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The Wine of Dreams

Well, two tweakers high on crystal
Snapped and pulled some pawnshop pistols
In a roadhouse down in Alabamí
When I whupped those sonsabitches
They both needed forty stitches
And I got forty days there in the slam
Lawman caught a lady sneakiní me some wine
I just closed my eyes and journeyed through my time

Cos a lotta mean ole southern judgeís gavels
Echo through the memíry of my lonely travels
Iím a mad dog brawler and a midnight brooder
And I love to shoot the [naughty word removed] with old crapshooters
Scariní cops who print me and then take my mugshot
Ďneath fluorescent light my shadowís almost bloodshot
Sat there in my cell and pushed away my beans
Wasnít hungry while drinking from the wine of dreams

Well, that stretch just made me tougher
All the knocks that I will suffer
Will just pound the dents out from my faith
But since then Iíve slowed my drinkiní
All that booze once had me thinkiní
That the Holy Ghost was really just a wraith
Though I looked for God down evíry dusty mile
It was often sin that made the search worthwhile

Cos I sure as hades did my share of whoriní
Slamminí evíry shot an old barkeep was pouriní
While the amber current of a bourbon river
Slowly ate away the levee of my liver
If I quit Iíd find a stripper when Iíd relapse
Leave them barroom queens with rugburns on their kneecaps
But God forgives and blood redeems
So Iím drinking from the wine of dreams

Now Iíll picture timeís relentless falling sands
Landing in the space between my wishes and my plans
Think of jails and churchesÖwonídring where Iíll be
Somewhere in the middleÖJesus, there Iíll be

Each night death is closer if youíre watchiní closely
And your past just hangs behind you pale and ghostly
So Iíll toast my sister up in Amarillo
With a fading yellow ribbon in her willow
And the Key West dolphins thatíll follow sailboats
And an old time Baptist preacher with a swallow tail coat
Sometimes I drink of prayer and sometimes Jim Beam
But tonight Iím drinking from the wine of dreams

©2009 Robert George


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other demos:

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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