cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Written for a friend who suffered the loss of a child...)

Lyrics

Falling off the edge of the world again tonight

My parachute is broke and I never learned to fly

Falling down

Falling down

I’m falling down

 

If I had a ladder I’d climb up to your star

Without a ladder I’m just a bit too far

Falling down

Falling down

I’m falling down

 

Maybe you could catch me

Maybe you could come out here

Meet me in the atmosphere

 

Falling off the edge of the world again tonight

Looking for a sign that I’m gonna be alright

cary cooper
Cary Cooper, Tom Prasada-Rao, Amy Speace & Jagoda

Story

(Because we all have dirty little secrets...and because the truth will set you free.)

Lyrics

My dirty little secret's

Not a secret anymore

I can't even keep it from myself

Everybody's secrets

Look the same behind close doors

If I had only known before I fell

 

Can you even recognize

The better part of me

Undercover in disguise

Where I wanna be

Anywhere but me

 

My dirty little secret

Spilled out on the kitchen floor

As you pour your second cup of tea

I can't clean it up

The way I always did before

On the sly so no one else can see

 

Can you even recognize the better part of me

In my lies and alibis where I wanna be

Anywhere but me

 

If I'm good enough you am I good enough for me

 

Can you even recognize

The heart inside my sleeve

What is left for me to hide

Who's left to believe

Anyone but me

cary cooper
Tom Prasada-Rao & Dave Crossland

Story

(tom and dave wrote this song at the rocky mountain folks festival. we were all sitting around talking and laughing and i said to tom, "you know, right now, you look like that picture. the one where you're laughing..." so they took that line and wrote a song about believing in yourself and all the good things you are.)

Lyrics

How many times have you stood alone and wondered

Are you really good enough

And how could you meet all the expectations knowing

That you were only faking it

 

You look like the picture I saw when you were laughing

And everything was coming true

You look like the painting I always saw inside

I always saw inside of you

 

I saw you fall and I heard you make the sound

You make instead of crying

And when you were down all the friends you thought were friends

They all took off without you

 

You look like the picture I saw when you were laughing

And everything was coming true

You look like the painting I always saw inside

I always saw inside of you

 

And now you wonder why did they love you

And if they loved you why did they leave you

But who’s the one you really need

To believe, to believe?

 

You look like the picture I saw when you were laughing

And everything was coming true

You look like the painting I always saw inside

I always saw inside of you

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(I wrote this song in May 2007.  I met Mary Gauthier in August 2007.  After hearing her story, I felt like I had written this song for the both of us.  I was over the moon when she agreed to sing the background vocals for this song on my album.)  

Lyrics

I'm a little queen of denial

Rather face the future than my fears

So I tuck away the trials

Save em for a rainier year

 

But I'm looking out my window

And I see it's raining pretty hard

Maybe now it's time to tend the garden

Growing in my own backyard

 

I...

I know I've tried

So hard to hide

All the pain with the pride

But I...

I know it's time

To meet what is mine

Forgive what I find

Forgive what I find

 

I know a little girl with a secret

Can't stop swallowing her shame

Goes down smoother in a shot glass

Helps her to forget her own name

 

I tell her you can dig a deep well

Just to throw your sorrows in

But eventually the echoes

Rise up to find you again

 

And I...

I know I've tried

So hard to hide

All the pain with the pride

But I...

I know it's time

To meet what is mine

Forgive what I find

Forgive what I find

 

Mary, Mary don't be wary

Must you carry such a load

Lay your grief out on the ground

And watch your garden grow

 

And I...

I know I've tried

So hard to hide

All the pain with the pride

And I...

I know it's time

To meet what is mine

Forgive what I find

Forgive what I find

cary cooper
Cary Cooper, Tom Prasada-Rao, Amy Speace & Jagoda

Story

(in relationships, we all wonder if we have what it takes...and if our partners have what it takes...to go the distance. and to be trusted that we can.)

Lyrics

If I promised you the truth

Then I fell in front of you

Would you have faith in me

 

If I slipped below the sand

Would you reach for my hand

Have faith in me

 

Could you believe

In what you can't see

When the highest I could do

Wasn't high enough for you

Did you have faith in me

 

When you held me to the light

But I turned your day to night

Did you have faith in me

 

Did you believe

In what you couldn’t see

Will you believe

In what you can't see

 

What's there left to do

For me to put my trust in you

That you'd have faith in me

 

cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(sometimes the grass looks greener but it usually never is...)

Lyrics

Light up a cigarette

Cause you're not home yet

And you are not the one that's in my head

It's safe enough I guess

This friendly tete-a-tete

Cause I won't let it wind up in our bed

 

But I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering what he's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

And I'm liking that he's liking that I'm liking how we're talking

When we call because we call when we're alone

And I'm not crossing lines I can't uncross when it is time because

I know when i get too close to the fire

So I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering what He's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

 

Draw the shades again

Not ready to begin

Another day that works me to the bone

I'm not the only one

Who knows the need to run

I hide behind the lines that i can't own

 

Cause I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering What he's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

And I'm liking that he's liking that I'm liking how we're talking

When we call because we call when we're alone

And I'm not crossing lines I can't uncross when it is time because

I know when I get too close to the fire

So I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering what he's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

 

Keeping house will never be the fun I find in fantasy

But fun is just a season then it's done

 

Still I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering what he's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

And I'm liking that he's liking that I'm liking how we're talking

When we call because we call when we're alone

And I'm not crossing lines I can't uncross when it is time because

I know when I get too close to the fire

So I'm wondering if he's wondering that I'm wondering what He's doing

As I'm thinking as I'm sitting by the phone

cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(when my sister and i would yell and scream and fight with each other, my mom would say to us, "pretty girls have pretty voices"... in other words, BE QUIET. i think the difference between my mother's generation and my generation is that my generation is a lot more likely to say what we think and less likely to stuff our feelings. but sometimes those are hard lessons to learn.)

