Songs for Elementary and Middle School Chorus

by Adam Cole

Recordings to accompany the book, Songs for Elementary and Middle School Chorus, by Adam Cole
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  • 03:10 Lyrics Oriental Rug

    Oriental Rug

     

    INTRO (instrumental)

    F#-minor               /    B                 /  F#-minor        / B            A

     

    VERSE 1

    F#-minor                                        / A                   /  D                            A                        /  E           

                   Pretty pattern painted on it.                 When I’m feeling weary there’s a place that I can go  

     

    F#-minor                                               /A                                 /D                                  /E

                      Put your bare feet there upon it.        Put your body down           on a paradise of thread

     

    CHORUS

          F#-minor               A                        / F#-minor          A    

     I’d walk a mile for a camel,          I’d tip my hat for a jug   

           E                                                               / D                                                              //(BACK TO INTRO)

    But I don’t go for any o’ that stuff just as long as I got you here on my Oriental rug

     

    VERSE 2

    F#-minor                                          / A                   /  D                            A                        /  E                            

                      Once I was a lonesome drifter.      I  couldn’t keep you happy and I      couldn’t bring you home. 

    F#-minor                                               /A                                 /D                                  /E

                      ‘Til you saw my fuzzy carpet                  and you laid you down, like it was your very own

     

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE

    F#-minor                     / F-#minor      A        /   F-#minor                               /F-#minor         A          // 4x

     

    You may think I’ll never get it

    You may think I’m crazy and I’ll always be alone

    But I’m a needle, or I’ll thread it

    And I’ll reap just what I sew.  What’s above is down below

     

    CHORUS

     

    INTRO as OUTRO

  • 03:53 What Doesn't Heal You, album track
  • 03:24 Lyrics Wine In A Mug

    Wine In a Mug

     

    E A              E         A              E                          A              E

    If you didn’t build it then it might not stay (it might not stay, you know it might not stay)

    If you didn’t build it they can take it away (take it away, you know they’ll take it away)

    A7                        

    You know you have to want it or it might just lead you astray

     

    CHORUS

                E     c#min     A 

    I drink wine                     from a mug now.

    E              c#min         A  

    Can’t get a grip when it’s in a bottle somehow.

    E               c#min        A

    Wine                                from a mug now

    E                                  A-A   E

     

    E                                          A             E

    If she didn’t love me then I might not care  (instrumental instead of vocal repeat)

    If she was just pretending, what was I doing there?

           A7

    I told her to convince me and she gave me such a terrible stare.

     

    CHORUS

     

    BRIDGE

    A

    You never gonna get another chance now

    The carousel don’t do another dance now

    It goes around once

    It goes around twice

    The music stops, the pony drops

    B

     No, no!  No, no!  No, no!

     

      E           A          E      A          E                            A         E

    I never understood the things she did not say (did not say, you know she did not say)

    I never could connect the dots that washed away. (washed away, you know they washed away)

    A        

    My cup is overflowing and I think the bill is hell to pay

     

    CHORUS

  • 03:10 Lyrics Running Out of Ways to Love You

    Runnin’ Out of Ways to Love You

     

     

    Intro:  3 simply strummed chords:  C  G  D ——- (held)

                                                           C   G  A—— (held)

     

    VERSE 1

     

           D

    I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you, we don’t have too far to go.

     

     

           D

    I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you, we did it fast, we did it slow.

     

     

                   G                                                                              D

    Well, I’m on my way to Houston, a-where my ship is comin’ in.

     

     

                   A                                                                            G

    But I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you.    

     

     

    VERSE 2

     

            D

    I’m walkin’ into a sunspot, just a light that isn’t there.

     

     

            D

    I’m walkin’ into your darkness and it burns me everywhere.

     

     

            G

    My sky is black and cloudy and my vista’s shrinking fast,

     

     

     

    CHORUS

     

     

    So I’m 

     

     

    A                            G

           runnin’ out the door.  I won’t

     

     

    A                           G

           be here anymore.   You won’t

     

     

     

    F#                               b-min    A          G 

          See me leave, or even know I’ve left here.

     

     

                         As per intro:  C  G  A

     

    VERSE 3

     

           D

    I’m runnin out of ways to love you, I’ll be honest for your sake.

     

     

                  D

    Yes I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you, I’ll be gone before you wake.

     

     

       G                                                                      D

    I tried my best to tell you but you didn’t want to know

     

     

     

    CHORUS

     

     

    That I’m

     

     

    A                          G

         runnin’ out the door.  I won’t

     

     

    A                      G

         be here anymore.   You won’t

     

     

    F#                             b-min  A            G                       

         See me leave, or even know the reason

     


    BRIDGE

     

     

                          G                                            G

    We  keep                 walkin’ rails       <one empty measure>

     

    A                                                    D                       D7

          But I think we’re on the wrong track.    Cause you keep

     

     

    G                         A                                         C            C     G    A    

            Holdin’ me,         and I keep holdin’ you back! 

     

     

    CHORUS

     

           D

    I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you, I don’t have too far to go.

     

     

           D

    I’m runnin’ out of ways to love you, I said it fast, I said it slow.

     

     

                   G                                                                              D

    Well, I’m almost into Houston, wonderin’ should I run away

     

     

    CHORUS

     

     

    Still I’m 

     

     

    A                            G

           runnin’ out the door.  I won’t

     

     

    A                           G

           be here anymore.   You won’t

     

     

     

    F#                               b-min    A          G 

          See me leave, or even know I’ve been here.

     

     

                         C  G  D

     

  • 03:15 Download Lyrics The Way Things Were

    The Way Things Were

     

     

                  A         EE                                         E/D

    The way things were                     no inquisition                      no jealousy

    The way things were                          no suspicion                  uncertainty

    The way things were                     no lonely days                    no sleepless nights

    The way things were                     no power plays                  no vicious fights

     

                                A               A/C#                             D                             

    What would you do          to get back to           the love you had before?    

     

    CHORUS

            E

    You shower her with all your charms and affection

             E       E                  

                     That doesn’t matter.   You’re facing in the wrong direction.

     D                                                  D/E 

          You’re not sleeping with her           <break!>

                                                               A

    You’re sleeping with the way things were.   Shadoobee bop bop.

           G       D        A

    The way things were.      Shadoobee  bop bop.

    The way things were.      Shadoobee  bop bop.

    The way things were.      Shadoobee  bop bop.

     

                  A           E  E                                     E/D

    The way things were                     you used to know               now you just wonder

    The way things were                     you see the light                 Don’t hear no thunder

    The way things were                     you feel the heat                Don’t see the sun

    The way things were                     you hear the rumors           From every one

     

             A               A/C#                             D

    What would you do          to get back to           the love you had before?    

     

    CHORUS

     

     

    <last pre-chorus different>

     

                                A              A/C#                  D                             B7/D#

    What would you do          to get back to           the love you had before?      Ooo ooo ooo!

     

    CHORUS

     

  • 03:14 Download Story Lyrics I Hate You

    I Hate You

     

     

    VERSE 1

     

    C                  e-                    F

    Grab a handful of years as they go by

     

     

    C       e-7                        F

    When you’re done you’re holding nothing.

     

     

    Ce-FM7          FM7  e-7  D7-9

    Give your dreams a little push and watch them fly ——

     

     

    e-7                        FM7                      e-7

    Soaring upward…while you stand…going nowhere

     

     

    C                  e-                    F

    Like a kite without a tail I sailed alone

     

     

    C                         e-                    F

    Tempest tossed and so erratic

     

     

    Ce-FM7    FM7  e-7  D7-9

    Felt your hand upon my string and followed you on home

     

     

    e-7   FM7         e-7

    Trailing downward…til I dropped…into plastic

     

     

    PRE-CHORUS

     

    FD7

    I used to love you dear with all I had

     

     

    FD7

    I thought I’d just get used to being sad

     

     

    FM7  e-7  d-  D7   G  <tacet>

    That was yesterday.  But now I

     

     

    CHORUS

     

    CG   FC     G F

    Hate you.  I hate you.  I hate you.   Didn’t take to long to hate you.  I hate you.  I hate you.

     

     

    VERSE 2

     

    C                  e-                    F

    Don’t be fooled by any rules of savoir faire

     

     

    C                  e-                    F

    They’re just there to smooth it over

     

     

    Ce-FM7    FM7  e-7  D7-9

    We can trust complete disgust and leave our battle there

     

     

    e-7       FM7         e-7

     

    Going nowhere…Let alone /  conversation

     

     

     

    PRE-CHORUS and CHORUS

     

     

     

    INTERLUDE

     

     

     

    ALT PRE-CHORUS (shorter)

     

    F     D7

    Yes it’s depressing, but I think it’s right

     

     

    F    D7

    I see the darkness in a different light

     

    (straight to)

     

    CHORUS

  • 03:13 Download Lyrics The First 10,000 digits of Pi

    The First Ten Thousand Digits of Pi

     

     

    <instr. pt.1 >

     

    C                      F/D          C/E    F

       They say life does a number on you

    C/E                       F/D

    One that can’t be counted on

    C                 F/D      C/E

        A slice of unconventional

    F             G              a-

    A mantle that we’re mounted on

    C/F              C/E

    Seems a bit irrational

         d-                               Gsus                       

    To count your chickens                on and on

     

    <instr. pt 1>

     

    C                   F/D  C/E    F

      They say life is a circle but I

    C/E        F/D

    Don’t think that we live that long

    C                  F/D      C/E         

       I think that life’s a triangle

    d-          G         a-

    Not the album, not a song

    C/F                 C/E

    It’s the needle in the groove

             F/C                  Gsus

    That slowly, slowly             moves along

     

    <instr. pt 1 and pt 2>

     

    CHORUS

    F                                      C/E

        So take my hand and walk with me

    F/D                            C

    Down that road that goes

    d-7                               C/E                      G/A                                

         To the unpromised land and you and I

            a-/G

    Can count

           G/F                                  gsus

    The first ten thousand digits           of pi

     

    <instr. 1>

    C                  F/D         C/E                 F 

        The digits change, they press the fret

            C/E              F/D  

    And unexpected tunes ring out

    C                     F/D    C/E         

        We just continue on that way

    F             G     a-  

    Until the final string gives out

    F                             C/E

    Even though you never know

    d-7                                 gsus

    Exactly what the thing’s          about

     

    <instr. 1 and 2>

     

     

     

    If I had a choice I

     

    Would choose to finish my

     

    Little slice before I die

     

    E-bM7   f-7   Ab   g-7  f-7  G/E

     

     

    CHORUS

     

    <instr. 1 and 2>

  • 02:47 Download Lyrics 21st Century Winter

    Twenty First Century Winter

     

    Warm, lord it’s warm, shouldn’t be so fair

    Lookin’ for dark clouds, don’t see any there

    I’m not appeased.  It’s the time of year

    Cold and darkness ought to reappear.

     

    CHORUS

    What do you do when your world ain’t right

    Dark in the day and it’s brighter at night

    What do you do when your lady fair

    Turnin to gentlemen everywhere

    Pay no mind to the call of the hound

    Everybody’s runnin’ as fast as they can

    Nowhere to go, nowhere to stand 

    Twenty-first century winter comes around

    Twenty-first century winter comes around

     

    Sad, lord it’s sad, cause it’s like a dream

    Where everything isn’t as bad as it seems

    When what’s goin’ on is a cryin’ shame

    The devil parades under a different name

     

    Run just as fast as your feet will fly

    Weep like a baby to a lullabye

    You won’t escape, sugar, you can’t hide

    Warm rush of water from a changing tide

  • 03:20 Oriental Rug - Stripped Down Version
  • 03:42 Story What Doesn't Heal You - Special Mix
  • 02:47 Download Lyrics Eighteen Bars

    Eighteen Bars

     

    CHORUS

     

    I’d been through

     

    D  G  D

    Eighteen bars before I figured out the song

     

    D G                         A

    Eighteen bars before I knew what I was playing

     

    b-      G                      D

          I took a shot at every spot along the way but after

     

    b-  A                                     b-             A/C#      D         

    Eighteen bars…………I knew what you’d been saying.

     

     

    G    A         D

         I used to cry.       And you used to listen to me cry.

     

    G           A                                              D

         I used to dream of going out each time I saw you going in

     

                    b-                  A                                        b-        A          G

    I listened to the radio           to see if I could get a signal.       Ooooooooo

     

    C

    Static to the left of me, static to the right,

     

    CA

            My life was static every day until the night I’d been through

     

     

    CHORUS

     

    G    A         D

         It used to diie.       I used to listen to it die.

     

    G           A                                    D

         It used to sputter and go out each time I lit it up again

     

                       b-                     A                                                     b-        A          G

    No I don’t mean my radio           I mean the love we had between us.       Ooooooooo

     

    C

    Frantic cause you left me, frantic cause you’re right,

     

    C               A 

            I went to pieces knowing we were through but then I’d been through 

     

     

    CHORUS

     

    b- 

    There are two parts to love

     

    G

    The person you’re with

     

    E7

     

     

    A

    And the person you are

     

    I’d been through…

     

    CHORUS

  • 02:22 Download Story Lyrics Rock In My Shoe

    Rock In My Shoe

     

    INTRO:  D  GD  / D  GD  / C C G G / D 

     

     

    C

    I seek to rock, I try to roll

    Look to heaven to save my soul.  There’s a

    G                                                           D

    Tiny little prick each time I try to step.

    C

    I move it left, I move it right

    I take off my sock and I search all night.  But a

    G                                             D

    Tiny little stick reminds me

    There’s a tiny little pain that finds me

    A                         C

    And every time I think it’s free

     

    CHORUS

    Yeah I

    G

    Can’t keep walkin’, every step is a pain.  Got a

    D

    Rock in my shoe.  Need a

    G

    Break for a minute, cause I feel something in it, Got a

    D

    Rock in my shoe.  And I 

    A       G                                          A               G                 F    

    Think / the  rock may be     (Last time:  Think / the rock……..            / may be)

    You.  (intro, to verse 2)

     

    C

    Runnin’ out of words to say

    You never paid attention anyway.  It’s the

    G                                                               D

    Tiny little kick I need to keep in step.

    C

    I wanted your pain, I wanted your blues

    But I got mine, didn’t get to choose.  Took a

    GD

    Tiny little tiny little turn to the wrong.  I was a

    Tiny little fool all along. 

    A                         C

    And every time I think it’s gone…


    CHORUS

     

  • 04:47 Download Lyrics Jealous of Your Dreams

    Jealous of Your Dreams

     

    D                    E               D                       E

    A kite will still fly with               a tangled string

     

    D                     E                D                    D

    A bird is still a bird         with   a broken wing

     

    e-                                     D                                    e-                e-

    But a space without        walls     doesn’t mean a thing

     

    G                             A               G                        A  

    Some things are so broken          they cease to be

     

    C             A                      G

         Let in so much light          that there’s nothing to see

     

    e-                    E                     

    You     without me                  Don’t you know what I mean? 

     

    CHORUS

    G                       A             D  

    Jealous of your dreams, ‘cause I ain’t in ‘em

     

    G                     A                        D

    Jealous of the games you play, ‘cause I can’t win ‘em

     

    G                     A                       D

    Jealous of the things you want, I can’t begin ‘em

     

    G                                          E

                      Jealous of your dreams

     

     

     

    D                    E               D                       E

    A man will still walk with               a broken heart

     

    D                    E                D                     D

    He’ll carry on           with               the other parts

     

    e-                                     D                                    e-                e-

    But a man without        a dream     doesn’t feel a thing

     

    G                             A               G                   A  

    He won’t feel the cuts                   upon his feet

     

    C             A                         G                             

         Let out so much blood          let in the street

     

    e-                                 E                            

    Oh, oh                                      Don’t you know what I mean? 

