RESEMBLING A STAR

by Stephen Bard

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1.
Whenever wherever you go I go I want you to know that in your arms is where I long to be Whenever wherever you go I go However the river flows One thing I know is I want you here with me Each night we say goodbye You say you wonder why we go home apart You should be in this bed God knows you’re in my head and you own my heart I’m thinking we make a start Whenever wherever you go I go You know I know without you life is just an empty song Whenever wherever you go I go However the cold wind blows this feels so right I mean how could we be wrong? Each morning when you wake I wanna be there to make you your cup of chi And kiss you goodbye So I’m down on my bended knee This ring here’s a guarantee That you and me we’re gonna be together I’m down on my knees for you woman And you know how I know? We tried it some other ways Man, those were the strangest days I have ever known I felt so alone And that night that you cried to me Girl you got inside of me ‘cause you’re my best friend I mean like until the end Whenever wherever you go I go I want you to know that in your arms is where I long to be
2.
Took it slow when I first met you Even though I would have let you In on secrets no one ever knew before But that’s the kind of comfort I felt And when you look at me now I melt Like that candle burning on your bedroom floor Now we’re lying here together And the sun is going down I’m thinking I can see forever In these feelings I have found All these ways I’m thinking of you It’s so hard for me to say I want to tell you that I love you But the words are in the way It’s pretty clear we get along good You really do my song good And when I play you say you like the sound We’re in this kind of funny place now I see it written on your face now You want to say it but you don’t know how And now we’re lying here together And I don’t ever want to leave I can swear I see forever In the way you look at me All these ways I’m thinking of you It’s so hard for me to say I want to tell you that I love you But the words are in the way
3.
No reason to fret - No reason to fight No reason to get so filled up with spite No reason to let you drown me tonight But hey, I like a good rain I’m thinking for you I’m more than enough Too bad it ain’t true, too bad I ain’t tough Especially now as the weather gets rough But hey, I like a good rain All I can see are the clouds overhead Pound down on me ‘til everything’s wet (Through the tears and the sweat) Can’t hold back the flood so I won’t even try I like a good rain - without it I’m dry I tell you you’re pretty, I call everyday I say that I love you - You push me away Only a fool would take it and stay But hey, I like a good rain You tell me the sky shouldn’t ever be blue You want me the most when I’m distant from you Hurricane winds are beginning to brew But hey, I like a good rain You think I’m a liar - You think you’re no good You think so much more than anyone should Tsunamis like you are so misunderstood But hey, I like a good rain
4.
I went back to the devil having been there once or twice Your mind it starts to wander trapped in paradise Now I can't tell you why an honest man would have such doubt I went back to the devil - he chewed me up and spit me out Love only love only love I went back to the devil with a heartache full of lust And I saw the wicked panic as their kingdoms fell to dust The slaves were round the fountain scrambling to get their fill I went back to the devil - he fixed my vein and broke my will Love only love only love I went back to the devil 'cause I thought I'd seen it all Gone without a face or trace I couldn't hear the call And now I'm on my back without an ally or a friend And I wonder if my fair-weathered faith will reach the end
5.
07:14
Alone again he watches as the theatre now grows dark A couple so romantic sit together in the park Below her ear upon her neck, her lover leaves his mark But don't you worry, baby... With collar turned up to the rain, he stumbles home to bed Could've hopped the outbound train, chose to walk instead In the silence of his lonely room, a voice inside his head Says, "Don't you worry, Jerry..." It's only temporary This time alone will end A better place is waiting just around the bend I've got to keep believing a broken heart can mend It's only temporary Temporary No breakfast on the table, only coffee or some tea Either way, she's all alone, not like it ought to be She had a boyfriend once but he's been two years in the navy Never seen the baby She says, "It's hard to meet someone when you're a mom at 22. Not too many men want to play that scene with you. Sometimes I get the feeling that my life's already through And I'm in the cemetery. I wish someone would tell me..." It's only temporary This time alone will end A better place is waiting for me just around the bend I've got to keep believing a broken heart can mend It's only temporary This time alone will end One night a friend says, "See a movie. I'll watch Jeremy. You really need to get some air, if not some therapy. And whatever you do, Terry, make sure it's a comedy. I don't want you crazy." Terry grabs a cab down to the local cineplex And feels her pulse begin to race when a man sits right down Next to her and says, "I've seen you at the market always looking so perplexed... But also always pretty. Hello, my name is Jerry." It's only temporary
