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Better Than The TV art Lighten Up
Dreams
The Important Part Of Fishin'
A Ghost Of A Chance
Be A New Man
All Of Me
A Touch Of Genius
It's Magic (original version)
Hindsight
It's Me
Better Than The TV
Someone To Love
She's The Only Game In Town
We Were There

LIGHTEN UP             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Jack Turner
© 1989 In Cahoots Music, Leverage Music (ASCAP)

When the only thing a sunset means is that you're one day older
And all you see in autumn leaves is that it's getting colder
When half of North America is right there on your shoulders
Don't you think it's time to lighten up?...hey, lighten up

When every Monday morning you already feel behind
And even making love is just another deadline
When you're thinking life is much too short not noticing it's wide
Hey don't you think it's time to...

Chorus
Lighten up, take it slow
You've done enough, oh, let it go
Sometimes all that you can do
Is change your point of view
And lighten up...hey, lighten up

When playing with your children is just another job
And going on vacation is the last thing that you want
When the prayers for what you need outweigh the thanks for what you've
got
Hey, don't you think it's time
Don't you know it's time to...

Bridge
There's a bluebird saying "Put it off until tomorrow"
And there's a hot bath waiting down the hall
There's a sweet dream hiding underneath your pillow
And someone here who loves you best of all...so...

Tag...fly a little bit higher
Lighten up...see a little bit further
Lighten up...it's time to have some fun
Lighten up...maybe fall in love
Lighten up


DREAMS            MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Lynn Langham
© 1991 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Hayes Court/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)

Seven years old in a makeshift tent
Out in the living room playing pretend
With a blanket hung over some dining room chairs
I hid behind cushions watching for bears

And under the blanket an old Mason jar
Filled up with fireflies caught in the yard
Winking like cats as I fell off to sleep
It was so easy to capture my dreams

Chorus
Dreams...that burn in the dark
Harder to catch than shooting stars
Oh, dream...we hold in our hearts
Like fireflies dancing in an old Mason jar

Just seventeen on a warm summer night
And I thought I saw fireflies there in here eyes
The very first time that I fell in love
And discovered that sometimes dreams aren't enough...Chorus

Older now and I've learned the truth
Only a few of our dreams will come true
But when fireflies waltz across green summer lawns
I'm only seven and still holding on to those...Chorus

Tag
Like fireflies dancing in an old Mason jar


THE IMPORTANT PART OF FISHIN'             MP3       RM
Tim Bays
© 1990 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP)

Chorus
E7 frets 5-7 notes E,G#,D,E,B Edim frets 5-6 notes E,G,C#,E,Bb
The important part of fishin' ain't the fish but the fishin'
A B E
The important part of lovin' is the love
E7 frets 5-7 notes E,G#,D,E,B Edim frets 5-6 notes E,G,C#,E,Bb
The important part of doin' most anything you're doin'
A B E
Is doin' it with all of your heart

C#min C#min+major 7 C#min7 F#7
If the fish don't bite you still got the water
A B E
And the trees and the sky above
C#min C#min+major 7 C#min7 F#7
And if your lover's not with you don't be sad that you miss her
A B E
Be glad you miss someone so much...Chorus

If the fish don't bite you get some time for thinkin'
And your lover's who you're thinking about
And if your lover's not with you, you get some time for fishin'
It's amazing how it all works out...Chorus

If the fish don't bite it really doesn't matter
They're just bigger the next time you go
And if your lover's not with you just make it so much sweeter
When she finally do come home...Chorus


A GHOST OF A CHANCE             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Annette Cotter
© 1989 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
(BMI)

You cast a long shadow
That I'm still standing in
Your leaving left me in the dark
On how to start again
And I just can't go forward
While your memory holds me back
Cause next to you nobody stands
A ghost of a chance

Now there's someone new who wants me
Who doesn't know that you exist
But her/his heart is sure to tell her soon
It isn't her I kiss
When she holds me she has no idea
Who she's up against
Cause next to you nobody stands
A ghost of a chance

Bridge
Someday I'll see someone
And you won't be standing there
A ghost of loving memory
For my heart to compare
But for now my heart is haunted
And I see you everywhere
Hear every word, feel every touch
Recall each night we shared

And it's a long shadow
That I'm still standing in
Where every ray of sunlight
That comes my way is dimmed
They say that it will take sometime
And I've got lots of that
Cause next to you nobody stands
A ghost of a chance
Next to you nobody stands
A ghost of a chance


BE A NEW MAN             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Jack Turner
© 1990 In Cahoots Music, Leverage Music (ASCAP)

