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One Side Free

Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Keep me on an open side


Not too close and not too tight.
And if I swear that I love you
Don't believe a word is true

I am living on the coast


'cause it's the edges I like most
I don't know, it's just my style
Always sitting on the aisle

And keepin' one side free


It's just a thing ingrained in me
An open window by my head
And always one foot out of bed

If I tried to be for you


Everything you want me to
It would end our fantasy
And I'd leave you or you'd leave me

With a constant open side


Isn't something else denied?
If you asked I'd have to say
I'm not certain either way

6/28/81


(P) May 23, 2003

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Only Victim
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

I hate to lose you. I hate to see you go


But you won't try to listen and you won't believe it's so
You're the only victim and the rest are all to blame
It's such a shame

What have I done and why did I go wrong?


I never intended once to hurt anyone
I wish I could understand my part of it
More than I can say

Do you believe I caused you all the pain?


That I'm the one who's guilty now and I'm the one to blame?
When you look inside yourself and hate the thought of me
What do you see?

There is no use in us just talkin' again


'Cause you'll only listen to yourself in the end
If you only watch your fear and agony grow
It's all you'll know

9/12/78

(P) August 17, 1997

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First Of September

Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Never been so glad to see the summer roll by


Never felt so good to feel that coldness touch the sky
These hot and hazy, these long summer days
My mind goes lazy and my heart just never plays
Never been so glad to see the summer roll by, roll by

First of September, thought it never would be


It's so fine to remember how it feels, what it does to me
Stars in a clear sky, let the season proceed
It's all I need, it's all I need.

Feel it in the sky, feel that autumn sweepin' in


Yes and here am I, able to find my heart again
Cold winter nights, come keep me in line
Pull out my soul and leave this summer life behind
Feel it in the sky, feel that autumn sweepin' in, sweepin' in

Never been so glad to see the summer roll by


Never felt so good to feel that coldness touch the sky
Never been so glad to see the summer roll by, roll by
Bye bye

9/1/78


(P) August 17, 1997

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Can't Pay The Piper
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Baby won't you give me some light


Keep me in the dark and it is hard to see things
I just wanna do what is right
And I can't pay the piper till I know what he sings

Don't you keep on looking at me


Sighin in your voice and your eyes complainin
If you'd take a look you would see
I'm runnin outta patience and my temper's strainin

I said I don't want it


You don't listen anyway
I said I don't need it
You don't hear a word I say

We ain't gonna find nothing new

All we ever had was just another old start

Baby what you want me to do?
Wish you'd go be mad at someone else's cold heart

There is nothing else I can say


It ain't gonna help for me to try and be nice
Maybe you should just go away
If you got the notion I could fall for you twice

7/23/81


(P) May 23, 2003

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TRUST
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Listen To Me One More Time


Try To See And Change Your Mind
How Can You Doubt Me
When You're Without Me
What Have We Failed To Find

If You Say I Haven't Loved You As I Should Have


Then I Know I've Given All Of Me In Vain
Cause I Gave To You The Most Of Me I Could Have
I Was On My Own
Before You Brought Me Home
And I'll Be On My Own Again

If I Have Earned Trust From You


All We Have Learned Must Come Through
When It's Simpler To Leave Me
Than To Believe Me
What Has Our Love Come To?

I Can't Give You Anymore Than I'm Giving


I Can't Love You Any Stronger Than I Do
I Can't Hide Away The Joy I Find In Living
And I Just Can't Believe
How You Won't Think Of Me
And All You Really See Is You

(Repeat)

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Those Songs Again


Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Where I was raised in a little town


We used to play guitar till the sun went down
And it was just one older man, two boys and me
We use to sing old folk, old bluegrass tunes
If we could learn'em of the records in the afternoons

And didn't all those strings make perfect harmony

And when we used to get together on a Saturday night

All the kids around the town would come to play
I don't believe we ever got the chordin' just right
And you know it didn't matter anyway
We'd sing about the government and love and war
And a million things we didn't understand
It didn't matter, 'cause we were younger then, younger then
It didn't matter, 'cause we were younger then

