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Lyrics from "Rembrandt Afternoons" CD

Freedom

CHORUS:
Carry Freedom in your heart
Carry Justice as a goal
Carry Love in every fiber of the fabric of your soul
Carry Freedom in your heart
Carry Justice as a goal
Carry Love in every fiber of the fabric of your soul

When your seams are tearing
And your sleeves are threadbare
And your shoes are wearing from the road
When your spiritís too thin
And your heartís too heavy
Remember all that youíve been told

CHORUS

When the world seems shredded
And our battles stitched up
And the fighting nothing more than show
When our fuel is fracked
And our lives hi-jacked
Remember all that weíve been told

CHORUS:

Still our lives arenít equal
Itís just another sequel
To a tragic tale that weíve been sold
When I canít get married
And I canít be buried
By the one Iíve pledged forevermore

CHORUS:

Now I Know

It wasnít that long ago
I was so all alone
Sitting on a love seat
Waiting by the phone
For a call that never came
From the one who didnít show
Wasnít sure what was happening
But now I know

It wasnít that long ago
But time does move along
When you think you just canít sing
You find a better song
And in the singing you find comfort
In the song, a brand new show
Wasnít sure what was happening
But now I know

It was you behind the curtain
You, I hadnít met
And when I finally did
You were the one I Ďd not forget
It was you who threw the life line
As I headed out to sea
What good fortune
You found me

It wasnít that long ago
I was so all alone
Sitting on a love seat
Waiting by the phone
For a call that never came
From the one who didnít show
Wasnít sure what was happening
But now I know


Tender

Youíve come into your own
Like no one could imagine
A choice you made yourself
No celebrity, no fashion
A glass about to break
The shell around your heart
Now you have the choice
The map, the means, the chart

How hard to find an answer
That can free you like a song
How hard to tend a body
In which you do not belong
The calling of your true self
The calling of your heart
Now you have the choice
The map, the means, the chart

Sometimes we are born into the wrong place and time
Sometimes itís as simple as gender
It isnít ever simple and wrong can still be right
And the heart should always be tender

I fell into a family that has
Love as its back door
And itís always swinging wide
For the richest and the poor
Thereís room for any shape or size
Thereís room for every heart
And you have a choice
A map, a means, a chart

The challenge is acceptance
In each and every hour
No matter what the package
No matter where the power
The toughest transition is
To open up our hearts
But we have the choice
The map, the means, the chart

Sometimes we can step into the right place and time
Sometimes itís no longer the pretender
Still, It isnít ever simple and wrong can still be right
And the heart should always be tender

The Fishermen of Bristol Bay

Oh the Fishermen who live on the Bay
Life long fishermen who fish every day
If the mine comes, it could take their dreams away
The fishermen of Bristol Bay

There are net setters, boat builders, hunters & guides
In community, working side by side
That beautiful birthright they protect with their lives
The fisherman of Bristol Bay

Theyíve got rent to pay, theyíve got mouths to feed
But there is gold, there is copper and lately there is greed
Do the mine owners care what the land and people need
Ask the fishermen of Bristol Bay

7000 people, mostly native to the land
For thousands of years they have worked hand and hand
To protect the bounty that is now much in demand
The fishermen of Bristol Bay

Time and again
Over and over
Blind to the warning signs
In God do we trust
But to tend to this earth
Is a monumental task
Ask the stewards of our land
Ask the stewards of our land

Rembrandt Afternoons

She gave me Rembrandt Afternoons
I gave her metaphor
She was my sun and I her moon
Cradled to the core

She painted life in long, broad strokes
She colored bright and gay
She opened up a world to me
Then sent me on my way

CHORUS: Though she was older
She gave me youth
And in her boldness
She taught me truth
She was my guiding light
She was so strong
Now I donít know how Iíll get along

She held no destinations
She traveled without guides
Though she was stunning outwardly
She suffered hard inside

CHORUS:

So deep, so wide
So hard to see the slide
But oh, the pictures Iíll hold forever, I hold

How We Dare

How does a plane disappear from the skies
How do we lose so many lives
Not even a moment to say goodbye
How does a plane disappear from the sky

How does a husband disappear from his wife
After theyíve lived together all of their lives
How does the memory go but the body survives
How does a husband disappear from his wife

These mysteries are more than we can bear
But sometimes in the day to day, we forget theyíre even there
Itís how we can live our lives
Itís how we dare

How does a lonely heart not disappear
When the one they loveís no longer here
How do they find the strength to stay clear
How does a lonely heart not disappear

These mysteries are more than we can bear
But sometimes in the day to day, we forget theyíre even there
Itís how we can live our lives
Itís how we dare
How we can move through these broken times
To so deeply care

A Moment in Time

I pulled a bottle from the sea
In hopes it was a time capsule
Or maybe some lost treasure
A way to look at life anew
Through someone elseís deja vu
For just a moment in time

I saw a wedding and a vow
A two hand toss into the waves
To a future beyond measure
A time to hold this life as new
To start a love that would be true
For just a moment in time

Or was it thrown by one betrayed
A dark attempt to seek some vengeance
And in that toss to find some pleasure
A sinking splash into the blue
A love no longer felt as true
In a moment of time

But it held nothing more than sand
Some would say it held a promise
Or a loss of opportunity
What I see is glass in glass
Worn through all the ages
A moment in time

I found a picture in a frame
Two women walking arm in arm
They seemed to talk a tender care
The way they leaned, a fiery touch
Or am I reading far too much
In this moment of time

