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ACROSS TIME – THE ALBUM OF THE YEARS PROJECT (2015)

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All songs (music and lyrics) written by Laurence Baer except Tecumseh’s Poem, which was written by Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee (1768-1813), and put to music by Laurence Baer.
© 2015 – Laurence Baer – All Rights Reserved

CD1

1. Seed of a Seed

There’s a river moving through your life
An endless river moving through your life
In your dreams it will lead
If your heart pays heed
You’re a seed of a seed of a seed
Of the endless river moving through your life

There’s a wind rushing through your life
A steady wind rushing through your life
In your dreams it will lead
If your heart pays heed
You’re a seed of a seed of a seed
Of the steady wind rushing through your life

And the river’s waves surround you
And the wind blows strong around you
And they’ll clear the walls that bound you
If you’ll listen to your dreams

There’s a promise growing through your life
An ancient promise growing through your life
In your dreams it will lead
If your heart pays heed
You’re a seed of a seed of a seed
Of the ancient promise growing through your life

And the river’s waves surround you
And the wind blows strong around you
And the promise will astound you
As you listen to your dreams

There’s a fire burning through your life
A fire of peace burning through your life
In your dreams it will lead
And in each loving deed
You’re a seed of a seed of a seed
Of the brilliant fire burning through your life
You’re a seed of a seed of a seed
Of the brilliant fire burning through your life

2. Stardust

There’s a trillion trillion stars throughout the cosmos
And seven billion people on the earth
And just about each second another person dies
And just about as often a super nova bursts
Most folks tend to pass away in silence
Or maybe with a prayer for those they love
But a super nova’s light outshines a hundred billion stars
In a blazing fireball high above

A super nova starts out as a mighty star
At least eight times more massive than the sun
As its hydrogen is crushed beneath its gravity
A brilliant fusion furnace is begun
After eons when its hydrogen is finished
And it’s a hundred million degrees inside its core
The nuclei of helium fuse and turn to carbon
And the dying star gets hotter and still brighter than before

In six centuries the carbon turns to oxygen
And then to silicon in less than half a year
Which fuses into iron in just about a day
And that’s when the nova’s gamma rays appear
Like the final gasp of a once great star the gamma rays escape
Just before the blast begins to show
As a soul ascends to heaven so these rays fly into space
Heralding the nova’s brilliant glow

Each second someone dies and leaves his legacy
His children, and the lives that he has touched
And a super nova offers up its elements
To seed the universe with cosmic dust
The carbon in your tissues, and the iron in your blood
And the calcium that forms your very bone
Were all forged in the fires of a million super novas
From stardust we came and to stardust we’ll go

3. Honesty

Honesty
Lose the act and speak to me
We will never find each other if we dance
Honesty
Show your heart and trust in me
Go beyond your walls and give our love a chance
Bear in mind
Real love is hard to find
But easy to betray
Carefully
Don’t slip back into complacency
I can feel you reach across to extend to me
Honesty

Honesty
Drop your guard and it can set you free
Give the dreams you’ve locked inside some room to grow
Honesty
Show the ones you love sincerity
We can only touch the part of you we know
Bear in mind
Real love is hard to find
But easy to betray
Senselessly
Held in check by insecurity
You withhold the very thing we long to see
Honesty

Think of all the people filled with wonder
Waiting there to be discovered
Think of all the friends
You’ll find along the way
Think of the potential locked inside you
Longing just to be uncovered
Think it might be time
To throw your fears away

Honesty
Don’t you want to come with me?
We can realize our dreams if we break through
Honesty
Grab my hand and hold tight to me
There’s a hidden universe inside of you
Bear in mind
Real love is hard to find
But worth it when you do
Wait and see
We can see this through successfully
Safe within our hands we hold the key
Honesty

4. Here’s the Keys

When my granddad was a kid
He bought an old MGT
It was a junker that got totaled
When some drunkard fell asleep
He towed it home with two of his friends
Tore it all apart
And labored on it with all his heart

Until he fell in love and had a son
And got trapped in his career
He forgot about that old MG
For more than 20 years
But while Dad fought in Vietnam
Grampa worked real hard
And when my Dad returned he found a shiny car

Chorus
It’s my heart and soul, my pride and my delight
I’ve been working on it every day
And I dream about it every night
And I’ve invested all I have,
But you know it’s not for me
I built it for you, son, here’s the keys

Dad and Mom were married
In early 74
And with the help of Uncle Sam they bought
A three bedroom eyesore
Why he worked so hard to fix it up
I could never understand
But on my wedding day he shook my hand

Chorus

You know they may not have much money
When my folks turn old and grey
But the things they’ll cherish most will be
The things they give away

I sat in church last Sunday
And I guess I fell asleep
I saw my Granddad with a great big smile
Starting up that old MG
But then I saw a brilliant garden
I saw a lion and a lamb
And a voice choked with emotion, whispered children, here I am,

It’s my heart and soul, my pride and my delight
I’ve been working on it every day
And I dream about it every night
And I’ve invested all I have,
but you know it’s not for me
I built it for you
It’s all there for you
So what you going to do? Here’s the keys

5. Nehemiah

The wall of Jerusalem is broken down,
And its gates in flames are riven
When I heard these words I mourned for days,
And prayed before the God of heaven
Even I and my father’s house we have sinned
And have acted corruptly towards heaven
Come let’s rebuild the city of our fathers’ graves
And no longer suffer derision.

Chorus
Nehemiah build your wall!
Nehemiah build your wall!
There must still be time
If we can all work together
Crying Glory unto the Lord
He is forever faithful to His word
He may yet raise us when we fall
Nehemiah build your wall!

