Place to Stand

by Matt Tomlinson

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released July 21, 2012

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Track Name: Philosopher
she is a philosopher
she cannot be controlled
her intellect is chilling
and her beauty it is bold
if I could I’d catch the rhythm to her fall
she is a philosopher
she hasn’t changed at all

she drank a cup of ecstasy
and walked a mile with death
she is a philosopher
you can smell it on her breath
if I could I’d sing my way into her tune
she is a philosopher
the night is her perfume

she is a philosopher
and she knows it too
she gets away with stuff
that other people just can’t do
if I could I’d show her that my words were true
she is a philosopher
she looks a lot like you

she is a philosopher
and only time will tell
if she can get to heaven
by walking straight through hell
if I could I’d cross the river of her eyes
she is a philosopher
the world is her disguise
Track Name: Mile End Girl
He could see she was trouble right from the start
She liked to tango, danced into his heart
And those eyes of pale azure blue
Storm cloud sit right next to you.

Well she’s got that look in her eyes,
Onto something wise
She’ll take you by surprise…

Raise a glass for that Mile End girl
Saw her just the other day standing by that new cafe
Raise a glass for that Mile End girl
Queen of last call
Ain’t going to catch you when you fall.

She said, 'now honey won’t you pay my bail
This place is my freedom it’s my jail’
He was tied up in his head:
‘Oh won’t you take me to the land of no regret.’

Well she’s got that look on her face
Impossible to trace
She’s going to beat you to the chase.

Raise a glass for that Mile End girl
Saw her just the other day
In the corner of that new cafe
Raise a glass for that Mile End girl
Queen of last call
Ain’t going to catch you when you fall.

Someone's gonna take her home and it might be you
She don’t like to sleep alone, what can you do?

Raise a glass now for that Mile End girl.
Track Name: At The Gate
Bring the summit to our town
Showing off all the sites to see
Watch the people beaten down
Just because they don't agree

Now won't you tell me
What's your excuse?
Gathering intelligence
And spreading this abuse

Well it was a show of force
To see just how much you could take
Grabbed the nightmare and you pushed
Against all those who stayed awake

Now won't you tell me
What do you write?
In this darkest hour
before the light
Now a crowd is growing
Down at the gate
We know its not too late…
Track Name: Evening Train
Well you said you would but you didn’t call
Now I’m waiting for the crumb to fall
Said I woke up in a cloud of dust
And now I’m losing all my trust

You’re the wildest girl that I ever knew
I was blind to fall in love with you

Quit your fooling let me know
I’ve been tracking your footsteps through the snow
Just tell me once and say it plain
If it’s not too late for this evening train

Well the hour came and went so fast
Like a shooting star that just don’t last
Now you stand across the great divide
And I’ll sing to you from the other side
Seems like we haven’t come out of the grey
You touch my hand as you walk away

Quit your fooling let me know
I’ve been tracking your footsteps through the snow
Tell me now and just say it plain
If it’s too late for this evening train

Well I see my soul in the lines of your face
And I’m haunted by your silent grace
And I’m just a sucker for all your charms
But I just want to hold you in my arms

Gonna head out to the mountains and the sea
Why don’t you just climb aboard with me?

Quit your fooling let me know
I’ve been tracking your footsteps through the snow
Tell me now and just say it plain
‘Cause it’s not too late for this evening train
Track Name: Great Romance
Drifting out of a memory
There must be a better place to be
Than just sitting there
On the bleachers all day

Your heart is beating fast but you're moving slow
Another day done and nothing to show
You never learned how to play the game
Now there's no one left to blame

You don’t need this anymore
It served you well, just let it go

Well you sold the farm and missed the train
Your maps were left out in the rain
You were swept away by the great romance
Now you are too tired to dance

You don’t need this anymore
You don’t need this anymore
You don’t need this anymore
It served you well, just let it go

Tell me why you're hanging 'round that ball and chain
And doing pushups in the rain

And you kept yourself a secret
For such a long time, for such a long time
Yeah, you kept yourself the world's best secret
For such a long time, for such a long time

