Afterimage - Disc # Two: 1- Bad Days 2- Lost Tales 3- In the Name of Rock & Roll 4- River Song 5- Move On 6- High Wire 7- Coming Home 8- Get Back 9- Time & Again 10- Let's Take Tonight 11- New Moon 12- Drop These Chains 13- What is it Like?

 

1 - Bad Days

Locomotive running hard and shaking up the street

I wish I had a pillow now and one more for my feet

I can’t see the sky it’s black and someone stole the stars

Tried walking on the beaches and left my prints in tar

 

Chorus:

It’s raining down upon us now like never before

You put one back behind you turn around and there’s one more

I’m too wise to say “why me?”... Been to that rodeo

And it wouldn’t hurt a single bit to see these bad days go

 

Don’t feed the beast in fact don’t look back it’s not there

But late-night mice run in my mind it’s now beyond repair

Count the good it far out-weighs At times that’s not enough

I aim for the fairways girl and end up in the rough (Chorus)

 

My bud’s a bust they caught him on the run inside his home

My girl’s a visionary... but then visionaries roam

My car’s got fuel and new rims but someone took the wheel

I may beg and borrow but my sister likes to steal (Chorus)

 

I tried to cut the phone lines babe but still there was e-mail

My hatchet kissed the cable and my boot heel met the snail

The waters rising steady we no longer see our turf

It’s sink or swim or breathe or die or drown here in the surf (Chorus)

 

2 - Lost Tales

It's hard to recall love's lost tales  My heart turns the pages but always fails

Prince lost his princess one fateful day  Was she lost in the forest? Or did she run away...

Chorus:

Fairy tales, empty nights used to be reality and Broadway lights

Smiles used to glisten, hands used to hold

It doesn't always last so the story's told

Prince looks for princess in the witch's castle   But the gators in the moat ain't worth the hassle

All his valiant efforts seem to drift away when he sees another damsel in the light of day (Chorus)

Love's lost tales run through my mind  The endings are sad almost every time

The storybook is tainted by the author's style  Still we always seem to read it then put it down for awhile...(Chorus)

 

3 - In The Name of Rock & Roll 

He grew up blew this old town 

Put his thumb on the road he was west coast bound 

For the land of milk and honey where fallen stars 

cruise the boulevard in those fancy cars 

Chorus: 

Oh, the deeper you go 

You need another hit just to soothe your soul 

Oh, it takes it’s toll 

You do it in the name of rock and roll

 

Down today gotta get it up tonight 

Got to keep ‘em dancing ‘til the morning light 

Shots of gold and funny cigarette

take you even higher than it gets (chorus) 

 

Why’d  you leave ? I knew you well 

At least I did last night in that cheap motel 

Mystery woman dressed in black 

You’re gonna need a hundred horses to hold me back (chorus)

 

Goodnight moon the sunrise is now 

I didn’t really need the sleep anyhow 

Strong black coffee and those funny cigarettes 

and a road guitar is as good as it gets (chorus)

 

4 - River Song

Went down to the river’s edge and built myself a dream

Right there where things grow wild and the waters gleam

Then the rain fell, the river swelled and washed the whole damn thing away

Guess I gotta build again, better start today 

There really ain’t a reason and it’s so hard to explain

For every piece of pleasure there’s a dosing of some pain

I can see the beauty of that river in my mind

Though sometimes it’s dark and deep when the sun don’t shine 

Chorus:

Roll, roll, roll

Let the river roll

As long as it don’t flow on over me

 

Somewhere on an island on some far off distant shore

Is the very sea shell I’ve been searching for

I held it for a moment once, it slipped into the tide

I’ve been searching ever since at every waterside (chorus)

 

Woman of my vision you’re the keeper of my soul

If I ever lost you girl I’d lose some control

Like that river keeps on running ‘til it dies out in the sound

Gotta keep moving baby can’t let nothing slow you down .... (chorus)

 

5 - Move On

I just finished up  your letter

You wanna know when things get better ?

