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Because He Died

Because He Died  - Written in honor of all our fallen for Memorial Day

Behind Your Eyes

Soaring over the moment
Flying higher than time
Looking to the horizon
At the end of your sapphire skies
Taking off like a rocket
Breaking through to the stars
Seeing you from a weightless view 
Right from where you are
Here I go.....

Behind your eyes beyond the blue
Deep down inside in sight of you
Floating into your inner space
The constellations of your grace
And it's there where our souls will commune
Amid the skies 
Behind your eyes beyond the blue


Gliding over the ocean
To the edge of your world
Far beyond the familiar 
To the uncharted girl
Drifting into the heartland
Losing track of the days
Getting lost in the vastness and variance
Of your ways
A way I go....

In the windows of your soul
Past reflections of my own 
Behind the pains of blue I see
The better part of you
Looking out here at me
Searching my green
And what's to be seen
Is me loving you and looking to be 
there with you...

Farewell

I wrote after my father died. The tune is Ashoken Farewell by Jay Unger, my father's favorite fiddle tune. This is sort of his goodbye letter to his loved ones. 

When the colors of the sun
Stretch out from the deep horizon
And mountains cast shadows in valleys
You will know the time has come
For my spirit to be freed from
This body that's coming to its journey's end

And when you cry 
And your eyes
Are filled with your grieving
And pain is there taking your joy away
May you take comfort in these words I am leaving
And the love in a lifetime I'm leaving behind

In the embers of the days
When the rays of sun are fading
And leaves flutter down to alight on the ground
You will know of Autumns close
And the winter that will impose
And cover the land with it's cold ice and snow

Just keep in mind
That this life 
Is filled with beginnings
And every beginning has an end
So as you look to the spring and a host of beginnings
Take hope in the new breath of life sprung from death

In the stillness of the dawn
When you look for strength to go on
And face one more day in a world ever changed
You might feel you are alone
Like a pilgrim far from his home 
But know I will never be too far away

For where your prayers take your cares
I'm your interceder 
With all of the saints and angels there
And my name here engraved 
On this stone Ebeneezer 
Be a reminder of God's endless aid

Growing Pains

Everybody has them when they're young
Little random aches and pains 
Inside your legs strange places like your thumbs
It's nature's way of letting you know it's in your nature to grow
You can't stop it you can't change it
You just sit there and take it 'til they go away

Those growing pains, those growing pains
Indicating things must always change
And how you pray they go away
Those growing pains


Everybody has them with their young
Little random aches and pains inside your brain
And deep down in your gut
It's natures way of letting you know it's in their nature to grow
You can't stop it you can't change it
You just sit there and take it 'til they go away

Time keeps on flying 
Feels like part of you is dying
And no matter how you try and try and try you feel like crying
When they grow away
 

Livingston

Another night beneath the same old moon
Another dream about what I could do
The visions taunt me and they disappear
Down that road that leads away from here
Another child born into history
Another pair of hands for some factory
I've see so many of them come and go
Been in this town just long enough to know
That this is not for me

So I'm gonna fly
I'm gonna break free
Gonna see just where the winds of change might carry me
I'm gonna see what's beneath the setting sun
Oh I have got my sights set on Livingston
Oh I have got my sights set on Livingston


Another day inside this tired town
We're out of work they shut the factories down
The father and the son they stand in line
Hey Uncle Sam you know its welfare time
Another victim of the poverty
Gets in my blood just like a bad disease
I know that somewhere there's got to be a cure
It's nowhere here and I know that's for sure
There's a life out there for me

There ain't no way I'm going down
Another faceless name in some nameless town
I don't know how I don't know when
But there's got to be some life for me 
Just over the horizon 


 

Maybe Baby

Some might say it was poor judgement
But I made a choice caught up in the moment
Either way I'me here today and so are you
Now every day I'm wondering what I'm what I'm going to do

Sweet little baby in my arms
My mind is filled with fearful thoughts
But I will do all that it takes
To guarantee you know my name and know my face

Maybe baby
I didn't use my head
Now I've brought life to this world
I'm young and some might choose another way
But you are by far the best choice 
I could have made

I can not say it wasn't hard
To put my dreams on hold
To hold  you in my arms
But don't you ever think 
You're not a dream come true
I'd wait a hundred years
For one moment with you

Sweet little baby in my arms
The nights are short, the days are long
Each day is filled with choices, choices to make
I hope I get it right but I know I'll make mistakes

Maybe babyI didn't use my head
Now I've brought life to this world
I'm young and some might choose another way
Each days you stay the best choice
I'll ever make

And maybe I will let you down
And baby I will have my doubts 
In this complicated world
But I know God he can take 
All our failures and mistakes 
And turn them into blessings 
Like you my baby girl

 

Too Late For Words

They all spoke of a man with
A heart as big as Texas
And maybe they were right
Maybe they all knew you
Like I wish I could have known you
I only knew another side
Now I can not shed a tear
Knowing you’ve left me here
Not knowing the man who has died. 
 
And how did you fill
Your life with words
So many were heard
Yet some were unspoken and I never learned
No I never found out
If you were proud of me 
Now those sounds will never be heard
No its too late for words, its to late for words
 
Words are like the water 
And our lives are like the stones that
Lay beneath the flow
They can come in like a torrent
Or an easy flowing current 
And some water never shows
Like rivers deep in summer’s drought
Empty beds of broken doubt
Not flowing but longing to know
 
Just why did you fill
Your life with words
So many were heard
Yet some were unspoken and I never learned
No I never found
If you were proud of me 
Now those sounds will never be heard
No its too late for words, its to late for words
 
The rains came back today and
Filled those empty creek beds 
With water new and clear
And with it came a feeling 
of hope i might be healing
from all those wordless years

And I’ve got my face tipped toward the rain and looking to that final day when all that’s unsaid is made clear……
 
Like why did you fill
Your life with words
Where many were heard
Yet some were unspoken and I never learned
No I never found out
If you were proud of me 
Oh will our salvation confirm
 
It’s not too late for words, not too late for words?