Friday's Serenade

When we served lunch to the ladies on Friday, my son serenaded them with a couple songs. One of them was written by him alone, Oh, God I Want You. Another was written by my dad and my son last weekend. It has a classic cowboy feel to it. The ladies laughed and laughed. Their laughter was more beautiful than the sound of my son’s voice singing:

You Gotta Be Careful

As I was out riding one day in the sun,
I spied a young cowboy who was packing a gun,
I rode out real cautious and said, “Howdy-doo.”
He pulled out his pistol and shot me out of the blue.

Chorus:
You got to be careful who you’re friendly to.
He just might up and shoot you through.

Lucky for me, he just shot my arm,
So I could still get out to the farm,
I couldn’t let him get away, of course,
So I took his gun and shot his ol’ horse.

Chorus:
You got to be careful who you’re friendly to.
He just might up and shoot you through.

I chased him to the train tracks and shot him on down,
Unfortunately the train came around,
A man saw the body. They sent me to jail.
My mom came with a file; out the window I bailed.

Chorus:
You got to be careful who you’re friendly to.
He just might up and shoot you through.

They chased me to the train tracks still covered with blood,
Then my boots slipped on some mud,
And then they shot me; I fell on the tracks,
And as I die, I sorrowfully look back.

Chorus:
You got to be careful who you’re friendly to.
He just might up and shoot you through.

God is in this song. The chorus was very real to these ladies. One of them had just lost a friend from a shooting that week. They nodded in understanding with a smile on their faces and laughed at all the verses.

Laughter is a huge deal. One of these women told me that when she was just coming out of this lifestyle, something made her laugh. It had been so long since she laughed that she literally vomited.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

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