A Driven Man

by Drew Stephenson

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released July 11, 2011

Drew Stephenson, Hilary Jones, Adam Watson, Ralph Sayers, James Chisholm, Stewart Tavener

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Track Name: Welcoming Arms
I’m too short for this time of year, she says
As the sun shone low through the screen
I’m too old for this much beer, he says
As the room around him spins

And I am tilting at windmills
I’m forever falling apart
I’m calling at angels
I’m forever falling into a stranger’s welcoming arms

I’m too old for these kinds of dream, he says
Grabs his hat and heads for the door
But a voice inside him sings, he stops,
stops and turns his eyes to the floor

And I am tilting at windmills
I’m forever falling apart
I’m calling at angels
I’m forever falling into a stranger’s welcoming arms

There’s a bitterness inside that is burnt up and burnt out
It’s dried up and ready to die
But there’s a twinge of a heartache, a ghost of a pain
A sign that there’s something alive
Something alive
Alive

There’s a sign in the sunrise, A flicker of bright eyes
There’s a laugh in a cold night, The glimpse of a warm light
The chill of the cool rain, The sound of a new name
The glitter of fresh ice, There’s something alive
Something alive

One day I will climb, lose my way, stumble and fly
One day I will rise, spread my wings and take to the sky.
One day I will climb, lose my way, stumble and fly
One day I will rise, spread my wings and take to the sky.
Track Name: One Way Flow
There are two kinds of flow, this one was DC
Let her go slow, let her go easy
There is a load on a joint, there is a voltage across a wire
There is a critical point where the numbers get higher
We are not right
We are not right

There is a formula, precautions to take
but no calculations cover someone else's mistake
We are not right
We are not right
Keep your pride intact, just for her sake
Keep it matter of fact, just her latest mistake

There are two kinds of flow, this one was DC
Let her go slow, let her go easy
So the best you can do, just for her sake
is smile and accept you were her latest mistake
We are not right
We are not right

There are two kinds of flow, this one was DC
Track Name: I Left a light on for you
Well, I went walking, Not far, in heavy shoes
To get away from you
Yeah, I went hiding
Yeah, I left the light on
Yeah, I went singing, down your street
To see if we could meet

What else could I do? I left a light on for you
What else could I do? I left a light on for you

Well, I stopped trying, to catch you
I would match you, (with indifference)
Yeah I went crawling, to your door
Just to see you once more (some indifference)

What else could I do? I left a light on for you
What else could I do? I left a light on for you
What else could I say? I want you to look my way
What else could I say? You never looked my way

Yeah, I went hiding and I left a light on

What else could I do? I left a light on for you
What else could I do? I left a light on for you
Track Name: The Winter King
Jack Frost and The Winter King were dancing at the break of spring
Crying they’d missed the best of things, that they had only made a start
We all laughed, forgot the cold Aliens amongst an old and tired dream ‘til next winter’s start

I’m trying to reach my friend,
I’m told he’s there at the other end,
A disembodied voice tells me to hold,
Down my head in shame of 16 years of silence,
Will he know my name? Will he care to answer?
Will he treat me just the same?
Ten hours in an aeroplane,
I’m never coming back this way,
I see the sunrise from the air again.
And I have cried this way once awake,
Many times in my sleep she says
She doesn’t understand but still she’s just a call away

Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay
Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay

These eyes have seen it all I know the changes are getting less
Free fall snow fall can’t get it off my chest
I’m flying too high to track me down,
By your grace I’m found, lost above the clouds,
The sunlight pulls me south

Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay
Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay

I can’t believe you carried the flame,
That catch in your voice when you heard my name
Cut me down
I am on my way back home
Back home back home, I am on my way
Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay
Goodbye jack frost you can have your way
Farewell to the winter king my blessings on your stay
Track Name: Where is the Light?
Where is the light that will not shine?
Where is the time that did not pass you by?

We are alone in this life
Far from all manner of crowds
We’ve made our home of this life
Why would you want to get out?

Where is the song that taught you your own way home?
Where is the dream that gave you the chance of your own?
Where is the word that took you far away?
Where is the wind that sent you home again?

We are alone in this life
Far from all manner of crowds
We’ve made our home of this life
Why would you want to get out?

Why do you dream? If dreams break your heart
Why do you sing? When it tears you apart
We are alone in this life
Far from all manner of crowds
We’ve made our home of this life
Why would you want to get out?
Why don’t you dance? When it lifts your soul
Why don’t we have a choice at the end of it all?
We are alone in this life
Far from all manner of crowds
We’ve made our home of this life
Why would you want to get out?

