IT BURNED A HOLE... THEN IT FLEW AWAY
All music and lyrics, Copyright 2007 Gregory Donovan (ASCAP)

1. TAKIN' IT ALL IN STRIDE
I win the game of life in all my dreams
But some days seem to tell me it's not me
I'm working my ambitions to the bone
But some days try to turn my hope to stone

If I lose faith in myself, my days are done
My walk of life is callin'
But I prefer to run

CHORUS So I'm takin' it all in stride
There might be days that break my pride
But I got all it takes to take it all
So I'm takin' it all in stride

I've been burning up the road from coast to coast
Like a fire that hell will never know
But some days bring a cold driving rain
And I wonder if it's driving me insane

If I dwell on disappointment, my days are done
So I just ignore the storm clouds
And keep running toward the sun

CHORUS

If I keep faith in myself, my day will come
My walk of life is callin'
But I was born to run

CHORUS


2. I'M IN TROUBLE
I never saw her comin'
But I love the way she walked away
Then I got to know her better
Then I had to see her everyday

Good Lord, what's happened to me?
How can this be?
I shaved today and I dressed my best
Life is good, but my head's a mess

Uh-oh, I think I'm in trouble
She rocks me into rubble
Uh-oh, she's walkin' by
I never dreamed that I'd
Fall in love most any day

I never saw her comin'
But I love to watch her walk away
Then she got to know me better
But I never dreamed she'd want to stay

I thought she was being kind
But suddenly I find
Spirits of romance surround me
Love is blind, but I think it found me

Uh-oh, I think I'm in trouble
She rocks me into rubble
Uh-oh, no where to hide
I never dreamed that I'd
Fall in love this way

Where did my days of running go?
I think they left me here to grow
With my last lover and friend
It's unbelievable
But it's unbeatable
I hope this feeling never ends

I'm thinking maybe I fell
Under some kind of spell
Maybe a new love potion
It's rockin' me but I love the motion

Ohhh! I'm in trouble
She rocks and I'm just rubble
Uh-oh, she makes me high
I never dreamed that I'd
Fall in love to stay

I never saw her comin'
And I never dreamed we'd fall in love to stay


3. SHE'S GOT THE DRIVE
When she walks by
Grown men cry
Beggin' on their knees (for mercy)
She's got the drive
To drive men crazy

She's been bound
To break 'em down
Since she was just a babe
At seventeen (Lord have mercy)
I guess she's got the drive
To drive men crazy

She fascinates with every move
She captivates and steals the view
She'll take your breath away,
And leave you blue
But she lets me know that she's all mine
Then she asks me if I'm satisfied
I say no, no, no
Drive me crazy<

INSTRUMENTAL

When she walks by
A grown man cries
Beggin' on my knees (for mercy)
She's got the drive
To drive me crazy

She's been bound
To break me down
Since she was just a babe
At seventeen (Lord have mercy)
I guess she's got the drive
To drive me crazy

She can hypnotize and make you plead
She'll mesmerize with blinding speed
She'll steal your heart,
And leave you time to bleed
As she leaves a trail of broken pride
She asks me if I'm satisfied
I say no, no, no
Drive me crazy


4. IN THESE FINAL DAYS

Won't be long 'til that ship rolls in
To this island bay
It's gonna take you back to him
And leave a load of pain
I'll believe if you come next year
That ship's gonna sail without you
And you'll believe that somehow
I can just forget about you, but

In these final days
I belong to you
You can have your way
'Til our days are through
And in these final days
Will be our finest hour
Before you slip away
I'll summon all my power
To make you mine
(And make you stay)

I know we said this is just a fling
And then you'll move along
I didn't know how my heart could sing
'Til I wrote this song
Every day with you has been
The best day I have seen
And I can't bear the thought
Of goin' back to my old routine, so

CHORUS

Every day with you has been
Like livin' in my dreams
And I can tell you want to stay with me
As we're makin' all this steam, so

First half of CHORUS

And in these final lines
I'll try to change your mind
And make these final days
The first days of the best days
Of our lives


5. BOTTOM LINE
You know me well, and all my friends can tell
You know just how to treat me right
You know the way I like to start my day
You know just how to end my night
But you don't know what I might do
If there's a chance of losing you

CHORUS
I'll beg, I'll plead
I'll give you what you need
Just tell me that your heart and soul are mine
I'll die a painful death
Proclaim my love with my last breath
I'll love you overtime
But that's my bottom line.

