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It All Started Yesterday

by Englewood

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It all started yesterday. None of us knew what to say. So we sat around the table making idle conversation with our eyes. It all started yesterday, Or maybe it was Saturday. There was something that we heard that made us think we'd better wear our best disguise. The sky was getting darker and our hearts were getting heavy. The wind was blowing colder and the water breached the levee. We sat around the circle tightly gripping someone's hand on either side. The bushes started burning and the icecaps started melting. The rivers started flooding and the hailstones started pelting. We ran until our feet bled, we were desperate but we found no place to hide. It all started yesterday. A day just like all other days. Or at least that's what we thought until the lightening of uncertainty struck through. It all started yesterday. The shadows seemed to block our way. So we ran around in circles hoping somebody would tell us what to do. We didn't see it coming since it wasn't supposed to be like this. We spent our money freely and enjoyed our ignorance in bliss. We let our gods die lonely in abandoned ruined churches far away. We didn't pay attention while the beauty died around us. The music of our souls was lost. We let the chatter drown us. You couldn't really blame it when the Truth packed up its bags and left today. It all started yesterday. And maybe it's too late today, to start the terrifying, long, and bloody painful process of rebirth. It all started yesterday. Please grant us just another day. To hold each other closely while we mend our broken hearts and souls and earth; To hold each other closely while we mend our broken hearts and souls and earth.
2.
I just want to call you, I just want to say hello. I just want to call you, I just want to say hello. You probably won't know me, You probably won't answer the phone. I just want to tell you I'm holding you close in my heart. I just want to tell you I'm holding you close in my heart. Even if you don't know if we're near or apart. I won't leave a message; I've got nothing special to say. I won't leave a message; I've got nothing special to say. I don't think you realize we haven't talked yet today, or yesterday. So I'll send you a postcard and with it a piece of my love for you to own. I'll send you a postcard and with it a piece of my love for you to own. You're in your own world now, but I want you to know that you're not alone. You're in your own world now, but I want you to know that you're not alone.
3.
I just heard the bell that signaled the end of Before. The voice in the dark tells me we've just begun the After. The curtain fell in silence with a hush that whispered "no more". We cannot re-live that play since Fate has locked the door. Where are we to go now? Who is there to show now? How will we know how? There are no words to say. There is no one to tell. As we try to find our way how to bridge from Before to After. Who will be the soul now? Who can fill the hole now? Someday we'll know how....
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Clouds 03:41
As life trundles on and the hours trudge by, I put one foot in front of the other. I try to be here in the moment. But I can't keep that candle alive. I try to remember to look up at the sky. But all I see up there is the look in your eyes while you stared out the window for hours just watching the clouds fly. I miss you every day. I miss you every day. I do know that you're always there beside me. I do know everything you taught is inside me. But still, I miss you every day. I miss you every day. I miss you every day. So while life trudges on and the hours roll by, I'll put one foot in front of the other. I'll try to look out the window. And I'll think of you watching the clouds fly, while I miss you every day. I miss you every day.
5.
Lying in the dark I hear the ticking of a clock somewhere It pierces through the black before the dawn. I press up close beside to steal the rhythm of your breathing While the cat dances her dreams against my palm. A single set of headlights brings the thump of the newspaper, And a single bird takes up its lonely song. The room begins to lighten and I wonder how the day will break. If sun will finally burn away the fog. Will it burn away the fog? Will today be the day when I join my life again? Will today be the day when The sun burns off the fog. I know the darker days when I felt very far away From all the business of the business going on. It's hard to play the part when you don't feel it in your heart, And somehow all the days have gotten much too long. But now I sense the flicker of the light within the embers And I know the flame will start to burn on, burn on, come on! The room begins to lighten and I see that the day will break, And soon the sun will burn away the fog. It will burn away the fog. Will today be the day when I join my life again? Will today be the day when The sun burns off the fog. Yes, maybe today will be the day when I join my life again. Maybe today will be the day when The sun burns off the fog. The sun burns off the fog.
6.
Again I sing my song. I may sing it wrong. I don’t sing very well. I’ll never be Adele. It’s not exactly art, but it’s coming from my heart. It comes from my heart. I sang this song before, many years ago, Before I knew you. Behind a locked door, where my heart lived, Before I knew you. Before you set me free and my heart sailed Like the moonlight on the sea, my heart sailed, Once you set me free. Safe behind my door, I played, Before I knew you All the saddest tunes that they made, Before I knew you. It seemed to fit my mood before I knew That life could be so good, before I knew That love could be so good. So today I sing my song, and even if I sing it wrong, even if I don’t sing it very well, since I’m not Adele, oh well, cuz It’s coming from my heart now that it’s free, Since I knew you. It’s coming from my heart now that I’m free.
7.
