Meaning to Play

from by Brady Earnhart

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Meaning to play, oh meaning to play.
I get my best work done on a Saturday.
If it comes out splendid
It’s because I just intended to play.

Snowflake went to the children
All upset about Daisy—
That horsey hurt her feelings
Saying Snowflake was lazy.
I can’t find a job, she said,
I haven’t got a car,
My office skills are limited,
And I can’t see very far.

Snowflake, sweetheart,
You’re doing your share.
We’re the ones that made you,
And we made you to care.
We needed a friend
Who would be solid and true,
And only a snow-covered
Pink pig would do.

Hey, look at Snowflake now—
She’s playing duck duck goosey
With a horse and a cow.
When your fun’s at stake
It’s amazing the friends you can make.

Meaning to play, oh meaning to play.
You’d be surprised what started out that way.
I’ll show you what I’m made of,
Even if it’s papier-mâché.

The next day Friendly told me,
That Daisy’s kind of blue.
I went up to Daisy
And I asked her was that true.
She said, It’s hard to be a horsey.
It’s taking its toll.
Daisy was having
A dark night of the soul.

Daisy, sweetheart, look here, I said.
You’re letting those problems
Get too big in your head.
I dried off her tears
So she wouldn’t fall apart.
She fell asleep dreaming
Of a brand-new start.

Hey, look at Daisy now—
She’s wearing garlands of flowers
While she’s pulling that plow.
The farmer might frown,
But you can’t keep a good horsey down.

Meaning to play, oh meaning to play.
Stick to your dreams
And there’ll be heaven to pay.
The big green statue
Started off as a batch of brown clay.

Daisy apologized
And righted her wrongs.
I sat down that night
And I writed this song.
I did it for fun,
I didn’t do it for greed.
I like how it goes
More than I care where it leads.

Every now and then
When I’m at my guitar
I get a kind of feeling,
And the feeling goes far.
I’m so happy my guitar’s on my knee,
And my guitar’s so happy
That it’s got me

To play, oh meaning to play
I do my very best work done on a Saturday.
The tower’s still leaning,
And the chapel’s still Sistining,
Ice-cream’s still got
Xanthan gum and carrageenan,
And the oceans are still careening,
Meaning to play.


from Last Time I Promise, released September 12, 2015



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Brady Earnhart Charlottesville, Virginia

Earnhart is a songwriter, a poet, an English professor, & an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee. An Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewer named his album After You among her ten favorites of the 1990s. Greg Varner of the Washington Blade writes, “Earnhart is singing art songs. Like the work of Stephen Foster or Aaron Copland, this work has a native American beauty.” ... more

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