Please Forget About Me

Lyrics

I’m gonna change the lock
So throw away the key
You can see I’m in shock
Please set me free
We gotta get a hold somehow
Can’t you see we need to leave it now
Still pullin’ too hard
Please forget about me
So we gave it our best
But now you’re far away
Let’s set our hearts to rest
You know you’re gonna stay
You see we need to land my dear
We’ll stay so scattered way up here
Let’s give up the ghost
Babe, forget about me
It’s not a lack of love
That’s why we lost control
But you promised someone else
Now it’s time we take hold
Let’s smile & wish each other well
This holding on is hell
You know I’m asking a lot
But please forget about me
It’s the only hope I’ve got
If you quit thinking of me
It sneaks too deep inside
Please forget about me

I’m a Bayou boy you see I live for joy
I got that Southern mud in my roots
I learned to howl as a member of the Owls you know I Hooty-Hoot
There’s mornings in the cold when I’d catch my bus
on the corner of Rubaiyat
The wind was my friend He said concentrate
on what is not what is not

Wella he say you let it be what it wants to be
If you never came around
You let ’em see what they’d wanna see
if you never shared your sound
Well it go La La Lada La La
I’m holdin’ out my hand
La La Lada La La
I think I understand

Said my friend the Wind
You gotta get in it
the time has come to begin
You can feel the bliss
when you pass through the door
But are you goin’ out or comin’ in
So we made a pact, the wind & I
to see that journey through as friends
I spread my sails to feel that love
therein lies the lesson of the wind

There is a river
that flows through my mind
And I sail it towards the sun
Lord it makes me blind
On a ship called love
My master maps my way
my passions fill the sails
My faith steers the helm well I’m the Blind Captain of Love
When you were down & confused   and I was tall & strong
You said you loved me then   You needed someone
Well I fell for a minute
when my rudder broke
You said I needed something
that you could not give
When all I needed was a smile, a kiss, I understand
You said Have a nice day,
I’m gonna split & turned away
The Blind Captain, Well I’m the Blind Captain
There is a river that sails to the sun…

Butch, you’ve got feelings coming clear
Won’t you get on board when you feel her coming near
Down South people punch you when you try to come out
It’s enough to get you crazed to run around & yell and shout
So you retreat, you take it on in
You’re holding out a grin
Don’t you let it get to you now
It’s only walls to hem you in
So you come on out everybody
get down and you shout
When you deal in miles
Lord You’re freedom’s child

Now Butch they don’t want to hear it
When you’re sailing on the truth
it Seems they all quit trusting sometime back in their youth
And don’t you go go confronting
All the lies in their life
You got to get stable boy
You know a good job, some kids and a wife
But some men just got to be free
It’s the only road they know
When you feel you can’t lie to yourself
And you got to let her go
So you come on out everybody
Get down and you shout
When you deal in miles, Lord
You’re freedom’s child

Now Butch you know I believe you
When you say you’re doing right
Trying to keep some kind of balance
When you’re sipping love’s light
You can’t understand it
They keep pulling you down
You got to keep smiling boy
You know and hold your ground
So you retreat, you take it on in
You’re holding out a grin
Don’t you let it get to you now
It’s only walls to hem you in
So you come on out everybody
Get down and you shout
When you deal in trials, Lord
You’re freedom’s child

I let you go to places unknown
I let you grow, I let you show on your own
I let you deal with spaces you feel that are real
So you take the ride on a merry-go-round
Side by side we go up and down
I must confide, I ride by your side for the sound

Of the wind in your heart
But that’s just a start
The breeze in your love, well it carries me
The light in your eyes helps me to try
Helps me to fly right on by

I let you go to places you’ve known
I let you grow, I let you glow on your own
I let you deal with spaces that are real when you feel
So we dwell in the past to seek what will last
Like my friend in the wind who smiles when we ask
For that part of you
That helps you to do what is true

So the wind in your heart is only a start
The breeze in your love, well it carries me
The light in your eyes helps me to try
Helps me to fly right on by

You know the wind in your heart is only a start
The breeze in your love, well it carries me
The light in your eyes helps me to try
Helps me to fly right on by

Billy Job was working the back patch a while
Ma was at the cooking, Pa was spitting with a smile
Fuzzy eared Pepper was a barkin’ at a coon
And I was sitting in this here shed writin’ me a sing along tune
And Ida May was loony but I knew it all along
She was the first to laugh when I played my sing along song
Bless her honest heart, though her head was fallin’ apart
That ole sparkle in her eye, well it helped me right along

