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A City Once Warm

A New Day

A Solitary Candle

Against My Will

All The Aces

American Boy

Ami's Song

Ancient Tune

Angela’s Garden

Atheist’s Dilemma


Before Her Time

Before You Knew My Name

Beyond Our Reach

Blowin’ Away

Brilliant Shadows


Canvass Different Colors

Captain Song (The)

Chase The Dark Away

Chicken Gravy Blues

Cliché Song (The)

Confession

Cowboy Blessing

Coyotes Lament

Crazy Heart

Creater (The)


Dance On The Water

Dark Eyes

Demon Kiss

Desert (The)

Do Not Be Afraid

Dogs On The Run

Dorothy’s Comin’ Back

Down The Road

Dwight Jordan

Dylan’s Song


Early a.m.

Early Sunday Morning

Easy Street

Elaine’s Song


40 Days Without Water

Fallen Angel

Find My Way

First Time (The)

Forgiven

Friends


Garden (The)

Get Outta Dodge

Gina's Dancing

Give em’ A Drum

God Forsaken Land

God Is Love

Goin’ Up The Mountain


Hand To The Plow

Harvester (McIntosh / Kelley)

Heart Beating Harder

He Became

He Came To Me

Here I Am Again

He Speaks To Me

He’s The One

He Treats Me Good

Hole In The Sun

How Many Tears?

Hunger


I Ain’t Him

I Am Just A Man

I Can See You

I Find My Way

I Know You Lord

I Miss You When You’re Gone

I Need You

I Thought I Heard Them Singing

I Want To Know You

I Will Chase The Dark Away

I Will Sing

I’ll Be Safe

I’ll Give Him My Life

If I Could Have My Way

In The Company Of My King

Insatiable Greed

It Hurts Sometimes

It’s Up To You And Me


Jack Rap

Janis

Jessica

Jesus Blues

Jesus Is Coming Again

Jesus Never Fails

Jewel Of The Night

Judgment

Judith

Just A Matter Of Time

Just A Memory Of Sam


Last Night

Lay Me Down Slow (Josh/Denes McIntosh  

Leave My Toes Alone

Life Blood

Light Inside (The)

Like Bone

Like The Wind

Little Things (The)

Livin’ In A Dream

Love That I Can Touch

Luckiest Guy In The World                                                                          


Madness

Mama

Mannequin

Maria’s Daughter

Marilyn

Masquerade

May The Ride Last Long

Maybe Do Some Fishin’

Morning Light

My Eyes Dance

My Fathers Son

My Friends Are Gone

My Lady

My Lord

My Sons

My Sweet Angelina

My Way Home


New Health Care (The)

No Emotion

No Regrets

No Time Today


On A Higher Plane

One Another’s Eyes

One Foot On The Ground

One Life

Outcast (The)

Outside Your Love


Perfect Love

People

Philosopher (The)

Pick Me Up (McIntosh/Talbot)

Poet (The)

Politician

Popular Don’t Make It Right

Power From On High

Predator

Pure Of Heart (The)


Rising With The Sun

River (The)

Road (The)


Saints Who’ve Gone Before (The)

Seattle Calling

Sing It Low

Sky Sometimes

Slip Right Away

Slipstream

Solitary Candle

Some Will Say Goodbye

Songism

Song For The Family

Song For You

Song Of A Lost Friendship

Song To God

Soon You’ll Be Dancing

Soul Of A Man

Stronger Than Me


Terminal Vacation

Testimony

That’s For Someone Else To Say

There Is A Peace (See ‘Where Is The Peace?)

They’re All Lookin’

Things Slippin’ Away

Things Slippin’ Away (2)

This Man Jesus

Thou Art The Lord

Thunder Mountain

Tough Guy


Victim Of Privilege

Visitor (The)


Waiting Your Arrival

We Are Each Other

We Can Be Free Again

We Can Be Free Again (2)

Wedding Song (1)

Wedding Song (2)

Weep For Stephen

What Does It Matter?

What Lies Beneath The Surface

Where Is The Peace?

Without Him

Willie

Wrapped In Red Pajamas

Written On The Wind


You Are

Your Healing Grace

Your New Pants




 

 

 


Song Lyrics  Denes McIntosh

(Alphabetized for your convenience.)  



A City Once Warm

Denes McIntosh 

 

The street sign said  “caution”, but no one seemed to care

the woman in the crosswalk just stared.

The driver of the pickup didn’t stop, he just glared

and ran her down like a drunk on a dare.

 

The crowd was quietly shaken by the turn of events

but it fast became little more than another accident.

They’d seen it all before, now they were seeing it again

She was somebody’s mother,

she was somebody’s friend.

 

Chorus:

She was somebody’s neighbor

she was somebody’s daughter

She was somebody’s sister

she was somebody’s kin.

 

She was somebody’s lover

she was somebody’s woman

She was somebody’s mother

she was somebody’s friend.

 

Indifference thick like traffic, grown far beyond reason.

A city once warm is now freezing.

There’s no time left for grief, there ain’t no changin’ of the season

Something terribly sad has come between us.

 

Chorus:

 

Repeat Verse 1:

The street sign said “caution”, but no one seemed to care

the woman in the crosswalk just stared

The driver of the pick up didn’t stop, he just glared

and ran her down like a drunk on a dare.


Chorus:





A New Day

Denes McIntosh 

Morning holds the promise that a new day is upon us

for the purpose of the glory of the son

The gentle breezes seem to whisper sacred reasons

why my Jesus poured his precious love on everyone.

The silence of the summer sky serves somehow to remind me

of the wonder of the one god up above

The calm and quiet country side helps make me conscious of the time

I'm spending in the comfort of his love.

 

Chorus:

I will praise you Lord forever

and rejoice before your throne

I will worship you wherever

my two feet are bound to roam

I will sing and shout your glory

I will let your name be known

I will lift my heart before thee

I will look to you alone.

 

Yesterday has come and gone, tomorrows in the makin'

and today I'm livin’ freely in his grace

Lookin’ for the moment when I'll see his kind and lovin’ eyes

and look upon his bright and shining face

The joy that only Jesus gives just keeps on growing stronger

as I walk a little longer by his side.

And the blessings that He brings to me

begin to be the things that he has wanted to bestow

for quite some time.

 

Chorus:

 

So many days and night I've spent in marvel of the miracles

I've seen my Lord performing for his flock.

So many ways his life has lent it's guiding light to help prevent

my feet from falling from the solid rock

His love cannot be measured by the boundaries of the pleasure

we have found to be a part of love within

But it goes beyond the strongest understanding of the fondest feelings

we could ever hope to have for Him.

 

Chorus:




A Solitary Candle

Denes McIntosh

  

Rumble, the earth shakin' it up again.

I stumble tryin' to make my way.

It's been quiet following the rain,

getting closer to the end of the day.

 

Visionary, what do you see out there?

Can you read the rising tide?

It's always calm beneath the wind blown sea,

beyond the reach of the sky.

 

Chorus:

Beyond the vision of mortal men

there's a place for the weary to rest.

It can't be found in this heartless world,

it has no earthly address.

 

It can't be seen with the naked eye,

there is no reason or rhyme.

Some people call it paradise,

I call it learning  to fly.

Beyond the vision of broken men,

behind the mask of despair.

A solitary candle burning brightly again

like angels dancin' on air.

 

Trouble, you won't find me anymore,

I will not stumble or fall.

You can throw the world at my front door

but I won't be home when you call.

 

Chorus:

Beyond the vision of mortal men

there's a place for the weary to rest.

It can't be found in this heartless world,

it has no earthly address.

 

It can't be seen with the naked eye,

there is no reason or rhyme.

Some people call it paradise,

I call it learning  to fly.

Beyond the vision of broken men,

behind the mask of despair

A solitary candle burning brightly again

like angels dancin' on air




Against My Will

Denes McIntosh

 

I knew you in the neighborhood

you threatened to take my life.

You tried to make me think

that I would die that night.

On my own front porch

it was getting so damn late

you slammed me up against the door

and spit in my face.

You slammed me up against the door

and then you spit in my face.

 

I knew you in the neighborhood

but you were not my friends.

just another bunch of thugs

from the land of the living dead.

With your predatory nature

moving in for an easy kill

surrounding me like a bad disease

against my will.

Yeah, surrounding me like a bad disease

against my will.

 

Chorus:

Go away, I don't want to play with you.

Go away, I don't want to play with you.

Go away, I don't want to play with you.

Go away now, I don't like the way you play.

 

I knew you in the neighborhood

though I didn't know you well.

I saw you pissing on the wall

to mark your place in hell.

You tried to break my door down

like the devil on crack

You tagged my house to let me know

that you'd be back.

You tagged my house just to let me know

that you'd be coming back.

 

Chorus:




All The Aces

Denes McIntosh

  

Let it go,

it can't hurt you anymore.

The dogs are gone with the dinosaurs.

The snakes have taken to their dens,

the demon will not rise again.

 

Let it go,

it can't hurt you anymore.

It's passed you by like the winds of war.

The enemy have all gone home

to clean their guns and mend their bones.

 

Let it go

it can't hurt you anymore.

The wounds will heal themselves now.

You've watched the hate consume itself

Now play the cards that you've been dealt.

 

Chorus:

You have survived.

You are alive again today.

You're holding all the aces.

 

Let it go,

it can't hurt you anymore.

You've been through that revolving door.

You escaped the trap they set

And came back stronger yet.

 

Chorus:

You have survived.

You are alive again today.

You're holding all the aces.

 

You are alive again today.

You're holding all the aces.




American Boy

Denes McIntosh

 

Chorus:  

The night is darker even than it seems to be

if you listen you can hear it screaming quietly.

mercy given sparingly, water given free

I'd rather have my freedom than your water.

 

American boy got your Camels on the dash

got your girl sittin' cozy

got your friends in the back

 

American boy got your foot on the gas

doesn't matter where you're goin'

never look at the map.

 

Chorus:

 

American boy haven't got enough cash

put your card in the machine

and you'll be outta there fast

 

American boy get your food on the run

a whopper with cheese,

double fries and you're gone.

 

Chorus:

 

American boy, micro brew at the bar

got all your favorite movies

on the VCR.

 

American boy gettin' further in debt

get away from all your troubles

on the Internet.

 

Chorus:

 

American boy, you say "life is a drag

and you'll be feeling better

with a $20 bag".

 

American boy just livin' for today

don't worry bout' tomorrow

might not be here anyway.

 

Chorus

 

American boy don't need to get involved

all the homeless are accounted for

the problems are solved

 

close your eyes to the need

mama's sending you a check

you won't be livin' on the street.



Ami’s Song

Denes McIntosh

 

Just a little bit of New York City

little bit of a West Coast girl

not what you would call commonly pretty

a quiet beauty like a rare and priceless pearl.

 

I met her at a party on the back porch

she had a little hippie thing goin' on

liked my beads, we had an intellectual discourse

I liked the way she rose above the other women on the porch.

 

Chorus:

Darlin' you ought to get to know my son

he's half my age and twice as fun.

Darlin' you ought to hear the boy sing

pierce your heart like steel and your ear like a ring.

 

Her laughter echoed through the back yard

she knew her way around that social scene

wasn't painted or pretentiously put on

but she was a woman . . . . . . if you know what I mean.

 

Had I been 25 years younger, maybe 20,

dare I say 15

Would have asked her for her number,

a bite to eat, a cappuccino down at Cool Beans.

 

Chorus:

Darlin' you ought to get to know my son

he's half my age and twice as fun.

Darlin' you ought to hear the boy sing

pierce your heart like steel and your ear like a ring.



Ancient Tune

Denes McIntosh

 

Wind across the water in the afternoon

remembering the summer I had with you

There's a choir in the distance

there's a fire in the dark

like a singer needs a song

I know a fire needs a spark.

 

If you would listen I would sing for you

There's a smile babe I could bring to you

If you would listen there's an ancient tune

I would play on the day that you come back

 

It seems like centuries

It's been so quiet here

Those vivid memories bring a silent tear

Tonight I just can't take, can't take the cold babe

There's nothing I wouldn't do to have you back.

 

Listen. . . . .

I'd build you a castle with my very own hands

I'd cut the stone babe, and dig the sand

I'd paint the sky for you and till the land

There's nothing I wouldn't do to have you back

There's nothing I wouldn't do to have you back.





Angela’s Garden

Denes McIntosh

 

The sun rises, the grasses dry

The glimmering dawn greets my tired eyes

The cold has left me, the dark is gone

There'll be time for sleep again when midnight comes.

 

Daylight lingers as the evening fades

A last impression of another day

We leave no footprint on this sacred ground

We leave no shadow, we leave no sound.

 

That's how it's always been

you make and lose friends

you take the bad with the good

beginning till the very end.

That's how it always goes

yeah, that's how it's always been

while Angela's garden grows

you do the best you can.

 

We walk a common road, we sing the same song

Life is so short for some, for some it's long

It's not the years we have, it's not the days

It's not how long we live, it's the way.

 

That's how it's always been

you make and lose friends

you take the bad with the good

beginning till the very end

That's how it always goes

yeah, that's how it's always been

while Angela's garden grows

you do the best you can.




Atheist's Dilemma

Denes McIntosh

  

Fog settles in the valley

far beneath a crown of glory

mountains that can make a man sorry for his past.

Every timber tells a story

of the years gone before me

bringing hope that the morning will not come to be my last.


The peaks could reach no higher

carved by heavens best designer

I know of nothing finer than to lay beneath her breast.

Clothed as no other

in a coat of many colors

how one could fail to love her, a man could only guess.

 

Chorus:

It's an Atheist's dilemma

just let em try and tell ya

this beauty came to be

by some explosion beyond the moon.

Well, I suppose the Mona Lisa

was created by some freak

who had a bit too much to drink

while flinging paint around the room.

 

The pyramids of Egypt

just appeared as in a dream

and no one really had to cut the stones to make em.

Dylan didn't really write

"Blowin' in the Wind" one night

the song just wrote itself

while he stood naked.

 

The wind whispers softly

breathing life into my body

the pleasure it has brought me

can never be denied.

The sun warms my soul

like an old friend comin' home

chasin' the cold from inside me.

 

Chorus:

 

Spoken:

Sittin’ alone on the top of the mountain.

Thinkin’ about all the good things that we have.

The friends we’ve found, I’m wonderin’ why we get down,

why we lie, why we complain about our lives.

Why we can’t let trouble lie. . . . .  .like stone on the mountain. . . ..

Like stone on a mountain.

 

 

  

Before Her Time

Denes McIntosh

 

Shy as a whisper

strong as the wind

coming off the mountain

where we'd all like to live.

 

The breath of life had kissed her

long before her lover did

y' know I'm gonna miss her

she was born to live.

 

Chorus: 

She was a friend of mine

she's gone before her time.

 

Laughter like a bubbling spring

smile like the morning

eyes like I had never seen

she came and went before me

 

Chorus: 

She was a friend of mine

she's gone before her time.

 

Bridge:

And if you see her

when you reach the other side

tell her I need her

I can't seem to get it right.

And if you see her

when you reach the other side

tell her I'll leave

my yellow candle lit at night.

 

Chorus: 

She was a friend of mine

she's gone before her time.




Before You Knew My Name

Denes McIntosh


Bein’ alone

Bein’ on my own

I can see beyond the dreams I used to entertain.

 

Bein’ alive

Healing from inside

I can be as strong as the North Sea in a driving rain,
in a driving rain.

 

Bein’ with you


A time we both passed through

Occasional lovers, we hurt one another,

and came to share the blame.

We came to share the blame.

 

What could we have done?

We were so damn young.

You had me long before you ever knew my name.

Before you knew my name.

 

It’ll be alright

It’s neither wrong nor right

We’ve both moved on from dusk to dawn like wakin’ up.

Ah, just like wakin’ up

 

Life holds more for you

It’s just my point of view

But if life don’t come to you like the risin’ sun for you,

then make it up.

Babe, just make it up.





Beyond Our Reach

Denes McIntosh

 

Rugged like the banks of Coyote Creek.

Where gold lies hidden beyond our reach.

Where snakes lay coiled quick to strike

as we're blindly passing by.

 

Barren like the white desert sand

Where the sun beats hot across the land.

Cooling shade cannot be found

Water runs too deep underground.

 

Chorus:

Sometimes faith is beyond our reach,

and life gets hard to handle.

There is no guide to point the way,

there is no light, there is no candle.

 

Hungry like a ravaged deer

when hope has all but disappeared.

The cougar stalks the weakened doe

and takes her down by the throat.

 

Chorus:

Sometimes faith is beyond our reach,

and life gets hard to handle.

There is no guide to point the way,

there is no light, there is no candle.

 

Sometimes faith is beyond our reach,

and life gets hard to handle.

But we will somehow find our way

You’ll be my light, I’ll be your candle.

 

We will somehow find our way

You’ll be my light, I’ll be your candle.





Blowin' Away

Denes McIntosh

 

Sometimes I feel like I'm blowin' away

my foundations shakin' from the storms of the day

But I look to Jesus and I hear Him say

I have provided a way.

 

Chorus:

But you know you've got to come to me

I know you often want to run from me

falling short you feel unworthy

But you know I'll always love you

oh you know I'll always love you.

 

Sometimes I run like the wind on the sea

driven by someone I want to be

or drifting along like a bird on a breeze

forgetting the words that the Master would speak.

 

Chorus:




Brilliant Shadows

Denes McIntosh

 

Brilliant shadows

leaving your impression

as they fade.

In the latest afternoon

in the disappearing shade.

 

Brilliant shadows

casting your reflection

on the gate.

Waiting still beneath the moon

at the closing of the day.

 

Chorus:

The day is done

like a passing ship

on a vast horizon

it's been fading quick.

 

The sun is gone

the night is here

but the dark is light

and the sky is clear.

 

Brilliant shadows

lingering about me

in the yard.

With a vague familiar presence

like roses in the garden.

 

Chorus:

 

 


  

Canvass Different Colors

Denes McIntosh

 

Sunlight dancin' in your eyes

like the moon on the water

like the sparkle of the sidewalk

in the morning rain.

Come take your place beside me

bring the pain you've had to hide

lay it fully at my feet

where it will remain.

 

Chorus:

We'll paint your canvass different colors

that once were black

no need for lookin' back again

no need for doin' that.

We'll paint your canvass different colors

Life made you sad

no need for goin' there again

no need for goin' back.

 

And you won't have to hide anymore

or spend the night alone

waiting at your window for the dawn to break.

And you won't be ashamed anymore

or fear the telephone

or live with half a lifetime worth of heartache.

 

Chorus:

We'll paint your canvass different colors

canvass different colors

we’ll paint your canvass different colors

that once were black.

 

Sunlight dancin' in your eyes again

like the moon on the water

Like the sparkle of the sidewalk

in the morning rain

 

 

 

 

The Captain Song

Denes McIntosh

 

Every morning I wake and wonder

if I can climb that hill

with little warning I step from under

my fathers perfect will.

 

But he keeps me with tender mercy

kind and warm and still

then gently leads me back to the safety

within his glorious will.

 

Chorus:

And we climb that hill together

and we fight the battle side by side

I realize I'm gonna live forever

cause I'm ridin' on the side

of the Captain of eternal life.

 

Every evening I'm layin’ free from

the worries of the day

I've been seein' what I've been needing

provided in a wondrous way

As I've been seekin' Him

I find that I've been reachin' Him

not by the words I pray

not by the songs I've sung, not by the deeds I've done

but only by His grace.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

 

Chase The Dark Away

Denes McIntosh


When the walls come tumbling down

And the blood is flowing crimson red

I’ll be there to sift through the rubble

I’ll be there to bury the dead.

 

When the water rises up

To move the rocks and envelop the land 

I’ll swim across the deepest sea 

and find a place for us to stand.  

 

When the sky begins to rumble

Above the ground we’re standin’ on

I will build a sturdy shelter

I’ll hold you till the threat is gone. 

 

When the ground begins to tremble

And the sun has burned the night away

I will steady the earth beneath us

I will find a cooling shade.

 

And when the sun begins to fade

And darkness falls like a heavy rain

I will keep you safe and warm

I will chase the dark away.

 

When the friends that you have loved

Have vanished like a passing wind

I’ll be here to stand with you, babe

where I’ve always been.




Chicken Gravy Blues

Denes McIntosh 

 

My baby she comes home now

lookin' to cook me up somethin' fine

my baby she comes home now

to cook me up somethin' fine

she makes the best damn chicken gravy

this side of the Mason Dixon line.

 

She makes some right nice sweet potatoes

a mean old pot of black eyed peas

makes some right nice sweet potatoes

a mean old pot of black eyed peas

makes the best damn chicken gravy

this poor boy has ever seen.

 

Chorus:

Well I've tasted other cookin'

but nothin's quite the same

that pretty little woman

she's drivin' me insane

I don't know

what in the world I'm gonna do

I got them "ain't bad, I'm glad I have

Chicken Gravy Blues".

 

Repeat: Verse 1

Repeat: Chorus




The Cliché Song

Denes McIntosh

 

Chorus:

Life can be a cliché my friend

No matter how well you write it

Just a flickering flame on a candle in the wind

No matter how well you light it.

