Melissa G Clark

Melissa G Clark

Story

If you've ever encountered the "silent wall" that occasionally springs up between two very close people, or a person and her pet, you can appreciate the inspiration for this song. After carefully honing the lyrics and singing them to my cat, Dante, he sat there and stared into space, thus reinforcing the basic premise! ;)

Melissa G Clark
Lennon-McCartney
Melissa G Clark
Melissa G Clark

Story

This song is a blues based melody. I'd been fooling around with some Clapton unplugged style chord voicings and the story simply unfolded for me. I've found that guys like the "beat" of the music and women listen to the words, generally, more closely. This one has a little bit for both!

Lyrics

 

It's gonna take a little time, a little time to understand The very nature of my crime, in living my life as I'd planned. The road I've taken is the one less often traveled, generally. When everything is said and done, my only crime was being me.

Rules put up walls around our hopes and our dreams. Lawa to protect abound, or so it seems. But as for me this life has been a slow and steady uphill climb. The struggle I am trying to win is gonna take a little time

Every morning starts the same. My mirror image stares at me. The first move of a brand new game, that never ends in victory. And yet I play it any way, accept my fat, my thorny crown. It gets me through another day and it's the only game in town.                                                                                                                                             

Rules put up walls around our hopes and our dreams. Laws to protect abound, or so it seems. But as for me this life has been a slow and steady uphill climb. This struggle I am trying to win is gonna take a little time.

Melissa G Clark
Melissa G Clark

Story

There is a local songwriting group that meets monthly. One of the members teaches a music course and gave his students a writing assignment, for that particular month. The songwriting group members were invited to use the assignment as a guideline for our song idea, if we wished. The topic was simply the word, Key, and I had some fun working with the idea. Some decent lyrics were started with the idea, and with a little input from fellow songwriters I had some good thoughts to help me rewrite the lyrics into their present form.

The remarkable thing is somehow I stumbled upon a universal theme; so much so that women came up to me and said they felt I'd revealed their own story in the lyrics. The melody was inspired by the style of Mary Chapin Carpenter's haunting melodies and seemed to fit the mood created by the lyrics. It has been a rewarding experience to share this song!

Lyrics

The Key

All of my dreams

Are out to sea

With you, it seems,

Drifting from me.

I'm at land's end

Waiting to be

With you again.

You hold the key.

 

This emptiness

Has filled me, before;

Wanting you less,

Needing you more.

Is it my fate,

Or destiny

That I must wait?

You hold the key.

 

You made each word into a song

I'd never heard, till you came along.

Now I'll face my fears, do what it takes;

Live with my tears and my mistakes.

 

If you are sure

You won't return

I will endure

These feelings that burn.

There's only one way

I'll ever be free.

After today

I'll hold the key.

Melissa G Clark
Melissa G Clark

Story

This song is a testimonial to the spirit within us all, from Jim Valvano's "Don't ever give up" to the simple idea of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." We all need a reason to keep going, whether we are musicians, athletes, or everyday folks going in to work, with a family to support. A simple song with a universal idea, I wrote it at a time when things were "okay," and it helped carry me through much tougher stretches of time that have followed those "better times." It includes some sel-deprication to avoid being preachy; the intnet is to connect with folks who feel like they've been squashed by the larger world. We're all in this together!

Lyrics

 

Sometimes in the morning I play my guitar/The moments are freeing for me/And though I now well I will not be a star/The freedom is all that I need

To carry me through an impossible day/Of working for my daily bread/I have to believe there is a better way/ Than doing this till I am dead

The heart of a champion beats in my breast/The effort I give is the same/As the ones who have made it and played it the best/It's all for the love of the game.

When evening rolls 'round I get ready to play/There's no place where I'd rather be/Kick back and relax at the end of the day/When nothing else matters to me.

The heart of a champion beats in my breast/The effort I give is the same/As the ones who have made it and played it the best/It's all for the love of the game.

Day jobs and stray jobs have kept me alive/I do what I can to survive/I pray for and play for each chance to take part/With my minor league hands/And my major league heart.

The heart of a champion beats in my breast/With Destiny staking its claim/On the way that we play when we're put to the test/It's all for the love of the game

When the heart of a champion beats in your breast/It's all for the love/Of the game.

Melissa G Clark
Melissa G Clark

Story

This is a simple little song about that feeling in the stomach we all get when we start falling for someone; regardless of the number of times it has happened before, it's always a bit of a system shock. Melanie's "Brand New Key" inspired the style of singing it, and the rest was just a lot of fun.

Lyrics

You're looking at me, looking at you. I've been down this road before, still it feels so new. I don't know, I don't know what I should do. 

I'm wringing my hands, shuffling my feet. I find I must turn away, each time our eyes meet. I don't know, I don't know what I should do.

My heart is racing like a hamster on a wheel. I can't believe I really feel the way I feel. I don't know, I don't know what I should do.

I guess it's time for me to turn and walk away, till we run into each other on another day. I don't know, I don't know what I should do; Or I could simply say the words I know are true, and tell you "I'm in love with you!"

Melissa G Clark

Story

This song describes a bonding process that developed from a daily routine of sitting with a friend's mom, a 93 year old woman who had become physically challenged by a broken hip, and who was experiencing some early stages of dimentia. She couldn't manage, alone, during the workday and needed someone, preferably someone who knew her and whom she could trust, to be in the house with her during the workday. I've been told by others who have had a similar experience that this describes that process honestly, and I am happy to share it with others who have shared or who have yet to share this experience with a loved one.

Lyrics

It's only me I'm going nowhere Just so you now where I'll always be Standing nearby, that you might trust one Now there is just one. It's only me.

I'm here each day Long before daybreak To let each day take Me where it may There is a need We can each cling to What I can bring you, You take away.

There are times when you are caught up In your wild chases After dreams that you alone can see Meeting other people In distant times and places; one waits right here. It's only me.

It's only me I'm going nowhere Just so you know where I'll always be. Standing nearby Right here, beside you That is what I do. It's only me.