They could be lovers or just friends
Maybe sisters on a stroll
A tete a tete, a secret shared
Or a new romantic crush
Or am I looking for too much
In this moment of time

It was an image cast away
Tossed into a trunk with many others
Was it calling out to me
For what I see is heart in heart
Warm through all the ages
A moment in time

A Carry Me Home

Dark the night, the new moon rising
Far away from the light of day
As I set sail for distant shores
The dazzling stars will light my way
But if clouds roll in and mask the north star
And I am adrift upon the seas
My inner compass is what I have
To get me to my better me
My better me

So many times iíve rolled these waves
A pilgrim on my pilgrimís quest
To find the heart of all that holds me
And carry light within my breast
But sails will tear and masts will break
And Iíll be lost upon the blue
But if I can hold my rudder strong
Iíll ride the roll, my path is true
My path is true

Carry Me
Hold me steadfast on my journey
Loose the voice that it will carry
Carry Me Home

Secure the ropes and hold the bow
Iím coming in for just a spell
To walk the earth a steady gait
And break the solid from the swell
But soon enough the new moon rises
Far away from the light of day
As I set sail for one more round
Your dazzling heart will light my way

Riverbank

Thereís a warm wind whistling through the pine boughs
Thereís a red sun setting Ďneath the clouds
And as the day turns softly into evening
I want to sing my love to you out loud

Chorus
So if you follow me to the riverbank
We can float on out to the sea
And if you promise to travel the world with me
I will promise you love eternally

Thereís the silver of moon upon the slipstream
Thereís the shimmer of stars across the sky
As the heavens turn from indigo to velvet
I want to sing my love out as a cry

Chorus 2

Ooh, ooh ooh Weíll glide upon the water
Ooh, ooh, ooh weíll skate when winter calls
Ooh, ooh, As long as weíre together
Summer winter spring and fall

Thereís the salty spray of summer oceans
And the peppered sleet against the pane
As the seasons dissolve one to other
I want to sing my love for you again

Foolish or Foolhearted

He made a figure eight knit scarf
To keep me warm in winter
Gray as the color in my hair
I wore it on those icy days
Those cold December nights
Now I canít find it anywhere

It was made with so much love
The finest woolen yarn
With tender, articulated care
I was delighted to be given
A gift from his crafting hands
Now I canít find it anywhere

Doesnít mean it didnít mean that much to me
Doesnít mean Iím foolish or foolhearted
I was sitting in Atlanta waiting for my plane
I dashed away and I guess i forgot it

She found the perfect heart shaped stone
A promise of our love
Gray as the color in my hair
I kept it in my pocket
To remind me of her trust
Now I canít find it anywhere

Doesnít mean it didnít mean that much to me
Doesnít mean Iím foolish or foolhearted
I was leaving New York City, checking out of my hotel
I dashed away and I guess i forgot it

Still I know that itís unsettling
To lose an object of affection
But itís not a loss of loving or of care
What matters most of all
Is the thought and all the feeling
And thatís something that I always find here

It was a queen of hearts star cup
To keep my coffee warm
Gray as the color in my hair
Something I could travel with
To remind me to come home
Now I canít find it anywhere

Doesnít mean it didnít mean that much to me
Doesnít mean Iím foolish or foolhearted
It was sitting on the roof as I was packing up the car
And I drove away and I guess i forgot it

At least I didnít lose my heart, itís with you here

Slipper Mood

Well my dog donít bark but my dogs sure do
Especially when theyíre in uncomfortable shoes
Iím on them all morning night and afternoon
Iím bruised and blistered and I'm lickiní my wounds
I canít wait to get home and slip into
A soft, sleepy slipper mood

Well my pupís asleep but my puppies are whining
IĒm standing all day and then I have to remind myself
To sit right down and take a load off my feet
When I put them up, you know it feels so sweet
I canít wait to get home and slip into
A soft, sleepy slipper mood

Slipper mood, slipper mood
Iím warm inside and comfy too
Safe and sound in my bedroom groove
A soft, sleepy slipper mood

The kittens are purring but this catís uptight
My toes are tender, my soleís not right
I forget how to stop, to put my business to rest
Iím far too busy, my mindís a mess
I canít wait to get home and slip into
A soft, sleepy slipper mood


Worry Stones

On my chest a worry stone
Meant to rub away my woes
Much too often as I fret
I donít take time or I forget
I get too rushed to even breathe
Then fall away in restless sleep

In my pocket a treasured piece
Tucked away and meant to ease
My fragile soul, my mending heart
It holds together my torn apart
I try to stop and look to see
Then fall away in restless sleep

Stones to heal and stones to soothe
To silence fear, to turn a mood
But how can they accomplish this
When the heart is where we find our bliss

These amulets, these treasured gifts
Iím pulled in or set adrift
I wish they had the power to
Make me bold and solid through
But all that I can hope to be
Is tossing in my restless sleep

Stones to heal and stones to soothe
To silence fear, to turn a mood
But how much can they really say
When the heart is how we find our way

Lyrics from "A Piece 0f the Sky" CD

A Piece of the Sky

I walk out onto the moon
As I gaze upon this big round night
And I wonder as I always do
How the sun can make the moon seem so bright
It's a mystery to me
It's a mystery to others I can see
It's a reflection of our bodies
Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts

And I walk along the Noland Trail
As it winds along the river to the sea
And I marvel at the water
As it runs so deep beneath my feet
It's a mystery to me
It's a mystery to others I can see
It's a reflection of our bodies
Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts

Raise your voice so high
Like it's a piece of the sky
Let it rain down around you, let it rain
Raise your voice so high
Like it's a piece of the sky
Let it rain down around us all

I stand out in the morning sun
As I feel the warmth of springtime return
And I thank my angels for another run
Where I can touch the earth and taste the burn
It's a mystery to me
It's a mystery to others I can see
It's a reflection of our bodies
Of our souls, of our hearts, of our hearts

Raise your voice so high
Like it's a piece of the sky
Let it rain down around you, let it rain
Raise your voice so high
Like it's a piece of the sky
Let it rain down around us all

The Rain

If I stand out in the rain
Will it wash away my tears
Will a whole hesrt still remain
When my anguish disappears
If I let it truly drench me
Will the waters then recede
And if I let my jaw unclench
Will my anger be set free
Or will the rain just all on me
Will the rain just fall on me

If I shout into the wind
Will my cries be blown away
Will a new life then begin
Will my heart line be remade
If I let the zephyrs move me
Will my pathway be swept clean
If I find a voice to soothe me
Will there be better dream
Or will the wind just blow at me
Will the wind just blow at me

There's hope in every sunrise
There's promise in a rainbow
There's freedom in a sunset made of gold
And I imagine there are deeper dreams
Deeper dreams ahead
And more than I have ever said
More than I have ever said
More than I have ever said

If I walk through fields of snow
Will the snow drifts cover me
Will it quiet me as I go
Or will this hurt forever be
If I make it through the storm
Will a spring thaw touch my bones
Will I finally feel warm
This heart that longs for home
Or will the snow just cover me
Will the snow just cover me

Bluebird

When one door closes, another one opens
They say that to make you feel alright
I really thought my heart was too broken
Then you came into my life

I had pain written all over my face
Iíd put warming signs all over the place
There was no one gonna hurt me again
No one I would cause any more pain

Many days, my blinds were not open
Many nights, my sleep was too thin
The bed was bare, the pillows all frozen
Then I felt you climb right in

I had tear stained lines on the page
I was still working through all of my rage
There was no one I was gonna let in
Iíd failed before, Iíd surely fail again

There were no words
When I had so much to say
Like how I never thought Iíd feel this way
But if I hadnít spread my wings to fly
You surely would have never caught my eye

So itís true
When one doors closes, another door opens
And in technicolor on the other side
I really thought my heart was too broken
Then you walked into my life
And if bluebirds can fly over the rainbow
Then why oh why canít I

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The Heart and Back Again

With a smile that lights the room
From the day that you were born
Iíve seen it in old photographs
Tattered but not worn
You can fill a room with laughter
And pleasure in your stories
I treasure the first day I laid eyes on you

You were called to be a mother
And what a mom youíve been
I see it in the children
And how they take it on the chin
How they rely on you for love
And constance in their journeys
And how they treasure every day
they lay eyes on you

Walk with me now and forever
Youíre fifty and just starting over
Stay with me now and ever more
We will travel to the heart and back again

I found you at a concert
You stuck inside my brain
I wrote you on a whim
You wrote back and then again
You filled my heart with joy
That had left me in the night
And I treasure every day I lay eyes on you

The Zen of Being

365 days til the end
Then I start a new year and begin once again
I move two steps forward and one step behind
Into the future with the past still in mind
The Zen of Being

12 times reminded of all that has gone
The rise in a tone, a word in a song
I close tight my eyes til they are blue once again
Not really my color but a state I am in
Itís the Zen of Being

52 reasons to step forward and move
Not weak in my gait, not shy in my shoes
I open my eyes to the brightness ahead
No longer afraid, no longer afraid,
No longer afraid

60 incentives, 24 times a day
Minute by minute, in the most beautiful way
A smile as I wake, a tear of pure joy
A love I so cherish, three girls and a boy
And the Zen of Being
The Zen of Being
The Zen of Being Zen


Bucket of Tears

Where did you go, how did it end
You were my lover and my best friend
Though all these years pulled us apart
Somehow you stayed inside my heart
All those times I will remember, I always will
In the remembering is the thrill, oh the thrill
You were the one who made me laugh in those years
And now Iím left with a bucket of tears

I watched you go, though I was the one who walked away
You said you loved me, but I couldnít stay
I loved you back but I had things to do
The way you cared for me got me through
The years have slipped away, look at them fall
Iím still on the road, still answering that call
You were the one who made me laugh in those years
And now Iím left with a bucket of tears

You had a piece of my heart, you knew me better than anyone else
But something took you from me and me to myself
We saw each other, time and again
Time never passes between friends
Though we drifted apart and went each our own way
I still can picture most of those days
You were the one who made me laugh in those years
And now Iím left with a bucket of tears

So rest in peace my friend, Iíll say farewell
Iíll hold the hurt and the heart swell
My tears are falling like Oregon Rain
Falling again, again and again
You stayed behind and I let you go
We were so young, what did we know
You were the one who made me laugh in those years
And now Iím left with a bucket of tears

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The Artist Way

At 12 years, I am newly formed
Quaking in the light
My first guitar in hand
My first real dream in sight
I knew that I was meant for more
Than nine to five foot answers
I chose to let my heart strings sound

At 18, I was on my way
I left my home behind
Traveling farther than Iíd been
A new found sense of time
Lucky in my liberty
With luxury left behind
I wouldnít have it any other way

The calling of the artistís way
Is never much a choice
If you choose the steeper climb
Following your voice
Rewards are more than rent thatís paid
Pretty clothes and cars
To me there is no greater joy
Than playing my guitar

