A Hallmark Moment Tonight – Lyric/Poem

Snow is falling
And my heart is calling
To you tonight.
You are here,
Deep within my heart.
Take my hand, darling –
Open your heart
And listen to our love that is calling
As, outside, the snow is gently falling.
I am so in love with you
As we make our hallmark moment come true,
Tonight.

The snow is falling
And I hear your voice calling
As I gaze out into the night.
Loneliness has been with me
But I’ll be home soon.
So let your love shine bright
On me tonight
And guide me home
Into your arms,
Tonight.

At a tree lighting on a town common
Sit a couple – a lovely sight.
A love that could have been
But never was.
But she’s still his sweetheart tonight
As they gaze into the holiday light.
A century shared in the warmth of a night
As they capture a hallmark moment,
Tonight.

Love is near –
Oh, please let it be here.
A man stands ready
But with a hint of fear
As he waits for the one
And to create a hallmark moment,
Tonight.

Snow is falling
And my heart is calling
To you tonight.
You are here,
Deep within my heart.
Take my hand, darling –
Open your heart
And listen to our love that is calling
As, outside, the snow is gently falling.
I am so in love with you
As we make our hallmark moment come true,
Tonight.

A Lover’s Lullabye – Lyric/Poem

It has been a while since I have written new material. I also wanted to briefly give a glimpse at some of my writing process.

Tonight, I wrote a new piece called A Lover’s Lullabye. I have explained before that I draw from many different places, stories and experiences when writing. While listening to music tonight, I came across a song I had not heard before by Fleetwood Mac called Songbird. It was from the Rumours album with Christine McVie on the lead. It is a beautiful song painted against a piano backdrop along with a subtle acoustic guitar line with a simple message delivered with the right tone. This song stuck with me and eventually the tune started to take on a life of its own in my mind with a few additions. As I listened to the song again, this time without hearing the words, just the sound and the tone, I started writing and this is what I came up with. Complete with editing, this took about 15-20 minutes. I hope that you all enjoy it. I will post a YouTube clip to Songbird by Fleetwood Mac below.

A Lover’s Lullabye
Matthew Kushi

Sunshine
From the dusk of moonlight,
And a lullabye whispers to me.

With you, everything is alright
By you, I can sleep well tonight.
My heart is tucked in, wrapped into your arms.
We are both safe tonight –
Sleep well until the morning light.

I wish that you I could give you all that I have ever owned.
I hope that you feel the sunshine dance across your face
As we pass through the fleeting dawn of the morn’
And the stars wink at us goodnight.

Let me tell you that I love you
And how I want this love of ours to last forever,
Stronger than all of the powers in all of the world.

And with you, the sun will forever shine.
I watch it dance across your face,
And I find myself lost in your loving, smitten eyes.
I find myself wishing you knew how deeply I have fallen.
For the sunshine of my life.

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac


Outside the Window

This lyric/poem is for everyone who needs to hear an encouraging word as we fight through this pandemic.

Sun shining
A ray glistening through the cloudy sky.
Look outside –
No words do you need to say.
Close your eyes and open your mind.
Let the stress and strife melt away,
As you feel the newborn day.

Outside of my window,
I hear the birds singing.
Outside my window,
There is a land where I once was
And again, long to go.

Outside of my window,
Where the grass turns greener every day
As time advances to the month of May.
Watch the red streak of the cardinal
And the blue hue of the blue-jay
As they soar and play.
Feel the world melt away.
As they soar through the dancing sway of the trees.

One day, the prison walls will fall,
And the calm of nature will call.
We will dance through the grass so high
And into the pure blue sky will I sigh
With you by my side.
That’s the world that waits for us
Outside of the window.

Outside the Window

Valentine’s Day Special Lyric/Poem – In Your Arms

To all of you who are celebrating Valentine’s Day today and tonight with a loved one, this is dedicated to you:

The night slowly comes along
And the magic of love comes alive in my heart
As I can hear the music of a love song.
In your arms is where I belong tonight.