You make me feel like riding bareback
You make me want to try ballooning
Live on the coast of Costa Rica
Do all the things that I've dreamed of doing
With you I know that I can...be a new man

We could stay in a stucco cottage
High on a hill beside the ocean
Count the sails on the far horizon
Sleep all night with the windows open
Make love in the sand...be a new man

Bridge
Cause you bring out the dreamer in me
You make me see the possibilities

I want to speak in a foreign language
Get all the natives to talk real slow
"Parlez doucement s'il vous plait, mes ami"
I want to use every word I know
Knowing you'll understand...I'll be a new man

Bridge
Cause you bring out the dreamer in me
You make me see the possibilities

We'll walk along the Great Wall of China
Look for gold in Indonesia
Sail away on an old windjammer
Anything in the world to please ya
Holding your hand...I'll be a new man

Tag
With you I know that I can...be a new man
Making love in the sand...I'll be a new man
Gonna live like Gaugin, mes ami...and be a new man


ALL OF ME             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Bobby King
© 1993 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Hannah's Eyes Music, Inc.,
Bro'N Sis Music, Inc., Not Kin To Rick Music (BMI)

As we stand before this altar, I'm suddenly afraid
That somehow I will not fulfill these promises I've made
And it isn't that I doubt for a moment that it's love
It's simply that I wonder will it always be enough?...cause,

Chorus
All I have to give are all my days and all my nights
And the promise that I'll love you each moment of my life
That I'll lay down before you all I am or hope to be
Cause all I have to give you is all of me

When I asked you for your hand I thought you might decide
That you needed more than some poor dreamer could provide
So when I think of all the happiness you've given me today
I know I owe you more than I can ever hope to pay...cause...Chorus

Bridge
And I wish that I could offer you the moon and stars
But all that I can guarantee's my heart...cause,

Chorus
All I have to give are all my days and all my nights
And the promise that I'll love you each moment of our lives
That I'll lay down before you all I am or hope to be
Cause all I have to give you is all of me
All I have to give you is all of me


A TOUCH OF GENIUS             MP3       RM
Tim Bays/Annette Cotter
© 1989 In Cahoots Music, Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI)

Everyone is someone special
We're all gifted in some way
And tonight I have discovered
Where your hidden talents lay
Yes, I have found your forte
And it's in the art of love
You've got a feeling for it
You have got a touch - of genius

You might have been a sculptor
Your gifts are plain to see
Starting out with nothing
You made a man of me
I'm putty in your fingers
But you have won my trust
Your work's an inspiration
You have got a touch - of genius

Bridge
You've got a wild imagination, but that's all right with me
I've got a true appreciation of your creativity

You might have been a Rembrandt
You draw it out all night
And honey, I'm no critic
But I sure know what I like
So keep me in the picture
Cause I never get enough
When it comes to loving
You have got a touch - of genius

Tag
You're a genius...when you do the things you do
You're a genius...got that real high love I.O
You're a genius...you've got some Mozart in your hands
You're a genius...play me like a baby grand
You're a genius....


IT'S MAGIC (original version)             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Dave Allen
© 1992 In Cahoots Music, Major Bob Music (ASCAP)

He cut her in half with a shiny steel saw
Put her all back together and I was in awe
As rabbits and doves and bandannas appeared
And he pulled a quarter right out of my ear
Well, I turned to my dad and said, "How'd he do it?"
And daddy just laughed saying, "There's nothin' to it"

Chorus
It's magic
And you don't want to know
Just how it's done
It would ruin the show
You've just got to believe
Cause believing is what makes it happen
Oh, it's nothing but magic

I fell in love the first time in eighth grade
And/So I started shaving the very next day
Just walking her home made me light on my feet
And I promised her things you (just) wouldn't believe
And when I asked my dad why girls had that effect
He said, "Go ask your mom, I ain't figured it yet"...Chorus

Bridge
Now in a hospital gown standing next to my wife
I'm watching a miracle coming to life and...Chorus


HINDSIGHT             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, David Kent
© 1995 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (BMI)

From across the bar I could've sworn she winked at me
And that cowboy by her side was only five foot three
So I moved in and never thought he'd dare to stand his ground
Only to discover he was sitting down

Chorus
Ain't nothing like hindsight to put things in a different light
How come you can see much clearer looking in the rearview mirror
I go around like a firefly with nothing but my taillights on
If it wasn't for hindsight I couldn't see nothing at all

