Hope Dream Sigh

by Ed Englerth

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Haunted 04:43
Haunted by Ed Englerth There’s a voice It’s small and quiet There’s a vision I can’t forget It’s a cry In the winds of time So often (so often) I want to hide I’m being haunted I’m being tracked down I feel the breeze so I know I’ve been found There’s a tune That I can’t carry I try so hard I get so weary Even when I’m at home You won’t Leave me alone I’m being haunted I’m being tracked down I feel the breeze so I know I’ve been found Is it the story that carries my thoughts to you Or hope for meaning beyond the things I do I’m being haunted I’m being tracked down I feel the breeze so I know I’ve been found //: I’m being haunted Oooh oooh oooh ://
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With In My Skin by Ed E I find myself inside a cage With an orangutan half my age He wants to arm wrestle for my soul What comes next – is the strangest thing He crawls – inside my skin & he fights for the controls //: the enemy within my skin :// He has more strength than I N’ he bids me, ‘say goodbye’ Out of fear start to shake I open my eyes – it was a dream Then I hear the orangutan scream Even though I’m wide awake //: the enemy within my skin :// If I attack – he backs away I turn around he grabs my neck If he ever wears me down He’ll grind my bones to make his bread If I say stop – he’ll pretend to rest There’s deception in his very breath //: the enemy within my skin :// //: within my skin ://
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How Do I Love by Ed E How do I love the preacher How do I love the politician How do I love the billionaire How do I love without conditions How do I love the homeless How do I love the drunks How do I love the fearful How do I love instead of run //: how do I love :// G A Em Bm How do I love my family How do I love those that live next door G A Em Em How do I love the environmentalist How do I love without keeping score //: how do I love :// How do I love the vegan How do I love the Hunter How do I love the traffic cop How do I love the banker How do I love the jaded How do I love the innocent young How do I love the intellectual How do I love the ones I'd rather shun //: how do I love :// How do I love myself How do I love the light That reveals my Wicked Ways And all of my denials //: how do I love ://. Hey hey //: how do I love ://
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Try 04:45
Try by Ed Englerth Just because I’m depressed Doesn’t mean that things aren’t broken It may not mean, just take my pills Or give meaningless a positive spin When life falls like burning leaves w/ limbs twisted as if lighting stuck rebuild, repair, maybe reverse engineer even if everything turns to dust (Chorus) If we don’t try it’ll never get done If we don’t ask the answer’s no This life is not a waste Love is the debt we owe Paul said, “Don't grow weary of doing good" That’s the way the race is run We will see visions – we will dream dreams We have yet to see what we will become If we don’t try it’ll never get done If we don’t ask the answer’s no This life is not a waste Love is the debt we owe (bridge) Awe of God – The beginning of wisdom Don’t hide the light – we are all travelers If we don’t try it’ll never get done If we don’t ask the answer’s no This life is not a waist Love is the debt we owe //: try, ask, live, love :// If we don’t try it’ll never get done If we don’t ask the answer’s no This life is not a waist Love is the debt we owe E E E E //: shoe be doop :// Bop bop
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Chalk It Up 03:19
Chalk It Up by Ed Englerth Chalk it up to high expectations Chalk it up shortsightedness of greed Chalk it up to anything you want You know that chalk's still going to bleed Chalk it up to providence Chalk it up to whoever's in the White House now Chalk it up to our ancestors Chalk it up to what the law now allows Chalk it up to too much repetition Chalk it up to rarely saying a word Chalk it up to the educational system Chalk it up to the absurd Chalk it up (Chalk it up) To experience Chalk it up (Chalk it up) To foolishness Chalk it up (Chalk it up) Yea chalk it up my friend To a world without end Chalk it up to a belief in the Holy One Chalk it up to a belief in energy or matter plus time plus chance Chalk it up to our infinite wisdom Chalk it up to our arrogance Chalk it up to our selfish ambition Chalk it up to giving it all away Chalk it up to prudence Or whatever her name is today //: Chalk it up (Chalk it up) To experience Chalk it up (Chalk it up) To foolishness Chalk it up (Chalk it up) Yea chalk it up my friend To a world without end :// (2X) To a world without end Chalk it up my friends
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Trouble 04:37
