Karla Bonoff

ALL MY LIFE

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright Seagrape Music (BMI) 1988

Am I really here in your arms

This is just like I dreamed it would be

I feel like we're frozen in time

And you're the only one I can see

 

And hey

I've looked all my life for you

Now you're here

And hey

I'll spend all my life with you

All my life

 

And I never really knew how to love

I just hoped somehow I'd see

Oh I asked for a little help from above

Send an angel down to me

 

And hey

I've looked all my life for you

And now you're here

And hey

I'll spend all my life with you

All my life

 

I never thought I could feel a love so tender

I never thought I could let those feelings show

But now my heart is on my sleeve

And this love will never leave

I know I know

 

And hey

I've looked all my life for you

And now you're here

And hey

I'll spend all my life with you

All my life

"All my Life" appeared on

New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"All My Life" was also recorded by Linda Ronstadt with Aaron Neville and Justin Kawika Young

 

 

ALL THE WAY GONE

Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman, Kenny Edwards

Seagrape Music (BMI), Big Kitty Music (ASCAP), Valgovind Music (BMI)

 

Used with permission

The sun went down like it always did

And the world was still

A cold wind could blow and I wouldn't know

Never felt the chill

Safe inside these walls I stayed away from it all

Forever

I held it all inside and now the fire's running wild

I surrender

 

And now the nights go on and on

And the tide just sweeps me along

At the end of the road

And I'm all the way gone

 

You find your way, you learn to be strong

But the heart still aches

Like a tree in the wind that never learned how to bend

But the branch will break

You came into my life and it cuts like a knife

Right through me

I saw you standing there that day and in the strangest way

It seemed you knew me

 

And now the nights go on and on

And the tide just sweeps me along

At the end of the road

And Iâ^À^Ùm all the way gone

 

If you never fall in love then you won't have to cry

Never knew how to fall in love, never thought I'd survive

 

You came into my life and now it cuts just like a knife right through me

Saw you standing there that day and in the strangest way

It seemed you knew me

 

And now the nights go on and on

And the tide just sweeps me along

At the end of the road

And I'm all the way gone

"All The Way Gone " appeared on House Of Silence - Bryndle - 2002

 

 

ALL WALK ALONE

Written by

Karla Bonoff & Michael Ruff

Published by 1988 Seagrape Music/Ruff Music BMI

In the door I see

Like a frozen dream

Your face

As you turned and walked away

Our love lies broken

But the world goes on

Where it stands in time

We'll know further on

 

But I learned from you

As you were passing through

That love would never

Find my heart a home

'Cause in the end

We all walk alone

 

Well it's sad to me

That we can't seem to keep

Alive the magic we had at the start

Infatuation blinds us

Like a blazing sun

If we'd seen the end

Well would we have begun

 

But I learned from you

As you were passing through

That love would never

Find my heart a home

'Cause in the end

We all walk alone

 

Now as I move on

To a place that's strong

I'll think of you

And wonder where you are

And when someday you see me

On a crowded street

I think you'll see

In my eyes

My life is complete

 

'Cause I learned from you

As you were passing through

That love would never

Find my heart a home

'Cause in the end

We all walk alone

"All Walk Alone" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

"All Walk Alone" has also been recorded by Sarah Elizabeth Campbell

 

 

BABY DON'T GO

Written by Karla Bonoff & Kenny Edwards

1979 Seagrape Music/Valgovind

Music BMI

You're taking all I got and now you're leaving

Ooh baby, don't go.

I thought that love was something to believe in

Ooh, baby don't go.

 

I've seen it in your face

It's in your eyes when you turn away

You think it's all a waste

You're goin' today

 

I won't pretend

I won't say it won't hurt me bad

Won't you try it again

Whatever happened to all that we had?

 

You're taking all I got and now you're leavin'

Ooh baby, don't go

I thought love was something to believe in

Ooh baby don't go.

 

Don't fight, just hold me tight

Everything is gonna work out right

I won't beg,

but you heard what I said

I need you every day and night

 

You're taking all I got and now you're leaving

Ooh baby, don't go.

I thought that love was something to believe in

Ooh, baby don't go.

 

And if you close the door

I can't wish you well anymore.

You know you really turned on me,

So don't come running back 'cause I know you'll never see.

 

You're takin' all I got and now you're leaving

Ooh baby, don't go.

I thought love was something to believe in,

Ooh baby, don't go.

And baby don't go

Ooh, baby don't go

 

"Baby Don't Go" appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

 

"Baby Don't Go" has also been recorded by Loma Lyns and Dianne Davis and is heard in the movie "Atlantic City" (1981)

 

 

BAJA OKLAHOMA

written by Karla Bonoff

Seagrape Music (BMI) 1988

 

Used with permission

It's the wind that blows the trees on a summer night

It's that rolling desert road with nothing else in sight

It's a feeling in your bones you know you just can't fight

There's a magic here that holds you

And the mystery still unfolds

It's Baja Oklahoma

But it's Texas in your soul

 

When the hot sun bakes the earth on an endless day

You want to leave this place behind and find a better way

As the evening cools the sky you know you'll always stay

And it always makes you crazy

And you know it takes it's toll

It's Baja Oklahoma

But it's Texas in your soul

 

Oh, guess you should've known

This place is in your heart and it's your home

 

And as the moon hangs in the sky on this summer night

Keep your eye up on that star you got your dream in sight

When the world starts closing in you know you'll be alright

Cause it's the magic here that holds you

The only thing you've ever known

It's Baja Oklahoma

But it's Texas in your soul

 

