Secret Stone

by Geoff Burgess

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All songs written by Geoff Burgess.

"This record is dedicated to the lasting, loving spirit of my sister, Amy."

Amy died in 2001 at the age of 29 from melanoma.

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released April 1, 2003

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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: Welcome
I know you're here
I see you in the steps I climb
The point which stops all time
Where currents meet

Along the shore
Where rocks grow trees up to the sky
And underneath the fish they fly
Like memories

Oh it's all inside
Until the time is right to go
The smell of cedar on the knoll
And rusting leaves

You welcome me
Though sadness does pervade all things
It's there to helps us with our wings
So we can see
Track Name: Writing Songs
I'm writing songs by the light of this storm
The kind that makes you stop and watch
And the rain sounds so hard on the roof
It brings back all those times I huddled close to you
When we listened to our imaginations
Taking hold and shutting us down

You know you've come around in stranger places
But I don't know what it is that makes me feel this wayAnd the rain sounds so hard on the roof
It brings back all those times I huddled close to you
When we listened to our imaginations
Taking hold and shutting us down

I heard you say this was the end of the beginning
Well I guess I've done some things since you've been gone
I know you treated me well you sent me postcards
I wish I knew you more I'd love to see you
And the rain sounds so hard on the roof
It brings back all those times I huddled close to you
When we listened to our imaginations
Taking hold and shutting us down
Track Name: Secret Stone
Do you ever go there to reflect?
Do you ever get lost in the wilderness?
Who wants to hear that there's some great defense
Against the terrorists?

I found a secret in the stone
Written a million years ago
I found out this used to be somebody's home
Some things we'll never know

The view from here was just the same
A million years ago or yesterday
Maybe you could have seen my dreaming face
Inside the fireplace

Maybe the stars aren't there at all
And it's the darkness that relays my call
There'd be no gravity in case I'd fall
Up from this bouncing ball

I guess you'd know I guess you'd see
I guess you wouldn't know what's right for me
I want to know when one day we'll re-meet
Cause one day we'll re-meet
Track Name: Have A Ball
They say things happen for a reason
That the pain gets muddled by time oh time
They say that life is a short one
So live each day and drink some wine

But this mantra has its beginning
Has its middle and its end oh end
Well I'm no further from the valleys
That I left oh way back when

She comes in somber then she sits
Her swollen eyes are hinting tears
She has a reason that she's slipping
Feeling older than her years

She's telling me her mother
Is now facing a holy sun oh sun
I know she's been there with her father
Back in March I think it was

I say I'm sorry and wish for time
There's nothing worse than hurting twice oh twice
In the same year in the same year
I wish for words that could suffice

But nothing can I've been there too
And I know what she's going through
I figure that we all go somewhere
Just name the place I'll be there too

Loving you loving you
loving you loving you
That is all I want to do
In my life is love you

We've been better we've been smiling
We've been happy seen better days oh days
Seen the golden grey horizon
Slipping in to Georgian Bay

Seen the red leaves of Algonquin
In the Autumn early North oh North
Seen the white rock of Killarney
And have walked along the shore

Seen what matters know the difference
Had the feeling of losing it all oh it all
They say that life is a short one
So live each day and have a ball

They say that life is a short one
So live each day and have a ball
Track Name: Bless This Day
Bless this day
For I do know know where I'll be tomorrow
Strolling around over needles
Burnt by the sun

Singing my life away
Paddling blindly
Clear water take my pain away

So when I dive down deep and don't come up
Just know that I'm alright
I'm alright I'm alright alright
I'm alright I'm alright alright now

Bless this day
For I do not know the time or when I'll unwind
Scratching my head how it feels

Singing my life away
Paddling blindly
Clear water take my pain away

So when I dive down deep and don't come up
Just know that I'm alright
I'm alright I'm alright alright
I'm alright I'm alright alright now
Track Name: Sept. 11
I'm glad you aren't around to see this
It makes you swallow thin and dry
And now it seems so complicated
I'm watching people lose their lives

And I wonder if it's ever gonna wear itself out
And I wonder bout the families torn to bits
And it's harder just to find a way to swim in this doubt
And all of this just makes me feel like shit

Terrorists have hit New York
The pentagon and God knows where
We watch it on the TV
We wish we had our mothers there

And I wonder if it's ever gonna wear itself out
And I wonder bout the families torn to bits
And it's harder just to find a way to swim in this doubt
And all of this just makes me feel like shit

If we can't honestly live in peace
Then I don't want to be faking free

Morning after and it's not the same
Worse than any hurricane
There is no way to think this is real
The hunted didn't go insane

And I wonder if it's ever gonna wear itself out
And I wonder bout the families torn to bits
And it's harder just to find a way to swim in this doubt
And all of this just makes me feel like shit

If we can't honestly live in peace
Then I don't want to be faking free
Track Name: Fences
Who put the fences on the side of the road?
See them stretch on forever
Where's that name that I saw scratched in the stone?
Was it here or was it ever?

