From the recording ABOVE GROUND
AMERICANA, COUNTRY, written by, Rick Hagler, RIVETING MALE VOCAL BY KERRY HUNTER,
MID TEMPO @ 108 BPM MOOD/ HOMESICK, UNEASY, PRAYERFUL.
I WROTE THIS SONG WHILE ON AN EXTENDED TOUR of EUROPE WITH THE LEGENDARY PERCY SLEDGE. WHILE THE SENTIMENTS OF, BEING AWAY FROM HOME, AND THE WOMAN I LOVE, ARE RIGHT ON, I USED A BIT OF POETIC LICENSE, IN THAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT A SINGER, SONGWRITER HITTING THE ROAD WITH A 5 PIECE BAND TO SELL HIS MUSIC. THE MENTAL SCENERY IS COLORFUL AND VIVID. YOU SEE HIS HOME,HIS WIFE, YOU FEEL THE EMOTION. THIS LINE THAT BEST DESCRIBES THE SONG'S SENTIMENT," LIVING LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW, PRAYING LIKE IT'S MY LAST DAY, THAT THIS ROAD I'M ON WILL LEAD BACK HOME BEFORE THE PROMISES FADE.
When I close my eyes I see her crying on the front steps back home,
The words she said bounce around in my head when I’m feeling all alone, She said you’ve got to go,
but I’ll be right here loving you till the end,
Find your way back home, you’re a lucky man!
The dreams I held for fortune and fame my small town would not hold And I thought I knew what people needed to know, my stories must be told So with just songs in my pocket, I hit the road with my 5 piece band,
I’m gonna be somebody,
I’m a lucky man
I sing these songs about love and home all the time drifting farther away, Living like there’s no tomorrow, while praying like it’s my last day,
that this road I’m on will lead back home before the promises fade.
When I close my eyes I see her smiling as I step through the front yard gate, sparkling hazel eyes in a calico dress, she rushes to my embrace I’m gonna stay right there loving you with help from the guiding hand,
Please keep me Lord, a lucky man,
----- I’m a lucky man!---------