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I wanna Believe

I Wanna Believe
2004
Author: JDA
I Wanna Believe
Joel Pirard 2004

Sometimes when we love, we start to say the things we feel
Sometimes when we trust we still have something to conceal
Somewhere in our senses there are secrets deep within
Although we lower our guard it’s still so hard to let them in

I wanna believe in you
I wanna believe in me
I wanna believe it’s true
For me, and for you

Somewhere there’s a place we go when we are joined together
Somewhere where we’re safe and nothing’s there to separate us
Somehow we can say that we are sure to beat the odds
We’ll go on as one heart we know that we can make it happen

I wanna believe in you
I wanna believe in me
I wanna believe it’s true
For me, and for you

Constant Devotion
2005
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard)
CONSTANT DEVOTION

IF I COULD FIND A WAY TO TELL THE TRUTH TODAY
I'D BE A BETTER MAN, I'D HAVE A BETTER PLAN
IF I COULD SEE THE PATH TO FIND THE LOVE I HAD
I'D FIND MY WAY TO YOU AND FEEL YOU AGAIN

OH I ONCE HAD A MOMENT WHEN I FELT I HAD CONTROL
BUT NOW EMOTIONS DON'T ALLOW ME TO RECALL
I ONCE HAD YOU, YOU ONCE HAD ME
BUT NOW IT'S GONE

SOMEDAY I'LL FIND A WAY TO TELL MY TRUTH TODAY
I'LL FIND ANOTHER PLAN TO HOLD YOU IN MY HANDS
I'LL TRY TO SEE THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT TURN OUT RIGHT
I WANT TO PLEDGE TO YOU
CONSTANT DEVOTION

I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR I DIDN'T WANT TO SEE
PLAIN IMAGES ON MY FACE THE TRUTH WAS SHOWN TO ME
I HAD THE ANSWER I HAD THE WAY
BUT I FELL DOWN

IF I COULD FIND A WAY TO TELL THE TRUTH TODAY
I'D BE A BETTER MAN, I'D HAVE A BETTER PLAN
I'LL TRY TO SEE THE LIGHT AND MAKE IT TURN OUT RIGHT
I WANT TO PLEDGE TO YOU
CONSTANT DEVOTION

OH I FEEL SO ALONE I CAN'T STAND THE LIGHT OF DAY
I TRY TO FIX HOW I FEEL BUT SOMETHING'S IN THE WAY
I SAW THE MIRROR, TRUTH WAS REFLECTED THERE
IN MY EYES
AND IN MY FACE

YOU ARE FREE

RUNNING FOR SHELTER, TO GET OUT OF THE RAIN
GO TO THE LAUGHTER RUN FROM THE PAIN
SEEKING THE FREEDOM TO REVEAL WHAT IS PLAIN
SET FORTH THE COMPASS TO GUIDE YOU AWAY

AS YOU FEEL THE EASING OF YOUR LONG PENT-UP EMOTIONS
YOU ARE FREE
SEEING AND REVEALING ALL YOU SECRETS NOT CONCEALING
WHAT YOU FEEL

AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE FREE

SCALE BACK THE EFFORTS, LEARN TO RELAX
LET YOUR MIND GO NOW, NEVER LOOK BACK
IF YOU SUCCEED AND ALLOW YOURSELF FALL
YOU WILL BE LIVING, THE TRUTH OF IT ALL

WITH YOUR THOUGHTS COLLIDING AND NO SECRETS HIDING
YOU'LL BE TRUE
WHEN YOU ARE DECIDING, AND SIMPLY RECONCILING
THE VIEW

ONCE AGAIN, YOU ARE FREE

OH YOU NEVER CAN SEE WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BE
'TIL ITS THERE
OH SO ALIVE IN THE TIME THOUGH SOMETIMES YOU SIT IN THE CHAIR
AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE TRUTH

SO FOLLOW YOUR FORTUNE, FOLLOW THE SUN
BE OF GOOD CHEER NOW, FORTUNATE ONES
THE SEASONS OF LIVING
THE SEASONS OF LOVE
RELEASED OBLIGATIONS
A NEW LIFE BEGUN

AS YOU FEEL THE EASING OF YOUR LONG PENT-UP EMOTIONS
YOU ARE FREE
SEEING AND REVEALING ALL YOU SECRETS NOT CONCEALING
WHAT YOU FEEL

AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE FREE

Hail To The Conquering Heroes
2001
Author: JDA
HAIL THE CONQUERING HEROES
By j pirard

Was he a man that a son could be proud of
Was she a saint or a whore to be scorned
Did they live lives in the course of decisions
Trying so hard or just living a lie

Hail to the conquering heroes of our lives
Those who would nurture and those who would fail
Those that we know of and those that we see
All of the that they need to set free

They call us all to know
They call us all feel the flow
Every day feel the rain fall down

A painter a soldier a sinner a lover
A mother a father a sister a wife
A brother a child a runner forgiver
All of the people that make up a life

Hail to the conquering heroes of our times
Hail to the people who help us decide
Those that we hear of and those we don’t know
All of the stories that are left to write

They call us all to know
They call us all feel the flow
Every day feel the rain fall down

The flow of song so great to know
The muse relates so hard to go
Just leave a trace so you’ll know
you made your mark

And She Knows
2001
Author: JDA
AND SHE KNOWS

AND SHE KNOWS THAT THE BEST IS YET TO COME
AND SHE GOES TO THE PLACES THAT ARE FUN
DOES SHE STOP AND REFLECT UPON HER DAY?
IF SHE DOES WILL SHE STILL GO ON HER WAY?

