Doug Jernigan

Doug Jernigan

 Tallahassee, Florida, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

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Once Upon a Time

Written By: Doug Jernigan

Once Upon A Time

She wakes up in the morning just to face another day
And wanders down the hallway as she wipes the sleep away
And wonders why she always has this feeling
That she wants to run away... she's so lonely

She's a wife and she's a mother and she works from 9 to 5
And she's waiting to discover what it means to be alive
And she's looking for an answer, and she's looking for
A reason to believe... to survive

Once Upon A Time, she had the world on a string
And she was mine, now that doesn’t mean a thing
She can't find any reason to be 'happy ever after'
And every now and then, she stops and thinks about
The way it was back when, when she was living
In a dream that would not end... but that was
Once Upon A Time

She comes home in the evening and she gets the family fed
Then she sits and watches TV, then she wanders off to bed
And she lies awake for hours, and she reads her books
And reads her magazines...

And I'm lying there beside her, but I don't know what to say
When I try to talk things over, she just turns the other way
How I long to take and hold her, and tell her
Everything will be alright, but I just say, 'good night...'

Once Upon A Time, I had the world on a string
And she was mine, now that doesn't mean a thing
And we can't find any reason to be 'happy ever after'
And every now and then, I stop and think about
The way it was back when, when we were living
In a dream that would not end... but that was
Once Upon A Time

Leave Of Absence

Written By: Doug Jernigan

I threw away a good job, started playin’ in a band
Moved out of the city, tried to live off of the land
But the land I found was barren and winter nights were cold
And I was slowly starvin’ in my body and my soul

The music was the best part of that year in Tennessee
We sang that country honky-tonk in three-part harmony
We had a local following that came to hear us play
But I was slowly starvin’ and I had to get away

I’ve got to take a leave of absence
(He’s taken leave of his senses)
Got tired of takin’ chances
(Burnin’ bridges, buildin’ fences)
I left it all behind to try to get it all together
And some day I’m gonna bring it all back home

In the darkness of the mornin’, when the last song has been sung
And beer has filled my mind again, and smoke has filled my lungs
Then I wonder if the life I live is worth the price I pay
And I wonder if this emptiness will ever go away

Ain’t it funny how it all turns out when you try to live your dreams
And what you thought you cared about is not the way it seems
And what you want and what you need are never quite the same
I guess you’ve got to learn the rules before you try to win the game

I’ve got to take a leave of absence
(He’s taken leave of his senses)
Got tired of takin’ chances
(Burnin’ bridges, buildin’ fences)
I left it all behind to try to get it all together
And some day I’m gonna bring it all back home

Crazy Charlie

Written By: Doug Jernigan

CRAZY CHARLIE

Crazy Charlie comes to hear the band play in the tavern
Claps his hands and dances to the music that we play
Says he likes the atmosphere, telling jokes and drinking beer
He gets so much attention, and they don’t charge no admission

Crazy Charlie loves to read the writing on the wall
He reads it in the ladies room and quotes it to us all
And every body laughs until the tears roll down his face
And he hopes they’re laughing with him
But he knows that’s not the case

The people laugh at Charlie ‘cause they think it’s really wild
To be around a full grown man who still acts like a child
They think it’s fun to tease him, and it’s clever to confuse him
And he tries so hard to please the very people who abuse him

Charlie knows he’s crazy but he says he doesn’t mind
He says he’s gotten used to it, he says he likes it fine
He says, “This world would be so sad and dull
So cut and dried and formal
If none of us was crazy and if all of us was normal.”

Charlie says that craziness is just a state of mind
You realize the world exists but leave it far behind
Then wander thru the canyons of a world that you’ve created
And let the river wash away the pain

So if you’re up in Nashville and you see the Village Bar
Stop and see if Charlie’s there and tell him who you are
Then listen to his wisdom and listen to his stories
And listen to his hopes and dreams, his downfalls and his glories

And then you’ll know that Charlie’s not as crazy a he seems
He wants to love, he loves to laugh, his heart is filled with dreams
He’s sitting on a barstool, but he’s reaching for the stars
His church and congregation are the drunkards in the bars

”This world would be so sad and dull
So cut and dried and formal, if none of us was crazy
And if all of us was normal.”

THE ONE WHO WON

Written By: Doug Jernigan

THE ONE WHO WON

I always thought I had to be the one who never lost
I had to be the one who won the prize
I’d count up all my victories
And never count the cost
And never hear the other people’s cries
I never cared what happened to
The ones I pushed aside
‘Cause I could always look the other way
I never thought I’d ever need to run away and hide
I never thought I’d ever need to pray

‘Cause I believed that lips were made for lying
Eyes were made for crying
And I was always trying
To be the one who one
Fools were made for taking
Love was made for making
Hearts were made for breaking
And I was born to run away from God
And Jesus Christ his only son
Who said He died for me
But I could never see why
Jesus Christ would die for me

Once upon a time I heard that God became a man
And came to earth to set the people free
He died and rose the story goes
To wash away our sin
And someone said He did it just for me
Now that’s the part that’s always been
So hard to understand
That’s the part I know I don’t deserve
But now I kneel before you
And I’m reaching out my hand
So listen God before I lose my nerve

Instrumental:

(bridge) Jesus love me, love me please
Can’t you see I’m on my knees
After all the things I’ve done

How could you be the one who died for me
Who paid the price to set me free
The one who gave so I could give
Who gave your life so I could live
The one who opened up my eyes
So I could finally realize
That you’re the one who bore my sin
You fought the fight I could not win
It doesn’t matter what I’ve done
You fought the fight for me and
You’re the one who won
The one who won, the one who won
The one who – you’re the one who won!