Thursday, October 31, 2013

PRINCESS OF THE DUNES

She dressed up like a Princess
In flowing silks and crown
Put on every jewel she owned
Silver sandals she had found
Commanded the winds on high
To cover up her tracks
Wandered towards the desert with no 
Plans on coming back

~~~*Chorus*~~~
She hailed herself to be
Princess of the dunes
The wind, her admirers
Whom she blew kisses to 
Visions of the worship
Devoted masses bowed
She would throw her jewels for the 
Children in the crowd
~~*~~

Dancing with the phantoms
A mirage of swaying hands
Blindly going forward
Eyes closed against the sand
In her mind she heard them sing
Moved to their haunting tunes
Silk clinging to her body the 
Princess of the dunes

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
They found her in the desert
Lying in the sand
Dressed in yards of silk
Old jewelry in her hands
Seems that she'd been smiling
Even though her reign was through
Died with her loyal subjects the 
Princess of the dunes
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
She hailed herself to be
Princess of the dunes
The wind, her admirers
Whom she blew kisses to 
Visions of the worship
Devoted masses bowed
She would throw her jewels for the 
Children in the crowd
~~*~~

~~*Finale*~~
Seems that she'd been smiling
Even though her reign was through
Died with her loyal subjects the 
Princess of the dunes
~~*~~





Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NOTHING IN THERE

You say you want to know me better
I say no you don’t
I tell you to find some other girl
You say no I won’t

Listen to me
I am despair
There’s nothing in there!

I feel like I have lived forever
When I’m looking back
I cannot afford to let you in
I gave all I had

You can try to force your way inside
But you will enter blind
Into a vacant, void of darkness
With nothing there to find

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Why don’t you tell me
How deeply do you want to see
My heart is an endless cavern
It echoes back what I don’t need
Chambers of laughter
That it once contained
Are hollows of heartache
Walls built out of pain
Listen to me
Avoid despair
There’s nothing in there!
~~*~~
Now you’re claiming that you understand
I say no you don’t
Say I’ll love you if I only try
I say no I won’t
Listen to me
I don’t care
There’s nothing in there!
~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
You tell me
 I am not alive
If I have no love inside
To wake up, and quit playing dead
~~*~~
I agree
That I have died
I’m just a body biding time
At least I have nothing to dread
There’s no despair
With nothing in there
~~*~~
~~~*Chorus*~~~
Why don’t you tell me
How deeply do you want to see
My heart is an endless cavern
It echoes back what I don’t need
Chambers of laughter
That it once contained
Are hollows of heartache
Walls built out of pain
Listen to me
Avoid despair
There’s nothing in there!
~~*~~
You just don’t care
When nothing’s in there
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Copyright © 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WEEP FOR THE CHILDREN

Weep
If you want to weep
Weep for the Children
~~*~~

Children, they are innocent
Vulnerable, naive
They need love and attention
Protection, serenity
So many children suffer
From intolerance and pain
People with cold, empty hearts
They are the ones to blame

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Weep for the children
Deprived of love and care
Grieve for the babies
Who will perish in despair
Weep for the children
And do your part today
Weep for the children
Help deliver them from pain
Weep for the children
~~*~~
Heavy-hearted children
With sorrow in their eyes
Wincing with each movement
Of the ones who gave them life
Reaching for a drop of
Any warmth that they can find
Hands returning hopeless
Discarded, left behind

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
If everyone who has a heart
Could find a way to do their part
Give promises which they intend to keep
There wouldn't be so many children
Children who invoke our need to weep
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Weep for the children
Deprived of love and care
Grieve for the babies
Who will perish in despair
Weep for the children
And do your part today
Weep for the children
Help deliver them from pain
Weep for the children
~~*~~
~~~*~~~
If you want to weep
Weep for the children
~~*~~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

I WON'T FOLLOW

Don't you shake your head
Don't you tell me no
Take your leash and leave
No...
I won't follow

You're a hustling fraud
And you got me good
With your pretty looks 
Like you knew you would
Yeah...
I was crawling low
When I followed

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Man, I won't trail your heels
Like your little pet
While I still have some sense 
Of my self respect
It's the only thing
You haven't taken yet
God knows you didn't have far to go..
There wasn't far to go
When I followed
~~*~~

You just back away
Don't you touch me now
Or you'll exceed the bounds
Of all I will allow
Leave, get lost, just go....
No...
I won't follow

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
Only a fool would follow you
And I wasn't raised as one
Yeah, it was close, it was touch and go
On what I would become
So many stones were thrown
When I followed
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Man, I won't trail your heels
Like your little pet
While I still have some sense 
Of my self respect
It's the only thing
You haven't taken yet
God knows you didn't have far to go..
There wasn't far to go
When I followed
~~*~~

~~~*Finale*~~~
Elation for tomorrows
On this road I've cleared of sorrow
Yeah...
Oh Yeah...
I didn't follow
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

ABOVE ALL (A Wedding Song...Father/Daughter Dance)

Here we are, on the dance floor, little girl
Where I... should have so much to say
I can sum... it all up.. in one emotion
I have loved you... loved you every day

From the moment... I held you... as a baby
You have been...the center of my world
I just gave... you away...as a woman
But with this dance, right now you are
My little girl...

