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Back In The Day
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Right Here

I grew up in a suburban field,
Waiting for my hopes and dreams to be revealed.
While grownups talked of civil rights and Vietnam,
Books and imaginary friends all kept me calm.
Just four channels on a black and white TV,
Three had cartoons and that suited me.
Nowadays the news and sounds just make me drop,
I must be getting old, I’m not hip to the hop.

I know the wheels of time don’t roll in reverse,
I know that there were things back then that made it worse.
In modern times, we’re all wont to dismiss it,
But I wouldn’t mind going back there for a visit.
Back when our faith and our hearts were stronger,
And we stayed kids just a little bit longer.
The cure for my depression is a small dose of regression,
All in all, we all turned out okay,
Living like we did back in the day.

My dad grew up on a citrus farm,
Nine older siblings kept him out of harm.
While grownups talked of crops and banks that both might fail,
Dad got real good with a hammer and a nail.
Just four stations on a big old radio,
Three had gospel, swinging sweet and low.
I remember times when Dad just seemed so old,
He didn’t understand this thing called rock and roll.

I know the wheels of time don’t roll in reverse,
I know that there were things back then that made it worse.
In modern times, we’re all wont to dismiss it,
But I wouldn’t mind going back there for a visit.
Back when our faith and our hearts were stronger,
And we stayed kids just a little bit longer.
The cure for my depression is a small dose of regression,
All in all, we all turned out okay,
Living like we did back in the day.

Drink the water from the garden hose,
Fall down from the tree and break your nose,
No hands, no helmets, and no knee pads in between,
Don’t you wonder how we made it to eighteen?

I know the wheels of time don’t roll in reverse,
I know that there were things back then that made it worse.
In modern times, we’re all wont to dismiss it,
But I wouldn’t mind going back there for a visit.
Back when our faith and our hearts were stronger,
And we stayed kids just a little bit longer.
The cure for my depression is a small dose of regression,
All in all, we all turned out okay,
Living like we did back in the day.


©2017 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Be With Me
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Analog Soul

Girl, you’ve been coming ‘round for a long, long time,
We’ve had our ups and downs, and we turn on a dime.
Everyone we know says we don’t have a prayer,
But when one gets low, the other’s always there.

I’m standing on the shore while you drift out to sea,
You never knew before what you have here in me.
I know you hear my voice, but you still have some doubt,
It’s time to make your choice, ‘cause the tide is rolling out.

Be with me, be my girl
Tell your friends, tell the world,
When you hold me to the light,
Do I look good? Do I feel right?
Be with me, don’t let go,
Everybody ought to know,
If you’re happy by my side,
Don’t hold back, let it ride, be with me.

I’m not the only one whose dreams you make come true,
But after all is said and done, no one lovesd you like I do.
When everything gets rough, I’m the place where you go,
Isn’t that enough to make you tell the others no?

Be with me, be my girl
Tell your friends, tell the world,
When you hold me to the light,
Do I look good? Do I feel right?
Be with me, don’t let go,
Everybody ought to know,
If you’re happy by my side,
Don’t hold back, let it ride, be with me.

You’ve heard out your heart, now listen to your soul,
Would you rather be apart? Why shouldn’t we be whole?

Only you can say if you’re up to the task,
Now I’ve had my say, and it’s the last time that I’ll ask.

Be with me, be my girl
Tell your friends, tell the world,
When you hold me to the light,
Do I look good? Do I feel right?
Be with me, don’t let go,
Everybody ought to know,
If you’re happy by my side,
Don’t hold back, let it ride, be with me.


©2013 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Black River Falls
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • Unreleased

Black River Falls, Wisconsin, eight o’clock Saturday night,
Saint Paul in the rear view mirror, Madison’s in sight.
I’d hoped to make it by morning, but the snow is falling fast,
I’ll wait it out in Black River, and let the storm go past.

She said we’d meet in Chicago, she’s flying in from DC,
I think she finally figured out just what she means to me.
I’ve got to make it up to her, all this time apart,
One more night to Chicago, and I’m gonna start.

The minstrel road is cold and lonely, but it’s the road that I chose,
I wish she was here to hold me, but I’m cold and froze, in

Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in the middle of the night,
I had a premonition that something wasn’t right.
If I could only hear her voice, I wouldn’t feel so alone,
So I dialed her number, and he answered the phone.

And now I feel so cold and lonely, I guess I lost what I found,
Another heart gets tossed by the wayside, and the tears come down like

Black River Falls, Wisconsin, five o’clock Sunday morn,
Saint Christopher on the rear view mirror, snowplow blowin’ his horn.
I guess I’ll turn south at Madison, and head for a warmer clime,
And say goodbye to Black River, the scene of the crime.

It’s not your fault, Black River, it just wasn’t our time.


©2015 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Breathe Awhile
Words and Music by Dave Laurence • From the album Right Here

It’s true what they say, Jack’s a dull boy,
All work and no play, he’s getting annoyed.
Been chasing a dream, a life well spent,
Someday he’s gonna wonder where the time all went.

When the struggle is real and you’re down on your knees,
Live in the moment, see the forest for the trees.
It’s the distractions that make it all worthwhile,
You’ve got to breathe awhile.

The ship won’t run aground just because you’re not around,
You don’t need to make an excuse.
And if you wanna stay, get out of the way,
Put a chair up on the deck and just enjoy the cruise.

What have you got when the dealing is done?
When it’s time for counting, what have you won?
You can’t take it with you, so don’t be misled,
He who dies with the most toys, ain’t nothing but dead.

When the struggle is real and you’re down on your knees,
Live in the moment, see the forest for the trees.
It’s the distractions that make it all worthwhile,
You’ve got to breathe awhile.

If it’s been too long, then sing your favorite song,
Even if it feels a little strange.
There isn’t any shame if it doesn’t sound the same,
The classics never die, they just get rearranged.

When the struggle is real and you’re down on your knees,
Live in the moment, see the forest for the trees.
It’s the distractions that make it all worthwhile,
You’ve got to breathe awhile.

Life is for living, so give it all you got,
Even Jack can do it, there isn’t nothing to it,
You’ve got to breathe awhile.


©2016 David L. Laurence (BMI). Used by permission. All rights reserved.