This Wonderful Life Lyrics

This Wonderful Life 

What Does it Mean? 

Chant: What is it this life? Is it what we seek? Do we still believe? Now 

I’ve been thinking, I’ve been dreaming, I’ve been seeing it through 

From the cradle to the edge of the grave 

All the wonders of the world, all the joy to be found 

Is it something that we still need to save? 

And is it something we need? 

Something we should believe? 

What is the world today, and tell me, what does it mean? 

What should we be (when we have) all that we need? 

Is this what they mean when they say free 

What do we do (when we don’t know) where that leads? 

And what does it mean for you and me? 

Homes and cars and phones and clothes, the things they say will surely make us thrive 

In a world where no one worries anymore that all they have to do is survive 

I’ve been listening to the talkers, I’ve been staring in space 

I’ve been wondering if I need to excel 

All the things that people tell me, well it doesn’t seem straight 

But then we all got our stories to sell 

So, tell me what does it mean? 

When we say that we dream? 

Striving to be the one, but tell me, what does that mean? 

What are we now (that we have) everything that we need? 

Is this what they mean when they say free 

Are we what we thought we’d be when we believed? 

And what does that mean for you and me? 

What does it mean?                                                                                7/6/21 

The Waters 

Where are my children? Where are my friends? 

Where are the tears here at the end? 

Once there was laughter and a strong belief 

I walk now in shadows seeking relief 

Oh, the waters 

How they rise 

Oh, the waters 

How they rise 

What of the promise? What of the lies? 

Where we all flourish; where we all die? 

We once stood for something, tall in the world’s eye 

Now it’s about needles and a junkie’s cry 

Oh, the waters 

How they rise 

Oh, the waters 

To the sky 

I don’t want to be free 

I just want to believe 

The town is dying, as is the past 

Like the promises not meant to last 

But people remember, we cry to the lord 

In churches now empty sown with discord 

Oh, the waters 

How they rise 

Oh, the waters 

As I cry                                                                                                2/23/18 

What’s in it For Me? 

Oh, I can hear you talking 

I hear the words you say 

How you’re so excited 

How the world will change, how I’ll soon be free 

But what I need to know is 

What’s in it for me? 

Can you tell me brother; tell me sister too 

All these pretty words-what they mean to you? 

I can see you smiling; playing to the band, but 

In these plans you’re making, in the bones you’re breaking 

Tell me will I see- what’s in it for me? 

Yeah, I can tell you’re angry 

You want the world to change 

It’s a time for action 

But before you holler and before you shout 

Think about who matters 

And what’s in it for me 

Won’t you tell me brother, tell me sister too 

All these angry words-what they mean to you? 

Can it really matter when you got no plan? 

Is the work you give me meant to set me free? 

But what I got to know is- what’s in it for me? 

I can see it people, 

Out across the land 

All the crying faces 

Shouting out to warn me, demanding of my time 

That I’ll come to see 

What’ll happen to me! 

Won’t you tell me brother, tell me sister, too 

All these tangled words-what they mean to you? 

The world is full of liars 

Trying to steal my time 

But I refuse to listen, I won’t even try 

Unless it’s clear to see 

What’s in it for me?                                                                                9/11/18 

A Mother’s Arms 

The sun is out today 

We’ll take a drive and find a place to play 

Far away from angry cries 

It won’t be like this long 

Let’s sing our favorite song 

It’s time to dry those tears for you’ll never be alone 

When your mother’s arms are home 

Sometimes the world ain’t right 

People shout and people fight 

But bruises fade away 

We’ll find a place to stay, just maybe not today 

So let me see you smile, cause you’ll never be alone 

When your mother’s arms are home 

A mother’s love is strong 

Strong enough to help us carry on 

The sun is out today 

I know God’s watching and he’ll help us find a way 

To get us through the day 

So pull yourself in tight and feel the morning light 

Don’t you worry child, for you’ll never be alone 

When your mother’s arms are home. 

