pamby1

Username: pamby1

From: Sarasota, Florida

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  • One of Each
  • Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • Clay Mills
  • Marty Dodson
  • Jack Tempchin
  • Chris Barron
  • Grace McLean
  • Brad Roberts
  • sylviatosun
  • sashadobson

Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on pamby1's lyric:

"LOVE! Fool for trying...as the third line...

it sings better as "maybe I'm a fool for trying""

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Well I’m never gonna change you mind / And I’m a fool for even tryin’"

Clay Mills commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Not a first line, but a contender for the chorus title... Here I am"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A broken heart, a better man / hard to believe, but here I am"

Marty Dodson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"I like this!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"What I see / in front of me"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Nice line. Get my mind unraveled."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Might take a new exit, the road less travelled/Try to sort things out, get my mind unraveled"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"cool."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun"

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Beth Nielsen Chapman commented on pamby1's lyric:

"LOVE! Fool for trying...as the third line...

it sings better as "maybe I'm a fool for trying""

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Well I’m never gonna change you mind / And I’m a fool for even tryin’"

Clay Mills commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Not a first line, but a contender for the chorus title... Here I am"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A broken heart, a better man / hard to believe, but here I am"

Marty Dodson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"I like this!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"What I see / in front of me"

Marty Dodson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"That opening makes me want to hear more for sure!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"You had me at “get lost creep”, but boy those words did sting / But then you got to know me, and started listening"

Marty Dodson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Cool image!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"You sip your morning coffee, as the day sneaks in the room"

Marty Dodson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Never hear of that place, but this is a great line!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"You stole my heart upon arrival / At that sleepy bar in Spuyten Duyvil"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Nice line. Get my mind unraveled."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Might take a new exit, the road less travelled/Try to sort things out, get my mind unraveled"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Nice line."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Might watch the sun go down, see the asphalt glisten/The road reveals secrets if you’re willing to listen"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"nice line!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Might skip the baggage, it’s best to travel light/Let the answers unravel as day becomes night"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"good to include an image like this."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Grudges and regret, all they do is steal/Keeping you spinning, on life’s hamster wheel"

Jack Tempchin commented on pamby1's lyric:

"good thought"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I’d like to be the better man/But I don’t know where to begin"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"cool."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"can we best *come undone*? it's in a lot of songs"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"come unsung, "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"unstrung"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"the clocks are condemned/where the sky and the earth and my eye all end"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"All clocks are condemned/Where sky and earth meet and it is the end—I dare you"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"image!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Broke but never spent/Where my dreams drift through dandelions dancing in the dew"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"cashier in the sky... what can we put in the sky that's more... i don't know. poetic? silver in the sky, cash in the sky (double meaning)"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Cashier in the sky/Cash or credit, how would you like to pay for that?"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"how did i never rhyme splinter with winter?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I'll get under your skin like a Brillo splinter/and stick around like an endless winter"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"black sheep, renegade, rogue, rapscallion/ knocked over soldier in the wrong battalion "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I’m a black sheep blue streak, last to the dance"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"you ARE a sweet talking dandy!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A modern day Willy Wonka, sans the candy/but I've got the cane, I'm a sweet talking dandy"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"awwww..."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I use big words cuz I want to sound clever/Yet when I ask for a date they always say never"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i got an epic poem and a poison pen/a zen koan and a fistful of yen"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I can recite epic poems from start to end/Some people enjoy but most just pretend"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"how can you show that you're dejected rather than just say it?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Maybe it's the tape, that keeps my glasses connected/Those perpetual sneers leave me dejected"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"like the yellowing tape keeps my glasses dejected/the jeers and the sneers leave me disconnected"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Maybe it's the tape, that keeps my glasses connected/Those perpetual sneers leave me dejected"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"if you say that the glasses are dejected then it's interesting because you're personifying the glasses then if you say that you're disconnected, it's a physical thing that the hearer can picture..."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Maybe it's the tape, that keeps my glasses connected/Those perpetual sneers leave me dejected"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"like a bad check bouncing"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I'm like a bad check that you try to deposit/I always return like a skeleton in your closet"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"like a bad check bouncing"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I'm like a bad check that you try to deposit/I always return like a skeleton in your closet"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"my mind is a beast and my heart is a pest/i got too many dreams for my soul to digest"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"My mind keeps moving; but my body's at rest/Just way too many thoughts that I can't digest"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i'm living my life two steps ahead/i got a [something]shoe on my wooden leg"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I'm livin' life two steps ahead/If I don't slow down, I'll soon be dead"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"this is nice and gritty. could i scan a little better? "i closed my eyes for a couple of winks/my mind doesn't care and my body doesn't think"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I tried telling my eyes it was time for a couple of winks/But my mind doesn't give a rats ass what my body thinks"

Chris Barron commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i'd love to sleep in your deep, blue dress/i got an itchy palm and a second guess"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I would love to sleep but it would just bring me stress/ I've got this energy that I just can't suppress"

Grace McLean commented on pamby1's lyric:

"lovely"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"The sunlight through the window, will reveal the dancing dust/When it shines upon your face, it shows the woman I trust"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"excellent"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Santa's mind raced as the drone took flight/Something about this wasn't quite right/He felt time racing, yet it also stood still/No explanation/Was he mentally ill?"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"ho ho ho"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Santa was hoping that this was all just a dream/Or that he enjoyed, too much Harvey's Bristol Cream"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"LOVE mylanta and santa"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Now you've seen the past, but there is more in my bag of tricks/ Hold on tight my friend, welcome to the year two one one six/Let's get ready to land now, take these Tums and Mylanta/What you are about to see, is a world without Santa"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i like it alot"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Oh Bunny you sure have some great tricks up your sleeve/ And to think that I thought you were just make believe"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"killer last line"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Oh Bunny, this sight is just painful to bear/I don't recognize the man standing right there/Can you help me recover some of that time/I'm afraid I've aged like a cheap box of wine"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"really great"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Ah, those were the days, I was looking top shelf/So trim and so nimble, just like an elf!/The world was my oyster, no limits indeed!/On a mission of love, I knew I'd succeed!"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

