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Where People's Priorities Lie

Updated on June 22, 2012

Many of my poems are lyrics to songs I have written; some are awaiting a tune. This is one.

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They've got a forty foot
                    trailer
On an eighth of an acre
It's home tho' the livin'
                   is hard
Their fondest wish
Was the satellite dish
That's takin' up half
               of the yard.
Daddy's no jerk
He's allergic to work
But somehow the family copes
The welfare's well spent
And Momma's content
As long as she follows
                   her soaps

Some politicians
Like nuclear fissions
To solve power problems in haste
But not one would buy land
Near Three Mile Island
Or know what to do with the waste
Missiles and rockets
Are pickin' our pockets
While children go hungry to bed
To me it's like sinnin'
To say that there's winnin'
A war that leaves everyone dead

Well are people pure crazy
Or is my thinkin' hazy?
Not sure should I laugh, should I cry?
What drugs are they under?
It sure makes you wonder
Where people's priorities lie

It seems almost funny
Some people love money
When love is a thing you can't buy
The kids are alone
'Cause Mom's never home
And they see Dad just when he stops by
Both parents have lovers
To try to recover
The meaning and value of life
But I know I'm wealthy
'Cause my kids are healthy
And I love making love to my wife

Well are people pure crazy
Or is my thinking hazy?
Don't know should I laugh, should I cry?
What drugs are they under?
It sure makes you wonder
Where people's priorities lie.

© Copyright CPrice 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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    • Christopher Price profile image
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      Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Au fait-

      Thanks for taking such an interest. For now I am satisfied with the recognition I receive from fellow hubbers like you. Should a sympathetic tune-smith set these lyrics to music I'm sure we could reach an equitable arrangement!

      CP

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      C E Clark 6 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting lyrics. Have you tried contacting BAs of country song writers and singers? Especially an up and coming young star might be willing to take a chance on a writer s/he has never heard of since they're sort of in that boat themselves.

      Everyone has to start somewhere. You might give limited rights to popular bands in your area to sing some of your songs just to get your name out there. Limited rights meaning they can perform your song without paying you anything a certain number of times a year and then only under certain circumstances, which you specify in the contract.

      You might also let them perform it if they can put a tune to some of the lyrics you've written that don't have one. You need to have a contract before that however so there's no argument once the song is complete and becomes a big hit as to who did what, etc.

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thank you Barb-

      I stuck the usual copyright blurb on this piece, for whatever it's worth. I think I'd just be flattered if someone attempted to steal it. Then I'd sue their asses off...on principle, of course!

      I'm glad you enjoyed my efforts. Please stick around and browse, you may find more to like.

      And, for whatever reasons you left Vermont, know you are always welcome back.

      CP

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Christopher Price...This is great lyrical poetry from a poet living in one of the nation's most beautiful states! One-time Vermonter to currently living in Vermonter!

      Several comments here suggest you copyright this poem or send it to someone to write music to it. Great idea!

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      A.V.:

      If he'd share the royalties I'd share the credit.

      Thanks for the vote of approval.

      CP

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hi CP:

      Get this poem copyrighted, before Bob Dylan gets hold of it and turn it into one of his mordant hits.

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Martie,

      I like to think I have my priorities straight. Seeing the wrongs in the world is the easy part, setting them right is the hard part.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

      CP

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      I agree with saddlerider - this could by the lyrics of a deep and thought-provoking song. It is nice to know I am following someone like you who can clearly see the wrongs in this world. Take care and enjoy loving your loved-ones.

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thanks James,

      Top shelf is good for me...neat, with little ice.

      CP

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      A brilliant poem! Or song lyrics. Very lyrical. My favorite part of it is this:

      "It seems almost funny

      Some people love money

      When love is a thing you can't buy

      The kids are alone

      'Cause Mom's never home

      And they see Dad just when he stops by

      Both parents have lovers

      To try to recover

      The meaning and value of life

      But I know I'm wealthy

      'Cause my kids are healthy

      And I love making love to my wife"

      Top shelf!!

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Wow, a two-fer from the Dee Man.

      I may have to bookmark this myself just so I archive this sucker!

      I am tickled pick...well maybe a little more fushia trending towards lipstick red, that you liked this offering, Micky.

      CP

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Jeremey,

      Every Karaoke Cowboy has had dreams of fronting a band, but I never have been much of a joiner. I'd love to pack my BenGay and rolling papers and tour with Willy, but chances are that won't happen. Thank for the vote of confidence though.

      CP

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yep - read it again and I still feel the same! Pretty sweeeeeet!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Son! I did the cucaracha on your buttons. It started out as the chicken-dance but it got away from me.

      Son! If 100 is the perfect score - I'd have to give you about 200 to 300 on this!

      This ought to be on boxes of Wheaties or something. I'll read it again and make sure it's not radon gas or something I'm feeling here! This is - GREAT!

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      Jeremey 7 years ago from Arizona

      I'll have to try and sing this one with my kids, I don't play any instuments well but my son I'm sure could find a decent bass line. Well written. Have you ever gathered a band, or have video of anything you've put music behind? You have a Dylan sorta feel to your lyrics, at least in the way I've read them.

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      epigramman, good to have you stop by.

      "Decades"?

      Thanks for the vote of confidence in both my longevity as well as creativity.

      I'll try to not let you down.

      CP

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...well it's obvious my priorities lie in spending some time here at your hubs in the coming decades ......

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Hey Cerey,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      CP

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      cerey_runyon 7 years ago from Galax Virginia

      Wow!

      Good Stuff! :)

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thanks Rob.

      CP

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      Rob 7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      It does sound like it should be read to music. It'd make a good song. Well done.

    • Christopher Price profile image
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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Thanks Ken.

      I did hear a steel guitar somewhere in the background as I wrote this one.

      I was a singer before I could talk as a child, but I find writing new tunes troublesome. Maybe I'm just too picky.

      I'll keep trying though, thanks.

      CP

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      There are some great lines here that you definitely can find cords for on your guitar or piano. I wish you well, it should turn out well. The sound could be country:0) good luck.

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