Well I don't know where those boys have gone


But I remember when we broke it up and moved along
And as the years go by I often think of them
I don't believe they play anymore
But nothing ever stays the same as how it was before
And now I can't go back and sing those songs again

12/22/77

(P) August 17, 1997

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Orlando
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Flat and dusty southern cities


Yawn and stretch along the highway
Grinnin' black men shuffle past in flappin' shoes
All night factories and fruit stands
Shadowed buildings where the nudes dance
On the night road, off the palm treed avenues

Bare white lights flash 'round the signs that


Promise ladies in the raw
With buzzin' bug wings around the light strings and on the road
Cops who live law and prevention
With American intention
Just had to make sure how much that last girl really showed

Come to Orlando


Come for a grand old time
Florida sun don't shine
On this night road

Decked out dolls in slinky dresses


Stroll the shadows for a late ride
Till patrol cars herd'em on or maybe pay
Guys in t-shirts worn for too long
Chevy radios with the blues on

Dark and southern, so much more than far away

5/21/80


(P) August 17, 1997

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Broken Mirror
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Last night you had me so scared


I'd never seen the likes of it before I met you
You caught me so unaware
Tellin me how you would hurt me if I slipped and let you

I said be kind, you said no


You said love me you said go
Tell me please I've got to know
Have you got a gentle bone in your body lady?

Do you think because you once were hurt


You got a reason to be cryin more than all the rest?
Well you can join the club and get to work
You better turn yourself to tryin just to do your best now

If you wanna go down, go on your own


If you wanna drink poison stay at home
If you only love pain leave me alone
Have you thought about the future in a bottle lately?

When you broke my mirror did you think


You had a ticket to another 7 years of drink?
Oh I felt my faith and comfort sink
When I met the crazy eyes that you had turned to face me

12/31/80

(P) May 23, 2003

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February
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Oh I don't know where to go


And I don't know how to find my place in time
I have run down all I know
Every mornin' comes again
Every night I'm rollin' in, runnin' low

And the world seems all the same


Like I know them all by face if not by name
Oh the winter plays a tune
In the coldest key I know
And a part of me is followin' soon

With the sunrise on the bay

All the streetlights lose their glow and fade away

Then the lines come, blue and gray
And I draw my shade again as the mornin's rollin' in to the day

Turn the light out, close the door


Tell the heartache I don't need it anymore
I have cried out all I can
I will leave it runnin' low till a warmer wind is blowin' again

2/11/79


(P) August 17, 1997

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I Will Try
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

I will try to never be in love


I'll take my high from a melody
And keep myself from the things I'm thinkin' of
Thinkin' of you with me

Is it true I've found my closest friend


Within these tunes and harmonies?
They cannot touch or try to understand
Or spend their nights next to me

I don't wanna be here, I'm callin' out your name


And there's never an answer
I don't wanna feel this, it's drivin' me insane
This is not what I planned for
I wake each mornin' hopin' you'll come to feel the same
And you know I know better

5/21/78


(P) August 17, 1997

Penrod And Higgins Music / Amachrist Music ACF Music Group International Copyright Reserved

Cornell's
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

She speaks English and Portuguese


Sells out chances to the lotteries
Waits on customers and shoots the breeze
With the men at the coffee bar
She knows who her good friends are

Keeps a smile for she's out to please


Keeps her dresses below her knees
Runs the best of the pharmacies
Here on the east side of town
Bringin' those customers 'round

Plump old women in thrift store clothes

Talk grand children and TV shows

In comes young girl with powdered nose
And leaves baby daughter or son
The ladies all cuddle each one

Wives to the left side, men to the right


"Four large coffees, no sugar, one light
Rose we missed you at cards last night"
And she gives 'em a smile or two
Rose and her Dial-a-Brew

11/7/79


(P) August 17, 1997

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Rollin' By
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Here I go again


Another lonely song till the evenin' ends
Like a train rollin around the bend
It's another lonely song rollin by

One more rainy day


Streaky horizon, white and gray
Couldn't pour these clouds away
Heavy as night, deeper than blue

Diesel train to carry me


Hear it approach, oh I can almost see
In my dreams I will always be
Goin' away travelin' home

1/2/79


(P) August 17, 1997

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Wish I Had A Reason
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

