Turn It On
Dwight Yoakam Lyrics


Well I'm back again for another night
Of trying to break free from the sadness
That I can't lay to rest
This old honky tonk sure does feel like home
And the music with the laughter seem to soothe my loneliness

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From her memories driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me to forget her so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

Now if a tear should fall if I should whisper her name
To some stranger I'm holdin'
while we're dancin' to an old Buck Owen's song
I know she won't mind she won't even know
She'll be dancing with a memory crying teardrops of her own

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From her memories driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me to forget her so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From her memories driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me to forget her so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

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Written by: KOSTAS LAZARIDES, WAYLAND PATTON

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Skip Nicholson

Well I'm back again for another night
Of trying to break free from this sadness that I can't lay to rest
This old honky-tonk sure does feel like home
And the music with the laughter seem to soothe my loneliness

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her, so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

If a tear should fall if I should whisper her name
To some stranger I'm holdin' while we're dancin' to an old Buck Owens song
I know she won't mind she won't even know
She'll be dancing with a memory crying teardrops of her own

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose

Turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose
From the memory that's driving me lonely, crazy and blue
It helps me forget her so the louder the better
Hey mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose.
Yeah, mister turn it on, turn it up, turn me loose



Rich Paul

One of my favorite writer/musicians without a doubt. I was driving tractor-trailers over the road across all 48 states (OTR/48) and I would be kept out sometimes for 3 months. I would only get home for 3 or 4 days and looking back, I can't understand how I let anybody yank my chain like that.

Each time I got home, I had less friends than I had before I left for the next go round. People I knew, but maybe didn't hang around with, like next-door neighbors, bartenders, etc., were gone or died, or just disappeared to somewhere. I found myself living in a subculture of OTR truckers, 'lot-lizards', and 'go-fast dealers'.

It was all one of the pretty much, most bizarre, times in my life and I was in my mid 30's back then. That's when this song came out and frankly, I think the video, (which I believe Dwight directed and maybe even wrote), is one of the best "video-to-song" matches I've seen, (and heard).

Anyway, I stayed with that company for a bit over a year and one night I walked into a truck stop on the outskirt of Nashville, TN. I remembered that this truck stop was a true "trucker subculture haven". It had everything going on outside and inside, I particularly recall the huge screen and super-huge sound system that it had.

It was in one area where truckers lounged for a break but it wasn't in the dining room. I know alcohol wasn't served there and it wasn't anything of a 'party atmosphere' kind of place, (which made it even stranger in a way), but it had this huge screen and sound system with music videos running 24/7.

I'd been there several times before but that night, about 2 or 3AM, I walked into the lounge and was lighting a cigarette when this music video opened. I was absolutely captured by the strangeness of it. I've always kept myself aware of my immediate surroundings. All my life I had a strong sense of environmental and situational awareness and people used to tell me that they couldn't ever 'sneak up' on me because I paid too close of attention to everything.

However, that moment when the video kicked into the music, I was totally lost in it. You could have come up and lit me on fire and I wouldn't have noticed! I mean, I never even got to a chair. I just stood there and watched that entire video and I was hit with a powerful sense of sorrow and anger at the same time.

If you've ever had that emotional combination hit you like that, especially when you weren't even close to ready for it, that's one hell of feeling. I actually had tears in my eyes after the video ended. A waitress came over, (she remembered me from a previous visit), and said "hey Rich, you alright, hun?" I snapped out of it and looked at here and said something like "yes, I'm fine, just as soon as I take care of something".

I turned and went to the trucker’s dining room where the courtesy phones were. The dispatch office for the Great Western trucking company, (located in Lubbock Texas), ran 24/7. I called the dispatch office and told them that the load I was delivering later that morning was the last load.

The dispatcher said "...well I don't know if I've got a load you can pick up that's coming back to the yard after that one. You need to give us a week's notice, then I'll have time to arrange something". I told him that the truck is heading back for Lubbock with or without a load.

About 40 hours later, I was driving my pickup truck back to Houston from the GW truck yard in Lubbock. I got another trucking job within a few days and I continued driving trucks for 5 more years. I drove for about 2 or 3 other OTR/48 companies after that. I would quit one and go to another OTR company for better pay. I was never gone from home more than 2 weeks after leaving Great Western.

Even when I was out for 2 weeks, it was only if I volunteered to stay out that long. I was married through all of that and of course, the damage was done. Quitting GW didn't change the mess I created for myself and even though I was the one who filed for divorce from my first wife, I think deep down, I did it because I didn't want to destroy her life they way I was destroying mine.

It was 20+ years before I finally dragged what was left of me from the hole I threw myself down. My third wife died from terminal cancer almost year ago. The ghosts that haunt me every night I go to sleep alone are all the regrets I've collected and never could forget. However, if I would have stayed with that GW trucking company, I probably wouldn't even have lived long enough to get anywhere near my second marriage, let alone my third.

It was that song and that video that made me snap out of it and realize that I wouldn't survive much longer if I let those people keep me out for 3 months at a time. I don't know if trucking companies still dispatch their drivers to stay out that long anymore. I do know that some drivers were able to do that and not let themselves be sucked into the subculture that I went into to, but most drivers wound up the same way I did.

Thank you Dwight Yoakum. Regardless of what some critics had to say about that video, I know you knew it was a good one. The only ones that didn't like it were the ones who were scared by it because they can't imagine anything like this actually exists outside of their little, 'homogenized world'.
FWIW,
Rich



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sledge1960

Dwight's still too country for Nashville, may he never change in that respect.

Eric Bush

That's why he lives in Bakersfield. He refuses to live in Nashville.

David Rogers

That is a compliment for sure.

Chris Rose

@elvismemories52 Born in Pikeville from Prestonsburg

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