     

     

    CHORUS

     

     

    BRIDGE

     

    G                                             D

                Find the place that’s/  farthest from me

     

    D                                    A                   A

    That’s where I should / go

     

    e-                                        e-

     

    G                                                  D                      b-        B

                That’s / where I have already gone, you know.

  • 01:44 Download Story Lyrics Fleas In HIs Eyes

    Fleas In His Eyes

     

    I feel like making a mistake

    Just like Samson did before he went to bed

    He let Delilah have his head

    Fleas in his eyes

     

    I think I’ll sabotage myself

    Just like Napoleon I’ll head into the snow

    He let the Russians stop the show

    Fleas in his eyes

     

    I feel like making a mistake

    This song it bubbled up and made me write it down

    Like Captain Ahab I am gone to get a whale

     

    I think I’ll throw it all away

    I didn’t really want to keep it anyway

    What a ridiculous disguise

    Fleas in his eyes

Bitter Green

by Adam Cole

  • 03:18 Download Lyrics The Same As I Do

    Same As I Do

     

    c-                D7       g-       

    Passed out on the beach

    Woke up the next day

    Eb7  D7        g-      Bb7       

      The sky is falling

    Eb7          D7      g-       Ab/ Bb

    You were out of reach

    c-D7     g-

    I was out of your mind

     

    Went back by our place

    Don’t look like you lived there

    This guy is calling

     

    Have to hide my face

    He asked for you by name

     

    CHORUS

     

             c-  D7    g-       Bb7

    Why don’t you feel the same as I do?
            Eb7             D7     g-

    Why don’t you feel the same?  I thought I knew you.

             c-  D7       g-      Bb7

    Why don’t you feel the same as I do?

             Eb7D7  g-

     

    Not a single trace

    Of our lives is still there

    You took it all and

     

    Now I fall asleep

    With the TV on.

     

    CHORUS

     

    BRIDGE

    Bb           d-     g-                                     c-7    F7

    You can run, you can hide. You can’t take away what I’m feeling inside.

    I still carry that.  I still cried when I

    Eb   D7

    Saw the picture frame with no picture inside

     

    CHORUS

     

  • 02:55 Download Lyrics Beauty in the Skies

    Beauty in the Skies

     

     

    We’re

     

    F                 a-    Bb/C  GbM7#11 C/F

    Always breaking down or we’re brea  -  king         up

     

       F  F7/A  Bb      bdim   F/C  A7/C#  Bb/D

    Another ten minutes and I’ll overfill my cup

     

    I’ll drop it /

     

    F    C/A  

       on the floor

     

              Bb       A7alt  Db

    Cause I can’t bear it any -  more

     

               Db

    I’m so tired

     

      d-       G7

    I can’t recognize

     

                               DbM7                           d-7                              F/C      F add 9    

    The beauty in the skies, the beauty in the skies, the beauty in the skies.

     

    F

    I’m the 

     

    a-           Bb/C  GbM7#11 C/F

     Trash in God’s                  pocket

     

            F     F7/A    Bb        bdim   F/C  A7/C#  Bb/D        

    The grass on the boot of Davy Crocket

     

    Holdin’ it /

     

    F            C/A

       on my lap

     

        Bb       Db

    A replica of his coonskin cap

     

    Db

    Starin’ hard

     

         d-                      G7

    At my backyard

     

                                   DbM7                           d-7                               F/C      F add 9    

    And the beauty in the skies, the beauty in the skies, the beauty in the skies.

     

    Db   Eb    Ab             Db           Eb             Ab           Ab/A

    Nobody knows you      when you’re down and out

     

    Db/Ab                             G7                                      C          C/Bb   C/A      C/G

    When you come back it’s nothing that you want to talk      about

     

    There’s always

     

    F  a-      Bb/C   GbM7#11    F

    More to learn and less     to                 do

     

        F       F7/A     Bb            bdim  F/C       A7/C#  Bb/D

    Another twenty years and I’ll be through with     you

     

     

    I’ll drop you /

     

    F                     C/A

        and I’ll run

     

                  Bb         A7alt     Db

    Cause I can’t do another one

     

    Db

    I’m so tired

     

      d-       G7

    I can’t recognize

     

                               DbM7                           d-7                              F/C      F add 9    

    This beauty in the skies, this beauty in the skies, this beauty in the skies.

     

  • 02:57 Download Lyrics Everything Good

    Everything Good

    G

    You’re everything

    You’re everything to me

    You’re everything that’s good to me

    And I don’t see

    How I could

      C7

    Have done any better

        G

    You’re everything that’s good

              DG

    And if I could be that good to you I would.

     

    You’re everything

    You’re everything to me

    You’re everything that’s sweet to me

    My favorite

    Recipe

    Is the love you make me

    You’re everything that’s sweet

    And if I could I’d be your favorite treat

     

    C       G

    We have a deal

          D

    You’re the best

            G        G7

    And I get to be married to you

    C                  G

    You keep it real

                           e-

    I confess

           a-D

    I couldn’t be without you…

       D7

    Honey,

     

    You’re everything

    You’re everything to me

    You’re everything that’s right to me

    And I can’t see

    How you could

    Do it any better

    You’re everything that’s right.

