Monday, December 29, 2014

On A Sunday

© 2014 Mark Cote

Quiet writer
Talks to no one
sweeping up disrespect
sees it clearly
without merely
taking what is said

sees the future
sees the past
knows just where he's been
can't tell them
they don't hear him
when the sheep don't see the fence

(chorus) oh, but on a Sunday
                   he will write
                   on a Sunday
                   before the morning light
                   on a Sunday
                   he writes
                   subtle shades of black and white
                   and on a Sunday
                   he writes

lowered head
humbled wisdom
not supposed to let it show
painted people
painted smiles
with crayons of Acme gold

there's a blind man
cries in silence
as they just turn their heads
they don't hear him
they don't see him
never know just what was said


When the sorrow
makes you older
and makes you open your eyes
maybe one day
maybe a Sunday
maybe a Sunday you will write


Monday, December 22, 2014

NSA Is Coming To Town

© 2014 Mark Cote

(chorus) You better not pry
                   you better not doubt
                   you better not ask what I'm talking about
                   NSA is coming to town

you've made their list
you've made it there twice
you posted and said
and it wasn't so nice
NSA is coming to town

they see when you are spending
they know when you are broke
they're even in the banks you see
so you know this is no joke


they don't need warrants
they don't need guns
see the SUV it's too late to run
NSA is coming to town

with little black drones
that listen to you
Internet bugs and wire taps too
NSA is coming to town

the boys in NSA land will have a jubilee
they're gonna build a spy plane
one that you will never see


they see you when you are driving
they know when you are home
I feel a bit beside myself
'cause I know I'm not alone


Monday, December 15, 2014

Wait For It... Wait For It... I Love You

© 2012 Mark Cote

Take a walk with me down flowered lanes
where colors of nature feel the same
and they smile into our hearts

I know the way you feel about me
with the words you say and what I see
my message to you is just a start

(chorus) as long as the stars will shine
                  as long as the sky is blue
                  as long as the rains wash down over me and you
                  wait for it... wait for it... I love you

Ocean blue skies melt to sparkled night
your moon-glow eyes shining so bright
My heart speaks to you

I'm not a man of too many words
Don't want to say what you've already heard
but my love speaks the truth


When we think back to memory lane
those thoughts come back again and again
and eternally true

No summer flower could feel so new
not like the love I found in you
my sweet baby blue


Monday, December 8, 2014

What I Hear

© 2013 Mark Cote

Welcome to the real world
did you have a good time
underneath the shattered dreams
this is what you're gonna find

scraping to get by
can turn you upside down
humbled dreamer heart
sings a silent little sound
so low

(chorus) what I hear
                 conscience telling me
                 if you give up on trying
                 this is what you're gonna be
                 what I hear
                 though I keep it all inside
                 for I remember the days
                 I had to swallow my pride

shadows of the past
tell me where I've been
if just to remind me
of what not to do again

It's not about the road
just where it may lead
no more rear view nights
I just have to believe
in me


Monday, December 1, 2014

Welcome To Tomorrow

© 2014 Mark Cote

Romeo waiting in courtyards
waiting for painted dolls
music flowing like perfume
Aladdin's carpet has stalled

life is a spiraling compass
never know where to go
soft is a budding flower
just waiting to unfold

(chorus) welcome
                  welcome to tomorrow
                  welcome to today

                  in this world spinning 'round
                 different face
                 same old clown
                 in this world spinning 'round
                 different state
                 same old town

                welcome to tomorrow
                welcome to today

summers can feel like winter
without love it's so cold
life can be so demanding
making a young girl look old

talking in plastic phrases
where is the world I had known
people acting like children
our world is just bought and sold


the future lies in our children
in the hope in their eyes
is it truth that we tell them
or sugar-coat them with lies


Monday, November 24, 2014

Stepping Into Sunlight

© 2013 Mark Cote

goodnight dark days
may you rest in peace
you never really were
that good for me

between the tears I cried
and the long lonely nights
all you took from me
was my will to try

(chorus) stepping into sunlight
                  yesterday was a bad ride
                  stepping into sunlight
                  take me away

too bad for you
when I hit the ground
you'll come crawling back
she said with a frown

you came around
were you just company
or was I just
was I just
to blind to see


you may lose some years
before you come to know
what it's taking from you
is where you want to go


Monday, November 17, 2014

Magic In The Moonlight

© 2012 Mark Cote

I spent my time in the arms of summer
her breath gently on my skin
with a love like no other
I wondered where in my life she had been

In her eyes I felt her passion
like the longing in the night
although I know it may be wrong
what I felt I knew was right

