Chuck Casey

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Chuck Casey

A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

Did you sense that the mood had changed
Once we crossed the welcome mat…?
I cannot explain it but
I felt it right off the bat
Then we heard a big voice sayin’:
You can touch this…you can’t touch that
It almost seemed like we were
Walking into a trap

CHORUS
The birdman with the flaming sword
He sure ain’t helping out none
And the big guy with the scary voice
He sure ain’t giving us too much choice
So when those gates open up again
I say that’s when we make our run

There’s a lot of pressure on us
Hanging out in here
I know for certain that I am
Starting to feel it
Like maybe there’s some sort of
Secret treasure near
And the voice is sayin’ we are
Planning to steal it

CHORUS

I gotta say I don’t recall
How you and me met up
So I’m really hopin’ this deal
Wasn’t a set up
But if we find out that this stay
Was a big mistake
Then who do you think we can trust
To help us escape…?
Right…let’s go talk to the snake

CHORUS

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2020

A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

BAD TO WORSE


It came upon us one night
Like a bolt out of the blue
We looked at each other as friends
Then suddenly saw something new

It must’ve come from a hidden place
Like a comet from the dark
Blazed a trail right between us
And lit a stupid spark

Chorus
We could never plan a thing like this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse

The world was turning inside out
The air around us grew hot and thin
Time was moving in a desperate way
The strength we had was giving in

Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was taking us
Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was unmaking us

Chorus
Then you said we can’t do this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Bridge
It was a mindless drama unfolding
Playing someone else comes with major risk
If this had reached the final scene
The ending would have ruined our special gift

Thank goodness you could stop yourself
One of us needed to be strong
Because both of us would always know
What could have been so right
Would have been so wrong
What could have been so right
Would have been so very wrong

Chorus
If we had gone ahead with this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2013

BAD TO WORSE

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF


We didn’t want a long goodbye
But we sure know how to drag it out
We should enjoy every moment we can
After all the tears we’ve cried
Since we will both be ragged out
Once we’re alone again

Chorus
You wanted nothing…you wanted everything
You only wanted to give to someone else
Now we can give to each other no more
So just be good to yourself

Your passion always had a perfect stage
As long as you kept it hidden inside
Well there’s no one alive who would ever claim
That we are living in some golden age
So how do you handle a passion denied
When you only have yourself to blame?

Chorus

People say things happen for a reason
But for you and me that has not been true
Things got so crazed so fast for us
We found out things happen because they do

Chorus
Chuck Casey
Copyright 2014

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF


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A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

Did you sense that the mood had changed
Once we crossed the welcome mat…?
I cannot explain it but
I felt it right off the bat
Then we heard a big voice sayin’:
You can touch this…you can’t touch that
It almost seemed like we were
Walking into a trap

CHORUS
The birdman with the flaming sword
He sure ain’t helping out none
And the big guy with the scary voice
He sure ain’t giving us too much choice
So when those gates open up again
I say that’s when we make our run

There’s a lot of pressure on us
Hanging out in here
I know for certain that I am
Starting to feel it
Like maybe there’s some sort of
Secret treasure near
And the voice is sayin’ we are
Planning to steal it

CHORUS

I gotta say I don’t recall
How you and me met up
So I’m really hopin’ this deal
Wasn’t a set up
But if we find out that this stay
Was a big mistake
Then who do you think we can trust
To help us escape…?
Right…let’s go talk to the snake

CHORUS

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2020

A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

BAD TO WORSE


It came upon us one night
Like a bolt out of the blue
We looked at each other as friends
Then suddenly saw something new

It must’ve come from a hidden place
Like a comet from the dark
Blazed a trail right between us
And lit a stupid spark

Chorus
We could never plan a thing like this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse

The world was turning inside out
The air around us grew hot and thin
Time was moving in a desperate way
The strength we had was giving in

Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was taking us
Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was unmaking us

Chorus
Then you said we can’t do this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Bridge
It was a mindless drama unfolding
Playing someone else comes with major risk
If this had reached the final scene
The ending would have ruined our special gift

Thank goodness you could stop yourself
One of us needed to be strong
Because both of us would always know
What could have been so right
Would have been so wrong
What could have been so right
Would have been so very wrong

Chorus
If we had gone ahead with this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2013

BAD TO WORSE

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF


We didn’t want a long goodbye
But we sure know how to drag it out
We should enjoy every moment we can
After all the tears we’ve cried
Since we will both be ragged out
Once we’re alone again

Chorus
You wanted nothing…you wanted everything
You only wanted to give to someone else
Now we can give to each other no more
So just be good to yourself

Your passion always had a perfect stage
As long as you kept it hidden inside
Well there’s no one alive who would ever claim
That we are living in some golden age
So how do you handle a passion denied
When you only have yourself to blame?

