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The townhouse I used to have in NYC. I loved New York.

Before You Live

Easy To Leave

Emmeline

Longing In Their Hearts

Looking for the Medicine

Marriage Made In Hollywood

Mobilize

One Last Breath

One Part Be My Lover

Sole Ideal

Something From You

Strike Anywhere

The Movie's Dim Light

Will It Be Me

 

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Before You Live

(Composed by Billy Falcon, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

He come walking from a distant wood
He come walking to your neighborhood
He come walking soft as morning dew
He go walking, walk all over you

Eyes so wide like a baby doe
Eyes that shine as if they know
What you need to ease the pain
He going to wash you in the darkest rain

Chorus:
Like a bird, a crow so strong
Knows the words to your secret song
He take your hand, you fly so high
Before you live, you going to hear his cry
Before you live, your old life must die

He come walking to your pretty house
He come walking quiet like a mouse
He come knocking you let him in
He been with you everywhere you been

Chorus:
Like a bird, a crow so strong
Knows the words to your secret song
He take your hand, you fly so high
Before you live, you going to hear his cry
Before you live, your old life must die

He going to answer your every question, every question you ask
He untangle, he break the strangle that tie you to the past

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Easy to Leave

(Composer Paul Jefferson, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)


The flower vase shattered on the floor
You turned around and slammed the door
I guess I didn’t deserve anymore from you

The beautiful dream that lies at my feet
Broke long ago when I chose to cheat
And how could you love a man who couldn’t be true?

I’ll be easy to leave
And you’ll forget me
You might think you’re on the losing end
But believe me you’re not ‘cause I am
Easy to leave

I watch from the window as you drive away
You couldn’t hear me now even if I could say
Some word or phrase that might ease the pain I’ve caused

The stars still shine in the patterns they weave
But I can’t believe they don’t dim with grief
Tonight when I don’t find you easy to leave at all

I’ll be easy to leave
And you’ll forget me
You might think you’re on the losing end
But believe me you’re not ‘cause I am
Easy to leave

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Emmeline
Lyrics by- Michael O’Keefe
Music by- Annette O’Toole & Michael McKean


From the bottomland in Acadiana to the square at Vieux Carre
Emmeline had the men lined up like ducks on the Cane River Lake
If you come down to Louisiana brother you best beware
Emmeline’s love made many a man vanish into the air

She took me back into the bayou at sugar grinding time
Pulled me close when the wind kicked up and the herons started flying
“Look, “ She said “No wind down there. That’s why they fly so low.
They slip between the wind and the water. Kind of makes you want to go.”

CH:
Right between the wind and water that’s where Emmeline lives
Love defying gravity. That’s what Emmeline gives
Just one trick, it’s not a gift and only Emmeline knows
Once in love with Emmeline you go where the cold wind blows

Made Emmeline mine and I could fly over the fields below
Long leaf pines, magnolia trees, acres of Cherokee rose
All within my grasp at last from the love of Emmeline
One glance, one kiss, those lips, that bliss. Man, I couldn’t stop flying

CH:
Right between the wind and water that’s where Emmeline lives
Love defying gravity. That’s what Emmeline gives
Just one trick, it’s not a gift and only Emmeline knows
Once in love with Emmeline you go where the cold wind blows

I fell hard for Emmeline, asked her to marry me
The wind came up, called my name, and pulled me off my feet
I looked up and saw Emmeline smiling down at me
Now I can’t come back, trapped forever in that low slipstream

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Longing In Their Hearts

(Music by Bonnie Raitt, Lyrics by Michael O'Keefe) Open Secret Music --ASCAP. All Rights Reserved/Used by Permission

Longing in Their Hearts
Let me tell you 'bout a friend of mine
He's a short order cook
Long on speed, short on spice
He reads his customers like a book
He's seen this, and he's done that
Now he's makin' fried eggs an art
But there's one thing he can't fix no how
There's a longing in his heart

He's tried for years to work it out
At the grill and at his home
Well he talks to his friends, talks to himself
He talks the chicken right off the bone
Talks to his woman and she understands
You know they're always eye to eye
She runs the joint, They live out back
Small House under a Big sky

Well even the stars at night agree
The sky is falling apart
She knows cause she can feel it too
There's a longing in her heart
A longing in her heart
Longing in her heart

Well now you and me, we're just like them
We never wanted to be alone,
so we made a pact, sealed with desire
for a happier house and home

Only to find it doesn't untie
The know where feelings die
There's a longing deep inside our hearts
And no one to tell us why


Our friends aren't looking for anything new
They wouldn't know where to look

Well her, she like running the joint
And he likes being a cook
Together they're doing very well
They're might glad they could
But there's a fire burning towards them now
Coming from a distant wood

And eve the stars at night agree
that the sky is falling apart
We know 'cause we can feel it too
There's a longing in our hearts

