First full month of postings!

Welp, that’s a whole month down: a new song lyric every day! Sure, it’s the shortest month of the year, but it still counts. Eleven months to go!

Yay?

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Day #29: The Size and Shape of the Heart

The Size and Shape of the Heart

Don’t tell me how she betrayed you
Don’t tell me you’ll never love again
That’s not the song I paid to hear

Don’t tell me how she destroyed you
Don’t tell me women are all alike
I need a lyric I can cheer

So give me something practical that I can use
Give me something practical that I can use

Chorus:
What do you know about the size and shape of the heart
What have you heard about how many times it can break
What have you learned from your turns at the game of love
Tell me, tell me, tell me what you know
About the size and shape of the heart

Don’t fret, you’ll live to love again
Don’t cry, you’ll live to die again
That’s how the world works everywhere

I’ll be here when you’re dancing
I’ll be here when you’re crying
And in the meantime, you can share

So give me something practical that I can use
Give me something practical that I can use

Chorus

Day #28: Songs for the Masses

Songs for the Masses

Don’t call me an immigrant
‘Cause I’ve set sail for the promised land
Don’t call me an innocent
‘Cause I still believe in the sacred sands

You might think it’s poetry
You might like the way that I make ’em rhyme
That’s just the kid in me
I’ll be that way till I’m out of time

Chorus:
‘Cause I write songs for the masses
Bread on the water
Returns a thousand fold
And I like heroes that save
And flags that be wavin’
And love as good as gold

I write for posterity
If not for me, then my children might
They’ll look back at Minstrel Man
And say “there’s a fool who put up a fight.”

CHORUS

Day #27: Rock This Way

Rock This Way

I wasn’t born in New Orleans
I can’t tell blues from old blue jeans
Is that required for the job?

I race my lyrics to the page
That’s where we fight for center stage
If you need words, then I’m the one
And if you need me…

I don’t write social protest songs
Don’t care if people get along
Just so they leave the world alone

I don’t write ballads–who’s had love
If you’ve got friends, that quite enough–
Or so I’ve heard, I’ve never known
And if you need me
If you need me

Chorus:
Just rock this way
Bring your music,
I know where the lyrics hide
Just bring those blues tunes
And that jazz beat
Waiting by the riverside [Repeat]
Just rock this way, I say…

I’ll take a stand to save the world
Don’t even know who lives next door
That’s not ironic, only real

If songs can change what we believe
And build a bridge across the sea
Then you’ll need words, and we can deal
So when you need me
When you need me

Chorus

Day #26: Do You Remember Dreams

Do You Remember Dreams

I never saw them stand in Chicago
I never saw them sit in Greensboro
But I have heard them say
“Do you remember dreams?”

I know it’s not a land full of brothers
Who love or even like one another
But there’s a promised land
If you remember dreams

We will overcome
We can show the world
What a bright land this can be
We will overcome
Let the freedom-fighters know
There’s a place for you and me
We will overcome
But we can see
What a long time it will be

They say “let freedom ring”–can you hear it?
I think we’ll know the sound when we’re near it
So put your hand in mine
And we’ll remember dreams.

Chorus

Day #25: Let Me Tell You About Jesus

Let Me Tell You About Jesus

I asked the preacher-man, I said,
I have read the gospel
Of how Jesus died, but
How can that be good news?

He said, that blood shed has
Washed away your sins and
Made you white as snow, now
That’s what I call good news!

Chorus:
Let me tell you about Jesus
The best friend I ever knew
Let me tell you about Jesus
The one who died for me and you

He died and rose the third day
Spread the Holy Ghost and
Went to Heaven to the
Right hand of the Father

He said, I go to make a
Place for you in his house
There are many rooms
If it weren’t true, I’d tell you.

Chorus

Coda
The One who died for me and you
The One who died for me and you

Day #24: I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know

I don’t know (I don’t know), I don’t know (I don’t know)
Why the world lets sad songs go where they go
And I don’t know (I don’t know), I don’t know (I don’t know)
Why you can’t stand tall without stooping low
While the world says “I love you”

I don’t care (I don’t care), I don’t care (I don’t care),
That the folks in charge just get in the way
And I don’t care (I don’t care), I don’t care (I don’t care),
That they tell us all to “do as I say,
And ignore the things I do.”

Chorus:
How did I let you take hope away from me
And how did I let you give me away for free
You might see worthless
But I see priceless
There’s still a place in this world for me

I don’t know (I don’t know), I don’t know (I don’t know)
What it means when heroes get shown the door
And I don’t know (I don’t know), I don’t know (I don’t know)
How it feels to look ahead anymore
While the future hides from me

Chorus

Day #23: (You Better) Live Your Life With Me

(You Better) Live Your Life With Me

If you like a sad song
If you think the blues belong
You better live your life with me
If you’ve seen the slow trains go
If you’ve felt your warm tears flow
You better live your life with me

‘Cause I’ve proven that I can make you cry

If you like the foreign lands
And live for exotic sands
You better live your life with me
“Where no man has gone before”
If you’d use the sky for a floor
You better live your life with me

‘Cause I’ve proven that I can take you there
‘Cause I’ve proven that I can take you there

Chorus:
If you save your love for a Saturday
There ain’t no difference which path you follow
If you, like Columbus, sail away
There ain’t no worlds you can’t discover
You make the world seem round again.

If you’ve broken hearts for show
A hobby that won’t let go
You better live your life with me
If you don’t believe what you’ve seen
I mean what I say what I mean:
You better live your life with me

‘Cause I’ve proven that love will make you cry
And I’ve proven that love will take you there

Chorus

 

Day #22: Sweet Surrender

Sweet Surrender

If she likes sad songs and silent movies
Then she’d better be Linda Picasso
If she writes love poems in summer showers
Then she’d better be more than a shadow
I hope she’s a friend of mine

I only see her after the newsreel
Because her life is a matinee feature
If she still looks for her secret sharer
Then she still thinks that life lasts forever
Forever’s a friend of mine

Chorus:
She’s sweet surrender
She’s got a smile like a Mata Hari sings
She’s sweet surrender
She’s got a voice from the world of princess things
She’s sweet surrender
She’s from the world of love

If she’s old magic that I remember
Then she’d better be Linda Picasso
If she’s a lover, a ballerina
Then she’d better breathe like a piano
Her music’s a friend of mine

Chorus

Day #21: Campfire Town

Campfire Town

When all is said and done
I’ll be there when you call my name—it’s true
And you know I’d like to relax
On the shores of Lake Wobegon someday with you:
A fishing hole, and the shade of summer with you

I like the campfire’s glow
And the toasted marshmallow days we spend down here
And I like what Robin Hood’s done
Made the Sherwood Forrest safe for far and near
The merry men are all good friends of mine

Chorus:
And I know my game
It’s to go back in time
To that old campfire town
Where the folks all stay the same
But they don’t seem to mind
In that old campfire town

When the fishing hole beckons me
And the hills we climbed become high mountains, again
And the revolution’s done
When we can’t pretend we’ve conquered anything
The merry men are all good friends of mine.

Chorus