Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw

S1 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman with Guest Erich Bergen

A new, intimate music performance and storytelling series that puts the spotlight on the songwriters of some of music’s biggest hits across pop, rock and country. Songwriters featured in this episode include Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman with special guest Erich Bergen.

AIRED: October 30, 2019 | 0:55:10
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TRANSCRIPT

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Ah!

[ Cheers and applause continues ]

Whoo!

[ Laughs ]

This is so surreal.

[ Laughs ]

Whoo!

[ Laughs ]

Oh, my gosh. This is so surreal.

I'm having fun already.

Oh, but my piano's not on.

Now it's real, live TV.

Here we go.

No, I'm not.

Such an intro, such a warm welcome,

and my piano wasn't on.

That's okay. That's what we want to happen.

I just thought I'd start this evening

with a song about songwriting.

♪♪

♪ I've got the broken heart

♪ I've got the empty bed

♪ I've got the tear-stained satin pillow ♪

♪ Underneath my head

♪ I got the man who up and left ♪

♪ and tore my perfect little world apart ♪

♪ The only thing that's missing is the steel guitar ♪

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Isn't that what they say?

♪ Between the saddest of goodbyes and cheap wines ♪

♪ Tonight I'm a walking cliché

♪ So let the rain keep on falling ♪

♪ To wash his memory away

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Maybe I'll write it someday

♪ I read the note he left

♪ At least a thousand times

♪ He fell in love with someone else ♪

♪ How could I be so blind?

♪ And now I feel like such a fool ♪

♪ I lay in bed and toss and turn all night ♪

♪ Surrounded by the pieces of my broken life ♪

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Isn't that what they say?

♪ Between the saddest of goodbyes and cheap wines ♪

♪ Tonight I'm a walking cliché

♪ So let the rain keep on falling ♪

♪ To wash this memory away

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Maybe I'll write it someday

♪ Wouldn't that just be a kick in a head ♪

♪ Amazing and strange

♪ To hear it playing on the radio ♪

♪ With all my heartache and pain? ♪

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Isn't that what they say?

♪ Between the saddest of goodbyes and cheap wine ♪

♪ Tonight I'm a walking cliché

♪ So let the rain keep on falling ♪

♪ To wash his memory away

♪ There's a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Maybe I'll write it someday

♪ There a song in there somewhere ♪

♪ Maybe I'll write it someday

[ Cheers and applause ]

Whoo!

-Goodnight, everybody. -Buh-bye.

Thank you so much.

Oh, my goodness. Thank you.

Welcome to the "Songwriters Under the Covers."

I'm your hostess, Victoria Shaw.

I will be your bus driver tonight, I like to say.

And let me explain how this works.

It's basically a songwriter night

where I invite my very talented friends

who have written songs that you know and love.

They're gonna do songs you know, maybe some new songs,

and they tell the story -- the backstory --

behind their songs.

There's no rehearsal.

We just play what comes into our head because we think --

I think -- rehearsals are for suckers.

You guys want to see it warts and all, so I --

you know, like the piano not starting.

You never know what's gonna happen.

We just kind of take it from there.

We jump in with harmonies when we know it.

We jump in -- we lay back when we don't,

so it goes around, as we say.

And we're gonna let Georgia --

oh, I have to introduce my incredible guests.

I know them. They're, like, my best friends,

so I thought you knew them, too.

So, let me just tell you

a little bit about Georgia Middleman.

She is an incredible songwriter.

She has written hits for Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

She's had songs cut by Faith Hill, on and on and on.

She is an incredible songwriter,

but she's also an amazing singer.

She is also one of my dearest friends.

Please give a warm welcome to Miss Georgia Middleman.

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Laughs ]

I call her my sister-wife

because she's actually married to my next guest.

I don't let them sit next to each other, though.

It gets really, you know...

Mommy loves Daddy. Mommy loves Dad --

I can't do it. [ Laughs ]

But to my right, one of my --

I don't want to sayoldest, dearest friends.

Oh, you know, we've known each other a very long time.

He has written, I think, 14 number-one songs.

He's had hundreds of them recorded.

He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame,

which he doesn't let me forget

every time we get together to write songs.

He has toured with Ringo Starr and Carole King

and written songs with them.

He's pretty cool -- he tells me that every day --

Mr. Gary Burr.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Ah!

This is so exciting.

So, we're gonna let you kick this off.

Very exciting to be here. This is so great. Very exciting.

I'm gonna start with a song that...

