Smoke Ring Days

 
 

Smoke Ring Days

Smoke Ring Days
03/24/2017
Dino Valenti
Smoke Ring Days
2012-02-09
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP

Lyrics

PRISONER

I AM A PRISONER
LIVING INSIDE MY SHELL
LOST DEEP WITHIN THIS HELL
NOWHERE TO GO

I AM A PRISONER
HIDDEN INSIDE THE MESS
HOARDING MY LONELINESS
IT’S ALL I KNOW

CHORUS:
SOMEDAY SOON I’M GONNA BREAK FREE
RUN OFF WHERE NOBODY CAN SEE
TAKE THIS BURDEN, LAY IT ON DOWN
SAY SO LONG, NOT MAKING A SOUND
SUDDENLY SO LIGHT I CAN FLY
GOODBYE

I AM A PRISONER
STRAIGHT UP OR OVER ICE
A LIVING SACRIFICE
TO WHAT I CRAVE

I AM A PRISONER
BLINK TWICE AND TURN AROUND
BEND DOWN AND TOUCH THE GROUND
I AM ITS SLAVE

I AM A PRISONER
RICHER THAN ANY KING
REFUSE TO SHARE A THING
OF WHAT I EARN

I AM A PRISONER
DO IT WITH ANYONE
IT’S NEVER ANY FUN
YET STILL I YEARN

I AM A PRISONER
LIGHT UP AND LET IT IN
A HUMAN SPECIMEN
OF WASTED YEARS

I AM A PRISONER
NO ONE CAN SEE THE KNIFE
AS SLOWLY, SLICE BY SLICE
I DISAPPEAR

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Sleeping With Open Eyes

Now the cold war is over and we've laid down our arms
Prayed for peace to surround us, but we haven't disarmed
Just what sort of solution can be raised from the dust
That we kicked from beneath us in our years of distrust

Chorus:
I know there's no way to go back into the past
For what was left there we could never find
I want to put my faith in something that will last
And Lancelot still lives within my mind

Is it nation for nation, is it you against me
If I ease my position will I soon cease to be
If we change the conditions, will we still strategize
How to keep the advantage, sleeping with open eyes

Yes, the cold war has melted, can we live in the sun
If we bask in its warmth, will our work come undone
Will the lessons we learned here all be quickly forgot
As we try to return to what was Camelot

 

Smoke Ring Days
2008-06-20
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

(Who's Gonna Save) America

And I recall all the times he lied
To convince us to take his side
Since the very first victims died
It's been lies

And the act wasn't only war
It was what we were dying for
We were evening up a score
In disguise

Chorus:
Who's gonna save America
Who's gonna save America
Who's gonna save America
Is it you, is it me, what will be

Now the damage has long been done
We must think of the days to come
When the rabid are on the run
We will rise

And I think of the ways they've failed
How the guilty have cut and bailed
When the criminals have been nailed
Freedom flies

Smoke Ring Days
2015-08-14
smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

The Path to Higher Ground

Oh, won’t you take this weight I feel
Before I break, before I fall
My burden has become unreal
And nothing else seems real at all

Chorus:
Lord, lead me to the path
I’ve got to find that path
Lord, help me on Your path
The path to higher ground

The toll it’s taken bows my back
The price I’ve paid has messed my mind
When did I step upon that crack
How has it all come so unkind

If you reach out your hand to me
And help to lift what holds me down
Perhaps ahead a path I’ll see
That leads unto a higher ground

Smoke Ring Days
2013-07-10
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Light (Candle in the Dark)

We can wait here on a miracle
We can waste another day
Holding out the hope that a change will come
That will take our pain away

We can raise our eyes to the heavens high
Praying for a better fate
But the only thing that I’m certain of
Is we’ll grow old while we wait


Chorus:
Waiting
We’ve been waiting
We’ve been here for all these years
Despite the hating

Waiting
No more waiting
Now the fear of all those years
Is finally fading

We have/For we’ve tread in place, ‘fraid of making waves
Trying to keep our heads above
In the sea of lies of those who despise
Who we are or how we love

But/And the time has come now to sink or swim
‘Fore we wash upon the beach
Through the ebbing tide lies a better way
That at last is in our reach

You can cry for years
Shed a sea of tears
Drowning out your sacred spark
Or light a single candle in the dark

Smoke Ring Days
2014-01-27
smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Things Are Gonna Get Better

I never knew your eyes were blue
Until I caught you crying
Standing by the house that had been home
And in a moment I knew
It hit me just like the blue
That all the hope you’d held onto was gone

Chorus:
Things are tough now
Someday they’re gonna get better
I can’t say when, but somehow
Some way they’ll be better

Bridge:
Have a little faith in faith alone
Let it be your strength when all else is gone

I never knew that loving you
Would make me feel so lonely
As though I wasn’t really here at all
I cannot change who you are
Yet still I’ve clung on this far
Waiting for the other shoe to fall

I never knew that losing you
Would leave my life in pieces
Lying sharp and shining on the floor
And though they warned not to touch
I never wanted so much
To feel the pain until I felt no more

Smoke Ring Days
2014-08-06
Smokesongs Ltd.

Lyrics

Poisoning the Well

We wasted time
Feeding our minds
With things we’d never need
Truth left unsaid, we filled our heads
With falsehoods and with greed

And though we tried
To live the lie
Which, by and by, we chose
Despite the spin
We could not win
The emperor had no clothes

Chorus:    
Selling our souls to gain control
Buying into the lies we tell
Drink up and die
It’s you and I
Poisoning our own well

And now from birth
We base our worth
On those who spark and shine
Despite the fact that they may lack
That thing we call a mind

So, mesmerized
Our inner guides
Are blinded by the light
And, wander’ing ‘round the darkness, drown
In endless waves of trite

We’ll burn like sun
For number one
We’ll let the seas run dry
And go from warm to hot to gone
All while denying why

We’ll spray the skies
To kill the flies
Despite the evidence
We’ll seal our fate and suffocate
How can this all make sense

Selling our souls we lose control
Buying into the lies they sell
Drink up and die
It’s you and I
Poisoning our own well

 

Smoke Ring Days
2012-12-20
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Out of This Place

Chorus:
Who-oah, get me out of this place
Who-oah, get me out of this place
Who-oah, get me out of this place 
For come tomorrow it may be too late


Once I thought my life had direction
Well, I guess I was wrong
Seems my search for hope and affection
Goes on and on and on

Used to think the moments had meaning
Like the words of a psalm
Now the feeling’s taken to leaving
And soon will all be gone
It will all too soon be gone

Rode the rails of romance to nowhere
But a busted up heart
And a fear to let myself care
That keeps tear’n my world apart

How I long to run off to someday
When I won’t be alone
Cause inside I’m dyin’ away
Every day I’m far from home
And I need to find a home

Need a friend to save me when sadness
All comes crashin’ on in
Somebody to stave off the madness
That keeps me in the wind
And I’m on my way again


 

Smoke Ring Days
2014-12-06
Smokesongs Ltd

Lyrics

PEACE IN MY SOUL

SOMEDAYS YOU DOUBT WHETHER HE CARES
AND IF YOU NEED WOULD SHE BE THERE
WONDERING AS YOU KEEP ON
WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO BE GONE
SO DESPERATE TO FIND DIRECTION
ONE THAT YOU PRAY LEADS THE WAY HOME

