In The Hamptons

She’s in the Hamptons
Not at Eytan Mirsky’s show
In the Hamptons
No, she didn’t wanna go
She likes him & all his music
It makes her feel alive & free
But she’s in the Hamptons
Makin’ out with me

She’s in the Hamptons
And Eytan’s playin’ tonight
In the Hamptons
She’s holdin’ on to me tight
She’s been a fan for years now
And she gifted me his cd’s
But she’s in the Hamptons
Makin’ out with me

I’m so lucky she’s mine
I wished my whole young life
For this girl’s love & devotion
in this summer place by the ocean
I had an obsession unrequited
And then at a party, she invited
All of us to come over to swim
But not him… Not him…

She’s in the Hamptons
and by golly, so am I
In the Hamptons
with me, the lucky guy
Who gets to hug & squeeze her
Under the bright moonlight
In the Hamptons
Man, she’s out of sight

I’m so lucky she’s mine
Met her one summer long ago
at a Clambake down the road
Thought my heart would explode
All at once passion hit me
That teenage girl was so pretty
Even though my hair needed a trim
She said it reminded her of him

She’s in the Hamptons
Not at Eytan Mirsky’s show
In the Hamptons
No, she didn’t want to go
She’s hangin’ out with me instead
in her queen-size waterbed
Here in the Hamptons
And she’s knockin’ me dead

Yeah, she’s knockin’ me dead

May 21, 2019

Lyric Notes: Eytan Mirsky inspired me in a post he made on his Facebook page.  Titles definitely stick out when they appear and this was no different.  I was pretty happy with the results but he said it would never happen. Well, it is fictional…. Haha.

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I’m No Garth Brooks, But…

I’m tired of Standing Outside The Fire
Thinkin’ of That Summer & That Ol’ Wind
And I’ve been sick of Burning Bridges
and Unanswered Prayers again and again

I might be goin’ Against The Grain now
but I want to be your only Mr. Right
For that’s when We Shall Be Free
Cause we’ll find a New Way To Fly

And I know This Ain’t Tennessee
But I’ve been Learning To Live Again
Even though you gave me the Cold Shoulder
I’ve thought of you Every Now and Then

I’ve gone Walkin’ After Midnight
I’ve been to a Rodeo or two
The Thunder Rolls so I’m Rollin’
Until I’m Face to Face with you

So whether We Bury the Hatchet
Or if I end up Shameless In Lonesome Dove
I’d rather end up as Mr. Blue than
never take another chance on love

And I know I’m no Garth Brooks, but…
You’re like Trisha Yearwood, so sweet
So I’ve got Something With A Ring To It
And just like Papa Loved Mama
I hope you still love Dixie Chicken and Me

Oh, I hope you still love Dixie Chicken and Me

June 10, 2019

Everlasting Romance

Like a Blue Jay on Friday
she vanished in the morning haze
Maybe she longed for and needed
some more of them red-letter days
Some more rides into the sunsets
Some more guys to hold her tight
Some more men who’d give her lovin’
every day and every night

Well I’m not the kind of cowboy
who stays in one place very long
I’m a great plains drifter
I’m stubborn and headstrong
I like the mystery of a new night
A new crowd and a big ol’ stage
Where I can share my heartbreaks
and channel all my rage

But that girl, she was different
She had this hold over me
She had butterscotch doe eyes
She could make a sweet Georgia tea
She had a pearly white perfect smile
She was like heaven in my hands
And if I could just find her
If she could give me another chance
I’d wanna stay with her forever
and make it an everlasting romance

I’ve searched just about everywhere
and she’s nowhere to be found
Maybe she went back to her Mama
in her small Oklahoma hometown
I don’t know how to reach her
and it’s driving me insane
But I’m not gonna give up lookin’
and put a bullet in my brain

Cause that girl, she was different
She had this hold over me
She had butterscotch doe eyes
She could make a sweet Georgia tea
She had a pearly white perfect smile
She was like heaven in my hands
I was gonna ask her to marry me
but she had other secret plans

And if I could just find her
If she could give me another chance
I’d wanna stay with her forever
and make it an everlasting romance

I’d wanna stay with her forever
and make it an everlasting romance

June 6, 2019

Sweet Oahu

V1:

Way back in August of 2002
We went on our honeymoon
To an island far from LA
It was the perfect getaway

We met Don Ho and his family
We walked a lot by the sea
Took a cruise out on the ocean
Covered each other with lotion

Chorus:

Sweet Oahu
We so enjoyed it there
It’s where we didn’t have a care
Where we relaxed and took in some rays
Where we’d wear our Hawaiian flower leis
Where we’d kiss & watch the sunsets
Where life is as good as it ever gets
Where we had no major plans or stress
Where it was ok to not have anything to do
Sweet Oahu, we loved you
We loved you, We loved you.

