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Love, Loss & Lunacy Lyrics

ALL THAT GLITTERS
(M.L. Kortes)

Another Monday morning
Bottle cap shining on the floor
It looked more like a diamond the midnight before
And one more man becomes a boy
The moment you lift the blinds
You still can’t trick the truth
Sweet old friend of mine

All that glitters is not gold
All that glitters is not gold
No matter how the story's told
This much I know is true
The moral’s lost on you

The western coast it called you
Like a shimmery new day dream
You took the train to Reno
To blow off some steam

A millionaire, an empty stare
You’re in for another game
You’re bettin on your chances
But I bet he ain’t

CHORUS

Hitched a ride on the side of the road
Rainbows and promises, they glowed

Yea I was reading in this book of poetry               Yea I saw John on the street the other day        
How you can always spot true love from a distance          He tripped over her  feet
But what if you’re nearsighted?                              He said “Excuse me”
                                                                 She said “What are you talkin about now?”

Good luck and such
I care too much
I’ll be on my merry way
I hope that light that blinds you
Will be real one day

All that glitters is not gold
All that glitters is not gold
No matter how the story’s told
The moral’s lost on you

All that glitters is not gold.....

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THE BLOOD OF STONES
(M.L. Kortes)

In the morning I still see the sky
Still see the sky
The sun is pouring
Like a pitcher full of big surprise
Everywhere everything
Just gets lighter
Days are bright and blue

     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down                    
     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down down              
     I'll come back to you              

I remember everything
You've ever said and done
Raining on my brain and blocking
Every chance of sun and so I
Followed you everywhere like a shadow
Till I saw clear through

     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down                    
     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down down              
     I'll come back to you              

          It's gonna be alright
          Heavenly light tonight

You were like a breath of fresh spring
Air into my soul
Little did I know how quickly
Warm could turn to cold and so I
Gave away everything that you gave me
Started life anew

     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down                    
     When the blood of stones              
     Comes down down down down              
     I'll come back to you              

     When the ocean's dry and stars burn out
     And the sky's no longer blue
     And the blood of stones
     Comes down down down down
     I'll come back to you

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EVERY SONG IS DIFFERENT
(ML Kortes)

The mountains meet the trees
That meet the seas that meet the shore
The ocean lifts the grass until
It can't grow anymore
The sky is always open
And it always knows your name
Every song is different
But the singer is the same

The children run the streets
Around the corner, round the globe
Joy, unrest, unhappiness
Trade places and disrobe
Each tiny prayer flies upward
Riding hope's eternal flame
Every song is different
But the singer is the same

          Must be a million oceans
          If you count up all the dreams
          And as many ways to cross them
          Legend has it and it seems
          The end is always coming
          But it never quite arrives
          The truth just keeps on changing    
          Maybe that's how it survives

I looked out in the distance
Through the clouds of my old town
I kept up my resistance
To the cold that's goin round
Snapshot strangers swirl around me
We're all home inside this frame
Quiet, loud and laughing
Placing bets on the big game
Invisible this handshake
No matter what we claim
Every song is different
But the singer is the same

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FALLING AGAIN
(Words by M.L. Kortes, Music by M.L. Kortes and Steve Butler)

I couldn’t get to sleep last night
Couldn’t blame the pales moonlight
Tossing and turning in bed
Nobody was making any noise
Just this one familiar voice
Trapped like a song in my head
     Well hey, hey is that you in there
     Following me everywhere
     Everywhere I run, I run into you again

CHO: 

              I feel it in the air
              I’d know it anywhere
              Must be I’m falling again
              My heart forgets to beat
              I trip over my own feet
              Must be I’m falling again
              Won’t somebody help me

Does it really matter that much
If we’ve only barely touched
You've gotten under my skin
Well I can see that love has started
And if I try to stay guarded
It’s too late, you’re already in
And what if I lose my mind
It’s only another sure sign
That everything's right and my heart’s gone to my head

CHO:      

               I feel it in the air
               I’d know it anywhere
               Must be I’m falling again
               My heart forgets to beat
               I trip over my own feet
               Must be I’m falling again
               Won’t somebody help me

SOLO

And what if I lose my mind
It’s only another sure sign
     That everything’s right and my heart’s gone to my head

