...is now available on Amazon AND Bandcamp (for downloads)! This is a collection of some older and some new pieces I've written, mostly ballads. There will be a collection of Country, Country/Western, Southern Pop/Rock, Honky-tonk, whatever label or sub-label applies, in the near future. Being from Baja-Oklahoma, and having a Mother who escaped from Tennessee (Dad's from Brooklyn, so no mention here), I do suffer from a certain degree southern influenc-za...

Schweitzer ~ Fedorable

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Act of Love *

By Richard H Schweitzer

This is a very personal effort, a letter to someone ending a relationship that should not have ended... at least I thought so at the time... in the end, it was a bullet dodged.

The questions that come up when we appraise our sacred acts

don't cover all the things we know they should

And if you must believe that you're the earth and I'm the moon

then the orbit that I've chosen's just as good

 

To say I've never felt this way before don't even matter

it's a fact that I believe can make me strong

And though you are so clever and so present I believe

in your heart of hearts you know you can be wrong

 

It's not a question of who hurt who or who holds how much blame

The only answer is to drop this act now, drop this veil and drop this game

This is an act of love

This is an act of love

 

I owe you and I know you and I've never fooled myself

I’ve got a sea of tears, both yours and mine, to row

You owe me explanations and can show me that you still

can be the woman I loved and got to know

 

It's not a question of who hurt who or who holds how much blame

The only answer is to drop this act now drop this veil and drip this game

This is an act of love

This is an act of love

This is an act of love

This is an act of love

Champion of Change

by Richard H Schweitzer

(This was written for a stage production of a show for children's theater based on a book by Troy Aikman. I've always liked the message.)

There are many paths you can follow, to the goal that lights your eyes

Through all the hills and detours, don't look away,

keep your heart on the game, you will win life's greatest prize

 

Life is a game of chances, things won't always go your way

A chance that's never taken, is opportunity lost,

and you won't know the cost till you face it again someday

 

Be a champion of change

If the road is blocked, climb over, there's always another way

Just remember when things change, you can change them back again

by learning strength from the pain

You can be a champion of change

 

There are times when you might stumble, times when you might fall

The obstacles that trip you, are the building blocks

for the steps you will take to answer your own inner call

 

We are in this world together, we all deserve a chance

If you find a dream to guide you, never doubt your own heart,

listen close when it sings and learn the next step in the dance

 

Be a champion of change

If the road is blocked, climb over, there's always another way

Just remember when things change, you can change them back again

by learning strength from the pain

You can be a champion of change

 

Fate must be a dancer, it all seems prearranged

And it choreographs the dance so well

that we learn the greatest lessons when things change

 

When the sun comes up tomorrow, it will all have been worthwhile

It made it through all that darkness, to rise up again,

break through the clouds and show the world your style

 

Be a champion of change

If the road is blocked, climb over, there's always another way

Just remember when things change, you can change them back again

by learning strength from the pain

You can be a champion of change

You can be a champion of change

You can be a champion of change

You can be a champion... when things change

No Love Ever Died * (Somewhere in Time)

by Richard H Schweitzer

These lyrics were written for a friend's wedding, originally to the melody of the theme from the movie "Somewhere in Time" by John Barry.

(Sing them to it, it works)

In each man’s life there is a treasure

It’s not of gold or silver but the love she brings

And if it’s real that man will know it

despite the tears that time have placed in between

 

Somewhere in time, that man will find

That by the farthest stretch of thought no love ever died

Somewhere in time

 

Somewhere in time

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Somewhere in time

 

In each girl’s life there is a moment

It is a gasp, a breath of fear caused just by him

And if it’s real that girl will know it

despite the pain and hurt the waiting had been

 

Somewhere in time, that girl will find

That by the farthest stretch of thought no love ever died

Somewhere in time

 

Somewhere in time

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Somewhere in time

 

Somewhere in time, they will find

That by the farthest stretch of thought no love ever died

Somewhere in time

 

