His Poor Hand

He was at a high stakes card game
Right above Drifters in Bloomington
From the looks of him you could say
He wasn’t having a lot of fun

He was losing his money faster than you
could call him an unlucky sumbitch
But this is how things changed so fast
How he won it all then strutted out rich

It was all in how he played his poor hand
It was all in how he played his poor hand
He confused them with his tell
Some would say he played it well
It was all ’cause he knew how to win
with his poor hand

He only had a few chips on the table
Looked at the others, n glanced at her
Then he flipped up his top card slowly
Asked more credit from the banker

He threw his whole savings into the pot
And his face had a smirk then a smile
All the players misread him and folded
They thought it wasn’t worth their while

Little did they know
He’d win it all by workin’ with his poor hand
He’d win it all by workin’ with his poor hand
He confused them with his tell
Some would say he played it well
When he won that high stakes game
with his poor hand

So now, when I play Blackjack in Reno
I don’t have to count cards or cheat
I just play the way my Daddy taught me
Above Drifters, he didn’t miss a beat

And it works better when I’m not drinkin’
When I’ve had a good steak dinner meal
It helps me lie well, cause they’re thinkin’
My confidence in my play is very real

Most of the time I win with a poor hand
Most of the time I win with a poor hand
I confuse them all with my tell
Those bad cards I play so well
Like Daddy once won that big stakes game
with his poor hand

Like back then
when Daddy won that high stakes game
Where he gained some local Fame
He also won the heart of that dame
with his poor hand

With his poor hand.

June 20, 2018

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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

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

Chasing You

Every day after school
I was a lovestruck fool
You and I, we’d walk
and I listened to you talk

You’d tell me what was wrong
I’d sing you my favorite song
And soon I was falling hard
So I poured my heart out in a card

And right before Homecoming
I gave it to you, and you had
very little to say to me
I thought you never read it
or I did something really bad
It wasn’t I thought it would be
For weeks you knew how I felt
And then one day I decided
I know exactly what I’d do
I was through chasing you

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Chose what I thought was through
Knew it was the right thing to do
I stopped chasing you

I was just a typical teen boy
And you thought it was a ploy
But you didn’t let me know
Your deep feelings, you didn’t show

Over Christmas break, we didn’t speak
Even though you lived down the street
Choosing what I thought was true
I wasn’t through chasing you

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Chose what I thought was through
Knew it was the right thing to do
I kept on chasing you

And one night at Cold Stone Creamery
You took my hand and we went outside
You told me your deepest secret
You said it was hard for you to decide
And the moonlight was in your eyes
You had clear gloss on your lips
You slowly guided my shaking hands
right to your hoodie covered hips

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
I found out I didn’t have to be
Turns out I was your cup of tea
And the whole freakin’ time
You were chasing me
When I was ch-ch-ch chasing you
You were chasing me

When I was ch-ch-ch chasing you
You were chasing me!

April 23, 2018

Get Out of Town

She said she was in love with me
I am positive now she had lied
She said she was feeling feelings
She couldn’t keep them inside

She had me meet her Momma
She introduced me to her Dad
But this is what he said to me
During the only talk we ever had

He said get out of town
My daughter’s not right for you
She’s too young and inexperienced
I’m afraid you’ll break her heart in two
I looked at him and his college degrees
in frames hung on his office wall
Feeling so shot down and small
and said, “Can I just be her escort
to her future debutante ball?”

He agreed I should and we shook hands
And she looked so sweet that night
But when I explained I was moving away
She got upset and we had an awful fight

She was yelling and making a scene
She threw her drink in my stunned face
And all I could do was stand there
As she stormed out of the place

She said get out of town
Go on then, don’t ever come back
I’ll find a better boy and you’ll be sorry
I don’t know why I fell like that
And it broke me, I felt ashamed
Doing what her Dad told me to do
But if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you

Solo Break, then

She said get out of town
Go on then, don’t ever come back
I’ll find a better boy and you’ll be sorry
I don’t know why I fell like that
And it broke me, I felt ashamed
Doing what her Dad told me to do
But if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you

No, if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you
No, if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you.

April 18, 2018

Second in Command

You’re the craziest woman I’ll ever know
But I really don’t want you to go
’cause I love hearing your point of view
and I promise I won’t ever leave you

I see the beauty of you behind your eyes
Inside of you is a soul that is wise
From what you’ve said I think your pain
Has nothing to do with being vain

You just know what you want for yourself
and you’re willing to do it alone
I understand you’re the kind of girl
who likes figuring it out on your own
But you don’t have to, you can be with me
I’ll help you out with things you can’t see
So come on girl, let me take your hand
Let me be your second in command

I know I’ll never be in charge of your life
And I’m not asking for you to be my wife
By now I think you should see
You’ll have a lot of fun adventures with me

We can be a couple of goofy fools
Be the ones who make up our own rules
We’ll make it all up as we go along
singing our own special song

More than ever I know I wanna stand
Right next to you as your second in command
I wanna be your second in command
In a car or van zoomin’ all over this land
I think I’d be for you, a great second in command

A great second in command.

February 28, 2018

The Songwriter’s Daughter

She’s got a way of looking at the world
Like no one else I’ve heard of or met
Her eyes are windows to a universe
I don’t think I’ll want to forget

I know we’re just dating right now
And I don’t have much to my name
But I have this feeling in my heart
That I’ll never ever be the same

I think I’m falling for her
Oh, falling for that sweet girl
I think I’m falling hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter

She’s got a great smile & funny laugh
She takes me places I’ve never been
Like the diner out by those tracks
She’s comfortable in her own skin

She must have gotten it from her Mom
Who has grown slowly fond of me
Wherever we end up goin’ together
Is exactly where I want to be

And I think I’m falling for her
Oh, falling for that sweet girl
I think I’m falling so hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter

He’s taught her well and she’s happy
She’s an open book and completely free
She’s fascinating and she’s beautiful
She’s so refreshing and low-key

The music in that girl’s humble soul
Comforts me like cool fresh water
Hope she always knows she lights my world
Not just ’cause she’s a songwriter’s daughter

And I know I’m falling for her
I’m falling for that sweet girl
I’m falling so fast & hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter
The town songwriter’s daughter
The town songwriter’s daughter

February 25, 2018

Lyrics Notes: So the deal with this one is it’s inspired by the old country cliche and the phrase “Farmer’s Daughter.” I know a popular song is the Love Nostalgia Song… So I’ve heard variations like “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice or even an old one I happen to really love, “The Mortician’s Daughter,” by Freedy Johnston. I always think I wanted to invent a new one so this is about as inventive as I can get – to imagine what it would be like to fall in love as a college student with a songwriter’s daughter. An interesting twist is that instead of living where songwriters are a dime a dozen, they live in a one-songwriter town. Almost like a glimpse into one of my daughter’s future boyfriends, you know? It was a fun exercise, probably one of my better attempts at a character song. I love coming up with characters and coming up with a concept from a perspective that’s much like my own or someone I relate to because I’ve been there. Hope you like it!