Tag: words

  • Trust vs. Sin

    Wednesday Words I just did I rewrite of my song called “Apples Revised.” This song is at least 20 years old. I used to play it a lot but have grown to not enjoy it. I switched two lines and it feels like a brand new song for me. Below are two groups of four…

  • Words I Like Vol. 2

    Wednesday Words I keep an ongoing list of words that I like. When I find a word and I like the way it sounds, it goes on the list. The following are five words from my list: Librettist – a person who writes the text of an opera or other long vocal work Semiquincentenial –…

  • Chicken Skin Hug

    Wednesday Words Nothing good rhymes with twitch. I have been working on a new first verse for “Chicken Skin Shake.” You might enjoy a couple iterations that are good examples of bad songwriting Starting to shake and to shiverYour legs might even twitchHey, hey, here we goIt’s the chicken skin itch Starting to shake and…

  • Doctor Jokes

    Wednesday Words While going through a collection of old songwriting ideas, I discovered a list of really terrible doctor jokes. They aren’t just random doctor jokes. They are specifically a list of things that you don’t want to hear your surgeon say in the operating room. These jokes are bad but the worst part is…

  • Chicken Skin Groove

    Wednesday Words I wrote a song called “Chicken Skin Shake” during that weird period in time when nobody was leaving their house. I am sure that you remember. 2020 was a weird year. I have wanted to rewrite the first verse for a while. The rest of the song feels timeless but the first verse…

  • Regular is NOT being late for everything

    Wednesday Words I come from a long line of people who are pathologically late for everything. If you are one of us, then I have a new verse of Not as Regular just for you. I’m late for absolutely everything And there’s nothing that I can doI respect you and I’m sorry to waste your…

  • The Worst Rhyme

    Wednesday Words Sugary juice, majestic nectarPitch the yeast, breathe in the splendor I am writing a new song about wine. These lines will be in the second verse. This is without question, the worst rhyme that I have ever written. But I like it. You can’t make a glass of wine without crushing some grapes…

  • Grapes Will Grow

    Wednesday Words Put a little grape seed down in the groundUp shoots a vine growing round and roundPlump bunches hanging low low lowSun and the rain and the grapes will grow I’m working on a new song about wine. I feel good about this chorus. I’ve got some verses but they are not very sophisticated.…

  • Moron

    Wednesday Words It’s waltzing down the boulevardA lullaby screaming on the radioIt’s the rest for all my wearyWhen she lays her head down on my shoulder One of my favorite lines that I have ever written is in this verse from “Rest My Soul.” It’s a seemingly contradictory phrase about a lullaby that is screaming.…

  • Here Comes The Man

    Wednesday Words Here’s a story About a man When he goes out Everyone would see him When all the people see him All the people would scream Ahhhhh There goes the man There goes the man I’m working on a new song called “Everybody Scream.” I’ve got a groove, a hook, a title, and most…

  • Regular is NOT finding joy in being different

    Wednesday Words This new verse is a sacred Not as Regular blessing. May you never be as regular As all of the regular folks They are boring and miserable We’re so much more interesting than that Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular…

  • I’ve Been A Bully

    Wednesday Words These words were in an old notebook, dated November 12, 2018. They have become the first verse of my next single. This justifies why it’s important to periodically look through old notebooks. I’ve been a bully, I’ve known a few Caring can be cruel, but it’s the best we can do I hunker…

  • Luck of the Not as Regular

    It seems that I am hitting all the secondary holidays for the Not as Regular series. I couldn’t pass up St. Patrick’s Day I love St. Patrick’s Day I’ll sing some really great songs Then I’ll eat potatoes and cabbage And also some Lucky Charms cereal (save the marshmallows for last) Not as regular as…

  • Bathroom Floor

    Wednesday Words It’s a universal truth. At some point in time, every human being hits rock bottom and finds themself crying on the bathroom floor. Well, you jut got some bad news It was something you never expected You didn’t see it coming And you are devastated Now you are crying on the bathroom floor…

  • Regular is NOT giving yourself a gift for Valentine’s Day

    Wednesday Words Our Not as Regular collection needed a Valentine’s Day verse. I love Valentine’s Day Because chocolate is on sale tomorrow A heart shaped box on clearance A gift from me to me Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Already Wet River

    Wednesday Words While we were there, Mother Nature decided to add some water to that already wet river I wrote these words and I will stand by them. This is a line from my new song called “A Good Hat.” The words perfectly convey what I’m trying to say. Every word is right but its…

  • Regular is NOT loving it when we are snowed in

    Wednesday Words Here is a weather inspired verse to add to the Not as Regular collection. I love a good snowstorm Because the whole world gets quiet We got enough toilet paper to get us through It will all melt away eventually Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Right Here

