Hopelessly in Love

Hopelessly in Love appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Carole, Jack, and Jennifer
Music by Douglas J. Cohen

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Hopelessly in Love

Thoroughly you fell
Drastically as well
Never thought you would but there you go
Humming all day long
Some familiar song
Don’t you know you’re
Hopelessly in love
I’ve been there before
Couple times or more
Frenzied, though your brain says take it slow
Things are going just the way they should
Much too much too good
Man, you know you’re
Hopelessly in love
Take a guy whose surface
Never could be scratched
See the icy surface get outmatched
She was so determined
You were disinclined
Whatever she did, she did
And now you’ve lost your mind
Humming all day long
That familiar song
Little tune to “roon” your status quo
Ain’t the slightest doubt
Brother, you’re found out
Clear as any quasar up above
Radiating
Hopelessly in love
Might as well confess it
Might as well rejoice
Any way you dress it
There’s no choice
For the lucky loser
I’ve some sage advice
Whatever is done is done, and son,
Let’s don’t think twice
Always thought you would
Much too much too good
Better just sit back, enjoy the show
As I mentioned
I’ve been there before
Guess I know the score
Aren’t you feeling
One day like a helpless baby
Next day—like a helpless baby
Could you, to your deep dismay, be
Hopelessly in love

Say You’ll Remember

Say You’ll Remember appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Jennifer
Music by Zina Goldrich

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Say You’ll Remember

Don’t know why it should matter
Because our love is clearly through
Never understood the reasons
Never understood you
And it’s surely your right
To be gone if you want to be gone
There’s just one thing I ask
To help me move on
(chorus)
Say you’ll remember
Say you’ll always look back
On a love that was real
And just slipped off track
Please, don’t let me ever
Be the one you regret
Say you’ll remember
So that I can forget

All the years we were lovers
It’s hard to see how we can be friends
Do we only judge a journey
By the way that it ends
And it doesn’t feel right
To pretend that we never left shore
I’ll always believe we had something more
(repeat chorus)

Bye-Bye, Aloha, Yo!

Bye-Bye, Aloha, Yo! appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Carole
Music by Jeff Lazarus

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Bye-Bye, Aloha, Yo!

Try to work things out?  My god, I
Tried till I thought I’d burst
There can be no doubt our love has died
Here you heard it first
So I’ll quit pretending there’s a chance
We can save the day
I used to need the agita
But somehow I’ve come to say, hey
Bye-bye, aloha, yo
Pack up my bags and go
Don’t ask what’s wrong
That’s a whole song
A big megillah I ain’t about to sing
You might as well be asking
Why does a blizzard blow
How does a flower grow
What makes the rain
Auf wiedersehen
Bye-bye, aloha, yo
Did we try our best, you ask me—why
Did you try your worst
Everything’s a test with you, a game
With the rules reversed
Till I told myself, “you little fool
You don’t have to play.”
I used to keep the freaking score
But now all I do is say, hey
Bye-bye, aloha, yo
Bet me to win, not show
I’m out in front
You’ll have to punt
Or shoot the moon
I told you the rules were weird
And now I’ve disappeared
With far less than half our dough
Don’t say I dealt you low
You got a deal
Hey, it’s been real
Bye-bye, aloha, yo
Bye-bye, aloha, yo
Or as the French’ll tell you
“Ta, ta!  And cheerio!”
Hey, it had to be done, you son of a gun
I’m leaving you
Before you can count to one
You could be banking
On a last-minute tear
Well, sorry, my dear
The tears’re shed and
Dead and buried long ago
So, I’m so over you
It feels real good to be splittin’
You’re dead wood, little kitten
Fin’ly gonna see some sunshine
Without you
Banish all the doom and gloom
All about you
Ev’ryone’s been wondering when
I guess I wanted to be sure
And I am positively positive
In telling you
Aloha, yo
Okie-dokey
Westward ho
Like an Okie
Don’t be so surprised
You should have seen it coming
Ages ago, Daddy-o
And if you ask me
Is there anything I think you should learn
I’ll only tell you
What my mama always taught me
And my mama always said
That when you sell, sell high
Oh, and when you
Buy, buy low
That’s the only way to grow
There’s nothing lower than the lows
That I’ve had with you
She knew a thing or two
Maybe I’ll be sorry–I don’t see how
Anyway, I’m saying ciao
And sayonara, baby
Maybe I’ll repeat it for emphasis
And in a voice like this, fortissimo
Aloha, yo