Somewhere in time

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Since, love is that thing time can’t defy

Somewhere in time

101
by Rus Stedman
     & Richard H Schweitzer

The light tapping at my door…  barely pulled me from my sleep

And I struggled through the shadows of the dawn to let you in

It was 7 after 7 by the clock… and last night’s wounds ran deep

The automatic coffee pot went on, and let the day begin

 

It was just another hung over Monday

Until I saw the look on your face

I saw the rainbows in your eyes

And knew that you’d been raining deep inside

 

Oh, One-0-one to Santa Barbara

You’ll be going it alone

There’s no anger here to speak of

just a need to be on your own

One-0-one to Santa Barbara

I suppose I should have known

But you could have picked a better day to go home

 

The heavy teardrops on the floor…  pulled me from my disbelief

And I struggled through the shadows of my life, to let you go

It was twenty after 7 by the clock… how can goodbye be so brief?

My automatic defenses went up, go let your day begin

 

It was just another hung over Monday

Until I saw the look on your face

I saw the rainbows in your eyes

And knew that you’d been raining deep inside

 

Oh, One-0-one to Santa Barbara

You’ll be going it alone

There’s no anger here to speak of

Just a need to be on your own

One-0-one to Santa Barbara

I suppose I should have known

But you could have picked a better day to go home

She Sings
by Richard H Schweitzer

Inspired by the voice and songwriting of a girl I knew in Portland whose singular magic made me want to write again.

I want to be breath to breath,

with the soul that makes a noise that true

I want to run through fields of candor like I’m free

Somehow that honest voice shakes free the stale resign

that lines the walls of my heart

And I know every cry of pain and every fear of love is just a memory

 

She sings… and sometimes I can find the faith to listen

Her hopefulness… shakes me awake…

She breathes…and it’s like she takes the air directly from me

And I can’t breathe… and I don’t want to

If it means I might miss what she sings

 

Folded in the arms of the woman that feels those melodies

I want to sleep in gentle sounds that bleed so blue

Somehow that honest voice shakes free the stale resign

that makes my legs to falter

And I feel every rush of hope and every leap of faith I ever felt anew

 

When she sings… the words are not my life but I can feel them

Her truthfulness… caresses the air…

I drift away… and live another life for just a moment

And I linger… perhaps a moment too long

If it means another verse of what she sings

 

I can’t find it in me, to live up to my own design

And how I see myself in my own eyes

There’s nothing to reconsider, and nothing I would redefine

Except how honestly I’ve lived a life of lies

 

Somehow that honest voice shakes free the stale resign

that lines the walls of my heart

And I know every cry of pain and every fear of love is just a memory

And I feel every rush of hope… and every leap of faith… when she sings

 

Then We Can Talk
by Richard H Schweitzer

There is pain all around us, so close we should feel it when we breathe. Sometimes there's nothing we can do, and sometimes the best we can do is just not be a part of the problem

He is in pain, right next door

Addiction is life, when life isn’t living anymore

She has no value, can’t buy a dime

And isn’t worth measured, these days, by the bottom line

 

He has no roof, or doors, and a heart of disdain

And only running water on days when it rains

She hates her life, and cries all the time

when there’s no room left to keep it bottled up inside

 

When we can love each other

Each and every other other

When people trump profit

When that’s what we’re taught

Then we will know each other

Then we will see each other

When we can hear each other

Only then can we talk

 

I don’t understand us, what happened to compassion

Should we by now not have opened our eyes?

Then why are we still so unwise?

Still so blind

 

He sits alone, with a bottle of gin

And keeps another close, in case he wakes up again

She’s growing tired, fading fast

But poverty wins, and in the end, all she wants is half a chance

 

They just don’t get it, none truly care

They’re in their own world, that no one can share

I’m not on your path, you’re not on mine

But we should remember that our roads will meet at the end of time

 

When we can love each other

Each and every other other

When people trump profit

When that’s what we’re taught

Then we will know each other

Then we will see each other

When we can hear each other

Only then can we talk

Then we can talk

Never Will Be

By Richard H Schweitzer

The girl next door... literally, nothing more.

