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THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD

by Stephen Bard

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Was the stage too high to climb? Did all the bills go out on time? Are the dream not deep enough? You know you don't sleep enough So what, you didn't get there first Still hung up on what they say You should be thinking with your heart But your big head's in the way Don't worry about it so much All your life you're in a hurry Out of breath for all that worry All it's gonna do is burn a hole inside of you You don't have to beat yourself up Trying to be somebody else You're good enough Don't worry about it so much Was the joke above your head? Are they still mad at what you said? You're so afraid they think the worst You throw your meanest punchline first Don't worry about it so much All your life you end up sorry Sick to death from all that worry When all it's gonna do is burn a hole inside of you You don't have to beat yourself up Trying to please somebody else You're good enough Don't worry about it so much Was the stage too high to climb? Did all the bills go out on time? Are the dream not deep enough? You know you don't sleep enough
2.
It's over I know that I knew that before it even was I know dead love doesn't grow back But my naive advisors swear it does I'm not the only fool around Who's been a slave to a hint of meaning Once you start to fool around I have direction I have desperate leaning Oh oh I behave like an obscene thing It's not my fault I love you so It wasn't my wish you let me go I promise I'll try to keep my cool Tell me though must you be so beautiful? Your lover How is he? Does he do it just the way you want to? What happens when he's busy? Do you get lonely when he doesn't want you? It drives me crazy when you say That you really want to be just my chum I've got this bottle full of healthy dripping love And you won't even try some Oh oh Quick! Ring the asylum!
3.
The car was all ready as we put on our jackets for the drive My dad had been steady but his hopes of seeing someone Were still alive I smiled as stories of his childhood began to arrive As he told them I felt the feeling I felt when I was young "There's Artie's house," he said to me with a smile. "He's passed away now and I hadn't seen him in awhile. We played in a band growing up in his mother's front den. He played one hell of a smoking guitar even then." We drove by his high school I thought of old friends from the past It's a funny and sad waste of time Wondering why the time goes so fast "I'm glad you're here," he said with a tear down his face "Me too," I said, "It's great to finally see this place. A memory is one of the few things that's truly your own." "This one's a great one for me," he said as we went home "This one's a great one for me," he said as we went home "This one's a great one for me," he said as we went home
4.
Daydream 03:51
Lying in a private cove Far from what is real Outside my mortal body Searching The golden lady of light Awaits me as I sing A step away but untouchable Daydream Daydream Span across my mind And lead me to a better place and time Flying through a velvet sky Above a troubled sea I think to ask why but not to be Wanting Love is raining on the trees Girl you don't know what you do to me And the lady speaks: "Simple sights are seldom seen." Can this be another daydream? Daydream Daydream Embody me with soft caress And vanish into nothingness
5.
Everytime I look into the mirror I see your face staring back at me It's so much clearer Lost in your grace Everywhere that I go my darling Something's always there to remind me Of that day in the snow my darling When I went with you to find me Everytime I look up at the sky I feel your touch It's easy for you to see that I want you so much Everywhere that I go my darling Something always makes me think of you And you know it's a love so true Ooh it's so much fun Stealing kisses from your lips And when the day is done I can feel your fingertips upon me there And I want you there Everytime everywhere
6.
This Grass 02:48
High The trees are aflame with color I was thinking that it couldn't get any duller What a poor damn self-deluded fool So stick me in the dunce's corner And when the cheeky little cherub comes 'round Warn her She'll be screwing with some sorry rusty tool Why's it always better over someone else's fence? This grass here is very green And when I look you in the eye I want to build a house here with you Plant some seeds and raise those crops up High Traveling all across the planet With a heart full of pity and a head of granite I couldn't smile for all that funk that I was in Looking for a blue sensation Something that would color my imagination When all the while It was right there where you've been Why's it always better over someone else's fence? This grass here is very green And when I look you in the eye I want to build a house here with you Plant some seeds and raise those crops up This grass here is very green And when I look you in the eye I want to build a house here with you Plant some seeds and raise those flowers High
7.
Where you lead I will follow Ocean rain and clearest mountain air You show me the way Through straight and narrow paths And I would follow you there Where you're going to I will go For you know You are everything to me Point the way and I will follow you Through and through Like a river to the sea Where you lead I will follow You can have me every single day Hungering for you here is a heart so hollow I know for me there is no other way
8.
You know that you remind me Of a girl I knew at school The one who'd lead me on And make me feel just like a fool I've been waiting for a girl like you To come into my world But you're a disappointment all the way down Oh yes you're quite the honey With that pretty voice so high You're charming and you're funny And I should have passed you by I've been waiting for a girl like you To come into my world But you're a disappointment all the way down Since you've come around I haven't waited by the phone like this Since I was 17 Honestly if you can't do what you say You could at least say what you mean You know that you remind me Of this tease I used to know She'd tell me all this crazy shit And never ever show I've been waiting for a girl like you To come into my world But you're a disappointment all the way down Since you've come around
