julie christensen & stone cupid

Lyrics

The Cardinal

© Julie Christensen

Oh the cardinal he's a red red bird

Up there in my hickory tree

Singin' too---purty purty purty purty purty 

And a-callin' back to me.

 

I danced at the home games in crimson velvet

I always wore black whenever they played away

I fell for a boy with a bird on his helmet

And I wonder about him to this very day

 

Oh the cardinal he's a red red bird

Somewhere he is a-flyin' free

Singin' too---purty purty purty purty purty 

Never comin' back to me.

 

Under the stands, we stole a kiss

To the strains of the band, I tore my dress____

 

I traveled the world, I sang hundreds of places

I'd sing it all again if I had one more go

Yet I still see the boy in the thousands of faces

For I have not forgiven him, God only knows

 

Oh the cardinal he dives way down hill

Down where I can barely see

Singin' I’m— purty purty purty purty purty 

But I'm scarlet as can be. 

 

Oh the cardinal he's a red red bird

Oh the cardinal he's a red red bird

Oh the cardinal he's a red red bird.

 

 

Shed My Skin

©Dan Navarro

 

Come on and take a ride

Across the border

To a place that once was mine

Out of focus

Out of order

Pictures from another time

 

On the outside

Turning lighter

So much darkness in my eyes

Gas or water

On the fire

Makes no difference

Something dies

 

So I take a piece of who I am

And stretch it thin

Every time I start to feel the walls 

Closing in

I Shed My Skin

 

Come on and take a ride

On the dragon

Hiding out behind the lines

Piling bodies 

On the wagon

Everyone's a friend of mine

 

But when I feel that bitter chill

In the wind

I swear that I can feel the room

Start to spin

So I Shed My Skin

I Shed My Skin, Oh

 

Through the smoke

Through the rubble

Through the crossfire - friends in need

On the inside

Of the bubble

We see what we choose to see - yeah.

 

Heart of Darkness

Hope and anger

The road to freedom paved with fear

Lead me back to

Where I came from

Somewhere far away from here

 

But the light to find my way back home

Is growing dim

And the sirens from behind my walls

Draw me in

So I Shed My Skin

I Shed My Skin

I Shed My Skin

 

Riverside 

©Julie Christensen and Laura Curtis

 Stone Cupid Music BMI, Laura Curtis ASCAP

 

Bought a beater from John Morrow

It was thirty-five dollars without tags

Grabbed the keys

Climbed in through the window,

Goin' down to Riverside

 

I did something

I don't remember

So I can't apologize

In that red dress, she kicked in the fender

Sat down on the road and cried

 

I will get release

I will make my peace

Hit the mud and fly

Demolition time

When the flag goes down

 

In between jobs for building silos

I just barrelled through my pay

Tired of waiting for a sure thing

Goin' down to Riverside

‘Cause they get bored down in Winterset Iowa

Come around to watch us drive

Gonna floor it out onto the highway

Goin’ down to Riverside

 

Bridge: 

Nothin' in this world is made to last

Gas tank under me, window’s got no glass

Safer than a race, 'cause you don't go too fast

When you know you're gonna crash

 

I will get release

I will make my peace

Just like you and I

It’s demolition time

When the flag goes down

 

I ain’t waiting

For a sure thing

Goin' down to Riverside

So grab the keys and climb in through the window

We’re goin' down to Riverside.

 

Broken Wing 

©Laura Curtis and Julie Christensen

Stone Cupid Music BMI, Laura Curtis ASCAP


I see a hologram of us 

Dance across the table

When I rub my eyes

It's just the empty bottles

Like the knowing in your bones

Right before the rain

I could feel the storm coming

In the quiet of your pain

 

Broken Wing

There's no moremedicine
We both knew this kind of hurt

And we went after it again

Broken Wing

Driftin in the wind

When we watched each other fall

It felt like fly____ing

 

I have a photograph of us 

And we're laughing at the sky

But now I can see the hollow aching in our eyes

I can't save the part of you

That doesn't see a way to be

And it's killin me to leave you

But staying here is gonna be the death of me

 

Broken Wing

There's no more medicine

We both knew this kind of hurt

And we went after it again

Broken Wing

Drifting in the wind

When we watched each other fall

It felt like fly____ing

Felt like fly_____________ing

Felt like fly_____________ing

 

GIRL IN THE SKY    © Amelia White

 

