Canker Sore
On a Roll

Canker Sore by Tim Seston

Canker sore, canker sore.  
Get out of my mouth I don’t want you no more
Canker sore, canker sore.  
Time to pack up your bags
and let me show you the door.

Did your brother wake you up too soon
Interrupting your perfect dream
Your favorite shirt is dirty and your cereal is soggy
And you think that you might scream!

Did you have a bad day at school?  
Did you spill paint on your shoe?
Did you fight with your friend over something silly
and now you’re feeling blue?

The bus driver forgot your stop
and you got home very late.
You were rushing from the kitchen
on your way to the table
and you dropped your dinner plate.

A canker sore is a metaphor
for something going wrong in your life
When you’re feeling run down or maybe some stress
It’s like someone cut a hole in your gum with a knife

Now it's time to go to bed
and do it all over again
You put your head on your pillow
and you count some sheep  - 8,910.

What is a Canker Sore?  It is a sore in your mouth that can be
uncomfortable and prevent an individual from being their best self.  

Tim's son, Luke, has Cerebral Palsy and therefor uses a motorized
wheel chair to assist him with mobility.   But Luke also has an
unrelated and rare autoimmune disease called Behcet's Syndrome.  
One symptom of the Behcet's is that Luke experiences frequent
sores.  Because they are inside his mouth others don't necessarily
notice what is bothering Luke.  These sores can make it difficult for
him to eat as well as communicate with others.   

Tim wrote this song for Luke one morning when the two were
laughing about the unfairness of canker sores.  Music and
songwriting can be a cathartic way to deal with difficult life
It was fun to think of the things that bothered Tim as a kid,
or the things that bother Luke, his brothers, or other kids we know.  

Not everyone gets canker sores, but everyone experiences discomfort
and has to overcome obstacles now and then. In this song a canker
sore represents all those things in your life that keep you from being
who you want to be. Some times you just have to name what is
bothering you.  Then you can deal with it and show it the door.  

Feel free to make up your own versus.  
Go ahead share them
and pack up their bags.