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

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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

The Songs We Wrote That Summer

The first one we wrote, it was when we met
It was a Meet Cute you and I will never forget
It had humor involving food staining your dress
and us laughing hysterically as we cleaned the mess

The second one we wrote on our coffee shop date
We could have cut it short, but we stayed late
I was too shy to kiss you before you opened your door
It just seemed to me like you didn’t want anything more

We waited a bit before we wrote another one
But the third time was with friends and it was fun
The four of us got together, wrote it in a dive bar
where we all had some beers, you got out your guitar

The songs we wrote that Summer
We went all-in on and did our best
They were filled with emotion and were sincere
And I thought you were pleased how we progressed
But as we wrote more, they started sounding the same
The candle we once were then had a burned out flame
Now sometimes I wonder whatever became
of you and all your ambitious dreams
And those songs we wrote that Summer
with with all those lovely and romantic themes

That time we went to the local Beach Boardwalk
Intimate conversations evolved from our small talk
We shared our deepest hopes yet romance didn’t grow
We just couldn’t move forward, we were at a plateau

Yet I’ll never talk badly about them or you, dearest
‘Cause I cherish those nights we passionately kissed
You filled my notebooks and life with our history
but what it will all mean to others is a mystery

The songs we wrote that Summer
we went all-in on and did our best
They were filled with emotion and were sincere
I thought you were happy with how we progressed
But as we wrote more, they started sounding the same
The candle we once were had a burned out flame
And though I wonder why they became what they became
All our ballads and those youthful dreams
Those songs we wrote that Summer
I’ll listen for you singing them in the ocean and streams

Hope I’ll hear you singing them in the oceans and streams.

March 31, 2018

There Went That Plan

Now that she’s told me, the air is clear
She’s chosen to move out, and I’m drinkin’ this beer
Soul searchin’ the reasons why I’m not her man
There goes my baby, there went that plan

We gave it our best effort, all that we had
Instead of workin’, it turned out so bad
I look at our pictures, and I don’t understand
There goes that woman, there went that plan

Chorus
There went that plan, there goes that girl
There goes my hope for a happier world
There goes our future, the one I dreamed of
There went that plan, I sure wish it was love

It’s really over now, there’s no goin’ back
It’s like a freight train that ran off the track
I hope she’ll be happy, I’m still her biggest fan
with a two-carat diamond – There went that plan

Chorus
There went that plan, there goes that girl
There goes my hope for a happier world
There goes our future, the one I dreamed of
There went that plan, I sure wish it was love

There went that plan, I sure wish it was love.

January 29, 2018

 

Second in Command

You’re the craziest woman I’ll ever know
But I really don’t want you to go
’cause I love hearing your point of view
and I promise I won’t ever leave you

I see the beauty of you behind your eyes
Inside of you is a soul that is wise
From what you’ve said I think your pain
Has nothing to do with being vain

You just know what you want for yourself
and you’re willing to do it alone
I understand you’re the kind of girl
who likes figuring it out on your own
But you don’t have to, you can be with me
I’ll help you out with things you can’t see
So come on girl, let me take your hand
Let me be your second in command

I know I’ll never be in charge of your life
And I’m not asking for you to be my wife
By now I think you should see
You’ll have a lot of fun adventures with me

We can be a couple of goofy fools
Be the ones who make up our own rules
We’ll make it all up as we go along
singing our own special song

More than ever I know I wanna stand
Right next to you as your second in command
I wanna be your second in command
In a car or van zoomin’ all over this land
I think I’d be for you, a great second in command

A great second in command.

