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Guitarist Writing Song
Image by Derek Story

Always By Your Side

Hear me now
promise that you’ll live
for each moment
Take your time
keep your thoughts unsaid
till you own them
You will find me
in the dawn light of a misty morn
You will hear me
in the waves that crash upon the shore

I’m always by your side
always here to guide
I’m always here...

Love the world
don’t let fear and hate
cloud your judgement
Find the hope
in every circumstance
count your blessings
You will find me
in the timeless truth that binds us all

You will hear me
as the music lifts and starts to soar

I’m always by your side
always here to guide
I’m always here...

Don’t look back
all that we regret
is an opening
Love yourself
know we’re all the same

yet so different

You will find me
in the winter frost upon your door
You will hear me
in the spring when swallows come to call

I’m always by your side
always here to guide
I’m always here...

© Mark McGann 2022

Guitarist

Child of the Moon

Keepin an eye on the world 

as it flies by this window,

breathin’ a sigh for the waves crashing high 

then dissolving in shadow

 

the sky is a blood red fire so cooled

with the changes in the afterglow,

a time to reflect, no pain, no regrets,

there's always tomorrow

 

Keepin’ the faith when all moves at such pace

without rhyme or reason,

feeling distaste when your suddenly displaced

by the changing season

 

Maybe we’re only really alive 

when we’re startin’ all over again?

Maybe there’s only the will to survive

when the truth comes a-knockin’?

 

But what if there’s a rain clouds in June

with you I’m always in bloom

and though you’re not near me

I know you can hear me

saying ‘we’ll see this through’

So rise with the sun,

change with the tides,

my child of the moon.

 

Watching you smile, we walk mile after mile

through the fields of spring flowers

thanking the stars for your grace as you face

all those everyday showers

If I’m alive at a hundred and five 

I’ll remember how you taught me to see:

where there’s love, there’s fear,

laughter, tears, if you want to make eternity

 

So what if there’s rain clouds in June

with you I’m always in bloom

and though you’re not near me

I know you can hear me

saying we’ll see this through

So rise with the sun

change with the tides,

my child of the moon.

© Mark McGann  2022

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Right Now

Running down the time

corporate faces usual crime 

leave the people with nowhere to go

Air is full of grime

oil-man laughs and pays the fine

his wife is on the board at Monsanto

How can we save our democracy

if we let them act with impunity

watch from their gated communities

as all is destroyed by their policies

We have to break the with the tendency 

to think of our lives as immune to these dealers in misery

and all of their corporate obscenities

 

Right Now             

can’t you see the child now

standing with her arms out

dying of your wanton greed?

Hey You

that animal has rights too

they feel just like we do

they deserve to live and breathe

Politics on trial

populism spreads its bile

trumped up leaders deal in fear and hate

Fascists on the rise

refugees pay with their lives

fleeing homes destroyed by western states

 

How can we save our democracy

If we let them act with impunity

watch from their gated communities

as all is destroyed by their policies

We have to break the with the tendency

to think of our lives as immune to these dealers in misery

and all of their corporate obscenities

 

Right Now

can’t you see the child now

standing with her arms out

dying of your wanton greed

Hey you

animals have rights too

they feel just like we do

they deserve to live and breathe

 

© Mark McGann 2022

Singer Songwriter

I Promise You This

There it goes
fear-driven life reduction

everything's burning on the pyre

Obsession grows
with each perceived infraction

everything caught up in the mire

All the emptiness so frightening for you

can in a moment fade away,
there’s a world beyond just is waiting for you,

It’s but an open heart away

 

Nobody knows
why we are here or livin’
I promise you this
Faced with the truth
man falls on mind’s construction

we all practice this
I promise you this

 

All the victories so vital for you
they never reap their promised gains
they just build their walls to hide this from you 
till you accept we’re all the same

 

