Janice Marie Foote's Musings

Spend your years wisely and you'll have less regrets to cash in at the end...

Driftwood Lyrics

Driftwood...

Leaves quiver inside spring's silent breezes

The sparrow's song calls me into peace

Cool waters ripple with hope's memories

 

What happened to all my yesterdays

Why do we keep living their lonely ways

When life should move along as it feels

Instead of lying dazed inside confusion

As time floats by upon life's peaceful waters

 

Oh I'm just a lonely piece of driftwood

Driftwood driftin' through life's twists and turns

A simple existence carved out of cool waters

Driftwood driftin' with no special place to go

Driftwood driftin' over life's cool waters

 

One day I'll lodge ashore build me a home

Made out of driftwood, love and peace

Oh driftwood keep on driftin' through cool waters

 

Some day hands'll come together from the sky

That'll help this lonely piece of driftwoood

Lodge onto communal shores of everyday life

Where love extends beyond familial last names

Come let's all get lost inside life's peaceful waters

 

But for now I'm just a lonely piece of driftwood

Driftwood driftin' through life's twists and turns

A simple existence carved out of cool waters

Driftwood driftin' with no special place to go

Driftwood driftin' over life's cool waters

 

Oh life birth spring's song into my depraved soul

Drown me in love's sweet familial memories

Oh cool cool waters come wash over me

 

Though if most my days are done and gone

Let the rest remain inside three sides of peace

Even strangers who are driftin' on through

Ask you to put your guns down ending all wars

That are disturbing life's peaceful waters

 

Yeah I' just a lonely piece of driftwood

Driftwood driftin' through life's twists and turns

A simple existence carved out of cool waters

Driftwoood driftin' with no special place to go

Driftwood driftin' over life's cool waters

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Would'ves Could'ves Should'ves... 

I know things could've turned out differently

If we hadn't turned our backs on each other

But would'ves could'ves and should'ves won't change us

 

Unlike Humpty Dumpty we don't have to fear

If either takes a fall off the brick wall

'Cause we can put each other back together again

 

Oh I would've

And you could've

Yeah we should've

When we were thick like thieves in the heart of it all

But all the would'ves could'ves and should'ves

Mean nothing on the back of love's ill fated truths

 

Sure some days had more questions than minutes

As we turned out pockets answers coming up empty

Wishing we had the fight left in us to lose

 

'Cause a bridge was built to narrow our divide

Inside this city that sleeps upon loneliness

Where supplicants pound fists in rites of devotion 

 

Oh I would've

And you could've

Yeah we should've

Before reaching a split at the end of our road

But all the would'ves could'ves and should'ves

Mean nothing in the midst of us falling apart

 

If you ever get lonely need a shoulder to lean on

Come over lay your weary head upon mine

We'll drink down a cool throat of black eyed lemonade

 

On the back porch of love's sheltered refuge

We'll watch laughing leaves dance from boughing branches

As day turns to night leaving us sleeping under stars

 

Oh I would've

And you could've

Yeah we should've

When facing the truth of our consequences

But all the would'ves could'ves and should'ves

Mean nothing as our future is buried under past tenses

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Reachin' Grabbin' and Holdin'...

Oh Lord everyday how I try try try try tryyyyyy

To put my life back into centrifugal motion

But the failure of this day pushes me face down

 

And page by burning page each passing day turns

Until one day we turn and reach the end of our book

Inside this resistance backed by temporal existence

 

So I keep askin' why I'm reaching' grabbin' and holdin'

Onto anything below me that'll ground me

Especially if all this reachin' grabbin' and holdin'

Onto fleeting days is what's weighing me down

 

Oh Lord help me get my life back

Before it veers off the tracks

And there'll be no turnin' back

After it veers off the tracks

Straight into a life of perdition

 

Oh Lord dancing with ghosts is no good

But sometimes I need a diversion

That lies at the shores of temptation

 

And with apologies delivered underneath redemption

I'll throw wayward wants aside reach for hope's truth

As I strip away resistance down to a bare bones existence

 

Damn I'm so tired of reachin' grabbin' and holdin'

Onto promises delivered like a badly spent sermon

But maybe all this reachin' grabbin' and holdin'

Will pull my soul out of life stuck in neutral

 

Oh Lord help me get my life back

Before it veers off the tracks

And there'll be no turnin' back

After it veers off the tracks

Straight into a life of perdition

 

Oh Lord I know what I would've could've should've

On lost days that slipped through cracks in time

As life bleeds out sins of unpromised yesterdays

 

And everyday I'm learning with my life in yearning

Pushing my soul through skin with careworn hands

To shatter resistance and reveal my true existence

 

So to hell with all this reachin' grabbin' and holdin'

Onto time dissipatin' into thin air before my eyes

'Cause all this useless reachin' grabbin' and holdin'

Onto emptiness has torn my life and dreams apart

 

Oh Lord help me get my life back

Before it veers off the tracks

And there'll be no turnin' back

After it veers off the tracks

Straight into a life of perdition

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Summer's Song...

