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John Curtis Anderson
11/25/2013
John Curtis Anderson

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Ghost Ship Writers – Song Story

Ghost Ship Writers paints a poetic picture of honoring the writers of history and comparing the process of writing a song and writing a book.  The words “Ghost Ship” refers to authors of the past.

The song starts with the refrain of “Chasin’ ghost ship writers up a tall magnolia tree” – a poetic reference to thinking about or pursuing the works of authors of the past .  The next line of “They were driven to their writings – Was their hands that set them free” implies that all authors are driven to create which they do by writing down their words (or music) with their hands.  The third line of “Searchin’ for a word that fits – While they look inside their isles & wits” is the never ending process of searching for just the right word or phrase that gives the thought or mental  image you are trying to create – whether in a book or a song.  Where you search is in your own frame of reference in your mind and your own personal experiences which is represented by the words “inside their isles (the island of personal experiences) and wits (your mind).  The last line of the refrain “And they never – And they never reach the end” implies that when you create a book, poem or song – that work of art never dies – it never reaches the end.  

The first verse “Oh I was safe in salty Saint Marie – Off the coast of what was once a sea” sets the geographic location for the song story of Sault Ste. Marie Canada.  The “off the coast of what was once a sea” is a bit of poetic license for Lake Superior which abuts the Western side of Sault Ste. Marie – not sure if it was ever a sea – but it is big enough to be one.  The second line “And the wind   And the rain   And the rocks – And the sea gulls proud” – refers to what you would experience on the Western side of Sault Ste. Marie during any type of storm or rain event – it sort of paints a mental picture of that area.  The third line “We were both engaged in writing lies – Me a song and him a book so wise” compares the processes of writing a song and a fiction based book.  The fourth line “That the world would stop and cherish – Another paperback on the shelf” – is perhaps a bit of a sarcastic reference – when you write a new song or a book, the author usually feels it is going to be a great work of art – but often only ends up as another paperback/or song on the shelf.  The fifth line of “We were both deceived in what we saw – But we both agreed on the strength of the call” relates to usually being deceived that the book or song you are creating is going to be a great work of art – but you always know that one cannot resist the call of creating said song or book.  The last line of “And to make – Something new where nothing was” – relates again to the creative process – whether it is a new song or a new book/poem the author creates an ever-lasting piece of art (from your mind) that did not exist before.

The second verse starts “Before the greats of Monday – Turn to Tuesday afternoon” – refers to the aging of the authors of the current time or the authors of the past.  The second line of “There’s a bridge on which they travel – With good fortune and the moon” – refers to the metaphysical bridge of time and the fact that words, poems & songs can bridge the gap between the centuries (sort of a time machine).  The mini Bridge first line of “Read the words of William Penn – And a thousand other ancient men” refers to when one reads the words of authors of the past (Chose William Penn because he was a prolific author for his time and his name fit really well for the song).  The second line of “And their lines – Are the proof of what they were” – meaning when you read the words of authors of the past – their words give you a glimpse of what they were and how they thought of the world across the centuries of time. 

Lyrics

Ghost Ship Writers

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Refrain  

Chasin ghost ship writers up a tall magnolia tree

They were driven to their writings        Was their hands that set them free

Searchin for a word that fits                While they look inside their isles & wits

And they never                                   And they never reach the end

Verse 1

Oh I was safe in salty Saint Marie                       Off the coast of what was once a sea

And the wind    And the rain    And the rocks      And the sea gulls proud

We were both engaged in writing lies                  Me a song and him a book so wise

That the world would stop and cherish                Another paperback on the shelf

We were both deceived in what we saw              But we both agreed on the strength of the call

And to Make                                                       Something new where nothing was

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Verse 2

Before the greats of Monday                     Turn to Tues-day afternoon

There’s a bridge on which they travel        With good fortune and the moon

Mini Bridge

Read the words of William Penn                And a thousand other ancient men

And their lines                                           Are the proof of what they were

Repeat Refrain

John Curtis Anderson
10/01/2013
John Curtis Anderson

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Leavin’ – Song Story

A lively and reflective song about saying goodbye to a friend who is moving far away.   The song has a catchy guitar laden introduction & middle with reflective lyrics and a solid harmony filled chorus. 