I wish I had a reason


So I could call you and talk to you some
And I wish that you could somehow come
And be with me baby tonight

I wish that you would want me


And I could hold you till night became day
And I wish that I could ever say
The way that you've come into me

This unrequited love, it's the oldest story told


You're all I'm thinkin' of and the nights go long and cold

I wish that I could love you

And maybe keep my poor heart from breakin' in two

'Cause when I see your face, it's all I can do
To keep myself straight and polite
Wish you could be with me baby tonight
Wish you could be with me baby tonight
Wish I had a reason

4/12/78


(P) August 17, 1997

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Unheeded
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

I don't know what you've done to me


You've pulled my soul from under me
I stand before you naked and alone
I don't know what to do
I'm so in love with you

My thoughts are told before I know


And I can't hold and store the flow
Of all I am just pouring out to you
And am I giving in
To something wrong again?

When your gaze is holding me


I feel a haze enfolding me
A strangeness I have never known before
The way you pull me in,
Am I the fool again?

I'm scared to stay and I can't go


I'm scared to say and have you know
I'm scared to feel unheeded once again
You seem to understand
The truth of what I am

3/76


(P) August 17, 1997

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Wheel On A Wire
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler
5/10/78

It don’t much seem to matter how the evenins go


For that mornin’ sun comes slowly along
The day brings back the distance and wipes the mood away
Like all the stars who couldn’t stay after the dawn

And I’m like a wheel on a wire


Burnin’ along the track
Travelin’ too fast for lookin’ back

And I can’t see

One more cup of coffee in a ragged afternoon

Seeing the sun beneath the moon I drift away
And out among the shadows, the passion comes to rise
In all the pairs of hungry eyes who’s glances stray

And I’m like a wheel on a wire


Burnin’ along the track
Travelin’ too fast for lookin’ back
And I can’t see
I feel like a wheel on a wire
Speedin’ beyond control
Bated and breathless I feel my soul
Spin out of me.

(P) January 29, 2003

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Blue Summer Day


Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

The cats are lyin' in the yard next door and they turn me a sleepy eye,

roll in the grass and spring so fast for a lazy butterfly.
And it's a blue summer day
Breezes blow and curtains sway
A new comer, blue summer day

The felines file to the backyard fence and they crouch in a lethal row


The blue jays flee from the apple tree, and the bees buzz to and fro
And it's a blue summer day
Clotheslines hung in a hundred shades
A new comer, blue summer day

A loud lawn mower in a lawn somewhere brings a mem'ry to my ear


And from the past I smell the grass and see the green so clear
And it's a blue summer day
Spiders spin and pipers play
A new comer, blue summer day

When the lawns are mowed and the laundry's stowed and the dusk is drawing near


We'll light the torches on our porches and drink ourselves a beer
And it's a blue summer day
With streaks of red and hints of gray
A new comer, blue summer day
It is a true wonder, blue summer day.

8/4/82

(P) May 23, 2003

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His Mother Was A Rabbit And His Father Was A Businessman

Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

His mother was a rabbit and his father was a businessman


Though he appears to be a cat it doesn't follow if you look again
He's got a 3-piece pin stripe with little kitty necktie
For when he needs to look his best
But if the day is overheating or it's just a business meeting
Then he doesn't bother with the vest

He drives a very little '57 Thunderbird convertible


With all the major credit cards
He earned his money and his stature as the major spider catcher
In the offices of Scotland Yard
Brasil, Miami, everywhere he go
He bring home little teeny records for his stereo

He like to dance with the ladies till the dawn is nearly broke


He drink a little brandy but he doesn't ever smoke
He says "It's such a nasty habit and I got to do the best I can
Because my mother was a rabbit and my father was a businessman"

10/29/82

(P) May 23, 2003

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Once A Month ‘Til Jesus Comes
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

Once a month ‘til Jesus comes


Once a month ‘til Jesus comes
Holding forth my incantation
I'll lead you to your salvation
Once a month ‘til Jesus comes

Why don't you send me a dollar bill


Come on and send me a dollar bill
Chances are you're old and gray
And don't get out much anyway
Come on send me your dollar bill

