"The Company of Women"

© 1982 Lee Ruth

MP3
Joey Pogue

Joey Pogue - Vocal

Levi Mullen - Drums, Bass, Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Dobro, Mandolin, Harmonica, & Background Vocals

  MP3 Sample of Lee's Original

 

Song Lyrics:
Lee's Lyrics:
I would spend lifetimes in the company of women
If I could choose to go round and round again
With or without a wife; despite my share of strife
I enjoy most in life; the company of women

Now I enjoy the company of children
And I enjoy the company of strangers and friends
I like food and solitude; please don't think me rude or lewd
When I say I most enjoy the company of women

Bridge:
You are the woman who does choose to keep me company
I am not likely to refuse to keep good company

I am not always your dream lover, but I am always your good friend
And if I had to do it over; I would not change a thing
I'd spend the same time or maybe more time
In the company of women

I like the ways that women move; I like to watch them dance,
To hear them laugh and sing. And softly whisper words of romance;
I like their ways of love; a message from above
This chance to take a chance on the company of women.

Repeat Bridge:
You are the woman who does choose to keep me company
I am not likely to refuse to keep good company

I would spend lifetimes in the company of women;
The company of women; the company of women; the company of women

I would spend lifetimes in the company of women
If I could choose to go around and round again
With or without a wife, despite my share of strife
I enjoy most in life the company of women

Now I enjoy the company of children
And I enjoy the company of strangers and friends
I like food, and solitude, please don't think me rude or lewd
When I say, "I most enjoy the company of women"

(chorus)
You are the woman who does choose to keep me company
I am not likely to refuse to keep good company

I am not always your dream lover
But I am always your good friend
And if I had to do it over
I would not change a thing, I'd spend the same time
And maybe more time, in the company of women

I like the ways that women move
I like to see them dance, to hear them laugh and sing
And softly whisper words of romance
I like their ways of love, a blessing from above
This chance to take a chance on the company of women

(chorus)

I would spend lifetimes in the company of women
The company of women
The company of women
The company of women

Artist on the Song:
Lee on the Song:
My reason for doing the song "In the Company of Women" is really quite simple. Like Lee, I love to be around women. This song with its unique structure was one that fit my style of singing and playing as well as one that reflects my beliefs, attitudes, and values. After all, whether they are merely good friends, best friends, or passionate lovers, what better way is there to spend one's time on planet earth than in the company of women? This song was written in the summer of 1982 in Crested Butte, Colorado. The inspiration for the song came from two sources: (1) an evening spent hanging out in town with a friend, Bob Teitler, and two young women from Kansas he had befriended; (2) an absence in my heart left by the return to Missouri of my mate and soon-to-be-wife, Rena, who had spent a few weeks with me in Crested Butte but who'd felt the call of duty to return home and resume preparations for our impending move out to Happy Hollow in Moniteau County, Missouri. (In retrospect, I realize that had I been a more dutiful mate, I would have returned with her. But I was fixated on letting my summer in the mountains play out to its natural end, and I'd decided to return home and rejoin her in a few weeks. Again in retrospect, I also realize that there would have been two less songs for this album, and a different album title.) So, anyway, an enjoyable evening spent, in part, in the company of women reminded me how much I truly did enjoy the company of women, setting up the first and last verse of the song, while the ongoing presence in my life of a mate, coupled with her immediate absence, gave me a particular and singular woman to focus the song upon, setting up the chorus and the middle verses. Almost twenty-two years later, we're still together, working together to make sense of and adjust to our recent move from the country back into town, and the song still fits my voice and my life in pretty much the same way that it did back in August of 1982.
Artist on Lee Ruth:
Lee on the Artist:

The first time I recall ever seeing Lee Ruth was during the fall of 1969 when I saw him outside playing his guitar and singing a folk song on a sidewalk in Columbia. Apparently celebrating the beautiful fall weather with his music, he was leaning up against a brick building near the Heidelberg in Columbia directly across from the University of Missouri's journalism school where he had gathered quite an audience. I was a young kid of 19 years at the time. I was from a small Missouri town and had just enrolled in college as an undergraduate at MU. I had never seen anything quite like Lee Ruth before nor had I ever heard live folk music and guitar work that was so good. I remember thinking at the time, to hell with school, I just want to get to know this guy and have him teach me how to play the guitar.

Eventually I was fortunate enough to get to know Lee as both my guitar teacher and a good friend. Since 1969, I have spent around 30 years in and out of Columbia, Missouri. When I am in town for any considerable length of time, I go see Lee for a few guitar lessons and to get feedback on my original songs. I am still going to school at MU working on a Ph.D. While Lee Ruth is not listed as a part of my degree program, perhaps he should be. I have been studying guitar with him off and on ever since the time I first met him. He has become a vital part of my education whether I am in or out of town. When I am out of town and I write and produce a few songs, I send them to Lee for feedback and he occasionally plays a few of my original songs on his radio show. Lee has been a very important influence on my life and my music. It is truly an honor to be able to play one of his songs on the new CD.

Joey is one of those larger-than-life characters that we sometimes meet. Our paths first crossed in 1969, but it was probably 1974 or so when we actually got to know each other. He had a deeper-than-the-average-bear voice, and it was music, specifically guitar music, that formed our common ground over the years, as he drifted in and out of Columbia (living for extended periods of time in other places), yet I never have figured out whether it is music or theater that has the greater hold on him. I do remember seeing him give a convincing performance as Lee, the spiritedly dysfunctional brother in Sam Shepard's play "True West," at the University of Missouri's Rhynsburger Theater in the late 1980s. On many occasions he has brought me recordings of songs he has written, and I've helped him with a variety of guitar-learning projects he's undertaken at different times and for different reasons. These days he lives most of the year in south Texas, but it seems like he returns to Columbia every summer, and I always look forward to his return and never quite know what to expect from him. Surprise me.
Producer's Notes:
Recording Credits:
I don't think I ever met Joey Pogue, however he does look very familiar. Joey's song was one the remote recordings that came to the project as finished completed track. Joey and his producer, Levi Mullen, did an excellent job on "The Company of Women," it has a real Texas honky-tonk feel about it. I can hear this song being played out of dance hall jukeboxes on a Saturday night!

Recorded at Mullensound Recording Studio in Martindale, Texas

Engineered and Mixed by Levi Mullen

 

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