At 35, I had a band
Electric fingers flew
Heading out for weeks on end
We were music through and through
We played in major concert halls
The crowds were all on fire
And all my perfect dreams were coming true

Now Iím in my sixties
My journey still unfolds
I take my music everywhere
Iím always on the road
Though I long for home
To sleep in my own bed
Iíd probably dream of this hard life instead

Tender

Halfway down the highway
I stopped to stretch my mind
As I looked down that long road
My shadow crossed the center line
I donít always know where I am going
On this troubled, cobbled trail
And I hope I win your heart today
Cause tomorrow I may fail

I take this wheel
I walk along the edges
I leave a little bit of me
Everywhere I go
When I take this wheel
I hope it turns me home
Cause I know that home is you

Halfway cross the country
In another state of mind
I never see the boundaries
Though they cross me every time
I always know where I have been
Burdened by the borders
I hope I hold your heart today
Cause tomorrowís a new order

I take this wheel
I walk along the edges
I leave a little bit of me
Everywhere I go
When I take this wheel
I hope it turns me home
Cause I know that home is you

Halfway through my life
Another map in hand
I choose another road
And once more cross this land
And I feel much less afraid
As i move on down the line
And I hope that you will trust our love
This life is yours and mine

The Door

He stands at the door, taps on the window
Pointing to somewhere heíd rather be
ďI need to be thereĒ, he says over and over
But there is somewhere you cannot see

Tall and so strong and so physically well
To look from a distance, you really canít tell
That most of his memories have gone from his life
Forgetting most things except his daughters and wife
And sometimes that slips down the slippery slope
And you sit here burdened with your desperate hope
What cruel conditions wake him each day
Sometimes heís here, then it all falls away

And nothing makes sense in his mystified mind
Words have all failed him, thereís no sense of time
It all slips away, then a moment so clear
ďIím back, Iím backĒ, is what you long to hear
A prayer and a plea and a cry in the night
You canít make it work though you fight the good fight
You wish it were as easy, as easy as this
To bring back the prince takes one little kiss

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My Best

If I had stayed at home
If I had had 2 kids
How would my life me different than the one I own
If I had stayed at home
If I had had 4 kids
Would I have been much different in my tone
If I had never left
This place that meant so much
If my family had fulfilled me like they do
Oh wait...perhaps Iím already living that life too

Perhaps the longing is
The fact we donít have tools
To unlock the many lives we own
Perhaps our longing is just a memory
Because our memories always take us home
If we never leave
Can we come home again
If we never cross a boundary or road
Perhaps we cross so many times
We just donít know

Space and time and circumstance
This is how the world unfolds
Sometimes more deeply than we know

If I ever stop, if I ever quit
If I ever end my search by tooth and bone
I would not be true to my own truth
And I would never find this place that I call home
I am happy here, I have found a perch
By definition it is a place of rest
What comforts me, at this time of life, I feel my best

That Side of The Moon

My house I leave open
My faith lies with friends
If I canít trust my instincts
Iíll lose in the end
Iíd rather take chances
Than be on my guard
That side of the moon is too dark

I can run from the fire
Turn my back on the wind
Hide from the rain
But not from my friends
Iíd rather risk injury
Than be on my guard
That side of the moon is too dark

Lyrics from "The Horizon" CD

The Horizon

I need to say something
Iíve never said before
Iíve loved you so much more
Than I ever thought I would
I need to tell you
Iíd never felt this way
Through the swing and the sway
Iíd never felt this good
Maybe the hardship keeps it all afloat
As long as we can row, as long as we can row
And in your absence I can make it without fail
As long as I can sail, as long as I can see
The Horizon

Lately when I look at you
Iím looking through new eyes
Iím constantly surprised
By the one that I see
I feel that magic
That brought me to this place
When I first saw your face
First said ďyou and meĒ
Maybe the hardship keeps it all afloat
As long as we can row, as long as we can row
And in your absence I can make it through each gale
As long as I can sail, as long as I can see
The Horizon

Promises only keep
As long as your word is true
And long distance only works
When thereís no away from you
I set sail by the sun and moon
And follow the brightest star
And thatís where you always are

And in my deepest dreams
Youíve pulled me from the storm
Wrapped me in your warm
Rolled me in your waves
Now Iím awakening
Though I wish I never would
Iíd stay here if I could
If our dreams could be saved
Maybe the hardship keeps it all afloat
As long as we can row, as long as we can row
And in your absence I can make it without fail
As long as I can sail, as long as I can see
The Horizon

The Grace of God

Youíre minding your own business
When out of the blue
Like a bolt of white lightning
They come crashing into you
And one hundred and one memories
Break across your heart
Your breath comes in fits and waves
And youíre pulling apart
And the angels are all watching
Theyíre counting the minutes
Your life becomes a circle game
Youíre out of it or in it
By the Grace of God we come and go

Youíre sitting in Cortona
With a hilltop view
And your ancestors are whispering
Theyíve got plans for you
And one hundred and one questions
Race across your mind
Youíre caught between the then and now
Fighting with time
And the angels are all waiting
Theyíre counting your minutes
Your life becomes a circle game
Youíre out of it or in it
By the Grace of God we come and go

Iím standing on this earth
My feet firmly planted
With a promise to myself
I wonít take things for granted
Like the love that I love
The light of my life
And my sight

In a cafť on the eastside
Coffee for two
Youíre waiting by the front door
For your love to walk through
And one hundred and one scenes
Play behind your eyes
Why she hasnít shown up yet
Why sheís not on time
And the angels are all watching
To see how you would spin it
If suddenly your world split wide
And she wasnít in it
By the Grace of God we come and go

