Folk / Country / Pop lyrics that I have written in hopes of collaborating with musicians. 

I Know Who You Are

In sadness, in silence

I know who you are

Try to run from the past

But you never get far

And I’ve met all your demons

I’ve seen where they hide

I know that you feed them

And I understand why

[Chorus]

I know what you've been through

I don't want to lose you

The sun's gonna rise up again

I'll walk right beside you

No one knows you like I do

Just hold on, hold on, my friend

[End]

In satin and shadows

I know where you’ve been

Always diving for covers

As the night crashes in

& I’ve heard the confessions

From your small crowd of sins

I was there at the temple

As you ushered them in

[Chorus Again]

And the dark-hooded thief

That ran off with your smiles

Well, I know where he lives

(&) why he’s living in style

 

Yes, I stood by the gallows

With your future in doubt

And I heard all the screams

That could never get out

Almost Out The Door

 

I’m almost out the door

Locked up and left the key

I know it’s time to go

But man it’s hard to leave

 

The neighbors smile and wave

But my hands are filled

Seems I’m always packing up

All the dreams that we’ve killed

 

(Transition)

Outside the traffic flows

And the crowds are moving too

But they have never known

The part of me, that’s you

 

Chorus

There’s nothing worse than moving on

Even if the love is gone

Now what’s my heart supposed to do

And who am I, girl, without you

 

Alternate – Our paths crossed & turned to one

Just like the morning knows the sun

Now what am I supposed to do

And who am I, girl, without you

{End Chorus}

 

Yeah, the heart tries to steer

But the pain still calls the shots

And it’s easy to hear

When it’s all that you’ve got

So I know it’s time to leave

What else could we do

At times I still believe

(but) My tears say we’re through

[Chorus Again  here]

You said I was the one

It just never worked as two

I guess loves (just) a setting sun

And now our day is through

(trans)

Outside the traffic flows

And the crowds are moving too

But they have never known

The part of me that’s you

[Chorus Again]

There’s nothing worse than moving on - even if the love is gone

Now what’s my heart supposed to do

And who am I, girl, without you

Wishing Well

 

Tonight I need to drift away   

Hope stopped by but it couldn't stay

No, it couldn't stay ….. (trailing off…)

 

I trust my secret to the moon                    

It knows the pain of distance too

Far from you

(So) far from you

 

[Chorus]

It might just be a shot in the dark

But if my words could reach your heart

You'd know

I still love

You so

(or - can't let go)

Don’t point me to the wishing well

For tired dreams, that’s worse than hell

(It’s) Worse than hell                      

Tonight the pain’s too much to bare  

I’d turn it away, (but) I don’t dare                

You’re already there

(You’re) already there

[Chorus Again]

So, just cut  the ropes & let me fall

I need to rise (up) above it all

Above it all

I think the moon might share my pain         

‘Cause every night it’s back again

To hear your name

To hear your name

Crucify Dreams

(I’ve) been out walking in the rain

In conversation with the pain

Wounded pride, grief and fear

Uninvited, but there all here

 

[Yeah, they know about you

They’ve all heard your name

They know you’re the reason

(that) I’m just not the same]

 

So they say their peace

And I, well I've said mine

We’ve come to agree

Someday we'll all be fine

But tonight we will scream

And tonight we will curse

A twice broken heart

There’s nothing that’s worse

 

CHORUS

It’s not cupid that loses when he misses the mark

I can still see the bruises out here in the dark

And yes there are tears and yes there are screams

That crowd always gathers when you crucify dreams

[But there’s no empty tomb, when I finally look in   

Though there’s plenty of room, (cause) my dreams were quite thin]

END CHORUS

 

And, your ghosts love the dark, I can still hear them call

Though the heart rushes in, on the way out it crawls

 

And god only knows, why I kept holding on

Like a flame in the wind, but the candle was gone

 

 

CHORUS

It’s not cupid that loses when he misses the mark

I can still see the bruises out here in the dark

 

And yes there are tears and yes there are screams

That crowd always gathers when you crucify dreams

 

But there’s no empty tomb, in three days I look in   (when I finally look in)

Though there’s plenty of room, my dreams were quite thin

'White and Turbid Wake' 

(Line form Moby Dick)

"I leave a white and turbid wake"

Cast my fate upon the stars

Not sure why I’ve given chase

Or just what the dangers are

 

Might be a white whale or a ghost

Might roam the forest or the sea

Might raise a dagger or a toast

To the deepest parts of me

 

It’s the night that leads me on

As it cloaks the mystery

Is it the moon now or the dawn

That’s the greater friend to me

 

[Chorus Goes Here or after 2nd set of vs.]

 

It’s been months now since I sailed

But it feels like years to me

Guess time crawls when you’re jailed

(Or) when you’re not who you want to be

 

Is that a shadow in the night

Yeah, perhaps the time is here

I could tell if I had more light

I could see without the tears

 

I leave a white and turbid wake

Heading for a vast unknown

It’s a call I can’t forsake

I can feel it in my bones

 

[Chorus Goes Here]

Passing Sails

(Chorus after 2 or 3 sets of verse?)

I stood beside the lonely sea

Saw (the) passing sails of destiny

Your not here with me

 

(thought I) found a place where I belonged

Seemed so right, (but) it went so wrong

All that’s left is a song

 

Looked across at the distant shore

(of) all that we had known before

And my heart went to war

 

Chorus

Girl, I never told you - my dreams  

I held 'em inside - like screams

I couldn’t open my heart

But I think I’m ready to start

If I could hold you I’d say

I should’ve told you that day

It was you all along

Guess it just starts with a song

[End]

 

The stars now join the pale moonlight

To lead me back to you tonight

But there are storms to fight

 

The winds are strong, can’t believe the force

I question them and find the source

It’s my pride of course

 

It feels like years since I’ve been gone

It’s your memory now that leads me on

I’ll be home by dawn

 

[Chorus Again]

So Much More

 

There’s a playful child

And a woman scorned

A dream that’s died

And a faith reborn

 

(there's) a distant look

From novels read

(And) A stormy sea

Of things unsaid

 

A room where nothing’s

As it seems

With off-white lies

And red-hot dreams

 

Chorus

There’s a quiet harbor of deep blue-green

The safest place that I’ve ever seen

You draw me in as you’re searching me

You turn away and I’m lost at sea

Now your eyes are like the distant shore

You’re my paradise but (you're) so much more

 

There’s a Ferris wheel

And faded jeans

(The) November blues

(And) no in between

There's New York style

With a simple taste

A Devilish smile

With a hint of grace

 

A princess ball

in a peasants gown

A chapel wine

That’s been watered down

 

There’s a quiet harbor of deep blue-green

The safest place that I’ve ever seen

You draw me in As you’re searching me

You turn away and I’m lost at sea

Now your eyes are like the distant shore

You’re my paradise but so much more

 

You’re my paradise……..

Chorus Again……

Is That Who You Are

 

The red, white, and blue

Is that really you

So clearly defined

By (the) edges and lines                  

 

& the cash and the cars

Do they take you that far

The things that you own 

And all that you know

Is that who you are      

 

[Chorus Will Go Here]

 

& the world that we see               

Through the mental debris

The battles and scars

Is that all we are

 

(&) The flesh and the skin

That are holding us in           

Can I ask you, my friend                  

If that’s where we end                                          

Where do we begin                                          

 

[Chorus Again]

 

The prize that we chase  

While running in place

(What’s) this hunger we feed

This insatiable need

Is it a memory we taste?

I AM

 

I am a secret that I couldn’t keep

The dreams of the dreamer who talks in his sleep

 

Safe but unseen in the depths of the night

I am the shadow that runs for the light

 

Break/Chorus

 

I am the answer, still trying to learn

The reason that fire can never be burned

 

Born into riches, like the prodigal son

I wander the earth as if I have none

 

Break/Chorus

 

Naked and hungry, I cover the land

In search of a beggar with a mirror in his hand

 

He'll know who I am

He'll know who I am

Gone Country   

(Chorus to come - after 2-3 sets of verse?)

 

Gonna find myself where the pavement ends

Need to raise some dust so I can breathe again

In the country

That’s the place for me

 

Had to ditch the city, cause it stole my smile

(It’s) in my rear view mirror (now), that’s more my style

I’m going country

It’s where I’ve got to be

 

Got the open road and a tank of gas

When there’s nowhere to be, well, you get there fast

Out in the country

(&) I’m finally free

[Chorus YTBD - Will Go Here]

Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my self

Didn’t see me go, but I sure can tell

I need some country……

Desperately

(definitely)

 

No fancy clubs, no suit and tie

If it was a crime to leave, I’ve got an alibi

I was in the country

That’s good enough for me

 

 

Got the windows down, turn up the radio                     

Those old classic songs, are like friends I’ve known

In the country

It’s all country to me

 

 

No traffic lights, no blaring horns

I’ve never been religious but I feel reborn

Out in the country

Nowhere I’d rather be

Blue

 

There’s tissues lying scattered

Like bodies in a war

Though nothing’s really died here

Just what we had before

 

Screams now join the teardrops

Fleeing from the pain

But hope, the faithful shepherd

Leads them back again

 

CHORUS

No happy ever after, no saviors gonna come

Just thoughts/memories of you,

(pause)….. and Blue

No last minute pardon, no clever grand escape

Just the ghost of you,

(pause) and Blue

 

Daydreams are forbidden

The curtains have been drawn

Shadows keep me company

Now that you’re gone

 