Michael’s Song

Michael’s Song appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Jack
Music by David Israel

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Michael’s Song

All my days
Be they filled with praise
Or filled with doubt
All I can think about
Is what you wore
On the day you swore
You would never go
(Lavender)
Even so
I have my ways
To get through these days
I work, I cook
Finished a real good book
And friends…ah, yes
(And your black-brown dress)
Lots of movies
Look — finished a real good book
But I don’t go anywhere
I don’t see anyone
Without planning and rehearsing
Things I’ll say
And things I’ll not say
On the day we somehow, look
I know things change
(No perfume)
Things change
They change for good
Pretty much
Change is good
And memories fade
(And your boots were suede
And your velvet vest–burgundy)
Who’d have guessed
That I don’t go anywhere
I can’t face anyone
I don’t care anyway
I don’t dare to see you
Though I ache to
When I do I’ll tell you such lies
And then continue
All my days
Merely paraphrasing days with you

You’re in Love Again

You’re in Love Again appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Carole and Jennifer
Music by Zina Goldrich

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

You’re in Love Again

You’re in love again
Your heart is pumping faster
As if it knows disaster’ll strike
You’re in love again
You know you should be wary
The way you weren’t with Gary and Mike
But you’re not the kind to worry
Never inclined to mope
Flash him a smile and pile up on Kleenex
All you can do is hope
And hope’s the thing, baby, with feathers
Give it some space and it flies
Not lots of guys have been big on hope
Who offered hope?  Jonathan?  Nope
You’re in love again
Absurdity incarnate
You hope he calls–and darn it, he does
You can see it now
He’s gonna have some problems
A temper, cocaine, or a wife
Or some major shtick with his mother
He’s dying to paint you as very maternal
Of course, there’s no denying you are
“Cause, sister, if you weren’t
You’d not have
Been so badly burnt
So what have
Been the lessons learnt
That still you fall in love

That’s What I Like About the Rain

That’s What I Like About the Rain appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Jack
Music by Jack
Music by Alan Wolpert

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

That’s What I Like About the Rain

I don’t believe in silver linings
I just believe in clouds
I never pray for a sunny day at all
If I have to be the one here weeping
Don’t want the world to smile
That’s why I hope a little rain’s about to fall
Fall upon my garden wall
And all of the children down the lane
Soaks us through, both me and you
And so kind of circulates the pain
That’s what I like about the rain
I don’t believe in happy endings
I don’t believe in love
I never dared let my soul be bared before
It’s as if you shot a dream into me
And now the dream is gone
So button up, because I think it’s gonna pour
Pour upon my garden wall
And all of the children down the lane
Soaks us through, both me and you
And so kind of circulates the pain
That’s what I like about the rain
(Let it) come again some other day
And wash the world away
That’s why I hope a little rain’s about to fall
Fall upon the things we’ve done
Till none of the memories remain
Let it fade the mess we made
And send it all swirling down the drain
That’s what I like about the rain
Till none of the memories remain
That’s what I like about the rain

You Make Me Laugh

You Make Me Laugh appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Jennifer
Music by Shelly Markham

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

You Make Me Laugh

It isn’t your embrace
Or your delightful face
That makes me know
I made the wisest choice
And if your voice
Is not my fav’rite voice
I love to hear you sing off-key
In the key of Z
But hey—it’s okay by me
I’ll tell you why
My life is better by half
You make me laugh

