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Edges of the day

1 Turning away
2 One step ahead
3 Sticking place
4 Shadow of a flame
5 One moment in time
6 Leave
7 Labour of love
8 Wind's eye
9 Shiver
10 Heart rule the head
11 Closer

 

Track 1 Turning away
Words and Music by Jonathan Asprey 16/5/00

He stands by the river at the turn of the tide
I stand in the stern and try catching his eye
But one single wave is his only reply
He’s turning away, turn away, turning away… 

A cry of betrayal, the child stands accused
He says not a word with his mind so confused
Looks for acceptance but finds it refused
She’s turning away, turn away, turning away… 

I stare at the wall as she waits for a sign
Some easing of tension, a changing of mind
While I fool myself, to be cruel would be kind
I’m turning away, turn away, turning away… 

So I stand by this river at the turn of the tide
While swallows are leaving and autumn arrives
Watch as the season steals sun from the sky
Turning away, turn away, turning away…

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Track 2 One step ahead
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

You’re one step ahead of me, now
One step ahead of me.
Slipped on over the horizon
Out on an unknown sea.
And you’re one step ahead of me…

We were singing and playing in the sunshine
Singing and playing in the sun.
Making music through the heat of the day
And watching that river run.
Singing and playing in the sun…

Beyond the reach of my own hand seems so far away
But memories get closer, at edges of the day… 

I was standing, waiting on the station
Standing, waiting on a train.
Knowing next time I’d see you
Might be never again.
Standing, waiting on a train…

So tell me what lies beyond here
Tell me what lies beyond…
The vanishing point where the lines all meet
Down the road where you have gone
Tell me what lies beyond…

Beyond the reach of my own hand seems so far away
But memories get closer, at edges of the day…

(Repeat Verse 1)

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Track 3 Sticking place
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

Sun comes up without fail
Always the lark and not the nightingale
Quit the comfort, hit the trail
Saddle up and go…
Stuck here in this traffic jam
Wondering where the hell I am
Pressure builds behind the dam
Something has to blow...

Screw your courage, swallow your pride
The sticking-place is starting to slide
Time to choose, you can’t stay astride
This fault that runs down the Great Divide.

Try so hard just to please
Everyone seems so ill at ease
First you burn, then you freeze
Nothing in between…
You bite your thumb, you pick a fight
You bite your tongue, keep your mouth shut tight
Embrace the dark or kiss the light
Going to extremes...

Screw your courage, etc…

Nothing gets better, it just gets worse
Never the blessing, always the curse
Clench your fist at the universe…

Instrumental

Screw your courage, etc…

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Track 4 Shadow of a flame
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

It would all be so much easier
Playing by the rules
But I don’t want to win or lose her
So I play the fool… 

This is for real. This is no game.
A fire’s burning and it’s not to be tamed.
We’re facing fears and naming names
In the shadow of a flame. 

It would all be so much cosier
Playing “home, sweet home”.
But I don’t want to control her
So I let her go… 

This is for real. This is no game.
A fire’s burning and it’s not to be tamed.
We’re facing fears and naming names
In the shadow of a flame. 

It would all be so much easier
Just to close my eyes.
But I don’t want to lose sight of her
I keep them open wide… 

This is for real. This is no game.
A fire’s burning and it’s not to be tamed.
We’re facing fears and naming names
In the shadow of a flame.

This is no game…
When we’re naming names…
In the shadow of a flame.

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Track 5 One moment in time
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

One moment in time
Two faces in a photograph
One trying to smile
The other trying not to laugh
Each thinking it will last forever
Like the stars that shine
Two people in love
One moment in time 

One moment in time
Too soon another follows on
Next thing that I know
I turn around and love is gone
Then you became a perfect stranger
Now was the camera lying
About two people in love
One moment in time

If only we could hold it and keep it that way
Caught between tomorrow and yesterday

One moment in time
A piece of paper memory
Like a fossil in stone
A piece of ancient history
The only evidence our love existed
That you once were mine
Two people in love
One moment in time

Two people in love
One moment in time
Two people in love
One moment in time...

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Track 6 Leave
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

I don’t know what I should be doing
I don’t have the words to say
Him next door says “Get up, get going”
Her upstairs says, “Stay”

All my friends and all my family
Take their leave and wave goodbye
Old ones sigh and just go gently,
Young ones spread their wings and fly…

Try to follow my own directions
Try to keep to my own rules
Shut the manual of maker’s instructions
Improvise the tools

All my friends and…

Guess I’ll put my affairs in order
Leave my suitcase by the gate
I’ll be ready to cross that border
If it comes early or late…

All my friends and all my family
Take their leave and wave goodbye.
Maybe I’ll sigh and just go gently,
Maybe I’ll spread my wings and fly…

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Track 7 Labour of love
Words and Music by Jonathan Asprey

The labour of love works you hard and long
Got to take smooth with rough, got to know right from wrong
The labour of love work you hard and long

The foundations of love got to be solid and sound
Got to build walls so tough they never come tumbling down
The foundations of love must be solid and sound

The journey of love take you high and low
Take you up to heaven above, but you go via hell down below
The journey of love take you high and low

Nobody ever said it would be easy
Nobody ever said there’d be no pain
Everybody just says “You must be crazy…”
But it’s a labour of love that is keeping me sane…

The treasure of love is buried deep in the ground
If you search long and hard enough
It’s there waiting to be found
The treasure of love, buried deep in the ground

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Track 8 Wind's eye
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

I’m travelling with no sense of direction
I’m a compass without magnetic attraction
I’m unable to make a mid-course correction alone

So I’m watching the sky, I’m waiting for a clearing
I’m seeking a star to take my bearings
Then I’ll trim the sail and I’ll set the steering home

As the crow I’ll fly, in the wind’s eye
As the crow I’ll fly…

To find my way across this ocean
I need some help with my navigation
If I ever reach home, I swear I’ll remain stationary

So I’m shooting the sun. I’m scanning the horizon
I’m looking for a landmark to set my sights on
Lighthouse keeper, won’t you shine your light on me

As the crow I’ll fly, in the wind’s eye
As the crow I’ll fly…

I’ve seen the sunrise. I’ve seen the nightfall
Where the sky and the ocean meet
I close my eyes and I dream of landfall
Terra Firma beneath my feet…

Instrumental

So I’m shooting the sun. I’m scanning the horizon
I’m looking for a landmark to set my sights on
Lighthouse keeper, won’t you shine your light on me

As the crow I’ll fly, in the wind’s eye
As the crow I’ll fly…

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Track 9 Shiver
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

Sky Like silver, moon like gold
I stand and shiver in the winter’s cold
Ground like iron, frost like glass
I stand and watch the midnight hour pass 

Sleep won’t close my weary eyes
Rest won’t pillow my head
Can’t do any otherwise
‘Cept follow where I’m led…

Sharp the focus, bright the night
I feel the darkness behind the light
Every detail so clear, and how
I breathe deep and inhale the here and now

Sleep won’t close my weary eyes
Rest won’t pillow my head
Can’t do any otherwise
‘Cept follow where I’m led…

Every wave on every sea
Every branch on every tree
Every star we cannot see
Becomes a part of you and me…

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Track 10 Heart rule the head
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

Now the day is nearly dead
And the words have all been said
May the heart rule the head
Tonight

As the sun sinks in the sky
And the fire slowly dies
May all questions find replies
Tonight

May the heart rule the head tonight
Hold sway until the morning light

Between the future and the past
We’ll drink each moment to the last
May we leave an empty glass
Tonight

Instrumental

May the heart rule the head tonight
Hold sway until the morning light

Repeat Verse 1

Now the day is nearly dead
And the words have all been said
May the heart rule the head
Tonight
May the heart rule the head
Tonight
May the heart rule the head
Tonight…

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Track 11 Closer
Words and music by Jonathan Asprey

Just beyond the edges of the day
The dream is never far away
Though I pursue it through the night
It’s always gone with the morning light
Just beyond the reach of my own hand
I know there lies a better land
And though I sail the seven seas
Don’t bring it any closer to me

In the blue of an empty sky
I watch a buzzard fly
I hear her lonely cry
Calling me…
To the edges of a western shore
Where the wild Atlantic roars
Not so much a dream
But more a memory 

Just beyond the edges of the day
The dream is never far away
Though I pursue it through the night
It’s always gone with the morning light
Just beyond the reach of my own hand
I know there lies a better land
And though I sail the seven seas
Don’t bring it any closer to me

On the brow of a far-off hill
The trees stand tall and still
The road winds where it will
Just calling me…

To drive into a setting sun
Never reach the horizon
It just goes on and on
Into infinity

Like searching through the tangle of my memories, my dreams and my imagination…
Like watching from my window while I’m waiting for some stroke of inspiration…

Just beyond the edges of the day
The dream is never far away
Though I pursue it through the night
It’s always gone with the morning light
Just beyond the reach of my own hand
I know there lies a better land
And though I sail the seven seas
Don’t bring it any closer to me…
Don’t bring it any closer to me…
Don’t bring it any closer to me…

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