(chorus) She was my magic in the moonlight
                   I was the fire in her heart
                  she gave me something to remember
                  a love I know I can't forget
                  In my heart is says it all
                  of the rise and of the fall
                  of a moment in the night

then one night like the seasons
summer changing into fall
she left without a warning
and the coldness of it all

each year I pray a reason
she'll come back to me once again
though I know a love this special
is like a million out of ten


Monday, November 10, 2014

Now That You're Gone

© 2014 Mark Cote

where does the laughter go
on the distant winds that blow
after the end of the show
now that you're gone

the brightest nose of all the clowns
spotlight glows when you're around
should we bring the curtain down
now that you're gone

(chorus) now that you're gone
                  did we learn what you had to teach
                  walking now on shaky feet
                  now that you're gone

                  now that you're gone
                  though the laugh seems far away
                  the depth of words you would say
                  it can brighten a dismal day
                  now that you're gone

heading out now on our own
spark of crazy you have shown
like seeds that you have sown
now that you're gone

A part of me I saw in you
I think we all could feel it too
We'll hold it to pull us through
now that you're gone


Monday, November 3, 2014

Alternate Yesterday

© 2013 Mark Cote

She keeps her eye on her day to day
sweeps the thought to the corner of her mind
he dreams of love in a heart-felt moon
and the warmth he hopes he will find
in another yesterday
an alternate yesterday
another place and time...

she has no time for such idle dreams
to fantasize what could not be
his romantic heart knows that it's true
maybe in some other reality
in another yesterday
an alternate yesterday
another place and time...

(chorus) dreams don't ask you why
                  they just show you how it could be
                  it, could, be...
                  when two worlds collide
                  there is so much for two souls to see...
                  in another yesterday
                  an alternate yesterday
                  another place and time...


 in another yesterday
 an alternate yesterday
 another place and time...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maybe Just Maybe

© 2014 Mark Cote

painted horse
on pale hot white sand
stealing the souls
of hearts and of man
wintered heart
 in a summer soul
in un-bridled dreams
there's never snow

the rings on a tree
the lines on a face
stories etched
we cannot erase
what we learned
what we can teach
we are just fish
in an endless sea

(chorus) and maybe
                I'll go for a walk on a beach
                and maybe
                I have something to teach
                I'll find something in myself
                it's so much more than I felt
                just maybe

shadows in silence
can crowd a mind
with memories
I don't want to find
my calendar
has turned the page
footprints of the past
they still remain


Monday, October 20, 2014

Boom Boom Boom

© 2014 Mark Cote

every time I see her going by
my heart goes boom boom boom
play it faster
play it boom boom boom
boom boom boom
oh baby boom boom boom

dancing with her
hear the music go boom boom boom
rhythm in the bass
going boom boom boom
boom boom boom
oh baby boom boom boom

(chorus) and when the music makes us lose control
                  soul to soul oh baby on the floor
                  makes me want you even more and more
                  boom boom boom
                  boom boom boom

she's bathing in the spotlight
like a star glowing boom boom boom
cameras flashing on her
going boom boom boom
boom boom boom
oh baby boom boom boom

fireworks at our wedding
blasting boom boom boom
sparkles in her eyes go boom boom boom
boom boom boom
oh baby boom boom boom


Monday, October 13, 2014

The Man Upstairs

© 2014 Mark Cote

Where we live we may call it home
but for me I feel so all alone
like a ghost in one's own home town
searching for the dream I have not found

If I erase your struggle erase your strife
pave a path for a better life
put you on the road with no more debts
an open road with no past regrets

(chorus) The man upstairs he saw it all
                    he saw the rise and he saw the fall
                    I now have the strength for standing tall
                    the man upstairs he saw it all
                    the man upstairs he saw it all

Dart in a map where will I begin
so many faces where will I fit in
like a bird I now am free
I cast my ship out upon the sea

in another town another state
maybe overseas will be my fate
packing up now I'm on the mend
like a willow I learned to bend


now I feel the sun it warms my face
gentle laughter a soft embrace
in her love I find a home
found something I had never known


Monday, October 6, 2014

Moonlight and Moonshine

© 2013 Mark Cote

Hey girl take a walk with me
underneath the tall oak tree
in this place no one knows
down where the willow blows

frogs singing a serenade
in the grass where we laid
we'll count the stars above
in your eyes I call it love

(chorus) moonlight and moonshine
                  southern dream summertime
                  this feeling's not make believe
                  this feeling's what we need
                  southern dream summertime
                  moonlight and moonshine

see the way you look at me
it's not a mystery
we can see where this will go
we've got all night to take it slow


and by the dawning light
with you girl by my side
we'll taste the morning dew
found the love we never knew


Monday, September 29, 2014

Waiting For The Storm To Pass

© 2013 Mark Cote

Clouds surround a sunny mind
seems so dark seems so unkind
the words that curse a photograph
a faded love now in half
like slipping through an hourglass
waiting for the storm to pass

paisley dreams that once defined
they coalesced they intertwined
now down a dusty gravel road
the cross I bear a heavy load
when futures seem so hard to grasp
waiting for the storm to pass

let it all drift away....

