The Art Of Saving Lives

by Josh Johnston

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released June 29, 2018

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Track Name: Winged Revolution
You are perfect as a wing,
I wouldn't change a single thing,
Under radar, Out of range,
And yet there is nothing I would change,

Sing, sing,
You tear down everything,
Revolution,

The night it all came down,
Fighitng fires all over town,
You couldn't save your home,
So you took off in a three word poem,

Sing, sing,
You've torn down everything,
Revolution

You are broken as a wing,
Broken heart and everything,
Let me be the wing for you
to take you out across the blue,

Sing, sing,
Let's tear down everything,
Revolution,

We'll tear down everything,
Revolution,

Revolution
Track Name: Rain
The rain it falls on all of us just the same,
Just the same,
It doesn't discriminate,

It skews the angles of who and who not to blame,,
Pretty well, Momentarily,

The sun returns to shade us a finer hue,
Me and you,
And all of our families,

I must realise I am not the only one who cares,
I must be there, I must be there,
I must resolve to always be the friend to you,
I must be true, I must be true,
I must be true,

I never know my enemies or their ways,
There they go,
Moving on out of sight,

And if they lose the trail and they can't track me down,
Who's to say if they're winning their guessing game ?

Who's hiding in the corner ?
Who gives a damn ?
I'm out on my own, I'm out in the rain,

I must realise I am not the only one who cares,
I must be there, I must be there,
I must resolve to always see the friend in you,
I must be true, I must be true,
I must be true,
Track Name: Scattered
I'm one crazy dude and not in a good way,
I live alone the other side of town,
Don't go out, I make friends slowly,
When times were good, I let my good friends down,

Now I had good friends, don't think I knew it,
I had a good time but I blew it,
Had everything that was important to me,
And it's gone, It's scattered,

I've a troubled soul and it wouldn't surprise you
to find me freezing cold on your front step,
It's 2 o'clock and I don't want to wake you,
I don't want to get you out of your warm bed,

And I had a friend, don't think I knew it,
I had a good life but I blew it,
I had everything that was important to me,
And it's gone, It's scattered,
It's scattered, I'm scattered,

But I'm a crazy fool and I shouldn't have left you,
Should have seen the goodness staring in my face,
And I'm always one step out beyond you,
Staring forward to some other place,

Now I had a friend and I don't think I knew it,
I had a good life but I blew it,
I had everything that was important to me,
And it's gone, It's scattered,
And it's scattered
I'm scattered
Track Name: Moon Landing
I always get lost in your house
You never show me the way
Rooms and corridors I'm powerless to know
Locks and shadows confuse me by day
But later your light's burning low
Open windows they let in the glow
And at the top of the stairs there
I know I'll find your moon landing
moon landing

Someone's burning both ends here tonight
No names mentioned, no numbers to guess
At the end of the day keep it dark
No one's listening, no need to confess
So take me up to the next level now
Cause no one's levelling with me somehow
And I'm counting the steps
as I vow I'll find your moon landing
Moon landing

And take me up through the rays and the mazes
Where you never do things by halves
Your quarters and crescents, eclipses and phases
Nostalgia and old moonlit paths

And I'm never fazed anymore
Cause I've been here before, I've stayed late
And there's never a dark side to you
Waxing, waning, forever first date
Clair de lune's on my skyline tonight
At the top of your stairs there's a light
And if your seas are still tranquil
We might make a moon landing
Moon landing
Track Name: Completely
Monday has come too quickly again
And I've been up since God knows when
She's still sleeping but I'm not there

It's train time, the people weave and sway
The start of an otherwise dull day
They look right through me like I'm not there

Completely brought into your love
Completely sold
Completely left alone to be completely cold
Completely

Empty, the content of my day
The office looks the other way
Onwards we will, still I'm not there

Completely bought into your love
Completely sold
Completely left alone to be completely cold
Completely bought into your love
Completely sold
Completely left alone to be completely cold
Completely
Completely
Track Name: A Light In The Dark Of Night
Instrumental
Track Name: Missed Her On The Road
I met her on the road
She was singing as we waited at the bus stop
I thought I recognised the tune, the song
And so I sang along

Till she said
"Come sit with me,
Tell me what you're dreaming, where we're going,
Who will we be ?"
Who knows what this world will have to throw
Further on down the road

I missed her on the road
Too busy watching the sky for changes
And though she owes me nothing
There was a time when she'd rearrange her day for us

When she'd say
"Stay by My side
When I need you don't go off dreaming"
But the world is wide
And though I know she's right it always seems

