In This World

by Mark Ettinger

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released September 24, 2013

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Track Name: 03 Into an Hourglass
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
Track Name: 02 Come Back Home
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.
Track Name: 04 Chester Town
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
Track Name: 05 Hey Darling
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
Track Name: 06 Do You Know the Way Home
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?
Track Name: 07 In the Shallows
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
Track Name: 08 How Can I Be Sad
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?
Track Name: 10 Strange Emotions
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
Track Name: 11 Caroline
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?
Track Name: 12 Teacup
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
Track Name: 13 Feed Us All (Papa Ray)
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 ...
Track Name: 14 Lay Your Cares Aside
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
Track Name: 15 No More Sorrow
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
Track Name: 16 In This World
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