Some of the sentiments are poetically set forward in the verses such as:  “Pretend – we’ll pretend till we meet again…that our worlds are the same as when….we ran life often…side by side”, and “Feelin…the feelin’ that you’re reelin’..concealing some of your reason…don’t let needless worries fill your mind…so it goes…its sometimes empty and drawing closed….gather round cause the future knows…you’re with us as we are part of you”.

The refrain is: “Set out a course for tonight….send out a call and do it right….when its one for the road….we’ll have some laughs and say goodbye….don’t forget your season is longer…don’t you cry”. 

A message from the lyrics is that life is long so don’t cry when you are leaving one phase and moving to another – it is ok to feel sad and reflective, but remember everything you have experienced is part of you and those you have shared it with throughout your entire life.

Lyrics

Leavin’

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1

Leavin’                                                       Over & over you’re leavin’

We just found out and we’re here again           Remembering pleasant days gone by

Pretend                                                      We’ll pretend     till we         meet again

That our worlds are the        same as when      We ran life often      side by side

Refrain

Set out a course for tonight                            Send out a call and do it right

When its one for the road                               We’ll have some laughs and say goodbye

Don’t forget your season is longer                     Don’t you cry

Verse 2

Feelin’                                                          The feelin’   that your        reelin’

Concealing some of your reason                         Don’t let needless worries fill your mind

So it goes                                                      Its sometimes empty   and       drawing closed

Gather round cause the future knows                 You’re with us as         we are part of you

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Repeat Refrain (Twice)

John Curtis Anderson
09/10/2013
John Curtis Anderson

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“Time For A Change” is a reflective and positive love song laden with stereo acoustic guitar, tasteful harmony and a strong bass line.  The song tells the story of a young man who puts a silver dollar in a slot machine and hits the jackpot – he immediately decides to leave Los Angeles and take the next bus to Stowe Vermont where a love of his lives.  The song is very positive of Vermont and New England throughout. 

The song goes on to describe the beauty of walking with his love on the frozen river and breathing the chilled New England air while just enjoying being alive and in love.  The song then describes a small country store with a big black stove that is raging hot and he reflects on how easy it is now to remember what he had forgot – meaning his love and the Vermont lifestyle.

A lively piano and a reverb laden electric guitar support a strong bridge instrumental interlude.

The last verse projects farther into the future where he and his love are still walking on the frozen river and reflecting on how the years have passed and their love has grown with comfort & content – and he still thanks that silver dollar that he spent so long ago.

Lyrics

Time For A Change

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson                         © 2013 John Curtis Anderson

Intro

V1I dropped a silver dollar in                                            And I pulled the handle down                             

Wheels went round   A siren rang                                          Looked like a fortune on the ground

I banked it in my pocket                                                         And I took the next bus East

To Stowe Vermont      Your house                                         And a woodland feast

Refrain1 – And it’s gettin’ kind of   low down time for a change   I think          

And this   LA feelin’ is   where it ain’t                                   And it’s where            

It’s Wherever   I’m     with you   tonight

V2 – Walkin’ on the river                                                       Cause it’s frozen half the year          

It’s nice to be together in the chilled New England air         

There’s a little store with a big black stove                             And a fire that’s raggin’ hot

And it’s so easy now to remember                                          What I had forgot

Repeat Refrain1

Instrumental  Interlude

Repeat Refrain 1 (And that LA feelin’)

V3 – Still walkin’ on the river                                                              Cause it’s frozen half the year          

Still nice to be together in the chilled New England air        

As the years have passed    and our love has grown               With comfort & content

I still thank    that silver dollar                                                That I  spent                                                     

Refrain2 (2X)–     And it was gettin’ kind of    low down time for a change I think

And that    LA feelin’ was where it ain’t                               And it’s where                       

It’s Wherever   I’m     with you tonight

End

John Curtis Anderson
10/17/2012
Copyright 2012 John Curtis Anderson - Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Corporate Greys is a song about taking control of your life and following your heart.  One of the key lines of the chorus is "Corporate Greys & neon days....it's quite a fight not to spend your life that way" - meaning it is so easy to be trapped in a corporate job in a cubicle with fluorescent lighting and to spend your entire life in such an environment - it takes real courage to break away. 