I would approach you, if I knew how

Have you ever had one of those lives

I’m living one right now

 

 I can feel your subtle glances thrown at me in secret

If I look too long it’s cause I know it’s all I have

and it’s not enough by half

 

You and me are not an item, never will be

Don’t be hurt and please don’t take it wrong

If you would force your way in I would let you

But I think that I have been alone too long

Oh, it’s not you, it’s not you, it’s just me

and I have been, alone too long

 

I’ve said I love you, in quiet pain

Have you never been fooled by that line

Well I have, but not again

 

I have even dialed you number, but I cut off the signal

And I even half imagined you knew it was me

But I never let it ring

 

You and me are not an item, never will be

Don’t be hurt and please don’t take it wrong

If you would force your way in I would let you

But I think that I have been alone too long

Oh, it’s not you, it’s not you, it’s just me

and I have been, alone too long

 

I can feel your subtle glances thrown at me in secret

If I look too long it’s cause I know it’s all I have

and it’s not enough by half

 

You and me are not an item, never will be

Don’t be hurt and please don’t take it wrong

If you would force your way in I would let you

But I think that I have been alone too long

Oh, it’s not you, it’s not you, it’s just me

and I have been, alone too long

Oh, it’s not you, it’s not you, it’s just me

and I have been, alone too long

 

I would approach you, if I knew how

Forever Highway *

By Richard H Schweitzer

For... and of... my friend, Rus.

Did we say

all the things we wanted to say

Did we put all the words on the page

Did we find the right lines

were they failures or crimes

Did we say, all we wanted to say

 

Did we laugh

all the times there was a reason to laugh

Were our hearts all in, or did we pass

because we couldn't decide

to show or to hide

did we laugh, did we laugh

 

We were born to run

We were born to run

We were born to run the forever highway

 

We were born to run

We were born to run

We were born to run the forever highway

 

Did we run

too fast, too slow, toward or just from

Subtracting our strengths from our sum

Did you know it too late

Or right from the gate

From where we begun, from there, did we run

 

We were loyal to the cause

Rebels in our hearts

Always candid of our flaws

We took our turns, never drawing straws

 

And then we said

all the things we had the time to say

We put of very souls on the page

In desperation at times

we traded reason for rhymes

...to say

 

We were born to run

We were born to run

We were born to run the forever highway

 

We were born to run

We were born to run

We were born to run the forever highway

 

Something Sad
by Richard H Schweitzer

This is a true story of an old guy (Senny, if memory serves) that frequented a bar in Cleveland that I used to go to occasionally. I wasn't the piano player, but it is written from his perspective.

He comes in almost every night

And asks for drinks by candlelight

And I can’t see, for him, how life goes on

Love has been a ghostly taunt

Hiding in the restaurant

Each night he comes, each night leaves alone

 

I just sit and bang the keys

He rubs his hands on bony knees

And tries to stand to help me fill my jar

He never seems to know the name

So each night it turns out the same

He’s reaching for a past and fading star

 

He’s the strangest one I’ve ever met

His body’s tired, his heart is empty

And still he asks… for something sad

 

He comes in from the snow and rain

Each passing week he shows more pain

Some night, for good, he’ll close his fading eyes

Don’t yell at him he’ll fall apart

Don’t dance with him, he’s lost the heart

He drinks more tears than most eyes ever cry

 

Depression’s all he’s ever had

And still he asks for something sad

Is to sing a man to death a crime?

