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TONIGHT WE COULD
(by Randy E. Halprin)
There's a billion ways to tell you that I love you.
A billion ways to say we can.
Envelope each other in our arms.
And dance this quiet dance.
Tonight the sky holds no limit.
Only opportunity and chance,
Tonight your eyes are diamonds.
I'm lost at just a glance.
And tonight we could storm heaven,
Make it ours for the taking.
Tonight we could live forever,
In our love making.
Tonight tonight tonight;
Set our hearts alight.
It's in the palm of our hands.
It's in the way that you stand.
It could be ours tonight.



NO WAY OUT
(by Randy E. Halprin)
My head,
It's a mess up there.
Like an attic full of dust.
Like a sword starting to rust.
I could run around lost for days in my mind.
Lost in a daze, time is never kind.
And it's par for the course.
The obviousness of it all.
No matter how many times I can pick myself up.
Again and again I fall.
I wish I could hold it all in tight.
Smother it all away.
Hold the bag over my head.
Fall away and suffocate.
White turns to black and black would turn to grey.
I count the seconds on the clock,
Wondering why I'm still here for another day.
And I wasn't lying when I said it's not okay.
Times spent staring into the distance,
Contemplating my grave.
A skeleton hand grabs me,
Wraps around my throat.
The blade of the sickle could slice me,
But I'd never really know.
'Cause in a way I'm already dead.
The numbness taking over my head.
Yeah, it's a mess up there
I've tried to work it all out.
It's a mess up there.
I can't seem to find a way out.


AT FIRST SIGHT
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Do we love for seconds
Live in the now
Or wait to see what the future brings
Some way some how
A billion stars to count
A million fishes in the sea
What then, will your heart give to me?
Love is a game of chance
It can come at only a glance
It can come at first light
Yeah, it can come at first sight.

AT FIRST SIGHT
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Do we love for seconds
Live in the now
Or wait to see what the future brings
Some way some how
A billion stars to count
A million fishes in the sea
What then, will your heart give to me?
Love is a game of chance
It can come at only a glance
It can come at first light
Yeah, it can come at first sight.

OUT OF REACH
(by Randy E. Halprin)
A moon hangs low,
Nearly touching the water.
I think about her.
I watch
I wish
I dream

There are times when I wish you were here.
Sitting by my side,
Holding my hand.
Using my shoulder for a cry.
There are times when I wish you had never gone away.
I get tired of reliving the pain,
Of watching you walk away.
The sun reflects like silver and gold,
And I stare out at nothing,
Chasing away the ghosts

And when I see foot prints in the sand,
I think of yours.
And when I hear the tide come crashing in,
I think of unopened doors.
And when the night fades away,
I miss your moans;
You whispering softly.
Asking me for more.
It was our world,
It was a never ending universe.
It was one,
But now it's all gone

The day light breaks and I walk into the water,
Heart is broken, carrying stones in my pockets.
There are times when I wish you were here and I wish

I wish you weren't so out of reach.


NOISE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Is there such thing as silence
When all we hear and see is violence
The world going off like one big atom bomb
And the night shocked into screams that rip apart the stars
Aren't we tired yet?
How can it be so easy to forget
The pain of all the children?
I'm so sick of violence
For once can't we have just one day of silence?
No more wars
No hate
No executions
For them to repay
Blood for blood
Today
What about love
It's a dream that seems so far away


RED LIPS BLUE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Mirror faces long and sad
"I don't know who I am",
Says the man staring back
I try to fake a smile
But can't
"This world has nothing to give back"
(Though it really owes me nothing)
Red lips blue
You can take it or leave it
Like a dew soaked paper on your door steps
I'm dying
I'm dying
I know it's true
Red lips turn to blue
and the oxygen is cut off to my brain
I can no longer feel my face
I can no longer remember my name
Or how to get it back again
I'm dying
I'm dying
Red lips blue
Morning comes to me without an hour's sleep
And I'm soaked in sweat from the nightmares I keep
I can't breathe
I can't eat
I choke on words that have no meaning
I'm dying
I know it's true
My red lips turning to blue
There's nothing to say, change, or do
Red lips blue
All I have ever made it's way through


EXPOSED
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It's not hard for me to let it go.
It's not hard for me to put on a show.
And I just wanted you -
Wanted you to know:
Inspite of my words,
I'll keep you in my heart wherever I go.
There are times when it's easier for me to cry.
There are days when I just can't say goodbye.
But I wanted you -
Wanted you to know:
You'll always be with me whenever I decide to get go.
(And the sunlight breaks into my head,
Exposing how naked I truly am.
Exposing me to be a boy and not a man.)
I'm weak when I get like this.
So weak that it makes me sick.
A prism of colors bleeding before my eyes.
Becoming the lie that is my life.
I realise...
It's real.
I could die.
I'm exposed -
Like black and white.
By the negative that's become my life.
So I just wanted you -
Wanted you to know:
I'll take you with me wherever I go.


