Stand Your Ground

 

Song lyrics by Chrome Dome Mike Kimbro

 

Structure Scheme:  Accent points align for all 3 verses

 

Please read along to my Spoken Verse Performance.

 

 

VERSE 1

 

There's a place beyond the Pecos,

 

Where cowboys put on boots and bolos.

 

And tip a hat, "Howdy Mam'am", when greeting.

 

 

In it's music, a lesson is taught:

 

When mano e mano battles are fought,

 

No real man would think of retreating.

 

In other words,

 

You learn to stand your ground.

 

 

VERSE 2

 

One example is by Robbins.

 

Whose "Mister Shorty" features gun play.

 

Hard justice was dispensed in a saloon.

 

 

When translated to present day sins,

 

Should someone vile cast aspersions your way.

 

When lead flies, like it does in High Noon.

 

The jurors know,

 

You had to stand your ground.

 

 

CHORUS

 

If thrilled by an Arizona sunset,

 

Or dismayed by Rocky Mountain weather.

 

Seems the best way to avoid regret,

 

Is leave your Luger in it's leather.

 

Hey, I'm not saying that it ain't right.

 

But sharing heinous details of the fight.

 

With fellow detainees in state prison.

 

(Whose deeds, in hind sight, could use revision.)

 

Would still be painful if you stood your ground.

 

 

VERSE 3

 

There's a place where one can recline.

 

The whiskey and the girls are so fine.

 

It's upstairs, where men of means get serviced.

 

 

But some patrons who hang out below,

 

Can't handle that dancing girlfriends will show,

 

The good stuff to those undeserved.

 

And if he draws,

 

No need to stand your ground.

 

 

BRIDGE

 

Inside, the passion's burning away,

 

You can't imagine just turning away.

 

Surely the act would bring dishonor.

 

 

Here's advice that I will share bluntly:

 

"Limit Western, and play more Country,

 

Either that, or choose a different music genre.

 

Such as Classical, or Light Jazz."

 

 

CHORUS

 

If thrilled by an Arizona sunset,

 

Or dismayed by Rocky Mountain weather.

 

Seems the best way to avoid regret,

 

Is leave your Luger in it's leather.

 

Hey, I'm not saying that it ain't right.

 

But sharing heinous details of the fight.

 

With fellow detainees in state prison.

 

(Whose deeds, in hind sight, could use revision.)

 

Would still be painful if you stood your ground.

 

 

The End

 

 

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