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Prayer Flag

by Pickering Pick

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released 28 February 2012
Produced by Pickering Pick in California, November & December 2011.
Additional mixing by David Pickering Pick @ FFG (www.ffg.org.uk). Mastered by David @ FFG
All songs written and performed by Sam Pickering Pick © Longshanks Songs (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Morningside
I’ve been down where time holds me in her grip
Where the mountains all to the oceans slip
And they’re borne away on heavy tides
I'll be left in the dark morningside

All the trees in their golden disarray
For November cold and the breaking day
All the ragged leaves are swept aside
They’ll be left in the dark morningside

With a heavy heart that you cannot move
All the troubles they are yours to lose
But a proud heart I cannot abide
He is left in the dark morningside
Track Name: Stay By Yours
There is a song of bright tomorrow
In the way you hold your head
It is a sign of going backwards
When everything before you is turning red
Come in before the rain and storm begin
The weather’s gonna keep you by my side
And I’m gonna stay by yours at least until it feels right

You’re going to try ford the river
Even though you’re drowning in here
And the trees will raise their branches
When the king of frowns appears
You’ll have to find another way back home
There’s nothing better on the other side
And I’m gonna stay by yours at least until it feels right
Track Name: Spinnaker
If I could buy you a thing to remember me
Something of worth to be held in your heart
I’d like to buy you a boat with a tallboy
Low to the water and quick off the start

I can hardly remember the first thing
That you ever said to me, or if it was meant for me
There are a few things that I have been dreaming of
Telling myself this is all I can be

And for once I’d be proud of what I’ve done
Seeing the beautiful thing it’s become

I saw the light as it danced on the water
And you raised the spinnaker up to the wind
Catching my breath as you’re changing directions
Closer to everything else that it brings
Track Name: Everything Is Better
You’ve been looking forward to the spring rain falling
It’s been flowing underneath the ground
You’ve been keeping secret when your friend comes calling
He’s been trying not to make a sound

I’ve been living mainly for the same thing, honey
You just want to go another mile
Then you fall down laughing even though it’s not funny
But everything is better when you smile

You’ve been looking forward to the spring time coming
It’s been growing underneath the ground
I don’t care for secrets when your friends come running
Honey, there’s enough to go around
Track Name: Shame
There’s a time for the truth
And a time for just letting it go
There’s a man on the stage explaining
In case you don’t know
Thank God for the talking cause where would we be
Without men who know better than us?
And words that will twist you and turn you around
Until you wish that you didn’t exist

There’s a time for proof
And ignoring the things you’ve been shown
Or shutting out truth
And the obvious things that you know
It’s like closing your eyes and trying to pretend
There’s not a knife coming out of your chest
Or taking the stuff that you want to believe in
And disregarding the rest

It’s a shame what they’ve done to us

You’ve spent so many years
With your arms in another man’s coat
I’m surprised you can recognise the words
Rising up in your throat
You’re spewing out smoke and we’re starting to choke
It’s a crowd gathered outside your door
But the lies are still coming out thicker and faster
And it doesn’t make sense any more

It’s a shame what they’ve done to us

I’ve been up all night thinking
Of all the rubbish you said
To the odious sycophants curled up
On the end of your bed
You’ve shown no remorse or contrition of course
I don’t think you know what that means
But your onward direction is a perfect reflection
Of all of the places you’ve been
Track Name: How To Begin
I’ve been thinking of taking some time
Dropping what’s worthless and changing my life
Resting my head on the root of this tree
Watching my children as they grow up to be
Soldiers and singers, dancers and kings
Creators and builders of marvelous things
One day they’ll figure out just how to begin
But if dreaming’s for losers, Lord, don’t let them win

Looking for ways I can prove that I’m wrong
Is one of the things that I spend my time on
Searching for something that’s worth more than one
Of each of the good things and bad things I’ve done
And if I had one wish, I hope I would choose
A gift that I know I could finally use
One day I’ll figure out just how to begin
But if dreaming’s for losers, Lord, don’t let me win
Track Name: Goodbye, Goodbye
Once I was the boat that you were sailing
You were just the captain of my time
Once I reached the window by climbing so high
I was at the bright, unspoiled beginning of my life
If I wasn’t certain of this one thing I would say
Goodbye, goodbye

Once I was the shadow of your pony
And I felt your arms around my neck
Then I dreamed of running till we broke into the sky
You shouldn’t say it failed if you never even tried
If I wasn’t hoping for this one thing I would say
Goodbye, goodbye

Once I was the weather in your season
When you were always holding out for rain
I’ve been looking forward to the rising of the tide
When every boat is lifted and the sea is open wide
If I wasn’t waiting for this one thing I would say
Goodbye, goodbye
Track Name: Time Will Be
Tall walls may be your shelter
And bold love may be your guide
Long life may be your blessing
If bright fate is on your side
But you’ll yearn for the days you once knew
As into your age you descend
The whole wide world may be your servant
But time will be your master in the end

Sweet songs for your companions
Sad hearts for them to mend
Wild youth will heal your sorrow
If you can’t share it with your friends
But when the light goes out it your eyes
There’s no time left to pretend
The whole world may be your servant
But time will be your master in the end
Track Name: Spark
We’ve been so careless, love
Treating time like an endless light
That’s dancing, as a spark from a wire
Grows apart from the fire

And we’ve seen so much fragile love
Ours was built to be stronger, but
We fell for the same disappearing
Sun, falling in love with itself

And you’ll take what’s yours
And I’ll take what’s mine
And we’ll try not to think
How we wasted our time

You made something amazingly strong
But we held on to it much too long
How can you give it away when you keep
Falling in love with yourself?
Track Name: Seasons On The Run
Look outside your window, love
Can you see the clouds
Is it growing colder, love
Is anyone around?

I’m sorry for the things I’ve done
I’m counting on my hands
I’m running out of fingers, but
I’m sure you understand

Don’t be too ungrateful, don’t be too unkind
Think before you make up your mind

The trees are dropping leaves and the
Season’s on the run
I’m running out of mine but
Yours have just begun