Lyrics

Lyrics

Listed from newest to oldest release, here are lyrics to my songs.  For chords and the stories behind the songs, please consider my songbook (which is being revised to include all the songs on Diffused, you can get it in person).  For some reason when I started writing lyrics, I used all lower case.  Maybe I’m too influenced by e.e. cummings.

Lyrics for Diffused

Diffused Album Cover

If You Only Knew

you told me all about, what’s his name
after a night with me you won’t even remember his game
if you only knew, the dirty things i’d do

i know that’s not, that’s not entirely true
it was fun to think about, for a second or two
if you only knew, the dirty things i’d do
i’m not trying to downplay, any of your feelings
but i’m gonna make you, forget all about him

who’d have ever thought, we’d have this conversation
and to tell you you’ve been a fantasy for so long
if you only knew, the dirty things i’d do
if you only knew
so you do

Good Thing

several days have passed, without a word from you
you’re not near me, in my heart i’m near you
across state lines, electric ravens fly to nest
with tied messages, those alerts are the best
it’s a good thing,
or can be
it’s a good thing,
or can be
in cloudy times, you’re my clearest sky
just takes a word or two, reframe everything in my mind
though we’ll never meet, you’re like my closest friend
take this broken man, through your characters mend
it’s a good thing,
or can be
it’s a good thing,
or can be

you’ll be there for me
another message received
pull me up when i’m down
and keep me from fallin’
start e run down to e above D chord root

you say it’s always good, to share a little time
and share we do, fits like cola rum and lime
it’s our recipe, vintage of our lives
i’m waiting here, for the next message to arrive
it’s a good thing,
or can be
it’s a good thing,
or can be
it’s a good thing, it’s a good thing,
it’s a good thing, it’s a good thing,
it’s a good thing

Under Your Feet

it was one of those days; where everything seemed to fall apart
you were sitting around, sitting around; felt you had no one there next to you
reached out to a friend, wanted to hear some words; to pull out of this loneliness
and you said, and you said, and you said; that you got no one
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet

sometimes words; carry more weight than their meaning
you wanted to take what i say; and have faith with my sincerity
you didn’t know how i meant what i said; or if you could trust in me
your life chasing dreams, chasing dreams, chasing dreams; i think you found me
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet
under your feet, under your feet

since that day; you always have someone there for you
it’s something stronger than belief; perhaps on the scale of religion
you know there’s something inside of me, inside of me; that only beats for you
and time will tell, time will tell, time will tell; just how good this love will be
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet

Slow (It Doesn’t Matter)

it was one of those days; where everything seemed to fall apart
you were sitting around, sitting around; felt you had no one there next to you
reached out to a friend, wanted to hear some words; to pull out of this loneliness
and you said, and you said, and you said; that you got no one
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet
x2 each line
sometimes words; carry more weight than their meaning
you wanted to take what i say; and have faith with my sincerity
you didn’t know how i meant what i said; or if you could trust in me
your life chasing dreams, chasing dreams, chasing dreams; i think you found me
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet
under your feet, under your feet

since that day; you always have someone there for you
it’s something stronger than belief; perhaps on the scale of religion
you know there’s something inside of me, inside of me; that only beats for you
and time will tell, time will tell, time will tell; just how good this love will be
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i said i got you, i said don’t cry
i’ll forever be, the concrete under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet
under your feet, under your feet

One Word

i see the game you play with me
duel with words and what they mean
you say i’m smarter than you think
then guess the next thing i say
fade like a ghost in my sweetest dream
haunted by your answer what can it mean
one word, that’s what you’re sending
one word, all that you’ll say
one word, you leave me wanting
one word, is all you’ll give to me

led me to a private doorway
said let go and just let it be
one step through was too far you see
it shut and look where i’m standing
fade like a ghost in my sweetest dream
haunted by your answer what can it mean
one word, that’s what you’re sending
one word, all that you’ll say
one word, you leave me wanting
one word, is all you’ll give to me

i’m captured without being captive
whatever you want i have more to give
our used to be has no relevance
i’m willing to risk it all to chance
fade like a ghost in my sweetest dream
haunted by your answer what can it mean
one word, that’s what you’re sending
one word, all that you’ll say
one word, you leave me wanting
one word, is all you’ll give to me
one word, is all you’ll give to me
one word, is all you’ll give to me

It’s A Shame

i wished so bad i could have seen you yesterday
and maybe even stolen a kiss goodbye
i’ve been thinking about you incessantly
going nonstop the last few days
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before

over the years i’ve had propositions
none to which i even blinked an eye
i don’t know if it’s cause the crush i had on you
or if it’s just how sexy you are
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before
i promise that i’ll make it up to you
and you got to accept that you are mine
one way or another i promise that
we’ll have no more lost time

with you in my arms i want to say the sweetest thing
that i can imagine to say
spend my time holding on to you
and do it all again the next day
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before
it’s a shame, it’s a shame
we didn’t figure this out before

Could Be Why

when i look into your eyes, i see
everything, everything you want to be
and i want to be, i want to be by your side
hold your hand and take everything in stride
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why

i’ll never leave in times of trouble
and in good times i’ll do my best to give you thrills
I’ll show you the best of all you can imagine
i’ll share your dreams, celebrate every win
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why

in my heart you redefine beauty
you take the lead in my every fantasy
i stand with my hand held out for ya
grab hold of me let’s start the future
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why
go ahead and ask, you know the answer
you know the reason, the reason could be why

Sad Songs Are So Easy To Write

the story begins with a man
who says he’s in love
you know the story well
he tells the one he’s been thinking of
things go south a thousand ways
makes for one hell of a day
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
the feelings you need to chase away
the ones that make you stand and fight

it’s sad to see a fool
not learn his lesson
because of his love he fell
into a wall-less prison
didn’t heed the advice or so they say
of repeating the same mistake everyday
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
the feelings you need to chase away
the ones that make you stand and fight

this simple tale ends in the way
you’ve heard before
a lesson you can never learn
and the torture you endure
your heart don’t need a brain to beat
it’s every man’s key to defeat
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
i can see why sad songs are so easy to write
the feelings you need to chase away
the ones that make you stand and fight
the feelings you need to chase away
the ones that make you stand and fight

What I Do

someday it’ll feel like you always knew
but check and see if what i said’s true
believe me
because i’ll be there
you think i’m joking when i say
those words that many people may
so test me
just try and see
it’s what i do, being there
it’s what i do, just for you
you’ll find out, just how true
that’s just what i do
i’m the type of guy who means what i say
and doesn’t change from day to day
a constant
like the northern star
don’t waste your worries or doubts on me
compare to others’ maturity
your standards
almost as high as me
it’s what i do, being there
it’s what i do, just for you
you’ll find out, just how true
that’s just what i do

life will go on as it should
you’ll see what it means to have someone good
forever
to our mortal world
we have a bond that cannot corrode
no matter how much we grow old
time gives
the ultimate test
it’s what i do, being there
it’s what i do, just for you
you’ll find out, just how true
that’s just what i do

I Am Broken

and i’m leaving, headed far away
got no reason, my heart won’t stay
alone at the station, waiting for a late train
a minor invention, my song will find the way

staring out the window, didn’t pack my bags
outside’s a blurred vision, hope my memories fade away
holding my emotions within, until i imagine your face
life rolls on tomorrow, wherever the tracks will lead
i am broken, so there’s nothing left to lose
hopeless reasons, no options left to choose
i am broken, so there’s nothing left to lose
hopeless reasons, no options left to choose

pause at destinations, putting time and distance between
can’t control my thinking, always whisper your name
carry my memories, like tattoos in my mind
seeking resolution, can’t move on so just move away
i am broken, so there’s nothing left to lose
hopeless reasons, no options left to choose
i am broken, so there’s nothing left to lose
hopeless reasons, no options left to choose

One More Day

after a day like today, i can make it through
after a day like today, i can make it through
i can still feel your hair between my fingers,
you know it’s true
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i need another day,
one more day with you

you look at me and say, ‘what you wanna do’
you look at me and say, ‘what you wanna do’
‘just make sure that every second,
i can have my legs wrapped around you’
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i need another day,
one more day with you

the next time i see you, i hope it’s soon
the next time i see you, i hope it’s soon
until that next time comes,
i just can’t stop thinking about you
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i can’t wait to see your face, and hear your voice
i need another day,
one more day with you

i need another day,
one more day with you

Lyrics for  Hallowed

Hallowed Album Cover

Good At Something

i dream with my eyes open
see where i want to be
take the first step forward
hope that i’ll succeed
if i fail i’ll switch directions
i’ll try and try again
my life has a buried treasure
one day i’ll find and win
i just want to be good at something
find what i’m supposed to be
i just want to be good at something
make my own life from my dreams

sometimes my friends will listen
sometimes i’m all alone
borrow from hands that open
some parts i can’t call my own
i know the shoulders i lean on
and who carries me
it’s a long complex journey
it’s my life to make it be
i just want to be good at something
find what i’m supposed to be
i just want to be good at something
make my own life from my dreams

tomorrow brings uncharted land
push fear aside the best i can
seize my dream and move it forward
everyday i make my stand
thankful for the inspiration
and everything that i’ve gone through
i seek my dreams day to day
to everyone i say thank you
i just want to be good at something
find what i’m supposed to be
i just want to be good at something
make my own life from my dreams
this is for everyone who believes in me
make my own life from my dreams

Everything

in the warrens of my life, you passed me by
made the turns run true, the center pulled me in
the next time i waited, for you to come
you passed only somedays, the center swelled and cried
how do you tell your everything
that they’re more, that they’re more
what’s more than everything
you’re more, you’re more

calendar pages fade away, then i saw you again
you made each day rise, the center grew and grew and grew
then time’s march came to an end, i needed you more
words flew with chaotic intensity, the center chilled with fear
how do you tell your everything
that they’re more, that they’re more
what’s more than everything
you’re more, you’re more

the road break at the edge, you catch me as i fall
my brains splatter inside, the center burns like a star
caught in a web of impossibles, you cannot be held
the floodgate bursts and floods the world, i reach for the center as i drown
how do you tell your everything
that they’re more, that they’re more
what’s more than everything
you’re more, you’re more

Those Three Words

today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words

hits on downbeat
today would be special
for reasons either good or bad
i approached the day with fascination
and prepared to be unplanned
but it’s the weight of the uncertain
and the flick of the devil’s wing
that makes everyone uneasy
and gives me this song to sing
today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words
today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words

today would bring sunshine
or a special shade of blue
either way everything will fall down
and god will shine or frown on you
it’s a keepsake that may torture
or make your heart go pitter pat
let’s hope for the righteous
and avoid where the devil’s at
today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words
today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words

those three words, those three words
those three words, those three words
those three words, those three words
those three words, those three words

today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words
today was the day, i looked you in the eye and said
those three words, those three words

I Would Meet You

the day we were introduced i’ll remember
it like a photograph
what you wore, where you stood, what you said
that’s my favorite day so far
and the first time you said my name you had this
tone in your voice that spoke inside
of me, straight to my
core
i would meet you today, and my spark would be bright
i would meet everyday, and have a white hot flame
i would meet you today, my heart’d still skip a beat
i would meet you over and over
and over and over again

first time going out you said we were friends
so i put on some friendly pressure
under the table i grabbed your hand with mine and
locked our fingers together
we smiled and laughed and shared memories
at the end of the night you drove me home
we talked in the apartment parking lot
and embraced and my lips brushed your cheek
i would meet you today, and my spark would be bright
i would meet everyday, and have a white hot flame
i would meet you today, my heart’d still skip a beat
i would meet you over and over
and over and over again

a couple times out as friends it went
and then we went out and we danced
hit the dance floor and we knew there was more
and we both wanted to kiss
we played a game dodging the other
until our lips finally met
i would give everything to be able to kiss
those lips forever
i would meet you today, and my spark would be bright
i would meet everyday, and have a white hot flame
i would meet you today, my heart’d still skip a beat
i would meet you over and over
and over and over again

I Saw You There

the day began, with the sun
it seemed to be like, every other one
then some news, hit like a storm
lightning struck, and i was stunned
hearing words, from one you lost
you learn your worth, and learn the cost

then the day, turned a page
the next chapter, dims the stage
something new, something bad
death leaves a hint, of what it will add
tarnished stain, of future hope
from my hands, slips my life’s rope
i felt down, i felt alone
then i saw you there
you build me up, you make me strong
when i saw you there

at the day’s end, there was a time
when all i lost, you helped me re-find
a simple gesture, of courtesy
recharged my life, renewed energy
tables upside down, in the way
you cleared it all, the highlight of my day
i felt down, i felt alone
then i saw you there
you build me up, you make me strong
when i saw you there
because of you, i made it through
because i saw you there

Let The Ghost Of Chance

i’m a man of momentous desire
when i look at you i feel that fire
want to grab your hand and lead you away
to somewhere where we can always stay
dreaming of every minute with you
my dreams got so big my heart they outgrew
now every time i see you go by
all my feelings tumble up into the sky
well there’s just something i got to say
but i’m just stuck on the same old cliches
i’ll whisper from the rooftops and put out the fire
let the ghost of chance preach it to the choir

the question remains to be asked
the answer will arrive and take off its mask
shifting of the crust bringing tidal waves
attracting lightning bolts like wizards’ staves
here’s the moment when i look in your eyes
for an angel or a devil locked up inside
no matter what i find or what speaks back to me
this mess inside me will always be
well there’s just something i got to say
but i’m just stuck on the same old cliches
i’ll whisper from the rooftops and put out the fire
let the ghost of chance preach it to the choir

the chicken got ran over crossing the road
life inside an egg has never been so bold
when a dream becomes a wish then a memory
fantastic nostalgia to make-me me
you’re always an element of my dreams
and making my heart burst at the seams
dreams are made of sand the waves wash away
but a memory of you will always stay
well there’s just something i got to say
but i’m just stuck on the same old cliches
i’ll whisper from the rooftops and put out the fire
let the ghost of chance preach it to the choir

Dream Song

corrected your name the first day
considered a friend right away
like seeing someone old once again
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me

days of smiles and frowns
the business of life runs around
ending each day in a good place
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me~

how long do dreams last
pulling you up from the past
making tomorrow something new
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me
you said this was your
dream

I Ain’t Special

back in high school 14 years old
we were young and dumb, invincible and bold
beasties’ dropped a license to ill
rocked coast to coast and made the midwest feel
fresh, with alibaba and the forty thieves
paul revere party fightin’ up their sleeves
that year expanded my musical taste
metallica anthrax slayer moshing up the place
straight into the suburbs were nwa
eazy’s seafood platter was on the way
there was a band that blew my mind
jello’s science could make a seeing man blind
high school’s end signalled change
jane’s addiction alt rock would go the long range
i ain’t special, i’m just me
this rule goes for everybody
each life has its own recipe
mixin’ and making up your history

in college skate rock started to be called grunge
flannel wearing northwest with a needle to plunge
nirvana in chains wallowed in mudhoney
ian and guy had an east coast fugazi
three eleven dropped some reggae tone
adding funk to punk to shake some bones
presidents sang about peaches and kitty
green day always has a ballad that’s pretty
industrial club night with tkk
lords of acid and ministry
nine in nails hit a hole in your head
down in it was a new place to tread
beastie’s were playing it loud ‘n live
sabotage was the anthem to make the scene thrive
i ain’t special, i’m just me
this rule goes for everybody
each life has its own recipe
mixin’ and making up your history

after school life become a blur
song two yelling woo-hoo while the rhythm churns
rage peaked and had to fight with rebels
system of a down wove spider sugar spells
clubs were banging some sandstorm beats
zombie nation had us on our feet
lamb of god has an edge that is brutal
mca left a hole that will never fill
mad respect for music’s island home
jamaica dubwise rasta zion
i am what makes me, me
all by self without nobody
except for the all the music of the world
including everyone, all one, and who i haven’t told
i ain’t special, i’m just me
this rule goes for everybody
each life has its own recipe
mixin’ and making up your history
i ain’t special, i’m just me
i ain’t special, i’m just me
i ain’t special, i’m just me
i ain’t special, i’m just me

Only Thaw For You

the first time i saw you i stood frozen
too stunned to even take a second glance
your vision sent tingles all the way through me, like
frostbite on a warm day

from then on i stood at the same location
hoping for immobility again
there never seemed to be any consistency
but it was worth it just to see you

you make me numb to everyone but you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you
you make me numb to everyone but you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you

i cannot see you as anything but perfect
even when i compare you to all humanity
you have locked me up in an icy stasis
prisoner smiling permanently

i spend my time thinking of time with you
a day when i will thaw and start a new
until that time there is one and one only
my life was made for you

you make me numb to everyone but you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you
you make me numb to everyone but you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you
freeze my emotions to only thaw for you

