Songs From Abroad

by Aaron J. Shay

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released 09 February 2014

All songs written by Aaron J. Shay
Cover photograph by Lou D'Aprile of Louography

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Track Name: Nightmare Blues
I'm on my fourth stage of the night
And I'm not halfway done yet
My mind is writing all of the songs,
And my body plays the set
My eyes are moving back and forth,
They're measuring the space
Scanning the shadow of the crowd
For an unmistakeable face

Nobody can follow me
Way down this darkened street
I'm headed for the crossroad in my mind
Where heaven and the devil meet
If you want to save me, darling,
If you want to save my soul
Just keep me warm in bed and put
A bit of sugar in my bowl

I'M ON FIRE
I AM STONE
WIND AND WATER
SHAKE AND MOAN
Track Name: Fountain Pen In Istanbul
I lost my pen in Istanbul
It's writing without me
Pictures, sketches, poetry
That I will never see

Beneath Galata tower, someone else
Holds it in their hands
Their fingers make it dance around
While I'm in distant lands

Sometimes, I wonder,
traveling by bicycle and train
Does my fountain pen ever miss
These hands it used to stain?
And can these hands miss
the lines they'll never know?
The alps are flying by my window, but
My fountain pen will never know

Black lines
Are drawn upon a page that once was white
White lines
That lightning paints upon the darkest night
Track Name: The View Of Deception Pass
There's cities made of iron,
Cities made of clay
And I left a city made of fire
This time yesterday
And I broke some bones
Skipping stones
In a city made of glass
But there ain't no city
Nearly as pretty
As the view of Deception Pass
No, there ain't no city
Nearly as pretty
As the view of Deception Pass

I've traveled with the Sirens,
Learned their lonesome song
And the longest train I ever did see
Was a million boxcars long
And I had my way
And spent my pay
With many a beautiful lass
But there ain't no beauty
From Mazama to Missouri
Like the view of Deception Pass
No, there ain't no beauty
From Mazama to Missouri
Like the view of Deception Pass

If you're feeling tired,
If you're feeling weak,
The rumbling of the water
Is the company you seek.
Oh, the sun and the rain
Will dull the pain
As you lay down in the grass…
'Cause there ain't no city
Nearly as pretty
And there ain't no beauty
From Mazama to Missouri
And there ain't no place
'Tween the earth and space
Like the view of Deception Pass
No, there ain't no place
'Tween the earth and space
Like the view of Deception Pass
Track Name: Goodnight, Stranger
Good night, stranger,
The night is creaking beneath our feet
Good night, stranger,
The last dance has skipped a beat
You're lovely fire to dance beside
But now it's time to run and hide
So call your taxi,
Pay me no mind.

Good night, stranger,
The childish things have all been done
Good night, stranger,
Another year has fallen around the sun
The lovely things have all been spent
Now it's time to pay my rent
But I'm not ready,
And you're not willing.

And if you really wanted me
You could really take me
You could really take me to the end
To the end of the world
Where there is a light.
And if you really wanted me
You could really take me.
Instead, good night.

Good night, city,
Take my stranger back to safety's den
Good night, city,
And where I sleep, don't dare to speak her name
When the flood decides to finally come,
Like when she spoke and stopped my tongue,
Don't try to wake me:
There's nothing to wake.

And if you really wanted me,
You could really take me
You could really take me to the end
To the end of the line
And take my sight
And if you really wanted me,
You could really take me,
You could really take me to the end
To the end of the void
To the end of the night
And if you really wanted me,
You could really take me.
You could really take me to the end,
To the end of the world
Where there is light
Instead, you never said good night.
Track Name: The Ballad of the Black Hole Sailor
Past the point of no escape,
The point of no return:
I'm idling in space
Near where a star once used to burn,
And nobody will come for me!
They'll never hear my cry!
No sound nor light escapes this place,
There's nowhere left to fly.

I'm the first! I'm the first! I'm the first
Sailor to cross the horizon line!
But I'm cursed! But I'm cursed! I'm cursed
That no one will know
That so lonely an honor is mine.

My father was a tailor,
My mother was a queen.
And I'm a star-born sailor,
This whole galaxy, I've seen!
And I don't regret a lightyear
That I've traveled since my birth,
Though my feet will cross the threshold
Having never known the Earth.

I'm the first! I'm the first! I'm the first
Sailor to cross the horizon line!
But I'm cursed! But I'm cursed! I'm cursed
That no one will know
That so lonely an honor is mine.

Cradled in the tendrils
Of a singularity-
Eternal is its hunger,
Which is my delivery!
For even time can not escape
The darkness' embrace,
So eternity have I to dream
Of my true lover's face.

I'm the first! I'm the first! I'm the first
Sailor to cross the horizon line!
But I'm cursed! But I'm cursed! I'm cursed
That no one will know
That so lonely an honor is mine.
No one will know that
So lonesome an honor is mine.