Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Chase

Link to audio: www.lorifhopkins.com/video-library

The Chase 
Lori and Craig Franke  2003

Started out in high school - had one thing on my mind. 
Not really quite sure just what kind of boy I'd find.
Then it hit me all at once when I saw you walking by.
That's when the chase began when you looked me in the eyes. 

The chase is on and I'm heading your way.
What's it gonna take for me to get you to stay. 
All I want's for you to notice me. 
What's it gonna be, baby tell me today. 
I'll do what you want; I'll do what I can,
if only you, boy, will be my man. 
Cause the chase is on and I'm heading your way. 
Baby slow down, tell me what do you say? 

Go out with the girls on Friday, hoping I would see.
That same ole guy I saw in the hall - he would be my destiny. 
Then I looked across the room and OH to my surprise. 
My eyes lit up and my head soon turned
when he came walking by. 

CHORUS

Baby open your eyes and hold on to my hand
Indeed I will take you to the promise land.
I make you ole so proud and put a smile on your face. 
I'm getting close to you boy, I'm going to win this chase. 

Chorus

Baby open your eyes and hold on to my hand
For indeed I will take you to the promise land.
I make you ole so proud and put a smile on your face. 
Boy I caught you now, this is the end of the chase. 



Every Time I Saw YOU

Every Time I See You
Lori & Craig Franke 2003

You saw me, I saw you.
I didn't know what you wanted to do.
I fell in love, you didn't see
That true love had a hold on me. Whoa...

CHORUS
But every time I saw you you were always
running all over town.
And every time I asked you where you've been
you'd just say...I've been around.
Well I'm so tired of all of your lies
and I know you thought I'd never find out.
That every time I saw you it was always me
you were doing without - doing without!

I thought you were ready too.
Take the plunge by saying I do.
To live a life together as one.
Though my friends told me to RUN, RUN, RUN!

BRIDGE
And there we go a walkin' down the aisle
Thinking that our love's so divine.
And there you go a playin' me the fool.
You thought I couldn't see the signs.

Bringing out the America in Americans

Although I'm doing a terrible job keeping up with this blog, I think constantly about the things I should be writing. As I reflect on some of our greatest gigs, the one that comes to mind is when Miles Station, along with two great musicians from the Dynamite Cowboys, traveled to Kansas to help McConnell Air Force Base personnel celebrate the coming home of American airmen and women. What an honor! I met so many of those who serve, all of whom perform such important jobs that I'm overcome with a sense of pride, so grateful for those who have dedicated this time in their lives to devote to their country.  Reenlisting is NOT an option for me, as I've been told I'm too old. Trust me, it was extremely hard on my psyche, particularly my pride to be informed that I'm way too old to serve my country. I would have much rather heard I was out of shape. At least that's something I could fix!! ;-)

Miles Station - The Band

Miles Station 2017
Go to www.milesstation.com for schedule. 

We Wouldn't Be Quite Right


WE WOULDN’T BE QUITE RIGHT
2012 Lori Franke

I’m here to share with you all my heart.
And you’re invited to take part.
It’s something big and true.
and red and white and blue.
Thanking you is right where I will start.

CHORUS
Thank God for women, men and children.
Thank God for preachers and teachers.
Thank God for all who stand and fight – for what’s right.
Thank God for all who have loved us.
Thank God for the soldiers above us.
For they’re the ones who truly sacrificed – for what’s right!
And without them…we wouldn’t be quite right.

I know bad stuff happens every day.
We’ve got to get on our knees and pray.
We have to stand together.
Bleed the USA forever.
Now it’s time - we have to stand and say…

Thank God for women, men and children,
Thank God for preachers and teachers,
Thank God for all who stand and fight – for what’s right.
Thank God for all who have loved us.
Thank God for the soldiers above us.
For they’re the ones who truly sacrificed – for what’s right!
And without them…we wouldn’t be quite right.

CHORUS

You'll Never Know


YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
2006 Lori Franke

I can see you riding baby through my sky
Speeding through the bumps in the clouds, going way too high
Looking out for the sun to guide you but it’s moving too slow
Taking chances by reaching limits you’ll never know

CHORUS
Our world was heaven baby now
My life is hell
Nothing here satisfies my needs, but I
Won’t ever tell
I’m incognito of a
Burning empty hole
And though I’m lost inside myself, oh
You’ll never know – you’ll never know

I capture your every movement as you hit the atmosphere
Spinning all the worlds around me, you’ve nothing to fear
Paradise encompasses the very core of you
Always willing to travel yonder to
Get a better view – oh

CHORUS

Time is moving on…
The realm of yesterday is gone…
The air is empty baby
No one around to save me
Here I am lying numb in a wounded dawn

CHORUS

If You Only Knew


IF YOU ONLY KNEW
2016 Lori Franke

I walked outside: I sensed the sun
I shared the news with everyone
You focused on the clouds- your pain 
You didn't celebrate the rain

I asked you, please, just look beyond
The sky above - the evening dawn
It's beautiful - just close your eyes 
I want you to be mesmerized! 

