Val Ockert      songs of love & fatalism 

When the War is Over ©2016


When the war is over

and the healing has begun

When the man and woman

lay down their guns


When the resolution's winning

you put the voodoo doll away

When the crime of passion

is left in yesterday


Hugs and tears

Hugs and tears

They'll go rolling down the years

Hugs and tears


When the war is over

and the righteous can't be found

The bully's under lock and key

With nothing sharp around


Not innocent, not guilty

no adversaries named

Not They nor Them, She nor Him

no one left to blame


​Hugs and tears
Hugs and tears
They'll go rolling down the years
Hugs and tears


He said he kind of loved her

now he thinks he kind of lied

He knows he stopped believing

that she was cheering on his side


It's what he kind of wanted

to turn and walk away

When she didn't want to hold him

didn't want to say


Hugs and tears
Hugs and tears
They'll go rolling down the years
Hugs and tears


When the war is over
and the healing has begun
When the man and woman
lay down their guns

When the resolution's winning
you put the voodoo doll away
When the crime of passion
is left in yesterday


​Hugs and tears x 2

Tell Your Story ©1988


Go on tell your story

You need to tell your story

​But don't forget to listen to someone else


That's how you learn

That's how you learn


Feel the space between the

Truth and the fiction

But don't forget to listen to something else


That's how you learn

That's how you learn

In Your Own Way ©2013


Give to the world in your own way

Make love to the girls in your own way

Let go of the past  n your own way

Make all the good things last  in your own way


Give to the girls in your own way
Let go of the world  in your own way
Make love to the past in your own way
Make all the good things last in your own way


Give to the world in your own way
Make love with your girl in her own way
Let go of the past in your own way
Make all the good things last in your own way

So Easy ©2012


​I was walking the beach this evening

​Strollin' and thinking and dreamin'

​When these words I saw written on the sand


In a hand that was almost prancing

They moved me to sing and start dancing

To a tune so romantic and grand


And it's so easy

It's so easy

When the whole world fits in your arms"


And it's so easy

It's so easy

When the whole world fits in your arms"


A song comes once in a blue moon

You can't help when it comes as a blues tune

With beautiful words written in the sand


In a hand that was almost prancing

They moved me to sing and start dancing
To a tune so romantic and grand


chorus: and it's so easy etc.. 


Here’s to the girl who wrote this evening
Before the high tide completely
Removed such beauty written in the sand

In a hand that was almost prancing
They moved me to sing and start dancing
To a tune so romantic and grand


​chorus: and it's so easy etc..

The Olds ©1976


It’s nice to know

what’s going on

down the road
And it’s good to know

I’ll be driving the Olds.


A long way from madness,

so little away from sadness
Still out riding on my own
Living with plenty,

I never leave anywhere empty

Got to somehow find some fuel for the Olds.

It’s big enough to lie to me

and big enough to glide with me
Through troubled times with ease
Lane-hog mind with a timid heart
You sure do tease

Open the window, leaving the snow
Idle for too long, it’s you I’ve got to know.

It’s nice to know

what’s going on

down the road
And it’s good to know

I’ll be driving the Olds.

A long way from madness,

so little away from sadness
Still out riding on my own
Living with plenty,

I never leave anywhere empty

Got to somehow find some fuel for the Olds.

It’s big enough to lie to me and big enough   to glide with me

Through troubled times with ease
Lane-hog mind with a timid heart
You sure do please​

Wait for Me ©2014


Comes a time

when all of the newsmen are captured 

and acting like whores


Comes a time

​when everyone's talkin and talking and talkin

about wars


Comes a time

when I'm finally, finally, finally

​closing some doors


Comes a time

​When my my my my my my my my my madness meets yours


Wait for me

on the other side by the sea

on another tide let it be

for another time

Wait for me

Wait for me


Comes a time
when all of the newsmen are captured 
and acting like whores

Comes a time
when everyone's talkin' and talkin' and talking
about wars

Comes a time
when I'm finally, finally, finally
closing some doors

Comes a time When my

my my my my my my my my magic meets yours

Wait for me

on the other side by the sea
on another tide let it be
for another time
Wait for me
Wait for me​

​​Lay your burden Down ©2014


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

When the sun sets on the river

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down


Bob and Leonard were singing

About when the deal goes down

Maybe there's too much time spent

Groomin' that precious frown

When you're not really ready

But you wanna hang around

Lay your burden down boys

Lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down

Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down


A young lad born to suffer

Beauty with an ugly face

A stumble, a stutter

Or a life devoid of grace

A time to sit and ponder

In the middle of the human race

Lay your burden down friend

Chase it from this place


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down

Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down


Staring upon the Mekong

At dusk in Vientienne

Looking upon the Yukon

It's not where but when

A sunny day and sun jewels

Along the edge of the fen

Lay your burden down

Let your burden end


​Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down

Lay your burden down, lay your burden down
When the sun sets on the river
Lay your burden down

​Lower the Bar ©2012


He lowered the bar

Then she lowered the bar

To see how low it goes


Now she's lowering the bar

Just a little too far

Goin' nowhere I suppose


Though vengeance is sweet

It won't put her to sleep

Only Stilnox will tonight

Chewing her nails

Spewing tall tales

​Does she wake up feeling alright


In the morning

Does she wake up feeling bright

Or does she blame someone

For all the things that don't seem right

Does she know that

The only way to win

For her own sake

Is to let the past wear thin


He left her right there
And made it quite clear
He wasn’t coming ‘round no more
He hurt her it’s true
But what could he do
With one foot already out the door

Chorus: In the morning...

If the story she’s told

Never grows old
Nor put to rest for the night
She might be still there
Huddled in fear
But sadly still up for a fight

Chorus
Repeat: In the morning…

Edge of the Prairie ©2009


Out on the edge of the prairie

Blows a wind that's a part of me

You can hear it in the banjo

Hear it in the trees


Blow hard, reach for glory

Breathe deep, find some peace

Cold winds don't last forever

Even though that's what it seems.


​Green turns to yellow turns to snow white

Hiding in a hood of fur

Just when you're thinking you're alright

You start again thinking of her


Breathe deep, reach for glory

Blow hard then find some peace

Cold winds don't last forever

Even though that's what it seems.


A chinook arch over the Rockies

Still too early for Spring

A merciful glimpse of recovery

From what the Northerlies bring


Blow hard, reach for glory
Breathe deep, find some peace
Cold winds don't last forever
Even though that's what it seems.


Out on the edge of the prairie

Blows a wind that's a part of me

You can hear it in the charango​

Hear it in the trees


Blow hard, reach for glory
Breathe deep, find some peace
Cold winds don't last forever
Even though that's what it seems.