The Lemonade Stand


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The Lemonade Stand

  1. 1. The Lemonade stand<br />
  2. 2. It all ended today, our perfect love story<br />But it ended in shame and betrayal, not any kind of glory<br />It was one of those things that you think only happens to others<br />Not to my family, not to my sisters or brothers<br />Definitely not to you and me sweetheart<br />I know you remember 'until death do us part"<br />
  3. 3. I remember tears were running down your <br />cheeks when the minister said that<br />I squeezed your hand and gave you a pat<br />And in those blue eyes I saw the sky<br />I saw rainbows and a future that would be bright<br />I saw sun-kissed days and the starlit night<br />I saw ocean waves as I held you tight<br />
  4. 4. Building sand castles out of dreams<br />But life is not always what it seems<br />I had my own lemonade stand when I was eight<br />While the other kids played ball I couldn't wait<br />To make another dollar, there was always something to sell<br />I guess I was sort of a con artist but it was hard to tell<br />
  5. 5. I liked people and they liked me<br />I could do business in the home of the brave and the land of the free<br />Turn me loose and let me be<br />I graduated in the top of my class<br />Those jocks could now kiss my ass<br />I started selling property and real estate<br />In the City by the Golden Gate<br />
  6. 6. I was soon a millionaire<br />When I met you I didn't have a care<br />Fast cars, loose women and all that booze<br />I met you by chance, I did not choose<br />For you to come into my life<br />I had no plans for taking a wife<br />But there you were and my thoughts began to change<br />And my life I began to rearrange<br />
  7. 7. I quit the drinking and the drugs I had loved so much<br />Now all I wanted was your love and your touch<br />And my image I did somewhat besmirch<br />The day I joined your church<br />I still did not want ethics to get into the way<br />Of all the money I had to make and all the people I had to pay<br />Hey, I just wouldn't call it bribery anymore, what can I say<br />
  8. 8. I remember the day I bought you that Jag<br />Pretty good for a kid who didn't have time to play tag<br />Pretty good for a kid who started with a lemonade stand<br />I didn't have to listen to their music anymore, I owned the band<br />You loved the personalized plate that said "Blue Eyes" <br />And when I gave you the keys the world could hear your cries<br />Of joy, for now I had asked you if you wanted to go on a lifetime ride<br />A journey to the stars, would you be my bride <br />
  9. 9. I came from a large Italian family in North Beach<br />Where dreams and the stars were out of reach<br />Now all of a sudden they were in my hand<br />Pretty good for a kid who started with a lemonade stand<br />Vinnie was my oldest brother, my hero, and now the best man<br />In that cathedral of hundreds it was oh so grand<br />You and me in the limelight where we ought to be<br />And I capped it off when I bought you that mansion by the sea<br />
  10. 10. Just south of the Cliff House where the gulls fly free<br />All those parties on the veranda savoring the ocean breeze<br />All those fine wines and that expensive cheese<br />Those gourmet meals meant to please<br />If this was not living, living was not<br />If money can not buy it, it can not be bought<br />But soon I was a victim of my own success<br />I had to travel far and wide to train those with less<br />
  11. 11. Less talent, less drive<br />The drones seemed to fill the hive<br />Of the company I aspired to own<br />When this is mine the door you will be shown<br />For you bastards have never known<br />The pleasures I had to disown<br />To reach this pinnacle in my life<br />Now you separate me from my wife<br />
  12. 12. But Vinnie says he will be there often to help in any way he can<br />I am so lucky to have a brother like that I want you to understand<br />And so started the east coast trips<br />And the loss of me and you on the balcony staring at the ships<br />As they made their way toward the Golden Gate<br />Just like me, always moving at a constant rate<br />I always told myself I'd rest when I got old<br />If only then I could have seen how the future would unfold<br />
  13. 13. I might have quit and gave it all up<br />Although I ate from the platter and drank from the cup<br />Of success for many a day<br />I had no idea of the travail that would come my way<br />I was in New York City and it was the last day of June<br />I was sitting in the bar listening to an old Sinatra tune<br />The next day would be our anniversary, the day we wed<br />The hell with this, I am not going to bed<br />
  14. 14. I told an underling to take charge for me<br />Tomorrow was a special day and there was someone I had to see<br />I flew the red eye back and arrived as the sun kissed the bay<br />I took the limo from the airport and headed your way<br />With a bouquet of roses and a diamond oh so grand<br />I couldn't wait to slip it on your finger and kiss your hand<br />Nothing was too good for my blue eyes<br />You will be so happy, what a surprise<br />
  15. 15. As the driver made his way up the winding road towards the entrance gate<br />I felt so excited, almost like our first date<br />As the hedges went by I thought of how beautiful you are<br />Then as we rounded the curve into the driveway I saw Vinnie's car<br />His green Bently seemed to stare at me like what are you doing here<br />I felt my stomach knot up and and then I sensed a wave of fear<br />What is he doing here so early with my beloved dear<br />
  16. 16. I tipped the driver and watched him go down the hill<br />In the distance I could see the ships and hear the foghorn's shrill<br />The gulls were flying overhead in the windblown chill<br />I seemed so aware of everything, time was standing still<br />I walked up to the front door and entered the alarm code<br />Inside I checked the security box and the time mode<br />The last entry on record was one o'clock<br />As I made my way up the stairs my knees started to knock<br />
  17. 17. And my hands started shaking real bad<br />Instead of anger I felt sad<br />Sad for not trusting my wife and Vinnie my brother<br />Blue Eyes would be sound asleep in our bed<br />And Vinnie would be in one guest room or another<br />I held on tight to the flowers and the ring<br />And thought happy anniversary I must sing<br />I opened the door and there she was with all her charms<br />Sound asleep with Vinnie in her arms<br />
  18. 18. My mouth got real dry and I bolted from the room<br />And came back with my magnum to seal their doom<br />I torched the house and watched it go up in flames<br />So much for life and all its games<br />I am now working here in the prison canteen<br />And looking back on all the things I have seen<br />And all the things I did, I thought I had it made<br />"What's that you want mister, sure we sell lemonade".<br />
  19. 19. Tommasso (Tom) Moretti, 46, has been locked up since 1980 for first-degree murder in the death of his brother Vicenzo (Vinnie) and his wife VerdianaCalamiaMoretti. In June of 1979 Tommasso shot his wife and brother to death and then torched the elegant hilltop mansion in which they had lived. He was sentenced to life in prison at San Quentin in August of 1980. In 1981, he was convicted of assaulting one guard and slashing the throat of another. He's now serving life without parole in the most secure unit at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, Ca. about 10 miles south of the Oregon border. <br />
  20. 20. A Poem By winston W Wallace<br />