What do these feeble people do?
Will they restore it on their own?
Will they revive the walls out of heaps of rubbish,
Out of burnt and broken stones?
Don’t be afraid for the Lord is great,
And you must fight for your daughters and sons.
With one hand build and in the other wield a weapon
To defend your wives and homes

Chorus

So the wall was completed in fifty two days
And our enemies filled with awe
They fell greatly in their own esteem
For they perceived we had been helped by God
And all the people gathered into the square,
Attentive to the Word of the Law
As Jerusalem rejoiced in song and thanksgiving
There arose a great applause

Chorus

6. Strike By the Moon

The pounding of an earthquake,
The booming of thunder
A stampede of buffalo ripped the plains asunder
Full Ten miles across and ten million strong
They gave their flesh to the Comanche
Their spirit to our song
Unrivaled on horseback fearsome in war
Comanche were proud – fighters to the core
From distant encampments, unheard and unseen
We would strike by the moon and ride like the wind

Stretching North to Wyoming
From the Central Texas Plain
Oklahoma to Nebraska and south to New Spain
Blinding blizzards in winter desert dry in the sun
Comancheria where the buffalo run
We knew every trail and river, every rocky face
Loved to gamble on our horses, never lost a race
With a lance, bow and shield made from buffalo skin
We would strike by the moon and ride like the wind

If you camp along the Arkansas,
On a soft summer night
You might see riders silhouetted
In the Comanche moonlight
And if you listen with your spirit
As your campfire is dimmed
You might hear laughter of Comanche children
Carried on the wind

It was not the Texas Ranger or Cavalry patrol
But cholera and smallpox that took such a deadly toll
Yamparika, Penateka, Kotsoteka, and Quahadis
Our medicine failed against the Taibo disease
Quanah Parker surrendered in seventy five
The white man aimed his long gun all the buffalo died
Only a memory where an empire had been
We would strike by the moon and ride like the wind
There will never be a nation like Comanche again
We would strike by the moon and ride
Ride like the wind

7. White Pass Railroad

Skookum Jim found gold in Bonanza Creek
In 1896
Within a year the Seattle Post screamed
Gold Gold Gold Get Rich!
A hundred thousand miners headed north to Alaska
To brave the ice and cold
But more got paid by the White Pass Line than
Those who ever found gold

In 97 the only way inland
Was to climb up Chilkoot Pass
Each miner had to carry up a ton of supplies
Before the Mounties would let ‘em past.
Sir Thomas Tancrede and old Michael Heney
Shook hands in a Skagway Bar
To build them a railroad and send off the miners
In the seat of a railway car.

Chorus
It took 30,000 workers and a million pounds of powder
Just to lay 100 mile of track
35 men and 3,000 horses
Went to work and never came back
Rising more than half a mile
Through the mountains and glaciers
Bringing back those sacks of gold
That shiny steam engine and the narrow gauge cars
Of the White Pass Railroad

The workers swung from ropes
On cold granite mountains
As they built them a wooden bridge
And blasted off sections of solid rock walls
Carving tunnels through the ridge
The thunder and the roar would
Echo through the valleys
As the sides of those mountains fell
Heney cried out “Give me dynamite enough
I’ll build a track from here to Hell”

Chorus

Now the gold’s all gone there’s no more miners
But the rail still runs there
You can ride between the cars watch eagles fly
As you roll past moose and bear
A majestic sight but just hold on tight
When that bridge creaks ‘neath your weight
Your heart in awe at what the miners saw
In the days of 98!

Chorus

8. 80,000 Miles

I grew up in Niagara
Downriver from the falls
In the winter we’d build igloos in the snow
But when spring came
We’d go climbing
Down the sides of that great canyon
And watch in awe to see those mighty rapids flow

We’d slide down a rusty cable
And survive the poison ivy
As we hurried to the boulders far below
Along the paths of Iroquois
We’d search for ancient arrowheads
And listen to those mighty rapids flow

Chorus
Eighty thousand miles of water rushing to the ocean
From Erie and Superior from Michigan and Huron
Through a channel that was small enough
To almost throw a rock across
Sitting barefoot in the sun
While the power of that river thundered on

Each summer we would disappear
From the modern world around us
To an untamed realm where parents didn’t go
We’d scramble home for dinner
After spending endless hours
Watching those mighty rapids flow

Chorus

Not long ago I took my eldest son and flew back home
Time had changed the town I used to know
But when we found that rusty cable
I was ten years old again
Climbing down to where those mighty rapids flow

Chorus

Eighty thousand miles of water rushing to the ocean

9. Apple Pie

There were some woods back behind our yard
Where we’d go fishing, in the creek
And a clubhouse where my friends and I
Wired up an old TV
But I often return to one precious memory
When I helped my Dad plant an apple tree

He came home one afternoon from work
With that sapling in a pot
And he called to me to come outside
To see what he had bought
And I think we got as close that day
As we could ever be
When I helped my Dad plant that apple tree

He said this tree will take some caring
It’s barely just a seed
You have to make sure it don’t get too dry
And pull away the weeds
It won’t do to be impatient
Eight years no matter what you try
But in time you’ll have a tree to climb
And you’ll be eating apple pie

You know a boy in school’s got more to do
Than working in the yard
But my Dad found joy at working on
Those chores that I found hard
I had nearly finished high school
When he softly said to me
You know there’s apples growing in that apple tree

He said it’s gonna take some caring
It’s barely just a seed
Quietly he raised that tree
Providing for its needs
He said you mustn’t be impatient
Eight years no matter what you try
But in time your kids will have a tree to climb
And you’ll be eating apple pie

I guess we learn by example
When we let lessons to take root
Through the generations
Life’s wisdom bears fruit

Last Thanksgiving greeting Mom and Dad
I thought of where I’d travelled from
A child without a clue into the man that I’d become
And when the kids ran out to climb that tree,
There was moisture in Dad’s eyes
Then he turned and gently smiled at me
And it was all I could do not to cry
And after Turkey, yams, and stuffing,
We shared some homemade apple pie.
Yes life don’t get much sweeter, …
Than delicious apple pie.