    And I just want to show you every night.

  • 05:00 Download Lyrics See Through

    See Through

     

    Eb    Gb/B   |   (Gb/B)        |  Eb  Gb/B     Db |   (Db)     |

    Eb    Gb/B   |   (Gb/B)        |  E    Gb/B     Db |   Ab  F  B/Db

     

    Eb-7      Eb-6

    I can’t hear my footsteps anymore

    I don’t know where I’ve been

    Don’t know what’s left to do

    Don’t know what I should do again.

     

    My belly hangs below me

    My head is getting grey

    I’m sadder with each passing year

    And happier each day

     

    Ebmaj

    Oh, oh, oh,

    BEb

    I see through the illusion of time

    DbB/Db

    It’s not going faster.  I’m just slowing down.

    Db/B    Eb

    I’m not smarter, I’m just getting old

    Db/F

    I see through…the illusion of time

     

    (intro riff)

     

    I can’t play my story anymore

    Don’t recognize the tune

    I don’t think I was really there.  I don’t remember

    What it’s supposed to mean

     

    My cleverness it pulls me down

    Each time I try to go

    It keeps me under water

    I can’t say what I know 

     

    I thought by now I’d have it all

    But I’m losing every day

    And what I had I’m giving up

    I gave it all away.

     

    Chorus

    Bridge

    Gb                     Db/F               ebmin

    When you reach the end of the line

     

    You can turn

    B           Db/B              Eb     Gb/B   Db7           

    back or head into the great unknown

    Gb          Db/F                     Eb            Eb7/Db 

    If you go back, it’s not the same         

    Ab                        Db  

          The view has changed.  You no longer

    B                     Gb      Db/F   ebmin

    recognize the things you’re shown.  

     

    (Solo over verse)

     

    (Chorus)

     

  • 02:18 Download Lyrics It's Better When I'm Not

     

    It’s Better When I’m Not

     

                D

    Why don’t you pity me?

    e-

    Why don’t you comfort me?

    D

    Why don’t you come to me?

    G     C/G   G

    It’s better when I’m not.

     

    The bottle won the fight.

    I lost my kids last night.

    Out of mind, out of sight.

    It’s better when I’m not.

     

    D

    It’s a fine, fine feeling to be wasted again, it’s such a

    G

             fine, fine feeling to be hated again, it’s such a

             fine, fine day to be berated again, oh oh oh.

     

    Why don’t I go to bed?

    Why don’t I rest my head?

    Wide eyed and halfway dead.

    It’s better when I’m not.

        D

    Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s killing me

      G

    Love the anticipation.  Here comes the heart break!

          D

    It’s not the sinking feeling that I love

        G

    It’s getting ready for the next mistake.

     

    I love the long regret

    Inside each cigarette

    I haven’t lit, and yet

    It’s better when I’m not

  • 02:08 Download Lyrics What If, What Then?

    What If, What Then?

     

     

      D                    G        

    What if I die before the morning

    A                D                    G 

    What if I’m gone before I wake

    A              D                 G

    What if I take me on a journey

    A                       D                  G

    What would be left of me to take?

     

    What if you’re not the Queen of angels

    What if you’re not my morning sun

    What if the world betrays its favorites

    What if there’s nowhere else to run?

     

    b-            A             G       

    What if we’ve both been there before

    What if we’ve broken down the door?

     

    What if there’s not a million secrets

    What if I’m old before I’m young

    What if our life’s an endless shadow

    What if we climb the final rung?

     

    What if we’ve both been there before

    What if we open up the door?

  • 02:52 Download Lyrics Jaslyn

    Jaslyn

     

     

    e-                     / A                               / D                        / G   G/F#

     

    If you came,     I would surely follow.      If you came,      Jaslyn. (2x)

     

    She don’t know that.                              She don’t know that.  (2x)

     

    If I ran,              I could not escape you. If I ran,               Jaslyn  (2x)

     

    She don’t know that.         She don’t know that.  (2x)

     

     

    If I wait,             are you waiting for me,  If I wait,             Jaslyn  (2x)

     

    She don’t look back                               She don’t look back.

     

  • 02:13 Download Lyrics Radiatia

    Radiatia

     

    C    FC

    When we first met the shit was pourin’ down, and I did my best to shadeya
      FF          C

    I tried so hard to do it and I’d like to think you thought that I was greatya

                       G                    F                                   

    You keep / askin’ for more, / and now I think that I could grow to hateya

    Eb                 D7          G7

           You and all your radiatia.

     

    You chose your crooked path / you did what you wanted, no one madeya.

    Every card you drew that you thought was a heart became a spadeya

    You let everybody else take a cut until your little hand was playdea

    And now you sit and radiatia.

     

    F

    You come to my house in the pourin’ rain.

    C

    When anybody else would know that you’re insane

    F      

    I take you in and I saytoya

    G

    “It’s gettin’ late

         C

    why ya gotta radiate?”

     

    (instrumental solo)

     

    (B-section)

     

    You got a lotta nerve to give me attitude and try to throw your weightya

    That ain’t / gonna work with me, I ain’t gonna back it down, I ain’t afraidya

                 C                            C7 

    I ain’t / gonna let you stay,

         F                       F#dim      G7
    If I can’t give you away I’d gladly

    C

    Tradeya

    D7                          G

       You and all your radiatia.

