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Updated on March 5, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

My old mind is a racing and coming up slow

My thoughts are wandering about; no where to go

Looks like my lot is cast and my pickings are slim

That’s the way it is…out on the limb


There’s too much month at the end of the money

Someone slipped in and took my pretty new honey

Maybe I need to think about things I can trim

Otherwise, I’m stuck…out on the limb


The bank disowned me; my car has been repossessed

My old shoes are worn out and long seen their best

The bills keep coming; the debt I cannot seem to stem

That’s how it is…out on the limb


Can you help a brother out? Give me just a little hand

I just need some assistance getting back on dry land

Other guys are doing it and my women leave with them

That’s just the way it is…out on the limb


Bad breath, body odor and my old greasy hair needs a clip

I wish had money for a beer but I’d settle for a sip

Got no motivation or drive; nothing to get me into the gym

That’s the same old sad story…out on the limb


You know who your friends are when you get in this shape

Everything’s gone; all that is left is WD-40 and duct tape

A life this hard should be recorded on motion picture film

That’s just the facts, maam…out on the limb


Ain’t got food, no home, no work; hell I ain’t got a red dime

My luck should be turning around soon; it’s well past time

Something needs to break soon; get me back into the swim

I’ve more than done my time…out on the limb


Oh, look a yonder; coming over the top of that long hill

It’s a blue-eyed blonde driving a convertible Coupe-Deville

She looks like she’s got money; some green that I can skim

Now if she’ll just see my thumb…and gets me off of this limb




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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Maggie-May...I was feeling like a nut the day I wrote...lots of fun too! Thanks much! WB

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Love this,...and the song is precious, thanks for sharing this, MM

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner...Thank you, Audrey. This was fun one to write! WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Wonderfully comical and love the pictorial stimulus to go with it!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1..We've all been out on that limb at one time or the other. I know that you have. But you are safe in the tree of life now my friend. Thanks for the good comments and thank you for the kudos on the score. My sadness in achieving that level is the knowing of how many really great writers are still there who have inspired me...I hope for the best for you and all of them! WB

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Oh brother isn't that the truth, I have lived on the limb many times and sometimes on the lam to. Oh well the past is behind me now and I live in the tree of life, no longer on the limb.

      Great write my friend, you put a grin on this Saddle's kisser. Nice to see your score staying up there at a 100 where it belongs, you are a wonderful writer.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @A.A.Zavala...Good one! I used that one in one of previous bad luck poems. Thanks much! WB

      @crystolite...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it! WB

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Excellent poem that is well written and shared.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      THis is what I was listening to while listening to your sob story:

      At least there may be a happy ending in the end. That doesn't sound right... Thank you for sharing.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Geena East...Blondes in Coupe Devilles treated me badly even when I was making money! LOL! WB

      @RealHousewife...I was trouble back when I drove my'a thang we Elvis might say! WB

      @ladyjane1...Good to see you out and about! Glad you liked it! WB

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      Oh I have been there done that...great poem as always, cheers!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Haha! Yeah , what Genne East said - I guess I pictured a corvette in my head - I'm not real good with cars:-). Laurels daddy drove a vette - trouble!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The first question that popped into my mind was where did you get that wonderful photo…that is until I read the caption beneath. Excellent and fun read; thanks, Wayne. But be careful of blondes in Coup-Devilles. Nicely done!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Fay Paxton...Thanks much Fay....I appreciate the leg up! WB

      @breakfastpop...If I ever become famous Poppy, I need to take you on the road with me so you can tell everyone that I am awesome before I show up! LOL! WB

      @poorconservative1...I am sure it will get even more crowded between now and 2012...By then we will be on a forced march to the poor house courtesy of Obama. WB

      @Truckstop Sally...Shoot! That blue-eyed blonde in the convertible will still be laughing while I am slapping the dust off that she left on me. I have not yet used "King of the Road" but I guess I need to think how I could use...Thanks much! WB

      @KimberlyLake....You are so welcome, and thank you for reading it and commenting! WB

      @dahoglund...It's a crowded tree, DA! LOL! WB

      @thebluestar...I hear you coming already. Just keep punching those keys and your wishes will come true. I remember thinking that I would never get this far. If I can do it, anyone can! WB

      @Amy Becherer...Yep, that's one of the lines you just never forget. I also like that old Bob Dylan line...I'll be as gone as a wild goose in winter, then you'll understand your man. Love the way, Dwight Yoakam does it! Thanks Amy. WB

      @RealHousewife...That's off so true...hold off on giving me the proceeds of the collection plates until I ditch these women! LOL! WB

      @drbj...It that ever a true conclusion. You know that she's not making the payments on that Coupe her a sugar daddy! Thanks Doc! WB

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Be careful, Wayne, with that blonde in the Coupe Deville.

      If you got anything of value, find it, she will.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - this was great! So believable too - I was thinking we could start a collection for you:-). You know any old girl driving around in a corvette is just leading you to trouble!

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      "There's too much month at the end of the money" is a great line, Wayne. Loved the whole piece. It rings so true and is stated so well. Glad to see the cowboy hat still on your head. Bravo!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      A definate lol for this one Wayne, every bit as good as your more serious topics. You had better hold on tight to your kingship my friend cause I'm still in pursuit of your heels lol. Hope you are well and all is good for you.

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      poorconservative1 6 years ago

      That limb has seen alot'a hangers on. I'm one of'm. I enjoyed that Hub. Thank You.

      I voted Up.


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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've been out on that same limb, I think.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Great Hub, thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      And a bad hair day too! Damn! Could it get any worse? At least it's hump-day, and the weekend is in sight -- in case the blue-eyed convertible-driving blonde doesn't materialize. Ha!! Love the picture too! What about Roger Miller's Trailers for Sale or Rent?

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You are amazing! I can see light at the end of the tunnel in that car coming over the hill. Up and awesome!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      I love it! Brilliant.

      Up and funny

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr....You Betcha! Thanks, Will! WB

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A fun one Wayne!