I'm from San Antonio, Texas,

and I moved to Nashville as quick as I could

'cause I wanted to be a songwriter.

And I thought, "What kind of job do you need

to start songwriting?"

So I got a job waiting tables.

That way I could write songs during the day,

wait tables at night,

or do shows at night, wait tables during the day.

And you meet all kinds of really incredible people

when you wait tables.

And this is a true story that happened one night.

I didn't know how to write it.

It took me five years to figure this out

until I was telling this story one day

to my friends Sam and Annie Tate,

and I thought, "You know what?

If I could just tell it from the point of view

of the waitress," since I was the waitress,

"I'll just tell you the story in the song."

We all actually knew her from the waitress.

I waited on -- you know, I thought you were married.

The two of you came in all the time. Yeah.

Little did I know 'cause you fought a lot.

[ Laughing ] Yeah, I mean, we always say

we're like an old married couple because...

Yeah, 'cause we fight all the time,

and we don't have sex.

[ Laughter ]

Which is a good thing.

Well, yeah.

[ Applause ]

So this is a true story.

It happened in Nashville, Tennessee,

at the Green Hills Grille.

It goes like this. It's called "Table 32."

♪♪

♪♪

♪ It was 10:00 on Friday

♪ I was ready to go home

♪ I had worked a double shift that night ♪

♪ 'Cause Mary didn't show

♪ And I'd served 100 dinners

♪ And my smile was wearing through ♪

♪ When I noticed one last couple ♪

♪ Sit at Table 32

♪♪

♪ He looked to be about 55

♪ She looked 26

♪ He wore a ring on his left hand ♪

♪ She wore a low-cut dress

♪ They brought their bottle from the bar ♪

♪ Like happy couples do

♪ And they made a toast as I approached ♪

♪ Table 32

♪ They were living, and I was thinking ♪

♪ "Oh, man, she's half your age. ♪

♪ Why don't you go on back home to your wife?" ♪

♪ But some things you can't say ♪

♪ And so I asked them where they came from ♪

♪ He said, "I'm from L.A.

♪ She flew in from Pittsburgh to meet me here today" ♪

♪ Then they guessed each other's order ♪

♪ It was quite the rendezvous

♪ And I cursed my luck that I got stuck ♪

♪ With Table 32

♪ 'Cause the way that they were staring ♪

♪ Said I might be here all night ♪

♪ I wanted to say, "Why don't you get a room ♪

♪ or at least a little pride?"

♪ Instead I said, "I'm sorry ♪

♪ I don't mean to spoil your date ♪

♪ But they're closing out the register" ♪

♪ And she said, "That's okay ♪

♪ Thanks for waiting on us

♪ It's been a night I won't forget ♪

♪ You see, this handsome man's my father ♪

♪ Until tonight, we'd never met" ♪

Victoria: Aw!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

[ Laughs ] Can I just -- can I just add a disclaimer?

I wrote this many years ago when I thought 55 was old.

FYI...

You better have written it when you were 11.

I thought, you know...

I certainly don't think that now. Oh.

But I just wanted to let you know that.

[ Laughter ]

Nice save.

Now, Gary and I -- backstage because

we are such close friends -- I said to him,

"Have fun. Tell your stories.

But if you're going long, I have to have some kind of" --

What's the word? Safe word?

We had to come up with a safe word

because I tend to ramble sometimes

with my introductions... So what did I --

...'cause I'm so pleased with my life.

But what did I come up with?

Oh, we're gonna say, "Unicorn."

-Unicorn. That's the safe word. -Unicorn.

If you hear me just kind of work "unicorn" in there,

it's because, "Wrap up." Yeah.

I'm gonna go way back.

I'm gonna go way back to the beginning,

to the beginning of tiny, little Gary Burr.

And I used to live in Connecticut,

or as we say in Connecticut, "Connect-icut."

I mean, we put the letters in. We use them.

"Connect-icut."

So I used to be an electrician.

When I was a kid, I went to Woodstock,

and I fell in love with music.

Yeah, I was...8.

[ Laughter ]

Come on. You didn't have to laugh that fast.

So with that -- so I fell in love with music,

but I had to work.

And my dad was an electrician, so I became an electrician.

And I would work all day, and...

Anybody here an electrician?

'Cause I don't want to say things...

Woman: My son is -- Local 3.

Lovely profession,

but oh, my God, is that hard work. Wait. Tell, tell --

I mean, in the summertime, it would be,

like, 140 degrees in some person's attic,

and they would send me up there.

