Mark Elmer

by Mark Elmer

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special thanks: for the Love of my Wife Celest "I dont think you can have too many guitars"Elmer, Ben and Max for your patience with me, to friends and family who have encouraged me when nothing was going right, to Jim Solberg for his bass work, to whiskey Jim and the gang at Vogies, to Doug and his shadow Jamie. Thanks to B.B. for throwing me out of the sinking ship! found out swimming was better! A BIG HUGE THANKS to Pat and Jo Jo for the hospitality, the carb repairs and for tending the seeds that were planted many years ago, who knew it would grow into this! Thanks to Steve D and Lori, Roy Hallman for starting the spark, Terry L for teaching me to play, Joel for inspiring me to write,Stepmother for fueling the fire. Thanks Mom and Dad for trying one more time!

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released June 12, 2011

All Songs written by: Mark Elmer
Produced by: Patrick Strole
all instruments played by: Mark Elmer except where noted on the track as "special guest"

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Mark Elmer Portland, Oregon

Playing an intimate room,or outdoors Mark Elmer's presence on stage makes you feel like you are in your living room and he is there just for you.allowing each of us a brief look inside his heart and humor,introducing us to characters from his life whom we are familiar with from our own experiences, fumbles and recoveries.Singing tales of an imperfect life, lessons learned,and moments of perfection ... more

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Track Name: Stubborn Man
I didnt know how to swing a hammer
I thought I'd learn as I go
fingers forgive me for mistakes I've made
cause I know...tomorrow I'll get it right

I didnt know how to be a lover
I thought I'd learn as I go
Girl forgive me for mistakes that I made
Cause I know...tomorrow I'll get it right

I can read the owners manual
I could peruse the book of rules
I can learn from mistakes
but why the hell those mistakes got to be all mine?

I got a hard head, I got a big heart
I've had way more second chances
than years on this earth
if I cant fix it I'll probably break it
I'm just a stubborn man tryin hard again
Lord I'm a stubborn man

I didnt know how to be a daddy
I thought I'd learn as I go
boy forgive me for the mistakes that I made
cause I know ...tomorrow I'll get it right
tomorrow I'll get it right

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I didnt know how I'll leave this world
I guess I'll learn as I go
God forgive me for mistakes that I made
cause I know...yes I know
Track Name: Blue Sky
She taps me on the shoulder
she summons me from slumber
she shines her sunny smile right down on me
her kiss is just like candy
her skin it tastes like honey
her body sways and rolls like the ragin' sea

where'd ya go my blue sky
you been away too long
where'd ya go my blue sky
without you I'm not strong
enough to carry on

she makes me dream of wonders
she helps to fuel my thunder
she tells me I can do anything
she lights my soul on fire
makes my bad dreams a liar
she gave me the rock to stand on on my own two feet

where'd ya go my blue sky
you been away too long
where'd ya go my blue sky
without you I'm not strong
enough to carry on

any day now those clouds 'll roll away
and her tears 'll be gone
any day now she'll be back in my arms
untill then I'll be strong,
enough to carry on

where'd ya go my blue sky...
Track Name: All or Nuthin'
I stopped foolin me,
no bodys bringin' me my cup 'o tea
nobodys handin my dreams to me
and what will be will fo' surely be
you take that crystal ball
I'll take reality

cause I work hard and I sweat
and my dues still aint' paid yet
and my bills are piling up under my chin
and I cast my eyes around me
at the fools who reap the bounty
and I never think twice
of what they put in

I got this sinking feeling
thats just what its all about
sign me up or sign me out
its all or nuthin'
sign me up or sign me out
its all or nuthin'
sign me up or sign me out
its all or nuthin
sign me up or sign me out
oh yeah

good evening ladies and gentlmen this is your captain speaking, thank you for flying all or nuthin' airlines, please keep your minds in the full upright and engaged positions,
please keep your seat belts fastened at all times as there will be turbulence at all levels of this flight.
for those of you who wont be continuing on to your final destination of success and all of your hopes and dreams, please note that there are excuses ...I mean parachutes under your seats please feel free to strap one on and bail out at any time along our journey. thank you for flying all or nuthin' airlines and remember you only get one chance, and this is not a test.

so stop blowing smoke,
ya got a good job but your life's a joke
still seeing that shrink from that run with coke
got champagne taste but your wallets broke
I'll take that crystal ball and watch you learn to cope

I'd rather work hard and I'll sweat
and lets see how far I get
and my dreams are driving closer every day
and I cast my eyes around me
and my lifes a perfect party
and my dreams fell short of where I am today

I got this beautiful feeling
thats just what its all about
sign me up or sign me out...
Track Name: Water
Chorus
Whenever I am thirsty,
I go to the river, for water, for water
and all I have to do,
is get down on my knees and drink

and there I met a man with no hands
beside him was a woman in a bed
and all I really had to do was drink

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I said mama I can carry you to the river
hey let me be your hands so you can drink
but all I really had to do was drink

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he drank untill the river ran low
she drank until the river ran dry
and I knew that there was none left for me
there was none for me...oooh
then it rained

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rain on me
make it rain on me
just believe that the waters gonna come to ya
just believe that the sun is gonna shine on ya
take the time, take the time to help your brother
take the time to help your mother
just believe that the sun is gonna shine on you
Track Name: Wings on My Back
Kiss me goodbye
I got a train to catch
Its a one way with a connection on through
I aint scared of goin'
its what I'll leave and I'll be sad
but I'll be flying steady straight and true

I know its my time , but I aint ready
there's still a million things I wanna do
I got these words that are heavy on my soul
and what I got , I gotta give it to you

treat life like a gift, its as simple as that
celebrate the place you are at
take these words from my soul
and add 'em to the fact
once you've spent your days you cant get 'em back
so dont think about crying,
cause I got these wings on my back
I'll be flying and I aint coming back

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treat life like a gift its as simple as that
celebrate the place you are at
take these words from my soul
and add'em to the fact
once you've spent your days you cant get 'em back
so dont think about crying,
cause I got these wings on my back
I'll be flying and I aint coming back