""speaks up at last"? "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A voice from within the box speaks up at last / Fear not I'm the drone from a Christmases past"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"meredith and i tossed around using the idea of doing a Dickensian take on the drone. great minds thinking alike, clearly. we worried that it would become to slavishly close to the book, and sound like a rip off. then again, we might get some post-modern version of the "mock heroic" used so successfully by alexander pope in his "dunciad" and even more so in his "rape of the lock," the latter was an object of close scrutiny by me in my undergraduate years. i remember reading it aloud from beginning to end. took me well over an hour. but i was mesmerized by the iambic pentameter. it was in those days that i learned the nuance of meter, and they went a long way toward my songwriting--though that wasn't my intention at the time. "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A voice from within the box speaks up at last / Fear not I'm the drone from a Christmases past"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"meredith and i tossed around using the idea of doing a Dickensian take on the drone. great minds thinking alike, clearly. we worried that it would become to slavishly close to the book, and sound like a rip off. then again, we might get some post-modern version of the "mock heroic" used so successfully by alexander pope in his "dunciad" and even more so in his "rape of the lock," the latter was an object of close scrutiny by me in my undergraduate years. i remember reading it aloud from beginning to end. took me well over an hour. but i was mesmerized by the iambic pentameter. it was in those days that i learned the nuance of meter, and they went a long way toward my songwriting--though that wasn't my intention at the time. "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A voice from within the box speaks up at last / Fear not I'm the drone from a Christmases past"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"despite our doubts, though, it might 'parody' well, to use the noun as a verb."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A voice from within the box speaks up at last / Fear not I'm the drone from a Christmases past"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"who is gathered? i thought it was just santa and the ghost of xmas past?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A voice from the box left those gathered aghast/Fear not, I'm the drone from Christmases past"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"nice one pamby1"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"From inside the box rose two long fluffy ears/A bunny emerged to applause filled with cheers"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"its a good concept too, by the way."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"From inside the box rose two long fluffy ears/A bunny emerged to applause filled with cheers"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"fuck pappy van winkle!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A box IN-side the DRONE made old SAN-ta’s eyes TWIN-kle, Could this be a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle?"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"inside of is redundant: two prepositions in a row. but the meter tempted you, didn't it pamby?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Inside of the box was a strange new device/That can instantly tell the naughty from nice"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"good rhyme"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Inside the box was a note penned in German/With strange demands from someone named Herman"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"use rhymezone.com for that?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Inside the box was a note penned in German/With strange demands from someone named Herman"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"this is good"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Santa perked at sight of this modern day sleigh/Thinking perhaps all toys should be sent this way"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i like the 'shock and awe' reference"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"The drone caused a shock, everyone was in awe/Poor Rudolph fainted at the site that he saw"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"awesome! great set up"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"A tabloid reporter has Santa on edge/he's making demands and an ominous pledge"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"nice"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"The tipping point came on a frigid fall day/He gathered the gang; he had something to say"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"good: flows nicely with your last two lines, more so than your other entries"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"His once bright garb now tattered and faded/And the man inside now broken and jaded"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"hahaha"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"He doesn't care about little Johnny's list/And little Jane's demands have left him quite pissed"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"He DOES not care ONE bit for POOR Johnny's LIST/ and YOUNG Jane's de-MANDS have, in FACT, left him PISSED"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"He doesn't care about little Johnny's list/And little Jane's demands have left him quite pissed"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"if not for the stupid back slashes this would look and read better, but you get the idea,--i'm redoing the line to make it more metrically symmetrical. "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"He doesn't care about little Johnny's list/And little Jane's demands have left him quite pissed"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"pretty fucking cool!"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"That jovial laugh that we all know so well/Now an unholy snicker from the depths of hell"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"i love this concept"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Living for years in the cold fierce North Pole / The seclusion has now taken its toll"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"my rewrite, just for meter: "Living for years in the cold fierce North Pole/Seclusion has finally taken it's toll. " "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Living for years in the cold fierce North Pole / The seclusion has now taken its toll"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"why did i have to google E F Hutton? am i the only one?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"He holds more power than kings and sheiks/ And EF Hutton listens when Santa speaks"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"a nice set up. this is a good direction. but you have another one i prefer. more later..."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Don't be fooled by that laugh or that smile/ His untold story is wicked and vile"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"you have style pamby. i can tell it's you without looking at the name."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Do not be fooled by eyes that twinkle/In his mind there is a warp and wrinkle"

Brad Roberts commented on pamby1's lyric:

"pappy van winkle and E F Hutton. what do you read, anyways?"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Rosy red cheeks and eyes that twinkle/His madness fueled by Pappy Van Winkle"

sylviatosun commented on pamby1's lyric:

"that's funny...i know the feeling...lol"

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Lyric by pamby1:

"So much for lifes journey, I'm stuck on a hamster wheel"

sylviatosun commented on pamby1's lyric:

"good beginning rhyme...now finish the sentence and take me there..."

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I boarded the train with only a vision"

sashadobson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"cool and simple. Hey: how about using "they" instead of I. "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I hide the truths i want to forget"

sashadobson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Right on!!! "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"I hide the truths i want to forget"

sashadobson commented on pamby1's lyric:

"Just working around this a little. I dig that fear is perhaps what the space and time are motivated by.... so deep. i can't live through fear, i can't live that way... "

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Lyric by pamby1:

"Living in fear - I refuse to live that way"

My Lyrics

Written for:

  • Marti Dodson
  • Beth Nielsen Chapman
  • Clay Mills
  • Marty Dodson
  • Kalsey Kulyk
  • Jack Tempchin
  • The Sisterhood
  • Yashi Brown
  • Chris Barron - Spin Doctors
  • Eric Stuart
  • Community Collab
  • Grace McLean
  • Marco Argiro
  • The Holidays with CTD's Brad Roberts
  • Sylvia Tosun
  • Unite To Face Addiction
  • Peppy Castro
  • Mackenzie Morgan
  • Sasha Dobson
  • Natalie Gelman
It’s hard to know how I feel/Spinning on life’s hamster wheel

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My phone is always at my side/Yet the little screen helps me hide

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I could promise you the moon/And all the stars above/Heaven itself/All of creation/From the beginning to the end of time/But I’m never gonna change your mind
Well I’m never gonna change your mind / I’ve been trying from preface to epilogue

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Well I’m never gonna change you mind / And I’m a fool for even tryin’
Well I’m never gonna change your mind / And all the time tryin’ has been unkind

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Well I’m never gonna change your mind / A truth my brain knew but heart denied

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I'm never gonna change your mind / It's a truth that I chose to hide
I'm never gonna change your mind / A truth so clear that I've denied
Memories that time ain't stealin'
Memories still leave me reeling
Guess we didn’t know what we had then/But it brings me joy to “remember when”
If we knew then what we know today/I’d like to think…., well, …….anyway

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Not one memory of you that time can erase

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Not one memory of you I’ll let fade away, girl

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Not one memory I’d unpack from my mind, girl

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Not one memory I’d ever unpack, girl
We were young, not a pot to piss in / Didn’t realize we had it all, nothing missin’

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The last flight took off without us / I told you my Chevy could beat that plane
Your eyes were closed to barely a squint / Your chin was pointing to the sky

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You Never Left Me
What You Left Me When You Left Me
What You Left Me

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Lost Your Heart, Saved the Gems

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Broken Heart, Better Man
Broken Heart but a Better Man

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Call me well traveled, I’ve been to hell and back / But I’m still standing, and I’ve got you to thank
In the beginning, we seemed to click / But after a while, we just didn’t stick

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Your final words when you said goodbye / “You can change, if you give it a try”
Some memories are stolen by time / Others age like a bottle of wine
There’s something about fresh cut grass / It fills my mind with years gone past – and you

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A broken heart, a better man / hard to believe, but here I am
Someone so rare, puts me all in / With you by my side, I’ll always win

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Someone so rare, simply divine / My heart’s complete, till the end of all time

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Someone so rare, so hard to find / Mine to behold, mine to take care
Someone so rare, how can this be? / Your choices abound, yet you chose me.
Now I see / eternity

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Time stands still / yes it will

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What I see / in front of me
Eyes suggest / We've been blessed

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Lucky man / yes I am
So it seems / in my dreams

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Each time I touch you, makes me want more/Your eyes penetrate me, down to my core
Too good to be true, but you’re touch proves it’s real/ I hold back the words, and show you how I feel
You command my attention, with every caress/Each move considered, we play it like chess
We couldn’t leave the diner/Till all your songs on the jukebox played
Your laughter danced along the summer breeze / then your smile dropped me to my knees
My New Years resolution, back in ‘95 / Ask you on a date, and make it out alive
You had me at “get lost creep”, but boy those words did sting / But then you got to know me, and started listening
As long as I have you, beside me in bed / Ain’t no other woman, gonna turn my head
You come back from your morning run, in a sweaty mess / But to me you are perfection, in gym gear or dress

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You sip your morning coffee, as the day sneaks in the room
You didn’t judge my pedigree / or the broken branches on my family tree
You stole my heart upon arrival / At that sleepy bar in Spuyten Duyvil
Words given life, and too many unspoken/Left me with another heart broken
Your smile ignited my imagination /spun my head like a strong libation
She still believes nothing’s impossible/She’s chasing dreams, she’s unstoppable/Reaching for stars far away/She’s chasing dreams
Her tears dried up so long ago, full speed ahead she’s gotta go, she’s chasing dreams
She’s thinking big, not looking back/She’s thinking big, not looking back/Chasing dreams

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With hope in her heart, dreams in her pocket/ She’s blasting off just like a rocket/far away

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Her determination crystal clear / With every step she stomps out fear
The sun shines upon her face / Illuminates her courage and her grace
She looks up, winks at the sky / With a faith too strong to deny
With eyes that glow like little stars / you don’t notice her battle scars
On the path to your destination / the first step is imagination
The road of dreams, a winding mess / I’m totally lost, I must confess
A puff of white, dandelion / Blow the seeds, and keep on tryin’
Cross your fingers, toss a penny in a fountain / See a shooting star, and you can move a mountain
Close your eyes – concentration / Fire up, imagination
Some words are a blessing, some are a curse/You don't know the difference, yet you head in reverse
Words can be bullets, or words can be seeds/Let’s start with forgiveness, and see where it leads
I’ve heard it before, but this time it sticks/I’m ready for forgiveness, not another quick fix

