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Chameleons and Butterflies
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2007

There's a window to my soul
Inside everyone I know
I've been gazing through those windows all my life

But I'm beginning to break free
Of their influence on me
I can't please everybody all the time

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
You'll find that I do not do well at all
Yet I don't suppose that I'd prefer to be with those
Who only want to pin me to the wall

In the halls of social grace
No one mentions to your face
Any words that might offend or bring you down

But they'll talk behind your back
About the qualities you lack
All the feathers in your cap are tumbling down

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
You'll find that I am not an easy sell
There may come a time when I'll be more inclined to buy
Into the little lies that people tell

I walk alone down by the water's edge
To find a little peace
And healing colors fille the sky

And perhaps it's just as well
I don't ask and you don't tell
Safe and cozy in our shells we carry on
We carry on
We carry on
Like nothing's wrong

In the company of chameleons and butterflies
Now finally I'm feeling right at home
For now I understand that there are things about a man
That nobody would ever wanna know

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Close Your Eyes
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2016

When Sunny was a child
She was carefree and Wild
She hardly had a worry in the world

In her house it was clear
When she looked into the mirror
A proud girl was looking back at her

Her mama said she was precious
Don't you forget it
She knew what her Mama said was true

When Sunny was a child
She was carefree and wild
She didn't worry the way some people do

It was only later on
Like a low rolling fog
Anxieties started creeping in

She didn't tell nobody else
But when looking at herself
She was uncomfortable in her own skin

Her mama said she was precious
Don't you dare forget it
She wanted to believe it was true

But all she ever seen on TV and magazines
Were skinny beauty queens who made her feel
Not good enough not good enough

Chorus:
Sometimes your eyes
They tell you lies
Sometimes you see more with them closed
Than when they're open wide
Close your eyes
And open your heart

Well the music is pumpin
And everybody’s jumpin
As a party starts getting off the ground

Sunny is dancing
With Wendy and Frances
Moving and grooving to the sound

And then in walks Earl
All alone in the world
Looking for a girl he could ask out

Sizing up the place
Searching for a pretty face
Checking everybody up and down

He’s not interested in Sunny
Who’s intelligent and funny
'Cuz some belly fat is showing through her clothes

He’s written off Wendy
Flirtatious and friendly
'Cuz she’s got a pretty prominent nose

And he likes the way she dances
But he doesn't hit on Frances
She’s got a little acne on her face

(You see he’s got it in his mind
The only women worth his time
Have to look a certain kinda way)

And all he ever sees
On TV and magazines
Are skinny beauty queens and no one else is
Good enough not good enough

               Chorus

He’s almost out the door
When upon the dance floor
Appears a vision that takes his breath away

He stares in her direction
The picture of perfection
A goddess, a dreamgirl, a babe

He starts working up the nerve
To go talking to this girl
His heart is pounding and his mouth is running dry

Strategically he dances
with Sunny and Frances
'Til he's daning right by her side

He says your eyes are like diamonds
Your hair is like a river
Your body’s so slender and sublime

Of all the women in the room
I have eyes only for you
You and me could have a good time

And the music is pumpin
And everybody jumpin
And after an uncomfortable delay

She got all up in his face
Put him in his place
Here’s what his dreamgirl had to say

Double Chorus

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Dr. Ellis
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2007

Hey there sleepy head
Don't you know it's time for bed
Your head hurts, eyes are dry
Why not call it a night?
Y'know it's gonna feel sweet
Laying down between the sheets
It's getting on for 2 a.m.
Oh no, here we go again
Tomorrow you're gonna pay
You'll only have yourself to blame cuz

Chorus:
People are strange
Got noisy brains
Stuck in their ways
People can change

Runnin' ragged all the time
Still you're always way behind
Leaving when you should be there
Plane's already in the air
Making people wait around
Lettin' everybody down
Tired of fabricating lies
Look the problem in the eyes
You know what you gotta do
When you gonna follow thru cuz

Chorus

Bridge:
In the back of my mind
I've been wondering why
Anybody would act so absurd
Dr. Ellis would tell us in so many words:
"We're not logical animals, we're psychological"
Yeah!

