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High Tide Song Lyrics

High Tide

©Stan Wells 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele/bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: vocal/low whistle

Waves on the water
Rolling rolling o’er the ocean
Wash on the shore then drift away

High tide, waves forgotten
Dreams of a shore so far away
High tide, dreams of tomorrow
Waves on the shore so far away

Captain cried “Oh my brothers and sisters,
I am afraid we’ve lost our way.”
“Aye” said the mate, “we’re a long time driftin’
Over waters so strange and far from our home.”

High tide, waves forgotten
Dreams of a shore so far away
High tide, dreams of tomorrow
Waves on the shore so far away

Captain cried “Oh my brothers and sisters,
God only knows where tomorrow we’ll be.”
Memories fade of that distant harbor
They’ve been there before, long long ago

High tide, waves forgotten
Dreams of a shore so far away
High tide, dreams of tomorrow
Waves on the shore so far away

Waves on the water
Rolling rolling o’er the ocean
Wash on the shore then drift away

Waves on the water
Rolling rolling o’er the ocean
Wash on the shore then drift away

Fantasy Junction

©Stan Wells 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Jeff Martin: cellos; David LaFlamme: violins

Ridin’ the train to Utah
Over the mountains and streams
With no expectations of future relations
Trying to remember a dream

Yeah I know I’m a dreamer
Already I’m feelin’ the pain
As the days grow longer
I can’t help but wonder
Will I ever see you again?

Rollin’ on through the desert
Watching the full moon rise
Holdin’ you tight
Was feelin’ so right
Was it love I saw in your eyes?

Then we rolled into my station
Just before the dawn

So heavy hearted as the train departed
Walkin’ over the track
That just might someday bring you back

Yeah I know I’m a dreamer
Our eyes met for only a glance
I’m hopin’ you’ll hear me
I need you near me
But will I ever have a chance?
All I really want’s a chance.

Now I’m starin’ at the clock on the wall
Thinkin’ what time can do
Could make you forget
Like we never met
Or be bringin’ me closer to you
Bringin’ me closer to you

Yeah I know I’m a dreamer
Already I’m feelin’ the pain
As the days grow longer
I can’t help but wonder
Will I ever see you again?
I really wanna see you again

Hello

©Stan Wells 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Riggy Rackin: concertina; David Grisman: mandolin

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you my friend
All the leaves dropped off and they’ve grown back again
Seeds have been sown for the next time ‘round
Planted deep in the ground

And high up to the sky
A young eagle raises his eye
Stretches his wings and a song he sings
Tomorrow he takes to the sky 

It’s been a long time my friend
Seasons are changin’ again
And the fire that burned was a lesson we learned
As we dizzily danced ‘round the sun

And high up in the sky
That eagle he’s blinkin’ one eye
At the reflection he sees
Coming up through the trees
From a clear mountain silent blue lake

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you my friend
All the leaves dropped off and they’ve grown back again
Seeds have been sown for the next time ‘round
Planted deep in the ground

Sit Beside Me

©Stan Wells 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/12-string guitar; David LaFlamme: viola

Clouds rolling by me
Seem to say
I’ve got this feelin’
Inside me today

Love’s speakin’ softly now
Whisper in my ear
Telling little secrets
The ones that I long to hear

So come and sit beside me now
We’ll leave time behind
To warm your sweet heart and soul
And cool your troubled mind

Inside us is beauty
Inside us is joy
Together we’ll find them
For us to enjoy

Come sit beside me now
We’ll leave time behind
To warm your sweet heart and soul
And cool your troubled mind

Our love is like the river
Flowing to the sea
Now it’s flowing through us
To eternity

Come sit beside me now
We’ll leave time behind
To warm your sweet heart and soul
And cool your troubled mind

The Answer

©Stan Wells 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/baritone 8-string guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Nina Gerber: guitar

Here we stand
Sharing heartbeats, souls entwined
Side by side
Dreams we hoped we would find

