Higher Learning Series Volume Four – Perfect Fourth (2007)

1. Round and Round
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

in life, there are no ups and downs
life only goes round and round again
just when you think you’ve seen it all
you haven’t seen anything just yet
God gives us the power in the repetition
stairs to help us get to heaven
the ferris wheel does not stop
we make the choice we make the choice
we make the choice we make the choice
do you rock, do you roll, or just sit still?
which one do you choose? which one do you choose?
which one do you choose?

2. Damaged Goods
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

sure don’t care what you say damaged goods are okay with me
’cause I know what you mean – I understand – it’s why I am your man
Oh, does anyone really know just how long we have to live?

say goodnight to myself, save my thoughts for somebody other than me
because I cannot see, you cannot share because I am not there
Oh, does anyone really know just how wonderful you really are to me?

I don’t ever wanna’ wait another moment, because I’m living on borrowed time myself
and there’s nobody else I’d rather spend it with
I don’t ever wanna’ wait another moment because I’m living on borrowed time myself
and there’s nobody else I’d rather spend it with
spend my whole life kissing you

don’t be afraid – I am right here, you will never have anything to fear with me
I’m who you’re supposed to be with – I am your man – it’s why I understand
Oh, does anyone really know just how long we have to live?

I don’t ever wanna’ wait another moment because I’m living on borrowed time myself
and there’s nobody else I’d rather spend it with
I don’t ever wanna’ wait another moment because I’m living on borrowed time myself
and there’s nobody else I’d rather spend it with
spend my whole life kissing you

3. Ballad of a Rollerskater
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

I remember better days when I was but a child
I’d rollerskate and sing aloud for miles
I had no worries, I had no trials
well, it’s been 20 years and I am not so bold
I’m more like overwhelmed and feeling very old
I feel so far away, lost in time and now I find

I used to believe in beauty of dreams, I used to believe a fine future for me
and then I lost it

woke up this morning, heard knocking on my door,
when I went to answer it, found something on the porch
a pair of rollerskates and in my size, before my very eyes

and now I believe in beauty of dreams and now I am free, a fine future for me!
and now I have it!

ev’ry chance I get, especially when down, I get out my rollerskates and I sing all over town
people laugh at me and I laugh back ’cause I know where it’s at!

I’ll always believe in beauty of my dreams, I’ll always be free, a fine future for me!
and now I have it!

4. Perfect Fourth
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Thank God, there’s gonna’ be some new blood up in the white house.
Hopefully, this time there won’t be a bad taste in my mouth
when my vote went south, to the Midwest, then came to rest, poor little vote.

George said a lot of things to leave out my people and I.
We may not be portion of the majority, but we out to try –
get someone in who has a heart for equal rights.

All I’m saying is we’re waitin’ for a perfect fourth,
for the sound of those wedding bells will be our just desserts,
beautiful, natural, and it is just about that time we got our share.

We all watched Will & Grace for a decade – give me a break!
Ellen was host of the latest Oscars – why must we stay in the 2nd class?
Less than the rest?

I’ve got a feelin’ like things are lookin’ up somehow.
It’s so important that we do not give up or give in now.
Let’s become a force to be reckoned with – require our wish!

All I’m saying is we’re waitin’ for a perfect fourth,
for the sound of those wedding bells will be our just desserts,
beautiful, natural, and it is just about that time we got our share.

All I’m saying is we’re waitin’ for a perfect fourth,
for the sound of those wedding bells will be our just desserts,
beautiful, natural, and it is just about that time we got our share.

5. Lazy Sunday
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

living in the valley of bones doesn’t mean a thing, not until you’ve been so alone
never like this when I’m on my own trapped in a cell of negativity
I don’t you really know how to make this up to me, you’re a man who lives by his words
I am just a man with needs and deeds

so, if you please, will you hear me?

maybe it ain’t that bad, maybe these are the best days we’ll ever have, baby
it’s a shame that we can’t enjoy a lazy Sunday, woah

words of glitter, words of gold, disingenuous
i don’t know just what should be done all because I’m hoping you will change, sweeten with age

maybe it ain’t that bad, maybe, these are the best days we’ll ever have, baby
it’s a shame that we can’t enjoy a lazy Sunday, woah
maybe it ain’t that bad, baby, these are the best days that we’ll ever have
it’s such a shame that we can’t enjoy a lazy Sunday

6. Intermission
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

in 27 years, I’ve been around
I’ve seen the rise and the fall of my peace and the stall of my dreams.
some days are good and then some days are bad
I sometimes wonder if these are the best of the years I will have?

how can it be that I’ve worked this hard and yet I haven’t gotten anywhere
what kind of beef does God want with me?
I do my best to release the scars and yet they aren’t going anywhere
what does it take to pull in a break?

some days are good and then some days are bad
I sometimes wonder if these are the best of the years I will have?

how can it be that I’ve worked this hard and yet I haven’t gotten anywhere
what kind of beef does God want with me?
I do my best to release the scars and yet they aren’t going anywhere
what does it take to pull in a break?

