By God Gumption – that’s how you get to 100 Days!

FireworksThat’s right, this is my 100th post on Project 194, a momentous occasion, one that calls for a song with swagger. From the 2012 reading of Leading Lady, a song for the character Frank Fielder in which he proclaims his ambitions. Take it away, Bryan Black!


Hey kid, I’ve got great big plans!
The great big time is where I’m headed!
These locals, these yokels,
They don’t have a clue.
They don’t have ambition like you and I do!
In jig time, I’ll be a great big deal.
It’s time that these jokers got wise!
If they underestimate my by-God gumption,
They’re in for a big surprise!

I’m the kind of guy
Headed for the sky,
Always gotta try,
Better keep an eye out for me, kid!
Always on the go,
Puttin’ on a show,
Never going slow,
People gonna notice my style!
Lookin’ for a break,
Got a lot at stake,
What’s it gonna take?
How’d I gonna find a way to make you see, kid?
Hey, little lady, here’s a promise from me:
Good fortune will smile,
Though it may take us a while.

Okay, kids, I’ve got great big plans!
The great big time is where we’re headed!
New York is a beacon, and nothing can dim it.
For people with gumption, the sky’s the limit!
In jig time, I’ll be a great big deal.
It’s time that these jokers got wise!
If they underestimate my by-God gumption,
They’re in for a big,
In for a big,
Yes, they’re in for a big surprise!

This is a song for a brash young man, but it isn’t hard for me to identify with Frank Fielder’s ambitiousness. I’m pleased to report that I haven’t run out of gumption, even though I’m coming up on the end of my fifth decade, and I remain a guy with “great big plans.” Part of those plans include 94 more posts on Project 194, so stay tuned!

If you missed them, these are the songs already posted on Project 194; the links on the right are songs chosen at random from previous posts. Want to contribute to my interactive composition, “Hear My Song?” Read more here. Want to receive daily songs delivered direct to your inbox? Sign up here!

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  1. Pingback: As Long As We’re Together, from Leading Lady (Day 133) | Notes from a SAVI Savant

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