A Million Years

by nicholas gurney

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released May 31, 2018

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Track Name: CO²
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
Track Name: It’s So Unfair
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 . . .
Track Name: Survival
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
Track Name: Arrange The Stars
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
Track Name: Bright As A Button
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
Track Name: And She Said
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
Track Name: Like Sand
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
Track Name: When I’m With You
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)
Track Name: A Stone Cold Fact
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
Track Name: The Signs Are
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?
Track Name: A Million Years
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)
Track Name: Burn Like Fire
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
Track Name: Not In This Life
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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