Runnin' Late

Runnin' Late Debut CD

Originals from Runnin' Late's Self Titled Debut Album - Released February 21, 2014

1 Runnin' Late

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2 Take Me Back

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3 Say Yes

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4 The Outliers

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5 Can't Help Myself

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6 Living Like I Do

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7 Higher Ground

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8 Touch the Sea

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9 Howl at the Moon

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10 Come To Me

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11 Free Soul

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12 Mr. Grinch

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Lyrics to Originals from Runnin' Late debut album

Runnin' Late

Words: Mark Samworth
Music: Mark Samworth & Ned Gladfelter
© 2013 Mark Samworth

It's from a night of restless sleep, a ringing in my head
Alarm clock grabs me by the ears and drags me out of bed
The sun has yet to share her light, but I can see my fate
I haven't even started yet, but I've started running late

I'm running late...
How did I get so far behind?
Running late...
In a race with father time
Still running late...
How can I change this paradigm?
When can I stop, can I resign?

Survival of the fittest is the rule by which we play
Engaged upon the hunt we're on the run by night and day
And even in our downtime we stand by the starting gate
The cost of leisure's just too high, the cost of running late

And on this one way street you can't go back from where you came
We're caught up in this trap inside an economic game
And at the surface level they see only what you show
There might be something deeper but I just don't want to know

And our reward for playing well, a rising state of wealth
The price to beat the clock paid with the currency of health
To get out of this rat race, we must change our state of mind
But I can not afford to go there, I just can't find the time

Take Me Back

Words & Music: Elliot Lord
© 2013 Elliot Lord

Every day I lose a little more ground
Push so hard for that up and down
Race to work, beat the clock, save the day, lose the night
And then it's round and round
And every morning it's the same ordeal
I might break down and cry if I could only feel

I built the cage, I climbed inside, I locked the door, let me out
I can't breath in here
Once I felt the music so clearly, in this prison of success,
I can hardly hear
And all the simple things I have no time for now,
Might give it all away if only I knew how

Take me back to the time where I could see
The things that mattered, the things that came for free
A smile, a touch, once meant so much to me
But now they're gone, and its so dark I can't see

Once I had this dream, a lady said
"Come with me, you can have it all.
An easy flight, a single step, take my hand, close your eyes, this is your free fall"
Can all my complications be simplified?
To see the truth where I am blinded by the lies.

Take me back to the time where I could see
The things that mattered, the things that came for free
A smile, a touch, a child holds the key

Say Yes

Words: George Zlupko
Music: Ned Gladfelter
© 2013 George Zlupko and Ned Gladfelter

O there's a girl lying next to me
She gotta hold of my heart,
O it ain't gonna stop
O it ain't gonna let me be
O and this girl sleeping next to me,
She's the one that I love,
Sent from above,
I'm gonna ask her to marry me
O marry me...

Her lovin' me is half the plan.
Her belief in Me
As her Destiny
Gonna make me a better man.
And in my dream
In a house we stand,
But the life you see, and our family
Gonna be held in your hands

I don't know what your gonna say
I don't know what you wanna hear
But a life without my baby
No my soul can't live to bear.

I don't know what you're gonna do
I don't know what you're gonna give
But a life without you, Baby,
No my soul can't bear to live.

O now baby, now don't, don't say maybe
O now, O now baby no don't, don't say maybe now

You got me runnin for you...

I don't know what you're gonna say
I don't know what you wanna hear
But a life without my baby,
No my soul can't live to bear.

I don't know what you're gonna do
I don't know what you're gonna give
But a life without you, Baby,
No, my soul can't bear to live.

O if this girl dreaming next to me
Feels the half that I feel
Then the love is real
We're gonna turn out happily
And if this girl says ‘Yes' to me
We'll have a life and love
And grow old together
Gonna a be a family.

I don't know what you're gonna say
I don't know what you wanna hear
But a life without my baby,
No my soul can't live to bear.

I don't know what your gonna do
I don't know what you're gonna give
But a life without you, Baby,
No my soul can't bear to live.

The Outliers

Words & Music: Mark Samworth
© 2013 Mark Samworth

In a search for clearer meaning and a more objective view
We separate the outliers, divide the many from the few
In a quest for perfect order, of complete conformity
With a range of toleration confined solely by our creed
And they’ll stop asking those questions, be content just like the rest
Put their trust in our authority, after all we know what’s best

For acceptance as a chosen one, all must stay between the lines
Strays and outcasts have no place within the walls of these confines
We can always find a reason, to decline and to deny
And we’ll know were making progress when we believe in our own lie
Oh we say all men are equal, and we say all men are free
It’s ourselves who we empower, it’s our nature can’t you see.

And so we throw away the outliers
No more wasting time, searching for the truth
We won’t get caught up in the crossfire
It’s all that we can do, to minimize their view

And so we throw away the outliers...
No more wasting time, searching for the truth
We won’t go walking on the highwire
Forever from this day, we’ll take away their say

Do we know so much that we no longer see?
Have we given up on free society?
Will these numbers get the better part of me?
Will we ever learn that truth can turn the key?