The story of Corporate Greys is a young couple live and work in New York City - they decide to give it up and move to Idaho - even over the criticism of their friends ("some freinds said we were irresponsible...to leave careers full of promise & spoils" - "but there's a whole larger  realm that we're thinking of...One that says you do just what you feel"). 

The first verse talks of "Crossin' Wheatfields off the coast of Canada...Headin' for a town in Idaho" - this is just a visual from driving from New York to Idaho and crossing farm land with wheatfields perhaps in Montana, or Minnesota or the Dakotas - all of which are south of Canada - which is the meaning of "Off the coast of Canada".  The first verse continues with a visual we have all seen when driving across the country - "small towns & strange signs along the way - sure glad we had the nerve to go" coupled with how glad they are to have made the decision to escape.

The chorus is really the banner line(s) of the song - "And it's   just for the freedom of life.....Not for the wrong or the right...Corporate Greys and Neon Days....It's quite a fight not to live your life that way" - meaning that leaving the big city high stress Wall Street world for small town Idaho is not about what is right or wrong...just about taking control of your life and choosing to do what feels right and gives you "freedom of life".

The third verse is reflective as they get closer to Idaho - "Comin up on sixteen miles to Yellowstone - Country sure looks different round here.....But there's a Jersey bus   and the midtown rush   and yellow air....and the tragic eyes of those who would not leave" - reflective as sixteen miles from Yellowstone sure does look different than New York and then they think about New York City - the bus to New Jersey, the traffic in midtown New York, the polluted (yellow air) air and the tragic eyes of those who would not leave and take the plunge they took.

Lyrics

V1 - Crossin' wheatfields off the coast of Canada             Headin' for a town in Idaho

Small towns and strange signs  along the way                    Sure glad we had the nerve to go

Refrain - And it's     just for the freedom of life                 Not for the wrong or the right

Corporate Greys  and ne-on days                                      It's quite a fight not to spend your life that way

V2 - Some friends said we were irresponsible                    To leave careers full of promise and spoils

But there's a whole larger realm that we're thinking of          One that says you do just what you feel

Repeat Refrain

Guitar Instrumental

Repeat Refrain

V3 - Comin' up on sixteen miles to Yellowstone                   Country sure looks different round here

But there's a Jersey bus    and the midtown rush   and yellow air 

And the tragic eyes of those who would not leave

Repeat Refrain once + last 2 lines of refrain & end

John Curtis Anderson
01/21/2013
Lyrics & Music by John Curtis Anderson

Story

"Take It Slow" is a gentle song about a man that meets a girl on a train when he is 21.  They fall in love and have a relationship, however it ends and she moves away leaving him in Arizona.  The refrain repeats his philosophy of "taking things slow" and when she moves on to another man - he tells her "he'll be back when he goes".  The stroy continues of him finding a place near the border and her moving to Ohio and being happy & settled down.  He thinks (probably often) of leaving and seeking her out, but every time he decides to just stay put and to "take it slow".  The last verse continues that he may be crazy but he decides to just stay in Arizona and hope that she has found her home - perhaps contacts her and wishes her the best and to let him know if she is ever in a jam or needs help but he won't come see her unless her new relationship ends.  Instead he will just "Take It Slow".

