Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Ballad, Country Song, Inspired By Situations, Love, Lyrics, Marriage, No Music Yet, Optimism, Relationships, Unrequited, Wistful

The Admirer

It’s easier for him to love you from a distance
Cause he’ll never know your quirks and flaws
He won’t see you day after day
as you and I struggle to find our way
He’s just hooked on how it all was

You have an admirer, he’s told you over the phone
To me, it looks as if he’s thrown you a bone
And he’s just lonely, he can’t meet the right one
But that’s his problem cause we ain’t done

You see,
It’s easier for him to love you from a distance
Cause he’ll never know your quirks and flaws
He won’t see you night after night
as you turn off that bedside light
and how you’re dealing with menopause

So your dear admirer, he’ll plead and he’ll beg
you to leave me but it’ll cost an arm and leg
Oh, don’t you consider his proposals to you
unless you really want us to be through

You see,
It’s easier for him to love you from a distance
To admire you for things he doesn’t see
He doesn’t know all the stuff we’ve been doing
Or how much you matter to me
He doesn’t know how much we’ve bonded now
or at what lengths I’ll go to not set you free

December 9, 2022


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About a Friend, Americana, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet

Avid Sports Fan

He’s there wearing the home team jersey
Whether it’s football, basketball or baseball
He takes pictures of himself with his buddies
Don’t remember the last time we were on a call

He’s an avid sports fan
He’s having way too much fun
An avid sports fan
Doesn’t care who lost or won
He’s just there for the tailgates
With old friends to socialize
He’s an avid sports fan
Until the day or night he dies

He goes to Hawaii with his real beauty
Where they golf every day in the sunshine
They live in a country club neighborhood
He’s got a cellar full of collectible wine

He’s an avid sports fan
That’s what he’s all about
An avid sports fan
A loyal one without a doubt
He’s always got a smile on his face
And twinkles in his eyes
He’s an avid sports fan
Until the day or night he dies

On the course
In the parking lot
At the stadium VIP bar
He never seems to work
A lavish life he’s got
And he’s come so far

He’s an avid sports fan
He’s having way too much fun
An avid sports fan
Doesn’t care who lost or won
He’s just there for the tailgates
With old friends to socialize
He’s an avid sports fan
Until the day or night he dies

December 8, 2022

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Adult Themes, Americana, Ballad, Introspective, Love, Love’s Timing, Lyrics, Marriage, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Optimism, Relationships, Romance, Storytelling, Young Love

Twenty Years Is Not Enough

So long ago, you and I decided to meet
When I saw you, my heart skipped a beat
And I was late getting there to you
You waited but I’m not sure you knew

From that first moment you were in my view
I was nervous and I tried to keep my cool
You were open to the rest of my broken heart
It was time for something special to start
So after many years of ups and downs
A twisted ride but you still kept me around
What we have is easier than tough
And my love, twenty years is not enough

And if it seems like I’m bitter and oh so cold
Maybe it’s because you’ve never seen me old
If I can’t find the solutions you’re looking for
I hope you don’t decide to walk out the door

Cause from that moment you were in my view
I was nervous and I tried to keep my cool
You were open to the rest of my broken heart
It was time for something special to start
And after many years of ups and downs
A twisted ride but you still kept me around
What we have is easier than rough
So, my love, twenty years is not enough

I wanna be there when our daughter gets married to the boy who never gave up on her
And thinks to himself if he’s a lucky man, they’ll be close like we are and always were

Cause from the moment she was in her view
He was nervous and he tried to keep his cool
And she was open to the rest of his young heart
And they knew something special would start
Then after many years of ups and downs
A twisted ride but she’ll keep him around
I’ll pray to God it will be easier than tough
And hope they know forever is just enough

November 19, 2022

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Adult Themes, Americana, Autobiographical, Ballad, Heartbreak, Inspired by People, Inspired By Situations, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Old Wounds, Relationships, Wistful

Topics That Trigger Me

If you wanna know, I’ll tell you
the topics that trigger me
So you can hold your tongue
When you’re hellbent & angry

So you won’t use them as weapons
You’ll know better and refrain
From devastating me with them
From causing me unfixable pain