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It doesn’t really matter, who’s right, and who’s wrong/It’s easy to forget, what we’ve known all along

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And you’re tired of running, there’s nowhere to go/It’s time for forgiveness; this time you know
Those words can’t leave you, they hang in the air/they capture your heart; you repeat them like prayer
I can pretend I don’t hear it, but she knows that I do/But I’m tired of pretending, and lying to you
Let’s forget about tomorrow, it’s better that way/No looking back now, so long yesterday

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Let’s bury the hatchet, we won’t look back/It’s the easiest way, to get our lives on track
Can you forgive me, my long lost friend? /The bridges we burned are ready to mend
We keep looking to heaven while raising hell/This ain’t working baby, best I can tell
Let’s fix these bridges, we burned long ago/We can do it together, if we just let go
Why do we hold on, letting go will set us free/Let’s move on, and get back to you and me

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But I’m tired of runnin’, no more great escapes/Time to start forgivin’, sometimes that’s all it takes
All of this running, but I can’t outrun the pain/Time to start forgiving, there’s so much to gain

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There’s a time in your life, you take stock of your soul/No more regrets, time to let things go

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Bridges you burned, can be repaired/When you forgive, you’re half way there

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The answer’s right before me, you can keep your crystal ball/when you choose forgiveness, you can have it all

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Forgiving is easy, but you gotta go all in/It’ll be an epic fail, or an epic win
One look in your eyes, one peek at your soul/It’s not hard to forgive, that’s how I roll
Start traveling light, avoid all the tolls/When you forgive, that’s how love rolls

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Might take a new exit, the road less travelled/Try to sort things out, get my mind unraveled

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Might take a new exit, the road less travelled/Try to sort things out, get my mind unraveled
Might watch the sun go down, see the asphalt glisten/The road reveals secrets if you’re willing to listen
Might skip the baggage, it’s best to travel light/Let the answers unravel as day becomes night
Etched in the horizon are the lessons I’ve learned/And the secret to cross the bridges I’ve burned
I’ll watch the sun set as it kisses the horizon/See my troubles fade, feel my load lighten
The asphalt has a way of melting sins of the past/As the sun hits the horizon in a silent but fiery blast
Grudges and regret, all they do is steal/Keeping you spinning, on life’s hamster wheel
It’s not too late to slam on the brakes/figure things out and fix your mistakes
This albatross that resides in our head/Grudges weigh us down like a pile of lead

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These grudges I’ve kept and preserved in my mind/Have distorted my vision and left me half blind
It’s hard to get by with this human condition/There’s nothing we can do is my supposition
Like finding a place without an address/Our moral compass becomes a gps
Like the place where love and lust intersect/It hides in plain sight yet is hard to detect
When every exit seems like a friend/But always leads to yet another dead end
When your heart is screaming “do the right thing”/But your tongue is tied and your lips won’t listen
My heart of gold is plated/But you loved me anyway
If time hasn’t changed me, why do you even try?

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We made the beast with two backs/In cheap hotels and cadillacs
Our thirty year reunion/just a week away

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Holding on to hurt just like a hoarder/I need to get my life back in order

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Your words always bit my backside/Both the ones you spoke, and the ones you kept inside

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Too much time unemployed/Left our marriage null and void
I've played some hands in life/that I should have mucked

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My stubbornness an albatross/Has become the family pet
Some chapters of my life/need to be revised
Old grudges a slow noose, they've aged me ten years
Got a lotta baggage, but I’m looking for a shelf/ I’m worn down and ragged, diminished to my worst self
How do I turn the other cheek without feeling like an ass?
Some words can be chiseled, but never erased
I’d like to be the better man/But I don’t know where to begin
I’ve collected grudges like magazines/They’ve gathered more dust than figurines
There’s a shame that lives in the back of my mind / It likes to put me down and hit “rewind”
Soaring past promises broken / apologies are whispered, never spoken
We rise/Hope never dies

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Bridge: Reaching new heights, on the right track/When you’re soaring, you don’t look back
A brighter tomorrow/When hope leads the way
Beyond apologies, past regret/Gliding to a new sunset
Our course is set/There's no turning back
Past lost dreams/stolen by the night
Where “lespwa fe viv”/Echoes in the night

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On a new path/where dreams take flight
Beyond past pain/where hope meets night
We're holding on tight/we're not letting go

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Rising to places/where hope's burning bright
Hope is guiding the way/the future burns bright
Soaring through shadows/reaching new heights
When life goes from ripe to rotten/hope tells us we're not forgotten
Hope is the beacon/it's leading the way
Hope is writing a new story/Lighting a path to glory
It's a call to action/Hope will lead the way

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Hope is the spark/Hope will guide the way
Hope has a story to tell, it's pulling promise from an endless well/Hope has a story to tell, it's a beacon of light you cannot quell

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Hope is the light that shines in our hearts/Makes things whole by finding the parts

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When you focus on dark, it's dark you see, when you focus on hope, it's light you see/Hope has a way of finding the light, giving you strength for another night
Hope has a way of finding the light, a break in the clouds on a moonless night/turning up like a long lost letter, giving strength and making things better
Big things hurt, big things cause the pain/But it's the little things that make things right again

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"Lespwa fe viv", it's our beacon of light/"Lespwa fe viv", it keeps us in the fight/"Lespwa fe viv", uttered on the darkest night
Hope shines here like a beacon of light/Keeps us going on the darkest night

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Shining the way to a brighter day/hope is here to stay, hope is here to stay
The heart of this nation filled with pride/Shines a light on their faces and can not hide

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Hope is the answer they believe/singing the words "lespwa fe viv"
Hope doesn't lament past glory/It's too busy writing a new story
Though some walls have crumbled, and food hard to find/You can't break their spirit, their hope or their pride
Lespwa fe viv/ In their hearts, this they believe
Who will make it right, for the unheard voices/A nation feels forgotten, who will shine the light?
With a seed of hope that's hard to detect/ Miracles happen when you least expect
Hope has a way of finding the light/Seeing what's wrong and making it right
Today wasn't so great/but tomorrow's gonna be better
You wonder how much longer/Your hope can hang on
A grain of hope can ignite your smile/keep you walking for another mile
You long for some sleep, hope for a dream/drifting to a place that hears your scream
You noticed me. Things (about me) that repelled or scared others, you recognized as pain
When I told you I feared the stigma, feared being labelled, you told me your story, you showed me some secrets aren’t worth keeping.

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You heard my silent soliloquy. You saw the signs, things that repelled or frightened others. You reached out to comfort me. You noticed me.
Few things hold weight. Nothing lasts forever. Objects, people— they come and go. Reaching out, offering help, hope, and guidance; Showing others that they matter. These things hold weight.

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You noticed me. Things about me that repelled or scared others, you recognized as pain.

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It's easy to say "there's nothing I can do". It's easy to say "I'll call later" It's easy to walk away.
You made me count when I was out of order. When I lost count of all that was wrong/It’s easy to ignore what is hard to see. But remember, someone is counting on you.

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Depression has no tact. It smiles while whispering "Your'e a loser", so matter of fact. It tears at the mind but keeps the heart intact. If you know someone who doesn't seem right, you can walk away. But I hope you react.
You noticed me. You didn't have all the answers or say all the right words, but you noticed me. And that was perfect.
You noticed me—and didn't pretend you didn't. You took the time and found the courage to comfort me.
Stop and smell the roses – don’t you dare!/Seek out wilting blossoms, in need of tender care
Stop and smell the roses, as the saying goes/but what of wilting blossoms, less fragrant to the nose?
How do we close the cracks/that lives are falling into/How do we offer compassion in a world that spins so fast?
The human spirit is unbreakable. Each of us is full, even when we feel empty. What seems like nothing, is everything.
Each of us a pixel on the canvas of life, pieced together perfectly to form the human spirit
I know about the illness that causes pain deep inside/ and transforms a soul into Jeckyll and Hyde
You may feel broken, but you are not busted/Your shine is still there, it's just a little rusted
I may not have all the answers, but you are not alone/I offer hope, which helps with problems that seem too big to fix

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Sometimes problems seem too big to fix/but dissolve quickly when you add hope to the mix
Hope and promise once perched on the corners of your smile/and your eyes were beacons that could be seen for a mile
Sometimes the road of life seems like a friend, then smiles as it leads to another dead end/Take my hand, I offer protection. Walk with me, we'll change direction.

