The Man In The Hat

LYRICS

From buskin with his dad at a Tamworth tyre shop

To honoured side by side on a mighty Renown Rock

He played the songs of Hank, Buddy and Co

His idol Slim he longed to follow

 

He’s come a long way from the Blue Devil band

Playing the halls right across this land

Against all odds, he toughed it out

To follow your dreams is what life’s all about

 

Whoa, the Man in the Hat

The boy from the bush he’s there for us all

Whoa, he’s my inspiration

If I can be like him I'll stand proud and tall

 

They breed em tough they breed em proud

On the streets of Tamworth there’s a country crowd

They’re all his family that’s what makes him shine

For the man in the hat he's one of a kind

 

Whoa, the Man in the Hat

The boy from the bush he’s there for us all

Whoa, he’s my inspiration

If I can be like him I'll stand proud and tall

 

My only wish was to sing for the kids

He helped me same as he always did

From the farmers in drought to the soldiers returned

In the man in the hat the fire burns

 

Whoa, the Man in the Hat

The boy from the bush he’s there for us all

Whoa, he’s my inspiration

If I can be like him I'll stand proud and tall

 

If I can be like him I'll stand proud and tall

 

Written By Keely Johnson

TURN THIS TO GOLD

LYRICS

Kids don't play on playgrounds anymore,

just hospital corridors

It's gonna be a brighter day

when you come my way

Even if I don't grow old

I'm gonna turn this to Gold

     

And I want to be the one true

joy in your life

I'm gonna turn this to gold

 

If I only had one wish

would I wanna take the risk

Would you save the last dance

would I have another chance

 

And I want to be the one true

joy in your life

I'm gonna turn this to gold

And I want to be the one true

joy in your life

I'm gonna turn this to gold

 

Cmon cmon cmon

we'll keep on fighting strong

Stand together, for an answer

 

Let's go let's go let's go go Bright and Bold

So Our Kids Will Grow Old

 

And I want to be the one true

Joy in your life

I'm gonna turn this to gold

And I want to be the one true

Joy in your life I'm gonna turn this to gold

Yeh

Written by Keely Johnson & Estelle Poots

The Story behind the songS

Turn this to Gold was written about childhood cancer. My wish was to write a song about the kids, to sing it with my idol Lee Kernaghan, with all the money raised to go to the kids. It tells the story of how the kids spend their days in hospitals now, that we will fight together for an answer and we will light up everyone's life. Turn things gold is the color of childhood cancer and if we turn the world gold then the government will listen and increase funding for our kids, which is only 4% of the cancer research budget. All the money raised from the song went to Make a Wish who do great things for kids with life threatening illnesses. They helped make my wish come true to meet and sing with Lee Kernaghan. 

 

 

The Man in the Hat was written while I was going through chemo, as I wanted to write about the story of Lee Kernaghans life. He has done so much for so many people and that is why he is so special to me, as I like to help others too. I wanted the world to hear in a song, how much he does for others.  It starts of with him Busking with his Dad (Ray) outside a Tamworth Tyre Shop to honoured side by side on a mighty renown rock (they both received the Roll of Renown award together in Jan 2015, with their plaques together on the rocks, in front of the TRECC). He did it tough before his music career took off and he kept following his dreams. His first band was called the Blue Devil Band. He thinks of all his fans and followers as family, he doesn't like to call them fans. He is definitely my inspiration and if anyone else sang it, you could be sure he was their inspiration too. 

                                                            

© Keely Johnson