become whole

song.land—we become whole

song.land explores the gift that constant improvement offers our lives, whether from internal motivation or external motivation, whether something we do on our own or something done by energy + natural selection.

May you find hope in growing the parts of you that you feel ashamed of, afraid to share with others. It is in that sharing that you and I will find wholeness.

life finds a way

Listen to Life Finds a Way on song.land

song.land explores the struggles and pain of failure, a necessary building block of hope in life.

Transcript

When hope is gone and you feel down
From all the things that might be wrong
When all the places that you go as your cornerstone are out

Hold on
To the love
To the friends
At least the memories of what it once was

And hopefully you will have that again soon

1:30

Sometimes life feels like the maze in Highlights magazine
It’s just real life
It’s harder to navigate all the choices that you and I need to make

And it’s unclear what the next step will be
Until we try something and see

2:35

So don’t fear failure
‘Cause all of life isn’t clear
Until you try it
Til you try it

3:00

Instruction guides aren’t written
Until the problems have been uncovered
So when you take your risks
Of course, you can fail

So don’t be discouraged
When things don’t go as planned
Hold your head high
You don’t understand

4:10

Hold this, trust that things will get better in the future
We can all hope and wait for that
We can all hope and wait for that

5:00

Welcome and introduction

6:00

On Abigail Road we came so far
Like, people wanted more than they could ever know
It wasn’t in their imagination what they needed to be able to succeed

It was something greater
Than we could drive our cars to see
Looking over craters
Formed millions of years before you and me

7:00

Life has found a way to make it through
Even when destructive forces have changed the way we have to survive
So keep on practicing
Learning something bigger than you know today

Just keep on growing
So you’ll be ready for the change
So you’ll be ready for the change

7:45

I want it all like
Some people have had it
It’ll be so much greater when we’re all
Willing to fail catastrophically
In learning new things, oh, learning new things

Like, who first learned that you could cook a bean from a plant
Grind it up and have the most delicious cup of drink
That any person ever dreamed of

Well, it happened so long ago that those risks are forgotten
But the risks still have to be taken
If we’re going to find elegant solutions to the problems that we face
In a world that is filling up

This is all we, all we, all we work out
And we know together we can do so much more
And you have given me something
And now we can take it

Try it again and again and again
Try it again and again and again
Like light and shadow, it changes from the angle
Opening new perspectives up to see

10:00

So look again and again and again and try it another way
And the 40th time, you may succeed.
(the rest is not done, this takes so long to type out!)

through

through—song.land

“Reflection and Listening cary us through to other places, to other lands.” —4:00

Enjoy the 15 minutes of encouragement singing about facing fears and taking the risk to start something new in your life!

Formerly called back in the swing.

mary oliver

Episode 16—mary oliver

This episode is dedicated to Mary Oliver, the ferociously beautiful and connecting poet. I improvise songs inspired by a conversation between Krista Tippett and Mary Oliver from 2015.

You can find the original On Being podcast by visiting Mary Oliver—Listening to the World —The On Being Project with Krista Tippett.

Transcript

[Opening and introduction]

[Opens with Mary Oliver and Krista Tippet speaking]

2:00

The marvel of the sun
It shines on everyone
The marvel of the sun
Shines on everyone

No one’s left untouched
In the cover where the grapes grow
Because life climbs toward the sun

And no one wants to hear tomorrow’s news
When your end will come
But sweet are all the days
That still guide you
On growing and changing into who you’ll be

When you’re old, may you be a fun person
Now if you’re young, you won’t know what the fear feels like

4:00

And the mountains call your name
And the mountains, they call your name
By the shirt and collar, they know your look
Fresh and lean, fresh and lean
Like love is real

And you hold it all in high esteem
Where you’re confident that it’s a dream
‘Cause it doesn’t seem like I could ever taste that

It’s almost the end

And you know it’s true

5:25

Mary Oliver reads two poems, two parts of four in a series.