Nobody knows
why we are here or living
I promise you this
faced with this truth
man falls on mind’s construction

we all practice this
I promise you this

© Mark McGann 2022

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Please Stay

Morning, may I picture you this way
gently breathing in the sunlight
dancing on the window pane
Starling, may I hear your rich refrain
when the storm clouds roll with thunder

on a dark December day

 

Time, please hold this moment I pray

I’ve found my soul in this day
please stay

 

Jasmine, may I hold your sweet bouquet

make it linger in the night time

when I’m taken far away

Ocean, I’ll return to you one day
when this tempest life is over
I will gladly float away

 

Time, please hold this moment I pray

I’ve found my soul in this day
please stay

© Mark McGann 2022

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A Heartbeat Away

I know you are in heaven

I know you're only a heartbeat away

I know that you can hear me

many things I have wanted to say

how I understand you

more and more each day

your words are spoken through me in your way

and though you cannot be with me

you're never far away

you are in the air I breathe today

I know you are in heaven

I feel that you are watching me now

I wonder what you're thinking

I wonder if I still furrow your brow

though the words would fail you

the times you tried to say

just how much I meant to you those days

I will not forget the kindness

the debt I can't repay

I know you would have wanted it that way

I know you are in heaven

I know I must keep moving along

the path to greater meaning

where I'll find where I truly belong

But there's one persistent question

keeps me coming back to you

'Was there really nothing I could do?'

While I try to find the answer

in every phase that I pass through

you know it's strange

but I grow more and more like you

I know you are in heaven

I know you're only a heartbeat away

© Mark McGann 2022

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You Are The Sun

Just dry your tears

as I walk you back through all our joyful years

see what we’ve become

all the things that we have done 

because we’re still here

 

Just hold me tight

as we face another long and sleepless night

we will find our way

keep it close till break of day 

because we’re still here

 

And when you're all alone

a long long way from home

and nothing's going right

you're givin' up the fight

You just call your name

and I'll be there again

to lead you back into the light

It still feels right

like the moment when our eyes met that first night

always meant to be

have we really known each other for eternity?

So if you're in the cold

frozen by the fold

don’t know what they're thinking of

ust given up on love

I’ll find the words to say to set you on your way

my inspiration from above

You are the sun

shining your light on everything that we've become

with your loving warm embrace

there ain't nothin' I can't face

that's still to come

you are the sun

So if you're in the dark

life's a question mark

all is futility in everything you see

I'm standing by your side

a rock to stem the tide

and break the chains to set you free

You are the sun

shining your light on everything that we've become

with your loving warm embrace

there ain't nothin' I can't face

that's still to come

you are the sun

© Mark McGann 2022

 

 

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Perplexed Music

In the warm tender evening

all is calm in the bay

your scent lingers, still appealing

where your head near mine would lay

 

like the vision of a woman


senses far beyond the veil


you still haunt my every feeling

where your head near mine would lay

 

but this world just keeps on spinning 

seasons come and go away


state of mind, both in and out of time 

keep your memory safe today

 

I still feel you in the shadows,


warm wind blows across my face,

you’ve come once again to please me,

where your head near mine would lay...

 

but this world just keeps on spinning 

seasons come and go away


state of mind, both in and out of 

keep your memory safe today

So I'll sing in perplexed minors,


’til we’re once again complete,


and angels with heavenly kindness, 

will smile from stars and whisper ’sweet!’

smiling down the stars, they'll whisper, 'sweet'.

