Artisan – Post 128 – One More Time And She’s On My Mind

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 128

One More Time And She’s On My Mind

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One More Time and She’s on my Mind

Chords D Am C G  Chorus G C D

 

I want to write a song today, but I’ve got nothing to say

Sitting, smoking, settling in wasting away

Heard from her not too  long ago in a message in the wind

Long lost letters let it say what can this begin

 

One more time and she’s on my mind wishing away

Don’t look back it’s a small attack I’m wasting away

 

Met her in a meeting place days before I loved

Thought not of it nor about it then my love was done

Can’t talk now nor how about I thought she was the one

Then she came told me her name. That’s how this has begun

 

One more time and she’s on my mind wishing away

Don’t look back it’s a small attack I’m wasting away

 

Swore I’d never love another never let it go

What’s to reason in this season what is there to show?

Can I ever read this letter what more can I know?

I’d do better if I never met her no I won’t

 

Talk to me can’t you see what meaning this can bring?

Listen closely follow mostly to what I have to sing

Touch my heart let it start one more true meaning

Can’t stop now cause I don’t know how to keep from listening

 

One more time and she’s on my mind wishing away

Don’t look back it’s a small attack I’m wasting away

 

So you see it cannot be that I was meant alone

Come to me listen to me for I can sing my song

One more time and I want you mine won’t you come along

I’m just a man doing all I can and this is how it goes

 

One more time and she’s on my mind wishing away

Don’t look back it’s a small attack I’m wasting away

 

 

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Artisan – Post 127 – If Only Some People Can Be Beautiful (Then Who Could Ever Love?)

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Post 127

If Only Some People Can Be Beautiful (Then Who Could Ever Love?)

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If Only Some People Can Be Beautiful (Then Who Could Ever Love?)

 

Chords: Verses: C G F G   Chorus: C G F G F G

 

If anyone can make art,

Then what is the value of art?

If anyone can sing

What melody could that bring?

 

If I could take a chance

And teach you how to dance

Then we could move along

To the beat of any song

 

But if only some people can be beautiful

Then who could ever love?

Who could ever love?

 

You are not my trophy girl

I’m not your perfect man

But we are one and two together

Doing everything we can

 

No two people are the same

And life is not a game

But in my heart there is a way

To win this rigged campaign

 

If only some people can be beautiful

Then who could ever love?

Who could ever love?

 

We are all born beautiful

And never born to hate

From the first breath of a child

In beauty we are made

 

For if only some people can be beautiful

Then who could ever love?

Who could ever love?

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Artisan – Post 126 – I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

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Post 126

I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

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I Saw Jesus Making Pancakes

Chords: C Am F G

 

I saw Jesus in the morning making pancakes before church

And the Buddha in the bathtub scrubbing bubbles on the dirt

Radha Krishna and Mohamed serving sausages to Zeus

Can we tell you that we love you in this moment of our truth?

 

Hear the old man on the mountain telling parables of life

As the Moses of the freed slaves whispers nothings in your ear

When you find them could you tell me what they ever do in stride?

Can you hear me? I am with you in the servitude of Christ

 

I have visions I hear voices singing paintings from divine

Inspirations of sensations this great spirit of mine

Clime the mountain seek the eagle to the buffalo and sun

I can tell you it’s no secret that these Gods and we are one

 

Feel the spirit taste the sunshine in the breakfast we both dine

With my body bread unleavened drink my blood it is wine

Aldus Huxley Jean-Paul Sartre and the meaning of life

For the moment is forever in a twist of space and time

 

Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, Nikola Tesla, Newton’s Law

As i sit here painting nothing in imaginary space

You can love it you can leave it you can make it a mistake

But the moment is forever in a touch of warping space

 

I saw Jesus drinking water turning bottles into wine

I was with you in the beginning in the genesis of time

Now years later, many decades, many centuries passed by

It’s amazing that we got here this phenomenon of life

 

I saw Jesus in the morning making pancakes before church

 

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Artisan – Post 125 – To All My Lady Friends…

