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Fences

by Schweitzer

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    My new album that includes songs old, songs new, and some songs that were written by my brother, Dan. I've reworked them myself since there were no usable recordings made by Dan. We truly hope you enjoy them and they speak to you in some way. RHS
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1.
Parade 04:02
Could've gone the straight and narrow, committed to a goal, Could've run the race like I had nowhere else to go. But I struggled from the get-go to attain a sense of self, And I found it in the journey... Others did it right, right, now they wonder who they are, They search the house, the bank account and sometimes at the bar, for a late-life renaissance to help them cope, with what they gave up for security... And I can see up ahead my road comes to a T. Left or right makes no difference to me. Looking back, I can't even see mistakes that I know I must have made, But I liked the whole parade. Though I know sometimes I drank from the wrong cup, at least I grew old before I grew up. The path we walk is winding, but all along the road Unexpected blessings came to guide me home The tragedies and triumphs are the mortar of my life it paints a total picture... I chose to follow passion, though it chose to not choose me and I laugh when I remember trying other futile things but things left incomplete are the marks I leave behind, success is just a furbelow... I can see up ahead my road comes to a Y. Either way is where my futures lie. Cause I can't go back and fix mistakes I know I must have made, But I liked the whole parade. Though I never was the big dog, I like the dog I was, and at least I grew old before I grew up. When cases come to cases, I would never try to fix mistakes that I have made cause it's the music and the madness, the goodness and the badness, the love and all the sadness, It's in the journey... and I love the whole parade… I love the whole parade… and at least I grew old before I grew up.
2.
If I lost you would I survive it? You’ve covered me with love but if I scratch through deep enough I find myself And what could I be for you if I’m not there for me A face within a mask Just a shadow that you cast, so… We can share the light We can share the night We can share the way we feel, and you can hold me tight We can share the same road till we know which road to choose but I won’t ask you to walk beside me till I’m comfortable in my own shoes There is a calculated risk here Seasons change like colors on a wheel and where the wheel stops no one knows It could be rain, it could be wind, it could be shine Shinin’ on our hearts or blowin’ us apart, so… We can share the light We can share the night We can share the way we feel, and you can hold me tight We can share the same road till we know which road to choose but I won’t ask you to walk beside me till I’m comfortable in my own shoes I’m not tryin’ to say I’m sorry I hope this doesn’t change the way you feel I’ve been trying to find me in this mess I call a heart but until I do, all I can promise you is… We can share the light We can share the night We can share the way we feel, and you can hold me tight We can share the same road till we know which road to choose but I won’t ask you to walk beside me till I’m comfortable in my own shoes
3.
The wound is too deep, I can’t recover Something has broken deep down inside and it’s too hard to care about anything else but the pain I know it’s not fair, I know it’s selfish I’m holding on tight when you must let go But I close my eyes, and your smile and your sweet voice remain The hours are agony, the days are slow torture The years ahead look like a bottomless pit that my life will fall through And what hurts the most, I’m on the edge and you’re so close yet so far away I’ll learn to accept, the constant bleeding I’ll walk through the things I know I must do And I’ll try like hell to be happy, cause you want me to It may be foolish, it may be wrong but if I could just have you appear by my side, for a moment, I’d touch your face, say I love you, and finally let go It should have been us, sometimes you agree We seemed to click and it shined on us both like a luminous sunset, fated to fade, you are my heart and you’re so close yet so far away With each beat of my heart, I’m sending you love And if there is really and surely a God it will touch you, softly a tap on your heart, just to remind I’m so close yet so far away Sweetness, you are my heart and you’re so close yet so far away It should have been us
4.
Fences 05:48
Saw an old bird sitting on a fence, his feathers gray and dusty seen him there a few times since He tries singin’ sometimes but his voice is old and rusty It looks as though he's never moved, just sits there 'neath the sun and moon the old boy’s got no place to go, I guess and I don't doubt he's sittin’ up there yet Talked to you the other day, just to hear your voice smilin’ You seemed to have a lot to say I missed your face though, the phone don't show your eyes sparkling you decided not to go, the day before you didn’t know A week ago you said you were comin’ home Did you think I'd wait forever all alone? You can grow old sittin’ on that fence, my girl But that ain’t any way to age It may feel safe, but fences turn with all the world Making no decisions is still deciding, in a way Darlin’, fences never hatch out anyway Dreams can keep a love alive if lovers dream together But when they dream apart it feels like lies Warming some old fence post may be fine, if you have feathers But lovin’ makes the world go ‘round, And I can’t love what’s not around And girl, I’d like to turn with all the rest… not watch it all spin by because you can’t decide which way is best You can grow old sittin’ on that fence, my girl But that ain’t any way to age It may feel safe, but fences turn with all the world Making no decisions is still deciding, in a way Darlin’, fences never hatch out anyway Saw an old bird sitting on a fence, his feathers gray and dusty seen him there a few times since He tries singin’ sometimes but his voice is old and rusty It looks as though he's never moved, just sits there 'neath the sun and moon the old boy’s got no place to go, I guess and I don't doubt he's sittin’ up there yet
