The Girl Who Changed My Mind

I thought I’d be single
for the rest of my days
That I’d be eating solo
in depressing book-cafes
That someone wouldn’t stay
when everyone else was unkind
But at last I found her
The girl who changed my mind

I thought I’d spend my evenings
playing my guitar alone
I thought I’d only be with
my shiny candy bar phone
I’d be old & in my easy chair
cause she would be too hard to find
But then she at last found me
The girl who changed my mind

We had too good of a time
to walk away from a great life
The one we would eventually have
as husband and wife
So we got married one summer
and the kids are growing fast
And it’s better than expected
It’s been a total blast

So as you sit there in your car
and you wonder what will be
Just remember the story
of that elusive girl and me
Wait for that special one
Your hearts will feel aligned
Everything will be all right
With that girl who’ll change your mind

Everything will be all right
With that girl who’ll change your mind.

2017

I’ve been driving a lot of college students around town – sometimes guys, sometimes girls, and I overhear a lot of stuff – sometimes they even talk to me about their relationship stuff. There is that struggle… Is the right one coming, and what’s gonna happen next with this person? There were questions in my younger years too. What was I doing wrong? What was I not doing right? Was it really just them instead of me? But what I realized in life was that it really was like that love that David Wilcox talked about in his song “Right On Time,” love does reveal itself to you right on time, you just will know it deep inside yourself and they’ll know it too.

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Why Are You So Upset?

The house is as clean as it could ever be
Everything has been put in its place
But the one thing that’s missing here
Is the sweet smile that was on your face

We’ve emerged from those bad times
I’ve changed my selfish rambling ways
So what seems to be the problem, my love
Babe, why aren’t these much better days?

Why are you so upset?
Don’t you have what you need?
We have plenty of food in the fridge
And so many books you can read
Our children are happy out back
You’re crying on our kitchen floor
Why isn’t what we have enough
Why do you need so much more?

Your eyes are dim
but they once were so bright
Our soft sunny day has turned
into a dark, stormy night

Something about all of this
just doesn’t sit right
I’m so confused about
what’s happening with you, my love

Why are you so upset?
Don’t we have what you need?
I don’t know how to make you happy
I’m not sure how we should proceed
No matter what I do or say
No matter where we stay or go
I love you and always will
I just wanted you to know

2017

OK, so this one I thought of this scene, you know. The one where everything is going great, but the woman you love is crying on the kitchen floor. It could be that she had been drinking and she just is depressed. It could be that you can’t see what’s going on until it’s way too late.

Let’s Stay Inside Tonight

It’s near 20 below
freezing outside
Frankly, I don’t want
you out of my sight
So what do you say,
my sugar plum fairy?
Let’s stay inside tonight

The fire’s blazing
and here’s that Toddy
Out the back window,
we only see white
What do you say,
my sweet Swedish dumplin’?
Let’s stay inside tonight

The phone is on the fritz, my lady
But at least it’s warmer in here
I’ll be a gentleman, not shady
Tomorrow, the roads will be crystal clear

How about we eat that
Delicious apple pie
With whipped cream
by candlelight?
What do you say,
my dear babycakes?
Let’s stay inside tonight

Oh, let’s stay inside tonight.

Solo, then

Back to Bridge, then last Verse.

2016

Inspired by “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” I totally see this as a playful little scene between a dapper man and a far too uptight dame. Kind of a throwaway lyric but it was oh so fun to write. Sure put a spring in my step when I wrote it.

