These Days

Oh Say Can’t You See?

Hero

Wheels

Modern World

The Gift

Little Blue Boat

 

 


 

THESE DAYS

When I was younger, had a head full of dreams

 

Castles in the sky, the moon under my feet
Hands on the wheel, never trusting fate
The future looked so bright, I could hardly wait

These days, funny how things have changed
These days, all my hope has gone away
These days, I don’t know how much more I can take
These days, these days, these days

When I grew older, had to open up my eyes
Now I live in a world, of constant compromise
Pushing and pulling, trying to make me give in
My bright shiny future is starting to dim

These days, funny how things have changed
These days, all my hope has gone away
These days, I don’t know how much more I can take
These days, these days, these days

Is there a tomorrow, where I can live my dreams
It’s getting harder now, nothing’s as it seems
Liars and madmen, pulling on our strings
Day by day I wonder, what the sunrise brings

These days, funny how things have changed
These days, all my hope has gone away
These days, I don’t know how much more I can take
These days, these days, these days

These days, I don’t know how much more that we can take
These days, these days, these days


 

O SAY CAN’T YOU SEE?

Eye’s closed, minds closed
Oh say can’t you see?
You’ve been bought, you’ve been taught
Just follow the lead

When work becomes a four letter word
You’re punished when you succeed
Evil is the man who’s
Done more than he needs

Oh, Say can’t you see?
What it takes to be free?
Not the rules by fools, they need you to be
Helpless and small, dived and fall
Get up off your knees
Oh say can’t you see?

They may see they’re here to help you
Oh say can’t you see?
There was a time when being good men
Was all we cared to be

Now there’s a line for everything
Some people don’t even try
The only dream that the taker dreams
Is for the ink to dry

Oh, Say can’t you see?
What it takes to be free?
Not the rules by fools, they need you to be
Helpless and small, dived and fall
Get up off your knees
Oh say can’t you see?


 

HERO

You’re in our hearts and our prayers at night
Pictures in wallets and the letters we write
God knows we miss you, your laugh and your face
Wanting you back in our embrace

We tie yellow ribbons and wait by the phone
Counting the moments until you’re home
A silence at the table and your empty chair
Wanting you back but needing you there

You fight for your family and their way of life
Preserving our freedom without compromise
It’s not done for the money or glory
To you it just comes naturally
I’d like to thank you for being a hero to me

You go far and near
Despite all your fear
To all foreign lands,
Air or sea
The pride of our land
The world understands
Why we’re the home
Of the free

Words aren’t enough but what can you say
To someone’s who’s paid a price you just can’t repay?
At home you’re called killers by critics
Forgotten by the one’s who make the call
You’d do it all again tomorrow in spite of it all

You fight for your family and their way of life
Preserving our freedom without compromise
It’s not done for the money or glory
To you it just comes naturally
I’d like to thank you for being a hero to me

I’d like to thank you for being the hero you didn’t have to be


 

WHEELS

Born to this world at the mercy of them
Brought to a house waiting on the mail
Sent to their schools where the truth is so dim
Telling you that you’ll never fail

(And the) Wheels turn round and round
As your dreams are crushed to the ground.
They rise above the water
As they watch you drown
And the wheels turn round and…

Out of the classroom, no one left behind
Head full of mush at the proper age
Their way of thinking has you standing in lines
Shock of the real world fills your heart with rage

(And the) Wheels turn round and round
As your dreams are crushed to the ground.
They rise above the water
As they watch you drown
And the wheels turn round and…

Solo

You’re only a victim by those who tell you so
You’re just a part of their machine
Jump from the Merry Go Round it’s only going nowhere
It’s up to you to break free

So you had one at the mercy of them
Brought to your house waiting on the mail
Sent them to schools where the truth is so dim
You and your Masters have added one more nail

(And the) Wheels turn round and round
As your dreams are crushed to the ground.
They rise above the water
As they watch you drown
And the wheels turn round and…

