Everything I Say

(Copyright 2007 Andy Sneed)

Feel like I just learned to talk yesterday
Like I got sixteen or seventeen words I might say
And though I put them together every possible way
Still can’t communicate

Like when I bought a guitar, didn't know how to play
I had exactly two chords, very little to say
And the guy in the store could've been Jimmy Page
When he played Stairway and Dancing Days

Everything I say sounds stupid
Everything I write reads wrong
I was making perfect sense till you came along
Tied up my tongue
Now every sentence seems so stilted
Every paragraph feels forced
And when it comes to spoken language I’m even worse
It’s like I’ve been cursed

I had a perfect brainstorm late last night
So I roused myself and turned on the light
Filled up every scrap of paper in sight
And my logic was tight

Then I met you this morning intending to show you
The eloquent thoughts I so feverishly wrote you
But as I reviewed them a lump in my throat grew
What was this tripe? Could this be right?
 

You know, I could be a preacher or I could be a teacher
The most extroverted creature, motivational speaker or
I could be a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
So highly sought after but that wouldn’t matter
‘Cause I’m convinced you’d have the same effect on me

See, I feel like I just learned to talk yesterday
Like I got sixteen or seventeen words I might say
And though I put them together every possible way
Still can’t communicate


Everything I say sounds stupid
Everything I write reads wrong
I was making perfect sense till you came along
Tied up my tongue
Now every sentence seems so stilted
Every paragraph feels forced
And when it comes to spoken language I’m even worse
It’s like I’ve been cursed
Has this been half clear?
Then how is it you’re still here?

Fix This

(Copyright 2006 Andy Sneed)

Sometimes at night, I have a dream
About a problem I’m working on
And I can see things when deep asleep
That I could not see when wide awake
How to solve the problem, fix it right up
And by the way, did I mention

That I – I also dream of you
And I wish I could fix this too

Like every morning, in the paper
The crossword puzzle is what I love
I check the clues, I find the key
I fill in all the ones that jump out at me
And when I get hopelessly stuck
Just come back later, pick it back up

Well I – am puzzled over you
And I wish I could pick this up too

I see somebody out in the street
I used to know him, by chance we meet
I can’t remember his name just then
I think of tricks to introduce him
Not till the next day on that same street
Not thinking of it, comes back to me

Well I - am (not) thinking about you
And I wish this would come back too
Wish I could pick back up with you
Wish I could fix this too

One Night in Topeka

(Copyright 2007 Andy Sneed)

How is Mom
How is Tom
How are you
What is this job you got
You've been back east
Twenty years at least
Now you’re moving on
Can I come along?

One night in Topeka
"Dressing on the side"
I’m trying to reach you
But this state’s too damn wide


Last night was Paducah
Down along the Ohio
Tomorrow if I get lucky
Denver, Colorado
But tonight it’s Topeka


Had enough
Same old stuff
First to blink
Called their bluff
Fought the mess
Ended up out west
Now I got a mind to
Come and find you


One night in Topeka
And in the hotel dive
We've got a blues double feature
Harmonica and slide
It’s all satin jackets with patches
Tomorrow must be the day
Camaro grudge matches
At the Heartland Raceway
But tonight it’s Topeka

I’ve crossed rivers
Wished for woods
St. Louis, Missouri
Never looked so good
I hope you’re well
Sure gone through hell
Soon I’ll be near
Just get me out of here

One night in Topeka
Speed limit forty-five
This town’ll sure teach you
To look at the bright side
In spite of the mattress
Sleeping like a log
Tomorrow if I get curious
World’s Largest Prairie Dog
But tonight it’s Topeka