LYRICS

A Lovely Dream
Gail Marten

 

I never knew

There could be someone like you

Then you walked into my life.

Nothing’s the same

All the rest is just a game

Since you walked into my life.

 

chorus:

The moon, the stars at night

They blaze with light

When you appear.

The empty feeling dies

My spirits rise

Darling, when you are near.

 

Are you what you seem

Or is this a lovely dream

Are you really in my life?

 

I couldn’t see

That love had plans for me

Then you walked into my life.

Everything’s changed

My whole world’s been rearranged

Since you walked into my life.

 

chorus:

My world’s a different hue

No longer blue

Since I found you.

I see you as you are

A golden star

That could rival the sun.

 

Are you what you seem

Or is this a lovely dream
Are really you in my life? 

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Always There

Gail Marten

 

You were always there for me

No one here will disagree.

You were there to dry my tears

And to chase away my fears

Always, faithfully through all the years.

 

I could always count on you

You were there to see me through

Through the fire and through the rain

Through the joy and through the pain

Be it or loss or be it gain

Always there for me.

 

You were ever at my side

You would journey far and wide

There was never any doubt

Like a trusty eagle scout

You were always there to bail me out.

 

You have been my constant friend

I’ll be with you ’til the very end

Whatever I can do for you

I will be your loyal crew

Be there when you’re feeling blue

Always there for you.

 

You were with me from the start

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart

Oceans I would cross for you

Deserts, rivers, mountains too

No one’s ever been so true to me.

 

I am ever here for you

I am here to see you through

I am here to dry your tears

And to chase away your fears

Till the sunshine reappears

Always here for you.

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Big Girl Blues

Gail Marten

 

I’m a BIG GIRL now

I’m a BIG GIRL now

I pay my own damn bills

And find my own cheap thrills

I’m a BIG GIRL now.

 

I’m a BIG GIRL now

Don’t need no help nohow

Oh, I can run my own life

Won’t be nobody’s old wife.

I’m a BIG GIRL now.

 

bridge:

When I was a little girl

I was taught to stand alone

And like the Lady says

God bless the child that’s got her own.

 

Don’t need no one to bail me out

Yes, I know what’s all about

No one can knock me down

Cause I have been around

And I’m a BIG GIRL now.

 

No one to tell me what to do

No one to start me feeling blue

Hey, I can sleep all day

And dance the night away

And spend my time with who-knows-who.

 

bridge:

When I was a little girl

I was taught to stand alone

And like the Lady says

God bless the child that’s got her own.

 

last time:

You know, I must confess

There are sometimes I realize…

If some Big Boy would come along

And help me sing my song…

He’d cut this Big Girl…down to size.

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Celibacy (blue monk)

Gail Marten

 

Celibacy. 

It’s alright by me. 

Though it’s not for everyone.

Sleeping alone

Life on your own

Not for most, but fine for some.

No compromising

Try it for yourself and see
Try it for yourself and see.

 

I’ve had my fill

Of drama and thrill

Opting now for harmony

Sleep until one

Answer to none

Responsible for only me

Reorganizing

Responsible for only me
Responsible for only me.

 

I’ve had my fun

I’ve played and I’ve won

Never much for keeping score

Been in the game

Warmed by the flame 

Then I asked myself, what for

I’m improvising

Life in one-part harmony
Diggin’ my own company.

 

I’ve had my share of walking on air

Quit while I was still ahead, 

There’s no ignoring

The tossing and snoring

Trade it for a single bed

I’m sleeping solo

As you’re leaving lock the door. 
Please lock the doo-oor.

 

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Dream With Me

Gail Marten

 

Close your eyes and dream a dream with me

At the end of day.

Catch a cloud and float above the earth

Sail the Milky Way.

 

Book a flight upon a shooting star

Move across the sky,

There is music in the silence 

It’s a cosmic lullaby.

 

bridge:

’Neath the shady sycamore

Dream a dream with me,

Possibilities unfold,

Just close your eyes and you will see.

