Jimmy Cracked Corn
©2001 Garrett Clevenger
A G A I want to tell you a story that you might understand.
A E G D A Perhaps somethin' you might comprehend.
G A A little story that makes sense, think I,
E A but only if you care to know "Why?"
A G D A There was a boy named 'Jimmy,' you see,
A G A who, if you care to know,
A G D E A cracked corn while he contemplated Life.
A G A He awoke before dawn and put his boots on
A E G D A to venture into the pre-morning light.
G A He gathered his corn shatter them
E A while the pain in his feet from his 1-size-too-small boots pinched the nerves in his toes.
A G D A "Suffering brings enlightenment."
A G A Well, Jimmy needed some
A G D E A light to make his harvest a little easier.
A G A Jimmy spent hours cracking his corn.
A E G D A I didn't care that the corn was being cracked.
G A I prefer the fresh cobs of corn picked right off the plant.
E A If you've never tried fresh, uncooked, sweet, juicy corn on the cob I suggest that be the next thing you eat. Seriously.
A G D A He didn't care that I didn't care
A G A so long as I knew that he understood that
A G D E A it was not the cracking of corn he was after
A G A but the contemplating of the 'Meaning of Life'
A E G D A which brought him understanding and enlightenment,
G A which, ironically, he wouldn't have needed
E A if he slept in a little bit longer. If you've never slept in, then I suggest that be your next morning awareness.
A G D A I understood that
A G A he didn't care that
A G D E A I didn't care about his cracking of corn.
But I do understand the importance of spending time
A G A pondering the existence of Life
A E G D A be it through the cracking of corn
G A or the cutting of grass on a hot summer day
E A or for that matter, sitting in a hammock in the shade on a hot summer day while watching your poor, unenlightened neighbor fertilize and water his lawn little realizing he'll spend more time cutting grass than Jimmy will be cracking corn.
A G D A I do care
A G A about Jimmy's search for Truth.
A G D E A Everybody has something they do which allows their
A G A mind to detach from their human body.
A E G D A Mine happens to be playing guitar.
G A If you've never played guitar I suggest
E A that be the next instrument you learn how to play.
A G D A If you don't care for that,
A G A than I understand,
A G D E A just as long as you don't hurt anybody
A G A in trying to figure out what could possibly be
A E G D A the reason or meaning for your existence here.
G A If you've never thought of that than I suggest you oughta go
E A crack some corn. You're bound to find there's more to Life than that! But, mind me, cause I'm the one playin' the guitar until I decide to journey some where else.
A G D A It might be interesting
A G A to be a corn seed
A G D E A and to be cracked and smashed, to understand
E A what it's like to be ground up into corn dust. Than I might care if Jimmy cracked corn.