CARAMELANCHOLYFLOWER

by Stephen Bard

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Followup to FULL ON CRAZY CHOCOLATE.
Predecessor to BETWEEN US, Vol. 1: YOU.

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released September 23, 2017

Written, Arranged, Produced and Performed by Stephen Bard.
Recorded and Mixed by Stephen Bard, with thanks to Ryan Ball.

Copyright 2017. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records. DNA 009.

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Track Name: Superman
The world is coming to an end
Lazy and fat for far too long
You are the superman
You ought to act like one

The spring could surge through rusty pipes
The multitudes will sing along
You are the superman
You ought to act like one
You are the superman
Why don't you act like one?

The world is rusting on your laurels
Laurels make for drooping shoulders
Everything is in the posture
Atlas smile for the camera

Water's leaking out somewhere
Birds are nesting in your head
Deliverance the body screams
Save it for the living dead
You are the superman
You ought to act like one
You are the superman
Why don't you act like one?

Irony's a good career choice
How can you think with everything rhyming?
Are you sure you want the attention?
Well then smile for the camera
Smile for the camera
Everyone loves you
Smile for the camera

The world is coming to an end
Won't be long before it's done
You are the superman
You ought to act like one
You are the superman
Why don't you act like one?
Track Name: A Guy Like Me
Every morning over there at Jake's coffee shop
Early rose girl taking time to stop
Looks like she's smiling and laughing a lot
Through the blind
It's pretty clear now that I've lost my mind

Rearranging the alarm
Hardly sleeping at all
So I can follow her down to the Salvation Hall
Hiding in the car
How could she possibly see
What's good about a guy like me?

I wake up and it's Tuesday
Her visiting day
She brings a batch of toys around
And watches them play
Looks like she's hugging and kissing them all
Through the shade
Now I'm three behind her in the Gay Rights Parade

And if there's any good here
It remains to be seen
Too busy with the mouse
And all these chicks on the screen
If I'm lying in a bar
How could she possibly see
What's good about a guy like me?

Wednesday night she runs NA
The heroin(e) to all who stay
Thursday mornings at the Y
She drains the river Jordan dry
Weekends if she's on some date
I sit at home and master...video games
Video games!

Another morning over there at Jake's coffee shop
I'm looking for the angel but she doesn't show up
Nobody seems to be smiling at all
Through the blind
It's pretty clear now that I've lost my mind
Track Name: Flying By (Time Of My Life)
I've been trying to make friends
With the hole here in my soul
I'd like to be a rock
But I usually end up rolling
I'm staring out at a dark horizon line
Impossibly real where the water feels like wine

Sometimes I actually get so high
Other times I just feel like crying
Most of the time, yeah I'm feeling fine
Time of my life and it sure is flying by
Sure is flying by

The sky like a dome
Painted marble proscenium arch
An ocean of its own
A mirror in the darkness
The moon hangs alone
A spotlight over the sea
A benign indifference whispering to me

If there's anything I've learned at all
From this strange situation
Do things in moderation yes
But don't forget to be good to yourself
Selflessness is fine I guess
But don't you forget to be good to yourself
You won't be much good to anybody else
If you don't let yourself be good to yourself
Track Name: 14
You kiss like the summer when I was 14
I never felt so dirty
I never felt so clean
Don't get me wrong
There ain't nothin' 14 about what we've just done
But I'm nervous and sweaty and feeling so dumb
Feeling so dumb
Suddenly I feel like I'm 14

Tonight on the couch I just had to laugh
You took all my worries and cut them in half
Don't get me wrong
I'm still worried some secret will steal you away
Oh there's so many words and they're so hard to say
Suddenly I feel like I'm 14
How you make me feel

Flying so high I don't want to come down
Falling so hard with my feet off the ground

So shout it from the rooftops down to the street
I must be in love
I can't sleep, I can't eat
Don't get me wrong
I should be fast asleep after what we've just done
But I'm fixed on the moon with my mind on the run
My mind on the run
Suddenly I feel like I'm 14
How you make me feel like I'm 14

