True Blue

by Robert Willey

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Lilly 03:09
“If you just play a lot of notes, but it doesn’t make you feel good, it’s not good playing, it’s just a lot of notes. Playing good means playing just enough to make me feel happy.” —João Donato
You were once just a kid They would watch what you did Now you're out on your own All you got is a phone Just hit the road That's how it goes Goin' out for a walk Best get home before dark Don't know who you might meet And have to beat a retreat Just hit the road That's how it goes Getting ready, pack up your favorite stuff What you can carry in one trip should be enough Take a knock on the chin Other times you cash in Get called in by the boss Sits you down says "Get lost" Just hit the road That's how it goes Suck it up, tuck it in Hide the shape that you're in Keep on wanderin' round 'till you find the right town Just hit the road That's how it goes Take the pet and your wife It'll be a nice life Pack the kids in the back And tie the bags on the rack Just hit the road That's how it goes They will tell you Look on the positive side You're so lucky It's up to you to decide You don't know when you will die Until that day you must try To find your way to the best Be it the east or the west Just hit the road That's how it goes No more fun, time to run No more fuss, take the bus Don't be late for your date Drive a car, you'll go far Jump a bike or a trike Slip a boat cross the moat Jungle vine could be fine Jump a train, new terrain Pogo stick, not that quick Leave the lane on a plane Rocket ship, very hip Now's the time, the last rhyme
When you wanna be high and have that cosmic view, but you're always comin' down and long for somethin' new. Here's a word of warning, though there's nothin' you can do when you think you're all together life'll play a trick on you. Might as well accept it, you know this world's a zoo. In everything that's holy there's an earthly side, too, You can only be so cosmic. When you're lookin' in the heavens down on earth you stub your toe, but don't dwell on those things that hold you down below. Don't resist the path you're on, it's the way for you to go, the ups and downs are all a part of the road, you know. Sit back, relax, enjoy the show, until that legendary release from this world of woe You can only be so cosmic. The holiest guru on the highest hill must sometimes take a pee. Life is not as predictable as they show you on TV. It was my tantric queen who told me this, I think you will agree, she brought me to enlightenment and shared her crabs for free. It was revealed in meditation as I sat beneath a tree– a messenger of the Lord, a bird, said as it dropped it's load on me: "You can only be so cosmic."
The car is wearing out, but it gets me where I need to go It's scratched and has some dents but I don't mind One hundred fifty thousand miles is a long long way to go Drove me to the speed limit years. The fan rattles, the upholstery's stained, the left front tire squeaks We've survived three accidents But it's paid for, has new tires, and the engine's going strong Cruising through the speed limit years. My gramma told me "Don't ever get old." But there's no good alternative, I'm told. Fifty five to seventy is a new stage of life Starting to develop aches and pains It's nothing that'll kill me yet, but it's makin' me slow down Riding through the speed limit years. What's gonna happen to my family? And what about little old me? I take five kinds of medicine and physical therapy But can't sleep through he night or eat as much My knee and shoulder hurt, but I'm not a gonna complain 'Cause I'm enjoying the speed limit years. When I lose my license, and then my mind And all the luggage, what'll be left behind? It's time to stop the racin' 'round, ignoring the signs Observing the speed limit years.


released December 12, 2012


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