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YOU KNOW I LOVED YOU

Said I was stayin’ home today?
That used to mean lovin’ play?
But your look told me... you’re confused 

Then I went and said the words?
Shock was followed by the hurt?
Love doesn’t mean we always get to choose 

You know I loved you... please hear me 
You know I loved you... and I still care 
You know I loved you... forgive me?
But there’s no holdin’ onto love not there 

We’ve both grown our separate ways 
It happens a lot these days?
Tryin’ to heal scars with drink 

I hope someday we can be friends?
Once we get past the might have beens?
You can bet on love, but it’s never a sure thing 

You know I loved you... please hear me 
You know I loved you... and I still care 
You know I loved you... forgive me?
But there’s no holdin’ onto love not there 

There’s nothing you did, there’s nothing to change 
Sometimes love just slips away... 

You know I loved you... please hear me 
You know I loved you... and I still care 
You know I loved you... forgive me?
But there’s no holdin’ onto love not there 

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2015



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I FORGIVE MYSELF

No more being blue
No more regret
But thoughts of you
Live on in my head

The pain was so deep
I couldn't think at all
I couldn’t sleep
But baby I hit the wall

I hit the wall…

I can’t dwell on what I did wrong
Or what I said or could, could have done
I don't let the past fill my head
I live in each moment
Just looking ahead
No regrets down that road
Nothing’s good down that road
Cause I forgive myself
Oh, I forgive myself…

I had it all
But I couldn't see
The wake up call
Staring right at me

Drinking for pain
Is all about fear 
It puts a strain
On those most dear

On those most dear…

I can’t dwell on what I did wrong
Or what I said or could, could have done
I don't let the past fill my head
I live in each moment
Just looking ahead
No regrets down that road
Nothing’s good down that road
Cause I forgive myself

Oh, I forgive myself..

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2018

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CHRISTMAS IS INSIDE OUR HEARTS

Here comes another Christmas 
a season full of cheer
And even though you’re gone
I close my eyes and feel you near
 
I don’t need much for Christmas 
Leave the presents neath the tree
I just wanna feel your sweet love pourin' over me
We can be together no matter where you are
Cause Christmas is in side our hearts

I know that you're thinkin' you have left me down and blue
Not true - I'm still tastin' our last kiss 
So til you're back to replace it i just wanted you to know
That mistletoe is stayin - right here where it is

 I don’t need much for Christmas 
Leave the presents neath the tree
I just wanna feel your sweet love pourin' over me
We can be together no matter where you are
Cause Christmas is in side our hearts

It’s hard to be alone so i refuse to think i am
Love can - cross the mountains in our way
You can bet you know just what I'm askin' Santa for
It's a real short list - starts and ends with your name

I don’t need much for Christmas 
Leave the presents neath the tree
I just wanna feel your sweet love pourin' over me
We can be together no matter where you are
Cause Christmas is inside
I said Christmas is inside
Christmas is inside our hearts

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2018

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JAMES 1:2

Harsh realities all these years
Most playin’ to our key fears
With loud voices tryin’ to limit our choices 
Keep our heads clear

A window opens when a door closes
Be open to change like my man Moses
Make your thinkin’ side 
Listen to its spirit guide

If you feel it stand your ground
Wake up and look around
Walk upright and work for truth
Live in God’s light, James 1:2
Serve what you hold dear
And fight to make it clear
Do what you have to do
Live in God’s light, James 1:2

You won’t find me in a lion’s den
But I’m watchin’ out for my fellow man 
It’s a privilege for us to take care of our earthly home
But if we sit back with our loop-holes 
We’ll end up a rock in space with no souls
What a waste, what a blow, pray it isn’t so

If you feel it stand your ground
Wake up and look around
Walk upright and work for truth
Live in God’s light, James 1:2
Serve what you hold dear
And fight to make it clear
Do what you have to do
Live in God’s light, James 1:2

Keep tryin’ to shine line upon
How we love a healthy, loving world for all to live on

If you feel it stand your ground
Wake up and look around
Walk upright and work for truth
Live in God’s light, James 1:2
Serve what you hold dear
And fight to make it clear
Do what you have to do
Live in God’s light, James 1:2

Harsh realities all these years
Most playin’ to our key fears


Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2018

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SET YOU FREE

After many late nights, prayers and some beers
Our great day is finally here
Showed up early so we wouldn't miss the sights
Around our song being honored this Opry night

Blessed with friends and family
And inspiration from above surrounding me
It still surprises this ole boy to see
The roads that take you far, can also set you free

All the prayin’ that led up to this day
Found his inspiration respondin’ all the way
The journey ain’t any straighter
But the joy it brings is so much greater 

Blessed with friends and family
And inspiration from above surrounding me
It still surprises this ole boy to see
The roads that take you far, can also set you free

Never give up or in
Cause his gift given
Can put a life helpin’ others 
Under your skin

Blessed with friends and family
And inspiration from above surrounding me
It still surprises this ole boy to see
The roads that take you far, can also set you free

It still surprises this ole boy to see
That roads that take you far, can also set you free

After many late nights, prayers and some beers
Our great day is finally here

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2019



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Fishing With Grandpa

I feel it tugging
Hanging on - It must be huge!
Bluegill, smiles, grandpa

Haiku - For Sara Kendrick's "A Pleasant Childhood Memory" Contest

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2012

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The Family Vacation

The first big family vacation, it was all so new
Mom found a dream ranch, a so-called “dude”

The kids were so young, a daughter not yet two
Our son only four, wanting to ride with the crew

Rafting, riding, and a real Mountain Man too,
This vacation was a hit - who knew?

