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Don't Know Where to Cross

Here are the lyrics to one of my favorites of the songs I've written so far. The song will be on my first album, "More Than Just a Brick in the Wall," and will also be a feature song in my film of the same name. It was the last of the songs I wrote for this album, and was the only one that was written in Washington. I wrote it not too long after I returned from Hawaii. I was examining the songs planned for my album, and I decided that one of them just wasn't the right fit, and I decided to write a more suitable song. I chose to write it on guitar, since all of my other songs were written on piano. I wrote the song very quickly, much quicker than my others. When ever I write lyrics, I use the first words that come to my head, just as place holders, even if it sounds stupid and doesn't make sense, since I can always go back and change them. (Many songwriters do this.) But the first words that came to mind for this song were the ones that I stuck with. It seemed to match what I needed out of the song, and it had the happy coincidence of also vaguely describing a certain scene in my screenplay, More Than Just a Brick in the Wall.

When I wrote it on guitar, I thought it was a "nice" sounding song, and not much more than that. Just for fun, I played it on piano, and I was amazed. It sounded like an entirely different song. It had a sense of urgency to it that I think brings out the meaning of the lyrics. This was when I finally knew piano was my instrument of choice, over guitar.


Don't Know Where to Cross

By Rob Kajiwara



Trying not to feel so dull and I'll
Sing to you another lullaby
The time is here and it's in your hand
If you never try you'll never land
If you'd only take the risk
I'd be there to catch you, just in case you miss
I only hope you remember this

When you're down and you don't know where to cross
The tide is high and you're feeling lost
You know that I miss you and the ways I'm used to
Wonder if you miss me too
It's just too much to throw it all away
It's not enough to get you through the day
I think of you and how you used to say
"Do you think of me?"

Maybe it's just too much right now and I'll
Sing to you another lullaby
It seems like a meaningless task but you
Know I could help if you'd only ask
It's looking good and the chance is yours
It's there for you if you'd only open the door
And ask yourself what do you want it for

The time is right to make an escape if you
Give it a try you could make a break
And if in time it doesn't feel right
Anything you want is in your sight
It's just too much to throw it all away
Who do you go to at the end of every day?
I never want to ever hear you say
"Don't think of me"

When you're down and you don't know where to cross
The sun is low and the feeling's lost
You know that I miss you and the ways I'm used to
Wonder if you miss me too
It's just too much to throw it all away
It's not enough to get you through the day
I think of you and how you used to say
"Do you think of me?"
Do you think of me?

When you're down and you don't know where to cross
The sea's below and the ship is lost
I already missed you and the ways I'm used to
Think you never miss me too
When you're down and you don't know where to cross
Wonder if it's already lost

Do you think of me?




© 2007 Rob Kajiwara

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