How can I tell you just how much I love you?
How can I ever say how much I care?
Deep within my heart there lies the answer
Oh come with me and I will take you there

I found you
After searchin’ all these years
Now I know
I will always want you near

There is a place beyond the blue horizon
A place no one knows but two can share
You’ve shown me now I know the answer
Oh come with me and I will take you there
Oh come with me and I will take you there

Like A River

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar

I’ve been down by the river
Rivers seem to know
Glistening fleeting perceptions
Down the water flow
Down the waterfall

Lost in the voice of the river
Reflections of sounds in my mind
Gazing into churning illusions
And the shadows left behind
Are growing fainter all the time

Cause like a river I’m always in motion
But like a river I’m always here
River’s a part of an ocean
Into the river fall the tears
Of a hundred thousand years

Cause like a river I’m always in motion
But like a river I’m always here
River’s a part of an ocean
Into the river fall the tears
Of a hundred thousand years

River’s Got To Flow

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/12-string guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele; Ted Anderson: vocal/low whistle; David Grisman: mandolin

Hey mister whatcha’ doin’ over there?
Tryin’ to dam the river don’t you think that we care?
Whole lot of people here want you to know
The river’s got life and it’s got to flow

Freely from the mountain to the sea
Thunderous roar of eternity
Crystal clear water from the melting snow
The river’s got life and it’s got to flow

Hey mister can’t you see
The river’s for you and the river’s for me?
Tell me please who you think you are
Rearrangin’ the land with a permanent scar?

Ain’t it high time that you looked a little bit
Beyond your own damn interests?
If only you could see you’re really up a tree
You’re cuttin’ off the branch that you’re sittin’ on

Hey mister don’t you know
If you build that dam a lot of beauty’s gonna go
Down the drains of your industrial brains
On your mindless crusade of disastrous change

There’s only two ways
To know the river’s grace
One is to sing the river’s song
And the other’s just to dam it and then see what’s gone

So please mister won’t you try to understand
That the fate of the river lies in your hands
Your bulldozin’ consciousness has got to awaken
If we’re ever gonna save what hasn’t been taken

It’s a cryin’ shame
Money is the name of your game
‘Cause the things that you take cannot be bought
It’s a lesson by now you shoulda been taught

Hey mister whatcha’ doin’ over there?
Tryin’ to dam the river don’t you know that we care?
A whole lot of people here want you to know
The river’s got life and it’s got to flow

Freely from the mountain to the sea
Thunderous roar of eternity
Crystal clear water from the melting snow
The river’s got life and it’s got to flow

Freely from the mountain to the sea
Thunderous roar of eternity
Crystal clear water from the melting snow
The river’s got life
It’s just got to flow

I Just Want To Tell You

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele

I just wanna tell you
I think you ought to know
But words just don’t come easy this time
Like they did so long ago

Whoa, I tried to climb up a mountain
You waited in the valley below
Both of us thought that I’d return
Where was there left to go?

Well I’m not trying to say that I’m sorry
Sorrow’s a thing in the past
No I’m just tryin’ to say the horizon I was followin’
All the time it was right beside me in you
All the time it was right beside me in you

A minute turns into an hour
Hours turn into a year
Then years turn into a lifetime
And the lifetime turns into a tear

The tear falls into the ocean
A wave washes up on the shore
And as the sand’s slippin’ through my fingers
Your footprints aren’t there anymore

Oh well, I’m not tryin’ to say that I’m sorry
Sorrow’s a thing in the past
No I’m just tryin’ to say the horizon I was followin’
Was right beside me in you all the time
It was right beside me in you

The song is already written
But if I could change just one line
I’d run down to you from that mountain
And maybe you would have been mine

Whoa, I tried to climb up a mountain
You waited in the valley below
Both of us thought that I’d return
Where was there left to go?