ANOTHER WAY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Time slips by and it's still all the same.
Another decade passes and we still play the game.
We're still playing the same way.
Always playing the blame game.
And we wish it were something else.
Another non-damaged day.
When the medias not telling us lies,
Or leading us the wrong way.
It's hard to see the truth in the lies.
It's harder to see the soul through their eyes.
When all they want is death
And all they want is war
All they want is blood
And to see the masses burn,
But all I want is sleep
I'm too tired of all the hate,
My time is running out,
I don't see another way.


SEARCH
(by Randy E. Halprin)
There was
Me and you
A perfect circle
A shining sun
On a beautiful day
A blue so bright
It made us
Cry
And we sang the song that is our heart
So perfect
So pretty
So...
Are you
I looked into your eyes
Like almonds
nig and brown
Shining like a perfect sun
On a beautiful day
It makes me cry -
And it makes my heart sing
You were my soul
So...
Where are you?
Where are you?
I want you
I need you
I sleep you
I dream you
So...
Why do I feel so alone?
I will find you
I swear that I will.


DESTINY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Sitting in a room
Lost in the vacuum
Thinking of the reasons,
So many seasons have past.
It's like I was made out of glass.
And I think of her

Standing at the edge of the world holding her hands.
Lost in the void that was her eves.
I've seen too much
I've loved too much
I've cried too much
That it leaves me out of touch
With who I am inside.
She caressed my face,
But it was numb.
She kissed my lips,
But I couldn't feel her tongue.
And she looked at me,
When it was no longer fun.
The flowers were dead,
And so was the love.
And for awhile you had your way.
Even when I could see your smile
It was much too fake,
As in love I was
I was too blind to see
There was really no such thing as destiny.


JONATHAN
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It's my time to go,
I can feel the needle taking hold
As they steal me cold in the night.
There's no time to say goodbyes
And while I've prepared to die
This feeling leaves my blood cold.
I guess it's that time to release my soul.
But it still don't make it right
To kill just to see me die
I've said I'm sorry
I've apologized a thousand times,
But the only way to forgive is
To see me die
to take my life.
So before I meet my destiny,
Before I'm tossed to the twilight,
Can you please play for me
Mazzy Star one last time.


SOUR
(by Randy E. Halprin)
You -
Like a lemon's
Sour to the taste.
This love -
My life,
That you've disgraced,
Like a broken record
That can't be changed,
Like a broken heart
You can't replace,
Like a smile that fades
(On the darkest winter day).
And faraway you run away
Leaving a heart behind that's numb.
No, my love, all you do is run.
Not a single happy memory to hang onto,
Not a single kiss can bring to me -
Nothing I want to remember
(On this the coldest day of December).
Like a lemon that burns my tongue,
I still wait for summer to come.
I still wait for the summer rain -
To warm my body - on this the coldest day.
Where is the sun today?
Why did you disgrace me?
Deface me -
Replace me -
Leave a bad taste in my mouth?
No, there'll be no lemonade
On this the coldest day of December,
Only a sour taste,
Only a sour taste to remember.


ALL AMERICAN COWBOY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
He comes riding into town on a white horse,
Gator skin boots
And a white ten gallon hat,
Singing, "I got money,
Got lots of cash.
I'm lookin' to buy some love or a piece of ass.
I'll buy anything you got.
I'll turn it into a profit.
What is it you want?
An iPod for your pocket?"
He sips from his petroleum cup,
Black gold with a little bit of cream.
While the rest of the world starves,
And the rest of the world screams.
He's got a star spangled coat,
Red and white chaps.
Likes to scream 'yeehaw!'
With spurs to match.
And he'll dig them into you deeper
Than a fighting rooster
Don't call him 'Sir'.
Don't call him 'Mister'.
"I'm a cowboy son.
One real mean sonofagun.
I can ruin the world faster
Than you can say the word 'fun'."