    Wednesday Words You said, I sure do miss you Where have you been I said, What do you mean I’m standing right here next to you You said, Are you really I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a…

  • Regular is NOT going to bed early on New Year’s Eve

    Wednesday Words I’ve got two new verses of Not as Regular to help celebrate the New Year. I never stay up till midnight On New Year’s Eve It’s just one more tick of the clock And I get grumpy without enough sleep Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Christmas-inator

    Wednesday Words Mrs. Brother Jack suggested that I write a Christmas version of “Old Vinyl.” So, I ran it through my Christmas-inator machine and this is what I got. Warm and cozy, tree is all lit up White Christmas spinning on the stereo You grab my hand and pull me to the middle of the…

  • Regular is NOT deviating from the normal holiday menu

    Wednesday Words Here is another Christmas-themed verse for Not as Regular. This one is inspired by our friend Sister Kelly. What is something that makes you “Not as Regular” during the holiday season? We’re eating lasagna for Christmas dinner Even though our heritage is not Italian I’m just so sick of all the turkey Ham…

  • Regular is NOT trying to sing the high notes with Mariah

    Wednesday Words I secretly love it when “All I Want For Christmas” season Comes around again each year I’m trying to sing those high notes with Mariah Carey Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as Regular…

  • Dragonfly Grove

    Wednesday Words – I wrote the following words for my friends in the band called Dragonfly Grove and they will be part of their upcoming release. I am headed out to take a little ramble down to a secret place that I know. It’s the kind of place where you step into the area and…

  • Crime Scene

    Wednesday Words When they found her The scene was a mess It’s broken glass And a bridal veil She was nailed Right to that wall Where her mother’s Portrait had been On either side For all to see In great big letters Scribbled two words Written with wood ash On one side A dusty smudge…

  • Regular is NOT being afraid of little kids in a scary mask

    Wednesday Words “Not as Regular” – Halloween Edition I don’t really like Halloween There’s lots of stuff out there that scares me I don’t need a special day To get the heebie-jeebies Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to…

  • Regular is NOT looking for spirits in an old instrument

    Wednesday Words I love to play old guitars Preferably ones that don’t belong to me Channeling all of the ghosts Of songs that used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways…

  • Regular is NOT finding pleasure in the overwhelming wail of a train

    Wednesday Words I like the sound of a train The louder, the better It shakes my teeth and rocks my soul Chugga, chugga, chugga, clickety-clack Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways to…

  • Regular is NOT doing jigsaw puzzles for fun

    Wednesday Words There are so many ways to be “Not as Regular.” I like doing jigsaw puzzles It gives me something to do with my hands When I’m sitting at home Minding my own business Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as…

  • Regular is NOT going to church solely for the food

    Wednesday Words I like going to church But not always for religious reasons An old fashion pot luck Is where you’ll find the best fried chicken Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways…

  • Fishing With Lou

    Wednesday Words I’m working on a new song about a hat and this is where the river has taken me thus far. I went out fishing with my good friend Lou We did’t catch any fish but it was still a glorious day I had a sandwich in my pocket It was chipped beef and…

  • Regular is NOT Keeping a Banjo in the Bathroom

    Wednesday Words Here is another verse of “Not as Regular.” I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you are always prepared because you never know when the muse will show up. I keep a banjo in the bathroom Just in case I gotta be prepared If inspiration strikes Not as regular as I…

  • I Could’ve Been Strong

    Wednesday Words I posted the first verse of this song last week. I think it might be a “seasons of life” kind of song. Here is verse 2 of my new song called “Frail Bones.” I go walking in the pre-dawn haze Remembering all of the dreams I had I could’ve been brave, I could’ve…

  • I Could Be Brave

    Wednesday Words I’ve been doing some work on me. While trying to figure some things out, I wrote these new words. This is the first verse and chorus to a new song called “Frail Bones.” I go walking late at night I imagine that I could be Anything that I like I could be brave…

  • The Fifth Try

    Wednesday Words I’ve been chipping away on the second verse of my song called “Old Photographs.” I talked about this previously when I falsely believed that I had written the finished version. It’s been through at least two more iterations since then. I will list all of the changes below. If you are keeping score…

  • Kisses and Idioms

    Wednesday Words I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a little more dumb This might be the best chorus that I’ve ever written but I don’t know what to do with it. I keep pulling it from the songwriting…

  • Regular is NOT Driving Slow

    Wednesday Words We were on a roadtrip and I realized there was a growing line of cars behind us. They all felt very strongly that I should be driving much faster. This situation felt like a perfect verse of “Not as Regular.” Sometimes I drive slow I got nowhere important to be A line of…

