Children Will Listen

How do you say to your child in the night
Nothing’s all black, but then nothing’s all white?
How do you say it will all be all right
When you know that it might not be true?
What do you do?

Careful the things you say
Children will listen
Careful the things you do
Children will see and learn
Children may not obey, but children will listen
Children will look to you for which way to turn
To learn what to be
Careful before you say “Listen to me”
Children will listen

Careful the wish you make
Wishes are children
Careful the path they take
Wishes come true, not free
Careful the spell you cast
Not just on children
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you
Careful the tale you tell
That is the spell
Children will listen

How can you say to a child who’s in flight
“Don’t slip away and I won’t hold so tight”
What can you say that no matter how slight
Won’t be misunderstood?
What do you leave to your child when you’re dead?
Only whatever you put in its head
Things that your mother and father had said
Which were left to them too
Careful what you say
Children will listen
Careful you do it too
Children will see
And learn, oh guide them that step away
Children will glisten
Tample with what is true
And children will turn
If just to be free
Careful before you say
“Listen to me”


~~ Stephen Sondheim ~~

When the rain c…

When the rain came down — I was standing in the green
My soul was touched by every tree that my eyes could see
I am in peace, in love, in harmony — when the rain comes

When the rain came down — melded with my tears
When the rain came down — flow away the fears
When the rain came down — bigger than the sea
When the rain came down — then came me.

~~ Happy Rhodes ~~

“If you want, t…

“If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny
Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence
That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence…”

~ from Return to Innocence by Enigma

Up On The Roof

When this old world starts getting me down

and people are just too much for me to face,

I climb way up to the top of the stair

and all my cares just drift right into space.

On the roof it’s peaceful as can be

and there’s a world below can’t bother me.

Let me tell you now,

When I come home feeling tired and weak

I go up where the air is fresh and sweet.

I get away from the hustling crowd

and all that rat-race noise down in the street.

On the roof’s the only place I know

where you just have to wish to make it so

let’s go up on the roof.

At night the stars put on a show for free

and, darling, you can share it all with me.

I keep on telling you

right smack dab in the middle of town

I found a paradise that’s trouble proof.

And if this world starts getting you down

there’s room enough for two

up on the roof.

~~ Gerry Goffin & Carole King ~~

I Hope You Dance

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
~~ from the song written by Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers