Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is about having faith in one's self and one's ability to overcome the odds.

Lyrics

I won't be broken
I won't back down
I won't give up
I will rise above

I may stumble every once in awhile
I may fall apart
I may break a few bones
I may have a few scars

but you, oh you,
you can't hold me down
cause I wear my pain like a badge
and I'm still around

I Will Rise Above

You're not worth my precious time
You're not who I am
You're not what I need
You're not worth being mad
You're just a/another fad

and you, oh you
you can't hurt me anymore
cause I've moved on
like I told you before

You can't hold me 
I will rise above
you can't break me down
I will rise above
you can't keep me down
I will rise above
You can't hold me, you can't break me, you can't keep me down

I Will Rise Above

I will forever change
I will be reborn
I will learn from pain
I will rise above

and you, oh you
you pushed me away
and I, oh I
I'm not afraid
No, I'm not afraid

I Will Rise Above

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

It is my belief that there are plenty of things wrong the world.  A step in the right direction would be if each of us simply did the right thing.  Every time.  

Lyrics

Let's talk about the state of the world; everything's screwed up
leaders lie, ethics die, living seems so tough
take a look around, see what I see - misery, anger and doubt
unemployment rising, economy dying - relief can't be found
So how do we fix it? What comes next? Is a revolution on the way?
Do we need to fight for what we know is right?
There's always a price to pay.
Things don't have to be like this; it's not how it has to be
Our world can heal, here's the deal:
We just got to do the right thing.

Let's talk about politics; how our country bleeds
our souls are sold for corporate gold; it feeds the war machine
there's war on terror, war on drugs, endless wars overseas
it all solves nothing, problems keep coming, driven by nothing but greed
Can we fix it? Can we get that done? Is a revolution on the way?
Do we have to fight for what we know is right?
Are we willing to pay the price?
Things don't have to be like this; it's not how it has to be
Our world can heal, here's the deal:
We just got to do the right thing.

Let's talk about religion; what it means to me
blind faith for its own sake, I'd rather be free
manipulation, control through fear - men of the cloth fondling little boys
preachers preach; pray on the weak when they're at their weakest point
Is it worth fixing? Can we be saved? Is a revolution what we need?
People love to fight for what they think is right
I have no faith in what they believe
Things don't have to be like this; it's not how it has to be
Our world can heal, here's the deal:
We just got to do the right thing.

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is the second version of this song.  The original was a full band arrangement, but upon reflection, I decided this stripped down approach was more in line with the spirit of the song.  It was born from its title.  A friend of mine, Steve Furbush, came to me and said he had a phrase that absolutely had to be made into a song.  He was correct; it became the title, and another of a number of songs dedicated to my wife.  

Lyrics

I work, I play, like to do things my own way
having fun, more than some, paying the price for the things I done
then I found someone to hold my hand, someone who understands
that I like to go too far
she's my shining star

Chorus:
she's just the right amount of a little too much
just about enough of a tender touch
just a little piece of heaven above
just the right amount of a little too much

I rock, I roll, living hard can take its toll
pour a shot, knock it down, going through bottles all over town
then I found someone who gets me home
someone who knows my soul
when I go a little too far she mends my heart

Chorus

I was young, now I'm not, getting old ain't what I thought
moving fast, going slow, could've done so much with what I know
but I found someone who cares for me
loving her comes easily
when regrets go a little too far she heals my scars

Chorus

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

I think this is about the different faces we put on in order to get through life.  I shared the lyrics on Facebook, and a close friend proclaimed them to be rather sad.  I'm not sure that's what I intended, but he has a point.  