Lyrics

Take It Slow

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson                                       © 2012 John Curtis Anderson

V1I met you on the Railroad                                             I was only twenty one

I was on my own     Away from home                                     My life had just begun

Driftin’ out on the highway                                                    We had bluegrass in our blood

But the suns so strong   & our love went wrong                        And I think I have to rest

Chorus – Just take it slow                                                     Slow & easy goes hand in hand

Just take it slow                                                                   I’ll be back      when he goes

V2 – Found a place on the border                                         It was seventeen miles to town

I heard you moved to Ohio                                                   & were happy and settled down

But I cannot leave tomorrow                                                  Till I work here one more day

It’ll only bring me sorrow                                                       But you know I think I may

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental  Interlude

V3 – Well I guess I must be crazy                                         But I think I may be wise

To stay in Arizona                                                                   & look up on cloudless skies

Let it drift let it float on by                                                    I hope you found your home

Drop a card or a note   in case you’re ever broke                   & I know I am alone

Repeat Chorus Twice & End

John Curtis Anderson
08/23/2012
Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson Copyright 2011

Lyrics

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson             © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1 - Steamboat Town  Hey you're not around   and I'm missin' all the things that you are

Friends & food and a warm fire burnin’ till dawn

At ski cities where the women are pretty    It’s not so bad justa playin’ guitar

We’re on the road     but we’ll be there one of these days

 

Refrain - But you better not    walk all night alone    You better take that town on your own

Thinkin’ bout an old red barrr     and a tuned up Saturday night

But I’m guessin’ there’s a tall glass waitin’   and a whole crowd bakin’

And a cryin’ kind of feelin’ that’s a long time shakin’

every long lost title line ramblin’ through the ski town blues

 

Verse 2 - Now old hotels can pad the road so well      Crowded bars in  their cellars at night

A western room       and a country tune       and a fight

Daytime roamin’ with a waitress humin’     half the songs you were playin’ last night

She’s on your arm     but your history at the end of the week

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Repeat Refrain

Verse 3 - Headin' East with your mind at peace   but the drivin' is boring and hard

It’s gonna be good to be home in the woods for a while

Steamboat’s waitin’ and the morning’s breakin’      50 miles or so is all that we need

We’ll have a little rest then we’ll head out and do it again

Repeat Refrain plus part of the Refrain from (But I’m guessin‘) again & end

John Curtis Anderson
04/17/2013
Lyrics & Music by John Curtis Anderson

Story

I originally wrote this song in the late 1970's and recently updated the lyrics and music and decided to release my recording as a single.  It is a tribute song to Arkansas and living in Northern Arkansas say near Eureka Springs which is also known as the Switzerland of Arkansas for it's very hilly and picturesque terrain. 

Lyrics

Sure is Nice in Arkansas

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson                         © 2012 John Curtis Anderson

For Dwayne & Linda

V1I’d been down in Dallas town                                        I’d lived there for a year 

I was workin’ on a job                                                         And gettin’ stressed & losin’ hair        

 A friend passin’ through   said you’re a fool                           You better get outa there

 Move a little North                                                               You’ll find it peaceful there

Refrain – Sure is nice in Arkansas                                         I moved there for my life

 You can understand your fellow man                                      And appreciate your life

If you’ve never loved an Ozark girl                                        There’s one a waitin’ there

And it sure is nice in Arkansas this year

V2 – Drivin’ down the road                                                   in my trusty   pickup truck     

With a load of wood     we’re feelin’ good                              There’s a sunset on the way

 You can watch the night     Cause the stars are bright             And the days are lazy there

 And before you know                                                           You won’t want to go no where

 

Repeat Refrain

 

Instrumental  Interlude

V3 – With a little fence    and common sense                          You can build your castle there

In Eureka Springs    You can spread your wings                        In the sweet   fresh   Ozark air

You can look across the valley                                                Drink the water from the ground

And be friends for life                                                             with the wife you take down there      

 

Repeat Refrain

 

End

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Steamboat Town

A song about living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and playing in a band that played the Ski Town circuit in Colorado. I have a long history with Steamboat Springs that goes back to 1959 up through multiple skiing trips there in the 1970’s. I remember well watching Franz Klammer win the Olympic downhill in 1976 from a bar in Steamboat Springs - the kind of bar this song is about. The first verse line of “friends & food and a warm fire burning till dawn” really is a general minds eye recollection of being there in my 20‘s. 

