Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine
Lyrics


The 9 original albums:

"One Nation Underground"
"Balaklava"
"These Things Too"
"The Use Of Ashes"
"City Of Gold"
"Beautiful Lies"
"Familiar Songs"
"Stardancer"
"Sunforest"


One Nation Underground

  1. Another Time
  2. Playmate (Dowell)
  3. Ballad To An Amber Lady (Crissinger/Rapp)
  4. (Oh Dear) Miss Morse
  5. Drop Out!
  6. Morning Song
  7. Regions Of May
  8. Uncle John
  9. I Shall Not Care
  10. The Surrealist Waltz (Lederer/Crissinger)

"Another Time"
By Tom Rapp

Where have you been to?
Where did you go?
Did you follow the summer out
When the winter pushed its face in the snow?
Or have you come by again
To die again?
Try again another time

Did you follow the Crystal Swan?
Did you see yourself
Deep inside the Velvet Pond?
Or have you come by again
To die again?
Try again another time

When you set to shape the world
was the shape the shape of you?
or did you cast enchanting glance
through the eye that all men use?
Or have you come by again
to die again?
try again another time

Did you find that the Universe
Doesn't care at all?
Did you find that if you don't care
This whole wrong world will fall?
Or have you come by again
To die again?
Try again another time

Did you ever capture
All those jewels in the sky?
Did you find that the world outside
Is all inside your mind?
Or have you come by again
To die again
Try again another time


"(Oh Dear) Miss Morse"
By Tom Rapp

Oh Dear, Miss Morse,
I want you,
Oh yes, I do,
I want you.

This may strike you
Odd-I-ly
But I want you
Bodily

Don't blame me dear,
Blame McLuhan
His media
Were your ruin

Chorus:
Dit Dit Dah Dit
Dit Dit Dah
Dah Dit Dah Dit
Dah Dit Dah


"Drop Out!"
By Tom Rapp

Drop out with me
And just live your life
Behind your eyes
Your own skies
Your own tomorrows

Just be yourself
And no one can step
Inside your mind
From behind
If you just walk out

They made the rules
And they laid it
On us all
Don't you fall
'Cause then they own you

They're using you
To kill all the echoes still
Around
From the sound
Of calendars crumbling

They made the bomb
Would they drop it
On us all?
Great and small.
But must we follow
Drop out with me.


"Morning Song"
By Tom Rapp

All along the cold gross canal
The grey-walled dwarf
Leaps high
Dwelling dark victorious
Silent with a cry

On the ledge
The leper walks
Soft-pawed
Cold
Lean and crisp
Telling jokes the old Jew told
Laughing with a lisp

At the door
I stand and sense
Each picture in its frame
Seeking out
In each glance
The hunchback
With my name


"Regions Of May"
By Tom Rapp

The past
Is broken like an hourglass
And the scattered sand
Of circumstance
Is blinding
Me to you

The rain
Is whispering to my window pane
And drawing
Crazy patterns
On the blind

Your face
Is invading the portals of my eyes
And drawing
Crazy patterns
On my mind

Who created mist
Created your smile
And who created rainbows
Created you

My mind
Is all entwined
In fragrant fields of flowers
And the scent
Puts me outside my mind

The past
The rain
Your face, mist and rainbows
Flowers
And the rain
Are you


"Uncle John"
By Tom Rapp

The wind winds the platform
Blows through your suit creases
You want us
To crucify the enemy for Jesus
With your chamber-of-commerce soul
You talk of war so bold
God is on our side, but
He's lost in your wallet-fold

And the widows a-sighing
The children a-crying
The screams of the dying
Say you are lying, Uncle John

You pull out your Sunday God
And hold him up so proud
And say he is with us
To the Applauding crowd
But the burn-blackened place
The shredded disfigured face
Don't say that God is Love
They say that you are Hate

And the widows a-sighing
The children a-crying
The screams of the dying
Say you are lying, Uncle John

You stand up on the platform
With the flag wrapped all around you
And tell us that the Bible says
To fight for it we're bound to
But the Red's for the blood we lose
The White's for the gauze they use
To cover burned-out blackened men
The rest is for the bodies numb and Blue

And the widows a-sighing
The children a-crying
The screams of the dying
Say you are lying, Uncle John


"I Shall Not Care"
By Tom Rapp and Sara Teasdale

When I am dead
And over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair
Though you should lean
Above me broken-hearted
I shall not care

Words that were not said
Songs that were not sung
Tears that were not shed
Deeds that were not done

I was not
I was
I am not
I do not care

Words that were not said
Songs that were not sung
Tears that were not shed
Deeds that were not done

I shall have peace
As leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bow
And I shall be
More silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now

All songs © 1967 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Balaklava
  1. Trumpeter Landfrey
  2. Translucent Carriages
  3. Images Of April
  4. There Was A Man
  5. I Saw The World
  6. Guardian Angel
  7. Suzanne (Cohen)
  8. Lepers And Roses
  9. Florence Nightingale
  10. Ring Thing

"Translucent Carriages"
By Tom Rapp

The translucent carriages
Drawing morning in
Dawn inside their pockets
Like a whisper on the wind

The soft touch of your words
Has been betrayed like love grown old
Or the silhouettes of children
Crying somewhere in the cold

The ancient night is coming back
The light is fading out
The tree is hid in shadow
In a fog of useless doubt

Go away go away
The imperative is drawn
All your symbols are shattered
All your sacred words are gone

The caravans are leaving
For the dawn of nothing
Lepers carry roses
To Jerusalem

In peace
Sons bury their fathers
In war
Fathers bury their sons

Love is silent
At the edge of the universe
Waiting
To come in

Jesus raised the dead
But who
Will raise the living

Every time I see you passing by
I have to wonder why


"Images Of April"
By Tom Rapp

Images of April
Summer in th air
April in your hair
All is gone

I remember
Days inside your mind
The brave new mirror I would find
All is gone

The sea has left the sand
The sun has left the land
As helpless as my empty hand
All is gone

You are sunlight
In another dawn
A voice inside another song
All is gone


"There Was A Man"
By Tom Rapp

There was a man came to our town
He wore a suit of red
He memorized with secret eyes
That he hid away in his head

That fall he showed us a magic leaf
That he could change to snow
He bought it partly with his grief
And partly with his soul He made a swan from waving grass
Beside a crystal shore
And a sunrise spun from broken glass
And many things wondrous more Next day with tears along his face
He passed us on the hill
No one thought to ask him to stay
And he knows that we never will

There was a man came to our town
He wore a suit of red
He memorized with secret eyes
That he hid away in his head


"I Saw The World"
By Tom Rapp

I saw the world
Spinning like a toy
Hate seems so small
Compared to it all
So why don't you do joy

Hate is a chain
It all comes back again
Everything you do
Returns at last to you
So why don't you do love

Why must you stand
Holding your own hand
Why won't you see me
Why won't you help me
Why won't you love me


"Guardian Angel"
By Tom Rapp

You know that your guardian angel is dead, you have said
You say in the world is not a safe world to be
For all of your trying and all of your crying it seems
It's raining outside/umbrellas are harder to find

All of the pain in the world is outside your bed
In the shapes of phantom men tapping your window with rhythms of dread
And all of the silver rosaries hung on the door
Will not drive them alway/they are going to stay

You say that the sky people don't even ask you your name
If it's you or another, it doesn't matter, to them it's all the same
But we live suspended in each other's mind
A bullet-proof sanctuary cathedral of eyes
That I offer you/that I offer you

You're trapped in a world of angels who no longer care
In the space where his hand was, my hand is reaching out for you there
Love is the weapon left after the fall
It may not seem like much but girl that's all there is
Girl/I love you



"Lepers And Roses"
By Tom Rapp

The halo morning has dissolved
The day is gone
And nothing's solved
For you

The sand castles are merely sand
The sea has crawled back
From your hand
Too soon

In fields where Susan sings
The leopard brings
Yesterday
In upon a string

And all your dead rainbows
Begin to stain
The lace on your raincoat

So leave the blind
Roses behind
You

Orpheus takes you by the hand
Leads you into another land
Land without shade
Where trees are made

For you, Teresius
Will try to find
A monument
To the death of eyes

So leave the blind
Roses behind
You

If you knew tomorrow was
Just yesterday
Hiding behind a mask
What would you ask?
What could you ask?

Alpha and Omega laugh
Behind a glass
Sell bootstraps from a bag
Nowhere to hide
The rest is a lie

So leave the blind
Roses behind
You


"The Cowboy Who Ate Vietnam"
By Tom Rapp © 1967

You better watch out
For the cowboy
Who ate Vietnam

He knows a strange one
Runs the war for me and you
And if he can arrange it
He'll send your son there too

Double, double
Toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Eye of newt, toe of frog
Wool of bat, tongue of dog

You better watch out
For the cowboy
Who ate Vietnam

All songs © 1968 (except as indicated) by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



These Things Too
  1. Footnote
  2. Sail Away
  3. Look Into Her Eyes
  4. I Shall Be Released (Dylan)
  5. Frog In The Window
  6. I'm Going To City
  7. Man In The Tree
  8. If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind)
  9. Green And Blue
  10. Mon Amour
  11. Wizard Of Is
  12. When I Was A Child
  13. These Things Too

"Footnote"
By Tom Rapp & W.H. Auden

Perfection of a kind was what he was after
The poetry he invented was easy to understand
He knew human folly like the back of his hand
He had an interest in armies and fleets
When he laughed respectable senators laughed at his feet
But when he cried the little children died in the streets


"Sail Away"
By Tom Rapp

I have just come back from the land beyond the mountain
This is not a story I was told
When all the people are made out of wood
They build their houses of bones

I have just come back from the land beyond the mountain
All the cigarettes are hand rolled
Nothing is bought and nobody is sold
And everything's made of gold

I have just come back from the land beyond the mountain
There a man with wounds I did see
Said: I do not want to escape from reality
I want reality to escape from me


"Look Into Her Eyes"
By Tom Rapp

In her eyes, centuries are
Hair as black and straight as lonely streets are
Look into her eyes
Look into her eyes
Have you ever been there

You wander lost along the sea shore
Ask the reason why
All the villains always live
And all the heroes always die

She dissolves your words in acid
Nothing is the same
First she throws away the rules
Then she throws away the game

She says she's not immune to knowledge
She's not afraid of clouds
Then you wander hand in hand
Among imaginary crowds

There's nothing you can do about it
Nothing you can change
Seems like only yesterday
Lost inside a picture frame


"Frog In The Window"
By Tom Rapp

The frog in the window will sing for you
The frog in the window will smile for you
With his straw hat and his cane
And you know that you will not be the same
'Cause the frog in the window will dance for you
He'll tap out the rhythm in bright red shoes
And if you ask why this is done he'll say
You're only old when you will not be young

And the frog in the window will answer you
The questions you bring in a cup to view
And if his answer is not the best
It's so much better than all of the rest

But you say there are so many things to be done
And he says right back that there's really just one
'Cause you're talking of death and he puffs
Just being born is problem enough

And the frog in the window will cry for you
If you're not busy dying he'll pray for you
Glass beads in his hand
But you just stand there 'cause you don't understand


"I'm Going To City"
By Tom Rapp

I am going to city
Gonna leave my footprints
On the paths of glory
When I get there
I'm gonna sing my song

Fourteen angels gonna greet me
Fourteen people gonna wonder why
Fourteen people gonna cry out their eyes
I'm gonna leave 'em all behind

I am going to city
It's so far away
So close at hand
When I get there
I'm gonna sing my song


"Man In The Tree"
By Tom Rapp

The man in the tree is staring at me
All of the blood dripping down
He says: where are you bound?
Said: I'm going to town to pawn my crown
And never come back here again

My lady in waiting is weaving a robe
Of silk and moonlight and now
And she never asks how
So pleasant a task she never asks
And she only listens to friends

The man at the store he looks at my crown
Listens to my sad tale
He says it never fails
If the crown is for sale, I'll give you some nails
But you can only use them on friends

The man in the tree was staring at me
As I passed by again on that day
He said I'd got in his way
Said: nails aren't the way to be free to stay
So I traded them all for the end
Went back to my lady in waiting and all of her friends


"If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind)
By Tom Rapp

Was a time
Lost on Mobius Street
With no where to go
Well the times were so low
Couldn't find another rainbow
If you don't want to, I don't mind
Time is gone
When you came along
Disguised as the rain
But I know just how you felt
'Cause no one is ever anybody else
If you don't want to, I don't mind

Took some time
To see your other faces
And I hated you so
It seemed to you that love and death
Were faces of the same event
If you don't want to, I don't mind

All at once
I was alone
But only when you were there
How could the universal song
Be coming out so wrong
But then I knew it by your eyes
Love lasts forever 'till it dies
If you don't want to, I don't mind


"Green And Blue"
By Tom Rapp & Elisabeth

Green and blue
Grass and sky
The wind was blowing the sun in our faces
Years ago when we did not
Have to worry


"Mon Amour"
By Tom Rapp & Elisabeth

Mon amour
Ne me quitte pas
Parce que je suis comme enfant
Perdu dans un monde
Que tourne toujours
Je ne veux pas tous ces changes
J'ai peur de ce monde
Sans toi
Mon amour
Ne jete pas
Des perles devant les cochons
Gagne dans ce jeu
Que tourne toujours
Tu ne veux pas les avoir encore
Tu auras peur de ce jeu
Mon amour
Ne me quitte pas


