Posts Tagged ‘poem’

“Capsize”
completed 8.15.22

i fought through thick and thin
built a relationship strong as Noah’s Ark
wish we could just find a win
but we just cannot rekindle our spark

you gave up and lost my trust
left us rocking in the wake
now i feel nothing but disgust
now we’re sinking in a lake

this note is simply to say
i deserve to find better
skip your acting on Broadway
this is no love letter

we’ve become a sinking ship
we tipped ’cause of our faults
our fights caused us to flip
problems locked inside our vaults

got stranded far too long in rough waters
arguments that spun/rocked our boat
capsized in whitewater, now our love’s underwater
nothing now can keep us afloat

“Broke Down”
written 7.28.22

you rode shotgun by me for years
we could always outrun the storms and dark
now the raindrops on my windshield are tears
falling when two hearts lose their spark

stranded on the side of the road
our fights spin us in circles, now we’re lost
what’s left of us is getting towed
a love choked out in the exhaust

you said we were beyond repair
told me everything was all my fault
gave up on us as if you never cared
regrets tattooed like burnouts in our asphalt

now i’m throwing my life into fifth gear
racing ahead to a better life
know now our past is better in the rear
headin’ to a love that won’t jackknife

and some nights all i have is regret
wished when our crash hit the airbags
this duet now just an empty threat
just caused us to wave a white flag

now there’s nothing left of you and me
pieces of us strewn like debris

“Pick-Up”

Posted: February 20, 2022 in Lyrics, Poem
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“Pick-Up”
written 2.3.22

Verse 1:

you and i always drove through thick and thin
you shifted our gears while i held the wheel
we always stayed on course
never afraid with you shotgun to go for a spin

never thought we’d need to fill up
‘cause we burned hotter than gasoline
we were all I needed rolling ‘round my truck bed
side by side in my pickup

Chorus 1:

but then you wouldn’t pick up
now i’ve got nothing but my pickup
to get me somewhere that feels like home

without you i’m stuck in mud spinning my wheels
’cause without you it feels so wrong
even my truck can’t pick-me-up when your gone

Verse 2:

we were like every love song on the radio
you and i always sang along in stereo
now your voice replaced by static
farther away than i’d like to know

right now you’re ignoring my calls
now all i’ve got is your old texts on my phone
so i’ll leave another voicemail
as my heart feels like it will stall

Chorus 1

Verse 3:

now i’m heading back to your place
i drove all night but nothing felt like home
miles of stars and wide open roads
but nothing i saw as pretty as your face

headlights lighting up your face
wheels barely stop rolling
and i’m jumping out the door
nothing in the world like your embrace

Chorus 2:

when you wouldn’t pick up
i had nothing but my pickup
to get me somewhere that felt like home

without you i’m stuck in mud spinning my wheels
’cause without you it always feels wrong
your the song that picks-me-up to where I belong

Erase Her
written on 7.23.21

V1:
I stayed up all night thinking
Didn’t help I was drinking
Flashbacks to the best of you and I

We grew up just a few blocks away
So I know that I can’t stay
Never was able to say goodbye

Bridge:
Maybe I’ll put this bottle down
And walk away from our hometown

Chorus:
Letters written in pencil and sidewalk chalk
Shoulda’ made it easier to
Wipe your memory with this eraser
But no matter how hard I try
I [just can’t/can’t seem to] erase her

Bridge:
Now I put that bottle down
Gotta move on from this All-American town


V2:
‘Cause every church, bar, and our favorite cafe
Knows I’m hurting and not OK
Can’t seem to hide this frown

‘Cause our last words in my driveway
Leave me wishin’ I could runaway
Find myself in a new town

Chorus:
Letters written in pencil and sidewalk chalk
Shoulda’ made it easier to
Wipe your memory with this eraser
But no matter how hard I try
I [just can’t/can’t seem to] erase her

Outtro:

I’ll be fine, ready to move on
Kept that old eraser
‘Cause now I’m ready to erase her
Maybe…I’m ready to erase her

“Ex Marks the Spot” (demo)

By: Jonathan Stickler & Ryan Tagge

6.27.2021

Been chasin’ your hints all over this map
But I’m done with that
All the love we had has been resold
‘Cause it was fools gold

I might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you

But I’m finally ready to
Step closer / To my next adventure
‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

I know there’s plenty of fish in the sea
I’ll find them eventually
For now I’m puttin’ my line away
Save It for another day

Might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you

But I’m finally ready to
Step closer / To my next adventure

‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

I might get lost along the way
But that’s part of the fun they say
Might get lost along the way
But I’ll just call it a getaway

