A Million Signs

by Simon Hoskyn

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released November 9, 2015

All songs by Simon Hoskyn Copyright (c) 2015
Produced by Doug Organ and Simon Hoskyn
Recorded by Doug Organ at Edmontone Studio, Edmonton, Alberta
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Anderson at Protection Island, Maple Ridge, BC

Performed by:
Simon Hoskyn - guitars, vocals
Marney Elzen-Hoskyn - piano, Rhodes, Hammond B3, vocals
Trevor Irvine - bass
Ben McNab - drums, percussion
Erika Kobewka - violin, vocals

With guests:
Jon Anderson - pedal steel
Laura Craig - baritone sax
Julian Savaryn - cello
Doug Organ - Hammond B3
Nathan Carroll, Heidi Carroll, Sarah Knutson, and Brock Tyler, with Erika Kobewka and Simon Hoskyn - gang vocal

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Track Name: Running Away With Us (Oh Atticus)
Ten years ago if I had seen myself as I am now
Holding a baby, loving you, and wondering how
Life keeps running away with us

Doesn’t take long to make something in life worth dying for
You think your heart’s full and then you find there’s just a little more
Life keeps running away with us
Life keeps running away

Better to have loved and lost than never love and never mourn
Oh Atticus don’t let the living take what you are living for

Everyone’s got a reason to be scared to lose it all
But it’s better to build a home than put up wall after wall
Life keeps running away with us

Learning to love is laying your life down and thinking nothing of it
So let your light shine and shine and shine till you’re no longer lit
Life keeps running away with us
Life keeps running away

Better to have loved and lost than never love and never mourn
Oh Atticus don’t let the living take what you are living for

Better to have loved and lost than never love and never mourn
Oh Atticus don’t let the living take what you are living for
Better to have loved and lost than never love and never mourn
Oh Atticus don’t let the living take what you are living for
Oh Atticus don’t let the living take what you are living for

Ten years from now if I could see your face I’d tell you
Life keeps running away with us
Life keeps running away with us
Running away with us
Track Name: Inside My Heart
Spent too much time playing myself
In stories other people penned
But I was nothing if not true
When my hours came to an end

I dreamt a wave came off the sea
And swept you far away from me
And all the places we had lived
Just became places that you had been

You can see inside my heart
We may be living in the dark
But you can see inside my heart

Don’t build monuments to fear
Or worry if the casket fits
Life’s a mansion full of light
Death’s just a picture hanging in it
So hold on, hold on

You can see inside my heart
We may be living in the dark
But you can see inside my heart

You can see inside my heart
We may be years and worlds apart
But you can see inside my heart
Track Name: Shine Baby Shine
Take a couple steps toward me
And I’ll catch you when your legs give out
Show me all your little teeth
With a smile to kill my cynic doubts

If the sun burnt out you’d be enough to light and warm my life
Love is still alive, love is still alive

Shine baby shine
You are the dream of a lifetime

When the day goes long and hard
And your momma’s tired from loving you
I’ll hold you right beside my heart
And tell you what I know is true

If the sun burnt out you’d be enough to light and warm my life
Love is still alive, love is still alive

Shine baby shine
You are the dream of a lifetime
Track Name: Blind Blue Eye
When you left me here, stranded in the east
Not a kiss farewell or words to bring me peace
The sun would not rise no matter when I woke
Your name would pass through my teeth like smoke

Is the great wide sky
Just a pretty, empty thing
Like a blind blue eye
A song no one will sing?

Seems an age ago when you took my hand and said
Let’s stop standing still, and run away instead
All my thoughts and dreams are tumbling through my head
Rollin’ round like stones over the river bed

Is the great wide sky
Just a pretty, empty thing
Like a blind blue eye
A song no one will sing?

Trying to understand but I can’t stand to wait
So skip the parable and tell it to me straight

Is the great wide sky
Just a pretty, empty thing
Like a blind blue eye
A song no one will sing?

