OCEAN WAVES

by Stephen Bard

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Sitting on a stone in a cellar full of fear Collapsing in the lapse of luxury My mind’s dried up from this weeks' tears Draining out of me You’ve got to make that living Ain’t that what they say? Make that living Lots of bills to pay Got to push your wares where no one cares That you’re so far away From the thing that keeps you pushing every day Too weird for words Sometimes it’s just too weird for words Must be for the birds Too weird for words Wouldn’t you know my tongue has lost its taste The sheep and cattle feasting 'round the clock I cannot even fathom how much food must go to waste While poverty sits dying on the dock Too weird for words Sometimes it’s just too weird for words Must be for the birds Too weird for words You’ve got to make that living Ain’t that what they say? Make that living Lots of bills to pay Got to push your wares where no one cares That you’re so far away From the thing that keeps you pushing every day Too weird for words Sometimes it’s just too weird for words Must be for the birds Too weird for words Sitting on a stone in a cellar full of fear Collapsing in the lapse of luxury
2.
Lying to your feet while the truth is in your hand Nobody you meet in a thousand miles can understand What you’re up against Now you’re fenced in Lonelier than anybody else you know Tell another lie and it’s time to do another show And what do you do When the whole thing turns on you? You want to run away together Say goodnight and stay forever Make your bed and pray the weather Holds out long enough to let you land How much longer can you take it? Making it alone and naked How could you ever hope to fake it? Lying to your feet while the truth is in your hand Points on your tongue and opinions up your nose None of them are yours and you’re wearing someone else’s clothes And a baby cries with her daddy’s eyes Lonelier than anyone should ever be Tell another lie and then look at you, you’re lost at sea And what do you do When they all depend on you? You want to run away together Say goodnight and stay forever Make your bed and pray the weather Holds out long enough to let you land How much longer can you take it? Making it alone and naked How could you ever hope to fake it? Lying to your feet while the truth is in your hand While the truth is in your hand How much longer can you take it? Making it alone and naked How could you ever hope to fake it? Lying to your feet while the truth is in your hand While the truth is in your hand
3.
Hawk of a man with a bill in his hand Sucking all the good seed out of the land And the world goes round And the world goes round Chopping down trees in the dirty breeze Dropping down a deep freeze over seas And the world goes round And the world goes round And I’m in love I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love And I want to stay alive Want my children’s children to survive I’m in love I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love Peeping Tom with a CD Rom Learning how to make his own atomic bomb And the world goes round And the world goes round Talk is at an all time high today Still nobody knows exactly what to say And the world goes round And the world goes round And I’m in love I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love The elves say the sun is a she I must say indeed I do agree Giving all the light she can She’s too warm to be a man The dwarves say the earth’s her sister Tell that to the men who’ve twisted her She’ll still be coming around Long after they’re all in the ground And the world goes round And I’m in love I'm in love I'm in love I'm in love And I don’t care if it’s naïve To give your heart and still believe in love I'm in love I'm in love Awed by the size of a baby’s eyes She smiles at her daddy and he’s hypnotized And the world goes round And the world goes round Bigger than the name, bigger than the game Bigger than the bang from which everything came And the world goes round And the world goes round And I’m in love
4.
Don’t know why you’re such a melancholy boy Nothing but the sky blue sun for years Never had a problem with the falling of the rain It isn’t how it sounds or it appears Stirring up the green and indigo Every time you hear that Sundays song Melancholy comfort in a slow decaying echo You know you never really did belong You’re lost You’re out of sight You fumble for the light You’re naked in the dark They say you have a choice To hear the silent voice Down upon your knees in the bathroom (ocean)
5.
I hopped a train not particularly anywhere I thought I’d see myself the coast I ended up here on the beach tonight in Portland Chasing down some kind of ghost Now I don’t usually hop a train that takes me nowhere And ride the rails to see the sea Just something in my mind inspired me to go there I don’t know where that I should be All I know is it’d be a lot more meaningful If you were walking here with me I’m on a boat and I am sailing now to Mexico Although I hear the water ain’t too good All by myself and I admit I don’t know where to go I’d beat a path back to you if I only could But I still have my shoes firmly placed inside my mouth I can’t believe I don’t believe And now I’m on this boat and everything is facing south I don’t know where that I should be All I know is I’d feel a lot less miserable If you were standing next to me Take a look in the vault now baby Oh I need some help It’s not the family’s fault now baby There ain’t nobody else And I’m finding out all for myself You are where that I should be I hopped a train not particularly anywhere I guess I tried to run away I am young but I am older than I really care to say All I know is I’d be a lot more beautiful If you were with me here today Take a look in the vault now baby Oh I need some help It’s not the family’s fault now baby There ain’t nobody else All the wounds full of salt now baby All the books on the shelf Are not the family’s fault now baby There ain’t nobody else And I’m finding out all by myself You are where that I should be I hopped a train not particularly anywhere I guess I tried to run away I am young but I am older than I really care to say