HOLD THIS HOPE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
We can't see through to the other side,
Into tunnels with our blood shot eyes.
Our broken veins stain the sands of time,
As we stand alone in the great divide.
Angels and demons wrestle for the crown of kings -
Just us alone holding our clipped wings,
So that we could know what it's like to no longer breathe.
To no longer fly.
To no longer see the sun up close.
What was once thought to be.
Eternity is nothing more than a shattered dream.
"Hold this hope", she said.
"Hold my hand."
"Hold this love", she said.
"Hold my head."
"Hold this heart", she said.
"As I take my last breath."
"Hold this hope", she said.
But this hope leaves me dead.


FEEL
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Don't go - don't leave me here,
Don't leave me here without.
I feel you slipping back again
I feel you giving out.
The sharpened swords -
The broken words,
That make me scream and shout.
I knew it all was over,
Before we crashed the clouds.
(When daydreams don't work
And prayers don't heal,
The nightmare forks
The love I feel.)
I thought you had it all.
I thought you were the world.
Even when the insults stung,
You were my precious girl.
The knife sharp words.
The world turned over.
They cut me to the bone.
I knew it all was over -
Before I went back home.
(When daydreams don't bring happiness
And smiles just don't heal,
The nightmares feed my loneliness.
But never,
No never,
Never stop this love I still feel.)


I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP SOMETIMES
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Laying in grass and leaves;
The flowers bloom lovely.
The rain feeds the world,
While there's nothing left to hold (for me).
Clouds bleeding,
The sky remains -
My only solace.
My only way to feel the pain.
I cry myself to sleep again.


YOU'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It's hard to understand,
I'll admit it myself.
How one man makes such bad mistakes -
How one man kills himself.
But even if I try to explain,
All the things that go 'round my brain -
And all the thoughts that run away

It's hard to really say,
That really I'm just running away
From fears that have controlled me
All of my Life.
You'll never understand.
Don't think you'll ever see.
That even though I mess up,
I'm really just trying to be -
The best person that I can be.
And even when I mess up,
No matter how much I fess up,
You'll never really believe me.
So
Why do I try?
Why do I fight?
Why do I hang on to this life -
If you feel I have no right.
What's the point?
It's the difference between black and white.
Nothing I ever say or do will ever make it right.
You'll never understand,
When I say that I am sorry,
How sincere I truly am.


END GAME (GAME OVER)
(by Randy E. Halprin)
The chances and changes -
Still everything remains the same.
Broken promises,
Your love in vain.
I cursed the reasons,
But played the game.
Born to rearrange.
- But -
Forgot to check myself back in again.
Running away has gotten old.
Knowing youth has grown stale.
The times I've loved,
Have only brought hell.
(But I played the game -
Took the chances
I played the game,
Had short lived romances.
Yeah, I played the game,
Lost again
And again and again and again...)
Yeah, it's the end game again.
Game over I guess.
It's all the same.
It's all the fucking same.


HIDING FROM THE SUN
(by Randy E. Halprin)
A silver sun beating down on me.
Where is the shade so I can see?
I hide beneath a tree,
And keep it all from burning me.
In a land where I'm not free.
Is this the way it was meant to be?
I'm jumping in and out -
Of worlds that don't exist.
Lost in thought,
I agree my life's a mess.
Why detest,
Or try to profess,
That ugliness is truth -
And we're all running from the sun.
Just trying to stay in the shade.
Faraway

From reality.


NEVER BE THE SAME
(by Randy E. Halprin)
You punish me for another's hate.
It's my heart that you blame.
It's my heart that you break.
What's so sad is you didn't even hesitate.
But now it's just too late.
You lied to me.
Disguised the truth to me.
Didn't you say you believe in honesty?
What comes now?
What comes next?
I can never look at you the same.
It will never be the same.
It's me that you've shamed.
I feel so lame

And foolish.
What can I do,
When it's me that you've punished.
Meanwhile the world around me laughs.
We will never again cross paths.
It will never be the same.
It can never be the same.


IT IS WHAT IT IS
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Do you let it all end?
Do you walk away?
From every loving thing we did
From every promise that we made
Can you remember the first time you looked into my eyes?
"You have eyes to die for", you said.
And I can remember the first time,
The first words,
The last goodbye.
But now all you can say is, "It is what it is".
Even when I always beg, don't let it end.
I guess I can't really pretend
Or hold back what I'm really feeling inside.
I don't see the same girl anymore,
I can't feel the same anymore.
Do you really want to say goodbye?
Do I pretend not to cry?
Look back at everything we did.
Oh well. She said -
"It is what it is".


