It's 58 and the body ain't so great Lots of dust settling from a past darkly So many bridges burned and in the dust But we are here, my army of me Ready to return to the Garden of 5-string heaven Way back when when I heard the tunes Getting stoned behind the wheel A youth turned to Navy to turn me around. Then the bass first appeared but only for a short while Years later I tried to buy my dream and learned the trade In the woods to videos I played Then in '88 just like today A disabled guitar player Vietnam veteran passed my way He heard me play and started my ride But I failed and ran on by Bounced around and ended up Getting Saved by the Grateful Dead I was that talented problem child Many years have passed on by I served in the Army of me Trying to find a way to set me free Now today after so many years Since I got my break in a two-night gig I'm heading to Tillamook Oregon To see if the old body will let me finger the old bass I found here. I've done a lot of music I've seen a lot of things But like folks here mentioned in their bands I was one of those problem musicians. I'm an American Veteran. Just peacetime navy A twist of fate in Japan Led me to all that I became I am disabled, another bipolar something The gift that paid my way So I didn't have to be a rock star That was my dream before I got sober in '94 I just want to serve and lend a hand I really don't understand Play for folks Who really can't fully comprehend I was so selfish Look at me I'm great But now I am old It may be too late. Play for your God Play for your love Play for whatever That comes from above Yes I'll dust off those strings one more time Play rock and roll with an old vet like me See if the magic still lies in the machine That Jerry Dorsch built after his Dead scene "Pick up my guitar and play Just like yesterday And get on my knees and pray We don't get fooled again." (The Who, from the 1970's) I've sailed on the ship of fools for so long Time to disembark and reach a wiser shore Nobody's fault but mine Victim or the crime. It's been a great gift coming to this website I guess it's destiny to come home to the land of bass I hope I can serve well Only time will tell. Thanks to all of you Dreamers of rock and jazz and blues You all know more than I do But we're all in the middle just passing through I'll let you know how my 3 o'clock encounter goes. GGS 5-string bass with a little fender studio amp and a fancy mic stand. Long train running...without love, where would you be now? (Doobie Brothers 70s) That's what the old guy played on the phone to see if I knew it. I did. Thanks. Best wishes to all.