It's a long way down when you're standing on a high wire

every tide of the wind can shake you to the bone

lose your focus and the ground will surely break you

 

you asked for the danger, you had to try

you passed on a simple life, your father cried

you wanted to get that high, but it's a long way down

 

Im so lonely I"m only a Girl in the Sky

Far from holy I'm only a dreamer

 

Everybody thinks your life is so exciting 

they'd love to taste the altitudes they' ve never known

when the birds sing out they think of you and wonder

 

how you came to that leap of flight and passed them by

why you changed to a different girl who had to try

how dare you to get so high, but it's a long way down

 

I"m so lonely I'm only a girl in the sky 

far from holy I"m only a dreamer

everyone walked away when they saw that I knew that I might fall

OH I MIGHT FALL…. LORD I MIGHT FALL

 

I'm so lonely I"m only a girl in your eyes

far from holy I"m only a dreamer…….

 

Saint on a Chain


©Kevin Gordon, Little Rain Music (BMI)

I grew up right down the road
Never had too far to go
Making it here, your chance is slim
Folks leave this town, you won’t see them again Mama died in ’93

This silver medal she gave to me St. Christopher ‘round my neck Wherever I go, my soul he protects

Every river’s a daughter of the dirty rain
But see how it shines
Water’s running like the blood pushing through my veins See how it shines, like a saint on a chain

Heather was so sweet to me
Her daddy owned some property
Maybe my drinking was a little much
She turned cold to my touch
That story ‘bout the woman,
maybe it was true--
Heather put together 2 and 2
Kicked me out and changed the locks
On my motel door now the sheriff knocks

BRIDGE: Now after work I take my lonesome down With a Percocet, and a double shot of Crown But now the higher I get, the harder it seems

To get back to that place that floats like a dream

One hand on the wheel, doing 85
All my trouble just flies on by
I want to forget everything I know
I want to close my eyes and just let her go Rearview glow of the city bright
Angel of death got no headlights
You who’d protect me, I ask no more
Just carry me ‘cross to that other shore 

Every river’s a daughter of the dirty rain
But see how it shines
Water’s running like the blood pushing through my veins See how it shines, like a saint on a chain

I grew up right down the road
Never had too far to go

 

NO MERCY

 

© 2014 David Olney, 

Julie Christensen, John Hadley

 

That's just the way of the world

You're a swine, or you are a pearl

You're a king, or you're a fool

That's the law. Just the rules.

Do you have any questions?

 

Look, there is no in-between

What is real and what is a dream

Nothing's sacred, Nothing's profane

You're no different, you're just the same

You can keep your suggestions.

 

Oh____There is No Mercy

Oh____There is No Mercy

 

When did words become weapons of coice

In their sinister whispering voice

In their smiling, sweet disguise

Just some lies among all the lies

To fit any occasion

 

Oh____There is No Mercy

Oh____There is No Mercy

 

They tied my hands behind my back

Stood me up against the wall

They accused me of a crime

And demanded confession

 

Oh____There is No Mercy

Oh____There is No Mercy

Oh____There is No Mercy

 

That's just the way of the world.

 

Gasoline

 

©Julie Christensen

 

 

 

Golden girls with oily curls

Manly men and all their friends

Pump dinosaurs into the bellies of machines

Gasoline

 

Get that black stuff out the ground

Out of the deep, we're goin' down

Even if it stinks like a latrine

To get the gasoline.

Gasoline

Gasoline

 

I___ wanna get out of here

But I___ don't have the means

Or the gasoline.

Gasoline

Gasoline

 

Instrumental break 

 

Never mind who's president

It won't matter how you pay the rent

When that well runs dry your cash won't mean a thing.

Just Gasoline

Gasoline

Gasoline

 

I wanna get out of here

But I don't have the wheels

Or the gasoline

Gasoline

Gasoline

 

Down a Hundred Floors                 © Julie Christensen

This burning pain, I'm going numb

Can’t find my breath

It will not come

The wind was siphoned out of me

And I want to cry all day.

 

Things that I know how to do

The little chores that get me through

I can operate about an hour

And then I crumble

And then I tumble

 

Down a hundred floors

In an elevator with no doors

And it’s hard to be alone 

You are never coming home

 

Like a flower being crushed

A drying blossom turned to dust

I knew that I could get the call

But that knowing

Didn’t break my fall

 

Down a hundred floors

In an elevator with no doors

And it’s hard to live alone …

(Instrumental verse)

 

They tell me you’ll be lighter as a spirit

Than you were as flesh and bone

But I do not want to hear it

You are never coming home.