And I would be crawling face-first

through fiberglass insulation,

and they would tie a rope around my ankle so if I died,

they could pull me out through the hole

because the tools were expensive

and my dad didn't like to lose tools.

[ Laughter ]

Tell you the truth, his company had this great motto --

"Leave no corpses in attics."

And so I was this electrician, and then at night

I'd come home, and I would write songs.

And I would pray that I would write a song someday

that would mean that I could quit.

And I wrote a song one day.

And I found out that it was gonna be on the radio,

so I went into work, and I -- I was very dramatic.

I threw my tools on the guy's desk and said,

"I'm out."

And then that night, I talked to a real songwriter.

He says, "You know, when your song's on the radio,

you don't get money for nine months."

So the next morning I went in.

I did a total George Costanza.

I just pretended I had never quit.

I pulled the tools out of the garbage can with,

you know, French dressing on them and stuff and just --

I jumped in the truck and drove off and just...

And I got a check that Friday,

and nine months later, I quit again.

[ Laughter ]

'Cause, you know, if you can't be loyal,

I don't know what you have in this...

No, sorry.

But, anyway, this is the song that I wrote

that made me not be an electrician no more.

And a funny little postscript -- when this song came out,

it was the first song I had reviewed.

And in the review in "Rolling Stone" --

No, "Billboard Magazine" reviewed it

and said that this song was dumb but infectious...

[ Laughter ]

...which, coincidentally, was my nickname in college.

That's not good.

That's not good, not good.

You know what? That is not...

-Not good. -Yeah.

Okay. So here it is.

Picture this -- electrician covered in French dressing,

writing this song.

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Well, I've got nothing to be ashamed of ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ If I shy away, it's only because ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ You know, it's just been a little ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪♪

♪ I can remember when it meant so much ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Now I shy away at the slightest touch ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Yeah, just a little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Come out

♪ Come out to the hopeless romantic inside ♪

♪ I shout, "It's all right, all right" ♪

♪ This shade is so dark, so close to the light ♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Come out

♪ Come out to the hopeless romantic inside ♪

♪ I shout, "It's all right"

♪ It's all right ♪ All right

♪ It's all right

♪ This shade is so dark, so close to the light ♪

♪ I'll be back when I calm my fears ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ And I'll see you around in 1,000 years ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ You know, it's just been a little ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Just a little, little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Yeah

One more time!

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ] Gary Burr!

Oh!

Thank you. That's...

That's just unprecedented.

Thank you so much.

Local 3!

Go, fighting lineman players or something.

I don't know.

So Gary and I have written a lot of songs together,

and this was one of the first,

maybe the second song that we ever wrote together, and...

-Really? -Yes.

This is back before Gary was in the Hall of Fame,

and he had moved down to Nashville.

And when I went to his apartment to write,

he actually had an ironing board for a coffee table,

and it's very practical, you know?

You can do your clothes and write a song.

So we wrote this song.

And I learned a lot that day, actually.

It was about, as we say in the music business,

daring to suck --

like, not editing and saying the first things

that come out of your mouth because he encouraged me.

You know, I was like, "Here's just what I'm saying.

I know it's dumb. I know it's dumb." And...

Oh, every time Victoria starts a sentence --

when you're writing -- when she starts a sentence with,

"Okay, this is really stupid,"

I pick up the phone, and I order a new car.

[ Laughter ]

I'm not sure about that.

Sometimes it's just dumb, but sometimes...

No, I -- you know, that's why I have one new car.

Oh!

Why, I oughta.

-Gary, you're the worst. -Not okay.

-Not okay. -Not okay, sister-wife.

-Not okay. -Not okay.

-Do not approve. -Wait till you get home.

She's not talking to you.

Anyway, we wrote this song, and it went to --

it was a country artist named Doug Stone,

and it went to the top of the charts

and was a number-one song for Doug.

And we -- I'd never met him,

and I don't think Gary had, either.

And one of -- the original line in the song was,

"A beautiful sonnet, and it starts with your name."

And when we heard the recording when it came out, he said,

"I beautiful song, and it starts with your name."

And I was wondering, "Why'd he say 'song'?"

You know, I mean, we don't care. It went to number one.

But I'm wondering why he changed...

-The checks cleared. -Yes.

...why he changed "sonnet" to "song."

So in Nashville, we have number-one parties.

We take a break, and we celebrate the number-one song.

So we go to this party, and we get to meet Doug.