10. Just to Be With You

Some folks ride ambition
On that fast track to the top
Moving closer every year towards a corner office
Working ‘til they drop
Money’s OK
But I’d trade it any day
Just to be with you
Just to be with you

Some folks like to party
Always searching for a thrill
Pushing pedal to the metal – an adrenaline rush
Never getting their fill
That’s way too extreme
When my real dream is
Just to be with you
Just to be with you

Chorus
Just to be with you
Is standing on a mountain
It’s riding wild horses
And watching moonlight on the sea
Just to be with you
Girl it’s all I’ve ever wanted
And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to be with you

Some folks can only imagine
What love is all about
Curled up in their chair and lost in a book
Afraid to venture out
But that’s not me
Cause all I’ll ever need is
Just to be with you
Just to be with you

Chorus

Well girl you’re my ambition
And you know that you’re my thrill
You’re the only dream I’m chasing
And the only one I ever will

Chorus

11. Find Your Way

Great Uncle Howard was a pilot in Korea
Proud to serve on the front line
With a Smith & Wesson pistol and a flask for courage
He flew 57 missions in a B-29

I went to see this living legend of our family
To get to know the heart behind the man
After lunch when I asked
What he’d learned through his life
He shared some wisdom
That helped to make me who I am .. He said

Chorus
Walk with your head held high
Look people straight in the eye
Say what you mean and do the things you say
Right to your bones remember you’re God’s child
See His hand in everything and smile
Get down on your knees at the break of every day,
Oh you’ll be tested in life
But I know you’ll find your way.

As he sat on his porch, at peace with himself
His clear blue eyes studying me
He never spoke about his time in the Air Force
Nothing like the hero I expected to see

He said “boy let me tell you ‘bout conquering fear
My greatest battles were not with a gun
I swore I’d overcome 20 years of alcohol addiction
So I could be a real father to my own son.”
… and it was living hell … He said

Chorus

Courage comes from standing up,
And doing what’s right
You can cut and run or stick to your guns
When it’s your time to fight

Chorus

You’ll be tested in life but I know you’ll find your way

12. Mariachi Waltz (Instrumental)

13. I Guess its Love

I’m serious as death
You still take away my breath
Anytime you turn your smile at me
And when I close my eyes in prayer
I can see you standing there
Believing in the man I want to be
It’s not the kick I’m getting from my nine to five
That makes me thankful every day,
Just to be alive

Chorus
I guess its love
Joy beyond our struggles
I guess its love
Your walls begin to crumble
You can feel that wind behind you
To give a helpful shove
I guess its love

When there’s something on my heart
We’re never far apart
You find a way to reach across to me
And when I’m facing sweet success
It’s just illusory unless
You’re there to share that happiness with me
Take away my comforts – all my money too,
And I’ll still be a rich man
With our children and you

Chorus

Binding us together
Closer every year
Making sense of this confusion
The triumph and the tears

Chorus

14. It’s a Beautiful Thing

It’s a beautiful thing.
The way you love me
Like two stars colliding
Slowly igniting
Exploding in light
In the night
And the universe sings
It’s a beautiful thing

It’s a beautiful thing.
The way you need me
Like rain on your sand
Bringing life to the land
A flower in the mist
To be kissed
You’re my garden in spring
It’s a beautiful thing

Chorus
I am the mountain
You are the valley
I am the sky
You’re the earth
I am the river
You are the ocean
Take me in your waters
Give me birth

It’s a beautiful thing.
How you complete me
Like the sun’s crimson rays
Crowning each of my days
One embrace as we lie
You and I
We form a glimmering ring
It’s a beautiful thing

Chorus

It’s a beautiful thing.
The way you love me
Like two stars colliding
Slowly igniting
Exploding in light
In the night
And the universe sings
It’s a beautiful thing
And the universe sings
It’s a beautiful thing

15. Life at the End of the Tunnel

He said “Kiss me Julie but stay in bed
No need to get up so early
I’ve got one more shift and then I’m off a week.
I’ll be back by 5, don’t worry”
She said “Charlie I love you, just wear your mask
You’ve got to stay strong when you’re older
So you can take our boys hunting in those hills
And show them there’s more than just coal there.

It was half past ten when she got the call
“Julie there’s been a cave in,
I’m sending out a truck to bring you here
I swear to God we’ll save him”
No word was spoken as the drill spit rock
Towards a space a mile below
Life and death in a race against the clock
With a day of air at most

Chorus
Can that drill go any faster, We’ve just got to make it through
How much longer can they last there Isn’t there more that we can do?
Is there Life at the end of the tunnel?

After two AM the drill shaft broke
The foreman told his team to replace it
He saw Julie shiver and gave her his coat
“Coffee’s not half bad, did you taste it?”
She just shook her head staring at the hole
As the crew fixed their machine
She was trying to breathe for two sets of lungs
With a mile of rock between

Chorus

There’s a place up in the mountains
Where Charlie liked to fish
And listen to the crickets by the lake
And Julie’d get excited
When she’d see a shooting star
And wind through the trees caressed their faces

It was 9:15 when the drill broke through
9:30 when air started pumping
By a quarter to ten they had a phone line in
Asked for quiet, trying to hear something
The wind picked up and the lake began to fade
Charlie heard another miner mumble
“Get up man this ain’t our time”
There’s life at the end of the tunnel

CD2

1. Blues God Has to Hide

Me and my woman can’t see eye to eye
I’m never enough no matter how hard I try
But it’s nothin like the blues God has to hide
She left me a note, said I’m not your maid
And I won’t be back until the light bill’s paid
But its nothin like the blues God has to hide
The dealer deals and at times it feels
I can’t even draw a pair
And it gets so old I could nearly fold
Under all I have to bear
But I’ve got one last ace that’s never failed me yet
No matter how bad it seems it’s an easy bet
It ain’t nothing like the blues God has to hide.

