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Sketches of Life – Bobby Sahlen

About this album

Sketches of Life, Bobby Sahen's new solo CD, features songs co-written with Starburst Music Publishing. Presented in straight forward acoustical guitar/vocal performances, these songs reach deep into the core of what it means to be a mature human being in the early 21st Century. From the pathos of Dancing With Dragons to the epitome of regret in Broken Dream Confessor, this CD is an artistic statement about life, love, the duality of happiness and sadness...authentic realities.

Lyrics

Broken Dream Confessor

Whisky dreams and moonlight schemes I’m living hand to mouth
Third degree is all I see; got nailed in my own house
Been through the mill, it broke my will, don’t speak of this again
Trail of broken promises to get me in the end
(chorus)
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
WAIVE MY WORRIED WOES
FEED ME FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
KEEP ME ON MY TOES
ANYTHING TO EASE THE STING
AND GET ME THROUGH THE NIGHT
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
HELP ME MAKE THINGS RIGHT
Harmonica man is what I am, a lifetime full of sorrows
Breathe out and in, life’s just a whim, unfulfilled tomorrows
Reckon yours may open doors from silver spoon on tongue
But man oh man I crash the plan that stifles where I'm from
(chorus)
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
WAIVE MY WORRIED WOES
FEED ME FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
KEEP ME ON MY TOES
ANYTHING TO EASE THE STING
AND GET ME THROUGH THE NIGHT
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
HELP ME MAKE THINGS RIGHT

(instrumental break)

(bridge)
Help me to move past broken dreams to bring me inner bliss
Protecting misbegotten schemes, a lifetime gone amiss
(chorus)
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
WAIVE MY WORRIED WOES
FEED ME FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
KEEP ME ON MY TOES
ANYTHING TO EASE THE STING
AND GET ME THROUGH THE NIGHT
BROKEN DREAM CONFESSOR
HELP ME MAKE THINGS RIGHT

Peek in Heaven

Verse 1:
I took a peek in heaven
Though I knew I couldn't stay
If only for a moment
If only for a day
A glimpse of life eternal
The reason I must pray
I’m down here on my knees
Simply trying to find my way

Verse 2:
Standing at your doorway
Singing to the glistening moon
No wonder I’ve gone breathless
From a life gone by too soon
If all your joys were bottled
And all your smiles were rain
I’d drink in all those pleasures
To overcome the pain

(chorus)
I can feel a lifetime passing as I’m searching for the truth
Are the only things that last just the memories of our youth?
It’s a precious golden wonder wrapped in miracles that shine
My one brief peek in heaven full of promise so divine

Instrumental interlude

(chorus)
I can feel a lifetime passing as I’m searching for the truth
Are the only things that last just the memories of our youth?
It’s a precious golden wonder wrapped in miracles that shine
My one brief peek in heaven full of promise so divine
My one brief peek in heaven full of promise so divine

If I'd Known

If I'd known how life would turn out
I'd have planned accordingly
Had I'd seen the darkness coming
l'd have got down on my knees
If I'd recognized the omens
Understood what lay in store
If I'd known how life would turn out
I'd have prayed a whole lot more
(chorus)
Had the promise not been broken
And our wisdom warped by lies
Perhaps our treasured freedoms
Might have overcome their cries
Had the prophets and the poets
Reached much deeper in my soul
I’d have fought a whole lot harder
Not let failure take its toll
If I'd seen the trouble coming
Found a different point of view
Drawn a circle round the promise
Been refreshed and born anew
If I'd heeded all the lessons
That I learned back in my youth
Could've lived a different lifetime
With a different kind of truth
(bridge)
As the heavens weave their magic
Basking in the stars so bright
While we mortals suffer tragic
Mis'ry in the breaking light
(repeat chorus)
(instrumental break)
(repeat bridge)
As the heavens weave their magic
Basking in the stars so bright
While we mortals suffer tragic
Mis'ry in the breaking light
(repeat chorus)

Dancing With Dragons

Once I danced with dragons breathing fire from my mouth
Roamed this world a stallion, galloping from north to south
Soared above the heavens; no place I couldn't reach
Once I was immortal, now marooned upon this beach

(chorus)
The sands of time are shifting now; the waves caress the shore
Stunning glowing victories dull to one small roar
Don't fail me now my brother; the one who holds the truth
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?