GOOD NIGHT
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I stumbled
I fell
I fumbled
I held
Your love
In my hands
I loved you early in the mornings
Even when you yelled
I crumbled
Just to kiss you
Just to see you smile
Sun rise
Goodnight
You said with a sigh
But it's not even evening
I cried
The days not even falling
The nights not even calling
Our names
Blame
Only playing games
I held
I stumbled
This time I yelled
Even when the moon hasn't risen.


SOMETIMES...
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Sometimes I wake up.
Sometimes my minds made up on this.
Sometimes I'm so fed up.
Sometimes I'm so sick of this life.
And I'm so afraid.
And I can't embrace the thought of losing it all,
or taking it away from myself.
And I can't throw the towel in that easy.
No, it's never that easy.
Sometimes I wake up.
Sometimes my minds made up to just lay back down.
To just lay back down and sleep away this life...
But then the sun breaks through,
into this lonely room,
and the thought of you burns strong in my mind.
It's like my first cup of coffee...
And then a song breaks through,
and my thoughts of you won't let me bring myself back down.
Though sometimes I try.
And sometimes I cry.
And sometimes I wonder why life can be this hard.
It's the paths we've made,
and all the bad mistakes,
that weigh us down in life.
Yet, my hope burns strong.
And I will sing a new song in the hopes of me and you.
Even though sometimes,
I wonder why...


SIXTEEN PAST TEN
(by Randy E. Halprin)
16 past 10
Another night,
Saturday night and nothing to do
Another night,
Another lost night feeling blue.
(and Robert Smith sang drip drip drip)
What else is there to do,
When all I can do is think of you?
As night turns (drip drip drip)
Into you (drip drip drip)
As Robert Smith sings drip drip drip..
I'm falling apart.
Saturday night.
Where's my heart,
This Saturday night?
(And Robert Smith sang drip drip drip drip drip drip)
16 past 10
16 past 10
It begins

It all ends

Why can't it all end?


EKG
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Beep...
June?
June?
Where are you?
Are you home?
Beep.
Where are you?
I'm alone.
Are you fine?
'Cause I'm not.
I'm alone.
Beep...
Pick up the phone.
Summer has never felt this cold.
I called like I was told.
Pick up the phone.
Beep...
June,
I don't want to be in the dark.
Don't leave me in the dark!
Have you no heart?
June?
BEEEEEEEEEEEEEP


PONE
(Pone is a type of cake.. Just a little FYI :))
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I
d given up.
Spilled over my cup;
Time and time again.
Never thought
I
d find it again.
I wanted to have my cake (and eat it too)
Never thought I
d fall into you.
This seemed just to good to be true.
But there
s not much to do,
But take a bite now.
Deserve it or not,
I have fought;
(Even when my mind never understood why)
In spite of my distraught.
Damn this tastes good tonight.


WISH
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Black ice falling from a white sky.
A winter chill in a summers night.
You are here, I hold you tight.
A warm embrace, before I die.
I kiss your lips, we start to cry.
As you brush the tears away from my eyes.
(I am gone soul drifting away,
I am gone there's no more pain.
No more suffering,
It's all been washed away
or one can wish anyways)
A scream breaks a blood red sky,
My heart busts open,
Shatters the night.
I wake up alone,
You're not here.
Now I'm drowning in a pool of fears.
Drowning in a thousand tears.
Drowning because you're not here.
(I am gone send me on my way,
I am gone take away my pain.
I don't want to suffer,
Wash it all away
or I'd like to wish anyway.)


THE DAY DREAMER
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I'm day dreaming again.
I'm floating on the wind,
with arms stretched out like angels

I think of you.
The stars are your halo,
shines brightly in the night.
Oh, how I wish for just one night.
I think of you,
yours cheeks kissed gently by the sun.
My arms reaching for you

Please don't run.
In my moments like this,
it's all I can wish,
it's all I can hope.
I think of forever and my own fragility.
(What does forever mean?)
I'm day dreaming of you and me...


A PRAYER
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Everything, I've ever had, has been taken away.
It never seems to change,
it's the same thing every day.
I never expect to hold onto anything too long,
but I hope this time it's not "so long".
If only I had the strength of Job.
And not to curse or blame.
Lord, will you forgive me,
for all I've done wrong?
For living life this way?


