The Man Upstairs

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 * co-written with Mark Narmore *

Jeans and flannel leather boots on gravel
Good old Mr. Randall handy as they come
Ain’t a talker reminds me of my father
Just like clockwork twenty years and then some

Since he handed me the keys he’s been watching over me
Hell, sometimes I forget he’s even there

Always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he’s got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Last Thursday cake and candles for his birthday
He left one burning and lit a cigarette
Sat before me kept me up ‘til morning
Swappin’ stories like two best friends

Tuggin’ on his beard he wiped away a tear
And put that last piece of cake in some Tupperware

He’s always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he’s got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Wonder what I’ll miss the most when the old man finally goes
Up to hear the angels sing
Looking out at the clear blue sky said he’s ready and I know why
‘Cuz someone’s watching over him


 - May 2019 -                                                                                      #278