Allan, Gary - A Showman's Life Lyrics




A showman's life,
Is a smokey bar,
And the fevered chase,
Of a tiny star,
It's a hotel room,
And a lonely wife,
From what I've seen,
Of a showman's life,

Nobody told me about this part,
They told me all about the pretty girls,
And the wine,
And the money,
And the good times,
There's no mention of,
All the wear and tear,
On an old honky tonker's heart,
Well I might of known it,
But nobody told me about this part,

A boy will dream,
As children do,
Of a great white way,
Until the dream comes true,
And a phony smile,
In a colored light,
Is all there is,
To a showman's life,
Nobody told me about this part,

Nobody told me about this part,
They told me all about the pretty girls,
And the wine,
And the money,
And the good times,
There's no mention of,
All the wear and tear,
On an old honky tonker's heart,
Well I might of known it,
But nobody told me about this part,

But nobody told me about this part,

Nobody told me about this part,
They told me all about the pretty girls,
And the wine,
And the money,
And the good times,
There's no mention of,
All the wear and tear,
On an old honky tonker's heart,
Well I might of known it,
But nobody told me about this part,

Well I might of known it,
But nobody told me about this part





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Allan, Gary A Showman's Life Comments
  1. rallengreer

    i agree with debtoralive whole heartedly...

  2. Cynthia Dillard

    He has some of the most beautiful songs I love them

  3. nuna ubusiness

    What are you doing? Stay away from country singers songs that are so much bigger than you are. This version sucks ass.

  4. George Moore

    relax country fans. This is a Jesse Winchester song. GS did a good cover but Gary and Willie Nelson killed this one.

  5. Eddie Thompson

    I love G.S. but I have to give this to GARY

  6. david gerken

    Damn... what a one of a kind distinctive voice.... l have to give that ole boy credit for what he went through.. and continue to keep himself together.. 👊

  7. Eddie Thompson

    One of the BEST EVER concert I ever been too

  8. BaahBen

    Great, great singer ...Distinctive voice...Great cover of this wonderful country song.

  9. Jennifer Dijames

    I have never heard you sing that song alone before.you used to sing this song with Willie Nelson.what happened?

  10. Dominic Samarasinghe

    Thank you for everyone of your songs,sir. I feel your pain.

  11. Jesus lives

    Are you kidding. long live King George

  12. Ojulu Onyongo

    I love Gary Allen, but the ♔ did it better.

    Petroleum

    No, Gary put more soul into it.

  13. John Powers

    no doubt this version is good but you should listen to jesse winchester "the writer of the song" version too. it's fantastic.

  14. Devon Butler

    I was front stage in Milwaukee Wisconsin back in early 2000’s and I didn’t know of you but after that day You became my favorite, Gary you are absolutely amazing you sing with great emotion and to continue to carry on with life after your tragic loss I tip my hat to you

  15. Jennifer Dijames

    GO Gary.

  16. Ajay Thomas

    I would have changed this songs name to "A Welders life" hahaha...

  17. Kyle Bauer

    I have to say he did out do the king on this one, especially the version with willie.

    Elizabeth Perez

    The version with Willie is awesome!! Their a good match!

  18. steve laplante

    Jesse Winchester did it best

    countrygirl country musiclover

    steve laplante only good thing Jesse did to this is write the lyrics. He didn't do a damn thing to this to do it a.damn bit of justice

  19. Danny Scheulen

    Not this time and not ever could this song be done better that George strait did it!! Granted, Gary Allan did an awesome job with it, but this version doesn't have near the rhythm or the fluid chorus that straits does, but even of u put that aside, George simply has the better voice and would sing alot of songs better than others...... his and alot of others. Love both versions though. Cudos!!

    Jeremy Lilly

    Danny Scheulen I like this version because it has more emotion and passion in it though

  20. Steven Helmick

    My wife and I feel all his songs are about us lol. We enjoy his music so much

  21. Brittani Hopkins

    missing,u B"RYAN***R IP

  22. T. McKinney

    alot more soul than George put into it

  23. Debtoralive

    This man is, in my opinion, one of the most under-rated preformers ever. I'm sure not all people feel this way, but damn near every one of this guys songs seems to really reach me. Like no one could ever sing them any better. It's almost like there's an unseen connection there and he knows exactly what I like in a country song and that's what he does. The first song I ever heard from him was on the radio while at work one afternoon, and he was singing that song with no title. You know, the one about the old man shopkeeper who gets robbed and killed by those boys. It was just so great the way you could actually FEEL the sadness in his voice. I made up my mind right then, and stopped on the way home from work and bought the CD, and I've never looked back.

    Violet Miller

    jmlee 17, thank you so much for saying the title. I'm gonna go check it out as soon as I finish this comment. " Don't tell mama I was drinking" is really good too. And if you haven't heard and seen the video on here yet of "Today" you really need to. He absolutely kills it! I know there are different ones on here but in this one it looks like he's in a big inside building. It's hard to describe, but you really should check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

    Boone Mendenhall

    100 %......he just does'nt do the political red tape b.s....like a lot of other artists!!! A rare breed for sure.

    BaahBen

    Yes! Very underrated.

    Alexander 24V

    Couldn't have said it better myself! On point!

  24. DaniLJL

    Finally I find the version WITHOUT Willie Nelson. Sorry Willie, but Gary Allan don't need help on this one 😍😍😍

    Justin Roberts

    DaniLJL see I love willie on the track

    Eddie Thompson

    YOUR A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

  25. Rylee Reagan

    did George proud.

    Richard Brinker

    ??? Gary did this song LONG before George covered it.

    Memsik

    This isn't George's song.

    Jennifer Dijames

    It is now. George Strait sings it with Faith Hill. Don't get me wrong.

    Dewayne Inglish

    Gary allen is one of the best ever and i grew up in the George Strait early years!

  26. Dennis Nichols

    Not as good as George but not to bad.

    Chris Weinert

    Dennis Nichols it is better than George's id have to say and gary did this 14 or 15 yrs before george did. gary puts the emotion in it.

    Violet Miller

    I just checked George's version and though I love George Allan's version is so much better!

  27. Brian Jackson

    this is where George got defeated.

    Nick Evans

    Brian Jackson no way! I like Gary Allen but he is a little piker compared too George Strait! Aka "The King of Country"

    Sonya Cash

    Brian Jackson and

    nick21b1985

    9 out of 10 times I would disagree. But this time you're right Brian. Gary did it better

    Justin Roberts

    The only time ever someone did one of his songs better

  28. Justin Roberts

    almost did it as good as king george.... almost

    Robbie Cousins

    Both got killed by Buddy. both covers

  29. Jessica M

    love it!!