Hang Ten My Friend

Danny Myrick demo
Pat Aureli and Danny Myrick


I attended my first SongTown writers retreat in the spring of 2015 and magically was paired up with Pro writer Danny Myrick, a brilliant and extremely gifted Nashville songwriter. He asked what did I want to write so I opened up my little song file on my phone and said a surfing song. I had earlier pitched the idea to another pro writer who wasn't feeling it, but Danny's eyes lit up and as fast as I could blurt out the idea for the song and some lyrics, he was off and running. I mean, this guy can write the pants off of anything. We wrote it in about an hour and it's still one of most favorite songs I've written. This song was pitched for Kenny Chesney's new album, but it didn't get cut...yet...



Pat Aureli and Danny Myrick ©2015 


Tiny beachside tiki bar
An old gray beard talking scars
Pointing at a surfboard in the sand
Paint-spattered old jukebox
Nothin' but Marley, it never stops
Bikini girls in search of a perfect tan
I listened as he talked about flying and falling and Jesus and water
Smiling as he said…


When you finally catch the wave you want you better ride it
Even if the tide gets a little too rough, don't fight it.
Just lose yourself out on that board
See what the ocean has in store
Open your mind find your peace within
Hang ten my friend

Well I rolled my eyes took another sip
Thought that dude's one helluva trip
But I guess it takes all kinds of kinds
The more I heard the more I thought maybe
He might not be sun-baked crazy
And maybe there's some treasure for me to find
So I ordered one more beer just so I could sit and hear
His gospel of the surfboard one more time

(Repeat Chorus)


Just got the word he's gone
Sat down and wrote this song
A little truth to pass along

(Repeat Chorus)

May the thrill never end
Hang ten my friend


©2015 Patricia Ann Aureli,

Whole Lotta Pina Coladas Music, BMI

©2015 Danny Myrick,

Danny Myrick Music, Round Hill Music, BMI