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         Linda Loegel
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Mary's Christmas

      Lyrics by Linda Loegel Music by Curtis Willey

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Mary put the kids to bed

With dreams of Christmas in their heads

She kissed their cheeks and smoothed their hair

Turned off the light and crept downstairs.

 

The bike was assembled, the parts were all there

The dolls and tea cups set out with care

The kids would be happy tomorrow for sure

With Santaís gifts strewn all over the floor.

 

Maryís Christmas wouldnít be bright

Since her Jim had gone away to fight

Maryís Christmas would have to be

The tree, the kids and her memories.

 

She looked at the tree she had carefully trimmed
With decorations sent home by Jim
There were handmade angels and cherubs and more
From the different places he'd served in the war.

Now all that was missing, besides Jim, she thought

Was the star that should sit way up on the top

But she couldnít reach it so it would just go bare

Without him home to put it there.

 

Maryís Christmas wouldnít be bright

Since her Jim had gone away to fight

Maryís Christmas would have to be

The tree, the kids and her memories.

 

Well as always she knelt down to pray
She had a few soft words to say
About a newborn babe and men from afar
Who sang joy to the world 'neath His guiding star.

Then she prayed for Jim that he would be kept safe

So far away in that far away place

She prayed for her kids that they would be

Pure and strong as God meant them to be.


Then she got up and tried the locks,
Pulled the blinds and wound the clock
But she said to herself, I won't darken that tree
Until my Jim comes home to me.

So a sound at the door made her jump with fright
What could that be in the middle of this night?
Then the door opened wide and tears streaked her face
As Jim swept her up in one long embrace.

He laid out the toys for the kids that heíd brought

And for Mary, a bundle of gifts he had bought.

Then he noticed the star and went to the tree

And carefully placed it where it needed to be

 

Maryís Christmas sure turned bright

Snuggling with Jim Ďneath the twinkling colored lights

Maryís Christmas was the best she ever had

She had her Jim, and the kids had their dad.

My Amazing Grace

   Lyrics by Linda Loegel

     I came home late most every night

     With liquor on my breath

     My dinner long since put away

     The kids tucked in their beds.

 

     But Grace was waiting up for me

     When I unlocked the door

     And once again I'd pray to change

     And hurt her never more.

 

     CHORUS   

          I was a cheater and a liar

          With a past I can't erase

          I'll try to earn the love I get

          From my amazing Grace.

 

     I've spent more money than we've made

     Our credit rating's zero

     And though her clothes are second hand,

     To Grace I'm still a hero.

 

     Tonight I'll put the bottle down,

     I'll quit it willingly;

     I was blind but now I see 

     She loves a wretch like me.

 

     CHORUS

          I was a cheater and a liar

          With a past I can't erase

          I'll try to earn the love I get

          From my amazing Grace.

Mama, Where is Heaven?

          Lyrics by Linda Loegel

           

 

     Mama, where is heaven?

     And what's it like up there?

     Is Grampa now an angel?

     And can he fly right through the air?

      Can he Mama?

 

Her little boy was four years old

When first he asked of heaven.

And then he questioned her once more

The day that he turned seven.

 

     Mama, where is heaven?

     And what's it like up there?

     Is Daddy now an angel? 

     And can he fly right through the air?

      Can he Mama?

 

Today the doctor called with news

Confirming what she feared,

Her little boy was gravely ill

And would not live a year.

 

In search for words that would not come

She turned away in haste,

She could not bear to let him see

The tears that streaked her face.

 

     Mama, where is heaven?

     And what's it like up there?

     Will I be an angel soon?    

     And will I fly right through the air?

      Will I Mama?

 

     Mama, where is Heaven?

     And what's it like up there?

     Will I be an angel soon?    

     And fly right through the air?

 

     Mama, where is heaven?

     Will I see you from up there?

      Will I Mama?


 You Are Here

             Lyrics by Linda Loegel

 

You are here, you are here

The signs all tell me

ďYou are hereĒ

Your sweet perfume and fluid walk

Your lilting laugh and cheerful talk;

These signs all tell me you are here,

You are here, you are here 

Thank God, you are here.

