I'm So Glad It's Almost Summer, The Sun Is Gonna Shine On Us (Live @ Home, mp3) Click to play or right click and 'save as' to download.

With the first official day of summer just days away, I thought this would be an appropriate choice for this month.  The kids are out of school, and they have an exciting summer ahead of them.  Do you remember feeling that way?

Now what happens when it's almost summer?  Well, the sun is gonna shine on us...  Not only do kids say the darndest things, they are sometimes quite wise in their innocent observations.  This is another collaboration with my daughter Lexie, who was 4 1/2 years old at the time we wrote this.  She wrote almost all the words, I just added a few connectors here and there to pull it all together.  I'm including the words below:

Lyrics
I'm so glad it's almost summer, the sun is gonna shine on us
I'm so glad it's almost summer, the sun is gonna shine on us
Schools out, scream and shout, nothing to worry about, the sun is gonna shine on us
Grab your suit, your fishin' pole, I'll take you to a swimmin' hole
The sun is gonna shine on us

You can do anything that you want to do
You can be anyone, but I like you the way you are

I'm so glad it's almost summer, the sun is gonna shine on us...

I love you so much, more than you will ever know
I love you so much, more than you will ever know
I love you so much, more than you will ever know
The sun is gonna shine on us, the sun is gonna shine on us
The sun is gonna shine on us

As babies and toddlers, nearly each night at bedtime, I would whisper this phrase into the ears of my two children:  "I love you so much, more than you will ever know." 

To have my daughter send this message back to me in song was quite the gift.  I'll take it.


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

Mary, Mary Faye Tucker from Baltimore, Maryland
Insulting my children and selling me a timeshare
Five royal crown resorts in the middle of nowhere
But you can save up your points for a real vacation 
For a real vacation every other year, every other year

Mary, Mary Faye Tucker gets paid by commission
Her husband sells insurance, on sunday sells religion
She paints on a mascara, martini breakfast every morning
Now Mary’s taking her sweet time to ruin my vacation
Ruin my vacation every other year, every other year

She said “You’ll change your mind, I’ll show you where to sign
Don’t waste your hard-earned money on real estate, when you can buy some time.”
Mary Faye, Mary Faye

Every other, every other, every other, every other, every other year
Mary, Mary Faye Tucker thinks that I’m a sucker

Chord Chart
Verse Intro (Em  G  C  Em  G  C)
Chorus (A  C)
Verse
Chorus
Bridge (C  G  C   G)
Verse Outro

Musicians
John Ganser: Drums and cymbals
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals
Greg Pare: Bass
Edwin Pierce:  Lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars

 

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©1998 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

The wineglass is empty, ashtray is full 
Before you take her home, there’s something you should know

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

Her neo-retro polyester velvet platform shoes
Her purple head, her shrink had said, should surely cure the blues

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

The ring on her finger’s now in her nose
And in case you’re wondering, that’s her mantra tattooed on her toes

She is the talk of marilyn county
And there’s a thing or two i know that she’ll never do

Chord Chart
Intro (Dm  F  Dm  F  with guitar riff)
Verse (Dm  F)
Chorus (Bb  F)
Verse
Chorus
Instrumental Bridge 
   Ab  Cm  Ab  Eb  Ab  Cm  G  G
   Ab  Cm  Eb  Bb  Db  Ab  Bb  Bb  Dm
Chorus (with guitar riff)
Verse (break down)
Chorus-Chorus

Musicians
Chris Ahillen: Giant marshall stacks
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, guitars, drums, cymbals
Tommy O’Donnell: Pedal steel and six string duet
Clay Thompson: Bass

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

I’ve got a warm home and a warm bed
Two amazing kids and everything you said is true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Fulltime work and a whole lotta friends
A fine guitar and i will play it ‘til the end, it’s true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Could it be that we are different now, as we learn about ourselves
Maybe we could find a compromise somehow

I’ve got a burnin’ heart for you and a question burnin’ in my head
What am i to do if you don’t buy into my plan, it’s true
I’ve been thinkin’ about everything but you

Am i everything you wanted in a husband, a father, and a friend
You told me all about your day and i missed every word you said, it’s true
I've been thinkin’ about everything but you