 

Lightening never strikes in the same place twice

The sun always sets in the west.

Two wrongs don’t make a right

So do what you think is best.

 

The lights are on, but nobody’s home

Got to sleep in the bed that you made

All that glitters is not gold

In your 15 minutes of fame.

 

Chorus:

 

One mans ceiling is another mans floor

A rolling stone gathers no moss

John Lennon said “make love, not war”

But I want to die with his boots on.

 

You were right from your side, babe,

But I was right from mine

You don’t miss your water till the well runs dry

Better read between the lines.

 

Chorus:

 

A chain’s only strong as it’s weakest link

And water always flows down hill

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink

Break the body, but not the will.

 

Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades

Take one day at a time

Billy Graham told you ‘Jesus Saves’

but don’t be blinded by the light.

 

Chorus:

 

You can look but you better not touch

Cause she’s got eyes in the back of her head

She died doing what she always loved

Burning the candle at both ends

 

You can’t always walk on the razor’s edge

I’ve got the place if you’ve got the time

They say “Never let em see you sweat”

But a good man is hard to find

 

Chorus:

 

Lightning never strikes in the same place twice

The end never justifies the means

Y’know the customer’s always right.

And the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

 

It’s always darkest just before the dawn

But you’re in way over your head

Sometimes it’s not worth the paper it’s written on

Give me liberty or give me death.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

 

 Confession

Denes McIntosh

 

It's not too easy all the time

to call a friend and say

"I've been having trouble walkin' on the narrow way.

I can't always blame the Prince of the Power of the Air

sometimes I find I just don't care".

 

Chorus:

Praise the Lord

He can see beyond the things that be

He keeps me keepin’  on

He's ordained the victory.

He brings understanding

and I begin to see

these feelings of defeat will soon be leaving."

 

It's not for me an easy thing

to keep my life in line

To walk the way that Jesus walked nearly all the time.

Honesty demanding I be standing near the Lord

I often wonder what I'm standing for.

 

Chorus:

 

Relationships so often slip

from where they need to be

When all the ones I  love become the ones I want to leave.

Sometimes I want to run

from what I've come to be

back to when I used to just be me.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Blessing

Denes McIntosh

 

May the trail not be rocky when you ride

May your spurs jingle-jangle in perfect time.

May you hook on with a good cattle drive

And work hard into the fading light.

 

May your saddle always fit like a glove

May you be guided by your faithful dog

Protected by the hand of God

May your woman give you love.

 

May you find that perfect ranch

May a thousand cattle carry your brand

May they drink from the Rio Grande

May your rope never tangle in your hands

 

May your herd be carefully tended

May your fences all be mended

May your whisky never be blended

May your territory be defended.

 

May you always be a cowboy to the bone

May your stature be chiseled in stone

May your restless nature let you roam

May your horse always get you home.

 

May your boots always get their kicks

May your pistol never jam in a fix

May your draw be lightening quick

May you always shoot from the hip.

 

May your partner never let you down

May your bedroll find warm ground

May good fortune follow you around

If you get lost may you be found.

 

May your jeans never be designer

May your beans be heated on an open fire

May your voice be heard in a midnight choir

May you become an old cowboy survivor.

 

May the stars light your way in the dark

May you speak no unkind remark

May your bite be not as bad as your bark

May your brand be like no other mark

 

May the band always play your song

May you dance with the girl that you brung.

May you do what’s right, not wrong

May you be strong.

 

May you prosper on the land where you live

With a few good next of kin

When you get hurt may you learn to forgive.

May you take disappointment on the chin


May your chaps flap free in the wind

May your laughter be quick among friends

May you see down around the next bend

May you never look back till the end.

 

May your horse always have enough hay

May your hat never shrink in the rain

May the sun set slowly at the end of the day

And may that Old Coyote sing at your grave.





Coyotes Lament

Denes McIntosh

  

Feels like it’s gonna rain.

I wonder if  it’s gonna rain.

 

 

 

 

Crazy Heart

Denes McIntosh

 

Too many drinks, too many one-night stands

Too many self-penned songs about a broken man.

Too many towns along too many roads

Too many dwindling crowds, too many midnight shows.

 

He was too long lonely, He was too long gone

He was too long sleepin’ where he didn’t belong

He was too long chasin’ that elusive dream

He was too long repeatin’ the same old thing.   

 

Chorus:

He had a crazy heart, it got the best of him

He had a wounded heart, it took the rest of him

He had a crazy heart, it had a hold on him

He had a heavy heart from the outside in.

But if you’d like to know what the man was all about

He had a heart of gold from the inside out.

 

He was a broken man with a broken heart

He was a tired old soul slowly fallin’ apart

He was an absent father to an orphan son

He was ashamed he couldn’t finish what he’d once begun.

 

Chorus:

 

He was down in the dumps, he was down on his luck

He was ridin’ on fumes in that old pick-up truck

He was down to the wire, down to his last buck

He was down so low it left him lookin’ up.

 

Bridge:

And that’s right where he needed to be

Like ripe fruit ready to fall from a tree

That’s right in line with the order of things

Life can bring a wandering man to his knees.

 

Chorus:

 

 



The Creator

Denes McIntosh

 

Green hills and berries

bright skies and clouds

echoing canyons crying aloud

mountains that stretch forth

a powerful hand

faithfully guarding

the rest of the land.

 

Chorus:

Oh how much greater

is the creator

He's the master of all

that the mind can perceive

He's the maker of everything

we've learned to love

and the author of all

that is still yet to be.

 

Rivers and streams

and the beauty at sunrise

stars shining down on a clear summer night

wide open spaces

where we can run free

and the wondrous sunsets

we so often see.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

 

Dance On The Water

Denes McIntosh 

 

Chorus:

In this crazy world

got to live and dance

dance on the water

as if it were glass.

In this crazy world

got to take a chance

got to leave each day

like it may be your last.

 

Shout at the devil

raise your fist to the sky

lift your voice like an Eagle

on it's maiden flight.

 

Chorus:

 

Love like a hurricane

laugh like a child

live with a vengeance

and a curious smile.

 

Chorus:

 

Reach for the sun

give your neighbor a hand

teach what you know

and learn what you can.

 

Chorus:

 

Walk on the wind

in an old pair of jeans

keep your feet on the ground

whatever that means.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

Dark Eyes

Denes McIntosh

 

Crowd of strangers.

Everybody seems to know my name.

Unfamiliar faces

dripping wet,  left standing in the rain.

 

Dark eyes

but nobody I know from around these parts.

It's time to make my way

down the road to distant places of the heart.

 

Too much confusion here.

Just can't think clearly anymore.

A lingering illusion

keeps the ravenous wolf from my door.

 

In the deepest night

I can feel your cold breath on my back

A familiar recollection

like my unrelenting fear of the pack.

 

Chorus:

You move me like a forbidden dance

My heart relies on circumstance

I always love what I can't have

I will not tell your secrets.

I always love what I can't have

I'll live with my regrets.

 

The gathering storm.

A reminder of the not too distant past.

Bewildered and forlorn

I'll let the next desire be my last.

I laugh alone,

with a chorus of voices from the grave

I dance on stone

It's best to not let pleasure in the way.

 

Chorus:

You move me like a forbidden dance

My heart relies on circumstance

I always love what I can't have

I will not tell your secrets.

I always love what I can't have

I'll live with my regrets.

 

 

 

 

Demon Kiss

Denes McIntosh

  

Chorus:

Snake eyes

and barbed wire stretched tight

give me a look at the stars tonight.

Demon kiss

no good can become of this

There’s no salvation in sight.

 

If I were free

you would probably find me

leaning hard against a tall pine tree.

And if I were tired

I would build a small fire

and let the night slowly come over me.

 

Chorus:

Snake eyes

and barbed wire stretched tight

Demon kiss

no good can become of this.

give me a look at the stars tonight.

There’s no salvation n sight.

 

If I could dream

I would know what it means

to float on my back down a wandering stream.

And if I could feel

something other than this steel

I believe that I could be redeemed.

 

Chorus:
Snake eyes

and barbed wire stretched tight

give me a look at the stars tonight.

Demon kiss

not good can become of this

There’s no salvation in sight.

 

If I could raise

my voice today

I’d send it out over the northern gate.

Beyond the yard

past the lingering guards

to carry my terrible sadness away.

 

Chorus:

Snake eyes

and barbed wire stretched tight

give me a look at the stars tonight.

Demon kiss

no good can become of this

There’s no salvation in sight.

 

If I could stop

this pounding clock

that echoes through my cell block

I would sing a hymn

from the silence within

and measure the time by my teardrops.

 

Chorus:

Snake eyes

and barbed wire stretched tight

give me a look at the stars tonight.

Demon kiss

no good can become of this

There’s no salvation in sight.





The Desert

Denes McIntosh

  

He was baptized by some guy

then empowered from on high

went camping for 40 days.

He was tried and tempted in every way.

 

The devil came and said "If you be hungry

turn these rocks into some French bread.

Christ, use your head.

Don't be hungry, have some cheese and bread.”

 

But Jesus said "I shall not live on bread alone,

it would not give me protein, but only fat

I need the word of God to keep me where I'm at.”

 

The devil took him up on high

said "How'd you like to learn to fly,

then jump off, you'll not be alone.

Angels will catch you before you hit the stones".

 

Well Jesus said "That's not my style

the fall looks nearly half a mile.

I'm certain you're some kind of fraud.

And the Scripture says "Don't test the Lord your God".

 

Well the devil showed him all the kingdoms

of the world, he said he'd bring them to Him,

and all their glory

if you'll worship me in this exclusive story.

 

Jesus said "Satan be gone

I can't relate to your sad song

I think you're throwin' me a curve.

I'm gonna worship God, He's the only one I'm gonna serve.”

 

The angels came to comfort Him, said

"Jesus tell us how you been

You look like you been through a lot.

Can we join you singin' praises to our God?"

 



 

Do Not Be Afraid

Denes McIntosh

 

My friend, do not be afraid of life. 

Do not be afraid of the increasingly foreboding skies, 

or of the rising tides. 

Do not be afraid of the cold, hard, and ugly facts,

or the warm, the soft, and the beautiful lies. 

 

Do not be afraid of what people might say about you. 

Just ask if they’re better off with you, or without you? 

 

Do not be afraid of the darkness, or of the light, 

flattering opinions, or dire predictions in the night. 

Do not be afraid of fiction, or of the truth. 

Do not be afraid of the ignorance of youth.

Do not be afraid of the wisdom of age. 

Do not be afraid of the joker or the sage. 

 

Do not be afraid of what people might say about you, 

just ask if they’re better off with you, or without you? 

 

Do not be afraid of the well known, or of the unknown.

Do not be afraid of the well worn, or the newborn. 

Do not be afraid of a different point of view.

Do not be afraid of the old, or of the new.

Do not be afraid of the apparent, or the obscure. 

Do not be afraid of the sickness, or the cure. 

 

Do not be afraid of what people might say about you,

just ask if they’re better off with you or without you?  

 

Do not be afraid of the sacred, or profane.

Do not be afraid of the blessing or the flame, 

cause fear, it will only kill you. Fear, it will only kill you.

Do not be afraid of the future, or of the past.

Do not be afraid of being first, or being last.

Do not be afraid of being afraid, my friend. 

Do not be afraid, do not be afraid of death.

Do not be afraid, do not be afraid, my friend.

 

 

 

 

Dogs on the Run

Denes McIntosh

  

Used to be you and me

a little farm on the coast

I believe we were free

free-er then than most.

 

Chorus:

Dogs on the run

ducks in the pond

a pony and a goat.

Flower garden in the yard

and you in your petty coat.

 

Early mornin' in the fog

and watchin' it all roll away

come and gone like a lovers song

lookin' back on yesterday.

 

Used to be twenty three

I used to be thirty one

I can't believe the change I've seen

good god, where has the time gone?

 

Repeat Chorus:

Repeat Verse 1:

Repeat Chorus:





Dorothy's Comin' Back

Denes McIntosh

  

Night owls and street freaks

rush hour cowboys on the bus

All the downtown ladies, they line the roadways

stretching miles like locusts in the sun

takin' the breath from my lungs

love comes like a bandit in the night.

 

Doubt, like dust, covers my soul

guard dogs keep the curious away

they come to feast on fools, wearing silk with satin shoes

there's just too many minutes in the day

love holds you like a promise

then pushes you away again like fire.

 

Chorus:

Standing naked on one leg

doin' my best to dance

Dorothy's comin' back to Kansas

 

The winter of my discontent

darkness falls just like a silhouette

love plays you like a trumpet then beats you like a drum

it could be such an ordinary death.

All the solitary fires

are burning low and dying out alone.

 

Chorus:

Standing naked on one leg

doin' my best to dance

Dorothy's comin' back to Kansas

 

You did not kill me

you didn't have the strength

you did not kill me

my life just wasn't yours to take

you'll be the last one left in line

before the window closes for the night.

 

Chorus:

Standing naked on one leg

doin' my best to dance

Dorothy's comin' back to Kansas.





Down the Road

Denes McIntosh

  

I fell asleep while it was warm

and was awakened by the cold.

The earth was covered over

by a blanket of snow.

The sun disappeared,

as if fallen from the sky

And took the hope of my salvation

in the blink of an eye.

 

I fell asleep while it was calm

and was awakened by the war

The night took my courage

as I stumbled through the door.

With nowhere to go

and no safe place left to hide

I listened once again

to that quiet voice inside.

 

The sky will be clear again.

The clouds will be gone.

The noise will be muted,

all the fighting will stop.

 

Further on, further on

further on down the road.

I know it’s always darkest

just before the dawn.

 

The sky will be clear again

The clouds will be gone

It’s always darkest

just before the dawn.





Dwight Jordan

Denes McIntosh 

 

Dwight Jordan, don't look back

you joined the army to avoid the draft.

Dwight Jordan, you're still black

24 years could not change that.

Dwight Jordan, it's a fact

you were running from an unfortunate past.

Dwight Jordan, you're no match

for a system that's designed to break your back.

 

Chorus:

You were such a young man

when you went in.

They made you hard as sin.

You were such a pleasure to be with.

You can be that man again.

Dwight Jordan (repeat).

 

Dwight Jordan, how'd you get so tough?

Was your gentle nature somehow just

not good enough?

Dwight Jordan, don't give up

you just have to drink from a different cup.

Dwight Jordan, take some time

to see how you've been walkin' such a fine line.

Dwight Jordan, make up your mind.

You got one foot on a ladder you can't climb.

 

Chorus:

 

Dwight Jordan, it's quite clear

you been sleeping' with the whores New York

to Tangiers.

Dwight Jordan, I fear

it's made you cold and old before your years.

Dwight Jordan, don't trade your pride

for the pleasure that you find

in those forbidden thighs.

Dwight Jordan, it's a heavy price

that you pay when you lay upon

that bed of ice.

 

Chorus

 

 

 

Dylan's Song

Denes McIntosh

 

Watchin' the boy become a man

takin' his place in the band

makin' a change I understand

is destined to last.

 

Watchin' you find your own way

like your brother found his

no longer a kid,

you're much stronger than that.

 

Chorus:

Like jazz in funky time, y' know

with symbols crashin' at the most

dramatic parts.

Chasin' abstract rhythms home

puttin' every note

in time

with your own beating heart.

 

Standin' tall as you've ever been

takin' all the knocks life can give

landin' on your feet once again

it's what I've come to expect.

 

Makin' some damn good friends

shakin' your fist in the wind

puttin' those sticks to the skins

who knows what's comin' next.

 

Repeat Chorus:






The Early a.m.

Denes McIntosh

 

In the Early a.m.

I am not yet alive to you.

Not yet awake to your presence

Not yet in time with your breath.

 

In the early a.m.

I am not yet fully conscious.

Not yet home from the river

Not yet back from the dead.

 

But in the late afternoon

In the late afternoon

I am alive again to you,

I am not tired.

 

In the late afternoon,

In the late afternoon

my eyes behold your beauty

by the fire.





Early Sunday Morning

Denes McIntosh

  

Walkin' on a lonely beach early Sunday morning

eyes turned down towards my feet

I've just come through a storm

and I've been hoping for a sign from heaven

lookin' for the Lord to show me

He could feel the things that I've been feeling.

 

Burdened by the world around me, darker every day

hurting for the people who've been hurt along the way.

I've been angry with the devil

and the evil that he's done

but feelin' sorry for the people

who been hidin' from the son.

 

Lookin' down at the ground

I find a pebble lying in the sand

I'm gently reachin’ out my hand.

I begin to see that pebble is a sign for me from heaven

showin' me my Father understands.

 

It's rounded out and wearin' smooth

from teardrops as the Lords been moved

to weepin' over the lonely state of man.

 

Repeat 1st Verse:





Easy Street

Denes McIntosh

  

There's a woman out there weepin'

there's a man who ain't been home

there's a kid who runs away without a warning'.

There's a drifter in a doorway sleepin'

there's a child left all alone

there's a stranger on the back row Sunday morning'.

 

Chorus:

They're somebody

same as you and me

and everyone is lookin' to be loved

they've got worth

beyond what we can see

living self indulgently on Easy Street.

 

There's a junkie in the street

the less fortunate you meet

there's a hooker scraping' dollars off the bottom.

There's a prisoner counting' time

there's the sad and lonely lives

of the many who have all but been forgotten.

 

Chorus:

 

Spoken:

Some say the hardship has been over for awhile, that everyone's O.K. now just cause they are.  But recently I heard the screaming, the weeping.  I've seen the bleeding hearts and tormented minds of those that justice shit on.  They're left to reconstruct their trampled lives alone, to mend their broken hopes and battered dreams without the help of those who at one time seemed to care, somewhere back before the sky fell in.  But where are all the friends of the unfortunate now?  Have they run to houses on secluded hillsides to hide from the discomfort of their past participation in the pain?  Well, the cause goes on without them, but it's crippled. . . . . . .  like the victims it embraces.  How easy we forget.

 

 

  

Elaine's Song

Denes McIntosh

  

Come away my beloved

seek after me

I know your desires child

I know your needs

I will never fail thee

I'll surely never leave

Unknown riches await thy discovery.

 

Chorus:

My hand shall be upon you

my gentle arms have spawned you

so I say to thee as I have said before

"Lie not dormant

be not like the rocks

lying near the pond

gathering the moss

follow close behind me

no matter what the cost

I will be your shepherd

be my flock".

 

Lo, I am with thee

child I will help thee

Be not discouraged

nor weary of heart.

My love shall be thy constant portion

my joy a priceless fortune

welling up within your faithful heart.

 

Chorus:





40 Days Without Water

Denes McIntosh

  

Road song

like the wind through my soul

I'm at the mercy of the Muse.

 

How long

can I continue to go on

without water, without you?

 

40 days can be a lifetime

40 nights without sleep

like Jesus in the desert

Like Ghandi in the street.

Dylan Thomas at the bar

Like Mohammed in the ring

Like Geronimo on a mission

Like Martin Luther King.

40 days without water

40 nights without sleep

I'd give 40 pounds of flesh

just to hear your heart beat.

 

Chorus:

40 days without water

40 days without water

40 days without water

40 nights without sleep.

 

40 days without water

40 nights without sleep

I'd give 40 pounds of flesh

just to hear your heart beat.

 

Road song

like the wind through my soul

I'm at the mercy of the Muse.

 

How long

can I continue to go on

without water, without you?





Fallen Angel

Denes McIntosh

 

Street lights are on, but the ladies door is dark

It should come to you now as no surprise.

The final moment of your life, throw your faith to the sharks

Check your messages again before you die.

 

She’s protected from the weather by her long blond hair

Love can be a very dangerous game.

It comes on quickly, and leaves without a care,

You make the rules up along the way.

 

Chorus:

There’s no one left to blame but the blameless.

Everybody’s got to take their turn.

You can buy salvation from a fallen angel

But you’ll have to learn to live with the burn.

 

She was really nothing more than a bad acquaintance

You never should have asked her for a dance.

No one really changes, they just tend to get undressed

And let the darkness penetrate the cracks

 

You were born in the palace, but you can’t live with the queen.

Paying homage has been such a waste of time

Walk on the water now, or sink into the sea,

But don’t bleed to death again before you die

 

.Chorus:

There’s no one left to blame but the blameless.

Everybody’s got to take their turn.

You can buy salvation from a fallen angel

But you’ll have to learn to live with the burn.

 

What you think of me is none of my business

What I think of you is really none of yours.

Look at the circle surrounding the moon

I’m running free again with all the wild horses.





The First Time

Denes McIntosh

  

I watched your shadow

touching itself

in the dim light,

it was the first time

I remember wanting you.

It was the last time

I'd be without you.

 

Your hands glided slowly

over your dark skin

on the wall that was a canvass

for your silhouette.

Your cigarette burned slowly

hanging lightly from your lips

dropping ashes on your breast

giving shape to your breath.

 

It was the first time

I remember wanting you.

 

You touched my face

in the soft light,

you touched yourself with hands

that I wished were mine.

You breathed a sigh, a song of life

I caught my breath

and harmonized.

 

It was the first time

I remember wanting you.

It was the first time

I remember wanting you.





Forgiven

Denes McIntosh

 

We have walked down the broad side of that wandering road.

