DEMONS
Words/music: James Gruft

© 2010 JHGMusic
 
It was my momma who said I couldn’t make it, no,
It was my papa told me I still had far to go,
I’ve got these demons,
Shouting their words above my bed,
All of these demons,
Sinking their claws into my head.
 
I’m irritated that you dismiss my point of view,
You’re irritated; that I don’t listen to you, too,
Where is the silence,
Where is the place that I can grow?
It isn’t easy,
Walking a path I barely know,
 
 
Chasing those demons,           They keep on messing up my space,
All of these demons,               I want to laugh into their face.
Chasing those demons,           Out of the sky out of the deep,
Chasing those demons,           Till they are gone and I can sleep.
 
I’m at the station, I’m trying to figure out the scene,
Coming and going, I don’t know what it really means,
I’ve got these demons,
Shouting their words above my bed,
All of these demons,
Sinking their claws into my head.
 
 
Chasing those demons,           They keep on messing up my space,
All of these demons,               I want to laugh into their face.
Chasing those demons,           Out of the sky out of the deep,
All of these demons,              Till they are gone and I can sleep.
 



DRIVING INTO THE STORM
Words/music James Gruft

© 2012 JHGMusic

I ache at the sight of your beauty, Love,
The sun plays across the water, Love,
We traveled along the hard roads, Love,
And keep wondering how far we must go.
 
When we won’t have to push ourselves so hard, Love,
When our work-to-the-bone bears its fruit, Love,
And we don’t have a single regret, Love,
We keep wondering how far to go.
 
We are journeying, we’ve all been journeying,
And the sun is icy, or the sun is warm,
Do you still love me?    My toil’s so heavy,
And I keep driving into the storm. . .
 
There’s great confusion’s across the land, Love,
The world’s become nothing but fluid, Love,
Every scene is unfolding and changing, Love,
We keep wondering how far it will go.
 
I’ve stayed up so many nights, Love,
Trying to locate the river of fire, Love,
Where you drown and become holy once more, Love,
And stop wondering how far you must go.
 
We are journeying, we’ve all been journeying,
And the road is narrow, or the road's unformed,
Can you forgive me,  this search for glory?
I can’t stop driving into the storm. . .

I ache at the sight of your beauty, Love,
The sun plays across the water, Love,
We traveled along the hard roads, Love,
And keep wondering how far we must go.



 


PLUGGED IN
words/music James Gruft

© 2010 JHGMusic

 
You’re so plugged in, you’re so plugged in,
 
You don’t see me, you see nothing.
 
Always your phone, you’re in a daze,
 
You’re in your head, you’re lost in space,
 
What do I need to do to meet you face to face?
 
What if I shut your smart phone down?
 
Stopped you from looking all around,
 
I’d want you please to really try,
 
To look at me, into my eyes,
 
What good is living if the present moment passes by?
 
We lose the present, we lose our love,
 
I want my life and yours unplugged. . .
 
  
It’s hard to fight technology,
 
It’s hard to fight progress you see,
 
The medium’s the message still,
 
But you can’t live your life all virtual,
 
I’ve spent my time forging the kind of sounds that we. . . can fill.
 
We had our Plan shoved under a rug,
 
Let’s reinvent our lives unplugged.
 
You can't be so plugged in, you’re so so plugged in, 

 


STUCK
Words/music: James Gruft

© 2009 JHGMusic
 
I had a dream but the dream flew down south,
Wanted to scream dare I open my mouth?
What do you do when your life’s not your own?
You people around me you work to the bone,
Are you stuck, run out luck?
Stuck, run out of luck,
 
We’re fighting two wars we’ve got plenty of foes,
We’ve tortured our prisoners to find what they know,
It’s getting routine for a young man to go,
Freedom/s a treasure but sinks down below
When you’re stuck, run out of luck,
Stuck, run out of luck,
 
Fat families feed on those burgers and fries,
While cattle need space so the rain-forests die,
Kids are on drugs cause they’re hyper at school,
Who are the parents drug companies or you?
Are you stuck, run out luck?
Stuck, run out of luck,
 
Are you one of those people, who hate what you do?
Believing there’s nothing to look forward to,
What would be worse giving up all you knew,
Or having to live with the memories of you
Being stuck. Run out of luck.
Stuck, run out of luck. . .
 

