Fun Size

by Richie Reinholdt

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Favorite photographs holding on to memories Telling stories of the past Scenes from younger days and seasons rushing by Yes time goes by so fast Childhood toys and trading Christmas presents Faces changing with the years Rocker bear and a tree full of promise Encapsuling joy and tears Scenes of you and me and all our life together Through the good and the bad Stronger than the time we’ll live forever On favorite photographs Summertime excursions where the buffalo roam Picnic lunches in the sun Winter snows seen from a picture window And favorite dogs on the run Big jet planes carrying long ago vacations Holding on to daddy’s hand Stargate in the rain and beach’s wedding chapel Waves stealing footprints from the sand Scenes of you and me and all our life together Through the good and the bad Stronger than the time we’ll live forever On favorite photographs Looking back through all these favorite images Telling stories from the past Living on long after we’ve gone Yes time goes by so fast
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04:28
The traveling show the best game around Is finally coming to town driving a party train The crowd gathers ‘round anticipation fills the air But the Hero fails to please Something went wrong today, the favorite song wasn’t played Thumbs down turn around turn their backs to his face Put him back in his place let him crash and burn if he falls from grace Ready for the game the gladiator stands In the stadium that’s filled with rabid fans While they sip their lemonade relaxing in the shade A casual decision is made And the sword’s bloody blade is trained to obey Thumbs down turn around turn their backs to his face Put him back in his place let him crash and burn if he falls from grace The current favorite tribe beloved stars of the show Provide vicarious thrills for inquiring minds that wanna know But their joyous expectations wear a judgment mask Gnashing vengeful jaws Tearing flesh from bone while the prisoner stands alone Thumbs down turn around turn their backs to his face Put him back in his place let him crash and burn if he falls from grace The heaven’s brightest star eventually falls from the sky Another quickly appears ready to give it a try But among the dying embers a fire that once burned bright Once lighting up the night An eternity of blame can never rekindle the flame Thumbs down turn around turn their backs to his face Put him back in his place let him crash and burn if he falls from grace It’s lonely at the top on that narrow pedestal Worshipped by a public demanding one strict rule That you drown yourself in excess fulfilling their desire fantasy for hire No weaknesses allowed or you’ll face the angry crowd And then thumbs down turn around they’ll turn their backs to your face Put you right back in your place They’ll let you crash and burn when you fall from grace
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03:29
I’m gonna paint me a Velvet Elvis make it really good and tall Cover up the gaping wound that’s tearing through my wall Gonna buy me a broken monkey with a money back guarantee Split it right down the middle and save the biggest half for me Gonna fry me up a meat tube and give it to the one I love Chunks of vein and gristle better handle it with a glove Gonna fix me a vise grip sandwich covered with shoes and lard Eat as much as I can and bury the rest in the yard Gonna paint me a Velvet Elvis shaking hands with the boss LImping like a plastic Jesus hanging on a Matzoh cross Well I found me a holy grail sleeping by the edge of the night Filled with the promise of sorrow wrapped in the coming daylight Well I dreamed an enchanted forest embraced by a lake of the moon Shattered by an industrial explosion leaking from the side of my room It was cover with pins and needles pain and pleasure at once Wearing bib overalls with a little gold star on the front Gonna paint me a velvet Elvis apearing to the cows Farmer says they’re all shook the herd is all aroused When cancer is cured by mice milk man stuffs rats down his pants Aliens in King Tut’s tomb being eaten alive by ants
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03:42
Nightingale hold on to your dreams Not all things are as bad as they seem Good things come to those who wait Nightingale singing at the gate The stars look so far away And it seems like they’ve nothing to say But they‘re whispering softly ‘til dawn A harmony to your song Nightingale hold on to your dreams Not all things are as bad as they seem Good things come to those who wait Nightingale singing at the gate Patient for the morning light Singing out through winter’s longest night And though dark and shadow chill the heart The fire just needs a spark to start Nightingale hold on to your dreams Not all things are as bad as they seem Good things come to those who wait Nightingale singing at the gate Never deviate from your path Dig in your heels plant your feet Set your course straight ahead Fly your way up Grammy street Time runs away with your heart Hours and minutes fall apart Everything happens for a clue This message here for you So Nightingale hold on to your dreams Not all things are as bad as they seem Good things come to those who wait Nightingale singing at the gate Oh Nightingale it ain’t too late.
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03:47
As day is done a crimson fiery sun Spreads a last farewell across the sky Drenching light rays of golden rose Scorching memories of lives gone by Smoldering with intent To reach back and touch yesterday Gambling time forsaken to the wind Always betting on a losing hand Guarded hearts a lovers’ game of chance The winning names are written in the sand With rippled fists clenched in rage The losers clutch at yesterday Selfish ones festooned with desire Forgetting everything in the mirror Games go on blinded by the chase A murky path that used to be so clear Not looking back to far enough to see The lessons of yesterday And through the years the heart loses its way Eventually forgetting how to fly Distant cries of loves that used to be Echo all across the evening sky But a shadow from goodbye Has fallen across yesterday And now the past forever frozen in time Remains as distant as the twilight sun Parting words like salvos to the heart Malevolently fired on the run Linger on eternally Trying to remake yesterday
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02:35
