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Kelly's Boy

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I had a request for some lyrics from Randy (checks in the mail, Randy), so here are some from a couple of years ago in one of the old country music traditions - a story from struggle street.

Anyone can have a go (please do :)) and as always, cut/add/mix/change anything that you like or need to fit your music. Change the place where I've put the Bridge and Outro if you think they fit better somewhere else. Maybe even put v5 right at the end - whatever you like.

All standards of playing, singing, recording are welcome - that's how we learn to do stuff, and we're all friends here.

Anything in brackets or after a forward slash is because I couldn't decide, and what you choose probably depends on the beat/rhythm of the music you put the lyrics to, and what you prefer.

Kelly's Boy

Kelly grew up hard and fast

No-one ever (really) loved her

Her dad loved drinking more than most

Her mom was always somewhere else.

v2

Kelly’s luck turned, late one night

Found/Met a man who seemed real nice

Before too long they made a home

A place where kids weren't left alone

v3

Her Jay was always quite a boy

Loved his toy cars ‘n GI Joes

Loved his Mom and Daddy too

Grew to be a man too soon.

v4

He liked to go out every night

No-one knows how life will end

One night, the cops come to/came to/knock on, Kelly’s door

Her Jay was found on a toilet/men’s room floor.

Bridge

Who can save a life that’s taken?

Who can stop a heart from breaking?

Who can mend a life that’s shattered?

Kelly’s love destroyed and scattered.

v5

Only Jay had ever loved her

No one else had ever cared

Now her boy lies dead and cold

The same old story, now retold/newly told

Outro/bridge

Kelly’s boy lies dead and bleeding

How can broken hearts keep beating

Who can save a life that’s taken?

Who can stop a heart from breaking?

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OK Carol - It makes a good story - could take awhle - but with your permission I'd like to give this a shot - I hope you don't mind if I make some changes -

I'll keep you posted - this should be fun

thanks

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OK Carol

I'm a little nervous about this - I changed some lyrics to suit my style a little more

also only used two chords - not sure about that yet - this is just a rough draft - I hope you like it - if not I apologize in advance

here are the lyrics i used

Kelly's Boy

Kelly grew up and and she grew up fast

Her daddie was a drunk - his marriage didn' last

Her Moma took off - said that they were through

And Kelly could't wait to get out of there too

She thought her luck had turned, late one night

Found herself a good man to hold her tight

To raise their son, he built a little home

But then he died, he left them both alone

chorus

Now Who can mend a life that’s torn and shattered?

Poor Kelly’s love was destroyed and scattered.

And Who can save a life already been taken?

And maybe only God can stop a heart from breaking

She raised her boy to be a fine young man

She taught him always be the best that he can

He really loved his mom and he treated her well

How far he'd go only time would tell

He decided to go out and to party one night

Never drank before - never had to fight

The policeman came to knock on Kelly’s door

said her son was found on the bar room floor.

Kelly’s boy's lay dead and bleeding

How can broken hearts keep on beating

And Who can save a life already been taken?

And maybe only God can stop a heart from breaking

Ok Carol

Kelly\'s Boy.mp3

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He he, can't stop smiling - I thought you said it would take a while? I was expecting maybe 3 or 4 weeks - but no, a cracker of a song in less than a day!

Nice job on the lyrics too.

It's interesting how different people can 'see' how a lyric might fit in a style of song or music (or not - me :)). I wrote the original as an attempt at 'an America country song' - a story of people with lives that are full of difficulties, with a bit of tragedy thrown in, but I see now that (probably because I don't hear much of that real 'american country music'), when I read your lyrics before hearing the song I couldn't see how they could fit to my idea of an 'American country song'...... and then I listened to what you did with the lyrics and the result is perfect.

It's a mystery to me how that works, but it certainly did - you produced an authentic sounding 'American country song' - something I could probably never do.

Well done Randy - take a bow!

:punk:

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I'm quite relieved that you are ok with me changing lyrics up a little - it's a good story - still just a draft - probably change a few things before I'm ok with it - I'd love to hear other people's concept of your song - you are right - there are may ways to look at lyrics

and different ways to tell basically the same story - thanks for the collaboration it was fun.

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No worries Randy, it's always nice when someone takes my words and uses them to make a song. And you do have the perfect rich deep voice of American country - have you heard of Greg Brown (Iris Dement's husband) - you sound like him.....:)

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