Lost Paradise

I sat and watched the evening sun go down
I fell asleep and had a dream
I had a vision of paradise
It all disappeared when I opened my eyes

Henry Miller met me on a big white ship
We sailed just as the sun eclipsed
We dove overboard and swam to the shore
We beached on the Tropic of Capricorn

Where did we go?
What was that vision?
Where is that island in the sun?
I want to find my Lost Paradise
Before my days are done

Two women gave us coca leaves to chew
The sky and sea turned cobalt blue
We made sweet love as the sun disappeared
We watched it drop off the edge of the pier

We ate bananas and drank rum all night
In a moonlit garden of delight
They taught us magic, I started to fly
When I woke up I had stars in my eyes

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We had to catch an early boat back home
We sailed beneath the starry dome
Henry got drunk and started to cry
I asked why we left, but he wouldn’t say why

I sit and watch the morning sun come up
Drinkin’ coffee from a plastic cup
This world seems lifeless, so dull and routine
Compared to the Lost Paradise of that dream

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Coming of Age

The Coming of Age

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Written by Doug Harvey

Swamp Yankee

Verse
My grandfather sits staring into space
He doesn’t remember his name
There he waits for Father Time
To come and take him away

Verse
He taught me how to throw a curve
He paid my first honest wage
Now he forgets and he regrets
With the coming of age

Chorus
His days are growing shorter
The hours slip through his hands
The waves of time wash the weeks away
Like castles made of sand
The months sail by so swiftly
So soon they turn to years
What becomes of his loves and dreams
His blood, toil, sweat and tears?

Bridge
Today I found my first gray hair
I had to look away
What became of the child I was?
When did I come of age?

Verse
My life is still an unfinished book
Each day I turn the page
But the words start to fade and blur
With the coming of age

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  1. Okie From Muskogee Massachusetts
  2. Lost Paradise
  3. The Last Goodbye
  4. I Can’t Stop Cryin’
  5. This Old World
  6. You Can Run
  7. You Can Never Go Home Again
  8. I Get Blue
  9. Don’t Separate Your Sorrows
  10. Keep The Faith
  11. The Coming Of Age
  12. Any Day

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It All Goes By So Fast

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Written by Doug Harvey

Verse
Dirty dishes in the sink, unopened envelopes
The dripping drops and the ticking clock
Punctuate my dreams and hopes
Stacks of papers and magazines and a pile of bills to pay
They come and go and the ebb and flow
Never ever goes away

Chorus
It all goes by so fast
The sands slip through the hourglass
Do it now before you pass
It all goes by so fast

Verse
Birthday cakes and dinner dates
Weekends at the shore
Photographs and belly laughs
Those goofy clothes we wore
Schools and jobs, corn on the cob
At the backyard barbecue
Graduation days and high school plays
Always more to do

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Bridge
Time is like a game of cards
There’s new hand every day
Some hands are not so bad
But you’ve got to learn to play
You better bet when you get good cards
Before it gets too late
You never know when the game will fold
You can’t afford to wait

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American Delirium
American Delirium

Bogota

Written by Doug Harvey

Verse:
Two thousand miles from home
Pacing up and down my hotel room
Waiting for the telephone to ring
Watching Univision all afternoon
Got a suitcase full of unmarked thousand dollar bills
I got plenty of money and time to kill in Bogota

Verse:
Nobody knows my name
I’m just another businessman
Another pawn in the game
Just another one night stand
Gonna pick up some merchandise in Bogota
Gotta meet a man named Hector in the hotel bar in Bogota

Chorus:
I’m a fugitive from the law
A face without a name
Trapped in a hotel room
A prisoner of the cocaine game
This has gone too far
I know I’m in too deep
It’s totally out of control
These crazy bastards play for keeps

Verse:
Suddenly the telephone rings
He says he’ll meet me in the bar
We smoke cigars over drinks
Then we climb in a big black car
The bodyguard ties a blindfold around my head
Either I’ll cut this deal or wind up dead in Bogota

Verse:
We finally make the trade
The suitcase for a solid rock
I leave to catch my plane
My knees are shaking when I walk
One more day and I’ll be an honest man
Making plans to execute another scam in Bogota

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Verse:
It’s got to end someday
I’m gonna make a big mistake
They’ll just blow me away
They’ll throw my body in the lake
Easy money, oh, how fast it goes
And what becomes of me, no one knows in Bogota

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Any Day

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Written by Doug Harvey

Verse
This is the story of a dying old man
My life is behind me, my time is at hand
I know that my Savior has brought me this way
To honor His Glory on the Judgment Day

Chorus
The angels are coming to take me away
Any day, any day, any day
For Holy Redemption I hope and I pray
Any day, any day, Lord, any day

Verse
For many a year I wandered and strayed
I wasted my nights and squandered my days
For the sins of the past I repent and I pay
I pray for His mercy and follow the way

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Bridge
Now that I’ve reached the end of my life
I’ve learned a few things; please heed this advice:
Follow the Gospel; know wrong from the right;
Shun all temptation and walk in the Light

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Acres of Diamonds

Written by Doug Harvey

Chorus
There are acres of diamonds and oceans of gold
Rivers of honey and riches untold
There’s no need to go hungry or scrabble for more
There are acres of diamonds right outside your door

Verse
This world full of sorrow pays a low wage of sin
Men beg, steal and borrow and cheat their own kin
Some search the world over for fortune and fame
Without understanding that we all lose that game

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Verse
The good Lord He gives us everything that we need
The fruits in the orchard and the air that we breathe
The fish in the ocean and the plant in the seed
There’s no need for envy, there’s no need for greed

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Bridge
What good is your money when it comes time to die
And fly up to that mansion on the clouds in the sky?
There’s a life beyond living in a land beyond time
No taking, just giving; no more yours and mine

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