The sun is out today                                                                             11/24/18 

How Does It Feel? 

It was only a moment, just a quick little look 

You were sure it was nothing, and the car barely shook 

Now you just sit there with nothing to say 

About the mother and child after driving away 

So why are you crying if it seems so unreal? 

As the judge reads the charges, tell me how does it feel? 

It was only a little, every once in a while 

It wasn’t a problem, merely going in style 

But the money you’d taken, meant to cover her bills 

Left your own mother dying after you sold her pills 

So why are you crying if it seems so unreal 

As the judge set your bail, tell me how does it feel? 

People don’t listen; they don’t even try 

They’ve got all the answers when you ask them why 

But after it’s over, after time slips away 

They stare at the floor with nothing to say 

She always would argue and you always would yell 

You drink and you’d fight and wish she’d go to hell 

Only that night you struck her and pulled out a gun 

She screamed when you killed her, one shot and done 

But now that you’re sober, it seems all too real 

As you’re rotting in prison, tell me how does it feel? 

So how does it feel?                                                                                       2/25/20 

In the Rain 

(In the rain) Running till your skin is soaked 

(In the snow) Angels all around 

(In the light) Swimming till the sun goes down 

(In the dark) gazing at the stars 

All we ever wanted was a place to play 

Life was just a melody of day to day 

I can see the two of us as the cars go by 

Now it’s just a memory of you and I 

(In the rain) Splashing in the flooded streets 

(In the snow) Forts in every yard 

(In the light) Riding down a country road 

(In the dark) Waiting to be scared 

(In the rain) stuck inside the same old room 

(In the snow) Bundled from the cold 

(In the light) Building castles in the sand 

(In the dark) Howling at the moon 

(In the rain) laughing at our ruined hair 

(In the snow) Kissing frozen lips 

(In the light) Working on the perfect tan 

(In the dark) Laying very still 

All we ever wanted was a place to be 

Life was just a symphony of you and me 

I can see the two of us standing side by side 

Smiling in the pictures of you and I 

In the rain                                                                                             5/25/21 

Settle Down 

Roll on by, as the sun lights the sky 

Slide on through if it feels good to you 

Some moves are easy; others go slow 

But movement only matters if there’s somewhere to go 

Time to settle down 

The road grows cold and the wheel takes your hand 

To someplace where your feet trace the sand 

But tides like to carry the soft sand away 

And the rocks left will cut you the longer you stay 

Just need to settle down 

There’s no going back, there’s no coming around 

But you can’t keep running, running yourself down 

The night sky shines as the time rolls away 

And you still yearn to find a warm place to stay 

You want to live easy no matter how you roll 

But it hard to find tomorrow when there’s no place to go 

You can’t seem to settle down                                                                  1/20/19 

After Me Babe (You’ll Never Love Again) 

The sun is shining, shining down on me 

And it always will be shining down on me 

You see, some are special, but not like me 

Cause I’m the one you really need 

Ride the love train, but it ain’t free 

Got to say you love me while on your knees 

I love to hear you tell me: pretty please 

Cause after me, babe, you’ll never love again 

The world’s full of losers with little plans 

Wannabee lovers with tiny hands 

A man like me don’t come cheap 

I’m very discerning about where I sleep 

Ride the love train, but it ain’t free 

Got to say you love me while on your knees 

I love to hear you tell me: pretty please 

Cause after me, babe, you’ll never love again 

People love to tell you that they know 

How the world works; how it goes 

Who you need to love; who you need to please 

And you will love me 

And you will see 

After me, babe, you’ll never love again 

You might think there’s someone else 

Someone to love you wearing bells 

But you’re a fool to think that’s true 

Cause after me no one else will do 

Ride the love train, but it ain’t free 

Got to say you love me while on your knees 

I love to hear you beg me: pretty please 

Cause after me, babe, you’ll never love again                                           11/14/19 

Say a Prayer 

Standing in the corner ain’t easy 

Tearing at the flesh on your arm 

Say a prayer cause you know it ain’t easy 

Say a prayer though you don’t give a damn 

You know they’re selling your sorrow; you know they’re selling your soul 

You know there’s nothing to save you as you come and you go 

Can you hear me? 