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Looking for the Medicine

Lyrics by- Michael O’Keefe
Music by- Annette O’Toole & Michael McKean

There’s an itch beneath the skin
No one’s sure where it begins
Some say it’s science, some say it’s sin
That started all the trouble we’re in

Everyone loves their ignorance. Bliss is fun for a while
Everything shines on the silver screen
Until you get up and walk down the aisle

Out on the street all the people you meet
Carving paths on the pavement at night
Reaching for a brass ring, craving that something
To get at what’s not going right

CH:
Looking for the Medicine
Like a fish to the lure
Looking for the Medicine
Sure they need a cure
Sure they need a cure

Everyone’s made the pilgrimage
To Mecca or to the mall
Everyone tries the sweetest lies
The bitterest truths, we swallow them all

No one wants to hear it is love that they fear
That just cuts too close to the bone
Blame the downward spiral on something viral
It’s better when no treatment’s known

CH:
Looking for the medicine
In the dark but secure
Looking for the medicine
Sure they need a cure

Looking for the medicine
Like a fish to the lure
Looking for the medicine
Sure they need a cure
Sure they need a cure

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Marriage Made In Hollywood

(Paul Brady / Michael O' Keefe)
Copyright Hornall Brothers Music / Standard Glands Music
Rights Reserved/Used by Permission

Jimmy's not a high concept guy
But he's front page news, let me tell you why
He's on the cover of the New York Post
All three networks, coast to coast
All he needed was a hot night in June
'Cos he had the needle and he had the spoon
When he spiked it bit, and man, he flew
Into America's living room

CH:
We all love tragedy, it loves us too
It's a marriage made in Hollywood
Between greed and you
All you need to be a star is to die in open view
It's a marriage made in Hollywood
Between greed and you
Between greed and you
Between greed and you

Loved by women, admired by men
He walked down broadway with his best friend
His brain was wired like a light in a socket
With his old friend in his back pocket
That horse could kick, that horse could scream
Ride you out of here into a different scene
Unrequited love, that makes it fair
But who keeps score when you're in mid-air?

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Like a free-fall chute that didn't open
He looked down to see his dream was broken
He stared back up at a hot grey sky
Re-run his life and then he died
Well if you jump off a building, brother beware!
'Cos my friend Jimmy woke up mid-air
No time to smile, no time to wave
They buried him in a media grave

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Mobilize

(Composer Andrew Gold, lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

You’re cordially invited to a tepid scene
I’m not as hot as I used to be
This is a party to celebrate that
Gone cold from cool. That’s where it’s at

Going to hock all my jewelry
Suddenly its glare’s not fooling me
Hey this fine occasion is not so sad
I’ve just found out we’ve all been had

CH:
Get on down to those bare bones
Downsize to the mobile zone
Too much stuff; man it ain’t no prize
Downsize so you can mobilize
Downsize so you can mobilize

This big grab bag has got to stop
‘Cause we don’t need all the crap we’ve got
Ask yourself “What do I really own”
This life of yours is only a loan

One fine day you’ve got to give it all back
Going to sleep or have a heart attack
And when you do yeah you better know
What did you love before you had to go?

CH:
Get on down to those bare bones
Downsize to the mobile zone
Too much stuff; man that ain’t no prize
Downsize so you can mobilize
Downsize so you can mobilize

Oh, you may have an MBA
Or a big career in the NBA
A fancy car or a great big yacht
You’ve got to give back all you got

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One Last Breath

(Composed by Jaime Kyle, lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

Older than a childhood that you miss
Deeper than a legend or a ancient myth
Brushed by an angel’s wing in flight
Darker than the heart’s darkest night

Held close like a whisper of a prayer
Forged in a hero’s righteous stare
Touched by the one who stays unseen
Locked in the chest of your deepest dreams

CH:
One last chance one last breath
One more time to fill your chest
One hill to climb before you rest
It’s coming down to one last breath

Open like the eyes of a soaring bird
Hurting like a memory of an unkind word
Stopping at the edge of an old sea cliff
Lingers like your lover’s final kiss

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One Part Be My Lover


(B. Raitt/M. O'Keefe) Kokomo Music --ASCAP,
All Rights Administered by Bob-A-Lew Songs.
All Rights Reserved/Used by Permission


When he looks in her eyes
He sees only the truth
Telling him he's been living a lie
Over and over like a line in a song
about all the love he let pass him by.

To her he might be the man of her dreams
To find where she's been hiding inside
Broken or battered, it really don't matter
Her heart's like a wave and he's the tide.

They're not forever, they're just for today
One part be my lover, one part go away.

He's like a boxer who had to retire
after winning but killing a man
He's got all of the moves and none of the courage
Afraid to throw a punch that might land

Not too much later she can't meet his glance
You see her start pulling away
Over and over like fire and ice
One is color, one is grey.

They're not forever, they're just for today
One part be my lover, one part go away.

So if you know how
Why don't you say 'em a prayer
They're gonna need all the help they can get
They remember too much about what went wrong
It might be they should learn to forget.