Lyrics

Steamboat Town

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson             © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1 - Steamboat Town  Hey you're not around   and I'm missin' all the things that you are

Friends & food and a warm fire burnin’ till dawn

At ski cities where the women are pretty    It’s not so bad justa playin’ guitar

We’re on the road     but we’ll be there one of these days

 

Refrain - But you better not    walk all night alone    You better take that town on your own

Thinkin’ bout an old red barrr     and a tuned up Saturday night

But I’m guessin’ there’s a tall glass waitin’   and a whole crowd bakin’

And a cryin’ kind of feelin’ that’s a long time shakin’

every long lost title line ramblin’ through the ski town blues

 

Verse 2 - Now old hotels can pad the road so well      Crowded bars in  their cellars at night

A western room       and a country tune       and a fight

Daytime roamin’ with a waitress humin’     half the songs you were playin’ last night

She’s on your arm     but your history at the end of the week

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Repeat Refrain

Verse 3 - Headin' East with your mind at peace   but the drivin' is boring and hard

It’s gonna be good to be home in the woods for a while

Steamboat’s waitin’ and the morning’s breakin’      50 miles or so is all that we need

We’ll have a little rest then we’ll head out and do it again

Repeat Refrain plus part of the Refrain from (But I’m guessin‘) again & end

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Butter Spreadin’ Baby

A pure country rock song intended for the last set at a rockin’ country bar. It is a song about a truck driver’s waitress girlfriend (The Butter Spreadin’ Baby) that works at a truck stop in Western Kansas - it is a pure fun song and the motto would be “Sometimes…greasy ain’t that bad” I intended for the song to have a great country dance beat and it includes a good bit of humor such as “liking cold lard on top of apple pie”. 

Lyrics

Butter Spreadin’ Baby

 

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

 

Refrain

She’s my butter spreadin’ baby & I love her cause she’s soft & greasy

She’s my butter spreadin’ baby & I love her cause she drives me crazy

Well When we go out on Saturday night

Oh I always try to squeeze her but she’s hard to hold tight

She’s my butter spreadin’ baby & I love her cause she’s soft & greasy

Verse 1

Well she fries a big burger at a truck stop in Western Kansas

All the truckers like her but they all know to keep their hands off

Yeah She’s so greasy & I’ll tell you why

Well She dines all day on her own French Fries

She’s my butter spreadin’ baby & I love her cause she’s soft & greasy

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Verse 2

Well I lose my senses when she finally takes her wig off

Climbs in my truck camper and we always have to shut the heat off

She’s my Wesson oil sweetie till the day I die

You know she likes cold lard on top of Apple Pie

She’s my butter spreadin’ baby & I love her cause she’s soft & greasy

Repeat Refrain

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Columbia Bay

A tragic ballad and my most complex and perhaps best story. A young man is in the US Navy in 1852 and has left his fiancé back home in Boston - story starts as he is writing her a letter on June 28th 1852 where he tells they are sailing into Portland, Oregon after almost crashing on the rocks off the coast of Oregon in a storm - the wind just stopped just before they hit the coast and he is feeling very lucky. He is thinking of her safe at home in Boston and sitting in front of the fire taking it easy. Second verse picks up in 1853 with him writing a letter to her - he explains they just came off of a tour on the Barbary coast of San Francisco where they got caught in a fight and he gets wounded in the arm although he will be all right. He obviously has not received any mail since he has been at sea because the Captain says the mail might catch them in the next couple of months. He tells her he dreams of her most nights and again he is comforted that she is safe, warm and well at home in Boston. The third verse is 1854 as they are sailing into Boston Harbor (Boston’s Door) and he can’t believe it but the mail never caught up to them. When the long boats come to shore he does not see his love - just her older brother with a look so sad in his eye - there he finds out his love died on June 26, 1852 of pneumonia. The irony of the story is 2 fold - he is so comforted by her being safe and warm at home while he is at sea and fighting storms and pirates when in fact she died 2 years ago - the second irony is that she died on June 26, 1852 - a day or so before his ship was caught in the storm and almost crashed on the Oregon coast - the inference is that his dead love roared overhead as an angel and stopped the wind and saved his life and his ship - although when he returns home safe and finds her dead - he wishes he died on the rocks. A side note - my daughter was born on June 26, 1988 - 10+ years after I wrote the song.

