Ricky Van Shelton

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Ricky Van Shelton was one of country music's biggest male stars during the late '80s and early '90s, prior to the emergence of crossover sensations like Garth Brooks. Shelton's smooth baritone croon made him especially popular as a country-pop ballad stylist, but elsewhere he incorporated elements of rock, gospel, and classic honky tonk. Shelton was born in Danville, VA, in 1952 and grew up in the small town of Grit. He learned to sing at church and discovered country music as a teenager, performing at local gatherings whenever he could. After high school, he played the area club circuit and worked a series of day jobs, and in late 1984 he finally made the move to Nashville to make it in the business. He performed in nightclubs until a local newspaper columnist heard his demo and helped arrange a showcase that landed Shelton a deal with CBS in 1986.


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    He was sitting beside me in the passenger seat
    As I looked through the windshield at the quiet little street
    He was smiling so proud as he gave me the key
    But inside I knew he was as nervous as me
    And I said daddy oh daddy are you sure I know how
    Keep It Between The Lines  -  23,464 plays
    If she seems cold and bitter, then I beg of you
    Just stop and consider all she's gone through
    Don't be quick to condemn her for things she might say
    Just remember life turned her that way
    She's been walked on and stepped on so many times
    Life Turned Her That Way  -  22,508 plays
    Walk away, leave with my blessing
    Once in a while, let me hear from you
    If we never meet again before my life is over
    I'll leave this world loving you
    You can take everything but my memories
    I'll Leave This World Loving You  -  22,015 plays
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    Hello, yeah, this is me
    Lord it's been a long, long time
    I know this ain't no social call
    So go ahead, get it off your mind
    You heard what? Well it ain't true
    Somebody Lied  -  18,357 plays
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