Trust Me: A Rockland County Song

I wrote this one a long time ago, but I still like to play it. The title is Trust Me, or She Looks and Tells Me, because that’s the first line. But recently I refer to it in my mind as Rockland County, because that’s where the little story takes place. To borrow a bit of Bill Monroe’s terminology, it’s a “true life” song – a simple recounting of a little affair I once had. It’s a country western song of course.

She looks and tells me that we shouldn’t get started

It can’t work out and she don’t want to cry

I’ll only leave her broken hearted

And there will be no reason why

I said Lady come into my arms and trust me

Lady everything you say is true

But if we love each other then something must be right

Oh Lady I want to stay here with you

That’s the way the whole thing started

Called you on the phone, or was it you called me?

I said baby I’ll be coming over after work

I did not hear you disagree

You said baby come into my arms and trust me

Baby everything we say is true

And if we love each other then something must be right

Baby I just want to stay here with you

Couple of weeks the thing had lost its sting

I found myself standing by the door

Baby standing there, looking into my eyes

She said baby I know you ain’t coming back no more

I said baby come into my arms and trust me

Baby everything we said was true

It didn’t quite work out

I’m sorry about that

Baby, I just wanted to stay here with you

It can’t work out and she don’t want to cry

Rockland County is located just north of New York City on the west (Jersey) side of the Hudson Rver. It’s very beautiful country and only a stone’s throw from the City. If you drive up the NY turnpike it’s just over the Tappan Zee Bridge. I worked there for two years in the 1970″s at a large state institution for mentally retarded adults, as they were called back then. Now the entire property is a housing development. Rockland County is home to Bear Mountain and Harriman State Park.

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