Trouble by Ed E He hadn’t been looking for trouble It was the last thing he thought he’d need He didn’t understand the motivation Was planted much like a seed He went right to her side Like a long lost friend Although they’d never met Anyone could guess the end * It was trouble, trouble from the very start It was trouble, trouble with an empty heart He thought he understood Why he lost at love He always believed he’d stop But he never got enough He’d end up hurting Each and every time But just let a girl walk past And she’d stay right on his mind * This kind of life is wearing thin There’s only one place that he needs to begin And it’s not with trouble * *
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Don’t Give Up by Ed Englerth You don’t have to do a lot Sometimes just a whisper Just a single word Breathing atmosphere Don’t - Give Up On Me Your touch on my shoulder Is changing history Redirection, anticipation Unfolding this mystery Don’t - Give Up On Me That attitude in your eyes Needs no explanation Detailed attention Stirs up expectations Don’t - Give Up On Me If you leave It’s empty If you leave There’s nothing It may look like There’s a man standing here But you know - he’s only bluffing //: Don’t - Give Up On Me :// 2x
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Declare 03:46
I Declare by Ed Englerth It seems a little insane to me To share such a thing out loud If I was out of step before I’m beyond the left-field bleachers now (chorus) I declare love is not a dream There’s harmony there’s symmetry Love is strong – we are weak I declare love is what we need They say that’s nice but it won’t last They say in the end, all we have is pain Long dark shadows passing over us The mist of distrust leaves us drained (chorus) (bridge) They try to shut us down & say that’s not allowed Next thing we know They’re trying to throw us out Hey - (Chorus) //: I declare love is what we need ://
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Where We Were by Ed E I'm trying not to wreck These pictures I'm looking at So much depth in each one Holds a river that comes flowing back Paper and color are held together By a moment in time Each one's a life now revealed A hope, a dream, a sigh * The voices and the laughter We thought we'd get what we were after Now these pictures are all that's left Of where we were I'm reminded of what was back then And what will never be again These people have all moved on Few things work out as planned. * Now my eyes are blurry Half from weariness - half from tears I've got to put these pictures away As I fall asleep I can still hear. * //: Where we were ://
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I Do I Don't 03:06
I Do I Don’t (LayOut In The Sun) by Ed Englerth I don’t want to go to school I don’t want to go to work I don’t want to change my oil I don’t want to change my shirt I want to be inspired I want to see visions I want money to buy the future I want to lay out in the sun I don’t want to be destructible I don’t want to be lied to I don’t want war (who does?) I don’t want to be food (Chorus) I don’t want to run in circles I don’t want to be pushed ‘round I don’t want to be cutoff on the freeway I don’t want to be told, “It’s too loud!” (Chorus)
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You'd Think By Now by Ed E You’d think by now that I’d know But I don’t know love at all I thought saw love across the street When I walked over she told me I was wrong You’d think by know I’d know enough To hide all of this away But I want to know, I want to know I can’t just sit here and wait * Whatever you believe Love can or cannot do You’d think by now, you’d think by now We’d know more about love Well, well, well. Maybe not so well No matter how many times I lose I keep on going, I’m so far in debt I can’t quit, no, I refuse * Am I looking for clarity? Am I looking for my way? I am going to keep on moving, keep on trying & I’ll stand when I can no longer walk *
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Wish You Were Here by Ed E Just across town From the job I work each day I’ve got an apartment And a red Chevrolet I’ve got a DVR to catch my videos So it won’t seem so empty When I get home * I so often wish that you were here To touch my fevered brow And calm my worst fears The same familiar scenes Moment to moment The money comes n’ goes For bills and rent Makes my outside hard Turns my outside in I close my eyes And try to breathe again * Won’t you love me? Past emotional poverty Won’t you love me? And help these eyes to see Won’t you love me? Isolation takes time to heal Won’t you love me? Help my unbelief * *