Forget themselves in each other
And leave what belongs in the past
Carry their hearts like a newborn child
Cause it's only the moment that lasts.

They're not forever, they're just for today
One part be my lover, one part go away.

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Sole Ideal

(Composed by Stewart Harris, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

Well you’ve always been my fascination
And I always longed to see you look my way
I can see so clearly in my imagination
The way you walk baby when you walk away

CH:
You’re my sole ideal
More than the sum of all the others
Yeah, my sole ideal
How could there ever be another?
How could they compare to your perfect looks?
The web you weave keeps me hooked
You’re in my dreams, locked and sealed
You’re my sole ideal

You’ve been the picture of love in my life
You’ve got me covered like a well-worn glove
Now, how am I ever going to find that true love?
When my expectations have been so high

CH:
You’re my sole ideal
More than the sum of all the others
Yeah, my sole ideal
How could there ever be another?
How could they compare to your perfect looks?
The web you weave keeps me hooked
You’re in my dreams, locked and sealed
You’re my sole ideal

This is a sweet confusion you’ve got me in
I’m going to just sit back and watch it spin

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Something From You

(Composed by Andrew Gold, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

Pete’s called four eyes by the guys in town
He knows it’s true so it don’t get him down
Two eyes are open so light can get through
Two are longing for something from you

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Something from you, a look or a glance
Something from you, like maybe a chance
A touch on his arm would probably do
It’s not that much but it’s something from you

The sun find’s a way to dawn everyday
Pete helps to see you caught in its rays
And as it breaks a beam comes through
Lighting up all he wishes for you

Chorus:
Something from you, a look or a glance
Something from you, like maybe a chance
A touch on his arm would probably do
It’s not that much but it’s something from you

You say “Good Morning,” as the coffee brews
Give Pete a cup as you come into his view
It’s not that much but it’s something from you

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Strike Anywhere

(Composed by Angelo and
Daniel Tashian, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

You’re a blue tipped match on a wooden stick
You walk down the street and the air gets thick
And I been struck down by a blinding light
You light me up like the stars at night
Oh, you could burn the whole town down

CH:
Strike anywhere within range of my lips
Strike anywhere like an old blue tip
Strike anywhere within range of my heart
Strike anywhere and the flame will start
You could burn me up I swear. Strike anywhere

When the wind blows hard on you I rely
One flick of the wrist and the sparks will fly
Smokey the bear would tear up his hat
Set the forest on fire to get where you’re at
Oh, you could burn the whole town down

CH:
Strike anywhere within range of my lips
Strike anywhere like an old blue tip
Strike anywhere within range of my heart
Strike anywhere and the flame will start
You could burn me up I swear. Strike anywhere

Like a man with burning coals to cross
I’ll walk in your fire at any cost

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The Movie’s Dim Light

(Composers Angelo and Kim Carnes, Lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)


Yes, there are times when we fight
And nothing we say makes it right
But there’s one secret place
Where we meet face to face
In the glow of the movie’s dim light

Oh, It’s one of our sweet mysteries
A guaranteed scene of release
We can go to the place
Where our pain is erased
In the glow of the movie’s dim light

Chorus:
And oh, what I see in your eyes
When you turn towards me on the aisle
Oh, your heart is so clear speaking faith to my fears
One glance and I give up the fight
Caught up in the glow of the movie’s dim light

And now that the credits have rolled
Our fight seems ancient and old
We kiss as we stand
To walk hand in hand
Away from the movie’s dim light

Chorus:
And oh, what I see in your eyes
When you turn towards me on the aisle
Oh, your heart is so clear speaking faith to my fears
One glance and I give up the fight
Caught up in the glow of the movie’s dim light

And Oh, how you glow in the night
And everything’s right with the world
Tonight all the things up on the screen
Are really no more than dreams
But if that’s what it takes to open loves gate
Let’s stay in the movies tonight
Let’s stay in the movies tonight

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Will It Be Me?

(Composed by Billy Falcon, lyrics by Michael O’Keefe)

They say there’s a peaceful place
When you reach the other shore
Your deepest love’s there to take your hand
Beyond this worldly door

A resting place for your weary heart
Up where the eagles soar
That may be true but now I wonder who,
Who you’ll be reaching for?

CH:
Will it be me that takes your hand,
When you cross to the Promised Land?
Tell me I haven’t lost your love eternally
Will it be me?

We made a pact sealed it with desire
Kept it like a precious stone
The shine came off and you fell away
Left me here on my own

I remember the day that you said “Good-bye”
You looked like you were lost
I still believe we were beautiful
Even now that I know the cost

CH:
Will it be me that takes your hand,
When you cross to the Promised Land?
Tell me I haven’t lost your love eternally
Will it be me?
Will it be me?

If there’s no fear, if there’s no pain
You’ll hear me when I call your name

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All lyrics copyright by Michael O'Keefe.
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