"Runnin' Outa' Time" was written quite a long time ago. In fact, Mike wrote this song in 1984 while serving in the U.S. Army. When a person reaches the crossroads of life where they've figured out just how important those old fuddy-duddy morals and ethics that their parents tried to teach them were, they realize that life isn't forever and it might just be necessary to go back home and get back in touch with reality. "Runnin' Outa' Time" is a song about a man who's been there and done that, as the old saying goes, and he's making that long trip home. There's a great story here, awesome acoustic guitar and piano work. Definitely a song worth listening to.
It moves a little slower than some of Mike's other songs but it's loosely based on some of Mike's childhood memories. It's a story of growing up and leaving home then learning that maybe it's sometimes best just to stay at home. This song will show some of the influence that Randy Travis had on Mike as a young songwriter stuck in the middle of North Carolina at the time. The song starts out with the words, "Yesterday was a small town in Texas with a railroad track runnin' near our back yard." You'll even hear that ol' train, or an impression of it anyway, through the magic of Sammy Hundley's slide guitar. The entire song, though definitely Texas Country, is laced with traces of Bluegrass in the background vocals and a lonesome almost haunting melody. The words are as true as the gospel because life seems completely different back at home when you've been gone for a while. The place is still there but everthing will almost assuredly be very different, smaller, seemingly changed yet untouched.
The "Runnin' Outa' Time" demo was recorded in June 2006 at yet another rented Crystal Beach, Texas cabin. Oddly enough, not everything was re-recorded for the album tracks. Sammy did such a good job with the piano, acoustic guitar rhythm and acoustic guitar fills that neither Mike nor Sammy felt they should be replaced when they got back into the Willow Street studio. Even stranger, both of these two guitar tracks were not recorded in a secure environment nor were USB cables used to pump these tracks from the guitar straight into the computer. Sammy just kicked back and played these two tracks straight into an open mic, "The Snowball" made by Blue Microphones ©. Later, the boys laid a slide guitar part, a bass guitar part and re-recorded the background vocals.
"Runnin' Outa' Time" is without a doubt one of Mike Parrish's best works and it's included among the fifteen tracks that comprise "Texas in the Man."
Lead Vocals: Mike Parrish
Background Vocals: Sammy Hundley
Keyboards: Sammy Hundley
Bass, Acoustic Rhythm, Acoustic Lead, Electric Slide Guitars; Sammy Hundley
Drums: Alan Dossett
Mixed & Mastered by Kyle W. Smith
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