Love Through a Prism

by Drew James

Released 2015
Road Tested Tunes, LLC
Released 2015
Road Tested Tunes, LLC
Musical interpretations of the different colors buried in the spectrum of love's emotions – joy, mystery, longing, exhileration, desire, heartbreak, ecstasy and exasperation. Love objects inspiring these songs extend beyond the romantic.
  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher In The Rye

    Drew James © 2013

     

    Father, Oh father

    The soldiers lie in wait

    Sharpened hooks

    Are buried in their bait

    You kept trying

    To drop them one by one

    But reinforcements

    Have you on the run

     

    One for the road

    Make it two for the pain

    Three for the memories

    And four for the blame

    There's no way

    You can say goodbye

    Goodbye to the Catcher in the Rye

     

    Father, Oh father

    You say war is hell

    That winners are losers

    With stories they can't tell

    There's a badge of

    Courage in your head

    Every night it

    Bleeds a deeper red

     

    One for the road

    Make it two for the pain

    Three for the memories

    And four for the blame

    There's no way

    You can say goodbye

    Goodbye to the Catcher in the Rye

     

    Father, Oh father

    Drink that whiskey in

    It will never

    Wash away your sins

    You say you need it

    To face the enemy

    And when you look in the mirror

    That is who you see

     

    One for the road

    Make it two for the pain

    Three for the memories

    And four for the blame

    There's no way

    You can say goodbye

    Goodbye to the Catcher in the Rye

    Goodbye to the Catcher in the Rye

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    Familiar Eyes

    Familiar Eyes

    Drew James ©2014

     

    Walking along, minding the business before me

    When I looked up and saw, familiar eyes coming toward me

    She said, “Have you been good?”, then smiled that smile I still dream of

    In silence I stood, for I never got over her lost love

     

    I just couldn't bring myself to say

    The words in my heart that day

     

    What good's a song, if it's never sung

    What good's a bell, if it's never rung

    What good's a flower, if it never grows

    What good's a love, that she doesn't know

     

    I just couldn't bring myself to say

    The words in my heart that day

     

    Not talking at all, awkwardly sharing that moment

    When I looked down and saw, her diamond wedding ring glowing

    It's been a year, I went that whole time without knowing

    Holding back tears, I said, “I have to be going.”

     

    (Pre- and Chorus)

    (Repeat Chorus and 2X pre-chorus)

  • 04:10 Lyrics
    Saturday Smile

    Saturday Smile

    Drew James © 2007

     

    The moon lights the highway tonight

    It showed up about Tennessee

    A small slice of day that got left behind

    To keep me company

     

    A white lines midnight parade

    Passes through my headlight beam

    One by one I’ll count them away

    Until I get to see

     

    Her Saturday Smile, her Saturday smile

    The glow of her Saturday Smile

    Her Saturday Smile, her Saturday smile

    The glow of her Saturday Smile

     

    Musical Bridge

     

    The dawn spills an orange juice sky

    Across the sugar brown hills

    Morning explodes in a breakfast of light

    But there’s one thing that’s brighter still

     

    (Chorus)

     

    The sky will turn blue

    When I walk, walk in her room

    Just one look on her face

    Will be worth my all night chase

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Her Saturday Smile, her Saturday smile

    When she turns on that Saturday Smile

    Her Saturday Smile, her Saturday smile

    I’ll be home to her Saturday Smile

     

     

     

     

     

  • 03:32 Lyrics
    Castle Walls (Love's Not Fair)

    Castle Walls (Love's Not Fair)

    Drew James© 2013

     

    Here within these castle walls

    Love tells all its secrets

    Every need that comes to call

    I seek a way to please it, I seek a way to please it

     

    I offered her a chair

    She answers with a stare

    I ask, “Why don’t you care?”

    Then she whispered, “Love’s not fair”

    Lovs not fair, love's not fair

     

    Here within these castle walls

    Life unveils its freedom

    There inside the entry hall

    Stands its naked meaning

    Stands it's naked meaning

     

    Her deafness to my pleas

    Drove me to my knees

    She gave me back my keys


    Then she turned her back to leave, turned her back to leave

    Love's not fair

     

    I used to swing

    The whole world on a string

    Now that string's a chain

    That binds me like a slave

    Love's not fair

     

    Here within these castle walls

    Night screams out in silence

    Though I hear no sound at all

    It splits my ears with violence, splits my ears with violence

     

    I search but cannot find

    Some clue she’s left behind

    Some clear or subtle sign

    To reassure me in my mind

    That love is fair, love is fair

     

    I used to swing

    The whole world on a string

    Now that string's a chain

    That binds me like a slave

    Love's not fair

     

    Here within these castle walls

    Love tells all its secrets

    Every need that comes to call

    I seek a way to please it, I seek a way to please it

  • 04:07 Lyrics
    Holding On

    Holding On

    Drew James © 2011

     

    Frozen fast

    In a photograph

    Two pairs of eyes

    Captured in this picture

    Stare across the years

     

