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A simple love song

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the lines around your smiling eyes
the scent of your sweet kiss
your hand in mind
your silly side
your strength and your tenderness
boy you're something else
nothing else I have ever seen
and I want to thank you here and now
for being with me
cuz i like to be with you
you show me light
you make me smile
you do this so easily
my playmate
my soulmate
you've taken my breath away
boy you make me feel like nobody else
and i wanna feel that everyday
thanks for coming my way
cuz i like to be with you

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A song about going for your dreams, dancing to your own beat, going against the grain, being your unique, complex self.

Lyrics

How r u gonna win
When you’re not good enough
When you’re not smart enough
Tell me tell me
Who are you gonna fool
When you’re not light enough
When you’re not dark enough
Tell me tell me
Why are u tryin this
When you’re not old enuf
When you’re not young enough
Tell me tell me
What r u gonna do
When you’re not this enuf
When you’re not that enuf
Tell me tell me
Negativity don’t phase me
I gotta be strong
Self- doubting only makes me
Wanna prove me wrong
I could chase the rain
Until I hold it in my hand
I could sift for diamonds
Under  moonlight in the sand
I could make a certainty
into a game of chance
I could chase the rain
But would you ever understand?
How are you gonna win
When you sit back & wait
Or underestimate
Tell me Tell me
Who are you gonna fool
Takin the easy route
The path of quiet doubt
Tell me tell me
Why are you tryin this
You keep on asking me
Can you defer your dream
Tell me tell me
What are you gonna do
When all the years are gone
And you’ve found out you’re wrong
Tell me Tell me
I got myself the golden ticket
Found the goose with the golden egg
Breakin through to the other side
Playing unafraid

 

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Song about wanting to be a better human in the world.

Lyrics

 

It’s another one of those days
Where I am feeling all nasty and crazed
I gotta monkey strapped onto my back
He’s feeding on the negative crap
I just cut that SUV off
I’m all uptight cuz I’m in a rush
Evil eyes at human delay
Heavy sighin’ in public places

Chorus: Ooh make me do right

Why’m I always feeling this way
Like every move I make is a mistake
I don’t want to want what I don’t have
Don’t wanna stay familiar with sad
I wanna be the light in your eyes
I wanna be the pleasant surprise
I wanna give me seat up on a bus
I wanna be the one you can trust

Chorus: Ooh make me do right

Jealousy, release me
Self-pity, release me
Apathy, release me
Lethargy, release me

I’m gonna put my past up on a shelf
Gonna be at peace with myself
Gonna be the Queen of Letting Go
Gonna know what I already know

 

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Song inspired by an EPIC night out I had with my girlfriends, who, incidentally, sing on this track with me! (J'Nae and Michele Moreno).  Written with all of my girlfriends in mind, since I LOVE me my chick-bonding !!

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I can’t wait for this Friday Night
All my girls are comin out
And we’re gonna be a freaky sight
Gonna dress up to the Nines
Every one of you Pop stars is gonna wanna step aside
Let me share our attitude: It’s all about the bond
We’re not trying to pick up dudes
You can smile but best to back off
We’ll laugh so hard it aches and analyze our crazy lives
There’s no better way to spend an evening of my life

I got my ladies, ladies ladies! (Girls Night Out)

Raise a glass to my sister friends
Feel ferklempt in the moment
Filled with thanks and Cosmopolitans
Then we’ll break out into a song
4 -part harmony melts away whatever could be wrong
Let me share out attitude: It’s all about the bond
We’re not trying to exclude
You can join us on our world tour
Dancing in the streets
And showing off for all to see
I’m so cool because these divas are a part of me

 (repeat chorus)

Beautiful. Wonderful. Hysterical.
You are, you are…

So I’m waiting in a line in the Ladies Room
Look around at all the girls so fine
Some would choose to be aloof
But it’s so much more fun
To strike up conversation
Let me share a piece of gum
Or compliment your dress (Girl, you look good!)
I’ll give you self-love advice
A therapeutic mini love-fest
Strut your stuff girlfriend
Enjoy the rest of your night out
I just hope you’ve got what I’ve got on this Friday night…

written by Ali Handal

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This is a cover of my favorite Ali Handal song...

written by Gordon Sumner

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A Police cover I can relate to...

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A song about racial unity, written with two talented inner city youths from Columbus Ohio, vocalist/rapper/producer, Apryl Dillard and the rapper known as "One International"

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Sometimes the love is hard to find
You can’t see rainbows in black and white
When first impressions are based in hate
An open mind is D.O.A.

Give me your hand my brother
Give me your hand my sister
I am you You are me We are one

What’s it gonna take to say such words?
Love is hard to fake and there are scars
People choose their sides and then they make their judgments upon high
And you say that’s that’s the way the world is
That’s the way the world is
But if that’s the way the world is
I’m gonna choose the side of Oneness

I can’t tell you why I feel this way
Can’t even say that I was brought up that way
I just know it deep in my soul
And I pray the day will come when we all will know 

Written by J. Green, Apryl Dillard, and the rap artist known as "One International"

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A song about a very special girl I met on the NY subway. She was friendly, outgoing, full of life, totally unencumbered by the codes of city life, age or race prejudice.

Lyrics

She was young, maybe fourteen
With braces and a nose ring
She sat by me, in the subway
We were waiting for the 1 Train
She could not contain her glee
She just bought a new CD
She thought she'd share the news with me
Unlike the others
She was unencumbered
I admit it, for a minute
I thought she might have a screw loose
To've begun this, conversation
As if we’d be friends forever, yeah well…
She could not contain her glee
She just bought his new cd
She thought she'd share the news with me
Unlike the others
She was unencumbered

She didn't play by the big city rules
Don't talk to strangers, don't look like a fool
She didn't hide a single inch of her soul
Pure gold

See this girl, she was different
She wasn't bothered by difference
There we stood, on a full train
And when her stop came the girl waved
How lucky of me to see
This girl's sweet humanity
She thought she'd share a piece with me
Unlike the others
She was unencumbered

She was young, maybe fourteen
With braces and a nose ring
She sat by me, in the subway
It was … a better day than yesterday…

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Ever been in a relationship with someone who had definite rules and needs about being in relationship, but never shared them with you? Makes it tough to love them, no? And rather frustrating, heartbreaking, etc...

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So you’re not Superstar
You’re so close but there’s no cigar
Will you come completely clean?
Will you help me sift through this debris (and)
Show me how to love you
Cuz I just want to learn
I think I could learn…

You keep saying it’s just too hard
Way too soon to take up arms
And maybe we weren’t meant to be
But maybe nothing’s mean to be
So be with me (and)

(Repeat Chorus)

Do you think I could learn?
Do want me to learn?
Cuz I think I could learn
I think I could learn…

(Repeat Chorus)

Do you think I could learn?
Do want me to learn?
Do you think that I’d be good?
Do want me to be good to you?
And will we be deliberate?
Or will we be unconscious?
Are you gonna tell the truth?|
‘Cuz I think I want the truth from you
And I know you think I’m needy
Well maybe you’re too moody!
Do you think we’ll ever change?
Am I gonna heal your pain?
Will you ever open up?

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One of those admittedly bitter songs you write about an ex. Otherwise known as the "Asshole" song.

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There’s no reason you should be on my mind
So insignificant, a waste of time
Thought I’d done all my crying
But I just heard you’re seeing somebody new
And now I must admit this pacifist is feeling violent
Aren’t you still a chauvinist
Totally selfish and high maintenance
Shouldn’t you have gone to see a therapist
So you wouldn’t submit someone else to this

When you reach step nine will you make amends
Will my phone ring with you on the other end
Will I hear the words you should have said to me long ago?
“I’m sorry I’m an asshole”
(You sure were an asshole)

So I hear your new love lives out of town
You’re on your best behavior once a month
You can muster the charm
Does she know the sight that most turns you on
Her washing dishes at your kitchen sink
To think your tongue was in cheek
You made a first impression
I thought you were enlightened, thought you sensitive
But you work the steps in utter arrogance
Can’t believe I suffered this embarrassment

 

Co-written with Matt Brandabur

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Silver is the name of a talented, creative woman who struggled with her demons of regret, self-doubt, disappointment, and failure until she could no longer bear it. This is a song for her, and for all those souls who simply could not find a way to stay here...

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You were so ready but you didn’t know what for
You looked so pretty leaning up against the door
An invitation would have made you feel all right
You never saw how many times they stopped on by
Who taught you that you had to hide all your beauty?
Who taught you that to suffer this was your duty?
You had to lose with every step you made
You had to prove this was your fate
(oh) Silver, yeah Silver What the hell were you thinking?
To have believed your art was something relevant
To have conceived all of the time had been well spent
I’m sorry what we gave just wasn’t quite enough
But how could we retrieve black diamonds in the rough?
Who taught you not to say goodbye before leaving?
Who prophesied your absence here was relieving?
Not a dry eye up in this whole place
Not a smile worn on any face (repeat chorus)
Who taught you that you had to hide all your beauty?
Who taught you that to suffer this was your duty?
You had to lose with every step you made
You had to prove this was your fate (repeat chorus)
Oh, how we miss you now…

 

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A song about three of the female soldiers who committed torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. This is a feminist inquiry into why women soldiers would have done this. I mistakenly thought that as women, they might have had a stronger moral compass. Alas.

Lyrics

Megan, Lynndie and Sabrina
What in the world did you believe in?

Weren’t you the one we saw
Wearing an impish grin
Giving a thumbs up there
In front of a pile of naked hooded men
As if to say,“Hi mom! Here I am in Abu Ghraib!
Wish you were here wish you could see all I’ve done and said"

Megan, Lynndie and Sabrina
What in the world did you believe in?
Megan, Lynndie and Sabrina
Now you have gone and changed my thinking


And here I believed women were morally higher up
But didn’t you stoop too low
To prove that you were a soldier tough enough?
If you were just following the orders as you claim
Please tell me this, for one moment, did you hesitate?

(repeat chorus)

Ladies why did you do it?
Don’t tell me there’s nothing to it
Did you secure the Peace?
Behaving like men
Behaving like beasts
Are you as equal and strong
Now that you’ve played along
And does it now mean we’re all the same?
Sisters sharing in the shame, shame, shame
All the shame

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A song about the walls we build up to protect ourselves when the one we are in relationship with takes for granted the open-heartedness we feel at first.

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Will I
ever catch you staring at me
when I’m not looking?
And will I
ever hear you
compliment me
without asking?
Cuz I’m holding out for signs
Of love in full play
And we haven’t got much time
Cuz the wall is well underway
You say it’s because you
wait a while to
let someone in
Whereas I
welcome them in
instantaneously trusting
And I’m doing what I can
to reach you today
But with every withheld hand
This wall is well underway

Maybe we’ll meet in the middle
At the closest we can be
But it will never be the closeness that I crave
When your opening meets my closing
It will be too late


You say
you’re more tender
in my presence
than with the others
How did they
ever stand it
you know I
really have to wonder
And I’m holding out for signs
of love in full play
But we
haven’t got much time
‘Cuz my wall is well underway

(repeat bridge)

So I do not linger
quite as long now
when we’re kissing
Nor do I
lift a finger
can you feel how much you’re missing?
‘Cuz I waited for the signs
of love on its way
But you took your precious time
And now this wall is near completion