Inspired by Your Wonders

A
I hear the birds singing out to the sunrise.
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I see the stars fading away in the morning light.
A
Golden sun shines on down through the treetops,
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Where there is a summer breeze that whispers so soft.

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And I sing, “O Jah, Jehovah my God,
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The work of your hands fills us with awe.” I stare at the stars,
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Wondering how you care who we are.
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I see your wonders, and I sing to you.
I see your wonders, and I sing to you.
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I sing to you.

These wondrous, moving, breathing creations​—
Oh, in the night, in the day—can you hear what they say?
From mountaintops to the bottoms of oceans,
Let every living thing sing out to your praise.
chorus

A             E                         A     D
Looking past what we can see with our eyes,
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We will come to know more about the One who gave us life.

And I sing, “O Jah, Jehovah my God,
The work of your hands fills us with awe.” I stare at the stars,
Wondering how you care who we are.
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I see your wonders, and I sing to you.
I see your wonders, and I sing to you.
I see your wonders, and I—I sing to you.
I see your wonders, and I—I sing to you.
I see your wonders, and I—I sing to you.
I sing to you.

Each Day Has Its Own Anxieties

I know about the Paradise under God’s Kingdom,
And I believe with all my heart that better days will come.
But sometimes in this life, for me,
It’s hard to see the things unseen,
To feel the love I know is there
when my heart is in despair.
But I know Jehovah’s near.

So I say a prayer from the heart.
When worries overtake my mind,
On his strength I can rely.
I’m not alone; I know he’s there.
I have his words of comfort
And true friends who really care.
Yes, each day has its own anxieties.
So I take one day at a time;
Leave tomorrow until tomorrow;
Peace is what I find One day at a time.

So take these words I’ve said, my friend,
And know that I care.
Focus on the joys in life,
Not the burdens that we bear.
Think about what God has done.
To show his love, he gave his Son.
So never doubt; keep trusting him.
He gave his best so we could live.
So don’t give in to fear.

Say a prayer from the heart.
When worries overtake our mind,
On his strength we can rely.
We’re not alone, for he is there.
We have his words of comfort
And true friends who really care.
Yes, each day has its own anxieties.
So take one day at a time;
Leave tomorrow until tomorrow;
Peace is what we’ll find
One day at a time​—
One day at a time.

Sometimes

D E
I know you love me with all of your heart
G A7
and you couldn’t be happy if we were apart
You try not to worry when money gets tight
and you think I don’t hear when you cry in the night

Chorus
D E
You deserve a home in the country
G D A7
with a nice cozy fire when the weather gets rough
D E
I try to love you the best that I can
G A7
but I’m just a man and sometimes
D
I’m not enough

I worry sometimes You’ve had all you can take
and that maybe you’re thinking you made a mistake
in trading the life that you had when we met
even though you keep saying you’ve had no regrets

Chorus

We’ve both had our struggles to get where we are
I’ll try to remember we’ve both come so far
you try to remember this is where you belong
and we’ll both keep in mind this is only a song

Chorus

Headlights

“Try the peach pie, hon; it’s to die for.”
capo 3 A E D

Headlights shine on down the road
Headlights shine on down the road
Headlights shine on down the road, gotta keep moving so I don’t get towed
Headlights shine on down the road

Wipers scraping through the rain
Wipers scraping through the rain
Wipers scraping through the rain, gotta keep moving to make that train
Wipers scraping through the rain

Radio scratching out a song
Radio scratching out a song
Radio scratching out a song, gotta keep moving while the signal’s strong
Radio scratching out a song

Big wheels rolling through the night
Big wheels rolling through the night
Big wheels rolling through the night, gotta keep moving ’cause it’s almost light
Big wheels rolling through the night

Headlights shine on down the road
Headlights shine on down the road
Headlights shine on down the road, gotta keep moving get what I’m owed
Headlights shine on down the road

How MacDougal Topped the Score

Bowler = pitcher, tries to knock small sticks (bails) off bigger sticks (stumps) behind the batter; the stumps and bails are a wicket
The batter’s job is to protect the wicket, and if he hits the ball, to run back and forth between the two teams’ wickets in a path called the crease, with the scorer keeping track of how many times he runs back and forth.
slip-rail: a board slid between two fence-posts used as a gate

A peaceful spot is Piper’s Flat. The folk that live around
They keep themselves by keeping sheep and digging up the ground;
But the climate is erratic, and the consequences are
The struggle with the elements is everlasting war.
We’d plough, we’d sow, we’d harrow and then we’d pray for rain;
And then we’d all get flooded out and have to start again.
But the folk are now rejoicing as they’ve never done before,
For we’ve played Molongo cricket, and MacDougal topped the score!