And I said, you know, "We're so thrilled.

Thank you so much. Just wanted to ask you --

why did you say 'song' instead of 'sonnet'?"

And Doug said, "It was sonnet?

What's a sonnet?"

I was like, "Never mind. Doesn't matter at all."

♪♪

♪♪

♪ If I had taken the time

♪ To write down a few lines

♪ Every time that you cross this heart of mine ♪

♪ And put them all in a book

♪ How much time would that have took? ♪

♪ The words and years have a way of slipping by ♪

♪ Oh, no

♪ Too bad

♪ There goes the chance that I had ♪

♪ I could have written a play so sweet and so funny ♪

♪ Given old Mr. Shakespeare a run for his money ♪

♪ Written the words to the prettiest tune ♪

♪ That would never leave a dry eye in the room ♪

♪ My only excuse is simple enough ♪

♪ I was too busy being in love

♪ Yeah, I was too busy being in love ♪

♪♪

♪ Brand-new phrases appear

♪ Every time you are near

♪ Oh, these words you inspire after all these years ♪

♪ But I never reach for a pen

♪ Break the mood that I'm in

♪ Before I know it the words are gone again ♪

♪ Oh, no

♪ Too bad

♪ There goes the chance that I had ♪

♪ I could have written a play so sweet and so funny ♪

♪ Given old Mr. Shakespeare a run for his money ♪

♪ Written the words to the prettiest tune ♪

♪ That would never leave a dry eye in the room ♪

♪ My only excuse is simple enough ♪

♪ I was too busy being in love

♪ Yeah, I was too busy being in love ♪

♪ I could have written a poem to drive your lovers crazy ♪

♪ Or written a movie for Hepburn and Tracy ♪

♪ A beautifulsonnet that starts with your name ♪

♪ I could have written my way into fortune and fame ♪

♪ I have no regrets

♪ When push comes to shove

♪ That I was too busy being in love ♪

♪ Yeah, I was too busy being in love ♪

♪♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

I like that harmony you put on there.

-Thank you. -Totally improv -- I love that.

-Ah. -See?

Wow. That was so romantic.

Well, we had a thing.

-Yeah. -Just not for each other.

It worked out great.

[ Laughs ] Worked out great for everyone.

Yes. [ Laughs ]

I'm gonna do -- this is a love song I wrote.

-Oh, I'm gonna play along. -And this is a song that...

And you'll be happy to know, Gary, I'm tuned already.

It takes me forever to tune

'cause I can't talk and tune at the same time.

-Who can? -Nobody.

That's why I keep a tuner in every room in the house.

[ Laughter ]

That's not good.

She smile? She smiling?

Is she -- nah. She's not smiling, is she?

No, no.

So this song I wrote about -- I guess about 15 years ago.

I wrote this with my friend Radney Foster.

He's a fabulous songwriter, and we wrote this...

You know, he's not here.

You don't have to give him credit. I wrote this alone.

-That's the Nashville way. -I'm learning. I'm learning.

And he was gonna put it on an album

he was recording the very next week after we wrote it,

and I was so excited.

He recorded it, and about a year later,

when the record was done,

I was getting ready for one of my first big songs to come out,

and his record label shut their doors.

They were out of business, and I went,

"Ugh! Welcome to the music business, right?"

So fast-forward about five years later.

Radney's producing a group called The Kinleys

on Sony Records -- these twin girls.

Twin blondes, Gary. He likes those.

[ Laughing ] Anyway, sorry. Sorry.

But anyway, they recorded this song,

and I was really excited because my car was breaking down.

I needed a new car, and I thought, "Oh, my God.

How am I gonna make any money?"

If a song comes out as a single, maybe I would, right?

So on "Billboard" --

Gary was talking about "Billboard Magazine."

As a song goes up the chart, it makes more money

as it goes up to the number-one spot,

and you have seen this trend many times over, you two.

So I'm watching this, and this is new to me.

And I'm thinking, "God, I need a new car."

And it goes up to 32, right in the middle of the chart,

and falls off dead.

And I'm thinking, "32. I need a new car.

32 -- that will buy me a good used Honda CR-V,

is what that will buy me."

And I was so happy!

So I bought this great used car.

And fast-forward 10 years later --

oil problems.

I don't know, obviously, how to take care of a car.

So I'm thinking, "I got to buy a new car."

And I'm at --

you know how every business, you have your ups and downs?

And I was kind of at a downslope in the music business,

and I'm thinking, "I don't know what to do."