IF YOU CRY ‘CAUSE LIFE HURTS
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND JUST TRY THESE WORDS

CHORUS:
WELL, THERE ARE FEW THINGS IN LIFE I REALLY NEED
TO MAKE ME FEEL FREE AND WHOLE
JUST BRING SOME HOPE TO MY HEART, JOY TO THE WORLD
AND GIVE ME PEACE, PEACE IN MY SOUL

WHAT IS OUR PLACE ON THIS PLANET
JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT
IS AN UNDERTAKING
WE SPEND OUR WHOLE LIFETIME MAKING
LOOKING FOR THAT ONE CONNECTION
WHO LETS US KNOW WE CAN GO HOME

AND WE CRY ‘CAUSE WE’RE HEARD
LIFT OUR EYES AND REPRISE THESE WORDS

AND AS THE DAY TURNS TO EVENING
WE FEEL THE FEAR IN US LEAVING
DEEP WITHIN THE DARK NIGHT
WE KNOW THAT ALL WILL BE ALL RIGHT
PERFECT IN OUR IMPERFECTION
JUST LOOK AROUND, WE HAVE FOUND HOME

WHEN WE CRY IN RELIEF
DON’T ASK WHY, JUST BE REAL, BELIEVE

Smoke Ring Days
2012-08-07
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Home (Big Bertha)

Big Bertha, we call home
Busted bumper, rusted chrome
Ripped out carpet, burnt out dome
It’s where we make our beds

Come nightfall, we pull in
Doesn’t matter where we’ve been
Every evening, same old thing
It’s how we keep our heads

Chorus:

Tell me, how do I find the way to get home
Feels like I’ve lost my mind, I’m so all alone
Please just reach out your hand and help me get home

Each morning on the dot
Here in home sweet parking lot
Six AM, already hot
We dress in sweat and shame

Wash up at Quickie Mart
Praying I won’t fall apart
Wishing I could press restart
Begin my life again

Each week at Heaven’s Gate
Preacher says to keep the faith
Promises it’s not too late
For things to go our way

Says Jesus loves the poor
But it seems He could show us more
If He revealed the reason for
Our struggling each day

I dream that one day soon
Come December, maybe June
This old world will change its tune
And all will finally hear

Our voices, now in pain
Singing out in hope again
Telling in their strong refrain
That better times are near

Smoke Ring Days
2015-07-03
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP

Lyrics

MOVE ON (SOUTHERN WIND)

BABE, COME THE MORNING
SOON AS IT’S DAWNING
WITHOUT A WARNING
I’LL MOVE ON

NOT SURE AS YET WHERE
BUT WHEN I GET THERE
GONNA FORGET HERE
I’LL BE GONE

LOVE, COME TOMORROW
SLAKE ALL MY SORROW
TAKE NOTHING, BORROW
LAY WITH ME

THEN, COME THE EVENING
THOUGH I’LL BE LEAVING
GO ON BELIEVING
WHAT COULD BE

Smoke Ring Days
2009-03-02
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Where Do I Go On Monday

Please come on now, step in, sit down
I've got some real bad news
It seems that those who own this town
No longer have the use
For folks who work an honest day
The likes of you and me
And so I've called you in to say
They've closed the factory

They've sent our jobs some other place
Half way across this Earth
Where someone with a different face
And far-off land of birth
So much in need of U.S. trade
To feed their family
Works for one tenth of what they paid
In our old factory

Chorus:
And what do I tell my man
And how will we make ends meet
And what'll I do now on
So that my kids can eat
And after the sweat and tears
I put in for twenty years
I need to (wanna) know
Where do I go on Monday

So please shut down the big machines
Yeah, dull their mighty roar
Don't worry if they aren't cleaned
Won't matter anymore
Take jackets, pictures, everything
That made this hell a home
The old fat lady's 'bout to sing
It's time that we were gone

Just one last thing before you leave
I really want to say
You all have been like family
Each night and every day
Tonight you will be in my prayers
Be strong and go with grace
And may God keep you in his care
Through what we now must face

Smoke Ring Days
2015-07-03
smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Walking on Eggshells

My life with you
Is like walking on a sea of eggshells
Heaven now that soon will be hell - again
For all our nights
Are spent crawling ‘long a ledge of porcelain
Fragile as the state that you’re in – in pain

Chorus:
The time we spend
Feels without end
The hours crawl
Always waiting on the other shoe –
To fall

Yeah, life with you
Is a never-ending sea of eggshells
Swept up in a wave of sweet hell - again
And every day
Is like playing with a loaded landmine
Not sure when you’ll go off this time - insane

Bridge:
Pretty pieces all around
Little lies upon the ground    
When you break don’t make a sound
(You’re just) gone, baby, gone

Lost

04:15
Smoke Ring Days
2014-09-23
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Lost

One final glance
No second chance
Some things cannot be mended
For this romance
Just like a last dance
Has spun to a stop and ended

Chorus:
Now/And we’re lost, baby, we’re lost
‘Cause the last of the lines has been crossed
Like a one-sided coin we took and tossed
Without a care
Into thin air
There’s nothing here

In the rear view
What we once knew
Something that grew has faded
Leaving us lost
And grieving the cost
Hollow and hurt and jaded

Both you and I
Cried ourselves dry
Hopeless and brokenhearted
Bridgeless, we burned
And loveless, we spurned
Empty as when we started



Smoke Ring Days
2013-04-04
smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Rabbit Hole

Deep down inside I could not hide the clock that counted down from lonely
I heard the ring and everything was suddenly about you only
Right from the first time that I gazed into your eyes
Something within me woke and made me realize
All that I’ve come to feel now fills my very soul
You are the one, my stars and sun
And here within your arms I lose control
And fall down the rabbit hole

Winter to spring, and everything was growing big and getting taller
I took a pill and drank my fill and in an instant all seemed smaller
I stirred my coffee while the others sipped on tea
And peered above my cup to find your eyes on me
And by the time I looked away my drink was cold
But, strangest brew, a fever grew
The sparks that flew, like steps on hottest coal
Led me down the rabbit hole

So we go round and round
Beneath the ground    
Around the rabbit hole

Yeah, we go round and round
We’re lost, then found
And bound to lose control

Warm wasted days spent in a haze, for me your passion is a potion
Drunk on your love, below’s above no longer seems so daft a notion
For since you’re here with me my world’s turned upside down
You are an ocean in which I would, willing, drown
Submerged forever in this bliss my only goal
And as the shore becomes no more
My final breath I’ll gladly give as toll
To go down the rabbit hole

Smoke Ring Days
2008-09-01
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Welcome to the New Revolution

The times may be a changin'
But they're only getting worse
And he who walks the last in line
Can't even see the first
We're being cut from every side
'Til all we know's it hurts

Chorus:
And there's gotta be change, change, change
We're talkin' 'bout a change, change, change
Our minds we've got to rearrange
And I say

Welcome to the new revolution
Can you feel it? Our time has come
One for all, we'll find a solution
So, welcome to the new revolution

Well, those who came before us
Built this land on sweat and tears
They sowed their dreams of better lives
Into the soil for years
But instead of fields of plenty
We are left with only fears

What will our children's children find
When they lift up the stone
The legacy we leave behind
Should light their way back home
Instead, we curse the darkness
And grow bitter to the bone

Smoke Ring Days
10/15/2016
Rick Eppedio / C.R.Keyser - Posner copyright smokesongs ASCAP