Millie

Millie had her dark side
And it got in her way
Sheíd get rid of it in the morning
But it would steal the end of day
And no matter what sheíd do
No matter what sheíd try
In the middle of the night
Thereíd be tears in her eyes
And that was Millieís dark side

Millie had her demons
And they slept on her right
Theyíd fade away at sunrise
And then haunt her in the night
And no matter what sheíd do
No matter what sheíd try
Sheíd wake up in a cold sweat
And theyíd be staring her in the eyes
And that was Millieís dark side

Oh Millie, youíre just another fallen angel
Youíre always in some kind of danger
Of losing your way, your back to the wall
Forgetting your dreams and most of all
Losing Millie to the dark side

Millie had two faces
And they faced either way
She could be the sweetest sweetheart
And then mold a heart of clay
And no matter what youíd do
No matter what youíd say
Sheíd take your words and swallow them
And spit them out another way
And that was Millieís dark side

Oh, Oh Millie
Oh, Oh we love you so
Oh, Oh Millie
Where do you go
Where do you go

Oh Millie, youíre just another fallen angel
Youíre always in some kind of danger
Of losing your way, your back to the wall
Forgetting your dreams and most of all
Losing Millie to the dark side

Millie had her dark side and it got in her way

Nine

I remember the first time
The first time we met
Just like it was yesterday
How could I forget
I remember the way you looked
When you walked up to me
I forgot everything before
You were all I could see
So I held my breath while I counted
Counting as far as I knew
When I let my breath out
I was counting on you

Chorus: Nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine
Nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, nine
Nine, nine, nine is the number that took me to you
It turned one into two

You were a dream come true
You were so fine
How could I not fall this hard
As I fell out of time
Right into your arms
Sewn into your seams
Life is always just what
You are willing to dream
So I held my breath while I counted
Counting as far as I knew
When I let my breath out
I was counting on you

Chorus

All my life Iíd been searching
For a love that was true
And I know following my heart
Is what Iím supposed to do
Loveís a long conversation
One that always takes two
And though it twists and turns and tumbles Ďround
It will carry you through

So I held my breath while I counted
Counting as far as I knew
When I let my breath out
I was counting on you

To Find Our Love

(Written in 1978 and rediscovered
by my brother Scot, who asked me to sing it
at his daughter, Danielle's wedding
)

In the morning when I wake
At the moment of daybreak
I thank the very sun that Iím alive
I turn over, find you there
With your just awakening stare
And I thank my very soul that Iím alive

And when I turn to hold you near
My feelings become clear
Though itís hard sometimes to try
To look beyond myself
The rewards become so grand
As the years unfold the plan
And Iíve only now begun to find our love

In the evening when Iím tired
And I sit before the fire
And I look on what Iíve done and yearn to do
Itís so wonderful to see
You sitting next to me
Sharing all the life that we go through

And when I turn to hold you near
My feelings become clear
Though itís hard sometimes to try
To look beyond myself
The rewards become so grand
As the years unfold the plan
And Iíve only now begun to find our love

Blackberry Blues

Youíre always on the phone
You never put it down
You wonít leave it alone
And I wonder who youíre talking to at
2 in the morning
12 oíclock at night
And when I ask you, you ignore me
Ana you think that itís all right
And I say why, why, why
Why, why, why, why, why

Youíve got facebook on the brain
Youíre staring at the screen
And itís making me insane
And I donít know when you last talked to me at
2 in the morning
12 oíclock at night
You donít look up to see me
Ana you think that itís all right
And I say why, why, why
Donít you try, try, try, try, try

Chorus: Yeah, the whole world has gone crazy
We donít meet face to face
We donít talk one on one
And weíre never just in one place
Yeah, weíre linked in, tagged, and texted, myspaced, facebooked, tweeted
But itís never about you and me

We donít have conversations
We donít see eye to eye
We just have confrontations
And I wonder what we used to do at
2 in the morning
12 oíclock at night
When no one else really mattered
When everything seemed all right
And I say why, why, why
Donít we try, try, try, try, try

Chorus

Forward

Thereís somebody outside my door but itís not who I thought it was
Somebody somewhat familiar but not who I thought it was
Has the light really shifted, have my eyes failed me at last?
Have the sands of time drifted, is our future stuck in our past?

Thereís something Iíve wanted to ask but the words are so hard to find
Is this who we hoped we would be or have we fallen out of time
Have we really changed or has change pulled us apart?
We fight for our souls but weíve always been of one heart

We canít move forward
Our gears are all rusted
Our wheels not turning
Our drive bruised and busted
We canít seem to move at all

Thereís somewhere Iíve wanted to be but I canít put my finger there
Mostly inside of your heart, with you almost anywhere
Our dreams are so vivid but our nightmares are wearing us out
Weíre not short on passion and passion is what weíre about

We canít move forward
Our gears are all rusted
Our wheels not turning
Our drive bruised and busted
We canít seem to move at

All I really want is this ride with you
Through all the magical places weíve traveled to
And thereís still more driving to do

We canít move forward
Our gears are all rusted
Our wheels not turning
Our drive bruised and busted
We canít seem to move at all

Thereís somebody outside my door but itís not who I thought it was

My Cousin's Eyes

Oh the times go by so fast
We were younger, I remember
Now the years have long since passed
Since weíd visit in December

Not a gray hair on our heads
Not a sick one among us
Now weíre slower out of bed
And the grandkids are the young ones