Girl, take my hand,
Let me sail you to a star-lit land.
Now, our hearts move as one as we sway to the beat.
I’m lost in this moment in time with you
Because all I want to do
Is slow dance with you in my arms.

Listen to our hearts as they sway to the music
And watch as our feet drift along.
Feel it now, our love is strong.
With you, there is no way to be wrong.
Love as it should be, in your heart where I belong
As I slow dance with you in my arms.

Oh, forbidden fruit never tasted so fine.
Still can’t believe that out of all of the hearts
You want mine.
Never knew a love like this,
Living my life searching for a heart like mine.
I was a prisoner and you set me free.

In the dark of the night
We don’t need a light to feel so right,
For our love lights up the darkest of nights.
We are a true lover’s sight
And know what it’s like to love somebody.
I’m where I belong in your arms tonight.

Take my hand
Let me sail you to a star-lit land.
Now, our hearts move as one as we sway to the beat
I’m lost in this moment in time with you
Because all I want to do
Is slow dance with you in my arms tonight.

Listen to our hearts as they sway to the music
And watch as our feet drift along.
Feel it now, our love is strong.
With you, there is no way to be wrong.
Love as it should be, in your heart where I belong
As I slow dance with you in my arms.

I can hear the music of a love song.
In your arms is where I belong tonight.

Two Wine State of Mind

Beautiful soul, beautiful heart.
Feel my love, even when we are miles apart.
The power of your love
Lights up the dark side of the moon.

I see your face – the sun spills across it.
You toss your long hair and give me a smile –
Oh, can you feel my heart melt?
How can I tell you?
How do I tell you?
My heart is yours.

Darling, you put me in a two wine state of mind,
One touch from your hand –
One look from your angelic eyes
And I’m yours forever and for always.
Lost to all of the world but you, girl.
Girl, you don’t know what you do to me,
You put me in a two wine state of mind

Two wine state of mind –
That’s where I want to be
As long as I’m with you.

Feel the world sway,
Every time you look my way.
I’ve been waiting for you my whole life.

In your arms,
I feel myself start to float away.
Girl, I feel the world sway
All I have to do is be around you.

Darling, you put me in a two wine state of mind,
One touch from your hand –
One look from your angelic eyes
And I’m yours forever and for always.
Lost to all of the world but you, girl.
Girl, you don’t know what you do to me,
You put me in a two wine state of mind.

Out of the Mist

Out of the mist
At the dusk of night and the dawn of a dream,
I saw you in a vision.
You reached out and told that all would be alright.
Then, like the breeze, you were once again a memory.
When will you appear again,
Out of the mist?

Born to a farmer
And raised by the land,
His hands were made strong and his heart bold
By the life of the farm.
His passage began by tending the cows and the crops with
The heart of a boy on a journey of a man.

Never had fame, never had want and was guided by the light.
He knew his place
And he knew wrong from right.
All the fame and want he needed in life
Came to him from the love of his kids and his wife.
Making a living and working the fields brought a smile to his face.

He gave and taught love
Worked hard up until the end.
An honest, small town man living his life in the right.
But one day in May,
The heart that had worked and loved so much,
Was suddenly called to up Above.

His time was too short.
When he comes to visit,
Time doesn’t seem to exist.
Please don’t go, I wish that you could stay.
I wish that you weren’t gone and could remain
Out of the mist.

Out of the mist,
Gone too soon.
Wish you could come back and stay awhile.
Oh, we loved you so much and we miss you.
Please don’t be a stranger
And visit again
Out of the mist.

Joseph Thomas Kushi (1921-1982)

(Find My Love In A) Pumpkin Patch

Jack of all trades,
Small town worker.
Big time dreams
And a quiet heart.

Saw her once – too shy to try,
But always wondered what if.
Girl, you caught my eye –
Let me get to know you.

Time passed and two hearts spoke –
Two lives became intertwined.
This small town farm boy still loves you.

So meet me under the light
Of a full harvest moon
In a world we can call our own.
We can make it, you and I.
In this field illuminated by orange light
As we dance into the night.

