Song Lyric Sunday- 5/29/22- Picture

Such a beautiful song! The lyrics are so meaningful.
I chose this song last weekend* because I knew I might miss the Sunday posting during Memorial Day Weekend. As this was prewritten, I am able to post it from my phone.
Happy Sunday! Stay safe everyone and keep making those memories!
* The unthinkable events this week make this song even more powerful.

The story behind this song:

About 1.2 trillion photos will be taken this year, according to moblivious.com, the majority of them on smart phones. “Picture,” the newest release from Michael Ray, just might inspire a few more photos to be taken as music fans listen to his lyrics and realize just how true they are.

One day we’re barefoot, young and alive, the next we’re a story in a three-by-five, that somebody’s sure glad to have” is one of the more significant lines in his song, co-written with Michael Hardy and David Garcia. It has special meaning for Ray, who wrote the song around the death of a family member.

“My uncle Terry passed away about a week before we wrote the song,” Ray says of the song’s origin. “After he passed, I wanted to write an autobiographical song about my family and the memories we all have to look back on – but it’s not a sad song. It’s a song of celebration. I hope it reminds people, like it does for me, to capture moments with their loved ones.


May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph

Picture

Michael Ray

Cold air, Christmas day, 1997
Pretty in her pigtails, holding up a present
Me in the metal with my front teeth missing
Rudolph on the TV, grandma in the kitchen
July ’85 black Chevrolet
Sunset setting on a Lake County lake
Ten pounds on the dot written on the back
Uncle Terry’s smiling big, holding up a bat
Still hangs in a frame beside the front door
Crazy to think he ain’t here no more

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
Tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah

Bonfire party in the middle of nowhere
Might just look like buddies and some cold beer
But when it’s my time to leave
It’s all someone will have left on me

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

If you think this is one of those memories
That you wanna leave behind
Put your arm around who you love
And thank one tonight, tonight, ’cause

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture

Songwriters: David Arthur Garcia, Michael Ray, Michael Hardy. For non-commercial use only.

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday- 5/29/22- Picture

  1. ghostmmnc 05/29/2022 / 10:48 am

    Nice song, but it’s sad. Makes you reflect and remember.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/29/2022 / 11:12 am

      I find it both sad and encouraging. Thanks for commenting.

  2. newepicauthor 05/29/2022 / 11:23 am

    This song is new to me Susan, but I sis enjoy hearing it. Thanks for sharing your music and have a great holiday weekend.

      • newepicauthor 05/29/2022 / 12:08 pm

        Sorry sis was supposed to be did, as my finger got stuck on the wrong key.

      • Susan St.Pierre 05/29/2022 / 12:10 pm

        I assumed that. But thanks for caring to clarify. 🙂

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