Hope was overrated

And bottles didn’t last

Prayers lie exhausted

Around the empty glass

 

Chorus

Sacred Fire  (Kundalini)

 

Holy ghosts creeping in

(your) kicking up the

The past again

 

Sacred fire

Consuming me

Burning down

What I used to be

 

But/So I never made it out

Couldn’t find the shrinking door

Guess now we’ll finally see

What all this death was for

Chorus

 

What are you supposed to do

When the ashes and the residue

Were once the biggest part of you

[Had been the biggest part of you]

 

Just dance to the deathly rattle

Slide across the blackened floor

Try being light for once

See what all the death was for

End Chorus

 

What’s there within the ashes

The piles are now so small   (what once stood so tall/ how the lofty fall)

Guess flames can only climb

(The) high and stubborn walls

 

They tried going over

Cause they never could get through

Guess the fire needs its fuel

Like the past needed you    (like the past depends on you)

 

(&) its best to (just) stay/remain silent

In the temple of the beast

You wouldn’t know who to call (for)

[You wouldn’t know who was who]

The demons or the priest

 

Falling through the flames

There's noting to cling to

(you) Better let go of sanity

Before it lets go of you

 

Chorus

 

What are you supposed to do

When the ashes and the residue

Were once the biggest part of you

[Had been the biggest part of you]

 

Just dance to the deathly rattle

Slide across the blackened floor

Try being light for once

See what all the death was for

 

Dark Night 

 

Approaching clouds

And dark footprints

The nights speak loud

They don’t drop hints

{[The shades are pulled

But the night sees in

With senses dulled

The feast begins]] Use?

 

(the) Broken shadows

Unleash the rain

While (the) men in robes

Are all insane

 

Chorus

Even the past has a past

If you know what I mean

It just gets recast

And we.re caught/trapped between

 

Every night has a night

Where it’s already been

Think you’ve seen the light

Better think again

[End Chorus]

 

Wounded doves

And twisted steel

(and) God knows what

Is still concealed

 

The empty halls

Feed crowded rooms

Where darkness breeds

What it consumes

 

(Alt verses) 

 

The armchair prophets

Saw a distant star

There was no messiah/manger

Just the corner bar

 

Not Waiting on Destiny

No, I don't believe in fate

Not waiting on destiny

It might just be running late

(But) I've got somewhere else to be

Not wishing on a lucky star

(it) Doesn't seem all that wise 

To be looking so damn far

For the things I have inside

[Chorus will go here]

& no rabbits foot for me

Didn't bring much luck to him

Not sitting by the wisdom tree

I'd rather be out on a limb

No genie at my command

(I) Don't have a golden flute

There's magic in who I am

Just depends on what I do

[Chorus will go here]

 

I’m no Angel

 

I once was lost

Now I’m just running late

It’s not the speed so much

As the path you take

 

And yes I learned

About the early bird

(but) They don’t tell you

About the early worm

 

[Chorus]

& I’m no angel

Thought you’d be surprised

Guess that’s the trouble/problem

With such a thin/cheap disguise

 

If I was an angel

I would’ve pawned my wings

Traded in my halo

For some darker things

……and the rush they bring

…… What a rush they bring

[End Chorus]

 

If there’s a heaven

Doubt they’d let me stay

I’d be like graffiti

With nothing much to say

 

(I’m) not a bad guy

(Just) never got too good

Built half a cross (once)

But (I) ran out of wood

& I won’t hurry

Toward the pearly gates

(but) Don’t get worried

They know I’m running late

(chorus)

Hymn of the Pearl – Gnostic Tale

 

Yeah, I’ve got a secret

cause I’ve seen the truth

But I’m not meant to keep it

So I’ll share it with you

 

See, I lived in the fast lane

Asleep at the wheel

Weighed down by the gold chains

Guess my fate had been sealed

 

Had a thirst deep inside me

But I drank/chose the wrong wine

I grew weak, I grew weary

But It was all by design

 

[Chorus – children’s voices]

I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna find the sea

The question is now whether, you can all find me

(or - you will follow me) //

 

I awoke in a castle

So far from the world

& the song that they sang there

Was about a lost pearl

 

Said it waits by a dragon

& it waits in the night

But if you can claim it

It can fill you with light

 

& The words and the music

(they) Just sounded so true

So I knew in that moment

Just what I’d have to do

 

Chorus Again

 

So I fought with the dragon

And I fought with myself

& The pearl, it was waiting

In the place where they fell

 

When at last I could hold it

It was well worth the fight

Cause it filled me with music

And it filled me with light

 

It’s then that I remembered

All the words to the song

And the music was perfect

So I just sang along

 

Chorus Again

Feels Like Home   (Twin Flame)

 

There’s a light in your eyes

It reminds me of home

Like I’m finally through wandering

(I’m) no longer alone

 

I can’t picture the place

But I know it by heart

Not sure how to get there

But I’m ready to start

 

I think we get there together

I think we know the way

I think I was the gatesman

That turned me away

 

/ Chorus

I tried to get back there

To the place I had known

But the gates never open

When you’re traveling alone

 

Yeah, I searched for the kingdom

But I just couldn’t see

That the best part of heaven

Was down here with me  //End

 

 

Not sure where I’ve been

Or how I got lost

Why I fed the river

That you helped me cross

 

Yeah, there’s mystery in one

But there’s magic in two

Think I sent me away

So I ‘d come back with you

Helpless

(2 or 3 stanza before chorus?)

