Albany

by Geoff Burgess

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All songs were performed and recorded by Geoff Burgess in 2011.
All songs written by Geoff Burgess between 2008 and 2011.

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released January 4, 2012

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Geoff Burgess Ottawa, Ontario

Geoff Burgess is a singer-songwriter in Ottawa, Ontario, who writes songs about love, loss, time, and the natural world.

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Track Name: Albany
Passing a slow moving train
On the banks of the river it's starting to rain
Vultures circle overhead in the gray

A boat with another in tow
Goes cruising up the river against the flow
The channel markers bobbing to and fro

I'm going home to my true love
My true love waits for me
I went to hear a sound
Now I'm making up some ground
Driving back from Albany
Albany

Trees pause for the farmer
Who's out tilling the last of her soil
The paper beside her says
Oh the Gulf just filled with oil

A butterfly plasters the windshield
Approaching clear skies near Watertown
On the stereo
Don't let it bring you down

Chorus

The same thing happens everytime I go away
The words aren't coming but you got something to say
Well I don't know what you're thinking about
But I'm trying to figure it out
No I don't want to feel like this another day

Chorus
Track Name: Down & Out
Whenever I am down and out
And the world is dark
And it looks like the rain will pour forever

I think of you
That's all I need to do
And I find that I am better

Whenever I am on the street
And I can't find my home
My rightful place in the world

I think of you
That's all I need to do
You are my ocean pearl

Even in the summertime when the sun is high
And the bees are buzzing about
I wander into autumn leaves all so aimlessly
It's so plain to see I'm out

Whenever there are long days
And I've an anguished mind
And no friends to write a letter

I think of you
That's all I need to do
And I find that I am better

The snows of winter last how I wish they'd pass
And don't come back again
Look forward to the spring when the birds they sing
If it just would mean a thing

Whenever I am down and out
And the world is dark
And it looks like the rain will pour forever

I think of you
That's all I need to do (yeah)
And I find that I am better
Track Name: Dear Nothing
Crossing the Mohawk River
Such a nice time on the I-90
But I'm going to slow
I need a little speed
I was going to call you
But I need a little peace

Well I stood out in the rain dear
It was pouring on my head and dripping on my jeans
It was falling so cold
It was feeling mean
The rain has feelings
But you don't care for me

Chorus:
You are from Connecticut
And I am from Ontario
And I would like to let you know
That I would like to let you go
Cuz I'm holding on to Dear Nothing
Well I'm holding on, holding on to Dear Nothing

Well New York's got its wildlands
I saw some wild turkeys on the side of the road
They were walking around
On their leathery toes
The ways some people act
It's like they got no place to go

Chorus
Track Name: Made For You
Welcome to the world
Your family's here to see you
Through foggy eyes in the afternoon
This world was made, made for you

Welcome to the world
There's a lot to learn
That you don't know you come as others go
We all have tears but try not to show

Chorus:
When one of us passes away
It all seems meaningless
We hope to see them on the other side
In another mould, or just the same

The stars are in the sky
The wind is on the beach
Some things in life are always the same
Some things are always out of reach

Welcome to the world
The place that sees you through
From birth to death and in between
This world was made, made for you

Chorus
Track Name: Glimmer of an Eye
You don't understand me no more
No you don't understand me no more
All those days are gone, you know
You don't understand me no more

You may find this hard to believe
You may find this hard to believe
Sitting here with me
You may find this hard to believe

Days are long and man days are slow
Days are long and man days are slow
Gone way too fast, but
Days are long and man days are slow

My oh my this house has lost its soul
My oh my this house has lost its soul
We were on a roll
But now this house has lost it soul

Maybe just a while will do me good
Maybe just a while will do me good
Woulda coulda shoulda
Maybe just a while will do me good

Down the only road I've ever known
Down the only road I've ever known
You don't have to go
Down the only road I've ever known

Looking for the glimmer of an eye
Looking for the glimmer of an eye
Babe I'm gonna die
Looking for the glimmer of an eye
Track Name: How Long (Babe)
Waiting for you but you ain't showing
Going to sleep, but I ain't going
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?

