About Family, Americana, Country Song, Growing Up, Inspired by a Place, Inspired by High School, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia

There’s No Shame In Being A Country Boy

You can be ashamed of being a rich kid
’cause your parents give you what you want
You can be ashamed of being middle class
and of Uncle Jeb who’s a chef at a restaurant
You can be ashamed of your hand-me-downs
and your little baby brother named Roy
You can be ashamed of all your relatives
but there’s no shame in being a country boy

You can be ashamed of your stressed out Mama
who treats waiters like they did her wrong
You can be ashamed that David Allen Coe
wrote your favorite Outlaw Towering Song
You can be ashamed of Granddaddy’s cabin
You can be ashamed of all your cheap toys
You can be ashamed of your unworn boots
but there’s no shame in being a country boy

‘Cause you wake up in the morning
and you feed the animals we own
And you’ll take pride in raising them
‘Cause it’s due to you they’ve grown
You were taught to do these chores for us
to build your heart with compassion & gold
There’s no shame in being a country boy, son
Life’s not what’s your image or in your billfold

You can be ashamed you don’t say things right
You can be ashamed of that beater you drive
You can be ashamed of our three-legged dog
and old gray mare out there who’s still alive
You can be ashamed of this old farmhouse
Here in the smack dab center of Illinois
But son, I know one day you’ll remember us
and say you liked growing up as a country boy

‘Cause country boys end up with country girls
and know how to raise a hardworking family
We make damn sure you’re never hungry
This old farm is worth more than a degree
You want to go off to a hoity-toity college
But son, don’t forget everything I’ve said
There’s no shame in being a country boy
Don’t let the big time get to your head

Son, there’s no shame in being a country boy
Don’t let the big time get to your head

February 10, 2019

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Adult Themes, Folk Ballad, Inspired by People, No Music Yet, Unrequited, Wistful, Women, Young Love

She’s Got an iPhone

Verse 1:
She’s got an iPhone
She’s always on that thing
She’s got an iPhone
And a diamond ring
I don’t know who loves her
Who lives inside her brain
I don’t know where she works
Or where she takes the train
But she’s got an iPhone
And she lives here in Maine

Bridge:
She wears granny glasses
Her hair’s always in a bun
She wears granny glasses
She’s constantly on the run
I haven’t seen her husband
Or if she has a girl or a boy
But she’s got an iPhone
And filled with so much joy

Chorus:
She smiles at me every morning
But doesn’t ever say a word
And she’s drivin’ me insane
’cause the whole thing is absurd
I wanna sit by her one time
Maybe day after day after that
But she’s addicted to her iPhone
So we never get to chit-chat

Verse 3:
She’s got an iPhone
I can only afford a Pixel 2
She’s got and iPhone
And looks like an ingenue
I wanna be friends with her
Grab coffee one afternoon
But this train’s the water
And she’s the elusive moon
Cause she’s got an iPhone
And I’m no filthy rich tycoon

Chorus:
She smiles at me every morning
But doesn’t ever say a word
And she’s drivin’ me insane
’cause the whole thing is absurd
I wanna sit by her one time
Maybe day after day after that
But she’s addicted to her iPhone
So we never get to chit-chat

Back to Verse 1:
She’s got an iPhone
She’s always on that thing
She’s got an iPhone
And a diamond ring
I don’t know who loves her
Who lives inside her brain
I don’t know where she works
Or where she takes the train
But she’s got an iPhone
And she lives here in Maine
And she lives here in Maine
And she lives here in Maine

February 7, 2019

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Adult Themes, Cabaret, Growing Up, Inspired by a Place, Introspective, Jazz, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Relationships, Unrequited, Wistful, Young Love

Dead Inside

Dead inside
That’s how I turned out
Dead inside
I don’t know what I’m about
I have no idea how I got this way
But here you are asking me today

If I remember a time when I felt well
But I promised I would never ever tell

I cannot unpack all those feelings
Locked so deep inside of me
I hear them rumble and they tumble
No one ever helped me find the key
It sunk like an old pirate’s chest
Somewhere in the middle of the sea
The younger me is chained to it, and
couldn’t figure out how to break free

Dead inside
He’s just a kid and nobody knew
Dead inside
No one can rescue him, not even you
I have no idea if anything you say
Will break the chains, rusted & gray

I know I blocked a time when I felt well
I gave my word I would never ever tell

I cannot unpack all those feelings
Locked so deep inside of me
I hear them rumble and they tumble
No one ever helped me find the key
It sunk like an old pirate’s chest
Somewhere in the middle of the sea
The younger me is chained to it, and
Died trying desperately to break free

He’s dead inside
He’s a part of who I’ve become
Dead inside
It’s OK to me if I’m forever numb
I have idea why I need to sit & talk
I’d rather wander alone on the Boardwalk

It’s where I discovered I wasn’t well
And then remembered I shouldn’t tell

I wanna unpack all those feelings
Locked so deep inside of me
And they rumble and they tumble
I’ve been looking for the silver key
That sunk like an old pirate’s chest
Somewhere in the middle of the sea
Meanwhile the older me is out here
And what’s dead inside
What’s dead inside
Is the dream of what she and I
Will never in our lifetime be

January 15, 2019

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Adult Themes, Country Song, Folk Ballad, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Relationships, Romance

