Staying The Course

Released: 2009

Staying The Course picks up the songumentary where Changing Directions leaves off. Tales of a growing family, friends, life's lessons, hopes & dreams.

Iee Cream Day Dream

"Ice Cream Day Dream"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well, we've been livin our lives

Just try'n to keep up with them

They are the Jones's

We're the McLaughlins


And recently we've been

Daydream'n of selling it all

We'll move up into

The mountains this fall


We'll find a house

And make it our home

We'll build a coffee shop

That sells ice cream cones


And I'll play guitar on Friday night

And the marquee out front will say goodnight

And those with thier kids will head home and get in bed

But some will hang out and my Jennifer will shout

This ice cream daydream is on the house


So daydream and make you're wonderland

Dream it cause you can

Well I know you can

Live out your dreams in the end


Well I've running down my

Dreams and I'm livin them out

And playing here for you

Is what I want to do

It's part of what they're about


So daydream and make your wonderland

Dream it cause you can

Well I know you can

Live out your dreams let's begin

Luckier Than Steve

"Luckier Than Steve"

Tyler McLaughlin


Hello my dear

How you doin' there

Well it's plain to see

That you're in need of me


Well I must confess

That I have done my best,

At get'n myself

Close to you


But it ain't just strategy

That put me here you've got to see

There's love abounding everywhere

And it is all throughout our atmosphere


You see I for one was made for you

And you for two were made for who

You were made for me


Yes I was made for you

And you for me it's true

And ain't it good to know

That whereever you go

I will always be there with you


Yeah I fall deeper in love with you

As I get to know

All these precious diamonds

And gold within your soul


I'm fortunate indeed

and I am luckier than Steve

To have you in my life


Yeah I fall deeper in love with you

As I get to know

All these precious diamonds

And gold within your soul


I'm fortunate indeed

and I am luckier than Steve

To have you in my life

Oh my wife

I am you're man

It's Gods plan

You're hand in my hand

What a grand plan.

We

"We"

Tyler McLaughlin


I've been dream'n out loud

cause that the only way to let them out

And if I dream that I can fly

well dream'n is what I'll try


So I will dream all day long

Hoping that someday you'll hear this song

And I will dream every night

Unconsciously awaiting fligt


So why don't you come and dream with me

Together someday we'll see

Bedause if we believe, In you - in me

This world can live - Harmonically

Peacefully, Let it be

Imagine you & me - as we


Cause we can be we can be we

It's a matter of letting love free

Let fear go and of let love in

And then we'll know where to begin

It's in love, love, in love, love, in love...


Let's sing this song out loud

Cause it's one way do dissolve this cloud

Together we can dream we're we one

Sharing in the warmth of the Son


And we can dream every single day

focusing on all of us all the way

And we can dream every single night

consciously living in this Light


Now that you've begun to dream

Take a look around at what lies in between

Because when we believe that we can be

Living free in harmony

Peacefully, Let it be

Imagine you & me - as we

Together

"Together"

Tyler McLaughlin


Half my life I've known

I didn't want to go

Down there below

Oh no


Well the other half of my

Life I thought that I

Knew exactly why

I won't


Now I'm start'n to

Learn somethin' new

And accept I never knew

As true


Some will take what I'm say'n

And they'll devote their time to pray'n

To save, oh brother

To save my soul


Well their prayers are well recieved

Cause I respect what they believe

And I won't ever prosecute their goals

No I won't


Cause in the end

Their prayers are just like mine

Talking bout peace and love

And harmony of humankind


You and I, I and you

We are one and we can do

Anything that we choose

And with this Love we can't lose


When we live together

Wen we give together


When we learn we will earn concern for

All life which is love that we'd die for

So that we can live in harmony


In love, In unity

You and me together

You and me together

My 2nd One

"My 2nd One"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well the Nokia woke me up @ a quarter to five

And I snoozed it like I do more than 1/2 the time

Five after 5 and Jack gives me his hungry whine


So I rolled outa bed and I stolled to his room

And I opened the door and immediately zoomed

To those big chocolate eyes oh what a surprise to me


Cause he was stand'n there smiling and look'n at me

And then he started laugh'n said daddy don't you see

You gotta get out'a bed cause you're still dream'n your head away


So what do I do, I get up and I run after you

And I pick you up and take you back to bed

And then mom she sings that song as both of us drift away

And I just love just dream'n of wake'n up next to you...


