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ALWAYS FOREVER

Into my mind you freely roam
Sidewalks so cold and damp where I never go
Tracing the step, the move, the crime
No need for eyes, you’ll find me on your own

Time is the chamber that echoes your call
Time is the chamber that wakens my call to you

Forever kept is the prayer that I’ll find you
Forever kept is the prayer you’ll always be
Holding a trace of the past to see
Always forever in me

Into a door I see your gaze
The walls surround a small light in the shade
Childlike as dreams that fade in years
Your moving hands caress my fear

Time is the chamber that echoes your call
Time is the chamber that wakens my call to you

Forever kept is the prayer that I’ll find you
Forever kept is the prayer you’ll always be
Holding a trace of the past to see
Always forever in me

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BACK TO YOU

Who could believe after all these years
I see your face in a midnight shadow
And dream a haze that is so soothing
Yet it’s moving further away
Heavy light in the middle of the night
I need a chance to say

Hell I know you’re living your own life
Small is the world but great when there’s this feeling

I’ve got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I’ve just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

Each day I wake with you on my mind
I can’t help but wonder if you feel it too
Or am I just a sentimental fool
Who can never satisfy your shadow

Hell I know you’re living your own life
Small is the world but great when there’s this feeling

Got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I’ve just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

But I know it’s hard to keep the memories at bay
But for both our sakes
The truth is showing me the only way
You pray for the day from this night shadow

Got to find a way back to you
Just once to let history lie
I’ve just got to find a way back to you
Just one more try to finding my way back to you

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BELIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE

Every little day I can feel go by
Thinking of ways I can to tell you how it is
Clear to me, the way to be

But I sense you’re coming around
Let’s take our time and you’ll find
We can go anywhere, anywhere now

Just grab your keys and let’s go
Get on the bike and start her up slow
We can have it all if we never believe in impossible
Get on a road you know you’ve never tried
Takin’ the time to just enjoy the ride
You can have it all if you always believe the impossible

Taking each day like it’s meant to be
A little bit of heaven just you and me
And the sweet blue skies that shape your eyes

I know you’re coming around
You wear your smile like a crown
You can go anywhere, anywhere now

Just grab your keys and let’s go
Get on the bike and start her up slow
We can have it all if we never believe in impossible

Get on a road you know you’ve never tried
Takin’ the time to just enjoy the ride
You can have it all if you always believe the impossible

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BETTER MAN

You come to me cold, I wrap my arms around you
And tell you it’ll be alright
But you push my words away, get up and start the day
Leaving our troubles far behind

You say ‘you’re always about the words and not the deeds
Won’t you spare some time for me
You say you do what you can
To make you a better man, make you a better man’

Then how do you explain the times I’ve never faltered
To give you everything you need
I know how to compromise, but at times I have to tell
I think I lost my self-belief

You still think that I am into my old ways
But I was young and I know those were the days
When I didn’t care or give a damn
About being a better, being a better man

There is a house in New Orleans they call the rising sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor man, oh God I know, I know I’m one

I think the only time I find your satisfied
Is when you keep me down and say I never tried
You just don’t see what I began
I made me a better man, made me a better man

What is a better man if I can’t be who I am

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BORN BY THE WATER

I was born by the water, where the sun kissed the land
In a hazy, easy summer where the breeze held my mother’s hand
I was raised by the water, throwing stones into the pools
Laid me down in the tall grass and listened to the loons

Fall of night I can see reflections glowing
Silhouetted tree line shaping the sky while I lie by the water
Raised by the water, feel alive by the water

I want to live by the water, take each day as it comes
Be my one and only maker, learn the teachings of the sun

Fall of night I can see reflections glowing
Silhouetted tree line shaping the sky while I lie by the water
Raised by the water, feel alive by the water

One day I’ll die by the water, let her wash over me
And all my sins will be forgiven and my bones in reverie by the water
Raised by the water, feel alive by the water

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COME UNDONE

Summer’s coming, as you sip your cabernet
Sitting on the rooftop, with the backdrop of the bay
You laugh casually though in such a beguiling way

Your smile glowing with the last ray of evening sun
But you’re getting colder so you put an old sweater on
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone

Maybe I need a little time to get away
‘Cause maybe I’m making all this up
But there’s a seed inside that is growing when I think I get a sign
I can’t put it into words, it’s more that there’s something in the air

You lean over as you say something nonchalant
And for a moment I imagine what I really want
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone

I’ve tried to hide it baby, but I am completely drawn
Being in your arms and holding you is all I want
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone

Lean over, won’t you say something nonchalant
Give me the moment, give me what I really need and want
You’ve got a way about you baby, I just come undone

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DREAM OF THE NIGHT

I saw a lady take a cigarette
Her body swaying, I knew our eyes had met
In a hazy time when she drew the line
In a shady place called heaven’s gate

I saw her reeling and walk in front of me
And had a feeling, a cold reality
She was not alone on the second round

Looking around, in a way
Eyes never blind but how they stare
How they stare when love is taking

Over me, silently like a free dream of the night
Over me, silently like a free dream of the night

She murmured softly to someone at her side
Silent only by those mystified
But I could read her lips, every single line
And there I felt I lost what the devil found

Looking around in a place
Memories fade, just a face
Seeing the changes,
They’re killing me, killing me baby

Over me, silently like a free dream of the night
Over me, silently like a free dream of the night

Over me, silently like a free dream of the night
Over me, silently like a free dream of the night

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FAIRYTALE LIES

Why don’t you look at me square in the eyes?
What is it baby, that you’re hiding behind?
Is there something you want?
Is there something you need?
Why don’t you speak to me face to face?
What is it baby, do you feel out of place?
To tell me what you want, to tell me what you need

You’re always wanting something for nothing
Well not anymore, this time I’m really sure

Whatever line you’re trying to sell, I’m not buying it
Whatever tale you’re trying to tell, you’re not hiding it
‘Cause I see through your fairytale lies, I’m through with make believe

You used you try to be a little more kind
But there’s a change in you that’s making you blind
To seeing what I want, to seeing what I need

You’re always wanting something for nothing
Well not anymore, this time I’m really sure

Whatever line you’re trying to sell, I’m not buying it
Whatever tale you’re trying to tell, you’re not hiding it
‘Cause I see through your fairytale lies, I’m through with make believe

Whatever rules you’re trying to change, I’m not buying it
Whatever game you’re trying to play, you’re not hiding it
‘Cause I see through your fairytale lies, I’m through with make believe

We had our once upon a time when love was all we needed to breathe
But while I had the rhyme it seems you lost the reason to feel

Whatever line you’re trying to sell, I’m not buying it
Whatever tale you’re trying to tell, you’re not hiding it
‘Cause I see through your fairytale lies, I’m through with make believe
Whatever rules you’re trying to change, I’m not buying it
Whatever game you’re trying to play, you’re not hiding it
‘Cause I see through your fairytale lies, I’m through with make believe

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HEAD DOWN

Head down, working downtown
Can’t wait to shut down and get out of here
Clock out, get my things and walk out
As of now my only goal in life is a cold beer

We have all been there, a hundred times or more
Is it love or lust, you can’t tell anymore – So try to

Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight

Lips full, I can feel her pull
Feeling a dazed fool, how does she do it to me
Out there, without a damn care
I can feel her stare, I just don’t want to be free

We’ve all been there a hundred times or more
Is it love or lust, well who cares anymore – Just try to

Keep your head at all times if not you will find
Desires make the ties that bind
Let her wash over you with her sweet perfume
Don’t lose your heart tonight

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HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES

You’re turning me on, come on, undress me with your eyes
You don’t give an inch and I ain’t seeking a mile
Just make up your mind and find the sense you had of me
That night you let me hold you in my arms
I’ve got to know where in the hell do I really stand?

‘Cause everyday in everyway you’re pulling me closer
I can’t run or hide and believe me, I’ve tried
If you don’t want me I’d rather see hell than heaven in your eyes
Heaven in your eyes

I used to find words to say a lover’s natural way
They’d flow inside of me and rain on you
But now I can’t speak or sleep ‘cause I’m so in love with you
And loving wasteland is what it’s come down to
I’ve got to know where in the hell do I really stand?

