Orphans and Singles

by John Pippus

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released October 1, 2010

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"He has a gift for making us believe that he's been down the road and around the block, and is still kickin' it.” Shelley Gummeson, Earshot Magazine,

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Track Name: Airplane Woman
Airplane woman
Take me for a ride
Not coming down
‘Til you’re satisfied
Airplane woman take me for a ride
Not coming down ‘til you’re satisfied

Mama called the doctor
Said she needs a shot
Don’t know what it is she got
But she needs it a lot
Mama called the doctor, said she needs a shot
Don’t know what she got, but she needs it a lot

You men eat dinner
Coal dust and beans
I eat more chicken
Than any man has ever seen
You men eat dinner, coal dust and beans
I eat more chicken, than any man has ever seen


© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: I'm A Runner
I ran on down in Houston
Hit Toronto on the way
Beat my best in Richmond
Because it’s flat they say

I’m a runner
A long distance runner
Nothing gets in my way
As long as there’s a mile between us
I’m gonna run night and day

Ran down in Seattle
In the drizzle and the rain
It didn’t bother me much
‘Cause when you’re warm it’s all the same

I never been to Boston
Or seen the Tour Eiffel
But I swear I’m gonna get there
'Cause my time is gonna tell

I’m running in Vancouver
Between the mountains and the sea
With fifteen thousand other people
All trying to catch me


© 2007 John Pippus
Track Name: Better Days
Don’t worry about her looks
Or the money she owes
Forget about her past
And the stains on her clothes
Don’t give a second thought
To the men that she’s known

Cause I’ve seen the real thing
I’ve seen her turn it all around
I’ve seen how she looks on her better days

She’s crawling on the floor
With a needle in her arm
She’s halfway out the door
Before you know she’s gone
She’s used up all her charms
But she’s still got one

Cause I’ve seen the real thing
I’ve seen her turn it on a dime
I’ve seen how she looks….

So far away in a southern clime
A sad attempt at Christmas
Where the sun always shines

Don’t worry about her looks
Or the money she owes
Forget about her past
And the stains on her clothes

Cause I’ve seen the real thing
I’ve seen her turn it all around
I’ve seen how she looks
On her better days
Her better days
Better days


© 2008 Chris Simmons, Chris Bishop, and John Pippus
Track Name: Steady As The Rain
You’ll find another
You’ll find another’s friend
You’ll roam the foreign capitals
Sleep late, and remember when
You gave your love so freely
And listened carefully
To some fool pour his heart out
That ‘some fool’ was me

I’m steady as the rain
Constant as the sea
The sea that took my darling
Far away from me

It was wrong
As right as wrong could be
But darling I discovered
Our life, wasn’t meant for me
I stayed inside this circle
Which soon became a wall
I’ll take a life uncertain
Than have no life at all

I’m steady as the rain
Constant as the sea
The sea that took my darling
Far away from me

This is hard
Can’t you see
Love and loss
You and me

I’m steady as the rain…


© 2008 John Pippus, Kacy Crowley, Dan Mayhew
Track Name: I Didn't Know
I had my lines so well established
With all my feelings on display
Then the grand rehearsal crumbled
You crowded in and found my soul

I didn’t know
There was something left to learn about love
I’m taking it slow
I want to get it right this time
I didn’t know
‘Til I finally got you into my arms
Love is a mystery and it hurts sometimes

Now all my cards are on the table
You’ll never get my second best
Mornings rush to meet the daytime
We’re going to take this chance and run

I didn’t know
There was something left to learn about love
I’m taking it slow
‘Cause I want to get it right this time
I didn’t know
‘Til I finally got you into my arms
Love is a mystery and it hurts sometimes


© 2006 John Pippus / Pamela Searle
Track Name: Loving By Design
Darling lay down beside me
I’m going to make this clear
I was meant to love you
The summer time is here
And the temperature is rising
Lover show no fear
That’s the way
That’s the way
That’s loving by design