Flying so high I don't want to come down
Track Name: Every Beautiful Day
Every beautiful day
Goes by you in that way
That makes you think it could last forever
But immortality is something that I'd only agree to
If me and you could see it through together
I know that's not the way it's gonna go
It's cool as long as I know that you know
I'm grateful for this life
And to live it by your side
So I'm thanking you with all I do and say
For every beautiful day

Every beautiful night that you turn out the light
And lay me out across this bed we've made
I think of all the years
The struggles and the tears
And I'm humbled and amazed you even stayed
Because I know that's not the way it had to go
I almost lost the only thing I'll ever know
I'm grateful for this life
Even all the pain and strife
So I'm thanking you with all that's true and right
For every beautiful night

Winter's here again in the quiet sleeping grass
You try to slow it down
But turn around, the moment's passed
And summer's here again
With the grass awake and green
One of the most comforting things I've ever seen
The sky so bright and blue
I look at it and pray to spend this life with you...

Every beautiful day

I'm grateful for this life
And to live it by your side
So I'm loving you with nothing in the way
I'm grateful now to live this life
In this skin and by your side
So I'm thanking you with all I do and say
For every beautiful day
Track Name: You I Can Take
I can’t take this whistle in the morning
Telling me to get out of the bed
And I can’t take these companies pretending
There ain’t nothin’ heavy in the bread
I can’t take these industries believing
This world of ours ain’t hangin’ by a thread
And I can’t take these governments deceiving
Honest folk with everything they’ve ever said

But you, you, you I can take
Everything you do and all you say
Yes you, you, you, you I can take
Every day, every day
Every day until my dying day

Now I can’t take this news on television
Especially when most of it ain’t even true
And I can’t take no musical decision
To play it white when everybody knows it’s black and blue
I can’t take these smiling politicians
Promising it all to get my vote
And I can’t take that if we all went fishin’
These crooks would probably push our asses right out of the boat

But you, you, you I can take
Everything you say and all you do
Yes you, you, you, you I can take
Every day, come what may
Every day until this life is through

Make an honest man out of me
All I need is you to love me
And to see your face each time I wake
Oh let me see your face each time I wake
‘Cause I can’t take this whistle in the morning…
Track Name: The Present
Before you know it, it is autumn again
You take a walk in it to take it in
The leaves are splashing color across the trees
It blows your mind upon a silver breeze
Is this a fantasy or is it for real?
All I know is that it feels so wild

I have no expectations of this reality
I'm just so happy that you're here with me

Before you know it, it is springtime again
Put on your birthday suit and jump right in
Sky blue raspberry clouds
God's new Italian ice
You're pretty sure this must be paradise
Is this a dream we're having or are we awake?
All I know is that it makes you smile

I have no expectations of this reality
I'm just so happy that you're here with me
I'll make the salad, honey
You make your savory stew
I'm just so lucky to be here with you

The present is the present
And the present is the present
The present is the present
And the present's that you're present with me now

Before you know it, it is autumn again
Let's take a walk in it to take it in
Track Name: The Great Big F
22 and I'm heading for the gym
Working off my ass at the brand new job
Money's good but I'm running out of time
Was gonna buy the ring before the party last night
And it's 1:30 on a stranger's cot
All fuzzy and I can't find my phone
Still up, I'll down another shot
Why not? She's not a stranger anymore

Where are you now?
Why have you abandoned me?

39 and I think I've had enough
She's on a plane 'cause her mom is real sick
Tom's always talking 'bout The Great Big F
Forgiveness...that's the real trick
Two weeks alone with the boys is a lot
I'm looking old in this photograph
It's still the best high I ever got
Why not? It's been a year and a half

24 was too damn young
So much fire in the both of us
Now the snow uncovers everything
And everything is a lot to discuss
She's coming home to this very spot
I'm in the closet now with all I've got left
Don't know why but we'll take another shot
Why not? Maybe it's The Great Big F

Where are you now?
Why have you abandoned me?
Track Name: I Dreamt I Met Paul Simon
I dreamt I met Paul Simon. He was carrying a flute.
I said, “I really dig your music, man.
For me, there is no substitute.”
He said, “Yeah, well you know, I appreciate that.
Always tried to do my best.
A diamond in the desert
Means you’re somewhat cursed but mostly blessed.”

