Everything

If Everything and More has a title track, maybe this is it, eh? It's a simple tune - nothing here but percussion, vocals, some major chords on a single acoustic guitar, and deceptively simple lyrics. But I think it's bigger than just that, at least that's my intention. It's a song about life, work, money, class, society, love, and contentedness.

Lyrics

[First People]
I am gonna go to work
I am gonna go to work
I am gonna go to work
I am gonna work real hard all day

[Second People]
I got everything I want
I got everything I need
Even though I live here in a cardboard box
with no electricity

I got everything I want
I got everything I need
Living is easy if you take the time to see
All I we really need is you and me

I got everything I want
I got everything I need
I can't think of anything to wish for
I got all my friends surrounding me

We got everything we want
We got everything we need
Living in this city of cardboard boxes
We got lots of time and we are free

We got everything we want
We got everything we need
Living is easy when we take the time to be
We got love as far as we can see

We - got - love - as - far - as - we - can - see

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Best of FAWM 2012

Ah, March at last! It's been a wild and crazy February. I've spent half the month at conferences, launched a major upgrade to Peakware.com, and still somehow managed—for the fourth consecutive year—to write, record, and upload 14.5 songs for February Album Writing Month (fawm.org). My breakneck sleep-free pace was evident in the quality of some of my songs - 8 of the 14.5 tunes were very rough sketches improvised into my iPhone, and 6 of those were recorded while driving.

That said, a few of the songs really turned out well. Here are my favorites:

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Tsmornin

Ah, but life is good here in the Pacific Northwest.

Lyrics

Tsmornin, yes it's mornin
It's cold and gray and rainy once again
Tsearly, much too early
but slowly, maybe this day will begin

I need a cappuccino
I need a double latte too
I need a non-fact mocha (hold the whip)
and I need a kiss from you

I'm waiting for some daylight
It might be spring before it comes around
Until then I'll be patient
as long as you're with me, sunshine abounds

I need a cappuccino
I need a double latte too
I need a non-fact mocha (hold the whip)
and I need a kiss from you

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Une Chanson Français

Pour tous les francophones: Je m'excuse.

Les Paroles en Français

J'ai faim de l'aubergine
S'il vous plaît donnez-le à moi
J'ai faim de l'aubergine
S'il vous plaît donnez-le à moi

Les aubergines sont rapides et forts
Les aubergines sont rapides et forts
Les aubergines sont rapides et forts
Je ne sais pas

J'ai faim de frites Française
S'il vous plaît donnez-les à moi
J'ai faim de frites Française
S'il vous plaît donnez-les à moi

Je ne vais pas les appeler
frites de la liberté
Je ne vais pas les appeler
frites de la liberté

J'ai faim de pain Française
S'il vous plaît donnez-le à moi
J'ai faim de pain grillé Française
S'il vous plaît donnez-le à moi

Je ne vais pas les appeler
pain de la liberté
parce que Robert Ney est un trou du cul
et Walter Jones est un trou du cul aussi

J'ai faim pour un dip sandwich Française
S'il vous plaît donnez-le à moi
Alimentaire française est très très bonne
S'il vous plaît donnez-lui tout de moi

Je ne sais pas
Je ne sais pas
Je ne sais pas
rien et ne rien

English Translation

I am hungry for eggplants
Please give them to me

I am hungry for eggplants
Please give them to me

Eggplants are fast and strong
Eggplants are fast and strong
Eggplants are fast and strong
I don't know

I am hungry for french fries
Please give them to me

I am hungry for french fries
Please give them to me

I won't call them freedom fries
I won't call them freedom fries

I am hungry for french bread
Please give it to me
I am hungry for french toast
Please give it to me

I won't call it freedom bread
because Robert Ney is a trou du cul
and Walter Jones is a trou du cul too

I am hungry for a french dip sandwich
Please give it to me
French food is very, very good
Please give it all to me

I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
Nothing and not nothing

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Sittin Down With Spain

This song was written and recorded in October 2008 when the presidential campaign season was in full swing. Although one couldn't avoid politics during that time, my initial motivation for recording this tune was musical rather than political. A Spanish-influenced chord progression had been looping in my head for quite some time, and I had been noodling around with it on Aunt Betsy's flamenco guitar without clear direction. Then, Republican presidential candidate John McCain refused to meet with Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain for ideological reasons. This fueled debate in both the presidential and vice presidential debates, and it, shall we say, struck a chord.

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