Repeat

"Baja Oklahoma" appears on Karla Bonoff - Live released fall 2007

 

 

BEST PART OF YOU

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Written on the wind

The words go by

I see that time

Like a dream now

 

Waves and water roll up around my feet

Living on the island with you

and back behind the trees

We lay side by side

I touch your face and

You'd kiss my eyes

With our love suspended in time and space

The hurt we never thought we'd face

 

I know they'll never fade

Those memories we made

Sad times slip away

and I hold on to the best part of you

 

And then we hit the road

Of miles and stars

Just you and me and America

Playing in the fields by the highway farms

We rest until the night came down

and when you take the wheel

I'd sleep awhile

and drift away from the world outside

Waking in the sun in another state

I never felt my love so great

 

I know they'll never fade

Those memories we made

Sad times slip away

and I hold on to the best part of you

 

I know they'll never fade

Those memories we made

Sad times slip away

and I know I knew

The best part of you

 

"Best Part of You " appeared on Karla Bonoff - New World - 1988

 

 

COLD WIND BLOW

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1985 Universal Television

You've got to fight for what you believed in

And honey I believed in you

And if I'm right there is no reason

for losing you

 

And in the night there drives a demon

it's just like a wall you come up to

Push and shove against his treason

But I'll get through

I'll get through

 

You couldn't know how much I loved you

and these tears I'll never show

So turn my back against the evening

Feel the cold wind blow

I feel the cold wind blow

"Cold Wind Blow" appeared on episode 31 of "Miami Vice" originally aired November 29, 1985 titled "Bought and Paid For"

 

 

DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

karla bonoff and her father

 

He was the calm in the storm

Daddy kept us warm

(and) What will I do when he's gone

How will I carry on

 

Yes I know when it's his time to go

That I'll have to grow up too

Oh can't I stay right here

and be daddy's little girl

 

So how did the years go so fast

Or did we just lose track

So now we can't waste any time

I'll make each moment mine

 

Yes I know when it's his time to go...

 

The time keeps moving

Life keeps passing

There's still so much to say

But I will go on

I will be strong

I will find my way

 

When I look in the face of the child

I see you in her eyes

And we're all so much the same

We'll carry on your name

 

Yes I know when that you have to go

and I have to grow up too

Oh can't I stay right here and be daddy's little girl

Oh can't I stay right here and be daddy's little girl

 

"Daddy's Little Girl" appeared on Bryndle - Bryndle - 1995

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

DREAM

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1982 Seagrape Music BMI

The whole world's blue

And nothing ever goes right

Words sound untrue

But you won't give up the fight

Turn your back now

To all those things that you've seen

Close your eyes

Now baby, dream

 

Well, they see you

Playing real good at the game

If they saw through

All there'd be is the pain

A reward's due

For one who is lost in the rain

Close your eyes

Now baby, dream

 

When you held me, I was so broken apart

I had nothing but that love in your heart

And the night came, all I heard was you saying

Close your eyes

Now baby,

dream

Close your eyes

Now baby,

dream

 

"Dream" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

"Dream" has also been recorded by Brenda Russell

 

 

EVEN IF

Written by Karla Bonoff

 

Where have the dreams gone

Where are the love songs

Just a world I used to know

My love has lost you

The cost I would not see

Until I learned something that's not free

 

CHORUS

Even if you took my hand

You couldn't lead me

Even if you touched my heart

I wouldn't cry

Even if you'd understand

It wouldn't free me

Even if you gave me wings

I couldn't fly

 

Maybe it's growing old

Something starts going cold

And the years just fade away

I used to feel so young

Now all I feel is numb

Played a game nobody ever won

 

CHORUS

 

Maybe some day, when you look in my eyes again

You'll find the love never died

If there's a way to break through it all again

And find the life that I left behind

 

CHORUS

 

"Even If " appeared on Wild Heart of the Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

 

EVERYBODY'S HOME TONIGHT

Written by Karla Bonoff & Kenny Edwards

Sky Harbor Music BMI 1977,1991

It is a special night

And the stars are all shining bright

And in a dream he comes

And he carries the child's delight

 

Yes it's been another year

At Christmas time it all comes clear

Have no fear

'Cause everybody's home tonight

And you know everything's all right

 

The story came to me

Of a man who could really see

And the truth of life he gave to the children of Galilee

 

It had been another year

At Christmas time it all comes clear

There was fear but though he died one day

All the love in his heart still stays

 

It is a special night

And the stars are all shining bright

And in a dream he comes and carries the child's delight

 

Yes it's been another year

At Christmas time it all comes clear

Have no fear

'Cause everybody's home tonight

And you know everything's all right

 

'Cause everybody's home tonight

And you know everything's all right

 

"Everybody's Home Tonight" appeared on various holiday CD collections as recorded by Karla Bonoff.

A Bryndle recording of the song was released on a promo single in 1995 to radio stations and is not available commercially.

 

 

FALLING STAR

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright Seagrape Music (BMI) 1977

Oh my heart aches

Deep inside me

Oh, how I miss you

Will you come back?

Oh, why'd you leave me?

Oh, what can I do?

 

'Cause every night

I sit here by the phone

You know it rings a lot inside my head

I daydream you're home

I never knew that it would go this far.

Come pick me up

I'm going down

Like a falling star.

 

And the clock strikes midnight

And I'm lying here alone.

I can't sleep, I hear my heartbeat.