WILL SHE KNOW?

AND SHE GOES ON TO THE SETTING OF THE SUN
AS SHE GROWS SHE’LL REFLECT ON WHAT SHE’S DONE
SHE SEES HER FACE AS IT’S SHINING IN THE NIGHT
AS SHE SLEEPS TO AWAIT THE MORNING LIGHT

SHE SEES THE SKY THE SUN IS SHINING HIGH
THE LIGHT, HER EYES, THE FEELING AS SHE FLIES AWAY
SHE SEES THE SKY AND ALL THE FLOWING TREES
OCEANS OF GREEN, THE WONDERS SHE HAS SEEN, OH, OH YEAH

WILL SHE KNOW?

SHE’S RUNNING AROUND AND FLYING HIGH
SHE’S GOING TO VENTURE TO THE SKY
SHE KNOWS WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT WAS
TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH AND JUST BECAUSE
SHE SEES HER REACTION TO THE WIND
SHE KNOWS WILL SHE TRY TO FLY AGAIN

YES SHE KNOWS

SHE SEES THE SKY, THE SUN IS SHINING HIGH
OCEANS OF GREEN, THE WONDERS SHE HAS SEEN

The Message
2005
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard)
THE MESSAGE

CALL SEE THE ANSWER RISING
FALL SEE THE HEARTBREAK LEAVING
LOVE SEES THE ECHO PLEASING YOUR LIGHT

NOW COMES A NEW BEGINNING
NOW SEE THE FEELINGS BEGIN
WHEN WILL WE BE TOGETHER IN THE LIGHT

AN ENDLESS DREAM TO BE AS ONE
A MOMENT'S JOY BEGUN
TO MAKE IT LAST FROM SUN TO SUN
THE GOAL FROM FIRST TO LAST

FEEL YOUR HEART GROW FEEL JOY ABOUND
UNTIL THE END OF DAYS
IST TRUE IS IT SO REAL?
OR IS IT IN YOUR WAY?

NO LONGER LOVELY, DO WE GO ON
AS IF THERE WAS NO CALL?
A HAPPY ENDING, OR IS NOT,
THE DREAM THAT WE BUILD ON?

DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, DON'T EVER LET GO
WORK EVERY DAY TO MAKE IT TRUE
LIFE IS A LOVE SONG, IF YOU CAN DO IT
THIS MESSAGE I GIVE YOU

WORDS AND MUSIC BY
JOEL PIRARD

Like Beginnings
2005
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard ,Don Pitz)

Like Beginnings
(JDA)
A new sunrise
like beginnings it can spur you on
a big surprise
(it) always catches me offguard
it comes, flows
can you feel it now?
It's hope, it grows
but it comes and goes
Time it holds
you down or it can lift you up
It carries you around
like the wind it fills your sails
it comes, blows
can you see just how
it's hope grows
you already know
once you find
it grabs hold of you
you can't let go
In turn in kind
If you hang on you can't fail
It calls you home
can you hear it now
It's life, gold
Don't let it go
....don't let it go

What Could Be Better?
2005
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard) MUSIC BY DONALD PITZ
WHAT COULD BE BETTER

WORDS BY JOEL PIRARD
MUSIC BY DON PITZ
SPECIAL MATERIAL BY ARNO TIETJE

SITTING AROUND ON A SUNDAY MORNING
READING THE PAPER WITH MY MORNING COFFEE
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
THAN TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOU

THE SUN IS SHINING THROUGH THE OPEN WINDOW
THE CAT IS ASLEEP AND THE DOG'S IN THE YARD
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
THAN TO SPEND THIS TIME WITH YOU

MAYBE LATER WE COULD GO FOR A RIDE IN THE PARK
MAYBE WE'LL DO SOMETHING DARING AND STAY OUT AFTER DARK

BUT NOW WE'RE SITTING AROUND ON A SUNDAY MORNING
READING THE PAPER WITH OUR MORNING COFFEE
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
THAN TO SPEND THESE HOURS WITH YOU

Bluestown
2005
Author: JDA (ARNO TIETJE) 
BLUES TOWN

Words and music by Arno Tietje

Blues town, what I call you is blues town
Sad town seems I'm always wearing a frown when I'm walkin' around
Blues town beat me up and put me down
Lonely town sun at my back and eyes to the ground
but it's where I'm bound

I remember how it used to be
with my girl walkin' next to me
I always thought she'd be my destiny you see
I remember how it was before
when the future seemed an open door
Frozen in time forevermore for me

Blues town was a tapestry of sight and sound
Home town all your memories tie me down, some lost never to be found
Blues town, everybody's got a blues town
Break the bonds of the chains that hold you down
to a dead dream gagged and bound