“But this morning the shrubs were full of the blue flowers again”

7:00

Believe in truth
And trust in love
There is something
To hold these fears
Passing by where people don’t have to run and hide

Where something is better than fear

Than fear
Then it goes back to where you came from
And it flows back through where you came from

And we all that love is essential
It is all what we need
We hold each other in kindness

Like the blue flower
Like the blue flower
Like the blue flowers
Like the blue flowers

It was always just a dream
But time steals
All the hope that’s there
But we don’t hold it
Like a stone near a hearth

It’s coming for you
Like hope that overcomes our fears
It’s coming

It’s coming for you
It’s coming for you
It’s coming for you

10:30

The plants go left and right
Marching through their lives
They roll down endless roads
Where they are tested strike

They have all they want from it
They go searching on
They have nothing that is left
They have found the end

They have found the end

They have found the end
They have found, found the end, the end
Of striving
Of looting and losing
Of not knowing of what’s ahead

12:10

And the joy that is in
Every moment we have, oh
Oh it’s ours
Oh it’s ours for the taking

So do not get lost in fear
Do not get confused that I regret this
Do not misunderstand the joy that’s in my heart
The joy that’s in my heart
The joy that fills my every fond memory

And it didn’t start out that way
And it didn’t start out that way

It didn’t start out that way, oh no

13:30

When I was young
It was terrible in every way
Oh, it was so gray

Clouds covered all my perceptions
I could not learn the truth
Learn the truth

So hold on! to what you have
So hold on! to what you have
Hold on! to what you have
Hold on! to what you have

Oh sweet joy
We’re at the end
It’s been so much fun ’cause I let all the pain go
It doesn’t have to always haunt you

Watch the flower bloom
What does it do?
Does it regret its days and its choices?

Or its inability to have changed what happened

16:00

So just go and love the sun
So just know, and love the sun
So just know, and love the sun
So just know, and love the sun

So just know, and love the sun
So just know, and love the sun
Until the rain starts washing you
To terrible places you did not want

Into spaces you did not want
And you know there are futures

. . .

[This is a low point in this set. I think it picks up after this. I haven’t finished transcribing the lyrics. —Jesse]

see the world

see the world—song.land podcast

We drop a half hour of Song.Land joy. Join me in exploring music improvisation.

The opening number has a bit of programming on it, but Logic Pro has terrible drum sounds in 6/8 time. I need to find a better solution to this, like a real drummer!

This episode starts out strongly. I think it’s a strong episode until the last song with the harp sound. That was not on-point. The rest I like very much.

Formerly called Drums Swing on First Song Ukulele and Harp Later.

Transcript

Hold on
When you want to let go
Hold on
When you feel like it’s all spent

Hold on
To your moments and your future
And your future
Hold on
It’ll soon be worth it

01:00

For so take me from the only place I know
Take me from the only place that I could take

Take me and I’ll see the world
And so take, oh take me one more hour

01:55

Do you feel so sweet and sincere?
In the days and hours you get?
Oh, do you feel so real in the times
In the spaces that you get so real?
Is it finally happening?

Is it so, oh, real for you?

And for me it is so real
When we have all we want
It is, oh, so real
When we have, when we have

03:00

When we be [need] the leverage to understand our souls
When we need the family to guide us in ways so bold

When we we need life to understand what went wrong

When we need each other
May we all be there
When we need each other
May we all, all
May we all, all
May we all, all
May we all

Be eternal in our love for each
May we be all, staying strong
Staying closer

May we all hold on to each other for strength and guidance and
Learning how to live in a world that fights
And never let’s things pass
It will not just let it go
And it will not

‘Cause we need each other
Oh it’s true, oh it’s true
And we need each other
I hope I have you

And we need each other
I hope you are up for the challenge

And we need each other
I hope you
I hope you
I hope you
Hold on

06:00

INTRO

06:23

You’ll never believe that I’m alone when I’m with you
You’ll never believe that I’m alone when I’m with you

It is love that holds us here, in, tonight
It is love that holds us here, in, tonight

06:50

And time holds
Time holds
Time holds you

Time holds
Time holds
Time holds, time holds you

7:20

Oh, my love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear
Oh, our love is stronger than fear

08:05

And it is love that holds us together
Day after day
Even in cold weather

When I want to stay in and cozy up by a fire
When I don’t have a thing that I have to worry about

Cause it’s a cozy, beautiful, warm and true day
When love came to town

You have all that one needs
You have all that one needs
And you’d hold it on together
And we’d hold it on together

09:16

And we’d hold on together
And if fear would not take
Any part of who we are
For we make our lives better
And we take our hearts and hold ’em

And we make our lives better
When we take our hearts
And we hold them, hold them together
Together, oh
Together, oh
(repeats)

10:22

I hold you by the hand
And we boldly understand that the days go by
That the days have to be taken hold of