Chorus: Is this really how it is?
Is this really how it comes apart?
A little heavier in our bodies
A little heavier in our hearts
Is this really how it is?
Is this really what comes after?
A little heavier in our hearts
A little heavier in our laughter

First my mother passed away
Then her sister in due time
Uncle Jim chose not to stay
And Uncle Nick not far behind

Cousin Tony next was buried
How could it possibly be so
Seems he and Maryann just married
Where the hell does the time go

Chorus

All these years, all these family ties
All these tears, all the times weíve cried
And all our memories are ties that bind
And all we ever want is time

Now Peterís gone as well
And I see my mother in my cousinís eyes
When Iíll be back is hard to tell
It depends on how the time flies

Chorus

Bells, Birds and Stone

(written in 1995 and recorded for "Between the Covers"
but never made it on the album, Found it again and rewrote it
)

The hours draw down and darken my skies
The sounds of the night from feather to bone
Surely Iíd sleep if I could just close my eyes
But I canít sleep for the silence of bells, birds and stone

Below me the city all dusty and dim
The cobblestone streets, the shadowy tones
The doorways all beckon to the gardens within
And I canít sleep for the echoes of bells, birds and stone

Voices were calling from out of my body
From country to country
From the lure to the lore
And I couldnít answer from the center of solace
From the memory of angels
From the salt of my tears
From the eye to the heart

I walk in my dreams down the crumbling stairs
To the center of town where the blackbirds have flown
The trees are all music, the benches all bare
And I canít sleep for the singing of bells, birds and stone.

Voices were calling from out of my body
From country to country
From the lure to the lore
And I couldnít answer from the center of solace
From the memory of angels
From the salt of my tears
From the eye to the

Hard to listen when the desertís so vast
Hard not to fall back into my past
I twist in the dry wind, I shout out for help
But nobody hears me, no one but myself

Voices were calling from out of my body
From country to country
From the lure to the lore
And I couldnít answer from the center of solace
From the memory of angels
From the salt of my tears
From the eye to the heart

Dog Gone Blues

I roll over in the morning to stroke your curly hair
To touch your long, lean body even when Iím not sure youíre there
But most times when I reach out, something ainít quite right
Thereís a warm, furry body curled up by your side
I got those dog gone blues cause those dogs ainít been gone for some time

Maybe in hindsight, we should have been more clear
Instead of come sit by me, donít you dare come over here
Cause now when itís bedtime, they crawl under the sheets
And the only thing thatís touching me are puppy feet
I got those dog gone blues, cause those dogs ainít been gone for some time

I remember the old days, we used to snuggle up so tight
Iíd wrap you in my arms and I would rock you through the night
Now it takes vacation to hold each other close
Cause when I go to kiss you I kiss a wet, puppy nose
I got those dog gone blues, cause those dogs ainít been gone for some time

The Shepherd

(written for and dedicated to the memory of Linda Shepherd)

She was a mentor, a teacher, a writer
A poet with an ear for music
And a love of the language
She made you feel special
Pulled you into her world
A Shepherd of souls in anguish

But now that sheís gone
Sheís more than all these things
And she lives inside each of our hearts
And we treasure her memory
And live by her creed
Knowing weíre never really apart
Weíre never really apart

She had the kindness that all saints carry
Sheíd stand back and observe
While digging right into the fabric
Of all these threads
Pulled into our worlds
A Shepherd of souls who seek magic

But now that sheís gone
Sheís more than all these things
And she lives inside each of our hearts
And we treasure her memory
And live by her creed
Knowing weíre never really apart
Weíre never really apart

Easy Times

(Sung as a round. The fourth part is an altered version of a traditional ballad called "Hey Ho Nobody Home")

Easy times are hard these days
Hard to find and hard to trace
Easy to misplace it seems
Like all of my forgotten dreams
Iíve lost my way to Easy Times

I walk these lonely streets
I try to feel complete
With all these broken bits
Of heart and bone and bite and grit

Where have we gone
Why is this going on
When will we see our way through all of it

Hey, Ho, nobody home
Canít eat, canít sleep
Words have I none
Yet will I be merry

Lyrics from "True Compass" CD

Look What Love Has Given Me

Warm bodies roll together
Skin on skin and heart to heart
A cat on my head and dogs at my feet
Nothing can pull us apart
The sun comes through the morning blinds
The light draws lines on pastel dreams
I wake and turn and move the cat
Look what love has given me

So I lift one eye to see you dressing
Off to work and in the car
I rise to make you lunch and say
ďI wish you didnít go so farĒ
But as the daylight turns to powder
Turns the world to ebony
I race to find you coming home
Look what love has given me

Chorus: Love makes love and laughter suits us
Music fills our heads with sound
You, the dogs and the cat thatís purring
I got it right this time around

So I walk the dogs down by the lake
The moonlight shimmers through the reeds
I breathe the air that warms my soul
I turn to find you next to me
Back at home the fire started
Red and gold of autumn leaves
I hold you fast I kiss you harder
Look what love has given me

Chorus

Back at home the fireís burning
Red and gold of autumn leaves
I hold you fast I kiss you harder
Look what love has given me

True Compass

I would have missed you
i would have never known your name
I would have missed out, afraid to play the game
If I hadnít taken this one chance
This chance to find romance
This romance where I dance my way to you
Then I wouldnít be here

Chorus: Will you share the things I love
Will you bear the push and shove
Will you cherish me as much as I will cherish you
North and South, East and West
I promise you my best
I promise you are my One True Compass
You are my One True Compass You are my steady course