Chorus

Hey there sleepy head
Don't you know it's time for bed

 

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Every Mile
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2007

Another day on the road
There's still a long way to go
I am so looking forward to being home

But I'm remembering a child
Who devoured every mile
Even on some neverending family drives

I could while away the time
Staring at the power lines
Swooping up and down like sparrows while Dad drove

And all the rows in the fields
Looked like spokes on a wheel
I could almost feel the world spin around me

Every car on the road
Had two eyes and a nose
Litte me he could see into their souls

Mercedes Benz's looked afraid
Like they had nowhere to turn
And Chevrolets had the gaze of a sad girl

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In My Heart
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Adrian West and Ira Marlowe
Copyright 2013

Yeah, I've been dancing with loneliness
Yeah, I have held her as close as this
Because I would like her to know
What is in my heart

Oh, I wish she would talk to me
To know all the layers she cannot see
Because on the inside
Love is what she'd find

she, doesnt know a thing about
the way, the way it'll all turn out
Because, then she would see
and find her way to me

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One Day
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Adrian West and Ira Marlowe
Copyright 2013

You don't care about me
You just boss me around
Just 'cause you're older
Doesn't mean you know everything

I will find a place
A place where I belong
A place where I am loved
One day you will find

I am gone
And then you will be sorry
Knowing you're wrong
Crying beside my empty bed

I do too love you
My own flesh and blood
I know I'm supposed to be wise
There are gonna be to times when I
Mess things up

Don't turn away
We're in this together
You'll see one day
I always gave my best to you

My darling, we've been through all this before
I'm sorry, I'm sorry I lost control
Please unlock the door
Darling please unlock the door for me

I do too love you

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Light Your Fires
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2007


When I was dreaming
I went a little too far
Wound up believing
I'm some kinda rockstar

And my head was in the clouds with this vanity
When you brought me back around to reality

I'll do the laundry
You do the dishes
I'm lucky I found me
Somebody who listens
When I share the tribulations of another day
When I'm quiet cuz I find I don't have much to say

Chorus:
There's no time for looking back, life is beginning
I don't try to reconcile taking and giving

Lavish the children
With our affections
We see in their lives
Our own reflections

We are working for the good of all humanity
We're indulging one another's little fantasies

Bridge:
Light your fires while you are young
Keep you warm when you grow older
Light your fires while you are young
Your spark is hot now make it smolder
Light your fires while you are young
Keep you warm when you grow older
Light your fires while you are young
Your spark is hot now make it smolder

Chorus

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Random Serenade
by Adrian West

(c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

They say the chances
Were very very small
That any form of life
Could form at all

Kinda makes you feel
Lucky to be here
Who am I to feel
Lucky to be here?

When I look around me
I see a lotta luck gone down the drain

Maybe you're the kind
Who feels the need
For luxury and power
To fuel your greed

Or you could be the kind
Who lends a hand
Lifting others up
The best you can

You're a free man
And no two are the same

We climbed out of the ocean
And got up on our feet
We live in our mansions
And out on the street

In case you take a stand
There's something you should know
We will always have
A long way to go

This random
A random serenade

Ip opsip alaya
Ip opsip clip clop aday
We're bouncing bumping away
Like the molecules inside of you

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Safe Streets
by Adrian West

(c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

There's a ruckus in the alleyway
He turns 'round to see what it's all about
There's a dirty little huckster
Dealing crack by the dumpster
So he roughs him up a couple of uppercuts to the gut'll been enough to make him think twice
'doesn't go like he planned
Now he got blood on his hands

So he lurks in the shadows
Lays low, no one'll ever know
But the narc squad's on him
And they're starting to close in
One night (bang bang) door's kicked down get your body on the ground now or we take you out
And his heart is racing
As they head down to the station

Tiny room at the precinct
Where captain Samuel Flannigan
Says "Now your ass is mine
And I could make you do time
But there's more work to do, gonna make a deal with you here's a badge and a loaded Glock 22
Go out and clean up your 'hood
Or I'll lock you up for good!"