I won’t give up, but I can’t help to think
what if it’s too late to teach this old dog new tricks?

how can it be that I’ve worked this hard and yet I haven’t gotten anywhere
what kind of beef does God want with me?
I do my best to release the scars and yet they aren’t going anywhere
what does it take to pull in a break?

7. Streaker Boy
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

you go so fast and yet, your presence lasts,
I think of you like I do when I think of the past
belle of the ball, you really give me your all
you make me crumble, like the time I saw you run at the mall

streaker boy, you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone
streaker boy, you’ll always have a home,
you’ll always have a home in my heart
for you’ve gotten me so high, I think I might just die without you

turned on the news, I got the streaker-boy-blues
I saw you skating at the rink in your birthday boy suit
I want to run with you – be your sidekick for life
so save me some speed and I’ll be there just to follow your lead

streaker boy, you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone
streaker boy, you’ll always have a home,
you’ll always have a home in my heart
for you’ve gotten me so high, I think I might just die without you

streaker boy, you’ll never walk alone, you’ll never walk alone
streaker boy, you’ll always have a home,
you’ll always have a home in my heart
for you’ve gotten me so high, I think I might just die without you, without you

8.  Have a Happy Christmas (Without Me)
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

December breezes bring me to my knees.
how could you do this to me two days before Christmas?
so maybe I gained 15 pounds
why do you think it’s okay to sleep with strangers – I hope you

have a happy Christmas (without me)
have a happy new year and please enjoy the rest of your life

I have my principles; first time I always forgive
twice is my fault and that is why I must leave you to your devices
it was no secret that we weren’t good no good together but I was
so faithful and true and I hope you

have a happy Christmas (without me)
have a happy new year and please enjoy the rest of your life

9.  Las Mesas
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

your secret is safe with me, consider it history
this is the last time we meet
been over a thousand times for this kind of compromise
never has come so very cheap

but i’m on the beat, yes, i’m out pounding the street
these cracks are making it hard to get very far
but i’m makin’ it, i’m not – i’m not fakin’ it
whatever will be will be just fine

if I could just get through this, if I could just deal with this
nothing would ever bother me

but i’m on the beat, yes, i’m out pounding the streets
these cracks are making it hard to get very far
but i’m makin’ it, i’m not – i’m not fakin’ it
whatever will be will be just fine

yes, i’m on the beat, i’m out pounding the streets
these cracks are making it hard to get very far
but i’m makin’ it, i’m not – i’m not fakin’ it
whatever will be will be just fine

 10.  Reality
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

i’ve been thinkin’ about a way to give my life a jump-start
i’ve been lookin’ for a place where I can follow my heart
this reality was fun, but I think i’m done for now

I wanna’ be on a reality show, I wanna’ see what’s really goin’ on with me

love a challenge while the world is watching, living in rooms
get off balance to see if I am truly capable too
this could really be my thing – this could be my new dream for now

I wanna’ be on a reality show, I wanna’ see what’s really goin’ on with me

10.  Just Gettin’ Started
Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

gee, I really hate to end the show
’cause we’ve had a lot of fun, ya’ know?
don’t you worry that we have to go
’cause I’m just gettin’ started

we shared a lot of laughs and cried some too
i’m so sad that i’ll be leavin’ you
but there’s no reason to be feelin’ so blue
’cause I’m just gettin’ started

i’ll be back in no time, baby, ev’rything will be fine
until then, I hope you don’t mind this goodbye

I don’t think that I’ll be gone for long
i’ll cope the distance with some brand new songs
and when I’m back then you can sing along
’cause i’m just gettin’ started

i’ll be back in no time, baby, ev’rything will be fine
until then, I hope you don’t mind this goodbye

I will try not to cry much tonight
’cause I know this wonderful show will not be the last

i’ll be back in no time, baby, ev’rything will be fine
until then, I hope you don’t mind this goodbye

gee, I really hate to end the show
’cause we’ve had a lot of fun, ya’ know?
don’t you worry that we have to go
’cause I’m just gettin’ started

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