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Charlie Brown Kinda Day

(by Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada-Rao)

 

It's been a train wreck, rain-check,

noose around my neck, brain dead,

stay in bed, covers over my head,

leave town, break down,

Charlie Brown kinda day 

It's been a win some, lose some

days you step in bubble gum, feel small,

screw it all, kick and miss the football,

stand up, act tough, I'll be okay

 

I dunno how I'm still standing

Coming in for a big crash landing

Ever have one of those days that last too long

It could take a month of Sundays

Or maybe a million Mondays

Just to tell you everything that went wrong

 

It's been a train wreck, rain-check,

noose around my neck, brain dead,

stay in bed, covers over my head,

leave town, break down,

Charlie Brown kinda day 

It's been a win some, lose some

days you step in bubble gum, feel small,

screw it all, kick and miss the football,

stand up, act tough, I'll be okay

 

 

In the morning when I wake up

I swear I got my mind all made up

I'll be saying everything I wanna say

Just because my head is spinning

Just because I'm never winning

I will not apologize my life away

 

It's been a train wreck, rain-check,

noose around my neck, brain dead,

stay in bed, covers over my head,

leave town, break down,

Charlie Brown kinda day 

It's been a win some, lose some

days you step in bubble gum, feel small,

screw it all, kick and miss the football,

stand up, act tough, I'll be okay

 

Wildest Dreams

(by Cary Cooper)

 

It’s a funny feeling to wake up in the morning and realize

Everything I thought I ever wanted was already before my eyes

 

Don’t need my wishes granted

I’m blooming where I’m planted

 

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

 

Don’t know how it happened but I’m thinking that I’m one of the lucky ones

Despite my circumstances I’ve been taking chances and having fun

 

Don’t need my wishes granted

I’m blooming where I’m planted

 

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

 

I’m painting daisies on my big old hippie van

I feel like spreading all the happy that I can

 

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

In my wildest dreams

Oh oh oh oh

This is kinda just exactly how I hoped it would be

 

Jump

(by Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada-Rao)

 

My sister was the braver one when we were kids out in the sun

And she would dive head first into the water

I stayed in the shallow end where it was easier to swim

Wishing that I was a different daughter

 

I would dream about the high dive

I’d imagine jumping in

But every time that it was my turn

I’d make my sister go again

 

She’d say: jump

Falling feels like flying when you jump

There is no denying when you jump

You remember how to swim it all comes back again

Just lean into the wind and jump

 

I’m naked way beyond my skin and I’m scared like I’ve never been

And I’m finding you can’t tiptoe through a fire

You can have a thousand friends but you’re alone when you dive in

And dare to push the edge of your desire

 

Climb the ladder up the high dive

Only room for one up here

Inch my toes out toward the deep end

Cause I’m bigger than my fear

And Jump

Falling feels like flying when you jump

There is no denying when you jump

You remember how to swim it all comes back again

Just lean into the wind and jump

 

This is the day

This is the time

Make up your mind

Water to wine

 

Jump

Falling feels like flying when you jump

There is no denying when you jump

You remember how to swim it all comes back again

Just lean into the wind and jump

 

 

If I Could Fall Asleep

(by Cary Cooper)

 

I balance with my blue umbrella  

When I walked the wires

But I laid it down a while ago   

To slow dance with the vampires

You’re sleeping in the next room  

I’m stealing blood and glory    

With the ones who need the dark of night   

Just to tell their story   

 

I walk an inch above the ground   

Trying not to wake you

With the lonely sound of worrying   

Whose poetry will break you

The voice inside my head screams   

Like a siren in the distance  

There for so damn long  

That I forget to pay attention  

 

If I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep, we’d be fine...we’d be fine

 

And I’ve been burning photographs

Where memories remind me

Of the days when I would hide a while

Before I’d let you find me

But I’ve run out of patience

For the games we played as children

And I’d trade in those shoes for some

More comfortable and lived in

 

If I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep…

 

Rock-a-bye your baby on the treetop of your shoulder  

Funny how the bough just keeps on breaking when we’re older 

 

