Americana, Country Song, Inspired by People, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Relationships, Romance, Women

She’s Gotta Be a Country Girl

She’ll have bright eyes
And highlighted hair
That girl will be kind
And will treat me fair

I like a good ol’ gal
Who likes to have fun
She’ll be my best pal
But she’ll be the one

Who’ll go out on the dance floor
With her girlfriends in the bar
In public she’ll be a sweetheart
At home she’ll be my superstar
I’ll take her anywhere for kicks
Even a carnival tilt a whirl
With a goofy grin on her face
Oh, but she’s gotta be a country girl
Yeah she’s gotta be a country girl

She’ll love her horses
At her Daddy’s farm
When we’re on the town
She’ll always take my arm

She’ll be sentimental
And share her fond memories
Of all the good times she’s had
With sisters from her sorority

She’ll head out on the dance floor
All eyes’ll be on her from the bar
Everywhere she’ll be a sweetheart
And she’ll be my superstar
I’ll take her anywhere for kicks
Even the Boardwalk tilt a whirl
With a goofy grin on her face
Oh, but she’s gotta be a country girl
Yeah she’s gotta be a country girl

Wearin’ those high rise jeans
And loves her broken in boots
She’s good friends with Mama
And she’s proud of her roots
Family’s important to her
And her friends are too
She’s obsessed with Leann Rimes
And her favorite song is “Blue”

She’ll out drink me at the bar
And she might be a pool shark
Everywhere she’ll be a sweetheart
But she won’t be a walk in the park
I’ll take her anywhere for kicks
Even a State Fair tilt a whirl
She’ll have a goofy grin on her face
Oh, but she’s gotta be a country girl
Yeah she’s gotta be a country girl

August 13, 2020

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Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Ballad, Inspired by People, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Optimism, Relationships, Romance, Women, Young Love

Moments That Matter To Me

(For Melanie Ann Gray)

There was the time when I met you
Oh, how could I ever forget you
I assumed you would break my heart
We were there at the Hole 19 bar
Then we drove to the beach by car
It sure was one hell of a start

You had long brunette hair
I knew right then and there
I wanted to kiss you again & again
I never wanted to wake from that dream
As innocent and naïve as it may seem
Those were moments that mattered to me

When we were just friends
You flew up one weekend
I had to work but you didn’t mind
You met my Grandma in Corralitos
Had breakfast instead of burritos
She thought you were sweet and kind

I took you to the San Jose airport
You said you weren’t ready to court
So another date wasn’t set
Even though you wanted to stay free
Even though you didn’t agree
Those were moments that mattered to me

Cause the very next day
You called me up to say
You hid something for me to find
I was shocked at what it was
And over the moon because
You left your sweetheart behind
It was the first year we were dating
And it was like effortless skating
Like the kind you see on TV
You were everything I hoped you would be

Then a few months went by
And I cannot tell you a lie
I was nervous that night as were you
When I got down on one knee
With a diamond giving to me
By the woman who already knew

To her it was no riddle or mystery
Those were moments that mattered to me

You choose me every day and night
Now and then we have a fight
But we hang in there cause we care
And there are times I see
That same girl you used to be
Who was a little bit scared

But we embrace and it’s heavenly
And those are the moments
All of those sweet moments
With you my darling are the moments
The moments that matter to me
The moments that matter to me

May 10, 2020
Mother’s Day

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Ballad, Country Song, Folk Ballad, Goth Folk, Growing Up, Heartbreak, Inspired by a Place, Inspired by Outdoors, Introspective, Love, Lyrics, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Relationships, Rites of Passage, Romance, Wistful, Young Love

Our Moonlight Swim

We met out at the lake with towels
covering our lifeguard swimsuits
It was us, the mountain air, pines
and water we loved so much
And we ran toward our unknown
future without fear or worries
It was during the same summer
When I blew out your VW’s clutch

Our close friends knew
but our clueless parents didn’t
They were too caught up
In their own Adulting stuff
It was before we all split apart
To go on our own adventures
It was before those twenties
that were too difficult and rough

