Proverbs: Lyrics

MEMORY LANE

Open up the closet filled
With tennis shoes and memories
No one left to write them all down
Looking through photographs
Of frozen smiles and distant laughs
Trying to remember the sounds

Can I return to the place
That I used to call home

‘Cause I don’t know how
To get back there now
I got lost somehow
Walking down memory lane

Stumble on your favorite shirt
The one you wore the night we met
Somehow the scent’s not as sweet
In the corner sits a chair
I half expect to see you there
The picture just feels incomplete

Can I return to the place
That I used to call home

‘Cause I don’t know how
To get back there now
I got lost somehow
Walking down memory lane

Memories like shopping carts
Down in the parking lot
Rusted from too much time
Out in the rain
Someone I used to know
Left them there long ago
Took off with all but my name

‘Cause I don’t know how
To get back there now
I got lost somehow
Walking down memory lane

©2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP) and Paul Alexander Gonzalez
(PaulyRhythm Music, ASCAP)

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ON THE WAY HOME

Turn the key and start the car
The distance to where you are
Never seems quite as far
On the way home

Seen the signs a thousand times
They never made sense to me
Just part of the scenery
On the way home

All that disasters
That litter my past
Have led to this moment all my own
On the way home

On the way home

Hear your laughter in the air
Your voice is everywhere
Reminds me of times we shared
On the way home

All the disasters
That litter my past
Have led to this moment all my own
On the way home

On the way home

Remembering the times when I felt strong
On the way home
Returning to the place where I belong
On the way home
I write the missing verses of my song
On the way home
Returning to the place where I belong

Open up the door I see you waiting for me
All the feelings locked inside are suddenly free
My search has ended

Now that I’m home

On the way home
Remember the times when I felt strong
On the way home
Returning to the place where I belong
On the way home
I write the missing verses of my song
On the way home
Returning to the place where I belong

©2006 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP) and Steve Lu (Fourth
of Four Music (ASCAP), admin. by The Royalty Network)

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EYES TO HEAVEN

I feel your breath on my face
It lets me know you’re still with me
I’m still alive searching for what was left behind
But not forgotten

How could I have lost myself
When it was not so long ago
That it all seemed so clear
But I’m still here

I lift up my eyes to heaven
Desperate just to try to be near you
Open my heart and clear my head
Why is it so hard to hear you
When if not for you, I’d have no strength at all

I make my way to the mountains
It’s the only thing that helps
Each step a journey forward a pathway toward
Something larger than myself

As I take the final step
I look around and catch my breath
I’m always startled by the view
The sky’s so blue

I lift up my eyes to heaven
Desperate just to try to be near you
Open my heart and clear my head
Why is it so hard to hear you
If not for you, I’d have no strength at all

All my life I wondered where should I begin
Always looking out but nothing ever sinking in
Now there’s nothing left inside
And nowhere left to hide
Only one thing to do

I lift up my eyes to heaven
Desperate just to try and be near you
Open my heart and clear my head
Now I can finally hear you
If not for you, I’d have no strength at all

© 2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF

I don’t blame you for leaving
You’ve seen it all so many times before
And I won’t try to change your mind
I don’t have that kind of strength left anymore

I don’t imagine you’d believe in me
After all that we’ve been through
But before you go just listen please
‘Cause it’s time to tell the truth

If I am not for myself
Who on earth will be for me?
And if I’m in this thing alone
What kind of person would I be?
What will it take for you to see?

No one said it would be easy
Being true to self and also someone else
So if I get lost in the process
There might be times when I could use a little help

I’m not asking you to baby me
I’m an independent man
All I need is some small compromise
While I do the best I can

If I am not for myself
Who on earth will be for me?
And if I’m in this thing alone
What kind of person would I be?
What will it take for you to see?

That I’ve been trying hard to figure it out
To make you proud
At last the moment has come
There’s no other time but now

If I am not for myself
Who on earth will be for me?
And if I’m in this thing alone
What kind of person would I be?
What would it take for you to see me?

Copyright 2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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AFTER ALL

After all the things we’ve been through together
You’d think I would know you by now
But I prove my ignorance time and again
More than one life should allow

But even through the darkness I feel you
Trying so hard not to fall
And I realize how deeply I need you
After all

There’s a light that shines within you so brightly
A fire that burns in your eyes
And I’d wrap my arms around you forever
If only I’d keep it alive

‘Cause even through the darkness I see you
Trying so hard not to fall
And I realize how deeply I need you
After all

What have I learned from all this
So as not to make the same mistakes again
Not again
When will I earn forgiveness
And how can I continue till then
Till then

‘Cause even through the darkness I feel you
Trying to hard to believe
And I realize you’re the only one for me
After all

©2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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BEIN’ AROUND

You try to run from the lights of the city
Looking for somewhere that’s safe to hide
I’ll take you into my arms and baby
I can be your angel
Keep you out of danger

‘Cause I like to lift you up
Don’t want to let you down
I like to make you happy
Just by bein’ around
Just by… whoa, whoa

It’s late at night and you’re feeling lonely
Wishing that somehow the phone would ring
I call you up ‘cause I know that only
I can be your angel
Can’t you hear me singing

‘Cause I like to lift you up
Don’t want to let you down
I like to make you happy
Just by bein’ around
Just by… whoa, whoa

And when you’re heading in the wrong direction
All you need to turn your world around
Is just a little bit of my affection

Whoa…(4x)

You try to run from the lights of the city
Looking for somewhere that’s safe to hide
I’ll take you into my arms and baby
I can be your angel
Look into my eyes

Because I’d like to lift you up
Don’t want to let you down
I’d like to make you happy
Just by bein’ around
Just by whoa…(8x)

©2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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LISTEN CLOSE

Changes happen overnight
If you just believe it
So concerned with doing right
Don’t forget who you are
Don’t accept that what is now
Will always be
Just because you wear these chains
Doesn’t mean you won’t be free
To walk along in the sun again
Free of all the things that used to hold you down

Listen close to the whispers
They will help you to remember
Who you are and who you came here to be
Listen close you will hear me
In your heart I’m with you always
In the silence I’m the only voice you’ll hear

Distant ripples on the shore
A reminder where you’ve been
The reflections of your past
Don’t have anything to do with who you are
Where you’re going now release your doubts
And choose a different path
One that opens up the doorway to love
Let yourself believe again
Don’t let heaviness’ illusion weigh you down

Listen close to the whispers
They will help you to remember
Who you are and who you came here to be
Listen close you will hear me
In your heart I’m with you always
In the silence I’m the only voice you’ll hear

That you’ll hear
All the things you’ve waited for
Are right here
Right before your eyes
Listen close

Listen close to the whispers
They will help you to remember
Who you are and who you came here to be
Listen close you will hear me
In your heart I’m with you always
In the silence I’m the only voice you’ll hear

I’m with you always
I’m with you always

©2000 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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LIFE SHAPES

I’ve always been good at beginnings
Lines creeping off into the distance
I love the sense of endless possibility
Open skies and no resistance

But it’s the choices we make
That determine our life Shapes
That tell us who we’re gonna be
It’s the chances we take
That define our direction
That separate the you from the me
Let’s celebrate the you and the me

Now the days move on
Just like the ones before
Trapped inside an empty square
With a part of me that yearns for something more
I don’t want to settle for mediocrity
But it’s so hard to drag this dream into reality

But it’s the choices we make
That determine our life shapes
That tell us who we’re gonna be
It’s the chances we take
That define our direction
That separate the you from the me
Let’s celebrate the you and the me
Let’s be the people we were meant to be

When I come to the end
Complete the circle
Reflect upon the moments that made the journey
Will I close my eyes and enjoy it all again
Or will I have to wonder at what might have been

But it’s the choices we make
That determine our life shapes
That tell us who we’re gonna be
It’s the chances we take
That define our direction
That separate the you from the me
Let’s celebrate the you and the me
Let’s be the people we were meant to be

©2006 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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EVERY STEP

Every step I’ve taken
Since the world’s been turning
Has brought me one step closer to the truth
Every step I’ve taken
On this long long journey
Has brought me to this moment
Right here with you

There were moments of laughter
And moments of pain
There were times when I barely remembered my name
But through it all there was something missing
Deep inside I always knew

Every step I’ve taken
Since the world’s been turning
Has brought me one step closer to the truth
Every step I’ve taken
On this long long journey
Has brought me to this moment
Right here with you

I was looking for answers
And trying to be strong
Thought I was happy till you came along but now
You look at me and my heart breaks open
When your love comes shining through

Every step I’ve taken
Since the world’s been turning
Has brought me one step closer to the truth
Every step I’ve taken
On this long long journey
Has brought me to this moment
Right here with you

Somehow I knew that the worst of times
Would one day turn out right
For every second of darkness
There’s an hour of light

Every step I’ve taken
Since the world’s been turning
Has brought me one step closer to the truth
Every step I’ve taken
On this long long journey
Has brought me to this moment
Right here with you

©2004 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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GIVE ME THE STRENGTH

I can’t catch my breath right now
I don’t believe that this is happening to me
Only yesterday my life made so much sense
Now I struggle to maintain my sanity

Give me the strength I need to be so tough
To grit my teeth and rise above
To see beyond the pain I feel inside
And to know that love surrounds me

Wish there was something I could do
Must be some way to ease the pain we’re going through
I’m so afraid of what the future holds for us
So I search my soul for something I can trust
So I search my soul for something I can trust

Give me the strength I need to lift you up
To encourage you when times get rough
To be your hope and keep your spirits high
To take away your sadness

And if the day should come when we must say goodbye
To know that you are always by my side

Give me the strength I need to let you go
To heal in time to help me grow
To appreciate the blessings in my life
To revel in the mystery
To feel your presence here with me
To look up on the moments that we shared
And to know your love surrounds me
I know your love surrounds me

©2005 Todd Herzog (VoxArt Music, ASCAP)

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