Well I’m not tryin’ to say that I’m sorry
Sorrow’s a thing in the past
No I’m just tryin’ to say the horizon I was followin’
Was right beside me in you all the time
It was right beside me in you
I didn’t see it
It was right beside me in you

Good Bye

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar

She came to me one autumn day
When I was on my own
And she took my hand and held me in the night
And when the mornin’ sun came ‘round        
To fill that day with light
A rainbow came and filled my open eye

And as the world was turnin’ ‘round
I came to know her smile
Harmonizing voices in the wind
Faceless clocks with silent wings
The nameless days slipped by
But I knew that I would soon hear a good-bye

Cause she’s as free as a bird in the springtime
Fresh as a flower in the rain
Wild as eagles gliding
And I know she’ll never be tame

When rainy days are blown away into the clear blue sky
I’m reminded of the melody we sang
The tune is far away now the words I won’t forget
As it rises so the sun must also set

She’s as free as a bird in the springtime
Fresh as a flower in the rain
Wild as eagles gliding
And I know she’ll never be tame

She’s a free lovin’ spirit in the mornin’
A butterfly flyin’ in the night
You can touch her but don’t try to hold her…

Day

©Stan Wells, 2013 

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele

I’ve been seein’ people
Tryin’ my best to be on time
Had a good time but you know I’m
Upside down

Appointment’s at nine
A new deadline
Coffee with a friend talkin’ over
How’s it goin’?

The beat all around me keeps me movin’
And the day kind of slips away
Now I’m home again
Alone with my thoughts 
Tryin’ to get inside

I don’t know where I’m goin’
I don’t care where I’ve been
Cause I’ll get by

I went to a bar
Walked home under stars
And telephone wires that might have been
Ringin’ my number

Surrounded by night
Thinking “Which direction’s right?”
Seems like I’ve been there but still
I wonder

The new day is dawning and I’m wakin’
But there’s part of me still dreamin’
Wanderin’ along
Singin’ a song
But the words are wrong

I don’t know where I’m goin’
I don’t care where I’ve been
Cause I’ll get by

My eBabe

©Stan Wells, 2013 

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: bass ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; David LaFlamme: violin

My eBabe don’t love me no more
My in-box don’t light up like it did before
I was gonna be her number one eMan
But my eBaby just treats me like spam

Met her out there on the internet
Looking for a friend with benefits
Played her an eTune on my guitar
Hopin’ me and my eBaby just might go far

Well she said “Let’s proceed at a leisurely pace”
So we had our first date out in cyberspace
But my hopes were dashed of having e-sex
When she told me goodnight by pressing control-X

My eBabe don’t love me no more
My in-box don’t light up like it did before
I was gonna be her number one eMan
But my eBaby just treats me like spam

So I’m gonna go delete my personal ad
After all of this I feel I’ve been had
Should have been suspicious in the very first place
My eBaby never showed me her face

And my eBabe don’t love me no more
My in-box don’t light up like it did before
I was gonna be her number one eMan
But my eBaby just treats me like spam
My eBaby just treats me like spam

Here We Go Again

©Stan Wells, 2013 

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: vocal/guitar; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass, David Grisman: mandolin

Oh no here we go again
In the water gotta learn how to swim
Wheels spinnin’, turnin’ around
Thought I was flying ‘til I hit the ground

Well here goes another song
Rain’s fallin’ down but it won’t be long
‘Til the colors arch across the sky
Come tomorrow gonna walk in the light

And oh nobody knows where the rainbow will end
Maybe in some other land or in a dream
And oh nobody knows why you turned around that night
But come tomorrow I’ll be walkin’ down the road in the light

So here comes another day
Was it worth the price I had to pay?
To live a dream is such a dangerous game
Why must the moth fly into the flame?

