1. Howl

 

This is the calm before the storm
This is the sea between the isles
And this ain’t the time to chase the dawn
This is the time to count the miles

So hold your fire and clear your mind
You won’t get left behind

I was a shadow on the screen
I was a drifter on the prowl
Now I’m the lights behind the scenes
Now I’m the wolf that’s yet to howl

Yet to break out and yet to run
Yet to be outdone

2. Bloom

 

Well I hit the road before daylight
And I caught the old and naked night
With the moon in bloom and every star in sight

And the music blurred to washed out strums
As I dreamed about the things to come
With the sky ablaze and shadows on the run

And I never would have thought I would end up here
I thought that there was nothing left to see
And I never would have thought it would take so long
Just to learn how to be free

Well the winter sun it came up slow
And the light was pale and settled low
As the mist grew on the restless car and road

And I never would have thought I would end up here
I thought that there was nothing left for me
And I never would have thought it would take so long
Just to learn how to be free

Well I used to think that we were doomed
All the good had came and left too soon
But now I see, in fact, we've just begun to bloom

3. Oklahoma

 

There’s always been this restless hum
Whispering through the night
Like a train still miles away
Promising a ride

Oklahoma, take me in

Summer never stays for long
But it echoes through the year
As the nights are cutting in

As the mornings blur

Oklahoma, take me in

All this fire in my belly going to waste
All these cold machines that take away the taste
All these middle men that keep us in the dark
All these clean hands and useless sparks

There’s a fractured memory
Somewhere in my skull
It never quite reveals itself
Though I pull and pull

Oklahoma, take me in

4. Vondelpark

 

Autumn, wandering through Vondelpark

Taking in the sights before it’s dark

You in your red coat, dreaming like a child

Watching the families slowly cycle by

 

I know there’s so much left to do

I want to do it all with you

 

Lately I’ve been doubting every move

Thinking that I had something to prove

But now as I stand with England out of sight

All of my selfish dreams appear less bright

 

I know there’s so much left to do

I want to do it all with you

So much to find

So much to see

Five years from now

Where will we be?

© 2019 Jake Houlsby