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©2016

Post 125

To All My Lady Friends…

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To all my lady friends,
You as a woman should be taking time to look at this election. A woman is running against a misogynistic hate monger. Doesn’t that concern you? It does me as an emotionally disabled person. I’m not known for making the best statements regarding woman’s rights or even successful relationships with women. But never in my life have I seen a woman more qualified for the position of leader of the most powerful country in the world. Yes, they can claim scandals! But what women have I been presented for an option for president in my lifetime or even in that arena? Sarah Palin??? Really??? Geraldine Ferraro was the first vice nominee, but they didn’t even let her on the scene long enough to make a statement. Yes, I’m a single white middle-aged man, but I support rights, human rights over hate and fear always. I rely on them. What would Trump do for a guy like me? Take away my medicare so I can’t pay for medications and treatment? Send me to work to get fired by others with hate and fear against me? Take away my disability check? Send me to a camp? I’m sorry, but at the end of the day, I have to eat and make sure I have a home and I will not let Hate and Fear take that away from me or anyone ever. Not by a strange art community and definitely not by Donald Trump!!! To paraphrase her own words, if Hillary Clinton wants to play the woman card, “Deal me in!” There’s my 2 cents. You can make your decision now!!!

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Artisan – Post 124 – If I Walk Down That Road Again

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Post 124

If I Walk Down That Road Again

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If I Walk Down That Road Again

Chords: E A E Bm E A Bm

 

If I walk down that road again

To places where I’ve already been

See that sights I’ve seen once more

Would I have a need to close that door?

 

If I walk down that barren path

Afraid to put to rest at last

Shall never know what comes to pass

To live today as if my last

 

Them some can see a place for me

Where I may never write so free

Or share my voice in spoken word

Within a box remain unheard

 

Yet in the gloomy fog and haze

There is yet one left trail to blaze

Where once again I start my days

Or venture to another phase

 

Left to chance and choice a novel

This constant walk my feet will travel

With memories and newfound friends

As I learn to walk again

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Artisan – Post 123 – My Life In A Crowd

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©2016

Post 123

My Life In A Crowd

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My Life in a Crowd

Chords: D A G D

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

Tell me what’s going down

Won’t you pass it around?

Can you just hear my sound?

 

Walking through the station

All around the nation

Tell me what is happening to me

Is this how it’s gonna be?

I say I gotta be me!

 

My world in a dream

This is really what seems

To see how it’s gonna be

 

My love all alone

Looking wherever I roam

For someone just to bring home

 

Tell me in the morning

In the noontime shining

Tell me in the evening so cool

Do I look like a fool?

I’m my own leading light

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

My life in a crowd

What are you doing now?

Why can’t you show me how?

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

Tell me what’s going down

Won’t you pass it around?

Can you just hear my sound?

 

My life in a crowd

Try to shout

Try to sing it out loud

 

 

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Artisan – Post 122 – Because I Love You

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©2016

Post 122

Because I Love You

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Because I Love You 

Verses: Am C G F Chorus: C F G

 

Everybody wants to be free

Climb so high in society

Realize the American dream

I just think of you and me

 

Because I love you

 

One more time I’m feeling fine

Don’t care what’s your don’t care what’s mine

From the land up to the sky

Ask me and I’ll tell you why

 

Because I love you

 

If you every stop to think

The world is yours without a drink

The time has come for reckoning

Play guitar just sit and sing

 

I know more than ever before

I’m walking through an open door

Chalk one up and we can score

Our lives are true to this once more

 

Because I love you

 

Instrumental

 

Because I love you

 

Everybody loves to shout and cry

No more need to wonder why

All our lives so hard we try

Ask me and I’ll tell you why

 

Because I love you

 

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Artisan – Post 120 – Politics

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Post 120

Politics

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Politics is a venomous snake. We all mean well, but our best intentions never seem to get accomplished. For example, let’s say you are a minority of racial ethnicity and you want to campaign for a better understanding of your differences and equalities. What with the Dallas shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement, Trumps attacks on undocumented immigrants, the stereotypes of terrorist Muslims, you feel that addressing this heated issue may sound too controversial. So you devise a slogan and campaign much more generally positive to mask your cause then ease in slowly address the issue. You campaign for “Everybody being happy and getting along.” You share this with your friends at the coffeehouse, at the church, the gym, the school and of course social media. Everybody is excited about being happy and getting along! You even speak on your great cause at City Hall and local political events. But then, a cranky guy comes along. “NO! I don’t think everybody can be and get along! And how do you intend to accomplish this? How much wasteful government money do you intend to spend making everybody happy and getting along? After all, you can’t force people to be happy and get along. It’s unconstitutional!” Suddenly, you realize you have some holes in your theory. You come up with some ideas – positive thinking courses, meditation, hot yoga, encourage sharing and nice compliments to each other… But Mr. Cranky doesn’t like the sound of any of it! He’s running for mayor in this upcoming election and he’s leading in the polls. “You can’t just claim to make everybody happy and get along. It’s impossible!” So he starts to attack you. “Your not really happy and I can state several case with witnesses where you didn’t get along with anyone!” He attends fundraisers telling terrible jokes making fun of you. Your supporters now can’t stand him! You realize the only way to put for your agenda is to run for mayor yourself. You invest a lot of money into campaigning with fancy dinners and big signs about being happy and getting along. But Cranky spends three times as much and is friends with all the rich and important people in town who endorse him. So your guys make a public attack on his crankiness with videos of him yelling at the waiter at Denny’s, his teenage son following in his footstep and beating people up at school and photos of babies refusing to kiss him. Questionable facts arise about Mr. Cranky on social media. Cranky threatens a lawsuit for libel. Embarrassing and degrading information gets thrown back at you publicly. He even claims that as an adolescent male you took drugs and tried to get an abortion. Mud gets slung back and forth. Then, in a rally for happiness, Cranky’s guys and your guys get into a big brawl. The whole town is outraged! Something as simple as everybody being happy and getting along turns into something really ugly! I don’t have to explain who actually wins in this election, but that either way nobody ends up happy and nobody gets along. A serious issue is lost.

