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live lunch (2003)

intro
iowa (listen)
save me
as it is in heaven
michael
the clearing
save my life
shine
vernon's mud
brassman
beautiful day
what i miss

iowa
it's 38 degrees outside
another saturday mornin' in iowa? - i don't think so
it's uncle binky's birthday
friends we've all come here to celebrate it with love

aunt mary beth's got biscuits on
and we're all tryin' to think of a prank to play on uncle johnny
us folks done come from all around to this mississippi river town
i never leave home without it - get it out my mini-van
love

good family love - keeps me goin'
it brought me here - it'll take me home
good family love - keeps me warm
on a cold iowa saturday morn'

grandma smokes her cigarettes - pall mall!
nolin and benny-boy are playin' on the neighbor's swingset
tonight's the night at the hotel
gonna drink a little, sing a little, raise a little hell
we drink to - make up songs about love
i can't get enough of it - love

that good family love…

it's 42 degrees outside
another sunday mornin' in iowa? - i don't think so
everybody's got to go home today
to maryland - georgia - kentucky - l.a.
we gather 'round the breakfast table one last time
we laugh at last night as we cry at goodbye
feelin' like this makes me wanna live long
time slips away but our memories live on
our memories live on and on

good family love…

© 1997 - danny@dannyflanigan.com

save me
save me
save me from the chilling waters
save me from your sons and daughters
save me

hold me
squeeze me tight so i might feel
i am numb from all the pain
hold me

everybody needs love
i am no exception to my rule
everybody needs someone to care
save me

teach me
try to explain - try to reason why
some things fail and some succeed
teach me

share with me
give me what you have too much of
and i will try and do the same
share with me

everybody needs love…

save me

© 1988 bonnie jean songs

as it is in heaven
what can you imagine
close your eyes and see this place
tell me what we’re after
everyday

how come all this violence
how come all this rage
and how come all this hatred
and all of the blame?

we can make earth as it is in heaven
make earth as it is in heaven

tell me what’s important
tell me what we really need
i’m fed and i’m clothed and i’m sheltered
while my sisters need – while my brothers still need

we can make earth as it is in heaven...

i swear it feels like something is still missing
and we’re all so tired and drained
we’re much busier than happy
as time slips away – time is slippin’ away

we can make earth as it is in heaven

© 2000 - danny@dannyflanigan.com

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 songs

the clearing
i'm counting down the days
'til freedom rings for me
and in my mind i see a field of gold
warm and glowing
i'm keeping track of pace
'cause i know the fallacy
of looking forward so that you never really know
where you are

the road that i am on now will someday end
and the injuries that i've acquired will mend
and all that i've prepared for will start to make sense
in the clearing

there really is a place
on daddy's farm - childhood summers
through the briar and brush - the bramble then bust
into the open
into that wide open space
and with this child's imagination
there was no telling me that anything could not be
once i had imagined

the road that i am on now…

the clearing of the mind
the freeing up of time
the letting go of me and serving true
believing in the good
trusting as i should
together that my faith and my work will guide me
guide me to the clearing

i'm counting down the days
'til freedom rings for me
and in my mind i see
that field of gold

i see the clearing
and i am running to…

© 1992 bonnie jean songs

save my life
the wind is nuts
i've got to sprint just to stand up in this quick sand
and the sun works hard
like a first semester freshman
for all these cactus people
on this desert day

i'm thinkin' water
i'm thinkin' shade

it would save my life to see you now
like a freezing man needs fire
like a drowning man needs a life line thown
come see me and save my life

it's getting' dark
i've got to go on back inside
i've got to prepare for the fireworks
a crowd of one is gonna sing the standard "oohs" and "aahs"
the "oohs" and the "aahs"
sparks are gonna fly from my mouth

i'm thinkin' 'bout friendship
i know i sank that boat years ago

it would save my life to see you now…

there's something volatile about my emotions
probably from flyin' so close to the moon over and over again
her softness and her light and her ungravity make me crazy
and i'm already as close to crazy as i can safely be

i pray to Jesus
for help with my spaceship

it would save my life to see you now
like a freezing man needs fire
like a starving man craves the smallest bite
come see me and save my life

© 1993 bonnie jean songs

shine
separated – by doubts and fears
kept together – by all the same doubts and fears
so who’ll be the one to break down first
who’ll be the devil on this hell on earth?

‘cause this love just don’t shine anymore
like it used to shine anymore
it just don’t shine

responding – but never talking first
reacting – my fingers crossed that the cloud will soon burst
this gray ugly sky depicts our pain
we won’t see the sun until we pray for rain
until we pray

‘cause this love just don’t shine anymore...

separated – by doubts and fears
kept together – by all the same doubts and fears
so who’ll be the one to break down first
who’ll be the devil in this hell on earth
hell on earth

‘cause this love just don’t shine anymore...

© 2006 bonnie jean songs

vernon's mud
vernon's mud is better than mine
vernon's mud is perfect every time
vernon's mud is like a sweet red wine to the bricklayers
as they're burnin' up the line

he's a tall, strong, black man
with long, wide, soft hands
at 49 he works at his own pace
he's subject to drink too much and maybe miss a day
he was married for 13 years 'til his ole' woman up and went away
you can say what you want - say what you will
but vernon pulls his own weight

vernon's mud is better than mine…

sometimes the forklift breaks down
vernon cracks a smile and starts jokin' around
and says something like, "better warm up your shoulders little girl-scouts -
we gotta break out the hods -
unless you know a good rain dance or a prayer for the forklift gods -
it's the same shit - different day”
but there's so much to be said for an honest man earning honest pay
hell yeah

vernon's mud is better than mine…

© 1997 - danny@dannyflanigan.com

brassman
slow down
come go down
to a place on dresden blvd.
in a home there
lives a wealthy man
he owns a million shares of love that he inherited

and just like his mother's house
countless knick-knacks line his walls
his brass collection stands out tall

he's got a tiny sail boat - a matching spoon
pair of large mouth bass - a big elephant too
in a house-sized collection that will never be sold
i call him the brass man
though his heart's made of gold

on a good day while he earns his pay
buying old tools he'll repair and sell again
at the pawn shops where he makes his stops
he'll spot an item he's been looking for - a gift for a friend

and just like his mother's house
as warm as could be
his door's wide open for those in need

they see his tiny sail boat…

just like his mothers house…

come see his tiny sail boat…

© 1992 bonnie jean songs

beautiful day
how can you sleep on a day like today
how can you cry on a day like today
how can you hate on a day like today?
the most beautiful day in the world
it's a beautiful day in the world

money gets me down
down 'cause i need it
what a silly thing to need
and i catch myself sleeping
'cause in my dreams nobody needs

but how can you sleep…?

my troubles weigh me down
i can swim with an anchor
but i'm tired of living under water
and i catch myself cryin'
'cause in those tears i find some release

still how can you cry…?

the system gets me down
it makes me feel small and unimportant
what a dangerous way to feel
and i catch myself hating
until i realize that love is what heals

and how can you hate…?

© 1991 - danny@dannyflanigan.com

what i miss
this is what i miss
this is what i miss
i miss time with you
nothing else will do
this is what i miss

this is what i want
this is what i want
i wanna live and tell
love and laugh like hell
forget all that stuff i said
i must have hit my head
this is what i want
this is what i want

and i'm not going to pretend
there's nothing harder than the truth
“wise men change their minds
fools never do”

this is what i am
this is what i am
and though i have many sides
there's none more real - there's none more mine
could you hang around while i work this out?
'cause this is what i am
this is what i am

this is what i want

this is what i miss

© 1997 - danny@dannyflanigan.com