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

Amazing True Love, Please

After sampling your menu of life, waitress
And trying to figure out what I really want
Let me order that super exclusive dish you serve
at this fantastic and fine restaurant

I’d like to start out with some orange juice
I know it does wonders for how I feel
And I’ll also have a cup of coffee with,
’cause it always kicks me in gear during a meal

Now I’d like it with pepper
because it makes me sneeze
I’ll have a nice big helping
of your amazing true love, please

I’ve tried much of what I could order here
Your one night stand is pretty darn good
And I’ve loved your voyeurism
since our days of long ago childhood

My opinion of your distant admiration
is that it satisfies me for a while
And the side of idolization
sometimes makes me smile

Don’t give me the excuse you’ve run out
’cause I see others having a similar thing
And please don’t say I’m not worth it
Of your atmosphere and great service I sing

Don’t make me sit here and beg
I’m hoping I don’t have to get on my knees
To have you write this down as my order
then take me in your loving arms
for your amazing true love, please

I’d love your amazing, blazing, true love, please!

2003 – Revised, 2017

Lyrics Notes: Written at Mel’s Diner in West Hollywood, CA.

You Should Be With Me (Steak ‘n Shake Song)

Boy:
Well, I’m sittin’ here in Steak n Shake
Pickin’ on a four-dollar meal
And I’m not sure if you’ll ever
Feel the way I feel

My pockets are all empty
But my stomach’s full for now
And I’m dreamin’ of you, girl
I gotta figure out how

To make some money
So you will date me
I feel like such a fool
It’s so upsetting
That I’m letting
My depression rule
I know I can make it happen
I know you’ll one day, see
That I was made for you
And you should be with me.
You should be with me

Girl:
I see you there in Steak n’ Shake
And I’m wondering who’s with you
Who gets to hold your hand
Maybe it’s time you knew

That you’re the boy of my dreams
You’re the one who makes me laugh
Every time I see you anywhere
I wanna take your photograph

We could take selfies
We could go skating
We could study after school
It’s so unnerving
I’m here observing
Why do you tolerate her ridicule?
I know I’d be so better than her
She’s treating you like a nobody
Baby I was meant to be with you

And you should be with me
You should be with me

2017

My First Time at Prom

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Senior Prom ’87 – With Michelle Argentine

I met her in my Drama 1-2 class
She was wearing a mustard colored sweater
I had never noticed her around school before
Life there suddenly got better
There were girls I had crushes on
But this one stole the cake
I knew I had to take the chance
Our future was at stake

I took her out to lunch one day
I was so nervous and insecure
When I got the courage to ask her
She said she wasn’t quite sure
She had to run it by her Mother
I was floored she didn’t say yes right away
But when she gave me her decision later
Inside, I was screaming, “Hooray!”

She said she’d love to go to Prom with me
A good friend was designing her dress
Why I had no competition for her attention
was anybody’s guess
This was before I knew about fashion
Before Google, AOL, and Myspace.com
What an adventure it was my Junior year Spring
My first time at Prom

I picked out a pretty cool tuxedo
The colors were pink and white
Made reservations and got a corsage
Man, I thought I was so bright
I was at her doorstep on Valentine’s Day
with a ton of balloons in my hand
I was so anxious and excited
for the special date we had planned

I couldn’t wait to go to Prom with her
All my friends would finally see
I wasn’t some geek who couldn’t get a date
A girl wanted to go out with me
She could have gone with someone else
Like Harry, Dick or Tom
What I treat I thought it would be
My first time at Prom

When I drove out to her parents’ place
I was freaking out in my mind
I thought I’d get some big lecture
But her family to me was too kind
She looked like the angel I knew she was
Dinner on the wharf wasn’t too bad
This date was shaping up to turn into
The best one I ever had

We decided to stroll down the Boardwalk
And a jealous guy started yelling at her
And we rode on the rollercoaster for fun
But my mind started to stir
On the drive home I got verbal
I misunderstood what was said
When we said goodnight, I got no kiss
She just opened the door and fled

So our experience of going to Prom that Spring
was a special night I won’t forget
The next year we went to two more dances
Now I’m married to someone else without regret
I learned a lot about women from sweet Michelle
How I can’t just blow up like a bomb
Whenever I’m talking to my wife or daughters now-
I think of my first time at Prom-
I think of my first time at Prom.

2017

Lyrics Notes:  Totally true story!  In 1986, I went to Prom with Michelle Argentine and the first time kinda went haywire. What I didn’t realize during the experience was that she was not currently seeing the jealous guy, he was just a guy from her past. That was totally different – I thought that guy was her then-current boyfriend.  It was too confusing and I got really upset. The following year, thanks to Michelle Lazo, it seemed like we patched things up and Michelle Argentine and I went to not only Sadie Hawkins together but my Senior Year, 1987 Prom in Monterey, CA.  My Grandma let me drive her Buick. That was a much better experience and I am grateful to both Michelles for what I would call the most wonderful date I had experienced up to then.  I’ll never forget what one of her questions to me was that night… “What is your vision of America?”  Haha… I guess I’d tell her now that where I live now is smack dab into what I think is a good representation of America…. Normal, IL.  I know she is happy wherever she is.