Bridge
...you'll see
Time is the key...

CHORUS
If you only knew
What's in front of you
Your dreams would all come true 
'Cause you would see them through.
If you only knew 
What's inside of you 
I've got this awesome view
And I'll share it too 
Oh... If you only knew...

I asked myself what could I sing
Bring out the good in everything
Inspire all to do what's right
Pay tribute to the morning light

And thank our God for all that's good
Help us love the way we should
Oh- Take the time, you'll realize
The hope that's found in hard goodbyes...

...you'll see
Time is the key...

CHORUS

For right now
Believe somehow 
That love will find a way. 
Live your life
With love not strife
This is no better way. 
CHORUS

Fear


FEAR

2006 Lori Franke

I can hear you calling for someone.
I can see your tears in the dark.
I can feel the desperation from within your heart.

I can whisper I do love you.
I can wipe your tears away.
I can hold you close and tell you it’ll be okay.

Fear – Fear is their only crime.
Fear – Will they run out of time.
Fear – What do they have to lose?
Fear – When none of them get to choose.

I can hear your heartless compassion.
I can see your feeble attempts.
I can feel the chill in your soul as I taste your contempt.

I can scream – how dare you, you monster.
I can publish your terrible lies.
I can persecute all your actions ‘til you’re paralyzed.

Fear – You make the innocent bleed.
Fear  -- It gives you the power you need.
Fear – It’s everything you like to spread.
Fear – but would they be better off dead…

Musical break

I can hear those Angels - they're singing
I can see them dancing above
I can feel the broken hearted now receiving love

No more screaming - how dare you you monster
I won't share your terrible lies
I'll just watch you suffer greatly while you're penalized...

Fear- the beauty of who's mighty and strong.
Fear- the strength of your power is gone.
Fear- what you have is coming due.
Fear- you'll feel- when justice comes back on you.

I Know Why


ANGELS CRY
2015 Lori Franke

I know why Angels cry
All you have to do is take a step outside
And see the tears
That fill our world
Made up of silenced boys and angry girls

Oh it’s not a mystery
But it’s up to you and me
We can change the reasons why
All we hear are Angels cry

It’s sometimes good when tears display
A crazy happiness in a different way
But they are sad, it’s clear to see.
That changing how we live is necessity.

Oh – it’s not a mystery
But we can do it you and me
We can change the reasons why
All we hear are Angels cry

Ohhh…
School begins, the time is here
Let’s spread goodwill for the coming year
Make a difference – do it now
Change this world – some way – some how.

I can see the world we live
We’ve got to stick together – find some time to give.
To make this whole world brighter – and start anew
It’s up to me right now it’s up to you.

Let’s make this our reality
We can change it can’t you see
We’ll work together- build a path
And then we’ll hear those Angels laugh.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Begin Anew...

I feel pretty good about coming back to the mainframe of blogging, FaceBooking, MySpacing, and the list continues. It's been a while. I've been far too busy to think about keeping up! Now I will take what time I have to blog away. I look forward to journaling once again and reading other's posts as well!

Talk to ya soon!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lori Franke with Miles Station


Pictured from left to right: Eric Cooper, lead guitar/vocals; John Hand, keys/vocals; Jerry Price, rhythm guitar/vocals; Lori Franke, lead vocals; Kenny Zeigler, drums/vocals; and Chris Hammann, bass guitar/vocals.





The Glades
Carlinville, IL
Friday
30-Jun-06
9:00 PM

Enos Park
Springfield, IL
Sunday
16-Jul-06
4:00 PM

Macoupin County Fair
Carlinville, IL
Thursday
20-Jul-06
7:00 PM

Illinois State Fair - Miller Tent
Springfield, IL
Saturday
12-Aug-06
4:00 PM

Illinois State Fair - One Particular Harbor
Springfield, IL
Sunday
13-Aug-06
8:00 PM

You're Wasted

Feel your mystic mind rampaging through my head
Trying to understand the things you thought you said
You’re wasting my time tryin’ to stick by you
Understanding is hard when you know you’re through
You’d better quit, come on back to reality
I’ll help you every step, it’s not easy

You’re wasted, burning all the thoughts in your mind away
You’re wasted, precious time to you don’t mean anything
You’re wasted, killing’ every dream you might’ve had
You’re wasted, memories of a yesterday are never coming’ back

I never noticed that mistakes you made you make again
Thinking back at all the things you could’ve been
You think your something when you got it going on
It’s getting harder and your trying to move along
You better stop before your body gets to you.
You better listen to the things you need to do

You’re wasted, burning all the thoughts in your mind away
You’re wasted, precious time to you don’t mean anything
You’re wasted, killing’ every dream you might’ve had
You’re wasted, memories of a yesterday are never coming’ back

You’re lost; you won’t amount to anything.
I’m gone; you’re hopeless thoughts are damaging

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Honky Tonk Zone

You pull up in your Harley
Thinkin’ I’m gonna be sorry.
Boy, you’ve got it all wrong.