UNTITLED
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Love.
It' such an awkward thing.
But we long,
and hope;
we need
and bleed,
aching hearts for such a dream.
No longer safe to hold,
it's a shame we'll have to let go

and let it fly away like dragon flies.
To drift off into the wind.
Never to be seen again.


STRANGLE HOLD
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Like a strangle hold,
you have my heart.
Hands gripped tightly around it.
I'm confused and scared.
Sometimes I don't know what to do,
or where I should run.
But I'm so tired of running away.
Afraid to face the day,
afraid to face the truth.
What more can I do?
I'm hostage to your soul.
I'm in your strangle hold.


MY VANILLA
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Fall from the sky,
My vanilla.
Cover me with smiles,
My vanilla.
You're good with strawberries,
you taste so sweet.
A treat from the heavens,
you lift me up off my feet.
My vanilla,
will you still love me when I fail?
Will you remain by my side?
Because, my dear vanilla,
you make me feel so good inside.


LOVE OVER WAR
(by Randy E. Halprin)
As long as we've existed,
this human race.
We will still hurt each other,
spit upon our own face.
We'll bomb in the name of righteousness.
Destroy in the name of God.
Hate we will embrace.
As long as we've been around,
our human race.
We've still not learned to show through actions,
how love is our saving grace.
We fight to preserve our honor.
We kill to show we're true.
And pride comes first -
over me over you.
My hands will fit perfect in yours,
fingers interlocked in yours.
My arms will reach around you,
to form the perfect hug.
It's not too late so start all over,
it's not too late to start a new.
To throw out war.
To say, "I love you".


INTO SUNSET
(by Randy E. Halprin)
She shouldn't have to kiss him fare well -
only for this time.
A smile and hand upon his face,
a tear to say good bye.
Into sunset she will walk,
and leave him standing in darkness.
Shooting stars and falling sadness.
This night will be good bye.


FOREVER ALOUD
(by Randy E. Halprin)
These dreams kiss us sweetly in the night,
falling from endless sleep.
Upon restless nightmare you've chased from me.
Free to open our wings,
fly high above the sea of clouds.
Forever in flight,
forever in love,
forever aloud.


DAD
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Where did we go wrong?
Why are we so far apart?
As a little boy,
I looked up so high.
Even though at times,
we never saw eye to eye.
"Daddy!" I yelled on that very first day.
But now you're so far away,
and with you gone I feel so much loss and pain.
If anything has ever been unconditional,
it's been my love for you.
I wish I could be your son again,
because dad, I still love you.
And we could end this division between us -
see that wonderful beginning all the way through.
Dad, I'll shout these words forever:
"I miss and love you!"
Kiss me with your loving lips.
Never let this dream end.


ON SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It's a shame we should fall on such a beautiful day.
It's a shame we should cry,
or that we should die on such a beautiful day.
You hold me in your arms,
as we kiss our last kiss.
One last dance.
One last breath.
One last kiss.
Blood pouring from our eyes,
as our hearts flutter and die.
The end is at head;
our love is gone,
our love is dead.
Oh, what a shame!
That this should happen,
that this should end...
On such a beautiful day.


BLISS
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Just a little sip from your lips,
that's all I hope.
A taste.
A touch.
To smell your hair,
to feel your skin,
and hold onto you tightly

to never let go.
Just a sip.
One little drink.
As we'd slip into bliss.


TO DIE ALONE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Alone.
Dying inside.
But a smile on the out.
Pretending to be what I'm not.
My happiness a frown away.
I can't quite figure out,
what this all means.
But I know I'm not the child I used to be.
I shall forever age.
Forever fear to die alone.
All these wasted years

just to die alone.


MEMORIES OF PAST
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I miss the cool air.
I miss the cool breeze.
I miss the crinkling sound of autumns leaves under our feet.
I miss the blue skies,
soft and light.
We'd put on our sweaters,
walk around until the night fell around us.
Then, we'd tumble to the ground.
Rolling around.
Making out.
As falling stars surrounded us.
I miss the laughter,
and the echo of our joy as it fell down our cheeks.
I miss those tears.
I miss my youth.
I miss those years...
I miss those memories of past.


