Jan Seides

Jan Seides

 Austin, Texas, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

Singer/Songwriter Jan Seides (www.janseides.com) writes original, lyrics-driven, award-winning songs that combine uptown sophistication with down-home truth. They have been presented with style and verve in prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe.

Biography

Jan Seides (pronounced Sigh-deez) has won major awards in regional to national songwriting competitions. They include The Great American Song Contest, and Kerrville New Folk, (regional NewFolk winner), among others In 2005, Jan was a finalist in the KRCL Founders Festival Songwriting competition in Utah. She was also a Judge's Award winner at MOVA (Mountain Valley Arts Council) Festival Songwriting Competition, and was awarded First Prize at both the Dallas Songwriters Association Competition and the Austin Songwriters Group Competition. Her name most recently appears with the Finalists of the South Florida Folk Festival Competition.
Jan Seidess songs combine down-home honesty with up-town sophistication, and have been described as Nanci Griffith meets Broadway. Jan holds a Music degree from University of Texas.

Jan Seides first CD, "Slowly But Surely", received widespread radio play. "Everyday People", released in 2002, has garnered glowing reviews, and frequent radio play. Jans new project, The Family Album will be released in 2006.

Venues played include: Bitter End (NYC), Bluebird Cafe in (Nashville), Coffee Gallery Backstage (L.A.), and Artz Rib House (Austin, TX). Jan has shared stages with Jeff Talmadge, Alton Rex, Albert & Gage, David Llewellyn, Tim Grimm, and Buddy Mondlock.

Lyrics

To Give Us Peace

Written By: Jan Seides

TO GIVE US PEACE

In the chasm
Of our sorrow
Let us not forget
We are all believers
In a truth stronger than death.
Grant us healing
For the suffering
And comfort for the comfortless
Let us choose the light that built the dream
To give us peace.

In our pain and
In our anger
Let us still recall
We are each of us a stranger
But we are kindred all.
As we find ourselves in heroes
So we'll also find our flaws.
Let us find the strength that we will need
To give us peace.

In the anguish
Of our losses
Let us not despair.
While the light of freedom shines
Let us choose our course with care.
Let us leave the wheel of vengeance
Forsake the path of fear,
And let us seek the road to the true victory:
To give us peace.

©2002 Artsong Music (BMI)
Jan Seides
Performing Songwriter
Austin, TX
http://www.janseides.com
pandaproductions@yahoo.com
Booking: 512-248-0448 or 512-627-2115

Femme Fatale

Written By: Jan Seides

Where are the Gretas and Marlenas and all the Mae Wests. Where are they?
No one tells the boys "come up and see me sometime". That's all out of style nowadays.
But I still yearn for old-time steamy romance In satin gowns and stockings with seams
and men that wear trenchcoats and fedora hats
I wish they'd bring all that back. Cuz I wanna be....

A femme fatale
I wanna be a vamp
I wanna whistle like Bacall
And have them all
Eating from my hand
They'll put me on a pedestal
Competing for a glance
I wanna be a femme fatale
I wanna be a vamp.

Though I am a liberated woman, sometimes I'd prefer to be a tease
When I see those starlets with eyes come-hither soft. I could pull that off, it seems to me.
And men would hold my coat & bring me jewelry. Open doors and pull me out a seat.
They'd stand by politely until I'd sit
Enjoy my sparkling wit and some risqué repartee

From a....
femme fatale
I wanna be a vamp
I could be the party doll
That upsets all
Their other plans
I know it isn't fashionable
But it's so elegant!

Dietrich & Davis
They had it made
Mansfield & Monroe
Where'd they all go?

The women we admire now in the movies, are doctors & lawyers and chiefs.
And they don't look up thru their lashes, or pout their lips
They don't swing their hips or sit on anyone's knee
And if they're in another profession, they've all been reformed by act three
They've given up their cigarettes and champagne
I guess we've come a long way, but I miss the days of the

Femme Fatale
I want to be a vamp
I want to give the boys the eye
And call some guy my honey-lamb
I'd have them all in a spell
I'd have them in a trance
If I was a femme fatale, I would be sensational, I want to be a femme fatale
I want to be a vamp.

