Vintage Denim Blue Jeans

by Wayne Francis

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released June 14, 2016

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Track Name: Our Dreams Are Magic
Our dreams are magic, they sail through the sky
Shape shifting light from the clouds passing by
Taking our leave when the trees turn to gold
We retrace summer days and behold

Warm Sunday mornings we're riding our bikes built for two
Who could believe that these days now are just passing through
We let go of schooldays and all of those late homework blues
We traded them in for some tall grass and soft summer shoes

Our dreams are magic, they sail through the sky
Shape shifting light from the clouds passing by
Taking our leave when the trees turn to gold
We retrace summer days and behold

The waves roll over the sand and the sandcastle walls
Then we go tumbling in like a saltwater falls
Making our stand here, not hearing the toll bell that calls
There's plenty of time down the road for that long winter waltz

Our dreams are magic, they sail through the sky
Shape shifting light from the clouds passing by
Taking our leave when the trees turn to gold
We retrace summer days and behold
We retrace summer days and behold

Making our stand here, before the first golden leaf falls
We'll make the time by and by for that long winter waltz

Our dreams are magic, they sail through the sky
Track Name: 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: Vintage Denim Blue Jeans
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: 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: At My Windowsill
At my windowsill on a rainy Saturday
At my windowsill just wishing the clouds away
I am hypnotized as the raindrops fall at will
There's a world of wonder waiting for me at my windowsill

Outside my window stands a tree in leafy summer dress
But now it is a castle tower with damsel in distress
Oh brave knight please come and rescue me
Slay the dragon, climb the wall and set the captive free

(CHORUS)

And now I'm looking out to see loud grackles carry on
But they transform to trumpet swans who motion me along
Now young lad please beckon us to go
To a land of candy streets where chocolate rivers flow

(CHORUS)

But soon the sky grows dark and looms against an ancient ruin
I look to find I'm floating on the dark side of the moon
Where volcanos' lava runs so cool
And races with me into craters filled like swimming pools

(CHORUS)

And when the afternoon is nearly gone, the sky turns blue
Am I still in a dream or's what I'm seeing really true
I feel sunshine and know it is okay
I have found the secret world to chase the gloom away

(CHORUS)
Track Name: 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: Let It Rain
LET IT RAIN

Let's concede it would be easier
To let this longing rise into the atmosphere
And vanish in the cold thin air
Or sail off aimless on some phantom privateer
Never pausing to remind us until
Life in full is handed back again

I look up to the heavens
For a sign or some direction that might show the way
But all I see are wishing wells
While false profiteers deal mind control and truth decay
Still my love I must deny
Until freedom comes to wash me clean again
Oh let it rain, let it rain, oh let it rain
This man bound by your beauty I remain

Your shadow has been following
My every step and every thought, you're in my dreams
Reminding me a time will come
When years in exile are unleashed in sunshine streams
But time is hanging frozen
As I'm waiting for the light of day again

If I'm not mistaken by the sky
I see the seeds of an approaching storm
Let's meet together come what may
In hopes of finding shelter that is safe and warm
Once more to wrap my arms around you
Then I know I never need complain
Oh let it rain, let it rain, oh let it rain
This man controlled by beauty I remain

Come to me and take my hand
I promise you that everything will work out right
If you realized my love for you
In even some small fraction of its depth and might
Then the only sound we'd hear
Is water beating on our windowpane
Oh let it rain, let it rain, oh let it rain
This man lost in your beauty I remain
Track Name: 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: Path Of Least Resistance
PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE

There's a crosswind off the shoreline, the waters are confused
There's a crosswind off the shoreline and the waters are confused
The stray cat in me wonders just how many lives I've left unused

Is it worthwhile to remember, all those times you tossed me to the curb
Is it worthwhile to remember, all those times you tossed me to the curb
Now I sleep with one eye open, now's not the time to lose my nerve

Well there's rails and trails and highways, out where the streams of freedom flow
Well there's rails and trails and highways, out where the streams of freedom flow
But the path of least resistance, never leads me where I want to go

I can sing once for my supper, if I ever finally track you down
I can sing once for my supper, if I ever finally track you down
I checked up in the penthouse, then stopped into the greasy spoon downtown

Sometimes I think I'll pack up, live off the grid, do as I please
Sometimes I think I'll pack up, live off the grid, do as I please
But the nights are getting colder and besides my stomach disagrees
Track Name: Beautiful Regret
BEAUTIFUL REGRET


A person in love, won't eschew the waiting game
There's no time that is right or wrong, too far in or out of frame
No matter which the season or adverse geography
A person in love, that's not you, with me

A person in love, rises high above the fray
Glad tidings might be hard to find, out where the wild wolves bay
Perhaps it's been the weather, maybe geneology
A person in love, that's not you, with me

Ancient canyons carved through eons, inconceivably sublime
My beautiful regret, the same by depth, equal in time

A person in love, won't let truth go undenied
Moving through the inner landscape, fractured subtleties implied
No blueprint yet has been designed, even mathematically
A person in love, that's not you, with me

Gazing far beyond the stars where the light can't penetrate
My beautiful regret, where chosen few may navigate

A person in love, doesn't ask or seek consent
All that's ventured may be gained, be it earth or heaven sent
The angels have not spoken, for my righteous point of view
A person in love, that is me, with you
A heart in debt to reason, is a heart that can't be free
A person in love, that's not you, with me
Track Name: The Raccoon Bandit
THE RACCOON BANDIT

The raccoon bandit lives inside the woods in my backyard
I get up early, watch him prowl with disregard
Among the saplings that I'm trying to bring along
They're off the menu and he's guilty if one's gone

Inside this poet's glade my thoughts drift off to you
As evening descends
No quarter given to absolve us what we do
Lost at loose ends

Mystery guests will help themselves to bird seed on the side
It's okay although the birds aren't quite so satisfied
When the burgler naps up in the limbs of the tall trees
I treat my feathered friends below to keep the peace

(CHORUS)

Birds and bees and butterflies among the citizens
Who populate my forest world and cradle hollow glens
It's a full time job that keeps me busy to maintain
So far it's going all right or at least no one complains

(CHORUS)

The raccoon bandit wakes to find the snow upon the ground
The snowshoe hares are changing too, as white as eider down
On days like this they need me evermore than most
Until the sun climbs north again and chases winter's ghost

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Wildrose Highway
WILDROSE HIGHWAY

Wildrose highway you got me rolling again
You found me strolling down your garland path
With my last day's pay in my hand
And if that vagrant wind could fly me to wherever she rests her head
Then soon there'd be cider in my cup and all kind words would be said

Good morning, my darling, you wrote that to me
At the dawn of our new happenstance
I've returned and I've missed you, you continued to say
And in closing, I do love you, by chance

If true love is a flower that blooms for a day
Petals falling in a desert of stone
That shall not diminish its meaning to me
For I'll keep it alive, mine alone

I had promised, my darling, your own song filled with joy
Heaven knows you do fill me with such
Put aside complications that entangle our way
And just remember that I love you so much

In our youth you'd convinced me in your own special way
Of the promise that our lives held in store
If today then it's over, don't think twice, for to me
You're as beautiful, now as then, evermore

Wildrose highway you got me rolling again
You found me strolling down your garland path
With my last day's pay in my hand
And if that vagrant wind could fly me to wherever she rests her head
Then soon there'd be cider in my cup and all kind words would be said