As the years go by, we’ve made many friends 
But over time this special week transcends 

As families grow, things change
It can’t be helped, not really strange

Truth be told, our hearts aren’t ready
To agree on a change, on that we’re unsteady

Because memories are priceless, we’ll soon not forget
The ranch rodeos, Fat-Bat baseball games, and the brunch ride silhouette..

Of our annual family picture on a mountain out West, 
Every year showing our kid’s growth, we are very blessed
 
It’s not with sadness that I write about when this might end
For it will surely open up a new door or trend

For as long as your heart, your family, and your thoughts don’t scatter
Where you go on vacation really doesn’t matter
 
Beach, mountains, wherever, one really shouldn’t mind
As long as you’re together, the time spent can be sublime

Oh, there are gripes, moans, and argument; it’s part of the quest
But I wouldn’t miss it, for who would have guessed
  
That in time as with all things, it too will naturally end
As children grow up and add their family blend

But If our good fortune continues we’ll be part of what’s next
In the knowledge that our time together is a gift not a test

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2009

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A Glass Of Wine, A Thought, A Meaning

It’s amazing how a simple glass of wine,
Can unleash a hidden thought or meaning
You’d think as much as I’ve consumed in life, 
I would have a tome that’s gleaming 

Full of wise, sagacious oratory 
Of thoughts that help the mind
But maybe it’s all piffle, of the wrong kind

You see it’s a very simple thing, 
If you’re a writer from the heart
It doesn’t matter how or if you cloud it, 
It may someday become someone’s art

God has provided us one of many bounties, the grape
That sometimes helps unleash the sometimes hidden shape
Of some very blessed minds from the most blessed of us all
It may be a way to help reach our true selves, or sometimes break through a wall

So now that I’ve made this potentially absurd assertion
It’s time to prove the theory, with some not so perfect allocution
Of some wise, thoughtful insight into a single glass of wine 
For without passion and effort in the making 
It may not enable the divine

So maybe try a glass of the fermented grape 
When next you feel the block of the writer, 
And when others read your work thereafter, 
Things may turn out brighter.

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2009

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Please Let Me Love You Tonight

Been sittin’ here thinkin’ all day long
Wantin’ to-say somthin’ that didn’t sound wrong
You walk around the corner and your smile meets mine
My heart starts racin’ like it does every time

I knew this could be a special night
Wanted it to work out just right
So I practiced the words all day
Had ‘em all arranged so I could say

Please let me love you tonight
Will you be my wife?
I want to be with you tonight
And the rest of my life
Please let me love you tonight

Her tears comin’ down were a sight to see
Took my hand smiled and said to me
You know I love you a lot
I don’t even know how to stop

I took her in my arms held real tight
My tears runnin’ down were quite a sight
Now we’re both cryin’ unsure why
Guess we knew this was for life

Please let me love you tonight
Will you be my wife?
I want to be with you tonight
And the rest of my life
Please let me love you tonight

We walked that night in the rain
Not really carin’ what we were sayin’
We were married on a warm day in May
Flowers everywhere scented the day

I said my vows as I looked in her eyes
Seeing only love no compromise
I’ll always remember that fine day
Me tryin’ to find the right words to say


Please let me love you tonight
Will you be my wife?
I want to be with you tonight
And the rest of my life
Please let me love you tonight

Yeah baby please let me love you tonight
Please let me love you tonight
You know I will for the rest of my life…

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Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2011

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Song lyric - Backyard Vacation

Backyard Vacation
(Country, male vocal, speed/tempo in vein of Zac Brown Band's "Knee Deep" w/Jimmy Buffet)

When life’s hurdles got ya goin’
Around in circles without you knowin’
And it seems they’ll never end

I take a walk in my backyard
I like that it’s so large
There I look around and take it all in

Sometimes life feels strained
It shows us joy and sometimes pain
I’m here to tell ya a backyard can explain..
That just for a few minutes
So long as a hammock’s in it
Life’s trials can’t ever beat out a sunny day

I’m lucky got a few nice acres
Trees and a pond from our good lord maker
I’m thinkin’ it’s funny how it got this way

As I take in the view
And tell myself don’t be a fool
This feeling is what you never want to go away

Sometimes life feels strained
It shows us joy and sometimes pain
I’m here to tell ya a backyard can explain..
That just for a few minutes
So long as a hammock is in it
Life’s trials can’t ever beat out a sunny day

The beauty you’ll see offers a hedge
Like a tree’s reflection against the water’s edge
It’s a paintin’ you can see in your mind
It’s all a gift so enjoy the tryin’

Sometimes life feels strained
It shows us joy and sometimes pain
I’m here to tell ya a backyard can explain..
That just for a few minutes
So long as a hammock’s in it
Life’s trials can’t ever beat out a sunny day

Can’t ever beat out a sunny day..

Copyright © Shawn Sackman | Year Posted 2011

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