My Top Ten Favorite Song Covers

August 20, 2014

Sarah Vaughan

I Fought the LawThe Clash

Police and ThievesThe Clash

(Note: It was hard to leave out Pressure Drop and Brand New Cadillac)

Blue SkiesElla Fitzgerald

Blue SkiesWillie Nelson

Over the RainbowSarah Vaughan

Power to the PeopleBlack Eyes Peas

Give Peace a ChanceAerosmith featuring Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

(Note: It was hard to only choose two songs from this John Lennon tribute album)

I Feel PrettyLittle Richard

Tumblin DiceLinda Ronstadt

Wild WorldJimmy Cliff

Drowning Man

August 18, 2014

A crying kid
A hungry hound
Investigators
Asking round
An angry spouse
(That crazy shrew)
And a horny
Girlfriend too

I don’t know what I did
To cause this storm
I need to find a place
That’s safe and warm

Creditors with
Just one goal:
Obliterate
My tortured soul
No savings for
A rainy day
Three or four
Ex-wives to pay

My troubles grow and grow
Against my will
Like a snowball
Rolling down a hill

What T F Is Wrong With You?

August 14, 2014

You never like my cooking
You said my roast was dry
You wouldn’t eat my lasagna
You won’t touch my cherry pie
If you don’t munch on something
I’ll get another guy

I do everything you ask me to
What T F is wrong with you?
I’m loyal and I’m pretty too
What T F is wrong with you?
A bigger fool I never knew
What T F is wrong with you?

You never liked my family
You said my dad was dirt
You came to brunch on Sunday
But you didn’t bring your shirt
If my brothers ever see you
They’ll fill you up with hurt

I do everything you ask me to
What T F is wrong with you?
I’m loyal and I’m pretty too
What T F is wrong with you?
A bigger fool I never knew
What T F is wrong with you?

You never do the dishes
You never mop the floor
You think that I’m your maid
You think that I’m your whore
You just need direction
So, buddy there’s the door

I do everything you ask me to
What T F is wrong with you?
I’m loyal and I’m pretty too
What T F is wrong with you?
A bigger fool I never knew
What T F is wrong with you?

Hadley McNutter

August 12, 2014

When Hadley McNutter
Mumbles and Mutters
He makes the ground tremble
And gives me the shudders

This ogre from hell
Ain’t your typical tyrant
When Hadley explodes
He erupts like a hydrant

He tramples and tromps
Like a like a lumbering giant
He rumbles and romps
Like monster defiant

When Hadley is hungry
We both rush to feed him
Such a wonderful burden—
How much we need him

He gets what he wants
And I don’t mean maybe
It’s hard to believe
That he’s merely a baby

I Thought About It

July 28, 2014

fish

You took me for a snack
Then I never called you back
But I thought about it

I didn’t replace your car
When I crashed into that bar
But I thought about it

And I never did the chores
That your father paid me for
But I thought about it

Didn’t feed your fishes for a week
When I climbed that mountain peak
But I thought about it

I didn’t apologize
For their premature demise
But I thought about it

I’m sorry that you’re gone
And I know that I was wrong
Cuz I thought about it

He Didn’t Learn It From Me

July 20, 2014

Teacher says my kid is bad
Pinching girls and punching boys
Says he’s quite the lively lad
Busting heads and breaking toys
I gotta raise the feller right
I can’t tolerate no sass
Every time the school calls
I always beat his little ass

He must’ve got that from his friends
Or else he seen it on tv
He didn’t learn that stuff from me
This is a sick society

Police got my boy downtown
For smashing glass and taking beer
I guess I’ll get another round
Before I sneak on outta here
I’m ashamed that he’s my son
That ain’t the way that he was taught
We all like to have our fun
But only idiots get caught

He must’ve got that from his friends
Or else he seen it on tv
He didn’t learn that stuff from me
This is a sick society

The Pursuit

July 6, 2014

You can’t fill up on happy
By drinking twenty beers
Or eating cotton candy
Till it comes out your ears

Happy don’t yield dividends
When you pursue it as an end
Happy is the residue
Of all the worthwhile things we do

The need to know that nibbles
And asks us who we are
Won’t be sated by garages
With fifty-seven cars

Happy don’t yield dividends
When you pursue it as an end
Happy is the residue
Of all the worthwhile things we do

Find yourself a project
And plug, plug, plug away
Make a little progress
And show up every day

Happy don’t yield dividends
When you pursue it as an end
Happy is the residue
Of all the worthwhile things we do

Angry Won’t Feed Your Chickens

July 2, 2014

wheel

Wheel of fortune
Rollin on
My dreams
Gets me so exasperated
Deeds and outcomes
Ain’t related

Sooner or later
Life’ll kick you
In the ass
No one is immune
Nobody
Gets a pass

Everybody got a reason
To be angry
But angry
Won’t feed your chickens
Angry hurts
And angry sickens

Sooner or later
Life’ll kick you
In the ass
No one is immune
Nobody
Gets a pass

Just try to do
Your best
Cuz fickle
Fate don’t give a damn
So cherish what
Is beautiful
And take it like a man

Sooner or later
Life’ll kick you
In the ass
No one is immune
Nobody
Gets a pass

Sovereign

June 28, 2014

painnn

 

I hate myself
That makes it easy
To always have
Someone to blame
I hate myself
I’ll never please me
Masochism
Keeps me tame

I hate myself
It’s my boundary
Where I harness
Realms of pain
I hate myself
That’s where you found me
Pain enlightens
And leaves a stain

I hate myself
And pain is fuel
Boundless hurt
Fills my well
I hate myself
I live to rule
Sovereign in
My happy hell

Best Friend

June 22, 2014

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You always listen
To my words
And you never
Criticize
You’re astute
And self-assured
Sensible
And wise

When we’re alone
I take solace
And comfort
In your eyes
You’re solid
As a stone
Your presence
Pacifies

We don’t even
Have to talk
I love to
Brush your hair
I love it
When we walk
Together
Anywhere

Thanks for keeping
Me content
And helping
Me survive
Truly heaven-sent
You’re the
Greatest
Dog alive


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