Richard Dieffenbach, Songwriter

Aka Richard Brooks

All songs (c) copyright and written by Richard Dieffenbach, except where indicated These songs may be played free for your personal enjoyment, but they can not be rerecorded or changed without permission.
Deep Brook Music
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The Gospel According to John

(2015) Play song
By Richard Dieffenbach, Joseph Tuohey, Jeanne Ferreira-Dieffenbach
(c)2015 Copyright

With respect and love for John Lennon.

What would Jesus say
if he came back, today
when he looks around
would he feel down?

Pockets full of politicians
Bigots handing down traditions
Bible thumpers twisting words
Where’s the love that should be heard
While oceans rise
And hungry children cry
The devil’s dung
His corporate sons
Has it come to be
could it be
that love has died?
Recall the gospel, according to john
(spoken: like he said)

All we need is love
All we need is love
All we need is love
Love is all we need
Love is all we need

(Interlude)

Pockets full of politicians
Bigots handing down traditions
Bible thumpers twisting words
Where’s the love that should be heard
While oceans rise
And hungry children cry
The devil’s dung
His corporate sons

Has it come to be
could it be
that love has died?
Let’s sing the gospel, according to john
(spoken: repeat after me)

All we need is love
All we need is love
All we need is love

Tears are Falling

(2011) Play song




Original written in 2011 about my beloved late wife Kathie, the song was revamped and updated to be included in a memorial slideshow for Al Zylan whom I loved very much. He was a loving brother in law and a wonderful husband and father.

My beloved wife Jeanne helped me to redo the song, and sings with me. I love you Jeanne forever and ever.

Vocals: Richard and Jeanne


When we started our life's journey
You were just a younger girl
Then I knew the smile you gave me
Led me to my world

You and me with morning's glory
Tell the story in your eyes
When you hold me in your arms
It's like a lullaby

I love you so
I know you know
Time is calling
Tears are falling
Me, love true

Take us back to life's fond treasures
Every measure you and me
Lived a life with eyes that hold me
Never set me free

I love you so
I know you know
Time is calling
Tears are falling
Me, love true

'cause I
Love you


A Painted Pig Christmas Carol

(2014) Play song
(c)2014 Richard & Jeanne


INTRO V1: I was walking in Canton on a winter’s day
When up in the sky I spotted Santa’s sleigh
R.. He yelled “Son, do you know where an elf can get a brew?”
J..I said, Santa, in fact, indeed, I do

V2: Just in time, we entered the bar
We heard Wade Sapp play’n, he’s truly a star!
Singin’ Okachobee; We know every line-
it made Santa wanna have a real good time

I introduced Santa to the usual crew
R... He said.. “I wanna meet Sonny and Cher!” they're cool
J.... You mean Mark and Donna? They’re over there
and though it was Christmas he hadn’t a care

CHORUS:
He’s having fun at the Painted Pig
Meet’n all the players, and if he’s lucky
He’ll get a gig

V3: Pig owner Joe handed Santa a brew
Santa said R.... J oe you’ve been really good to your crew
He nodded to Rudolf, who brought in his gear
Santa reached in his bag to bring out some cheer

He gave Joe a key to Canton downtown
A new bass for Ronnie, Rwith that stairway to heaven sound
new Drums for Caleb, a pretty girl too
A banjo for Daniel – 19/22!

A blues harp for Jim, and Wayland was next-
A 12 string guitar – J... BETTER THAN SEX!
As Wade looked on – hey… did Santa forget?
‘Cause Santa hadn’t given Wade noth’n yet!

CHORUS:
He’s having fun at the Painted Pig
Meet’n all the players, and if he’s lucky
He’ll get a gig

V4: When out of his sack, Santa drew
A lucrative contract, for Wade and crew!
We raised a glass to toast Saint Nick
Santa got on the stage and man COULD he pick!


At last, he had leave, and be on his way
With gifts to deliver, on his sleigh
As reindeer flew off from the ’pig
He said - Merry Christmas to all, I GOT MY GIG!!!!

