Airstream

by David Wilcox

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Please keep hands and feet inside the vehicle until it has come to a complete stop. These are travel songs, but hopefully they're not just postcards of what I've seen. Each of these songs has a particular vantage point, but together they outline an inside journey that shows not just what I've been looking at, but rather how our travels have changed the way I see.

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released March 4, 2008

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Track Name: Right on Time
It's the loneliness, it's the love you miss
It's the tears that a heart has to pay
It's the same mistakes, it's the time it takes
It's the years that lead you to say

If you'd never been broken hearted
If you never got left behind
Been a little bit crazy with the thoughts in your mind
So you had to let go of knowing
'Cause you gotta be lost and found
To land exactly where your heart was bound to find
After this long hard climb
And turns that will twist and wind
Love meets you right on time

Every turnaround, all the bridges down
That's the road that I traveled alone
Just the way it was, broken promises
What's it take to lead a heart home

CHORUS (first person)

Love anticipating every mile till it finds you
Love stands waiting with a smile to remind you

CHORUS
Track Name: Forever Now
The boardwalk is loud; let's hide from the crowd
Inside this booth where we pull back the shroud
Time can go fast; our summer has passed
So let's make a picture that maybe will last
We drop our quarter; down came the order

Love made a picture right here in my heart I can
See all those years shining through somehow
I SEE FOREVER NOW

They tug at my sleve, my friends say: don't leave
Why be alone on one more New Year's Eve
The party is fine, but I don't get high
I only came here 'cause they said you'd drop by
Soon as you enter now I remember

Love made a picture right here in my heart I can
See all those years shining through somehow
I SEE FOREVER NOW

Some pictures develop slowly

Look what I found: the edges are brown
The picture of us in that old boardwalk town
The wear of the world - the edges have curled
But look at the smile on that boy and that girl
And there in our laughter forever after

Love made a picture right here in my heart I can
See all those years shining through somehow
I SEE FOREVER NOW
Track Name: Perfect Storm
Lightning cracks the darkness
And for a moment I can see
It's just a spark to start with
But I follow where it leads
I won't spend my whole life hiding
Where no soul could ever thrive
I can't live with just surviving
My heart wants to feel alive

Life is change, and change looks frightening
Watch that wind I've been warned
But I live to feel this lightning
In this perfect storm

I see the twisting cloud that's turning
Where the earth and the heavens meet
I feel the voltage of that yearning
For the circuit to complete
So I will feel no resistance
To the current that will strike
I'll put my life across the distance
Where this longing turns to light

CHORUS

It washes me down to my soul
When a storm of these tears pours
It carries me into the flow
That's what it's here for

CHORUS
Track Name: Three Brothers
All three brothers loved their father, but he's brought them here today

To see these papers and these lawyers, and divide the old estate

All three feel that they're the favorite, he loves each of them the best

But these documents he gave them, will now put them to the test


So they open all the writings, that will prove the rightful heir

To this home that they remember, and the right to settle there

Their own sister is a prisoner, they don't see her face to face

They've not heard her song of beauty, or felt the movement of her grace



She lives live behind those bars of steel and waits for her release

Will she die or will we see

Jerusalem In Peace



Each one looks at what he's given, and he studies what he's shown

They hold their maps that show possession, of this place they've called their home

At first they sigh with satisfaction, when they see what's on their maps

Each one's given all he wanted, but the boundaries overlap


So do you wish us to be brothers? Father help us understand

Or will we each kill off the others? to claim this same piece of land

Do You mean there to be hatred? In this place you built to last

And will faith just die a prisoner? In the dungeon of the past


She lives behind those bars of steel and waits for her release

Will she die or will we see

Jerusalem In Peace


She lives behind those bars of steel and waits for her release

Will she die or will we see

Jerusalem In Peace


Jerusalem is sending her voice from inside the prison of disbelief

Stand up you people of the one God to bring about her release
Track Name: Plain View
We finally made it to the local museum
Took Uncle Lester out to see the sights
Beautiful places but we've never seen 'em
Though we've been living here all our lives
Ain't that the truth

You don't get it when you got it
You can't see it when it's in plain view
Don't ask a fish about the water
You never notice what you're right next to
When it's in plain view

I got a list of all these things that I'm fixing
I'd rather burn the place and sleep on the lawn
Our cozy home looks like a perfect picture
Only when I've been away too long
Ain't that the truth

You don't get it when you got it
You can't see it when it's in plain view
Don't ask a fish about the water
You never notice what you're right next to
When it's in plain view

