September Songs

by Michael Karns

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The challenge was to record an album's worth of music in September.
Fortunate I was, to be inspired to do this by my friend and collaborator Wolf Kier. Wolf happens to live the John Lennon creed "There are no problems, only solutions." wolfkier.bandcamp.com

In addition, I have two wonderful songwriters in their own right Darci Strutt, and Elizabeth Petty to thank for penning the lyrics to 'Be At the Ready' and 'Jigsaw Puzzle' respectively. Thanks guys!

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released October 15, 2013

Darci Strutt soundcloud.com/darci-strutt
Elizabeth Petty

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

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Track Name: Labor Day
Standing here I wait for fear of missing
the sight of you the smell of your cologne
your smile is pink the straw in your hair is glistening
I glance at the time but somehow it's all wrong

Chorus
September you've really strung me along
trying to find my way back to that time
and so out in the evening I must go
for now I sing my September song

Labor day was only our beginning
we neither one had anything to lose
after that day you know my head was spining
thought I had 29 more with you.

Chorus

Outro
Track Name: Remember the Autumn
Lie on the leaves and look at the sky
why are there trees? don't ask me why
I know that you're still here and so am I
and this time love will stay
this time love will stay

Remember the Autumn the park where we met?
you were the teacher and I was your pet
but now the lesson's not over
for the two of us yet
and this time love will stay
this time love will stay

Bridge

Here in the heartland the place to be
everyone sees us not what we see
and there's a solution for why there's trees
and why this time love will stay
this time love will stay
Track Name: Be At the Ready
Dad’s been working quite late
Which hasn’t been very great
He said tonight when he got home
He wouldn’t leave you all alone
Get out that ball and glove
Be ready for that game of catch you love

Chorus
Be at the ready
Though you don’t know when he’ll come
Be at the ready
Cuz his arrival will bring fun

You don’t know when his work is done
But trust his word that he will come
So put the glove beside the door
With the ball there on the floor
So that ball and glove
Are ready for that game of catch you love

Chorus

Jesus promised he’d come back
Though the timing we do lack
Trust the words that have been told
In the scriptures oh so old
Just like with the ball and glove
Be ready for his coming with love

Chorus

Copyright 2013 Darci Strutt
Track Name: South Union Avenue
Hot wind blows through loafing trees
the table in the yard doesn't mind
A game of cards and everyone agrees
to up the ante with a dime

White picket fence grins back at them
and the Autumn equinox is in
Maggie comes out bringing hoppy ale
and Tony flirts with Brenda Gail

Chorus
Under these crisp skies blue
outside in our little paradise
on South Union Avenue
Afternoon is shuffling by
taking our time there ain't no rush
not a chance in sight
outside in our little paradise
afternoon is shuffling by

Bridge

In the morning it's back to work
over at the factory
but that' a long way off for now
and Eddie just drove up in his top down HumVee
another weekend another leave
making every minute count
and making memories for ourselves
before the regime falls apart

Chorus
Track Name: Autumnal Equinox
Three months in the searing sun
gave me a vision
a building thirst
A hunger for the color of
your new release
then the rain came down
and a cool touch
that was not the same

I followed your light
I watched hanging tight

Leaving behind Summer blight
taking leave of it all
old excuses and worn out promises
they all ceased to be
They were not a part of me

Outro
Track Name: Jigsaw Puzzle
VERSE 1
Some people argue
About what's okay to wear
Others still debate
About how they cut their hair
Some are vegetarians
Others shun pork and shellfish
Some live in poverty
While others grow way too rich

CHORUS
We're pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
Trying to find where we belong
Each of us have different edges
Some fit right in, others seem wrong
But until we make space for all
We'll sing discordant songs
And the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along
No the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along

VERSE 2
Some condemn lovers
That others lovingly condone
Some leaders celebrate
Disparities that they've grown
Some torment others
For things they deeply believe
Others claim victory
Wearing blood on their sleeve

CHORUS
We're pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
Trying to find where we belong
Each of us have different edges
Some fit right in, others seem wrong
But until we make space for all
We'll sing discordant songs
And the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along
No the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along

BRIDGE
The beauty of a jigsaw puzzle isn't contained inside a box
Diverse pieces must first scatter before building blocks
It's collaboration outside the box that brings clarity near
Where all colors and shapes make the big picture appear

CHORUS
We're like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle
Trying to find where we belong
Each of us have different edges
Some fit right in, others feel wrong
But until we make space for all
We'll sing discordant songs
And the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along
No the big picture won't make any sense
Until we all can get along