The Ocean Road Lyrics HARA


A child will ask you why the sky is blue
And why the grass is wet with morning dew
What makes rain paint colors in the sun?
And fireflies light up when day is done

Why are there things they say you shouldn’t know?
Why is heaven high and hell below?
Who’s the master of creation?
And to every explanation

They ask why ……. then they ask you why
More questions than raindrops from the sky
They wonder why…

Soon they’ll wonder why a love so sweet
Can be so fragile and incomplete
Why do lovers break each other’s heart?
How can love so strong just fall apart?

Why do they say that love can conquer all?
When all too often love’s the one to fall
It’ll always be a mystery
It’s a war and love’s a refuge

Tell them why .. you must know why
But no answer ever falls from the sky
And you don’t know why

Questions linger on a love that died
Perhaps it’s greener on the other side
They say it’s better to have loved and lost
Words from those who’ve never paid the cost

Tell me why …. I still ask why
The only answer that ever falls from the sky
Is why ask why?

Try….. I try and try
But no reply will appear high in the sky
There will never be a reason or rhyme
You can wonder until the end of time

So why ask why? Why ask why?
Tell me why (because…)
Tell me why (becasue…)
Tell me why (becasue…)
Because (why?,,,)
Because (why?,,,)

12 string guitar, Nashville tuned guitar: Steve Stusser
6 string acoustic guitar, vocals: Steve Grimes
Electric guitar: Rod Cook
Bass: Billy Peterson
Drums: Marty Fera
Harmony vocal: Scott Shelton
String arrangement: Toby Couture
Photo: Shawn McLaughlin


It was a time when times were a-changing
And we were singing about saving the world
I was listening to words of wisdom
While I waited for my dream to unfurl

I was standing in the mud in the Woodstock rain
With the feeling you were close somewhere
In the darkness I was riding on the peace train
And I swear that I could feel you there

There was peace and love Lord knows there was plenty of
But where were you when I was twenty my love?

We were marching the mall in Washington
And for peace we were taking our stance

And I thought I heard you join in singing
“All we’re saying, is give it a chance”

There was peace, and love Lord knows we need plenty of
But where were you when I was twenty my love?

Now in this space, this wrinkle in time
We’re feeling like it’s all so brie
If love hadn’t been so deaf and blind
It could have saved us so much grief

Now we’re living in times that have changed
And years lost can never be found
But the love we’d have started at twenty
Would pale to what’s here and now

‘Cause there’s peace and love Lord knows we have plenty of
And you make me feel Like I’m twenty my love

Yes there’s peace and love Lord knows we have plenty of
And you make me feel Like I’m twenty, my love

Guitar, vocal: Steve Grimes
Drums: Kerry Sofaly
Upright Bass: Danny Maeola
Harmony vocal: Herb Fernandez
Harmonium: Eric Helmkamp


(inspired by the commitment, dedication and passion of Hawaii’s voyaging canoe sailors, who navigate by traditional wayfinding – using no instruments)

I am a voyager on the open sea
From the world of walls I heard the call that set me free
I sail for peace of mind and new points of view
To know what is to know and what is true

I am a mariner whose fate is cast
I run with the current, steering through the past
The more I see the more there is to see
I’m a searcher, a lover of discovery

And the wind whispers through my mind
And the sun and stars will help to find
The course to follow to our destiny
Across the Ocean Road

To see your destination
You must see where you have been
To see the journey’s end, you know where to begin
We sail without, and we sail within
Through the wisdom of the ancient ones who live again

As the breeze slips across the sea
And this ease I feel come over me
The birds, the moon will tell me what they see
Out on the Ocean Road

We try to tie the line from distant time
To all the common bonds that intertwine
Strangers we meet become strange no more
Sisters and brothers, who welcome us ashore

‘Cause the wind is the common air we breathe
And the sea and stars the signs we heed
As we venture on to unfamiliar shores

Acoustic guitars, vocals: Steve Grimes
Background vocals: Scott Shelton
Harmonica: Steve Sargenti
Percussion: Paul Marchetti
Synth effects: Marty Baum, Eric Helmkamp
Bass: Ty Jonasson


Written for the 8th grade class of Sacred Hearts School, Lahaina, HI
who adopted the theme of Hawaii’s voyaging canoe Hokule’a on her
round the world voyage “mālama honua” – take care of the planet

Hawaiian words:
Mālama = take care of
Kōkua = help out
Kuleana = responsibility
‘Āina = land
‘Ohana = family
Honua = world/earth

The people you love, you better hold on to
You got to give them your time and the best that you do
Don’t let them stray too far away
You got to love ‘em like there won’t be another day
‘Cause nothing can be better than good family and friends
So make sure that the bond you share never ends
‘Cause if you let it go you may never get it back – and that’s just a fact, Jack

