Modern Poetry Edition #48 {Country Van Poems} 

Yes Yes, Y'all.  And you don't stop.  The winner of the 48th MPulitzer is
naturally Van The Man, again.  He was the only singer entered as all
the poems this early February are selections of his yet-to-be-released
(come on already, March 7th!) country album.

While it was mighty close between Backstreet Affair and Till I Gain
Control, the Rodney Crowell penned selection, TIGC, is your winner.
All three other selections were well represented in the balloting as
well.  I recommend you go right out and buy Mr. Morrison's March
release of course.
 

Modern Poetry #48 {Country Van Poems}
[1/31/06]
Backstreet Affair (Written by Billy Wallace) by Van Morrison
What Am I Living For (Kitty Wells) by Van Morrison
Once A Day (LORETTA LYNN w/b Bill Anderson) by Van Morrison
More and More (Webb Pierce w/b Merle Kilgore) by Van Morrison
**Till I Gain Control (Rodney Crowell) by Van Morrison

**Winner of MPulitzer

Hello lads and lassies, it's time for Modern Poetry. This time we've got
a nice selection of country poems from Van The Man. Looks like the
man will be getting' his 3rd MPulitzer, since he sings all of these songs
on his new album, Pay The Devil, due in stores on U.S. shores March The
Seventh. These are all cool story-ish poems that are just touching.

I don't really have much more to say other than we're behind schedule,
but will be catching up. Count on it. Speaking of counting, in order to
count the votes, it's preferred that some votes arrive here in MP HQ.

You know what to do, chief. Bust a move.

--Sean

Backstreet Affair (Written by Billy Wallace)
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You didn't know I wasn't free
When you fell in love with me
And with all your young heart, you learned to care
It brought you shame and disgrace
The world has tumbled in your face
Because they call our love a backstreet affair.

They say you wrecked my home
I'm a husband that's gone wrong
They don't know the sorrow that we've had to bear
While the one I was tied to
Was the first to be untrue
How can they call our love a backstreet affair?

Well, we have each other now
That's all that matters anyhow
While the judgement of gossip's never fair
We'll just be brave and strong
Then some day they'll see they're wrong
So let them call our love a backstreet affair.

We'll be free to love someday
When all the talk has died away
And the happiness we hoped for, then we'll share
I'll climb a mountain high
And the world will hear me cry
That our love's not a backstreet affair.

What Am I Living For (Kitty Wells)
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What am I living for, if not for you, tell me
What am I living for, if not for you
What am I living for, if not for you
Oh nobody else, nobody else will do

What am I longing for, each lonely night
To feel your lips to mine, to hold you tight
You'll be my only love, my whole life through
Baby, nobody else, nobody else will do

I want you close to me, oh that's all I know
I want you all the time, darlin' I love you so
What am I living for, if not for you, ho
what am I living for, child, if not for you
I want to know what I'm a living for, if not for you
Oh, nobody else, nobody else will do

I want you close to me, oh that's all I know
I want you all the time, darlin' I love you so
Ho, what am I living for, if not for you,
ho, what am I living for, if not for you,
what am I living for, if not for you,
Ohhh, nobody else, nobody else will do
Ohhh no, nobody else, nobody else will do...child

Once A Day (LORETTA LYNN w/b Bill Anderson)
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When you found somebody new, I thought I never would
Forget you for I thought then I never could
But time has taken all my pain away
Until now I'm down to hurtin' once a day

Once a day, all day long,
and once a night, from dusk till dawn
The only time I wish that you weren't gone
is once a day, every day, all day long

And I'm so glad that I'm not like a friend I knew one time
He lost the one he loved, and then slowly lost his mind
Sat around and cried his life away
Lucky me, I'm only hurtin' once a day

Once a day, all day long...
and once a night, from dusk till dawn
The only time I wish that you weren't gone
Once a day, every day, all day long

Once a day, all day long...
and once a night, from dusk till dawn
The only time I wish that you weren't gone
Once a day, every day, all day long

Once a day, every day, all day long
Once a day, every day, all day long

More and More (Webb Pierce w/b Merle Kilgore)
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More and more, I'm forgettin' the past
More and more, I'm livin' at last
Day by day, I'm losin' my blues
More and more, I'm forgettin' about you.

You know how I tried, to keep you by my side
You know how I cried, the day you said goodbye
Day by day, I'm losin' my blues
More and more, I'm forgettin' about you.

But oh, how I tried, to keep you by my side
And oh, how I cried, the day you said goodbye
Day by day, I'm losin' my blues
More and more, I'm forgettin' about you.

Day by day, I'm losin' my blues
More and more, I'm forgettin' about you.

Till I Gain Control (Rodney Crowell)
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Just like the sun shinin' over the mountain top
You know I'll always come again
You know I love to spend my morning time
Watch the sunlight dancing on your skin

I've never gone so wrong, but telling lies to you
What you've seen is what I've been
There is nothing I can hide from you
You see me better than I ever can

Out on the road that lies before me now
There are some turns where I will spin
Darling, I only hope that you will hold me now
Until I can gain control again

Just like the old lighthouse, I must stand alone
Landmark the sailor's journeys end
No matter what sea I've been sailing on
You know, you know, I'll always roll this way, this way again

Out on the road that lies before me now
Surely there will be some turns where I will spin
I only hope, I only hope that you, you will hold me now, hold me know
Till I gain, Till I gain, control, control again

Out on the road that lies before me now
There are some turns, some turns where I will spin, spin
I only hope, I only hope that you will hold me now, hold me know
Until I gain control again
till I gain control