Oh, I can't stand the monotone.

And every day I have paced the floor

You know it rains a lot inside my heart,

But I still ask for more.

But now I know that love can leave a scar.

Come pick me up, I'm going down

Like a falling star.

 

And when the birds fly south for a while,

Oh, I wish that I could go.

Someone there might warm this cold heart,

Someone there might know.

But every day I have paced the floor.

You know it rains a lot inside my heart,

But I still ask for more.

But now I know that love can leave a scar.

Come pick me up, I'm going down

Like a falling star.

 

"Falling Star " appeared on

Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

FEELS LIKE RAIN

Written by

Karla Bonoff & Peter Cetera

Here I go again

Hanging on to the bitter end

All alone

Nothing left to lose

Don't want to face tomorrow

I can't sleep tonight

Blame it on the weather

Till I get over you.

 

Chorus:

Feels like rain

Feels like I'll never fall in love again

There's a cold wind blowing every cloud my way

And it feels like rain today

 

Taking down every picture

Hanging on every wall

Broken dreams, painfull memories

Like the times I never listened

And the times I didn't try

It's gotta be the weather

'Cause you're not here with me

 

Chorus:

Feels like rain

Feels like I'll never fall in love again

There's a cold wind blowing every cloud my way

And it feels like rain today

 

Regretting every minute

Since I watched you walk away

Cause it's not the same without you

And now the clouds are hiding

Every sunny day

I guess I'll stay inside again

Cause it feels like rain today

 

Feels like rain

Feels like we'll never fall in love again

There's a cold wind blowing every cloud my way

And the clouds are hiding every sunny day

and the storm is coming so I'm here to stay

'Cause it feels like rain today

Yes, it feels like rain today

"Feels Like Rain" was recorded by Peter Cetera

 

 

GONNA BE MINE

Written by Karla Bonoff & Kenny Edwards

Copyright 1988 Seagrape

and Valgovind Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

I got something that you need

I got something you should see

Come over and talk to me right now

Isn't anything you need to bring

I know a way to make your heart sing

There's a way to have everything

Oh, don't be shy

 

CHORUS

When you come by

Give me just a little more time

I'm gonna show you why

Why you're gonna be mine

 

Well, it's a tough road out there

If you're with me honey you won't care

Let the bird in the air just fly away

Well, I'll turn the lights down low

Maybe we'll even dance real slow

I know you'll never want to go

Now, give it a try

 

CHORUS

"Gonna Be Mine" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

 

GOODBYE MY FRIEND

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music

Used With Permission

Oh we never know where life will take us

We know it's just a ride on the wheel

And we never know when death will shake us

And we wonder how it will feel

 

So goodbye my friend

I know I'll never see you again

But the time together through all the years

Will take away these tears

It's O.K. now

Goodbye my friend

 

I'd see a lot of things that made me crazy

And I guess I held on to you

You could've run away and left, well maybe

But it wasn't time and we both knew

 

So goodbye my friend

I know I'll never see you again

But the love you gave me through all the years

Will take away my tears

I'm O.K. now

Goodbye my friend

 

A life so fragile, a love so pure

We can't hold on but we try

We watch how quickly it disappears

And we'll never know why

 

But I'm O.K. now

Goodbye my friend

You can go now

Goodbye my friend

 

"Goodbye My Friend" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

(THE HEART IS) LIKE A COMPASS

Written by Karla Bonoff & Wendy Waldman

Seagrape Music (BMI) & Big Kitty Music (ASCAP)

Used With Permission

Standing by the door

Looking into the storm

And you're not even sure

What you've been searching for

 

It's like a narrow path

And there's no turning back

When everything we risk

Is everything we have

 

Your heart is like a compass

And it's never wrong

There's a road inside

And when you know that

It will always lead you home

 

And when I look at you

I know you feel it too

Afraid to trust your love

Cause it hurts so much to lose

 

Your heart is like a compass

And it's never wrong

There's a road inside

And when you know that

It will always lead you home

 

A million stars up in the sky

And we pray they'll light the path

Maybe all we need to see

Is that the heart will lead us back

 

Your heart is like a compass

And it's never wrong

There's a road inside

And when you know that

It will always lead you home

"Like A Compass" appeared on House Of Silence - Bryndle - 2002

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

HOME

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1976 Sky Harbor (BMI)

Used With Permission

Traveling at night, the headlights were bright

And we'd been up many an hour

And all through my brain

Came the refrain

Of home and it's warming fire

 

CHORUS

And Home

Sings me of sweet things

My life there has it's own wings

To fly over the mountains

Though I'm standing still

 

The people I've seen

They come in between

The cities of tiring life

The trains come and go,

But inside you know

The struggle will soon be a fight

 

CHORUS

 

Traveling at night,

The headlights were bright.

But soon the sun came through the trees

Around the next bend

The flowers will send

The sweet scent of home in the breeze

 

CHORUS

"Home" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

" Home" has also been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Mary Black, Thunder Bird Sisters, Holly Dunn, Janet Burgen, Julie Angela Griffin, Buck White & The Down Home Folks, Cliff Waldron, Ricky Koole and Bonnie Riatt with David Grisman.

 

This song was also used in the television shows "The Wonder Years" and "James At Sixteen"

 

 

HOW LONG

David Williams and Andrew Williams

You say you need someone to love

But when will you learn?

Whatever's done in this world

It's still gonna turn

 

Oh, down comes the night

Just another forever

How long?

 

How long til you see that we're in this together?

How long?

How long?

