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by Norman
Rated: E · Poetry · Entertainment · #2179900
I should have made a plan

The Journey

I’m going on a journey
But I don’t know just where
This time I’m really going
I promise you, I swear

Perhaps I’ll take an airplane
Or a train across the land
I should have thought about it
I should have made a plan

'Cause I just can’t abide this
I can’t take it anymore
Besides I can’t get back inside
I know she locked the door

I don’t know what I did so wrong
What set her off this time
I may have passed out on the floor
Is that my biggest crime?

Okay, I lost our money
At the casino down the shore
Then drove back home and drank a bit
Maybe a bottle, maybe more

So I am not so perfect
But who of you can say
You haven’t lost a weekend
Somewhere along the way?

So she threw me to the gutter
Like a dog who soiled the rug
Like some vermin to get rid of
Like a rodent or a bug

So I will take this journey
But I just don’t know where
I’m just sitting at the curbside
No, I’m not going anywhere

I don’t have any money
She took the car keys too
I’ll have to make things up to her
Just like I always do

I think this time she’s serious
I think she called the cops
Here comes a car with lights on
It’s rolling to a stop

Boy, she really has a temper
She really is upset
She told them I’m a vagrant
That would be my surest bet

The cops are gentle with me
They’re used to me by now
They call me by my first name
I said I’d patch this up somehow

They ring the doorbell for me
My wife comes to the door
They say, “We found your husband”
“He's not welcome anymore”

That really hurts my feelings
Yes, I have feelings too
I say that I am sorry
I'll make it up to you

She looks my sad face over
And she has a change of heart
She tells the cops she’ll take me in
They say that is a start

The Journey - Part II

Now I am on a journey
This time I have a plan
I’m going to change my lifestyle
I’ll be a better man

She says this is my last chance
Next time will be for good
You have to grab that lifeline
This time I knew I would

So she’s taken ‘way my paycheck
Just gives me cash for fare
She says I should stay home now
With someone who still cares

The next time that I screw up
The next time that I err
She’ll send me on my journey
Far, far away from her

So she set out to correct me
To change my way of life
I’d better walk a narrow path
If I want to keep my wife

No more drinking, no more gambling
No more hanging with the guys
I might as well just kill myself
Sometimes I want to cry

But I’ll walk the straight and narrow
I’ve handed in my soul
Sometimes I feel my life is lost
I feel so very old

They say that life’s a journey
That you must walk alone
I should have run off when I could
I shouldn't have gone back home
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