Persistence of Memory

by Gabe Hizer

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Release date: April 5, 2010

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released 05 April 2010

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Gabe Hizer Nashville, Tennessee

More than 175 of my songs, many still in unfinished format, can be found on my main website, www.GabeHizer.com. I invite you to stop by my site!

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Track Name: Memory
Memory


Is there nothing left of us that you can still recall?
Or have you pushed it down inside to just forget it all?

I can see it clearly
But you’ve blocked it all from your mind

CHORUS:
Oh…it’s a memory
And sometimes…it’s a mystery
But to you it’s a luxury / you can’t afford

I remember every little thing you said to me
Every touch and glance and every night you spent with me

Call it stored emotion
Love has got a way of hanging on.

[Repeat CHORUS]

BRIDGE:
Sometimes the pain comes back at night and haunts you in the dark
The lessons learned have burned you--but made you what you are
Track Name: Forever
FOREVER

She won his heart, completely
He fell for her, so sweetly
Now they're together always
Counting their Valentine Days

CHORUS:
Sometimes hard, sometimes easy to love
Bound up in life together
Hand in hand, with commitment to be
One single pair, forever (forever, forever...)

She takes his hand to her heart
Presses it to her so hard
He looks into her blue eyes
She just looks back and then smiles

CHORUS:
Sometimes hard, sometimes easy to love
Bound up in life together
Hand in hand, with commitment to be
One single pair, forever (forever, forever...)

Bridge:
And when the time comes when one of them must go
At least there'll be a lifetime of mem'ries left to hold

CHORUS:
Sometimes hard, sometimes easy to love
Bound up in life together
Hand in hand, with commitment to be
One single pair, forever (forever, forever, together, forever...)
Track Name: Time to Say Goodbye
Time to Say Goodbye


Listening to the pouring of the rain
Knowing things will never be the same
I can see the dark clouds coming, forming in the sky...
Nothing left but time to say goodbye

I know soon the rain will stop its fall
And the sun will shine above it all
Thoughts about tomorrow may not help me much today...
I've still got to get thru all the pain

Oh oh, I wish this all were done
Oh oo oh, it hurts to hurt someone

Puddles on the ground and muddy shoes
Making one last trip to break the news
I can hardly bear to speak as she starts to cry...
Nothing left but time to say goodbye
Nothing left but time... to say... goodbye
Track Name: The Ballad of Joey and the Bottle of Booze
The Ballad of Joey and the Bottle of Booze

Joey said he didn't know right from wrong
Said he didn't know a thing
When he broke into that jewelry store
And stole that diamond ring

Might as well make a good night of it
So he stole that bottle of booze
Now his lawyer's try to tell the jury
Joey didn't have the mind to choose

CHORUS
Sometimes in life things ain't what they seem
Take it on faith from me
When you've been 'round the block a time or two
Life can look a little crazy!

Well, Joey took the stand in his self defense
And he did one hell of a job
When he stepped down everyone was sure
Joey didn't have the brains to rob

Well, the judge wasn't havin' no part of this
He threw out the jury's call:
“Six months in the slammer ought to straighten you out.
You can stare at the damn cell wall!”

[repeat CHORUS]

So they took Joey down to his jail cell
Slammed that metal gate closed
Ten minutes later his cell mate
Had punched him square in the nose

They had no choice but to take him
To the jail infirmary
Where somehow the papers got all messed up
Joey walked out of jail scot free!

[repeat CHORUS]
Track Name: The Lesson
THE LESSON

It’s a lesson to be learned
No one said it’s easy to love
Everyone gets burned
When the heat is turned way up

It’s the time
When you’re out on your own
Your heart turns to stone
For a while…

You can’t see
That there’s light up ahead
All you know is the darkness inside…

Sit alone in your room
Read a book from start to the end
Stare up at the moon
Don’t return a call from a friend

It’s the time
When you’re out on your own
Your heart turns to stone
For a while…

You can’t see
That there’s light up ahead
All you know is the darkness inside…

[Musical Bridge]

It’s a lesson to be learned
Listen hard to the sound of your voice
Catch the tremble and the urge
You’re convinced that you have no choice

But in time
When you’re out on your own
Your heart turns to stone
For a while

You can’t see
That there’s light up ahead
All you know is the darkness inside…

Ooohhhh, yeaaaahhhh….
Track Name: Under Western Skies
Under Western Skies


The canyon river rose
I watched the melting snow
Under western skies

I knew this day would come
When you would leave my home
Under western skies

You want to watch the sun
Sink behind the waves
Under western skies

So I bid you faretheewell
And hope you find your dream
Under western skies

Oh, but I will still remain
I’m rooted to this soil
I’ll live out all my days
In peace…and toil.

Your letter came today
Another baby born
Under western skies

I plow the fields again
And pray once more for rain
Under western skies

Oh, but I will still remain
I’m rooted to this soil
I’ll live out all my days
In peace…and toil.