Take the day and hold it by the horns

10:55

It is your day
It is your day
It is your day
Your day

(break)

12:00

You try to drive me wild
Such a vision, child
Of ignorance
It will always lead you astray

So grow up, child
Become so mild
When masculinity transcends
The need to please other people
Instead, to accept who you are

Oh, please
Oh

12:55

Then you take the truth with you
Every night and day

Life transcends the pain we’re in
It’s all for human sake

Love is bigger than it all
Love is bigger than it all
Love is bigger than it all, all

Love is bigger than it all

13:50

Somedays, things don’t feel like they should be
The night kept you awake
Something was wrong
No, it’s for so many of us:
The pain is too much to take

15:00

Hasten on the day when you take it over
Bring it faster than you ever knew

16:00

Like Nettie when she would search for a clover
She could find one anytime [four leaf clovers]
Now she’s an adult, she’s grown up
She says she has to stay outside all the time

She throws parties so her friends will come over so they can stay outside
Cause otherwise her friends will all want to stay inside
Watching television or video games, why would they stay outside?

So Nettie has so many parties.
‘Cause the sun gives you and me life.

17:30

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

18:00

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life
Lift up your hands
Give thanks to the day

‘Cause the sun gives you and me life

The sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

The flowers and the trees can’t get enough of these
The sun gives you and me life

19:10

Oh, the sun gives you and me life
The sun gives you and me life

Love is made of these, oh please
Have friends who love you, too

And please, you’re a bullet you need
Who have friends who love you, too

So be like the house of Elrond
Be like the house of Elrond
Hey, it’s those who come by you
Especially Hobbits, when it’s true
That they can be the ones
To put an end this black plague

Oooh

20:22

And it’s lonely when you’re gone
But you’re not, your not gone
It’s lonely when you’re gone
But it’s so good you’re not gone


UKELELE

21:15

I’m not alone
I’m not afraid
Of the things that all mean people say

Because the truth is so much deeper
Than any one can see

On the outside
Our hearts are full of love
Are full of truth
Are full of clarity

And our souls are full of knowledge
Are full of gratitude
Are full of possibility

Oh, it’s me
You and me
It’s when we’ll see

22:15

There’s something else
Not far away
Not in the way that we expect it

It’s not ok
Let’s not fear
For the things that matter to you

It’s ok to have concerns
To not know when the day holds you close
And offers something extraordinary
In your life

I hope you do
Uncover new things
Make amazing and beautiful creations

In the way you lead and in the way you motivate those around you
And your ideas bring so much clarity to the one that you’re becoming

And your soul is dancing to
The sound of harps
Around the corners

And we’re walking now
Down this road
Because our futures are clear now

We are in our 30s
And we know the future
Is better than we were young

I’m so happy to an adult
It gives me hope
It gives me life
It gives me clarity for who I am and how I care about the purple [people] that are around me

24:30

And you and me
We can go to brand new places
With brand new faces

We will unleash a passion that’s never been explored
It’s in worlds filled with tenderness
Filled with friendship and camaraderie

And possibility
And possibility
And possibility
And possibility

And possibility
And possibility
And possibility
And possibility

Oh, you’re not alone
We are not
We have each other, we have each other

And this is for everyone, for the world
We have each other, we have each other
And you and me
We’re not so different
We all have suffering in our bones

We come from pain
Things are hard
It seems insane
How we still pass the trials of every day
It’s cold and rainy

It’s cold and rainy

HARP

26:45

Together we
Have everything
That one could need
To be alone

Alone with you
Alone with you
Alone with you
Alone with you

It was all a dream
It was all a dream
It was all a dream
And you still gave my voice

And we all roll on down the hill

And the grass would cut
Oh, so sharp it was
And would grass would hold me
Until it I could get in the bath

It was so painful
It was so cold

I could barely wait
Because it hurt
So badly

28:51

I could hold no more
My kid self wanted
Relief from all those cuts

Oh, (instrumental)

29:50

I was not alone
I was not alone
You could not
You could not
Take me to better places
To new faces
Like we dreamed when we were young

31:00

Hold to the hope that holds us all
Together
Hold on to the time has passed
When fear doesn’t really matter

It’s not the same when we all are strong
It’s not the same when we all are strong
And real

And real like the end of time
And real life appears that hold mine

My love
You’re my rainbow in the night

(laugh)

My careful, careful love
You’re my type


CLOSING

whole people

Then the people got together
And sat in circles and talked and talked
Until everyone had said what they wanted to say

And they got to express themselves
In such deep ways that tears fell
And everyone accepted one another
In Song Land

—Minutes 23-24

Listen now to Song Land Episode 14: What Does a Whole Person Look Like?