6.
Seaside Town 03:15
I took my love down to the sea And as we walked along she smiled for me I took my love down to the sea and she smiled I took my love down to the pier We sat and watched the people walking there I took my love down to the pier and she smiled In a seaside town you can find yourself In a seaside town when the sun goes down You can find yourself You can find yourself You can find yourself again I took my love down to the sea We watched the waves flow in so endlessly I took my love down to the sea and she smiled In a seaside town you can find yourself In a seaside town when the sun goes down You can find yourself You can find yourself You can find yourself again I took my love down to the sea And as we walked along she smiled for me I took my love down to the sea and she smiled
7.
Ocean waves the lonely moon goodbye Moon rocks the baby stars to sleep Sailor sees the way the clouds cry Baby stars in dreams of mine so deep Ocean waves the only son hello Sun bursts the morning sky awake Sailor sees the way the clouds go Ocean waves this lonely heart to break Break Break
8.
I fell pretty hard When we got together Out in the backyard Birds of a feather You said by my side Forever Wouldn’t seem that long I didn’t think I could love you more I was wrong When we fell apart A couple of years there It caged up my heart With all of my fears there You said as we cried Our tears there Would make for a good country song I didn’t think I could love you more I was wrong You came down the aisle Eyes full of sea shine You gave me that smile And pledged that you would be mine Until the day I died The rabbi and the priest signed the license A week we didn’t leave that room for long Oh what a furlong You took my name For the ever keeping The baby came Now you’re never sleeping I’ve known not joy or pride As when my mother hears her sing that Beatles song I didn’t think I could love you more I was wrong I was wrong Out here in the dust A hot wind is blowing And I am amazed How love can keep growing
9.
Cozumel 03:35
In the humid hotel in Cozumel Barely aware they’re not doing too well Down in the narrow street Trying to beat the heat What a heathen mess of burden to bear And we want to go swimming but we don’t know where Chicken fajita Flour tortilla Fairly aware of the flies and the flea Up in the restaurant All of these ghosts that haunt you Aren’t even necessarily there And you want to go swimming but you don’t know where Hey Cozumel What the hell? It’s just as well you know Say Cozumel Can’t you tell I can’t let go The days we never get back Hey there sweetie in the sugar shack I need you so I need you so In the humid hotel in Cozumel Fairly aware I’m not doing too well
10.
Vanishing 04:41
Vanishing Melting in the sun St. Thomas never knew What he was getting into King John was always cheating On the run And I’m vanishing Here without you vanishing Vanishing Right behind a cloud People working hard on their vacations Guy in the next room sleeping way too loud And I’m vanishing Here without you vanishing Can’t do anything And I’m vanishing Help me now I’m vanishing So hoist up the John P sail Here at the luxury jail I ain’t no dolphin, shark or whale Let me go home I want to go home Why won’t you let me go home? I feel so broke up I want to go home Vanishing I feel it in my veins Sun upon my skin Moonlight creeping in You keep on waiting but it never rains And I’m vanishing Here without you vanishing Can’t feel anything And I’m vanishing Help me now I’m vanishing So hoist up the John P sail Here at the luxury jail I ain’t no dolphin, shark or whale Let me go home I want to go home Why won’t you let me go home? This is the worst trip I've ever been on This is the worst trip I've ever been on Vanishing
11.
The juggler offers a kid five bucks To pull the wig off the head of a clown in a tux The clown so fried and frustrated he chucks His game face into the sea The soulless shell of a man don’t float A luxury liner’s nothing more than a boat But one thing I noticed enough to take note of In the slow reality An endless blue horizon unaware of me It was here as the tired old jazz trio played With obscene amounts of dessert on parade That the juggler’s assistant claimed he never gets laid And complains through lame comedy Nothing to do but retire to bed The terminal email already dead But visions of cherubic cheeks in my head Kept me from getting to sleep An endless blue horizon unaware of me Spooned against the unforgiving bowl Feeling suicidal Even hate my rock and roll I stumbled through the minefield long enough to find some coal To light the stove so I could see And in the morning I was visited by a ray of sunshine wearing shades And he stayed with me all day By the time I re-embarked I knew that I could play All those joyful melodies An endless blue horizon unaware of me How I got here I don’t really know My bags are all packed You know I’m ready to go Would it be cliché of me to say I love you so? I love you I love you baby I love you When you see me again wipe these tears from my eyes For your beauty is far deeper than I even realized Usually reserved for the sea or the sky Not this cruel mortality So lay me down in this beautiful bed With visions of cherubic cheeks in my head I only hope that even after I am dead Your eyes are what I see An endless blue horizon waiting there for me