Shores of your love

Written By: Jan Seides

Sometimes I feel lost at sea
Darkness swelling over me
Higher and higher
Rising onthe tide of anxiety
And just when I know for sure
It's gonna pull me under
That's when it breaks like a wave on the shores of your love

Sometimes I feel all alone
Perhaps I've never had a home
Moment by moment
Strangeness and danger appear to grow
And just when I'm thinking
My little boat is sinking
It comes to rest in the foam on the shores of your love

Your heart is my harbor
No matter where you are
And no matter how far I roam
Your love is my home

So whenever I venture out
And find myself tossed about
Lightning and thunder
Making me wander desert isles of doubt
I hear your gentle voice
Reminding me that I have a choice
And I turn hard to port and head for the shores of your love.

©2003 Artsong Music (BMI)
Jan Seides
7311 Bucknell Drive
Austin, TX 78723
512-627-2115
pandaproductions@yahoo.com
www.janseides.com

Now and Then

Written By: Jan Seides

NOW AND THEN
Words & Music by: Jan Seides

I used to think that life was like a little dance
And if you missed your step...well...you had your chance
But now I know that disappointments come and go
And if you keep looking back
You never get past it

Cuz it's now and then
It's now again
The future's an endless possibility
It is now, and then it's now again
We are standing on the corner
Of Was Road and Will-Be Highway

I used to think that love was like a photograph
A Kodak moment, good for a laugh
But now I know real love is never just for show.
You may lose your lover,
But love is never over.

Cuz it's now and then
It's now again
The future's an golden opportunity
It is now, and then it's now again
We are standing on the corner
Of Was Road and Will-Be Highway

One day they'll lay you in your grave
And say the words that people say
And then they'll all go to some cafe or other.
You won't be sippin' coffee with 'em
Better celebrate the moments now while you can

I used to think that time was like a looking glass
And if you could see more of it, it'd look just like the past
But now I know that time is just a river flowin'
As one season's done, the next one's begun

Cuz it's now and then
It's now again
Life could be very extraordinary
It is now, and then it's now again
We are standing on the corner
Of Was Road and WillBe Highway

Cuz it's now and then
It's now again
Quit waitin' for someday, that never-will-come day
It is now, and then it's now again
We are standing on the corner
Of Was Road and WillBe Highway
Perpetually

©2002 Artsong Music (BMI)

Illusions

Written By: Jan Seides

I thought I saw a mansion grand
Surrounded by gardens and stone
Turned out to be power plant
In a desert dry as bone
I thought I saw a wonderland
A thousand sparkling lights
Turned out to be a refinery
It only looks that way at night

I guess wishin' clouded my vision
And hope my senses deceived
Sometimes the desert smells just like roses
If you wish to believe.

I thought I saw alien ships
Weaving like partners in a dance
Turned out it was only airplanes
Circling an airport and waiting to land.
I thought I saw a flight of angels
And listened intently for their song
Turned out to be a flock of geese
Silent in the moonlight, so I was wrong

But I guess wishin' clouded my vision
And hope my senses deceived
Sometimes maybe turns into magic
When you wish to believe.

But after illusions are ended
After facts are faced
When the truth is revealed, it cannot be repealed
Those steps cannot be retraced.

But I thought I saw a hero
A paragon among men
And then my hero broke my heart
Though it may heal, it won't trust again.

Cuz I’ve learned wishin' clouds your vision
And hope your senses deceives
Sometimes lies sound just like love
So you wish to
Oh you wish to
How you wish to
Believe

Maybe It Is

Written By: Jan Seides

Baby wakes you in the dead of night
Got some dreams to talk about
Your best friend tells you he’s
got trouble in his life
And he’s feeling down and out.