"Wizard Of Is"
By Tom Rapp

Everything you see all around you
Will roll away on wheels of tomorrow
Down misty willow rivers of because
Into the land of was

You know you only have to be my friend

The world outside can teach and astound you
Build a wall it will only surround you
Walls were only built to fall, my friend
They'll never shelter anyone you've been

Just enjoy the spell that you're under
Look around, sunshine's around you
It has always had to hide
But it's just been waiting there inside you

Be strong as love, soft as flowers
Walk like the wind walks when it walks through flowers
My friend, you don't have to hold back the sea
You only have to be


"When I Was A Child"
By Tom Rapp

When I was a child I lived all alone
All my trials I bore them alone
Sometimes I would smile but often I'd grieve
Growing up was learning to disbelieve

When I was a child there was me, there was them
They were all holy 'cause I was in sin
They were the enemy but I was the king
I was a leper until you came in

You were a messenger coming from them
They never touched me 'cause I was afraid
You came with your holy hands, your holy eyes
Blessed me with touches and touched me with eyes

I was the child of all the untouched
Lepers left over when he left the cross
But you came in darkness, incense and eyes
Blessed me with touches and touched me with eyes

I was still breathing sweet lies from a song
A saint in the evening, a leper at dawn
I carried my own day of death through the land
But you taught me to live with a secret of hands

Now growing up is learning to look at the light
You're not always wrong if you're not always right
So when it's all over, your miracle through
I'll take what you lent me and rescue you too


"These Things Too"
By Tom Rapp

There was a Persian king
Who wanted to know
What he could say on
Every occasion
That always would be so

He summoned three wise men
From his eternal throne
One from each border
Gave them his order
To write words always true

The wise men thought so hard
For a night and day
Found these words to say on
Every occasion
These things too shall pass away

All songs © 1969 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



The Use Of Ashes
  1. The Jeweler
  2. From The Movie
  3. Rocket Man
  4. God Save The Child
  5. Song About A Rose
  6. Tell Me Why
  7. Margery
  8. The Old Man
  9. Riegal
  10. When The War Began

"The Jeweler"
By Tom Rapp

The jeweler has a shop on the corner of the boulevard
In the night, in small spectacles, he polishes old coins
He uses spit and cloth and ashes
He makes them shine with ashes
He knows the use of ashes
He worships God with ashes

The coins are often very old by the time they reach the jeweler
With his hands and ashes he will try the best he can
He knows that he can only shine them
Cannot repair the scratches
He knows that even new coins have scars so he just smiles
He knows the use of ashes
He worships God with ashes

In the darkest of the night both his hands will blister badly
They will often open painfully and the blood flows from his hands
He works to take from black coin faces the thumbprints from so many ages
He wishes he could cure the scars
When he forgets he sometimes cries
He knows the use of ashes
He worships God with ashes


"Rocket Man"
By Tom Rapp

My father was a rocket man
He often went to Jupiter or Mercury, to Venus or to Mars
My mother and I would watch the sky
And wonder if a falling star
Was a ship becoming ashes with a rocket man inside

My mother and I
Never went out
Unless the sky was cloudy or the sun was blotted out
Or to escape the pain
We only went out when it rained

My father was a rocket man
He loved the world beyond the world, the sky beyond the sky
And on my mother's face, as lonely as the world in space
I could read the silent cry
That if my father fell into a star
We must not look upon that star again

My mother and I
Never went out
Unless the sky was cloudy or the sun was blotted out
Or to escape the pain
We only went out when it rained

Tears are often jewel-like
My mother's went unnoticed by my father, for his jewels were the stars
And in my father's eyes I knew he had to find
In the sanctity of distance something brighter than a star
One day they told us the sun had flared and taken him inside

My mother and I
Never went out
Unless the sky was cloudy or the sun was blotted out
Or to escape the pain
We only went out when it rained


"God Save The Child"
By Tom Rapp

God Save The Child
God save the child
Lost in the sea
God save the child
God save the child

You didn't even say goodbye
When you left me
Bye bye bye for now
An empty bed was all I heard
After hanging on your every word
For so long
Been so long

God save the child
God save the child

I met you at a party one time
Said your name didn't go with your eyes
Wasn't that a laugh?
I thought that maybe we could make it
'Cause into every rain a little life must fall
Life must fall

God save the child
God save the child

Your smile said that you'd overheard
All the elephants' last words
That I never heard
And when you told me some
And I wrote this song
I knew it couldn't last for long
Life must fall

God save the child
God save the child

As I begin to begin again
The sky's not even sympathetic
Enough to cry
I sit here crying, so bewildered
Don't you know you're lost without me
Please come back I need you

God save the child
God save the child


"Song About A Rose"
By Tom Rapp

This is a song about a rose
Or perhaps it's a song about the shadow of a rose
In the morning the apple sellers congregate on corners of their own
But you and I we sing our song about a rose or perhaps the shadow of a rose

With the children of Fribourg and the good thief standing by
We consort in silent rendezvous and call the world a lie
When our song is but a candle that will one day burn away
The children of Fribourg cannot hear what we say

This is a song about a rose
Of lonely caravans whispering to God
To chain the world in prose
But people are not singers and life is not a song
And even God can only guess
Why or where or when or if
The answers all belong
And you and I we sing our song about a rose
Or perhaps the shadow of a rose


"Tell Me Why"
By Tom Rapp

Tell me why
The rain must fall
On all the children of the world

They do not have
Some sunny land
Where white knights
Will take them by the hand

They are born
They live alone for so long
Why can't you leave them alone
Some day they may
Sing your song

And after all
They are so sad and small
You've made them
Orphans in the world

They're in the land
That you forgot
Where only
Hands and eyes are real

Your face is strange
It looks just like rain
We are not as holy as you are
But we are not as cruel

So is this your plan
With our own hands
To be everything
You're not

They are born
They live alone for so long
Why can't you leave them alone
Some day you may
Sing their song


"Margery"
By Tom Rapp

Margery I am a wanderer
The ocean is my home
In the green saltmagic of the sea, and
The mysteries of sand

There are supermarket maladies
A sickness on the hill
All the good men are in prison
There's something wrong somewhere

Wisdom hides in bullets now
Friendship in a sneer
And I must find out why
Before I come back here

A friend is in the army now
Another is in jail
There is a blackness on the land
Nobody is well

Margery, oh Margery
Everything's in chains
Everyone is blinded to
The sanctity of change

Margery I am a wanderer
The ocean is my home
In the green saltmagic of the sea, and
The mysteries of sand


"The Old Man"
By Tom Rapp

The old man sat on the corner
He had a magic ring
And when the day was on fire
He called up serpents and things
With his magic ring

The serpents flew to the mountain
Changed into butterfly trees
Took the jewels from the morning dew
Took the stars from the sky
Put them all together
And made a chain around the world
Of eyes
Around the world
Of eyes

The road it changed to incense stones
All burning in the day
When the stones caught fire
The children couldn't stay away
They couldn't stay away

The old man's name was Winters
He stopped the children at their play
They felt the cold coming
And they put their toys away
They put their toys away

The old man stole all the magic in the street
Walked on down the road
Walked on by where the children had been
They never were children again
Never were children again


"Riegal"
By Tom Rapp

First I will describe the scene to you
Do you have it right?
In 1944 the Riegal she went down
She went down with 4,000 prisoners
Asleep on board

Well now do you,
I want to know if you
Have it right, is it like
The borders of a dream
Have taken you inside?

The Riegel was a mighty ship
4,000 prisoners strong
The Captain he was gallant
Or perhaps he was a prisoner, too
Who's to know for sure who's who?

One night it was very late
The Riegel tore its side
4,000 prisoners and the Captain
They were trapped inside

Has there been any news?
I feel so out of place
The Captain's always busy
Being in a state of grace
But what I want to know is:
Are you listening out there?

The crew they were a sorry lot
Blinded by their blood
The Captain he whispered orders
You could not hear him above the flood
Then somebody said, "the ocean's here,"
But someone said "No, there's more"
And the last thing I remember
Is a broken hand clinging to the Captain's door

Has there been any news?
I feel so out of place
The Captain's always busy
Being in a state of grace
But what I want to know is
Anybody listening?
Is anybody listening?
Is anybody listening?


"When The War Began"
By Tom Rapp

When the war began, she worked in an office and played the violin on her own time
But the winter came in on marching feet, she met him and was gone
He was gallant, he was fine
Turned the summer days to wine

She came from a small town near Turino
She wore a white dress and the church was very large
In the town square a garden grew flowers that could push even through the snow
And like the flowers she was free
She had no one to please

The summer passed away, he was called to the front
Wrote two letters but no more
His child she could feel, but did not allow herself to have
And she remembered in the night a little girl in white

The war stood like a cloud with many brave officers and she knew them all
But their gallant white horses grew muddy and gray
And in the garden in the town
Marching soldiers pushed the flowers down

The war came to an end and there were no longer summer days or wine
And she worked in an office but did not play the violin on her own time

All songs © 1970 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



City Of Gold
  1. Sonnet #65 (Shakespeare/Rapp)
  2. Once Upon A Time
  3. Raindrops
  4. City Of Gold
  5. Nancy (Cohen)
  6. Seasons In The Sun (Brel/McKuen)
  7. My Father (Collins)
  8. The Man
  9. Casablanca
  10. Wedding
  11. Did You Dream Of

"Once Upon A Time"
By Tom Rapp

Once upon a time
In a faraway land
You know I don't mean here
The old men shook with fear
As the water rose

The fishes knew the sign
That there is a tide
The children called it change
But the old men in their chains
What they did not know
They called it sin and so
The water rose

All across the land
The old men thundered
"Pile stone on stone
A wall's our only hope."
But the children, they only laughed
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha

The moral of this song
This made-up story:
Don't build a wall of stone
You only have to learn to float.
I guess the fishes told
The children, cause they know...


"Raindrops"
By Tom Rapp

The theatre is letting out
From the roof the raindrops fall
Like a river they should flow
But what does a raindrop know?
What does a raindrop know?

Admission is a penny now
The theatre is burning down
All the faces in a crowd
Like the raindrops in a cloud
Like the river they should flow
But what does a raindrop know?
What does a raindrop know?

In the backroom, fires rage
All the masks lost in a haze
How can we put on our play?
But what does a raindrop know?

Raindrops kill and raindrops die
They've lost their freedom from the sky
They kill for things they must not show
Die in rivers they will never know
Is it more important to come into or go?
But what does a raindrop know?
What does a raindrop know?


"City Of Gold"
By Tom Rapp

I have crawled across the burning sands
To the city of gold
When I scratched upon the gates
Oh, Lord I felt so old

My talking, it was only words
My smile was only teeth
I had so many friends there,
I knew I was alone
Oh, Lord I felt like a thief

I saw a man all wrapped in chains
Wracked with pain all through
I said, "I saw your face once in a pane of glass."
And he said, "I saw you."

Then he handed me a book
I asked him what it was
But just then all the townspeople gathered around
To look at all the blood

The people, they all jeered at him
And circled him all 'round
And an old man pulled a gun from his pants
And laughed and shot him down

They called for gas, they pulled out knives
What they did, I will not say
Then the old man turned to me, said,
"We don't like your kind."
And I knew that I was saved


"The Man"
By Tom Rapp

I am just a crewman
You can listen to my story if you want to
I started out on the Captain's trip
So many years ago
He was looking for something more
Than what he had

He said: I want to see his face
I want to touch his hand
I want to see his face
And then I'll know
That he's the man

We missed him once at Betelgeuse
Then again at Proxima Centauri
He had 2,000 years head start
But the Captain would not yield
Then at Venus that far morning star
Just a century gone

He said: I want to see his face
I want to touch his hand
I want to see his face
And then I'll know
That he's the man

The years they passed us by
But we got near him
Closer by the hour
On a hazy planet on the edge of
Space
We landed one more time
They said he'd gone away just half a day
Before we came

He said: I want to see his face
I want to touch his hand
I want to see his face
And then I'll know
That he's the man

We left Earth when I was a boy
Now I was a man approaching thirty
The Captain went up searching still
But me I stayed behind
Then they brought me near
They said: He's here
He waits inside

Now I can see his face
I can touch his hand
I can see his face
And now I know
That he's the man
And now I know
That he's the man


"Casablanca"
By Tom Rapp

The man with the shadows
On his face sits in a chair
Calls the cobwebs lace
Behind his painted smile
The desert looms
For miles
In Casablanca

In the millhouse
Another man spirals round
Now and then and after
He drinks from a pitcher
Of warm spit, but it's his
So it doesn't matter
In Casablanca

The boys in the blue brass choir
Sing old tunes
With their boots
And a heavy beat
And when the song is done
Jesus lies bleeding in the streets
Of Casablanca


"Wedding"
By Tom Rapp

The aisle it was long and dark
Garbage cans kept the watch
The chapel walls were old and lined
The streetlamp lit its mouth
The altar was the lesser half of an old forgotten couch

The bride stumbled nervously
A box fell in her flight
She cursed her trusting foolishness for leaving
The sanctuary of the light
A crumbled linen handkerchief
A little girl's fright

The groom followed slowly and the wine dripped from his chin
Panting that the holy doors would part and let him in
His candle burned with whiteness, stiff and violent

The sound of breath in darkness
Gave away the bride
His eyes said: I am the body
And her's said: I am the blood
And as the candle pushed below
Exploding wax and fear
The handkerchief fell from her hands
And as usual there were tears


"The Flower (Did You Dream Of Unicorns?)"
By Tom Rapp

Did you dream of unicorns?
Did you dream of broken horns?
Did you dream of roses
Or did you dream of thorns?

