"Liverpool"
Written by Nathan Carter, Nicky James and Joe McShane

Verse 1
Dirty knees, young boys dreams, music everywhere
Friendly ghosts, an old sign post, voices fill the air
A smiling Nan, a babies pram come strolling down the street
Its in me heart, I feel a part, of the Merseybeat
Verse 2
A soccer ball, an old brick wall, where children love to play
Sad times, back in 89, on that fateful day
Young and old, hearts of gold, on a marble stone
Hear our song, it echoes on, through "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Chorus
Oh town of pride, upon the tide beneath the Liverbirds
Witty rhymes, Church bell chimes, through deep and loving words
Memories, so tenderly, running through my mind
Liverpool, my shining jewel upon the Merseyside
 Verse 3
Cavern nights, old street lights, guitars that gently weep
Yesterday, seems far away, from Penny Lane and Lime Street                                              
George and John although you're gone, your melodies will stay   
Imagine, oh I imagine, if you were here today
Chorus


"Luke The Drifter" 

Written by Joe McShane and Jordan Mogey

 

Verse 1

I was listening to US 99 

Rap music just ain't country so I reached to change the dial

My radio broke up and set in flames

As the voice of Luke the drifter took the waves

Verse 2

I swear I saw his cadillac last week

driving down a Nashville street

& I detect a feeling in the air but then maybe that's just me

There's someone looks just like him in the crowd

Could be that Luke the drifters back in town

Verse 3

He could be in a bar in Tennessee 

Talking bout that day way back in 53'

It's true you just can't keep a good man down

Could it be that Luke the drifters back in town

Verse 4

He's been turning in his grave for so long now has he risen from the ground

I've never been a superstitious man

But I'm beginning to have doubts

Verse 5

2 days ago on Broadway I recall

A singer with an Alabama drawl

I saw his sad old face begin to frown

Could it be that Hank ain't welcome in this town

Verse 6

He threw his old guitar into the trunk and sped off South on 65

As the words of Luke the drifter filled the air

"I'm so lonesome I could cry'

I'm guessing that he's Alabama bound

Cause it's plain that Hank ain't welcome in this town


"Good Luck To The Girl"
Written by Nathan Carter and Joe McShane
Recorded by Nathan Carter

So good luck to the girl that stole my heart
Good luck to the girl who tore it apart
I see now it was meant to be
It was meant to be (Guitar solo)

There were times I thought that she was the one
And then my heart got broken and she was up and gone
Well how was I to know or even understand 
That your love was waiting to take me by the hand
Chorus
Good luck to the girl that stole my heart
Good luck to the girl who tore it apart
I see now it was meant to be
So Good luck to the girl who made me cry 
Good luck to the girl who passed me by
I see now it was meant to be
Verse 1
I guess I had to travel to learn my destiny
To find that someone special who's waitin' patiently
Well how was I to know or even understand 
That your love was waiting to take me by the hand
Verse 2
Chorus
Guitar Solo
Bridge
To all you sweethearts I wish you the best
You sure put my heart to the test Yeah!
Chorus x2
Tag You and I were always meant to be

"On The Boat To Liverpool"
Written by Nathan Carter, Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 
(Recorded by Nathan Carter on CD "Beautiful Life" Decca label)

Verse 1
Sailed away from the old North Wall 
Traveling feet gave me the call
Leaving a suit case in my hand
With the price of pint didn't eat a bite
There was good old Craic on the boat that night
As we left our homes in Ireland
Chorus
The lights they flickered from the shore 
The boat was rockin' too and fro
Heading for the docks of Liverpool           
We sang and danced the night away
The squeeze box and the fiddle played    
Steppin' off the boat in Liverpool 
Verse 2
Rise up at the crack of dawn
Working hard the whole week long
Night time I'd play me old guitar 
We sang together one and all
Side by side and standing tall
The craic was good down in the Liffey Bar
Chorus
The lights they flickered from the shore
The pub was rockin' too and fro
Down beside the docks of Liverpool
We sang and danced the night away
The squeeze box and the fiddle played
Steppin' out at night in Liverpool
Verse 3
Now that was many years ago
Good fortune came I'll have you know
Leavin' that old suitcase in my hand 
The time had come to bid adieu
To me good old pals in Liverpool 
Tomorrow I'll be back in Ireland
Chorus
The lights they flickered from the shore
The boat was rockin' too and fro
Heading from the docks of Liverpool 
We sang and danced the night away
The squeeze box and the fiddle played
Steppin' off the boat from Liverpool
Ah we're steppin' off the boat from Liverpool

 "In Gods Care"
Written by Margo O'Donnell and Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD)
(Also recorded on a single by Johnny Garvin)

Verse 1
As I stood that day upon the shore beneath the misty sky
Pure silence on our doorstep and a tear in every eye
I believe the birds stop singing for a moment on that day
A reflective pause was all around when mother passed away
Verse 2
Her worldly life now over and her new life just begun
An empty space within our home now this sad day has come
Left here with these memories so blessed to receive
Mom's watching over us tonight I truly do believe
Chorus
Mom I know you're with the angels singing softly up above
You're happy there with Dad I know rekindling your sweet love
I know you will watch over us with a love that's true and rare
Forever Mom be happy and live softly in Gods care
Verse 3
The time you spent right here on earth was filled with deeds of kindness
Showing us how best to live not one day passed with blindness
The path we took we owe to you, you helped us every way
Now God has brought you to his home where we'll meet again someday


"Bitter Sweet Thoughts"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker

Verse1
The light down low as we kneeled our heads all bowed in prayer
Remembering our loved ones, their names with God we shared
Then lovingly the holy water placed upon my head
As the oil lamp flickered till it died, beside my childhood bed
Chorus
These feelings of home, sure help when I'm alone
On life's precious journey, these memories will last
Bitter sweet thoughts of days long past
Verse 2
As I'm left here with my memories in an ever changing world
I see the lamp light by my bed, as childhood dreams unfurl
songs and stories I recall with love thats oh! so deep
My childhood thoughts I take each night, into my peaceful sleep



"A Bright New Irish Moon"
Written By Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 

Verse 1
Along the rocky shores at night beneath a starry sky
A lonely Mother walks the shore and with the night wind cries
Once again a son has gone in answer to our call
Dear God she whispers keep him safe as evening shadows fall
Verse 2
As our sons and daughters leave again and bid a sad goodbye
We stand here and watch them go with teardrops in our eyes
Yes once again our youth are gone in answer to our call
Dear God we pray especially as evening shadows fall
Chorus
Bring them home no more to roam, we look forward to the day
When we will hold them close again and proudly we will say
God bless you sons and daughters you'll be returning soon
Where a loving family waits beneath a bright new Irish Moon
Verse 3
In days gone by we saw our young leave their native soil
To search for work in far-off lands with heartache they did toil
They sent home riches never known Ireland stood proud and tall
Now once again we watch them leave from Cork to Donegal
Verse 4
We must be strong and before long we'll all unite together
like the mountains here in Ireland that cling on to the heather
But along the rocky shores at night beneath a starry sky
That Mother walks the lonely shore and with the night wind cries
Chorus

"My Home In Glenamoy"
Written by Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell

On the western coast of Ireland in the county of Mayo
At the northern part of Erris near the wild Atlantic shore
With loving family I was blessed and raised upon that soil
Sweet memories through misty eyes return to Glenamoy

As I recall those childhood days of when I was a boy
Fishing by the ocean, those days were filled with joy
Life was free and simple, sweet music filled the air
With friends and neighbors all around, my thoughts still linger there
Chorus
Sweet Glenamoy you'll always be loved deeply in my heart
But with the cruel hands of time, from you I had to part
To try and make my fortune in a far off land to toil
I always dream someday I will return to Glenamoy

As a gassoon I would wonder and though I'm far away
I see that rugged coastline not far from Blacksod Bay
Old pictures taken from the past of a land of youth and joy
My own dear Co Mayo and my home in Glenamoy

"Beside the River Lee"
Written by Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 

Verse 1
Each night I sing of Ireland the place where I was born
In song I travel through the towns, so precious one and all
One night a voice from long ago whispered soft to me
Oh sing a song from your heart of home across the sea
Verse 2
So I set out on a journey with a tune so sweet and old
I felt the music take me back my eyes were all aglow
Then a teardrop fell upon the ground for all the World to see
A song had brought me home again beside the river Lee
Chorus
I travelled down to Blarney and kiss that famous stone
And the lonely woods of Upton that stand there proud and tall
I passed once more thru Bandon, a place so dear to me
To my loving home in Ireland beside the River Lee
Verse 3
My dear Cork I miss you when I am far away
In dreams I often visit you at the close of everyday
With the boats along the harbour in Kinsale I long to be
Or visit Clonakilty thats nestled by the sea

"New Way Of Livin'"
Written by Joe Mc Shane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed CD')

Verse 1
Love suits us, just look at what its done
Its made us bloom like a flower to the sun
Folks say I've changed since I've seen you
Your friends are sayin' you're changing too
Chorus-
Its a new way of livin' I've never known before
A new way of life, now I've opened my hearts door
to this love that you're givin' it makes me shine
A new way of livin' with only you in mind
Verse 2
Lets go together on this journey through life
Just can't believe you're gonna be my wife
I've waited long for this day to come
Just you and me in a world of our own
Chorus



"Reflections"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD)

Verse 1
That old chevy had a rear view mirror, a little cracked but I could see that smile
In my daddys loving eyes then he’d wink as we clicked off the miles
He and mom would share a longing look, It was clear their love was heaven made
memories that stay with me and I know they’ll never fade
Chorus
Reflections in my mind
back when I was a child
I’ll never lose my direction
I find everything I need.... in my reflections
Verse 2
That sunlight was beaming through the window, an angels face looking back at me
In my wife's loving arms, a son and answer to our dreams
As they shared a loving look it was clear their bond was heaven made
Memories that stay with me and I know they’ll never fade
Chorus 2
Reflections in my mind
Through the eyes of a child
I’ll never lose my direction
I find everything I need.... in my reflections
Bridge
There in my rear view mirror, I see my fathers smile
Sittin' by his grandson as we click off the miles
Chorus

"Grain of sand"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

Verse 1
My tiny feet will never run the early mornin' lawn
Time for them was lost before the risin of the dawn
My race all done before I'd learned the smallest
steps to take
My fingers never touched the winning tape
Chorus-
I'll never walk the shores of life or know the tides of time
My only need is to be loved, thats my only crime
alone in your hands, a grain of sand
Verse 2
I wish that I could feel a springtime breeze blow through my hair
but stormy winds of thought closed in on motherhood's Gdespair
Please take me from this deep abyss where I can live my life
Lost here in the dark womb of the night
Chorus


"Back Around Again"
Written by Forrest Lee jr, Joe McShane and James Thacker
(Recorded by Joe McShane)

Verse 1
He told me I’d be back around again
I didn’t understand at the time
That this sort of love has no end
It’s the strongest tie we can ever bind

As years go by a boy becomes a man
And a father prays his son will be okay
Even though he tries to lend a hand
sometimes you have to let one get away
Chorus
You told me you’d be back around again
Somewhere winding down life’s bend
By letting go he seemed to know how the story ends
You told me I’d be back around again

I settled down this crazy life I,d lived
Came back to make peace with my dad
He said to me theres nothing to forgive
And whispered to me as I held his hand
Chorus
Bridge
Now tears of joy I’m crying and I hear my fathers voice
I see him in the blue eyes of my baby boy
Chorus


"Maybe Tomorrow"
Written by Gerry Carney, Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD)

Verse 1
When the sun comes up tomorrow I'll be thinking of you all
I know brick by brick we all saw the writing on the wall
It isn't very easy, leaving childhood dreams behind
Ireland is in my heart, Australia's on my mind
Verse 2
Just another morning, just another day
Get my gear together, and headed on my way
No one left to talk to, no one here to care
Thoughts of you from out of the blue, and I’m right back on this chair
Chorus
Maybe tomorrow I’ll get it all worked out
Leaving you and the place I love, will hurt beyond a doubt
But the good times they are over, we knew it couldn’t last
So I’m looking for a future, while living in the past
Verse 3
Can't find the number of someone that I knew
He did well in America and said I’ll do the same for you
I might go to Birmingham, I could book that flight today
My brother’s in Australia but that’s so far away
Chorus

"Erin, Tennessee"
written by Forrest Lee Jr, Joe McShane and Daniel O'Donnell
(Recorded by Daniel O'Donnell on "Live From Nashville" CD and DVD and "Ultimate Collection" CD)
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD) 

Verse 1
I left Ireland and crossed the Atlantic
At home once more there was no work to find
With a heavy heart I had to make that journey
With thoughts of friends and loved ones on my mind
Verse 2
I landed in New York then travelled Southward
The City life was never meant for me
I think it must have been God's plan to lead me
To a little town called Erin Tennessee
Chorus 1
There I felt I was back in my homeland
Far across the sea
Yes I found a little bit of Ireland
Way down in Tennessee
Verse 3
It was very soon I met a pretty lady
She set my heart a whirl for all to see
I wanted her to be my one and only
My Southern Belle from Erin, Tennessee
Chorus 2
As we walked the hills, I told her of my homeland
Far across the sea
I found love in that little bit of Ireland
Called Erin in Tennessee
Verse 4
We settled on green rolling pastures
It was there that she took my hand
And we lived and we loved and we raised our children
Far away from my own native land
Chorus 3
And now I often tell them of my homeland
Far across the sea
But we have a little bit of Ireland
Here in Erin, Tennessee

"My Own Dear Wexford Home"
Written by Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 

Verse 1
I left you many years ago, we've spent so long apart
On nights alone I feel it still, that aching in my heart
Memories come rushing back as thoughts begin to roam
To the place I love in Ireland, my own dear Wexford home
Verse 2
In dreams I visit Curracloe, Enniscorthy's Strawberry fair
I cross the river Barrow, how I wish I could be there
The famous Rosslare Harbour, as the ships rest in the bay
I see a vision of New Ross and lovely Kilmore Quay
Chorus
To the ceali at the weekend we'd head off down the road
And when the dance was over we'd all sing Boulavogue
How I wish for just a moment in those hills I used to roam
The place I love in Ireland, my own dear Wexford home
Verse 3
I can smell the turf fire though it burned out long ago
These pictures in my mind are engraved upon my soul
Someday I will return again to my dear native shore
And lovely Co Wexford where I'll live forever more
Chorus
To the ceali at the weekend we'd head off down the road
And when the dance was over we'd all sing Boulavogue
How I wish for just a moment in those hills I used to roam
The place I love in Ireland, my dear Wexford home
Oh! someday I will return again to my own dear Wexford home