Play your music to a smoky room
Working hard to make it pay
A drunkard thanks youe at the
end of a tune
Tells you he may change his ways

cho
Maybe that’s not why we’re here
You had bigger plans
This is not what you envisioned
Maybe that’s not why we’re here,
but then again…

Rosa Parks kept her seat on the bus
Ghandi set his people free
All the heroes were just one of us
Just like you and me
So many faces in so many crowds and
Every face is unique
Touch one soul, or touch one thousand
Either way is oh, so sweet.
cho
Maybe that’s not why we’re here
You had bigger plans
Doesn’t match with your ambition
Maybe that’s not why we’re here,
but then again
Maybe it is

BR
Getting to the point in my life
Where I’m thinking of the point
of my life
What I’ve taken, what I’ve earned
What I’ve given in return

Maybe that’s not why we’re here
I don’t know the answer
I don’t have that kind of wisdom
Maybe that’s not why we’re here,
But then again
Maybe it is

Sarah Laughed

Written By: Jan Seides

G-d spoke to Abraham, saying you're no longer young, but
Even so, I have a plan and soon you'll have a son
And he will found a nation
As numberless as flakes of snow
And when Sarah heard it, she said
"But we are far too old"
And Sarah laughed

Some days a miracle seems probable as taking wing
Instead I squander time contemplating foolish things
Counting drops in a sea of trouble
Sifting grains of shifting sand
Trying to solve the greater puzzle
Some days I think I understand
Why Sarah laughed

Did she laugh cause she lacked faith
Or 'cause she just couldn't see any way
Getting there from here
Could ever come to pass

If it's so hard to see beyond the next obstacle
Then I'll just take my leap, and trust my wings to grow
Cause life ain't over till it's over, and it ain't over even then
Fear is old, but hope is older.
When in doubt, I remember
Sarah laughed

Chevy Suburban

Written By: Jan Seides

Chevy Suburban
Molly made up her mind when she was a baby
What she would do when she grew one day
If you asked her "What's your favorite daydream?"
Her eyes would sparkle and this is what she'd say:
I know some folks wanna be rich and famous
But mansions and fancy clothes are not my way.
Cuz I see no need to keep the neighbors jealous
So if I had a Mercedes, I'd have to give it away.

Cuz I want a Chevy Suburban with power everything
And a house where I can park it in the drive
I want a good man riding shotgun, the backseat
filled with children
Give me a Chevy Suburban, and I’ll know I've arrived.

Momma told her: Find a guy who’s patient
Kind and gentle, faithful night and day.
Molly agrees, with all these qualifications:
But he’s gotta like babies, and Chevrolets...Cho.

Don’t want a Voyager, or an MPV
Don’t want an Aerostar, or a Cherokee.
She wants to fill it up with her family,
And go cruising around all over town like the other moms
she sees.

So Molly said “no” to Joe and his 18-wheeler.
And she turned down Jim, and his limousine.
But sweet, handsome Billy was the Chevy dealer
So Molly said “Yup. I think you're the one for me.”...cho

And she got her....

©2002 Artsong Music (BMI)
Jan Seides
7311 Bucknell Drive
Austin, TX 78723
512-627-2115
pandaproductions@yahoo.com
www.janseides.com

©2002 Artsong Music (BMI)

Slowly But Surely

Written By: Jan Seides

After I knew you had left me...
I swept my heart up off the floor,
I put the pieces in a drawer.
Thought I'd maybe let them sleep a lifetime or two.

Now when I thumb through the memories....
Sometimes they almost make me smile.
Thought it was going out of style, but
SLOWLY BUT SURELY I'm getting over you.

Where did you get all your enlightenment?
When you said you thought our love was not exactly
heaven-sent.
I was too happy, now that you mention it!

After I knew you had left me....
I wept till all the tears ran dry,
So now there's no tears left to cry 'cause
SLOWLY BUT SURELY I'm getting over you.

Just tell me...
How did you come by such enlightenment?
When you said you thought our love would only cause me discontent.
Guess I was lucky if that's true.....ooooh, well,

Someday when you're sad and lonely.....
You'll look down the road and see somebody waiting
But it won't be me 'cause
SLOWLY BUT SURELY I'm getting over you!

