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Papa Moose
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Ok, it's not a specific post count (though that hasn't stopped a couple other people), but it's still a landmark. Today is one year from the beginning of the landmark tradition, so I wanted to do something special.

I've already told you about myself. I've already told you about my family. My wife has already told you about herself. There have been oodles of threads about Mooselet. (I was thinking of compiling all that information into a single post, but I didn't think I could accurately remember the myriad emotions Mama and I experienced at the times, so it would be more newsy than anything else, and that didn't feel right.) So what was I gonna do?

I decided I'd share some songs with you all. I wish I had a way to record them for you (along with wishing my singing voice were better and that I could play guitar better), because I like the music and the words. Maybe some day I'll figure out a way to do that. I haven't written many songs in my life, and aside from these three I think all the others were Bible verses put to music. Sharing the lyrics to those wouldn't be all that impressive.

Please realize that I'm no musician, and no lyricist. If someone feels like critiquing, I'd be interested, but it's not like I'm gonna record a demo and send them out. The reason I want to share the songs is that they're all me, though all at different points in my life. So it's just another way of sharing myself with Hatrack.

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THE CIRCUS

Daniel is a clown
They smile when he's around
He's always got a cheerful word or two
He goes from place to place
A smile upon his face
But it's a lie; he puts it there for you

And Daniel hates his life
Filled with disappointment, strife and pain
He doesn't think he'll ever live again
A series of raw deals
They don't know how he really feels inside
He's always looking for a place to hide
Away

Daniel is a clown
Nothing brings him down
His life is just a constant holiday
A social butterfly
The always happy guy
He can't be sad; what would the people say?

So Daniel lives a lie
Continuing to wonder why should he
Be drowning in responsibility?
He puts it on himself
Lays the blame on no one else, just him
He looks for hope, but then despair sets in
Can't win... no

He wants to let it go
He wants to end the show
He wants them all to know
The circus went too long

Do you know a clown?
There's one in every town
You never know just who the clown could be
Usually it's fun
Fooling everyone
The hardest part is learning honesty
Honesty

That's the real key
So everyone can see
His true identity
He needs his own life to claim
He doesn't want the fame
Give him back his name
Let him end the game
The circus went too long

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IS SHE PAYING ATTENTION?

I wait longer
It grows stronger
Gotta let my feelings show
I can't seem to say it
So I'm trying to play it
I'm afraid that she'll never know
Can't she see that I need her so?

Is she paying attention?
Can she see it in my eyes?
Is she paying attention?
Can she hear my silent cries?
Is she paying attention?

I started to feel it
I don't wanna conceal it
Can she see what I'm all about?
Wanna help her discover
That I really do love her
But my fear always locks me out
Makes me want to scream and shout

Is she paying attention?
Can she see how I really feel?
Is she paying attention?
Can she see that my love's for real?
Is she paying attention?

The feelings are trapped inside
The feelings I cannot hide
And I'm petrified with fear
But I know she cannot hear if I don't tell her
So I don't know exactly how
But I'm going to tell her now
I've waited for far too long
I'm tired of waiting
Now I'm anticipating
How she'll feel when she hears this song

But is she paying attention?
Let me succeed in my endeavor
Is she paying attention?
I wanna be with her forever
Is she paying attention?
Is she paying attention?
Is she paying attention?
Is she paying attention?

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CONNIE

She lives there on the second floor
Catalina's where I met her
It's been three months or maybe more
You know I never will forget her

I see her with her long brown hair
You know it sparkles in the sunshine
And it doesn't matter what she wears
'Cause she's always lookin' real fine
To me
Now how can it be?

Although it's crazy, it seems
She came out of my dreams
Now I know that it's true
...

Six years later, on one knee
In my hand a diamond ring
I ask, she says yes, the waitress cries
And my pounding heart begins
To sing
She's my everything

Although it's crazy it seems
She came out of my dreams
Now I know that it's true
I love you

A few years later with our son
And another on the way
We've had a most fantastic run
Getting better by the day
I'm sure
I belong with her

Although it's crazy it seems
She came out of my dreams
Now I know that it's true
Connie, I love you

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So there you go. My name isn't Daniel (though my brother's name is), but I couldn't put Michael in there at the time I wrote it because I hadn't admitted to anyone else yet that it was about me, and that would have been a dead giveaway.

She wasn't paying attention (and the "she" here wasn't Mama Squirrel, since I wrote that one the year before we met).

And Connie you all know. It was written over a long period of time -- beginning three months after we met, and finishing today. And she did live on the second floor. And the waitress did cry.

Thanks for letting me share with you.

--Pop

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rivka
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Those are beautiful. Thank you for sharing -- and for starting a great tradition!
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That first one is about me, I think....
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Elizabeth
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Amazing. Poignant. Pure.
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Nicely done, sir.
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Beautiful. I wish I could hear them.
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Wonderful

*bows*

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Mama reminded me of another song I wrote that didn't use Bible verses as lyrics. It needs a little bit of intro, though.

I was taking a "ropes course" class my senior year of college -- just something to boost the number of units I was taking that quarter, but that I thought would also be fun, and not too tough to pass. Well, part of the class was personal journalling -- an entry for each day of class, more if one felt like it. Additionally, there was a "class journal," for which each person in the class would make one entry. It was to be presented to the class, and would be graded on thoughtfulness, relevance, and creativity. I became at that point (and remain so, as far as I know) the only person to write/perform a song for an entry, which is pretty cool. The person teaching the class (Wayne, to whom I refer in the song) actually invited the other teacher of ropes course classes to come in and hear the song, and set up video equipment to record it on the last day of class (with the entire class singing, rather than just me).

To the tune of "Do You Want To Know A Secret" (Beatles), but with an additional bridge and verse thrown in:
quote:
You'll never know how much I'm really frightened
You'll never know how much I'm really scared

Careful
Did you lock your carabiner
Are you ready to belay?
Wo-o-o-oah
Once more
One more time please check it all
'Cause I do not want to fall
I am trusting you
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh

Ready
Can't believe that I am climbing
Need more footholds in this wall
Wo-o-o-oah
Uh oh
Cannot let them see me cry
Even though I'm gonna die
I will break in two
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh

Careful not to catch your shirt
Wayne said that could really hurt

Crazy
That's the only explanation
For me trying to rappel
Wo-o-o-oah
Slower
I don't want to lose my grip
Because if I start to slip
Hope you're spotting, too
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh

Seems like I'm the only one
Everybody else is having fun

Awesome
Can't believe it was so easy
Take your turn and make it fast
Wo-o-o-oah
Hurry
Get your feet back on the floor
'Cause I wanna climb some more
Give me more to do
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh
Ooo-oo-oo-ooh....

Since it was a "group" journal, I tried to write the song with the whole class in mind -- I personally wasn't really afraid of climbing. I was definitely afraid of playing guitar and singing in front of the class, though, but that turned out "awesome" in the end as well.

Oh, and there was one other song, but I co-wrote it with an old roommate. It's called "Song." Here are the words:
quote:
A chord
D chord
A chord
E chord

A chord -- A seventh chord
D chord -- F chord
A chord -- E chord
A chord
Walking baseline

<repeat>

The chords were pretty simple, too -- it was sort of an old K-mart "yellow wrap" concept....

In other words -- "shameless bump." [Smile]

--Pop

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Ye cats and little kittens, I missed this when it was first up?! [Wall Bash]

Great, GREAT words, Pop. I wanna hear 'em! Go record them and put them up for Hatrack to enjoy! [Big Grin]

Does anyone else say "ye cats and little kittens"? [Embarrassed] I picked it up from old Scrooge McDuck comics. I'm weird.

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I love them!!! [Hail]
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[Smile]
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*Holds my Bic lighter high, with the flame on high, brother*

Nice job, Pop. If you ever need a backup guitarist, I know a few chords! [Wink]

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