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"Secret Ladder" (2014




Reverend Blowhard lyrics - Christopher Cross

You’re so white
And you’re so right
They used to sit with their checkbooks
And watch you on Saturday night
And you made sure they knew
They were born in sin
And gave the address
Where they could mail it in
Uh-huh
Save ya, uh-huh

So you preached
And you beseeched
The old and the sad and the weak
Were the people you reached
And they made you famous
They made you fat
And God forgave you
Or something like that
Uh-huh
Save ya, uh-huh

Ain’t that sweet
Ain’t that clever
They’re thinking they’ll live forever
You brought it
And they bought it
Now life is a breeze
Reverend Blowhard

Hey have a cigar
Ride in the car
With the bar
Your chauffeur has a halo !
You were the man
But he’s got a plan
Work on your tan
But lay low

Hey buddy the chosen are few
But you got some ‘splainin’ to do
The hooker that died in your room
And the sailors who tied you with duct tape
And wailed with that cat-o’-nine-tails
All those tales
That’s one indulgence you could not sell
Your friends of the flesh
Left their surprise from hell
Uh-huh

Ain’t life whack
Ain’t life funny
All the things you can get with money
They brought it
And you bought it
Get down on your knees
Ain’t that sweet
Ain’t that clever
Our heaven is now or never
But you brought it
And they bought it
It’s all a disease
Reverend Blowhard
Blow blow Blowhard

I Don't See It Your Way lyrics - Christopher Cross

Call it discussion
Call it debate
Call it two fools shouting at the night
Toxic with anger
Right from the gate
As each of us pretend we know what’s right
We can’t repair it
It’s way too late
Now our hearts are only in this fight

Love and kindness
Is the rule
But my darling
I’m no fool

I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
Say I’m a typical man
Say I’m an old cliché
But I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I like to think I’m trying
But I don’t hear what you say
‘Cause I don't see it your way
I don't see it your way

You slap me with silence
I make a scene
We’ll see who hits the wall
Before we’re through
You judge me so harshly
You seem so mean
And saying this of course
I’m judging you
The circle’s vicious
‘Round our necks
Don’t talk money
Don’t talk sex

‘Cause I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I don’t dig my role
In your morality play
And I don’t see it your way
I don’t see it your way
I need my conclusions
To keep oblivion at bay
I don't see it your way
I don't see it your way

And when I knew it all
Oh I felt so free

I don't see it your way
Ain’t no shades of gray
I don't see it your way
Ain’t no shades of gray

The Times I Need You lyrics - Christopher Cross

Ooh this life can surely kick your ass
People smile and say this too shall pass
Brother they may never care
But you were always there
All the times I needed you

Yes you were there but where was I
(Turning to the wrong protectors)
Letting honest comfort pass me by
(Taking love from love rejectors)
I’d be in free fall
But too afraid to call
All the times I needed you

Friendship
Sitting like a dog down at your feet
Kick it
Ignore it
But it will still be there !
Ooh my ego lies just like a song
It says keep it to yourself
And you’ll look strong
All that time-honored crap
Just helped me lose my map
All the times I needed you

Friendship
Sitting like a dog down at your feet
Kick it
Ignore it
But it follows you everywhere

I could be a jerk sometimes
You could be a jerk sometimes
It’s all a matter of degrees !
Ooh now I look back and there we are
(Two scared shaggy-haired
mis-paired lunatics)
Pooling all our cash to buy a star
(Look there we are on the TV)
If I had my own way
I’d let you know today
That I always needed you
All the times I needed you

Island Of Anger lyrics - Christopher Cross

It's a beautiful world
Filled with stupid people
Beating each other's brains out
Like the cavemen did
But I'm stuck right here
Wondering why I can't do
Like the brave men did

Oh don't I know
This ain't no way to live
When everything I see and hear
Makes me mad
And there's no silver lining
The stuff that doesn't get me angry
Makes me sad

