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Beautiful Old Friend
Beautiful old friend
it’s good to see your face again
we’re twenty years running
and the years to you’ve been kind

I remember when
we were two young girls
taking on the world
but tonight your eyes look tired

wish I could wave my hands
and whisk the pain away
but all I can do
is be with you today
and take some time to cry

yes the world keeps turning
and we’ve got to recover but
you just buried your mother
take some time to cry

Beautiful old friend
the world is admiring
your composure’s inspiring
you’ve done her proud tonight

she taught us in the end
if we’re living true
faith will carry us through
and don’t give up the fight

so when the night is dark
and crumbling around you
may you feel her love
forever surround you
take some time to cry

but you're making that list
always something or another but
take a deep breath
you just buried your mother
take some time to cry

and remember who's talking
you've got no bigger fan than me
I know your strength
and your fragility
take some time to cry

I suppose you're feeling
comfortably numb
but in a private moment
when her memory comes
take some time to cry
my beautiful old friend

Mother
More than years
it actually feels
like a lifetime past
when I was catching the plane
making the deal
moving too fast for anything real
now I am mother

days they can be slow
drying the tears, wiping the nose
that’s how it goes sometimes
though days they can be long
years go by fast
one day they’re gone
so I’m taking it all in stride
my two feet firmly on the ground
look at the peace I’ve found

I am mother
I am daughter
I am artist
I am lover
I am friend
as I move through space and time
I think Mother will define me in the end
I am mother

it's a whole new level of love
lightening struck from heaven above
the moment their eyes met mine
for the first time
now look how they’ve grown
look how they love me
when I’m doing it wrong
but I’m getting it right sometimes
because I’m here each and every day
I’m the one who lights their way

I am mother
I am daughter
I am artist
I am lover
I am friend
it pleasantly surprised me
I want mother to define me in the end
I hope mother
will define me in the end
I am mother


 


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Inauguration Day 
Hey Mr. President, how are you
do you ever feel lonely, too
the whole world’s troubles
weighing on your head
do you ever find peace
when you go to bed?

demons, giants, and angry mobs
can’t imagine why
you’d ever want this job
is it ego, faith, destiny
better you than me

Hey there, sir, are you feeling fine
I find myself wondering 'bout you
all the time
loyal red blood running through my veins
but I’m soldier in your Army now
just the same

whether it's you or another it would be OK
nothing ever changes much anyway
but there’s hope in my heart
and a spirit renewed
I think it has something to do with you
Mr. President

Mr. President, your worried brow
will make you 20 years older
than you are right now
The Eagle holds arrows
and an olive branch
will you do things different
when you get the chance

Mr. President
it’s sure been a long, long time
since ideas ran chills
up and down my spine
and if nothing else comes
of your rise and fall
I’ll take hope over nothing at all

Mr. President
bringing a message of hope
a message of peace
a simple message that
I can, you can
together we can...
possibly?

Hey Mr. President how are you
do you ever feel lonely too
with all them crazy people
swarming round your head
good thing you got a strong lady
to share your bed
and should you ever desire
my advice is free
nothing but love’s got a hold on me
and I’m praying every day
that your heart stays true
Mr. President I’m cheering for you
Mr. President God Bless you

Like A Prayer
Written by Patrick Leonard
and Madonna Ciccone
© 1989 orangejellomusic/EMI/
Johnny Yuma Music/WB Music/Webo Girl/
Bleu Disque Music. All rights reserved
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What a miracle
what a strange thing
woke up this morning
I awoke to everything
the sun shines brighter
the wind bites sharper today

a little shocked
a little terrified
but each way I turn the tables
I'm just so electrified
can't seem to focus in the same old way
I feel a change coming ain't no surprise
I take a deep breath and close my eyes
giving up a little freedom for love yes
and that's just fine
as I take one day at a time

one day at a time
it's all falling in line
one day at a time

I always prided myself on self control
in fact I pretty much controlled everything
to which I could grab hold
but those days are gone now
I can't do it no more
I'm giving up a little freedom for love
yes and I feel fine
as I take one day at a time

oh there's something you should know
I can be so selfish and blind
but you must know that by now and despite it all
your soul chose mine
but if anyone can change me
I think maybe it's you
I swear that from this day forward
I will live to be worthy of you
one day at a time

what a miracle
what a strange thing
I've started talking to angels again
yes I thank you for the change you've brought my way
thank you for this brand new day



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Words and Music by Richard Davies and
Rodger Hodgson, © 1977 Almo Music Corp / ASCAP

Give a little bit
give a little bit of your love to me
give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
there's so much that we need to share
so send a smile and show you care

