Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun

by A novel by Mark L Berry

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12 companion songs to Mark L Berry's novel "Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun" co-written with a variety of worldwide musicians.

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released September 28, 2013

1. One Down and Four Up - Kim Smith, Dave Morgan, Bill Johnson, and Tom Horn
2. Can’t Say Goodbye (Ode to Oso) - Deanna Williams and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams
3. If I’m Only Dreaming - Steve Schafer, Don ‘Lefty’ Williams, and Cleveland Brown
4. One Day - Shane Clary, Don ‘Lefty’ Williams, Cleveland Brown, and Jeff Moseley
5. Screwed at the Drive-thru - Don ‘Lefty’ Williams & Deanna Williams
6. Man-Made Roadblocks (Spy’s Surprise) - Cleveland Brown and Mark D
7. Organized Anger (Drum Solo) - Brian 'The Kid' Hilgert
8. Hey Young Lady (Billy’s Theme) - T.C. Elliott
9. From a Long Way Away (Lindy’s Theme) - Kim Smith, J Starck, Bill Johnson, and Dave Morgan
10. Just Another - Deborah Linden and Mal
11. Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun (Title Song) - Adam Hill and Valerie Cox
12. The Family Tree (Scuba’s Song) - John ‘Scuba’ Linneman, Deanna Williams and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams
13. Cats - Deanna Williams, Cleveland Brown, Don ‘Lefty’ Williams, and John Krakowski

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Mark’s an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, author of a memoir and two novels, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason's Road literary journal. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers. He lives in St. Louis, MO near the big staple in the middle of the USA map. Locals call it: The Arch. ... more

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Track Name: Kim Smith - One Down and Four Up
One Down and Four Up - lyrics

Kick start
Spread my legs apart
I need
The open road today

Give me
An easy ride
Take me
Anywhere, take me away

One down and four up
Feeling through turns we’re leaning from side to side
One down and four up
There are no seatbelts on this E-ticket ride

I try
To read your mind
There’s no
Telling what I’ll find

Miles fly
By in a blur
Knees squeeze
I feel the engine purr

One down and four up
Feeling through turns we’re leaning from side to side
One down and four up
There are no seatbelts on this E-ticket ride

Wrap my
Arms around you
And I lace my fingers
across your heart

If you
Only knew
That I have loved you
from the start

I feel
Wind rushing through my hair
Our Hearts
Are racing the engine
Like two
Bats out of hell straight to heaven

Hold tight
It’s just you and me
Saddled up
We’re always rolling free

You are
My love my guy
And we
Will never say goodbye

One down and four up
Feeling through turns we’re leaning from side to side
One down and four up
There are no seatbelts on this E-ticket ride
One down and four up
Feeling through turns we’re leaning from side to side
One down and four up
There are no seatbelts on this E-ticket ride
One down and four up
Feeling through turns we’re leaning from side to side
One down and four up
There are no seatbelts on this E-ticket ride

Words by Mark L Berry & Music by Kim Smith Copyright©2006-2007
Track Name: Deanna Williams and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - Can't Say Goodbye (Ode to Oso)
Can’t Say Goodbye (Ode to Oso) - lyrics


Out of respect we dress in black
Goodbyes under a sky of grey
Time to speak, no words to say
Tired of faking, tired of crying
Tired of lying. “No, I’m not OK”

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Can’t understand why you had to die
Oh, I wish you could be here today

Out of respect we dress in black
Out of respect we’re here to pray
Out of respect these words I say
My loving, gentle giant
Forever in my heart you’ll stay

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Can’t understand why you had to die
I wish you could be here today

Out of respect we dress in black
We drop this dirt then can’t look back
But tears still flow ‘cause I can’t let go
Out of time for me and you
Oh, I hope you knew I love you too

‘Can’t say goodbye
‘Can’t bear to say goodbye to my buddy Bear
For you my Bear, for you I cry
Can’t understand why you had to die
I wish you could be here today
Track Name: Greg Evets and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - If I'm Only Dreaming
If I’m Only Dreaming - lyrics