Lyrics

TIME ON  MY MIND

WHEN I THINK OF OUR TIME TOGETHER
I GET SO TORN APART
EACH OLD MEMORY CUTS ME DEEPER
CARVES YOUR NAME ON MY HEART

WHEN I THINK OF THE WAY WE ENDED
WISH THAT I WOULD’VE KNOWN
I’D FEEL EMPTY AND LOST WITHOUT YOU
OUT OF TIME AND ALONE

CHORUS:
TIME ON MY MIND
WISH THAT I COULD GO BACK
SO I COULD FIND ONE MORE TIME
WHEN I WAS YOURS  - AND YOU WERE MINE

TIME’S A BANDIT THAT HIDES IN SHADOWS
CATCHES YOU BY SURPRISE
STEALS YOUR LOVE AND THEN LEAVES NO CLUE TO
THE DARK IN YOUR LOVER’S EYES

TIME TOOK YOU WHEN I WASN’T LOOKING
SLOWLY SLIPPED YOU AWAY
LEFT WITH YOU AND WITHOUT A TRACE
AND ASKED NO RANSOM TO PAY

HEAR THE CLOCK ON THE WALL A' CRYING
TWENTY-FOUR TIMES A DAY
TICKING HEARTBEATS ACROSS MY CONSCIOUS
KEEPING SLEEPING AWAY

SEEMS THAT CLOCK IS A LOT LIKE ME
I HIDE MY FACE WITH MY HANDS
AND MARK THE TIME ‘TIL THE DAY WHEN I
WILL FINALLY UNDERSTAND

Fly

04:42
Smoke Ring Days
2012-06-19
SmokeSongs ltd.

Lyrics

FLY

RIGHT NOW I AM SO DOWN
I’M LEVEL WITH THE GROUND
THERE’S SO MUCH I HAVE LOST, MY FRIEND
I FEAR IT CAN’T BE FOUND

IF ONLY I COULD RISE
AND SEE LIFE THROUGH NEW EYES
PERHAPS I’D FIND MY VOICE AGAIN
AS SIMPLE AS A SIGH

CHORUS:
COMING FROM ON HIGH
TELLING ME TO FLY
THERE’S NO NEED TO QUESTION
NO REASON TO ASK WHY
TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH NOW
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY
JUST FLY

I TRIED SO HARD SO LONG
BUT WHAT SEEMED RIGHT WENT WRONG
ONE DAY I COULD NO LONGER FIND
THE PATH I’D STARTED ON

TOOK ONE GOOD LOOK AROUND
AND KNEELING ON THE GROUND
I PRAYED FOR THERE TO BE A SIGN
A SINGLE SPARK OF SOUND

I WONDER WHERE HOPE WENT
LIKE ALL ELSE, IT’S BEEN SPENT
BUT NOW, THE CHANCE TO MAKE A CHOICE
MY ROAD TO REINVENT

AND AS I MAKE MY WAY
TOWARD THAT BRIGHTER DAY
I’LL LISTEN FOR THAT QUIET VOICE
A STILLNESS IN THE FRAY

Smoke Ring Days
2009-09-01
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Born at the Wrong Time

I've seen so many changes, precious few that I'd have planned
Those so obsessed with shallowness, a plague upon the land
Somehow the ways of peace and love they cannot understand
And the days that I have longed to live are to a memory damned

Chorus:
Tell me, was I born at the wrong time
Feels like I'm living in the wrong place
Sometimes it all seems like a long climb
Tell me, was I born at the wrong, wrong time

I've been so many places, but I've never had a home
Surrounded by their faces, still I am so all alone
Have searched to find some softness in a world made hard as stone
'Til all this not belonging's left me that 'ol black cat moan

I just can't help but wonder what I'm doing here and now
Existing amongst others who exalt a golden cow
And scratch their itch by getting rich, no matter who or how
Will pay the price to feed their vice, no sweat upon their brow

Smoke Ring Days
2012-10-25
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

HERE BY MY SIDE

BABY, I KNEW IT IN AN INSTANT
WHEN I SAW YOU MY HEART BEAT ‘HOME’
IT WOULD TAKE LONGER THAN A LIFETIME
TO TELL YOU ALL YOUR LOVE HAS SHOWN

IF SOMEHOW WE COULD LIVE FOREVER
THEN SPEND ETERNITY AS ONE
THERE’D STILL BE NO WAY TO REPAY YOU
FOR ALL YOUR LOVING ME HAS DONE

CHORUS:
YOU ARE HEAVEN TO ME
AN ANGEL SENT AS MY GUIDE
I AM THE BEST I CAN BE
WHEN YOU’RE HERE BY MY SIDE

BABY, MY LIFE BEFORE I MET YOU
WAS LIKE A FRAME WITHOUT A HOOK
FOR I HAD NOTHING TO HANG ON TO
AND DIDN’T KNOW WHICH WAY TO LOOK

YEAH, HAPPINESS WAS BUT A MYSTERY
JUST LIKE A PUZZLE WITH NO CLUE
SO MANY QUESTIONS, BUT NO ANSWERS
UNTIL I FOUND THEM ALL IN YOU

IF SOMEHOW WE COULD LIVE FOREVER
THEN SPEND ETERNITY AS ONE
THERE’D STILL BE NO WAY TO REPAY YOU
FOR ALL YOUR LOVING ME HAS DONE

YOU ARE HEAVEN TO ME
AN ANGEL SENT AS MY GUIDE
I AM THE BEST I CAN BE
WHEN YOU’RE HERE BY MY SIDE

LIFE IS THE BEST IT CAN BE
WHEN YOU’RE HERE BY MY SIDE

BABY, I KNEW IT IN AN INSTANT

Smoke Ring Days
2013-01-11
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

A Place Called Sin

Hey there people, won’t you step on in
And hear the story of a place called Sin
Built by folks who walked a tightwire rope
One side hell, yeah, and the other one hope

Then one day a wind blew from the north
Rocked the little village back and forth
By the time the dust had settled down
Lucifer had come to claim the town

He brought with him his evil bag of tricks
On everything he scrawled a ‘666’
The square in town was stained in deepest red
And in it every man and boy lay dead

The young girls cried and all the women wailed
Beneath a cross to which the mayor was nailed
And as he gasped in his last mortal breath
He prayed to God to bring him peace in death

Smoke Ring Days
2013-01-29
SmokeSongs LTD.

Lyrics

New Millenium Blues

You’ve gotta change your way of thinking
If you wanna make it in the modern world

Change, change, got to change your brain, now

You’ve got to switch the way you’re thinking, baby
If you wanna make it with a modern girl

Switch your head up, baby, turn your mind on
Wrap your thinking ‘round the new millennium

Within your shell you know you just may find a pearl

You’ve gotta walk it like you talk it
If you want to live a life that’s free

Keep walkin’ if all you’re doin’ is talkin’

You’ve got to put yourself on out there, baby
So folks will take you seriously

Put it out there, show us all that you care
Don’t go actin’ like you’ve done that and been there

For in the dark you know none but the blind can see

You’ve got to get hip to the zeitgeist
If you’re gonna keep up with the changing times

Zig zag, don’t be such a drag, man

You’ve got be one with the cosmos, baby
Before fate stops and drops that dime

Make peace with everyone you meet, now
I’ve got your back, babe, and it sure is lookin’ sweet

Speak the truth transcendent and your star will climb

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Raging Heart

A thousand pools of light reflected in your eyes
All of them burning bright, that look I so despise
Still don't know why you want to come here anyway
We burned that bridge of sighs and called that dog a day

Chorus:
Hey, oh, your raging heart, it ain't a part of me no more
Don't you come around here, oh no, hey, oh