February 28, 2018

The Songwriter’s Daughter

She’s got a way of looking at the world
Like no one else I’ve heard of or met
Her eyes are windows to a universe
I don’t think I’ll want to forget

I know we’re just dating right now
And I don’t have much to my name
But I have this feeling in my heart
That I’ll never ever be the same

I think I’m falling for her
Oh, falling for that sweet girl
I think I’m falling hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter

She’s got a great smile & funny laugh
She takes me places I’ve never been
Like the diner out by those tracks
She’s comfortable in her own skin

She must have gotten it from her Mom
Who has grown slowly fond of me
Wherever we end up goin’ together
Is exactly where I want to be

And I think I’m falling for her
Oh, falling for that sweet girl
I think I’m falling so hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter

He’s taught her well and she’s happy
She’s an open book and completely free
She’s fascinating and she’s beautiful
She’s so refreshing and low-key

The music in that girl’s humble soul
Comforts me like cool fresh water
Hope she always knows she lights my world
Not just ’cause she’s a songwriter’s daughter

And I know I’m falling for her
I’m falling for that sweet girl
I’m falling so fast & hard for her
The town songwriter’s daughter
The town songwriter’s daughter
The town songwriter’s daughter

February 25, 2018

Lyrics Notes: So the deal with this one is it’s inspired by the old country cliche and the phrase “Farmer’s Daughter.” I know a popular song is the Love Nostalgia Song… So I’ve heard variations like “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice or even an old one I happen to really love, “The Mortician’s Daughter,” by Freedy Johnston. I always think I wanted to invent a new one so this is about as inventive as I can get – to imagine what it would be like to fall in love as a college student with a songwriter’s daughter. An interesting twist is that instead of living where songwriters are a dime a dozen, they live in a one-songwriter town. Almost like a glimpse into one of my daughter’s future boyfriends, you know? It was a fun exercise, probably one of my better attempts at a character song. I love coming up with characters and coming up with a concept from a perspective that’s much like my own or someone I relate to because I’ve been there. Hope you like it!

Sweet Tea Sunset

Sweet tea sunset
With her by my side
Out on the front porch
Our smiles are wide
The kids are playing
before it gets dark
Sweet tea sunset
and this trailer park

Most of our family
say we’re not rich
They look at our home
and start to twitch
But we love it here
It’s ours alone
It’s so calm here
in this time zone

Sweet tea sunset
and us holding hands
Spotify streaming
our favorite bands
What we worked for
was life undismayed
Sweet tea sunset
like art by Kincade

Happy to be here
Friends are closeby
in this great town
We look to the sky
that’s like a painting
every single night
Sweet tea sunset
An amazing sight

Sweet tea sunset
An amazing sight

February 18, 2018

Porch Swing Date (Part 1)

They were both in Junior High School
She was a few months older than him
She lived in a small town called Aromas
She was Jenny and his name was Tim
Tim was living on a property off Vega Road
Not too far from her parents’ place
They met each other on the school bus
He was captivated by her angelic face

And one day he popped the question
He asked if she’d hang out with him one night
He said it could just be a porch swing date
They could just talk and watch the moonlight
It wasn’t up to her to accept his proposal
Jenny said he’d need to ask her Dad
He told her he was intimidated by him
She snapped back, “Come on, he’s not so bad!”

So Tim mustered up some courage that day
He rode his bike a few miles to Jenny’s house
But when Jenny’s opened the front door
Tim was as timid as a three legged mouse
Jenny’s Dad knew why Tim was there
Jenny already told him a boy was coming by
Tim was confused and pleasantly surprised
When Jenny’s Dad asked him to come inside

And they sat there eye to eye in the front room
Tim was scared as scared could be
He thought to himself “It’s not like I’m asking
For his permission, so she would marry me”
“I just would like to get to know your daughter, sir”
“I’d make sure she got home by her curfew.”
He smiled as he delivered his line to Tim,
Son, I’ve got a good feeling about you

So Tim and Jenny had their porch swing date
Tim felt luckier than he’d ever felt before
They sat and talked over Arnold Palmers
He bought for them at the General Store
It was an innocent time they were having
They didn’t have a care in the world
During their very first porch swing date
She found him funny and she liked that girl

February 11, 2018