Mr. Crazy & Other Tales

by Susan Buchanan

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"Mr. Crazy & Other Tales" took a long time to write and record. It was not hastily thrown together, nor was my life, the subject matter of this record. The songs hopefully dovetail into one another, conceived and beautifully performed by the numerous talented musicians and engineers who helped the songs find their true voice. The record revealed itself after many months of misses and false starts. Some of my favorite moments on the record are those that were "unplanned". It isn't my intention to explain the songs on this record, for if we did our job right, the words and music tell the story. It is not my intention to preach or persuade, but to give a glimpse into a musical life interrupted.

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released 06 January 2012

Produced, Mixed & Mastered ~ Glenn Brown at GBP
Piano Synth & Vocals ~ Susan Buchanan
Guitar~ Robert Tye
Guitar ~ Dan Phelps (Storm)
Guitar ~Glenn Brown (Robbie's River -Tracks))
Bass Hank Horton
Drums ~ Dave Taylor
Drums ~ Donny Brown
Background Vocals: Austin Ruhstorfer, Greg Nagy, Hank Horton, Glenn Brown, Susan Buchanan

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Susan Buchanan Grand Rapids, Michigan

I'm a singer/songwriter from Michigan. I've played piano since I was 9. I have spent the last 2 years writing and recording my album " Mr. Crazy & Other Tales" Produced by Glenn Brown at GBP.
I wrote this record about the many journeys my life has taken. It was a long hard road to bring it to you, but well worth it.
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Track Name: Open Road
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Open Road
20 miles of road
20 years of living
the girl of his dreams
his destination
her words fill his head
" my first time"

lights hit the center line
passion drives all night
(and he) he sees her
he sees her
he sees her...on this open road
on this open road...on this open road

30 miles of road
30 years of living
bride number three
his destination
Her words fill his head
" One more chance"

every mile it takes
every mistake he's made..

He sees her
he sees her
he sees her...on this open road
on this open road
on this open road

50 miles of road
50 years of living
the girl of his dreams
his destination
her words fill his head
"nothing strange"

cash or credit love
the rain hits the signs above...
(and he) he sees her
he sees her
he sees her..
he sees her...on this open road
on this open road
on this open road
Track Name: Free
Free

There a heart in the stone
there's tears in the wind
there's a river flowing free
I wish that river were me

There's a promise in the sky
and hope in the stars
there's a moon shinning free
I wish that moon was me
I wish that moon was me

The morning train whistles blows
and I've got plenty of things to do
but all I really want is you
is you....is you

There's a beauty in the plains
and healing in the sun
there a cloud sailing free
I wish that cloud were me
I wish that cloud were me

There's a heart in the stone
and tears in the wind
there's a river flowing free
I wish that river were me
I wish that river were me
Track Name: Robbie's River
Robbie's River

I promised it would never be this way
crying over Robbie in some café
the man with Bible tells me- lets pray
and I think about the preacher -who took Robbie away

Praying to Robbie's river
the only church I've ever known
you can't help who you love
but it's the little minds in little towns that love to judge

With a little work
he can be like him
he can sound like him
With some discipline
we can turn that boy- into a man- into man

Watching Robbie's river
she lays down flowers- once a year
life was never easy for a sweet boy like him
watching Robbie's river - sweep him in

Watching Robbie's River
Watching Robbie's River
Watching Robbie's River
Track Name: Tracks
Tracks
You do
what your told
dreaming of a life on the road
So you write
what you know
a lullaby
a story told

We'll be good
we'll be strong
another place - another home
but we'll fight
for the right
to linger in the sweet stage light

So we go on
playing a song
year after year
do you feel what I feel?
do you feel what I feel?

There is no comfort I find
In missing you tonight
But this is our life

We take our place
moving through this choice we made
You stand there
I stand here
the sacrifice is everywhere

We go on
playing a song
year after year
do you feel what I feel?
do you feel what I feel?

We go on
playing a song
year after year
do you feel what I feel?
Track Name: Oregon
__________________

Oregon

He's got a bottle of whisky and a wedding ring
time to drive no time to sing
give up those dreams
we're getting married in Oregon

Passing though Nebraska on highway 9
the radiator's hissing but were making good time
he says
things will change
life will change
you have to change
after Oregon

In Oregon - I bargained with the night
In Oregon- I gave up the fight
In Oregon - where my music died

He says girls like you belong to everybody
and girls like you belong to nobody
but I'll take you in
I'll take care of you
I'll protect you
after Oregon

I think about the life that I'm giving up
stuck behind a beat-up pickup truck
that says " just married"
Just married- just married
in this Wyoming town

In Oregon - I bargained with the night
In Oregon- I gave up the fight
In Oregon - where my music died

Bought a red notebook and filled it with songs
not going to argue if it's right or wrong
it's what I do
it's what I do
with or without you
it's what I do

it's what I do
it's what I do
with or without you
it's what I do
Track Name: Something About You
Something About You

There's Something about you- something you said
Something about you that stays in my head
There's something about - something you did
Something about you that stays in my head

Maybe I'm just a criminal-waiting for her chance
Maybe it's just this beautiful night air
Maybe it's just some fantasy full of light and dark
Maybe it's just court and spark

Something about you- something you said
Something about you that stays in my head
Something about - something you did
Something about you that stays in my head

Maybe you're just a criminal-waiting for your chance
Maybe it's just this beautiful night air
Maybe it's just some fantasy full of light and dark
Maybe it's just court and spark

There's something about you- something you said
Something about you- that stays in my head
There's something about you - something you did
Something about you - that stays in my head

Something about you
makes the world fall away
Something about you
makes the world fall away
Track Name: Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day