 

"SIGHING IN STEREO" 
Words/music: John Newcott

© 2004 Sean Francis
 
There’s just no rest for all the dreamers – too busy dreaming all of the time
 
Of grander plans and higher purpose – calling cards for the clueless and blind
 
The lines of conflict get too blurry – harsh and so unkind
 
The faint of heart just keep on longing – for what gets twisted in the mind
 
 
There’s only one thing that seems certain
 
That uncertainty abounds
 
And fuels anxiety and tension
 
Some hope of hope but on what grounds?
 
 
Precious memories to recover – suspend belief and give them a chance
 
There’s no escape from one another – cushion your fall from awkward circumstance
 
Tenderness can be misleading – sometimes it’s just another shield
 
So keep your guard up and remember – that no one else can make you yield
 
And that same something still is certain
 
That confusion reigns supreme
 
Take a deep breath and grab a number
 
Perhaps you’ll wake up and grasp what this all means?




THE GAME OF LIFE
Words/music James Gruft

© 2011 JHGMusic
     
I’ve had as much as I can take of my unhealthy life,
With meals from fast-food chains they now say I need drugs to survive,
They put a fish gene in a plant so now it’s modified,
Then they can blast it with their napalm-killer pesticides,
They say a candy store’s for kids but all the artificial junk,
Inside those colored sugar shapes what makes a million children flunk,
The red and yellow dyes alone give many kids a rash,
Makes other’s ADHD worse and some autistic children crash,
 
I want to do what’s right, I want to have our way,
I want to win the Game of Life, must get in there and play,
I really do not want to blame, I want to fix the way,
Let us take up the game, and get in there and play,
Yes get in there and play,
 
Cause life’s a magical journey when you fight to win back your health,
Life’s a wonderful journey if you try to heal yourself.
 
I got the flu last winter, drug-store vaccines I fought,
They tried to pass a law forcing my daughters to get a shot,
They want them vaccinated regardless of my faith,
And while they make a billion more, children’s lives are at stake,
 
I’ve had as much as I can take of your unhealthy life,
With meals from fast-food chains they now say you need drugs to survive,
They put a fish gene in a plant so now it’s modified,
Then they blast it with their napalm-killer pess- pess- pess-
Pesticides. . . pesticides!
 
I want to do what’s right, I want to have our way,
And since I want to win the Game of Life, I must get in there and play,
I really do not want to blame, I want to fix the way,
Let us all take up the game, and get in there and play,
Yes get in there and play,
Oh yea,
 
Cause life’s a magical journey fight the fight and win back your health,
Yes, life’s a wonderful journey on the road to heal your self.
 
I’ve had as much as I can take of my unhealthy life.
 



WON’T TROUBLE ME 
Words/music James Gruft 

© 2010 JHGMusic
 
There by the dawn-lit forest trail,
I tried to hit my stride,
Am I awake to what is at stake,
Whether I live or die?
My voice keeps whispering me my doubts, 
“It’ll get dark and the road’s too steep,
“Many have tried, the years I was checked out,
“Turn back before it gets too deep.”
 
I won’t trouble me, won’t trouble me no more,
Won’t trouble me, I won’t trouble me no more,
Who says the Dream is over? Cause I keep going for. . .
I won’t trouble me no more.
 
Evening was a bridge, blocked by my Troll,
Challenged me to a riddle game,
“Name the True Name of the Key,
That wipes everyone’s slate of blame.”
 
I looked at that bridge and my Troll. Could I cross Fate?
Would my soul answer night with day?
I shouted, “Forgiving myself before it’s too late,
“That’s the Key I have found my way,” 
 
I won’t trouble me, won’t trouble me no more,
Won’t trouble me, I won’t trouble me no more,
My Troll’s inside my head, think I know what he’s there for, 
So I won’t trouble me no more.
 
