Tired of Sick
I want to strongly recommend the book "The Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary" by Sammy Cahn, who wrote "Love & Marriage", "Come Fly With Me", "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" and other classics. It's not your typical rhyming dictionary—it's organized to inspire ideas. I'm pretty sure it's out of print but I found a used one easily online. Anyway, it helped me write this song, but don't hold that against it!
I’m tired of sick, Ma, I wanna be well
I’m all pills and prescriptions and sadness and hell
Can you wish me back to myself
Like you used to rock me sleep?
In dreams sometimes I become who I was
I wear my old jeans and I love what I loved
But I wake up half broken mama,
Right back where my mind doesn’t keep
Remember when I was a girl, all cinnamon and horses of plastic?
Buttons in mother-of-pearl, Tuesdays Scouts, Fridays gymnastics
I’m tired of sick, Ma, do you think there’s a cure?
A pill or a doctor or some magic word
Do you think I’m making it up?
Do you think I’m all weakness?
I’ve been in these sheets so long it’s a home
A place where my heart beats a poor metronome
Is it me who’s keeping me here?
Am I all lies and cheapness?
Remember when I was a girl, all apples and string cheese?
All newspaper tables at Wendy’s with french fries and Frostys?
Remember when I was a girl, all card tricks and chitchat?
Do you think I could ever be well enough again to want that?
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