‘Cause everyday in everyway you’re pulling me closer
I can’t run or hide and believe me, I’ve tried
If you don’t want me I’d rather see hell

Just tell me you never felt, anything at all for me
And show me your eyes when you say, ‘girl you’ve got it all wrong, I never tried it on’

‘Cause everyday in everyway you’re pulling me closer
I can’t run or hide and believe me, I’ve tried
If you don’t want me I’d rather see hell
‘Cause everyday in everyway you’re pulling me, pulling me, pulling me closer
I can’t run or hide and believe me, I’ve tried
If you don’t want me I’d rather see hell than heaven in your eyes

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HONEY CHILD

Took a walk the other day
Saw my friends I didn’t know what to say
‘Cos I’m missing my honey child
Missing my honey child

Took a train bound for nowhere, it could be nice there
Searching eyes stopped as the train rolled in
Is that your face in a crowded line
Oh I miss my honey child, yeah I miss my honey child

Saw the preacher, waiting down low
Brought a sermon to us all we heard him go
When he talked up the lord I had to grin
I was thinking of my honey child, I was thinking sweet on my honey child

I come to the end of the day
Sitting on these steps and wishing you had stayed
Oh I’m already saying how I miss my honey child
Oh I do love you my honey child
Oh I miss you my honey child
Oh I miss you, I miss you my honey child

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I WANT TO LAY DOWN

I want to lay down, feel you by my side
I want to lay down, got nothing left to hide
I want to love you for the rest of my life
I’m coming home

I want to feel you, feel it way down
I want to love you and this feeling so profound
I want to hold you and know that now I’m coming home

Chorus
Oh hear me call, oh hear me calling your name out loud now
But when I fall from grace, shine on me
Oh shine on me, shine on me, oh shine on me

I want to lay down the shield around my heart
I want to lay down the tool that played a part
I want to move on and leave this weighty world behind

Oh hear me call, oh hear me calling your name out loud now
But when I fall from grace

Winter’s cold outside as I look through the window’s hazy view
I turn and there I find someone amazing here to love all my years

I want to lay down, feel you by my side
I want to lay down I’ve got nothing left to hide
I want to love you for the rest of my life, ’cause I’m coming home

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I WILL BE THERE

Your little smile
Caught up in conversation blowing in
From different sides
My words are getting lost in the wind

But this is your moment
I understand why, because you need your space and time

I will be there
Everyday you need me I’ll be there
Just when your power fades I’ll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

I will love you in light
Or shadow reaching our souls
Are we not just like a patchwork quilt
Growing in size, beauty’s fabric of life

Laughter is streaming
Even ripples of tears could make still water run clear

I will be there
Everyday you need me I’ll be there
Just when your power fades I’ll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

When the current gets strong
I will hold you eternally
And pray my love keeps you warm
From distant seas that cut and weave

I will be there
Everyday you need me I’ll be there
Just when your power fades I’ll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear

I will be there
Everyday you need me I’ll be there
Just when your power fades I’ll be there
For every smile in your tear, every cry in your fear
Every pain on your face and your waking grace I will

I’ll be there

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JEZEBEL

Look at her, the queen of hearts is wild
Downstairs, they’re waiting in line
Entice all you can, baby anything for a man

Jezebel, kiss and tell, is a hell of a way to be
Dealing smiles just like the party’s favorite queen
Jezebel

You wear a scent ‘De Paris’, more like a tigress on heat
You’ve got the clothes to appeal, what a shame you hit the sheets too soon
You’re only just out of school, have a break from breaking rules

Jezebel, kiss and tell, is a hell of a way to be
Dealing smiles just like the party’s favorite queen
Jezebel

Every day, every way, I was praying you were mine
Any time, any rhyme, I’d believe in any crime
Every moment I’m waiting for you

Jezebel, kiss and tell, is a hell of a way to be
Dealing smiles just like, the party’s favorite queen
Jezebel, kiss and tell, what a hell of a way to be
Jezebel

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KEEP ON WALKING

I saw a picture speak a thousand words
Without even breathing it was revealing
A mirror that was shaped with endless curves
In a silhouetted frame that bore my name

Hear me calling, don’t you dare look away

I’m trying hard to find a way to get myself out of this place
That’s kept me down so long
At times I feel like giving up but then I see a glimmer
And I know it can’t be wrong

To keep on walking, if I don’t and stop
The ground below me will try to swallow me right up
Just keep on walking, till I reach the higher ground
And maybe then I will find that I can be someplace that finally feels home

A vacant look reflected in her eyes
This could have been me, and this could have been you
A young girl that will age before her time
Oh brother, we need to spare more than a dime

Keep on walking, if I don’t and stop
The ground below me will try to swallow me right up
Just keep on walking, till I reach the higher ground
And maybe then I will find that I can be someplace that finally feels home

Know that you will find I’m not the kind to walk away
If you take my hand then know that I am here to stay

Keep on walking, just keep on walking, we’ll find a better way.

