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Second on his List

Got the time to take a three-week break
Before the next 'hoorah'.
Spent most of his time on the ego line
With the girl behind the bar.
Mixed twenty years of her closet life, with the highlight now in town,
She left with him on a prayer and a whim, and a promise not yet found,
With rodeos and travelling shows
Through a hundred country towns,
The smell of fear and the taste of dust
Will never slow him down,
She tagged along 'cause her love was strong
And her dreams they still persist,
Now she knows those rodeos
Put her second on his list.

Every horse that came, looked the same,
Every cowboy’s just as mad,
And every time he took his second ride
He was travelling just as bad,
The money got scarce, so he gambled hard, and then he left her on her own,
She turned her back to the rodeo crowd, with her thoughts heading home.

She can't stand another caravan
For the walls close in on her,
Many lonely nights, alone she cries,
Rues the halter and the spur,
She tried to tear his heart away from the blood that bore his roots,
But the fire in her eyes could never match those there in the chutes.
With rodeos and travelling shows
Through a hundred country towns,
The smell of fear and the taste of dust
Will never slow him down,
She tagged along 'cause her love was strong
And her dreams they still persist,
Now she knows those rodeos
Put her second on his list.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 8/25/2015 6:03:00 PM
awesome lines for a song. A job that is tough and living on the road is even worse. Lovely lyrics Lindsay. love phyl
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 8/31/2015 3:18:00 AM
This is an example of what can happen when you hang around with country music singers and a mate who writes rodeo songs. Thank you Phyllis - Lindsay
Date: 5/28/2015 10:20:00 AM
Great lines with majestic eloquence.. Your meandering of words still did not prevent your peice from giving out its message. This is an absolute 7!
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Date: 6/3/2015 6:09:00 PM
G'day Funom... apology for late reply. Thank for your encouraging comment Funom. Lindsay
Date: 5/25/2015 7:01:00 PM
This is great it reminds me of were I live in the country! And it rhymes really well and it is thought of greatfully, Amazing job, Hugs* V.C
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Date: 5/26/2015 2:28:00 AM
G'day Valkyrie... thanks for reading and leaving an encouraging comment. Yes, the rodeo circuit can be tough if you're 'standing outside the fire' - thanks VC - Lindsay
Date: 5/22/2015 2:18:00 AM
You have sure highlighted the way rodeo riders think and what their poor girlfriends/wives have to put up with. Bit like some blokes mad about cars. Very well written Lindsay, enjoyed the read.......kind regards-----John
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:43:00 PM
G'day John... I suppose climbing on the backs of bulls and broncs may have you thinking that everyday could be your last so live life while you can. I'm glad that you could relate to the situation John - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2015 11:38:00 PM
Excellent write friend, a wonderful piece from a genius poet, interesting and enjoyable as always.....stay blessed..........);Afolab.
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:40:00 PM
G'day Afolabi... genius poet! I don't think I'd go that far. I just like to take in observations and put them to words like all of us writers do. I'm glad you liked this poem Afolabi and I'll catch you soon - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2015 8:18:00 PM
A different write from your hilarious stories,Lindsay. One can see where the story was heading from the start and yet, you have a way in telling it that gave it a fresh feel of that sadness. I agree with Andie. This would make an awesome lyric for a country song. A 7!
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:36:00 PM
Hi there Kim... oh yes, it is a bit different to the nonsense. Not that I followed the country music scene, but I supported my daughter with her travels, and with country music, bush poetry, and rodeos loosely aligned, as a writer you tend to see these characters in this poem. Catch you soon Kim - Lindsay
Date: 5/20/2015 10:02:00 AM
Your words carry the sting of reality with razor sharp wit. You don't direct you guide the reader to your level of enlightenment with such skill that we treasure each step of the journey. Emile. #7
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:31:00 PM
I think I've said it before Emile. Your comments stand out above the actual poem, and I find it an absolute pleasure to read them. You are such a positive person. Thank you Emile - Lindsay
Date: 5/19/2015 7:39:00 PM
Ah, Lindsay . . I know from experience how it feels to be "second on the list". A poignant piece of work in a melancholy vein: you seem to have much insight into human nature. Very nice! Diane L.
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:29:00 PM
G'day Diane... you're definitely right about the insight into human nature. Often I imagine an actual person when I write fictional. It really helps I reckon, and yes 'second on the list' is too common unfortunately - Lindsay
Date: 5/18/2015 3:42:00 PM
Hey, you have the makings of a GREAT country song there!! Just get yourself a tune! Very good stuff. It put me in mind of the movie The Longest Ride."
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:23:00 PM
G'day Andrea... I have a daughter who sings country music but this set of lyrics is not her style. Thanks for reading Andrea - Lindsay
Date: 5/18/2015 6:54:00 AM
Bravo, this is great!
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:20:00 PM
Hello Casarah... thanks for dropping by with a comment. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this set. Catch you soon - Lindsay
Date: 5/18/2015 6:11:00 AM
A really great write Lindsay, Really enjoyed this lyric Kind Regards Kevin
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Date: 5/24/2015 6:18:00 PM
Hello Kevin... thanks for your encouraging comment Kevin - Lindsay