I met a girl just the other day
She said, she was just passing through this way
She asked, for directions and then gave me a wink
And her crooked little smile caused me to stop and think
Then in a casual, off-handed way
I asked, what she was doing a little later that day
Could I meet her for a drink… say at quarter past eight?
She tossed her hair and said, “OK, You’ve got a date”

My mind was spinning, where will this go?
If I’m only dreaming I don’t want to know

So I conjured a table and I ordered a beer
And I patiently waited for her to appear
One beer then two beers, and maybe seven or ten
I began to doubt if she’d show, but oh what happened then
She strolled right on in with a friend on her arm
Another stunning lady… a 4-alarm
She quietly admitted she lived, well, not far
Glanced at my empty bottles and added, “Let’s take my car”

The bar was spinning, where will this go?
If I’m only dreaming I don’t want to know

They had a loft with a fully stocked bar
The first girl, reached in my pocket, took the keys to my car
The second girl took the shoes from my feet
Almost before I could find a seat
Well, the rest of what happened could only be once in a lifetime
But there were two, and playing favorites would be a crime
They were in love with each other, and that much was clear
I was just glad to have been invited here

The room was spinning, where will this go?
If I’m only dreaming I don’t want to know

The next morning was no ordinary day
It was, explained to me while my hangover went away
They were in love and together, that observation was true
But they weren’t too happy just being two
The seeds I provided as I rolled on their floor
Had the potential to double their number to four
If I could handle it, I could see my, I mean their, I mean our children grow
The last 24 hours changed the world that I know

The world that I know, the world that I know
The world was spinning, where will this go?

If I’m only dreaming I don’t want to know
If I’m only dreaming I don’t want to know
Track Name: Shane Clary, Cleveland Brown, Jeff Moseley, and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - One Day
One Day - lyrics


They’re not here for you
They’re not here for me
They’re just here for themselves
As you will see
They look up to no one
They look down on you
Everything that they say
Everything that they do

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

I believed they were good
I believed life was fair
That my water was clean
That I could still breathe the air
But these aren’t rights that I own
They’ve all been taken away
Now that I’ve opened my eyes
I see it every day

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

As I forge ahead
I wonder where I’ll go
They won’t let me stay
Now that they know I know
They still hold all the cards
They still run the show
Maybe soon there won’t be
Anywhere else to go

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

They’re not here for you
They’re not here for me
They’re just here for themselves
As you will see
They look up to no one
They look down on you
Everything that they say
Everything that they do

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, no day like today
Track Name: Don ‘Lefty’ Williams and Deanna Williams - Screwed at the Drive-thru
Screwed at the Drive-thru - lyrics


(alternate extended intro)
The sign out front said, “Billions Sold”
Makes you think they’d know what to do
But the game that they play is getting old
They always screw me at the drive-thru

“Would you like ketchup with your fries?”
“Would you like cream and sugar too?”
Why do they bother with these lies?
They always screw me at the drive-thru

Can I speak to the manager please?
Don’t make me get on my knees
I know she’s busy – you can’t help me
I got two burgers, but I ordered three
That’s just one beef that I have with you
Where’s the rest of my food? Dude!
Yesterday, I didn’t get all of my order
Here at the drive-thru

I was halfway home
‘spilled soda on my clothes
The cup was so full of ice
That my gearbox nearly froze
I was almost home
I reached for my food
All of my french fries were missing
Which put me in a really bad mood.

