Never Looking Behind

by Reagan Boggs

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Songwriters can be stereotyped as being gifted lyricists without the ability to stretch a note. Reagan Boggs is an accomplished songwriter with a voice that can captivate a room. Like a Julie Miller, Lucinda Williams, or Mindy Smith, she delivers well crafted compositions with natural soul and passion.

Reagan's first solo release in nearly ten years, Never Looking Behind could be classified Country, AAA, Alt Country, or Americana; it's up to the listener and the critic's discretion. For Reagan, the sound is finally her. “The songs that I write are country, but there's always a touch of rock, blues or a little bluegrass in there somewhere. I am now very comfortable in my own skin, and I've taken the mixed-up hodgepodge of blues country and rock and have found a home in Americana. The new record is more “me” than anything I've ever done. Not me trying to be a rock singer or a blues singer. It's very natural and real. I am very excited about it. Eric [Fritsch - Producer] has done an outstanding job . . . we talked about how I wanted this to sound and he has just flat out nailed it!

The album features 11 tracks, including 8 Boggs originals. It begins with the upbeat driving song, Share Them With You. “This song has to be one of my favorites, it's about being on the road and taking in all the little things you see along the way, and in the meantime, wanting to share all those things with someone who can't be there.” The album rounds out with a cover of that classic Son Volt tune "Tear Stained Eye," and a duet with Scott Miller (V-Roys, the Commonwealth), performing “Jackson,” the June Carter and Johnny Cash hit from the late 60s. It closes with a soft love song written by her friend Scotty Melton.

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released January 26, 2006

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Track Name: Can't Love You Anymore (Than I Already Do)
I hate how you make me feel
I stay so mixed up all the time
I hate how you leave me hangin’
‘cause you can never make up your mind
No matter how I play this
I’m still all wrong for you
And I’ve finally got it through my head
I can’t love you anymore
Than I already do

I hate how you make want you
I wish I could see you but you’re not here
I hate how you’re so damned stubborn
Given excused about all your fears
And no matter what I say
There’s no reason to continue
I finally got it through my head
I can’t love you anymore
Than I already do

Bridge:
I love how you held me close
Your eyes and that sneaky smile
You’re nothing short of wonderful
A little troubled by still worthwhile
How this got so twisted
I haven’t got a clue
I’ve finally figured out that
I can’t love you anymore
Than I already do

I hate how you make me feel
I stay so mixed up all the time
I hate how you leave me hangin’
‘cause you can never make up your mind
No matter how I play this
I’m still all wrong for you
And I’ve finally got it through my head
I can’t love you anymore
Than I already do
Track Name: Close at a Distance
It’s still early August
Ninety-two in the shade
But I’m shivering
Chewing over decisions I’ve made
Did I ask too much?
Have I lost your trust?
So Impatient to the point
That I pushed you Away
Forgive me if
I don’t know what to say

Never before have I felt the need
To be with someone so strongly that I’d beg and plead
I search for minutes of every moment
For a chance to be in your presence
It’s so hard to be
Close at a distance


The room is dark
I’m staring at the ceiling
I wish we could talk
So I’d know what you’re feeling
If I could take it back
I damn sure would
You’re uncomfortable
That was never my intention
Forgive me
If I just have to mention

Never before have I felt the need
to be with someone so strongly that I’d beg and plead
I search for minutes of every moment
For a chance to be in your presence
It’s so hard to be
Close at a distance

Maybe I spoke too soon
But I thought you knew
Everyone could see me falling but you

Never before have I felt the need
To be with someone so strongly that I’d beg and plead
I search for minutes of every moment
For a chance to be in your presence
It’s so hard to be
Close at a distance

It’s so hard to be
Close at a distance
Track Name: Everything Here
I don't know what's right
but there's nothing left here
You never wanted me
You made that perfectly clear
Will I be able
To ever trust myself again
How can I move on
When I'm not sure where I've been

Never saw it coming
I admit I can be naive
I get the picture now
Yea I'm forced to believe
I was plainly delusional
Imagined all I felt and heard
None of it was real
Not a smile a touch or word

So please help me understand
'Cause I'm really trying to see
if this was a one-sided thing
you sure could have fooled me
Have I wasted all this time
I really need to know
Was there ever anything there
'Cause everything here tells me so

We shouldn't be together
Please just go that's what you say
I couldn't if I wanted to
'Cause your eyes tell me to stay
And if you really mean it
Then why do you look so sad
Surely I couldn't be
far off base that bad

So please help me understand
'Cause I'm really trying to see
if this was a one-sided thing
you sure could have fooled me
Have I wasted all this time
I really need to know
Was there ever anything there
'Cause everything here tells me so

We shouldn't be together
Please just go that's what you say
I couldn't if I wanted to
'Cause your eyes tell me to stay
Track Name: Loose Change
Tonight was the last night
The end of ten long years
You took the things you could
And I'll keep the rest right here
Until you find a place to stay
Oh you just walked away
Casting us aside
Like some loose change

I hope what you're getting
Is worth all you're giving up
Guess all I gave you
Could never be enough
It may seem of no consequence
But when you look back some day
The little things add up
Like some loose change

