Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Brendan McKinney has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Greece...piercing the international music scene with his Americana tunes fused with blues and country.
 

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LYRICS PHOTOS
   
YEAH SHE DOES (Brendan Mc Kinney)

Man, I gotta tell you some times it gets real hard
Having that girl so close and yet so far
I could let it go so easily
But she’s always kissing hello and hugging up on me

And she feels nice, Yeah she does! She’s all soft and silky smooth
She smells sweet, Yeah she does! Like honeysuckle in bloom
She looks good, Yeah she does! No two ways about it
She really does it for me, Yeah she does!, Yeah she does!

Now a full grown man’s got to keep his hands to his self
A girl like that she bound to have someone else
Ah but here she comes again
She pulls her body close to mine and says “C’mon Let’s Dance”

And she feels nice, Yeah she does! All soft and silky smooth
She smells sweet, Yeah she does! Like honeysuckle in bloom
And she looks good, Yeah she does! Ain’t no two ways about it
She really does it for me, Yeah she does!, Yeah she does!

Now I heard it from a friend of mine
That she’d been single for some time
So I decided to make my play
Now some changes have occurred
And I’m alone with her
At the end of every one of my days...

And she feels nice, Yeah she does! All soft and silky smooth
She smells sweet, Yeah she does! Like honeysuckle in bloom
She looks good, Yeah she does! No two ways about it
She really does it for me, Yeah she does!, Yeah she does!

And she works hard, Yeah she does! And she make it look so easy
And she prays to God, Yeah she does! She’s got the faith of a child
And she looks good, Yeah she does! Ain’t no two ways about it
She really does it for me, Yeah she does!, Yeah she does!

Yeah she does

Copyright 2007 Bendinger Brown (BMI)

THE BEST THEY CAN
(Brendan McKinney)

Verse 1
If I were a window washer I'd wash windows with water,
mix in a little soap and squeegee up and down, I'd take pride in my work just like every body oughta, and when my day was done I'd sleep peacefully and sound,

CHORUS
All across this land, every woman every man, trying the make the most of what they got, trying to do the best they can,

Verse 2
If I were a church builder I'd build my church with mortar, in between the bricks that I made and laid by hand,
any one who wanted to could kneel down at the altar,
no mater what their faith or denomination,

CHORUS
All across this land, every woman every man, trying the make the most of what they got, trying to do the best they can,

Verse 3
 If I was a guitar player I'd play my guitar harder,
and dirtier than every other guitar player can,
I'd follow my heart cause the heart can take you farther,
than any body else's well constructed plan,

CHORUS

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?
(Brendan McKinney & Kurt Anderson)

Verse 1
He’s got a beat up car and a broken down life,
he’s got bills out the Wazoo, he’s got 2 angry X wives,
he does pick up work a little bit of this and that, he rents a run down,
one room, flat on fifth above the laundry mat,
but he’d give his last dime away,
and when he sinks a few drinks down he’ll turn to you and say...

CHORUS
"What are you gonna do? yeah what ya gonna do?
It’s amazing I ain’t crazy after all that I been through,
but what are you gonna do? You can’t let it get to you,
And it always helps to keep your self a good attitude,
ain’t that the truth...so what are you gonna do?"

Verse 2
she’s a single mom and she’s only 25,
she feeds and clothes 2 kids at home and gets them to school on time,
she works 6 days a week at the shirt factory,
on Saturday nights she falls a sleep in front of the TV,

she calls her sister on the phone...and she say’s "chile it ain’t easy doing this alone", but...

CHORUS
"What are you gonna do? yeah what ya gonna do?
It’s amazing I ain’t crazy after all that I been through,
but what are you gonna do? You can’t let it get to you,
And it always helps to keep your self a good attitude,
ain’t that the truth...so what are you gonna do?"

BRIDGE
and it’s the struggling, striving and surviving that makes us all kin,
‘cause everybody feels like giving up now and then,
REPEAT, Chorus and Out

SOME COOLING OFF AROUND HERE
(Brendan McKinney)

Verse 1
Daddy’s on the porch, in his undershirt and shorts waiting for a rain to come,
he never say’s a thing, but every time it rings he’s the first one to the phone,
my older sister grace has been gone for 6 days and it’s the hottest its been in years,
REFRAIN lord knows we could all use some cooling off around here,

Verse 2
she was 12 when mom past away and ever since that day the tension in this house grew,
but they’re two of a kind, at each other all the time, there was nothing I could do,
my daddy stamping on the floor, my sister slamming a door,
steam coming out of both of their ears,
REFRAIN lord knows we could of used some cooling off around here,

CHORUS
she was always making a stand and speaking her mind,
he was always raising his voice and drawing the line,
in the next room was me, turning up the TV just as loud as it would go,

BRIDGE
now spread out on the bed are all these pictures,
and I’m looking at this one here in particular,
grace is 6 years old, her hair is in pig tails,
she’s up on daddy’s shoulders holding a shovel and a pale,
they’re on the beach smiling and squinting from the sun...
that’s my favorite picture..
yeah and momma took that one,