"Natasha’s Song"
(Like A Leaf In A Stream)
Written by Joe McShane
Verse 1
Your thoughts drift away, to a far better place
Every once in a while, there's a smile on your face
Our hearts have been broken, and we’re hoping today
That soon all these sad times will all drift away
Chorus -
Cause you’ve got a future its waiting out there
All those hopes you once had, are gonna take you somewhere
So try to be patient and hold on to your dreams
Till this sadness will leave, like a leaf in a stream
Verse 2 same tune as chorus
Even as a little girl you were the light in your fathers eyes
You’ve got a mind of your own your conscience is clear
And you’ve done everything just right
As we sit by your bedside with hope and despair
We pray that these hard times will soon disappear
Chorus

"In The Glow Of The Light"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker
(Recorded by Lisa McHugh on single and "Dreams Come To Life" CD)

Chorus
My dream come to life, in the glow of the light
When they hit that switch it gets me, feelin' oh! so right
Every word I sing, my heart bells ring
My dreams come to life.....In the glow of the light
Verse 1
I’ve been counting up the miles and burning up the days
It’s well worth the wait when I finally hit the stage
A simple country girl so blessed to sing for you
I can think of nothing else that I would rather do
Chorus
My dream come to life, in the glow of the light
When they hit that switch it gets me, feelin' oh! so right
Every word I sing, my heart bells ring
My dreams come to life.....In the glow of the light
Verse 2
It started as a dream, to be a singing star
I feel it coming true, as I travel near and far
The fans are my true hero's and I want you all to know
I love you all and need you, as down this road I go
Chorus
Bridge
My hearts in every song as you all sing along
You really make me feel this is right where I belong
Chorus


"Love Me One More Time"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Composed" CD)
Also recorded by Nathan Carter on "Nathan" CD
And Susan McCann on numerous CDs

Verse 1
Each time I look at you, into your eyes of blue
I feel that friendly warmth you spread around
and no matter where I go I'll always love you so
words can't explain this happiness I've found
Chorus-
Make love to me once more just like you did before
I could easy spend my life just lovin' you
Love me one more time and tell me you are mine
I've never known a love that was so true
Verse 2
I feel your true heart pound our love has just been crowned
I've never felt a feelin' quite like this
and way down in my heart I hope we'll never part
so lets just once more seal it with a kiss
Chorus


"Tribute To Liz Anderson"
Written by Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell

Verse 1
 In the year of 27, in the state of Minnesota
The month of January, in the heart of that cold winter
Thats where a great songwriter, first opened up her eyes
I'm sure the howlin' wind that night sang a lullaby
Verse 2
When I was just a young girl, I joined the music scene
I'd pick out all the sweetest songs, and words I'd like to sing
I didn't know who wrote my favorite music way back then
But that writer was my hero, who became my dearest friend
Chorus
A master with her pen in hand, guitar upon her knee
many times out on her front porch she'd spend some time with me
She made me feel so special but that always was her way
With her heart of gold Liz Anderson, lives with me everyday
Verse 3
She told me how she wrote Merle Haggards, Fugitive one day
She wrote it with her husband, while driving down the highway
She said we've missed the turn, now thats an awful pity
Then Casey said down every road, there's always one more city
Chorus
A master with her pen in hand, guitar upon her knee
many times out on her front porch she'd spend some time with me
She made me feel so special but that always was her way
With her heart of gold Liz Anderson, lives with me everyday
Verse 4
Sometimes the brightest star you know will sit back in the shade
So pure, kind and truthful, a gift thats heaven made
I know we'll meet again someday, where life is evermore
Tonight your in Gods loving arms, upon that golden shore

Yes the year was 1930, in the state of Minnesota
The month was January, in the heart of that cold winter
Thats where a great songwriter, first opened up her eyes
I'm sure the howlin' wind that night sang a lullaby

Till we meet again my dearest friend, Liz Anderson Goodbye


"My Brother And My Friend"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker
(Recorded as a duet by Joe McShane and Nicky James on "Reflections" CD)

Verse 1
Your are my dear brother, thats why our voices blend
Same old family tree, standing by the rivers bend
The miles may come between us but never once kept us apart
The same blood goes through our veins and love runs through our hearts
Chorus
So here's my hand, its yours for ever more
Always remember, my hearts an open door
Yes here's my hand, its yours until the end
You've always been my hero, my brother and friend
Verse 2
We’ve taken different paths not knowing where they’d lead
But we’ll always be as one, there in times of need
I realize the days go by and years will surely pass
Distance never matters, as they say the dyes been cast
Bridge
You know you are my hero, true and stalwart to the end
I always think of you dear brother as my closest friend
Chorus with tag

"He Played His Farewell Song"
Written by Joe Cullen, Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell
(Recorded by Margo on "The World Through My Eyes" CD)

Verse 1
By the grotto at the old spring well he sat down a while
With the fiddle he so cherished on his knee
Old tunes ran through his mind, as they would an exile
And the sweet notes floated gently to the sea
Verse 2
In his home close by the rocky shore, he feared he'd see no more
The breeze it seemed to whisper won't you stay
Departing from his kin, this new life to begin
Just another son of Ireland going away
Chorus
He played his farewell song and the birds all sang along
On that morning down beside the old mill stone
Put the fiddle in its case tears rolled down his Mothers face
Both their hearts were torn as he walked off alone
Verse 3
He landed in Chicago, with his fiddle and his bow
And each night he'd play the tunes of Ireland
He met and wed his sweet heart reared a family build a home
No more we'll ever shake that fiddlers hand
Chorus
We played his farewell song and the birds still sing along
Like that morning down beside the old mill stone
Put Dad's fiddle in its case as a tear rolled down my face
Now with heavy hearts we stand here all alone
Just a story of a fiddler, long ago

"When I Met You"
Written By Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell 
(Recorded as duet by Joe McShane and Margo on "Reflections" CD)

Verse 1
In my life, no love light was shining
As I wondered around day by day
There were things that changed without a warning
And cupid sent his arrow down my way
Chorus
When I met you, my heart became a rainbow
Like after a storm, there comes the light
When I met you I just let my feelings show
Thanks to you and your sweet love that warms the night
Verse 2
Love that comes just once in every lifetime
Feelings we can never understand
A gift from heaven sent and I know that I'm
Holding your sweet love here in my hand
Chorus
Bridge
And from now on together our two hearts will fly
Way up to our rainbow, that we built you and I
Chorus
Tag

"A Tribute To Jean Shepard"
(In The Grand Ole Opry)
Written by Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell

Verse 1
From Pauls Valley Oklahoma where your family worked the land
To Visalia California and your first country band
Over 50 years upon these boards our lives became entwined
Thanks to you this country boy has got a satisfied mind
Verse 2
With old Ferlin Dear John letter became a number one song
It was good old country music, everyone would sing along
When I hear that lonesome steel guitar or a country fiddle play
Your voice rings through the hall of fame and it ain't never slippin' away
Chorus
So timeless on this road of life, your songs will never age
A flutter of our hearts ago, you stepped out on this stage
As the years go by so quickly, I thank God that we
Were blessed with you Jean Shepard, in The Grand Ole Opry
Verse 3
When someday you leave this circle and walk out those back stairs
Where so many times you entered as in answer to our prayers
You'll be waltzing with the angels to a good ole country song
As you go to meet some friends I know you've missed for so long
Chorus

"AnnMarie"
Written by Joe McShane, Myles McVeigh and James Thacker
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD)
Verse 1
I got a big old house, a pickup truck and a car that I don't drive
I got everything a man could need yeah I'm livin' up my life
Have lots of fun with everyone, footloose and fancy free
But I'd trade it all in a city minute for a girl named Ann Marie
Chorus
I need her lovin' I need a little soul.....
Someone to hold me tight and keep me under control
I'd give her everything she'd ever need a love you just can't buy
So AnnMarie won't you come with me, I need you by my side
Verse 2
I wanna hear you talk on a long slow walk, with the sun in your long black hair
As those dark brown eyes mesmerized, it would be like walkin' on air
Your in my mind I can't define the way you make me feel
If AnnMarie would come with me, my life would be complete
Chorus



"You've Got my Heart"
Written By Forrest Lee Jr, Joe McShane and John Pettifer

Verse 1
You've got my heart... in your hands and its breaking apart
I've held it together before,
those many nights that you walked out the door
This hurt won't stop even when you're home
And its hard to fix a heart that always gone
Verse 2
You've got my heart.... in your hands and its breaking apart
I'll gently rub some life back in our love
And pray we'll stay together long enough
But something has a stronger hold on you
Part of me's afraid to know the truth

You've got my heart in your hands and its breaking apart
Verse 4
You`ve got my heart in your hands and its breaking apart
Is there something I could say to change your mind
Something I could do to turn back time
Or maybe just find perfect words to say
That touch your heart and make you wanna stay


I Got Love, Love, Love For You
Written by Forrest Lee Jr, Joe McShane and James Thacker

Chorus
I got love, love love for you
From my hat down to my boots
The way you make me feel, I’m head over heels
I got love, love, love for you
Verse 1
I walked holes in both my shoes, trying to find me someone new
if I realize my fears this old hat won’t hold my tears
I got love love love for you
Chorus
Solo
Verse 2
I just had to fall in love, threw my hat to the stars up above
Your comfort in my soul I’m forever sold
I got love love love for you
Chorus
Verse 3
Oh you’ll never see me roam, my hat has found a home
my boots on solid ground, I’m gonna stick around
I got love love love for you
Chorus


"Never Gonna Let A Memory Burn"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker

Verse 1
 Nothing to say cause I don’t know
 Where the winds of fate are gonna make me blow
 Life’s been good no matter where I’m bound
 Got this show on the road I’ll be movin around
I’ll catch up to that rear view sometime
 Chorus
From town to town just doin’ my thing
Free as a bird carried on the wind 
Hanging on every twist and every turn (Cause I’m)  
Never gonna let a memory burn
 Verse 2
Driving along to some future dream
I'm never gonna quit it no siree
Had a good ole time with the folks last night
And I smile as it drifts out of sight
I know part of me stays behind
Chorus
Bridge
My back has never been against the wall.............
I hold on to the high's so I won't fall
Chorus

"Apple Blossom County"
Written by Joe McShane

Verse 1
The winters passed and now I see, the young flowers are sprayed
There's beauty all around, of natures wild bouquet
My faithful dog is at my feet, her work is done she sleeps
And for a while I'll watch the lambs at play
As morning sun beams down upon my face
Chorus
Soon I will leave Ard Mhacha I will miss you
My life has been imbedded within your rugged hills
Walking ore the mountains, I see her mist below
With music of natures special kind
Apple Blossom County.. Your Mine....
Verse 2
Things I took for granted, I'll think about tonight
My decision it came hard, to leave come morning light
Walking ore your mountains, I see her mist below
Then fields are bright as sun peeps through the haze
And lets the country start another day
Chorus
And now I will leave Ard Mhacha I will miss you
My life has been imbedded within your rugged hills
Walking ore the mountains, I see her mist below
With music of natures special kind
Apple Blossom County.. Your Mine....


"Give It All You Have"
Written by Joe McShane

Verse 1
Your leavin' me now its sunrise, place between us grows wide
I feel a burnin' in my eyes, its time to do some miles
Lookin' out on the runway with a dream in my heart
Hoping maybe that someday, it'll all be worth while
Chorus
But its still midnight in my mind last night
On board this 6am flight
You're still wrapped up in my arms
As my mind goes back in time I hear you say
Go on and take your chance
Keep on playin' make the people dance
Go on give it all you have
Don't look back later on and wish you had
You gotta give it all you have
Turnaround....
Verse 2
You stayed with me through thick and thin
unlocked your heart and you let me in
I hope you know as I go away, you made my life begin
Now levelled off in a clear blue sky, 30,000 feet high
My body has no heart or mind, as back down to you they fly
Chorus
2nd part of Chorus


"The Years They Seemed Like Days"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker
(Recorded by Margo on "The World Through My Eyes" CD)

Verse 1
She recalls just how they met on that wet and windy day
On the way to work that morning he stole her heart away
He threw his coat around her with rough and calloused hand
and she felt the gentle nature of that hard working man
Verse 2
They were meant to be together but she found herself alone
He had to travel far away there was no work at home
But she knew it was true love right from the very start
cause even when he had to leave they never grew apart
Chorus 1
And the days they seemed like years counted in her tears
With little time together she held his memory near
Waitin for that precious morning he’d come through the door again
And she ‘d look into those smiling eyes of that hard working man
Verse 3
Sometimes he'd work the farms and deep down in the mine
At night he found it hard to sleep as he waited for the time
When he'd hold his darling closely, a few weeks in every year
And his children grew up wishing that there Daddy could be here
Verse 4
They brought him back one morning, never more he'd have to roam
He seemed to look contented that God had brought him home
His wifes poor heart was broken, as she wiped the tears away
Saying I'll meet you up in heaven and a bright and happy day
Chorus 2
And the years they seem like days counted in her tears
With little time together she'll hold his memory near
Waiting for that precious morning they'll meet at heavens door again
And she‘ll look into those smiling eyes of her hard working man



"I'll Hold On To Your Coat"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker
(Recorded by Margo on "The World Through My Eyes" CD)

Verse 1
when I felt your coat against me, I felt safe and sound
a comforting feeling as it pressed against my brow.
a special place to be still in my deepest thoughts
how I often warmed inside the only coat you ever bought
Verse 2
To me it was the sweetest place I have ever known
as a child I hung on tight never wanting to let go
When I pressed against that old brown coat your fingers combed my hair
now every time I hold it close I can feel you there
Chorus
your gentle smiling eyes would light up the darkest room
your heart was like a rainbow on stormy afternoon
You were always there a hand that I could hold
So till we meet again.. Mom I'll hold on to your coat
Verse 3

that old brown coat is faded but to me it’s good as new
and full of precious memories I know I’ll never lose
that special place is always still in my deepest thoughts
Oh how much it means to me, the only coat you ever bought


