Sum Of The Parts: Collected Songs 1977​-​2014

by Wayne Francis

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released August 12, 2014

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Track Name: A Ways To Go
A WAYS TO GO

With a ways to go, when the boats are slow and the daytime's losing light
If I live to see us sailing free, I swear I'll do what's right
With no regrets or unplaced bets still hanging up over me
Hey mister, make some headway I can see

With no means to fail, I will ride the rails on the continent's divide
Where I hail from you take what comes if you really do want to ride
By diesel force we set our course through forest, outcrop and field
We're moving now, I can hear those big iron wheels

Lost and waylayed at the crossroad, where the sun is going down
Now you might see the best in me, but I have no explanation for
Her fingertips up my sleeve

There's a bus to meet on this prairie street, I'm here looking out for the sign
If I fall asleep, I can travel cheap to Ontario's north pine
When morning breaks, the cold Great Lakes are shining up through the trees
Halfway home, I may make it by degrees

Lost and waylayed at the crossroad, where the moon is riding high
Now you might see the best in me, but I'm sitting in this hotel room
Well she said I might need the key

Like a hard luck Joe, when the cash is low, where the river meets with the tide
Take it as it comes, when you ride your thumb, when it's the only way to get by
A midnight run on one-oh-one and take my word she was looking fine
She rescued me from one more closing time

Lost and waylayed at the crossroad with the big sky filled with stars
Now you might see the best in me, but we pulled into this motor inn
Well she was getting too tired to see

With a ways to go, when the boats are slow and the sun is up on the rise
I'll jump this strait as to not be late when the rumours I've come arrive
Now you might see the best of me, I'll leave the dusty road behind
This only son's reworked the grand design
Track Name: Calm Within The Storm
CALM WITHIN THE STORM

The earth reveals itself in all her glory
We're standing by on feet of clay
As nature demonstrates in all her splendour
The price that we will have to pay
Ironclad evidence in every corner
Since greed assumed its faceless form
So sad to see the world in all its grandeur
Seek calm within the storm

The seawall strains against a new horizon
One looming dark from far off shore
The race is on to reach an understanding
The race is on to bar the door
Mismanaged arrogance may throw the balance
And blur the landscapes they transform
The answer in our grasp is drifting farther
From calm within the storm

(Bridge)

When you're lost in time, counting the cost of time
The planet pays no mind to our concern
Great glaciers form the line, like yardsticks of decline
The roadway serpentine, nowhere to turn

The earth reveals itself in all her glory
Sun shine on the human race
And nature demonstrates in all her splendour
The long ascent that we must face
How can it be our chance may soon be squandered
Exotic weather morphs into the norm
In a sea of space the earthrise fragile beauty
Calm within the storm
Ironclad evidence in every corner
Since greed assumed its faceless form
So sad to see the world in all its grandeur
Seek calm within the storm
Track Name: Wings Of A Dream
WINGS OF A DREAM

All but once in a while, I keep my eyes straight ahead
There's not a stone left unturned, I keep my conscience well fed
My mind never wavers, living life here at hand
I don't ask for no favours, I see the lay of the land
I keep my hand at the ready, over uneven ground
I never pause to consider, you're still nowhere to be found
Well at least I never do til I am gliding on, the wings of a dream

All but once in a while, it's all clear in my mind
The more often I see, the raw feelings refined
I used to reach for a number, I used to reach for the phone
I didn't slow down to wonder, if you're even alone
It was a natural act, like the moth to the flame
Now I find no occasion, to even think of your name
Well at least I never do til I am flying on, the wings of a dream

Oh, those are the times I must surrender
Days and nights too numerous to name
These borrowed wings have no way to be rising
When gravity returns to rule again

On the wings of a dream, is a place I'm content
A refuge where the past, knows it can't make a dent
I don't look for excuses, that may lie in the weeds
Temptation calls, I refuse it, my standard always exceeds
There's a smile on my face, the sun and waters will shine
The ecstacy is forgotten, of your lips kissing mine
Well at least it is forgotten til I'm riding on, the wings of a dream
Track Name: Miller's Road
MILLER'S ROAD

