The songwriter in me is happy . Almost chirping. Came in with 6 Semi-Finalists in the prestigious #UKInternationalSongwritingContest, one of the world’s largest and best. Too bad not to be a Winner, but I had that honor in 2011, more than most of us.
Then today comes the news that in the vaunted Annual #DallasSongwritingContest, my #Portraitin theSand co-written (music) with Jane Willard and Ruth Reagan, won Third PlaceLyrics attached below, and when I learn how to do it,. I’ll also attach the link to the music. I felt that the girl soldiers deserved a song. I find now that the computer program won’t let me space my lines the way they should be presented. Forgive me. I think anyone reading this will be able to get the sense of the rhythm and sections.
INTRO There’s a quiet in the battle now. I’m not feeling very brave–Need you here to hold me safe
VERSE Remember when I last saw you, how we smiled through our fear we knew I had to leave for war, trembled as we stowed my gear Then you wrapped me in your arms –said you’d never let me go I tried to memorize your face. OH baby, I love you so
CHORUS I draw your portrait in the sand, run my fingers through your hair. Poke a dimple in your cheek– I used to kiss you there Soon I’ll be home with the real live you But today I need to hold your hand So on this desert far away I draw your portrait in the sand.
VERSE I asked you to pray for me Guess you did, cause I‘m all right My crew are all stand-up guys and their morale is high. But I’ve seen things I can’t forget — don’t know what tomorrow holds Tonight I need to feel you near — Oh baby, I love you so
BRIDGE Tell me, is the grass still green? does our creek still flow, wildflowers grow? Tell me, is the air still sweet? no blood–no tanks, do we still give blessed thanks?
Soon I’ll be home with the real live you But today I need to hold your hand So on this desert far away I draw your portrait in the sand
REPRISE Oh baby, the battle’s started up again,the noise of mortars hurts my head. Can’t dream about you any more—Gotta go to war instead.