Looking for a sign, but I ain't seeing
Bleeding for you babe, but I ain't healing
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?

All these lonely nights my heart is aching
I works so hard my back is breaking
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?

This silver moon, I catch it risin'
And in your eyes what you're disguisin'
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?

Sitting at the bar I've come to drinking
Cuz I can't tell just what you're thinking
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?

How long babe?
How long babe?
How long, babe you gonna make a fool outta me?
Track Name: Into The Valley
We go into the valley tomorrow
We go up on the ridge and down to the dam
We go into the heart of this country of ills
We go into the valley of a thousand hills

We go into the city tomorrow
We go past the squatters and underpass stalls
We go into the heart of this city of sin
We go into the city of Durban

Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah-ah

We went up to the countryside today
We drove down the driveway of rocks and clay
We came in to meet you from worlds away
Oh we went up to the country on a glorious day

Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah-ah,

We listen to stories so heartbreaking
We gape at the scenes that play out in the light
We grope for the hope that tomorrow will bring
Of we listen to stories well on into the night

Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
Ah-ah
Track Name: The Great Return
Down the graveyard street
To the place where dead ends meet
You can find me there
In the dark with wings to spare

And the line is long
And the earth is far from all you've known
And we're blending faith
And the faith is sinking like a stone

In the walls of mansions
In the heart of random thoughts
In the pulse of action
In the sand beneath the rocks

Where dreams are made
And the horses pound them to the bone
And the pulse it fades
And the black of night will drive you home

Out on makeshift lanes
Out on languished cars that have no names
Out on wings of steel
Out on the curse of how we feel

Take all you can
Now and always till the end
For the great return
Is waiting for you there my friend

And the line is long
And the earth is far from all you've known
And we're blending faith
And the faith is sinking like a stone
Track Name: The Road Winds
Getting used to the way the road winds
Getting used to the way the clouds fall
Getting used to the way the world
Doesn't seem to be there at all

Crossing the border into the steely gray
Past the old school yard the way it feels today
Shattered glass from the shelter stop
Lying there just like yesterday

This whole life's got its ups and downs
I don't know of anyone who keeps it on the ground
Out of luck in the laundromat
No more change no more spinning sounds

Getting used to the way the road winds
Getting used to the way the clouds fall
Getting used to the way the world
Doesn't seem to be there at all

Coming over the border into the steely night
Somehow the old feeling we had never felt so right
Like the words on a memory lane
Walk on down the trees are turning again

Your old bottles they roll that way
Filled with mystery madness that never went away
Wish that you could return them for
Another chance another place to stay

Empty postcards that line the street
Full of worries that never panned out that never saw their feet
Looking back on the years that went by
Fall on past right in front of me

Getting used to the way the road winds
Getting used to the way the clouds fall
Getting used to the way the world
Doesn't seem to be there at all

All is fine on the surface above the rot
Where some people make millionaires and others can be bought
Where the lies they can wind you up
Unravel you turn you into knots

Gonna miss all the things I have to leave
Gonna find what I had all along but never learned to see
Like the leaves on the dead end streets
Looking up from pools of gasoline

Wish I had what it took to run into you
Wish the things that keep us apart would soon go out of bloom
Wish that time had a sleep switch mounted on the wall
Here inside my room

Getting used to the way the road winds
Getting used to the way the clouds fall
Getting used to the way the world
Doesn't seem to be there at all
Track Name: Separate Ways
We all go our separate ways
Into the night
Into the night

How long? How long?

Woke up this morning and I took up all of your time

This feeling how I'm feeling right now, you ought to feel it

The night flies, we think
Too much
Love sinks

How far? How far?

Woke up this morning and I took up all of your time

This feeling how I'm feeling right now, you ought to feel it

We all go our separate ways
Into the night
Into the night

How long? How long?

Woke up this morning and I took up all of your time

This feeling how I'm feeling right now, you ought to feel it
Track Name: Dream Away
Go to sleep my little boy
Go to sleep my little boy
Close your eyes and dream away
Close your eyes and dream away

We are walking down the street
We are walking down the street
In the trees the robins sing
In the trees the robins sing

When you wake in the night
When you wake in the night
I will be by your side
I will be by your side