NEW FISHIN' BLUES

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music
(Based on Fishing Blues by
Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas)

Verse I:

Saturday morn I'm on a roll. Sure as your born I'm gonna grab my pole.
Packed my fishin' tackle. Hey Jack, when I get back I'll
pack a sack all full of fishes from the fishin' hole.
Skate out the gate. Hate to be late. Wait a minute Bennett I 'bout forgot the bait.
Fish is so delicious. Great on a plate.
I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.

Chorus I:

I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a just'a wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.
You can bet your life, your beautiful wife, I'm gonna catch more fish than you.
While you ain't catchin' any fish I'll be catchin' many fish.
Big, bad, large, long, flat, fat and skinny fish.
When it's time to bite I tell ya I'll be catchin' plenty fish.
I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.

Verse II:

Callin' all night crawlers crawlin' in the holler. Say that's the type of bait that any fish is gonna swaller.
The worm on the hook. The hook in the brook.
That's all it took. I'll betcha five dollars
Was a minute I guess but I'll bet it took less. I caught the biggest darn catfish I caught a whole mess.
When it comes to fishin' I confess I'm the best.
Yes I'm a'goin' fishin' you best believe I'm wishin' that you can come a'fishin' too.

Chorus II:

'Cause I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you could make a big decision just to come a'fishin'
You can bet your life, your beautiful wife, I'm gonna catch more fish than you.
While you ain't catchin' any fish I'll be catchin' many fish.
Big, bad, large, long, flat, fat and skinny fish.
When it's time to bite I tell ya I'll be catchin' plenty fish.
I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.

Verse III:

Now I had no quarrels when my little brother Charles said, "can I come fishin with you."
Well I won't quibble if a little kid'll dibble just to get a little nibble or two.
He cast his line in the brook. He let out a shout. When I looked at what he hooked it made my eyes bug out.
They coulda' wrote a book about the size of that trout.
We took him up and weighed him. We cooked him up and ate him.
And that's what fishin's all about. Look out now. There ain't no doubt now

Chorus III:

I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you could make a big decision just to come a'fishin'
On a fishin' expedition I don't need permission to catch more fish than you.
While you ain't catchin' any fish I'll be catchin' many fish.
Big, bad, large, long, flat, fat and skinny fish.
When it's time to bite I tell ya I'll be catchin' plenty fish.
I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.

Tag:

I'm a'goin' fishin' baby I'm a'justa wishin' maybe you can come a'fishin' too.


THERE'S AN ANGEL STANDING BEHIND YOU
(You're safe in the wings of love)

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Chorus :
There's an angel standing behind you
In a brilliant light that will blind you,
Burning bright there to remind you
Of the light from above.
There is beauty shining around you
In the morning there to surround you.
There's an angel standing behind you.
You're safe in the wings of love.

Verse I :
In the wings of love the air with music rings.
Your heart in sunshine sings. There's joy in every sound.
And beauty all around.
In cloud or through the darkest storm
Loving arms shall keep you warm
There with tender care, If you will remember

Chorus :

There's an angel standing behind you
In a brilliant light that will blind you,
Burning bright there to remind you
Of the light from above.
There is beauty shining around you
In the morning there to surround you.
There's an angel standing behind you.
You're safe in the wings of love.

Verse II :

In the wings of love sweetly swell the springs of love.
All is well, all things of love. Time and time again you're safely gathered in.
In cloud or through the darkest storm
Loving arms shall keep you warm
There with tender care, If you will remember

Chorus :

There's an angel standing behind you
Backup (The air with music rings.)
In a brilliant light that will blind you,
Backup (Your heart in sunshine sings.)
Burning bright there to remind you
Backup (There's joy in every sound.)
Of the light from above.
Backup (And beauty all around.)
There is beauty shining around you
Backup (Sweetly swell the springs of love.)
In the morning there to surround you.
Backup (All is well, all things of love.)
There's an angel standing behind you.
Backup (Safely gathered in)
You're safe in the wings of love.

Tag :

There's an angel standing behind you.
You're safe in the wings of love.



STEPPING STONES

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 by Mitchikambo Music

Chorus:

Stepping stones up the mountainside; across the rising tide.
Side by side we're not alone.
Stepping stones along the stormy sea. Through our uncertainty
Truth and love shall be our stepping stones.
Truth and love shall be our stepping stones.