Moms

Written By: Jan Seides

MOMS

Moms are the ones who wake in the night
And turn on the light till the goblins are gone
Glasses of water they bring to your bedside
And tell you a story, or sing you a song
Moms have eyes in the back of their heads
They also have hearts of gold.
That all comes with the job, and I've heard it said.
That moms never grow old.

Moms are the ones who talk to the teacher
And help with the homework so you'll make it through
Moms listen to you when nobody else will
They listen to God a lot too.
Moms make you eat all your carrots and greens
They make you wear sweaters when they are cold
Their hair may turn silver; their eyes become weak
But moms never grow old.

Moms tell you truths you'd rather not listen to.
Their dreams for you never fade.
“I told you so." , though they usually did
Is something they try very hard not to say.
Moms try to give you whatever you need
They keep accepting you back in the fold
They cry when you fail and when you succeed
But moms never grow old.

People say love can play tricks on your eyes
So beauty is what they behold.
Moms grow more beautiful as years go by
But moms never grow old.

©2003 Artsong Music (BMI)
Jan Seides
7311 Bucknell Drive
Austin, TX 78723
512-627-2115
pandaproductions@yahoo.com
www.janseides.com

Every Now and Then

Written By: Jan Seides

Every Now and Then

Every now and then
I dream of you again
From time to time
Why I’ll never know
It was so long ago
You were mine
Like a treasure lost
Like a secret told
A glitter in the dust
A glow among the coals
A shiver of regret
And every now and then
I dream of you again.

Like a hurricane
You struck and changed everything
I thought I knew.
You were my day and night
You filled my earth and sky and I
Believed in you
Passionate and brief
Our tempest of a song
Melody so sweet
Harmony so wrong
Such was our duet
But every now and then
I hum that tune again.

You ran away
You didn’t even say
Good bye
Were you afraid
I used to pray your lie
Would come true
And you would love me too

Yes, I did move on
After you had gone
And I was done grieving
And I found again
A lover and a friend
I could believe in.
But still autumn-colored hair
A pair of moody eyes
A tilted smile
Will make me look twice
At someone I’ve never met
And every now and then
I dream of you
Again

©2003 Artsong Music (BMI)
Jan Seides
7311 Bucknell Drive
Austin, TX 78723
512-627-2115
pandaproductions@yahoo.com
www.janseides.com

Behind Closed Doors

Written By: Jan Seides

Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors
You never talk much.
You never know what's
The wrong thing to say.
Behind closed doors
You’ve lost touch
He doesn't like your friends
So you keep them away.

Everyone believes it's always someone else
Another part of town
No one like themselves.
Everyone believes and no one wants to know
What goes on behind. closed. doors

Behind closed doors
He denies it.
Justifies it.
Says you are to blame
Behind closed doors
You imagine
People listening
And it fills you with shame...cho.

Cuz even you believes it's always someone else
Another part of town
No one like yourself
Even you believe no one needs to know
What goes on behind. closed. doors

So you hide her bruises
And you hide your pain
And you make excuses again and again
No one questions
No one interferes
Cuz he’s everyone’s friend
He's everyone's friend
But yours

Behind closed doors
He shouts
Cries ring out
And then sirens wail
Behind closed doors
The neighbors hide
Turn out their light
And their faces are pale

Still wanting to believe it's always someone else
Another part of town, no one like themselves
Everyone believes; no one wants to know what goes on
Behind closed doors
Everything’s OK behind closed doors
Everything is safely behind closed doors

Rachel's Sister

Written By: Jan Seides

As far back as I remember
I was always Rachel's sister
Sometimes I think that started
Before she was even born
She was lively, she was clever
And everybody loved her
And when the men came looking
It was Rachel they looked for
Not me
I was Rachel's sister.