We have fought on the wrong side in the battle for our soul

We have run ourselves ragged, broken down before we’re old.

Forsaken a warm heart for the bitter cold.

 

We have plundered every season under a midnight sun.

We have shunned the voice of reason for the devils silver tongue.                                                                       

We have robbed the newborn dreamer at the barrel of a gun.

Forsaken the warm heart of our only son.

 

Chorus:

But we have been forgiven.

Yes, we have been forgiven.

 

We have been the good Samaritan and the evil twin

We’ve indulged in guilty pleasures that are better left unsaid

We have clothed ourselves in righteousness like the Pharisee did

Forsaken that warm heart till the bitter end.

 

Chorus:

But we have been forgiven.

Yes, we have been forgiven

 

We have paid undue homage to the joker and the fool

We have made our bed of sorrow with our neighbor’s tools

We have broken every promise, and have broken all the rules

Forsaken a warm heart for a bag of jewels.

 

Chorus:

But we have been forgiven.

Yes, we have been forgiven

 

We have laid across the railroad tracks of an outbound train

We have fallen hard for promises that came wrapped in gold again

We have pumped the new delusion through our jugular vein   

Forsaken a warm heart for the profane.

 

Chorus:

But we have been forgiven.

Yes, we have been forgiven

 

 

 

Friends

Denes McIntosh

 

Well I only wanted to make you smile

walk with you a little while

and hold your hand till you could walk alone.

I had no idea I'd fall in love with you

I had no intention to

How was I to know I'd end up walkin' you home?

 

Chorus:

Through your tears I saw those shining eyes

dancing naked in the sun

through your pain I faced my own barren life

through your broken heart I learned to love.

 

Well I only wanted to make you laugh

draw a champagne bubble bath

and take a moment to pull you in out of the cold.

I had no idea it would all come back

to greet me like a welcome mat

and to give me back my long abandoned soul.

 

Chorus:

 

Bridge:

You read me from cover to cover

and loved me in spite of myself

you've been my friend and my lover

and honey you're everything else,

that I need.  That I'll ever need.

You'll see.

 

Well I only wanted to be your friend

to help you to feel good again

to get your eyes off the dark

and back on the dawn.

I had no idea you'd fall in love with me

I guess that's how it had to be

let's do our best to let the past be gone.

 

Chorus:




The Garden

Denes McIntosh

 

We were born in the Garden

weeping willows all hangin' down

Sunshine warm on our bodies

walking barefoot on the ground.

 

We were alive in the Garden

like a lazy Autumn afternoon

Our laughter echoed through the canyon,

sweet gardenia's were all in bloom.

 

We made love in the Garden

like in some faint Celestial dream

Beneath the silent mountain

we soaked our bodies in the bubbling stream.

 

GOTTA GET BACK

 

There was music in the Garden

nature sang a mystic tune

It was quiet and assuring

no one ever spoke too soon.

 

GOTTA GET BACK.

 

We were a family in the Garden

we had integrity, our word was true.

There was kindness and compassion

you cared for me and I cared for you.

 

GOTTA GET BACK.

 

Got to get back to the Garden

got to learn to live again.

Got to get back to the Garden

got to learn to live and love again.

 

GOTTA GET BACK.

 

 

 

 

Get Outta Dodge

Denes McIntosh

 

Born down in the valley, and I watched it grow

from a one horse town north of Mexico.

With my head held high, and my gun hangin’ low

the girls were fast, but the livin’ was slow.

 

Used to ride my pony down to the creek

I’d water him there, and get myself a drink

Pa used to tell me “boy, say what you think,

got to write your own story with indelible ink.”

 

Chorus:

But I got to get outta Dodge

cause Dodge just ain’t what it used to be.

Gotta get the hell outta Dodge

before Dodge knocks the hell outta me.

 

I would do my business with neighbors and friends

a mans word was good with just a shake of the hand.

Helpin’ each other was the law of the land

and work made a boy a responsible man.

 

We’d sit on the porch at the end of the day

and tell stories that changed like the weather in May.

Puttin’ a bottle of whisky away

till nobody had nothin’ further to say.

 

Chorus:

But I got to get outta Dodge

cause Dodge just ain’t what it used to be.

Gotta get the hell outta Dodge

before Dodge knocks the hell outta me.

 

The town kept growin’ like a summertime weed

people driving crazy like a wild stampede.

The handshake turned into a legal decree

and more often than not folks would disagree.

 

I’m gonna move my family on out of this place

Get away from the hustle of the rat race

Gonna build my ranch in some wide open space

where a man can breathe and his cattle can graze.

 

Chorus:

But I got to get outta Dodge

cause Dodge just ain’t what it used to be.

Gotta get the hell outta Dodge

before Dodge knocks the hell outta me.

 



Gina’s Dancing

Denes McIntosh

 

She's dancing.

Gina’s dancing.

She’s either dancing with the devil

or she’s dancing with the wind,

but she’s dancing

She’s dancing

 

She’s splashed in costume jewelry

She’s flashing her once perfectly luminous tan.

And she’s slashing a path across town to lay down

with that mysterious back door man.

 

Gina’s dancing

She’s dancing

She’s either dancing with the devil

or she’s dancing with the wind,

but she’s dancing.

She’s dancing

 

Gina’s caught in a curious shake down

Some would call it a nervous break down

Knocked down, she’s been brought down,

used and abused by all the lavender losers

that one lost woman can have.                                        

But she’s dancing.

 

Gina’s dancing

She’s dancing

She’s either dancing with the devil

or she’s dancing with the wind,

but she’s dancing.

 

And now she wants to go to Venus

like Jesus in that classic old Elton John song.

And she wants to blow up balloons like he did

And sit on the porch swing watching them all day long.




Give em' a Drum

Denes McIntosh

  

Mickey walked the halls all night

up and down that long aisle like

a scene from one of those old Jack Nickelson movies

 

Billy slumped down low in his chair

nursing his depression like you'd wear

your finest suit for everybody to see

 

Chorus: 
We drive em there in our expensive cars

drop em off with a ticket to mars

give em a drum and a wooden spoon to bang with.

They couldn't cope with societies stuff

they lose their homes and we lend em a buck

it's a wonder that we don't just give em a rope to hang with.

 

Benny sits and swears at the wall

angry at the way the dice fall

give the man another med, it'll settle him down.

 

Lucy likes to stay up all night

sittin' on her bed with no light

talkin' to herself without makin' a sound.

 

Chorus:

 

Martin says "it just doesn't matter"

he tried to climb the corporate ladder

gave the company his soul and they ate him alive.

 

Linda watches television all day

imagining the parts they all play

waiting for her life to hurry up and arrive.

 

Chorus:




God Forsaken Land

Denes McIntosh 

 

Run baby run

dogs are nipping at your feet

the thunders rolling like a train

it'll knock you to your knees.

 

Run baby run

the devils on the loose

he's come to take you down tonight

you got to pay your dues.

 

Run baby run

the beast is in the field

he's tearin' up the heartland

gonna take what he can steal.

 

Chorus:

No warning sign’s been posted

just an old and weathered fence

along a solitary road

running off into the past.

There are many who have traveled

this god forsaken land

leaving dreams to die along the way

they couldn't carry all of them.

 

This is no mans land

the abandoned highway

you can find it on the map

but it don't run my way.

This is no mans land

the place of my birth

got to carry your own water

or you'll die out here of thirst.

 

Run baby run

don't be stopping here alone

the air is hotter than a pistol

and it's dryer than a bone.

 

Run baby run

don't come back this way again

put your eyes on the horizon

put your mind on what's ahead.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

God Is Love

Denes McIntosh

 

We say we know God

We read His Word, we hear His voice,

and serve Him like we know we should.

We say we know God

We keep Him close

We say we know His way

and what He wants.

 

Chorus:

We say we know His way

and what He wants.

But I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

Yes, I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

 

We say we know God

We serve Him in the Temple,

in the Church, and in the Mosque.

We give our time, we pay our tithe, confess our sins

and say our prayers

just like He wants.

 

Chorus:

We say our prayers

Just like He wants.

But I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

Yes, I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

 

We say we know God

We know His politics, social positions,

and what He’d do in any given situation.

We say we know God,

We know His mind, His will,

and the side that He’d be on.

 

Chorus:

We say we know God

and the side that He’d be on.

But I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

Yes, I think we’ve forgotten

God is Love.

 

 

  

Goin’ Up The Mountain

Denes McIntosh

 

Goin’ up the mountain

gonna build myself a house

Goin’ up the mountain

get outta this lousy town.

 

Goin’ up to the top of the world

gonna plant myself there

Let my song massage the wind

gonna breathe some fresh air.

 

Chorus:

Gonna take my woman

Gonna take my dog

Gonna take my pony

Gonna bring em all along

Gonna take my rifle

I’ll take my fishin’ pole

Gonna take my knife and maybe I’ll find

a nice fishin’ hole.

 

Goin’ up to where the earth meets the sky

where the black bears feed on the berries

Goin’ up that mountain side

with just the stuff my old truck can carry.

 

Chorus:

Gonna take my woman

Gonna take my dog

Gonna take my pony

Gonna bring em all along

Gonna take my rifle

I’ll take my fishin’ pole

Gonna take my knife and maybe I’ll find

a nice fishin’ hole.

 

 

 

Hand To The Plow

Denes McIntosh

 

A clanking across the vineyard like pipe against rock

Wind on the surface of an irrigation pond

Canadian geese engaged in lively foreign talk

Acorns poppin’ under foot where I walk

 

The sky rumblin’ by like yesterdays news

The last swig left on my best bottle of booze

The sound of a lie that just never rang true.

The final refrain of the Mule Skinner Blues

 

Chorus:

I can hear every one of these familiar sounds

I don’t need to put my one good ear to the ground

I just put my hand to the proverbial plow

Put my hand to the plow and keep pushin’.

 

The sound of somebody breaking a bond

Choosin’ up sides for who’s right and who’s wrong

The echo of lyrics from a faraway song

Sound track of a lifetime three-quarters gone.

 

Chorus:

I can hear every one of these familiar sounds

I don’t need to put my one good ear to the ground

I just put my hand to the proverbial plow,

Put my hand to the plow and keep pushin’.

 

Laughter as phony as a three dollar bill

A young woman swallowing a bottle of pills

A forlorn lover tumblin’ down another hill

Life will first mock, and then kill you.

 

Chorus:

I can hear every one of these familiar sounds

I don’t need to put my one good ear to the ground

I just put my hand to the proverbial plow,

Put my hand to the plow and keep pushin’.

 

Bridge:

Put my hand, put my hand, put my hand to the plow.

Put my hand, put my hand to the plow.

I won’t be here long, but I’m here right now

And I’ll hang on till the day I go down.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

Harvester

Denes McIntosh / Mike Kelley

 

You’ve been living on you own for oh so many years

Yet you haven’t found a place that you call home.

Your thoughts are spent on memories of laughter and of tears

Keeping from the fact that you’re alone.

 

As springtime turns to summer and the sky begins to rain

You see the clouds a rollin’ overhead

The Harvester is coming soon to gather up His grain

To separate the living from the dead.

 

Chorus:

 

He came to me when I was hungry

He came to me when I was cold

He came to me when I was dying

The Son of Man He came and made me whole.

 

You say that time has taken all the friends that once were yours

Reflections tell your mind you’re getting old

But your feelings are deceiving and you know there’s something more

The sunshine on your life is growing cold.

 

Chorus:

 

He’ll come to you if you are hungry

He’ll come to you if you are cold

He’ll come to you if you are dying

The Son of Man He’ll come and make you whole.




Heart Beating Harder

Denes McIntosh

 

Waiting, while the minutes tick away
breathing in time with the clock.

Wanting, for the space to be gone
between the leaving

and your homecoming key in the lock.

Cause when we’re apart

 

The rain stops falling

the thunder stops clapping
the lightning stops striking

the flags stop flapping.

The voices stop talking
the drunks stop drinking

the birds stop singing
the mind stops thinking.

The horns stop honking
the earth stops spinningthe dogs stop barkingthe face stop grinning.

 

And my heart keeps beating louder
like a mountain on fire,

my pulse is running hard like a storm.
My breath is getting shorter
like a late Autumn day
but the thought of you is keeping me warm.



He Became

Denes McIntosh

 

A certain contradiction

independent parts

a pretty healthy ego

with a soft and gentle heart.

 

Chorus:

Like a lion in a rage

rattling the cage to make his way

to freedom.

Like a child in the arms

of a mother he belongs

to those who need him.

 

Soul of an artist

body of a man

strong willed, kind hearted

doing what he can.

 

Chorus:

Like a lion in a rage

rattling the cage to make his way

to freedom.

Like a lover in the arms

of a woman he belongs to those who need him.

 

He could have been a dancer in the Bolshevik ballet

he could have been an actor on Broadway

He could have pointed fingers, could've found someone to blame

but he became a singer on his own stage.

 

Your window is open, step out from your pain

your heart is an ocean, you can walk between the rain

bury all my promises alongside Gideons Bones

I'll be right there behind you

while you're standin' on your own.

 

I'm only human. . . . . but I'll be there for you.





He Came to Me

Denes McIntosh

  

I've been thinkin' bout the Lord

the pain He often knew.

I've been thinkin' bout the Lord

the suffering He went through

 

Chorus:

He came to me when I was hungry

He came to me when I was cold

He came to me when I was dying

The son of God He came to save my soul.

 

I've been thinkin' bout the Lord

the places He was found

And I can see Him in the Garden

dripping blood upon the ground.

 

Chorus:

 

I can see Him back a bleeding

beat till nearly dead

and I can see Him softly weeping

crown of thorns upon His head.

 

Chorus:

 

Now I can see Him deathly hangin'

dark against the sky

and I can see Him barely breathin'

spear thrust in His side.

 

Chorus:

 

Now I can see Him clothed in Glory

just like the story said

And I can feel Him living for me

risen from the dead.

 

Chorus:




Here I Am Again

Denes McIntosh

  

This highway I've been travelin'

it often gets me down

I found that it gets hard.

And I spend time unravelin'

the pain that has me bound

it's tearin' me apart.

 

Chorus:

Lord, here I am again

longing to be your closest friend

I want to sit with you and talk

until dawn.

Here I am again

and you know everywhere I've been,

y' know I need you . . . to carry on.

 

Seems I'm always lookin' for

something I'll never find,

It's just a state of mind.

And I pour out my life

like hangin' laundry on the line

in hopes the sun may shine.

 

Chorus:




He Speaks To Me

Denes McIntosh


I wrote my own story, took a stand for what's right

Raised a flag every morning in the early light.

Stood naked in the shade, tossed my fate to the wind

Fell asleep in the bed I made, embraced the blessed, cursed the sin.

I wandered through the desert, stumbled lost across the sand

in search of Holy Water in a dry and barren land.

I made my way alone through the darkest of night

on a wing and a prayer by His guiding light.

Chorus:

There is a God somewhere

and He speaks to me with a still small voice

like a mountain stream.

There is a God, I'm sure,

sometimes He speaks to me with a mighty roar,

like in an angry dream.

I can hear the distant thunder

and the rumble of the earth beneath my feet.

But I don't fear Him.

And I can hear Him talk to me.

I raised my fist to the sky, caught lightening in my hand

Turned my back on the devil, he was not my friend.

I bowed before your altar, a broken man

Forgiven for what I haven't been, and loved for what I am.

Chorus:

There is a God somewhere

and He speaks to me with a still small voice

like a mountain stream.

There is a God, I'm sure,

sometimes He speaks to me with a mighty roar,

like in an angry dream.

I can hear the distant thunder

and the rumble of the earth beneath my feet.

But I don't fear Him.

And I can hear Him talk to me.

I don't fear Him.

And I can hear Him talk to me.





He's the One

Denes McIntosh 

 

Look to the one

who changed the course of all mankind.

Look to the one

who gives the sight back to the blind.

Look to the one

who raises the dying from their bed.

Look to that one to come again.

 

Look to the one

who changes the water into wine.

Look to the one

who claims to be the bread of life.

Look to the one

who gives us springs of living water.

Look to the one

we've got to know to reach the Father.

 

Chorus:

He's the one who knew me

when I needed to be known

He's the one who showed me

what I needed to be shown

He's the one who came and gave

His life to save my own

He's the sun shining on my road.

 

Look to the one

who came to die for me and you.

He said "Father forgive them

for they know not what they do".

He left His throne of glory

gave us all that He could give.

He suffered on a cross

that we might live.

 

Chorus:





He Treats Me Good

Denes McIntosh

  

Lord I'm so grateful for the freedom that you give

I just want to thank you for the life you let me live

if I could only find a way to say "hey you treat me much too good"

I know you'd turn around, look down and say

"child I treat you like a father should".

But still I feel that you treat me much too good.

 

I often wonder bout the way I'm treating you

I fail so often in the things I say and do

if I could only return to you Lord, half the love you've given me

I know that I'd be able to pour forth

enough to fill the deepest sea

And that would only be half as much as you've given me.

 

It's such a blessing Lord to have you on my side.

There is no other one in whom I would abide.

You loved me right on out of my sin

and now you bless me every day

you showed me where I had to begin

and now you lead me on my way

and there wasn't any price I had to pay.

 

No there wasn't any price I had to pay

I thank you Lord for given me a brand new day

and I thank you Lord for leadin' me on my way.






Hole in the Sun

Denes McIntosh

 

You could burn a hole in the sun with your smile

melt the icecaps of the earth with your style

take the finger from the trigger of a man who wants to die

you could make a lame man walk a hundred miles.

 

You could take the ugly from the world with your face

make the kitchen sweep itself with your grace

make a phone line never busy, a cheap wine have good taste

make a man who's in a hurry want to wait.

 

You could tame a raging storm with your charm

make an angry man melt in your arms

give a poor man promise, make a rich man buy the farm

make him want to buy the horses and the barn.

 

Chorus:

You’re the sun to warm my soul, you’re the moon at night.

You’re the one to warn me when I fall too  far from the light

You’re my wide open space babe, you set the fence on fire.

You put the beat back in my heart and the heat in my desire.

 

Alternate Chorus:

You're everything I've wanted, everything I need

you are my promise and you are my dream.

I'll learn to give you honesty like you have given me.

I will love you like the man that you have wanted me to be.

 

You could make a blind man see with your eyes

make a strong man weak with desire

take the dark out of the night, make every wrong seem right

you could make a cold man warm with your fire.

 

You could make a boy out of a man by your choice

make a sad man sing and rejoice

make a steady man stumble, give a clumsy man poise

you could sway the vote with your voice.

 

Chorus:




How Many Tears?

Denes McIntosh

  

I've made mistakes

some I knew that I was makin'

some just turned out that way.

That doesn't mean I didn't love you

it just means that I was weak.

 

Chorus:

And how many tears

will you require of me?

 

Fifteen long years

have left my soul half abandoned

and my heart filled with fear.

I have been alone of late

longing for the pleasure

of your company.

 

Chorus:

And how many tears

will you require of me?

How many tears?

How many tears?

How many tears will you require of me?

 

I cannot see.

My eyes have grown accustomed

to a fading memory.

The future waits impatient

somewhere just beyond my reach.

 

Chorus:




Hunger

Denes McIntosh

  

She's hungry, and she's homeless

she walks a lonely road

a mother cryin' "won't you take my child to your home

and give her shelter".

 

Chorus: 

"Give her something for her hunger

something for her soul

something for her sadness

and something for the cold

that's been growin' in her heart

tearin' her apart

and keepin' her from ever bein' whole".

 

The hard side of the tracks

in every hometown USA

growing weary of the struggle

gettin' tougher every day

to keep from letting go.

 

Chorus: 
"give them. . . "

 

Inner city families

no earth between their toes

momma's runnin' down a hustle

you know how the story goes

it's not a pretty one.

 

Chorus:

"give them. . ."

 

Suburban middle class

has all the new computer toys

but the bills are overdue

and daddy's drinkin' with the boys

till early mornin'.

 

Chorus: 
"give him. . ."

 

Hollywood mentality

borders on insanity

pleasure seeking fantasy

a crippling disease

you know it's tragic.

 

Chorus:

"give them. . . "




I Ain't Him

Denes McIntosh

 

Everybody wants me to be their Jesus

but I ain't Him,

never have been.

 

Everybody broken in a million pieces

expecting me to fix them

and be their friend.

 

I ask ‘em how they're doin'

they tell me how they've been

The same familiar story

then they tell me once again.

 

Everybody wants me to be their Jesus

but I can't free them,

nobody can.

 

Everybody livin’ with the same diseases

This and that disorder

Feet stuck in the sand.

 

Look what you've been doin'

it ain't been workin' yet.

Do something different, have some courage

make a promise, take a stand.

 

Everybody wants me to be their Jesus

But I can’t save them

It’s outta my hands.




I Am Just A Man

Denes McIntosh

If I were a Mountain

would you explore my weathered flesh.

Would you find a cooling shade beneath my breast?

And if I were a rock would you rest your weary feet

and let my strength sustain you when you ‘re feeling weak?

 

Chorus:

I am just a man doin’ the very best I can,

the very best, but sometimes that’s not good enough.

