Warm December

On a warm December evening
You came around
You told me you were done
You didn’t want anymore

The working life was rough
9-5 at a job you hated
Dreamed of making it big somehow
But couldn’t do it in this town

You were going away from here
Take a trip out to L.A.
That’s where everyone goes
To make their dreams come true

Asked me for a couple of bucks
For a ticket south
Needed just a little more
So as not to live hand to mouth

I gave you what I had on hand
And wished you all the best
Said if you’re ever in town
You’d have a place to crash

You left and went on your way
Your perfume still in the air
The words inside unspoken
Lingered in the air

I hope your dreams come true
I hope you’ll be alright
I hope you’ll be happy there
Even in the darkest night

The weeks turned to months
The months into years
Didn’t hear of your success
Or your demise my dear

Then one sunny day
In the depths of June
I heard a knock upon my door
And there you were again

You told me tales of your success
Of people and places in your dream
Of how the world adored you
Where ever you were seen

You apologized for not writing
Or calling to say hi
But life was so busy now
Living this famous life

I sat there in wonder
Not knowing what to say
But still glad to know
You were on your way

Rich and famous in Hollywood
People knew your name
Invited you to all the parties
Let you in to all the games

You left again in a whirlwind
And went upon your way
Said that you’d be back again
On some distant day

I went back to my ordinary life
Just a little disappointed
Knowing that I could never be
That friend you needed in your life

And so it goes and goes and goes again
That the dreamer always wins
Here’s hoping you find your dreams
Before the December winds, come again

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One Way

If I close my eyes
And turn away from the night
Will I find my way
Back into the light

Words conspire
To draw blood from my flesh
Open fire
Kill while the killing is fresh

And the new conspiracy
Same as the old conspiracy
To drive a wedge in
Between you and me

So who’s to say
Who is wrong and who’s right
Taking for granted
We know wrong from right

And the loss we feel
And the hurt inside
Are now dripping onto the floor
Showing everyone what we hide

And the sin and the words
And the deeds and the hurt
All the pain that is felt
By all the lost of this world

Will never go away
With the words that we say
By the good deeds invented
By men of this world

Only One has the power
To redeem what was lost
To pay for the sins
To hang on a cross

Only GOD has been right
When it came time to judge
When all made by man
Could only hold a grudge

Pride and rebellion
The crutches we need
Are now gone by the wayside
With our overblown greed

So come to this place
Sit at the table
Partake of forgiveness
While you are still able

Desire

A kiss on the lips
Or a kick to the face
Welcome home my friends
To the human race

Streets of desire
Street of dreams
Not everything
Is as it seems

Darkness and sorrow
Heartache and loss
Those feelings you had
Won’t you give them a toss

And I find myself
On the same old road
Doing the same old thing
No matter what I’m told

Was there ever a time
When things went right
When I wasn’t lost
In the darkest night

Desire
To overcome this loss
Desire
No matter the cost

Desire
I’m no longer the boss
Of the days I’ve seen
Or the things I’ve lost

Overcome the challenges
I see each day
To be a better man
As I’m on my way

Heartache and loss
Are in the past
Can you feel the joy
That forever lasts

Dreams and desires
Start a new day
Give you hope
As you go your way

Listen to your heart
It knows the truth
Of how you live
Since your youth

Never give up
No, don’t give in
Overcome the death
That comes creeping in

Push it out
On the street again
Send it to the gutter
So new life can begin

Love

There are things
I don’t understand
Why some people live
And the innocent die–/

Where pain and death
Are a daily ride
For children and women
Who deserve a good life–/

And I just stand here
And wonder why
When all the good
Seems to all have died–/

We wander in circles
Looking for the answer
Instead of gathering wise men
And searching the heavens–/

Who among us has given his life
That the poorest may live
A good and proper life–/

Who would be willing
Who would understand
Love conquers all
Even the hate
In this land

Words

Beast infiltrate the temple
Make everyone believe
He is the way to everlasting life
Slight of hand and twist of fate

Lies preached as truth
Spoken with eloquence
Words we all long to hear
Deep within our heart

He talk of peace and love
As if he were the king
Just a little off center
But the people will still believe

No one question his authority
No one ask for credentials
People took it as gospel
He knew what he was doing

Dragged the people to suffering
Dragged them into pain
Told them all it was how it was done
To get the people out of the rain

Never one to compromise
In what he was going to do
Drag them all straight to hell
Just to cause the Father some pain

Preached a new philosophy
After he had them in
Do whatever you want to do
Nothing here’s a sin

