Let the Answers Find You

Let the Answers Find You

When, in times of trouble or decision,
and answers to questions are hard to find,
let the answers find you.
In desperation, the answers can be
lost because grasping at false ideas
will double the cost.
When the answers arrive, they may be
camouflaged before your eyes and with
vision they can be seen.
Time will yield opportunities for change,
and answers to your problems will find you
if you will let them.

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Don’t Let Her Down

Don’t Let Her Down

(Instrumental introduction)
(Chorus)
Don’t let her down, boy,
Like you did before, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You can make it up, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You got another chance, yeah,
Don’t let her down, boy,
Or she will leave and won’t
Bother to be around.
Don’t let her down, boy.

I’ve known her a long time,
Since she was just a child,
And now she’s grown up,
And she’s a little wild.
She knows what she likes,
And I think she likes you,
But if you don’t treat her
Right, you’ll be the fool
Who asks,” What did I say?”
As she turns her head and
Silently walks away.
You had an argument,
Which really is just a test
To see how you two will
Get along during the rest
Of your time together.

(Chorus)
Don’t let her down, boy,
Like you did before, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You can make it up, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You got another chance, yeah,
Don’t let her down, boy,
Or she will leave and won’t
Bother to be around.
Don’t let her down, boy.
(Instrumental bridge)
(Chorus)
Don’t let her down, boy,
Like you did before, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You can make it up, yeah.
Don’t let her down, boy,
You got another chance, yeah,
Don’t let her down, boy,
Or she will leave and won’t
Bother to be around.
Don’t let her down, boy.

 

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The ends of a gun

The ends of a gun

Is there a right end of a gun,
or just a wrong end?
Which side is which?
The answers seem obvious.
No matter what they
are used for – crimes,
terrorism, entertainment or fun-
the damage – physical, mental,
or psychological – can be done.
Guilty feelings can kill as much
as a bullet, and emotions can tear a
heart into pieces, too.

The business is from a beeper,
and a call takes you away
to a place where the deal is down.
And a gun is for protection.
How quick are your reactions?
It is important or B A N G! you
can be killed, and fill a hole in
the ground.
And even a bungled burglary
can end in an accidental tragedy.
Is there a right end of a gun,
or just a wrong end?
Which side is which?
The answers seem obvious.

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I Lied

I Lied

This is where I am and how I feel
After I had to grab a parachute and
Strap it on after the wing of the plane
Caught on fire and had to jump to
Save my life. I opened the chute
In time, but closed my eyes as I
Fell through the air. I lied.
I never was on a plane, nor did I
Have to jump into the air,
But I was on my way with plans
For the future and other people
Having new expectations for me,
But things changed just as quickly
As if I had to place the parachute
On my back to avoid disaster.
A bit dramatic I suppose, this lie,
But to me it’s the real truth since
The sudden change of fate.
This is where I am and how I feel
After I had to grab a parachute.

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The Devil’s Shadow

The Devil’s Shadow

As a kid, you walked in the devil’s shadow,
And a dark cloud was over your name.
Your family tried their best to help you out,
But grief fell down around you like rain.

As a man, you walked in the devil’s shadow,
And that dark cloud grew over your name.
You learned to master the six-gun well,
Your actions have caused many people pain.

You seem to enjoy living in the devil’s shadow,
And stealing and killing is just a game.
Those who live by the sword will die by it.
When you die, you have yourself to blame.

I was once like you, following the devil’s shadow,
Drinking and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
But now I’ve changed and found an inner peace.
I live my life now without the Mark of Cain.