Hard to believe I'm not a kid
Hard to believe the things I did
Hard to believe the ways I hid my love
Wondering now why I'm not free
Wondering how I came to be
An island of anger in a sea of love

And love rules
This much I understand
But all the ones who live for peace die for it
Still somehow that message comes
And every day I struggle to decipher it

Younger by half
I was quick to laugh
Hopeful and alive to what might come
Where's my spark
Skies so dark
All I seem to hear is a distant drum

Hard to believe the time's so short
Hard to believe I'm still in port
Dying to set a different sort of course
Wondering now how I'll get free
And how to become a refugee
From an island of anger
In a sea of love

V lyrics - Christopher Cross

I know you hurt
I know you do
The deepest pain you ever knew
I know that you
Will think of her
And all the wondrous things that were
All seems lost
She was the one
You don't see how
You can go on
I know you will
I know you will my friend

The light of joy so faint and gray
The waves of sadness seize the day
There is no place
That you can find
To hide away as John would say
Things will change
The tables turn
You’ll understand
What you have learned
I know you will
I know you will my friend

Her kiss is on
The wind again
There’s no escape
Once it begins
Until your breath returns

You miss her smile,
Her laugh, her touch
Most of all
You miss the way
She loved you

I know this girl
She hurt you so
The deepest pain you’ll ever know
I know how hard
This is for you
That all those dreams
Won’t come true
The time will come
When love will die
And heaven opens up its sky
Your heart will heal
And you will care
And see that life is everywhere
I know you will
I know you will my friend

Experiment lyrics - Christopher Cross

Under a tree where I lay with my lies
Something or someone
Bestowed a surprise
Telling me I had no use for my eyes
If I really wanted to see

Walking me tall like a priest with no pope
No one in lab coats and no one with dope
Nobody dangling some flimsy old hope
And nothing to do but to be

All my baggage sent on ahead
Gentleman style
All I remember are people who smile

Holding the world in the palm of my hand
Feeling my pulse like the bass in a band
Welcoming chaos I can’t understand

Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
A most willing subject am I

Now the abyss seems to have its allure
No ground to stand on and nothing secure
Why should a monkey like me feel so pure
Kissing tomorrow goodbye

Far from the comfort of all my despair
Every wrong thought is a wisp in the air
I try to worry but nothing is there
I throw up my hands and I cry

All I wanted falls at my feet
Holy and bright
All I remember is what I did right

Holding the world
In the palm of my hand
Feeling my pulse
Like the bass in a band
Finding amazement
Wherever I land

Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Be an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Hey I’m an experiment
Find your experiment

Simple lyrics - Christopher Cross

The past and the future
Is a bad neighborhood
I’d live in the present if only I could
When I’m in the moment
It’s nothing but good
So very still

Holding the silence up to my ear
A sound that’s so beautiful
No one can hear
A sound that’s so awesome
No one comes near
So very still

Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Trying to peel the rubbish away
Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Boiling it down to only today
It’s the way

Every molecule under the sun
All of the energy running the fun
Patiently whispering you are all one
So very still

Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Trying to peel the rubbish away
Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Boiling it down to only today
It’s the way

Ooh there’s nothing like a romance
And life without physical love — not a chance
But deep down beneath that primitive dance
The song of the universe hums

Nobody said love was easy but

Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Wiping the culture off of my soul
Love is simple, love is simple, love is simple
Keeping it real, keeping me whole

Wonderland lyrics - Christopher Cross

I fell asleep in the dentist chair
They’d shot me with all kinds of junk
I had a dream that was wicked cool
About this guy who was kind of a monk
He came out of a garbage can
And he spoke right out loud
To a great big crowd
He said
Do you believe in Wonderland
You wanna live in a Wonderland

Everybody keep your chin up
Keep your head down
Let your mind be clear
Everybody gotta do
A lotta work that you love
Before you get outa here
Everybody don’t you spend
A lot of worry time
Thinkin’ what this world is not
Just imagine us a good one
While livin’ in the one we got