     

    (second instrumental solo)

  • 02:41 Download Lyrics Out of My Mind

    Out of My Mind

     

       F/D   G7/D

    1. Mid-night

    2. Moon says

    3. Fin’ - ly

     

    F/D                          G7

    Always comes too soon

    That’s he been there too

    Picking up the         phone

     

    F/D   G7/D

    All     right

    He    says

    Hours since

     

    Bb                    C/Bb

    Waiting for the moon

    He’s in love with you

    Any moon has shone

     

    F7.9Ab/ABb7.9        DbM7/Eb

    I’ve gotsomething to   tell him when I    see him

    I bet you set himshining with your eyes

    You don’t answer, you recognize my    number 


    Bbsus/F   F7.9

     

    Bbmin     Eb11

    Wouldn’t want to  be him

    Do you recog -    nize

    I must be getting    dumber

     

    CHORUS

     

    Dmin/F  Bb7                    A7

    Every single moment…you been so unkind

     

       Ab7        G7        C7  dmin6  

    I  must be out of my mind with love, you know, I must be out of my mind.

     

  • 04:14 Download Lyrics The Best They Can

    The Best They Can

     

    G   D/G   |  z  G   D/G  | F/G   C/G  |   %

    G   D/G   |  G   D/G  | F/G            |   C/D

     

    G            G7        C            D

        She won’t often say I love you.     Least not very loud and

    G  CD          G

    She don’t give him the impression /       she’s particularly proud

    C      B/D#     e-                C      c-/Eb

        When they go out together.    It’s not her way.

     

    GC      D

    But she sometimes leaves a sandwich /      in a little paper sack.

    G        C             DG

                She’s always ready to provide him /      with anything he lacks.

    C      B/D#      e-                C        c-/Eb
    She doesn’t talk about it.            She doesn’t brag.

     

    D                                       C/E

    She doesn’t always love him in a way he understands.

    C/D
         But she does the best she can.

     

    G            G7     C            D

      He can’t always make her happy.  Doesn’t always try.

    G  CD          G

    But he made the bed they sleep in, and it keeps her warm and dry.

    C      B/D#    e-                C      c-/Eb

    When they’re asleep together, he’s glad she’s there.

     

    D                                       C/E

    He doesn’t always love her in a way she understands

    C/D

    But he does the best he can.

     

    Bb        D7/A      G

    People sometimes talk about them in a way that isn’t fair.

    Bb         D7          G

    We pass judgement from a distance, just get close enough to stare.

     

    Eb                F Bb/DB              E         F#

    We ought to be more careful.  What do we know?

     

    G          G7     C              D

    So I often think about them,          and I wonder why

    G             CD                G

    They found a way to stay together         when so many say goodbye

    C               B/D#      e-                          C      c-/Eb

    Can’t claim to know the answer.       What did they find?

     

    D                                       C/E           C/D   

    They didn’t always find it.  In a way, I understand. 

     <intro, phrase 1>

      I do the best I can.

    <intro, phrase 2>

     

     

  • 03:11 Download Lyrics The Last Little Bit of Green in the City

    The Last Little Bit of Green in the City

     

    c-7      c-6     c-7     c-6

     

     

    f-7       c-7

    Crazy Adams got real clout now, he

    Traded his brain for a pushcart heart

    He doesn’t want to talk about his transformation, he says he

    Ab7                               G7      c-6

    Left it all behind at the police station

     

    They put him in charge of the committee to redo this

    Hot mess of crooked avenues.  Now he

    Goes around sayin’ “That won’t fly, we gotta

    Turn it off, we gotta make it hurry by.”

     

    CHORUS

    f-7        c-7

    I feel bad.  I feel blue.

    They got to him, they’re gonna

    Get to me and you.  They’re gonna

    Ab7

    Rewrite the song

    D7 ALT #9 b13      

    It didn’t take them long to find the

    G7ALT#9b13     

    Last little bit of green in the city.

     

    Little Sue, oh she don’t know what to do

    She been up and down this boulevard, her feet are turnin’ blue, well they

    Ought to light a marquee with her name and address so she can

    Trade in her stilettos for a Sunday dress

     

    She’s lookin for her children now, she don’t know where they went

    She thinks they were stolen by the president

    She wrote a song about them but it was too sad to sing

    Somebody said it wasn’t worth an imitation ring

     

    CHORUS

    f-7        c-6

    I feel bad.  I feel blue.

    They got to her, they’re gonna

    Get to me and you.  They’re gonna

    Rewrite the song

    D7 ALT #9 b13      

    It won’t be long before they kill the

    G7ALT#9b13     

    Last little bit of green in the city.

     

    Honest Bobby, he don’t have any hobby.  He got

    Eighty hour weeks doing shifts in the lobby

    He thinks he’s gettin out but he don’t know what he’s into

    He gonna / try a new design to attach his skin to.

     

    That tattoo, you know it ain’t blue.  It’s got

    A little yellow fellow in a neon running shoe

    When Crazy Adams saw it, you know, he wrote up a report and when they

    Fine him for the line he gonna come up pretty short.

     

    CHORUS

    f-7        c-6

    I feel bad.  I feel blue.

    They got to him, they’re gonna

    Get to me and you.  They’re gonna

    Rewrite the song

    D7 ALT #9 b13      

    It won’t be long before they fill the

    G7ALT#9b13     

    Last little bit of green in the city.

