1. Yannina

 

It's taken all of this time to see that my childhood's part of me

And telling tales in the hope of pleasing is not where I should be

 

I'm heading home to Yannina

 

I wouldn't want to be made for life if it meant I had to change

I couldn't smile with a fist clenched tight so I'll go back where I came

 

I'm heading home to Yannina

 

Do I tread the wrong track?

Will I one day look back?

Well the sun shines either way

 

So save that mansion on the hill for the stone cold businessman

All I want is to live my life and be who I really am

 

I'm heading home to Yannina

I'll soon be home, Yannina

2. All The Seas

 

I'd rather stare into an eye than into a sea or into a sky, my my

I'd rather be skimming some stone than striking some string or seizing some throne, my my

 

All the seas, all the seas have been sailed

 

I'd rather chop wood for a fire than wood for a boat or wood to inspire, my my

I'd rather have a garden of flowers than a garden of gold or a garden of towers, my my

 

All the seas, all the seas have been sailed

And all the trains, all the trains have derailed

So pay no mind to the pleas from the sirens to leap

All the seas, all the seas have been sailed

 

I was wrong to leave the shore

I will stay true and burn my oar.

3. Fuel For The Fire

 

I've been dreaming of statues but waking to sculpt only sand

And the tide it is turning much faster than I ever planned

Everything that I see now just leaves me so empty and cold

And I long for the feeling I foolishly shut down and sold

 

But I won't be slowed by dust on the tyre

Won't be fooled by blood covered wire

And every stumble's just more fuel for the fire

 

I've been trusting in strangers to guide me to where I should be

When they spoke from a heart far too spotless and shallow for me

All the comfort that came with my age has been taken away

And it feels like I'm falling further behind everyday

 

But I won't be slowed by dust on the tyre

Won't be fooled by blood covered wire

And every stumble's just more fuel for the fire

5. Beyond All This

 

I'd been drifting far too long

Just going where the sea decided to take me

My mind was worn and I was torn

Glimpses of golden crowns did nothing but pull me down

 

Oh, but you, you were the wind that carried me back to the shore

Where I could see that love is worth suffering for

And take the risk of dropping it all just to know

What lies beyond all this

 

I'd been drifting far too long

Distracted by the clouds that looked down on me proud

My eyes were red, my youth was dead

And I started to become the kind of man I'd keep away from

 

But you, you were the wind that carried me back to the shore

Where I could see that love is worth suffering for

And take the risk of dropping it all just to know

What lies beyond all this

6. New Morning

 

Look out of your window as the sun starts to rise

And if there is a worry weighing down on your mind

Let it lie in the new morning

There is no time to dwell or hide

Take in what has been before and what is left to say

And if there is an echo lingering on from yesterday

Let it fade in the new morning

The road is clear for you to go your way

Here's a chance to break this tired routine

A chance to move across

Don't just dream and never turn the wheel

Take back what you've lost

Face all of your demons as the fields start to glow

And if there is a yearning for a place that you don't know

Let it soar in the new morning

Forget your fears and faults as you go

Here's a chance to break this tired routine

A chance to move across

Don't just dream and never turn the wheel

Take back what you've lost

Look out of your window as the sun starts to rise

And if there is a worry weighing down on your mind

Let it lie in the new morning

© 2019 Jake Houlsby