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Above all
Baby just be happy
Let your eyes shine
Always choose a smile
Share the light 
I saw shimmer in you
The moment you joined him
Down the aisle
~~*~~

As we dance...I can see you...little girl
And I'm so proud... of the woman... whom I know
I believe...your new life...will make you happy
He's a good man, or I wouldn't let you go

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
Above all
Just know your Daddy loves you
And we will dance again I promise you
Now go
Be with the man you've married
Love each other as you've vowed to do
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Above all
Baby just be happy
Let your eyes shine
Always choose a smile
Share the light 
I saw shimmer in you
The moment you joined him
Down the aisle
~~*~~

Above all...
Baby just be happy
~~~*~~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NO LIFELINE

She spun her web so fine
I couldn't see it
A barrier to shadow her disguise
I am tangled in it far too deeply
There's no escape
My heart's been compromised
She used love
As a brilliant maneuver
I'm the casualty she has claimed
Once I was entwined
And saw the truth arise
I was too addicted to feel shamed

~~~*Chorus*~~~
She wove her web
Flawless over time
An exquisite trap
No lifeline
~~*~~

There's no outside, of her web
For this prisoner
Obsessive thirst and aches 
Stake their claim
These yearnings 
This sick infatuation
Demand I bear the hunger 
I remain

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
When everything inside, feels crowded, so confined
When the hurting fires are on the rise
My body finally tires, no freedom from desire
I'm her captive, and there's no lifeline
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
She wove her web
Flawless over time
An exquisite trap
No lifeline
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

YOU EXIST FOR ME

Yeah, baby, you’re good looking
Oh, you do sweet things for me
Wonder if you’d blush or get a rush
Oh... how I see you in my dreams

So enticing for the hungry
The aura you assume
A presence I can clearly sense
When you walk into the room

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You’re anything but typical
Such a fiercely burning flame
And I get downright fanciful
At the mention of your name
My mind and body both agree
Ah...that you've enchanted me
Yeah…
You exist for me
~~*~~

You know that I can’t help it
With illusions so intense
This Insanity comes over me
And your appeal is my defense

~~~*Lyrical Bridge *~~~
No soul, on earth, could perceive
What your existence does for me
To hell with sensibility
When mind and body both agree
You exist for me
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You’re anything but typical
Such a fiercely burning flame
And I get downright fanciful
At the mention of your name
My mind and body both agree
Ah...that you've enchanted me
Yeah…
You exist for me
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Copyright © 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OLD DREAMS

I locked it up, I hold the key 
I suffocated memories 
By finally breaking free
Of my past 
Didn't plan on looking back  

When you asked me to share your life 
Wondered what I left behind 
I told you not a thing
I can use  
I won’t let the painful through

I sighed…
Old dreams
Old dreams are all you’ll find

~~~*Chorus*~~~
The little girl who cried a lot
Insecure, hopelessly lost
The teen, so full of dreams
That slowly died
Mistakes I made, just growing up
Bad love that made believing tough
That’s why I left that life
So far behind
Old dreams...
Old dreams are all you’ll find
~~*~~

You kissed my ear, and whispered soft
Love, those dreams are never lost
It’s when you give them up
That they die
Baby bring those dreams to life

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
I've unlocked it
I’m dealing with the past
Living it, devoid of love
Was all that made it bad
I can even laugh at things
That I once labeled sad
My new dreams, are my old dreams
I just had to want them back
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
The little girl who cried a lot
Insecure, hopelessly lost
The teen, so full of dreams
That slowly died
Mistakes I made just growing up
Bad love that made believing tough
That’s why I left that life
So far behind
Old dreams are all you’ll find
~~*~~
But old dreams
Old dreams revived
Old dreams can be new dreams
They just need redefined
~~*~~


Teresa Lynn Johnson
Copyright ©2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME

When Fall comes, and the tree is done
I want to gather up the leaves  
And put them back

The majesty doesn't seem complete 
For the barren, lonely tree 
Like hearts with cracks

Somehow they both are undefined 
Desolate, and left behind 
There is no draw

Eyes seek perfection naturally
Avoid the blemished, empty tree
And hearts with flaws

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Don't look too deep...
When you look at me...
I'm sure my heart is nothing
Nothing you want to see
Don't look too deep
When you look at me
~~*~~

The birth of Spring, it always brings
The slight bitterness, of envy, into light
It's so unreal

