Precious Memories

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN IN NEW YORK IN 1974, BEFORE MOVING TO CALIFORNIA, AND BEFORE MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN.

Lyrics

LITTLE ONES

 

(VERSE)

 

LITTLE ONES

SMALLER IMITATIONS OF

ALL OUR SIMULATIONS OF THE WORLD WE SEE

THEY BELIEVE IN US

GIVE THEIR DREAMS TO US

TELL ME WHAT WILL WE GIVE THEM

THE CHILDREN OF OUR CENTURY

 

(CHORUS)

GIVE THEM LOVE

SO LOVE FROM THEM MAY FLOW

GIVE THEM TRUTH

TO HELP THEIR SPIRITS GROW

GIVE THEM FAITH

IN PEOPLE LEARN TO TRUST

GIVE THEM STRENGTH TO ENDURE

ALL THE PAINS OF THIS WORLD

WE’VE CREATED

 

(bridge)

GIVE THEM FREEDOM

OH SET THEM FREE

GIVE THEM FREEDOM

YOU HOLD THE KEY TO THEIR FUTURE

SO BE SURE YOU DON’T LET THEM DOWN

 

(VERSE)

LITTLE ONES

YOUR FUTURE LIES BEYOND THE STARS

WHAT WILL BE THE MESSAGE YOU WILL CARRY FORTH

IN THE YEARS TO COME

ALL WE KNOW MAY PASS AWAY

THE HUMAN RACE MAY CHANGE BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS

BUT I HOPE THAT WE

MAY INFLUENCE THEIR HISTORY

THROUGH THE POWER THAT WE HOLD TO HELP

TO HELP THEM GROW

TELL ME WHAT WILL WE GIVE THEM

THE CHILDREN OF OUR CENTURY

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN IN NEW YORK IN 1975 PRIOR TO LEAVING AND COMING TO CALIFORNIA

Lyrics

OLD FRIENDS

 

(VERSE)

OLD FRIENDS

WE’VE TAKEN TIME

AND STRETCHED IT THIN

AND LEFT OURSELVES BEHIND

FRIENDS OF MIND

TAKE MY HAND

HOLD ME CLOSE

 

(chorus)

WE ARE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN SPIRIT

AND I KNOW

THAT WHEREVER I GO

I WILL CARRY YOU WITH ME

LOCKED INTO MY HEART

LOCKED INTO MY SOUL

OOH OOH OOH

 

(VERSE)

OLD FRIENDS

WHERE HAVE YOU GONE

GONE LIKE A SONG

UPON THE WIND

THE SONG OF LIFE

HAS SWEPT US APART

 

(chorus)

BUT OUR LIVES KEEP ON GROWING

KEEP ON FLOWING ENDLESSLY

AND IN THIS WORLD OF ILLUSION

I HAVE COME HERE TO SEE

AND IN YOU I’VE FOUND ME

AND IT SETS MY HEART FREE

OOH OOH OOH

 

(BRIDGE)

LA DA DA   DA DA DA   DA DA DA

LA DA DA  DA DA DA   DA DA DA

 

THEY SAY THAT HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

HEART OF MINE CARRY ME HOME.

 

OOOH   OOOH   OOOH     OOOHOHOOOH

OOOOOOH

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN IN THE EARLY MORNING, JUST AFTER SUNRISE AT A SMALL CAMPGROUND IN OHIO.  MY WIFE AND I HAD STOPPED THERE FOR THE NIGHT AND PICKED A SITE RIGHT BESIDE A BEAUTIFUL POND.   MY WIFE SWEARS THIS WAS THE NIGHT OUR DAUGHTER, SARAH, WAS CONCEIVED.

Lyrics

EARLY MORNING MAGIC

 

( VERSE)                       

 MIST UPON THE WATER....RISES UP TO MEET THE SKY

THE FIRST RAYS OF SUNRISE....DRIVES THE SLEEP FROM MY EYES

 

EARLY MORNING MAGIC....SAY HELLO TO THE NEW DAY

EARLY MORNING MAGIC....GIVES ME PEACE ON MY WAY

 

 

(VERSE)

IRIDESCENT RAINBOWS....GENTLY  FLOATING WITH THE BREEZE

A NEWBORNE SUN IS RISING....EVER SLOWLY THROUGH THE TREES

 

EARLY MORNING MAGIC....SAY HELLO TO THE NEW DAY

EARLY MORNING MAGIC....GIVES ME PEACE ON MY WAY

 

 

(BRIDGE)

AS I TAKE THIS GIFT OF SILENCE....GIVING THANKS FOR ALL I SEE

I FEEL THE WIND AMONG THE FLOWERS.....FEEL THE EARTH BENEATH MY FEET

 

AND AS I STAND UPON THE MOUNTAIN....EARTH AND SKY THEY SEEM TO MEET

HERE I GATHER ALL MY SORROWS......GENTLY LAY THEM AT THY FEET

 

CAUSE IT’S YOU I  WANT BESIDE ME....TAKE MY LOVE AND SET ME FREE

SO WE CAN WANDER HERE FOREVER......LIVING LIFE IN HARMONY

 

OOHH....OOHH.....OOHH....OOHH

OOHH....OOHH....OOHH....OOHH

 

 EARLY MORNING MAGIC...GIVES ME PEACE ON MY WAY

EARLY MORNING MAGIC...GIVES ME PEACE ON MY WAY

OOHH...OOHH...OOHH

OOHH...OOHH...OOHH

 

 

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN IN ABOUT 1979, WHEN MY 2 DAUGHTERS WERE SMALL AND I WROTE THIS AS A LULLABY TO SING THEM TO SLEEP AT NIGHT.   IT BECAME A TRADITION FOR MANY YEARS TO SING THEM TO SLEEP AND THIS AS WELL AS "OLD FRIENDS" WERE SOME OF THEIR FAVORITES.

Lyrics

LULLABY

 

OH IT’S TIME TO GO TO SLEEP AND IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED    LITTLE ONES

TIME TO REST YOUR HEAD  IN DADDY’S ARMS AGAIN    OOH  OOH

SLEEP   SLEEP      YOU’LL BE SAFE WITH ME   THERE BY YOUR SIDE   

 THERE BY YOUR SIDE

 

 

OH DON’T YOU BE AFRAID  JUST REST YOUR SLEEPYHEAD  

AND I’LL SING YOUR BLUES AWAY    OOH   

 

 

 SLEEP  SLEEP YOU’LL BE SAFE WITH ME   THERE BY YOUR SIDE   

THERE BY YOUR SIDE

OOH  OOH  OOH

 

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Lyrics

I’M THINKING OF YOU TONIGHT

 

(verse)

 

YOU KNOW WHERE I’M GOING, YOU KNOW WHERE I’M GOING TONIGHT

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M DOING       YOU KNOW WHAT I’M DOING TONIGHT

MY LOVE,       MM MY LOVE           MY MY LOVE

 

           

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M THINKING.. YOU WHAT I’M THINKING TONIGHT             

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M DREAMING.. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M DREAMING TONIGHT

MY LOVE        MM MY LOVE   MY MY LOVE

 

(chorus)                   

 

OH I’M THINKING OF YOU, AND I WANT TO BE WITH YOU

AND I’M THINKING OF YOU

AS THE BREEZE SOFTLY BLOWIN… AND YOUR MEMORY’S FLOWING    IN MY MIND

AND THE PERFUME OF EVENING SENDS MY SENSES REELING

 AND ALL I CAN THINK OF IS YOU

YES I’M THINKING OF YOU AND I WANT TO BE WITH YOU

YES I’M THINKING OF YOU TONIGHT

MY LOVE        MY MY LOVE MY LOVE

 

 

(verse)

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M FEELING     YOU KNOW WHAT I’M FEELING TONIGHT

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M NEEDING   YOU KNOW WHAT I’M WANTING TONIGHT

MY LOVE        MM MY LOVE                         MY MY LOVE           MY LOVE

 

(chorus)                   

 

OH I’M THINKING OF YOU, AND I WANT TO BE WITH YOU

AND I’M THINKING OF YOU

AS THE BREEZE SOFTLY BLOWIN… AND YOUR MEMORY’S FLOWING    IN MY MIND

AND THE PERFUME OF EVENING SENDS MY SENSES REELING

 AND ALL I CAN THINK OF IS YOU

YES I’M THINKING OF YOU AND I WANT TO BE WITH YOU

YES I’M THINKING OF YOU TONIGHT

MY LOVE        MY MY LOVE MY LOVE

 

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

I WROTE THIS SONG FOR MY DAUGHTER, SARA'S WEDDING.

Lyrics

A WEDDING SONG

 

ON THIS DAY

MAY YOU BE BLESSED

AS YOU STAND BEFORE THE ALTER

AS YOU STAND BEFORE THE ALTER OF LIFE

IF YOU LOOK DEEP INTO EACH OTHERS EYES

 

YOU CAN SEE THAT LIGHT WITHIN

TOUCHING YOUR SOULS

BRINGING YOUR HEARTS EVER CLOSER

 

AND ON THIS DAY

YOUR LIVES ARE JOINED

YOU TAKE A DEEP AND SOLEMN VOW

YOU TAKE A DEEP AND SOLEMN VOW

 

LOOKING WITHIN

KNOWING YOU ARE TRUE

KNOWING ONLY YOU

CAN GIVE YOURSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER

 

ON THIS DAY

MAY YOU BE BLESSED

AS YOU STAND BEFORE EACH OTHER

AS YOU STAND BEFORE EACH OTHER

AS  YOU LOOK DEEP INTO EACH OTHER’S EYES

 

MAKE YOUR VOWS

SOMETHING TO LIVE BY

SOMETHING TO GROW BY

SOMETHING TO FOLLOW THROUGHOUT LIFE

 

 

SO ON THIS DAY

MAY YOU BE BLESSED

AS YOU GO FORTH TO START YOUR LIFE ANEW

AS YOU GO FORTH MAY BLESSINGS FOLLOW YOU

AS YOU GO FORTH ALL BLESSINGS FOLLOW YOU

AS YOU GO FORTH ALL BLESSING FOLLOW YOU

 

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

THIS SONG WAS WRITTEN AS I WAS REFLECTING ON THE TIMES WHEN MY DAUGHTERS WERE SMALL AND GROWING UP

Lyrics

PRECIOUS MEMORIES

 

TODAY , ALL I HAVE IS THIS MOMENT

YESTERDAY IS ALREADY GONE

TOMORROW IS ALWAYS UNCERTAIN

YET HERE I AM, REMEMBERIN THE PAST

 

TODAY AS I SEE YOU STANDING TALL

FULL OF LIFE, FINDING YOUR OWN WAY

MEMORIES ARE FLOWING THROUGH MY MIND

OF YESTERDAYS I CAN NO LONGER FIND

 

I CAN STILL REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE SO SMALL

RUNNING FREE  UPON THE SAND

INNOCENTLY HOLDING MY HAND

 

(CHORUS)

I REMEMBER….I REMEMBER

PRECIOUS MEMORIES..I CARRY IN MY HEART

PRECIOUS MEMORIES I CARRY IN MY HEART

 

(BRIDGE)

I HAVE NO REGRETS FOR THE LIFE WE HAVE LIVED

OH MY CHILD

BUT NOW LOOKING BACK I WISH TO RECAPTURE THAT PAST

FOR A MOMENT

 

(CHORUS)

PRECIOUS MEMORIES….I REMEMBER

PRECIOUS MEMORIES… I CARRY IN MY HEART

PRECIOUS MEMORIES.. I CARRY IN MY HEART

 

CAMPIN’ TRIPS AND BACK FLIPS IN THE POOL

OH SO COOL

TEACHING YOU TO DRIVE.. KEEPING YOU ALIVE

WATCHING OVER YOU..HELPING YOU GET THROUGH

 

(CHORUS)

I REMEMBER.. I REMEMBER

I REMEMBER.. FOR ALL OF MY LIFE

PRECIOUS MEMORIES.. I REMEMBER

PRECIOUS MEMORIES, I CARRY IN MY HEART

PRECIOUS MEMORIES, I CARRY IN MY SOUL

PRECIOUS MEMORIES, I CARRY IN MY HEART

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

WRITTEN FOR MY WIFE ON OUR 31ST ANNIVERSARY

Lyrics

I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN

 

 

THIRTY ONE YEARS … IS A LONG TIME….. TO BE TOGETHER

THIRTY ONE YEARS ……IS A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE

THRU THE THICK AND THIN OF IT.. WE HAVE DANCED OUR DANCE OF LOVE TOGETHER

DANCING UP AND DANCING DOWN DANCING ALL AROUND

WE HAVE TRIPPED THE LIFE FANTASTIC

 

AND IF I HAD THE POWER

TO SEIZE THE HOUR AND CHANGE OUR HISTORY

IF I COULD GO BACK REVERSE THE COURSE OF TIME  AND FACE THE CHOICE TO BE WITH YOU OR NOT

I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN..OH I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN

 

 

THIRTY ONE YEARS IS FULL OF MANY MEMORIES

LOOKIN BACK WE SEEM SO YOUNG  EVEN

THOUGH WE THOUGHT WE WERE GETTING OLD

LITTLE DID WE KNOW  THE THINGS THAT LAY BEFORE US

WE DID NOT SUSPECT WE’D  BE STANDING HERE TODAY

LOOKING BACK ON THE SHADOWS OF OUR PAST

 

AND IF I HAD THE POWER

TO SIEZE THE HOUR AND CHANGE OUR HISTORY

IF I COULD GO BACK REVERSE THE COURSE OF TIME  AND FACE THE CHOICE TO BE WITH YOU OR NOT

I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN..OH I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN                                                     

 

 

SOMETIMES IT SEEEMS  LIKE LIFE JUST TAKES FOREVER

BUT ON THE OTHER HAND..31 YRS IS GONE IN A MINUTE

IF YOUR LOOKIN OUT AT US WITH THE EYES OF THE WORLD

YOU MIGHT SAY THAT THE WORLD HAS TAKEN IT’S TOLL

SILVER HAIR AND A WRINKLE HERE AND THERE

BUT WHEN I LOOK AT YOU WITH THE EYES OF LOVE

YOU ARE JUST AS BEAUTIFUL  AS THAT YOUNG GIRL I ONCE KNEW

WALKIN INTO YOUR CLASSROOM…STEPPIN INTO A WRINKLE IN TIME

AFTER 31 YRS YOUR STILL THE SAME TO ME

AND MY LOVE IS AS STEADY AS A TREE  WITH DEEP ROOTS

SO LISTEN TO ME I’M TALKING TO YOU FROM DEEP IN MY HEART

I’LL NEVER GIVE UP NEVER LOOK BACK.. KEEP ON LOVIN YOU

 

AND IF I HAD THE POWER

TO SEIZE THE HOUR AND CHANGE OUR HISTORY

IF I COULD GO BACK REVERSE THE COURSE OF TIME  AND FACE THE CHOICE TO BE WITH YOU OR NOT

 

I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN..OH I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN

BECAUSE I LOVE YOU

I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN..OH I’D DO IT ALL AGAIN

BECAUSE I LOVE YOU

Maynard Evans
Writer, Arranger, Performer

Story

ANOTHER LOVE SONG TO MY LOVELY WIFE, MEGAN

Lyrics

HOW I LOVE YOU

 

 

IF YOU COULD NOTICE………………..HOW I LOOK AT YOU

IF YOU COULD FEEL……………………WHAT IS IN MY HEART

IF FOR A MOMENT………………………YOU COULD LOOK INTO MY SOUL

THEN YOU WOULD KNOW……………..HOW I LOVE YOU

 

 

LIFE’S TENDER MOMENTS…………….SOMETIMES GET LOST

IN THE HUSTLE………………………….AND BUSTLE OF LIFE

TAKE TIME TO NOTICE………………..TAKE TIME TO FEEL

THEN YOU WILL KNOW………………HOW I LOVE YOU

 

 

MANY TIMES I CAN’T FIND THE WORDS

TO SAY WHAT’S IN MY HEART

OR THE WORDS JUST COME TUMBLING OUT

AND MAY BE MISUNDERSTOOD

 

 

SO IF YOU COULD NOTICE……………HOW I LOOK AT YOU

FEEL WHAT’S IN MY HEART…………LOOK INTO MY SOUL

THEN YOU WILL KNOW … HOW I LOVE YOU