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Look at me. Your eyes may feel too weak to awaken, but to me they are snow globes that just need to be shaken.

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I notice you; I offer support, patience, and love./I know what it's like to see an albatross where there is a dove.
Can I find the strength to let light filter in, or am I blinded by the words "Where do I begin?"
It takes courage to let the light filter in, to accept the warmth and let healing begin.

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I am not a rose whose fragrance fills the air whether you stop or not. Stop for me so I may blossom.

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Hope. I can thrive on hope. For me it's lost in that place between just waking up and trying to remember my dream.

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Connections. Today the woman at the market greeted me by name!

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Hope eludes me. Mine sits on a dusty shelf like a forgotten lay-a-way.
Do bother. Footsteps hurt as they fade away.
Talk to me. Your voice brings warmth inside of me.
Speak to me. Your words are warm; they encourage me.

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Approach fearlessly. Your smile will lead to victory.
Can you hear me? My clouds of silence a symphony.

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Notice me. My wall of ice melts easily.
How do I touch someone who, if they were an object in a shop on display/Would have a sign "Fragile", or "Don’t Touch", or "If You Break You Pay"?
What can I do, what do I say?/These are the questions that keep me away.
You said you see the rays, more like fog than light/And things that once seemed clear, now seem dark like night
Reaching you is like trying to coax/A turtle from its shell
"I'm thinking of you"/Ah, those are words that stick!

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Your smile the spark that fueled my day

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Each minute melts; time slips/Every day an eclipse
Your eyes a handshake; your smile a pat on the back
Black Sheep Don't Sleep
You said something I'll never forget/And I hope it comes back to me
And the future is ready to come undone/and the past just burns as it circles the sun
Where all memories blend into one/And stardust sparkles and there's nowhere to run
All clocks are condemned/Where sky and earth meet and it is the end—I dare you
Things time won't erase/Where regret meet shame in a place I know, do you?
Broke but never spent/Where my dreams drift through dandelions dancing in the dew
Cashier in the sky/Cash or credit, how would you like to pay for that?
You better sit down for this/I have feelings you can't dismiss
Maybe later, never, when?/Can you feel it happening?
Pointing fingers, misdirection/lead us from, resurrection
Pointing fingers come back to me/ready to accept responsibility
my, my, my…who knows why?/I, I, I…one more try?
I'll get under your skin like a Brillo splinter/and stick around like an endless winter
But don't judge too soon, don't react in haste/I think you'll find I'm an acquired taste
I’m a black sheep blue streak, last to the dance
My eyes mesmerize like aurora borealis/Gaze too long and you're sipping from my chalice
A modern day Willy Wonka, sans the candy/but I've got the cane, I'm a sweet talking dandy
I'm a hyperactive game show host easily excited/spinning the wheel gets my mouth ignited
I'm an infomercial host claiming "wait, there's more"/The words too late as you run out the door
Nothing planned, I'm spur of the moment/Everything rented, I'll never own it
New York minutes make my watch tick/My brain an express train moving way too quick

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I'm like a vagrant claiming he'll work for food/when the offer comes I start to get rude
Piss poor, not a pot to piss in/Like a donkey on tilt that keeps on wishing

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Like a mummified marshmallow Peep /I'm hardened by time but I'm still real sweet
As polished as a gem from your local Sears/Held the right way, I shine like De Beers
A decked out dandy, Papa Wemba would approve/On a mission to nowhere, yet always on the move
Like a permanent smile forged from a crinkle/ I'm smoother than a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle
A modern day dandy, a Walmart fashionista/With a Members Only jacket and Jordache on my keester
Destined for a pile of dust tinged with regret/ So I dance like a flame on a charcoal briquet
Always preserved, like an Entenmann's cake/My nose is real but the lips are fake
I use big words cuz I want to sound clever/Yet when I ask for a date they always say never
My white shirts yellowed in the heart of the pits/They tell me to calm down but I'll never quit

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I can recite epic poems from start to end/Some people enjoy but most just pretend
The life of the party when I get invited/Please call me "Sir" though I've never been knighted
The life of the party, when I get invited/My red sport jackets get things ignited
Maybe it's the tape, that keeps my glasses connected/Those perpetual sneers leave me dejected
I reach in my pocket, and find but a penny/ In a world filled with choices, I ain't got many
Organize my socks or iron the fruit on my looms?/Too many choices for these weekend afternoons
For reasons unknown I am always running late/Is that why I can't seem to score a second date?
I'm like a bad check that you try to deposit/I always return like a skeleton in your closet
I try to look busy picking low hanging fruit/but working hard is not my best attribute
too many impure thoughts and things undone/keeps my mind dancing and looking for fun
My mind keeps moving; but my body's at rest/Just way too many thoughts that I can't digest
I'm livin' life two steps ahead/If I don't slow down, I'll soon be dead
My eyes know that it's time for sleepin'/But my mind says to keep on keepin'
I should be on the couch enjoying a nap/But the voice inside pushes for another lap

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I can't help but smile when someone sees me/Wishes me well and says "take it easy"
I tried telling my eyes it was time for a couple of winks/But my mind doesn't give a rats ass what my body thinks
I would love to sleep but it would just bring me stress/ I've got this energy that I just can't suppress
My BP's rising, even while lying in bed/When I'm sound asleep, my mind's still ten steps ahead
Alone we may be just two Average Joes/But together we're superheroes
As you move along this journey, the road of the unknown/Some stops will be unfamiliar, but you'lll never be alone
When more is thought than spoken, out of fear of the unknown / I want you to remember, you will never stand alone
When on the road to healing, you will find a few dead ends/New faces seem like strangers, but they're your newest friends
But you've never been one to run before/You'll find courage deep within

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You said you see the sunlight/More like fog than light/And things that once seemed clear/Now seem dark like night

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You said it feels like freedom/That's abruptly stripped away/Like losing your place in time and space/Not knowing where to begin
In that narrow space of time/In the fog of morning's light/There is peace in not knowing/What is real and what's a dream
Now seeing the morning light/Is a gift beyond compare/Putting feet to floor each day/Is a blessing, not a chore

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It was three against me at that club in Hampton Bays/You went Jackie Chan and left those guidos in a daze
Sometimes life, it has a funny way/Of changing our course, in an unexpected way

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Your eyes told me the news, no need to speak/But when you did, a tear rolled down my cheek

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You've been a good friend from way back when/When I was too beat down to stand alone
Too hard to look you in the eyes/ Your words took me by surprise
Your smile was half-hearted/When those hard words started
Taken off guard it hit me real hard/Those words you had to say
On a random day bad news came your way/And your eyes told me the news
Too many young people have been led astray/Where are the role models to show them a better way?

