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  1. Stop This Thing

From the recording Stop This Thing

  I was just ‘put in the mood’ or ‘frame of mind’ to write this after spending a time hanging out with some good friends and fellow musicians at an outdoor music festival the previous weekend.  When one surrounds themselves with talented people it many times inspires your own creativeness.   Watching and listening to these folks perform blessed me and I guess got the juices flowing.
   So being in a silly mood I wrote this chorus from some now unrecalled inspiration and then went in search of personal anecdotes and memories to fit a story (or stories) around it.  You know, the kind of things when you were a certain age that 'seemed like a good idea at the time' ?  The first two verses are for the most part as I recall them from my own life, but I did take a little license with the third verse for comic effect since, though I have had a couple of bad blind dates in my time  I never took out anyone like I described.  Don’t think it would have ever gotten even that far . . . . 
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Lyrics

Stop This Thing
( R. P. Maddox © - 2014)             
 
Down on the farm when I was just a kid granddaddy had an old gray mare
Hadn’t been ridden in three long years but I hopped on and grabbed some hair
She took a big twist, jumped through the fence
And I tried not to get detached
I never shoulda sat her, she was madder than a hatter
When she headed for the rose briar patch  . . .  And I said . . .
 
Stop this thing – let me off right now  - I think I’ve had enough!
Thought I could handle most anything but maybe I’m not that tough
My head is spinning and my knees are weak and I’m feeling kinda rough
Stop this thing and let me off right now – I think I’ve had enough!
 
Took a little cutie to the county fair, along about my 16th year
We bought popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs too and a belly full of warm root beer
Dragged me on a ride . . . felt my stomach slide
As we rolled and we tumbled up high
I couldn’t keep it down and the second time around
I was thinking that I just might die . . .   And I said . . .
 
Stop this thing – let me off right now  - I think I’ve had enough!
Thought I could handle most anything but maybe I’m not that tough
My head is spinning and my knees are weak and I’m feeling kinda rough
Stop this thing and let me off right now – I think I’ve had enough!
 
A friend fixed me up with a friend of a friend, one of those 'blind date' things
With a buzz cut, globe & anchor tattoo, nose stud and a big lip ring 
Told me that she liked my little sports car
When she squeezed in her big back side
Then she winked and she said we'd better buckle up
We were in for a bumpy long ride a bumpy long ride! . . . And I said . . .
 
Stop this thing – let me off right now  - I think I’ve had enough!
Thought I could handle most anything but baby, I’m not that tough
My hands are shaking and my knees are weak and I’m feeling kinda rough
Stop this thing and let me off right now – I think I’ve had enough!
 
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