you are forgiven​(​ballad of Johnnie and Scharmel)

from by la petite roche

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the characters in this song are real. the names too.

one is alive the other isn't.

one was THE Arkansas pool and spa magnate of his day. the other is still alive.

as stories suggest, one was reportedly a flatulent, alpha misogynist with a roster of female side interests, the other an educated enough person trying to make something of herself.

Scharmel seemed to be truly in love with Johnny. they eventually married. they immediately parted.

love turned to hate?


it seems no one will know the full truth of these two's tumultuous relationship.

one can speculate though!


and me
time after time i reminisce
and us
our wedding vows. our love the bliss
oh my
it didn't have to end this way
and we
put in our time
our love, mistakes
and you
exalted my love for a time that changed
oh my
it didn't have to end this way
you didn't have to end this way
and so
why are we here. this time. this place.
and your
original crime. repent. too late.
oh my
it didn't have to end this way
you didn't have to end this way
it didn't have to end this way
and so you find someone else
and i'm out on the shelf
and here i am your trophy wife
was it worth your life
i find it tragic that games get played
but the game is over


from a love sonic to a city, released October 15, 2015
Jen Shaw vocals, lyrical contribution
long time Little Rock creative person. Jennifer Shaw truly came through on this song. Jen was sick. Really sick! She belted out her lines. drank some Jameson(medicinal) and then belted out some more. Jens' vocal tracks were finished in two evenings. Jen Shaw saved this song in the very final hour before I moved from Little Rock. Much heart Jen Shaw!



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