Changing Directions

Released: 2005

Changing Directions cronicles teenage years full of dirtbikes, sailboats, broken hearts, growing older, beautiful women & starting a family.

The Brigadoon

"The Brigadoon"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well if I was younger I would go

to a place that I used to know.

In the hills of North Carolina

me and my friends had it all.


Soon as school let out we'd rush off like the wind

day in and out we'd do it all over again.

We'd load them bikes in our trucks side-by-side

so we could get out there in that Brigadoon and ride.


Ride well that just what we did when we were kids

man we couldn't get enough.

Fly all up through them hills for priceless thrills

man we sure thought we were tough...

out there in that Brigadoon.


Couple of bucks would keep us riding all afternoon

cause gas was cheap, left us money for smokes and some mountain dew.

Unload them bikes, kick em on, let em run

Jeffrey'd have one rolled up for us fore we begun.


Rodeo here go come on let's ride

hit that powerband man i'll be outa sight.

There's the track up ahead come on let's race

can't see a thing from all the mud up in my face.


Ride well thats just what we did when we were kids

man we couldn't get enough.

Fly all up through them hills for priceless thrills

man we sure thought we were tough...

out there in that Brigadoon.

Benjamin

"Benjamin"

Tyler McLaughlin


When I was ten

I met a boy named Benjamin.

Well he was my age

and I wanted to be just like him.


Cause he was cool

he broke all the rules

And he never got caught

cause all those fools thought he was blind.


So I went down

to the barber and I cut my hair.

Walked like Ben talked like him

I pierced my ear man I was almost there.


And girls they looked at me

so differently.

And one day I got up the nerve

to say sweet thing come dance with me.


But those days are in the past

and I'm still here.

It seemed it went by so fast in this 21st year

this 21st year.


Well it's been ten

years since I've seen Benjamin.

Last I heard from him

he was catching fish in Ireland.


He said the beer it costs a lot

but they grow some killer pot.

Man I sure wish you were here

drinking a beer, smok'n a bone - fishin off the pier.


So I quit my job,

and bought a 70 foot sailboat.

I packed my fishing rod,

the next thing knew I was afloat.


Man times are good,

my boats Norwegian wood,

and my sails are big and wide

and atop this ocean is where I reside.


And these days I watch my mast,

while drink'n a beer.

I grab my fishing pole and take a cast,

but I still steer, so I don't veer....

Human Kind

"Human Kind"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well there used to be time when it was accepted

a different place for all different folk.

White folk, black folk, yellow folk, different folk -

everywhere you'd go it'd seem like there's a different door.

not no more...


Well don't you even start to think I'm that naive,

but I'm an optimist and I do believe that -

This dream we all conceive

well in time we can achieve...


One race one kind

It's all Gods Face and it's all Gods Mind.

Human kind - Human kind.


Well as we sit here today,

the problem ain't gone away.

You still got kids and they've got friends who've got ken,

who don't like another man just cause the color of his skin.


Why don't we just reveal,

what too many conceal.

Show true kindness to appeal -

to those who don't know for real...


That we're all

One race one kind

We've all got Gods Face and we've got Gods Mind

Human kind - Human kind.

Hill Country

"Hill Country"

Tyler McLaughlin


What you do if I asked you to

stick around for just a little while?

Would you look at me and smile so sweetly,

or would you pack up your bags and get outa town?


Well I’m hope’n you’ll stick around,

cause I show like to show you the rest of my town.

Now it may take a couple of hours

but I’m kinda hope’n that it takes all night.


Let's get it right, tonight... tonight.


Now I’m think’n it’s probably best if you just put them bags down.

Cause I’m, I'm gonna take you out on the town.

And after you've seen 6th St., well go on down to 4th and have a mug,

And then I’m gonna take you on the outskirts of town.


And we'll ride through the Texas hill country

Yes we'll ride through the Texas hill country.


I’m glad that you’ve made this decision

now I can start to work with accurate precision.

It’s nice that you’ll be around

You’ll make a wonderful addition to this town.


Now don’t you think that you’re just gonna love it.

Soon you’ll realize that there ain't nothing above it.

It’s like a little piece of heaven here on earth;

And before long you’ll appreciate its worth.


Now I’m think’n it’s probably best if you just put them bags down.

Cause I’m, I'm gonna take you out on the town.

And after you’ve seen the Congress Avenue, and all the bats have all flown away.

I’m gonna take you on the outskirts of town.


And well ride through the Texas hill country

Yes well ride through the Texas hill country

Hear'n You

"Hear'n You"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well now if I am hearing you correctly,

what you're trying to say.

Is that I ain't going home with you tonight,

so I better just get on my way.


Well that's alright cause I've been hurt before,

I'll just turn and walk right on out that door.

But I won't get two steps fore' you hollar at me

please come back I gotta have more.


Well alright, I'm on my way,

I'm so glad that you've asked me to stay

Well I won't let you down, hell yes we'll paint the town,

still have plenty of time left to play.


Now the first thing that you want to do,

well it's written all over your face.

Cause your giving me them soft eyes,

and your putting me right in my place.


That's alright - cause I love this place,

here with you just touch'n your face.

Well how could this be wrong, girl it's such a good song

and you're my amazing grace.


Here we go, another night

You and I girl it's so right

Well we've painted this town hun now don't let me down none

cause I wanna love you with all of my might.

It's Over

"It's Over"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well look at me and tell me that,

if I love you I'll be loved back.

Well if you can not tell me, then it's over.


Well it ain't really all that hard,

to put your love into what you want to.

But if that love ain't me, well then it's over.


Cause I don't want no one night stand,

what I'm asking is your hand forever.

And together we can make it through whatever.


