danny flanigan (1989)

canoe belief
the umbrella song
no more horses
michael
close enough to see
you oughta' know by now
porcubears and monkeyducks
love, by definition
breathe, bonnie breathe
overlooked
she only feels like you
dancing on the wall
sun over rain
whisky man

canoe belief
i wouldn't hesitate
to go down with my ship
but i'm not going down at all
it would be futile to hide
from the water besides
with the moon's help the shore
will be mine

wood on water
is nothing new
it's just me and my
canoe belief

and though your ridicule
goes so well with your smile
it gives me all the more reasons to try
with my engines as arms
and hope as my sail
the worst i can do
is fail

wood on water…

and i wouldn't hesitate
to go down with my ship
it's just that i'm not going down
at all

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

the umbrella song
let me remind you
i am stronger than any man of steel
and let me assure you
that no broken bone of mine has ever failed
to heal

and i'll be your umbrella
i'll be your goose down
i'll be your shade in the summertime
'til you wear me out

if you can imagine
i would hold my breath so you could breathe
and pull down the universe
so you could wear it like a diamond ring

and i'll be your umbrella…

i would be your shelter
in any kind of weather
beyond the shadow of a doubt
'til you wear me out

i'll be your umbrella…

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

no more horses
i remember greathouse days
bus stops near where horses played
the magic of the suburbs then
i wish i could go back again
not far away from city scare
how could someone just not care?

shaking families from their homes
like indians and buffalo
and what was once a neighborhood
now shallow merchants sell their goods
inspired by the dollar bill
and never minding what they kill

there's no more horses now
no more horses now
there's no more horses now
no more horses

first they took the big white house
that everyone was sure was haunted
brian's houses has lost it's shape
and bernie's has a new look also
all have become shops of sorts
selling stuff to sorts that shop

there's no more horses now…

© 1988 bonnie jeans songs

michael
please don’t tell me – it was all a lie
‘cause i remember you saying – one way or another
you were gonna win the fight
and now i can’t believe my ears
and i won’t believe my eyes
is it true what momma told me
michael have you lost your mind?

when it rains it pours michael
when it rains it pours michael
when it rains – rains –
it pours

where did it all start to happen
can you draw a line?
and so they made off with your tools
but michael you’ve still got your mind
to many people bad times come
and then they wonder what there is in store
they wonder how they’re gonna make it through
michael that’s what God is for
i believe

when it rains it pours michael...

but how else can there be a rainbow
and tell me would you still respect the sun
and how else would your garden grow
how else would your garden grow?

when it rains it pours michael...

and of course it occurs to me now
since you’ve been away much too long
and what’s been your line of thinkin’
michael, where did you go wrong?

when it rains it pours michael...

© 1986 bonnie jean song

close enough to see
looking star-ward toward outer-space
mars may as well be africa
'cause in our hometown daily lives
most of us live
well enough not to worry

and we close our eyes
or look the other way
when we see
grocery-cart people
trying to
survive

hunger isn't far away
it's close enough to see
hunger isn't far away
it's close enough to see
and we're close enough to feed

what a job
keeping warm by
keeping busy
and the meals don't
come so steady
it all depends on
what you find
that someone might buy
one man's junk
and aluminum cans

hunger isn't far away…

looking star-ward toward outer-space
mars may as well be africa
'cause in our hometown daily lives
most of us live
close enough to see

we live close enough to see

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

you oughta' know by now
wasting time repeating standard lines
wishful thinking has to end some time
like wounded soldiers crawling out from fire
giving up can bring an end to war

and how many times do we have to go over it
yeah how many miles do we have to run over it
run over it?

‘cause you ought to know by now

looking up i know there must be sun
the hardest part is realizing when to go

how many times do we have to go over it
how many miles do we have to run over it
run over it?

‘cause you ought to know
you ought to know
yeah you ought to know by now

© 1987 bonnie jean songs

porcubears and monkeyducks
"what is this"?
"and what is the meaning of this?",
said the porcu-bear to the monkey-duck
and he replied,
"my mommy and daddy just raised me this way
and my ma and pa are the smartest you know!"

"crazy! that all sounds so crazy to me", said the porcu-bear
as he hung his head low
and there were tears in his eyes as he cried
"you mean we're not all the same?"
"oh no!", shrieked the monkey-duck

"you porcu-bears can't lay eggs
or swing from high trees
and you don't even have web between your toes
your skin is all spiny and those claws on your hands
just how can you expect to be treated the same
as us monkey-ducks?"
"as us monkey-ducks?"
"as us?"

