Kurt Gundersen

The Endless Wow

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

I was born, it’s hard to believe

This precious life, so hard to achieve

So hard to grasp and easy to lose

What we appreciate is for us to choose

 

Now I’m here just riding along

I’m working hard and I’m singing my song

Don’t change a thing don’t mess up my plans

Don’t ever want things to get out of hand

 

Bridge:

Floating on the ocean, somehow I’ve risen to the top

Flying high above the Earth, trying to avoid becoming a flop

Hanging on too tightly is how everything will drop . . .

 

Everyone I meet, everything I touch

Can’t take it for granted, thinking it doesn’t mean much

I must try to be strong, gentle, loving and kind

I must open my heart and open my mind

 

Bridge:

Wandering through this life it becomes so easy to forget

Taking it for granted that someday all my goals will be met 

Riding high on this wave now, it's becoming clearer why its water is wet 

 

And no matter what, everything ends

And begins again and again and again

If I could only stay in the right here and now

Getting in touch with the endless wow 

Getting in touch with the endless wow

Getting in touch with the endless wow

 

Everybody Knows

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

Everybody knows the end is always near.

Forever being close, it’s never been so clear.

I want to fly.

Find a map to the sky.

And say good-bye to say hello.

Hello.  Good-bye.  Hello.

 

Everyone is tired of hearing the word No.

Everyone’s on fire, all revved up to go.

I want to go real far.

Find a map to the stars.

And say good-bye to say hello.

Hello.  Good-bye.  Hello.

 

Bridge:

I reach for the corners of my mind

And the tangled mess I can’t unwind.

Am I ready for what I might find?

I reach for the fringes of my soul

And the mangled mess I can’t unfold.

And the space between young and old.  

 

Hello.  Good-bye.  Hello.

 

Everybody knows all one needs to know.

One must only pose questions for the road.

I want to ride

Deep into the open wide

And say good-bye to say hello.

Hello.  Good-bye.  Hello.

 

In the Not Too Distant

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

In the not too distant, everything will be alright

In the not too distant, we'll finally see the light

In the not too distant, the second coming of the Lord

Waiting around for judgment day is like falling on your own sword 

In the Not Too Distant (3 times)

 

Bridge:

It seems like I’m always out on the road

Anxiously waiting for the moment when we’ll arrive.

While anxiously waiting to get there, a beautiful world is passing me by. 

 

In the not too distant, the weight that drags me down will feel so light

When I finally reach the mountaintops, I'll sleep so well at night

In the not too distant, finally close the gap

Where we are, where we want to be . . . a very subtle trap

In the not too distant (3 times) 

 

Bridge:

Feels like my life is moving so fast

It seems like so many years have already flown by

Waking up each breath at a time

Is not only possible . . . it is our birthright.

 

In the not too distant, the second coming of the lord

I see you crossing that foggy bridge, playing golden lyre chords

In the not too distant, the present now will be past

The here and now is over, Existence so hard to grasp

In the not too distant (3 times)

 

Apples and Oranges

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019 

You’re speaking in oranges, I can’t squeeze out the juice

You spend your days locked up, I’m always on the loose

I’m trying to break free but you’re happy in a noose 

I’m only seeking clarity and you’re being so obtuse

 

The rungs on your ladder are made of rubber bands

I’m on the mountainside surveying the land

You’re trying to reach the top with every sleight of hand

We’re on so many different levels, can’t find a leg on which to stand

 

Chorus

Oranges and Apples

Life’s fruit you can’t compare

With truth we all must grapple

When life seems so unfair

 

You see every detail not a hair is out of place

For me it’s the big picture I’m always trying to chase

You think all the answers can be found in a mirror’s face 

Reflection is an illusion and I see the lines you could never trace

 

Chorus

Oranges and Apples

Life’s fruit you can’t compare

With truth we all must grapple

When life seems so unfair

 

You’re speaking in apples but I can’t taste the pie

My passion is my poison, your crust is thick and dry

The gates are so wide open but you’re afraid to come outside

The snake is in the dungeon and I’m in the garden reaching for the sky

 

Marathon

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2018

Don't run out of gas, she said to me

You're moving too fast, she said to me

Life is a marathon and not a sprint

Are you here for a while or for only a brief stint

 

Don't lose your mind, she said to me

You can always unwind, she said to me

Whether you brood or grow is up to you 

It's time to unravel this mystery of who

Don't lose your mind she said to me

You can always unwind she said to me

 

Bridge

Miles and miles and miles behind

How long will the past keep on strangling up my mind

Miles and miles and miles ahead

How long will it take 'til we live presently instead

 

You're moving too fast, she said to me

Enjoy it while it lasts, she said to me

Is life a series of events to just get through

What is the point if that really is the truth

You're moving too fast she said to me

Enjoy it while it lasts, she said to me

 

Repeat Bridge

 

You're moving too fast, she said to me

Enjoy it while it lasts, she said to me

Enjoy it while it lasts, she said to me 

 

Humming In the Mornings Before Dawn

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019 

Deep in the darkest corner of night

Wondering if I’ll ever fall asleep

My mind keeps making up endless fights

In which I never seem to compete

 

I need to let go

But the silence starts to scream

And just when I feel my breathing slow

I'm already waking up from bad dreams 

 

9 am on a Saturday

I really should go out and run for miles

But this headache won't go away 

I think I'll stay right here for a while

 

