LYRICS

WIN OR LOSE
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

I'm singin', singin' the blues
I can't seem to win or lose
There's a hill I'm gonna climb
So join me or leave me _ you choose

I'm tellin' you there ain't been no fun
There are no fish in the river left to run
You were always sayin' something better would come
But it's just weeds growin' in the sun

I'm singin', singin' the blues
I can't seem to win or lose
There's a hill I'm gonna climb
So join me or leave me _ you choose

Can't do much about the painful memories
Collect my sorrows to smolder like burnin' leaves
Grief, it would steal and it would bleed
I'm just tryin' to save the rest of my dreams

I'm singin', singin' the blues
I can't seem to win or lose
There's a hill I'm gonna climb
So join me or leave me _ you choose

We've been pushed 'round way too many years
Buried our faith along with so many tears
So, I'm packin' up, takin' all I need to own
And I'll kick up the dust behind me when I go

I'm singin', singin' the blues
I can't seem to win or lose
There's a hill I'm gonna climb
So join me or leave me _ you choose

MY HEART IS SINKING
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

My heart is sinking
It's drowning in tears
My mind can't hold
What's too hard to hear
There are hands of the brave
And eyes full of hope
While so many dreams
Will never unfold.

When hatred consumes
And blinds us to peace
Past lines that are drawn
Throughout history
When all that we see
In a land that lies scorched
Where milk and honey once ran
Is lost at what cost?

My heart is sinking
It's drowning in tears
My mind can't hold
What's too hard to hear
There are hands of the brave
And eyes full of hope
While so many dreams
Will never unfold.

DON'T LET IT RAIN
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

Tonight I'll close
My weary eyes
Lay my head
Where I can cry
There are no heroes
And this pain that I've known
Is just too heavy
For my soul.

Don't let it rain
Not when you're comin' home
Let nothin'
Get in the way
It's been too long a time
'Neath that open
That open stretch of sky.

Where you've been
My precious child
All my memories
Moulded like clay
Recounting the days
We caught raindrops frm the sky
My broken heart
Can testify.

Don't let it rain 
Not when you're comin' home 
Let nothin' 
Get in the way 
It's been too long a time 
'Neath that open 
That open stretch of sky.

We spend the years
Like tumbleweeds
Wild as the wind
And harsh as the dust
But times, they change
And somehow so do we
We'll let it go
We'll let it go.

Don't let it rain 
Not when you're comin' home 
Let nothin' 
Get in the way 
It's been too long a time 
'Neath that open 
That open stretch of sky.

SHAKE IT LOOSE TODAY
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

You gotta lick your wound
'fore you can dry your eyes 
You gotta get down to the bottom 
Have yourself a good, long cry 
You gotta learn how to fall 
'fore you can learn to rise. 

Push through the fog 
When your chips are down  
Move your woes 
To the far side of town  
Get on your feet
Step outta your way  
Make some noise  
Shake it loose today
Get on your feet 
Step outta your way   
Make some noise   
Shake it loose today

You gotta meet your demons 
And look ‘em square in the eye 
Shake ‘em onto the floor 
Then kick ‘em down curbside 
You gotta let ‘em go 
If you’re gonna rise. 

Push through the fog  
When your chips are down   
Move your woes  
To the far side of town   
Get on your feet 
Step outta your way   
Make some noise   
Shake it loose today 
Get on your feet  
Step outta your way    
Make some noise    
Shake it loose today

You gotta choose your tune 
You gotta shuffle your time 
Get down to a new groove 
You gotta lasso your mind 
You gotta flip your beat 
If you wanna rise. 

