Time to Fly

1. REAL BIG LOVE
2. BREATHE
3. TIME TO FLY
4. LAND OF THE FREE
5. WITH YOUR HEARTBEAT
6. BERNICE & BERNADETTE
7. HENRY
8. THE BOXER & THE BEAUTY QUEEN
9. THE DAY WE BURIED MAMA (& COUSIN BOBBY JOE GOT WED)
10. I WILL NOT BE BROKEN
11. CLOSER TO GOD
12. FALLING

Lyrics are in order of track listing. Scroll down to see them all

REAL BIG LOVE

What I like about a life, this life, my life is: it’s nobody’s business
And if you wanna love a man, woman, human being, you follow your heart and then
Maybe it’s a mistake, an earthquake milkshake
Oh but maybe it’s a love, a big love, a real love yeah
Crashing like a wave into the ocean
Stay in the game, keep your heart in motion for love a real big love

I was born a little off, too soft, like waffles mushy and syrupy
Just a funny kind of girl in the big world, with some big dreams, never afraid because
I could see the moonlight, each night so bright
I was looking for a love, big love, real love yeah
Crashing like a wave into the ocean
Stay in the game, keep your heart in motion for love, real big love

And the day you came along ping pong went my heart, up like an air balloon
I was floating down the street, ten feet off the ground, I felt like a movie star
I don’t have to tell you, and it’s true fondue
Hey I finally found a love, big love, real love yeah
Crashing like a wave into the ocean
Stay in the game, keep your heart in motion for love, a real big love

 

BREATHE

When hearts really break, it all feels not worth it
Once I stopped eating for weeks
But thanks to that Mr. Wrong, I wrote my first love song
Funny sometimes what it takes
Cause we never stop hoping, we rip ourselves open
Finally finding a way to

Breathe, breathe it all in, even thru hard times, don’t ever stop
Just breathe, breathe it all in, open your heart wide, drink every last drop

And we lost her in May, yeah May was a hard month
Mother’s Day killed me for years
But you learn to hold on to all kinds of memories
So no one you love disappears
She’s maybe that bird now, maybe that rain cloud, maybe that song on the wind

Breathe, breathe it all in, even thru hard times, don’t ever stop
Just breathe, breathe it all in, open your heart wide, drink every last drop

Even a tough night ends with a sunrise
Crimson and gold on the horizon
Even a hail storm can end with a rainbow
Leaving me trembling, wondering can we

Breathe, breathe it all in, even thru hard times, don’t ever stop
Just breathe, breathe it all in, open your heart wide, drink every last drop

 

TIME TO FLY

Take her over to the water
Give her over to the sky
And there’s nothing more you’ll have to do
It was just her time to fly

Snow comes only for the winter
Songbirds when the sun is high
And the moon spins round the earth and stars
And we all must learn to fly

Rivers carve through rock and stone
Love can shape a heart
Love can hold a memory
You’ll never be apart

Take her over to the water
Give her over to the sky
It’s an old old path, but we’ll find the way
When it comes our time to fly
It was just her time to fly

 

LAND OF THE FREE

 

He deserved it. Standing there, acting un-American
With his sign that held his wrong opinion
If I had my way they’d all be gone
‘Cause this is our land
Ever since we took it from the Indians
Now we can’t go letting all these people in
If I had my way we’d build that wall

I believe in liberty
No one better disagree
If you do, you’ll have to deal with me
Watch your back in the land of the free

Me and my neighbors talk.
We’ve all been out of work since 18 months ago
One says all the work went off to Mexico.
The other says they come and steal our jobs
And the night gets pitch black
And all I know by god I want my country back
I feel like a dog caught in a bear trap
Cornered with my back against a wall

I believe in liberty
How could anybody disagree
But then these politicians shake my hand and lie to me
Watch your back in the land of the free

I’ve worked all my life without no handout
Now there ain’t no work that I can find
And every broken promise, just makes them more dishonest
And Lord, I just feel angry all the time

I believe in liberty tho these days it’s getting really hard to see
And it’s impossible to tell who’s the real enemy
watch your back in the land of the free

 

WITH YOUR HEARTBEAT

Tick tock, the bedroom clock it’s 4am I’m awake again
I wish I wasn’t lying here worrying bout everything that’s never gonna happen
My mind is a sea I’m drowning