Lyrics

you wear your mask to try and get by
to fit in the world such an easy lie
cause you need shelter, you need food
so you need money and a job
so you wear your mask to try and get by

I wear my mask but it makes me sick
try to do the right thing but that's no easy trick
cause I need shelter, I need food
so I need money and a job
so I wear my mask to try and get by

wear the mask to hide the pain, hide the tears, hide the fear
who we are is so much more than this, so much more,
than we choose, we choose to show

we wear our mask to live in harmony
say and do right things in the name of peace
cause we need shelter, we need food
but we need love most of all
so we wear our masks to try and get by

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is just a straight ahead blues rocker; it was really just an excuse to have some fun.  And, I had some additional fun by creating the husky mix, which is available a bit further down the page.  

Lyrics

when my baby leaves me I howl
when my baby leaves me, don't do much to please me
when my baby leaves me, oh I howl
when she gets me down, I howl
when my baby gets me down, feel like a junkyard hound
when she gets me down, I howl

when I got no money, well I howl
when I got no money, sure ain't got no honey
when I got no money, well I howl
when I'm feeling lonely, I howl
when I'm feeling lonely, got no one to hold me
when I'm feeling lonely, I howl

when my baby leaves me I howl
when my baby leaves me, don't do much to please me
when my baby leaves me, oh I howl

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

Yes, the title means what you think it does, so be warned that this is explicit.  However, while the song makes many legitimate points, it is supposed to be funny.  

Lyrics

If you're easily offended, FU
if you choose to be ignorant, FU
if you have a closed mind, you've quit before you tried
if you'd rather pout and whine FU
you're a crooked politician, FU
you're an ambulance chaser, FU
if you make your living purposefully deceiving
if you never start giving, FU

If you're overly ambitious, FU
if you're needlessly cruel, FU
if you never think of others or you never call your mother
if you don't love your brother, FU
if you're excessively religious, FU
if you don't think for yourself, FU
if you're blindly devoted to a book and often quote it
if you can't see beyond it, FU 

If you drive like an asshole, FU
if you talk at the movies, FU
if you like to cut in line or you're late all the time
if you think I don't mind, FU
if you lack basic kindness, FU
if you don't get empathy, FU
if you don't have passion it's beyond your understanding
to be perfectly candid, FU 

You're afraid of global warming, FU
insist that I recycle, FU
if you think Mother Nature is in any kind of danger
well, it's just the climate changing, FU
you're a global elitist, FU
you trash The Constitution, FU
if you want to take my rights be prepared for a fight
in the name of freedom FU

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

I actually wrote this song back in the 90s.  I'm not sure exactly when, but I am certain it was before 1994.  I've played it sporadically through the years, and I decided to record a new version a couple of years ago.  I redid the lead vocals for this album.  

Lyrics

Working every day from 9 to 5, getting paid peanuts, try and stay alive, oh yeah
all I want is somewhere to play, make some money, I got bills to pay, oh yeah
cause I'm a simple working man

I try real hard just to make ends meet, never have enough
you know the system can't be beat, oh no
but now the weekend's here, I got to have a little fun
cause the day's too long, the night's still young, oh yeah
cause I'm a simple working man

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

"No one is so enslaved as the man who can't see his chains."  

That pretty much says it all.  Please pay attention to the lyrics of this song, and take what you will from it.

Lyrics

If you give up liberty for safety, you get neither
these are the times that try men's souls
our debt is a danger to be feared
our dollars are nothing but fool's gold
governmental parasites bleed us dry
rewarding themselves with our blood sweat and tears

Chorus:
Freedom in chains, let deception reign
everyone believes the biggest lies
everything's all right, there's no need to fight
just lay down & sleep just a little more

Ignorance is where tyranny begins
freedom abhors the dark
look for the light, shine it from within
have the strength to follow your heart
propaganda is the tool they use to deceive
free your mind from your prison
from the bondage of their lies

Chorus

we fight, we lose, we stand and fight again
liberty fades a little at a time
eternal vigilance is the price we pay
freedom dies when secrets thrive
no one is so enslaved as the man
who can't see his chains
ignorance is bliss and a fool takes no blame

Chorus

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This came from a need to write a slow blues in a minor key, which isn't something I do very often.  The lyrics are heartfelt, though it's been some time since I lost a woman.  I am rather pleased with the guitar work on this song; it's not very often that I tackle fills and a solo without a slide on my finger.  

