Day #99: The Mayor of London

The Mayor of London
(from The Mayor of London album)

Where are the sounds
of everyone crying
That’s all I know
Where are the rounds
Of street people dying
Goes on and on

How does it feel
When there’s no sunset
From where you stand
And whose fate is sealed
When all our problems
Walk hand in hand

Chorus:
I am the mayor of London
I’m the father of the largest city you know
I am the mayor of London
I’m the father of the largest city you know
I’m the master of a land that never ends
I’m the captain on a river that never bends
I think about the world and what it sends
It’s good that I’m a man without a friend
It’s good that I’m the mayor
It’s good that I’m the mayor

Aren’t we the crown
Of cities and countries
Around the world
Praise and reknown
For all the wars won
And flags unfurled

Chorus

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Day #83: Life’s Sweet Serenade

Life’s Sweet Serenade

She’s not your ordinary girl
She’s all the spices of the world
She just might sing a song of sixpence
Say, “Mother Goose is a friend of mine.”

She don’t like ordinary days
She spells the world so many ways
She just might be a stage magician
And leave Houdini so far behind

Chorus:
She is a part of life’s sweet serenade
She sings the sweetest song life has ever played
She is a part of life’s sweet serenade
She’d sing forever
And be a part of the grand parade

She don’t like ordinary games
“If they’re not new, they’re all the same”
You know she’d make a priceless shyster
If we could ever put love on trial

Chorus

Day #77: Our Song

Our Song

I’m pretending that’s you and me
Up on the screen, in “Casablanca”
Yeah, it’s quite a romantic scene
Can’t you see, he’s trying to thank her
For all the good times

When we dress up in party smiles
Broadway style, and hit the dance floor
Then the very best time of day is here to stay
And parting no more
In all the good times

Chorus:
Because they playing our song, our song
Sometimes they have to play all night long
But don’t you know the band can’t go wrong
Because they’re playing our song
Our song

When that cinema culprit strikes
I know he likes unhappy endings
If I never said, “I love you”
I’ll say it now, and sing for critics
And sing forever

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 #71: She Holds Hope

She Holds Hope
(In Good Company)

If she’s old fashioned,
Tell her she’s alone in the world
If she reads old news
Tell her that’s what yesterday’s for
But if she sings sad songs, you tell her
She’s in good company

If she’s a wallflower
Tell her she’s alone in the world
The caravan’s passed
On it’s way to oysters and pearls
If she wants true love, you tell her
She’s in good company

Chorus
She holds love in her eyes
And she holds hope in her heart
That someone holds her that way someday
She loves carnival shows
And she holds hope ’cause she knows
This clown will stumble her way someday

If she loves me
Tell her she’s alone in the world
Happy endings
We thought that’s what old fables were for
And if we’re dreaming, don’t tell us
We’re in good company

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 #69: Jackson’s Island

Jackson’s Island

Well that starlight burns all night
Like a campfire in the sky
Seems to take me backstage
Above where eagles fly

Our enchanted fortress
Shielded by the moon
Jackson’s Island hides us
From growing up too soon

Chorus:
Jackson’s Island I’m coming home
Seems to be the right way to roam
Trading buried treasures and sifting every road
And coming home

I’ve flown above the ocean
And played in reggae bands
It’s quite like chasing seagulls
That never want to land

I’ve built a thousand castles
And friendships by the shore
Defended them from pirates
And lived for many more

Chorus

Coda:
Jackson’s Island, I’m coming home
Na na na, na na na

Day #61: Me So Turned On

Me So Turned On

You see the world as an over-achiever,
I watch the skies like a Star Trek believer
You send away for the sign that rhymes
I haunt the future for a better time

You’d like to forget in the Foreign Legion
I read the past like my favorite season
Don’t be so cruel to the time and the tide
You’d hate the world if it never died

Chorus:

I believe what gets me so turned on
Is the sight of a girl who was never burned
So I’ll wait for what gets me so turned on–you.
I believe what keeps me so turned on
Is the thought of a lesson never learned
So I’ll wait for what keeps me so turned on–you.

You’ve been to where they invented the blues
I’d like to chase all the sad songs away from you
I’ve been that way, but I know my way back
Guess I have always been that different track

Chorus

Day #59: On My Way (Stranger’s Shoes)

On My Way
(Stranger’s Shoes)

Lord, I’m leaving home
Cause I feel so out of place
I might find a land
Where they run a different race
It can’t be far from the main road
It’s on my way

I’ve seen people play
Butter-battles in the street
I’ve heard wisdom fall
Worthless doctors at my feet
It can’t be far from the silence
It’s on my way

Chorus:
And I don’t know how it feels
Or what it means to be free
When I wear stranger’s shoes in my town
It was like He’d said, “Don’t touch Me, Mary Maudlin,
You’re still a friend of Mine.”

I have seen the springs
Of the seas, and will again
I have heard of snow
And the father of the rain
The field beasts conjure an image of love, all around

It’s called God’s country, here,
But He’s got a word or two:
“I have sent My gifts,
Now the rest is up to you.
And I remember your last smile,
It made my day.”

And I don’t know how it feels
Or what it means to be free
When I wear stranger’s shoes in my town
It was like He’d said, “Don’t touch Me, Mary Maudlin,
You’re still a friend of Mine.
Don’t touch me, Mary Maudlin,
I’ll be there when you call my name.”

[Instrumental verse]

Chorus

Coda: Lord, I’ve come back home,
And I’m here to stay.

Day #57: Looking for a Love Song

Looking For A Love Song

My love’s gonna live longer than me
Sad songs gonna be all that I see
When she says she’s on her own

Grey skies know the way home with me
No reign like the days used to be
When she says she’s on her own

Chorus:
She said:
I’m looking for a love song
That lives longer than you
Here’s hoping there’s a better way
To spend all my days than with you
I’m looking for a love song

I’ve seen cold tears washing you
It’s that old rain in me, too
When you say you’re on your own

If your heart beats way too long
It’s built for the day love goes wrong
When she says she’s on her own

Chorus