Songbook

UNDERDOG

No one ever thought much of me
They thought what they saw was all I’d ever be
Kids at school would laugh at you too
Teachers called us daydreaming fools
With the odds stacked up to block us
The whole world out to stop us
We can prove them wrong

The Underdog; They’ll call us the Underdog
You know they will

Teachers bark ‘stop all your drummin’
My Mama scolds me ‘cut out that hummin’
Friends party every night
I play guitar under my bedroom lights
Dreaming of performing
Feel the fans roaring
Can you hear their applause?

For the Underdog; No, It won’t be long
For the Underdog; The Underdog

Look into your heart when you feel flawed
What sets us apart when people think we’re odd?
Look for the passion, there in the passion, the passion of your heart

The Underdog; We’ll take any odds
We’re the Underdog

Now I have something to say
A song to sing and music to play
A moving melody to inspire you
Let the rhythm pull you through
You can feel it in the lyric
You’re gonna’ love it when you hear it
We can write this song

The Underdog; Go ahead and sing along
With the Underdog
The Underdog; Sing your favourite song
The Underdog; The Underdog
The Underdog

No one ever thought much of me
They thought what they saw was all I’d ever be

LOVE IS

Love is the sunlight shining on your face
It pours down from heaven, brightens every dark place
Love is how you’d see yourself looking through my eyes
Placed on a pedestal raised up toward the sky

Love is. Look around you’ll find it
Love is. You can try but you can’t deny it
Love is. Could it be searching for you, maybe?
Love is. Open your heart baby

Love is the comfort when you know you’re understood
You never thought I’d spend the time, but you’re glad I always would
Love is the thoughtful gifts and self-sacrifice
I give to you each day, ’cause I want you in my life

Love is. Look around you’ll find it
Love is. You can try but you can’t deny it
Love is. Could it be searching for you, maybe?
Love is. Open your heart baby

Open your heart. Open your heart. Yeah, Yeah

Oh, love is the power of our warm embrace
In my arms baby, you’re protected and safe
Love is pure pleasure, why wonder if we should
When we’re together baby, oh you never felt so good

Love is. Look around you’ll find it
Love is. You can try but you can’t deny it
Love is. Have you thought about me lately?
Love is. Open your heart baby
Love is. Yes it is
Yes it is, love is
Love is, love is, love is
Yes it is…
‘cause Love is

MERCY

Fear like a knife cuts to the bone by the bullies in my school
The threat of violence makes me their fool
Sneaking to class, tracked down by that pair of feral dogs
The Tomlin boys, Bob and Todd, laugh at my sobs

I’m pushed in the john; friends look away as if nothing matters
Like roaches in the light, everyone scatters
Foul water rushes down my throat; I gasp for breath
Just another school day, another brush with death

Have mercy, Have mercy

I hide ‘til the darkness securely blankets my way home
And steal through the alley, shapes and shadows unknown
Passing by the Tomlins’ lair, I hear their Daddy shout
I trip over the trash can, whisky bottles fall out

Through the window’s glass I see Bobby’s eyes begin to tear
From the oh, so familiar grin, that terrifying sneer
Todd is held frozen in place, I watch his trembling shoulders
He cowers from the venom, Daddy’s words never colder

Have mercy, Show mercy

I swallow hard and cross the yard, make my way to their back door
Ring the bell, interrupt their hell, the brothers’ spirits soar
With suspicious bloodshot eyes their Daddy fills the doorway
I say: “Please Mr. Tomlin, can your boys come out and play?”

Bob and Todd crash the door, their one chance for escape
And say: “Daddy, don’t wait up, we’ll be home late.”
Three boys share knowing looks running down the path
To rid their world of violence, to put an end to wrath
Oh, rid their world of violence, and put an end to wrath

Have mercy, Show mercy, Find mercy, Give mercy, Oh

RIGHT ON TIME

I’ve been strummin’ these strings Saturday nights for so long
Weeks pile up, months roll by, leave a heap of lonely songs
But one of these days I’m gonna’ to play a tune that touches an angel’s heart
She’ll sing with me to the heavens above and play her angel harp

