Chris Hopkins
Chris Hopkins/Matt Bell
Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

I SEE YOU SMILE, TO HIDE YOUR EYES, DEFLECT ONES GAZE FROM SEEING INSIDE,

ENCLOSURE

YOU DIM THE LIGHT FOR AMBIENCE, OBSCURE DETAIL, THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS,

COMPOSURE

 

IN THE SHADOW LIES, A SILOHETTE, A WORK OF ART, NOT REALIZED YET,

YOU NEED TO BARE YOUR SOUL, AFRAID OF WHO MIGHT SEE,

IT SEEMS TO ME YOU’RE NAKED IN THE DARK

 

I WEAR MY SONGS, ON MY SLEEVE, I HOPE YOU LISTEN, NOT TURN AND LEAVE,

EXPOSURE

I USE MY VOICE, I USE MY HANDS, I SEARCH FOR EYES THAT UNDERSTAND,

DISCLOSURE

 

IN THE SHADOW LIES, MY SILOHETTE, A WORK OF ART, UNDISCOVERED YET,

WE NEED TO BARE OUR SOUL, AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT BE,

IT SEEMS TO ME WE’RE, NAKED IN THE DARK

 

I REACH OUT, I FEEL YOU, A LIFE LINE TO CLING TOO,

I NEED TO SEE TO, THESE WOUNDS THAT MAY BLEED THROUGH.

 

IN THE SHADOW LIES, OUR SILOHETTE, THIS WORK OF ART, NOT REALIZED YET,

WE NEED TO BARE OUR SOUL, AFRAID OF WHO MIGHT SEE,

IT SEEMS TO ME WE’RE NAKED IN, THE SHADOW LIES, OUR SILOHETTE,

THIS THING OF BEAUTY, NOT REALIZED YET, WE NEED TO BARE OUR SOUL,

AFRAID OF WHAT WILL BE, IT SEEMS TO ME WE’RE,

NAKED IN THE DARK

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

I BELIEVED ALL YOU SAID, SWALLOWED EACH WORD, IGNORED ALL THE SIGNS AND THE WARNINGS I HEARD.

I CHOSE WHAT TO SEE, AND YOU PRESENTED IT WELL, A MASQUERADE BALL OF YOUR LIFE’S SHOW AND TELL.

PROMISES KEPT, AND PROMISES BROKE, A QUICK SLIGHT OF HAND, BEHIND ALL OF THE SMOKE

THE HAZE HAS ALL CLEARED, BUT I STILL KIND OF CHOKE.

 

WE TAKE TWO STEPS BACK, WITH EACH ONE WE GAIN, WE CLEAN UP OUR MESS, BUT IT STILL LEAVES A STAIN.

YOU THINK IT WILL FADE, WITH THE PASSING OF TIME, MAYBE IN YOUR HEAD, BUT NOT SO IN MINE.

THE CONSTANT ACHES AND PAIN OF ALL THE DAMAGE SUSTAINED, HAS BUILT UP A PRESSURE, SOMEWHERE IN MY BRAIN.

THERE’S A LOOK IN MY EYES,  THAT I DON’T RECOGNIZE.

 

I’VE LOST ALL THE FEELING, LOST ,THE FEELING,

SO COLD INSIDE.

WHAT ONCE WAS A FIRE, A FLAMING DESIRE,

SOMEHOW HAS DIED.

ASH TO ASH, AND DUST TO DUST,

I SCATTER WHAT’S LEFT OF MY UNDYING TRUST,

CALLOUSED BY THE PAIN, I’LL NEVER FEEL THE SAME,

I’M NUMB

 

YOU SCREAM THAT YOU’LL CHANGE AS YOU PLEAD YOUR REGRET, IT FALLS ON DEAF EARS THAT REFUSE TO FORGET.

YOU SEEM SO SINCERE, IN YOUR TRANSIENT WAY, BUT HISTORY HAS TAUGHT ME, IT ALWAYS JUST FADES.

NOW MERCY IS FINE, BUT IT’S TIME AFTER TIME, THIS WELL OF COMPASSION HAS SIMPLY RUN DRY.

I LOOK IN YOUR EYES, RIGHT THROUGH YOU DISGUISE.

 

I’VE LOST ALL THE FEELING, LOST ,THE FEELING,

SO COLD INSIDE.

WHAT ONCE WAS A FIRE, A FLAMING DESIRE,

SOMEHOW HAS DIED.

ASH TO ASH, AND DUST TO DUST,

I SCATTER WHAT’S LEFT OF MY UNDYING TRUST,

CALLOUSED BY THE PAIN, I’LL NEVER FEEL THE SAME,

I’M NUMB

 

THE ROSES HAVE DIED, AND THE PILLOWS HAVE DRIED. DOUBT HAS SEEPED INTO THIS VACUUM INSIDE,

BLIND FAITH HAS CHANGED INTO LUCID INSIGHT. GONE ARE THE TEARS, GONE IS THE GRIEF,

GONE IS ALL CHANCE OF HOPEFUL DISBELIEF. NO TINGLE IN MY SPINE, NO “GIVE IT A LITTLE TIME,”

I’M NUMB

 

GONE ARE THE TEARS, GONE IS THE GRIEF, GONE IS ALL CHANCE OF HOPEFUL DISBELIEF.

NO TINGLE IN MY SPINE, NO “GIVE IT A LITTLE TIME,”

I’M NUMB

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

THROUGH EYES OF A CHILD, THE WORLD LOOKS BRIGHT,  AND OPPORTUNE,

INNOCENT HOPE AND HONEST SMILES, ARE GONE TOO SOON,

YOU DREAM OF DAYS, WITH NO MORE RULES,  AND A LIFE OF CHOICE,

EYES ABLAZE, SOUL ON FIRE,  YOU FIND YOUR VOICE.

IF THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT JUST MAY BE.

 

WE LIVE OUR LIVES, ON THE PROMISE OF, ETERNAL BLISS,

THOUGH ELUSIVE AS, IT IS IN LIFE, THAT’S JUST HOW IT IS,

WE SWALLOW ALL THE CANDY ‘CAUSE,  WE LIKE THE TASTE,

IF THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT JUST MAY BE.

 

WHEN LIFE IT SEEMS, HAS RAPED YOUR DREAMS, AND LEFT AN UGLY SEED.

IT’S LESS ABOUT, THE THINGS YOU WANT, AND MORE OF WHAT YOU NEED.

COMPASSION, LOVE, AND EMPATHY, ARE QUICK TO UNDERSTAND,

IF THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT JUST MAY BE.

 

KINGS AND QUEENS, DON’T PULL OUR STRINGS, WE’RE FREE TO PICK AND CHOOSE.

AND THE POWER HELD, BY THE RIGHTEOUS FEW, WILL NEVER BE ABUSED.

AND OUR LIVES HAVE ALL, BEEN PREORDAINED, SO LETS LIVE AND JUST LET BE.

IF THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, YES THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE,

BUT IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, AND IT JUST MAY BE.

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, GOT CAUGHT IN THE MIRROR, LOOKING FOR TRACES OF, WHO BROUGHT ME HERE,

I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD, STAND HERE TODAY, MERELY STUMBLING AROUND JUST, FEELING MY WAY,

I ONCE HAD A PLAN, AND I, CHARTED MY COURSE, BUT SOMEHOW, I JUST, I CHOSE THE WRONG DOORS.

 

I DON’T MEAN TO COMPLAIN, AND THERE’S REALLY NO ONE, NO ONE ELSE TO BLAME,

LIFE HAS THROWN SOME CURVES, AND I, RESPONDED IN TURN, SEEMS THAT THE MORE I’M TAUGHT, THERE’S MUCH MORE TO LEARN,

ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL OBSTACLES, THAT ALTERED MY PATH, SOME MADE ME UNHAPPY, SOME TAUGHT ME TO LAUGH.

 

LIFE JUST GOT IN THE WAY, DETOURED DAY AFTER DAY,

ONCE I HAD A PLAN, NOT ALL THESE DEMANDS, I WATCHED MY SHIP SAIL AWAY.

 

I STARTED OUT FOCUSED, THOUGH, IN BLACK AND WHITE, I SEE IT ALL CLEARLY, NOW IN HINDSIGHT,

IT’S EASY TO FEEL AS THOUGH, YOU, HAVE DONE IT ALL WRONG, DIDN’T GET WHERE I WANTED, YET, I’M WHERE I BELONG,

ALL MY BEAUTIFUL OBSTACLES, THAT MAKE UP MY LIFE TODAY, MAYBE THIS PLAN OF MINE, IS WHAT GOT IN THE WAY.

 

LIFE JUST GOT IN THE WAY, OBSCURED DAY AFTER DAY,

I ONCE HAD A PLAN, NOT ALL THESE DEMANDS, I WATCHED MY SHIP SAIL AWAY.

 

LIFE JUST GOT IN THE WAY, DETOURED DAY AFTER DAY,

NOW I UNDERSTAND, ALL THIS WAS THE PLAN, THOUGHT I HAD CONTROL, YET, MERELY PLAYED MY ROLE,

AGAIN, AND AGAIN

 

LIFE JUST GOT IN THE WAY, OBSCURED DAY AFTER DAY,

NOW I UNDERSTAND, ALL THIS WAS THE PLAN, NEVER HAD CONTROL, YET, NEVER GAVE MY SOUL AWAY.

