Songwriting

Shown below are examples of compositions that have been created by Frank E. Countryman, who began writing when he was 17, and has continued to do so ever since. Over the years, he has composed dozens of songs in various styles, both to perform as an individual artist, and as a band member in several groups he's worked with in the past. 

*Only the first page of the Lead Sheet is shown, but the complete set of lyrics are given.





Gone, But Not Forgotten

You are gone, but not forgotten
A fond, but faded memory
The things we wish’d we’d said
Sometimes they cannot be
You are gone, but not forgotten
In a box of photographs I see
A summer’s day spent on the lake
That meant the world to me
You are gone, but not forgotten
Deeply held within my heart
No time to spend together
Two families now apart
You are gone, but not forgotten
As I lay myself down to sleep
These memories that I have of you
These memories I think I’ll keep






Irene

Drivin’ thru the night on my way to see a friend
I think about the time that we met, when we began
She’ll tell me funny stories that always draw a grin
And she’ll be waiting there with a smile as I walk in
Irene…Irene…nothing is as sweet as my Irene
Irene…Irene…how I love to say the name Irene
The reason that I’m here is I’ve come to say goodbye
The dreams that I hold close to my heart, they just won’t die
I have always said a “hit song”  is all I need
My friends they keep on saying my luck’s in Tennessee
Irene…Irene…with eyes of green the likes you’ve never seen
Irene…Irene…where will life take you and me Irene
Maybe on some summer’s break, if in your heart you find
You can take an aeroplane, come and visit I’ll be so lonely
The night has grown long as our evening quickly ends
We walk onto your door as I reach to hold your hand
I hold you close to me knowing words cannot express
Of knowing in my heart we will never meet again
Irene…Irene…my love will always be for you Irene
Irene…Irene…I’ll go to sleep and dream of you Irene
I’ll go to sleep and dream of you Irene
When I sleep I dream of you Irene





Gold

Open your eyes, what do you see?
Down in the ground, it begs to be free
Gold, everlasting thru all times
Yeah, it’s Gold
Maybe I’ll find some someday
Stamp out a coin, in your pocket it goes
Or into a ring, your love it shows
Gold, everlasting thru all times
Yeah, it’s Gold
Maybe I’ll find love someday
Pave your way, with bricks of ore
Or rush for it, like those before
Gold, everlasting thru all times
Yeah, it’s Gold
Maybe I’ll find some someday









She'll Give Love To You

You're on that line you've walked so often
Between a moment and a sigh
Tired of those lonely days, tired of those lonely nights,
Well so am I
Do you remember the joy love brings you
Fills you with warmth, hope and pride
A kick in your step appears
Travel the roadway in heaven's light
Do you ever want for someone at times
Someone to hold, someone to kiss goodnight
Strange how this world is? 
So many people, yet so alone
You've only one life you better live it
Reach out for her, you won't regret it
See how it works is that you
Give her love and she'll give love to you




Under The Moon

I went out to play some music, like so many nights I do
So I walked in and played some songs for awhile
Across from me sat someone, she’s enjoying how I sing
And at that moment I could have said to her “I do”
I fell in love…under the moon
Around us everyone disappeared
I fell in love…under the moon
But our time would only last for awhile
We gathered with some friends...
And we talked about our dreams
An actress is what you held close to heart
And for me it’s been the music…but we both had to agree
That our dreams had left us lonely and so tired
I fell in love…under the moon
On a cool October night…that felt like spring
I fell in love…under the moon
As she turned my way…and waived goodbye to me
Years later she made a movie, the kind that’s talked about
And my thoughts drifted back to that night
So I sat and wrote this song…as a gift to give to you
Someday I’ll catch up to you…it just takes time
I fell in love…under the moon
Around us everyone disappeared
I fell in love…under the moon
But our time would only last for awhile