Spring has laid bare summer's endless beauty

Tiger lilies dance under the swooning sun

Can you taste jasmine on the tip of your tongue

 

La la la la love won't you walk with me

I'll hold your hand I'll hold you close

I'll be Anais to your Henry

Inbetween sliding rainbows and shooting stars

Don't you know you're so alive in my heart

 

Oh hush come listen with me

Come listen to summer's melody

The pretty songbirds sing

Sing so lovely summer's song

As my love for you goes on and on

 

Come take my hand we'll swim in taffy blue skies

Where caramel sighs complement your smiling eyes

Sweet cotton candy will melt in our mouths

 

La la la la love kiss my cherry blossom lips

'Cause like yesterday this day will end

With your hand in mine and mine in yours

Under mellifluous skies so happy so free

Two dandelions wishing on a summer breeze

 

Oh hush come listen with me

Come listen to summer's melody

The pretty songbirds sing

Sing so lovely summer's song

As my love for you goes on and on

 

We'll live inside love that never comes undone

Always believe our broken hearts can mend

As long as the moon courts the sun

 

La la la la love don't close your eyes too long

While nature sings summer's song

Or you may miss life in front of you

You may miss life giving youth

You may miss life's living truth

 

Oh hush come listen with me

Come listen to summer's melody

The pretty songbirds sing

Sing so lovely summer's song

As my love for you goes on and on

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Crawl Up...

Oh c'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon baby crawl up

Crawl up beside me

C'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon lover crawl up

Crawl up inside me

 

Oh lover c'mon crawl up

Crawl up beside me

Come explore the dark side of love's obeisance

We'll backslide into an abyss of dusky tenderness

 

Come drown your fevered heart into submission

Let your mind swim inside servitude's patience

Together we'll travel under porcelain blue skies

Chasing the emotional calm within this storm

 

Oh c'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon baby crawl up

Crawl up beside me

C'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon lover crawl up

Crawl up inside me

 

Oh lover c'mon crawl up

Crawl up beside me

Strip me down beyond the emotional pale

Wrap your ardent flesh around my naked bones

 

Come run across the Kalahari Desert

We'll dance barefoot wild and free

It'll be us against the unclothed earth

The way it was always meant to be

 

Oh c'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon baby crawl up

Crawl up beside me

C'mon c'mon c'mon

C'mon lover crawl up

Crawl up inside me

 

Oh lover c'mon crawl up

Crawl up beside me

Exhale our temporal existence into oblivion

Where time and fate have lost all measure

 

Come slip your arms around my white hot flesh

Drink down emotions like a shot of absinthe

Oh hurry hurry hurry come and catch me

'Cause I'm falling falling falling for love's ill fated truths

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Rainy Days...

Rainy days are drip drip dropping on my windowsill

Memories have me wrapped up inside tomorrow

Where raindrops dance on my tongue without sorrow

Loneliness is surely a sad book to read and follow

 

No I'm not gonna let these grey days get me down

So I'll put on my overcoat fly this coop for the day

Wander back streets of wisdom on a prayer of truth

 

How my heart is burning and my heart is yearning

Above me dizzy skies are turning turning turning

Raindrops fall like polka dots onto streets below me

Mannequins dance the latest fashion behind glass

 

Rainy days are drip drip dropping on my windowsill

As I wander city streets forgetting tomorrow

Strangers pass by gutters filled with sorrow

 

Shadows undulate underneath skyscrapers

Mimicking clouds swimming overhead

Above the sun chasing the moon across time

 

No don't leave me at my coldest hour

It's so lonely when the wind's howl is all I hear

After night is borne bringing this day to an end

The sun dancing with the moon in a river of stars

 

Rainy days are drip drip dropping on my windowsill

As I pack away hopes inside tomorrow

Where raindrops dance on my tongue without sorrow

Leading me down railroad tracks where memories follow

 

Dreamily I trace formless shapes in clouds

Beneath migrating birds heading south

The years pass me by I wonder where so

 

Even though I know lovers come and lovers go

I wonder will I meet a lover who'll stay

Or is everyone meant to walk away

As we head down this temporal road of life

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Goodbye to Summer...