People look this way quizzingly. I finally figured out it must be me. What I say comes out confusingly. I make a joke I think is funny. They look at me like I'm the Easter bunny. It can't always be that they're all dummies. I'm not the kind of person who has a way of always knowing what to say. I don't really have a way with words -- at least not the way they're usually heard. 'Cuz, I'm told, I speak in code. Sometimes I know what must be told. I could teach you how to live brave and bold. But you'll miss it cuz I speak in code. I could tell you all the secrets you should know. All the lessons that I've learned deep in my soul. But they're hidden cuz I speak in code. I wish I could give you the crypto-key, but I'm afraid that it's a mystery. You could unlock the secret mode and all the layers would unfold. But... I speak in code. I'm sorry but... it's all I know. Yes. I speak in code....
8.
It’s not easy to be open. It takes courage to share, All the burdens that you carry; Almost more than you can bear. It’s so tempting to believe That you hold your load alone. Stand behind your iron walls, Letting no one in your home. But once you open up your window, Let in a little air, Then like spring, comes blowing in, The love from those who care. And it lifts you, and it lightens The next step, the next ache. And for now you can go on; For today, you won’t break. You won't break... [Instrumental] It’s not easy to be open. It takes courage to share, If you have to stop and doubt Whether anybody cares. But when you put out your hand, When you open up your door, And we put our arms around you. All together we’re so much more. Let our spirit make you stronger, For this moment, for today. Close your eyes in our sunshine. Feel the warmth in its rays. It’s not easy to be open, But your courage takes you there. So let us lighten, for a moment, The burdens you can share. Let our spirit make you stronger, For this moment, for today. Close your eyes in our sunshine. Feel the warmth in its rays. It’s not easy to be open, But your courage takes you there. So let us lighten, for a moment, The burdens you can share. You can share….
9.
Our tears are happy today. I'm singing major keys today. We're doing a happy dance today. Love wins today. This country is mine today. I feel pretty fine today. You can't take what's mine today. Love wins today. Years of struggle, years of tears. Years of fighting all your fears. It's over today. Years of heart-break, years of scorn. Tragedies of families torn. It ends today. I'm stepping out with pride today. The law is on my side today. We've somehow turned the tide. Love wins today. Our friends stand with us arm-in-arm today. The haters cannot do us harm today. The world's a better place. Love wins today. But don't forget the Years of struggle, years of tears. Years of fighting all your fears. It's over today. Years of heart-break, years of scorn. Tragedies of families torn. I hope it ends today. Our tears are happy today. I'm singing major keys today. We're doing a happy dance today. Love wins today.
10.
Time Out 02:49
It’s been a roller-coaster, good and bad, Emotional upheaval, happy and sad. I’m ready to rest now. I’ll take a time out. I read the papers and the postings, I should be engaged. More social injustice, I ought to be enraged. I don’t feel up to it. I’ll take a time out. I’ll go for a hike; I don’t know how long. The watch that I’m wearing often is wrong. It doesn’t matter ‘cuz I’m on a time out. I’ll stay off the computer. It won’t be hard. The internet is out again; don’t get me started. I won’t let it get to me. ‘Cuz I’m on a time out. Call it escapism, call it apathetic. Call it rejuvenation, call it copacetic. I don’t really care what you call it. ‘Cuz I’m on a time out. It’s been a roller-coaster of good and bad, Emotional upheaval, happy and sad. I’m ready to rest now. I’ll take a time out. It’s been a roller-coaster of good and bad, Emotional upheaval, of happy and sad. I’m ready to rest now, I’ll take a time, ready to rest now, I’ll take a time, ready to rest now – I’ll take a time out.
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A Little Sunshine (free) 02:30
I don’t need shiny jewels, I don’t need fancy shoes, I don’t need lots of stuff that I could just lose. Give me a little wine, Give me a little time, Give me a little sunshine. Throw in a sunset over San Francisco Bay. Throw in a smile and a hug to start my day! Throw in a family loving strong across the distance. That’s all I need since I… Don’t need a big TV, Don’t need an SUV, Doesn’t compare to what we get for free. Throw in a sunset over San Francisco Bay. Throw in a smile and a hug to start my day! Throw in a family loving strong across the distance. That’s all I need since… I’ve got a little time, I’ve got a little wine, I’ve got a little Sunshine. I’ve got a little time, I’ve got a little wine, I’ve got a little Sunshine. Sunshine…. Sunshine….
12.
Call me a saint, call me a sinner. Call me a loser, call me a winner. Call me a ten, call me a zero. Call me a victim, call me a hero. I've been a saint, I've been a sinner. I've been a loser, I've been a winner. I've been a ten, I've been a zero. I've been rescued, I've been a hero. Sometimes blessed, sometimes wounded, sometimes bleeding in my soul, Though you'll never see the hole. The arrow's buried deep below. I've struggled long, I've dug in deep. I made it to the other side. I've wrestled with my blinding pride, Fought the demons still inside. Cuz, I've been a saint, I've been a sinner. I've been a loser, I've been a winner. I've been a ten, I've been a zero. I've been rescued, I've been a hero. Call me a saint, call me a sinner. Call me a loser, call me a winner. Call me a ten, call me a zero. Call me a victim, call me a hero. I'm just like you; I'm just like everyone Who's made it through some years. I earned my scars and my gray hairs. I show my smiles and hide my tears. I'm just glad to be alive, and life's the price we have to pay to find the joy along the way; to find the heaven in each day. Cuz we're all saints, we're all sinners. We're all losers, we're all winners. We're all tens, we're all zeroes. We're all rescued and we're all heroes. So call us saints, call us sinners. Call us losers and call us winners. Call us tens, call us zeroes. Call us rescued and call us heroes.

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released October 1, 2015

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