by Stephen Simmons



Girls was recorded and engineered by Brent Truitt at Le Garage Studios in East Nashville, TN. Additional recording, engineering and mixing by Richard McLaurin at House Of David Studios in Nashville. Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN. All songs written and performed by Stephen Simmons.


released January 24, 2009


02.  OH ALLISON (TRY AGAIN)  (2:57)
03.  MEMPHIS MOON  (3:54)
04.  HEY SHANNON  (5:46)
05.  A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR   (3:58)
06.  ASHEVILLE GIRL  (5:05)
07.  EASY   (4:15)
08.  PINS AND NEEDLES   (3:02)
09.  AMANDA   (3:26)
10.  T’SERCLAES   (4:05)
11.  HARD TO SMILE   (3:22)
All song written and performed by Stephen Simmons
P & © 2008 Stephen Simmons, Shiny Geode Music, SESAC
Basic tracks Recorded and Engineered by Brent Truitt at Le Garage Studios in East Nashville, TN
Additional Recording and Engineering by Richard McLaurin at House Of David Studios in Nashville, TN
Mixed by Richard McLaurin at House of David Studios, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN

Cover painting of Green Luna Moth with Apple Blossom by Anne Ross McCord:  Courtesy of & © McCord Museum M987.158.3  (used with permission)
Graphic design: Alicia Bequette

Stephen Simmons: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harp
Richard McLaurin:  Pedal Steel, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, B-3, Percussion



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Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. Stephen’s records (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. ... more


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Track Name: Altamont In The Snow

Well she came down from Altamont in the snow
Just two years ago
It hardly snows down here in the valley below
Down in Wilson’s Cove
But that all changed that year

Things had been hard in the summer before
Fifth dry year in a row
Nothing could grow no crops to show nothing more
Than a drought that seemed Hell born
Till Heaven’s snow covered those fields

Patty you just don’t know
What your love did to my soul
I’m fine in the summertime when it’s warm
But in the fall I fear the winters to come

At night I’d lie in bed and wonder where she went
In her dreams while she slept
And in the morning I’d watch the sunlight dance on her skin
As she lay by the window seal
And wait for the snow to come in

Track Name: Oh Allison (Try Again)

Spitting in a Sundrop bottle
The Red Man, the Golden Blend
Sweet on my tongue
I’m buzzing again
The gas pumps at the viaducts
She caught me with her best friend
She caught me with my shirt undone
And my pride tucked in

Oh Allison
Oh Allison
Looks like we’ll have to try again

Cool liquid on the lips again
Trying to numb nervous hands
But a hundred buttons won’t help you when
We finally give in
Something for old time friends
Something to remember when
Something I can’t pretend
Didn’t work its way in

Oh Allison
Oh Allison
Looks like we’ll have to try again

Oh the rain came down on the homecoming game
The storms moved in on the field that day
I stole a kiss and they called you away
And I’ll be damned if they didn’t call the game

Oh Allison
Oh Allison
Looks like we’ll have to try again
Track Name: Memphis Moon

It was a little bit of Memphis
A little bit of mischief
And I spilled a little whiskey on the bed
There were a lot of reasons I can’t say
Reasons that seem like little things
But it’s the little things that get in the way and betray you like a kiss

Dancing with you
Memphis Moon
Are you still shining on me
Did you feel it too
Is this what you do
Well you can make me your Memphis fool

It was a grand affair and we all came
But brought the things that we can’t change
The preacher got drunk and the jilted lovers sat on the street
The wine went down like the river to the gulf
And we danced in the city on the edge of the bluff
And in the shadow of the greater one that we’d just made


You let your guard down
And maybe I just lucked out
But baby our time ran out
And I was running when I met you like I’m running now

Track Name: Hey Shannon

Well the leaves sure turn a pretty color
In the autumn’s mid-day noon
And it’s a tourist town, but there really ain’t much a nuthin’ to do
Just here because I have to be and I’d guess that you are too
But I’d give you a light and buy you a drink
Just to find out what you do

A doctor or a lawyer, an executive or an engineer
They all sound so nice, but none of them are what I do for real
I’d say anything you want me to, but just to tell you the truth
I’m just a guy
Trying to talk you

Hey Shannon
Do you remember me
Could you possibly recall an old man and a fake ring
It was a really good story
And we had fun and drink
Hey Shannon
Do you remember me

Yeah this whiskey’s good, though I don’t drink much
No I don’t know the name of this place
Yeah I only smoke when I drink and I don’t normally do this kinda thing
You say we coulda been married
In another life you think
I think that it’s crazy, crazy we fall so easily


It’s been a really crazy night, with all your friends and me
Guess I’ll take you up on the ride home, it’s cold and I got a bad knee
Girl you know what you started, but enough about fate and dreams
All I need to know right now, is how you feel about me

Well I called just like I said I would, but I knew deep down inside
That you’d be gone though it seemed so right and I’d be alone again tonight
It’s pretty here with the leaves all turning brown and gold from their old green
Just to fall of in the winter
For the new leaves in the spring

Track Name: A Man Walks Into A Bar

You’d think that girl was happy there
Damn near all time I swear
Those big brown eyes and that smile
Can light up this town for half a mile

But when she lets her guard down
Her worn out cheeks turn into a frown
Stares off in the distance so dissatisfied
Where her mind’s been the whole damn time

Have you ever heard the one?
Where a man walks into a bar
Picks up a girl and falls in love
Like the dog that finally caught that car