(chorus) waiting for the storm to pass
                  hoping this will be the last
                  waiting for the storm to pass
                  waiting for the storm to pass

the egg that hatched a silver rose
where it came from nobody knows
was it left for me to find
inspiration left behind
the dusk and dawn now they clash
waiting for the storm to pass

let it all drift away...


Monday, September 8, 2014

U.K. Girls

© 2014 Mark Cote

Took a trip across the pond
though I yearned it wasn't long
the sights
the sounds
the sweetest girls around
oh those U.K. girls

(chorus) U.K. girls
                  with eyes that really melt my world
                  and voices I have never heard
                  U.K. girls
                  like something out of a dream
                  something I have never seen
                  U.K., U.K.
                  U.K., U.K.
                  oh those U.K. girls

talking classy and oh so sweet
I take a breath I'm off my feet
when they talk
when they walk
makes my heart skip a beat
oh those U.K. girls

like a butterfly I cannot get
still I'm sure to cast out my net
flutter by
colors I don't forget
oh those U.K. girls


turning dreams to reality
are you really so far from me
when I think
with every blink
you're not such a mystery
oh those U.K. girls


Monday, September 1, 2014

Shake Shake Your Body

© 2013 Mark Cote

(chorus) I... wanna lay down a beat
                 so you can shake shake your body
                 shake shake your body tonight
                 I... wanna turn up the heat
                 and you can shake shake your body
                 shake shake your body all night
                 oo... while we're diggin' the sounds
                 oo... let it come back around
                 we can shake shake our bodies all night

I... gotta follow the music
'cause it takes me where I wanna go
colors, like a yellow brick road
where it'll take me I never know
follow the vibe now
it ain't no jive now
just dance on the floor here with me
Let it fill ya
let it thrill ya
ya we're gonna have a time you'll see


 and... if the harmony's right babe
 we'll move in tight babe
 we'll dance in a melody
 don't hold back now
 you've got the knack now
 just let your body flow

(chorus 2) hey... when the lights are low
                   and you can sway sway your body
                   sway sway your body with me
                   oo.. you're the rhythm in me
                   oo.. take it nice and easy
                   as we sway sway our bodies all night

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oasis Of Love

© 2013 Mark Cote

blizzard of words flying around
and fiery mouths don't make a sound
when you're by my side
it all stays outside

cynical man holds a grudge
and tells about it with just a nudge
but it doesn't matter
it's all just chatter

Chorus) oasis of love
                oasis of love
                with madness below
                and dark skies above
                nothing can harm us in
                our oasis of love

when I look into your eyes
know your love is all mine
our love builds our world
I'm your man and you are my girl

whatever they say
whatever they do
it's not about me
it's not about you


Monday, August 18, 2014

The Day The Laughter Died

© 2014 Mark Cote

Little boy made his mama smile
tears would vanish for awhile
that spark would be your glow
from Julliard a pantomime
make them laugh for a dime
never knew how far you would go

from the rumbling within the gym
what he learned protected him
whether he'd win or lose
he learned from every stinging bruise

I was learning the art of standing tall
how to laugh after a fall
never knew the angels would call
the day the laughter died

(chorus) shine shine shining bright star
                 was the burden just too heavy to carry so far
                 in the silence all alone we know who we are
                 the carnival is over the clown has fell down
                 the day the laughter died
                 the day the laughter died

and then it was all Happy Days
when we first met a man from space
we knew he'd return again
so it seemed, seasons flashed before our eyes
like some egg-filled Orken sky
but so little did we see....

oh. and as the candy was handed out
he accepted without a doubt
this monkey on his back
would take years to give back

clouded smiles would never show
opened doors above and below
to depths you never know
the day the laughter died


sell out sold out a colored stage
are you the bird within the cage
wonder how long it will last
and as years flew past
the screen called to him at last
such shadows he would cast

now children bouncing on his knee
he saw reflections of him in each
as they went out to play
what would they be some day

will the darkness he sees in him
be passed along down to them
I will always remember when
the day the laughter died


the loves that came the loves that went
would leave such a heavy dent
such a very high price to pay
leeches will bleed you dry
and in a silent room you cry
another tour another day

the audience would never know
the darkness behind the glow
the monkey on a string
the jester's in a sling

and looking back does it makes sense
yesterday in a future tense
the comedy now in suspense
the day the laughter died