 

Swim with shiny, silver dolphins

Through Tahiti’s blue lagoons,

Warmed by orchid scented breezes

Polynesian honeymoon

 

Ride the wind to Argentina, high 

Above the southern sea

Feel the rhythm of the tango

Be my partner, dance with me.

 

Join a caravan of nomads 

Winding through the desert night

In a trail of clove and cinnamon 

Toward the morning light.

 

bridge:

Skies ablaze with setting sun

Farewell to yesterday

Twilight beckons to the moon

Purple shadows paint the way.

 

And tomorrow at the end of day

A magic carpet ride

To imaginary places, 

We will journey you and I.

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Finish Line

Gail Marten

 

Well, your lover’s up and left you.

But your wife is (husband’s) gonna stay.

And your love life’s goin’ nowhere,

Your libido’s gone away.

Oh, you’ve given up on romance

And you’ve decided it’s OK?

 

You say your job has gone to China,

And the market’s in decline

Acquisitions dropping daily

And your shoes could stand a shine.

Just explore your options, baby

There’s no need to sit and whine.

 

Your cholesterol is rising,

And your hair is turning grey,

Oh, your weight is steady climbing

And your mother says she’s gay

The Toyota blew a gasket

You’ve had another awful day.

 

Hey you can’t predict the future

You just gotta keep on tryin’

Cause your luck could soon be changing

And things could turn out right

And you’re not finished, tiger

Hey, don’t give up the fight.

 

Oh, please trust me when I tell you

You can’t see the bottom line

Luck might be just round the corner

There ain’t no point in cryin’

And you ain’t finished, buddy

Until you’ve crossed the finish line.

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Heaven On A Tropic Shore

Gail Marten

 

Finally, we’re here together

Paradise, what could be better?

We have found our island in the sun.

Tropic breeze upon our faces

We have found our own oasis

Oh, we thought this day would never come.

 

I am here with you

You are here with me

An enchanted place

In this world by the sea.

 

Heaven on a tropic shore

This is what we’ve waited for.

 

Bathing in this lovely ocean

We have found our magic potion

Underneath a sky of endless blue.

I’m the Girl from Ipanema

You’re the only boy I dream of

Now, our long awaited rendezvous.

 

With the wind in our hair

We’re as free as the air

On this sunlit isle

Not a worry or care.

 

Heaven on a tropic shore

This is what we’ve waited for.

Caro mio, dearest  friend

We are at the rainbow’s end

Sparkling waters kiss the golden sand.

Heaven on a tropic shore

This is what we’ve waited for

We’re together in this wonderland.

 

I am here with you

You are here with me

On this sunlit isle

We’re so easy and free.

 

Heaven on a tropic shore

This is what we’ve waited for.

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Her Point Of View

Gail Marten

 

A woman convinced against her will

Is of the same opinion still.

Consider the wisdom of her point of view.

 

A lady persuaded from her plan

Returns to be where she began.

Consider the wisdom of her point of view.

 

bridge:

If she says that black is white,

If she says that day is night,

Quite contrary though it seems,

It doesn’t mean she's not right. 

 

Unusual logic you could say,

But there can be more than one way,

Original thoughts are far between and few.

 

A woman convinced against her will

Is of the same opinion still.

Consider the wisdom of her point of view.

 

A sister who goes against the grain

Is charting out a new terrain.

Consider the wisdom of her point of view.

 

bridge:

If she says that left is right,

If she says that dark is light,

Quite contrary though it seems,

It doesn’t mean she’s not right. 

 

Unusual logic you could say,

But there can be more than one way,

Original thoughts are far between and few.

 

tag:

Just open your mind you might learn something new.

Something new, try something new.

Just open your mind you might learn something new.

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Here and Now

Gail Marten

 

It's here and now from here on in.

Let's make a vow, begin again.

This time we'll make it last, my friend.

Better late than never.

 

Erase the past and start anew

Another chance for me and you.

This time we'll make it through.

Better late than never.

 

It's here and now from here on out

Beyond a shadow of a doubt 

Let’s see what it’s all about

Better late than never. 

tag:

Now or never . . . now and forever.

