Higher Learning Series Volume One – There’s a First for Everything (2005)

1. The Canon in Me
Music and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

2. Meditation No. 1
Music by John Paul Sharp 

3. Meditation No. 2
Music by John Paul Sharp

4. Meditation No. 3
Music by John Paul Sharp

5. Voices
Music and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

6. Little Speckles on the TV Screen
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

What do you remember from That fateful day of death and doom?
I remember bodies falling from the sky Like tears of blue.
Did you see it? Little Speckles On the TV Screen? Are the Spirits of the Towers — Are they wondering —
Why we never seemed to learn? A thing of hope and fear of amends. Looking down from heaven,
Are they shaking heads and wringing hands? Getting ready For another Major hate attack?
It’s no matter If it happens again, But when it comes Back to haunt us. Back to haunt us.
Back to haunt us again.

What’s your problem? Don’t just sit there, Get up on your feet!
See the problem? Let’s go protest! Get out on the streets!

When will we learn that war is wrong? This global home of ours is sacred.
I’d have never dreamed that I would Live in such a world of complacence.

7. Oldest Story Ever Told
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Children stolen from their beds Yes the Boogeyman exists
Politicians lie and steal Even when it means to kill
Flu that flies on wings of bloody birds, News that sucks you in with sexy words
There’s no sign when things will end; All the signs that things will end

So when that hurricane makes landfall, Let it wash all our sins away
So when that hurricane makes landfall, Let it wash all our sins away

God will take the seed of creatures all Put them on a ship and close the door
We will start again some how But that’s all She wrote for now
Someday this old place is gonna’ drown All the way to Boulder, Colorado
The oldest story ever told Possibly might be our last

So when that hurricane makes landfall, Let it wash all our sins away
So when that hurricane makes landfall, Let it wash all our sins away
And to God give our thanks today

8.  Home Again
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Guess it’s time to go Just want you to know So glad to have been There for you
Will they look at me As a little thing Will they see me as I am? Something bigger than before?
I can barely Keep from cryin’ My full hear out Something’s gotta give
When I am Home Again What will it be like In a place called Kansas?

In this small balloon You are quickly vanishing –  I will close my eyes And hold my breath …
Lift my heels and Click, click, click three times – Tell myself it’ll be just fine – Tell myself there’s no place
Tell myself there’s no place Like home …

Then I think of just what might be Be in store for a girl like me Shut my mouth and do as I’m told
Oh my gosh, I really don’t know If I can be Alone again With no friends ‘Cept a dog named Toto …

What’s that, that I see? Feels like I am falling Seems like it will be Hard to land
I can almost see Aunt Em secretly Weeping, not for little me But crying for the life that she
Never really had
And Uncle Henry Always so angry Telling me how to act And what I should be like Not a little boy like
He was when he was my age Maybe if I hope and pray I can be the girl and boy he wanted

For I’ve sung with a lion And I’ve dance with the tinman I have traveled with a scarecrow
And I’ve saved their lives so many times, don’t you know?

9.  Leighlia
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Here comes Leighlia, Here comes Leighlia, Here comes Leighlia
She won’t mind, Take her time, She’s just fine, Ohhhh
Sweet and slow, She ain’t up for nothin’, If she goes, She goes out for something, Ahhhh, Ohhhh
Leighlia is here, Leighlia is here, Leighlia is here, And here is Leighlia., Ahhhh Leighlia, Ooooooo Ohhhhhhh
She won’t mind, Take her time, She’s just fine, Ohhhh
When I first laid eyes upon her, Oh, I felt so honored, To be the luckiest guy to ever be with Leighlia.
Leighlia Ahhhhhh, Oooooooooooooo
She won’t mind, Take her time, She’s just fine, Ohhhh

10.  All I Want is You
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Seems like time flies when all your worries have begun to fall upon themselves.
Well, I’ve been workin’ for my baby and I’m workin’ just as hard as hell.
This little break can’t come any sooner,
I’ve been counting up the days until I’ll be restin’ with my baby
And my baby’s gonna’ be my thrill.
Well, if it pleases the house, perhaps you won’t mind if I —

Take these tears and throw ’em in a bucket ’cause I just don’t give a Fundamental Care
For the time is coming closer to another step to close the deal.
Let’s get real; we all want the same things in life, if you please.
And we’ve been searchin’ for eternity and only death provides the mean.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you —

The machine, the machine, the machine Daily grind of life that tries to keep us from our nightly dreams.
And I’ve been dreamin’ of my baby and my baby’s been a’dreamin’ of me. I’m clockin’ out!
But only for a moment so I get the time to check out the view.
When I see my baby walkin’ and I think that all I want is you – Well, all I want, all I’ve ever wanted …
All I’ve wanted is you All I’ve wanted is you All I want is you All I want is you

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