Archive for the ‘If it sounds country’ Category

You were right and I was wrong

June 20, 2018

You were right and I was wrong
Now my life’s a country song
About a man who lost his wife
Wrecked his home and ruined his life

You were right and I was wrong
I lost the place where I belong
You found out—you said goodbye
I hate my wicked wayward eye

You were right and I was wrong
And everything I love is gone
Thought I could have a little fling
It wasn’t worth my wedding ring

You were right and I was wrong
You said be true or say so long
I tried to split my life in two
And eat my cake and have you too

You were right and I was wrong
I was weak and you’re so strong
I have to live with what I did
I miss my home—I miss my kids

By Richard W. Bray

Den of Gripers

June 15, 2018

In the corner of the lunchroom
There’s a bunch of sour groaners
Whining bout their problems
Cuz they’re all just stupid moaners

Attacking & accusing
It’s a horde of angry gripers
Feeding on each other
Like a den of killer vipers

Dissatisfaction validated
From a whimper to a whine
With all the manners & decorum
Of a heard of squealing swine

Cynical & fussy
Right Down to their grouchy britches
Deliver me, Oh Lord
From such a prickly bunch of bitches

by Richard W. Bray

Your Shining Past

June 9, 2018

Life keeps coming at you
   Pretty fast
You’re safer with your head
   Outside your ass
As long as blood is flowing
   In your veins
There’s time to live the days
   That still remain
Step in the arena
   Every day
And live each precious minute
   Come what may

The world is moving way too fast
To talk and talk about your past
Gotta keep it moving
Got no time to sip your tea
Telling stupid stories
About the way it used to be

Don’t wanna hear how
   You were really cool
In the spring
   Of 1982
You hit the shot that
   Won the local game
A bunch of other people
   Knew your name
Talking bout your
   Meager ancient fame
Is silly, lazy, stupid
   Sad and lame

The world is moving way too fast
To talk and talk about your past
Gotta keep it moving
Got no time to sip your tea
Telling stupid stories
About the way it used to be

by Richard W. Bray

I don’t need permission to be me

June 2, 2018

I’m sorry for frustration
   That grows inside your head
I’m sorry you keep searching
   For something new to dread

I don’t need permission
   To be me
Don’t waste your time on worrying
   Who I’m supposed to be
I don’t need your ok
   When it’s time to take a knee
Don’t need your permission
   To be me

Maybe you should chill and put your
   Judgment to bed
Maybe you should love and try
   Forgiveness instead

I don’t need permission
   To be me
Don’t waste your time on worrying
   Who I’m supposed to be
I don’t need your ok
   When it’s time to take a knee
Don’t need your permission
   To be me

I don’t care what you learned
   In some holy book you read
And I’ll try not to judge you
   Just like Jesus said

I don’t need permission
   To be me
Don’t waste your time on worrying
   Who I’m supposed to be
I don’t need your ok
   When it’s time to take a knee
Don’t need your permission
   To be me

by Richard W. Bray

above ground

May 31, 2018

I climbed a rope ladder
To your balcony
That was the place
You said you were gonna be

I found out later
You were way across town
You’re trying so hard
To put me in the ground

You’re always saying
It’s only you and me
But everybody knows
I’m just your Plan B

I had enough whiskey
To make a man drown
But you still haven’t got me
Under the ground

I ran into a wall
Cuz you said it was funny
I gave you my heart
I gave you my money

Stuck my head up my ass
To be your clown
But somehow I managed
To stay above ground

Finally figured out
You’re not the whole world
There’s over a billion
Available girls

The sky is blue
And the Earth is round
I got a nice girl
Keeping me above ground

by Richard W. Bray

Why aren’t there more people like you?

May 26, 2018

Why aren’t there more people
   Like you?

Lovely, kind and gracious in so many things
   You do
In this crazy old world, you don’t have a
   Counterpart
There’s a sparkle in your soul and twinkle in
   Your heart

Why aren’t there more people
   Like you?

Quietly shielding others from the pain you’re
   Going through
Ignoring smears and rumors that others
   Wanna start
You’ve got better things to do than pick their
   Hate apart

Why aren’t there more people
   Like you?

Instead of looking backward you’re happy
   To renew
Now is where we are and this journey is
   One-way
The most important places are tomorrow
   And today

Why aren’t there more people
   Like you?

Your serenity and wisdom enhance my
   Point of view
You generate sweet harmony from so much
   Disarray
The rhythms of the universe conducting
   Your ballet

by Richard W. Bray

ibble-snabble wibble-wabble wicka wacka woo

May 20, 2018

ibble-snabble wibble-wabble
wicka-wacka woo

I wanna be the man
Who gets to spend my life with you

Sometimes people say
That I don’t make a lot of sense
They say that I’m a stalker
Cuz I stand outside your fence

wimpa-wampa dubba-dampa
bimpy-bampy boo

I’ll be gone tomorrow
If you tell me to

Sometimes I get silly
But I’m serious as hell
Things you make me feel
Are impossible to tell

numble-namble bimble-bamble
limba-lamba loom

Tell me how your presence
Makes a million flowers bloom

No place in the universe
That I’d rather be
Waiting for an angel
Underneath a cherry tree

by Richard W. Bray

fifty-seven lies

May 19, 2018

It takes fifty-seven lies
Just to get you outta bed
Lies are like a fungus
That grows inside your head
You need a journal to keep track of
All the lies you ever said

Once upon a time
There was a girl who loved you true
Now there’s someone in the mirror
But you swear it isn’t you
The lovely thoughts you’re thinking
And those ugly things you do

Your heart is black and rancid
And you can’t erase the stain
You got booze and you got pills
To protect you from the pain
An umbrella in a hurricane
Won’t keep away the rain

Your body and your soul
Are in a nasty civil war
You just keep on doing
Crazy things you did before
There’s gonna come a time
When you can’t take it anymore

You choked to death on love
That you were too afraid to give
On your tombstone it will say
That you had too much pride to live
Some folks choose to die
When it’s too frightful to forgive

by Richard W. Bray

I took a step back and I took a look around

May 10, 2018

Trouble comes up on you
In a million different ways
The man who isn’t ready
Is the man who’s gonna pay

I took a step back
And I took a look around

I damped down the fire
And I gathered up the hounds

You never know what’s coming
So you gotta be wise
Gotta keep your balance
And open your eyes

I took a step back
And I took a look around

I kept myself frosty
While making the rounds

Knew a lot of good men
Who made a mistake
Didn’t see what was coming
Till it was too late

I took a step back
And I took a look around

You can’t ignore trouble
When it’s gaining ground

by Richard W. Bray

Higher Learning

May 7, 2018

Used to make it complicated
Like a hamster spinning round
She taught me how to pause
And to slow it all down

She taught me how to live
With the stillness of a flower
She created a world
Where a minute was an hour

She taught me how to feel
She intensified my view
Until nothing else mattered
We were a nation of two

She taught me how to live
Without giving a care
She taught me how to breathe
When there wasn’t any air

She taught me how float
At the top of the sky
Then she disappeared
And I learned how to cry

by Richard W. Bray