Slow: CHORUS

A7 D D6 B7
Santa Clause has got his DREAM first gig

E7
starting July one, every Monday night

E7 A
you can hear him at the Pig

Alabama

(2013) Play song

(c)2014 Rick Dieffenbach and Lee Charles Kelley


Vocals: Rick and Jeanne

V1:
My nine-to-five's,
now eight-to-six,
I'm spinnin' wheels,
I need a fix

of rolling hills,
and clinging vines,
the soothing smell,
of southern pines.

CHORUS:
Alabama, Alabama….
Gonna leave behind,
the city lights,
Move to the country
Where the ‘livens right
Ala…..bama… I’m coming home

V2:
Largemouth bass,
Black-bottom pie,
Hank Williams songs,
A clear blue sky,

The cotton fields,
And Mobile Bay,
Hang on, honey,
We’re on our way...

CHORUS:
Alabama, Alabama….
Gonna leave behind,
the city lights,
Move to the country
Where the ‘livens right
Ala…..bama

BRIDGE:
Clear skies,
starry nights
Sipping ‘shine
I’m feelin’ alright

V3:
Back in the city
Man I was drowning
I can’t wait to settle down in

CHORUS:
Alabama, Alabama….
Gonna leave behind,
the city lights,
Move to the country
Where the ‘livens right
Ala…..bama…. I’m coming home

Reels of Worn Out Movies

(2013) Play song
"Reels of Worn Out Movies" is about how we replay old memories of things past and lost friends and loves.



V1: Reels of worn out movies
Turning slowly in my head
Some say the more you remember old times
The more you will forget***

V2: Actors in a screenplay
Transfixed in time
Some of them in starring roles
In life's past storyline

CHORUS:
Smiles I knew
Friends I had
Happy sad
I'm with them all again
When I watch them in
Those reels of worn out movies

V3: Voices so familiar
Faces from the past
True life stories of love and laughter
Performance unsurpassed

[chorus]

A Fun Time, Sunshine, Camping Holiday

(2012) Play song

V1: When it gets too much and I’m low
There’s a happy place I can go
Off to where the smiles are
And it isn’t very far
A Fun Time Sunshine Camping Holiday

V2: Children laughing loudly as they play
Parents reading books of far away
Smokey fires burning
Marshmallows will be turning
A Fun Time Sunshine Camping Holiday

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CHORUS:
Hot dogs
Croaking frogs
Flashlights
Pine trees and starry nights

Good friends
Long weekends
Gotta pack...
these mem'ries in my knapsack

(Gonna take them back)
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V3: Telling scary stories having fun
Waking up refreshed before the Sun
Campfire bacon
Pretty soon will all be taken
A Fun Time Sunshine Camping Holiday

(CHORUS)

(Brief Instrumental and camping Sound effects)


Guns Guns Guns

(2013) Play song

Neither pro nor anti gun - this song simply repeats some facts.

Lyrics


I Love to Count Birds 1234 (Children's Song)

(2015) Play song
(c) 2011/2015 Kathleen and Rick Dieffenbach

Dedicated to my loving and beautiful inside and out wife, who passed away from cancer in 2012.  Based on her "I Love Birds" Counting Book for children's.

[SPOKEN]
Do you love birds?
I love birds
I love to feed birds, I love to watch birds
and I especially love to count birds ... 1,2,3,4
will you count them with me? Here we go!

V1:
One hummingbird on its own
Sips some nectar then flys home
One hummingbird on its own
Then it flys away

You can attract hummingbirds to your yard
ask mom or dad to plant brightly colored flowers and hang a hummingbird feeder

bluejays
two blue eating seeds
flap their wings as they feed
two blue eating seeds
then they fly away

[SPOKEN]
bluejays love sunflower seeds
so have plenty on hand

You know what I love.. you know what i love...