Chorus

People say things happen for a reason
But for you and me that has not been true
Things got so crazed so fast for us
We found out things happen because they do

Chorus
Chuck Casey
Copyright 2014

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

BOPPIN’ DOWN THE BLOCK


Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

I was glowing like the Milky Sea
Yeah, I was sparkling like a jewelah
I was sliding silk so easily
As cool as cool deserved to be
So how was I supposed to know
There was a spoolah up my goulah

Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

My mind was seeing through its other eye
I was slinging sounds most groovo
My sun was shining in a different sky
Where I dreamed I could sit on high
Until I looked behind a cloud
And found a truvo that was screwvo

Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

I swear I could not miss a beat
I had no need for coinal
Then I met her on the street
She thought we'd get a bite to eat
I said I had no cash at all
So I got left forloinal in the groinal

Chorus
Well I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2016

BOPPIN' DOWN THE BLOCK

CONCRETE CUPCAKE

I get rushed…I get crushed
I get hounded and pounded
Most of the time I’m watchin’ my back
So I don’t get myself surrounded

Chorus
That’s the way it is around here
Always somethin’ comin’ atcha
It’s a rock fight all the time
Better have someone there to catch ya

Been bombarded and discarded
I’ve been supplied and denied
Gotta keep the whole world on the outs
Or I’ll get myself over-stimulied

Chorus

Bridge
You see we gotta be tough outside
We can’t make any mistakes
If people see how we really feel inside
They’ll know we’re just concrete cupcakes

You complain you can’t get through to me
That’s because I can’t trust myself
If even one person gets into me
I’ll be beggin’ for some emotional help

Chorus

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2017

CONCRETE CUPCAKE

DANCING A LIE



I found myself dancing
With Miss Queens NYC
Crowned circa ‘84

I was having myself a great old time
Slinging my stuff and bringing the dust
But knew it was time to drag my butt off the floor

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black

I knew it wasn’t fair to her
It was an uncool thing to do
‘Cause I knew deep down I was dancing a lie

There was no way I could keep it going
She looked so right and deserved more light
So we bumped one last time and said goodbye

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black


Bridge
I didn’t know what I was dancing for
It didn’t make any sense
The sound was building oh so fast
The scene was too immense


I knew I had to sort things out
And with a little peace and quiet
I knew I would

So I strapped myself in a little bit tighter
Scoped a C-section course correction
And hoped the rest of the trip might turn out good

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2010

DANCING A LIE

DEFY

Defy the dirty seed
Defy the smilin’ greed
Defy the vulgar need
All we can say is-we’re sick of this stuff

Defy the votes that are bought
Defy the pols that ain’t caught
Defy the raging onslaught
Each and every day the journey stays rough

Defy the lie
Defy the lie
Defy the lie

Defy the fake democracy
Defy the crass conspiracy
Defy the mass hypocrisy
Deny us and you will watch us stand tough

Defy the increasing misery
Defy the insulting travesty
Defy the exploding lunacy
We’re telling you now-enough is enough

Defy the lie
Defy the lie
Defy the lie

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2017

DEFY

DON’T TOUCH NOTHIN’ THAT AIN’T TOUCHIN’ YOU

There once was a time when it was all Carpe Diem
Now these days that’s a thing you cannot do
Because you should never carpe when you see ‘em
Don’t touch nothin’ that ain’t touchin’ you

There’s a card game where you can hold ‘em or fold ‘em
But you gotta know straight up there’s something new
You can still fold ‘em but no way can you hold ‘em
Don’t touch nothin’ that ain’t touchin’ you

Bridge
It’s about time the world faced the truth
As many brutal actions have come into view
Things can never be as they were before
Don’t touch nothin’ that ain’t touchin’ you

If you ever find yourself in a subway car
I gotta tell you something that is always true
Better not let your hands start to wander too far
Don’t touch nothin’ that ain’t touchin’ you


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2019

DON'T TOUCH NOTHIN'

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A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

Did you sense that the mood had changed
Once we crossed the welcome mat…?
I cannot explain it but
I felt it right off the bat
Then we heard a big voice sayin’:
You can touch this…you can’t touch that
It almost seemed like we were
Walking into a trap

CHORUS
The birdman with the flaming sword
He sure ain’t helping out none
And the big guy with the scary voice
He sure ain’t giving us too much choice
So when those gates open up again
I say that’s when we make our run

There’s a lot of pressure on us
Hanging out in here
I know for certain that I am
Starting to feel it
Like maybe there’s some sort of
Secret treasure near
And the voice is sayin’ we are
Planning to steal it

CHORUS

I gotta say I don’t recall
How you and me met up
So I’m really hopin’ this deal
Wasn’t a set up
But if we find out that this stay
Was a big mistake
Then who do you think we can trust
To help us escape…?
Right…let’s go talk to the snake

CHORUS

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2020

A SHORT STAY IN PARADISE

BAD TO WORSE


It came upon us one night
Like a bolt out of the blue
We looked at each other as friends
Then suddenly saw something new

