The Key To Your Cage (Full Album)

by Mark Shepard

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released June 3, 2017

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Mark Shepard Albany, New York

Welcome to my “Life In Song” project.

Since 1976, I’ve been obsessively and compulsively writing songs. Some of them are inspired by my own life, my attempts to understand love, life, spirituality, peace and justice.

While I recently have started to get a little recognition, you’ve probably never heard my songs ANYWHERE.

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Track Name: 312 Freedom (KTYC)
Freedom (It’s A long Road)

Song #312 | 12/12/2000 | CD: Eyes On The Horizon

Freedom is a word
That is very often heard
But just as often much misunderstood
It might mean nothing left to lose
Or that you get to choose
Between two leaders, neither of them good

It could mean you have got no plans
Or that you cut loose when you dance
It might mean you got the guts to speak your mind
It could mean you have no regrets,
Beliefs, possessions, pets
Or that you always pay your bills on time

Refrain:
It’s been a long road
That I’ve been walking down
That I’ve been lost and found on
It’s been a long road
That I’ve been walking down
But now I hear the sounds of…
Freedom

I choose not to be a slave
To the assumptions you have made
And I accept the consequences of my choice
I will make my own mistakes
I will find out what it takes
From now on I will heed my inner voice

I pledge allegiance to my self
For the sake of my own health
Not a country or a point of view
If I declare myself to be
A human being free
Well you know, that gives your freedom back to you

Refrain:

Bridge: Freedom. Freedom.(X2)

Freedom is a bird
That is seldom seen or heard
But still it rises up on falcon’s wings
And when it bursts up into flight
With it’s feathers full of light
It fills my heart with joy to hear it sing…

Copyright 2000-2015 by Mark Shepard. All Rights Reserved.
Track Name: Honest Rock (KTYC)
Honest Rock

Song # 499 | 3/30/15 | CD: TBD

I have been healed
On this honest rock (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

I have been broken
and I have been blessed oh yes! (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

Refrain:
If you chanced to glance
Upon the face of God
Why would you ever look away?

I have been walking
Through the valley of the shadows (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

I have been raised up
From all my “failures” (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

I have been blessed (oh yes!)
With this honest love (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

Refrain:

I have been healed... That Cold water for a thirsty soul
I have been healed... She dipped down the bucket and the water will flow
I have been healed... On that Joshua the walls come a tumbling down.

I have been healed
On this honest rock (3x)
I am grateful just to be alive today…

[ Tuning: Open D - DADF#AD]

Copyright 2015-2016 by Mark Shepard & Joe Mennonna. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
Track Name: Together We Can Change The World (KTYC)
Together We Can Change The World
Song #375 by Mark Shepard | 12/5/2007

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
I believe it’s not too late
Together we can change the world
Lay the puzzle pieces out
Find out what it’s all about
Together we can change the world

Refrain:
Can’t do it by myself
So I’m asking for your help
Together we can change the world
Sail past where it’s been charted
Roll your sleeves up, let’s get started
Together we can change the world
Together we can change the world

With our hands and with our hearts
We can dare to make a start
Together we can change the world
What if we spoke with one voice,
Knowing that we have a choice?
Together we can change the world

Refrain:
[instrumental]

Change your mind and change your life
Set aside the fear and strife
Together we can change the world
When we open up our eyes
Then we start to realize
Together we can change the world

Refrain:
Track Name: Walk In My Shoes (KTYC)
If You Could Walk In My Shoes version 3
| 11/19/11- 12/15/11 | Song # 436

Character 1: 5 am the alarm rings again
Character 2: 6:15 I’m standing out in the rain
Character 3: The bus arrives and so does the pain
Character 4: I put on a mask so I don’t have to explain
Character 5: 6:42 I walk into the school with you
Character 6: Who I really am, you don’t have a clue
Character 7: Sometimes I feel like my heart is full of holes
Character 8: Broken laces, worn down soles…

Refrain:
If you could walk in my shoes
If you could walk in my shoes
If you could walk in my shoes
You might understand why I do what I do…
You might understand why I am who I am…

11 am cafeteria line
Eating lunch alone again trying not to lose my mind
You judge and taunt me for the way I look
If you only dared to read more than the cover of this book

Refrain:

2:00 pm. Fell asleep in math again
The teacher woke me up and everybody laughed again
You all had fun at my expense
What you don’t get is that I have no defenses left…

Refrain:

My parents drink and they often fight all night
I can’t sleep because my gut is wound too tight
I don’t remember when the good times stopped
This mask is so heavy I’m ready to drop…

Refrain2:
If I could walk in your shoes
If I could walk in your shoes
If I could walk in Your shoes
I might understand why you do what you do…
I might understand why you are who you are…

Copyright 2011-2017 by Mark Shepard. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.
Track Name: Rain (KTYC)
Rain
Song #518 | 7/15/16

Rain, rain, rain…

Find your edges
and lean in to them
Even if you fall down
Seek your ledges
and climb up to them
Start right now

Rain, rain, rain…

We make up stories
And then live them out…
As if they are true…
Every “dead end” is a new way out
Dare to break through

Rain, rain, rain…

[Instrumental]

Let go of what
You can not control…
Even if it feels strange
The world believes
What you believe about 
your self… So,
Expand your range!

