Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Written for two very special girls named Hannah.  Hannah Pelton and my own Hannah Odom.)  

Lyrics

Follow in the footprints of your father

Worry that you let your mama down

Throw a kiss over your shoulder

Leave your worry in this town

 

There’s no need for you to whisper

You’ve got thunder in your bones

When it’s quiet you can find it

That’s why it’s good to be alone

 

Hannah, hold your heart

Let it speak your truth

Listen till you hear it

Then hold it like a jewel

Like a ruby, like an emerald

Like the diamond that you are

Hannah, hold your heart

 

When you look outside your window

All the sparkles catch your eye

It’s not easy to consider

All that’s beautiful inside

 

Make a promise to the night sky

If you fall with every star

Find a song inside each teardrop

Sing along till you remember who you are

 

Hannah, hold your heart

Let it speak your truth

Listen till you hear it

Then hold it like a jewel

Like a ruby, like an emerald

Like the diamond that you are

Hannah, hold your heart

 

All the things I wish I knew

When I was a girl like you

 

Hannah, hold your heart

Let it speak your truth

Listen till you hear it

Then hold it like a jewel

Like a ruby, like an emerald

Like the diamond that you are

Hannah, hold your heart

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(If I ever owned a Yellow beat up v-dub bug, maybe I would be this girl...)

Lyrics

Sun’s so bright don’t even care that I’ve been up all night

I’d even swear the birds are singing right along

with my radio

I’m listening to the grateful dead

Truckin’ to New Orleans in my head

And I feel the sweat run down my dreads

Roll down my window

 

Cause I ain’t got no air-conditioning in this beat up v-dub bug

Bought it from my hippie uncle for 350 bucks

Usually it gets me where I wanna go

Just a little slow

It’s yellow

 

Don’t have a job sometimes I wish I did  but mostly not

But that’s never what I tell my mom

On the telephone

She calls a lot I think she wonders if I’m smoking pot

Or reading all those self help books she bought

Last time I was home

 

But they’re still laying in the backseat of my beat up v-dub bug

Bought it from my hippie uncle for 350 bucks

Usually it gets me where I wanna go

Just a little slow

It’s yellow

Sometimes all a girl needs is

Just a way to feel free that’s

When I reach for my keys and drive

 

I’m just rolling down the highway in my beat up v-dub bug

Bought it from my hippie uncle for 350 bucks

Usually it gets me where I wanna go

Just a little slow

It’s yellow

 

My beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub

It’s yellow

I love my beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub beat up v- dub

It’s yellow

Yellow

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Do you know this woman?  I do!  I bet you do too.)  

Lyrics

She wears old voices like a winter coat

Heavy with worn out conversations

They keep her warm when she’s feeling cold

They keep her cold with new relations

 

So if you buy her smile for just a while

Consider what you have to lose

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

She wears desire like a forest fire

Burning wild and unrequited

You’ll sear your soul if she lays you down

You won’t remember how to fight it

 

But in the ashes you might find regret

Is a bitter pill to choose

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

She pulls you in like a moth to a backporch light

She’s a foolish sin but she gets you through the night

 

She wears her demons to the masquerade

Like silky feminine disguises

She never whispers not to be afraid

But she knows you’re none the wiser

 

So raise your glass and let your costume fall

Like the song you can’t refuse

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(The first christmas after my divorce, I took my daughters to visit their dad.  Came home and wrote this song.)  

Lyrics

She wears old voices like a winter coat

Heavy with worn out conversations

They keep her warm when she’s feeling cold

They keep her cold with new relations

 

So if you buy her smile for just a while

Consider what you have to lose

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

She wears desire like a forest fire

Burning wild and unrequited

You’ll sear your soul if she lays you down

You won’t remember how to fight it

 

But in the ashes you might find regret

Is a bitter pill to choose

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

She pulls you in like a moth to a backporch light

She’s a foolish sin but she gets you through the night

 

She wears her demons to the masquerade

Like silky feminine disguises

She never whispers not to be afraid

But she knows you’re none the wiser

 

So raise your glass and let your costume fall

Like the song you can’t refuse

Cause all her angels drink tequila

And all her lovers sing the blues

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Wrote this song thinking about my mom, my life, and my daughters...I won the Kerrville New Folk Competition with this song.)  