I need to let go

Trying to be someone I'm not

But knowing how quickly the time goes

I need to give all that I've got

 

Chorus:

And Hummingbirds don't really hum, she said 

It's just the sound of their wings buzzing along

And if only I weren't such a night owl, instead

I could be humming in the mornings before dawn

 

We don't really get more time we get less

Even when you learn to slow it down

Life without meaning makes you ravenous 

Filling up all the holes could make you drown 

 

Need to let go

Trying to be someone I'm not

But knowing how quickly the time goes

I need to give all that I've got

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Pray For Rain

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

I'm digging my hands deep into the dirt

I'm digging up plans, I'm digging up hurt

I'm digging my feet deep into the ground

72 inches deep but there’s no savior to be found

 

Chorus:

Digging up seeds of love

And I’m digging up seeds of pain

Trying to sow the former

While for the latter I pray for rain

Pray for rain

Pray for rain

Pray for rain 

 

I’m dipping my hands, deep down in the stream

I’m living in foreign lands but only in my dreams

The water is so cold but I am building up speed

Mist rising above the water as I deconstruct this creed

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Bridge:

And the further I go in

deeper and deeper down

I’m learning about some things

I can’t wrap my mind around

I’m kicking up clouds of dust

The further I go in

I need to feel a gust

of this crazy sacred wind

Crazy Sacred Wind 

Sacred Wind

Sacred Wind

Crazy Sacred Wind

 

I’m digging up my heart from deep down in the bottomless pit

I’m puzzled by the pieces that never seem to wanna fit

I'm looking all around for a savior to set me free

But the only place to look is already deep inside of me.

 

Repeat Chorus 

 

As of Today   

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2018

Divided hearts and crowded minds are wandering the streets

The kitchen is no place to unwind and I can’t stand the heat

Tattered robes of liberty still flutter in the wind 

As I look out across the bay I still hear her angels sing

 

Chorus

 As of today I can't believe the news

 As of today I’m wondering what to do

 How can we carry through

 With so much madness in the air

 Love overcomes despair 

 

Hear the talking heads opine from comfy TV studios

Laughing out in hearty growls like this is some kind of a joke 

We keep lending our ears to a privileged few with nothing to lose 

Whose skin is no longer in the game as they glide along in their comfy snooze

 

Repeat Chorus 

 

Now I’m gonna hit the streets to clear my cloudy head

Hear distant voices crying out to renounce the fearful dread 

Harmonies of freedom’s ring can be a dissonant chime 

But voices of love trump those of hatred every single time. 

 

Repeat Chorus

 

The Country

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

I’m gonna leave the city, move out to the country

I’m through with the grime and gritty, gonna move out to the country

 Where the burning streets will no longer try to engulf me

And my blazing feet will no longer try to outrun me . . . 

 

This dog in me is growling, take me out running

At the moon this dog is howling, time to let the sun in

Where the blistering winds will no longer try and taunt me 

And the closing in will no longer try and taunt me

 

During the day the night is calling and darkness fills the morning 

And the rising tide is falling as the wind calls out its warning

Where the careless speed of careless minds doesn’t matter

And the former becomes no greater than the latter

 

I’m gonna leave the city, move out to the country

I’m through with the grime and gritty, gonna move out to the country

I’m through with the grime and gritty, gonna move out to the country

I’m through with the grime and gritty, gonna move out to the country

 

 

A Good Day For Loving You (If It Ends in Y)

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

 

Chorus

If it ends in Y

It’s a good day for loving you

If it ends in Y 

It’s a good day for loving you all night

 

From out of this world 

You came straight into my heart

From that very moment

We’ve never been apart

 

You really liked to talk

I liked listening all the while

And the way you laugh

Really made me smile

For the first time 

In a long long while

 

Repeat Chorus

 

From the time that we met

You helped me stay on the ground

Never getting too far up

Never falling too far down 

 

Now a decade has gone by

And for many decades more

I want you to be the one 

Comes dancing through my door

So much limitless love 

To explore 

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Wake Up and Fly

 -- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

Let it rain

All day

Let it come down 

We won’t drown

 

Let ‘em sing

It gives the angels wings

Let ‘em fly high

A little more inside 

 

Chorus:

We only have this time around

One chance to make a thunderous sound

Who wants to be stuck on the ground 

I want to wake up and fly 

 

Feel the love and feel pain

An open heart remains

Like parting clouds

Lift off the shroud

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Let it Rain

All Day

Let it come down

We won’t drown

 

Utter Chaotic Rootlessness

-- Kurt Gundersen © 2019

 

Pulling weeds out of the ground

Turning everything upside down

Pouring another glass of wine

Thinking I've got endless limitless time.

 

I can't take my eyes off the screen

It's full of lies, borderline obscene

Occupying my mind more than the ones I love

I’m so far away can't even join my own club.

 

Chorus

Utter chaotic rootlessness

Would it have to be so bad

Lost in a cozy comfort zone

Might be a little bit more mad

Shaking things up and rattling cages

What could ever be more fun

Utter chaotic rootlessness

If only I had the strength not to run.

 

And for the millionth time, you've had the same thought

About unworthiness and everything you are not

In a strange comforting way it really keeps you down

How you keep all windows closed and never head out of town

 

Repeat Chorus

 

And tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes

The sun will rise but will I feel its glow?

And it's radical to really slow it down

To hear the gliding hawk as it makes no sound.

 

Repeat Chorus