Oh, what a sight we are tonight –
A true love story gone right.
Can you feel my heart glow
As I look at you in the shadow of the firelight?
If you ever wander and roam,
Come and find this small town jack
Waiting for you in the starlit glow
From the pumpkin patch.

So in love with you –
Darling, just look into my eyes.
You hold me close and I hear you deeply sigh.
What would my world be without your love?

So meet me under the light
Of a full harvest moon.
We can make it, you and I.
Come and find me, baby,
Waiting for you in the starlit glow
From the pumpkin patch.

Far Side of the Moon

Blue sky and black night –
All of it is one, this sight.
Hitch me to a rocket
And launch me into space.

In the name of humanity
Go forth do I.
Hitch me to a rocket
And launch me into the unknown
As to another world we go.

And I’m coming in slow and steady
With an engine that is hot and ready
To the far side of a world I’ve never seen before.
Coming in, touching down into a sight unknown –
Thoughts knocking on my door,
Silence in my mind as I
Look around to this new world I call mine.
And I look to come around to find
A place to call home.

In this magnificent silence,
I find myself thinking of you,
And a world that seems so far away.
As I am exploring this far off moon.

Turn on the lights,
I’m coming in slow and steady
With an engine that is hot and ready
To the far side of a world I’ve never seen before.
Coming in, touching down into a sight unknown –
Thoughts knocking on my door
Silence in my mind as I
Look around to this new world I call mine.
And I look to come around to find
A place to call home.

Soon, I’ll be coming home
Slow and steady
But burning hot and ready.
Silent will I be as I look at this world I call mine
And I will be looking for the place and the love
That I call home.

Early Dawn of Next Morn’

The days are long and hard now,
Since I left her standing all alone.
Never gave much thought to her love
And now there’s no one to turn to in my life.

Didn’t think I needed anyone.
Said I was better off alone.
Said I couldn’t be tied down
But I guess I was wrong.

I can still see her sweet pretty face,
Can’t seem to get it off of my mind.
So, now I’m going back to find her,
In the early dawn of next morn’.

Why did I turn my back on you?
You only wanted to give me your love.
But I wouldn’t open up my heart.
Darling, I know now that I need you in my life.

Now my heart is aching for her,
My love for her is just too strong.
So I leave tomorrow at sunrise, yeah.
I’m going back to find her,
In the early dawn of next morn’

 

Author Note: This piece was written in 2007 and was likely one of the first pieces that I wrote in the style of a song lyric that was influenced and inspired from a song that I knew. While the melody that eventually became the cadence of this piece was something that eventually came to me and developed a life of its own, this piece was influenced in its style by two country songs. The first being Amarillo By Morning by George Strait. The way that George Strait delivers the line “Amarillo by morning” is something that stuck with me. Also the verse, “I ain’t got a dime/But what I got is mine./I ain’t rich/But Lord, I’m free.” stuck with me – something about the rhythm of those words and their delivery. The second song that influenced the tone/cadence, I remember, was Charlie Pride’s “Is Anyone Going to San Antone?”

 

Home

I walk through the grass
And I wish that you could see how free I am;
Returned to my castle – my solitude.
When the lights go dark
And I can’t see as I swim for shore,
My land of old guides me to where I reign.

Here I live, here I stay
This land has treated mine good this way.
Hear the laughter and hear the wind;
Look towards the river and watch it bend.
Watch the pine as it gently turns
In the soft whisper of the westerly wind.

I am home
Where my world slows
And reminds me of who I was and who I am.
The story of the land tells me who I can be.
Back home where you can sit on the bench
In your Uncle’s shed
And enjoy something cold
And the company never grows old.

Watch as the world turns slow
And remember times of so many memories ago;
A place in my mind that will never go.
Sun, please keep shining down on this place.

Here at home,
The world is at peace.
Here at home,
I feel myself let go;
Not a care in the world,
Nothing can bother me;
Feel the wind, I am free
I am home.