Stories

by Michael C Kelly

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A collection of songs and music influenced by places and events.

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released September 1, 2015

All songs written by Michael C Kelly

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Track Name: Stories
Nilo has the power to decide a person's life.
Described to me a shopping list
Of the things he bought one night.
But I don't care. I don't care.
Tell me how you got a life, or what you did to share,
Or I don't care.

Billy's brag and bluster can lead to a bloody fight,
Or a round of whiskey drinking
Watching Springer late at night.
But I don't care. No, I don't care.
Tell me how you got a life, or what you did to share,
Or I don't care.

JJ made the journeys to the reaches of the world,
Uncovering mysteries in the cultures he unfurled.
Hanna likes to hear him, be a fly upon his wall.
Enthralled.

In a place of bucks and loonies they contrive the better deals,
Where everything's transaction
And nothing’s ever real.
But I don't care. No, I don't care.
Tell me how you got a life, or what you did to share,
Or I don't care.

Mickey's office gabbings are the whisper’s of a life,
Partly for the ego and
Partly for the strife.
But I don't care. Wait, should I care?
Tell me how you got a life, or what you did to share,
Or should I care?

Lennie tells the stories of his ancient sea-born days.
Dale listens attentively through each and every wave.
The tales they inspire,
I can see it in their eyes.
The wise.
Track Name: Peterson's Tree
Verse 1:
In the norite valley
By the VLA*
Lived a troop of retired soldiers
At home in a shadow's sway
For standing in the centre
Stood a bristling tree
Over looking the Whitson River,
It stands in my memory

Chorus:
Karen and I, we would fly
Swaying in that needled nest together
Something in that towering tree
Kept us thinking that we would live forever

Verse 2:
The pine was therapeutic
A tower of respite
We would play for hours and hours
In the wonder of its might
Somehow this gave us power
In creative ways
We had our dream of things to come
And the tree seemed to point the way

Verse 3:
With lofty inspiration
We'd watch a sulky race
Or view the actions at the school
Or the folks lining up to pray
In this coniferous tower
Nature did provide
A view on life, a reason why
Our own sage tree to advise

Verse 4:
Sitting in the Old Rock
Just the other day
Looking back to that emerald pine
And our old Chelmsfordian ways
It got me to wondering
How the folks made out
Guided by Peterson's tree
Were we all able to sprout?

* VLA = Veteran's Land Act
Track Name: The Cynic
Verse 1:
How can anybody ignore a baby
Lying wounded in the middle of a road?
How can anybody not tread softly
When what they do affects the folks below?

Chorus:
I can see you coming
Yes, I can see you coming
Down main street

Verse 2:
How can anybody use your money
Then call you to account for the overload?
How can anybody promise you a heaven
When they're building a hell in the land below?

Chorus:
I can see you coming
Yes, I can see you coming
Down main street

Verse 3:
How can anybody abuse a woman
Then set her aside to carry the load?
How can anybody scar a planet,
When we all need to call it our home?

Chorus:
I can see you coming
Yes, I can see you coming
Down main street
Track Name: Moygara
Dialogue 1:
It's late and I'm afraid
Sitting on this old man's grave
Surely he must've been brave
On the bawn of Moygara

Hush now Caoimhe, hold your tongue
There's so much that needs to be done
And I can see how our day will be won
Beyond the walls of Moygara

Dialogue 2:
While there's mission in your voice
I fight here not by choice
The cateran, they will rejoice
Laying siege to Moygara

Though we face a cattle lifter's fight,
Sheela na gig will exert her might
But you must vow to keep them in sight
Protect our world, Moygara

Dialogue 3:
Look in front, they arrive
And I wonder how we survive
Brothers, sisters, all who now thrive
To be undone at Moygara

Caoimhe, we will surely win
And be extolled by Coolavin
And our lord will live with a grin
Gazing 'or Moygara

Post-dialogue 4:
The winds they blew in from the west
To where Caoimhe did her best
But she and others were put to rest
Outside the walls of Moygara

The stones will rise through grassy turf
Beyond that moment and its dearth
But its future could not unearth
A life at Moygara.
Track Name: A Million Reasons
Verse 1:
I could take me to a mountain
I could fly me to a moon ,
I could think of a million reasons
But I'd rather be here with you

Verse 2:
It's the safety in your presence
The peace that's in your eyes
The tingle of those giddy moments
The lore that's in the wise

Chorus:
There were threats, toils and battles
I've left them far behind
And with the sun's warmth on my face
I turn and there beside

Friend

Verse 3:
I can't say I always saw you
Or showed you proper grace
But I could feel your real meaning
It grounded me in my place

Verse 4:
Of course there are the thank yous
My signs of gratitude
But I just need for you to know
I'll always be there with you

Chorus:
There were threats, toils and battles
We've left them far behind
And with the sun's warmth on our faces
We turn and there beside

Friend

Verse 5:
I could take me to a mountain
I could fly me to a moon
I could think of a million reasons
But I'd rather be here with you
Track Name: Algorab
Verse 1:
[Asus2]A fog cloaks the Minkar, [F#mM7-5]her sails long rotted away
[Asus2]Her mizzen off kilter, [F#mM7-5]her main torn clear from its stay
[Asus2]In her abandon, [F#mM7-5]a warning encased in the drab
[Asus2]The secret it helds, [F#mM7-5]the guard of the old Algorab