Is It Love?

Gail Marten

 

Is it love, Is it love,

And does it really matter?

Is it true, really true,

Or merely idle chatter?

Is it you? Is it me? 

Is it us? Is it we? Is it love?

Tell me why, Please don’t lie,

Will it fly, Specify. Is it love?

 

Are you mine, really mine,

Or someone else’s baby?

Bottom line, are you mine?

No ifs or buts or maybe.

Are you friend, Are you foe?

Is it yes, Is it no? Is it love?

Am I high, Am I low?

Should I stay, Should I go? Is it love?

Is it love, Is it love

Or just a game we’re playing?

Is it true, really true

Do you mean what you’re saying?

Is it you, Is it me? 

Is it us, Is it we? Is it love?

Tell me why, Please don’t lie,

Will it fly, Specify. Is it love?

 

Are you mine, really mine,

Or someone else’s baby?

Bottom line, are you mine?

No ifs, or buts, or maybe.

Should I go with the flow? 

Should I care? Do I dare? Is it love?

 

tag:

Is it phony or real?

I don’t know. What’s the deal? Is it love?

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Just Before Dawn

Gail Marten

 

Moonlight through the willow,

Tracing shadows on my pillow,

I lie awake here in my lonely room

I’m haunted by an old familiar tune.

Is it a beginning or an ending?

Revelation or pretending?

The echoes of the distant night reminding me,

It’s always darkest just before dawn.

Moon will soon surrender

To the early morning splendor.

I’ve tossed and turned another sleepless night,

Wondering what went wrong and who was right.

Streetlights dim, and dawn will soon be breaking,

And the world will be awaking,

The echoes of the distant night reminding me,

It’s always darkest just before dawn.

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Lotus Blossom

Gail Marten

 

Lotus blossom,

Cradles baby

In your petals

Love eternal

Lotus blossom

Bathed in dewdrops

Warm my dreams in

Golden sunlight

 

Shadows disappear

Melted by a tear

Floating, gently, floating

 

Lotus blossom

Breezes sighing

Whispering secrets

Mystifying

Lotus blossom

Hear me singing

Raindrops falling

Ancient rhythm

 

Shadows in the mist

Time does not exist

Floating, gently, floating.

 

tag:

Floating, gently, floating

Floating . . . 

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One Of Those Tomorrows

Gail Marten

 

One of those tomorrows

It will all come true.

Delivery of those promises

Is long, long overdue.

If you can just hold on

That day will arrive

When you’ll finally know

The reason you’re alive.

 

bridge:

As you have sown so shall you reap,

And, sister (brother), you have no reason to weep.

 

If there’s any justice,

No need to sing the blues. 

Believe in those tomorrows,

What have you got to lose? 

When you feel that night is falling

And there’s nothing you can do,

Remember, one of those tomorrows

The sun will rise for you.

 

tag:

One of those tomorrows, 

it will shine it’s light on you.

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Pure Joy

Gail Marten

 

The moon is full,

The stars are bright,

We’re here alone,

A sultry night.

Why do you keep me waiting?

We could be celebrating,

Why are you hesitating?

It could be happening, Pure Joy.

 

I like your looks,

I love your style.

Slip off your shoes,

And stay awhile.

Your eyes are hypnotizing.

Your lips are tantalizing,

Temperature sure is rising,

Could this be happening, Pure Joy?

 

The water’s warm,

The coast is clear.

The tide is low,

Let’s disappear.

My heart is palpitating,

I need some validating,

Some re-negotiating,

It could be happening, Pure Joy.

 

last time:

Why do you keep me waiting?

We could be celebrating?

Why are you hesitating?

It could be happening, Pure Joy.

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Reinventing Me

Gail Marten 

I will reinvent myself,

Become another me.

I will circumvent my natural personality.

Find a formula to free

An alternate reality,

And maybe then he’ll fall in love with me.

 

I will rise at six am

To exercise my chi

Stop at eight and meditate

Achieving harmony.

Change the color of my hair,

Reconstruct my derriere,

Surely then he’ll fall in love with me.

 

A shopping spree at Lord and T.

I’ll want to look my best.

Scrutinize and then revise

The contour of my chest.
Botox my brow and lift my chin

Fill the rest with collagen.

Then I KNOW he'll fall in love with me.

 

If I reinvent myself

Will it be me he’ll see?

Or the sweet fantasia

That I pretend to be

When he looks into my eyes

Do you think he’ll recognize

The one and only quintessential me?

 

Refrain:

Ooh, I’m getting butterflies,

Will he see through my disguise

That I am who I pretend to be

I’m about to vaporize.

Do you think he’ll recognize,

The one and only quintessential me?

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​Shades Of Blue

Gail Marten

 

Shades of blue
If I can’t have you
I will walk alone
In the early dawn
Now that you are gone.

 

Just a fantasy
Of what cannot be
When the day is done
Just a table set for one.

 

bridge:
Lonely, I live without your touch
I’m missing you so much
A rhyme without a reason
A time without a season

A fade to black and . . .
 

Shades of blue
Where there once were two
A simple history
The tale of you and me
An unsolved mystery

 

Just a memory
Of what used to be
When the day is done
Just a table set for one

 

tag:
Shades of blue, me and you, shades of blue.

Sunday Rain

Gail Marten

 

Fading dreams and Sunday rain

Sliding down my windowpane

Misty memories of moments in the past.

 

And I wonder where you are

Are you near or are you far

Did your rainy day dreams ever come to pass?

 

In the quiet of the night

Just before the morning light

You are with me in a watercolor dream.

The serenity we knew

Walking down the avenue

Stepping through reflecting pools of yesterdays.

 

Now and then I reminisce

Of the days, the years of bliss

When we walked together

In the Sunday rain. 

 

And lately I recall

When we seemed to have it all

As we walked together 

in the Sunday rain.

 

In the quiet of the night

Just before the morning light

You are with me in a watercolor dream.

The serenity we knew

Walking down the avenue

Stepping through reflecting pools of yesterdays.

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The Day You Said Goodbye

Gail Marten

 

I wondered why you chose

To meet at that cafe

Along the avenue of stars

The scene of all our yesterdays.

 

Like deja vu

I’d seen it all before

A public rendezvous

Another closing door.

 

And so it ends

The color fades to gray

No reason to pretend

Just turn and walk away.

 

Although this was not my first love affair

I’m still remembering… the day you said goodbye.

A sudden chill

The music ceased to play

A shadow crossed the sun

You made your getaway.

 

The curtain fell

Let’s skip the matinee

Fast forward…let’s avoid

That tired old cliché.

 

The story’s told

It’s time to turn the page

And play at love again.

Upon another stage.

 

The drama’s ended and my tears have all dried

Yet still remembering . . . the day you said goodbye.

 

The story’s told

It’s time to turn the page

And play at love again.

Upon another stage.

 

The drama’s ended and and my tears have all dried

Remembering… the day you said goodbye.

We Can Learn To Fly 

Gail Marten

 

Let’s have a picnic in the park

A fiesta in the sun

You and me and everyone

Let’s have a picnic in the park.

 

Let’s take a stroll down Lovers’ Lane

Hang out with the birds and bees

Darlin’, underneath the trees

Let’s take a stroll down Lovers’ Lane.

 

bridge:

Life will pass you by

Waiting for the bell to ring

I’m not getting any younger

And I’ve got this song to sing.

 

Let’s dance beneath a million stars

Gazing at the silver moon

I will sing your favorite tune

Let’s dance beneath a million stars.

Let’s take a drive down to the sea

We’ll go walking hand in hand

Building castles made of sand

Let’s take a drive down to the sea.

 

Let’s pay a visit to the zoo

Monkey see and monkey do

You love me and I love you

Let’s pay a visit to the zoo.

 

bridge:

Life will pass you by

Waiting for the bell to ring

I’m not getting any younger

And I’ve got this song to sing.