I don't know if I need to change careers."

And right then I get a call from Radney.

And he said, "You know, Georgia, that first song we wrote --

'I'm In'? Keith Urban just recorded it."

And I'm like, "What?" And he went, "Yep."

I watched that thing come out on the charts.

And I'm like, "Please, please."

And it's going up,

and it goes all the way to the top of the charts.

And I've never bought a new car before,

but I bought a brand-new Toyota Prius with a warranty.

And I keep up with it, and I love that car so much.

And I take really good care of it.

So this is that song.

And would you guys join me on this?

There's some "doot-doot"s I'd love for you

to sing with me on it.

I couldn't resist a doot-doot if you paid me.

Yeah, you're a woman who knows her way around a doot.

-All right. -We could be her Pips.

[ Laughing ] Would you?

♪♪

♪ Love doesn't come with a contract ♪

♪ I give you this, you give me that ♪

♪ It's scary business

♪ When your heart and soul is on the line ♪

♪ Baby, why else would I be standing ♪

♪ 'Round here so tongue-tied?

♪ If I knew what I was doing

♪ I'd be doing it right now

♪ I would be the best damn poet ♪

♪ Silver words out of my mouth

♪ Well, my words might not be magic ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ But they cut straight to the truth ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Oh, if you need a lover and a friend ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Yeah, baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, come on in The water's fine ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ I'll be right here You take your time ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Just let me hold you

♪ And we'll both take that leap of faith ♪

♪ It's like told you

♪ There's no guarantee when you feel this way ♪

♪ If I knew what I was doing

♪ I'd be doing it right now

♪ I would be the best damn poet ♪

♪ Silver words out of my mouth

♪ Well, my words might not be magic ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ But they cut straight to the truth ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Oh, if you need a lover and a friend ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, come here next to me

♪ I'll show you how good it can be ♪

♪ I breathe each breath you breathe ♪

♪ I can pour out everything I am ♪

♪♪

♪ Everything I am

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ If I knew what I was doing

♪ I'd be doing it, doing it right now ♪

♪ I would be the best damn poet ♪

♪ Silver words out of my mouth

♪ Well, my words might not be magic ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ But they cut straight to the truth ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Oh, if you need a lover and a friend ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Yeah, said if you need a lover and friend ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Baby, I'm

♪ Baby, I'm ♪ Baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ I'm in

♪ Baby, come here next to me

♪ I'll show you how good it can be ♪

♪ I breathe each breath you breathe ♪

♪ I can pour out everything I am ♪

♪ Baby, come here

♪ Baby, come here

♪ Baby, come here

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

You know what your wife is, Gar?

-Multitalented? -She's sexy.

[ Laughing ] Aw!

Thank you, sister-wife.

All right. So during...

How many of you have been to these shows before?

'Cause I've been doing them a long time.

[ Applause ]

And where have the other people been?

We're very good. Where have you been?

But if you've been here before, you know that I usually like to,

if I can, bring up a surprise guest of any friend

that might be in town or coming by.

And I asked this one,

"If you're done shooting your big television show,

if you could come by and sing a song?"

And he is -- you probably know him from -- oh, my gosh...

Well, he was in "Waitress."

He starred on Broadway this summer.

He was in "Waitress."

He starred in the "Jersey Boys" movie.

He played Bob Gaudio --

the Clint Eastwood-directed movie.

And now he's on the hit series "Madam Secretary."

He's a very busy man and yet took the time

to come and sing for y'all.

"Y'all"? Oh, my gosh.

Yeah, you've been there long enough.

And sing for youse guys.

[ Laughter ]

What the heck just happened?

Oh, my gosh.

It's just -- it's from all my back and forth.

Oh, the whole New York is just...

-Blown to bits. -...oozing out of you.

Anyway, I'm gonna let him tell

about the song he's gonna sing.

Please give a warm welcome to our buddy Erich Bergen.

I don't know where he is.

Ah!

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

-Well, hi. -Hi.

♪ Doot, doot, doot

Where do I -- hello.

[ Laughter and cheering ]

Welcome to television.

-You can stand. You can sit. -Do I s--

-Whatever you want. -I just...

Victoria: You can sit and sing. You can stand.

You can dance. [ Plays piano ]

Hey, that's my thing. Don't touch my piano.

♪ Well, I will sail my vessel

Is that not -- oh, sorry.

That's for another show.

I heard you wrote that.

-I did. -Wait.

