Sunday, July 22, 2018

Will You Want To Leave

© 2018 Mark Cote

Velvet streams of dreams
and skies that seem so mellow
the air that smells so sweet
and thoughts are made of jello

(chorus) but the sun will never know
                  the depth
                  of an undertow
                  the leaves may never see
                  how far
                  they're taken by the breeze
                  will you stay
                  without seeing tomorrow
                  or will you want to leave
                  will you want to leave

words dance like vines untied
looking for a seamstress
as the days seem to fly by
only without a witness


seeing ones with the same color eyes
passing through the darkness
it is like a whirlwind ride
that sometimes seems so heartless


Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Child Of Man

© 2018 Mark Cote

he painted the world with colors
and songs in different tongues
and the hope
they'd harmonize as one

hating each other's differences
but we all still bleed the same
spiraling end to nowhere
if nothing is going to change

(chorus) calling, across the land
                  just reach
                  out your hand
                  and help if you can
                  your fellow man

                  build him up, don't tear him down
                  like the fertile soil on the ground
                  and we will find out how it will be
                  the child of man

he gave us a mind to realize
that together we can work it out
when one mind
is so so filled with doubt

when negative thoughts wash over
like a cold September rain
someone holds the umbrella
'til the sun will shine again


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Something We Never Knew

© 2018 Mark Cote

we were just talking
like old friends do
shoulders to lean on
that pulled us through

the mourning underground
and scarring tears
well we both felt them
over the years

(chorus) as I was learning more
                  more about you
                  and you were learning more
                  more about me
                  we may have just found something
                  something we can't see

oblivious to love
or maybe afraid to
whatever it was
whatever it is
it remains....
we may have just found something
something we can't see


(chorus) as I was learning more
                  more about you
                  and you were learning more
                  more about me
                  we may have just found something
                  something we can't see

(instrumental to end)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sparrow In A Veil

© 2018 Mark Cote

little bird sees the world
with wonder and love gently swirled
colors too deep for kind eyes to see
such a harsh reality

shadowed places and reaching tongues
repeat the tales so many have spun
stroke the feathers try to tie her down
same old scene from town to town

(chorus) into the air she goes
                     life on a wing through wind and snow
                     higher and higher where tears can't fly
                     sparrow in a veil
                     let it shine

the blood and tears roll off the wing
and the breeze above lets her sing
tomorrows wash away todays
and sorrows weight never stays


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stranded On The Moon

© 2010 Mark Cote

ties that bind have set me free
now sailing on an uncharted sea..
stranded on the moon
the you I knew now is just me
sometimes it all is uncertainty...
stranded on the moon

(chorus) stranded on the moon
                  watch my world keep spinning around
                  around since you went away
                  now I'm lost and can't be found
                  stranded on the moon

have a laugh on me if it makes you feel tall
for the ones who laugh never see it all...
stranded on the moon
casting stones then run and flee
branding a name that isn't me...
stranded on the moon

as I learn to see in the night
may your words come back to you and bite...
stranded on the moon
maybe the safest place to be
away from all the hostility...
stranded on the moon

Sunday, June 17, 2018

But You're Still Here

© 2018 Mark Cote

little boy
gets his first A
standing up
but they turn away

things he does
that make him so proud
he keeps it all in
no one looks from outside

(bridge) smiling outside
                  he knows one day
                  it will turn back around

(chorus) but you're still here
                  waving dreams around
                  you're still here
                  with ones who wear a frown
                  maybe just one day
                  when you thought it won't be found
                  I'll be gone
                  and you'll still be here

writes his 1st song
in the halls of his life
it's all that he has
so he holds on tight

then one day
his clouds unfold
now feel the warmth
that once felt so cold


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rush To Judgement

© 2018 Mark Cote

whispered around
winding circles
that can't be unwound

who to trust
when words cloud a head
was it real
or something they said

(chorus) rush to judgement
                  too soon to know
                  rush to judgement
                  too soon to go
                  when you don't know
                  all there is you should know
                  rush to judgement
                  is not the way you should go

how do you know
if the words are pure
follow your heart
and you'll know that you're sure


the choice you make
is the answer you know
you'll take that with you
wherever you go


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Rainy Day Sunshine

© 2018 Mark Cote

dew drops
the morning kisses hello
cloud burst
tear stains
so many places to go

another day of shaded memories
and wandering thoughts of you
a puzzle piece fits together
but not as tightly as you