You know the spin your sweet smile sets me in
You know that sometimes I need space
You know inside the things that hurt my pride
You know how to bring me back with grace
And you think that I'll be strong and brave
But you have no idea how I'll behave

CHORUS
I'll weep, I'll pray
I'll throw it all away
Don't go and leave me here with no lifeline
I'll die a painful death
Proclaim my love with my last breath
I'll worship you on high,
But that's my bottom line.

CHORUS
I'll beg, I'll plead
I'll love you 'til I bleed
Just tell me that your heart and soul are mine
I'll die a painful death
Proclaim my love with my last breath
I'll give you anything,
But that's my bottom line.


6. WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE?
You said if I follow your plan,
I could be a better man
I said, "What kind of man should I be?"
I admire your close inspection
Of my many imperfections
Even though they're plain to see
My clothes don't fit, and I snore a bit
I laugh too loud and it draws a crowd
Lord knows I'm not refined
You said you loved those things about me,
You said you'd never change me
Guess you've gone and changed your mind

What kind of man would I be
If I give a try to satisfy your need
To fiddle with the way I live life everyday
For a small chance that you might like what you see?
What kind of man would I be?
What kind of man should I be?
Should I change myself around
So you can say you've found
A man of men to sweep you off your feet?

You said I need more style,
So you started with my smile
And worked me over right down to my boots
Now I'm diggin' into savings
To satisfy your cravings
To watch me ramble 'round in 3-piece suits
I sold my truck, 'cause you said it sucked
And bought a Jag, so you can brag
Ain't we so refined?
Now my dog don't recognize me
My friends say you've disguised me
They think I've gone and lost my mind

What kind of man would I be
If I satisfy your never-ending need
To carry out your plan for some theory of a man
That you think might be inside of me?
What kind of man would I be?
What kind of man should I be?
If you don't like the way I'm livin',
or the love that I've been givin' you
I'm sure that I can find a babe
To take me just the way I'm made
And be my wife, and share my life
And plant my family tree

I suppose there's no real harm in
Playin' your Prince Charming
But I feel like such a schmuck
You said you really love me,
Bbut you took advantage of me
And I can't even blame it on bad luck
Yeah, it's fun to fantasize,
But it makes me realize
Man I really miss that truck


7. ALL TIED IN KNOTS
I sat down with some simple thoughts
But soon they got all tied in knots
When I thought about how life just comes and goes
Is it revelry and mega wealth
Or righteousness and damned good health
That it takes to satisfy the soul?

'Cause I've had money in my pocket
Might as well have been a rocket
'Cause it burned a hole and then it flew away
But sometimes life is full of debts
And Abe and George and all the rest
Don't make 'em any easier to pay

CHORUS
Faith and hope and destiny
They've never known the best of me
And some might say I'm looking into Hell
But if I had another chance
I think I'd take another glance
'Cause really I'm just looking for myself

My eyes and mind are open wide
But I might never see the light
'Cause faith is blind, and mine's just skin and bone
It's not that church is so above me
But they'll promise me that Jesus loves me
And I don't want to find he really don't

Now I've been bad and I've been good
I've done the things I thought I should
And some things I knew I shouldn't and still might
It's really how you play the game
'Cause win or lose, it's all the same when that
Day comes 'round you learn you're losing life

CHORUS

And when it comes to judgment day
I hope they heard the way I've prayed
Through reflection, best wishes and song
And if they say that's not enough
I guess I'll have to call their bluff
Even though I might've known it all along


8. TWIST OF LIME
Sonny boy,
What would daddy think of you?
You're livin' on a bar stool, drownin' in your blues
As your days turn dark and the wind turns cold
Your woman turned untrue
You'll need some small assurance
That life won't bury you

Guess your days of wine and roses
Left ya cryin' in your beer
Funny how the good times rolled away
It's the madness of life, son
Keeps you laughin' through your tears
That's what the old man used to say

Sonny boy,
You know your heart, it ain't no toy
But she spun it 'round in circles
And left with all the joy
You're on a bad run now, there ain't no doubt
But the good life don't come free
Will you have your time with a twist of lime
Or plan accordingly?

