In This World

by Mark Ettinger

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Put this whole beach into an hourglass Stick it on a mountain high Turn it upside down so I can watch Watch my whole life flow by Take all the loquats in the world Stick ‘em in a silver jar We’ll have tea and toast and jam until the mystics tell us tell us why we are and you know I’m going to ask ‘cause I want to know How long these dreams will come to me How long these dreams will come to me come to me yeah come to me come to me And when night seeps through the dusty panes Of this cabin by the shore I know these dreams will come to me Yeah, come to me once more Take all the candles that have ever burned light ‘em up here beside you and me we can hold hands and we can turn turn our voices to the sea and you know I’m going to ask ‘cause I want to know How long these dreams will come to me How long these dreams will come to me come to me yeah come to me come to me And when night seeps through the dusty panes Of this cabin by the shore I know these dreams will come to me Yeah, come to me once more come to me once more come to me once more
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How can I tell you what I know Now you’re dead and gone But your love lingers on and on and on how can I show you what’s going on now you’re on your way but your tune still plays and plays in the sky on the ground, in silence, in sound in sorrow, in fun, under moon, under sun all alone, in a crowd, inside or out loud your tune plays on, and on so come on, we’re all waiting wanna hear you play that song again oh come on, come back home, give us that song. Play along … How can I tell you what I know Now you’re dead and gone But your love lingers on and on and on how can I show you what’s going on now you’re on your way but your tune still plays and plays - and I want you to come on, we’re all waiting wanna hear you play that song again oh come on, come back home, give us that song.
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When there’s more leaves on the ground Than on the branches And a cold shadow stalks the inner hills I’m going up to Chester To the Baba a Louis Bakery Carlo stokes the fire, he’s welcoming the company And we’re driving, rising in the night Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights And we’re rising He’ll open the gate to that higher ground I’m going up to Chester Town Ruth crosses the field, breaking in the snow Red-faced from the wind, and the colors on the rise Her rooster crows at three am She laughs when I complain “So you prefer sirens”, she says, and laughs again And we’re driving, rising in the night Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights And we’re rising She sings and laughs, you gotta hear the sound I’m going up to Chester Town And when the table has been laid And we’re seated face-to-face Can almost see the thread of life Which brought us to this place Catch a fleeting glimpse of greatness That holds us in a state of grace in a state of grace John smiles, while his eyes roam to the upper windows Following the birds heading south, following the sun There’s flour on his face and hands And love for Ruthie in his eye They move among the other bakers As the birds move in the sky And we’re driving, rising in the night Through a dreamland, a-glowing in the headlights And we’re rising They’ll be kneading dough and singing rounds I’m going up to Chester Town
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Hey darling - I wish you were here Hey darling - I wish you were here I hope that sleep comes soon Find me in my hotel room Downstairs is hopping, everybody’s laying it down Round and round But I don’t want to gamble I’m stuck in Neon Town, yeah Neon Town Hey darling - I wish you were here Hey darling - I wish you were here I’m calling you now from so far away I’m sorry to wake you up darling With so little to say, ‘cept Hey darling - I wish you were here Is that the maid at my door? Or the rich down there laying for more? Or is that you beside me, slipped in to surprise me so sweet, and slow I’m reaching for a daydream I’m stuck in Neon Town, yeah Neon Town I’m calling you now from so far away I’m sorry to wake you up darling But I just gotta hear you say: Hey darling - I wish you were here Hey darling - I wish you were here Mmm, Hey darling Mmm, Hey darling I wish you were here
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Oh mother who lost a beloved child Do you know the way home? Sister dries the same blue eyes Do you know the way home? Father who ran off years ago Was your freedom worth it, do you know? and do you know the way home? Old lovers dreaming might-have-beens Walking in the shadows Teachers crying for your sins Walking in the shadows Friends who knew you’d never die Did you see forever in her eye? And do you know the way home? Hey, hey hey, hey hey Oh darling here you lie so still Singing in the green-o With the robins and the whip-poor-wills Singing in the green-o I’ll sit a while, and find a song To keep you when the birds are done Singing in the green-o Hey, hey hey, hey hey Tonight is like a rolling train, Heading out of sorrow Pulling in and out of pain Heading out of sorrow I’ll see you on the other side And if there’s nothing there, It’s been quite a ride Heading out of sorrow And do you know the way home?
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The stars they shine so faint Reflected off the lake Don’t rock the boat The slightest ripple scares them The water sinks so cold Hundred feet or more A glacier came, carved her name, See the echo Let the stillness of the night Away from noise and the man-made light Teach me how to sail on, through tomorrow My love she warms the bed Crystal dreams wrapped round her head Strands she weaves, borne on the breeze She’s floating Now it’s time to sleep Daylight starts to creep Under eyelids, driving dreams away-o Let the stillness of the night Away from noise and the man-made light Teach me how to sail on through tomorrow Waterlilies close until dawn they softly doze Roots in the mud, a humble bud seeking heaven Glory glory be when this bud the daylight sees A lotus bold finer than golden honey Let the stillness of the night Away from noise and the man-made light Teach me how to sail on through tomorrow Balloon man rises wee Someday he’ll visit me He’ll find me here, just drifting In the shallows He’ll find me here, just drifting In the shallows In the shallows In the shallows