No, I'm gonna go -- can I use...

Can I use that? Or no?

Oh, my God. He's being so difficult already. Yes?

Well, you know, I'm very professional.

-Professional? -Yeah.

So wait. Oh, wait.

Oh, it's going -- it's going well so far.

-So far I'm loving it. -How am I doing?

Hi. This is -- isn't this good?

Is this not great?

Victoria Shaw and friends, people.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

I have friends.

And you're on the all-arts platform

because when I think of all the arts...

It's me.

...I think of you, mostly in the dance world.

No, we're good. Thank you so much, though.

I think that's all the time we have.

I met Victoria on JDate.

No, on...

[ Laughter ]

-Shh! -Sorry.

Something...

I met Victoria in this building. Is that right?

-Upstairs. -It was upstairs, right.

So this is -- this incredible, incredible

building is home to Birdland,

one of the most famous institutions in New York City.

But we met upstairs at this open-mic night

that's been here on every Monday night for the past -- how long?

17 years, 17 years, called "Cast Party,"

run by our Jim Caruso,

and it was really just an open-mic night that we met.

And we were both younger then.

[ Laughter ]

-You were very young. -I was very young, yes.

But then Victoria played for me this song that she had demo'd,

written -- that she wrote with Gary

and with a singer-songwriter

that I've always loved named Jon McLaughlin

and played me this song.

And, boy, I wish I had written it.

-But you didn't. -I didn't. Thank you.

So I sang it instead.

This is "Ready To Say Goodnight."

♪♪

♪♪

♪ I wish I never mentioned it was 12:00 ♪

♪ I wish your house was not the first house on the block ♪

♪ I guess I should be tired, but right now I'm not ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Ready to say goodnight

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ How'd I let this evening slip away from me ♪

♪ Distracted by the pleasure of your company? ♪

♪ I haven't even kissed you, so how could I be ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Ready to say goodnight?

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Normally it wouldn't be so hard to say goodbye ♪

♪ But I've never felt this much this fast before ♪

♪ I never knew the spell of getting lost in someone's eyes ♪

♪ But I do now

♪ So somehow

♪ Can't we make this last

♪ I want this to last a few minutes moooooore ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ It'd be a shame to waste a sky so full of stars ♪

♪ I'm up for a late-night cafe if you are ♪

♪ I confess my head says,

♪ "I don't think my heart's

♪ Ready to say goodnight."

♪♪

♪ Ready to say goodnight

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

Liberace, ladies and gentlemen.

Erich Bergen!

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

Ladies and gentlemen, Gary Burr.

[ Cheers and applause ] Oh, please.

There's not a dram of sincerity in that applause.

But at least they applauded.

Yeah, good point, good point.

All right, I'm gonna play you a song.

It started out as just, like, a finger exercise,

and I was writing with this piano player --

a lovely piano player, great writer named Vince Melamed.

And he came in, and he heard me doing this finger exercise.

And he said, "That's pretty," and he sat down

and played it with me on the piano.

And we went, "That could be a song when it grows up."

And it took us a really long time to write it.

We were heading it in wrong directions all the time,

and then finally we figured out

what the song was supposed to be when it grew up.

And we finished it, and it ended up being a song

that we wrote for Garth Brooks.

[ Applause ] No, he hated it.

[ Laughter ]

But another guy recorded it, and then that song was a hit.

-What guy? -Ah, just a guy.

He's not just a guy.

You don't need to know everything.

I want a little mystery.

A great country artist named Ty Herndon did this song.

-Yes. -This was his debut.

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

And it's called "What Mattered Most."

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪ I thought I knew the girl so well ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ If she was sad, I couldn't tell ♪

♪ I missed the point

♪ I missed the sign

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ So if she's gone, the fault is mine ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Now I know, I know

♪ A whole lot of little things

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Even though

♪ I could list them one by one

♪ She would still be gone

♪ Her eyes were blue Her hair was long ♪

♪ In '64 she was born in Baton Rouge ♪

♪ Her favorite song was "In My Life" ♪

♪ I memorized her every move

♪ I knew her books, her car, her clothes ♪

♪ But I paid no attention to what mattered most ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ I never asked

♪ She never said

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ And when she cried, I turned my head ♪

♪ She dreamed her dreams

♪ Behind closed doors

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ That made them easy to ignore ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Now, I know, I know, I know

♪ I missed the forest for the trees ♪

♪ And all I have to show

♪ When she walked out the door

♪ Are cold facts and nothing more ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Her eyes were blue Her hair was long ♪

♪ In '64 she was born In Baton Rouge ♪

♪ Her favorite song was "In My Life" ♪

♪ I memorized her every move

♪ I knew her books, her car, her clothes ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ But I paid no attention to what mattered most ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ Her eyes were blue Her hair was long ♪

♪ In '64 she was born In Baton Rouge ♪

♪ Her father's tall Her mother's gone ♪

♪ She moved out west when she was two ♪

♪ The way she laughed The way she loved ♪

♪ Oh, my God, what did I do?