Your breath, your rhythm, you just draw me in like oxygen
and maybe I can rest again, there’s peace within your presence
when you’re sleeping my love

Dream on a little longer for me now
When my sirens sound,
Too much hurrying, midnight worrying
You hold back the trouble with your heartbeat
When my sirens sound, and I’m lying in cold anxiety
You hold back the trouble with your heartbeat

That moon, it’s rising now it’s funny how there’s light surrounding
everything but yet we know the moon is dark
It’s just a star’s reflection of light

My soul I turn to you, I run to you, I run to you
You’ll always be my remedy
reflecting back the peace I lack
You pull me, my love

 

BERNICE & BERNADETTE

 

Bernice and Bernadette, remember when they met
It was nineteen hundred seventeen and they had just begun the second grade
They made playground penny drops, and trips to ice cream shops
And two girls holding hands wasn’t scandalous at all, not at that age

And how I love you so they’d say
Playing make-believe and far away
They were pirates back in dragon times
Or prince and princess valentines

And cross your heart and hope to die
Childhood days fly quickly by
And sailing knots and sewing thread
Would bind Bernice and Bernadette

Bernice and Bernadette shared a cigarette
Hiding safe behind the high school gym, the day before they’d finally graduate
Then one last lake-side walk, full of laughter as they’d talk
And two girls holding hands wasn’t scandalous at all, not in those days

And how I love this time with you
And why can’t I find a guy like you
But further things were left unsaid
Between Bernice and Bernadette

Like oh I’ll miss you desperately
And it feels like you were made for me
And I was first to realize
How the moonlight fills your eyes

One college girl one blushing bride
Swept along in life’s quick tide
But neither one would ever forget
Bernice and Bernadette

No remorse but some regret
Bernice and Bernadette

 

HENRY

Henry, Why don’t you call me (I would not)
Cause you any complication, you might have a reservation
But we won’t tell the congregation, we’ll keep this quiet darlin’
Henry I know you like me
I’m only asking for your invitation
I can make your situation good

You hit this diner every morning at nine
I have your coffee ready every time
You got them eyes make a girl’s knees quiver
I ain’t no model, but I ain’t chopped liver
I’m still pretty but I’m showin’ my age
It’s hard livin’ on a waitress wage
Henry darlin if you just would listen
Let me tell all about what you been missin

Henry, Why don’t you call me
How many times you need an explanation, I don’t like this hesitation
I’m at work you’re on vacation, I see you watch me
Henry I know you like me
I’m only asking for your invitation
I can make your situation good
You love my biscuits and my apple pie
I got more specialties that you should try
I’m being forward, Lord I know that’s true (but)
A girl could whither waitin’ round for you, lord have mercy

Henry, Why won’t you call me (you got my)
Poor old heart a sorely achin’, this is true love in the makin’
You could bring home all the bacon, I’ll be your dream girl
Henry I know you’d like me, I’m only asking for your invitation, I can make your situation
I don’t like this hesitation, I can make your situation
We won’t tell the congregation
Let me make your situation good

 

THE BOXER & THE BEAUTY QUEEN

 

The boxer and the beauty queen met on channel seventeen
Each did feel a spark become a flame
Then backstage at that cable show, they talked to pass the time and so
The queen inquired about the boxer’s game

I hit ‘em hard and hit ‘em fast, I slay ‘em with a single blast
You know I’m gonna win this match tonight
The boxer eyed the queen and said, you’ve got some fire, with hair that red
I bet I could teach you how to fight

(you) Feel the boom boom boom
In your heart heart heart heart
Pound ‘em strong and keep it clean
Said the boxer to the beauty queen

The queen then tossed her auburn hair,
Ten months she’d been Miss Delaware
She said yeah I’m full of strength within
And I’ve won fights outside your ring,
cause beauty’s not an easy thing
And I bet I could teach you how to win

(you) Feel the boom boom boom
In your heart heart heart
Then you’re half-way there
It’s a real good start
Feel the boom boom boom
Let it keep you mean
Flash a smile and steal the scene
Then they crown you beauty queen

She said I’ve always longed to see the islands
And have a strong man hold me while we dance
And you know, you could throw this fight and we’d get lots of cash tonight
The boxer, well he never stood a chance

