TITLE: A country song
By Betty Overstreet
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Sounds like a Country Song
"Hey, girl, whatcha up to today? I hope you aren't too busy to help me out."
Oh no, just look at that big show off, dressed in western shirt with fringe down to his belt and a buckle that says #1 Bullfighter 2001. Oh my gosh, we all know he has never ridden in a rodeo!
"Well Bobby, it probably depends on what you need, before I can decide if I'm too busy! So, what's on your mind?", I asked, wishing I was anywhere but here right now. He always wants something for nothing.
"Well, Betty, it's really not much of a favor", Bobby replied.
The last time this so called friend ask for a favor, he wanted a ride to St Louis, about two hundred miles away, for an audition. When he climbed into my car he promised to pay me back for the gas when he got his first paycheck--never happened!
"So come on Bobby, just spit it out! What do you want from me and don't take all day to tell me."
"Well, you see Betty, I have these really great lyrics for a song but just can't come up with a melody for it. I know you're really good at coming up with just the right tune for a hit song, he explained , so I thought if we could just come to some agreement we could really turn my words into a great song for the two of us to be proud of."
" I suppose you already have this agreement figured out, right Bobby? Is this going to be a co-write, fifty/fifty ownership, share and share alike? Or did you have something else in mind?
"Well, my friend, that isn't exactly what I had in mind, but I'm sure we can come to an agreement later, after you finish it up and we get it recorded. No hurry about that right now, we can just talk about it later. How about a handshake between friends?"
"No Bobby, we have to stop going in circles about this. We need an agreement in writing, not a handshake!", I said. "I am not in the mood for you to take advantage of me again. You either agree to my terms and put your signature to the contract or "I'm out of here".
"Gee, that sounds like a country song, doesn't it? I thought, with a big grin.
"I think I'll go home and write it, all by myself!"
I headed on home, fuming because Bobby thinks he can just take advantage of everyone and never have to "pay the piper" As I drove along on highway 35, some words began playing around in my mind. When I arrived at home I hurried into my computer so I could write them down before I forgot them.
Recon that feller took me for a fool
wanted me to help him out.
Thought I would give him a melody
so he could really sing and shout
Well one thing I know about the songwriting business
you don't give away your God given skills
when you help... out a friend
you both win..... in the end
Co-written buddies shouldn't cheat each other
when the songs a hit you both will win
Song written' friends are tried and true
They don't try to cheat me and you
so don't do like Willie, sign away your rights
Lawyers are here to handle your fights
don't believe a handshake is good enough
make em sign on the dotted line
Then you know when the royalties roll in
You are gona be just fine
If you friend insists a handshake is really enough
that's when you really have to hang in tough
If he refuses to follow your rules
just say, My friend I ain't no fool
"Adios, I'm out of here"
I woke up real early the next morning, read over the words to this song I had written the previous night and knew I had a good song in my hands. I realized the idea had come from Bobby so I thought I'd give him a call.
It was pretty early for a bar-hopping cowboy like Bobby to be awake so I just took my time slipping into my jeans and shirt and my new boots. I fixed me a cup of coffee and sat out on the deck as the sun came up, reading the lyrics to my song. In just moments the melody was playing in my head and I knew this was going to be a good one.
I reached for my iphone, clicked on Bobby's number and let it ring a few times before he finally answered, "Why the heck are you calling me so early in the morning?"? Who is this?"
"Well, good mornin' to you too, Bobby. This is that good ol' girl you wanted to help you with your song. I'm just calling to thank you for giving me the idea for a new song. You know, that conversation we had yesterday about co-writing? Well, Bobby, I won't have time to help you out cause I'm going to be real busy promoting this new song I wrote last night"
"Oh, yeah, lots of luck finding someone foolish enough to help you without a signed contract! Have a great day, gota go! "
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