Good God, I Love You

Those eyes, that hair
The way you laugh at me
when I crack a joke
God, I love this
God, I love you

Those lips, that smile
The way you look at me
as you eat an artichoke
God, I love this
God, I love you

We’re so different
Much different
than I thought we’d be
We’re so different
but this ain’t a complaint
I’m so honored & grateful
you’ve carefully chosen me

Those cheeks, that chin
The way you reach for me
as we listen to some folk
God, I love this
God, I love you

We’re so different
Much different
than I hoped we’d be
We’re so different
but I adore you so much
I’m faithfully yours, like
burning sands are to the sea

Those cheeks, that chin
The way you sweetly kiss me
As we enjoy our bathtub soak
God, I love us
God, I love this
Good God, I love you

Good God, I love you

January 12, 2019

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About Family, Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Folk Ballad, Growing Up, Inspired by College, Introspective, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Rites of Passage, Wistful

Beach in Seabright

I look at our kids
I look at my wife
I think to myself
What a wonderful life

We have a house
A couple of cars
I feel so grateful
as I stare at the stars

And I know time is moving
faster than I’d like
I know it’s been a while since
I’ve been on my bike
I also know all of this
is what I’d dream about
As I’d head out with my friends
night after night
Searching for the one
with sweetness and light
At bars nearby
the beach in Seabright

I didn’t see her comin’
but I fell hard & fast
I was confident & cool
Prayin’ we would last

And I sure as hell got lucky
We’ve now been together for so long
When I think we’re gonna break up
I discover I’m so, so wrong

And I know time is moving
faster than desired
II know it’ll be a while
before we’re retired
I also know all of this
is what I hoped for as a teen
As I’d go out with my friends
on Saturday nights
Looking for more
than sweetness and light
At those bonfires on
the beach in Seabright

I look at our kids
and who I’ve become
I didn’t end up where
Mom & Dad were from

This journey I’m on
with my loving family
is the best damn thing
That’s happened to me

And I know time is moving
faster than I’d like
It’s been a while since
I’ve ridden that bike
I also know all of this is
all I’d ever need or want
Someday I’ll take them all to
that yacht harbor restaurant
Where I’d admire everyone
with sweetness and light
who grew up like me at
that beach in Seabright

Who grew up like me at
that beach in Seabright

December 27, 2018

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Adult Themes, Americana, Country Song, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Optimism, Wistful

If I Only Had a Truck

I’ve got my T-Shirt, it’s whiter than I’ll ever be
I’ve got my worn out boots just customized for me
I’ve got my work-worn jeans from my ten hour days
And my ol’ baseball hat promoting Chevrolets

Chorus 1:
And if I only had a truck
I might have someone holding me tight
like that girl I’ve known since grade school
who wasn’t impressed by my BMX bike
We’d go muddin’ out in the cornfields
and have sweet kisses out by the lake
I’d have it all, the girl and good luck
If I, If I, If I only had a truck

I was raised right, got myself mostly A’s & B’s
At the General Store I’d hear ’em shoot the breeze
Wanted to be like them – all those hardworkin’ men
Not like my beachgoing friends who’d go hang ten

Bridge:
Instead I learned how to work on cars
but I didn’t get to labor on a farm
And I took up pitchin’ in High School
but Senior year I blew out my arm

Chorus 2:
And if I only had a truck
Things would have worked out differently
When someone needed help movin’ stuff
They’d always call & count on me
Now I’m just a mechanic at a Quick Lube
and every day on my lunch break
I try to figure out how I’m gonna get unstuck
Man, it wouldn’t suck,
if I, if I, if I… only had a truck

Instrumental break, then

Chorus 1:
If I only had a truck
I might have someone holding me tight
like that girl I’ve known since grade school
who wasn’t impressed by my BMX bike
We’d go muddin’ out in the cornfields
and have sweet kisses out by the lake
I’d have it all, the girl and good luck
If I, If I, If I only had a truck

If I, If I, If I only had a truck

December 20, 2018

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Adult Themes, Americana, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Optimism, Relationships, Romance, Wistful, Women

I Believe Her Now

She told me she loved me before I moved on
And I think I believe her now
She said she didn’t want to live without me
And I think I believe her now
‘Cause she’s in a hospital bed
I keep thinkin’ ’bout what she said
It’s rattlin’ around in my head
And I think I believe her now

I believe
I believe
I believe
I think I believe her now

She told me I’d never find another like her
And I think I believe her now
She said I’d remember the way we were
And I think I believe her now
‘Cause I feel so damn upset
And I’m ponderin’ what she said
I’m filled with a lot of regret
And I think I believe her now

I believe
I believe
I believe
I think I believe her now

I came home last night to my apartment
She was out front waitin’ for me
A couple of guys left her for dead
She asked me to take her to Emergency
She was black ‘n blue all over her body
She could barely see out of her eyes
She said they both sexually assaulted her
And I couldn’t help but empathize

She told me she’s sorry she treated me bad
And I think I believe her now
She said ever since I left she’s been so sad
And I think I believe her now
‘Cause what I felt for her before we fought
Is back in my heart and I love her a lot
She said she really wants another shot
She told me she’ll give me all she’s got
And I think I believe her now
No, I know I believe her now

I believe
I believe
I believe
I know I believe her now
I know I believe her now

December 12, 2018

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