WHEN I'M WITH YOU

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
WHEN I’M WITH YOU

Lyrics

WHEN I’M WITH YOU

I am a life of burning passion
A gentle touch that tells the truth
I am a timeless song that gives you the shivers
An easy road to long lost youth

I’m in the air, sweet taste of springtime
A welcome fire when winter’s deep
I am the friend that won’t stop loving
When I’m with you I am complete

When I’m with you
When I’m with you

I am a verse of such emotion
That lovers cry around the world
I am the bond that is eternal
Between a boy and his first girl

I see so far I’m in the future
I hear the words we dare not speak
And in your eyes I see that you know, ya you know
When I’m with you I am complete

When I’m with you, when I’m with you
When I’m with you
When I’m with you, when I’m with you
When I’m with you

I hold your hand, I hear you laughing
I run my fingers through your hair
I lie beside you, I feel your caresses
I wake, but you’re not there

I am the view that wraps around you
When you stand upon the peak
I am the thought that stirs within you
When you’re walking down the street

I will be there when it’s all over
When he leaves you and you weep
Then you will find out why I’m waiting,
I’m waitin ’cause
When I’m with you I am complete

When I’m with you, when I’m with you
When I’m with you,
When I’m with you, when I’m with you
When I’m with you

©1998 Van Clayton Powel

ALL I CAN SEE

HOLD YOU
ALL I CAN SEE

Lyrics

ALL I CAN SEE

All I can see
Stars might surround me
But your eyes
Are all I can see

All I can be
No fear can bind me
With you I am
All I can be

So long ago we started out
Young lovers hand in hand
Sweet innocence and angels by our side
Now all these years between us
And one thing’s never changed
You smile at me
And I still cannot hide – that

All I can see
Stars might surround me
But your eyes
Are all I can see

All I can be
No fear can bind me
With you I am
All I can be

No dream we have not followed
No stone we’ve left unturned
No honesty too deep
For us to share

Now all these years behind us
And I’ll take a million more
If I can wake each day
To find you there

All I can see
Stars might surround me
But your eyes
Are all I can see

All I can be
No fear can bind me
With you I am
All I can be

©2014 Van Clayton Powel

SO EMPTY

WHEN I'M WITH YOU

SO EMPTY

Lyrics

SO EMPTY (Bobbi’s Song)

So empty, so empty
Here without you
So empty, feels so empty
Everything I do
Again some day
Again some way
I know our time’s not through
But now so empty, oh so empty
Here without you
Here without you

Again some day
Again some way
I know our time’s not through
But now so empty, feels so empty
When I reach for you
So empty, oh so empty
Here without you
Here without you
Here without you

©2013 Van Clayton Powel

JUST COUNT YOUR COIN

 

JUST COUNT YOUR COIN

Lyrics

JUST COUNT YOUR COIN

We are the victims of your point of view
You think the world was put here just for you
You deal in cash and you manipulate
The devil helps you navigate

Sell your bombs, put your landmines under children’s feet
Cut the old growth forests down
Pump the oil into oceans, poison every creek
Don’t let your conscience rejoin, just count your coin

Find the island we call paradise
Build your house and say it’s mighty nice
Then one year later stand and make your speech
Announcing strip malls on the beach

Buy all the water, make us pay to take a drink
Claim all the seeds from Nature’s womb
Advertise to our children, tell them what to think
Don’t let your conscience rejoin, just count your coin

I remember times of innocence
When our minds were not for sale
Yes, I remember times of innocence
But we’ve let heaven go to hell, yes go to hell

Take a pill that says it’s time for sex
Take another ‘cause your life’s a mess
Be a victim of their point of view
Don’t stand up and shout, “Hey, you!”

“Take your bombs and shove them where the sun don’t shone
Leave those goddamn trees alone
You can have your piece but this world’s also mine
Stop acting like you were just born to count your coin”

I remember times of innocence
When our souls were not for sale
Yes, I remember times of innocence
But we’ve let heaven go to hell, yes go to hell

“Take your bombs and shove them where the sun don’t shone
Leave those goddamn trees alone
You can have your piece but this world’s also mine
Stop acting like you were just born to count your coin”

©2010 Van Clayton Powel

I DON'T SHINE

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
I DON’T SHINE  *Pre-production mockup with Ken Pendergast. (Original unplugged version below)

Lyrics

I DON’T SHINE

We sit here at the table
Our lines drawn in the sand
No way to go forward
At least not hand-in-hand

We’ve been down every alleyway
We’ve chased down every lead
We gave it everything we’ve got
It’s time that I leave, ‘cause

I don’t shine
In your eyes anymore
No, I don’t shine
In your eyes anymore

A piece of our puzzle
Has fallen through the cracks
We fished on our hands and knees
But can’t get it back

It’s one of those mysteries
That we’ll never know
But somehow we recognize it’s time
To let it go, ‘cause

I don’t shine
In your eyes anymore
No, I don’t shine
In your eyes anymore

©2009 Van Clayton Powel

 *Original unplugged version

I'VE GOT HALF A MIND

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
I’VE GOT HALF A MIND

Lyrics

I’VE GOT HALF A MIND

We made every promise
Like new lovers always do
Never cheat, never lie, no
And always be a friend to you