You're my son and you're my 2nd one

And I love your touch

The way you play and the things you say

Like I wub you much


Yes you and your big brother too

And your mama oh how I love you

Thank you God for giving me

This life I have and this love I see


Oh me in You; You in me

Oh life is Love and Love is free

You in me & me in You

My first son and my second one too, oh thank You


Well that trusty Nokia phone that woke me up then

It still wakes me up now but it's more broken in

The snooze button's gone but mama makes sure it get up


And you my baby boy your gett'n much bigger

You been runn'n round the house with woody, buzz and trigger

You're the incredible unetable superhero Jack-Jack


And that mom, she still sings that song as both of us drift away

And I still love just dream'n of waking up next to you


You're my son and you're my 2nd one

And I love your touch

The way you play and the things you say

Like I wub you much


Yes you and your big brother too

And your mama oh how I love you

Thank you God for giving me

This life I have and this love I see


Oh me in You; You in me

Oh this life is Love and Love is free

You in me & me in You

My first son and my second one too, oh I Love You

A Window

"A Window"

Tyler McLaughlin / Roger Ruiz


Give me one

reason why

I should run

Because I'd rather fly


Far and fast

haul'n ass


Cause right now there is a window that I can see

And if I keep moving well then probably

We'll I'll make it through

Yes I'll make it through

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you


We'll I'm exhausted from

All them miles

I'm worn down & done

To bones and smiles


And all I've got

Well it ain't a lot


But right now there is a window that I can see

And if I keep moving well then probably

We'll I'll make it through

Yes I'll make it through

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you


I'm gonna try to win

What's not mine

And hold on till then

Until the end of time


And I'll go through

What I have to

Cause right now there is a window that I can see

And if I keep moving well then probably

Well I'll make it through

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you

Back to you

Thanks Dad

"Thanks Dad"

Tyler McLaughlin


I've got a few

Things i'd like to say

To you my dad

On this fathers day


So tap your foot

And Dance to this song

And when you've memorized it

sing along


Cause this song's for you

It's about all you do

For me and my brothers and sisters and mothers two


Thank you dad

For making me

And always believing in

What I can be


And never giving up hope

Even when I was down so low

You been there through all that bad

And I just wanted to say thanks dad


So tap your foot

And groove to this song

And when you've memorized it

Sing along


Cause this song's for you

It's about all you do

For me and my brothers and sisters and mothers tWo


Thank you dad

For making me

And always believing in

what I can be


And never giving up hope

Even when we each have our lows

you been there through all the bad

And I just wanted to say thanks dad

Love United

"Love United"

Tyler McLaughlin


Everyday I do my things

And I'm looking for you

Working & living & loving

And trying to DO


I say these things in my songs

Cause it's how I choose

To try to make a difference

And I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU


Your you, I'm me, we are we

And we're just trying DO

Things everyday in this world

To help peace shine through


The union of humankind

Ss what is TRUE

The days com'n when

we'll all say I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU


Love is food for the soul

And love is the glue that makes us whole

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU


Well I'm so glad that we

can sing this song

Cause there's still places in the world

where the fear's too strong


To let love rule as the fuel

That will burn right through

Some fear my dear someday

We'll all say I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

Attention Played

"Attention Played"

Tyler & Collins McLaughlin


Listen up ya'll to this song

And if you want to you can sing along

But before you do you'll have open your ears


Focus your eyes and look over here

I think I've got something that you'll want to hear

Theres a value you're learning and you can use it all school year


It greatly improves when you're listening good

Yes the words to this tune will be more understood

If you're paying attention

well did I mention

you'll have better retention,

let's not forget comprehension


And if you're paying attention

it's like another dimintion

you might get honorable mention

for some great new invention


And if you listen

you won't be miss'n

All of the wonderful things

Oh that this life brings


So give it your best

When you're put to the test

I will tell you this

That if you paid attention well there ain't much you'll miss


If you're paying attention

well did I mention

you'll have better retention

let's not forget comprehension


And if you're paying attention

It's like another dimintion

You might get honorable mention

For some great new invention

Mexico

"Mexico"

Tyler McLaughlin / Michael Schultze


Qué pasa amigo,

why don't we go

down to Mexico.


I said what's up my friend,

let's go back again,

this time we'll take it slow.


We need a break

to just medicate

down in Mexico.


Thirty-five here we come,

we're headed southbound

and we're looking for sun.

And before you know,

we'll be on them beaches

down in Mexico.


So grab your things

and let's roll on down

and we'll stop at Kirby Lane

on the way through A-Town.