I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my life for you
so give a little bit
give a little bit of your time to me
see the man with the lonely eyes
take his hand, you'll be surprised

give a little bit
give a little bit of your love to me
I'll give a little bit
give a little bit of my life for you
now's the time that we need to share
so find yourself
we're on our way back home
going home
don't you need to feel at home
oh yeah we've got to sing



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Hello my love, my life
you say good morning as I say goodnight
feel the touch of your hand
I'm finally home
but I'll wake up alone

hello my love, my baby
although we wouldn't have chose it this way
still our love's burning strong
and it's part of the plan
so we do what we can

hey baby let's meet in the middle
meet in the middle
common meet in the middle
and love each other tonight
it's a crazy road we're taking
I know the price we're paying
common meet in the middle and
love each other tonight

hello my love, my baby
you know that time is so precious these days
and it amazes me so
how I love you more
than I did yesterday

if you ever forced me to choose
you know that I would leave this all behind
but that's not what you want
cause that's not what I need
so we do what we can

it's a little bit you
and a little bit me
it's a little bit something
we both need to understand
if it's a little bit you
and a little bit me
then maybe we can



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Sweet surrender
oh I come to you
for the ump-teenth time with a broken heart
I am older now and I have learned
the closer you get the deeper the burn

here I go again with a lump in my throat
trying to hold on for dear life
maybe I'd better get used to
saying goodbye this way
it seems everyday
we're saying goodbye this way

this path I've chosen holds some deep rewards
I suppose that's what I keep doing it for
but equal the laughter comes proportional pain
every time we're leaving again

dawn is breaking now the time has come
so touch me one more time and I'm gone
is it harder to leave or to be left behind
I don't think I'll ever make up my mind



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I've got a restless heart
and a hungry mind
always dreamed of California
now Montana's got me starry-eyed
it's just the way that I am
the road will never unwind
in my constant motion
you would think I was running real short on time
and though she can't understand me
she knows that I'm a fire sign
and she's never been to Paris in the springtime
but she don't mind

she's got the love of a man
and white-picket-sunshiny days
and the most beautiful daughter
lord, you ought to feel the love that lights her way
and her day-planner has no plans
beyond the month that's next in line
and she's never been to Paris in the springtime
but she don't mind

what would you do if I told you I'm through
with this lifestyle
if I threw in the towel
would you laugh cause you know it's a lie
what would you say
if she told you today that she's asked me
do the stars look different
when you see them from the Paris sky

I've got a restless heart
she's just happy to be
when I was ten years younger
I'd have felt sorry for her
but the joke's on me
cause it's a give and take
and it takes all kinds
though she's never been to Paris in the springtime
never been to Paris in the springtime
no she's never been to Paris in the springtime
but she don't mind



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Baby I know
baby I know what I feel inside
something hallow in my soul
I've never been one good at letting go
maybe if I close my eyes
in that state of wake and dream-land
maybe I can
summon forth a memory
and recall the moment when you once loved me

when you listen to my songs
do you do a little daydream baby
when you listen to my songs
do you do a little daydream
cause I most certainly do
do you know that sometimes I still sing for you
do you do a little daydream

do you remember baby
in that state of wake and dreamland
do you hear me playing
sitting cross-legged on the lawn
wrestling all of life's wonders through a song
but the time is long gone

I have a fantasy I've never said aloud
that I will one day see your face in a crowd
and you and I will laugh and share a drink or two
and resolve all the pain that I need to

my love
in that state of wake and dream-land
when you're all alone
has the time passed made you cold
or could I reach you like I used to
through a song
and would you do a little daydream

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Did you know that seeing your smile
is enough to get me through my day
and when you're gone for awhile
my mind goes astray
did you know that when you
put your loving arms around me
my heart goes boom-boom inside
and when I see you with
your arms around another
it makes me want to die
that's why

you can't kiss me casually
that's just how it's got to be
though my mind says so
my heart says let you in
cause when you kiss me casually
I finally have the strength to see
your kiss is free like
the bird-song on the wind
and I'm afraid to fall in love
yes I'm afraid to fall in love again

I have no claims upon your heart strings
I know that's true
but there's devotion in your eyes
when we're together
you must admit that too
so if I see you with
your arms around another
I really shouldn't mind
but explain that to my heart
as you're tearing it apart
I'm begging one last time