By the miller's road it's rising and the night is almost black
Call the mothers and the daughters, there may be no turning back
Now you may see the one you need and thank the Lord I'm him
By the miller's road it's rising and the stars are in good trim

By the miller's road it's rising and the world is dressed in spring
There'll be no explanation for the magic it might bring
Now you may see the friend you need inside the dream I'm in
By the miller's road it's rising where the moss hangs on the limb

Now the movie stars ride cadillacs
With the diamond dogs upon their laps
That seat will slide back just a little more

By the miller's road it's rising as the moon climbs in to view
You can leave it all in my hands, I will do what I must do
Now you may see a friend in need there looking back at you
By the miller's road it's rising and we've dusted off curfew

Now the millionaires can drink champagne
And toast the girls and raise the cain
Still Saturdays mean all the world to me

By the miller's road it's late now and the tide has slipped away
Here lost amid the wonder at the dawning of the day
I've heard that lonesome stories end where dreams come true begin
By the miller's road it's rising, feel the earth beneath you spin
You have arrived where you belong with sunshine on your skin
On the miller's road returning and the day is in fine trim
Track Name: Crystal Clear
CRYSTAL CLEAR

Everybody's calling, everybody's asking me why this all went down
Anyone who's been there when love turns the other way
Knows it takes all that to unmake my day
You might say you knew me when, you might say it all began
By the cold moonlight, well at least you got that right
I will tell you before long, I got too much going on
I'll bide my time from there to here, now I see that crystal clear

All the cool contenders
Try their best to hitch a ride on some passing train
Hear the whistle blowing
Seems like your chance has come and gone
Looking like this time, we see who belongs
You might say you knew me when, you might say it all began
By the cold moonlight, well you ain't got that right
I am through with wasting time, I got bigger hills to climb
It's a blessing in disguise, crystal clear before my eyes
Crystal clear before my eyes
Can't work both sides of the mirror, now I see that crystal clear
Track Name: Halfway To Infinity
HALFWAY TO INFINITY

Returning home by dawn, I thought of you
We talked the hours away, the whole night through
We wandered past the storefronts, dampened by the rain
Tonight that silver bird steals you time zones away
That much is plain
So halfway to infinity must do, for infinity is you

I waited for your sign, my thoughts were pure
I slept through fevered nights, you held the cure
The light was growing dim across the vast terrain
I need you here to hold me, there's silence on the wire
That much is plain
So halfway to infinity must do, for infinity is you

The gift I gave to you, still lies unclaimed
You're not inclined to take my call, well some things never change

Far off the church bell tolled, I thought of you
I walked the streets alone, dropped out of view
The cruel revolving door, not subjugating pain
My sin was loneliness, I'm still not over you
That much is plain
So halfway to infinity must do, for infinity is you
So halfway to infinity must do, for infinity is you
Track Name: Market Square
MARKET SQUARE

Following the river southward
There beside the old abandoned line
Freight trains, coal and engineers would
Pound along the bottomland in vain to run on time
Sometimes in the darkness of a late night on the road
You still can feel it running side by side, its mighty load
Now only cattails grow

The train gets to the station
Market Square is silent waiting for the sun
The boys are home from overseas
Now mothers sleep and lovers feel the joy of what's begun
Out beyond the shuttle yard, the watchman passes by
Checks his pocket for the time another day will rise
A newborn baby cries, and the years have learned to fly

The night is streaked with neon light, the sky's betrayed for miles
The dealers and the needy vie for space out among the aisles
Don't take your love to Market Square, you'll surely be received
Into the arms of emptiness where youth is never retrieved

The headlights pass to mark the time, the weeks turn into years
The seasons change unnoticed, mirages come and then disappear
Don't take your love to Market Square, where shadows are drawing the lines
Between the home that waits for you and the dream you're hoping to find

Don't take your love to Market Square, the darkness and the cold
The song of springtime marches on but the roses never unfold
Track Name: Eastern Windsong
EASTERN WINDSONG