Don't speak of love, your words all fall upon deaf ears
Angels above may weep, I haven't cried in years
And don't beg me please, because it's become such a bore
Get off your knees, you're leaving bloodstains on the floor

Telephone telling me your dreams are full of death
Seems you want sympathy, my love, don't hold your breath
Oh, after all these years, what did you think you'd find
No pillar of salt here, I never looked behind

Smoke Ring Days
2009-04-02
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Where Do I Go On Monday

Please come on now, step in, sit down
I've got some real bad news
It seems that those who own this town
No longer have the use
For folks who work an honest day
The likes of you and me
And so I've called you in to say
They've closed the factory

They've sent our jobs some other place
Half way across this Earth
Where someone with a different face
And far-off land of birth
So much in need of U.S. trade
To feed their family
Works for one tenth of what they paid
In our old factory

Chorus:
And what do I tell my man
And how will we make ends meet
And what'll I do now on
So that my kids can eat
And after the sweat and tears
I put in for twenty years
I need to (wanna) know
Where do I go on Monday

So please shut down the big machines
Yeah, dull their mighty roar
Don't worry if they aren't cleaned
Won't matter anymore
Take jackets, pictures, everything
That made this hell a home
The old fat lady's 'bout to sing
It's time that we were gone

Just one last thing before you leave
I really want to say
You all have been like family
Each night and every day
Tonight you will be in my prayers
Be strong and go with grace
And may God keep you in his care
Through what we now must face

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-06
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

The Healing Time

I'm just your reckless daughter, and I'm treading water
And I'm waiting for the tide to turn
Shipwrecked and torn asunder, yeah, I'm going under
Feel the undertow begin to churn
Down, I'm going down, I'm going down

Chorus:
This sea of memory still breaks upon the beach
And sweeps serenity away and out of reach
I fear the best in me will break upon the beach
Rescue me, set me free

Been down one time too many, can it be I'll drown
Because I don't have any more self control
When will the healing tides of the healing time
Wash on over me, oversee my soul
Down, I'm going down, I'm going down

I hear the siren song, it's been far too long
And I fear its wrong, still, I can't say no
Can't swim and it's miles to travel, feel my mind unravel
Got to get to land and it's far to go
Down, I'm going down, I'm going down

Smoke Ring Days
2010-04-30
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner/ © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

BADLANDS SUITE:

1. Jump in the Water

She was drunk on the springtime when he came along
And he knew all the words to her favorite song
Was a feeling too new to be right or go wrong
And all that was sure was that soon they'd be gone

Chorus:
Jump in the water, yeah, pull me in
Hold on tight, it's all right to sin
Moon's high above us shining all around
Take a vow, show me how, can't wait now
And I'm going down

He was searching for something in somebody's soul
And he knew when he found it he'd finally be whole
All the tears and the fears they no longer did toll
Once he looked in her eyes and he lost all control

They were childish and childlike and children at heart
And their love lit a life that was light years apart
And from that magic moment they never did part
Held together forever by fate's fatal dart

2. Bonnie and Clyde (On the Run)

When they started their journey it was just for the thrill
But before it was done they'd thieve and kill
To the laws they were poison, maddest dogs of their day
For the deed had been done him they'd all pay

In their hearts, knew their mission was just slow suicide
Still, they vowed to get even 'til they died
There was hardly a law man left to stand in their path
Anyone with a badge did feel their wrath

Two love-struck desperadoes traveling on that dim road
Leaving many an answer left unknown
For a shower of bullets rained on their final ride
And they died in their glory, side by side

Smoke Ring Days
2013-08-27
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

Good Day (for the Angels)


Thinking back to 22
I was standing on the stage
Dancing right up next to you
Never dreamed that we would age

But today the news I heard
Telling me how time moves on
I will not forget your words
Gone the singer, not the song

Chorus:
And it’s a good day for the angels
But a bad, bad time for you and me
And the loved ones left to miss them
As their lives become a part of history
But you know here in my heart they’ll always be
They’ll always be

I remember making beds
Crying as we shook the sheets
And transistor talking heads
Sadness in the summer heat

You were still a rising sun
Only halfway ‘cross the sky
Shone your light on everyone
Left the world not asking why

Take me way back, P & S
To a time when cares were few
I’d have been the last to guess
Such a thing could come to you

Though you never left her side
In a moment you were gone
Only one to call her bride
I will love you all life long

Smoke Ring Days
2012-04-19
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWASTE FACTORY

HURRY UP, MEIN KINDER
GOT TO GET TO WORK
TIME TO USE THOSE PRETTY HANDS
TO MAKE ANOTHER SHIRT

THOUGH TODAY IS SHABBOS
THERE CAN BE NO REST
TIMES ARE HARD  NOW, WITH BILLS TO PAY
AND A BABY AT MY BREAST

SO QUICKLY, SHEYNE, RACE
TO WASHINGTON PLACE

MIA PROVIDENZA
FLOWER OF MY HEART
OH, I PRAY WE DIDN’T HAVE
TO SPEND THE DAY APART

SEWING CAMICETTE
'TIL YOUR FINGERS ACHE
HOW I WISH WE DIDN’T NEED
THE MONEY THAT YOU MAKE

SO FRETTA, BELLA, RACE
TO WASHINGTON PLACE

ASHES TO ASCH, AND THEY ALL FALL DOWN
FIERY GEMSTONES FROM A BURNING CROWN
FALLEN ANGELS LINE THE STREETS BELOW
BENT AND BROKEN BY THE RICH MAN’S BLOW

EVERYONE WAS TIRED
NEARLY TIME TO LEAVE
SUDDENLY A FIRE
FROM AN EMBER ON A SLEEVE

ROSE ESCAPED TO SAFETY
BECKY JUMPED, BUT DIED
GUSSIE’S FAMILY CLAIMED THEIR GIRL
THE LAST IDENTIFIED

SO FAST THE FIRE RACED
IN WASHINGTON PLACE

MSSRS. BLANCK AND HARRIS
DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT
ARE YOUR DOORS OF MEMORY
LOCKED AND CHAINED UP TIGHT

OR DO YOU REMEMBER
HOW THEY WEPT AND LEAPED
WAS IT WORTH THE PRICE THEY PAID
THE PROFITS THAT YOU REAPED

THE TRUTH YOU NOW MUST FACE
OF WASHINGTON PLACE

ASHES TO ASCH, AND THEY ALL FALL DOWN
FIERY GEMSTONES FROM A BURNING CROWN
FALLEN ANGELS LINE THE STREETS BELOW
BENT AND BROKEN BY THE RICH MAN’S BLOW

WHAT GOOD IS A RICH MAN IF HE HASN’T GOT A HEART

Smoke Ring Days
2015-02-04
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

SAY MY NAME

MY BROTHER PLAYS A MEAN GUITAR
ME, I PLAY WITH THE TRUTH
AND BEND TO FIT MY FANTASY
THE SECRET NOTES OF YOUTH

THE DAMAGED ONE WHO CAME UNDONE
NOW HAS SURVIVED AS PROOF
IT CAN STOP HERE – CAN STOP HERE

CHORUS:
SAY MY NAME, SAY MY NAME
I WALK THIS EARTH, MY LIFE HAS WORTH
AND IT’S NOT YOU I BLAME

DESPAIR DISGUISED IN LOVE AND LIES
SUCCUMBED TO SORROW’S FLAME
I AM AS ASH UPON YOUR LIPS
FOR GOD’S SAKE SAY MY NAME

I GAVE THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE
TO THE FIRST BOY WHO MADE ME FEEL
AND TRIED SO HARD TO WIN HIS HEART
THE LIES I TOLD SEEMED REAL