When will you be up, not so down

Stranded far from town

All you see these days are gray skies

All you’re hearing are the blue lies

Askin’ what you lack

Gotta get yourself  back 

Chorus:

On and on the beat goes on

Soon this second will be gone

Another day here and gone

... move on

 

Life is all about the yearning

And another page a - turning

True love and happiness, why so hard ?

Is it just in the cards ?

Somebody once said something

It all comes down to one thing

Move on, move on

Don’t waste sweet precious time (chorus)

 

Nobody’s getting any younger

Don’t have to be to have the hunger

It’s in your hands,  no one else

can put you on the shelf

The weather’s getting warmer

Maybe you are getting stronger

Move on, move on

Don’t waste your precious time  

Chorus:

On and on the beat goes on

Soon this second will be gone

Another day here and gone

...move on

Moments come, moments go

Nothing makes the time move slow

Another day here and gone

...move on

 

6 - High Wire

Over a cool northwestern sea

Flying high and free away from me

To where the cold winds never blow

Words would no more heal the pain and

If we did this all again, I’d ask for you to stay

Just one more night

 

Baby no matter how hard we tried

When the fire burns out and the rest of it dies

Up in smoke is where it all goes

And now all those hazy and drunken nights

and all the  useless & senseless fights have up and gone

I am alone feeling a little stoned 

Chorus:

These feelings come’n go

Just like in a circus show

When your heart is on the High Wire

 

Up in the morning and out on the breeze

Left you crying down on your knees that day

What a day

You would write your poetry

To get you through the worst of me

While I hid inside my head so much unsaid 

Chorus:

These feelings come and go

Just like in a circus show

When your heart is on the high wire

Bridge:

This show won’t go on

Until all those clowns are gone

And then you watch me stumble out upon

The high wire

 

Now  you’re over a cool northwestern sea

Flying high and free away from me

To where the cold winds will  never blow

 

7 - Coming Home

There’s a red sun rising on a summer field

Wildflowers line the hill

The river’s running lazy

to the tune of the whippoorwill

The old dirt road goes winding through the forest out to the highway

Traveling alone, traveling alone but I’m on my way

Chorus:

Babe your smile brings me home

Makes everything alright

When we say goodbye I die inside as I step into the night

Cold and alone is how the highway feels, headlights burning bright

I’m coming home

 

Sometimes it’s hard to say some things

I get shy, I don’t know why

I feel it most out on the road

when I’m alone in overdrive

If I’m workin’ down in the city or cruisin’ ‘long the countryside

for every time I thank God for home there’s a star up in the sky

(chorus)

 

8 - Get Back

How am I gonna get back to that cabin

How am I gonna get back to the land

Mighty river rollin’ through the valley

Gonna wash you where you stand

Morning winds whispering soft and quiet

Tryin’ say something to my ear

Can’t be heard above the roar of the river

Rambling like an auctioneer

 

How am I gonna get back to the city

How am I gonna get back to the streets

There’s a million miles of open highway

Between here and Easy Street

There’s a pale moon up on the rooftop

Sky scraper scrapes the sky

There’s a crazy man up on the antenna

Telling everyone that he’s gonna fly  

Chorus:

Runaway Boy

Run away now

Gotta get back to myself

And I’m trying to learn how

Fly away bird

Take to the sky

There’s mountains of stone and steel

I gotta get by

 

How am I gonna get back to the laughter

How am I gonna get back to that space

I got lost on an endless highway

Just trying to keep the pace

How am I gonna get back to the ocean

How am I gonna get back to the shore

There’s miles and miles of coastline

And that’s what I’m gettin’ for (chorus)

 

How am I gonna get back to that cabin

How am I gonna get back to the land

Mighty river rollin’ through the valley

Gonna drop you where you stand

Morning winds whispering soft and quiet

Tryin’ say something to my ear

Can’t be heard above the roaring of the river

Rambling like an auctioneer (chorus)

 

9 - Time and Again

Running fast now  With your hands out 

With a broken wing  Still not ready to fly 

Take a chance now  Join the dance now 

The well is deep  Might as well give it a try  A try, give it a try

 

Disconnected  Resurrected Sliding back slow Running to keep the pace 

Every season  Brings a reason  And there’s always  Another waiting to Take its place

Take its place  Take its place 

 

Running empty  Lost the lone key  Wandering around  Seems we’re at it again

Was it last glance?  Maybe last chance  You thought it before  You thought it time and again 

And again and again...