TRIP THIS LOVE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
We trip this love fantastic.
So spastic.
So in awe tonight.
Dreams surround us,
with heavens light above us.
Neon and bright.
We trip this love,
forever aglow,
like angels white snow.
So drastic.
So in awe tonight.


POISONED
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I know it's impossible.
It's unthinkable.
It's a parable of who we are.
Sitting in the ashes of a broken world.
In the hopes of a brave new world.
Where we can finally sleep.
I know it's unfathomable.
Really not tangible.
A parallel of how we are.
Sitting in a ruined world.
A poisoned well of lies.


SLIPPING THROUGH
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I saw sunshine slipping through the cracks.
I saw sunshine slipping through the seams.
In a dark room I share with only ghosts and nightmares and memories.
This ray of light came shining down on me.


SORROW THE SPARROW
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Sorrow the sparrow took her flight,
all alone in the pitch black night.
With ice on her wings,
forgotten in fright.
Sorrow will you sing for me tonight?
Sorrow the sparrow where are you now?
Have you finally gone South?
Some way - somehow,
you've found a way out.
Sing, sorrow, sing!
A lullaby for our dreams.
Sorrow the sparrow,
will you return to me in spring?


SELECTIVE HEARING
(by Randy E. Halprin)
You thought we would finally see over the horizon.
A new beginning was upon us,
that all would be okay.
Flowers would bloom through this concrete gloom

love would find it's way.
And forgiveness wouldn't be the double edged sword that it is.
A catch 22.
Damned if I do,
forsaken if I don't.
I chose to ask.
I came unmasked.
I meant it in my heart.
Yet, it still fell upon deaf ears.


NEVER QUITE CAPABLE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Times have changed now.
I'm no longer a little boy,
I try to figure out how -
I grew up without ever being a boy.
I was always expected to be more,
than I was capable of.
As expectations grew,
I lost who I was.
I came unglued.
And now you're through
(with me).
So you see,
I embraced the loser in my mind
something placed there by destiny
(I suppose).
I was never capable of being you,
but I tried as hard as I could.


NOT TOO FAR AWAY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Walk with me by my side.
Then you'll see that we're on the same wave line.
Both riding the same vibes,
in this song called life.
It's not that hard.
No, it's really not too hard to see,
it's not that hard.
No, it's not too far away to see
that thing called hope.


MUSIC
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Sometimes
I wish my
consciousness
was just a floating
note
in a song
being played.


LOUDER THAN WORDS
(by Randy E. Halprin)
"We've got to hold onto the things
that make us smile.
Because we know this life lasts only
a short while.
We've got to hold on,
for things don't last that long
we've got to hold on.
Even if we don't feel that strong",
she said.
So where do we belong?
Why do I have this sense of failure?
How do I remain strong
when you treat me like an unanswered prayer?
Your actions speak louder than words.
You've got to know by now
actions speak louder than words.
That's why I'm asking you how.


CRACKS IN A FISHBOWL
(by Randy E. Halprin)
We burned the pictures
in a cracking fishbowl
a February chill
and stories left untold.
We burned the pictures
all for a new beginning
for a love without ending
all starting in a fishbowl.
And as the fishbowl cracked
my pictures turned to flame and ash
the February wind carrying it all away
taking my memories away
leaving me with nothing but a fishbowl
that couldn't hold water anymore.


ISN'T IT?
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Did you know?
Why was it so?
That the hurt you sow
grows and grows.
The seasons change
as my heart embraced
another ache
on another day
your names not grace
you had to know,
didn't you?
I mean,
it's what you like to sow,
isn't it?


BURNING BUSH
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Are your ears on fire
oh, burning bush???
A shattered world
up in flames
from broken words
and beasts untamed.
Are your ears on fire?
Do you feel any shame?
For the dreams you've broken?
For the lives you've claimed?
Tell me...!
In whose name
is your claim to fame?
Oh, burning bush.


DRIFT WOOD
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I threw myself to her mercy,
hoping she'd carry me home.
Instead I'm rotting away,
waisting,
a piece of driftwood in the sea.
Will I reach the shore?
It's too far away to see.
All I can see are rolling waves,
marked by seaweed and filth.
Filth I've contributed to.
Maybe I hoped someone would find me,
pick me up,
carve me into something wonderful,
sit me on their shelf,
in their office
(be proud of me).
Instead I'm just out here drifting,
rotting away.


