Songs, Video Recording

Song: Pink Envelope

Pink Envelope

The envelope wasn’t pink — but that’s how I remember it in my head.

Almost just a touch of sweetness in it … but let’s call it dark.

Lyrics

I got the bank's pink envelope hand-delivered to my door.
The mail-lady said I had to sign so they'd know I knew the score.
Ninety-one days I had to pay or they'd come back for the keys.
I mumbled thanks as I turned away to hide the quiver in my knees.
But how do I hide that bright pink envelope?

The checking was empty and the cards were maxed and the cupboard was looking bare.
But Target was carrying groceries and I had a little credit there.
At the checkout line, I glanced behind, 'cause I felt I was on display.
I held my breath till my card went through and I could make my getaway.
But what do I do with that bright pink envelope?

You can't hide when you've been tied to to the end of your rope
you can't fill a wallet with nothing more than hope
you won't get free by crying
or begging for more slack
you've got to climb one dollar at a time
until you reach the black

At my daughter's birthday party I was a smiling man.
Fancy gift-bags for all the kids, yeah, I had it all in hand.
I strolled up to my brother when my wife looked the other way.
"We're doing fine, but would you mind, to lend me a couple k?"
'Cause I can't stand that bright pink envelope.

You can't hide when you've been tied to to the end of your rope
you can't fill a wallet with nothing more than hope
you won't get free by crying
or begging for more slack
you've got to climb one dollar at a time
until you reach the black

With early mornings and sleepless nights I got back on the ball.
In seven years, the record clears, like it never happened at all.
But each time I see the lady from the post approach my door
my heart drops out for a beat or two till I learn what she's knocking for.
'Cause what if it's another bright pink envelope?

You can't hide when you've been tied to to the end of your rope
you can't fill a wallet with nothing more than hope
you won't get free by crying
or begging for more slack
you've got to climb one dollar at a time
until you reach the black
Songs, Video Recording

Song: Jan 6. (When Lies Run the Show)

On January 6, as our legislators fled the insurrectionists, Senator Romney was reported to have called out, “This is what you’ve gotten, guys!”

I think that summed it up.

Those words stayed in my head, and a few weeks later, I came up with this song.

O Senator, O Senator
what was it you said?
This is what you get guys
as you ducked your head.

O Senator, O Senator
what did you know?
This is what you get guys
when lies run the show.

I woke up that morning with cheer on my mind.
I went for a run, and came home to find
the capitol building overrun by a mob
brought by denial and a master snow job.

O Senator, O Senator
what was it you said?
This is what you get guys
as you ducked your head.

O Senator, O Senator
what did you know?
This is what you get guys
when lies run the show.

As we watched the footage we checked our tears.
'Cause our children were watching and they soak up our fears.
We struggled to tell them just what had gone wrong
how a sitting U.S. President had ignited the throng.

O Senator, O Senator
what was it you said?
This is what you get guys
as you ducked your head.

O Senator, O Senator
what did you know?
This is what you get guys
when lies run the show.

Sometimes you're on top, and sometimes you're not
But don't wreck the game, 'cause you missed your shot

So the country's divided, many still buy the lie
Can we find common ground? Well, how 'bout we try
One basic rule, when we hunger to strike
accept all the facts, even ones we don't like

O Senator, O Senator
what was it you said?
This is what you get guys
as you ducked your head.

O Senator, O Senator
what did you know?
This is what you get guys
when lies run the show.