"I'll Move On"
Written by Forrest Lee Jr, Joe McShane and James Thacker

Verse 1
As I drive along the highway
Trees passing by me
It's the time of year there colors start to change
If It could stay like this forever
But I know it's for the better
Giving life a chance to turn another page
Chorus
And I'll move on
Though I stand alone
As seasons come
and reasons go
I'll move on
Sometimes alone
Through seasons gone
Like sand from stone
Verse 2
As I kneel beneath the steeple
I pray for all the people
Who showed me love when I had lost my way
I'm so glad that I've been given
This life so full of livin
And my memories shine as bright as any day
Chorus
Bridge
As from a child we grow
leaves fall before the snow
Then come spring it starts all over again
Chorus

"My Silverbridge Home"
Written by Joe McShane

Chorus
I am a wondering country boy, I've travelled far and near
But of all the places that I have been, there's none like my home so dear
Verse 1
I have friends all over this country, Ireland I love to roam
But my heart belongs around the hills of my dear old Silverbridge home
Turnaround
Verse 2
There's a little place beside the bridge, its name is Umeracam
And its where I want to spent my days, when all of my travelin's done
Chorus
Verse 3
Well my travelin' days are nearly ore and today I'm returning home
And I'll settle back in Silverbridge and never again will I roam


"Words Don't Reach My Heart"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker
(Recorded by Lisa McHugh on "Dreams Come To Life" CD")
(Also recorded by Joe McShane on "Reflections" CD)

Verse 1
was a darkness in his days though he tried to find the light
thought of her each morning and as he lay awake at night
His faith was truly shaken as he fought to understand
why he had to say goodbye as he held her folded hands
Verse 2
Sadness turned to anger and then to disbelief
how the lord could give and take away such a precious gift
The little girl that once held her daddys loving hand
would not grow up to share his smile it wasn’t in gods plan
Chorus
He said they tell me she's in heaven but the words don’t reach my heart
It’s hard to feel a thing since my world was torn apart
Cant find a rainbow in the middle of the dark
They tell me she's in heaven but the words don’t reach my heart
Verse 3
looking back he wonders just how did he survive
and somehow found his way, into the light
now every time she comes to mind, in a quiet prayer
he thanks God for watching over his darling girl

He says they tell me she's in heaven and the words they reach my heart
It's hard to feel a thing when your worlds been torn apart
But now I’ve found a rainbow in the middle of the dark
Cause I know that she's in heaven, I feel it in my heart
Yes I know that she's in heaven, I feel it in my heart

"Margarita"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker

Verse 1
Those blue eyes struck like lightning as they flashed across the room
In that crowded City restaurant beneath a lovers moon
I felt the hand of fate when all your friends had gone
we got to know each other as night slipped into dawn
Ever since that moment I knew what I’d found
My feet they barely touch the ground
Chorus
Margarita, I can feel ya
go from my heart to my head
Margarita, intoxicating, seniorita
Youre my blue eyed margarita
Verse 2
Now I cant get enough of drinking in your stare
And I still get that feeling that I’m floating in the air
yeah that crowded city restaurant flew me up to lovers moon
those blue eyes struck like lightning as they flashed across the room


"The Emerald Gem"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker

Chorus
From the North to the South, from the East to the West
We're leaving our home once again
From Larne down to Cork and from Achill to Dundalk
You hold back a tear for your family and freinds
As you take a last look at the emerald gem
Verse 1
Once again from our home we travel the globe
Our hearts beating fast through the sky
Up in the clouds with our dreams we are bound
Looking down as the day turns into night
We take a last look at the Emerald Isle
Bridge
Did we learned from the past when we left in a mass
We’ve seen those hard times come around again
As we take a last look at the emerald gem
Chorus
From the North to the South, from the East to the West
We're leaving our home once again
From Larne down to Cork and from Achill to Dundalk
You hold back a tear for your family and freinds
As you take a last look at the emerald gem

As we stare past the wings we’ll keep you in our dreams
And hope that someday to return home once again
As we take a last look at the emerald gem
As we take a last look at the emerald gem
As we take a last look at the emerald gem
At the emerald gem


"Green Hills Of Slane"
Written By Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker

Verse 1
I had a dream that seemed so real
Those mountains called my name
And I felt a peaceful feeling
Back around the hills of Slane
I was happy just to be back home,
With my people once again
And those rugged hills that once I roamed
Where like my dearest friends
Chorus
So roll through my dreams you beautiful hills
Through valleys of green my lovelies still
Roll through my dreams you beautiful hills
Back from where I came, around green hills of Slane
Verse 2
In my dream I saw the castle gates
Patrick standing there
The fire behind him radiates
A love we all could share
The curlew singing in my ears
Their sound in dreams lives on
Awake their silence brings a tear
But in sleep they're never gone
Chorus


"Just One Single Rose"
Written by Joe McShane, James Thacker and Patricia Touhy

Verse 1
A boy heard mom and dad say happy anniversary
He looked a little puzzled and it was plain to see
He wondered why one flower so they told him he should know
The reason why his daddy give Mom just a single rose
Verse 2
when first I saw your father he handed me a rose
A simple loving gesture with hopes that it would grow
They took him to the garden his sister by his side
Be patient Son his Momma said each time that he'd asked why
Chorus
You kids may not have noticed all these roses here before
But we know someday you’ll find someone and plant a whole lot more
The scent was all around when the flowers they came close
All the love out in that garden began with just one single rose
Verse 3
You see the pink and red ones there we planted them with Love
For the days you and your sister were sent from god above
And just behind them two more grow there colors white and blue
For your grandma and your grandpa that had so much love for you
Verse 4
The boy then said hey Dad his words a little scrambled
I saw them colors in the glass case shape like a triangle
You know the one with strips and stars a medal at its side
That says Grandpa was a fireman, who bravely gave his life
Chorus


"Me And Moms Best Friend"
Written by Joe McShane, John Pettifer and James Thacker

Verse 1
on the day that we first met, I just knew
I would build my life around you
mama held you close and you opened up your eyes
tears of joy we both cried
Verse 2
Your first day of school, we watched you go
couldn’t believe how much you’d grown
next thing we knew you were college bound
more tears came rolling down
Chorus
I used to think, you were just for me
But now I know its plain to see
Everybody always wants to be your friend
You bring to us, so much joy
you'll always be our little boy
And you're my buddy, till the very end
But most of all You're me and Mams best friend
Verse 3
While you were off at school you fell in love
we watched you take your vows like us
soon our first grandchild opened up his eyes
More joyful tears we cried
Chorus
Bridge
Look how the years have flown Oh how that boy has grown
Guess thats the way its meant to be....
Chorus


"That's Loving All You Can"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker

Verse 1
Love your fellow man when he least deserves it,
because that's the time when he most needs it
Try to live your life within Gods plan
When your feeling hurt and you're so belittled
Show strength and try to be forgiven
Thats when your lovin' all you can
Chorus
Love all you can
Though there's times you may not understand
Forgiveness and the reaching of an ever healing hand
love all you can to be a gentle humble man
Thats lovin' yes thats lovin' all you can
Verse 2
You may feel sometimes it goes unrewarded
But those little acts of kindness will be seen by the lord
Its clearly part of our saviours plan
You are in control of this destiny before you
Just let go and let your heart be true
Thats when you're lovin' all you can
Chorus


"Christmas Spirit"
Written By Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker

1st Verse
3 years old sittin' at the table
Talking to an empty chair then she began to sing
Its a lovely Christmas party, thanks for sitting by me
You look so beautiful today, I love your angel wings
2nd Verse
Me and Mom were so confused wondering what our girl was doing
As we watched our little daughter smiling at an empty chair
An imaginary friend my love, is that what you are seeing
She said no it is my angel and he sitting down right there
1st Chorus
He didn't ask this world for much just to love each other
Is it so very hard to love your sister and your brother
She pointed into emptiness then her face began to frown
My angel looks so sad today, I think we've let him down
3rd Verse
I believe a gift from God was sent to show each of us the way
We should listen to our children at that very tender age
Oh the pureness of a 3 year old so simple and true
Sent to teach us all oh lord to be a little more Like you
Spoken
In a stable in bethlehem so much love was born that night
A baby opened up his eyes and filled our world with light
We still love you baby Jesus and we're so sorry that we've sinned
Please help us walk out from this shadow and live in peace and joy again
Last Chorus
He didn't ask this world for much just to love each other
Is it so very hard to love your sister and your brother
Now that emptiness is gone lets fill the world with peace again
Feel the love of Baby Jesus through eyes of all our children
Lets open up our hearts and let our baby Jesus in.


"She comes from near Killarney"
Written by Forrest Lee Jr and Joe McShane

Verse 1
Well I took a little trip across the sea, to see where my folks came from
Where I met a little who stole my heart now I'm head over heels in love
Chorus
She comes from near Killarney, up in those Kerry hills
She means everything to me and she always will
Now we have a little home in the mountains kissing the sky above
With a pretty little girl who stole my heart and I'm head over heels in love
Verse 2
I called Mom and Dad the other day and told them on the phone
My heart lives here and I'm going to stay, with the girl I call my own
Chorus 2
She comes from near Killarney, up in those Kerry hills
She means everything to me and she always will
Now we have a little girl of our own she's a gift from God above
With beautiful eyes of emerald green just like the girl I love
Chorus 3
She was born here near Killarney, up in those Kerry hills
she means everything to me and she always will
I love our home in the mountains kissing the sky above
With two pretty little girls that stole my heart now I'm head over heels in love


"Dan and Molly's"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell, and James Thacker


Verse 1
Have you ever been down to Dan and Molly's
Oh! there's singin' and dancin' and a crowd so jolly
You'll never forget, such a wonderful night of joy
Cead mile failte from the folks around here
Ceoil agus craic and a creamy beer
In that wonderful magical village of Ballyboy
Chorus
Its been there since the sound of the horses hoof
Stands on the corner with an old thatched roof
A million lovely aires were sung inside
What a dear old couple, hearts of gold
Though the years pass by we all grow old
Dan and Molly's forever in my mind
Verse 2
It's a place you'll never find a frown
A smile is served with every round
If you're hearts been broke this place will help it mend
Sure everyone here makes you feel at home
No one left sittin' on their own
No such thing as a strangers we're all friends
Chorus
Its the pride of Co Offaly
With a rattle of the spoons upon me knee
Oh fun and laughter ringing round the walls
Beside the mountains of Slieve Bloom
Its there you'll hear the sweetest tune
In Dan and Molly's, down in Ballyboy
Chorus


"Around Me All The Time"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker

Verse 1
Speaking to my Lord I was telling him I miss my dad today
He said... just look around you'll find my love it never goes away
He told me how he'd lost his son and had to bear a sadness known to few
And even though I've left this earth I always will be near to comfort you
Verse 2
I bowed my head a little and realized the wisdom of his prayers
That all of us can listen, well enough for even whispers, to be heard
It's comforting to know there's someone to share my troubles with
And remind me each and every day that I've been given such a perfect gift
Chorus
and he's around me all the time
all I need to do is close my eyes
To see that loving smile and his arms open wide
he's around me all the time
Verse 3
This simple conversation stopped my weary heart from wondering
He said I'm always here for you, all you need to do is let me in
I said you've done so much, reminding me of love that's always there
And thank you lord for listening and please tell my dad he's ever in my prayers
Chorus
And You're around me all the time
All I need to do is close my eyes
To see that loving smile and your arms open wide
You're around me all the time
Tag
To see that lovin' smile and your arms open wide
You're around me all the time


"Tennessee I'll Be Back In A While"
(I'm Crossing The Tennessee River)
Written by Joe McShane/James Thacker

Verse 1
I'm gonna meet my Georgia princess
The tastiest peach I've ever known
She volunteered as my Tennessee lover
And way back in those hills we'll make our home
Chorus
So I'm crossing the Tennessee River
With a little girl from Georgia on my mind
Smilin' as I pass through Chattanooga
Tennessee I'll be back in a while
Verse 2
I work all week then drive across that river
Yes Friday night I'm crossing that state line
The time away has made my poor heart shiver
But she’ll warm my heart and make me feel just fine
Chorus
Verse 3
This weekend I’ll be coming back a singing
With my little Georgia princess by my side
She’s rollin’ home with me on Sunday evening
And way back in those hills we’ll take our time
Chorus 2
So We're crossing the Tennessee River
With a little girl from Georgia by my side
Smilin' as we pass through Chattanooga
Tennessee I'll be back in a while


"Donegal"
Written by Forrest Lee Jr and Joe McShane

Verse 1
Standing by the ocean in my native Donegal
My brothers and my sisters left and now I miss them all
I was chose to be the one to take care of the home
Now Mam and Dad have passed away its now I feel alone
Verse 2
I know that from your letters you still miss Ireland
I hope you know I miss you too as I stand here on the strand
I realized you've settled now, with children of your own
As I look at all the pictures in the letters you send home
Chorus
But I can still remember though years have drifted by
The happiness within our house its where our tears where dried
We played our games among these hills and sang the nights away
Then we'd kneel and pray together at the end of every day
Verse 3
So many of our young ones had to leave where they were born
As Moms and Dads stood waving, while inside there hearts were torn
To see them all at home again, our hearts will always yearn
With a Cead Mile Failte on the day of there return
Chorus
I can still remember though years have drifted by
The happiness within our house its where our tears where dried
We played our games among these hills and sang the nights away
Then we'd kneel and pray together at the end of every day




"Here We Are Again Tonight"
Written by Joe McShane, Margo O'Donnell and James Thacker

