April 5, 2017


F C Em Am
Warm is the weather beating down on us
When searching for shade at the edge of the glade
What you hope to find, what you will not see,
Is a path at the edge of insanity

Suddenly your taken no relation to me
The brighter it gets the more i can see
The rope will not bind when we’re lost at sea
cause the cuts that you make will set me free

I will not jump or fall away


you have no over over me

A work in progress
(C)2017 J. Canales

APR 5, 2017

January 8, 2014

Loyal Lions

Capo vi
Verse Am F C C
Chorus F C Em Am

Waking up is the hardest way,
To realize it ain't the same, without you,
Show the skies the slowest weather,
No I don't think it's any better, without you,

Don't curb your love, just curb your fight,
Keep driving through that endless night, desire on fire, without you
I smell it on you dirty shirt, Lipstick stained my colors burst, desire on fire, without you

Brave it through your strangest ways,
I made it through your endless maze, without you,
I'm not your drug, Quit coming back,
I'll changed the locks, I'll move away,
Without you.

Like loyal lions in a den of thieves
So predictable to steal from me.
Before you you start, take me heart,
I don't want it back.

I can smell it when your off of work
It feel so pristine the sharpest collar with dirt.

Honey wouldn't you hate to screen out the truth
standing so far away i have no idea what your saying
but your staying, like loyal lions put to work

Part of me can last forever,
once you start putting me back together
it's not enough
every thing you say
pull me out and we can keep the kids alive

January 11, 2013

So do you for me

{round of four chords/chord variations in one bar}
C F Am G

{softly singing- round of four chords/variations}

like the diamond needs the fire,
like the mountain needs the river,
like the rose needs the garden,
So do you for me,

{slow fade to exit}
When dawn colors the sky, 
When day ask to be longer, 
When dusk wants the morning, 
So do you for me,
So do you for me,

So do you for me,
So do you for me.

Dm F Am G

{Extra lyrics}

she came back for you
this place we call dawn
someday we will leave it

This place we call it 
This place we call dawn
someday we will leave it
So do you, for me.
So do you, for me.

December 16, 2012

To have have and to hold- innocent

D            D/C#                                G
everyone around is waiting for me to fail,
D               D/C#                G     G/F#  Em
   here i am alone think all is well,
                                        D   D/C#                       G
you better believe i believe it,           when i see her smile,

                                                D   D/C#                       G    G/F#
you better believe that i can feel it,       but i'm blind for a mile,

          Em                                       D
all the while...       she's planning on leaving,

D F# G Em

D            D/C#                                G
how'd it get so bad, how'd we end up so sad,

remember when we were younger

oh,  i'm so like her- a lover.

i  thought it was innocent, now there's nothing known

it was innocent, my love- my friend,

my only hope, that you'll know me and what we had

D F# G Em
to have and to hold, she's growing cold,
suddenly changes have been made for me,
i'm getting colder, i'm getting older,  (needs more kick)
slowly waiting to pick it up again, 

Bm G D G (capo 2 Am F C F)
Watching changes that've been made for me
Last in my mind Done passing time
Last thing I want is for you to look at at me
but you've witnessed me

December 9, 2012

Worth Giving- in progress lyric before music

1 when so many things are worth giving up for
   multiplied and thick, we're getting sick, I'm letting go.
   carfully placed one at a time, each day is all we need
2 when so many things are worth leaving for
   red light fallen star, who knows where we are, I'm letting go.

3 It's you i need.
  but your worth giving

4 Yet the song I sing, when i breath,
   dying for air, scratching the sky, I'm letting go.

5 though meant for you, short breath is my best,
   i could use what you have right now, I'm letting go.

6 (but) it's you i need. 
   but your worth seeing

7 insatiably honest but cold in your hand
  your so honest it hurts thanks for being gentle

8 just leave me the way you found me 
  better the way you found me

9 but all i need is you. 
   Am I'm worth leaving

10 remember how true we were 
  Back when we started, you meant different for me, 

11 when no one mattered i mattered the most
   Yet here I am, do I mean the same.

12 fade to grey. undone.  

Concept rewrite for version 3: (focus on the theme)

"love lost story. teetering on the edge. 
reminiscing. sadness. hopeful future of regrets.
glory girl, life's answer."

if i ,
how you
i would have

visual link, 
redefine visual link
like a .... massive end.

incorporate a Shelia Davis approach
- A Genuine Idea
- A Memorable Title
- A Strong Start
- A Payoff
- The Appropriate Form

A rewrite exercise (c) 2012 John Canales, all rights reserved

November 24, 2012

Diamond to North Wind

F Am C G
It was the best of life, All that was meant to be
Diamonds for the world to see, She's stuck in a cabin near the woods

Such a lady like that, a friend, With such long hair,
Hangin down to her knees, without a care,

Stood with bare feet on the stone, The poor moon hangs above,
Against the hill it waits, The boy anticipates,

Such a boy to think beyond her grave,
Gentle cry brave is stripped away,
Search for her,

Sharp as a knife, Weeping ash,
Don't fight for no good,
Where ever you find yourself,

A door in the yard,
Searching for yourself,
Dreaming not to be,

Waiting with the window light,
Guiding every step,
Glimmer with shapes alone,

Like the wind when it's waking up.
A work in progress, all rights reserved (C) 2012 John Canales


C/G  F
Take your things and I'll take mine
And don't you worry who gets left behind
Subtle embrace and slight salute
Pistol holding and ready to shoot

Cause were moving on up, with all the changes,
Cause were moving on up, to different place,
Gmaj7 no5  Fmaj7 no5 
You can tell everybody,
Am F Am  Dm
But please, please, please, Don't tell Elijah.

Take my heart and take me in,
I could believe you would make amends,
Take these ashes and let them fly,
With death impeding don't you cry,

Cause were moving on up, with all the changes,
Cause were moving on up, to different place,
Gmaj7 no5  Fmaj7 no5 
You can tell everybody,
Am F Am  Dm
But please, please, please, Don't tell Elijah.

A work in progress, all rights reserved (C) 2012 John Canales