YESTERDAY A SMILE

Here’s more of the Summer of Romantic Fluff.

YESTERDAY A SMILE
(To melody of movie theme the name of which I cannot recall)

Yesterday a smile
Today a frown
The world spins ‘round
We live, we cope
Sometimes in fear
And always keeping up our guards
Hope against all odds
But it’s so hard for me to live
Without you here.

Yesterday is gone
Along with you
Nowhere a smile
Where is the love
The dreams, the life
What stands behind that meant so much
Nothing one can touch
Only memories that flicker
Through the night
Yesterday a smile
Just yesterday
A smile seemed right.

© 2003 by Robert S. Steinberg
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MARGARITA

Continuing the, “Summer of Romantic Fluff.” I’ve always like Mariachi music, the winding melodies, fragrant harmony and acoustic guitars. This lyric about a cowboy who falls in love on his way to the Alamo was written to an original  Mariachi-like tune.

MARGARITA
(To original melody)

Verses
Margarita pretty senorita.
We were standing in the courtyard
of a church outside of Mexico.
I was only passing through there.
When I spent a night with you there.
On my way to San Antonio.

Suddenly the sunlight caught your hair.
There was sadness in your eyes,
entreating softly, “Please don’t go.”
Still, I had to leave that morning.
By the twilight of the night,
men would be dying at the Alamo.

Chorus
Margarita, don’t despair.
It’s just that I cannot dishonor
A Texas torn with strife.
Still I love you, I’ll take care.
And I promise Margarita,
Not to throw away my life.
When we’ve defeated Santa Anna
I’ll come back and make you my wife.

Verse
As I rode my steed into the sunrise.
In my mind there was determination,
in my heart an unrelenting pain.
And I understood the meaning
of the saying,
Cowboys’ memories are scattered
like the dust upon the desert plain.
Repeat chorus

Verse
There’s an eerie silence always following a battle.
Santa Anna walks among the brave
who would not choose to yield.
In the pocket of one soldier
is a torn and bloodied letter.
And he reads it to himself
right there upon the battlefield.

Chorus
Margarita don’t despair.
You know that I could not dishonor
A Texas torn with strife.
Know I loved you and take care
And I’m sorry Margarita
That I could not save my life.
You’ll meet another lucky cowboy.
One day he’ll make you his wife.

© 2017 by Robert S. Steinberg
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BETWEEN THE WORDS HELLO GOODBYE

This post continues the Summer of Romantic Fluff.

BETWEEN THE WORDS HELLO GOODBYE
(To original melody)

Goodbye,
Such a lonely word that leaves you feeling sad
Although,
One can always find some good in any bad
To think,
We could only say goodbye if first we’d said hello

And so be glad
For every moment that we loved and cared
For knowing I was there
And for all we shared
Between the words hello goodbye

Farewell,
Barely spoken sound to signify and end
So long,
Though I hate to see you leave my lovely friend.
But then,
We were lucky to have found
What many never know

And so I’m glad
For every moment that we loved and cared
For knowing you were there
And for all we shared
Between the words hello goodbye.
Between the words hello goodbye.

 

© 2004 by Robert S. Steinberg
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SOMEDAY ISLE

This post continues the “Summer of Romantic Fluff,” on a jazz theme.

SOMEDAY ISLE
(To original melody)

“Someday Isle,” “Somewhere Happiness”
I’ll take you there one day.
We’ll go in style.

Life feels dead in “Meanwhile Loneliness,”
I dream to keep from going mad.
In “Someday Isle.”

That corner of my mind
Where I am loved, and I can find
A peaceful respite from the sadness.
For a while.

“Somewhere Girl,” Are you far or near?
The dream one day won’t be a “Someday,”
You’ll appear.

Show me your, “Always Smile.”
Goodbye to “Someday Isle.”
For then I’ll be –

“Somewhere.”

© 2017 by Robert S. Steinberg
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AND SO IT ALL BEGAN (NO MORE WAR)

AND SO IT ALL BEGAN (NO MORE WAR)
(To tune of “And I love You So,” by Don McClean (1970)).

God created Man.
With free-will from above.
And Man created war.
The opposite of love.

And so it all began.
His finger touched the ground.
So hard to see the plan.
When peace nowhere is found.

And so I ask the heaven’s up on-high.
Do children have to die?
Though I try to comprehend.
And God, you know, we’re all at your command.
You’d need but raise a hand.
And all war would surely end.

