Second Time Around

November 29, 2018
Mark

This is the first new thing I’ve written in almost a year.

Second Time Around

I will wander barren wastelands
Unpack your Homegoods shit and hang it on the wall
Fell the thickest deepest forest
Drive the kids down to the shopping mall

I will go and slay your dragon
Fetch your coffee from the kitchen down the hall
Climb the highest steepest mountain
Bring your pots and plants in come the Fall

Then rest with you
Lie in comfort in your arms here

I’ll swim the wildest raging river
Wash the towels and clean the shower stall
Cross a thousand arid deserts
Make sure your laptop gets the latest install

Rest your head against my shoulder
Take my hand in yours and squeeze it nice and tight
Save a little bit of Heaven
A little bit of peace until the morning

So I might know
And I might fly away with you from here
On this second time around

I’ll pick up tickets for the Wednesday Powerball
On this second time around

Lucky Guy

September 16, 2018
Mark

This is a song about seeing your grown (or almost grown) child head off into the world, bidding goodbye for now and other things you might want to say.

Thinking about the road you’ll soon be traveling on
Wondering where it leads, the path you follow
Questioning for a moment where the time has gone
For a little more I’d steal if I could not borrow

Thought about the words I’d say when this day come
Now those words are ringing cold and hollow
Try to keep it real and not be overcome
Hid behind a wall of fake bravado

Seemed a short while ago
You were just a babe in tow
Now you’re grown and steady and you’re shining

Hey baby it all goes ’round
No point now in backing down
Just grab your bag and hit the ground a-runnin’

Hey darling, I’m alright
Tell you now I’m a lucky guy
Just keep a little line of sight unbroken

Now the time has come we have to say goodbye
Take my hand and let there be no sorrow
Just a sunrise and an airplane ride
Imagine where you’ll be this time tomorrow

In the blinking of an eye
Into the depths of a clear blue sky
And into the lights so bright that they’ll be blinding

Make a wish upon a star
Take a jug from the reservoir of
Biding faith and love that I have for you

You’ll always be part of me
Got your Momma’s faith I believe
Now you gotta make your peace and just get started

Goodnight My Love

May 13, 2018
Mark

Written for my first granddaughter, Bayliss, in early 2014.

Good night, my Love
Godspeed you
Good night, my Dear
And send you
Angel choirs, sing you to sleep
And rock you safely in His keep
And all your dreams are those
(Of) reds, yellows, greens and golds
And rivers
So blue and deep

Good night, my Love
Godspeed you
Good night, my Dear
The day through
When the sun yields to the stars
And the moon sends her regards
Worries fall behind
Bringing peace of mind
As gently
As butterflies

Good night, my Love
Godspeed you
Good night, my Dear
I’ll see you
When the morning breaks the night
And the world is filled with light/set aright
Day begins anew
And all your dreams come true
And waiting
Here for you

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