Someday down the line
You’ll stand atop this hill
Under western skies

And gaze down on these fields
While you remember me
Under western skies

Oh, you’ll know that I remained
Rooted to this soil
And lived out all my days
In peace…and joy.

Oh…………….
Track Name: Falling Down
Falling Down


I was driving down the highway when the lights went out
No one in the winter storm could see
Someone up ahead hit the exit sign
Snow was piling up…like in a dream

Falling down, falling down
Easy when the lights are dark in town
Falling down, falling down
Even with our lights we’re falling down

I decided to turn off the road and wait a while
Hoping that a plow would clear the way
But twenty years of hoping’s no guarantee
That tomorrow somehow starts another day

Falling down, falling down
Easy when the lights are dark in town
Falling down, falling down
Even with our lights we’re falling down

The winter wind it howled and sang and froze my memory
And by the time I melted it was clear I couldn’t see

Falling down, falling down
Easy when the lights are dark in town
Falling down, falling down
Even with our lights we’re falling down
Track Name: Searchin’ Outside for My Soul
Searchin’ Outside for My Soul


I was drivin’/ thru the mountains
Lookin’ high/ and lookin’ low
I didn’t find/ what I was after
‘Cause I was searchin’ outside for my soul

I made money/ filled my pockets
With lots of silver/ and gold
But I never/ felt happy
‘Cause I was searchin’ outside for my soul

Bridge:
Everytime I try to take control
Seems I find [2d time: dig] myself in a bigger hole!

I tried teaching/ I tried preaching
Working hard/ or not at all
But I never/ found fulfillment
‘Cause I was searchin’ outside for my soul
‘Cause I was searchin’ outside for my soul
Track Name: I Will Be There For You
I Will Be There For You


Words seem so easy to say
When you're all alone
Then they just go away
When you pick up the phone
There are no words for this
But one thing is clear
I will be there for you
Even if you're not here

I know you had to go
To sort things out
You needed time alone
You had so many doubts
And it just tears me up
That I can't hold you near
But I will be there for you
Even if you're not here.

[instrumental section]

And it just tears me up
That I can't hold you near
But I will be there for you
I will be there for you
I will be there for you
Even if you're not here.
Track Name: Some Things Never Change
Some Things Never Change


He’s not as sharp as he once was
Sometimes he forgets my name
But he laughs and carries on like he always did
I guess some things never change

Mama confides that her hands are full
The old man’s not easily tamed
He’s stubborn but sometimes he’s gentle, too
I guess some things never change

I really should visit
I really should call
I’m caught up in my life
I’m giving my all…

He used to sing with the best voice in town
Now a whisper is all that remains
But he is still humming his harmonies
I guess some things never change

We finally moved him to Manor Rest Home
Sometimes I feel so ashamed
He flirts with the nurses, he hates the food
I guess some things never change!

I really should visit
I really should call
I’m caught up in my life
I’m giving my all…

He can be selfish or angry or rude
But I love him just the same
He’ll never say that he loves me, too…
I guess some things never change,
I guess some things never change.
Track Name: Let Me Fall On You
Let Me Fall On You



Everybody tells me I’m living way too fast
They underestimate me, I’m built to last
But if I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you

I know you’re worried; you’ve seen me slide
But you’re just seeing my weaker side
If I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you.

Chorus:
You’re the rock that’s always there
You bring me comfort and loving care
You seem to know when times are tough
You’re the one who always holds me up

I know I’ve been drinking more than I should
Hanging ‘round these bars ain’t doing me no good, no
But if I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you

Got me a steady job, a-workin’ nine to five
Don’t pay much money but it’s keepin’ me alive
And if I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you

(repeat chorus)

Nobody’s perfect, no one’s a saint
I’m a survivor, just making my own way.
But if I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you
If I’m gonna fall, let me fall on you
Let me fall on you
Track Name: Paris Café
Paris Café

It was my first day in Paris
I didn’t know a soul on the Seine
So I wandered up and down the streets
Hoping I’d forget your name
I drank a glass of Muscat
And ate some reblochon
But everywhere I turned
I felt that you were gone

Chorus:
Why did you have to say goodbye?
Why did you have to leave that day?
I thought we had the best in life
But life got in our way.
You finally closed the door
And left me standing there
With nothing left for me to do or say--
That’s why I’m in this French café

It was my first night in Paris
The lights all glowed like pearls
And everywhere I looked I saw
Those pretty Paris girls.
But I just walked right by them
And toward the Notre Dame
Hoping that this big ol’ church
Would take away my pain

Chorus:
Why did you have to say goodbye?
Why did you have to leave that day?
I thought we had the best in life
But life got in our way
You finally closed the door
And left me stranded there
With nothing left for me to do or say--
That’s why I’m in this French café

Bridge:
How many times have you been on my mind?
I couldn’t count the memories left behind.

Repeat 1st Chorus
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With nothing left for me to do or say--
That’s why I’m in this French café
Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo.