Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

Dear Mr. President

I know you probably won’t read this

It’s an election year

And the troops over here

You don’t need us

You said the war here is over

But more of us die every day

And I don’t know why we are fighting

Is it all just a lie anyway?

Like they say…

 

See, Mr. President

I’ve got a wife in Wisconsin

Though I write every day

I’ve been so long away

I’ve forgotten

When I close my eyes I can’t see her

It’s only this war in my head

And I try to bury my fear

But I always carry the dead

Carry them home…

 

CHORUS:

And I have seen better men

Fight to the bitter end

Following orders from you

And I don’t think it’s treason

To ask for a reason

When nothing you’ve told us is true

 

Please, Mr. President

I love my country completely

I signed up to serve

And I think I deserve what I’m seeking

Am I just a photo op to you?

A powerful resource to spend?

A Thanksgiving stunt for the papers?

A means to a personal end?

Oh let this end…

 

REPEAT CHORUS:

‘Cause I have seen better men

Fight to the bitter end

Following orders from you

And I don’t think it’s treason

To ask for a reason

When nothing you’ve told us is true

 

Dear Mr. President

I know you probably won’t read this

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

It’s hard to find hope in the world today

Even the optimists are beat

‘Cause we got crime and hate and holy war

And politicians peddling lies down every street

In every church another Pharisee

Tells us “We are right, they’re wrong

I give you sin and guilt and Judgment Day

Now let us pray and let us join the choir in song”

Hallelujah…

 

So we’ve been taught to fear our fellow man

Hate every foreigner we see

We wave our flag, our fists our loaded guns

Our rights with patriotic acts we didn’t read

And the news don’t tell you anything

Unless it’s horrible to see

An earthquake hit, a fire lit, man drowned,

A plane went down, I thank the Lord, it wasn’t me

Hallelujah…

 

So I…

Caught a ship that sailed for distant shores

The land grew small and disappeared

I took the risk and waved and watched it go

So I could know how far I’d go without my fear

And I grew stronger in the salty air

And I learned patience from the sea

I made my choice and raised my voice out loud

And crowds in every port would sing along with me

Hallelujah…

 

So I refuse to live my life in fear

I’ll always turn the other cheek

‘Cause I’ve known change and peace and protest songs

And righted wrongs and stood my ground and dared to speak

So when I’m called back home to heaven’s gate

I’ll know I’ve done all that I could

I’ll join the choir and put on angels wings

And I’ll be singing Hallelujah like I should

 

Hallelujah…

 

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

I made an accidental pilgrimage

To city streets you left behind

Found myself standing in your memory

Almost…forty years before this time

When you walked proudly through the city that you loved

Those buildings high above, they used to guide you on your way

And maybe…I’m a stranger in a legendary town

But I walk hallowed ground and I still feel you here today

 

I took the subway down to Bleecker Street

Stood outside The Bitter End

You got your start inside these red brick walls

But you won’t be coming back again

Too Many Martyrs and far too many dead,

Isn’t that what you said?  Somehow you let it be again

You became…another tragedy, a casualty of war

What were we fighting for if you Ain’t Marching Anymore?

 

In your Rehearsals For Retirement

You said you died in sixty-eight

Kent and Chicago stole your soul away

To take your life they’d have to wait

Through years of silence when the madness raged

You couldn’t fill a page, thought you had nothing left to say

And no one…took an interest in a rebel’s dying words

But you were always heard and we’re still listening today

 

I hear your voice in every alleyway

Spilling out of passing cars

The new disciples of the Broadside years

The Chords of Fame in every bar

And time will always bring the tallest to their knees

But you live on in me, in every troubadour who dares to wage

A mighty protest with the beauty that remains, in ugly times of change

And tells the truth from every stage

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

I lost my heart when I was 24 years old

I found a man, believed his promises

Bought everything he sold

But there were no guarantees

No cash back refund at the door

It was all there in the fine print

Of the pages I ignored

And I say…

 

Jesus forgive me I have sinned

I don’t know where I should begin

I made an idol of this man

And now my love’s forever damned

Forever damned…

Am I forever damned?

 

And it’s a weakness to enjoy so much of you

It’s an unrelenting pleasure that I know I shouldn’t choose

But I cannot breathe without you

I can taste you in the air

And your arms tighten around me

When I know that you aren’t there

And I say….