Like some loose change
You pull from your pocket
Just one quick glance
And not a second thought more
As you throw it in a drawer
And insignificant thing
Like some loose change

Oh I saved all my love for you
And with interest that love just grew
And that means so much more than you think
and you can take it to the bank
Like some loose change

you can take it to the bank
like some loose change
Track Name: Share Them with You
Glance over to where you’d be
There’s just an empty passenger seat
And my mind wonders off
I’m alone with my thoughts
And I’d give anything
To share them with you

Like driving down 26 last night
Hearing my favorite John Prine line
About the folks I met down at Maggie’s place
Records on the wall
Elvis propped up on a case
Funny little things that people say and do
I’d give anything
To share them with you

Over the hill I can see the sunset
Just past Knoxville and heading west
Deep reds and orange up ahead
Make quite a view
And I’d give anything
To share it with you

Like painted on a barn chapter 1 verse 2
God our father said grace be with you
Stopping on the roadside to stretch my legs
Buying boiled peanuts for 50 cents
Little things you miss
When you’re just passing through
And I’d give anything
To share them with you

Little things you miss
When you’re just passing through
And I’d give anything
To share them with you
To share them with you
To share them with you
To share them with you
Track Name: Stars in Our Eyes
He sent a give wrapped box
With a card and sunglasses
Said I know it’s against the rules
But hey if we break one
Might as well break two
Let’s get out of this place
find somewhere out-of-the-way
Maybe to the ocean
Or just to the docks of Gray


And when the day turns to night
Take those shades off honey
And let me hold you tight
It doesn’t matter
the time can fly on by
We’ll have our feet on the ground
And the stars in our eyes

He sent a dozen red roses
with a small note attached
Said blow off the rest of the day
Jump in the car with me
And we’ll hit the highway
Let’s Get out of this place
Go by our middle names
Be back by morning
No one will ever know we came

And when the day turns to night
Take those shades off honey
And let me hold you tight
It doesn’t matter the time can fly on by
We’ll have our feet on the ground
And the stars in our eyes

Let’s Get out of this place
Go by our middle names
Be back by morning
No one will ever know we came
And when the day turns to night
Take those shades off honey
And let me hold you tight
It doesn’t matter the time can fly on by
We’ll have our feet on the ground
And the stars in our eyes
Track Name: Why don't you Say It
I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY SECONDS
HAVE PASSED SINCE ONE OF US SPOKE
IT’S HARD TO TELL BECAUSE
MY MIND’S RACING SO FAST
I’M IN ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS
CAN YOU SPARE ME SOME LIGHT
OR ARE YOU JUST WAITING FOR A BETTER TIME

ARE YOU GOING TO SPEAK
I CAN HEAR YOU BREATH
BUT THERE’S NOTHING COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH
CAN’T YOU PUT IT IN WORDS
OR WILL THIS JUST PASS
TO BE LOST AND NEVER HEARD

WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT
THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING
I CAN TAKE IT
NOTHING’S WORSE THAN NOT KNOWING
NO MATTER WHAT IT IS
IT CAN’T BE AS BAD AS THIS
WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT

INSTEAD OF HOLDING YOUR HEAD DOWN
STARING AT THE FLOOR
HOPING I’LL JUST LET IT GO AND WON’T ASK YOU ANYMORE
THERE’S NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW
TO GET THINGS OUT SO WE CAN MOVE ON
CAUSE WHEN A CHANCE IS MISSED
IT ALWAYS LOOKS BETTER WHEN IT’S GONE

WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT
THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING
I CAN TAKE IT
NOTHING’S WORSE THAN NOT KNOWING
NO MATTER WHAT IT IS
IT CAN’T BE AS BAD AS THIS
WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT

I CAN’T READ YOUR MIND
YOU HAVE TO TELL ME WHAT IT IS YOU’RE THINKIN’
IS IT THAT HARD HONEY TO LET ME IN
NO MATTER WHAT IT IS
IT CAN’T BE AS BAD AS THIS
WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT
WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT
Track Name: Wrong Last Name
Mattie got married when she was just a girl
Not so much for love
But to get away from home
To a man who wasn’t handsome
But he was good and he was strong
Worked in the fields
‘til the daylight was gone
Sam was charming owned land for miles around
Passing by he’d see her
On his way to town
he had to have the lady
So one day he stopped in
And the baby born later
Looked exactly like him
Matte No One needs to know
How you loved the man
You’d meet down in hollow
You’ll never have to explain
Why the boy who was your favorite
Had those pretty blue eyes
And the wrong last name
20 years later on a cold December night
Young men were raising hell
Drunk on moonshine
A bet was made
One held a rooster and one a gun
No one made a sound
As he fell to the ground
Sam begged her to tell
It had to be and accident
No one would kill his brother
with cold blood intent
Our boy’s gone but mine you can save
By telling the secret
You carrying to your grave
Mattie there’s no laughter in your house
There’s no celebrating
When Christmas comes around
Sure it was hard to explain
Why the boy who was your favorite
Had those pretty blue eyes