WE CUT EACH OTHER DOWN SO LONG
THE WOUNDS COULD NOT BE HEALED
IT ALL STOPPED THERE – IT STOPPED THERE

IT MUST STOP HERE – MUST STOP HERE

I’M LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS NOW
FAR FROM THAT SOUTHERN BEACH
BUT ALL THE PAINFUL MEMORIES
STILL LIE WITHN MY REACH

AND THOUGH THE HURT WAS MINE TO LEARN
IT WON’T BE MINE TO TEACH
IT ALL STOPS HERE - IT STOPS HERE

Smoke Ring Days
2010-01-19
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner/ © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Shelter

Sometimes it seems my dreams have spun out of control

At times I'm sure the floor has fallen from 'neath my soul
But just when I can barely spy the light of day
You shine your love on me and help me find my way
 
Chorus:
You give me shelter, shelter, shelter from my fears
Shelter, shelter, shelter all these years
I need shelter, shelter, help to dry my tears
Give me some shelter, shelter, shelter from my fears
Yeah, shelter from my fears
 
I watch the world unfurling flags and waging war
Calling for killing, but the end, my friend's unsure
Though sorrow colors my tomorrows all unreal
With you my faith's renewed, my heartbreak starts to heal

A face of rarest grace has gone from out our sight
Like purest light above now faded into night
When will we start, with soul and heart, to sing his song
And work for peace on Earth as he did all along

 

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Round and Round

Back when I was a girl
Thought my heart ruled the world
I went looking for love waiting to be found
Knew that I'd find the one
It was my will to be done
And I loved a few as my young life unwound

To this day I've yet to find
That one who lives in my mind
Who will make my feet to float above the ground
Well, they say love is strange
I don't know, people change
And the wheel just keeps on going round and round

Chorus:
Round and round, so we go
Round and round, where we stop I don't know
There's no way we can say
What tomorrow'll bring our way
So we all just keep on going round and round

For a while I ran wild
I was young, but not a child
I still had a lot of growing up to do
In my dreams I could hear
Someone whispering in my ear
Telling me that I would someday find love true

Now I'm grown and I know
That there ain't no Romeo
Gonna hold a ladder for me to climb down
Well, they say life is strange
I don't know, I guess we change
And we all just keep on going round and round

When we first met you told me
This was how it oughta be
And that you would be the one to love me true
All those castles I'd erected
Suddenly seemed disconnected
Couldn't see just what they had to do with you

Deep inside me was that girl
And she said 'give it a whirl'
And the words were like a heartbeat without sound
Now I know love is strange
I don't know, I guess I'll change
And my life will keep on going round and round

 

Smoke Ring Days
2015-04-12
Smokesongs ltd

Lyrics

HEY, LET’S GO

HEY, LET’S GO, HEY LET’S GO
HEY, LET’S GO
HEY, LET’S GO

HEY, LET’S GO, HEY LET’S GO
HEY, LET’S GO

JUST WHEN I’VE GOT IT DOWN
THEN THE DEVIL APPEARS AND HE’S IN THE DETAILS
ALWAYS MESSIN’ ME 'ROUND
‘TIL I’M BACK IN ARREARS, ALL MY YEARS FOR RESALE

CHORUS:
ALL THESE CHANGES
AND THE WAY THEY REARRANGE US
IT JUST SETS MY MIND A-REELIN’
I’M NOT SURE I LIKE THE FEELIN’    
‘CAUSE ONE MINUTE I’LL BE HIGH, THEN I’M LOW
CAN’T GET WHY, I DON’T KNOW
WALK THE LINE AND WE’LL BE FINE
HEY, LET’S GO

JUST WHEN I ‘M KICKIN’ BACK
THINGS ARE SLOW AS L.A. AND IT’S EASY SAILIN’
THEN IT ALL JUMPS THE TRACK
FIRST IT’S GOIN’ MY WAY, THEN THE DAY’S DERAILIN’

JUST WHEN I’M DOIN’ JAKE
‘CAUSE I’VE FINALLY FOUND I CAN LOVE THE LIVIN’
I MAKE ONE SMALL MISTAKE
AND IT ALL TURNS AROUND, ‘TIL I’M BOUND TO GIVE IN

HEY, LET’S GO, HEY LET’S GO
HEY, LET’S GO



Smoke Ring Days
2012-03-22
Smokesongs ltd.

Lyrics

My Everything

Well, it’s been ten years since we stood at the altar side by side
And most days I can’t remember how it felt to be a bride
Oh, it’s not that I don’t give a damn, you know I said I do
But it’s more that I’m not sure if I still belong here with you

Chorus:
You’re my passion, you’re my pain
You’re my sun and storm and rain
You’re the reason I give in and go on time and time again
And when love can fix it all
It will be your name I’ll sing
Until then, I will stand tall, and wear your ring
My everything

When I wake beside you every day, do I still long for your touch
And when you’re out there on the road, does my memory matter much
Yeah, sometimes I stop and wonder if I’m longing to be free
Or is it more that I’m not sure your heart still beats for me

When we were young our love was sweet and strong in every way
And I never thought there’d come a time we both could go astray
But despite it, we’re still here, and while there’s nothing guaranteed
Well, I know deep in my soul that all we have is what we need

Smoke Ring Days
2011-09-01
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP

Lyrics

'Til We Walk in the Sun

Babe, close your eyes
Sleep now, my sweet
You won’t be alone this evening
I will come to you in dreaming

No need to cry
Fall into sleep
Come with me, there’ll be no grieving
For tonight I won’t be leaving
Heart to heart, true love is never done

Chorus:
For even as the night falls, baby
We will be as one
And hand and hand we’ll run
'Til we walk in the sun

I’ll close your eyes
Rest now in peace
No pain left to bring us sorrow
We will hope again tomorrow

Angel of mine
Always, I’ll keep
Every moment like a treasure
Safe within my soul forever
A lover’s knot to never come undone

Heart to heart, true love is never done

Smoke Ring Days
2005-01-02
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

MYSTERY TO ME

WELL, I'M SITTING ON LIFE'S FENCE
AND I'M JUST TRYING TO MAKE SOME SENSE
OF THESE STAR-CROSSED THOUGHTS CAVORTING 'CROSS MY MIND

AND I DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY TO TURN
FREEZE THE FLOW OR FEEL THE BURN
I KEEP HOPING FOR SOME SWEET CELESTIAL SIGN
AND I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE LONGEST TIME

CHORUS:

IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME
A PUZZLE WITH NO ANSWER KEY
I CAN ONLY WAIT AND SEE JUST WHAT IS YET TO BE

WELL, WE'RE WALKING A FINE LINE
STILL NOT SURE OF WHAT WE'LL FIND
ARE WE TAKING STEPS THAT END IN MAKING PLANS

IF I SHOULD STRAY FROM SOLID GROUND
WILL YOU STAY, STILL STICK AROUND
CAN I COUNT ON YOU TO SAY YOU'LL UNDERSTAND
AND WILL YOU BE THE ONE TO TAKE MY HAND

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-12
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

BED OF NAILS

WELL, THE PAIN OF YOUR DECLARATION
AND THE STRAIN OF OUR SEPARATION
HAVE HUNG ME HIGH, HAVE WRUNG ME DRY
HAVE ROBBED ME OF SENSATION