You showed up right on time
Like a heavenly sign

You walked into the bar, I didn’t know your name
Palms got wet, heartstrings tugged, did you feel the same?
You sang a simple melody, with a voice so sweet and true
You played in perfect harmony, Oh it must be you

And you showed up right on time
With a smile warm and kind
You showed up right on time
And you sang so divine
You showed up right on time

Oh

Oh, the magic of the music felt so right
We bathed in its beauty for just one night
Then our dream slipped away in the morning sun, the moment was all but gone
Now your memory takes the place of all those lonely songs

When you showed up right on time
You came to ease my mind
You showed up right on time
To throw me a line
You showed up right on time
Now I’m gonna’ be just fine
‘Cause you showed up right on time

I’ll be strummin’ these strings Saturday nights from now on

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

It’s been 18 months since the man said “you don’t work here no more”
Lined up with my neighbours taking handouts for the poor
They closed my grocery tab at the local store
The sheriff’s coming by to change the locks on my door

Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go
What to do, this whole damn town is slow – this town is slow

I just can’t stand to watch my wife cryin’ no more
Tryin’ to feed this family has become a full time chore
She’s worried day and night, won’t stop pacing the floor
She hasn’t left me yet; now what’s she waiting for?

Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go
What to do, this whole damn town is slow
Got to find a way to make some dough – gotta’ make some dough

I’m a hard workin’ man
My life’s slippin’ through my hands
I’m forced to do what I can’t stand

Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go
What to do, this whole damn town is slow
Got to find a way to make some dough – gotta’ make some dough, yeah

There’s a man I know, he works for the local drug lord
He’s made me an offer; I can help him make a score
And sell it on the corner to punks and whores, No!
Desperation pains me to my core

Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go
What to do, this whole damn town is slow
Got to find a way to make some dough
Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go – got no place to go x4

Can’t you see I’ve got no place to go
Got no place to go

MY HOME

In a cave far from the road
Longing for my country and my home
Bound and gagged, ropes around my hands
Prisoner of war in a foreign land

My home, the place I’m longing for
My home, warm welcome at the door
My home, my feet on the carpet floor
My home, may never see it anymore

Is this really about the oil
Beneath the land mines buried in the soil
Or is it all about religion
We pass on to our children

My home, smell of lilacs in the rain
My home, hear the road hockey game
My home, in the shade of the maple tree
My home, on a quiet suburban street

I don’t know if I can go on
Why have they kept me here so long
Are you coming to rescue me
Take me with you, I beg you please

To my home, before I get too tired
My home, put a log on the fire
My home, far from the darkness and the pain
My home, will I ever see it again

My home, ooh
My home, ooh
My home
My home…

YOU ARE THE ONE

The first time you said “Hello” to me
Is the day you awakened my dreams
Since then I see with candlelight eyes
You and me

You are the one that makes me sing
A song for the dreamers, the lovers, for you and me
I love you dancing next to me
Smiling so sweet
Playful and fun
Oh Darling, You are the one

And the first time you said “I Love You”
Is the night my dreams all came true
All the world can see this love of a lifetime
You and me

‘cause you are the one that makes me sing
A song for the dreamers, the lovers, for you and me
I love you dancing next to me
Smiling so sweet
Playful and fun
Oh, You are the one

There’s always one love worth waiting for
Someone who loves you for who you are
It feels like a lifetime of hoping and wishing
‘til one day your heart is sure

You are the one that makes me sing
A song for the dreamers, the lovers, for you and me
‘cause I love you dancing next to me
Smiling so sweet
Playful and fun
Oh Baby, You are the one
You are the one
Oh Darling, You are the one

The first time you said “Hello”

DROWNING IN TEARS

We both fell for the same girl ages ago
Why she picked you over me I’ll never know
I watched you mistreat her for so many years
Dry eyes on the outside, inside she was…

Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears

You call me your friend, yet how can I stand by
Knowing how you hurt her; feeling her cry
You’re braggin’ at the bar after one too many beers
She’s treading water in that house of horror…

Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears

If she were mine, I’d treat her right
No more tears on her pillow, not one more night

Don’t come around here no more; don’t call me your friend
Don’t you raise a hand to that woman again
She told me, she set herself free
She’s left you here, now you will be… Oh

Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears
Drowning in tears

Oh, drowning in tears

HAPPY TOGETHER

Girl our paths crossed one day in May
What brought us together, Lord I cannot say
There was a spark there, came out of nowhere
Fuelled by your eyes to a fiery blaze

I’m so happy it happened
I didn’t know what I was in for
All I knew was I wanted more
Love, laughter and passion
I’m so happy it happened

If the world burned down around us, we couldn’t care less
We focused on each other, ignoring all the rest
I had you and you had me, everyone could see
Our love standing tall, red hot and reckless

I’m so happy it happened
I never knew I could feel this way
Oh I want to be with you each and every day
An everlasting attraction
I’m so happy it happened

I’m so happy, Oh

We built our love layer by layer
In the game of life you’re my favourite player
Right from the start we shared a common heart
Our love will live on decades later

I’m so happy it happened
This everlasting attraction
Red hot and reckless is always in fashion baby
Love, laughter and passion
I’m so happy it happened
I’m so happy it happened
I’m so happy it happened
I’m so happy it happened

WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

My sister is a treasure
Waiting to be found
By a love that lasts forever
Where are you now?

The last guy tried to break her
It’s been a hurtful string of clowns
All these guys are takers
Tell me, where are you now?
Where are you now?

She needs someone like you to pull her through
And protect her from the hands of another bad man
Lines on her brow; face in a frown
No one around; tears on the ground
Where are you now?

There’s a choice at every corner
Peril all around
Someone needs to warn her
Where are you now?
Where are you now?

The assault on her heart is starting to show
How much longer can she go
With no one to love her
No one but her worried brother
How much pressure can a diamond take
The jewel is gonna’ break
She’s gonna’ break, Oh

Time is moving faster
The clock is counting down
Tolling to disaster
Tell me, where are you now?
Where are you now?

She needs someone like you to pull her through
And protect her from the hands of another bad man
Lines on her brow; face in a frown
No one around; tears on the ground
Where are you now?

Where are you now? (repeat)

YOU LOVE ME TOO

I know there’s a note out there waiting to be found
Hidden between the black keys and the white
And I’m gonna’ find it girl and bring it to the world
Out of the shadows into the light

And it’s gonna’ sound so sweet to you
You’ll have to choose what to do
Don’t tell me you and I are through
I wanna’ hear you say You Love Me Too

I know there’s a chord somewhere that will warm your heart to me
A harmony so sweet it’ll make you cry
I bet this sounds new to you, I’m sorry for what the world put you through
I promise there’ll be no more hurtful lies

And it’s gonna’ sound so sweet to you
You’ll forget about all you’ve been through
And see that I Love You
I wanna’ hear you say You Love Me Too

I wanna’ hear you say You Love Me Too

I’m writing a symphony, notes and chords and harmony
That calls your name, brings you home to me
I don’t care how long it takes, I’ll write ‘til my fingers break
I’ll find the piper’s magic melody

And it’s gonna’ sound so sweet to you
You’ll know I Love You through and through
With nothing left for you to do
I’ll finally hear you say You Love Me Too

‘cause the music sounds so sweet to you
I’ll always hear you say You Love Me…
You Love Me Too

LET YOUR MUSIC PLAY

Sounds of the morning sneak into your dream
Posing as part of the scene
You wake to find music roaming your room
Notes on a warm autumn breeze
Surreal, serene

You turn up your music, let it fill your ears
Like you’ve done all of these years
To keep out the insults, brutal disapproval
To block out your doubt and their fears

Let your music play, Mmm
Let your music play, Oh

You hide in your music from the raw ridicule
From bullies ruling your world
Callous and cold as the sleet and snow
But one day you won’t be their fool

Let your music play, Oh
Let your music play, Oh
Let your music play

Sing a note, play a chord, give your gift to the world
Your melody, your harmony, let music set you free
Let your music play, let your music play, let your music play
Play, let your music play, let your music play

Now you’re a rosebud melody wafting in the wind
At last your season begins
So bloom in the bouquet, now is your time
We’re all part of this music, ‘cause there’s reason and rhyme, Oh

Let your music play
Let it pave the way, your music will save you
Let your music play
Yeah, it’s gonna’ be okay
Let your music play
Let it play, play, every day now
Let your music play
Let your music play
Play…