Could it be that we are different now, as we learn about ourselves
Maybe we could find a compromise somehow

Chord Chart
Intro
C#m

Verse 1
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  E9
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  G#

Chorus
C#m
B    A   F#m   E
C#m
B    A   F#m

Break
E9

Verse 2
E9   C#m   G#  A   F#m   A
C#m  G#   A   F#m  A  G#

Chorus (play 2x live)

Outro
C#m

Musicians
David Berchtold: Fingerstyle acoustic guitar
Jeff Greeneberg: vocals, drums, cymbals, synth, tapes, acoustic slide
Dan Meyer: Upright bass
Tommy O'Donnell: Electric slide
Shannan Sullivan: Violin

 


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

I started thinkin’ there’s a mountain in the way
We started breakin’ down the promises that we had made
Times have changed but we’re the same as we’ve always been
Except that we won’t talk again
I thought that we would last forever

Chord Chart
Intro (A  Em  D  A)
Verse (A  Em  D  A  Em  D  C)
Chorus (C  C  Em  D  D  C  Em  D  C) 
Solo (A  Em  D  A  Em  D  C)
Chorus

Musicians
Brian Choban: Trumpet
John Ganser: Drums and cymbals
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, rhythm guitar
Greg Pare: Bass
Edwin Pierce:  Wah wah guitar
Ken Thornton: Backwards guitars


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

Tie’s been broken and it’s feeling really hopeless
Tired and broken, can you feel it?

Tie’s been broken, can you feel it?
Maybe it wasn’t meant to be

Well I just don’t know what to think
When you keep pushin’ me away 
Where did we go wrong?
Tie’s been broken

And we just don’t know what to say
What to do to bring back yesterday?
What to do to bring back yesterday?
What to do to go back?
Where do we belong?

Tired and broken ties

Musicians
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, drums, cymbals, percussion, rhythm guitars
Steve Harris: Bass
Tony San Filippo: Guiro
Diann Thompson: Backing vocals
Ken Thornton: Rhythm and lead guitars


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©1998 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics

Someone’s in the garden wearin’ my favorite shirt
Someone stole your heart and left me in the dirt
Someone’s in the courtyard
Someone’s at the church
Someone’s dressin’ up for you

Someone’s in the house that I built for you
Someone’s doin’ things I thought no one else would do to you
Someone’s breakin’ me in two

Somesone’s in the kitchen cookin’ for the kids
Makes me wonder if they’d pick me or someone else instead
Someone gives you love sleepin’ in my bed
Someone else would die for you

Someone’s in the house that I built for you
Someone’s doin’ things I thought no one else would do to you
Someone’s breakin’ me in two

Someone’s in the house
Someone’s in my bed
Oh, only if you had left me for a man

Chord Chart
Intro (G with acoustic guitar and dobro)
Verse
   G  D  Csus  GD
   G  D/B  Csus 
Chorus
   Em  G  C9 B9 G13   C9
   C9 B9 Em
Verse
Chorus
Half Verse (acoustic guitar only)

Musicians
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals, acoustic guitar, keys, triangle, bathroom floor, the tub
Steve Harris: Bass
Tommy O'Donnell: Dobro


from the album, 100 Year Picnic -- As Tall As The Sky
Copyright ©2001 Jeff Greeneberg

Lyrics
She can talk to anyone, and we can take this town
People are drawn to her sullen eyes, and they won’t hear a sound
I know where the diamonds live, tomorrow they won’t be found
People greet her with open arms, as I slip through the house

I know where the diamonds live, tomorrow they won’t be found
Unsuspecting, understand that we can take this town
Underestimating, understand that we will take this town

Chord Chart
Intro
   D
   D  D#  D  D#
   D
Verse (D  C  G  D)
Chorus (Bb  F  Bb  A)
Verse (solo 2nd half)
Intro (violin solo)
Chorus
Verse
   D  C  GC  D
   D  Bb GC D

Musicians
John Ganser: Drums and cymbals
Jeff Greeneberg: Vocals
Tommy O'Donnell: Guitars
Shannan Sullivan: Violin
Clay Thompson: Bass and backing vocal
Diann Thompson: Backing vocal