 

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The Long Way Back Home

The Long Way Back Home

His face was on posters all over the land.
With $2500 on his head, dead or alive,
Leonard” Yancey” Dare was a wanted man.
He once had a good woman who made
A good wife, and also had a son, but
Hadn’t seen both because of his guns.
He killed someone, broke the law
And more, and was living on the run.
Both Yancey and I were together in a
Bloody fight some call a Civil War,
Where there was a lot of killing, and
I don’t remember what we fought for.
Yancey was a person I called a friend,
But now I trailed him to the end.
There was a chance one of his bullets
Could have struck me dead, but the
Old tarnished star on my vest and
My guns were good enough to
Shoot the outlaw in the head.
I took him to where he called home,
And his son, upset, was not alone.
His son has since been all grown up,
Enough to start his own family.
He wondered why Yancey had to
Die so senselessly and violently.
I had to bring him to justice,
As it was my lawfully sworn duty.
I really didn’t want to kill him,
But his guns were pointing at me.
I wanted to bring him home,
The long way back for a final rest.
Yancey was a friend of mine, and
I thought this way was the best.
I tried to make his son, the only
Way I could, to understand that
Yancey was more than an outlaw.
He was a father, friend, and a man.
I was only doing the best I could.
I looked at his son, sitting in
The corner, with a tear in his eye.
I put Yancey’s guns on the table,
And walked away with a “Good-Bye.”

 

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No Beans

No Beans

Don’t need no beans for supper now.
You know what happens after that plate.
Don’t need no beans for supper now.
I want to have a fat, juicy steak.

Don’t need no beans for supper now.
Even if you added fresh cornbread.
Don’t need no beans for supper now.
This month I’ve been beaned to death.

Don’t need no beans for supper now.
I know my paycheck arrived late.
Don’t need no beans for supper now.
So, let’s go out and celebrate!

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I-465

I-465

Traffic along I-465 in Indianapolis, IN (photo by Mike Hall)

 

I-465

I leave an hour early, so I won’t be late,
And I need to be ready at my desk at eight.
Driving on I-465 is not a pleasurable drive.
Nerves of steel are needed to survive.
You have to watch for drivers that go in and out.
Things almost happen so much I want to shout.
It is an art getting to the correct turn lane,
And catching the right ramp is just insane.
I like to listen to the satellite radio since
The music is my kind of rock and roll.
It sets my mind on a mental cruise control.
I view the 55 mph speed limit signs as a guide,
But at times I see cars pulled over roadside.
In the morning, the sun blinds me from the East.
Bad weather is on the way home from the West.
I don’t think going any direction is the best.
Merging traffic slows speeds down to a crawl,
Or there is an accident, and it doesn’t move at all.
Beware of orange barrels and signs of construction.
Barricades and shifting lanes are obstructions.
The road turns into another animal at night.
More trucks are present, and the lights are bright.
Precipitation in Indiana changes with the seasons,
And people drive fast in the snow for no reason,
Except, like chickens, to get to the other side,
But that’s an awful waste of a way to die.
Despite alternatives, 465 driving a necessity
When you need to get somewhere in the city.
Be of sound mind to be prepared before you go,
Just like a feeling Indy 500 drivers should know.

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Bob of All Trades

Bob of All Trades

I’ve had years of doubt from people who questioned my abilities,
But like a flood in drought, I have exceeded their expectations and
In an detoured route, expanded elements of my responsibilities
to the point I could count on a lifetime resume of different capabilities.
This all has been in the past, and had to learn something new
Because what I have learned as a living is null and void, through.
I’m a guy named Bob, finding a reason to put on my work shoes.

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My Left Foot

silver star

My Left Foot

I can talk and walk and look like everyone
else,  but my left foot is fake, covered
with socks shoes and long pants. I’ve got
used this over the last 20 years. But
there were times when I had some fears.
During the war, my company advanced on a
grassy slanted slope against mortars and
machine gun nests hidden in the brush.
A friend and soldier next to me fell, instantly
lifeless,  with a pinned grenade in his
right hand. I crouched down, grabbed and
unpinned the grenade and through it at the
machine gun.The weapon had killed two of
the enemy,and for a split second the bullets
stopped.
I got up, aimed my rifle and started shooting,
but I fell down again. Another machine gun
had cut through my uniform and boots and
severed my left foot as quickly as a butcher
with a sharp cleaver.  I got a new foot, along
with a Silver Star, Purple Heart, and a unit
citation for our bravery that day.  I wonder
why I am alive today,   I said I would defend
this country with my life, and instead  just
gave up my left foot.

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