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Valentine Collection (2003)
All songs: lyrics and music by Ann Reed

  1. Miles Home To You
  2. Love Like This
  3. So Glad
  4. Still Be Missing You
  5. Northern Star
  6. Second Chance
  7. Love Online
  8. Anybody Else But You
  9. Two Trees
  10. I Will Be There For You
  11. No Time Like The Present
  12. All Of My Life Without You
  13. Love At The Fair
  14. I Hope You
  15. Pieces of Dreams
  16. If You Were Mine
  17. Somethin' To Do With You
  18. Just Out Of Reach
  19. Maybe It's You
  20. It Might Happen
  21. Watching Over You

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Miles Home To You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1992 Turtlecub Publishing

Pitch black, pavement, headlights
Sore back, stale scent, midnight
Car in front
License pale blue
Closin' in on home, Lucky you

Truck stop, caffeine, 'phone call
Eavesdrop, laughing, long haul
Mileage signs
Makin' believe
Progress is made, Lucky me

     Drivin' my way under bridges and clouds
     Reciting a prayer as I do
     Deliver me safe I am saying out loud
     Driving back over miles home to you

Semis, new Fords, old bugs
Blue sky, billboards,Wall Drug
Pick-up in front
Of a house with a view
Already home, Lucky you (chorus)

Free lane, yield right of way
Caution hearts are merging
As the time grows close
Slowly, oh, exit only
To the love I carry with me
Over miles home

Road crew, Chi-town, rainstorm
Toll booth, eyes on 94
Oasis, part of the scene
Closer to home
Lucky me (chorus)





Love Like This
words & music: Ann Reed • ©1997 Turtlecub Publishing

How and when and who knows why
Folks go searchin' for a long, long time
Someone to treasure, hold and miss
Oh, what they'd give for a love like this

No announcement
'cause you never know
Hearts are open just enough and so
Here is my most cherished gift
You and I and a love like this

It's takes it's time, I'm tellin' you
You don't choose love
Love chooses you
If you only knew when to look
Or how you'd try
If a word applies it's gotta be

Inconvenient
That's the truth
Love won't come when you ask it to
Makes you crazy, makes you risk
Everything
For a love like this

It takes it's time, I'm tellin' you
Y'don't choose love
Love chooses you
Maybe you look too hard
You're way too planned
From where I stand you never know

How and when and who knows why
I know you've searched for a long, long time
If I could grant you one small wish
That you may find
A love like this
Makes you crazy, makes you risk
Everything for a love like this





So Glad
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1990 Turtlecub Publishing

So Glad
That you are who you are
& you take me as I am
Give me love so sweet
Give me the courage to say I can

So sad
If you never entered the scene
& I'd continue with my life
With the world turnin' on
& never feelin' quite right

refrain:
So glad to stand together
Willing to fight & never
Think that there won't be highs & lows
So glad we took the chance to
Let our hearts learn to dance
So glad for you so glad for love

So glad
I'm not lost or lonely anymore
Love's agift & not a dream
Ups & downs, struggle through
I can make it with you
You & me (refrain/vs. 3)





Still Be Missing You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1986 Turtlecub Publishing

My sun sets to your sun rise
& I wonder where you are
The hands move on a time piece
& shadows cross the yard
Long hours are many
Distractions are few
No matter where I am
You know I'll still be missing you

Through the window autumn sighs
I close my eyes & feel
The rhythm of your breathing
Like a dream that's all too real
I listen to the night sounds
& try to just get through
No matter where you are
You know I'll still be missing you

The leaves will fall their colors will sigh
I've got the patience of the seasons inside
& I'll tell you something I know
That the heart needs a home
& that's here with me

My day time, your night time
No comfort in the fact
My arms embrace a shadow
My heart just wants you back
Remembering your laughter
Your smile comes into view
No matter where I am
You know I'll still be missing you





Northern Star
words & music: Ann Reed • © 2000 Turtlecub Publishing

You're my east my south and west
You're the one who gives me rest
And I know no matter near or far
You will be my northern star

You're the one when I'm at sea
You are there the land for me
When I've lost my way and day goes dark
You are still my northern star

You're the one I want to be holding
When the sun has wandered along
And the sky begins it's unfolding
There's no where else we belong, oh

