a love song

By Michael Patrick Phelan
Verse 1

Well you said, ďI wonít go awayĒ
You told me you were in this for life
So unpack that bag by the door
And Iíll sing you a love song once more


Chorus
Iíll sing you a love song
Iíll sing you a song that I wrote
Iíll sing you a love song
Weíve made it through much worse, you know

Verse 2
Forget all the fights and the tears
Forget all the bad things we said
Letís chalk it up to a bad day
Take your coat off, Ďcause I need you to stay

Chorus
And sing me a love song
Sing me a song that you know
Sing me a love song
And that way you wonít have to go

Bridge
You know tomorrow weíll start over again
Wipe the slate clean
Make our amends

But for now weíve got this love song
Yeah weíve got this song that I wrote
And all we need is this love song
We made it through much worse you know

So Iíll keep singing
Cause I canít watch you go
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bethesda

Gotta Freeze this moment
I wanna paint this scene
New York has stopped moving
Caught up in a dream

Here in this oasis
A stillness can be found
A saxophone is playing
Cacophony Is drowned

Chorus
And Sheís crying out
Tryin to save our souls
And Sheís reaching out
Wonít you please come home

Go in peace, go in peace

A Pink Balloon is dancing
The branches are her mate
A newly married couple
A childís rollerskates

A future scholar scribbles
Moved by what he sees
Hand in hand companions
Are lulled by Aprilís breeze

Chorus
And Sheís crying out
Tryin to save our souls
And Sheís reaching out
Wonít you please come home

Bridge
If we could find a way to make this last
See things more clearly; stop moving so fast
And go in peace, go in peace

Gotta freeze this moment
I wanna paint this scene
New York has stopped moving
Caught up in a dream
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canada

I moved down to Binghamton a few years ago
Degree in hand, and dreams as big as the sky
Some came true, and some, I had to let them go
I do what I love, and most days thatís enough

We packed some things and headed north last Saturday
Crossed the river to old stompin grounds
In the air 1000 Islands called to me
Their voices told me Iíd come home again

Chorus
And memories came back to me
Of things so long ago
My hometown -- just a graveyard now
A place I couldnít go
And home is with the one you love
Iíve sure found that in you
But what of my life Ďcross the 49th
The things that I once knew
Though my life has changed
A part of me remains
At home in Canada

We took the 401 to see old Kingston town
A place that weíd escape to be alone
A fortress on the shores of Lake Ontario
Revealed to me a scene from long ago

And in that place I heard the sounds
That once brought joy to me
I saw the faces, felt the traces
Of a family
And through the tears
Across these years
A solace I have found
In those summer days, spent out on the lake
In a distant, northern town
And though life has changed
Part of me remains
Back home in Canada

We headed back to Binghamton on Labor Day
The days of summer trailing in our wake
The air had changed to something new entirely
Itís crispness leaving memories no escape
With changing leaves reminding me
Of things so long ago
Back to school and all the rules
And things no one should know
Iím older now, And Iím wiser now
I have a life thatís good
No, I wonít go back
No, I canít go back
No, I donít think that I should
Yet through all thatís changed
Part of me remains
At home in Canada

And though far away
Part of me will stay
Back home in Canada

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donnaís waltz

She walks in, head held high
Just like a movie star.
Wrapped in furs, quite a portrait
In this lonely, little bar.

And you look for her entourage,
But you see, no oneís there.
Dover sole on her table
With no one to share.

And she hears ďSomewhere Over the RainbowĒ:
Her favorite song.
Takes her to a land that she heard of
When she was young.
And she drifts to an old empty dance floor
Under light of blue
A martini as her partner
Thatís the best she can do
But in this quiet moment
Her dreams really have come true.

People laugh, say sheís crazy
But they donít understand
Sheís not there, she canít see them
Caught up in her romance.
And he twirls her so gently,
And she melts in his hands
And she thinks, this oneís a keeper
Iíve found myself a man.

As he sings, ďSomewhere Over the RainbowĒ
She waltzes along.
Takes her to a land that she heard of
When she was young.
And she spins and she floats on an old, empty dance floor
Under light of blue.
In the arms of her lover,
She knows heíll be true.
And in this quiet moment
Her dreams really have come true.

And her eyes open slowly
She sees no oneís there.
Just a half filled martini
And a room full of stares.
Although only for a moment,
She was floating in the air
All her failures far behind her
She danced without a care.

As he sang: ďSomewhere over the RainbowĒ
Her favorite song.
Took her to a land that she heard of
When she was young
She found joy on an old, empty dance floor
Under light of blue.
Though she danced without a partner,
(In the past, thereíd been a few)
By herself, for that moment
Her dreams really did come true.