I manufacture messes  

Just to feed my inner villains

Won’t you piece me back together 

Like before when you were willing

If only I could fall asleep 

I’d curl up in your spoon  

And you could sing a lullaby  

My butterfly’s cocoon 

 

If I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep, if I could fall asleep, we’d be fine…we’d be fine

 

Things I Wish I Said

(by Cary Cooper and Michael Crittenden)

 

Every time you walk into the room

My heart floats like a helium balloon

Up so high it feels like it might break

Falling isn’t something I can fake

 

Don’t know how it happened how you got inside my head

Add that to the list of all the things I wish I said

 

Every time I hear your name I smile

It’s been like this now for quite a while

Come into my kitchen help me bake

And I’ll write your name in frosting on the cake

 

We could pack a basket have a picnic in my bed

Add that to the list of all the things I wish I said

 

Oh oh oh it’s not too late

Good things come to those who wait

 

I would climb up in the tallest tree

Build a little house for you and me

High above the gravel and the dirt

High above the ones that make you hurt

 

Cause I’ve been thinking lately you should be with me instead

Add that to the list of all the things I wish I said

 

Providence

(by Cary Cooper)

 

I had a fear of falling

I never learned to fly

I covered up my windows

To forget about the sky

I put my best foot forward

I kept it on the ground

I told myself that I was happy

But I was always looking down

 

Providence, Providence

In spite of all my fears

I leaped and you appeared

 

Inside my comfy little cage

I sang a lonesome little song

Pretended not to notice most days

That nobody sang along

But when my door was open

I’d dream a little dream

Imagine what might happen

If I dared to use my wings

 

Providence, Providence

In spite of all my fears

I leaped and you appeared

 

Time to ask your dreams to dance

God helps those who take a chance

 

I had a fear of falling

I never learned to fly

I covered up my windows

To forget about the sky

I put my best foot forward

Then I made up my mind

One little step for a woman

One giant leap for womankind

 

Providence, Providence

In spite of all my fears

I leaped and you appeared

 

I had a fear of falling

Then I heard a calling

 

Gandhi Drove A Cab

(by Cary Cooper)

 

Gandhi drove a cab in New York City

He picked me up one night in late July

I sang my saddest song on ukulele

And in the mirror I saw Gandhi cry

 

I asked him why he cried when I was singing

He said it helps me feel your hurting heart

For who am I if I don’t hold my sister

And catch her when she needs to fall apart.

 

Cause I believe in love

And all that I can give

As long as I’m alive

I'm gonna live   

 

Bobby came from New York City also

But now he calls Portlandia his home

He has another house way out in Tucson

Cause my friend, Bobby, he likes to roam

 

I asked him one time why he was so happy

He told me something that I wont forget

Happy doesn’t come from making money

It comes from living life no regret

 

Cause I believe in love

And all that I can give

As long as I’m alive

I'm gonna live

 

It’s a big blue world

Were all in this together

It’s for certain

We all need each other

Sometimes it’s my turn

Sometimes it’s yours

But I’m sure, yeah I’m sure

 

Cause I believe in love

And all that I can give

As long as I’m alive

I'm gonna live

 

Gandhi drove a cab in New York City

 

This Too Shall Pass

(by Cary Cooper)

 

A broken wing

And a borrowed prayer

Just ain’t enough

To get you there

Outta luck

Running outta rope

Got nowhere left

To hang your hope

 

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

 

Sometimes courage makes the choice

To whisper in a quiet voice

And hold you like a long lost friend

Reminding you to try again

 

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

 

In the darkest night

All it takes is just a little light

Just a little light

 

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

This too this too shall pass

 

Lolo Jones

(by Cary Cooper)

 

I really screwed it up today

Blew my big chance

And I can’t wish it away

 

But I won’t let that stop me now

I’ve come too far to turn around  

This time  

So here’s my rhyme

 

I’m one step further from perfect  

But I’m one step closer to fine 

When I forget about perfect

I shine I shine I shine 

I shine I shine I shine

 

I truly, truly hate to lose 

But when I stumble 

That’s when  I get to choose 

 