Lyrics

When your mother’s Cinderella it’s really hard to tell her

That her rose-colored slippers are only meant to fit her

Cause your prince is just a man that flies around like Peter Pan

And it’s hard to watch him blindly chasing after Wendy

 

And you feel more like Rapunzel in the tower of the castle

With your broken hearted background it’s hard to let your hair down

But you can’t tell your children there’s no one to believe in

Or you’ll never look for laughter in the happy ever after

 

Or maybe that’s a crock made up by Disney, Seuss and Spock

To keep you buying books and movie tickets, popcorn and white paint for pickets

Why’s it so hard to say beauty’s never absent pain

All roses come with thorns but you still line up to scorn

 

When grief is spilled on someone’s table you’ll ignore it if you’re able

Thumb your nose at dying just to hide identifying

But in the middle of the night you read the fairy tales and cry

Cause you’re scared you’ll never get it and you’re too proud to admit it

 

You’ve patched your heart a thousand times with every twist in the story line

You’d think you could predict it but it’s always unexpected

And you’re tired of the fight but you don’t want to be Snow White

Staring at your own reflection just waiting for your prince to come

 

You kiss your kids and pray that you’ll be strong enough one day to say

Why the princess walked away that love is only for the brave

And you wish that you could tell ‘em when their mom is Cinderella

That her rose-colored slippers are only meant to fit her

 

La la la la la la la…

 

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(True story??  What do you think?)  

Lyrics

As I recall there was alcohol involved

And Michael Jackson on the stereo

You were rolling on the floor when I danced and hit the door

Busting my butt must have been the highlight of the show

 

But that’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

Oh, don’t you know, don’t you know

 

And who’s to say it could have gone another way

You’d been rolling on some other floors

And all the waiting in the wings and Ringling Brother rings

Ain’t exactly what I thought I signed up for

 

But that’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

Oh, don’t you know, don’t you know

 

When I couldn’t find a star

I made a wish on your guitar

Cause baby I know who you are

 

And I don’t regret smoking those cigarettes

Even though I had to throw up in the yard

And if it’s all the same I’d do it all again

Cause I know, yes I know, that life is sweeter when it’s hard

 

And that’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

That’s what falling feels like sometimes

Oh, don’t you know, don’t you know

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Written for my daughter, Caroline, when it felt like I was the only one who saw how special she is.)  

Lyrics

Little girl, do you see them, do you see them, do you see them

Little girl, don’t believe them, don’t believe them, don’t you grieve them

Cause they don’t see your diamonds, they don’t see your diamonds, they don’t see your diamonds

But I do.  I see you.

 

Little girl, do you hear them, do you hear them, do you hear them

Little girl, don’t you fear them, don’t you fear them, don’t go near them

Cause they don’t hear your angels, they don’t hear your angels, they don’t hear your angels.

But I do.  I hear you.

 

We’ll spit em out like bubble gum

That finds itself on the bottom of our shoes oh

Yeah that’s what we’ll do. Who’s walking on who.

 

Do you feel them do you feel them do you feel them?

Little girl, don’t appeal them, don’t appeal them, you won’t heal them.

Cause they feel your velvet heart, they don’t feel your velvet heart, they don’t feel your velvet heart.

But I do.  I feel you.

 

Little girl, I see you, I see you, I see you.

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(It's never too late to be who you might have been.  Thank goodness!!) 

Lyrics

Back when I was grown up when I wore my hair like normal people

When my nose was free of holes and I had no tattoos.

Back when I was grown up when I went to bed at ten o’clock Eleven at the very latest if I caught the news

 

Manicured lawn and pedicured toes

Hospital corners, ribbons and bows

Everything was simple then goodness knows

Life SUCKED.  Back when I was grown up.

 

Back when I was grown up I had food in my refrigerator

Money in my bank account enough to pay my dues

Back when I was grown up I read every book endorsed by Oprah

Anything by Deepak Chopra, read the bible too.

 

Waved my flag for liberty,

Father Knows Best and Leave It To Beave

Everything was simple then, Judas Priest!

Life SUCKED.  Back when I was grown up.

 

Back when I was grown up back when I belonged to PTA

And I sang in the choir and attended Sunday School

Back when I was grown up back when I would poo poo NPR

And still voted republican and Rush Limbaugh was cool

 

Right to Lifer refugee

Who’s afraid of lesbians

That would be me.

Then someone flipped a switch

And I knew I’d rather be

Like a kid with a mind and a heart and a soul that is free

Back when I was grown up

 

I won’t grow up

I don’t wanna go to school

Just to learn to be a parrot

And recite a silly rule

If growing up means it would be

Beneath my dignity to climb a tree

I’ll never grow up never grow up never grow up

Not me

Not again

The end

Amen

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Thinking about my beautiful mother and hoping she approved of my life choices.)