And he's out on the street now
He can make your life unlivable
Civil rights don't mean jack
To a scoundrel like that
But it's all good 'cuz the Brotherhood got him covered in a cloud of immunity
And the streets are safer
Now that he got a taser

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Senses
by Adrian West

(c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Cloudy night in the mountains
Wildfires paint the sky
Gentle breeze on my shoulders
Carries smoke through the pines

Beautiful, it's beautiful, so beautiful, yeah (x2)

Striders glide on the water
Owls fly in the sky
Crickets sing, like little sirens
Eerie fog blurs the night

Beautiful, it's beautiful, so beautiful, yeah (x2)

Chorus:

And I owe it all to my senses
To feel what I can in a day
Yes I owe it all to my senses
'Cuz one day they're gonna fade

Fingertips fron a warm grasp
Tender lips close to mine
Play with me in the tall grass
Oh your touch is divine

Double Chorus

Beautiful, you're beautiful, so beautiful, yeah (x2)

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Separation
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Barbara West
(c) 2006 All Rights Reserved

Come along, go with me, come along go with me
Come along, go with me, to the wide field shining

Leave the trees the great wood and the lake
Leave the trees the great wood

Birds in the morning, bright sky
Birds in the morning overhead

Just bring the few things that you need
Just bring the few things that you need

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Summer's Ghost
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Barbara West
Copyright 2007

I told her to take it easy on the cigarettes and caffeine
I told her to take a break from the wine and Jim Beam
She didn't listen to me, just kept on
Nothin' good goin' on

She had a fine memorial, plenty of folks turned out
The preacher did a good job, told us all about
Her sunny disposition, her favorite song
All good, no wrong

I'm all alone and holdin', keepin' strong
Summer's ghost comes along

It was two or three months later, kinda like a dream
She walked in my bedroom wearing bright white jeans
She told me it was different being gone
Neither right nor wrong

I'm all alone and holdin' keepin' strong
Summer's ghost comes along

It got to be a habit, she'd come every night
It's not that I was scared, it just didn't seem right
Summer I am sorry that things went wrong
But your time is gone
I'm all alone and holdin,' something strong
Summer's ghost comes along.

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The Dry Spell
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2014


It's a desperate winter
We're crying out for some rain
I'm dry as tinder
I think you feel the same

So I will sit you down
And I will lay it bare
And later I'll be demonized for talking to you straight
That's only fair

Chorus:
Even now
The sun is burning through the clouds
And though it will be harder now
I know somehow
We can work this out

We're out of December
All the hills are turning grey
'Can hardly remember
Why I pushed you away

How I miss you now
I feel like such a fool
Only now am I seeing what a riverside dream
I had in you

Chorus

It's gonna get better
That's what people say
A change in the weather
Is gonna come our way

When it rains again
Throw open all the doors
All those things I used to do to get a rise out of you
I'll do no more

Chorus

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The Human Touch
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2016


Autumn leaves blazing in the sun
Crispy apple sweet and sour on my tongue
A lover's arms hold me in the dark
Open promises and broken hearts
A tender feeling I could have for anyone
Another couple rounds fired from a gun
Desperate refugees drowning in the sea
How a place can be so magical, tragical is barely understandable

Chorus:

So why, why even try
Try making heads or tails of the human race
The torn expression on its face
I've seen, it's like a big machine
Be aware that you and I don't count for much
But we can share the human touch mmm hmmm

Little boy, lights in his shoes
Mommy daddy drive him anywhere he choose
Soccer games, summer trips abroad
Got that college funding from the very start
Half a mile away a girl's without a dad
When her momma's sick, things get pretty bad
So unfortunate but so it will remain
How a place can be so radical, mechanical is barely understandable

Chorus

Bridge:

I have tried to gather it all, fathom it all
The buildings and the wrecking balls
The surge of youth, the pearls of truth
Written on the subway walls
The beautiful songs, the falling bombs
The invitation to the prom
The glorious day giving way
To a dark and everlasting calm
The way that I feel when I'm looking above at the stars

If I were you, I'd be on my guard
Never know when things are gonna fall apart
Hold on tight, watch your step
Things are looking bright but
They could darken, they could darken yet
If I were you I'd prepare for the worst
You never know when the dam is gonna burst
if I were you, I'd ignore this advice
Lately I've become too cynical and critical and highly-analytical

Double Chorus

 

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The River
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2007


The birds are singing a delicate song
A slow current pulls us along
Our love is a river we're drifting on

But it's getting louder, that thundering roar
Is getting too close for us to ignore
We look at each other and race to shore


