I only have the memory
2021©John Schofield

Verse 1
I long to have the scent of you,
Feel your body next to mine
I still have the memory of
That night we lay entwined

Verse 2
When I hold you in my mind’s eye,
As I tumble into sleep
I wonder why our love was
A pact you couldn’t keep

Chorus
I’d give a thousand lifetimes to hold you
For a hundred heartbeats tonight
Yes, a thousand lifetimes to hold you
To hold you oh so tight,
But I only have the memory
The memory of that night

Verse 3
When the night becomes the morning,
I awake and wonder why
My heart feels so heavy and
There are tears in my eyes

Chorus
I’d give a thousand lifetimes to hold you
For a hundred heartbeats tonight
Yes, a thousand lifetimes to hold you
To hold you oh so tight,
But I only have the memory
The memory of that night

Chesapeake Bay in the Fall
2020© by John Schofield

Verse 1
I step on deck and watch the dawn
Not a ripple shows on the bay
When the morning mist has gone
It’ll be another fine day

Verse 2
The forest has put on its mantel
Of gold and yellow and red
Summer’s about to unmantle
And give us autumn instead

Chorus:
There are few finer places to sail
From Norfolk right up to Rock Hall
Than on Chesapeake Bay in the fall

Verse 3
Delta-flights of Canada geese
Come back to their winter home
On the Bay, a steady breeze
And sailboats are starting to roam

Verse 4
Soon I’ll up anchor and wander
Down to the islands and keys
But next year again I’ll be moored
In this bay with its golden trees

Chorus:
There are few finer places to sail
From Norfolk right up to Rock Hall
Than on Chesapeake Bay in the fall

Parallel Lives
©2021 John Schofield

Verse 1
It was midnight on Main Street
And I could still feel the heat
She was standing on the boardwalk
And my heart missed a beat

Chorus:
Is there an after-life, do the lost come back?
Do we travel together and sometimes cross their track?
Would it be a surprise to find
We’re living parallel lives?
Parallel lives.

Verse 2
We had said our last goodbyes
On a windswept beach in Maine
She’d left a final farewell note
And a world of grief and pain

Chorus:
Is there an after-life, do the lost come back?
Do we travel together and sometimes cross their track?
Would it be a surprise to find
We’re living parallel lives?
Parallel lives.

Bridge:
Have you had a coincidental meeting with someone you once knew,
Who couldn’t be in this lifetime, but who’s looking straight at you?

Verse 3
She lifts her arm, waves at me
Then I watch her fade away
On the ground, a yellow silk scarf
Like the one she wore that day

Chorus:
Is there an after-life, do the lost come back?
Do we travel together and sometimes cross their track?
Would it be a surprise to find,
We’re living parallel lives?
Parallel lives….

Children of the Sun
2021©John Schofield
Verse 1
An old song playin’ on the radio
Reminded me of all those years ago
When summer came and school was done
We’d be runnin’ around and havin’ fun

Verse 2
We’d be splashing down at the swimmin’ hole
Or by the river with a fishin’ pole
Climbing trees and stealing apples
In the backyard building castles

Chorus:
On those long bright days when summer’d come
And school was out, the learnin’ done
We were free to run and just have fun
We were children of the sun
Yeh, children of the sun

Verse 3
I remember that day at the county fair
The sunlight playing in her long blond hair
That’s when a boy became a man
You can’t go back but your memory can

Chorus:
On those long bright days when summer’d come
And school was out, the learnin’ done
We were free to run and just have fun
We were children of the sun
Yeh, children of the sun

Verse 4
On the morning she left she said to me
You gotta grow up, you’re no longer free
To run around just like you did
You’re a grown-up now, you’re not a kid

Chorus:
On those long bright days when summer’d come
And school was out, the learnin’ done
We were free to run and just have fun
We were children of the sun
Yeh, children of the sun

Outro:
So now my life meanders on
I’ve got a new wife and I’ve got a son
Come the day when school is done
I tell my boy, go and have some fun