© Mark McGann 2022

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African Girl

If I could just freeze the living day
so all that is we remain this way
I could replay the heaven in your smile 

 

this African girl remains untamed
released by the sprawling savage plain
her eyes as they feast are open like a child

 

give her some time, give her some time

african girl is feeding in the wild

give her some time, give her some time 

african girl is breathing in the wild

exiled she conceals her native ways

yearns to be free each passing day

burns with desire to find a space to roam

 

it’s all that she needs this vast domain

its wild killing fields, its cleansing rain

if i could just freeze the here and now she’s home

give her some time, give her some time

african girl is feeding in the wild

give her some time, give her some time

african girl is breathing in the wild

and she knows that life’s worth living

and it comes with a price

but she’s feeling like a kid again

so give her some more time

give her some more time 

give her some more time

African girl she’s feedin’ in the wild

 

© Mark McGann 2022

Save the Planet

Turn This World Around

We surely hold within the soul
the wisdom earned

by every human story told

we can build this dream of ours


There must exist within our midst
collective will
to break the chains of mindlessness

we can build this dream of ours


We can make amends

you must believe it

It’s not what we have done

But how we leave it

the time to act is now...

Can we begin to look within 
to ask ourselves
Is this the life we want to live?

we can build this dream of ours

 

Take a hand, together stand

witness love
guide you to the 
promised land

we can build this dream of ours

We can make amends 

you must believe it

it's not what we have done

it's how we leave it

The time to act is now...

We can turn this world around

© Mark McGann 2022

RockinDJ

Funk Transfusion

What can you do with the worn-out mind

When the beat starts rockin’ won’t be pacified
Jump to the beat, start to move in time,

Yeah, the funked-up rhythm will be justified.

It’s alright, alright
Funky feelin’ on my mind tonight

It’s alright, alright
Funk transfusion fills my soul tonight

My head starts shakin’, feet are primed, 

My souls escapin’ from the daily grind 
Rockin’ my boppin’ now in double time
That express train's rollin’ down the railroad line

It’s alright, alright
Funky feelin’ on my mind tonight

It’s alright, alright
Funk transfusion fills my soul tonight


Work all day just to pay for bread
Get home late, wife and kids in bed
Friday night is when I shake it out

Because the funk transfusions what it’s all about


When this old world starts a gettin’ me down 
I just park all my troubles and I drive uptown
Dance to the music, makes my life complete,

From my head right down into my achin’ feet

It’s alright, alright

Funky feelin’ on my mind tonight

It’s alright, alright
Funk transfusion fills my soul tonight It’s alright, alright

© M McGann & J Barnett 2022

A Woman Writing by the Window

Shared Not Owned

who are you to judge without reason

on something new?

how do we flow with all seasons

if you won’t too?

 

you can’t stop the movement

of a world in fluctuation oh no

this is the sound of changes

in a world that is shared, not owned

 

how can we see one another

if we won't look?

can't you see we all need one another

please share the news

 

you can’t stop the movement

of a world in fluctuation oh no

this is the voice of changes

in a world that is shared, not owned

this is the sound of changes

the sound of changes

 

© M McGann & J Barnett 2022

Fantasy Landscape

Believe

without getting off of your cloud 

think about the time and space

say these words out loud,

‘I’m being what i want to be,

I open up my heart and I believe!’

 

before you start off making plans 

think about the universe 

where it is you stand

are you being what you want to be?

open up your heart and just believe

believe in your own determination

your story’s long been written in the stars

believe in the cosmic validation

be lifted to a higher place

by who you really are

who you really are

 

before you go out of your door 

think about your history

what has gone before

are you being what you want to be?

open up your heart and just believe 

before getting out of your head

give yourself to ‘here and now’

look inside instead

are you being what you want to be? 

open up your heart and just believe

© Mark McGann 2022

 

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Thinking About You

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

 

Many times I've called your name through fallen tears

I'm never far from our years

Every time I sense your trace upon the breeze

It keeps alive your memory

 

I still hear you laughing

I see you in my dreams

I can’t stop…

Thinking about you.

 

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

 

Thinking how never gifted to receive

you never asked for nothin’

Thinkin how you gave me back a joie de vivre

You figured out my reason

 

I would give ten lifetimes

to dance with you again

I can’t stop…

Thinking about you

 

I’m thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

thinkin’ ‘bout you

 

© Mark McGann 2022

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