So mālama your mama, mālama your dad
Mālama ‘ōhana, the people you have
Your uncle your cousin, your neighbors too
It’s our kuleana to do all we can do

The world we know is changing fast
So much we take for granted will never last
And once it’s gone you know it’s gone for good
For the things we’ve been blessed with we should knock on wood
Wherever you wander, wherever you roam
It’s one roof we’re under, we’re all here at home
This planet is an island and the sky is the sea
It’s your land, it’s my land, so I’m sure you’ll agree

To mālama the ‘āina, there’s so much to do
Not just in Lahaina ‘cause the world needs you too
It’s gonna take all of us but it starts with you
So mālama yourself, ‘cause that’s the first thing to do

So wacha gonna do when it all comes down
When fake food’s all that comes up from the ground
When the fishes in the ocean all floatin’ on the top
Is that the only thing that’s gonna make us all stop?

And take a look around to find a better way
For every living species to see another day
Where all God’s creature’s aren’t living on the brink
And the sun shines down on a world in sync

So it’s time we all stop before it’s all gone
And there’s no time left to right the wrong
We gotta get down to it and we all gotta do it
Won’t you help me get started help me sing this song

About mālama honua taking care of the world
If we all kōkua every boy and girl
Every mama every papa every sister every brotha
Got to all get together try to help one anotha

Mālama your mama, mālama your dad
Mālama ‘ōhana, the teachers you have

Ukulele solo: Jake Shimabukuro
Acoustic guitars, ukulele, vocals: Steve Grimes
Bass: Ty Jonasson
Kids’ vocals: Ariana, Sherlyn, Kristel, Landon, Cameron
Drums: Kerry Sofaly
Percussion programming: Toby Couture, Matt Pini


This will make you laugh
I staked my dreams on you
This will make you laugh
They never did come true

I took a chance on the one romance
And vowed it couldn’t miss
But I should have known never to judge
A heart by a kiss

This will make you laugh
I once believed in you
And for all my love You didn’t see it through

Of all the fools, I broke the rules
I love you still you see
This will make you laugh
But it’s not funny to me

Piano: Eric Verlinde
Upright Bass: Bruce Phares
Guitar, vocal: Steve Grimes
Drums: Mark Ivester
Guitar solo: Phil Deangelis
Photo: Steve Grimes


The Blue Whale’s the largest of all of the mammals
And the deep sea is their paradise
The Sperm Whales swim down so far underwater
‘Cause they think the deep sea squid taste nice

Oh where in the world are the whales?
Where do they wander way under the waves?
What would you tell them if somebody wondered
Where in the world are the whales?

The Right Whale’s the rarest of sights to see
Not often do you hear “thar she blows!”
The Grey Whale’s the gypsy of all the world’s oceans
From the Bering Sea to old Mexico

Oh where in the world are the whales?
Where do they wander way under the waves?
What would you tell them if somebody wondered
Where in the world are the whales

The Humpbacks they swim the world over
And they sing wherever they go
The Killer Whales visit the
Puget Sound waters
When they see ‘em the seals scream “oh no!”

Oh where in the world are the whales?
Where do they wander way under the waves?
What would you tell them if somebody wondered
Where in the world are the whales?

Fingerstyle guitar: Phil Grimes
Concetina: Bertram Levy
Hawaiian nose flute: Keola Beamer
Acoustic guitar, vocal: Steve Grimes
Vocal chorus: Sacred Hearts School Class of 2014
Harmony vocals: Lynn Peterson


Small wonder we’re so night and day
They say that will always finds its way
The mystery of how this love struck gold
No fortune teller could have ever told

Minha maravilha pequena
Desde que te achei minha vida é plena
Neginha, dê teu amor só prá mim
Meu coração vai ser teu até o fim

I can’t remember a time or place
An hour a day before I saw your face
It seems like time agreed to start again
The moment this haggard heart heard your name

Minha maravilha pequena
Desde que te achei minha vida é plena
Neginha, dê teu amor só prá mim
Meu coração vai ser teu até o fim

Nylon string guitar solo: Sasha Brusin
Nylon string guitar, vocal: Steve Grimes
Upright bass: Danny Maeola
Harmony vocal: Luiz Matheus


You can spend your time, you can spend your life
Following the dollar as the god of greed
But you always want just a little more
And you try to buy everything you need

Cause you bought what they sold you
About the schemer’s dream
And the low hanging fruit of the money tree
So you build love up, then you beat love down
Then you cry out when it can’t be found

But to fill your heart, and to feed your soul
Spend a little love, use the other gold
You can try to buy what you need inside
But it’s free to be satisfied

