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Not My American Dream
I grew up expecting greatness
‘outta you, ‘outta me
But what I’ve found has left me breathless
It’s not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
When everyone’s entitled
Handed everything for free
When honest work’s too much to ask for
It’s not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
The Christian Soldiers sent onward are dead
No reinforcements behind or ahead
Morals held high have been thrown to the ground
Covered with lies, they can never be found
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
When the government bails-out criminals
How can we still believe
And unarmed boys shot dead in the street
It’s just not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
You ‘wanna make it today son, understand something
Lesson number one, son, don’t you ever turn your other cheek
You ‘wanna make it today boy, ‘member just one thing
There ain’t no Saints ‘round these parts, nothing left for the meek
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
I had faith
I believed
Had high hopes for this world
But I woke up and can see
This is not my American Dream
The Christian Soldiers sent onward are dead
No reinforcements behind or ahead
Morals held high have been thrown to the ground
Covered with lies, they can never be found
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Not my American Dream
Two Sides of the Fence
Saw your little brother just the other day
Still dumb as dirt, nothing good to say
Blamed your folks and all their druggie friends
Wished he grew up on my side of the fence
And as we spoke the conversation turned
To talk of you and how damn good you were
And how you left in such a tragic way
We never said goodbye and now it’s too late
Try to make sense, try to make sense
Now you’re forever in the past tense
Oh, you never had a chance
On your side of the fence
Still see it clear that old, weathered fence
Flowers wilted, brambles dense
I always jumped it, but you walked around, saying
“Big men stay close to the ground”
An old faded picture of us in the yard
Covered in smiles, laughing arm in arm
How could we know on that summer day
That of two kids playing there’d be only one today
Try to make sense, try to make sense
Now you’re forever in the past tense
Oh, you never had a chance
On your side of the fence
Why were you raised to fail and filled with doubt and fear
Well I hope at least you’re at peace ‘cause you didn’t get any here
Try to make sense, try to make sense
Now you’re forever in the past tense
Oh, you never had a chance
On your side of the fence
 
I’ ll Be Your Judas
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is pleading his case to Jesus when the doors fly open and in
walks Satan dressed in orderly scrubs pushing an invalid in her wheelchair.
Then a band of demons suddenly appeared and it sounded something like this.
Hello my friend, how are you
I know it’s cruel to ask
Since you stare at me comatose
Wearing that death mask
And I know it may sound criminal
What I’m about to propose
But an end to your suffering
No loving God could oppose
I’ll be your Judas
I won’t deny you
Won’t watch you suffer
And walk right on by you
I’ll be your Judas
You can count on me
Just ask me once
And I’ll set your soul free
Take your time, I’m listening
I know speaking’s such a chore
But I can end your nightmare
I’ve done this deed before
I’ll be your Judas
I won’t deny you
Won’t watch you suffer
And walk right on by you
I’ll be your Judas
You can count on me
Just ask me once
And I’ll set your soul free
Don’t need silver for payment
No last kiss to say goodbye
A job well done against Number One
Is all I need to make me smile
I’ll be your Judas
I won’t deny you
Won’t watch you suffer
And walk right on by you
I’ll be your Judas
You can count on me
Just ask me once
And I’ll set your soul free
 
College Crush
In your room where I would come and go
There was always talk of Michelangelo
Corkboard covered with smiles and hugs
And hot Earl Grey in every mug
Cold rain came and winter storms
I sought your shelter more and more
We moved on to Plato, Descartes and free will
And when Atlas Shrugged I moved in for the kill
Told you not to fall, but you could not be saved
Said you’d get hurt, but you did it anyway
“To my heart I must be true,” was what you always said
Left you shattered, broke your wings
Made you feel like you lost everything
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
College crush
You said you loved me, as I walked out the door
You cried “goodbye,” I said “I have to go”
I know I was just a boy, but I regret it to this day
I wish it would have ended in a very different way
Told you not to fall, but you could not be saved
Said you’d get hurt, but you did it anyway
“To my heart I must be true,” was what you always said
Left you shattered, broke your wings
Made you feel like you lost everything
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
College crush
I wonder if you’re happy …. are you doing well
Did you find the arms of … a man who treats you well
Do you ever think of me … still under my spell
Did you ever forgive me … or just hope I rot in Hell
Told you not to fall, but you could not be saved
Said you’d get hurt, but you did it anyway
“To my heart I must be true,” was what you always said
Left you shattered, broke your wings
Made you feel like you lost everything
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
Our college crush hurt so much
College crush
 