When I’m about to burst
The day has been the worst
And I can only sit and stew awhile
You’ve got a smile
That always brings a smile
And that is halfway to a grin
Let the grin begin
Precluding the mood I’m in
You should have been
On David Letterman’s staff
You make me laugh
And no matter the joy
That we know in this life
There also will be tears
I can’t think of anyone else
Who could soothe my fears
Not these fears
And so I’m thunderstruck
At my colossal luck
I always knew the one
Who won my heart
Would be funny and smart
Double duty
My sides are good and sore
From rolling on the floor
And oh, there’s one thing more
You make me laugh
And no matter the joy
That we know in this life
There also will be tears
I can’t think of anyone else
Who could soothe my fears
Not these fears
It isn’t your embrace
Or your delightful face
It’s more the way
You make my spirit soar
As I mentioned before
I love your kind of kindness, too
The little things you say and do
But most of all the fact that you
You make me laugh

The Sweetness in the Air

The Sweetness in the Air appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Carole
Music by Rick Cummins

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

The Sweetness in the Air

There’s a snowfall, early April
There’s an afghan on my chair
There’s a picture from your childhood
There’s a sweetness in the air
With my eyes closed, I can see you now
Or the watch coat you used to wear
There’s not a dark cloud
I can’t rise above
To the sweetness in the air
I make no sound
I feel my fool way around
I’ve always been among the strong ones
I take all care
I know what the heart can bear
I try to see myself as others see me
Maybe it’s a kind of prayer
And I always check what time it is
Though I always know what time it is
It’s an easy bead
When time goes by so slow
There’s a snowfall and a girl of ten
Making angels in the square
There is coffee in my coffee urn
There’s a sweetness
And it’s always there
Because you once were here
And always here
Within the sweetness in the air

Out of Fashion

Out of Fashion appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Carole and Jack
Music by Lew Spence

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Out of Fashion

It isn’t the fashion
To drink your sorrows away
It isn’t the fashion
To think a binge is okay
Ah, but how am I to forget you, dear
Without the vermouth and the vodka near
It isn’t the fashion
To drink the blues away
It isn’t the style now
To make it one for the road
Or, “One for my baby
And one more just for the road”
Ah, but how am I to get over you
To cry in my beer and stay sober, too
It isn’t the fashion
To drink the blues away

Could you not have left me
In a more convenient time
Like the twenties
So I could drown in bathtub gin
Or you could have stayed forever
Would that be such a crime
Then I could laugh and drink champagne
And never have to feel this pain

But for now I’ve decided
To wash my sorrows away
A scotch on the rocks
And I’ll wash my sorrow away
And tomorrow I’ll hear a different drum
Tonight, though, it’s right to go all but numb
And sometime round midnight
A smile will come busting through
That’s one for my baby
And baby, that baby was you
I’m way out of fashion
And bartender, pour me a few
Pour me a few
Pour me a few

Got to Learn to Emote

Got to Learn to Emote appears on

Hopelessly In Love: The Lyrics Of Tom Toce
Featuring Carole J. Bufford, Jack Donahue, And Jennifer Sheehan
with a guest appearance by Jane Monheit

Sung by Jack
Music by Jeff Lazarus

Piano: Matthew Martin Ward
Bass: Boots Maleson

Got to Learn to Emote

Got to learn to express your anger
At the top of your throat
Mustn’t ever repress your anger
Got to learn to emote
Let’s pretend that your big fat ass
Has just been gored by a goat
Don’t be crying alack, alas
Got to learn to emote
Got to learn to unleash your feelings
Let me give you the note
If you keep eating quiche, your feelings
Then begin to emote
Women always got pissed if I’d
Put on too thick of a coat
Other men might be mystified
But me, I learned to emote
Time for peace and a time for war is
What the prophet once wrote
One more time that you must explore is
Now’s the time to emote
Maybe staying above the fray
Would fly if life were a float
Though you don’t have to love the fray
You’ve got to learn to emote