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By Popular Demand

They were our band, oh we loved their songs

They told us of all their rights and wrongs

We followed each one like he was our best friend

We mourned on the day they said it had to end

Goodbye seemed to mean forever

But fate’s brought them back together

They’re here for more than just a one night stand

Here for more than just a helping hand

This time our wish will be their command

Together again, by popular demand

Each of them read about the club’s last night

And headed to town, expecting one last sight

They were amazed, each one had come around

They buried the past in their common ground

Goodbye doesn’t mean forever

‘Cause fate means you never say never

They’re here for more than just a one night stand

Here for more than just a helping hand

This time our wish will be their command

The boys in the band, by popular demand

They’re here by popular demand


2. Go-To Guy

It’s Friday night, she calls up, wondering if I’m stopping by

Well I don’t know, too soon to tell

Depends how long my friends and me hang out

(She doesn’t say that she’ll wait up for you) but I know she will

(She doesn’t give a time when it’s too late)

We have an understanding

For satisfaction, I know I’m her go-to guy

I’m her go-to guy

At other times, she doesn’t call; I’ll bet she has some other man

Who takes her out, meets her folks, and tells her just how special she can be

(He thinks in time that they’ll get physical) but she doesn’t have to

(He handles all her wants and needs but one)

He doesn’t have an understanding

For satisfaction, she has me as her go-to guy

I’m her go-to guy

Sometimes I think about what it must be like to be with only her

Every night and every day

It might not be so bad to have someone who’s always there for you

(But then you’d be living on her schedule) I wouldn’t like that

(And then she’d try to tell you what to do)

I don’t want to work around it

I don’t think I’ll even bother to deal with it

We have an understanding

For satisfaction, we’re both better off  if I just stay her go-to guy

Just be her go-to guy

Someday I know we’ll say goodbye

But for now I’m still her go-to guy

I don’t wanna confuse her

I’d be asking to lose her

I’ll just try to amuse her

And keep my place as go-to guy


3. Plausible Deniability

Within the confines of reasonable doubt

You always seem to have some sort of explanation

Knowing that I can’t prove otherwise

It must be unconscious motivation

(“There was no time” “It’s no big deal”)

Well I think I’ve heard that one before

(“I didn’t know” “It’s not my fault”)

It doesn’t matter, if it’s logical

As long as it seems like something I think you’d do 

Then you have plausible (deniability)

Avoiding all (responsibility)

Free of all (culpability)

Convenient fiction for my benefit

Yet I convince myself, it could be true

And so I never can say to your face

“I’m done with the lies.  I’m finally through.”

(Falling under your same old spell)

Overtures falling on willing ears

(The pattern repeats itself)

I can’t break the cycle without the proof

I can’t escape the hold you have on me, as long as I believe 

You still have plausible (deniability)

A statistical (possibility)

Staving off my (incredulity)

How long can I fool myself? Delude myself? Keep hurting myself?

How long can I fool myself? Over and over and over again


4. Back To Me

Don’t feel so resigned; trust me, girl, trust me, girl

The stars have realigned; I’m hoping you can see

It’s part of fate’s design to lead you girl; heed it, girl

You’re winding your way back to me

I remember the first time

You walked into the room and sat next to me

A moment so sublime

A day forever burned into my memory

I replay it constantly

He deserves to be maligned; to deceive you girl, then leave you girl

Not deaf or dumb, just blind, ‘cause he could never see

The gem he left behind – you sparkle girl, you’re radiant, girl

And you’re winding your way back

If we reunite, I wanna treat you right, each and every night

I’ll be your leading light, you can hold on tight ‘cause I’ll be in your sight, uh huh

I give my guarantee; you’ll be happier with me

I remember the last time

You walked out of the room; you’d said goodbye to me

I knew it would be an uphill climb

For you to come to terms with my treachery

Now there’s a second chance for me

‘Cause if we reunite, I know I’ll treat you right, each and every night, uh huh

I’ll be your leading light, you can hold on tight ‘cause I’ll be in your sight, uh huh

I give my guarantee; you’ll be happier with me

Don’t feel so resigned; trust me, girl, trust me, girl

The stars have realigned; I’m hoping you can see

It’s part of fate’s design to lead you girl; heed it, girl

You’re winding your way back to me

Come back to me, come back to me


5. See It Through

Sometimes when I am tired and weary 

And the world around me seems so dreary

I just turn to you

I know I won’t stay sad and lonely

 I’m blessed to have my one and only

And we’re gonna see it through

We’ll do what we have to do

(People talking, they think this won’t last)

They ought to keep it to themselves

(People judging, they may not approve)

We don’t need to try and please the public

Our commitment is for just we two

Here’s something that they find surprising

We’ve learned the art of compromising

It’s all about me and you

At times when others simply break up

We talk, and then we kiss and make up

‘Cause we’re gonna see it through

It’s our singular point of view

(Pressures mounting, how to make ends meet)

Together we will find a way

(Stress is rising, how to keep your head)

We’ve worked on our communication

Our respect and trust are mutual

And it feels so good

Knowing that you’ve got my back as I have yours

Yes it feels so good

To know you’d go to bat for me as I would do for you

And it feels so good

To know I can confide in you as you do me

Yes it feels so good

To know we’ll take on whatever fate brings us

Through and through

We two will see it through

We’ll sort through all of life’s confusion

We’ve both come to the same conclusion

We’re gonna see it through ‘til the end

6. Hometown

Been more than we can stand, overworked, undermanned

We’ve hung tough, but enough’s enough

In need of a familiar place

Something more than just a change of pace, an inviting space

Our relief is mere hours away

Let’s hit the road, we can get there today and feel alright

We’ll dance tonight, forget all we’ve been through

The band’ll play that song, we’ll shout out a verse or two

Lifted up by friends who never let us down

Back in our hometown

Ridin’ ‘round the neighborhood

Looks mostly like we thought it would, the test of time withstood

Scanning through my memories

Mini-documentaries of life gone by before you and I

Details change, buildings come and go

There’s one constant – the people we know, they make it alright

We’ll dance tonight, bring back those old moves

The band’ll play that song, the one that really grooves

Lifted up by friends who never let us down

Back in our hometown, back in hometown

What’s lost is found when we’re back in hometown

Maybe we’ll move back, get our lives on track

A new perspective, and a new directive

Would it be the same? We play a different game

Would we lose or win? Last through thick and thin?