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I'M SAVING GRACE
(Lyrics by M.L. Kortes, music by Steve Butler & M.L. Kortes)

You shine like glass
But I see through
They see the sparkle
I see the residue
Of all you’re hiding
All you fake
One day like glass
You’ll break

     And I’ll be there
     To count the pieces
     With a smile upon my face
     You cut me up
     I put you down in your place
     In the heart-shaped locket round my neck
     I’m saving grace

No more sunny
Valentines
No more pearls
Cast before swine
I’m savoring
This bitter pill
I’d be in jail
If thoughts could kill  

     And I’ll be there
     To count the pieces
     With a smile upon my face
     You cut me up
     I shut you down in your place
     In the heart-shaped locket round my neck
     I’m saving grace

     Saving grace for something better
     Grace for someone new
     There must be at least half the world
     Deserves it more than you

You still got people
Worshipping   you
So drink it up
While you’ve still got some youth
What were you thinking
What did you need
Just to be famous
Indeed

We were children
On the playground
You were hidden
Even then too wound
I’ve seen you grow
not much at all
Others look up to you
But I see your fall

     And I’ll be there
     To count the pieces
     With a smile upon my face
     I got no more warmth to waste
     In the heart-shaped locket round my neck
     I’m saving grace

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LEARN FROM WHAT I DREAM 
(M.L. Kortes)

It sounded like a song I've already heard
Except for the melody and the words
Just like a heart that already broke
Thoughts understood but never spoke

CHO:    

     And I wonder
     Do I ever learn from where I've been
     Or do I better learn from what I dream
     I'd better learn from what I dream

Do do do do do
Do do do do do
Do do do do do
Do

I saw a mansion on a hill              
Directions on a dollar bill
Followed the long and winding road
To my own heart and how it glowed

CHO:    

     And I wonder
     Do I ever learn from where I've been
     Or do I better learn from what I dream
     I'd better learn from what I dream

Bridge:    

              Well there'll be no sleep walkin
               And no sleep talkin
               No no sleep walking away
               You're gonna hear me singing so
               Clear I'm ringing New
               Year now every day

               I got a dream I'm living
               The past forgiven
               The demons driven away

It's like a day I'd already known
The sun and moon forever shown
Another perfect deja vu
The old reborn inside the new

CHO:     And I wonder
     Do I ever learn from where I've been
     Or do I better learn from what I dream
     I'd better learn from what I dream

               Well there'll be no sleep walkin
               And no sleep talkin
               No no sleep walking away
               You're gonna hear me singing so
               Clear I'm ringing New
               Year now every day

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LUCKY ME
(Lyrics, M.L.Kortes; music M.L. Kortes & Steve Butler)

Don't know what I'm doing
Don't know where to go
Don't know where I been
Looks like I just don't know
Guess I'm free
Lucky me

If I don't have no answers
No questions come my way
You could call me  ignorant
But that''s OK
Cause I'm free
Yes I'm free
Lucky me

     One more lucky day
     in one more lucky week
     Wanna know my secret
     Don't ask me

Cause I don't know what I'm doin
Don't' know where to go
Don't' know where I been
I just don't know
Cause I'm free
Yes I'm free
Lucky me

     One more lucky day
     in one more lucky week
     Wanna know my secret
     Don't ask me

Cause I don't know where I'm headed
If I'm short or tall
Am I makin
Any sense at all

Well I'm free
Yes I'm free
Yes I'm free
Lucky me

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NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
(M.L. Kortes)

You're growing cold
And growing far away
Now there's nothing left to say
Our love's grown old
There's no prayers left to pray
And nothing left to say

Where did you go
You were here this morning
Did I wake up from a dream
I ought to know
Am I a child adorning
The truth has hit me slow

     I'm turning inside out
     Just to show I love you dearly
     I'm turning inside out
     So that you can see me clearly

What did I do
To think there was a reason
We could beat the odds
The summer's through
The autumn winds are teasin
Just like they always do

     I'm turning inside out
     Just to show I love you dearly
     I'm turning inside out
     Just to show you my heart clearly

You're growin cold
And looking broken hearted
There's nothing left to say
If we'd been told
Way back when we got started
That we'd only go half way
Would we still be here today
With nothing left to say