You would look at me
while making funny faces
And I’d mirror you with
some of mine too
We’d hold hands as we
walked in quiet places
With a love that should
have ended up to be true
And I wonder where you
are now as I ponder
About that summer
and that moonlight swim
And I think about what
we might have been –
If I hadn’t chosen her
and you ended up with him

The year before I dated a little
Other girls didn’t see what you saw
I was too nerdy and awkward
And they’d point out every flaw
You didn’t care if I had headgear
Your older brother had braces too
You didn’t mind that I was sensitive
I was weird, it didn’t matter to you

You would see me around
And start making funny faces
And I’d mirror you with
some of my silly faces too
We’d hold hands as we
walked in quiet places
With a love that should
have ended up to be true
And I wonder where you
are now as I ponder
About that summer
and that moonlight swim
And I think about what
we might have been –
If I hadn’t chosen her
and you ended up with him

I’m living in a University town now
Far away from that lake and camp
Last I heard about you and him
He left you for some sleazy tramp
I may be happily married and a father
And I’m not that teenager you knew
But I still regret how we broke up
I wish there was something I could do

You would see me around
And start making funny faces
And I’d mirror you with
some of my silly faces too
We’d hold hands as we
walked in quiet places
With a love that should
have ended up to be true
I wonder where you are
are now as I ponder
our doomed romance
And that moonlight swim
And I think about what
we might have been –
If I hadn’t chosen her
and you ended up with him

If I hadn’t chosen her
and you ended up with him

April 3, 2020

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About a Friend, Adult Themes, Autobiographical, Country Song, Growing Up, Heartbreak, Inspired by People, Introspective, Love, Lyrics, Marriage, No Music Yet, Nostalgia, Relationships, Rites of Passage, Romance, Unrequited, Wistful, Young Love

More than a Hookup

She and I were friends back in high school
We went bowling and hung out all the time
She was one of my best friends back then
She was my confidant, my partner in crime

She went off to study theatre out in Eugene
I stayed back home and wrote song after song
And we went out for my twenty second birthday
Then we did something she thought was wrong

Cause I wanted more than just a hookup
I wanted more than just a one night stand
I wanted to be there for her more than ever
I wanted to kiss her often and hold her hand
But she said she didn’t want to risk losing me
She said it would hurt less if I let her go
She said she wanted to stand on her own
And said it would be best if I did that too
It hurt like she just stabbed me in my gut
And I didn’t know then what I would do
Cause I wanted more than just a hookup
Then I found out she was still pining for you

You met when you were at Oregon State
She liked your wisdom and your mentorship
You were a guy she talked about so often
It was like she was tempted to take a dip
In that warm, steamy hot tub at the hotel
With you kissing her and holding her tight
She resisted and later moved on from you
As Johnny Cash would say she saw the light

Cause you’d want more than just a hookup
You’d want more than just a one night stand
You’d want to be there for her more than ever
You’d want to kiss her often and hold her hand
She’d say she didn’t want to risk losing you
She’d say it would hurt less if you let her go
She’d say she wanted to stand on her own
She’d say it would be best if you did that too
It would hurt like she put a knife in your neck
You wouldn’t know then how to act or be
Cause you wanted more than just a hookup
Then you’d find out she was still pining for me

I went on to find others who were just like her
Who’d want me to be their lover then go away
I was a sensitive but average frustrated chump
and met women who’d always keep me at bay
Then I found someone who liked me so much
We weren’t friends before, so there was an intent
To court and see if we were meant to be together
And I don’t regret any moment with her I spent

Saying I wanted more than just a hookup
I wanted more than just a single night stand
I wanted to be there for her more than ever
I wanted to kiss her often and hold her hand
She said she didn’t want to risk losing me
She said it would hurt more if she let me go
She said she wanted us to stand together
to face the storms and the sunsets as one
And we ended up in a Catholic church in LA
We got married and it all worked out ok
Cause we both wanted more than a hookup
We still adore and love each other to this day

We still adore and love each other to this day

March 16, 2020

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