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Maybe It's Time CD

DAYS IN BETWEEN - 1

Some days I feel like a winner
Like there's nothing that I couldn't do
Some days it seems all of life's just a game
Where I forgot the rules
So my next move is risky, cause I'm not sure what it will mean Or where I belong on these days in between

Some days I know where I'm headed
Got my bags packed and I'm out the door
Some days it seems all of life's just a train
That I forgot to board
And my loved ones are racing to the place they all belong

And I'm still at the station, wondering how to get on

So I'll sing my songs and linger on

This three year old huggin' me

Watch the stars spin, and soak it all in

Wherever I may be
Cause a lot of this life is just days in between

Some days I've captured my audience
On the rise like the next Broadway star
The way that it goes sometimes life's just a show
Where I forgot my part
And my whole fate is hinging on the next unedited scene

Guess I'll go break a leg on these days in between

© 2004 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

I'LL BE OK - 2

As long as the birds still form their plans

In a circling, diving dance
In their lovely little bands
I'll be ok

 

As long as the rainbow dewdrops shine

On every blade of grass I find
Tiny windows to heaven's light
I'll be ok

I'll be ok I'll be ok

 

As long as the ocean breezes blow

As the waves crash on below
And they paint the sunsets glow

I'll be ok

Cause I can see beyond this beauty
To something I can't see
And I know the hand that holds it all is holding me

He's holding me

As long as the moon hangs in the sky

With the stars all standing by
And they twinkle their goodnights

I'll be ok

© 2009 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

PUZZLES - 3

You were a sailor on a Michigan freighter

Young and handsome and kind
She was a waitress, trying to make it
At a Steak and Shake working nights

 

Love took it's hold so the old story goes
And a baby came along
But we were too much for your wanderlust nature

And you're a sailor so you sailed on

And I was just a small piece in your puzzle

But you changed the whole shape of mine

And I've been wrestling to fit things together

For what seems too long a time

Little girls make way for the ways of a lady

And it looks like I made it just fine

Traveled the world like a gypsy on tour

With a guitar and a love of life

Married a good man he's faithful and true

And you never come to mind
But he pays the price for this feeling I fight

That I'm gonna be left behind

There are times when working on puzzles

You realize there's a piece you don't have

You can give up right there in the middle

Or move on and do the best that you can

You were a sailor on a Michigan freighter

Young and handsome and kind

© 2007 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

UNDERNEATH THE STAR - 4

We’re all waiting for some kinda’ light to shine on us

To brighten up these darkened hearts
We feel the longing once a year, for something we miss

And we can’t seem to find it here

 

So we, light up the city, light the house, we light the tree Trying to get this fire to spark
Maybe a different kind of light is what we need
A place to start, a walk out in the dark

And it’s underneath the star

 

So come closer, closer and see
This tiny child who has changed history

And who’ll be the light of our lives
If we will let him be
It’s not too far
We don’t have to look so hard
It’s underneath the star

We’re all waitin’ for some kinda’ light to shine on us

But we don’t want to wait too long
The closer it gets the more we fear it’ll pass us up

And then this season will be gone

So we put on the music, light the candles, hang the wreath Trying to feel it all come true
‘Cause we know that magic happened once and this mystery

It draws us still, we want to feel our part

And it’s underneath the star

A mother there, a baby in her arms,
A stable safe and warm, come in from the dark

Here underneath the star

‘Cause we’re all waiting for some kinda’ light to shine on us


© 2005 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

KICKAPOO CREEK - 5

I dreamt that I drove back to Kickapoo Creek

And nothing’s the same way it was
I was driving the wrong way on a one way street

Looking for a place I’d lost

How can I not belong here
This was once all I knew
Why can I not find my way around

Who changed, was it me or you

I woke up to find my little ones there
Waiting with kisses to play
But now I can’t shake the ache of how fast they grow

And soon may be far away

Time flows on
Years are gone
The calico bluffs there on Kickapoo Creek

Can only watch

I went to see Grandpa, he’s settled I guess
In a nice place to live out his life
But he once was so active and part of this world

None of these doubts in his eyes

I dreamt that I drove back to Kickapoo Creek

And nothing’s the same way it was

© 2006 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

OVERBOARD - 7

I've given you my heart, completely, forever
Still I don't know why, I'm holding something back

Don't wanna hold something back and I've heard

Sometimes a ship can turn around
But it takes longer than you think and may run aground

And I keep trying to figure it out

But I've got storms and I've got worries inside

And I don't know what else is here
A case of my own fear
I'm trying to lighten this load in time

And make room for you to be

On board this ship with me
I know that something's gotta go overboard

It's never been my mind to keep you waiting

Till you came along I didn't know how this deck

Was stacked against you but
Your ticket's still good, there's no expiration
So don't throw it away, this trip's worth the wait

We may be behind, but we'll make up the time

But I've got a cargo of heartache inside

And I don't know what else is here

Baggage left from years
I'm trying to lighten this load in time

And make room for you to be

On board this ship with me
I know that something's gotta go overboard

But I've got crates full of defenses inside

And I don't know what else is here
But I'm trying hard to clear it
And lighten this load in time

