Artisan – Post 137 – The Van Gogh Complex

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 137

The Van Gogh Complex

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The Van Gogh Complex

G C Am F G

Time stands still 

In a painting

Of a starry night

Heard it all my life

As the wind blows

One more time

Someone’s saying

You might find it sad

You’re a little mad

But it’s beautiful

You’re Van Gogh

You’re Picasso

You’re Rene Magritte

Walking down the street

On a French road

You’re Van Gogh

Donatello 

You’re a Kurt Cobain

Crying out his pain

In a solo

Don’t ask me

Why it should be

That the plight of life

For an artist’s strife

Can be daunting? 

You’re Van Gogh

Michaelangelo

Chipping at the block

Freeing from the rock

A marble hero

You’re a Plath

Such a poet

Writing out your love

Knowing nothing of

But you show it

You’re a genius

You’re a master

Knowing in your head

Years from when you’re dead

They’ll remember

You’re Van Gogh

Don’t you know?

Feel the agony

With the ecstasy

Of every brushstroke

repeat all the Van Gogh verses

You’re Van Gogh

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Artisan – Post 136 – A Pig That Feeds Himself

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 136

A Pig That Feeds Himself

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I saw a pig that feeds himself

How fat he had become

Amidst a glop of his own slop

His contentment had begun

And no one dined with this large swine

And no one cared to know

How easy to content oneself

Yet sadly quite alone

He mixed the scraps of leftover food

Mealie-pap, bread and fruit

Thinking that to serve oneself

He’d find a greater truth

But then came in the farmer and

A man from the slaughter house

To bait and dig and kill the pig

Smarter than a mouse

And so you see it cannot be

Self-serving is the way

Just ask the ham how well it went

As you eat your eggs today.

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Artisan – Post 135 – It’s A Beautiful Day For Guitar

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 135

It’s a Beautiful Day for Guitar

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It’s a Beautiful Day for Guitar

Verses A D G 

Chorus G A D G 

Bridge C G D

I may be a little bit insane

But listen now to what I have to say

Take the time to hear it as I sing

Cause life today’s a wonderful thing

It’s a beautiful day to play guitar

Take the time to listen to who we are

It’s a beautiful day for guitar

Everybody’s dancing in the rain

Everybody’s hearing what I play

Ain’t nobody gonna hit the hay

Everybody’s loving it today

It’s a beautiful day to play guitar

Take the time to listen to who we are

It’s a beautiful day for guitar

I’m loving Lucy and Lucy’s loving me

Loving so truly as true as love can be

Come with me and hear now what I say

Come with me and we can save the day

Sing with me and love it all the way

Grab your guitar and sit with me and play

It’s a beautiful day to play guitar

Take the time to listen to who we are

It’s a beautiful day for guitar

I’m loving Lucy and Lucy’s loving me

Loving so truly as true as love can be

It’s a beautiful day to play guitar

Take the time to listen to who we are

It’s a beautiful day for guitar

I’m loving Lucy and Lucy’s loving me

Loving so truly as true as love can be 2x

It’s a beautiful day for guitar

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Artisan – Post 134 – What Hurts?

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 134

What hurts?

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I understand actions speak louder than words
But when a homosexual condemns me
For my erratic “insane” behavior
It hurts
When a black man tells me
He can like nearly every color or nationality
But can’t stand a “crazy” man
It hurts
When an activist for civil rights and freedom
Denies that I should be entitled
To those same rights and courtesies he’s fighting for
It hurts
When an intelligent or socially awkward scholar
Becomes uncomfortable when I admit
That I am treated for bipolar
It hurts
When the news or television
Or someone’s personal experience with a “madman”
has been negative or dangerous
and they treat me as though I did it
It hurts
When a woman judges my attractiveness
For not behaving macho or charismatic
For being a man who thinks with his emotions
It hurts
When a convict calls me dangerous
When a drunk or drug addict calls me delusional
When the uneducated call me dumb
It hurts
But when I break and am human
Or give into the hateful and prejudice
Stereotypes they claim
And in a faulty way fight back
It hurts the most.