5.
Rain on Sage 05:02
I heard the rain begin late tonight A wet wind came in to play with candlelight I went out on the porch and played guitar sang with the coyotes, waited for the stars And when the rain had washed the desert clean The moon and stars came out so we could see the diamond raindrops sparkle on the sage felt like I'd seen the turning of an age And though I've been alone forever If I should be alone forevermore I’ve still got the rain on sage, and better... night friends to sing with right outside my door I know a lady who has eyes as green as any forest I have ever seen and when she moves it takes my breath away but when she's near can't find a thing to say Sometimes I see her walking in the park tears fill my eyes and nearly drown my heart I’ve not a thing to offer such a one still I watch helplessly until she's gone And though I've been alone forever If I should be alone forevermore still got the rain on sage, and better... night friends to sing with right outside my door I watch the people walking down the street I like to watch whatever I can see I watch the children playing in the sun it makes me wish sometimes I still could run And couples on the street look so young I almost feel sometimes old age has come so I go home and cry with my guitar I've not done well but, not too bad so far And though I've been alone forever If I should be alone forevermore I’ve still got the rain on sage, and better... night friends to sing with right outside my door
6.
Listen 03:51
Girl it seems I’ve only had to live around you, be around and we go round and round Nothing new, I found out just today The thing that I don’t understand is what intelligent and caring people have inside to make them act this way And won’t you listen to me just this one time Long ago you said you were mine and I was yours forever and a day So darlin’ listen to me just this last time And if you find you just can’t hear the words I have to say I’ll listen to you girl, and go away Darlin’ I don’t want to hurt you, never wanted to desert you, If I had a choice We never used to raise our voices so loud I know there was a time when I was proud of what we had together whether everything was going well or not So won’t you listen to me just this one time Long ago you said you were mine And I was yours forever and a day So darlin’ listen to me just this last time And if you find you just can’t hear the words I have to say Oh I’ll listen to you girl, and go away I’ve heard that love can never die, I don’t know if it’s true One thing I will know forever is this was love with you So listen to me just this one time Long ago you said you were mine And I was yours forever and a day So darlin’ listen to me just this last time And if you find you just can’t hear the words I have to say Oh I’ll listen to you girl, and go away
7.
To honor someone's love these things you must be mindful of... their time… don't take advantage of them if you wish for them to know that you love them to show you really care, just be glad they're there their trust... don't betray their faith in you selfishness and pride can affect how they view all the things you do or don't, the things you will or won't... do, for love of them (for love of them) for cherishing their moments (for love of them) learning who they are (for love of them) showing them by doing... everything you do for love of them Be true... always standing right beside them when the world tries to derail and deride them when courage leaves them dry, be the strength they can rely... on, for love of them (for love of them) for staying through the hard times (for love of them) knowing what they need (for love of them) loving them by being... everything you are for love of them to honor someone's love these things you must be mindful of... for love of them for love of them for love
8.
It’s said that love is such an easy game to play But living day to day is just a masquerade No two people out there act the same way twice And sometimes even we are hard put to just be nice I don’t think I’ve lately heard you call my name Without attaching to it some regret or shame That leads to an unsatisfying sleepless night Sometimes I wish that I could just drop out of sight But I’m afraid to drink, DeAnne And drugs just cause more pain than they are meant to hide The beauty would be marred like trash on summer sand It seems the best answer is to drop out of sight And I don’t want to fight, DeAnne Loud and angry words will only stain our lives And hating each other is just around the bend More and more I want to just drop out of sight It’s said that love is such an easy game to play But living day to day is just a masquerade No two people out there act the same way twice And sometimes even we are hard put to just be nice But I’m afraid to drink, DeAnne And drugs just cause more pain than they are meant to hide The beauty would be marred like trash on summer sand It seems the best answer is to drop out of sight And I don’t want to fight, DeAnne Loud and angry words will only stain our lives And hating each other is just around the bend More and more I want to just drop out of sight