Well I am counting up the sum


Every day ‘til Jesus comes
I am moving in his name

To a new financial plane

Stay tuned in, 'cause later on
We will cry and speak in tongues
Sister you can tell
Inkey dinkey par le vouz

I want to send you some beautiful things


Send you some beautiful things
Gold lapels and fake poinsettias
Bibles postcards, our newsletters
I'll send you some beautiful things,

Got operators on the telephones now


Got operators on the telephones now
Now Jesus needs your help this week
I'll mention you next time we speak
Got operators waiting on the telephone lines now

Won't you come and visit me


At my university
We'll have buses drive you in
So bring all the loot you can
You see I really need this dough
And the Lord has told me so
I don’t mean to cause alarm
But if you fail me I'll buy the farm

Oh, once a month ‘til Jesus comes


Once a month ‘til Jesus comes
I will bless you sweet old things
Buy new cars and diamond rings
Once a month ‘til Jesus
Once a month ‘til Jesus
Once a month ‘til Jesus comes

2/10/87


(P) January 8, 1997

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Shanty Town
Words And Music By
Cheryl Wheeler

My sister took me 'round for an evenin' on the town


Where all the locals sang the songs our parents knew
Just an organ and a drummer were the band
And there was hardly even any room to stand
They sang like Elvis Presley and Al Jolson too

All the ladies had platinum bouffants on their heads


Polyester outfits greens and reds
Standin where the crowd sits singin' a song or three

They say "You don't have to sing when you're all alone,

Come and have a drink and a microphone"
Funny when I think how it felt like home to me

(Chorus)


They sang Bye Bye Blackbird, Tootsie Haven't You Heard, That Old Gang Of Mine
It's all down in Shanty Town, My Funny Valentine
So if you're missin' all the old songs
Come and to the cure
In a little bar down in east baltimore

Now what a time they had


Some were so good, some were so bad
And they never stopped ‘til closin' came around
And the picture stays with me
Of that Baltimore jamboree
And I will go back there the next time I'm in town.

(Chorus)

7/26/81

(P) January 8, 1997

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Military Men


Words and Music by
Cheryl Wheeler

Blow up, melt down, crack pots runnin' round


Stories from the Russians and the BBC.
Who said? Who knows? Satellite photos
News is like a science fiction mystery.
They say we need a new committee, what we really oughta have
Is a containment building for the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
And the lunatics in politics, viewing the barrage
With their heads full of secrecy and espionage.

When there are mutants living underground


And we can't remember what we are,
Will these great men still be found
In a dither over good PR?
It would be nice to see the future through our EPCOT sights
New technology is really something else.
But I would rather have to read by candlelight
Than glimmer and glow myself.

Someone's got to be number one enemy


Somethin's always blowin' in the military storm.
Trouble in Tripoli-Government agency
God I love a man in a uniform.

They got their super spy satellites in orbit out there

They want to mess around with everybody everywhere
The few, the proud, we could never understand
What it is to be important and a leader of men.

They say they want to see a peaceful world


But they can never trust the other side
So they tell us who our enemies are
And talk about National pride.
I don't believe the Russian people want to get me
And I don't have a thing against them
Boys will be boys, but do we have to be patient
With the antics of the military men?

5/3/86


(P) August 17, 1997

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You Won't Let Me Dance
Words And Music By:
Cheryl Wheeler

Every day I work real hard I need some recreation


I don't ask you to feel sorry for my situation
Lounging in your finest fur
You keep a watchful eye
So afraid that somehow something fun may pass you by

(Chorus)


'Cause you don't let me dance
You don't let me groove a minute
I just want to move around
But you don't let me dance

Every time I start to move


You interrupt so rudely
If I did the same to you
Think how indignant you'd be
All your girls are clamoring to be the closest fools
I don't want to play this game
If you make up the rules
(Chorus)
I am tired of your static
How come you are so dogmatic
I'm fed up with you sticking
Your big, fat nose
In everything
(Chorus)
And if you think that I will buckle
Under you’re mistaken
I will take myself to
Where some party's really shakin
And you can keep your paws off me
Your bark's worse than your bite
Wag it somewhere else baby




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