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#1161514 - 02/11/20 08:08 PM Old Navy Footlocker  
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Old Navy Footlocker ©2018 Robert George

Well, I climbed that cobwebbed staircase with some old bolt cutters
And they sliced that Master padlock just like it was butter
Then I lifted up the lid and felt his mem’ries flow out
Brushed away some dust then looked inside and I had no doubt
I’d found the stark, unvarnished truth

Deck of cards, a handmade chessboard and a barbecue fork
An old Sinatra forty-five of “New York, New York”
And a sad memento from the Mekong River
The tiny piece of shrapnel that’d nicked his liver
During two tours of a tarnished youth

O my granpa’s soul was wise and old
But he never was a talker
Now it seems his tales are being told
By his rusty Navy foot locker


Fam’ly recipes for pasta and a spicy calzone
Pottery and trinkets from the Panama Canal Zone
First edition Faulkner and a vintage Batman, too

There’s a necklace made of stingray leather with a shark tooth
But the only thing that seemed to hide a dark truth
Was a barmaid’s snapshot down in Katmandu

O my granpa’s soul was wise and old
But he never was a talker
Now it seems his tales are being told
By his rusty Navy foot locker

Found some faded photographs beside his Dundee lighter
And they proved his last days as a tough, bare knuckle fighter
Left him with a scar and cauliflower ears

Then I thought about my own life and the time I’ve wasted
How life is sometimes sweeter for the sour fruit we’ve tasted
While forever siphons our years

O my granpa’s soul was wise and old
But he never was a talker
Now it seems his tales are being told
By his rusty Navy foot locker

Spoken

I was playing poker in a tavern in Nepal
Losing big and drinking pure grain alcohol
When a grey-haired barmaid with a kind, familiar face
Turned up at the table like a lucky ace
She said my crooked smile and eyes of ocean blue
Looked just like a dashing lover she once knew…


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1161665 - 02/19/20 08:15 AM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: couchgrouch]  
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I like this one Robert. I have only one comment. When you got to the end, and I saw it said "spoken" I immediately thought, WOW, perhaps this is a true story and I am going to get to hear the old mans voice. But then it was clearly rhyming and it took me out of the place the lyric took me to. I imagine if it were a recorded song, it would be cool, even though fabricated if you could craft a similar ending in a pleasing cadence minus obvious rhyme schemes to finish off the illusion. That, perhaps reference that it was written on the inside of a cigarette carton.

Cheers,

Brian


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#1161667 - 02/19/20 11:17 AM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, Brian, and it's good to see you back in country.

If this ever makes it to the demo stage, I'll take your advice into account.

My thought for the spoken section was similar to what's in the bridge of Mast in the Mist, the vss in Lantern on Willow Hill and the spoken part of Ghost Train on the Trestle.

Those songs are a medley called Strange Apparitions on the mp3 board, probably a few pages back.

On a side note, I'd like to submit that medley somewhere for Black History month. I've never figured out where, though.

Thanks for commenting. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1161748 - 02/22/20 10:34 PM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Robert, I love lyrics like this, and I have missed reading yours! How did you manage to get better when you were already the best?

I especially love stories like this.. our elders passing memories down. I like to read and listen to them, and Iove to write and sing them.

Stellar.


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We have got to make it here
#1161759 - 02/23/20 11:53 AM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: couchgrouch]  
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I find the title a bit off-putting just because it's a combination of the name of two retail stores smile

#1161760 - 02/23/20 03:03 PM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: Gavin Sinclair]  
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There are no more new frontiers..
We have got to make it here
#1161944 - 02/27/20 02:32 PM Re: Old Navy Footlocker [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks folks. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love

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