Poetry
2003

2003

MUDDY LOVE

 

Color me painted with Mississippi sky

Oh Lord, I got the blues for you.

Call me crazy but you’re like a slow movin’ train,

And I just wanna go along for the ride, followin’ you ‘til the end of the line.

 

You might say he’s lazy but my southern man he slows me down,

Just reminding me how to breathe.

Well there’s a river running through these two old dirty souls

Making sweet, southern, swampy- dirty down love.

 

Judging by the shape I was in

Hot rain burning up my skin.

Muddy waters wash away my sins-

This healing’s gonna take a long long time

Unless my sweet southern man be at my side.

 

We talked across time til we got to Nashville, Tennessee

Though I don’t always hear all the words he says

I just sometimes get caught up listening to his sweet sounding melody

Talking ‘bout those back roads in his mind, those dirt roads that always take me home.

 

Judging by the shape I was in

Hot rain burning up my skin.

Muddy waters wash away my sins-

This healing’s gonna take a long long time

Unless my sweet southern man be at my side.

 

Give me a little southern somethin’

To shake these shadows off my trail

There’s a river running through these two old dirty souls

Making sweet, southern swampy- dirty down love.

 

Judging by the shape I was in

Hot rain burning up my skin.

Muddy waters wash away my sins-

This healing’s gonna take a long long time

Unless my sweet southern man be at my side.

CASH IT IN

Old friends crossing over, getting fewer every day.

Another bright light and melody is gone.

Silenced but not forgotten.

But it ain't never all over,

The sound of man lives on.

Send my soul where all the long gone bluesmen go,

So no longer, no longer will I feel so all alone.

Save me from this misery, call me home sweet home.

FISHIN’ BLUES                                     

 

Daddy don’t live here anymore,

Ain’t seen his six foot two frame walk through that door.

No more pick-ups in Daddy’s old pick up truck, sitting beside him for a drive.

Don’t see him fixin’ things in them old dusty jeans, lookin’ like James Dean.

 

Daddy don’t you think it’s crazy how I won’t see you for awhile?

Sittin’ here wishin’ to go fishin’ one more day, one more day with you.

And Daddy we said we’d rebuild a ‘59 Caddy one day,

But there’s no more days with you.

Here I am thinkin’, my boat is sinkin’

And I ain’t caught a catfish all day long,

When I hear your voice across the water sayin’

Hold on, you’ve just got those fishin blues.

 

We put away that old fishin’ boat and I cried when we sold it in the spring.

That really hurt the most ‘til I realized that I hadn’t heard all year

The sound of Daddy startin’ his old John Deere.

There’s no more sounds of playin’ poker or drinkin’ beer

Or howlin’ at Sunday football.

 

Daddy don’t you think it’s crazy how I won’t see you for awhile?

Sittin’ here wishin’ to go fishin’ one more day, one more day with you.

And Daddy we said we’d rebuild a ‘59 Caddy one day,

But there’s no more days with you.

Here I am thinkin’, my boat is sinkin’

And I ain’t caught a catfish all day long,

When I hear your voice across the water sayin’

Hold on, you’ve just got those fishin blues.

 

Oh how I wish I could still hear him whistlin’ upon the water, whistlin’ all the time

But oh, I guess I’ll just hear him whistlin’ now upon the waters on my mind.

TO LIFT MY HEAD                          

 

It only hurts when I lift my head

God blessed me then left me for dead

The light of day it burns my eyes

Cuz it’s a dark neighborhood in my mind

Wait, wait.

 

Slow I’m coming down the road

Slow I’m coming down the road

I might just get to where I’m going

I just might get to where I’m going

If only I could just lift my head

If only I could just lift my head

 

It only hurts when I lift my head

Spinning round words left unsaid

Poisoning my mind

Until my spirit leaves me behind

Wait, wait

 

Slow I’m coming down the road

Slow I’m coming down the road

I might just get to where I’m going

I just might get to where I’m going

If only I could just lift my head

If only I could just lift my head

 

It only hurts when I lift my head

It only hurts when I lift my head

It only hurts when I lift my...

It only hurts until I lay my burden down

Lay it down

 

Slow I’m coming down the road

Slow I’m coming down the road

I might just get to where I’m going

I just might get to where I’m going

If only I could just lift my head

If only I could just lift my head

I’VE ALREADY FALLEN

 

You’re too late I’ve given up on love

Not standing tall merely stumbling along

Head down and wandering, world spinning around

Not even you can save me now

 

You’re too late I’ve already fallen

Fallen flat on the ground

You’re too late I’ve already fallen

Coz I’ve already fallen down

 

I made a choice when I first heard you voice

From my sunken pit dwelling on the bottom

You’re like a breeze across this dusty soul that now shines

You’ve gotta feel the same who’ll be the first to cross that line

 

You’re too late I’ve already fallen

Fallen at your feet

You’re too late I’ve already fallen

Coz I’ve already fallen for you                                                                                   

 

You gave up, you walked away, put our love in your pocket for another day

While I just carried on

 

Been two years since the day you damn well did hesitate

Now you’re here, do you think for all this time I’d have waited?

Well I don’t think so

                                                     

 

 

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