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in the meantime blues

I keep wishiní, and I keep hopiní
Thereís someone out there for me.
Tired of waitiní, anticipatiní
And being lonely.

I need something to keep me goiní
Through this drudgery.
So sick of teasiní, need a concrete reason;
Someone who sees me for me.

I only want a hand to hold,
A warming touch when it gets cold,
Iíve waited long enough to make this ďmeĒ and ďus.Ē

Iíve got the in the meantime blues.
Tell me whereís that someone who
Will hold me through the long winter nights,
And weíll get into ridiculous fights?
Iíll admit that all this piningís
Not exactly improving my case.
Love will come when I least expect it;
Well how Ďbout shortniní the wait!

Cause late at night on Saturday
When all I wantís a soft embrace,
This game of solitaire
Just doesnít seem quite fair.
Iíve got the in the meantime blues.
Tell me whereís that someone who
Will be my date for a Friday night flick,
And bring me soup when Iím feeling sick?

So many people say being singleís
A blessing, not a curse.
Sure Iíve got my freedom, with no one to please
Iím guessing it could be worse.
I know that I can tough this out.
Iíll make it through, I have no doubt
But God, please throw me a bone
Cause I sure hate beiní alone.

I hate these in the meantime blues!
Tell me whereís that someone who
Will hold through the long winter nights,
And weíll get into ridiculous fights?

Oh these in the meantime blues!
Wanna walk in other shoes
On moonlit strolls down the street,
With frequent stops to dance cheek to cheek.

A soul-mate, a partner, somebody to hug me;
Whoíll hold me, and squeeze me, and kiss me, and love me;
Together, forever, thatís all I need,
Not these meantime blues,
The in the meantime blues.

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movin on

I sit here at the harbor
Watching boats go out to sea.
What waters lie in store for them
Beyond the Chesapeake?

I think about my own life Ė
The weather far from calm.
Take one last look behind me: And Iím

Chorus:
Movin On, Iím Movin On
Gonna Go Somewhere where they canít find me.
Movin on, Iím Movin on
Gonna put this pack of lies behind me.
Movin, Iím Movin On
The things you did no longer bind me
Movin On, Iím Movin On
I once was lost, but now
Iím Movin On.

We used to watch the barges
Come Sailing past our door.
Weíd think of all the things theyíd see
Along the oceanís floor
But only in my mind could I go
Sailing far away.
What goodís a boat thatís forced to keep
Its anchor in the bay, So Iím

Chorus:
Movin On, Iím Movin On
Gonna Go Somewhere where they canít find me.
Movin on, Iím Movin on
Gonna put this pack of lies behind me.
Movin, Iím Movin On
The things you did no longer bind me
Movin On, Iím Movin On
I once was lost, but now
Iím Movin On.

Bridge:
Let loose the rope and cling to hope
Iím off to seek for treasure
Raise high the sail itís you that failed
To squander my endeavors.
Iím movin onÖ

Well I donít know whatís ahead of me
I have no chartered course
Iíll only guess what storms could lie
Beyond the safe of shore.
But Iíd rather take my chances
And risk a wreck at sea
Than leave my boat to petrify
While you claim victory

Chorus:
Movin On, Iím Movin On
Gonna Go Somewhere where they canít find me.
Movin on, Iím Movin on
Gonna put this pack of lies behind me.
Movin, Iím Movin On
The things you did no longer bind me
Movin On, Iím Movin On
I once was lost, but now
Iím Movin On.

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my gift

Birthday cards and Christmas tunes,
Only sad reminders to
Those of us whose pocketbooks
May not be bustiní full.

I look around the shoppiní malls
Wonder: have I seen it all?
Cause all the things in all these stores,
Not one of them seems true.

Chorus
Well maybe thereís another way
To show you how I feel.
Not advertised on billboard signs,
A way thatís much more real.
Well it might seem trite.
Iíll risk that slight.
ĎCause this songís my gift to you.

If I won the lottery
Iíd buy you lots of fancy things:
A private train, and a Cadillac
That would take you place to place.

But would it really be enough?
All that money; all that stuff?
Would it be enough to show
The things Iíd want it to?

Chorus
Well maybe thereís another way
To show you how I feel.
Not advertised on billboard signs,
A way thatís much more real.
Well it might seem trite.
Iíll risk that slight.
ĎCause this songís my gift to you.

So as the seasons come and go
I hope I do enough to show
While I may not have lots of dough
What I have, I give to you.