Jacob found her fetching water
Asked if she was Laban’s daughter
And she ran home to let them know
To make room for one more.
I fell in love that night at dinner
He never saw for watching her
And when the meal was over
It was Rachel he asked for
Not me
Only Rachel's sister

This is the story as it's written
About the lives we were given
Here is the truth, not the one that the old men told
But the one that I know,
I am Rachel's sister.

They say Jacob was a trickster
But my father veiled her sister
On Rachel’s wedding day
So that was me upon his arm.
But then Jacob worked the harder
For the object of his ardor
Still, I thought I'd win him
When each new son was born
To me.
Rachel's sister.

Then every night I heard her whisper
Give me sons just like my sister
To prove that you love me
Prove you love me more
And then one night he did it
Little Joseph was his favorite
But Rachel died in childbirth
When her second son was born
Leaving me
Rachel's sister.

This is the story as it's written
About the lives we were given
Here is the truth, not the one that the old men told
But the one that I know,
I am Rachel's sister.

Every now and then I wonder
If he’s still thinking of her
Though I’m the one who keeps him warm
When the nights are cold.
Did she really ever love him
Or did she just love to win?
But she's a blessed memory
So I will never know.
Being only
Rachel's sister.

This is the story as it's written
About the lives we were given
Here is the truth, not the one that the old men told
But the one that I know,
I am Rachel's sister.
It can only be told
By Rachel's sister.

Years in the Future

Written By: Jan Seides

YEARS IN THE FUTURE

I know it isn't easy to smile,
When nothing goes the way that you plan.
But, baby, we've got love enough to last quite a while,
So if there's rocky roads ahead
We can walk them hand in hand,

CHORUS: And for YEARS IN THE FUTURE
I can see us together
And nothing else matters, nothing else will do.
How I got on before your love, I haven't a clue.
I just want to spend my YEARS IN THE FUTURE
With you.

I'll admit it's been a roller-coaster ride.
But the love we share has given me faith
And the joy of riding with you keeps me here by your side,
So through all the convolutions,
That's where I intend to stay.

CHORUS

BRIDGE: Every time I see an old man walking down the street
Holding hands with the old woman by his side,
I have to stop and smile because they look so sweet.
I like to think that someday they may be you and I.

Because.....

CHORUS

Gotta Dance

Written By: Jan Seides

GOTTA DANCE

Today I cast away my crutches
Cuz the truth is
I don't need them anymore
Though I had some doubts
Still I shouted
Hallelu-----jah
And I won't care
I'm no Fred Astaire
When I’m out there on the floor
Cuz if I got a choice
And I got a chance
I gotta dance

Today I boxed up my excuses
And other useless things
Took ‘em down to the Goodwill store
And I put "Take a risk"
At the top of my list
of things to do - yeah
And even if I've never
Never ever
Done that step before
If I got a choice
And I got a chance
I gotta dance

Ooh, feels so good
Rockin' out in the real world
Like that scaredy-cat, me, never would!

Today I broke down some walls
And installed
Some windows and doors
And I can smell the honeysuckle
While I buckle on my shoes - yeah
And I won’t be listenin’
If you’re dismissin'
My dreams anymore
Cuz if I got a choice
And I got a chance
I gotta dance.

I got a choice
And I gotta chance
I think I’m gonna dance.

©2009 Artsong Music (BMI)

Delilah's Lament

Written By: Jan Seides

DELILAH’S LAMENT
He was a pious man
He was a brute
And he could best any man in a fight.
He paid for my favors
Cuz he had to
I was Delilah, woman of the night.

Something about the man drew me
It wasn't love but I pulled him to me
He was company while I waited for the real thing
But it got -- complicated.

I took him as my lover
Afraid to refuse
And a girl gets tired of being alone.
But he had enemies
Who wanted to use me
So I knew I was living in a danger zone

Something about the man drew me
It wasn't love but I pulled him to me
He was company while I waited for the real thing
But it got -- complicated.

No one asked me why I did it
They all thought they knew
Here's the truth just between you and me
I only took the money
Cuz it meant that I was free.