Can I speak to the manager please?
Don’t make me get on my knees
I know she’s busy – you can’t help me
I got two burgers, but I ordered three
That’s just one beef that I have with you
Where’s the rest of my food? Dude!
Yesterday, I didn’t get all of my order
Here at the drive-thru

I’ve had more than enough of you
You couldn’t even buy a clue
So now I want to meet the one who trained you
The one who taught you what to do
Is it your official company policy…
Extra value?
Every time I come here I’m screwed
Screwed at the drive-thru

I came to speak to the manager now
Can you get ‘er, do you know how?
I know she’s busy – you can’t help me
I got two burgers, but I ordered three
That’s just one beef that I have with you
Where’s the rest of my food? Dude!
You’re the one who got my order wrong
Here at the drive-thru
At the drive-thru
At the drive-thru

Yesterday you may have laughed
As I was driving away
But my car is now in park
And I’ll sit here and wait – all damn day
This time it won’t be me- oh no
This time it will be you
Who is going to get screwed
Screwed at the drive-thru

Now can I speak to the manager please?
Look who’s on their knees
I can wait all day
I’m not going away
I’m not going away – no way
‘cause I’m here to stay
I’m here to stay
I’m here to stay
Track Name: Mark D and Cleveland Brown - Man-Made Roadblocks (Spy's Surprise)
Man-Made Roadblocks (Spy’s Surprise) - lyrics


How much time have I had to wait
To get through that most hated gate
The lane lines seem longer the more I’m late
There’s a guy that I’ve learned more to hate

Step on the clutch
Step on the brake
Smell that truck’s exhaust
My throat burns, my lungs ache

There’s a guy who built the first building in the road
Oh dear, we have construction bills that are owed
Let’s get the road users to pay for the cost
And now the tollbooths are everywhere and all has been lost

Leave the stick-shift in first
And a foot on the clutch
Can’t I move up a few feet?
I’m asking too much

That guy without change
Is stuck in the wrong lane
Just try to cut, try to cut in
I’ll teach him about pain
That guy without change
Is stuck in the wrong lane
Just try to cut, try to cut in
I’ll teach him about pain

The roads have been paid for and paid for again
But the tolls will remain until I’ll tell you when
When hell freezes over or I run the show
And the tollbooths will be the first things to go

Step on the gas
Step on the brake
Step on the gas
Step on the brake
Step on the gas
Step on the brake
Step on the gas
Step on the brake

Finally I’m through
But I come home this way
Just thinking about it
Will ruin my whole day
Will ruin my whole day
Track Name: Brian “The Kid” Hilgert - Organized Anger (Drum Solo)
No lyrics - Drum Solo
Track Name: T.C. Elliott - Hey Young Lady (Billy’s Theme)
Hey Young Lady (Billy’s Theme) - lyrics


I loved a woman and she loved me too
That much I know is true
We had the house, we had the ring
We had almost everything
She is with me wherever I go
I still love her but I can’t let her go

Hey young lady, I’ll treat you right
I’ll make you dream amazing dreams tonight
Forget tomorrow, forget yesterday
Give me this moment and we’ll get carried away
Carried away

Hey young lady, let me hold you
I know the way in and the way out too
I know just what to say
I know the game and how to play
I know just what to do
And I won’t stay long enough to hurt you

Hey young lady, I’ll treat you right
I’ll make you dream amazing dreams tonight
Forget tomorrow, forget yesterday
Give me this moment and we’ll get carried away
Carried away

I’ll spoil you with menu
With wardrobe and then you
Can return to the real world
When we are through

Hey young lady, I’ll treat you right
I’ll make you dream amazing dreams tonight
Forget tomorrow, forget yesterday
Give me this moment and we’ll get carried away
Carried away
Track Name: Kim Smith - From a Long Way Away (Lindy's Theme)
From a Long Way Away (Lindy’s Theme) - lyrics

From a long way away
Everything still looks OK
I still go to work
Well, almost everyday
I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth
It keeps me from saying what I have to say

I sail the seas
With no wind at all
I count the years
With chalk on the wall
I get around but have no place to be
And you can’t see anything wrong
Just by looking at me

From a long way away
Everything still looks OK
But the sun keeps setting
In the middle of the day
I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth
It makes me look like I’m smiling
Day after day
Day after day

I sail the seas with no wind at all
I count the years with chalk on the wall
I get around but have no place to be
But you can’t see anything wrong
Just by looking at me

From a long way away
Everything still looks OK
But I feel the darkness in the middle of the day
I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth
And I silently pray
We’ll get together again someday
Someday, someday, someday

Words by Mark L Berry and Music by Kim Smith Copyright©2006-2007
This sound recording copyright(P)2007SneakyHooks
Track Name: Deborah Linden and Mal - Just Another
Just Another - lyrics


Just another page
Just another door
Just another step
Just a question, is there more?

