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Always Up

(The Way to God is)

1.
       G             D
Oh the way to God is always up,
          C                G
  But you might be up-side-down.
       G          D
That's why his beatific smile
    C              D
  Appears to you a frown.
       C      D           G
You've almost reached the surface,
          Am                   D
  But you stop for fear you'll drown.
          G             D
:| Oh the way to God is always up,
          C               G
  But you might be upside down.  |:
2.
       G             D
Oh the way to God is always in,
          C                G
  But you might be in-side-out.
       G           D
That's why his reassurances
    C                D
  Induce in you such doubt.
    C           D         G
The still small voice you can't quite hear
     Am               D
  Is God's tremendous SHOUT!
          G             D
:| Oh the way to God is always in,
          C               G
  But you might be inside out.  |:
Mindful Webworks | Best of Spirits | (The Way to God is) Always Up, page 2
3.
       G              D
Oh it takes a million years to know
      C                 G
  The One Who Lives Within.
       G             D
You reach the shores of Paradise
         C              D
  On the day that you begin.
  C       D       G
A billion perfect worlds dance on
      Am        D
  The apex of a pin.
         G             D
:| Oh it takes a million years to know
      C                 G
  The One Who Lives Within.  |:
4.
       G             D
The way to God is yours to choose,
        C                G
  Don't let your will be weak.
       G             D
'Cause then, despite His brilliant light,
       C                 D
  Your outlook will stay bleak.
       C       D    G
You'll sail on holy waters,
             Am                D
  But you'll think you're up a creek.
       G             D
:| The way to God is yours to choose,
          C                G
  Don't let your will be weak. |:
5. [SING FAST!]
       G             D
Oh the way to heaven is always leavened
       C                 G
  With love and peace of mind.
       G             D
And I heard a rumor if you don't have humor
           C                D
  That you might get left behind.
C         D            G
Maybe you really don't see it, or
              Am             D
  You're just choosing to be blind,
           G                D
:| But the way to heaven is always leavened
       C                 G
With love and peace of mind. |:   [Repeat 1st verse]
If you have a MIDI player (and you really ought to), check out (MIDI) the tune — my very first MIDI creation. It's a short (less than 1K, about 26 seconds) single-voice, single-note composition, just to give you the basic idea of the tune.

1997 Jan 30: An (MIDI) expanded version of the MIDI tune (~2.5K, 26 sec), adding some more instruments, just for fun. Full-scale orchestration with lead vocal and background chorus will come later….

2001 Nov 26: An (MIDI) even more expanded version of the MIDI tune (~14K, 2:26), all verses, adding many more instruments, and having much more fun. This MIDI was previously only available on the no-longer-unavailable (and now-obsolete) UB Comix diskette. Still haven't actually recorded the song itself yet&hellp;.

2016 Aug 25: Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #3
2016 Dec 9: Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #15.




Best of Spirits

Choice

Having a near-life experience

1.
C              Am   C
I just read an interview
C                Am     C
with a couple of people who
      G
  had died and returned
  and told what they learned
                        C
when given their living anew.
2.
The article pointed out
that people who carried doubt
  before they came back
  they saw only black
and nothingness all about.
3.
On the other hand, it's odd,
the one who had faith in God
  saw a beautiful sight
  and to our delight
saw a home beyond the bod.
4.
Those of you who haven't died,
you can take the holy ride.
  For eternal relief
  hang onto belief.
You can reach the other side.
5.
Being moral all your life,
even kind and even nice,
  if you don't want to know,
  if you don't want to go,
you will never reach Paradise.
6.
You can say what we want we see,
which is how it turns out to be.
  So, for people who care,
  please be heaven-aware,
You can dance up there with me.



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Santa, Dear Friends

For those who may have come to doubt the old elf

Spirit of St Nick

Santa, dear friends,
does not wear a red suit
fringed with white fur,
and black boots
and a broad black belt.

Not every night of the year.

Don't cry.

You're old enough to understand now.

He doesn't live at the North Pole —
although your heart's compass
points to him.
He lands on your rooftop
with seven tiny mind-spirits
and climbs down
the chimney of your dreams
and leaves his gifts
in your desire
to make children happy.
Not just with
an exchange of loot,
but with the joyous anticipation of
that oneness of sharing
which we all can represent
to each other.

The proof of Santa's quickness
is that no one ever catches him.

The proof of Santa's wisdom
is that all who find him
are better
for having known him.

His gifts are perfect.

I don't have to get
run over by his sleigh
to know the old elf is real.

He is real
in the hearts
of those who truly love him,
and through
his loving spirit's guiding,
our minds are his,
our hands his tinkers,
and so
does he visit
throughout the world
overnight.

Santa is real in spirit,
and his spirit
is spreading
because his real love,
his generous spirit —
beyond all
commerciality
and greed
and hype
. . .
is positively infectious.

*
Merry
Happy
Safe
Warm
Joyous
All Year Long




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Count Your Blessings

A mellow little ditty of reassurance

1.
Gbm        E                  D          Gbm
Count your blessings,   Don't curse your heart.
Gbm         E              D         Gbm
Just 'cause sometimes your car won't start
E                       F#-      Gbm
Doesn't mean there's no hope for you.
             Gbm       E               D
There's just that much more for you to do.

2.
Gbm        E              D             Gbm
Count your blessings,   Instead of your pains
Gbm             E              D       Gbm
Just 'cause the roof leaks whenever it rains
E                       F#-      Gbm
Doesn't mean there's no hope for you.
             Gbm       E               D
There's just that much more for you to do.

3.
Gbm        E              D             Gbm
Count your blessings,   Instead of your friends
Gbm              E       D           Gbm
Just 'cause your enemies won't make amends
E                       F#-      Gbm
Doesn't mean there's no hope for you.
             Gbm       E               D
There's just that much more for you to do.



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It's All in Your Mind

A thoughtful meditation on that organ you use so inefficiently.

A thoughtful meditation on that organ you use so inefficiently.
It's All in Your MIND!
What is?Everything.
Especially pain.In my leg?In your mind!
Broken!
LegPainMind!
Wait a minnit!
Feels real
Sure, nowBut not real?
Extraordinary senses
Through MIND!
Not Brain.No, MIND.
Brain thinks.Spirit at work.
All yours!All you!
Because.
So what?Help!



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