Infect me with your beautiful smile Let me feel the glow of your joy Permeate me with your heady perfume Let me experience what heaven smells like Capture me with your beguiling gestures Let me again become the fool that fell for you Conquer me with your winning ways Let me be yours always, every day Occupy me with your sweet sweet love Let my thoughts always be with you Secure me with your selfless care Let me bask in my glorious happiness Pervade me with your undying affection Let me relish my great good fortune Cradle me with your soft caresses Let me never wake up from this dream Fill me with gratitude by being in my life Let me make this day last a little longer No matter when our lives on this planet may end I will forever cherish these moments Of togetherness
You rescued Europe with the Marshall Plan To end the great war you nuked Japan You killed Osama Bin Laden - an evil man Heck, you even took on the Taliban You gave us Google and Amazon Also Facebook, that greatest con And the NBA, an exemplar of brawn It seemed there was nothing you could not spawn You helped defeat Al Qaeda and Isis You led the world out of the financial crisis You found vaccines for polio and typhus Because of your work, how safe our life is You landed on the moon and came back You invented Xanax and gave us Prozac You fed the world with fries and the Big Mac Anything that’s fancy is still a Cadillac You created the PC and the iPhone You cooked up the hot dog and the waffle cone You taught us to fight our wars with a drone Of human progress you became the touchstone Now a tiny virus has you in its throes Like a deer in headlights you appear to have froze Every day your stock market plumbs new lows It looks like The Emperor Has No Clothes!
Life can become a lot more fun If you give it a sense of purpose Life becomes a void if it has none A black hole that can usurp us A purpose - it need not mean Anything lofty, majestic or profound It’s a thing from which you can glean Contentment, pleasure, joy unbound A purpose - it imbues your simplest act With a deeper reason or aspiration It can help your work have an impact It can help you provide inspiration A purpose - even the simplest one Can work wonders for a woman or a man It really can be quite as simple as To be helpful to others when you can A purpose - it’s like a beacon that guides The ships and boats through a storm With its light they can navigate the tides It can illuminate, educate and inform All the great philosophers of history Have asked what’s life and how to live it I have found that there’s no great mystery The purpose of your life is what you give it
I view every face with suspicion In a crowd I hold my breath This is how you’ve clouded my vision Where I once saw life I now see death They tell me to keep “social distance” They tell me to remain at home They tell me I’m old and lack resistance So I am confined now, while you roam It’s not only lives you destroy You can decimate an entire nation Does this give you some devilish joy While we squirm, helpless, at your invasion? Just as our nasty wars were ending And the world heaved a sigh of peace Just as our broken fences were mending We now face your deadly disease So all my plans are now on hold Everything is suddenly uncertain Dumbly I watch your drama unfold Will I survive it, or is it curtains? I feel you gnawing at my insides I fear that you’ll forever remain You may not yet be in my body But you’ve surely invaded my brain
Which is the one word We use a hundred times a day But rarely if ever think about Which is the one word We’ve ruined with overuse It’s one we can’t live without Which is the one word That has lost its meaning While mankind thinks it's progressed Which is the one word That can lift us from the morass Into which we’ve all regressed Which is the one word That has become shorthand For unbridled prurience and lust Which is the one word That has lost its true beauty It also means respect and trust Which is the one word That has the power to end These endless cycles of strife Which is the one word That has the power to bring A fresh new meaning to life Which is the one word We need to learn again The real, true meaning of Which is the one word We utter but seldom mean The word, ma chérie, is love
The night is so dark I have to touch my face To know it’s even there I sit myself down With my head bowed low I try hard not to despair I peer in every direction Looking for someone, anyone No, they’ve all gone away In a nearby tree I hear the rustle of leaves A lark? A finch? A blue jay? And just like that The bird begins to sing A song I haven’t heard before A song so sweet That my loneliness retreats And my spirit begins to soar I begin to wonder For whom the bird sings Surely it cannot be for me I listen intently For her companion No, she’s all alone in the tree And suddenly It dawns on me Her pleasure is all her own You can find joy In your solitude You sing best when you sing alone
Every morning I wake up and face a new day The first thing I do is kneel down and pray Tell me how to make it stop I see young children locked in a cage My heart is overcome with rage Tell me how to make it stop Bystanders getting killed by thugs Who want us all to buy their drugs Tell me how to make it stop Rich men who already have all they need Still grab more with obscene greed Tell me how to make it stop Cowards send their sons and daughters To fight their wars and get slaughtered Tell me how to make it stop Driven from their homes for taking a stand Refugees exiled in their own homeland Tell me how to make it stop Another school shooting - I hear their screams Innocents are dying - they haunt my dreams Tell me how to make it stop Parents grieving for their loved ones Politicians want still more guns Tell me how to make it stop Global warming has seared our souls Our leaders want us to burn more coal Tell me how to make it stop Lies from the left, hatred from the right We’re all stuck in the middle of this fight Tell me how to make it stop Racism, sexism, ageism, casteism All that’s missing is simple humanism Tell me how to make it stop God, if you are really up there And if you even pretend to care Tell me how to make it stop