Molongo had a head on it, and challenged us to play
A single-innings match for lunch – the losing team to pay.
We weren’t great guns at cricket, but we couldn’t well say, “No!”
So we settled in to practise, and we let the reaping go.
We scoured the Flat for miles around to gather up our men,
But when the list was tallied we could only number ten.
Then up spoke big Tim Brady: he was always slow to speak,
And he said – “What price MacDougal, who lives down at Cooper’s Creek?”

So we sent for old MacDougal, and he stated in reply
That he’d never played at cricket, but he’d half a mind to try.
He couldn’t come to practise – he was getting in his hay,
But he guessed he’d show the beggars from Molongo how to play.
Now, MacDougal was a Scotsman, a canny one at that,
So he started in to practise with a piling for a bat.
He got Mrs Mac. to bowl him, but she couldn’t run at all,
So he trained is sheep-dog, Pincher, how to scout and fetch the ball.

Now, Pincher was no puppy; he was old, and worn, and grey;
But he understood MacDougal, and – accustomed to obey –
When MacDougal cried out “Fetch it!” he would fetch it in a trice,
But, till the word was “Drop it!” he would grip it like a vice.
And each succeeding night they played until the light grew dim:
Sometimes MacDougal struck the ball – and sometimes the ball struck him!
And when he struck, the ball would plough a furrow in the ground,
But when he missed the impetus would turn him three times round.

At last the fateful day arrived – the day that was to see
Molongo bite the dust, or Piper’s Flat knocked up a tree!
Molongo’s captain won the toss, and sent his men to bat,
And they gave some leather-hunting to the men from Piper’s Flat.
When the ball sped where MacDougal stood, firm planted in his track,
He shut his eyes, and turned him round, and stopped it – with his back!
The highest score was twenty-two, the total sixty-six,
When Brady sent a yorker down that scattered Johnson’s sticks.

Then Piper’s Flat went in to bat, for glory and renown,
But, like the grass before the scythe, our wickets tumbled down.
“Nine wickets down for seventeen, with fifty more to win!”
Our captain heaved a heavy sigh, and sent MacDougal in.
“Ten pounds to one you’ll lose it!” cried a barracker from town;
But MacDougal said “I’ll tak’ it mon!” and planked the money down.
Then he girded up his moleskins in a self-reliant style,
Threw off his hat and boots, and faced the bowler with a smile.

He held the bat the wrong way at, and Johnson with a grin
Stepped lightly to the bowling crease, and sent a “wobbler” in;
MacDougal gently spooned it back to Johnson waiting there,
And then he yelled out “Fetch it!” and started running like a hare.
Molongo shouted “Victory! He’s out as sure as eggs,”
When Pinched darted through the crowd, and ran through Johnson’s legs.
He seized the ball like lightning; then he ran behind a log,
An MacDougal kept on running, while Molongo chased the dog!

They chased him up, they chased him down, they chased him round, and then
They chased him through the slip-rail as the scorer shouted “Ten!”
MacDougal puffed; Molongo swore; excitement was intense;
As the scorer marked down twenty, Pincher cleared a barbed-wire fence.
“Drive at him!” yelled Molongo. “Brain the mongrel with a bat!”
“Run it out! Good old MacDougal!” yelled the men of Piper’s Flat.
MacDougal kept on running, and Pincher doubled back,
The scorer counted “Forty” as they raced across the track.

MacDougal’s legs were giving out, Molongo’s breath was gone –
But still Molongo chased the dog – MacDougal struggled on.
When the scorer shouted “Fifty” they knew the chase could cease;
And MacDougal gasped out “Drop it!” as he dropped within his crease.
Then Pincher dropped the ball, and as instinctively he knew
Discretion was the better plan, he disappeared from view;
And as Molongo’s beaten men exhausted lay around
We raised MacDougal shoulder high, and bore him from the ground.

We bore him to M’Ginniss’s, where lunch was ready laid,
And filled him up with whisky-punch, for which Molongo paid.
We drank his health in bumpers, and we cheered him three times three,
And when Molongo got its breath, Molongo joined the spree.
And the critics say they never saw a cricket match like that,
When MacDougal broke the record in the game at Piper’s Flat;
And the folks were jubilating as they never did before;
For we played Molongo cricket – and MacDougal topped the score!

Thomas E. Spencer (1845 – 1911)

Bells

D A C G
I really don’t blame him he chose not to call
he’d been there for hours crouched in the hall
he sent me the message my heart tore in two
said someone was dead he said it was you

there should have been bells
so everyone would know
’cause the silence is killing me
since you had to go

Why didn’t I see you were so lost?
Would have done anything, paid any cost
But I never asked, and you never said
And some days I wish, it was me instead

chorus

no matter how black there’s always hope
but it’s hard to see at the end of your rope
in the middle of love now there’s a hole
silence so loud taking its toll

chorus x2

She Was Gone

145 in D D
one day she was crawling on the floor
A
in a pale green onesie
G D A
everything she found straight in her mouth or up her nose
G A
one day she was crawling on the floor
G A D
and the next day I looked down and she was gone

one day she was riding her tricycle
backwards around the yard
getting madder by the minute ’cause it didn’t work
one day she was riding her trike
and the next day I looked out and she was gone

one day she was painting her nails
in alternating polka dots
foreseeable fuchsia and lavender different each hand
one day she was painting her nails
and the next day I looked in and she was gone

A
every time I turn away
G
five years gone like yesterday
A
and every time I look at you
G D
my little girl’s gone and turned into someone new

one day she walked down the aisle
I wanted to cry but I managed to smile
we had a dance and some cake and champagne, all of us together
one minute she was there and the next, I looked back…

What Will I Do with These Gifts?

C F

sun glowing gold on the tree in the yard in the
morning when I first wake up
the toast and the tea and the butter and jam
as I have a slice and a cup
over the meadow a hawk soars and glides
the sun on his wings as he drifts
splashes of blue in among all the clouds
I watch and I ask myself what will I do with these gifts?

Birds sing the reddening sun to bed
Warbling for all that they’re worth
Then it’s grey in the morning with no hint of blue
Raindrops splatter the earth
But the storm blows away leaving the rainbow
That’s there every time that it lifts
Every color that I’ve ever seen
Within, and I ask myself what will I do with these gifts?

You’re here with me and I look in your eyes
And see them reflecting love
The sun and the storm and the colors and birds
And life are all gifts from above
The more I reflect on the things I’ve been given
The more my attitude shifts
Every day every night every moment
It’s right that I ask myself what will I do with these gifts?

Try

F Bb
hardly ever me that’s done the leaving
F C
hardly ever me said goodbye
Am F Am F
but I’m still on my own left here all alone
Bb C F
and it doesn’t even seem to matter why

Bb F
but I can’t take another leaving
Bb F C
I can’t take another useless goodbye
Am F Am F
I know that you can’t promise you won’t ever go away
Bb F
but I can’t take another goodbye
Bb C F
so promise me, at least you’ll try

I thought that you and I would be forever
Thought that you and I would see the end of time
but I fear you’ll hear the call
ticking down the hall
and you’ll fade away like the midnight chime

chorus

I hear you laugh and tell me that you love me
I feel your arms around me every morning, every night
I know I’ve got it far too wrong
far too many times
but I hope that you and I will be alright

chorus
promise me, at least you’ll try

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Everything Every Day

capo 1 play notes F (on the E string) C (on the A string)
clouds darken the sky
then the rain falls, so that’s okay
soaks the dirt, runs off down the street
work done, the clouds drift away

switch to E chord
and then we get the sun
warm and dry and bright
even days when it’s too hot
always darken to night

A E • B7 E
everything every day comes along and it goes away
good or bad, it’s what you make it
how you think is how you take it
paint the clouds, dance in the rain
not much to lose, whole lot to gain
love it all, find a way everything every day

E A • B7 E
a million years ago when I was young
so many things I wasn’t allowed to do
these days, a million years old
I’d rather not if it’s all the same to you
chorus

it’s my nature to grumble some
even when I know I’ve got it good
but I try to recognize how good I’ve got it
be thankful for it all, like I should
chorus

Check the Map

intro F Eb [0011]

F Eb
by a certain age should have more sense
F Bb C
I’ve seen it all a dozen times, done most of it twice

on the path for fifty years I know where to go
then I lose my mind and lose my way and wander off again

Bb C F
check the map to see where I went wrong
not the first time I’ve had to sing this song
Bb C F Bb
dying of thirst should have checked it first
Bb F
I know I should have known it all along
Bb C F
should’ve checked the map before I went wrong

singing birds in the branches overhead
see something tasty just out of reach
a step or two is all it takes to satisfy the urge
then turn around, no idea where I am
chorus

