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Best Of Luck

by Christopher Paul Stelling

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1.
Front porch steps with Ida Mae kill mosquitoes all the live long day hurricane making landfall today that’ll have to do for now Nothing to do but while away right here at home is where I wanna stay tomorrow comes the story change that’ll have to do for now I’m still alive, still alive wanna work more than to survive got the time, knowhow, and pride that’ll have to do for now mid- September still too hot tomatoes grow in an old tin pot while across the street an empty lot that’ll have to do for now December come you best be ready have a plan and hands that steady gonna take a trip out to LA that’ll have to do for now Gotta have a song to sing See what that old storm might bring got get your girl a diamond ring That’ll have to do for now We we were young we took an oath Cut our palms and spit on the both Shook on it in the undergrowth That’ll have to do for now Feel out of tree and cracked your head Blood came on down pouring red Run tell mama Chris is dead That’ll have to do for now We’re older now time had its way Was there still something you wanted to say i hear every dog will have it’s day That’ll have to do for now Nothing that’s too precious can every stay The winds will come and carry it away The crows makes a nest of sticks and hay That’ll have to do for now
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Lucky Stars 03:39
thank my lucky stars who never let me down hang up there in the sky and keep me on the ground thank my lucky stars whisper do not be afraid reflecting what we are in the waters that we wade *thank my lucky stars thank my lucky stars they look after all you do just because they’re mine don’t mean they’re not yours too * thanks my lucky stars they poke holes in the dark they may be far away but they still hold the spark
3.
*if you’re gonna shine like a diamond you’ve gotta stretch like the sea you’ve gotta keep, keep a moving singing trouble don’t follow me * it’s a lone and lonesome road you don’t have to walk alone through scorched earth and barren fields you don’t have to walk alone there’s some luck around the bend you don’t have to walk alone tell injury you’re on the mend you don’t have to walk alone * can you see it up ahead we don’t have far to go when i get there i’ll sit right down we don’t have far to go you’ll have such a tale to tell you don’t have far to go you got up after you fell and you don’t have far to go * it’s a liar and a thief push sorrow away come and get that good relief push sorrow away there’s no room for those kind of lies push sorrow away up ahead theres clear bright skies so push sorrow away
4.
Until I Die 03:14
It’s all a trap babe don’t worry why they steel your face and they watch you fry this boulevard’s just one long goodbye until you die there’s a serpent in the tree the ladder’ll cost ya but the fruit is free there’s enough room for you and me until we die …well my baby… she’s gonna love me until i die i’ve been feeling under the weather haunted by the terms of my surrender letters all marked return to sender until I die …I know you’re gonna love me until I die -you know I keep on fighting until I die -we gotta keep on working until we die -I know you’re gonna love me… this carnivals got me in stitches mama’s out back cutting switches daddy still dodging these sons a bitches Until I die There’s a blank stare out from the masses we’re all on the chain gang of the upper classes change comes slowly like molasses until we die …well my baby she gonna love me until i die -you know I keep on fighting until I die -we gotta keep on working until we die -I know you’re gonna love me… It’s a low down rotten shame I don’t know who casts the blame things just keeping on things the same until you die …well my baby she gonna love me until i die … my baby loves me just like she should when I leave the house she says “hey now be good, there’s a hound dog baying out in the woods until you die
5.
have you already made up your mind about me are you sure you’re not up for a surprise I’ve been searching through the fire trying to wrestle free from those demons that always follow me I’d try to convince you but now can see that you’ve already made up your mind about me *maybe I can change, maybe I can change, maybe I can change your mind have you already made up your mind about me, are you certain that people can’t change are you trying to tell me we’re all doomed to repeat all of our histories - there’s no starting over, so I’ll just let you be - cause you’ve already made up your mind about me *maybe I can change your mind
6.
Blue Bed 02:54
7.
Once I knew it all I saw how much I had to learn thinking whats the use in trying gif its all gonna burn but of all these things I’m no longer concerned see if you give a little something you’ll get something in return you told me all along, if only I had listened before I got it wrong So you’re your repairs, trying to speak a little less Cause nobody really cares about the ways that you’ve been blessed How long you gonna carry round those ashes in that urn if you give a little something, you’ll get something in return you told me all along, if only I had listened before I got it wrong When the time comes, and the earth shakes when the sun sets and the hand takes aren’t we all going to the same place so why not take it slow in case theres nowhere else to go. ain’t just lucky to be here to see what it is all the love and the chaos and the coincidence Praying for the patience for the trust we have to earn if you give a little something you get something in return
8.
Don’t you hear me calling I been out here holler’n don’t you get so distracting you had enough of the way I’m acting but THERES, NO, WAY, TO, CHANGE this sinking feeling, Oh how revealing that not only do I love to be alone but to be alone is just what I need. *I’m in the weeds, sometimes the weed’s are the only thing that grows.
9.
Waiting Game 03:55
if you would have told me then just where I’d be sitting now, I hardly have believed you, never imagined how. tell me why then am i so weary, so weary and so low was it the path i took to get hear that wore me down just so would it have made a difference, would it all still be the same, is this a test of our resilience, or is it just a waiting game, a waiting game i’ll tell you one thing I have witnessed that comes to test me now and then when I’m at the end of my rope that’s when joy comes rushing in i used to pray for consistency amidst the rising and the falls but i can’t give up on that feeling when that distant something hears my call. would it have made a difference, would it all still be the same, is this a test of our resilience, or is it just a waiting game, a waiting game are we wasting our best years on what we’ll never name a waiting game the years fly by like memories of uneventful days they way the rushing of the waters erodes the stone away ain’t it funny how in one moment everything might change the way you never saw it coming until it all felt prearranged would it have made a difference, would it all still be the same is this a test of our resilience, or is it just a awaiting game, a waiting game. is it a matter of pride and letting go of blame, waiting game.
10.
*good night sweet dreams I’ll see you in the morning I’ll be here when you wake up and we’ll have a lovely day in the morning well have breakfast and then get dressed we’ll feel so good from plenty of rest take a stroll in the park talk about all that’s new we’ll do it together just me and you * there’ll be no troubles tomorrow there’ll only be fun there won’t be no rain just plenty of sun. there’ll be clouds and rivers and birds with wings so let’s go to sleep so we can have all those things

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released February 7, 2020

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