Sailing Alone Around The World

by David Story

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released April 5, 2011

All songs written, performed, and produced by David Story.

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Track Name: Ilmer Close
At last, dear, we finally meet,
And we'll quickly become acquainted
And you'll soon be home;
All the puzzles are now complete,
The pictures have all been painted,
The Storys have all been flown.

I'll be with you today but I'll fly away tomorrow;
I'd much rather stay and put to flight my sorrow,
Cos I've made it home.

Ain't it funny how life can bring
The relocation of where our hearts sleep
And how we leave them there?
So take my heart, I'm gonna take my things,
And now my home is for you to keep
Because heart and home are an inseparable pair.

I'll be with you today but I'll fly away tomorrow;
I'd much rather stay and put to flight my sorrow.

I'll be with you today but I'll fly away tomorrow;
I'd much rather stay and put to flight my sorrow,
Cos I've made it home.
Track Name: Heart And Soul
I've been marching all over the mountains,
I've been running and riding the rails,
I've been searching and seeking
And sailing around this world alone;
But all my trains go and fly through the stations,
All the wind's falling out of my sails,
Now I'm broke down, stranded
And stuck on the side of this lonely road.

But I'm gonna find a way to go,
Gonna find a way to go-oh-oh-oh-oh;
I said I'm gonna find a way into your heart and soul.

I've been driving from ocean to ocean,
Searched the other side of the globe,
Kept my ears and my eyes wide open
But you're never anywhere I go;
But you can't, no you can't run forever;
I'm gaining ground, I'm finding my feet,
But you're still somewhere else on the planet,
Still somewhere you shouldn't be—
Somewhere other than with me.

But I'm gonna find a way to go,
Gonna find a way to go-oh-oh-oh-oh;
I said I'm gonna find a way into your heart and soul;
I said I'm gonna find a way to go
Gonna find a way to go-oh-oh-oh-oh;
I said I'm gonna find a way into your heart and soul.

Oh-oh-oh-oh,
I'm gonna end this chase down;
Oh-oh-oh-oh,
I'm gonna find my way now;
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.

I've seen L.A., New York, Paris;
Been from London to Lisbon to Rome,
But you're the only destination
I could ever call my home.

And I'm gonna find a way to go,
Gonna find a way to go-oh-oh-oh-oh;
I said I'm gonna find a way into your heart and soul;
I said I'm gonna find a way to go
Gonna find a way to go-oh-oh-oh-oh;
I said I'm gonna find a way into your heart and soul.

Oh-oh-oh-oh;
Oh-oh-oh-oh;
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.
Track Name: When You Belong To Me
On an early April day
I packed and ran away;
I searched the northern colonies
But I did not find my place.
I'm a diamond in the coal
On the islands of New York,
And I don't know if I'm headed for
Or running from my home.

But I know
I won't go it alone;
No, you will see all I have seen
When you belong to me.

But the days keep moving on,
And lonely flights get long;
And O my love, I'm weary of
My solitary songs.
I'm not well enough alone
Standing on this shore;
This lonely isle can't reconcile
Another mile of road.

But I know
I won't go it alone;
I'll see it all, but never on my own.
I say
That soon will come the day
That you will see all I have seen,
When you belong to me.

So all the world I've met
I might as well forget;
This life that I believe I've lived
Still hasn't started yet.

But I know
I won't go it alone;
The day will come you'll save me from
My solitary throne.
And I say
That we will run away,
And you will see all I have seen,
When you belong to me.

Yes, you will see all I have seen,
When you belong to me.
Track Name: It's Not Getting Any Easier
Don't say it's so;
This moment finds me unprepared;
With life in tow,
It don't ease the weight of taking to the air.
I play my part,
Reap the harvest of the seeds I've sown,
Unpack my heart,
Then go off and board another plane alone.

A mere mortal could never find
A harder word to say…

And it's not getting any easier,
It's not getting any easier, no;
It's not getting any easier
To up and fly away.

It's a long cab ride,
But not nearly long enough;
A suitcase and another goodbye
Is all there's left for us.
So hold my heart,
Hold my heart for safe keeping;
I'll come back for it someday
And walk this world
A man in pieces.

It's not getting any easier,
It's not getting any easier, no;
It's not getting any easier
To up and fly away.

And I won't say I'm fine
As I wait in the boarding line;
While I've been flying high
My heart's been buried all this time.

It's not getting any easier,
It's not getting any easier, no;
It's not getting any easier
To up and fly away.

It's not getting any easier,
It's not getting any easier, no;
It's not getting any easier
To up and fly away,
To up and fly away…
Fly away…
Fly away…
Fly away.
Track Name: Mia Bella
La molto bella sera,
All roads lead to Rome;
Moonlight, melted chocolates,
And an A.M. radio.
Non so questa bellissima citta,
La lingua non parlo;
"Auld Lang Syne", Italian signs,
And foreign TV shows.

Mia Bella, will I ever
See your face again,
Or must I always be a stranger in this land?

Mia Bella, will I ever
See your face again,
Or must I always be a stranger in this land?

O, don't let me be,
Don't let me be a stranger.
Track Name: Manhattan Bridge
Today it's autumn
On the Street of Walls,
And I'm making phone calls
To see where you are;
This city-island
Never felt so big,
So meet me under
Manhattan Bridge.

These Babel buildings,
This coffee bar,
The subway stations,
This A-line subway car—
There's no combination,
Or sequence of streets
On this atlas
That keeps me on my feet.