Who She Was
2001
Author: JDA
WHO SHE WAS

THE OLDER THAT SHE GOT
THE HARDER TO BELIEVE
THAT SHE WAS NOT THE ONE
THAT THEY ALL DREAMED OF

HER LOOKS HAD GONE AWAY
SHE’D NOTHING LEFT TO DO
BUT SEE HER LONELY FACE
OUT IN THE WATER

OLD AND GRAY
SHE WALKS OUT IN THE RAIN
THE PEOPLE STOP AND STARE AT
WHO SHE WAS
THE LONELY FIGURE WALKING
A SHELL OF WHAT SHE KNEW
THE TRUTH IS SOMETHING
THAT SHE CAN’T BELIEVE

LONELY WALKING LADY
LOST IN HER DREAM…

BY JOEL PIRARD 1998

Making Up for Lost time
2005
Author: JDA (DON PITZ)
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

WORDS AND MUSIC BY DONALD PITZ
c2002

I'M SEEING THINGS A LITTLE CLEARER NOW
TAKING UP THE CHANCES THAT COME MY WAY
I'M LIVING FOR TODAY
BUT LOOKING FOR TOMORROW

I'M MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
TRYING TO FIND THE REASON IN THE RHYME
I'M NOT SURE WHAT I EXPECT TO FIND
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

IM RACING WITH THE WIND
I CAN'T HOLD BACK
RUNNING TOWARD A DESTINY
I KNOW NOT

TRYING NOT TO REMEMBER HOW
I LONG TO LIVE IN THE PAST BUT
THAT IS BEHIND ME NOW
LIVING FOR THE DAY
WHEN YESTERDAY WON'T MATTER


RUNNING WITH THE WIND
I CAN'T LOOK BACK
WILL I BE THERE TOMORROW
I KNOW NOT

I'M MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
TRYING TO PLACE A RHYTHM TO THE RHYME
HOPING THAT YOU WON'T MIND
THAT I'M MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

Blues Hand
2001
Author: JDA
BLUES HAND

WORDS BY JOEL PIRARD, DON PITZ, ARNO TIETJE

I ONCE KNEW A DRAGON WHO PUFFED THE NIGHT AWAY
HE HEADED OUT WEST WITH HIS POSSE AND HIS PAY (okay)

ALL HE KNEW TO DO WAS TO KEEP PLUGGIN’ AWAY
(He) HEADED OUT WEST AND HE’S STILL THEIR TODAY

I DECIDED TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS AND SOON WAS OUT THE DOOR
(The) DOUBLE WHITE LINES WERE CALLING ME
SO I PUT THE PEDAL TO THE FLOOR

I RAN INTO THIS DRIFTER STANDIN’ OUT BY THE TRACKS
HE SAID “ WHERE YOU’RE GOIN’ (Son)
THERE AIN’T NO TURNIN’ BACK”

YOU KNOW I HEADED WAY OUT WEST
TO FIND MY SOUL
TO FIND A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT I USED TO KNOW

WELL I HEADED WEST TO FIND MY SOUL
BUT WHAT I FOUND INSTEAD
(Well ) IT LEFT ME COLD

BUT THERE BEFORE ME MUCH TO MY SURPRISE
STOOD A HULKIN’ FIGURE OF A BEAST
WITH A HORNED HEAD AND THREE EYES
HE WAS BREATHIN’ FIRE AND BELCHIN’ SMOKE
WITH A TAIL A MILE LONG
HE TOLD ME TO LISTEN BUT I DIDN’T HEAR HIM SPEAK AT ALL

I STARTED TO FIDGET AND SPIN
WITH A HEAD FULL OF BEER
WELL HE SPOKE OF NOTHING, AND WHAT HE SAID I COULDN’T HEAR

THIS TRICKY SON OF A LIZARD
GOT ME THINKIN’ IT WAS ALL TOO CLEAR
WHEN IN FACT IT WASN’T (really)
I GUESS YOU CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR (no you can’t)

SO IF YOU EvER FIND YOURSELF OUT ON ROUTE 669
ON A STARLESS NIGHT, YOU MIGHT SEE A SIGHT
(to) SEND SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE

HE TAKES NO PRISONERS YOU’RE THE NEXT
(The next in line)
YOU BETTER SAY YOUR PRAYERS OR YOU CAN KISS YOUR ASS GOOD=BYE

THE ONE THING I DID HEAR AS I TURNED AND WALKED AWAY
THERE WAS ONE OTHER THING THAT HE HAD TO SAY

“SOME OF GOD’S CHILDREN GOT A GREEN HAND, OTHERS GOT A BLACK ONE
THIS CHILD’S GOT A BLUE HAND, AND THAT’S THE COLOR OF FUN (yes it is!)

Blueshand

Carry It Through
1998
Author: JDA
CARRY IT THROUGH

WORDS: JOEL PIRARD, ARNO TIETJE, DON PITZ
MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, ARNO TIETJE, DON PITZ C. 1997





I GUESS IT JUST DOESNT MATTER, I GUESS YOU DONT REALLY CARE
THERES JUST NO ONE LEFT TO BLAME, I GUESS THATS ONLY FAIR
WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS AND NOW WERE ALL ALONE
BUT I WISH, I WISH IT WASNT SO



WE ONCE SAID FOREVER, WE ONCE SAID HELLO
WE WERE TRYING TO BE BETTER, THAN ALL THE OTHERS THAT WE KNOW
BUT SOME THINGS THEY DONT CHANGE, SOON WE DRIFTED APART
AND SOON WE BROKE OUR HEARTS



AND I KNOW THAT SOME DAY WELL CARRY IT THROUGH
AND YOULL THINK ABOUT ME AND ILL THINK OF YOU
WE MIGHT SMILE A LITTLE, AND FEEL A LITTLE SAD



SO NOW JUST THINK IT OVER AND DONT FORGET THE PAST
JUST REMEMBER THAT SOME THINGS, THEY NEVER LAST
THERES JUST NO WAY AROUND IT, NO WAY TO MAKE A CHANGE
SO CARRY ON AND GET ON WITH THE GAME

For A Moment She Believes
2001
Author: JDA
For a moment She believes
Words by Don Pitz

As time stands still, for a moment she believes
And holds her watch so tightly in her hand
As she grieves, she has nothing to believe
It shatters into meaningless pieces

The shell of what she knew, falls away so slowly
Opening to let her spirit pass
Swirling leaves, her fingers catch the breeze
Breaking free her senses start to leave
To lead her down

A tormented soul, there!
Flying free!

The Change Will Do You Good
2001
Author: JDA
The Change Will Do You Good
Music j pirard/d pitz words j pirard d pitz a tietje

The change, the change, the change will do you good
‘cause if you stay the same you’re merely a beginner
The change, the change, the change will do you good
So try and play the game you might come out a winner

Find the key to grow, the joy of letting go
Don’t retreat to unsaid innuendo
See your path approach, follow it throughout
Find your way unfolding as you travel

The change, the change, the change will do you good
‘cause if you stay the same you’re merely a beginner
The change, the change, the change will do you good
So try and play the game you might come out a winner

Don’t assume you know, what I’ve got to show
Don’t relate our moment to a feeling
Don’t accept stagnation, don’t forget to dream
Follow your own independent healing

The change, the change, the change will do you good
‘cause if you stay the same you’re merely a beginner
The change, the change, the change will do you good
So try and play the game you might come out a winner

Emerging phoenix-like from dead relations
Rebuilding all our hopes from our frustrations
The synergy will lead to new creation
Of a world that’s borne upon your own salvation

Don’t forget to dream!

SLEEPYHEAD

WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, DON PITZ, ARNO TIETJE C.1997




WERE OFF YOU KNOW, ITS TIME TO GO
TIME TO GET UP, TIME TO START ANOTHER DAY
GET OUT OF BED, YOU OLD SLEEPYHEAD
THERES NOTHING TO IT, JUST SET YOUR MIND TO IT



SO PULL DOWN THE SHEETS, AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH
GET ON YOUR FEET, AND TAKE A FEW STEPS
GET OFF YOUR HIGH BED AND LOOK ALL AROUND
HEY SLEEPYHEAD, GET OUT OF BED NOW



TAKE A LOOK UP, BUT DONT TAKE YOUR TIME
GOT TO GO ONWARDS TOWARDS A NEW RHYME
AND IF YOU FEEL THE NEED TO RUN DOWN THE HALL
YOUVE GOT TO DO IT, YOUVE JUST GOT TO MAKE IT

No More Goodbyes
2001
Author: JDA
NO MORE GOOD BYES
words and music by Joel Pirard

FIRES IGNITE FLAMES BURNING BRIGHT
SMOKE OF OUR PASSION ARISE
LIGHTING YOUR EYES BURNS IN YOUR SIGHT
CAN IT BE YOURE MINE TONIGHT

YOUR BODY NEXT TO MINE
YOUR FLAMING HEAT
I NEED YOU ALL THE TIME
RIGHT NEXT TO ME

PASSION AWAKE AS YOU LAY BY MY SIDE
FEELINGS ALIVE IN YOUR SMILE
NOTHING COMPARES THE MEANING OF LIKE
SHARING OUR SOULS IN THE NIGHT

I FEEL YOUR TREMBLING HEART
LIKE SOMETHING NEW
THE FEELING OF YOU NOW
YOU ARE MY TRUTH

THE EMBERS ARE WARM AS THE NIGHT FADES AWAY
BUT WE KNOW IT WILL COME AGAIN
ONE SHORT GOOD BYE UNTIL THE NEXT DAY
WELL SOON RETURN UNTIL THEN

EVERY STEP MAKES US SO MUCH CLOSER
MAKING LOVE IN THE NIGHT
AS WE SO MUCH STRONGER
NO MORE GOOD BYES


You're In My Heart
2001
Author: JDA
YOU’RE IN MY HEART

When I think of you so far
When the feeling comes on down
Feel my heart begin to pound
Got to keep my two feet on the ground

I love you dear
All for you dear
Wish we didn’t have to part
Each day seems so long

When we speak it feels so fine
Waiting for our days to shine
Will we ever have our way
To walk in the open light of day

I love you dear
All for you dear
Wish we didn’t have to part
Each day, you’re in my heart

Looking forward is so hard
Knowing nothing down the road
Will we be there at the end
Will the truth be ours to send