In a while I'll have a new little friend
And the sun will be shining
There are things that time has put to an end
And some things keep smiling

Now I don't see you much at all anymore
And we're probably better off that way
But when I think of it my boat hits the shore
Oh I guess we've all had better days

All last night I had this new kind of dream
It was all about the way it used to be
It went on for hours and it went on for days
And when I woke up we all were saved

We've been thinking about packing it up
Taking steps toward the slower pace
Leaving places filled with sullen old souls
Finding those where there is no race

Who put the fences on the side of the road?
See them stretch in a straight line
What's that name that I saw scratched in the stone?
Will it stay there for all time?
Track Name: Can't Stop
Can't stop thinking about you
Can't stop holding your hand so tight
Can't stop living without you
Can't help feeling I have to write

Oh I love you
And baby nothing else matters x2

Can't stop thinking about you
Can't stop holding your hand in mine
Can't explain feeling without you
Everyday but I can't stop time

Oh I love you
And baby nothing else matters x2

Oh I love you...

And baby nothing else matters

Something tells me that you'd understand x6
Track Name: Work On Sunday
When times are hard I reinvent myself
When times are hard I reinvent myself
The smile in your blushing eyes
Is trying not to be surprised
When times are hard I reinvent myself

This crowded room is only meant for two
This crowded room is only meant for me and you
So kick them out into the hall
Where they can make a mess of any wall
This crowded room is only meant for two

You're a long long way from home
And I don't know why you work on Sunday
You're a long long way from home
But I know I'll see you later today

It's too bright to open up my eyes
It's too bright to learn a thing from good-byes
I feel a wave and then the air
So good to feel your presence there
It's too bright to open up my eyes

You're a long long way from home
And I don't know why you work on Sunday
You're a long long way from home
But I know I'll see you later today
Track Name: Glow
You're long lasting
Like tracks in the snow
Going somewhere
But I'm not sure I know

The arrangements made
And taken so far
How we'd clear ourselves
To ride on the stars

When my mind
It plays tricks on me
And I hear myself talking
And the pictures come to life
See the glow in your eyes

My apologies
You're still on my mind
I hope I'm not keeping you
From your new life

The world isn't politics
It just gets in the way
I'm saddled with love for you
And I'm riding away

When my mind
It plays tricks on me
And I hear myself talking
And the pictures come to life
See the glow in your eyes
Track Name: You Just Gotta Be You
Do you find that you're dreaming all the time?
Do you find that you need someone to make up your mind?
I could step inside the old-growth and wonder why
Or I could read between the rainbow's coloured lines

There is anything that you could do
To make it happen baby you just gotta be you

Are you sitting in the hammock swaying in the wind?
Are you feeling what I'm feeling again and again?
Is your mind so full it's empty well so is mine?
Or is someone trying to tell you you're losing time?

There is anything that you could do
To make it happen baby you just gotta be you

If there's anything that you could do
To make it happen baby you just gotta be you
Track Name: Felt Ok Again
I said a prayer for you today
I thought of you just like old times
In dusting off the guitar I found a letter you wrote to me
And then I read the lines

I wish you were here
Nothing's quite as good without you
But I imagined what you'd think
And I imagined what you'd say
And then I felt OK again
And then I felt OK again

They say a thousand voices
Couldn't stand up next to one alone
And there I was with your life and lessons
At the microphone

I wish you were here
Nothing's quite as good without you
But I imagined what you'd think
And I imagined what you'd say
And then I felt OK again
And then I felt OK again

Understanding what is real
Is the greatest challenge in our lives
In dusting off the guitar I found a letter you wrote to me
And then I sang the lines

I wish you were here
Nothing's quite as good without you
But I imagined what you'd think
And I imagined what you'd say
And then I felt OK again
And then I felt OK again