God created man.
Oft-times I ask, “what for?”
To hate and to make war?
That cannot be the plan.

The truth would be sublime
Light given from above
God would not waste His time.
And not believe in love.

And so I ask the heaven’s up on-high.
Do children have to die?
War is hard to comprehend.
And God, you know, we’re all at your command.
You’d need but raise a hand.
And all war would surely end.

No more war, it has to end.

Lyric © 2017 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

A PLAGIARISED LOVE SONG
(To original melody)
Though it often seems too trite, whispered in the night
under starlight beaming bright.
I’ll say right then.
“I love you.”

Yet it can’t be thought as wrong, repeating in this song
what won’t take me very long.
To say again
“I love you.”

Clichéd phrase –
delivered through the ages
written down on pages
by dead poets in dull rhymes.
Yet always –
lovers vow and swear it
and never tire to hear it
said to them a million times.

So I’ll look into your eyes, and crystallize the words
boldly written on my heart.
At that moment of pure bliss, as our lips strain to a kiss
when you’ll know they’re really true.
As I plagiarise again the well-worn words
“I love you.”

© 2017 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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LONELY PEOPLE

This post continues the summer break with more romantic fluff.

LONELY PEOPLE
(Original lyric by Robert S. Steinberg to original melody)

We’re all people, lonely people.
Different colors, sizes, odd shapes.
But just people, vulnerable people.
To life’s bruises, and love’s heart-scrapes

We breathe the same air
on this same lonely world.
Alone among the stars.
Every woman, every man
every boy and every girl
knows in her heart

She’s a person, and a person’s
No more precious than the next one.
Wealth may bring a bit of comfort.
But we’re planted in the same bed
when it’s all been said and done.

So, I’ll fill my cup with kindness.
We’re all here just passing through.
Lonely people, as lonely people do.
But I’ll feel less lonely
if I’m the person
who is pleasing you.

© 2016 by Robert S. Steinberg
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ONE SMILE

ONE SMILE
(To original melody)

One smile can change the day for a person
who feels that smile beaming their way.
And all that gloom and doom inside puts on the brakes.
Sometimes a smile is all it takes.

One smile can change the mood of a nation.
Small pebbles dropped into weary streams.
Spread ripples out from rivers to oceans.
One smile can spark a million new dreams

Nothing you feel, will lift the funk you’re in.
Along comes a stranger, with an irresistible grin.

One smile can turn on those good emotions
that lead you to a much better place.
So, let go of worries, you might just change the world.
Just let a smile take over your face.
Just let a smile take over your face.

© 2015 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE

This song was inspired by a character in Gerald Green’s wonderful novel, “The Last Angry Man,” made into a film starring Paul Muni.  Dr. Sam Abelman  is a cantankerous family doctor who remains in his slum neighborhood because he cares more about his ungrateful patients than about money or offered TV notoriety.  He calls the takers in life galoots. Among many memorable quips he says, “No one does anything for its own sake anymore.”

DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
(To original melody)

Do something for its own sake.
Something you love.
Not for what, you can get out of it.

Do something for feeling good
Proud of yourself.
Glad to be you, because you did it.

In this mercurial world we’re riven.
Always, chasing the buck.
You never catch up.
S’ one rat-race treadmill, this life we’re livin’.
Y’ thirst for happiness, but a drop is given.
It’s time you,

Do something for its own sake.
Something you love.
Not for what, you can get out of it.

Do something for feeling good.
Proud of yourself.
Glad to be you, because you did it.

Something you love.
For its own sake
Not for a buck.
Do something you love.

© 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2014)

CONGRESS WISHES YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (2014)
(To tune of “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas” by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, as performed by Judy Garland in film, “Meet Me in Saint Louis.”)

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
With a last Hurrah!
Sounds familiar: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!

Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas
What a spending bill.
Stuffed with so much pork it’s smelling like road-kill.

Tis the season of merriment
To the Senate send some elves
And to the house where smug members rent
Seats and represent themselves.

Next year we will have another congress.
An angry one, and-how!
We may come to wish for this pathetic sow
And Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas now.

Reprise
Congress wishes you a Merry Christmas.
Isn’t Chutzpah bold?
They’ve upped campaign funding limits by ten-fold.

Why three-cheers for the candidates?
In all fifty states? What for?
Millionaires have selected them.
And elected them. What’s more –

Next year we will have another congress.
A better one? No – how!
We may come to wish for this pathetic sow
Your congress wishes you a Merry Christmas now.

Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg
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