But like I said if your love's dead move over

cause I ain't down for shaky ground now get over

I'm sorry but I'm not, if this comes as quite a shock, but it's over


Well I don't know if you're aware

but I've done that and I've been there enough times

to scar my heart which made me write these love lines


So listen close to what I say

if you can't love me every day well then run on

cause what I need is someone I can count on


To stick with me through thick and thin

to love me when I'm down and out and back in

Again, and again, and again


But like I said if your love's dead move over

cause I ain't down for shaky ground now get over

I'm sorry but I'm not, if this comes as quite a shock, but it's over

To Love Again

"To Love Again"

Tyler McLaughlin


well I don't know, if I'll ever find that one

and that's ok cause right now I am done

look'n round I know I'd rather run

away from this place

at least I won't have to face

the pain of losing grace


so I tell myself I'm alright I'm alone

it's where I'm at in my life, it's what I own

It's who I am, what I do, I make it known

so I don't feel that pain

it's easier to place the blame

I'm better off with a little shame


i know this game must end

cause this way I will never win

and all I want is to love again

all I want is to love again


i'm giv'n up everything I thought I knew

about us, about me and you

because now I have a clue

As to what I want in love

it's not about is push and shove

but it's something I dream of


so here I am, opening up all my doors

can't be afraid to love anymore

cause it's you who I adore

and I can't bare the thought

of losing you because I'm caught

up in the past because it's not around


this is the here that we are in

and so i'll so my best to begin

doing what I do to love again

doing what I do to love again

My One

"My One"

Tyler McLaughlin


Son we've been up, and we've been down

Dad's given up, but come back around

A time or two, because of you

Well I'm who I am, and that's quite a man


I'm your dad, you're my son

We're a team and we have fun

And I will always do my best, to get that done, for you my son

You are my one


Now there've been times when we fell

Back down them lines, cause I could not tell

The difference between a lover and a wife

Trying to find a partner for our lives


But in my heart, I already knew

Because of you and it rang true

That the one thing I need, is for you to be safe with me

And I will always do my best, to get that done, for you my son

You are my one


Son I praise the Lord for your love

And I thank my fortune stars up above

That i've got you to keep me going strong

Even when i feel like i just don't belong


Because you make me

What I am and that's quite a man

Yes I'm your dad, your my son

I know this, that your my one


And I have always done my best

To keep you safe and having fun

You are my one

The Lucky One

"The Lucky One"

Tyler McLaughlin


Dad won't you come and play with me

Mom come here, I want you to see

Cause I'm spiderman, I'm batman, I'm superman

Watch me run, jump and fly to the sky


Play'n with ya'll well it's like heaven on earth

If you could truly see all it's worth

You'd see on the inside my hearts brighter than the sun

And someday due to all this play'n well I will be the one


To share in this love and care'n that you have taught your son

Thank you mom, thank you dad, for doin' what you've done

Yeah I'm the lucky one

I said I'm the lucky one


Mom look at me I'm all grown up

Dad check me out I'm on my own

I'm a business man, a husband and a father too

Workin', livin' and love'n like you taught me to


Play'n with ya'll well it was like heaven on earth

Now you can see all it's worth

My hearts still shining brighter than the sun

And now it's my turn, to share it with my sons


All this care'n, this love and share'n that you have taught your son

Thank you mom, thank you dad for doin' what you've done

I'm the lucky one

I said I'm the lucky one

Yeah I'm the lucky one

The Tune Of Love

"The Tune of Love"

Tyler McLaughlin


Well here we are,

and we ain't that far...

And I think it's time,

that we crossed that line.


Listen to me,

and I'll listen to you...

And we'll hear our hearts,

beating in tune.


And what a sweet sound,

my heart has found.

Pumping to yours,

it's just thumping around

what a beautiful sound

my heart has found

in the tune of love, love, oh yeah love, love


do do dooo doo da do do do da do do do dooo


Now that we're here,

it's perfectly clear

that we crossed that line

at just the right time.


I'm listn'n to you,

you're listn'n to me...

And our hearts our one,

so perfectly.


What a sweet sound,

my heart has found.

Pumping to yours,

it's just thumping around

what a beautiful sound

my heart has found

in the tune of love, love, oh yeah love, love


I've never felt

quite like this

oh, it's pure bliss indeed


I'm pump'n melody

you're pump'n harmony

oh this is how it should be.


Love, Love, Love, Love


do do dooo doo da do do do da do do do dooo

ba ba da ba ba ba da ba, na nah na nah


Love, Love


A Proposal

"A Proposal"

Tyler McLaughlin


I've been watching you close

I've been studying your moves

I've been taking notes

Learin'n all you moods


Cause I am so in love

In love with you

You fill my cup

And when my cup's not full

I'm just a fool in love with you

Just a fool in love


I've been dreaming of you

Ever since I could dream

And all I want to do

Is enforce what you mean


To my son and I

Cause for the rest of our lives

Well, we need you to be

Right where we can see


Whereever we go

In whatever we do

Well together we'll grow

Into a family with you


Cause you fill our cups

You hold all of our needs

I think that it's time

I get down on my knee

And ask you pretty please


Will you marry me

Will you be my wife

Will you take me to be

Your partner in this life

Jennifer's Song

"Jennifer's Song"

Tyler McLaughlin


Jennifer, forever - I'm Yours

Look into my eyes, and see how sure

I am about you by my side for the rest of my life

Mentoring, mothering, caring and loving - my wife


My dreams came true, the day you said I do

I thank God, for you


Collins gold can't touch

This fortune of ours, is worth way too much

Theres nothing in this entire galaxy of ours

And you could keep on goin' way beyond them stars


And you'll never find anything anywhere

That compares to what she means to us

No you won't, not anywhere


My dreams came true, the day you said I do

I thank God, for you