     

  • 02:24 Download Lyrics Broken Promise Box

    Broken Promise Box

     

     

    E

    The broken promise box

    Sits on the floor

    In the basement

                               D (B)

    Behind a locked door

     

    E

    The broken promise box

    Is under the bed

    The monster to finish

    D                                 A

              Before you are dead

     

            D                                 A

    And I’m gonna get around to it

       E

    I already told you I’d do it

    D                                 A

    I’m gonna get around to it

    E

     

    E

    The box is pretty old

    Older than hell

    Its contents are rotting

                      D (B) 

    Starting to smell

    E

    The promise isn’t much

    Just over there

    Protection from sadness

    D                                 A

             Protection from fear

     

     

            D                                 A

    And I’m gonna get around to it

       E

    I already told you I’d do it

    D                                 A

    I’m gonna get around to it

    E

     

    E

    The broken promise box

    Sits on the curb

    On it a sign

    D (B)

    “Do not disturb.”

    E
    Just leave it there.

    Later today

    Some men have promised

    D  E

              To take it away.

     

     

            D                                 A

    And I’m gonna get around to it

       E

    I already told you I’d do it

    D                                 A

    I’m gonna get around to it

    E

     

Love Songs and Silly Songs for Cousin Sharon

by Adam Cole

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Story

My political protest song.

Lyrics

Mama Didn't Raise No Fool

 

I'm a thinking man

You know I try my best

Learning Who to trust

Throwing out the rest

Lately what you say

Don't make no sense to me

I think I'll throw away

Our phony history

 

Mama didn't raise no fool

Mama didn't send no bum to school

That's why I never lose my cool

'Cause Mama didn't raise no fool

 

You can smile and bend

When you are in a jam

I think it's just pretend

I think therefore I am

You say that you're the one

The only hope I've got

I'm pretty sure at this point

You don't think so you're not.

 

Mama…

 

I remember when

You first came round my door

I didn't like you then

Though I didn't know what for

But I've put two and two

Together and I've found

When something smells that bad

You'd better flush it down.

 

Mama…

 

Now you've come again with teardrops in your eyes.

But there are things your tears cannot disguise.

 

Once there was a time

I was a trusting soul (fool)l

I'd pull a copperhead

Out of a muddy hole (pool)

When you came around

You were that snake to me

Now that I've been bit

I'm smart as I can be.

Lover's Passage

by Adam Cole

A song cycle about the sexual assault of a woman. Arrangement for flute.

The Fool Sings - Song Cycle for Tenor, arr. horn

by Adam Cole

Settings of poems sung by the Fool in King Lear. Audio realizations arranged for horn

NPR Scripts

by Adam Cole

These are parodies of NPR reporting. They may contain material not appropriate for all ages. Please listen with discretion.

The Immanent Snowfall

by Adam Cole

Brass Music

by Adam Cole

Brass Quintet and Trombone Sequence
  • 03:01 Download St Judy's Comet
  • 02:42 Download Was A Sunny Day
  • 09:55 Download Lyrics Hymn to St. Cecilia

    Hymn to St. Cecilia 

      

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976) 
    TEXT: W.H. AUDEN (1907-1973) 

     

    I. 

    In a garden shady this holy lady 
    With reverent cadence and subtle psalm, 
    Like a black swan as death came on 
    Poured forth her song in perfect calm: 
    And by ocean's margin this innocent virgin 
    Constructed an organ to enlarge her prayer, 
    And notes tremendous from her great engine 
    Thundered out on the Roman air. 
    Blonde Aphrodite rose up excited, 
    Moved to delight by the melody, 
    White as an orchid she rode quite naked 
    In an oyster shell on top of the sea; 
    At sounds so entrancing the angels dancing 
    Came out of their trance into time again, 
    And around the wicked in Hell's abysses 
    The huge flame flickered and eased their pain. 
    Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions 
    To all musicians, appear and inspire: 
    Translated Daughter, come down and startle 
    Composing mortals with immortal fire.

     

    II.

    I cannot grow; 
    I have no shadow 
    To run away from,
    I only play. 
    I cannot err; 
    There is no creature 
    Whom I belong to, 
    Whom I could wrong. 
    I am defeat 
    When it knows it 
    Can now do nothing 
    By suffering. 
    All you lived through, 
    Dancing because you 
    No longer need it 
    For any deed. 
    I shall never be Different. Love me. 
    Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions 
    To all musicians, appear and inspire: 
    Translated Daughter, come down and startle 
    Composing mortals with immortal fire.

     

    III. 

    O ear whose creatures cannot wish to fall, 
    O calm of spaces unafraid of weight, 
    Where Sorrow is herself, forgetting all 
    The gaucheness of her adolescent state, 
    Where Hope within the altogether strange 
    From every outworn image is released, 
    And Dread born whole and normal like a beast 
    Into a world of truths that never change: 
    Restore our fallen day; O re-arrange. 
    O dear white children casual as birds, 
    Playing among the ruined languages, 
    So small beside their large confusing words, 
    So gay against the greater silences 
    Of dreadful things you did: O hang the head, 
    Impetuous child with the tremendous brain, 
    O weep, child, weep, O weep away the stain, 
    Lost innocence who wished your lover dead, 
    Weep for the lives your wishes never led. 
    O cry created as the bow of sin Is drawn across our trembling violin. 
    O weep, child, weep, O weep away the stain. 
    O law drummed out by hearts against the still 
    Long winter of our intellectual will. 
    That what has been may never be again. 
    O flute that throbs with the thanksgiving breath 
    Of convalescents on the shores of death. 
    O bless the freedom that you never chose.
    O trumpets that unguarded children blow 
    About the fortress of their inner foe. 
    O wear your tribulation like a rose. 
    Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions 
    To all musicians, appear and inspire: 
    Translated Daughter, come down and startle 
    Composing mortals with immortal fire.