I give the saddest songs I know

And draw the notes out long and low

Euthanasia played in common time

 

He’s the strangest one I’ve ever met

His body’s tired, his heart is empty

And still he asks… for something sad

Blue Memories
by Richard H Schweitzer

I didn’t have to ask to be your lover

I believe the stars were playing games

They reached into your lonely heart and wrote my name

 

Could it have been just a trick of lighting

Could we have just imagined how we felt

I swear that if you touched my hand my heart would melt

 

It couldn’t last forever

I could have been all you’d ever need

The passion seemed to fade away

To blue memories

If I had loved you better

You could have been all the world to me

It felt so right to love you

So right that you loved me

 

Maybe we had too much time together

Reality was always in the way

The dream that we were holding onto slipped away

 

But maybe there’s a time and place and season

If you hold your breath and I hold mine

The carousel will come around just one more time

 

It couldn’t last forever

I could have been all you’d ever need

The passion seemed to fade away

To blue memories

If I had loved you better

You could have been all the world to me

It felt so right to love you

So right that you loved me

Time to Shine
by Richard H Schweitzer

Just the truth of it...

Nothing's ever perfect, even when it seems to be

my heart holds me together, but my mind's on a different team

 

And I can’t even find time to shine

I can’t even find time to shine

No, no, no

 

You captured me completely, damned if I know why

When I should be concentratin’ - concentratin’ on me and mine

 

If time were money, you know I’d pay any price

Cause things that make me crazy, turn out so damned right

 

But I can’t even find time to shine

You know I can’t even find time to shine

No, no, no

 

It’s hard to watch you dance

when I’m not allowed to touch

I’ve never felt a feeling

tear me up so much

 

Even music don’t rock me like you

Even the blues don’t leave me sh-sh-shakin’ when I’m through

I know the music, it don’t rock me like you

Even music don’t rock me like you do

 

Don’t you know I’ve got time enough for trouble, and passion on my mind

We gotta talk, cause I gotta tell you, I’m just a little unrefined

 

I take you to a restaurant, candlelight and a little wine

But you've got friends lit’rally everywhere, and I can't find time to shine.

 

You know I can’t even find time to shine

I can’t even find time to shine

No, no, no

 

It’s hard to watch you dance

when I’m not allowed to touch

I’ve never felt a feeling

tear me up so fuckin’ much

 

Even music don’t rock me like you

Even the blues don’t leave me sh-sh-shakin’ when I’m through

I know the music, it don’t rock me like you do

Even music don’t rock me like you

 

I know the music, it don’t rock me like you do

Even music don’t rock me like you

Covered with Love
by Richard H Schweitzer

She thinks I’ve died…

that wasn’t supposed to happen till the later years

She may be right, I have been slowly shifting gears… shifting down

 

She’s out there now,

trying to pick her life up, and I’m here all by myself

What have I done with the security and wealth… what have I found?

 

I’ve found that I don’t have the strength to play the game

But I played until the first chance came to quit

I don’t think she’s leaving me, and I’m not leaving her

But gradually the pieces ceased to fit

 

I’ve settled to a feckless life of 9 to 5 and sleep at night,

but I clung to her support those times when push had come to shove

Now I think we put our love to sleep, from secrets that we chose to keep,

I always thought it was enough that she was

And she is…

Covered with love… covered with love… covered with love

Covered with love…  covered with love… covered with love

 

She lives alone…

But only in her mind, she barely knows I’m there

And all the noise I make is spirits pushing air… indolent sound

 

But it’s my fault,

I’ll probably lose her now, despite the way I feel

Sometimes love is like a spoke within a wheel… it goes around

 

I’ve found that I don’t have the strength to play the game

But I played until the first chance came to quit

I don’t think she’s leaving me, and I’m not leaving her

But gradually the pieces ceased to fit

 

I’ve settled to a feckless life of 9 to 5 and sleep at night,

but I clung to her support those times when push had come to shove

Now I think we put our love to sleep, from secrets that we chose to keep,

I always thought it was enough that she was

And she is…

Covered with love… covered with love… covered with love

Covered with love…  covered with love… covered with love

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