This is part of my Songbook series…unfinished tracks right out of my songbook, as they’re written, to document the journey from concept to album track in my next CD.
I know I already did a blog post on this tune…but you didn’t get to hear it! It’s been a rough few months of anticipation for you, I’m sure. I thought I’d post this one to add a little fun to your summer; a tune to whistle while you spend all those hours pampering your lawn.
Here are the lyrics:
Some people they put stock in funny things
Like cars and clothes, and toys and diamond rings
but the one I’ll never get is all the energy that’s spent on lawn care and grass conformity
Spray in the spring and spread mulch every fall
There’s cutting and weeding all summer long
Maintain the mower, blades and gas and all this work, for what I ask? Uniform blades of grass
I’m supposed to cut it clean and keep a simple color scheme
for some that’s alright, but not for me.
It’s lazy I’ve been told, a lack of self-control, but I smile when I see that gold
I let my dandelions grow.
My neighbor’s signs say “Keep Off of the Lawn.”
whenever they put dangerous chemicals on.
What’s the point of all that green if it’s only to be seen and you can’t feel it between your feet?
By comparison my lawn looks more unkempt
I like to think it just has a liberal bent
A “soil for all” mentality, a focus on equality and promoting vegetative diversity
It’s not just dandelions I like to see,
it’s clover and violets and creeping charlie
Milkweed and dasies and rhubarb too all the colors all the hues like a living painting when in bloom.
Yeah I’m getting used to funny stares,
it would seem at first glance I just don’t care
But the truth with lawns and with life is they’re better with some spice and that whatever starts to grow is alright.