(chorus) rainy day
                  no one will ever know
                  rainy day
                  hidden out by the glow
                  rainy day
                  going so slow

never know just how you feel
grass stains
toy trains
sometimes life is surreal


another day of shaded memories
and wandering thoughts of you
a puzzle piece fits together
but not as tightly as you


Sunday, May 27, 2018

High Energy Fun

© 2018 Mark Cote

shaking the ground
with a wondrous sound
she'll bring you up
when you're feeling down

throwing a glow
wherever she goes
casting a spell
but nobody knows

(chorus) She's a bit wild
                  she's come undone
                  no need to worry
                  she's high energy fun
                  dancing around
                  in the web that she's spun
                  no need to worry
                  she's high energy fun

so take it all in
let it live within
It's not so bad
to be feeling so glad

enjoy the smile
that comes from above
for the answer you seek
they call it love


remember that summer
the summer of youth
she never grew old
how 'bout you?

the inner child
still colors the sky
still laughs aloud
while they wonder why


Sunday, May 20, 2018

It's Never Easy

© 2012 Mark Cote

I could say I was lonely
I could say you were the only, only one
but would it all change
would it even matter at all

Down a trail of my dried tears
now living alone in my fears
trust now rearranged
empty mirror shattered wall

(chorus) It's never easy
                  letting go
                  it's never easy
                  letting it show
                  When your heart's been kissed
                  so deeply you know
                  it's never easy
                  letting go

I could say I was fine
you could turn back the hands, hands of time
with a simple look
my heart's a fish on a hook

you could say all is forgiven
How would I know since I've been bitten
now so unsure
trust is no longer pure


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Never Is Forever

© 2018 Mark Cote

she said she would leave me never
but she did
can't be undid

They say the rains would never come
but they did
yes they did

so how am I to know what is for sure
when there is no cure
what one may know can turn around
the shifting ground

(chorus) Does she know
                  does she know
                  never is forever
                  when I turn my back I'm gone
                  when I turn to go I am done

The words I thought I'd never say
now I say

the thoughts of you haunt echoed halls
and faceless dolls
silent calls

so how am I to know what is for sure
when there is no cure
what one may know can turn around
the shifting ground


Sunday, May 6, 2018


© 2018 Mark Cote

how it starts
is different for some
can it's wrath
really be won

the need to belong
the need to fit in
start building the bars
our cages are in

(chorus) red light green light
                  isn't easy to know
                  the stages of cages
                  wherever you go
                  midnight won't make a sound
                  cages creep up
                  when you're feeling down

monkey on your back
talking to you
saying that this
makes you shiny and new

the clouded eyes
that once were clear
had no doubts
now live in fear


know right from wrong
be proud to stand tall
or the cages
will consume us all

follow your heart
not follow the crowd
and the choice you make
will make you feel proud


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pothole On The Road To Heaven

© 2018 Mark Cote

nosebleed school days trying to prove who you are
puffing yourself up didn't get you that far
Daddy always knew the right things
in wisdom with what he'd say

(chorus) He'd say
                 life is just a pothole on the road to get to heaven
                 when you've given 10 he'll take you to 11
                 just hold on and keep your eyes straight ahead
                 because life is just a pothole on the road to get to heaven

tear-stained summer days raining without end
But mother could fix the rips with comfort she would mend
propping me back up to face it all again
and reassuring words and this is what she said

(chorus)  she'd say
                  life is just a pothole on the road to get to heaven
                  when you've given 10 he'll take you to 11
                  just hold on and keep your eyes straight ahead
                  because life is just a pothole on the road to get to heaven

down this long long road feeling I am nearing my mortal end
kneeling by my side a robed man who is my friend
Looking in his eyes I could see another world
gently in my ear this is the words that I heard


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Get Up And Get Dancing

© 2018 Mark Cote

the clock ticks another week
looking forward to to get out and hit the street
round the corner
from where you are
a funky beat and an electric guitar

oh, it's hard to stop that beat
when it starts, you just wanna tap your feet
doesn't matter
where you are
through the milky way
and out across the stars

(chorus) so let the music grab your soul
                  and the rhythm make you go
                  and get up and get dancing
                  get up
                  get up
                  get up
                  and keep prancing

take my hand and we're in another world
in the speakers and the words is what we heard
it's only you
it's only me
once we get started we don't care who else can see


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Drama Queen

© 2018 Mark Cote

                 who will know
                 you will know
                 maybe the wild in your eyes
                 see that girl
                 hear her scream
                 dig it, the drama queen

pointing fingers with things to say
it's never sunny it's always grey
to anyone who listens
it's the same old scene
angry and mean

wants attention and insecure
childishness and immature
a life without mirrors
never sees the light
lashing out in spite

and as the sparks ignite...