     I'm turning inside out
     Just to show I love you dearly
     I'm turning inside out
     Just to show you my heart clearly
     I'm turning inside out
     So that you can see me clearly
     Do you see me clearly

You're growin cold
There's nothing left to say

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THUNDERSTRUCK
(Music by Steve Butler & Mary Lee Kortes; lyrics by Mary Lee Kortes)

When I think of you
Wherever you are
A million voices sing inside my heart

When I think you and I
Have finally reached the top
You lift me up higher one more notch
How did I find you
     Who blind stupid luck
     Blue sky sunny day
     But I’m thunderstruck

When I look at you
Into your angry eyes
Still I see the promise of a new sunrise

I wanna see that day
When you will cry no more
And in your arms I’ll find my sandy shore
How did I find you
     Who knows such luck
     Blue sky sunny day
     But I’m thunderstruck

When I think my love
Has finally reached the top
You open up my heart, add one more drop

We’re travelers within
An overwhelming world
If you will be my rock, I’ll be your pearl
How did I find you
     Blind stupid luck
     Blue sky sunny day
     And I’m thunderstruck
     Thunderstruck

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VERLA
(M.L. Kortes)

Oh Verla
What should you do
What would you do
If I were you love
Put on your walkin shoes
And run

     Five times down five times back
     Rusted like a railroad track
     Her spine is curling in its prime
     Screen door's slashed, it's dinner time

     The biscuits bake, the sun is low
     The honey's sweet and pouring slow
     The TV sings, a nightly host
     Home is where the heart bleeds most

Oh Verla
What should you do
What would you do
If I were you
I'd put on my walkin shoes
And run

     Children to children to children born
     Together under one roof worn
     The rain gets in most every night
     While yonder in the distance burn the brilliant city lights oh oh oh
    
     Mother to father to brother to son
     The lines are blurring, the colors run
     Dust the pictures on the shelf
     Do you abandon them or yourself?

Oh Verla
What should you do
What would you do
If I were you, love
I'd put on my walkin shoes
And run

     Come Saturday morning
     I'm giving you a ride
     Come Saturday morning
     We'll be flying high
     I'll be on the corner
     The sunshine in my eyes just for you    
     And if all your tears aren't all through
     Let em run

They say you'll never break free of your history
Because the apple don't fall far from the tree
But I believe, as sure as sun
That you can break free so baby run run run run

Oh Verla
What should you do
What would you do
If I were you, love
I'd put on my walkin shoes
And run

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WASTING THE SUN 
(ML Kortes)

Maybe I'm too optimistic
Maybe I should be a mystic
While away the after hours
Run naked through the summer showers
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do.

I was here before I was born
I was whole before I was torn
Bitter start to happy ending
To tell the truth I'm still pretending

Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
What if I just get burned and run away from here
Away from here
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do

Sailing across the South Pacific 
Never knew I could be so prolific
Down and out and up and over
Catch a star like Daisy Clover
Destiny's asleep at my side
Takin it all in stride

Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
What if I just get burned and run away from here
Away from here
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do

I walk along
City walls follow me
Day nearly done
What has day done for me
Wasted as can be

Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
Maybe I'm just wasting the sun
What if I just get burned and run away from here
Away from here
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do

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WHERE DID I GO WRONG, ELTON JOHN?
(ML Kortes)

You meant the world to me
Through your glasses I could see
Every little thing I could be
I hung on your every word
And your melodies conferred
That my dreams were within reach
Every question had an answer
I could fly, this tiny dancer

CHORUS:     Where did I go wrong, Elton John
          Thought I wrote the perfect song
          To sing along
          Maybe even lean upon
          But I was wrong so wrong
          Elton John

Mornings turned into bad days
But I grew up anyways
I wished you were my father
Cause you pulled me cross mad water
I heard music in my heart
Surely good would come from art
An innocent misunderstanding
But look at me I'm still standing

CHORUS

     BRIDGE:     You're part of the best part of me
               One day the whole world might see
               But I think it's going to be
               A long, long time

Well the day is getting long
You could say this is your song
Though you'll probably never hear it
You've taken me somewhere
Far from things I cannot bear
Wish I could do the same for you
So I'll send this off to you
It's not much but it's the best I can do

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