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

SPRINGTIME, SUNSHINE, CUTS THROUGH THE COOL AIR,

INSIDE, IT’S WARM AND SAFE, BUT SOMEHOW I JUST DON’T CARE,

 

I DRIVE WITH MY WINDOW DOWN,

I DRIVE WITH MY WINDOW DOWN,

I DRIVE WITH MY WINDOW DOWN TODAY.

 

SWEET SMILE, HER HAIR BLOWS, CONFIDENT I KNOW MY WAY, SHE,

TRUSTS THAT, I CARE, SOME THINGS I DON’T NEED TO SAY,

 

SHE RIDES WITH HER WINDOW DOWN,

SHE RIDES WITH HER WINDOW DOWN,

SHE RIDES WITH HER WINDOW DOWN TODAY.

 

THIS WORLD OF DOUBT, AND IT’S SHADES OF GREY,

YOU CAN FEEL LEFT OUT, LIKE SOME VICTIM OF PREY,

IT WON’T CARRY ME AWAY, IT WON’T CARRY ME AWAY,

IT WON’T CARRY ME AWAY, NOTHING CAN TOUCH ME TODAY.

 

EYES MEET, SPARKS FLY, THE NIGHT PAINTS A RAINBOW,

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, NO FEAR OF TOMORROW,

 

WE DRIVE WITH THE WINDOW DOWN,

WE DRIVE WITH THE WINDOW DOWN,

WE DRIVE WITH THE WINDOW DOWN,

WE DRIVE WITH THE WINDOW DOWN TONIGHT.

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

I can’t let bad luck get me down, You’re never sure quite what you’ve found.

Should I give a second glance? Should I give this one a chance?

Does she really make me smile? Does it get old after a while?

Should I give a little trust? Should I give into the lust?

 

Then I see, I’m not all that myself,

Is the bar too high? Don’t I need a little help?

Insecure as it seems, I’ll cut her a little slack,

Knowing she may need to, cut me a little back.

 

And if I take the leap, unsure if I’ll, land on my feet,

I can not lose my faith, though things may blow up in my face

I’ve looked in too many eyes, searching where, my future lies

I’m almost afraid to see, have I just found another, Insignificant other

 

So she passed the final test, She stands well above the rest

Finally eased my cautious guard, Am I making this too hard?

In my confidence I let her see, All the lesser shades of me

Selfishly I’ve focused on my needs, Oblivious of how it may be seen

 

Then I realize, I’m not sure where she stands,

This model of perfection is slipping through my hands.

Neurotic as it sounds, I cling to ground I’ve gained,

Watch her drift away, and shrink back from the pain

 

And if I take the leap, unsure if I’ll land on my feet,

I can not lose my faith, though things may blow up in my face

I’ve looked in too many eyes, searching where, my future lies

I’m almost afraid to see, How you all envision me,

I’ve looked in too many eyes, endured too many long good-byes,

I’m almost afraid to see, have I become another, Insignificant other

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

I’M SORRY, IT’S JUST A PHRASE, THAT CARRIES LITTLE WEIGHT.

IT’S NICE TO HEAR THE SENTIMENT, THOUGH NONE-THE-LESS TOO LATE.

IF A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS, YOUR ACTIONS SAY MUCH MORE.

THOUGH OPPORTUNITY MAY KNOCK, SOMETIMES IT SLAMS THE DOOR.

 

EVEN THOUGH, IT SEEMS TO ME,

THE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED,

DOESN’T QUITE REVERSE THE ACT,

I’M AFRAID THAT BRIDGE HAS BURNED.

 

YOU MADE A PROMISE, SWORE AN OATH, YOU SAID YOUR WORD IS GOOD,

IT’S NOT MY FAULT, PEOPLE CHANGE, I THOUGHT YOU UNDERSTOOD.

SOME WILL SEE, EVENTUALLY, OTHERS NEVER WILL.

SOMETIMES JUST BY ACCIDENT, SOMETIMES AGAINST THIER WILL.

 

EVEN THOUGH, IT SEEMS TO ME,

THE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED,

DOESN’T QUITE REVERSE THE ACT,

I’M AFRAID THAT BRIDGE HAS BURNED.

 

EVEN THOUGH, IT SEEMS TO ME,

THE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED,

DOESN’T QUITE REVERSE THE ACT,

I’M AFRAID THAT BRIDGE HAS BURNED.