Way at the end of my long hard road,
I met my great Dragon there,
He was laying on top a treasure trove,
I told him I feared to care.
“Don’t like nothing much,” my dragon hissed,
“But your heart’s filled with love, not hate,
“If you enter into my Lovely Emptinesss,
“I’ll go willingly to my fate,”
 
I won’t trouble me, won’t trouble me no more,
Won’t trouble me, I won’t trouble me no more,
I think I know the Secret, but need to mind my store,
I won’t trouble me, I won’t trouble me,
Won’t trouble me no more.  fini
    



 "FZ"
Words/music: John Newcott

© 2004 Sean Francis
 
How did it happen – that your whole world seemed to turn to blue?
Where were you looking – as those dreams began to fade from view?
Who were you seeking – when the writing vanished from the wall?
Whose heart was beating – as the guilty one’s about to be called?
 
Anticipating – all those fears you hoped would soon subside,
Invigorating – was the rush you felt once you realized,
All of the waiting – was a test to see how much you’d endure,
That blinding vision – of that future of which you were so sure,
 
But there’s no tomorrow – just an empty promise no one could keep,
No pat solution – to these troubles that grow darker and deep,
You needed guidance – to avoid the shallow traps that await,
All of that hoping – made you stumble blindly into the gate,
 
NO HOLDS BARRED,
SEEKING ANSWERS,
NO ONE CAN PROVIDE.



RUNNING or WHO DOES THE GRAIL SERVE?                                                                                                                   
                                                                                               words/music James Gruft
© 2010 JHGMusic
 
I’m trying to figure out my purpose, how to get to Paradise?
Though I found a Soul to help me, take my steps beyond this life,
I’m picking a trail out of the darkness, I’m so weary, where to rest?
Lost in the struggles for so long now, don’t know if this is all a test,
But I keep running I can’t stop running if I stop running what do I see?
I can’t stop running but I’ll stop running if you stop running along with me.
 
I never doubted that you loved me, I just doubted who I was,
I’ve done so many stupid things I thought I wasn’t worth your love.
Then I seemed to find a haven, I was happy to be there,
All these elevated souls surrounded me, felt so superior,
I kept on running I can’t stop running if I stop running what do I see?
I can’t stop running, but I’ll stop running, if you stop running, 
Away from me.  
 
Then I seemed to find a haven, I didn’t want to die,
Swept to the gates of heaven I saw the Holy Grail pass by,
I know I should’ve asked about it, the King would not be Lame,
Instead the whole world’s gone to hell, don’t tell me I’m to blame,
I keep on running I can’t stop running if I stop running what do I see?  
I can’t stop running, but I’ll stop running, you stop running, 
Whatever will be, will be. . .
 
TRAIL OF TEARS 
Words/music: James Gruft 
© 2010 JHGMusic
 
It was 1814, March twenty seven,
We fought beside our brother, Andrew Jackson,
Fought against the Red Sticks, brought them down,
At the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
 
And what did we get,
For joining our forces with the United States,
When they needed a hand?
When we returned to our homes in the Cherokee Nation,
The American troops had ravaged our land.
 
But that was just the start of the Ultimate Betrayal,
America’s promises had us all deceived,
Twenty treaties made, twenty treaties broken,
Yet still our People tried to believe. . .
 
Down the trail, forced from our homeland,
Down the Trail, six hundred miles,
One in four would never make it,
It was the worst of all our fears,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail of Tears.
 
Georgia’s Governor Lumpkin caused our devastation,
By denying our existence as a sovereign nation,
Lotteried off our lands, threw us off our estates,
And we had no legal recourse being of the red race,
 
A tiny group of natives, led by John Ridge thought they knew best and brought on our fall,
They forged a false treaty for removal of the Cherokees,
Claiming that they represented us all,
Against the protests of Davy Crocket, Daniel Webster, Ralph Emerson,
 
Against the whole Cherokee Nation’s cries,
Still the US Congress took up that false treaty,
And ratified their lies.
 
Down the trail, forced from our homeland,
Through the West, six hundred miles,
White men saw us come, and charged great tolls for passage,
It was the worst of all our fears,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail of Tears.
 