Like the cardinal in the snow
When the trees are bare and low
The reward of spring is slow to start
You are still my northern star





Second Chance
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1990 Turtlecub Publishing

Made mistakes I know it's true
I know what I put you through
& I'm sorry
I'm just beginning to see
You're the one with most to lose
I'm the one who's got to prove
That I'm tryin'
I'm begging you please

     Oh for a second chance
     One more try
     Oh I don't wanna live without that
     One romance
     A second chance with you

Now I know what I did to us
& it'll take some time to trust
& I don't blame you
That all falls on me
Start out slow
We'll talk it out
Step by step 'til there's no more doubt
That I love you
Tell me you agree (chorus)

Opportunity, circumstance
All I want is a second chance
One chance to hold you
Another to show you it's true

Start out slow
We'll talk it out
Step by step 'til there's no more doubt
That I love you
Tell me you agree (chorus)





Love Online
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1995 Turtlecub Publishing

I got connected to you entering a room
Where hearts go clickety-click
Instead of boom-ba-boom
"Hello are you there", colon, hyphen & paren : - )
"Say now where are you you don't seem to be on file"
You said "I'm new so this could take a little while."
I said "Tour's on me I can show you what I know
I'm online with you got no other place to go."

     E mail me, baby, what'cha thinkin' of
     & if you ever need me it's keyword: love
     Download my heart give a little byte
     I'm waitin' for you on a dedicated line

Let's find a private room where we can sit and flirt
And we can LOL until our stomach's hurt
My imagination baud rate's high
Your hair, your eyes well these are things I've never seen
But ooooh your voice appears so warm upon my screen
Network sweetness whisper what you need to know
I'm online wiht you tell me where you wanna go (chorus)

Send and chat and mingle
Interactive singles
Hardware, software, who cares anyway

It must be kismet that your modem matches mine
Whoever said that love is dead was not online
Watch those keystrokes there's only so much I can take
You send a kiss to me in answer to my own
The thought of signin' off makes my system groan
Until next time when we're sittin' in the glow
I'll be online, signed on, waitin' for you oh (chorus)





Anybody Else But You
Words & music: Ann Reed • © 1990 Turtlecub Publishing

I know I said I'd been fine without you
Don't get shook y'know somehow I'll survive
Watched you drive down saw you turn the corner
Wished that I could take off this disguise

chorus:
I don't know what to do with myself
I don't know how anyone can help
Don't wanna think about anybody else but you
Don't wanna hear you sayin' what's best
Can't even bear to think of what's next
Don't wanna think about anybody else but you

I spent last night sittin' at the table
I thought you'd call say you changed your mind
Plain fact I hold back when it comes to what I'm feelin'
I do it to myself most all the time (chorus)

Now I'm stuck with words left unsaid
Half-baked promises left in my head
Think about everything that got in the way
And it mostly comes down to what I didn't say

I know I said hey, it's not a problem
I don't need anybody to get by
All of that comes back and I lay awake and know it
I only told you half of what's inside (chorus)





Two Trees
words & music: Ann Reed • © 2001 Turtlecub Publishing

Two trees are standing side by side
Their roots are deep and intertwined
Branches reach up to the sky
Two trees that stand there side by side

And together they remain
Steadfast in the sun and rain
Watch the clouds go rolling by
Two trees that stand there side by side

The seasons come
We rest and grow
Receive the ones
Who nest and go

When the final winds come through
Then fall to me and take me too
For I have no desire to face
Or witness there an empty space





I Will Be There For You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1997 Turtlecub Publishing

Some paths are straight & strong
'Til they divide and though
Some lessons don't take long
The hardest you learn all alone

     I will be there for you
     Somebody to hold on to
     Listening with only an open heart
     I will be there for you

I'd ask the moon to stay
Give you it's strength, I would
Leave stars to guide your way
If I ever could (chorus)

Too hard to carry on
When all the world feels wrong
Just in case hearts and promises break
You've got someone
You can count on

And while you're on your own
I will be standing by
Help keep you from the cold
Hold a light up high





No Time Like The Present
words & music: Ann Reed • ©1999 Turtlecub Publishing

Shoulda done this, shoulda done that
Said things when I had the chance
Words I didn't think of show up 3 hours later
Second guessing seems to shout:
You're calling the truck when the fire is out
Strugglin' in the here & now I'm tryin' to say