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How do we find hope in a world that's made us numb/And stop the clock on the mess that we've become
The children just smile and play/No need for any words to say
The eyes of a child don't sort people into categories/Their brains are wide open and ready for your stories
Another mass shooting, another terrorist plot/Another hate crime, another officer shot
Time to give you space

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Time moving through the hourglass

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Timespace

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Cosmic collisions are the backdrop of earth/Old becomes new in a constant rebirth
Black holes collide, creating a pulse/Gravitational waves, rhythm of the cosmos
Are we just rats in an unwinnable race/or specks of sand in the hourglass of space?
Life just goes on when masses collide in the cosmic sea/Leaving more questions than answers will ever be
Eyes closed, muscles relax as I begin my ascent/I feel my body hovering in a pocket that time has bent

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I lay still under the heavens, my mind and body are one/I sense a lift of body and soul, drifting towards the sun

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My mind's eye is the passage to your soul/I now see the pieces of our life as a whole
I'm floating above, my mind broke from my being/Have I been here before, this place I am seeing?
Is it by sleight of hand that you make me believe/That my very life is a trick up your sleeve
I have been here before, in this place/But some memories are hard to trace
Yet sometimes I feel out of place, a cosmic disconnect/My mind and body separate, a subtle feeling hard to detect
Space and time reveal the unexpected/far apart but still connected
Distance does not matter in the web of space/Our mind's eye's lock and never stop to blink
Distance does not matter in the web of space/My heart can feel the emotion on your face
Distance does not matter in the web of space/We remain connected even as we drift
Gravity draws us closer / Reason under attack / Do I know you?
The sun will drown in that ocean of black / And we’ll only know his ghost
Secrets are safe moving through space/In that ocean of black/Regret will slow us down/Can't turn back, Can't turn back
A speck of love sparked our lust/Creating a ray of passion/A speck of shame put out the flame/And led us back to trust

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You glowed like an angel, halo and all/Under the Pabst Blue Ribbon neon sign/By rum and coke number seven/You were my stairway to heaven
Let science fuss with the nature of light/And let me take you home with me tonight/Let science sort through particles and waves/And let me show you how darkness behaves
The sunlight through the window, will reveal the dancing dust/When it shines upon your face, it shows the woman I trust
Is light a particle, or is it a wave?/How it's used determines how it will behave/Shone through slits and a wave is what you have got/But shone on metal and a wave it is not/Living as both is a strange reality/Science calls it wave particle duality
Light is a particle, but it's also a wave/How it's treated determines how it will behave/It is kind of strange, this bipolar reality/But it has a name: wave particle duality!

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I told my friend she should avoid like the plague the multi-level marketing "opportunity" she was so excited about/A week later the email said simply "Friends support friends, and you're not a friend"/My reply received no response
We sat across from Sammies, laughing to ourselves as the drunks stumbled out the door/My smile faded as I thought "will that be me in ten years if I stay?"

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It was midnight, and I pushed you on the swing in the moonlight/You said you were moving to NC in two weeks, unless something better came along/You gave me the perfect opening, but I couldn't get the words out
And time is the greatest magician on a stage called space / Cuz we're miles apart, yet I feel your embrace
What happens when time and space are one?/Do we stop aging and just have fun?
One day rockets will launch from earthly hangars/To meet up with our cosmic doppelgangers
On a tiny planet somewhere beyond the sun/My parallel life is being lived by someone
Have you looked upon a clear night sky, and then shook your head and wondered why/Why we're here and where we're gonna go? – Some secrets we may never know

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Gravitational waves, they’re beating like a pulse/Space and time are alive, rhythm of the cosmos

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Two black holes collided and made an epic burp/A billion years later and all that's left is a "chirp"?

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The very thought of such science and physics pains me/Like a million Brillo splinters etched in my brain
Space and time are one, beating in a gravitational pulse/When there's a pulse there is life, creating the rhythm of the cosmos

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Gravitational waves move like ripples in a pond across space/A cosmic pulse amid chaos, where time and space are one

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Two black holes collided 1,3 billion years ago/and all we get is a little "chirp"?

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I think I was on line at Starbucks on 9/14/2015/When those gravitational waves finally passed by
Like rustling leaves exposing the presence of air/gravitational waves reveal time and space is there
Two masses collide, the sum now bigger than the parts/Setting off waves, that can't be blocked and can't be stopped
When space and time join as one/ then becomes now, now becomes then/A cosmic pulse, the rhythm of the cosmos
Stars ignite like lighters at this celestial concert/Space and time join as one creating a steady pulse
No longer abstract, but alive with a steady pulse/Gravitational waves, the rhythm of the cosmos

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The sands of time, are so unforgiving/Let's look ahead and just start living
Time stands still, whenever we're together/Close your eyes and learn to trust me
I'm ready now, the journey can begin today/And the stars in your eyes can lead us the way
Let's chase time, like we can outrun it/Let's chase time, and vow that we won't quit
Let's chase time, like we can outrun it/Let's chase time, till we must quit

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I don't want to be held captive by time/Standing still no reason or rhyme
Miss your spark and your imagination / Lets not be another cliche
I can feel my patience fading/The time for action is today

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The word "love" seems to trigger suspicion/Let me show you that I'm here to stay

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The times we had make me sentimental/Keep me longing for you all day

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Miss the days of nonstop conversation/There's much more for us to still say
We used to communicate with such ease/Now it's like your talking Chinese
Getting tired of all your accusations/Can't keep fighting with you all day
You made me count when I felt forgotten/But now you've better things to do
The times we had make me sentimental / Now it's harder saying good bye
Days just pass, it’s one after another

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Same old problems just a new day

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Know it's not just my imagination/We keep trying but it won't change

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Day by day, and the clock keeps on ticking/And who knows how, we went astray?
When did love become so complicated?/I can't recall our last good day

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The Year Rudolph Became Venison
How the Easter Bunny Saved Santa

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The drone landed, with a halting screech/In a small town, known as Mastic Beach/Santa there is someone that I'd like you to meet/He has a great idea; his name is Franklin Weet/His thought is simple, it's been in front of our nose/Let me sum it up; This is kind of how it goes:/The Christmas season puts people in a state of bliss/But when it's over, the care stops; they become remiss/If we had that magic spark, each day of the year/Most of the world's problems, would just disappear

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The drone landed at a fancy boutique/Our old Santa would soon be cool and chic/"There's a reason why you're in such a funk/Acting so crazy and always so drunk/Your red suits are dated, and your beard is old hat/You look kind of creepy, no one dresses like that!/A fashion update, will change your life/The kids will now relate, and so will your wife"
I work so hard to make each and every toy/And I do it because it brings me such joy/Yet the want lists get longer and so over the top/They read more like ransom notes, I just want it to stop/When it's over, I'm simply forgotten/Is it just me, or are kids just rotten?
"Times are not the same, but kids still appreciate/but you need to change how you communicate/Years ago I sent you this device from Dell/Why it ended up here, I just can not tell/Thy fired up the machine, a voice said "you got mail"/So many thank you emails/They had found the holy grail!
The drone came to a stop on a tiny red planet/And soon they were greeted by a chick named Janet/She stared Santa down, which made him feel kinda low/"Don't worry my friend, you're here for your mojo"
The drone halted, making Santa feel a whole lot better/"Welcome, my friend, to the land of the lost thank you letter"/OMG Bunny, I sure remember these/from back in the day, when kids also said please!/Bunny you sure hit the nail right on the head/This is the reason for my anger and dread
The craft landed right in the center of Times Square/The city destroyed; faded murals of Trump everywhere/This is our future, the entire world went right down the drain/But you can change this, by cutting off his magical mane
As they approached, their strange destination/Santa teared up, it was no hallucination
Santa's mind raced as the drone took flight/Something about this wasn't quite right/He felt time racing, yet it also stood still/No explanation/Was he mentally ill?
If looks could kill, Bunny would be dead/As they raced away, in this newfangled sled

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Now Santa's no stranger to magical flights/But something about a drone just didn't feel right

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"Oh, there's a lesson on the way, I see you setting the stage/You've always played second fiddle, but it's you who is the sage"
Santa was propelled to a year still yet to be/Far in the future, to the year twenty one twenty three
Santa was hoping that this was all just a dream/Or that he enjoyed, too much Harvey's Bristol Cream
Now you've seen the past, but there is more in my bag of tricks/ Hold on tight my friend, welcome to the year two one one six/Let's get ready to land now, take these Tums and Mylanta/What you are about to see, is a world without Santa
Oh Bunny you sure have some great tricks up your sleeve/ And to think that I thought you were just make believe
Oh Bunny please tell me, am I under a spell?/To move through time is fiction, far as I can tell/Yet I can't deny this image that I see/Of a younger man that I so long to be
What is this Bunny, have we travelled through time?/Oh, how nice it feels to be back in my prime!
Oh Bunny, this sight is just painful to bear/I don't recognize the man standing right there/Can you help me recover some of that time/I'm afraid I've aged like a cheap box of wine
Ah, those were the days, I was looking top shelf/So trim and so nimble, just like an elf!/The world was my oyster, no limits indeed!/On a mission of love, I knew I'd succeed!
A voice from within the box speaks up at last / Fear not I'm the drone from a Christmases past
A voice from the box left those gathered aghast/Fear not, I'm the drone from Christmases past
The box revealed a snow globe adorned with wings/That could tell the future, among other things

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From inside the box rose two long fluffy ears/A bunny emerged to applause filled with cheers
Rudolph gave chase, with his usual aplomb/With his typical swagger, he was the bomb!
Playing hard to get, you son of a be-otch?/I really don't think so, at least not on my watch!

