Lyrics

Danny Vaughn - Traveller

MIRACLE DAYS
8/25/05


I watched the forces pull you under
I saw the blades that cut you down
And our whole world was torn asunder
You were lost and I was drowned
I never thought I’d hear your voice
I never thought I would see you again
The hands of time, once racing madly
Locked in place and met their end

From the point of no return
You fought the tide and fate was overturned
From the time of journey’s end
We can live again
For every single breath you taste
These are the miracle days

With every step you take on earth
A billion atoms crash and scream
And every time your young heart beats
It’s another deep fulfillment of a dream
If my final hour was at hand
Would I have said all that I have to say?
Can there ever be a doubt at all
That I should live my life no other way?

But here you stand where no one should be standing
Walk where no footsteps should be
Hold me with your eyes commanding
Laugh when no laugh would come to me
Come to me
From the point of no return
We can grow older with no lessons learned
From the time of journey’s end
There’s a message coming in
Every moment, any place
These are the miracle days

But here you stand where no one should be standing
Walk where no footsteps should be
Hold me with your eyes commanding
Laugh when no laugh would come to me
Come to me

From the point of no return
You fought the tide and fate was overturned
From the time of journey’s end
We can live again
For every single breath you taste
These are the miracle days



BADLANDS RAIN
 
The sun came up on the wagon wheel
To start another day
When I heard the call of those dusty doors
I had to tear myself away
Before the cool, dark shadows there
Pulled me in to stay

Now, the devil is a banker
And he was born into his wealth
Wrapped up in his privilege
He can't hear the cries for help
Stole away all that I own
And keeps it to himself

And the Badlands rain it shows no mercy
It won't wash the blood away
And the more this pain tries to drive me from here
The more I'll fight to stay
 
Now I've traded in my horses
For some raging Harley wheels
When I'm flying down the highway
I know how the eagle feels
And I can almost get away
But the old wound never heals

And the Badlands rain it shows no mercy
It won't wash the blood away
And the more this pain tries to drive me from here
The more I'll fight to stay

And the Badlands rain it shows no mercy
It won't wash the blood away
And the more this pain tries to drive me from here
The more I'll fight
And the Badlands rain it shows no mercy
It won't wash these tears away
And the more this pain tries to drive me from here
The more I'll fight to stay



TRAVELLER

There’s a time when you keep all that’s precious
Close to your skin
There’s a face in the window
Reflects everywhere that you’ve been
There’s a romantic notion
You’re dancing to some silent song
There’s a reason unknown
Why a traveller keeps moving on

I’m just a passenger
I’m just a stranger at the wheel
I’m just a messenger
And I can’t explain all the things I feel

So I ride, ride down the wind
Search for the end of the road
That you know might not ever come
Come down in time
Touch every hand that you find
With a smile and a tear in your eye
To a traveller it’s always goodbye

There’s a whisper of love
That we keep for our innermost prayers
Longing for destination
But somehow I’ve never found where
There’s a whirl and a blur
Where our time and our youth always slips
There’s a hope for salvation
On every traveller’s lips

I’m just a passenger
I’m just a sailor lost at sea
I’m just a messenger
And I can’t explain what’s inside of me

So I ride, ride down the wind
Search for the end of the road
That you know might not ever come
Come down in time
Touch every hand that you find
With a smile and a tear in your eye

I’m just a passenger
I’m just a stranger at the wheel
A lonely messenger
And I can’t explain all the things I feel

So I ride, ride down the wind
Search for the end of the road
That you know might not ever come
Come down in time
Touch every hand that you find
With a smile
Oh and I’ll ride
Ride down the wind
Search for the end of the road
That you know might not ever come
Come down in time
Touch every heart that you find
With a smile and a tear in your eye
To a traveller it’s always goodbye
Goodbye



RESTLESS BLOOD

I still remember
Your hand on my shoulder
I can still see the lines on your face
Sometimes it seemed we didn’t have a prayer
But we had plenty of love to spare
And that is something time cannot erase

Father takes me on his knee
Father gives the world to me
Or anything he can
Make me a man

And restless blood beats louder than hell
’Til you don’t hear nothing but your heartbeat swell
And I can’t deny the burning of
The restless blood

I jumped school, I tried to get somewhere
And he said, “Boy, it’s a jungle out there,
And everybody wants a piece of you”
Now there’s people talking, people trying
They’re all selling, I ain’t buying
Stand my ground like you taught me to

And restless blood beats louder than hell
’Til you don’t hear nothing but your heartbeat swell
And I can can’t deny the burning of
The restless blood

Wo-oh-oh, wo-oh-oh-oh
Wo-oh-oh, wo-oh-oh-oh
Wo-oh-oh, wo-oh-oh-oh
Wo-oh-oh, wo-oh-oh-oh
 
And restless blood beats louder than hell
’Til you don’t hear nothing but your heartbeat swell
And I can can’t deny the burning of
The restless blood