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Artisan – Post 133 – Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 133

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

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Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

 

Verses G C G D G D C G

Chorus C G D G C G D G

 

Sammy was a long hair

Liked to wear his pink shirt

All the boys around him

Liked to tease him so

 

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

What you have to say boy?

Hey Boy Gay Boy

Don’t come out to play

 

Sammy and Vanessa

Liked to play dress up

Wearing pretty dresses

And lots of makeup

 

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

What you have to say boy?

Hey Boy Gay Boy

Don’t come out to play

 

Vanessa had a brother

Who didn’t like her other

Took a bat and hit him

Hard upside his head

 

All the children watched him

And the preacher praised him

Glory to the Christian

Waiting after school

 

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

What you have to say boy?

Hey Boy Gay Boy

Don’t come out to play

 

I don’t care what you say

This is just a hate crime

Don’t let off the bully

Because someone else is odd

 

No one ever told you

That violence is righteous

Or hatefulness heroic

In the eyes of God

 

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

What you have to say boy?

Hey Boy Gay Boy

Don’t come out to play

 

When will we ever stop this?

Hating who is different?

When will we accept those?

Who stand out for themselves?

 

Hey Boy! Gay Boy!

What you have to say boy?

Hey Boy Gay Boy

Don’t come out to play

 

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Artisan – Post 132 – A Candle In The Barrio

Artisan by Dan Joyce

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Post 132

A Candle In The Barrio

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A Candle in the Barrio

 

Chords: E D A E  bmp 140

 

Not too far in the barrio

Angels weep and heaven shows

A candle rests where flowers grow

To mark the loss of another soul

 

Not a sight unseen around here

Where homeless sit and drink their beer

A mother lights the candle near

Her rosary she prays so dear

 

If you live in the barrio

Never speak of what you know

Silence comes and silence grows

Among the passers by

 

instrumental

 

They sit and smoke remaining still

Dreaming of a house upon the hill

Where police roam protect they will

Children’s lives our good Lord’s will

 

And so they paint it on the wall

That someone someday hear their call

To rest assured no strength at all

A ritual to honor one’s fall

 

Our Lady pictured on the candle

Seems too much for her to handle

Mary prays upon the mantle

Where one more lost to hate and vandal

 

We’ve seen once we’ll see again

Seems as though we’ll never win

When pride is strong and patience thin

A candle in the barrio is lit.

 

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Artisan – Post 131 – I’m A Doin’ What Momma Don’t Want Me Doin’

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 131

I’m A Doin’ What Mamma Don’t Want Me Doin’

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I’m A Doin’ What Mamma Don’t Want Me Doin’

 

Verses C G D    Chorus G D C

 

Sitting around ditching school

Hanging with the boys playing the fool

Passing the smoke acting cool

I just ain’t one to follow the rules

 

I’m a doin’ what mamma don’t want me doin’

On the streets today

I’m a livin’ my own kind of living’

My own way

Nobody tellin’ me how my life is gonna be

Cause I’m ok

 

I’m just a rebel born to run

Livin’ is easy having fun

Do what I’m told I’m not the one

Cause I’m just a livin’ it till I’m done

 

I’m a doin’ what mamma don’t want me doin’

On the streets today

I’m a livin’ my own kind of livin’

My own way

Nobody tellin’ me how my life is gonna be

Cause I’m ok

 

Late in the evenin’ I’m kickin’ with Kay

She ain’t the one but she’s ok

She takes off her top  makes my day

In the backseat of her Chevy goin’ all the way

 

I’m a doin’ what mamma don’t want me doin’

In the car with Kay

Life is young when livin’ is fun

Goin’ my own way

Tonight’s the night it’s alright

And we’re ok

 

I’m a doin’ what mamma don’t want me doin’

On the streets today

I’m a livin’ my own kind of livin’

My own way

Nobody tellin’ me how my life is gonna be

Cause I’m ok

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