                'Cuz here on solid ground
                There is nowhere to hide
                From the storms in our lives
                That make it so the river holds
                The kind of love we're dreaming of

Little by little, day after day
The water wears all our edges away
And your blood is running inside my veins

All my obsessions, all of your fears
Crashing down through the valley of tears
They have been with us a million years


                Here on solid ground
                There is no need to hide
                From the storms in our lives
                That make it so the river holds
                The kind of love we're dreaming of

                We're on solid ground
                Where we know we'll survive
                All the storms in our lives
                That make it so it overflows

The kind of love we're dreaming of
The kind of love we're dreaming of
The kind of love we're dreaming of

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There There Now
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2012


You're ready to talk
Things are cooling off
No fingers are shaking
A fever is breaking

A tumbling rock
It doesn't know how to stop
I don't want you falling
Right to the bottom

There there, now now
There there, now now

Forget what she said
The girl musta lost her head
Words that you swallow
Can't hurt you tomorrow

There there, now now
There there, now now
There there, now now
There there, now now

La la la la la la la...

'Cuz you never know
'Cuz you never know
'Cuz you never know
'Cuz you never know

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To Be You
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2011

You make the sunshine
When you walk into the room
Then rolls of thunder
Come pouring out of you

Your mind is changing
Flailing in the wind
But you're not crazy
And I am no fair weather friend

When I was your age 
there was no one I could tell
I learned the hard way 
how to break out of my shell

When you are lonely
Teetering near the edge
I'll be your soul mate
You won't have to pretend 

            Chorus:
            To be you, To be you
            You're gonna find
            A voice inside
            That rings true

Hopeful creatures
they will sink their hooks in you
over-reachers
What's a girl to do?

Make no concessions  
Remain in your own skin 
Your imperfections
Are where it all begins 

[chorus]

Whatever you're doing 
Whatever you say
I'll be your sunshine
I'll be your rain
You're gonna be all right
One of these days

[chorus]

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What We're Given
Music & Lyrics by Adrian West
Copyright 2014

Maybe you're afraid
Of spiders in the night
Shadows on the wall
Turning out the light

Are you feeling sad
Lost and unknown
Do you wish you had
A planet of your own

Chorus:
Tell me one more time
What is on your mind
I always want to know
Whatever it may be
It's beautiful to me
And you are not alone

Do you have a crush
Or something in between
Do you wanna gush
Tell me everything

You wanna be a star
You wanna make the scene
I'll take you as you are
It's OK to dream

Chorus

Shed a coat of paint
Share the life your living
So you're not a saint
We work with what we're given

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You Come Around
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Barbara West
(c) 2006 All Rights Reserved

I sit here and watch as the
neighbor boy passes by in a wagon pulled by
his mother the stoplight changes from red to green
red to green red green red to green red to
the cat she sits the cat she watches
cat she sits the cat she watches
cat she crouches cat she pounces

You come around when the day settles down
Talking gentle and slow to me alone
Good company mmm right here with me
After all this time in back of my mind

You laugh at my fondness for sweet roasted almonds
From my neighbor’s good tree, a little reluctant to share them

You come around when the day settles down
Talking gentle and slow to me alone
Evening comes on hmmm humming a song
Your voice with mine in back of my mind

You laugh at my fondness for chocolate and oranges
Their taste brings you to me sweet sharp and lovely 

Trucks on the freeway the crows settle in and you watch them with me,
I can feel it every time.

Watery World
Music by Adrian West
Lyrics by Barbara West
(c) 2006 All Rights Reserved

Walking along dragging our feet through the sand
Water is warm you feel better once you get in
Watery world offers its riches to you
Caught in a swirl no doubt about what you should do

Chorus:
We're right on time, we're all in line
Pleasure comes in every size
It's happening, the things unseen
They open right before your eyes

Follow the school of sun dappled wandering fish
Eternally cool safety in knowing your niche
Time flows along you don't have to know what to say
Nothing is wrong there's nothing to do in a day

Chorus

Late afternoon it's time to have something to eat
Fork and a spoon everything's picnic complete
Bottle of wine no one's expected to drive
Plenty of time busy just being alive

We're right on time we're all in line
Pleasure playing seek and find
It's happening, the things unseen
Open up release your mind

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