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MUSIC

A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND

Athousandmiles

Released: August 2007

DAVID GRAY SHOP

A THOUSAND MILES BEHIND

  • 1. Song To The Siren (4:37)

    Long afloat on shipless oceans
    I did all my best to smile
    ‘Til your singing eyes and fingers
    Drew me loving to your isle
    And you sang
    Sail to me
    Sail to me
    Let me enfold you
    Here I am
    Here I am
    Waiting to hold you

    Did I dream you dreamed about me?
    Were you here when i was full sail
    Now my foolish boat is leaning
    Broken lovelorn on your rocks

    For you sing
    Touch me not, touch me not
    Come back tomorrow
    O my heart, O my heart
    Shies from the sorrow

    I am puzzled as the oyster
    I am troubled at the tide:
    Should I stand amid the breakers?
    Should I lie with Death my bride?

    Hear me sing
    Swim to me, Swim to me
    Let me enfold you
    O my heart, O my heart
    Is waiting to hold you
  • 2. To Ramona (5:31)

    Ramona, come closer
    Shut softly your watery eyes
    The pangs of your sadness
    Will pass as your senses will rise
    The flowers of the city
    Though breathlike, get deathlike at times
    And there’s no use in tryin’
    To deal with the dyin’
    Though I cannot explain that in lines
    Your cracked country lips
    I still wish to kiss
    As to be by the strength of you skin
    Your magnetic movements
    Still capture the minutes I’m in
    But it grieves my heart, love
    To see you tryin’ to be a part of
    A world that just don’t exist
    It’s all just a dream, babe
    A vacuum, a scheme, babe
    That sucks you into feelin’ like this

    I can see that your head
    Has been twisted and fed
    With worthless foam from the mouth
    I can tell you are torn
    Between stayin’ and returnin’
    Back to the South
    You’ve been fooled into thinking
    That the finishin’ end is at hand
    Yet there’s no one to beat you
    No one to defeat you
    ‘Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad

    I’ve heard you say many times
    That you’re better ‘n no one
    And no one is better ‘n you
    If you really believe that
    You know you have
    Nothing to win and nothing to lose
    From fixtures and forces and friends
    Your sorrow does stem
    That hype you and type you
    Making you feel
    That you gotta be just like them

    I’d forever talk to you
    But soon my words
    They would turn into a meaningless ring
    For deep in my heart
    I know there is no help I can bring
    Everything passes
    Everything changes
    Just do what you think you should do
    And someday, maybe
    Who knows, baby
    I’ll come and be cryin’ to you
  • 3. One With The Birds (5:21)

    Leave me alone is all that I say
    When I have nothing in me to give away
    A purple martin in her house, she hollers at me
    Why be inhuman ? why be like me?
    Like so many robins, like so many doves
    Like so many lovebirds with so many loves
    Like the songs of the bobwhite
    Without any words
    When we are inhuman we’re one with the birds

    At six in the morning you rise from the pillow
    Stand steaming above me; I slumber below
    I’m one with the blanket laying fragrant and loose
    You’re one with a whipporwill,
    You’re one with a goose

    Like so many robins, like so many doves
    Like so many lovebirds with so many loves
    Like the songs of the bobwhite
    Without any words
    When we are inhuman we’re one with the birds

    So tweet with me and widely spread
    Your olive wings: embrace my head
    Fly with me till we are dead
    And one with the birds

    Like so many seagulls
    Like so many hawks
    Like so many thrushes
    And so many cocks
    A swallow will tell you without using
    Misleading
    Heartrending words
    When we are inhuman we’re one with the birds
    When we hide our feelings we may as well fly away
  • 4. Long Black Veil (3:50)

    Ten years ago, on a cold dark night
    Someone was killed beneath the town hall light
    There were few at the scene, but they all agreed
    That the slayer who ran looked a lot like me
    She walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me

    The judge said: Son, what is your alibi?
    If you were somewhere else, then you wont have to die
    I said not a word, though it meant my life
    For I’d been in the arms of my best friend’s wife

    Oh, she walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me

    Oh, now the scaffold is high, eternity is near
    She stood in the crowd and shed not a tear
    And sometimes at night, when the cold winds blow
    In a long black veil, she cries over my bones

    She walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me

    Oh, she walks these hills in a long black veil
    She visits my grave when the night winds wail
    Nobody knows, nobody sees
    Nobody knows but me

    Nobody knows, nobody knows but me
    Nobody knows but me
  • 5. One Too Many Mornings (2:38)

    Down the street the dogs are barkin’
    And the day is a-gettin’ dark
    As the night comes in a-fallin’
    The dogs’ll lose their bark
    An’ the silent night will shatter
    From the sounds inside my mind
    For I’m one too many mornings
    And a thousand miles behind
    From the crossroads of my doorstep
    My eyes they start to fade
    As I turn my head back to the room
    Where my love and I have laid
    An’ I gaze back to the street
    The sidewalk and the sign
    And I’m one too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind

    It’s a restless hungry feeling
    That don’t mean no one no good
    When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
    You can say it just as good.
    You’re right from your side
    I’m right from mine
    We’re both just one too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind
  • 6. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (2:30)