I didn't believe him
Three times he had lied
The night he told me about cutting his hair
It sounded silly
So imagine my surprise
Now it's too late to decide that I cared.

Something about the man drew me
It wasn't love but I pulled him to me
He was company while I waited for the real thing
But it got -- complicated.

Now I've no company and no hope of the real thing.....

Because it's Gonna Rain

Written By: Jan Seides

The girls all giggled
They were jealous, I could tell
When I told them who my groom to be, would be
And all my sisters
Were envious as well
When they heard who Papa chose for me.

His curling hair
He has the darkest eyes
And a gentle voice I strain my ears to hear
Such strong arms
And so very wise
Or so I thought until he made his wishes clear

He wants to build a boat
He told me so today
He wants to build a boat
I don’t know what to say
I ask him why
He glances toward the sky
He wants to build a boat
Because it's gonna rain.

Here on the desert
We raise goats and sheep,
We've been blessed with sons not twice, but thrice
He says we need a zoo
Everything that walks or creeps
Everything that' slithers. Everything that flies.

He wants to build a boat
He wants to build it large
He wants to build a boat
He says I'll be in charge
Of all the plants
He says, c'mon, take a chance
He wants to build a boat
Because it's gonna rain.

Remember all those jealous girls who watched our wedding vows
I keep wondering what they'd think if they could see me now.
He says the rain will cause a flood. He says he heard that from G-d.
Is he kidding? Apparently not.

He wants to build a boat
I guess I'll play along
He wants to build a boat
I'll even write him a song
I ask him why
He just rolls his eyes
Already answered that.
Because it's gonna rain
He wants to build a boat
Because it's gonna rain.

Dishonesty

Written By: Jan Seides

There's a mirror in my bedroom
To show me who I am
But the woman in it, isn't me.
Cuz the mirror just reflects
It shows what you’re expecting
So what you get’s not necessarily what you see
Cuz that's the way of
Dishonesty

SEe the lies that I have told
The truths that I've mis-spoken
The answers I have phrased so carefully
Here an act of less-than-kindness
There a bit of willful blindness
But then everyone is blind to what they don't wanna to see
Cuz that's the way of
Dishonesty.

I have secrets no one knows
I have scars upon my soul
I have dreams are crying out to be free
There is wisdom I must earn
And lessons I must learn
Or else this is the way my whole life will be.

There's a tree outside my window
Sways in every breeze
But it grows tall with graceful dignity
I will make that tree my symbol
Stop going where the wind blows
Stop trying to be what I think someone else thinks I should be
Cuz that's the way of
Dishonesty.

©2007 Artsong Music

Flying to New York City

Written By: Jan Seides

It's 2:38
Yes. I'm still awake.
I am thinking of you
Why should it be
At a quarter to three
I am thinking of you.

I've watched some TV
Sex and the City
While thinking of you.
I can't even read
‘Bout The Code of DaVinci)
Cuz I'm thinking of you

With a smile on my face that no one can see
I have no need for sleep apparently
You've invaded my thoughts and conquered my dreams.
And all of that's just fine with me.

If you came through my door
At ten after four
You'd find me here thinking of you.
If you spied by moonlight
At five minutes to five
I'd still be here thinking of you.

The minutes tick by
But when I close my eyes
I am thinking of you.
Soon I'll have to get up
But that won't mean I'll stop
Thinking of you.

With a smile I am hoping no one understands
I'll go through my day in Fantasy Land
You're in all of my plans and each thing I do
I'm not really trying, you'd say, and it's true
I don't really want to be through
Thinking of you.

©2007 Artsong Music

High Hopes for You

Written By: Jan Seides

I used to know a gypsy girl who lived in Central Park
Told me tales of strange adventures I could never share
She would come to my apartment sometimes after dark
A gypsy girl who lived her life as if she wasn't there.

Life is sweet
And Life is savory
Life is sour
And bitter too.
While you are
Your mother's baby
She has such high hopes
For you.