    So long ago

    Their eyes aglow

    Huddled close

    For this faded portrait

    Before their fate was near

     

    Holding on

    What time

    Let slip away

     

    She looks so young

    His tie's undone

    Maybe it

    Was taken on the boardwalk

    Down by the old arcade

     

    Hand in hand

    When love began

    Endlessy

    Stretching like the ocean

    Behind them on that day

     

    Chorus

     

    I can't resist

    Her tender lips

    In her arms

    I found my redemption

    In her warm embrace

     

    Hand in hand

    Out on the sand

    As the sun sinks down toward the ocean

    To steal away the day

     

    Chorus

     

     

    As the sun sets

    Someone snaps our picture on the Boardwalk

    Down by the old arcade

     

    Chorus

     

  • 04:39 Lyrics
    Miwok Walk

    The Miwok Walk

    Drew James © 2014

     

    She's the one who does her best

    To ease my worried mind

    She always leaves me out of breath

    She does it every time

     

     

    We took a walk on the Miwok, the Miwok walk

    We took a walk on the Miwok walk

    We took a walk on the Miwok, the Miwok walk

    We took a walk on the Miwok walk

     

    She lifts my spirits high above

    She never lets me down

    She does it all with tender love

    She's not just foolin' round

     

    (Chorus)

     

    She took me on her rocket ship

    She shot me to the stars

    But t was just a magic trick

    I never laughed so hard

     

    (Chorus)

     

    She has everything I want

    She shares it all with me

    She hates it cold, she loves it hot

    She's pleasant company

     

    (Chorus) X 2

  • 03:36 Lyrics
    Any Avenue

    Any Avenue

    Drew James © 2012

     

    It's another starless night

    Underneath the city lights

    Down along any avenue

    Searching for a love that's true

     

    I'm no different than

    Any other natural man

    I'll do anything for you

    Down along any avenue

     

    Friday night's an escapade

    Gather round where the music's played

    Down along any avenue

    Every song that you ever knew

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Daydreaming on a rainy day

    Sun comes out and I feel the same

    Down along any avenue

    Skies are grey and skies are blue

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Traffic light above my head

    First it's green then it's red

    Down along any avenue

    Won't you give me a signal too

     

    (Chorus)

     

    Mystery she hides her face

    At the end of my chase

    Down along any avenue

    Tomorrow is a new day too

     

    (Chorus)

    Down along any avenue (X3)

     

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Thoughts of New Orleans

    Thoughts of New Orleans

    Drew James © 2008

     

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    Where the mighty river flows

    Where the seeds of dreams are sown

    Where hearts sprout wings

    On the southern wind that blows

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    The place that I call home

     

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    Where the sun shines good and strong

    Where the heat lasts all night long

    Where time runs slow

    And the air is rich with song

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    The where I belong

     

    That City of passion, style and taste

    That City of sinners and of saints

    That City that spawns memories that time can’t erase

    New Orleans

    It is like no other place

     

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    Where the rain comes pouring down

    As I walk its hallowed ground

    And when I do

    I can hold my head up proud

    I’m flooded with thoughts of New Orleans

    God I wish I was there now

     

    That City of passion, style and taste

    That City of sinners and of saints

    That City that spawns memories that time can’t erase

    New Orleans

    It is like no other place

     

     

     

     

     

  • 03:11 Lyrics
    Something French

    Something French

    Drew James © 2008

     

    Up above the party lights

    Higher than a kite

    I'm like a shooting star

    I’m one with the night

     

    I hear a melody

    Moi pour elle dans la vie

    Playing over in my mind

    It's calling out to me

    It's calling out to me

     

    One more drink would just go to my head

    There’s something else that I crave instead

    This thirst, no drink can quench

    I’m in the mood, the mood for something French

     

    The neon casts its silver glow

    Where little secrets grow

    Into tyrants that can rule your mind

    And steal away your soul

     

    Then a dark breathtaking sight

    Turns shadow into light

    Like a siren from a film noir

    The scene turns black and white

    The scene turns black and white

     

    (Chorus)

     

    There's a look in her eyes

    I recognize

    She’s in the mood, the mood for something French

    She's in the mood, the mood for something French

     

  • 02:57 Lyrics
    I'll Be On My Way

    I'll Be On My Way

    Drew James © 2011

     

    I've had it baby

    That's it for me

    I try and try but all I get is misery

     

    You say you need me

    Then you leave me again

    You say believe me

    Then you deceive me in the end

     

    There's only one thing left to do

    There's only one thing left to stay

    Before this day is through

    I'll be on my way

     

    All love's sweet traces

    Have worn paper thin

    Now I speak softly

    And I wear a thick skin

     

    (Prechorus)

     

    (Chorus)

     

    I'll be on my way

  • 04:09 Lyrics
    Do It With You

    Do It With You

    Drew James © 2009

     

    When I hear Sinatra sing the Summer Wind

    Before he's done I want to hear it again

    He pulls me in with his every note

    Till it melts away like the virgin snow

     

