“Katie Sue”

Some long-time readers of this blog may recall reading an earlier post about a song called “Katie Sue”. It started out to be a song about a man’s first love that the listeners learned late in the song was actually about my first car. It then morphed into a love song about a truck to better appeal to the country market.

Then when my co-writer’s wife and my Beloved both said that women didn’t want to hear a love song turn into a song about a truck (I believe the term “you lug nuts!” was used).

By then we had run out of time to prep the song for last year’s songwriters conference, so we made a quick and small change that no one was pleased with by changing the key line in the bridge from something like, “You were my very frst great ol’ pickup truck” to “I loved you even more than my great ol’ pickup truck” (I know, I’m a lug nut!)

Anyway, since then “Katie Sue” has been in a song coma for about a year, but I decided today to see if I could fix the fatal flaw and tonight re-wrote the last three lines of the bridge. I think they improved the song a lot, and emailed my co-writer Bryan Cumming–he was also the vocalist and producer of the song–and mentioned that I plan to list some songs on one or more songwriting sales sites. I sent the revised lyric of “Katie Sue” to him and am waiting to hear back from him. Hopefully he’ll be willing and able to just sing the revised three lines and lay them over the earlier three lines.

By the way, if you’d like to hear the version of the song that the music industry execs heard last year, please request it in a comment below and I’ll send an email to you with it attached.


“Katie Sue”
By Russ Towne & Bryan Cumming © 2011

Your beauty stopped me in my tracks
Like a young buck in your lights
You had more curves than a river road
And I was breathless at your sight.

Katie Sue my magic carpet ride
The first I ever flew
You took me to places that I’d never been
And I couldn’t help but fall for you!

We pierced the night and chased the stars
The moonlight lit our way
I howled with joy and the wind joined in
As you carried me a-way.

(Repeat Chorus):

Many years have come and gone
And I still feel your tender touch
Every time I close my eyes
Girl I loved you oh so much!

(Repeat Chorus)

Fall for you!

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to “Katie Sue”

  1. mimijk says:

    I’d love to hear it Russ!

  2. I’d like it too…Are these the words ‘before’ you changed them or the current words.? Diane

    • russtowne says:

      I plan to send the song with the earlier words to you today.

      This post contains the new lyric. Sorry for the confusion.

      I plan to give everyone the chance to hear future versions if/when the song is re-sung with the new words.


  3. jolynproject says:

    I love the song lyrics! Can you tell me more about the songwriters’ conference please? I am interested in possibly doing that.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Jolyn. Would you like to receive the older version of the song so you can hear the music? As for the West Coast Songwriters conference, it is typically on or around the second weekend of September and at Foothill College in the SF Bay Area (I think that is technically Los Altos Hills but I’m not sure). I recommend that you go to their website for more details. http://www.westcoastsongwriters.org/

      The conference is a lot of LOT of fun and you’ll be amazed at how much you learn too. All genres of music.


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