♪♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you.

Thank you.

♪ Doot, doot, doot

Gary Burr and I are in a band

called Blue Sky Riders with Kenny Loggins.

Victoria: It's awesome.

It's a fun band, and Kenny --

he agreed to sing at our wedding.

And he was gonna sing this song,

but what I didn't know was he called Victoria

without our knowing and said, "Victoria, who do you know?

A string quartet in Nashville --

can you turn me on to some great musicians?"

And she did, and what I didn't know is,

when I was walking down the aisle,

they said, "Kenny's gonna sing a song."

And I turned around, and there was a string quartet.

I had no idea these players were sitting there.

And it was the most beautiful thing,

and I'm gonna sing it for you.

I wrote this song with a group called Striking Matches --

Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman,

who are a wonderful duo.

And it was funny 'cause when we wrote it,

I had just started dating Gary.

I had known him 15 years, but we never had our eyes --

I mean, we never knew this was gonna happen, you know?

Like I said, he was married [laughs],

and I was in long-term relationships.

Anyway, the timing was right.

We started dating, and it was so easy.

And when we were talking in the writing room

about what it's like when the right one comes along,

I knew exactly what it was like

'cause I knew what it was like with you.

It was amazing.

It was easy, right?

Screw the magical stuff like pulling stars down from heaven.

We don't do that.

Right? No magic.

-No, no, no. -Just reality.

Reality -- just cold, straight...

-Love. -...endless, linear reality.

Endless, yeah. Something like that.

But it's nice. It's nice.

It's nice. It's nice.

I don't want to give you -- it's nice.

-It was featured, yeah. -You're right.

And it was also on the TV show "Nashville."

How many fans of the TV show "Nashville"?

[ Cheers and applause ] Yay!

It was so funny because I introduced this song in Belfast,

and I said, "This was featured

when Rayna and Deacon got married."

And they were three seasons behind,

and they were, "La, la, la, la, la, la!"

-Aw. -And I'm like, "Oh, no."

Oh, that's funny.

-I blew it. -Oh, that's funny.

They had been invested, and it was three seasons later

that was gonna happen.

Oh, well. I never heard that story.

Then she told them that Tony Soprano

got whacked in the diner. No!

La, la, la! It was a fun night.

Anyway, this is my last song.

You guys have been amazing. What a fun, fun night.

Thank you, Victoria, for having me.

Oh, my gosh. It's my pleasure

to have Georgia Middleman sitting next to me.

[ Cheers and applause ]

-Are you ready, Gary? -I am.

Two. Three.

♪♪

♪♪

♪ There's no music

♪ No confetti

♪ Crowds don't cheer, and bells don't ring ♪

♪ But you'll know it I can guarantee ♪

♪ When the right one comes along ♪

♪ What they're thinking

♪ What you're feeling

♪ You no longer have to guess

♪ All these questions are finally put to rest ♪

♪ When the right one comes along ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ And every single broken heart ♪

♪ Will lead you to the truth

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ You think you know

♪ What you're looking for

♪ Till what you're looking for finds you ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ In a cold world

♪ It's a warm place

♪ Where you know you're supposed to be ♪

♪ A million moments

♪ Full of sweet relief

♪ When the right one comes along ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ And every single broken heart ♪

♪ Will lead you to the truth

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ You think you know what you're looking for ♪

♪ Till what you're looking for finds you ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ It's so easy

♪ Nothing to it

♪ Though you may not believe me now ♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ But I promise

♪ Honey, you'll find out

♪ When the right one comes along ♪

♪ All that changes

♪ Is only everything

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ When the right one comes along ♪

♪♪

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

I want to thank the beautiful Birdland Theater...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...in the heart of New York City,

and I want to thank Georgia Middleman.

Thank you. Thanks.

I want to thank Gary Burr.

Thank you. Aw!

And I want to thank my mother. Who else is there?

My daughter, I want to thank Brad.

