A Million Years

by nicholas gurney

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1.
CO² 04:00
CO2 Who can save the day Who can find a way Who's got the power Who can say Time is running out The temperature rising Time is running out Not so surprising Hydrocarbons, check the jargon CO2 dismay The more we burn the more we learn The more we melt away Are going green Are we going grey Are we going helter-skelter To the end of days Time is money, money is power The hidden hand controls We can't sit by and let corruption Decimate our souls We've spent too long in hesitation Too long in idle talk Now's the time for inspiration To run and not to walk
2.
It's So Unfair It's so unfair There's only one of you It's so unfair You're with somebody too It's so unfair (yes it is) Why'd I fall in love with you? I guess it's true All is fair in love and war I guess I knew What I was hoping for Was never ever going to happen Why'd I fall in love with you? In another life, maybe another dimension We'd both be together, that I hardly need to mention In another world, one where all things were equal We'd star in the film and we'd star in the sequel . . .
3.
Survival 03:17
Survival I can't stand injustice, it tears my heart It breaks my soul in two I can't stand the strong overbearing the weak When there's nothing I can do But it's here in the world, happens everyday Bound to see it on the news We see it in films, we see it in plays They sing it in the blues Survival of the fittest Darwin brought the news Religion took a tumble Believers left confused Survival, survival, survival, survival I don't like to think about the lonely souls With no one to share their lives I don't like to hear about the lonely souls Who wait but no one arrives But it's there in the world, happens everyday Bound to see it on the news We see it in films, we see it in plays They sing it in the blues Survival of the fittest Darwin brought the news Religion took a tumble Believers left confused Survival, survival, survival, survival
4.
Arrange The Stars A leading light, a woman of note A breed apart, so high and remote A rising star in the firmament Here to stay, permanent A work of art with timeless grace Self possessed remember her face She's all the rage with those in the know She's not like the others who come and go Arrange the stars across the heavens Which one shines the most A mythical creature we all adore A lover to men a mother to all She stands on high, untouched by it all The essence of graceful so smooth so tall Look on her beauty hear her siren call Lifting you up you're scared you may fall She's all the rage with those in the know She's not like the others who come and go Arrange the stars across the heavens Which one shines the most
5.
Bright As A Button Who’s to say if it's right or wrong If it's what you feel, all along Then that’s just how it is for you We could argue the point all night long That I was right and you were wrong But that’s not the right thing to do Cos you have to live in your world, and I get to live in mine If we can meet somewhere in the middle, that’s just fine The battle of the roses, the hundred years war The pages of history are littered with them all Why add another to that haul? You’re my true life companion, my sounding board The North on my compass, my favourite chord When you are near me, the clouds melt away And bright as a button is my day So it goes and so it is A little take and a little give A little push me pull you down the line To be made from elastic is a wonderful thing It helps us through the thick and thin It helps us get along over time Cos you have to live in your world, while I get to live in mine If we can meet somewhere in the middle, that’s just fine The battle of the roses, the hundred years war The pages of history are littered with them all Why add another to that haul? You’re my true life companion, my sounding board The North on my compass, you're my favourite chord When you are near me, the clouds melt away And bright as a button is my day
6.
And She Said 02:55
And She Said (And she said) Send me no flowers, give me no ring Don't talk for hours about your favourite thing Don't get me wrong, it's me but it's true I just need some space to put between me and you And all of your feelings, they live inside you And all of your wishes, may never come true And all of your hopes, well meaning may be But all of your dreams are not reflected in me (And she said) Send me no poems of undying love Send me no selfies of you from above Don't get me wrong, I'm not the person you see You've made that one up and then you pinned it on me And all of your feelings, they live inside you And all of your wishes, may never come true And all of your hopes, well meaning may be But all of your dreams are not reflected in me (And she said) Bring me no dollars, send me no dimes I don't want your money in exchange for my time Your feelings may blind you but I hope you will see I can't be the one that you want me to be And all of your feelings, they live inside you And all of your wishes, may never come true And all of your hopes, well meaning may be But all of your dreams are not reflected in me (And she said) Send me no flowers, give me no ring Don't talk for hours about your favourite thing Don't get me wrong, it's me but it's true I just need some space to put between me and you
7.
Like Sand 04:13
Like Sand At the start it feels like forever No end to the road that we're on Limitless to the horizon Carrying on and on But there in the background is ticking Counting down one by one We're only aware of the ticking At the going down of the sun Time is never for wasting As precious as gold in our hands Time is never for wasting Yet it slips through our fingers like sand An old head on young shoulders Would that that wish could come true But time has passed and I'm older There's not too much more I can do In the background now I can hear ticking I count down with it one by one Now I'm sorely aware of the ticking And I look to the West for the sun Time is never for wasting As precious as gold in our hands Time is never for wasting Yet it slips through our fingers like sand