Eat a short stack

and drink a cup o Joe,

then head to Antones

to see Bobby play a show...

cause you just never know

that man plays twenty fo... seven

talk'n bout that big blue sea

ohhhoah well it's time

we went to Mexico baby, no not maybe


Mexico here we go

straight down thirty-five

Through A-Town then San Antone

Man it's good to be alive.

Mexico, Oh Mexico

We're on our way to you..

It's get'n late you know

Hey Bob wrap up the show

let's head to Mexico

Come on now there's ants in my pants

let's all do the boogie dance

and get out the do'

We need a break

to just meditate

down in Mexico.


Look alive & let it ride,

leave them worries behind

just take it all in stride

And before you know,

we'll be on them beaches

down in Mexico.


We'll take it slow

through selma town

then hit up Mi Tierras

for comida and another round

a cup of horchata

Enchiladas de Pollo en Mole

then 37 to christy bay

to see Robert Earl play...

on our getaway

before the break of day

talk'n bout that rio grande

ohhhoah as Josh strums that

Mandolin...again


Mexico here we go

77 bound

through Corpus & Harlingen

not much further now


Cicadas buzzin in the trees

top down on this beat up jeep

Refineries are all turned on

stereo up, blastin our favorite songs

South Padre island's only 2 miles away

we can see the cars lined up single file today

That smell of sea-salt in the air

I can't wait to jump I just can't wait to be there

Them Border Guards check us in

we're stuck behind this old ragged out benz

Matamorez you still look the same

last time we were here we all went insane

uh oh there's that 18th parallel

that Caribean breeze, man what a smell....


Mexico here we are

not a cloud in sight

check out that north star

man we made it through the night

Oh, Mexico here we are

Right here in you.

Know

"Know"

Tyler McLaughlin


Do you believe

In what you see

In what your told

In diamonds and gold


Do you believe

In what you read

In what you hear

In all that your fear


Is there a way

Do you think that someday

All that we know

Will change and we'll grow


Well I don't know

But I do believe so

No I don't know

But I do believe so

Oh I believe

Yes I do I believe

And someday I'll know


Do you know

When you're body dies where your soul will go

Oh have you seen

That world, that heaven, that dream


Do you know

The earth formed 4 billion years ago

That belief can blind

The soul is not the mind


Is there a way

Do you think that someday

All that we know

Will change and we'll grow


Well I don't know

But I do believe so

No I don't know

But I do believe so

Oh I believe

Yes I do I believe

And someday I'll know


To Know Is To Believe

To Fear is To Freeze

To Love is to Learn

To Give is to Earn

To Let Go's to Return


Is there a way

do you think that someday

All that we know

will change and we'll grow

Miguel San Antone

"Miguel San Antone"

Tyler McLaughlin


I remember clearly when we met

You were @ my dad's smok'n a cigarette

My brother david introduced

You to me & me to you


Hello Michael my name's John Tyler and I

Sure like your hat man it's cooler than mine

I bummed a smoke we sat and talked awhile

Bout girls and fish'n and things worthwhile


And i knew, then

I'd found me a friend

Who'd be there

Until the end

My friend, my friend, my friend

My friend, Miguel San Antone


We moved out to my mom & Al's

& lived out in that bunk house.

You'd hit them phone lines, I'd make gutter all week

And in the evening time we bathed in Barton Creek.


That was when we met my future wife Jennifer Ann,

We hung with Erin & Ali & Tony & Brandon

That Lakeway cop pulled me & took me to jail

But you & Erin came down and you paid my bail


And I knew, then

I had me a friend

Who'd be there

Until the end


My friend, my friend, my friend

My friend, Miguel San Antone


All those summer nights out on the lake

@ the Panzorella's, your place or Brook & Abe's

We drank & smoked & fished & laughed a lot

and played cards & guitars & drank goldschlager shots


We moved to Wong Pong's off'a East Runberg Lane

We had a guinea pig in our fireplace and there was Jodi & his cocaine

Mr. gibbs'd come up and we'd sing too the sun god above

In our room full of music, full of friends, full of LOVE


And I knew, then

I had me a friend

Who'd be there

Until the end


I left work & won them tickets to Edwin McCain

But flipped my truck near blanco in route to your house in the rain

Then there was that time when we both went completely insane

But I thank God I've got you to blame


When I see

You Mikey

I know I've got

A feller who'll be


My friend, my friend, my friend

My friend, Miguel San Antone