It’s Not My Fault: A Drinking Song

Verse 1

It wasn’t exactly love at first sight,

but there was something, and we got on well,

co-travelers through the days and nights

until it turned sour and went to hell

for reasons that remain unclear…

 

Chorus

Oh, it’s a motherfucking shame

that our lives are such a bloody mess,

but don’t even try to cast the blame,

‘cause there are no crimes for me to confess.

 

Verse 2

No doubt the therapists would claim

that there are lessons to be learned

about when to shut up and when to say

what’s really on your mind, what hurts,

and, yeah, mental health was not our strength…

 

Chorus

Oh, it’s a motherfucking shame

that our lives are such a bloody mess,

but don’t even try to cast the blame,

‘cause there are no crimes for me to confess.

 

Bridge

I guess fucked up love is better than no fucking love at all;

it takes two to play the game, but a lucky draw for both to win.

 

Verse 3

Sure, I failed, but Lord knows I tried

to heal the wounds and make things whole,

to wipe away the tears you cried

and bring comfort to your soul,

and so it hurt when you sent me away…

 

Chorus

Oh, it’s a motherfucking shame

that our lives are such a bloody mess,

but don’t even try to cast the blame,

‘cause there are no crimes for me to confess.

 

Repeat and fade slowly and quietly into despair

 

Copyright 2019

T. Allen Culpepper

 

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Antonio’s Theme

Note: I have been really busy with work the last couple of weeks and haven’t had much time to work on poems, but I have my students reading The Duchess of Malfi, and I’ve put them in groups to produce their own 10-minute versions, so I was inspired to write a theme song for us. I have an audio file, but it’s in .wav format, and I can’t figure out how to convert it. 😦

Antonio’s Theme (Oh My Duchess!)

Verse 1

She could be an angel, her voice too sweet to hush,

her face lit by candles–but wait! I must not rush!

Refrain

Oh my Duchess! My noble Duchess!

She inspires me; could she desire me too?

Verse 2

Her brothers are just evil, their plots too dark to call.

You might think she’s like them, but no! She’s not like that at all!

Refrain

Oh my Duchess! My noble Duchess!

She inspires me; could she desire me too?

[Instrumental bridge]

Verse 3

In this world of darkness, she is my only light!

Inside our enchanted circle, oh yes! Life just seems so right!

Refrain

Oh my Duchess! My noble Duchess!

She inspires me; could she desire me too?

Coda

Oh my Duchess! My noble Duchess!

She inspires me; could she desire me too?

Words and music copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper