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Hope and Fear

by Englewood

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Haven't we been through a scary, dark time? Waking up afraid of each new headline, waiting for the nightmare to end sometime. We live in hope and fear... How to get up out of bed and get dressed, When we know it's going to be a day full of stress, So afraid we'll never get out of this mess. Hope, fear, we live in hope and fear. Which way will you choose When you wake up to begin this day? Which way will you choose When you walk out your front door today? Which way... But we pull ourselves together each day, Find a way to do our work and some play, Touch each other from a distance in some way. Hope, fear, we live in hope and fear.... Hope. Which way will you choose When you wake up to begin this day? Which way will you choose When you walk out your front door today? Which way... Trying to keep on building bridges, not walls, Trying to open up our hearts to heal all Fellow souls who need a hand to stand tall Hope, fear, we all have hope and fear... Hope... Hope... I know what I'll choose When I wake up to begin this day. I know what I'll choose When I walk out my front door today I know which way.... Hope!
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In times like this everybody wants a puppy. In times like this everybody needs a friend. In times like this everybody needs to reach out To each other. I have never seen a time like this. Someone put the brakes on us, So we had to slow our pace. Close the door and put on our mask, Sheltering in place. It’s a time like none we’ve seen in our lifetime, When we don’t even know the day. It’s a time when we all need a lifeline To stay somewhat OK. In times like this everybody wants a puppy. In times like this everybody needs a friend. In times like this everybody needs to reach out To each other. I have never seen a time like this. One day we will sit together Breaking bread and sharing wine. One day we will hug each other, So hold on to each other ‘til that time. In times like this everybody wants a puppy. In times like this everybody needs a friend. In times like this everybody needs to reach out To each other. I have never seen a time like this.
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Dig Deep 04:03
Staring out the window I see Details that I've never seen before. Never really noticed all the Life going on right outside my door. I used to drive right past it to go far away, Leave my own backyard for a different place. Walking through these streets I see Places that I've never seen before. Finding hidden by-ways between Houses make me want to search out more. Layers beneath layers of what's been and gone, Ghosts of long-dead players of now-silent song. Dig deep... In this deeply unsettling, quietest of times, When our thoughts are so dissonant that no sound Ever rhymes, When it's hard to find stillness, even sitting still, When it's hard to move forward, or to find the will, Dig deep into your place, into your space, into your mind. Sitting in my quiet I seek Peace that I never sought before. Watching my horizon I seek Stillness like I've never stilled before. Quieting my thoughts to a slower pace, Looking ever deeper in a smaller space, Dig deep... In this deeply unsettling, quietest of times, When our thoughts are so dissonant that no sound Ever rhymes, When it's hard to find stillness, even sitting still, When it's hard to move forward, or to find the will, Dig deep into your place, into your space, into your mind.
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I had a thought. At the time it seemed very important. Such a thought -- so important I would never forget it. What a thought -- something needed to be done or said or something. So glad that I thought of this timely and important thing. But by the time I went to write it down it was forgot. What was that thought? I had a cup. It was in my hand a minute ago. Such a cup -- it was my precious first cup of joe. What a cup -- just the way I like it, deep brown, dark roast, Hot, steaming, smelling like a morning's supposed to smell. But now it's lost somewhere inside this house forever. Where is that cup? I don't think I've lost all of my marbles. I'm pretty sure I have most of my mind. But I suspect my brain needs a vacation Or some hibernation time. Hibernation time.... Hibernation time... I had a word. Just the perfect word to finish up my sentence. Such a word -- caught the flavor and the meaning and the essence. What a word -- of all the many words I know it was the best one To communicate perfectly my information. But before it made its way to my tongue it was gone. What was that word? I don't think I've lost all of my marbles. I'm pretty sure I have most of my mind. But I suspect my brain needs a vacation Or some hibernation time. I don't think I've lost all of my marbles. I'm pretty sure I have most of my mind. But I suspect my brain needs a vacation Or some hibernation time. Hibernation time.... Hibernation time...
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We're not at our best today. We feel too much stress today. We're all just a little weird. We've all got too much to fear. Too much to fear. We're all hunkered down today. We're not going out on the town today. We're bunkered down. People are feeling strange. People are feeling lonely. People are feeling strange. People are feeling lonely. But there are angels among us, Angels among us. The ones who lift our day, The ones who light our way. Helping the strange, Helping the lonely. Helping us when we feel strange. Helping us when we feel lonely...
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Sleepless 02:34
They're sleepless in Seattle, They're sleepless in L.A. I'm sleepless here in Oakland, California, USA. I'm jealous of my buddy who can sleep the day away. I'm staring at the ceiling, It really is a bore. I'm listening to the chorus Of tiny feline snores. Maybe if I was a cat I'd get to fall asleep once more. Maybe all us sleepless ones should have a quiet Zoom, Gallery-view beacons lighting up the moonlit gloom. Sleep-deprived faces glowing blue in darkened rooms. I tried counting forwards, Then backwards three by three. I tried counting animals, I think that they were sheep. I tried not to try so hard to get myself to sleep. Maybe all us sleepless ones should have a giant Zoom, Gallery-view beacons lighting up the moonlit gloom. Sleep-deprived faces glowing blue in darkened rooms. I finally decided It's not so bad a thing, To lie there in the quiet, And think about my blessings, And all the things I'm grateful for Including tiny feline snores. Maybe all us sleepless ones should have a quiet Zoom, Gallery-view beacons lighting up the moonlit gloom. Sleep-deprived faces glowing blue in darkened rooms.
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2020 Vision 02:27
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Hey, I need another book! Hey, I need another book! I've got a COVID ban at our library branch, And I can't go to a shop, so we did a book swap. We've got a COVID ban at our library branch, And I can't go to a shop, so we did a book swap. But now I need another book! Hey, need a little light! Hey, I need a little light! We've got a dark situation with the local power station Where they turn off the lights to keep us safe through a windy night. A dark situation with the local power station Where they turn off the lights to keep us safe through a windy night. But now I need a little light! This has been the longest year, and it's not over yet. This has been the longest year, and one I'd like to forget. Will history forget? Hey, I need another Zoom! Hey, I need another Zoom! We've got a shelter-in-place at a glacial pace, So we can't see anybody face-to-face. We've got a shelter-in-place at a glacial pace, So we can't see anybody face-to-face. And hey, I need another Zoom! This has been the longest year, and it's not over yet. This has been the longest year, and one I'd like to forget. Will history forget? Hey, I need another drink! Hey, I need another drink! I kind of think I'm going crazy. I'm not good at being lazy. But I'm cooped up indoors and I'm getting really bored. I kind of think I'm going crazy. I'm not good at being lazy. But I'm cooped up indoors and I'm getting really bored. So hey, I need another drink! This has been the longest year, and it's not over yet. (Don't remind me.) This has been the longest year, and one I'd like to forget. Will history forget? Hey, I need another book!
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Waiting for my rolls to rise, I'm waiting for that dough to rise. I cleaned all the dirty dishes, put the oven on to heat, I made a couple of phone calls and I had a bite to eat, While I'm waiting, waiting for my rolls to rise. I answered all my emails, paid a couple of bills, I watered all the plants but I'm waiting here still... I read a couple of chapters of my library book, I figured out the next few meals I'm gonna cook I'm still waiting, still waiting for my rolls to rise. Waiting for my rolls to rise, I'm still waiting for that dough to rise. In this long, strange year I've learned an awful lot About how to best use all this extra time I've got. It's like waiting, waiting for my rolls to rise.
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Stay Close 02:59
I saw you on my screen today. We didn't have all that much to say. There's not too much here to do For me. How about you? I'm so glad I could see your face, Even though we're in a separate place. I sure am glad to spend some time with you. I hope that you're glad too. Stay close, cuz you mean the most. You stay near in my heart either here or when we're apart. You stay close. We haven't talked in quite a while, But I can always see your smile. It doesn't seem to matter if We're apart by miles. You stay close, 'cuz you mean the most to me. You stay near in my heart, either here or when we're apart. You stay close. We talked on the phone today, and somehow We found plenty to say, Even though there's not much going on with me Or with you. We always stay close, 'cuz you mean the most to me. You stay near in my heart, either here or if we're apart. You stay close.
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Hang in there now... We'll all get through this time.... somehow... Hang in, my friend, and we can Make it through together to the end. It seems dark tonight, from here inside this tunnel. But we can see a little light, if we can just hold on here, Through this night. It feels dark and cold. All of this is getting old. Days are short and we're closed inside. Yeah, it's been too long a ride, But hang in. Hang in there now... We'll all get through this time.... somehow... Hang in, my friend, and we can Make it together to the end. I think about all I have when So many have less. I think about new friends and old Who've been there with us through this mess, And I can hang in. Hang in there now... We'll all get through this time.... somehow... Hang in, my friend, and we will Make it through together to the end.

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released December 15, 2020

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