When we’ve achieved our perfect vision, in a world with no decent
Threats of individuality have been repressed by our consent
We’ll collect our loyal faction, and you know just what we’ll do
We will round them up like a heard of sheep, and we’ll throw away them too
And he told me don’t seek power, or you’ll live your life in vain
But temptation we can not resist, to be the winners of this game

Can't Help Myself

Words & Music: Elliot Lord
© 2013 Elliot Lord

Thought I’d be alright, loving you from afar
Then I find myself uncomfortable, wondering where you are.
You know I have the same dreams each night
‘bout you and me and it’s so right

I want you but I can’t have you,
Nobody knows, can’t get you off my mind.

Can’t help myself, I’ve lost all control
Got to stop myself from falling...

Been fascinated by you right from the start,
You’re close enough to touch, but it’s clear, we’re a million miles apart.
But still I have the same dreams each night
It gets so hard to take this fight raging on inside of me.

I need you, I’ve got to hold you
No one knows, it’s burning through my soul.

Can’t help myself, I’ve lost all control
Got to stop myself from falling...

But still I have the same dreams each night
It gets so hard to take this fight raging on inside of me.

I want you, I’ve got to have you,
Nobone knows, it’s buring through my soul

Can’t help myself, can’t get you off my mind
Got to stop myself from falling...

Can’t help myself can’t I’ve lost all control
Got to stop myself from falling...

Secret love.

Living Like I Do

Words: George Zlupko
Music: Ned Gladfelter
© 2013 George Zlupko and Ned Gladfelter

The room is empty now,
But I still see your face.
Everywhere I look,
something’s out of place.

How long did we go wrong,
Whatever did I say?
On this we disagree,
But now you’ve gone away.

I know you’re livin’ out there
Nobody wants you like I do
But now you’re gone now, baby
And I can’t have you living like I do.

I know you’re out there, somewhere
No one will love you like I do
I should have never left you
But I can’t have you living like I do.

I’m already gone,
Have been for a while.
But you could never see,
The tear beneath my smile.

The road before me calls
Now I can clearly see
That what you thought was ‘us’
Was never meant to be.

We never liked each other
We fought for endless days
We never cared for others
We had nothing left to say.
We never photographed
a life of better days.
We never held each other
Before you went away

I know you’re crying out there
Waiting for something I can’t prove
We should have never left things
Fighting over, living like we do

I know you’re somewhere out there
Waiting for me to make a move
But you should have never left me
But I can’t love you, living like you do

I know you’re livin’ out there
Nobody wants you like I do
But now you’re gone now, baby
And I can’t have you living like I do.

Higher Ground

Words & Music: Mark Samworth
© 2013 Mark Samworth

The ending of another ordinary day
And deep inside there’s something’s missing
Tomorrow I’ll go through these motions once again
And hope there’s nobody who notices my pain
Why am I so afraid to connect with something more
I tell myself it’s apathy
That I just don’t care if there’s anything to be found

So as I travel down this lost and lonely road
And pass the dreams that go unrealized
I often wonder if there’s anyone who feels
Complete contentment in the middle of the night
You are so spiritual, and I am so alone
You look outward to all that’s good
While I stay stranded on my own island

Will I get to higher ground?
Will all I’ve lost ever be found?
What is the purpose of it anyway?
Will I break out of this maze?
Will I wake from this malaise?
And learn to rise above the day to day
Will I get to higher ground
Will I swim or will I drown
In a deluge of despair

When will I know if I will grow out of the pain
When will the storm clouds pass away
When will the sun come out and dry up all the rain
When will the night turn into day

Another breakfast on another new year’s day
And all I think about is coffee
With no excitement toward the year that lies ahead
And too much fear to face the ghosts that haunt my past
My friends want to help me out, they say come and see the light
I tell them to let me be
That I just don’t care if there’s anything to be found

Touch the Sea

Words & Music: Elliot Lord
© 2013 Elliot Lord

Summer’s here when emotions rise like the temperature
Three seasons gone left you cold, and looking for more
But there’s a place you can go,
Where everything will go your way

From where you are,
It’s not that far

We take our place in the race,
We start out slow but we’re on our way
Patience dear, with the radio on, everything’s ok
You know we’ll be there soon,
It’s nice to see us get away from it all

So come with me
We’ll touch the sea

Take my hand and we’ll run away from all that’s bad and that’s in our way
Hold my hand and we’ll rise above it all, if only for one day

Here we are in the sand, sights and sounds can make anyone smile
The phone won’t ring, there’s no work, lets just play for a little while
You see the sun’s so strong,
Why don’t we stay here, all summer long

So come with me
We’ll touch the sea

Take my hand and we’ll run away from all that’s bad and that’s in our way
Hold my hand and we’ll rise above it all, you know it’s the only way

Howl at the Moon

Words & Music: Mark Samworth
© 2013 Mark Samworth

It’s a cruel, cruel world.
A world where hate rules over love.
Can’t get no guidance from above
I better check myself in soon.