Verse:

Our dreams may seem far away--the path so hard to define.
Yet we shall go not astray--your hand in mine.
The light of endless day shall light our way through the unknown.
And truth and love shall be our stepping stones.

Chorus:

Stepping stones up the mountainside; across the rising tide.
Side by side we're not alone.
Stepping stones along the stormy sea. Through our uncertainty
Truth and love shall be our stepping stones.
Truth and love shall be our stepping stones.

Tag:

The light of endless day shall light our way through the unknown.
And truth and love shall be our stepping stones.


WE USED TO

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Intro:

Our love will never fade away.
Our love forever here to stay.
Living and loving today
The way we used to.

Verse I:

Walk along the shore, we used to.
Talk for hours and more, we used to.
Everyday and every way we're so happy we can say
We still live and love today the way we used to.

Verse II:

Share an ivory moon, we used to.
Share our favorite tune, we used to.
At a mid day matinee, or a late night cabaret
We still live and love today the way we used to.

Bridge:

We used to be so young and free.
We used to touch so tenderly.
What used to be now there's no absence of.
We're so blessed with love.

Verse II:

Dream of dreams to come, we used to.

Deem our hearts as one, we used to
The years have slipped away. Be that as it may,
We still live and love today the way we used to.

Tag:

Everyday and every way we're so happy we can say
We still live and love today the way we used to.

Fade Out:

Our love will never fade away.
Our love forever here to stay.
Living and loving today
The way we used to.


STEP INTO THE LIGHT

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Chorus :

Step into the light. Turn back from the darkness.
The longest night must give way to a sunny day.
Trust and believe with all of your might.
Radiant love shines from above. Step into the light.

Verse I:

When shadows are gathering one by one
To deepen each long empty hour.
Faith will ascend like the burning sun
With an invincible power.
Restoring to brightness the essence of love,
Flowing in pure blazing showers.

Chorus :

Step into the light. Turn back from the darkness.
The longest night must give way to a sunny day.
Trust and believe with all of your might.
Radiant love shines from above. Step into the light.

Verse II:

Marooned in a prison of lonely days,
And time passing like a dark river.
All this will vanish without a trace,
Here to return again never.
Revealing a bright shining morning in place
To burn in our vision forever.

Bridge:

Although the path may be not in sight.
We're only one step away.
Clouds disappear when our hearts are right,
Making way for the dawn of a bright new day.

Chorus :

Step into the light. Turn back from the darkness.
The longest night must give way to a sunny day.
Trust and believe with all of your might.
Radiant love shines from above. Step into the light.

Tag:

Trust and believe with all of your might.
Radiant love shines from above. Step into the light.


I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Verse I:

Storm clouds hide the setting sun. I know how you feel.
One more lonely day is done. I know how you feel.
In the dark you miss someone. I know how you feel.
I know how you feel, so far away from home.

Verse II:

On a lonesome avenue I know how you feel.
No one there to walk with you. I know how you feel.
By yourself and awfully blue. I know how you feel.
I know how you feel, it hurts to be alone.

Chorus:

And I know how you feel to be adrift so far from harbor.
I know how your heart aches for the lights upon the shore.
When waves of loneliness are pressing cold and hard as steel,
Take my loving hand. I understand 'cause I know how you feel.

Verse III:

True friends are so hard to find. I know how you feel.
They don't always treat you kind. I know how you feel.
They'll turn on you from time to time. I know how you feel.
I know how you feel, to go it all alone.

Chorus:

And I know how you feel to be adrift so far from harbor.
I know how your heart aches for the lights upon the shore.
When waves of loneliness are pressing cold and hard as steel,
Take my loving hand. I understand 'cause I know how you feel.

Verse IV:

Now you lay you down to sleep. I know how you feel.
Pray the Lord your soul to keep. I know how you feel.
Close your eyes the ache is deep. I know how you feel.
I know how you feel, to be there on your own.

Chorus :

And I know how you feel to be adrift so far from harbor.
I know how your heart aches for the lights upon the shore.
When waves of loneliness are pressing cold and hard as steel,
Take my loving hand. I understand 'cause I know how you feel.

Tag:

When waves of loneliness are pressing cold and hard as steel,
Take my loving hand. I understand 'cause I know how you feel.


BITTERSWEET IS YOUR MEMORY TONIGHT

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Intro:

A pale moon sails a sea of blue, shining cold and bright.
Bittersweet is your memory tonight.

Verse I:

In the fading candlelight I can see your eyes so bright.
I wonder if they shine on someone new.
I can hear your whisper and though I can feel your tender hand
There's nothing here for me to hold on to.

Chorus:

Shining moments we once knew faded by and by.
Me and you and our love so new too soon betrayed by time.
Now a pale moon sails a sea of blue, shining cold and bright.
Bittersweet is your memory tonight.

Bridge:

Shadows gather deep and still, falling on my window sill.
Through a shade of blue I will be dreaming of you when you were mine.

Verse II:

Not so long ago friends and laughter filled our home
Where emptiness now echoes through and through.
Memories and photographs, still-life tokens under glass
Untouchable and all I have of you.

Chorus:

Shining moments we once knew faded by and by.
Me and you and our love so new too soon betrayed by time.
Now a pale moon sails a sea of blue, shining cold and bright.
Bittersweet is your memory tonight.

Tag:

Now a pale moon sails a sea of blue, shining cold and bright.
Bittersweet is your memory tonight.
Bittersweet is your memory tonight.


SOMEDAY I'LL GO HOME SOMEDAY

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Chorus:

Someday I'll go home someday. I'll go home someday.
There the sun's shining in the bay, the gleaming tide, ocean spray.
Where the beautiful harbor lights that shine for me through the
foggy nights guide my way.
Someday I'll go home someday.

Verse:

I hold a picture in my heart--a golden memory:
On a strand of pure white sand my home down by the sea.
Blue-green water like glass. Red clouds rising above.
The sunset burning down the horizon over the sea that I love.

Chorus:

Someday I'll go home someday. I'll go home someday.
There the sun's shining in the bay, the gleaming tide, ocean spray.
Where the beautiful harbor lights that shine for me through the
foggy nights guide my way.
Someday I'll go home someday.

Bridge:

Someday where the air is warm I'll be braving every storm.
On my walks on the rocks all along the great breakwater wall.

Verse:

There's a pier on the shore worn and weathered, solid and sound.
It bears the battered fishing store. Sea gulls and pigeons abound.
Pop bottles tin cans, Sand crabs seaweed and foam.
When my feet are cool in a saltwater pool, then I'll be home.

Chorus:

Someday I'll go home someday. I'll go home someday.
There the sun's shining in the bay, the gleaming tide, ocean spray.
Where the beautiful harbor lights that shine for me through the
foggy nights guide my way.
Someday I'll go home someday.

Tag:

Where the beautiful harbor lights that shine for me through the
foggy nights guide my way.
Someday I'll go home someday.


I DREAM THAT I'M BACK IN TIME

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Intro:

I dream that I'm back in time.
You loved me yesterday.
Though real it seems they're only dreams
That fade and blow away.

Verse I:

Someone like me needs company standing at their door.
And now I've found no one's around to see me anymore.
And as the autumn slowly yields to winter's coming chill
I hold my head up with my hands and lean upon the sill.

Chorus :

Now all the leaves have started turning.
For they've sensed their time to die.
If I can't lose this awful yearning,
Like the leaves I'll fall on some cold lonesome night.
I dream that I'm back in time.
You loved me yesterday.
Though real it seems they're only dreams
That fade and blow away.

Verse II:

I wonder how I'd look right now if they could see my eyes.
That look of fear seen through each tear I've no way to disguise.
And I can't bring myself to leave this window's lonely view
Of autumn leaves, and winter's freezing wind now is due.

Chorus :

Now all the leaves have started turning.
For they've sensed their time to die.
If I can't lose this awful yearning,
Like the leaves I'll fall on some cold lonesome night.
I dream that I'm back in time.
You loved me yesterday.
Though real it seems they're only dreams
That fade and blow away.

Tag:

Though real it seems they're only dreams
That fade and blow away.


I'LL TELL THE WORLD ABOUT MY LOVE FOR YOU

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

You belong to me; can't you see
That I'll belong to you eternally with a feeling
I'm not hesitating to
Tell the world about my love for you.
And that's what I will do, dear.

We may be on a plane, on a train,
Or driving in the sunshine or the rain
I'll explain that maybe if I may need to,
While my heart is strong and true
I'll tell the world about my love for you.

