They Came to Mine


They Came to Mine (with Luke Meney)
Lyrics: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocals: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Vocal Effects: Lonnie Ray Atkinson
Instrumental Track: Luke Meney

(other remixes below)

Let me say, first, this piece is in no way an endorsement of violence. It is a spoken word piece addressing just one scenario of the emotion and injustice of getting put out of your home by some thieving bankers/sub-prime bullshit. If you are interested (or you think you know someone that might be interested) in adding some music/tracks/beats (or better vocals) to the mix, you can download the raw a capellas at http://ccmixter.org/files/projectquestion/31210. When you’re done, you can email the mp3 to info (at) lonnierayatkinson (dot) com.

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Your time and talent is greatly appreciated.

 


Lyrics:
verse one:
- the same coat of paint and the same scuffed up wood
- and I’m the same old man – that carried his bride through the door
- that’s the same living room we swayed back and forth
and I ain’t never gonna leave
- this is the room we fixed up for our little girl
- and that’s the wall she measured herself growing up
- these are the spaces we learned to make all it work
and I ain’t never gonna leave
- my old lady got cancer, used the insurance up
- so i mortgaged the only thing I owned to pay for one more shot at us
- now this house is all I’ve got left of my sweet baby
and I ain’t never gonna leave
chorus:
and i admit – i didn’t read it all
i ain’t no lawyer – and them words are too small
but what they’re saying now aint what that loan man told me
so i don’t care what that banker says
i don’t care what the sheriff says
you can take them papers and go on home
‘cause I ain’t never gonna leave
verse 2:
- the old clock radio covered in dust
- on that tiny dinner table we gave hell and gave thanks
- in the kitchen we learned to do with what we had
I ain’t never gonna leave
- that porch waiting for me at the end of the day
- driveway crumbling all the way to the street
- the yard we raised and later buried three mutts
and I ain’t never gonna leave
- i’ll never sleep in another bed, look up at another ceiling
- I taped an old polaroid of you up on the mirror
- and i’m fine with never finding another
but I ain’t never gonna leave
chorus:
did a few things in my life, but I never stole
and I ain’t against paying what I owe
but what they’re saying now aint what that loan man told me
so i don’t care what that banker says
i don’t care what the sheriff says
you can take them papers and go on home
cause I ain’t never gonna leave
verse three:
- officer, i don’t know you – I got nothing against you and yours
- but I ain’t at your home – you here at mine
- you got a family your own, don’t come through that door
‘cause I ain’t never gonna leave
- call the news and tell the world to watch
- them kill a man for holding on – the only thing he’s got
- i ain’t took many stands, but I’m taking one now
and I ain’t never gonna leave
- and son, it ain’t just your job, it’s you siding with them
- I said son, it ain’t your job, it’s you siding with them
- but if that paycheck Friday is worth killing me,
- then I guess that’s how it’s gonna be
cause I ain’t never gonna leave
- i took my wife home to die in this room
- and if this is it, then I’ll die here too
- you can take my life but I might take a few of you
‘cause I ain’t never gonna leave
chorus:
and I guess you showing it don’t matter what’s fair
you done took their word when you wasn’t there
‘cause what they’re saying now – aint what that loan man told me
so I don’t care what that banker says
i don’t care what the sheriff says
you need to take them papers and go on home
cause I ain’t never gonna leave
verse 4:
- got the projector down from the attic showing old movies on the wall
- sitting here on that couch we could never get rid
- baby, i know it wasn’t much, but it’s where we lived
and I ain’t never gonna leave
- and god, we ain’t always seen eye to eye
- but you know I didn’t go to theirs, they came to mine
- and I sure hope that you think I’m right
but I ain’t never gonna leave
- and I don’t care what nobody says about me
- i called my little girl, and me and her’s squared
- and I know my sweet baby, you’re here with me now
and I ain’t never gonna leave

 


Vocal Effects: Lonnie Ray Atkinson and Luke Meney
Instrumental Track: Luke Meney

 

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