12.
A wise man once said to me “You want to taste the sun, you peel an orange.” I didn’t know what the hell he meant I was young and arrogant The smartest woman I ever knew said “You know sweet boy you’re not the only one In this world who struggles day to day.” Oh there was nothing I could say Life is weird life is tough And life is beautiful I suppose Why it’s all these many things Surely only The Good Lord knows And I really cannot say Whether God’s involved each day I swear I still can feel Him when I pray But I am also aware That the universe don’t care much if I’m here or not I am meaningless It irks me I confess But discovering the indifference Accepting the indifference is what I need to do If I’m to take me less seriously And get down to the only thing that’s true And that is that I love you Oh how I love you
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14.
Saw the ghost of Bob Dylan Floating there over the sea It was dark and I was stumbling down deck 3 In that voice of sand and grit The iron joker spoke to me Said, “Maybe now you go get yourself stoned.” It been three days since I heard any voice of a friend With no words left to read and no letters left to send I believed at that moment this might really be the end But you get that crazy way when you’re alone And you know I’d like to be there Wherever there may be Because I need now more than ever for you To send your love to me Now Eddie Ray Howard He’s my good eye in the storm And the hurricane it rages In some sad amorphous form I feel that it’s been coming Since the day that I was born But he says, “Don’t you mind Go and play your trumpet.” And I know that I should listen And follow his advice But that would be too easy, too rational, too nice I’m a sad, neurotic valley With a river full of ice If there’s a cliff over despair I’m gonna jump it And you know I’d like to be there Wherever there may be Because I need now more than ever for you To say you pardon me Now the cattle all line up to taste the bounty of their dreams When the ship pulls in no one can even fit back in their jeans The cooks know well enough here not to stock up on the beans Or the whole damn place would stink like exit fourteen On the turnpike in New Jersey, yes I know it all too well I was there the night the license plate was just too far to tell And the Good Lord sent an angel and he barred the door to hell To keep me from a life of pain and morphine And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be Because I need now more than anything to know You are still with me There’s a message at the terminal and it’s from Eddie Ray Having now said almost everything he don’t have much to say He’s busy with his life and trying to live it everyday I cannot say I blame him or resent him No I love him like a brother and I think I always will For what he did for me there ought to be some kind of bill No doctor from the east could pull me off that window sill When I was screaming for the sanity I’d lent him And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be Because I need now more than anything for you To save your love for me There’s a house I thought was heaven With a yard where she plays Not one day of the year it ain't hard to be away And I think of my good fortune and I think of Eddie Ray Saying, “Don’t you mind Now go and read your Dylan.” And I wake up in the morning with your aloe on my mind And everything that’s in between and how you smell like sunshine And how you made that child an absolute one of a kind And how you find each hole in me to fill in There’s a headcase full of love here if you’re willing And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be Because I need now more than ever for you To say you’ll wait for me And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be Because I need now more than ever for you To say you’ll wait for me
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There’ll come a time when I have to let you go Although you’re lying here asleep in my arms With your tumbling sunshine and your dancing ocean blue How on earth will I ever release you? Loving you the way I do Loving you the way I do There’ll come a time when you want to go your own way Although you’re happy now between your mom and me With your ruby rosebuds in a smile that validates my life How on earth will I ever release you? Loving you the way I do Loving you the way I do To love something so much is very frightening Something more than yourself You came along and you’ve been quite enlightening Is there really anything else? Was there ever really anything else? There’ll come a time when I have to let you go Although you know I’ll always be here if you need me And all I ask is that you call to let us know how you are For you know that I will miss you Loving you the way I do Loving you the way I do

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Followup to THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.
Predecessor to LIBERATION IS NOW Part 1.

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released October 20, 2005

Written, Arranged, Produced & Performed by Stephen Bard.
Engineered & Recorded by Ryan Ball at The Gearbox.

Copyright 2005. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records 003. DNA 003.

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