Waiting for the clock to turn over 

Waiting for the high to kick in 

Say a prayer cause you won’t last an hour 

Say a prayer though you don’t give a damn 

They say it’s God’s special magic; they say it’s life in your hand 

Because it makes you feel precious, you don’t want it to end 

Are you with me? 

Friend? 

Why do you owe us? Why do we care? 

Why do we owe you? Why should you care? 

Somewhere out there someone is crying 

Crying for the cycle to end 

Say a prayer cause you know they are dying 

Say a prayer thought it won’t change a thing 

You say you just want your freedom 

You want to be left alone 

But then you turn to your demons 

And you never come home 

Still with me? 

What do we owe you? Why should we care? 

What do you owe us? Why should you care? 

All that’s ever left is the music 

All that’s ever left’s in your head 

Say a prayer that you hope they rest easy 

Say a prayer though it won’t change a thing                                             4/30/21 

This Beautiful Disease 

Deep in the cage that defines where you are, hiding your face from the light of the stars 

Where is the smile that we all used to know, what of the pain that the smile didn’t show? 

Is it what you believe? 

Is it what sets you free? 

This beautiful disease 

The thing that deceives (you, me, us, them) 

Whatever happened to the words of your song, what did you do when you found they were gone? 

How can the notes sound so strange to your ears, to a song that you sang to yourself through the years? 

Is it what you believe? 

Is it what sets you free? 

This beautiful disease 

The thing that deceives (you, me, us, them) 

Come with me, let us dance; close together, a sweet romance. 

Love and beauty, grace, and charm; the two of us, arm in arm 

Life will always be so sweet, a life to love, a life to keep 

You and me, like the sun; we will always be as one 

Time is the cudgel that murders us all, takes all our moments, the big and the small 

What once was vital and sure always fades; all that was light now lingers in shade 

Is it what you believe? 

Is it what sets you free? 

This beautiful disease 

The thing that deceives (you, me, us, them) 

Come with me, let us dance; close together, a sweet romance. 

Love and beauty, grace, and charm; the two of us, arm in arm 

Life will always be so sweet, a life to love, a life to keep 

You and me, like the sun; we will always be as one                                    1/2/21 

Mother Earth Child 

Sitting in the darkness, alone within her room 

Still beside the window, as silent as a tomb 

She dreams of life beyond the water, and seeks her fame among the stars 

She’s longing for a new adventure 

She steers her way with the power in her hands 

To the people that she meets, with a heart of hidden beats 

That drives her ship across the waters, and sails it deep into the stars 

Far away from this world she flies 

What are we if not our dreams? 

Beyond the color of our eyes? 

Boxed inside a world that screams 

We long for something different looking out into those distant skies 

(We dream) 

Fingers move in tandem, eyes from side to side 

Jumps from place to moment, deep within the sky 

She finds her world below the water, and out beyond the distant stars 

Where character is what defines you 

She meets her match, and there they stand 

To find a hero’s place, in these far and distant lands 

That takes them past their broken world’s borders, and wings them to another world’s stars 

There they’ll find their own tomorrow (away) 

Away from this troubled world of ours 

Away from this angry world of ours 

Away from this distant world of ours 

My dear sweet Mother Earth Child                                                          5/19/21 

Yes, Dear 

Come, dear, fall in my arms, let me long for 

The light that I long to see 

Shine dear, across all the time that had kept me from your smile 

And dear, call me and I will appear- to take you along (with me) 

And we’ll find the place where we both can belong 

My dear, recall all the joy of our lives, dear 

Listen as I let my love call 

To where you can reach out and find me so near 

And yes, call me and know that I hear (you calling and drawing me near) 

And you’ll feel my heart as I come to your side 

Oh, dear, look at the lives that we leave here 

That take up the joys that we see dear 

Shining so bright when we look in their eyes 

Life runs away 

And darkens the day 

But that’s only life 

For us, there’s always… 

Time, dear, to sing all the songs that we love dear 

When we were so young and in love dear 

As the arc of our lives gave us so much to dream of  

Like time dear, to sing all the songs that we loved dear 

When we were so young and in love dear 

As life gave us so much to sing and dream of                                            12/3/18 

Better Than Being Alone 

Every morning, she kicks me out of bed! 

Says some things that are better left unsaid 

She uses my toothbrush 

And doesn’t rinse it out. 

Sometimes I wonder 

What this love is all about 

It ain’t much of a home, 

But it’s better than being alone. 

 She burns my breakfast, tells me that’s too bad 

Life is tough 

So don’t you get too mad 

She’s rarely happy with the pretty words I say, 

(She says) people love to talk 

But it’s just a game they play 

It ain’t much of a home, 

But it’s better than being alone. 

But when she loves me, when the love is burning hot 

It doesn’t matter what is true and what is not. 

She trashes my body and messes up my mind 

It might not be pretty 

But it’s the best that I can find 

Every morning, she kicks me out of bed. 

I get up on shaky legs 

Thank God that I ain’t dead. 

There are days when my heart is filled with doubt 

But there’s something about that woman 

That really knocks me out! 

It ain’t much of a home, 

But it’s better than being alone.                                                                1/2/21 

Everybody Knows 

Oh, there you go… away 

But did we see which way? 

Ooh, what did you say?  Today? 

Did it matter anyway? 

Everybody dreams, but dreams tend to fade away 

Everybody hides, hides away, where we all can see 

Ah, what we see… is often 

What we want to see 

The rest simply falls away… decays 

Into another day 

Everybody says it’s got to be this way 

But everybody knows… it isn’t so 

Sit me down and feed me schemes-of stories, myths, and dreams 

I won’t ask if all that’s true today, tomorrow, through joy and sorrow for me… or you. 

Oh, in the end, it’s just the end 

Of another day 

Days come and go… and in the end 

It’s all we ever know 

Everybody says it’s got to be this way 

But everybody knows… it isn’t so                                                         10/12/19 

Learn to Love Again 

People say they love you and say it’s from the heart 

They love to pull you closer, then tear you all apart 

(But you see) 

Love is still around you, the thing we need to share 

You got to let them know that it’s still there 

Nothing’s ever easy, worlds they fall apart 

People get too angry and forget what’s in their hearts 

(But you know) 

Love will always find you, push right through the pain 

People get together, we got to learn to love again 

We tell the young it’s easy 

When we know that isn’t true 

Love you got to work for, everyday 

So it works for me and you 

The world is what we’re given, there’s nowhere else to go 

People come together, let everybody know 

(That) 

Love is still the answer, love’s where we begin 

People come together, we got to learn to love again                                   4/30/20 

Baby Baby 

Baby, baby, why you look so sad? 

Feeling crazy and breaking bad 

Life has left you, pushed you to the side 

Broke your heart and made you cry 

Baby, baby, take my hand 

We’ll go looking for that promised land 

Where life is good, where life is sweet 

Where every day is like a special treat 

Sure it can fool ya, make you sigh 

You end up thinking that it’s all just a lie 

Just one long goodbye 

You see 

One minute they need you, and in the next they don’t 

They’ll do anything to help, but then they won’t 

The foolish keep on struggling 

And the smart are pulled apart 

The gawkers start collecting 

To see what’s in your heart 

I can tell you, life is hard 

Leaves you broken, torn, and scarred 

But you can’t worry, let it get you down 

Cause what goes, always comes around 

Baby, baby, don’t wear that crown 

Or bare your soul in this distant town 

Life ain’t always what it seems 

But that don’t mean you can’t have your dreams 

I can tell ya what to do 

But in the end, we all know it’s up to you 

Cause you know what’s true                                                                 12/22/19