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Recovering Dreamoholic

by Jeff Meyers

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tunedog There are surprises around every corner. Jeff's lyrics and music tap deep into themes that are lurking beneath the surface. No one is safe from the spotlight he commands. Favorite track: Not Here for the Ride.
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I, feel better than I have in years, I guess it must be the water And a little bit of sunshine That, and I stopped giving a shit, what you think about me And this time I mean it Why, do you keep on calling? Why, do you keep on knocking? How, did you get into my head? I, am leaving the past behind and all its squalid splendor No more going nowhere I, found better things to do, than to wait for you to see me Now that I have seen you I’m gonna keep on walking I’m doing no more talking Why, do you live inside my head? Work all day and work all night, just to get everything right - Just to get everything good enough Sometimes ‘stable' is all you get, when you’re working to forget - When you’re working to move on I am having the time of my life, watching late-night TV Sleeping through the morning That, and I’m not hearing your voice, from the picture in the nightstand At least I don’t think so I’m gonna keep on working I’m doing no more shirking I’m gonna get you out of my head
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My sunglasses are made, of roses and rainbows There’s never not an upside, that I can’t seem to find The clouds above just give me, some rain for the flowers I hit the opposition, from the opposite side So you see, that’s why they call me -- Mister Sunshine If you’re feeling down, I’ve got a bucket of posies If you need a smile, I’ve got a joke on the side If you need a friend, I’ve got first-rate selfie poses If you need a drink, I’ve got a bottle of wine So you see, that’s why they call me -- Mister Sunshine It’s a great big beautiful, fun in the sun kind of day There’s no need for the blues unless we’re pushing all the blues far away -- When you get the win, I will celebrate you When you slip and fall, I will help you up When you make mistakes, know I will forgive you If you break your glass, I’ll give you my cup So you see, that’s why they call me -- Mister Sunshine I’m a catalyst of joy in these seething, cynical days There’s nothing up my sleeve, but I can help you find your way just the same Hey, hey, hey! So you see, that’s why they call me -- Mister Sunshine
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Do you believe in destiny? Is your head filled with dreams? You should know that destiny - is not all it’s cracked up to be. I had visions of seeing my name up in lights I imagined me saving someone else’s life In my dreams, I stood tall, had it all, I could fly - so high But I never lived up to the hype. Do you believe in true love - And in fairy tale sighs? You should know that true love, quite often comes in disguise You have to look deeper than magazine smiles Or in someone who treats you OK for a while It’s not always sunshine and rainbows and rides - into hand-painted skies It’s a little more work than greeting card lies I remember the past, when thoughts were clear and, Every problem solved fast, and you were here and, I remember the time when everyone lived in a dream Life if you let it - will sully your dreams Can wrap you up so tight that - you bust at the seams Sorry people can curb your ambition to try Sorry chances can force you to curl up and hide Feed the fire that drives you that burns down inside - deep down inside That always keeps you tuned to the light Do you believe in destiny? Is your head filled with dreams? You should know that destiny - is not all it’s cracked up to be.
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This Is Me 03:28
I don’t want to live forever - don’t think I ever have How much self-evaluation takes you down a path Before you reach a destination - where your confidence thrives And all the introspection that exposes pretty lies CHORUS: This is me - there’s only one So take it or just leave it This is me - I’m good enough You don’t have to believe it I won’t say that I’m perfect - my tale’s (life’s) no lullaby But I am more deserving And this is why I shout out loud This is me, the good and bad So take me as I am And if that is just too much for you Then I can’t give a damn I may never have the thing I was always told I’d have It’s not things that make the man, not or the best-laid plans If you think that your possessions are your biggest prize I’m thinking you head on up and move it down the line CHORUS I will take you as you are - and together, we’ll go far And there’s no place I’d rather be - than with someone who takes me for me CHORUS
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Oo... She awoke in the morning, from a night of restless dreams Where a faceless body screams out - You’re alive! Then she stares at the mirror, taking stock of body aches Rubbing at the circles near her eyes And she welcomes the coffee, something warm to fill her up Once his hand, but now this cup - oh why? She retrieves the paper, looking out into the sky Wishing for another day to say goodbye. Oo… When she clears the table, the reporter on TV Says another normal day has gone by And the light turns to darkness, she runs her fingers through her hair One more hand of solitaire, oh my As she steps to the bedroom, she says a silent, solemn prayer To any angels who may care - oh please Stop this endless cycle. All my work down here is done Take me home to the other part of me As she steps to the bedroom, she says a silent, solemn prayer To any angels who may dare - oh please Stop this endless cycle. All my work down here is done Take me home to the other part of me Oo…
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CHORUS: Won’t you come down to the riverside - put your soul at ease Won’t you come down to the riverside - set your spirit free Won’t you come down to the riverside - and start a brand new day Won’t you come down to the riverside - and wash your woes away I don’t come from a dark place, but I’m feeling mighty low People say get over it, but they will never know When I need a little pick me up - I find it from within I find it in the trees and the riverside - the riverside is the place to begin CHORUS I see you alone - busted by the side of the road Heavy heaving shoulders as you cry Wondering how you’re gonna get by Yes, I know the way - I’ll take you there if you want to place We’re never gonna run or hide, because I’ll show you the wisdom of the riverside, The riverside, the riverside! CHORUS When I get to a roadblock and there’s no place left to go I head into the forest and I try to take it slow It’s like leaving the city when the people get you down I travel through the trees down to the riverside, the riverside where I can be reborn. CHORUS
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Electro-life, world in your pocket Noise in your head, no way to stop it Daily news - devil made you do it Can’t crawl away, so you just say screw it. Plans and schemes and hopes and dreams just slip - away Slide into a universe - that’s made - for play - and stay Electro-life, Gort’s latest mission Headset life - simulated vision Kill count high - coming in a savior Bonus points just for doing them a favor Take the road less traveled by and find - the key Nineteen levels left to go unit - you’re free - like me If I can save the princess - then I can save the kingdom I can bring peace throughout the land The cure is in here somewhere - that stops the evil outbreak It’s time to make my final stand Electro-life - Easter egg obsession Burning eyes - big boss dementia Trapped inside - grinding to perfection Say goodbye - real-world absentia If I can save the princess - then I can save the kingdom I can bring peace throughout the land The cure is in here somewhere - that stops the evil outbreak It’s time to make my final stand Electro-life, world in your pocket Noise in your head, no way to stop it Daily news - devil made you do it Can’t crawl away, so you just say screw it. Plans and schemes and hopes and dreams just slip - away Slide into a universe - as my body fades - away - away - away...
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I said goodbye to my therapist, with a handshake and a smile I know I’m gonna make it every single day, like I have been now for a while. I see a bluer sky, I see a brighter sun The food it tastes so good, my life has just begun There is nothing in my way. It’s a big, bold, better day. I’ll see you next week, same time - ok! I revel in my new attitude, while the pills stay on the shelf I’ve got a better understanding of the world, got a better understanding of myself I learned how to forgive. I learned how to forget. I’m singing Kumbaya. I let my feet get wet. There is nothing in my way. It’s a big, bold, better day. I’ll see you next week, same time - ok! Bridge: I close my eyes as I fly over fields filled with flowers and trees and...bees. Everything’s perfect, at least for the moment, I’m strong and I’m brave and I’m...free. When skies get cloudy, I blow them away. I’m just ignoring my problems today. There is nothing in my way. It’s a big, bold, better day. I’ll see you next week, same time - ok! There is nothing in my way. It’s a big, bold, better day. I’ll see you next week, same time - ok!
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Merry-go-round asunder Clean up the mess and move on Praying for better tomorrows Till all the tomorrows are gone Where are we trying to get to? Do either of us know the way? Concede to the auto-director And wallow around in our pain Staying afloat on a wish and a hope Of a dream that was cast long ago Biding our time to the end of the ride On a journey that’s tragically slow - Ride, ride, round and around, up and down we go - Faster and faster, the world starts to blur and the cracks are just starting to show Hanging on tightly without making progress and looking for places to land The engines are smoking, they’ve gone past their limits, hold on for as long as you can. Hold on for as long as you can.
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Bucket List 03:37
I want to soar among the stars - sail across the sea I want to save somebody’s life, or maybe just save me Drive a racing car - be a movie star I want to tell my stories to a thousand people - so they can laugh along I want to taste the world outside, not see it through the glass I’ll make a mark with all my time - not pay to see it pass Visit Abbey Road - find the long lost gold I want to show my pictures to a thousand people - so they can dream along There’s a time and a place for could have, should have and would have But there always comes a time where you have to draw the line You just can’t stop the hands from their ticking and ticking And you’ve done what you’ve done when you run out of time I want to find my inner peace - eradicate my blues Want to do less of what I’m told - do more of what I choose Take a firm, strong stand - make something with my hands I want to share my thoughts with a thousand people - so they can think along There’s a time and a place for could have, should have and would have But there always comes a time where you have to draw the line You just can’t stop the hands from their ticking and ticking And you’ve done what you’ve done when you run out of time Now it may sound like a dreamer’s dream - to get to pick and choose But if you never start somewhere - then tell me what’s the use Gonna make a plan - of where I want to land Live in the present tense - find my common sense Illuminate my mind - wait in shorter lines I want to sing my songs for a thousand people - so they can sing along
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I was never relevant, my two-step out of step My lost and lonely way of thinking hasn’t caught on yet And while I sit here thinking things, the world just passes by No matter what I do out here, I’m not your new-age guy - It’s just not me I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I think I’d rather drive! They never come to see my TED or listen to my songs My carefully constructed way of speaking turns them off It’s not that other people do a better job than I It’s just that some folks get the breaks, while others get passed by - but not me I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I think I’d rather drive! You talk about your mother Earth like you owe her restitution You protest in the name of life, without any solutions You post about the travesties that happen day to day I recognize your callous sins and someone has to pay - but no, not me. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I think I’d rather drive! You throw around the name of God as if you represent him But when it comes to taking tolls, he always comes up missing You never know the watcher and you never know who’s seen I have the right to change my mind, so I keep walking free - I said I’m free I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I think I’d rather drive! You say the most God-awful things while safely out of range You tell me things that you believe and then you call me strange For seeking out a path to walk that strays away from yours You hide behind the curtains while I look for open doors - that’s the key I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I think I’d rather drive! Tell me one more time the tale about my evolution And how you had to rescue me with colorful solutions And how you got me in the back and safely strapped me in And leaned my head against the glass so the ride can now begin - but I broke free I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I’m not here for the ride. I know I’d rather drive!
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I’d like to spend more time with you, but I am claustrophobic I treasure all the things we do, and I thank you for your time But when we hold each other close, I have to stop and wonder Is this sweatiness and loss of breath, shear panic - or just love? And as the room begins to spin, and vision fades to black I know your letting go of me is sure to bring me back To the place, where we stand, with our arms stretched hand in hand I’m loving you, and all the space between us. I’m not the kind to stay away, but I am quite allergic And like a magnet drawn to pain, I linger at your side Maybe for the health of it, a trial separation Is what - we need - for this thing - to survive Barring chills and quarantine and toxic medications We’ll have all the time we need that’s free from pain and strife And we’ll love, when we can, with our arms stretched hand in hand I’m loving you, and all the space between us.
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Oh, I am sitting alone in the darkness Mumbling phrases from childhood rhymes I hide away from their sinister prospects My body aches for a simpler time Watching bridges rise and fall - fortunes changing hands TV cameras capture all - forgetting who I am CHORUS: Drifting in and out of my realities What can I cling to - so I can survive? Shifting my feet on an unstable platform of my dreams A broken drone just servicing the hive - Same mistakes as yesterday - Nobody ever learns Same mistakes as yesterday - one more chance to get burned Oh, I am sitting alone in the desert The sun is burning from every side Everyone told me to be more careful It’s bare like truth with no place to hide Melting ice and rising seas - heroes step aside TV shows us dirty deeds - resurrecting lies CHORUS
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CHORUS: Everybody falls on times they wish they could forget And as you’re making restitution, you’re racking up the debts Earth in space you mind (find) your place - and life is what it is I can’t take it serious enough People come and people go - and nothing ever stops the flow Some are bad and some are worse, the failure of the universe I can’t tell if this is the golden age - or am I pining for those glory days? I was never one to toe the line - I was much too busy asking why And never get any answers - I never get any answers - I never get any answers! CHORUS You wear the coat of routine days - without a chance to get away Time is like a sinking boat - you fight like Hell to stay afloat Will I ever see the Northern Lights? Will I ever sleep through one whole night? I live in a world where nothing is as it seems. People keep asking me to change my dreams. And then they ask again. And then they ask again. Again and again and again and again… CHORUS BRIDGE: I laugh at the man, who says he has the answers. I wait for the day, when karma kicks his ass I’m shaking my head, at all that I have witnessed I try to get mad - but baby it’s not worth it - I’m not sure it’s worth it. It’s never really worth it! CHORUS
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Fly 06:42
There is an ache and a hunger You search the glass for something more Your feet just sink where you’re standing You’re feeling strapped down to the floor You go outside, but only to the same places Everything you see, you’ve seen it all before You don’t know them all, but they’re always just the same faces How long do you stand with your hand upon the floor -- CHORUS: Run-- You want to run away, but not just to get away, you want to fly! Soar-- Soar to your better self, the one you put on the shelf, while trying to get by! Reach for the stars and you might fall, that’s no lie, but you’ll know that you tried! Fly-- There is a long and lonely shadow Of those who came before You are welcome to their footsteps As they fade along the shore The path you take is yours alone to follow You decide which challenges to face There’s just one thought that always seems to echo Do you head out or stay here in your place -- CHORUS

