The Phoenix Rises

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YOU FLIPPED THAT SWITCH

I was so dead insideNo chance of hope

I was just along for the ride

Trying to hide being a big mope
Your smile lifted me up

Your laugh was so contagious

I drank from your cup

And it’s just so outrageous
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
For so long I felt so lost

Just taking up space

I felt I had no worth and no cause

Turns out all I needed was your friendly face
You let me into your life

And showed me another world

You spun me around and took out the knife

The thoughts in my head swirled
With a flip of a switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
I look into your eyes

I can get so happily lost

No more alibis

Your sun has melted my frost

With the flip of switch
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
I cannot stop smiling 

Seeing the beauty in everything

Your love is all I’m dialing

You can hear my heart singing
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
It’s electric

Since you flipped that switch

I feel the electricity

Since you flipped that switch

Inside of me

Since you flipped that switch
With a flip of switch

You changed me

And my attitude

My life has gotten so rich

I can finally see

It’s a whole new pitch

Since you flipped that switch

Now I’m in love

Since you flipped that switch

I’m outta that ditch

Since you flipped that switch
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IF

If I could go homeBack to my mother

And help her in the yard

With her garden

I would
If I cared enough

And really cared

About myself

I’d do all of the things

That I really should
If I dropped my sword

And my shield

I’d stop this battle

That haunts me

And move on
And if I could have

Kept you

And given you

All the happiness in the world

You wouldn’t have gone
If

If is such a bad word

It looks back in time

And it sounds so absurd
If doesn’t mean anything

Although it gives you

Something

To hope for

When you just don’t anymore
If

If there was an if

I wouldn’t be here
Now
If I was a plane

I would soar high

Above the skies

With the wind

Whipping against my eyes
If I could fix

All that I have broke

If you believed 

In anything

I could have spoke
If you were here

Now

I would have fallen 

In your arms

But it’s only a dream of mine
If

If is such a bad word

It looks back in time

And it sounds so absurd
If doesn’t mean anything

Although it gives you

Something

To hope for

When you just don’t anymore
If

If there was an if

I wouldn’t be here
Now
If

But it’s only a dream

Of mine now
Of mine
Now
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MY LOVE IS GOOD ENOUGH

You cannot take from meWhat I have not already given you

You cannot ask or tell me what you want to hear

I will only speak of what I want to

You can ask more of me

But that doesn’t mean I will

And you cannot hurt me

If I don’t allow you to
The love from me is true

And what I offer you

And if your love is good enough for me

Then my love should be good enough for you

Because love is good

My love is good

And don’t tell me that it’s not

Whilst you take it anyway

I gave it to you

And it’s yours to keep

Or throw away
My love is good

My love is good
Rolling winds

Brings a new day

What you choose do with it

Is up to you
My love is good

My love is good
You cannot hold me back

You cannot hold me back
This love I offer

Is the most I can give

To live is to love

To love is to live

It’s my life

It’s my love

So take it if you can use it

But I won’t let you abuse it

Let it light your way

When night blocks your day

Or keep you warm

From a passing storm

But it’s all you’ll get from me
It is what it is

Nothing more or less
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THIS WAXING MOON