And this is just a sing along, a sing along song
You can come and join in and sing right along
‘Cause this is just a sing along, a sing along, a sing along song

And Uncle Fred’s head was hazy, he was gettin’ old and lazy
He spent too many years a fryin’ in Millie’s corn lily and rye
And Jed’s bed was said to have a spring in every hole
But you know them country folks were tellin’ tales
That shouldn’t always be told
And Betty Ann was teasin’ when she said Teddy was her teacher
But her Pa went get the shot gun and they all went see the preacher
And I was singin’ with a smile, ‘cause I knew all the while
this’s just kind of happy, kind of rappy
Kind of ooh poo pah doo sing along

And this is just a sing along, a sing along song
You can come and join in and sing right along
‘Cause this is just a sing along, a sing along, a sing along song

Come laughing, come smiling, come holding hands
Come singing, come dancing, come join the band
So you’ve been high before
You say you’ve hit the score
Well, come join in Beans All Star Band

Come crying, come flying, come as you are
Come hang out, come sing out, come shine your star
So you’ve been down before
You say you’ve hit the floor
Well, come join in beans All Star Band

La La La La La
La La La La
La La La La
La La La La La La Da La
La La La La La La La La La
Ooh La La La La
La La La La La

Come laughing, come smiling, come holding hands
Come singing, come dancing, come join the band
So you’ve been wonderin’
What part to play
Well, come grin in Beans All Star Band

I see you standing there reaching out for me
While you’re pushing away
You’ve given up like an empty cup
And what’s that you say
We don’t think this way when we’re touching ground
The mirrors in your eyes seem to say
My heart’s in the lost and found
I really don’t know why
I’ve come around

I’m just trying to understand what’s pulling me
Why is it when I make a stand
Well, it sets me free
Just trying to understand who’s calling on me
So I follow that voice
Well he gives me no choice
He say you come on here today
Well I give what I can
You know I give like a man
But I’m just a child
Come on out to play

I too am locked in here
You know pull and push away
I leave with the fear
I’m not thinking very clear
You see, I’m losing what to say
Well, I can’t try very hard
You know, I’ve seen this movie before
Still I can’t go very far
When I keep to feeling there is more
You know I really can’t close the door

I‘m Just trying to understand what’s pulling me
Why is it when I make a stand
Well, it sets me free
Just trying to understand who’s calling on me
So I follow that voice Well he give me no choice
He say you come on here today
Well I give what I can
You know I give like a man
But I’m just a child
Come on out to play

Well I’m no prophet
I live too deep in my changes
When they turn on the lights
It’s just all the mirrors rearranging
So don’t put me so close to the moon
‘Cause April soon turns into June
Will you push it away or did I hear you say
I can feel it

Well, I’m no saint I came to challenge my changers
And the walls that we paint
Won’t turn all your bedrooms to mangers
So don’t stand so don’t stand so close to the door
When the voice in your heart says there’s more
Will you push it away or did I hear you say
I can feel it

From my head to my heart the distance is part of my changes
And when will we start to stop throwing darts
When we’re all strangers
So don’t put yourself so close to the sun
You know there’s battles yet to be won
Will you stop throwing stones
Leave this body alone
He can feel it
Well I’m no prophet I live too deep in my changes
When they turn on the lights
It’s just all my mirrors rearranging
So don’t stand so close to the door
When the voice in your heart says there’s more
Will you push it away, did I hear you say
You came for the day
When you won’t have to stay
Just to feel it

(Girl sings)
Hail to the chief who comes sometimes just to make my heart ring
& hail to the chief who come sometimes to get my body to quiver & sing
Though you been out on the street I still got this easy chair for you

(Together)
You just remember we found each other by the process of elimination
You know, the years & the beers & all the bars of frustration
I can’t say I hold anything against you or hold anything against me
All I know is in my heart baby you live in a solid part
Come on let’s try & make a new start
You know how I love you
You know how I love you

(Guy sings)
I see you sometimes standing there like a lady in waiting
I see you sometimes standing learning to go from lover to friend
Though you been out on the street I still got a room for you at the inn

I feel my body rocking
Like an aspen tree in the summer wind
It’s come to climbing mountains again
In time you will be knocking
Well it takes my heart
Or at least a part
But our campfire
Won’t light this night forever

