The Time We Shared

• Hammer-on (^)
• Straightforwardly pick base notes for intro/verses (g string, d string intermittently).
• Strum for the choruses.

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Am  C  Am  C

Am                              C
startin’ a song off—sad
Am                               C
can’t even say if it”ll turn out—good or bad
Am                                           C
when I think—about—you
Am                                                                 C
I stare out your window—through my mind & into the blue

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G                             C                            G                            Am
and what do you mean to me and why should you care?
G                          C                           G                     Am
and was it all a waste, the—the time that we shared?

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Am  C  Am  C

Am                                                 C
though, clearly, we weren’t—meant to be
Am                                        C
at times I’ll still envision us—happily
Am                                           C
and when I think—about—you
Am                                                                 C
I stare out your window—through my mind & into the blue

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G                        C                             G              Am
and what do I mean to you and why do I care?
G                          C                           G                     Am  F  Dm  C
and was it all a waste, the—the time that we shared? (shared)

Am  F  Dm  C
the time we shared (shared)

Am  C  Am  C
the time we shared

•End with a slow strum on Am (don’t strum the high e string)


Written: July 27, 2017
At first I was trying to be overly sappy, almost trying to write a song of poor quality (at least lyrically) but I’m not terribly unpleased by the result.

I Wish I Were A Vulcan

I wish I were a Vulcan
so I wouldn’t start to cry
every time I thought I saw you
out the corner of my eye

I wish I were a Vulcan
then I wouldn’t want to die
as I lie in bed alone at night
and wonder, “why, oh why?”

oh, why, oh why was I so blind to see
my one in seven billion falling out of love with me?
and how, oh how could I twice make that mistake?
a Vulcan wouldn’t do that because logic would dictate

I wish I were a Vulcan
so I wouldn’t waste my time
running all those things you said to me
on loop inside my mind

I wish I were a Vulcan
then I wouldn’t have to lie
when someone asks me how I am
and I answer, “I’m just fine”

oh, why, oh why was I so blind to see
my one in seven billion falling out of love with me?
and how, oh how could I twice make that mistake?
a Vulcan would’ve noticed and tried to communicate

oh, I wish I were a Vulcan
with a cold and solemn vibe
steering clear of romance
and the ties that lovers bind

I wish I were a Vulcan
well, then I’d be satisfied
as a Science Officer
aboard the Starship Enterprise

oh, why, oh why was I so blind to see
my one in seven billion falling out of love with me?
and how, oh how could I twice make that mistake?
a Vulcan wouldn’t do that because logic would dictate

but I’m glad that I’m a human
and I’m glad that you are too
for it’s better to have loved and lost
than to have suppressed my love for you


Written: Out of my mind, 2016
This song was written in my head to the tune of Oh, Susanna (key of C).

Louder Than Words

back to reality
I know the rain likes to fall
cold and lonely
you were mine before the fall

ohhh, what is this?
ohhh, what is this I’ve missed?
ohhh, what is this?

there’s a truth behind it
too loud for words
it’s undecided
unspoken, unheard

ohhh, what is this?
ohhh, what then did I miss?
ohhh, what is this?

back to reality
I know the rain likes to fall
cold and lonely
it was my fault—after all


Written: October, 2015

The Great Debate

there are times when I wonder
‘did He take off and leave?’
when He saw what a blunder
mankind was, man’s greed

with free will to wander
this world as we please
we satisfy our hunger
to own the land, to rein supreme

But…
He was never here
So, He never left
Don’t believe all the stories you’ve read
He won’t come back
To save the best
And when you die you’ll simply be dead

“No! No! There must be more!”

Shut up—there’s nothing more in store.

“You don’t know that! You can not see!”

I don’t know for sure
but it seems clear to me
that human nature has its roots
in cold blooded, reptilian territoriality.


Written: 2.21.2015
I think this one speaks for itself.

Yellow & Blue


yellow and blue
where all the flour lies
that’s where I met you
sweet aroma, ceilings high

it’s a romance for the ages
a story old as time
fell in love with the boss’s daughter
is it really such a crime?

you take me where I’ve never been before
your heart is wild with fire (and I know)
that you’ll share that youthful flame with me
as the chilly nights transpire

it’s a romance for the ages
a story old as time
fell in love with the boss’s daughter
is it really such a crime?

yellow and blue
where all the flour lies
that’s where I met you
sweet aroma, ceilings high

yellow and blue
where all the flour lies
that’s where I met you
pumpernickel, wheat and rye


Written: January 2015
For her birthday present I wrote this song for Nora. All the lyrics are accurate.
Find the chords to this song here.

This Way

I’ve got something to say
I don’t want to live this way
I could walk right out the door
And I could keep on walkin’ ’til my feet are sore
I don’t want to live this way

You’ve got to make a change
Or I’ll let go of my reins
I can’t take it anymore
So, I’ll give you ’til tonight to get yourself off the floor
I don’t want to live this way

Dragonflies and daffodils
Earthworms and ants
It’s hard to plan ahead
When you know all things must pass
Finding a foothold
One day at a time
Making moments matter
Wasting time is fine

I’ve got something to say
We’re better off today
Because I stood right by your side
Through all the pain and all the lies
Took you a while to realize
That the way to love is through compromise

Now I want to live this way


Written: 2014
A reflection in a puddle on Charles street.

That’s My Gal

I saw you
turn your head and run
I saw you
fall into the sun

it was you and only you
The Chosen One
but now you’ve gone
and broken all my dreams

find a path
to a place to call our home
is it the past
or the future that unfolds?

it was you and only you
The Chosen One
but now you’ve gone
and broken all my dreams


Written: 2014
I wrote this after watching all four seasons of Battlestar Galactic (2004).