Lyrics

                      Columbia Bay

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson         © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1

The Wheels of her past                        had broken off her mast

When she sailed into Portland town     on the twenty eighth of June

1852                                                    as I write home to you

We’d just escaped from a storm that caught us outside of Columbia Bay

Well If I’d had to guess                         I’d bet I’d be at rest

But somehow the wind just stopped before we hit on the Oregon coast

But you’re safe in Boston town            & I’m glad that you weren’t around

It must be nice just to take it easy and to sit home in front of the fire

Verse 2

1853                                                   As I write home to thee

We just come off of the Barbary Coast was exactly like they said it would be

We were locked in a fight                   & I was wounded with a knife

But don’t you worry I’ll soon be well & my arms just stiff for a while

I trust you’re well and do write            & I dream of you most nights

The captain said that the mail might catch us in a couple of months at the most

But you’re safe in Boston town          & I’m glad that your weren’t around

It must be nice just to take it easy and to sit home in front of the fire

Verse 3

1854                                                          We were sailin’ into Boston’s door

I can’t believe it but our mail never caught us and we’re comin home from the sea

But when we brought the long boats in      & I didn’t see your grin

And all that waited was your older brother with a look so sad in his eye

She died 2 years before                            of pneumonia’s deadly war

1852                                                         on June 26

If I could have seen today                         & If I’d had my way

You all could find me in the rocks & water on the bottom of Columbia Bay

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Thanks for Being You

A song that follows a man through life and how thankful he is for his partner “Ann” - good refrain and harmony - one of my favorite hooks - “Then you came along & its your heart that’s made me strong - I can feel it Ann - thanks for stayin’ - thanks for bein’ you.  The last verse reveals that Ann dies before him and he feels it is her heart that keeps him strong.

Lyrics

Thanks For Bein’ You

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson    © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1

Fifty Years ago today                                 I was a boy tryin’ to find myself a way

I was lost and alone in a great red stone covered valley

Times were harder things were rough      On the road in the life of a feather

As I polished the tears And I practiced the fears of an ocean

Chorus 1

Then you came along                              & it’s your heart that’s made me strong

I can feel it Ann Thanks for stayin’          Thanks for bein’ you

Verse 2

We grew older we grew well                     Like a mill in a New England forest

There’s a song that we’ve sung and it’s echoing still in the Cascade

Thinkin’ about it makes it live                   In the mind we can make it all happen

Just the way that it seemed at the end of the dream remember

Repeat Chorus 1 Two Times

Instrumental

Repeat Chorus 1 One Time

Verse 3

Now my hearin and my sight is kinda gray

Guess you could say     I’ve sort of outlived my day

I’m still hanging around               But I think that I’m bound for December

So let it come and let it go           We’re still dancing in the sun and in the snow

When I face the East and I think of peace              together

 

Chorus 2

Now you’ve come and you’ve gone

But it’s your heart that’s kept me strong I can feel it Ann

Thanks for stayin’                    Thanks for bein’ you

(Repeat Chorus 2 Four Times with words, Twice instrumental to End)

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Ghost Ship Writers

The song Contrasts the creative process of writing books and songs - creating something new where nothing was before. I think the words flow well and paint a decent poetic mood or picture.  A good example of The Byrds meets Jimmy Buffett. 

