California Vacayday

We’ve looked forward to this
Just our children, you and me
Spending quality time together
In scenic Capitola-by-the-Sea

It’s a perfect California Vacayday
We went bodysurfin’ in the bay
It’s a perfect California Vacayday
It’s so great to be away
from the hustle and bustle
and our big city street
And eating gourmet tacos
filled with lobster meat
No worries, just leisurely play
On this perfect California Vacayday

Wind making our sand-dusted hair dance
and I’m gently holding your tanned hand
We’re rekindling and nurturing our romance
as we’re strolling together on the sand

Our kids are having so much fun
It’s been a complete and total blast
reflecting & joking with you, my dear
We’re in the moment, not stuck in the past

It’s a perfect California Vacayday
We went bodysurfin’ in the bay
It’s a perfect California Vacayday
It’s so great to be away
from the hustle and bustle
and our big city street
And eating gourmet tacos
filled with lobster meat
No worries, just leisurely play
On this perfect California Vacayday

With you, my life-long love
and our funny, darling children
on this perfect California Vacayday

On this perfect California Vacayday.

May 15, 2018

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Pinto Lake

Well, I’m thinkin’ about Half Moon Bay
and those egg sandwiches you would make,
All those black and white analog snapshots
you wanted to but didn’t have time to take

And I’m thinkin’ about that early Spring day
It was a bit foggy, you had something to say
When we were in that rowboat on Pinto Lake
When we were in that rowboat on Pinto Lake

I was wearing khaki shorts & a white pocket tee
You wore a gingham top and favorite ripped jeans
You brought a picnic basket with Martinelli’s,
Potato salad, French bread & freshly baked beans

And I wonder about all the reasons why my dear
You chose to tell me you weren’t gonna stay
When we were in that rowboat out on Pinto Lake
Oh, in that little rowboat out on Pinto Lake

We were from that place
That sleepy farm town
Filled with roses
Old friends
Ramsey Park
Where our Mothers
took us both to play
We were twenty-four
and we had planned
to move out of state
But you said you’ve packed
and was moving that very May

I’m sad and thinkin’ about that early Spring day
You brought me a bright yellow roses bouquet
My heart was breaking apart every which way
As you said what you needed to say
In that little rowboat with me out on Pinto Lake

In that little rowboat with me out on Pinto Lake.

May 15, 2018

Relentless Party Chick

There you are, Relentless Party Chick
You drink too much cause your man’s a prick
You’d rather get rowdy and dance on the bar
Relentless Party Chick, there you are

I’m here all the time & see you go to town
Settin’ up cowboys then knockin’ ’em down
’cause he’s workin’ all night, you get out & play
Then he knows you’re in bed sleepin’ all day

And there you are, Relentless Party Chick
Drinkin’ too much whiskey ’til you get sick
You’re a twistin’ tornado, raisin some shit
and you’re so damn pretty, lookin’ healthy & fit

But you’re hurtin’ deep inside
Fillin’ that empty void
And I’ve seen him here with you
Feelin’ sad and annoyed
I saw the red in his eyes
as he noticed the guys
Who hug you & touch you
It’s clear he’s gotten wise

So there you are, Relentless Party Chick
And there he still is, being a total dick
I saw him in here havin’ lunch at noon
with a younger woman he’s seen since June

That’s why you’re hurtin’ deep inside
Fillin’ that empty void
Turns out he’s just actin’
like he is mad and annoyed
I saw the red in his eyes then
but now they’re baby blue
’cause Relentless Party Chick
he’s about to leave you

Yeah, Relentless Party Chick,
he’s about to leave you.

May 2, 2018

Lyrics Notes: Shelly Peiken writes a great blog and has written fantastic songs. In her recent blog post, she talks about the promoting sexuality in songs and I agree it’s gone pretty far. Sex sells. But what about honesty in songs and setting up themes within them that can be the type that people can learn from? In these above lyrics, I explore a theme involving a party girl, her boyfriend, and the girl in-between. It’s a toxic relationship filled with dishonesty between lovers and total disrespect. I think exploration into themes like this will offset the fantasy and get more realistic about what happens in relationships when people would rather avoid the most crucial part of their relationships: The Truth.

