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Borrow the Lyrics Challenge – Texas in My Rear View Mirror

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Borrow the Lyrics Challenge – Texas in My Rear View Mirror

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Borrow the Lyrics Challenge — Mitski

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I was tagged for this challenge by Li, of “Tao Talk”. You can find her awesome blog at the above link. Thanks so much, Li! 🙂

“Borrow the Lyrics Challenge”, created by PJ — I’m Sorry for the Inconvenience.

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Rules:

  1. You need to choose a verse from a song and use it in an original poem or story.
  2. You must include the name of the song and the singer at the end or beginning.
  3. You need to challenge someone else and invent ONE rule they need to follow.
  4. You must credit the person who started this challenge and the person who challenged you (see above.)
  5. You must include the rules of this challenge.

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  1. ONE rule that I’m asking Barbara to follow is:  choose a song about a place you love

Here’s the verse I chose to write about. The song it’s from is posted below. It’s “Texas In My Rear View Mirror”, by Mac Davis.

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I guess happiness was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
But now happiness is Lubbock, Texas
Growing nearer and dearer
And the vision is getting clearer
In my dreams

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My take on this song and lyric:

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I always wanted to travel, to see new things and new places, but felt stuck in my hometown. That’s just how it was up until I got married. My husband joined the U. S. Army, and we got to travel to places all over the world. I finally got my dream of flying in an airplane, seeing other countries, having new experiences. It was great fun living in Japan and Germany, and many stateside towns and cities. We moved a lot.

The thing is though, I’d get homesick for my extended family and wish I was back home here in Lubbock TX a lot of the time. There would be years in between seeing them. This was way before computers and facetime, and smart phones. We had to write actual letters to each other, and it might take weeks to hear from them. Calling home was way too expensive at that long distance.

So for awhile, I thought my hometown in the rear view mirror was great.

But I’ll tell you, coming home after being away for so long, seeing the skyline from the road or from the air, seeing my family waiting and waving for me, well, there’s just nothing else like the feeling you get … I’m home.

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~note~ Mac Davis is originally from Lubbock TX, and we even have a street named after him – Mac Davis Lane~

There are a lot of actual scenes of the city in the video.

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“Texas in My Rear View Mirror,” is by Mac Davis, and is on his 1980 album of the same name.

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I was just fifteen and outta control
Lost to James Dean and rock and roll
I knew down deep in my country soul
That I had to get away

Hollywood was a lady in red
Who danced in my dreams
As I tossed in bed
I knew I’d wind up
In jail or dead
If I had to stay

I thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just did not want to hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams

So I laid out one night in June
Stoned on the glow of the Texas moon
Humming an old Buddy Holly tune
Called Peggy Sue

With my favorite jeans
And a cheap guitar

I ran off chasing a distant star
If Buddy Holly could make it that far
I figured I could too

And I thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just did not want to hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams

But the Hollywood moon didn’t
Smile the same old smile
That I’d grown up with
The lady in red
Just wanted my last dime

And I cried myself to sleep at night
Too dumb to run, too scared to fight
And too proud to admit it at the time

So I got me some gigs on Saturday nights
Not much more than orchestrated fights
I’d come home drunk and I’d try to write
But the words came out wrong

Hell bent and bound for a wasted youth
Too much gin and not enough vermouth
And no one to teach me
How to seek the truth
Before I put it into song

I still thought happiness
Was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
My momma kept calling me home
But I just could not, would not hear her
And the vision was getting clearer
In my dreams

Well, I thank God each and every day
For giving me the music and words to say
I’d-a never made it any other way
He was my only friend

Now I sleep a little better at night
When I look in the mirror
In the morning light
The man I see was both wrong and right
He’s going home again

I guess happiness was Lubbock, Texas
In my rear view mirror
But now happiness is Lubbock, Texas
Growing nearer and dearer
And the vision is getting clearer
In my dreams

And I think I finally know
Just what it means
And when I die you can bury me
In Lubbock, Texas, in my jeans

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Now I will pass this tag challenge on to … J Dub

Hope you enjoy the challenge, as I know you love all kinds of music, writing, and challenges. 🙂

The ONE EXTRA RULE I challenge Jill to is: choose a song with numbers in it

Have fun! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

American Pie – Song Lyric Sunday – Music

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American Pie – Song Lyric Sunday – Music

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/23-days-left-till-spring/

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For today’s SLS, Jim has suggested songs about music/harmony/melody. Thanks, Jim.

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I chose this song, because how could I not. Living here in the city where Buddy Holly is from, we have many reminders of his life and legend.

This video is maybe a bit long, but it sure does show a lot of music history, including many scenes from my home town, that we see all the time. We have the Buddy Holly Museum, the statue, the Walk of Fame, the murals, the street names, the yearly anniversaries of his birth and death days, the Cotton Club, where he played, the radio station that is still on the air, and much more. I’ve visited his grave site, which is in our local cemetery many times, too.

It was indeed a sad day when the music died.

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“American Pie”, by Don McLean was released from his album of the same name in 1971. It was written by Don McLean, and is on the United Artists label.

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[Verse 1]
A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile

And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride

But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

[Chorus]
So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die
“This’ll be the day that I die.”

[Verse 2]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?

Do you believe in rock ’n’ roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
`Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

I started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die
“This’ll be the day that I die.”

[Verse 3]
Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be

When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown

The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned

And while Lennon read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park

And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singing

[Chorus]
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die
“This’ll be the day that I die.”

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass

The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance!
`Cause the players tried to take the field;
The marching band refused to yield

Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

We started singing

[Chorus]
Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey ‘n rye
Singing, “This’ll be the day that I die
“This’ll be the day that I die.”

[Verse 5]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick!
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
Cause fire is the devil’s only friend
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

We were singing

Lyrics found on Geniuslyrics.com
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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️
© 2019 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 25

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Back Where I Come From – Day 25

https://mcclendonvilla.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/2017-september-challenge-back-where-i-come-from-day-25/

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Thanks for hosting the September Challenge, Suzanne!

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Question # 25

25. What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?

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My answer:

What makes my hometown of Lubbock TX special and known for, would be different for everyone you asked. Here’s a few that come to mind, for me.

  • Hometown of Buddy Holly, music legend. Buddy Holly Museum, statue, and gravesite
  • Cotton producing region
  • Ranching Heritage Center
  • Wine production
  • Friendly people
  • Texas Tech University (Red Raiders)
  • Prairie Dog Town
  • UFOs – Lubbock Lights…documented sightings

I’m know there are many more interesting things to see and do around here, but for me these are some of the highlights of our city.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS