I’m Just a Soul

I’ve always loved music, and though I don’t listen to it much these days, lyrics from old songs often pop into my mind for seemingly no reason. In a poem I wrote this morning, I’ve incorporated lyrics from two songs that were popular when I was in high school; Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, a tune made popular by the rock group, The Animals, in 1965, and another from 1968, I Wanna Live, that was recorded by Glenn Campbell. I hope you enjoy the poem.

I’m Just a Soul


I’m not a bad person

All I truly want to do is make people laugh and smile

Be the court jester

Dance for you and sing

Cause you to let go of the troubles weighing on your heart

Yet, too often, I hurt feelings, insult, and do wrong

And that’s one thing I never mean to do


I’m open with my own feelings, too

Often accused of frailty of spirit

I can’t help it

When I hurt, I hurt

And I display my feelings

Just like anyone else

Well, maybe more than most

And though

Sometimes I’m so carefree

With a joy that’s hard to hide

And sometimes it seems

That all I have to do is worry

And then you’re bound to see my other side.


But when you get right down to it

What I want more than anything is

I want to live… live and let live

I want all the love… this life has to give

I want to smile… and be friendly with you

I want to live… and let you live some too


And that’s all… that’s all I want

To smile, to laugh, to live

To be at peace, and be happy

And I want the same for you.

So if I cross the line

In the sand between us

Forgive me, for you know

Sometimes I find myself, Lord, regretting

Some foolish thing, some little simple thing I’ve done


So please… please remember

I’m just a soul

Whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood


Copyright © C. Mashburn 2012


Sharing this with the talented folks at dVerse Poets Pub this afternoon on their Open Link Night


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    Beautiful, babe! I feel this way myself at times.

  2. Right on, Charles! Always did love both of those songs. . . Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood will probably still be in my head when I go to bed tonight! LOL:>)

    • Ha! I love putting songs in peoples heads. Used to drive my youngest son crazy. He just loves it when I start singing the theme from The Beverly Hillbillies!

  3. I like the way you weaved in the song lyrics and put them in a different color. Very nice! Peace, Linda

  4. sometimes (most times?) the hardest with those closest to us..don’t mean to hurt, or upset…just not getting my true feelings across

  5. We never get it right all the time but, we never get it wrong all the time either and, I think if our intentions are good, that’s what counts. Great mix with the song too.

    • Always walking the tight rope, it seems. Doing the best we can.
      Thanks for the visit. I always enjoy your comments!

  6. Hay Charles; For a redneck I think you are a berry goood pursen…. Blessings my Friend…Bro pat. 🙂

  7. The Enfant Terrible said

    Honest and raw… Thank you for being so candid and as previously stated, these are feelings we can all relate to.

  8. smiles…i like charles…i can be a little transparent with my emotions as well which is def scary to some people…not used to that…and being overjoyful even can make people uncomfortable…i just want to live as well…

  9. Loved this Charles!

  10. Mary said

    I hear you, Charles. If I hurt someone, it definitely is not intentional. And I try to remember that if someone else hurts me, it is probably the same. Good message in your words tonight!

  11. ayala said

    Love this, Charles!

  12. leahJlynn said

    I can put myself in the same place I some times hurt peoples feelings without meaning To. But, my heart is to make them smile.

  13. Hi Charles – well, as you (very kindly) know, I’m all for putting lyrics into texts – you’ve done it so charmingly here. Well done. k.

  14. I understand this song..I sing it all the time. I’m just a little out of tune though, deaf to the needs of others, and sometimes it’s too much about me; sometimes too much wanting to uncover their pain to know when to leave well enough alone. Great capture of the universal here, Charles!

    • It’s a familiar tune to many. Don’t let it get stuck in your head!
      Thanks, Gay!

  15. Grace said

    I like the message Charles ~ We all have this desire to do good and sometimes our intentions can be misunderstood ~

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