9.
LIke a rare bird from a clear blue sky Unexpected Reliable Ever welcome Undeniable From a clear blue sky Like a rare bird
10.
I Am Stone 03:55
You should have left You know it now I never said I'd idly bow to your dark controlling shades and the threats you never made but projected, I'm protected I am stone You're too profane only in time could I be tamed But in time and time again your glancing blows were ineffective I pretended, not defended you... your subtle nudges precise lies and scheming judgments But I am stone something you are not you wear down misleading gestures untrue smiles and murky vestures But I am stone something you cannot wear down You should have left You know it too and bear the scars I left on you when you turned to walk away like the threats you always made I reject them, can't respect them I am stone and you are shame I never asked to join your game never asked and share the blame your sad apologies unwanted not expected, I deflected, you you cannot break me I am stone
11.
She stands at the window looking out at the stream of headlights gliding down the mountain road like the tears on her face I know she loves me, but it’s hard to hold her heart when I have to be some other place The oldest is a joy enough to make a family rich and the baby’s hair is covering the crown I love to kiss I know they love me, but they can’t even understand when I’m gone like this Oooo, some other place Oooo, I left my heart some other place We took it for granted love’s not supposed to die (Love should never die) When you already have it should you have to try? I feel a part of me is slipping fast away (she’s slipping through my fingers) How do you hold on to love from such a distant place? She stands at the window looking out at the stream of headlights gliding down the mountain road like the tears on her face I know she loves me, I know she loves me, I know she loves me, but it’s hard to hold her heart when I have to be some other place Oooo, some other place Oooo, some other place Oooo, I left my heart some other place
12.
Don't Settle 03:15
Don’t settle, that’s giving up he may love you, but you need someone you love Don’t settle for less don’t settle too soon Don’t settle your bets when you bet on the moon, cause the moon don’t settle What can he give you that increases your heart A cozy home by a little creek for a start Devoted puppy, cable T.V. Is that everything you’ll ever need You need someone who’s in it for you Who wants for you what you want for you too Who seems to know what you’re feeling inside I always see the truth in your eyes We traded promises but you didn’t keep your share Remember my heart isn’t going anywhere You need someone who’s in it for you Who wants for you what you want for you too Who seems to know what you’re feeling inside I always see the truth in your eyes Don’t settle, that’s giving up he may love you, but you need someone you love Don’t settle for less don’t settle too soon Don’t settle your bets when you bet on the moon, cause the moon don’t settle Don’t settle for less don’t settle too soon Don’t settle your bets when you bet on the moon, cause the moon don’t settle
13.
You’re not just an “i” to be dotted You’re not just a “t” to be crossed When I write for you, there’s nothing to do but ask if the time is not lost You’re not just another “I love you” He’s not just a kink in the plan My body turns weak, and I feel incomplete when I think that I can’t hold your hand I’m up, and then down Then frozen, then heated Oh, I’m bleeding like you couldn’t conceive But I’d live through it all, if you’d give me a call and tell me that it’s me that you need it’s me that you need I’ve never been lost in a blizzard I’ve never been hit by a train But I can tell when I’m really in trouble Cause baby, I’m feeling the pain I’ve never been stepped on for nothing I’ve never been dumped for a song But some clever lover, sang songs from your garden and broke what I thought was so strong I’m up, and then down Then frozen, then heated Oh, I’m bleeding like you couldn’t conceive But I’d live through it all, if you’d give me a call and tell me that it’s me that you need it’s me that you need I’m up, and then down Then frozen, then heated Oh, I’m bleeding like you couldn’t conceive But I’d live through it all, if you’d give me a call and tell me that it’s me that you need it’s me that you need

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My new album that includes songs old, songs new, and some songs that were written by my brother, Dan. I've reworked them myself since there were no usable recordings made by Dan. We truly hope you enjoy them and they speak to you in some way. RHS

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Schweitzer Los Angeles, California

My brother started writing songs and that was the spark that started me on my own songwriting course that would last the rest of my life. I chose to use my surname, "Schweitzer," for practical reasons, realizing long ago that pronouncing "Richard Schweitzer" was difficult. "Schweitzer Projects" under the "tindog music & stuff" umbrella is producing songs in the Pop / Pop rock or folk categories ... more

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