THAT’S WHAT SHE SAYS

I can do anything
That’s what she says
I could be anyone
That’s what she says
Put on your masquerade and play and fade
She says, she says

I need to learn to dance
That’s what she says
Take that stick out of my ass
That’s what she says
I need to pirouette and sweat
And sway she says

And she says that time won’t wait
She says that I’m all right
She says that love is sweet
And life’s too short for embarrassment

I need to lighten up
That’s what she says
I am so serious
Even in bed
I’ve got an actor’s heart
But I won’t let it play, she says

And she says that time won’t wait
She says that I’m all right
She says that love is sweet
And life’s too short for embarrassment
Sing as if no one is listening
Dance like no one is watching
Work like you don’t need the money
And love like you’ve never been hurt

And she says that time won’t wait
She says that I’m all right
She says that love is sweet
And life’s too short for embarrassment
And she says that time won’t wait
She says that I’m all right
She says that love is sweet
And life’s too short for embarrassment
That’s what she says



THE TOUCH OF YOUR HAND

Did I lose you in the moment?
Did I let it slip away?
Confused by words I stammered out
And even more by things I didn’t say
I’m surrounded by your echo
And the image of your face
The words are coming to me now
Many hours too late

Love is what I meant to say
Love

I don’t want to keep you up
I don’t want to make you weary
But I feel that if I let you go
You’ll vanish on the wind
I don’t want to say good night
Couldn’t we just talk forever?
‘Cause I never want to face this world without
The touch of your hand

Knowing that you’re out there
It’s bitter and it’s sweet
Makes me want to throw this burden down
Shattered at your feet
And I’m burning like a penitent
In a soft, familiar flame
Twisting like a leaf in your hurricane

Love is all I want to say
Love
I don’t want to keep you up
I don’t want to make you weary
But I feel that if I let you go
You’ll vanish on the wind
I don’t want to say good night
Couldn’t we just talk forever?
‘Cause I never want to face this world without
The touch of your hand
 
My soul embittered
It’s been burned and it’s been maimed
Recoiling at the slightest touch
Of anybody’s pain
If I could give up all this torment
Well, what then would I do?
Is the only way to keep from sinking
To drown myself in you?

I don’t want to keep you up
I don’t want to make you weary
But I feel that if I let you go
You’ll vanish on the wind
I don’t want to say good night
Couldn’t we just talk forever?
‘Cause I never
No, I never
No, I never want to face this world
Without the touch of your hand
The touch of your hand

I don’t want to keep you up
I don’t want to make you weary
I don’t want to say good-night
Couldn’t we just talk forever?



LIFTED
2/5/05


Oh, still waters
Cool and sweet
Cover me over
Protect me
There’s a river deep inside
Blood and fever amplified
I can drift away
I can slip away from this place

In this head of mine I can’t help what goes on
I am fueled and I am fired and I’m weak and I’m torn
There’s a box of stars hidden under my bed
That I only take out when I’m desperate

And I don’t know why
Why I wait so long
I can’t seem to speak
But I can hide inside a song

Oh I have fallen down
I need to be lifted
Give me one word
One single sound
And I will be lifted
Lifted up out of this place
Lifted into your grace
 
It seems the more that I learn
The less that I know
I give blood up on stage
Don’t give a damn at home
And I’m running in circles
And I’m standing in place
Begging for a glimmer
Dying for a taste

I don’t know
Why it’s gone away

Oh I have fallen down
I need to be lifted
I search for your face
Up over the crowd
I need to be lifted
Into your arms I’ll ascend
To where I can start again

Oh I, Oh I need to be lifted
Oh I, Oh I, I need
Oh I have fallen down
I need to be lifted
I pray for one word
One single sound
And I will be lifted
Oh I, Oh I, I need to be lifted
Give me one word
One single sound
I need to be lifted



THE WARRIOR’S WAY

On a well worn road
 ‘Neath a wind torn sky
Armies at the door
Back to the sun stand I

The blade has kept it’s edge
The arm lost none of it’s skill
Called upon again
My heart  is sure and still

There’s a line
Inside of us all
When we reach it,  it’s time
Time when you do or you die
This time

I will stand right here
Until the battle’s over
I will hold my ground
No, I will not be moved
I will know no fear
No rescue, no quarter
‘Til they lay my body down

Have I sung my song
Prayed to empty air
I’ve walked the halls of justice
I found nothing there

I know the traitor’s face
I’ve seen the enemy lines
Some come with swords in hand
Some come disguised with smiles

There’s a place
A place deep inside
That’s the eye of the storm
A road where you walk unafraid
The warrior’s way

I will stand right here
Until the battle’s over
I will hold my ground
No, I will not be moved
I will know no fear
No rescue, no quarter
’Til they lay my body down

There’s a line
Inside of us all
When we reach it, it’s time
Time when you do or you die
This time