Chorus
Here we are again tonight like old friends by firelight.
I can't express how much you mean to me
Through a world of up and down, you've always been around
And made my life a perfect melody
Verse 1
I set out on my road of life a child of 13 years
With thoughts of home and family voices singing in my ears.
Before I knew what hit me I'd recorded my first song
It all happened so quickly and I just seemed to tag along
Verse 2
Dad said please watch ore the family when he went away to soon
I agreed Because for me my Father hung the moon
I grew up so very quickly to keep my promise made
I didn't realize that God was showing me the way
Chorus
Now we are again tonight like old friends by firelight.
I can't express how much you mean to me
Through a world of up and down, you've always been around
And made my life a perfect melody
Verse 3
Looking out from my front door I see the great Atlantic Shore
Each night in my dreams I see my native home once more
But my life's been blessed to share so many happy hours with you
I hope you know this country girl will always love you to
Chorus


"How Wild Would Wildwood Be"
Written by Joe McShane and James Thacker

Verse 1
Two more miles to Wildwood a place that I have never been
gas is lookin cheaper here so I'll just pull on in
A voice pours from my radio and warns how we could fall
As I pass a sign proclaiming these girls will bare it all
Chorus
I'm wondering how wild would Wildwood be
But I just missed the exit so I guess I'll never see
The preacher keeps on preaching and I'm listening to his show
He says if you stop in Wildwood your souls headin' down below
But a part of me still wonders how wild would wildwood be.
Verse 2
A few more miles slip by another sign tempts me again
The war is wages on inside between a life of good and sin
Commercial break is over preacher's back now on the show
For the second time tonight I wonder, guess I'll never know
Chorus
Verse 3
I pulled off at a truck stop and glance through the CD'S
They have one from that preacher man that saved a wretch like me
I buy it so I'll have a way to save my soul from sin
Now any time I see those signs I'll pop the preacher in
Chorus 2
I'm wondering how wild would Wildwood be
But I stay on the high road with the help of that CD
And the preacher keeps on preaching though the signals out of reach
I avoid the wrong road listening to the way that fella speaks
It keeps me from thinking how wild would Wildwood be
But part of me still wonders, how wild would Wildwood be


"At The Foot Of Slieve Gullion"
Written By Joe McShane and Margo O'Donnell

Verse 1
There's a lovely place in Ireland, known as the ring of Gullion
I cherish all the good times in that place that once was home
Yes all around that mountain, there are special kind of people
At night when I am dreamin', my heart I wonders down them roads
Chorus
To the place where you'll find the warmest greeting
At the foot of Slieve Gullion where the Cully Waters flow
Neighbors helping one other, ceali dancing in the evening
And the tae pot always ready if someone came through the door
Verse 2
Way back in my memory standing at the front door
Thinking of the good times and wishing I could stay
I slowly walked that morning, across our kitchen floor
I still see Mam and Dad as they wiped the tears away
Chorus
Verse 3
Its many years ago that I started on my journey
Thinking way back then, I'd be gone for just a while
To try and make a livin' and send my folks some money
In dreams I journey back those many thousand miles


"Mama Taught Me How To Pray"
Written by Joe McShane

I was raised by my dear mother, me and my 2 brothers
She taught us how to pray and showed us love
With all her love and knowledge, she put us all through college
Though dad walk out she never held a grudge

In the hospital that day, when my Mother passed away
I heard a strange voice calling down the hall
I peeped into a room and underneath the tubes
I could see an old mans bed against the wall

He said you know I've retired, from hangin' round the bars
And I quit drinkin' and smokin' cigarettes
Soon I'll be fit to run 10 miles, then he winked an eye
Then I heard the whistle coming from his chest

There was something kinda strange, as I looked into his face
A likeness to someone I should know
Then I recognized that smile, from all those years gone by
But I just couldn't let my feelings show

He said you know there was a time, I'd drive the women wild
Then he stared at me and then said who are you
I wanted to say Dad, I'm the eldest son you had
As I tried to hold a tear from coming through

I thought about his wife, who'd stood by us all her life
And single handed raised a family
I can't hate him anymore, cause when I look in the mirror
I see his face looking back at me

I layed him in his grave, I know mom would have done the same
She raised us all to live the christian way
I just wished I could have known why he had to leave our home
And I thank god my Momma taught me how to pray

"My Friend"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

Verse 1
Its hard to recall all you're thoughts on the phone
I just call to let you know I arrived safely home
The flight it was lonesome just like our good bye
But the note you sneaked into my bag consoled me
my friend, through the sky
Verse 2
I'll miss those nights we spent all alone
as the storms raged outside we talked on and on
Our thoughts we exchanged on those dark stormy nights
made a friendship to help and console me, my friend
through my life
Chorus-
My dearest friend don't you ever change
You'll be in my mind till we meet up again
Sittin' on a shelf inside my heart
Though there's many miles between us my friend
we'll never part
Verse 3
Well so long for now gonna hang up the phone
I just called to let you know I arrived safely home
Though we're far apart memory's just around the bend
But the truth is I'm lonesome for you, my friend
Chorus-
(Tag) The truth is I'm lonesome for you, my friend


"Screw Guilt"
Written by  Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

A clever way of talkin' entangles my existence
between love I have inside and the way you make me feel
You tell me you're a friend but cause some nights to never end
Sometimes I wonder is your love so real
Chorus-
Screw guilt when you don't offend nobody
and all those so-called friends when they try to drag you down
For every little wrong in life, some people charge you twice the price
Screw guilt, don't let it come around. Screw guilt or it'll nail you down

One in every crowd feels the way that I do
Someone they think is close to them will turn around and say,
carefully chosen words that hit so deep inside it hurts
Makes you feel your world is torn apart
Chorus

"If you find the right one"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

Verse 1
For years going crazy searchin' for love
Then I made my decision it was time to give up
So I set out to travel on life's open sea
Never suspecting where the waves would take me
Chorus-
So keep your mind open for life will pass by
And if you find the right one let your bodies entwine
Let your hearts swim together from the tiniest stream
Let it Flow with the river till its big as the sea
Verse 2
Well I know you don't find love, it will find you
Its one of life's gifts, to a chosen few
It can lift you up high and at times cause you pain
but with love at the helm, you just don't have a say
Chorus
"The Irish In Chicago"
Written by John McDonagh and Joe McShane

Verse 1
I won't forget that morning when I left my native land
Kissed my Mother on the cheek and shook my Fathers hand
He said son just remember, don't ever feel alone
We'll always be here for you, if you need to come back home
Verse 2
As I started on my journey, my heart thundered in my chest
Felt like turning back again but I vowed I'd try my best
So with fear and some excitement, I stepped on board that plane
With thoughts of Ireland with me and when I'd return again
Chorus
Well I'm over here on a foreign land but God it feels like home
There's people here from Donegal, Cork, Dublin and Mayo
There's no time for feeling lonesome, for you're always on the go
With the Irish in Chicago, its my home away from home
Verse 3
Through out the years I've traveled back to Ireland when I could
The old folks always welcome me and hope I'm home for good
I think of how my life has been and where I'd like to be
In this City where I'm livin' or my home across the sea
Chorus




"My Dear Father I've Loved You"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)
also recorded by Margo on "Stories In Song" CD 