    Broken windows and empty hallways
    A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it’s going to rain today
    Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
    With frozen smiles to chase love away
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it’s going to rain today

    Lonely, lonely
    Tin can at my feet
    Think I’ll kick it down the street
    That’s the way to treat a friend

    Bright before me the signs implore me
    To help the needy and show them the way
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it’s going to rain today
  • 7. Mansion On The Hill (3:27)

    There’s a place out on the edge of town, sir,
    Risin’ above the factories and the fields
    Now, ever since I was a child, I can remember
    That mansion on the hill
    In the day you can see the children playing
    On the road that leads to those gates of hardened steel
    Steel gates that completely surround, sir,
    The mansion on the hill
    At night my daddy’d take me and we’d ride
    Through the streets of a town so silent and still
    Park on a back road along the highway side
    Look up at that mansion on the hill

    In the summer all the lights would shine
    There’d be music playin’, people laughin’ all the time
    Me and my sister, we’d hide out in the tall cornfields
    Sit and listen to the mansion on the hill

    Tonight down here in Linden Town
    I watch the cars rushin’ by, home from the mill
    There’s a beautiful full moon rising
    Above the mansion on the hill
  • 8. In The Morning (3:09)

    In the morning when the moon is at it’s rest
    You will find me at the time I love the best
    Watching rainbows play on sunlight
    Pools of water iced from cold nights, in the morning
    ‘Tis the morning of my life
    In the daytime I will meet you as before
    You will find me waiting by the ocean floor
    Building castles in the shifting sands
    In a world that no one understands
    In the morning
    ‘Tis the morning of my life

    In the morning of my life the
    Minutes take so long to drift away
    Please be patient with your life
    It’s only morning and you’ve still to live your day

    In the ev’ning I will fly you to the moon
    To the top right hand corner of
    The ceiling in my room
    Where we’ll stay until the sun shines
    Another day to swing on clothes lines
    May I be yawning
    T’is the morning of my life
    T’is the morning of my life
    In the morning
    In the morning
    In the morning
  • 9. I Tremble For You (3:00)

    This world that I live in is empty and cold
    This loneliness cuts me and tears at my soul
    I’m no child of destiny, no fortune’s son
    I’ve just chased you so long now, I’m too weak to run
    So here I return to a back street of thrills
    Back to any warm shoulder till she’s got her fill
    And then I treat shame like an old friend from home
    That I can lean on till the misery is gone

    A new day is here yet nothing is new
    You’re still gone and I tremble for you

    I cry out at bedtime no, please not tonight
    But again there’s your footsteps and I turn on the light
    Of course you’re not there, no, you never are
    Then I try to forget that there’s always a bar

    And well, I win that battle, yes, sometimes I do
    But sleep doesn’t come when I tremble for you
  • 10. Buckets Of Rain (3:21)

    Buckets of rain
    Buckets of tears
    Got all them buckets comin’ out of my ears
    Buckets of moonbeams in my hand
    I got all the love, honey baby
    You can stand
    I been meek
    And hard like an oak
    I seen pretty people disappear like smoke
    Friends will arrive, friends will disappear
    If you want me, honey baby
    I’ll be here

    Like your smile
    And your fingertips
    Like the way that you move your lips
    I like the cool way you look at me
    Everything about you is bringing me
    Misery

    Little red wagon
    Little red bike
    I ain’t no monkey but I know what I like
    I like the way you love me strong and slow
    I’m takin’ you with me, honey baby
    When I go

    Life is sad
    Life is a bust
    All ya can do is do what you must
    You do what you must do and ya do it well
    I’ll do it for you, honey baby
    Can’t you tell?
  • 11. Go Down Easy (4:17)

    You curl around me
    Like a fern in the spring
    Lie down here
    Let me sing the things you bring
    And we can go down easy
    Oh, my lover, we can go down easy
    Oh, my darling, we can go down easy

    You come up and see me
    With your big brown eyes
    Come around to my place
    You know I’ll sympathize you

    And we can go down easy
    Oh, my lover, we can go down easy
    Oh, my darling, we can go down easy

    I won’t be fancy
    But I will be free
    You know I love you
    And you can really talk to me

    And we can go down easy
    Oh, my darling, we can go down easy
    Oh, my lover, we can go down easy

    You curl around me
    Like a fern in the spring
    Lie down here
    Let me sing the things you bring

    And we can go down easy
    Oh, my lover, we can go down easy
    Oh, my darling, we can go down easy
  • 12. Streets Of Philadelphia (4:29)

    I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt
    I was unrecognizable to myself
    I saw my reflection in a window, I didn’t know my own face
    Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin’ away
    On the Streets of Philadelphia
    I walked the avenue, till my legs felt like stone
    I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
    At night I could hear the blood in my veins
    Black and whispering as the rain
    On the Streets of Philadelphia

    Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
    It’s just you and I my friend
    My clothes don’t fit me no more
    I walked a thousand miles
    Just to slip this skin

    The night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake
    I can feel myself fading away
    So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
    Or will we leave each other alone like this
    On the Streets of Philadelphia