The Hinterland

by David Story

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released October 23, 2007

Produced by David Story and Paul Mercer.
All songs written by David Story.

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Track Name: Highway Song
Out here it's so etheric,
You can open up your window,
Rake your fingers through the air,
And leave a handprint on the wind.

All the days go on forever,
But feel like no more than a moment;
The air's so bright and warm,
The nights you wish would never end.

In the haven of the Hinterland
A long wide river flows;
It's made of tar and stone
And the conveyances of men,
And it conveys this man.

I'm on my highway home;
I'm on my highway home.

Bring all your weights and measures—
They'll soon be gone and long forgotten,
Cos out here everything is lighter
In the Hinterland.

And you can see a hundred miles
If you turn any direction—
All the trees and rain and waves of grain
Till heaven hits the land;
There's heaven in this land.

I'm on my highway home;
I'm on my highway home;
I'm on my highway home.

Yeah, I'm on my highway home,
And I want you to ride along;
Yeah, and on this highway home,
We will sing a highway song.

On this highway home,
This highway home.
Track Name: The Other Side Of The World
I can see that look upon your face—
You're hungry for some far, far away place;
And no one knows the wonder that awaits,
So we could stay and we can wonder
Or we could make our grand escape.

So let's fly to the other side of the world,
Yeah, let's fly to the other side of the world,
Come on, let's fly to the other side,
The other side of the world.

Wanderlust can get you pretty far,
But you never know exactly where you are;
That still beats being trapped between your walls.
What's the point of being born on earth
If you can't see it all?

So let's fly to the other side of the world,
Yeah, let's fly to the other side of the world,
Come on, let's fly to the other side,
The other side of the world.
Track Name: In Good Company
What brought you out this evening?
I don't really care,
I'm just glad to be in good company;
The air's so light inside your atmosphere
That I could sing for all eternity.

We could watch the constellations settle in
Up against a deep jazz blue;
Allow the melodies to filter through your skin—
They're stronger than what wine could ever do.

And I'll be more than halfway to heaven
By the time we see the sun.

Cos I'm in good company with you tonight;
Your soul, your everything,
Makes everything just come to life.

So let's just plan on staying awake all night,
Cos I don't want to miss a moment;
Nothing is of consequence contrasted with your light,
And you know where this world is going.

So I'll be more than halfway to heaven
By the time we make it home.

Cos I'm in good company with you tonight;
Your soul, your everything,
Makes everything just come to life.

I'll be more than halfway to heaven tonight;
I'll be more than halfway to heaven tonight;
I'm more than halfway to heaven,
Yeah, I'm halfway to heaven,
Oh, I'm halfway to heaven.

Cos I'm in good company with you tonight;
Your soul, your everything,
Makes everything just come to life.

I'm in good company, yeah;
Oh, I'm in good company;
I'm in good company with you,
Oh, with you.

What brought you out this evening?
I don't really care,
I'm just glad to be in good company.
Track Name: The Day She Arrives
Save some time to waste a little of your life on me;
I just let go of the only breath that I was guaranteed.
I'm walking backwards;
All my certainties have come and gone,
But there's still something that I hope to stumble upon.

I can't say that I'll be ready,
I just hope I'm still alive,
And live to see the day that she arrives.

I'll make it by—my survival is not in her hands;
She's not my savior,
I'm not so sure she's even in my plans.
But if she arrives, I won't deny her entry to my soul;
If and when she comes,
I hope there's plenty of life left to go.

I can't say that I'll be ready,
I just hope I'm still alive,
And live to see the day that she arrives.

Don't waste your life getting here,
Waste your life on me;
Don't take your time arriving—
Time is taking me.

I can't say that I'll be ready,
I just hope I'm still alive,
And live to see the day that she arrives,
And live to see the day that she arrives,
I wanna live to see the day that she arrives.
Track Name: Photograph
Yesterday's a hostage in a picture frame,
So I can know it's never very far;
That's the only downfall of a perfect day—
Things can never stay the way they are.

Today was like a novel that you just can't lay down,
But it leaves you empty when you reach the end;
Nevermind how flawless this all seems right now—
Midnight always forces its way in.

But if you and I could live inside a photograph,
We could live outside of time,
Be still and stay, watch every day just come to pass,
Frozen in our photograph.

Tomorrow comes a little earlier everyday—
Was I really born twenty-two years ago?
I've learned and I've forgotten a few things along the way,
So I'm taking lots of pictures as I go.

But if you and I could live inside a photograph,
We could live outside of time,
Be still and stay, watch every day just come to pass,
Frozen in our photograph.

If you and I could live inside a photograph,
We'd never have to say so long;
We'd stay the same while everything
Would just come to pass,
Frozen in our picture.

If you and I could live inside a photograph,
We could live outside of time;
We'd stay right here, watch every year
Just come to pass,
Frozen in our photograph,
Frozen in our photograph.
Track Name: Lighten Up My Way
Lead me far away;
Heavy is the day,
And only you can lighten up my way.
The skies are azure blue—
A luminous display;
But only you can lighten up my way.

Every step I take
Feels like a mistake,
And only you can lighten up my way.

The sun begins to rise,
But my heart soon descends,
And only you can pick me up again;
I wander foreign lands,
I walk on foreign stones,
But only you can make this feel like home.

Every step I take
Feels like a mistake,
And only you can lighten up my way.

Lead me far away;
Leaden is the day,
And only you can lighten up my way.
When I feel of no use,
Like a buried work of art,
Only you can lift my heavy heart.

Every step I take
Feels like a mistake,
And only you can lighten up my way.
Only you can lighten up my way.
Track Name: (hinterlude)
We will sing a highway song
Never known to man;
If we wander side by side,
Home is where we stand,
In this Hinterland,
In this Hinterland,
In this Hinterland.
Track Name: A Little Bit Older
You always used to find a way
To track me down on my worst day;
You'd catch me at the worst of times,
And I'd have no reason to my rhymes.

But I'm a little bit older now,
And I'm a little less of a fool,
Except when I'm with you.

I might just say that you're my bad luck charm,
But I know I do myself the greatest harm;
I'm oh so clever whenever you're not here,
But come into my vicinity, that man just disappears.

I could say the sweetest things
Or something that's profound,
Just not when you're around.

I don't know why it has to be,
You just bring out the fool in me;
The side you never get to see
Would sweep you right up off your feet,
Sweep you right up off your feet.

I'm a little bit older now,
But I'll always be a fool
As long as I'm with you,
As long as I'm with you,
As long as I'm with you.
Track Name: Samson's Song
What is this weakness that I feel?
I let the seduction go too far.
The hair that once flowed down my back is gone;
They gouged out my eyes and they chained up my feet.

So how am I strong now that I'm weak?
How can I have hope when everything is so bleak?
Now that I'm blind, how can I see?
Now that I'm useless, how can you use me?

Look at this prisoner I've become;
I captured myself with my own pride.
They shackled me up, they made me a spectacle;
I guess that's the price that I have to pay.

So how am I strong now that I'm weak?
How can I have hope when everything is so bleak?
Now that I'm blind, how can I see?
Now that I'm useless, how can you use me?

I cry out a prayer of desperation,
Wondering if you'll still listen to me;
You are my only source of life—
You are my hope, you are my sight, you are my strength.

And I am so strong now that I'm weak,
Cos you are my hope when everything is so bleak;
And now that I'm blind, I clearly see;
Now that I'm useless, you're free to use me.

And I am so strong now that I'm weak,
Cos you are my hope when everything is so bleak;
And now that I'm blind, I clearly see;
Now that I'm useless, you're free to use me,
You're free to use me,
You're free to use me,
So God, won't you use me?
Track Name: Passenger Seat
There's an empty passenger seat to my right;
I've shared one-sided conversations with it all my life;
It always laughs at my jokes and we never fight.

I can sing at the top of my lungs and it won't complain;
And I can play any song that I want, cos we both want the same;
It never gets too cold or too warm or too far away.

But I still wish you were my passenger—
I'd take you everywhere I go;
I wish you were my kindred wandering soul.

My lifeless companion can't help me stay awake at 2 A.M.
And I'm so sick of all those license plate games because I always win;
O, that chair keeps its silence, and I just keep on wishing you were in it.

I wish you were my passenger—
I'd take you everywhere I go;
I wish you were my kindred wandering soul,
Cos I'm a wandering soul.

There's an empty passenger seat to my right;
Sometimes it's the only friend I need to bring along for the ride;
Oh, but nothing can rival having you on my passenger side.

I wish you were my passenger—
I'd take you everywhere I go;
I wish you were my kindred wandering soul.

I wish you were my passenger—
We'd drive until we run out of road;
I wish you were my kindred wandering soul,
Cos we are wandering souls.
Track Name: All Around Me
The horizon's on fire, the sun is tired and stooping low,
The trees silhouetted as they're casting down their blue shadows;
If the day is a journey, then its E.T.A. has come and gone;
The perfectly gradient gold fades to blue to black to clouds of stars.

I don't have to wonder where you've gone,
I don't have to look very far.

O, and I open my eyes to see you surround me;
O, and I open my eyes to see you all around me.

The light of a tower tries to steal away my glimpse of you;
But anything hands have made just wishes it was in my view;
I find I'm distracted by the dialogue of day and night;
I'm here in the shadows, but I'm captured by the very source of light.

I don't have to wonder where you are;
I don't have to look very far.

O, and I open my eyes to see you surround me;
O, and I open my eyes to see you all around me.
Track Name: Listen To The Rain
Stop and listen to the rain
Slowly fade away—
A promise that the sun will shine again;
Stop and listen to the storm
That soon will be no more,
And makes the way for daylight to begin.

And bear your troubled heart no more;
Bear your troubled heart no more.

Watch the final raindrops land—
You can catch them in your hand;
They only fall to cleanse and make you new.
Stop and watch the clouds depart—
It's God's performing art—
And listen to these words I sing to you:

Bear your troubled heart no more,
Bear your troubled heart no more;
Bear your troubled heart no more,
Bear your troubled heart no more.

Stop and listen to the rain
Slowly fade away—
A promise that the sun will shine again.