The Rebel

Everything went right but I still went left
Back home to live my life & do my thing
Then I took a journey I wasn’t planning
Met people who said I couldn’t sing

Took odd jobs like Front Desk at a hotel
Where I gave notice to selling ties & suits
Meanwhile friends who I was hanging on to
Gave me a stronger pride about my roots

Chorus:
I’m a rebel by nature
My ex-friend called it a curse
And when things got bad
They eventually got worse
Then I met a girl & got married
But there was this cross I carried
I was hungry for what I didn’t feel
I had the fear I wasn’t being real

Lost my parents,
Lost my courage
Lost my way
but then found a bridge
To what I still had
inside me to release
I’m still a rebel
but now I call it a gift
and know when I die
years from now
I’ll be at peace

Solo then back to Chorus & last section.

June 26, 2019

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Red Flags

Well, I’m a different writer
But it’s the same ol’ trope
Talkin’ ’bout a couple of kids
Who decided to elope
They were forbidden lovers
Their parents didn’t approve
So they packed their things
And they were on the move
First stop was Vegas
They found a chapel there
Got hitched by a preacher
Who had Elvis Presley hair
Then they both got jobs
To eat & pay other bills
But they soon were addicted
To gambling for thrills
One night at Caesar’s Palace
They were on a winning streak
At one of the Craps tables
They he had to take a leak
She at the table on her own
And she bet it all on black
But the ball landed on red
The chips were put in the rack

That was the straw
The straw that broke
The camel’s back
Yeah that was the straw
The straw that broke
The camel’s back
And he decided he’d had enough
The times were getting too tough
Told her he’d rather
have a stroke or heart attack
Oh, those were the red flags
that broke the camel’s back

So he went on his own way
Left her there without anything
And she sat outside on a bench
She thought of pawning her ring
Then someone from Valet
Asked if everything was all right
She said she had nowhere to go
She needed a room for the night
And the Valet decided to help her
Got her a room for a few days
So she’d be off the streets &
Not hitching rides on highways
Not selling herself for money
Or blowing it all on meth & drinks
Not chasing users and abusers
Not washing in Truck Stop sinks

Cause that was the straw
The straw that broke
The camel’s back
Yeah that was the straw
The straw that broke
The camel’s back
She was sick of losing the game
And being told she was to blame
Her boyfriend keeping a gun
In his Army green gunnysack
Oh, those were the red flags
that broke the camel’s back

Oh, those were the red flags
that broke the camel’s back

June 21, 2019

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.

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