ We may seem too loud, get too proud ♪

♪ That's just what we do

♪ Americans of every stripe

♪ We're all red, white and blue ♪

♪ And I'm still in love with you ♪

♪ With all our ups and downs

♪ We've gone our separate ways

♪ But we've come back around

♪ And even when we fight

♪ Just a little or a lot

♪ When it comes to friends

♪ You're the best one that I've got ♪

♪ And I'm still in love with you ♪

♪ America

♪ I'm still in love with you

♪ America

♪ I'm still in love with you

♪ America

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

We still love you.

That's powerful, really beautiful,

and so from the heart.

That was beautiful, lovely.

Well, I don't want this evening to end.

Have you had fun?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Me too. You know, it's been crazy times.

This is the first time actually, you know, since the quarantine

I've been out, you know, in some place

with a lot of people.

It's the first time I've actually put pants on

in three months.

Really, if it wasn't like workout pants,

I haven't put pants with a zipper on.

It's amazing I could get them on,

but I'm really glad that we all came together.

And this has been a really special night

with special friends.

Thank you, Clint, from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you so much. Maggie Rose, I adore you.

And Bob, I'm going to say, first of all, big thank you.

And I'm going to let you, as they say, take us home.

-Take us home. -Yes.

Well, thank you for inviting me, Victoria. Absolutely.

This was nothing but great fun.

It was great fun, by golly.

So, my friend Jeffrey Steele and I were working on a song,

and we worked on it for two and a half hours,

worked really hard on it.

And we both came to the same realization

at almost exactly the same time.

Song we were working on was not our best song.

[ Laughter ]

It was not. It was it wasn't even a seven.

Not even a six.

It basically sucked, so we gave it up.

We just gave it up and I said,

"Well, hey, man, come on an hour before I go to lunch,

let's try this.

Let's write a song with a one word title and two chords.

How about that?"

And so we did.

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ This ain't no temporary, typical, tearful goodbye ♪

♪ Unh-unh-unh

♪ This ain't no breakin' up, wakin' up

And makin' up one more time ♪

♪ Unh-unh-unh

♪ This is gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone like a freight train

♪ Gone like yesterday

♪ Gone like a soldier in the Civil War ♪

Bang, bang!

♪ Gone like a '59 Cadillac

♪ Like all the good things, that ain't never comin' back ♪

♪ She's gone

♪ Gone

♪ She's gone

♪ Gone

♪ This ain't no baby I'm hurtin' ♪

♪ Maybe we can work it out'

♪ Unh-unh-unh

♪ Won't be no champagne, red rose, romance, second chance ♪

♪ Unh-unh-unh

♪ This is gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone like a freight train

♪ Gone like yesterday

♪ Gone like a soldier in the Civil War ♪

Bang, bang.

♪ Gone like a '59 Cadillac

♪ Like all the good things, that ain't never comin' back ♪

♪ She's gone

♪ Gone

♪ Gone

♪ She's gone, gone

Play some harmonica. Come on now.

[ Harmonica solo ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Gone like a freight train

♪ Gone like yesterday

♪ Gone like a soldier in the Civil War ♪

Bang, bang.

♪ Gone like a '59 Cadillac

♪ Like all the good things, that ain't never comin' back ♪

♪ She's gone like a freight train ♪

♪ Gone like yesterday

♪ Gone like a soldier in the Civil War ♪

Bang, bang!

♪ Gone like a '59 Cadillac

♪ Like all the good things, good things, good things ♪

♪ Ain't coming back

♪ She's gone

♪ She's gone

♪ She's gone

We're gone. Good night everybody. Thank you.

Thank you so much. Clint Black, Bob DiPiero,

Maggie Rose.

Thank you. Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ When I get lost in the liquor ♪

♪ You're the only one I find

♪ And if I did the things I oughta ♪

♪ You still would not be mine

♪ So I'll keep a tight grip on the bottle ♪

♪ Gettin' loose and killin' time ♪

Help me sing it, y'all.

♪ This killin' time

♪ Is killin' me

♪ Drinkin' myself blind

♪ Thinkin' I won't see

♪ That if I cross that line

♪ And they bury me

♪ Well, I just might find

♪ I'll be killin' time for eternity ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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