V2:

We’ve haven’t been back for years
But we still have our souvenirs
And remember everything we did
We also had a couple of kids

Got through love’s rougher waves
Like we promised on our wedding day
Now we’re ready to take another vacay
To take our girls to Honolulu Bay

Chorus:

Sweet Oahu
We so enjoyed it there
Where we didn’t have a care
Where we relaxed & took in some rays
Where we’d wear our Hawaiian flower leis
Where we’d kiss & watch the sunsets
Where life is as good as it ever gets
Where we had no major plans or stress
Where it was ok to not have anything to do
Sweet Oahu, we loved you

Bridge:

I can’t wait to see their laughing faces
when we show them all our favorite places
Where they’ll play in the Hawaiian Village pool
Where they’ll forget ’bout going back to school….

Chorus:

Sweet Oahu
We so enjoyed it there
Where we didn’t have a care
Where we relaxed & took in some rays
Where we’d wear our Hawaiian flower leis
Where we’d kiss & watch the sunsets
Where life is as good as it ever gets
Where we had no major plans or stress
Where it was ok to not have anything to do
Sweet Oahu, we love you
We love you, We love you

Sweet Oahu

June 2, 2019

Suburban Cowboy Wannabe

V1
He’s done his wardrobe research
Wears flannel shirts, jeans and hat
He listens to 80’s country artists
At home it’s just him and his cat
Weekends are when he gets loose
Drives his Chevy out to the Roadhouse
But all the country girls know better
He’s desperate for a spouse
Just another big town mouse
To them, it’s plain to see
He’s a Suburban Cowboy Wannabe

V2
Problem is he’s readin’ old magazines
He’s wearin’ the least popular brands
He’s too polished, too put together
This is not somethin’ he understands
But the girls there at that Honky Tonk
Let him think he’s what they’re lookin’ for
They’ve taught him the dances
Even given him chances
But it’s clear they all agree
He’s just a Suburban Cowboy Wannabe

Bridge:
His boots are brand spankin’ new
There’s no mud on those tires
He’s too naive with new friends
He doesn’t know they’re cheats & liars
He’s got a job in a corner office
Within a Fortune 500 firm
He doesn’t fit in with them at all
Oh, when will that city boy learn?

V3
Rich dogs should not be huntin’ there
He’s not Daisy Mae’s or Sue Ellen’s kind
He’ll keep strikin’ out every Saturday
They’re not into the wealthy and refined
They could care less about his watch
How it’s worth more than that bar
His Mercedes back home
Or his apartment in Rome
Don’t impress them all and never will
Cause he’s bound to a life that’s not free
He’s just a Suburban Cowboy Wannabe

Tag:
To that crazy proud hillbilly crowd,
He’s just a Suburban Cowboy Wannabe

May 1, 2019

One Who Totally Got Me

For my life-giving wife, Melanie Ann Gray

Back in those days I had major issues
When I found a message in my inbox
You grew up in a small town like I did
I was living at home but on the rocks
I was chasing women & drinkin’ heavy
‘Cause each girl wasn’t right for me
As soon as I saw your email I was taken
By your sweetness & refreshing honesty

You saw me through all my trials
You listened to me when I had enough
And told me everything would be ok
You still know exactly what I need to do
The one who totally got me was you

You and I started talking a lot via texting
Not on smartphones, they weren’t out yet
It was via chatting on Yahoo messenger
You said you once danced & played clarinet
You told me you had two older brothers
That intrigued me my dear, ’cause so did I
You didn’t get all the way through college
And recently had broken up with a guy

You saw me through all my trials
You listened to me when I had enough
And told me everything would be ok
You knew exactly what I needed to do
The one who totally got me was you

So I paid attention like a good man should
And we met a year later in a golfing town
I know I should have never kept you waiting
But when I walked in I didn’t see a frown
And we spent all day talking like schoolkids
We ended that night closer than before
We kept dating and eventually got married
We were banking on what was in store

We’ve had sadness but more smiles
You’ve become who I knew you were
I hope you’re happy with what we have
I’ve done what I’ve thought I should do
And I’ll love you beyond this life
My sweet dearest darling wife
The one who totally got me was you

The one who’ll forever get me is you.

April, 10, 2019

Sweetheart from Soquel

I once had a sweetheart from Soquel
Who moved across the bay from Carmel
We worked together at a local resort hotel
That summer she had me under her spell
I was a couple of years older than she
I don’t know what she ever saw in me
She already had her Associate’s degree
And loved reading all my latest poetry

We never know who’ll be right
Who’ll know us better than we do
Who’ll see the magic in our eyes
And never know how they knew
Why they were only passing through
Why they were only passing through

She said she knew I’d be famous one day
She knew eventually I’d move down to LA
She helped me polish my original screenplay
We’d go on drives to beaches in Monterey
She was my dear sweetheart from Soquel
While I was very shy, she loved raising hell
Others didn’t think she was a bombshell
To me she was, and she treated me well

We never know who’ll be right
Who’ll know us better than we do
Who’ll see the magic in our eyes
And never know how they knew
Why they were only passing through
Why they were only passing through

That sweet summer came to a close
We broke apart but that’s the way it goes
Where she is now only heaven knows
She haunts me like a ghost at my shows

We never know who’ll be right
Who’ll know us better than we do
Who’ll see the magic in our eyes
And never know how they knew
Why they were only passing through
Why they were only passing through

Luck

She knew my story likely a little too well
It was the kind of tale I couldn’t quite sell
I was a bunch of basic for someone like her
She was the same age, but more mature

She had admirers who were older than me
Who I’d get to know and like reluctantly
I was jealous of those guys who she dated
She’d treat me like she and I were related

Sometimes we’d hug and I’d look in her eyes
Like at the County Fair when I won her a prize
And I thought eventually I’d have a chance
Like the night of the Sadie Hawkins Dance
We had a great time, everything was right
And we sat on the bed of my pickup truck
But we never kissed and I was outta luck

She had light Auburn wavy hair & freckled face
We’d spend time together just about everyplace
I’d pick her up in my Chevy I bought from my Dad
And I’d spend every last nickel, everything I had

The more I did with her, more boys came around
Guess they wanted some of the happiness I found

Cause
Sometimes we’d hug and I’d look in her eyes
Like at the County Fair when I won her a prize
One night she asked me what was wrong
I told her she and I felt like a great song
I said, I felt like everything was going right
As we sat on the bed of my pickup truck
But we didn’t kiss then and I was outta luck

Years later I ran into her at the local corner bar
She was promoting alcohol & looked like a star
And I asked if she could go out after her shift
Turns out she wanted to give me a special gift

That night we hugged and I looked in her eyes
She was beaming like when I won her that prize
She said she was sorry for how she treated me
She just felt like we were better as like family
But then she switched and kissed my lips
As we sat on the bed of my Silverado truck
Suddenly I had that girl and a lifetime of luck

Oh, suddenly,
I had that girl
and a lifetime of luck.

April 5, 2019

Sell a Song

When I sell a song
When someone loves it enough to cut
When an artist listens to that darn thing
And decides to just go with his or her gut

I’m gonna holler and hoot
And take my family out to celebrate
It’ll be one of the best days of my life
When I…. Sell a song.

When it’s on the radio
And a hit on Amazon, iTunes ‘n Spotify
I’ll be happier than my dog at any beach
There’ll be tears coming from my eyes

I’m gonna be so grateful
I’ll thank my Mother and my Dad
I”ll thank everyone who supported me
Especially my daughters and loving wife
When I…. Sell a song.

I’ll have everything I ever wanted
Validation for doing what I felt was right
Every time I’d work on something new
Even if it was during a great date night
I’ve got scraps of paper with random titles
And tons of lyrics I’ve written in my trunk
So if one of them hits the big time
I’ll know my ship is sailing, not sunk

And then I’ll keep writing more
I’ll work hard in the writing rooms
I’ll bring all my best ideas to the table
I’ll be as honest as a songwriter can be

When I sell a song,
then I’ll know deep in my heart and soul
I’ll know the industry likes that song & me
When I sell a song, I’ll feel loved & free
When I sell a song, I’ll feel loved & free
when I….
when I….
Sell a song

April 2, 2019

My personal “I Want Song”. Probably should go into a story about an aspiring songwriter like me in middle age, perhaps a modern day sequel to “The Jazz Singer” who strikes up a friendship with a popular female jazz/pop artist because he’s writing her hit after hit.

An inverted “Star is Born”.