She Is Only Passing Through

for Annie

You gotta love her in the moment
A change is bound to happen
Every day she's someone new
You gotta love her as she is this moment
Cause she is only passing
She is only passing
She is only passing through

Now the tears roll down her face
In a moment she'll be laughing
What can you do?
Tell her you love her just the way she is
Cause she is only passing
She is only passing
She is only passing through

The wind was calling from the treetops
And now you're running down the driveway
With her skipping like a kite behind you
A sudden gust and she's up, up, and away
Into the blue

So while she's here where you can hold her
Hold On
Cause you can not imagine
How time will slip away on you
So wrap her up in your arms
Just for the moment
Cause she is only passing
She is only passing
She is only passing through

Magic Kingdom

for Ezra

We stayed for the electrical parade
And caught the monorail home
At the ending of the day
And they sent us off with cannon blasts
And merry melodies
Muffled through the glass

Now the boy I carried on my shoulders
Is riding beside me
Asleep in the stroller
I try to memorize that face
Even as the moment accelerating
Carries us away

And now it's time
Now it's time
You showed me a dream and I believed
But now it's time
To say goodbye
Say goodbye to the magic kingdom

That old angel at the gate of youth
She tore my ticket
But she let me through
Just to walk with you a little while
In the world I once knew
Looking through your eyes

But now it's time
Now it's time
You showed me a dream and I believed
But now it's time
To say goodbye
Say goodbye to the magic kingdom

But sleep a little longer, my brown-eyed dreamer
Sleep just a little longer, my brown-eyed dreamer

When you wake you won't remember this
Oh, but I won't forget
When we were a pair of starlit stowaways
Going God knows where
So wild and afraid

And now it's time
Now it's time
You showed me a dream and I believed
But now it's time
To say goodbye
Say goodbye to the magic kingdom

So sleep a little longer, my brown-eyed dreamer
Sleep just a little longer, my brown-eyed dreamer
Don't wake up just yet

Girl

for Lucy

The day that you were born
We didn't know who you'd be
Then you came out crying and they handed you to me

A girl
A girl

They say that God's a father
And Jesus is a son
Oh, but when they made the man
They knew they weren't done

Cause they saw that he was good
But he wasn't good alone
There was still some part of God's own heart
That needed to be known:

A girl

And your sweet heart gives me hope
It gives me
Hope
That there's good in this world
Oh, and just when I can't believe it
I see my little girl

You had my heart
Before you had a name
Before I even knew you I loved you just the same
So no matter where you go
How far away from me
When you don't know who you are remember
You'll always be

My girl

Son

for Jude

My son ascends the stage
To the grand piano
Beneath a tongue of flame
On a bright green banner

He waits at the water's edge
Before he begins
Listens for the rhythm in his head
And then dives in

The notes are flowing over his fingers
Phrases rolling off his wrists
I'm staying quiet, staying in my seat
But my heart is pumping fists
Whose child is this?

He is my son!

My voice, carrying over the clamor of the crowd
Declares my delight in my son out loud

The pride in my eyes is a white-winged dove
Alighting on the son I love

And I want you to know that you are my beloved son

When you come to a difficult passage
It's so hard to concentrate
But all you do is play it like you practiced
All your dad can do is pray

You'll make a mistake alright
You're gonna make it through
Know that I'm on your side
And I'm pulling for you
You get to win sometimes
But you got to lose some too
Know that I'm on your side
And I'm pulling for you

My voice, carrying over the clamor of the crowd
Declares my delight in my son out loud

The pride in my eyes is a white-winged dove
Alighting on the son I love

And I want you to know that you are my beloved son

No Ordinary Girl

for Beth

Saw her in the Sunday service
She was laughing 
Like she does when she gets nervous
We'd met before, but now that I noticed
I knew that I was hooked
I knew that I was hopeless

It was the holiest moment in all my life
I didn't bow my head, didn't close my eyes

A walk through the graveyard late one evening
School was over
And we felt so sad to be leaving
I had to tell her how I felt about her
How I could not remember
Who I was without her

She said, "Are you sure? Take a little time,
And tell me the minute you change your mind."

She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar
There's more to her story and I need to know
She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar

Right from the start we met resistance
Had to prove our little love could go the distance
When I moved away to a southern town
We took the time to tear the old walls down
And break new ground

I gave her a ring and a rib from my side
And she left home to be my bride

She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar
There's more to her story and I need to know
She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar

I see her all at once
The girl I knew and the woman I loved

I see who she's becoming
The girl I knew and the woman I loved

She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar
There's more to her story and I need to know
She's no ordinary girl
She's the one that I won't let go
So peculiar

All Together Now

Lucy lemonady lady
Played in the rain with Annie Lane
Chasing paper sailboats down the storm drain

Meanwhile...

Journaling Jude composed a notebook novel
Thoughtful on his bed
Till Annie Lane burst in and broke the lightbulb above his head

All together now,

Root toot toot!
Here comes the band
Step in time and clap your hands
Do your duty
Shake your little tambourine

Ezra the imaginator
Made a cozy castle on the couch
Annie brought her animals
And they stayed there for hours

All together now,

Root toot toot!
Here comes the band
Step in time and clap your hands
Do your duty
Shake your little tambourine

What is the matter, dad?
Don't you ever spin till you fall down laughing
Or wear your suit in the bathtub splashing
Like when you were a kid

Or is it all work, all day, no time to play
Pay your taxes and turn in early
Just to lie there awake and worry

You could use a day out on the river
And a picnic piled high with cake and pie
Passing paper sailboats
And children running on beside

All together now

Daddy does the dishes
And he whistles as he whisks around the room
Dosie-doe'ing mommy 
As she works the bristle broom

All together now

Root toot toot!
Here comes the band
Step in time and clap your hands
Do your duty
Shake your little tambourine
 

One More Time

In the beginning God made the light
He told the morning, "Come after the night."
In heaven he stood for the first sunrise
He said, "Hey, that's good! Now do it one more time."

Now summer and winter, autumn and spring
Turn in a rhythm around in a ring
It's a beautiful dance and when it ends
God tells the band to play it again

Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time
Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time

Don't put stock in the market
Don't keep your heart in your wallet
Leave the job at the office
Keep your cell phone in your pocket

You've got to play if you wanna stay young
The kids need to see you have a little fun
So eat a little sweet and get a little sun
Fall in a heap when the day is done. Say,

Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time
Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time

When I was only 21
I became a married man
By 23 I had a son
By 29 I had a clan
I always leap before I look
Never play it by the book
I feel the current pull me in
And ask the Lord to save my skin
Again

We don't like to say it cause it don't feel right
But everything changes, everything dies
You just get today. You don't get the chance
To rewind the tape and play it all back

Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time
Gimme that one more time
Hit me one more time

How Much Light

Love, when you go from here
Take only what you need
And all you need
Is the word that you believed
A lamp to light the road before your feet

Remember how much light you have
How much light you have

And I can't go with you, but you won't be alone
My spirit in your heart will lead you home
And though the world won't know you
Though you won't be received
One day you'll shake the dust off of your feet

So remember how much light you have
How much light you have

And the voice that ignites the stars in the sky
Spoke in your heart to spark a fire that won't die
So don't hide it away. Hold it up high
Till the souls in the dark behold a marvelous light

And remember how much light you have
How much light you have
Remember how much light you have
How much light you have