CHAPTER 7 -"THe Man From Nacogdoches"

My ex-husband had a saying: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. I find that goes for songwriting as well. Most of my inspiration comes from things that happen in real life, but I learned years ago that it is best not to use real people’s names in songs, especially if you don’t know whether that person wishes to be memorialized in song! I once wrote a song about this guy named Brent Rollins and used his real name. It was the first and last time I ever named a song after a real person. This is why...

Vintage BB videos "Brent Rollins"

A vintage solo appearance for Music Fog, circa 2008. I'm blonde and totally over-singing!

A fan video from the Mucky Duck, circa 2013

The latest version of the story...

Brent Rollins

(Lyrics and Music by Bonnie Bishop & Walt Wilkins, Copyright 2005)

 

Well Brent Rollins works in a gas station

Out on a highway north of Nacogdoches

He fries fish when the place gets crowded

Pumps the gas, makes sure that tires are rounded

And he keeps his money in an old beer glass

Sweeps the floors in the shed out back

He smells like grease when the day is done

But he was someone’s lover and someone’s son

 

Oh you picked me up when I was fallen'

Now I’m looking for Brent Rollins

 

I was sitting there all morning with my bills piling up

And it’s hard to keep a smile when your best ain’t good enough

There’s no pearls lying around but he takes his hard earned money

And he sends it down to me

And I was just wondering if that sounds familiar to you

Something simple and something true

Cause twenty dollars well it ain’t much to some

But it was more than a miracle when I needed one

 

Oh you picked me up when I was fallin'

Now I’m looking for Brent Rollins

 

Sometimes at night when I say my prayers

Brent Rollins comes to me out of thin air

I always wondered what he was doing in that old gas station

Why wouldn’t he take his money down to Honduras, go fishin or something?

But that’s just me maybe you’re fine

Lyin in some pretty girls’ arms tonight

I hope you’re well when the day is done

I hope you’re someone’s lover and someone’s son

 

Oh you picked me up when I was fallin'

Now I’m looking for Brent Rollins

Oh I just came to say that I was fallin'

Yeah you picked me up Brent Rollins

Brent Rollins...