You don’t need this anymore
It served you well, just let it go
Track Name: Horizon
She was standing by the exit sign
She was standing by the exit sign
Smoking a cigarette
From the corner of her mouth

And the devil came 'round
He said, 'baby, you make me laugh'
A preacher stepped down
He asked her for an autograph

And now she's somewhere out on the horizon

Yeah, she dances with the devil's torch
At night she sleeps on his front porch
Scarecrow's made of straw
And there's nothing he can do about it

She said, 'I ain't got no choice
It looks like I'll be leaving town'
And he followed her voice
To the echoes of the underground

And now she's somewhere out on the horizon

He said 'I've been a fool for you, babe
Since the moment I've found you.
Let me take you away
From the troubles that surround you.'

She just smiled
and said, 'baby you had your chance.'
And the whole place went wild
As they got up for another dance

And now she's somewhere out on the horizon
Track Name: Take My Hand
City at night with it's back to the stars
Bury the earth to make way for cars

In these streets we met
With so many pass through

You can hold on to a place
But it won't hold on to you

I want to see something through
Tell me know, how about you?

Come on baby take my hand
Let’s find a place to stand now
Somewhere the avocado trees are in full bloom
Sunshine pours into our room

To stand in your grace, how sweet the sound
Your voice it brought me to solid ground

But when shadows fall it all seems so untrue
Fighting for peace in the land of me and you

Now we’ve come all this way
Don’t you want to see this through?

Come on baby take my hand
Let’s find a place to stand now
Somewhere the avocado trees are in full bloom
Sunshine pours into our room
Track Name: Fooling Around
We’re so good at just fooling around
Making meals for my whole town
Getting dressed as the sun goes down
Oh so good at just fooling around, yeah

How’d things get so serious?
The air is thick with fear and mistrust
Send in the choppers if you must
But could this mean the end of us?
Well I don’t know

Now I can make you feel bad, make you feel good
Kiss you in a place you’ve been misunderstood
We had so many witnesses, extra set of oars
How did we wind up so far off course?

You are in the light I’m in the dark
You spilled you’re coffee I spilled my heart
Cleaning up that’s the difficult part
Oh let us try and make another start, because

We’re so good at just fooling around
Keeping watch over your whole town
Getting dressed as the snow comes down
Oh so good at just fooling around, yeah
Track Name: Philosophe
Elle est une philosophe
Charmeuse solitaire
Son discours est ivre
Et sa pensée est claire
Tout a coup je l’ai trouvée dans mes bras
Beauté rebelle j‘entends toujours sa voix

Elle assume sa liberté
Plaisir éphémère
Elle est une philosophe
Son regard reste un mystère
Elle fait ce qu’elle veut coeur clandestin
Elle est une philosophe la nuit est son parfum

J’aimais bien me perdre dans ses cheveux
Elle est une philosophe on le voit dans ses yeux
Mais j’entends la cadence de sa fuite
Souvenir d’une philosophe
Amour sans limite

Amoureuse de l’apostrophe
Elle est une philosophe…
Track Name: Northern Song
May you be bold and speak your mind and dance without fear
May you not begrudge the passing of the year
Who knows from whence we came or where we're going to
With each new day may you discover something true

There is nobody in this world who looks out from where you stand What differences you share may no one have the upper hand
When summer fades away and autumn comes around
May your harvest see you through the frozen ground

Poets and sages throughout the ages
Sing of spring and flood their pages
Love's all around you, I see it growing
No matter how that wind is blowing

Let's have another tall sip of summer
Gather 'round; don't tip your rummer
To the stars still burning
And this northern song returning
Track Name: Wondering Why
Wondering why, I'm wondering why
You've been drifting along on your own

Drifting along the sun meets the ocean
Singing a song ain't causing no commotion
Drifting along the world is your mirror
It's the planet of choice
The way is getting clearer just go.

Wondering why, I'm wondering why
You've been drifting along on your own
Look at the sky I look at the sky...