Lyric Contest Winners: May/June 2017

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Videos by American Songwriter

Congratulations to our May/June 2017 Lyric Contest winners, listed below. Click here to enter the July/August Lyric Contest.

1st Place
“My Prayin’ Knees”
by Patrycya Hill
Mooresville, North Carolina

I passed the green mountain tops
Left the road to make a stop
Parked beside an old ford pickup truck
At a roadhouse east of Bennington

Saw a young man in fatigues
Thirty-two or thirty-three
Everything he owned behind the glass
He looked disheveled so I asked,
“Can I help you man?”
He looked up and said

“I’m out of gas but full of love
High on heart but low on luck
All I have is what you see
‘Cause I gave the rest for my country

I fought and I served
But not all of me returned
I lost my runnin’ legs, my walkin’ feet
But worst of all my prayin’ knees”

When I heard what he said
Saw the wheelchair in the bed
Felt the tears well in my eyes
And wondered just how many times

I’d passed someone like this
And just walked on oblivious
He laid his life down on that line
So men like me could freely find
Our happiness
Dear God please shine on him

He’s out of gas but full of love
High on heart but low on luck
All he has is what you see
‘Cause he gave the rest for his country

He fought and he served
But only part of him returned
He lost his runnin’ legs, his walkin’ feet
God could you heal his prayin knees

I put my hand on his shoulder
Said at ease faithful soldier
Rest now sir your mission is complete
Your body may be broken
But your soul can be made whole again

I will kneel for you
Because you stood for me
So I will lift you up
With my prayin’ knees

2nd Place
“Footnote”
by Danielle Knibbe
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You’ve got a sweater from your first love
tucked in your bottom drawer
I’ve never seen it hug your body
or tangled on your floor
And we rarely talk about her,
it’s been seven years or more
But you’ve got a sweater from your first love
tucked in your bottom drawer

And I’ve seen pictures of her
and they remind me of me
One where she’s laughing with your brother,
one where you’re both only nineteen
And you say there’s no resemblance,
and in some ways I agree
But I’ve seen pictures of her
and they remind me of me

The longer I love you the more it’s on my mind
What a painfully thin line
Between being the one you love
And the one you loved once upon a time

‘Cause when we talk about her
it’s in the past tense
You still smile at inside jokes you had,
you praise her poise and intellect
And I know that you’re not bitter,
I know there’s no regret
But when you talk about her
it’s in the past tense
And I can’t help but wonder
if that’s how this will end
Am I the heroine of your story
or a footnote for the girl you love next?

3rd Place
“Emma Stoned”
by Todd Suave
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Saw the movie La La Land the other day
It made me want to go to L.A.
Got on a westbound plane
Wanted to find Emma Stone that day

I went to a party in the Hollywood Hills
The very coolest part of L.A.
Met a waiter, he knew Emma Stone
He acted with her in a play

I asked him if he’d call Emma
on his phone
He said they don’t talk these days
When I asked him what he liked
about Emma Stone
He said gettin’ stoned with her
back in the day

Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
It’s the best thing to do in L.A.
Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
I could do it every single day

I went to a party out in Malibu
Met the biggest movie man in L.A.
He said he’s worked with Emma Stone
That he just saw her back in May

I asked him if he’d call Emma on his phone
He said she’s gone on holiday
When I asked him what he loved about Emma Stone
He said gettin’ stoned with her every day

Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
It’s the best thing to do in L.A.
Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
I could do it every single day

I went to a party at the Playboy Mansion
The hottest ticket in L.A.
Met a star, he knows Emma Stone
He parties with her every Friday

I asked him if he’d call Emma on his phone
He said for you man, no no way
He said you can’t handle Emma Stone
She gets stoned every single day

Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma Stoned
It’s the best thing to do in L.A.
Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma Stoned
I could do it every single day

I went to a party at the Chateau Marmont
Met a girl named Mary Jane
She does lots of deals with Emma Stone
She just saw her yesterday

I asked her if she’d call Emma on her phone
She said for you boy, no no way
She said she loves to hang Emma Stone
Mary Jane gets Emma stoned every day

Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
It’s the best thing to do in L.A.
Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma Stoned
I could it every single day

Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma stoned
It’s the best thing to do in L.A.
Gettin’ stoned, gettin’ stoned
Gettin’ Emma Stoned
I could do it every single day

4th Place
“Just a Hill”
by Mary L Walsh
Pueblo, Colorado

Just a hill, but it is mine
Should I climb it one more time?
Whispered crazy, don’t you know
Maybe God was saying “no.”

I could drive around that hill
For the extra dollar bill
Not my style, the easy way
Or to do it just for pay

Roll my sleeves to push the boulder
Up the hill, this time is steeper
Chances are I’m getting older
Or the starting point is deeper
Climbing starts from down within
Use the paycheck, yield the glory
Just a hill with my old footprints
Where I go to make my story

To the top, it’s just a hill
Down the other side a thrill
Take the brake off, let it go
One more chapter to be told

Just a hill…
Maybe this time
At the top I start to climb

Honorable Mention

“Whichever Way The Wind Blows”
by Jim Ashley
Wilmington, North Carolina

“It’s That Dark Time of Year Again”
by Andy Marino
New York, New York

“Pockets Full Of Stones”
by Clint Davis
Lenoir City, Tennessee

“(Even a Clown Should Know) When The Circus Ends”
by Frank Migliorelli
Croton on Hudson, New York

“Heart of Glass”
by Mark Pauley
New Hartford, New York

“Hardest of All”
by Patrice Taddonio
West Roxbury, Massachusetts

“Damaged”
by Andrea Stray
San Francisco, California

“Daddy I Was Wishing You’d Take Me Fishing”
by Zachary Henard
Clarksville, Tennessee

“Friendship Hurts If You Do It Right”
by Patty Lakamp
Carmel, California

“Tequila and Honey”
by Jessica Fox
Bakersfield, California

“Chasin’ To Raisin’ Girls”
by Westley Metcalfe
Richmond, Kentucky

 

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