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LIKE WARRIORS

Summer days, barefoot and running free
Climbing hills and scaling trees
Hiding low while peering through the reeds
Capturing bugs like they were beasts

We helped each other reach horizon’s eye

It made us feel like warriors, we’re learning right from wrong
It made us feel like warriors, like we belong
It made us live like warriors, holding on
It made us live like warriors, sweet and strong

As stoney buildings towered overhead
We played and laughed by the water’s edge
Pressing rocks down on the riverbed
We walked on water as we marched ahead

We helped each other reach the other side

It made us feel like warriors, we’re learning right from wrong
It made us feel like warriors, like we belong
It made us live like warriors, holding on
It made us live like warriors, sweet and strong

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LOVER’S EYES

Shadows gliding over echoes
Of voices in the night, no light is found
And this chilling dawn
Awakens dreams in your head

A shy stare and I want to hold you endlessly
We’re riding a storm and you’re just a breeze

Looking for love in your eyes
I’m anticipating the coolness of words in your voice
And looking at me I see you try, and I see a glimmer
Of shadows move in shade when I see my lover’s eyes

Coffee on the table
Music is playing from the bedroom, cool in shade
And you take your cup
And murmur while you’re trying to show me

A shy stare, and I want to hold you endlessly
We’re riding a storm and you’re just a breeze

Looking for love in your eyes
I’m anticipating the coolness of words in your voice
And looking at me I see you try, and I see a glimmer
Of shadows move in shade when I see my lover’s eyes

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LUCKY ONE

You say I’m the lucky one
And you are the only one
To return as a prodigal son
You’ve come full circle, have you learned?

That we’re not so different after all
Grape or grain, we come from the same soil

Flying high, Mr. Blue Sky
Shaping your cause to your own laws – you’re coming down
Now you’ve found in your own good time
It’s not who you are but what you become that matters now

Forgive is an easier word
To those who lived and learned
Your labour’s fruits never came
Can you tell me now just what you gained

‘Cause we’re not so different after all
Grape or grain, we come from the same soil

Flying high, Mr. Blue Sky
Shaping your cause to your own laws – you’re coming down
Now you’ve found in your own good time
It’s not who you are but what you become that matters now

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MORNING SONG

Take my coffee in the morning on this little space in time
The size of a shoebox, a little balcony to write
But what I see beyond a bleary skyline
Horizon’s eye helping me to see why

I’ve got to keep moving on, grow with every morning sun
Got to try letting go, lose a little self-control sometimes

I feel the peace from this new day, there’s not a single soul around
I’m blessed by the beauty of this friendly little town
And what I see is something you can’t measure
A home from home showing me that it’s all right

To want to keep moving on, grow with every morning sun
Got to try letting go, lose a little self-control some …

… times I see a hundred thousand memories
Like chapters from a book that’s been written over time
Reading every page, not one single memory fades
See my mother and father there and my brother’s willful stare

Oh these times…

Tell me to keep moving on, grow with every morning sun
Got to try letting go, lose a little self-control sometimes

I’ve got to keep moving on, grow with every morning sun
Got to give the best of me, try to let my heart run free sometimes
Try to let my heart run free

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NEVER FELT LIKE A WOMAN

Words of desire tend to flow so easily from your lips
Love is an action you speak of but rarely do you show
You don’t know that when I need to talk to you, feel you in my weakest hour
You say I’m dreaming everything up, it’s only in my mind

I’m hiding behind this veil, scared to believe I’d lose you
If this loving inside can’t set me free

Never felt like a woman, you say I’m too loud
Never felt like a woman, I’m just one of the crowd in your eyes
I know the feelings never go away
Baby I know I’m on your mind
Baby I know what you see, but it’s never what you’ll find