So many things I’d like to have said -
All I could say was thank you.
So many words stuck here in my head –
All I could say was thank you.

I dreamt I met Art Garfunkel outside Terminal 5.
I said, “The way you sang those songs he wrote, man,
Makes me glad to be alive.”
He said, “Yeah, well you know, I appreciate that.
The song always did come first.
A diamond in the desert
Means you’re mostly blessed but somewhat cursed.”

Why is it always stupid pride that gunks it up somehow?
Humility and gratitude – Lord knows we need ‘em now.
Make the call, apologize - let all those feelings go.
If you need someone so bad, don’t be afraid to let ‘em know.
Let ‘em know. Work it out.

I dreamt I met Paul Simon.
He was coming off the stage.
I said, “Man, you’re the last of a special breed –
A treasure from another age.”
He said, “Yeah, well you know, I appreciate that.
Always tried to do my best.
A diamond in the desert
Means you’re somewhat cursed but mostly blessed.”
Track Name: The God In You
Maybe it didn’t turn out the way you thought
And maybe in a room full of mirrors you got caught
And maybe all these demons that you fought
Were only there to tear you down again
So maybe you could get back up and start to learnin’
And maybe see which way the world is turnin’
And maybe put out all the hate that’s burnin’
It only leaves you lonely in the end

It might be hard right now for you to see
But the God in you is clear to me
Just think of all the things that we could do
If the God in you was clear to you

Maybe you dig the high but there’s a hitch
And maybe nothing seems to scratch the itch
And maybe insecurity’s a bitch
Who says you better tow the line or else
So maybe you take that leap and go for bust
And maybe faith is somewhere in the dust
And baby if you can’t find a way to trust
Then how you gonna reach your highest self?

I know it’s hard right now for you to see
But the God in you is clear to me
Just think of all the things that we could do
If the God in you was clear to you
Track Name: Sweet Sad Rose
Sweet sad rose by a river flowing
Sweet sad rose and you give her knowing
She won’t ever be the kind to give it back to you
Though it’s all that’s in your mind there’s nothing you can do
But that’s just how it goes

With a sweet sad rose in a selfish garden
Sweet sad rose – One can’t help but harden
Knowing there’s a wall no one could ever hope to scale
Sure to give it all despite the fact you’re bound to fail
And everybody knows

Sweet sad rose

Then there comes an evening where the pleasure is so thick
You can’t imagine leaving without feeling very sick
And after all the heartache she can give
She knows that she’s still positively
Haunting from her head down to her painted toes

Sweet sad rose by your bed undressing
Sweet sad rose – in your head, you’re guessing
She won’t ever be the kind to settle down for good
How you’d love to change her mind as if anyone could
But it seems no doubt this dream’s about to close

Sweet sad rose
Track Name: The Way It Makes Me Feel
I’ve been staring at the sky and basking in the breeze
As it makes its lazy way across the fields and through the trees
And none of it has anything at all to do with me
But the way it makes me feel is real

It was here before I got here - It’ll be here when I’m gone
When each of us has turned to dust the wind will carry on
And I’ll never own the sunset and I’ll never touch the dawn
But the way it makes me feel is real
The way it makes me feel is real

And I just want to thank you for each moment in the sunlight
And I just want to thank you for each moment in the rain
And I just want to thank you
When you help me through the long night
How the pleasure seems to balance out the pain
Through each and every moment of the day, of the day

‘Cause I know that it ain’t easy and I know that it won't last
And I know there is no future and I know there is no past
And I know it’s gonna end someday
And baby, that's just the deal
But the way it makes me feel is real

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