 

Come on, throw caution to the wind

Don’t let the good times pass us by

Baby, we can learn to fly

Come on, throw caution to the wind.

 

tag:

Hey, baby, we can learn to fly.

Let’s dance beneath a million stars.

Hey, maybe we can learn to fly.

Let’s take a stroll down Lover’s Lane.

Hey, baby, we can learn to fly . . . 

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What The Heck Happened To Me? 

Gail Marten

 

Once I was stunning,

Now…out of the running,

Please, pour me a glass of chablis, 

First I was hot, and then I was not

What the heck happened to me?

 

A national treasure

Who gave so much pleasure

Loved by the bourgeoisie 

Didn’t read books, got by on my looks

What the heck happened to me?

 

chorus:

That beautiful face

Not even a trace

Of the femme fatale I used to be

That girl in the mirror

Beginning to fear her,

What the heck happened to me? 

Legs that stopped traffic

So photographic

Nothing like they used to be

With varicose veins, resembling brains

What the heck happened to me?

 

My rump’s gotten bigger

What’s with my figure?

Where is that glass of chablis?

My clothes are all shrinking

I’ve taken to drinking

Oh, what the heck happened to me?

 

Chorus:

Just look at that face

Not even a trace

Of the beauty queen I used to be

That girl in the mirror

Beginning to fear her,

What the heck happened to me?

 

last:

Expired complexion

It won’t pass inspection

Eyes that once sparkled and gleamed

The beautiful chassis

That used to be classy

Oy, what the heck happened to me?

 

reprise: A physical wreck, ah, what the heck,

What the heck happened to me?

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What The Heck Happened To Me? 

Gail Marten

 

Once I was stunning,

Now…out of the running,

Please, pour me a glass of chablis, 

First I was hot, and then I was not

What the heck happened to me?

 

A national treasure

Who gave so much pleasure

Loved by the bourgeoisie 

Didn’t read books, got by on my looks

What the heck happened to me?

 

chorus:

That beautiful face

Not even a trace

Of the femme fatale I used to be

That girl in the mirror

Beginning to fear her,

What the heck happened to me? 

Legs that stopped traffic

So photographic

Nothing like they used to be

With varicose veins, resembling brains

What the heck happened to me?

 

My rump’s gotten bigger

What’s with my figure?

Where is that glass of chablis?

My clothes are all shrinking

I’ve taken to drinking

Oh, what the heck happened to me?

 

Chorus:

Just look at that face

Not even a trace

Of the beauty queen I used to be

That girl in the mirror

Beginning to fear her,

What the heck happened to me?

 

last:

Expired complexion

It won’t pass inspection

Eyes that once sparkled and gleamed

The beautiful chassis

That used to be classy

Oy, what the heck happened to me?

 

reprise: A physical wreck, ah, what the heck,

What the heck happened to me?

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Who Would Know?

Gail Marten

 

Who would know

Who would care

Love and war, 

All is fair.

 

Who would see

Who would hear

We have nothing to fear.

 

bridge:

Oh, what’s the harm

There’s no need for alarm

Why can’t you see it

Our little secret

Meet in the park

Just a kiss in the dark

Am I asking so much

An occasional touch.

 

Rendezvous

in our dreams

All is not

What it seems

 

tag:

Who would know, who would know?

Anytime, anywhere

Who would know, who would care?

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You're Secret's Safe With Me

Gail Marten

 

I think that you may find

that we're two of a kind

with virtues not so easily defined

 

And now that we're alone,

Without a chaperone

I must confess I've secrets of my own

 

bridge:

This may come as a shock

But I’ve been around the block

I’ve had a fling or two

Well, more than just a few.

 

I've been so circumspect

My manner so correct

No one would suspect

They just would not believe.

 

So…do we have a deal

Never to reveal

What they don't know

Your secret's safe with me

 

bridge:

This may come as a shock

But I’ve been around the block

I’ve had a fling or two

Well, more than just a few.

 

So . . . do we have a deal

Never to reveal

What they don't know

Your secret's safe with me

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