I met her in a retro bar playing Beatles songs on a red guitar

Thought it must be fate
I bought some courage with that beer and said to her do you want to hear

My basement tapes
She just stared into her glass

With an empty smile she said to me I think I’ll pass

You see in my life I’ve been around the block a time or two
Thought I’d heard them all before but this one’s something new
Swear to God I’ve never heard that line, please rewind

You see my daddy got this tape machine the year he served in the infantry

In Vietnam
He won it in a poker game, bootleg tapes custom made

Were from Saigon
And he passed them down to me

And every night I listen faithfully

They’ve got this special magic sound that you can’t recreate
And in a steady hand my dad wrote on every tape
Won’t you be so kind, please rewind

She said OK I’ll take a chance but I’m not looking for romance

And I won’t stay late
You don’t look that dangerous and I’m just simply curious

To hear those tapes
I took her to my basement room and it seemed like it was over

Way too soon

We played every single song on every tape from A to Z
And when the last one ended she smiled and said to me
I’d love to hear that chorus one more time, please rewind

We danced to the songs of yesterday

And we were swept away by the magic that they made
When the last note faded finally faded out

We knew what it was all about

An awkward silence filled the air we felt the fire standing there

in the candlelight
I took her hand and held her near, then she whispered in my ear

Can I spend the night

We made love till daylight broke, fell asleep and when

I finally woke

I was alone but by the telephone

She’d left a note
Her name, her number, in nine words

She simply wrote
I will finish my last set tonight at nine,

Please rewind, please rewind, please rewind


Whenever you hurt, whenever you cry
Don’t be afraid, I’ll be right by your side
To help you hold on, and ease the pain
All you gotta do is just call my name

Feeling alone, those heartaches won’t end
I’ll be your lover baby, I’ll be your friend 
We can weather the storm, chase away all the rain
All you gotta do is just call my name

When you think you’re locked in and can’t win, baby I’ve got the key
I’ll be your bedrock and unlock, those chains and set you free

When this funky old world, keeps getting you down
Reach out to me, yeah I’ll be around
Take a hold of your hand and help you maintain
All you gotta do is just call my name

Surrounded by fear, worry and hate
I’m asking you, to take a leap of faith
And listen to me and my simple refrain
All you gotta do is just call my name


Sometimes you feel depression, sometimes all you feel is the pain
Sometimes you feel like we’re drowning, in the pouring rain
Sometimes you feel desperation, at times we feel nothing at all
Sometimes it all seems in vain, then you dream too small

So I am offering a candle, a beacon of light in the storm                               
That will guide you to your safe harbor, where you won’t feel battered or torn
Let the calming seas of redemption, right your vessel from stern  to its bow
Don’t kneel in submission, just hold your position for now

Sometimes when lightning is flashing, turning darkness into the light
You gaze out on the horizon, with no end in sight
Sometimes when thunder is crashing and you feel Armageddon’s begun
Fear not that storm will be passing, with the morning sun

Where will you go find the answer, when you feel life’s so unfair
Not worth making the effort and you just don’t care
Give kindness and love your attention, reach out to someone in need
You’ll swim in the seas of redemption, it will set you free

So I am offering a candle, a beacon of light in the storm                                 
That will guide you to your safe harbor, where you won’t feel battered or torn
A warm wind is filling your mainsail, rights your vessel from stern to its bow
Don’t kneel in submission, just hold your position for now
You'll be in remission, just hold your position for now


You’re either wrong or you’re right, no in between only black and white
When time is through, the things you do, come back to you
You’re either lost or you’re  found, when this old world quits spinning round
When it all goes south, oh will you make it out

What will you do when the rain keeps pouring down               
Where will you go find a place to hide
When do you start, planning to go underground
How will you know if you’ll get across the great divide

A sign of the times, the hate the lies that make us blind
Leaving in our wake, the hearts we break, for heaven’s sake
When those clouds roll in, and the rain starts to begin
I just have to know, oh where will you go

What will you do when the sun starts coming out   
Where will you go find a place to live
When do you start learning what it’s all about
How will you know you have the power to forgive

2021   Tim Hildebrandt  BMI  


If it’s happened before It’s gonna happen again
Change the lock on the door don’t let him come in
Because if he remains, It’s just a matter of time
Before the hurt and the pain become a capital crime

Don’t wait or hesitate, no time to waste and I don’t mean maybe 
Don’t lag, pack your bags, it’s time to make your getaway
Make tracks don’t look back, I’m no doctor and I’m no expert
All I know it’s time to blow, because love should never hurt

Slip on out while you can, don’t leave him a clue
To no place he can find when he comes lookin for you
Grab the bull by the horns, take the horse by the reigns
No forward address give yourself a new name

Just like a disease that won’t go away 
Set yourself free feel better today
It’s a dangerous zone that man is a curse
You’re better off all alone, love should never hurt
Yeah it’s written in stone, love should never hurt