8.
When I'm With You Sailing away on a sunny day Sailing round the Spanish main The ocean spray and the wind in our hair The rigging taking the strain The dolphins play with the bow wave Happy like they don't have a care The taste of salt and the ozone There's freedom in the air That's how I feel when I'm with you Even though we don't have a boat That's how I feel when I'm with you It's so beautiful just to float (away) There's nothing else quite like this feeling There's nothing so pure and sweet There's nothing else sets me reeling There's nothing else so complete As the dolphins play with the bow wave Happy like they don't have a care The taste of salt and the ozone There's freedom in the air That's how I feel when I'm with you Even though we don't have a boat That's how I feel when I'm with you It's so beautiful just to float (away)
9.
A Stone Cold Fact More gifts than are given at the Oscars More treasure than the Taj Mahal More gold than a bank in Switzerland More diamonds than a Damien skull These treasures and more that come our way Are bestowed at a cost of naught They come with the territory of breathing From the essence of life they are wrought And I'm so in love with the Autumn leaves I'm so in love with the rain I'm so in love with a sunny day I'm so in love it's insane Every day is a day to wonder Though sometimes we live in regret Every day is a day to plunder Each day is as good as it gets Every is even handed There's no judgement ever implied No matter what comes whether thunder or sun Maybe both there side-by-side And I'm so in love with the Autumn leaves I'm so in love with the rain I'm so in love with a sunny day I'm so in love it's insane It's a wrap it's a snap it's a stone cold fact It's as strange as a man on the moon It's as old as the hills it's as young as you feel It's a privileged silver spoon And I'm so in love with the Autumn leaves I'm so in love with the rain I'm so in love with a sunny day I'm so in love it's insane And I'm so in love with the Autumn leaves I'm so in love with the rain I'm so in love with a sunny day I'm so in love it's insane It's a wrap it's a snap it's a stone cold fact It's as old as the hills it's as young as you feel And I'm so in love with the Autumn leaves I'm so in love with the rain I'm so in love it's insane
10.
The Signs Are The signs are, the ground is getting shaky The signs are, the troubles are getting weighty The signs are, things could take a nasty turn The signs are, things could crash and they could burn When you play with the big guns you're playing with fire The stakes pile high is it a funeral pyre You knew all the risks to that cold dark art The fool and his money, seems they soon will part The signs are, for sure they're not looking good Did you ever really think that they would? The signs are, time to look for an escape route The signs are, you're being measured for your last suit The signs are, the tables have been turned The signs are, it's time to act on what you've learned When you come from dust then to dust you return The pages you have written torn out and maybe burned It'll all be the same to any friends you have scorned There'll be no send off and none will mourn The signs are, for sure they're not looking good Did you ever really think that they would?
11.
A Million Years All of a hurry, all of a rush All of a flurry, ignore the crush Time won't wait for any of us And if we don't get it done – be a hell of a fuss Oh really, oh truly, hanging by a slender thread Oh really, oh truly, that's just a wind-up in our head Act in haste repent at leisure Take time to think take time to measure Act in haste repent at leisure Take time to think take time to measure How much time to make a diamond, how much time from grains of sand A million years to make a fine one we may need a helping hand Why the hold-up, what's taking so long Everybody in my way, everybody is wrong There's places to be, there's thing to do And I gotta have it done by this afternoon Oh really, oh truly, hanging by a slender thread Oh really, oh truly, that's just a wind-up in our head Act in haste repent at leisure Take time to think take time to measure Act in haste repent at leisure Take time to think take time to measure How much time to make a diamond, how much time from grains of sand A million years to make a fine one we may need a helping hand (Arrange the carbon atoms Into a lattice pattern To make the whole thing happen Wait a million years)
12.
Burn Like Fire Worn down by a series of set-backs Undermined stopped in my tracks Overawed by a zest for living When is that gift coming back I had it in my hands a minute ago But it's lost and slipped away Never to return, in spite of my hopes No matter how much I pray Smooth pebbles shaped by the water Over years it's taken its toll Even stone can't resist that pressure Skin and bone can't hold onto its soul Chipped away each day by the struggle Worn smooth as the pressure climbs One day follows on from another The relentless march of time Why now all my dreams have turned to ice Do I burn like fire Why now all my hopes have turned to ice The flames get higher
13.
Not In This Life My soul can fly but my feet stay on the ground The feelings run high but terra firma seems to hold them down Time after time I try to break free But time after time there's something got a hold on me Not in this life you keep your feet on the ground No, Not in this life your soul shouldn't fly around It's a physical world but I'm stuck on my own just like in solitary It's a physical world but most of its pleasures have been hidden to me Time after time I try to break free But time after time there's something got a hold on me Not in this life you keep your feet on the ground No, Not in this life your soul shouldn't fly around There'll be plenty of time in the next life Something like infinity Plenty of time if you've been good, they give you wings

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