Once a bison came from San Francisco Took the train to Butte Montana There he met up with a monkey They had a picnic down by the river They ate a plate lunch meat and crackers Then the monkey said I love you The bison fell asleep on the laundry And climbed a mountain named after a mushroom The monkey picked up all the sauerbraten And made a Christmas postcard for his mother The monkey called his friendship poison bison And began to eat a salamander The bison left him there to seek his porridge And roam as bison often do The monkey found a small encrusted rodent And began to offer him a cupcake They always will remember the springtime When daisies folded over with a promise To never leave the place where they were standing The poison bison and the friendship monkey
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There’s a place down here called loser’s corner Where the old guys nurse their drinks and stare At the young girls out there on the dance floor And they swear it just isn’t fair They didn’t make ‘em like that when I was their age if I could only be young again But the next round of drinks is easier to buy Than all the days that have been There’s a chair for you there Rita uses love as a weapon With both barrels aimed at your heart But she’s not gunning for affection Just her daddy’s sins in the dark And all the men in her life Have been twisted and wrapped around her tight To shield the little girl that’s somewhere inside She holds on to with all her might Save a chair for her there Bobby licks his wounds like a dog He’s heard they’ll heal faster that way He says he moved here for a reason But the only gigs he can play Are the ones where everybody listens And hang on every single word But lately no one shares his dreams His wisdom isn’t getting heard Save a chair for him there Brenda is down here every night Looking for the man of her dreams You can bet by the end of the evening She’ll find one to help her out of her jeans I’ve heard she’s from a wealthy family Of corporate lawyers from somewhere back East So she’s down here slumming Casting out a line fishing for catch and release Save a chair for her there And me I’m fighting off this feeling That my opinion doesn’t matter at all And I’m technicolor-painted in the corner With my back super-glued to the wall I’m losing my place in line And my voice is lost on the wind And the feeling that I’m the biggest loser of all Is washing over me again Save a chair for me there
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03:52
Amelia Earhart’s out there somewhere Looking for a place to land She said never bring it in too early You gotta wait ‘til your time is at hand But time stands still in the clouds If you hear her voice let me know Cause the air up here Is getting mighty thin And the sea waits impatiently below I heard Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee and Uncle Ben Arguing over what’s for dinner They said turn off the TV and wash your hands ‘Cause you could already be a winner Well they didn’t say where they were going When they left me here with an empty plate But all this standing around has really got me down All I got is hurry up and wait I had a voice mail from the unknown sailor He said my ship had come in And although I never really knew him I can’t forget his ghostly grin When he said war is forever Ain’t got no end And once you start down that old bloody road You’ll never be the same again I’ve been flying all morning by the light of the moon And I’m really getting nowhere at all All those faces from the Halls of Montezuma Standing in line waiting for the call The call to arms from the king Come rally ‘round the flag of Camelot But the pundits say as the blood washes away You’re either with us or you’re not
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03:06
Hot or cold you play the number waking sound from sleep and slumber Notes cascading time and through Pleasure madness coming true Banter bouncing crowded walls whisky smoking barroom halls Force of habit strings along bare emotions play the song Night time day light sending tones whisper shouting covered bones Splintered moments crashing down chasing retro waking sounds Racing forward back in two leading questions to the clue Giving phrasing to the time lyric notions seeking rhyme Bending sliding through the scale gentle breezes fill the sail Charting courses straight ahead ‘til vision appetites are fed Night time day light sending tones whisper shouting covered bones Splintered moments crashing down chasing retro waking sounds All illusions blend in time give and take the chorus line Memories from other schemes following melodic dreams Play away ’til morning light notes rebounding from the night Collecting amber bottles spent matching wisdom with intent
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02:52
Animal brain animal brain Time after time it’s always the same Conflicting territorial claims Over and over again Let the kitty run wild when the moon is full It’s okay to let her have fun And if the window’s open let her go Make fur balls on the lawn Animal brain animal brain Time after time it’s always the same Conflicting territorial claims Over and over again Watch the old dog chase his tail Establish his coveted claim Tick tock time clock counting down Growling howls of blame Animal brain animal brain Time after time it’s always the same Over and over again Tail waggin’ furry fun Nature don’t give a darn Just drops you in the middle of a frantic game With the livestock in the barn Animal brain animal brain Time after time it’s always the same Conflicting territorial claims Over and over again No rational thought for the fur lined mind Acting out in haste Possessive process rules the day Enforcing laws of chaste Animal brain animal brain Time after time it’s always the same Conflicting territorial claims Over and over again Over and over and over And over and over and over again
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02:34
Give me sight give me vision just enough to see The way out of this prison that some call destiny Let me run with the wind let me go where it blows Let me hear words nobody knows Cover me with a cloud a blanket of eternity Return my invitation to the party of humanity Carry me away to that place far and near Let me understand those words no one can hear After a night of empty dreams there’s a day of similar sun And I’m spinning around away from everyone With a sign of the times whispering in my ear Shouting words I cannot hear Empty pages filled with verse concrete intangibles Retro-fitted masks that are nicely uncomfortable Make it bright make it clean make it loud and clear Secret words I cannot hear

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released November 6, 2019

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Richie Reinholdt Missoula, montana

BIO: "I played with a buncha bands.....I recorded a buncha albums..."
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