You see
Seasons change my love
Sometimes you know rearrange my love
And just as i rise above
I jump on in again
Seasons change my love
You know sometimes it feels
So strange, my love
And just as I rise above
I slip on in again

I feel my heart shaking
Like an aspen leaf in the autumn wind
It’s come to naked branches
Our winter friend
In time it will be breaking away from you
What else can we do
You know these mountains go on forever

You see
Seasons change my love
You know sometimes rearrange my love
And just as I rise above
I jump on in again
Seasons change my love
You know sometimes it feels
So strange, my love
And just as I rise above
I slip on in again

Where is Rebecca
She speak to me so soft
She say you be my father
I’ll use your love for my loft

Where is the angel
That took her by the hand
Flow through this man she said
He’ll help you understand

I talked to the goddess
Who holds the key
She said I’d like to come
But just now I’m not free, no
Rebecca you and I will have to
Live in suspension
Is this dream a scheme
Or is it really our mission

Where is Rebecca
She come from the sea
Her heart’s an island
Her soul is set free

Speak to your mother
To see if her ship is in harm
Well is the calm she knows really
The eye of the storm

Where is Rebecca
She come from the sky
This lover of Jesus
Has really grown high

You know we long to marry
Somewhere in our soul
But the changes have broke us down
And the story’s grown old

I spoke to the goddess
Who holds the key
She said I’d like to come
But just now I’m not free, no
Rebecca you and I will have to
Live in suspension
Is this dream a scheme
Or is it really our mission

So where is Rebecca

Come laughing, come smiling, come holding hands
Come singing, come dancing, come join the band
So you’ve been high before
You say you’ve hit the score
Well, come join in Beans All Star Band

Come crying, come flying, come as you are
Come hang out, come sing out, come shine your star
So you’ve been down before
You say you’ve hit the floor
Well, come join in beans All Star Band

La La La La La
La La La La
La La La La
La La La La La La Da La
La La La La La La La La La
Ooh La La La La
La La La La La

Come laughing, come smiling, come holding hands
Come singing, come dancing, come join the band
So you’ve been wonderin’
What part to play
Well, come grin in Beans All Star Band

Well, it’s a matter of motion
When reasons get to slip away
Like a sail in the ocean
Did you really think I came here to stay
It’s a matter of season
When leaves get to turnin’ gold
A simple matter of reason
When eyes grow warm and cold

So you hold out your hand
Making a stand
Somewhere in there you’ve got a plan
And I believe up your sleeve
You’ve got some room that you can breathe
Sometimes we all must build our castles in the sand

Well, it’s a matter of motion
When thoughts grow moist and warm
To all the sails in the ocean
There’s always an eye in the storm

So you get on aboard
Thanking the Lord
He show you what he’s got in his hand
And I believe in the wind
We got another kind of friend
He say, hey boy, please show me Where’s the sand

It’s a matter of motion
When reasons get to slip away
Like a sail in the ocean
Did you really think we came here to stay
Did you really think we came here to stay

Album

ForgetAboutMe
This collection of songs goes back to the seventies. Except for the title song, “Please Forget About Me”, all songs were recorded in December 1977. Intended as a demo account of piano/vocal renditions of my originals, as I transferred them from reel to reeltape, I realized that these were the truest and most comfortable renditions of the songs to date.

These represent many of the very early songs of my career. That rather magical time when writing a song was simply transferring what I heard in my mind. It is a case of ignorance is bliss. Having not studied songwriting they were fragile, honest and innocent.

It is a continuation of a collection that I look as being my journal. Probably the most amazing part of the process is that songs 2 through 14 were all recorded during the afternoon of December 26, 1977(it was labeled on the original reel). I performed so often that I knew these songs so well it was easy to sit and perform them without thinking. One or two takes was all that was needed. That may be where the magic came from because once you think about the performance you tend to get in the way of the music.

As I transferred these reel to reel tapes to the digital domain I was amazed at what good shape they were in. Granted, it takes a mastering expertise to make them compatible with the digital domain and leave the analog sound of the 70s intact.

As you listen to the songs, you can see that my career as a singer-songwriter during my 20s was a joy. I performed in front of thousands of people and lived in such a magical reality. I hope you enjoy these thoughts and offerings of such a natural effort as much as I enjoy still having them to offer.

John Bergeron

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