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Sky Burn Down Come on we’ll make the sky burn down tonight Come on we’ll make the sky burn down tonight I wanna see a show Get in my car and go Come on we’ll make the sky burn down tonight Come on we’ll make the stars fall out tonight Come on we’ll make the stars fall out tonight I wanna see a show Get in my car and go Come on we’ll make the stars fall out tonight In the eleventh hour We’re gonna rise to power We’re gonna steal the throne And make this place our own I Got A Life Two people came to see the show One was my wife and one was working the door

I didn’t make a dollar, in fact I paid to play Man, I really wish tomorrow I could sleep in late But I got a job And I got a wife And I got the kids Hey, I got a life Billy woke up at the crack of noon He’s twenty years old and he can sing in tune Yeah Billy’s got a band and he’s a lot like me But there’s a major difference that you may not see Cause I got a job And I got a wife And I got the kids Hey, I got a life I feel like I’ve been playing for a thousand years I’ve seen my share of good times and I’ve shed some tears I guess that you could say I’ve had my shot but Baby, rock and roll ain’t all I got

Cause I got a job And I got a wife And I got the kids Hey, I got a life Lost My Friend I lost my friend His girlfriend always resented me I don’t know why But he complied Late afternoons at the pub are a memory I drive on by Heave a sigh What is the reason I know I should let it be On with your life, Off with me I know I shouldn’t pry What is the reason Who am I to come between Suddenly you traded me “Later” for “Good-bye”


Playing Nashville Practice crossing your arms Practice rolling your eyes Whisper “I could do that” to your neighbor Not expecting a crowd of fans tonight We’re playing for other bands tonight We’re playing Nashville tonight Trash the flyers we made Don’t expect to get paid Write this one on the slate of experience While we’re playing we also scan the room For V.P.’s and Music Row who’s who We’re playing Nashville Tonight, Tonight, And we’ve got stars in Our eyes, our eyes We’re playing Nashville Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

The Only Thing I’ve Got (for Esther Jane)

Hold your thoughts Keep your smile to yourself now ‘Cause in your eyes I caught sight of myself I see who I am And you’re the only thing I’ve got goin’ on Just one look All my dreams blow away like paper Just one sound All my plans disappear I see who I am And you’re the only thing I’ve got goin’ on Burden Well I can’t tell my shrink ‘cause I don’t have the money And I can’t tell you ‘cause I’m in love with you honey So who can I dump this on Who can I dump this on Tell me, who can I dump this on

All my friends’ advice didn’t add up to nothin’ And I can’t tell the preacher you know I don’t trust him So who can I dump this on Who can I dump this on Tell me, who can I dump this on Summer night’s heavy with the burden I carry can you come along side and share the load Can you share the load Well I can’t tell my dad it would throw him a curve and I can’t tell my mom no I don’t have the nerve Well you know I told Jesus a hundred times But I really need a face that can look back in my tell me who can I dump this on Summer night’s heavy with the burden I carry can you come along side and share the load Can you share the load


All Day Long Sunday, so called day of rest filling with a sense of dread thinking about tomorrow a. m. I blink I’m on the interstate one link in a giant metal snake slithering through concrete and slate I circle the building twice before I get up the nerve to walk through the door and take the back staircase up to my floor Slide into the four gray walls and the square of light that I love all day with my stare but metal and plastic can’t keep me there A window lets my mind escape I soar across the city-scape above the clouds where I will stay All day long

All day long All day long I have friends we spend our days deciphering the corporate maze and living in fear of reorganization And this is what they pay us for we’ve lost our guts to use the door and so we pretend to c ount all our blessings I circle the building twice before I get up the nerve to walk through the door and take the back staircase up to my floor Slide into the four gray walls and the square of light that I love all day with my stare but metal and plastic can’t keep me there A window lets my mind escape I soar across the city-scape above the clouds where I will stay

All day long All day long All day long

Only One You with thanks to Author Ray Bradbury

When you’re a young man you know just who you are You think you’re gonna be what you love with all your heart But years go by and dear things seem to fade And somewhere along the line we all make a trade Now it seems like everybody wants to put their face In front of all the billion eyes in cyberspace Everyone’s clawing and scratching for the top Might seem like it’s a good excuse to stop But you were made to play a part and you’ve got God’s fingerprint on your heart