Lyrics

Ghost Ship Writers

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Refrain  

Chasin ghost ship writers up a tall magnolia tree

They were driven to their writings        Was their hands that set them free

Searchin for a word that fits                While they look inside their isles & wits

And they never                                   And they never reach the end

 

Verse 1

Oh I was safe in salty Saint Marie                       Off the coast of what was once a sea

And the wind    And the rain    And the rocks      And the sea gulls proud

We were both engaged in writing lies                  Me a song and him a book so wise

That the world would stop and cherish                Another paperback on the shelf

We were both deceived in what we saw              But we both agreed on the strength of the call

And to Make                                                       Something new where nothing was

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

 

Verse 2

Before the greats of Monday                     Turn to Tues-day afternoon

There’s a bridge on which they travel        With good fortune and the moon

 

Mini Bridge

Read the words of William Penn                And a thousand other ancient men

And their lines                                           Are the proof of what they were

Repeat Refrain

 

 

 

 

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

On The Plains

A love song about finding the “one with your song in her heart” - good harmony on the refrain. One message is that love is the same on the plains or the mountains, or in one city/country versus another.

Lyrics

On The Plains

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1

Have you ever gone walkin’ on                    Saturday Mornin’

Your hands in your pockets                        Your eyes on the ground

As you thought of a feeling                         You try to remember

The sweet smell of heather                         A kiss and a tear

 

Refrain

It’s the same on the plains or the mountains

Your eyes meet they tell you you’ve found something quite rare

For a day or a lifetime            It’s all just a big rhyme

Search for the one with your song in her heart

 

Verse 2

Have you ever been to Houston                         Have you ever been to Paris

And seen the young women                              With smiles all their own

You can look right              You can look left      But no two are the same yet

That’s a fact of our times                                   That’s a fact of the world

Repeat Refrain

 

Verse 3

Have you ever said I love you                             Touched her & meant it

And felt the wonder           so few of us know

You smile and you turn round                            Your feet head for home ground

And memories of her love                                  Ahead and behind

Repeat Refrain (2 times)

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Leavin

A lively and reflective song about saying goodbye to a friend who is moving far away.   The song has a catchy guitar laden introduction & middle with reflective lyrics and a solid harmony filled chorus. 

Some of the sentiments are poetically set forward in the verses such as:  “Pretend – we’ll pretend till we meet again…that our worlds are the same as when….we ran life often…side by side”, and “Feelin…the feelin’ that you’re reelin’..concealing some of your reason…don’t let needless worries fill your mind…so it goes…its sometimes empty and drawing closed….gather round cause the future knows…you’re with us as we are part of you”.

The refrain is: “Set out a course for tonight….send out a call and do it right….when its one for the road….we’ll have some laughs and say goodbye….don’t forget your season is longer…don’t you cry”. 

A message from the lyrics is that life is long so don’t cry when you are leaving one phase and moving to another – it is ok to feel sad and reflective, but remember everything you have experienced is part of you and those you have shared it with throughout your entire life.

Lyrics

Leavin’

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

Verse 1

Leavin’                                                               Over & over you’re leavin’

We just found out and we’re here again             Remembering pleasant days gone by

Pretend                                                             We’ll pretend     till we         meet again

That our world’s are the        same as when      We ran life often      side by side

Refrain

Set out a course for tonight                                           Send out a call and do it right

When its one for the road                                             We’ll have some laughs and say goodbye

Don’t forget your season is longer                                Don’t you cry

Verse 2

Feelin’                                                                          The feelin’   that your        reelin’

Concealing some of your reason                                  Don’t let needless worries fill your mind

So it goes                                                                      Its sometimes empty   and       drawing closed

Gather round cause the future knows                           You’re with us as         we are part of you

Repeat Refrain

Instrumental

Repeat Refrain (Twice)

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Sweet Florida Ways

A rockin’ song about living the simple life in Florida and partying with your friends. I’d love for Keith Urban to do this song.