Where is the light that will not shine?
Where is the time that did not pass you by?
Track Name: Oblivion
I’m too tired to write, I can barely think
But rules is always rules and the end is always a drink

You’re going to top out at a contender
It may be me you need here
The snowflake left its dark mark on me
So hello, here’s the show

Sweet, sweet oblivion
Sweet, sweet oblivion

Where nobody’s beautiful, want me
Dance the day shut
This offer of the dead alone
Baby don’t deal beyond the truth
Kid bring back these good roads
Guide my blind boat home

Sweet, sweet oblivion (Kid bring back these roads)
Sweet, sweet oblivion (Guide my blind boat home)
Kid bring back these good roads

I’m too tired to write, I can barely think
But rules is always rules and the end is always a drink
Track Name: Dirt
I got dirt on my hands
You got dirt on your hands
I got gold in my hands
Cause I know how you got yours

Well someone told the people and they figured it out
That someone told the people they were hanging around
Well someone wrote a letter and they passed it about
And someone brought a lighter and they’re burning it down, and breaking it down and tearing it down
We don’t want to work no more
We just want to hang about and fool around
We don’t want to talk no more
We don’t want to draw attention to the dirt
on my hands
You got dirt on your hands
I got gold in my hands
Cause I know how you got yours

You know you sold the people out and you’re letting them down
But they know you’re on the payroll and they figured it out
It’s all a bit of grease in your PR machine
They know you never say the things you think that you mean, or want it to mean, or want it to be
We don’t want to work no more
We just want to hang about and fool around
We don’t want to talk no more
We don’t want to show our hands so they can see the dirt
on my hands
You got dirt on your hands
I got gold in my hands
Cause I know how you got yours

You got to badge it like sony
You got to pimp it like MTV
You gone and sexed it up for the tv news
You got them throwing bricks at the fire crews

You got dirt on your hands
Track Name: Drowning not Waving
Woke up easy this morning, it was already a beautiful day
Walked in early to work, sun behind me all the way
Picked up a cup of coffee, switched on the infernal machine
Pulled up my chair, settled down to the old routine
But the fucking thing isn’t working again
But I’m cool, I’m calm.
It’s ok. It’s ok.

We are drowning
We are drowning
We are drowning
Not waving, not waving

And I’m trying to see your point of view
And I know exactly what you’re trying to say
But it just comes down to the maths
And I can’t cut it any other way
The fucking numbers just don’t add up
But it’s ok, I know you’re under pressure
I’ll try again

We are drowning
We are drowning
We are drowning
Not waving, not waving
We are drowning
We are drowning
We are drowning
Not waving, not waving
Does it look like I’m fucking waving to you
Does it look like I’m waving to you
Does it look like I’m waving to you
Does it look like I’d do fucking anything for you
We are drowning
We are drowning
We are drowning
Not waving, not waving
Track Name: For the Record
I fully understand the course of my actions and all that they entail
And I fully regret the trail of consequence that brought me to this place
And I understand what this means to my soul
And I understand where you believe it’ll go
And you need to understand that given the choice I would do the same again.

So I’ve been drinking in the small hours, in the dark of the soul
And I remember everything, everything that I’ve been told
I may come across as crude, I may be subtle as a brick
I may not be astute but that don’t mean that I don’t think

And I know I have done wrong, I know I have caused real bleeding pain
And I know the truth of my sins and I know I remember everything
And I know the place where the devil’s music is made
And it’s not some lonely crossroads trail
It’s in small cold dark of the soul

I’m not looking for redemption; I know I’ve gone too far this time
Just give me 24 hours and another wrong can make this right
And as you consider this remember I remember everything
And I saw the look of recognition on his face as I heard the firing pin
slide into position
As the safety catch came off
It’s not enough
It’s not enough
But it’s all you’ve got
Track Name: Fading Away
I am the weight on your shoulders
I am the yoke of your past
I am the ghost of your memories
The well beaten track
but I’m fading away, I’m fading away
I am your worries,
your cares
I am the dark thoughts
that lead to despair
but I’m fading away, I’m fading away
I’m fading away, I’m fading away

I am the horrors
from the dark of your heart
i am the last nightmare
you'll ever have
but I’m fading away, I’m fading away
I am all the losses
written onto your soul
I am the pains
that never grow old
but I’m fading away, I'm fading away
I’m fading away, I’m fading away

I am the damned. I am the broken.
I am your suffering soul’s sum of its burdens,
but I’m fading away, I’m fading away
I’m fading away, I’m fading away
Track Name: The White Tower
And I have walked this far, to reach the white tower
Because I woke up lost in my darkest hour
And I saw the moonlit stone, a midnight dream like bone
And I have done my best, and I’m told I’ll find some rest

And I have sailed a while to reach your white tower
And I did not forget, I said I’d track you down
I kept your face in mind, I held your faith in mine.
I set my compass west, where my heart shall find its rest.

On you we laid our prayers
Such as they were

And I drove for miles to reach this white tower
I chose a granite stone and I chose a white flower
And I carved my lines and I’ve done my time
It may have been a final jest, but I’ll lay me down to rest.

The white tower
The white tower
In your final hour
You find the white tower