So I won’t let it stop me now

I’ve come too far to turn around  

This time  

So here’s my rhyme

 

I’m one step further from perfect   

But I’m one step closer to fine  

When I forget about perfect  

I shine I shine I shine  

I shine I shine I shine  

 

Me and Lolo Jones

We know what it’s like to hold your head in your hands

Then get up again

 

I’m one step further from perfect 

But I’m one step closer to fine

When I forget about perfect

I shine I shine I shine

 

Little Things

(by Cary Cooper)

 

I remember easter in the fifth grade cause the bunny left a training bra in my easter basket

A monumental victory considering my mother kept insisting I was much too young to have it

Underneath my easter dress I made sure the straps were sticking out enough for everyone to see

And I marched into Sunday school showing off the woman that I hoped was growing deep inside of me

 

The little things, little things, little things so small

The little things are the big things after all

 

I was Jimmy Carter in the seventh grade election quite reluctantly my history teacher forced me

And Gerald Ford turned out to be the girl who had the biggest boobs and all the boys

So no one voted for me

Bit my lip through science class pretended not to cry until

My teacher whispered I believe in you

I can still recite the definition of osmosis

That’s what kindness and a little faith will do

 

The little things, little things, little things so small

The little things are the big things after all

 

Twists and turns crash and burns sometimes we need reminders when we fall

The little things are the big things after all

 

I remember packing all those boxes with my little girls

Scared and wondering who would ever love me

Till the night on chapel hill in front of god and everyone

You sang a song then you got down on one knee

But you didn’t stop with me the next day at the jewelry store

You came home with two little bitty rings

Got down on your knee again and promised that you’d be their friend

Because you know it’s all the little things

 

The little things, little things, little things so small

The little things are the big things after all

 

Zuzu’s Petals

(by Cary Cooper)

 

I wish I had a garden in my yard 

I wish I didn’t think my life was hard 

I wish I did those things I wish I’d done 

I wish I thought you thought I was the one 

You thought I was when you first fell for me 

The night you lost your shoe under my tree 

The night we closed the bar after the show 

The night I knew I couldn’t let you go 

 

Cause no one ever loved me like you did 

I didn’t have to keep my feelings hid 

Cause I believe you mean the things you say 

But part of me is scared you’ll run away   

Whenever it’s not easy anymore 

And so I sit and listen for the door 

I’m never slow to sadness as you know 

That’s why it’s so much easier to go

 

I might as well just beat you to the punch 

And do it all politely over lunch 

I know how much you hate it when I cry 

Every time I try to say goodbye 

Cause trust is never something I do well 

My heart is pretty battered you can tell 

You didn’t know how broken I would be 

Its hard to love a broken girl like me 

 

But baby you can’t say that I don’t fight 

For all the things you think I think are right 

You never seem to see my tender side 

That’s why it’s so much easier to hide

Behind the armor that I always wear 

I’m afraid it’s just my cross to bear

I shouldn’t be ashamed about this part 

I needed more protection for my heart

 

When I was too green to be afraid 

Of what would happen if the choice was made 

To leave it all behind and walk away 

After we both had the chance to say

The reason why we thought it didn’t work 

And why we both hold on to so much hurt 

Instead of trying everything we can 

To be a better woman and a man

 

Just like Georgie Bailey Christmas eve 

When Clarence showed him reasons not to leave

I put ZuZu’s petals on my car 

To remind me not to go too far 

Away from all the ones that matter most

Father, daughters and my holy ghosts 

Kiss me baby like you did back then 

Midnight at the Inwood skin on skin

 

Looking back I think I have to say 

I handed you my broken heart that day 

And fell for you while Natalie Merchant sang 

And kissed you while you whispered the refrain 

Take me back to when we both believed 

And didn’t know how long that we would grieve 

And didn’t know we’d have to be so brave 

To save the only lives that we could save

 

So here I’m standing on my own two feet 

To let you be the man you need to be 

And I will be the woman who won’t hide 

Behind her greatest fears and stubborn pride 

So if you feel my fingers when they touch 

I hope you know that I want very much 

For you to lace your fingers into mine 

And tell me that you love me one more time 

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