Orphans and Singles

by John Pippus

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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
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I'm A Runner 04:36
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
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Better Days 02:23
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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released October 1, 2010

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