Crossroads

by Arthur Rei

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about

A diverse collection of songs tied around a theme of hopefulness.
So many thanks go to Olly Wood ( www.owoodmusic.bandcamp.com ) for producing, and giving so much musical aid and support to this. It wouldn't be nearly half as good without his help!
Also a big thanks to Becka Thomas for her lovely artwork.
And also thank you to everyone who has supported me, you know who you are :) Finally thank you to everyone who has bought a copy!

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released 25 September 2013

All songs written by Arthur Rei.
Arthur Rei: Vocals, Piano, Viola, Clash Cymbal
Olly Wood: Backing vocals, Guitars, Kit, Flutes
Rachael Bull: Cello
Becca Adams: Violins

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Track Name: Time After Time
Gleaming post card kisses, on the back of my hand
Tell a thousand tales, this is not what I'd planned

These hollow shells from the sea of time
Are the cases in which we eke out our lives

Time after time
Floating through
The same old lines
After time
Will you see
How it's changed me?

Blazing memories grace the irises of my mind
Every move you make is another sign

I tried to erase you
The ropes keeping me here come undone
But when I face you
I'm thrust to our days under the same sun

Nothing's lost, only changed
Of course there's still meaning in those days
But now I've strength enough to say
I've taken flight from your arms, away

Time after time
Floating through
The same old lines
After time
Will you see
How it's changed me?

Time after time
I've moved on
I'm free this time
After time
I've cleared my mind
I won't look back
Track Name: Another Monday Morning
Grey clouds storm my head, again
Through this fog and haze, it’s hard to see any end

But time is fleeting, seeping through your hands
You’re running with closed eyes through the days
Fleeing from the prospect of something new to say
It’s the hound at your heels making you hide away

And we say these are, the best days of our lives
Or we always think, at that point in time
If we run and hide, find relief in the past
The time that we have, will never last

And today is tomorrow’s yesterday, so why
Are the memories so much sweeter?
Why make our days shadows of a previous life?
Please see how the mind can be a deceiver

Look up (sun is shining)
Open up (sun is shining)
Get up (sun is shining)
Wake up (sun is shining)

And we say these are, the best days of our lives
Or we always think, at that point in time
If we run and hide, find relief in the past
The time that we have, will never last

So if you don’t make something of now
What will you say when the morning comes around?
Track Name: Light My Way
And I know I’m a sea of insecurity
Not just in me, but in all I see
Cold, howling waves control my mind
The eye of the storm is full of lies

And so I let you in to my labyrinth mind
A place it seems you know as well as I
For you hold a torch that lights my way
Glowing with the words, the words that you say to me

It’s so easy to say: “I’m down, I’m beat”
To collapse in on myself and hide
I love how you’re different, new inside
Please do what you can to drag me to my feet

I know you’re not stronger than me
But it’s impossible to leave
For under the torch’s flame
Fighting alone is not the same

And so I let you in to my labyrinth mind
A place it seems you know as well as I
For you hold a torch that lights my way
Glowing with the words, the words that you say to me

Does it matter: I don’t know what I want?
For I’ll fall, I’ll be down, but I won’t be out
As my heart strings pull me towards the light
Even at the bottom of the ocean, it’s not far from sight
Track Name: Spaces
I'm not quite sure how to feel these days
I don't quite know how to fill this space
Although I have read a thousand books it looks
Like I still know nothing

And I've been told doubt breeds doubt
That couldn't be truer about the seeds I sow
Life's a puzzle I can't quite figure out
Should I doubt things no one will ever know?

Cause life's too short
And I've been told before
I should not waste my time
With things like that

I've walked this path a hundred or more times
Stood at the crossroads, searched for the signs
To give me an answer or just give me a break
I’ve got to escape…

Cause life's too short
And I've been told before
I should not waste my time
With things like that

Cause life goes on
And I've been told before
Just get out of your head
Face all those worries
Take the road you won't tread
And see that fear means nothing at all

And though it's far out of reach
I won't be wasting my time, searching for lines
For this certainty that I can't speak
I won't call it settling for security

But I'm still not sure how to feel these days
And I don't know how to fill this space
Although I have read a thousand books it looks
Like I still know nothing at all
Track Name: Turn to Face
And I awoke, to the sound
Of this water, falling around
In the sky, and on the ground
But round you life couldn’t be found

Cause when you woke, your eyes were closed
Without you the world still turns
So when will you change, and start to live?
It’s up to you

Look ahead, see the skies
They fill your eyes, there’s only light
When all you know, comes undone
Just turn your face up towards the sun

And if you’d look towards the light
All the shadows would fall behind
The sun is setting, the day is long
But time is slowly running out

And through the day, you waste away
As your insides, slowly decay
You’re closing doors, at every turn
It’s finally time to learn

And all of life, is but a choice
It’s a game and you’re to blame
If you choose to lose it all
Won’t say again…

Look ahead, see the skies
They fill your eyes, there’s only light
When all you know, comes undone
Just turn your face up towards the sun

Look ahead, see the skies
They fill your eyes, there’s only light
When all you know, comes undone
Just turn your face up towards the sun