Song.Land episode 14 continues building on last week’s theme of leadership and human philosophy, this time focusing more on the elements of the human experience that make us closer and closer to whole people.

How does a person become more whole? I know I am more whole because I have made myself vulnerable. My influences for this fact are many, but especially what Brené Brown shares with the world.

At minute 38, I mention this book: Dialogue by William Isaacs. It has acted as a go-to guide for learning how to listen in deep ways and how to have relationships on a completely new level of unifying truths, where difference doesn’t matter because difference melts when I deeply understand those with whom I disagree.

Parts of this set go into a fictitious place called Song Land. In this place, everyone listens to one another, everyone talks deeply with each other and finds their unity in respecting their differences through deep understanding. Finally, everyone expresses themselves in creative ways. It’s not a real place, but it is the place I get to go to for an hour with you each week on Song.Land.


If you enjoy this week’s episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes! Here’s a guide on how you can do that from Michelle Evans.

warren bennis

This Song Dot Land has me singing about the deepest parts of my heart and soul: how to lead well. Lead as in leadership studies. What an odd show.

Originally called I’m Reading Warren Bennis So Sing of Success and Leadership Criticize President Trump.

This set of songs uses a number of novelties to keep things fresh.

  • I try some beatboxing around minute 11.
  • The song quickly transitions into a song about the disappearing middle class. I don’t say this, but how do we know it’s gone? Because people work full time + jobs and can’t get by.
  • At minute 22, things go bonkers as I explore sounds with a slide and an e-bow, singing about how life is a treasure.
  • The political section of my show comes up a couple times (the plight of the poor, the struggle to get ahead in a system that keeps the poor behind), but it gets specific about Donald Trump’s unconfident leadership skill between 37:45 and 46:00.
  • The song directly after this is celebrating how nature-centric Canada is on a national level. Consider the flags: we fly stars and stripes communicating victory in the USA, Canada celebrates a tree. It’s beautiful.
  • 50 minutes in, it gets political again about the ability to have a voice in politics in a system with corporate influence. What value is the voice of a poor individual have in the USA? Part of the inspiration for this is an interview from Fresh Air about the US misdemeanor system that funds departments off the dollars of the poor. I also mention red-lining, based off my past reading and a recent reminder in an episode of Adam Ruins Everything on the institutional racist history of the suburbs.
  • 54:22 starts a song where I’ve looped a D note on a looping guitar peddle generated by an e-bow. It sounds like feedback :-).
  • 1:00:00 begins a song about family reconciliation between distanced and alienated family members. Part of the inspiration, especially the line, “Do not give up on today’s you / ’cause tomorrow’s will be so much happier / in some way, you’ll be better at something” comes from an On Being interview describing how Jennifer Hecht counsels those considering suicide.
  • There are more notes and influences included that I’ll leave a mystery!

If you like Song Land, please leave a review on iTunes! This show will be stronger by episode 20!

reaching out

reaching out—song.land podcast

Originally called Let’s Go on A Journey (Love Is Reaching Out).

This short, more subdued Song Land explores going on journeys. It starts off with the thought of how well my wife plans outings and adventures, then it transitions to the joy and happiness that can come from experiences.

I broke a guitar cable so am unable to record more until I replace the 1/4 inch instrument cable (we’ve moved and my soldering kit is long gone, too).

Still, I thought this short set of songs was special in its own way. Especially how thematic it is. It ends with the theme: every risk, adventure, love, passion in life takes work, it takes reaching out. The last line of Song Land summarizes this:

“Love takes reaching out”

Have a great week, Song Land! We’ll bring the energy and the improvisation again next week!