I’m givin’ what I have, makin’ a livin’ with my own hands,

without much rest. 

It gets tough.



If I were a Stream would you follow me through the hills

or lay yourself beside me.

Would you drink your fill?

If I were the Sky would you lay up in my arms

get lost among the clouds with me

and catch a shooting star?

 

Chorus:

I am just a man doin’ the very best I can,

the very best, but sometimes that’s not good enough.

I’m givin’ what I have, makin’ a livin’ with my own hands,

without much rest. 

It gets tough.

And if I were the Horizon would you live with me there,

where vision ends, and faith begins. 

Would you dare?

 

Chorus:

I am just a man doin’ the very best I can,

the very best, but sometimes that’s not good enough.

I’m givin’ what I have, makin’ a livin’ with my own hands,

without much rest. 

It gets tough.

 

I don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

 

 

 

I Can See You

Denes McIntosh

  

You gave me sight

now I'm no longer blind

you gave your life

now I can give you mine.

 

Chorus:

I can see you

I can see you

I can see you

in the morning.

 

I can see you

I can see you

I can see you

my Lord and

 

I love you

I love you

I love you

I love you.

 

You gave me hope

and paved for me a road

I no longer have to cope

with my heavy load.

 

Chorus:

I can see you etc. . . . . . 
. . . . . . . .you know I do.

 

But I've failed you so often

denied you so many times

I nailed you on Golgatha

and now I open my eyes to find

 

Chorus:

I can see you . . . . . .




I Find My Way

Denes McIntosh

  

In the deepest moment of the darkest night

I find my way without a light.

I find my way without a map

Without a guide I find my own way back.

 

I look beyond the crumbled walls

The shattered dreams of nightfall.

Those shattered dreams have breathed their last

Without a guide I find my own way back.

 

Chorus:

The road's been long

and much too dark for anyone to have to walk alone.

Well I've been tired babe, and I've been broke

but I keep pushing on

I keep pushing on

and I've been stronger than you'll ever really know.

 

I feel a breath upon my brow

I see a fire before me now.

The sky has opened on my path

Without a guide I find my own way back.

 

Chorus:

The road's been long

and much too dark for anyone to have to walk alone.

Well I've been tired babe, and I've been broke

but I keep pushing on

I keep pushing on

and I've been stronger than you'll ever really know.




I know You Lord

Denes McIntosh

  

Jesus, you are my freedom

Jesus, you are my strength

you're with me whenever I need you

you stand by me to any length.

 

Well I know you're a man who understands where I've been

you knew me at the cross where you bore my every sin

you've prepared a place of rest for me and long to let me in

I believe in you, and I've been born again.

 

God, you are my Father

Father, I am your child

You're never too busy to bother

with the little needs that don't even seem worthwhile.

 

Well I know that you've been hurt a thousand times in every day

And I know you've been forgotten by the people that you made

But there are still a few who love you and who long to hear you say

you'll give us time to show another man the way.

 

Spirit, flow right on through me

Spirit, you are my guide

you comfort and you renew me

you gently direct my life.

 

Well I know of the wonders that you wish to be revealed

and the souls you seek to reach, and the hearts you long to heal

And the aching, empty, lonely lives with which you wish to deal

Oh holy Spirit, lead me where you will

My Lord Jesus, I am yours to fill

Heavenly Father, use me as you will.




I Miss You When You're Gone

Denes McIntosh

 

On a quiet morning in the early spring

you sat before your window in the soft light

Sipping green tea and gathering your thoughts

It would be a cold day, it was a long night.

 

You watched me standing in the frozen yard

I watched the shadows struggling to leave

The sun was creeping slowly through the garden gate

while your eyes were warming me.

 

Chorus:

I remember when we met

It felt alot like that

I watched you sitting on an old chase lounge

beneath your garden hat.

I remember how I felt

like waking from a nap

I watched the sunlight warm your face

while you were watching back.

 

She beckoned me to come back inside

Coffee was brewing in an old copper pot

She said "I know you were only in the garden babe,

but I miss you when you're gone".

 

Chours:

I remember when we met

It felt alot like that.

I watched you sitting on an old chase lounge

beneath your garden hat.

I remember how I felt

like waking from a nap

I watched the sunlight warm your face

while you were watching back.

 

 

 

I Need You

Denes McIntosh

  

I need you

like a flower needs the rain.

I need you

like a child needs a name.

I see you

as a bright and sunny day

in the springtime of my life.

 

I need you

like an ocean needs a shore.

I need you

like heaven needs a door.

I see you

like I've not seen you before.

You've opened up my eyes.

 

Chorus:

And I feel like I can  fly

to the top of the world

ridin' on a breeze quietly blowin'.

I feel like I could fly

to the top of the world.

It's good to know I know where

I'm goin'.

 

I need you

like an evening needs a day.

I need you

in a very special way.

I see you

as a bright and sunny day.

You're the springtime of my life.





I Thought I Heard Them Singing

Denes McIntosh

  

Sittin' alone in my big old home

thinkin' bout my kids

the way we laughed, the way we felt

and the things we did.

I thought I heard them singing

like the Grateful Dead

a familiar song, I had to sing along,

this is what they said.

 

Chorus:

"Daddy, make me a special stick

just like you used to do

take out your big buck knife

and carve it true

with a pointed end, some leather

and a feather too.

Daddy, that’s how we'll remember you".

 

I started to dance round the room

I had to raise my hands

I'm a fortunate man to have the memories

that I have.

It ain't all in the past, it's so close that I

can touch it still

like a grain of sand in a weathered hand,

call it what you will.

 

Chorus:




I Want To Know You

Denes McIntosh

 

Chorus:

I want to know you like your daddy did

as a young girl when you’d run to him.

I want to love you like your mama would

She’d do anything to make you feel good.

 

I see your burning heart

A kind of silent prayer

I see the love you have for me

It’s always been there.

 

I see your kind eyes

when every day is done

I see your quiet smile

in every rising of the sun.

 

Chorus:

I want to know you like your daddy did

as a young girl when you’d run to him.

I want to love you like your mama would

She’d do anything to make you feel good.

 

I see the beauty

in every face you make

I see the tenderness

in every breath you take.

 

I see your passion

in every firm resolve

I see your faithfulness,

tearing down every wall.

 

Chorus:

I want to know you like your daddy did

as a young girl when you’d run to him.

I want to love you like your mama would

She’d do anything to make you feel good.

 

 

 

 

I Will Chase The Dark Away

Denes McIntosh

 

When the walls come tumbling down

And the blood is flowing crimson red

I’ll be there to sift through the rubble

I will be there to bury the dead.

 

When the water rises up

To move the rocks and cover the land 

I’ll swim across the deepest sea 

I’ll find a place for us to stand.  

 

When the sky begins to rumble

Above the ground we’re standin’ on

I will build a sturdy shelter

I’ll hold you till the threat is gone. 

 

When the ground begins to tremble

And the sun has burned the night away

I will steady the earth beneath us

And I will find a cooling shade.

 

And when the sun begins to fade

And darkness falls like a heavy rain

I will keep you safe and warm

And I will chase the dark away.

 

When the friends that you have loved

Have vanished like a passing wind

I'll be here to stand with you, babe

Where I’ve always been.

 

 

 

 I Will Sing

Denes McIntosh

  

I will sing of the Lord

like I've never sang before

He forgave me, my God He saved me.

 

He's prepared a place for me

and someday I'm gonna be

with Him in Glory, He's made provision for me.

 

Chorus:

Hallelujah (repeat 6 times)

 

And I'll see Him face to face

He saved me by His grace

because He loved me, He died in my place.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

 I'll be Safe

Denes McIntosh

  

Let it rain on me

let the north wind howl

let the lightning scream

let the thunder growl

 

Let the river rage

let the devil call

let the valley quake

let the mountain fall.

 

Chorus:

I’ll be OK.  I’ll be safe

There’s a place where it cannot harm me.

In the light of day babe, I turn away

from the face of this ancient darkness.

 

Let the rumors fly

let the anger burn

let the subtle lies

take a vicious turn

 

Let the darkness come

let the music fade

let the heartless ones

lead the death parade.

 

Chorus:

I'll be O.K.  I'll be safe

There's a place where it cannot touch me

I'll be O.K. babe, I'll be safe

just in knowing you have loved me.

 

Alternate Chorus:

I’ll be OK.  I’ll be safe

There’s a place where it cannot harm me.

In the light of day babe, I turn away

from the face of this ancient darkness.




I'll Give Him My Life

Denes McIntosh 

 

I've got a debt I can never repay

Jesus he carried all my sins away

I know He won't come collecting today

He says it's been covered by His saving grace.

 

Chorus:

I'll give Him my life

I'll make Him my Lord

I'll give Him my life

that's payment I can afford.

 

I've got a Lord who holds all things in line

I found sweet salvation in the nick of time

Jesus don't want to leave no one behind

He gave me His life so I'm givin' Him mine.

 

Chorus:

 

I've got a friend who could never betray

the trust that I place in his hands every day

He knows me like nobody's known me this way

there's only one thing I can think of to say.

 

Chorus:




If I Could Have My Way

Denes McIntosh

  

If I could have my way

the sun would linger through the night.

Your load would always be much lighter than mine

and every wrong would be right.

 

If I could have my way

there'd be no worry or strife.

Every word would be spoken with kindness

with little reason to fight.

 

Chorus:

I will love you all day long

and hope to melt the ancient ice

I will sing you're favorite song

And I will love you every day of my life.

 

If I could have my way

I'd put a smile on your face.

Wake each morning with a glass of champagne

spend another day in your grace.

 

If I could have my way

we'd work the garden in the shade.

Let the world fix itself for a change

take a nap in the heat of the day.

 

Chorus:

I will love you all day long

and hope to melt the ancient ice

I will sing you're favorite song

And I will love you every day of my life.

 

Bridge:

The storms would die and the dead would live.

The forlorn would wipe their eyes again.

The rain would wash our lingering sin

and you would always be my friend. 

Chorus:

I will love you all day long

and hope to melt the ancient ice

I will sing you're favorite song

And I will love you every day of my life.




In the Company of my King

Denes McIntosh

  

I've been called a poet

and I've been called a priest

Sung my songs for everyone

I spoke when I should speak

I led a few towards freedom

and I touched those I could reach

and when my life is over

I'll be standin' with my king.

 

Chorus:

I'm thinkin'

will I have known Him

like He wanted it to be?

Will I have loved Him

half as much as He loved me?

Will I have taken time

to spend upon my knees

in the company of my king?

 

Repeat.

 

Spoken:

I know many of you have done a lot for the sake of the gospel. 

I know that you've sacrificed of your money and your time, and given of your talents. 

I know that many of you have dedicated your lives to the service of your Savior, and that's commendable.  But the most important thing that we can do is to be in love with Him, to spend some time with Him, silent before Him.  To wash his feet, as it were, with the tears of our love, and to anoint his head with the oil of our appreciation.

 

And to count all else as worthless in comparison to knowing Him.

 

Repeat Chorus:

 

 

  

Insatiable Greed

Denes McIntosh

 

The restless winds, they seem to say

“We’ve been blowing since the dawning of our day.
And we’re growing weary, and we’re slowing down
And it’s very seldom now that we ever make a sound.”

Concrete stretching miles beneath my feet

going where the money leads. 

Soft earth, the place of my birth

covered by insatiable greed.


My head is pounding from within,

I can’t believe a word that’s been said.

I’ve learned politicians just take turns

dishonoring the dreams of the dead.


Glass towers, a tribute to power

erected by the phallic man.

We block out the sun, the sky has become

just a place to hang another fucking ad.


Hey, the Dakota died to live on this ancient land.

Don’t infect it.

Cochise and Crazy Horse fought the invading white man.

Come to expect it.

The Comanche rode to battle to save the buffalo.

Better respect it.

This used to be the land of the Navaho.

Accept it.


All of us are wounded

When one of us falls to our knees.

 

 

 

It Hurts Sometimes

Denes McIntosh

  

I know it hurts sometimes

I know it hurts sometimes

don't close your eyes, don't turn away

from that searing pain

there is no name for the sorrow.

 

I know it hurts sometimes

I know it hurts sometimes

don't turn away, don't run and hide

from the driving rain

from that hurricane

it will not harm you.

 

Chorus:

Take comfort in an old friend

you won't break, but by god you're gonna bend

you can make it now, I know you can

you're gonna be there in the end.

 

I know you want to cry sometimes

and you get high sometimes

don't give up and don't give in'

life gets cold as sin

when the candle dims

but love will warm you.

 

Chorus:

 

Repeat: Life gets cold as sin

when the candle dims

but love will warm you.

 

I know it hurts sometimes.




It's Up To You And Me

Denes McIntosh 

 

Everybody's sayin' "got to be a better way

than the way that we been livin'.

But nobody's willin' to get on their knees and pray

thank God for the life that we've been given.

 

Chorus:

It's up to you and me to show them

there's a better life to lead

tell them God would like to get to know them

and Jesus Christ would like to set them free

just like He's gone and done for you and me.

 

People have been lonely now for such a long long time

they just don't know quite how to shake it

Everybody's lookin' for a little peace of mind

the just don't know quite how to make it.

 

Chorus:

 

And everybody's wishin' that the pain would go away

and lookin' for a place where they can hide it

But deep within the heart of man there's got to come a change

but everybody seems to want to fight it.

 

Chorus:




Jack Rap

Denes McIntosh

 

Now you’re One.

Being One is fun

for learning everything you can.

For standing on your own new feet

like a penguin.  

 

For playing in the sand,

with a friend,

or on the swing, or on

the slide,

or in the pool with dad.

 

For doing things you’ve never done

from sun-up to sun gone.

For walking to your grandpa

on the grass, arms outstretched.

Or watching birds

while they watch you back.

 

Being One is about singing with your dad,

discovering a voice you never knew

you had.

Or drumming with your uncle

or reading with your mom,

or eating books, or new food,

or laughing with your grammie,

or having grandma(s) come to visit.

Or your Aunt show you how to draw. 

 

Being One is for everything you can think of

that you haven’t thought of yet.

And that’s a lot, don’t ya think?

You bet.

 

 

 

 

Janis

Denes McIntosh

  

It touched me

just to hear her breathe

There was life in her breath

and hope in her dreams

 

It touched me

to hear her sing

She brought the humble to their feet

and the proud to their knees.

 

Chorus:

It was all about the way she felt

made the warm heart simmer

and the cold heart melt.

Life beneath the surface

and love beyond the battle field

She made the young heart bleed

and the old wounds heal.

 

It touched me

just to watch her dance

With fire in her belly

and a bottle in her hand

 

It touched me

how she laughed so free

in the summertime

when the livin' was easy.

 

Chorus:

It was all about the way she felt

made the warm heart simmer

and the cold heart melt.

Life beneath the surface

and love beyond the battle field

She made the young heart bleed

and the old wounds heal.




Jessica

Denes McIntosh

 

He calls you angel for your silken hair

your velvet skin, the smile you wear

He calls you angel, looks you up and down

convinced your feet never touch the ground.

 

He calls you angel for your clear blue eyes

the liquid way they hypnotize

He calls you angel, says you make him proud

but he's never heard you laugh aloud.

 

Chorus:

Your name is Jessica

I've seen your suffering

You call me on the phone

you tell me everything

The writings on the wall

it's written badly

He calls you "baby doll"

you call me "daddy".

 

He says you're beautiful

he says you're like a dream

He'd give his life for you

he'd buy you anything

He's quick to worship you

he would possess you

He holds you out for all the others

to inspect you.

 

Love ain't yours to pretend at.

It'll kill you in the end

if that's your way.




Jesus Blues

Denes McIntosh

 

I want to tell you a story about a man a long time ago

He came down from heaven, his father's will to show

He taught us by example everything he wanted us to know.

 

But we would not believe him, not a word He said

And we would not free him, we chose Barabas instead

Then we hung him on a cross till we were sure he was dead.

 

Well, we took him off that cross and laid him in a tomb

but he rose 3 days later to save us from our doom

He's with the father now, but y'know he's comin' back real soon.

 

Chorus:

I found Jesus, he's deep inside my soul

I found Jesus, he's deep inside my soul

Well, I love him now, and he's with me everywhere I go."

 

 

 

 

Jesus is Coming Again

Denes McIntosh

  

Give him your talent

and give him your time

give him your strength

and give him your mind

give him your days

and give him your nights

give him your love

and give him your life

 

Chorus:

Jesus is coming again

Jesus is coming again

Jesus is coming again

coming to carry us home.

 

Give him your heart

and give him your hand

give him your woman

or give him your man

give him your home

or give him your land

give him your future

and give him your plans.

 

Chorus:




Jesus Never Fails

Denes McIntosh

  

Early in the morning before the break of dawn

I'm on my knees to see what Gods got goin’ on

I often need to ask him, "Lord teach me how to pray"

He always seem to answer "child I'm hearin what you say".

 

Before the worlds awakened I'm whisperin’ his name

wonderin' just how he always seems to stay the same

Askin' "won't you keep me through another busy day

Give to me the strength I need and lead me in the way.”

 

Chorus:

Jesus never fails me

Jesus never fails

He'll never leave me or forsake me

my Lord Jesus, He never never ever fails.

 

Early in the morning before the break of dawn

I'm puttin' on my armor for the fight that's goin’ on

I gird up my belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness,

helmet of salvation, good news shoes and all the rest.

My left hand takes my shield of faith

my right hand holds my sword

I begin the day he's given singin' praises to the lord.

 

Chorus:




Jewel of the Night

Denes McIntosh

  

Jewel of the night

she knows what's wrong, knows what's right

but she don't push it.

Walkin' in the light

with a smile she comes to fight

but she don't look it.

 

Chorus:

Draws you in unto her soul

holds you tight then let's you go

leaves you dancin' on your own

she likes to plant and watch it grow.

Likes to plant and watch it grow.

 

Jewel in the crown

she's been alone, she's been around

but she don't show it.

Listen for the sound

she's like the wind, she'll cool you down

but she don't know it.

 

Chorus:

 

Bridge: 
She sleeps with the angels

wakes with the dawn

with a rainbow in her window,

the Rose of Sharon in her palm.

 

Chorus:




Judgement

Denes McIntosh

  

We're judging them

quick to condemn

and we don't ever look within.

We don't like what they're doin'

so we don't like them.

 

"God is on our side".

That's become our cry

and someday all those knees

are gonna bend.

They'll get theirs when Jesus comes again.

 

Chorus:

Ah but listen,

God is longing to love them

and He's lookin' far beyond their every sin

if Jesus had come just to condemn

then you and I could not have come to Him.

 

Why can't they see

how it's gonna be

hell was made to be

their final grave.

They can't blame me

cause I tried to get em saved.

 

 

Chorus:

Ah but listen,

God is longing to love them

and He's lookin' far beyond their every sin

if Jesus had come just to condemn

then you and I could not have come to Him.




Judith

Denes McIntosh

 

She told her jokes so smoothly

and played guitar so fine.

I wondered if she wondered if she knew me

long ago in some forgotten time.

 

40 years of living

brought her 30 years of pain

but wine and conversation

eased the heartache.

 

Chorus:

Judith I can see you

in the eyes of that lady on the stage.

Judith I can hear you in her sweet voice.

Judith I can feel you in the image

she portrays

and I miss you

and I want to sing with you again.

 

You traded secrets willingly

and gave the night a nod

you bared your soul

and would have bared your body.

 

Chorus:




Just a Matter of Time

Denes McIntosh

  

Before the bough begins to break

before the earth begins to shake

before the eagle kills the snake

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before the strong displace the weak

before the faucet begins to leak

before the end of another week

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before our bones begin to ache

before authentic becomes fake

before the ants devour the cake

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before the rising of the creek

before the saints become the freaks

before we lose the will to speak

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Chorus:

We’ll be left with what we have

And it will bring us to our knees. 

We’ll be left with only what we have

But it’s all we really need.

 

Before the paint begins to flake

before the sleeping dogs awake

before we’re burned at the political stake

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before the chaff consumes the wheat

before the drummer drops the beat

before the proverbial twain shall meet

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before we’re made wards of the state

before we’re stranded at the gate

before we meet our predictable fate

It’s just a matter of time.

 

Before the riots in the street

before we’re knocked back off our feet

before we wither in the heat

It’s just a matter of time.


Chorus:
We’ll be left with what we have

And it will bring us to our knees.

We’ll be left with only what we have

But it’s all we really need.



Just A Memory of Sam

Denes McIntosh

  

Why did you do me like this brother?

Have I not been your friend?

You had to clue me to the sum

of your unhappiness again.

 

You had no right to disappear,

Now your children bear the pain,

Was it fair to leave them standing

in the cold and driving rain?

 

You used my love as a cheap coat just to keep yourself warm,

to be discarded when you're finished, like a twenty dollar whore.

You've used your distance like a weapon to hurt me with again,

You're departure's nothing more now than a means to an end.

 

Why did you leave your family grievin'

just the same as Sam Stone?

The hole was in your heart my friend,

the pain was in your soul.

Was it time to walk away?

was it just time for you to go?

You let Jesus die for nothin’,

I suppose.

 

We'll do the best we can now.

we'll all do the best we can.