Mindy Blue
She can’t understand why you can’t see
How difficult her life has come to be
Forget about the trips
Ignore the fancy house
She’s a pauper now
You need to help her out
Poor Mindy Blue
Why can’t everyone just help you and do what you what you want them to
Mindy Blue
Why is the world so demanding and the stress so unending
Blue. Boo hoo. Poor Mindy Blue
She schemes and dreams for a life like on Parc Ave
Where chefs, chauffeurs and au pairs are all around
‘Cause taking care of her kids… well that just interferes
With social media time and gossip calls with her friends
Poor Mindy Blue
Why can’t everyone just help you and pay for you mortgage too
Mindy Blue
Why is the world so demanding and the stress so unending
Blue. Boo hoo. Poor Mindy Blue
She doesn’t mind fighting for the estate
“Life’s not what you get, it’s what you take”
She says her family doesn’t help and she can’t make ends meet
But anytime we call she’s at a spa retreat
Boo hoo hoo
You deserve more “me time”
And a cosmo… maybe two
A mani-pedi’s overdue
Boo hoo hoo
Mindy Blue
Poor Mindy Blue
Why can’t everyone just help you and pay off you Lexis too
Mindy Blue
Why is the world so demanding and the stress so unending
Blue. Boo hoo. Poor Mindy Blue
Why is the world so demanding
Poor Mindy Blue
King of the Right
My head is pounding, I can’t see the sky
My eyes are watering and I don’t know why
You think it’s easy to be King of the Hill
Well… killing innocents all day ain’t no thrill
Blowing up babies, bombs and butchering men
That’s how I got my rep, do you understand?
Don’t ask “Why… why do they all have to cry?”
‘Cause I’m the King of the Right
I got this job because I’m not a nice guy
And climbing up this ladder sure has been a ride
Robbery, rape and murder gave me a name
Slave trading drugs and ammo keep it sustained
My mighty military made me a man
That’s how I keep this job, do you understand?
Don’t ask “Why… why do they all have to cry?”
‘Cause I’m the King of the Right
Wake up!
All those white- bunny, cloud-filled days
Wake up!
Are never coming back again
Wake up!
Choose now, there is no more delay
Wake up!
Wave our flag or dig your grave
The glass on my gas mask is starting to peel
Don’t ask me how I act and manage not to feel
Don’t ask “Why… why do they all have to cry?”
‘Cause I’m the King of the Right
I am the King of the Right
I tell you wrong from right
I march you left to right
From darkness into light!
I am… the King of the Right
I am… the King of the Right
I am… the King of the Right
I am
 
Just What You Wanted To See
She’s just what you wanted – wanted to see
Sweet as molasses – cute as can be
Just what you wanted – wanted to see
When she spoke I heard pianos and harps
A beautiful ballad in time with my beating heart
And when she smiled I saw a white picket fence
A house full of kids, a dog and all the rest
Just what I wanted to see
She’s just what you wanted – wanted to see
Sweet as molasses – cute as can be
Just what you wanted – wanted to see
A few years later and the spell’s worn off
I realize now you are not who I thought
The girl of my dreams was only a dream
And I was a fool to ever believe
Oh and I believed
God, how I believed
But you were fooled too ‘cause I’m no white knight
I’m selfish, egotistical and I’m always right
I can break hearts and with yours I did
Oh how you’ve paid for what you believed
Oh and you believed
God, how you believed
What do we do now that we finally know
Do we start over again or say it’s time to go
How could we admit with true honesty
That we were fools to ever believe
Oh and we believed
God, how we believed
Maybe we were too blind or just too dumb to see
The danger of not revealing the real you or me
Or maybe we were just so lonely, we needed to believe
So desperate for love that we believed anything
You’re just what she wanted – wanted to see
Strong as Goliath – and smart as can be
Just what you wanted – wanted to see
Just what you wanted to see
Just what you wanted to see
Just what you wanted to see
 
