Virginia Emrick

Virginia Emrick

 Vincentown, New Jersey, USA
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Biography

Virginia Lynn Emrick
Lyricist, Librettist, Poet, Novelist, Producer
Songwriter for Film/TV/Theatre / Children Music

Since childhood, Virginia has been writing stories and inventing characters. Virginia began her professional writing career writing commercials for cable television in New Jersey. During that time, she also edited a weekly local cable program called “Cinnaminson Notebook” and was involved in writing skits for local elementary school programs.

After moving to Los Angeles, Virginia wrote various marketing materials as well as technical and training documents. In 2002, she was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition. Following her songwriting achievement, Virginia began formal songwriting study under the tutelage of multi-platinum songwriter and producer Marty Panzer, where she received his “Barry Manilow Scholarship for Writing Lyrics that Succeed and Endure.” She also studied songwriting with award-winning songwriters Arthur Hamilton and Harriet Schock, as well as studying with The Academy for New Musical Theatre.

In 2004, Virginia completed her first major work for musical theatre, titled “The Ultimate Musical,” which was written with German composer Peter Michael von der Nahmer. This piece was performed in both the United States and Germany, where it received press accolades and is awaiting future performances.

Following the success of “The Ultimate Musical,” Virginia co-wrote a mini-musical with composer-lyricist Stephanie Hutchinson and is working on a number of new pieces for musical theatre. Current stage projects include “Noah’s Animals,” “Casting Call,” and individual songs for choirs.

Recently, Virginia completed her first novel, “Stalking Horse,” along with two children’s stories. She holds both a BA and MA in communications and is a member of ASCAP, The Society for Composers & Lyricists, The Academy for New Musical Theatre and The Dramatist Guild of America.

For more information, visit www.virginiaemrick.com or contact Virginia via email to virginia@virginiaemrick.com.

Lyrics

You Can Trust in Me

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick (lyrics), Peter Michael von der Nahmer (music)

Come and dance with me, little socks
‘Cause I’d like to dance with you, little socks
When we start to sway,
It’ll blow the crowd away
So now, come and dance with me, little socks

Just picture how we’ll glide across the dance floor
And never stop until our feet get sore
Let’s go and show the world all we can do…me and you

You can trust in me, little socks
Yes, I’ll earn your trust in me, little socks
We’ll start dancing slow
And I won’t dip very low
So yes, you can trust in me, little socks

Imagine all the people come to watch us
And we’ll just laugh at how they’ll make a fuss
Let’s go and show the world all we can do…me and you

We can salsa all through the day
Moving to and fro
We can cha-cha all that we want
Why not?
You can trust in me
Like I can trust in you
We are just a perfect…pair!

Beyond Forever

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick (lyric) & Peter Michael von der Nahmer (music)

BEYOND FOREVER

All my life, I never knew
That I would meet someone like you
And though I saw you in my dreams
The world still tore me, at the seams
Now here you are…
Bringing me so far,
From who I used to be

Your love touched my very heart
Sorta like Cupid with his dart
And when I’m faced with the unknown,
I know I’ll never feel alone
‘Cause there’s no doubt,
Day in and day out,
That you believe in me

And there’s a road that runs beyond forever
Just underneath the sun
I can see that road beyond forever
Where you and me, we come together
Sharing things no one else will ever know
And oh, I’ll gladly go,
Down that road beyond forever…
With you…

Maybe time won’t go so fast
(If) we can make each moment last
By loving each and every day
No matter what may come our way
You know, it’s true
That I love you too,
And I guarantee…

While some dreams may die,
Others make you cry…
Oh, you and I,
We’ll get through
I’ll always be here for you,
To get you by…

‘Cause there’s a road that runs beyond forever
Just underneath the sun
Can you see that road beyond forever
Where you and me, we come together
Sharing things no one else will ever know
And oh, I’ll gladly go,
Down that road beyond forever
With you…

Little Boy Fingers

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick

LITTLE BOY FINGERS

Saturday morning & he walks down the stairs
Picks up the paper & he silently stares.
His little boy runs up, a face full of glee
“Daddy, come on play with me.
I wanna build castles on the shore in the sand.
I wanna slay dragons in some foreign land.
I want you to come play with me.”
His little boy fingers wrap tight on a sleeve
As he looks up at Daddy and he begs him “please.”

But Daddy is busy – no time for the boy.
He says he’ll play later but that’s just a ploy.
He takes it for granted there will always be time
To tell him the things that he knows in his mind.
“Tomorrow,” he swears, “we can dance or we’ll swing
Tomorrow’s the time we can do anything.”
The child looks hopeful. He smiles and says “fine.”
His little boy fingers let go of the sleeve
And the boy turns away, “Daddy, tomorrow, please.”

In a blink of an eye, tomorrow comes to an end.
A marriage is over with nothing to mend.
His wife says she’s leaving. She just cannot stay.
The boy will go with her; then, she takes him away.
The distance between them fills up the years
And he thinks of him always as he blinks back the tears
His memories haunt him to this very day
As he still feels the touch of a hand on his sleeve
And he still hears the cries of a boy saying “please.”

He hopes that someday his boy will come back
And he carries his loss like a weight in a sack
He doesn’t forget there are words never said
As “I love you, my son” rolls around in his head.
Soon, he promises, he’ll make things okay
And he falls to his knees – lets his pain slip away.
He thinks of tomorrow as he crawls into bed
Still, those little boy fingers don’t clutch at his sleeve
But he looks up to heaven and prays to God “please.”

You Can't Go Home Again

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick

Driving off in the rain
Headin’ out the way I came
So many years since I’ve been gone
And now it won’t be that long…
Till I’m there

With…
Old brick houses
And country roads
Family secrets
And silent codes
Memories of yesterday
Floodin’ in from faraway
Everything still looks the same
Through it all, I feel a change

And I’ve heard

You can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again
Even though, you wanna try
If you do, you’ll wonder why
‘Cause you can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again

To
Childhood places
And used to be’s
High school dances
Or climbing trees
Fantasies are fading fast
Better leave ‘em in the past
Little pieces of broken dreams
Well, that’s just the way it seems

Now I know

You can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again
Even though, you wanna try
If you do, you’ll wonder why
‘Cause you can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again

People passing say “hello”
So you smile, put on your show
But in the end you know
That you just can’t go

You can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again
Even though, you wanna try
If you do, you’ll wonder why
‘Cause you can’t go home again
No, you can’t go home again

A Frog

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick & Peter Michael von der Nahmer

A wonderful dream
So good I could scream
This proves that all wishes can really come true
I wished with my heart I could be someone new
And now I’m a frog…a frog

My skin is bright green
And has a nice sheen
My eyes are like dishes so big and so round
I hop and my legs make a soft squishy sound
‘Cause now I’m a frog

A glorious day, hipitty hop to the bay
All over town, I’ll just pop up and down
I’ll splash in a plipity plop kind of way
I’ll laugh and I’ll play, wonderful day…for frogs

When I go to school
The kids will all drool
They’ll act like they’re fishes to be just like me
They’ll swim through the air saying that it’s the sea
But they are no frogs…no frogs

Oh what if they joke
Or they point or they tease
Oh well, let them do as they please
‘Cause I’ll just hop on the very next breeze
And head off through the trees

A glorious day, hipitty hop to the bay
All over town, I’ll just pop up and down
I’ll splash in a plipity plop kind of way
I’ll laugh and I’ll play, wonderful day…for frogs
Wonderful day for frogs

A Friend Like You

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick & Peter Michael von der Nahmer

LILLI
Life was simply ordinary yesterday
Now it’s extraordinary, I must say
And the reason’s clear
Now that you’re here
Life’s more fun with two
Everyday, a new adventure awaits me
‘Cause I have a friend like you

LILLI
When there’s magic in the air

HEKTOR
We can go most anywhere

BOTH
How ‘bout we

LILLI
Take a ride up

HEKTOR
to the moon

LILLI
Or inside a red balloon
Cross an ocean
Or a mountain
Doesn’t matter
Just stay near

BOTH
A friend like you is so much fun
And our journey has just begun
Stick with me and we’ll go places

HEKTOR
That we never knew

LILLI
There’s so much we can do

HEKTOR
Together

LILLI
I’m glad I have a friend

BOTH
A friend like you

LILLI
So let’s step right out of time

HEKTOR
We can go hear Big Ben chime

LILLI
And we can visit old

HEKTOR
Monsieur Pascal

LILLI
Or a cold Venice Canal

HEKTOR
Wrap a mummy

LILLI
Find Atlantis

HEKTOR
Swim the Loch Ness

LILLI
If we dare

BOTH
A friend like you is so much fun
And our journey has just begun
Stick with me and we’ll go places

HEKTOR
That we never knew

LILLI
There’s so much we can do

HEKTOR
Together

LILLI
I’m glad I have a friend
A friend like you

LILLI
Let’s make a plan
And set our clocks
We’ll pack a bag

HEKTOR
Remember socks!

LILLI
We’ll leave a note
On my toy box

HEKTOR
Just don’t forget
To pack my socks!
Please don’t forget to pack my socks

BOTH
A friend like you is so much fun
And our journey has just begun

BOTH
Stick with me and we’ll go places

HEKTOR
That we never knew

LILLI
There’s so much we can do

HEKTOR
Together

LILLI
I’m glad I have a friend

BOTH
A friend like
Only you because there’s nobody else like you

Funky Thing

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick

I’m chillin’ out at the Jazz Café
Still have my doubts why you went away
Ben Miller’s up and he’s gonna sing
He wrote a song about a diamond ring
If you were here, I know we’d both join in
‘Cause it’s a funky thing
Yeah it’s a funky thing

Gotta close my eyes
Just to visualize
You at the keys
See you taunt and tease
You play your groove
And the crowd’s on their knees
‘Cause it’s a funky thing
You got a funky thing

But, I hear ya sold out to the five-n-dime
Now, you’re sweepin’ floors, just killin’ time
Your Daddy squealed at lunch today
He brought your keys but he couldn’t stay
As he left, I swear I heard him say
It’s a funky thing
Yeah it’s a funky thing

Wanna get you back
Get you back on track
Come on, let’s show the world
We are…where it’s at
We got a funky thing
Let’s show ‘em…our funky thing

I know it makes you scream
But don’t give up the dream
You got a funky thing
Baby, don’t you know
You got a funky thing
Let’s go out and show
You got a funky thing
Ooh, we got a funky thing
Yeah, yeah
We got a funky thing
Baby don’t you know
We got a funky thing
Oh oh
We got a funky thing

Now That I Have Found You Here

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick & Peter Michael von der Nahmer

Oh, all my life I have searched
But I never could find love

Still I have always known

That it would find me someday

Now you’re here and it’s clear

You belong to me always from now on
I’m hoping that you feel just what I feel for you
Say you do

‘Cause you see
Now that I have found you here
My whole life’s turning upside down on me

Worlds I never knew appear and

Dreams do come true

Now that I have found you here
Come what may
Let my love surround you year to year
‘cause now that I have found you here
I’ll do anything you ask of me

Any task that you ever need
Just turn around and I will be there for you, love

And, promise me with your heart
Should we ever be apart

That you will miss me just the way

That I will miss you

I feel just like I’m in a daze

‘Cause you see
Now that I have found you here
My whole life’s turning upside down on me

Worlds I never knew appear and

Dreams do come true
All because of you and your love

Don’t you see? Now that I have found you here
My whole life’s turning upside down on me
Worlds I never knew appear and
Dreams do come true

All because of you

Now let me do the same thing for you
And I will be everything you have been to me...

To Lie to You

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick

Sitting here reflecting on the things you said
Too many mixed emotions running through my head
It’s not that I don’t love you
Because you know I do
But you’re asking for a part of me
That was never meant for you

So I’m left with choices
Do I turn and run away?
Or do I turn to face you
With the words that I can’t say?

And if I choose to tell you
How will I bear your tears?
How do I hurt the best friend
I’ve known so many years?

I wish I could bring myself to lie to you
Promise things that could never be
But I can’t bring myself to lie to you
And I think it’s best you hear the truth from me

Now I’m feeling angry
And I’m also feeling sad
And I’m feeling guilty
For a love you thought we had

I guess I gave you reasons
To think I felt the same
And if that’s what I did then
I guess that I’m to blame

And, I wish I could bring myself to lie to you
Promise things that could never be
But I can’t bring myself to lie to you
And I think it’s best you hear the truth from me

Don’t you see…
I will always be your friend
But you know I can’t pretend
We’re something more
And I know you can’t ignore
All that you feel
So I beg you,
Go and find another love
That one you’re dreaming of
Someone to bring your sun and moon
That picket fence you’re longing for
To be right by your side
With you for the ride
As I ride away

Still, I wish I could bring myself to lie to you
Promise things that could never be
But I can’t bring myself to lie to you
And I know it’s best you hear the truth from me

‘Cause I can’t bring myself to lie to you
No, I can’t bring myself to lie to you
No, I won’t bring myself
To lie
To you…

Dark Places (Empty Spaces)

Written By: Virginia Lynn Emrick

Shadows stirring slowly
In my broken heart
Mem’ries overflowing
Till I fall apart
There’s no going forward
And there’s no going back
Right now the world sure
Looks a little black

With its…
Dark places…Empty spaces
Feelings only love erases
Bitten by a burning need
A lonely heart is sure to bleed, in
Dark places…Empty spaces
God’s the only one who graces
Dark places

Endless days forgetting
Pain that I’ve been through
Sleepless nights of praying
For my dreams come true
One day makes a diff’rence
That keeps me holdin’ on
Tomorrow I’ll rise
See the breakin’ dawn

Freeing…
Dark places…Empty spaces
Feelings only love erases
Bitten by a burning need
A lonely heart is sure to bleed, in
Dark places…Empty spaces
God’s the only one who graces
Dark places

You just can’t force it…Let it flow
In the end, you’ll always know
Where candles give the brightest glow
That’s the place you yearn to go

Far from…
Dark places…Empty spaces
Feelings only love erases
Bitten by a burning need
A lonely heart is sure to bleed, in
Dark places…Empty spaces
God’s the only one who graces
Dark places

Discography

You Can Trust in Me (Film) 2006
A Friend Like You (Film) 2006
Change (Stage) 2005
Birds of a Feather (Stage) 2005
A Frog (Stage) 2005
The Ultimate Musical (Stage) 2004