You in your t-shirt with the torn off sleeves
Believing biker boy that you’re much tougher than me
Oh, go back where you belong…


You’re on the wrong side of the line
Leave your little bad news brothers behind
And come on in- if you dare the unknown
Whoa – yeah You’ve entered the honky tonk zone

Oh Little Mr. Preppy
Never try to test me
I always know what to say.

Your simple yuppie dress – Abercrombie and Fitch
Never owed a dime cause you’re daddy’s so rich
Oh preppy boy, get out of my way.


You’re on the wrong side of the line
Leave your little brand-name Beamer behind
And come on in- if you dare the unknown
Whoa – yeah You’ve entered the honky tonk zone

Oh Mrs. Johnson
Mom to Taylor Thompson
Life is such an organized mess

You’re selling Tupperwear and cleaning the house.
Running PTA and pleasing your spouse.
Oh please, it’s time for a rest!

You’re on the wrong side of the line
Leave your perfect mother mayhem behind
And come on in- welcome to your unknown
Whoa – yeah You’ve entered the honky tonk zone

Whoa – come on over – the wrong side of the line
Leave all your inhibitions behind
Take a litte trip to another place and time
Come on in – Welcome to the unknown
You’ve arrived – You’re still alive
You’ve entered the honky tonk zone

Girls – Get off the phone
And enter the honky tonk zone.

Dogs – grad your bone
And cross over to the honky tonk zone.

Everybody – you’re not alone
Come on now – take a vow – and stay wow in the honky tonk zone!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

My Time Has Come

A little girl playin' house
Wonderin' what life's all about
She wished and wished as years rushed by
When would it be her time to cry
Then, as she walked up the isle
She thought to herself and smiled

My time has come
It's now my turn
To take a chance
To live, to learn
To be a part of this life I know
I will grow
I'll have some fun
Oh Oh Oh Oh
My time has come

Life is hard for a mother of two
Who wanted to start her life anew
Prayin' that some day he'd go away
So she and her children would be okay
Then, he disappeared in the crowd
And she thanked dear God out loud

My time has come
It's now my turn
To take a chance
To live, to learn
To be a part of this life I know
I will grow
I'll have some fun
Oh Oh Oh Oh
My time has come

All it takes, All we need, All we want is to be
All we can in this is do
I'm so thankful my dreams are comin' true

It seems like a lifetime has passed me by
Unwilling to give up. Refusing to cry
Taking those chances, wanting to be
A best entertainer that people could see
I hopin' for this dream to one day come true
And the day that I make it, I'll say this to you...

My time has come
It's now my turn
To take a chance
To live, to learn
To be a part of this life I know
I will grow
I'll have some fun
Oh Oh Oh Oh
My time has come

Friday, February 10, 2006

You’ll Never Know

I can see you riding’ baby through my sky
Speeding through the bumps in the clouds, going way too high
Looking out for the sun to guide you, but it’s movin’ too slow.
Takin’ chances by reaching limits you’ll never know

Cause our world was heaven baby
Now my life is hell
Nothing here satisfies my needs,
but I won’t ever tell
For I’m incognito of a
Burning empty hole
And though I’m lost inside myself
Boy, you’ll never know

I capture ever movement as you hit the atmosphere
Spinning all the worlds around me, you’ve nothing to fear
Paradise encompasses the very core of you
Always willing to travel yonder to get a better view.

Cause our world was heaven baby
Now my life is hell
Nothing here satisfies my needs,
but I won’t ever tell
For I’m incognito of a
Burning empty hole
And though I’m lost inside myself
Boy, you’ll never know

Time is moving on…
The realm of yesterday is gone…
The air is empty baby
No one around to save me
Here I am lying numb in a wounded dawn…

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Beauty...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
At least that's what some people say.
But you can be the judge of course
of what you see day to day.
It's not one's outward beauty
that stirs a sense of doubt,
but it's what you do for others
that brings one's beauty out.
Perhaps if you take a second glance
and look way deep inside,
You'll visualize a different view
one's deepest inner pride
It's sometimes second nature
to be most concerned of wealth
but if you take the time to look within
You may find beauty in yourself.