 

The mall was crowded, my spirits were down

What I wanted could not be found

I was looking for love and ecstasy,

And in scanning the mall's directory

I spied the words "YOU ARE HERE"

At the very moment you appeared.

 

You asked for the time with a smile so sweet

I knew in a moment my world was complete   

We laughed and talked the hours away

You made my life a red-letter day.

My spirits are up, my gloom's disappeared

All because you are here.

 

I once was lost in a world of despair

Alone and afraid of being there

'Til you came along with a

Smile and a song

And gave me new hope

Now I'm walking on air.

 

Now I know where I'm going

The future is clear

I'll never be alone, 'cause

    You are here.

 

You are here, you are here

The signs all tell me

"You are here"

Your sweet perfume and fluid walk,

Your lilting laugh and cheerful talk;

These signs all tell me you are here,

You are here, you are here

Thank God, you are here.

 

Truth Is, I'm Lying

Lyrics by Linda Loegel

Music by Susie Marshall

I'm lying here, all alone

Content to know he's finally gone

He's out of my hair, out of my head

Out of my life, out of my bed

And I no longer listen for the key in the door

Iím far better off than I was before

Truth is Iím lying

Trying to convince myself Iím better off alone

I like it that heís gone but Iím still lying

ĎCause honestly my heart canít stand the thought of moving on

Till I can face the truth, Iíll keep on lying.

I couldnít care less about who heís with

Where he goes or where he lives

No more walking on eggshells or walking the line

No more walking the floor, that suits me fine

And his clothes are gone from my bedroom chair

Itís almost like he was never there.

Truth is Iím lying

Trying to convince myself Iím better off alone

I like it that heís gone but Iím still lying

ĎCause honestly my heart canít stand the thought of moving on

Till I can face the truth, Iíll keep on lying.

I put a smile on my face

Tell all my friends Iím fine

Anyone who knows me well

They can tell- that Iím lying

Truth is Iím lying

Trying to convince myself Iím better off alone

I like it that heís gone but Iím still lying

ĎCause honestly my heart canít stand the thought of moving on

Till I can face the truth, Iíll keep on lying.

Two Lefts Don't Make A Right

Lyrics by Linda Loegel

 I told my baby I was going out
 To get some fresh air and to walk about
 I wanted to walk by the light of the moon
 I told her that I'd be home real soon.
 
 I closed the door and I looked around
 She wouldn't like to know where I was bound
 I turned to the left at the end of the block,
 Then turned left again and continued to walk.
 
 The lights were on, I ran up to the door
 My heart beat fast and my adrenalin soared
 My lover greeted me with a smile so sweet
 She's why I take this particular street.
 
 Out my door and I turn left twice
 Into the arms of a girl so nice
 I know that it's wrong, it's an urge I can't fight
 I know two lefts don't make a right.
 
 She kisses me---but I shy away
 She won't like to hear what I have to say
 I tell her two lefts don't make a right
 So I'm gonna have to end our affair tonight.
 
 I say I love her but I love my wife more
 And never again will I come to her door.
 She looks at me with those big sad eyes
 Lays her head on my shoulder, and softly she cries.
 
 I tell her I'm sorry but I really must go
 Back to my wife, the one who loves me so
 I know it hurts, but so does living a lie
 I kiss her once more and I tell her goodbye.
 
 Out my door and I turned left twice
 Into the arms of a girl so nice
 I knew it was wrong, it was an urge I couldn't fight
 I knew two lefts didn't make a right.
 
 So now I'm going back the way I came
 Turn right at the corner and then right again
 Back to my wife, that's where I belong
 The next two rights will correct a wrong.
 
 Out her door and I turn right twice
 Back into the arms of my wife tonight
 I'm sorry I cheated, that wasn't so bright
 I know two lefts never make a right.
 
 Two lefts never make a right
 I'm going home, and it's for good tonight
 I'll never go back, I've seen the light
 I know Two Lefts  never make a right.

The Ride of My Life

By Linda Loegel

 

It's five o'clock and I've had a rough day,

I put up with my boss Ďcause I need to get paid.

