REDDER THOUGHTS / BLUER MIND

by Stephen Bard

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1.
That fortune cookie teller done let you down again Bad Chinese food advice, that’s no way to treat a friend It’s nice to be in love but we both know in the end The world is your lover Sure sometimes you let the close go a bit too far Of course you won’t be Jacking every Jill off in the bar This is why you’re beautiful and this is who you are The world is your lover Don’t you let nobody tell you how you’re wrong Don’t you let nobody interrupt your song You’re meant to sing it – so sing it This is what you’re here to do This is what I’m telling you Mushrooms in the valley - rainbows in the night Ain’t nothing wrong with coming to a place so out of sight This is how you got here, babe This is how you’ll get it right The world is your lover Don’t you let nobody tell you what to see Don’t you let nobody change your melody You’re meant to sing it – so sing it This is what you’re here to do This is what I’m telling you Maybe the road gets lonely winding around the bend Somehow I doubt it babe You’re so good at making friends It’s nice to be in love but we both know in the end The world is your lover The world is your lover
2.
She met you out on the floor You saw her dancing that way She felt you wanting some more Without any nerve there to say It wasn’t so tricky to do Just walked it right up there and ask her You knew she been looking at you It’s a year and a half now you’ve had her A woman wants to be claimed Are you the one who can do it? A woman wants to be claimed Boy, I suggest you get to it She lay with you now in this bed Amazing how passion can linger Your promises ring in her head I don’t see no ring on her finger She make you a good and true wife Love you right down to the letter But she won’t be the fool of your life If you think you can find something better Or pass her by, man She ain’t got time, man For a casual line, man She ain’t got time Are you afraid of commitment? Son, don’t make me laugh Are you a serious playa or just a sociopath? Is there somebody else who does you sweeter than she? Hey, you roll like a king here Do the right thing here ‘cause honestly… A woman wants to be claimed
3.
Swoon 03:31
Swoon when you walk into the room You could be my favorite tune I would hum you all day Swoon like I’m dreaming in a disco Never been to San Francisco But I would go if you say You make me feel like I just put on my new roller skates I’m rolling fine like 1979 You skate on by and it evaporates Swoon like I’m walking on the moon You must be my favorite tune You’re so stuck in my head Swoon when I see you in the diner Never been to Carolina but I would go if you said You make me want to go and buy you a new dress and corsage You’re standing there with all that sun in your hair Are you for real or is it just a mirage? Swoon when you walk into the room You could be my favorite tune I would hum you all day Swoon when I’m looking at your Visco Never been to San Francisco but I would go if you say Baby I don’t know how this goes It’s like I’m dreaming in a disco Never been to San Francisco but I would go if you say I would go if you say
4.
The summer we got together I thought I finally found someone Who could take me as I am Love me good and strong Celebrate my power and help me sing my song Funny sometimes how wrong you can be You don’t want to console me You just want to control me You don’t want to engage me Darlin’ you just want to cage me You don’t want to love me Oh no you just want to change me Into something that you think I should be That ain’t lovin’ me The spring before we happened I’d been watching you around You seemed so independent So free and confident Lately I’ve been wondering where on earth that person went ‘Cause my pillow says enough time’s been spent You don’t want to take me Oh no you just want to break me till I fit your sensibility That ain’t lovin’ me You gotta work it out babe You gotta work it out babe Whatever went down babe You gotta, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta… You don’t want to help build me All you want to do is guilt me You don’t want to soul mate me Darlin’ you manipulate me
5.
Late this morning, front desk is calling Ten more minutes, I’m gonna miss the free buffet But this thing is stronger than the morning hunger If I keep this up, I’ll have to pay the extra day You know that nightie…that naughty nightie? The one you wore when we spent all night making up? You left the light on and that was all, yeah Now every morning since, it’s hard just waking up Don’t want no bacon, no sausage, no ham or scrambled eggs Baby all I really want to eat right now is that sweet between your… Sugar You gotta gimme gimme some of that sugar I gotta get me get me some of that sugar Father Aloysius, he’s in the garden Puts down his hoe, takes off his glove and shakes my hand The free condolence card is twenty dollars He lights a candle and says, “We’re all just grains of sand.” I kiss my mother and my great Aunt Cecilia What’s that she’s wearing? Oh my God, it’s your perfume All through the service, sitting next to her, I feel you Takes all I’ve got, girl, just to stay in that church room I know that life is short and everybody dies And that’s why I gotta get myself back to that sweet between your… Cecilia’s dining room is full of good food And all these people I haven’t seen in quite some time Great Uncle Ray was always in a good mood He liked his Celia and his Perrier with lime We all sit around talking and remembering Uncle Ray and all those funny things he said It’s quite a day and honey, if I have learned anything It’s that you taste life to the full before you’re dead So I need to get that taste of life here on my lips The place it tastes the sweetest is that space between your… Sugar You gotta gimme gimme some of that sugar I gotta get me get me some of that sugar
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Sunny & 69 04:48
I’m glad I got to feel this We really oughta steal this day For everything it’s worth tonight I’m glad I got to know you And I just want to show you How good it really feels when a love affair is right I get a rise from just the sound of your voice I close my eyes and we’re in paradise so fine We float inside the sweetest breeze It leaves no choice Blowin’ in from heaven Sunny & 69 I’m glad I got to hear you I want to make it clear you are Everything a man could want and more I’m glad I got to lay here Been such a gorgeous day here with you And I just want to stay here Till we’re both where we ain’t never been before I’m so excited - I’m lost for words I’m mad in love with you or haven’t you heard? The others didn’t get it Couldn’t see for what it’s worth But when we’re here together There ain’t nothing else on earth