You know the poorest man and his Midas gold
He’s got everything that money can buy
But the richest man in his heart and soul
With everything that money cannot buy

When the deal is done and the chips are down
Where you gonna turn when luck is not around?
Cause you’re still looking at a losing hand
And your castles – you built in sand

And to satisfy your hungry heart
Spend a little love, your world won’t fall apart
You can try to buy what you need inside
But it’s free to be satisfied

Acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocal: Steve Grimes
Harmony vocal: Scott Shelton
Percussion: Kerry Sofaly
Drums: Paul Marchetti
Bass: Lex Luthier


Some people say that life’s a bitch
I guess for some that’s true
Others will tell you life is rich
It’s all your point of view

You can’t stop the storm that’s blowing your way
You can’t chase the clouds that darken the day
So just ride with the tide, and drift on the wind
And tomorrow … you do it again

So far, so good, whatever happens turns out as it should
The mysteries of life can’t be understood
But you know – it’s all good

Why carry the weight of the world on your shoulder?
Let the rain roll right off your back
When the wind is against you – take a different tack

If life is a wave we’re on for the ride
There’s nothing to save for the other side
And if you believe in life before death
Then live it, until the last breath

So far, so good, don’t stay in the shadow of where you stood
The mysteries of life can’t be understood
But you know….it’s all good

It’s all good, it’s all good
Whatever happens will be as it should
Live to the hilt this moment in time
And you’ll find .. it’s all good

Acoustic guitars, vocal: Steve Grimes
Cello: Brad Hawkins
String arrangement: Toby Couture
Harmony vocal: Lynn Peterson
Hawaiian phrase: Wilmont Kahaiali’i


She’s the mistress of the meadow
She’s the maiden of the rain
And the spirit of the stones
From whence she grows
She will blossom spring and summer
She will bloom throughout the snow
She’s the Rose of Ballyroe

She surrounds herself with brambles
And the briars and the thorns
While her petals fall on crimson beds below
Why she blossoms though the winter
No man will ever know
She’s the Rose of Ballyroe

Oh so many men have braved
The bristle of her myriad thorns
And tried to take this flower for their own
But so well she knows love’s welcome
Is all too quickly worn
And as cold as the cobbled earth
From which this vine has grown

So she blossoms in the summer sun
And through December cold
She’s the Rose of Ballyroe
She’s the Rose of Ballyroe

Mandolin, acoustic guitars, vocals: Steve Grimes
Drums: Paul Marchetti
Irish Low Whistle, Uilleann pipes, Scottish Smallpipes: Marty Baum
Percussion: Kerry Sofaly
Harmony vocals: Scott Shelton
Grand Highland Bagpipes: Roger McKinley


When the wind blows through the trees
Does anybody hear?
When droning bagpipes play
Through the fog upon the bay

Is the sun still high above
When the mist lays on the ground?
When no one’s there to hear
Do these strings still make a sound?

Ohhh does anybody know?
Why it’s easy to hold on, and so hard to let it go
Ohhh…it’s still ringing in my ear
In the forest there’s a sound
Does anybody hear?

Waiting on the dawn of day
While the night plays on too long
As darkness fades to grey
Uilleann melodies still play

When the veil of night is gone
Only the piper plays the tune
And we will follow on, all too soon

Ohhh as anybody knows
It’s easier to hold on, and hard to let go
Ohhh he’ll stay ringing in my ears
In the forest there’s a song
Doesn’t everybody hear?
There will always be a song…

Tenor ukulele, guitar, vocal: Steve Grimes
Cello: Brad Hawkins
String arrangement: Toby Couture
Whistling: Keith McCrary
Harmony vocal: Lynn Peterson
Photo of “Finesse” at Manihi Atoll: Mike Duffy

Forever Endeavor

They say never say never because you never know
Life changes like the weather and storms will come and go
But you steered a course so fearless and bold
And you set your sights and sailed into my soul
And the world I knew just shifted on its pole

It’s never too late to fall when you finally get it right
And never too soon to realize that at last you see the light
In the dark the moon and stars showed us the way
To find this kind of love
We thought would never have its day

So I’ll never say never
And by the stars above
I’ll forever endeavor to be in this love

Like aging fine wine
You can’t taste true love before its time – it’s time

And I never knew that freedom
Was a gift that trust can give
And I’ve never known this feeling
That I’ve just begun to live
I was circling like a boat with just one oar
Always rowing back to where I’d been before
Good exercise, but there must be something more

Now I never say never
And by the hand of fate
We discovered a treasure – fashionably late
So I never say never
And by the stars above
I’ll forever endeavor to be in this love

Acoustic guitars, vocals, bass: Steve Grimes