60 Days, 60 Songs!

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Day #60: Things I’ve learned so far:

1. When you have a daily deadline, you can’t be too picky about the quality of your post; you have to remind yourself that you’re not Bernie Taupin–and that you’re doing this to reach out to other aspiring songwriters, not to win a grammy.

2. This started out as just kind of a lark, but I’ve come to enjoy the daily sense of accomplishment that comes from posting a new song.

3. Songs are way more flexible, in terms of structure, meter, rhyme, theme, than I’d ever thought. Basically, yes, you can write a song about anything–and with over 300 songs to go, that’s going to come in handy.

4. I’ve learned something about the discipline it takes to meet a daily deadline. A smart aspiring novelist would apply that discipline to his real dream of writing and publishing a novel. Am I a smart, aspiring novelist? We’ll find out!

5. I generally avoid thinking of my lyrics as being a “pop” or “country” or “rock” song. They’re just words, after all; it’s up to the musician to decide what the song ultimately sounds like.

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Day #60: He is Risen

He is Risen

On the first day of the week
Mary cried outside the tomb
The Savior she had come to seek
Was nowhere in that silent room

The angels sat where He once lay
At the head and at the feet
On this new triumphant day
They asked her, “why do you weep?”

For He is risen, he is risen
He is risen, he is risen
The scriptures are fulfilled
And His love for you revealed
He is risen
He is risen today

Mary thought her Savior gone
Taken from her by the world
He had rolled away the stone
And stood behind her at his word

For He is risen, he is risen
He is risen, he is risen
The scriptures are fulfilled
And His love for you revealed
He is risen
He is risen today

Day #53: Into Jerusalem

Into Jerusalem

Tell me, Saviour, can you see
All the palm fronds laid for thee
All the people on either side of you?

And though they’ll turn on you tonight
Side with Pilate for the fight
I will walk with you, Saviour
When you go

Singing “Hosanna,”
Into Jerusalem
I will go
Singing “Hosanna,”
Into Jerusalem with you

You knew what you were going to
The cross, then three days in the tomb
All to save the souls of ungrateful men

That’s the triumph over sin
You were born and raised to win
I will walk with you, Saviour,
When you go

Singing “Hosanna,”
Into Jerusalem
I will go
Singing “Hosanna,”
Into Jerusalem with you

Day #15: Valentine Heart

Valentine Heart

I know you think you’ve been around the world
From your small town station
But if you think those square-dance steps
Make a rhythm nation
Have I got news for you

There’s more to life than church and county fairs
There’s a whole world waiting
Just come with me, I’ll take you on a tour
Treasures for the taking
I’ll show it all to you

Chorus:
I know it’s not a lot
But baby, I’ve got what it takes
A valentine heart
And a soul that won’t put on the brakes
I know I’m not a lot
But baby, I’ll do what it takes
To keep on loving you

If it’s still true that love means anything
We’ll find out together
And if it’s true that love keeps you alive
I’ll be yours forever
Alive, at last, with you

Chorus

Day #13: Solid, Jackson

Solid, Jackson!

Solid, Jackson, take my hand
We’re goin’ down to New Orleans
For some ragtime band
And we’re gonna say, “Play some for me!”

Solid, Jackson, we’re out of control
We went down to New Orleans
For some Jelly Roll
But we shoulda say, “Save some for me!”

Chorus:
And I like life in the Mardi Gras
Where parties outnumber me
Where we can wear masks and write love songs
And de people say, “p-p-play some for me!”

Solid, Jackson, take my hand
We’re goin’ down to New Orleans
For to join the band
And they’re gonna say, “Play one for me!”

Solid, Jackson, we’re out of control
We went down to New Orleans
For some Rock and Roll
But we shoulda say, “Save some for me!”

Chorus

And I like life in the Mardi Gras
When the spirit takes hold of me
Where we can wear masks and write love songs
And de people say, “p-p-play some for me!”

Coda:
And de people say, “p-p-play some for me!”
And we’ll make ‘em say, “play some for me!”
Oh, and de people say, “I sure love Fat Tuesday!”
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