Lyrics

I can still hear her whisper my name, I can still see her curves
I can still smell her musk in the air
but she's gone
I can still feel her wrapped around me, I can still taste her lips
I can still reach out for her love
but she's gone

I never meant to hurt her, didn't want to make her cry
I never thought she'd slip away in the blink of an eye

I can still hear her laughing, I can still see her eyes
I can still swear she'll be here tomorrow
but she's gone

I can still feel her hand in mine, I can still taste her sweat
I can swear I feel her beneath me
but she's gone

I never meant to hurt her, didn't want to make her cry
I never thought she'd ever lose
the light I saw in her eyes

I can still see her in the midnight hour, I can still hear her moan
I can still feel a hole in my heart
cause she's gone

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

Yes, I have a thing with so-called conspiracy theories.  No, I don't believe Oswald shot JFK, that Sirhan Sirhan killed RFK, or that the murder of MLK was just one nutbar.  I think elections on state levels and higher are rigged (though I can't explain how Jesse Ventura got elected), and I believe those who conspire to run the world don't care about anyone other than themselves.

Have a nice day.  :-)

Lyrics

Oswald shot JFK - lies, lies, lies
Sirhan squared shot RFK - lies, lies, lies
James Earl Ray shot MLK, tell me there's no conspiracy
tell me none of it means a thing
tell me lies, lies, lies

9/11 and the towers fell - lies, lies, lies
Pearl Harbor & Roosevelt - lies, lies, lies
Roswell was just a weather balloon
The Murrah Building was (the work of) (just) one loon
It's all just An Inconvenient Truth
it's all lies, lies, lies

I know you're lying cause I hear you speak
Every word is more deceit
I'll say it loud so you understand
Fight for our freedom? YES WE CAN!!!

every American has a voice - lies, lies, lies
elections are all about freedom of choice - lies, lies, lies
Congress & lobbyists work for our rights
Homeland Security protects our lives
Truth can be found in a politician's eyes
it's all lies, lies, lies

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This song was originally part of my Twenty Aught Eight project, and has been one of my favorites ever since.  When I got a new amp and cabinet for electric guitar work, I knew this song required a revisit.  I think the guitars sound fucking brilliant.  

Lyrics

laying awake at night, my eyes are heavy but sleep won't come
every day takes its toll on me, nothing hurts more than being alive
I take solace wherever I may find it and as often as I can
a simple song, a good meal, some good old fashioned lust with a pretty girl

Chorus:
Yeah, oh yeah
sinful pleasures are all I need

I don't know her, she don't know me and right now that don't matter
she gives me something that I really need and I can give her what she wants
we cling to each other like we're gasping for breath, revel in the joys of flesh
love has no place, it's all about lust and false comfort for the night

chorus

I been alone so long I can't take anymore
she helps me ease the pain
I can feel her need so much like my own
right now it's all we have

she wraps herself around me with desperation, relief just seconds away
I explode inside, she's close behind - then we fade away
it's all so basic, so primitive, and it feels so good
it's a piece of heaven, at least for now - tomorrow can fix itself

chorus

 

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This song feels bittersweet to me, and that's all right.  It's about the fact that we all need somewhere to call home, especially when life knocks us down.  Yes, we get back up, but it's nice to have a place where one can recover with loved ones.

Lyrics

been lost long enough, I need something to call my own
I need to go where I belong
questions I can't answer, answers I can't hear
everything is lost in the mirror

Chorus:
all I want is to go back home
all I need is to find my home

tired of feeling empty, I need to be loved
I need find where I belong
truth is hiding somewhere, somewhere I can't find
nothing ever brings me peace of mind

chorus

when my world is ending, when it all goes wrong
I need some comfort where I belong
the road is never ending, but the end is all I need
are life & death just part of my dream?

chorus

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

"Breathe deep, go slow.  Know when to let things go."  

