Introduction to Brain Injuries

I have two sources who have given me an illustrative understanding to the effects of a brain injury. Imagine all your memories and segments of life being files. When a brain injury occurs, it is as if someone tossed all the files of your life into the air and every single memory and experience are scattered all over the ground. Then we as brain injury survivors have to reexperience them all and file them away or label them in such a way that we can reach the next level. In my life, many of the areas that have been problematic to me, I have stuffed into files for “later” (if ever), thus creating more baggage in my life. The beauty of this brain injury is to finally be a victor over life’s harshness.Herein lies the reason I have this blog… to impart these challenges and victories to others who may be overcoming brain injuries, have loved ones in this process, or gaining self-help and understanding of one’s own life.

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Randy Van Warmer’s “Just When I Needed You Most” Rewritten

I upset you again.
You danced with our girl then.
The glow on my face went away.
You stormed out the door.
After saying no more.
I didn’t know that you left.

But I feel bluer than I felt blue before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.
I drove down the street.
The truck bench incomplete.
I was so lost finding you.
You called me and told me that you had left.
I was utterly blue.

Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.

I upset you again.
You danced with her then.
The glow on my face went away.
You stormed out the door.
After saying no more.
I didn’t know that you left.

Written 5/16/2015

Reba McEntire’s “I’m a Survivor” Rewritten

I birthed my children early
And invested many days
I’ve always had a mother’s will
And God’s amazing grace
I guess I’ll keep on living
Even if this love is to die for
Because you tried to steal my family
You’ve long walked out and I’m not trying to change your mind
Cause I was born to be…
The baby girl without a chance
A victim of the circumstance
The one who ought to give up
But she’s just too hard-headed
A married mom who works three jobs
I love my kids and never stop
With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter
I’m a survivor
I don’t believe in self-pity
It only brings you down
May be the queen of broken hearts
But I don’t hide behind the crown
When the deck is stacked against me
I just play a different game
My roots are planted in the past
And though my life is changing’ fast
Who I am is who I wanna be
The baby girl without a chance
A victim of circumstance
The one who ought to give up
But I’m just too hard headed
A married mom who works three jobs
I love my kids and never stop
With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter
I’m a survivor….
Oh…A married mom who works three jobs
I love my kids and never stop
With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter
I’m a survivor….
And I’ve always had a mother’s will and God’s
amazing grace
I’m a survivor…(Say once then hum)

Written on 5/8/2015

Don Williams’ “Love Is On a Roll” Rewritten

I don’t work late.
Unless we need the money.
Want to be home with my lovin honey.
He’ll be there waitin’, waitin’ for me patiently.
Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Usually. he games with the boys on Friday.
Now that I’m singing, he says it’s my day.
The look he gives me sends a shiver down into my soul.
Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Our love is on a roll.
Our love is on a good roll.

I’m a songwriter, a professional schemer
Mostly. a singer who loves being a screamer.
I should know if anybody knows at all.
When love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

So I want to go, I want to be home early.
Be with my man who’s strong and burly.
Makes me feel like a queen
And not a slipshod schmo.
Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Our love is on a roll.
Our love is on a good roll.
Our love is on a roll.
Our love is on a good roll.

Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Love is on a roll.
Love is on a good roll.

Written on 5/7/2015

Charlie Rich’s “The Most Beautiful Girl” Rewritten into “The Most Handsome Man”

Hey, did you happen to see the most handsome man in the world?
And if you did, was he dancing, dancing?
Hey, if you happen to see the most handsome man who was dancing’ with me,
Tell him I’m smitten.
Tell him I want him so much.
Won’t you tell him that I love him.

I woke up this morning, realized I fell in love,
I sat alone with Anna and the King
I knew I found the real thing
I found my heart and knew I wound not win.
It felt like I was kicked in the shin.
I knew I was correct and I could see,
But would let my world slip away from me.

So, hey, I just happened to see the most handsome man in the world
And when I did, he was humming, humming.
An’ hey, I just happened to see the most handsome man who made me his own.
I’ve told him I’m smitten.
I’ve told him I need my soul mate.
Oh, I’m elated with this new fate.

If you happen to see the most handsome man who was dancing’ with me,
Tell him I’m smitten.
Tell him I need my soul mate.
Oh, won’t you tell him that I love him.

Written: 4/29/2015

The Gallery’s “It’s So Nice to Be with You” Rewritten.

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you.
I love all the things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say.
you’re gonna be with me every day.
Honey, I got the notion you’re causin’ emotion in my soul.