I’ve got a friend name Frank who calls me late at night
When he drinks too much or when he’s just uptight
I say it’s nothing like the blues God has to hide
He likes to rant and rave about all his pain
He says it’s not so bad if he can just complain
Still its nothing like the blues God has to hide
You know I dread the call but since we’re
Friends and all it’s a chore I can’t avoid
But if I ever knew all the Lord’s been through
I would surely be destroyed
So when I think my life can’t get no worse
I take a tiny peek at the universe
My blues are nothing like the blues God has to hide.

They say no one ever hurts you like the ones you love
They say we’re all sons and daughters
Of the Father above
I say there’s nothing like the blues God has to hide
He chases back the darkness with the sun each morn
He dreams of happiness and joy
For every child whose born
For sure there’s nothing like the blues God has to hide
You know I’d give my shirt to save my kids from hurt
I just hate to hear them cry
Who knows the pain He feels when there’s
Not enough meals and millions have to die
So we each think we’re lifting our fair share
‘Cause He never gives us more than we can bear
Revealing nothing of the blues God has to hide.
Revealing nothing of the blues God has to hide.

2. I’m Chasing After A Dream

It’s way too late for looking back
I’ve passed on every chance for in between
My heart won’t move from its appointed track
I’m chasing after a dream

And like the day when we first met
I knew it was an angel I had seen
Just one kiss and my course was set
I’m chasing after a dream

Chorus
And though I never saw it coming
Still my dream found me
Over time my way became clear
Like the trail up that mountain
I’m gonna climb or die trying
My dream is the reason I’m here

If I can’t do this, then who will?
No one else has travelled to where I have been
This is a challenge that I must fulfill
I’m chasing after a dream

Chorus

Through the fog its what I see
Shining like a lighthouse with a brilliant beam
I know for certain that my dream needs me
I’m chasing after a dream
I know for certain that my dream needs me
I’m chasing after a dream

3. Lovers Song

Two young strangers agree to meet
They find each other, approach and greet
A bit unsure, begin to speak
And then relax
She has a sparkle in her eyes
He has a smile both free and wise
They share composure and surprise
As they attract

Chorus
And so it goes
As it has gone
Since the light
Of the first dawn
Two hearts arrive
Where they belong
And sing together
The lovers song

She had a dream he had a quest
Something within they both suppressed
And now at last they each find rest
In the other’s heart
What was askew has been put right
What once was toil is now delight
Their sails are full their futures bright
As one they start

Chorus

Without a doubt
They’ll have fights along the way
Too many lose their track and go astray
They’ll find out
In a twisted world nothing is sealed
But in love all roads are straightened
And with love all wounds are healed

Love’s simple wisdom, they will learn
And when their children begin to yearn
They’ll ache beside each one in turn
Til’ they find love

Chorus

Two hearts arrive
Where they belong
And sing together
The lovers song

4. Rise Again

The driest year our town had ever seen
Dust clouds closed the schools in Aberdeen
Lost our farm in ‘88
And as Dad stopped our truck to close the gate
He said son, we’ve been hit hard but we’ll rise again

Daddy swallowed his pride
And we moved in with some kin
If not for them Lord knows where we’d have been
But when Dad took sick it fell on me
Burned the midnight oil for my degree
And when I’d lose hope I’d hear his words again.

Chorus
Rise again, Rise again
We may be down for now, but
We will rise again
Take away our last dollar
Cut us lower than we’ve ever been
We may be down for now,
But when the sun comes up
We’ll rise again

Sometimes the way is clear sometimes you improvise
We still go back each year to plant flowers
Where Daddy lies
You learn what kind of man you’ll be
When you’re face to face with adversity
You can hang it up, or you can rise again

Chorus

Just like Job, hard times may come to call
Stand your ground and don’t lose hope
Though your back’s against the wall

Chorus
We may be down for now
But when the sun comes up
We’ll rise … We will rise
We’ll rise again

5. Live in Love

Share your vows share your rings,
Stepping forth spread your wings
Feeling free feel the joy, as you soar
Raise your hopes raise your eyes,
Own your dreams own the skies
Love of two bound as one, evermore
So much adventure, so much to learn,
So many friends still to find
Start each day with grateful heart,
Never stray too far apart
Live in grace live in awe, live in love

Show your standard shine your light,
Know the wrong seek the right
Life is sacred life is fleeting, use it well
Never back off from a challenge,
Hold your ground use your talent
Don’t count losses in the moment, time will tell
So much to contribute, so much to build,
So many lives still to touch
Be the strength for one another,
Be the peace be the lover
Live in grace live in awe, live in love

Ooh life is fine
Each living creature reflects the divine
Ooh life is sweet
Each moment a gift that will never repeat

Welcome wisdom welcome age,
Welcome every turning page
Don’t grow older, just grow deeper in your hearts
Raise your children through example,
Hug them tighter when they stumble
But then release them when their time comes to part
Store up your treasure in those whom you care for,
Don’t cling to things left behind
Love like that can never falter,
Love like that will live forever
Live in grace live in awe, live in love …
Love like that can never falter,
Love like that will live forever
Live in grace live in awe, live in love

6. There’s No Limit

There’s no limit to how much you can know
You reflect the source from which understandings flow
Learn from those before and continue to explore
There’s no limit to how much you can know

There’s no limit to how much you can feel
Through the palette of emotion reality’s revealed
Touch the heart of greatest grief
And find joy beyond belief
There’s no limit to how much you can feel

Chorus
Children of the spirit born in a body of the stars
Life is an adventure to discover who you truly are