Verse 3
well last night Grace came home, threw pebbles at my window and waved me down stairs,
she asked me to get some of her things, some close and her rings,
and she said " make sure daddy doesn’t hear:,
I put that picture in her bag, hugged her good bye, she hugged me back ... both of us were standing there in tears..and she said " relax kiddo, I’ll be back ya know...it’s just that right now everything’s just gotten so weird...
REFRAIN lord knows we could all use some cooling off around here“,

CHORUS
she was always making a stand and speaking her mind,
he was always raising his voice and drawing  the line,
in the next room was me, turning up the TV just as loud as it would go

THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU
(Brendan McKinney & Thomas Gould)

VERSE 1
I’ve done a lot of things that I regret,
sometimes I need all the help that I can get,
and when it seems like the whole worlds up and quit me,
you’re the one that sticks with me...

CHORUS
That’s what I love about you, that’s what I love about you,

VERSE 2
I’m so glad for the day I met you,
how sweet it is when somebody gets you,
when someone who knows all your flaws,
still helps you find your way when your lost,

CHORUS

BRIDGE
and for all the times I may have caused you pain,
I never once heard you complain,
you don’t throw a round the blame like so many people do,
you move on and you don’t look back,
your just glad for the things you have,
half full is how you see the glass,
you handle everything with class ...
I wish I could be more like that,

VERSE 3
I can sure make things harder than they should be,
Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy,
and when I get to standing in my own way,
you always know just what to say,

GET YOURSELF PAROLED
(Brendan McKinney & Joel Racheff)

Your hot buttered muffins have always wagged my tail,
but I ain’t had no loving since they hauled you off to jail,
and honey I miss you,
nothings cooking and the bed is cold, so be on good behavior,
honey get your self paroled,

your stubborn and hot headed and always quick to fight,
but don’t give them any reason to keep you one more night,
‘cause honey I miss you,
keep your cool stay in control, yeah be on good behavior,
honey get your self paroled,


Bridge
Show them just how good you can be,
maybe they’ll make you a trustee,
maybe we can get a conjugal,
and I can get another belly full of your...

hot buttered muffins, I can’t think of nothing else,
I sure wish I wasn’t here all by myself,
‘cause honey I miss you,
so hold your tongue, do as your told,
yeah be on good behavior,
honey get your self paroled,

CRAZY AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
(Brendan McKinney)

VERSE 1
I’d pick Karen up from that all girl highschool, the bumper sticker said "Ozzie Rules",
there on my black Trans Am, her friends couldn’t understand...
what a girl like her saw in a guy like me, she came from a good family...and I had a reputation for being a little crazy,
but she said the kids her own age were boring, she dug my car...she was crazy about me,
man they don’t make cars like that no more and REFRAIN crazy ain’t what it use to be,

VERSE 2
she was 2 months late the day she turned 19, I vowed to do the right thing, and 7 months later I had a wife a kid and a trailer,
we still went out sometimes on the weekend...she’d play the juke box...Patsy Cline singing Crazy,
man they don’t write songs like that no more and REFRAIN crazy ain’t what it use to be,

BRIDGE
the baby crying, bills piling in;  me and her always in some fight,
started feeling restless; I missed the way it was I guess and I stayed out drinking every night,
I woke up in the drunk tank one morning, my throat was all dry and sore and ...
I hadn’t even known what it was I’d done,
Sheriff said I was a drunk’n fool the night before up at the highschool ....screaming Karen’s name at the top of my lungs..for the life of me I can’t explain that one,

VERSE 3
well I’ve seen the light since and I’ve changed my ways...came straight home from work today...
Back to the wife and kid...yeah that’s where the sweet spot is,
we had some dinner and she had a glass of wine, and we watched a street car named desire on TV,
man they don’t make movies like that no more and REFRAIN crazy ain’t what it use to be,

THAT SONG WILL NEVER GET PLAYED
(Brendan McKinney & Thomas Gould)

Vrse1
now I Guess your wrestling with the piece of mind you lack,
but my heart is cracked from words you can’t take back,
the late night phone calls of apologies, just sound to me like tired old melodies

CHORUS
And I should know by now that you’d never change your tune,
and that song will never get played, that song will never get played,
turn it up as loud as you want to, but that song will never get played again

Vrse2
I don‘t want to still be friends don‘t want to keep in touch,
I don‘t hold a grudge, but c’mon enough is enough,
Besides a girl like you can always find, a man with time for the same old lines

CHORUS
but when he figures out that you never change your tune,
that song will never get played, that song will never get played,
turn it up as loud as you want to, but that song will never get played again

BRIDGE
Of all the luck ‘Our song’ got stuck in the truck CD player,
took a pair of pliers to pry it out of there,
don’t know if you even care...
But when I got that cd out it was broken right in two

CHORUS
that song will never get played, that song will never get played,
turn it up as loud as you want to, but that song will never get played again,
I got your number now,  you never change your tune,
that song will never get played, that song will never get played,
turn it up as loud as you want to, but that song will never get played again 

 WHEN YOU FELL
(Brendan Mc Kinney)

