1. Chicago

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

try and relate to you

you don't hear a thing, you're not listening

all you want to do is teach

as though I can't see

as though i'm incapable

all I can say is that we're wasting our time

 

and by tomorrow, I'll be in Chicago

take these sorrows

 

don't get me wrong

it's not like I don't have faults all of my own

i just thought you had some too

oh what did I do?

what makes me incapable?

well, I guess that it will have to wait

 

'cause by tomorrow, I'll be in Chicago

take these sorrows

 

everything will be fine

i'll be back in a week or so

for myself, I must find a better day

i'll be back in a week

'cause you don't care about me

for myself I must find a better day

 

and by tomorrow, I'll be in Chicago

take these sorrows

 

and by tomorrow, I'll be in Chicago

take these sorrows and leave 'em behind

2. Valerie (You Are Loved)

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

she was so popular

she was so cool

she was the best friend of everyone she knew

but things were different in her own mind

she saw the world as cruel and so unkind

how our lives can be a lie

it's a shame that she was right

 

Valerie, Valerie, you are loved

you are loved so much by everybody

and everyone that you touched

you are loved, you are loved

 

she was my sister

she'll always be

and now, my angel, as she watches over me

so get your drinks up and sing along

so that my sister really knows that she belonged

it's a shame that she is gone

well, I hope she hears this song

 

Valerie, Valerie, you are loved

you are loved so much by everybody

and everyone that you touched

you are loved, you are loved

 

Valerie, Valerie, you are loved

you are loved so much by everybody

and everyone that you touched

you are loved, so rest in peace

3. Determined

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

you can say whatever you want

I don't care, so give me your best shot

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can laugh at my expense

I don't care - i'm not livin' with pretense

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can say whatever you want

I don't care, so give me your best shot

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can laugh at my expense

I don't care - i'm not livin' with pretense

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

4. The Nothing

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

if I drink one more,

i'll be hitting the floor

i'm having a problem

chasing these blues away

if it's not one thing,

it's another, oh boy

tears may fall like rain,

but i'll be back up again and again

I could disappear for good

 

up all night from hitting the pipe - yikes

i'm having a problem connecting the dots today

it's it's not one thing, it's a cover, oh boy

try to hide my face, but i'll get back there again and again

I could disappear for good, for good, for good, good

i'm misunderstood, again

 

good to be here, though I think it is queer

i'm having a problem - the demons are just at bay

there is The Nothing to discover

nothing to take away, but i'd go back there again and again

'cause I could disappear for

I could disappear for

I could disappear for good

5. These are the Holidays

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Vocals by Stephanie Zissimos and John Paul Sharp

 

the stocks are up, the stocks are down

the stock market's just a jumpin' around

the jobs are gone, pollution's bad

you can't afford to get a full tank of gas

 

oh, don't you worry so

it's gonna' be okay

you've got your friends and your family

and these are the holidays

 

talk of change is everywhere

I hate to tell you this, but I don't care

all I want is a hug and

time to spend with you to give you my love

 

oh, don't you worry so

it's gonna' be okay

you've got your friends and your family

and these are the holidays, a'holidays

 

let the world come undone

as long as we're together, we'll have fun

save those tears 'till next year

and let us celebrate some holiday cheer

 

oh, don't you worry so

it's gonna' be okay

you've got your friends and your family

and these are the holidays

6. Spinning Around

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Vocals by Jeffrey Alan Bennett and "Andrea"

 

baby's brain baby's brain spinning around

baby's brain spinning around baby's brain spinning around

 

baby's brain wrinkle free so are we

baby's brain wrinkle free so are we

spinning around spinning around

 

there's a cleavage factor

yeah

yeah, a big one

mmhmmm

that's funny

 

baby's brain wrinkle free so are we

baby's brain wrinkle free so are we

spinning around spinning around

7. 15 Years and More

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

there was no one to blame, it's all my fault

I knew I was doing it from the start

and yet I sing this song most every single day

I wish I could quit smoking cigarettes

but what else would I do instead?

except be clean and boring or anything at all

 

I am afraid to take that step

I am afraid to see myself

I am afraid I can't have fun

no, I won't do anything at all

but i'll smoke for 15 years or more

 

I wish I could quit smoking cigarettes

but what else would I do instead?

except be clean and boring or anything at all

 

I am afraid to take that step

I am afraid to see myself

I am afraid I can't/won't have fun

no, I won't do anything at all

but i'll smoke for 15 years or more

8.  Drink it Down

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

you can have your diet pepsi, diet coke, or whatever you want (haha)

you can have your nutrasweet inside your coffee and you know

your going to do some damage

 

aspartame, know the name before it gets ya, before it gets ya

aspartame, know the name before it bites ya in the butt, it's gonna' getcha'

 

you can have whatever you want

doesn't it feel so good, doesn't it feel so good?

 

I can feel it coursing through my veins

I feel it coursing through my veins

 

aspartame, know the name before it gets ya, before it gets ya

aspartame, know the name before it bites ya in the butt, it's gonna' getcha'

 

aspartame, know the name before it gets ya, before it gets ya

aspartame, know the name before it bites ya in the butt, it's gonna' getcha'

 

9. Kitty Meds 2

Music and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

 

mamas

 

gettin' high is like, is like a

gettin' high is like a

gettin' high is light the sky

gettin' high is light the sky

 

yeah, yeah, yeah

 

gettin' high is like, is like a

gettin' high is like a

gettin' high is light the sky

gettin' high is light the sky

 

yeah, yeah, yeah

 

mamas

10. Variations on a Ho

Music and Vocals by John Paul Sharp

11. Scattered Leftover from a Messy Life

Music by John Paul Sharp

12. Determined (LIVE)

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

you can say whatever you want

I don't care, so give me your best shot

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can laugh at my expense

I don't care - i'm not livin' with pretense

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can say whatever you want

I don't care, so give me your best shot

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

 

you can laugh at my expense

I don't care - i'm not livin' with pretense

'cause i'm doing my thing ev'ry day

and I don't think i'll stop until I get

exactly what I want

13. The Nothing (LIVE)

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

 

if I drink one more, i'll be hitting the floor

i'm having a problem chasing these blues away

if it's not one thing, it's another, oh boy

tears may fall like rain, but i'll be back up again and again

I could disappear for good

 

up all night from hitting the pipe - yikes

i'm having a problem connecting the dots today

it's it's not one thing, it's a cover, oh boy

try to hide my face, but i'll get back there again and again

I could disappear for good, for good, for good, good

i'm misunderstood, again

 

good to be here, though I think it is queer

i'm having a problem - the demons are just at bay

there is The Nothing to discover

nothing to take away, but i'd go back there again and again

'cause I could disappear for

I could disappear for

I could disappear for good

14. This Heavy Life

Music and Lyrics by John Paul Sharp

Performed by the University of Colorado Denver 9th Street Singers

 

this heavy life of mine ain't nice

it's always gotta' be a fight

and so i've beaten enemies, that's right

i've beaten everyone in sight

and that is why I will stay in jail

for the rest of my life

if I could change anything at all

i'd live for my kids

instead of them worse than

where I was when this all began

oh, Lord, if I could change the past

I'd hold them tight

I'd tell them, "Listen to your father.

You'll change the world

and you can be anything you wanna' be.

I believe in who you are.

Never forget just who you are and where you come from.

And I will be with you forever and forever.

You will be my star."