My First Publishing Deal

By November 25, 2014 Journal, Lyrics, Songwriting No Comments

Here’s a sneak peek at the non-Kid Conch stuff that I’m working on. (Lyrics below.) This is the song on which I made a deal for publishing rights recently – my first. Kevin Johnston is working on recording it. (This is just a home demo.) Hope to have it out at the end of the year. This is another Connors & Schettino collaboration. Thanks again to Sheryl Styer for investing in us.

Words and Music by Jimmy Connors and Rick Schettino
© 2014, Connors, Schettino, Styer
All rights reserved. BMI

Rodney goes by the name Tennessee
Lives on the streets in downtown USA
On a park bench just south of Grand
Had him a brother back in 51
24 hours later God took him home
Right now Rodney could use a brother’s handRodney’s living on a bench in the center of town
Sometimes the cops get him up
And push him around
The park feels cold in the summertime
Folks just walk on by

Got him a sister, she’s a millionaire
Lives up in the hills way up somewhere
Looking down, down over Rodney’s home
Pulls her Benz in a driveway lined with trees
Closes the gates to her property
And the pool boy welcomes her home

Rodney’s living on a park bench in the center of town
Sometimes the cops get him up
And kick him around
Knowing things people never see
Like going hungry and how to sleep in the rain
Rodney opens his hand, and takes a Percodan, the VA gave him

Rodney goes by the name Tennessee
Some people think he’s acting just a little bit crazy
Down by the duck pond yelling “Where are all the frogs?!”
Pulls his walker to the south bound rail
Yells, “Goodbye cruel world!” And then he laughs out loud,
And takes the northbound home

Back to the park bench where everyone knows him by name
Rodney opens his hand, and takes a Percodan, the VA gave him