When you're gone away everyday I've missed you.
It's no wonder why then when I insist you
Stay with me. I cannot resist you.
That's the way I'm feeling since the day I kissed you.

High upon a mountain there among the clouds
I'll shout it out across the valley long and loud.
I'm so proud to tell the world about my love for you,
And that you love me too, dear.

Walking by your side I'll confide
There's no one else with who I'll walk that I'd
Feel the pride I feel 'cause you're beside me too.
While we're on the avenue,
I'll tell the world about my love for you.

Happy all the while in my arms I hold you.
Just to see you smile as my arms enfold you
Thrills me. You're something to behold. You
Send me to a place I've never been. I told you

High upon a mountain there among the clouds
I'll shout it out across the valley long and loud.
I'm so proud to tell the world about my love for you,
And that you love me too, dear.

Walking by your side I'll confide
There's no one else with who I'll walk that I'd
Feel the pride I feel 'cause you're beside me too.
While we're on the avenue,
I'll tell the world about my love for you.

While my heart is strong and true
I'll tell the world about my love for you.


IN MY TENDER YEARS

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Chorus:

Tender years--I'm looking back on them now.
Tender years--I'm longing for them somehow.
Tender years--Warm summers at my command,
Tender years--And wonders held in each hand.
Tender years--Sometimes I had it made.
Tender years--Sometimes I was afraid.
I'm looking back to the laughter and tears.
I'm remembering my tender years.

Verse:

I remember time was timeless then.
We were wild, born to win.
Hearts so young and racing like a wheel,
I remember how it used to feel.
First love found and first love lost it's all so crystal clear
There was happiness and there were many tears in my . . .

Chorus:

Tender years--I'm looking back on them now.
Tender years--I'm longing for them somehow.
Tender years--Warm summers at my command,
Tender years--And wonders held in each hand.
Tender years--Sometimes I had it made.
Tender years--Sometimes I was afraid.
I'm looking back to the laughter and tears.
I'm remembering my tender years.

Bridge:

I close my eyes and I'm
Drifting away in time
Back to those childhood days
I'm missing more and more.

Chorus:

Tender years--I'm looking back on them now.
Tender years--I'm longing for them somehow.
Tender years--Warm summers at my command,
Tender years--And wonders held in each hand.
Tender years--Sometimes I had it made.
Tender years--Sometimes I was afraid.
I'm looking back to the laughter and tears.
I'm remembering my tender years.

Tag:

I'm looking back to the laughter and tears.
I'm remembering my . . .
Tender years. Tender years. Tender years.


SLEEP MY ANGEL, SLEEP

By Mike McCollum
© 1999 Mitchikambo Music

Verse I:

Shades are drawn, the fire's low. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Night has come and you must go to sleep. My angel sleep.
Tuck your head beneath your wing. Sleep my angel, sleep.
As to you I softly sing. Sleep my angel, sleep.

Chorus:

Sleep my angel and I will, while the night is deep and still,
Over you a loving vigil keep. Sleep my angel, sleep.
My angel sleep.

Verse II:

Blow the light out. Blow a kiss. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Hush my darling, don't resist. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Gone the sun and gone the day. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Close your eyes and drift away. Sleep my angel, sleep.

Chorus:

Sleep my angel and I will, while the night is deep and still,
Over you a loving vigil keep. Sleep my angel, sleep.
My angel sleep.

Verse III:

God is love and God is light. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Precious one fear not the night. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Slumber sweetly close to me. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Dream the sweetest dreams there be. Sleep my angel, sleep.

Chorus:

Sleep my angel and I will, while the night is deep and still,
Over you a loving vigil keep. Sleep my angel, sleep.
My angel sleep.

Verse IV:

Overhead your lucky star. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Shining brightly near and far. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Let your fears and worries cease. Sleep my angel, sleep.
Goodnight my darling sleep in peace. Sleep my angel, sleep.

Chorus:

Sleep my angel and I will, while the night is deep and still,
Over you a loving vigil keep. Sleep my angel, sleep.
My angel sleep.

Tag:

Sleep my angel, sleep. My angel sleep.
Sleep my angel, sleep. My angel sleep.
Sleep my angel, sleep. My angel sleep.
(fade out)