Songs for Ancient Days

by Jay Cravath

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released April 1, 2017


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Track Name: Life's Suite
I (Adagio)
Days begin
Light falls in
We are not alone
Spring again
Flowers bend
‘Til their seeds are sown

Caught on a cloud
Wond’rin which way to go
to get to the ground
They’re tryin’ to reach ground

Days goes by
You and I
How long must we roam
Seasons fly
Night birds cry
On a journey home

Caught in a cloud
Wondering which way to go
to get to the ground
We’re tryin’ to reach ground

II (Allegro)
Came home from school my ma was not at home
Went by your house then called you on the phone
You were out high stepping with some other guy
Dancin’ in the street you know your shoes don’t lie

Or wasn’t it you—only a dream again
Suddenly blue Got to get a grip—again---

Meet you down town about a half past four
Buy you somethin’ pretty then we’ll see a show
Keep you all night make your daddy mad
Show me better lovin’ than your boyfriends had
(Break) (2nd time)----grip again---grip again
You know I like to take you drivin’ when the stars are out
Open all the windows let the music shout
Way out in the country and we’ll park the car
Walkin’ to the river cuz it ain’t too far-----------

Take you back home in the mornin’ to a brand new dawn
Sneakin’ through the backyard with the sprinklers on
In the side gate to your bedroom door
One last kiss I’ll be back for more
One last kiss I’ll be back for more
One last kiss I’ll be back for more

III (Andante)
Happy when we wake up put the coffee on
Do some morning pages and water the lawn
This will be my gift to you
To stick around and see it through

Any time you want me call out the back door
Livin in nature is a fine thing for sure
You will be a gift to me
We got all we need to be
Track Name: Homage to Jobim
I can't believe you're really gone
Now I'll never hear that sweet Brazilian song
Drifting down the streets of Rio
Somewhere in that upward sky
If you're listening please heed this plaintive call
And answer with a song

Jobim- send me a song from up above
So that I may sing it for all your friends down here
Jobim- make it a samba lullaby
I thank you for the songs you gave us all these years

Jobim- where is that lilting melody
that your guitar was always the first to find
Jobim- listen again to the wave and sky
and bring it back to all in sweet Brazilian song

Once I saw a sad-eyed lady sing your song
It was a meditation on her solitude
Then I knew that someone somewhere had heard an angel's song
Beating on a batukada rhythm, wings a flappin' with a samba motion
At some heavenly carnival
Track Name: Trail of Tears
Lessons are for learning that's what teachers used to tell us
when we were in school
Always tell the truth just listen to your heart and never ever
play the fool

You got to see beyond the morning when you're cold and empty
and there ain't no place to hide
You gotta walk into the colors of the day to try and turn
away the pain inside

I know I’ll never lose the moment when you chose to walk me soft
upon the open plain
The grass was high your windblown hair and both our hearts knew
we were heading home again

I remember what you told me when we said we would be lovers
till the end of years
You said that if another ever came between us that would lead you
to a trail of tears

We yana we ya heya, we yana we ya heya
We yana we ya heya na we yana he ya

And in the end we start again
We are all the same inside
And then the days turn to the wind
Take that lonely dream and ride

You said you never saw me comin' when we met again that night
at the Blue Saloon
You said you wouldn't be a victim once again to the magic
in that pale moon

I said the story's never over till the pages empty white and
the voices fail
You said the dreamer always find a way to make himself a hero
in a fairytale

Why couldn't love be like a stone of granite, takes the ice and rain
and lasts a thousand years?
Or were we meant to wander aimless searching for a friend to only find
a trail of tears?
Track Name: Sicily
If you won’t have me here
I want no one
If you won’t see me clear
I’ll hide the sun

If you won’t be my girl
Then life is wrong
I’ll move to Sicily
They like sad songs

They always lock their gates
Hold grudges long past late
Won’t loan their motorcars
And curse the sea

If this is love my dear
Sing sweet to me
I’ll tune my guitar and
Track Name: Finding History
Was there really anything between us
I would like to know—think I need to know
Answered by this searching to find history
to make a peace with thee
then I’ll let it go
I’m better on my own

I said let’s be friends you said “then we’re enemies”
How can that be so—know I need to know
I was taken and you were calling out to me
I fell for thee
Could not let go
We’re better on our own

Living in the shadows of a world I’ve come to own
Lately it’s been pulling at my sleeves
Watching cars rush by me in the striped no passing zones
While I slow to observe the falling leaves

Seasons wander by as children play their games
Waiting to be told—they need the stories told
You are taking time write your fairytales
Hope your words won’t fail
Don’t let them go

When the days grow dark and we are weary
Would you like to know—do you want to know?
If I’m happy and I ever think of you
Did you love me true
Just let it go

I hope you find a home
Track Name: Whitefish Song
Had I known you then
Had it been in some small town so far away
I would have run to you, eyes to eyes and pulled you in
Saying to you: "Please let this love begin.
Let it start right now I have much to say
Let the song begin, hear the fiddles play
For the morning sun has not broken noon
We could run to the beach, we could be there soon"

Had it been in Spring- swallows turning in the lilac air
Your mother was gardening, saying don't stay out too late
Knowing in her heart love had found its fate
You're a diamond fixed in this gypsy ring
Or the softened rain making sidewalks sing
You take my hand with the school bell's ring
We are in the park doing everything
An afternoon that storytellers use to take you in

Had you danced in my backyard
all the neighbors inside with their TV's on
Your eyes a-sparkling like a million stars over our town
Dancing with you, making my love go 'round
It goes round and round like a leaf in stream
You would take my heart when the earth was green
The night so blue in the skyline dream
And the Northern Lights riding in between

Somewhere in between
An age of innocence and this crazy city scene
I saw you in the light, like a hero from my childhood dreams
Or some movie when love comes finally clean
And the lovers dance on the open ground
While the clouds collide with the thunder's sound
Then the credits roll out the cast and crew
And some singer sings while it fades to blue
The way I feel about you is like a love song with no end

Where are you in reference to the wind
I close my eyes and find no comfort there
If I could see you now, if I could hold you again
We'd know in our hearts life begins again
Let it start right now we have all this time
Let the song begin the poets weave their rhyme
We are both so young and our feet so free
We are sons and daughters of our harmony
Track Name: Sun is Goin' Down
Sun is goin down moon a comin bright
Crickets on the prowl stars a flashin light
Sun is goin down
Owl in the air cars are drivin home
Sky a gatherin night dogs’ll start to roam
Sun is goin down

Mountains fade to gray coyote on the field
Children playin games fiddle starts a reel
Mountains fade to gray
Greasewood in the air nighthawk dips a wing
Lovers on the porch choir starts to sing
Mountains fade to gray

River on the rise mammas rock their babes
Mice a skitterin out music starts to fade
River on the rise
Breeze a whisperin sweet TV’s flicker blue
Squirrels in their nests cooks a mixin roux
River on the rise

Dove a cooin low grampa falls asleep
Sprinklers on the lawn gramma starts to sweep
Dove a cooin low
Doors a creakin shut children comin home
Birds are on the wires widows all alone
Dove a cooin low

Sun is goin down moon a comin bright
Crickets on the prowl stars a flashin light
Sun is goin down
Owl in the air cars are drivin home
Sky a gatherin night dogs’ll start to roam
Sun is goin down

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