LET IT BREATHE

let it breathe, let it go

is there anything left to know?

fighting the flow

let it all go…

let it breathe, let it move

in the tides or with the moon

feeling the flow?

let it all go…

how much is enough to get me thru?  

how long can I wait to get to you?

let it breathe, let it grow

who’s down with movin’ slow

we ebb and flow

we touch and go…

how long can I wait to get to you?

how close will be close enough to you? 

>>>>interlude<<<<<

let it breathe, let it be

as we learn to believe

a brighter day

a softer way

I have run too long to give in to  

the 3 am alarm that we pulled through

let it breathe, let it go

is there anything left to know?

©hank barbee 2010

CAN WE GO AWAY?

can we go away just me and you?

can we run away in the night?

trade in our troubles for a different view

leave the worldly worries behind

 

lets take a ride just me and you

where the road never holds us in time

maybe a rock is harder to roll

with one chance to give your goodbye
 

can we go away just me and you?

can we run away in the night?

trade in our troubles for a different view

leave the worldly worries behind

 

let’s hop a freight to the end of the line 

with the hobos, the bums, and the freaks

this time I may, this time I might

find a place where these old bones can sleep
 

can we go away just me and you?

can we run away in the night?

trade in our troubles for a different view

leave the worldly worries behind

leave the worldly worries behind

 

can we sail away to the end of the earth

to the other side of the moon

where a warm wind blows across lazy eyes

can we sail away, me and you?

can we go away, me and you?


© 2012 hank barbee, liz hargett

OUR TIME

maybe its not the time that we dreamed of

maybe its not the time that we want

maybe its not the time that we think that we need

but this is our time

our time

 

there was a time of civil wars and dark ages

this is the time of tv shows and webpages

now is the time to work for our future, unseen

this is our time, our time

our time, our time

 

these are the worst of times with the best of plans

here are the photographs of a long lost romance

those are the things we thought we wanted so badly

in our time, our time

our time, our time

this is our time, our time

this is our time, our time


©hankbarbee 4.7.2012

FALL

come to me my queen

leave your blues in the night

waste out this room on love and light

as we fall in the quiet between

 

descend your wishing tree  

new to the sound and sight 

finding the glare too much, but it’s right

if you draw in closer to me

 

how were we not gonna fall?

tell me how were we not gonna see? 

the answer, so plainly drawn

that you are what I need

 

sit close, out of sight

forever, you’ve laid on my mind

sweet to touch, I am burning and blind

singing out to your cues of delight

 

old trust, frozen in kind

a pickup that never would leave

connecting the dots with complicity

soul to soul this is our only crime

 

how were we not gonna fall?

tell me how were we not gonna see? 

the answer, so plainly drawn

that you are what I need

 

climb off your starry ride

spin on a wind and a wheel

stepping away, she is stunning and real

left alone with the stone inside 

 

how were we not gonna fall?

tell me how were we not gonna see? 

the answer, so plainly drawn

that you are all I need

 

how were we not gonna fall?

tell me, how were we not gonna see? 

the answer, so plainly drawn

that you are what I need
 

© HB.11.25.11

BANJOLINA

Moving like an angel dream

Dance across the evening scene

Banjolina

 

Auburn hair and eyes of blue 

The kind a boy can lose to

Banjolina 

 

If I could make you smile

Or make you see

Get down on my bended knee

Beg for you to be my queen

I would be your king

I would give you everything 

 

Hold my heart and hear it beat

Pluck it like an unwound string

my Banjolina

 

Twangy voice a lullaby

Candy apple lips on fire

Banjolina 

 

If I could make you smile

Or make you see

Get down on my bended knee

Beg of you to be my queen

I would be your king

I would give you everything 

 

a starry night that captivates

a freedom like the ocean tastes

Banjolina 

 

© hank barbee 12.30.2013

EVERYWHERE I GO

I ride away into a warm sunrise

Remembering those who turned my tide

Across America, with no one by my side

I drive into another lonely night


Everywhere I go you come along

Your voice upon my shoulder creeps into my song

Down the dotted lines

Farther from my home

I take a piece of you everywhere I go




Imagination paints a pretty scene

Windows to a world of finer things

The quiet left behind of a simple country life

Past my prime, they think that I’ve “arrived”

 

The limits that we push ourselves across

Are complicated only by our wants

An empty heart is leading me

Further down this road

I take a piece of you everywhere I go

I take a piece of you everywhere I go



 

Those big city nights, we can’t discuss

The truth is that I’m missin’ you every bit as much

Down the dotted lines

Farther from my home

I take a piece of you everywhere I go
 

You resonate inside of me

And, honey, you should know

I take a piece of you everywhere I go

I take a piece of you everywhere I go

 

© hank barbee 12.22.13

MELODY

Melody, won’t you come back down?

Melody, ain't it time to come around?

we miss you when your love can’t be found
 

Melody, honey, can I take you for a ride?