6.
Down this morning Pointless calling No one hears it anyway World keeps turning Swirled and yearning Who on earth cares what we have to say? Then I get your message Lights a tiny candle For a moment things don’t seem as dark Must have figured something out To get such reassurance now From anything resembling a star What the future holds Where the past has gone I don’t know, they’re both so far away The present now unfolds How grateful I’ve become To find this kindness today Shameful TV Such blatant disregard covering the battleground Hate is easy - love is harder Balance nowhere to be found Insult trading, antisocial media Except for what you passed along Must have offered something good To actually be understood As anything resembling a song
7.
I don’t know what to say About what I saw today on the television Man the craziest decision for her to leave her kids behind And what is most obscene is to exploit this kind of mind You can have your fifteen too Seems all you gotta do is go stark raving mad There is more good in this world than bad Now all the politicians say it’s the beginning of a brighter day How dark is it gonna end? As all these greedy hawks descend into oily reservoirs When all is said and done, we can’t go without our cars The mother ravaged by the son – The damage now is done And the ones in charge seem glad There is more good in this world than bad In case of attack Man you’ve got to watch your back in such an insecure age See a father pours his rage into a child’s open heart Don’t all the bastards say you need to get ‘em from the start? ‘Cause love cannot endure When someone’s always making sure that hate is all you’ve ever had There is more good in this world than bad My father was a fireman He went right into the frying pan Trying to keep other people safe Risking life and limb and faith into the fiery unknown Now people, I was never that brave and now I’m on my own Maybe love like that can save us I know it sounds outrageous but I still hear my dad Saying, “Son, there is more good in this world than bad.”
8.
Didn’t know who I was Or what it was I should be Or the way that I should go Then you came to me Suddenly I know Amazing but it’s true Suddenly I know I’ve learned from loving you I never had to share or be there patiently Completely unaware but then you came to me Suddenly I know what I’m supposed to do Suddenly I know I’m dancing in the sun kissed mountain rain And I’m laughing ‘cause I’ll never be the same And I’m happy ‘cause you’ve made me who I am I watch you sleep Wave my hand across your hair The feeling is so deep I have to say a prayer ‘Cause suddenly I know Amazing but it’s true Suddenly I know I’ve learned from loving you
9.
Waiting for a miracle to show that God is real Running low on faith and still no proof Whenever I’m in free fall, which is often how I feel The question’s always “where’s the parachute?” I do myself a favor and look toward the sky The sunset as it makes love through the trees Study the behavior of each creature passing by Virtually a universe of reasons I know I know I know I know I know about the hole You dug you dug you dug you dug there deep within your soul Because, because, because my friend As you can see I dug one too The only, only, only shot in hell we’ve got is love So open up that broken heart and let God be the drug To fix the vein and ease the pain and fill that hole inside of you Don’t need no funky heroine to dull out how I live Why go to bed with anything so lethal? Higher than the moon is when I learn how to forgive There ain’t no sin in having faith in people Do me this small favor and look toward the sea The ocean as it breaks upon the shore Listen to McCartney as he works through “Let It Be” There really is no need to ask for more Waiting for a miracle to show you God is real Not sure what but something’s in the way Let go of all the anger then tell me how you feel Miracles they happen every day
10.
03:52
Life is good Knock on wood If I could I would be here forever Love you long and leave you never ‘Cause whenever we’re together Life is good Knock on wood If you should just break down from time to time From all the beauty pay no mind It’s all been put there to remind you Life is good Now I’m not saying that it isn’t hard as hell And that the way to go isn’t hard to tell And that there haven’t been some moments When I felt like I could die From all the pain inside Life is good Life is good Knock on wood ‘cause we’re lucky just to be here All the things to do and see here Make me feel like I'm so free here Life is good Now I’m not saying that it isn’t hard as hell And that the way to go isn’t hard to tell I know too well there’ve been moments Where you felt like you could die from all the pain inside And all the tears you’ve cried But you know my love that they subside You dry your eyes Life is good

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Followup to ONE TRACK MIND.
Predecessor to FREE MUSIC.

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released July 18, 2019

Written, Arranged, Produced & Performed by Stephen Bard.

Copyright 2019. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records 015. DNA 015.

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