Baby., you and me have got somethin’ that’s real.
I know it’s gonna last a lifetime.
Aw, you better believe it, Dan, at night I cling to my right.
Sunlight fills our room, ’cause you’re in sight.
I long for the time I’m with you.a

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you.
I love all the tunes you sing and hum.
And it’s so nice to hear you say.
you’re gonna be with me every day.
Baby, I got the notion you’re causin’ emotion in my soul

When I’m feelin’ down,
you’re there to pick me up and help me to not frown.
Aw, little things mean a lot when you need to kill all the pain,
I’m there to ease the pain and chase away the rain.
Aw, darlin’, I just gotta say.

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you.
I love all the things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say.
you’re gonna be with me every day.

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you.
I love all the things you say and do.
And it’s so nice to hear you say.
you’re gonna be with me every day.

Written: 4/29/2015

George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” Rewritten Into “Beach Haven Morning”

Beach Haven  morning with my loving man.
Everything that I see is when I look at Dan.
When that sun is high in the Florida sky
I’ll be kissing him with loving care.
Beach Haven morning, Beach Haven full of flair.

They took our house in North Hill, I broke my back along the way.
Lost both my parents when they took time to betray.
Well I’ll be to his left before day break.
There is nothing this world can take.
Beach Haven morning, Beach Haven all the time.

Beach Haven morning with my loving man.
Everything that I see is when I look at Dan.
I ain’t got a dime, but what I got is mine.
I ain’t rich, but Lord I’m free.
Beach Haven morning, Beach Haven is where I’ll be.
Beach Haven morning, Beach Haven is where I’ll be.

Written 4/27/2015

Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” Rewritten

Every morning’ at the site you could see him arrive
He stood five feet nine and weighed two eighty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew, ya didn’t give no lip to Big John

(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)

Nobody seemed to know why Jon was picked
He applied for the job through butts he licked
He didn’t say much, he was kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, he just said, “Hi” to Big John

Some people said they knew he was hard at work
All the rest knew he was a terrible jerk
Everyone remained cleaer out of his way
Nobody wanted to earn injry pay, Big John

(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)
And with all of his strength he took a mighty fall
Then a worker yelled out, “He’s now a flat ball”
And twenty men scrambled to view the dumpster floor
No one felt for the flattened poor, Big John

Through the dust and the smoke of this man made shell
Walked a giant of a man that the workers knew well
Flinging his wife with brutal force
Being treated worse than the crew, she said divorce, Big

(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)

And with all of his strength he gave a mighty threat
Then my teacher yelled out, “Abi, please don’t fret”
And after court we never worried again
Now there’s only seven left who are still akin to Big John

Once there was a time when Jon was pulling nails
The end of the beam made his eye quite frail
He left the site that day with many a tears
Everybody knew there were no more fears with Big John

(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)

In the end that man drank antifreeze
Since that time our lives have been a breeze
Through his mom, his body did incinerate
This all happened kind of late to big, big man, Big John

(Big John, Big John)
Big Bad John
(Big John)

(Big John)
Big Bad John

Written 4/29/2015

John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” Rewritten

It’s warm here in Pensacola, it mostly seems that way.
And I’ve been thinkin’ about you almost everyday.
Thinkin’ about fries and Coke, thinkin’ about pipe smoke.
Thinkin’ about how life can naturally fade away.

I’m sorry for the way things are without us children.
I’m sorry things were hardly as they seemed.
But more than anything else, I’m sorry for the end.
‘Cause we cannot pretend.

My friends all ask about you, I say I don’t know.
I never expect to hear from you at anytime.
They all know I’m missin’, missin’ both of you.
When we’re together, it can never be true.

I’m sorry for all our losses.
I’m sorry w’eve given each other dismay.
But more than anything else, I’m sorry for us all.
I can’t believe you went away.

I’m sorry if I took some things for granted.
I’m sorry for the anger I caused you.
But more than anything else, I’m sorry for the end.
‘Cause we cannot pretend.

Written: 4/16/2015

“Daniel” by Wilson Phillips/Elton John Rewritten

Daniel and I are dancing downtown.
I can see the disco ball spinning round and round.
Oh and Daniel is in my heart to my right.
Oh how Daniel is my armored white knight.

He dances more beautifully than I’ve ever seen
And I am so honored that I am his queen
I always crave every touch
Lord I love Daniel, oh I love him so much, oh

Daniel, my soul mate, it’s you I serenade
Do you still feel the love in my heart that won’t fade?
You’ve lifted me so high.
So high that I can fly.
Daniel, you’re my star in the face of the sky.

Daniel, my soul mate, it’s you I serenade
Do you still feel the love in my heart that won’t fade?
You’ve lifted me so high.
So high that I can fly.
Daniel, you’re my star in the face of the sky.

Daniel and I are dancing downtown.
I can see the disco ball spinning round and round.
Oh and Daniel is in my heart to my right.
Oh how Daniel is my armored white knight.
Oh how Daniel is my armored white knight.

Written: 4/13/2015