You knew that people die
Before their bodies do
He said: Why not use your body
Before it uses you?
Afraid inside your loneliness
Your rules say you are cold
He warmly smiles, softly says:
Your body's not your soul

Skin as soft as eyes
Words as soft as lies
Is it love or just a smile
That fades before it dies?

The wizard at midnight says
He has new flowers for old
But in the dawn of this new morning
Will those new flowers grow?
If he takes up his magic
Smiles says he has to run
You fear the flowers will not grow
If he takes away the sun

Skin as soft as eyes
Words as soft as lies
Is it love or just a smile
That fades before it dies?

The sound of flowers opening
In a silent blush
Will the petals open
Or will they all be crushed?
Jesus jesus jesus jesus
As the wafer breaks
Lord we are not worthy
To enter in this place

Then you dream of unicorns
Then you dream of golden horns
Then you dream of roses
And then you dream no more

All songs © 1971 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Beautiful Lies
  1. Snow Queen
  2. A Life
  3. Butterflies
  4. Simple Things
  5. Everybody's Got Pain
  6. Bird On The Wire (Cohen)
  7. Island Lady
  8. Come To Me
  9. Freedom
  10. She's Gone
  11. Epitaph (Housman/Elisabeth Rapp)
NOTE: The title of this album was originally altered without Rapp's permission. It has been restored here to its original, correct title.


"Snow Queen"
By Tom Rapp

She's the snow queen
She knows the ways of ice
What they did to her in her young days
Wasn't often nice
With the sand run out before us
The seagulls are the chorus
All the sounds inside the roar
Must be so lonely
We must touch each other
In our blindness
I heard the seagulls say

She wears other people's clothes in magazines
Wears other people's images
That tell her what she's seen
My snow queen has no eyes
She will see me in her mind
All the things she's left behind
Must make her lonely
We must touch each other
In our blindness
I heard the seagulls say

The men who've used her spirit
They haven't loved her
The men who've used her body
They haven't loved her
My snow queen is not free
Touch her eyes and you will see
How it is that she can be so lonely
We must touch each other
In our blindness
I heard the seagulls say

It's the things we see
That make love hard
We make blessings and runaway miracles
In the dark
We must touch each other
In our blindness
I heard the seagulls say


"A Life"
By Tom Rapp

The clock has metal hands
It throws the hours down
On the ground with a thud
The sound of blood
And if you do not forgive me
I do not know
What I will do
As the time goes by
As the time goes by

In the Spring when he was born
The soil was soft and good and warm
His father was a farmer
The son of the sun
Said: the Earth don't wait for a man but once
And if you do not believe me
I do not know
What I will do
And the time goes by
And the time goes by

When he was a boy the fields were full
The girls were soft and good and warm
The morning sun was shining
Like a promise in his eyes
And if you do not deceive me
I do not know
What I will do
And the time goes by
And the time goes by

When he was a man he worked with his hands
The ground was hard, but a place to stand
But when the Autumn came around
The oxen plowed the land to ridges in the ground
And the wrinkles in his face
Like the beaten road showed
In a man's body
Is where the time goes
And if you do not defeat me
I do not know
What I will do
And the time goes by
And the time goes by

He gave to the earth and it gave back
'Till he had nothing to give at last
The trembling of his marbled hands
Showed he knew
What the Earth demanded
As it waited for him
And the time goes by
And the time goes by

The clock has metal hands
It throws the hours down
On the ground with a thud
The sound of blood
And if you do not forgive me
I do not know
What I will do
As the time goes by
As the time goes by


"Butterflies"
By Tom Rapp

Butterflies are very strong
They only cry when they're called upon
I wish I knew
The butterfly in you

The moth will play with the dirty flame
And end up burning inside
But the butterfly she is the flame
When there's so much pretty
There's so much pain
I think I see
Where all the butterflies must be

Upon a rock
A beautiful thing
Until the rocks come together
On her dusty wings
I think I know
Where all the butterflies must go

Butterflies are very strong
They only cry when they're called upon
I think I see
The butterfly in thee
Won't you spread your wings
On me


"Simple Things"
By Tom Rapp

When I was growing up
And times were hard
Many people often thought
They owned me
When I got older
I knew that they were wrong
But now that conviction
Has outgrown me

Once I knew a beggarman
Like you or me
He cried out:
I want no one to hold me.
He chased after freedom
And he drank from every cup
Now he knows everything
But why he's lonely

I knew a girl
From a fancy school
Who hated lies
She threw away illusions
From her hand
She kicked away each fading truth
As it came under her eyes
When she looked down
She had no place to stand

I know that people
Can get messed up bad
Not even believe
They can get through it all
Someone to love
And someone's child
Are simple things, it's true
But in this world
We never made
The simple things will do


"Everybody's Got Pain"
By Tom Rapp

When you're out wandering
In the morning rain
And the sky falls down around you
Like a blanket of pain
Just listen for the footsteps
All around you in the rain
Everybody's got pain
[Listen for the others]
Everybody's got pain
[Listen for your brothers]

When your fog lifts
And you're up so high
And after all this time you see
The beautiful blue sky
Just listen for the others
They're still behind you in the rain
Everybody's got pain
[Listen for the others]
Everybody's got pain
[Listen for your brothers]

Sometimes you get blinded by the freedom
In your own eyes
But freedom just ain't freedom
Unless you spread it wide
'Cause if everybody doesn't have it
Yours is just a looser chain
Everybody's got pain
Everybody's got pain


"Island Lady"
By Tom Rapp

Island lady
Won't you stay
I will bring you
Baskets of flowers
Every day
Until the pain is gone

Island lady,
How long has it been?
Over a year.
Won't you let me
Open up your door?

Island lady
Hear my words
All the battles
Are somebody else's
For a while
Won't you please come down?

On a corner
A beggar with his cup
Says he has visions
And God appears before him
Only in the form of bread

Won't you let me
Open up your door?

Island lady
When you smile
All the battles
Can wait 'till tomorrow
For a while
Can we please touch smiles
Touch each other's smiles?

In the park
A girl in an army shirt
With long hair
And white smiles
Says between visions
That God is the grass

Won't you let me
Open up your door?

Island lady
Here's my bed
Can I lie
Beside and around you
'Till you smile
Until the pain is gone?

Island lady
God appears often
And if he were lies
I'd promise you beautiful lies
You could live in
Won't you let me
Open up your door?