There's no time like the present
And I could not love you more
Than I do this very second
That's what they made this moment for

Living past and future tense
I get confused and I forget
To tell you you're the reason
Why my heart beats faster
Notes to you, I'll write 'em down
While one of us is not around
Let's put 'em in a book that's bound
Called: Things That Matter (chorus)

Yesterday's the day I thought
Would never come and now it's gone
That's how years roll away
Tend to what I've planted
If I take it all for granted it'll fade

Books by doctors hold the view
That I'm O.K. & so are you
One step at a time will do, it fills the pages
Through the chaos in our lives
I remind myself that I
Don't need a coach, don't need a guide
Just one sweet phrase (chorus)





All Of My Life Without You
Words & music: Ann Reed • © 1986 Turtlecub Publishing

I've been all my life without bein' to France
All my life without takin' a chance
But I still can't believe I been all of my life without you

Never been a politician can't say I've missed it at all
Never been a nun I wasn't home when they called
But I still can't believe I been all of my life without you

No one turned my head or even opened my eyes
But you, you caught me lookin' what a lovely surprise
No one does it better when you do what you do
I won't be missin' out on a life lovin' you

Can't say I've been to the moon in a literal sense
Don't go to the desert 'cause the heat's too intense
But I still can't believe I been all of my life without you

No one turned my head or even opened my eyes
But you, you caught me lookin' what a lovely surprise
No one does it better when you do what you do
I'm ready for anything as long as I'm with you

You are just the ticket for a long rendezvous
You and I together just doin' what we do
And I know I won't spend the rest of my life without you
The rest of my life without you
I won't spend the rest of my life without you





Love At The Fair
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1999 Turtlecub Publishing

Standing in line for whatever the ride
With about 18 friends and you're standing back
The cars'll seat two so now what can I do
To wind up with you by my side
I wish I had paid more attention to math
'cause I'm tryin' hard to figure & count
So I'll say Go ahead for as long as I can
And I think somehow it'll work out
     Love at the Fair let's go on ev'ry ride
     I'll scream your name as I sail down the Giant Slide
     Oh what we share riding the Ferris Wheel
     Up in the air we feel love at the Fair

They worked side by side in a room not as wide
As a broom closet handing out maps and such
Second shift there was she and he knew this would be
His last bachelor days at the Fair
He said If I thought you'd have me I'd marry you right now
She replied How's next Wednesday for you?
It all goes to show how a great big love grows
From a gig in a small info booth
     Love at the Fair blooming like flowers will
     Up on Machinery Hill floating on Ye Olde Mill
     Oh what we share food placed upon a stick
     Tell me you're mine real quick, love at the Fair

So modern a pair when it came to the Fair
Their schedule were never compatible
So they went different times he the day she the night
And that's how they worked it all out
She crawled into bed to her loved one she said
I'm home now and cuddled right up
He mumbled he missed her, sighed as he whispered:
You smell just like a Pronto Pup
     Love at the Fair stroll through the Piggy Barn
     We can walk arm in arm watching our step, oh darn
     Oh what we share all the milk you can drink
     A restroom nearby we think, love at the Fair
     Love at the Fair blooming like flowers will
     Up on Machinery Hill floating on Ye Olde Mill
     Oh what we share fine arts & butterheads
     I'll buy you a Paula Red, love at the Fair





I Hope You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1991 Turtlecub Publishing

Don't know you very well
I see you once a week at most
But it's so clear to me
You are a gentle soul, so

I hope you have someone
To share you're deepest dreams with
I hope you have someone
That you can feel at ease with

     A light in the dark
     An anchor, a spark
     Someone you can be sure of

I hope your dreams come true
Whatever they may be and
I hope you see them through
Fight for them 'til the end (chorus 2X)

I wish you peace of mind
These are such troubled, angry times
I hope you keep the kind
Of friends you can rely on (chorus 2X)

I hope you have someone
I hope your dreams come true
I hope you see them through
I hope you have someone





Pieces Of Dreams
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1995 Turtlecub Publishing

Starlight, my dreams are waiting
In a blue black sky
For a far, white ship to come sailing by

As it glides through I empty my longings
On a trail of light
It will find you and tell you when it arrives
Here am I with my

