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A good lyric takes you someplace you've never been...

I love that quote that goes something like, "I'm homesick for a place I've never been."  It has always resonated with me for some reason.  I think a good lyric can take you someplace you've never been.  

When people tell me they don't really pay attention to lyrics in the music they listen to, I'm baffled.  "What do you mean you don't pay attention to the lyrics?!"  See, when I was a child, my dad taught me the importance of lyrics in a song.  And he especially taught me to appreciate the really good ones.  He'd say them aloud to me as we listened to his favorite songs on road trips and in the house I grew up in.  I learned the story of the song and felt the emotion behind the melodies so much deeper.  I connected with the artist.  Some of those songs still remain my favorites to this day.  Understanding the meaning of the songs connected me deeper than the music could alone.

 

 

All songs written by Lori Triplett.  "You Are" written by Lori Triplett and Barney Johnston

"Tennessee" 

[  TENNESSEE  ]  On the road again/I just gotta clear my head/Toss my bags into the back seat/Patty Griffin singing to me once again/I tried my best to love this town/It tried its best to knock me down/So I'm on the road again/I really wish that I could stay/'cause half my heart's here in Ohio/but the other half's 500 miles away/I tried my best to stick around/but there's nothing left except tears and I'm drowning/So do me a favor/say I'll be fine/And do me a favor/say you'll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don't let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/On the road again/to a place I used to know/Mom and Dad cry as I'm leaving/but they believe in me/and know I have to go/I'll try my best to make them proud/I'll try my best to live out loud/So do me a favor/say I'll be fine/And do me a favor/say you'll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don't let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/I always found a sweet relief/in the sound of your melodies/So do me a favor/say I'll be fine/And do me a favor/say you'll be kinder to me/Could you do me a favor/don't let the rain fall too hard on me, Tennessee, Tennessee/I know I'll be fine/I know you'll be kind, Tennessee                                                                       Copyright Lori Triplett 2017.  All rights reserved.

"Crooked Heart" 

[   CROOKED HEART   ]  Crooked little heart, where are you taking me/I don't know these roads, but I don't trust your lead /'cause I've been fooled before/ But I'm not that fool anymore /I need the truth, need the smoothness of a straight path/ Sun on my face, need the tears of a good laugh/Need the storms to roll away, the peace that comes by faith over me/And I don't need a crooked heart still guiding me 'cause I am free/Crooked little heart, why do you sound so sweet/You feel just like the rain in the summer's heat/But I've been fooled before and I'm not that fool anymore/I need the truth, need the smoothness of a straight path/Sun on my face, need the tears of a good laugh/Need the storms to roll away, the peace that comes by faith over me/And I don't need a crooked heart still guiding me 'cause I am free/Who the Son sets free is free indeed/who the Son sets free/Who the Son sets free is free indeed/who the Son sets free/No I don't need a crooked heart still guiding me 'cause I am free                                                                                                                                                                                   Copyright Lori Triplett 2014.  All rights reserved.

"Safe Place to Land" Album lyrics

[   BABY IS IN LOVE   ]  Baby's got a secret/and he don't plan to keep it for long/Yeah it's already leaking out into the streets/He hasn't spoken one word/but nearly everyone's heard about it/about the boy who's flying like a bird gracing the sky/Baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love for the first time/He's always dealt a hand of heartache/He gives his all but all he gets is takers and breakers/and bad luck he can't shake/He just had to get out/Hopped in his truck and drove for miles/Stopped when he crossed into Ohio/And that's where he saw the prettiest smile he'd ever seen/Now baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love for the first time/He hasn't spoken one word/but he is flying like a bird/'cause baby's in love/Baby's got a secret/and he don't plan to keep it for long/Yeah it's already leaking out into the streets/Baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love/baby is in love, love, love, love/for the last time.                                                                                           Copyright Lori Triplett 2009.  All rights reserved.