An Indian man whose name was Louie spent his days in Union Square
Poured himself into a bottle every afternoon
Told us jokes, told us stories. Told us that he had no cares
Though the life he once had lay about him all in ruin.

Life is sweet
And life is savory
Life is sour
and bitter too.
While you are
Your mother's baby
She has such high hopes
For you.

All her dreams
All her plans
All your choices
Are unpaid invoices

From rock musicians burnt from speeding, biker chicks with sleeve tattoos
Wall Street bankers sick with money, Prilosec at every meal
Laughing children in your schoolyard, please be careful how you choose
Life can change at any moment, consequences to reveal

Life is sweet
And life is savory
Life is sour
and bitter too.
While you are
Your mother's baby
She has such high hopes
For you.
You are still your mother’s baby
She has such high hopes for you.

©2009 Artsong Music (BMI)

Thinking of You

Written By: Jan Seides

It's 2:38
Yes. I'm still awake.
I am thinking of you
Why should it be
At a quarter to three
I am thinking of you.

I've watched some TV
Sex and the City
While thinking of you.
I can't even read
‘Bout The Code of DaVinci)
Cuz I'm thinking of you

With a smile on my face that no one can see
I have no need for sleep apparently
You've invaded my thoughts and conquered my dreams.
And all of that's just fine with me.

If you came through my door
At ten after four
You'd find me here thinking of you.
If you spied by moonlight
At five minutes to five
I'd still be here thinking of you.

The minutes tick by
But when I close my eyes
I am thinking of you.
Soon I'll have to get up
But that won't mean I'll stop
Thinking of you.

With a smile I am hoping no one understands
I'll go through my day in Fantasy Land
You're in all of my plans and each thing I do
I'm not really trying, you'd say, and it's true
I don't really want to be through
Thinking of you.

Everything to Me

Written By: Jan Seides

Don't seem like much that you cuddle up closer
When it's cold at night.
Don't seem like much that you rub my shoulders
When I come home tired.
But I don't know what I would ever do
If I had to live in the world without you.
Don't seem like much, but it’s everything to me.

Don't seem like much keeps people together these days
Just a miracle or two
But that's still not enough, to hear some tell it.
And it sure don't seem to see them through
But in these tough and turbulent times
When love's so easily forgotten, still you don't forget mine
Don't seem like much, but it's everything to me.

So many drops fill an ocean.
So many stars fill the skies above
So many acts of devotion fill my heart with love.

So it means so much that you tell my you love me
Though we've had a fight
And it means so much that you say that you're sorry too
Even when you were right.
It's just a minor detail in the master plan
'Cause I'm just a woman, you're just a man
Don't seem like much, but it's everything to me.

I don’t mean it's unimportant or any kind of slight
I just wanted you to know, you're doin' it right.
Don't seem like much, I know, but it's everything to me.

Because You Believe

Written By: Jan Seides

BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE

Let's face it
Sometimes your faith is tested
Sometimes the prize is wrested
from your hands

Let's face it
Your best friend can let you down
your best plan may not work out
the way you planned

Even in a time of sorrow
Tomorrow can still be sweet

If you believe that love is stronger than evil
If you believe there's reason to hope
If you believe there can be a better future
And that you will see it
Because you believe.

Let's face it
Sometimes the news is bad
Sometimes the movie's sad
when it's ended

Let's face it.
Life can change so fast
A love that was supposed to last
can leave you stranded

Even in the darkest crisis
The light is never asleep

If you believe that love is stronger than evil
If you believe there's reason to hope
If you believe there can be a better future
And that you will see it
Because you believe it.

There will be a better future
And you will see it
Because you believe

Let Me Take You West

Written By: Jan Seides

Let me take you west
And fill your eyes with beauty
But they’d just be small and puny
And you would not feel satisfied
No, you would not feel blessed
Like if you saw them with your own eyes
So let me take you west.

Let me take you west
To timeless earthly majesty
In ever-changing robes and jewels
Left here by the sea.
And you will hear me speak of it
And I will seem obsessed
There’s only one solution
Let me take you west.

