Sunday, March 22, 2015

Savann

(This song is in progress as a collaboration with an artist on Soundcloud - the title was his, the lyrics are mine)

In another time,
In another life I'd find...
In another way
To the other side of life...

But here I am, and there you stand, and oceans lie between
To see that sunrise with my own eyes I'd do anything
I don't know your name
But you'll come to take me away

I'm in the train, it's a long ride
Looking out as the world passes me by
What will I find on the other side?
Are you there holding my hand
Or am I alone?
I will stand on stones on the mountainside
Looking down on my new home
My new life

In another place,
In another foreign land
I'll escape, and maybe this time I can leave me behind
Start over new, be who I wanted to
And you're my ticket to ride
But I wasn't there, oh I was wrong
You couldn't give me what I needed, now you're gone
Everything I hoped for,
My castles on the mountainside are lost
Where are you now?
I don't know, I don't care
But now all I'm left with is me

I'm in the train, it's a long ride
Looking out as the world passes me by
What will I find on the other side?
Are you there holding my hand
Or am I alone?
I will stand on stones on the mountainside
Looking down on my new home
My new life

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Good Things Take Time

A field of green is all i see
The evening sun shines down on me
As we fly in to land
Again we end up just where we began
If dreams come true
Where is the one that was meant just for you?

It's allright, don't you know that the good things take time
Stay strong, fix your eyes
And your future will be so bright, so bright

I had a friend
One day his blue eyes felt the same
As your own eyes feel today
And he's the one who told me it's okay
Just hold on, keep fighting, stand strong
You'll make it, you'll take it
It might not be what you thought it would be
But it's allright

Don't you know that the good things take time
He was young but wise
And the words that he said stayed with me for a lifetime

Friday, March 13, 2015

Glyph

An arbitrary collection of lines
When combined in the right form
Reveals an architecture divine 
Without compare

I learned to draw my own
Before I understood the meanings
When you split, add, recombine
The arches, curves, and lines 
Before I found more beautiful 
The ones that represent the ones I love

Let me take my pen and draw you
Though I don't understand light, or shadow, or color
Let me immortalize you just the same
I just need to know your name 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What we don't

The first time I met you, you were six foot two or three
I remember you well... I remember
The next time I met you, you were not who you seemed to be
I remember that well... even better

Me, you, a bedroom bathed in blue
A promise left unsaid
Or only in my head
You said to me let's take it to the logical extreme
This place is full of people who are not like you and not like me
Let's see where this could lead?
...I said goodbye

Where would I be if I walked through that door?
Would it all be better than before?
We don't regret what we do, no
Only what we don't

You, me, now I can see all I can see
And it could never be
The life you live is not reality
How could I be taken for a fool?
But I remember how you do the thing you do
...Maybe I just didn't think it through

Where would I be if I walked through that door?
Would it all be better than before?
We don't regret the things that we do, no
Only what we don't....

Friday, February 20, 2015

Counting On Me

If you had given me everything
I'd just walk away
If you could turn the world backwards just for a while so I could see your smile
I'd turn my face
I didn't need the things you promised
Only what was deep inside of me
I didn't want the things you promised
Only the ones that I would choose to be

If you had said here is this golden cage and it's all yours
I would just fly away
If you had given me the life I've always wanted on a table
I'd pass it up day after day, after day
It doesn't mean a thing to me
It doesn't mean a thing

The only one that I can count on is me
If you want a job done right, then do it yourself
Just try it and see
The only one I'm counting on is me

Now if you'd like to come in for a minute
And have some tea and talk awhile
Please come in and have a seat
Tell me everything you're thinking
Let me know that beautiful mind
Let me know what's inside
And when we come to the place and the time
I'll walk you to the door and say goodbye

I want you in my life
If you'll let me live mine

The only one I'm counting on is me
If you want a job done right, then do it yourself
Just try it and see
The only one I'm counting on is me

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Praise Song

(written October 2014)

Your name has long echoed in these fading strains
A forgotten chord played years ago but first in centuries past
Praised by those who claimed to know God's favorite tune
But in your hands (that have strummed too much of the world)
It's a song of defiance, not devotion
Of anger, not angels
And to obey, the devotee must rebel

She who sings prays twice, they said
So I run the tape back
And raise my voice to multiply it fourfold
The blood runs from ears, to heart, to sky as an offering
Collected in a cymbal and returned to me renewed
As a heavy silence rolls in

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Benny Lava

Your vision is perfect
Mine has been corrected
But the end result is the same
Or so they say
One day you'll see like I do
The rings and flashes on the streetlights
At night, passing by
And you'll know why I can't sleep
Until the world's gone hazy

But you'll never understand the world I see
I'll never understand the one you're part of
Here between our hands we meet - one moment -
Are you thinking what I'm thinking
Likely the answer is no

I come from an island
You from the wide open plains
But you understand the things I say
In your own way
One day you'll have to ride off
Into the sunset, and I'll go back to my books
You'll have your memories
I'll have mine, and I'll never be the same
Because they'll never be the same

You know, we could try
Live in sync, bridge the gap,
Match your mind to mine
But these words don't make sense
My loony bun is fine
We're running out of time

You'll never understand the world I see
I'll never understand the one you're part of
Here between our hands we meet - one moment -
Are you thinking what I'm thinking
Likely the answer is no