The Bells Will Ring
Old church in the village square, icons on the walls
Walk by holding grandma’s hand, bow your head and sign the cross
I’ve never heard the bells before, to ring them breaks the law
Forced to live in silence, like the bells against the wall
They tell me to hush, but I’m not afraid
Of yesterday, tomorrow or today
What else can they do
Once they take everything from you
Make me breathless and I’ll still sing
Make me deaf, I’ll still hear the bells ring
Oh, I’ll hear the bells ring
And the bells will ring
The bells will ring
It doesn’t matter what they do, doesn’t matter what they say
They can’t take our spirits, they can’t take our faith
So maybe now we can’t hear them, but we know we will
Oh, Freedom will come to ring the bells and free us all as well
They tell me to hush, but I’m not afraid
Of yesterday, tomorrow or today
What else can they do
Once they take everything from you
Make me breathless and I’ll still sing
Make me deaf, I’ll still hear the bells ring
Oh, I’ll hear the bells ring
And the bells will ring
The bells will ring
If we lift our eyes to marvel at God’s skies
They break our bones, they blind our eyes
They keep us in irons, some of us deep in dirt
Alive or dead the bells will still be heard
Oh, they tell me to hush, but I’m not afraid
Of yesterday, tomorrow or today
What else can they do
Once they take everything from you
Make me breathless and I’ll still sing
Make me deaf, I’ll still hear the bells ring
Oh, I’ll hear the bells ring
Make me breathless and I’ll still sing
Make me deaf, I’ll still hear the bells ring
Oh, I’ll hear the bells ring
And the bells will ring
The bells will ring
 
Will You Save Me
Bribed and lied, mistreated and cheated
Wronged good men along the way
Now it’s last call and the lights are dimming
I guess it’s time for me to pay
But I’ve heard every man’s worth saving
That You forgive and let ‘em go
And so I’m waiting at this crossroad
Wondering just which way You’ll go
If I fall on my knees
If I beg, if I plead
If I tell You I believe
Will You save me
Will You save me
If I’m honest just one time
And confess all of my crimes
If I’m open, if I cry
Will You save me
Will You save me
No one believes I’m worth a damn
No one wants me around
They say I’m beyond even Your grace
That I’m so lost I’ll never be found
If I fall on my knees
If I beg, if I plead
If I tell You I believe
Will You save me
Will You save me
Mother’s little angel has fallen on his knees
Begging and pleading for forgiveness and mercy
Trying to make amends for the wrongs of yesterday
Hoping in return that his sins will be washed away
If I fall on my knees
If I beg, if I plead
If I tell You I believe
Will You save me
Will You save me
Follow Me There
Do you feel lost with no guide
Feel abandoned, thrown to the side
Like its raining and you’re locked outside
Hold on, just hold on
In the “game of life” are you losing
Is the wrong choice the one you’re always choosing
When the paths are too confusing
Walk on, just walk on
I know the way to get there, I know the way
I know the way to get there, follow me there
Free will or Fate
A worthless internal debate
Blame others for your sad state
Blame on, blame on
I know the way to get there, I know the way
I know the way to get there, follow me there
Our world is confounding
Waves of intelligence, compassion and piety
In an ocean filled with evil and apathy
But swim on, swim on
I know the way to get there, I know the way
I know the way to get there, follow me there
Follow your heart and you’ll get there
Follow me there
 
On The Other Side
Soon enough, too soon, I’m afraid
I’ll be just a memory in your mind
As my father is to me and his father was to him
Just a fond memory in your mind
Soon enough, too soon, I’m afraid
I’ll be just a character in your dreams
We’ll laugh, chase and play on a cloudless sunny day
Until your consciousness takes you away from me
So be strong when I’m gone and know you’ll never be alone
Just close your eyes. I’m waiting for you… on the other side
Our time is short, too short, I’m afraid
But time eternal is not short at all
So be sure and never doubt that my spirit is about
Even when you can’t just call
So be strong when I’m gone and know you’ll never be alone
Just close your eyes. I’m waiting for you… on the other side
Don’t doubt, be afraid or worry
I will be in that parallel world, not far
That “Wild Blue Yonder,” Heaven or Shangra-La
That world where we’re reborn by the grace of God
Forever young and healthy
Smiling and happy
Laughing and joking with my father and his
Waiting for you to join in our bliss
So be strong when I’m gone and know you’ll never be alone
Just close your eyes. I’m waiting for you… on the other side
Just close your eyes. I’m waiting for you… on the other side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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