Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

This is my anthem for all those overworked people here in Toronto "the good" and everywhere for that matter. Don't let life pass you by my friends!

Lyrics

LET'S GO Hey now baby come over to the other side You've been good so long it's time that you go wild When you get old will you look back and smile At the work you've got at your desk piled high No sense in resisting This is not a choice No I won't be listening If your answer's no Let's go I don't know if you realize The week is gone and it is Friday night So come on baby take those keys and drive It's time to celebrate being alive Look what you've been missing I hope now you know You can miss the deadline Don't you miss the show Tonight is the night We take this town by surprise Don't you think it's time To do more than survive Look what you've been missing I hope now you know You can miss the deadline Don't you miss the show Let's go!

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I wrote the music to this on my ukulele in the car on a trip up north. I came up with some temporary lyrics which were I think.. -look at the moon isn't it beautiful- . John recorded it right there in the car on his MP3 player (yes while driving..bad boy!). He then hooked it up to a little device which transmits the mp3 to a radio frequency. This means I wrote, recorded and had a song played on the radio within about a half hour. That's gotta be some kind of record!

Lyrics

The Look in Your Eyes I just grew up about a day ago I want you to notice I want you to know That I understand the look in your eyes Yesterdays slumber parties Are todays dancing close Mysteries long hidden begin to unfold And I understand the look in your eyes Teach me, plant your seed So that I might bloom Teach me what it is I see In your eyes so blue Oh you've got what I need No I won't say it I'll let you pass by But I know the thoughts That roll by in your mind And I understand the look in your eyes

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

When I started writing this I thought I was writing an overly dramatic song of how I felt about leaving my childhood behind. By the time it was done I realized it was all too accurate. After playing it live for people I realized that it's not just twenty-something's who feel this way. I say we all take a day off to make mud pies in the back yard!

Lyrics

Quarter Life Crisis I threw my pennies in a wishing well But all they did was fall Now I'm stuck here with my hopes By the fountain at the mall Everything used to be so easy When everything was just for now They say that forty's the new thirty I don't want to count that far When he was twenty one he became a star At the age of seventeen we knew that she would go so far I missed my chance to break the records I spoiled my youth now it's all gone Though I still think I'll live forever Everyday I'm getting old I had to take the streamers off my bicycle The kids in the park they say “hey lady” And before you know it They're going to make me have a baby So I can be just like my mom Everybody says relax now look how far you've come All that I can see is everything I have not done I threw my pennies in a wishing well But all they did was fall I look back now to a time when I felt that I could have it all Now I have to chose my battles Now I have to work all day I'd be lying if I said I wasn't Jealous of the kids at play I looked into the mirror and saw a wrinkle I'm sure it's just the way the light did fall Do you really think they're going to make me have a baby Cause I can't be just like my mom just like my mom

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I'm told that sections of this song are in an 11/8 time signature. For those who don't know what that means; it's just plain weird. A critic once told me: "If you're just being cool for the sake of being cool (as in "complex") then you're just Rush." Just Rush? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Long live Rush!!!!

Lyrics

The Things That You Do Look at you, you sweet thing I’d give you anything Cause you’re the one who makes me come Running to your arms I don’t mean to make you blush But you give me such a rush and I can’t be held responsible If I just can’t get enough Ooh Ooh the things that you do You-ooh are too good to be true So stick with me baby Cause I’m crazy for you The thoughts you put in my head Probably shouldn’t be said But if you really must know Come closer dear and I'll let you hear Ooh Ooh the things that you do You-ooh are too good to be true So stick with me baby Cause I’m crazy for you

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

One of mine and my partner's favourite tracks. I wrote it, where else but, in the car on the way up to North Bay during a rainstorm.