Microphone Hiss

i thought you’d always be in pristine condition
but lately your tape is starting to thin
what seemed like recorded perfection
plays back like more of a whim

the reel to reel doesn’t capture lies
listening back shouldn’t bring surprise
archival demagnetization
you can read between the technical lines
when i replay memories of you they’re tainted
topped with a crackle of sibilance
represents one long unfortunate session
ruined by the microphone hiss

no use pointing blame for all that happened
can only rewind those recordings in your head
plays each day add layers of distortion
until the thin tape breaks and shreds
when i replay memories of you they’re tainted
topped with a crackle of sibilance
represents one long unfortunate session
ruined by the microphone hiss
ruined by the microphone hiss
ruined by the microphone hiss
ruined by the microphone hiss
ruined by the microphone hiss

Thinking Of The World

yesterday running through my mind
the worst fight we had and it was the worst time
wish we’d said different things
our words could tear apart an angel’s wings
so, i’m laying here thinking of the world
think of all the choices that might; and i couldn’t sleep last night
i’m laying here thinking of the world
thinking of corners to shed a light; i couldn’t sleep last night

last few years occupying my mind
hindsight makes everyone seem blind
regret the time we spent
wonder why all our love just up and went
so, i’m laying here thinking of the world
think of all the choices that might; and i couldn’t sleep last night
i’m laying here thinking of the world
thinking of corners to shed a light; i couldn’t sleep last night

today i finally made up my mind
no more days where our emotions grind
moving on, tomorrow begins right
try to close my eyes and make it through the night
so, i’m laying here thinking of the world
think of all the choices that might; and i couldn’t sleep last night
i’m laying here thinking of the world
thinking of corners to shed a light; i couldn’t sleep last night
i’m laying here thinking of the world
i’m laying here thinking of the world

What Tomorrow Gonna Give

i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
you say i don’t know, but don’t leave what you gotta forgive
what if you stay up late tonight just to get a peek
what if you stay up late tonight just to get a peek
you say that won’t work, the morning’s something you can’t beat

i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
you say i don’t know, but don’t leave what you gotta forgive
what can you do to keep, it all away
tell me, what can you do to keep it all away
you say absolutely nothing, just take it day by day

i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
i said hey, what tomorrow gonna give
you say i don’t know, but don’t leave what you gotta forgive
you say i don’t know, but don’t leave what you gotta forgive

Lyrics for Figurative

Figurative Album Cover

not by choice

we didn’t ask for this
sadness groping everywhere
you and me are like paladins
shiny armor darkening
it’s just the road we travel on
carry us into the dawn

friends speak and multiply
thunder boom from the sky
wet cheek never dry
family crest still hanging high
it’s just the road we travel on
carry us past the dawn

tomorrow takes some time
hands clasping through the night
through this storm we’re travelers
a life together we’re veterans
it’s the road we travel on
meandering dawn to dawn
dawn to dawn
dawn to dawn
dawn to dawn
dawn to dawn

Double Rainbow

staring out my window
looking for your rainbow
wondering how is it i know
this feeling i must show
your brown eyes
can’t hide in my sky
you know how much you mean
but with your health you don’t try
don’t leave me all alone
my soul only bones
show me a double rainbow

we were together on the way
always remember the day
kc down seventy
stormy weather dotted the roadway
white and gray hair
new life that we will share
clawing onto you
change everything we care
don’t leave me all alone
my soul only bones
show me a double rainbow

starting everyday
scare chosen words away
no worries about the end
accept, make amends
even in borrowed voice
you’re always my choice
fragile melody in
summon strength, begin again
don’t leave me all alone
my soul only bones
show me a double rainbow

Dream Song

corrected your name the first day
considered a friend right away
like seeing someone old once again
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me

days of smiles and frowns
the business of life runs around
ending each day in a good place
you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me

you said this was your dream
i want a song for me
i hope these notes succeed
just for you by me
you said this was your
dream

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