Chorus
Cause I think thereís another way
To show you how I feel.
Not advertised on billboard signs,
A way thatís much more real.
It might seem trite.
Iíll risk that slight.
ĎCause this songÖ
This songÖ
Yeah, this songís my gift to you.

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no love

If I canít tell you ďI Love YouĒ
Does that make our love less real?
If I canít begin to show the
things I feel.

If weíre never walkin down an aisle
With rings on both our hands
No crowd of friends to witness
Our first dance.

Chorus:
Iíll tell Thomas he is true.
Weíre not right, not me and you.
His doubts have won the day.
They were with us anyway.
Thereís NoÖ
No Love today.

The jungle gym at recess time,
Thatís something that I miss;
The perfect state of innocence
And bliss.

Then we grew up.
Learned how to hate,
Learned how to disappear.
All that peace and understanding changed
By fear.

Chorus:
So tell Thomas he is true;
Weíre not right, not me and you;
His doubts have won the day,
They were with us anyway.
Thereís NoÖ.
No Love today...
No, No, cause they
Took you away
From me.
Took you away from me

I canít help but think of what could be
If minds were opened wide.
Building bridges Ďcross a great divide.
I wish I were there to witness it,
Be present on that day
When like Gershwinís tune:
ďOur Love is here to stay.Ē

Chorus:
But thatís only fantasy.
Weíre not right, not you and me.
Doubting Thomas won the day.
Now the Price is ours to pay.
Thereís NoÖ.
NoÖ.
NoÖ.
No Love Today.

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no turning back

She stands at a fork in the road
Doesnít know in which direction to go
She knows heíll be true and heíll be kind
Be a partner she can count on for all time
But thereís a side of her with different dreams
Secret longings for bigger things
Will choosing him mean losing part of her?

Chorus
We donít get to know just where the roads lead that we choose
Will another way bring a brighter day? Will we win or will we lose?
We do the best with what weíve got
We make a choice, give our best shot
But we donít get to know just where the roads lead that we choose
No Turning Back

He thought heíd be out of there by now
Would have found a way to leave that one horse town
But life got in the way of all his plans
A wife and kids, a job that he canít stand
When he thinks back to highschool days
The chances then, he didnít take
He wishes he could do it all again

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Bridge
And on and on and on and on
We go and go and go
Not quite sure of how we got there
Not quite sure weíll ever know

Well Iím looking at you now and I canít see
Anything that I donít like, or why youíd leave
I wonít pretend to see the future and read our cards
Iíll just a leap of faithóhope we go far
Iíve made mistakes, made quite a few
Had past regrets, and so have you
In the end itís about journeys, and not goals

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safe (at home with you)

When will you come home to me
And help me through this night?
Waterís rising, gettiní deep,
No end of this in sight.

When will you be by my side?
My mind is caving in
Crushed by this anxiety,
No peace amidst this din.

But when youíre here, it all seems so clear;
I see your face, Iím at home.
Not lost am I, I say goodbye
To all the things my worries bring,
Iím safe at home with you.

I hear screams and I hear cries,
Are they real or false?
Wet and shivering, oh so dark and damp,
This storm shows no remorse.
Take my hand, hold me tight,
I know this too shall pass.
But youíre far away and Iím at home,
Thereís nothing left to grasp.

Chorus
But when youíre here, it all seems so clear;
I see your face, Iím at home.
Not lost am I, I say goodbye
To all the things my worries bring,
Iím safe at home with you.

I hear a sound,
Itís at my door,
Youíve found me!

I see you there,
Through my despair,
Youíve found me!

Here you are, youíre home with me,
Youíll help me through this night.
Winds subside and we fall asleep,
I know weíll be alright.
Everythingís gonna be alright.

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sorry, charlie


Weíve all got someone
To whom we owe
A debt of gratitude
For lettin us go
Cause when you walked out
I thought Iíd be blue
But life got better, baby
Without you
Put up with lyin
And your cheatin sprees
Convinced myself
It wasnít you, it was me
But when I finally
Could admit we were through
My life got better, baby
Without you

So sorry, Charlie
You ruined my party
Itís over Betty
Youíll never get me
Guess I was blinded
By your pretty face
I let you waltz in
Take over my place
But now my visionís
As clear as can be
And you ain't nothing
But a bad memory
So long sweet Judy
Wonít let you woo me
And you too Billy
Itís over, really
Iím gonna find
Some company
That wonít make
A fool of me
I wonít waste
My time again
On someone who
Just canít commit
No more blurried, lovesick fog
Gonna find myself a dog
So hereís to all
Our friends from the past
Who turned out to be
A pain in the ass
Those days of cryin
Are out of my view
Cause life is better baby
Without you

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