Lyrics

On the first day of school you woke me up early said, “Come walk with me”

You held my hand and we walked together to the old Mulberry tree

And I don’t remember a word that you said

Just how important I felt jumping out of my bed

To go walk in the morning with my mother to the Mulberry tree

 

I was your first baby I came along early when you were just 19

You’d tell me the story of the first time I smiled when you were holding me

You said your heart stopped and the world looked brand new

You said love never felt any bigger to you

And I understood when my own baby first smiled at me

 

When do the dreams of the mother become the dreams of the daughter

And if the daughter should find a less traveled road

Where does the mother go, where does she go

 

You always said one day that I’d be the writer with my own song to sing

Well this road’s been long and low and I often wonder now what you think of me

Living from suitcases so seldom home

With a million goodbyes to little girls of my own

Is this what you meant back when you, back when you’d dream for me

 

When do the dreams of the mother become the dreams of the daughter

And if the daughter should find a less traveled road

Where does the mother go, where does she go

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(For anyone having trouble being true to themselves and all that entails.)

Lyrics

You say yes when you’re thinking no

You run at breakneck speed when you feel like moving slow

You hold it in even when you’ve got a lot to say

Oh baby all the ways you give yourself away

 

You wanna dance but you never do

Just a little too caught in what everybody thinks of you

You’ll save your chance for another day so you say

Oh baby all the ways you give yourself away

 

What do you learn waiting your turn

Knowing you give and give and never take

You won’t win playing pretend

Cause when you bend and bend you’re bound to break

 

You drive your car to the edge of town

And dream of flying so far before you turn around

And play the game what a shame that you always play

Oh baby all the ways you give yourself away

 

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(The first love song I wrote after getting together with Tom.  He really did lose his shoe in my backyard).  

Lyrics

I found your shoe underneath my tree

The night of our backyard jamboree

When you spread your blanket for the devil to see

And spooned and crooned your love for me

 

Planted a flower inside your shoe

To shoe the world that our love was true

And it smiles at the sun and winks at the moon

And says pretty baby won’t you come home soon

Please pretty baby won’t you come home soon

 

Won’t you come home soon and marry me

Under the shade of the backyard tree

And I’ll carry the flower planted in your shoe

To show the world our love was true

 

We’ll build a house up in that tree

I’d feed you cake and marigold tea

And you’ll spread your blanket for the devil to see

And spoon and croon your love for me

Spoon and croon your love for me

Spoon and croon your love for me

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(For anyone that doesn't believe in you.)  

Lyrics

You think you know me but you don’t

You think you’ll stop but you won’t

Blow me off like I’m a puff  -  of  -  smoke

You think you know me but you don’t

 

You think I’m crying but I’m not

You think I’ve played the best I got

Look out goliath cause I’m quite -  a -  shot

You think I’m crying but I’m not

 

My daddy says it’s the size of the fight in the dog

I believe that my daddy is right

Cause if you think that you’ve heard the last of this bark

Look out baby here comes the bite

 

You think I’m finished with my song

You hope you’re right guess what you’re wrong

Cause I can sing it baby all night long

If you think I’m finished with my song

 

La la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la

Naa naa naa naa naa naa naa naa

La la la la la la la la la

 

My daddy says it’s the size of the fight in the dog

I believe that my daddy is right

Cause if you think that you’ve heard the last of this bark

Look out baby here comes the bite

 

 

You think you know me but you don’t…

Cary Cooper
Cary Cooper

Story

(Written for a special group of women whom I have loved for a long time.)  

Lyrics

If all I bring is laughter will you bravely share your tears

If all I bring is anger will you talk about your fears

If you only come in costume can I show up in my bones

If I bring them to the circle will you leave me there alone

 

If I tell you all my stories will you know them from my lies

If you give me all your reasons can I trust your alibis

can I show up with my babies or should I leave them home

If I bring them to the circle will you leave me there alone

 

I wanna play my tamborine

I wanna listen while you sing

I wanna watch you twirl and twirl and twirl

The way you did when you were just a little girl

 

If I meet you in the moonlight will you dance around the fire

Will you cry out to the heavens when i wallow in the mire

bbb you longing just like me to touch your sister’s skin

If I meet you at the circle can we let each other in

If you meet me at the circle can we let each other in

 

Ring around the rosy pocket full of posies

Ashes ashes we all fall down...