 

10 - Let’s Take Tonight

 

Honey look, what a perfect night 

And the stars are out and the moon is bright 

A distant night bird calls and the breeze is light 

Just you and me all wrapped in our dreams 

On a blanket beneath the tall evergreens 

At a time when time don’t mean a thing  

Chorus: 

Now that night has fallen

And the stars are all aligned

Let’s take tonight

And leave the rest behind 

Let’s take tonight

 

Who needs the world with it’s downs and it’s woes 

Had it from here down to my toes 

If I had big wings we would take flight 

High up above those bright evergreens 

To Venus or Mars through any moon beam

Where the world just down below don’t mean a thing (chorus) 

 

Beautiful seaside room with a view 

But it don’t mean a thing if I didn’t have you 

Sunshine through gold curtains casts a spell 

Spark in the dark our silhouette on the wall

Morning sunrise giving way to the fall 

Shining on the blankets where we fell (chorus) 

 

11 - New Moon

There’s a new moon rising before your eyes

Gone with the fears and the alibis

Yesterday’s drying on the canvas, yes

Where tomorrow’s going is anyone’s guess

 

The snow’s falling and the heat don’t work

I thought I was passed acting like some kind of jerk

But I’m sitting here freezing drinking this wine

Wishing on music and lyrical rhymes

 

Outside there’s people crawling the streets

Each with a plan, each with a vision, each with a dream

Clinging to survival just to survive

It’s so easy sometimes to forget you’re alive

 

Now the puppets they dance in the crib of a child

While the world’s in a cage and promise runs wild

Where hope swallows fear and light smothers black

And everyone’s sailing with the wind at their back

 

I’ve been trying to reach it but I ain’t got there yet

And all the things that I know I sometimes forget

So it’s back at the start, more lines in my skin

I keep asking myself where to begin

 

So Heaven help me if I ever get it right

The trumpets will blow and I’ll reclaim my sight

You’ll be sure to know me with the smile on my face

Out of my head like the whole human race

 

There’s a new moon rising before your eyes

Gone with the fears and the alibis

Yesterday’s drying on the canvas, yes

Where tomorrow’s going is anyone’s guess

 

12 - Drop These Chains

Somebody drop these chains I'm tired of playing all of these games

They're driving me half-insane  Somebody drop these chains

Somebody wipe my brow  I'm tired of figuring when or how

I can no longer work this plow  Somebody wipe my brow

Above the horizon all answers lie  That's the place to find when or why

How do I get to that part of the sky?  Above the horizon all answers lie...

Where do I go when I wanna run?  I get burned when I'm close to the sun

Who said love was fun?  I sometimes think I'm done with it all

Somebody take my hand and lead me to another land

My feet are just so deep in sand  Somebody take my hand

Why do the nights seem to last so long?  Why do I have to speak through a song?

Where exactly did I go wrong?  Why do the nights seem to last so long? 

Somebody drop these chains  I'm tired of playing all of these games

They're driving me half-insane  Somebody drop these chains 

 

13 - What is it Like? 

Here I am again, feeling so confused 

There you go again, pulling off my shoes 

What is it like to be alone?  What is it like to be afraid?

What is it like to cast a stone while you carry on a masquerade? 

 

Here I am again, it’s the day after the storm 

There you go again, you always kept me safe and warm 

What is it like to lose the trust?  What is it like down on your knees? 

What is it like to feel your own rust?  It’s like a silent soliloquy 

 

There you go again, making rings around the sun 

When the sun goes down those circles come undone 

What is it like to fade away?  What is it like to lose desire? 

What is it like to feel okay?  Laying low, not always aiming higher 

and higher and higher...