Lyrics

You…never liked…your ugly duckling
You never like me…without my…lipstick on
You…never like…my recollections where your memories 
Where you memories are…tread upon


You…never come…right out and tell me 
The scenic route has…always…been your way
But I’ve…been riding shotgun with you long enough to know 
Long enough to know what you mean when you say

Pretty girls…have pretty voices
Pretty girls…preserve their youth
Pretty girls…know all their choices
Pretty girls…don’t tell the truth

You…can teach a girl…to curtsy
Set a table…like her great grandmother did
You…can dress her up…in velvet
Neglect to tell her…all…the secrets you hid 

And love…love is not…the question
Cause if you wanted…you could love someone to death
Love…them straight into…the closet…afraid to draw
Afraid to draw…afraid to draw a breath

Pretty girls…have pretty voices
Pretty girls…preserve their youth
Pretty girls…know all their choices
Pretty girls…don’t tell the truth

Pretty girls…have pretty voices
Pretty girls…preserve their youth
Pretty girls…know all their choices
Pretty girls…don’t tell the truth

 

cary cooper
Cary Cooper, Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille, Melanie Hersch, Tim Burlingame

Story

(Sometimes it's time to make a move...written around a campfire at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest with some of my favorite peeps.)

Lyrics

I never fell out the door to fly through the sky

Never had the guts to just give it a try

 

Never dove in naked at the edge of the sun

Don't take off my clothes for just anyone

 

But I'm thinking about it

Yeah I'm thinking about it

 

Never climbed to the top just to take in the view

Never put a lot of thought into the things I do

 

Never told the truth like the good book said

Never took the chances that my daddy did

 

But I'm thinking about it

Yeah I'm thinking about it

 

Then indecision brings its own delays,

And days are lost lamenting over lost days.

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;

What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it;

Boldness has genius, power and magic in

 

Never loved anybody with all of my heart

Never laid it on the line from the very start

 

Never walked right up and just asked you to dance

Never gave myself that much of a chance

 

But I'm thinking about it

Yeah I'm thinking about it

 

cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Sometimes our beliefs evolve...)

Lyrics

I'm still praying

I know you're listening to me but I’m not staying the way I used to be

 

It was easy when I knew your name I still see you but you don't look the same

 

Friends are crying 

I think you're smiling with me

I'm not dying

Just learning to be free

 

I'm no longer shackled to my shame

I grow stronger when i don't fear the flame

 

Raised my fists and busted through the sky you rained down, said you are love as much As much as I 

 

I'm still praying i know you're listening to me... 

cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(having a daughter starting junior high made me think a lot about my own adolescence and what i'd like to tell her about it, and what i would go back and change if i could...)

Lyrics

If I went back to seventh grade 

Before all my mistakes were made

To soccer games and innocence

And Jimmy Carter was the president

Dingo boots and Wolfman Jack

Bonne Bell and Gunne Sax

And love notes that I never sent

To my track coach cause running was romantic

 

If I went back to jr high

Before my secrets made me cry

To Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley

When all the boys were way too squirrely

And the book I found up on mama's shelf

Upside down so I stole it for myself and read it

Locked behind the bathroom door

Everything I ever wanted to know about sex and more

 

 

If I went back I wouldn't be so afraid

To ask my mom about mistakes she made

Hungry for her history

When she was just a girl like me

I'd ask her did she go too far

In the backseat of her boyfriends's car

I'd ask her did she ache for love

Inside disguises she wasn't proud of

Ask her did she take the blame

Ask her did she feel the shame

Ask her did she learned to stand

Outside the shadow of a man

Ask her things i hope to say

Before my daughters walk away

Before my prayers have all been prayed

Before they hit the halls of seventh grade

 

cary cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(once you've been hurt, do you ever go back to who you were before?)

Lyrics

My heart it used to bounce

Just like a rubber ball

Never skipped a beat

When I would take a fall

It never used to bleed

Till the blood ran blue

That was before now

That was before you

 

Like a little boy

Playing in the dirt

Who takes apart his toys

To see what makes em work

You took my only heart

Threw it on the ground

And when it didn't bounce

You turned without a sound

 

Despite what you might say

I never asked a lot

Just that you'd hold my heart

And never let it drop

 

So here's the tricky part

What's a girl to do

Knowing she gave her heart

To a boy who wasn't true

Does she take it back

Does she risk it all

Knowing it will never bounce

Again just like a rubber ball

 

Despite what you might think

I'd live without a lot

If you could hold my heart

And never let it drop

 

My heart it used it bounce

Just like a rubber ball

Never skipped a beat

When i would take a fall

It never used to bleed

Till the blood ran blue

That was before now

That was before you

cary cooper
Cary Cooper & Tom Prasada-Rao

Story

(the things we all think but rarely say...)

Lyrics

I have always been afraid

Of the happiness we’ve made

So before you turn to leave

Consider me

Consider me

Consider me

 

I can never turn my face

To the brighter side of grace

Before your shadow sets you free

Consider me

Consider me

Consider me

 

If I’m not everything you want

Am I still worthy of your love

I am all that I can be

Consider me

Consider me

Consider me

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