[CHORUS]
I love birds and love to count them
that you know is true
won't you join me and sing about them
you'll love counting birds too!
and now you know what to do!

sparrows
3 sparrows sweetly sing
Catch the wind on their wings
3 sparrows sweetly sing
Then they fly away

[SPOKEN]
If you place a bird feeder near a tree
or a shrub, sparrows will have a place
to perch

orioles
4 orioles love to eat
give them oranges for a treat
4 orioles love to eat
then they fly away

[SPOKEN]
orioles loves oranges
they also like grape jelly
you can put the jelly in the empty rind
after the orioles eat the orange

now if you love birds, sing along with me
sing we love birds

CHORUS:
We love birds
We love to count them
that we know is true
won't you join us and sing about them
you'll love counting birds
you'll love counting birds
you'll love counting birds too!
and now you know what to do!


I Won't Let You Down

(2015) Play song
© 2015 Richard Dieffenbach and Phil Burton

I will never
I will never let you down
When you need a friend, to pick you up
Call me, and I’ll come ‘round
I won’t let you down

Don’t you ever
Don’t you ever feel alone
Just call on me, when you need someone
When your birds have flown
I won’t let you down

Just remember that I care
Lift up the phone, say the word, and soon I will be there
I won’t let you down
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BRIDGE
Out on your own, making life on your terms
You’re never alone, you can always call me
====================
I won’t ever
I won’t ever walk away
If darkness falls, and all seems lost
Call me any day
'won’t let you down

I won’t let ya
I won’t ever let you down
Don’t forget the love, we have shared
I won’t let you down
I won’t let you down

What Love Can Do

(2014) Play song
Vocals: Rick and Jeanne
Instruments: Rick except drums = machine


Stay with me, I'll show you what love can do

V1: (Rick)
Hey babes, what you doin, with that red dress on?
Hey babes, are you going, where you don't belong?
Hey babes, tell me now, before it's way too late
hey babes, no more foolin, this lovin man can't wait

Stay with me, I'll show you what love can do


V2: (Jeanne)
Hey baby, off I go, out to dance
Hey babe, all I want, is some romance
Hey baby, don't wait up,
'cause I'll be home late
Hey baby, if you want, you can be my date
Stay with me, I'll show you what love can do

CHORUS:
RICK:
High cut dress, low cut top, I can't get my eyes to stop
She said...

JEANNE:
Let's go out, have some fun
And when the night is done
I'll take you home, and show you what love can do

INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS:

V3: Rick and Jeanne
Hey Babes, off we go, it's way past late
Hey Babes, love is hot, let's radiate
Hey babes, hold me close, whisper in my ear
Hey babes, when you need, a love engineer
Stay with me, I'll show you what love can do


You've got 'ta stay with me, and I'll show you what love can do

Benny and I

(2015) Play song
My best friend Benny, everywhere we go
I wear my worn out jeans, he wears his tuxedo

Driving on the highway, sit'n next to me
He loves to make a motor sound, I love his company

And Benny and I, miles and miles,
Sometimes even stay awhile
Taking each day, a day at a time
Those quiet roads we left no traces
Meeting all kinds of faces
Him and me living free... from sea to shining sea


When we're on our journeys, we find a country park
Benny has me hold his leash, he takes me for a walk

When we need some money, we’ll work an odd job or two
Then it's back on the road, he and I, under a sky of blue

And Benny and I, miles and miles,
Sometimes even stay awhile
Taking each day, a day at a time
Those quiet roads we left no traces
Meeting all kinds of faces
Him and me living free... from sea to shining sea


We all need a best friend, (and) I hope you have your own
Just pack up your car, and take your guitar, leave the phone at home

Benny and I, miles and miles,
Sometimes even stay awhile
Taking each day, a day at a time
Those quiet roads we left no traces
Meeting all kinds of faces
Him and me living free... from sea to shining sea

And Then There Was You

(2014) Play song

Vocals: Rick and Jeanne

V1:

It was you
who took me in
when no one else would
you were my best friend

Only you,
who stood by my side
so long ago
you helped me to fly

PRECHORUS#1
It was you, you, you, 'talken 'bout you
It was you, you, you…………….

