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SOUTH AMBOY, USA

Words & music by Jerry Smith
There was a time in this small town when the taxman could not reach
The distant southwest borders from up and down the beach
A time when stagecoach travelers stopped along the way
To rest in the hotels of the city by the bay
They found their way across the miles
They came to stay for just a while
To the place we call today
South Amboy, USA
The railroad men came here and said, “Horses are too slow!”
The steam engine was a better place to go
The workers made their hammers sing laying down the tracks
At night the local taverns eased their aching backs
They found a way to tear up the soil
They came to stay with their sweat and their toil
And built a city by the bay
South Amboy, USA
Jeremiah came from Ireland in 1864
He left behind his forty shades of green
He worked down at the coal docks here to keep his family fed
Living out his own American dream
He found his way to the Church of St. Mary’s
On the 29th of May when his daughter was married
In the city by the bay
South Amboy, USA
The flu of 1918 was spreading far and wide
The munitions plant was lighting up the sky
My grandmother was younger than I am today
I read somewhere that she did not survive
She passed away, 17th of October
Thirty-three years to the day I was born one October
In the city by the bay
South Amboy, USA
In the far off Philippines barefoot girl in cut-off jeans
Destined for a place she’d never seen
In 1993, Heaven sent us a Melody
You’ve probably seen her around the town with me
We found our way through the good times and sorrows
Like the lighthouse on the bay, shining on our tomorrows
We make our home today
In South Amboy, USA
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Melody’s Song

By Jerry Smith
I’ve had this song inside of me as long as I recall
As if some greater mystery was speaking to us all
It warms me on a winter’s night, a shelter from the rain
It helps me keep my dreams in sight, an ever-burning flame

Chorus:

Melody,
Take your name and wear it well for me
As you step into this world, you will see
That the song has been set free

Verse:

A child is born to carry forth, another generation
The smile she forms is the source of my inspiration
When I sing my part, the song engages
The very depths of my heart from across the ages

(Repeat chorus)

Verse:

The darkness slowly retreats from the morning sky
Angels gather and meet to sweetly harmonize
The sun warms the earth; a white dove flies
With the news of her birth, eternity sighs

(Repeat chorus)

Bridge:

Melody, my daughter, as you sail upon the water
To seek the love that you will surely find
Melody, my true love, should you find your true love
Take the words and try to make them rhyme

Chorus:
(Twice)

Melody,
Take your name and wear it well for me
As you travel through this world the angels will agree
That the song has been set free

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First Day of Summer

Words and music by Jerry Smith
First day of summer, hazy and hot
Bicycles rolling across the blacktop
Wind fills the sails of the boats on the lake
Mother Nature is marking the date
Refrain:
And you with a child-like thrill
Breathlessly racing downhill
And I’m chasing still
I’m chasing still
First day of summer, temperature is rising
Don’t ask me now what’s beyond the horizon
The house you once lived in is no longer there
Sun’s beating down on old Palmer Square
Refrain:
And you with a child-like thrill
Breathlessly racing downhill
And I’m chasing still
I’m chasing still
First day of summer, will you spend it with me?
In Battlefield Park beneath a tree
Afternoon breezes allaying the heat
Washington’s ghost cannot hear us speak
Refrain:
And me with a child-like thrill
Desperately racing uphill
It’s like standing still
But I’m racing uphill
First day of summer, am I asking for more?
I’ll tell you quite truly, I’m not really sure
My dreams are still frozen in the late winter snow
The hour is late; you say I must go
Refrain:
And you say that the sun’s sinking low
Brinda, I know
‘Cause I’m racing behind
Whatever I hope to find
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Money Grabbin’ Woman

By Jerry Smith
*photo taken by Jacqueline Lenard

I had a woman who was oh so fine
She took my money all the time
She’s been buying everything in sight
She spent my whole paycheck one night
Chorus: She said, “Buy me this.” She said, “Buy me that.”
She said, “Buy me this.”
She said, “Buy me this.” She said, “Buy me that.”
She said, “Buy me this.”
You know that woman was too much for me
It was too late before I could see
The evil things that were on her mind
She’s taking me for her own good time