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Now Santa has seen some real shit in his life/But never a gift that has sprung into life

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Then out from the box, a most tiny hand rose/And out stepped a man, wearing sparkling clothes
Could this be a prank from some brat that got coal?/or perhaps from a hater without any soul?
Poor Rudolph stood in shock but managed a tweet/His message read hashtag a present with feet!
He just stood there quite shocked and turned to his wife/Could this be a Chia Pet just brought to life?

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He was so scared, Santa just stood there and cursed/Although he has seen it all, this was a first
A box IN-side the DRONE made old SAN-ta’s eyes TWIN-kle, Could this be a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle?
Inside of the box was a strange new device/That can instantly tell the naughty from nice
Was Bezos mocking Santa and his low tech ways?/does he really think drones are cooler than sleighs?
Santa watched in awe as he crapped his drawers/Then ran in his house and locked all the doors
Inside the box was a note penned in German/With strange demands from someone named Herman
"What the hell was that?" Rudolph yelled with great fear/As the drone buzzed away, clipping his ear
Santa perked at sight of this modern day sleigh/Thinking perhaps all toys should be sent this way
Santa cracked at sight of this modern day sleigh/ Saying just "now watch me whip, watch me Nae Nae"
The drone caused a shock, everyone was in awe/Poor Rudolph fainted at the site that he saw
While watching this drone Santa's mind started spinning/Santa's high tech revolution was now beginning
The madness did finally come to an end/When doctor Phil showed up, he's Santa's old friend

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The final straw came with words sharper than knives/and Santa cursing about Burl freaking Ives
A tabloid reporter has Santa on edge/he's making demands and an ominous pledge
The tipping point came on a frigid fall day/He gathered the gang; he had something to say
His crimson red suit has just faded away/The colors so dull they appear almost gray
His gravitas gone, just a shell of a man/No longer himself and in need of a plan

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He does not care one bit for poor Johnny's list/And young Jane's demands have, in fact, left him pissed

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The air that was once filled with joy and delight/Now hovers like clouds bringing sadness and blight

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Poor Santa has lost all his fiery spunk/The elves left to work in a paranoid fund
The elves have departed, one by one/Working for Santa is no longer fun
Eyes that smiled now bear a frown/This magical man has been run down

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Once considered cooler than Fonzie/Time has a revealed just another Ponzi

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Time has stolen his jovial demeanor/Leaving a man bitter and meaner

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His once bright garb now tattered and faded/And the man inside now broken and jaded
He doesn't care about little Johnny's list/And little Jane's demands have left him quite pissed
The reindeer can sense it, so can the Mrs./Gone are the days of the sweet random kisses

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That jovial laugh that we all know by heart/Reduced to a sneer from a life torn apart
That jovial laugh that we all know so well/Now an unholy snicker from the depths of hell
Eyes that once twinkled now empty and bare/ That hearty warm welcome replaced with a glare

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Eyes that once twinkled are now a blank stare/ That spark and that magic is no longer there

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Living for years in the cold fierce North Pole / The seclusion has now taken its toll
He holds more power than kings and sheiks/ And EF Hutton listens when Santa speaks
Though he's applauded. even revered/The real Santa should be despised and feared
He has the nuts to wear such attire/Oblivious to a bulging spare tire

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He threatens poor kids with lumps of coal/All with a smile because he has no soul
Don't be fooled by that laugh or that smile/ His untold story is wicked and vile
Do not be fooled by eyes that twinkle/In his mind there is a warp and wrinkle
Rosy red cheeks and eyes that twinkle/His madness fueled by Pappy Van Winkle
Sit back, and get ready to hear a story very few know/It's the reason why before saying "Merry Christmas", Santa says "Ho, Ho, Ho"
The merriest of stories often begin with "Once upon a time"/But the tale Santa must tell begins with "Mrs. Claus, bring me more wine!"
Put down your hot cocoa and prepare a Hot Toddy/It's time the world learn of Santa's role in the illuminati
As they say in real estate, it's all about location, location, location/It's time Santa tells the truth of the crappy place he runs his vocation
Santa has a story, I'm sorry if it's not what you expect/But I've just about had it in the age of politically correct
Long before I was bestowed the honor of being "Santa"/I paid my dues as the boss in the land of Crappy Gifts

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Long before being bestowed the title "Santa"/I toiled as an ombudsman just north of Atlanta

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Long before Khris Kringle, Santa, and good ol' Saint Nick/I was just an ordinary man known simply as "Dick"
No map can lead me to this exhilaration, new emotions with every mile of exploration
Destination, my minds creation, won't you come with me?
Memories, and their subtleties, lost between the signs along the way
Each new road seems like a friend, but always leads to another dead end

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Each breath a sand of time/through the hourglass I climb

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Accelerate and start to fly

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Preparing me for takeoff even though I can't fly
Traveling a new road is a pleasure I can't deny

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I hit the gas and go for broke
The clouds above form a cloak

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I boarded the train with only a vision/and a life derailed by indecision

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On most days I feel that my life is all lies/And my own mirror won't even look me in the eyes
So much for lifes journey, I'm stuck on a hamster wheel
I've known for way too long, that I deserve better

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How did I get to this place?
Old roads lead to the same old place
I boarded the train with only a vision
This is the day when the truth will shine / On broken chains we found peace of mind / We found our freedom and the end of shame / Break the silence as the voice of change

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This is the day when the truth will shine / On broken chains we found peace of mind / We found our freedom and the end of shame / Break the silence as the voice of change

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There's a flicker of light that is sometimes hard to see/Burning deep within and calling to be free

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An albatross, a problem that seems too big to fix/we are here to offer hope to the mix

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We face a struggle that we cannot ignore/and the time for us to act is now

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With a common bond there is no need to walk alone today/stronger now our voices join to speak as one
The first step is hard to take when you can't see the start/we face a foe that seems too hard to beat

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We face a problem that's so complex and hard to understand. So many lives torn apart, dreams taken away.

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We face a problem so large, tell me where do we begin? When it seems the world has chose to look away.
Story on the news, tells of a young life ended way too soon/There life cut short by too many stolen years/ Watch the screen in shock too numb to cry, it's far too much to bear/Numbing words go through our tired ears.

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We have reached a time and crossed a line, so time to act is now/tipping point means now there's just no turning back/When the stakes are so high and we know that it is do or die/When It's time to get our lives on track

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Story on the news, a young life gone too soon. Life full of promise, many stolen years/ Watch the screen in shock too numb to cry, news far too much to bear. Numbing words go through our weary ears.
Story on the news, a young life gone too soon. Life full of promise, many stolen years/ Watch the screen in shock too numb to cry, news far too much to bear. Numbing words go through our weary ears.

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Story on the news, a young life gone too soon. Life full of promise, many stolen years/ Watch the screen in shock too numb to cry, news far too much to bear. Numbing words go through our weary ears.

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Their eyes tell us their story but we are far too scared to hear. It is time we move beyond the pain we bear/Precious lives undone touch all of us no matter who we are. Choosing silence leads us to despair.