A little sign is all I need, recognition that I breathe
I never know when I walk through the door what you’ll say to me
So how can I be the mirror of your gain when all I sense is mild disdain
You cover up so easily a careless jealousy

I’m trying to break away, you’re pulling me back with words of love
This loving inside won’t set me free

Never felt like a woman, you say I’m too loud
Never felt like a woman, I’m just one of the crowd in your eyes
I know the feelings never go away
Never felt like a woman, you say I’m too loud

Everyday I want, every day I need, everyday I see
In this light of day I need to find a way, I need to break free
Everyday I’m a woman baby, everyday I’m a woman you see
Everyday I’m a woman baby, everyday I’m a woman to me
You say I’m too loud

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NOW

Streetlight blinds her
Look for shade
Exit, enter
Night or Day

She walks
Stop. Start, pause

Seek and you will find there is always more
Seek another kind and a door will open
Seek and you will find there is always more
Seek another kind and a door will open

Breezes fold her paper thin walls
Veil the deaf prayer of this nightfall

Calling
Shifting

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ONE STEP AWAY

Little girl in a street so crowded playing with her doll
Imagination wishing her away
To where the beauty is reflected by one
Who covers his face to hide the disgrace of blindness so long ago
Oh this madness creeping so slow

A young man with an eye of kindness looks through the glass
Imagination wishing she had more
Feelings are stirring she is breaking this bond
That covers his face, forgetting disgrace

I know in my dreams your light is ever walking one step away
And maybe I know you were always walking with me
When you say you were just one step away

A woman in a street of childhood plays with her smile
Always the thought of how she had the strength to leave
This greying town with its suburban lords
Breaking you down till you get used to the sound

I know in my dreams your light is ever walking one step away
And maybe I know you were always walking with me
When you say

A shade of history is wild
But I hoped maybe I would find a light

I know in my dreams your light is ever walking one step away
And maybe I know you were always walking with me
When you say, you say
I know in my dreams your light is ever walking one step away
And maybe I know you were always walking with me
When you stay one step away

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POCKETFUL OF SAND

See the light I can see

Be the one I can’t be

Hold it all in your dreams

And keep it safe

 

I still remember the day

You’d light the sky night or day

And I believed what you’d say

And keep it safe

 

So was this love or another guise for everybody

 

You carry your pocketful of sand

Hold it tight and not slip through your hand

Half for now and half for later

Remind yourself of what you gave up

You carry your pocketful of sand

Reach inside and hold out your hand

Feel it fall through your fingers

A waterfall of sweet reminders

 

See the light I can see

And all the space in between

Hold it close in your dreams

And keep it safe

 

So was this love or another guise for everybody

 

You carry your pocketful of sand

Hold it tight and not slip through your hand

Half for now and half for later

Remind yourself of what you gave up

You carry your pocketful of sand

Reach inside and hold out your hand

Feel it fall through your fingers

A waterfall of sweet reminders

 

You carry your pocketful of sand

Hold it tight and not slip through your hand

Now feel it fall through your fingers

A waterfall of sweet reminders

 

 

 

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RIDE THESE TIMES

Jimmy had a thing ‘bout playing by the train tracks
He’d sneak out of the house, and down the old dirt path
Then underneath the bridge and over the horizon’s morning sunshine

A sparkle in his eyes when Jimmy saw the rail yard
He’d been coming here for years, hiding from the rail guards
Who’d catch the freight hoppers trying to ride the rail trains
Heading south to work in coal yards at twenty five cents an hour

They were going nowhere fast
Times were tough and meant to last for no one knew how long
So get out-of-state find yourself a Forty-Eight
And ride the line taking work at any town that gave it out
Do the best that you can
And ride these times ’til you’re getting through nowhere

Now a young man Jimmy had wanderlust
So he rode the freight trains; grainers and gondolas
Reeking of coal, pine tar and creosote
But eventually he tired from sleeping in boxcars and cotton gins

Was he going nowhere fast
Times were tough and meant to last for no one knew how long
So get out-of-state find yourself a Forty-Eight
And ride the line taking work at any town that gave it out
Do the best that you can
And ride these times ’cause you’re getting through nowhere