 

If you weren't so far away

So far from here

I'd make your tears go away

And make you see clear

 

Oh, you'd see a night when two hearts were surrendered

How long?

I don't want you to be the one I remember

How long?

How long?

 

Oh time goes by

In the blink of an eye

It's passed over you

There's no time to hide

Won't you stand by my side

I'm asking you

 

Oh, down comes the night

Just another forever

How long

 

How long til you see that we're in this together?

How long?

How long?

"How Long" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

I CAN'T HOLD ON

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1977 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Oh baby, this time it's goodbye

And you can be sure that I won't cry

Our love is just a faded story

I'm walking down the road

And you've just got to let me go

 

CHORUS

Cause I can't hold on

I can't hold on

I can't hold on anymore

 

And what was that sweet lullaby

And were all those promises just lies

Well, I was just a fool to love you

I knew it all along

I can't look down, I know I'm falling

 

CHORUS

 

When you act the way that you do

I want to scream and shout

You keep on playing games

I walk around the block

And think maybe you'll change

But just when it seems we've got it all worked out

You start naming names

I don't believe that I was the one to blame

 

Any maybe next time you'll cry

When someone like me says goodbye

You'll wake up when she's gone and wonder

How you could let her go

But look at me, I'm going under

 

CHORUS

"I Can't Hold On" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"I Can't HOld On" has also been recorded by Mary Macgregor

 

 

I DON'T WANT TO MISS YOU

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1981 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Oh honey, let's draw the line

'Cause I know you can't really be mine

I can see it's your own heart you need to find, not mine

And lately, I can see it won't turn out the way we

want it to be

We should forget it, and not regret it

Oh no honey, don't tempt me

 

CHORUS

'Cause I don't want to miss you

I don't want to kiss you

Or hear the sweet things that you say

Don't want to know what I'm missing

I Don't want to listen

Just want to watch you walking away

 

I remember you and I

And we looked into each other's eyes

We could make the long, long night just fly right by

But love's illusions don't seem to last

Maybe we just moved too fast

So please don't call me

Don't speak softly

Oh no honey, don't tempt me

 

CHORUS

 

Even though I know this is right

Can't stop dreaming about you at night

With or without you, it's still a fight every night

and me, I didn't know the way your heart could grow

so cold

But me, I'd let go, let my love show

Oh on honey, don't tempt me

 

CHORUS

"I Don't Want To Miss You" appeared on Wild Heart of the Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

 

IF HE'S EVER NEAR

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1978, 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

They say just once in life

You find someone that's right

But the world looks so confused

I can't tell false from true

 

And love's so hard to find

In this state of mind

Oh, I hope I'll know him

I hope I'll know him

If he's ever near

 

Well, it seemed the time had come

I thought you were the one

When I looked into your eyes

It never looked like lies

 

And love's so hard to see

And when it's in front of me

Oh, I hope I'll know it

If he's ever near

 

Well I know that in my time

I'll have it sweet and fine

But it won't add up to much

Unless I feel his touch

 

Cause love's so hard to find

And I guess I'll just give up tryin'

But I hope I'll know him

I hope I'll know him

If he's ever near

"If He's Ever Near" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"If He's Ever Near" was also recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Prescott/Brown, Julie Angela Griffin, Ricky Koole and Andrea Zonn.

 

 

IT JUST TAKES ONE

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1978, 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

I remember how it was when you came along

You said that you felt weak, with me you were strong

You were sure you'd finally found the way

That makes you the fool who walked away

 

CHORUS

It took two to find the love you buried deep inside

And it took two to promise we would never let it die

Yes, it took two and you know it doesn't seem right

It just takes one to say goodbye

 

I was tired of making deals and just getting burned

It was different this time, 'cause you said you'd learned

To say words that you could never say

But the thing you still know best is running away

 

CHORUS

 

When the years go by, you'll see you don't have enough

But just remember you gave up when the going got rough

And you thought that it would set you free

But it's true love that you trade can't you see

 

CHORUS

"It Just Takes One" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

 

ISN'T IT ALWAYS LOVE

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1975 Sky Harbor Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

I went out for a walk last night

The stars were out and the moon was bright

A little voice inside my head

It hit me hard, this is what it said

 

CHORUS:

 

Isn't it always love that makes you hang your head

Isn't it always love that makes you cry

And isn't it always love that takes the tears away

And I wouldn't have it any other way

 

When you find someone that's true to you

Some days are up and oh some days are blue

Just don't go and throw it all away

Wait a minute, you gotta hear what I say

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

I used to think that love was just a loser's game

And I swore that I'd never play to lose again

But now I know

Now I see

 

REPEAT CHORUS

"Isn't It Always Love" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"Isn't It Always Love" has also been recorded by Nicolette Larson, Lynn Anderson,

Maura O'Connell, Karen Alexander, Joanne O'Brien, Nikki Wills, Nicole Willis and Frank Ifield

 

 

JUST WALK AWAY

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1981 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

One life with one love

Are the things dreams are made of

Two hearts a world apart

The music stopped before the dance could start

 

CHORUS

So goodbye, now please don't cry

For now, all the words have been spoken

Time heals the heart that's broken

My love just walk away

 

We played those long days

You thought that we saw it the same way

You love as blind and if I seem unkind

Oh I wish for you that I could change my mind

 

CHORUS

"Just Walk Away" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

 

 

THE LETTER

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Back there in your room, while you were gone

I found the pages that she wrote to you

My heart just froze, but I couldn't stop myself

I see what jealously can do

 

I see now it's true, well there has been somebody

Who's had a real hold on you

And here in this bed, I guess you must have held her

How strange I never knew

 

She wrote that you said

You needed her to face the world

I wish that it could all just be erased

I can't believe she could take my place

 

As you came up the stairs

You asked "Are you all right?"