9.
I never met anyone like you You've got a smile for everyone but also a tear You never talk down Even when you're joking or messing around There's never a time that you're ever unkind Trying to do something good in the ocean Trying not to only makes you laugh more And a head full of clouds slips away to the sea Now we're down on the boardwalk And we're whirling around on the rides And we're walking along And they're still singing the songs That we used to sing all those nights Down at the Riptides I remember those days And how I almost let you get away But you shouldered the pain And a head full of rain Never turned your back on me You got a beautiful way You got a beautiful way about you You got a beautiful way You do
10.
Letter To Ex 03:05
Sometimes at night I wonder where you are Turn out the light walk out to the stars Are you living right driving 'round in some fancy car? Tell me how are you doing in your new way of life? It's hard to imagine that you're someone else's wife I guess I don't understand it It just didn't work out for me and you It's true babe Oh I reminisce about the times that we had The simple kiss was enchanting Was enhancing
11.
Don't you know don't you know You're living your life the wrong way? Don't you know don't you know That from heaven you're still so far away? Just like your dad you've got a little taste for the bad Just like your dad you make me sad Don't you know don't you know That you should raise a family? Don't you know don't you know That's the way it's supposed to be? Just like your dad you've got a little taste for the bad Just like your dad you make me sad You just remember that I'm a child of yours And everything that I want Are things you once longed for If our heads keep banging I'll be more than injured I could die hanging on your every word I'm hanging on your every word Don't you know don't you know That artists are all bad news? Don't you know don't you know That in the end they will hurt you? Just like your dad he's got a little taste for the bad Just like your dad he'll make you sad You just remember that I'm a child of yours And everything that I want Are things you once longed for If our heads keep banging I'll be more than injured I could die hanging on your every word I'm hanging on your every word I'm hanging on your every word Mama I'm hanging on your every word
12.
Grandpa Jack 04:12
Some guys win when the game is tied In the bottom of the ninth with two men out Some guys lose on the other side That's what the game is all about From what I can tell I know it so well Having watched it night and day Some guys win and some guys lose At least they get to play Some guys swing when it's do or die They hit the ball and drive in runs Some guys watch strike three go by And think that they're the unlucky ones From what I can tell it's all just as well They'll get their cuts another day Some guys win and some guys lose At least they get to play Oh to round those bases and score the winning run Oh to be like Willie Mays All those seasons in the sun They told me my chances are a million now to one I wish that I was young Young again For I still love this game I do, I love it all I love the sound a piece of good wood can make On the sweet spot of a ball From what I can tell I know it so well Having listened night and day Some guys win and some guys lose At least they get to play At least they get to play
13.
I don't mind getting up early I don't mind staying up late As long as you are with me Lord it's all pretty much great And I don't mind going to work yeah Though sometimes I hesitate As long as you are with me Lord it's all pretty much great But without you I can't even get out of the bed Without you vacant heart and empty head Without you oh without you I don't want to talk about this life without you And I don't mind not having much money Not having much love I might debate As long as you are with me Lord it's all pretty much great Some folks lives they roll real easy Most of us negotiate As long as you are with me Lord it's all pretty much great But without you I can't even get out of the bed Without you vacant heart and empty head Without you oh without you I don't want to think about this life without you Hopefully they'll ask how was it? When I arrive at the pearly gate Aside from that waitress in old St. Louis It was all pretty much great Aside from that waitress in old St. Louis Thank you Lord It was all pretty much great
14.
The Bard 04:28
Born to the mountains And the white mist of the sky He bathed in the fountains of the stream His mother was Nature He was the apple of her eye She put him to sleep in forest green One day Nature called him And told him he must sing of her ways She took the wood of a tree and made a guitar "You shall pen the words Call them lyrics You shall write the pretty sounds Call it Music Combine the two See what it can do It heals It heals It heals the soul." So he did what he was told It didn't take long It was innocent not bold It was loving not cold He called it a song The folksinger is leaving today He's joining the lion and the dove For they are all symbols of life, harmony and love

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Followup to NIGHT NUDE LUGE.
Predecessor to OCEAN WAVES.

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released August 22, 2004

Produced by Stephen Bard and Ryan Ball.
Engineered, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Ryan Ball at The Gearbox.

Written, Arranged & Performed by Stephen Bard.

Copyright 2004. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Music (ASCAP).
Daily Natural Alternative Records. DNA 002.

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