BUT NOW I’M GRATEFUL TO BE NUMB
AND THAT MY SENSES BEEN STRUCK DUMB
‘CAUSE IF I HAD TO FEEL WHAT I’M FEELING NOW
WELL, I’M SURE I WOULD SUCCUMB
BUT WHEN I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP BABY, PEACE WON’T COME

CHORUS:
AND THE SOFTEST SHEETS ARE LIKE A BED OF NAILS
THEY’RE AS COLD AS SLEET AND AS HARD AS HAIL
BLOWIN’ THROUGH MY SOUL WITH THE FORCE OF GALES
NOW THAT YOU HAVE TOLD ME GOODBYE

WHEN YOUR HEARTACHE WON’T TAKE VACATION
THAT’S WHEN SLEEP’S LIKE A SWEET SALVATION
ONE LAYS YOU LOW, ONE LETS YOU GO
AND, OH, FOR THAT SEDATION

BUT LIKE A BULLET TO MY BRAIN
LIKE A VERSE WITH A CURSED REFRAIN
JUST WHEN I THINK I’LL SINK INTO SKY BLUE PINK
ALL THE BLACK FLOODS BACK AGAIN
AND I’M SWEPT ASEA, JUST ME, MISERY AND PAIN

WELL, THERE ISN’T AN INVOCATION
I CAN PRAY, OR A REPARATION
FOR BEIN’ HURT BY THOSE WHO WERE SUPPOSED
TO KEEP ME FROM DEVASTATION

AND THOUGH I MAY ONE DAY FORGET
THAT’S A CHANGE FAR TOO STRANGE AS YET
AND SO I’LL LET YOU KNOW THAT TO LET IT GO
MAY BE NO WIN ON THAT BET
‘CAUSE IT MAY BE WHAT YOU DON’T SEE WILL BE WHAT YOU GET

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

NOWHERE TOWN



ENCHILADA, BIG COOLATTA, CRUISING DOWN THE STRIP

PURPLE HAZE BURNS OFF THE DAYS, WE'RE TRYING TO LOOK HIP
SASSAFRAS AND SMOKING GRASS, I'M STICKING TO THE SEAT

SWEET REFRAIN PLAYS IN MY BRAIN AND MELTS INTO THE HEAT



CHORUS:

IT'S JUST ANOTHER MORNING IN THIS GOING NOWHERE TOWN

SO FIRE OFF A WARNING, GO ON AND SHOOT ANOTHER ROUND

UNTIL IT TURNS TO EVENING OVER HEADING SOMEWHERE WAY

WHERE WE CAN PLAN OUR LEAVING
'CAUSE IF YOU STAY TOO LONG
SOMEWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG
YOU GO ALONG OR GET AWAY
 


MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY, LINED UP IN A ROW

BALL THE JACK AND DON'T LOOK BACK, THAT LIFE WAS LONG AGO

RABBIT RUN, YOUR ONLY SON IS LIVING ON THE STREET


WHITE, ABUSED - YEAH, QUITE CONFUSED AND HUSTLING ON THE CHEAP


ACTION, ACTION, SATISFACTION, WRAP IT UP TO COME

NAME YOUR VICE AND PAY THE PRICE TO FEEL FOREVER YOUNG

HEY, RENEE, JUST WALK AWAY, THE SIGN SAYS THIS WAY OUT

DROP A DIME, YOU'RE JUST IN TIME, TUNE IN AND TURN ABOUT

 

Smoke Ring Days
2009-11-04
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner/ © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Starfish

Trying to toss the starfish to the sea
Trying to help the starfish to be free
Trying to toss the starfish to the sea
Trying to help the starfish to be free

And lying silent on the sand
I'm longing for your loving hand
To save me from the rising sun
And send me back from whence I've come

For I'm too long upon this beach
Here just beyond the ocean's reach
Help me to sail upon the sea
And to survive, alive and free

Chorus:
I'll dance upon the tide, my friend
For life's a joyous ride
To save but one life in the end
Is to answer all who've cried

And watching you I think with pride
Perhaps this one will turn the tide
Achieve what those who came before
Had not attained, and maybe more

But how can one child be so bold
To think that they could break the mold
And armed with only heart and hand
Attempt to save all left on land

I do not dare to think that I
Could save all those condemned to die
Still, I must try to take a stand
Not sit in silence on the sand

Oh starfish, washed upon the shore
Float far away and live once more
May life and peace your spirit buoy
Your journey filled with hope and joy

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Head in the Sand

Do you think if you close your eyes it will all go away
You crawl back to bed and you cover your head
It seems you have nothing to say
I want to know who chose the lies that you live with each day
It's time for the piper to pay

Chorus:
And there is just one thing I can't understand
As you sit there so sure in your youth
How long can you live with your head in the sand
Without someone breathing the truth

You know what I'm about but still tune me out with disgust
The safety you find in your smug, small town mind
Is about to be blown into dust
No time to prance and pout, this dance is of sadness, not lust
Be careful of those whom you trust

Do you think if you close your eyes it will all go away

Smoke Ring Days
2009-09-06
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

My Way or No Way

You hurt me once before
Now you say that you won’t do it anymore
And you’re asking me to give it one more try
Well okay, this time the game we play is mine

Chorus:
So if you want to be a part of me
It’s my way or no way
I won’t be made a fool
Play by my rules or get up and go ‘way

You ain’t been acting right
Tell me who was it that you were with last night
Now confess your crime the way you know you should
Keep your alibis or this goodbye’s for good

Bridge:
Now that she’s gone, say you wanna come back
I say c’mon and get on the right track
You say you’re sorry, so full of regret
I may forgive, but I’ll never forget

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Matter of Honor

You say you're leaving
Go on and go
Don't hand me threats, then stand there
Darkening my door

If you want out, babe
I'll help you pack
But once you're on that road
Just know you can't come back

Chorus:
Somehow I've always tried
To keep it all inside
Some people might call it pride
I can't decide

You think I'll break down
Beg you to stay
Wouldn't give you the satisfaction
Let alone the time of day

Inside I'm hurting
But you won't see me cry
It's a matter of honor
How we learn to live and lie

Sat silent on the bed
And watched while you packed up
Lay down on your side
As you loaded up your stuff

Watched from the window
As you drove on down the street
Then me and my honor
We cried ourselves to sleep

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

In Other Lives

In other lives, how were we tied together as one
Husbands and wives, or lovers and sons
In other days, promises made lay broken like glass
And so we stay locked in our past

Chorus:
Somewhere in time before today, someplace I've never been
A memory made won't fade away, your face somehow I've seen
I've gazed into your amber eyes and slept beneath your skin
Remembering now I realize it's fate we're here again

On stormy seas, oceans arose and stole you from me
Swept from my sight, lost in the night
Hundreds of years, thousands of tears have passed like a day
'Til here you lie, and I hear you say

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
Ian Hunter © Spiv/April Music (ASCAP)
Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Half a Heart

I come to you with half a heart
It's tattered and worn and it's been torn apart
By too many lovers and too little love
And too many closing doors
I come to you with half a heart
But whatever I have is yours

There was no future in my past
Those childhood dreams I held to fast
And used like a life raft to keep me afloat
On a sea made of broken hearts
There was no future in my past
Now I'm ready to make a new start

Chorus:
And I know with you I've found
What I have searched for all these years
Someone to share the laughter
And to hold me through the tears

I come to you with half a heart
But I still have the purest part
That hasn't been hurt and can still bear to hope
You're the lover that I've dreamed of
I come to you with half a heart
But within it's a whole lot of love