BECAUSE OF YOU
- A Song -
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It couldn't be more perfect.
It couldn't be more wonderful than this.
The days are getting better,
and all I've hoped is in your kiss.
The smiles just keep pouring.
I am no longer running away.
When the sun rises up,
I can finally embrace the day.
Because of you I'm happy,
no more tears stream down my face.
Because of you I see rainbows,
and your love is my saving grace.
Because of you I'm dancing,
I can finally smile at the day.
Because of you I am standing strong,
you've chased my pain away.
It couldn't be a better day.
There couldn't be a better way,
to say how much you've changed me.
Because of you I am happy.


ONLY PLACE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I'm lost in your heart.
I'm one with your soul.
And even when I don't know,
Which direction I should go -
You're the only place that I can call home.


ENTRANCE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Why can't I recieve you?
Why can't I recieve truth?
Why can't I recieve what I want to believe in -
Why don't prayers go answered,
And wishes come true?
Why can't I believe in what's not right in front of your eyes?
Deep inside the see grows.
The flower blooms.
I want to hope.
I want the truth.
So...
Where are you -
If not right in front of my eyes?
They call you truth.
They call you divine.
Though, the pain won't subside -
Even when I try to invite you in.


CRY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
(words inspired by Explosion In The Sky's "The Moon Is Down")
Don't cry.
I told you.
I need you.
I love you.
Even if I have to go.
I won't be gone long.
I'll always be your love song.
Don't cry.
Please let those tears dry.
I wish I could kiss you a thousand times.
And even if I can't -
I love you.
I won't be gone forever.
I told you.
I still need you.
I love you.
I'll wait forever.


DISINTEGRATE
(by Randy E. Halprin)
I think I've finally accepted my fate.
Love this time has come too late.
And now as I watch it all disintegrate right in front of my eyes.
I can't say that I was taken by surprise.
There's no more hidden chances.
No long distance romances.
My luck with love always seems to fall straight through.
Heart burned by the flames of dark spells.
(I guess it would be easier to say oh well, but hell... I can't)
Fate.
She ran away.
Fate.
She won't be coming back today.
I can watch it all disintegrate.
-----


FREEDOM SONG
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Outside my window,
Sitting in a tree,
A small bird sings.
She brings to me -
The greatest gift of life.
A song.
A short little song,
That makes me want to sing along.
And while the bird sings free,
I sit in a cage.
Others watch me.
Singing my own little freedom song.


STRONGER THAN THIS
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Babe,
Don't let it defeat you.
Don't let them beat you.
We are stronger than this.
Babe,
When time seems to be against us,
When the world seems to want to eat us,
Know that we can win this.
We are stronger than this.


DEATH ROW CHRISTMAS
(by Randy E. Halprin)
It' Christmas again;
And here I wait still,
Facing the end to another long year.
When all is calm,
But all is not still.
When the night is broken by cold sweat and chills.
No egg nog to drink.
No blinking bright lights.
No twinkling white snow.
No turkey or ham.
Or Christmas television shows.
No Stalkings to hang.
No fire place to watch.
No Santa Clause.
No candy canes.
No gifts to swap.
It's Christmas again;
And so I pray,
That next year's not the end.
And I should live to see the next day.
Where's the snow?
Where's the love?
Where's the lights?
Where's the hope?
Christmas...
It comes and goes.
Christmas...
On Death Row.


MISERY LOVES COMPANY
(by Randy E. Halprin)
Where do I go?
What should I do -
When someone tries to the other shoe?
Do I act out in revenge -
Or try to pretend that this hasn't eaten away at me.
On suffer from this person's apathy.
I know,
Misery loves company

And it sure loves him.
So, what should I do?
Let it all end -
Or let it begin?
Be the animal (of my primal rage)

Wash over him like a tidal wave

Come down on him like a tsunami -
Or should I just let it be -
Let him rot away in his own flea infested,
Maggot ridden legacy?
Let this be his destiny

Because misery loves company


VAMPIRES
(by Randy E. Halprin)
We are the vampires
A world sucked dry
- By -
Evil and hate
Oil and war
Soon water will be our next kill source
The sun will bring us death
When it should give us life
While the blood runs thick
In streams of
Red river mud
Polluting mother's milk
Baby bottles with poisoned plastic
We've become plastic people
Do we care?
When people run over each other for material wares
For Ipods
And Iphones
Walmart
We are humans
But we ain't that smart
Are we
- Truth -
It's easier to turn it off
Than to turn it on


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