On the drive from the shop I begin to unwind as

I head for the meadow and pray Iím on time.

 

I see it ahead, taking shape on the ground

With its red and blue stripes and its basket of brown

I watch the balloon come alive with each puff

And prepare to embark on the ride of my life.

 

Closer, God, closer

Thatís where I want to be

Closer much closer

To the one who cares for me.

 

Higher, Lord, higher

Above earthly strife,

Higher, Lord, higher,

On the ride of my life.

 

In a minute I feel the balloon start to rise

The ground falls away as we climb through the skies

The people below are but meaningless specks

With their bills and their struggles and mountains of debt.

 

The sun starts to set and I hear myself cry,

ďMy God what a beautiful gold and red sky

Iíve never experienced a holier sight than what

Youíve prepared on this fabulous flight.Ē

 

Closer, God, closer

Thatís where I want to be

Closer much closer

To the one who cares for me.

 

Higher, Lord, higher

Above earthly strife,

Higher, Lord, higher,

On the ride of my life.

 

The day will soon come when this body of mine

Will finally come to the end of the line

Then God will call from his glorious throne

And say, ĎCome fly with me, Iím taking you home.Ē

 

The gates will be opened and Iíll hear myself cry,

ĎYour streets really are paved with gold in the sky,

Iíve never experienced a holier sight

Than what youíve prepared on this fabulous flight.Ē

 

Closer, God, closer

Thatís where I want to be

Closer much closer

To the one who cares for me.

 

Higher, much higher

Above earthly strife,

Higher on this last ride of my life.

 

Closer, God, closer

Thatís where I want to be

Closer much closer

To the one who cares for me

 

Higher, much higher

Above earthly strife,

Higher on this the last ride of my life.

 

Vagabond Sweetheart

           Lyrics by Linda Loegel

 

I smothered her with sweet springtime kisses
Underneath the apple tree
But when I asked her to be my Mrs.
Here is what she said to me--

"Perhaps some day I'll want to get married
But first I want to travel round
And see the sights the world has to offer
before I settle down."

I love my wandering sweetheart
I'll love her 'til I die,
Earthly distance can never part
My Vagabond Sweetheart and I.

The summer sun rose high in the sky
As I sat beneath the apple tree
A postcard came from my wandering sweetheart
"Greetings dear, from
Italy."

Her letters came from
France and Malaysia
From Rome and
Greece and Timbuktu
And then one day she wrote just one sentence
"I'm coming home to marry you."

CHORUS

The hills were bright in red and gold
The air was brisk and clear
We made our vows and linked our souls-
Two lovers for eternity

Our youthful days flew past like the autumn
Our silver hair turned snowy white
But still our love grew stronger than ever
And we held each other tight

INSTRUMENTAL

My sweetheart's gone on one final trip
I know this time she won't come home
She's wandering in the Land of the angels
And left me all alone

CHORUS

We'll meet again someday, I know
My Vagabond Sweetheart and I

The Thrill of Your Kiss

    Lyrics by Linda Loegel

Iíve been higher than a kite

Iíve experienced new delights

Iíve jumped out of a plane

Some say that Iím insane

The rush is unbelievable

The euphoria is pure

But honey thereís no bigger thrill

Than the kiss you give me

When you come through the door

A wonderful kiss

A lovely kiss

Oooh such a tender kiss.

Iíve parasailed in Mazatlan

And snorkeled down in Cabo

Iíve ridden a hot air balloon

Flown over a volcano

Iíve braved white water rapids

Climbed Diamond Head so high

Iíve skydived from three miles up

Free falling through the sky

These things are all exciting

Iím a daredevil itís true

But nothing gets me quite as high

As a tender kiss from you.

Iíve been higher than a kite

Iíve experienced new delights

Iíve jumped out of a plane

Some say that Iím insane

The rush is unbelievable

The euphoria is pure

But honey thereís no bigger thrill

Than the kiss you give me

When you come through the door

A wonderful kiss

A lovely kiss

Oooh such a tender kiss.

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