We'll build a fire together,

try and start the dance again.

We'll do the best we can now.

We'll all do the best we can,

gathered round the fire

with just a memory of Sam.




Last Night

Denes McIntosh

 

Last night, I dreamed there was a fire raging wild

Last night, I dreamed there was a fire raging wild

I don’t know from whence it came

I ain’t seen that kind of fire in a while.

 

Last night, I dreamed I was surrounded by the fire

Last night, I dreamed I was surrounded by that fire

I knew my time had come 

When I heard the sound of that acappella choir.

 

Last night, smoke was thick across the blistering sand

Last night, smoke was thick across the blistering sand

I know you tried to reach me

But I could not quite hold on to your quivering hand.

 

Last night, I dreamed that you were dancing on my grave

Last night, I dreamed that you were dancing on my grave

You’d ‘save the last dance for me’

I remember that’s what you always used to say

 

Bridge:

Life is with us every step from birth until our death,

Dying comes when living has exhausted every breath

 

Last night, I felt the fire burning deep inside

Last night, I felt the fire burning deep inside

It took me by surprise

Like a good burn brings a forest back to life.

 

 

 

Lay Me Down Slow

Josh McIntosh / Denes McIntosh

 

Spent time in many places

I come and go with the tide

Get all my money at the races

and I just let it ride.

 

Been called a man of many faces

but I just got two like everybody else

I got my own peculiar way

one man's heaven is another man's hell.

 

Chorus:

And if I can't stand

lay me down slow

Then lift me up easy

when it's time again to go.

And if I can't walk

when you take my hand

I'll talk to you softly

till you lay me down again.

 

I guess I been actin' crazy

I jump head first in the fire

My friends, they say I'm lazy

but I'm just tired.

 

Lovesick, cynical and strange

but I should get some points for tryin'

Been movin' steady towards a change

I feel inspired.

 

Chorus:

And if I can't stand

lay me down slow

Then lift me up easy

when it's time again to go.

And if I can't walk

when you take my hand

I'll talk to you softly

till you lay me down again.




Leave my Toes Alone

Denes McIntosh

 

You can pull my leg, you can make me shake

give me chills down to the bone

you can pick my brain, you can ease my pain

but baby leave my toes alone.

 

You can tickle my fancy, you can lick my stamps

you can break my heart of stone

you can take my pants, make me get up and dance

but baby leave my toes alone.

 

Chorus:

Leave my toes alone

baby leave my toes alone

I ain't the kind to be so inclined

baby leave my toes alone.

 

You can rub my back, love my baby fat

you can make my body moan

you can hold me tight every Saturday night

but baby leave my toes alone.

 

Chorus:

 

You can squeeze my sponge, you can butter my buns

you can love me over the phone

you can study my face,  kiss me any place

but baby leave my toes alone

 

Chorus:




Lifeblood 

Denes McIntosh

  

Dreamers, and even visionaries,

fade away like everybody else,

no longer able to oblige the journey,

or the insincerity of life. 

Yes, they die like everybody else,

They just leave more quietly, I suppose.

 

Lifeblood
It’s not in the emeralds and rubies in our bedroom vaults,

but in the deep rich mud of the ancient soil. 

In the salt of the earth, in the song of the wild,

in the quiet longing of a restless soul.

 

Lifeblood.

Chiseled in the hands of simple folk, plowing in the field,

gathering the food, gathering the fire, drinking from the stream

to quench a quiet thirst.  And in the virgin birth of sacrifice. 

Laying down a life, lifting up a voice to a timeless sky. 

Bringing up our children with a nod to what’s right,

with a watchful eye, and a boundless grace.

 

Lifeblood.

It’s not in the gold and silver we wear on our hands,

but in the recognition of strangers, and the smiles of friends. 

In the miles of road we’ve traveled, and the rivers we’ve had to cross. 

In the trials we’ve faced, and the love we’ve lost.

 

Lifeblood.

It’s in a humble heart, with gratitude for the abundance we’ve been given. 

It’s in an attitude of kindness, and in the satisfaction

of having done our best.

It’s found in our connection to a dignified past,

and in the sacred ground where they will lay us

when one day, we will have finally

breathed our last. 

  

 

The Light Inside

Denes McIntosh

As we lose the warmth
of the living sunwe bathe ourselves in darkness
and wither there alone.

We cower in the shadowslike a dog in the street,
or a cheating husband in a cheap motelwhile his wife is home asleep.

We wear our shame like a blanket but we get soaked in the rain
searching to find shelterfrom that spiritual pain.

As we turn away from honestyand fade back into the night,
the light inside will fail to shine
through our beleaguered eyes 

We got to believe again,keepin’ the sun in sight.
The ancient scales will fall awayin time.
Keep lookin’  to be free my friend,the journey is the life.
The destination only marksthe end of the line.



Like Bone

Denes McIntosh

  

Wind howling through the trees

storm will knock you to your knees

There is no shelter here, there is no safety anymore.

 

Waves crashing on the shore

you been here many times before

But deep beneath the surface you will find a secret door.

 

Chorus:

So wrap yourself tight babe

keep yourself warm tonight

you'll be all right, no matter what they say.

Wrap yourself tight

keep yourself safe tonight

tomorrow 's gonna be another day.

 

Too many long years alone

have left you silent like stone

but your heart remains strong babe, like bone.

 

So much hope has been lost

at much too great a cost

but your courage continues to grow.

 

Chorus:

So wrap yourself tight

keep yourself warm tonight

you'll be all right, no matter what they say.

Wrap yourself tight babe

keep yourself safe tonight

tomorrow's gonna be another day.

 

 

  

Like The Wind

Denes McIntosh

 

You are like the wind

sometimes a welcome friend

coolin' my brow when it's burnin'

or when I'm cold and all alone

you're a Southern Wind.

 

And then sometimes babe

you're like a hurricane

driving me so close to insane

I can't think clearly

I can barely breathe your name

and I can find no shelter from the rain.

 

You are like a flame

chasin' my darkness away

you light the path where I'm walkin'

when I'm lost you lead me back the way I came.

 

But sometimes you're a blazin' fire'

you burn white hot like a funeral pyre

I can't get near you, and when I can't get no higher

I'm left standing naked by the fire.

 

Bridge:

And can't you see it's only me babe

I'm here even while you're coolin' down

I'll be right here blowin' softly on your coals

while all those disappointments

disappear on down the road.

 

Cause you are like the wind

sometimes a welcome friend

cooling my brow when it's burnin'

and when I'm cold and all alone you're a southern wind.




The Little Things

Denes McIntosh

 

It’s just the little things.

The sun brushing softly across your neck

The light fading slowly where you step

The sound of your breath.

 

It’s just the little things.

The faint smile on your lips

The subtle dancing of your finger tips

The rhythm of your hips.

 

Chorus:

It’s just the little things

that make me wild about you,

that make me smile inside

when I’m beside you.

 

It’s just the little things.

The glistening sweat on your nose

The way you wiggle your toes

The casual fit of your clothes.

 

It’s just the little things.

The way that you stand

The long curve of your back

The quiet touch of your hand.

 

Chorus:

It’s just the little things

that make me wild about you,

that make me smile inside

when I’m beside you.

 

 

 

Live and Dance

Denes McIntosh

  

In this crazy world

got to live and dance

dance on the water

as if it were glass.

 

Shout in the wind

raise your fist to the sky

lift your voice like a bird

on it's maiden flight.

 

In this crazy world

got to live and dance

dance on the water

as if it were glass.

 

Love with a passion

laugh while you cry

live with a vengeance

and leave with a sweet 'good-bye'.

 

In this crazy world

got to live and dance

dance on the water

as if it were glass.

 

Reach for the stars

give the children a hand

teach what you know

and learn what you can.

 

In this crazy world

got to live and dance

dance on the water

as if it were glass.

 

Walk on the wind

in an old pair of jeans

look to the future

and follow your dreams.




Livin' in a Dream

Denes McIntosh

  

In a field I found a pebble

could have dropped out of the heavens

could have washed in from the sea

a thousand years ago.

A feather left here recently,

a meadow lark dropped part of who he is

for me to find, don't ask me how I know.

 

Ain't it beautiful

livin' in a dream?

 

A broken twig, a blade of grass

a tree shaped like an hour glass

a bee in search of flowers

we've all been here before.

A spoken word, a furtive glance

a velvet touch, a quiet dance,

naked by the fire, nature at the door.

 

Ain't it beautiful

livin' in a dream?

 

But wakin' up has always been

the hardest part.

Bills to pay, the job is waitin'

and the car won't start.

 

But ain't it beautiful

livin' in a dream?




Love That I Can Touch

Denes McIntosh

  

The comic way your lovely smile

reaches out to welcome me

revealing the warm delight

awaiting my discovery.

 

Chorus:

It's love that I can touch

love that I can touch

and I love you so much.

 

The gentleness with which you speak

quietly assuring me

past mistakes have been too weak

to break your faithfulness.

 

Chorus:

 

Bridge: 
I hear your voice in my solitude

I see your face in every crowded room

I taste the fragrance of your sweet perfume

in every breeze that seduces me.

 

The pleasures of holding you

pressed softly to my soul

feeling your warm desire

graciously unfold.

 

Chorus:

Bridge:




Luckiest Guy In the World

Denes McIntosh

  

It ain't easy bein' the luckiest guy in the world.

Bein' free to be whatever I am.

It ain't easy bein' in love with all of the girls

and havin' a woman who gives me whatever she can.

 

It ain't easy livin' in sunny suburbia

with every convenience conveniently close at hand.

And wearin' my tennies and livin' without any real concern

for anything more than the time for gettin' a tan.

 

It ain't easy havin' a job like the one I got

makin' a living doin' whatever I want.

Starin' at you and wearin' suits by Eve Saint Laurent

sippin' a soda secretly loaded with scotch.

 

Chorus:

Well, I'm sufferin' through the sweet life

it's tougher than livin' street wise

and all the bandits wish they had it

half as bad as me.

I'm reachin' my own objective

but keepin' it in perspective

so I won't one day wind up hungry

foot loose and fancy free.

 

It ain't easy havin' it easy again,

lunch with the ladies and weekends playin' with friends.

It ain't easy havin' all that money to spend,

a night on the town, I'll be checkin' out the latest trends.

 

It ain't easy keepin' in tune with the 'top 10'

MTV leavin' me rockin'.

Radio blarin', stereo tearin' the silence down,

record collection reflectin' every new sound.

 

Chorus:




Madness

Denes McIntosh 

 

Every time I hear the sound of madness

I'm reminded, I am not so far away.

Every time I tear a page of sadness

from my life it just comes back again.

 

Every time I'm feelin' weak

every time I need a drink

every time my heart is beating slow, I know it.

Every time I'm feelin' grief

every time I need relief

every time my bags are packed to go.




Mama

Denes McIntosh 

 

Mama, I never asked to leave the womb

mama, there's just too much room outside

my bed becomes a subtle substitute

but mama, mama it's not you.

 

Mama, you used to hold me in your arms (I remember)

and rock me, and sing me pretty songs

mama, you used to keep me safe and warm

but mama, mama those days are gone.

 

Mama, you used to kiss me on the face

and wipe my tears with soft and silken hair

mama, there's no one here to take your place

mama, I can't find you anywhere.

 

Chorus:

Mama, I miss you so much

you were there to run to

when the boys would beat me up.

Oh mama, they're bein' mean to me again

please make em stop.

 

Mama, you took my hand to help me walk

when I fell down I could count on you to pick me up.

Mama, you knew how to make the monsters go away

but mama, mama they've all come back today.

 

Chorus:

Mama, it's cold and I feel so alone

you never told me it would be like this

mama, it's gettin' late and I'm growin' old

mama, please won't you take me to your breast?

 

Chorus:




Mannequin

Denes McIntosh 

 

Fell in love with a girl I met one night

down on the boulevard.

She never said a word but she looked

like a Hollywood movie star.

Took her home to meet my brother,

we had a fine time (he's a little strange).

But mother told me she would have to leave,

said "she's not our kind".

 

Chorus:

She's a mannequin, but I don't care.

I'm gonna buy her the finest head of hair

in this town.

She's a mannequin, but I don't care,

She's the best lookin’  thing that I've seen

anywhere around.

 

I got her a job as a model for a magazine,

she fit right in.

She had such smooth and lovely skin

like a beauty queen.

With a smile so broad you might have thought

it was painted on,

and a personality that causes me to rave on,

and on.

 

Chorus:

 

Bridge:

They say "she's cold as ice

like she were dead.

She could never tantalize" that's what they said.

But I like the way those big inviting eyes

don't ever close,

and I like the way my baby never says

"no".

 

She looked so good beside me in my Pontiac.

Cruisin' to the tunes of the 'Blues Magoos',

sittin' way back.

Dressed to please in designer jeans

everybody stopped to stare,

when I thought I heard somebody say

"I must have bought my baby somewhere".

 

Chorus:




Maria’s Daughter

Denes McIntosh 

 

When it cools down

but light still glistens on the water

I recall the lost days of my past.

I fell in love with Maria’s youngest daughter

I fell hard for her that night

and I fell fast.

Chorus 1:
I still see her in the moonlight
I still see her in the sky
I have traveled half a lifetime to be near her.
I left the comfort of my home
and walked this desolate earth alone
I put my ear to the wind hoping I would hear her.
I can see her laying 
on an old chase lounge
she had my full attention, that’s a fact.
I was just a young man sipping a 24 oz.
Her face was nicely shaded
beneath a lovely garden hat.
 Chorus 2:
I have been to the horizon
I have wandered through the dark
I have searched the ancient mysteries to find her.
I have stumbled through the desert
with a dry and barren heart
and I came within a breath or two of dying there. 

Bridge:

I’ve got to let her go now
I’ve got to let her fade away
Like dead skin in summer
Like the passing of the day.
Like a long distance runner
coming down the home stretch
Like a snake crawling free
from it’s old skin.

 

 

  

Marilyn

Denes McIntosh

 

Marilyn, you tried so hard to get it right

But he left you standing in the parking lot last night.

Closing time,

you were on your best behavior

wavin’ off the drinks of strangers

sippin’ on your own Bud Light.

 

Marilyn, It’s not a pretty thing

When the man you love would rather dance with his drink.

You must agree,

It was a private conversation,

He was attentive, calm and patient

with that bottle of Jim Beam.

 

Chorus:

Move on little girl

There’s a whole new world wants to blow through your hair.

Count your losses like water runnin’ under the bridge

Look beyond the next ridge.

There’ll be someone waiting there.

 

Marilyn, you just got to let it go

Coulda walked away when he first said “hello”.

Shoulda taken it slow.

Don’t throw good money after bad,

When you’re dealt a losing hand

Sometimes it pays to fold.

 

Chorus:

Move on little girl

There’s a whole new world wants to blow through your hair.

Count your losses like water runnin’ under the bridge

Look beyond the next ridge.

There’ll be someone waiting there.

 

 

 

Masquerade

Denes McIntosh 

 

I am younger than my situation

older than my years

unable to reconcile

my friendships with my fears (laughter with my tears).

I have been too well aware

of being much too well aware

and the consequence of love

is often more than I can bear.

 

Chorus:

Friend and foe sometimes seem the same

sunshine often feels like rain

pleasure fades and turns to pain

and life becomes a masquerade.

Life becomes a masquerade.

 

Stronger than my stature

weaker than my passion

subject to my feelings

but I wouldn't think of askin' you for

love that you've not thought of givin'

time that you don't have

emotion that you must keep hidden

for another man.

 

Chorus:




May the Ride Last Long

Denes McIntosh

  

Up the coast through Oregon

Pacific Northwest

Our final destination

could be anybody's guess.

With a caravan of friends

who bring their own peculiar song

throwing caution to the wind

and may the ride last long.

 

Over the Rocky Mountains

across the Great Divide

reaching for the sun

we're climbing half way to the sky.

With a caravan of friends

who sing their own peculiar song

with our backs to the wind

and may the ride last long.

 

South through the painted desert

ancient canyons carved in stone

chasing  the wild rivers

we just follow where they go.

With a caravan of friends

we sing our own peculiar song

'heading down around the bend

and may the ride last long.

 

Chorus:

May the ride last long

beneath a welcoming sky

may our voice be strong,

long may we ride.

 

Down though the Southern Bayou

where the Cajun sounds are sweet

and the music makes you move

it puts that rhythm in your feet.

With a caravan of friends

we sing our own peculiar song

throwing caution to the wind

and may the ride last long.

 

 

Riding hours on end

across the Great Plains

where a man can see forever

there ain't nothing in his way.

With a caravan of friends

we sing our own peculiar song

with our backs to the wind

and may the ride last long.

  

North to the Great Lakes

the endless inland sea

where the wind can stir the water

like my heart is stirring me.

With a caravan of friends

we sing our own peculiar song

heading down around the bend

and may the ride last long.

 

Chorus:

May the ride last long

beneath a welcoming sky

may our voice be strong

long may we ride.

 

 

Down the Eastern Seaboard

the Atlantic coast

spent the summer getting  here

May be a lifetime getting home.

With a caravan of friends

who sing their own peculiar song

throwing caution to the wind

and may the ride last long.




Maybe Do Some Fishin’

Denes McIntosh

 

The fish be jumpin’ right into the net

and life is good as living can get

Nobody owns me, I’m in nobody’s debt

Can I continue to live like this?  You bet!

 

The garden is growing with tomatoes and beans

My clothes are just a pair of old comfortable jeans

‘The end’ I been told ‘don’t justify the means’

If I want good corn I got to plant good seed.

 

Chorus:

I find it’s always good to stop, look around and listen.

Put my feet on higher ground, get outta town,

maybe do some fishin’.

 

Ain’t nothin’ better than a good nights sleep

behind an off road ride in my 4-wheel jeep

“Gotta climb that hill, no matter how steep”

My hopes run high and my well runs deep.

 

Chorus:

I find it’s always good to stop, look around and listen.

Put my feet on higher ground, get outta town,

maybe do some fishin’.

 

The river sings sweet like an old violin

Don’t know where it’s goin’ but I know where it’s been.

There’s always somethin’ new down around the next bend

The river can kill you, or it can be your friend.

 

Chorus:

I find it’s always good to stop, look around and listen.

Put my feet on higher ground, get outta town,

maybe do some fishin’.

 

Get outta town,

maybe do some fishin’.

 

 

 

Morning Light

Denes McIntosh

 

Morning light,

I can breathe deeply.

I can be truly alive today.

Morning light,

the dark will be leaving,

packing up quickly and moving away.

 

Morning light,

I can see clearly.

It was all a bit cloudy the night before.

Morning light,

Dancin' like jewelry

on the hand of a young girl outside my door.

 

Chorus:

Rose colored glasses can't make it like this.

The smell of the morning, a natural kiss.

Steam rising wet from the rocks in the yard

while the sun warms the earth in my garden.

 

Morning light,

I will be singin'.

We're all born again at the start of the day.

Morning light, a time to begin.

Like an wandering poet with somethin' to say.

 

Chorus:

Rose colored glasses can't make it like this.

The smell of the morning, a natural kiss.

Steam rising wet from the rocks in the yard

while the sun warms the earth in my garden

 

 

 

My Eyes Dance

Denes McIntosh

 

I've heard the sound of one hand clapping

I beheld the Northern Lights

I found clear water in the desert

I felt the spirit late at night

 

I've seen the risen Savior

as He walked upon the clouds

I've rubbed the belly of the Buddha

touched the blessed holy shroud.

 

Chorus:

But my eyes dance at the sight of you,

my knees get weak at your touch.

I hear music at the sound of your voice,

your laughter fills me up.

I get excited at the mention of your name,

you got me risin' at dawn.

I get restless every time your away

I just can't sleep when you're gone.

 

I've been down to Morocco

rode the Marrakech Express

I got high in Casablanca,

with the sacred and possessed.

 

I've been seduced in Istanbul

by both the beauty and the beast

spilled my seed inside the temple

following the feast.

 

Chorus:

But my eyes dance at the sight of you,

my knees get weak at your touch.

I hear music at the sound of your voice,

your laughter fills me up.

I get excited at the mention of your name,

you got me risin' at dawn.

I get restless every time your away

I just can't sleep when you're gone.

 

Bridge:

One hand is clapping

for the Northern Lights.

Water runs clear in the night.

I see the Savior

walkin' across the clouds,

Buddha he’s wearin’ a sacred shroud.




My Fathers Son

Denes McIntosh

 

Looking back through the foggy past

watching things unravel fast

time passes through an hour glass

and I can't bring it back

Time passes through an hour glass

and I can't get it back.

 

A moment here is all I've got

a thought strikes quick and then it's gone

I bought a silver plated gun

to shoot my fathers son

I bought a silver plated gun

to shoot my fathers son.

 

Chorus:  
There's a river flowing clean

and crystal clear

I been dreaming of this time

it's gettin' near

The breeze is blowin' I can hear it

breathin' like a lover.

The sky burns crimson

I burn warm

My eyes are damp

my skin is torn

from crawlin' out from underneath the covers.