Island lady
Won't you stay
I will bring you
Baskets of flowers
In my way
Until the pain is gone


"Come To Me"
By Tom Rapp

Give you all my happiness, baby
Throw in my troubles for free
Things just ain't the same
That's the way that they used to be
Come to me, come to me

Know that you're in pain, baby
Know that you're dark inside
But no one's gonna find you
If you don't know where to hide
Come to me, come to me

Bought a two-way ticket, baby
Got a one-way ride
Can't blame you if you lie in the dark
And cry and cry and cry
Come to me, come to me

When the midnight angel comes
To sing his midnight song
Deep inside the parts of you
Where only you belong
Come to me, come to me


"Freedom [Amsterdam 1969]"
By Tom Rapp

The sun again over the harbor
Changes the windows
Like old yellowed mirrors
On Rembrandtsplein
The pipes in their places
Beside floral couches
Where you lie

Evening encounters
At Paradiso with him
The gentle poetry
Of fingertips
The verses drifted
Apart in the Spring
Lingering verses
Remaining within

Haiku are words to be counted now
Five seven five
Friends is a word to be wanted now
Searching through colored beads
Velveteen curtains
And doctors' names

The winter finds you alone
With yellowed back issues
Of Rolling Stone
And old Alohas
Worn Chinese carpet upon the floor
Half the White Album
All of the Basement Tapes
And bootleg Stones
And new life styles
Have found old death styles
All their own


"She's Gone"
By Tom Rapp

She's gone
She's rolled up the windows
Put all the curtains away
And your hair isn't silver
It's gray
Stop kidding yourself
You're old
You're old

So she's gone
She's been saving up seconds
And putting them away
In a secret kind of bank
And she's so very careful
To say thanks
But old men
Are suddenly old men
Old men

She's walking away
All your life
Suddenly she's yesterday
All your life
And walking away
All your life
And taking away
All your life

Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye

All songs © 1971 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Familiar Songs
  1. Grace Street
  2. The Jeweler
  3. Rocket Man
  4. Snow Queen
  5. If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind)
  6. Charley And The Lady
  7. Margery
  8. Medley: Full Fathom Five & I Shall Not Care (Teasdale/Rapp)
  9. These Things Too
  10. Sail Away

"Grace Street"
By Tom Rapp

Yesterday you threw the pieces of your broken heart at me
Tears are thicker than water but you wouldn't let it be
Sweet and bleeding Jesus
Came to me in a song
But I still don't think I understand
Where he means for me to belong
And I'm going to take a walk on Grace Street
Before I'm dead and gone

Our dreams were made of something, but we used it all
We built tomorrow up too high, now watch it fall
On luminescent ships
We sailed upon the flood
But I woke up this morning
And my mouth was full of blood
And I'm going to take a walk on Grace Street
And look at where I was

You made an offer of your pain, but you didn't really want to lose it
'Cause you knew all the ways so cleverly to use it
But if you'll understand
My bleeding hands I'll try to understand yours
And I'm going to take a walk on Grace Street
And open all the doors


"Charley And The Lady"
By Tom Rapp

I saw the Lady on the street
Went to say hello
But she wasn't home
Had an unlisted telephone

Oh my! Have you seen Charley's eyes?
Oh my! Have you seen Charley smile?

I went up to the Lady
She was walking in the ditch
I said: hello there, how are you?
But all she did was bitch, bitch, bitch

Oh my! Have you seen Charley's eyes?
Oh my! Have you seen Charley smile?

Charley is the one who finds you
When you cannot find yourself
She's so easy to be kind to
Really just being kind to yourself
Oh my! Have you seen Charley smile?

I went up to the Lady
Said: hey, I got the blues
But she just stood there looking down on me
Left me standing in my shoes

Oh my! Have you seen Charley's eyes?
Oh my! Have you seen Charley smile?

I said to the Lady: Please go away
In your big old empty icy bus
Well, the frostline broke across her face
And she melted into dust

Oh my! Have you seen Charley's eyes?
Oh my! Have you seen Charley smile?

Charley is the one who finds you
When you cannot find yourself
She's so easy to be kind to
Really just being kind to yourself

Oh my! Have you seen Charley's eyes?

All songs © 1972 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Stardancer
  1. Stardancer
  2. Marshall
  3. Why Should I Care? (Osborne/Addison)
  4. Touch Tripping
  5. Les Ans
  6. Fourth Day Of July
  7. For The Dead In Space
  8. The Baptist
  9. Summer Of '55
  10. Tiny Song
NOTE: Sides One & Two of "Stardancer" were reversed by Blue Thumb when it was released. Its proper order has been restored here. The music makes much more thematic sense, by the way, in the order originally intended.


"Stardancer"
By Tom Rapp

When my father went to space
I woke up one morning and he was gone
I would lie out in the yard
And try to see a falling star
Something to wish upon (something to wish upon)

Out there on the edge of things
He would be freelancing
In the midnight sprinkled sky
He would open up his hands and go
Stardancing (stardancing)

Sometimes I would watch a star and it would break loose from the sky
A tongue of fire in the air when a star falls home to die (home to die)
I always felt my father touched them and if the sky were torn
Somewhere beyond his hand, another one was born (another one was born)

For a man who needs a place, where he can see a star
The open land above the air is where the answers are
When stars go burning through the night
You can never touch them all
On the razor edge of space
Stardancers sometimes fall
Stardancer

It's falling, always falling
And I would watch it all
To see me a stardancer
And watch my father fall

When my father went to space, I woke up one morning and he was gone
I would lie out in the yard and try to see a falling star

I could wish upon

Stardancer stardancer


"Marshall"
By Tom Rapp

The ocean is a silver band
I would give to you
If I had a gypsy band
I'd play a song or two
And I'd say
Hello Hey
It sure is good to know you

If I had a magic jar
I'd let you look inside
If I had a horse with wings
I would let you fly
And I'd say
Hello Hey
It sure is good to see you

If you'd like to walk in rain
I'll go with you walking
If you'd like a hand to shake
I think I can find one
If someday you need a song
I will bring you this one
If someday you need a song
I will give you this one


"Touch Tripping"
By Tom Rapp

Touch tripping for a day or two
How could I know you any other way
We only met because the cheshire cat
Decided to play a game

If I knew the rain I'd ask her
To come and give you my regards
If I knew a train I'd tell him
To go into the rain and sing for you
Where you are

If I knew myself I'd tell me
Not to be so silent now
You see, you are a place I've never been before
And words are always lost
In a mystery

Some people are in love with endings
They dispense with all the rest
It's O.K. if you've discovered
Beginnings are the best

Words are only artifices
They pretend to tell you
What you already know
This song is yours forever
I just wanted you to know

Touch tripping for a day or two
How could I know you any other way
We only met because the cheshire cat
Decided to play a game


"Les Ans"
By Tom Rapp

Les ans se viennent
Les ans se passent
Mais je t'aime

Les ans se passent
Ils seraient comme argent
Mais je t'aime

Ne sais tu pas
N'est ce pas ca
Que je t'aime


"Fourth Day Of July"
By Tom Rapp

And it came to pass on the first day of July
The last man home from Vietnam was going to arrive
The ship came in so silently, its bow a ghostly white
And when they looked upon the decks, there was not a man inside

