Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not & Toby Keith Dedication


Toby Keith’s persona was built on over the top videos, his patriotic views, and Toby’s string of #1 country hits.  But one of Toby’s most meaningful songs never hit the charts.  The song was dedicated to a great friend and will bring a tear to anyone who’s ever lost someone very special.    Wayman Tisdale was one of the best college basketball players ever from Oklahoma (Toby’s home state).   In fact, the College Basketball award for the Freshman of the Year is named after Wayman.  Besides his basketball prowess, he was an outstanding jazz bass player who released 8 solo CDs.   At the age of 44, Wayman lost his leg to cancer and died a year later.   Toby Keith dedicated and wrote this brilliant tribute song to his friend and hero to many.  Who isn’t moved by these lyrics?

I got up and dialed your number
And your voice came on the line
That old familiar message
I heard a thousand times it just said
Sorry that I missed you
Leave a message and god bless
I know you think I’m crazy
But I had to hear your voice I guess


#1 hit from 2011 by a husband and wife duo which got them nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards and earned them CMT Awards for Breakthrough Video of the Year.    Love the lyrics, that point of the date where you’re not sure if she’s into you, should you take the chance………

We were sittin’ up there on your momma’s roof
Talkin’ ’bout everything under the moon
With the smell of honeysuckle and your perfume
All I could think about was my next move

Oh, but you were so shy, so was I
Maybe that’s why it was so hard to believe
When you smiled and said to me
“Are you gonna kiss me or not?

Are we gonna do this or what?
I think you know I like you a lot
But you’re ’bout to miss your shot
Are you gonna kiss me or not?”


My dad’s love of country music influenced me.   I remember hearing him play 8-tracks of Waylon, Willie, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard growing up.    To me, the outlaw country image of these guys made them seem “cooler” and I liked their rebel style.  Dedicated to the rebellious attitude of the original country outlaw, Hank Williams Sr., this stands as one of Waylon Jennings’ signature songs.   Incidentally, Waylon Jennings was scheduled to fly on the plane that killed Buddy Holly, but he bumped from the flight at the last minute.