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Empty Pockets by Ed Englerth It’s the man with the empty pockets With the back as strong as steel He’ll be ready if work comes But that doesn’t help with the way he feels His boot leathers getting thinner His patience is like his shoes When he thinks about who he is And yet he’s made to play the fool He’s got Empty pockets He’s got the blues He’s got empty pockets And nothing to hold on to He’s been out of work for 2 years Feels like 23 Unemployment figures keep rising The bottom is all he sees He never claimed it was easy Now he wonders will it be at all Gone is his security And his backs up against the wall He’s got Empty pockets He’s got the blues He’s got empty pockets And nothing to hold on to He wakes up later each morning And goes to bed later each night His world is gone with the sunset And it won’t be back with the morning light He’s got Empty pockets He’s got the blues He’s got empty pockets And nothing to hold on to He’s got Empty pockets He’s got the blues He’s got empty pockets And nothing to hold on to
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Sad Stories 04:30
Sad Stories by Ed E Sometimes I hear sad stories You’ve heard them too How folks can’t get along Well that’s nothing new N’ I admit I am far from perfect I don’t always see things in the clearest light I’ve made my fair share of mistakes I’ve even been known to cause more than one fight My baby n’ I haven’t been getting on to well I don’t always clean the floor and she is always bored She wants me to take out the trash She tells me it smells and then she leaves for the store Five hours later she comes back from shopping The trash is still sitting right where she left it & she’s turning red & she’s staring at me, & she says, ‘what part of throw it out don’t you get baby?’ Well she goes out to the back yard Takes a swing in the hammock I go out to the barrel and throw in the trash ‘It’ll be gone soon’ I say with a smile As I reach in my pocket n’ I pull out a match She says it stinks so I give a little laugh, I say ‘I’m sorry it’s burning so slow – I’ll make it burn fast’ So I get an empty soup can – And I fill it with fuel She told me not to do that then she calls me a fool I don’t know how it happened – I almost fell Half went in the barrel and half on myself. N’ I cried, ‘I’m on fire, please call for help’ She said, ‘I told you not to do it, call’m yourself’ (aaahhh, that’s cold) Sometimes I hear sad stories You’ve heard’m too How folks can’t get along Well that’s nothing new Now I’m lying here in the hospital With 3rd degree burns and there’s one lesson I hope you’ve learned No matter how bad it gets with your mate Compared to me and my X you two are doin’ great Hhhhhmmmmm, you two are looking great. Exceptional, Wow, amazing, mighty fine, looking good
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What Do I Do 03:38
What Do I Do by Ed E //: What do I do There goes the backup plan :// What do I do? I can’t cry, I can’t laugh //: Where should I go the bridge is out //: Where should I go? I’m sinking down //: Who do I ask Do you think it’s too late :// Yeah who do I ask? Can you give me a name? //: Why should I care Reason is dead on its feet :// Why should I care? Can you tell me please? //: What do I do Where should I go :// Why should I care (and if I did) How will I know?
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When Words Fail by Ed Englerth When words fail To describe the way we feel To explain That the pain inside is real When words fail The verbal symbols crumble Down between us Lay shattered at our feet When words fail I can't stop My heart beats on in love When words fail When words fail And our world disintegrates We can't define Why we can't communicate When words fail I can't stop My heart beats on in love When words fail (bridge) There's more to love And life has more meaning Than the failure of words That seem so unyielding When words fail I can't stop My heart beats on in love When words fail
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A Good Death 04:23
A Good Death by Ed Englerth I am not laying my burden down I will not go quietly I'm taking on this battle There's a difference between wants and needs While “Wants” may cause pressure While “Needs” juggle life and death When this struggle's over There'll only be one thing left A Good Death While death tries to distract me With a fight or flight response I pray for strength and hope And rest when this is done A Good Death - A Good Death (BRIDGE) Actions speak louder than theories Resolve's hard to predict I'm ready for eternity But I'm not there yet A Good Death I'm falling on my knees So Exhausted from this grief And Oh Lord, I see an angel Help me with this agony A Good Death - A Good Death Lord Grant Mercy Lord Grant Strength Wrap Your Arms Around Me I Won't Survive With Less

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released May 29, 2020

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Ed Englerth Hastings, Michigan

Ed Englerth has played music with; Ray White(Frank Zappa & Zappa Plays Zappa), Kenny Meeks (Sixpence None The Richer), Joe English(Paul McCartney & Wings), Robin Robbins (Bob Seger), John Lawry (Petra), Jan Krist, Jim Cole, Aracely, Jim Earp, Scott Roley, Dave Perkins (Chagall Guevara), Donny Hartman (Frost), Harvey Jet (Black Oak Arkansas)

Ed Englerth is a BlueSideDownStudios artist.
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