Category Archives: Lyrical Lessons

Vol. 108 “In An Instant”

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A night out in Minneapolis/St. Paul reminds us of the awesome power we have at our choosing.

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Vol. 107 “Yahweh”- U2

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The last song from U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, me at 3 AM, recording it during January, safe and secure the studio.  A prayer in the way that only U2 can deliver.  It’s one of the few, if only, songs with bassist Adam Clayton listed first as the writer of the song.  Thanks for listening!

Press play below to hear “Yahweh”

Yahweh

Take these shoes
Click-clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes
And make them fit
Take this shirt
Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt
And make it clean, clean
Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing, sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still, I’m waiting for the dawn

Take these hands
Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don’t make a fist, no
Take this mouth
So quick to criticize
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before the child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still, I’m waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

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Vol. 87 “Gentleman, Scholar, Drummer”- Neil Peart

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It is hard to imagine a man with so much talent, so much intellect, and so much thoughtfulness came out of Rock & Roll fame.  Neil Peart is no ordinary Rock Star!

Thanks for listening!  Happy days…

Press play arrow below to hear “Gentleman, Scholar, Drummer”.

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Vol. 64 “Overnight Success”-Melissa Etheridge

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to all those who are helping to find a cure, this week’s Gift Giver is breast cancer survivor, singer songwriter Melissa Etheridge.  In the search for a cure or any path in life we may choose for ourselves Melissa’s road to success has a lesson for us all.

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Press play below to hear this week’s message “Overnight Success”.

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Vol. 60 “Born To Run”- Bruce Springsteen

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On August 25, 2015 Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough classic album “Born To Run” turned 40.  In addition to the gift of the record’s characters and stories told through music themed around youth angst, the story behind “Born To Run” gives gifts from Bruce’s herculean efforts writing, recording and performing live, these timeless tales.

In addition to this week’s message I hope you’ll enjoy an Acoustic version of “Born To Run” I recorded in honor of these 40 years…just press play.

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Press play below to hear this week’s message “Born To Run”.

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Vol. 56 “These Are Days”- 10,000 Maniacs

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This week is the first “Lyrical Lessons” installment using the universal language of music to find gifts within songs.  Today it’s the 10,000 Maniacs song “These Are Days”, see lyrics and link to the song below.

Thanks for listening!  Happy days…

Press play arrow below to hear Vol 56 “These Are Days”.

 

Click To Hear The Song “These Are Days”

“These Are Days”

These are the days.

These are days you’ll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky.
It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days you’ll remember.
When May is rushing over you with desire to be part of the miracles you see in
Every hour.
You’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky.
It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.

These are days.

These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break.
These days you might feel a shaft of light make its way across your face.
And when you do you’ll know how it was meant to be.
See the signs and know their meaning.
It’s true, you’ll know how it was meant to be.
Hear the signs and know they’re speaking to you, to you.

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