Let me take you west
Among the brooding silent canyons
And the shouts of pointed rocky spires
Reaching to the heavens
Spend a day or spend a lifetime
Whatever you suggest
Let me show you how I love you
Let me take you west.

Imagine this at sunset
Let me take you west.

First Steps (For Raina and Jesse)

Written By: Jan Seides

Long ago when you were small
Learning how to walk
A bit afraid that you might fall
But something made you stand.
You were young but you were brave
So you let go of the table
And off into the future you ran.

Starting school when you were five
Standing to one side
Watching children on the slide
Landing in the sand
You waited for your moment, then
You joined right in and made a friends
And off into the future you ran.

They were the first step of your life’s adventure
That leap of faith that takes you so far
The first step; declaring who you are.

Now you stand before this crowd
To speak your wedding vows
A little scared, but happy
Now you’re one -- forevermore.
You are so smart
To trust in love and give your heart
Cuz now the future is yours

So we gather together

For your first steps of your new life adventure
That leap of faith that will take you so far
It’s your first step declaring who you are
Your first step; sharing who you are.

Lascaux

Written By: Jan Seides

Come let me show you the caves of Lascaux
Where horses and deer and buffalo dance
See the walls and the ceilings and the arches above
Ancient and sacred
A gift from the artists' hands

Come dream with me
Come back to a time when we were young
Follow a herd
From an African sun
Enter the caves
Where they all freely run
And the painters trace their hands
In the caves of Lascaux

Here in our twenty-first century myth
We think we live by some G-d-given plan
And all of these lives are for our benefit
Ours for the taking
As fast as we can

But dream with me
Come back to a time when we were young
Follow a herd
From an African sun
Enter the caves
Where they all freely run
And the painters trace their hands
In the caves of Lascaux

Come kneel in the torchlight and bow your heads,
Give thanks to your brothers.
By their grace you will be fed

Come dream with me
Come back to a time when we were young
Follow a herd
From an African sun
Enter the caves
Where they all freely run
And the painters trace their hands
In the caves of Lascaux

Where Are They Now?

Written By: Jan Seides

What ever happened to Miss Olga Schneider
Who taught me to sew in the seventh grade
Did she ever marry? Did she have a daughter
Who learned to make aprons like the one that I made?

What ever happened to Don and Barb Vandecamp
Who shot a small cannon every Fourth of July
They sat on their front porch with the neighborhood kids
And we all smelled the cookies baking inside

Where are they now?
What did they do when we parted?
I carry a small bit of each of them
In my heart.

What ever happened to the woman from India
Who told me her history one night on a plane
I gave her my hand and she squeezed it so tightly
As we were landing because she was afraid.

I still remember a blonde boy in Amsterdam,
The park bench on Prinsengracht, warm sweet red wine
And the sound of faint music from across the canal
In the light of a streetlamp we talked through the night

Where are they now?
What did they do when we parted?
I carry a small bit of each of them
In my heart.

I may not remember their names
My time with them came and went
But they're part of who I became
And maybe I'm also part of them, but….

Chorus

What If

Written By: Jan Seides

What would you do
If you weren't scared to,
If you didn't have any doubt?
What would you try?
How high would you fly
Over the crowd?

What would you say
If you weren't intimidated
By the thought someone might laugh?
Would you dare to dream
Would you say what you mean
Would you walk that path.

What if all your barriers
Were made of tissue paper?
What if you could leap and know
You'd land on your feet?
What if all your dreams really could come true?
What if love really is the answer?
What if?

What if your words
Inspired you to action?
And your actions brought you to see
The truth face to face
And that opened the gate
And it set you free.

What if you are here
To turn on a light
What if someone’s depending on you.
How can you help
Anyone else,
If you hide that light from view?

What if all your barriers
Are made of tissue paper?
What if you can leap and know
You'll land on your feet?
What if all your dreams really did come true?
What if love really is the answer?
What if?