Lyrics

Travelling in a storm We keep passing under rain clouds The rain comes pouring pouring pouring down Thunder and lighting surround us We forget there is a road we’re on Travelling in a storm We can’t see where we’re going Travelling in a storm We forget where we’ve come from The yellow line is getting blurry The roads a rocky rocky rocky road We need to get there in a hurry There’s no sign of the weather clearing up Travelling in a storm We can’t see where we’re going Travelling in a storm We forget where we’ve come from Oh but when the sun is shinning The sky is clear, the world is drying We forget there ever was a cloud Maybe sometimes the clouds won’t find us We can leave these storms behind us When we learn to head for higher ground We keep passing under rain clouds The rain comes pouring pouring pouring down

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I can't believe how many women relate to this song. The funny thing is that the Zen Boyfriend type would be horrified to discover that they are in fact a "type" Your secret's out fellas!

Lyrics

Zen Boyfriend Look into my eyes Can't you see that I am serious Take me by the hand And I'll show you the way I'm the only one who knows The path to true enlightenment Of course you won't mind If I go astray Zen boyfriend so proud of Your lack of conceit The girls come in droves and They land at your feet No need to spend money like those other guys You can dispose of those pretty white lies Zen boyfriend, Zen boyfriend The Buddha's on your side I am so unique An artist and a poet I've written things down And I'm willing to show you Just come into my room And take a seat upon my mattress We can light a candle and Do what comes natural Zen boyfriend they told me You're not what you seem You tell a good story but In the end it's all a dream No repercussions though your figured-out Now more then ever there is no doubt Zen boyfriend, Zen boyfriend The Buddha's on your side Zen boyfriend I suggest you meditate Your good Karma's running out now Quick before it's too late No need to worry as to what is your fate If you'd be yourself you could still get a date Cause Zen boyfriend The Buddha's on your side

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I rarely play this song at shows. Why? Because the chord position I use hurts the back of my hand. I'm not kidding!

Lyrics

The Back of My Hand We've spent too many nights Dangling from this rope The tension I fear is strangling us both Everything's wrong cause we both think we're right It seems like we'll never make it through the night But I know you'll stay and everything's going to be OK I don't know much but I know I can say That I know you Better than maybe you want me to I know you Like the back of my The back of my hand With veins to my heart We all have a plan a place we should go The best way to get there We all think we know But some days I wake up and all I can see Is that I'm so far away From where I thought I should be But you calm my fears You take my hand and you dry my tears You say you'll have your day I don't know much but I know I can say That I know you Better than maybe you want me to I know you Like the back of my The back of my hand With veins to my heart Life is full of doubt So many things I don't know about But I know you Better than maybe you want me to I know you Like the back of my The back of my hand With veins to my heart

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I got the inspiration for this song from a woman I saw hanging around an open mic in a dark bar on Parliament street. I like to think that I am "the young thing in the corner that makes their tongues unfurl," however I can often relate to the Used To Be Girl. :-(

Lyrics

Used to be Girl I used to be a looker said the girl at the bar In my younger days I could have been a star Wasn't I a beauty all decked out in curls Now I'm just a used to be girl The boys down here they like me They always make me smile I go to their apartments every once in a while But that young thing in the corner Makes their tongues unfurl And I remember I'm a used to be girl There's a picture in the paper of a prom queen and she smiles She knows she's got the world by the balls I cashed in all my pretty and all that I got Was a lousy ex-husband and this here hot spot Hello there good-looking I aint seen you here before The dance floor it is shaking and there's room here for one more So if you will forgive me for not shining like a pearl I think I might be willing to give this thing a whirl And I could be a used to be a used to be girl

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

Around the time I wrote this, I was playing my ukulele on the subway when a man came up to me to say that he had just located the bylaw which prohibited me from playing an instrument on the subway. He then said: "This is not the 16th century and you are not a troubadour!". Although this song was not initially written about him, I dedicate it to you Mr. Grinch!