The Songs We Love To Hear

They make us laugh
They make us cry
They remind us of the dreams
We had when we were high
They make us sad
They make us glad
They remind us of the love
We wish we had
They are the songs we love to hear
And they’ll never disappear
To me it’s so very clear
They’ve helped me battle my fear
Those songs we love to hear
They’re stuck inside my brain
Some express joy and others’ pain
Some are by the writers of today
And some are in the Public Domain
Songs like America the Beautiful
And God Bless the USA
Also, Alexander’s Ragtime Band
And I Wanna Hold Your Hand
What’s New Pussycat?
and Love is a Splendored Thing
I Get a Kick Out of You –
And the Angels Sing
The list goes on and on
It’s a worldwide phenomenon
Those tunes we love to croon
About the sun and the silvery moon
They are in the fabric of why we are
And of the ones we love, near and far
We love blasting them in our homes
And singing them in the shower or car
We dance to them at the local bar
They play them at the baseball game
Once we hear them
We’re never, ever the same
They are the songs we love to hear
New ones are written every year
To me, they’re all so sincere
They’ve helped me break through my fear
The songs we love to hear
The songs we love to hear.

2016

Adulting Blues

Inspired by Paul Thorn

My parents won’t send me money anymore
And I just got fired the other day
She’s threatened to leave me for some guy
And I’ve got too many bills to pay

Everybody I know is on my case
And this bullet’s lookin’ pretty good
I’m too big of a wuss to pull the trigger
The Devil inside’s telling me I should

I’ve got the Adulting Blues
The Adulting Blues
I’m wobblin’ in my shoes
Cause of my Adulting blues

My pit bull just bit my neighbor’s girl
Now I’m gonna have to put him to sleep
I can’t figure out what I want to sell
Cause there’s so much in this place to keep

I look around at all I’ve collected
Boy, I’ve bought a lot of crap
Instead of going outside in that Hellfire
I think I’ll take another nap

I’ve got the Adulting Blues
The Adulting Blues
I’ve got nothing else to lose
But these Adulting Blues.

Revised 2017

Lyric Notes: This was one I revisited today and revised. My brother is a huge Paul Thorn fan and whenever he’s into a Singer/Songwriter, he will play a few songs for me. So,  to be totally honest, this lyric is dedicated to not only Paul Thorn (who I wouldn’t mind collaborating with someday) but my brother Russ.  Enjoy, gentlemen!

We Need To Go There Tonight

When you looked at me
and I looked down
I said those words
and I saw you frown

It's like I brought up something
you never wanted to do
And I wondered why
Oh why I ever ended up with you
I don't think I should have to beg
I really don't want to get in a fight
All I know is I didn't think it was wrong
When I said "We need to go there tonight."
We need to go there tonight

So I paid the bill
after our expensive meal
And we're home now
But I don't know you feel

I don't know what you want
Maybe it's not me
Maybe it's time we stop
Bein' something we can't be

I didn't mean to bring up something
You never wanted to do
And I now wonder why
Why did I ever end up with you
I don't think I should have to beg
I really don't want to get in a fight
All I know is I don't think I'm wrong
to say we need to go there tonight
We need to go there tonight

We need to go there tonight
We need to go there tonight
We need to go there tonight
We need to go there....

2017

Lyric Notes:  Everyone needs to go "there" as a couple.  If it's that hard conversation or even if it's making love after a long while of not doing so. I'm not saying which I'm referring to, I just liked the idea of a song grappling with this issue that couples have.

Don’t You Dare Break Her Heart

I’ve known her since we were ten years old
and I’ll say she’s always been smart
But she’s always had bad luck with men
so don’t you dare break her heart

Don’t you dare break her heart
Don’t you dare break it in two
Don’t even think about hurting her
Or I might just have to hurt you

She has a pattern of attractin’ the bad boys
with only one thing they want to do
And she falls for them hook, line, and sinker
then each one of them runs and they’re through
It turns out each boy’s just not into her
His intention is to make sure they part
So all I ask of you tonight at this bar
is don’t you dare break her heart

It’s not that I think you would do it
It’s not that I think you don’t care
Just be careful with her, she’s been through Hell
If you aren’t sincere, please go elsewhere

She’s coming back and I’ll end it with this
Think of her as a cute lil’ shopping cart
Fill her up with experiences & your love
but don’t you dare break her heart
Don’t you dare break her heart, my friend
If you are planning to do that, then go
I’ll think up an excuse after you leave
I cross my soul she won’t ever know

2017

Lyric Notes: Last night, I was on my way back to BloNo from Champaign-Urbana, IL and was listening to a Grand Ole Opry Willie Nelson CD I bought from the U of I Campus Bookstore. I thought about old Western tunes like his that also have been inspiring me to write and this is my stab at a good ol’ fashioned Western song lyric. Hope you enjoy it.