It must’ve come from a hidden place
Like a comet from the dark
Blazed a trail right between us
And lit a stupid spark

Chorus
We could never plan a thing like this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse

The world was turning inside out
The air around us grew hot and thin
Time was moving in a desperate way
The strength we had was giving in

Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was taking us
Where we were headed we both knew
The moment itself was unmaking us

Chorus
Then you said we can’t do this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Bridge
It was a mindless drama unfolding
Playing someone else comes with major risk
If this had reached the final scene
The ending would have ruined our special gift

Thank goodness you could stop yourself
One of us needed to be strong
Because both of us would always know
What could have been so right
Would have been so wrong
What could have been so right
Would have been so very wrong

Chorus
If we had gone ahead with this
Our lives would be forever cursed
‘Cause if it’s good that’s bad
And if it’s bad that’s worse


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2013

BAD TO WORSE

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF


We didn’t want a long goodbye
But we sure know how to drag it out
We should enjoy every moment we can
After all the tears we’ve cried
Since we will both be ragged out
Once we’re alone again

Chorus
You wanted nothing…you wanted everything
You only wanted to give to someone else
Now we can give to each other no more
So just be good to yourself

Your passion always had a perfect stage
As long as you kept it hidden inside
Well there’s no one alive who would ever claim
That we are living in some golden age
So how do you handle a passion denied
When you only have yourself to blame?

Chorus

People say things happen for a reason
But for you and me that has not been true
Things got so crazed so fast for us
We found out things happen because they do

Chorus
Chuck Casey
Copyright 2014

BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

BOPPIN’ DOWN THE BLOCK


Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

I was glowing like the Milky Sea
Yeah, I was sparkling like a jewelah
I was sliding silk so easily
As cool as cool deserved to be
So how was I supposed to know
There was a spoolah up my goulah

Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

My mind was seeing through its other eye
I was slinging sounds most groovo
My sun was shining in a different sky
Where I dreamed I could sit on high
Until I looked behind a cloud
And found a truvo that was screwvo

Chorus
I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back

I swear I could not miss a beat
I had no need for coinal
Then I met her on the street
She thought we'd get a bite to eat
I said I had no cash at all
So I got left forloinal in the groinal

Chorus
Well I was boppin’ down the block
With bird crap on my back


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2016

BOPPIN' DOWN THE BLOCK

CONCRETE CUPCAKE

I get rushed…I get crushed
I get hounded and pounded
Most of the time I’m watchin’ my back
So I don’t get myself surrounded

Chorus
That’s the way it is around here
Always somethin’ comin’ atcha
It’s a rock fight all the time
Better have someone there to catch ya

Been bombarded and discarded
I’ve been supplied and denied
Gotta keep the whole world on the outs
Or I’ll get myself over-stimulied

Chorus

Bridge
You see we gotta be tough outside
We can’t make any mistakes
If people see how we really feel inside
They’ll know we’re just concrete cupcakes

You complain you can’t get through to me
That’s because I can’t trust myself
If even one person gets into me
I’ll be beggin’ for some emotional help

Chorus

Chuck Casey
Copyright 2017

CONCRETE CUPCAKE

DANCING A LIE



I found myself dancing
With Miss Queens NYC
Crowned circa ‘84

I was having myself a great old time
Slinging my stuff and bringing the dust
But knew it was time to drag my butt off the floor

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black

I knew it wasn’t fair to her
It was an uncool thing to do
‘Cause I knew deep down I was dancing a lie

There was no way I could keep it going
She looked so right and deserved more light
So we bumped one last time and said goodbye

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black


Bridge
I didn’t know what I was dancing for
It didn’t make any sense
The sound was building oh so fast
The scene was too immense


I knew I had to sort things out
And with a little peace and quiet
I knew I would

So I strapped myself in a little bit tighter
Scoped a C-section course correction
And hoped the rest of the trip might turn out good

Chorus
Dreams of this
Dreams of that
I can’t keep dancing as
My dreams roll to black


Chuck Casey
Copyright 2010

DANCING A LIE


About Me

Bio

I have been writing poems/lyrics for most of my life but never had the guts or discipline to go out on my own professionally. I have worked in the real/fake world (or is it the fake/real world...?) for almost 40 years and now I am doing what I've dreamt about doing for a very long time. I have currently listed (36) of my works on the Songbay site and they should provide a good representation of the types of lyrics I create. For a complete listing of all my lyrics, please feel free to visit my website, HellGateMusic.com, where there are over (100) of my lyrics listed...with more being added on a regular basis. I have also just recently started to create my own music but this will, of course, take time so I would welcome the chance to work in collaboration with anyone who might be interested in using my lyrics in their music...and I will certainly tailor my words to fit within a piece of music as necessary. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and perhaps our paths will cross someday.

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