Gun Metal Sky by Lori Lieberman

by Lori Lieberman

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Early Wednesday Morning (Lori Lieberman) Early Wednesday morning I came into this life Wednesday’s child was full of woe I guess that they were right If I’d come here on a Monday The future in my hand But I’m just another stranger In another foreign land I tried to find the answer In the stars, the infinite I was a just a jagged puzzle piece Looking for a place to fit But all I got were questions No one seems to understand When you’re just another foreigner In another Promised Land Just another stranger In another Promised Land Another day she lays her heart out on the street He says he loves her for the things she used to be Oh fair of face and full of grace and oh so far to go She’s Friday’s child, so good and mild Just looking for a home My home My home Going home Early Wednesday morning I came into this life But Wednesday’s child was full of woe I couldn’t get it right If I’d come here on a Monday The future in my hand But I’m just another foreigner in another foreign land I’m just another stranger In another Promised Land Monday, Thursday, Friday would be fine Just my luck, it’s Wednesday all the time Monday, Thursday, Friday would be fine Just my luck, it’s Wednesday all the time In another Promised Land In another Promised Land
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Another Galaxy Paul Simon and Brian Eno On the morning of her wedding day When no one was awake She drove across the border Leaving all the yellow roses on her wedding cake Her mother’s tears Her breakfast order She’s gone, gone, gone There is a moment, a chip in time When leaving home is the lesser crime When your eyes are blind with tears But your heart can see Another life, another galaxy That night her dreams are storm-tossed as a willow She hears the clouds, she sees the eye of the hurricane As it sweeps across her island pillow But she’s gone, gone, gone On the morning of her wedding day When no one was awake She drove across the border Leaving all the yellow roses on her wedding cake Her mother’s tears Her breakfast order She’s gone, gone, gone
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Gun Metal Sky (Lori Lieberman) Gun metal sky Why did the sunlight leave me Why did my garden dry and wither Gun metal sky The seasons come, the seasons go And with them went my sense of wonder Good-bye, good-bye Good-bye to gun metal skies Gun metal sky Soft tones of indecision No black and white His world was silver-grey Gun metal sky He loved me like the color Between the lines The things he couldn’t say Good-bye These tears one day will dry Good-bye to gun metal skies Crystal rain is falling down On my knees I’m praying now If you ever cared for me Don’t erase my memory Crystal rain is falling down On my knees I’m praying now Gun metal sky Why did the sunlight leave me Why did my garden dry and wither Gunmetal sky The seasons come the seasons go And with them went my sense of wonder Good-bye Good-bye Good-bye to gun metal skies Good-bye These tears one day will dry Good-bye to gun metal skies Gun metal sky
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The Opposite Of Love (Lori Lieberman) The opposite of love It isn’t what I’ve always thought It’s not the jaws of hatred tearing pieces of my heart It has no hold upon me Chains to pull or push against The opposite of loving you Is nothing Indifference You’re the opposite of love to me It’s like you don’t exist A boat on the horizon Disappearing in the mist A debit on an ATM A meaningless expense Not worth your common dollar Or my last twenty cents Last twenty cents… Indifference You’re the opposite of love to me There’s no place in my heart You could pass me on a crowded street And I wouldn’t know who you are You slowly chipped away at me Till there was nothing left And how you are and what you do I couldn’t care less Indifference I’ve got nothing more to lose Nothing can be won There’s nothing you can do That you haven’t already done I’ve got nothing left to give There’s nothing you can take Once a heart’s already broken It can’t break The opposite of love It isn’t what I always thought It’s not the jaws of hatred Tearing pieces of my heart It has no hold upon me Chains to pull or push against The opposite of loving you Is nothing indifference
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When you were mine (Lori Lieberman) When you were mine I got down on my knees and thanked the stars up in the sky For sending me a love true and divine And now I know what it feels like to let go When you were mine I walked on a wire unafraid with you there And I felt like I could fly I miss the days you were mine When you were mine The demons that had moved into my life Went for a drive And I rented out their room for a while And for a time They were miles and miles away When you were mine I walked on a wire unafraid with you there And I felt like I could fly I miss the days you were mine I could run through fire Walk across a wire You would break my fall When you were mine I lifted up the cap I wore in shame Held my head high And took a breath, one step at a time You showed me how And I’m stronger for it now When you were mine I walked on a wire unafraid with you there And I felt like I could fly I miss the days you were mine
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He Needs You 05:18
