LOVE SLEEPS: Love sleeps so deep it cannot wake Like flowers beneath the early snow Love needs a heart ache to make it strong and let it grow To last the winter cold and long when the north wind will blow It never takes too much or gives away too cheap It’s hard to hold it’s hard to touch it is impossible to keep It runs too fast it runs too deep it’s hard to grasp or make it last It always runs too sweet Like the flowers bloom again in the spring Love awakes a more beautiful thing It fills that dark cold lonely place With just the memory of your warm bright shining face Copyright 1994 H. J. Ridley, Jr.



Where I am bound I don’t know where

Should I arrive I will be there

When I am gone will you even care

This road is long and hard and steep

And the valley beyond is wide and deep

And the river that flows there down to the sea

It only goes where it can be free

The ways are many the journeys few

The endings all the same the beginning’s always new

And everything that is is bought and sold

It all passes down by the River Road

And all who’ve come and all who’ve gone

They’ve all stood on those banks at dawn

And all that’s taught or ever been told

I got away when we were caught

We all went down by the River Road

So when we could and when we would

We whispered of things like freedom and brotherhood

Well maybe it is or it ain’t to be but it’s up to us

We all said to set us free

So let it go and grab a hold

It’s up to you to come with me I’m headed down the River Road

Copyright 1994 H. J. Ridley, Jr.

  HELLO NICE WEATHER Hello Nice weather good day What you know what you say I ain’t seen you since who knows when Hello how you doing how you been We say hello we say good bye we couldn’t make it any simpler if we try Adios so long see you later I’m gone Arrivederchi  bon voyage now on down the road baby chio Aufweidersehen till we meet again We say Hello we say good bye we couldn’t make it any simpler if we try Au Revoie adios let’s just drink one more good bye toast To the best poets never read the best music a forgotten sound Best words never said true mystery never found Great beauty rarely notices great truth seldom seen To great meaning everywhere if we only knew what it all could mean When the best loves go bad and that’s what makes them good That it could really be that sad it only knows it should There’s no need to click your heels there’s no need to scoff We sail around this old world one day we just fall off So if we should ever pass sailing through our fate Maybe we should change our course at last before it is too late To say Hello to say good bye we couldn’t make it any simpler if we try Aloha  Aloha  Aloha Copyright 1994 H. J. Ridley, Jr


A distant look a vacant stare they’re like old books those pages tear

And long lost cares and forgotten dreams they’re flowing by like muddy streams

There is no time there is no reason there is no rhyme to the season

And it doesn’t matter what you think you ought to think

When you wander alone out near insanities brink

Out near insanities edge the silence you hear is the only sound

And madmen peak through the hedge at treasures scattered across the ground

So come and go as you will and do as you please still you bow your head and kneel down to your knees

No matter how hard you feel you pray the blind will never see

They dwell in that dark prison thinking they are free and little by little bit by bit

They take each piece of the puzzle and try to find a place for it to fit

And now I often wonder what‘s become of that special one

She loved me so softly when it all had just begun

When time flowed like water rushing over the falls

Or lonely hushing echoes bouncing off the empty walls

There has never been an answer there is just a call

From that lonely dancer at the midnight ball

With a distant look a vacant stare they’re like old books those pages tear

And long lost cares and forgotten dreams they’re flowing by like muddy streams

Copyright 1994 H. J. Ridley, Jr.

Too Simple To Understand
Way back in the past Was not so long ago When it will always last It always seems to grow It seems it just gets bigger And we are so small Everything together We’re just a little part of it all Like music is just music Deep down it all sounds the same Misery or joy or the pleasure or the pain There’s no way for us to know What tomorrow is going to bring It’s just another song come along for us to sing When everything seems so confused An everybody is looking for someone New to use Tell me who could tell me What we have to do To live as we should An make this world anew Everything is just too simple For us to understand To Love One Another Is just to simple a command But it’s never easy Easy like it seems When a simple plan Is always the hardest dream
© Copyright 1994 H. J. Ridley, Jr.