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The Inside Track

by Ron Nowlan

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released June 18, 2018

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Track Name: Stone and Space
Ansel was riding on a ridge
When the late sun hit
The small white crosses down below
Like candles all aglow
There was no time to waste
The earth spun fast and would not wait
He grabbed the tripod found a spot
Tripped the shutter made the shot

His parents took him out to see
The wild Yosemite
He saw in nature God’s own art
It struck a chord in his heart
He climbed its mountains scaled its walls
Heard its thundering waterfalls
Lost his sense of time
Found peace of mind

Catch the cliffs of granite in black and white
Shape them with shadow and light
Fill the frame with beauty and grace
From the world of stone and space
Stone and space stone and space

In the photographs you might feel
Something sacred something real
Hear an ancient mother call
Echo off cathedral walls
There is so much more to see
Than just a mountain or a tree
There is beauty in the forms
And peace within the storms

Catch the cliffs of granite in black and white
Shape them with shadow and light
Fill the frame with beauty and grace
From the world of stone and space
Stone and space stone and space

He showed the valleys and the streams
(And) fought to realize a dream
That our daughters and our sons
Would see the same bright sun
Walk in serenity
By lakes of tranquility
(And) look up from the canyon floor
And feel their spirits soar

Catch the cliffs of granite in black and white
Shape them with shadow and light
Fill the frame with beauty and grace
From the world of stone and space
Stone and space stone and space
Track Name: The Inside Track
It was twenty to one but he took the shot
Even though they said he had no heart
You could see the blood pumping through his veins
As they blared his name

He tried getting through got caught in a squeeze
He tripped fell to his knees
There had to be (a) fire he had to be strong
(He) bounced up like there was nothing wrong

It was Touched By The Devil in the early go
Closing in was Stone Cold Throw
In the backstretch he found a groove
That’s where he made his move

He was kicking up dust the earth shook
Everybody stood to get a better look
He had found a hole on the inside track
He was pulling away from the pack

Go Mister Jones
Can you hear me you’re not alone Mister Jones
I bet everything on you Mister Jones
To bring it all, bring it all home

He thought of every race he’d run
(And) what he brought to every one
He saw a winner
For all that mattered

From an underdog a long shot
A straggler an afterthought
Coming round the circle
Feeling life so full

Go Mister Jones
Can you hear me you’re not alone Mister Jones
I bet everything on you Mister Jones
To bring it all, bring it all home
Track Name: They're Working on My Brain
They’re working on my brain
To repair the circuits that short and turn me off
To clear the conduits they say got blocked
By the quake and the aftershocks

You lie down and talk
‘Till they hear all they need to know
So they can tell you exactly where to go
To avoid the undertow

They’re gonna find her and take her away
And put something in her place
So I won’t think so much
About her wkiss or her touch

They’re working on my brain
So I don’t implode when someone says her name
Or obsess which drains
Me of the energy to stay in the game

It’s so much safer today
Than McMurphy in the cuckoo’s nest
They show you how to meditate and rest
And breathe away the ache in your chest

They’re gonna find her and take her away
And put something in her place
They say I will feel more alive
But what about the me that won’t survive

They’ve charted a course
They’re gonna send me to a brand new shore
With only blue skies and opening doors
I’ll be better than I was before

They’re working on my brain
To repair the circuits that short and turn me off
To clear the conduits they say got blocked
By the quake and the aftershocks

They’re working on my brain
They’re working on my brain
They’re working on my brain
Track Name: I Told My Heart
I told my heart
To find another way
It did not like
What I had to say
It wouldn’t listen
(It) said it would love you anyway

I told my heart
There were mountains in between
The two of you
High as I’d ever seen
I don’t know if it heard me
It seemed to be lost in a dream

The heart may not know what it’s doing
When love calls
Like a drunk who thinks he can make it
But only stumbles and falls

I told my heart
Not to get so high
I’m grateful
You took the time
To let it down easy
And tell it why

I told my heart
Things just go wrong
Storms rise
As you sail along
Hearts break
But they mend and still go on

The heart may not know what it’s doing
When love calls
Like a drunk who thinks he can make it
But only stumbles and falls