There’s no limit to how much you can achieve
You can accomplish whatever you believe
Persevere with all your soul until you reach your goal
There’s no limit to how much you can achieve

Chorus

There’s no limit to how much you can love
It’s what you’re made to be a channel of
The more you love the more you feel
The more you comprehend
Love fills your heart with courage
And then it fills your heart again
It’s the base which makes it possible
For all of the above
There’s no limit to how much you can love – No no no
There’s no limit to how much you can love

7. When the Fiddles Start To Play

Mama don’t make no plans tonight
Got a few Jacksons gonna spend em right
Ain’t been out on the town since it snowed in May
Put your lipstick on but don’t take too long
Got to get out on the floor before they sing that song
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

The fence needs mendin’ but it can wait
Wanna take my one and only on a long lost date
I’ll just fetch her in the morning
If our cow decides to stray
Let’s have some fun tonight you know it ain’t no crime
Soon, we’ll be dancin’ and stompin in time
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

Chorus
When the fiddles start to play and the crowd goes wild
You got to clap along and you can’t help smile
And it brings back the warmth and the joys of yesterday
We can dance all night as if time stood still
There’ll be so much fun we can get our fill
When the house is jumpin and the fiddles start to play

Chorus

We were bound together the day we met
Love gets better the older we get
Let that sawdust fly
We’re gonna kick and swing and sway
Honey climb into my truck and slam that door
Tonight we’re gonna be kids once more
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

Chorus

When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

8. No Other Woman

No other woman
Could be my companion
With gentle compassion
The way that you do
I know I’ve discovered
The meaning of heaven
In the sweet tender loving
I share with you

No other woman
Can nourish and heal me
Encourage and free me
The way that you do
When I’m feeling weary
Your harbor protects me
Your embrace resurrects me
How I love you!

When you’re here beside me
And life swells within me
The world becomes holy
Wherever we stand
I can face any challenge
Rising before us
As our future unravels
In a glimmering strand

No other woman
In all of creation
Can touch my emotion
The way that you do
I gratefully offer
Without reservation
My fullest devotion
And love for you

9. Flight

Up high over Silverton
Camped among the stones
And when the sun sets in the San Juans
Their snow caps shine like chrome

Way up high above the treeline
Where the lakes are crystal clear
All the static and confusion
Just drift away up here

Gazing out in wonder
From peak to towering peak
And in the presence of such beauty
One doesn’t speak

Near the Summit of Mount Wilson
With no way to prepare
As an eight foot golden eagle
Rises up, takes to the air

And soaring like that eagle
From peak to towering peak
I find the feeling of the freedom
I came to seek

Chorus
Hi Ya Oh Oh Hi Ya Oh Oh
Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo
Hi Ya Oh Oh Hi Ya Oh Oh
Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo Oo

There are times when life’s a burden
Dark times I can not see
But then I think back to Mount Wilson
Take flight and I am free

Soaring out among the peaks I’m free
Flying up above the clouds I see
Soaring out among the peaks I’m free
Flying up above the clouds I see

Chorus

10. Slicing the Crests

Long commute
Tedious route
To another empty day
Dark frozen week
Forecast looks bleak
How can people live this way

Babe is it just me
Craving vitamen D
Or would you like to feel
Ocean spray?
Rediscover gratitude
In a tropical latitude
Where dolphins play

Chorus
Slicing the crests
Breezes caress
Holding you by my side
Turquoise Seas
Do as we please
Relax and enjoy the ride

Papaya and mango
Merengue and tango
Watching palm trees sway
Lose the stress
Decompress
Let our cares slip away
Slip away

Chorus

As nightime comes
The ripple of steel drums
Drifting across starlight
The warmth of your eyes
An evening in paradise
What could be
More right?
What could be
More right?
What could be
More right?

11. Lavender

Life can be hectic with five kids in school
The schedule’s intense and the hours are cruel
Every so often she runs out of fuel
And disappears into her garden

Chorus
She likes lavender blossoms
Picked fresh from the plants
The fragrance reminds her of summers in France
She’d fly there in a minute given half the chance
But it’s almost time for soccer

She watched long ago from her seat in the stands
Shining out like a model among thousands of fans
While the drivers roared by all day long at Lemans
Where she knew the official announcer

Chorus

Years of loving her family day after day
The glamour of youth slowly fading away
Refusing to see she’s more lovely today
Than that questioning girl in those photos

She likes lavender blossoms
Picked fresh from the plants
The fragrance reminds her of summers in France
She’d fly there in a minute given half the chance
But now she’s late for soccer

She likes lavender blossoms
Picked fresh from the plants
The scent takes her back to the south part of France
She’d fly there in a minute given half the chance
Hey Mom! We’re late for soccer!

12. Beyond All Time

This moment is eternal, you’re together with me now
And I would like to share my thoughts with you
If you’ll allow
And use this opportunity to reaffirm my vows
That I will always love you beyond all time

I can’t promise sunshine each and every day
And I can’t guarantee our plans won’t end in disarray
And I don’t have a magic wand to keep the pain away
But I will always love you beyond all time

Some things in life are simply outside of our control
Sometimes we take our best shot
And it’s still wide of the goal
And though we lose the battle
We must never lose our souls
For I will always love you beyond all time

We can’t help growing older, no matter what we do
And we can’t extend our earthly days,
When our lives are through
But we’re the masters of our love,
And mine belongs to you
And I will always love you beyond all time
Yes I will always love you beyond all time

13. Lemon and Ginger

Lemon and Ginger
Refined with such finesse
Fine wine and dinner
The joy your smile confessed
To reminisce
The dance the kiss
When first we fell in love

Your touch so tender
You had me wrapped up tightly
Around your finger
Your eyes sparkling brightly
What a thrill!
How time stood still!
When first we fell in love