Doctor please, I need help right now.
The voices in my head are talking way too loud.
And they’re telling my things that I can not repeat to you.

Doctor be careful, better tie me down.
Don’t know if I’m a monster or a circus clown.
Who’s coming next from this split personality?

Why is everybody out to get me?
There in my head, climbing around, hiding underneath my bed.
I live my whole life in my own reality.
I might be schizophrenic, but so am I

Doctor Z take a look at me.
Eating all of your pills like a box candy.
But these hallucinations grow stranger every day.

Doctor please, I need help real soon.
Wanna break out now, go howl at the moon.
But I can’t break out, because the place I’m in is me.

It’s plain to see I’m off my rocker.
A few screws loose, rolling around, bouncin’ up and down my head
Throughout my whole life, I’ve been my own casualty.
Howling at the moon up in the sky

Why is everybody out to get me?
There in my head and hiding underneath my bed.
I live my whole life in my own reality.
I might be schizophrenic, but so are you.

Baby Come to Me

Words: George Zlupko
Music: Ned Gladfelter
© 2013 George Zlupko and Ned Gladfelter

I see you, coming to me;
I want you, so tenderly, my love.
My love, ooo my love, ooo my love….

I can tell by your walk, that you go something to see.
And I can tell by your talk, that you got something to say.
But I don’t give you no reason, to turn your eyes my way.
But you’ll give in to my pleasin’ before the night of day, you’ll say, OK…

You’re gonna come my way
There’s nothin’ you can say

It’s the curve of your lips; it’s the look in your eyes
It’s the move of your hips; it’s the heat in your thighs.
You got me trapped by your fire; but baby you gonna see.
Anything you desire; it’s gonna come from me, you’ll see, you’ll be, on me…

You’re gonna come my way
There’s nothin’ you can say
You’ll have my love for free
So, Baby, come to me

Oh baby come to me, Oh baby come for me
Tomorrow you gonna see, Oh, that I’m your destiny.
You’ll be my smoke-stacked lightnin’, I’ll be your back door man.
You’ll be my long cool woman, I’ll be your master plan.
So come on over to my place; and give yourself to me.
The way I’ll love you is frightening; unleash you’re a-go-ny on me, you’ll see, it’s free

Free soul

Words & Music: Mark Samworth
(Words in bridge: Ralph Waldo Emerson)
© 2013 Mark Samworth

I don’t need no lawyers, no I don't need no wife
Don’t need no politicians to tell me how to live my life
Because you see I do not follow, I travel my own way
And if I make a wrong turn, I will live to play another day

I don’t ask too much from my own government
And in my open church there is no sin and no repent
It may appear to you I move to a different drummer’s tune
Only your perspective from conclusions drawn too soon.

I call that soul free...
Who see’s that freedom only comes with pure responsibility
I call that soul free...
Who doesn’t seek to compromise on individual liberty
Cause I’m not in a race to keep up with Mr. Jones
You can’t follow your own dreams when your following the clones

And if you choose to live your life by another person’s rules
And look at me as if I am the one who plays the fool
Well that’s alright with me, it’s not for me to be your judge
Just be prepared to spend your whole life holding to a grudge

Whoso would be a man / must be a non conformist
Nothing is at last sacred / but the integrity of your own mind

And if your path to freedom follows those that have the say
Be careful what you ask for, those who give can take away
So it remains still true today, a basic human right
From high above or deep within, all equal in our plight

I call that soul free...
Who see’s that they are living in a world of opportunity
Who never seems to loose their natural sense of curiosity
Who respects others differences and lets all be as they will be
Who seeks the road of higher ground from here unto eternity
All souls can be free... so free, oh oh so so free.

Mr. Grinch

Words & Music: Dr. Suess
Additional Lyrics In Fast Swing Part: George Zlupko

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus, Your as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch!
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch! Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders. You've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch!
I wouldn't touch you with a Thirty-nine and a half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr Grinch.
Given the choice between the two of you, I'd take the seasick crocodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You're a nasty wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks. Your soul is full of gunk, Mr Grinch.
The three best words that best describe you, Are as follows, and I quote,
"Stink! Stank! Stunk!"

(start fast swing part)
You're a rotter and a sotter, your a mean old man
You will never be the leader of a big old band
Screaming and a fighting all through the night
You’re a nasty wasty critter, you’re a vile site.

You got a brain full of spiders, hearts an empty hole
You’re a furry crocodile with a heart unknown
You got a turbin and a smile and your socks are mean
You got a wicked evil laugh and your eyes are green.

You’re a cuddly as a cactus with a greasy peel
When the sun comes out tonight you know your going to squeal
From all the little who’s down in whoville stand
Will be gathering and waling all through the land
(end fast swing part)

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch You really are a heel. You're as cuddly as a cactus,
And as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch! You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel.