Speak Your Mind

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I know people are going to think this piece is about gun control.  Wrong.  This blog is not a place for that argument.  What it IS about is people’s perceptions.  I have a friend who lives in New Mexico and loves the rodeo event called “mounted shooting”.  She is the inspiration for this piece.DSCN4716Gunslinger

Lookin’ out across this town,
Kind o’ makes me wonder how,
All the things that made us great,
Got left so far behind.

This used to be a peaceful place:
Decent folks, hard working ways.
Now they hide behind locked doors,
Afraid to speak their mind.

Chorus:
I think we need a gunslinger,
Somebody tough to tame this town.
I think we need a gunslinger,
There’ll be justice all around.

Someone let the fences go,
Wild-eyed bunch moved in, ya know,
Shootin’ up the streets shoutin’, “Everybody down,”
The dogs all runnin’ loose.

Wrecked the paper, closed the school,
Tired old judge got roughed up too.
No one left to make a stand;
They whisper, “What’s the use?”

There Goes the Neighborhood

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DSCN4721I’m in Love With a Big Blue Frog

I’m in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
It’s not as bad as it appears,
He wears glasses and he’s six foot three.

Well, I’m not worried about our kids,
I know they’ll turn out neat.
They’ll be great lookin ’cause they’ll have my face,
Great swimmers ’cause they’ll have his feet.

Well I’m in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
He’s not as bad as he appears,
He’s got rhythm and a PhD.

Well, I know we can make things work.
He’s got good family sense.
His mother was a frog from Philadelphia
His daddy an enchanted prince.

The neighbors are against it and it’s clear to me
And it’s probably clear to you.
They think value on their property will go right down
If the family next door is blue.

Well I’m in love with a blue frog
Abig blue frog loves me.
I’ve got it tattooed on my chest.
It says P.H.R.O.G. (It’s frog to me!)
P.H.R.O.G.

There’s No Hiding Place

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DSCN4720People Get Ready

People get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

People get ready for the train to Jordan
It’s picking up passengers from coast to coast
Faith is the key, open the doors and board ‘em
There’s hope for all among those loved the most

There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner
Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
For there’s no hiding place against the kingdom’s throne

So people get ready, there’s a train a comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board
All you need is faith to hear the diesels hummin’
Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord

My Isolation

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DSCN4719Whistles The Wind

Whistles the wind, blowing my way
Sweeping me back, back here to stay
Can winners be losers running on the same track?
Some head for glory, others refresh

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

My isolation, now there’s a sobering thought
A minute alone, a lifetime too long
See the face in this mirror, so pale it could crack
Desperately wanting the color it lacks

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

So you drank with the lost souls for too many years
Time to be right cause they’ll cripple with fear
Never been righteous, though seldom we’re wrong
Life’s only life with you in this song

Now there’s an ocean between us
Where I am and where I want to be
So you prayers in doubt, doubt not for me

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

Well it breaks my heart to see you this way
The beauty in life, where’s it gone?
And somebody told me, you were doing okay
Somehow I guess they were wrong

Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind
Whistles the wind

Oh you’ll find your way out, but there’s no going now
Every woman and child drags you down for the dive
It’s not safe being free, can’t give back what you feel
You said you’ll always be in heaven with me

Come Away with Me

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DSCN4726Come Away With Me

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Faithful Light

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Moonshadow

Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow
Leapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land,
Oh if I ever lose my hands, Oh if… I won’t have to work no more.
And if I ever lose my eyes, if my colours all run dry,
Yes if I ever lose my eyes, Oh if… I won’t have to cry no more.

Yes I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow
Leapin’ and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my legs, I won’t moan, and I won’t beg,
Yes if I ever lose my legs, Oh if… I won’t have to walk no more.
And if I ever lose my mouth, all my teeth, north and south,
Yes if I ever lose my mouth, Oh if… I won’t have to talk…

Did it take long to find me? I asked the faithful light.
Did it take long to find me? And are you gonna stay the night?

I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow
Leapin’ and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow
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110 in the Shade

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This is an older piece, but one of my favorites and I’ve never had it in a show.  The owner was generous enough to loan it for the show,

A Hundred And Ten In The Shade

 

Way out there in the cotton
Sun beatin’ down so hard
Sweat rollin’ of this shovel
Diggin’ in the devil’s boneyard
Sure like a cool drink of water
Soft rag to soothe my face
Sure like a woman to talk to in this place

 

It’s a hundred and ten
Hundred and ten in the shade
Goin’ way down
Mama won’t you carry me

 

Handle so hot I can’t stand it
Might shrivel up and blow away
Noonday sun make you crazy
Least, that’s what the old men say

 

Bottom land hard as a gravestone
Couldn’t cut it with an axe
Gonna lay me down right here
And that’s a fact

 

It’s a hundred and ten
Hundred and ten in the shade
Goin’ way down
Mama won’t you carry me

 

Sometimes late in the evenin’
Everything is quiet and still
I set here and think about leavin’
Lord, I guess I never will
Heartache down in that city
Bright light scares me anyway
Sure like a woman to talk in this place

 

It’s a hundred and ten
Hundred and ten in the shade
Goin’ way down
Mama won’t you carry me

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