 

Someone called from Idaho

a quiet stranger, name of Joe

He said “There's something I should know,

It just ain't time to go boy"

He said “There's something I should know,

It just ain't time to go"

 

Chorus:




My Friends are Gone

Denes McIntosh

 

They shot him in the head

and laid him in the sand

in the desert just below Palm Springs.

A two foot grave

is what the paper said they gave him

with a blanket of hard rock and dead weeds.

He was nobody to them.

But he was Stephen to me.

 

He drove his car over the side

of a mountain one night.

He did not survive the flight.

He lost his mind for one brief moment

a lapse I'd seen before, and

he had to pay for the ride with his life.

The paper called him high.

But he was Jimmy to me.

 

Chorus:

I'm so tired of waiting for my turn to die.

I've been alive for so long

And my friends are gone.

 

He got his notice to report

to the draft board in the morning.

They would send him off to fight in Viet Nam.

He couldn't come to grips

with a war of politics

and slept deeply through the rising of the dawn.

The paper called him a suicide.

He was Johnny to me.

 

Out riding through the streets

racing shadows, trying to beat

the light as it was just turning red.

He didn't see the other car

coming down the boulevard.

Didn't even have a chance to turn his head.

The paper called him reckless.

He was Ricki to me.

 

Chorus:

I'm so tired of waiting for my turn to die.

I've been alive for so long.

And my friends are gone.

 

She was just 17

hangin' close to the drug scene,

she didn't understand she was in over her head.

She made friends she didn't want,

but trusted them without a thought

and died one night alone in my bed.

The paper called her a tragedy.

She was Tami to me.

 

Chorus:

I'm so tired of waiting for my turn to die.

I've been alive for so long.

And my friends are gone.

 

She was my best friend

for 5 years back then,

Her life was aging slowly like wine.

Had a two year old son

who I loved like my own

A plane crash took her life in 89'.

The paper called her unfortunate.

She was Laura to me.

 

He had a welcoming smile

like a lazy country mile,

And he danced to the beat of his own drum.

Disappeared without a trace

leaving his friends dismayed

Waiting on the Prodigal Son.

The paper said he was missing.

He was Ron to me.

 

Chorus:

I'm so tired of waiting for my turn to die.

I've been alive for so long.

And my friends are gone.

 

He was my partner in song,

we played and sang all night long,

Shared the stage and bared our souls to a fault.

But he was so damned torn,

just couldn't take it no more,

and he blew his brains all over the wall.

The paper said he was well liked.

He was Miguel to me.

 

He was an unusual man,

and he was my good friend,

Never at a loss for what to say.

But he drew his boundaries too wide

and it cost him his life

He died with a needle in his vein.

The paper said he was alone.

He was Mickey to me.


Chorus:

I'm so tired of waiting for my turn to die.

I've been alive for so long.

And my friends are gone.

 

I've been alive for so long.

And my friends are gone.




My Lady

Denes McIntosh 

 

Something about you 
can fill my empty heart to overflowing
Something about you 
gives me another start on where I'm going.

 

And I want you to come along

Somebody's given me a song

I’ve got to sing it

but you belong with me.

 

Chorus:

I love you, I need you

I'm free to be a part of you again.

I love you, I need you

to be my wife, my lover, and my friend.

I've got a song to sing

but you belong with me.

 

A long time ago I loved you,

you were young and I was crazy.

I want you to know

I've been watching you become a lovely lady

 

Chorus:




My Lord

Denes McIntosh

 

My Lord is faithful, my Lord

my Lord, he's just

my Lord, he's gentle, my Lord

my Lord is someone I can trust.

 

Chorus:

My Lord, he moves the mountains

my Lord holds back the sea'

my Lord orders all creation

my Lord is moving within' me.

 

My Lord, He's mercy, my Lord

my Lord, He's strong

my Lord, He's perfect, my Lord

my Lord is never wrong.

 

Chorus:

 

My Lord, He's patient, my Lord

my Lord, He's kind

my Lord, He's holy, my Lord

my Lord brings me peace of mind.

 

Chorus:




My Sons

Denes McIntosh 

 

My sons you've come to mean the world to me

I will learn to be the father you need

And when I can I would hope to

become the dad I'm supposed to be.

 

My sons I love the both of you

and I will always be close to you.

Sometimes I know I will fail you

for I am weak and frail too.

 

But I'll be strong when you can't

no matter what the circumstance.

Yes I'll be strong like Superman

as long as I am able to stand.

 

And I would be so very proud

were you to let compassion abound

And love become the common ground

on which you both will forever be found.

 

And you will be such fine men

if you will just be kind men.

I know you'll fail time and again

just as sure as I have.

 

My sons you've come to mean the world to me

I will learn to be the father you need.

My sons I love the both of you

and I will always be close to you.




My Sweet Angelina

Denes McIntosh

 

Highway 99, rough road through some pretty hard towns

truck stop mama’s flagging drivers down at the pump

Hey Mr., lookin’ for a little pick-me-up?

lay a little cash down on the dash my friend

then back on that solitary road again.

Rumblin’ that big rig along a broken white line

out into the darkness of a vanishing sky.

Like a log shootin’ down the Rio Grande

like an old log shootin’ down the Rio Grande.

 

Highway 99, movin’ fast past the place I left behind

packed my one and only bag before I left last night

The door hit me in the back for the very last time

another love affair kicked my ass, that’s life.

Left the grass to grow,

the cat to find a home with the neighbor.

I fell out of favor with my sweet Angelina

She lay down with the mayor of my town

she lay down with the mayor of my own home town.

 

Highway 99, fast food highway, get yer grease on, as they say

last night dining at the diesel café’

Petal to the metal till the break of dawn

then a nap in the back of the cab and I’m gone

A man can get along without the girl that done him bad

but a man can’t ride the road without his coffee.

I said, a man can’t ride the road without his coffee.

 

 

 

My Way Home

Denes McIntosh

 

Rugged coastline, rocks like mountains

reaching out from beneath my feet

Wearing down by the hands of time

and the pounding of the sea.

 

Pelicans patrolling the rolling waves

in their ritual search for food

Gliding by in single file

on a windy afternoon.

 

Sea lions lazing in the warm sun

living free in Shelter Cove

Beyond the perils of the dark sea

where it's dangerous to be alone.

 

Black sand beaches left untouched

no footprints in the sand

A man can feel as close to God

as anybody can.

 

Sun sinking slowly in the evening sky

heart rising with the tide

I'll be finding my way home

on the next boat drifting by.




The New Health Care

Denes McIntosh

 

Chorus:

Waiting in line, all of us

At the pharmacy for our drugs

 

Drugs to make us happy, drugs to make us sleep

Drugs to make us stronger, brand name or the cheap

Drugs to make us better, drugs that make us sick

Drugs to calm us down, drugs to give a lift

 

Chorus:

 

Drugs to stop the shaking, drugs to help digestion

Drugs to stop the aching, drugs to fight infection

Drugs to stop the swelling, drugs to clear the fog

Drugs to thin our blood when the arteries are clogged

 

Chorus:

 

Drugs to cure depression, drugs to quit smoking

Drugs to build our muscles, drugs to prevent choking

Drugs for anxiety, drugs for our complexion

Drugs for sensitivity, drugs for an erection

 

Chorus:

 

Drugs to prevent pregnancy, drugs for losing weight

Drugs to make the wrinkles disappear from our face

Drugs to help us remember, drugs to help forget

Drugs to make us younger, drugs to help delay our death

 

Chorus:

 


 

No Emotion

Denes McIntosh

  

Good mornin' to ya, how ya doin' today?

I've been lookin' forward to that smile on your face.

I get so tired of this business charade

It leaves me longing for someone to embrace.

 

Chorus:

No emotion, I will try hard not to cry.

Can I borrow some lotion

cause my hands are gettin' dry.

I've seen your camisole

and you've seen all my ties

but let's get down to business now

cause that's the best disguise.

 

For the heartache

and the pain

and the memories

of sleepin' in the rain

for the longing

for a change

and the feelings

that are being spent in vain.

 

You dared to get near me

and I was terrified.

You shared your secrets

and I learned to share mine.

You stood beside me

in my weakest time

the kind of friend that has been so hard to  find.

Chorus:


 


No Regrets

Denes McIntosh

 

Come down from the mountain, air’s too thin up there

I can’t live any longer on a wing and a prayer.

Come down from your mountain, I can’t breathe up there

meet me down in the valley by the river somewhere.

 

Chorus:

I’ll come to you babe

in the early morn

like a man seekin’ shelter

from a raging storm.

I’ll come to you girl

with my arms outstretched

with a heart on fire

bringing no regrets.

 

Come down from your mountain, it’s too cold on high

The snows too wet, and the winds too dry.

Come down to the valley, get your feet on the ground

gonna fall off that mountain while you’re lookin’ back down.

 

Chorus:

 

It’s too early in the day to be feelin’ all that

Too far along in the game to be afraid of the past.

It’s too late in the journey to be lookin’ back

we’re too far down the road with a one way map.

 

Chorus:

 

Repeat verse 1:

Come down from your mountain, air’s too thin up there

I can’t live any longer on a wing and a prayer.

Come down from your mountain,  I can’t breathe up there

meet me down in the valley by the river somewhere.




No Time Today

Denes McIntosh

 

Why can't they see

somebody's dying by the way

Why can't they see

somebody's crying from the pain.

 

Chorus:

They say "I see your sorrow

but my friend it's bound to go away

Come back tomorrow

sorry, but I don't have time today.

 

I've got things to do

fat to chew

people to see

places I need to be.

 

I've got prayers to say

song for the day

kids to raise

stocks to trade

so long, no time today".

 

Why can't they see

somebody's suffered long enough

Why can't they see

somebody's needing to be loved.

Chorus:




On A Higher Plane

Denes McIntosh

  

It was just a thought,

not quite a revelation

but it seems like a waste of my time.

I got a ticket to the opera

drank the last drop from the faucet

and hopped aboard the last train comin’ by.


Chorus:

But you will come to me

I know you will.

And I will hear your voice

from the distant hills.

You will comfort me

in this driving rain.

And I will live again on a Higher Plane.

It was just a moment,

not quite a little while

before I lost my way in the dark.

I called the deaf girl with a whisper

and the blind man with a light

I called the neighborhood dog with my bark.


Chorus:

But you will come to me

I know you will.

And I will hear your voice

from the distant hills.

You will comfort me

in this driving rain.

And I will live again on a Higher Plane.


Bridge:

Crawling like a snake bit dog

Struck down by the hand of God

Reeling from my world of doubt

Trying to let this demon out.

Falling from that blessed grace

Stuck in this forgotten place

Feeling like an afterthought

In the ashes of a world gone wrong.


Chorus:

But you will come to me

I know you will.

And I will hear your voice

from the distant hills.

You will comfort me

in this driving rain.

And I will live again on a Higher Plane.

 

 


 

One Another’s Eyes

Denes McIntosh

 

Look past the last time you were angry

Look past what you thought just didn’t seem fair

Look past the little things that drive you crazy

Look past the doubt that lingers there

 

Look past the past that you had before today

Look past the thought of what you’re leavin’ behind

Look past the words you wish you hadn’t said along the way

Look past when you may have been unkind.

 

Chorus:

Look to each other for assurance.

For that sweet inspiration in your life.

Look to each other to find forgiveness.

Look deeply into one another’s eyes.

 

Bridge:

That’s where you will find the one that you love

That’s where your lover lives

That’s how you’re gonna fill each other up

That’s how you’ll discover who your lover really is.

 

Look past that mansion on the far side of the hill

Look past the things you want to achieve,

Look past your passion, past the strength of your own will

Look past the things you think you believe.

 

Look to each other for assurance.

For that sweet inspiration in your life.

Look to each other to find forgiveness.

Look deeply into one another’s eyes.

 

Look to each other to find forgiveness.

Look deeply into one another’s eyes.

Look deeply into one another’s eyes.

 

 

 

One Foot on the Ground

Denes McIntosh

 

I’ve lived a life time just this week

been wide awake while tryin’ to sleep.

Waiting all night long for dawn to break

morning came too late for me

 

The sky fell down around me

it piled up around my feet

The ground shook like a lover

falling hard to her knees.

 

Chorus:

Ain’t life just like that

with your head in the clouds

You got one foot on the moon, my friend

and the other foot on the ground.

I must remind you

every time you make a sound

Somebody will be listening

someone else will write it down.

 

I walk the gauntlet on my hands

I hold the fire in my teeth

Give my ten percent to Jesus

and have ninety left for me.

 

I scrape my salt from the earth

I drink my whisky from the stream

I take my shower in the storm

y’know I’ve never been so clean.

 

Chorus:

 

I let nature run it’s course

I met a woman by the well

We talked of living in the moment

like the tolling of a bell.

 

She took the rocks from my bag

she took the weight from my load

She shook the dust from her wings

and disappeared on down the road.

 

Chorus:

 

The sun came up in the west today

the rain rose up to the clouds

I drove myself crazy

on my way outta town.

 

Trees growin’ up from the sidewalk

buildings planted in the ground

My knees been shakin’ like a wet dog

whose bark don’t make a sound.


 Chorus:

 

I found your bones on the beach

they drifted in from the sea

I called the coroner to collect you

while the queen came round for tea.

 

I saw you smiling in my dream

I heard you laughing at my door

I opened it to find you

standing naked on the porch.

 

Chorus:

 

 

 

One Life

Denes McIntosh 

 

I've only got one life

that's all that I've been given

and I've only got one chance

to make my life worth livin'.

 

Chorus:

Gonna give it to you and love you

gonna give it to you and trust you

for the things that I can't see

for the man that I can be

I know you're with me.

 

I've seen you in the mornin'

with the risin' of the sun

and felt you warm me.

I've seen you in the faces

of my friends as they would race

to try to warn me.

 

You came and rescued me

from deep and dark despair

when I was all alone

I turned to find you there.

You were carin' for me

and offerin' your heart

I've been apart

but now I'm home

now I'm home.




The Outcast

Denes McIntosh

 

He was all alone

not because he chose to be

but he was born to see things differently.

He was fully grown

at an age when most young men

most young men could not begin to be.

 

The ladies loved him

he told the truth to them

something they had never known before.

He gave them dignity

not like the other men

who made them all to be domestic whores.

 

Chorus:

And he was an outcast

and he was an honest man

and he would outlast

those who would not understand.

And he was a rebel

but not without a cause

sing a song for honesty

cause there's been none since he's gone.

 

He went his own way

they talked behind his back

but could not face him.

Until that final day

'the last great heart attack'

they could not break him.

 

chorus:

Sing a song for justice.




Outside Your Love

Denes McIntosh


I’ve slept in a ditch

by the side of the road
and in the Valley of my despair.

Been fed bad meat in a dungeon

by a devil living there.
Been lost in the forest,

been found in the alley

been ignored in a crowd.

Been outta my head

been left for dead

beaten up, and beaten down.

I’ve been abandoned by my best friend

for a better friend out there.

Been betrayed by my own point of view

and lost my way somewhere.

I’ve drowned in my own sorrow

and in your murky eyes.

But I’ve learned to live

outside Your Love,

and without your feeble lies.



Perfect Love

Denes McIntosh

 

Love is like a river

beginning on a hill too high to climb.

Something I can't deliver

I can't get above the timber line.

 

And that river won't come to me

flowing smooth and gentle

like a stream.

That river always seems to run by me

rocky as the warning

that it brings.

 

Love is like an eagle

soarin' o'er the clouds beyond the blue.

Above the week and feeble

places I've become accustomed to.


And that eagle won't come to me

ridin' soft and gentle

on a breeze

That eagle always seems to run from me

flyin' high above the tallest trees

Higher than my heart could ever reach.

 

Perfect Love, I’ve found in Jesus

Layin’ down a life without demand.

His love has come to free us

To live according to His perfect plan.

 

But we must surrender all our pride to Him.

We must surrender all our sin.

He’ll give you love you thought you’d never find my friend

And time will let you love Him back again.

 

 

 

People

Denes McIntosh

  

The people I speak to

you know I speak to them

because they don't know my Lord.

The people I sing to

you know I sing to them

cause I been on the broad road before.

 

Chorus:

But there will come a time

I'll no longer need to rhyme the gospel

I'll have finished my commission of the Lord.

There will come a day

when I'll hear sweet Jesus say

"Enter good and faithful servant

come receive your just reward".

 

There's people in the City

just rushin' all around

never lookin' up

because they're always lookin down.

Good folks in the country

just plowin' up the ground

tryin' hard to stay alive

but not knowin' where they're bound.

 

Chorus:

 

There's people in the churches

not doin' very well

they've come to church for years

but they're on their way to hell.

And men in the ministry

it's not too hard to tell

they freely use the name of God

but they're just servants of themselves.

 

Chorus:




The Philosopher

Denes McIntosh 

 

An old man I had the pleasure to know

ran into him when the bar had closed

On the streets of Greece, so far from home

told me something I'd already known.

 

But it didn't hurt to hear it again

coming from someone like him

A weather worn and aged friend

who fought the war with a fountain pen.

 

He said "Son you must have come to me

to learn the cost of liberty

I believe that a man is free

when he puts his faith before his greed.

 

Love is strong even when you’re weak

compassion for itself will speak

Kindness will return to be

the measure of your dignity.

Kindness will return to be

the measure of your dignity.

 

Love is within

every woman and man

and peace will be it's companion.”




Pick Me Up

Denes McIntosh / Terry Talbot

 

He’s Changing me

I’ve been growing day by day

But I’ve never been this way before.

He’s changing me

So that I can say “Lord, let me give you more”.

 

He’s moving in my life

I’ve turned away the strife

I won’t stand in His way again.

He’s moving by His Holy Spirit

I no longer have to fear it now

I’ Know It’s love He’ll send.

 

Chorus:

And I’ll say “Pick me up by your power

Keep me moving, oh and then

Through your love don’t let me cower

Get me ready, get me ready

Before you come again”.

 

He’s looking for a few to send He can depend upon

To entrust His power.

He’s looking for a few good friends who’ll stand again

Where Stephen stood in his final hour.

 Is He moving in your Life?

Have you turned away the strife?

Will you stand in His way again?

Is He moving by His Holy Spirit?

You no longer have to fear it now

You know it’s love He’ll send.

 

Chorus:




The Poet

Denes McIntosh

  

I've been called a poet

and I've been called a punk

been down and didn't know it

been sober and I been drunk

I've thought about so much

I can't remember what I thunk

and I wrote a thousand songs for you

but most of them were junk

 

I've been called a lover

and I've been called a whore

been known to run for cover

when you're comin' through the door.

I faced the world with fearlessness

been frightened to the core

been satisfied with nothing

and have wanted nothing more.

 

Chorus:

I'm thinkin'

"what good would it do me

to become like someone else?

One man’s heaven is another persons hell.

One thing I've learned if I remember nothing else.

I’ve got to be true.

I’ve got to be true to myself.”




Politician

Denes McIntosh

  

Tenement buildings huddled like the homeless

cannot keep the cold from their beds.

Winter finds a way to make an unwelcome entrance

coming through the cracks like a visit from the dead.

 

Baggy suits wearing feeble souls and bodies

tattered, torn and bruised beyond repair.

Old men that bleed cheap wine and cheap diseases

living on the border of despair.

 

Chorus:

Politician, you're a bastard

beneath that mask you wear.

Politician, you're fading faster

than an empty, vain and repetitious prayer.

 

Children growing  hard and gettin' callous

like knuckles on the hands of Ali.

Every day survival of the fittest

living by the rules of the street.

 

Chorus:

 

Vacant, hollow, sad misshapen faces

eyes betray their age like wine.

Dare not even dream of other places

born too old, but still too young to die.

 

Chorus:

 

You plant weeds to fill the cracks in our sidewalks

but flowers for your mistress hair.

Your promises have proven to be naked

like the truth of your incestuous affair.

 

Chorus:

 

 


Popular Don't Make it Right

Denes McIntosh


They're killing our children in clinics

across the land

dumping their unborn bodies out back

in the garbage can

while doctors and lawyers debate the moment

when life actually began

the slaughter continues cause no one is willing

to give a damn.

 

Love don't come cheap to the ones who won't keep

their untimely mistake

voiding their conscience along with the action

they've chosen to take

nobody knows the price of the innocence lost

but it's bound to be great

those who stand by with deaf ears and blind eyes

will be charged with their ultimate fate.

 

Chorus:

If you can't afford to keep em

please won't you let em live,

there's someone who would love

to have your child.

If it's just too inconvenient,

doesn't suit your life style,

that's no reason to condemn

an unborn child.

 

Don't give me your reasons

I don't want to empathize.

You can justify anything once

and too often twice.

Public acceptance don't make it valid

and popular don't make it right.

Love the one that you're with if you want

but consider the price.

 

Chorus:

 

(Inspired by the French practice of using aborted fetuses for the production of cosmetics.





Power From on High

Denes McIntosh 

 

He's changing me

I've been growing day by day

but I've never been this way before.

He's changing me

in a deep and lasting way

I asked Him, "Lord, let me give you more"?

 

Chorus:

He's movin' in my life

I've given up the fight

I won't stand in His way again

He's moving by His Holy Spirit

I no longer have to fear  it now

I know He wants to send

 

Power from on High

a rushing mighty wind

flaming tongues of fire

before he comes again

redemption draweth nigh

so lift up your head

we haven't got much time

before He comes again.