All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me
All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me

They may seem trivial to you
the topics that trigger me
They hurt like a sucker punch
Then I’ll wanna break free

So please, don’t use’em as weapons
You’ll know better and refrain
From dismantling with them
From causing nonreversible pain

All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me
All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me

Promise me you won’t purposely
Shoot me with these memories
Promise me that and I’ll be yours
Like protected land and pine trees
Like protected land and pine trees

All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me
All because I trusted you completely
With topics that trigger me

Please don’t trigger me

October 2, 2022

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Adult Themes, Inspired By Situations, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Southern Gothic, Suspenseful

Please Help

I stared in horror at my wounded leg
She said forcefully I’d have to beg
I pleaded for mercy for her to let me go
How I made it here I’ll never know

So I need your help now
Before I go back there
Even if it’s only
The shortest prayer
I hear an angel far away
But I can’t make out
What she’s trying to say
Maybe it’s a warning
A message to keep running
And to never return
And to never return
Please help

I didn’t know her, we met in a bar
I was dizzy when we got in her car
I thought she’d kill me in no time
She’s committing crime after crime

So I need your help now
Before I go back there
Even if it’s only
The shortest prayer
I hear an angel far away
But I can’t make out
What she’s trying to say
Maybe it’s a warning
A message to keep running
And to never return
And to never return
Please help

They’re all still inside
She’s got a collection
Of men I didn’t know
I can’t get rid of
The stench in my nose
Now I’ll never smell a rose

So I need your help now
Before she finds me
Even if it’s only
A crawlspace, I’ll be
Listening to the angel
I’ll try to make out
What she’s trying to say
More than just a warning
A message to keep running
And to never return
And to never return
Please help

Please help

September 25, 2022

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Adult Themes, Ballad, Folk Ballad, Heartbreak, Inspired By Situations, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Storytelling, Unrequited, Wistful

Give Me Some Hugs

Her neck is red
And mine is too
Her collar’s white
And mine is blue
I’ve been a victim
She’s not the one
Who shot me twice
With a silenced gun

She watched over me
Since I’ve been here
She’s helped me with
Depression and fear
She’s treating me with
Her smiles and the drugs
I just wish she could
Give me some hugs

These sheets are clean
The food’s just ok
Haven’t seen my family
Since the other day
I know I can’t leave yet
I have no yearning to
Cause I’d never see her
What would I ever do

She’s watched over me
Since I’ve been here
She’s helped me with
Depression and fear
She’s treating me with
Her smiles and the drugs
I just wish she could
Give me some hugs

The nurse I needed
My angel who’s alive
She’s a perfect wave
A flawless swan dive
When they release me
I’ll be needing her so
But she’ll never be mine
This, I already know

Yet she’s watched over me
Since I’ve been here
She’s helped me with
Depression and fear
She’s healing me with
Her smiles and the drugs
I just wish she could
Give me some hugs

I just wish she would
Give me some hugs

September 23, 2022

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Americana, Autobiographical, Inspired by a Place, Inspired by College, Introspective, Nostalgia, Redbird Country Essay, Storytelling

Where is Redbird Country?

I came across an interesting fact when I typed in a Google search for “redbird” years ago. It wasn’t just that one fact that a Redbird is the same as a Northern Cardinal. It’s also a “Summer tanager,” which is not as well known, but it is a medium-sized songbird that was described by a Swedish naturalist back in 1758. The location given was Carolina but it was revised to North Carolina.

As a Santa Cruz County native, I knew that Santa Cruz High School’s mascot is the Cardinal and so is Stanford’s, which is a school I longed to go to when I graduated from High School. I didn’t have the grades for it but I still liked going there to visit with a friend of mine, Mark Hernandez, who was our Senior Class President at Watsonville High School with other friends like my good buddy Gary Rojas who also made the trips during his Freshman 1987-1988 school year.

We eagerly hung out with his new friends in his dorm and I remember one weekend, we got to see the Cardinal Men’s Basketball team and it was such a blast to be able to be inside that arena, watching the excitement, feeling that rush of being alive, seizing the moment while still in our youth, seeing this team out on the court working their butts off for adoration and respect, but most of all, to win the game.