"I'd better go" was all I said

But there in your room I saw something that

I really wish I never read

"The Letter " appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1977

 

 

 

LOSE AGAIN

Written by Karl Bonoff

Copyright 1975 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Save me,

Free me from my heart this time.

The train's gone

Down the track and I've stayed behind.

 

But nothing can free me

from this ball and chain

I've made up my mind

I would leave today.

 

But you're keepin'

Me goin'

I know it's insane

Because I love you

And lose again

 

When the heart calls

The mind obeys

Oh it knows better than me, baby.

If I hold on

For one more day,

Oh maybe, maybe he'll be true

 

And nothing can free me

From this ball and chain

I've made up my mind

I would leave today

But you're keepin'

Me goin'

I know it's insane

Because I love you and lose again.

"Lose Again " appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"Lose Again" was also recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Alison Krauss and Union Station and Dusty Springfield

 

 

LOVING YOU

Copyright 1977 Sky Harbor Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

I've been out on the road and

I've been in this town

Some people that I met were untrue

I've been out in the world and

now that I found

 

CHORUS

Loving you

Was the right thing to do

And it's loving you that keeps me around

 

Oh, baby when you hold me I can't tell a lie

I can always see myself in your eyes

But it doesn't really matter when

there's nothing to hide

 

CHORUS

 

I'll stay here

It's looking like all of my running days

are through

I'll stay here

There's nobody else like you

 

And if I'm feeling pain tomorrow and

I haven't a clue

Won't worry if the forecast is blue

'Cause no matter what the trouble,

you'll see it through

 

CHORUS

 

"Loving You" appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

 

 

MULBERRY STREET

Written by Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold,

Kenny Edwards & Wendy Waldman

Copyright Seagrape Music/Valgovind Music/

So Bizzy Music/Music Corporation of America/

Quarkbrain Music/Spirit Line Music/

Longitude Music (BMI)

Used with permission

There was another summer

When all the world stood still

I heard the sound of thunder

Oh how I felt the chill

When the moon lit the skies

I saw it all in your eyes

 

The leaves were blowing on

Mulberry Street

I lay in the dark but I couldn't sleep

Night so alive

A feeling inside

Never known heartache so sweet

 

Lost in the sea of hunger

Trying to reach the air

Your kisses pulled me under

Darkness was everywhere

 

Cold as a stone

I woke up alone

 

The leaves were blowing on Mulberry Street...

 

There was another summer

When all the world stood still

I heard the sound of thunder

Oh how I felt the chill

 

The leaves were blowing on Mulberry Street...

 

Night so alive

All of my life

Never known heartache so sweet

"Mulberry Street" appeared on Bryndle - Bryndle - 1995

 

 

NEVER STOP HER HEART

Copyright 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Like a bird she was wounded

A prisoner he found

He kept her beside him on the ground

She wanted him to release her

But he didn't want her to fly

He had come to depend on seeing her cry

 

CHORUS

He cut her wings

But she could still sing

He didn't see he could never stop her heart

 

Just like in a cage he kept her

But inside she grew strong

And in some ways it was nice

to have a place to belong

But freedom called in its own way

soft moonlit nights in her thoughts

And the war raged on inside

that she always fought

 

CHORUS

 

Ah, the love that plays in the strangest ways

She felt his warm embrace like fire inside her

And when the day would break, it seemed

her heart would shake

But she knew he had her soul at stake

 

CHORUS

 

Like a bird she was wounded

A prisoner he found

But time was running out, he couldn't

keep her down

So one day he released her

Thinking that she wouldn't go

But how she was able to fly

was something he'd never know

 

CHORUS

"Never Stop Her Heart" has appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"Never Stop Her Heart" was also recorded by Nita Veto

 

 

NEW WORLD

Copyright 1988 Seegrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Isn't it nice that we can dream

Of all the places we can't see

Fly over oceans wide

Do all the things we never tried

And isn't it strange how you can go

Back to a home you've never known

It's like you were there before

A place you've been searching for

 

The new world waits inside your dream

And your heart leads the way

 

Isn't it nice to feel so free

And love the way love's supposed to be

Never with hurt or pain

And never with something else to gain

And isn't it strange it seems so clear

That you have nothing here to fear

But somehow the morning light

Fades all the things you see at night

 

The new world waits inside your dream

And your heart knows the way

But isn't it nice to let it go

On to the life you'll someday know

And let the real world fade away

 

Once you're there

You'll know that you're inside

You can't turn back

When you open your eyes

 

The new world waits inside your dream

And your heart knows the way

But isn't it nice to let it go

On to the life you'll someday know

And let the real world fade away

 

Isn't it nice to let it go

On to the life your soul will know

and let the real world fade away

"New World" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

NOTHING LOVE CAN'T DO

Written by J.D. Martin

Copyright Warner/Chappell Music/

Might Be Music (ASCAP)

In Your eyes I see tomorrow

My heart is waking

I won't let fear of pain and sorrow

Steal this chance that's waiting

Out in that mist of uncertainty

There is one thing I can see

 

There ain't nothing love can't do

No mountain love can't move

So give your heart to that light

That burns so bright

No matter what we go through

There ain't nothing love can't do

 

I'm no angel in shining armor

Fighting battles that are yours to win

And I'm no devil - no martyr

I walk beside you as your friend

And when the road is rough and steep

I know we'll find the strength we need

 

There ain't nothing love can't do...