Will those days of wine and roses
Ever come around again?
God knows how you try to keep the faith
Will you ever love another
And will anyone love you
Through your cold and battered days?

Sonny boy,
What would daddy have you do?
He raised you like a soldier
And he made you work things through
You've got a lot of dreams you know
Will you chase 'em down or let 'em go
Your future's only yours to tell
Now stop this talkin' to your self
And take this opportunity
To write your own destiny

9. BEFORE YOU GO
I guess life's defined by the nicks and cuts
And the lives we touch
With our symphonies
We play the beats and bars even way off time
But it would be a crime
If we played 'em silently

CHORUS
Don't die with your music in you
Show the world the beat that moves you
Play it loud, the way you're meant to
Live it up!
Leave a wake of love behind you
     (Shake away the chains that bind you)
Don't wait for life to find you
Lay it out behind you
Before you go

If I had a wish, I think I'd fly
And write these words across the sky
And wish the world my best
They'll play their beats and bars to the tale I told
Even as they fold
My arms across my chest

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Now, you could leave the world without a trace
Or you can leave the world a better place
(Show us your beat now)

CHORUS

Don't go gently
Don't go gently
Don't go gently……into the night


10. YOU BETTER BELIEVE
You don't need incantations
To face the fears you need to fight
Forget about bad vibrations
Shakin' all the fun out of life

CHORUS
Believe what you want to see
And you're going to see it
Believe what you've got to say
And they will believe it
Believe in the best of life
Even when you get so blue
Believe in yourself and find
They believe in you

You can be a force of nature
Blowin' down demons in your way
Workin' with the good Creator, 'cause you know
Only the dead don't need to pray

CHORUS

BRIDGE
There's no room for givin' in
There's no room for givin' out
In this crazy world we're livin' in
You better believe it,
Cause there's no room for doubt

Before you look for revelations
Before you run out of time
Listen to your own inspirations
The inner voice that never dies

CHORUS


11. SET IT FREE
Peace to you
And pass it on
Peace to everyone here and beyond
Peace on earth
Set it free, let it flutter
From soul to soul one to another
Peace on earth

What a strange way life leads us
We wander through Hell to find peace, but
What a lovely notion
Face to face, town to town, ocean to ocean
Set it free.

Peace of mind, calm the senses
Peace in flight over fences
Peace on earth
Can you see the attraction?
Serenity in chain reaction
Peace on earth

In the end there's a kingdom
Of souls who have fallen for peace, but
What a lovely notion
Face to face, town to town, ocean to ocean
Set it free.

Set it free
One to many
Let it rain on the world like confetti
Peace on earth
Such a lovely notion
Face to face, town to town, sea to sea
Set it free.


12. THE NOBLE ROAD (Chimera)
I came upon some noble road, and took it
To a state of mind you never find anymore
But the road was long and I lost my means of travel
So I walked the stone and I was captured by a breeze
And a sign said love is on the loose

Then the road became a path through secret forests
To a kingdom where the spirits keep the sun
And the air is pure with the echo of their music
And the people live the Song of Solomon
And the wise men chant among the trees

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
To live and die by the Song of Songs

And the women dance and their moves entrance their lovers
As the players play their perfect chords in time
And the days are long and the nights are filled with passion
And the fields are green, and the water soothes like wine
And the seas swell strong with the source of life

In this great empire of fraternal souls, I wander
Through a people with an ageless point of view
To share the fruits and the labors with each other
And the earth will share her self with all that do
And the wise men chant among the trees

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
To live and die by the Song of Songs
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Or justify in the Great Beyond

[ Lead guitar solo ]

On the sacred shores of a lost horizon
There's a place of glory where the world divides
And everything is simple, just the way life should be
If you come here with some selfish lie
You could start war, but you won't survive
'Cause this is the place where hatred dies in peace
And the wise men's words keep pounding in my brain

[ Repeat full Hallelujah Chorus ]

In a two room flat, on the road to hell, in a crumpled daze
I wake up to the sins and the sounds of an urban maze
So I collect my thoughts, and soon my body follows
As I set my mind to find that noble road

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
To live and die by the Song of Songs