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Hip Hip Hop

Hey, babe, I've watched you waiting
Against the wall there, you're all alone
I know it's getting late, so
Let's hit the dance floor, please don't go home

Chorus:
And hey, hey, hey, hey c'mon and
Hip hip hop, twirl like a top
Be be bop, shake it, don't stop
Hip hip hop, twirl like a top
Be be bop, shake it, don't stop

Hey, babe, you know it's easy
If you would only give it a try
Won't you come on and please me
Just take a chance and then so will I

Hey babe, we're really moving
Our feet are flying across the floor
Feels great, the way we're grooving
So let's get dancing on out the door

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Mystery Train (of Love)

I knew you were no shining knight
No mount upon a steed
I thought this isn't what I want
But it might be what I need

I persevered with best intent
To wait for tides to turn
Sometimes things are just what they seem
Is the lesson that I learned

Chorus:
Once more the mystery train of love
Has ridden off its track
And when a dream has been derailed
It's hard to get it back

How is it hearts run so afoul
That started out so fine
Well, somewhere between then and now
We've reached the end of the line

I'm not sure what I'm looking for
Or where to stop and start
The last man to stand in your shoes
Left heel marks on my heart

In every love song ever sung
They say we heal in time
But this refrain repeats again
Just when I'm feeling fine

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Fate Comes Along

When I came home today
I found you had finally gone away
For though you left me long ago
The spirit of you seemed to linger so

I feared that your ghost would stay
And live in the mist of your memory
Forever, but now I am finally free
And you know I came home today

Chorus:
Just when you feel that it's not real without a fight
Fate comes along and takes the wrong and makes it right

Funny, I never find
The world as clear as appears in my mind
Try as I might, it just never seems
To feel as right as it does in my dreams

Seems sometimes I try too hard
To stand on my own and live up to a part
That until this time I thought was mine to play
And you know I came home today

Until I was alone
I never knew I could stand on my own
No, I waited for somebody else to say why
To tell me to jump, and what way, and how high

But after I went away
Stopped listening to answers I knew weren't true
And I learned to let go, and I knew what to do
And you know I came home today

Now I can go it alone
And I can make my own way
And you know I came home today

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Don't Walk Away

I was walking down the street just the other day
When a tall, dark stranger passed my way
They say while the sun shines you must make hay
And he looked so good I just had to say
Follow me, it'll be all right 
Come with me until day is night

Chorus:
Come on, baby, don't walk away
I want you in the wildest way
Come on, baby, don't walk away - hey!!

I was roaming up the road just the other night
When I saw a man who looked so right
He had the looks that do invite
And they served to whet my appetite
I said, follow me, it'll be okay 
Come with me until night is day

I was dreaming a dream and it was so sweet
About two young boys that I met in the street
It was cold and dark 'neath the lamplight's glow
So I said I know of a place to go
I said, follow me, it'll be okay
And they came with me until night was day

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Shameless Walls

I've no more tears, I've been crying now for years
Tell me who's left for me to mourn
How can it be it's all come down to me
To stand alone and carry on

Avert your eyes from all that you despise
The faceless names on shameless walls
We lived and breathed, felt love and shared the need
Were forced to grieve before the fall

Chorus:
And where have they gone
Bright stars, they're shining like the sun
Burning on, though night has come

Our only choice is to raise up every voice
In words of protest, hope, and love
Reach every ear and make the deaf to hear
It must be clear: too much's enough

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

First You Fall

I know your mama told you not to misbehave
With the boys that you knew from Sunday school
But you know you can end up going to your grave
If you listen to all your mother's rules

I know your father told you good girls don't do that
But he never said just what they do
Well, I've been up and down, and I've seen where it's at
And what your daddy told you wasn't true

Now you've met someone who makes you feel
Like everything in life is real

Chorus:
Take off the brakes, baby, don't you stall
There ain't nothing like it when first you fall
Kick out the jams, c'mon, have a ball
Cause there ain't nothing like it when first you fall

I know your teachers told you not to do no wrong
You've got a reputation to uphold
But you can hold up something only for so long
And it won't keep you warm when nights are cold

Well, there comes a time you must decide
To play the game or run and hide

Well, there comes a time in all our lives
To climb on board and take that ride

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Hit to My Heart

I try to love you, baby
It never turns out right
The dagger that you plunge in me
Cuts deeper every night

Chorus:
You can't make love with no love at all
You cannot fake what you can't recall
We stood for more, but it fell apart
You shot me down, yeah, you scored a real hit to my heart

You told me true emotion
Would always save the day
And so I bared my soul to you
What more is there to say

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Never Got the Chance (to Say Goodbye)

Night after night, I lie alone here in my bed
Right, it wasn't right, that we left so much unsaid
It hurt me so when you let me know
That your love was just a lie
Then you turned and walked away
Haven't seen you since that day
And I never got the chance to say goodbye

Time after time, I play it all back in my mind
Crime, it's such a crime, how you just left me behind
Without telling me why it had to be
No, you didn't even try
You just turned and walked away
Though I wanted you to stay
'Cause I never got the chance to say goodbye

Bridge:
If we'd said goodbye I could carry on
I could feel deep down that it was over and done
Why'd you leave me living with a broken heart
When your words had gone and torn my world apart

You, after you, there'll be a better way for me
New, I'm starting new, and now the game is up to me
If I leave someone, say I'm moving on
Better bet that I'll say why
Won't just turn and walk away
And no one will ever say
Hey, I never got the chance to say goodbye

Never got the chance to say goodbye, oh no,
To say goodbye
Say goodbye

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-07
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Baby Don't You Follow

Endless darkness through my window
Daybreak black as night
I'll be headed where the wind blows
Won't be long before the dawn's blue light

Beggin' baby, don't you follow
Got no time for love
Don't know where I'll be tomorrow
A travelin' soul I've lost control of, yeah

If I ever loved a lady
Lord knows it was you
Still, I go where the road takes me
A lonely man that never can be true

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Simon Templar

You're dashing and daring
You're cool, but you're caring
Whenever there's danger
You're ready and raring

Chorus:
Simon Templar you are my fantasy
You may be a sinner, but you're a Saint to me

With women you're charming
Your smile is disarming
But if their men cross you
Your anger's alarming

You're my kind of male, oh
I'm hot on your trail, so
I'm coming to get you
Hold onto your halo

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Answer to Love

She stares out the window
Watches the wind blow
Alone in her small rented room
The dusk becomes night
So she turns on the light
But the air still hangs heavy with gloom

Her friends have moved on
First they're married, then gone
And she wonders if he'll ever come
The one she's dreamed years for
Shed lonely tears for
'Til all she can feel now is numb

Chorus:
And they tell you, oh, they tell you
To wait for a sign from above
How they tell you, they try and sell you
But who knows the answer to love

He pulls out his seat
And he sits down to eat
The evening lies empty ahead
He stares at the placemat
And thinks of the space that
Sleeps next to him on the bed

His plate in the sink
Now he pours one more drink
And the room is as dark as the rum
He sips at his glass
So he won't feel the time pass
'Til all he can feel now is numb

They were no strangers
Nor blind to the dangers
Of romance when things get too rough
Of letting down guards
And exposing your cards
To find out it was better to bluff

When you're feeling world-worn
With most of your hopes gone
Of finding someone who will care
Love's gonna guide you
Been waiting inside you
For you to find out it was there

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Home to Stay

If I tell you that I'm leavin'
Don't you cry, cry for me
There's nothing left here to believe in
And we were never meant to be

Chorus:
I'm too tired to keep pretending
Living out this masquerade
For the lies are never-ending
And the love feels far away
Well, I woke one morn to find it gone that day
But when I'm on the road I'll send it home to stay

Should I break the news it's over
Don't you cling and linger on
There's no sense staying with a lover
Once the love has been and gone

If I say hey, sayonara
Hasta la must be on my way
Just trust whatever comes tomorrow
Cannot change our yesterdays

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Story

A spiritual song about wanting a second chance in life.

