Category Archives: Original Songs

Wounded Trees

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I’m so sorry,
Look what they’ve done to you,
They’re not thinking of your life,
When they act that way.

I see they’ve been kicking you,
Beating you,
Bruising you,
And wearing you down.

That’s the way that they’ve been acting,
Since the day that they were born,
Into a world where kings exert their will,
When a man’s been whipped so many times,
It’s the only thing he knows,
He’ll take it all out,
Shed the fall out,
On the things he can control.

Chorus:
Like the trees,
These wounded trees.
They’re the telling of a disenfranchised soul,
The trees,
Their Beautiful leaves,
To abuse them you can’t possibly be whole.

I’m so sorry,
I know they’re hurting you,
And any life that gets into their way.
They’re clearly cutting you,
Burning you,
Chipping you,
And chopping you down.

That’s the way that they’ve been acting,
Since the day they call the fall.
When man chose to assume a godly roll.
Tell a man enough times,
He is lord above it all,
He will use all,
And abuse all,
Till he proves his mortal soul.

Look at these trees,
These wounded trees.
They’re the telling of a disenfranchised soul,
The trees,
Their Beautiful leaves,
To abuse them you can’t possibly be whole.

Aaaw the trees,
Fair forest trees.
The secrets lost,
That never will be told,
The trees their beautiful leaves.
To abuse them we can’t possibly be whole.

To abuse them
Over use them,
And lose them,
We can’t possibly be whole.

Copyright Mark E. Firehammer

Jennifer

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Where did I go before I met her?
Who did I know before she came?
Into my heart I’ve gone and let her,
Things will never be the same.

Emotions that my life has never shown me,
The beating of my heart within my chest.
The tremble when her flesh is pressed against me,
The fire of impassioned breathes caress.

Jennifer,
Whisper in my ear I love you,
Jennifer,
Pull your body near I want you,
Jennifer,
I’ll sing it loud and clear I love you,
Jennifer.

I had to know her name when I first saw her.
In the trees on that Virginia summer day.
I asked some silly question to be near her,
She answered smiled then turned and walked away.

That night the sound of music brought her to me,
The fire played in shadows on her face.
Her love of Croce music really threw me,
She held me in her chestnut eyes embrace.

(Chorus)

We said goodnight the morning came I missed her,
I longed for one more glimpse of her sweet face.
As the miles rolled away I wished I’d kissed her,
By then she was one hundred miles away.

I heard a sound and checked my rear view mirror,
I saw her out the window heard my name.
With a smile and a wave she pulled beside me,
Then sped away I knew we’d meet again.

(Chorus)

Eight months down the road in New York City,
The band was booked to play The Bitter End.
I was standing on the sidewalk feeling shitty,
I heard a voice and there she was again.

She looked into my eyes and saw the wonder,
As I stared into her souls familiar face.
The moment that we touched I felt the thunder,
Something came unleashed in that embrace.

(Chorus)

Copyright Mark E. Firehammer

Forrest the Hitchhiking Cat

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Chorus:

Forrest the cat he’s a hitchhiking cat,
He knows where he’s going and he never looks back,
He just points his fuzzy face the way he’s going.
He can tell by your license plate if you’re part of his plan.

Six months old the story is told,
He packed up his lives and he hit the road,
Pawed himself a ride that was headed up to San Francisco,
The Driver said climb on in boy you’ll have the time of your life.

With the sun going down they roll into town,
It wasn’t to long they found a party around,
When a man said I need me some tail, yours is looking real nice.
Forrest sold two thirds right there and he got a good price.

2 weeks later the tail was feeling OK,
Headed for the beach down in Monterey,
Met a calico cutie sex kitten said her name was Fay.
She said take me to Vegas she was planning Forrest’s wedding day.

3 months later almost to the day,
They hit Las Vegas in a family way,
They headed for the chapel but they landed at the SPCA.
They sold the girl and the kittens and they took his family jewels away.

(Chorus)

One night he escaped avoiding the net.
Went to the casino started laying his bets,
It wasn’t to long and he was deep into a shark named Dale.
When he couldn’t pay up they broke his knees and what was left of his tail.

He was back in the joint looking a wreck,
Forrest started thinking ’bout saving his neck.
He had to find a way to discourage them from putting him down.
So with two broken knees he caught a mouse,
They kept him around.

(Chorus)

One day on the horizon there rose a cloud of dust,
It was a long haired hippie in a big old bus,
He was looking for a traveling cat to keep the mice at bay.
Though he looks like hell we guarantee he’ll catch a dozen a day!

Las Vegas Nevada, down Flagstaff way,
Phoenix Arizona, then to Santa Fe.
Oklahoma City, Dallas Texas, then to Baton Rouge.
If they kept picking up hippies it was clear they’d soon run out of food.