Lyrics

Sweet Florida Ways

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

 

Verse 1

Bouncin’ around in my truck over town                  It’s a livin’ I’m t ryin’ to make

Deliverin’ gas in bottles to plants                          Not exactly a glamorous line

But I can go real slow & let my feelings grow    and consider the state of the world

And I think of my friends    and the laughter we bend    all togethe   r at the end of the day 

Chorus

Thinkin’ bout sweet sweet Florida ways                        Slowly rollin’ fine

Won’t you come on down     and bring your partyin’ gown      & we’ll cook out    on   all of our days

Thinkin’ bout sweet sweet Florida ways                        Slowly rollin’ fine

Grab a beer & some food     try to get renewed            It’s a good life just blowin’ away

Instrumental

Verse 2

Well this girl at my house             She sure fills out her blouse        and she loves me      so tender and warm

Yeah we met in the sun                 I think you know the one             I still think of her laughin’eyes

Well we don’t eat meat and not too much sweets                            And our waistlines are tan and their trim

Got a home full of plants              20 cats for the rats                     And we’re happy just sharing’ our days

Repeat Chorus

 

Mini Bridge

Way Down Home (Repeat 4 times)

(I’m Goin‘) - after first “Way Down Home”

Repeat Chorus

End

Blowin’ Away (8 times)  (with harmony)

(The Wind Is    4 times echo) - after 1st of “Blowin’ Away - first time without harmony

Fade to end

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Bluewinds

A song with good harmony on the refrain and words that paint more of a poetic mental picture and mood than they do tell a story, although it is about “returning homeward along to Aberdeen” - which could be any of the numerous US towns with that name - or the namesake Aberdeen in Scotland.

Lyrics

Bluewinds

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

 

Verse 1

Me & Ivan went off drivin’                              On a fancy road Did you ever unload

There were lights as we were on our way to Pennsylvania

Was the ocean             and the postman      at the door today

If you’re ever away                                      Would you drop me off & pray

 

Refrain (sing twice)

 

Bluewinds on the goodnight side of the ridge

Old guitars and midnight rivers have saved my long lost friends

When I’m returning homeward along to Aberdeen

Instrumental

Repeat Refrain - Once

 

Verse 2

On the Raven’s cold gray heavans                            Was a story told of the centuries old

How the good and evil twirled so when the Earth was younger

All the heroes and the Nero’s sing their sons as one

If you’re comin’ undone                                             Don’t ya look into the sun

Repeat Refrain - Twice

John Curtis Anderson
09/15/2011
Written by John Curtis Anderson

Story

Sadly for Annie

This is somewhat of a Bluegrass song with a great Banjo component and good lyrics and harmony. The message is “despite relationship heartbreaks - you never lose yourself - so realize this and you’ll see - you will soon be free - and you’ll find that everything’s better all the time”. The last verse was my attempt at the time to always put something “heavy” in each song - today I almost deleted it and replaced it with a repeat of the first verse for this CD, but in the end left it as written.

Lyrics

Sadly For Annie

 

Words & Music by John Curtis Anderson     © 2011 John Curtis Anderson

 

Verse 1

Don’t play anything sadly now for Annie              The man she loved just turned and walked away

He didn’t even care enough to say good-bye      And now all she seems to wanta do is cry

 

Refrain 1

But your mind must not be grieved                For this loss you seem to feel

Cause you haven’t lost yourself at all you know

Realize this and you’ll see                            You will soon be free

And you’ll find that everything’s better all the time

 

Verse 2

See the girl sittin’ on the terrace                  Beth’s her name and she’s alone tonight

She wishes that her arms could be around her man        But he doesn’t wanta be too near right now

 

Refrain 2

But your mind must not be grieved                      For these hurts of love you found

Just be glad that there’s a reason there to feel

Realize this and you’ll see                                   You will soon be free

And you’ll find that everything’s better all the time

Instrumental

 

Verse 3

Look across the tile walk to Barry                         His mind is trapped by someone long ago

He claims he’ll never ever learn to love again      What a fool he is to feel that way so young

Repeat Refrain 1

Verse 4

See us all lookin’ in the mirror                                            If that’s us how come we can’t see our thoughts

I think there may be more than simply meets the eye       But I doubt that we can fully understand

Repeat Refrain 1