Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mt. Zion Memorial musings

No Headstone to Remember Me 
inspired by the life and music of 
bluesman Belton Sutherland

Got no place to call my own
An unmarked grave my eternal home
My farewell bouquet a spray of unkempt weeds
And no headstone to remember me 

 'I Got Trouble' told the story of where I'd been 
and what I'd seen in my hardscrabble life
Yet it couldn't tell you all the stuff held in - 
the hopes and dreams that never saw light

But on those hot and sweltry Delta summer nights
you could pull up a porch chair. shut your eyes, listen close
You'd hear us sing the blues, so real, so right
from hearts that had loved and lost more than most
And now I've....

Got no place to call my own
An unmarked grave my eternal home
My farewell bouquet a spray of unkempt weeds
And no headstone to remember me 

bjw
april 2017

Friday, January 1, 2016

Can You Hear the Children Crying

Vs1
An explosion rocked the mighty rig that tragic April night
Condolences and apologies would never make it right
Eleven lives sacrificed amid the smoke and flames
For their friends and families life would never be the same

Refrain
Can you hear the children crying?
Grieving for all that they have lost
Can you hear the children crying?
Calling us to join their cause

Vs2
The shrimpers and the fishermen watched the tideswept spill
Wondering how they'd feed their families, who would pay their bills
The wetlands and the wildlife that grace the gulf coast shores
Victims of neglect and greed, now stained forever more

Refrain
Can you hear the children crying?
Grieving for all that they have lost
Can you hear the children crying?
Calling us to join their cause

Bridge
Hear their prayer for us to join the fight
Show we care as a nation we unite

Refrain
Can you hear the children crying?
Grieving for all that they have lost
Can you hear the children crying?
Calling us to join their cause

Tag
An explosion rocked the mighty rig that tragic April night……

©bobby watts/steven clawson 2010

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Your Special Touch

our home—safe, secure
an encouraging word
a favorite meal
a clean room
taking time to listen
clear expectations
family celebrations
promises kept
tears wept
helping hands
a heart that understands
a well-timed hug
unconditional love
You’ve given your children so very much
And I thank God always for blessing us
With your special touch

bobby
Mother’s Day 2016

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Can You Hear The Children Crying

the political version written to express my feelings re the politics of fear, hate and division

Can You Hear The Children Crying

Across this land our children hear people talking hate and fear
They say we’ve lost our country, you’d think the end was near
Hard to find in these tough times anyone to lift a voice
Set petty politics aside and make the harder choice


Refrain
Can you hear the children crying?
Fearing that hate will win the day
Can you hear the children crying?
Calling us to choose a better way


They call our leader hateful names, claim he’s not one of us
Treat the poor among us with disdain, talk of burning holy books
Wrap themselves in the flag, say they do it in God’s name
As they trash the dream we had of bringing hope and change

Repeat refrain

The uninsured, the unemployed the homeless on the streets
Wonder how they’ll pay their bills, feed their families
The answer isn’t saying no, time has come for us to show
We can put aside our differences and choose the higher road

Repeat refrain

Bridge
Hear their prayer for us to join the fight
Show we care as a people we unite

Repeat refrain

Tag
Across this land our children hear people talking hate and fear

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I Really Love The View From Here

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Vs1
We started out with our dreams and plans
Had our tickets stamped for life’s big dance
Our road’s had plenty of twists and turns
Seen mistakes made, shared lessons learned
But when I look at you I see what I hold  dear
And I’ve gotta tell you I really love the view from here

Refrain
Well they can have their big houses and their fancy cars
Drink their chablis, smoke their fine cigars
When they look at me sadly all that they see
Is a simple man they just can't understand
Sittin’ in my rocker on my back porch with you near
Gotta tell you, honey, I really love the view from here

Vs2
You won't see no tuxedos, no elegant gowns
Not much use for all that in our little town
But we look after each other
Neighbors, sisters and brothers
Friends and family that’s what we hold dear
Just gotta say we really love the view from here

Repeat refrain

Bridge
As I look around seems all I see
Is  people chasing luxury
Long as I have you and my loved ones near
I’ll just keep enjoying the view from here

Last refrain

bjw 2009

©bobby watts 2009

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It’s All About Giving



Crowded stores and busy highways
Last minute shopping and long work days
Easy to lose track of the reason
We celebrate this special season
It’s the chill in the air
Festive music everywhere
Holiday cheer
Friends and family near
The joy of finding that special gift
And the pleasure of watching them open it
It’s all about caring
And heartfelt sharing
In the moment living
It’s all about giving
Our time and talent
Lovingly spent
Yes, it’s all about giving

bjw
Christmas 2015

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sharing A Home But Not Our Hearts

Verse 1

We’ve put up this wall between us
A silence that I can’t break through
I don’t know how it started
How we got so hard-hearted
All I know is how much I miss you

Refrain

I miss the laughter and the tears
The friendship shared so many years
Our quiet times…your hand in mine
The joy I felt when you were near
I just can’t tell you, girl, how much
I miss your smile your gentle touch
I can’t go on… living apart
Sharing a home but not our hearts

Verse 2

Can we tear down this wall between us
Please tell me what I need to do
Can't you see the tears falling
Can't you hear my heart calling
Can't you see I'm still in love with you

2nd Refrain

And I long for the laughter and the tears
The friendship shared so many years
Our quiet times…your hand in mine
The joy I felt when you were near
I just can’t tell you, girl, how much
I miss your smile your gentle touch
I can’t go on… living apart
Sharing a home but not our hearts

