Steve Rapson

Steve Rapson

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When Will I Be Ready

Written By: Steve Rapson

When Will I Be Ready ©2000 Steve Rapson www.soloperformer.com

How old do I have to get?
How many times can I say ,“Not yet.”
All these years are creeping up on me
How many more do I think I’ll see?

When will I be ready

To live the life that I have dreamed of
Sail a foreign shore
Do and see and say and be
What I haven’t been before

When my father was as old as I
I believed his life had passed him by.
Now I’m standing where my father stood
Afraid my time is gone for good

When will I be ready

To build a cabin in the mountains
Write a book a song
Walk a road that is less travelled
Run a marathon

So for those who say, “Not yet”
Now is all the time we get
Wait for planets to align
And find that we are out of time.

When will I be ready

To live the life that I have dreamed of
Sail a foreign shore
Do and see and say and be
What I haven’t been before

How old do I have to get?
How many times can I say, “Not yet.”

Not yet
Not yet

Take Five

Written By: Lyrics by Steve Rapson Music by Paul Desmond

Take Five - Music by Paul Desmond, Lyrics ©2004 by Steve Rapson www.sologuitar.com

A song so cool it takes the band to school
That’s Take Five
Yeah, yeah, yeah,
That’s Take Five

Three or four beat measures is the rule
Not Take Five
No, no, no,
Not Take Five

Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond play
Keys and saxophone in a way
That nobody has to this day
And the melody it swings so free

That we want to all sing along
Captured by the rhythm and song
We don’t care if it might feel wrong
To tap in four.

A song so cool it takes the band to school
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s Take Five

Three or four beat measures is the rule
Not Take Five No, no, no, not Take Five

Oh we know that once Al Jarreau
Sang his lyrics so long ago
Few of us remember it, though
It was all over the radio.

And at every concert he’d play
People would want it the same way
Al got so sick of it one day
He said no more

Can I sing the same old song for you
No, no, no, not Take Five, No, no no

I have to move on to something new
Yeah, yeah, yeah.

We’re in this love together
We’re in this love together

A song so cool it takes the band to school
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s Take Five

Anthropology

Written By: Steve Rapson, music by Charlie Parker

Digging for remains of romance,
all alone
Relics of an age when we were lovers
Like in a museum, memories are uncovered
Oh, who knows what might be discovered?

Here's a picture before you left with the cat
An exotic breed to which I was allergic.
I was inattentive, maybe mean, but never meant it
Couldn't we forgive, forget, and move on?

When I broke through and finally found you
So cold and stiff with that icy stare
Yes, I felt like a jerk to think you'd still care
Romantic anthropology don't work.

So if you think a love mummified, long ago
Can be unwrapped and magically revived
That expedition is cursed
Though your poor heart hurts
Romantic anthropology is much worse.