Lyrics
 

Snowflake Circus

Vocal Melody and Lyrics written and sung by Richard Dry

Guitar chords and picking written and played by Richard Dry

Back up vocals and harmony written and sung by Dakota Dry

Percussion written and played by Richard Dry

Mixing by Richard Dry

 

Richard Dry:  "Quiet desperation" comes from a line in Thoreau's Walden, in which he says, "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation." He is then often misquoted as adding to that, "and go to the grave with their song still in them," which I love! That second part is most likely taken from "The Voiceless," by Oliver Wndell Holmes: "Alas for those that never sing,/But die with all their music in them!"  I made this the title song because I feel like it's the underlying theme of many of my songs, living our music until we die: We climb in the ring and do our thing and then disappear as we hit the ground.

 

Verse

Would you trade this quiet life for a dying revelation

Reading books and savoring looks of quiet desperation

Does it heal your aching soul to take the load from someone's shoulders

Do you drink and think that time will make you anything but older

 

Verse

Have you ever walked along a single line of railroad track

The molten lava, Cliffs of Hell, solo balancing act

You've forgotten where you're going, you've forgotten where you're at

And the cheering trees take root cause you've been there

 

Chorus:

Well this is the original

Amazing, but terrible

Traveling, Snowflake circus

 

Climb in the Ring and do your thing

The spotlight moves around

Paint on a smile

Walk the line for a while

disappear as you hit the ground

disappear as you hit the ground

 

Verse

A wise man once said that you're born then you're dead

A wise woman once said love your brother

A wise man once said that you must get ahead

While those couple of wise ones made love to each other

 

Verse

Have you ever walked barefoot over rocks that were sharp

You cry and you holler, you scream and you bark

You land on the beach in the cooling white sand

then you smile and you head for the rocks...once again

 

Chorus

This is the original

Amazing but terrible

Traveling, Snowflake Circus

 

Climb in the ring and do your thing

The spotlight moves around

Paint on a smile and relax for a while

Cause’ tomorrow we're shutting down

Yah Tomorrow we're shutting down

Oh tomorrow we're all shutting down

Oh tomorrow

Butterfly

DAKOTA DRY: I wrote this song when I was dealing with the difficult decision of what middle school to go to. I talk about how huge an affect each decision can have on your life.

The melody in voice, lyrics, piano chords, and ukulele picking patterns were written and played by Dakota Dry. Percussion was written and played Richard Dry. Harmonies for voice were written by Dakota Dry and sung by Richard and Dakota Dry.

 

Pacific Coast Highway

by Richard Dry

 

Traveling down the pacific coast highway

One man his van, dogs and his gear

There’s something about the way the cliffs curve right here

Makes think about a boy in the waves

Remember, my mother watching me from the palisades

That woman I loved the most, she lived down the coast

She’s gone now so I drive

Just to think of her

I’ve been driving these beaches for years and know

Just which way the tide

Will take me

 

I’m going to let go of all of my fears

Shift with the changing gears

Ride these waves of tears and find my way

Down the Pacific Coast Highway

 

The hum of the road lets my thoughts unload

About the last time she walked outside

She’d been walking those beaches for years and knew

Just which way the tide would take her

So I guess it lives on inside

The people and the sun in the sky

She dreamed of one more ride

Down the pacific coast highway

 

When the moon rises

There’s a different kind of light

I’m tired but it feels cool to be tired

There’s a breeze through my window

So I stick out my hand

The resistance consistent with who I am

I’ve been riding these beaches for years and knew

Just which way the tide would take her

Well I guess she lives on inside

In the ocean and the sand and the sky

I dream we’re taking a ride

Down the Pacific Coast Highway

Little Girl

RICHARD DRY: I wrote this song when Dakota was about 3 years old. I talk about the year I had Dakota and my mom died, and the struggle of balancing the strong amount of sadness and happiness, and beginnings and endings.

The melody in voice, lyrics, guitar chords, guitar soloing, and percussion were played and written by Richard Dry. The backup vocals was written and played by Dakota Dry. Base was written and played by David Brooks.

 

You came into my life like a butterfly
So fragile sitting in my hands
Not long after that my mother died
If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t know who I am

I know that I’m not the perfect man
But I swear I’m doing all I can
And if you’d give me just a little more time
I hope to show you that I can be fine
And that I
Can be happy

How will you remember me little girl
Stayin’ up late and sleepin’ ‘til ten
How will I remember you little girl
The perfect moments slippin’ through my hands

I know that I’m not the perfect man
But I swear I’m doing all I can
And if you’d give me just a little more time
I hope to show you that I can be fine
And that I
Can be happy

Sittin’ on the road bidding my time
the events of my life are the cars drivin’ by
I turn for a moment and the moment’s past
Hold on to these moments like they’re your last

It’s starting to happen for me little girl
Playing ducks and frogs in the bath
In our garden golden poppies unfurl
You do a dance and it makes me laugh

I know that I’m not the perfect man
But I swear I’m doing all I can
And if you’d give me just a little more time
I hope to show you that I can be fine
And that I
Am happy

 

 

All Too Much

 

Vocal Melody and Lyrics written and sung by Richard Dry

Guitar chords and picking written and played by Richard Dry

Back up vocals and harmony written and sung by Dakota Dry

Ukulele picking written and played by Dakota Dry

Percussion written and played by Richard Dry

Mixing by Richard Dry

 

 

Verse

Susanna why'd you have to fly

Susanna why'd you have to fly

 

I think I see the reason in your eyes

I think I see it in the people passing by

 

Chorus: It's all too much (x4)

 

Verse

Susanna lying on the floor

You know she couldn't be more than four

Listenin to her mother's songs

You know she always sang along

 

I think I see it in the reason in your eyes

I think I know that reason in your eyes

 

Chorus: It’s all too much (x4)

 

Verse

Susanna up there on the stage

Singing by the Rivers in March

Did you reach the end of the road

Why didn't you know which way to go

 

I think I see that reason in your eyes

I think I see it in the mirror passing by


Chorus: It’s all too much (x7)