I'm all that's left there's no one else to tell you that your great,
And I too must excuse my self though I've left it far too late,
I see now how we're turning out more or less the same,
As those people we once laughed about.the ones that we called names.and I think its such a shame.,

CHORUS
Cause we were so good, we were so strong, we were  so sure of ourselves,
And I was too close and too far too see you needed help,
And catch you when you fell,

We ran through mine fields unafraid cause we were only young,
They tried to cut us down with blades that sprung out from their tongues,
They told us we would one day learn what they already knew,
That some of us might crash and burn.maybe one or two.but that should never have been you,


CHORUS
Cause you were so good, you were so strong,  you were  so sure of yourself,,
And I was too close and too far too see you needed help,
And catch you when you fell.when you fell,

By the way I know this guy who fixes up machines,
He says he's got some work for you but you got to stay clean,
He remembers you from 'Keep Away' in the St. Dennis School Yard,
And how you always blew the rest away.how to catch you was so hard.cause no one had your heart,


CHORUS
Cause you were so good,  you were so strong,  you were  so sure of yourself,,
And I was too close and too far too see you needed help,
And catch you when you fell.when you fell,

HOLDING OUT FOR THE LIGHT
(Brendan McKinney)

1ST verse
It shouldn't be so hard for me to say what's on my mind,
I never knew that me and you could ever be so blind,

Chorus:
And it's hard to know what's right but it's easy to see what's wrong, and I'm holding out for the light, and I'm trying to be strong,

2nd verse
Some close their eyes and trivialize a truth that's hard to take,
but how can I just pretend with every thing that's at stake,

Chorus:

3rd verse
I understand that it never can be like it was before,
so many things I once cared about don't seem to matter any more,
Chorus:
repeat and out

 

PAY ATTENTION NOW
(Brendan McKinney & Ken Johnson)

verse 1
When ever daddy caught us doing something wrong,
he'd pretend to be mad and us kids would play along,
cause momma didn't like no fooling around, so daddy had to put a foot down,
and he'd give us this stern look and wrinkle up his brow and say ...
REFRAIN "You better start paying attention now!",

Verse 2
And I remember coming home the night that I wrecked the car,
and his lit cigarette just waiting there in the dark,
he said " Son I ought to tan your hide,
but right now I'm just glad your alive",
then stood up, switched the light on and put the cigarette out and said...
REFRAIN "you better start paying attention now!",

Bridge
Life comes at you quick, so don't get too cocky slick,
don't think you got it all figured out,
you can lean on faith , family and friends,
but its all on you in the end,
when those moments of truth come around,
Hey there now, now hey there now, now, now,

verse 3,
and that first Christmas I came home with my brand new bride,
she was already starting to show and that glow was in her eyes,
daddy said, "son it's a beautiful thing, watching a new life begin,
but there's no turning back from here on out, so..."

REFRAIN "you better start paying attention now!",

Bridge
"...son you done good and by all rights you should,
be happy and proud, but ...
REFRAIN "you better stat paying attention now!",
Hey there now, now hey there now, now, now,



COMPROMISE LANE
(Brendan Mc Kinney)


I think I've been down this road before,
It's a dead end street.I'm pretty sure,
I tied it on in that corner bar so many nights,
when home with some women and got into some fights,
But nobody wins down here, most just slowly fade away.some just up and disappear,

CHORUS
You got to stand for something, or you'll end up with nothing,
bitter and addicted to the pain,
you might think your above it 'til you end up like the others
trying to recall who you were before you came.down  to compromise lane

They're always changing things in this part of town,
always putting new signs up and taking old ones down,
That corner coffee shop use to be a breakfast diner,
I knew a real good singer who use to work part time there,
Somebody told me that she went home, with a car full of broken dreams.and everything she owned,

CHORUS
You got to stand for something, or you'll end up with nothing,
bitter and addicted to the pain,
you might think your above it 'til you end up like the others
trying to recall who you were before you came.down  to compromise lane

The tourists come down here and get their kicks,
They can't imagine how tough it is,
Holding on to a dream too long, and it just goes on and on and on and on and on and on.

 
 
 
 
 
 

BRENDAN MCKINNEY'S FULL BIO

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Brendan McKinney has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Greece...piercing the international music scene with his Americana tunes fused with blues and country.

 “McKinney has an honest, earthy, visceral sound that speaks not only to true country, but real Americana,” says Adroit Records president and producer Jim Tract. “Plus, ironically, Brendan grew up five miles from where I did! I love that kind of irony and synergy, and we seem to experience a lot of it at Adroit. When you listen to Brendan, it's like he's inviting you into his home to share his stories and lessons of life. It's very heartwarming, as well as entertaining. He knocked me out from the first four bars of the first song he played for me, and Brendan is exactly the kind of seriously talented songwriter we are interested in supporting.”

“It was Jim Tract’s reaction and enthusiasm for my song that encouraged me to work with Adroit Records,” says McKinney. “It’s a great lift to be on the roster.” McKinney’s song, “Yeah She Does,” is featured on Adroit Records debut compilation album "Words & Music Nashville."