Song Lyrics - I'm Not Your Usual

I don't want to pick you up
I'm not gonna give you a line
You wouldn't believe it anyway
I'm not gonna waste my time

You want to meet me?
Then why don't you walk on by?
You won't be the first girl
To look me in the eye

I'm not your usual
I'm no pick-up artist
I don't play games
And I don't collect names

You think I can impress you
In the first five minutes?
Why don't you impress me?
Why don't we test your limits?

You keep looking and playing with your hair
You have a smirk; you're giving me a dare
Maybe I don't feel like making the first move
I'd rather have my dignity than try to be smooth

I'm not your usual
I'm no pick-up artist
I don't play games
And I don't collect names

I know what you want
You need my approval
Your ego is on fire
But like I said.......I'm not your usual

You're gonna have to meet me halfway
Or else I'll be on my way
You can find another man to worship you
But if you want love, you know what to do

I'm not your usual
I'm no pick-up artist
I don't play games
And I don't collect names

I'm not your usual
You know?
Or would you?

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kookoo88 6 years ago from Cripple Creek

I like it. Who do you picture performing it?


Pachuca213 6 years ago

This was so straight forward and very enticing! I loved it. I could almost hear the melody.....my friend, you have such a great gift. I write poems but songs are somewhat harder for me. I have written 3 songs on my own in my life and recorded them also (I used to do professional back up and at one time was seeking a professional career in singing). But you, you have such a gift. It is as if the words stream from your thoughts onto the pen and paper like a running faucet of imagination! If I was a singer (professional) I would love to sing one of your songs!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Kook,

I'm not sure yet... I just wrote it up... it's a cocky song and at the same time it's about a man who is not a loser because he's in a bar; hell the girl is in the same bar. He knows who he is and what he can offer but it's a losing game to be able to show all that in the first five minutes as the song say's.

It could be a country song or a rocker... what do you think?


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Pachuca,

Very flattering the things you say... I just try to think about real life situations and how I think and then use the standard song structure (verse, chorus, bridge etc)... Sometimes I wonder if the wrods are cumbersome and if I worked with a real singer I'd probably have allow them to change a couple of things so it flows... but you made my day...


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Love it, but with an attitude like his, he may end up alone.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks breakfastpop,

You mean alone for breakfast? Ha... you may be right but this guy will wait for the right situation... he's just managing the bar scene you know?

Victory is not picking someone up... he remains within himself and is not swept up by an artificial environment...


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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

I like it. I like the lines, the words, the flow. I can imagine some country singer, a male singing this song. In a slow sensual way. And I don't like much country, but I can visualize that, and almost hear the music in my mind.

Super and I vote it up.

Blessings,

Laurie


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Laurie,

Maybe Restless Heart (if they are still around; I don't keep up with country artists very much)....


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

I like this. It is beautiful and flows to me like a rock ballad. I think the guy's got spunk and is challenging the girl.

I had the idea of making it a duet. The lady can sing something like:

I'm not your usual

I'm no shallow artiste

Dare have me to tame

Cause we're not all the same

:o))


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kirutaye,

Yes... he's challenging the girl.. it seems they always get to decide at the bar and why is that? It's 2011 almost and it's on her too to be interesting.

As for the duet... start singing! It's sounds like a good idea... two people in the same old bar scene and it's kind of like "we're attracted... now what?" You know... "how can we make this work?"


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

@Surburban Poet

You are so right. It's nearly 2011 and why are ladies still sitting around in bars waiting to be picked up. Doesn't sound fair to me.

She's got to show some interest if she's attracted to him.

:o))


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

I'm glad to hear that... ha... I'm definitely no pick-up artist... it's too much pressure...


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CheyenneAutumn 6 years ago

Pick ups followed by let downs,

Cons and games and ultimately a fools crown...

I liked this very much Poet -

your definately no fool.

Great post!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you once again Cheyenne,

I can be as foolish as the next guy; it's easy to display such bravado from the safety of the keyboard...

You're right about the downs... but everyone continues on with the hope of Mr. or Ms. Right at the downtown bars... hope springs eternal...


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richtwf 6 years ago

Yes well said and agree - Meeting half-way and compromise and that's how it should be even if it means being more patient and waiting for the right one to come your way.

Great lyrics and thanks for sharing.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you richtwf or may I call you rich?

It does require patience... it's a cocky cowboy song but sung from the point of view of a man who feels he needs an equal; he doesn't feel the need to be a servant or the court jester... the question is can the beautiful women (who he is obviously staring at) play the part of an equal?


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

This really is amazing, you are just so talented.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hey acaetnna,

Thank you for reading it... and being so nice... I have a guitar/singer friend who really liked it... it may go nowhere but it will be fun to start driving you know?


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

I agree with acaetnna, you are very talented. I love the guy in the poem too not to mention the whole poem!


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia

this was a great song, a rock ballad or slow country would work nicely with this, impressive :)


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you penny... you guys are so right! Ha... I'm kidding.. really it's very gratifying to hear these things... thank you thank you..

The guy in the poem sounds cocky but he's just not falling for the game you know? He doesn't lose himself in all the lights and the alcohol.... plus he's not desperate...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you nighthag,

I really appreciate it... got to find my Elton John or Journey or whoever wants to work on it...


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Nayothara 6 years ago

Oh lovely song~ And very strong lover right! I am very much tempted to sing one of your songs! The thing is these songs are written for hearts, not just for ears... What will be the music like? Looking forward to see more songs from you, I am sure target is near. And I am so happy.

AWESOME!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nayo,

Yes he is strong or is trying to be! It's not always easy....

Do you sing?

I'm not sure about the music... it could be a country song or it could be Motley Crue singing in a loud cocky manner... I haven't figured that one out yet...


scriber1 6 years ago

Accounting out of the box...eh? Supremely subtle....


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks scriber1,

Subtlty is an art...


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Elefanza 6 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

I like the guy's stance. Very strong! I could really picture the scene in my head. It makes me wonder what his experience will be like when he meets the right someone...another poem, maybe?


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

thank you Elefanza,

Yeah... there is always another idea for a song... I'll be thinking about that... this time the girl walks up and looks him in the eye... we'll see how strong this man is then! Probably will be at a complete loss of words...


Marina Lester 6 years ago

This is great, I saw her there waiting for the compliment of you. I loved the line...

"You can find another man to worship you" Indeed that seems to be the secret wish of many women, to be worshiped. But then, they should, if deserving one day feel that way but it has to be two sided, he is to be worshiped too... I enjoyed watching the mental stories of two people caught in interest, great stuff! :D


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

thank you Marina,

I'm glad you were able to understand that the man is not above loving a woman enough to "worship her." But he knows the relationship can't only be about viewing a beautiful painting or walking around in a museum. It's about two people...


Brazil 5 years ago

Dude ur amazing


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Brazil - thank you for that.... for real....

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