 

Jesus forgive me I have sinned

I don’t know where I should begin

I am not following your plan

And now my love’s forever damned

Forever damned…

Am I forever damned?

 

Still…I’d choose the apple over every other taste

And I would savor that sweet freedom

Letting Eden go to waste

I would still the wings of angels

Just to watch them fall in flight

I would look back while the buildings burned

Although it meant my life

And I say…

 

Jesus forgive me I have sinned

I don’t know where I should begin

I’ve forsaken everything I am

And now my love’s forever damned

Forever damned…

Am I forever damned?

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

I have seen the glory of the coming of new ages

The turning of the pages

And the stage is set for more

And I believe…

There are a thousand beacons burning

And the lessons we’ve been learning

Will lead us safely to the shore

Yes, I believe

Yes, I believe

 

I have heard the sound of voices raised against the madness

And it takes away my sadness

Gives me hope in hopeless times

So I will sing…

In that ever-growing choir

You can never quench the fire

Of an open heart and mind

Yes, I believe

Yes, I believe

 

CHORUS:

I believe the winds of change are blowing

They’ve come to make the bells of freedom chime 

In every town and city they will be there to remind              

Don’t you think it’s time…don’t you think it’s time?

 

I can feel the surging tide, it comes to lend its power

In the neediest of hours to a fight we have to win

We will be strong

But we’ll use our might more wisely

And the arrogance and lies

Will be replaced and we’ll begin

To believe

Yes, I believe

 

REPEAT CHORUS

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Story

For my Grandparents with love. 

Lyrics

One small town boy from Missouri, 1933

Took his best girl by the hand asked, “Will you marry me?”

She wasn’t the kind who would make a man guess

She threw her arms ‘round him he knew it was “Yes!”

 

Oregon, Missouri wasn’t a prosperous town

The money was tight and there wasn’t a job to be found

But industry boomed up in Michigan

And her borother swore there'd be some work there for him

 

So one small town boy and his best small town girl

Took a chance on a dream and a promise they heard

They couldn’t have known what the future would bring

But they knew that love was the simplest thing

And it meant everything

 

They hopped a freight to Detroit in a wintertime storm

Pulled up the floorboards for firewood to keep themselves warm

And Great Lakes Steel offered a job to the man

Who worked hard every day and was good with his hands

 

So one small town boy and his best small town girl

Bought the tiniest house in the biggest of worlds

And the hardest of times were behind them it seemed

‘Cause they knew that love was the simplest thing

And it meant everything

 

They lost two babies before she delivered a son

Wanted more children but he would be their only one

He’d grow up patient and honest and kind

And he’d have his own daughters long after the time

 

That one small town boy with his best small town girl

By his side in the night said goodbye to this world

He had no regrets, he lived every dream

And he knew that love was the simplest thing

And it meant everything

 

One small town boy from Missouri, 1933

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

Oh there you go again

You know I love to watch you walk away

You’re an Adonis

That’s the honest truth I can’t make myself say

So I’m left here with every word

I should have said

You would have heard

A thousand words for love

But I’ve got none

So I know, baby, you’re the one

 

CHORUS:

You’ve got me

Tripping on my tongue head over heels

You leave me breathless

Do you know how good that feels?

I would not trade this for anything at all

Yeah, I could choose to rise above it

But I’d rather take the fall

 

You’re Michelangelo

A Van Gogh on a starry, starry night

You’re sheer perfection

Close inspection tells me you’re my Mr. Right

I’ve got you on a pedestal

My own invented miracle

And you don’t even know that I exist

Or that you make me feel like this

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE:

I will not give you false hope

I will not duck your calls

I will not break your heart

I promise that

‘Cause I won’t do anything at all

 

Maybe tomorrow

I could borrow lines from someone else’s song

Or drop a note into your coat

And hope you’d call me before long

‘Cause all this silence isn’t right

When I could be with you tonight

And I know I could make you feel the same

If I could just tell you my name

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE OVER LAST LINE OF CHORUS

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

Johnny’s got a new job out in Washington State

He’s got a new house, repairs he’s gotta make

And from his window you can see the Puget Sound

But it don’t matter ‘cause his new love’s not around

And he thinks…

God I hate to wish my days away

But it don’t mean nothing ‘til I have her here to stay

And I know that may sound crazy

I guess that’s what she makes me

Hey….ah

 

