Saturday, October 24, 2020

Home of the Broken Hearted

It’s a stop and a go and an up and a down
You take a left and a right and then you head downtown
And by the time you return from wherever you were
There’ll be twenty more dead, twenty more dead
 
In the land of the free and the broken hearted
The home of the tear-stained eye
We send them our empty-headed thoughts and prayers
But the dead are still dead, the dead are still dead
 
We say “There’s nothing we can do to stop this madness.
There’s nothing we can do”, is our sad refrain,
“nothing to do for the broken hearted,
In the home of the tear-stained eye.”
We send them our empty-headed thoughts and prayers
But the dead are still dead, the dead are still dead
 
 
 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Green Eyed Angel

 
I’m sure I must have been 
my mother’s little angel
once upon a time            
and though I know
she never dropped me,
still, somehow, I fell
out of grace
and into hell
 
Until one day I was saved
by a green-eyed angel
with a kiss and a smile  
and I knew all the while
she’s the one
 
And if someday
the time should come
When other angels
lose their wings
I’ll always have
my green-eyed angel
to help me dance
to help me sing

Saturday, October 10, 2020

That Girl and the Sunshine

That girl and the sunshine came walking hand in hand
At least that’s how it seemed to me from over where I stand
I know it may look different through your stranger’s eyes
But all that girl has brought me is bright, blue skies
 
That girl and her sunshine found me lying down and sad
She lifted up my head and took me by the hand
We floated right on up into the clearest sky-blue sky
That girl and her sunshine taught me how to fly
 
And I bask in the glow
And I’m warmed by the rays
Of the sunshine she’s brought
Into all of my days
That girl and the sunshine
Burned away all the clouds
There are no more raindrops
Pull your umbrellas down
It’s sunshine and blue skies for all of my days
Just sunshine and blue skies for all of my days

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Compromise

 

Show me the man who’s never sold his soul
and I’ll show you the devil himself.
The first lesson you learn when the doc snips your cord
is, “To live is to compromise”.
Then, once you’ve been irreparably torn
from the source of life itself,
they tell you, “go ahead,
try to learn to fly without wings”.
Many years later my therapist told me,
“It’s impossible to ‘try’,
you either do or you don’t do”.
She didn’t know I’d already heard that from Yoda
when I was 17.
She also didn’t know that, from either of them,
it sounds like bullshit.
“Try” is the first step,
the prerequisite, to “do”.
Wisdom knows there can be no “do”
without “try”. Which also, of course,
is bullshit, but that’s life.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

When I’m down, you’re the only tonic

When I’m down, you’re the only tonic
We’ve got a love that’s supersonic
Your grip’s so tight it must be bionic
And I hope you never let me go
 
You’re the medicine my disease requires
My voice sings only what your heart desires
I write only what your love inspires
And I hope you never let me go
 
No worries can trouble me
When I’m in your arms
And I know I can come to no harm
As long as you care for me
 
You always can find me when I’m lost
And I know there’s no ocean you wouldn’t cross
If I’m the spaghetti, baby, you’re the sauce
And I hope you never let me go

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Keep a Window Open

Next time the full moon falls on a
Friday night
in Spring,
let’s say in June
Remember to leave a window open
and I, I will be there
soon
I’ll be bouncing on a trampoline in
your
backyard
I already fell for you,
I fell
so hard
Now I’m living for love,
and I’m living in fear
fear that you’ll grow tired of me and
leave me all
alone
And so I bounce as high as I can
bounce
and I’ll make sure you see me bouncing
there and singing
the songs I’ve written for you
 
Just keep a window open
for me
for me
Keep a window open
for me
even if a storm blows in
still keep that window open
for me
I’ll come streaming in
with the rain and the wind
so keep the window open
for me
My love,
for me
keep a window open
for me
‘cause I need to find you
and lay myself beside you
so keep your window open
for me
keep your window open
for me

Saturday, August 8, 2020

I Can't Hold Her Any Tighter

I love her as much as a nun loves Jesus
I could kneel to her ‘til my knees got raw
She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever known
And the prettiest girl I ever saw
 
I love her like Johnny loved June Carter
Each day a little deeper in the fire
But the flames don’t burn, they don’t even hurt me
And nothing can quench this burning desire
 
I can’t hold her any tighter
For I’m afraid that she might break
I can only give what she wants to take
I can’t hold her any tighter
I’m afraid that she might break