 

YOU BURNED THEM DOWN, ONE BY ONE, THE PIPER MUST BE PAID.

YOU WILL REAP, ALL YOU’VE SOWN, LYING IN THE BED YOU MADE.

 

THE COLLECTED WEIGHT, OF CONSEQUENCE, NOW DANGLES OVERHEAD.

YOU TRY IN VAIN, TO DISAVOW, ALL THE THINGS YOU’VE DONE AND SAID.

 

EVEN THOUGH, IT SEEMS TO ME,

THE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED,

DOESN’T QUITE REVERSE THE ACT,

I’M AFRAID THAT BRIDGE HAS BURNED.

EVEN NOW IT SEEMS TO BE,

AS IF THAT BRIDGE HAS BURNED

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

ALL I KNOW IS WHAT I SAW,

YOUR OWN CONCLUSION YOU MAY DRAW,

UNDUE INNOCENSE, SOMEHOW PERCEIVED,

CROSS ALIBIES, ALL BELIEVED,

 

LIKE A LENS THAT FILTERS LIGHT,

LOVE OBSCURS ALL WE KNOW AS RIGHT,

 

YOU’RE BLIND, YOU JUST WON’T SEE,

THE NAKED TRUTH, STANDS SHAMELESSLY,

YOU’RE BLIND, IT’S ALL THERE TO SEE,

SOMETIMES OUR LOVE STRIKES US ALL,

LOVE BLIND

 

IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE,

THIS ILL-CONCEIVED SELF DEFENSE,

TOO MANY DETAILS LEFT UNEXPLAINED,

UNEARNED VIRTUE, DOGGEDLY MAINTAINED,

 

LIKE A DRUG THAT EASES PAIN,

IT CLOUDS OUR REASON, MUCH THE SAME.

 

YOU’RE BLIND, YOU JUST WON’T SEE,

THE NAKED TRUTH, STANDS SHAMELESSLY,

YOU’RE BLIND, IT’S ALL THERE TO SEE,

SOMETIMES OUR LOVE STRIKES US ALL,

LOVE BLIND

 

YOU’RE BLIND, YOU JUST WON’T SEE,

THE NAKED TRUTH, STANDS SHAMELESSLY,

YOU’RE BLIND, BROKEN HEARTS CAN’T SEE,

THOUGH LOGIC SAYS IT JUST MUST BE,

 

YOU’RE BLIND, YOU JUST DON’T SEE,

THE NAKED TRUTH, STANDING SHAMELESSLY,

YOU’RE, IT’S ALL THERE TO SEE,

SOMETIMES OUR LOVE STRIKES US ALL,

LOVE STRIKES US ALL LOVE BLIND,

WHY CAN’T YOU SEE?

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

SLIDE SHOWS OF PICTURES, JUST GHOSTS, OF ANOTHER DAY,

DOCUMENTATION OF A LIFE, THAT GOT THROWN AWAY,

 

AND I WAIT TO HEAR YOU CALL, AND I LOOK IF YOU ARE THERE,

IF I’M ALWAYS ON YOUR MIND, COULD IT BE YOU JUST DON’T CARE?

 

A TROPHY OF CONQUEST, JUST SPOILS, FROM YOUR VICTORY,

SET A SIDE TO COLLECT DUST, A DISPLAY, A GOOD STORY,

 

AND I TRY TO TALK TO YOU, BUT YOUR MUSIC DROWNS ME OUT,

YOU CAN’T SEE ME MOUTH THE WORDS, DO I REALLY NEED TO SHOUT?

 

AND NO MATTER WHAT I DO, I’M INVISIBLE TO YOU,

REALLY COMES AS NO SURPRISE, THAT YOU LOOK RIGHT THROUGH MY EYES,

THOUGH I TRY SO HARD TO PLEASE, YOU BRING ME TO MY KNEES,

ALL I WANT IS TO BE SEEN.

 

DRIVEN BY AMBITION, DESIRE, TO LEAVE ALL BEHIND,

I PUSH ALL MY LIMITS, I PUSH IT ALL FROM MY MIND,

 

AND IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU, YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT I’VE BECOME,

I CAN’T EVER DO ENOUGH, TO ESCAPE WHERE I’VE COME FROM.

 

AND NO MATTER WHAT I DO, I’M INVISIBLE TO YOU,

REALLY COMES AS NO SURPRISE, THAT YOU LOOK RIGHT THROUGH MY EYES,

THOUGH I TRY SO HARD TO PLEASE, YOU BRING ME TO MY KNEES,

ALL I WANT IS TO BE SEEN.

 

SLIDE SHOWS OF PICTURES, JUST GHOSTS, OF ANOTHER DAY,

DOCUMENTATION OF A LIFE, THAT GOT THROWN AWAY,

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

SO MANY CHOICES MADE, I NOW REGRET,

SO MANY LESSONS LEARNED, I CAN’T FORGET,

I DARED TO NOT GIVE UP, ILLOGICALLY,

THEN THROUGH SOME TWIST OF FATE, YOU FOUND ME

BUT I FEAR MY HEART MAY BE SCARRED.

 

YOU ARE SO PERFECT, THIS FEELS TOO GOOD,

HOW I ONCE IMAGINED, THE WAY IT SHOULD.

BUT I DON’T TRUST GOOD LUCK, IS THERE A PRICE?

IS THIS JUST ONE MORE PAIN, IN LOVE’S DISGUISE?

I FEAR JUST WHAT TIME MAY REVEAL.

 

I’M AFRAID TO SMILE TOO LONG,

SOME ONE MIGHT SEE,

I’M AFRAID TO LAUGH OUT LOUD,

THEY’LL TAKE YOU AWAY FROM ME.

 

NOT THAT I THINK SHE’LL CHANGE, OR LOVE WILL FADE,

IS THERE SOME SACRIFICE, YET TO BE MADE,

I KNOW IT SOUNDS INSANE, THIS FEAR TO JUST ENJOY,

THIS CONSTANT LOOK OUT FOR, WHAT MAY DESTROY,

I JUST WON’T LET MYSELF FLY.

 

I’M AFRAID TO SMILE TOO LONG,

SOME ONE MIGHT SEE,

I’M AFRAID TO LAUGH OUT LOUD,

THEY’LL TAKE YOU AWAY FROM ME, TAKE YOU AWAY FROM ME

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

NOW THAT IT’S OVER,

I KNOW TOO,

YOU DIDN’T MEAN TO HURT ME,

JUST LIKE, I DIDN’T MEAN TO HURT YOU.

 

SINCE IT’S ALL HISTORY,

YOU PROBABLY KNOW,

I’VE GOT A THING TO DO BABY,

SO I BETTER GO.

 

LOVE WAS SWEET,

AND I, TOOK MY FAIR SHARE,

SURE WE CRIED A LOT BABY,

BUT THAT WE COULD BEAR.

 

IT WAS FEAR THAT DID IT,

BOTH OF US TO BLAME,

WE WERE SCARED FOR OUR FUTURES,

THEY NEVER WERE QUITE THE SAME.

 

NOW I’LL TAKE MY ROAD,

I KNOW YOU’LL TAKE YOURS,

I REALLY HOPE YOU MAKE IT BABY,

‘CAUSE THERE’LL BE MANY OPEN DOORS.

 

I’LL TAKE MY GUITAR,

OH, AND I’LL, PLAY IT EVERYDAY,

GOT TO STOP THIS LIFE WE’RE LIVIN’

GO AND LIVE IT MY OWN WAY.

Chris Hopkins
Chris Alan Hopkins

Lyrics

SOMETIMES I FIND MYSELF STARING,

SOMETIMES I SEE MYSELF FAR AWAY,

SOMETIMES I LOSE MY GRIP, AN UPSIDE DOWN EGO-TRIP,

THEN SOMETIMES I SEEM NOT TO CARE.

 

THIS TIME I’LL REACH OUT FOR A HAND,

THIS TIME I’LL GRAB FOR THE LINE,

THIS TIME I SEE A FACE, THE PAST NO ONE CAN ERASE,

THIS TIME, I’LL FIGHT, NO ONE HAS BEEN HERE BEFORE.

 

SAVE ME I’M FADING,

THIS LIGHT INSIDE, HAS BEEN DENIED,

SAVE ME STILL WAITING,

I’M ON MY KNEES, I BEG YOU PLEASE,

JUST SAVE ME I’M FADING AWAY.

 

NO TIME TO THINK ABOUT YESTERDAY,

NO TIME LIKE NOW TO BEGIN,

NO TIME TO WASTE AWAY, OR LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAY,

YOU’RE HERE, YOU’RE NOW,

NO ONE COULD SAVE ME BUT YOU.

 

SAVE ME I’M FADING,

THIS LIGHT INSIDE, HAS BEEN DENIED,

SAVE ME STILL WAITING,

I’M ON MY KNEES, I BEG YOU PLEASE,

JUST SAVE ME I’M FADING AWAY

 

SAVE ME I’M FADING,

THIS LIGHT INSIDE, HAS BEEN DENIED,

SAVE ME STILL WAITING,

I’M ON MY KNEES, I BEG YOU PLEASE,

JUST SAVE ME I’M FADING AWAY