Monday, August 11, 2014

It Won't Be Me

© 2012 Mark Cote

She's a pretty lady
she's funny girl
she likes to party hardy
she's known around the world
out of everything one sure thing I have learned
every time you play with fire you are gonna get burned

(chorus) If you're looking for a hook up baby
                 if you're looking for one night maybe
                 baby I'm not the one for you
                 baby I want someone that's true
                'cause I'm not looking, looking to play
                 I just want, want somebody to stay
                 and it won't
                 No it won't
                 it won't be me

I got around once
I did some crazy things
I remember still
the emptiness it brings
after the fun and games you have to look life in the eye
I'll forego the dead end it's best not to even try


when you change your ways
don't chase that silver cup
when you want some depth
then maybe look me up
but until that day I don't don't go and run around
I am looking for the place that only love is found


Monday, August 4, 2014

Bringing Back Yesterday

© 2012 Mark Cote

He could feel the highway breathing
and it's calling out his name
as he is sitting there dreaming
does she still feel the same

She could feel that summer evening
her world melting in his arms
she knew what this was meaning
there was no cause for her alarm

(chorus) Just like bringing back
                 Just like bringing back
                 Just like bringing back yesterday
                 just like a rainbow goes
                 just like a rainbow goes
                 just like a rainbow goes all the way.(around)
                 every time we think about it
                 it's like bringing back yesterday

They could paint on that horizon
in complimenting hues
purple passion is there sighing
in their hearts they hold the clues


Monday, July 28, 2014

A Stone Can Bleed

© 2013 Mark Cote

Thought I mastered lonely
just a ship on the sea
thought I knew heartbreak
it could never touch me

you were out of control
how could I know
what was about to be

blinded in her shadow
forgot all the nights
colors of the rainbow
but something's not right

(chorus) if you don't
                 fall on the floor
                 crawl on the floor
                 you'll never believe
                 if you don't walk through the night
                 alone in the fight
                 you may never see
                 that a stone can bleed

hindsight looks so clearly
when you're blind at the start
never know where you've been
'til you're not where you are

you were out of control
how could I know
what was about to be


Monday, July 21, 2014

Don't Lord Over Me

© 2014 Mark Cote

(chorus) Don't lord..... over me
                  Don't lord..... over me
                  feeling like you need to beat your chest
                  Don't lord..... over me

                  Don't lord..... over me
                  Don't lord..... over me
                  down your nose no better than the rest
                  Don't lord..... over me

single view mind
play between the lines
someone else's words
are all you can find
what's missing in your self esteem
that makes you
that makes you
lord over me


you're not so tough
they just want you to be
nobody's gonna do
my thinking for me
you'll never know
never will see
because you
because you
lord over me


Monday, July 14, 2014

Take It Back

© 2014 Mark Cote

give a kiss and you take it back
take it back
take it back
take it back

say you're a friend and you take it back
take it back
take it back
take it back

(chorus) take it back
                 was it worth it anyway
                 when a love I thought was real
                 when I just learned how to feel
                 recoils cold in my hand
                 like the sea pulls from the sand
                 when all you do is
                 take it back

give a gift and you take it back
take it back
take it back
take it back

never know what you could’ve had if you take it back
take it back
take it back
take it back


one day
when your conscience clears
your heart will cry
alligator tears
for the ones who could’ve cared
are no longer here
can't take it back


Monday, July 7, 2014

Here I am Just Taking It In

© 2014 Mark Cote

see the children playing in the park
from the sunrise through the day until it's dark
the sense of wonder in their eyes
is something I can empathize
here I am just... taking it in

couples walk hand in hand on a sunny beach
that warming touch always in reach
watching it all as the play unfolds
seeing love bloom so nice to behold
here I am just... taking it in

(chorus) Taking it in...
                  through a window of my own design
                  taking it in...
                  watching the world go by outside
                  taking it in...
                  through kaleidoscope eyes
                  taking it
                  taking it
                  taking it in

the trials of man chasing his tail
while dreamers still are filling their sails
hands are tied in a game this large
and you never know who's really in charge
and here I am just... taking it in


Monday, June 30, 2014

Common Sense Come Unwound

© 2014 Mark Cote

why is it who reports what is wrong, wrong
why is the singer not the singer in the song
why, oh why

why are the ones that always pray always play
and the ones who do the work always pay
why, oh why

