A Day Before Us
Goin' Back on the Road
One More Mile
Seaside Song
Shipwrecked
Ma Fleur Sauvage
Time
See Me Again
So Easy
Written in Your Mind
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    A Day Before Us

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    There’s a day before us
    When we will cross the paths we’ve traveled often;
    And there’s a day before us
    When we will know the simple fascination in the sun

    We’ll hear the endless story
    Told by the parent skies—we’ve been their orphans;
    We’ll fear an ending story
    Told by the long neglected worth of living all for one

          Before the night has gone we’ll be there;
          Before the dawn has come
          Before the dawn will come.

    When we know the answer
    Is waiting there within the dust of being
    Then we show the answer
    Relating all within the need of seeing men as one..

          Before the night has gone we’ll be there;
          Before the dawn has come
          Before the dawn will come.



    Goin' Back On The Road

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    I was thinking about you today
    Don’t know why—why not?
    I was finding the right thing to say
    About all the good things you’ve got

    It gets so hard to communicate
    The more we say the less we hear
    It’s not a matter of love or of hate
    It’s more a kind of fear

          I’m going back on the road
          Try to see it my way
          Don’t send me back on the road
          Say you’ll see me again
          I don’t care just when

    For many years I was a traveling man
    Made anyplace my home
    Drove my own car and fried my own pans
    And made it fine on my own

    But once you loved me, or so it seemed
    And everything was all mine
    You were and will be my eternal dream
    Just let me stay one more time

          Then I’m going back on the road
          Try to see it my way
          I’m goin back on the road
          Though I love you and I want to stay

    Going back on the road
    Say you’ll see me again
          I don’t care just when



    One More Mile

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    We got the wagon rollin
    All set out to go
    Forty miles don’t seem like all that far
    Now we’re really rollin
          See the cornfields on our right
    But then the bus got lost on the way

          With one more mile
          One more mile
          One more mile
          To get to where we’ve been bound

    We’re playin in the prison—
    Those boys deserve a break—
    Gonna sing our song behind them bars
    Joliet is comin, you can hear
          The Jailhouse Blues
    But then the bus broke down on the way

          With one more mile
          One more mile
          One more mile
          To get to where we’ve been bound

    Now today it’s Lansing
    We’re gonna sing our song
    Two thousand high school girls can’t be all wrong
    Feelin just all right except for
          The flashin blue light in my rearview mirror
    And then the bus got busted on the way

          With one more mile…



    Seaside Song

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    The air of early morning
          It touches cool
    With every breath a-coming
          It feels new, new
    And sighing all the day

          It keeps my seaside song
          Rolling to you
          Keeps my seaside song
          Coming to you

    The ember of the evening
          Throws a spark this way
    Like the love that you are leaving
          It promised to stay, stay
    And still the fire glowing

          It keeps my seaside song
          Rolling to you
          Keeps my seaside song
          Coming to you

    The shadow of the trees
          It will go
    A wave across the seas
          Will flow and flow, flow on
    And power of the memory

          Will keep my seaside song
          Rolling to you
          Keeps my seaside song
    Rolling to you
          Keeps my seaside song
          Coming to you


    Shipwrecked

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    Floating, bobbing, tilting like a ship at sea
    It may be over soon but I won’t ask you to rescue me
    It’s best to be sailing were the view is wide, breeze is free
    And sometimes even where you are is just the place to be

          The old directions need somehow to be replaced
          Going six ways opposing at the same time
                  Is a waste
    Not that every motion is a vain and useless form
          But no one needs the extra pushing
                  In a storm

    Can you hear that sound?  Must be the breath of day
    Coming slow, coming from so very far away
    Want to hear it loud, try to make it stay
    Because you know my lady wouldn’t nave it any other way

          The eyes upon the waves of change are often blind
          Seen the same so often that there’s nothing
    New to find
          Like when it’s time for leaning to the other side
    By then there’s no way you can move
                  And enjoy the ride