People fell into step
With the way things were
Thinking they would go to heaven
Yeah, they were oh so sure

Should have seen their eyes
Should have heard their cries
When they found themselves in hell
Yes, they were all taken by surprise

So listen very carefully
To the words spoken today
Some lead to heaven
Some to hell everyday

Wrestling

And I live
I live
I live
Out here in the wastelands

Where the time
The time
My time
It is no longer mine

And I wrestle with my future
And all I could become
Wrestle with my past
And all I’ve overcome

And the haunting sounds of sin
Ringing in my ears
Telling me of time to come
And all the wasted years

Whisper in the garden
Speak into my soul
Speak the truth unguarded
Into this blackened hole

And I find myself seeking
A truth I do not know
Of how it came to pass
And how my life is just for show

Shocked into being
Torn from the past
But will I be a better man
With a legacy that lasts

And I live
I live
I live
In the Promised land

Where the time
The time
My time
Is only in His hands

What We Need

The streets of gold we long to see
Are now paved with broken dreams
This paradise, heaven on earth
Has become a land of silent screams
People who once chased their dreams
Have become lost, a zombie scene
Drifting their way through life
Never to see the afterlife

Day by day they disappear
One by one its all so clear
The path we’re on is overgrown
Choked by sin, what have we become
People disillusioned by loss, by lust
Forgot what it means to know and trust
Their hearts are broken everyday
Then taped together for another day

Pieces of their hearts falling
By the wayside of the path they’re on
Emptiness fills the emptiness
Filling them with nothingness
Like children without a father
Like parents who’ve lost their daughter
Their is a pain and sorrow
That can’t be healed, can’t be filled with dust

No one can recall the feeling of love
What it means to be wanted, held
Hearts cry for that something
That they’ve never heard of
Point them in the right direction
Give them the extra attention
Pour out the love they want, they need
Before it’s too late

A New Life

Leaving
Heart and soul in your hands
Wanting
Just to have you with me
Hoping
We’d be holding hands
Living a life
Of prosperity

But you’re dragging my life
Through the dirt and rocks
Making my life
One everyone mocks
Taking advantage
Of all that you can
That is why
I’m not your kind of man

And all I want
Is a beautiful life
One without shame
A wonderful life
But you say
You won’t be my wife
Laugh in my face
I can’t get anything right

And I struggle to find
The words to say
Expressions of love
To keep you from going away
And I fall to my knees
And I beg you to stay
But you go to your friends
And I can hear you say

He’s a nice guy
But it just ain’t right
Not enough money
And he don’t look right
Maybe if he were richer
I’d give him a chance
But the way things are
…..Not a chance

So I go about my day
Doing all I can
To make myself
A better man
But you don’t care
And you don’t see
The effort I put out
To be a better me

So you walk away
Never give me a chance
Just laugh with your friends
At the local dance
Make fun of me
Every chance you get
But don’t look now
I’m gonna take that bet

I’m a better man
Than you deserve
Just sit back now
As I get my nerve
To tell you how
I feel right now
About all your talk
That you’re a heel

I’m gonna make something
Of myself today
Just listen to my sound
As you walk away
Never been one
To brag on myself
But you missed out
With your selfish doubt

I’m a bigger man
Than you can understand
Cuz I’m not telling you
Exactly where you stand
My moms done told me
Not to speak that way
But understand this
Before you leave today

I’ll hold my head up
And make my way
Through this life
You tried to wreck today
I will achieve
My dreams’ll come true
But not today
And not with you

I like who I am
When you’re not around
So go back home
And crawl under ground
Take that jive talking
Way you have
Back to the gutter
Where you misbehave

Times are tough
But I’ll pull through
Just like now
I’m done with you
No more listening
To all your lies
I’m gonna watch the heavens
I’m gonna look to the skies

Sirens

Sirens
Calling my name
Sirens say
Come play our game

They don’t tell you
About the price you’ll pay
They don’t tell you
About the pain you’ll feel
Tempt and persuade
Seductively call your name
Call you night and day
In the voice of an angel

Wickedness and sin
Death to every man
This is what they have to sell
To everyone they can
Sell it as a paradise
Drinks on the beach
And when you’re in their clutches
Find out that everything stinks

Sirens
Now I see their true form
Sirens
Can it be
So deformed

And the weakness of man shines through
When temptation calls his name
Leading to his destruction
And a life bound in chains

Anchored to his past
Tied to the mast
Tethered to nothing strong
During the storm

He groans in disgust
Finally knowing his faults
Seeing for the first time
Sins kept in ancient vaults

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