Rain, rain, rain…

[Instrumental]

Brush your self off
And get up again
You have work to do
Love yourself
Until your love is true
Until it’s true for you

Rain, rain, rain…

Lean in to the rain…
Lean in to the rain…
Lean in to the rain…
Lean in to the rain…

Copyright 2016 by Mark Shepard
Track Name: Be The Change (KTYC)
Be The Change
Song #472 by Mark Shepard

What if you could really vote with your heart?
Imagine the world a better place because of you
What if we could pause for a moment of peace?
What if for a moment all hostility could cease?

Refrain:
Be the change you want to see in the world
Be the change you want to see
Be the change you want to see in the world
Be the change you want to see

Brothers sisters, fathers and mothers
What if we all got together
And took a moment to breathe with each other
So that we can make things better

Refrain:

Broadcasting love is a conscious choice
that allows your hurt to mend
So lay down your arms and open up your heart
There is nothing that you have to defend

Refrain:

Bridge:
I will hold you in my heart
And surround you with love
I will hold you in my heart
In the Light we're all made of...

Refrain:
Track Name: Paying Attention (KTYC)
Paying Attention (Version 2)

Song # 462 | version 2 June 2011 | CD: Home Across The Sea

Hey are you paying attention?
As the words flow down like rain
Can you feel the touch of Spirit
Like wind in the ripening grain?

Can you hear the thoughts of neighbors…
As blackbird gossip in the trees?
It’s a call to meditation
To catch an ancient, honest breeze

Refrain:
Did I catch you dreaming?
Did I catch you wide awake?
The way I see it
There’s no such thing as a mistake…

When I asked you to receive me
I was really opening to you
On the path of seeking silence
We can create our world anew…

It’s a judgment-less catharsis
A new coat cut from the old
Like the day that Saul of Tarsus
Was struck down blind, but joyful on the road…

Refrain:

Hey I’m just trying to pay attention
While the silence patiently explains
The need for such a gratitude
That nothing else but Love remains…

Tuning: EABEBE
Copyright 2013-2016 by Mark Shepard. All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Oh My Beloved (KTYC)
Oh My Beloved

Song # 506 | October 2015 | tuning: DADF#AD

Oh my beloved
Oh my beloved
Oh my beloved
I rest my eyes in you

heart
mind
soul
breath
love
etc.
Track Name: Drum In The Distance (KTYC)
There’s A Drum In The Distance
Song #511 | January 2016 | Tuning: DADGAD | Inspired by Heather Diddel

There’s a drum in the distance
There’s a drum right here (repeat)
When are you gonna do
What you came here to do? (repeat)

There’s a light in the distance there’s a light right here
When you gonna shine, they way you came here to shine?

There’s a truth in the distance, there’s a truth right here x 2
when you gonna say what you came here to say?x2

There’s a dream in the distance, there’s a dream right here when you gonna build what you came here to build?

There’s a love in the distance, there’s a love right here x2
when you gonna love you who came here to love?

There’s a drum in the distance, there’s a drum right here (repeat)
When you gonna Be who you came here to BE? (repeat)
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Track Name: Surrender To The Source (KTYC)
I Surrender To The Source
Song # 482 | 4/19/14 | by Mark Shepard | Arrangement by Joe Mennonna

I surrender to the source
Of all hope and all delight
I surrender to the source
That guides me through my night

Refrain:
I surrender to the source
I surrender to the source

I surrender to the light
that restores my eyes to sight
I surrender to the light
That turns my darkness bright

I surrender to the truth
That extinguishes the lies
I surrender to the truth
That I can always trust as wise

Refrain:

I surrender to the love
That heals my broken heart
I surrender to the love
And I dare another start

I surrender to the way
That guides me through my day
I surrender to the way
that has the kindest things to say

Refrain:

bridge:
And the wind upon the sea
Dances out a harmony
Upon the pages of my heart
Upon the gifts that I receive

Refrain: (x2)
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Track Name: So Be It Amen (KTYC)
So Be It, Amen
Song # 505 | 9/21/16 | inspired by talk by Rev. Crystal Muldrow
Tuning: DADGAD Capo 2

Lord, lord, lord
Shine your light through me X2

Refrain:
So be it. Let It Be. As it is. Amen
So be it. Let It Be. As it is. Amen
So be it. Let It Be. As it is. Amen
Amen Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

Lord, lord, lord
Shine your Love Through Me

Refrain:

Add additional verses as needed:
Joy, Peace, Light, Hope, Song, Truth etc.
Track Name: The Key To Your Cage (KTYC)
The Key To Your Cage

Song # 523 | 9/16/16

It’s the key to your cage
It’s the steps to your stage
It’s the jewel in your rage
It’s the war that you wage

It’s the wind in your sail
It’s the win in your fail
The card that gets you out of jail
It’s the steel in your rail

Refrain:
It’s the key to your cage
It’s the key to your cage
It’s the key to your cage

It’s the word on the street
It’s the gift of a thief
It’s your sigh of relief
At a brand new belief

It’s the road out of town
It’s the loft in your down
It’s the sound of your sound
It’s your feet on the ground

Refrain:

It’s the wisdom of pain
The note the bottle contains
It’s your skin in the game
While the rest just complain

It’s the breath of a breeze
In the tops of the trees
It’s the moment you seize
To secure your release…

Refrain:

Copyright 2016 by Mark Shepard. All Rights Reserved.

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