Eb Bb F
look around and realize you’re lost
Eb Bb C
look ahead and recognize the cost
C
and know you’re not the only one who’ll pay

I’ve had this map all my life
got it from my father when I was young
I put it in a drawer forgot it for too long
best to keep it handy for when I get off the path
chorus

The Way You Do

G tenor capo 1 play in C

C    G    F    G    • F    C    F    G
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You know everything I think and everything I do
Every word I speak before it’s spoken
Back when I was small You could see it all
You could see the ways that I was broken

You can see inside me See the things I’m not
See the things I want to try to be
I don’t understand It’s beyond my reach
How it is that you can really see me
F C G F
No matter where I go Up above or down below
Even in the darkest night You’re the brightest light

All the ways you love me All the ways you care
Like trying to count the grains of sand
You know when I’m anxious When I lie awake
I feel the gentle comfort of your hand

You know I mean no harm I try to do what’s right
I slip and fall and hurt myself, and you
But I know you still see How very hard I try
In everything I think and say and do
F C G F
No matter where I go Up above or down below
Even in the darkest night You’re the brightest light

Back when I was small You could see it all
I was broken but you could see right through
You know that I’ll keep trying For as long as I may live
Someday I’ll see myself the way you do

This Will All Make Sense

capo 2 play in A
A until D E D A D E A

Had a dream last night
and it gave me a fright
Now why do you think that is?

There’s a fish in the sea
looks nothing like me
Now why do you think that is?

Ate a peach with a stone
and it made me groan
Now why do you think that is?

Kissed a girl who could twirl
and it made my toes curl
Now why do you think that is?

E A D E
Like the wigwam and the tipi
I gave you present tents
You’re thinking somewhere down the line
This will all make sense

Ran a mile down the aisle
and I fell in a pile
Now why do you think that is?

Saw the sun on my run
and I ran till I won
Now why do you think that is?

Like the time I took your dollar
Cause I didn’t have no cents
You’re thinking somewhere down the line
This will all make sense

Took a nap in my cap
with a wooly earflap
Now why do you think that is?

Made a bet you’d forget
what I haven’t sung yet
Now why do you think that is?

Like the time I wandered through your yard
and then you took offense
You’re thinking somewhere down the line
This will all make sense

Found the end my friend
and that’s all I penned
Now why do you think that is?

The Only Other Diner

capo 2
C Am F G
I don’t believe in destiny, I don’t believe in “has to be”
I don’t believe there’s only one true love for anyone
F G
but since the day I met you I knew that you were right for me

you’re the only other diner in my little restaurant
you may not be the only one there is but you’re the only one I want

menu’s so extensive you blanch and put it down
lettuce sit together and I’ll show you around
grill me all you want about what’s on the fare
I’ll clarify it so you know I really knead you there
chorus

I’ll never mince my words if you promise not to stir
and if you’re in a pickle I’m your restaurateur
I’m fondue your dressing it suits you to a tea
if you want to caper some I’m in hominy
chorus

F C
I’d really stew if someone tried to poach you
When it comes to bussing I can coach you
Am C
We could stay out late, Sharing a blue plate Or going a la carte
G
Your eyes, your lips, my heart [ mush ]

chorus x2 and vamp on C

Another Shore

capo 2
C Am F C G

It’s dark out on the horizon The sea and the sky are blue and gray
C Am F G C
Behind me there’s a glow above the hills I’ll be gone before the break of day
Used to be a darkness in my life Soul stuck in a long dark night
Maybe somewhere past that horizon Is what I hope will help to put me right

F C • F C G
I’ll take that ship wherever it goes where I’ll end up heaven knows
Em [4455] Am [4555] Em Am
nothing wrong with where I am but I’ve seen it all before
F C G F C
so I’ll take that ship and sail away and fi-ind another shore G F C

The world is round, everyone knew From long before Columbus rode the foam
Circles have no end and no beginning No matter where you head you’re heading home
chorus G F C

vagabonding, wanderlust, or travel whatever you call it’s all the same
restless rambling trek toward that horizon to see the world without a picture frame
chorus G F C

Some folks are content to stay at home Some of us can barely keep still
Some of you might want to come along Down the road and over that next hill
chorus, repeat last line 2x

Count Our Days

intro one instrumental verse / Heb 3:13 Ps 90:12
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count our days search for wisdom put it in our hearts
sail our ship from star to star following the charts
F C G
as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today

count our days search for truth filling up our mind
sail our ship from star to star treasure what we find
chorus

