Brian Laidlaw

Poet | Songwriter | Educator

Idioms

 

You can lead me to water

and you can buy my drink.

When I don’t sing for my supper,

I don’t get to think.

 

I’ve got a grip on your shoulder,

but I’ve no axe to grind.

If I can’t change your course,

then I won’t change your mind.

 

If this is ours to save,

teach me to behave.

If this is not to share,

teach me to take care

 

I know you’re the one that feeds me,

so I won’t bite your hand,

and when the paths part in a yellow thicket,

I will understand.

 

I will put my heart

right before your horse.

If I can’t change your mind,

then I can’t change your course.

 

If this is ours to save,

teach me to behave.

If this is not to share,

teach me to take care

 

Though I’m asleep in wolf’s clothing,

everybody runs.

They know, hell or high water

I sleep by my guns.

 

But we’re all in the same sinking carriage,

so I won’t beat your horse.

If I can’t change your mind,

Then I can’t change your course.

 

And if I can’t solve this with words,           

I won’t resort to force.