Wild Turkey

Look at him shakin’ on the dance floor
Flirtin’ with the girls, pinchin’ their cheeks
He’s been raisin’ hell here for a while now
He’s been at it for weeks and weeks

The bartenders all know his name
He’s told his story to everyone in here
He don’t give a crap if you don’t like him
Man, it’s like he’s fresh outta fear

Wild Turkey
Is what he drinks
He’s livin’ it up
He says what he thinks
Wild Turkey
Happy to be his own man
Oh, Wild Turkey
I’m his biggest fan

Before he came here it was boring
This place was empty as it could be
Then he strolled in on a Tuesday night
And he sat right down next to me

He said “We’ve got one life, man”
“It’s up to us to make it a good one”
“And I’m gonna spend it gettin’ rowdy
I’m gonna drink and have some fun”

Wild Turkey
Does his own thing
He’s livin’ the high life
Sometimes he’ll sing
Wild Turkey
A good man through & through
Oh, Wild Turkey
He’ll never hurt me or you

Sometimes I see him in the early morning
Out on Castle Beach catchin’ them rays
And I’m envious of his loose lifestyle
Wish I could abandon my responsible ways
But then it hits me he didn’t have a choice
It’s the way he’s learned to adjust and cope
With all the shit that he’s been through in life
To me, he’s given a certain sense of hope

Wild Turkey
Likes it on the rocks
He may be crazy
But wise like a fox
Oh, Wild Turkey
He can’t be outdone
Oh, Wild Turkey
In life, I know he’s won

Oh, Wild Turkey
In life I know he’s won.

May 22, 2018

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Social Me, Silent You

Social me, silent you
Happy me but you’re so blue
Sitting alone at your table
Looking so sweet and refined
What I wouldn’t do
To know what’s on your mind

Social me, silent you
My heart is free, wish you knew
I’d be yours in the moonlight
As the summer stars aligned
My love would be true
I promise I’d be very kind

I feel so bad ’cause you look so sad
Those don’t look like tears of joy
I’m thinking you might be really mad
At some silly immature college boy

Social me, silent you
I’d like to take you somewhere to
Hold your hand like a White Knight
Forget this party we’d leave behind
On the lake in a small canoe
Where we would relax and unwind
You don’t know how I’ve pined
‘n hope all your dreams come true

Yet I’m too shy
and think I’d never be your guy
So that is why
I’m socializing and so fearful
Of wonderful, gorgeous, silent
and heart-stopping you

Of beautiful, amazing, silent
and heart-stopping you.

May 21, 2018

We’re Expecting

Got a salt ‘n pepper three day beard
On a sailboat driftin’ near the mainland
Drinking a Blue Moon beer in a bottle
‘n holdin’ on to my sweetheart’s hand

We’re happier than I’ve been in a long time
Feelin’ good about where we’re headed ‘n why
Cause she just told me some great news
When she said it, I smiled ‘n cried

She said we’re expecting
She’s kept it from me for a couple weeks
That’s why she’s been so sick lately
I’ve noticed a certain glow in her cheeks
She’s been laughin’ and smilin’ a lot more
And she’s been huggin’ me so tight
All cause we’re expecting
And the timing couldn’t be more right

I’ve loved livin’ on this home we’ve made
And the friends we’ve met in Key West
But now we’ve got a real choice to make
We’ve gotta figure out what’ll be best

Should we move to where her family is
Or should we stay with what we’ve got
Do we buy a house with a large property
Or should we upgrade to a big yacht

Cause now we’re expecting
We’re gonna need more than beer ‘n the sea
We’ll have to give that baby what it needs
Life is no longer about her or even me
I’ve gotta figure out what’s important
Way before that baby comes into our life
All cause we’re expecting
I’ll have to take care of my dear sweet wife

With no backup plan ‘n very little savings
I’ve gotta decide on what to do ASAP
I know I’ve gotta step it up in a big way
Be the best husband ‘n father I can be

I know I’ve gotta take better care of myself
‘n embrace this upcoming responsibility
Cause I’m not gonna be a deadbeat Dad
Gone will be that feeling of bein’ carefree

I look out to that ocean, blue as her eyes
Inside, I’m feelin’ so differently
I know that our lives are gonna be changing
It’ll call us Daddy and Mommy

All cause we’re expecting
A baby who’ll look up to us and learn
We’re far past the point of no return
And now what should be our concern
Is keeping baby safe ‘n protecting him or her
And focusing on the now, not who we were
Before my love told me we’re expecting
On this sailboat, the home that we made
We’re expecting a baby, for which we prayed

We’re expecting a baby, for which we prayed.

May 21, 2018

California Vacayday

We’ve looked forward to this
Just our children, you and me
Spending quality time together
In scenic Capitola-by-the-Sea

It’s a perfect California Vacayday
We went bodysurfin’ in the bay
It’s a perfect California Vacayday
It’s so great to be away
from the hustle and bustle
and our big city street
And eating gourmet tacos
filled with lobster meat
No worries, just leisurely play
On this perfect California Vacayday

Wind making our sand-dusted hair dance
and I’m gently holding your tanned hand
We’re rekindling and nurturing our romance
as we’re strolling together on the sand

Our kids are having so much fun
It’s been a complete and total blast
reflecting & joking with you, my dear
We’re in the moment, not stuck in the past

It’s a perfect California Vacayday
We went bodysurfin’ in the bay
It’s a perfect California Vacayday
It’s so great to be away
from the hustle and bustle
and our big city street
And eating gourmet tacos
filled with lobster meat
No worries, just leisurely play
On this perfect California Vacayday

With you, my life-long love
and our funny, darling children
on this perfect California Vacayday

On this perfect California Vacayday.

May 15, 2018

Pinto Lake

Well, I’m thinkin’ about Half Moon Bay
and those egg sandwiches you would make,
All those black and white analog snapshots
you wanted to but didn’t have time to take

And I’m thinkin’ about that early Spring day
It was a bit foggy, you had something to say
When we were in that rowboat on Pinto Lake
When we were in that rowboat on Pinto Lake

I was wearing khaki shorts & a white pocket tee
You wore a gingham top and favorite ripped jeans
You brought a picnic basket with Martinelli’s,
Potato salad, French bread & freshly baked beans

And I wonder about all the reasons why my dear
You chose to tell me you weren’t gonna stay
When we were in that rowboat out on Pinto Lake
Oh, in that little rowboat out on Pinto Lake

We were from that place
That sleepy farm town
Filled with roses
Old friends
Ramsey Park
Where our Mothers
took us both to play
We were twenty-four
and we had planned
to move out of state
But you said you’ve packed
and was moving that very May

I’m sad and thinkin’ about that early Spring day
You brought me a bright yellow roses bouquet
My heart was breaking apart every which way
As you said what you needed to say
In that little rowboat with me out on Pinto Lake

In that little rowboat with me out on Pinto Lake.

May 15, 2018

Relentless Party Chick

There you are, Relentless Party Chick
You drink too much cause your man’s a prick
You’d rather get rowdy and dance on the bar
Relentless Party Chick, there you are

I’m here all the time & see you go to town
Settin’ up cowboys then knockin’ ’em down
’cause he’s workin’ all night, you get out & play
Then he knows you’re in bed sleepin’ all day

And there you are, Relentless Party Chick
Drinkin’ too much whiskey ’til you get sick
You’re a twistin’ tornado, raisin some shit
and you’re so damn pretty, lookin’ healthy & fit

But you’re hurtin’ deep inside
Fillin’ that empty void
And I’ve seen him here with you
Feelin’ sad and annoyed
I saw the red in his eyes
as he noticed the guys
Who hug you & touch you
It’s clear he’s gotten wise

So there you are, Relentless Party Chick
And there he still is, being a total dick
I saw him in here havin’ lunch at noon
with a younger woman he’s seen since June

That’s why you’re hurtin’ deep inside
Fillin’ that empty void
Turns out he’s just actin’
like he is mad and annoyed
I saw the red in his eyes then
but now they’re baby blue
’cause Relentless Party Chick
he’s about to leave you

Yeah, Relentless Party Chick,
he’s about to leave you.

May 2, 2018

Lyrics Notes: Shelly Peiken writes a great blog and has written fantastic songs. In her recent blog post, she talks about the promoting sexuality in songs and I agree it’s gone pretty far. Sex sells. But what about honesty in songs and setting up themes within them that can be the type that people can learn from? In these above lyrics, I explore a theme involving a party girl, her boyfriend, and the girl in-between. It’s a toxic relationship filled with dishonesty between lovers and total disrespect. I think exploration into themes like this will offset the fantasy and get more realistic about what happens in relationships when people would rather avoid the most crucial part of their relationships: The Truth.

When I Was Alive

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was alive, oh yeah
When I was alive, I was me

I wanna know I wrote my story
I wanna know I chose my way
I wanna know that glory
of giving my all day after day
I wanna know who I loved
knew I loved them with all my heart
I wanna know they knew I thought
of them when we were far apart

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was living, oh yeah
When I was living, I was me

And it was what I chose
Not someone else’s choice
To follow my own muse
To sing with my own voice
To join all the others
who are happy with who they are
Because they are themselves
They shine like evening stars

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was alive, oh yeah
When I was alive, I was me

I was me and I was free
I was me and I was free
I was free by being me
I was free by being me
When I was alive
When I was alive
I was free
and I was me
When I was alive

April 26, 2018