Charlie Barnett: All By His Own Self

by Modern Songbook Records

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The World’s Fair Verse 1 I took a trip to the World’s Fair To see what the future held in store. There were flying cars and trips to Mars once a day. We’d all live to be 100, And nobody’s sick or poor. But the Future’s here, and it didn’t work out that way. Cho: Who said, Who said. Who ever said the world’s fair. Verse 2 I had a boy and we were in love. We were so sure we’d never split. I would be a nurse and he’d be an astronaut. But Billy took off for California And I ended up with his kid. Some things (just) don’t go the way they ought. Cho: Who said, Who said. Who ever said the world’s fair Bridge: Everybody flew at super-sonic speeds And the Future looked so good to me. But I don’t spend a lot of time crying about The way Tomorrowland didn’t work out. Cho: Who said, Who said. Who ever said the world’s fair Who said, Who said. Who ever said the world’s fair Verse 3 I had some dreams that all came true And I had some dreams that fell apart. I didn’t get to outer space And I didn’t get a flying car. I didn’t get the girl I wanted But I probably got the girl I need. Mo: I’m still working to heal this broken heart.
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Split In Two Look outside the window, Look at that Airstream trailer. It’s twisted up and nearly ripped in two. There’s a bed and there’s a pillow And a scrapbook full of pictures After something like this , what do people do? Here come the cops and tow trucks To clear the wreck away. The traffic’s slow ‘cause everybody’s got to watch Look at those broken dishes And that busted up TV And a fifth of someone’s favorite Scotch. Cho When Billy and I got married And made our two lives one We never looked that far ahead And never thought it would come That he would get the records. And I would take the books. And we would split the silverware While everybody looks.. ( at the) Torn up bits of our lives Blowing like trash on the highway. It started out so easy I don’t know when it changed I don’t know how it ever got so hard. But we cussed and we shouted And called each other names And It got so mean it split this house apart.
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Hold Still My name is Mathew Brady. I hail from Saratoga. Now, I live in Washington Amid a Civil War. I made my reputation With a tripod and a camera; And plan on photographing Every soldier, every sword. Chorus: As I said s“ Hold Still, Hold Still” A smiling soldier hoists a flag And his comrades gather ‘round. Verse 2. To the Rebs it was Manassas To the North it was Bull Run. To me is was a worthless creek Hardly fit for cattle. Before the day was over, And the next sad day begun I photographed one thousand boys Who lost their lives in battle. Chorus: “Hold Still. Hold Still” As I focus on those jolly boys Now dead upon the ground. Verse 3 I showed them in their uniforms In all their flashing glory I photographed them as they died A’bleeding on the clay. I trained my lens unflinching On subjects grim and gory, And I thought “ This war can’t last too long, When they see what price they pay.” Verse 4 But it lasted four more awful years And I photographed the story; From Lincoln to the generals, To the lowly young cadet. But these plates don’t show the color Of their dried blood in the sun. You cannot hear their cries of pain Or smell the stench of death. Chorus: As I said s“ Hold Still, Hold Still” A smiling soldier hoists a flag And his comrades gather ‘round. “Hold Still. Hold Still” As I focus on those jolly boys Now dead upon the ground. My name is Mathew Brady I live here in New York I am broke and I’m forgotten Aand I am nearly dead.. My plates were sold as greenhouse panes. And remanded by the courts. They were my last reminders of All those times I said: Chorus: “ Hold Still, Hold Still” A smiling soldier hoists a flag And his comrades gather ‘round. “Hold Still. Hold Still” As I focus on those jolly boys Now dead upon the ground.
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Say What You Need to Say Now 1. Don’t hang around , Stare at the ground And just mumble Don’t make me wait In this state while my Confidence crumbles 2. I have a feeling that You are concealing Something I should know Whisper it. Shout it. Spit it out before I Explode. B. Maybe you’re shy? Or maybe you’re proud? You’ve got to get past this somehow. If you’re going to say something Say what you need to say now. 3. (Some say) silence is golden (But I) think what you hold in Can kill you. Let it all go and What comes back I know Will fulfill you. 4 So much goes undone When the cat’s got your tongue. Come on, help me. So much goes unsaid If it stays in your head; Darling tell me , just tell me. Just tell me. C. Words you rarely have spoken get Stuck on the way out (of)your mouth. They’re words that you usually choke on. But I need to hear you Say them out loud. If you’re going to say something Say what you need to say now. C-2 I know that I’m guilty of blather. And sometimes I never shut-up But really, which would you rather My blah blah blah Or a mime who says nothing Driving a otherwise perfectly sane person nuts?
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Smile Eb Smile tho your heart is aching Ebmaj7 Smile, even tho it’s breaking Eb6 F#dim7 Fmin7 C7 When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by-if you Fmin Smile thru your pain and sorry Ab- Smile and maybe tomorrow Eb C7 Fmin7 Bb7 You’ll see the sun come shining thru, for you Eb Light up your face with gladness Ebmaj7 Hide every trace of sadness Eb6 F#dim7 Fmin7 C7 Although a tear may be ever so near. That’s the Fmin Time you must keep on trying Abmin Smile, what’s the use of crying Eb C7 Fmin7 Bb7 You’ll find that life is still worthwhile If you just Smile.

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released May 14, 2020

Charlie Barnett; piano,guitar,banjo,accordion and vocal
Greg Watkins: bass. background vocals
Marilyn Older: background vocals

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Modern Songbook Records Bethesda, Maryland

Modern Songbook Records is a boutique record label specializing in Music to Dress Up For.

The label represents three fantastic artists:
Chaise Lounge - www.ChaiseLoungeNation.com
Gia Mora - www.GiaMora.com
Charlie Barnett - www.CharlieBarnett.com
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