I will stand right here
Until the battle’s over
I will hold my ground
No, I will not be moved
I will know no fear
No rescue, no quarter
’Til they lay my body down
I will stand right here
Until the battle’s over
I will hold my ground
No, I will not be moved
I will know no fear
No rescue, no quarter
’Til they lay my body down
‘Til they lay my body down



THE MEASURE OF A MAN

Every man has a weakness
Every man can be strong
Some will show both sides through force
Some will show both sides through song
Every man fears the things that he doesn’t comprehend
Every man’s illusions they will shatter in the end

Every rock it will crumble
Every tempest blows away
Every monument you build yourself
Will fall to rust one day
Every man he is lost until he finds the thing he loves
He’s left wandering the places he was left among the wolves

And I can’t say I know just where I stand
Or where I fall
But I know that without you
I don’t feel like a man at all

Everyone will face their maker
Every gun must fire someday
Every man will take his measure
Every woman has her say
Even we will pass away in spite of our immortal dreams
Knowing this how can we quarrel?
For time is shorter than it seems

So hold me in your arms
And we can bring time to a crawl
’Cause I know that without you
I don’t feel like a man at all
And I can’t say I know
Just where I stand or where I fall
But I know that without you
I don’t feel.....
I don’t feel ....like a man at all



THINK OF ME IN THE FALL
11/4-11/18/95

Weep not for me in the morning
For morning brings warm, sweet rebirth
Look not for me in the daytime
When young spirits play on the earth
Think of me kindly at evening
When sunsets' colors bring us back to the start
Make no decisions at night time
Night time lies to you heart

Think of me in the fall
When the world is turning colors
Think of me in the fall
When we would reach for one another
Think of me

Don't fear the coldness of winter
I'll wrap you up like a long, woolen coat
Catch just a faint smell of roses
And laugh when there aren't any flowers about
And in the young embrace of springtime
Let your fancies turn to other things
Please don't be lost in the summer
And the forgetfullness it brings

Think of me in the fall
When the night air is for sleeping
Think of me in the fall
When the memories are for keeping
Think of me
Think of me

I will guide your steps away
From trouble that’s unseen
I will light your way on stormy seas
And the breeze that shakes each leaf to shining
Leaves you dancing 'neath the trees
That will be me
That will be me

So...
Don't hold so tightly to sorrow
Sorrow gives nothing in return
Walk in the fields by the roadside
When the leaves are starting to turn
And if a song bird serenades you
For just one moment won't you
Smile that smile for me?

Think of me in the fall
When the world is turning colors
Think of me in the fall
When we would reach for one another
Think of me in the fall
When the night air is for sleeping
Think of me in the fall
When the memories are for keeping
Think of me



DEATH OF THE TIGER

Underneath a wind torn sky
Silent as the hunters moon I chase
I am the guardian
I am the god of this place

I am the silent death
Golden eyes and burning breath I take
While the jungle shakes and sighs
In my wake

Taken down by men with guns
I tore their nets I bloodied some
I am war
But the cowards came in numbers
All the more

Anger as I walk this cage
Six by six, a prison stage
Can you see my ageless eyes?
This is not my place

Now I jump through fire
And I suffer through your tricks
I bear the sting of your laughter
And the marks of your whips

Bury me upon a mountain high
Sing to me a song of open skies

Can you tell where I’ll go
When I can’t jump or move too slow?
I am the killer
Turned to prey
Death is mine when I slowly fade away

Prison life is prison life
On four legs or on two
What will become of me
When you are no longer amused?


Bury me upon a mountain high
Sing to me a song of open skies
Bury me upon a mountain high

(solo)

Bury me upon a mountain high
Sing to me a song of open skies
Bury me; bury me upon a mountain high
Sing for me
Sing for me songs of open skies



BETTER BY FAR

If we meet in the clearing
I will hold you once again
All us road weary men will be young ones again
And I’ll laugh and I’ll call you my friend
There’s a lifetime in your handshake
There’s a fire that’s still burning bright
We’ll start over again and we’ll laugh at our sins
When we hold ourselves up to the light

There comes a time of forgiving
To fearlessly tally your scars
Of all of the times we have lived through
Now this one is better by far
Better by far

If we ever get to heaven
We will have such a gathering there
There’s a dozen lost friends that I know in the end
Will have so many stories to share

And oh, but how I have missed you
And I’ve longed to find out how you are
Of all of the roads that we’ve rambled
Now this one is better by far

Better by far
When the currency of life
Is the counting of friends
Better by far
To be loving the journey
Than to live for the end
If I glance over my shoulder
I might see the steps leading me here
If I gaze at the horizon
Then the length of my travels comes clear

Sure as one foot will follow another
I will never lose sight of the stars
With all of your bright lights around me
Forever is better by far
Better by far
Better by far

All lyrics are copyrighted intellectual property of Danny Vaughn (vaughnsongs) and are published by Modern Works Publishing.

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