‘Cause now the X marks the spot where
I leave you behind me
It used to be followin’ you
But I’m finally ready to

Step closer / To my next adventure
‘Cause now my Ex marks the spot where
My Ex marks the spot I’ll never go back to

“Young”
Music and Vocals: Palmer Lee
Lyrics: Ryan Tagge

 

V1:

Do you remember
when we were young
I reached up at the stars
so you packed a suitcase
you drew a rocket so we could shoot into space

Do you remember
when we were young
you said that we’d touch the moon
the joy shining from my face
we floated in space
safe in your embrace

Pre-Chorus:
and you said, I’ll always shield you
and you held my hand to help me through

Chorus:
yeah, we shot into outer space
touched the stars, memories I’ll never replace
no matter how old we grow
you always find a way to make me glow

yeah, you showed me hope can heal things soon
faith I hold onto every afternoon
no matter how old we grow
you still help me find my rainbow

V2:
do you remember
when we were young
we drew all our dreams in chalk
the smile on my face
you said the best things
in life are chased

do you remember
when we were young
nothing could get in our way
the delight on my face
you never let one minute
ever go to waste

V3:
do you remember
when we were young
nothing out of grasp
the awe shining from my face
I could always be myself
not out of place

do you remember
when we were young
you made me strong
the admiration on my face
in this daunting world
you helped me find my place

Bridge:
as we grew older
you helped me grow bolder
grew our roots but you never left my side
faithful as the ocean tide

Outro:
as we grew older…
you helped me grow bolder…

“Cellophane”

Posted: April 27, 2019 in Lyrics, Poem
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“Cellophane”
completed on 4.27.19

i’ve always been scared of the unknown
so i wrapped my heart in cellophane
thin and transparent
but it was enough to keep me strong

but all the cracks in my soul
stretch and tear that cellophane
attacks that can seep inside
no barrier to shield me anymore

sometimes i wish I had been stronger
then a barrier paper thin
but I’m trying to grow stronger
grow a thicker skin

my progress and my regress
aren’t grounds for you to judge
i don’t need your critique or honesty
just let me unfold on my own

sometimes i just need my space
to figure out what makes my heart race
if i could just make this world slow down
then maybe my head wouldn’t pound

and then i could start feeling
far less lost and far more found
so maybe i’m ready to let you look in
bring out the best of me within

“Nostalgia”
written on 3.13.19

maybe it’s nostalgia
maybe just fading memories
but no one taught me that
growing up life’s beauty
can also make you bleed

i’m tired of mailing you letters
heartfelt notes that i penned
that mostly collect dust
from a presence gone long ago

maybe it’s time to light a match
to postcards from the past
’cause i’ve daydreamed far too long
to an effort that can’t last
forging a empty, haunting song

<chorus>
so i can’t keep reaching out
leaving my soul hanging from a ledge
’cause there’s someone beside me now
who loves me with a vow

so young and naive
hearts that flash then leave
memories smoldering in a flame
no one to blame
but i’m still healing just the same

<bridge>
she keeps me from falling
never stops calling
keeps my head above water
saves me from life’s slaughter

“Hurricane”
completed on 1.24.19

the destruction in my wake
the damage that i make
but you grab me at my core
and leave me never needing more

sometimes i’m lost inside a hurricane
the wind swirling around me
leaving me where I can’t see
the slightest thing in front of me

i trend towards chaos
destroy everything in front of me
i’m fighting for answers
and don’t have time to ask for help

chorus:
but your voice is louder than the thunder
and you shield me from the hail
somehow you always calm a storm
a sun shower leaving me feel warm

you calm the ground when it quakes
stop the wind in its place
stop the fire from spreading
to ease my troubled mind

at times i only see a glass that’s empty
but you always fill my cup
when my mind digs a shelter
you always pull me out

chant/round:
louder than my thunder
armor from my hail
soothing my storm
leaving me feel warm

“White Dress”
written on 12/3/17

i know what i was before you
emptiness and feeling blue
but once i grasped your hand
you pulled me through the quicksand

i used to think the sun was blinding bright
but you radiate so much more light
no one but you could wear it right
to have you in all white

innocent and strong
you steal away life’s wrongs
to have you as my bride
to forever have you by my side

so this is just a short song
to say i’ve loved you all along
my life would finally be worthwhile
with you walking down this aisle

i’m not sure how to thank you
for everything you helped me through
you’re the angel that brought me back to life
the one i need to be my wife

so pretty in that white dress
an eternity of love and faithfulness
i’d have everything in life
every single thing if you’d be my wife