Jimmy Cracked Corn

©2001 Garrett Clevenger


A    G  A wanna tell you a story you might understand.

E  G D A Perhaps somethin' you might comprehend. A 

G    A simple story that makes sense, I think, but 

E        only if you care to know "Why?" and why I care enough to write and sing this 

A song.


A   G D A There was a boy named Jimmy

A  G  A who, if you care to know,

A  G  D  E  cracked corn while he contemplated

A Life.


A   G  A He awoke before the dawn and put his boots on to 

E  G D A venture into the pre-morning light. He 

G    A gathered his corn then shattered them

E       while the pain in his feet from his 1-size-too-small boots pinched the nerves in his toes and gave him gnarly cramps and

A blisters.

A  G D A "Suffering brings enlightenment."

A  G  A Jimmy needed some 

A  G  D  E light to make his harvest easi-

A er.

A    G  A Jimmy spent hard hours cracking his corn. I 

E  G D A didn't care the corn was being cracked.

G    A I prefer the fresh cobs of corn

E          If you've never tried fresh, uncooked, sweet, juicy corn on the cob I suggest that be the next thing you eat.  Serious-

A ly.

A  G D A He didn't care that I didn't care so 

A  G  A long as I knew he understood it 

A  G  D  E wasn’t corn cracking he was

A after

A    G  A but the contemplating of the Meaning of Life which 

E  G D A brought him understanding and enlightenment,

G    A which, ironically, he wouldn't need

E           if he slept a little bit longer. Get more rest it makes you stronger. If you've never slept in, I suggest that be your next morning

A awareness.

A  G D A I understood he didn't care that I 

A  G  A didn't care about his corn cracking.

A  G  D  E But I under- stand the value spending

A time

A    G  A pondering the meaning of Life and everything 

E  G D A be it through the cracking of corn or the 

G    A cutting of grass on a hot summer day

E             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

A corn.

A  G D A I really care deeply 

A  G  A about Jimmy's search for Truth.

A  G  D  E Every- body has some- thing they

A do

A    G  A which allows their mind to detach from their body. Tran-

E  G D A scending time and space virtually.

G    A My method is playing guitar.

E          If you've never played guitar you should go learn how to

A play.

A  G D A If you don't care for that, 

A  G  A I understand,

A  G  D  E just as long as you don't hurt
A someone

A    G  A trying to figure out what could really be the 

E  G D A reason or meaning for your life.

G    A If you've never thought of that then 

E              I suggest you go crack corn. You're bound to find there's so more more. Mind me, cause I'm the one playin' this old guitar until I decide to journey somewhere

A else.

A  G D A It might be interesting 

A  G  A to be a corn seed

A  G  D  E and be cracked and smashed, to under-

A      stand 

E what it's like to be ground up into cornmeal and dust. Baked into chips or blown airborne. Than I might truly care if our hero Jimmy cracked 

A corn.