Mississippi got ugly, Alabama a fright,
They’d make it to Ocala if they drove all night.
When someone said cook up that cat it’s either him or us.
When it looked like they would eat him he said man I’m getting off of this bus!

(Chorus)

Two weeks later he came my way,
I was camping by the water on a beautiful day.
He said hello my name is Forrest Forrest Stump would you take me along?
I heard you singing last night and you could use a new song.

He climbed into the trailer settled in for the ride,
Started telling his story looked me straight in the eye,
With your talent and my tall tall tales we could really go far.
Stick with me man Forrest here will make you a star.

Well it’s been over a year he was right we went far,
But he’s not here and I’m still not a star.
But I’m still singing I succeeded in paying his way!
He’s living in my trailer on a farm up Connecticut way!

Forrest called me last night he needs some things for the house,
Said he’s getting fat from eating plenty of mouse.
Stop by and see me when you’re near.
Drop by any time you’re always welcome here!

Forrest the cat, that hitchhiking cat,
Gets what he wants and he never looks back.
I love that fuzzy face that’s where I am going.
He could tell by may license plate that I was part of his plan.
He made it clear on the day that we met that I was part of his plan.

Copyright Mark E. Firehammer

Tell Me Tell Me

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Why did you do it.
Take my heart and make it yours,
For the breaking.
Now I’m aching ‘cuz of you.

Chorus:
Tell me tell me why’d you do it,
Why did you go and put me through it.
Tell me tell me was he/she/it good for you.
If there wasn’t nothin to it,
Why did you go ahead and do it,
Tell me tell me was it worth you losing me?

Verse 2:
Why did you do it,
To a love so strong it burned,
With belonging.
My longing was for you.

Chorus:
Tell me tell me why’d you do it,
Why did you go and put me through it.
Tell me tell me was he/she/it good for you.
If there wasn’t nothin to it,
Why did you go ahead and do it,
Tell me tell me was it worth you losing me?

Bridge:
It is over,
I’m through with you.
There’s just one thing,
For you to do.

(Chorus)


Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

Girl

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I’m sorry things ain’t going how we hoped to.
I guess I’m not the man you thought I’d be.
Although my heart is true,
I can’t be everything to you,
Till I find out,
How to make the best of me.

I’m sorry if you think that I don’t love you,
For causing tears to well up in your eyes.
For all the things that I must do,
That are so unfair to you I know,
But there doesn’t seem to be,
A compromise.

I’m driven by a need to do,
The things that I love most,
Aside of making love to you,
And taking walks along the coast,
I want to find out for myself,
Where I fit into this world,
And when I learn to be myself,
Then I’ll learn….. to love you girl,
To love you girl,
To love you girl.

repeat last part.

Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

Soul Of An Ancient

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Where did you come from,
How’d we get here?
It feels like I’ve known you,
For all of my years.

So much in common,
So far apart.
In spite of the distance,
You’ve slipped into my heart.

Talking for hours,
How the time does fly,
Caught in the rapture,
Of what’s behind your eyes.

How can you be what you are,
When you’re only 17.
I think you’re amazing,
From everything I’ve seen.

Chorus
You have the soul of an ancient,
I’ve been with you before.
This can’t be the first time,
I’ve walked you to your door,
I’ve lived a lifetime in your kisses,
A thousand years in your embrace,
I can’t believe the things I see,
In the beauty of your souls familiar face.

Where do we go now,
Now that we’re here?
I wish I could hold you,
For all of my years.
Is this just a crossroads,
Where we touch then onward bound,
If I can’t have you this time,
I’ll take the next lifetime around.

(Chorus)

Copyright, Mark Firehammer

Stand Tough

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Darkness falls on city streets,
Danger lurks and evil greets,
The one by chance that happens to be near.
The tough guys young and angry who,
Must prove themselves by hurting you,
Hungry vultures feeding on your fear.
And when you think you’ve had enough,
Of the dealers selling deadly stuff,
On the corners and the school yards where you live.
The prostitutes and petty thief so bold you stare in disbelief,
You’ve got to know there’s no alternative.
You’ve got to,

Chorus:
Stand tough.
Stand up and fight.
Don’t let the bad guys beat you down,
Don’t give up this hallowed ground.
Stand Tough.
With all of your might.
Collective wills are stronger than,
The evil wrought throughout this land.
Stand Tough.
And fight for your rights.
We all know what must be done,
Lets stand tough and fight as one,
We’ve got to fight until we’ve won.