And oh nobody knows where the rainbow will end
Maybe in some other land or in a dream
And oh nobody knows why you turned around that night
But come tomorrow I’ll be walkin’ down the road in the light

Oh no here we go again
In the water gotta learn how to swim
Wheels spinnin’, turnin’ around
Thought I was flyin’ ‘til I hit the ground
Thought I was flyin’ ‘til I hit the ground

Sunshine’s Warmth

©Stan Wells, 2013 

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: vocal/ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Jeff Martin: electric bass

The early mornin’ sunshine
Warms this new born day
And I’m lookin’ through the window
In such a brand new way

The birds are cheerfully singin’ it
The flowers are silently whisperin’ it
And all the wonders of rollin’ free
Are unfolding in front of me

And I’m only tryin’ to tell you somehow
These things that I have found
The world is calling its children now
To play in this wondrous playground

And up we go down we go
Round and round
We’ve all got a seat on this merry-go-round
Seems like we’re movin’ and goin’ somewhere
So surprisin’ to learn that we’ve always been there

Oh up we go down we go
Round and round
We’ve all got a seat on this merry-go-round
Seems like we’re movin’ and goin’ somewhere
So surprisin’ to learn that we’ve always been there

Cloudburst Suite

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal/guitar; Jeff Martin: acoustic bass; Ted Anderson: low whistle; Nina Gerber: guitar

Steppin’ outside of your world
Where did you go?
Lookin’ out past the sun
Now we’ve begun
So follow me but I’m not sure where we’re goin’
Wonderin’ where you’ve been

Steppin’ outside of your world
Where did you go?
Leavin’ what you knew behind
And openin’ your mind
And I’ll follow you
But I’m not sure where we’re goin’
Wonderin’ where we’ve been

Runnin’ down the road with a lot on my mind
I can’t stay a minute I ain’t got the time
Penny in my pocket of my old blue jeans
Gonna throw it in the ocean wishin’ for your dreams
Gonna throw it in the ocean

Tomorrow’s comin’ fast today won’t last
In another moment this one’s past
Hold on tight I don’t wanna go alone
But I was born to wander and you know I’ve gotta roam
I was born to wander lookin’ for my home

And I saw a rainbow in the middle of the night
Colors swirlin’ around the moon it was getting so bright
I swear to God I could have touched it
If it hadn’t been for my fear
I could see it was so far away
I could feel it very near

Illusions of a butterfly flying overhead
Illusions of a butterfly all in your head

Geometric patterns swirling all across the sky
A pattern from a raindrop it’s in your eye

And we’re following rainclouds over the mountains
And we’re wonderin’
Where we’ve been
We’re followin’ rainclouds high on the mountain
And we’re wonderin’

Two Rivers

©Stan Wells, 2013

Stan Wells: vocal/guitar; Betty Perkins: vocal; Michael Perkins: ukulele; Ted Anderson: low whistle/uilleann pipes; Jeff Martin: electric bass

There is a girl so tender and fair
Blue ribbons and roses in her hair
Once upon a time this lady was mine
But now she has long since departed

Two rivers that once were one
Our love had only just begun
But we’ll meet again eventually
All rivers must meet in the sea

Oh my lady please remember me
Runnin’ through forests so wild and free
Pickin’ wildflowers for you I’d sing
Oh my lady we loved in the spring

Two rivers that once were one
Our love had only just begun
But we’ll meet again eventually
All rivers must meet in the sea
All rivers must meet in the sea

A Story From My Music Book

I was digging through my old college notebooks where I wrote a lot of my early songs.  Just a few pages away from where I wrote “Like A River” I found a page with the words and chords for “White Bird.” This would have been around 1973 and I was living with my sister Betty at the time. At the bottom of the page I could recognize Betty’s handwriting but neither of us recall trying to learn that song. I commented after finding that page that trying to play “White Bird” without David LaFlamme would be like trying to play “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” without a drummer.

Last month I had the opportunity to see David LaFlamme playing with his band It’s a Beautiful Day. When he introduced “White Bird” he commented that people ask him all the time if he ever gets tired of playing that iconic song. And he went on to say that his reply is that no, he doesn’t get tired of playing “White Bird” and that he is glad he didn’t write “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”! And I just sat there and smiled.