Once adjunct to General Jackson, in the war of 1812,
We started out as friends, but we didn’t know ourselves,
Then he wanted our removal so we ended enemies,
And when he rose to be President, I became chief of the Cherokees,
 
I sought to serve the Cherokee Nation through non-violent means, but I was at a loss, 
I staked my leadership that I could reason with America, or I wasn’t John Ross,
  
But all the Cherokees we had to be one,
We all say no they have to leave us alone,
But one small group made secret deals, we were undone,
They turned us out of every home. . .
 
Down the trail, so many died that winter,
Trapped along the frozen Mississippi river,
While President van Buren wrongly claimed we’d made safe passage,
Truth rained upon deaf ears,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail,
Down the Trail, Down the Trail of Tears. . .  



WHAT FOLK ARE SAYIN’
Words/music: John Newcott
Written 1987, rewritten October 2007
© 2007 SEAN FRANCIS
 
Sense is not a secret password – used to measure style or clout,
Guided by some twisted logic – that alleviates all doubt,  
Sing a song of frightened children – cover ups and awkward leaks,  
All these wonders pass on by as – a fleeting ghost of godhood speaks,
 
Take another turn for freedom – the sad resolve in “so it seems,”
Unload another well-worn burden – a step removed from what it means,
Retreat into the heart of matters – the place where no one ever tells,
About the nagging guilt and conscience – grand intentions won’t dispel,
 
Some twisted dream to be an outlaw – produced another failing saint,  
Posturing and attitude won’t – make you into what you ain’t, 
Let the chill of your indifference – put the wind back in those sails,
Build a treasure chest for heroes – one that’s stronger but still fails, 
 
Defer to all those masks of childhood – that kept you safe from deeper fears,
Research the lies that always followed – dismissal of those stifled tears,
And transcended all the shackles – the fear of night and sudden chill, 
That the unclean hands extended – were merely waiting for the kill,
 
Sense is not a secret password – used to measure style or clout,
Guided by some twisted logic – that alleviates all doubt.  
 


NO ONE WANTS TO FORGET
Words/music: James Gruft
© 2009 JHGMusic

Sunlit path,
We lost our way to the Garden,
Searching for signs back home.
Time unwound,
Community we found then lost,
Now separately we roam.
 
No one wants to forget. . .
 
While we sleep, computers keep,
A profile of our fear,
Rise and shine,
The webs moved into line,
Our virtual worlds right here.
 
No one wants to forget the dream,
With each passing year,
No one wants to give it up,
But who is left to steer?
 
Sunlit path,
We lost our way to the Garden,
Searching for signs back home.
Time unwound,
Community we found then lost,
Now separately we roam.
 



THE LOVE I HAVE FOR YOU
Words/music: James Gruft
© 2007 JHGMusic
 
 I never want to cause you pain, I love you as I’m able,
But I have got to leave you now, so food be on the table.
I travel to the far-way lands, so I can win you riches,
But ‘for I sail from every place,
I kiss the memory of your face,
No hell or heaven can erase,
The love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
The love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
 
 
I never want to cause you grief, and wish that I could stay,
But I must work the days and nights, so we can live o.k.,
I’ll build a castle made of stone, protect you from all darkness,
But if the world tries rushing in,
I’ll fight it with a mighty grin,
Since I’ve got what it takes I’ll win,
With the love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
The love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
 
 I love you dearly love you true, so I must heal my soul,
For that I search the inner Light, that makes the bearer whole,
I’ll sail across the seven seas, o’er mountain peaks and valleys,
And if I find the one with Sight,
I’ll bow to him reveal my plight,
And ask him for that holy Light,
For the love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
The love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
 
 Oh tell me if you hear my song, what moves your soul to fly?
I’ve fought my battles won and lost, not ready yet to die,
The foamy tides they rise and fall and still I keep on struggling,
I fight to best the stormy sea,
Some bad and good did come from me,
Come Judgment, God knows where I’ll be,
But the love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.
The love I have for you, dear,
The love I have for you.