Transcript

0

Podcast Intro [editor’s note: now deleted]

1:00

Song Land

It was awesome
It was amazing
Your ideas are wonderful
Adventuresome soul
Adventuresome soul

You cross the world in your
You cross the world in your heart
In your reading
And in your travels
In your reading, and in your dreams

So, let’s on a journey
Let’s go on a trip
We’ll be safe, we’ll have fun
We’ll see the world

We’ll have, we’ll have fun
We’ll have, we’ll have fun
We’ll have, we’ll have fun, oh
We’ll have, we’ll have fun

We will journey to the center of the earth
Where we will see things that no people have yet seen
It’ll be amazing, it’ll be so fascninating

To see the world within us
In the core, in the middle of the heart
In the core, in the deepest, deepest parts
In the core where no one can see

4:00

‘Cause we are beautiful people
In our hearts away from pain
We are beautiful people
Shining brightly for all to see

We are gorgeous and fantastic
It is a joy, it is our joy
It is a joy, it is a joy
It is a joy, it is a joy
It is a joy, it is a joy

It is a joy to travel with you
Oh, it is so amazing
To see new places
To taste new things

To have new air
To have to breathe in
How wonderful is our love
How wonderful is love

6:10

Instrumental

6:40

I know that we are always in the lead
‘Cause life and you and I and we
We have the best in all of the world
It is a wonderful thing to have this much

7:30

Joy and freedom
To be our own people
To have this joy so deeply
To have this happiness
Lifting our lives
Tomorrow is better than yesterday

8:20

‘Cause we grow as people
We learn and change
We grow as people
We learn and change
We learn and change
We learn and change for the better

I think that’s why people say that people in their older age grow softer
They evolve and change
I’ve even seen it with my parents

It’s not as much as me
But it’s a lot more than it was when I was a kid
It is because we'[re] always changing

Whether old or young
We can learn to love more deeply
And in our lives, we can learn to lay aside our anger

In our age we can grow and learn to love more deeply
And in our age we can be amazing human beings

11:00

Amazing
Because we helped other people
By living to where your life calls you
And feeling gratitude for all the things I have today
For all that I enjoy today
I’ll say:

Thank you to: all around us

And I say thank you to: the all around us
(repeats)

All around us
All love

13:30

Instrumental

14:20

Lift up your hearts together
Offer up to the people around you
Give them life through loving and listening
Give them hope by being there for them

‘Cause love takes reaching out

winter solstice

song.land podcast—seek and destroy (the winter solstice)

I’m republishing this long and energetic song.land after way too long! We visit the winter solstice and go through a myriad of genres and messy improvisations to land at something beautiful.

One part I cannot get out of my head begins at 29:30. With a drummer and bass to add a groove in that section, it would drive so well and create such a fun anthemic song. I like the song in this first-draft state, except the words fall apart more than I would like.

Also, this Song Land has a metal section, so mark that block off your Song Land Bingo drinking game.

Formerly called Seek and Destroy (the Winter Solstice).


Transcript

0:00

Song Land

Come with me as we journey to faraway lands
Where the days grow short

Come with me to December 21
Where we have the shortest night of the year [it’s the longest night, not the shortest]
I want you to see it with me

Journey with me now as we explore the things
Left and right and up and down
This history of the winter sunset

It’s the shortest day of the year
And it’s the longest night that I ever have seen before
We’re going to see the winter solstice
Together, you and me, winter solstice
And I celebrate the lights
I celebrate the lights

(instrumental)

I take you where our dreams are growing brighter
Every day that we look around
We don’t have to be sad and lonely and broken
‘Cause tonight’s the longest night
And after tonight our earth brings back the balance

Brings back the balance, balance
Brings back the balance
Brings back the balance
The balance of our days

And I know that it’s not a lost cause, no
And I know that you’re still with me
Because these days have been so long
But they need not continue on
‘Cause the sun is coming back

And these nights that carry on and on and on and on
They are, they are at their end
At their end”

5:15

[Spoken intro]

7:15

And a song comes off the top of my heart, off the top of my head
Hold on
Hold on

And the song lifts my spirits in ways I never knew
Hold on
Hold on

We run and hide from the truth in our lives
I cannot face the quiet of the night
‘Cause the thoughts don’t stop pouring in again and again
Quiet down, my mind, let it go, let it go

All those thoughts that hold you up late at night
May they wash away like an ocean’s tide
Let it go
I can let it go

My days will soon be no longer
And I want to have the time with you
While I have today
While we’re singing

We have so much to be thankful for
So let’s sing a song together
Not a professional song
But a ditty that we make up on our own

9:40

I take you out with me
We grab a bite to eat
And we go to the movies to see Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
And you ask me for popcorn with extra butter
And I do not have the cash for that
I say, “No way, I can’t subscribe to the life where I have to pay for popcorn at the movies
I cannot get behind that
I cannot get behind that.”

