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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About a Friend, About Family, Adult Themes, Failed Friendships, Failed Relationships, Grief Song, Heartbreak, Inspired by People, Inspired By Situations, Introspective, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Old Wounds, Optimism, Relationships, Storytelling

People We Know

People we know are lonely
People we know are afraid
People we know are hurting
From the games they’ve played

They didn’t know they were playin’
They just wanted happiness
But the walls got higher
Those are nasty frogs they kissed

And we try to cheer them up
Say they are worthy of more
We do our best to pull them from
That isolating heartbreak store
Where you pay for your mistakes
so you can quietly go
Oh, the ones who need us the most
Are all the people we know
The people we know

The heart goes through changes
But the hardest is a love that’s lost
You can’t seem to bargain
On how much it all will cost

You turn to friends and family
Sometimes they walk away too
But I hope this is a wakeup call
That person one day could be you

And they’ll try to cheer you up
Say you are worthy of so much more
They’ll do their best to pull you from
That isolating heartbreak store
Where you pay for your misfortunes
Then quietly allowed to go
Yeah the ones we need to be there
Are all the people we know

So
If you’re going through a hardship
If it’s all blown up in your face
If you cannot find the answers
After everyone gives you space

Reach out to the ones who are close
It’s in their eyes, the ones you trust
But if they don’t then get in touch with
All the people you know, if you must

And they’ll try to cheer you up
Say you are worthy of so much more
They’ll do their best to pull you from
That isolating heartbreak store
Where you pay for your misfortunes
Then quietly allowed to go
The ones who just might be there
Are all the people you know

Oh, those who’ll help us the most
Are all the people we know
The people we know
The people we know

August 11, 2022

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About a Friend, Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Inspired by People, Inspired By Situations, Introspective, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Old Wounds, Optimism, Piano Song, Wistful

The Last Time You See Me

The last time you see me
I hope I’m best that I can be
I hope I’m not stuck in a tree
The last time you see me

The last time that we talk
I hope it’s after a nice walk
Hope I’m not watchin’ the clock
The last time that we talk

I pray I’m not mean or filled with spite
I wish for a healthy exchange of words
Even if we’re out for a quick drink or bite
I hope we’re joyful like a couple of birds

The last time you look in my eyes
I would prefer it wasn’t a surprise
I hope we hug before our goodbyes
The last time you look in my eyes

I pray we’re not angry, instead at peace
I wish we’ll be pleasant and get along
I hope you know I’ve changed since then
And deep inside I know I was wrong

The last time you see me
I hope you’re happy and smile
I hope my friend, we reconcile
The last time you see me

The last time you see me.

Revised, 2021

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About a Friend, About Family, Americana, From The Trunk, Growing Up, Inspired by a Place, Inspired by People, Inspired By Situations, Introspective, Lyrics, Nostalgia, Poem, Verse Poetry

Maui

Mom and Dad took a trip to Maui
I was all alone for a few days
Gary said we’d throw a party
And for it, I’d get high praise

Don’t know how many were invited
But it got out of hand pretty fast
Word of mouth was how it got out
Everyone but me had a blast

Our dog Joey got out of our yard
Our rotary phone disappeared
A plant fell off the microwave
And that’s when things got weird

I found some girl in my parents room
Trying on Mom’s dresses and shoes
Someone got into my brother’s records
Everyone drank all the booze

It smelled funny in the main bath
The fire poker walked out the door
Someone was locked in my bedroom
There was trash all over the floor

Cops showed up and were speechless
I was ashamed by how bad it looked
They didn’t charge anyone with anything
But I was sure my goose was cooked

My parents got home from Maui
They grounded me for a little while
It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done
But when I think about it now, I smile

MKG

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About a Friend, Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Country Song, Failed Relationships, Heartbreak, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Old Wounds, Optimism, Relationships, Unrequited, Wistful, Women, Young Love

When She Looks Back

There’s a friend of mine
She’s got kids and a home
But the guy is gone
And she doesn’t understand why
She’s got a good job
At a big ol’ company
She has a close-knit family
She can’t see why he said goodbye

And when she looks back
She sees the white picket fence
She sees her incredible parents
Who were married for years and years
And when she looks back
She sees she was raised up right
She’s into forgiving after a fight
Loves laughing instead of tears
She can’t figure out what she did wrong
As she listens to her favorite song
When she looks back

I don’t know her that well, really
She’s my social media friend
And I will sometimes pretend
I knew her back in High School
And she’s in the same year as me
Class of 87, named University
Studied Communication & Speech
While I was just a quiet pining fool

And when I see her smile
As I check her Instagram
I don’t see imperfection
Oh, I think, “Hot Damn”

And when she looks back
I know it’s not me she sees, it’s him
Who played on that team in the gym
Who she fell for so long ago
And when she looks back
I can’t help but look back too
And see the hell he put her through
There’s so much I want her to know
Cause when she looks back,
It’s not a place that she should go

Cause when she looks back
She sees the white picket fence
She sees her incredible parents
Who were married for years and years
And when she looks back
She sees she was raised up right
She’s into forgiving after a fight
Loves laughing instead of tears
She can’t figure out what she did wrong
As she listens to her favorite song
But there’s so much in front of her on the road
As she looks back, As she looks back
Oh, she don’t have to look back no more

April 23, 2021

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About a Friend, Americana, Funny, Growing Up, Inspired by People, Introspective, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Rites of Passage