There's a place I have been, when the strange flags came in
Then to leave with their cargoes in store
And the seagulls converse, while the stevadores curse
Every ship that would leave its home shore
And it's all a surprise unto each young boy's eyes
With the summer vacation near end

And behind the screen door's closing
Words of warning trailing through the yard
But the hangouts all were chosen
It wasn't just a show of disregard
And the eastern windsong rippled with each day that seemed a year
Throwing stones that never landed, seeing both sides of the mirror

Morning kitchen was a time when
Wood and coal would crackle at our backs
All the fences could be climbed then
In a world of rusty railroad tracks
And the eastern windsong echoed, calling children by their names
From the swimming holes in morning to the evening streetlight games

Daylong hockey by the trestle
Frozen toes each flashing pain in spurts
In the darkness then to nestle
See dance time sisters, crinolines and skirts
And the eastern windsong whispered, til I drop off into sleep
Being much too kind to tell me of what I will have to keep

There's a place that I know, where the trains come and go
And the platform with suitcases fill
And I go there at night, when the full moon is bright
And the nighthawks are calling so shrill
And it's all a surprise unto each young boy's eyes
With the summer vacation near end
Track Name: Rainbow Ride
RAINBOW RIDE

We were standing by the railroad track
When the sun was going down
My two little sisters and my mum and dad
Trying to find our way into town
Everything we owned was loaded on the back
Of that pickup with the rust all around
This dusty prairie's been our home since we left our own behind
We're going for a rainbow ride

It came shining through the coal black night
Like a sight I'd never seen
Lights of every color that in my mind
I'd never had the power to dream
Some were spinning up and some were twirling down
While the painted ponies circled in stride
There's a dream that we have followed and a hunger we can't hide
Westward on this rainbow ride

I knew we needed money for the gasoline
So I never offered one word
Daddy said, "It's late, so we'll stop right here"
Then took our hands as if he had heard
The carnival sounds that echoed in our minds
And I can't believe the feelings that stirred
And written on our faces was a mix of joy and pride
We were flying on the rainbow ride

The rest of the journey was a bumpy ride
Well some things never do change
Up until then I just never knew
But now my thoughts were all rearranged
If our old life was just black and white
Our future's a kaleidoscope game
There's a dream that we have followed and a hunger we can't hide
Westward on this rainbow ride

This dusty prairie's been our home since we left our own behind
We're going for a rainbow ride
Track Name: Feline Way
FELINE WAY

I know, you think you're alone
It's all right, I'll be coming home
There's no way, a pampered tabby's caught in a tree
Leave it to me

Someday, if you're lost and can't find
Your way home, I'll call your name
And you'll see, me wait by the door when you run
Your paws flash in the sun

Who'll say that you can do just what you wanted to
Who'll wait up til you're home
Who'll say that you can stray off in that feline way
A can of tuna waits on your throne

Show me, you got what it takes
For true blue, to the heart of the case
And match up, with the canine reputation as friends
Well I guess that depends

Right now, there's a frost on the ground
And I see, that you're hanging around
It's just me, I see those cozy tricks up your sleeve
The cat's meow I believe

Who'll say that you can do just what you wanted to
Who'll wait up til you phone
Who'll say that you can stray off in that feline way
Some flaky chicken waits on your throne
Track Name: Cold Light Of Dawn
COLD LIGHT OF DAWN

In the cold light of dawn, fallen to earth, we carry on
We've seen too much to blame it on the wind
We lay still on the field, we know this trip is real
But it's not time to let it fade away, on this blue day
It's not time to let it fade away

The memory runs deep, where shadows haunt the night time streets
As the road behind us trails off into dust
A shooting star flies by, the arc of our love in the sky

Come the morn misty dawn, with night laid waste, we carry on
We've seen too much to blame it on the wind
We lay still on the field, I know your gift is real
But it's not time to let it fade away, on this blue day
It's not time to let it fade away