And you love me anyway
And you love me anyway, oh
And you love me anyway
And you love me anyway, anyway
Anyway, anyway

11:10

So hold on through the long and dark winter nights
Hold on even if we don’t get our wish tonight
Hold on, some day I’ll make enough money to get you buttered popcorn
My hope and my dream is that could be reality

Reality, reality, reality, reality

11:55

Hold to the money that you have
Take what you need and do a cash grab
Take what you want of this life
What’s the purpose?
What’s the meaning?

Take what you want from tonight
Take what you need, it’s alright
These are words I do not hear myself say
I need to hear it more, oh, I need to hear it more

I need all I have with you here in my life
Together we are so much more than I could ever want
Together, we have so much more than I could ever want

And I know that I need
Your brilliance and distance from myself, from myself
Know, I need
The loneliest of the trees

This is all I ever want
I need you in my life, I do
I need you in my life, I do

13:50

I never wanted this for you
I never thought of this for you

But you get to make your own decisions
You have control of your destiny
You get to make the choices
You may not have money but you can still believe that

Someday, your work will pay you off
And someday, your work may pay off

You might need to move away from the people that hold you down
You might need to restart in a new part of town

But hope is the human story
I wouldn’t hold if I couldn’t

I trust, I trust
I trust in a bright and beautiful future in my life

15:45 – 16:20

And if I tell you that Tuesday night
I’m going out alone
I wish you would trust me, I wish you would trust me
And if I told you that I wasn’t stupid on own
I wish you would trust me
I wish you would trust me

But you can’t, cause I can’t
And you don’t understand that I don’t understand
That I want to sing these songs

And we don’t understand each other as we could
But that’s ok cause I do not understand
I do not care about the pain that I am afraid
I don’t want to fear what is not really here

I’m borrowing trouble again
When I worry about the bread that is rising
Or all the things that are not done yet

So can we get away from all of this tremendous pressure in our lives to be delivering perfection?
Cause I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect
We can have bad nights

And it’s all right, you can still love me, trust me, hold me, accept me
Take me up on your own
And we can some day have a yacht where we do sail to the other end of oceans and see them for ourselves

I do not want to stand here by myself
I do not want you to leave me by myself

18:15

But if my own ways are troubling
Then you’ve got to figure out something for yourself that is bigger than what I have to offer you

If it’s not enough I would like to be your partner
Or something more, or something less
I do not yet know, oh I do
But if you would not take me for your own
What would I do then?

If you don’t accept me, what do I do with that?

I will not ghost you
No no no no no
I will not ghost you
No no no no no

19:00

Five six four and one
It’s how we get these songs done day after day
Five and six, four and one
It’s all we need to have a place that has lots of fun

Five six four and one
It’s all I ever needed to have perfection under the sun
And five six four one
What more could you ask for, what more do you want out of me, son?

I have given all I have to give
And I have given all I know to give

And nothing else I have today will let you be so satisfied
And if it’s not enough for you then
Honey, I don’t know what will do
If you want some more from me
What can I do for you?

And if you want so much more from me, then
What can I do for you?

20:33

If I’m just here to sing a song
And I don’t really care about your interpretation of the pauses and the breaks and the ridiculousness

I do not need another critic in my life
I’m just here to have a stupid, good time
I’m not here for the rest of this judgments of our ways and days

And I know you had a tough life
I know you had a tough life
I know you had a tough life
I know you had a tough life

22:00

(speaking)

‘Cause tonight is just a night when I don’t know what to sing about
I thought of singing of the winter solstice
But that turned out to be a dry well

So what’s left?
So what’s left?
Is it Christmas trees, and dinner time, and pies in the over?

So what’s left after the sun sets and I am left alone with my own heart and my priorities
What’s left?
What’s left?

When I don’t have the clarity to see the things in front of me
What’s left?

23:22

My baby, she came to me last night
She said, you better get your stuff right
Cause your life is a wreck, you have no place to go

And I confess that’s true
Some days it makes me blue
But I love the most of all
Getting to raise my sons, that’s top

And second is Song Land
This place where we make stupid songs in stupid songs
Song Land
Is the time I get to be with you and sing the song
With you and sing the song

Like when I was 13, we had a chicken coop
Where they free roamed outside
And I would walk out with my guitar
And sing songs that gave my chickens hope
I’d tell them sweet nothings
To lay bigger eggs for us

And in my heart, and in my soul
I thought I helped

25:17

Or when I was a young boy
Five or six
Actually maybe younger
I would sit out on the street corner and sing for neighbors passing by

These songs are for you, dear
That’s why I don’t know what I’m saying, dear
What do you need in your life?
I’ll sing it to you tonight.