Verse 2:
Time goes by the waste goes on,
The beaurocrats at the pentagon,
They’re spending more for less and less each year.
Politicians taking our prosperity their greed devours,
So much the hopes of many disappear.
We find it hard to understand,
The billions spent in foreign lands,
To save the starving masses where they live.
While back at home we just deny,
Our hungry hordes their babies’ cries,
A sad domestic plan we can’t forgive.
We’ve got to,

Chorus, repeat, end.

Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

First Impressions

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Good times and laughter,
Romance in the air,
Presenting best behavior,
Putting on the aires.

What was it about her,
That seemed so right for you,
What was as it about him,
That caught you looking too.

Chorus:

First Impressions,
Not always what they seem.
What I do to catch your eye,
Is not necessarily me.
First Impressions,
I’ll hit you with my charms,
Just long enough to get you close,
And to wrap you in my arms.

Verse2:

A silent conversation,
Chemistry or love,
Pure infatuation,
Or none of the above.

What was it you looked for,
Made you think that I’m the one,
‘Cause I’m not what you’re looking for,
I just want to have some fun.

(Chorus:)

(Repeat verse 1:)

(Chorus:)

Chorus II:

First Impressions,
Lover you better beware,
Cause you might see something in me,
That you like but just ain’t there.
First Impressions,
I can be what you want me to be,
Just long enough to win your love,
And to take you home with me.

Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

I’ll Play for You

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One day in 1989,
I came across a man.
He lived on 42nd street,
Shaking a tin can.
He looked at me with pleading eyes,
One was black and blue,
He said son could you spare a dime or two.

Well I fished through all my pockets,
Though I knew that I was broke,
I offered him a my cigarettes,
He said thanks but I don’t smoke,
I said, I’m sorry that you’re hurting
There’s not much I can do,
You see I’ve got no money,
But I’ll play for you.

Refrain:
‘Cuz I’ve got me this old six string,
And a head stuffed full of songs
I know there’s one among them,
You could sing along.
I know Operator, Yesterday or Rocket Man,
How ’bout City of New Orleans or Piano Man.
We could sing Cats in the Cradle,
We could sing of Fire and Rain,
Whatever makes you feel good,
Whatever soothes the pain.
Singin lie die die die da die

Verse 2

Now I’m standing in Grand central,
I play for passers by.
A few have stopped to listen,
But one man caught my eye.
He said here is twenty dollars,
From someone I used to be,
You didn’t have no money,
But you played for me.

Refrain 2:
I see you’ve still got that six string,
And your head’s still full of songs,
I know there’s some among them,
That I could sing along.
Play Operator, Yesterday or Rocket Man,
How ’bout City of New Orleans or Piano Man.
Could you sing Cats in the Cradle,
Could you sing of Fire and Rain,
They still make me feel good,
They still ease the pain.
Singin lie die die die da die

Refrain:
I’ve got me this old six string,
And a head stuffed full of songs
I know there’s one among them,
You could sing along.
I know Operator, Yesterday or Rocket Man,
How ’bout City of New Orleans or Piano Man.
We could sing Cats in the Cradle,
We could sing of Fire and Rain,
It always makes me feel good,
The music soothes the pain.
Singin lie die die die da die.

Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

Walk the Heavens

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Once there was a young man.
Going to school and trying to fit in,
When he didn’t wear the coolest clothes,
Didn’t have a perfect nose,
He wasn’t any good with girls,
Though one did set his heart awhirl.
He Didn’t swim or run to fast,
He always seemed to come in last,

One day he’d had enough,

He went and found a place to hide,
Sat down on a crate,

Behind the lunch room and he cried.
When an old man came upon him,

With a frown upon his face,
He sat down right beside him and he said….

Chorus
As we make our way through all the years,
Fighting to hold back the tears,
That fill our eyes and wash our joys away.
By wishing we were someone else,
We constantly deny ourselves,
The chance to become all that we could be.
Whether rich man poor man beggar man or thief,
We all have the right to choose ‘tween happiness and grief,
If you leave it in the hands of fate,
You’ll end up at the pearly gates,
A bitter soul whose life has been denied.
So take a chance and be unique,
Find that inner joy you seek,
And you will walk the heavens filled with pride.

2nd Verse
He went on to tell of
Many tales he knew of life and love.
How he’d become a champion,
Because he didn’t quite fit in,
The early age he had to fight,
For differences of black and white,
Had taught him how to look inside,
His heart to find the peace of pride.

When he’d finished speaking,

He got up from where they sat,
Helped the young man to his feet,

And gave his head a little pat.
He worked in the lunchroom,

Always there to do his part,
That day he fed this young mans hungry heart.

(Chorus)
End

Mark Firehammer, 1995

Copyright, Mark E. Firehammer

The Singer/Songwriter and then some