I told my heart
It would be alright
In the morning
Well I might have told a lie
I think it’s
Going to take a while
Track Name: You Never Know
Michelangelo saw an angel
In a block of stone
He freed it with a chisel
And graced us with its form
I’m no angel
But I could be
Someone
You should see

Look a little closer
Let your mind see the parts
But remember
Go careful ‘round the heart
Give me life
Give me wings
Give me all
I can bring

And if you give me a chance
Give it some time
You never know what you’ll find

Maybe someone who’d
Like to be
Always near you
And likes to see you free
Who’ll walk beside you
In the sun
Through any
Storms that come

Won’t you give me a chance
Give it some time
You never know what you’ll find

Did you ever see the world
In someone’s eyes
And you knew right then and there
That’s where you’d like to spend your life

Fire and ice
Quakes and wars
Take their toll
Leave scars
And imperfections
On every stone
God knows
I’ve got faults of my own

But if you give me a chance
And give it some time
You never know what you’ll find
You never know what you’ll find
You never know what you’ll find
Track Name: Cyber Baby
Cyber baby I give you the world
Because you’re my girl
It’s big and it’s waiting
It’s yours for the taking

The doors are open the bad and the good
I’d label them all for you if I could
One is peace where angels dwell
And the next one could be hell

Cyber baby you’ll make new friends
From across the street to Pakistan
I hope they never turn on you
I hope all your friends are true

Cyber baby there are mobs out there
Out for blood and ruled by fear
They’ll try to shame and bully you
Into doing things you’d never do

You are the light
And the heart of my heart
And if it ever seems
Like your world might come apart
You know you can call on me
And if you do
I will be there for you

Cyber baby there are a million voices
With as many choices
But the voice inside of you
Is the only one who knows what’s best for you

Cyber baby you’ll decide
At lightning speed the wrong and right
There is no perfection
Right the wrongs when you can

Cyber baby there’s just one world
You get one life you get one whirl
There is only one of you
So take good care of you

May you be real to the hollow
Deep to the shallow
Kind to the hurtful
Loving to the hateful

You are the light
And the heart of my heart
And if it ever seems
Like your world might come apart
You know you can call on me
And if you do
I will be there for you

You know you can call on me
I hope you do
I will be there for you
Track Name: Looking for Summer
I’m looking for summer
I haven’t seen her
Since thirteen or so
Long time ago
We shared afternoons
Rings around the moon
Seats at the home parade
Ice cold lemonade

There were a few dark clouds
They called me out
I said give it your best shot
Show me what you got
Heaven roared
It lit up and it poured
I went eye to eye
Never felt more alive

Are these not the eyes
That saw her so clear
In everything
Everywhere

Went to the county fair
Thought she’d always be there
She was not around
I searched the grounds
I felt (I was) far from home
And all alone
She never said goodbye
Left me there just wondering why

Someone said that she
Had waited for me
In a boat with time
Singing Auld Lang Syne
But she couldn’t wait
Said she had a date
To row down a stream
To keep the dream

Are these not the eyes
That saw her so clear
In everything
Everywhere

I listened to the band play
Laisser les bon temps roulee
I didn’t feel the spark
I didn’t hear the heart
‘Till I closed my eyes
And to my surprise
Found (her | she was) inside
Very much alive

So now I’m going back
Gonna trace my tracks
In the grains of sand
(In) the lines in my hand
Walk down the street
To my own heartbeat
To my own time
In my own mind

Ah ah ah ah
Track Name: Patient Angel
They turn to you
And hope to see
You smile
‘Cuz you give it free
I saw you
In the corridor
Comforting
One more

There are people at war
With themselves
And turn their guns
On everyone else
You disarm them
If only fora while
With your kindness
And your smile

You’re so giving
Of yourself
Always thinking
Of someone else
To give
Your love to
And move it forward
That’s what you do

They can keep
Their taj mahals
Their canyons
And great walls
For the wonders
Of your love

You’re beautiful
Angel of ages
You brighten the day
You lift us up
Out of our darkness
And show us the way

You don’t see
Every day
A smile that takes
Your breath away
That makes you
Question
The life
You’re living

You’re beautiful
Angel of ages
You brighten the day
You lift us up
Out of our darkness
And show us the way
Track Name: Waiting for a Message
I’m waiting for the message
You said you would send
Hope you don’t mind
If I ask again