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There comes a time when we have crossed a line, When there's just no turning back /When the stakes are high we know it's do or die , When It's time to get our lives on track

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This is the day when the truth will shine / We broke the chains and found peace of mind / We found our freedom and the end of shame / End the silence, be the voice of change

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This is the day when the truth will shine / We broke the chains and found peace of mind / We found our freedom and the end of shame / End the silence, be the voice of change
A long road, we'll walk it with you/Not alone, we will see you through

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With one choice, recovery wins /Just one step, a journey begins
Dreams begin, a hopeful vision/They come true, with one decision

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Tears of joy, and a smile for you/darkness fades, we begin anew

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Hear our voice, a movement begins/Stand as one, for unity wins

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Hear our words, we believe in you/Stand as one, and we will pull through

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We all know, we know somebody/Not alone, it affects us all

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A new day, is waiting for you/no more shame, so much you can do

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Voices rise, and the silence ends/Forces join, and the courage mends

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Silence ends, there's no place for shame/Silence ends, there's no place for blame
We see you, and we feel your pain/We don't judge, and there is no shame

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Where is love, take a look around/Here for you, can you hear the sound

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Find the path, a discovery/a road to, your recovery

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We are proof, and we offer hope/ Here for you, when it's hard to cope

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Silence ends and the hope begins/darkness dies and the sunshine wins

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Silence ends, are you listening/Day of hope, sun is glistening
Come with me, for I know the way/free of shame, to a better day
The Fear makes it hard to begin/To break the silence from within

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From the silence a voice within/Speaks the words of hope to begin

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. Here’s the day that we join as one. Voices rise to become the force

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Here’s the day that the silence ends. Just one voice sets us on the course

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When silence ends the hope begins/When silence ends light filters in

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When you look at me what do you see before you turn away? Do you see the struggle etched upon my face?
No more shame, there's no one to blame/Let's reclaim, Ground lost to the pain
Here's the day that the silence ends. Just one voice sets us on the course. Here's the day that we join as one. Voices rise to become the force.
This is the day the silence ends/All of our fear is cast into light/This is the day the silence ends/We fight addiction with all of our might
This is the day that the silence ends/This is the day we join as one/This is the day we reverse the trends/This is the day we have begun

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Look around, join hands, and listen/This is the sound of family and friends/This is the sound of facing our fears/This is the day the silence ends

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This is the day we make our stand/This is the day our sadness mends/This is the day we face our fears/This is the day the silence ends
Let's turn words into action, Let's turn loss into gain

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Let's turn words into action, Let's turn loss into gain

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My dream can be achieved if we have a plan/No more requests to be pallbearer, and more to be best man
It is inaction that we must bury; no more ten year class reunions at the cemetary

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We must get past "numb", and into a place of action

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We all love someone, who is touched by this affliction/We all love someone, who struggles with addiction
It's the emotion you feel when hope takes hold, When the obstacle is clear and the solution is clearer

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It can start here, and it can start now, and we can keep it going/We won't look back, we won't accept "no", and we can keep it growing

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We stand as one, we have waited too long/And we will not turn back, we will stay strong

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I stand by your side, with love and with pride/And I will hold your hand, when you decide, when you decide
Open the door where addiction ends, where life begins and clarity mends
There is a light past the guilt and shame, in a place where hope and love know your name
I guess there's a reason, that I keep saying "just one more time"/This ride that we've been on, it's kind of blown my mind/The ups and downs excite me, and you do too, but

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I guess there's a reason that I keep saying "just one more time"/This ride that we've been on, it's kind of blown my mind/This roller coaster ride wouldn't be the same without you

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Our partership has died

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I miss our partnership

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Our two way street denied

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I have needs you can't provide

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You're too hard to navigate

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You really hurt my pride

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A truth I cannot hide

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Too much Jeckyll and Hyde

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I'm a fool, and you've been stringing me along

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If it doesn't feel right, it must be wrong, sorry baby, I'm gone

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I can't turn time into truth, so baby I'm gone.
I missed the signs, the writing on the wall, when they first appeared, I cannot recall

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But Time is the greatest magician, it made me believe/That we had something special, hiding up its sleeve

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But now I see, as clear as day, that I'm wasting my time, if I stay

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I could get angry, but what good would that do? Past all of the anger, I'm still in love with you.
I thought we had a good thing, where did we go wrong? I guess I’ve been in denial for far too long.
Remember when we could read each other's mind?/Now ten years with you has made me blind.

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I miss the days when we were just having fun/Making love, not fighting, when the day was done

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Man, we used to be so in sync/With a nod or a smile, no need to think
I guess its the memories, that keep me hangin around

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Our time together, is more bitter than sweet
Whenever I touch you, it ignites the youth inside.
That soothe me into submission like sweet lullabies
But who am I kidding, I know I ain't no prize
Next thing I know. another year's gone by
Then I see the answer in the sparkle of your eye
I can't muster the courage to say goodbye
But your smile makes it easy to tell myself another lie
Through the sunlight and laugher, headed for the happily ever after
Where to we begin when things are coming to an end
We measured out our lives with broken drywall and slamming doors
Where were you, when I was in a funk/Didn't shower for days, and smelled like a skunk?
I remember when we dreamed together
The word "I" spews from your mouth like salt from a shaker

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Every mirror knows you by name
What we had was just a fad, now I'm looking for the real deal

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But there's other fish in the sea

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But these are thoughts I must dismiss
But living in the past is nothing but a waste

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But thoughts of you take me to a scary place
You should have told me to my face

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But some memories are best erased
And your lies are impossible to swallow
And I'm struggling to regain my balance
And your smile blocked the lies and deceipt
You were everything that I thought I was missing
Thought you were the one, I wanted my parents to meet

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Tall, dark, and handsome, your package seemed complete

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Wanted someone hard to resist/but all I found was a narcissist

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You're proof you can't judge a book by its cover
I'm glad I saw through your flashy facade

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The pretty boys are a dime a dozen

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I did'nt know what "high maintenance" was till I met you

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In the art of back stabing you have earned your diploma
You stabbed me in the back and now it's over
A punk from Mastic acting like the Prince of Barcelona

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Stealing hearts from their rightful owner

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You act like Dom Perignon but you're more like a Corona
Your just a poser from Daytona
Another poser; and your fancy car is just a loaner
Your halo's rusted, you can't cover up your true persona
Behind the bling, a devil in disguise
A punk with a suspect pedigree
Thinking you're special, thinking you're cute
Your self assurance radiates

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Like a hungry wolf in hot pursuit
God's gift to all who cross your path
With the knife out of my back, my life back on track
You wore a great disguise, your smile told me lies
I should have /seen it in your eyes/a devil in disguise/telling me to run away

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It's time to get my life on track, it's easy to do without a knife in my back
Who knew a devil in disguise / Could have such blue eyes?
I guess you're not into girls with a backbone and grit
No more second guessing, I won't miss you a bit

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I should have trusted my gut, we just didn't fit

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I hide the truths i want to forget
Is where my doubts form clouds that rain regret
In a new dimension, the stage was set...
Finding your heart has been both a labyrinth and maze/When I feel closer, I see a road block through the haze

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I keep thinking how your eyes/Pulled me to you like magnets

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We've got too much history to throw away, but I am tired of worrying if you'll stay

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Maybe we are closer than we both know/But need a little space to help us grow.

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Why you are distant, I guess it's not a riddle/I know the truth is found somewhere in the middle.

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We have stood at these crossroads many times before, yet I suspect you are already out the door

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When I'm with you, time stands still/ all the planets align – do you feel that way too?

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Our life is a book, don't rip out a chapter/Let's get to, the happily ever after

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I sense the distance, you know that it's true/but I'll do what it takes to get back to you

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I can't promise tomorrow but I'll give you today, and you won't regret a moment if you stay

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Let us live our life without regret/One day at a time is all we get

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And interrupt our life before we hit "play"
But until that time let's live another day

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But don't count me out because I'm here to stay

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But love for you is what i offer today

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Living in fear - I refuse to live that way
So I need you to listen to what I say

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And that we should cherish each and every day

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Don't let that happen to us, is what I pray

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So fragile is life, it is funny that way

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In the blink of an eye, on a random day
But I don't give a rat's ass, I live for today

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Vetted and bedded, but now I'm sensing resistance/Cut it out now, baby, and let's go the distance!

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You and I under blankets on my couch, no makeup on me - not a fuss/The Sunday paper, bagels and tea, those are the best memories of us

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You and I under blankets on my couch, no makeup on me - not a fuss

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The mirror told me a secret today/but it hurt to hear so I turned away

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We were once like magnets, no sign of resistance/Yet lately we repel, all I feel is distance.
When it happened, it is hard to tell / But baby you've lost, that new car smell.
There is a feeling in my heart, some kind of emotion/I am holding your hand, yet separated by ocean.