Each and every star across the milky way
They all aligned that day

My memories linger
And consecrate the hour
When first we fell in love

Lemon and Ginger
Demure and debonair
Two lucky winners
We made the perfect pair
The spice, the zest
Explored, caressed
When first we fell in love

Your poise your splendor
Affording just one choice
My heart surrendered
Minding my inner voice
“You’ve found the one!
The time has come!”
When first we fell in love

A breath long held in hope beyond all time and space
Relaxed when we embraced

So clearly blessed and,
So unanticipated
When first we fell in love

14. Snow Goose

He was born in the northern wild
One cold June morn on Bylot Isle
Where the mountains look out over Baffin Bay
Towards the end of that July
He learned to stretch his wings and fly
With his parents he would practice every day
But the days grew ever shorter
Til by the middle of September
There was an urgency growing in the flock
Suddenly one morning
A mighty V was forming
Like a bell had sounded from an unseen clock

At 60 miles an hour
At more than 7000 feet
Down the length of Baffin Isle to Hudson Strait
In the excitement and the freedom
He felt a power beyond reason
As they flew 800 miles in a day.
Just East of Baskatong
And just west of Mount Tremblant
They crossed the St. Lawrence Seaway
And then above the Adirondacks
Ever south to the Atlantic
Along the shore down to the Delaware Bay.

All winter long they rested in those mild waters
And feasted in the marshes every day
But by April the heat became oppressive
And just like that they flew home the way they came

It was in his second winter
When all at once he met her
She approached him and they bonded on that day
They flew back up north together
Built their nest beside a river
He was there as she delivered every egg
Three long weeks he stayed and fasted
To protect those eggs from foxes
And then finally their chicks broke free
And like his parents did before him
Kept those precious ones beside him
As they grew into majestic snow geese

As they near the end of their eleventh season
He can sense that they have lived out most their days
They’ll fly home once more – 2500 miles
And in that pristine northern wilderness they’ll stay

He was born in the northern wild
One cold June morn on Bylot Isle
Where the mountains look out over Baffin Bay
In the twilight of his life
He’ll be together with his wife
As they gaze out on the beauty of those waves
Where the mountains look out over Baffin Bay

15. Tecumseh’s Poem

So live your life that the fear of death
Can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about their religion;
Respect others in their view,
And demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life,
Beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long
And its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day
When you go over the great divide.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Always give a word or a sign of salute
When meeting or passing a friend,
Even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning
Give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
The fault lies only in yourself.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Abuse no one and no thing,
For abuse turns the wise ones to fools
And robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die,
Be not like those whose hearts are filled
With the fear of death
So that when their time comes they weep
And pray for a little more time
To live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Yes Sing your death song
And die like a hero going home
Going home
Go on home!

 

Across A Bering Strait Bridge

ACROSS A BERING STRAIT BRIDGE (2007)

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All songs (music and lyrics) written by Laurence Baer
© 2007 – Laurence Baer – All Rights Reserved

1. Songs of Love

Yellow warbler whistles in the wild oak tree
With a field full of crickets chirping harmony
And a big bass bull frog, singing songs of love
Bumblebee buzzing on black-eyed Susan
Susie’s looking shy but she ain’t refusin’
Hummingbird approvin’, singing songs of love

Chorus
And the whole world’s spinning
Round songs of love
And I’m just beginning
To be aware of
The music you awake inside my heart
Like the warmth of the summer sun
As the whole world’s spinning,
Spinning round songs of love

Whitetail watching her spotted babies
Two squirrels scrambling round the trees
Like crazy
Rabbits in the grass, playing to songs of love
Dragonflies darting in tight formation
Honeysuckle breezes so intoxicating
Butterflies floating, playing to songs of love

Chorus

Hey pretty mama
Won’t you come and see
All of God’s creation
Dancing for you and me

Red pines swaying in the gentle wind
Bowing to each other and back again
Brown hawk gliding carried on songs of love
Woodpecker carving out a nest for the little ones
Beaver and his lady build a hut
Where the creek runs
Laughter of the water carried on songs of love

Chorus
2. Here’s The Keys

When my granddad was a kid
He bought an old Model T
It didn’t run at all
It was a sorry sight to see
He towed it home with two of his friends
Tore it all apart
And labored on it with all his heart

That was the fall of ’29
And soon his job disappeared
He forgot about that Model T
For more that 20 years
But while Dad fought in Korea
Grampa worked real hard
And when my Dad returned he found a shiny car

Chorus
It’s my heart and soul, my pride and my delight
I’ve been working on it every day
And I dream about it every night
I’ve invested all I have,
but you know it’s not for me
I built it for you, son, here’s the keys

Dad and Mom were married
In early 54
And with the help of Uncle Sam they bought
A three bedroom eyesore
Why he worked so hard to fix it up
I could never understand
But on my wedding day he shook my hand

Chorus

That old Ford grew rusty
And was finally thrown away
They tore our house down years ago
And built apartments in its place
But lately I’ve been thinking ‘bout
What my children mean to me
And what on earth I can give to them,
That will really make them happy

I sat in church last Sunday
And I guess I fell asleep
I saw my Granddad with a great big smile
Starting up that Model T
But then I saw a brilliant garden
I saw a lion and a lamb
And a voice choked with emotion,
Whispered children, here I am,

It’s my heart and soul, my pride and my delight
I’ve been working on it every day
And I dream about it every night
I’ve invested all I have,
but you know it’s not for me
I built it for you
It’s all there for you
So what you going to do? Here’s the keys
3. The Storm Ahead

When we set sail, many years ago
Thrilled to hear the ocean roar
How on earth, were we to know
That we would sail so long

Our crew was hale, how our brasswork shone
As we charted distant shore
Now we stand weathered,
By every wind that’s blown
Keeping us a’sail so long

Chorus
We’ve seen gales and raging seas
Seen our mast break, and our sails ripped free
Been stuck in doldrums where the sun beat down
Longing just to reach dry ground
Oh But Captain, nothing we’ve seen
Looks as angry as the storm ahead

We will prevail, to bring our vessel home
To be with those we love once more
The stars still guide us, through the unknown
Tho’ we have sailed so long

Chorus

It’s the final leg of our journey
We’re wiser from hard years at sea
You’ve brought us this far
Brought us this far

We’ve seen gales and raging seas
Seen our mast break, and our sails ripped free
I swear by God above we’re homeward bound
We’ll soon be walking on holy ground
But Captain, nothing we’ve seen
Looks as angry as the storm ahead
But Captain, nothing we’ve seen
Looks as angry as the storm ahead

4. God’s Got A Place In His Heart For Country Music

There’s choirs of angels singing up in Heaven
And saintly orders praising God in chants
But when He’s feeling blue,
That classic stuff won’t do
And God just needs to loosen up and dance

There’s a great big barn with sawdust
Up in heaven
Where they don’t allow no clarinets or flutes
And when they’re getting down,
And take off their long white gowns
Underneath they’re wearing
Jeans and cowboy boots

Chorus
Sweet country music makes God happy
It’s right there near the top of Heaven’s charts
Sometimes that steel guitar
Sounds better than a harp
And God’s got a place in His heart
For country music.

God joins in when they’re singing
High and lonesome
But He can’t get enough of never ending love
When the songs are young and wild,
He’ll just kick back and smile,
As He’s gently breaking broncos from above.

An angel plays the honky tonk piano
A little boy is cookin on the drums
And no one else can call
A dance like old Saint Paul
He can have them do se do til Kingdom comes

Chorus

5. Peter James and John

Peter James and John, come with me.
You’re the closest three I have here in this place
God knows how hard we’ve tried
And yet I can’t deny the shift in tide
At any moment this may all be washed away

Jerusalem O Jerusalem
How many times I called you here to me
As the flood tears stone from stone
Am I stranded here all alone
Or can you three find the strength
To stand with me

Chorus
Father don’t despair there still must be a way
From Adam you’ve waited for this day
Accept our blood and tears
The four of us praying here
From this beginning, surely there’s a way

The soul is willing, the flesh so very weak
Dear friends, for God’s sake please don’t sleep
If only we can be united
Then still that fire might be ignited
To return to God the kingdom he seeks

Chorus

Sleep on now, Sleep and take your rest
Any chance we had has come and slipped away
The hour is at hand
No one stands with the Son of man
Peter, James and John,
Somehow God will find a way

6. It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You When I Snore

It don’t mean I don’t love you
When I snore (Pretty Mama)
Heaven knows that’s what your pillow’s for
If it’s really that important
I’ll sleep out on the floor
But it don’t mean I don’t love you when I snore

You know that you’re the one that I adore
For better or for worse that’s what we swore
You can blame me ‘cuz I’m messy
And curse me ‘cuz I’m poor
But it don’t mean I don’t love you when I snore

Chorus
When I’m stretched out unconscious
You know for goodness sake
I’m really not aware of what I do
Those are just involuntary noises that I make
And every now and then you make them too

Last night you woke me up at ten to four
You said that I was too loud to ignore
You can nudge me lick me even kick me
But just don’t get so sore
It don’t mean I don’t love you when I snore

Chorus

You hear sleeping horses
Through the old barn door
You can hear a sleeping walrus on the shore
Sleeping rattlers rattle
And sleeping lions roar
And it don’t mean I don’t love you when I snore
No it don’t mean I don’t love you when I snore

7. Arise

Like snow from the mountains
As it flows cold and clear
Like the first rays of sunlight
When the morning appears
Like the end of a long sleep
Rubbing your eyes
Open your hearts and arise

Ancient transgressions
Forgiven at last
Love unrequited
A thing of the past
Chains of resentment
Fall to your sides
Open your hearts and arise

Uncertain at first
Feeling your way
Emerge from a realm cold and gray
Take it all in, as a song greets the day

Drink to the freedom
When love finally reins
Drink in the new life
Let it pour through your veins
Drink to the children
Where your happiness lies
Open your hearts and arise
Open your hearts and arise
Open your hearts and arise

8. Jacob’s Song

Last night I fought with an angel
Today I can hardly stand
I’ve come back to win my brother’s heart
Or be buried in this sand

My Dad never spoke with his brother
Til the day my grandfather died
They stood together over his grave
In hatred side by side

Chorus
What kind of curse is bound with this blessing
The wheel spins and stops on my name
Did brother fight brother in time unremembered?
Will I find a way to unravel that pain?
Or fail and repeat it again.

Please keep these gifts my brother
I have more than I need
I believe I can see God smile
As you’re embracing me

Chorus

How can I be free
While he’s consumed with hate towards me?

Two nations fight each other
Older to serve the younger
Until we reconcile our hearts
Both of us will hunger

Chorus

Two nations fight each other
Older to serve the younger
Until we reconcile our hearts
Both of us will hunger

9. Maryland Waltz

When the winds blow your hair in the moonlight
And the stars show the glow of your eyes
In my mind I return to sweet memories that burn
With the passion of hot summer skies
We were walking by Baltimore Harbor
When from somewhere a song could be heard
We paused for a kiss and started to dance
To that magical Maryland Waltz

Was it the mist rolling in off the water?
Or the hint of your subtle perfume
It may never be known,
But there we were all alone
Cheek to cheek ‘neith that Baltimore moon
As we glided on air by the harbor
You traded your dear heart for mine
And as we were swaying the angels were playing
That magical Maryland Waltz.

Oh you nurtured my heart with such kindness
Your love raised me high on a throne
And our happiness multiplied over again
As our children found loves of their own

There are memories
That slip through your fingers
And memories that fade with the years
And memories you hide deep down inside
Until the shame or the pain disappears
But I can still picture Baltimore Harbor
And the dance that we shared long ago
How our love remains strong
With the help of that song
That magical Maryland Waltz.