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Dawn comes unbidden out of the night And hope has risen along with the light When the angle of the sun is right When all the world is stirring How can I be sad? Life comes unbidden out of the void And Death is a given, we’ll all be destroyed But in the silence of the early light And all the world is laughing How can I be sad? Everyone knows, down in their toes, It’s just a dream Still it makes you want to scream sometimes makes you want to scream sometimes This song comes unbidden, a welcome friend the ball keeps on spinning, there’s no end when the colors break upon my sight and all the world is trembling, How can I be sad?
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Why does it have to grown so cold? Even the trees are feeling old First you’re alone and then you’re lonesome The distant highway sounds like the ocean And in the end will you find devotion? One by one the lights have all died Another morning and you’re feeling fried For what it’s worth you go through the motions The empty smiles and all the commotion And in the end will you find devotion? Aaahhh You read the papers day after day The more you read the less they say The ozone’s dying so you buy some lotion The rising sea brings strange emotions And in the end will you find devotion? Aaahhh
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Oh Caroline -Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline? Oh Caroline -Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline? Little girl will you be my world? Like an oyster pearl, like a flag unfurled Little bear, you ain’t got much hair I’l take you anywhere, such a little bear. Oh Caroline - Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline? Oh Caroline - Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline? Strong and loud, growing tall and proud Like a stirring crowd, like a racing cloud Little bear, with your flowing hair You’re headed off somewhere, Such a winning bear. Oh Caroline - Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline? Oh Caroline - Oh Caroline, Will you be mine, little Caroline?
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03:00
Well the teacup you offer And the seat on your flor Hold a mystery, it’s true, Can’t keep my eyes off of you Every movement’s a question And tomorrow’s far away But the answers of morning Don’t we know them today? ‘And when twenty years have passed and gone No one will know”, you say Except me and you No one will know it’s true, That we just smiled and sipped Jasmine Kept our feet on the floor Smoked a cigarette or two While my eyes followed you And so morning breaks gently Each alone in our own beds All the questions are answered And nothing’s been said, yes nothing Well the teacup you offer And the seat on your flor Hold a mystery, it’s true, Can’t keep my eyes off of you And so morning breaks gently Each alone in our own beds All the questions are answered And nothing’s been said, yes nothing
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The circle was hungy no one spoke Little ones blinking at spirits in the smoke A flickering movement a tremor in the ground He stepped from the shadows as tall as he was round Ahooooo He moved to the fire sweat rolling down his nose He raised up his hands his fingers looked like toes All the women started trembling was it love or was it fear He belly started growling could dinnertime be near?! Ahooooo Feed us all, big and small Feed us all Papa Ray Papa pa-Papa pa-Papa Papa Ray The young learn their legends From the mumblings of the old But what the chef fed the people I was never told But I heard they all were dancing By the firelight that night Staring at that belly of wonder Shaking with that phantom of delight? Ahooooo Feed us all, big and small Feed us all Papa Feed us all, big and small Feed us all Papa Ray Papa pa-Papa pa-Papa Papa Ray Papa Papa Papa Ray Papa ...
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A Hundred frozen winters past - Long time gone Hundred melting springs at last - Long time gone Hundred childred moved away - Long time gone Hundred more come back to stay - Long time gone Lay your cares aside It’s been so long Come to the foot of the lake Bring everyone along Join all folks from near and far Just look around see who we are Come celebrate this old home town There’s friends to cheer at the softball game - See you there We’ll take our chances on the rain - See you there Well come on out ‘cause you never know - See you there Who’ll show up at the variety show - See you there Lay your cares aside It’s been so long Come to the foot of the lake Bring everyone along Love that hike through local trees We feast tonight on blueberries Come celebrate this old home town Friday night o what a scene – come on down Parade takes over 113 – come on down We’ll be dancing to that Old Time Band – come on down And eating beens fresh from the sand – come on down Lay your cares aside It’s been so long Come to the foot of the lake Bring everyone along This week arrives just once a year I can’t believe it’s finally here Come celebrate this old home town One hundred years the fireworks roar I’ll see you in one hundred more Come celebrate this old home town (long time gone) Come celebrate this old home town (long time gone) Come celebrate this old home town
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No more sorrow, no more pain Down the gutter, along with the rain, Sing with me this sweet refrain No more sorrow and pain If I should land on that opposite shore All my family will be waiting I’m sure My mother and my father will stand by the sea My uncles and my cousins and all my friends I will see And all of my loved ones will be singing for me No more sorrow, no more pain Down the gutter, along with the rain, Sing with me this sweet refrain No more sorrow and pain Mercy’s lost in a war-wasted land Fear sows Hatred and Hreed lends a hand Innocence shudders while learning to smile The Righteous and the Holy bomb the infidel child Complacency flips through the news for awhile Long grows a lamb’s wool after he’s shorn Martyr a prophet and a nother one’s born The starry-eyed lover was once sad and forlorn What folds up at twilight may be open by morn And the red of the rose is well worth the thorn No more sorrow, no more pain Down the gutter, along with the rain, The reddest rose, the sweetest refrain No more sorrow and pain The reddest rose, the sweetest refrain No more sorrow and pain No more sorrow and pain
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We’re never alone In this world It’s true You’re never alone In this world I’m singing with you If you’re feeling alone In this world Feeling blue Remember your way In this world I’m walking there too I’m walking there too In this world Walking too Remember your way In this world I’m walking there too Singing with you
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released September 24, 2013

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