I love you dear
All for you dear
Wish we didn’t have to part
Each day seems so long

I love you dear
All for you dear
Wish we didn’t have to part
Each day, you’re in my heart

You’re in my heart

FROM HEART TO HAND
JOEL PIRARD

TO BE, AND YET NOT BE
TO SEE AND YET BE BLIND
TO FEEL AND YET NOT FEEL
THE FEELINGS SO UNKIND

THE LOVE YOU WANT TO TAKE
THE LOVE YOU WANT TO MAKE ...OH

IT’S THERE IN YOUR HEART
WAS THERE FROM THE START
WHY CAN’T IT BE TRUE
WHY CAN’T I BELIEVE YOU

SO NOW, IT IS A SHAME
FOR THERE’S NOTHING TO BE GAINED
WE TALK BUT YOU’LL AGREE
THAT THERE IS NO YOU AND ME

WHAT USED TO BE THERE GONE
JUST LIKE THE SETTING SUN OH....

THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES
SUNLIGHT FROM THE SKIES
THAT LIGHT IS GONE TOO
I CAN’T SEEM TO REACH YOU

SO SAD, TO CONTEMPLATE
IT’S A PITY AND IT’S TOO LATE
WE TRIED TO MAKE IT GO
WE HOPED TO MAKE IT GROW
BUT SOMETIMES THE BEST LAID PLANS
DON’T MAKE IT FROM HEART TO HAND...OH


THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES
SUNLIGHT FROM THE SKIES
THAT LIGHT IS GONE TOO
I CAN’T SEEM TO REACH YOU

Time Will Tell
2001
Author: ARNO TIETJE 
Time will tell
By Arno Tietje

Add another layer to my shell
Doesn’t really matter in my private hell
Took a year for us to say our good-byes
Only now I know about all of your lies

Time will tell
Time will tell

Nothing we could do to forestall
We could read the writing
You had to have everything or nothing at all
I hoped our love would stand but it had to fall

Time will tell
Time will tell

Well I heard there’s trouble in paradise
You’re the last one to listen to your friends’ advice
And you went from the fire to the fryin’ pan
And it’s no joke that I’m laughing, just as hard as I can!

There was a time when, if I had my way
That they’d find you at the bottom of New York Bay
Well that anger has passed now so what can I say
‘cept we’re older, and wiser and it’s true that every dog,
has it’s day!

Our love was more than the sum of it’s parts
Carve another scar in my bleeding heart
Time waits for no one when the love departs
Just like a circle the end is the start

Time will tell
Time will tell
Time will tell
Time will tell


For The Old Friends
1998
Author: JDA
For The Old Friends

So tell the truth now, do you still feel were winning?
The Old Friends feeling, like no sees them sitting,
out in the cold night, no place to call their own

Again, in the Darkness of Night
When will it turn out all right,
for the Old Friends

When morning comes now, will they still move to answer,
the call of living, or will they stop and ask for,
a little caring, a helping hand to guide

Their way, in the course of the day
Seems its the least we can say
Help is at hand, from your sons, and your daughters, again

We all get older, do you still feel so carefree
When they go walking, out from their cold beginnings
Their clothes askew, they still want to be living

On, in the course of their lives
Slow, still theres light in their eyes for the Sun
still they go on, Dawn after Dawn

For they're Old Friends

MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, DON PITZ, ARNO TIETJE
WORDS: JOEL PIRARD C: 1997

THE DREAM

THE DAY IS DONE, THE SETTING SUN, AND I'M RELEASED TILL BREAK OF DAY
THE WORKING CLASS, AS TIME GOES PAST, HAVE ALL COMBINED IN THEIR OWN WAY

I WAS ONCE FREE TO PURSUE MY HEART
I WAS HOPING TO SUCCEED
I ONCE TRIED TO BE THE ESSENCE OF MY DREAM
BUT NOW I STAND ALONE

I WORK ALL DAY, AND IN MY OWN WAY, I TRY TO DO THE BEST I CAN
FROM NINE TO FIVE, IM BARELY ALIVE, BUT MY IDEAS WAIT IN MY HANDS

I WAS TRYING TO COMPLETE MY LIFE
I HAD HOPED FOR SOMETHING MORE
I ONCE SAW MYSELF AS SOMETHING MORE THAN I
BUT NOW I KNOW THE SCORE

YET SOMETHING CALLS ME DEEP INSIDE TO NOT LET GO THE DREAM
SOMETHING TELLS ME I CANT HIDE, I'VE GOT TO BE BELIEVED
REDEEMED FOR MY UNBROKEN LOVE I BRAVELY CARRY ON
AND SOMEWHERE IN THE SILENCE, I CAN FIND THE SONG (I CAN FIND THE SONG)

THOUGH I WAS DOWN, I'M BACK AGAIN. I HAVE FOUND MY VOICE ANEW
KEEP TO THE SOUND, PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS, WE WILL PLAY WHAT FEELS TRUE

I WAS LOST BUT NOW I FOUND IT
I HAD LOST ALL MY DESIRE
I HAD ALMOST GIVEN UP ON THE DREAM
BUT NOW IVE FOUND THE FIRE

A Bitter Pill
2004
Author: JDA
A Bitter Pill (Wasted Days and Silent Nights)
Words by Don Pitz
Music by Joel Pirard, Jeff Kalmar, John Curtin, and Arno Tietje