Then the sea began to roll and from the ship a moaning
A line of broken children, all from the ship a-coming
The light of death was in their eyes
The broken children of Vietnam
On the first day of July

Like a war beyond control, to Washington at dawn
A line of ghostly children upon the White House lawn
Grown men did turn away, not to see it anymore
To see the burning child running to the White House door
No one found a place to hide
The burning children of Vietnam
On the second of July

All across America a line ten miles long
The dead children all coming home
From the land of Vietnam
To men who got too far away
From what was done in their name
Someday must all have to pay
Who never saw a child die
The dead children all coming home
Four days in July

On every door and window across this sad gray land
A mark that would never go away of a thousand thousand hands
A voice like voices in a dream
A voice like somebody else's scream
Or not somebody else's scream
A voice within a fire
The burning children of Vietnam
On the third day of July

Then they came upon the sea, it did open up before them
A line of children all with wounds, upon the ocean walking
Then the sky began to rain
And beat the land with tears of rage
And every year upon that day if a hundred years go by
It rains upon America
On the fourth day of July


"For The Dead In Space"
By Tom Rapp

I've been up for seventeen days in a row
Feeling like an angel in the snow
Hey, what you doing to me
I don't have the time
People say that life is strange and I
Can't make up my mind

Love comes and loved goes
It's so easy to lose it
If you really love me
You wouldn't have to prove it
Hey, what you doing to me
I don't have the time
People say that love is strange and I
Can't make up my mind

My life's on fire

What's it like out there
It's so big I've never been
So small before
It's so big I think I see
We are what we appear to be

My life is like the young men
Dead in space again
Risen and abandoned
Above the grace of rain
The magic flowers of Mars
They are so far from me
The vision of their crystal petals
I shall never see

Hey what you doing to me
I don't have the time
People say that life is short and I
Don't have the time
Don't have the time


"The Baptist"
By Tom Rapp

I knew a man, he always dressed in rags
I travelled with him when I was still a child
His constant companion, I always did ride

The good book went with him, thru devil wind and sage
The pages were yellowed and tumbled-down with age
The mark of his fingers was on every page

In desert dry country towns, the people would come
From sin and confusion, to him they would run
And wait by the river for the spirit of God

He would lead them into the river while old hymns were sung
And heaving and lashing and speaking in tongues
He'd drown that old devil before he was done

He would listen to the river and talk with the crowd
And grace rose above them like a shining white cloud
He'd say catch you some magic and you got hold of God

I was much older when the desert set in
He couldn't hear the river and it couldn't hear him
His faith and his money and he, they grew thin

He traded the good book for some road maps and then
All of those highways they just spread up around him like nets
And I guess that he got lost and he got tangled up in them

He lost hold of magic, people laugh, the say he lost the call
But every day I see old men like mountains and they just crumble and they fall
And I don't know what these days are doing to us all


"Summer Of '55"
By Tom Rapp

(Oh, gee,
Wouldn't it be swell
If everyone was well)

When the day breaks
And the pieces fall on you
Won't you tell me where you are
You can phone if it's not too far
I'll get my old man's car

We can go far
To Jersey or the shore
When we do, when we do, when we do
When we do
Tell me that you love me
And I do

We can go to the country club
And read the magazines
When my ship comes in
We're gonna give it a spin

(If you can get off work)

When we do, when we do, when we do,
When we do,
Tell me that you love me
And I do


"Tiny Song"
By Tom Rapp

Can I speak to you
I can see that you don't smile
Can I please see you
Won't you come on over here
And talk to me a while
Can't you see
Everything that wants to be must be
Tomorrow isn't yesterday for long
If you don't hide
Yes, I can almost see the wall
Can you see
Thru the wall around you
Are you afraid that
They will crumble
You will stumble
They will tumble
Down on you
People only die when they've got nothing else to do
So can I please stay here with you?

All songs © 1972 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Sunforest
  1. Comin' Back
  2. Prayers Of Action
  3. Forbidden City
  4. Love/Sex
  5. Harding Street
  6. Blind River
  7. Someplace To Belong
  8. Sunforest
  9. Sunshine & Charles

"Comin' Back"
By Tom Rapp

I was out on the street today,
Everyone was high.
The sun was comin' over the hill,
And everything was fine.
Everything was fine,
Everything was fine, fine, fine,
Everything was fine,
Everything was fine.

Joy is comin' back,
Just been hiding,
Joy is comin' back,
And it's fine.

Grew so fast it caught some tears,
In a pool of surprise,
Down on the corner I thought I saw,
A blessing in disguise,
There in the sky.
And everything was fine, fine, fine,
Everything was fine,
Everything was fine.

Joy is comin' back,
It's just been hiding,
Joy is comin' back,
And it's fine.

Everywhere the wind was,
Thought I heard a song.
Everyone was comin' back,
To try and sing along.

And a man said to his buddy, Pain,
"Hey, get your fingers off of me!"
Out on the corner was another man,
He was about to see.
He was about to see,
That everything was fine, fine, fine,
Everything was fine,
Everything was fine.

Joy is comin' back,
Just been hiding,
Joy is comin' back,
And it's fine.

Everywhere the wind was,
Thought I heard a song.
Everyone was comin' back,
To try and sing along.

Joy is comin' back,
Just been hiding,
Joy is comin' back,
And it's fine.

Joy is comin' back,
Just been hiding,
Joy is comin' back,
And it's fine.


"Prayers Of Action"
By Tom Rapp

Oh, children, don't you weep,
If the road is long.
All of us are prayers of action,
On our way to God,
On our way to God.

Some of us are long and rambling,
Sometimes lost for years,
Some of us are small and holy,
Beautiful and clear.

Oh, children, don't you weep,
If the road is long.
All of us are prayers of action,
On our way to God,
On our way to God.


"Forbidden City"
By Tom Rapp

Trembling with death,
The signs clack in the air,
Like windchimes.
In the forbidden city,
The winter carves white silhouettes,
Along the avenue.
And everything is simple,
And everything is new.

The blonde-faced lady is frozen,
With one hand waving around her neck,
Like an alabaster statue.
And jewels encircle like a chain of ice,
And all that moves around her is the light.

In the forbidden city,
All things are made of glass,
Red and gold bands form in the frost,
As the light goes past,
Ideas pause waiting to be born,

And I have always thought of snow as peace,
A snowparched stone falls in a pond,
No circles form again, again, again, again,
And there is an end,
Of pain.

Trembling with death,
The signs clack in the air,
Like windchimes.


"Love/Sex"
By Tom Rapp

I want to meet somebody,
That I can talk to.
I want to meet somebody,
I can make love with, not to.
Bodies on bodies
Like sacks upon shelves.
People are using each other,
To make love to themselves.