     Pieces of dreams floating into the night
     Lingering long enough to
     Pick up the wishes that may wish they might
     A piece of my dream is you

As I close both eyes I am trusting
That this star will shine
On one sweet soul, oh a heart that beats just like mine
Like mine there are (chorus)

Starlight, starbright first one through
The heavens know that I love you

When I've told you everything in me
Then the day comes soon
I will hold you while stars race the winter moon
We two share the (chorus)





If You Were Mine
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1990 Turtlecub Publishing

I would give anything to hear you say
That you loved me too in such a way
We've been friends many years
And all that time
I have been wond'ring what it would be like
If you were mine

     If I told you the truth
     If I let my heart sing
     Would I then win your love
     Or lose everything

A friendship standing through
The test of time
And I keep wond'ring what it would be like
If you were mine (refrain)

To watch you sleep at night
To hold you close
How full my heart would be
I may never know
These dreams come passing through
In lonely times
I can't help wond'ring what it would be like
If you were mine





Somethin' To Do With You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1992 Turtlecub Publishing

I run, I rush,
I'm standing still
It must be love
I'm stranded
Willing to lose
All that I knew
The risk at the moment's got
Somethin' to do with you

I'd choose my time
I'm not afraid
I'd ruin my life
Get caught
Won't say what I'd do
Tryin' to get through
This achin' within me's got
Somethin' to do with you

     Oh, what I would do
     To only be with you
     This heat like the sun has got
     Somethin' to do with you

What's goin' on
Behind those eyes
Show me once
I'm not surprised
By the truth
I want to know who
The spark to the kindling'd got
Somethin' to do with you

Anticipation
Burn & wait
This game of patience
Doesn't fade or confuse
It's gonna come to
Time meaning nothin's got
Somethin' to do with you





Just Out Of Reach
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1988 Turtlecub Publishing

At the end of the day
When all my worries either fade or they stay
I think of you and wonder
What could I say
You're just out of reach but not for long

You're all that I see
Awake or dreaming you are just what I need
I'll have to chase you 'til you
Catch up to me
You're just out of reach but not for long

I don't want to go into listing this
You simply don't know what you're missing without me
I'll have to keep on insisting and
I'll give you the chance to resist me
You'll turn around & notice
It won't be long I know it

I could be miserable and blue
But I'm so happy to be thinking of you
I only wish that you would think of me too
You're just out of reach but not for long
I don't want to go into listing this

You simply don't know what you're missing without me
I'll do more than dropping my hints to you
I'll do my best at convincing you
'Til you turn around & notice
It won't be long I know it

You are all that I see
Awake or dreaming you are just what I need
I'm gonna chase you 'til you catch up to me
You're just out of reach but not for long...





Maybe It's You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1991 Turtlecub Publishing

Maybe it's time
Might be a dream
You know that maybe
It's all that it seems

Maybe it's all
Too good to be true
Maybe it's me
Maybe it's you

     Maybe in love
     We got faith showin' through
     Maybe it's two hearts
     Enjoying the view

Maybe we've worked
Paid all our dues
Maybe it's me
Maybe it's you





It Might Happen
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1980 Turtlecub Publishing

Bright day shinin' through me
Makin' it's debut
Got to be a sin to feel so new
Light bathes every corner
And how I wish you knew
Feel the flow of love come growin' in you

     It could happen
     So don't start laughin'
     'Cause it might happen to you
     It might happen
     It just might happen
     It could happen to you

Tastin' all the colors
Every one I choose
Reminds me of the way I feel with you
So much love poured over
In everything I do
Feels so right I hope it happens to you (chorus)





Watching Over You
words & music: Ann Reed • © 1995 Turtlecub Publishing

Written on Sand Island, Apostle Island National Lakeshore,
Artist in Residence Program 1995

Daylight dims
The moon will rise
Lift it's head
To light the night
Just a silent, white balloon
Sails the sky watching over you

When silence comes
Then I believe
Spirits take
That time to meet
Just a silent rendezvous
With a world of stars watching over you

     & no matter what you face
     The night will find you cradled & safe
     & no matter what you do
     The heavens are sheltering you

Before the night
Sings you to sleep
On your way
To peaceful dreams
Send a silent thank you to Who's ever there watching over you