Singles

by Tom Hipps

Some of the singles I've written, recorded, and released.
  • 02:43 Download Lyrics
    Shine In Shine Out

    You know there’s lots of bad blood that’s infecting us today and there is
    Really no attempt to see things someone else’s way
    But we can choose to spread some joy and lighten someone’s load
    Instead of letting darkness lead us down a gloomy dead-end road

    Let the light shine in
    Let the light shine in
    Let it flow into your soul
    Then your spirit feels whole
    Let the light shine in
    Then
    Let your light shine out
    Let your light shine out
    Spread the glow all around
    ‘Til a shadow can’t be found
    Let your light shine out

    Soak in all the lovebeams from the sun and from the Spirit
    Then let this hurting world know you can see and you can hear it
    Shine the light of mercy on the sinners needing grace and
    Let it shine upon the refugees just crying for a place to

    Let the light shine in
    Let the light shine in
    Let illumination flow
    ‘Til your eyeballs glow
    Let the light shine in
    Then
    Let your light shine out
    Let your light shine out
    Show the people everywhere
    You’re enlightened and you care
    Let your light shine out

  • 04:13 Download Lyrics
    SpiritFruit

    Traffic jams and frauds and scams / And people who don’t give a damn
    Politics and selfie sticks / Crazies killing just for kicks
    News that’s fake and bad remakes / Frogs with three legs in the lakes
    Loss of jobs and banks that rob / “Meat” that’s just a greasy blob

    Just ignore the closing stores / And shop online for more and more
    Pile up debt with no regret / There’ll always be a safety net
    Spying drones no chaperones / Folks enamored with their phones
    Skin so tanned and sleight of hand/ Your profile says your life is grand

    And if I said I’ve always given my best
    I would be lying
    But still I know this life’s an ongoing test
    And I’ll be trying hard to pass along some

    Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness
    Gentleness, faithfulness and self control

    Food enhancers causing cancers / Looking for the easy answers
    Who only tries still wins a prize / Cheap imported merchandise
    Auto fumes and oil tycoons / We all can sing with auto-tune
    It’s fine as long as I’ve got mine / Someone else will toe the line

    And if I said I’ve never put myself first
    I would be lying
    But still I know the world is dying of thirst
    We should be trying to quench it, drench it with

    Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness
    Gentleness, faithfulness and self control

    I don’t believe what’s done is done / Let’s find a way back to square one
    Let’s put the hate back on the shelves / And love our neighbors as ourselves
    I don’t believe that it’s too late / To try and rehabilitate
    A single act of kindness is the perfect place to start

  • 02:28 Story Lyrics
    Have to Be So Hard

    Why does it hurt so bad
    Why do I feel so sad
    I think that I'm a better man than I was yesterday, but
    Why does life have to be so hard
    Why does it have to be so hard

    Fumblin' for the brakes I speed toward my judgment day
    I'm wondering if it's not too late to try and change my ways
    What happened to the many-colored coat I used to wear?
    It's turned into a filthy rag and gotten me nowhere

    Why does it hurt so bad
    What do I feel so sad
    I think that I'm a better man than I was yesterday, but
    Why does life have to be so hard
    Why does it have to be so hard

    Lord I want to do it right and so I count the cost
    Of laying down the easy life and picking up my cross
    I know that heaven's patriarchs are waiting 'round the bend
    And I'm daring to believe that I will see them in the end, but

    Why does it take so long
    What am I doing wrong
    I'm trying to be a better man than I was yesterday, but
    Why does life have to be so hard
    Why does it have to be so hard

    I don't understand and I don't think I will
    I take it all in but I don't get my fill
    I try to be grateful and not to complain
    But a cloud can only hold so much until it has to rain

    Why does it hurt so bad
    What do I feel so sad
    I think that I'm a better man than I was yesterday
    Why do all the roads I choose come back the other way
    The lessons we don't seem to learn until we're old and gray
    Why does life have to be so hard
    Why does it have to be so hard

     

  • 03:47 Story Lyrics
    Her Love Won't Leave Me Alone

    I hear a voice from deep in the night
    Could it be someone that I’ve known before
    Take my hand and hold it tight
    I’m haunted by the ring that she wore

    CHORUS
    She slips inside my soul and squeezes me
    She stands beside me when I’m alone
    She calls my name at night and teases me
    Oh, what can I do what can I say
    Her love won’t leave me alone