Bridge

I've learned that love untended fades away
But I never thought I’d live to see this day
How could we let it come to this
Never thought I could feel such emptiness

Repeat chorus w/ key change

©bobby watts 2008

Friday, December 25, 2009

I’m Choosin’ Us

Vs1

A friendship born on a grade school play yard

And soon a young romance sparked

His friends didn’t care for her, she wasn’t cool or popular

They couldn’t see the hold she had on his heart

Then one day in a high school hall cool moved into cruel

Told him he needed to ditch her , “she’s not good enough for you”

He took her hand as he told them clear, “you’ve got a lot to learn about love”

Kissed her and whispered in her ear, “I’m choosin” us”


Refrain

I’m choosin’ us

And in my heart I know I’m right

There’s no way I’m givin’ up

The best thing in my life

And you can trust

That in the good times and the worst

I’ll put our love first

I’m choosin’ us


Vs2

She understood his parents looked down

On the folks from her part of town

And in her heart she’d always known

She was never really welcome in their home

Listenin’ as he shared with them the decision he had made

She sadly thought of the price they’d have to pay

He told them the choice was clear, regret or happiness

Kissed her and whispered in her ear, “I’m choosin” us”


Repeat refrain


Vs3

Her family gathered round her bed as the doctor shared the news

We didn’t catch this quick enough and there’s little we can do

And we recommend that you leave her here

Where she’ll have her nurse and all she needs near

She turned to him and said “hon, please just take me home “

The children protested, “Dad, you can’t do this on your own”

And again for him the choice was clear, regret or happiness

Kissed her and whispered in her ear, “I’m choosin” us”


Last refrain



bjw 2009

Christmas In Our Hearts


Christmas In Our Hearts
Vs1
We await in anticipation
The coming Yuletide celebration
Counting the days till that joyous season starts
And it defies explanation
Why we don’t use our imagination
And live each day with Christmas in our hearts

Refrain
The spirit of the season and all that it imparts
Is ours when we choose to live with Christmas in our hearts
The gift that keeps on giving
It’s magic never far
Each day that we spend living
With Christmas in our hearts
Vs2
It’s the Christmas choirs singing
The silver bells ringing
And the tale of a wondrous star
Leaves me believing
The reason for the season
Is to plant the seed of Christmas in our hearts
Repeat refrain
Bridge
So no matter what season of the year
We can find the Christmas spirit near
And it can play a special part
Brighten every day we start
When we keep Christmas in our hearts
Refrain
The spirit of the season and all that it imparts
Is ours when we choose to live with Christmas in our hearts
The gift that keeps on giving
It’s magic never far
Each day that we spend living
With Christmas in our hearts


bjw 2009

Christmas Musings

A child was born

And through His life

He showed us the way to the Kingdom

If we will but trust Him

And claim His promise of love

We too, at our birth, carry the seed of God’s hope

For love, peace and life lived in a new way

But often the important people in our lives

Do not affirm the unselfish love and simple trust

Of the little child

And so we hide away this special part of us

Oft forgotten, sometimes lost

Jesus calls us to breathe new life

Into our inner child

To know that we are loved just as we are

To live fully in the moment

To reach for our dreams

And love ourselves and others

As He loves us


bjw

12/09

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Work This Thing Out


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Vs1
Remember when each day we’d spend
Enjoying each other
Sharin’ our hopes and our dreams
But we lost our way and there came a day
We sadly discovered
The heartache that love’s absence can bring

1st Refrain
All this cussin’, and fussin’ and heavy discussin’
Can’t be what love’s all about
Let’s do some touchin’ and sharin’ and a whole lotta carin’
And see if we can’t work this thing out
Vs2 (key change—slight step up)
What happened to the joy we knew
When we were first lovers
Tell me how did we reach this lonely place
Where all we share is a quiet despair
Strangers to each other
An ending that I just can’t face
2nd Refrain
So let’s start over, get back to, takin’ care of each other
Rediscover what love’s all about
Let’s do some touchin’ and sharin’ and a whole lotta carin’
And see if we can’t work this thing out
Bridge
Last night we sat down and shared
Broke it down and stripped it bare
Gave me the hope that now
We can still work this thing out
Last refrain (key change—melody higher)
So let’s start over, get back to, takin’ care of each other
Rediscover what love’s all about
Let’s do some touchin’ and sharin’ and a whole lotta carin’
And see if we can’t work this thing out
I still love you, let’s work this thing out
I really love you, let’s work this thing out (spoken)
bjw 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Thank My God Always For You

Vs1
Sittin’ alone in the still of the night
Reflecting on the blessings in my life
My home and my children are but a few
That fill my heart with gratitude
And at the end of each day as I kneel to pray
I thank my God always for you

refrain
You’ve been my anchor
When I’ve faced life’s storms
And I find such sweet comfort
Embraced in your arms
So at the end of each day
As I kneel to pray
One thing I know to be true
I thank my God always for you


Vs2
Counting the minutes to the end of the day
Homeward bound just a heartbeat away
All the stress and the worry ‘bout stuff left to do
Fading away in my rearview
As I hit that highway I pause to pray
And I thank my God always for you

refrain
You’ve been my anchor
When I’ve faced life’s storms
And I find such sweet comfort
Embraced in your arms
So at the end of each day
As I kneel to pray
One thing I know to be true
I thank my God always for you

bjw 2009


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