(chorus) you are a drama queen
                 dark and mean
                 feeling so pristine
                 drama queen
                 blow it up and make a scene
                 oh yeah
                 who will know
                 you will know
                 maybe the wild in your eyes
                 see that girl
                 hear her scream
                 dig it, the drama queen

telling lies with jaded eyes
but you're really not that wise
looking out from her fears
to anyone who'll hear
someone new to smear

and as the sparks ignite...


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Til We're Teenagers Again

© 2018 Mark Cote

gentle words
into the wind
like a butterfly dancing
upon my skin

softest love
I've ever known
like a rose petal is
a subtle tone

under this spell of love
we are all we know

(chorus) so take, take me away
                    where the moon shines night and day
                    and the sweetest thing is the words you say
                    as we float away in the where and when
                    I'll love you 'til we're teenagers again

Just like days
the passing years
doesn't matter to me
as long as you're here

part of you
lives in me
without you
don't know where I'd be


gentle words
into the wind
like a butterfly dancing
upon my skin

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Redneck Romeo

© 2018 Mark Cote

In a one-horse town
it's all the same
a brand new twist
to the same old game

Trailer park princess
and big bubba bear
going out someplace
or going nowhere

always thinking the words that
maybe he'll hear
a beer-stained pledge
sounding sincere

(chorus) if you'll be
                 my redneck romeo
                 I'll be your redneck wife
                 forever sitting by your side
                 down the gravel road of our life

the story's the same
wherever you go
sometimes it's humble
some put on a show

she'll get the nerve
when he comes back from town
in her favorite dress
he'll hear this sound


Trailer park princess and big bubba bear
going out someplace
or going nowhere....

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another Me

© 2018 Mark Cote

is it what we're meant to be
is it what we're meant to see
can a dreamer learn to fly
or drown in this complacent sea

when the world is turning right
should you vanish in the night
saving thought for yesterday
and always wonder why

(chorus) and when
                  the sky comes crashing down
                  the ones you love are not around
                  you'll ask yourself what's it all for
                  life brings a slamming door
                  can you find another key
                  find another me

what it means to you and me
you see blue I see green
what matters in your heart
will set your heart free


Sunday, March 11, 2018

A Stone Learned To Cry

© 2018 Mark Cote

like a stone when warm love turns cold
holding in thoughts that should be told
but nothing good comes from something so bad
so a stone learns to cry

souls are sold now that friendships turn cold
clenching fists without some hand to hold
seeing so many empty tomorrows
a stone learns to cry

(chorus) lying in the forest
                 washed by the days
                 a stone learned to cry
                 when the winds that seem bitter
                 a stone learned to cry

little boys wants to go out and play
but the walls around him make him stay
did he build them himself or
a stone learns to cry

in a world full of schemers
where a left turn seems right
maybe one day they will find
a stone learns to cry


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Where Did the Weekend Go

© 2018 Mark Cote

was I right
Friday night
when the music it thrilled
and the beer that was chilled
made it seem just like a dream

I haven't a clue
'bout this new tattoo
but she sure looks cute
in her bathing suit
eating peaches and cream

ho, ho
no one was harmed
oh no
I hear the alarm

(chorus) Where did the weekend go
                    oh no..
                    where did the weekend go
                    I wanna know
                    where did it go
                    where did the weekend go


It always ends
weekend friends
but only for a while
next weekend will see
another carefree

ho, ho
no one was harmed
oh no
I hear the alarm


Sunday, February 25, 2018


© 2018 Mark Cote

riding all the way
down sunny roads and where they stray
then a call comes on the phone
asking if you can or will be home

(chorus) Him
                  playing 2nd fiddle to him
                  is putting me out on a limb
                  I'm just holding on
                  maybe 'til the dawn
                  while she is out with

known you more than I
is this the vibe that now implies
when your defensive side shows
will I be the one who goes?

Not feeling too well
needing you there by his side
as down this road that I ride
I bid a farewell to you and..