    If you ever find yourself some time sometime

    Just watching the clouds passing by

    So long as you have nothing to do

    Maybe I can do it with you

    Maybe I can do it with you

    Maybe I can do it with you

     

    When you are down on your luck

    Maybe that's the time you should live it up

    You never know which way the wind will blow

    Every moment is just touch and go

     

    (Chorus)

     

    (Musical Bridge)

    Maybe I can do it with you

    Maybe I can do it with you

    Maybe I can do it with you

     

    Like the stars that fill the evening sky

    I can picture you in my frame of mind

    Now that my heart's an open book

    Maybe it is worth a second look

     

    (Chorus)

     

    When you promise yourself

    You'll find love

    If it's the last thing that you do

    Baby I can do it with you

    Baby I can do it with you

    Baby I can do it with you

    Baby I can do it with you

  • 03:27 Lyrics
    Your Love Song

    Your Love Song

    Drew James © 2014

     

    If I were to write you a love song

    I’d use all your favorite words

    And rhyme them in ways so clever and strange

    Each line in perfect verse

     

    If I were to write you a love song

    I'd retune my guitar

    The notes that I'd play would spell out your name

    In a melody that reaches for the stars

     

    And I’d mention all your favorite cities

    Like Boston and New Orleans

    And maybe that song could take you

    Someplace you have never been

     

    If I were to write you a love song

    Some lines would make you smile

    Others would be quite sentimental

    But I promise to not make you cry

     

    And I’d mention all your favorite cities

    Like Boston and New Orleans

    And maybe that song could take you

    Someplace you have never been

     

    And I'd sing my song to you

    Every day

    Just to say I love you

     

    I love you in all your favorite cities

    I love you in Boston and New Orleans

    Truth is, baby I love you

    Every place I've ever been

     

    If I were to write you a love song

  • 09:59 Lyrics
    The Tin Soldier

    The Tin Soldier

    Drew James© 2008

     

    The blue ribbon fell from the box

    That was wrapped at the toymaker’s shop

    At silent attention within

    Were toy soldiers made of tin

     

    The tin that the toymaker bought

    Came up just a little bit short

    So one soldier in the platoon

    Had one leg instead of two

     

    A tin tear fell from the soldier’s eye

    When he realized

    He could never march in the parade

     

    When the other soldiers left him behind

    Something caught the tin soldier’s eye

    There by a little glass lake

    A ballerina danced on one leg

     

    The tine solider he never knew

    That her other leg was just out of view

    She raised it so high off the floor

    It was hidden by the skirt she wore

     

    Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

    When that soldier toy

    Fell in love with the dancing doll

     

    And he dreamed in his mind

    Of a day they might be man and wife

    For if in his arms she could be

    Their two legs would make them complete

     

    A little boy reached into the box

    For the one legged soldier he got

    Then he climbed high atop of his bed

    And placed the soldier on a tall window ledge

     

    A brisk wind rose up from the south

    And blew the tin soldier out

    He fell through the cold winter breeze

    And landed head first in the street

     

    Tin tears of joy turned to tin tears of pain

    As it began to rain

    He thought of his dancing doll

     

    As the soldier lay there drenched by the storm

    Two boys happened along

    One looked down on the ground

    And said, ”Hey, look what I found!”

     

    They fashioned a newspaper boat

    To see if the soldier would float

    But the gutter was a-rage with the rain

    And washed the little boat down the drain

     

    Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

    As that soldier toy

    Said,”I’m off to see the world!”

     

    And he dreamed in his mind

    As he rode down through the pipes

    “A pirate of the sewer I will be

    With a matchstick strung to my knee”

     

    The pipe led to the ocean so deep

    Where the little boat began to sink

    When the soldier hit the bottom below

    A big fish swallowed him whole

     

    The big fish swam far out to sea

    As the soldier cried,”Oh, woe is me

    For I can never see the world and its sights

    In this fish belly dark as the night”

     

    Tin tears of joy turned to tin tears of pain

    For his love was in vain

    With his ballerina so far away

     

    The fisherman yelled, “That one is mine!”

    As he pulled the big fish in on his line

    Then he sold it to a man in the town

    Who took it home to batter and brown

     

    The man gave the fish to his wife

    Who opened it up with a knife

    When light reached the tin soldiers glance

    He saw the room where his adventure had began

     

    Tin tears of pain turned to tin tears of joy

    When that soldier toy

    Saw his ballerina dancing by the lake

     

    And he dreamed in his mind

    Of a day they might be man and wife

    For if in his arms she could be

    Their two legs would make them complete

     

    The little boy who'd opened the box

    Pulled the soldier from the fish’s gut

    Then he cried “He’s all smelly and stained”

    And threw the soldier out the window again

     

    A sequin tear fell from the ballerina’s eye

    When she realized

    She may never see her soldier again

     

    She still dreams in her mind

    Of a day they might be man and wife

    For if in her arms he could be

    Their two hearts would make them complete

     

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