WOULD YOU LOVE ME?


©CHUCK PROPHET

Published by
BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Sittin' in a movie
And I'm starin' at the screen
They're draggin' Jesus from the town
It don't look good to me

Well, if I had a bucket
Or better yet a spoon
I'd go down to that river baby
I'd bring that river home to you

Would you love me?
Would you really love me?
Would you love me?
Would you really love me?

Elvis rode the wheels
Right off the gravy train
They could've shut that mother down
But they rode it just the same

Oh, and the women threw their panties
And the women threw their bras
Elvis hung his head and said
"They'll forget me when I'm gone, when I'm gone"

Would you love me?
Would you really love me?
Oh, would you love me?
Would you really love me?

I was afraid you wouldn't answer
Did I wake you up?
Listen, I still got this box of band aids here
From the night we patched things up

Oh, there's still some at the bottom
Yeah, I got the box right here
Man, if I could hold that moment to my chest
I swear I'd disappear

Oh, would you love me?
Would you really love me?

 

Broken As I Am

©2013 Julie Christensen

Stone Cupid Music BMI

 

The moon is almost full

And I can feel it pull

I can almost see the fireworks from Disneyland

And on this outbound train

The whistle blows a tired refrain

And I hope that you will take me back

As Broken As I Am

Broken as I Am.

 

The moon is almost gone

And I am movin on

Did some dirty work to get away from Disneyland

If you can hear this train

Clear out on the lonesome plains

Well, I hope that you will take me back

As Broken As I Am

Broken As I Am.

 

Instr

I couldn't see the forest for the trees across the road

Instr

But I never really found the one to lighten up the load

You lighten up the load

 

The moon's a thumbnail dome

And I am headed home

'Cause I've had my fill of fireworks and Disneyland

And now the leavin' train

Is gone and out of range

And I feel like you're the only one who even gives a damn

So I'm begging you to take me back

As Broken As I Am

 

Live and Not Die Trying

 

©2015 Julie Christensen

Stone Cupid Music BMI

My dreams are rich, but my aim is poor

My aim is truly untrue

I was aimin' for that homeplace

But it just kept slippin' through

You would think I had it all, 

But I just had everything.

You would think I'd seen it all,

When I'd probably seen too much of what the world can bring

 

The show must go on, weather permitting

Just want to Live and Not Die Trying

I want to Live and Not Die Trying

 

I want my pockets to be lined with a modest sum

Made with my own two hands

I want the streets to be paved with goldenrods

And smiles upon the land

'Cause there's a lot of room at the bottom

And still it is not lonely.

I was on top of the world

With the weight of it all on me, and I need wings.

 

The show must go on, weather permitting

Just want to Live and Not Die Trying

I want to Live and Not Die Trying

 

The end of the rainbow is fading off the ledge

The end of the world has lost its edge

 

My dreams are rich and my aim's been poor

Oh, but I aim to please you true

And a little bit of heaven underneath the clouds 

I want to build for you.

'Cause there's a lot of room at the bottom

And still it is not lonely

We are on top of the world 

And you are my one and only, and why I sing.

 

The show must go on, and on and on and on.

Just want to Live and Not Die Trying

I want to Live and Not Die Trying

I want to Live and Not Die Trying

I want to Live and Not Die Trying

 

Anthem                

©  Leonard Cohen

 

 

The birds they sang 

at the break of day 

Start again 

I heard them say 

Don't dwell on what 

has passed away 

or what is yet to be. 

Ah the wars they will 

be fought again 

The holy dove 

She will be caught again 

bought and sold 

and bought again 

the dove is never free. 

 

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack in everything 

That's how the light gets in. 

 

We asked for signs 

the signs were sent: 

the birth betrayed 

the marriage spent 

Yeah the widowhood 

of every government -- 

signs for all to see. 

 

I can't run no more 

with that lawless crowd 

while the killers in high places 

say their prayers out loud. 

But they've summoned, they've summoned up 

a thundercloud 

and they're going to hear from me. 

 

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack in everything 

That's how the light gets in. 

 

You can add up the parts 

but you won't have the sum 

You can strike up the march, 

there is no drum 

Every heart, every heart 

to love will come

but like a refugee.  (unison)

 

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That's how the light gets in. 

 

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That's how the light gets in. 

That's how the light gets in. 

That's how the light gets in.