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Song Lyrics

All songs © 2003 Chris Williams (BMI)

  1. remember me
  2. letdown girl
  3. screwface
  4. clear and present need
  5. can't take root
  6. winter will be warm
  7. eerie ashiko
  8. be your everybody
  9. rock steady
  10. simple happy dream
  11. sunday morning
  12. no good
  13. follow
  14. refuse to promise
  15. in secret tonight
  16. eversweet
 

remember me

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

You only had to be yourself to fully capture me
but now you're half a world away... please remember me.
Nothing can hold you back from what you feel, from what is real.
I said goodbye just yesterday... please remember me
    The only voice I care to hear - almost a thousand miles from here
If things go wrong out there - if nothing happens, no one cares -
you're always welcome back to stay... please remember me
    The only voice I care to hear - a thousand million miles from here

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letdown girl

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Please, please, please don't say that about her
as if I would doubt her
She told me she needs, needs me, as if I would leave her
I have to believe her - I saw it in her eyes
Cheat, cheat, cheat, you told me she loves to
well, you don't know us two
You know I don't need, need to hear what she was doing
and don't try to ruin the truth that's in her eyes
    Well I know she's been confused before, but she has settled down
    She told me she is through with looking 'round.
    Well I know I've been a fool before, but she has changed my world.
    This just can't be another letdown girl...
Please, please, please don't say that about her
as if I would doubt her
She told me she needs, needs me, as if I would leave her
I have to believe her - I saw it in her eyes

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screwface

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Woke up with a screwface - I'm leaving today
since I have no suitcase, guess I will stay
But woman, you were wrong to me, and I never know why
this is not the first time you've brought me to cry
No more sorry feelings; time I moved on
tell me how you will waste the bread when the loaf is gone
Woke up with a screwface - I'm leaving today
since I have no suitcase, guess I will stay.

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clear and present need

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Gonna hop me a train, try not to get hung...
been three weeks since love last sung.
Been three weeks of despondency
Been three weeks; too much for me.
    Gonna float me down the river
    get lost up in the reeds
    jump and make my landing
    with a clear and present need.
I'm stretched half a mile, but still half unsprung
been three months since love un-stung.
Been three months since the day it fell
Been three months, been long as hell.
Sleeping alone with the fan at my back
woke up stiff-necked and so one-track
simmering down for a minute or two
focus my thoughts and still see you
    Gotta float me down the river
    get lost up in the reeds
    jump and make my landing
    with a clear and present need.

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can't take root

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

For every day I make it through,
another takes its place
and I can say there's bruises on the fruit,
but can't deny the taste.
    So when the flavor's mostly gone, I pack it up and move along
    I can't take root in emptiness.
    the sun will guide me on my way and I'll be warm again someday
    you can't stockpile your happiness.
Enjoy the wind - it moves when you are still;
reminds you of your quest.
Enjoy the sun, even as it's leaving you;
the sweetest as it sets.
    So when the flavor's mostly gone, I pack it up and move along
    I can't take root in emptiness.
    the sun will guide me on my way and I'll be warm again someday
    you can't stockpile your happiness.

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winter will be warm

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Little girl, the summer will be over soon
but you can't come outside and play with me
It's so hard to spend the summer in your room
But winter's on its way, and you'll be free
When the rain is cold and the nights are long
You'll still be alive and warm inside
For every summer breeze that never touched your face,
we'll make up for all of it.
It will feel so good to be alive.
Winter will be warm for you.

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eerie ashiko

(music © 2003 Chris Williams)

instrumental

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be your everybody

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

You said, "don't try to impress me
you'll never get to undress me"
nobody can stand in your way
nobody is welcome to stay
You said "don't stand so close, child"
you just don't dig that lifestyle
no one gets to take you away
no one gets to hang out and play.
    well I could try to be your everybody
    calm you down and talk for awhile
    if you frown at me, your everybody,
    everybody'd wait for a smile.
I just believe that deep down
your hopes are fast asleep now
if I rattled cowbells and plates
could I get your spirit to wake?
You are a smart and strong girl
but you've been mad too long, girl
turning up your nose at the game
you could win so big it's a shame
    well, I could try to be your everybody
    no one miss your birthday next year
    if I was indeed your everybody,
    everyone that loves you would be here.
    would have tried to be your everybody
    everybody just needs a sign
    would you start with me - your everybody?
    Everybody's listening this time.
You said "don't stand so close, child"
you just don't get that lifestyle.
no one gets to take you away
no one gets to hang out and play.
    well I could try to be your everybody
    sit you down and talk for awhile
    if you frown at me, your everybody,
    everybody'd wait for a smile.