I can see the shadow train, silent through the autumn grain

When you're gone you know I'll think about you in the sun
While on the wind you're whispering so long

In the cold light of dawn, fallen to earth, we carry on
We've seen too much to blame it on the wind
We lay still on the field, we know this trip is real
But it's not time to let it fade away, on this blue day
It's not time to let it fade away
It's not time to let it fade away, on this blue day
It's not time to let it fade away
Track Name: Talking With The Angels
TALKING WITH THE ANGELS

Now the sun is falling nightward in the sky and
Nursery rhymes are put away
The shade is on the window, the lamp is burning soft to
Keep the cold moonlight at bay
Your dreams on wings are now slowly lifting up
Not under any lock and key
When you're talking with the angels might I ask
Can you put in a word for me

Now there's time for mending all the fences falling
A time for turning every stone
The road I've come is hard and somewhat widely travelled
Where some stay lost and some get home
But here at night time when sleep comes stealing in
You are a miracle set free
When you're talking with the angels might I ask
Can you put in a word for me

Every night when the clocks say bedtime comes around
I pause to listen at your door
You toss and turn for what seems a lifetime passing
Then dreamland invites you to explore

The morning sun is rising, outside the wind is stirring
You're just about to do the same
Let me be the one to be there, following your footsteps growing
It just comes natural these days
Until the earth can complete its circle and
And then the sandman sets you free
When you're talking with the angels might I ask
Can you put in a word for me
When you're talking with the angels might I ask
Can you put in a word for me
Track Name: Destined To Be
DESTINED TO BE

Lost in a daydream as summers slip by
Stay for none and they wait least for me
Going back to that place where the stars filled the sky
In love with those nights running free
Oh my Michelle, there's a stranger it seems
Waiting as destined to be
We took the sleeping roll down through the field
It's never that easy you see

Coming in past the cornerpost far down the lane
Although weathered still marking the way
The late show is hazy with voices so low
The pale moon holds promise of day
Oh my Michelle, there's a stranger it seems
Waiting somewhere in between
Long goodnights, doorsteps and kindness redeemed
It's never that easy you see

Farewell to the countryside portraits designed
And farewell aspirations revealed
Farmhouses watching like ghosts through the trees
Abandoned, their secrets concealed
Oh my Michelle, there's a stranger it seems
Waiting as destined to be
Boards on the windows stand witness to time
It's never that easy you see

Oh my Michelle, there's a stranger it seems
Helping on with your stockings and jeans
We took the sleeping roll down through the field
It's never that easy you see
Track Name: Where A Nation Found Its Wings
WHERE A NATION FOUND ITS WINGS

Imagine if you will, when our lives were still
As peaceful as a river at night
Sailing safe into the harbour, with a promise to take flight
But now mending seams of a dreamer's dreams
Scattered four ways to the wind
Tied impossibly together by the will to not give in

Ode to one bucolic summer where your voice and vision rings
And our wandering feet on Great George Street, where a nation found its wings
Where a country's born, castaway lovelorn, in the dust of history
In the rear view of my mind eye's undiverted destiny

Imagine if you will, when the time stood still
And the world was all around us in spin
We endured in every weather, strength in reason, strength in kin
The steel in our eyes exemplifies
The best we dared to dream
Riding shotgun on the highway, shining future to redeem

Ode to one bucolic summer where your voice and vision rings
And our wandering feet on Great George Street, where a nation found its wings
Where a country's born, castaway lovelorn, in the dust of history
In the rear view of my mind eye's undivided destiny

Imagine if you will, when our lives were still
As peaceful as a river at night
Sailing safe into the harbour, youthful promise to take flight
Now we're mending seams of the broken dreams
Scattered three sheets to the wind
Tied impossibly together by the will to not give in

Ode to one bucolic summer where your voice and vision rings
And our wandering feet on Great George Street, where a nation found its wings
Where a country's born, castaway lovelorn, in the dust of history
In the rear view of my mind eye's undetermined destiny
We are joined as one forever by the long road sea to sea
Track Name: A Daydream And A Prayer
A DAYDREAM AND A PRAYER