Got tired of thinking and the obvious hit me
To find my fortune I'd been digging too hard
If it'd been a snake it woulda jumped up and bit me
Now I'm digging on treasure in my own back yard

They snapped some pictures from the rocket Apollo
We saw our planet like the angels do
Looks like the locals got a lot in common
But we don't see it from that point of view

You don't get it when you got it
You can't see it when it's in plain view
Don't ask a fish about the water
You never notice what you're right next to
When it's in plain view
Track Name: The Reason
True love knows the way
Across the sea of time
Straight to the place we long to find
It's true: Love contains
A promise and a lie
It paints those pretty blue and sunny skies

Good souls, lost at sea
Caught up in storms like these
Would never leave the land behind
Maybe that's the reason love is blind



Look hard, long and slow
The stars will be your guide
Be smart and let your heart decide
We see best at night
Our sight can reach so far
Deep into the universe of stars

Bright light hides the view
Into what's far from you
And makes your star so hard to find
Maybe that's the reason Love is Blind
Track Name: Reaper Sweepstakes
All the horses out of the gate and right away
It's Bio-Terror coming on with Smallpox
Running third is Mass-Murder and behind him
It's Airline Crashing and Random Gunshot
I know the odds are with the fate I'm under
But now and then I can't help but wonder
Place your bets on the Reaper Sweepstakes

It's gonna be quick, it's gonna be fast
A ball of flame, a quick flash
An atom bomb and I'm just a cinder
Or maybe everybody freezes all of a sudden
When the weather changes into global winter
'Cause what if Yellowstone park exploded
So much that everything was covered over
Place your bets in the Reaper Sweepstakes

I could slip in the shower, or get Mad Cow disease
I could stop and smell the flowers
And stung by a swarm of killer bees

I read the paper and the headline said
Only thirteen shopping days 'till Armageddon
I got duct tape hanging at my neck because
The terrorist attack could happen any second
This could be worldwide destruction
Or Alien abduction
Place your bets on the Reaper Sweepstakes

I tried to move away to somewhere safe
So I flew to an island but the plane got hijacked
So I decided I would fortify my home but then
I open up a letter and it's filled with Anthrax
How on earth can we all avoid
Colliding with that Asteroid
Place your bets on the Reaper Sweepstakes

I could live to a hundred and die peacefully
Of natural causes
Think how boring that would be

Out of the turn and down to the wire
It's Exploding Tire, Poison Apple and Falling Boulder
Out around 'em out of nowhere and looking strong
It's the long shot Growing Older
I know the odds are with the fate I'm under
But now and then I can't help but wonder
Place your bets on the Reaper Sweepstakes

BIRD FLU !!
Track Name: Falling for It
Look at all the people in their living rooms
With their eyes all glued to the evening news
Catch 'em at a moment when they're all afraid
And then sell them well on the plans you've made
All the citizens who listen and believe
Falling just the same
Falling into line cause we did not know
Of the bait and switch and the shadow show
When you faked the truth, to make your claims
You played our fears, for your own gain

Then we needed a leader and you're all we had
So we told ourselves you were not that bad
You took the opportunity to have your way
While our wounds still bled we were led astray
All the the fears that came descending on us then
Falling just the same
Falling like the towers in a cloud that hung
So it blocked our view and it hid the sun
When our eyes were down, in all that pain
With your slight of hand, you cast the blame

You said that it was over when it had just begun
Saying: "Job well done," as if the war was won
But all of us are watching as the numbers climb
Of the killed and injured, dead and dying
All the soldiers that have fallen in this war
Falling just the same
Falling for the trick that you played on us
When you made those lies and betrayed our trust
As if this war, was just your game
You're breaking down - our country's name
Track Name: To Love
The righteous and the infidels, just outside the gates of hell
Waiting for their judgment to fall
They looked around from face to face - so different in their faith and race
How could heaven ever welcome them all?

Each one certain that he's made the grade
Judging all the others with a holy rage
There's one crime that all of them are guilty of
The commandment of one God to love

Each one was surprised as hell to see the way the judgment fell
'Cause none of them would see the light above
All thinking they could stand apart, but the same hate was in every heart
There's little left of a religion without love.