He waved his hand
And the stars turned red
Oh man it gave us a chill
He said for real hey it’s no big deal
Anyone can do it at will
And we laughed and said
Do you believe in Wonderland
And he said
Can’t you see it’s a Wonderland

Everybody keep your chin up
Keep your head down
Let your mind be clear
Everybody don’t be afraid
To touch another soul
‘Cause that’s why we’re here
Everybody don’t you sit around
Hatin’ on the world
Before you‘re gone like a shot
Just imagine us a good one
While livin’ in the one we got

I started hearing his Wonderland
In my cynical Blunderland

He said you gotta think
About the good things
That’s what’s gonna keep you sane
He said to just remember
Everything that you see
Is coming from your brain
And he went back into his garbage can
And I woke up in a whole lot of pain
I said it doesn’t feel like a Wonderland
But I believe in Wonderland

Everybody keep your chin up
Keep your head down
Let your mind be clear
Everybody gotta do
A lotta work that you love
Before you get outa here
Everybody don’t you be afraid
To touch another soul
Or to wipe a tear
Just imagine us a good one

We Will Remember You lyrics - Christopher Cross

I know — I know —
It seems that we don’t care
But we bless you and your families
While you’re fighting over there

You set aside your own sweet dreams
To heed your country’s call
Some of you made it home
Some of you gave it all

It seems our noble country
Is in one endless war
And we all have our opinions
About what you’re fighting for

But we still need to tell you
While the winds of war blow
As you look that nightmare in the eye
There’s something you should know

We will remember you
We will remember you
We will remember you
With love and gratitude

All of us here sit around complaining
‘Bout the things we have to do
But not one of us could begin to imagine
The hell that you’ve been through

And whether or not you have returned
There should be no neglect
‘Cause every one of you has earned
Respect! Respect! Respect!

We will remember you
We will remember you
We will remember you
With love and gratitude

[Solo]

And though we bow our heads
And say God speed you
We’re praying for the day
When we won’t need you
Praying for peace on earth
We will remember you

We will not forget you
We will remember you
We will not forget you
We will remember you
We will not forget you
And everything you do
We will remember you
We will remember you
We will remember you
With love and gratitude

With Me Now lyrics - Christopher Cross

You’ve known me forever
But you don’t know me well
I was on the sidelines
Every time you fell
And I watched the bastards break your heart
And never give a damn
I’ve finally seen enough so here I am

Ah but what could be my chances
With a girl like you
I don’t look too fancy
I don’t live the way you do
So I guess it’s tough to imagine me
This perfect kinda guy
But I’ve got to make this move or I may die

Is there nothing I can do darlin’
Is there nothing I can say
Is there nothing I can do darlin’
To make you wanna stay
Here with me now
Maybe

I don’t know how to say this
I’m a nervous wreck
But I know your lonely laughter
And the sweet curve of your neck
And I’m pretty sure I know the woman
That you’ve come to be
And I know that if she’d have me
She’d be everything to me

Is there nothing I can do darlin’
Is there nothing I can say
Is there nothing I can do darlin’
To make you wanna stay
Here with me now
Maybe

I’ve already held you tight
And we’ve already talked all night
I have brought you comfort
On your darkest day
All my sad rehearsing
Please don't turn away

Is there nothing I can do darlin’
Is there nothing I can say
Is there nothing I can do darlin’
To make you wanna stay
Here with me now
Maybe

Is there nothing I can do darlin’
Is there nothing I can say
Is there nothing I can do darlin’
To make you wanna stay
You’re with me now
Baby

Light The World lyrics - Christopher Cross

Light the world
Light the world

One more day to learn
One more turn at the wheel
Don’t think you don’t matter
There’s no us without you

There’s no mistaking the sound of change
Nothing louder than the ring of truth
Stand up and sing it in the language of love
Let your good vibrations light up the world