Just a glimpse of a distant shore
Just another lady knocking at my door
Just a kiss
Just a feeling
Just a wish
To speed the healing

Make a drink
A shot or two or four
When I go numb
I feel nothing more
I feel different
With every day
I don’t like the way I feel
But, tomorrow is another day

Just another page
Just another door
Just another step
Just a question, is there more?

Though my eyes are open
I still haven’t stepped through
I’ve got no idea
When I’ll be ready, ready for you
Track Name: Adam Hill and Valerie Cox - Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun (Title Song)
Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun – lyrics


Together
You and me
We know what once was
And what can never be

Are you ready for a new life
Beyond the one we know is done
Can you help me face each new moment
Face each new day
Face up and forward
Pushing leaves towards the sun

You and me
Can have each other
I can’t go anymore
All alone
So I need to know
Should I hold on
Or do I have to
Let you go
On alone
All alone

This is all that I can take
This is all I have to say
You know all there is to know
Everything about me
You know more about me
Than anyone can know

So let me know
Where shall we go?
What do you see?
And what will become
Of you and me?

Are you ready for a new life
Beyond the one we know is done
Can you help me face each new moment
Face each new day
Face up and forward
Pushing leaves towards the sun

Together
You and me
We know what once was
And what can never be

So let me know
Where shall we go?
What do you see?
And what will become
Become of you
Become of me?
Track Name: Deanna Williams and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - The Family Tree
The Family Tree (Scuba's Song) - lyrics


We are here together… one big family
Because a leaf has fallen… from our family tree
We are here today to celebrate… the joy that was her life
And say goodbye to a sister, a mother, and a wife

But our family tree will stand tall
It was built on love it just won’t fall
There are new branches sprouting every day
When we lose a leaf it’s not the end
It just lets more sunshine in
Our family tree gets stronger in every way

Mama used to tell us… to live life everyday
Take care of each other, and love one another… it’s the family way
But when the good Lord took her… so she could be with Dad again
We said goodbye, but we knew inside, she was glad to be with him

But our family tree will stand tall
It was built on love it just won’t fall
There are new branches sprouting every day
When we lose a leaf it’s not the end
It just lets more sunshine in
Our family tree gets stronger in every way

But our family tree will stand tall
It was built on love it just won’t fall
There are new branches sprouting every day
When we lose a leaf it’s not the end
It just lets more sunshine in
Our family tree gets stronger in every way

When we lose a leaf it’s not the end
It just lets more sunshine in
Our family tree gets stronger in every way
Track Name: Deanna Williams, Cleveland Brown, Don ‘Lefty’ Williams, and John Krakowski - Cats
Cats - lyrics


The cats are on the window sill
They stare at the birds until
The sun goes down and they all fly away
You hold me tight in the dark of night
You ask me if I think we might
Have more than cats share our home some day

I tell you that I love each cat
And I see where you’re going with that
But are we really ready for that day
I don’t want to fight in the dark of night
So I answer that I think we might
But a kid is more than caring for a stray

There’s the crying and the diaper changes
Sleepless nights that rearranges
Every aspect of our lives today
There’ll be a college account of no small amount
Life insurance and the bills will mount
Do we really want to change our lives that way?

Just then the cats jump into the bed
Almost as if they know what we said
Their eyes glow green before they close them for the night
I find your lips for a goodnight kiss
There’s more to life that I don’t want to miss
I hold you tight because I know we’ll to be all right