Jim still had a thing ‘bout going to the rail yard
He found his old seat and looked out at the boxcars
Rusted over time, covered with autumn vines
And as the leaves would turn from green to brown, it was all a moment in time

When he was going nowhere fast,
Times were tough and then they passed but as he grew
The war would have its way, how he missed those Forty-Eights
And ride the line, taking work at any town that gave it out
Doin’ the best that he could, he rode those times and made it through
Yeah, he rode those times and made it through
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere

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SEATTLE MORNIN’

Words may fall onto the ground
Scatter them so all around
Will hear their call
Pick each piece up one by one
Then scatter them toward the sun
See them rise and fall

Abstract in its infancy
The painter brushes steadily
With strokes, deep and narrow
Curving, swirling silently
With movements that so gracefully
Reveal the form

Before the mask took you away
And sculptures finely made of clay
The work you portrayed
Was so much more transparent than
The subject painted by your hand
Today, on display

A cacophony of shades and hues
Dissonant yet widely viewed
Now you had an unveiling
They said it was a masterpiece
When the opening curtain there revealed
A face scored with prose, like a ghost in reverie

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SECOND LIFE

Don’t know where I’m bound, mixed up in this crazy town
But I do know where I’m from
People always telling me what to say and how to be
You can get lonely in a crowd

But life is what you make of it
And no one said it was easy

I’m coming home to where I can be
A light in the dark that will shine for all to see
Just take my hand and walk by my side
Together all, for this is my second life
If you believe that it’s worth the fight

Give it time is what they say you’ll find a brighter day
But be easy on yourself
Take each day as it comes you’ll be the lucky one
If you take the higher ground

‘Cause life is what you make of it
It’s not meant to be easy

I’m coming home to where I can be
A light in the dark that will shine for all to see
Just take my hand and walk by my side
Together all, for this is my second life
If you believe that it’s worth the fight

So what do you want from me and what can I give
No one has it all worked out, we just live for the life we live

I’m coming home to where I can be
A light in the dark that will shine for all to see
Just take my hand and walk by my side
If you believe that this is my second life
Then you believe that it’s worth the fight

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SIMPLY THAT

I love you babe, the only way I should
I know that you would love me more if you could
I feel the love inside, know my heart’s alive
When this aching is making me want you so very much more
It is simply that

I love you, you’re still a mystery to me
But I feel alive, when you take my hand, take my hand, take my hand the way I want, the way I want
Oh can’t you see how I love you now, for as long as I am walking, talking
Breathing your beautiful sighs – oh baby oh

I just love you babe, you raise me up, you bring me down
In the darkness of the night you when were all mine
Remember feeling strong, feeling weak, feel it long, feel it deep
Baby, baby, baby I know babe I know, oh baby oh I just

Love you babe, I can’t help but love you babe
The feeling cries inside of me to my very core, to my very soul – I don’t want to eat, I don’t want to speak
I just idolize you, I can feel your light moving further
Further away from me baby I know – oh baby oh I

Just love you babe, I can’t help but love you babe
It’s simply that I love you

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SOFTLY

Sitting at this table I can see his image in your eyes
I want to say things will get better, just a little bit better
Your hands take to pen and paper, as you find the hardest words to write
How to say all the love inside your heart

Oh my friend won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words
So maybe then you might feel me with you here tonight softly

You have to keep on going, he would have wanted it that way
So carry yourself softly and take each day by day
We all are on a journey, and memories hold us true
To those we love and to those we lost on the way

Oh my friend oh won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words to you

In the dead of night without a sound, I am saying out loud
All I can do is try to care for you, when you know you’re feeling down

Oh my friend won’t you hear me call
Though winter’s wings are flying high
Oh westerly winds please carry my words
So maybe then you might feel me with you here tonight softly

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SOUL LOVER

Sunrise to sunset cool skin undressed
Sweeping contours sketch the walls
White sheets, bright eyes, a weak flame on faint skies
Fingers weave their way

Holding onto a moment rather than dreams
Tomorrow can’t bring, but the light within

That dreams a soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

Night sounds outside conceal these willing cries
Lips are dancing round and round
He moves in shade, sees her revealing gaze
Shining on his face

Mouths wide open and arms unfolding the map
Their bodies know well, who can ever tell

