The Truth is What You Know

Itʼs a bomb on a bus in the middle of a hot crowded street
and broken glass in the alley and the children with nothing on their feet
and itʼs all the rebel boys who ainʼt afraid to die
and all the white flags getting hung out to dry
and itʼs the answer to it all that doesnʼt show ʻcause the truth is what you know

Itʼs a color in your mind and the canvas weʼre all working on
and the space between the lines where the night wind whispers in a song
itʼs a temple in the sky, a long sandy beach
and everything you want thatʼs not out of reach
and itʼs the answer to it all that doesnʼt show ʻcause the truth is what you know

the truth is what you know
youʼre gonna get just what you sow go on and go if you can go
ʻcause the truth is what you know

some will bring you water and some will push you down on your face some will bring you answers and some just something new to chase weʼve been turning over stones and trying to find the ring
gonna write it all down like itʼs only one thing

but itʼs the answer to it all that doesnʼt show ʻcause the truth is what you know

From the Fire

from the fire the songs of all our fathers came from the fire to sing with us again
from the fire and on and on weʼll tell this tale from the fire this ship is gonna sail

you made a song for those whoʼve gone something we could carry on
so their voices would be strong
you made a song

and when all of the prophets come to tell our stories one by one
so we donʼt lose what they had won you made a song

from the fire the songs of all our mothers came from the fire to sing with us again
from the fire and on and on weʼll tell this tale from the fire this is gonna sail

now thereʼs been blood and thereʼs been sweat and these are things that we forget
all the sacrifice and yet you made a song
and when money rewrites history

who will we thank for being free itʼs for the ones that we donʼt see you made a song

from the fire the songs of all our people came from the fire to sing with us again
from the fire and on and on weʼll tell this tale from the fire this ship is gonna sail

and for those who go down in the street to vote their bodies mind and feet
these muddy rivers that could meet
you made a song

we could build with what is left
so we donʼt steal our childrenʼs breath to give them what you gave instead you made a song

from the fire these songs for all our children came from the fire to sing with us again
from the fire and on and on weʼll tell this tale
from the fire this ship is gonna sale

Heal My Soul

I could sing you a song about the moon and the stars

Lend a little tune of how we keep on pushing through

Let the music play on through to the break of day

It takes a little music to heal my soul.

While the rivers keep flowing on out to the sea

Mountains rise up casting shadows over me

When the earth starts to shake, gets me down in a hole

It takes a little music to heal my soul

And when the band takes the stand

I ain’t got no other plan

Ain’t no place I’d rather be

I’m just filling up my cup

And you’ve got to give it up

She could set you free

So let’s not pretend that the song has to end

After the show the band is on down the road

If you always keep a song in your heart then you know

It takes a little music to heal my soul.

Yes, if you always keep a song in your heart then you know

It takes a little music to heal my soul.

A little music to heal my soul

All I need

A little music to heal my soul

All I want

A little music to heal my soul

When I wake up in the morning

A little music to heal my soul

When I lay down to take my rest

A little music to heal my soul

I just need a little music

A little music to heal my soul

To heal my soul

A little music to heal my soul

Let the Dream Begin

I guess youʼll never hear this song on the radio about the trouble up in Madison or Cairo
itʼs just another song
a somebody done somebody wrong song

we got people taking chances in the street and all theyʼre asking for is just a little peace oh and Jonnyʼs got a gun
and it looks just like a cell phone

and all night long you can hear it coming round again theyʼre not sitting here waiting
to let the dream begin

the tide will rise
and the tide will fall
like the sun
and the moon we call
it is a flood
and a steady wind
theyʼre not sitting here waiting to let the dream begin

I guess youʼll never hear this song on the radio about the workers that we just had to let go
itʼs just another song
another you win again song

we got people camping out in the street
trying to make it in the land of the free
oh and Jonnyʼs got a gun
and it looks just like they lost his vote
and all night long you can hear it blowing in the wind theyʼre not sitting here waiting

to let the dream begin solo over chorus music

I guess youʼll never hear this song on the radio
until theyʼre coming for your own status quo
oh and oh my my…
then youʼll be standing in the rain and snow
and all night long you can hear it coming round again theyʼre not sitting here waiting

to let the dream begin

chorus
out on…ʼlet the dream beginʼ

We Dreamed of Flying Cars

we dreamed of flying cars
and the riches they would bring we got the cartoons on
and the kids all dance and sing