(chorus) when yesterday it all made perfect sense
                 when what you said was always what you meant
                 when it wasn't so upside-down
                 when it wasn't so forward turned around
                 yeah, when did common sense come unwound

why do ones who smile the most have the coldest hearts
and the ones who love the most live far apart
why, oh why

why do we live our lives for someone else
and only a few who share all the wealth
why, oh why


Monday, June 23, 2014

Does It Really Matter

© 2014 Mark Cote

How am I
then walk away
do you care
what I have to say
does it really matter
does it really matter anyway

if I'm rich
if I'm poor
another tide
on the shore
does it really matter
does it really matter anyway

(bridge) for we walk our path alone
                 the steps we take
                 are just our own
                 faces come
                 faces go
                 faces come
                 faces go

(chorus) does it really matter
                 when it's all said and done
                 as this world comes all undone
                 when our souls
                 do drift away
                 does it really matter
                 does it really matter anyway

when I trip
when I fall
another brick
upon the wall
who will wipe the tears away
does it really matter
does it really matter anyway

when my words
are a memory
when my face
 you no longer see
nothing left you can say
did I really matter
did I really matter anyway


Monday, June 16, 2014

All The Other Sides

© 2014 Mark Cote

as it finally starts to rise
I open up my eyes
and smile
warming up my face
no one sees a trace
of you

burning up the sky
I have to wonder why
I melt
changing into red
before you left you said

(chorus) all the other sides
                 keep changing over time
                 keep changing all the time
                 and you
                 all the other sides
                 from shadows left behind
                un-twisted and un-twined
                who knew
                for never can we see
                all the other sides

written in the eyes
that once would mystify
my heart
sorrys don't justify
the razored tears I cried
in vain
shallow minded friends
only want to see you bend
and bleed


blue eyes
felt the bite of green eyed snakes
care not what they take
from dreams
blue eyes
that once were royal blue
over-washed from years gone through


Monday, June 9, 2014

Narrow Minded Little Man

© 2014 Mark Cote

He's the loudest voice you hear in a room
but the smallest soul you'll learn real soon
oh they all smile and laugh at what he'll say
but it's oh so dark beneath that face

(chorus) he's a narrow narrow
                 minded little man
                 putting some down just 'cause he can
                 he's a narrow narrow
                 minded little man
                 he'll never see me for who I am
                 you narrow narrow
                 minded little man

in his world he is the best
as he mocks and taunts all of the rest
what is it you think you have to prove
living alone scorned ones have moved


pity the man whose eyes are closed
who cannot see beyond his nose
his anger's not with me but with himself
will he go to heaven or go to hell


Monday, June 2, 2014

What Is It About You

© 2013 Mark Cote

(chorus) What is it
                  what is it
                  what is it about you
                  that makes me smile when I feel blue
                  that makes me smile when I think of you
                  what is it
                  what is it
                  what is it about you

you seem to feel my tears as they fall
and kiss them away one and all
like a cushion to the pain
like the sunshine to the rain
what is it about you

my heart is your colored crystal ball
gypsy eyes can see it all
Like you've known me all my life
if this is love I'll pay the price
what is it about you


I used to wait up on the fence
how looking back it all made sense
until something pulled me down
until you had come around
what is it about you


Monday, May 26, 2014

Build Me A Bridge

© 2014 Mark Cote

There's a sea between
my love and I
If I grew wings
I would surely fly

(chorus) Build me a bridge
                from your world to mine
                So I can cross
                the changing tide
                Build me a bridge
                your hand in mine
                then burn it down
                with you I reside.
                Build me a bridge

my heart is there
with you beside
your love is with
my every stride

though time and space
are just merely waves
for you I'd swim
for all of my days


I can feel your lips
of future's page
when we may write
of the trials it gave


Monday, May 19, 2014

The Girl In The Song

© 2014 Mark Cote

her heart beats a tempo so gentle and strong
it stays through the day and all night long
her soul blooms in each new verse
in heartfelt wonder I now immerse
she's the girl
she's the girl in the song

(bridge) I know I may never see you
                I know I may never meet you
                but this love now I feel
                in my dreams you are always real
                she's the girl
                she's the girl in the song

I see bits of you in some girls eyes
but the more I see things just aren't right
while perfect love doesn't exist
you're the softest lips I've ever kissed
she's the girl
she's the girl in the song

(chorus) and in a chorus she will dance with me
                playful love she's a melody
                with the girl in the song
                as long as I dream
                you will never be gone
                she's the girl in the song
                she's the girl
                she's the girl in the song


(bridge) I know I may never see you
                I know I may never meet you
                but this love now I feel
                in my dreams you are always real
                she's the girl
                she's the girl in the song


Monday, May 12, 2014

She Thinks My Scrubber's Sexy

© 2014 Mark Cote

Just another night and I'm cleaning the store
like a ray of sunshine coming through the door
swaying to the beat of the song on the radio...

try to stay focused as I roll down the aisles
we're gonna meet for lunch baby in a little while
but watchin' her now moving so nice and slow...