The dreams of a soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

They know that what they have inside is all they own
Believing that what they have might only last a moment then gone
Is a dream a lie – the problem here unfolds
When each love in different worlds is when two halves cannot make a whole

Oh, soul lover, is in the here and now
Under the bed covers on a wet Savannah night
They offer each other a chamber of their minds
Holding this moment in time

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STOP MESSIN’ ME AROUND

You don’t miss what you don’t need
If you don’t need then what am I doing here
Time after time I find I’m waiting on a phone call
Absence can make the heart grow fonder
But the heart grows colder every day
If you don’t believe you need to try to give me something more

You keep on telling me your mine
Well I have heard it all before
Don’t you think it’s kind of time
To just stop messin’ me around

You think I’m just some low fruit hanging
On your every little word that would taste so good
But you can’t touch no more now that I’m out of reach
They say you make your bed now you lie in it
Well honey it just don’t work that way
It isn’t enough to think all you need to change are the sheets

You keep on telling me you’ll change
But I have heard it all before
I’m tired of playing this charade
So just stop messin’ me around

I finally see you’re like a Cool Hand Luke with your way of talking
You better believe the way you’re headed you’ll be a dead man walking out of here

You keep on saying it’s not a game
Well I have heard it all before
Don’t you think it’s kind of lame
You can’t help messin’ me around

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SWEET AND EASY

Life is a different color
Since you came to me by way of a westerly breeze
And how you tell your stories
Of painters and picture men who captured reality
Of a halcyon highway,
Just travellers passing through nature’s poems carved in stone

Life is such a discovery
The way you’re showing me
Man of the mountain and of the sea
Your beating heart has a sweet rhyme
You see the grace of another time
Breathing life into all you see
And how you tell your stories – sweet and easy

There were those who painted pictures
And those who drew their words on a canvas in the sun
And those who carved their memories on blocks of wood from a maple tree
Your words rise, like sea winds that carry
A scented view from a landscape past, cast in stone

Life is such a discovery
The way you’re showing me
Man of the mountain and of the sea
Your beating heart has a sweet rhyme
You see the grace of another time
Breathing life into all you see

Your East was your West, where times were the best
And though you’re moving ever forward
Your heart remains above the city skyline

Life is such a discovery
I give to you what you’re giving me
Man of the mountain and of the sea
Your beating heart has a sweet rhyme
You see the grace of another time
Breathing life into all you see, all you feel

Life is such a discovery
I give to you what you’re giving me
Man of the mountain and of the sea
And how you tell your stories – sweet and easy
Sweet and easy

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THE OTHER SIDE

I turn around 360 degrees
And what I find right in front of me
Is a beautiful land full of forest trees
Standing tall, they gently dance with the breeze

I feel we’re all the same
Living life side by side of nature’s grain

Can you hear them coming?
Breaking life’s true laws
’cause they hate to see this love in our eyes
They build their walls high
Till they can’t even see or think straight
And try to push us to the other side

So hear my brothers and my sisters call
And the weeping mothers for children they have lost
We’ll rise above, be all for one and one for all
And we’ll refuse to either bend, break or fall

’cause we’re all the same
Living life side by side of nature’s grain

Can you hear them coming?
Breaking life’s true laws
’cause they hate to see this love in our eyes
They build their walls high
Till they can’t even see or think straight
And they try to push us to the other side

Love is stronger if we hold together now
Let the sound
Of hatred, fear and ignorance
Become a deafening silence

We’ll stop you coming!
Breaking life’s true laws
’cause you hate to see this love in our eyes
You build your walls high
Till you can’t even see or think straight
We defy you to push us to the other side

Life is so sweet, don’t let it pass you by
Is this what you really want to leave behind?