And we all use our bodies
As a place to hide
And meet all the other bodies
With people hiding inside.
If all that is touching,
Is just what you wear,
I guess that not sharing,
Is the only thing we share,
Somewhere.

Somewhere we lost real love,
Somewhere along the line.
They say get it while you can,
Get it while you can,
But don't get left behind.
And if you don't love
The one that you're with
Why don't you just
Wait for the one that you love?
And she'll love you, too.

Today I met somebody
That I can talk to.
Today I met somebody
I can make love with, not to.
She says love will get you
Through times of no sex
Better than sex will get you
Through times of no love.
We wrote that on the wall,
We wrote that on the wall,
We wrote that on the wall,
And why don't you
Write that on your wall, too.


"Harding Street"
By Tom Rapp

I met a girl today,
She asked me if I knew her.
Around her neck she wore
The small half of a wishbone.
She never trusted
Happiness or strangers
'Cause both of them
Are just the same
They're just the same to her.

When she was a child,
She saw Jesus in the flowers.
The wind was the breath of God
Whispering in the world.
And when she found that
She couldn't be a saint
For all the men who found her,
She was like some magic creature
That dissolves in its own tears. She raised her hand to touch my face
She offered to be kinder, and I said
If I wasn't lost myself
I'd be the first to find you.
When she says she hates to be alone,
What can you tell her
That she hasn't heard at least
A hundred times before? "I think you want a priest," I said,
With magic in his fingers.
He will save you with his touch,
And he will heal you with his body.
Perhaps our crowns of loneliness
Would not just lock together
If love was something better than it is.

"Blind River"
By Tom Rapp

I've seen your face before,
Oh, won't you stay?
It's such a lonely day out,
An eclipse of the sun.
I think you're going to be the one,
I think you're going to be the one.

And we all play our part,
In each other's pain.
A crowd of people all alone,
Rhetorical answers, crocodile smiles.
I think that we all need someone,
I think that we all need someone.

Blind fish in a green river,
Cast upon the shores of the untried.
I'm going to take my pain in both my hands,
I'm going to throw it away.
I think that this could be the day.

I've seen your face before,
Oh, won't you stay?
It's such a lonely day out,
Can you give it back the sun?
I think you're going to be the one,
I think you're going to be the one.


"Someplace To Belong"
By Tom Rapp

When you're nobody,
'Til somebody else comes along.
When you're nobody,
'Til somebody else sings your song.
I know you, I know you, I know you.

And you've got,
Someplace to belong.
Known you were coming,
I'd have written this song long ago.
Someplace to belong,
Known you were a coming,
I'd have written this song long ago.

You think you're such a hero,
For doing your act so well and yet,
Don't you know deep inside,
You're doing your act without a net.

And you've got,
Someplace to belong.
Known you were coming,
I'd have written this song long ago.
Someplace to belong,
Known you were leaving,
I'd have written this song long ago.

And you're afraid of the dark,
At both ends of your life.
Just because they're not at your fingertips,
All those thing you can't see.
They say, "It's allright, it's allright,
It's allright, it's allright."

You got someplace to belong,
Known you were coming,
I'd have written this song long ago.
Someplace to belong,
Known you were coming,
I'd have written this song long ago.
It's allright, it's allright,
It's allright, it's allright.


"Sunforest"
By Tom Rapp

In a faraway land,
Where my story opens,
There dwelt a fair young maiden.

She spied a king in chains,
His eyes were filled with pain,
His feet were cloven twain.

She said, "Oh, kind sir,
It hurts my heart to see you,
I will come to free you."

And she helped off his chains,
And he wickedly smiled upon her,
He said, "This gift I give you,
This sad gift I give you:

Your tears shall turn to jewels,
You shall rue the morning.
If my secret is not revealed,
I will come to own you."

Then he mounted up his steed,
It was a golden stallion,
Riding in the morning mist,
Like a ghostly galleon,
It's mane was all of ashes.

"Oh, my heart," said the maid,
"I am lost forever."
And then the maid began to weep,
Diamonds and rubies and opals at her feet.

And the word went out for miles,
To every castle and sty.
People came from miles around,
To make the maiden cry.

And Oh, what things were done,
It makes the heart to shudder.
But she heard above it all,
A voice that seemed to thunder:

"Your tears shall turn to jewels,
You shall rue the morning.
If my secret is not revealed,
I will come to own you.

Then there came a peasant boy,
A fair young man was he,
Said, "I will rescue thee,
Wickedness is born to magic,
But we our own must be."
And he took her to the sunforest,
Where both of them could be.

He said, "All men do make their chains,
And every link a jewel,
And when they leave this world dead,
I believe they leave as fools.

I think you are a sign from God,
That all things come from pain.
But I do not think that God did this,
Such a thing I know it could not ever be,

And though I am but a peasant boy,
And do not know of kings,
I do but know this song of joy,
It is of that I sing."

"I think I know the answer now,
I think I know," said she.

And then the chained king did appear,
His eyes all flaming skyward,
He said, "I want you now."
His beard the devil's fire,
He said:

"Your tears shall turn to jewels,
You shall rue the morning.
If my secret is not revealed,
I have come to take you."

And around his feet he gathered,
All the jewels she had made him.
But one look in her eyes betold,
That his secret had been answered,
His secret had been answered.

And the king, he shook with rage,
And the fire pulled him downward.

The only other sound they could hear,
Was the jewels turning back to tears,
The jewels turning back to tears.

And in her freedom the maid did laugh,
Her bestest laughter ever.
Her tears of laughter changed to jewels,
And they did last forever.

Deep in the sunforest,
They did last forever.


"Sunshine & Charles"
By Tom Rapp

When Sunshine met Charles,
They were both broken
They had long discussions
In the back of the car.
They both agreed
It's hard not to love someone
When you first see
How fragile they are.

And how do you keep it together,
In a world that's choking with harm,
One way that they found
To keep it together
Was holding each other,
Together in the dark. She said, "All I want,
Is something to believe in,
Something I can hold in my hand,
Something I can understand."

When they began unloving each other,
The distance between them began to set in,
She broke the rule about keeping it together
By taking things apart,
And one thing was him.

Love is a thing
That hangs on when it's over,
Like unscrambling eggs
Or trying not to think,
And uncertain smiles
They quickly grow older
With days of lost comfort
That no one can bring She said, "All I want,
Is something to believe in,
Something I can hold in my hand,
Something I can understand."

She was sixteen,
When she found Jesus.
He was a Puerto Rican kid
And he lived next door.
They got married
And they loved each other
All the way
Until the day they didn't anymore.

She said, "All I want,
Is something to believe in,
Something I can hold in my hand,
Something I can understand."

All songs © 1973 by Thomas D. Rapp - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



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