Repeat chorus

Bridge: Money grabbin’ woman, get out of my sight
How much of my money you spendin’ tonight?
Money grabbin’ woman, it’s just not right

I lost that woman to a one-night stand
In the back of some flashy van
Now I’m driving in this here old car
I almost had to sell my guitar
Spoken: We went into that fancy jewelry store down on Main Street. Jimmy was behind the counter, and he was smiling when he saw me walk in with her…again.
He knew I was being taken for a ride.
Chorus: She said, “Buy me this.” She said, “Buy me that.”
She said, “Buy me this.”
She said, “Buy me this.” She said, “Buy me that.”
She said, “Buy me this.”
Spoken: Did I forget to cancel her credit card? Have mercy!
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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

By Jerry Smith

How can love be measured?
Perhaps by the tears on your face
Memories to be treasured
Cannot be replaced
Though your life is filled with sorrow
You wait until tomorrow, thinking time will dry your tears
So you go chasing after the smiles and the laughter
That you knew yesteryear
Chorus:
Have you ever been in love?
What am I supposed to say?
Somehow all the things I’ve been dreaming of
Got lost along the way
All your dreams are fading
Time is drifting by
So long you’ve been waiting
Feel ‘bout ready to cry
Through your own confusion love is just one big illusion
And you wonder how it ever came to be
Hold on a little longer; time will make you stronger
Love comes not so easily
Chorus
Have you ever been in love?
What am I supposed to say?
Somehow all the things I’ve been dreaming of
Got lost along the way
Instrumental
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Chinatown

By Jerry Smith
When the day is over and the sun is going down
I head across the river into Chinatown
Oriental lover waiting there for me
But she’s too afraid to tell her family

Refrain:

So we dance to the rhythm of our heartbeats in the night
Secret lovers hiding in the dark
And we whisper the promise of an everlasting love
Until it’s time to part

Walking through the alleys and the back streets hand in hand
She says we have disgraced her family name
I’ll meet with your father; we’ll discuss it man to man
She says, “No that would only cause his shame.”

Repeat refrain

The silence of our voices makes the night seem colder still
We huddle close and try to understand
The family traditions she says she must fulfill
The personal convictions of Americans

Repeat refrain

We are torn in the moment of our compromise
Without a word we know its time to go
I am lost in the sorrow of her oriental eyes
Watching as she walks away to slow

Before I turn away
I can hear her say,

Closing refrain

“We will dance to the rhythm of our heartbeats in the night,
Secret lover hiding in the dark
We will whisper the promise of an everlasting love
Until it’s time for us to part…”
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Gather All the Children
By Jerry Smith
Gather all the children, and my story I will tell
I have traveled near and far, and heard the toll of every bell
Gather all the children that they might learn the ways of peace
That the next generation might be released
Gather the children one and all
From every nation great and small
They must realize that the future lies in their hands
In their hands, in their hands
Gather all the children, for they must understand
It’s up to the children to bring peace upon the land
Gather all the elders who never understood
The ways of the children, and the fruits of brotherhood
Gather the children one and all
From every nation great and small
They must realize that the future lies
In their hands, in their hands
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This Poor Singer
By Jerry Smith
Love, can you find it anywhere?
Can you stumble upon it while you’re walking up a stair?
Does it pull you to the side, and tell you it is here?
Does it last forever, my dear?
Love, does it feel like paradise?
Can you see it shining in another’s eyes?
Does it last forever? Tell me, is it real?
Do I dare believe the things I feel?
Chorus: Don’t let love slip through your fingers
That would be a tragedy
Just hear the words of this poor singer
Whose love will always be
Love, does it fill the emptiness
And chase away the sorrow with all its happiness?
Will you really love me forever and a day?
Please don’t ever go away
Chorus: My love for you has no beginning
My love for you has no end
And so the singer is now winning
And must never lose again
Tag: Just hear the words of this poor singer
Whose love will always be
Just hear the words of this poor singer
Whose love will always be
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1. South Amboy, USA
2. Melody's Song
3. First Day of Summer

4. Money Grabbin' Woman
5. Have You Ever Been in Love?
6. Chinatown

7. Gather All The Children
8. This Poor Singer

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