Category Archives: Songs

Singer/Songwriter

In my alternate reality I am a very successful lounge singer, or folk singer. Unfortunately I cannot play the piano, or guitar (Lord knows I tried), so that alternate reality doesn’t exist in my real life. Maybe I should create a lounge lizard avatar. I have written many songs but the music in my head cannot seem to jive with the lyrics in my pen. Occasionally I have bypassed the short circuit and written the perfect melody to accompany the lyrics. But then I can’t afford to record the song and even if I did have the money, I don’t have a band. Once upon a time I was desperately in need a very young musician/techno-geek Boyfriend in order to become a famous singer/songwriter. Unfortunately that ship sailed a long time ago and I am drowning in its wake. The world is spinning at warp speed and I remember using carbon paper in my manual typewriter. Therefore I am looking for a young musician/techno-geek Friend, who will help me become a famous singer/songwriter, out of the goodness of his/her heart. Actually, I have found a YMTGF but you must be patient. We’re working on it.

Eyes of a Child (Kayla’s Song)

I wrote both the lyrics and music of this song for my first grandchild, Kayla, born of my daughter, Linda, in 1991. I recorded it in a studio and presented it to Kayla on her third birthday. I held her in my arms and rocked her as I sang along with the tape. When the song was finished she scrambled out of my arms and said “No good!” Linda, and my son, André, gazed at me in horror and I burst out laughing. At the time, Kayla was into reggae music and Beyoncé and obviously not impressed with my ballad. Since then she has heard it several times, loves it and cries when I sing it for her. It will soon be recorded by my YMTGF and on this website before January 2015.

Kayla’s Song
(Lyrics by Joanna Gosse)

If I could give you all my dreams
I’d keep you safe from harm
To help you open every door
I’d give to you a golden key
If I could be there every night
To hold you close and be your light
I would, to keep you safe;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes);

If you could find one God to love
Let it be the God in you
And let it speak to every child
For children need a place to grow
I’ll meet you in that world to be
and I will bring the child in me
And love, will keep us warm;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes).

If you are sometimes all alone
Lost in a place you can’t call home
Remember I am always near
Never doubt that you are loved
You are always loved;

But you are so far away
And you need to find your way
To another place in time
Where we will laugh and sing
In a world we sometimes see
In a place that used to be
Shining there beyond belief
in the eyes of a child (Kayla’s eyes).

 

Long John Silver

What do you do when you’re down and out
and there’s nothing but a hole in your pocket
I feel kind of mean when I got no money
but I sure feel good when I got it;

Money is the root of all evil so they say
but I don’t believe one word of it
A jingle in my pocket is music to my ears
cause it helps me forget my troubles and fears;

Wheeling and dealing makes the world go round
spinning that wheel of fortune
Hey there, sister, do you want to make a dime
You can’t buy now? Well, borrow on time
Step in line and borrow on time;

Long John Silver was a pirate long ago (CHORUS)
He had a wooden leg and a long-tailed coat
The pirates of today wear a shirt and tie
and they make their money, make their money, make their money
selling sugar-coated lies
Sugar coated lies, sugar coated lies;

We take a second mortgage and use a credit card
to buy us the things we’re craving
We can’t take it with us – so everybody says
So what’s the use in saving;