MY SUNDAY JOURNAL
Things That Really Matter
By Dalton Roberts
Ruthie Steele and I wrote this song using Instant Messages. We were IMing one night when I told her I wrote a book titled “Things That Rally Matter” and she said, “That would make a good song!” So we made one.
Ruthie is a wordmaster. It is fun to write with her. Her brother, Max D. Barners, was one of Nashville’s top writers for decades. I think Ruthie is every bit as good.
She’s a Republican but I love her. And Republicans need love, too!
We tend to forget when hard economic times come to us, like they came to the man in this song, they come to all of us — Democrats and Republicans, black and white, Baptists and Unitarians, educated and uneducated. In the final analysis, God and each other is all we have got.
Let us cherish one another.
THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER
By Ruthie Steele & Dalton Roberts
From the Dalton Roberts CD “I Wonder What He Wrote in the Sand”
It’s midnight and he’s at the kitchen table
Going through a pile of unpaid bills
He won’t feel like getting up tomorrow
And going in to work, ah but he will
He chooses two to pay
And puts the rest of them away
They’ll have to wait until the end of June
When overtime kicks in he’ll have the money
To pay the rest and paint the living room
He lays down his pen and all his worries
There’s nothing else that he can do tonight
So right there sitting at the kitchen table
He says his prayers and then turns out the light
The kids are sound asleep
He prays the Lord their souls to keep
His woman’s lying waiting in their bed
He knows she’ll hold him tight
And rub his shoulders tonight
And God will help him keep his family fed
As the king of Willow Circle counts his blessings
He feels the touch of gentle, loving hands
He may not have some things he really wanted
But he has the things that matter to a man
The things that really matter to a man