Don’t talkDon’t say a word

This is my story

The first time it’s heard
I want to tell you

So many things

My memories

Are the bells that rings
It’s my life

I control the speed

A short or long book

That’s easily complex to read
I make my own choices

I don’t give in

I can start where it ends

I can finish back where it begins
I’ve waited

Going around

From end to end

I’ve waited on you

From high tide

To low tide

Under

Under this

Waxing moon
Shine

Shine

Time to shine

Down on me

This waxing moon
You want me to go left

I went to the right

Sometimes you have to have darkness

In order to see the light
You wanted up

I did too

But we had to go down

It’s something that we knew
I’ve waited

Going around

From end to end

I’ve waited on you

From high tide

To low tide

Under

Under this

Waxing moon
Shine

Shine

Time to shine

Down on me

This waxing moon
I’ve waited

Going around

From end to end

I’ve waited on you

From high tide

To low tide

Under

Under this

Waxing moon
Shine

Shine

Time to shine

Down on me

This waxing moon
I don’t expect you

To understand

It’s not where my feet are

It’s where my head will land
So many places

I can remember them all

So many faces

Yet yours is all I can recall
I’ve waited

Going around

From end to end

I’ve waited for you

From high tide

To low tide

Under

Under this

Waxing moon
Shine

Shine

Time to shine

Down on us

This waxing moon
I’ve waited

Going around

From end to end

To get back toward you

Waiting for you

To come back around

Under

Under this

Waxing moon
Shine

Shine

Time to shine

Down from

This waxing moon
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SARAH ANN

Sarah AnnI’ve been painting outside the lines

Just past the frame

That was you and me

I was painting a mural of you

But I ran out of bright colors

That was you

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

I’ve been living in someone else’s dream

Walking around unseen

I had lost my voice

I didn’t have a choice

And it seemed like a thousand years

I only had my hopes, lost my fears

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

Was that you at the station?

Wearing a pink bandana?

Sarah Ann

Now here we are

A cause for celebration

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

I’ve waited for this day

Counting the minutes

Cutting my hair

Passing my time

Changing the channels

Turning the pages

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

Was that you at the station?

Wearing a pink bandana?

Sarah Ann

Now here we are

A cause for celebration

Sarah Ann
Chipping at this old stone

The fog is thick

When I’m all alone

And here you are

Back at home

Back at home

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

Was that you at the station?

Wearing a pink bandana?

Sarah Ann

Now here we are

A cause for celebration

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

While my arms are around you

Just let me tell you

I don’t ever want to let you go

I don’t ever want you to leave my side

I see me in your smile

I can see me in your eyes

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

Was that you at the station?

Wearing a pink bandana?

Sarah Ann

Now here we are

A cause for celebration

Sarah Ann
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THE FIXER

I have a problemI can’t let go

I can’t give up on love

I want it so much
I had a dream

You and I broke up

I was cleaning up the house

While you were packing up
You kicked over an old glass of wine

That was sitting on the floor

I got down on my hands and knees

And fought to clean the stain
You grabbed your stuff and walked out

While I scrubbed and scrubbed

To get the stain out of the carpet

I was now all alone
Late at night my secrets talk to me

And wake me up

I can’t help it

I will try to fix things
I stay in relationships

Maybe for far too long

My loyalty and my faith

Guides me for good or bad?
But I’m so old now

Never changed that

But I keep hoping

In my autumn years waiting for my spring
Is loving wanted to be loved

Some ancient fad

Why does something that feels so good

Is some weak trait that’s so bad?
I fought so hard to be here

That when we wanted there

That when we got to there

It wasn’t much different than when we were here?
I’m a fixer

If it’s broke

I’ll try to fix it

Whether or not it’s my fault

I’ll try to fix it

After all I built it

I’ll fix it

I’ll fix it

Even if I’m all alone

I’ll fix it

I just want my spring to come.

I’ll fix it
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PARDON MY KINDNESS

Pardon my kindnessIt’s something I’d like to address
It wasn’t meant for your opportunity

On any given day you would see
Please pardon my kindness

I know it’s hard for you to digest
It wasn’t meant for you to take advantage of

It’s only a small gift of my love
Pardon this act of kindness

I shouldn’t have to digress
But I have always loved you

No matter if we were happy or blue
I am always there for you

No matter what you do
You can put my love upon the shelf

While you go on yourself
And I will still be here

Whether you are far away or near
Please pardon my kindness

For more or less
My love is always here

In my heart
Pardon my kindness

Don’t take it as a weakness
I live with little regrets

I can sleep at night

When these days set
Pardon my kindness

Pardon my kindness
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