Song Page

Here are songs. Music is such a big part of my life, I couldn't NOT have a page devoted to it. Following are songs that have some meaning for me, and songs I just plain like. I'll try to arrange them in something resembling an order, but don't bet on anything. I will also try to give credit where credit is due, but if you see some question marks now and then, have patience. Now, read. Someday I'll get sound clips...

Sentimental Journey
Origin: ?
Lyrics & music: Bud Green, Les Brown, and Ben Homer

Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories

Got my bag, got my reservation
Spent each dime I could afford
Like a child in wild anticipation
Long to hear that "All aboard"

Seven, that's the time we leave, at seven
I'll be waitin' up for heaven
Countin' every mile of railroad track
That takes me back

Never thought my heart could be so yearny
Why did I decide to roam?
Gotta take that sentimental journey
Sentimental journey home

Sentimental journey!

The Sound of Silence
Origin: CD "Sounds of Silence"
Lyrics & music: Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence"

Fare Thee Well Love
Origin: CD "North Country"
Lyrics: Jimmy Rankin
Music: Jimmy Rankin

Voice 1 (male):
Fare thee well, love, fare thee well, love!
Far away you must go.
Take your heart, love, take you heart, love!
Will we never meet again no more?

Voice 2 (female):
Far across, love, far across, love!
O'er the mountains and country wide
Take my heart, love, take my heart, love!
No one knows the tears I've cried.

Chorus (both):
So I'll drink today, love,
I'll sing to you, love.
In pauper's glory my time I'll bide,
No home or ties, love, a restless rover
If I can't have you by my side.

Voice 1:
Oh come back, love, oh come back, love!
The sun and moon refuse to shine.

Voice 2:
Since I've gone, love, gone away, love
This lonely girl has had no peace of mind.


Voice 1 & 2:

Fare thee well, love, fare thee well, love
Far away you must go.
Take my heart, love, take your heart, love!
Will we never meet again no more?
Will we never meet again no more?

Origin: CD "Solitude Standing"
Lyrics: Suzanne Vega
Music: Suzanne Vega & Michael Visceglia

If language were liquid
It would be rushing in
Instead here we are
In a silence more eloquent
Than any word could ever be

These words are too solid
They don't move fast enough
To catch the blur in the brain
That flies by and is gone

I'd like to meet you
In a timeless
Placeless place
Somewhere out of context
And beyond all consequences

Let's go back to the building
On Little West Twelfth
It is not far away
And the river is there
And the sun and the spaces are all laying low
And we'll sit in the silence
That comes rushing in and is gone

I won't use words again
They don't mean what I meant
They don't say what I said
They're just the crust of the meaning
With realms underneath
Never touched
Never stirred
Never even moved through

If language were liquid
It would be rushing in
Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent
Than any word could ever be

And it's gone

Origin: musical play "Jekyll & Hyde"
Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse
Music: Frank Wildhorn

There's a face that we wear
In the cold light of day -
It's society's mask,
It's society's way,
And the truth is
That it's all a fašade!

There's a face that we hide
Till the nighttime appears,
And what's hiding inside,
Behind all of our fears,
Is our true self,
Locked inside the fašade!

Every day
People, in their own sweet way,
Like to add a coat of paint,
And be what they ain't!

That's how our little -
Game is played,
Livin' like a masquerade
Actin' a bizarre charade -
While playing the saint!

But there's one thing I know,
And I know it for sure:
This disease that we've got
Has got no ready cure!
And I'm certain
Life is terribly hard -
When your life's a fašade!

Look around you!
I have found
You cannot tell, by lookin' at the surface,
What is lurkin' there beneath it!
See that face
Now, I'm prepared to bet you,
What you see's not what you get -
'Cause man's a master of deceit!

So, what is the sinister secret?
The lie he will tell you is true? -
It's that each man you meet
In the street
Isn't one man but two!

Nearly everyone you see -
Like him an' her,
An' you, an' me -
Pretends to be
A pillar of society -
A model for propriety -
An' piety -
Who shudders at the thought
Of notoriety!

The ladies an' gents 'ere before you -
Which none of 'em ever admits -
May 'ave saintly looks -
But they're sinners an' crooks!


There are preachers who kill!
There are killers who preach!
There are teachers who lie!
There are liars who teach!
Take yer pick, dear -
'Cause it's all a fašade!

If we're not one, but two,
Are we evil or good?
Do we walk the fine line -
That we'd cross if we could?
Are we waiting -
To break through the fašade?

One or two
Might look kinda well-to-do -
Hah! They're bad as me an' you,
Right down their boots!

I'm inclined to think -
Half mankind
Thinks the other half is blind!
Wouldn't be surprise to find -
They're all in cahoots!

At the end of the day,
They don't mean what they say,
They don't say what they mean,
They don't ever come clean -
And the answer -
Is it's all a fašade!
Is it's all a fašade!
Man is not one, but two,
He is evil and good,
An' he walks the fine line
We'd all cross if we could!

It's a nightmare -
We can never discard -
So we stay on our guard -
Though we love the fašade -
What's behind the fašade?
Look behind the fašade!

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In Western Lands Beneath the Sun
Origin: book The Lord of the Rings
Lyrics: J. R. R. Tolkien
Music: Unknown; performed by William Nye

In western lands beneath the Sun
  the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
  the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
  and swaying beeches bear
the Elven-stars as jewels white
  amid their branching hair.

Though here at journey's end I lie
  in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
  beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
  and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
  nor bid the Stars farewell.

Savory, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Origin: "Six Songs of Early Canada"
Composer: Donald Patriquin

Pray can you buy me an acre or more,
Savory, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
Between the wide ocean and the seashore?
And then you can be a true lover of mine.

Pray can you plow it with one ram's horn,
Savory, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
And sow it all over with one peppercorn?
And then you can be a true lover of mine.

Pray can you reap it with a sickle of leather,
Savory, sage, rosemary,and thyme,
And tie it all up with one peacock's feather?
And then you can be a true lover of mine.

Now you have asked of me these questions three,
And now it is my turn to ask three of thee.

Pray can you make me a fine cambric shirt,
Savory, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
Without any seam and all needlework?
And then you can be a true lover of mine.

Pray in yon brook can you wash it and wade,
Savory, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
Where water ne'er flowed since earth it was made?
And then you can be a true lover of mine.

Pray can you dry it on yonder sweet thorn,
Savory, sage, rosemary, and thyme,
Where blossom ne'er bloomed since Adam was born?
Then you can be a true lover of mine!

[ Program Participants Translations & Text ]

When I Hear Music
Origin: Warner Bros. Publications U.S. Inc.
Lyrics & music: Michael G. Martin

I hear music in the wind.
It wakens me to sing
a song of love and beauty,
a melody, a symphony.

I feel music in my heart.
Every song I sing,
it carries me to yesterday,
a lulaby, a memory.

There are so many songs unsung,
so much hope to bring.
You've set my life to music.
I'll sing on. (3x)

You've left an imprint,
you've left an imprint on my heart.

You have taught me how to love.
You have taught me how to live
a life that's filled with music,
a passion yet to give.

When I hear laughter,
when I hear singing,
when I hear music,
I think of you.

Sure On This Shining Night
Origin: Permit Me Voyage, "Description of Elysium"
Words: James Agee
Music: Samuel Barber

Sure on this shinging night
Of star-made shadows round,
Silence must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder,
wand'ring far alone,
Of shadows on the stars.

Like a Shining Light
Origin: Somerset Press, Carol Stream, Illinois
Lyrics: Roger G. Lentz
Music: Roger G. Lentz

Like a shining light,
Like a shining light,
I, like a shining light,
will brighten the world,
will brighten the world.


Brighten the lonely with friendship,
Brighten the painful with comfort,
Brighten the anger with calmness,
Brighten despair with hope.

Brighten the taking with giving,
Brighten the doubting with trusting,
Brighten the evil with goodness,
Brighten the hatred with love!

Like a shining light,

If it isn't mine, it belongs to someone else. If it isn't someone else's, it belongs to me.

This page last updated 10.13.05