Wheels turn round and round
Wheels turn round and round
Wheels turn…


 

MODERN WORLD

In the modern world
In the modern world
Every day’s just the same
In the modern world
We’re always looking for someone to blame
Always offended
Or so we’re conditioned
In the modern world

In the modern world
In the modern world
Right is wrong, wrong is right
In the modern world
Hands held up while you’re picking a fight
With no consequences
For our decisions
In the modern world

In the modern world
We’re all pretend
In the modern world
We make mice and not men
In the modern world
We’re doomed to our past again
In the modern world
On an edge so thin
In the modern world
We never say when
In the modern world
A world without end
Amen

In the modern world
In the modern world
You can love whom you like
In the modern world
God is dead but his rainbow flies
There’s no tradition
We change definitions
In the modern world

In the modern world
We’re all pretend
In the modern world
We make mice and not men
In the modern world
We’re doomed to our past again
In the modern world
On an edge so thin
In the modern world
We never say when
In the modern world
A world without end
Amen

Solo

In the modern world
On an edge so thin
In the modern world
We never say when
In the modern world
A world without end
Amen

In the modern world
In the modern world
Out children will say
In the modern world
All we left them was hell to pay
Nothing but grief and sorrow
We spent their tomorrow
In the modern world

In the modern world
We’re all pretend
In the modern world
We make mice and not men
In the modern world
We’re doomed to our past again
In the modern world
On an edge so thin
In the modern world
We never say when
In the modern world
A world without end
Amen

In the modern world
In the modern world
In the modern world…


 

THE GIFT

He said, Son I’m coming down to the end of my road
Something I gotta say, some things you should know
In this world I’ve run outta time
To help you fight your fights, to make your climb

(But) Never cheat a man from his dollar
Every girl you kiss is somebody’s daughter
Everything you have or will ever be
Thank God and liberty

You’re Granddaddy came here with nothing
But hope in his heart
He left his homeland
When War tore it apart
Built himself a life with the sweat of his brow
He loved America, I can hear him now

Never cheat a man from his dollar
Every girl you kiss is somebody’s daughter
Everything you have or will ever be
Thank God and liberty

He slipped away with his words in my mind
To this day they’re still burning inside
In this crazy world it’s what helps me survive

That was thirty years ago today
Now I wipe the snow from the stones that bear their names
They never lived long enough to see
That the gift they gave made a man outta me

(So my Son) Never cheat a man from his dollar
Every girl you kiss is somebody’s daughter
Everything you have or will ever be
Thank God and liberty


                    

LITTLE BLUE BOAT

With your head down
Praying to the god in your hand
Clicking all the latest things
Scrolling through your day
With nothing on your mind
A pic of what you ate
The latest on your date
A friend needs a prayer
You love their hair
Kanye is irate

You’ve got so much
That needs saying
Telling the world how you feel
You’ve got a cause
Always something that needs saving
You’re so worldly and refined
A safe space to unwind
A useful idiot in your
War to save Mankind

And you row and you row
Merrily along
In your little blue boat
Round and round the sun
Without a care in the world
Gently down the stream
So you go with the flow
With the clock spinning round
Never seeing the edge
Or how far it is down
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Your life is but a dream

Drip by drip you’re taking on water
Sinking in your apathy
Your S.O.S. will mean nothing
When your ship is lost at sea

And you row and you row
Merrily along
In your little blue boat
Round and round the sun
Without a care in the world
Gently down the stream
So you go with the flow
With the clock spinning round
Never seeing the edge
Or how far it is down
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Your life is but a dream

The world’s ablaze around you
Opinion stoking your fire
The smoke and heat
Are not your problem
It’s the fault of someone else
Those things fix themselves
Swear your free
Never look and see
You’re caught in your own social web

And you row and you row
Merrily along
In your little blue boat
Round and round the sun
Without a care in the world
Gently down the stream
So you go with the flow
With the clock spinning round
Never seeing the edge
Or how far it is down
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Your life is but a dream