Penguin Love Songs

by Kevin Calaway

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A collection of love songs I've written for Nikki, released for her birthday.

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released July 12, 2017

Album artwork drawn by Nikki Furner
"You Are My Sunshine" chorus written by Jimmy Davis and Charles Mitchell
Everything else by Kevin Calaway

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Track Name: Locked Away
The world is a scary place
And I know it takes some nerve to show your face
After all this time I spent in eyes of others disgraced
That I’d still want to try to find love, I’m amazed
I’ve had my fill of lies and deceit
The sickening way they make you think they’re really very sweet
So why on Earth would I go out again?
From what masochistic pleasure would I receive a better end?
So I locked my heart in titanium chain
To never let it veto the admonitions of my brain
So thoroughly, totally, no-one-can-vote-but-me, locked away
Completely, opaquely, and no-one-can-break-me until I say so
Alone in my mission, with no one else missing, whoop-die-doo
Surrounded by walls to keep out one and all until I met you

Have you ever had a dream so nice
That when you wake up in the morning, you wish you had it twice
Or been in a dirty kitchen where your only friends were mice
And then invited to dine with the queen to break the ice
Have you ever had to laugh at a job?
Turned down from the position, then promoted on the spot?
Have you ever seen a thunderstorm?
And as soon it was over, things were lovely and warm?
You freed my heart from the shackles I built
Now it beats as yours and will go where yours will
So thoroughly, totally, no-one-can-vote-but-me, locked away
You came out of nowhere and evened the score and saved the day
I love you, I need you, I want you, I see you and yes it’s true
Alone in my mission, don’t know what I missed until I met you

(don’t know what I missed until I met you)
Thank you, darling, for opening my eyes
Thank you, darling, for clearing my cloudy skies
Thank you, darling, for all the nice surprises
Track Name: Dream Girl
You came into my life
You took me by the hand
You took me by the heart
And you stole me away

You came into my life
You swept me off my feet
You swept the ground right out from under me
And you stole me away
Track Name: Golden Pumpkins
Golden pumpkins on the porch tonight
Don’t mean nothing to a passerby
But to me and you and those who know our meetcute
Golden pumpkins are a way of life

Golden pumpkins represent the day that we met
Golden pumpkins represent the things that we said
Golden pumpkins represent all the good times we dreamed of way back when
I’m that much in like with you

Golden pumpkins
Golden pumpkins

Golden pumpkins represent our first night alone
Golden pumpkins represent our hours on the phone
Golden pumpkins represent all the good times that we could call our own
I’m that much in love with you

It may be a tacky gift
No practical value, no reason to exist
It may be a souvenir
And nothing more than a knickknack tchotchke doodad
But to me the real purpose is clear

Golden pumpkins on the porch tonight
Don’t mean nothing to a passerby
But to me and you and those who know our meetcute
Golden pumpkins are a way of life

Golden pumpkins represent the vows that we make
Golden pumpkins represent the risks that we take
Golden pumpkins represent all the good times we’ll never have to fake
I’m so much in life with you

Golden pumpkins represent the rest of our lives
Golden pumpkins represent the love in our eyes
Golden pumpkins represent all the times that we had
Through sickness and health, through good times and bad
As we head down to the crypt where we will lie
I’m so much in debt to you
Track Name: Belong
Love’s a funny thing
Let me tell you about it
It makes you want to sing
And tell the world about it

I spent my whole life looking for something
But what it was I didn’t know
Until I melted in your sight
In the warmth of your smile’s glow
To me it’s evident
That you and I were meant
To be

If home is where the heart is
And home’s where I belong
Then with you I’ve had a home all along

And it’s the strangest thing
How we’ve come about it
It started with a zing
We didn’t have to doubt it

I remember the parking lot
Where sparks flew in the snow
The mohawked red-breasted merganser
That duck digs rock and roll
To me it’s evident
That you and I were meant
To be

If home is where the heart is
And home’s where you belong
Then with me you’ve had a home all along
Track Name: Birdwatcher
Birdwatcher
Helps the finches and the flickers
And the ravens and the doves find a home
Birdwatcher
Helps the swallows and the sparrows
And the chickadees who laugh wherever they may roam
You know that she’ll protect them
You know that she’ll watch over them
She’ll make them feel like they’re in heaven

Dog leader
Helps the Labradors and Poodles
Pomeranians and Shepherds find their way
Dog leader
Helps the terriers, Dalmatians,
And everything in between have a happy day
You know that she’ll protect them
You know that she’ll watch over them
She’ll make them feel like they’re in heaven

Treegazer
Helps the birches and the hemlocks
As a heroine to all the evergreens
Treegazer
Helps the apples and the maples
As a savior of all deciduous trees
You know that she’ll protect them
You know that she’ll watch over them

She is loving and she’s kind
And she calls herself mine
My birdwatching, dog-leading, tree-gazing sweet valentine
She makes me feel like I’m in heaven
Track Name: The Willow Ptarmigan (And A TARDIS)
I’ve considered a lifetime of possibilities
The kind you don’t want to miss out on
Each of infinitesimal probability
If I were to bet I bet I’d be wrong
And yet in the sea of branching timelines I find
I am the luckiest man alive
Because out of all these possibilities
As luck would have it, you’re in mine