 

He's lookin' for a few good men

He can depend upon to entrust His power

He's lookin' for a few good friends who'll stand again

like Stephen stood in his final hour.

 

Chorus:

Is He movin’ in your life?

Have you given up the fight?

will you stand in His way again?

Is He movin' by his Holy Spirit?

You no longer have to fear it now

you know He wants to send.

 

Power from on High

a rushing mighty wind

flaming tongues of fire

before he comes again

redemption draweth nigh

so lift up your head

we haven't got much time

before He comes again.




Predator

Denes McIntosh

  

Silent through the shadows

he shows no fear

as the day rolls by

the night grows near.

 

Chorus:

Gearing  for the kill

hungry for the blood

he'll be sneakin’  through the night

on another hunt.

 

His pulse runs high

his breath runs hot

close your eyes

and the chase is on.

 

Chorus:

Gearing  for the kill

hungry for the blood

he'll be sneakin’  through  the night

on another hunt.

 

Run for your life

gonna meet your death

caught from behind

suck the air for breath

 

Chorus:

Gearing  for the kill

hungry for the blood

he'll be sneakin’  through  the night

on another hunt.

 

He drags you down

by your lovely throat

struggle on the ground

want to live - you won't

 

Chorus:

Gearing  for the kill

hungry for the blood

he'll be sneakin'  through  the night

on another hunt.




The Pure of Heart

Denes McIntosh

 

There's a sadness come over the land

everybody's out to get what they can

something I been tryin' hard to understand

I don't want to become that kind of man

 

Simon gave me his bed with no return

slept on the cold floor without a word

he got deathly ill, it should not have occurred

but his own discomfort over mine is what he preferred.

 

Blessed are the pure of heart.

 

There's a business man tryin' to reach the top

he sold his soul for what he's got

left a path behind him of people he has walked upon

now all the value that he ever had is gone.

 

Blessed are the pure of heart.

 

There's a man who spends his life in poverty

but what he has he acquired honestly

he will die someday, but with dignity

and his friends will say "such a loss it will be".

 

Blessed are the pure of heart.

 

There are those who wait to prey

on every lost and lonely runaway

seduce the naive, leave them betrayed

con the unsuspecting one along the way.

 

Blessed are the pure of heart.

 

David opened up the doors of his home

for those who had nowhere else to go

the misplaced ones, he fed and clothed

he loved them as he would his own.

 

Blessed are the pure of heart.




Rising With The Sun

Denes McIntosh

 

The clouds are rumbling over the distant hills

like a hundred white buffalo coming over the ridge

The sky runs on forever like a freshly painted desert

mixing crimson, amber and yellow with some red.

 

As far as I can see, I can see the grand design

the sacred plan, the ancient hand of time

As far as I can know, I know there’s only one

who could paint the greatest mysteries of this life.

 

Chorus:

I’m feeling alive again

my heart is rising with the sun

An unexpected blessing has arrived

like the welcome return of the prodigal son

 

My love is fixing chili in a cast iron skillet

over an early morning crackling fire.

There are men much more important than I have ever been

who live without a reason to be inspired.

 

Chorus:

 

The sun warms the earth like a blanket warms the body

of a cold and once shivering man

The light warns the shadows, and the lingering fog

that darkness cannot cover this land.

 

Darkness cannot cover this land.

 

 

 

 The River

Denes McIntosh

  

Log jam, the river can

find it's way around the bend

Jump the banks, run the length

of any border land.

 

When the rain begins to fall

and it don't begin to stop

the river leaves an ocean

where there used to be a pond.

 

We'll be gathering our friends

our pictures and our pets

in a frantic afternoon

cause that's all the time we get.

 

We'll be standing in a line

huddled close against the storm

for another cup of coffee

and a blanket to keep warm.

 

Chorus:

Build your house up on the mountain

set your feet upon the rock

when the water gets to rising

the town begins to talk.

We shoulda followed Jesus

shoulda took him to the dance

if the water should recede

I hope we get another chance.

 

 

 

The Road

Denes McIntosh

 

I walk a road that can't be seen with the naked eye

It goes where it cannot be walked by the casual passer by

It winds and wanders where it wants in the fading light

It never ends, it just begins, kinda quiet like.

 

I walk a road that beckons me from the place where I have grown

Inviting me to forsake my past and everything I've known

It promises the earth and sky, and tempts me to the bone

'There are no guarantees' I'm told, just a garden made of stone.

 

Chorus:

I will not be lost in the sadness

I will not succumb to it's call

I will not be caught in the madness unaware

I may stumble, but I will not fall.

 

I walk a road that gets confusing if I linger there

detours, ditches, dangerous cliffs, and sign posts everywhere

I put one foot in front of the other and say a quiet prayer

I'll make it through, I promise you I will, I swear.

 

Chorus:

I will not be lost in the sadness

I will not succumb to it's call

I will not be caught in the madness unaware

I may stumble, but I will not fall.




The Saints Who've Gone Before

Denes McIntosh 

 

I thought I'd write a song

for the people who went on before me

the saints who worked so long

serving Jesus, they've gone on to glory.

 

Chorus:

Well I appreciate the way you shone

your light before the city.

You kept the faith

and sometimes even gave your life

It's such a pity

that we didn't get to meet

while you were here.

 

You fought the battles well

by what you taught me I can tell you really knew Him.

The evidence remains, the testimony of the saints

that you led to Him.

 

Chorus:

 

If your loved ones have gone on

to the kingdom far beyond the ones that we see

We'll meet them in the air, everybody will be there

They'll come in glory.

 

Chorus:

And they'll appreciate the way we shone

our lights before the city.

We'll have kept the faith

and even given up our lives

It's not a pity.

We'll rejoice together then before the Lord.




Seattle Calling

Denes McIntosh

 

Chorus:

Seattle calling, the road heading north

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

 

My brother cut down like a man out on a limb.

Nobody knows how it could’ve happened to him.

Nobody knows how it could’ve happened to him.

 

Chorus:

Seattle calling, the road heading north

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

 

My brother won’t sit at my table again

I’ll never be able to talk with the man.

I will never be able to talk with the man.

 

Chorus:

Seattle calling, the road heading north

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

 

I want to revisit the years that we missed

while I followed my path, and he followed his.

while I followed my own path, and he followed his.

 

Chorus:

Seattle calling, the road heading north

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

The sky has fallen with a deafening roar.

 

 

 

Sing it Low

Denes McIntosh

  

Got to get back to the water

I been stranded much too long

on the barren plains of Idaho

where a man must sing a solitary song.

 

Got to get back to the bounty

where the river meets the sea

with fruit trees growin’ down to the banks

where the wind is quietly calling me.

 

Got to get back to the music

I learned when I was a child

three chords and a simple tune

with a harmony to make a poor man smile.

 

Chorus:

Sing it, sing it low my friend

sing it, sing it sweet

move your heart towards the sky

move your body to the beat.

 

Sing it, sing it low my friend

sing it, sing it please

lift your voice along with mine

sing it once with me.

 

Got to get back down to the beaten path

where my family walked before

when a child knew daddy was comin' home

in the evening when he got off work.

 

Got to get back to the alter

of my innocence long ago

when a man's word was a lasting bond

and his worth wasn't measured in gold.

 

Chorus:

Sing it, sing it low my friend

sing it, sing it sweet

move your heart towards the sky

move your body to the beat.

 

Sing it, sing it low my friend

sing it, sing it please

lift your voice along with mine

sing it once with me.

 

 

Bridge:

"Swing low sweet chariot

comin' for to carry me home

Swing low sweet chariot

comin' for to carry me home."


Well I looked over Jordan and what did I see

comin’ for to carry me home

I saw a band of angels comin’ after me

comin’ for to carry me home.

 

"Swing low sweet chariot

comin' for to carry me home

Swing low sweet chariot

comin' for to carry me home."




Sky Sometimes

Denes McIntosh 

 

The heavens have been higher

than they've ever been before

and more elusive.

Bluer than the sadness

in your soft and gentle eyes

and more reclusive.

Broader than my boundless passion

brighter than the sun

and more alluring.

Deeper than my increasing capacity for love

and more enduring.

 

And I am Sky sometimes

or Wind

but you are Heaven.

 

The heavens have been higher

than they've ever been before

and more engaging.

Lovely as the memory

of waiting by the door

while you were bathing.

Softer than the touch of silk

enchanting as the dawn

and more appealing.

Sweeter than a lyric in the quiet of a song

and more revealing.

 

And I am Sky sometimes

or Wind

but you are Heaven.




Slip Right Away

Denes McIntosh

  

You don't know where you're goin’

you don't know where you've been

you don't know why you're laughing

you don't know why you grin

 

You don't know what today is

you don't know of the hour

but I know you can't wait much longer

I know it's got to be now or

 

Chorus:

You'll slip right away

Jesus may come back today

he might not give you time to say

"Lord just give me one more day".

 

You keep tryin' to walk on the sunset

carryin' your head in your hand

you keep tryin' to talk to the flowers

cause you think they'll understand.

 

Chorus:

 

You wonder where all the sorrow comes from

while confusion wraps around your eyes

you wonder where all the love has gone to

and you wonder if Jesus really died.

 

Chorus:




Slipstream

Denes McIntosh

 

Let the river take you

Let the water cover up your pain

Let the current move you from that long forgotten place.

 

Let the river speak to you

Let the water call you by your name

Let the current carry you along like a silent train.  

 

Let the river comfort you

Let it cool your heated brow

And let the current dance with you all in the here and now.

 

Let the river hold you

Let the water merge into the sky

And let the current sing for you the sweetest lullaby.






Some Will Say Goodbye

Denes McIntosh

 

It’s gettin’ cold outside

My breath turns to frost in the early light

Ahh, in the early light

It’s gettin’ cold outside.

 

I’m gettin’ old inside

With death burning a cross upon an empty sky

Upon an empty sky

I’m gettin’ old inside.

 

Chorus:

It ain’t like it wasn’t expected to happen

It ain’t like it’s come as a big surprise

Every life will fade and fall away now

Some will say goodbye before their time.

 

It’s slowin’ down now

Everything I thought was out of reach has come around

It’s come around now

It’s all slowin’ down.

 

It’s goin’ south now

Everything that’s been reachin’ out is falling down now.

It’s fallin’ down now

It’s all goin’ south.

 

Chorus:




Songism

Denes McIntosh 

 

Prism, schism, Baelism, baptism, Buddhism, Deism, fascism, realism, snobbism, truism, atheism, heathenism, barbarism brutalism anarchism.

 

Chorus:

Gotta think for yourself

don't follow nobody else

don't buy what they sell.

 

Catechism, Calvinism, cataclysm, chauvinism, communism, despotism, egotism, embolism, fetishism, feudalism, fatalism, Hinduism, humanism hedonism, exorcism.

 

Chorus:

 

Heroism, hypnotism, idealism, Islamism, fundamentalism, Judaism, moralism, mysticism, nepotism, nihilism, occultism, optimism, organism, ostracism. spiritualism.

 

Chorus:

 

Paganism, pessimism, plagiarism, pugilism, Satanism, skepticism, socialism, stoicism, symbolism, synchronism, terrorism, tribalism, verbalism, libelism, journalism.

 

Chorus:

 

Vulgarism, Zionism, absolutism, aestheticism, agnosticism alcoholism, alienism, anachronism, Anglicanism, animalism, antagonism, capitalism, conservatism, evangelism, fanaticism.

 

Chorus:

 

Determinism, expressionism, externalism, federalism, imperialism, impressionism, humanitarianism, patriotism, secularism, separatism, Darwinism, liberalism, television, spiritual feminism.

 

Chorus:




Song For the Family

Denes McIntosh 

 

In atonement for my sin

and the selfish life I've lived

Jesus died, He died for everything I've been.

And he didn't have to

but He was glad to

and it was me who should have had to die, not Him.

 

But He said

"Father let me take my peoples place upon the cross,

Father give to them the faith they need to not be lost,

Father let them look upon my face and count the cost,

they'll know I love them.

They'll know I love them.

 

If not for a Savior like Him

we'd not know each other.
If not for a Savior like Him

we'd not love one another

but He's made us sisters and brothers.

 

If not for people like you

life would be lonely

If not for people like you

life would be only

a place to pass through.

 

But you make it oh so much more than a place to pass the days.

Oh so much more to me in oh so many ways.

Just what you mean to me you know it's hard to say

but I love you, you know I love you.




Song For You

Denes McIntosh

 

You have given me your love for many years now

I've not been one to give so much of mine

You have given of your laughter and your tears now

but I've kept my feelings hidden deep inside.

 

Chorus:

It's not because I haven't loved you

It's not because I haven't cared

It's not because I've not been thinkin' of you

but my life has been so hard for me to share.

 

You have given me your grace for many seasons

forgiving me every time I'd fall

I've learned to love you for a thousand different reasons

I wish I could have come before you called.

 

Chorus:




Song of a Lost Friendship

Denes McIntosh

  

I knew a man who laughed so gaily

lived so freely, gave so much

I knew a man in love with life

and friends who's heart he tried to touch.

 

Somethin' came across his path deceivin' him

a shallow promise he began believin' in

I tried to love him but he would not stay

that wind of promise came

and blew my friend away.

 

He left to find a better life across the hill

last I heard my friend was lookin' still.

Darkness has descended

day has turned to night.

Perhaps the dark

would help him to find the light.

 

I knew a man who laughed so gaily

lived so freely, gave so much

I knew a man in love with life

and friends who's hearts

he tried to touch.




Song To God

Denes McIntosh

  

Oh God there comes a time

when I don't know what to do

no matter how I try

I keep on hurting you

but you just keep forgiving time and again

I know each time I sin I've really hurt a friend.

 

Chorus:

How can one God love me so much?

How can Jesus heal me with a touch?

How can He care for me I'm such a wicked man?

Oh Lord, I just don't understand.

But I love you, and I can clearly see

I love you Lord because you first loved me.

 

When I'm feeling down and out

you always come around

Every time without a doubt

you pick me off the ground

when I'm thankin' you and feelin' pretty good

you always seem to do

what I never thought you could.

 

Chorus:




Soon You'll Be Dancing

Denes McIntosh

  

Chorus:

You've got to stand right up

get out of your rut

rise above those bad circumstances

you've got to take a deeper breath

come back from the dead

take a step and soon you'll be dancin'.

 

The world has got you down

no pleasure to be found

the street's been awash with your tears.

Loneliness abounds, silence the only sound

to greet your virgin ears.

 

Chorus:

 

Feelin' half abandoned,

used, abused and stranded

like a vagabond without a ride.

Stereotyped and branded

till you can barely stand it

makes you want to run and hide

 

Chorus:

 

Bridge:

well it's alright, alright,.

alright , alright, it's alright


Repeat Bridge:

Repeat chorus:




Soul of a Man

Josh McIntosh/Denes McIntosh

  

Green as your teen age brother

another week without pay

You'll dance on air tomorrow

you walk on coals today.

 

Your love is like a hammer

pounding in my heart

How far can I take this

before it starts to break apart.

 

I taste the water in your river'

take the salt from your sea

strong willed, but fragile'

like a rose petal in spring.

 

Hard as granite

with the soul of a man

he lives with a grin

and a pick in his hand.

 

Chorus:

You've spent what seems a life time

just tryin' to get it right

through hard rain and thunder

you've kept dry.

You're neighborhood's been dark

with trees across the power lines

but your truth shines like a dagger

through the night.

 

Your window is open

you can step out from your pain

your heart is an ocean

you can walk between the rain

Bury all my promises

along side Gideons Bones

I'll be right here behind you

while you're standin’

on your own.

I'm only human. . . . but I'll be there for you.




Stronger Than Me

Denes McIntosh

 

The River runs by me

like a pony out of the gate.

Like another day behind me

like the fickle hand of fate. 

 

Every man has shaken hands

with that fickle hand of fate.

 

The River shouts a warning

like a runaway train

Racing down those rusted tracks

in the pouring rain.

 

I can hear that dire warning

thru the pouring rain.

 

The River moves swiftly

like a mountain on fire

Like the morning you left me

like a message down the wire.

 

Like a Sunday choir

I can hear that voice along the wire.

 

The River keeps carving

its way to the sea

Through cold earth and hard rock

that’s much stronger than me.

 

Any blind man can see

it’s much stronger than me.

 

 

 

Terminal Vacation

Denes McIntosh

 

You call it 'flyin'

I call it 'ridin' in a tin can'.

You call it 'travelin'

I call it 'gettin' from where I was to where I am'.

We gotta check in

and then check in again.

 

You say 'have some patience',

while I'm waitin' in a long que

at the gate

to get the state's permission

just to pass through

where they will scan you

may even search you

take off your damn shoes.

 

Chorus:

Oh no, don't make me go

not another terminal vacation.

not another visit to the mall.

Oh no, don't make me go

this trip will make a man a mental patient

with his head jacked up

backed up against the wall.

 

You call it 'a break from our routine'

I call it 'obscene'

how they abuse you

how they insult you

and bombard you

with an endless stream of

muzak

pre-recorded talk-back

announcin' this and that

and all the mindless chat

on cell phones

like social clones

in the friggin' twilight zone

sippin' drinks,

can't even think.

We're eatin' cheap snacks.

 

Chorus:

Oh no, don't make me go

not another terminal vacation.

not another visit to the mall.

Oh no, don't make me go

this trip will make a man a mental patient

with his head jacked up

backed up against the wall.

 

You call it 'exciting'.

It's not inviting

It's a bad dream.

I can't believe I've landed

on this god forsaken planet

where I can't scream.

They just keep moving me

through all the noise and the confusion

in collusion with the leader

of the other sheep.

 

Chorus:

Oh no, don't make me go

not another terminal vacation.

not another visit to the mall.

Oh no, don't make me go

this trip will make a man a mental patient

with his head jacked up

backed up against the wall.

 

Get off the airplane

hurry, make your way

down to the baggage claim.

Take the shuttle to the Budget Rental Agency

Pick up your crummy car there

A Ford Escort, I don't care

They try to sell you gas, insurance package

and a better ride than your mid-size economy.

Get lost in the airport.

Drive in circles round the terminals

before you can escape

onto the freeway,

rush hour fight there

commuter nightmare

It's not a pretty sight there

'It's just another day', they say

in paradise there.

 

Chorus:

Oh no, don't make me go

not another terminal vacation.

not another visit to the mall.

Oh no, don't make me go

this trip will make a man a mental patient

with his head jacked up

backed up against the wall.

 

Check in your favorite

chain hotel

your private hell

Pick up the key card

It ain't a free card

You need a credit card

to prove who you are

to make another charge. 

(Continued)


Unlock the door to your

vacation suite

You're finally here,

you rest your weary feet

you look around and find

you're stayin' in a

strange room,

with no view,

with lot's of bad food.

 

Chorus:

Oh no, don't make me go

not another terminal vacation.

not another visit to the mall.

Oh no, don't make me go

this trip will make a man a mental patient

with his head jacked up

backed up against the wall.




Testimony

Denes McIntosh

  

I used to travel

Lookin’ to find

a reason for livin’

some peace of mind

 

Chorus:

But I want to tell you now

there really ain't much to be found

I been lookin’ all around

but it only seemed to bring me down.

I was lookin’ in all the wrong places

and I was lookin’  for all the wrong things

I wasn't lookin’  for Jesus'

I wasn't lookin’  for the king.

 

I used to drink

and I used to deal

and I used to think

my illusions were real

 

Chorus:

 

I used to wonder

bout the life I did lead

I tried to convince myself

that I really was free.

 

Chorus:




That's for Someone Else to Say

Denes McIntosh

  

The phone rang.

My indifference shouted loudly through the line.

You were quiet.

You had learned to let the moment take it's time.

 

The radio played

A song I hadn't heard since you were here.

It was our song, I remember

but I didn't care and never shed a tear.

 

Chorus:

I've been away from you

even when I'm sitting by your side.

I've been a fool for you

but I could never get it right.

 

I've been true to you

in my own peculiar way>

But I can't love you girl

that's for someone else to say.

 

Your letter came.

I keep it on my dresser by the bed.

I'll never open it.

But y' know I'll always wonder what it said.

 

Chorus:

I've been away from you

even when I'm sitting by your side.

I've been a fool for you

but I could never get it right.

 

I've been true to you

in my own peculiar way.

But I don't love you girl

that's for someone else to say.





They're all Lookin'

Denes McIntosh

  

There's a woman out there weepin'

there's a man who ain't been home

there's a kid who runs away without a warning

There's an old man on a park bench sleeping

there's a child left all alone

there's a stranger on the back row Sunday morning.

 

Chorus:

They're all lookin’

they're all lookin’

lookin’  for a light

they just can't seem to find.

They're all lookin’

they're all lookin’

'lookin’  for the light that Jesus shines.

 

They're left standing in the street

some so high they can't come down

so we judge them

our hearts have grown too cold.

Ah but how did Jesus greet

that harlot on the ground

He said "you without a sin throw the stone".

