“Rodney (Goes By the Name Tennessee)”

By November 23, 2015 Lyrics, Music No Comments
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This song is actually a true story about a homeless veteran. Back in 2008 I had moved back to Oceanside, CA after bouncing around the country for 9 months and reunited with co-performer and songwriting partner, Jimmy Connors. (Jimmy started his career as a singer/songwriter at the age of 50 ~ I did the same a decade later.) We met at an open mic one night and we became best friends, put together a band, released a CD, and made a lot of original music together. One day Jimmy was waiting for a commuter train and “Rodney” showed up. Some of his antics are recorded in the song. When the train arrived, Rodney sat down in the seat next to Jimmy in an empty car and told Jim his life story in 10 minutes and then popped a Percodan. Here’s Rodney’s story…

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Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Kevin Johnston, Orca Sound
Recorded by Kevin Johnston and Rick Schettino

Rodney (Goes By the Name Tennessee)
©2008 Connors & Schettino

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 the Good Lord took him home
Right now Rodney could use a brother’s hand

See, he’s sleeping on a park bench in the center of town
Sometimes the cops get him up and kick him around
The park feels cold on the summertime
Folks just walk on by
Got him a sister, married 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
He knows 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
People say he’s acting just a little crazy
Down by the duck pond yelling “Where are all the frogs?!”
Pulls his walker to the edge of the southbound 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

Rodney goes by the name Tennessee
Lives on the streets in downtown USA
On a park bench just south of Grand
Rodney opens his hand, and takes a Percodan, the VA gave him