I love the song with all my heart
I love the song, I love the song
Cause you and I can see for hours
See for hours when we sing together, together

We can have everything we need and want in our lives
When the joy of the song gives it to us tonight
When the joy of a song gives it to us tonight

27:04

I can’t play this song ‘Cause I’m lifting it tonight
I have to change the way I play
This Zwan, if you hear it

A lyric, a start. A future.
That is all of ours

I know, I know the soul sings loudly
The songs love

I know, I know the future seems so bright with you by my side

I know, I know it all will give me the one I need tonight

29:15

(intermission)

29:30

I wash my hands of all of this filth
I rinse my mind of all of that what comes behind me
I take my own hands, raise them up.
I call out to my friends and family. That’s you.

Take me out to where the canyon rises
Take me out to where I’m not alone
Take me out to where the canyons rise
Where the sands touch my feet

And where I have so much ice cream
And taste it on my lips

My baby cries when we’re in tandem
‘Cause we have so much more to give, oh
And we have so many choices
That we become a beautiful dream

And we have love,
Oh so much love, oh
And we have joy in deepest ways
And we have all we never really wanted
And we have all we want to give

So hold up your hands and fly
So hold up your hands and fly

We have so much more to give, oh
And we have so much more to give, oh
And we have joy, a deepest joy
And we have laughter all around

And we have friends who come together.
And we have love, oh deepest love.
And you have all you ever wanted

Your deepest joys are yours

And I have canyons up around me
There they are so high
They touch the sky

And ancient runes stand in front of me tonight
They’re all around

And, oh, tonight, they’re all around
They’re all around
And oh, tonight, they’re around

34:25

My baby’s gotta go
There’s no way to know
Who is right and who is unfortunate

We have so much to give
Have so much to give
So much to give

And all this to live
For you deserve in love
And give in love
And have in love
And taste in love
And share in love
And cry in love

35:55

So we go back from the canyons
And you have a beautiful new foreigner

And we are rolling over mountains to hopeful places
And we have all we want and need
And we have all we want and need
And we have all we want and need

And we have all we want and need
And need and need and need and need and need

37:15

The beauty of the earth
Is all that is around
Is all that lies between
The beauty and the sound of our love, of our love
Of our love, of our love

Of our love
Of our love
Of our love
Of our love

(repeats many times)

You hold my hand in yours
You hold yours in my hand
You take all parts of me
You make me whole, you make me whole

You take all the parts of me
And make me whole, make me whole

You take me and make me whole
Make me whole, make me whole

You take me and make me whole
And make me whole, make me whole

You take me and make me whole
Make me whole, make me whole

You take me and make me whole
Make me whole, make me whole

You take me and make whole
Make me whole
Make me whole

40:50

Well I’ve never been alone like this before
And I’ve never been untold like this before
Until time immemorium
I don’t need no stinking one
There ain’t no way
There ain’t no way
There ain’t no way, ain’t no way, oh

Ain’t no way my baby left me
Ain’t no way I told her, “Go”
Ain’t no way I told her nothing was my own

And I want you back by me, baby

I know
I know
I know
I know we raise our hands when we’re sitting by the camp fire
Best friends all around

Grab a beer, grab an ale, grab an old ginger ale
Have it here with me, by the stove
And I love to stay every once in a while at a campsite here or there
‘Cause there’s life I need
The fresh outdoors

I have to feel the breeze on me

42:50

I’m freakin’ out ‘Cause all the beauty in the world
I’m freakin’ out at the beauty in the world
I’m no champion of all you do, you do

Joy, you do, you do
Oh, joy, you bring me joy
Bring me joy
Bring me joy
Bring me joy

I take you by the hand and we walk a million miles, a trillion miles, a guadrillion miles
I take you by the hand and gravity alerts
The mountains are not shaped the same way that they used to be

Oh, kiss me
And take my hand and I will dance the newest dance I’ve ever had with a person in the world
Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance with me

44:30

This is it
This is it
This is it
This is it

This is it
This is it
This is it
This is it

Cause joy and life bring so many things to them
Cause joy and life bring so many good things to them
Cause joy and life bring so many glorious, beautiful things

They are black, they are white
They are all precious in his site

Oh, we the people of this universe take a pledge
Where we give up our rights instead
And all the beauty of the earth
Is all coming together like a brand new baby’s birth

It’s so beautiful, wonderful, friendly, and sweet
Wonderful, kind, and oh so serene.

