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Piano Sessions 2 

Voice

"Voice" lyrics and music by C. Mortimer © 15.6.94

 

Voice, speak to me voice

When I am weak, and need advice

Yours is wise.

 

They say angels only fly when people have died

And to get your wings, you should have lived a good life.

And if you have a hunger for money and it's pleasures,

You'll double your chances of having your soul denied

A meadow in a gentle land.

 

Chorus.

 

For there are people that lie saying truth has died

And that in this age, we must keep an open mind

When the truth says there's terror in the skies.

If we take for granted when we see the face of an Asian child

Who lost her family in a catastrophe?

When the sea rose and brought up the tides.

 

Chorus.

 

Voice be the one who is wise and gentle, voice be strong not sentimental

Whenever there is turbulence inside me I hear you speak so wisely.

The Times Have Changed

"Times Have Changed" ©14.1.07 C. Mortimer

 

When you talk to me there is warmth in your voice,

When I listen to you and all the things on your mind,

You have my time, and I have no choice

You speak too clear, there's no room for doubt

If he's good to you, does it feel right?

It's a question forever on my mind.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

 

You send a line you think you're making my day

I feel invincible

I could run through your desert in a day

You tell me things that you love about me,

So open and sincere

But now you try hard to pass me by

I'm not your fantasy or a play thing for you.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

 

I'm going through the stage of not thinking

so many things bring me to you

Our lives are too complicated

To me what's right isn't to you.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

The Language Of Love

"The Language of Love"

 

Do you want to meet for coffee?

Or a swim at the beach

You're looking beautiful as always

You don't have to try and don't have to act

I can't begin to speak to you, about the love I know we feel,

For sometimes this can glare at you, but somehow you'll never see it.

 

Chorus:

The language of love goes something like that

When you try so hard to see the truth and

You wander where this love is at.

The language of love is both simple and entwined

But when her eyes look back and you feel her love

This could be a moment once in your life.

 

Do you want to go for a drive?

I've got no idea to where,

You look tired as if you've been crying

I hope things are alright.

And the time goes by so quickly and we're in each other's head

But we live separate lives we must be strong in our world of pretend.

 

Chorus:

The language of love goes something like that

When you try so hard to see the truth and

You wander where your love is at.

The language of love is both simple and entwined

But when here eyes look back and you feel her love

This could be a moment once in your life.

 

And we talk and talk about nothing, as the day reaches the end

You've made me feel great again, if anything you're my best friend.

We look up around and see faces that don't understand a thing

We talk about what life would be like, if our worlds came together way back then.

 

Chorus:

The language of love goes something like that

When you try so hard to see the truth and

You wander where your love is at.

The language of love is both simple and entwined

But when here eyes look back and you feel her love

This could be a moment once in your life.

In The Beginning

"In The Beginning" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 26.3.97

 

In the beginning, God made the sea,

He laid down some islands, birds and trees,

the moon and sun, Adam and Eve.

He made direction, naught degrees

Ice in the south and northern seas,

A west wind moving so quickly,

And life has a whole new meaning......

 

CH: For you and I as we stand here watching the world go by,

You and I as we loose all sense of time.

You and I try to find our better sides, in our lives

As smoke rises into the sky.

You and I, look into each other's eyes,

You take me from this world into the sky.

 

On the 7th evening, came a storm so wild,

Some say that heavens did open, seed had arrived

For the trees and the air we'd breathe.

And trees fuelled the fires that burned around the world,

That was fought with the tears of The One,

Cooling the land, as the fire burnt.

 

CH.

 

What about the people, born out of Eden

They needed some senses they needed to feel, they needed to taste, to see and hear

He said: "Love one another as I love you, build your home cherish your youth,

Give thanks to your parents for they are good".

In love they look up, at you and I. 

Here I Am

"Here I Am" 10.10.06 © C.Mortimer

 

Here I am, I think of you

In my place, somewhere by the sea

Here I am, lost again

Cause the waves keep crashing on me.

Here it comes, spinning round

Another storm that will block out the light

There it goes, making waves

When the ocean is calm, I am safe.

 

And I rest my head and lay down,

And see the world outside spinning round

And I hear your voice all the time now,

When I'm lying awake, it's all that sounds

You think of me more than you should

Does it make you feel good or feel down?

But nothing's right in this path of life,

Here I am, and you are somehow.

 

I'm here again, thinking clear again

My mind is now what it was before

I think of you, like lovers do

Do I go back, turn left or go forward

We've talked about, these soft hearts of ours

I feel we know each other only too well

Cause the time goes fast, and the weeks go past

Being lonely is like living in hell.

 

And I rest my head and lay down,

And see the world outside spinning round

And I hear your voice all the time now,

When I'm lying awake, it's all that sounds

You think of me more than you should

Does it make you feel good or feel down?

But nothing's right in this path of life,

Here I am, and you are somehow.

 

I feel my heart, beating too fast

For sometimes I don't feel too well

She speaks to me every day,

We talk of nothing, of feeling by ourself.

 

And I rest my head and lay down,

And see the world outside spinning round

And I hear your voice all the time now,

When I'm lying awake, it's all that sounds

You think of me more than you should

Does it make you feel good or feel down?

But nothing's right in this path of life,

Here I am, and you are somehow.

Times Have Changed

"Times Have Changed" ©14.1.07 C. Mortimer

 

When you talk to me there is warmth in your voice,

When I listen to you and all the things on your mind,

You have my time, and I have no choice

You speak too clear, there's no room for doubt

If he's good to you, does it feel right?

