Ballad of Pain and Love

Someone was hurt a long time ago,
By whom and for what, no one really knows,
But that pain seemed to last, it never went away,
That’s why people hurt each other, even today.

But something else happened a long time ago,
Someone was loved, and this Love grew,
It was passed on through time, nearly two million years,
That’s why life exists – Love perseveres.

But that pain still lives on, and it threatens very life,
It seems as times there’s nothin’ but pain and strife,
Each day is a struggle, each moment counts too,
Pain and Love are in all of us, it’s up to, up to me and you.

Well someone taught me Love, but I also learned the pain,
So I too can teach what I have gained,
But it’s hard, yes it’s hard, to always do the right thing,
‘Cause sometimes Love looks a lot like pain.

Maybe one day, the hate would disappear,
The hurting would stop, and so would the fear,
Only Love would be taught and the people would know,
Love was all there was a long time ago.

Greenest Grass

Some say the grass is always greener,
Some say you’ll never be satisfied,
But as sure as the sun shines and the wind does blow,
You’re the greenest grass I know.

You are the moon, you are the stars,
You are the ocean, Venus and Mars,
Together we’ll climb and we’ll reach our heights,
And keep each other warm on winter’s nights.

Two people two minds, each special and good,
With gifts and opinions, we are not the same,
But this Love we share is what matters most,
This loving feeling, though I know I shouldn’t boast,
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah!

Some say the grass is always greener,
Some say you’ll never be satisfied,
But as sure as the sun shines and the wind does blow,
You’re the greenest grass I know,
You’re the greenest grass I know…

Stream

Stream, stream, where do you run?
And stream, oh stream, where do you come from?
Stream, stream, my heart wants to know,
For my life is also a stream,

River, river, why do you roar?
And river, oh river, what have you in store?
River, river, my heart wants to know,
For my love is flowing over,

Ocean, ocean, where do you end?
And ocean, oh ocean, what lays o’er the bend?
Ocean, ocean, my heart wants to know,
For my love runs deep like you,

Stream, stream, I know where you run,
And river, oh river, I know why you roar,
Ocean, ocean, I know where you end,
You end where the stream begins…

 Livin’ in a graveyard

Livin’ in a graveyard,
And they say we have to move,
Is this really living?
My whole life I’ve been confused…

They say the dead must be visited,
By family, friends, and acquaintances,
Well I’ve watched them place down flowers,
Shed a tear and stay an hour,
While my family looks for food,
Ignoring people who are rude,
In the city that we roamed,
Now the graveyard is our home,
Yes the city lights shine bright,
On this cool Filipino night,
And the question fills my head:
Are we living or are we dead?

Respect to the dead,
Respect to the living,
Pretty words I’ve heard before,
– But can they be true?
They come daily to our home,
Amongst stray dogs and dry bones,
As mother sells her body,
And father begs for money,
No I’ve never been to school,
You may say my life is cruel,
But one thing I know for certain –
A graveyard ain’t for the livin’…

Lady Corrie

Lady Corrie, I never met you,
But I wrote this song so we’d never forget you,
You gave up comfort, you gave up privilege,
But you never gave up hope or courage,
Or the fight for justice or equal rights,

Acts of courage, small ones too,
Lady Corrie died for me and you,
Same age as me, you make me look at myself,
And ask why, oh why, do we kill ourselves,
When all we want is peace and equal rights?

And like Marla Ruzika, you knew what others don’t understand;
You can’t win hearts and minds with a gun in your hand,

Lady Corrie, it’s not over,
Though we live on and you don’t grow older,
You gave us courage, you gave us everything,
Someday we’ll help you win the fight,
For a world of justice and equal rights,
For a world of justice and equal rights,
For a world of peace and equal rights.