I have all lots of people here,

but we're gonna do this again, so tune in?

Do I say that? Ah, "tune in."

But come back and see us, and we're gonna let you

take us home with one of my favorite songs.

So I was driving to work,

or what I laughingly refer to as work these days,

and it was back when they were gonna

put Elvis on a postage stamp.

And, you know, the two DJs were arguing about, you know,

which Elvis it should be because should it be the Elvis,

you know, from Vegas or the Elvis from,

you know, Sun Records?

And one of the DJs says,

"You know, I think it should be the leather Elvis."

And the second one said, "Man, when I think about Elvis,

I try to think about Elvis in Vegas with the jumpsuit

and this and that."

And out of that whole conversation,

all I heard was the phrase,

"I try to think about Elvis," and I thought that

that would be a funny thing if you wrote a song...

You know, there's this thing with guys

when they're, you know, in the throes of passion.

You tend to have to think about things that, you know --

like, kittens or baseball or some kind of thing

like that so that, you know,

so that your throes don't... throw down before you're ready.

[ Laughter ] And...

Well done.

So I thought, you know...

We're never getting this on the air, you know?

...I'm just the guy to write that song,

so that's what this song...

This is like a list song of all the things.

But that's basically what this is.

This is just a pervy song that I got on the radio,

and then I got Patty Loveless to sing it.

And it was pretty groovy.

But first you wrote it for guys,

and then you had to change it.

Yeah, at first I wrote it for guys,

but there was so much testosterone in it.

And she said, "I'd like to sing it,

if you could, you know, channel your inner woman."

And, you know, I said, "How much time you got?

I could have it to you in three hours."

So I had to write all of it over,

and I kept some of the manly stuff.

But, you know, I had to put a bunch of stuff that --

yeah, a bunch of girly stuff in there that, you know,

you can tell is some middle-aged guy

trying to channel a woman.

It's really pathetic, but the song was a big hit.

And he bought a car. And I bought...

Yeah, you did.

I bought a car. Here we go.

This is "I Try To Think About Elvis,"

the second version.

[ Laughter ]

♪♪

♪ I try to think about Elvis,

♪ Memphis Oprah in the afternoon ♪

♪ I try to think about palm trees, fig leaves ♪

♪ The "Creature From the Black Lagoon" ♪

♪ I try to think about handguns, home runs ♪

♪ Anything to get me through

♪ I just can't concentrate

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ You're all I think about these days ♪

♪ I try to contemplate the cosmos ♪

♪ What goes 'round and 'round the sky at night ♪

♪ I try to think about champagne ♪

♪ Freight trains slowly rolling out of sight ♪

♪ I try to focus on the headlines ♪

♪ Street crimes

♪ Every time I think I might

♪ I just can't concentrate

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ You're all I think about these days ♪

♪ My mind wanders where it will ♪

♪ And when it settles right on you ♪

♪ I forget what I should say

♪ I forget what I should do

♪♪

Rock it out, Vic!

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ My mind wanders where it will ♪

♪ And when it settles right on you ♪

♪ I forget what I should say

♪ I forget what I should do

♪ Doot, doot, doot

[ Scattered laughter ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

So this is the part where I like to take you on a little --

Unicorn.

[ Laughter ]

Wow. That was fast.

You have no patience for me tonight.

-None whatsoever. -Not at all. I've got a good --

Unicorn.

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ I try to think about Shakespeare, leap year ♪

♪ The Beatles or the Rolling Stones ♪

♪ I try to think about talk shows, new clothes ♪

♪ Sushi bars and saxophones

♪ I try to think about high heels or good deals ♪

♪ But I guess I should have known ♪

♪ I just can't concentrate

♪ Doot, doot, doot

♪ You're all I think about these daaaays ♪

♪ You're all I think about these days ♪

♪♪

Thank you!

[ Cheers and applause ]

Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman! Oh, thank you!

I'm Victoria Shaw. Thank you so, so much!

Victoria Shaw!

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Doot, doot, doot

"Love Been a Little Bit Hard on Me" plays ]

♪♪

♪ I can remember when it meant so much ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Now I shy away at the slightest touch ♪

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Yeah, just a little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Love's been a little

♪ Love's been a little bit hard on me ♪

♪ Come out

♪ Come out to the hopeless romantic inside ♪

♪ I shout, "It's all right, all right" ♪

♪ This shade is so dark, so close to the light ♪

♪♪

♪ Doot, doot, doot

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