Tired of Sick

Tired of Sick

thisisbeckyw's picture



Liner Notes: 

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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brandondale_72's picture

This has a real beautiful Steve Earle feel. Your lyrics and delivery are both wonderfully executed.

Susan Cantey's picture

Plaintive pleading. This works soooo well! Brilliantly vivid lyric and excellent musical treatment.

sbs2018's picture

I love your vocal delivery - I absolutely do - so Janis Joplin - have I told you that before? I might have. The lyrics about Mama rocking her to sleep made me think about when I was sick as I child, I got to eat a banana on the couch. I realized my memories are about getting permission to do something - not about anything physical like hugs or rocking. So independent, I probably preferred it. Smile

AndyGetch's picture

A rhyming dictionary with string cheese/Frosty's and weakness/cheapness in it is all right in my book. (Of course this from the writer who rhymed marriage/disparage.) I haven't used mine much lately but may have to seek this one out. BTW, this song has some special magic I can't quite put my finger on right now, but it pulled me all the way in. I hope it gets developed.