 

Girl, I built a fortune  

Then I tore it down

Found something new

Before it hit the ground

 

When I lost at love

Might have cursed the stars

But I got back up

(I) Didn’t hide the scars

 

& I danced with sinners

Broke bread with saints

(Got) cast from Eden

& I didn’t (never) complain

 

Chorus /

When the troubles came

I (just) pushed right through

But girl I’m helpless (pause)

In    love    with     you

Hopeless (pause) if you don’t feel it too  //

I’ve fought more wars/battles

Than hell has sins

When my ghosts came calling

Let  em’ walk right in

 

I’ve walked through fire

& I’ve braved the cold

Fought with thieves

Tried to steal my soul

 

& I lost my way

But (I) found myself

(just) Where we’re going

Guess time will tell

 

Chorus /

When the troubles came

I (just) pushed right through

But girl I’m helpless

In    love    with     you

Hopeless, if you don’t feel it too  //

My Smiles Back Again

 

My smiles back again

Think you know where it’s been

Why it had to leave town

before the tears brought it down

 

I’m sure you were just fine

The damage all mine

Bet you didn’t miss a beat

With your scorecard complete

 

[Chorus]

I hear you’re back in town

(&) I hear you’re looking for me

Probably thought I’d wait around

How wrong could you be

 

Cause I’ve found my smile

Though you’re too cold to tell

I guess ice is now a/in style

And girl you wear it well

[End Chorus]

I'm sure your smiled remained

Immune to the pain

Teeth bared with a grin

Your heart hungry again

 

Pick on someone your size

Who’s immune to your eyes

Stone cold to your touch

Who won’t love you that much

 

Cause my smile’s returned

This bridge has been burned

The tears have all dried

And your ghost, well, you ghost finally died

{chorus}

Shallow End

(dashes in early lines are to illustrate melody i.e. 3 paused beats at end)

 

I stepped in the sha-llow -end
found me a shi-ny -friend

Got caught in the un-der-tow
Just couldn’t let her go

Now I am sinking fast
Along with the net I cast
(Caught in the net I cast)

Under the weight of grief
It’s heavy beyond belief

Chorus

If the bottom don’t get me first
I’ll probably die of thirst

Ironic, I know, and yet
I can’t seem to break a sweat

And all of the words I wrote
They’ll probably never float

So maybe Ill scream instead
(The) things that I should have said

Break

Afraid to come up for air
Your memory’s everywhere

Yeah maybe I should just scream
An octave that’s in between
The sky and this murky scene

[chorus possibility -

In the ocean of love

When the heart is this heavy

You're quite sure to drown

(Me,) I'm just treading water

Before I go down]
 

Longshot

(slightly inappropriate content)

(3 pauses to end each sentence / maybe going down / put dashes in 1sr two as example)

 

Can I buy you something smooth - to - drink

(it’s) not the kind of line that you – might - think

 

It’s just your eyes are like the deep – blue - sea

Thought I better sit before they cap-size - me

 

Is that the best you’ve got

That’s the look I get

But I don’t think it is

 

Chorus /

It’s a longshot

She’s so damn hot

But here goes nothing again

Guys I’m going (back) in //

 

I’m sure you’re tired of all these come on lines

(But) how ‘bout giving me just one more try

 

I won’t claim to know your destiny

But I could see you coming home with me

 

Is that the best you’ve got

Still the look I get

So I guess it is

 

Chorus /

It’s a longshot

She’s so damn hot

But here goes nothing again //

 

Easier To Do

 

I could swim the length of the amazon

(then) Stare into the midday sun

……Into the sun  (optional 3rd line)

 

I could walk to hell, come back again

(make it back again?)

Maybe stay for lunch & count the sins

Count all the sins…..

May sound hard but then again…

 

Chorus/

It’s easier to do

Than getting over you

(add one more stanza?) //

 

I could please all the people, all the time

Break the speed of light (&) pay the fine

(Or - steal the stars & pay the fine)

(I’d pay the fine….)

 

I could reach the moon (&) paint it pink

Lead a horse to water and make it drink

(I’d make it drink…)

Not as hard as you might think….

 

Chorus /

It’s easier to do

Than getting over you  (& 1 more stanza?) //