First Writes (FAWM 2015)

by Michael Karns

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The music composed as a part of February Album Writing Month. Also known as F.A.W.M.
Michael Karns: Keyboards, guitars, vocals, kazoo.

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released 20 March 2015

Lyrics ; Across That River - W. Griffith, You and Me - E. Petty,
Cathedral Bells - M. Maehre, Small Town Girl - A. Rossi

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Michael Karns

Michael Karns is a songwriter, poet, and full-time musician living in North Texas.

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Track Name: Trying to get Myself back to You
700 miles left to your door step
fighting back sleep fighting back hardship
long evening stretching out into night
and I’m trying to to get myself
back to you

The weekend’s half over
the trip a total waste
even on the phone
all I see is your face
white line trance
and stale coffee trace
and I’m trying to get myself
back to you

Chorus
A chance encounter
a lovers game
we said goodbye
out in a freezing April rain
but the ache of rejection
left me wanting you
Now I know what’s right
in this dark and lonely night

Bridge
Strange streets stranger places
Obscure signs and empty faces
Thinking about Oklahoma
but all I see is Santa Rosa
and I’m trying to get myself
back to you.

Chorus
Track Name: Across That River
If I can't find my way
Or they don't open heaven's gate
If St Pete won't let me in
I'll do the best I can
I won't let it make me blue
This is what I'm gonna' do

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Gonna' camp
Right across the river
Where I can see those mansions shine
I won't go down below
Wasn't that bad I know
Maybe they'll let me in some time

There's surely other souls
Who get caught somewhere between
I;ll hang around with them
We;ll get up a band
Make up some new songs
They surely haven't sung 'em all

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Gonna' camp
Right across the river
Where I can see those mansions shine
I won't go down below
Wasn't that bad I know
Maybe they'll let me in some time
Track Name: You and Me
Like bluejeans in the sun
Feelings are fading

Like rivers over rocks
Thoughts are racing

Like you and me now
Couples are embracing

Like drivers at red lights
Plans are waiting

Ooo..ooo
You and me
Ooo..oo
You and me

You and me - we were meant to be
Or so it seemed for eternity
We were meant to be

You and me - we sensed something changed

All Rights Reserved 2015 Elizabeth Petty
Track Name: Cathedral Bells
So it’s on again, off again
Up again, down again
Time for coffee or time for booze
A man I know can’t stand to lose

Chorus:
And cathedral bells
chime all through Hell
Cathedral bells
chime all through Hell

So it’s walk again, crawl again
Talk again, fall again
There’s no treasure at the rainbow’s end
We’ll still go treasure hunting again

Chorus:
And cathedral bells
chime all through Hell
Cathedral bells
chime all through Hell

Bridge:
Neck and neck come two lone wrecks
racing from heat to cold
Forever seems far too long
especially through x-ray specks

Chorus:
And cathedral bells

All Rights 2015 Morten Maehre
Track Name: Small Town Girl
You’ve never been in Vegas and never in L.A.,
New York and Dallas are quite far away,
and such a huge place is this world…

Some tried and turned to ghosts,
it’s easy to get lost,
especially for a small town girl…

(Chorus)
Small town girl… what are you dreaming of, what is your plan?
working day after day,
meeting the same guys again, again, again…
Small town girl… what are you dreaming of?
Oh, small town girl…

You have your own little life here and you have your friends,
it’s at the next crossroads your small world ends,
or at the ribbons of your curls

This world is a baneful place,
much evil, too much space,
especially for a small town girl

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Since you were a teen
you had the dream
of becoming an actress or a beauty queen,
but you’re still a small town girl…
in a small town fast food shop…

(Chorus)

All Rights Reserved 2015 Arthur Rossi
Track Name: Letter Home
Those golden walls
oh yes I still remember
when I got off that crowded noisy bus
and Uncle Wei in the doorway writing verses
he never was in a hurry much

His bicycle parked
so carefully
under the old persimmon tree
and Auntie Min cooking up her lo Mein
Oh I hunger for the smells of that old place

This university life in the big city
provides for me my every need
I have friends and food and lots of entertainment
and I contribute the things I know
to the common good

But there's an itch they cannot scratch
here in my bones
Something alive down in my very soul
and that's the air of loveliness I remember
going back to my olden golden home.