Now you have your lawyer
And of course I have mine, too
And they stand between us
Like a wall we can’t get through

I’ve got half a mind to pack the whole thing in
Wrap my sorrows up and drown them all in gin
I’ve got half a mind to give you one last call
But I’ve got half a mind, that’s all

I’ve got half a heart to blame it all on you
Play the martyr that’s what cowards always do
I’ve got half a heart that says you’d take my call
But I’ve got half a heart, that’s all

Used to be so easy
We were full of love and hope
Now it’s hard to reach out
With only one hand on the rope

 There’s a cold wind howling
There’s a hard rain on the roof
It’s a deep, dark nightmare
Guaranteed we both will lose

I’ve got half a mind to pack the whole thing in
Wrap my sorrows up and drown them all in gin
I’ve got half a mind to give you one last call
But I’ve got half a mind, that’s all

I’ve got half a heart to blame it all on you
Play the martyr that’s what cowards always do
I’ve got half a heart that says you’d take my call
But I’ve got half a heart, that’s all
Yeah, I’ve got half a heart that’s all
I’ve got half a heart that’s all

 ©2009 Van Clayton Powel

HOW THIS ENDS

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
HOW THIS ENDS

Lyrics

HOW THIS ENDS

Moving on automatic
Through these days of our life
Making love, so pragmatic
If we touch in the night

I don’t know when the change came
Why we break, we don’t bend
Started out with the best of intentions
But I don’t know how this ends
No, I don’t know how this ends

Moving on from the passion
It’s the way these things go
Love’s a fad, left behind like a fashion
If you both, if you both cannot grow

I don’t know when the pain came
And I don’t know if it mends
Started out with the best of intentions
But I don’t know how this ends
No, I don’t know how this ends

Part of my heart is still going there
Hearing love when you whisper my name
Part of my heart still looks in your eyes
And would kneel down and hand you the chains

Moving on automatic
Through these days of our life
Making love, oh so pragmatic
If we touch in the night

I don’t know when the change came
Why we break, we don’t bend
Started out with the best of intentions
But I don’t know how this ends
No, I don’t know how this ends

©2011 Van Clayton Powel

BESIDE YOU

WHEN I'M WITH YOU
BESIDE YOU

Lyrics

BESIDE YOU

Tears my heart out
Seeing you this way
Drops me down to my knees

Take you in my arms
Rock your pain away
Let your tears fall on me

‘Cause beside you
Right beside you
Here beside you
I have it all

Yes, inside you
Deep inside you
My salvation
If I should fall

Such a long road
That brought us both this far
Every step hand in hand

Such a dark place
I’ve been just where you are
But you’re stronger than I am

‘Cause beside you
Right beside you
Here beside you
I have it all

Yes, inside you
Deep inside you
My salvation
If I should fall

©2012 Van Clayton Powel

AS IF I DIDN'T MATTER

AS IF I DIDN'T MATTER

Lyrics

AS IF I DIDN’T MATTER

So easily you left me
With all your might you left me
So what am I to do now
I feel like such a fool now

So easily she found you
She wrapped you up and bound you
As if I didn’t matter, as if I didn’t matter
At all, at all, at all
As if I didn’t matter at all

So easily you told me
How hard it was to tell me
That you had no more love left
Oh no, no more love left (for me)

So easily your tears came
I swear they were for your pain
As if mine didn’t matter, as if I didn’t matter
At all, at all, at all
As if I didn’t matter at all

I wish you didn’t matter
I wish you didn’t matter
I wish you didn’t matter
At all

So easily old love dies
And darkens every sunrise
So hard to be alone now
Every night alone now

So easily you left me
With all your might you left me
As if they didn’t matter (All those years)
As if they didn’t matter
At all, at all, at all
As if I didn’t matter at all

©1996 Van Clayton Powel

HOW 'BOUT YOU

HOW 'BOUT YOU
HOW ‘BOUT YOU *Pre-production mockup with Ken Pendergast

Lyrics

HOW ‘BOUT YOU

Like the victim in this lover’s crime
Nothin’ much I can do
Just an extra with a minor line
Trying to hide from the truth

How ‘bout you
Do you know what fool’s love makes us do?
How ‘bout you
Won’t you tell me what the guilty should do?

Just a lover playing second string
Yeah, I’m on call night and day
Ask a psychic what my future brings
But she just turns, she just turns away

How ‘bout you
Do you know what fool’s love makes us do?
How ‘bout you
When you’re desperate, tell me, what do you do?

Such a cold room
Such a dark, empty feeling
Such a cold mood
And I don’t, no I don’t
No I don’t know how I find
How I find my way out of here

Like a guest left standing all alone
Should’ve left long ago
Like a heart that doesn’t have a home
Hanging ‘round just in case you might show

How ‘bout you
Do you feel what the guilty go through?
How ‘bout you
Do you know what fool’s love makes us do?
Do you know what fool’s love makes us do?
What you’re doing to me is he doing to you?

©2010 Van Clayton Powel