The road it calls to me
Colours streaming, lights across the sky
A song across the sea
An urgent call, a questioning.
A constant need to fly
Everyday a possibility

So I lost her on the road
Her white lines fading in the distance

But she said
"Go sing your song
Take it off on the path you're travelling
I'll sing along"
We can't always know the turns that lie ahead
Further on down the road
Track Name: Story Of Us
On the back of a bus
Trying to figure the story of us
Trying to work out how does it all start
And where will it end

Are we wrapped up in code?
Trying to calculate all that is owed
Making a movie in edits and fades
Plot twist and bend

We are living and writing our thoughts on the page
Our actions, reaction informing our age
As we ponder and plunder our backdrop of care
The logic and brain dust dissolve into air
So the story may never be over

In the back of my mind
Old moving pictures that got left behind
Manuscript pages unbound and unsigned
And letters unseen

Narratives, melodies floating in space
When all I really see is the smile on your face
And the truth, undeniable, staring at me
Yet answers and reasons like waves on the sea
So the story will never be over

Still on the back of the bus
No further in figuring the story of us
Trying to work out where did it all start
And where will it end
Where will it end
Where will it end
Track Name: Midsummer With Anja
Kristiansund and Trondheim pass
endless daylight frosts the glass
and Froya glimmers, meets the sky
a moonless June for a midnight eye
and tunnel vision takes you where
it's always half-way, never there
mainland shopping, island bliss
they said she'd never leave all this

And I spent midsummer with Anja
yes I spent my midsummer with Anja

And what if someone else's life
counts you in but turns the knife
flying visits, floating lights
missing words and single nights
and what if some lives never find
the resting place, the settled mind
still one more summer, one more song
lures you back, you can't be wrong

And I spent midsummer with Anja
yes I spent my midsummer with Anja

And talk to me of why I'm drawn
and all the powers I've called upon
and how my days got out of hand
and you're a stranger in a changed land

Churches gather, steeples rise
fjords cut through these northern skies
pristine houses, family ties
open prisons, hidden lies
and truth's away with your forest friend
where red deer velvet meets its end
some territories you'll never know
you just don't go there, you never go

And still I spent midsummer with Anja
yes I spent midsummer with Anja
I spent my midsummer days with Anja

days and days and days and days...
Track Name: Lines
The phone line is a tightrope,
I’m trying to cross to youfrom the opposite side
I didn’t see how high the wire,
I never realised the going would be so hard and wide

Hold the line
I’m trying to reach out to you across space and time
Across the lines of words I mean to say but cannot find

Something moves beneath my feet and it tries to shake me
so I know I can’t look down
Nothing’s ever going to be the same
now you’re in another town

Hold the line
I’m trying to reach out to you across space and time
Across the lines of words I mean to say but cannot find

But the words are slow to come
In shades of night and dream
Forever tipping on my tongue
Never quite as distant as they seem

And if you step across the line you’re going to find
that you’re another day away
And all the good you’ve done is swept from you
with the very next thing that you say

Hold the line
I’m trying to reach out to you across space and time
Across the lines of words I mean to say but cannot find

And the words are slow to come
In shades of night and dream
Forever tipping on my tongue
Never quite as distant as they seem

But the words must take their leave,
Or lead you to your dream,
Forever tipping on my tongue
Never quite as simple as they seem
Track Name: The Allnighter
Into the night,
Into the stream,
Into the dark,
Into the dream,
Into a space for you and me,

What will we do ?
What will we see ?
Where will we go ?
Where will we be ?
Out of this ever-crazy world,

Elevating through a light intense,
Easily toppling my best defences,
I see it coming,
I welcome the allnighter,

You’ve seen me falter,
I’ve been here before,
You know I’ve been hopelessly stuck to the floor,
You take me places never seen,

Rolling, bouncing, floating, light serene,
A nomination for the greatest team,
Getting closer,
I welcome the all-nighter,

Now the day it is closing,
The sun will descend,
But the moon it hangs high and bright
On my lover and my friends,
We have travelled for ages,
Laughter and tears,
Endlessly turning pages,
Learning lessons through the years,

So here we are,
At one with the night,
A sense of a dawn,
A moment of flight out of this ever-crazy world,

Light years away from where I used to be,
The path I walked on now a memory,
Watch it coming,
No longer an outsider,

It’s all around me,
I welcome the all-nighter,
I welcome the all-nighter,
We welcome the all-nighter,

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