At times she seems to laugh
Oh as if it never gets that bad
Oh you’d think that something was wrong
If she didn’t look happy for long

It’s a sound she makes with her mouth
To imitate the sound
She tries to sell as a laugh
But it’s feigned and with a hint of sad


Don’t she know we don’t believe her
Maybe so but she seems convinced she’s a good deceiver
Oh I can’t lie
Sometimes it hurts when she cries
That’s how my baby gets by
Track Name: Asheville Girl

If I’d known
It would be
Anything like this babe that’s usually where I’d leave
So what now?
What do I do?
Just sit and stare all day in those deep brown eyes so true

They say heaven’s far away
For a boy
Who’s lived this way
But there’s no meanness in your world
Everything’s is beautiful when you’re
Just an Asheville girl

And I’d bet
You don’t wanna feel this way
About me and believe me babe don’t think I can’t relate
So I guess
We leap and our net may
Magically appear someday so we just hope and pray


I thought I heard my Grandma say
That boy’s ok he’ll fall one day

Well it’s cool
Up here on this Blue Ridge
And blue’s what my heart would be if to you I did not give
To you from the start
Or I might as well just leave tonight and let this town just break my heart

Track Name: Easy

It was easy then
Being in love
So what now? Now that all is done
Now love’s just something that you say dear

Is it easy now
It’s still hard to know
Must be, this pain tells me it’s so
When everything she says just hurts me

But I’m on a roll
I’m on a real good roll
I’m going back to the way it was before
Won’t be coming back this way no more
Cause a heart that’s returned
Comes apart so easily

So is it easy now
Yeah now that it’s done
And I’m back to where I started from
Guess time had erased just how bad it was then

So it seems that now
It’s all that it was
My vision of Eden’s back into dust
And time just played the worst of tricks on me dear


It’s so damn easy for a girl to do
Fall in love with the first boy who plays her fool
Is it so easy to not give a damn
Can you hurt now like I am

Track Name: Pins And Needles

I don’t know why I go on for hours
Sometimes I get so tired of trying
I don’t know why I can’t seem to figure out
Just what she’s feeling inside
I never know just how she’s going to act
It’s always different every time
I’m steady and I’m always predictable
Exactly what she seems to despise

Sometimes I feel like I’m walking on pins and needles
Around my sweet baby’s heart
She loves me all the way but sometimes I can’t say for certain
Who she’s gonna be today

I don’t know why I go on about it
Couldn’t change things if I tried
Says it’s just a phase she’s going through
Then can’t look me in the eye
I guess the truth is an elusive thing
And just might lie somewhere in between
Is she closer to the girl who says she loves me
Or the one who acts like she tolerates me


Cause I go up with her when she’s spinning round
Bouncing around among the clouds
And down with her when she goes down
Try to save someone from sinking till you both drown

Track Name: Amanda

Another Friday night
Another week gone by
Are you really gonna stay
Are you really gonna try this time
Babe don’t anybody know just how you feel inside right now
But you can’t just let each town get you down

Oh babe I tried
To be satisfied
Sometimes you gotta learn to be still for just awhile

Oh Amanda
I never thought that I could lose your love
Oh Amanda
Was this love true?

Today I happened to drive
By that house we wanted to buy
And I recall how every little room
Girl just made you smile
And now 1436 Greenwood sure did sound like home
In some other world, but in this one we move on

Did I feel enough?
Or just get down on this love?
You know I hide inside my mind when things get tough


Another New Years Eve night
Another year gone by
Supposed to celebrate old friends
And sing Auld Lang Syne
But I ain’t got one friend that I could call tonight
That wouldn’t ask about you each time

I thought you’d be here
A million years
When you said I ain’t just messing around either dear

Track Name: T' Serclaes

In a quiet soft lit bar
Somewhere off an ancient cobbled street
“I Only Have Eyes For You” on the jukebox
That’s true tonight for me

I scribbled ‘I wanna kiss you’
On a used ticket from the train
And your Portuguese mother’s dark brown eyes
From mystery to surprise they changed

And T’serclaes only knows what I wished on Brussels streets
As I kissed your lips and pulled you close to me
And a thousand trains and planes that have since all been caught
But French Belgium’s never far from my thoughts

And I felt just like an American G.I.
Falling on the battlefield of the War
Close brush with death but still alive
And falling for a nurse in the wounded ward

With a wound that went too deep
And too close to this soldier’s heart
And an angelic Belgique nurse
Who had a way with men with scars


And there’s a silver moon a shining
Over these thirteenth century skies
And up towards her ancient buildings rising
And not even T’serclaes can put out this fire


It’s hasty rendezvous that birth words
You only whisper in the dark
And modest hotel rooms that set these scenes
For lovers who play these foolish parts

So many things you believe true
Under the spell of Moonlight
And the letters come at first and then they fade
Like the ink with which you write

Track Name: Hard To Smile

It’s so hard to smile, when it hurts
And it’s so hard to laugh, when things just don’t work
And darling I have looked deep inside
But you know courage how it likes to hide

But I’ll
Be sitting on a cloud
In the sky
Come rain or shine
A Hundred miles
High up over the earth
For what it’s worth
I’ll be with you all the while

It’ll be so hard smile, when she goes
And how she felt before, now I know
I saw my life, my unborn child in your eyes
Must have been wrong, ole crystal ball’s lost its shine