Day #79: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

At last I was a leaf like all the rest
All colorful and dancing in the wind
Some magic made a place I want to be
And finally a place where I fit in

This campus in the fall had leaves to spare
And even one to match me, hand in hand
Is this the whole world or just part of me
Either way, I never want to land

Chorus:
And now it’s time to say
Goodbye yellow brick road
I’ve followed you as far as I could go
But now it’s time to wake
Back to Kansas, back inside
A black-and-white world you will never know

However long my time went by too fast
And everything I learned is here with me
And I’ll always remember that sweet time
Some magic made a place I want to be

Chorus

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Day #78: Let’s Go

Let’s Go

What are we waiting for
What’s holding us back now
They’ve opened up the door
It’s our turn for the crown

No more assembly line
Or faceless little drone
It’s our time to matter
And show how much we’ve grown

What a world, what a time
All for us and in our prime

Chorus:
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s dive in
There’s something special waiting
But it won’t wait all day
Let’s go, let’s go, let’s grab hold
Onto the wind and tell it
“Let’s go, I know the way”

So much to do out there
So many folks to see
It’s bigger than the globe
But baby so are we

What a world, what a time
All for us and in our prime

Chorus

Day #76: Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Three cheers for generation Me
Bouncing through the world
Like there was nothing left to see
Our trophies and our self esteem
Soaring through the sky
As though we were the winning team

Maybe we’re just the same as you
Growing up the way
Our parents trained us all to do
So why look at us with such surprise
We’re the spitting image
That the mirror shows your eyes

Maybe I don’t fit what you define
Maybe I don’t color in the lines

Chorus:
But I’m the same as you,
We’re from the same stock
So why is meeting me a culture shock
Yeah, I’m the same as you
Both solid as a rock
So when will you get past your culture shock
And share the world with me?

Three cheers for sharing the same goal:
Sweeping all the bad guys
And disasters from the world
Our heritage and self esteem
Keeps us all together
Cause we make a winning team

Maybe I don’t fit what you define
Maybe I don’t color in the lines

Maybe I don’t dress like in the day
Maybe our egos get in the way

Chorus

Day #72: Traveling Man

Travelling Man

These bound and printed pages gonna take me away, wait and see
And if you think this whole wide world is exotic, come with me
I’ll show you it’s a sad song balloon, floating way with me

The Brothers Grimm are tempting me far from the nest, every night
They’re teasing me with stories of magic and mystery, who could fight?
That’s my imagination on the loose, floating away with me

Chorus:
I’m a travelling man,
I see these crowded shelves as the Promised Land
I’m a travelling man,
See Lady Luck shine down, tell her I’m her fan
I’m her man

If you ever find a map that I haven’t written, look away
It’ll lead you to the edge without a direction, not my way
It’s written on a sad song balloon
That’s my imagination on the loose
I’ll show you in a love song balloon, floating away with me

Chorus

Instrumental

Chorus

Day #70: celebrationSong

celebrationSong

If I find a dance floor
Tell me, can you keep up with me
So dust off my rhythms
This is where I belong, wait and see
We’ll make a celebrationsong
And set it free

When I write a love song
Got to spread those sounds round the world
And crank up the good times
And save a stanza for my favorite girl
If it’s a celebrationsong
It’s you and me.

Life’s a celebrationSong
No fun to sing alone
Life’s a celebrationSong
Oh, won’t you hum along with me
And we’ll sing a celebrationSong

Make me a believer
Tell me that lyrics for love songs are true
It don’t make the world turn
But it makes a sweeter trip for you.
It makes a celebrationSong
For you and me.

Chorus

Day #48: Stowaways

Stowaways

When philosophers sail away, sail away
To magician-shores where the free people play
Saving phoenix feathers and unicorns
They can expect stowaways

Then the artist-guilds sail away, sail away
To the carnival, with the freaks and the strays
With white canvas sails for their portraits
Of their favorite freaks; stowaways

Chorus:
If I could find a way to be that way
Finding magic and the rest in all I see
If I could find a way, I’d be that way
Then I just might solve the mystery

Well, we’re homeward bound, let us sail, sail away
In the captain’s chair we can all save the day
Sailing off into summer sunset’s glow
Saving phoenix feathers and unicorns
With white canvas sails for our portraits
Of our favorite friends, stowaways

Chorus

Day #47: Ready for the Studio

Ready for the Studio

I’ve been away, but that’s old business
What matters now is we’re all back
It’s not so hard to rhyme France, romance and dance
Once you learn how you don’t lose the knack
It’s been a long time since I wrote a love song
It’s been a long time since I wrote a love song

I’ve been around, but what does that mean
How many times can this heart mend?
Where did they learn to say “let’s just be friends”?
I play along but I can’t pretend
It’s been a long time since I wrote a sad song
It’s been a long time since I wrote a sad song

Chorus:
I am ready for the studio again
Bring on your lyrics and the magic they begin
Nothing too hip, that’s not the way I fly
Just simple sentiments from the heart
By way of the eye.

I’ve been a dance floor–who’s complaining
I now know what those boards can do
I wasn’t born into the rhythm and blues
Couldn’t fake it, shouldn’t waste my time
It’s been a long time since I wrote a fun song
It’s been a long time since I wrote a fun song

Chorus

Day #41: Quixote Days

Quixote Days

When I consider my Quixote Days
Romantic flings with life, and powdered wigs
I must remember books—those hands that raise
My stumbled outlook to a frenzied jig

When the caravan leaves town, remember me
I’m gonna take that covered wagon west
I’ll soon discover what two eyes can see
And trundle home again with all the rest

Chorus:
And dreams are something for the folks back home
With dreams I know I’ll never be alone
And dreams will keep me from the edge of time
When I stumble home again, with all the rest

It’s time to measure lives with calendars
The hourglass has failed us all again
But still we’re glory bound with sails and stars
It’s once around the world with worthy friends

Chorus

When I stumble home again, with all the rest
[Adlib, repeat and fade]

Day #34: Life on Fire

Life on Fire
(From the TV series “Life on Fire” 1982-1987)

Back on my own again
Living alone again
Back to that open road

Where will my life take me
It’s all a mystery
But everywhere I go

I see a sunrise on my way
It lights the sky and makes my day

I’ve got a life on fire
New friends as far as I can see
I’ve got a life on fire
Got the whole world ahead of me

Yeah there’s nothing like a life on fire
Yeah there’s nothing like a life on fire

Day #10: Survivor Nation

Survivor Nation

Don’t need a ride, I’m just strolling down the highway
No, that’s not rain, that’s the cloud’s applause for me:
At last the grass is greener on the side I’m on

What happened to the sad song words I grew
Those minor keys that flavored all I knew
Now it’s enough that love songs never let me down

Survivor Nation, our celebration
Of all that we’ve lived through
There’s no endless dark side, my enemies won’t thrive,
If I can survive then so….can you

I’ve been around the world but I’m not through
I’ve got a lot of living left to do
This time the rhymes will be about the best of times

Look all around, you’ll see that it’s still true
We all have trials and problems just like you
Just turn to me, you’ll see I’ll never let you down

Survivor Nation, our celebration
Of all that we’ve lived through
There’s no endless dark side, my enemies won’t thrive,
If I can survive then so….can you