Lyrics

Something's Missing You tried to explain yourself I guess you guessed I was onto you I couldn't quite pick it out At first I had some doubts But now I know You lost your soul A-oh oh Is it on a shelf ? Did it fall out somewhere? Take a good look at yourself You'll see you need it Oh so bad You'd be so glad A-oh to get it back It must be hard for you To be so evil and so cruel I'd like to help you but Each time you're near I get freaked out So I'll save myself And stay away from you Maybe someone else Will be brave and help you out Who knows They might find your soul Your secret's safe with me I'm sure nobody else can see It hardly even shows I bet you that they'll never know Until you open your mouth Or maybe breath the air They might figure out There's something missing there Oh no You lost your soul

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

Sometimes I feel bad about singing this song. I look out into the audience and see nice people I know who have been unlucky in love and I think who am I to say that it will happen for them someday when I really don't know. Then I remember that love can be found everywhere not just in romantic relationships. And anyway just look at John he didn't find true love until he was 104 years old!

Lyrics

I DIDN'T KNOW I didn't know how far I could go Until he took me to the edge I didn't know I didn't know love Until my heart to him I pledged I didn't know there was a secret Until he whispered in my ear Now it's so clear I didn't know You think you know and you're going to tell me You and all your good advice You think you'll show me exactly what life is And how we all must pay a price But I've been watching you and all your silly games You know I once was the same I didn't know There's no way until the day arrives You will see what so many prophesize It's not lost to you It just wears a good disguise Right now you're jaded But someday you'll realize You just didn't know You don't have to think of where to look It knows how to find you Everything you're searching for is just one step behind you I know you have it figured out but if I could just remind you Though the opposite is said It's without love we are blind There's no way until the day arrives That you will see what so many prophesize It's not lost to you It just wears a good disguise Right now you're jaded But someday you'll realize You just didn't know

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

This is one of my earliest dulcimer songs. I wrote it while John was away for a week. Yes I am pathetic!

Lyrics

Pick Me Up How did I sink to the bottom again? When everything was going so well Trying to figure out where I fit in Trying to get out of this hell But I can see the light Shining at the end As long as when I fall I know You’ll pick me up again I’m trying hard to keep things light Not to be too serious Sometimes in the middle of the night I wake up delirious But you are shining bright When darkness is at hand I may spiral down But it is in your arms I land You’re far away tonight I need you here so damn bad Remember when my love You and me was all we had Now our lives are so complicated I’m so glad we made it I’m all right I’m OK As long as when I fall You’ll pick me up again

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

Hell to me is the nightmare of an endless concrete freeway lined with identical chain restaurants where we all drive in our giant identical SUV's while listening to the same cookie cutter music on the radio. Where does it lead? Nowhere. Then I wake up or do I?

Lyrics

The Same Old Thing It's all been said before It's all been done before Still we're all looking for more Of the same old thing There's a million places to eat Just like the one across the street And all the people that I meet They wear the same old thing Same old lies Telling us what to buy Same old cheats Who poison what we eat Same old laws That put money in their paws Same bored masses Who keep sitting on their asses It's the same old thing We do it to ourselves Then we blame someone else We think it's just a game It's the same old thing We'll buy our happiness Who cares about the rest We call this progress It's the same old thing Same old thing Nothing new to me There are people who remember How it used to be When we wanted to be free Of the same old thing

Collette Savard
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words and music © 2008 Collette Savard Cocosongs/SOCAN

Story

I took my first trip overseas to Vienna Austria in May of 2007. It was my first time on a plane and my first time in a place where, for the most part, people did not speak English or French. It was also the longest time I'd spent away from John since our relationship began in 2001. In short, I was very lonely. I wrote the music sitting on my friends sofa bed in what she described as her "World War II ghetto charm" apartment. The lyrics were written when I got back to Canada.

Lyrics

Over the Waves I've been sitting here drinking coffee Nothing left to do but wonder Where you are Much too far away Nothing left to do but ponder This big blue sky we're under We're all so small I feel the weight of the world on me I went over the waves to try To free myself from my chains Oh what a surprise to find It is you who has the key I've been thinking let's start over I was young but now I've grown and Where you are is where I've found I need to be I've been playing the game so long I didn't know that I could win I think I'll come in from the cold now Where the warmth has always been

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