At times upon refashioning what used to be
And wandering the old streets in my own company
Your bedroom filling with that fragrant summer night
I'm at your windowsill beneath the soft moonlight
Being careful who might wake to find us there
Then to leave you in the morning with a daydream and a prayer

Often times I find myself down by the sea
Or sailing on the ocean bathed in deep lucidity
I see those friends around the room and you so kind
The nights were long and there was apple pie and wine
But feelings fade, the ghosts will vanish in the air
Nothing left to do but send a daydream and a prayer

All the way down to the morning light
Forgiveness calls you as you go
Then once again to the gates of night
That draw you like an undertow

It's true that I was young with still so much to learn
With dreams to be buried and with bridges to burn
With all that's come and gone to ease this mystery
Still all those in between have never set me free
Though words are hollow and their meaning so unfair
They fly the space between a daydream and a prayer
Track Name: Sylvan Lake
SYLVAN LAKE

The green leaves quiver in the wind, by waters crystal blue
I scan the far side of the shore, scented candles burn for you
Take me to a state of grace, forgive me each mistake
I made along the crooked path that leads to Sylvan Lake

The first time I had set my gaze, where the white swans gently ply
I was a boy not twenty-one, whose dreams had filled the sky
But all that changed one moment, homeward bound for goodness sake
Until I spied the fair maid on the shore of Sylvan Lake

I knew from whence I saw her face, before I knew her name
That all I'd done or dreamed to do, would never be the same
My fate had changed forever, not one protest could I make
I was beholden to the lass that dwelled by Sylvan Lake

So I summoned all my courage, took a stroll one evening fair
And soon I found myself at peace, where beauty filled the air
I confessed my love, she said, "No hearts tonight will break"
And I lay with her 'til morning came to bask on Sylvan Lake

She told me I must go a while, there's business to attend
But when the autumn leaves change hue, I may return again
I waited through that season, and when winter's grip did break
Still no word had made its way to me from Sylvan Lake

Years have passed, the decades fly, a new century was born
Ten thousand days and nights have gone, I keep her memory warm
Through the troubles and the good times, through it all I cannot shake
The vision of the lady I had known by Sylvan Lake

One morning came like all the rest, I was bracing for the day
When the message I'd been waiting for, upon my table lay
"Remember darling, I'm the one, who'd made a grave mistake
And do you still recall the time we spent by Sylvan Lake"

I told her I remember well, and every detail drew
And much to my surprise and joy, she knew every detail too
We revelled in the happy times, and all we did partake
When the world was young and fleeting by the shores of Sylvan Lake

So I looked around my house, for all that's dear to keep
And foremost there among it all, my children fast asleep
"Oh may I buy some time," I asked, "To place candles on their cake"
I held my breath and waited for a sound from Sylvan Lake

She answered very softly, but she answered very plain
"Though you had waited years for me, I cannot do the same
Though I may be the world to you, I fear no fence or stake
Can ever bind or tie me to the shore of Sylvan Lake"

So every day the sun will rise, I perform my duty well
I live my life still incomplete, I hear the mission bell
It's then my mind will wander, deep within a hollow ache
Consumes me 'til the day when I return to Sylvan Lake
Track Name: Fine Country Living
FINE COUNTRY LIVING

It takes fine country living to help me refrain
From recalling the pain of what I believe
It takes fine country living to help me remain
In control of my fortunes and of someone deceived

It's a hard way to break, as I lie in my bed still awake
And hope that whenever I open my eyes she'll be there

(CHORUS)

If she finds someone's face, appearing each day in my place
And the grey light of dawn only comes to remind me she's gone

(Verse Instru)

Here the roads are drifted white, how are you and the city tonight
If you're dressed all so fine, then don't tell me the reason this time

(CHORUS)

There's a fire that's burning gold, tries in vain to diminish the cold
There's a storm in the air as I check all in need of repair
Track Name: Weaver Of The Moonlight
WEAVER OF THE MOONLIGHT

