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"Can I Pretend" by grflint


This CD is packed full of thought provoking songs.

"Shallow Eyes" and "God Has A Plan"
received a "Certificate of Achievement" in the 1997 Billboard Songwriting Contest.

The musician's who played on this CD:

grflint: guitars, vocals, synths.
Scott Taylor: Keyboards, synths
Kevin Cardinal: bass, percussion, vocals
Gary Zampedri: guitars, vocals
Robert McCormack: harmonica
Derrick Flint: snare drum







































The Wake Up
(Instrumental)
Copyright 1997, grflint


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Can I Pretend

Snow covered mountains rise above the plains of white
I hold in my coat as the North wind bites
Before my eyes the angels write
The light is upon you, now you have sight

Taken to a place above a land I know
I don’t understand what’s beginning to show
Broken before me a man of age
What may I do? Was it helpful to say?

Is it the end? Is it the end of this dream I’m dreaming
Can’t I pretend to forget what I’ve seen?
I can be told, I can be taught
And I must be willing
Can I pretend, I can pretend

Stepped into the land of gain and strife
I can’t find anyone I know is right
Some people grabbing, some they fight
For the top of the ladder is the essence of life

Is it the end? Is it the end of this dream I’m dreaming
Can’t I pretend to forget what I’ve seen?
I can be told, I can be taught
And I must be willing
Can I pretend, I can pretend

It is much different to have this view
I can see many things that I could do
Afraid of shadows, Afraid to start
The spirit is willing, but we’re weak in heart

Is it the end? Is it the end of this dream I’m dreaming
Can’t I pretend to forget what I’ve seen?
I can be told, I can be taught
And I must be willing
Can I pretend, I can pretend

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Can I Pretend
Can I Pretend
As The Storm Moves In

Gaze out over this horizon
For a land that cannot be seen
We know it’s out there
It’s calling for us
Shall we venture
Or must we flee
Leaving port, family and friends
To pursue this tale
What are the chances
That we will return
Wearing golden fleece
Or with an empty pail

As the storm moves quietly in
The sea is calm no breeze no wind
I see the flash of the lightning
No sound is made as the storm moves in

One thousand days
As many in bottles
From when we set sail
The storm has moved us
From where we should be
Common tragedy
Or is it destiny

As the storm moves quietly in
The sea is calm no breeze no wind
I see the flash of the lightning
No sound is made as the storm moves in

Least we find a way
Can we truly say
What has been lost
If we knew that day
The price there is to pay
Would we have changed
Changed our minds?

As the storm moves quietly in
The sea is calm no breeze no wind
I see the flash of the lightning
No sound is made as the storm moves in

Copyright 1997, grflint

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Shallow Eyes

As I was a young man
My daddy would say
Son, I want to tell you
That along your way
If you live in a world of despair
And there’s feelings that life’s not fair
You have to believe
You’ve got to believe

As the dove, we’ll rise above
What’s seen with shallow eyes
And may the cup of righteousness
Fill our dreams

Many days go by
And I just don’t care
About the reasons
All this is fair
I remember well my daddy’s smile
I think about his words for a while
I have to believe
Oh, I want to believe

As the dove, we’ll rise above
What’s seen with shallow eyes
And may the cup of righteousness
Fill our dreams

I remember well, my daddy’s smile
I think about his words for a while
I have to believe
Oh, I want to believe

If you live in a world of despair
And there’s feelings that life’s not fair
You have to believe
You’ve got to believe

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Twice As Strong

Running hard, getting absolutely nowhere
Change direction, think I’ve already been there
Aint no time for some trite conversation
Stand in line for your life’s validation

Is this all there is for me
Is this all that I will be
Moving faster, faster then light
As I take this plane into the night
No connection straight through for me
Is this the way it should be

Here I stand
Beaten down, and back to the wall
Holding on when I can
Reaching out for your hand
Here with you by my side
I’m standing tall, and twice as strong
Holding on to your hand
With my feet in the sand

I know it’s the same sometimes for you my friend
We need to ask ourselves
Those questions again

Is this all there is for us
Is this all that we can be
Getting closer, closer to life
When we realize that it’s just not right
To be consumed by those selfish needs
It’s not the way it should be

Here I stand
Beaten down and back to the wall
Holding on when I can
Reaching out for your hand
Here with you by my side
I’m standing tall, and twice as strong
Holding on to your hand
With my feet on the sand

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In A Ray Of Hope

Hold me tightly
Don’t let me fall
From this ledge of life
I’ve begun to crawl
Open my heart
To see the seed I must sow
For I do wonder
What I’ve got to show

And when I look into myself
Darkness falls upon me
And when I look in your eyes
Darkness broken in a ray of hope
Darkness broken in a ray of hope

Sometimes it’s lonely
When I don’t listen right
Head strong and selfish
Ready to fight
Hands stretched out
Head bowed down
Many times fallen
In my quest for life

And when I look into myself
Darkness falls upon me
And when I look into your eyes
Darkness broken in a ray of hope
Darkness broken in a ray of hope

Copyright 1996, grflint

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God Has A Plan

Lost in postponement, caught in a time
Out in the open, over the line
Doubt builds a wall, unable to climb
Shun at a feeling, know it’s the time

More to this race, then finding your way
Behind the words, there’s more to say
Better do something, you need not hide
Things of the past, are left behind

God has a plan
You know it’s not mine
You’ve got to step back
And watch it unwind
You got to have a reason
You wan-na know why you’re here
God has a plan
He’s had it all the time

Under the sea, over the hills
Quietly standing very still
That’s when you hear
Just how well you can do
He’s got something more for you

God has a plan
You know it’s not mine
You’ve got to step back
And watch it unwind
You want to have a reason
You wan-na know why you’re here
God has a plan
He’s had it all the time

Copyright 1996, grflint

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It Appears

Who is this man who has died on the cross
What has he done to deserve all the cost for us
In the lives we’re leading was he the voice of healing love

Yes it appears he’s all alone on his cross
The love of the Father he has shown for us all
The tears from his mother he has drawn to himself
All this so we can be as one

Who is this man who has died on the cross
How could he tell we had lost our way
And we could not find it
Our eyes blinded from the truth

Yes it appears he’s all alone on his cross
The love of his Father he has shown for us all
The tears from his mother he has drawn to himself
All this so we can be as one

Who is that man who has died on the cross
Why do his words bring us out of the dark of the night
Into the peaceful sunlight of a world with God in sight

Yes it appears he’s all alone on his cross
The love of the Father he has shown for us all
The tears from his mother he has drawn to himself
All this so we can be as one

And yes it appears there’s something wrong with ourselves
The Father in heaven has come home for us all
He sees us all and we are real to him
Why can he not be real to us

Yes it appears he’s all alone on his cross
The love of his Father he has shown for us all
The tears from his mother he has drawn to himself
All this so we can be as one

Copyright 1997, grflint

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What Am I To Do

Starring out into some field
the highways long and this heat’s unreal
I’ve gone for miles and you’re not in sight
What am I to do

Deep down, down in my heart
My soul is stirring and I’m coming apart
Times remembered some I forgot
What am I to do

I can remember the times that we planned
And not much mattered but holding hand
I sense your touch in my every move
What am I to do

Deep down, down in my heart
My soul is stirring and I’m coming apart
Times remembered some I forgot
What am I to do
What am I to do with this love for you

I have looked out over the sea
To see the vision of you and me
I need to find the way to you
Here I stand what can I do

Deep down, down in my heart
My soul is stirring and I’m coming apart
Times remembered some I forgot
What am I to do
What am I to do with this love for you

Copyright 1997, grflint

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For Old Time’s Sake

A million miles from anywhere
Listen closely if you care
To the sound the sound of what was old times
Looking up to see the stars
Notice that they’re not so far
Above the world the world of what was old times
Off the ground your feet will rise
As you leap toward the skies
Reaching out to what was and for old time’s sake

It’s just the moment on your mind
The moment’s gone and here’s your life
You can’t stop the hands of time
The present’s here and now it’s leaving

Too late, your on the ride
Happiness, it’s found inside
Hold on, your road is clear of old times
You’re the one to change the way
You look at each and every day
So much for what was and for old time’s sake

It’s just the moment on your mind
The moment’s gone and here’s your life
You can’t stop the hands of time
The present’s here and now it’s leaving
And now it’s leaving

Copyright 1996, grflint
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