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Sydney

I met a woman in Sydney who looked like cigarette smoke

Her hair was colored with memories and her mouth with a joke

Said “I don’t care for the opera, they might start singing off key

no no no, the opera’s not for me

 

She held tight to her coffee as we walked by the bay

She told me she’d moved from Brooklyn, and with her thoughts on parade

I asked “What brought you to Sydney?” She told me “Love brought me here,

oh, I have a story my dear

 

As we sat by the harbor, she slowly unpacked her life

Once a prophet of romance, later two times a wife

Said “My heart, it was broken, so I broke hearts in return

Then I crashed and burned

 

See, I lost two men to history, one was shot in the war

The other’s raising my children after I ran out the door

Oh and sometimes you lose love, sometimes you throw it away

And I’ve thrown it away

Oh my dear, my dear, never throw love away

In the Bell Tower

Why are you inventing all this trouble, finding problems in your cards?

Life is not as easy as we thought, but it’s also not as hard

The sky is never ever going to crumble, the roof will catch its fall

Luckily our love is strong enough, because it’s holding up the walls

 

Don’t you hear God in the bell tower, He’s calling out our names

He says this life is going to cost us, all of our ambition and our fame

He’s still holding up the world, we can carry our small part

Oh send peace into this heart

 

I’m sorry that you’re feeling so neglected, we’re filling up the holes

It seems to me these jobs they feed our mouths but they do not feed our souls

It’s easy to keep shouting from the pulpit, it’s time to go outside

Why are we pretending that we’re dead when we know that were alive?

 

Don’t you hear God in the sunset, our futures in the clouds

He’s saying all you have to do is take my hand, for crying out loud

He’s still holding up the world, we can carry our small part

Oh send peace into this heart

 

Don’t you hear God in the bell tower, He’s calling out our names

He says this life is going to cost us, all of our ambition and our fame

He’s still holding up the world, we can carry our small part

Oh send peace into this heart

Father and Son

I was just a simple boy, 

didn’t know much of anything

‘Til my father sat me down, 

and explained to me everything

He said son, my father was flawed, he obeyed such a selfish deed

But he turned to the grace of God, and his ransomed soul was freed

 

I was just a simple teen, 

growing up just the best I could

‘Til my father sat me down, 

showed me love ’til I understood

He said son, I’m not a perfect man, I don’t know much of anything

But I’m trying the best I can, I work hard so that you can sing

 

Now I’m just a simple man, 

I don’t know much of anything

But someday I’ll sit my son down, 

and explain to him everything

I’ll say son, my father was strong, he loved me more than anything

Now I see how to love like him, and someday you will love like me

Heartstrings

A boy walks, his footprints stuck in the sand,

Well he goes too far and becomes a man

Fatherhood is a poetry 

Where the son follows that boy’s wandering feet

 

A hospital is an ironic place

Where joy is hard on a solemn face

In a crowded room a brave man loses his fight

But across the hall a baby breathes first life

 

Oh show me why, why the good die young

And show me why, a father loves his son

Show me why, why we start at a crawl

Show me why, why love is worth it all

 

A soldier’s wounded on the battle lines

In freedoms pulse he watches comrades die

That boy lies in the medic’s wing

Wondering why heavens birds still sing

 

The demons played with my heart today

As the angels took my grandfather away

They say when I was born he welled up with pride

God must have done the same when he reached the other side

 

Show me why, these moments tug heart strings

Show me why, the angel needs its wings

Show me why, we always seem to fall

Show me why, why love is worth it all

Aria

I told you that you would be fine

That’s what I said before I met you 

But now you’re running out of time

Just know that I could not forget you

 

The darkness came into the room

As walls are closing in around me

It seems that you are leaving soon

But I know your hearts already found me

 

My lovely one

 

You told me it would be alright 

That you can go along without me 

God knows that we put up a fight

One day your arms will be around me

 

My lovely one

 

Swing wide you selfish gates of heaven

Return my lovely back to me 

These tears are running from my eyes

We’ll have to wait ’til paradise 

 

Oh, my lovely one

Love Ballad Part 2

I believe it’s written in an ancient song

That our words mean nothing if our hearts are wrong

I could bark for hours up a useless tree

But it won’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me

 

I could walk for decades ’til my feet are numb

Through the wilderness where the rivers run

I could brave the desert and the valley

But it won’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me

 

I could court a woman, give her lovely things

Tell her she’s my soul mate and propose a ring

We could walk the shoreline of a perfect sea

But it won’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me

 

I could win the battle, I could win the war

I could be a hero that’s worth fighting for

I could storm the beaches, set the captives free

But it won’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me

 

I could walk on water and fulfill the script

I could feed the sinners and call out hypocrites

I could claim perfection, die upon a tree

But it won’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me, no it don’t mean nothing if there’s no love in me