G Burke

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G Burke

HEART ON SLEEVE - SOUL ON STRINGS
Copyright © 2011 G.A.Burke

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

Oh my soul
I don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
I don’t need to be judged to know all my faults
I don’t need you to tell me the human I am
I know
I know my soul

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

You don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
You don’t need to play judge to hide your own faults
You don’t need me to prove how human you are
I know
I know your soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

I know my soul
My heart and soul

I know your soul
Your heart and soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

Here it comes
Making a show

Beautiful soul.

Heart On Sleeve - Soul On Strings

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

You do too
Feel
You can’t deny
You’re not alone

You do too
Feel
Like I am Home
This much I know

You do too
Feel
Me to the bone
Body and soul

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

We’re not alone
This is real…

Feel

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m on fire
Burning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I could die
For lack of you

Feel like a fuel
Filling me up
Feel like a fuel
I must consume

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m inflamed
Yearning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

Feel
Feel
Feel

Consumed


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HEART ON SLEEVE - SOUL ON STRINGS
Copyright © 2011 G.A.Burke

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

Oh my soul
I don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
I don’t need to be judged to know all my faults
I don’t need you to tell me the human I am
I know
I know my soul

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

You don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
You don’t need to play judge to hide your own faults
You don’t need me to prove how human you are
I know
I know your soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

I know my soul
My heart and soul

I know your soul
Your heart and soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

Here it comes
Making a show

Beautiful soul.

Heart On Sleeve - Soul On Strings

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

You do too
Feel
You can’t deny
You’re not alone

You do too
Feel
Like I am Home
This much I know

You do too
Feel
Me to the bone
Body and soul

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

We’re not alone
This is real…

Feel

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m on fire
Burning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I could die
For lack of you

Feel like a fuel
Filling me up
Feel like a fuel
I must consume

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m inflamed
Yearning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

Feel
Feel
Feel

Consumed

He said:
Your eyes
Too wide, too wet with fear
I understand your shaking hands
You’re breaking and
The past eats you alive

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

We have faced death
There have been deaths
There have been fates
Worse than death

He said:
See now
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

He said:
Your eyes
So bright, I see you clear
I understand your faithless stand
You know that I’m
A faithless man, I think

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

We have faced death
There have been deaths
There have been fates
Worse than death

He said:
See now
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself

Proposal

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
See the grayness of the sky
Is it a warning?

You and I look out the window
See too much
It’s not enough to say goodbye

I feel you grieving and I’ve no strength to grace your life
Feel you grieving and I’ve no will to set things right

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
See the shadows in our eyes
Now comes the mourning

You and I look out the window
Feel too much
It’s not enough to say goodbye

I feel you reaching and I’ve no words to ease your mind
Feel you reaching and I’ve no way to set things right

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
Feel the sorrow born of lies
Now comes the mourning

You and I turn from the window
We don’t touch
No tears to cry there’s been too much

I feel you leaving and I’ve no strength to grace your life
Feel you leaving and I’ve no will to set things right.

Now Comes The Mourning

My favourite poet, he said:
“The window’s open
The newspaper rustles
On the floor by the bed.”

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

You’re lying on my bed
Two arms across your head
After all we’ve been through
Can’t you see that it’s true?

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

What are you praying for now?
What am I paying for now?
Why make me wear this crown?
I can’t bear it, my head falls down

Why don’t you look inside yourself
See your own man made Hell
You’ve got one life to live, my dear
Why waste it on guilt and fear

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

My favourite poet, he said:
“The window’s open
The newspaper rustles
On the floor by the bed.”

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

No Angels

He was fighting a losing battle
He was swimming upstream
He got lost on his way
And he...
Succumbed to weakness

She wouldn’t turn the other cheek
He knew
Still, he loved her more than life itself
His truth
Still, he loved her more than ever loved himself
Still, he loved her more than life itself

Everybody's got secrets
Everybody's got hidden truths
Everybody's got reasons
To keep certain things from view

It's a critical world, see
So many living to judge
Gets them nearer to Gods
It seems
It takes them higher above

Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross
Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross

She was fighting cruel memories
She was chasing her dreams
She was running away
And she...
Met Devils she knew

He wouldn’t turn the other cheek
She knew
Still, she loved him more than life itself
Her truth
Still, she loved him more than ever loved herself
Still, she loved him more than life itself

It's a critical world, see
So many living to judge
Gets them nearer to Gods
It seems
It takes them higher above

Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross
Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross

They didn’t make it to forever
They were going ‘gainst grain
Rubbed raw along the way
And they…
Succumbed, to Devils they knew

She couldn’t turn the other cheek
He knew
Still, he loved her more than life itself
His truth
Still, he loved her more than ever loved himself
Still, he loved her more than life itself

He couldn’t turn the other cheek
She knew
Still, she loved him more than life itself
Her truth
Still, she loved him more than ever loved herself
Still, he loved her more than life itself

Everybody's got secrets
Everybody's got hidden truths
Everybody's got reasons
To keep certain things from view

It's a critical world, see
So many living to judge
Gets them nearer to Gods
It seems
It takes them higher above

Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross
Love can take you higher
Love can nail you to a cross.

Love Can

Verse One:
Really took the boots to my pride
This morning
Then stomped mad out the door
You didn’t give me no warning

Chorus:
Left me on my own in the eye of your storm
Baby in my arms cryin’ out loud and I’m worn
Right down to the bone
Rattles in my nerves
Makes me shake
Makes me wanna’ make
A clean break

Get away!
You get to get away Baby!
Wanna’ get away, Baby?!
Wanna’ get away!

Before your Mama goes crazy
I think she’s gonna’ go crazy
I think I’m gonna’ go crazy!

Verse Two:
Really took me by surprise
This morning
Lunged, lashed, struck, you tore
You didn’t give me no warning

Chorus:
Left me on my own in the eye of your storm
Baby in my arms cryin’ out loud and I’m worn
Right down to the bone
Rattles in my nerves
Makes me shake
Makes me wanna’ make
A clean break

Get away!
You get to get away Baby!
Wanna’ get away, Baby?!
Wanna’ get away!

Verse Three:
Really need to take my advice
This warning
Come home, face me now
Before I leave you this morning

Chorus:
Left me on my own in the eye of your storm
Baby in my arms cryin’ out loud and I’m worn
Right down to the bone
Rattles in my nerves
Makes me wanna’ make
A clean break

Get away!
You get to get away Baby!
Wanna’ get away, Baby?!
Wanna’ get away!

Before your Mama goes crazy
I think she’s gonna’ go crazy
I think I’m gonna’ go crazy!

Crazy!
I think I’m gonna’ go crazy!

Your Mama's Going Crazy

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HEART ON SLEEVE - SOUL ON STRINGS
Copyright © 2011 G.A.Burke

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

Oh my soul
I don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
I don’t need to be judged to know all my faults
I don’t need you to tell me the human I am
I know
I know my soul

Oh my soul
Here it comes
Rising again
Making a show
Pushing to show
Wants me to know
Wants to be known

Don’t we all
Need to be known
Need to be seen
Need to feel whole
Need to believe
We can expose
Without fear

Of being rejected, resented, belittled, begrudged
Ill-dignified and/or unloved

Left all alone

You don’t need 20/20 vision to see
All the corners, the dark, the light and the holes in me
You don’t need to play judge to hide your own faults
You don’t need me to prove how human you are
I know
I know your soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

I know my soul
My heart and soul

I know your soul
Your heart and soul

Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly
Beautiful, beautiful
Perfectly, imperfectly

Here it comes
Making a show

Beautiful soul.

Heart On Sleeve - Soul On Strings

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

You do too
Feel
You can’t deny
You’re not alone

You do too
Feel
Like I am Home
This much I know

You do too
Feel
Me to the bone
Body and soul

You do too
Feel
The things that I feel

We’re not alone
This is real…

Feel

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m on fire
Burning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I could die
For lack of you

Feel like a fuel
Filling me up
Feel like a fuel
I must consume

You make me feel
You make me feel
Like I’m inflamed
Yearning for you

Feel like a blaze
Searing me through
Feel like a blaze
I am consumed

Feel
Feel
Feel

Consumed

He said:
Your eyes
Too wide, too wet with fear
I understand your shaking hands
You’re breaking and
The past eats you alive

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

We have faced death
There have been deaths
There have been fates
Worse than death

He said:
See now
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

He said:
Your eyes
So bright, I see you clear
I understand your faithless stand
You know that I’m
A faithless man, I think

Two wronged don’t often make it right
But maybe we can make it right
You and I

We have faced death
There have been deaths
There have been fates
Worse than death

He said:
See now
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself
There’s nothing left to fear but fear itself

Proposal

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
See the grayness of the sky
Is it a warning?