I fell asleep today got myself in deep today
I wake and then I find all this time been driving blind
I fell asleep today woke up where I shouldn't have been
I crawled into a wall bumped my head
and fell that's all

Warm wind blows Thanksgiving Eve, walking down the streets of dreams
A wonderous night that ends too soon hansom cabs and limp balloons
A warm evening Halloween, underdog and closet queens
a cold night on New Years Eve
sleeping pills and wild turkey

Cold Mornings Bitter Days
Summer Sun turned violet haze
A cold morning New years Day
angry words turned violent rage
A bitter pill I swallow whole
winter wind and violent cold
Sad letter that I write
wasted days and silent nights

Future promise filled with hope, now with nothing left to show
like shadows on a silver screen
'the great escape' and Steve McQueen
I fell into a dream, startled woke up with a scream
lift my head to look around
found the path to where I'm bound (and)

As time goes on and on the tale be told the race has run
the lesson's learned to find the battle nearly won

Calm the voice that rules the night
dragging darkness to the light
stalled plans life put on hold
brightest dreams turned rust from gold
It's a) Bitter Pill to swallow whole
winter wind and violent cold
It's a new song that I write
(I wish you) peaceful days and silent nights

A Bitter Pill

The Sea Shone For Me (by Eric Ekstrand) used by permission, arranfed by JDA
1997
THE SEA SHONE FOR ME

THE SEA SHONE FOR ME

WHEN THE DAYS WERE MUCH LONGER

AND I FOUND MY SELF NEAR YOU


NOW YOU ARE GONE

AND ALL I SEE IS WATER

AND I THINK OF ALL THE TIMES



WHEN WE HAD FUN, WE BELONGED

WE WENT OUR SEPARATE WAYS



NOW THE DAYS ARE TURNING

ALL DARK AND TO ASHES

AND I CANT HELP BUT TRY

TO BRING YOU BACK


COME BACK.

FREEWAY
WORDS: ARNO TIETJE, MUSIC JOEL PIRARD

I DRIVE I DRIVE THERFORE I AM
AMONG THE SHEEPLE IN THIS TRAFFIC JAM
ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS FOR AN HOUR A DAY IN MY MOBILE COCOON ON THE FREEWAY
WE’RE WARRIORS ALL ON THIS ENDLESS ROAD
IT'S HOW WE UNBURDEN THIS PSYCHIC LOAD
WE CAN'T MOVE FORWARD AND WE CAN'T LOOK BACK
EACH OF US ON OUR OWN LITTLE PROGRAM TRACK
BRAIN-DEAD MORON IN AN S.U.V
YACKIN' ON THE CELL PHONE IN FRONT OF ME

SHOULD'A HAD BREAKFAST BUT WAS RUNNIN' LATE
HIT THE GROUND RUNNIN' FOR THE STARTING GATE
SPILLED SOME COFFEE ALL OVER MY TIE
MORNING SUN RISING AND BLINDING MY EYES
WEATHER AND TRAFFIC ON THE RADIO
WHOLE LOT OF STOPPIN' AND NOT MUCH GO
RADAR DETECTOR SAYS THERE'S COPS AHEAD
AND I'M WISHIN' I WAS STILL ASLEEP IN BED
BRAKE LIGHTS TWINKLE LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE
IT'S A RIBBON OF RED, IN FRONT OF ME

NOW IT'S LATER AND IT'S BACK IN MY CAR
DO I HEAD BACK HOME OR STOP AT THE BAR
MAYBE KILL AN HOUR POSTPONE THE PAIN
OF THE ROAD RAGE MADNESS ON THE FREEWAY GAME
BUT I GOT A REASON TO HIT THE ROAD
THAT LIGHTENS THE WEIGHT OF MY HEAVY LOAD
SHE'S TALL AND SASSY AND SHE LOOKS SO FINE
SHE'S WAITIN' AT THE STATION HOPIN' I'M ON TIME
SO ALL YOU SLUGS BETTER CLEAR THE WAY
'CAUSE I'LL BE OUT THERE JAMMIN' DOWN THE FREEWAY

The Piper Leads The Children

WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: ARNO TIETJE, JOEL PIRARD, DON PITZ C. 1997

She came floating in her glory, like a vision from a tale

She was singing out her story, to the shadows and the frail


Like an endless color rainbow

Seen upon the ebb of storm

She's a vision of true color

She's the Hope of Life reborn

Like a shadow chased away

upon the coming of the Dawn

She enters into life and saves our own


She had never felt the sadness, She was just the joy of youth

She just brought it to fruition, as she held the Hand of Truth

Like a glimpse of our Nirvana

Like an Angel leading home

Like the Piper leads the Children

She's a vision to behold

Like a Lucy in the Skies

She's shining Diamonds in her wake

She has come to chase the gloom

and give our Souls a brand new Day

A Young Girl Full Of Promise
1998
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard)
A YOUNG GIRL FULL OF PROMISE
WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, DON PITZ, ARNO TIETJE C1997

