Sometimes it is just hard to write a simple song…

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A SIMPLE SONG

Everything about you drives me crazy
Like the way you smile and the way that you move
I tried to get it all down in a love song
But I couldn’t seem to find the right groove

Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard to write a simple song?

Just holding you in my arms could fill volumes
Of poetry that would put Shakepear to shame
And I would need at least a few hours
To extol upon the beauty of your name

Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard to write a simple song?

I could just tell you that I love you
And that you mean everything to me
But that doesn’t seem like enough
Why does it have to be so tough?
Can someone please tell me

Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard to write a simple song?

Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard?
Why is it so hard to write a simple song?

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

Here’s a new song I like a lot. It’s dark and I dig dark. One of my buddy Jeff’s favorites of my work and he’s heard about all of them. Enjoy!

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THE MAGICIAN

Step right up
And pick a card
Don’t show me
What’s in your heart

I put on a show
They come from far and near
They call me the magician
‘Cause I can make love disappear

Volunteers
Aren’t hard to find
Just as quick
They get left behind

I put on a show
They come from far and near
They call me the magician
‘Cause I can make love disappear

Illusions
That’s what I do
What is real?
I wish I knew

I put on a show
They come from far and near
They call me the magician
‘Cause I can make love disappear

They call me the magician
‘Cause I can make love disappear

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

Here’s a new song inspired by the current state of the country.  It really doesn’t matter which side you’re on politically, we’re all Americans and damn proud of our country. Let’s stand together!

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AMERICAN PRIDE

I pledge allegiance to the flag
I bleed red white and blue
I believe if something can be done
We can do it better than you
When it comes to right and wrong
We just have to pick a side
You push us down we’ll stand up strong
We’ve got American Pride

I believe in Detroit’s muscle
And in Mainstreet USA
I believe in all the farmers
Who will feed us all today
I believe in all our children
Who’ll grow up to make things right
I believe in speaking softly
But I’m never afraid to fight

I pledge allegiance to the flag
I bleed red white and blue
I believe if something can be done
We can do it better than you
When it comes to right and wrong
We just have to pick a side
You push us down we’ll stand up strong
We’ve got American Pride

Now I don’t care what you call yourselves
Republicans or Democrats
The things that I’m talking about
They’re so much bigger than that
There’s so much more that binds us
Much more than tears us apart
Won’t you stand up with me
And sing with all your hearts

I pledge allegiance to the flag
I bleed red white and blue
I believe if something can be done
We can do it better than you
When it comes to right and wrong
We just have to pick a side
You push us down we’ll stand up strong
We’ve got American Pride

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

It’s a song called “Once In A Lifetime Love” but it’s not really a love song.  It’s about a guy getting shot down while looking for love.

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME LOVE

Suzie Johnson was 17
My date and the homecoming queen
I thought the night might be the one
I’d advance she’d retreat
I’d thought I’d sweep her off her feet
But the night was over before it begun
She said now don’t get me wrong you’re a real nice guy
You’re just not what I had in mind

I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love
I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love

Few years later I was playing pool
Saw a beauty sitting on a stool
So I walked on over and bought her a beer
Everything was going well
She’d laugh at every joke I’d tell
But soon it became painfully clear
She said now don’t get me wrong you’re a really nice guy
You’re just not what I had in mind

I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love
I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love

Now I’m still on my own, but I don’t mind
I know exactly what I’m trying to find

I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love
I want a bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime
A bonafide
Genuine
Once in a lifetime love

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

I guess this one is pretty self-explanatory. Sometimes you just have to take things on faith.

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TAKE IT ON FAITH

When I was just a young boy
Momma took me to church
I’d seen everybody praying
But no matter how much I searched
Tell me momma why can’t I see God?
She said don’t look with your eyes son
You’ve gotta look with your heart

You’ve got to take it on faith
Believe in love
The bonds that hold us
His guidance from above
You’ve gotta take it on faith
Take my hand
There’s only one way
You can understand
You’ve got to take it on faith
You’ve got to take it on faith

The day that I got married
Momma looked so proud
I told her I was nervous
She said boy that’s allowed
How do I know I’m making the right choice
She said close your eyes son
And listen to the voice

You’ve got to take it on faith
Believe in love
The bonds that hold us
His guidance from above
You’ve gotta take it on faith
Take my hand
There’s only one way
You can understand
You’ve got to take it on faith
You’ve got to take it on faith

A rainy night in Decemeber
We got the call
Momma was in the hospital
She’d taken quite a fall
The doctors said she might not make it through the night
As I cried at her bedside
She said I’ll meet you at the light

You’ve got to take it on faith
Believe in love
The bonds that hold us
His guidance from above
You’ve gotta take it on faith
Take my hand
There’s only one way
You can understand
You’ve got to take it on faith
You’ve got to take it on faith

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

Here’s a song I wrote years ago about all those things that we want and need even though they might not be all that good for you.

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CIGARETTES, WHISKEY AND YOU

It’s been said that Johnny Red’s
The best friend I’ve ever had
By my side through all my life
Through the good times and the bad
Lately I’m seeing more of him
Much more than I do you
I light another cigarette
And I wonder what to do

Doctor said it’ll kill me
But I’m not the quittin’ kind
Some things you can do without
Others stay on your mind
Some things you desire
Each and every day through
Like cigarettes, whiskey and you

Smoke rising from the ashtray
I down another Jack
It’s finally starting to hit me
You’re not ever coming back
Haggard’s playing on the juke box
It’s Decemeber and you’re not here
Hey bar man I need another round
Another shot and a beer

Doctor said it’ll kill me
But I’m not the quittin’ kind
Some things you can live without
Others stay on your mind
Some things you desire
Each and every day through
Like cigarettes, whiskey and you
Cigarettes, whiskey and you
Cigarettes, whiskey and you

© 2009 Darren O’Neill

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Hello and welcome to my website. I'll be sharing some of the songs I've written, talking about baseball and life in general. I'd love to get your feedback, so please be sure to leave a comment or two!

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Darren

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