That I would relent, even consent
To begrudge an injured tree
It's chance to heal

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
On the outside, I can be
As pretty as, the tree in spring
The surface never shows
What I hold back
All that I lack
Underneath it, deep inside
Oh take a look, and you will find
The damage that will prove
I'm not intact
My heart is cracked
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Don't look too deep...
When you look at me...
I'm sure my heart is nothing
Nothing you want to see
Don't look too deep
When you look at me
~~*~~
Oh when you look at me...
Don't look too deep
~~*~~


Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I'M NOT GONNA BE THE NICE GUY ANYMORE

The window, it was shattered
So I crept into my house
The note said
You go ahead
And open up your mouth

Well I could feel the impact
Of that brick smashing my floor
I'm not gonna be the nice guy anymore...

~~~*Chorus*~~~
I'm not rolling over
I'm not playing dead
I don't take it kindly
There's a price out on my head
I will always fight
For what is right
Give me what you've got in store
 I'm not gonna be the nice guy anymore
~~*~~

Doesn't matter what I've witnessed
You just need to know it's wrong
And that devious people
Have been doing it too long

I'm an advocate 
For the weak
Righteous bleeds from my pores
I'm not gonna be the nice guy anymore

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
Nice guys finish last
I am sick and tired of that
I am thee enforcer, step aside
I don't plan to lose this time
No, not gonna lose this time
You want it, now you've got it
Here's your war
I'm not gonna be the nice guy anymore
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
I'm not rolling over
I'm not playing dead
I don't take it kindly
There's a price out on my head
I will always fight 
For what is right
Give me what you've got in store
I'm not gonna be the nice guy anymore
~~*~~



Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ALL HALLOWS' EVE

Screams in the dark, that you can't trace
Blood on the moon, and open graves
Frightening tales that death lives on
Blackened swamps, fogs dance upon
Abandoned houses boarded up
Full of vengeful ghosts, and stuff
What you believe, if anything
Comes to life All Hallows' Eve

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Ooo ooo ooo
Insanity is breaking through
Bare your necks, and grab your brooms
The wolf is howling at the moon
Total darkness follows soon
Challenge those who taint your dreams
Ooo ooo ooo
All Hallows' Eve
~~*~~

Cauldrons, spirits, heads that turn
Protective fires, witches burn
Dracula and Frankenstein
Purgatory, Church bells chime
Rites of passage, spinning beds
Sign of the cross, and walking dead
What you believe, if anything
Comes to life All Hallows' Eve

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
Dress any way you want to
Show your creative style
Be the creature of your nightmares
Or express your inner child
Take and give, be dead or live
Oh, anything you please
The hounds are free.....
All Hallows' Eve
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Ooo ooo ooo
Insanity is breaking through
Bare your necks, and grab your brooms
The wolf is howling at the moon
Total darkness follows soon
Challenge those who taint your dreams
Ooo ooo ooo
All Hallows' Eve
~~*~~


Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013
~~Aunt Suzy~~


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

HONOR HASN'T LEFT US YET

As the country’s suffocating
Bathed in the power’s filthy greed
The multitudes are joining
To give our Brothers what they need

We revile oppressive blankets
Keep each other housed and fed
We’ll not fall under the pressure
But will choose kinship instead

~~~*Chorus*~~~
We can smile
We still laugh
The dependent
Cannot claim that
Try to drown us
Choke our spirit
With the senseless
Doom of threat
We’re determined
We will not fold
Live what you
Choose to forget
Honor hasn't left us yet
~~*~~

Do you not think it ironic
You call the users your trustees
Do you not think it’s immoral
They abuse the funds you need

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
Those who built this country
Before all amenities
Would view our convenience
As the sovereign on their knees
They would demand the simple truth
Not sink below the stage
Command the performance
And avenge us for the shame
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
We can smile
We still laugh
The dependent
Cannot claim that
Try to drown us
Choke our spirit
With the senseless
Doom of threat
We’re determined
We will not fold
Live what you
Choose to forget
Honor hasn't left us yet
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Copyright © 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MESSING UP MY LIFE

I saw him Monday morning
By his locker in the hall
Walked by me like a stranger
With no contact at all

My Daddy introduced him
To the way that fear ignites
Two hours past my Curfew
On our date Friday night

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You will suffer, if you touch her
Not a single hand
I will shoot you , like a varmint
Drop you where you stand
Burning rubber, on the concrete
Ripping from the drive
My Daddy, oh sweet Daddy
You're messing up my life
~~*~~

When I had finished high school
I thought college would change my luck
But Daddy had to drive me
In his bad-a** truck

I couldn't disrespect him
When the cops were on the way
You don't mention guns on campus
You don't threaten guys that way