Johnny’s got a ring that he’s been hiding away

Takes it out to look at nearly every single day

Practices the words he knows that she will love to hear

He’s got it down if only he could get her here

‘Cause he’s got

Hopes and dreams and promises to share

Open arms to hold her with and love enough to spare 

 

But it’s gonna take faith

And it’s gonna take time

And it’s gonna take strength

If you don’t know where to find it

Look into my eyes, boy

You mean everything to me

Look into my heart and you’ll see

Hey….ah

 

And across the country, six or seven states away

There’s a woman waiting who loves Johnny the same way

And she’s got her boxes packed her heart’s out on a limb

In another week or two she’ll be coming home to him

And she was…

So afraid to love before he came

Now she’s gonna wear that ring

She’s gonna share his name

 

And it’s gonna take faith

And it’s gonna take time

And it’s gonna take strength

If you don’t know where to find it

Look into my eyes, boy

You mean everything to me

Look into my heart and you’ll see

Hey….ah

 

Yes it’s gonna take faith

And it’s gonna take time, time, time

And it’s gonna take strength

If you don’t know where to find it

Look into my eyes, boy

You mean everything to me

Look into my heart and you’ll see

Hey….ah

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

Somewhere in some long forgotten other life

I must have been a martyr or a saint

Steeped in tribulation and in sacrifice

Carrying the world without complaint

‘Cause in this life I’ve let you down

And I almost broke your heart

But baby, even the Gods couldn’t tear us apart

 

I’ve never been the kind to stay through troubled times

Always I’m the first one out the door

Easier to leave and find another love

Than admit this one’s worth fighting for

I spent half my lifetime looking back

When there was nothing there to find

I had to leave it behind

And learn to be satisfied

 

CHORUS:
I took you to heart

I let you inside

Forgave every sin

Swallowed my pride

You never gave up

You stood by my side

You are the one true thing

I always wanted to find

 

If I never see another morning break

Never watch another sunset blaze

I’ll have known what all of this was worth to me

And I won’t have wasted precious days

‘Cause in your arms I’m so much more

Than I’ll ever be alone

And the love that we’ve found

Is something I’ve never known

 

REPEAT CHORUS

Jen Cass
2006-04-17
Jen Cass

Lyrics

She waits impatiently for him to leave the house

Under the basement stairs as quiet as a mouse

He drinks his coffee and he reads the daily news

Another robbery, another wife abused

And somewhere deep inside his heart He feels her there

Feels her everywhere

His beautiful young bride and sadness

Forces him to play a crazy game

Just once he calls her name

There’s no reply

 

He folds the paper, puts the cup down in the sink

Avoids her picture so he will not have to think

Of summer evenings by the lake under the stars

The way he loved her and the day he went too far

It haunts him

Came home early, heard a stranger’s voice

He didn’t make a choice

He acted out of rage and madness

At her funeral he sang every hymn

No one suspected him

Nobody would

 

And he remembers

How her eyes danced in the light

The day she promised

Before God she’d be his wife

Forsaking all others

She’d cling to him for life

That’s what she promised him

Forgot it all

 

The 911 call made the operator cringe

Send someone quickly

Dear God, someone’s broken in

He killed my wife, I found her laying on the floor

Ten minutes earlier I could have saved her

Lord, I failed her

Heard her screaming and I found my gun

Saw the intruder run

I shot him as he fled the bedroom

“We’ve got two cars on the way”, she said. 

“Is the intruder dead?”

“I think he is.”

 

But he remembers how their eyes they danced with fright

The way they promised they would break it off that night

The way they stood before him begging for their lives

The way she reached for him before the fall

 

He puts the car in gear, starts backing down the drive

He sees the curtains move and swears that she’s alive

The house is burning an inferno climbing higher

He rushes back to save the ghost that lit the fire

And finds her dancing safely through the burning rooms

And though the danger looms

He follows her through smoke-filled hallways

‘Til he falls among the crackling flames

Just once she calls his name

There’s no reply