Ask Her, After: 52 Songs in 52 Weeks #12

My goal is to write and record a song each week for a year.  “Ask Her, After” is the twelfth song in my songwriting series “52 Songs In 52 Weeks.”

Lyrics

Actor
Did you know you’re an actor, baby?
Oh, after
What are we after?
Ask her
Ask her

Chorus
They say she’s got a bleeding heart
Ain’t it a shame
Finding absolution
Isn’t some kind of game

Reminding herself
Yeah, she inked it on her sleeve
Whatever comes after
She’ll still believe

He asked her, oh God
Why did he ask her? Laughter
Disaster
He and she were a disaster
After
Ask her

Chorus
They say she’s got a bleeding heart
Ain’t it a shame
Finding absolution
Isn’t some kind of game

Reminding herself
Yeah, she inked it on her sleeve
Whatever comes after
She’ll still believe
She’ll still believe

Whatever comes after
She’ll still believe

Weave The Darkness Bright: 52 Songs In 52 Weeks (#11)

“Weave The Darkness Bright” is the eleventh song in my series “52 Songs In 52 Weeks.”  I wrote and recorded it on July 1, 2014.   I tried to leave a lot of space in this song.  It’s also got a string section.  If you like the song, please share it on your social site of choice.

Lyrics

She never wanted to grow old
He told her never to grow old

He never wanted to grow cold
She told him never let your heart grown cold
No.

Chorus
Yes, we leave
We leave tonight
And we’ll weave the darkness bright

Since we could be anywhere
We should go anywhere

Is all of life bought and sold?
Not all of it is bought with gold
No.

Chorus
Yes, we leave
We leave tonight
And we’ll weave the darkness bright

Devastated Hearts (Heal On The Dance Floor)

“Devastated Hearts (Heal On The Dance Floor)” is the tenth song in my songwriting series called “52 Songs In 52 Weeks.” Whew. Only 42 more to go. Isn’t that the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? 42? If you like the song, please share it on your favorite social media site.

Lyrics
Gravity ends its long oppression
Shadows and light break all the rules
On these wings born of depression
Breaking free from the traps
Of life and school

Clear our mind
With pulsing blood
Calling out a new beginning
Starting scared and pushing hard
Can’t help it now
Can’t stop from grinning

Chorus
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor

Broadcast dreams
Shatter the dancers
Aching blues built hour by hour
Pundits talk but offer no answers
Shadows and light break all the rules

Chorus
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor
Heal on the dancefloor

Solo

Chorus
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor
Devastated hearts dance in rhythm
Devastated hearts heal on the dance floor

Heal on the dance floor
Heal on the dance floor
Heal on the dance floor
Heal on the dance floor

What Am I Doing At A Time Like This? (Just Singing A Song)

“What Am I Doing At A Time Like This? (Just Singing A Song)” is the ninth demo in the blog series I call “52 Songs in 52 Weeks.” If you like it, please share the post on your favorite social media site.

Lyrics
Trouble mile deep
And eight miles long
And he’s singing a song

Sweeping up the floor
In a barbershop
And he’s singing a song

Chorus 1
Well…
He’s doing just what he can
Won’t you come along and lend him a hand?

She say what am I doing
At a time like this
Just singing a song

World is going crazy
Signs you just can’t miss
And I’m singing a song

Chorus 2
Well…
She’s doing just what she can
Won’t you come along and lend her a hand?

She talks and he listens
He talks and she listens
With an open heart

They can hear the kick drum beating
In the words they are repeating
Gonna do their part, gonna do it, yeah

Chorus 3
Well…
They’re doing just what they can
Won’t you come along and lend them a hand?

Bridge
Being there for one another
Is good enough to turn the tide
When we sing our songs together
Trouble’s not so deep and wide

Whatever has you hurtin’
Sing it out for certain
Don’t you keep it inside

If you feel the kick drum beating
Won’t you start repeating
I can do my part
I can do it, do it, yes

Chorus 4
Well…
You’re doing just what you can
I can come along and lend you a hand.

Chorus 5
Well…
We’re doing just what we can
Won’t you come along and lend us a hand?

Oh, what are we doing at a time like this just singing a song?

Summertime Ice Cream Sandwich Song

This is the eighth song in my series called “52 Songs In 52 Weeks.” If you like it, share in on your favorite social site. Thanks.

Lyrics
I was walking down the street just the other day
The kind with the big ditches on either side
It felt like it might rain

It was around three in the afternoon
I was barefoot
Walking on the asphalt, which was quite hot
But this was not unexpected
It was just part of the drill

So I was headed to the store
For an ice cream treat
I was torn between a banana and fudge bombstik and a classic ice cream sandwich

Mmm. What’ll it be? What’ll it be? What’ll it be?

Johnny Marr Seaside Blues: 52 Songs In 52 Weeks (#7)

“Johnny Marr Seaside Blues” is the seventh song in my song challenge “52 Songs in 52 Weeks.” The song is a tribute to the Smiths. I name check Johnny Marr and Morrissey in the song, but had trouble lyrically fitting in Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke. No slight is intended fellas. Thanks y’all. If you like the song, please share it on your social media of choice.

Lyrics
Johnny Marr would play that math guitar
Shimmering through the darkness
Sine waves shattering darkness
Morrissey would sing away those young man sea side blues

Little town
Falling down around me
Sliding into the sea
My seaside blues they would accrue
Like letters in a mailbox

Chorus
Oh! Seaside blues
Oh! Seaside blues

Johnny Marr would play that math guitar
Shimmering through the darkness
Sine waves shattering darkness
Morrissey would sing away those young man sea side blues

Chorus
Oh! Seaside blues
Oh! Seaside blues

Bridge
All the words are changing
Yes they fly away
The waves crash toward the shore
wind and spray

All the words are changing
Yes they fly away
The waves crash to the shore
Until they’re blue no more
Forever blue

Days Of Clementine: 52 Songs In 52 Weeks (#6)

“Days Of Clementine” is the sixth song in my songwriting series called “52 Songs in 52 Weeks.” I started writing “Days Of Clementine” on Sunday, April 27, 2014, and finished writing and recording it on Monday, May 19, 2014. If you like the song, please re-share it on your social media outlets of choice.

Lyrics
It’s the days of lock-and-load honesty
The days of sunny-side lies
The days of using all the water
And other environmental crimes

It’s the days of doing the laundry
It’s the days of folding the sheets
It’s the days of tinfoil crop circles
And riots in the streets

It’s the days of Internet chat rooms
The days of mud-caked feet
It’s the days of wonder and glory
It’s the days before the hipster retreat

Chorus
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine

It’s the days where sabers rattle
Where planes just disappear
It’s the days of ferries sinking
It’s the days of grief and tears

It’s the days walking on the boardwalk
It’s the days of summertime heat
It’s an age of gutless wonders
It’s the days of indiscreet

Chorus
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine

It’s the hours of seeking pleasure
It’s the days of praying for rain
It’s the days of sleeping together
It’s the nights fighting again

It’s the days of a runaway atmosphere
It’s the days of beer and wine
It’s the days of adopting a baby
It’s the days of standing in line

Chorus
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine

It’s the days of voyeur friendship
It’s the days of ironing for work
It’s the days of sitting in traffic
It’s the days of driving like a jerk

It’s the days of hearing the angels sing
It’s the days of running to ground
It’s the days we get together
When no one comes around

Chorus
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine
It’s the days of Clementine

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