They were the best of times, all in my formative years
When nothing could persuade me that I’d ever hide from fears
Amidst the universe's unearthly pleasure dome
Once I was a miracle, perched upon my throne

(chorus)
The sands of time are shifting now; the waves caress the shore
Stunning glowing victories dull to one small roar
Don't fail me now my brother; the one who holds the truth
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?

Instrumental break with ohhs

(bridge)
The wisdom of the ages fights for comfort through the night
As finely tuned memories continue to take flight

(chorus)
The sands of time are shifting now; the waves caress the shore
Stunning glowing victories dull to one small roar
Don't fail me now my brother; the one who holds the truth
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?
Why is it you abandoned me, my quickly fading youth?

Thank God for the Dreamers

Here's to the dreamers, surprisers and sleepers
Heart broken losers, finders and keepers
Here's to the spirit that never says die
Here's to the will that keeps us alive

(chorus)
Thank God for the dreamers who never give in
Who never stop trying to win in the end
How else can we ever get through the worst days
Thank God for dreamers to show us the way

Here's to the humble the pious and pure
All those who stumble while seeking a cure
The long shots that no one ever thought had a prayer
May their ships come in sailing proudly on air!

(chorus)
Thank God for the dreamers who never give in
Who never stop trying to win in the end
How else can we ever get through our worst days
Thank God for the dreamers to show us the way

Here's to musicians living out of their vans
Would be star makers building their brand
Here's to the buskers guitars round their necks
Playing for change before their big check

(instrumental bridge)

(bridge)
Here's to the hope that keeps dreams in view
Providing the fuel to see our way through
Back up on our feet when disaster surrounds
Finding a way to turn frowns upside down

(chorus)
Thank God for the dreamers who never give in
Who never stop trying to win in the end
How else can we ever get through our worst days
Thank God for the dreamers to show us the way
Thank God for the dreamers to show us the way

Dirty Little Secrets

Cross stage left, Act One, Scene two, the play of life moves on
All that’s left fails to find the courage or the brawn
The children of the parents who bore boomers in the night
Failing to acknowledge that something’s just not right

(chorus)
Dirty little secrets lurking in the shade
Soiled reputations elections bought and paid
Boot heeled to the ceiling, the cobbler takes the blame
Filthy little secrets fix the outcome of the game

Corporate raiders, sun tanned bathers, profiteers at bay
Pollster baiters, common haters, living for today
Indecent shameful avarice, the greed that never dies
Shilling through our TV sets shining through the lies

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
Hundredaires and thousandaires awaken to your cost
Fight to stop the plunder and minimize your loss

(repeat chorus)

Too Close to the Fire

It's a blistering tragedy weighed down in all its dreams
Sagging from its gravity; bursting from its seams
It's a mourning ritual, boot strapped to its grief
A thundering monstrous spectacle screaming for relief

(chorus)
Long distance love was so much more with you just in my head
But now your constant presence here just fills my heart with dread
This twisting burning firestorm, once flaming with desire
Now lies smoldering in a heap too close to the fire

If we could only go back two centuries ago
To kick start our true destiny before the big bang show
Changing our reality before the fatal plunge
Erasing the banality which ruins all our fun

(chorus)
Long distance love was so much more with you just in my head
But now your constant presence here just fills my heart with dread
This twisting burning firestorm, once flaming with desire
Now lies smoldering in a heap too close to the fire

(bridge)
Life, oh life, it's such a drag hanging round all day
lobotomy brings sanity; there is no other way

(chorus)
Long distance love was so much more with you just in my head
But now your constant presence here just fills my heart with dread
This twisting burning firestorm, once flaming with desire
Now lies smoldering in a heap too close to the fire

Flowing Mountain Stream

When its springtime in high country when the sunshine melts the snow
I'll be knee deep in my history in a mountain stream I know
With my rod and reel in hand and a hook upon the line
I'll be fishing for lost memories to come nibbling one last time

(chorus)
May your waters run right though me may your current dry my tears
May I find the truth within you to bring comfort through the years
The memory of a lost love’s like a long forgotten dream
I’ll be searching in the waters of this flowing mountain stream

I remember how your blonde hair fell like satin round your breast
The truth reflected in your eyes, your mood was always best
And the salmon struggled upstream and we thought they’d never cope
We cheered them on with laughter and you filled my heart with hope