It's a question forever on my mind.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

 

You send a line you think you're making my day

I feel invincible

I could run through your desert in a day

You tell me things that you love about me,

So open and sincere

But now you try hard to pass me by

I'm not your fantasy or a play thing for you.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

 

I'm going through the stage of not thinking

so many things bring me to you

Our lives are too complicated

To me what's right isn't to you.

 

CH: Because the times, they have all changed

Where has your heart gone?

I sit here and wander about you,

But I don't belong in your big wide land.

And the times, they have all changed

And I must be strong

Our love is gone yet you think of me,

When your mind is drifting in the deep blue sea

Three New Worlds

"Three New Worlds" Feb. 1994. ©

 

Once upon a time, there was a moon but we discovered it

It shone and drove you wild and played with your mind

To it we'd fly, our souls were high.

 

Once upon a time, I had a dream I loved beneath the sea

A different kind of dream I swam a million miles

In the deepest spell of sleep, a dream of the sea (you're my moon you're my sea)

 

CH:

Three new worlds,

make me free from my worry

Three simple worlds I hear, outside my window - I feel your sunshine,

"You're My World".

 

Once upon a time, I touched the sun but no-one else would dare

My fingers never burnt cause I was a flash of light

And I burned the sun, with lust and love.

 

CH:

Three new worlds,

make me free from my worry

Three simple worlds I hear, outside my window - I feel your sunshine,

"You're My World".

 

Coda: in three new worlds my dreams are my pictures

That have been born in my mind every night.

Sacred River

"Sacred River" © 1983 C. Mortimer

 

Sitting on the banks of a long famous holy river

It's a place of inspiration

Where life can be seen everywhere you look

Long and narrow, leading to the stars

It's something radiant

Living deep in every heart

 

Ch: They call it Sacred River wide and holy

A gift from God above, it's a place where spirits lay

Living long before man, living long before man

Sacred River.

 

Living on the banks, are a people real of simple means

They smile as you pass them by

Though their world is hard living day by day

Their faith so strong, in the river they believe

Their souls are clean and better

Washing in the green.

 

Ch: They call it Sacred River wide and holy

A gift from God above, it's a place where spirits lay

Living long before man, living long before man

Sacred River.

Here Upon This Island

"Here Upon This Island" © C. Mortimer 21/2/96

 

Here upon this island, I've live for so long

A castaway from a ship of fools I endeavor to be strong

Here upon this island, I'll be the man that I should be

Success not measured annually, life's beautiful and free

And as I gaze out across the ocean, I see the distant lights

The ripples on the sea can give such a turbulent ride.

 

Here upon this island, I will always be

Deprived of a hollow life on a branch of fortune's tree

Here living on this island, it's great to be alive

Sadness doesn't taint my heart and my loneliness has died

As I gaze up above at the stars, I feel I'm in another world

Life has been a wild ride filled with many twists and turns.

 

Solo

 

Bridge:            Upon this island, I've lived here for so long

                        Upon this island, I endeavor to be strong.

 

Here upon this island, me senses are in need

Lovers come and lovers go, like the seasons I have seen

Here upon this island, the people here are wise

If you can't be yourself in a simple way, they won't look you in the eyes

And I think of the storm that I left behind, the tears and the lies

I look at the palms on my hand, and see such a broken line.

 

Solo

 

Bridge:            Upon this island, I've lived here for so long

                        Upon this island, I endeavor to be strong.

Close To My Heart

"Close To My Heart" © 23.10.94

 

Close to my heart you have an insight into my soul

You make my music sing like bells on a Sunday afternoon

Close to my heart you make my colors vivid now

I'm feeling blue in a better way, then the darkness seems to fade.

 

CH: Close to my heart you make my music come to life

You read my mind and you think so loudly

You make new words from my alphabet

Close to my heart there's a ray of a hope everything's alright

Now the storm has passed and there's a gentle wind,

Taking us taking us to where comfort is, to where comfort is.

 

You're close to my heart so when it's cloudy I give you sun,

Or if your movements have been affected I can make you run when you want to run.

In your direction you'll travel with me standing by your side ‘cause the wind is good and the ship is strong, we could fly high across the sky. 

 

CH: Close to my heart you make my music come to life

You read my mind and you think so loudly

You make new words from my alphabet

Close to my heart there's a ray of a hope everything's alright

Now the storm has passed and there's a gentle wind,

Taking us taking us to where comfort is, to where comfort is.

Birds

"Birds" lyrics and music C. Mortimer © 18.8.88

 

So much a gift from high the beautiful gift life

Unable to show what he really think of the human kind

Should he be here with us?

Is this what he deserves?

A Caged in bird.

 

Unable to fly where he would love to go

Doesn't know why he's trapped in this cage for show

Where the scene will never change

He must try to sing but he will try to show that he is hurt.

 

CH: Are you the man who stands over him?

Bring him food and he will always sing

His life a small price

The fear in his eyes,

whenever I'm around

All I Ever Wanted

"All I Ever Wanted" music and lyrics C. Mortimer © 1993

 

All I ever wanted, was to sing like a bird

To love the way everybody loves, in this bitter world.

All I ever wanted, was to be free and wise, ‘cause I was born to be alone,

And I will always be alive.

 

CH. All I ever wanted, was to look nto your eyes

Even though I'll never know, that your music will never die.

 

And even if I die, I'll know I tried to give my soul

To feel your heat and power, bring your soul into every tune.

 

CH.