SONG LYRICS FROM "THE SHORES OF LES CHENEAUX":

  1. Here and Now
  2. A Thousand Daytimes
  3. His Kisses Make My Toes Curl
  4. I Sure Like What I Feel
  5. The Shores of Les Cheneaux
  6. Love As Our Guide
  7. I’ll Leave The Light On
  8. Baby, I’m Back
  9. Love Knows No Bounds
  10. Trophy Wife
  11. I Used To Call You “Baby”
  12. Barely Bleed
  13. Truly, Madly, Deeply
  14. My Baby’s Coming Back

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Here and Now

Each day is a mystery
A journey unknown
A place unseen
A seed unsown
A wilderness
Yet undiscovered
A new adventure
Unlike any other

And each day past
Is another page
A finished chapter
In a lifetime’s age
And the careful balance
Of the old and new
Remains the challenge
Between me and you.

Chorus:
I’m your here and now
You’re my today
One shining moment
Come what may
I am yours and you are mine
Unless a colder wind should blow
Here and now is all I know.
Here and now is all I know.

Bridge:
And I am haunted
By my own mistakes
A few bad judgements
A few bad breaks
So if by choice or by design
I will leave them all behind
To feel your love
So sweet and kind.

And so I offer
My soul and heart
Not yet forever
But today is a start
A new beginning
On an unmapped road
For here and now
Is all we know. (chorus)


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A Thousand Daytimes

I can still feel your fingers
Gently tracing my own
Until they were entwined
As the moonlight kissed our faces
And the breeze filled the air
With the scent of cedar and pine
And the warmth of your touch
So light and loving
Is etched forever in my mind
I’ll count a thousand daytimes
And a hundred years
To find another night so fine.

I awoke with a smile
And the thought of your kiss
Along the island’s shores
The beauty of the evening
And the song in my heart
Left me aching for more
But if every magic moment
Cannot stand alone
Except as “the night before”
You’d look a thousand daytimes
And a hundred years
And never see the eagle soar.

Bridge:
Blue moon--illuminate the sky
Firelight--keep the spark alive
Day breaks--steal a final kiss
I’d trade a thousand days
For a night like this

It’s the slightest movement
The smallest steps
In this wondrous pas de deux
The strength of the souls
The beat of the hearts
That make the dance so true
And when the music faded
And I looked into your eyes
One thing was certain I knew
I’d spend a thousand daytimes
And a hundred years
And never find another you.

I could search the world
All the rest of my days
And never find another you.


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His Kisses Make My Toes Curl

Doctor, Doctor, won’t you help me, please
This new affliction, this disability
It seems that when my baby takes my heart for a whirl
His kisses make my toes curl

Now I’ve known others who have been real sweet
Something was missing, they left me incomplete
My baby’s opened up a brand new world
His kisses make my toes curl.

Bridge:
He makes me walk on air
Though I am unaware
My feet don’t ever touch the ground
With every word he speaks
I feel my knees go weak
As if I’ve never heard something so profound.

So Doctor, tell me, is my condition bleak
If this is illness, then I don’t want relief
For when my baby tells me I’m his only girl
His kisses make my toes curl

Instrumental

Doctor, Doctor, is my prognosis grim
And I destined to wear this silly grin
Am I sentenced to a life with feel unfurled?
His kisses make my toes curl

He said he’s found the oyster with a pearl
His kisses make my toes curl
His kisses make my toes curl


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I Sure Like What I Feel

Gave up on love, it had done me wrong
Never found the heart where mine belonged
Never found the one that’s real and true
But here you stand right by my side
A place I know my heart could come alive
On a chance that love was meant for me and you.

Chorus:
Don’t know if the skies will rain or shine
Don’t know when the grapes will turn to wine
I don’t know what tomorrow may reveal
Don’t know how to read your eyes
Or if our hearts will harmonize
I don’t know if it’s love, but I sure like what I feel.

The sound of your voice, the warmth of your hand
The way you look at me and understand
The gentle strength of your embrace
The way the corner of your mouth will smile
When we fight and reconcile
Remind me that I’ve finally found my place. (Chorus)

Bridge:
Take me in your arms tonight
Take me in your arms tonight
Whisper what we have is something real

Instrumental

Don’t know how to read your eyes
Or if our hearts will harmonize
I don’t know if it’s love, but I sure like what I feel
I don’t know if it’s love, but I sure like what I feel.