THE MOONLIGHT COMES SLOWLY
AS SHE STANDS SADLY LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW
WILL SHE STILL GO THAT’S THE QUESTION
THE MOMENTS DECISION SHE KNOWS SHE’S HAD ENOUGH
BUT DOES SHE HAVE THE STRENGTH TO LEAVE THER’S HESITATION

SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL FULL OF PROMISE
SHE THOUGHT THAT SHE COULD RULE THE WORLD
SHE THOUGH SHE HAD IT MADE BUT SOON THE BROKEN DREAM
LAY DYING AT HER FEET

SHE TURNS AND DESCENDS THE STAIRS TO THE WAITING TAXI
OFF SHE GOES TO FIND THE DREAM SHE KNOWS IS WAITING
HE COMES HOME, SHE’S NOT THERE, THE TRUTH HITS HIM SO HARD
HOW COULD SHE DO THIS LEAVE HIM ON THE POINT OF HIS OWN NOWHERE

SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL FULL OF PROMISE
SHE THOUGHT THAT SHE COULD RULE THE WORLD
SHE THOUGH SHE HAD IT MADE BUT SOON THE BROKEN DREAM
LAY DYING AT HER FEET

AND THEN HE KNOWS THAT SHE IS GONE THE REALIZATION SETTLES IN
THE DREAM IS OVER THE MOMENT SHE HAD WARNED WOULD COME.

The Door
2001
Author: JDA
THE DOOR

MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD SO VIVID TO ME
I REACH OUT TO TOUCH I YEARN TO BE FREE
CHILDHOOD ILLUSIONS OF YEARS GONE PAST
SHAKEN IN DREAMS FROM FIRST TO THE LAST

TO RETURN ONCE AGAIN TO THE FREEDOM OF YOUTH
TO BE FREE OF THE BURDENS OF UN-ALTERED TRUTH
OH THE JOY OF OUR GAMES AS WE RAN IN THE WOODS
SO ALIVE SO ALIVE

NOW THAT I’M OLDER I KNOW SO MUCH MORE
BUT I’D LOSE IT ALL FOR A CHANCE AT THE DOOR
THAT LEADS TO THE LIFE LIKE THE ONE THAT I KNEW
MY CHILDHOOD ILLUSIONS COULD SOMEHOW BE TRUE

TO BE FREE AS A BIRD IN THE COURSE OF ITS FLIGHT
TO EXIST IN A LAND WHERE THE LESSONS OF MIGHT
ARE TO LIVE AND LET LIVE SO LONG AS THERE’S LIGHT
IN THE SKY IN THE SKY

BY JOEL PIRARD

Love Is Easy
1998
Author: JDA
LOVE IS EASY

Every day, as you wake, you see a little daylight
All our lives, are entwined, with our separate dreams
Seeing love, in the morning, the light comes through the window
As the birds fly aloft, the wind is in your hair


Love is coming, through the window
Love is coming, from the heart
Love is simple, if you let it flow
Love is easy, Love is easy


Patient smile, on your face, as I stumble through the day
Cue the lights, on our show, as we enter in the play
Will our song, be a glad one, will it make us proud
Will the rainbow of our love, make us sing aloud


Love is coming, through the window
Love is coming, from the heart
Love is simple, if you let it flow
Love is easy, Love is easy

WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, ARNO TIETJE, DON PITZ
C.1997

Dead Boys
2001
Author: JDA
DEAD BOYS

SOMETIMES ITS NOT SO MUCH WHAT YOU’RE SEEKING
SOMETIMES IT’S REALLY JUST WHAT YOU FIND
TO SOME ITS SLEEP AND TO OTHERS DREAMING
TO SOME IT’S ONLY JUST PEACE OF MIND

SOME OF THE LIVING JUST CAN’T COPE WITH DYING
SOME OF US DON’T THINK OF IT AT ALL
AND THEN THERE’S THOSE I GUESS WHO JUST STOP TRYING
ALL THEY CAN HEAR IS THE GRIM REAPER’S CALL

SOME JUST GOT TIRED OF SINGING IN THE CHOIR
SOME JUST GOT TIRED OF PLAYING IN THE BAND
SOME DIED WITH MONEY OTHERS DIED WITH FAME BUT
MOST OF THEM DIED I KNOW BY THEIR OWN HAND

I’VE HEARD IT SAID THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE YOUR FUTURE
UNTIL YOU FINALLY LAY TO REST YOUR PAST
BUT YOU’RE ALIVE AS LONG AS ONE REMEMBERS
AND MAYBE CARES ENOUGH TO MAKE IT LAST

IT’S FOR THE DEAD BOYS I WRITE THIS SONG
ITS FOR THE DEAD BOYS CALL IT RIGHT OR WRONG
ITS FOR THE DEAD BOYS TOO MANY TO NAME
‘CAUSE ONLY DEAD BOYS EVER FINISH THIS GAME

WORDS: ARNO TIETJE

MUSIC ARNO TIETJE

I'm Running
1997
Author: JDA
IM RUNNING (SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES)
WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD, ARNO TIETJE, DON PITZ C.1997

