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Sometimes It Works Songbook

© Allan Byer 1/17/2000 all rights reserved

All songs © by Allan Byer 12/99 except ďSnow on the MountainĒ by Allan Byer and Jim Williams

*Recorded and Mixed at Mirror Time Records

*Remastered by Matt Engle Musi-Tech Studios

Guitar, Harmonica, and Lead Vocals by Allan Byer

Percussion, Vocals, Lead Guitar by Dean Prescott

*Cover Design by Halla Byer © 12/99 All rights reserved.

#1 Never Give Up @ Allan Byer 8/99

Intro - instrumental

Chorus/Verse 1

Never Give up on Love, these words he said to me.

Never Give up on Love and you will be free.

Never Give up on love may take a long time.

Never Give Up. Never gonna die.

Bridge 1

And When the Hard times are knocking at your Door

And Iím not there to hold you anymore

Never Giviní up on love may seem like a long time.

Can I help you? Can I make you mine, all mine?

Chorus/Verse 2

Never Give Up on Love. You know itís true.

Never Give up on Love and I wonít give up on you.

Never Give Up on Love may take a long while.

Never Give up. Always keep a smile.

Bridge 3/Chorus/Verse 3 Harp solo

Bridge 4/Chorus/Verse 4 Guitar solo

Bridge 5 And When the Hard times are knocking at your Door

And Iím not there to hold you anymore

Never Giviní Up may seem like a long While.

But I can Help you. I can bring a Smile------.

Chorus/Verse 5

Never Give Up on Love, He said to me.

Never Give Up On Love, And you will be Free.

Never Give Up on Love. May take a long Time.

Never Give Up. Never Gonna Die.

Coda: Never Give Up. Always Keep a Smile.

 

#2 Now I Know You © Allan Byer 12/99

Verse progression (Iíll have to show you the chords; theyíre simple, but I canít name some of them as I write this)

Verse 1

I used to cry; I used to lie.

But now I know. Now I know you.

I used to rhyme; Iíd waste my time.

But now I know. Now I know you.

Chorus 1

I know itís hard sometimes

To be as real as you need to be.

I know itís hard sometimes,

But youíre not, but youíre not alone.

Verse 2

Life can be high and sunshine bright

All around, all around you.

When moods get low and time too slow,

Think of me. Think of me and you.

Chorus 2

Life has its highs and lows you know.

Thatís how the story goes.

But I got you and

You have me, too.

You have me, too.

 

#3 SNOW ON THE MOUNTAIN @ Allan Byer and Jim Williams, revised 8/99

Progression: Am G F Am

Verse 1

Hitchiní to Alberta. Work in the woods.

Donít know what itís like there. Maybe itíll be good.

Just left you this morning, Babe. Missing you so much.

Me and Billy going upstate; Try to keep in touch.

Verse 2

Lost my pack to my best friend. He got a ride when I was gone.

Now Iím lonely; Iím all alone.

No cars going by here. Guess Iíll take a walk.

Old pick-up going by so fast. Nobody wants to stop.

Chorus:

Snow on the mountain. Makiní me feel cold.

You know itís been a long night. How I want to go home.

Snow on the mountain. Makiní me feel cold.

You know itís been a long night. How I wanna go home.

Instrumental Break: harp and guitar

Verse 3

Work is hard to find here. Couldnít make my rent.

No credit at the grocery store. Iím living outa my tent.

If I could just save enough, to buy me a piece of land,

Iíd be so happy. Kiss your mouth and hold your hand. (but thereís)

Chorus:

Snow on the mountain. Makiní me feel cold.

You know itís been a long night. How I want to go home.

Snow on the mountain. Makiní me feel cold.

You know itís been a long night. How I wanna go home

Bridge:    Wanna Go, Wanna Go. You know I wanna go home.

Wanna Go, Wanna Go. You know I wanna go home

 

#4 I Wonder @ Allan Byer 10/99, revised and arranged with Matt Engle 11/99

Progression: (G Bm F C) (D C) G Bm F C Bridge: B F B C Key Change: (F Am Eb Bb), (C Bb)

Verse 1

Every day I get up and try to do my best

Sometimes I fall. I do not pass the test.