Baseball On My Brain

Inspired by Chuck Brodsky and Philip Bechis Clark

You say I’m acting different now
You say I’m getting really weird
You say I’m a bit too obsessive
It’s not as bad as you feared
No, I’m not going crazy
I haven’t gone insane
I’m just excited about Opening Day
It’s Major League Baseball on my brain

I used to play with my buddies
On the sandlot and we’d pretend
We were players from different teams
We’d battle it out ’til day’s end
Now I think of all those moments
When I even played through the pain
If you had the upbringing I had, you’d
Have Major League Baseball on your brain

My father taught me how to throw
He showed me how to hit
He’d pitch the baseball to me
He bought me my first leather mitt
So it’s not just about baseball, as you see
It’s about the memories that we made
It has probably meant more to me
Than any girlfriend or passing grade

So it’s just me getting pumped up
For my favorite players and home team
This year I’ve bought season tickets
It’s been a bucket list item and lifelong dream
To go spend a year enjoying from the stands
It’s a feeling I find hard to explain
Just know I’m not psychotic -
I’ve only got Major League Baseball on my brain

Oh, just know I’m not losing my mind,
I’ve only got Major League Baseball on my brain

March 27, 2021
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About a Friend, Americana, Ballad, Boating, Country Song, Fishing, Folk Ballad, Goth Folk, Grief Song, Growing Up, Heartbreak, Inspired by High School, Inspired by Outdoors, Introspective, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Relationships, Tribute Song, Wistful, Women, Young Love

At The Lake House

It’s warm in this place when it’s cold outside
I’m still here at the lake house where we met
We were just kids but it seems like yesterday
It was a moment frozen in time I won’t forget

You had a bright big smile and laughed at me
I was quiet and shy but not with you back then
We’d watch the geese before they flew away
And you came back to see me again and again

At the lake house
It was just you and me
At the lake house
We were so happy and free
Fishin’ in a rowboat
Wishin’ on falling stars
Not old enough to go to bars
And we weren’t fully grown
Out at the lake house
Where I now live alone

I’m out here while you’re in another’s arms
Thinkin’ ‘bout all those afternoons with you
We’d go on walks until we had to run back
I crushed on you and you already knew

At the lake house
It was just you and me
At the lake house
We were so happy and free
Sharin’ my poems with you
Hopin’ we’d share a kiss
Not knowin’ it’s you I’d miss
And weep at your gravestone
Out at the lake house
Where I now live all alone

Out at the lake house
Where I now live alone

February 2, 2021

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About a Friend, Autobiographical, Country Song, Inspired by High School, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Tribute Song, Women

Amesti Angel

We met back in High School
She was in Madrigal and Choir
She sang like no one’s business
She had a certain special fire

But she loved to ride horses
At her parents’ ranch for hours
Bought her a rose on Valentines Day
But she never liked gettin’ flowers

She liked goin’ out to the Seacliff beach
She liked goin’ to drive-in picture shows
I’d see her with her group of friends
We never dated but that’s how it goes
She had this big ol’ heart for us all
And she never stopped supporting me
My special and sweet Amesti Angel
Who wanted me to be what I wanted to be

As the college years rushed by
She got her degree and met a man
They found a simple kind of love and
They made the most of our God’s plan

They had a full house of daughters
And a life they carefully designed
Gone was that teenaged crazy girl
Who I never got to wine and dine

But I’d go out to the Seacliff Beach
I’d go to the drive-in picture shows
I’d see her out with her group of friends
We never dated but that’s how it goes
She had this big o’ heart for us all
She was my pal through thick and thin
My special & sweet Amesti Angel
Who I know I’ll visit again and again

I see her life on Instagram now
And I know she’s happier there
With her kids & handsome husband
Goin’ ev’ry year to the County Fair

Now I’m no longer goin’ to Seacliff Beach
Or any of those drive-in picture shows
And all of our friends have scattered
We’re living our lives, that’s how it goes
She still keeps in touch with everyone
With really funny Facebook updates
Our special & sweet Amesti Angel
Who cheered us on to do our dream
Our sweet Amesti Angel
Cool as Driscoll’s strawberries & cream

December 3, 2020

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About a Friend, Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Ballad, Blues, Failed Friendships, Growing Up, Inspired by High School, Inspired by People, Introspective, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Snarky

Foolish Expectations

I thought in you, I found a friend
One who would be there until death
We fought like good friends do
So I began holding my breath

There was a day when I knew
You didn’t want me to know you
It was after many things you said
hammered at once inside my head

Foolish expectations
I knew you well enough to know
One day you’d break out of here
And wouldn’t call before you’d go
Foolish expectations
Made messes of you & me
But l knew I’d be cut free
Cause It was less than you
assumed it would ever be
My lack of clarity vanished when
I pulled an apple from the tree
Once I saw there was no me in we

If I was such an awful teenager
If I was a heartless reckless nerd
and you knew I wasn’t changing
You didn’t say a single word

There was an attack via silence
The tell was in your secret plans
And years later you bitched that
You left with nothing in your hands

Foolish expectations
You knew me enough to know
You’d break out of here one day
You wouldn’t call before you’d go
Foolish expectations
Made messes of you & me
But I knew you’d cut me free
Cause it was less than you
assumed it would ever be
My lack of clarity vanished when
I pulled that apple from the tree
Once I saw there was no me in we

Once I saw there was no me in we

April 16, 2020

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