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
There are many kinds of Fathers
You can flip a coin
Mine will go to jail
Just to prove a point
You don't touch his Daughter
No one even tries
Daddy, oh sweet Daddy
You're messing up my life
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You will suffer, if you touch her
Not a single hand
I will shoot you , like a varmint
Drop you where you stand
Burning rubber, on the concrete
Ripping from the drive
My Daddy, oh sweet Daddy
You're messing up my life
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

THE OTHER

Are you desperate
Do you even know
I heard you've lost it
That it's touch and go

A sensitive dilemma
That your drifting through
Is this a bad time to ask
If I can substitute

~~~*Chorus*~~~
I'll be the other
The one you don't speak of
A temporary surrogate
A mock stand-in for love
I'll be her double
Your confidant and lover
Yeah....
I'll be the other
~~*~~

Once you've played me
You won't let me go
A new found balance
Redeems fragile hope

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
I'll take you on the rebound
When your guard is thin
Handle the game gently
As I pull you in
I'll be the proxy baby
Your best friend
When you can't live without me
Then this other wins
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
I'll be the other
The one you don't speak of
A temporary surrogate
A mock stand-in for love
I'll be her double
Your confidant and lover
Yeah....
I'll be the other
~~*~~

You can trust me
I'll help you recover
Until I am the victor
I'll be the other
Yeah...
I'll be the other
~~*~~

Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright © 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

WHAT'D YOU DO

Oooh, oooh, oooh... 
What'd you do
Don't avoid the question
Just tell me the truth
We are bound together
So I am in this too
You know that I love you
What'd you do...

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Whatever you have done
You can tell me
Whatever it is 
End your doubts
We 
Are 
In 
This together
Whatever it is
We'll work it out
~~*~~

Why why why
The sad eyes
You're withdrawn and quiet
Drowning in your lies
It helps when you surrender
Give up what you've denied
I'm here when you decide
Love applies


~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
So many people on this earth
Underestimate their worth
And we all make mistakes
Like humans do
Just tell the truth
We'll make it through
I am in this too
What'd you do
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
Whatever you have done
You can tell me
Whatever it is 
End your doubts
We 
Are 
In 
This together
Whatever it is
We'll work it out
~~*~~



Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GET TO ME

I guess it doesn't work to tell you 
That I've had enough
I guess that you don't give a rip 
My life's already tough

I guess you won't be happy till
I am on my knees
Well I hope you hold your breath girl
I won't let you get to me

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You Have to open up your mouth
And talk till I see red
I've already wished that 
Lightening would strike you dead
Well, it's not going to happen
So I'll just do this instead
I'll forget you, I won't let you
Keep messing with my head
~~*~~

Maybe you're too dumb to notice
That nobody cares
How you cover up your own mistakes
With the lies that you share

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
If I don't let you hurt me anymore
If I remind myself 
Exactly what you are
Will you finally give up 
If you are ignored
So my peaceful life without you
Can finally be restored
~~*~~

~~~*Chorus*~~~
You have to open up your mouth
And talk till I see red
I've already wished that 
Lightening would strike you dead
Well, it's not going to happen
So I'll just do this instead
I'll forget you, I won't let you
Keep messing with my head
~~*~~

~~~Finale~~~
The past is the past girl
Please just let it be
I'm not going to let you...
Let you get to me
~~*~~



Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013

WASTED GIFTS

On one side of the highway there's a mansion
It looks like a great castle on the hill
On the other, a family with a farmhouse
Five horses and a tractor in the field
As a child, I always chose the mansion
So impressive to the untrained mind
As a teen, I fell in love with the farmhouse
I grew up, the castle stayed behind

~~~*Chorus*~~~
I never saw a soul
Enjoy that house of stone
They were shadows in the lights at night
The farm was always busy
With people in and out
Family that brought the place to life
Some people, they turn old
But their minds don't ever grow
That is why they don't know what I know
Life is a wasted gift
If you don't truly live
The house of stone has never been a home
~~*~~

On one side of the highway, they are living
On the other, they hide from the world
Are you like them or me, bright shiny plastic beads
Or a distant string of cultured pearls

~~~*Lyrical Bridge*~~~
I guess I'll always want the macaroni necklace
I wear it with my diamonds everywhere
Pictures of my boys, playing outside with their toys
And my girls with ribbons in their hair
I am thankful for this life
It is such a precious gift
It's the best ya'll !
It's the best when you know how to live
~~*~~

~~~~*Chorus*~~~
I never saw a soul
Enjoy that house of stone
They were shadows in the lights at night
The farm was always busy
With people in and out
Family that brought the place to life
Some people, they turn old
But their minds don't ever grow
That is why they don't know what I know
Life is a wasted gift
If you don't truly live
The house of stone has never been a home
~~*~~


Teresa Lynn Johnson
Wrdspnr@aol.com
Copyright© 2013