We dreamed of flying cars and the endless wealth to be to loosen our daily bonds and really set us free

now we’re dancin on the qwerty keys, qwerty keys, qwerty keys dancin on the qwerty keys

now we got the cartoons on all the kids dance and sing with dreams of flying cars and the toys they will bring

but what is all this stuff
it’s like a symphony
I shut the world outside
and I push the QWERTY keys

now we’re dancin on the qwerty keys, qwerty keys, qwerty keys dancin on the qwerty keys
—–
hey it’s just a rat race now

don’t let it get you down
and hey no need to push and shove
come on and rise above (come help me rise above /2nd x) —–
so what is this machine
that drives the money now
it’s tapping on the keys
to show us when and how

will my world thrive
if I tweet about my toes
if I told you about my life well who the hell knows —-
chorus & out

She’ll Wait Until the Time is Right

you can ask her if you want but Iʼm thinkinʼ that sheʼll wait until the time is right you can say itʼs only love like the colors of the sky are just black and white
and like the dust on the moon wonʼt forget her heart is just shadows and light
so you can ask her if you want but Iʼm thinkinʼ that sheʼll wait until the time is right

When youʼre standing on the mountain and you feel a steady rhythm pulling at your heart
And you wander through the night like a ghost and your thoughts are getting torn apart And you feel like a king or maybe itʼs a fool and you donʼt know why

you can ask her if you want but Iʼm thinkinʼ that sheʼll wait until the time is right

Are you bound hand and toe by the sisters that wonʼt let you go and you laugh ʻcause your tears are coming to late
And you burn just to know why she smiles and then turns to go but even half of the truth could save you today

Sheʼll wait

Everybody Gets The Blues Sometime

Hey there, baby. Hey there, mama. I’m feeling fine

I do believe we should sit down and drink this bottle of wine

Lay your burden down to rest and ease your worried mind

Let’s kiss under the moon, make it feel like sunshine

Everybody gets the blues sometime

Back door just sitting in the shade

Well, right now I’m digging you

That is all I want to do

Blues come back another day.

Tough times come and go, It’s just like standing in the rain

I feel a whole lot better when you’re calling out my name

A hard rains gonna fall and you better sink or swim

Gonna build me a life preserver out of all your sweet lovin’.

Everybody gets the blues sometime

Back door just sitting in the shade

Well, right now I’m digging you

That is all I want to do

Blues come back another day.

Well now, honey, I do declare

You’re looking mighty fine

Every time that you walk by

Grapes ripen on the vine

Swing just like a willow tree

Rings upon your hands and feet

Kiss me with those lips so lush

Gonna make them flowers blush

Everybody gets the blues sometime

Back door just sitting in the shade

Well, right now I’m digging you

That is all I want to do

Blues come back another day.

Well, right now I’m digging you

That is all I want to do

Blues come back another day.

Nobody Drinks if the Bottle’s Dry

can you bring a little something we can share youʼll know when and youʼll know where
iʼll tell you the truth and itʼs no lie
nobody drinks if the bottleʼs dry

hey now
hey my my
nobody drinks if the bottleʼs dry

itʼs half past now if youʼre not here you canʼt canʼt drive if you donʼt steer you can dance or you can hide
but nobody drinks if the bottleʼs dry

gonna take a little trip around the sun this bright blue ball is our only one gonna fill it on up and make it shine ʻcause nobody drinks if the bottleʼs dry

all we ever wanted to be
was living now
wild and free
so go on and spread your wings and fly ʻcause nobody drinks if the bottleʼs dry