 

Timberly

We met through my ex-girlfriend back in ’96
She had coffee colored eyes & blonde hair
And I never got to know her very well
Which to me, doesn’t seem very fair
My ex-girlfriend loved talking about her
She told me about her ex-fiance’ Mike
And she said they all were roommates
Then she expressed what it was like

Timberly
Had been engaged with that guy
Timberly
Broke it off and she told me why
Timberly
Found out that he was cheating
Timberly
Caught him in an elaborate lie

She logged in and checked his history
Found out he was a member of a site
Where he was meeting multiple girls
He took each one for drinks and a bite
So she thought she’d set a trap for him
She knew he would likely take the bait
Cause he wasn’t suspicious of motives
He just knew he met a woman named Kate

“Kate’ was my ex-girlfriend in a brunette wig
She dressed differently so he had no clue
They had planned a special night with him
Just to see what he decided he would do

Timberly
Got my ex-girlfriend to trick a guy she liked
Timberly
Found out he was into her and psyched
Timberly
Watched from behind the closet door
Timberly
Couldn’t keep it a secret anymore

She burst out of my girlfriend’s closet
She got all excited and wanted to play
She decided to join in on the action
Just to see if he’d be into a three-way
Well he saw her and started freaking out
He got on his clothes and out of there
She never heard from Mike again
And frankly, my friend, she didn’t care

Timberly
Moved away after I met my ex-girlfriend
Timberly
Got hired as a server and got to bartend
Timberly
Sent a email to me as she had things to say
Timberly
Was the one who told me my girlfriend was gay
Timberly
Thanks to you my dear, wherever you are
Timberly
I hope you end up to be a well-known star
Timberly
Thanks for telling me about her secret life
Timberly
Before we married and she became my wife

Timberly
Thanks for telling me about her secret life
Timberly
Before we married and she became my wife

2017

Lyrics Notes: I did meet a Timberly while I was dating a girl way back when, but this is one of those interesting things where I thought up a complete storyline that was far more cooler than the actual experience. Again, creative license with a name I kinda like and it stuck with me as one to use as a song based on a name.

Troubled Teen

A troubled teen
so in-between
a hard place
and a boulder
A bubbled teen
feeling unclean
Needing much more
than a shoulder
Troubled teen
Troubled teen

The best part about her is buried
way deep inside her battered heart
She has no longing to be a star in sports
and no discipline to learn how to be smart
Her wardrobe is the cleanest thing about her
She’s always wearing the latest color and style
And a key thing to understand about her goal is
That all she wants to do is show her smile

A troubled teen
Party machine
Each day she’s
getting bolder
A bubbled teen
Acting obscene
but longing for
someone to hold her
Troubled teen
Troubled teen

I hope someday she will see the beauty in her
That she’ll stop playing with that fire
And nurture that small girl who was abandoned
by becoming someone she will admire
And I wish her well on her journey to the future
May she feel the warmth of sunshine everywhere
and takes responsibility for all she’s creating
by focusing on just being a breath of fresh air

She’s waiting for someone to save her from herself
There’s a little one inside her feeling alone
You could compare her to a puppy who was kicked so much
then rewarded by the aggressor with a bone

Troubled teen
Beauty queen
Acting mature
but not older
A bubbled teen
inside a magazine
Hidden underneath
my work folder
Troubled teen
Troubled teen
Troubled teen
Troubled teen

2004

Crush Mode

I was thinking of her as I was rushing to my Science class
then I knocked into her and she dropped her schoolbooks
There’s a shoebox at home in my closet filled with memories
I’m so amazed at her looks, her personality and how she cooks

She told me he’s dating a good guy, his name is Bruce
I happen to be good friends with him & know him very well
We play tennis together and she’s been to our matches a lot
and this has become my personal extra special Hell

Crush mode
I don’t stand a chance
With my nerdy glasses
and I don’t know how to dance
Crush mode
She likes Bruce more than me
I’m a prisoner of her mystery
Crush mode
Crush mode

I see them in-between classes at school, holding hands
Holy crap, she’s wearing his jacket and a big smile
They’re just too cute together, it almost makes me sick
I’m so jealous of them and their romantic lifestyle

They aren’t as solitary as I am after school every day
I go to movies and walk the sidewalks quietly alone
If I try calling any girl to try to get to know her
She’ll only text me back from her trusty iPhone

Crush mode
On somebody who doesn’t know
But I respect her so much
and the fact she has a beau
Crush mode
I need to get over it soon
And sing a different tune
to get out of crush mode
Crush mode
Crush mode

Maybe somebody’s got a thing for me too
and she wishes, hopes & prays that I knew
Here’s to her, whoever she may be
’cause being in crush mode is not a fun reality

Crush mode
On someone who doesn’t know
But I respect her so much
and the fact she has a beau
Crush mode
I’m sure I’ll meet someone soon
Date someone who likes me back
and sing her a special tune
We’ll no longer be in crush mode
Crush mode
Crush mode.

2017