He Needs You (Lori Lieberman) You see it in the distance It was always in your mind And it beckons like a beacon Through the bitter taste of night And you want to travel to it But the madness keeps you blind He says he needs you All along the highway Past a hundred exit signs With your sweater and your make-up And the cut above your eye He’s got more magic up his sleeve And he won’t stop till you believe He needs you Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket Twenty ways to live that life you wanted Sitting at a counter You’re a stranger with no name You’re not a part of anything No story to explain Why all your wasted stabs at love You threw them all away Because he needs you Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket Twenty ways to end up where you started You pull out of the truck stop Sound of gravel on the wheel A left turn takes you anywhere A right turn makes you kneel With a letter in your duffel bag Saying good-bye is such a drag It bleeds you Twenty dollar bills inside your pocket Twenty times he’ll call you You can’t stop it You see it in the distance It was always in your mind And it beckons like a beacon Through the bitter taste of night If you make it by the break of dawn He’ll hardly know that you’ve been gone He needs you
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Bus Stop 04:21
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More Than This (Lori Lieberman) We’re more than the town we’re from More than this love that we couldn’t give up Not just the names that defined our lives Somebody’s husband Somebody’s wife These things beneath the skin Acts of grace and acts of sin We’re more than these We’re more than these You’re more than the slam of the door More than the tone at the end of the phone Not just the stories that they’ll believe Not just your checkered history You’re more than the last thing you did More than the secrets that couldn’t stay hid You’re more than these You’re more than these You’re more to me You think that I don’t know but I know You think that I don’t see, I do I watch you live your life And face each day with a brand new fight You gather up your strength And you will go to any length To comfort me To shelter me You’re there for me You’re there for me We’re more than this town we’re from More than this love that we couldn’t give up Not just the names that defined our lives Somebody’s husband Somebody’s wife These things beneath the skin Acts of grace and acts of sin We’re more than these We’re more than these When will they see We’re more than these When will we see We’re more than these More than these…
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My baby needs a shepherd She’s lost out on the hill Too late I tried to call her When the night was cold and still And I tell myself I’ll find her And I know one day I will My baby needs a shepherd She’s lost out on the hill My baby needs an angel She never learned to fly She won’t reach sanctuary Just by looking at the sky I guess I could have carried her But I didn’t even try My baby needs an angel She never learned to fly Oh I ran so far through a broken land I was following drummer Beating in a different band And somewhere on the highway I let go of her hand Now she’s gone to somewhere Like her footprints in the san Toora loora lo First the seed and then the rose Toora loora loora lye My kingdom for a lullabye My baby needs a pilot She has no magic wand To help her part the troubled waters of the Rubicon But in my soul I know she’ll have to go this one alone After all that is the only way she’s ever known But there is no lamp in all this dark That could chase away her shadow From the corners of my heart I pray she rides a dolphin But she’s swimming with the shark Out where none can save her Not even Noah and his ark Toora loora loora lo To the cradle comes the crow Toora loora loora li My kingdom for a lullabye My baby needs a mother To love her to the end Up every rugged mountain and down every road that bends Sometimes I hear her crying But I guess it’s just the wind My baby needs a mother To love her to the end
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Takes Courage (L. Lieberman) Takes courage, it takes a lot To trust someone, to give your heart To hold on, to let it go To walk away, to walk alone A thousand trials in a single day We’re humans in our human race We stay, we leave We rejoice, we grieve We take a path when the road’s unclear The ups and downs year after year When we believe tomorrow comes we’ll start again Courage, more than I thought Not just medals of honor, Lancelot Takes courage to face each day To get lost in a storm and find your way home We lose, we win We give up, we give in Take a path when the road’s unclear Ups and downs year after year Still we believe tomorrow comes, tomorrow comes We’ll start again Even though our hearts are breaking Start again When there are still more tears to cry On and on this world will keep on turning From a little light, comes a little light Shine a little light We jump out of airplanes We run into buildings filled with flames And hold on through hurricanes And ask for courage, and pray for strength A thousand days, a thousand trials A thousand ways, a thousand miles We let love in even if it hurts again and again Walk away and say good-bye Start again one more try And we believe tomorrow comes Tomorrow comes Tomorrow comes Take courage, take heart Take courage, take heart Give a little light, shine a little light Take courage, take heart

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released June 14, 2013

written and arranged by Lori Lieberman

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Lori Lieberman California

Leonard Cohen came up on stage with her and sang "Bird On A Wire". Don McLean invited her to participate in his doc, to tell her story of "Killing Me Softly". Judy Collins calls her a gifted songwriter. She has performed worldwide, with two sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall-the last, in 2019 with the Matangi Quartet from the Netherlands to celebrate her 19th album, “The Girl and the Cat”. ... more

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