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Ron Bankley - Break Even

olddude 22 Jul 10 - 02:58 PM
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Subject: Ron Bankley - Break Even
From: olddude
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 02:58 PM

break even

Break Even



Don't bail out that Ship of State,
Though the sails are tattered, scattered in her wake
She's pulled too hard to starboard, harbour's swallowed by the mist.....
If she goes down or runs aground who'll be around to hear the sound
Will tomorrow ever remember this ?

When those 'lucky stars' cease to shine
The compass is broken and you're travelling blind
And you find this is not what it's cracked up to be
If it's all about 'who ends up with more,
       who leaves their tracks along the shore'
Don't count me out, that old road hasn't seen the last of me

Rummage through wreckage of damaged dreams
          and the triage of broken exposure
Scavengers prowl a bandaged scene
          behind badges of foreclosure

We might break even, we might not even break at all
Maybe just bend a bit, or whatever fits
Somewhere before the fall

Those suits have shiney asses with 'kick me' tatoos
The life-line's tied to an anvil where they hammered out the blues
On another trail of tears so far from home
Where Wall Street and Main do collide,
       down-on-luck gamblers beg for another ride
Leaving the children to witness witless bubbles bursting in the foam

Rifle through this baggage of raffled hope
             at the I.C.U. of some poverty ward
While the bottom drops out from under scaffold rope
             and leaves you hanging like a sword

We might break even, we might not even break at all
Maybe just bend a bit or whatever fits
Somewhere before the fall


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Subject: RE: Ron Bankley - Break Even
From: olddude
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 03:05 PM

The mug shot is when he was bailed out of jail with Paris Hilton ...
.teasing ya bro ... great song


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Subject: RE: Ron Bankley - Break Even
From: gnu
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 03:08 PM

Or was that Harris Pilton? Or was that just a rumour?


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Subject: RE: Ron Bankley - Break Even
From: gnu
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 03:10 PM

Oh, BTW... I'da said good tune but that goes without sayin. Even iffn I haddna heard it before.


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Subject: RE: Ron Bankley - Break Even
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 22 Jul 10 - 04:27 PM

thanks Dan, actually that shot was taken on a porch in rural Western Kentucky, not far from Calhoun. That's the Green River in the back. The porch is about 25 ft. above the river. A week later after I left, the water was almost in the house. It receded before that..but the folks moved the furniture out in case... That's when the flood happened in that area.. Nashville didn't do too well.

I wrote a song at that camp about a riverboat called the Crescent City. There was a landing right near where the cabin now is. You can see where wagons wore a trough into the riverbank. Anyway, the paddle wheeler would come up from New Orleans on the Mississippi, Ohio and Green Rivers to bring goods and transport farm produce back downriver. This was in the 1800's. It was a big event when she pulled in. Folks would come from all around, camp out and celebrate... A friend who told me the story has just recorded it last week. He changed a few lines around and set it to music. I have to add my touch and finish it.. anyway, it's funny what kind of memories a picture can trigger... the steamboats have long gone, coal barges still run up and down delivering fuel for the power companies..

we might break even, we might not even break at all


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