The story ends unfortunately at the penitentiary
Where the boxer’s paying for his crime
The queen made off with all the cash
She left him when the cop lights flashed
Now the boxer’s serving out his time

With a boom boom boom
In his heart heart heart
Yeah, he wants her still but she’s
long gone, long gone

Boom boom boom
It’s more dangerous by far
Anytime there’s heat between
A boxer and a beauty queen
Mixing fire and gasoline
The boxer and the beauty queen

 

THE DAY WE BURIED MAMA (& COUSIN BOBBY JOE GOT WED)

The day we buried mama we were feeling pretty low
But the preacher checked his watch because he had some place to go
Cause our second cousin bobby was gettin’ married that same day
And we had no invitation
Just a dubious relation
But sometimes you need family so we showed up anyway

Life is just a wheel spinning round and round
Someone’s getting’ married someone else goes in the ground
We move along, carry on, that’s what the preacher said
The day we buried mama, and cousin Bobby Joe got wed (2x)

That tiny country church was filled with love and friendly smiles
The happy couple kissed and made their way back down the aisle
We had never met this cousin to my recollection
But he shook hands with my brother
Said “sorry ‘bout your mother”
And we said “congratulations” and we drove to his reception

We felt weird, cause we had never been
At a party full of strangers who also were our kin
(But it) SURE was hard to keep on feeling blue
With ice cold beer and a hog-pit bar-b-que

“Can you keep a secret?” my brother softly said
“Angela’s expecting, we’re not telling people yet”
Angela’s expecting, yeah the baby’s due in May
And as I hugged my brother
I thought about our mother
And we raised a glass for those who pass and those who’re on the way
So raise a glass for those who pass and those who’re on the way

 

I WILL NOT BE BROKEN

Are you done? Is it over?
Sun is rising now to warm this chill
And the sky, it’s a brilliant blue and gold
And you’ve taken half my heart, but the other half is beating still

Come at me harder with all your might
Come at me cold like a thief in the night
Come at me crazy with fire in your eyes
I will not be broken

Hear the dove, hear the sparrow
Singing sad for the mess we’ve made
For a moment, all is calm, all is peaceful
Then the sirens start again, and it’s a battle ground, fire away

Come at me harder with all your might
Come at me cold like a thief in the night
Come at me crazy with fire in your eyes
I will not be broken

I’ll run deep, like an ocean
I’ll be strong, like a mountain now (so)

Come at me harder with all your might
Come at me cold you’re a thief in the night
Come at me crazy with fire in your eyes
I will not be broken

 

CLOSER TO GOD

Little white church with a tall ol’ steeple
Open the door and where’s all the people?
They went outside to get just a little closer to God

Sunday morning if the sun is shining
We can go for a hike or go mountain climbing
Head outside we’ll get just a little closer to God

Hear a choir of birds singing to ya
You can hum along, the tune is Allelujah
A patch of green is all we’re needin’
We’ll find our own little garden of Eden

Far from the traffic, horns and sirens
Breathe in the air and the  silence
Head outside and get just a little closer to God

Don’t you love those ocean breezes
Or we can walk thru the desert just like Jesus
Sunset skies are our cathedrals
We don’t need a church with a steeple

But little white church now don’t get jealous
God’s everywhere so the good book tells us
Head outside you get just a little closer
Head outside before your life is over (gotta)
Head outside and get just a little closer to God

 

FALLING

I was just a little girl
You were everything to me
Every handsome prince
In the storybooks you’d read
I was just your little girl
And the world was so brand new
Wonderous and strange
I was learning it from you

And the leaves were falling
Yellow red and gold, I wasn’t very old but I remember
How The leaves were falling
It was over way too fast, but that’s how seasons pass I’d learn
I’d learn

Now so many years have gone
And like broken china plates
The family’s in pieces
We move in figure 8’s
But the yearning is the same
Oh and Just like way back then
Dreams with tattered edges
Come raining down again

And the leaves were falling
Yellow red and gold, I wasn’t very old but I remember
How The leaves were falling
It was over way too fast, but that’s how seasons pass
Yeah that’s how seasons pass, that’s how it goes
And the leaves were falling
I wanted you to stay, but then you walked away, I remember
How leaves were falling
It was over way too fast, but that’s how seasons pass I’ve learned
I’ve learned