CHORUS:
Traveling down,
that long dark road,
those twists and turns
and those unknown knowns

Nowhere to go
nowhere to hide
that empty feeling I held inside
and then there was you

[Brief Solo]


[CHORUS]

[REPEAT V1]


It was you,
It was you
It was you
That led me to the light

It was you,
It was you
It was you
That made it alright

Norfolk, Virginia

(2014) Play song

Norfolk, Virginia
What have you lost?
Is it a good day?
And what does it cost?

Woke up
In the morning
The sun, outside
Is it a good day
to die?

Norfolk, I’m feeling bad
And you’re feel’in sad
For what you done
With a gun

When the sun goes down
When the moon goes ‘round
Remember
Norfolk town

Hope in this Hopeless Night

(2013) Play song
By Richard and Jeanne

A love song of hope.   WINNER of  a monthly songwriting contest on the MUSE songwriting board!

V1:
A lonely spirit sails the sea
Seeking hope among the stars
Its radiant glow sustains the fire in her heart

V2:
A restless soul who yearns for more
From ancient seas which drowned her smile
Memories of love she held so tight

CHORUS #1:
And she's caught between two shores
A shipped wreck soul seeks the light
To find hope in this hopeless night
Searching through the storm
A tatted life seeks the light
To find hope in this hopeless night

BRIDGE:
And then one day, the storm was gone
Lonely nights, replaced by dawn
And as the sun shone, in her face
She theorized, and realized
This was her place
In the sun
Adventure on
With the strength of one
And that's ok
She's on her way
Her way to love

[Instrumental - guitar and bass]

V3:
An opened spirit sails the sea
Accepting gifts from high above
Adventurous soul basks in the peace of the night

 

CHORUS#2:
And she's sailing to the shore
A peaceful girl, found the key
To living life, by living free
Sailing back for more
A gentle soul, turned the light
Brought back hope in this hopeless night

V4:
Wind and waves propel her soul
To days and ways she'll spend with him
Sharing his love
Claiming her gifts from above

That Wasn't Smart

(2013) Play song
A humorous song about one man's suffering.  Lyrics

Gay (Happy) Paree

(2013) Play song

Partly based on a true story about a visit to Paris by a fellow songwriter.  Hopefully a little bit of fun.

Lyrics

Insane

(2013) Play song
A song about the impacts of bullying and sexual abuse on children.
Lyrics

You and Me

(2013) Play song
A marriage proposal in a song.

Lyrics

And Oh So Lovely

(2012) Play song

The story of my life with Kathie, whom I fell in love with at age 13, later married and spent 25 wonderful years with until she died of pancreatic cancer. She was amazing in every way, and I was a blessed man because of her.

Lyrics

Lucky Day

(2012) Play song

Can you be this lucky?  Lyrics

Abandoned

(2015) Play song
From an abandoned dogs point of view. A short tune.

There was a time.... in my life
when you were by my side

Then one day, you were gone
I guess you had to move on

CHORUS:
Abandoned, Abandoned
Why did you have to go?

Abandoned, Abandoned
No one to call my own
and no place… to call my home

You and I

(2011) Play song
Jay Speight sings. Written By Rick Dieffenbach

Full lyrics

The Best Day of Your Life

(2015) Play song
Now with dulcimer solo!  Thanks Sondra and Skip!!! We love you.


Spoken:
Jacob, wake up
It’s time to get out of bed
wake up your sleepy head

Sung:
Play time, you and I
Reading a book or two
Pretend is a fun thing to do
the role you play, may very well, be yours, some day

Make every day the best day
Make every day the best day
Make every day the best day
of your life

Blue skies, in your eyes
Exploring the smallest things
The best that life can bring

School days, learn and play
Make your life complete
When peace and love is what you seek
but now son, enjoy the ride, your life has just begun

(dulcimer solo instrumental)

Make every day the best day
Make every day the best day
Make every day the best day
of your life



All songs copyright Richard Dieffenbach.