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The Shores Of Les Cheneaux

Some folks plan a getaway to a tropical isle
Lying in the sun and drinking rum in Carribean style
But when I think of paradise, I don’t have to travel far
For what I love is a northern isle where the nights are cloaked with stars
What I love is a northern isle where the nights are cloaked with stars

A cottage nestled in the woods is my grandpa’s legacy
In the Straits of Mackinaw where the waters flow so free
Where the Indians and priests once charted maps with their canoes
And generations later, little’s changed for me and you
Generations later, little’s changed for me and you

Chorus:
Take me north, take me home where warm are days and cool are night
Let me glide o’er the lakes gleaming in the northern lights
Let me bask in the beauty of a land that I love so
In my heart lies the spirit of the Shores of Les Cheneaux
In my heart lies the spirit of the land called Les Cheneaux

Every time I revisit my mind fills with memories
Of the sunsets sails and campfires of a childhood so carefree
And I’m blessed to have known and experienced so much
And so fortunate today that the island’s still untouched
And so fortunate today that the island’s still untouched (chorus)

Bridge:
And one day when I have children and it’s time they learn to swim
I’ll take them down to that same big rock where my Dad and I jumped in
And what’s passed through generations will pass down again once more
And another child’s memories will be shaped upon the shore
And another child’s memories will be shaped upon the shore (Chorus)

And when I die, spread my ashes on the Shores of Les Cheneaux
And to the next generation I will leave my Les Cheneaux


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Love As Our Guide

Babe, from the beginning I knew you – you were the one
Who could make my smile shine brighter than the strongest midday sun
Who could fill my heart with longing every night you were away
And would wrap his arms around me when the shadows seemed to stay

Chorus:
Face to face
Heart to heart
A flame that’s grown so brilliant
From an unassuming spark
Hand in hand
Side by side
Shoulder to shoulder
With love as our guide

And with every day that passes I am grateful for the chance
To return my love in kind, to be your partner in this dance
Not knowing all of the answers or the questions that apply
But sure we’ll learn together if we keep love as our guide (Chorus)

Bridge:
If the road twists and turns and you’re feeling concerned
Of the darkened path at night
Keep the flame burning strong as we travel along
And our love will be the light (Chorus)


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I’ll Leave the Light On

I see your bags are leaning
Against the wall by the door
You needed only an hour to pack
And the house has been closed
Arrangements were made
To reopen whenever you’re back.

And the dog and the yard
The bills and the mail
Each detail so carefully planned
To let your soul and body wander
Any way you should choose
To leave your footprints in the sand.

Chorus:
And I’ll leave the light on for you, baby
I’ll leave the key above the door
I’ll keep your picture by my bedside
I’ll keep the space beside me warm
And when your journey brings your homeward
And your spirit draws you near
I’ll leave the light on for you, baby
May your path be sure and clear.

And I’ll gaze up at the stars
Knowing you’ll see the sun
A half way ‘round the globe
With new places before you
And new faces to meet
A wanderlust deep in your soul

And the passion between us
So real and so strong
May fade or as likely may grow
So my spirit travels with you
My love will keep you warm
And I’ll miss you much more than you’ll know. (chorus)

Bridge:
And it doesn’t really matter
How long you’re away
A day, a week, a month or a year
For you’re in my heart
As I am in yours
I’ll feel your presence as though you were here.

And I’ll leave the light on for you, baby
I’ll leave the key above the door
I’ll keep your picture by my bedside
I’ll keep the space beside me warm
And when your journey brings your homeward
And your spirit draws you near
I’ll leave the light on for you, baby
May your path be sure and clear.

I’ll leave the light on for you, baby
Until you’re in my arms again, dear.


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Baby, I’m Back

There was a time
Not all that long ago
Dragged down in undertow
I never felt so low
I couldn’t see clear

‘Cause I lost your love
Gave you my dignity
My identity
For a misery
So severe

But I kept my sight
On a brighter light
Hoping to ignite
The fire inside
And I held on tight
To a few good friends
On whom I could depend
By my side
By my side

Cause baby, I’m back
Your memory can’t keep me down
I’ve turned my life around
Baby, I’m back
I’m wiping the tears away
I’m keeping my fears at bay
I’m on the right track
Baby, I’m back

And now my head’s held high
I can touch the sky
Set my wings to fly
Toward the sun
So I gaze ahead
A new path to tread
Eagles overhead
I’ve just begun
I’ve just begun

Bridge:
You’re the only one that I truly loved
Fit my heart like a hand in a glove
Thought I’d die when you were gone
But I’ve let go, I’m moving on

Cause baby, I’m back
Your memory can’t keep me down
I’ve turned my life around
Baby, I’m back
I’m wiping the tears away
I’m keeping my fears at bay
I’m on the right track
Baby, I’m back


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Love Knows No Bounds

As I walked along through this world
Each foot neatly in a row
I wondered where the road would take me
If I’d walk the trail alone
Now you give my life direction
Though it’s never a straight line
So we’ll forge a path together
Your tiny steps with mine

Chorus:
And for you I’d walk through fire
I would swim the deepest sea
I would climb the highest mountain
Oppose all adversity
For in you I see the miracle I found
Love knows no bounds
Love knows no bounds

In you I see the future
Everything that you can be
Every smile and cause for laughter
Every bruise or bloody knee
As you grow in all your wonder
My heart overflows with pride
May you always know abundance
From the love I will provide (Chorus)

Bridge:
May you know the warmth of friendship
And the strength of family
Of all that I can give you
Let that be my legacy (Chorus)


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I Want To Be a Trophy Wife

Through all the years I spent in school
The papers and the tests
I focused on the future
And the pathway to success
Unlike some other coeds
I wanted a career
But I was so misguided
And my new goal’s crystal clear

Chorus:
I want to be a trophy wife
Had enough of the corporate life
I want to use my feminine charms
And latch onto a gentleman’s arm
I want to get my M.R.S.
A Ph D. in marital excess
I want to live the country club life
I want to be a trophy wife.