Melody, yeah, don’t you think that its time?

that you come along with me, and ease your mind

 

it was the hardest night that you ever did see

with the rain in your eyes and a feelin’ so mean 

singin ‘hallelujah’ with a great big noise

rockin-and a-rollin with the Preacher boys

Melody, honey, ain’t it time to get away

you gotta save yourself, girl you know there’s a better way
 

it was the hardest night that you ever did see

with the rain in your eyes and a feelin’ so mean 

singin ‘hallelujah’ with a great big noise

rockin-and a-rollin with the Preacher boys

Melody, honey, ain’t it time to get away

save yourself, girl, you know there’s a better way

 

Melody, baby, ain’t it time to let it go?

Melody, honey, you won’t know until ya know

there's no place left to run to, so come back home

and when there's no one left to run with, you’ll just stay home
 

© hank barbee 7.12.12

REFLECTION

I set'em up, you knock'em down

Then we do it again…

Do ya love the game? Or do you play to win?

I waste my time and waste my mind

On things I shouldn't do

There's a piece of me in every part of you

 

Looking out your window

You stare at the past

Victim of the lies that you proved

One day you will realize

Your portal of glass

Is a reflection



Ghostly echoes, fear and doubt

Defeating all you do

"life's not fair", is that what's killin you?

I offered up a helping hand

To a blade that cut me deep

A drowning man will drag you underneath

 

Livin’ in the future or live in the past

The price that you pay is the same

Wrestling the moment, awaiting the crash

And hate what you see in the mirror 

Watch how they bleed in the mirror 

Like you…

 

Looking out your window

You stare at the past

Victim of the lies that you proved

One day you will realize

The one in the glass 

Is your reflection…

 

Living in the future or live in the past

The price that you pay is the same

Wrestling the moment, awaiting the crash

Look for yourself in the mirror

Find what you need in the mirror…

…Find you…

 

©hankbarbee january 2014

COLLIDE

honey, close your eyes up tight

and picture Red Moon light

imagine me in a song against the night

with a smile upon my face

and a lonely view into space

where I watch the shooting stars as they collide
 

they collide, collide

in a flash across the sky

where time or place will never divide us
 

can I hold you in my grip?

heart to heart and hip to hip?

if you give me your life, we can discover it

did you come to breathe a sigh?

did you come to say goodbye?

will you leave this heart an empty compromise?
 

no, we collide, collide 

in a flash across the sky

no time or place will ever divide us

collide, collide

yeah, you heat me up inside

no time or place will ever divide us


will never divide us, never define us

will never divide us now

never divide us, never define us

will never divide us now…collide


collide, collide 

in a flash across the sky

no time or place will ever divide us

collide, we collide

yeah, you heat me up inside

no time or place will ever divide us

no time or place will ever define us

 

©hankbarbee 8.31.2012

BOTH SIDES OF LOVE

it’s a fact of life

that you may find true love

but you won’t find it twice

 

she was taken for granted, passed right on by

nobody bothered to look past her eyes

the dreams she was hiding, her kisses tucked away

such a beautiful prize for a man who won't stay

 

tucked in beside her

out doin’ his thing

she nurses their baby

and a dollar store ring

 

when all of your love is still not enough

and your heart tears apart on both sides of love

 

its a fact of love

that sometimes a man

won't lay down his gloves

 

there was one who would talk, a spark in his word

he lends her an ear, she wants to be heard

he smiles so softly, he shows her his all

he might be a friend, or they might have to fall

 

on a quiet night walkin

on a drive across town

that kiss left her breathless

and wondering how

 

she had waited so long, until she finally gave up

now she feels her heart stray on both sides of love

 

it’s a terrible jealousy 

for the man that you love

when you cannot have him

and you can’t give him up

 

when all of your love is still not enough

and your heart tears apart on both sides of love

 

when the greatest of loves is still not enough

and your heart tears apart on both sides of love

 

© hank barbee 2013

IF I WERE A GROUNDHOG

if I were a groundhog

I would love you on the prairie

I’d love you in the burrow

I would love you in the sun

if I were a groundhog you would be my only one

 

if I were a groundhog

I’d ask you to dinner

we could eat in the meadow

or we could dig us a hole

cause you know groundhogs don’t need a fancy place to go

 

if I were a groundhog and you were my date

if I sang you a pretty song could we hibernate?

 

if I were a groundhog

down in the lowlands

and you were my woodchuck

with the finest coat of fur

down in the burrow we would raise some cubs

 

if I were a groundhog and you were my mate

if you fell in love with me, we could hibernate

 

I got no fingers, and I got no thumbs

but I’ll love you in the forest or right out in the sun

if I were a groundhog you would be my only one

 

sing for me whistle pig

sing for me whistle pig

I will hide you from the bobcats

I will hide you from the wolves

from the coyotes, foxes, hawks ‘n bears ‘n hoofs

 

if I were a groundhog

I would love you on the prairie

I’d love you in the burrow

I would love you in the sun

if I were a groundhog you would be my only one


© hankbarbee 6.19.2012