7.
Ain’t nothin’ whiter than the snow Ain’t nothin’ bluer than the sky Ain’t nothin’ greener than the earth and having seen her I say ain’t she somethin’ Ain’t nothin’ higher than the moon Ain’t nothin’ deeper than the sea Ain’t nothin’ clearer than the sun and when I’m near her I say ain’t she somethin’ I see it for what it is and not what it’s not I’m glad to be here and I’m glad for what we’ve got I know it don’t last forever That’s understood Long as we’re together I’m good Because there ain’t nothin’ truer than the truth Ain’t nothin’ lovelier than love Ain’t nothin’ sweeter than that girl and when I see her I say ain’t she somethin’
8.
My Eyes 04:10
My eyes fill up with sky Clouds go drifting by My eyes fill up with sea The ocean calls to me My eyes fill up with day Sunlight knows the way My eyes fill up with night Full moon shines so bright My eyes fill up with tears I think of all the years I’ve been loving you I’ve been loving you My eyes fill up with trees Swaying in the breeze My eyes fill up with grass And so the seasons pass My eyes fill up with tears I think of all the years you’ve been loving me You’ve been loving me What more do I have to say? Don’t ever go away What more do I need to be if you are here with me? My eyes fill up with stars Look how many there are My eyes fill up with you and whenever they do My eyes fill up with tears All these many years you’ve been loving me You’ve been loving me and I’ve been loving you I’ve been loving you I’ve been loving you
9.
In the morning, the sun creeps up Our charity pledge is still stoned Drinking turpentine from a wooden cup Smoking fraternity bone You never change You always say you will but you never change You never change I always think you will In the evening, the sun sinks low And damn it, you’re still on my mind You promise no more trouble at the rodeo But then high up on that horsey you climb You never change… You must think I’m a fool And everybody knows in the neighborhood And it’s cruel I wish I never met you You do me no good I really would forget you if I only could I love you so I let you You do me no good
10.
A mother cries in Africa Thirsty to her bones Here in New York City All you see are cellphones A bomb goes off in London town And echoes down in Spain Here in New York City lots of folks in pain I’m feeling so low with the weight of this world I really don’t know about the hate of this world I wish that I could go and just say to this world It isn’t too late to love A child dies in India but it don’t make the news I’m in New York City Trying to paint with all these blues An earthquake rattles Tokyo and leaves an unclear stain I’m in New York City just trying to make a train I’m feeling so low with the weight of this world I really don’t know about the fate of this world I wish that I could go and just say to this world It isn’t too late to love A child cries in Jackson Heights His daddy ain’t around She takes him in her arms and then She takes him to the playground He runs around the jungle gym Soon she hears him laughing She just wants to say to him, “Baby, you can do anything…be anything.”
11.
Time Bomb 03:49
I read the news today, oh boy Reports about the suffering but not enough about the joy Really makes you wonder about the nature of some people You’d think that we’ve come far enough to figure out the evil But apparently all kinds of heads are rolling in the desert A little voice so full of fear inside my head just says to Bar the windows, bolt the doors And pull the comforter overhead ‘Cause man, there really are some mornings You just want to stay in bed So…I’m building a time bomb And when it goes off it’s gonna cover the world in love So what do you do when fear is like a shadow on the mind? Just booze and drug and party like it’s 1999? Yeah right But I can still see why folks can chase that rocky road like fever It’s tough to make it through the night, y’all The day ain’t no bargain either I’m wondering where God is What with the way this world’s been turning And why it’s always got to be a crisis for any real learning To take place in a way that maybe teaches someone something Hey, I got kids, man And I hope their future don’t come to nothin’ So…I’m building a time bomb You are the architect - If music we elect - There is no disconnect What can a poor boy do? What can a poor boy even do? What can a poor boy do to make this whole world feel it again? To make this whole world feel it again To make this whole world feel it again To make you feel it This melody is tellin’ me to put these lyrics to it So…I’m building a time bomb And when it blows up it’s gonna cover the world in love
12.
You are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are You are my favorite person Driving in the car, playing your guitar My heart filled up to bursting Why try to deny it? Why try to defy it? Here in the quiet of my mind In any peace that I can find from all the hurting You are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are You are my favorite person Do you remember when we met? Oh I never will forget It was immediately apparent from the start You looked me in the eye and took holding of my heartstrings Don’t ever think for any moment that this is a condition In danger of reversing You are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are You are my favorite person Beneath a trail of stars, along the reservoir This part needs no rehearsing Why try to deny it? Why try to defy it? Here in the riot of my soul Though time may take its toll and life may worsen You are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are You are, I’m certain My favorite person

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Followup to PURPLE HEARTS.
Predecessor to FULL ON CRAZY CHOCOLATE.

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released March 23, 2017

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

Copyright 2017. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records. DNA 007.

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