  • Never Me

    Wednesday Words I go walking late at night I imagine that I could be anything that I like I could be brave, I could be strong I could be mean, I could be powerful In this game where I could be anything I could be anyone but I’m never me We got frail bones and…

  • Allow Myself To Remember

    Wednesday Words Original version : Allow myself to remember The things I try so hard to forget The way you smelled And the way you’d touch my hand The fondest memories I recall The warm fuzzy feelings And the way I’d smile When I picture your face -vs- New version: Allow myself to remember The…

  • Sun Catches His Eye

    Wednesday Words Did you ever see a grown man cry Sun just catches his eye Did you ever see tears well up He recalls a long lost day Did you ever see a grown man weep He’s got nothing left to give Did you ever see a grown man’s tear Roll down past his nose…

  • Old Shoebox

    Wednesday Words Take your picture from its frame Tuck it away in an old shoebox It’s a box full of memories For when I want to remember I try to lose myself Cause I’m so lost without you I guess I’m not really lost I’m still standing here This is a new song that is…

  • Phrasing

    Wednesday Words I was working on the phrasing for my song called Idea 9. Phrasing is the songwriting equivalent of punctuation (or a deep breath). A slight pause can change the meaning of a line. Never again, I’ll feel the wind brush my cheek vs Never again The wind brushes my cheek When singing this…

  • Give It All Up

    Wednesday Words If I had back everything I’d lost I’d give it all up once again For one more chance To make sure it never happened Red eye waltz Red eye waltz I wrote another verse. You can hear it here.

  • Butterfly Wings

    Wednesday Words The flash of a moment and everything’s gone A butterfly flaps its wings If only I’d walked a little faster Or lingered for another breath I’m working on a new song called “Red Eye Waltz.” It’s about guilt and shame and regret. It’s about the tiny flutter that starts the chain reaction responsible…

  • Judas

    Wednesday Words Old man Judas had a hill On the outskirts of town He built himself a big tall gallows To hang himself from I’ve always felt bad for Judas. Christianity is a religion based on second chances. Judas was an unscrupulous guy but it seems as though he was doomed from the start.

  • Idioms

    Wednesday Words It’s not something that I use often. When the situation is right, it can be a very effective tool in my songwriting toolkit. It’s a dictionary of idioms. I love words and the way that they go together. A phrase can mean so much more than its parts. Sometimes an idea for a…

  • When I See You Standing There

    Wednesday Words When I see you standing thereHey, yeahHey yeahWhen I see you standing thereI get all weak in the kneesHey, yeahHey, yeahI get weak in the kneesI know how this will endHey, yeahHey, yeahI know how this all ends This is one that I’ve been working on. If you want to hear what it…

  • Tired and Empty

    Wednesday Words I finished my new song called Hard Man. I think these are the last two verses. Take it on the chinIt’s my turn againGotta stretch my legsNo pain, no gainBlack and blueI should’ve stayed downI’m a tired manI’m a hard manI’ve been lied toAnd I never speak the truthI walk awayI won’t get…

  • Back in 1981

    Wednesday Words Below is the first verse of my song called Valentine’s Day Massacre. It was back in 1981 I was waiting on a bus You came up to me and you said, hello I think it was a Thursday A few weeks later I moved in with you Into your apartment over on 4th…

  • Regular

    Wednesday Words I’m working on a new song. It’s about being different from everyone else. As I get older, I become more comfortable with all of the ways that I don’t fit in. It’s about becoming proud to call yourself Weird Folk. I’m not as regular as I used to be It says what I…

  • Bully

    Wednesday Words I found these words in an old notebook. They were dated November 12, 2018. This validates why I periodically peruse my old notebooks. I need a couple more verses but I think it’s going somewhere. I’ve been a bully, I’ve known a few Caring can be cruel, but it’s the best we can…

  • Joe’s Pizza

    Wednesday Words I wrote these words after a once a year phone call with an old friend. Remember that place down on fourth street We used to go in for a slice after work The guy in there, I think his name was Joe, I really can’t remember He used to spin the pizza right…

  • Chicken Skin Christmas

    Wednesday Words The last thing that the world needs is another sentimental Christmas song. What it does need is more Chicken Skin Shake. I hope this adds to your holiday spirit. Maybe I’ll get it recorded before next year. Pops has had too much coffee He’s climbing up the walls Mom is, um, running As…

  • Bad Christmas Poem

    Wednesday Words I wrote a song/poem during the winter holiday season of 2019. It was about a drummer getting tricked into playing a Christmas gig. Of course, the song ends with a Christmas miracle. His heart grew three sizes and all of that. It includes pages and pages of words scribbled in a misplaced notebook.…