    Ma Fleur Sauvage

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    Ma fleur sauvage
    Haven’t seen you there before
    I walk the same way every day
    I take the wildwood path to the place
          Call it wonder
          Where we begin

    Let me stay by your side
    You won’t be alone today

    Ma fleur sauvage
    You say you’ve been alone
    I can’t imagine how that could be
    Yuou must have known—is it better
          For a few
          What have you tried

    Let me stay by your side
    You won’t be alone today

    Ma fleur sauvage
    I’ve known you all along
    The story’s told so often any more
    So many sing the song of the place
          Call it wonder
          Where we begin

    Let me stay by your side
    You won’t be alone today
    Let me stay by your side
    We won’t be alone today


    Time

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    Ain’t there time to sit down and talk today
          Time to get along a better way
    Time to amuse a saddened eye
    Time to hear a neighbor cry

    Ain’t there time just to live
          Like you want to?

    Ain’t there time for a deeper breath of air
          Time… for resting while you’re there
          Time for a million little joys
          Time for a grownup’s favorite toys

    Ain’t there time just to live
          Like you want to?

    Ain’t there time now to make a change you need
          Time now to finally take the lead
          Time… you can open every door
    So come on, let’s sit down and talk some more

    Ain’t there time just to love
          Like you want to?
    Ain’t there time just to love
          And be loved
    And be lovin’ like you want to



    See Me Again

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    I was always hiding on the dark side of the road
    Trying to be someone and to keep that heavy load
    To myself
    While you tell me, you tell me

          You ain’t gonna see me again

    Everybody’s trying so hard to get ahead
    Hurrying along until they just fall over dead
    Like I did
    When you told me, you told me

          You ain’t gonna see me again

    What is there to living if not a lot of time
    Some of it’s for giving away free, some of it is mine
    To myself
    So I tell you, I tell you too

          You ain’t gonna see me again

    All I’m really saying now is baby, take your time
    You may be made of silver but you won’t be worth a dime
    By yourself
    So don’t tell me, so I don’t tell you too

          You aint gonna see me again
          You ain’t gonna see me

    You ain’t gonna see me again
    You ain’t gonna see me again
    You ain’t gonna see me again (and that’s the end).



    So Easy

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    Well I never was a dancer
    Were my feet stuck in the ground?
    Then one night my boots just came unglued
    I remember flying round and round

          And you were there

    Oh so easy
    Oh so easy
    Like the sunlight falling in a sunny sky!
    Oh so easy
    Oh so easy

          Since you are there

    And I’d never been a lover
    Seems it wasn’t yet my time
    But the power there was drawing me
    Like a fisherman pulling in his line

          And you were there

    Oh so easy…

    Have you ever found the special way
          To show a friend you care
    Right now someone needs you very much
    Broken hearts may need repair
    So if anything you do is right
          If anything is fair
    Won’t you make it happen one more time
    Make it like the day I became aware

          That you are there

    Oh so easy…



    Written In Your Mind

    Words and music © Roger Hammer


    Well you think you’re really pushin
    To get ahead
    And you think you’ve got a cushion
    Stashed away in bed
    But it turns out in the morning
    All you had
    Was a woman full of longing and no bread

          You know, it’s written in your mind

    You begin to try to reason
    In your head
    Was it something in the season
    Or what you said
    Then you wonder if it matters anyway
    Layin back and getting fatter sounds okay

          You know, it’s written in your mind

    You’ve been thinking of your future
    Stayin here
    If you’re gonna be a loser
    Or a healer
    Lady luck: you can’t refuse hear
    When she’s near
    And she’s makin you the offer of the year

          You know, it’s written in your mind

    Now it’s time to learn a lesson
    From your life
    And you got to stop a-messin
    In the night
    Won’t you make a true confession in the light
    Give up all the second guessin, you know what’s right

          You know, it’s written in your mind
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