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The Lyrics to My Latest Song

So since I wrote my first one back in my dorm room about January 2009 of freshman year (Shout out to Waller Hall, and of course Eric Schlect, the first person to ever hear one of my songs), I probably haven’t gone more than two months without writing a new song.  If I ever get to be a rock-star, well that’s just fine with me. But if I don’t, all my time invested in song-writing will not, in any aspect, be a waste of time.  It’s honestly how I process things.  It’s how I make sense of the world: My world, the people I love’s worlds, the whole world.  It’s like my mind is this chaotic volcano of confusion, then all the sudden it erupts into purpose and order in the form of poetry in motion (aka Music).  I’m a person who has a million thoughts a day to sort through, and music is where I organize my best and most truthful thoughts. And for 3-5 minutes, my mind is this simple, organized, coherent song.

Themes in this song are community, hope, grace, the dangers of judgement, and the nostalgia of working through past struggles. So here’s lyrics. If you want to hear them put to music, I’d be more than happy to play it for you!

Calm Back

(Verse I)

Now don’t you worry my dear

I’ve seen a helluva lot worse around here

The time that Tommy got so oxy-cotton-picking high,

That he wouldn’t come down

He had to leave this town

I think he’s better for it now

I think we’re better for it now

So don’t you count us sinners out

No don’t you count us sinners out

(Verse 2)

So don’t you worry my dear

I’ve seen a helluva lot change in a year

The time that Preacher thought it was his by-god-given right,

To damn souls himself

We made him leave this town

If he could just see Tommy now

As far as you can be from hell

He wouldn’t count us sinners out

No don’t you count us sinners out


I feel the calm back in my chest.

We’ve got a come back in us yet. (x2)

(Verse 3)

So don’t you hurry through the years

I’ve heard that heaven’s a lot like time without fear

And in time we’ll play on words like great big yellow slip-n-slides,

Yeah calm will be found

When we think back on this town

We’ll say we’re better for it now

And yes it may have been hell

But don’t you count us sinners out

(Back to chorus)


And I’ve got somethin to say, I’ve got somethin to say to the world, “Calm Back.” (x4)


About ananiasgo

Charles Westerman is a freelance writer, songwriter, school bus driver and murder mystery theater actor living in Portland, Oregon. He grew up on a ranch in Chugwater, Wyoming as the youngest of five kids and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Journalism and English Lit. in May 2012. In between driving his Jr. High minions back-and-forth from school, he is currently at work writing his debut literary novel, Where Heaven Meets Cheyenne and its sequel. A two-part telling of the story of his ordinary family that came together in an extraordinary way. For the past two and half years he has worked to tell this story with honesty, excellence and honor to the characters who made it possible.

One response to “The Lyrics to My Latest Song

  1. very…nooooooooiiiiiice!

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