(chorus) She thinks my scrubber's sexy
                 she wants to climb up on
                 she's always winkin' at me
                 while I'm rollin' along
                 she likes the way it's cleaning
                 and bringing out the shine
                 she even once told me
                 that I'm looking fine
                 she says it looks fun and I really have to agree
                 she thinks my scrubber's sexy

making every night a little more fun
our little secret we keep from everyone
every now and then I see her stroking my steering wheel

in a few years we have ourselves a plan
she will be my woman and I will be her man
but for now we hide the way we feel...


she won't see the dirt when they pick it up
but if the floor really shines man her eyes light up


she thinks my scrubber's sexy
she thinks my scrubber's sexy
she thinks my scrubber's sexy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Love Is Like

© 2014 Mark Cote

Love... Is... Like
like the sun that bathes the nights
with love of her morning light
when I wonder just how I feel
Love... Is... Like

like the blindfold that just sees one
feels like life has now begun
the key that unlocks my heart
Love... Is... Like

(chorus) and I know (I know)
                 you are so very far from me
                 I just wanna say how I feel
                 when I look into your eyes..
                 Love... Is... Like

feeling so hard to describe
like the swirling depth within your eyes
deeper than the deepest sea
Love... Is... Like

seeds that can now be sown
like finally found a home
a garden inside a heart
Love... Is... Like


Love... Is... Like
like perfume in listless air
every time I see you there
this is just the way I think
Love... Is... Like


Love Is Like
Love Is Like
Love Is Like (fade)

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Not Me

© 2014 Mark Cote

emotional sand trap pulled me down
I used to wear a smile I wear a frown
but I know it's only locked up in my head
I know I only stumbled I'm not dead

clouded words said to me in vain
like a raincoat worn out in the rain
it didn't make me weak it made me strong
I'm not the same person since you've gone

(chorus)  and when the sun shines again my way
                  there's nothing you can do or you can say
                  for when I found that strength locked up in me
                  your negativity is lost out on the sea
                  It's not me
                  it's not me
                  it's not me

without happiness you feel blind
believing in yourself and you'll be fine
know the words I say are very true
because they worked for me they'll work for you


Monday, April 21, 2014

In This Duality

© 2014 Mark Cote

outside your mind walk with me
beyond the world we're told to see
where everything you think is real
peaceful love is all you feel
come along
come along

when a global SOS
so many souls don't pass the test
a chosen few and me and you
learn to live a life anew
come along
come along

(chorus) over the sunshine
                 over the night
                 wonders of the world now seem so right
                 in this duality
                 in this duality
                 now our eyes see it all so clear
                 stay right here
                 in this duality
                 in this duality

what we'll find on the other side
it's not about what's yours or what's mine
it's all left behind when we go
what remains is the love that we've shown
come along
come along

if it won't
help us grow
then we don't
wanna know
can't waste time on triviality


Monday, April 14, 2014


© 2014 Mark Cote

I'd been searching what seemed a lifetime
relenting she lives in my dreams
my heart made a sound
when you came around
Hoping you feel the same

I know you're stepping out on your own
but since we've met I just want you to know
my heart is for you
if it's me who you choose
if it's not may only love come to you

(chorus) heart flies
                sunny days
                don't fly away
                I'll never hold you down
                but blessed if you would stay...
                rainbow eyes
                look at me
                thought my heart was blind
                but now I see...

many souls that you can choose from
and may my words not scare you away
but I think I've found
I won't look around
'til you decide my heart will just wait

we all walk on this path alone
friends and lovers may come and go
you've touched my soul
even when I grow old
I'll remember that for all time


Monday, April 7, 2014

Bridled Butterfly

© 2014 Mark Cote

caged butterfly
who bleeds you of color
when once you soared
now you just flutter

Now a pale moth
curled on the floor
the key at your feet
will open the door (can you reach) (can you reach)