Oh when I hear your name
Feels like the sun after a sudden rain
I love it when you move like that
I’ll never be the same
And the temperature is rising
You know what to reveal
That’s the way
That’s the way
That’s loving by design

Looking down on the scene below
Eric Clapton on the stereo
I feel so lucky for what I have
You and I
Are on solid ground

See the busy office workers
Heading home for the day
They don’t know (they don’t know)
What I feel
I kinda like it that way
And the temperature is rising
You and I are in the zone
That’s the way
That’s loving by design
Loving by design
Loving by design


© 2007 John Pippus
Track Name: Wish I Was Here
I came in late, demons in my head
Passed out on the sofa, feeling halfway dead
I didn’t see the note until I felt the morning light
There beside the mirror where you left it last night

It said: “I’m sorry darlin’
Wish I was here
Instead of leaving you behind
With this sad souvenir
All the times I loved best
Were the times you were near
But even though I still love you
I can’t stay with you here”

With that note in my hand, I’m left with the regret
Of the truths I can’t remember, and the lies I can’t forget
I could have listened or trusted, but I kept you at bay
Until the one who loved me best, was finally driven away

And just like you
I wish I was here
With my feet on the ground
And my pathway clear
All the times I loved best
Were the times you were near
For your sake alone
I wish I was here

Wish I was here for you
Wish I could see your face
Wish I could be the man I know I could be
Wish I was here

Now I sit alone, weighing hope against fear
I know it’s down to me now, I wish I was here
More than you’ll ever know
I wish I was here.


© 2007 Ra McGuire / John Pippus
Track Name: Find Another Way
When I was in love the first time
She was my best friend
We did everything together
She told me it would never end
Then she found another, a man of twenty two
He was so much older, nothing I could do
I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep
But somehow I still knew

To find another way
To keep on coming back again
Find another way (find another way)
To get back up and ride
Find another way
To make my life work right again
She took my love but I learned to carry on

I was gonna be a shining star
Get my face on TV
Make a lot of money
Show that woman how wrong she could be
Things got complicated, my plans got rearranged
I never made the big time, I never found my fame
With bills to pay and kids to raise
Somehow I still knew

To find another way
To keep on coming back again
Find another way (find another way)
To get back up and ride
Find another way
To realize my song again
I parked my dream but I learned to carry on

Standing in one place is sometimes dangerous
You won’t know unless you try

To find another way
To keep on coming back again
Find another way (find another way)
To get back up and ride
Find another way
To realize your song again
You might lose your way but you learn to carry on

© 2007 John Pippus / Pamela Searle
Track Name: Follow The River
Down in the city there’s a whole world waiting
Lives that run on fumes
Whiskey and women and the talk of strangers
Filling up the room

The road is full of twists and turns
People who will steer you wrong
Not always easy to find your way
And feel like you belong

You can’t go wrong
When you follow the river
Follow the river home
You can’t go wrong
When you follow the river
You’re never going to be alone

I lost sight of what was right
Common decency
Helping your brother
When this big old world
Has brought him to his knees

This life is full of twists and turns
People who will lead you astray
So don’t ignore that outstretched hand
It might be you one day

You can’t go wrong…

Maybe you’re standing in a welfare line
I’ve been down there too
Waiting for someone to give you a handout
Tell you what to do

The road is full of twists and turns
People who will steer you wrong
Not always easy to find your way
And feel like you belong

You can’t go wrong…

© 2010 John Pippus
Track Name: I'm Mad (Whatcha Gonna Do About It)
I’ll tear the filters off your cigarettes
You can smoke up in my eyes
I’ll donate you both my lungs pretty babe
If you get paralyzed

I’m mad, I’m mad
Every little thing you do
I’m mad, I’m mad
Whatcha gonna do about it

If you start a fire
I will put it out
You can drive the fire truck
I hate to see you pout

I’m mad….

An artist paints his picture
A lawyer pleads his case
I just stand here mesmerized
By your pretty face

Mesmerize me...

I wanna see you naked
I wanna see you famous
I’m coming to your show tonight
I don’t care what your name is

I’m mad....

copyright 2010 John Pippus