Come Write a Love Story With Me

We could camp out up at Rabbit Creek
Where we used to play hide and seek
Let’s stay up there for about a week
I promise you it won’t be bleak

Come write a love story with me
Where we’ll hold hands and be carefree
We can go dip in the freezing cold water
Our steamy kisses will make it hotter
Write a love story with me

Let’s not spend money on anything
You’ll rub my body with sunscreen
Let’s get away from this routine
Come write a love story with me

It seems to be we’re on a separate page
You’re in the spotlight and I’m offstage
This is the life I didn’t hope for or expect
I loved it more back then when we necked

Write a love story with me
Where we’ll hold hands and be carefree
We can go dip into that freezing water
Our steamy kisses will make it hotter
Write a love story with me
Let’s cuddle close below a pine tree
I’m not too into this big city scene
Let’s go be the couple we used to be
Come write a love story with me

It’s what we deeply need
Sweetheart, don’t you see
Let’s go back to being
The couple we used to be

Come write a love story with me.

2017

 

Bro-Country 101

Takin’ dirt roads to a Gulf Coast beach
Drinkin’ cold ones and not givin’ a damn
Stayin’ up til the crack of dawn
and postin’ it all on Instagram
You’ve got your blue jean baby’s hands
And you’re pullin’ her close to you
You’re both young and you have tans
You dream of moving to Malibu

The girls are Snapchattin’ instead of callin’
The guys are actin’ like young crazy fools
You’ve got the whole world in front of you
And you’re into breakin’ them rules
Who taught you how to live like this?
It’s those songs playin’ on the radio
When you’re all hangin’ out in a cornfield
And you’re just goin’ with the flow

There’s Blake Shelton and Eric Church
Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett
Zac Brown Band’s got their ass in the sand
Keith Urban’s working on another song I bet
And it’s about Rivers, Bonfires and Babes
It’s about gunners zoomin’ down that road
Or big truck drivers eatin’ at the Flyin’ J
Before they pick up another load
Brad Paisley wants to get Mud on the Tires
Florida Georgia Line’s praisin’ good ol’ fun
And that’s what life is when you’re all about
Bro-Country 101

Headin’ to NASCAR races with Tim McGraw
Tubin’ on a river with a group you enjoy
You’re obsessing about this girl you like
The girls just want a Small Town Boy
And everybody’s screamin’ “Hell Yeah!”
Someone’s streamin’ songs from Spotify
Preachin’ ignorin’ first world problems
And just watchin’ those clouds roll by

The girls are Snapchattin’ instead of callin’
The guys are actin’ like young crazy fools
You’ve got the whole world in front of you
And you’re into breakin’ them rules
Who taught you how to live like this?
It’s those songs playin’ on the radio
When you’re all hangin’ out in a cornfield
And you’re just goin’ with the flow

There’s Blake Shelton and Eric Church
Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett
Zac Brown Band’s got their ass in the sand
Keith Urban’s working on another song I bet
And it’s about Rivers, Bonfires and Babes
It’s about zoomin’ down that road
Or big truck drivers eatin’ at the Flyin’ J
Before they pick up another load
Brad Paisley wants to get Mud on the Tires
Florida Georgia Line’s praisin’ good ol’ fun
And that’s what life is when you’re all about
Bro-Country 101

That’s what your life is when you’re all about
Bro-Country 101.

2017