"There Ain't Nothing Love Can't Do" appeared on the Japan release of Bryndle - Bryndle - 1995 some versions of New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

 

OH MARY

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

 

Oh Mary he takes my hand

He tells me that he understands

Oh I wanna know

Did that happen to you

 

Oh Mary it's like a dream

Feels like floating that's how it seems

Oh I wanna know

Did that happen to you

 

Love, or is it just a passing thing

Does time take away the gift it brings

Oh no Mary tell me will this love be true

 

And Oh Mary there's a fire in the snow

The streets are crystal everywhere I go

Oh I wanna know

Did you see all that too

 

Oh Mary the nights are long

But I feel his touch and my heart is strong

Oh I wanna know

Did you feel that way too

 

Love, or is it just a passing thing

Does time take away the gift it brings

Oh no Mary tell me will this love be true

True love that stands the test of time

True love that earns its name

A love that still grows when everything

Stays the same

A true love that knows the flame

 

Love, or is it just a passing thing

Does time take away the gift it brings

Oh no Mary tell me will this love be true

"Oh Mary " appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

 

ON THE WIND

Written by Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold,

Kenny Edwards & Wendy Waldman

Copyright Seagrape Music/Valgovind Music/

So Bizzy Music/Music Corporation of America/

Quarkbrain Music/Spirit Line Music/

Longitude Music (BMI)

Used with permission

She dries her hands

Turns down the lamp

Stands in the open door

Knife of a moon

Over the fields

What are you waiting for

 

Friends come to call

Shake their heads and wonder

See his picture on the wall

They don't understand that

 

All those lonely nights

When the storms are rolling in

Holding on inside

She knows he's coming back again

She'll just close her eyes

'Cause she hears it on the wind

She hears it on the wind

 

She wakes to the cold

Frost on the ground

A chill running through her bones

There was a time there was a spring

They danced in the hills alone

 

There's talk in town

They can't look her in the eyes

It's been so long now

They still don't understand that

 

All those lonely nights...

 

The air is so still

Days have run down

Shadows across the plains

Half in a dream

Out of the dark

Did somebody call her name

 

What the heart believes

The heart will see

 

All those lonely nights...

"On The Wind" appeared on Bryndle - Bryndle - 1995

 

 

ONLY A FOOL

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Well, baby what ya trying to prove

By bein' alone

And no one can get through to you

Is there anyone home?

 

CHORUS:

 

So don't say that it's love you lacked

I paid the price now we're paying the tax

I gave it all, and I got nothing back

Only a fool gives a heart like that

 

Well, I said that you never gave enough

And I know this is true

I see now that you never gave it up

So you'd have nothing to lose

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

I know that I need you

And that made you scared

If I'd known how to reach you

But I'm giving up, it's too late to care

 

Well, I guess that it's really over now

This is where I belong

And baby you know it's kind of funny how

All the tears made me strong

 

REPEAT CHORUS

"Only A Fool" appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

 

"Only A Fool" has also been recorded by Maura O'Connell

 

 

PLEASE BE THE ONE

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1981 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

You spend your days and nights alone

You think it's easier that way

But that cold feeling in your bones

I said I could take away

I said, please be the one

Please be the one

Please be the one

 

Well, if your worlds a lonely place

It's something you never show

And love could stare you in the face

And baby, you'd never know

I said, please be the one

Please be the one

Please be the one

 

All the years, they took their toll on you

Your innocence has all disappeared

Tell me why you had to learn your love was

something to fear

 

Well, someday the tables here will turn

And I won't want to play

And for my sweet kiss you will yearn

When it's too late to say

Please be the one

Please be the one

 

REPEAT CHORUS

"Please Be The One" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

RESTLESS NIGHTS

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Could it be that I just called you up that time

Cause he made me feel lonely

And we, I guess we knew it was a crime

But I knew you would hold me right

Your love I could never fight

 

CHORUS

Those restless nights

so warm and wild

His touch was ice

Your love was fire

 

I know everyone needs to feel they're loved

Maybe I asked for too much

Sometimes I really felt so pushed and shoved

But I never meant to hurt him at all

When I slipped you would break my fall

 

CHORUS

 

Maybe I'm a fool

But I just can't seem to settle down

Always thinking there's another star

Maybe that's the key

'Cause love is never really sound

And it's the only thing I can do

'Cause I wasn't very good at being true

 

And now I look back at all the broken dreams

And wonder if I could have changed them

I see that it was in the scheme of things

'Cause still, when I see your face

I know nothing will replace

 

CHORUS

"Restless Nights" appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

 

 

ROSE IN THE GARDEN

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1977 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

There's a rose in the garden

It will bloom if you're sure

That you pay close attention

but leave it room

 

I know your heart can be opened

And like the rose, it will bloom

if I pay close attention

But leave you room

 

CHORUS

I'm not telling any lies now

I need you

You know how

I think I can see how to let you grow

I've got to let you go

 

That's my face in the mirror

It's sometimes you that I see

We've been here for so long now

I see your soul in me

 

CHORUS

 

'Cause there's a rose in the garden

It will bloom if you're sure

That you pay close attention

but leave it room

 

"Rose In The Garden" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

SOMEONE TO LAY DOWN BESIDE ME

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1976 Sky Harbor Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

