Dragonfly

by Tim Birchard

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Dragonfly is an eclectic collection of songs written and recorded while living in Takamatsu, Japan. Ranging stylistically from rock to jazz to pop to folk (and, in one case, rap), this collection provides a glimpse into a world of wonder, confusion, ambivalence, sadness and joy, all through a lens of optimism.

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released August 2, 2007

All songs copyright 2007 Tim Birchard (BMI) except "River" (acoustic rhythm guitar by Cheryl Birchard).

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Tim Birchard is a musician, engineer, composer, and producer who loves a good story. He loves the unorthodox.

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Track Name: Eye Of Your Storm
I know some days will serenade
I know some nights will delight
But winds will blow
Vaga Luna riding proudly through the night

Your waves will level all that stands
Give me one chance to dance on your sands

(CH)
I'm not afraid to ride your waves
There's nothing here that I can hope to save
I don't want to hesitate
Nothing left to contemplate
I come here to celebrate
Where it's safe and warm
In the eye of your storm

Tranquility, verility
Fireball freefall into the sea
And deep inside
Search to be free from the search to be free

I'm not fool enough to think
You won't take me to the brink

(CH)

Such beauty, such power
Destroy, create
Love me, level me
Clear my slate

Waves are building, I can tell
No questioning the current
No way to quell
Winds will blow
This joyful heart rides the cycle of your tides

Again your waves are crashing on the shore
Again I say I love you, I ask for nothing more

(CH)
Track Name: Disappear
Disappear

It's taken some practice
Hiding my precious lies
It's all for the best
I paid good money for my disguise

I'm gonna find some pleasure
I'm gonna hide from pain

No one home to answer
No one coming to the door
No one home to answer
No one home....
Lights are out, it's clear
I disappear

I'm going for glory
Determined to find the truth
Doing yoga every day
Here in my telephone booth

I'm gonna find some pleasure
I'm gonna hide from pain

No one home to answer
No one coming to the door
No one home to answer
No one home....
Lights are out, it's clear
I disappear

No resistance, no holding on
(No one home)
None of the judging thoughts belong
(No one home)
No resistance, no holding
(No one home)
It's time to go beyond
(No one home)

Got to get to the bottom
Once and for all to see
One of us has got to go
I'm worried it might be me

No more chasing pleasure
No erasing pain

No one home to answer
No one coming to the door
No one home to answer
No one home....
Lights are out, it's clear
I disappear
Track Name: One More Mask
One More Mask

No one knows what happens
In my dressing room
They all think it's nothing more
Than a closet for the brooms

It's taken me a lifetime
To build this repertoire
I can mimic any creature
In my daily double-feature

Over here we have The Honest Guy
Here we have The Liar
This one makes me spiritual
So they can all admire

Here we have The Coward
There, The Confidant
Got to have the wardrobe
To get the love that I want

Guides, guardians, all I ask
Help me live up to the task
Of removing one more mask

Practice brings perfection
Efficiency is key
Little wasted movement
Transitions they can't see

I got so good at gliding
From one pose to the next
I forgot that I was hiding
Behind my page of text

Here's my favorite costume
My pride and joy
It celebrates the genius
Of my latest ploy

I keep a spare in the trunk
It's frequently on call
It's the mask of someone bold enough
To wear no mask at all

Guides, guardians, all I ask
Help me live up to the task
Of removing one more mask
Track Name: At The Bottom Of It All
At The Bottom Of It All

For the sunshine, moonlight
Every star that I see at night
For the joy and the pain
For every drop of rain

For the laughter, for the tears
Every second, all these years
For the struggle, for the ease
For the morning breeze

When you hear me screaming, pounding my fist
Ready to complain, making my list
Won't you help me flip it, help me turn it around

When you see me stumble, headed for a fall
Ready to put my head into the wall
I don't want to be blind, help me to find the love

At the bottom of it all


For the rage my heart releases
For the broken little pieces
For the dreams that come true
For the joy of knowing you

For the lightning, and the thunder
For innocence and a sense of wonder
Truth, for all the lies
For the love in your eyes

When you hear me screaming, pounding my fist
Ready to complain, making my list
Won't you help me flip it, help me turn it around

When you see me stumble, headed for a fall
Ready to put my head into the wall
I don't want to be blind, help me to find the love

At the bottom of it all

For the branches in the sky
For the roots underground
For compliance, defiance
For the silence behind the sound

When you hear me screaming, pounding my fist
Ready to complain, making my list
Won't you help me flip it, help me turn it around

When you see me stumble, headed for a fall
Ready to put my head into the wall
I don't want to be blind, help me to find the love

At the bottom of it all
Track Name: River
River

I am the trees, I am the shore
I am the empty sky, nothing more

The river's flowing through me
A river of thought
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not

When I try to hold this river
I become distraught
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not

Autumn's fiery golds, ever-changing mystery
The river's contents are of no consequence to me

The river's flowing through me
A river of thought
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not

When I try to hold this river
I become distraught
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not
I am the trees, I am the shore
I am the empty sky, nothing more

The river's flowing through me
A river of thought
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not

When I try to hold this river
I become distraught
The river's flowing through me
The river I am not
Track Name: Three Wishes
Three Wishes

I don't want to do the dishes
I don't feel like folding clothes
I just really want to dance with you
Discover colors no one knows

Then I look in the windows
The beautiful windows of your soul
The sweet, golden lamp glow
Beckons me back, welcomes me home

Sometimes I feel you in the morning
Blowing gently through the trees
And I can tell you're there, running fingers through my hair
In that quiet moment just before I sneeze

Then I look in the windows
The beautiful windows of your soul
The sweet, golden lamp glow
Beckons me back, welcomes me home

There are days that I have wasted
Shedding tears for what I've tasted
Try not to laugh
I'm out on a raft
Coast of Shikoku disappearing fast
You know this joy is so contagious

Then I look in the windows
The beautiful windows of your soul
The sweet, golden lamp glow
Beckons me back, welcomes me home

If I ever had three wishes
This is how our dance might go
Folding laundry, doing dishes
Discover all the roses right before our very noses

Then I look in the windows
The beautiful windows of your soul
The sweet, golden lamp glow
Beckons me back, welcomes me home
Track Name: Cards
Cards

Here sits the love of my life
Feel the deck shift in my pocket
“How many cards are you holding?”
“Three,” I say.
“Only three,” I say.

Here sits the love of my life
Taking a chance, trying to dance
“How many cards are you holding?”
Come what may.
“Seventeen,” I say.

Let's make a deal.
I'd like to heal.
But I don't want to reveal.

Sit with myself for awhile
Stranger sits down, gives me a smile
“How many cards are you holding?”
What can I say?
I deal, we play

Come what may

Here sits the love of my life
Feel the deck shift in my pocket
“How many cards are you holding?”
Track Name: I Still Believe
I Still Believe

You are resting in the hands of God,
I swear to God, I swear
I swear on God's mother's grave

Listen for the source of light
The wind that lifts the child's kite so high
What might happen if I lay my fears aside?
Take a breath, look into my brother's eyes and...

I still believe in magic
I still believe it's true
More than meets the eye
Inviting me to fly again
My heart will show me
What to do

You are resting in the hands of God,
I swear to God, I swear
On my mother's grave

Feel the sunshine in my bones
A scoop of summer in a cone

What might happen if I lay my fears aside?
Take a breath, look into my brother's eyes and...

I still believe in magic
I still believe it's true
More than meets the eye
Inviting me to fly again
My heart will show me
What to do

You are resting in the hands of God,
I swear to God, I swear
I swear to God
I swear it on God's uncle's grave
Track Name: I Need Some Mexican Food
I Need Some Mexican Food

I woke up last night at a quarter to one
I found myself in the Land of the Rising Sun
I tried to go back to sleep, but my stomach was kickin'
I needed me a bucket full of something finger-lickin'

Been jammin' on the sushi, been jammin' on the rice
And the squid on a stick was really nice
But at the end of the day, I've gotta have it my way
Enchiladas are callin', and all I can say...

I need some Mexican food
I need some Mexican food
Don't wanna come off as rude
I need some Mexican food
I've had “futatsu beiru” that was mighty cold
And a pound of raw meat that was good as gold
I'm eatin' Udon noodles and wasabe galore
I've held fish so fresh it wiggled in the grocery store

It's only been a month, it ain't that long
But I'm gettin' kind of itchy and the urge is strong
I'm bowing long and low, don't want to come off as rude
But hear me when I say I need some Mexican food

I need some Mexican food
I need some Mexican food
Don't wanna come off as rude
I need some Mexican food

I woke up last night at a quarter to one
And the grumbling and growling just ain't no fun
I'm rolling down Ban-cho, stomach's still kickin'
Chopsticks in my pocket, but it just ain't clickin'

When I tried to get some nachos, I was out of luck
Doritos in a cup, and it cost me five bucks
Guess I'll have to swim back to Austin, TX
Where it's 24/7 down-home Tex-Mex

I need some Mexican food
I need some Mexican food
Don't wanna come off as rude
I need some Mexican food

Onagaishimasu...