Sunday, February 18, 2018


© 2013 Mark Cote

What if blue ridge hills hide sunny skies
and tear-stained sad hide happy eyes
oh, you know my feet never hit the ground
when thoughts of you start coming around
oh oh Nightingale

the sea breeze chills that fill the air
is not so cold when you are there
a long road this path we're on
from our shadows grows a brand new dawn

(chorus) Nightingale....
                  do you think of me like I think of you
                  do you feel my love
                  when you're feeling blue
                  through the storm
                  our love prevails
                  oh oh Nightingale

to give our hearts just one more try
when the hurt and pain made us want to cry
I can see the spark left within your eyes
I hope you see the same in mine


so walk the sands here by my side
we'll ride the waves we'll dance the tides
for now our search has reached an end
to you my life I do depend


Sunday, February 11, 2018

More Than Myself

© 2013 Mark Cote

(chorus) I wanna be
                  wanna be
                  more than myself
                  don't wanna be
                  wanna be
                  somebody else
                  walk a little farther
                  dream a little harder
                  more than myself
                  I wanna be
                  wanna be
                  more than myself
                  don't wanna be
                  wanna be
                  somebody else
                  believe in a power
                  that's more than I felt
                  I wanna be
                  wanna be
                  more than myself

the same footprints
they've all walked before
the dreams that we have
are not for sure
but it's all we have

some have the drive
to get up and go
some they say
will never know
but what do they have


unaware the cycle
goes round and round
stealing our lives
without making a sound
if we knew what we have


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Meet Me in A Song

© 2018 Mark Cote

through the push and shove
and the sound all around
one thing stays true
how I feel for you
and two hearts beat

under the stars above
that drew you to me
the man in the moon
knew it too
brought me to you

(chorus) when I must be gone
                  meet me in a song
                  out where we belong
                  it will help you to be strong
                  meet me in a song

through the tune of love
hidden in a word
someplace between
flowing unseen
is music to you


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Can I Find You Anywhere

© 2013 Mark Cote

I want a girl who
like a firefly
looks at me like
I light up every part of her world
light up every part of her world
every part of her world

she wants a love that
like the summertime
warms her heart like
the light of every part of her world
light of every part of her world
every part of her world

(chorus) and though I look I don't know where
                  can I find you anywhere
                  elusive dove flies around and round
                  are you out there anywhere

each morning shines
like a mystery
what will it be
Will she be a part of my world
will I light up every part of her world
every part of her world


Sunday, January 21, 2018

High Road Out Of Low Down

© 2013 Mark Cote

black cat pawing my feet in the autumn
feeling the lead in my shoes on the bottom
whatcha gonna do

yesterday winds of forgotten sorrow
keep holding me back from a brighter tomorow
whatcha gonna do

(chorus) I'm taking the high road out of the low downs
                  winding my way through this silent ghost town
                  belief in myself there can be no rebounds
                  taking what I have left
                  and what I've found

Looking around through all of the zombies
knowing that darkness is what they all want me.. to
want me to do


(bridge) crossing that thin red line
                  and looking up at the sky
                  looking down deep inside
                  was the only way I could grow
                  so tell me the things that you don't know
                  and fear the places I might go
                  you're afraid of what you could be
                  but baby that ain't me..

the ones who will choose to look around for me
the ones who chose to leave here before me..know
know where their gonna go


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lamp Post

© 2018 Mark Cote

lamp post
watching the world go by
never wondering
where or why
does it matter
there's never chatter

lamp post
what will you pay
how much of yourself
do you give you away
does it really matter
if I'm thin or get fatter

(chorus) Shine...
                  through the days and the nights
                  when nothing in this world
                  is seeming right
                  lamp post shining bright
                  in your silence you come off as cold
                  but inside you really are bold
                  shine on
                  lamp post
                  lamp post shine on and on

lamp post
how will you feel
when your reality
comes from a dream
will it even matter
in the here or ever after

shine on....


Sunday, January 7, 2018

In Her Whisper

© 2018 Mark Cote

I knew there had to be someone
who knew exactly how I felt
when you play by the rules
you don't always win

seeing it all in a different way
a whole 'nother point of view
love doesn't play by the rules
it just starts to begin

Chorus) in her whisper
                 she's calling my name
                 in her whisper
                 I'm feeling the flame
                 when I wonder where her heart is
                 I already know
                 in her whisper is where I will go

firefly kiss on a summer night
sparks of static in the chill of daylight
we may never know
it just comes from within