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A year later, not much I can do. Cities and farms litter my find, far away planets, and you.

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I listened to my heart, but ignored my eyes, now I know, our perfect love was lust in disguise
I know you, had a door to shut, and sometimes stopping the pain, means making a cut

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We were perfect, for a place and time, And I'll cherish the moments, that you were mine
I wasn't totaled, this was just a fender bender, and I'll soon get over, this return to sender
Like a salesman, numb to rejection, sweet memories of you, offer protection.

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An unopened letter, such sweet poetry./Saying more than a novel, finally setting me free.
A life with regret, an albatross. I gave it one try, I can accept the loss.
A life with regret, what a dreadful albatross. I gave it one try, so I can accept the loss.

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Isn't it funny, how time dulls the pain? I'll always remember you, and I hope you do the same.

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In my heart, rests a place for you. Until that day, I'll start anew.

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Return to sender, now a memory, those three words, that set me free.

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(And knew it had been found) "return to sender", not the three words I wanted to hear, But they expressed your emotions, made them quite clear

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(And knew it had been found) "return to sender", not the three words I wanted to hear, but the memories of you, I will always hold dear

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(But it could not be found) It's a year later, and I'm no longer distressed. I found a new path, and have been truly blessed.

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(And found it all around) When the gray days, try to steal my smile/I pull out our memories, tucked in a cherished file.

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(But I did not hear a sound) Time has taken my rose colored glasses, took them right away. And now I have acceptance, of where I am today.

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(But I did not hear a sound) Time has taken my rose colored glasses, took them right from me. And now I know that things, are how they were meant to be.

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(And knew it had been found) Sometimes memories, are all there is to hold/ And I will cherish ours, till the days that I grow old.
(And knew it had been found or I recognized the sound) Sometimes people get trapped, in a time or space. But I'm ready to move on, to a new place.
(Recognized the sound) I look back with a smile, has it really been a year?/ So much has happened, though I still miss you, my dear.
It's never easy, when ways must be parted. I just wanted to rekindle, this great thing we started.

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You once said, you valued my honesty. I've so much to tell you, but you're absentee.

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Time has a way, of softening the blow/That I'll always love you, is all you need to know.

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You gave me, confidence/And I needed to add, my five cents

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I know it's over, and I wish you well/But there were a few things, I needed to tell
I knew the truth, I knew you wed/But these were the words, that were never said

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I knew the truth, I knew you passed;These words are closure, long at last.

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So I pushed my stack forward, pushed all my chips in, and learned that even aces, don't always win.
With the weight of the world, off of my shoulder, I'm ready to move on, braver and bolder.

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I know what needed to be said was already spoken, but this letter was my cure for a heart left broken

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Return to Sender, now isn't that cute/Not surprising from a guy who survives on low hanging fruit

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You said it was over, but that was too scary/This letter to you, my final hail mary

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Now I've got the answer, I can move on/I know your words of "forvever" were just a con
I wasn't surprised to get the letter back/But I needed to know, I needed the facts.

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With a tear in your eye, you turned my note away/ Putting pen to paper gets me through each day.

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You ignored my pleas to reconcile, Accepting this will take a while

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You gave me a gift, at first I did not see. You let me create my own ending, protecting me.

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You know I don't like apologies, that just is not me. But placing that note in the mailbox, liberated me.

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I knew horns held up, your halo/But hearts will hide, what the eyes know.

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Tonight a shooting star, caught my eye. I wished you well, and said goodbye.

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That life is too short, I realize/I accept this blessing, in disguise

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Life is too short, to second guess, I've moved on, from the RTS.

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I saw a young couple, while in the park. I saw what we lacked, I saw the spark.
Song on radio, reminds me of you, but I have changed the words, to start anew.
Sweet memories, they are mine to keep. /They create the dreams, while I'm asleep.
I sit and reflect, this life of mine./And I know in time, that I'll be fine.
The days go by, I am still alone. No longer afraid, of the unknown.
Things I ignored, and tried to hide. But now my eyse, are open wide.

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Sometimes people get trapped, in a time or space. But I'm ready to move on, to a new place
Left with mysteries/To me you'll always be

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My own stupidity/To me you'll always be

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An untold history/To me you'll always be

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Words trapped in history/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be, part of history,

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You ignored history/To me you'll always be

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The heart hates mysteries/To me you'll always be,

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To me you'll always be/Just a mystery

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To me you'll always be, the saddest mystery
An unsolved mystery/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be, the sweetest mystery

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To me you'll always be, an unsolved mystery

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You've shown no decency/To me you'll always be

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You lack integrity/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be, missed opportunity,

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Love has no guarantee/To me you'll always be

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One thing I'll guarantee/To me you'll always be

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Rejected totally/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be, A message in a bottle lost at sea

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Forgotten fantasy/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be, words drifting through the breeze, my unopened letter

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An image I can't free/To me you'll always be

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We weren't meant to be/To me you'll always be

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A bottle lost at sea/To me you'll always be,
To me you'll always be, a bottle lost at sea, my unopened letter

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To me you'll always be, for eternity, my unopened letter

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Lacking lucidity/To me you'll always be

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To me you'll always be/Lacking lucidity

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Inaction alters histories

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Ignore my apologies

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Hiding out overseas

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Create my tragedy

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Offer no apologies

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Like silenced symphonies

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Like unheard symphonies

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Left standing on my knees

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Lost possibilities

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Rejected possibilities

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No more possibilities

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Rejected words are these

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A light beyond the trees

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Seeing what no one sees

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Sometimes rejection frees

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Silenced soliloquy

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Just doing what you please

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Silent soliloquies

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Rejection stings like bees

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Lost opportunities

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Missed opportunities

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Left my heart in a freeze

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Like drifting through the seas

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A lock with missing keys

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Words drifting through the breeze

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An interrupted sneeze

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You broke your guarantees
Pain I can't appease

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Pain with no remedies

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Bittersweet miseries

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They bring me to my knees

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Ignoring my pleas

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One of life's miseries

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Often seem better

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Long lost poetry

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Both pleasure and pain

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Embellish reality

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shining stars of the past

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Pass through my deflector

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Help me get better

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Are all that remain

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Singing a chorus of regret

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Won't let me move on

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Please leave me alone

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Stir something inside
Bring tears to my eyes

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Are a tribute to you

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That I can't file away

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That distort reality

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Are blessings of certainty

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Sweet gems of the past

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Just make this dream better
Are trapped in my mind

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Help the tears turn away

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All resound in delight

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That I want to forget
That I must let go

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Tremble inside of me

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Keep holding me back

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Vibrate this empty heart

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Shouting things will get better

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Are all I have now

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Of a life I've outgrown

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With a life all their own

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For good or for better

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When things were much better

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They bounce in my brain

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Of times that were better
Make my heart feel much better

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Which way do I go now?

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As I search for acceptance

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You never opened your heart either
What is it about me

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Now we'll move on together, and do so separately

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The arrangement we had, was flawed from the start

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You left me for a career you love, even greater than me

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Now I hold my last memory of you

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Like an Elizabethan tragedy

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I don't know why I scared you away

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You said you'd be there for me

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You left me when I said I wanted a family

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You did the unthinkable

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So you got the last word again, by saying nothing at all
Filled with sadness my tome

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These words I disown.
Too painful to own.

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Pushing me towards the unknown

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Like a tattered flag that can't be flown

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For the wishful thinking I've shown

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Alone

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Fearing the unknown

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Nothing haunts like the unknown

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I suffer alone

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For ignoring what history has shown
Should I pick up the phone?
As I sit here alone
For a love that I've outgrown
That some words are too painful and require special delivery
That some words are too painful for delivery

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That what I penned to this long lost friend just wasn't meant to be

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That the love I lost was never meant to be
Like I should've known
And now my own words lie. For I've grown so much since I wrote them down and now it's all untrue.

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And they're telling me what I should have known all along
And when I look real close, I can see, that not all loves were meant to be

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