Kila siku huleta ngoma nyingine
Every day brings another dance
Nafasi ya kuangaza mwanga dunia
A chance to light up the world
Mwanga wa mwanga wa dunia
Light of light of the world
As we light the world

One earth full of wonder
One mother caring for all
Far too precious to take for granted
Will you answer her call

No more standing idly by
No more sitting on the sidelines now
Time’s a wastin’ there’s no guarantee
We gotta walk the talk and light up the world

Kila siku huleta ngoma nyingine
Every day brings another dance
Nafasi ya kuangaza mwanga dunia
A chance to light up the world

Mwanga wa mwanga wa dunia
Light of light of the world
As we light the world

Shelter every child with the God given right
To loving care and a place to dream
Let’s find a way we can all sleep at night
Wake up and be the light

Kila siku huleta
Every day brings
(kelele kelele kelele)
(noise noise noise)
Ngoma nyingine
Another dance
(Nafasi ya kuangaza mwanga dunia)
(A chance to light up the world)
Mapenzi (mwanga wa)
Love (light of)
Mapenzi (mwanga wa dunia)
Love (light of the world)
Wimbo wa mapenzi
Song of love
Chezeni ngoma
Everyone dance

There’s no mistaking the sound of change
(Wimbo wa dunia)
Song of the world
Nothing louder than the ring of truth
(Wimbo wa kweli)
Song of the truth
Stand up and sing it in the language of love
(Wimbo wa mapenzi)
Song of love
Gotta light up the world

No more standing idly by
(Tendeni sasa)
Act now
No more sitting on the sidelines now
(Tubadilisheni)
Let’s make changes
Time’s a wastin’ there’s no guarantee
(Tupendane)
Let’s love each other
We gotta light up the world

Kila siku huleta ngoma nyingine
Every day brings another dance
Nafasi ya kuangaza (kelele kelele kelele)
A chance to light up (noise noise noise)
Mwanga dunia
The world
Mwanga wa mwanga wa dunia
Light of light of the world
As we light the world
As we light the world
As we light the world

Got To Be A Better Way lyrics - Christopher Cross

Seething in his world
Of carbohydrates and TV
If it bit him on the ass
He wouldn’t know empathy
Blame is his solution for
Every problem in the world
“If you think like I do
Then I’ll be there for you”

He says “I pulled myself up
By my bootstraps all my life
So don’t you ask me to
Help somebody else’s kids
Someone else’s wife”
His brain canals are crawling
With stuff he heard somewhere
He can’t tell truth from anger
And nothing’s fair

That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
It’s hard to even tell in your comfort zone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way
That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
So careful what you crush
When you feel alone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way

He wants what he can’t have
So bad he can taste it

He say gimme
He say gimme
He say is that all? Gimme some more
When he comes down that ego mountain
The scene’ll be pretty grim
Seven billion sad sad faces
Staring up at him

That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
It’s hard to even tell in your comfort zone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way
That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
So careful what you crush
When you feel alone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way

He’s not the only one
Breaking this land in two
It could be me
It might be you

That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
It’s hard to even tell in your comfort zone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way
That love beneath your boots
Might be your own

So careful what you crush
When you feel alone
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way
That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
You know I’d rather run away
You know I’d rather run away
That love beneath your boots
Might be your own
There’s got to be a better way
There’s got to be a better way

A Letter To My Children lyrics - Christopher Cross

Tiny hands that reached out for me
To share the touch of the mystery
Shining eyes that wonder what will be

So begins a love
Like you have never known
A love for another life
So strong that you would
Give your own
You do your best
And hope that you have shown them

You’re my heroes
You’re what matters
All the days of my life
You’re my heroes
My ever after
You bring me joy, bring the light

Now you're young men
And women of the world
Fly the winds of kindness
Let your wings unfurl
I wish you peace
And that sad times turn to pearls

And if I go away
Please remember every day
That I'll be there
To help you find your way back home

And when I go away
Please remember every day
All the ways you make me proud to say

"Doctor Faith" (2011)