[   I DON'T FEEL SO FREE   ]  I won't be going out tonight/I gotta catch a flight back home early in the morning/So I'm lying here while freedom rings/with my mind on other things...so alone/Guess I'm still mourning/how last year at this time you were mine/and you held me while the colors filled the sky/But this year, I don't feel so free/Still bound by you and our memories/And flags of celebration fly/but this July/I don't feel so free/I don't feel so free/There are lawn chairs and blankets down/Along the curb, the entire town waves/for the land of the free and the home of the brave/And later when I hear the roar of fireworks/I'll remember your sweet face/and I'll miss you/'cause last year at this time you were mine/and you held me while the colors filled the sky/But this year, I don't feel so free/Still bound by you and our memories/And flags of celebration fly/but this July/I don't feel so free/I don't feel so free                                                                   Copyright Lori Triplett 2008.  All rights reserved.

[   SAFE PLACE TO LAND   ]  I'm looking for a safe place to land/a safe place with no shifting sand/Somewhere I can lay my head/and still be loved when I wake again/'Cause I have been chasing the wind/and I have been fighting for lost causes/and I have been searching for gold/in all the wrong places/And I have been building a home/on dunes of white sand/instead of a stone/And I have been painting a wall/that's just about to fall/I'm looking for a safe place to land/a safe place with no shifting sand/Somewhere I can lay my head/and still be loved when I wake again/I put my trust in people/but people let me down/I put my hope in love/but love don't stick around/When you let a fallen world hold onto you/you'll fall too/I'm looking for a safe place to land/a safe place with no shifting sand/Somewhere I can lay my head/and still be loved when I wake again/and still be loved when I wake again                                                                                                              Copyright Lori Triplett 2008.  All rights reserved.

[   AUTUMN'S SONG   ]  Autumn wore his best tonight/He must have known we would come/And though all the stars decide to hide/there's good conversation/And we're freezing, but what do we care/The breeze brushes our hair/and we breathe it in/Winter, summer, spring/well they don't mean a thing to me/when the leaves start to fall/'cause I'm swallowed by the chill and reminded to be still/and wait for love/Will it come call if we talk here all night/and wade in the fall/I can wait for once/I can wait for once/so when love comes to call,/like the leaves of the trees,/I'll be ready to fall/Autumn wore his best tonight/He must have known we would come                             Copyright Lori Triplett 2006.  All rights reserved.

[   THE VERDICT   ]  The rumor mill is spinning quickly/causing dizzy spells that turn me blue/Do I wait at the table and leave the light on for ya baby/or believe what I'm hearing's really true/'Cause you're in the big time now/I'll give you til the count of two/to look me in the eye/and then try to deny it baby/You've got some explaining to do/Don't need a judge/don't need a jury/Tell the press in their formal dress/to leave me be/Just testify and don't you worry/And leave the verdict up to me/Cause you're in the big time now/I'll give you til the count of two/to look me in the eye/and then try to deny it baby/You've got some explaining to do/'Cause you're in the big time now/Your teeth can't hide the lies peering through/I've made my decision/and it's calling for division/Yeah it's time I said goodbye to you/goodbye to you

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Copyright Lori Triplett 2005.  All rights reserved.

[   THE END   ]   I dreamt that I was somewhere else/and all the madness and all the wealth/were stripped away and only we remained/No fancy homes or Cadillacs/no fashion statements worn on our backs/Simplicity was all there was to need/And I, I survived/But why are you so surprised/You've heard it before but I'll say it again/None of it matters in the end/I dreamt that I was someone else/and I tucked my problems in a wooden shelf/and slid into a golden pair of shoes/Perfect hair and pretty skin/how life is fair when you fit in/but what is gained when the day is done/Why waste the time/wishing for what isn't mine/You've heard it before but I'll say it again/None of it matters in the end/Why waste the time wishing for what isn't mine/You've heard it before but I'll say it again/None of it matters/And maybe this time we'll all let it sink in/that none of it matters in the end                                                                                                                                                     Copyright Lori Triplett 2007.  All rights reserved.

[   I AIN'T GONNA HURT YOU   ]  You're so sure/so absolutely certain that I/plan to do some hurting/to your heart one of these days/Well lean in my dear/and listen while I tell you something/I'm tired of you always running/and pushing me away/And I don't appreciate the way/you make my mind up for me like I got no say/'cause I won't turn my back on you/like others in your past/and baby that's the truth/What's it gonna take for me to prove/that I ain't gonna hurt you/If I wrote a book/750 pages about how I'll love you for all ages/then would you believe/My love is strong/It goes deeper than the deepest ocean/So why you got the slightest notion/I would ever leave/And I don't appreciate the way/you make my mind up for me like I got no say/'cause I won't turn my back on you/like others in your past/and baby that's the truth/What's it gonna take for me to prove/that I ain't gonna hurt you/I ain't gonna hurt you/And I don't appreciate the way/you make my mind up for me like I got no say/'cause I won't turn my back on you/like others in your past/and baby that's the truth/What's it gonna take for me to prove/how many mountains must I move/before you let me in/Can't you see it's hurting me/when you think I'm gonna hurt you

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Copyright Lori Triplett 2006.  All rights reserved.

[   DRIFTING   ]  I'm knee-high in your I'm fine's/How are you/Don't try to lie/'cause I can see right through/See lately I've been noticing/a difference in your face/Though your eyes are with me/your heart's in another place/But you don't have to tell me/I already know what's on your mind/I can feel you drifting/slowly leaving this behind/Don't doubt I have loved you/And I'll still think of you/wherever you drift to/I'm tongue-tied in goodbye/so please just bear with me/I'm not used to this point of view/or how this feels inside/But you don't have to tell me/I already know what's on your mind/I can feel you drifting/slowly leaving this behind/Don't doubt I have loved you/And I'll still think of you/Don't doubt I have loved you/And I'll still think of you/What happens next/Is this as good as it gets/I was in over my head/I can feel you drifting/slowly leaving this behind/Don't doubt I have loved you/And I'll still think of you/wherever you drift to/wherever you drift to

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Copyright Lori Triplett 2006.  All rights reserved.

[   WHY   ]  The sun shouldn't be shining today/Doesn't it know my heart has an ache/Doesn't it see the reflection of tears on my face/Why, why, why, oh why/Why can't the sun take a break/'Cause here my whole world has stopped/and I lay my head on my pillow top/But how can it be/that nothing has changed passed my window pane/All lights are green/Why, why, why, oh why/Why can't the world stop for me/When I grow up I wanna be/the girl in the movie/whose heart is unruly and free/She wears braids in her hair/and runs with the breeze/Why, why, why, oh why/Why, why, oh why/Oh why can't that be me/Why can't that be me                                                     Copyright Lori Triplett 2008.  All rights reserved.

[   YOU ARE   ]   I wanna walk beside calm waters/but these waves keep crashing over and again/Doesn't anybody even see me/'cause the tide's about to pull me in/I've never known You to forsake me/so I know You won't forget me/You never change/On the days You seem so very far away/I know You hear me call Your name/'Cause You are the light in the tower/guiding me back to the shore/You are there in my darkest hour/and You save me from the ocean floor/You are, You are/So when the silence of the night comes calling/and all my stars are falling me/and I'm overwhelmed/I'll hold onto the promise that each day will bring/You're the reason I will sing/Yeah You are the light in the tower/guiding me back to the shore/You are there in my darkest hour/and You save me from the ocean floor/You are, You are/You are the light in the tower/guiding me back to the shore/You are there in my darkest hour/and You save me from the ocean floor/You are my hope/You are my strength/You are my joy/You give me faith/You are there in my darkest hour/and You save me from the ocean floor/And You save me from the ocean floor/And You save me from the ocean floor                                                                                                                                        Copyright Lori Triplett 2008.  All rights reserved.

[   HEART OF STONE   ]  I was glass/they could see right through me/Was frail and cracked from careless hands/Still I dropped my guard/when I thought no one was looking/But they saw and shards were all that they left/So I turned to stone/Cold and hard, rough and dirty/so if I was thrown in valleys low, I'd survive/Though now I'm strong and careless hands can't break me/I'm still far from home/Toss me to the wind/in this soil I'm only sinking/And drop me into rivers wide and oceans deep/'cause the water cleans/and a heart of stone, it softens/And its waves will carry me back home/Its waves will carry me                                                                                                          Copyright Lori Triplett 2008.  All rights reserved.