(chorus) tell me
                 tell me
                 can you find the strength
                 to escape a world
                 you were never meant
                 to be
                 bridled butterfly
                 tell me
                 tell me
                 Where yesterdays went
                 would they want
                 to see
                 a bridled butterfly

a boy can see
through stained window panes
the story unfold
and love it restrains

a TV show
that touches his heart
the plot oh too real
as she plays her part


(bridge) if he could
              wrap his heart around her
              she could fly
              she could fly
              she could fly
              if she knew
              she probably would
              but he just sighs
              he just sighs
              he just sighs


Monday, March 31, 2014

Half Past Wine

© 2014 Mark Cote

daydream girl
we almost met
I got here early
did you forget

lost in traffic
another street
maybe a touch of
fearful cold feet

(chorus) If you were gonna be here girl
                 you shoulda took the train
                 the more I'm looking
                 the more it's getting late
                 now I'm drinking
                 and start to feel fine
                 you may as well forget it
                 'cause it's half past wine

been there before
you could have called
you lost my number
your car was stalled

so hard to admit
a change of heart
if we can't be honest
where do we start


Monday, March 24, 2014

Lesson Learned

© 2014 Mark Cote

empty souls that prostitute
to corporation greed
on a sunny April morn
another mouth to feed

smiling snakes that will bite
try to poison you
know not what they say
know not what they do

scripted words make me ill
like some ugly jagged pill
the game's the same
changing names
who is really to blame

(chorus)  here I am
                  Lesson learned
                  now I'm so much wiser
                  Though I'm burned
                  walk again
                  my future's so much brighter
                  picking up the pieces
                  down the road I turn
                  lesson learned

everyone is disposable
to a corporate need
chattering mosquitos
prick you 'til you bleed

economic slavery
in this world we live
so much that has been taken
so little that we give


lying here in my bed
I wonder where we'll go
fragile steps unknown road
would be different than we've known

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mumbles McGintee

© 2014 Mark Cote

through the clear
I hear a rumble
sounds like words
but words are crumbled

In that world
of jibberish sense
misheard words
are your defense

(chorus)  it was
                  mumbles mcgintee
                  what was it you say
                  talking to yourself
                  in no particular way
                  its erratic
                  is it static
                  what was it you say
                  it was mumbles mcgintee
                  in no particular way

said to me
or said to you
under their breath
nobody knew

passive aggressive
a sideways slam
hard to tell
I don't give a damn


Monday, March 10, 2014

Monkey Droppings

© 2014 Mark Cote

swing tree to tree
here she comes
Looking like fun
so high up above

such a quest to be with her
what's left of you is in the dirt

(chorus)  over here
                over there
                monkey droppings everywhere
                that's all that's left to be found
                monkey droppings on the ground
                she'll scrape you up
                another round
                monkey droppings on the ground

this jungle love
so wild and new
watch out better
make a monkey of you

careless and free
not care who gets hurt
like cold droppings
hearts left in the dirt


No one can clean
the trail she will leave
For playful fun
is meant to deceive


Monday, March 3, 2014

Life For Sale

© 2014 Mark Cote

Packing up and heading down
heading down to a quiet town
where nobody knows my name
nobody knows why I came

down some winding gravel road
where birds will sing and sunrise glows
on my porch I'll taste the air
this new life everywhere

(chorus) life for sale
                  got a past with a view
                  life for sale
                  I won't remember you
                  life for sale
                  at a heck of a price
                  life for sale
                  never think twice
                  with this key and a wind in my sail
                  life for sale

only lost in memories
if I stay I'll remember these
paint and paper cannot hide
so I leave this life behind

for someone else on a hill
stands a house with dreams to fill
but for me I've run my course
so this life I now divorce


Monday, February 24, 2014

Discount Valentine

© 2014 Mark Cote

store shelf New Years Day
Christmas gone away
sits among the rest
tries to do his best
to not let shadows show

so for weeks and weeks awhile
he sparkles and he smiles
hoping to
impress to you
the coming holiday

they bought roses
they bought wine
but will they ever find
another discount

it wasn't so long ago
his bursting love would show
never on the shelf
never to himself
there was always love around

and then without a word
the visions that he heard
played with his mind
'til he saw the sign
but then his ship was gone

humbling and shy
before you now am I
another discount

(bridge)  visions of hand in hand
                 sun setting in the sand
                 it leads me on
                 it leads me on
                 making me skip a beat
                 but will our hearts ever meet
                 I dream of her
                 I dream of her

another New Years Day
seems like yesterday
as years roll by
he wonders why
he fights being all alone

they buy roses
they buy wine
but will they ever find
another discount

Monday, February 17, 2014

Baby Daddy

© 2014 Mark Cote

(chorus)  hey there
                  baby daddy
                  do you think this is just a game
                  hey there
                  baby daddy
                  guess who is left to blame
                  you can run
                  you can hide
                  but fate you know will decide
                  when you think you're gonna play
                  baby daddy you're gonna pay

since you left
bills piling up
this single mother's had enough
hungry mouths I have to feed
and lonely hearts a dad they need

my sunny mood ring has turned to red
from what I saw and what you said
right then the tide had turned
baby daddy you'll be burned


