Acoustics Volume 1 EP

by Gary DeMichele

© 2019 Gary DeMichele

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September

Lately I’ve been showing signs
Of far too many starting lines
I remember when ours was the only one

But some part of me can’t help react
To every ready, set and sudden crack
There I go again jumping off the gun

But I’ve grown so tired of all these ways
And the marathons that run for days
My body’s broke from all of this pursuit

And I’ve felt it as our candles burn
Out by the point of no return
How I miss you babe, do you miss me too

Come inside love, come and rest with me
Cause we’ve been working hard love
It’s time to let things be

Those seven sweet September days
The thunderstorms and your western ways
It was harvest time and every taste was new

We hopped the gates and slipped the guards
And traded wounds like baseball cards
Now I miss you babe, do you miss me too

Come inside love, come and rest with me
Cause we’ve been working hard love
It’s time to let things be what they’re gonna be
Cause right now what I need
Is just you with me

Oh tell me love do you remember
By the river’s edge, we just watched it flow
And the sweetness of that September
Oh now tell me love, where did it go

So let them have their starting lines
Cause I’ve lost my taste for things that shine
And I was never great with the follow through

I want to take some time with every step
Before my weary mind forgets
That I miss you babe, do you miss me too

Come inside love, come and rest with me
Cause we’ve been working hard love
It’s time to let things be what they’re gonna be
Cause right now what I need
Is just you with me

You and Me

 

Take my hand and walk with me

This was heaven’s plan, we were meant to be

You’re my best friend, you’ve always been here by my side

 

And we’ll laugh and sing now as we grow

About everything that we come to know

Walk this wondrous world together stride by stride

 

You see you and me

We were meant to be

Like a pair of voices that blend in perfect harmony

 

And whether near or far

You’ll be a guiding star

‘Cause part of home for me is gonna always be right where you are

 

So let’s get going now, let’s explore

Look out every window, open every door

As we jump and we climb and we hop and we skip and run

 

There’s so much to see and so much to do

And the best part is that I’ll be with you

‘Cause when we’re together now we have so much fun

 

You see you and me

We were meant to be

Like a pair of voices that blend in perfect harmony

 

And whether near or far

You’ll be a guiding star

‘Cause part of home for me is gonna always be right where you are

 

And don’t get scared when you’re on your own

‘Cause there’ll be plenty of times we have to go it alone

See we’re each so strong, yes me and you

We can do it ourselves, it’s just better with two

 

When the sun goes down at the end of the day

And the moon and the stars come out to play

And we settle down, our busy bustling day complete

 

Well it’s no surprise that my greatest prayer

Is the thanks I give that you’re right here

As I’m drowsy and dreaming and drifting off to sleep

 

You see you and me

We were meant to be

Like a pair of voices that blend in perfect harmony

 

And whether near or far

You’ll be a guiding star

‘Cause part of home for me is gonna always be right where you are          

 

You see you and me

We were meant to be

We were meant to be

 

Complicated

 

Remember how it started well

With ribbons, cake and chiming bells

It felt just like a fairy tale

As we said forever

And as we left the hall that night

The moon and the stars were our delight

But even the heavens’ hallowed light

Won’t last forever

 

Love, it’s complicated

Love, once the daylight’s faded

Shadows climb our walls and make it

Complicated

Love, you were a trusted friend

Don’t leave me here to begin again

It’s just this little mess I’m in

And it’s complicated

 

Heroes, artists, me and you

Ready to build our something new

Thought the pretty pictures that we drew

Would last forever

But questions were your favorite art

And the scaffolding soon fell apart

Can heroes finish what they start

If it takes forever

 

Love, it’s complicated

Love, once the daylight’s faded

Shadows climb our walls and make it

Complicated

Love, you were a trusted friend

Don’t leave me here to begin again

It’s just this little mess I’m in

And it’s complicated

 

Now I don’t believe in fairy tales

Cause flowers die and heroes fail

I see it babe around me all the time

We went wandering from our neighborhood

Through a dark and foggy wood

Tell me what’d we ever hope to find

Is it a choice that’s yours and mine

 

And so here we are just like the start

The two of us and our work of art

Just another mystery of the heart

That goes on forever

But no one knows me like you do

And girl you know it’s the same for you

So be with me and I’ll be with you

Now and forever

 

Love, it’s complicated

Love, once the daylight’s faded

Shadows climb our walls and make it

Complicated

Love, you were a trusted friend

Don’t leave me here to begin again

It’s just this little mess I’m in

And it’s complicated

 

I don’t believe in fairy tales

Cause flowers die and heroes fail

And love it ain’t no fairy tale

It’s complicated

 

I don’t believe in fairy tales

Cause flowers die and heroes fail

And love it ain’t no fairy tale

It’s complicated

Butterfly

 

Butterfly at my window there

Have you got something to offer

And something to share ‘cause I

I’ve been stuck here all alone

Just trying to get past the seeds I’ve sown

 

Butterfly, don’t fly away

Cause butterfly, I think I need you to stay

 

You might be wondering, it might seem strange

But I’ve been thinking you know

Something about change

So be my teacher and be my friend

Cause I need some help now starting over again

 

Butterfly, don’t fly away

Cause butterfly, I think I need you to stay

 

Do you remember, were you unprepared

And in that darkness,

Did you get scared

Cause you, you know I’m frightened by

Those sorts of things but I

I want to do what it takes now to get those wings

 

Cause butterfly, I want to fly away

Butterfly, I want to fly away

I want to fly away

 

Superman

 

I remember empty jars and fireflies

And fireworks on the Fourth of July

And Jenny O in the yellow house across the street

Cutting deals with baseball cards

And the Little League fields where we were stars

Rode my bike so fast thinking I could somehow beat that heat

 

I was so young, I felt invincible

Like some childhood Superman

Sometimes I can close my eyes and it’s all right here but I

I’ll never walk those roads

I’ll never walk those roads again

 

A few years later running free

Full of piss and possibility

Going faster, going higher, going longer too

It was any way or any how

Like a man of steel with a twisted vow

If it didn’t kill me it would only make me stronger

 

I was so young, I felt invincible

Like some teenage Superman

Sometimes I can close my eyes and it’s all right here but I

I’ll never walk those roads

I’ll never walk those roads again

 

I’ve got a head that’s full of worry now

That’s never sure and don’t know how

Those simple answers I no longer understand

Bravado’s now just a trait of fools

And I ain’t as quick to break the rules

And it’s still hard to say but sometimes I just need a hand

Tell me where’d you go

Where are you Superman

 

Late at night when they’re all asleep

And all my thoughts are running deep

And my mind starts rolling backwards playing tricks on me

Tell my why the hell do I still care

They’re just reflections in some rearview mirror

And I can’t say for sure just what it is I see

 

I was so young, I felt invincible

Like some hero Superman

Sometimes I can close my eyes and it’s all right here but I

I’ll never walk those roads

I’ll never walk those roads again

 

So tell me where’d you go

Where are you Superman

 

 

Shangri-La

 

Do you remember how it went

The song we wrote, the time we spent

Did it get so loud you had to cover up your ears

And like critics with their pens

Your silly thoughts that would not end

Laid a welcome mat for all those doubts and fears

 

And that was the end of Shangri-La

A fait accompli madame n’est-ce pas?

All our hopes and dreams blew out

That window you unlocked

I think I saw them running down the block

 

And so they forced their way inside

And our hopes and dreams, they could not hide

‘Cause doubts and fears got such an awesome sense of smell

And then it really wasn’t long

Before we heard that other song

The one we never liked but learned to sing so well

 

And that was the end of Shangri-La

A fait accompli madame n’est-ce pas?

All our hopes and dreams blew out

That window you unlocked

I think I saw them running down the block

 

They used our telly and our phone

Ate us out of house and home

I’ve never felt like such a helpless little man

But darling all those doubts and fears

They’re the reason for your tears

And we don’t need another witness on the stand

 

Now that they’re gone

Our hopes and dreams, our favorite song

With the house in such an awful disarray

A window opened to the breeze

The cold wind blows in from the trees

How’d it feel as you watched them drift away

 

And that was the end of Shangri-La

A fait accompli madame n’est-ce pas?

All our hopes and dreams blew out

That window you unlocked

I think I saw them running down the block