And make room for you to be

On board this ship with me
I just can't seem to throw it all

I'm tempted to dive in, maybe we should ditch this ship and swim overboard

It's really not that bad here, overboard

I'm glad you waited here for me, it took awhile to see I need to be overboard


© 2013 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP

WHERE I AM - 6

I set out with as many dreams as the next girl

Only to watch some slip away
I’m finding out life’s a lot like a river

Running fast, and traveling it’s own way

Where I’ll end up I can’t always say

But this is where I am
Where I never thought I’d be
Don’t know where I thought I’d be, actually

But this is where I am
And I’m living out each day
Don’t know where it all will take me
But this is where I am, today
This is where I am

Sometimes grand schemes are fine for the dreamin’

But they’re not as good as what life has planned

Surroundin’ me are these beautiful children
And a man, who loves me as I am

It’s our spoonful of heaven on a slice of land

Sometimes I wonder ‘bout where I’m going
Or I start to think I should be farther on my way

© 2007 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP) 

SHADOWS IN THE SUN - 8

I don't know when it dawned on me that others live in light

This darkness settled over me before I realized
That hopelessness is not ok and it's not how I was born
It's just a veil my heart has worn

Somethin' inside me lives in shadows in the sun
Only sometimes catching rays of hope and then they're gone I keep hoping I'll break free and I will run
From these shadows in the sun

I've tried their easy fixes and I have cried for all I've lost
I've watched my children laugh and play

Through a lonely wall of frost

And I can't tell the difference from what I've lost and what I've won through this shade my heart's pulled down

 

I wanna step out in the light
Feel the heat and know that I
Can warm my soul and I can live there

And I'll keep fighting and I'll break free and I'm gonna run From these shadows out into the sun

© 2004 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

LONELINESS - 9

I’d forgotten you, you’d been pushed aside by other things

I’d forgotten you, but you remembered me
I’ve been so busy, it was never a good time for me
Sorry it took so long to be

Welcome again to this place
You were a friend in olden days
When did you go
Did you think there’s no need anymore

For your own special brand of company

I didn’t know what I’d missed
Loneliness

It was always you who could take my pain and help it sing

And coax the tears to fall like cleansing desert rain
You know I never despised you as some do
I don’t know how years have slipped away

So good to visit you like this

Loneliness

© 2007 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

LET IN THE LIGHT - 10

I open up my heart

First there is fear

Then there is pain

But like a flower if I stay closed

I won't feel the sun
Won't soak in the rain

And I won't grow into all the beauty
Waiting there inside
And I won't know just what I can become
I have seen too many flowers withered on the vine

So I will open up and let in the light

It doesn't matter what

A friend or a love
A faith or a dream

It all feels the same
A choice I must make

Another opening

Petals are not immune to falls and crushing blows

But neither are hardened hearts of stone

© 2006 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

MAYBE IT'S TIME - 12

Maybe it's time to let these dream go

To leave 'em all behind
It's been years of holding onto hopes

For what I can't have, no matter how I try
And I'm just wondering how long my heart can hold on

Without a good reason why

And I'm old enough to know that some dreams never fly I've been around long enough to know
Maybe you gotta let 'em die
And maybe it's time

And maybe it's time to walk on with my life

And shut these doors behind
To take this heart and focus on what's real

And all the good I have, instead of what I just can't find
Cause maybe some hearts can stand all the disappointments

But I don't know about mine

I could walk away right now and not look back

But where would I be going
I don't wanna live a lifetime always wondering

Never really knowing, never really knowing

I'm young enough to know that some dreams just won't die I've been around long enough to see
Maybe you gotta let them fly
Got to let them fly

Maybe it's what we're meant for

Maybe it's why we're here, and maybe it's time
Maybe it's time

© 2003 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

RED - 11

Red is the color she loved the most
To her little girl heart it meant beauty and brightness and hope But some people told her it clashed with her hair
She should choose something else
There were plenty of other colors she could wear

Dance, she used to dance every day
She'd skip and she'd leap like a foal who's discovered his legs But sometimes her long, lanky limbs would get wrapped up

And tangled inside themselves
There was always an audience when she fell

So she walked slowly and never danced
She sang quietly and no one ever heard
She heard their words and she listened well
And from that time on said her favorite color was green (2nd – Convinced herself, her favorite color was green)

Sing, she used to sing with all of her heart
And the songs that she sang

Held the music of mountains and stars

But some people told her her voice was too loud
She needed to learn to blend in
She spent her life trying to fit in

But forty years was too long to be confronted by
The color of roses
And scarlet poppies in bloom would catch at her heart
And songs like waves on the wind
Kept crashing in demanding their time to be told
And the shell she'd worn for so long finally crumbled apart

Now she's dancing like she's never danced
And she sings out for all the world to hear
She still hears them but she doesn't care
She surrounds herself, laughs and drowns herself in

Red

© 2006 Kari Hilpert All Rights Reserved

Hickory Town Music (ASCAP)

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