In he strolls with his whiskered chin, he's out of another time
His old guitar looks battered and well used
But the strings still have a ring to them, as they dance to every rhyme
And capture every ear that is tuned in to someone's mind
The table that he sits before's like any stage I've seen
There sits his hat and weathered gear
And there is no one around this room who'd trade away tonight
As they listen to the stories about everywhere he's been

His foot taps on the floor below and his fingers find the notes
His face lights up when something moves his heart
And he sings of many legends, from old minstrels he does quote
And I can't believe the reverance that greets each new tale he starts
He seems the surest remedy for when you're feeling down
Uplifted by the honesty you see
And by the words he brings to you, you'll find your way around
A few detours on the highway and yet through it all he's free

So stranger tell us secrets that are locked behind your eyes
Though some are painful thoughts you must recall
And tell us of the world you've known, in sunshine or disguise
The transparency of fortunes and how little love it buys
Oh weaver of the moonlight, is it true your magic ends
With the first dim rays that beckon morning light
And is it true you'll travel far with just your songs to lend
To anyone who feels the need to smile or call you friend

In he strolls with his whiskered chin, he's out of another time
His old guitar looks battered and well used
But the strings still have a ring to them, as they dance to every rhyme
And capture every ear that is tuned in to someone's mind
Track Name: Cloud Nine
CLOUD NINE

On the road to nowhere big time
We took it on the chin
But we found the high road, road sign
Chased it down the last hairpin
There can be no one misleading us
Lay back your weary head and count down slow
It's getting time to go

(CHORUS)
The wildwood blossoms are opening
Through the city, town and countryfied mix
Wildwood blossoms, the sunny side
Of the street is nicely doing the trick
By the old gazebo counting down to liftoff so sublime
The wildwood blossoms are opening
Above and beyond cloud nine

On the crest of whitecaps crashing
It's down to sink or swim
But we caught the driftwood passing
And hang ten on the limb
There can be no one denying us
Our sea legs in the end come rain or snow
I guess by now you know, it's getting time to go

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Featherweight
FEATHERWEIGHT

On your way featherweight, go out find your place in the world
And some tall trees where your wings will unfurl
And rise above on the windsong while the centuries turn

Off you go featherweight, your first few small steps on your own
Your fences are the stars high above
Though you're knee high at best to a mill grinder's stone

I see you're waiting for your place in the sun
And I'll stand behind you down the long road to come

Count on me featherweight, you know that I've big dreams for you
Held together on a wing, prayer and glue
So please don't be shy you've got growing to do

Step aside featherweight and just look at what you have become
A nest there in the boughs high above
Safely out of harm's way up on your highest rung

I see you're waiting for your place in the sun
And I'll stand behind you down the long road to come

Fare thee well featherweight, who'd believe that this day would come true
But the years waste no time passing through
The revolve and rebound in the light's changing hue
And with a touch of regret slowly slip out of view

On your way featherweight, go out find your place in the world
And some deep earth where your roots will unfurl
And call that space home now while the centuries turn
Track Name: Let The River Run Free
LET THE RIVER RUN FREE

There's an old ship I have found
It is my shelter when the rain comes falling down
These lines I've earned upon my face
This turning planet draws and high noon summer can't erase
This I say to you my friend
The letter of the law is not ours to defend
The moon may have its way tonight with soldiers weary of the fight

Let the river run free and in, into the sun
Lest whoever may be wanting, should find a ship to sail upon
Where the river and sea are the union of one
Feel the wind at your back, clean and strong

Look to any compass point from here
The love that one man finds, ten more watch disappear
The northern lights like phantoms dance
The dreams dim one by one, all lost in tangled circumstance
Down by this old railyard tonight
The watchman passes by in dream dispersing light
Hold on for one more day my friend, where love and branches never bend

Let the river run free and in, into the sun
Lest whoever may seek glory, will find the wind to ride upon
And the truth we believe binding, is not undone

There's an old place I have found
It is my refuge when the darkness falls around
The moon may steal across the sky, the dawn returning by and by
Track Name: Vintage Denim Blue Jeans
VINTAGE DENIM BLUE JEANS