You and I look out the window
See too much
It’s not enough to say goodbye

I feel you grieving and I’ve no strength to grace your life
Feel you grieving and I’ve no will to set things right

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
See the shadows in our eyes
Now comes the mourning

You and I look out the window
Feel too much
It’s not enough to say goodbye

I feel you reaching and I’ve no words to ease your mind
Feel you reaching and I’ve no way to set things right

Rise, Rise, Rise
Now comes the morning
Feel the sorrow born of lies
Now comes the mourning

You and I turn from the window
We don’t touch
No tears to cry there’s been too much

I feel you leaving and I’ve no strength to grace your life
Feel you leaving and I’ve no will to set things right.

Now Comes The Mourning

My favourite poet, he said:
“The window’s open
The newspaper rustles
On the floor by the bed.”

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

You’re lying on my bed
Two arms across your head
After all we’ve been through
Can’t you see that it’s true?

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

What are you praying for now?
What am I paying for now?
Why make me wear this crown?
I can’t bear it, my head falls down

Why don’t you look inside yourself
See your own man made Hell
You’ve got one life to live, my dear
Why waste it on guilt and fear

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

My favourite poet, he said:
“The window’s open
The newspaper rustles
On the floor by the bed.”

Chorus:
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”
“There are no other angels.”

No Angels


About Me

Bio

I’ve been writing poetry and songs for most of my life; thus far I’ve written hundreds of both spanning my teen years to the present date (2020). I’ve been on this planet for 57+ years and lived through a lot, including a battle with cancer in 1998. Music, writing, art have all been lifesaving arts for me in that they’ve helped me to cope, brought me comfort and peace, not to mention release. Venting is good, I say. Holding things in not so much. Some people scream into pillows. When the going gets tough for me I get creative.

While some of the poems and songs that I write are personal, many aren’t about me or my life at all. A lot of people like to believe that every song a person writes and/or performs is totally personal, all about their own life experiences. Truth is, life presents a never ending supply of influences when it comes to writing - from personal experiences, to the experiences of others in our lives, to politics, news articles, stories, movies, shows, music, art, the world we live in and beyond.

Personally speaking, I’m relentlessly inspired. Poems and song lyrics seem to come to me in a flash, sometimes just seeds, sometimes complete. No knowing in advance when inspiration will strike next, how or why - which is why many never see the light of day. I don’t sweat it, just enjoy the process when I’m in it.

In my 20’s I was lyricist and vocalist in a number of experimental, punk, alternative bands that recorded a few indie & compilation albums, got some local radio play - but never went anywhere, really. However, I definitely learned a lot about working with other people to create songs and albums.

In 1989 I met and married my husband, Big Joe Burke. We’ve been married for 31+ years and have raised two very beloved (now adult) children together. I managed and promoted my husband’s band through 2 albums, including touring across Canada between 2006 and 2011.

Joe and I have worked together to create many songs through the years; my words, he writes the music, sometimes he’s the vocalist, sometimes I am, sometimes we sing together. I absolutely love working on music and singing with my husband at home. But I’ve only made it onto a stage with Joe once, at a local pub. Very proud of myself for making it through that performance without hurling. Seriously. Look at my face! (Attached Photo; Below - G & Big Joe Burke - Copyright © Irene Thorne) SO close! LOL

See, the big trouble for me where singing/performing my songs is concerned: I hate stepping onto a stage, just am not comfortable up there with all eyes on me, at all. Never have been and never will be, I get that now. In striking contrast, Mr. Big comes to life on the stage. A true and imo very gifted performer.

What I’ve come to recognize is that I’m in love with the creative process of songwriting and collaborating with musicians and vocalists; that’s where I come to life. That’s why I’m here in Song Bay as we speak. Also, I know many other songwriters who are curious about whether or not a place like this (Song Bay) could be a positive experience for them, too. So I’ll be documenting my experience and letting other songwriters know how this works out for me. I'll admit, I'm skeptical but approaching this experience with an open mind.

To start off I’ll be uploading selected lyrics from within my collections for which music has yet to be written/composed. Eventually I may also upload some of the songs that Joe and I have collaborated on together through the years (lyrics & music, both).

That’s all she wrote for now, thanks for your time and interest. May good health and good fortune be yours in these trying times, and may all your creative goals, wishes and wants come true.

G. Burke
August 2020

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