Now I know I’ve a ways to go
Before I look the part
A nip, a tuck, some implants
Whatever’s state of the art
And if the scapel fails me
I’ll just walk a step behind
Or find a man who’s old enough
To be legally blind (Chorus)

Bridge:
Now some of your may scoff
And some of you may jeer
You think of me as shallow
And completely insincere
But I have paid my dues
The losers I’ve bewitched
I think I’ve earned the right
To marry someone rich! (Chorus)

I got my bright red lipstick and my high heeled shoes
Take a chance on me, baby
What do you have to lose?
I want to be a trophy
I’m into matrimony
I want to be a trophy wife!


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I Used to Call You “Baby”

I used to call you “baby”
No other name seemed to fit
Not “honey” or “sugar” or “darlin”
“Baby” had the right ring to it

And you used to call me “sweetheart”
A finer sound I never heard
And I’d melt a little more every time
You whispered that single word

I’d take my seat on the kitchen stool
With a guitar and cheap Italian wine
With herbs and aromas wrapping the room
You’d lend your voice to mine
And side by side at the piano
Where we’d hit the high notes best
“Will you still love me tomorrow ?” filled the air
When did the answer change from “Yes”?

I used to touch you freely
Now I keep you at arm’s length
Knowing that I’m not your “sweetheart” anymore
Where can I find the strength?

I used to call you “baby”
I thought you were my destiny
For in my heart’s most secret part
You’ll always be my “baby” to me.
You’ll always be my “baby” to me.


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Barely Bleed

Just another goodbye story
I’ve heard them all before
“It’s not you, it’s me”
Or “I need to be free”
As you’re walking out the door

What kind of fool do you think I am
Did you think I’d put my heart on the line
I saw you holding back
I felt the love you lacked
Yes, I noticed every sign

Chorus:
So you can try to break my heart
You can try to tear it apart
You can tell me I’m not what you need
Your words may cut like a knife
And then they may sting and bite
But darlin’, now I barely bleed.

I wasn’t always so cynical and cold
No need to thaw the ice in my veins
I had an open heart that knew from the start
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
I gambled and lost without knowing the cost
The freefall of surrender
And what I’ve become is empty and numb
He was a pretender (Chorus)

Bridge:
How could I ever know
That loving him so
Would turn my heart to stone
There’s nothing you can say
So just go away
And leave my heart alone (Chorus)


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Truly, Madly, Deeply

Babe, I’ve got this feeling from my head to my toes
A tingling sensation like I’ve never known
A glimmer in my eye and a spring in my step
I wasn’t even looking but I’m sure glad we met.

Chorus:
Yes, I’m truly, madly, deeply
Sweetly and completely
Forever in love with you
Ain’t no qualifyin’
Babe, I’m testifyin’
Forever in love with you

And how the time has passed, yes it’s been quite a year
At times we tripped and stumbled when the path wasn’t clear
But every step along the way we held each other’s hand
And now I’m here to tell you I’m your number one fan. (Chorus)

Bridge:
Sometimes there is rain from the skies up above
And sometimes there are tears mixed with laughter and love
And sometimes one is right when the other is wrong
But never have I doubted that together we’re strong.

Though nothing’s ever certain and there’s no guarantee
And dreams are just illusions next to reality
I’ll lay it on the line when I stand here and say
I’ll bet my bottom dollar that our love’s here to stay (Chorus)


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My Baby’s Comin’ Back

Stop the presses
Spread the news
My baby’s comin’ back
And I’m done with the blues
No more weepin’
And cryin’
Or long lonely nights
My baby’s comin’ back
And I’m gonna love him right.

Hold your horses
Hold the phone
My baby’s comin’ back
To a warm welcome home
No more weepin’
And cryin’
Or long lonely nights
My baby’s comin’ back
And I’m gonna love him right.

He’s that special someone
An angel from above
The only man I’ve known
To make me feel so loved
I’m gonna hug him
And hold him
Taste his sweet kiss
We’ve gotta make up
For all the time that we’ve missed

So stand back, fellas
He’s stepping off the plane
My baby’s comin’ back
Into my arms again
No more weepin’
And cryin’
Or long lonely nights
My baby’s comin’ back
And I’m gonna love him right.

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