after all this time

by Douglas Eldon McLean

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Track Name: Burning Sea
Burning Sea
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean - 2002
GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

We travel many roads
And all that we will know
Is what we failed to see
On the open road

Mountain stands alone
Sunset burns the sea
Shadows dance and moan
My loved one takes my hand

Who can ever say?
What these feelings mean?
But we must dare to show
What we can
While we can

Each on stands alone
No matter who we love
And all that we can hope
Will the burning see wait?
Will the burning sea wait?
Will the burning sea wait?
For me.?



“Some places ask more of us than we have a rational answer for…”
for Cape Breton Island
Track Name: Caught
Caught
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean - 1993
GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

Caught between the darkness and the dawn
Gather up these teardrops as they fall
Scatter them along the garden wall
And pray the roses grow

Staring into space that has no end
I stop think about these times we’ve spent
I wonder how it was and how it went
That you came into my life

‘Cause I can’t stop thinking how
You catch the light before it falls
Shine down the empty halls, corridors and barren walls
You chase me down the ally ways
Haunt me on the freeway
Shove me up the stairway
Stop me at the doorway
Still you get right to me
And catch me every time

Caught between the sunlight and the storm
Staring down these dusty roads I’ve roamed
Never thinking that the born are chosen
To endless discovery

You can stay forever lost
And pay whatever cost
For all the dreams you threw away
In the face of the endless winds

‘Cause I can’t stop thinking how
You catch the light before it falls
Shine down the empty halls, corridors and barren walls
You chase me down the ally ways
Haunt me on the freeway
Shove me up the stairway
Stop me at the doorway
Still you get right to me
And catch me every time

I am lost I am found I am torn and then I drown
I am free but I am bound
I am caught
I am Caught…..
Track Name: Even Money
Even Money
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean – February 04 2013 GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

Coming down through Memphis
On cold November night
The wind was howling like a long lost child
Never to be seen again
City lights were blinding
And the radio called for prayer
Elvis sang about the Promised Land
But I ain’t found that place yet

If you run in the wrong direction
If you fly too close to the sun
I will bet you even money boy that
Your heart will come undone
And in the end you will beg for mercy
Give it all for one last chance
To roll the dice and win her love
Even money that your luck will last

There’s another kind of trouble
Brewing in the air
A thousand miles ain’t far enough to get away from here
The banks took all the money
Foreclosed and left us flat
My heart’s in pieces on the cold hard ground
And I can never get that back

You can’t tell me nothing’s going on
Only trouble is there’s nothing left
To teach us right from wrong

She tried her best to help me
Heal me and make me whole
But late at night the walls creep in
And devil takes my soul
And if I could hold on
Long enough to find
A way across those desert sands
To the shelter of her arms
Track Name: My Lady Walks
MY LADY WALKS
Douglas E McLean / SOCAN / Geb Publishing
(Sometime in 1970’s before 75.)

My lady walks out
In the pale moonlight
She’s an image from
Some ancient poetry
Just like a man
Newly waken from a dream
I can’t believe
I can’t believe that it’s real


Chorus

‘cause I’m so tired
And lonely every night
That I always hear these voices
Telling me
That love can’t be found


Somehow I know these words just don’t come out right
Van Morrison I can’t pretend to be
But just like an old song on the radio
I feel this newness rolling over me


Softly through the city a bell begins to toll
Chanting proudly in its private toil
Just like a man whose senses have been shown
A moment in his soul’s eternity
Track Name: All Around
All Around
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean – August 01 2014 GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

She been running such a long time
I guess she’s hoping that she’ll find
That perfect little love song
That will take her to the stars
She’s been calling to the angels
Hoping they might hear her plea
She been running for long
That she doesn’t see the love
All around
All around.
She doesn’t see the love that’s all around

She will tell you’re so perfect
That you are such a perfect fit
A commitment made in heaven
An investment for all time
Then she’ll turn her back a run
Leaving you so far behind
She’s don’t care that it hurts
She don’t care that you cry
Because she doesn’t see the love
All around
All around
She doesn’t see the love that’s all around

Time will take you down
Time will break your heart
Time will take all the secrets that you hold
Leave them running in the dark

It’s a grievous consolation
Is there something that you lack?
She ain’t ever gonna tell you
‘Cause she’s never coming back
She will get inside your head
Till your heart is on the run
She’s don’t care that it hurts
She don’t care that you cry
Because she doesn’t see the love
All around
All around
She doesn’t see the love that’s fallen down
Track Name: Trouble in The Wheelhouse
Trouble in The Wheelhouse
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean – October 2003 GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

Captain gave a shout
He said look out son
Think we’re going down
And you better run
We got trouble in the Wheelhouse
Trouble in the Wheelhouse
Big Trouble, sure ‘nuff dogging us now

First mate yelled
It must be a fire
Second mate yelled
It’s the lord from above
We got trouble in the Wheelhouse
Trouble in the Wheelhouse
Big Trouble, sure ‘nuff dogging us now

Everywhere I go the people I meet
Ask the same sad question it seems
Where we gonna run when it all comes down
Where we gonna run when the runnin’s done
I just grin and I shake my head
What else can I do?
After all this time we’ve had to get it right
To get it wrong just wont do.
We got trouble in the Wheelhouse
Trouble in the Wheelhouse
Big Trouble sure ‘nuff dogging us now

Some flew east
Some flew west
Some stood still
I guess they needed a rest
They got trouble in the Wheelhouse
Trouble in the Wheelhouse
Big Trouble, sure ‘nuff dogging us now

You stand in the rain
Shiver and Shake
Run to the mountains
Hide away in a cave
Read all the newspapers till your blue in the face
But nothin’s gonna change
And it’s a goddamn shame
‘Cause we got trouble in the Wheelhouse
Trouble in the Wheelhouse
Big Trouble sure ‘nuff dogging us now
Track Name: Saffire
Saffire
Music Douglas Eldon McLean
Lyrics© – Donna Lee Brock & Douglas McLean
July 2014, GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©


If you hold me up to the sun
Let the light coming pouring through
It will burn your eyes like a fire in the night
‘Till all your dreams come true
‘Till all your dreams come true
But if you hold me up to the sun
Let the light coming poring through
It will burn your eyes like a fire in the night
‘Till all your dreams come true
‘Till all your dreams come true

I’m just a sapphire in the rough
I never know how people take me
I want to shimmer
Want to shine
‘Till all the shadows are removed
‘Till all the shadows are removed

Diamonds sparkle
Rubies shine
Starlight dances round the moon
All the glitter in this life
Fades away for ever soon
It fades away forever soon

I’m gonna take a look around here
I’m gonna try to figure out
What my senses should be showing
Now I got the light worked out



Saffire
Music Douglas Eldon McLean
Lyrics© – Donna Lee Brock & Douglas McLean
July 2014, GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©


If you hold me up to the sun
Let the light coming pouring through
It will burn your eyes like a fire in the night
‘Till all your dreams come true
‘Till all your dreams come true
But if you hold me up to the sun
Let the light coming poring through
It will burn your eyes like a fire in the night
‘Till all your dreams come true
‘Till all your dreams come true

I’m just a sapphire in the rough
I never know how people take me
I want to shimmer
Want to shine
‘Till all the shadows are removed
‘Till all the shadows are removed

Diamonds sparkle
Rubies shine
Starlight dances round the moon
All the glitter in this life
Fades away for ever soon
It fades away forever soon

I’m gonna take a look around here
I’m gonna try to figure out
What my senses should be showing
Now I got the light worked out
Track Name: after all this time
After All This Time
Music and Lyrics© – Douglas Eldon McLean – October 03, 2014
GEB Publishing/ SOCAN ©

Annie, the summer’s almost over
A winter chill is in the air
They’re dropping bombs across the ocean
While the riverbanks are overflowing here

Annie, my thoughts are so unsettled
I can’t seem to get things straight
Is it true are world is dying?
While we dance and celebrate.

But after all this time
After all this time

Annie, I heard that you got married
Is he handsome, wild and free?
Did you find that house up in the mountains?
Make your dreams reality.

But freedom will come
Burn your eyes in the fire
Set your feet on a rocky road
But o freedom will come

Yeah freedom will come
Ring your ears with thunder
Wake you up from this dying sleep
But o freedom will come

Annie, we were once so brave and selfless
We were seekers in the storm
But our love is long forgotten
Still, you taught me so much more.

But after all this time
After all this time


Recorded October 2014 - Vavenby, BC.

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