The old farmhouse is still standing strong
and a sweet old woman runs to me
and I can smell the pumpkin pie
a holiday for family pride

And all the old hurt melts away
when I can see the price they paid
they did the very best they could
so I attend because I should

but you never saw my face
you never knew the girl you raised
well with that I guess I'll be on my way
and say a prayer for Thanksgiving Day

I'm a long way from home
such a long long way from home
all the old street are gone
but I'll always find my way back to you

A turkey and all the trimmings
I clutch your hand to get me through
But the truth is when I look at you
all I feel is gratitude

but you never saw my face
you never knew the girl you raised
But I'm OK, I'm doing fine
and I'll be back at Christmas time

I'm a long way from home
all the old street are gone
all the old friends are gone...
but I'll always find my way back to you

I'm a long way from home
all the old street are gone
all the old friends are gone...
but I'll always find my way back to you
Track Name: Mr. Crazy
Mr. Crazy

There was a life I wanted
there were dreams I started
there was a man I wanted
but crazy got in the way

There's an old man praying to his God
There's young boy playing in the yard
there's a beauty and a grace to live this way

But there's nothing I can do about it
he just walks in the door
there's nothing I can do about it
he just comes and goes
like the rain in a storm swirling around
So I'm going to ride ride ride
drive all night
drive all night until Mr. Crazy's gone

There was a pride I wanted
there was a faith I started
there was a family I wanted
but crazy got in the way

There's the glory of the morning sun
there's the hope to live as one
there's a life I started that I'll end with you

But there's nothing I can do about it
he just walks in the door
there's nothing I can do about it
he just comes and goes
like the rain in a storm swirling around
So I'm going to ride ride ride
drive all night
drive all night until Mr. Crazy's gone

But there's nothing I can do about him
he just walks in the door
there's nothing I can do about him
he just comes and goes
like the rain in a storm swirling around
So I'm going to ride ride ride
drive all night
drive all night until Mr. Crazy

There's a beauty and a grace to live everyday....
Track Name: Fly
FLY

I met you at the corner at the beat up five and dime
we grabbed a cup of coffee like we do
you brought a book of poetry and joked you were in love with me
what can I say to that...oh well!

Imagine if the years were kind
you'd be more then a friend of mine
but I see the tracks right through you shirt
and the promises you make - hurt

What are you going to do when the sun comes up - do you try?
What are you going to do when the rain comes down? Do you fly? Do you Fly?
What are going to do when the sun goes down? Do you try- do you fly away-from me...

We laugh about when we were small-I was wise and you were strong
We always had each other- we still do
I loved you then and I love you now but love is just not suitable
for a man who feels so small

Imagine if the years were kind
you'd be more then a friend of mine
but the coffee spills on your book of poems
and the promises you make- hurt

What are you going to do when the sun comes up - do you try?
What are you going to do when the rain comes down? Do you fly? Do you Fly?
What are going to do when the sun goes down? Do you try- do you fly away-from me...

What are you going to do when the sun comes up - do you try?
What are you going to do when the rain comes down? Do you fly? Do you Fly?
What are going to do when the sun goes down? Do you try- do you fly away-from me...
Track Name: Third Stone From Heaven
Third Stone From Heaven

If you see him- let me know
If you hear him- let me know
For all I have- is a car radio- playing Jericho

If you find him - let me know
If you get an answer- let me know
For all I have- is a car radio- playing Jericho

There was a time
He was king of the world
laughing
smiling with his bass strings

But all I have- is a car radio- playing Jericho
Every note touched my soul
I miss you so

If you see him- let me know
If you hear him- let me know
For all I have- is a car radio- Playing Jericho
Every note touched my soul
Jaco
Track Name: Walk Away
Walk Away

She don't live there anymore
didn't even leave a note
so you paint the walls dark
and seal up your heart

You’re the strong one now
pick her up- you shut her down
you're not ever going back
to that fine mess she made of your life

If you love her - tell her so
If you need her-find a way
But she's always-too much trouble-so you walk away

So you drive around all that pain
Nothing a pill can't cure
you wear the scars so well
Such power in all that hell

You don’t live there anymore
didn't even leave a note
so she paints the walls black
what a fine mess you made-of her life

If you love her - tell her so
If you need her-find a way
But she's always-too much trouble-so you walk away
Track Name: Storm
Storm

A soldiers glove found in the road
war's a lonely place
The flag is folded in the widow's lap
she'll never be the same

A little girl with a dirty face
she's never seen a doll
her daddy's off to look for a job
at the local corner bar

For all the lucky ones I wish you well
May you set your sail into the sun
But for all the broken ones
caught in the storm
take my hand - I need you the most

An old man shivers on a old park bench
cursing to the sky
the passersby don't see his face
because crazy is a lonely place

We measure our lives by dollar signs
real estate and fine wine
but some will pause and hear the call
of the wounded we leave behind

For all the lucky ones I wish you well
May you set your sail into the sun
But for all the broken ones
caught in the storm
take my hand - I need you the most

I hear you I hear you
I hear you
I hear you...
Track Name: When The Morning Comes
WHEN THE MORNING COMES

Nothing to say
you packed you bags today
no ones really to blame

So we go on
and say our goodbyes
funny how all that love
drifted away

And I'll be dreaming
when your leaving
when the morning comes

and I'll be shattered
but so much stronger
when your gone

and I'll be broken
but so much smarter
when the day is done

and we'll be fine in time
we'll be fine
in time

Nothing to say
it hurts to feel this way
you were always my guy
So we go on
to some unknown place
and I'll try hard to feel safe
without you