I felt so cheap and been used
better watch which girls you choose
you've gotta sleep sometime
what's in that drink they'll never find


Monday, February 10, 2014


© 2014 Mark Cote

(chorus)  Where, is home?
                   where, is home?
                   when you're all alone
                   from all you've known
                   and I wanna go, home....

gentle touch
means so much
I remember it well
thoughts of you
and of yesterday

what, is love?
so high above
a feather in the sky
feeling oh so lost
now on Valentine's


staring, down the beach
seems, so out of reach
the more I try
seems I never get
to the other side

where, are holidays?
where, to celebrate?
lonely roads
the walls are cold
what really is home...


Monday, February 3, 2014

Cannibalistic Rats On A Ghost Ship From Russia

© 2014 Mark Cote

(chorus)  cannibal rats
                  cannibal rats
                  cannibalistic rats of a ghost ship from Russia
                  cannibal rats

                  cannibal rats
                  cannibal rats
                  cannibalistic rats of a ghost ship will get you
                  cannibal rats

floating on the sea which way will it go
cannibal rats
scurry aboard with nothing to eat
cannibal rats

dead sailor's tell no tales
cannibal rats
twas a fate worse than rotting in jail
cannibal rats


are they coming for you are they coming for me
cannibal rats
one lone rat is all there will be
cannibal rats

(bridge)  and when the fog clears where they've gone
                  to the murky depths or just beyond
                  cannibal rats


Monday, January 27, 2014

Leaving's Not The Only Way

© 2014 Mark Cote

Can't find a way
no words left to say
when I see the night-time all around
but you still call it day
leaving's not the only way
just the only way for me

two cold hearts
fallen apart
too many lonely nights
when you're lying next to me
leaving's not the only way
just the only way for me

(chorus)  maybe the highway
                  maybe the line
                  hello, engine number nine
                  where I belong
                  take my heart along
                  then you'll remember me when I'm gone
                  leaving's not the only way
                  just the only way for me

it's getting hot
either way I got
try not to get burned
while walking on a wire
leaving's not the only way
just the only way for me


Monday, January 20, 2014

Is This The Dream

© 2014 Mark Cote

I once caught a glimpse of my future self
with head bowed I saw just how he felt
the world can pull the stars from your eyes
and fill your hopes with words of lies

He never spoke but I felt the words he's saying
be careful boy as you tread the path you're laying
before I could even ask he was gone
and now melancholy years have made me strong

when I close my eyes it all becomes so clear
the mysteries that used to disappear

(chorus)  Is this the dream and the dream reality
                  is what we see not real and real is what we feel
                  eyes open closed now they can see
                  is this the dream and the dream reality

now in the chaos of my silence
old forgotten words now make perfect sense
is it yet too late for me
to change the world that makes up all of me

when I close my eyes it all becomes so clear
the mysteries that used to disappear


Monday, January 13, 2014

It Is What It Is

© 2014 Mark Cote

Traffic jam
I'm already late
whoever is calling
will have to wait
though a sunny day
I can't find the shade

(chorus)  it is what it is
                  what was said
                  it is what it is
                  what was done
                  aw.... just let it slide
                  aw... just let it glide
                  it is what it is

grumpy guy
at my job
the inner smile
that you rob
what do you have to gain
when I walk away


down the tubes
old love affair
every time I reached out
she never cared
too many times
one thing I find


Monday, January 6, 2014

If Fantasies Came True

© 2014 Mark Cote

What would you do if fantasies came true
the one about me
the one about you
what would you do

what if we talk of bigger things
how we change our world
and what it brings
comes back to you
and to me too

(chorus)  well I could run around the world
                  for a million years
                  but in my dreams
                  you are always here
                  by my side
                  along for the ride
                  you're a dream come true
                  yeah, if fantasies came true

what would you do for a sleepless night
making love to you
holding me so tight
what would you do

just a little dream
a fantasy I have
if it makes you smile
it makes me glad
and I hope you do
yeah, I hope you do


just a little dream
a fantasy I have
if it makes you smile
it makes me glad
and I hope you do
yeah, I hope you do