Each one certain that he's made the grade
Judging all the others with a holy rage
'Cause there's one crime that all of them were guilty of
The commandment of one God to love

All of them appealed their case and stood before the One
Askin why would God make different faiths concealed in different tongues
Heaven knows the reason all beliefs are not the same
For God to see who loves their enemies, He goes by different names

Each religion failed the test
By fighting over which faith said it best
And there's one crime that all of them are guilty of
The commandment from one God - to love

The commandment of one God - to love
Track Name: Little White Lie
I swallowed a secret it worked like a charm
It never got to me it did me no harm
The first time was easy but this time it kills
'Cause the secret broke open and the poison has spilled

I walked it through customs like nothing to hide
The secret I carry is hidden inside
But inside it busted started burning like hell
Like truth under pressure burning to tell

And I know in my soul that it's poison
This secret I carry inside
And I know it will cut and tear at my gut 'till I die
My little white lie

There are secrets you carry; it's what we all do
You keep them well hidden. You smuggle them through
Like something unspoken, like that lump in your throat
You choke it down quickly like a crumpled up note

In my gut I can feel it: my little white lie
It made me feel daring; it made me feel high
But the secret's not keeping. It all comes apart
And the poison is speaking straight to my heart
Track Name: This Old Car
This old car, was once brand new
On the day, that you, were born
But sixteen years, have rolled right through
And soon you'll drive me on your own

Sixteen years is young for you
But cars don't age so well
My door hinge speaks: repairs to do,
But I've got this life of tales to tell

A tiny babe came home one day
Through the newly fallen snow
They brought you home, and on the way
I knew we had some miles to go

There were Christmas trees for all those years
And they shed their trace of pine
And there's drops of milk and your young tears
Where you spilled your cup and started crying

And the grass stains here are soccer greens
And there's sand from castle beach
There's a Starburst lost from Halloween
That fell down through beneath the seats

Back and forth to every lesson
Building what you know
There was something gained for every mile
Like a seed you plant and hope may grow

Well you had your place in that back seat
As you grew from grade to grade
Your time back there is now complete
When you're free, to drive you've got it made

And the roads out there are to make your choice
And decide which way to steer
You'll be on your own, I have no voice
At least not the kind that ears can hear

You now have your longest highway
Still in you to go
Yeah, but all I need, for all I gave
Is to see you live, so take it slow
Track Name: Never Change
A shining drop of water rides the river to the sea
With hardly time to live at all
It tumbles down the waterfall

And crashes through the madness; dying to be free
It hits the rocks as ocean spray
And blooms again in clouds of gray, but

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

A child is born to wonder and his wonder gives him wings
To run and fly and crash and burn
He rides the empty sky and learns

That only after falling for the deepest love there is
He finds his heart is finally free
Surrendering to gravity, 'cause

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

And all the mighty empires
Have all crumbled down the same
So when the blaze burns down to dust
We can sing around the last fire
This same old refrain
About the one thing we can trust: that...

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
Track Name: No Telling Where
It will change you like a lover when you dive below the reef
And see the phosphorescent colors shimmer way beyond belief
But when taken to the surface, all that color fades away
'Cause when lifted out of water, living coral turns to grey

But down deep - it's so bright - that the light won't leave you
You've seen - this sight - and they can't believe you
'Cause your words - go dull - and they never could explain
There is just no telling where you've been

On the map it shows the mountain, but I'd never seen a glimpse
Of the hundred miles of vista represented by an inch
That was just a trail of bread crumbs, all their words set out so clear
But there's nothing they could tell me that could ever take me here

To this view - this height - that the heart remembers
It's proof - It's life - It's the burning ember
My words - go cold - and there's nothing to explain
There is just no telling where I've been

When this sunrise sees me
The first light burns brand new
Seems so easy
To tell what I've been through
But my little camera can't keep up with panoramas all around
There's just too much view to capture when we stand on sacred ground
Though my mind cannot explain it, my heart's filled up to the sky
I know words could not contain it, but I'm fool enough to try

Then you smile - at me - and my heart is listening
Your eyes - they speak - and there's nothing missing
It's quiet - up here - we can listen to the wind
'Cause there's just no telling where we've been
Track Name: The Crossings
We set sail from the harbor
On the trade routes of old where the
Tall ships of spices bring the bright dreams of gold
There are towns full of travelers
Where the stories are told
Of the lost and the longing in the little known language
Of the wayward and bold

On our way to the crossings
We had to leave where we'd been
'Cause the roads we came over had come to an end
So we meet here as strangers
Bonded as friends
We were torn from the fabric but the threads of our lives
Are begining to mend

And the hardest mile to travel
Is that first away from home
When we wonder at the hunger of being alone
But then these tears flow with laughter
With these friends we never knew
They've been waiting at the crossings
For this to come true
The world of wonder set in motion
Is waiting for you

There are clues in the legend and gifts in the signs
That lead to the treasure we've been searching to find
Like a map newly written of an ancient design
We have come to the crossings
Like the travelers before us, through the ages of time

CHORUS