I had been working on a song about Gateway for a while. After Hammer passed, I knew I had to get it done. Enjoy.
I have read close to 25 books on the financial crisis and what I see happening in the United States truly makes me sad. The Fed is moving jobs from the future to the present at the expense of the young people and people who save money like myself.
I have also been playing old protest songs from the 60’s on my guitar. So this is my attempt at writing a modern protest song. Songs today have so little message.
I wrote this song shortly after leaving Gateway. I was in my new house in Myrtle Beach pounding beers and hammering on my guitar. That was seven years ago, and now I am married to a truly fantastic woman. After so long, I finally found my angel. Next Tom took the song, and it now has a 50’s retro country type of sound to it.
A Lord I know you've heard my prayers D A Each and every night A And I know I've heard your voice saying E everything's all right A Lord I know you're watching me D A And all the things I need A D But there's still one thing B7 E To make it all complete A D Send me an angel, straight from up above A E Let me feel your soothing grace and shower me with love A D Send me an angel, to sing my harmonies A E Send me an angel made especially for me Singing straight from the heart I want the old life to come to an end And another one to start (bridge) I look all around me I see couples holding hands Oh, how I want someone too I know You'll understand (double chorus)
I remember the year well. It was 1998, and I had just gone through a messy break up. But I was in great spirits. I had just bought a brand new Toyota Supra. It was a great looking car for its time. It was a beautiful day and I started going to a new church in Austin TX. I was in great spirits and this song popped into my head.
G C Going down life's lonely roads G D It's easy to get lost G D At times C G I've got my signals crossed G C So I stop and wonder G D In which direction to go G D My eyes closed C G I'm sure to know G C D I'm cruising with the Lord G D C He takes me by the hand G C D Cruising with the Lord G D C We're going to the promised land G C I was lost but now I'm found G D His grace abides in me G D Finally found C G A love that sets me free G C Free as an eagle G D To soar where I may roam G D Where ever I go C G I'm never alone G C D I'm cruising with the Lord G D C He takes me by the hand G C D Cruising with the Lord G D C We're going to the promised land
I really can’t describe how I write a song. It is the exact opposite of writing a blog or writing a computer program. In the latter case, you sit down with an intention in mind. With song writing, I try to make my mind as blank as possible. Think about nothing. Strum a few chords, and see what it makes you feel. Not what you want to feel, what you really feel. Sometimes, something happens, and many times not.
I wrote this song after I wrote “Cry Myself to Sleep”. Like I said before, I wasn’t trying to write this song. It just happened. It is a very very simple song with a basic beat and only two chords. But now that Tom has taken hold of it, it has really come together. I really like the guitar licks.
E A E Dried up tears hide your pretty eyes E A E you're feeling something you can't disguise E A E You don't love him, but you can't let go E A E All these feelings we'll never know B Girl, you're just a mystery E A E Cause you never come cry to me E A E The coolest lady I'll ever see Who you are is bottled inside Just because you can't decide Girl, you got to give it up All you got is tough enough Girl, you're just a mystery Cause you never come cry to me The coolest lady i'll ever see Honey,you know i love you so But it's almost time to let you go Open up your heart and let me in That's when our life begins Girl, you're just a mystery Cause you never come cry to me The coolest lady I'll ever see