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