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The desert air is clear and cool tonight
wish I could say the same of my mind
we drove out fifty miles
from the city lights
just to find some quiet time
now my heart has always been
a faithful compass
and it's never ever led me astray
Jesus, help me figure out what time it is
is it time to make the change

what I fear most
is maybe I have failed you
what I fear most
is I may have lost my way
what I fear most is
the gift that I've been given
may be slipping away

coffee's pouring over in the morning
9 to 5 been bringing me down
cause a songbird's got to sing
and they've clipped my wings
and I just want to cry out loud
I've got a man who says he loves me
I think I'm happy - most of the time
but my fingers ain't as nimble
as they used to be
and it weighs so heavy on my mind

did you lead me down this winding road
or did I do it myself
I'd like to know
were the twists and turns
that brought me here
destined just to make it clear

though I'm tempted by
the comforts that surround me
I fear they're the devil in disguise
cause I feel a fire burning
and I think I'm finally learning
this is one that I can't deny
I'm never gonna let it die



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Hey Joe
where is it you want to go
I see it in your eyes now
are you traveling home
across a thousand miles
if only in your mind now
hey what's the matter
do you want to share your pain
although we've lived such
different lives now
in many ways we are the same

hey Joe
did someone tell you long ago
that you would be a star
and now you're all alone
forced to question everything
about who and what you are
don't you see I know
what's the matter
when you're lonely in a crowd
far away from those who know you
maybe we can help each other out

so won't you please be my friend
cause I need someone to cling to
till the end
I believe I've found a friend in you

don't you see I've always
had the answers
ain't so simple anymore
we're starting over
so we take our chances
with every open door

hey Joe
are you thinking on the mountains
from where you came here
you know all my life
I've longed to roam the mountains
though I've never even been there



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I have a little photograph
vibrant though we're frozen still
the two of us collecting
dust and memories
on my window sill

old photograph
capturing a perfect time and space
and the smile upon your face
we don't display the boring ones
for we illustrate our lives
through the eyes of favorite photographs

I close my eyes it takes me back
to weathered maps and summer sun
trains that rocked us off to sleep
unknowing of the trials to come

old photograph
I think I almost taste
the ancient air
and the memory of you there
buried are the boring ones
for we choose to spin the story of our lives
through the eyes of favorite photographs

some I choose to change out
with the season
others I just move
a different place
some have been with me now
for ten years
and I will never pack them away

I have a faded photograph
it somehow keeps me close to you
I doubt our lives will come to pass again
still I often think of you

people they may come and go
but my photographs are here to stay
maybe that's the way of things
I'll dust you off another day

I have a photograph of you



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Hey baby I love you
what more can I say
hey baby I love you
that's nothing new
what do you want from me anyway

when I say that I care
well you never call
when I tell you it's over
you beg for more
I'm so confused and ashamed
I'm feeling the pain
I'm getting tired of this game

hey baby I love you
but it's been a stale-mate for years now
you've got me thinking sometimes
that we're moving
I want to trust in you but
my emotions are controlling now

when I look in your eyes
well you look away
when I hold you closer
you push me away
I'm so confused and ashamed
I'm feeling the pain
I'm getting tired of this game

baby do you want me
or do you want me to go
please just tell me
cause I just don't know
I can feel the signals
but I can't read the signs
although I love you
I can't read your mind

hey baby I love you
what more can I possibly say
but I'm thinking of leaving
I'll be leaving soon
maybe if we spend some time away

but the look in your eyes
is telling me stay
when I hold you closer you push me away
I'm so confused and ashamed
I'm feeling the pain
I'm getting tired of this game


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I bet she doesn't ride a Harley
or stay out late at night
with the girls drinking beer
until the dawn's new light
I bet she loves her frilly dresses
she never wears your favorite jeans
she's never high or low
just somewhere constant in between
I bet she's quite a diametric change from me

I bet you never have to wonder
and you know just where you stand
you'll never get her postcards
from some distant land
I bet she's certain how she feels about you
tells you everyday
and never contradicts a single word you say
I bet she's everything that I could never be
I hope that you're happy
I hope that you're happy

I bet she loves to cook you dinner
and she picks up all your clothes
and she waits beside the phone
for you to call when she's alone
I bet she doesn't like your dog
and he feels just the same
I bet she doesn't know the story
of how he got his name
I bet she won't be unpredictable like me
I hope that you're happy
I hope that you're happy
How do you do it, babe?
calling me up as a friend
to say that you're happy, in love
by the way are you trying to hurt me again?

I bet she loves to cook you dinner
and she picks up all your clothes
and she waits beside the phone
for you to call when she's alone
I bet she's still a natural blonde
and her hair is very fine
I bet she doesn't like non-fiction
because it complicates her mind
I bet she's everything that I could never be
I hope that you're happy
I hope that you're happy

But you'll never find someone as fun as me
I hope that you're happy
I hope that you're happy
I always just wanted you happy
I always just wished for your happiness
I always just wanted you happy

I know a little something
about Indian dancing
spiritual healing as the music entrances
calling on the powers
offering up to the skies
you of the mountains and I of the sunlight
were complementary figures
on the edge of twilight
did my flames overtake you
burning at a thousand degrees?
together forever you never said we would be
but optimistic illusion
had a way of confusing me

So I blame you, defame you, try to hate you
all the while making you see
how much better it'd be
Indian dancing with me

You introduced me to Indian dancing
early on the war path, early romancing
we watched as the dancer
raised his hands to the skies
we said that Indian dancing was the way
the path of the wise
now I'm alone convulsively dancing
spiritual healing as the music entrances
calling on the powers
set this broken heart free
optimistic illusion had a way of confusing me

Ghost dancing protects me
from people like you
a shot from behind
doing the things that you do
baby come talk to me
or my broken heart continues to bleed

I know a little something
about Indian dancing
as a last ditch effort
a chance at replacing
something stolen by another
unrecovered so abruptly from me
a rude situation with no explanation for me
you introduced me to Indian dancing
spiritual healing as the music entrances
talking to me baby is so much better
than the silence you hide behind
maybe Indian dancing is a way
to keep us alive
maybe Indian dancing is the way
to keep us alive
if you can't talk baby
maybe dancing will keep us alive
well if you can't talk baby

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Okay, fine, baby I'll give you
three minutes more
now the winds of change
are pulling me out of the door
don't get me wrong
I'm not angry and I sure don't waste my time
you see I've come to believe you and me
we're at the end of the line
I've been hiding things lately
worst of all from myself
but I've never been one
to start blaming someone else

When opportunity knocks
you best stop and let him in
well he's kind and he's cruel
and he feels like a long-lost friend
I've never been one
to deny myself a ride on the changing wind
that's why opportunity knocks
and keeps coming around again

A risk, a plan, and a leap of faith
my philosophy of life
if I fall on my face
at least I can say that I tried
you've been so good to me
I'm so much stronger
more poised to hit the road
I thank you kindly
but baby now it's time to go
I've been happier lately
listening to the voice inside
for the years that I've questioned
I've never felt more alive

Opportunities
I've got luring me away from here
if you had them too
you wouldn't be guilting me to stay here
I think what you're saying
is just playing on your fears
if you loved me true
you wouldn't be guilting me to stay here

So you think I'm a fool for breaking the rules
think what you will that's fine
we're just the sum of the conscious choices
we make in this life
for that reason my dear
in just a moment I'll be California bound
with a rearview mirror of you
and a map out of town

Baby I know the time is bad
I know it like the thunder
I've wrestled with these feelings
I've tried to sweep them under the rug
in my room
but then again it just reminds me of you

We swore that it was crazy
no matter, we'd be friends
that's how we started anyhow
and I've tried to pretend
and deny that it's true
I can't seem to take my mind off you

I ain't like the others
look into my eyes
I'll never try and possess you
I will never call you mine
I just want to be near you
and speak my mind
if you'll have it that way
give me just a little sign

Baby I know you're frightened
it's better left unsaid why
you've got yours and I've got mine
the reasons in our heads
for the caution we use
can't seem to take my mind off you

I ain't like the others
look into my eyes
I'll never try and possess you
I will never call you mine
I just want to be near you
Is that so out of line?
if we'll have it that way
give me just a little sign

You turn your head from me
you don't want to hear what I say
but hear what I say
why be alone
when I'm here for you today?

Baby I know the time is bad
I hear the distant rumble
it's breathing down our necks
you know it's making us choose
what we don't want to choose
time is pulling me away from you

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On a dusty dirt road in La Mancha
beneath merciless Castillan skies
beaten, worn, tossed, and torn
he thinks he's doing fine
valiant and noble we find him
grasping for legends of old
fighting his demons sight unseen
it's the stuff that makes legends
I suppose

He sings I am Quijote
look into my eyes
I had you once believing
when you were a child
take my hand and follow
gently on the wind
for I am Quijote
I will rise again

He battles the forces of darkness
in the name of a woman
he's never seen
and though we call him a fool
as Mother Mary reminds you
how we do the very same thing

He sees what he wants to see
invents reality
no matter how hard we try
though he always comes home
he leaves there alone
don't you hold him Quijote will die

On a dusty dirt road in La Mancha
beneath merciless Castillan skies
beaten, worn, tossed, and torn
he says he's doing fine
in a way I'm like Quijote
some say I'm just chasing a dream
but watch me as I fly high
soar high
above anything they've ever seen
because I am Quijote

You say all's fair in love and war
well you're ripping my heart
with the words you say tonight

Some say that love's a game
perhaps a losing game
I've tried so hard to reach inside your mind
to find what you stand to gain
by changing the rules of the game
when you break through and breach
the forward line

You say all's fair in love and war
but you're ripping my heart
with the words you say tonight
don't you think my darling
we're worth fighting for?
maybe I could convince you
to treat me right

Baby this is love not war we're fighting for
but you've got me blindfold
begging upon my knees
everyone tells me it's a losing battle
but I just can't understand
why you go and treat me
like I'm the enemy?