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"Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change." – Shonda Rhimes

This collection of demos explores the role our dreams - not the while you're sleeping type, but rather, the wide-awake type - play in how we view the world, how they may motivate us and how they might hinder us.

For me, it's the act of creation that I enjoy the most, and I had a lot of fun putting this batch together. I hope that's reflected here and I hope your ears and your brain find something fun and interesting to listen to.

So grab your favorite beverage, a handful of snacks, a decent set of headphones, settle into your favorite music listening chair, and let's go on a little adventure. I thank you for taking the time.

Beyond that, keep the dream alive and dream on you Daydream Believer. Dream away into your dream world and work to make your dreams come true. Live the dream. Good night. Good luck. Sweet dreams.

Peace! - J

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released June 19, 2020

I am working on making lyric videos for several of these new tunes.
Check them out here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC_0TMHH7BZxfvXrETqetUVw?view_as=subscriber

If you want to see other things I'm working on like writing, music, artwork and more, check out my website at: thejeffworks.com

I offer my special thanks to the great artists of Pixabay.com for images I used to create the cover including:
- The silhouette by Tumisu
- The Lost Places room by Tama66

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Jeff Meyers Hilliard, Ohio

Jeff Meyers is a talented singer and BMI composer/writer who plays guitar and dabbles in harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, bass, piano (keyboards), bongos, kitchen utensils and anything else that makes noise. He's been writing and recording songs for years that try to capture what he sees as tiny slices of the human experience. He plays out and about often in the Columbus area. ... more

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