We're on the first page of November

When we're all trying to remember

Our carefree days of summer

As cold wind cuts us to the bone

 

Fall brings back the rains once again

Slowly washing away sanguine memories

Onto sidewalks of days that slipped on by

It's time to dig out that old favorite record

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

Autumn shades are falling down

Her many shades of red, gold and brown

That swim beneath equinoctial skies

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

The earth is returning into herself

As we hold onto spring's hope eternal

While entering into life's darker seasons

 

The sun's languorously dancing westward

Sunflowers are sleeping under sienna skies

Sometimes my love I wonder where you are

Are you along sitting at a not so strange bar

 

Tender edges of autumn leaves are browning

Whimsically they dance inside adagio breezes

Don't you wish we could be as wild and carefree

It's time to let go of life's complexities

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

Autumn shades are falling down

Her many shades of red, gold and brown

That swim beneath equinoctial skies

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

The earth is returning into herself

As we hold onto spring's hope eternal

While entering into life's darker seasons

 

Endless cerulean skies are turning grey

Lightning illuminates love's untold truths

Hidden beneath life's eclipsed ambiguities

Days are getting shorter nights are growing colder

 

For six full moons Persephone will live underground

Playing hide and seek in Hades lost and found

As autumn colors dance above our heads

It's time to start dreaming beyond yesterday

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

Autumn shades are falling down

Her many shades of red, gold and brown

That swim beneath equinoctial skies 

 

It's time to say goodbye to summer

The earth is returning into herself

As we hold onto spring's hope eternal

While entering into life's darker seasons

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Where is My Love?...

Love fades under the rising sun

Emptiness surrounds me under the morning sky

 

Where is my love

Where did he go

My heart wants to know

 

Where is my love

Can he hear me calling

At the break of dawn

Or is he too far gone

Traveled too far south

Along with summer birds

 

Oh love

You should have prayed with me

You should have stayed with me

I could have knitted us a home

Out love and understanding

Its warmth would outlast the sun

That sets at the end of the day

Not like my true love for you

That remains under the rising moon

 

Love falters under the pale moonlight

Silence surrounds me under the evening sky

 

Where is my love

Where did he go

My heart wants to know

 

Where is my love

Will he return

Before winter sets in

Or will all there'll be to show

Is lonely hands shoveling snow

Deep in the heart of sorrow

 

Love fades under the rising sun

Emptiness surrounds me under the morning sky

 

Where is my love

Where did he go

My heart wants to know

 

Where is my love

Time bring him back to me

Today not tomorrow

Save me tears and sorrow

'Cause for his temporal love

I'd beg steal and borrow

 

Oh love

You should come back to me

I'll make breakfast in bed

Peel grapes at midnight

I'll hand feed your desires

Everything you could need

You won't want for anything

Beyond the grasp of your fingers

Underneath memories that linger

 

Love falters under the pale moonlight

Silence surrounds me under the evening sky

 

Where is my love

Where did he go

My heart wants to know

 

Where is my love

Will he return

Before the first summer's eve

Stretches across blue skies

When purple flowers bloom

Inside my sassafras heart

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Cold, Cold Sky...

Snow falls from the cold, cold sky

The sparrow's song has flown away

Chasing warmth across skies of silence

Leaving us to sing winter's song of solace

 

Evening stars hang upon truths and lies

Even after time has said all its goodbyes

To her, to him, to all that painfully reminds

To the sun, to the moon, to all left behind

 

Snow falls from the cold, cold sky

Burying fears beneath a blanket of calm

Silence has been repealed from prohibition

Long lost dreams are being put on exhibition

 

Walking on, leaving behind all that's gone

I hold myself quietly inside morning's dawn

Even when silence threatens to slow me

I'll keep going inside winds secretly knowing

 

Snow falls from the cold, cold sky

Airborne thoughts linger in mid-air

Leaving life still and unprotected

When love leaves so unexpected

 

A trail of hearts longing and broken

Filled with emotions left unspoken

Lead back to life's bittersweet truth

Where loneliness dwells beyond youth

 

Snow falls from the cold, cold sky

Icicles form intricate webs of delicate beauty

Time freezes memories inside winters start

Promising hopes return before spring departs

 

Even after childhood dreams disappeared

Love's hidden memories still lived on here

Inside a heart that repeatedly falls and tries

When all life has to offer is more goodbyes

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... JMF (c) ...