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Song: “Happy Independence Day”

“Happy Independence Day”

Behind the Song

We didn’t brave the crowds at our town’s 4th of July Parade this year. Maybe next year once the kids get the vaccine.

So we threw a parade in our backyard. I improvised this song as we marched, then added a few stanzas today.

It’s a light, celebratory, hopeful kind of 4th of July song.

Lyrics

Happy fourth of July,
let your rocket fly.
Hear the freedom ring as we say,
Happy, happy Independence Day,
Happy, happy Independence Day.

Happy fourth of July,
raise your flag up high.
Watch the colors dance about and play.
Happy, happy Independence Day,
Happy, happy Independence Day.

Happy fourth of July,
hold your head up high.
As we widen freedom's mighty way.
Happy, happy Independence Day,
Happy, happy Independence Day.
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Song: “I Dreamt of Superman”

“I Dreamt of Superman”

I have received a lot of Superman birthday cards over the years, probably close to two dozen. And that’s fine with me.

My friends and family know I was a passionate lover of superheroes in my boyhood, and Superman was “the key, the granddaddy of them all.”

Why?

He is powerful, yes.

He is good, yes.

And he is full of purpose.

Maybe just a hint of melancholy

Lyrics

I dreamt of Superman again last night,
he was flying through a pale blue morning sky.
The rising sun set fire to the 'S' upon his chest,
and struck a searching glint from his eye.

Where are you flying to, Man of Steel?
Who needs saving today?
The Last Son of Krypton bursts from the earth,
blazing the hero's golden way.

Now I'm not a hero, I can barely help myself;
I never mastered any martial art.
But when I think of his enduring toil, with no thought of earning spoil,
a flicker ignites my frozen heart.

Where are you flying to, Man of Steel?
Who needs saving today?
The Last Son of Krypton bursts from the earth,
blazing the hero's golden way.

Maybe we've got heroes hiding in our breast,
brave like the man with the high red boots.
Maybe we can fly with our feet upon the ground,
and inspire in our ordinary suits.

Where are you flying to, Man of Steel?
Who needs saving today?
The Last Son of Krypton bursts from the earth,
blazing the hero's golden way.
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Song: “Summer Sun”

“SUmmer Sung”

Summer is upon us. Let us celebrate its return.

Camping in the woods …

Picnics at the beach …

Familiar faces around the bbq …

… and the beginning of a return to how-it-was-before.

Lyrics

It's June, school's over
the lilacs have passed.
The pollen's gone from our windshield
spring blitzed by fast.

The sprinkler sprouted cobwebs
I'm clearing them away.
I'm ready for the summer sun
today.

O, Summer Sun!
C'mon, begin!
Bleach my hair!
Brown my skin!

O, Summer Sun,
winter was so gray --
I'm ready for your warm embrace
today.

Picnic at the ocean
dig a pit into the sand.
Roast a pack of hotdogs
scrape the marshmallow from my hands.

I'm sweating like a can of beer
pulled from the cooler's ice.
But don't you hide behind the clouds
I'll gladly pay your price

O, Summer Sun!
C'mon, begin!
Bleach my hair!
Brown my skin!

O, Summer Sun,
winter was so gray --
I'm ready for your warm embrace
today.

Fall is cozy
when leaves turn gold
and wood-smoke perfumes the air.

But I'm not done
with your marathon days
and the canopy of green full-leaf trees.

O, Summer Sun!
C'mon, begin!
Bleach my hair!
Brown my skin!

O, Summer Sun,
winter was so gray --
I'm ready for your warm embrace,
come on down and kiss my face,
brighten up this somber place,
yeah I'm ready for your warm embrace
today.
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Song: “Star in Your Heart”

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I wrote this a good ten years ago. This is an “advice to self” song. It’s got a fair message of “mindfulness” in it, though I didn’t have that concept in mind at the time.

Sometimes — probably not all the time — it’s good to slow it down, see what’s missing, and remember that you’ve got something really, really special to offer.

Lyrics

Slow it down
look around
See what you've been missing.

Take the time
to search your mind
locate what you've been wishing.

It's okay
to take a day
and swim the deepest ocean.

'Cause you might learn
what it feels to burn
on a single pure emotion.

You've got a star in your heart
brighter than any sun.
It's time to take the cover off
and shine on everyone.

Your empty creed
won't fill your need
so it's time for a brand new notion.

But you've got the key
that will set you free
from the chains of your stale devotion.

You've got a star in your heart
brighter than any sun.
It's time to take the cover off
and shine on everyone.

The storm is sometimes raging
along that fateful road,
it's no easy load.
But the scenery is amazing
it's a much brighter home,
than you've ever known.

Climb a hill
and take your fill
of the day that's laid before you.

Take a breath
and one small step
and you're on your way to someplace new.

You've got a star in your heart
brighter than any sun.
It's time to take the cover off
and shine on everyone.