Is the great wide sky
Just a pretty, empty thing
Or a blinding light,
A song that I can sing?
Track Name: Not So Far Away
Turn, you’re on your own again
Turn towards the friends
You haven’t seen in years

An ache is safer than a tear
Pretending you don’t care
Is keeping to your fears

Give up believing you’re all alone
Need something other than what you own
Turn to your brother, turn to your brother
Work to recover his flesh and bone
He’s not so far away, not so far away as you’ve been told

Bury promises down deep
Repeat them in your sleep
The way it’s gotta be

You know you can’t believe those lies
Unless you hide your eyes
Be careful what you see

So you’re staying in tonight
You’re turning out the lights
Alone inside your head

When you look inside yourself
Apart from everybody else
Is there emptiness instead?
You’ve got to…

Give up believing you’re all alone
Need something other than what you own
Turn to your brother, turn to your brother
Work to recover his flesh and bone
He’s not so far away, not so far away as you’ve been told
Track Name: When You Are Alone
Remember when I let you kiss me
And all the world seemed full of beauty
Well I thought then that love was easy
But nothing ever is, believe me
No one ever gives quite so freely

How long can you wear your heart on your sleeve?
How long till the ones you love have to leave?
How many scars is too many scars?
How long till you’d rather be who you are when you are alone?

Sunday night when I lost you
I asked what part of this you’d redo
You said of all you had paid into
Only love was worth the price it cost you
So give away the life you hold on to

How long can you wear your heart on your sleeve?
How long till the ones you love have to leave?
How many scars is too many scars?
How long till you’d rather be who you are when you are alone?
Track Name: I Want To Go Home
I raised four walls around my family
I put a roof over their heads
Worked an hour before each sunrise
Gotta keep the children fed

But those walls came down
Now my babies can’t stop crying in the street
I want to go home
I want to go home
I want to go home

I chased my dreams into the city
Till people paid to shake my hand
I keep my money in a safe place
Bought another house just cause I can

Then the city fell
Now my money’s gone and I’ve got no one to hold
And no place to call home
No place to call home
I want to go home

I am the daughter of a mother
Whose husband wanted only sons
But I’ve seen pictures of some others
Who want an orphan for their own

My world is shaking with their love
But there’s so much ground to cross
Before I am home
Before I am home
I want to go home

I want to go home
We want to go home
Jesus take us home
Track Name: Old Letters
When I left town you promised to send your heart with the pages
Day after day those letters would cover the miles between us

It hurts to miss you
Though we know the pain is good
If we could have and hold each day we would

When I read the old letters
Love holds the words together
And makes the story better

Tonight we’ll pull this blanket up over our tired shoulders
Night after night this blanket and our love are getting older

Sometimes I hurt you
And we love because we should
If we could wait for letters now we would

When I read the old letters
Love holds the words together
When I read the old letters
Love holds the words together
And makes the story better
Track Name: Bring The Glory Here
I can’t let go of this
Touch and taste, a minute’s bliss
I was made for the earth
We were made for this kiss
Rapture taking us home
All creation starts to groan
Yes all creation groans

Preacher says that my soul
Will find its home in streets of gold
Singin’ with the heavenly hosts
Age upon age, not growing old
What of my flesh and bone?
I want to have, I want to hold
Yes I want to have and hold

Hair falls across your face
Our bodies fold together like clay
Leaning on the everlasting arms
Will you still look at me that way?
Consumed by Endless Love
Can we be lovers up above?
Be lovers up above

Ain’t had enough of this earth
Every taste of you is a rebirth
When this world grows strangely dim
I’ll be holding on for all I’m worth
It’s the leaving that I fear
O God, just bring the glory here
Come on and bring the glory here
Come on

We won’t know the day or hour
When we go we’ll have the power
Track Name: Life Is Made Of Water
Birth is made of bright light and a loving face
And hoping for a lifetime in someone’s embrace

And there’s something in the cry
That pierces like a knife
It puts to rest your doubts
And wakens you to life

Life is made of water and a million signs
Though doves may not descend to you every time

There’s something in a song
That carries up your heart
Like the silver flashing wings
As a thousand sparrows dart

Death is made of whispers and trumpet calls
And finding there are parts of you you never knew at all

There’s something in the weight
That’s lifted off your chest
When you hear the voice
Of One who knows you best
And your body finds its heart
Beating in the breast
Of the Maker of your life
The Maker of your death
Amen