(chorus)
May your waters run right though me may your current dry my tears
May I find the truth within you to bring comfort through the years
The memory of a lost love’s like a long forgotten dream
I’ll be searching in the waters of this flowing mountain stream

(instrumental bridge)

(chorus)
May your waters run right though me may your current dry my tears
May I find the truth within you to bring comfort through the years
The memory of a lost love’s like a long forgotten dream
I’ll be searching in the waters of this flowing mountain stream

Some memories need be buried cause the pain is just too much
The good times need recalling like the softness of your touch
The memory of a lost love’s like a long forgotten dream
I’ll be searching in the waters of this flowing mountain stream

(chorus)
May your waters run right though me may your current dry my tears
May I find the truth within you to bring comfort through the years
The memory of a lost love’s like a long forgotten dream
I’ll be searching in the waters of this flowing mountain stream

Obituary Blues

(chorus)
Obituary blues
Has got me on the run
Lost eternal cruise
Father's only son
Victim of the night
Outcast to be shunned
Obituary blues
Has got me on the run
Death is such a bummer
Hadn’t finished life yet
Instead of
Hadn't finished it yet
Quest as a new comer
Ended with regret
Tragedy strikes close
Misery runs deep
Misfortune rules the day
Final rest in peace

(chorus)
Obituary blues
Has got me on the run
Lost eternal cruise
Father's only son
Victim of the night
Outcast to be shunned
Obituary blues
Has got me on the run

Pall bearers grief wearers
Reading what’s been said
Talking to myself
Lost in mourners’ heads
Breathless all alone
Angel of the night
Memories fading
Scattered in the light

(repeat chorus)

(bridge)
A thousand tears a million deaths
Millennia of sleep
A thousand years a million breaths
Its death we cannot cheat

(repeat chorus)

Stunning Lies

I keep chasing dreams far beyond my grasp
Maybe you'll be the dream I can reach at last
Those tiny lines upon your face don't bother me at all
I'm back here in this darkened booth to heed your siren call

Chorus

Such stunning lies you tell
As you weave your magic spell
Each further from the truth
I hear inside your darkened booth
Still I'll pay for one last dance
For it may be my last chance...
To fall in love tonight
To fall in love tonight
To fall in love tonight
You tell me repeatedly that I'm your only one
But you'll dance for many more before the night is done.
You smile and whisper in my ear that I'm your only man
I guess I know, deep down inside, exactly where I stand (chorus)

Bridge:

I'm wishing and I'm hoping
You'll help me live my dream
Would you be my angel?
Could you be more than you seem?

(chorus)

Epitaph

Upon his grave the devil danced the demon chewed his cud
The monster of the everglades could not wash off the mud
Though he tried to hide his resume one thing was clear within
Embarrassment of underbelly evil born of sin

(chorus)
The monster was a fiddler and for that he paid the price
Perceived as hate incarnate with a penchant that aint right
They’ll be no room in heaven where disgust can’t be allowed
The monster was a fiddler who has taken his final bow

(instrumental interlude)

A cold gray slab now marks his grave
No mourners hang around
A carefully worded epitaph
Is written on the ground

(chorus)
The monster was a fiddler and for that he paid the price
Perceived as hate incarnate with a penchant that aint right
They’ll be no room in heaven where disgust can’t be allowed
The monster was a fiddler who has taken his final bow

The oddest thing of all that’s true the worst of all mankind
The monocle worn on his head was just sins of the mind
But still the same he bore the shame as if the deed were done
The days of proven innocence ignore his trial of one

(chorus)
The monster was a fiddler and for that he paid the price
Perceived as hate incarnate with a penchant that aint right
They’ll be no room in heaven where disgust can’t be allowed
The monster was a fiddler who has taken his final bow

Blast of Innocence

There’s a stirring deep within me going straight up to my brain
A mighty stimulation ‘bout to drive me quite insane
I never saw this coming; the way I feel today
If I give into these feelings I just know I’ll have to pay

(chorus)
Never dreamed two souls could kiss in a moment so intense
Discovering pure beauty in a blast of innocence

There’s a sudden expectation riding shotgun on my soul
The muse I see inside my dreams tries hard to let me know
That the promise of our passions come in visions pure and grand
There’s no words of explanation that can help me understand (chorus)

(Bridge)
With your golden horn of plenty in the lunar shining bright
You give your love so freely that I know it must be right

(repeat chorus)

(instrumental break)

(repeat bridge)

(repeat chorus)

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