    So much in love but so much left unsaid
    I should have known this from the start
    Happy memories lying there dead
    Bound together then torn apart

    CHORUS

    She’s gone and left me behind
    Since then things haven’t been the same
    I may be losing my mind
    Wait just a minute she’s calling my name

    CHORUS

  • 03:24 Story Lyrics
    Music, That Is

    HOME ONE EVENING / LATE AND DARK

    I FLIPPED ON THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK

    ARTIE AND SIMON WERE DOING THEIR THING

    I HUMMED ALONG / AND I BEGAN TO SING

    THEN OUT OF NOWHERE / TEARS CAME TO MY EYES

    ONCE IN AWHILE / I RE-REALIZE

    DIVINE INSPIRATION / UNDENIABLY HIS

    WHAT A WONDERFUL PRESENCE / MUSIC, THAT IS


    A CONDUCTOR OF EMOTION / DARKNESS TO JOY

    A WITHERED OLD MAN / TO AN EIGHT YEAR OLD BOY

    SICK AND IN PRISON / TO HEALTHY AND FREE

    IT’S MINE ALL ALONE / WHAT A SONG MEANS TO ME

    DEEP DOWN IN THE HEART / WHERE HARMONY LIVES

    WHAT TANGIBLE TONIC / MUSIC, THAT IS


    HOPE I HAVEN’T ALREADY WRITTEN MY BEST

    I’VE BEEN REJECTED I’VE BEEN PUT TO THE TEST

    AND THROUGH IT ALL I MUST ADMIT I’VE BEEN BLESSED

    TO SIMPLY SING


    FLESHING IT OUT / BREATHING IT IN

    MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH / SOAKS THROUGH YOUR SKIN

    SWEET COMPENSATION / TO HELP FILL THE HOLE

    DESCENDS LIKE AN ANGEL / AND SPEAKS TO MY SOUL

    PLANTS WITHOUT PREJUDICE / AN INVISIBLE KISS

    MY DARLING COMPANION / MUSIC, THAT IS

     

  • 03:16 Story Lyrics
    Waiting For You

    When my back is broken and I feel like I am choking
    I might go back to smoking ‘cause I need a crutch for coping
    My morals get caught napping while my enemies are clapping
    My wings keep right on flapping but I can’t get off the ground and
    I am down

    Waiting for you / Waiting for you
    I’m lost and alone and my heart’s in pieces
    Waiting for you / Waiting for you
    To rest me in your tender arms…

    No use in pretending that my standards are not bending
    The stalling’s never-ending for the good I’ve been intending
    The progress I’m erasing with the pleasures I’ve been chasing
    Have only been encasing me in loneliness and shame and
    I am down

    My door is drafty and my enemy is crafty
    And he’s working his way inside
    My shaky legs can’t stand their ground I’m slipping

  • 03:16 Story Lyrics
    I'm On Vacation

    I packed my bags the night before just waiting for the morning of the trip
    Then at the airport downed a couple cups of coffee burned my lip
    These plastic chairs I’m forced to sit on while I wait have made me sore
    I think I’ll walk around and check out all the freaks about to board

    In just a minute I’ll be in the sky and on my way
    Inside that tubular sensation roaring toward a sunny day

    CHORUS:
    I’m on vacation
    Not gonna touch a telephone send a fax go to work or need a chaperone
    I’m on vacation
    Gonna leave my problems all behind
    Get a room hit the beach and watch the girls go by

    Now that I’m on the beach the sun is makin’ bacon of my face
    On my third daiquiri a takeaway a total mind erase
    It seems so strange to not have any kind of worries on my brain
    The bills can wait hold all my calls the forecast doesn’t call for rain

    For just a couple days I’m going to keep reality in check
    So starting now I’m gonna chill out from my Zorries to my neck

    CHORUS:
    I’m on vacation
    Not gonna touch a telephone send a fax go to work or need a chaperone
    I’m on vacation
    Gonna leave my problems all behind
    Get a room hit the beach and have an empty mind

    The bubble bursts I’m slogging through my day gig makin’ toothpicks outta logs
    Thought I was soaring with the seagulls but I’m sweatin’ with the dogs
    I hear those pounding feet approaching from behind to rag on me
    I think I’d better cool him off and let him wear my daiquiri

    Someday I’m gonna see there’s so much more to life than this
    But ’til I find the truth I’m hanging in vacationary bliss

    CHORUS

     

     

  • 03:23 Story Lyrics
    Spirit's Grand Design

    Long ago, my grandfather said / this land was lead by our resting dead
    Air was pure and children were fed / white men came and blood was shed

    Now we’ve got these big casinos / flashing lights across the sky
    When we bargained how did we know their promises were hiding lies
    Can we turn back the hands of time?