Lyrics

Lord, Let Me Love Again

If we have only one life to live
We must restore and reach outward and give
For we can endure, reassure, and forgive
Oh Lord, let me live again
And, oh Lord, let me live again

Here in a world made of brick and stone
I get so tired of being alone
Here in my house I feel so far from home
Oh Lord, let me love again
And, oh Lord, let me live again

Chorus:
All I ask, all I ask
Is something to make me feel
Just a sign, just a sign
To let me know I'm real

If you could would you show your hand
Let me know there's a master plan
And, oh Lord, won't you let me live and love again

Let me love again

Smoke Ring Days
2010-04-02
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP
Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Sister Susan

Sister Susan was two years older
Tried to teach me to play guitar
She outgrew me as she grew bolder
Drunk on dreams schemed to take her far

Tried to follow but couldn't catch her
'Til I lost her around life's bend
Still can hear her as she flew past here
Singing 'baby, I'm not like them'

Bobby Brickley was my first lover
Married him when I turned eighteen
Came too quickly and stole the covers
Lost his job and found benzedrine

Moved to Houston and had the baby
Got a job at the five and ten
When all else failed, was Sue who saved me
Singing 'baby, you're not like them'

Bridge:
Well, you think that you've had enough
As the years roll by and the times are tough
But over and over I told her again
'No, we're not going down for the count
'Cause we're not like them'

Heard a voice in my head this morning
Telling me it was time to fly
Came upon me without a warning
Yet I knew not to question why

Went to Mama to say I was leaving
Not sure when I'd be back again
She just said 'never stop believing
Susie Baby, you're not like them'

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Story

Psychedelic instrumental intro opens this song about the horrors of making war.  A ten minute song with a five minute intro.

Lyrics

Frontline

Wasn't born to be a soldier
Wasn't raised to raise a hand
But they said to fight if you think you're right
Take a side and make a stand

How we wound up on the frontline
I can't seem to figure out
Can we ever win, or will we give in
To this troubled war of doubt
Yeah, this war of doubt

Well, they teach you to climb backwards
So you won't see when you fall
And that's good to know, 'cause the way things go
Sometimes I can't move at all

For I fear that with the next step
I may end up less than alive
So I stay in place and I rest my case
On the cause to just survive
And I just survive

I'm on the frontline, I'm falling out

Wasn't born to be a soldier
Wasn't raised to raise a hand
But I learned to fight and to feel what's right
And I know now where we stand

Will I die here on the frontline
Not of loss of blood, but of pride
Well, I'll hold my ground 'til they take me down
Never join the other side
Yeah, there's just one side

I'm on the frontline, I'm falling out

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Daydream Tomorrows

Ain't got no heavy heart weighing me down
No sea of memories in which to drown
I've put the past behind me now
And hope has found a home inside of me

No secret sadness lies within my soul
I've scaled the scarred walls of too much self-control
With or without you I am whole
So take my hand and walk beside me

Chorus:
For all the nights I felt I'd always be alone
Have melted in the warmth of love I've never known
Just when I feared the feel I'd lost had gone to stay
Daydream tomorrows have dissolved into today

I've given up my hold on yesterday
As for tomorrow, you are here with me today
All of the waiting fades away
And is replaced by faith to guide me

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Luck Don't Know My Name

I had some luck once, I think I lost it
Sure don't know where it's gone
I made a path and a black cat crossed it
My rabbit's foot done run
Little Miss Fortune, I hear some folks say
Her horseshoe's hangin' down
Walked 'neath a ladder or two just today
Now it's all over town

Chorus:
I know I've been cursed in the worst kinda way
'Cause when the music starts up I forget how to play
So bad kismet kiss off, 'cause I know you're to blame
Y'know that luck don't know my name

Stepped on a crack, but my mom was AWOL
And it passed down to me
No sense in spendin' time cryin' over spilled salt
Season of misery
If this is hoodoo, who'd do this to me
No clue to who I've wronged
My mirror's broken, but still I can see
Seven years too damned long

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-12
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

August Sun

Genocide makes the cover of the evening news tonight
You can either turn the page or scream out for what's right
Shallow graves beneath the August sky
How many more must suffer and die

Gunshots in the night make children cry
As mothers turn to God and ask him only why
Young girls are raped beneath the August sun
How much more until this hate is done

Bridge:

Haven't heard our sons and daughters
Singing songs of simple dreams
Haven't tasted of the waters
Running clear in silent streams

In the fight for land and liberty
Will you rise above and come with me
Will our homeland ever be a home again
And will we ever feel the warm, sweet rain

It always seems like it's been this way
A different dawn, but the same old day
Since the dawn of time you've heard this song before
When will there be no need to sing it anymore

Smoke Ring Days
2005-02-08
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Darkness on the Land

How is it we can ignore
All those who huff on heaven's door
Their final bed the bank in which they fall
Antifreeze and freezing cold
Will kill the mind and chill the soul
And gain control 'til none remains at all

Chorus:

And don't you know that where we stand
Cannot be owned by any man
Whoever comes to buy and sell the sun
Will visit only darkness on the land

History has been reversed
Rewritten 'gainst those that were first
To love a land of water, earth, and sky
All in the name of destiny
From genocide at Wounded Knee
To every wide-eyed child we've caused to die

Imprisoned those who dared to try
To gather strength and unify
Against the force that forced them from their home
But dignity runs proud and deep
And as ye sow, so shall ye reap
Be careful how you sleep, the time has come

Smoke Ring Days
2005-11-23
C.R.Keyser-Posner/R.Eppedio © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP

Lyrics

Head in the Sand

Do you think if you close your eyes it will all go away
You crawl back to bed and you cover your head
It seems you have nothing to say
I want to know who chose the lies that you live with each day
It's time for the piper to pay

Chorus:
And there is just one thing I can't understand
As you sit there so sure in your youth
How long can you live with your head in the sand
Without someone breathing the truth

You know what I'm about, but still tune me out with disgust
The safety you find in your smug, small-town mind
Is about to be blown into dust
No time to prance and pout, this dance is of sadness, not lust
Be careful of those whom you trust

Do you think if you close you eyes.....
It will all go away

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2012-04-07
Smokesongs ltd.
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2010-10-19
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2010-12-20
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2010-04-02
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2012-09-09
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2010-11-12
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2005-10-15
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP
Smoke Ring Days
2011-06-22
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP
Smoke Ring Days
2010-11-16
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2012-05-25
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2010-11-11
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2010-04-02
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2011-06-28
Smokesongs ltd. ASCAP
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2012-04-24
smokesongs ltd.
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2010-03-08
R.Eppedio/C.R.Keyser-Posner/ © Smokesongs Ltd. > ASCAP
Smoke Ring Days
2012-08-21
Smokesongs ltd.
Smoke Ring Days
2010-12-14
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2010-11-16
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2010-03-07
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2010-11-12
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2010-06-10
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2010-11-14
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2010-11-17
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