It’s hard to believe but Baby, it’s true in this great big world there’s only one you so dream what you dream and do what you do in this great big world there’s only one you

Footpath

Little Things

Slow train coming get up and go Slowly turning everything over Play it safe man or let it go

Sun is finally going down but the wrinkles in your brow remain and you say the same things

There’s a thing called hope and you better let it fill your sails ‘Cause plenty of people will tell you that you’re gonna fail Gather around you everybody that you love ‘Cause a friend on earth is really something from above

I thought I heard the misty mountain call but when I looked I saw nothing at all There’s a little footpath out my door But I can’t see where it leads anymore

And you were made to play a part and you’ve got God’s fingerprint on your heart It might sound quaint but Baby, it’s true in this great big world there’s only one you so dream what you dream and do what you do in this great big world there’s only one you

All familiar comforts of home Trade it all for something unknown Play it safe man or let it go Afterthoughts, forward glimpses follow stars follow princes

Say a little prayer Take a walk with me Don’t dwell on the little things You don’t have control You don’t have to think Don’t dwell on the little things Do you have to prove me right? You don’t have to lose your mind All your friends are gathered ‘round In your favorite place right here and now Say a little prayer Have a little drink Don’t dwell on the little things You don’t have control You don’t have to think Don’t dwell on the little things


Do you have to prove me right? You don’t have to lose your mind Magic Show The curtain parts You’re standing there You show us cards that vanish in thin air It’s no surprise this time We read the signs this time And everybody knows It’s a magic show Your smoke and knives we spy It’s no surprise this time It’s a magic show You say you’re this You say you’re that You promise bliss from a magic hat It’s no surprise this time We read the signs this time And everybody knows It’s a magic show Your smoke and knives we spy It’s no surprise this time And everybody knows It’s a magic show

Reason with You

Rock and Roll Dream

No one can reason with you It’s all treason to you You’ve got your mind made up now there ain’t a thing to discuss now No one can reason with you No one can reason with you

Suddenly everything seems strange No one likes a change They never saw coming

Let’s talk about the sunshine Let’s talk about the rain But all opinions are hushed now there ain’t a thing to discuss now No one can reason with you No one can reason with you I once had a point of view I never could share with you Hell, what good would it do

I could go out tonight But if I do Everyone will ask about you I’d have to give an answer That’s the one thing I can’t do So I’m searching Mama’s purse to find some cash Taking dirty diapers to the trash Kids ambush me as I hit the driveway Fill the air with “Daddy please stay home today” Seven days ago seems like a dream Life goes from a whisper to a scream Everything’s exactly what it seems When you wake up from the rock and roll dream


New Song

Backwards

Get up mama put your hands together now ‘cause daddy’s got a new song Get up mama put your hands together now ‘cause daddy’s got a new song And it goes nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, yeah You might lie with your mouth but daddy knows your heart is made of gold You might lie with your mouth but daddy knows I’m the one that you love Singin’ nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, yeah

Hello and welcome Music Lovers Moms and Dads Sisters and Brothers Here is a song about my life I never fancied myself a dancer But every day I take a step towards my dream but it feels like I’m running backwards

All music and lyrics by Greg Pope ©2008 Drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, and noises performed by Greg Pope personally. Recorded at Octoberville Studios, Franklin Tn, Spring and Summer 2008. Produced by Greg Pope Assistant Engineer: Micah Pope Mastered by Doug Diamond at Diamondisc Audio Artwork by Paul Conrad contact: octoberville@gmail.com GREGPOPE.net

But every day I take a step towards my dream and it feels like I’m running backwards

photo by p. conrad

Baby steps towards my dreams and grown up falls into the stream of traffic in the Monday a.m. My destination, my desperation


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Greg Pope: Popmonster  

CD booklet for Greg Pope's 2008 album Popmonster, featuring song lyrics and album concept art by illustrator Paul Conrad.

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