That's really great advice, and I guess I added the second line to something I've heard Chuck Clark say many times.  I love it when good friends provide wonderful inspiration.  

Lyrics

used to keep things bottled up, and over time explode
let the pressure build, til I couldn't take no more
then I learned I made a choice, don't have to be that way
I can be who I want to be, there's no one else to blame
there's no one else to blame

Chorus:
breathe deep, go slow
know when to let things go

let go of your baggage, it's not something you need
learn your lessons, then move on - let yourself be free
nothing else matters, nothing else is real
everything else fades away - trust what you feel
trust what you feel

Chorus

Stay calm, it's all a game, just a roll of the dice
try not to get to excited - it's just your life
don't let anyone steal who you are, don't let them steal your truth
don't let anyone take your essence, don't let them control what you do
don't let them control what you do

Chorus

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

I'm actually of the opinion that fear serves a useful and important purpose.  However, sometimes it feels like it exists only so that we can get past it.  

Lyrics

When the moon is full and the wolf is at my door
when soldiers come, try and take me away
when all around me are humbled and lost, when the world comes crashing down
and I have nothing left

I will HAVE NO FEAR

when failure is all I know and sweet success is beyond my reach
when I sing with all my heart but no one seems to care
when nothing seems to go my way, when all I do is wrong

I will HAVE NO FEAR

I have faith in myself, faith in the way of things
faith that while I'm here I will find a way
a way to keep on going, a way to keep gettin' by
a way to keep a roof over my head, a way to live my life

cause I HAVE NO FEAR

Todd Lorenz
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

I'd call this a song about optimism; that the biggest changes have to be made with the smallest starts, and it has to come from within. 

Lyrics

what does it take to change the world
I'll start with changing myself
What can I do to be a better man
I'll see the good in myself
I'll find inspiration, try to do no wrong
I'll find inspiration with just a simple song

how can I change the world, don't say it can't be done
a journey starts with a single step, we walk before we run
I'll find inspiration living with what I need
I'll find inspiration with a simple melody

can anyone change the world if the world doesn't want to change?
it starts with one, it can also end
the cost is measured in pain
I'll find inspiration doing what I can do
I'll find inspiration with 3 chords and the truth

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is the same song as the earlier "I Howl", with one major difference.  My husky mix, Wolfenstein, contributes guest vocals.  

Yeah, I think it's pretty funny.  

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is a remix of FU where foul language has been replaced with funny sound effects.  Why?  FU.  That's why.  

Ok, no, not really.  Because I know some people just don't like cursing, and I think the song is worth hearing without "bad words."

Hope
01/01/2014
Todd Lorenz

Story

This is another song that was written during my Twenty Aught Eight project. I redid it in 2012 in a different key and will a full band arrangement, and I think it's great.  While I posted it online, this is the first time it's been part of an album.  

Lyrics

she's got a school girl smile, and a mistress' eyes
she's got the kind of body makes a grown man cry
she's the kind of woman that every man wants
but no man can ever really have
she goes where she pleases, don't care where she's been
or how long it may last
she never daydreams about finding true love
she gets what she wants by exploiting male lust

Chorus:
she's 6 feet of trouble in her high heels
6 feet of long tall curves
she's 6 feet of trouble, dressed to kill
6 feet of heaven on earth

she's driven by her passion for pretty new things
she wants expensive toys, diamond rings
she's the kind of woman that other women hate
but most really want to be
she does who she wants or whoever it takes
to get what she think she needs
she never daydreams about life in her old age
she plans to get married, that's when she'll get paid

Chorus

now she's married to an older man, perfect trophy wife
she gives him what she wants, even when she lies
it's the kind of marriage both were looking for, but now neither really wants
soon he'll be gone, she'll be rich and alone, is she a queen or just a pawn?
she never daydreams about what might have been
to her it's all a game and she just plays to win

Chorus

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