My wife Melanie, who you will be learning a little bit about in these columns I am now writing as a freelancer, graduated with the Class of 1989 from Webb City High School in Webb City, MO, and was part of the school’s dance team called the “Redettes”. Their team was the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals are a popular team to root for out here in Central Illinois. Sure, there’s the Cubs, but you still will see those diehard fans with their red and white jerseys and hats, parading around town or at work on game days.

Then we know that Illinois State University is the home of the Redbirds and they had several students that went on to become celebrities such as Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sean Hayes, and one of my personal favorites, Gary Cole, who played Bill Lumbergh in the cult classic Office Space.

Illinois State had banners all around Uptown Normal calling it “Redbird Country” but I have not seen them up in a while.

There are 7 States that have named the Northern Cardinal as their “state bird.” They are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, and then finally, Virginia. They are thought of as being a symbol of hope, joy, health, rejuvenation, and celebration. What I’ve found out is that it is also known among bird watchers that fans of the Northern Cardinal are rare, energetic, and always willing to take care of those in need.

Victoria McGovern once famously said, “May you come to find comfort in and remember: cardinals appear when angels are near. So go now, sit outside and drink your tea. Keep a look out for the little red bird — if it is there, your loved one will be.”

I don’t know if Redbird Country could be considered one place though. I think it’s all around us, because in my travels around the Midwest as an Uber & Lyft Driver, I’ve met countless people from all walks of life who are much like the cardinals mentioned in McGovern’s quote. Those people were like angels to me. I had a passenger last night who I talked with and she said, “I’m proud of you for going back to school.” I didn’t know her before that ride and I may never see her again.

So, in the question, “Where is Redbird Country?” – I have to reply that Redbird Country is everywhere but especially, after living here in Central Illinois for almost 20 years now, that even if I was not raised here, it is most certainly in my heart.

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About Family, Adult Themes, Americana, Ballad, Inspired by People, Inspired By Situations, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Storytelling, Tribute Song, Women

Queen of Beer

When she died
All the family rejoiced
She was in so much pain
They did a long stein-hoist
They cheered and hollered
They were anxious to hear
What they were inheriting
From the true Queen of Beer

There was cash
All the jewels and homes
And the antique furniture
Her volumes of poems
They drank all the whiskey
They didn’t cry a single tear
Her death was a blessing
To heirs of the Queen of Beer

As they read the will they wept
But they accepted it with grace
She was buried in a simple coffin
In a gown made of linen and lace
Just a cross was her grave marker
In the town where she was raised
The Christian school she attended
Were surprised and amazed
When they opened their envelope
And read the long note she wrote
They would receive her whole estate
Except the Summer Home and Boat

They all stayed Labor Day Weekend
But went sailing the following Spring
The adults had grown tired of the tradition
But the kids thought it was everything

They found her stash
In an large oak and cedar chest
They chose to not report it
To keep it secret would be best
Let’s just say they had enough
To maintain the home every year
They’re grateful forever for being
The heirs of the Queen of Beer

The Matriarch and Queen of Beer

September 13, 2022

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Adult Themes, Americana, Country Song, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Optimism, Snarky, Southern Traditions

Rowdy Rednecks

Get yourself a rowdy redneck
To liven up the rest of your days
Fall in love with a rowdy redneck
To change your Yankee ways

They don’t compromise their terms
They laugh more than they cry
Marry a rugged rowdy redneck
They’ll be loyal to ya ‘til they die

Befriend a bunch’a rowdy rednecks
They’ll always have your back
Get drunk with rowdy rednecks
But don’t make fun of the gun rack

Or they’ll snap you like a twig
They’re moody but they’re fun
Oh, hang with the Rowdy Rednecks
You’ll find they’re not so dumb

They’ll teach you how to fish
They’ll beat your ass in darts
They’ll tell ya filthy jokes
And laugh at burps ‘n farts

You’ll find ‘em whoopin’ it up
In the town where you are
Oh, they’re the best,
Those Rowdy Rednecks –
Just Google “Local Country Bar”

They’ll be gettin’ hammered there
At your local crazy country bar

Yeehaw!

September 2, 2022

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