We are gathered together here in the name of one
We are one and all
By being together we are one

Is that redundant, reductive, or, oh, just a circle?
Is that reductive or redundant or, oh, just a circle?
Is that reductive or redundant or, oh, just a circle?

46:40

(in voices)

I am so crazy tonight
Why are you so, what do you think is the right thing to do?

What do you think about it
When you don’t need the sweetness?

You’re not crazy about it
You’re not crazy, your not sweetness

No, your sweetness is not here
Not here at all (she’s not here at all)

No, sweetness is not here
She got grumpy and left (she got grumpy and left)

She’s a meany head
She hurt my feelings
She said I didn’t amount to nothing and I was like my dad

That hurt my sweet feelings
And now I’m so effin’ mad
If I don’t have anyone, I don’t have trust, blah blah blah

I was taking it next door when I was there
I was delivering your pizza
Cause I work at Papa John’s

And that boy was there who wasn’t there and…you never gave me a tip!

That’s how the story goes of Pizza Joe.
Pizza Joe was a man who had everything he ever wanted
Pizza Joe was the kind of boy who you left alone
Marching down the street like you never knew you could

48:27

I’m the phantom of the opera (he’s there)
He’s the phantom of the opera

[Instrumental]

[Speaking] I’m going to destroy my voice

49:30

He’s here: the phantom of the opera
He’s there: the phantom of the opera

He’s watching over me
He sees my every step
We’ve done a million plays since they said he left
But he’s there, the phantom of the opera

He’s there, the phantom of the opera

Oh

He’s there: the phantom of the opera
He’s here: the phantom of the opera

Ah

I’m in love, in deepest, joyous love with you
It’s a joy, unending joy every time we snuggle at night
I get to lay by you, my sweet wife
I put my hand on your back and it makes you feel nice

What a gift I have being with you
What a gift it is to be with you
You make cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve

How amazing, how sweet

Thank you!
Thank you!

Your joy, your life, you’re all complete
You’re all I need, you’re all I crave: your love, your love

52:30

It is all that I ever wanted
It is all that I ever had
It is all that I ever needed
To taste you, to taste you

To taste you in my sweet mouth
To taste you in my sweet mouth

That kiss
That kiss
That kiss
That kiss

That kiss
That kiss

Believe in your loves and your life
And your pieces
They have all what, what you want.

[Speaking] What is this? It’s drink time.… [continues talking]

54:00

In my mouth, in my mouth
Down my throat, in my stomach
Where it’s refreshing
And my omelettes get their buddies

Oh, my cells
Are thirsty, thirsty, thirsty
They need more water, water, water
They need more
They are telling me

Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, they are
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, they are
They have weak cell immunity right now
‘Cause I’ve been sick the past week

Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty they are
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, they are
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty they are
They have always wanted more from us
And I have never knew how I’d live up to that

They always wanted more from us
They always wanted more from us

Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, thirsty
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, thirsty
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty for more

Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, thirsty
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty, thirsty
Thirsty, thirsty, thirsty for more

56:27

Thirsty, my cells are thirsty
I can’t reach that water bottle without stopping the strumming

57:00

It’s time for me to go
I’ll let you know
It’s time for me to put down this old microphone
‘Cause it’s Christmas Eve
And I gotta help my bride, indeed
Put these gifts under the tree
‘Cause there’s no Santa

And if you’re Jewish and you celebrate, happy Hanukkah
And if you’re Kwanza-Leaning, celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanika [I clearly don’t understand much about Kwanza]
And if you’re nothing at all and you make jokes about Festivus to your friends
Or even if you’re something and you still make jokes about Festivus to your friends

You’re ok with me my friends
You’re ok with me my friends
‘Cause our love will complete the circle
The circle of friends

58:40

(spoken) I feel like I need to sing in Mandarin right now
‘Cause there are more people in China
And I wish that we, too, could be friends

If you happen to know any English
Would you be so generous as to join in?

‘Cause then I could know
That everyone I’ve met around the world so far
Knew the reality they are in
And found joy, and found joy because of it

Found joy, found joy because of it

59:55

Ending