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Artisan – Post 119 – Art

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©2016

Post 119

Art

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I never want to stop someone from singing

I never want to laugh when they dance

I never want to tell a child he or she can’t draw

Or that poetry should have so many rules

If art is not everything,

Then art is nothing

If only a few can create, express and feel

Then how can anyone?

I don’t think there is any magic secret

For the magic to happen at all

From the high end galleries in New York

To the charcoal on a cave wall

Where Pollack dripped and splattered

And Dada chose not to matter

There is only one true freedom

That is the freedom of thought

And if one ever chains that

Then freedom we have not

I never want to comply to that

I never want to stop

That feeling of surrender

Victory and existential experience

That we can only call

Art

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Artisan – Post 118 – Another Veteran’s Holiday

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Another Veteran’s Holiday

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Another Veteran’s Holiday

Chords: C Am G F Chorus: Am F C G

On the walk by the market

And off to sell art

I saw a homeless veteran
With an American flag
And one leg
Out to panhandle
For the holiday
He’ll make good money
I should say
So many inspired
By today
Another veteran’s holiday
And I thought not
What war he fought
That caused this man
To lose his leg
Yet now a begging vagrant
Watching his parade
As everybody celebrates
Another veteran’s holiday
Sink or swim as some would say
Go out and earn what you make
Climb the ladder if you may
The strongest shall survive
Yet how is it that we can say
His strength so proud to fight a war
But not hold a job of basic wage
Or would he even want to?
On the streets I have seen
Simply most men do
How could this be
We pride so free
The country he helped make
Yet walk on by
His plight of life
Here in the USA?
So I passed by this guy
And heard him say
“Do you have change?”
“Do you have change?”
On another veteran’s holiday

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Artisan – Post 117 – Spirituality, Science and String Theory

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Post 117

Spirituality, Science and String Theory

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By now we have all heard of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, E=MC², a simple formula that changed our perceptions and lifestyles in the modern world. But many do not know that before he died, Einstein struggled greatly to develop another even more significant theory, The Unified Theory of Everything, a mathematical equation not more than one inch long that could explain the very nature of everything in our universe. Such an equation could explain the very nature of existence from quantum physics to a black hole. As celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking worded this understanding would allow us to “read the mind of God.”

Modern theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, and others now believe we may have such an equation in a controversial scientific study known as String Theory. String Theory states that the smallest particles of our universe are not molecules, atoms and quarks but elements of forces combined to create string like structures vibrating at different frequencies and tones creating different particles of being. The theory is that like music, different vibrations create different notes, combinations such as harmonies, melodies and even a universal symphony. We exist in a beautiful music. To me, such a grand musical composition, sounds like a heavenly plane in itself.

String Theory goes even further to the interest of modern metaphysics to scientifically claim that there are clearly dimensions beyond our own, specifically eleven different dimensions and that being particles gravity some of these strings can travel between them. To picture one of these dimensions, understand that the big bang theory and concepts of modern astronomy have long noted that our universe expanding. But if it is getting larger and growing at this rapid rate, what could our universe be expanding into? According to Kaku, we are expanding into hyperspace, the eleventh dimension. There may even be dimensions close to us part of our everyday world that we, stuck in our own 3rd or 4th dimensional world, cannot possibly perceive. Remember at one time conceiving a round earth seemed impossible.