There's somebody waiting alone in the street

For someone to walk up and greet

 

Here you are all alone in the city

Where's the one that you took to your side

Lonely faces will stare through your eyes in the night

And they'll say - woman sweet woman please come home with me

You're shining and willing and free

But your love it's a common occurence

Not like love that I feel in my heart

Still you know that may be what I need

 

Is someone to lay down beside me

And even though it's not real

Just someone to lay down beside me

You're the story of my life

 

Well morning is breaking the street lights are off

The sun will soon share all the cost

Of a world that can be sort of heartless

Not like love that you feel in your heart

Still you know that may be all you get

 

Is someone to lay down beside me

And even tho it's not real

Just someone to lay down beside me

You just can't ask for more

 

"Someone To Lay Down Beside Me" appeared on Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1977

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO ME

by Karla Bonoff and Wendy Waldman

Copyright 1993, 1994 New Line Music

adm. by Screen Gems-EMI Music,

Spirit Line Music/Longitute Music and

Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission Of The Writers

Love is like the wind,

Sometimes it blows your way,

And until now

It missed me somehow.

 

But when I turned around

I saw you standing there.

The sound of your voice -

I had no choice.

 

I used to have a wish

One day I'd feel like this.

Now I know love exists

Cause it's standing right next to me.

 

Beneath the moon tonight

I see it in your eyes -

No more false starts,

No more broken hearts.

 

I used to have a wish

One day I'd feel like this.

Now I know love exists

Cause it's standing right next to me.

 

Even in the dark,

Even when you're gone

I feel you in my heart.

 

I used to have a wish

One day I'd feel like this.

Now I know love exists

Cause it's standing right next to me

 

Standing right next to me.

 

"Standing Right Next To Me" appeared on The soundtrack album for "8 Seconds" - various artists -

1994 some versions of "New World" - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

 

STILL BE GETTING OVER YOU

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Here comes the night again

The full moon is shining through

No love lost on baby blue

That's when I see your face

Or maybe it's a ghost of you

It seems like you see everything I do

 

I run through the streets of town

And you're there when I turn around

It doesn't matter where I go

I still know

 

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

 

So this is the kind of love

Like a touch from a black silk glove

And the hand keeps drawing me to you

And it gets underneath your skin

To a place you can never win

And you don't even know if the love was true

 

Well I remember better days

When your touch was a warm embrace

With a memory that's twisting me

I can see

 

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

 

Oh I know

Got to find a way to let you go

And walk away

I can see

There will always be a little part of me

That's part of you

No matter what I do

 

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

When I finally find

Finally find

My love, I'll still be getting over you

"Still Be Getting Over You" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

 

TELL ME WHY

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Everywhere I look the sun is shining

But it's always raining here inside

I can see

You really had a hold on me

It's a mean old love

With a flame that never dies

 

So won't you tell me why

I can't say goodbye

 

Everywhere I go you're in my shadow

But when I turn around there's no one there

And it's a real bad sign

I'm walking on a real thin line

A fool in love with a fool that never cared

 

So won't you tell me why

I can't say goodbye

Won't you tell me why

 

Ask anyone you know

And they'll say love fades away

But this heart's crying just like yesterday

 

And it's a real bad sign

I'm walking on a real thin line

A fool in love with a fool that never cared

 

So won't you tell me why

I can't say goodbye

"Tell Me Why" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

"Tell Me Why" has also been recorded by Wynonna Judd

 

 

TROUBLE AGAIN

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1978, 1979 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Well, I wake up in the night now,

And don't you know I think of you?

It's the fire in your eyes,

It keeps on cutting through

There's nowhere I can run to,

Can't seem to lose the thought of you

I never really was a bad girl,

But you got me in trouble again.

 

Well, I used to walk a straight line,

I knew what I was doing all the time.

There was nothing that could move me,

I always held my ground.

But you got me where you want me,

And now you're always here to haunt me.

I never really was a bad girl

But you got me in trouble again

 

I still remember how it felt

When you put your arms around me

But if I thought that you would love me

I was blind

 

But you got me where you want me

And now you're always here to haunt me

I never really was a bad girl

But you got me in trouble again

 

Well, you think I would have learned by now,

And I'd keep away from you, somehow

Just like a little child,

I keep coming back for more.

But baby, when you called today,

Don't you know that I'll come out and play

I never really was a bad girl,

But you got me in trouble again.

"Trouble Again " appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

"Trouble Again" was also recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Dianne Davidson and Lynn Conover & Susannah Weaver

 

 

UNDER THE RAINBOW

Written by Karla Bonoff, Andrew Gold,

Kenny Edwards & Wendy Waldman

Copyright Seagrape Music/Valgovind Music/

So Bizzy Music/Music Corporation of America/

Quarkbrain Music/Spirit Line Music/

Longitude Music (BMI)

Used with permission

I used to close my eyes and see

All the colors

I used to think that was the way

it would be

 

And when holding on becomes the hardest part

And I can't seem to find my happy ending

I can still hear the whisper in my heart

If I never fly at least I will be standing

Under the rainbow, ooh

Under the rainbow

 

And I never knew that I'd see love

Slip through my fingers

And I never knew that all those tears would bring me here

 

When holding on becomes the hardest part...

 

Blue sky above me

Close as my dreams

 

When holding on becomes the hardest part...