"so we're not all the same?"
"so we're not all the same?"
"so we're not?"

hey where i come from
we don't think that way
but i can see
that you sure think differently

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

love, by definition
she says the only thing positive
are the leaves on the trees
their color and all
the beauty of it
God's beauty, if you will
but i remember a day
when she used to believe in me
and love, by definition
was the faith she had in loving

faith

running together passing what are
now just memories
like the bridge scarred from flames
almost left burning and
i poured the gasoline
but i remember those days
when she was all truth ever was
when love, by definition
was the way i felt about her

faith

if bitterness were a bullet
i would be her murderer

yeah i remember those days
yeah i remember those days
when love, by definition
was the faith she had
when love, by definition
was the way i felt
but now she says
the only thing positive
are the leaves on the trees
the leaves on the trees
God's beauty
God's beauty if you will

faith

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

breathe, bonnie breathe
i have seen you serve yourself
to others
as far away as a boy can be
from his mother
i have stood there
and your true compassion
was never once dimmed
by the distance

is it selfish of me
that i ask you to breathe,
bonnie breathe

so many guilty souls are fed
good intentions
leaving only bones and shells
for the hungry
and while all the heroes
held their celebrations
your hands and back and feet grew sore

is it selfish of me
that i ask you to breathe
is it selfish of me
that i ask you to breathe,
bonnie breathe

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

overlooked
my gift is small
but her life is busy and tall
so she does not see me
at all

i could persist
but it makes no difference with this
she sees what she wants to
she sees when she wants to
and she overlooks
she overlooks

overlooked - i’m over looked
overlooked - i’m overlooked

i could persist
but it makes no difference with this
she sees what she wants to
she sees when she wants to
and she overlooks
she overlooks

overlooked - i’m over looked
overlooked - i’m overlooked

(c) 1987 bonnie jean songs

she only feels like you
when the magic is there
when her passion feeds the air
she seems to know just what to do
and she feels like you

and i dare to say it
no one could ever take your place
but you must understand she is not just another pretty face
i’m not afraid
no i’m not afraid to say
her love is true
and she feels like you

so what do i need you for
if there’s nothing that she can’t do?
the moral of the story is
she only feels like you

and i dare to say it
no one could ever take your place
but you must understand she is not just another pretty face
i’m not afraid
no i’m not afraid to say
her love is true
and she feels like you

so what do i need you for...

© 1985 bonnie jean songs

dancing on the wall
we take it for granted
and some still question if we really have it
but one thing is clear
freedom rings in the eastern world this year

and they're dancing on the wall
they're dancing on the wall
they're dancing

the grey has been lifted
so now light from candles shines through tears of joy and
a rainbow of freedom
reminds us of the power of our will

and they're dancing on the wall

the challenge before us
is to help our sisters set a new foundation
for all the world's children
let us not forget why we are here

still dancing on the wall
celebrating life
and freedom
it rings
as we're dancing on the wall
we're dancing on the wall
we're dancing

© 1989 bonnie jeans songs

sun over rain
it's so cold in here already
and yet it freezes me when you cry
freezes me like ice
like "ice 9"

so please don't cry
or please don't let me see you cry
your tears are like rain
that spring to life flowers in your soul

God how i love flowers
but i'd rather see you smile

sun over rain
anyday
i'd take sun over rain
anyday

my body breathes
while your lungs beg for air
and my heart beats so strong
while your's can't beat at all

how can i be liable
for the hurting you've contrived
guilt cannot retain me
i refuse to live a lie

sun over rain
anyday
give me sun over rain
anyday

over rain
sun over rain
over rain
sun over rain

© 1988 bonnie jeans songs

whisky man
rain as cold as ice
sometimes it feels like knives
stabbing through the cardboard blanket
cutting at the skin
who am i to say?
what can i really know?
i feel it in my mind
but the whisky man feels it all the time

strangled by the snow
blinded by the heat
here in america
some of us call it trick-or-treat
from a malibu beach mansion
to a dumpster on the southside
a poor man looks for shelters
and a rich man looks for shelters too

and i feel so sorry
for the whisky man
i feel so sorry
for the whisky man

rain as cold as ice
sometimes it feels like knives
stabbing through the cardboard blanket
cutting at the skin
who am i to stay?
what can i really know?
i feel it in my mind
but the whisky man feels it all the time

i feel so sorry for the whisky man

© 1988 bonnie jeans songs