D C
find that precious pearl
treasure in a field
count our days to wisdom          E
patient till the time comes to be healed

instrumental verse

count our days search for wisdom share it as we go
sail our ship from star to star carry seeds to sow
count our days search for truth filling up our mind
sail our ship from star to star treasure what we find
count our days search for wisdom put it in our hearts
sail our ship from star to star following the charts
chorus x2

outro one instrumental verse
end on C (not Csus4)

Fancy Tie Knot

intro C G G C

thought I was a snappy dresser
then I met you, eyeful of your natural style
nothing I could do
your fancy tie knot sharp lapels
pocket square design • Italian loafers razor creases
man you’re looking fine • your fancy tie knot Rolex watch
studded pinky ring • thought I was a snappy dresser but
I don’t know a thing

my double-Windsor silk Garcia
hid inside my coat; your double-breasted mohair suit
really got my goat
your fancy tie knot sharp lapels
pocket square design • Italian loafers razor creases
man you’re looking fine • your fancy tie knot Rolex watch
studded pinky ring • thought I was a snappy dresser but
I don’t know a thing

some tie a fancy bow
or stick it with a pin, when they see your fancy tie knot
they take it on the chin
your fancy tie knot sharp lapels
pocket square design • Italian loafers razor creases
man you’re looking fine • your fancy tie knot Rolex watch
studded pinky ring • thought I was a snappy dresser but
I don’t know a thing
thought I was a snappy dresser but
I don’t know a thing

Sleeping Lie

Em D C B7 [2122]
shirtsleeve wipe the window grime
your bark weaker all the time
don’t see you but you’re out there I can tell
shaggy coat too far away to smell

back and forth, closer every pass
you think you see me looking through the glass
shadow of coal pacing hot
you think you’re gonna take me but you’re not
C B7
hand on the doorknob, I know

I won’t turn my back [x3]
for you today

I don’t pace I don’t shake I don’t freak out
once in a while I can’t help but peek out
you’re not close enough to bite
you’re still there prowling my night
I lean against the door, I know
chorus

C
I hit the light your eyes glow red
D
you whimper and cower and duck your head
Em
thought you’d come to me to get fed
D C B7
I’ll laugh out loud when I know you’re dead

you used to knock me down, get on my back
work your fangs to hear my spine crack
worry my neck like you were killing a rat
you and I we’re way past that
kick that door open, now I know
chorus

Biochemystery

I gave up coffee and chocolate and tea
to see if it might help me get well
10 days of headaches, kitten weak
there wasn’t any difference I could tell

so I had a cup of pricey Irish tea
it tasted like cardboard in a cup
eased my way into a pot of decaf
the icepick in my head wouldn’t give up

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are

the cocktail of meds I take each day
warn about mixing them with drinking
the effects, they say, might be amplified
and yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking

make your heart rejoice with half a glass of red
but what really happens isn’t much fun
without overindulgence or waiting till the morning
take my hangover to bed, ’cause I’m done

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are

when I was a kid I was skinny as a stick
distance runner, and played baseball
bought my graduation suit from the children’s section
wasn’t long until I outgrew it all

half a century I’ve been trying to eat right
I don’t drink soda; rarely touch red meat
big old salad is my favorite lunch
but biochemistry has me beat

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are

The Moon

Blueridge capo 5

C Am F G
tat-da-dadadada tat-da-dadadada tat-da-dadadada
you’re a heartmaker, a light to everyone you know
have the world quaking, get a say in how the story goes
the perfect smile, in a lonely starless night
see it once in a while, it gives people life
F G Am G
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you
in fact there’s no one who could take you
F G F G C
they would never know what hit them
disregard oxygen, take them all down again tonight

it’s no surprise, the potential was clear from the start
see it in your eyes the best thing you can have is heart
F G Am x2
you’ll be the moon someday x4

F G Am G • F G F G
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you
(you’ll be the moon someday)
in fact there’s no one who could take you
(you’ll be the moon someday)
they would never know what hit them
(be the moon someday)
disregard oxygen, take them all down again tonight

F G Am G • F G Am G • F G C
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you
(you’ll be the moon someday)
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you
(you’ll be the moon someday)
(tat-da-dadadada da da da da)
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you
(you’ll be the moon someday)
(tat-da-dadadada da da da da)
the moon the sun and stars can’t face you’ll be the moon someday x2