10. When the Fiddles Start to Play

Mama don’t make no plans tonight
Got a few Jacksons gonna spend ‘em right
Ain’t been out on the town since it snowed in May
Put your lipstick on but don’t take too long
Got to get out on the floor
Before they sing that song
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

My desk is piled high but it can wait
Wanna take my one and only on a long lost date
Gonna leave behind the office
And the bills I have to pay
Grandma’s got the kids they’ll be asleep by nine
We’ll be dancin’ and stompin in time
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

Chorus
When the fiddles start to play
And the crowd goes wild
You got to clap along and you can’t help smile
And it brings back the warmth
And the joys of yesterday
You can dance all night as if time stood still
There’ll be so much fun you can get your fill
When the house is jumpin
And the fiddles start to play

We were bound together the day we met
Love gets better the older we get
Though I fear we’ve lost some moves
Along the way
Just climb into the car and slam that door
Tonight we’re gonna be kids once more
When the house is jumping
And the fiddles start to play

Chorus

11. Rise Again

When the two great towers collapsed – Rise Again
So many souls inside were trapped – Rise Again
Victim and hero fell to their grave
Policeman Fireman strong and brave
We’ll take strength from the lives they gave
And Rise Again

Chorus
Rise again, Rise again
We may be down for now, but
We will rise again
Take away our last dollar
Cut us lower than we’ve ever been
We may be down for now,
But when the sun comes up
We’ll rise again

When the storm blew our city down – Rise Again
When our friends and families drowned –
Rise Again
All we owned lost in the flood
What’s left behind encased in mud
We’ll rebuild with our sweat and blood
And Rise Again

Chorus

When hard times come to call – Rise Again
Though our back’s against the wall – Rise Again
When our very lives are ripped apart
So many offer hand and heart
We’ll stand up and together start to Rise Again

Chorus

12. To Be a Man

There’s a time when a boy becomes a man
And you have to strike out on your own
And whether you win or whether you lose
It all comes down to you and you alone
And all of your family and all of your friends
Stand aside to let you through
And even God looks on holding His breath
To see just what it is you’ve got inside of you

With the strength of your gut
And the sharpness of your mind
To realize the dreams that you pursue
If you resolve with all of your will
You can do whatever you decide to do
And all that you’ve been given – all of your youth
Will shape the earth on which you stand
And deep in your heart there’s a burning light
To help you find your way on shifting sands

Chorus
To be a man,
It means that you can shape the future
If you are noble,
You’ll plant goodness with your hands
If you are strong,
You can give strength to those around you
It’s the purpose of your life, To be a man

And when it seems like the
Entire world’s against you
And a mighty wall of stone stands in your way
And you start to doubt and you lose conviction
And the dreams that you’ve been chasing
Begin to slip away
And all of your choices and all of your chances
Hang in balance before your very eyes
And you dig way down and find the strength
To keep on moving forward
Until you reach the prize

Chorus

And before too long you’ll turn around
And find a woman
Who’ll believe in you and help you on the way
And one by one your sons will take your measure
And one by one the time will come
When each will hear you say

Chorus
13. What Would You Have?

What would you have oh my beloved,
Before you pledge your heart to me?
What would you have, surely I’d give it
If it be mine to give thee
Not for a life of fame or fortune
Though either may come if our lives be true
Not for a life of comfort or leisure
For neither would I marry you.
Fame and wealth with all their trappings
Can’t free the soul or lift the heart to song
A union in pursuit of them is doomed to fail
And surely break apart ere long

What would you have oh my beloved,
Before you pledge your heart to me?
What would you have, surely I’d give it
If it be mine to give thee
Not for a life burning with passion
Though it will come if our lives be true
Not for a life thrown to the winds
For neither would I marry you
Passion and freedom lack substance
To build a foundation deep and strong
A union in pursuit of them is doomed to fail
And surely break apart ere long

What would you have oh my beloved,
Before you pledge your heart to me?
What would you have, surely I’d give it
If it be mine to give thee
A home filled with love where all feel welcome
A lifetime serving others if our lives be true
Circle of friends ever expanding
And your vows to me for mine to you
Side by side together building heaven
Though days be long and all our muscles sore
Our children secure in the love we share
Promise these and I would ask no more

What you desire oh my beloved
Is what I cherish deep within me
What you desire let us create it
With all my faith I pledge my heart to thee.

14. Across a Bering Strait Bridge

Ten thousand years ago, glaciers were melting
The seas rose to cover the bridge
The Artic and Pacific embraced one another
And the whale swam where mammoth once lived
And the Chukchi and Eskimo went separate ways
As the continents drifted apart
And the East and the West
Became two separate worlds
In culture, in spirit, in heart

Once again ice has melted,
The cold war has ended
The world wakes as if from a trance
The Earth’s population begins circulation
With six billion learning to dance
Irresistible oceans of people in motion
Moving as if by the tide
From Alaska to Russia a way will reopen
For travel from side to side

Chorus
Across a Bering Strait Bridge
A highway of Peace
Linking the world as one
Like a river set free
Starting slowly but once it’s begun
From every nation they’ll come
To cross a Bering Strait Bridge

Like the piercing of Panama a century ago
Like sending a man into space
The engines will scream
And the steel will be shaped
And a span will be put into place
And the oldest of myths
Will come true once again
A connection no longer denied
Then like lover to lover the world will go over
The final remaining divide

Chorus

Our sons and our daughters
Like clear running waters
Flowing where deserts once burned
With hope and elation
The peoples and nations
Share new understandings they’ve learned

Chorus

Ten thousand years ago
We were divided
Now it’s time to recover the bridge.