Verse 2:
Inside her were whispers, memories of metal and pain
When 88 prisoners, sailed for a land of constraint
Their lives were entrusted, their destination well within sight
Ten miles off the shoreline, the skipper threw them clear from her side

Chorus:
[Am]How many died there
[F]How many made it to shore
[Am]You can hear their faint voices
[F]Deep in Minkar's core

Verse 3:
Now Algorab sat there, perched on the ship’s broken spar
Daring a traveller, come see the answer's not far
Learn of their outcome, reap their stories to share
I bid you to visit, see what was theirs

Verse 4:
I think I can trust you. What can you do anyway?
Then crossing the gangplank, our traveller made way
To the bowls of the vessel, through each festering pore
To the site of inscription, etched on the floor.

Chorus:
How many died there
How many made it to shore
You can hear their faint voices
Deep in Minkar's core

Verse 5:
Straining to see it, in the ship's fast dimming light
“Revenge is awaiting” the words came into sight
"Whoever shall enter, prisoner surrender your soul."
Just then the planks opened, water engulfing the floor.

Verse 6:
The traveller would perish, but before one last gulp of air
The echoes of prisoners, this time with a warning to share
“To trust is a gamble, to act a venture in fate
Beware Algorab, or be duped at the gate

Chorus:
How many died there
How many made it to shore
You can hear one more voice
Deep in Minkar's core
Track Name: Waves
Verse 1:
He pulled his bus out from the queue
On his way to the Sault
Two drunks and a lonely lady behind
Hours later with a dormant load
By the Serpent River road
He'd pass the silver lady by

Verse 2:
At the spot, up ahead
The traffic stopped, the bridge was dead
Four hours of waiting they advised
He slumped down in his despair
He'd miss her face, her silver hair
A sign to keep his soul alive

Chorus:
He said, "I drive by you each day
I've come to know your wave
It tells me how you feel inside
I look forward to seeing you
And after our wave is through
You linger in my mind."

Verse 3:
In a moment he left the bus
Hopped a rail, ploughed through the brush
Walked the Serpent River side
After about a click or two
The silver lady now in his view
She waved across a wet divide

Verse 4:
A passage, there were none
They talked across an open run
A water soundtrack to their lives
She, her dreams of the one that's true
He, a world with a caring clue
Then returning to their drives

Chorus:
They said, "I'll wait for you each day
And I'll look out for your wave
To know how you feel inside
I'll look forward to seeing you
And after our wave is through
You'll linger in my mind."

Verse 5:
The summer crest, the winter low
Strolled along as the River flows
Coaches at a roadside park nearby
With the passengers on a break
The pair made their brief escape
Growing closer as the day's went by

- Interlude -

Verse 6:
Then one day in the evening sun
As he looked for his special one
At the bridge, it caught his eye
The bus passed, rolling through
The driver, well, he was new
He had no indication why

Verse 7:
Later at the Sault depot
They pointed to a sealed note
Said it was left for him to find
He hoped to keep her in his care
He longed to stroke her silver hair
He dreaded what he'd find inside

Chorus:
It said, "I won't drive by you each day
I have to go away
How you must feel inside
Remember the times we'd spend
Then I'll feel your wave again
You're always in mind."
Track Name: Peace Instead
Verse 1:
A tree in Santiago
Gives sway in a Cuban sun
To shade the memory of a corporal
It was here his wars begun

Verse 2:
There was one to end all others
By Christmas they all said
Our corporal made it home from it
But this time he bled

Chorus:
I, I know it’s been said
I, I want peace instead

Verse 3:
And a private did his training
Marched across a prairie flat
By the time he got to Normandy
Well, he was late for that

Verse 4:
His anger transferred easily
To the tyrants and their slaves
And while he raised his family
It fed a rage

Chorus:

Verse 5:
A civvie sits in wonder
At the way the world behaves
Contending leaders point at peace
As he counts the graves

Verse 6:
Their war’s are empty industries
Of the bullet and the blade
With a fallen soldier at the front
And the rest mislaid

Chorus:

Verse 7:
It’s easy to be angry
Makes everybody sad
But when I see your signs of peace
Well, you make me glad
Track Name: Finny
Finny
by Michael C Kelly, 2014

Verse:
Coats don't glisten in the darkness.
Eyes don't shine without a light.
That’s why the days are for wondering
And with my master I'll take flight ... cause,

Chorus:
I know, that it's in my soul
To leave that white couch behind
And I know, that beyond my doorway, I will never be confined

Verse:
Stepping off the back porch
The yard is where I'll stake my claim
Scattering squirrels, coons and possums
They retreat, they know my fame

Verse:
And Cherry Beach has much to offer
Tossing rocks at the water's edge
Surrounded by yelling hounds and mongrels
I chant my single pledge,

Chorus:
I know, that it's in my soul
To leave that white couch behind
And I know, that beyond my doorway
I will never be confined

Verse:
Take a trip north for cool perspective
Forest critters roam there free
Far from the city noise and clatter
Where jogs take on a reckless spree

Verse:
And when those dog runs are over
To that white couch I will consign
Sitting with my doting master
In the worth of our home sublime

Chorus:
I know, that it's in my soul
To leave that white couch behind
And I know, that beyond our doorway
I will never be confined