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Sam Buckle the Contrary Man

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Sam Buckle grew up like the rest of us did

Rules and directions so he’d stay on the grid

But Buckle was born with a real stubborn streak

If you wanted to talk he could refuse to speak

If you wanted to walk he’d say ‘not this week’

And if you disliked both he'd call you ‘unique’


Some days he's less

Some days he's more

Some days he stews

Some days he roars

He's the contrary man

who beats his own drum

If you do it your way

he’ll spoil the outcome

He's the contrary man

who'll give you no slack

If you threaten his rules

just watch your back

His dad, Sam One, was a military man

And step-into-line was his family plan

Sam had his dad’s gaze but he hated his ways

When the old man barked he was trained to obey

As years progressed the word ‘go’ made him stay

When enough was enough, he went his own way

Some days he's less

Some days he's more

Some days he stews

Some days he roars

He's the contrary man

who beats his own drum

If you do it your way

he’ll spoil the outcome

He's the contrary man

who'll give you no slack

If you threaten his rules

just watch your back

Sam owned a gas station, no doubt who was boss

He was one of those guys you knew not to cross

But a green-horn apprentice challenged his call

And Sam turned and shoved him into the wall

The scales were tipped to a physical brawl

The youth’s in a clinic, Sam a jail house stall

Sam’s the contrary man

who bucks all convention

he lacks give and take

now it’s civil detention

What's it gonna take

to get him to know

he's gotta work with others

and go with the flow

Some days he's less

Some days he's more

Some days he stews

Some days he roars

He's the contrary man

who beats his own drum

If you do it your way

he’ll spoil the outcome

He's the contrary man

who'll give you no slack

If you threaten his rules

just watch your back

Sam’s the contrary man

who bucks all convention

he lacks give and take

now it’s civil detention

What's it gonna take

to get him to know

he's gotta work with others

and go with the flow



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