IN THE DISTANCE AS A DARKENED PATH AWAITS YOU DO YOU SEE THEM IN YOU DREAMS
MOVING OVER TO THE LAUGHING SKY SURROUNDING, RUNNING OUTWARD HEAR THE THEME


AND IM RUNNING, TO THE HEARTHSTONE, YES IM RUNNING, TO THE SEA
OH IM RUNNING TO THE HEART-STONE, YES IM RUNNING, COME WITH ME


MOVING OVER TO THE SILENT PATHWAYS, SILENT SINGERS COME AROUND
NEVER CHANGING FROM THEIR LOST EMOTION, ALWAYS CLINGING TO THE SOUND


AND IM RUNNING, IN THE MOONLIGHT, YES IM RUNNING SET THE STAGE
OH IM RUNNING, IN THE HALF-LIGHT, YES IM RUNNING, SET US FREE

SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES, TO THE CALL OF OUR SILENCE
SOMETHING EVER CLOSING ON ITS WAY
SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES, IN THE FALL OF OUR RESISTANCE
COULD IT BE THE COLOR OF THE DAY

AS I TELL YOU WHAT IM FEELING CLOSELY, DO YOU FEEL IT ON YOUR FACE
WARMTH OR WEAKNESS WE CONTINUE BOLDLY, IN THE MOVEMENT IN OUR GRACE


AND WERE RUNNING, TO THE SEASON, YES WERE RUNNING, CALL THE SONG
OH WERE RUNNING, SET IN MOTION, YES WERE RUNNING, SET US FREE


SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES, AND WE FEEL IT EVER CLOSER
SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES TO BE FREE
SOMETHING THIS WAY COMES WILL WE LET IT TAKE US OVER
OVER TO THE SEA TO THE SEA!

A Fine Time
1998
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard)
A Fine Time
WORDS: JOEL PIRARD MUSIC: JOEL PIRARD,DONPITZ, ARNO TIETJE C. 1997
Its a fine time ( a very fine time )

to drink your wine ( a very good wine )

As you gaze into the sun ( the secret sunshine ) in the morning

Its a riddle not a rhyme ( not a really good line )

though it fits so fine ( will it work this time )

As we make it fit the song ( its a fitting line ) for the moment

Did we try, to make it fly,
up in the bright sky of the daylight
Did we fly really going so high
That we thought we'd never land in the real life

Its a blessing in disguise ( right between the eyes )

If we realize ( the tie that binds )

that a whimper or a sigh ( what a surprise ! ) is a good one

When we get so high (hello, goodbye )

That our mouths are dry ( so afraid to die )

Is it loss of life ( would it make you cry ) that bewilders
There's a time to live, and a time to die
I really don't know, the reasons why
So toe the line, trying not to lie
To the Ones that you love, in your real life



Someday
2003
Author: JDA
SOMEDAY

Can’t you stop this silly game,
Running out no one to blame?
Can’t you feel, that this is real?
And I need someone to believe in

Did you not feel any shame,
For the fortune and the fame?
Is it you or is it me.
Who just needs someone to believe in?

Someday never comes although we need to feel it.
No one ever sees although they need to hear it.
Laying down the answer, trying to perfect it
Asking all the questions, will you just
Reject it?

Does this feeling ever change
Asking if you’ll rearrange,
What you say and what you do
Do you have some one you can count on?
Ask me not what I can’t feel.
Or why this moment isn’t real,
I was hoping, for an answer
And I need someone I can count on

Somewhere I have traveled though I never found it
Sometimes I have seen It though it wasn’t there
If I find the answer I will look to share it
It’s the only way I know
That I can find it fair
WORDS AND MUSIC BY JOEL PIRARD

The Tide Has Turned Away
2001
Author: JDA
THE TIDE HAS TURNED AWAY
WORDS BY D PITZ & A TIETJE
MUSIC BY JDA

She’s the kind of girl who’d give you her umbrella on a sunny day
But when the raindrops start to fall she’d be there to take it away

I can’t see where I must be today
Not for me the tide has turned away

When I find I can’t explain (when find I can’t explain)
my thoughts they wander on
And I find myself (And I find myself so lost)
So lost in time and words alone

I can’t see where I must be today
The rain it calls to me, how can it wash away, the pain

When I find I can’t explain (when find I can’t explain)
my thoughts they wander on
And I find myself (And I find myself so lost)
So lost in time and words alone

And one day you’ll wake (and on day you’ll wake to find)
To find your gods have feet of clay
Will it be your broken (will it be your broken heart)
heart that sees the light of day

I can’t see where I must be today
Lonely me, the tide has turned away

Elusive
2005
Author: JDA (Joel Pirard)
Elusive
By joel pirard

It’s nothing I can remedy
I’m not the one to blame
I try to write a melody
I try to sing your name

But words escape my memory
As tears flow from inside
Remembering our lonely roads
Yet still we had a life

Six years have passed since you’ve been gone
I’ve tried to make it go
I’ve lived and died a thousand times
Still wish that you could know

That what I do is all for you
As if you were still here
That what I seek is still for us
Somehow it seems so clear

There’s nothing for it that I know
You’ve gone on to a place
That time and distance makes it so
I cannot join the race

So you are just a memory
Still buzzing in my mind
Elusive like a melody
This gem for me to find