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Purple Heart

Purple Heart

I’ve got some change in my pocket
New shoes on my feet
But I work like the devil
For the little I can keep
There’s a woman who loves me
Asleep in the car
While I’m drinking cheap whiskey
In this smoky bar
I work six days a week
From seven to three
There are guys who just started
Who make more than me
Cause they went to college
While I went to war
They got bachelors degrees
I got this purple heart

Chorus:
I gave up on dreaming
A long time ago
If nightmares were dollars
I’d be Ross Perot
If hard times was religion
I’d be the Pope
I’d trade this hard earned medal
For a drink and a smoke

Wanda and I got married
We had some big plans
She would raise all our children
While I farmed her daddy’s land
But the bank came a calling
Took that land away
So I found work at the mill
At the mill I’ll stay
Until I turn sixty
At least that’s the plan
I’m not sure if I’ll make it
I feel like an old man
So pour me another
I’ve got cash to spend
And a week from this Friday
I’ll be back here again

Chorus:
I gave up on dreaming
A long time ago
If nightmares were dollars
I’d be Ross Perot
If hard times was religion
I’d be the Pope
I’d this hard earned medal
For a drink and a smoke

Things have been kinda tough
Since I got discharged
But compared to where I’ve been
The real world ain’t all that hard
I had good friends who got killed
And I’m not sure what for
Though I fought for my country
It wasn’t my war
Now all I have to show
For all I’ve been through
Is this beat up purple heart
All battered and bruised
The clouds are gathering
I say let it rain
The weather keeps on changing
But I stay just the same

Chorus:
I gave up on dreaming
A long time ago
If nightmares were dollars
I’d be Ross Perot
If hard times was religion
I’d be the Pope
I’d trade this hard earned medal
For a drink and a smoke

Copyright Kent Newsome and Ronnie Jeffrey
All Rights Reserved

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  • Kent Newsome

  • About

    Kent Newsome (BMI) is a recorded songwriter who has been writing songs for over thirty years. He writes traditional country, alt. country, rock and blues. He has written songs on commercial recordings throughout the United States and Europe.

    If you're looking for songs for your next recording project, please browse our large selection of online, fully produced demos. We have a hit song for your next record.

    This is Kent's music publishing and song demos site. Check out Newsome.Org, his popular tech, music and life blog here.

  • History

    Err Bear Music, Inc. (BMI) (in this case Err rhymes with her) is a publishing company Kent Newsome formed in 1977, when his first song was recorded. Err Bear Music continues to administer the majority of Kent's catalog. If you're looking for some great songs for your next recording project, listen you our full length online demos via the Song Index pages above, or request a demo MP3. We'll send you some great songs for your next record.

    All songs Copyright by the writer or writers set forth thereon.

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