Let’s Stay Together

the day was hot
hear the crickets crickinʼ
down in the tall grass where the lovers lay oh baby baby, wonʼt you let your hair down come on baby wonʼt you stay

standing on the corner of this old town standing by the come and go
standing one more more time at the crossroads

the streets they are jumping
but I donʼt hear a thing
thereʼs nothing in my heart to stop this ring

oh come on baby letʼs stay together come on now letʼs stick it out

the sun is sinking
down into the tall trees
and that old blue moon is cominʼ up letʼs go out walkinʼ down to the station down to the dance hall
and really really shake it up

baby baby baby oh the sun is sittinʼ low come on baby you know I wonʼt go

Village Foliage

By Shelby Snow ©2009                     

Here in this village tonight

We will celebrate the fight

All good people gather ‘round

Cause this is where it all comes down

Tiptoe through the garden’s row

But tumble through the weeds

Gently till the soil you know

And careful with those seeds

Perhaps this time we’ll get it right

A balance between the darkness and the light

Try to keep it in the ground

But fly away to the sound

We must try with all our might

To stand up our lines drawn tight

It’s not time to clown (or clone) around

Go toe to toe, go pound for even pound

Celebrate Today

how long before the band strikes up another number how long before the music starts to play
how long before our eyes again are full of wonder how long before we celebrate today
how long, how long till this train is leaving how long before our ship is under way
till our eyes are full of wonder
the lightning and the thunder
how long before we celebrate today

can I have this dance
if I missed the one before
will you tell me everything before I leave the floor
if I live a hundred lifetimes
and dream a thousand more
will you still be standing there when I open up the door

hey hey…

Iʼve seen your crooked smile and Iʼve seen your scars
and Iʼve been hungry for you right from the start
Iʼll be the moonlight…Iʼll be the moonlight…Iʼll be the moonlight dancing with your broken heart

how long, how long…

down the river to the endless sea
down the road to where youʼd rather be
while the dawn is ever breaking, and dancing with your dreams weʼll kick this hard luck and get up off our knees

how long, how long…

down the river to the endless sea
down the road to where youʼd rather be where the dawn is dancing with your dreams weʼll kick this hard luck and get up on our feet

solo…head vocal with stops…hey hey, hey hey….

7th Ocean

Out on the delta in the long hot day
cool waterʼs got nothin to say
skippin stones on a summer breeze time goes by and we do what we please thunder clouds are rollin up
high on the mountain like the promise of love she could heal me when I bleed
and show me signs that I never heed

she is like the 7th ocean
a free wind that will never sleep she is like a dream in motion
a big muddy river deep

All the hustlers in the market place Colors blowin up in my face
I hear a voice saying walk away youʼll be sorry boy if you stay

but thereʼs no telling what a fool might do to catch a fire for a minute or two
she could walk away and make me plead she could give you everything you need

she is like the 7th ocean
a free wind that will never sleep
she is like a dream in motion
a big muddy river deep

Sheʼll make you think of wine and roses
and she doesnʼt care if the devil knows it
all night (long?) you can hear the wind blow
but itʼs got nothin on the storm your heart knows

Hallelujah One More Time

see how the birds still sing when youʼre down and the moon still dances in the sky
see how tomorrow comes and turns you around to sing hallelujah one more time

and when you think that you have broken everything you can and crossed every line
see how youʼre still getting one more chance
to sing hallelujah one more time

when this bridge doesnʼt seem quite long enough and the waterʼs deep and wide
and the fight that youʼre in is just too rough
to sing hallelujah one more time

come down, come down to the water now come lay your hand in mine
weʼll laugh and cry, and make a joyful sound and sing hallelujah one more time

iʼll be here later when you call
just to tell you that youʼre mine
to pick you up again when you fall and sing hallelujah one more time

see how the colors are all there for you and how the music finds the rhyme
see how our wounds will be healing soon if we sing hallelujah one more time

see how the birds still sing when weʼre down and the sun is dancing in the sky
see how tomorrow comes and turns you around to sing hallelujah one more time

come down, come down to the water now come lay your hand in mine
weʼll laugh and sing, and make a joyful sound and sing hallelujah one more time

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