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Pleas

The War was over as soon as it had Begun

I started out with some short, simple cartoonish lyrics.

I had tunes in mind to go with the lyrics.

So I picked up instruments and learned to write crude musical notation, which didn't really convey the tunes.

So I started playing and recording the songs, so my intended tunes could be heard.

I started out as a lyricist, became a composer, then a performer, all the while still mainly thinking of myself as a cartoonish lyricist.

Over decades, some songs held up better than others. Lyrics about which I was so serious came to seem to me overly serious, subtle turns of phrase became what did I mean by thats.

Some tired old songs, I do my best to be serious and give them a good performance.

Other songs, I just can't bring myself to sing them.

This is one of those. It was intended as a kind of post-nuclear war lament and encouragement to rebuild. I was probably trying to do something like Jefferson Airplane's "Wooden Ships."

Crosby & Nash with Grace Slick - Wooden Ships

I may publish the lyrics, some day, at least to show how the chord notations are supposed to be paced, but for now, I'm just posting this page as a place-holder for the song.

Performed, instrumental, in Mindful Webworkshop #12, 2016 Oct 28.



Short & Tall Tales
Renegade

You will all know what I do

1.
       C          Bb            F
By the time I was caught in the trap
               C          Am  G
It was already too late
       C         Bb         F
By the time I discovered my error
                  C      Am  G
Too much had been done
       C          Bb
By the time I got out
    F                      C      Am  G
The damage was pretty well total
       C         Bb           F
By the time I convince you in words
              C
He could have everyone.
Am        G
Listen to me!
2.
      C        Bb          F
If we all turn away pretty soon
                       C     Am  G
You will all know what I do
      C           Bb           F
If we all just pretend we will have
                  C     Am  G
No more places to hide
      C            Bb           F
If we all stop and think we can see
                  C     Am G
What we were just isn't anymore
      C            Bb          F
If we talk to each other we'll know
               C
the Wizard has lied.
              Am        G
Why won't you listen to me?
From the musical "The Mad Wizard."
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #12, 2016 Oct 28.



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Half Crazy

It's a sine of the times

    G
I'm only half crazy
    Em
The other half's fine
      C
You'd half, too, be crazy
       D
With a life like mine.
    G
I'm off on a tangent
             Em
Where do I cosine?
     C
This song is half there
          G
Like this line
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop Episode #10, 2016 Oct 14.



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Bullets & Beef

What makes America great

1.
F
Big dead cadavers rotissin' in the winda
Bb7
Ten-point buck tied onto the fenda
F
Got drunk and shot off muh toe on a benda
    C7
But don't take my bullets and beef
2.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
I suppose they mighta caused a little bit o' grief
    F
But its a free country & ya better believe
        C7
I'll be guardin' my freezer with my shotgun
3.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
I gotta warnin' for the po-tential thief
        F
I gotta itchy trigger finger, it'd be a relief t' me
   C7
T' finally say that I shot one!
4.
           F
(You'd be) One more cadaver rotissin' in my winda
Bb7
Ten points for Commies tied onto the fenda
F
Give it to me raw or burn it to a cinder
     C7
Just don't take muh bullets & beef!
5.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
Don't need no heroin, cocaine, or reef'
         F
I want a pistol-packin' President commander-in-chief
            C7
Won't but a ballot in the box if he's not one!
6.
F
Big dead cadavers rotatin' in my belly
Bb7
Breathin' sweatin' fartin' eatin' flesh can make yuh smelly
         F
Pull the trigger on the bottle and blow my brains to jelly
     C7
Just don't take muh bullets and beef!
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef

(fade)
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop Episode #10, 2016 Oct 14.



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Stoplight

Battling the urge to run the red

     A                   G
This light just takes forever
    D             A
and never seems to change
A                          G
I've been sitting here for weeks
    D                    A
And don't you think it's strange

      A                       G
Since I got here the snow has gone
    D                       A
and now there's fresh green grass
A                     G
I've been here so long three times
     D          A
I've had to go for gas
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #8, 2016 Sep 30



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