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William Blake

Des'ree

Max Ehrmann

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Frost

Green Day

Carol King

Rudyard Kipling

Mark Knopfler

Dave Matthews

Simon & Garfunkel

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

America

Lonely People

This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by.
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
and ride that highway in the sky.

Well, I'm on my way,
Yes, I'm back to stay,
Well, I'm on my way back home.

This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that love has left them dry.
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup,
You never know until you try.
 

William Blake

Auguries of Innocence (Excerpt)

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower;
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
 

Des'ree

You Gotta Be

Listen as your day unfolds.
Challenge what your future holds.
Try to keep your head up to the sky.

Lovers they may cause you tears;
Go ahead release your fears.
Stand up and be counted.
Don't be ashamed to cry.
You gotta be.

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser.
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger.
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together.
All I know, all I know, love will save the day.

Herald what your mother said.
Read the books your father read.
Try to solve the puzzle in your own sweet time.
Some may have more cash than you.
Others take a different view.
My oh my, you gotta be.

Time asks no questions.
It goes on without you
If you can't stand the pace.
The world keeps on spinning,
Can't stop it if you tried to.
The best part is danger staring you in the face.

Listen as your day unfolds.
Challenge what your future holds.
Try to keep your head up to the sky.

Lovers they may cause you tears;
Go ahead release your fears.
Stand up and be counted.
Don't be ashamed to cry.
You gotta be.

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser.
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger.
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together.
All I know, all I know, love will save the day.

 

Max Ehrmann

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday (Excerpt)

Go where he will, the wise man is at home,
His hearth the earth,--his hall the azure dome;
Where his clear spirit leads him, there's his road,
By God's own light illuminated and foreshowed.

 

Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 

Green Day

Time of Your Life

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road.
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.

So make the best of this test, and don't ask why.
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time.

It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind.
Hang it on a shelf of good health and good time.

For what it's worth, it was worth all the while.
I hope you had the time of your life.

 

Carol King

You've Got a Friend

When you're down and troubled
And you need some loving care
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there.
You've got a friend.

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud.
Soon you'll hear me knocking at your door.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there.

Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend
When people can be so cold.
They'll hurt you, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them.
Oh, but don't you let them.

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall,
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there.
You've got a friend.

 

Rudyard Kipling

If --

If you can keep your head when all about you
   Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
   But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
   Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
   If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
   And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
   Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
   And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
   And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lost, and start again at your beginnings
   And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
   To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
   Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
   Or walk with Kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
   If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
   With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
   And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

 

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Why Worry

Baby I see this world has made you sad
Some people can be bad
The things they do, the things they say
But baby I'll wipe away those bitter tears
I'll chase away those restless fears
That turn your blue skies into grey.

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now.

Baby when I get down I turn to you
And you make sense of what I do
I know it isn't hard to say
But baby just when this world seems mean and cold
Our love comes shining red and gold
And all the rest is by the way.

Why worry, there should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now.

 

Dave Matthews

#41

Why won't you ever be glad?
It melts into wonder.
I came in praying for you.
Why won't you run into the rain and play
And let tears splash all over you?

 

Lie In Our Graves

Step into the light,
my arms are open wide.
Oh, when I step into the light,
my eyes searching wildly.

Would you not like to be
Sittin' on top of the world
With your legs hangin' free?
Yeah, would you not like to be
okay, okay, okay.

When I'm walkin' by the water,
Splish, splash, me and you takin' a bath.
Oh, when I'm walkin' by the water,
come up through my toes to my ankles to my head to my soul.
I'm blown away.

I can't believe that we would lie in our graves
Wond'ring if we had spent our living days well.
I can't believe that we would lie in our graves
Dreaming of things that we might have been.
Would you not like to be?
I can't believe that you would not like to be
Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, okay.

 

Cry Freedom

...the future is no place
to place your better days....

 

You Never Know

Sitting still as stone
watching, watching
people walking by
wondering why
no one ever stops to talk
or thinks about what if they ever did

What if God shuffled by
one day we might see
we're doing not a thing
like breathing just to breathe
we might find some reason

But rushing around seems what's wrong with the world
don't lose the dreams inside your head
they'll only be there til' you're dead
dream

Lying on the roof
counting
the suns that fill the sky
I wonder is
someone in the heavens looking back down on me
I'll never know

So much space to believe
funny when you're small
the moon follows the car
there's no one but you see
hey the moon is chasing me

I worried if I looked away she'd be gone
don't lose the dreams inside your head
they'll only be there til' you're dead
dream

Oh oh oh
walking through the wood
no cares in the world
the world
she's come to play
she's all mine just for a day

There's not a moment to lose in the game
don't let the troubles in your head
steal too much time, you'll soon be dead
so play

Oh fall down
it won't be so long now
out of the darkness
comes light like a flash
you think you can
you think you can
sometimes that is the problem
dream little darling, dream

Spinning on the wind
the leaf fell from the limb
and everyday should be a good day to die
oh fall down
it won't be too long now
every fire dies out
I find it hard to explain
how I've got here
I think I can
I think I can
then again I will falter
dream, oh I think I can I think I can
I think I can
dream little darling, dream

Spinning on the wind
the leaf fell from the limb
 

Simon & Garfunkel

Sounds of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

"Fools," said I, "you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you"
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence

 

Sounds of Silence

When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all
I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
When you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

 

Robert Louis Stevenson

Happy Thought

The World is so full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.