I prayed for you to go
though I couldn't love you more
Now my heart is broke and feel so alone
The tears they filled my eyes
as I listened to your sighs
Now I stand beside your marble stone
And as Christmas comes again
I am missing my best friend
As the candle in my window it grows dim
That lovin' smile has gone
Of one great gentleman
who was love by everyone that ever knew him
Chorus-
I will try to walk your footsteps
I may miss a step or two
And though we never spoke about it
My dear father I've loved you

As a boy upon your knee
You would sing your songs to me
Then when I grew up we shared a song or two
Oh! no more music, no more songs
its so lonesome since you've gone
but I know God has found a special place for you
My brother and I
Held your hands untill you died
Him one side of your bed and me the other
And we both prayed that you would go
until your hands fell cold
Dad we just couldn't bear to see you suffer
Chorus-
(Tag)
And I hope you left us knowing we were all
so proud of you




 "State of the heart"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

Verse 1
Starin' through the wind shield on the highway reflecting where I've been
Sometimes a little doubt will cross my mind when I'm somewhere in between
But I love this life I'm livin' and I know that I should thank my lucky stars
And tomorrow's just a step along the road to a new state of the heart
Chorus-
State of the heart, it's somewhere in between the roads
of yesterday and lost dreams in the night
Its south of tomorrow, just before a new day starts
and somewhere in the middle of it all is the state of the heart
Verse 2
New feelings every night, make it awful hard to leave behind
But chasin' after dreams is the way my life has been for quite a while
And though this night is over and once more I drive into the night
I hope to travel down this road again in a new state of the heart
Chorus 


"I Got The 12 Bar Blues"
Written by Forrest Lee Jr, Joe Lamont and Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane)

Verse 1
Well don't talk to me right now
It was a wild night on the town
Was in so many bars, had way too many rounds
Now I can't even tie my shoes
I got the 12 bar blues
Verse 2
Yeah I sang with the band
I even asked for her hand
Got down on my knees and begged the barmaid please
Now I feel like a fool
I got the 12 bar blues
Chorus
I need a shot of somethin'
A little hair of the dog
Cause I got me a guilty conscience
I can't shake it off

So don't talk to me right now etc,,


"Felix's Mexican Restaurant"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD

If she thinks I'm sad now she's gone
well her mind must be leadin' her on
Just look at these beautiful women
Hey Felix! them lights need a dimin'
Chorus-
And some more salt tequila and lime
I'm havin' one hell of a time
in Felix's mexican restaurant
Who cares about the sunrise

Hey! Felix a taxi for nine
cause I think that this red head is mine
When I asked her if she would go
She winked and that sure don't mean no
Chorus-

Well I hear a knock on my door
And I hurt from my head to the floor
Its my girlfriend, says she's back home to stay
But she says I must change my ways
Chorus- Hey no more salt tequila and lime etc,,

Well my heads in a sort of a whirl
In my room there's a red headed girl
Now Felix you sure done it this time
With your salt tequila and lime
Chorus- Hey! no more salt tequila and lime etc,,


"How can you still love me Mama"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD) 

Chorus
How can you still love me mama
and the way you've been hurt many times
I know you've had many heartaches
and a lot of that heartache was mine
Your life has'nt been very rosy
but you never gave no one the blame
You've had sorrow enough for two lifetimes
though I never once heard you complain
Verse 1
Throughout my life I've been foolish
throughout my life I've been wild
Though there are those who don't like me
theres a love for me still in your eyes
Its a miracle how just one person
could be born to have so much love
Mother you're one in a million
There's someone watching you from above
Chorus
And how can you still love me mama
the way you've been hurt many times
I know you've had many heartaches
and a lot of that heartache was mine
(Spoken)
Of all the words I've ever said
and I've wrote and I've sung quite a few
(Sang)
This one to me is most special
Mama just to say I love you



"The world through your eyes"
Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Joe McShane on "Joe McShane Composed" CD)

Verse 1
Thank you for your company and the time you spent with me
My ignorance has faded and its now I can see
I've learned a lot about my life just talking here with you
Its plain to see that you were blessed with innocence and truth
Chorus-
Some say you don't understand a thing that's goin' on
But you always look so happy when every day is done
They say you're always walkin' round looking at the sky
but I'd love to see the world my friend by looking through your eyes
Verse 2
Its funny how the rest of us can think we're always right
While your inocence my friend will let you sleep at night
While you're walking round and smiling no one ever see's you frown
The rest of us are busy running one another down
Verse 3
Well thanks once more for spending this your precious time with me
And I hope that every morning you'll waken up to be
Just as happy as you are right now and it will always keep
But I'll leave you now I see your big blue eyes are needing sleep
Chorus


"Picture on the piano"
Written by Joe McShane, James Thacker and Margo O'Donnell

Verse 1
That crazy day in Nashville, I’d been playin all day long
You sat down beside me and joined me in on a song
four hands on the piano and two drinks from the bar
One wild night underneath the Tennessee Stars
Chorus
Got a photo that my buddy took when we met that day
A moment captured side by side that afternoon on Broadway
All along I guess we knew you would have to go
And leave an empty heart, half a song and picture on the piano
Verse 2
Now you’re back in Austin I’m wishin you were here
A song we almost finished ringing in my ears
Started drinking lone star to hold the memory
As I sit here trying to revive, the sweetest melody
Chorus
Verse 3
When you walked in your Texas swing set Tennessee on fire
you got this good ole country boy shakin with desire
Been hoping I can find the words to bring you back again
I'll keep playing half a song and until then
Chorus I got a photo etc,,


"I Almost Touch A Rainbow"
Written by Gerry Carney, Margo O'Donnell and Joe McShane

Verse 1
God sent us down an angel and it really changed our lives
A smiley face of wisdom a cheeky look in those blue eyes
My child sent down from heaven a sweetheart young and true
No need to chase the rainbows they all come to visit you
Verse 2
I often prayed to my dear lord, that you lived in my world
To know how much I love you as my tears they drop like pearls
then a big smile opens up the night, just like a silvery Moon
Your eyes begin to sparkle and you light up every room
Chorus
As I reach out I almost touch a rainbow
But I guess that heaven only knows
If a message from my heart can truely be
A sign that you can feel it knowingly
This love I have inside for you my baby
Verse 3
They say there is a reason for all within Gods plan
We sometimes shouldn't question what we don't understand
A smile a clear blue sky at play in dreamy games
As I watch you sleep I realize our paths are just the same
 

"My Side Of The Road"

Written by Joe McShane
(Recorded by Daniel O'Donnell, John Glen, Sean Wilson, Kevin Pendergast and Joe mcShane)

Verse 1

Walking with my children, in the good old country side

Sharing all my time with them, fills me up with pride

Teaching them the good life, makes me full of joy

The way my daddy taught me, back when I was a boy

Verse 2

That was so long ago but its in my memory still

When I think about the old folk, it give my heart a thrill

There was never any money, just a good old loving was

Now the place the I was raised in, is where I'll always stay

Chorus

Some people like to travel, far across the foam

But I'll always be contented, just to stay at home

If you travel there's big money or so I have been told

But I think the grass is greener, on my side of the road

Verse 3

I'd love to see grandchildren, around this old homestead

If the good lord he will spare me, to see my children wed

I hope you show your young ones, the love I've shown to you

Then I'll die in peace of mind and let the old turn into new
Chorus