Push through the fog  
When your chips are down   
Move your woes  
To the far side of town   
Get on your feet 
Step outta your way   
Make some noise   
Shake it loose today 
Get on your feet  
Step outta your way    
Make some noise    
Shake it loose today

A POWER YOU'LL NEVER KNOW
Lyrics & Music by Linda Sussman © 2022 

Keep your laws off my body 
I’m not your church, I’m not yours to own 
What stirs inside me 
Is a power you’ll never know 
There’s a storm movin’ sideways 
‘Bout to unravel your throne 

Things might not have been perfect 
But they were workin’ pretty fine 
At least there were options 
You had yours, I had mine 
Till the gavel came down 
Dropped like a sinker and broke the line 

We’ll find the answers we need 
Won’t let the wind slow us down 
We all know there’s an off-ramp 
For the girls on the other side of town 
We’ll find our way ‘round the mine fields 
As we shout, “Foul, Foul, Foul” 

In every story you hear 
Told straight up with no gin 
Not drunk with illusion 
When it’s just her against him 
Who’s left to hold the weight 
Kept down with no way to win 

Now, what I find sinful 
Is how you pound your chest 
A thin veneer of pretense 
As if you gave a rat’s ass 
And you use your religion 
To strong-arm all the rest 

Keep your laws off my body 
I’m not your church, I’m not yours to own 
What stirs inside me 
Is a power you’ll never know 
There’s a storm movin’ sideways 
‘Bout to unravel your throne

CHAIN OF HOPE
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

The world is watching 
In disbelief
And the tears are flowing
In an ocean of grief
We raise our voices
And stand with those
Who provide for the refugee

Mama, I'm so tired
And I don't understand
Why the bombs are fallin'
Across our beautiful land
Will we find shelter
Against the wind and snow
Please don't let go of my hand

Freedom is fragile
On any shore
The march for peace is long
The brutal orders
Of an unprovoked war
Truth lives at history's core

There's a chain of hope
Ready to meet the pain
Lines of heroic souls
Helping to sustain 
So many splintered lives
Seeking safety from harm
Openly weeping in foreign lands

The world is watching  
In disbelief 
And the tears are flowing 
In an ocean of grief 
We raise our voices 
Give thanks to those
Who provide for the refugee

WILL YOU HOLD MY HAND
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

Will you hold my hand
When the running gets tough
And the rain is heavy
And the road is rough
Will you bring me daisies
From where we used to live
Will you hold my hand
When I haven't much more to give. 

Will you sing me songs
And sweet lullabys
When the fear comes callin'
In the dark of night
Will you be my guide
My brightest star
There to remind me
Of who we are.

The arc of life
Bends like a brook
Over polished stone
And jagged lives
Seasons change
At the edge of the banks
Each graceful turn
As time unwinds.

And will you tell me stories
Of how we met
From our first sunrise
To no regrets
Will you hold a flame
Large enough for two
A million memories
To walk with you.
 

MY BABY
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

My baby's all wound up
Got a notion that's run amok
Somethin' to do with flowers and shoes
I'm just sittin' here singin' the blues

Oh, my baby __ Oh, my baby

My baby left me cold
It shot a mighty chill through my bones
What I found on the kitchen floor
Were the roses that I brought from the store

Oh, my baby

My baby's such a jealous fool
Can't get the hang of playin' it cool
Got a mind like a runaway train
But it's still the one that drives me insane

Oh, my baby

But I know my baby's comin' back
My baby never once crossed those tracks
So I'll just keep on movin' along
I'll put on the kettle and I'll forget this whole song

Oh, my baby 

JOIN HANDS
Lyrics & Music © Linda Sussman

Running rampant through our nation 
Forging clear across this land 
Is hatred born of ignorance 
Stoked by leaders standing grand 
Fear rises out of bigotry 
That’s been invited to the stage 
And money writes the history 
Centuries of shame

[CHORUS] 
Join hands 
With your sisters and your brothers 
Join hands 
Make a statement for those who can’t 
Take a knee 
To stand up and be free 
Join hands 
All across this land

Call attention to those silenced 
Well before their time 
At the hands of those in power 
Feeding us some line 
One lie after another lie
Keeps the status quo alive 
They’ve had us all in corners 
To conquer and divide

[CHORUS]

Shine a light on respect 
Speak up for equality 
It’s time for understanding 
Years and years of misery 
The color that you walk in 
Should not put you in jeopardy 
We’re cryin’ out for justice 
And full-on liberty

 [CHORUS]