 

Repeat Chorus:

 

Spoken

we gotta stop judgin' em

we gotta start lovin’ em

we gotta stop condemnin’ em

we gotta start befriendin’ em

we gotta stop rejectin’ em

we gotta start acceptin’ em

 

we gotta stop bein’ so damn religious.




Things Slippin' Away

Denes McIntosh

  

It ain't like it used to be

things slippin' away from me

I can't see the forest for the trees.

Mama tried to warn me

she said "it's gonna be stormy son,

you just can't wear your heart out on your sleeve".

 

If I'm gonna be loved my friend

I'll be loved for what I am

and not for what you might want me to be.

If I'm gonna be hurt again

I'll be hurt, I won't pretend

that it didn't really matter much to me.

 

I gotta say  “you don't hold the colors for my rainbow

in your hand

You don't wield the brush at your command.”




Things Slippin' Away (2)

Denes McIntosh

 

It ain't like it used to be

things slippin' away from me

I can't see the forest for the trees.

Momma tried to warn me

she said 'It's gonna be stormy son,

you just can't wear your heart out on your sleeve.'

 

It ain't like it used to be

not much rings true to me

too many lies, no honesty.

I wasn't born for this

It's worn me down, I guess

It's taken my strength and left me feeling weak.

 

Chorus:

But I will remember you

You were my friend, and you told the truth.

You grabbed a hold of my heart and held on.

I will remember you.

 

It ain't like it used to be

things changin' too fast for me

like a bitter wind blowin' on a raging sea.

I can't hold on to this

I've given it my very best

but every time I stand it knocks me to my knees.

 

Chorus:

But I will remember you

You were my friend, and you told the truth.

You grabbed a hold of my heart and held on.

I will remember you.





This Man Jesus

Denes McIntosh

  

The Son of God, He became a man

to people through the ages, he held out his hand

He walked the land of Canaan and the shores of Galilee

calling Simon, Andrew, James and John

He said "come follow me,

leave your nets just where they lie

you'll not need them again

for I intend to make my friends into fishers of men".

 

Chorus:

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

 

He roamed throughout the country

casting demons from their homes

preparing his disciples,

healing people where he'd go

They hailed him in Jerusalem,

then killed him on a cross

Fulfilling his commission

cause he came to save the lost.

 

Chorus:

 

More than owning all the treasures in the land

my heart longs to be like a man

 

I've studied in the scriptures

I've known by his grace

I've followed in the way

having never seen his face

I've worshipped in the temple

and I've talked with in the dawn

Been forgiven by in spite of

everything that I've done wrong.

 

Chorus:




Thou Art the Lord

Denes McIntosh

 

I shall praise thy holy name

I shall praise thy holy name

I shall praise thy holy name

for thou art the Lord.

 

I shall keep my mind on thee. . .

 

I shall serve thee all the day. . .

 

I shall love thee all my life. . .

 

I shall praise thy holy name. . .




Thunder Mountain

Denes McIntosh

 

Clean air at 7,000 feet

The kind a man was meant to breathe.

Pine trees reaching tall for the sky

to soak the Autumn light.

 

Silver Lake, the blue of your eyes

smiling deep beneath the granite face

of Thunder Mountain.

 

Sierra path at our own pace,

trail to a very secret place.

Where snakes dance fluid on the water,

Mother Earth and Virgin Daughter.

 

Silver Lake, the blue of your eyes

smiling deep beneath the granite face

of Thunder Mountain.

 

Chorus:

Let me lay down in the comfort of your arms.

Let me be healed in you, let me be warm.

Let the river teach me how to bend,

let the mountain give me strength again.

 

Evening falls with fading light

throwing pink across a painted sky.

Breathless quiet, before the dark

I can hear the sound of my own heart.

 

Silver Lake, the blue of your eyes

smiling deep beneath the granite face

of Thunder Mountain.

 

Chorus:

Let me lay down in the comfort of your arms.

Let me be healed in you, let me be warm.

Let the river teach me how to bend,

let the mountain give me strength again.

Let the mountain give me strength again.




Tough Guy

Denes McIntosh

  

Tough guy,

hard as nails.

Kiss the sky with your rage,

shake the earth with your anger,

make the innocent pay.

 

Tough guy,

heart of stone,

chiseled head of hardened steel.

Choke the meek with your hands,

crush the weak with your heel.

 

Chorus:

Who the hell do you think you are

to steal the dreams of a young man.

To cut him down in his own front yard

just because you can?

 

Tough guy,

gun in your hand,

driven by your own self hate.

Tear the son from a mothers arms

at the closing of the day.

 

Chorus:

Who the hell do you think you are

to steal the dreams of a young man.

To cut him down in his own front yard

just because you can?

 

Chorus:

 

Rant 1:

Don’t give me that repression rap

for your obsession with the aggression of the street man. 

The ammunition of the weak can

make you think you’re bad,

but you just mad.  It’s sad. 

You been had by the big man. 

You just posse, he da boss see,

and they just look to take your green, 

hook your blink like they took your ‘think’ 

And that impression is an accurate assessment

of the scene.

You be protectin’  their investment,

respectin’  their testament,

stressin’  on acceptance from the set

like an adolescent, you fear rejection

cause maybe mama wish you don’t be messin’

with that thing.

So waste somebody now to make yoself

feel gratified, satisfied,

It’s insaneaside, you set your brain aside.

Just let it fly by

while you do the drive by, 

livin’  lies like they be truth.

Tough guy

blame it on a system

that put it’s foot to your neck.

But hey, anger ain’t no license

for your deadly disrespect.

 

Chorus:

 

Rant 2:

You be takin’ an eye for an eye

Hopin’  that the other guy

wind up blind like you be. 

But he never took your look,

you just took one a his. . . 

and his life along wit it.  

You never could see, 

never learned to turn the other cheek freak.

Never learned to be a man,

just a puppet pimpin’ on the street

bustin’ caps and poppin’ virgin ass

like you be seein’  the big daddy’s doin’

on your MTV. 

You want your chicks for free. 

You expect respect from me

but you won’t earn it, you don’t learn it.

You ain’t give nothin’  but a lotta grief.

Ain’t that heavy homey?   

Ain’t that just deep?

 




Victim Of Privilege

Denes McIntosh

 

You can go for a ride in your shiny new car

Buy a pound of fine Beluga caviar

Shop for precious diamonds down in Zanzibar

Make love to your sexy new bodyguard


Every wishful thought is at your own command

Makin’ your money talk with that expensive tan

Speed dial your very own medicine man, yeah

You travel with a phone in every hand  (hey Bob)

 

Chorus:

But you’re just another victim

just another victim

You’re just another victim of privilege

 

Build yourself a castle down in Belarus

Captain of the ship on that midnight cruise  

You pay for all the girls, and all the young boys too   

But I wouldn’t even want to walk a mile in your shoes.

 

Chorus:

Cause you’re just another victim

just another victim

You’re just another victim of privilege

 

Climb that social ladder with hundred dollar bills

Buy yourself devotion and the latest thrills

Ride that wild beast with your nefarious will

But you’ll never keep it up without that little blue pill

 

Chorus:

Cause you’re just another victim

just another victim

You’re just another victim of privilege

 

 

 

 

The Visitor

Denes McIntosh

  

He visits me in the night

when I'm all alone.

He visits me in the night

when I'm feelin' low.

He visits me in the night

I'm weary to the bone.

 

He knows me,

He just knows.

 

And I think I can see Him

in my dreams when He is gone.

And I think He has given

one more reason to go on.

And I think I can love Him

in a way I've never known.

He comes visiting at night

when I'm alone.

 

He knows me,

He just knows.

 

Repeat:  And I think . . .




Waiting Your Arrival

Denes McIntosh 

 

Like lightning in the dark

the dogs begin to bark

while lovers do their part

to keep the myth alive.

Like a rabbit on the run

there's a bandit with a gun

and I know the time has come

to get it right.

 

Chorus:

Put your pistol in your holster

let me live another day

don't be comin' any closer

Can’t you hear what I say?.

Don't point that thing at me

I'm not ready to be dead

I wanna die with both my boots on

in my bed.

 

Like a snake in the sun

with a warning on his tongue

Father Collins blessed a demon

Jesus came to take him home.

Like a man without sin

he was offered up again

he shed his sacred skin

and lost his soul.

 

Chorus:

Put your pistol in your holster

let me live another day

don't be comin' any closer

Can’t you hear what I say?

Don't point that thing at me

I'm no ready to be dead

I wanna die with both my boots on

in my bed.

 

Bridge:

It's cold out tonight

the smoke is rising  from the fire

I told you I'd be waiting  your arrival.




We Are Each Other

Denes McIntosh 

 

You are my brother (4 times)

 

I've seen you on the train

walkin' in the rain,

in the sad cafe.

 

You are my sister

 

I've seen you in the tower

in the halls of power

in the midnight hour

 

You are my brother.

 

I've seen you in the field

I know your fate was sealed

by some predetermined deal.

 

You are my brother/sister

 

I've seen you on the job

I've seen them sabotage

your attempt to reach the top.

 

You are my sister

 

I've seen you in the church

I've seen you in your search

I know that you've been hurt.

 

You are my sister

We are each other.

 

 

 

We Can Be Free Again

Denes McIntosh

  

Long ago and far away

I remember it was such a beautiful day

cruisin' up the coast to Monterey

the wind blowin' warm on our face.

 

I recall how very happy we were

driving along the cliffs through Big Sur

never skipped a beat, never missed a curve

stopped to eat whenever we'd get the urge.

 

Chorus:

Those were the days

but they still remain

like the sweet fragrance

after a summer rain

like the moonlight

dancin' on my window pane

we can be free again

I know we can.

 

I remember sleeping out under the stars

serenadin' the night with my guitar

celebrating life and what we are

log on the fire, a song in my heart.

 

Chorus:




We Can Be Free Again (2)

Denes McIntosh

  

Long ago and far away

I remember it was such a beautiful day

all the neighborhood kids were out to play

baseball in the street, and lemonade.

 

We came together choosin' up sides

we came to play and not to fight

to prove our skill and not our might

late afternoon on into the night.

 

Chorus:

Those were the days

but they still remain

like the sweet fragrance

after a summer rain

like the moonlight

dancin' on my windowpane

we can be free again

I know we can.

 

I remember sleepin' out under the stars

sneakin' out of the tent in my backyard

serenadin' the night with my guitar

faithful dog beside me standin' guard.

(his name was Buster)

 

Chorus:





Wedding Song

Denes McIntosh

  

The years have brought you to this day

and tears have since been wiped away for laughter

It's been hard for you I can see

It's been hard for you

but with the passing of the winter comes the spring.

 

It's been a long time since you sang the kind of song

you both were born to sing, I know it

It's been forever I been told

But you been friends and you been lovers

keepers of each others hearts

and watchers over one another's souls.

 

Chorus:

Now the sun will shine

from out of the same sky

that was covered once with clouds.

And laughter will surround your new found life

like a rainbow bending softly to the ground.

 

The days ahead were carved

out of the long uncertain yesterdays you shared

those days are gone, vanished with the rain

Those days are gone

and after all the disappointments love remains.

 

Chorus:




Wedding Song II

Denes McIntosh

  

You could not have seen

your love would be the beginning of forever.

The two of you will be

living lives and building dreams together.

 

And John you've won her love

as you learn to give her up

the fullness of your lady will return.

 

You could not have known

the Lord would be the cornerstone of your commitment.

Breathing life upon the very plans that you have drawn

to bring enrichment

 

And Sharon you have been

a warm and precious friend

Now lover and companion for your man.

 

You could not have found

a better reason to surround yourself with friends.

Each of us has come to support you in your love

again.

 

And John . . . . . . . . . . . .

And Sharon. . . . . . . . . .




Weep For Stephen

Denes McIntosh 

 

Took the boat over from the Port of Dover

to the coast of France

Calais was the place where I landed safely

half by chance.

Hitched a ride to Bologna, felt so alone

was tryin' to lose my past

didn't know what I'd find

but knew that I had to get there fast.

 

Chorus:

And I sat in the village square

with my guitar and a prayer

and sang all of the songs I'd ever written.

Patrice and Phillipe listened for a moment

then they both began to weep for Stephen.

Friends they had been from the beginning to the end

they could not comprehend the lesson.

I sang about the years, the sorrow and the tears,

they stood alone and wept for Stephen.

 

Took me to a small cafe' to explain

what was goin' on.

They'd been in an accident, could not prevent it,

only four days gone.

Stephen did not walk away this time

although he tried, with the two of them.

But fell forever silent, right before their eyes

they saw his young life spent.

 

Chorus:

 

They said I looked and sounded just exactly like

their departed friend,

that he's alive because of me and I would be

the one to live for him.

Showed me his picture from the paper later,

naturally I was shocked to see

Stephen was the man that I had never planned,

but somehow come to be.

 

Chorus:




What Does It Matter?

Denes McIntosh

  

Well, my job sucks, honey I've had enough

my tanks been runnin' on low.

the girls can't have me, the boys can't stand me

hey, this ain't no picture show.

People tryin' to con me, they wanna walk on me,

playin' me for a fool,

thinkin' I must be nuts, but what's all the fuss?

There ain't no point in bein' cool.

 

Chorus:

Cause I've got a son, and he's got a brother

and I got a wife, and she's a damn good lover.

So what does it matter, and what difference if it does,

my brains are gettin' battered

but my body's gettin' loved.

 

Well, I been shadow boxin', my doors been locked

and my shadow's been returnin' the blows.

A left to the head like to left me for dead

but that's the way the situation goes.

33 years, 30,000 beers

I shoulda bought stock in Milwaukee.

Coulda traveled to Spain, took a walk in the rain,

wouldn't have to be another desk jockey.

 

Chorus:




What Lies Beneath The Surface

(or ‘The Restless Sea’)

Denes McIntosh

  

Sun holding court in a brilliant sky

above the fragile lives of all who live beneath it.

We must rise somehow before we die,

to ride the sacred Wheel of Life.

 

Deep water, like a blanket on the earth

covering more than we ever believed.

A complex world has given birth

To a greater mystery.

 

Chorus:

It’s what lies beneath the surface

that we need to embrace.

Everything else will fade away

It’s what lies beneath the surface

that we must face.

It’s what holds life in the balance.

It’s what keeps our lives in place.

 

Hidden from the eyes of the uninformed.

But visible to those who wish to see.

It’s deep, it can be dark, but light lives there.

Like a beating heart in a restless sea.

 

Chorus:

It’s what lies beneath the surface

that we need to embrace.

Everything else will fade away

It’s what lies beneath the surface

that we must face.

It’s what holds life in the balance.

It’s what holds our lives in place.




Where is the Peace?

Denes McIntosh

  

World's gone insane

people blowin' out their brains

flyin' off of bridges

lyin' down in front of trains

shootin' dope to cope

with life cause they can't take it

getting drunk, life always stunk

it's more than what you make it.

 

Chorus:

and you ask "Where is the peace, the Prince of Peace,

Why can’t He ease our troubled minds?

He came unashamed to die for you and me
Now we must come to Him on bended knee.

 

Sedatives, take one

don't worry what you've done

you say "it was all in fun"

another mornings gonna come.

Expensive wine, refined

broken dreams that can't be mended

sleeping pills, no thrills

just a painless way to end it.

 

Chorus:

 

Meditation, mesmerized

enlightened to the times

nothing's wrong, nothing's right

relativity delight.

Guilt you say is built

upon a concept someone gave you

you choose to lose your conscience

thinking somehow that can save you.

 

Chorus:

 

Alternate Chorus:

Where is the peace, that sweet release

It’s been elusive as the wind.

We’ve searched the earth, and cursed the heavens

Now we must learn to find it from within.



Without Him

Denes McIntosh

  

Acceptance is the dream we live our lives for

more than anything, we'll even fight for

a place near to the heart of one we feel that we were born for

and the songs we sing are pleading to be heard.

 

Chorus:

But there is one who was born to receive us

and one who is longing to reach us

one who waits to free us from our loneliness

and I believe He's near when we need Him.

 

Loneliness is sometimes harder to describe

that tears flowing through the night

It's more than isolation

and more than being sad

or being left without the love we had.

 

Chorus:




Willie

Denes McIntosh


This train been rolling

down a thousand miles of track.

It ain't never turned a corner

it ain't never lookin' back.

No stopping at the border

if you're scared it's gonna crash

take a 747, take a taxi,

bring a map.

 

This train been driven

by a man who knows the tune

ain't got nothing in his pocket

he got even less to lose.

If you wanna try and stop it

better plan on getting bruised

cause this train ain't slowing down

to take on passenger or crew.

 

Chorus:

Willie, blow your harp and wish us well.

Willie, we got started when you rang that station bell.

Willie, blow your harp to let us know

you'll be there with us no matter how far we go.

 

Willie, blow your harp and make us laugh

you'll be our inspiration while we're rolling down the track.

Willie, blow your harp and make us cry

you never said "don't go", my friend, we never said "good-bye".

 

This train is occupied

from first class to coach

we got flat cars pulling gear

we got the engine blowing smoke.

If you wanna get on board

if you wanna catch a ride

got to hop a box car

when the train comes rolling by.

 

Chorus:




Wrapped In Red Pajamas

Denes McIntosh

  

I hit the highway drivin’ to a place I’ve never been to,

I won’t change direction till that fork in the road.

I left my cup of coffee on a table by the window,

grabbed my old guitar, put on my warm winter coat.

 

My love, she still lays sleepin’ in our softest feather bed,

wrapped in red pajamas that I bought her yesterday.

With a thousand reasons to love her, and a hundred left unsaid,

I kissed her slumbering lips again and quietly slipped away.

 

Chorus:

I never really wanted to be on the road again

I just wanted to sing my songs and earn a day’s pay.

But I couldn’t stop from lookin’ down around the next bend

to another town with another rundown truck-stop cafe.

 

The hours quickly turn to days, and the days just disappear,

every moment on my own is one I won’t get back.

I sing and play for a meal and tips, for a bed, and cheap beer,

but a man gets used up pretty quick livin’ off the beaten track.

 

Chorus:

I never really wanted to be on the road again

I just wanted to sing my songs and earn a day’s pay.

But I couldn’t stop from lookin’ down around the next bend

to another town with another rundown truck-stop cafe.

 

My love, she still lays sleepin’ in our softest feather bed,

wrapped in red pajamas that I bought her yesterday.

I’d give it all up to just be home with her again

but I’m too far gone in this road song, and too many miles away.

 

 

 

Written on the Wind

Denes McIntosh

 

(To the tune of ‘Power from on High’)

  

She's stayin' with me

I've been growin' day by day

oh, I've never been this way before.

And it's changin' me

in a deep and lasting way

she wants to be the water on my shore.

 

Chorus:

I feel the change is right

I'm giving up the fight

I won't stand in the way again.

My life is movin' on

my love is growin' like a song

arranged for you and written on the wind.

 

I'll sing it with my soul

I'll sing it loud and clear

like a trumpet in the night

for only you to hear.

 

It's comin' from on high

like a returning friend

a ray of crimson light

to pierce the dark again.

 

She's stayin' with me

I can see the road ahead

the fog has lifted, we can find our way.

It's changin’ me

the mountain and the valley both

are part of what we know to be our fate.

 

repeat chorus:




You Are

Denes McIntosh

 

You are inside of me

And in the life surrounding me

You are the air I breathe

Your love enables me.

 

You are a place of rest

You give your very best

A soft and warm caress

and I am truly blessed.

 

You are the morning sun

When my restless sleep is done

My reason to get up

You fill my empty up.




Your Healing Grace

Denes McIntosh

 

There’s an anger in our heart

and it will not dissipate

without the love you give

without your healing grace.

 

There’s a loneliness inside

and it will not go away

without the hope that you provide

without your warm embrace.

 

There’s a bitterness beneath

the smile we often wear

but it’s much too hard to breathe

from way down there.

 

From way down there.

 

 


Your New Pants

Denes McIntosh

(To the tune of' ‘Jesus is Coming Again')

  

Chorus:

I really don't give a damn

I really don't give a damn

me and my brother just don't give  a damn

if you buy your new pants at the Gap

 

I'll serve you your coffee and Danish today

I been workin' too long here for minimum pay

I'll flirt with you daily,  it helps me relax

but I don't really care if you shop at the Gap.

 

Chorus:

I really don't give a damn

I really don't give a damn

me and my brother just don't give a damn

if you buy your new pants at the Gap.

 

We'll shoot the breeze while I'm killing some time

or serving the next capachino in line

I'll give you the nod for your morning routine

but I'll never be caught in your black SUV.

 

Chorus:

I really don't give a damn

I really don't give a damn

me and my brother just don't give a damn

if you buy your new clothes at the Gap.

 

I'll  give you the time of day if you ask

while I'm dealing with some insignificant task

I'll give you a smile while you're givin' me crap

but I don't really care if you shop at the Gap.

 

Chorus:

I really don't give a damn

I really don't give a damn

Me and my brother just don't give a damn

If you buy your new pants at the Gap.

 

I'll tolerate you while you chat on your cell

and secretly wish that you'd just go to hell

Your rudeness is second to no one I've seen

daddy bought you your very own business degree.

 

Chorus:

And I really don't give a damn

I really don't give a damn

Me and my brother just don't give a damn

if you buy your new pants at the Gap.





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