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THE PIANO PLAYS A MELODY

The piano plays a melody that dances to my heart
And I wear your smile again, the one that’s just for you
It still wears a few cracks that I’m so trying to hide
As I learn to let go of this love and a feeling that was never mine
Will you be here for me when I am weary with the fight
Of loving you, that fills my days and waking nights

Let me be, just freefalling
Into the arms of your memory and a dream of what will be
So let me be just freefalling
I grow stronger everyday now you are less a part of me

The notes get real punchy and my blood is racing wild
Seeping through my body as it ties my stomach tight
The pain is so willing that I need a sweet release
So I look both ways, stand tall, arms raised, and try to let go of myself
Will you be here for me when I am weary with the fight
Of loving you, that fills my days and waking nights

Let me be, just freefalling
Into the arms of your memory and a dream of what will be
So let me be just freefalling
I grow stronger everyday now you are less a part of me

The piano plays a melody that reaches an end
And the melody has wrapped around my heart and back again
This love takes a new shape and this smile a gentler face
That will still give me a sense of you but one that we both can taste
Will you be here for me when I am weary with the fight
Of loving you, that fills my days and waking nights

Let me be, just freefalling
Into the arms of your memory and a dream of what will be
So let me be just freefalling
I grow stronger everyday now you are less a part of me

So let me be, just freefalling
I grow stronger everyday now you are less a part of me
Less a part of me, you are less a part of me

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TIES OF LOVE

Walking around looks like this way again today
You crowd my mind
The feelings, they never go. Looking back through a café window
I need to tell you so, with these placated eyes

These times are killing me
And these times are willing me to calling your name, calling your name

Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
When I think what you want and I find that you don’t it’s just killing me
Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
And they’re weighing me down, twisting around
Breaking the ties of love

I tried running away, hoping cobbled streets would take me
From all this pain
But I realize, ties that bind still wrap around my heart and
I need to tell you so, with these ever-willful eyes

These times are killing me
But I’m finally willing to stop calling your name, calling your name

Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
When I think what you want and I find that you don’t it’s just killing me
Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
And they’re weighing me down, twisting around, what about love

Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
When I think what you want and I find that you don’t it’s just killing me
Rising sun is in a prayer, sinners’ words in the air
And they’re weighing me down, twisting around
Breaking the ties of love of love, of love, of love, of love
Of love, of love, ties of love, of love

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TROUBLED TOWN

Getting on this morning train
My head’s in the clouds
Well I know that you’ve been gone so long
I didn’t know where I was bound

’cause things were getting harder
Oh can’t you now try and just take me
To where I can find a little piece of mind
Far from this troubled town

Passing by these homegrown towns
A pictorial elegance
That soothes me and heals me, I don’t know why
Since I don’t know when

I see the simplest things
And it takes me back to when I was young
When neighbors were friends
And life felt sweet

Far from this troubled town that climbs so high
Till you can’t even reach for the sky
Just strands of light that you cup in your hands
Drink slowly and give thanks

Well my mother told me something
I will always remember
She said the load you carry may weigh you down
But never more than you can bear

Be the woman you can
Try to find compassion for everyone
And make sure your heart finds peace of mind
Far from this troubled town

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YOU AND ME BOTH

Well your mama and your papa went away
Now you stand there looking for a light of day
But let me tell you ‘bout the night comin’ down
Can never leave a shadow on the ground
And what was lost can now be found now you can see

You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there
Every time

Well you worked damn hard to find a song to play
But the people cannot hear a word you say
So can you tell me did your need or your devotion
Get you halfway across the ocean
Or did your heart leave you stranded out at sea
That’s why I’m saying baby

You and me both we’ve got a lot on our minds
We don’t like it alone but we can’t make the time
You and me both just want to hear sometimes
I’ll be there, I’ll be there

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YOU’RE ON MY MIND

Everyday I can see your light fading right before my eyes
And it’s moving ever further away from what I really need
I’m trying to find a way to you with dignity in mind
But you know baby, I’m not so sure
Whether you’re maybe the kill or the cure

When you’re on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me ’til I find
I then need you to say
‘My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me, let’s just be’

And take a little time away from the madness of the crowd
That shuffle, hustle, muscle in ’cause they think that they know what they’re talking about
I’m trying to find a way to you with honesty in mind
But you know baby, I’m not so sure
Whether you’re maybe the kill or the cure

When you’re on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me ’til I find
I then need you to say
‘My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me, let’s just be’

If everyday I could hold your hand
Placing it close by my side, I’d never hide
The love that I feel sweeping over me
Making it so damn hard to really breathe – I know that

When you’re on my mind
Your loving heals me yet it hurts me ’til I find
I then need you to say
‘My baby, close your eyes and lay your weary head on me

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