You hitched a ride with me home past the duty free store
We took the tunnel to town, the Great White Way at our door
Those memories, one or another, illustrate my dreams
Piano chords would rise to the rafters, wild to be a part of that scene
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans

I felt you taking my hand uptown out for a stroll
And under stonework reaching the sky, a famous bridge I am told
Some old card tricks while waiting to see us on the TV screen
The miner sang like Elvis Aaron Presley, wild to be a part of that scene
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans

Don't know what holds these patches together since those days back when
All I know is I'll never leave you, let me say it once again

You hitched a ride with me home past the duty free store
Then go on our separate ways, just like too often before
You will find me here waiting for you, ever patiently
I can hardly wait for the moment, my imagination runs free
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans
Love held together like my, vintage denim blue jeans
Track Name: The Road Not Taken
THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

(CHORUS)
The road not taken always will remain
In some dark subconscious recess of my brain
A stranger to the sunlight, perhaps the moon can sway
The shape the path not chosen takes today

We meet, by chance, young travelers waylayed
We take, our stance, in a dream the angels made
The thought of hearth and home
With you I'd come to crave
But you set me loose out on the storm tossed waves

CHORUS

The times, between, are not easily retraced
Sublime, the theme, that tied us each in place
My love outlasted time
And regret that came to me
For not following you home to set you free

CHORUS

Long years, removed, who foresaw the circumstance
Still time, is cruel, in the game of second chance
Ships passing in the night
Like some Greek tragedy
I return unto my solitude at sea

CHORUS
Track Name: Ballad Of The Bluenose
BALLAD OF THE BLUENOSE

Well now gather 'round and I'll tell you true
'Bout the ghost of a legend and the waters she's been through
Out of Lunenburg she was born to fame
With her crew unsung, never to complain
She was lightning on the wind the Bluenose was her name

Barely one year old when she had her way
Outsailed the finest ships in Nova Scotia of the day
And the word had spread and by fall she'd be
With her mainsail high, through the wind and waves
Sailing home from Gloucester hailed the fastest of the sea

So fare thee well, now be on your way
Fare thee well with the light of day
Fare thee well through the mist and sea
Sail your way home to me

More than ninety-nine tons she displaced with ease
And she proved the greatest miracle to ever catch a breeze
But still every year she would earn her keep
Where the Grand Banks heave and the storms contrive
She would fill her hold with bounty of the deep

Well the decades glide and her prowess grew
And long the list of schooners who could never follow through
But as time drew on and with bills to pay
Sad misfortune led to the southern sea
And now her papers read, "West Indies Trading Company"

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"Twas a cruel day back in forty-six
Just off the coast of Haiti was the devil playing tricks
On an unmarked reef underneath the blue
There she came to rest, lying brave and true
A thousand miles or more from where her dreams were cast anew

Then from Lunenburg down to Gloucester town
And all across the ocean to her northern fishing ground
For that one long day, yea the wind stood still
As the rigging creaked, you could feel her pain
Like a ghostly voice was echoing that Bluenose was her name

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Track Name: After All
AFTER ALL

In my own way I will serve, thee I promise to be there for
Far beyond the spoken word, yet whose limits we prepare for
And I'll wait upon the morning, in the hope it finds me well
With the dawn detail emerges and I'm still standing after all

In my own way I sustain, the wheels' determined forward motion
Behind my back the shadows claim, the dreams who fall prey to erosion
And I'll wait upon the morning, in the hope it finds me well
With the dawn detail emerges and I'm still standing after all

In my own way I have seen, the son in time become a father
Where some might fail to come up clean, or find their way through storm filled waters
As we wait upon the morning, in the hope it finds us well
With the dawn detail emerges and to be standing after all

In my own way I recall, back to where the road divided
One to rise and one to fall, the years reveal how I decided
And I'll wait upon the morning, in the hope it finds me well
With the dawn detail emerges and I'm still standing after all