Love is patient, love is kind
but that presupposes
we're on the same side
love is patient, love is kind
but I'd be stupid if love was totally blind

You say all's fair in love and war
I suppose that means you'll do
whatever you like
but I'm providing you this early warning
I don't play these kinds of games
and I'll retreat
before you do me like this again

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Sister, you're taking me out tonight
I don't care where we go
long as I know we're doing it right
I've got a man on my mind
and you know he's done me wrong
let's get one thing straight
tonight I just can't be alone
you know that something gets lost
in these silly games that we play
won't you take me away?

Tonight I want to feel no pain
bring on the night
we'll be doing alright
I hear Cuervo calling my name
I want to feel no pain
won't you help me?
help me feel no pain

Sister, when I feel like I'm losing ground
when the world outside
keeps knocking me
and pushing me down
I want to spread my wings
I want to know the meaning of free
sometimes we've got to shake things up
just to find a little stability
with you by my side
I'll take it in stride when I can
just one demand

We'll spin around the dance floor
till we're a little bit numb
I know it ain't the answer
but ladies we ain't hurting anyone

Winter came
my sunshine left me
no, better said
you were the moon
ever close, ever far
I never could put my finger on you
are you better, baby, without me?
now that you went out
on your own
does the moonlight
trigger a memory?
like the ones I can't erase
and you know it's written
on my face

Baby when I sing a love song
I'm falling apart at the seams
baby when I sing a love song
I finally know what it means

You know I'm no good
at showing what I feel
thank God my music
makes me real
maybe I should have told you
all this long before today
before the distance
drove you away

Are you better without me?
now that you've backed out
on your own
I swear if you say
that you're better without me
I will leave you alone
sometimes love means letting go

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Hey Mom and Dad, how are you?
it's been so long since I've spoke with you
I'm okay, by the way
your baby's doing fine
I believe in what I'm doing here
though sometimes it ain't exactly clear
I've got six months to go in this long year
and I've got people here who look to me
oh, their eyes of scrutiny
and everyday they need me to be strong

Here in the Land of the Morning Calm
nights are short and the days are long
everybody's got a story to be told
here in the Land of the Morning Calm
doing my part to right the wrongs
but I feel my idealism growing cold

I wake up in the morning
when it's dark outside
I breathe real deep and rub my eyes
my body aches cause I'm so tired
I see their eyes looking at me
through a hundred miles of scrutiny
so I give them a reassuring smile
when I see a look of loneliness in his eyes
I say, boy, how you doing?
he says for my first time out of Texas
I suppose that I'm alright
he's in the Land of the Morning Calm

I see the birds
pointed towards the north you know
as the cold wind blows
everyday from dusk till dawn
as I traipse on through that muddy field
I find a brave little flower growing here
and the sight of it helps me carry on
here in the Land of the Morning Calm

Now I've jumped out of combat planes
sworn to bear my country's pain
lately I've been feeling rather old
here in the Land of the Morning Calm
doing my part to right the wrongs
but I feel my idealism growing cold
yes I feel my idealism growing cold
yes I fear my idealism is growing cold

Take my hand the search is over, love
you look at me with wondering eyes
it's always been the way you looked at me
but I just couldn't see it till now
ever patient, ever loyal, ever so kind
you were always my best friend
and while the other boys broke my heart
you picked up the pieces time and again

Baby, I've seen you searching the skies
I've seen you silently praying
baby, I want you to know
sometimes in the end
nice guys win

And so I thank you for your patience
giving the space I need
and while the other boys broke my heart
you proved strong enough to love me

So hold me darling never let go
of that fire burning in your eyes
I've found my way through the smoky haze
now I'm praying that you see mine

When the world is finally through with us
I picture us wrinkled and tired
but we're holding hands
I suppose I just can't imagine tomorrow
without this wonderful man
who is ever patient, ever loyal, ever so kind
may I live to deserve this love
and every night I'm in your arms
I thank heaven above
that in the end
nice guys win


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