LYRICS FROM "LIVE & ALIVE" ORIGINALS

If It's Real*

(C. Hodge, copyright 2000)

It doesn't have to be Love to have a meaning
There doesn't have to be a plan to come to life
There doesn't have to be a history to know one thru & thru
Doesn't gotta be; doesn't wanna be
Doesn't need to be ... IF IT'S REAL

And there doesn't have to be a story to have an ending
There doesn't have to be a mamory; you just know
That when two people have a chemistry all they do is Feel
They just let it go
Where it's gonna go
'Cuz they gotta know
That it's Real

It's the structure of Life not to have a plan
Because you'll ruin anything that might have meaning
So you go and you go to you don't know where
(As if anyone noticed or even cared!)
That you don't hafta have a map to see the STARS
You don't hafta be in line to get rewards
And you don't have to have a pain to know that you can feel
Doesn't gotta be
Doesn't wanna be
Doesn't need to be
If it's Real

Before Sunset*

(C. Hodge, copyright 2002)

Dark and brooding cowboy, what's inside that strange mind?
Subterranean caverns beckon me, "Come inside"
Thoughts of you entertain - there's so much you hide
I wish I could refrain from looking inside
your love

Is so Illusive - with you there is not end
One time I'm your lover and another I'm your friend
Thoughts of you; Got to see inside
I wish I could refrain from looking inside

Before sunset; before sunset

Dark and brooding cowboy, what's inside that strange mind?
Subterranean caverns beckon me, "Come inside"
Thoughts of you entertain - there's so much you hide
I wish I'd find my way
Cross that great divide

Before sunset; before sunset

Gotta Go*

(C. Hodge) When you need a way out the door but you don't know how to say it...

Well, once again you've caught my eye - but you can't catch up to me
'Cuz there's a feelin' deep inside that's sayin' we're not meant to be
It's just a feelin' I can't shake that it's all a big mistake
But then I have to look inside to know it all could be my pride
Riding on the wings of what I know
I've gotta go, must go now
Can't slow down for you
I've gotta go now; must go now
You know, now it's true, dear...
And now the time is right for love - but it's just not right for me
My feelings don't fit like a glove; must mean that we're not meant to be
yes, It's just a feelin' I can't shake; must be a big mistake
But then I have to look inside to know it all could be my pride
Got to spread these crazy wings and fly
I've gotta go, must blow now
Can't slow down for you
I've gotta go now; must go now
You know, now it's true, dear...

The Way You Deliver** (C. Hodge)

You move so slow; ya make the goooood thangs last
Others may get angy
But you only let thangs pass...
You sometimes indulge in the less refined
I just want ya to know, baby
I'll still give you all my time
Because I like
Said, baby, I like
Oh, yeah, I like
The way you Deliver

The day may come when you choose to go
I just want you to know right here, right now
Well, baby you'll always have a home
Because there's no man like you
Not in this whole universe
And I just want ya for my own, baby
I mean for better or for worse
Because I like
Said, baby, I like
Oh, yeah, I like
The way you Deliver

Something Beyond the Blue**

(C. Hodge) Dedicated to every teenager who's experienced angst

I Know; standing in this field - looking round
At the maze of grids and posts and lost papparazzi
(It's 3 a.m.; the day's long o'er
And yet there's something lingers on...)
It's deafening; this kind of silence
(Just the meer hum of the city
Drowns my thoughts)
It's grandiose; this path before me that's stretched
And laid out like a birthday hope;
To loosen the chains that have bound me
To start out my life, as anew
To hope that there's something that lies beyond this Blue;
I've felt - looking at the stars I can see
That it's not so big a deal
The truth is larger than any single dream
That's been tossed;
There's got to be a hue beyond the BLUE.

Friend In Me** (C. Hodge)

Heavy the sounds of your sigh
Moonlight and roses become you
So why not look around you and you'll see
You've a real friend in me
Sad are the eyes that I see
I long to laugh at our troubles
Why not; it might be fun to see your spirits free
You've got a friend in me.
Souls seeking soulmates
Can go searching forever
It doesn't happen overnight
Sometimes it seems like the truth's in our face
I'm right here.
I think that I know a way
We can explore this new vision
Why not; just take a step towards the future
You've got a friend with me.