 

"Under The Rainbow" appeared on Bryndle - Bryndle - 1995

 

 

THE WATER IS WIDE

lyrics - public domain

arranged by Frank Hamilton and Karla Bonoff

Ad Noiseum (ASCAP)

Admin. by Seagrape music (BMI)

Used With Permission

The water is wide, I can't cross o'er

And neither have I wings to fly

Give me a boat that can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I

 

Oh love is gentle and love is kind

The sweetest flower when first it's new

but love grows old and waxes cold and fades away

like morning dew

 

There is a ship and she sails the sea

She's loaded deep as deep can be

But not as deep as the love I'm in

I know not how I sink or swim

 

The water is wide, I can't cross o'er

And neither have I wings to fly

Give me a boat that can carry two

And both shall row, my love and I

And both shall row, my love and I

"The Water Is Wide" appeared on Restless Nights - Karla Bonoff - 1979

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Soundtrack - Thirtysomething - 1991

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

James Taylor played on Karla's version and he's since recorded the song himself on both a studio and live album.

 

 

WAY OF THE HEART

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1988 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

Dreams are broken

But some dreams comes true

The words were spoken

And now we don't know what to do

We just fight all day

Not meaning anything we say

And now we're frozen

Afraid to let go

 

And they tell us

That love is really tough

You might find fool's gold

Or a diamond in the rough

Can I let you know

And really let my heart go

Without losing a little part of me

 

And will we know

Which road to choose

I know we might not lose

If we just stay

On the way

Of the heart

 

I can see it in your eyes

It's been tearing you apart

You wanna find the truth

But you don't know where to start

We're just playing

If you don't stop weighing

What you can live with and what you can't live without

And will we know

Which road to choose

I know we might not lose

If we just stay

On the way

Of the heart

 

I remember the night

We let love find us

And there wasn't a doubt in our minds

Oh if we could just

Go back in time

The secret there we might find

 

But I've been thinking

There must be a better way

To stop this sinking

That we're feeling every day

On a clear night

I know it's gonna feel right

If we let that full moon

Come and take us away

 

Just keep your eyes

On the stars above

I know that we'll find love

If we just stay

On the way

Of the heart

"Way Of The Heart" appeared on New World - Karla Bonoff - 1988

 

 

WHAT ABOUT JOANNE

written by Karla Bonoff & Mark Goldenberg

Seagrape Music (BMI), Milky Bobbu Music, Windswept (BMI) 2007

 

Used with permission

 

I know you been seen with her in town

You said I was the only one you'd found

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

 

Well it's a big city but it's still a small town

And it'll all come out in the end it's bound to

I wanna know

What about Joanne

 

Did she think she was the only one

If she did it won't be long till it all comes down

Right on you

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

 

You play real dirty and you never come clean

You think you pulled it off yeah you're just dreaming

And now I know you must have had it planned

So you talk real sweet when the lights are low

I bet you use the same line everywhere you go

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

 

Did she think she was the only one

If she did it won't be long till it all gets around

And she be looking at you

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

 

If you played it straight

You could of had it all

Now the hands of fate's gonna make you crawl

No ones gonna answer when you call

No ones gonna catch you when you fall

 

And late at night when you close your eyes

Do you keep track of all those lies

When it all comes down you gotta live with you

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

Yeah I wanna know what about Joanne

"What About Joanne " appears on Karla Bonoff - Live

 

 

WILD HEART OF THE YOUNG

Written by Karla Bonoff

Copyright 1982 Seagrape Music (BMI)

Used With Permission

 

These days when I take a look behind,

I think about you and all that time.

We were as one,

kids on the run.

 

CHORUS

I loved you like I'll never love another,

With the wild heart of the young

But it took until now to uncover.

Oh, if I'd only known it then

 

You spoke of the dream we made come true

I remember how I looked up to you.

It was there in your touch

You knew so much.

 

CHORUS

 

Well, they watched while you broke all the rules,

And everyone thought I was your fool.

But I paid the price

Never even thought twice

 

CHORUS

 

If I thought about all the loves

I knew I know they'd all fade except for you.

And someday you'll see how much you taught me.

"Wild Heart Of The Young" appeared on Wild Heart Of The Young - Karla Bonoff - 1982

All My Life - The Best Of Karla Bonoff - Karla Bonoff - 1999

Karla Bonoff Live - 2007

 

 

YOU BELIEVED IN ME

Written by Karla Bonoff, Wendy Waldman

Published 1996 Longitude Music Co/

Spirit Line Music/Seagrape Music BMI

I remember waking on a summer night

and I heard you asking if I was alright

I didn't know

but I just couldn't sleep

 

I dreamed about a mountain that I had to climb

I didn't know the reason but I just had to try

even though

Oh it seemed so steep

 

There were many times when I was sure that I would fall

Sure I wouldn't make it at all

But there was always one that always knew what I could be

Oh you, you believed in me

 

Maybe it was the way you could look into my eyes

And see inside my heart and know the way I cried

When the road was rough

You were always there to hold me up

 

And for all the times when I was sure that I would fall

Sure that I wouldn't make it at all

There was always one who knew what I could be

Oh you, you believed in me

 

You were the one who always told me I had wings

Somehow you knew I could fly

 

There were many times that I was sure that I'd fall

Sure I wouldn't make it at all

But there was always one that knew what I could be

Oh you, you believed in me

Oh you, you believed in me

Oh you, you believed in me

 

"You Believed in Me" as performed by the "Dirt Band and Karla Bonoff" appeared on a special CD celebrating the spirit of the 1996 Olympic games. It was also performed live by Bryndle in 1996.

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