  • Please, No Poop Jokes

    Wednesday Words Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be I go walking early in the morning While everyone else is still lying in bed I still howling at that early morning moon And scratch at the fleas on…

  • Beneath the Sod

    Wednesday Words “Devil’s Horn” began as a kernel of a song idea. It turns out that it might be a murder ballad. Nobody knows Nobody really knows Who laid the grave Put her beneath the sod Grab that old devil By his crooked horn And let him know It was my own two hands

  • Hand Song 2.0

    Wednesday Words I thought about writing you a poem With words like cherish and adore Too bad, I’m not a poet I thought about picking you some flowers I would put them in a vase with water Too bad, they would make me sneeze So, I’ll give you my hand It’s all I can afford…

  • Crooked Horn

    Wednesday Words Grab that old devil By his crooked horn And let him know Today’s the day that you’re… What word is next? Gone? Born? Done? These words have been simmering on the back burner for almost a year. One evening last October, I stumbled upon a great riff. The riff will probably receive a…

  • Perfect Conditions

    Wednesday Words I like to run, it jiggles my brain I like to run, it’s quite insane When I go for a run I pretend there are zombies chasing me It’s really quite a thrill I like to run… except when its raining… or too hot… or too dark… or so bright that the sun…

  • If I Were King

    Wednesday Words If I were king of a nation at war I would make sure He was in the front lines If I were king He’d throw himself out the window at my word If he happened to die There’s nothing anyone could say David

  • Words From the Bottom of the Barrel

    Wednesday Words Rock rock rock rock bottom Rock rock rock rock bottom Rock rock rock rock bottom Revival I’ve been scraping the bottom for so long And all I’ve got is this lousy song Rock rock rock rock bottom Rock rock rock rock bottom Rock rock rock rock bottom Revival Someone is trying to keep…

  • Romeo Bails

    Wednesday Words Romeo says Hey Juliet Are you sure this is a good plan I know all about those passionate kisses But this seems like a lot I’ve been thinking about taking a trip down to Venice I wanted to see what’s going on down there This has been great… really… But I gotta go…

  • Naked Eyes V2

    Wednesday Words I’ve been enjoying this verse lately. It’s 20 years old and I’m still proud of it. I find it amusing in a completely different way than when it was new. You say that you love to get lost in my eyes I say that’s a scary place without a map You say that…

  • You Are Enough

    Broken and Beautiful – Part 5 Today we will examine iterations of the third verse from my song called Broken and Beautiful. If you want to read more about this song, click here. 1. I thought this was a finished verse. What I mean is that it wasn’t just the first thing that I threw…

  • If Only You Could Feel Strong

    Broken and Beautiful – Part 4 I am working on a new song called Broken and Beautiful. It’s actually an old idea that was resurrected from the bone pile. If you want the back story, you can check out part 1 and part 2. I thought I finally had all of the words figured out.…

  • Pancake Words

    Common sense dictates that a song should never begin with the phrase, “that smell gets me every time.” If you are the type of person that abandons a song during the first line, this song is not for you. It is a long-haul type of song. To enjoy this song, you must possess enough patience…

  • Port in the Storm

    There are days when it continues to be hard to locate a port in the storm. On rare days, there is no storm at all. Most of the time, I drop anchor and weather the winds. Even though we are tossed about Just trying to hang on We got no ritual, no routine No port…

  • Best Chorus Ever

    I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, I’m staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a little more dumb I love these words but I have no idea where to go with it. Any ideas?

  • All That Weight

    Broken and Beautiful – part 2 I wrote a song in 2013 that wasn’t very good. You can read more about that in Part 1. Despite being damaged beyond repair, I was able to scavenge a few lines. I put these borrowed lines together to make a first verse and chorus. Your baby blues are…

  • Sounds Like Silence

    Two days ago I announced that I was not going to continue with my Sad Song Series. The muses have decided that I am not done yet. Before abandoning the project, I had been thinking about the sounds of loneliness. I really enjoy the sound of peace and quiet. But there is a fine line…

  • Some Words I Like

    I keep an ongoing list of words that I like. There is no clear criteria for how a word might make this list. If I come across a word and it feels good, it goes on the list. The following are five words from my list: Malarkey – meaningless talk and nonsense  Tommyrot – nonsense…

  • Ghosts – Some Words

    If I squint my eyes When I squint my eyes This time of day when the light begins to play I look across the room and see her standing there There is a girl that I never knew She’s got a blue flowered dress Her hair hangs over her shoulder in a single plait She’s…