I get right up again. You know I donít quit.

Got to be an answer. I just ainít found it yet.

Chorus 1

Every day I wonder what Iím doing wrong.

Shouldnít I be learning more? Shouldnít I be getting strong?

You know I wonder

Verse 2

People I love the most I seem to hurt the worst.

Say the hurtful words. Make their dreams burst.

Then I make amends. Itís too easy to make íem cry.

Tomorrow comes and Iím up again to try.

Chorus 2

Every day I wonder what Iím doing wrong.

Shouldnít Iím be learning more? Shouldnít I be getting strong?

You know I wonderÖJust how long will this the circle keep going on?

You know I wonderÖ

Verse 3

Mysteries of the universe to contemplate

But I got to get to work. You know I canít be late.

Beware the inevitable contradictions. They abound.

The Divine Dichotomy. You know it sure surrounds (us).

Chorus 3

Everyday I wonder how does life get it right?

Why donít I understand? Why am I filled with fright?

You know I wonderÖJust how long will the circle keep going on?

You know I wonderÖ

Bridge I

t takes Trust. Acceptance Helps.

It takes Forgiveness, Baby. Especially for yourself.

Lifeís no battle to be won.

One day youíll get it right, maybe have some fun.(Maybe have some fun)

Verse 4

Every spring trees reach up for the sky.

Grass keeps turning green right before my eyes.

Every autumn the leaves come tumbling down.

The sun comes up again. The world keeps turning round.

Chorus 3 repeat

Everyday I wonder how does life get it right?

Why donít I understand? Why am I filled with fright?

You know I wonderÖJust how long will the circle keep going on?

You know I wonderÖJust how long will the circle keep going on? (repeated)

 

#5 Take a Chance by Allan Byer @ 9/99

Verse and chorus progressions: blues in A to D7, GDA mini bridge at end of chorus

Verse 1

No Blues ever gonna stop me lovingí you

No Blues ever gonna stop me, Babe loviní you.

Old Blues comes most anytime.

Old Blues too often catches me cryiní about you.

And itís true, Mama.

Chorus

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

You got the love and strength I need. (GDA bridge begins on this line.)

You help me to stand and believe.

Let me know. Let me know, Mamma. (bridge ends on ďMamma.Ē)

Verse 2

Words wonít come. Got to find out why.

Words wonít come. You know itís gonna make me cry.

How do I say youíre the biggest thing?

How do I make those heart strings sing?

Let me know. Let know, Mamma.

Chorus 2

 Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

You know youíd like to make me feel so good.

You know youíd like to if I would.

Let me know. Let me know, Mamma.

Instrumental Break: harp solo, guitar solo, other instruments

Verse 3

Put on your red dress, Mamma. Go dancing tonight.

Put on your red dress, Mamma. Yea youíre gonna feel all right.

Red dress gonna make you wanna dance.

Red dress gonna make you take a chance on love.

Chorus 3

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love.

You got the love and the strength I need.

You help me to stand and believe.

Let me know. Let me know, Mamma.

Verse 4

 No Blues ever gonna stop me loviní you.

No Blues ever gonna stop me, Babe, loviní you.

You got something that I need.

You got something on which I feed.

Thatís love. Itís Love.

Chorus 4

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love

Take a Chance. Take a Chance on Love. Take a Chance.

 

#6 Sometimes It Works @ Allan Byer 9/9/98 for all my friends of Bill Wilson

Verse 1

Some people never do what theyíre told.

They never grow up. They just get old.

I rebelled until my life grew cold

Ego too vain. Iíd rather not be told.

Verse 2

Looking back at the ďfor-gettingĒ years

Tripping on all my long-found fears

The more I do to be still

I tap into a magical thrill .

Chorus There I find an ocean thatís not so hard to sail.

Everyoneís at home there. Everyone wants to get well.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it donít.

Sometimes I will. Sometimes I wonít.

Verse 3

Simple joys are all around.

A touch, a kiss, a familiar sound.

So let go of the Future-Past.

Give your new life a chance to last.

Verse 4

If I let my Higher Power work in me.

Dreams come. Visions help me see

Every answer has love as a key

If I let that Higher Power move in me.

Bridge

When thereís no hope left except to get set to fail

To cope I seek within. I reach far beyond the veil.

Chorus

There I find an ocean thatís not so hard to sail.

Everyoneís at home there. Everyone gets to get well.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it wonít.

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I donít.

Coda Itís a choice that we make.

Itís a chance we all get to take.

Rpeat chorus

 

#7 A Song For You @ Allan Byer 9/99

Progression (off Dm fingerings)

Verse (Aaug Gaug Aaug) (D A G) (Aaug Gaug Aaug) chorus (D A)

Verse 1

And I donít know. Where does the song go?

And I donít mind. Have you been crying?

Cause Iíve been down before.

And Iíll be down some more.

And Iím not lying. Too much crying, my friend.

Verse 2

And I canít say. Where do our lives go?

And I canít make you pay for all my sorrow.

ĎCause Iíve been down like you.

But you helped pull me through.

And Iím not lying. You stopped all my crying.

Chorus

And I love you. You know I love you. The songís for you.

Verse 3

And I canít beg, steal, or borrow your love.

And I canít make you stay Ďtil tomorrow.

But Iíve been high before.

And Iíll be up some more.

And Iím not lying. No more crying, my friend.

Chorus

And I love you. You know I love you. The songís for you.

#8 Miracle @ by Allan Byer

verse progression: (C#m Bm) (F#m E)

chorus progression: (Fm7 Gm7) (Am7 Gm7)

verse 1

I know itís hard to live; itís hard to die.

I know itís hard to give; itís hard to try.

Stars shine above, visions of love.

chorus

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Of Love. A miracle of love. A miracle of love.

verse 2

Are you tired of all this continual rain?

Give it up, girl. It only leads to pain.

Take all my love, an answer in the wind.

chorus Are you waiting for a miracle?

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Of love. A miracle of love. A miracle of love.

verse 3

Do you love me, or is it just a game?

Oh I need you. Do you feel the same?

Take all my love, an answer in the wind.

chorus

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Of Love. A miracle of love. A miracle of love.instrument solo

verse 4

Weíve got to live; thereís no time to die.

Weíve got to give; weíve got to try.

Open your eyes to see. Reach for the skies with me.

chorus

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Are you waiting for a miracle?

Of love. A miracle of love. A miracle of love.

A miracle of love__.    Ah_____ Miracle.

 

#9 Be It Illusion © Allan Byer 8/98 for Aaron at Little League All-Stars in Sisters

Chorus 1

Be it illusion, all the words get in the way. C#m A

Be it illusion, got to be some other way. C#m A

Be it illusion, right here and now and why. C#m A

Thereís no reason to cry. Donít say goodbye. E C#m A

Verse 1

In some other world, Iím happy and content. Bm G

Right now a rock star, and my moneyís not all spent. Bm A

In some other world, in another space and time C#m A

I have all I wanted, and Iím feelingÖso fine. C#m G D A

Chorus 2

Be it illusion, why do I worry so much? C#m A

Be it illusion, still, you know I crave your touch. C#m A

Be it illusion, this time is slipping by. C#m A

Let the words come, but donít say goodbye. E C#m A

Verse 2

In some other world, my dreams are all real. Bm G

In some other time, I say just what I feel. Bm A

In some other space, I live as a free man. C#m A

Giving all I got to give. And helping all I can. C#m G D A

Chorus 2

Be it illusion, why do I worry so much? C#m A

Be it illusion, still, you know I crave your touch. C#m A

Be it illusion, this time is slipping by. C#m A

Let the words come, but donít say goodbye. E C#m A

Bridge

So many paths I could have run F#m E

But chose the ones I did. F#m D

Some regrets. I could have won. F#m E

Had I known what secrets hid. All I did. Secrets hid. F#m D A E

Everything you hear or see. F#m E

Just a dream in some Godís eye. F#m D

Like a tear dripping free. F#m E

See beyond the lies. Open disguise. F#m D A E

Chorus 1

Be it illusion, all the words get in the way. C#m A

Be it illusion, got to be some other way. C#m A

Be it illusion, right here and now and why. C#m A

Thereís no reason to cry. Donít say goodbye. E C#m A

 

#10 So Hard to Wait @ 8/99 Allan Byer

Verse 1

Iíve always been impatient Bm E

Fear my talents lie latent Bm E

Too scared of success Bm E

Canít take the lack of stress F G Dm Gm

Expecting things to be Bm E

As theyíve been before Bm E

Confusion closing in Bm E

Locking all the doors F G Dm Gm

Chorus

Itís so hard to wait E A Bm2

Iíd rather be tempting fate E A Bm2

Canít bare the voices in my head G A Bm2

Too full of choices that I dread G A Bm2

Verse 2

Things just got to get better Bm E

ĎCause no one can call me a quitter Bm E

Yet Iím the one to blame Bm E

Things just seem to stay the same F G Dm Gm

Chorus Itís so hard to wait E A Bm2

Iíd rather be tempting fate E A Bm2

Canít bare the voices in my head G A Bm2

Too full of choices that I dread G A Bm 2

Bridge

Every dayís a new beginning C#m A

A chance to get on with the living C#m A

All the rules are just for bending C#m A

Sure know thereís no real ending C#m G

(Am I sending?) Bm

Chorus

Itís so hard to wait E A Bm2

Iíd rather be tempting fate E A Bm2

Canít bare the voices in my head G A Bm2

Too full of choices that I dread G A Bm 2

Verse 3

I think my grandpa said Bm E

Use your hands instead Bm E

Get out of your head Bm E

ĎCause good things come to those who wait F G Dm Gm

Yes good things come to those who wait F G Dm Gm

Good things come to those who wait F G Aaug

 

#11 Ravenís Song © Allan Byer 1978, revised 2/99

Progression verse :  the whole thing is built off A chord fingering. Starts in A goes to a Bar Chord on the 7th fret with the A fingering, back Ďn forth. Chorus uses the same fingering for a 3rd, 5th, and 7th fret run. I think itís in some kind of C, maybe a C major 7th. Bridge uses same fingering on 3rd and 5th frets then changes up to 2nd fret, same fingerings, barred up and down the neck.

Verse 1

I look at life like a joke,

Until everything about youís been spoke.

I can see the bottom is near.

Iíve got everything to fear.

Nothing left to hide from you.

When it gets down to the man inside

You know that itís nothing but the child.

Heís hiding way down in there.

And heís looking up to the sky,

Trying so hard to fly.

CHORUS:

Fly, Raven, fly away. High, Raven, fly away

Bye, Raven, Fly away. Fly so high in the sky.

Raven, we can Fly.

Verse 2

I know that youíve got your life to live

And all I got to do is give.

But when youíre ready, I wonít be.

And when I need you, you wonít be free.

Itís a harmony without a melody.

Maybe one day we will find

Some new love and peace of mind.

Until that day comes along

I will keep on singing my song.

Maybe someday youíll sing along.

Chorus:

Fly Raven, Fly away. High, Raven. Fly away.

Bye, Raven, Fly Away. Fly so high in the sky.

Raven, we can fly.

Bridge: We can Fly Ė High. We can Fly - so high.

We can fly - so high - in the sky.

# 12 Itís the Law © Allan Byer 12/99

Verse progression: (Gm F) chorus: (C Bb F) (great sax part in this if you know a sax man)

Verse 1

Itís the Law. Itís the Law.

Itís the Law. Itís the Law of Love.

Chorus 1

Itís the Law of Love; moving you from above.

Itís the Law of light; making you feel all right.

Verse 2

Itís the Way. Itís the Way to be.

Itís the Way. Itís the way to see.

Chorus 2

Itís the Law of Love; moving you from above.

Making you feel so high; you can touch the sky.

Repeat as needed for suitable finish.

 

 



 
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