Out of My Mind*

Out of My Mind
Out of lines and out of reasons
Out again
Until the moon becomes the sun
What a jam, this indecision
What have I done
I kept you with me all those crazy nights
But I must have been blind
Darlin’
I must have been
Out of my mind
Out of bounds, out of control and
Out too far
Too late and much too hard to find
In again and in confusion
Way out of line
I thought I needed what I never had
But I had it all the time
Darlin’
I must have been
I must have been
Out of my mind
High times and hard times have come to
An end
Time you and I come full circle
Again
I’ve been out of your arms
And I’m wanting back in
I must have been
I must have been
Out of
My mind
Out of all the other places
I have turned
To rest my burning heart
In the end left empty spaces
So far apart
I see your face as if I’m seeing mine
With a love that once was blind
Darlin’
I must have been
I must have been
Out of
My mind
Out of love and understanding
Just in time
To last forever and a day
Out of all the explanations
What can I say
I’ll make a promise I can never break
Leave my wandering behind
Darlin’
I must have been
I must have been
Out of
My mind
© 2001 David Brunoehler, Melanie Safka

Let It Be – It Will Be Okay

Let It Be – It Will Be Okay

Planets shiftin’
Listen, listen
Endings
And new beginnings
Are the talk
Of the day
Let it be
It will be okay
Continents driftin’
Clouds liftin’
Morning
Sun will rise up
With the dawn
Come what may
I believe
We will still
Be
Okay
Whether the world sings a new tune,
The night leaves a new moon,
Or the light ceases to be shed…
What if the sea swallows Neptune
And we lose
The month of June
So long
Gone and left unsaid
I promise you
Old turns new
Always do
Let
It
Be
It will be
Okay
So much tension
Not to mention
Missiles
Failing missions
Fear and pain
Fire and rain
Misery
Will not stay
I repeat
It will be okay
Streets will quicken
New hopes thicken
Soon birds
Will fill the blue sky
Yesterdays
Always fade
You and I
Will find our way
Never mind
What’s behind
We will
All
Be
Okay
© 2001 David Brunoehler

It Was Me

It Was Me

When I ran out
Of excuses
Found out
What I couldn’t see
From the high hopes
To what’s-the-uses
Found out
What just had to be
It wasn’t someone
Or something else
It wasn’t you
It was me
It wasn’t someone
Or anything else
It wasn’t you
It was me
When I hit doubt
And confusion
Reached out
For a remedy
In a whisper
A voice of reason
Called out
The answer to me
It wasn’t someone
Or something else
It wasn’t you
It was me
It wasn’t someone
Or anything else
It wasn’t you
It was me
This is no apology
No finger aimed to blame
Wanting you to know I see
My life will never
Be the same
Been a tough fight
Beyond endurance
Knocked out
Blind injuries
Through the long night
The morning’s promise
Shined out
Like lightening to me
It wasn’t someone
Or something else
It wasn’t you
It was me
It wasn’t someone
Or anything else
It wasn’t you
It wasn’t you
It wasn’t you
It
Was
Me

© 2001 David Brunoehler

I Like To Sing Too

I Like To Sing Too

I’ll work through hours
When you’re performing
Work in the evenings
When you’re on stage
And when you go on
I’ll be much closer
To being with you
To being with you
I like to sing, too
I like for you to
Liking can bring two
People together
I like to sing, too
Voices are meant to
Sing with me won’t you
Here and forever
I’ll write you music
Maybe you’ll use it
Maybe accompaniment ‘s
What I’m meant for
And when you come home
Maybe it’s music
Just being with you
Just being with you
I like to sing, too
I like for you to
Liking can bring two
People together
I like to sing, too
Voices are meant to
Sing with me won’t you
Here and forever

HOW DUMB

HOW DUMB
I can’t tell what on earth is making you cry
I don’t have a clue
What could make you so blue
After all you’re gettin’ three meals and some pie
A lofty apartment
With no rent due
Could it be dissatisfaction
With the shape of the world, how dumb
Maybe it’s your own reaction
Not to now, but of things to come
If that’s so, well hallelujah
Every one in the world’s like you
Hate to have to break it to ya
This is all you need to do
If you
Want a perfect love for forever, call Jesus
If you want a piece of mine, call me
Can’t promise mine’ll get you any closer to heaven
But I guarantee it’s free
If you need the kind o’ peace that passes understanding
You can thank the Lord above
Or you can put aside whinin’ for the promised land
And give us both a shove
I can’t tell you much you don’t already know
I don’t see you actin’
On any advice
After all your get-ups and ready-set-goes
I can see you’re at a stand-still
On thinkin’ it twice
Could it be you’re disillusioned
What with all the lies we’re told
Maybe its a natural confusion
Not with now, but with growin’ old
If that’s so well alleluia
You’re just like everybody else
Hate to have to break it to ya
It’s just a little old simple case of hell’s bells
If you
Want a perfect love for forever, call Jesus
If you want a piece of mine, call me
Can’t promise mine’ll get you any closer to heaven
But I can guarantee it’s for free
If you need the kind o’ peace that passes understanding
You can thank the Lord above
Or you can put aside your whinin’ for the promised land
And give us both a shove
You can put aside your whinin’ for the promised land
And come get a little piece of my love
© 2000 David Brunoehler

Loving Came Easy, Leaving Came Hard

Loving Came Easy, Leaving Came Hard

How do I thank you
For the moment we met
So many memories
We won’t forget
What’s the location
I write on this card
Where loving was easy
And leaving was hard

Who to leave word with
Where do I –
Drop a line
What is the best way
When’s the best time
Here’s a note,
A reminder,
A few words
Just to say
It was easy to love you
It was hard to walk away

How do I thank you
For the part that we shared
The laughter that lifted
The times we were scared
What’s the location
I can put on this card
Where love arrived easy
And leaving came hard

How should I put this
Feeling I feel
Far past familiar
Better than real
I will carry a picture
Of the essence of you
So I’ll always remember
The wonder
That’s you

In some other language
There may be a way
To show much more clearly
Or not have to say
Perhaps some old symbol
Or gesture could do
More than I’ve managed
To convey
To you

Oh, how I value
Your gift to my life
Treasure forever
Our brief –
Passing by
Wherever you are when
This message comes through
(Believe me)
The leaving wasn’t easy
The loving was true
Leaving wasn’t easy
Loving was
True
© 2001,2011 David Brunoehler

Goodbye Fireflies

Goodbye Fireflies

When the moon is high
And autumn’s near
It’s time we wave goodbye
To fireflies
And warm night air,
Living candles
Everywhere,
Little lanterns
Within our grasp
That flitter off,
Then disappear
Oh me, oh my
Where will they go?
Why must they fly away?
They danced – they shined
They lit our eyes
Why can’t they land
And stay?
They like surprise
It’s in their plans
You’ll see next summer
Within your hands
So never mind
Don’t fret or cry
Just wave them on their way
And as they cross
The Queen Anne’s lace
We’ll lift our eyes
And say
Though it is darker
In this place
We’ll catch you on
Some other day
So, so long little yellow lights
We see you on some other
Warmer
Summer
Nights
© 2002 David Brunoehler