We know when we visit we always fit right in

It’s back to the grind, somehow we don’t mind

We’re recharged, troubles don’t loom so large

Not quite a vacation, it was more like mental medication

Much less frustration

And though the tension will come back someday

Anxiety and dismay

It’s nice to know relief is hours away

We’ll dance all night

Forget what we’ve been through

The band’ll play that song, we’ll shout out a verse or two

Lifted up by friends who’ll never let us down

Back in our hometown, back in hometown

What’s lost will always be found when we’re back in hometown

7. Road of rage

Entry in the final stage Into the setting sun

Headed down the road of rage where no victory is won

Leaders talk about destiny when the sacrifice is done

So sure the people will all agree

They must finish what’s begun, one by one

Further down the road of rage and there is no end in sight

Unwilling to disengage and trade the darkness for the light

They surge, counting the casualties for the glory and the might

Small kings, impressed by their majesties

Moving rook and pawn and knight, hail the fight

In blood the vengeance will be satisfied

In flood the anger will be amplified

Drowning out the voice of reason

Disregard the change of season

The triumph will never be, never be denied

Lost along the road of rage, but not off the beaten track

No matter which way they go, there is no turning back

Heroes talk about destiny when the sacrifice is done

But first the people must all agree

They must finish what’s begun, what’s been done, everyone, one by one

8. Capitalize on that

She’s leaving town, I got the word from her best friend

She’s heading for any place where her heart can mend

Every face she sees reminds her of what she’s lost

She can’t help but cry, even though she said goodbye

Now we all knew their fire would burn out someday

Someday is now, and she has finally turned away

It’s the moment you said you’ve been waiting for

If she was worthy of unrequited love

Then it’s a matter of fact, It’s time to act

You better capitalize on that

The odds are good that she’ll concur

I know that there’s a chance that you’ll fall flat when you tell her

But I’m still telling you to capitalize on that

No time to tweet, write a blog, or chat

If she’s been worth the wait, then don’t you hesitate, go tell her

Let me guess – you’re gonna say that it’s too soon

And you can’t leave right now, it’s inopportune

This is one time that your heart should rule your head

You have a chance to win, It may not come again

You better capitalize on that

She has no clue what you’d prefer

No time to have your speech down pat, just tell her

You know you’ve got to capitalize on that

There’s the ring, toss in your hat

A dramatic pause will get you no applause ‘cause you’ll lose her

Tomorrow she’ll be gone

For so long you’ve been dreaming of a love so strong that she’s deserving of

Right or wrong, you’ve got to make the first move

You’ve got something to prove

It’s time to show you can take the initiative

There’s no guarantee that you can change her mind

But she’ll hear the news, she’s got something to lose

You’d better capitalize on that

Don’t let your fear be a saboteur

Well there’s a chance that you’ll fall flat when you tell her

But I’m still begging you to capitalize on that

It’s about time she knew where you’re at

If she’s been worth the wait, then don’t you hesitate, go tell her

Go now, tomorrow she’ll be gone

9. TBD

Let’s get out of here to someplace where we can’t be found

Leave your cell phone there, I don’t want anyone to track us down

We need an escape from the day-to-day trivia

It dominates us so much that we’ve lost touch with each other’s needs

The life we built is crumbling, it’s tumbling, it’s humbling

It’s time to stop our stalling

We make a stand or we’re falling down

Tell me that you’re coming, coming ‘round

We’ll take a boat or train, or stick with a car and plane

I don’t care how we go, I just want to know I’m your priority

We’ll head for safe and warm,  that’s a good direction

I don’t care where we go, I just want to focus on you and me

Remember how it started? We couldn’t wait for our next date

Rearranging schedules

Feeling like it was our fate to be together for all time

Now should be no different

Our love can still be in its prime

I’m waiting, please say you’ll come with me

All I need is yes, the rest can stay TBD

10. Rare, Uncommon, Extraordinary

The truth won’t hide, the mirror never lies

You hate your hair, your skin, your teeth, your eyes

It’s a fact of life:  everybody dwells

We find ourselves wishing to be somebody else

It takes some time to be comfortable, accepting who you are

You feel like a loser, friend requests declined

You can’t talk to them, in person or on-line

Your height, your weight, and the clothes you wear

They’re judged by people who just don’t care

It takes some time to shrug them off, and let them fade away

Don’t be afraid if you don’t stand out

I know it seems a little scary

Don’t think your tale is cautionary

You must break free from your self-doubt

It’s a burden you don’t have to carry

‘Cause you’re rare, uncommon, extraordinary

On Saturday nights, you find yourself alone

Invisible, separate and unknown

A social life can be an uphill climb

But it’s not so bad to have personal time

Leave the small talk and pleasantries for the ones who’ll fall behind

If I might offer a piece of advice

Your sense of humor is your secret device to preserve your sanity

And keep you nice and safe from turning into one of them

The day will come when you won’t feel so resigned

Then you’ll see someone that’s in this state of mind

And you can say to them

Don’t be afraid if you don’t stand out

I know it seems a little scary

Don’t think your tale is cautionary

You must break free from your self-doubt

It’s a burden you won’t have to carry

‘Cause you’re rare, uncommon, extraordinary

11. Some Other Place Or Some Other Time

Sometimes I cannot help but wonder if you see things as I do

We never seem to have a problem talking about everything

I’m sure that you and I could make a happy life together

In some other place or some other time

It’s not that we’re unhappy with our current situations

It’s not that we’ve been looking for upgrades, or improvements

We seem so compatible, together we’d be well-suited

In some other place or some other time

Some other place where we have no commitments

Some other time when no one makes quick judgments

Some other place we’d have no fear to enter

Some other time when we are front and center

Sometimes I cannot help but wonder if you see things as I do

Can you envision us together, or is it my imagination?

I know that I would want to find out in other circumstances

In some other place or some other time

In some other place, in some other lovely place

In some other place or some other time

12. We Were Only Having Fun

Sometimes I cannot help but wonder if you see things as I do

We never seem to have a problem talking about everything

I’m sure that you and I could make a happy life together

In some other place or some other time

It’s not that we’re unhappy with our current situations

It’s not that we’ve been looking for upgrades, or improvements

We seem so compatible, together we’d be well-suited

In some other place or some other time

Some other place where we have no commitments

Some other time when no one makes quick judgments

Some other place we’d have no fear to enter

Some other time when we are front and center

Sometimes I cannot help but wonder if you see things as I do

Can you envision us together, or is it my imagination?

I know that I would want to find out in other circumstances

In some other place or some other time

In some other place, in some other lovely place

In some other place or some other time