Why am I saying this and why do I feel it is of importance? We have long perceived or even as atheists mockingly argue against this theory that, “God is an invisible man part of our everyday life that there is no way of seeing, hearing or through our senses observing at all.” Could it not be that God is a master of these dimensions, an orchestra leader of this universal harmony? If particles made of these strings such as gravity can flow throughout these various dimensions, then why can’t the orders and intentions of our God? Can this theory of many dimensions explain and understand the mind and workings of a greater intelligence? While Kaku and even Einstein, deny traditional theories of a religious God, both agree the concept of such a universal order seems feasible.

Understanding God has long been condemned in a great religious dogma that the mind of man is incapable of such understanding. But isn’t such a claim that God can’t be understood, a claim to understand God in itself? And hasn’t religion and spirituality throughout history found itself constantly having to redefine God to adapt to newer and more modern concepts of our universe? For example, Galileo was sentenced to house arrest for observing the earth’s rotation around the sun and not vice-versa as religion then claimed. Now his model of a solar system is universally accepted. If science can redefine itself from Aristotle to Copernicus to Galileo to Newton to Einstein to arrive at greater truths, then why can’t religion and spirituality? The fact is that they do. Our religious and spiritual concepts have long since evolved to accept more modern truths. While stoning for adultery or divorce was once common, modern Christians would no longer conceive of such a practice. So many theories of God and evolutions of spiritual beliefs have come to be that it seems impossible to refute all of them. It does suggest a grand question. Are we constantly redefining God and spirituality to defend something that doesn’t exist, or are we coming to a greater understanding of something that does?

While string theory has great problems to overcome such as the fact that it is all mathematically formulated and has yet to prove itself through an actual physical analysis of experimentation, proof or disproof, it does lead to hope for those who believe and want to understand a grander purpose in such a complex world.

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Artisan – Post 116 – Danny Boy

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©2016

Post 116

Danny Boy

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Danny Boy 

Chords:

C G F G C G F

Bridges: Am G F G C G F

Oh Danny Boy

The time is coming

When you may see 

Your day

Don’t fret love

nor who you think

is Jesus

Go right along

Despite what others say

Oh Danny Boy

People are just people

Cruel to be kind

But always in good faith

And as time passes

Danny

Just listen

Just listen 

To your song

and you will find

Time passes right along

And as time passes

Danny

Relax go on your way

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Artisan – Post 115 – Heaven In A Daydream

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©2016

Post 115

Heaven in a Daydream

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I saw heaven in a daydream

Angels dancing ladies singing

Babies shouting in the water

As the blessing came to be

Hear the music everlasting

Dance to the eternal beat

There I saw you in the mystery

As the prophets came to speak

If you go there can you tell me

What it means this fantasy?

In the bright side of creation

You will find this fascination

Ever glowing ever meaning

That which is the truth of life

Take the song and take to reason

See the art and hear the music

On your way it will be waiting

Sing the word and never die

 

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Artisan – Post 114 – Piano Problems

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Post 114

Piano Problems

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I took my piano mid-term yesterday playing, “When the Saints Come Marching In.” I did ok. I’m expecting piano to come more naturally to me because I’m an artist, but it isn’t working that way. It’s a discipline to learn the notes and hand placements. I used to think that young people think they know everything, but I’m learning that in my older age, it’s easier for elders to think we know everything especially if it’s outside our niche or areas of interest. I ran into this problem a lot when talking economics with my Mensa member and NASA scientist brother-in-law when he was alive. While he was truly a genius physicist, politics simply wasn’t his subject. Although I want to grab and go at piano and music as though it comes as naturally to me as art, I have to remember that at one point in my life I had to learn how to draw.

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Artisan – Post 113 – The Thorazine Shuffle

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Post 113

The Thorazine Shuffle

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The Thorazine Shuffle

Chords: G Em C D

 

Seventeen hours in isolation

Strapped to a bed with leather braces

Plastic sheets leaking urine

Lost my place in this confusion

 

Said to the nurse it’s a violation

Of my rights for sanitation

She shot me up and now I’m found

Pacing staring at the ground

 

Walking, walking back and forth

At the speed of a grandpa’s Ford

Can’t talk now my brain is muffled

I’m just doing the Thorazine Shuffle

With a Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

Woo!

 

Feeling calm and oh so peaceful

Slower Slower my stream of conscience

All five senses like a mule

Holy Crap I’m starting to drool

 

Walking, walking back and forth

At the speed of a grandpa’s Ford

Can’t talk now my brain is muffled

I’m just doing the Thorazine Shuffle

With a Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

Woo!

 

Days go by I cannot think

Would’ve done better with a drink

How can they call this therapy?

This medicinal lobotomy?

 

Walking, walking back and forth

At the speed of a grandpa’s Ford

Can’t talk now my brain is muffled

I’m just doing the Thorazine Shuffle

With a Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!

Woo!

 

The doctor says it’s time to leave

Is this really what freedom means?

Got lost leaving, walked right back in

I ain’t never gonna piss off that nurse again!

 

 

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Artisan – Post 112 – A Bird Called Fascination

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A Bird Called Fascination

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A Bird Called Fascination

Chords: F G C

 

A bird called fascination

A feathered sensation

Flying relaxation

A lustful meditation

 

A freedom of his flight

Set forth amidst the night

Make everything alright

Without the sun so bright

 

I want to tell you something

The journey is the meaning

How high you climb the mountain

Take time when climbing down again

 

Feel free in what you learn in life

And take from every moment

Remember every amity

Amend the harm of every strife

 

When older you’ll remember then

The people you’ll have known

The places you’ll have been

Look back with truth with no regrets

 

Freedom never forgets

Says a bird called fascination

 

 

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Artisan – Post 111 – Mrs. B.

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Post 111

Mrs. B.

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Mrs. B.

Chords: A A7 D C D G D

 

I like to wait till she comes home

And talk to her on the telephone

That’s our time she spends with me

 

We like to go to the movie show

Don’t care who pays, we don’t know

She’s my best friend good enough for me

 

Have you got that Mrs. B.?

Look at me! Look at me!

 

I like to do what she likes to do

And she’s like me and not like you

And you’re telling me what to do?

 

Have you got that Mrs. B.?

Look at me! Look at me!

 

I like her cause she’s beautiful

And she likes me cause I want her to

But I’ve heard you and he are through

 

Have you got that Mrs. B.?

Look at me! Look at me!

 

I like love cause it makes me feel good

And that’s the way God says it should

Do you love anybody Mrs. B.?

 

Have you got that Mrs. B.?

Look at me! Look at me!

 

I like to wait till she comes home

And talk to her on the telephone

That’s our time she spends with me

 

Have you got that Mrs. B.?

Look at me! Look at me!

 

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Artisan – Post 110 – The Dollar And The Devil

Artisan by Dan Joyce

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Post 110

The Dollar and The Devil

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The Dollar and The Devil

 

I’m tired of winning to lose

I try my best

But whatcha gonna do

 

The dollar and the devil

Are beating my soul

Can’t buy my heaven

Or cash in when I’m old

 

All my thoughts about her

Are pennies in the well

The dollar and the devil

Are walking me to Hell

 

The commandment of the family

Only curses my name

The dollar and the devil

Are playing their game

 

Oh Jesus can’t you help me

I am a poor man too

But the dollar and the devil

Crucified you

 

I’m tired of winning to lose

I try my best

But whatcha gonna do

 

The dollar and the devil

Are beating my soul

Can’t buy my heaven

Or cash in when I’m old

 

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Artisan – Post 109 – The Ballad Of Jesse James

Artisan by Dan Joyce

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Post 109

The Ballad Of Jesse James

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The Ballad of Jesse James

 

CHORDS: Verses C F C F G       CHORUS C F G

 

Suzy was and artist

Jimmy was a taxman

Jesse liked to live on the streets

Suzy played the guitar

Jimmy blue the mouth harp

Jesse could just wail our and sing

 

Everyone around us

Tipped the hat with dollars

Blew it all on women and drink

They talked about the feelings

The feeling that he gave us

Listening to Jesse sing

 

Jesse James is a homeless man

Lives on the street

Sings the blues like he knows you

You can hear it when Jesse sings

 

Jesse hopped a train

Early Sunday morning

On his way to Camarillo

Played with his band

In a concert in the park

Slept down by the bus depot

 

Picked up by the cops

For vagrancy in Irvine

Spent the night in county jail

In the holding cell

The police took his bag

No one came to make bail

 

Jesse James is a homeless man

Lives on the street

Sings the blues like he knows you

You can hear it when Jesse sings

 

Jesse was released

And put back on the streets

Did his best to find a job

Nowhere to go

With his dog named Bo

Singing to a stranger’s guitar

 

Jesse James is a homeless man

Lives on the street

Sings the blues like he knows you

You can hear it when Jesse sings

 

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