  • 04:28 Download Lyrics Baby

    Baby

     

    Life was scattered and dull til I looked down and saw your face

    All the sudden I'm shattered and I don't want to be replaced.

    You're the window inside my soul, the diamonds in my crown

    I'm your angel, but I don't feel my wings til I've set you down.

     

    When I wake up beside you, baby, the sun begins to shine

    I can have anything that I want, but I still can't believe you're mine.

    You took everything I believed and you turned it upside down.

    I'm floating over the ocean and my feet barely touch the ground.

     

    And when you smile,

    It brings out the tenderness to me

    And when I hold you in my arms,

    I can't continue on

    Who would I be without you in my life

    What would I have done?

     

    You get me up in the morning when I should be fast asleep

    You stole a piece of my solitude I thought that I could keep

    I used to dream with my eyes closed, curled up on my side

    Now the dreams are everywhere, but my eyes are open wide.)

     

    And when you smile...etc.

     

    Before you came

    I only knew

    how to survive

    and just get through

    I was lost

    in a haze

    Until you looked into my face

    Until you smiled into my face

    I felt a breeze like a hurricane

    I raised my eyes to the pouring rain!

     

    I know these moments we have will never come again

    I'm selfish and want to hold on for as long as I can

    That's why I'm gonna stick around even while you're lying there

    I've got nowhere to go and I'm not going anywhere.

     

    And when you smile...etc.

  • 01:58 Download Lyrics Addicted to a Plastic Bag

    Addicted to a Plastic Bag

     

    My baby is a wonder, now.  She wanders while I snooze

    She helps herself to time as if there weren't none to loose

    She fiddles with a cardboard book.  Its charm begins to lag

    She drops it off and suddenly gets addicted to a plastic bag.

     

    It moves like this, it folds like that.  It makes an awful noise

    It's got such charm that she doesn't warm to any of her other toys

    She sits and pounds it again and again 'til it's just like it was before

    There must be something in that bag I don't see anymore.

     

    I have to admit I'm bound to sit and watch her play all day

    And even though she might suffocate I can't bear to take it away

    Someday she'll learn to talk and sing, eat junk and salute the flag

    But now she spends an hour or so addicted to a plastic bag.

  • 05:42 Download Lyrics The Saddest Girl

    The Saddest Girl

     

    She only cries for her daddy

    And for her daddy all she does is cry

    Scrunches up her face and hides her eye

    Tell me why, little girl

     

    Are you seeing something awful

    Or are you crying over something deep

    That you saw when you were fast asleep?

    Tell me what, little girl.

     

    CHORUS

    Don't let the bad dreams scare you away

    Don't let the wicked world put you to fright.

    Don't let the sad thoughts take your daddy out of your eyes

    He's watching over tonight

     

    The saddest girl

    Come see the saddest girl

    Only a penny, come and see

    What the world's saddest girl has done to me

    The saddest girl.

    The saddest girl.

     

    And now she's getting to know me

    And now she's going off to school

    And now she's saying goodbye

    Tell me why, little girl.

     

    It seems you were only small a minute

    Then you folded like a butterfly and changed

    The baby tears you're crying seem so strange

    To us both, little girl.

     

    Chorus

     

    Don't cry.  Don't cry.  Don't cry.

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Lyrics

Something to Make You Smile

 

There is a tune

You gave to me

Now here it is again, offered by a friend

Something to make you smile

 

You had a gift

You gave to me

Now I can give it back, lateral attack

Something to make you smile

 

There were times

When I thought I had the lyrics set

You gave me words I hadn't spoken yet

Something to make you smile

 

Written together

Unspoken forever

It's gotten far too serious

For either of us

 

I had a dream

But I awoke

Now I can write it down

Turn the dark around

With something to make you smile

 

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Lyrics

Jacob Jeffries Song

 

It’s 11 PM and I’m drillin’ a new hole for my head

Yeah I’m really tired but I don’t wanna go to bed

There’s seven ways to do it but just one way to do it right

And I gotta figure it out or else I’ll be up all night

 

It hits me like a wall

Yeah it pours down on me like a waterfall

The way that I should go

The obvious verse and the surprise solo

Why

Can’t I write a Jacob Jeffries song?

 

Well it’s midnight now and I’m still no closer in

Yeah, my great idea turned into a frog again

And when I say it croaked I mean I think it’s pretty much dead

So now it’s 12:02 and I’m drilling a new hole for my head

 

It hits me like a wall…etc.

 

Well it’s 5 AM and I think I made a big mistake

Cause I get up at 6 but I don’t think I’ll be awake

If there’s a god of justice you know he passed me by

Yeah it’s a long hell, oh, but it’s gonna be a short goodbye.

 

It hits me like a wall…etc.

 

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