Song Lyric Sunday – What a Shame by Shinedown

I’ve been through a lot in my life and there are things I’m not proud of, but I would hate to think anyone would judge me based on those things.  I try to always remember that when dealing with people.  I don’t know what they’ve been through, so who am I to judge someone else’s decisions?  That’s not to say that I think harming people is okay, because it’s not; but I do think we should all be more accepting of each other.

It bothers me that we make snap judgments of people based on their skin color, whether or not they have tattoos, the way they talk, the way they dress, how big they are… you name it, and there’s probably a judgment based on it.

This song brought me to tears the first time I heard it, because it is a shame and we should just stop doing it.  I also love this band so much!  I’m so happy my daughter introduced me to them and that I rediscovered them this year.  I hope you like the song as much as I do.

What a Shame by Shinedown
Written by Brent Smith (Shinedown lead vocalist)
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Two packs of cigarettes a day
The strongest whiskey
Kentucky can make
That’s a recipe to put a vagabond
On his hands and knees
I watched it all up close,
I knew him more than most
I saw a side of him he never showed
Full of sympathy for a world that
Wouldn’t let him be

That’s the man he was,
Have you heard enough?

What a shame, what a shame,
To judge a life that you can’t change
The choir sings, the church bells ring
So, won’t you give this man his wings?
What a shame to have to beg you to
See we’re not all the same
What a shame

There’s a hard life for every silver spoon
There’s a touch of grey for every shade
Of blue
That’s the way that I see life
If there was nothing wrong,
Then there’d be nothing right
And for this working man they say could
Barely stand
There’s gotta be a better place to land
Some kind of remedy for a world that
Wouldn’t let him be

That’s the man he was,
Have you heard enough?

What a shame, what a shame,
To judge a life that you can’t change
The choir sings, the church bells ring
So, won’t you give this man his wings?
What a shame to have to beg you to
See we’re not all the same
What a shame

God forgive the hands that laid you down
They never knew how much a broken heart can break the sound and change the season
Now the leaves are falling faster,
Happily ever after
You gave me hope through your endeavors
And now you will live forever

What a shame, what a shame,
To judge a life that you can’t change
The choir sings, the church bells ring
So, won’t you give this man his wings?
What a shame to have to beg you to
See we’re not all the same
What a shame, what a shame
‘Cause we’re not all the same
What a shame, what a shame
‘Cause we’re not all the same


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to share a song that deals with judgment or the opposite-getting rid of judgment and being more accepting of everyone.  It is open to anyone who wants to share music, so please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 11/6/16

I’m actually really excited for the theme this week.  I’ve been thinking about it since Tuesday… or was it Monday?  I can’t remember.  I was sick for the last part of the week and all the days have sort of melded together.

(I’m going to fully admit that I wrote this post last week but decided to post a different theme that fit Halloween.  But hey, I was able to write two posts in one day and Schedule this one, so I’m not sorry about it!)

I really dislike judgmental people, but the hardest part to acknowledge is that I have judgments of my own.  I find myself doing it all the time throughout the day, and that’s a really hard thing to admit to myself and to you guys.  But we all do it, even if it’s only in small ways.

Note: Along with the theme for this week, I’d like to challenge you to recognize the many ways in which you judge people and try to stop yourself from doing it.  I think the closer we get to accepting people, the better off our society will be.

Our theme for Song Lyric Sunday is to post a song that deals with judgment or the opposite-getting rid of judgment and being more accepting of everyone.  

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love of music and lyrics, and most of all, having a great time!

Also, if you would like to suggest a theme, I am open to suggestions.   Please either pop it in the comments or send me an email at redesp75@yahoo.com.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.

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SoCS – A Novel Idea

As many of you know, we’ve been in the process of selling our townhouse and buying a house that is bigger and fits our needs better.  I honestly came to dislike so many things about the process, but the biggest one was showing our townhouse.  It is so weird to think that strangers are walking through your house.  It also became difficult to figure out where to go sometimes.  You can’t always go to a restaurant and eat, but there just aren’t that many places to hang out for an hour or two.

One night, it was just me and my youngest son and I had the novel idea to go to the library.  It was quiet and I was able to get in some good reading time.  I also made the amazing discovery that my son loves to read.  (I already knew it, but it was startlingly clear once it became an actual “thing”)

We’ve been to the library many times since to hand in books and check out new ones.  For the most part, Andru was checking out Manga, but on our last trip to the library, he realized that the series he was reading didn’t have any new books.  He walked over there for a few minutes, but then he was back with me.  I was so surprised when he said he wanted to check out a “real” book.

So, I asked him what kind of books he wanted to read and we discovered that we have the same taste in books.  I found a book I thought he’d like and then we talked about books all the way home.  At one point he turned to me and said, “Mom, I had no idea you had so many books.”

I was shocked.  “Don’t you remember my book case at the house when I lived there?”

“Well, yeah, but I didn’t realize they were yours.”  (I don’t think those were his exact words, but pretty close.)

I told him I was the girl who always had a book in her hand when I was his age.  I walked home from school reading a book; I sat at my locker and read books before school and in between classes; I lost sleep reading books.

He admitted he did the same things and we laughed and shared a pretty special moment in the car.  It’s always fun to realize you share something in common with your kids.  Adelle and Jaxon love music and we share that love with each other.  Andru likes music too, but not in the same way as the other two, so it was fun to realize I can now share my books and my love of books with my son.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “novel.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!” Feel free to click the link and join us in our stream of consciousness writing.

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