Walkin’  Shoes Blues

You’re givin’ me the blues, So I’m givin’ you the news
You’re runnin’ round on me So I’m walkin’ out on you, baby
You can pay your own rent now Let me know how that works out, for you
I got my walkin’ shoes on and I’m OK with these walkin’ blues

You said you’d always love me And keep me satisfied
But you only loved my money And the rest was just a lie, baby
You can buy your own food now Or find another fool like me
I’m wearin’ my walkin’ shoes And I’m OK with these walkin’ blues

You can buy your own shoes now Or maybe a pair of walkin’ boots
I’m wearin’ my walkin’ shoes And I’m OK with these walkin’ blues

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

UFO

There’s a UFO flying around my house tonight
And it’s making funny noises and flashing colored lights
I think I’ll take my slingshot and shoot it out of the sky
Then we’ll see if that U.F.O. can be identified

Noises in the basement
Noises on the roof
Earth has been invaded
And I got living proof
A saucer’s in the backyard
Floating in the swimming pool
And ET’s watching TV
On the couch in my living room

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

This Ain’t Just Another Train Song

[chorus]
This ain’t just another train song
And I ain’t blaming you for anything
There’s things I did that maybe was wrong
And there’s lots of things I wish I could change
This ain’t just another train song
And this ain’t just another refrain

I’m walkin down the track
And I hear the clicketyclack
Of the train as it’s comin’ ’round the bend
I wish we could go back
And get our love on track
But our lovin’ days have come to an end

Well you told me more than twice
To stop playing cards and dice
‘Cause you feel like gamblin’ is a sin
But I played again and lost
Lord have mercy, what it cost
Now my gamblin’ ways have truly done me in

Now that train is movin’ on
And the life I knew is gone
So it’s time for me to get on down the track
I would love you if I could
But you think that I’m no good
And you’ll never, no you’ll never take me back

I’d love you if I could
But you think that I’m no good
And you’ll never, no you’ll never take me back

copyright 2010 Donald P Harris

The Music Of Your Name

Jesus, Jesus
Jesus is the sweetest name I know
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus is the sweetest name I know

[chorus]
I hear it in the rustling of the leaves
I hear it in the pounding of the seas
All creation sings in harmony
The music of your name
I hear it from the songbirds in the dawn
I hear it from the thunder in the storm
Earth and heaven sing creation’s song
The music of your name

Late at night the air is still
With silence all around
Yet my heart beats to the rhythm
Of an unheard sound

There’s a song on the ocean’s waves
That only spirits hear
A song of such sweet melody
To call the children near

Jesus, Jesus
Jesus is the sweetest name I know
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus is the sweetest name I know

Copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

The Father’s Wondrous Love

I stand on the edge of mystery
And gaze into the precipice of time
And I wonder how this ancient truth could ever be
That the Father’s wondrous love could be mine

Wondrous love that calls me to the Father’s side
Wondrous love that calls me as a child
All the mysteries of life turn pale beside
The Father’s wondrous love that is mine

I look at the world and it’s love I seek
But settle for a tender masquerade
It seems to me our thoughts of love are frail and weak
Compared to the love Christ displayed

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

Tears In My Whiskey

I have a common reputation as a real ladies man
That’s humored me through a thousand lonely nights
A constant expectation that I feel’s a sacred sham
But then, rumors rarely turn out to be right

Tears in my whiskey; salt in my wounds
Years the locust has claimed
Ancient trophies clutter my room
But none to line my empty grave

I wake with a yearning to make something of my life
But it seems opportunities are like sand
Fragile dreams slip away like a whisper in a prophet’s mouth
Or a word that doesn’t rhyme in a poet’s hand

I attack situations with an air of confidence
To put my loyal followers at ease
Doubts that plague me are pushed beyond the fringe
To worry the soul of my fragile dreams

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

Song Of The City

(Forever Free; based on Psalm 137)

Sing a song of the city
sing a song of the river
Sing a song of the Lord who set us free
For our chains have been broken
And our sins are forgiven
And our hearts praise our God forever free

We were caught in the shameful chains of slavery
And our captors asked us, “Now, where is your God?”
Then your glory shone and drove them all to bended knee
And you showed the nations you would not be mocked

Once we looked to the land of our fathers
To the city where we lived in joy and peace
Now we look to the land of your promise
And the city where we’ll live forever free

Forever free, Lord, Forever free
In that city where we’ll live forever free
Forever free, Lord, Forever free
In that city where we’ll live forever free

Copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

Lost In Chinatown Blues

Overslept this morning then I couldn’t find my shoes
Now I’m running late for a job interview
I can’t find the meetin’ and I haven’t eaten yet
Got the lost in Chinatown Blues

[chorus]
Got holes in my pockets and holes in my shoes
I can’t speak the language so I can’t read the news
Lost in a sea of people staring at me
Got the lost in Chinatown Blues

They said “you can’t miss it” but you know it ain’t true
So I took a wrong turn down on third avenue
It’s a one way street, there’s people honkin’ at me
Got the lost in Chinatown Blues

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

Lay Me On An Anvil

adapted from “Prayers of Steel” by Robert Frost

Lay me on an anvil, O Lord
Lay me on an anvil, O Lord
Beat me and mold me
Make me into a crowbar
Lay me on an anvil, O Lord

Loose me on ignorance, O Lord
Loose me on ignorance, O Lord
Let me tear down old walls
Let me lift and loosen old foundations
Loose me on ignorance, O Lord

Lay me across the waters, O Lord
Lay me across the waters, O Lord
Use me to build bridges
Between these my brothers
Lay me across the waters, O Lord

Lay me on an anvil
Loose me on ignorance
Lay me across the waters
O Lord

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris

I Walked to Waynesboro

I walked to Waynesboro to buy a new used car
The man said, “boy with your luck, you ain’t gonna get too far
So I showed him all my money and said, “what can I do?”
He pointed down the road and said, “boy go buy yourself a pair of shoes”

I walked to Waynesboro
I walked that road alone
I walked to Waynesboro
And now I’m walking back home

I walked to Waynesboro to buy a new guitar
The man said, “boy with your looks, you will never be a star”
So I played a song I’d written and said, “What do you think”
He said, “boy you better practice, ’cause you ain’t even good enough to stink”

I walked to Waynesboro to Mobley’s Restaurant
The man said, “You look hungry, boy. You can have anything you want”
So I had some Fried Chicken; collard greens and sweet iced tea
I said, “Man this is the best food I do believe I ever did eat”

I walked to Waynesboro
I walked that road alone
I walked to Waynesboro
And now I’m walking back home

copyright 2010 Donald Paul Harris