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rock steady

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Oh my love is rock steady for you
and you need to believe this is true
as a man I can stand here lonely
but why the wait, when you could be my one and only?
Little girl, you a captivate me
and you say you can't stay here with me
if we made it too fast, take it slow
look at me - I wanna be wherever you go
    Little darling, turn and see
    how my heart is sweeter now than guava jelly
    little woman, wasn't it nice
    I'll be your bread - now cut you off another slice, yeah
Now I'm carrying oh such a load
and I can't keep my eyes on the road
and I can't keep my mind on today
wondering how to change your mind and make you stay.
    Little darling, turn and see
    how my heart is sweeter now than guava jelly
    little woman, wasn't it nice
    I'll be your bread - now cut you off another slice.
Oh my love is rock steady for you
and you need to believe this is true
as a man I can stand here lonely
but why the wait, when you could be my one and only?
Little girl, you a captivate me
and you say you can't stay here with me
if we made it too fast, take it slow
look at me - I wanna be wherever you go
    Come, come with me - don't mistake me (don't mistake me)
    before you break me (oh completely)
    can't you see, come with me, girl
    I want you, I want you yeah
don't mistake me

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simple happy dream

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

sick I missed your call
fortunate you did at all
doubts that mount as hours go by
are swept away by your reply
simple happy dream
is coming true for me it seems
all this insecurity
is giving way to surety
    now stop, take a break and think about this:
    two restless lives have come into a plot twist
    now move - get the message that I'm sending
    two restless lives could have a happy ending
so good I got your call
I was up too far to fall
you had lifted me again
with whispered words and softest skin
simple happy dream
is coming true for me it seems
waking doesn't break the spell
of sentiment too sweet to tell
    now stop, take a break and think about this:
    two restless lives are working through a plot twist
    now move - get the message that I'm sending
    two restless lives could have a happy ending
all you do makes the waiting worth the worth I see in you
all I wish is to savor every flavor of this dish
simple happy dream

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sunday morning

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

She's lying just like me in sleep
curled underneath the sheets, so sweet
where in this ugly town could she be?
she'd fit so good here next to me.
    Hold me when you wake up
    until the fog is cleared away
    and if you still feel that you need me,
    there's not a word you have to say
    I feel it too
    I need you too
if April showers come, it's fine
it's Sunday morning now - there's time

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no good

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

it's no good - after I waited so long, she only left a memory
I'd grown comfortable with nothing, but she stole even that security
so I smile - because she can't bring me down, at least, until I think again...
when my lips remember the kissing, how can I go back to nothing again?
it's no good to have a power like that and no responsibility
she should have learned to curb that sweet tooth, and stayed away from a cupcake like me
so I smile - because the memory's good, until I reach the part that hurts...
I try to forget that perfect feel; it only makes the delirium worse
it's no good - I've got a girl in my head who really isn't worth the pain
I'm smarter now, but all that means is I'll see it when I screw up again

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follow

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

I guess this is forbidden, but she's here and she wants me
we've got to keep the signals hidden 'til we go where they can't see
    There is no future in this kiss
    But something in your eyes insists I follow.
She took me out the back door, where the parking lot's empty
The sodium lamps made us look yellow, but her lips were so minty
    There is no future in this kiss
    But something in your smile insists I follow.
    I know this is a selfish thing
    But moonlight made my conscience ring so hollow.
"This is living" - this is living, she said,
"but tomorrow things will change."
Just make the best of all the best times
'cause come 'round Monday morning, everything will be back the same.

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refuse to promise

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Where do I go from here - where will I be next year?
don't know, don't guess, don't worry long
You're bothered, I can see, by my uncertainty
but you won't often catch me wrong
    'Cause I refuse to promise what my tomorrow's self will do
    depending on a lot of things that I don't get to choose.
It's not so simple to decide, when I can see both sides,
and who knows how much of either side is true?
So my mind is always caught in a million equal thoughts.
Do you want me to explain them all to you?
    'Cause I refuse to promise what my tomorrow's self will do
    depending on a lot of things that I don't get to choose.

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in secret tonight

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

Stop playing with me when you know it's all for real
we joke about some things I want to really feel
and I'm just too damn shy to ever try today
but confidence is growing every word you say.
Don't ever let me rush you, not that I ever could
as bad as as I think I am, you know my heart is good.
    Kiss me in secret tonight - kiss me someday next week
    we've shared too much to deny the worth of a kiss on the cheek.
There is a certain dignity in loneliness
which I would gladly trade in for some tenderness
if my desire to hold you is weak and lame,
then let them say the worst. I am not ashamed.
'Twas midnight when the snowbound travelers made a wish
and I had lost my sweet tooth in the candy dish.
The windows rattled all night in the bitter wind...
and all throughout the storm, I hoped it wouldn't end.
So I have spent some bad times unforgettably,
and we could spend the better times incredibly.
    Kiss me in secret tonight - kiss me someday next week
    we've shared too much to deny the worth of a kiss on the cheek.

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eversweet

(music, lyrics © 2003 Chris Williams)

tonight you're gone - absolutely out of reach
but I am calm. isn't that the talent you teach?
my eyes are closed, the better to envision you
the less I think, the less time I spend missing you
    eversweet; know what simple kisses do
    eversweet. ever melting into you.
    eversweet; know what simple kisses do
    eversweet, sweet...
you're sending me - these last few weeks have been unreal.
I'm loving what I see; loving everything I feel
my eyes are closed, the better to envision you
the more I dream, the sooner I'll be kissing you
    eversweet; know what simple kisses do
    eversweet. ever melting into you.
    eversweet; know what simple kisses do
    eversweet, sweet...
what did you say? I could take it with me every day?
the soulwide smooth of one totally soothed.
if I could wear this, I'd put it on for all to see
the rainbow glitter effect of your loving on me.
    eversweet; know what simple kisses do
    eversweet. ever melting into you.
    eversweet; know what stoplight kisses do
    eversweet, sweet...

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