When I Was Alive

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was alive, oh yeah
When I was alive, I was me

I wanna know I wrote my story
I wanna know I chose my way
I wanna know that glory
of giving my all day after day
I wanna know who I loved
knew I loved them with all my heart
I wanna know they knew I thought
of them when we were far apart

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was living, oh yeah
When I was living, I was me

And it was what I chose
Not someone else’s choice
To follow my own muse
To sing with my own voice
To join all the others
who are happy with who they are
Because they are themselves
They shine like evening stars

I wanna know I did my best
The best I could have done
With what I was meant to do
With who I was meant to be
I wanna know I was myself
Myself and no one else
When I was alive, oh yeah
When I was alive, I was me

I was me and I was free
I was me and I was free
I was free by being me
I was free by being me
When I was alive
When I was alive
I was free
and I was me
When I was alive

April 26, 2018

Chasing You

Every day after school
I was a lovestruck fool
You and I, we’d walk
and I listened to you talk

You’d tell me what was wrong
I’d sing you my favorite song
And soon I was falling hard
So I poured my heart out in a card

And right before Homecoming
I gave it to you, and you had
very little to say to me
I thought you never read it
or I did something really bad
It wasn’t I thought it would be
For weeks you knew how I felt
And then one day I decided
I know exactly what I’d do
I was through chasing you

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Chose what I thought was through
Knew it was the right thing to do
I stopped chasing you

I was just a typical teen boy
And you thought it was a ploy
But you didn’t let me know
Your deep feelings, you didn’t show

Over Christmas break, we didn’t speak
Even though you lived down the street
Choosing what I thought was true
I wasn’t through chasing you

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalala
Chose what I thought was through
Knew it was the right thing to do
I kept on chasing you

And one night at Cold Stone Creamery
You took my hand and we went outside
You told me your deepest secret
You said it was hard for you to decide
And the moonlight was in your eyes
You had clear gloss on your lips
You slowly guided my shaking hands
right to your hoodie covered hips

Ch-ch-ch chasing you
Shalalalalala
Ch-ch-ch chasing you
I found out I didn’t have to be
Turns out I was your cup of tea
And the whole freakin’ time
You were chasing me
When I was ch-ch-ch chasing you
You were chasing me

When I was ch-ch-ch chasing you
You were chasing me!

April 23, 2018

Get Out of Town

She said she was in love with me
I am positive now she had lied
She said she was feeling feelings
She couldn’t keep them inside

She had me meet her Momma
She introduced me to her Dad
But this is what he said to me
During the only talk we ever had

He said get out of town
My daughter’s not right for you
She’s too young and inexperienced
I’m afraid you’ll break her heart in two
I looked at him and his college degrees
in frames hung on his office wall
Feeling so shot down and small
and said, “Can I just be her escort
to her future debutante ball?”

He agreed I should and we shook hands
And she looked so sweet that night
But when I explained I was moving away
She got upset and we had an awful fight

She was yelling and making a scene
She threw her drink in my stunned face
And all I could do was stand there
As she stormed out of the place

She said get out of town
Go on then, don’t ever come back
I’ll find a better boy and you’ll be sorry
I don’t know why I fell like that
And it broke me, I felt ashamed
Doing what her Dad told me to do
But if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you

Solo Break, then

She said get out of town
Go on then, don’t ever come back
I’ll find a better boy and you’ll be sorry
I don’t know why I fell like that
And it broke me, I felt ashamed
Doing what her Dad told me to do
But if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you

No, if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you
No, if I hadn’t done all of that
I wouldn’t have ended up with you.

April 18, 2018

You Should Have Seen Your Face (2nd Draft)

It was a moment I’ll never forget
That summer sun had already set
The sidewalk was a little wet
You should have seen your face

When we bumped into your old flame
You said you couldn’t remember his name
And he thought you were playing a game
You should have seen your face

When he explained to you who he was
And where you both went to school
The apartment where you and he
had been settling down
The places you used to go
The people you used to know
All things you never told me
like why you bought a wedding gown

We must have stood there for an hour
As he reminded you of your favorite flower
Of your favorite restaurant on Gower
How what was so sweet became so sour
But the memory of his love for you
you couldn’t (or wouldn’t) place

But you should have seen your face
You should have seen your face

April 16, 2018