So say my name on the other end of the line,
And wave your hand when you see me passing by,
Cos it's a great, big, lonely world,
So thank God I've got a friend
To meet me in
Manhattan.

This modern daylight,
The sun a TV screen,
Lights the October night
For as far as you can see;
But for all these towers,
These pillars for the sky,
All my interest
Is walking by my side.

So say my name on the other end of the line,
And wave your hand when you see me passing by,
Cos it's a great, big, lonely world,
So thank God I've got a friend
To meet me in
Manhattan.

It's almost midnight,
Washington Square,
And your bus is leaving,
So we best get you there;
But we're not over,
I'll see you again,
Just meet me under
Manhattan Bridge.

No we're not over,
I'll see you again,
Just meet me under
Manhattan Bridge.
Track Name: It's Easier To Save Your Face (Than To Bare Your Heart And Soul)
I used to say I'd find my way,
But I don't know where I'm going;
It's easier to save your face
Than to bare your heart and soul.

It's not as though the lonely road
Is the one that's always chosen,
When you can't discern the truer turn
For the one that's lying open;
You won't be found along the ground
When you're walking on the water,
And you won't find me adrift at sea
When I'm washed up on the shore.

I followed you from Timbuktu
Down through Alabama—
A blue-eyed girl from another world
And a boy from Indiana;
I tumbled and I stumbled
And I fell in your direction;
So would you care to meet me there
To catch me as I fall?

I'm the writing scrawled up on the wall,
And I know that you can read me,
So dispense with me deliberately,
But darling, don't deceive me;
I used to say I'd find my way,
But I don't know where I'm going;
It's easier to save your face
Than to bare your heart and soul.

I used to say I'd find my way,
But I don't know where I'm going;
It's easier to save your face
Than to bare your heart and soul.
Track Name: One Way Ticket
I'm sending my affections
On the back of a postcard,
From a railway station,
From a lonely heart;
It's warm in Barcelona,
It's cold in northern Italy,
O, but this rail-riding is taking its toll on me.

So I'ma gonna jump this train,
I'm gonna go back where I belong,
Cos I've been running away,
And I've been barely hanging on,
But I won't go on,
Oh, cos nowhere else will do,
So baby leave the light on,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket to you.

It's been a long January,
Riding on a rail car
With just a window beside me,
And a six-string guitar;
It's the kinda life that
Everybody talks about,
Oh, but it's not the life for me, no.

So I'ma gonna jump this train,
I'm gonna go back where I belong,
Cos I've been running away,
And I've been barely hanging on,
But I won't go on,
Oh, cos nowhere else will do,
So baby leave the light on,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket to you.

I'm gonna buy a one way ticket,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket,
I'm gonna buy a one way…

I'ma gonna jump this train,
I'm gonna go back where I belong,
Cos I've been running away,
And I've been barely hanging on,
But I won't go on,
Oh, cos nowhere else will do,
So baby leave the light on,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket to you.

Leave the light on, I'm coming back home to you,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket;
Leave the light on, I'm coming back home to you,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket;
Leave the light on, I'm coming back home to you,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket;
Leave the light on, I'm coming back home to you,
I'm gonna buy a one way ticket;
Track Name: January Jones
Daylight is capsizing
As the horizon takes the sun
Like a great lover going down
On December thirty-one;
Smoke is in the oxygen,
And there's bile in my blood.

Is there no solution
For all this pollution?
I've made my resolutions,
Already broken every one;
So midnight come,
01-01.

Cos I need an angel to clear the air,
And I need a lover's lips to kiss in ole Times Square;
I wanna hear the masses singing "Auld Lang Syne",
Cos I need a New Year,
I need a New Year's Day.

Scatter the confetti,
And roll away the stones;
I need a commencement,
Oh, I can feel it in my bones;
Got a craving for a carte blanche,
Got the January jones.

I'm not waiting forever,
It's now or it's never;
We'll end up together,
Or we'll end up alone;
So midnight come,
Grab your coat,
I'm taking you home.

Cos I need an angel to clear the air,
And I need a lover's lips to kiss in ole Times Square;
I wanna hear the masses singing "Auld Lang Syne",
Cos I need a New Year,
I need a New Year's Day.

I want you like a child wants December twenty-five.
But I need you, I need you , I need you…

And I need an angel to clear the air,
And I need a lover's lips to kiss in ole Times Square;
I wanna hear those masses singing "Auld Lang Syne",
Cos I need a New Year,
Oh, please be my New Year's Day.
Track Name: Sailing Alone Around The World
It's half past for in the morning,
The coffee's running dry;
Another hour and I will rise
With the sun into the Bangkok sky.

This long, lorn year's taught me something
I guess I've always known:
What good is sailing 'round the world
If you're sailing 'round the world alone?

Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…

I busked my tune for those who listened,
Shared a glass of wine beneath the stars;
I can't forget the way the Riviera glistened,
Can't remember the way to where you are.

I slept in terminals and stations,
On northbound high-speed trains,
Dreaming of the day that I awaken
To your sweet voice whispering my name.

Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…

We'd lie there lazy for a moment,
The rhythm of the rain above our heads,
The thunder of little footsteps coming,
And our children running to our bed.

But it's half past four in the morning,
And no such sounds are to be heard;
There's a sea that I must go on exploring,
Sailing alone around the world.

Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…

Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…
Oh-ooo…