I didnít know where I was going
When I chose to make that drive
When I took the plunge and let fate have its way
If I hadnít looked into your eyes
Those eyes that held surprise
Surprised by all this sudden inspiration
Then I wouldnít be here

Chorus

Now I know what true love really means
I see my future clearer than my dreams
And I canít wait to see it all come true with you

Chorus

Summer To Me

We caught lightning bugs
Put Ďem in a jar
Poked a few holes in the lid
Took Ďem to the yard
Watched them through the glass
The way theyíd glow
That was summer to me
Under the big elm trees
That was summer to me

Standing in the moonlight
Feeling the breeze
Playing kick the can
Out in the streets
We rode our bikes hard
ĎTil we had to come in
That was summer to me
Under the big elm trees
That was summer to me

Chorus: We slept with all the windows wide
Trying to stay cool
The nights were hot and sticky
And the days spent at the pool
And I could hear my mom and dad
With the TV turned way down
But the feel of the sheets
And the sweat on my brow
Are all that I am left with right now

We listened to the cubbies
On the radio waves
Trying to hit a home run
Playing against the Braves
When they were in Milwaukee
And that was long ago
But that was summer to me
Under the big elm trees
That was summer to me

Chorus

Six Beers

Itís ten after one, the jukebox still playing
The crowdís thininng out, noone is staying
But Iíll be here, Iíll be here until closing

Thereís nowhere to go, noone to go home to
The house is so empty, cold rooms to roam through
So Iíll be here, Iíll be here until closing

Chorus: If six beers wonít do it, twelve wonít either
The nights just get longer and the loneliness wider
But I just didnít have the nerve
Now that itís over
Now that youíre gone
I just donít know how Iíll move on

Well, the bartenderís mad, says I should get on
Get off of my butt, and try to be strong
But he donít know, he donít know what it feels like

We all make mistakes, but this one was tragic
A chance to find happiness, a chance to find magic
Now I donít know, I donít know what it feels like

Chorus

Ooh, these lonesome days
Building a life through a desperate haze
Whatís a woman to do

But children and comfort and work made me stay
But mostly I couldnít get out of my way
And you were, you were all that I thought of

I just couldnít manage to let myself go
Stuck in a life where Iíd rarely show
And you were, you were all that I thought of

Chorus

The Storm

Thereís a storm that cuts across Superior
Itís a storm that weathers through time
And it breaks all boundaries and borders
And it batters the shifting shoreline
And the waves come pounding like a heart beat
With a rhythm that keeps its own time
What Iíve learned from the pull of the tide is that
The storm keeps the waters in line

Why would we dive into deep waters
Why would we risk life and limb
If not to experience euphoria
And if not to dive right in
And isnít love the same as the storm line
Donít we throw ourselves into that sea
But with a hope that the rescue will always be there
For you and for me

Chorus: Thereís a dark, dark cloud on the horizon
And it boils up to the sky
And it holds the sea in its strong arms
And it rains it down with a cry
And I wonder why few seems to notice
As the pressure continues to rise
That love is the truest barometer
And the absence of love our demise

So I offer you my warmest
And I take you out of the wind
And I hold you until you stop shaking
And I warm you without and within
And the storms are a constant reminder
That nothing in life holds still
Itís an endless battle of highs and lows
Itís a weathered battle of wills

Chorus

So Iíll treasure every moment
Be it winter, fall, summer or spring
And I know the beat of the storm front
And I feel the cleansing it brings
You can always take cover from lightning
You can stoke the fire against the cold
But to run away from a darkening sky
Is to never let love take hold

Chorus

Small Town

Oh the streets are so wide, you can diagonally park
In athat small town, a small town
Yeah the streets are so wide but the theater has gone dark
In the small town. that small town

Chorus: Where your business is everybodyís business
And everybodyís nose is in your business
And everybody knows more than you wish they did
In that small, small town

The concreteís so worn, there are cracks for every year
Of that small town, that small town
When the mercantile closed, everybody was in tears
In that small town, that small town

Then our parents grew old and the kids all moved away
From that small town, that small town
With no prospects in sight athereís no reason to stay
In a small town, a very small town

Chorus

My cousin, Kenny owned the pool hall where grandpa cooked each day
In that small town, that small town
Making breakfast for the farmers and conversation by the way
In that small town, that small town

And my Grandpa would brag, though braggingís not the way
Of a small town, a small town
Iím the oldest man around here and I walk five miles a day
In this small town

Chorus

Ooh, hear the whistle blow as the train rolls by, as the train rolls by
And oh, it never stops here anymore

Well itís a piece of our history, itís a part of our past
The small town, the small town
But like all things worth saving, thereís a chance that it wonít last
The small town, the very small town

Chorus
32 Years

32 long years, three girls now grown
All back to help you get on your way
A doctor, a teacher with kids of their own
The last one your baby and always will stay so

Time to leave this house that held you so fast
Time to put behind a lifetime of living
Take down the pictures that harbor the past
A time for letting go and forgiving

Chorus: All the dreams youíve dreamed here are wrapped up
All the years youíve lived are packed up and moved away
Memories like boxes folded and filled up
Tears seal the seams
And tear you away

Up to the attic, old Barbie Dolls
Out on the driveway, the sound of a free throw
Echoes of yesterday bounce through these halls
And right now it seems like all that you know

Chorus

Sometimes moving forward
Seems like two steps behind
Sometimes what is best is hardest to find
Just remember the blessing
Just remember the grace
And thank God for daughters like you raised

You sit in a circle around a treasure chest
Laughing and crying at all you remember
Little time to linger, less time to rest
But these times will always be marked by September

Chorus

Try

Drums and bombs and little children
Heading off to war
Wired cars and wired martyrs
Falling to the sword
What in the world has the world come to?
What has separated me from you?
What the hell are we supposed to do
When the heart has lost its way?

Holy cities, holy terror
Holding out for peace
Young men scream and babies wail
And war will never cease
As long as power is the strongest drug
As long as leaders always act so smug
As long as we bow and bend and shrug
And let hatred have its way

Chorus: I can reach another door
I can open it
We can put an end to war
But we must try, try, try, try, try
I can see another road
I can travel it
We can write a better episode
But we must try, try, try, try, try

Missiles fly and skies turn black
And nothing really changes
Burning bridges, broken bodies
Dodging darkened dangers
Helping hands of hypocrisy
Who defines what is democracy?
Why is peace now a commodity
And where is right and truth?

Chorus

Try to see things in another light
In the end weíre all just the same
Try to put yourself in someone elseís hands
Then maybe you can understand,
Oh maybe we can understand
Oh maybe, oh maybe

Chorus

Drums and bomobs and little children
Heading off to war

My Love For You

That gravel road wonít lead me home
Parades at nightfall since Iíve been gone
You know foreverís still far away
And I love you more today than yesterday
There are no boundaries in this life
Contagious heartache, conjunctive strife
While in this maze I wander lost
Iíll still find you at any cost
Iím testifying with this long face
I feel Iíve fallen too far from grace
But if you will meet me for midnightís call
Iíll dig my way out, Iíll climb that wall

Iíve bent the rules, Iíve skimmed the air
Across the water, deep in the dare
When I come home, itís none too soon
By light of sun, by pull of moon
If transportation is all I need
The golden chariot, the silver bead
Then in stolen moments Iíve traveled far
Iím always heading to where you are
Inside my pocket, inside my head
Iíve got more change, Iíve got more lead Iíve got the secret, loveís boundless ways
These are the words of which Iím made
Nothing can touch my love for you

When in the company of devilís strangers
I dream of you, Iím out of danger
I turn a rhythm, tomorrowís news
Visions of love, visions of you
All broken hearts will mend the same
Whether in forgiveness, whether in blame
Remembered harmonies, forgotten sins
Open the door, Iím coming in
Nothin can touch my love for you

Old blind dogs donít lose their scent
Moving in darkness and forward intent
Remaining faithful to the last
I love you like that, so hard and fast
There are no boundaries in my love
What lies below us soars above
And if you will meet me for midnightís call
Iíll pledge forever, Iíll pledge it all
Cause nothing can touch my love for you

Nothing Can Harm Our Love

The sun comes up earlier
The light in the room
Holds the promise of spring and renewal
Though the temperatures plummet
And the wind chill is brittle
In our house thereís plenty of fuel
Nothing can harm our love
Nothing can harm our love
Like the promise of sunlight
That falls from above
Nothing can harm our love

The world news is bleak
The apathy bleaker
Thereís a promise of peace called war
Though the numbers keep climbing
And thereís no end in sight
In our house we donít keep score
Nothing can harm our love
Nothing can harm our love
Like a prayer for compassion
That falls from above
Nothing can harm our love

We hope for a miracle
That winter just ends
That hatred is left at the station
And though you canít stop that train
By even pulling the cord
At least it shows determination

The night throws a blanket
Over all the earthís ills
For the comfort and rest thatís required
With sleep comes repair
The body renewed
But these days the world seems so tired
Nothing can harm our love
Nothing can harm our love
Like moonlight on water
That falls from above
Nothing can harm our love

Leap of Faith

It was a long road
It was a long time
It was a long way around this stuck mind
It was the way that I was looking
And the things I couldnít see
And it was the way that you were looking at me

It was a late night
It was the late fall
It was a late hour to make a late call
It was the things that I was hearing
And the things I couldnít see
And it was the way that you were looking at me

Sometimes it takes a miracle
Sometimes it takes a stand
Sometimes itís quite empirical
And sometimes itís so grand
But most of all it needs to be
A sudden leap of faith
Itís a leap of faith

It was a new dream
It was an old car
It was a back road
And a bright star
It was the things that I was feeling
And the things I couldnít see
And it was the way that you were looking at me

Sometimes itís rude awakenings
Sometimes...itís about time
Sometimes the earth is shaking
Sometimes the world is mine
But most of all it needs to be
A sudden leap of faith
Itís a leap of faith

It was a lifeline
It was a long rest
It was a life long dream
And a hard test
It was the things that I was bearing
And the things I couldnít see
And it was the way that you were looking at me

Sometimes it takes a miracle
Sometimes it takes a stand
Sometimes itís quite empirical
And sometimes itís so grand
But most of all it needs to be
A sudden leap of faith
Itís a leap of faith

And this is what I know
And this is what I see
It was the way that I was looking at me

Sail Away

Thereís a longing in my heart
To see you in the morning
Thereís a longing in my heart
To rest my face against your check
But I guess Iíll have to wait
Until that last great dawning
When I take that mighty boat across the sea

Chorus: Sail away, I can almost see you smiling
Sail away, I can almost hear you breathe
Sail away, I will reach out for your hand
When I take that mighty boat across the sea

Iím staring at the phone
Wishing I could call you
Like Iíve done so many mornings
In the years youíve been with me
But the phone would go unanswered
And I would be left hanging
Til I take the mighty boat across the sea

Chorus