Will you come with me
To the cape
And lie on the sand
And listen to the waves break

The sea said he’d be there
And so did the sun
But the frenzied world as usual
Said she’s just too busy to come

All you type As
Need to get away
Haven’t heard from you in a while
Is everything OK

My messenger says he’ll ring me
If he sees anything new
But I always check them anyway
For one from you

Please drop me a line
I don’t need a hook
Send what you can
if you could only write me a book

I re-read the words
I burn them in my mind
I fill in the pictures
Between the lines

My messenger says he’ll ring me
If he sees anything new
But I always check them anyway
For one from you

I’m waiting for a message
I’d like to know
What your heart says
Will you go
Track Name: The Needle's Eye
I remember when time stood still
By the tall pines and the blackberry hills
Under a clear blue sky
And I was looking in your eyes

I heard the morning glories say
We’re glad you’re here and hope you’ll stay
With the birds and butterflies
Vying for your eyes

An angel sang but it made no sound
It did not need to go around
You must have heard as well ‘cuz I
Saw the smiles in your eyes

You moved in harmony
Through the mystery
Like you weren’t even trying
I wish (that I could follow | wished I could have followed) you
I wish I could have made it through
The needle’s eye

The world was reaching for the sun
For the warmth it offered everyone
But it turned to see the sun and sky
Shining in your eyes

All our lives we try
To find out where heaven lies
People search the starry skies
And miss the heaven in your eyes

You moved in harmony
Through the mystery
Like you weren’t even trying
I wish (that I could follow | wished I could have followed) you
I wish I could have made it through
The needle’s eye

You asked me to follow
I went as far as I could go
I couldn’t reach that higher place
You were too far away

I’m trimming down even though
You might say I’m moving slow
I’m determined to make it through
To be with you

You moved in harmony…
Track Name: Rome is Burning
Rome is burning, we must leave
Winds are feeding the flames
At the circus and the Palatine
And the streets with no names

Rome is burning the Christians
By the arcade
There’s blood on the hands of the emperor
As he points to place the blame

We’ll take shelter from the river
And drink from the wells
Of life, love and joy
Until our hearts are filled

Rome is burning, take only
What won’t slow you down
We’ll stay clear of the forum
Where soldiers gather round

Rome is burning, keep moving
Should I fall
There’s a heaven waiting
For us all

We’ll take shelter from the river
And drink from the wells
Of life, love and joy
Until our hearts are filled

Rome is burning in the fires
Of violence and greed
From the time Romulus
Planted the seeds

Rome is burning, eyes turning
To an inner peace
That all the legions of the empire
Could never release

We’ll take shelter from the river
And drink from the wells
Of life, love and joy
Until our hearts are filled

Rome is burning we must leave
Winds are feeding the flames
At the circus and the Palatine
And the streets with no names
Track Name: Katie's Roses
You can see him make his way
On a bicycle almost every day
Over the hills and through the gears
Of forty seven years

He’s the boy from long ago
In a baseball cap pulled way down low
In jeans and a faded flannel shirt
Flying just above the earth

He’s got reflectors and bells
You can never tell
When you’ll be crushed by thoughtlessness
Or scarred by carelessness

He zooms by the hardware store
He says it don’t hurt no more
They had to let him go
But they told him he was slow

And he’s just rolling
There’s a lot to see
Still In Katie’s roses
In the park and in the sparkling sea

He thinks of his best friend Ray
By the house where he used to stay
And the times they had before
He went and died in the war

They tore down the Home Plate
Where they’d have breakfast on Saturdays
They put up a golden bull
For the rich and the beautiful

The tourists are back for more
And pirates still work the shores
Promising dreams
On the island queen

He turns on to Katie’s street
She would smile so sweet
And stun him with her sparkling eyes
Every time he rode by

And he’s just rolling
There’s a lot to see
Still In Katie’s roses
In the park and in the sparkling sea

He’s the boy from long ago
In a baseball cap pulled way down low
In jeans and a faded flannel shirt
Flying just above the earth

And he’s just rolling
There’s a lot to see
Still In Katie’s roses
In the park and in the sparkling sea

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