Verse 2
I was in no mood for salesman when the doorbell chimed
So I hollered out the window as it rang the nineteenth time
And when I told him right where he could go he climbed back in his van
Then the neighbor's kid informed me that was Ed McMahon...Chorus

Bridge
If you ever used a broomstick on a hornet's nest
Or tried to hide a dollar from the IRS...Chorus


IT'S ME             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Dan McCoy
© 1995 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Hold Fast Music (BMI)

As I pull out of the driveway
You're waving from the steps
And after how we loved this morning
I wish I wasn't leaving yet
Cause the way I'm longing for you now
It'll be the longest week
So if you feel somebody missing you, it's me

Chorus
It's you who has to wait through all the nights I'm on the road
It's you who tucks the children in and then lies down alone
But in that timeless moment hanging on the edge of sleep
If you feel somebody loving you, it's me

There's your picture on the dashboard
Just above the radio
So your smile is always there for me
No matter where I go
And each time I reach to change the dial
I gently touch your cheek
So if you feel somebody wanting you, it's me...Chorus

Tag
Yes, in that timeless moment hanging on the edge of sleep
If you feel somebody loving you
If you feel somebody wanting you
If you feel somebody missing you, it's me


BETTER THAN THE TV             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Mike Rayburn
© 1994 In Cahoots Music, Lost Paddle Music (ASCAP)

Preacher ran the blinking light on Main
Lost control he was drunk again
And when he the pumps at the BP station
He got a chance to check on his salvation
Half a mile away they found debris
It was better than the TV

Couple big-mouth tourists come to town
Ain't never seen a horse or milked a cow
So when they saw the black cat with the long white stripe
Told'em petting that kitty would be all right
Had to burn their clothes in gasoline
It was better than the TV

Chorus
Cause it ain't made up
It's the real stuff
Like real love is a mystery
It's better than the TV

We get channel 2 and channel 4
Used to get 5 but don't no more
Cable ain't made it to the valley yet
And I'd just as soon it never did
Just leaves more time for you and me
And that's better than the TV...Chorus


SOMEONE TO LOVE             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Nancy Peacock
© 1994 In Cahoots Music (ASCAP), Washington Street Music (BMI)

Oh Lord, I've never asked for anything
But I'm asking you now
Help me one time
Give me a sign
Please show me where and how I might find...

Chorus
Someone I can hold onto
When I'm feeling like I'm gonna fall
Someone that I can talk to
Who'll be there when I call
Now I'm all alone at this table
So if it's not asking too much
I sure could use one of your angels
Please send me someone to love

Now Lord, if you're watching the sparrow
Then surely you're watching me
And I understand
That it's all in your hands
I just hope there's a part of your plan where I meet...Chorus

Tag
I sure could use one of your angels
Please send me someone to love


SHE'S THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, Jack Turner
© 1990 In Cahoots Music, Leverage Music (ASCAP)

I'll lay my cards out on the table
It's time for me to fold
I'd like to make it back
So she's still up when I get home
I'm not saying that I have to
It's simply that I've found
She's the only game in town

Now I still like the ladies
And I look but I don't touch
I know that must seem crazy
If you knew the way I was
But there is just one woman
Who interests me now
And she's the only game in town

Bridge
These days I'm twice as happy
As when I fooled around
And I tell you things ain't half as bad
The days I do get down
But I don't know why I'm explaining
Why this is my last hand
If you've never been in love like this
You just can't understand

Now, I know you guys don't get it
You think I'm just her fool
But think I'll change forget, man
She's just too much to lose
So you know I don't mind playing'
By the rules of the house
Cause she's the only game in town

Tag
Yeah, you could make some money
Betting where I'm hanging out
Cause she's the only game in town


WE WERE THERE             MP3       RM
Tim Bays, James Nihan
© 1995 In Cahoots Music, EMI Music/REO Global Entertainment
Administered by EMI April Music (ASCAP)

Sun in the sky like a big copper ladle
Pouring honey down the river bank
An old canoe, rocking like a cradle
So full of love that it almost sank
You smiled a sunburned smile and asked where we were bound
And looking back I see that like no place I'd ever found

By the water's edge I found a great blue heron's feather
And I put it in your raven hair
And in the dappled sunlight we lay down together
Holding each other like hands in prayer
Without a thought for what lay up around the bend
We didn't have to try to find that rainbow's end
We were there

Bridge
Every now and then we drift apart
Sometimes we're neither kind nor fair
But I know that we can always find that place inside our hearts
Cause once...we were there

I just think of that sun like a big copper ladle
Pouring honey down the river bank
And that old canoe, rocking like a cradle
So full of love it almost sank




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