    Strung bow buffalo thrill of the hunt / gifts of the earth / bow to the sun
    Pine trees prairies rivers run / white man came and then there were none

    Now we live on reservations / one-armed bandit way of life
    Greedy tourists on vacation / is this the Spirit’s Grand Design?
    We’ve got their cash but where’s our pride

    Push broom break room wasting away / punching the clock earning my pay
    Long to hear my grandfather say / hop on your horse we’re riding away

     

  • 02:16 Story Lyrics
    From Ordinary

    reaching far and wide
    passing up my former limits
    right by my side
    purifying every step i take
    i never feel like i'm alone
    in the darkness or the cold
    my fate is sealed by the throne
    my feet on streets of gold

    ooh the changes you gave me
    a holiday from harm
    ooh you needed to save me
    from ordinary

    looking back in time
    makes me wonder how i made it
    an uphill climb
    struggle makes the outcome so much more
    i'm giving more now than i take
    a reinvented soul
    each needed difference that i make
    puts the pieces back to whole

    i've tried to learn to live without
    the demons i have beaten down
    whatever pain i'm feeling now
    is only temporary

     

  • 03:13 Story Lyrics
    Generous

    Jesus Jesus generous Jesus
    Lord Lord lavishing love
    Father Father forever forgiving
    Blessing and bounty below and above

    And I know that your hand is upon me
    And I’ll never fall from your grace
    And I’ll go where the Spirit will send me
    And shout it all over the place

    Give your daily bread / don’t want cake instead
    For the life of me / gave yours willingly
    Every day and night / teach me what is right
    Give me work to do / with a smile for you
    Keep me in your care / give me love to share
    Show your shepherd’s heart / help me do my part
    Draw my wandering feet / to your golden streets
    I want paradise / earth’s not half as nice

  • 02:25 Story Lyrics
    (I Wanna Be) All Alone

    It’s simple yeah it’s very simple
    You and I can’t get along
    So now I’m writing you a song

    Listen no you never listen
    Do we have to sit on Springer’s show
    Before you’ll pack your things and go
    Denial you’re the queen of denial

    CHORUS
    I wanna be alone (all by myself)
    Yeah, I wanna be all alone

    It’s over yeah this time it’s over
    Take your blinders off your earplugs out
    You never learned what I’m all about

    I’m sorry oh I’m really sorry
    Scratch my mind and wonder why
    You make it hard to say goodbye
    Reality here comes reality

    CHORUS

  • 03:26 Story Lyrics
    Do It All Over Again

    Well I’ve been on the hill and I’ve been in the hole
    Been in a state where I had no control
    I’ve loved and I’ve lied and I’ve let myself hate
    I’ve heaped piles of trouble right onto my plate
    Sometimes I’m afraid that I’ll do it all over again

    I’ve been out of money I’ve been out of hope
    Drunk whiskey and beer and done my share of dope
    Cleaned myself up and swore never again
    Then went back to the mud like a pig in his pen
    There are times I’m afraid that I’ll do it all over again (2x)

    You don’t need to go back
    Down that mine shaft
    Though your clothes were coal black
    Now you’re clean

    I’ve cheated and lied and refused to forgive
    Stopped going to church and forgot how to live
    Just couldn’t stand for the party to end
    Woke up in my clothes didn’t know where I’d been
    There are times when I think that I’d do it all over again (2x)

    You don’t need to go back
    Down that mine shaft
    Though your clothes were coal black
    Now you’re clean
    Don’t you love the fresh air
    No more nightmare
    Heaven heard your serenity prayer
    Now you’re free

    I’ve learned the hard lessons the light has come on
    I’ve fought with the demons and feel like I’ve won
    Regretting the foul self abuse that I’ve done
    A deceitful perverted idea of fun
    But sometimes I’m afraid that I’ll do it all over again (2x)
    Dear God if you love me you won’t let me do it again