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The Distance Calls


Better be goin’ Better be goin’ Left surrounded by the longest day I was stranded down the road today Best believe I tried to walk away

Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Today Cried so hard it nearly burned my eyes Tried so hard to live in a disguise I was always one for long goodbyes Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone

Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Today Left surrounded by the longest day I was stranded down the road today Best believe I tried to walk away Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Today Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Better be goin’ Yeah I’m gone Today


Long legged beauty Heels of solid gold Barely glanced at all I didn’t hurt a soul But it’s never enough Never enough Never enough No it’s never enough Never enough Never enough Gave you all my love Gave you all my heart In case that wasn’t enough I even gave you my car But it’s never enough Never enough Never enough No it’s never enough Never enough Never enough Every little thing you burn me on Every little thing you turn me on

Know I’ll never stray Know we’ll never part

I do it all babe for you Everything but starve But it’s never enough Never enough Never enough No it’s never enough Never enough Never enough Every little thing you burn me on Every little thing you turn me on Never enough Never enough Never enough No it’s never enough Never enough Never enough No it’s never enough Never enough Never enough


Brushfires in the desert rain I’m trying to re-live the day When you said to me Baby we were meant to be

Sun shimmers in the velvet sky Waves sparkle right before my eyes With your magic touch I love you oh so much

Sand drifting on an empty beach Cool waters run beneath my feet And your ocean breeze Puts my mind at ease

California sun California run

California sun California run Cliffs rise above a restless sea Wind whistles through the forest trees I can hear it say You’re the only way

You’re my darling of the sea You’re my pretty melody You’re my blue sky fantasy You’re my future history Brushfires in the desert rain I’m trying to re-live the day When you said to me Baby we were meant to be California sun California run


Yes today was Far and wide I heard you calling

What we gave up Everything An endless dawning

In the name of Fear and greed And all that’s stolen

All we need is So much more

All we need is So much more What you gave us Hopes and dreams An endless longing

I know you have denied That sparkle in your eye But when your day does come What will you say you’ve done? All we need is So much more Yes we will stand up and rise today


Pistons firing like a ray gun

Sun is shining, day is still young Time to sever your frustration Open road is your salvation Highways These are our days Highways These are our days Rev the engine, change the station Sing your heart out with elation Free your mind from tribulation Open road is elevation Highways

These are our days Highways These are our days

Push that pedal down The world your stomping ground Hug that curve and now You’re not lost, you’re found Highways These are our days Highways These are our days Speed and power, can you feel it By the hour, by the minute Now we’re rising, open skyways Now we’re flying through the timewave Highways These are our days Highways These are our days Best watch out because we’re coming Passing now, oh yeah we’re humming


A million times you had to say goodbye To childhood dreams, no longer justified But you ought to know When you let them go You turn old inside You begin to die But it’s hard to keep an artist from his pain And it’s hard to see the fire through the flame Yeah it’s hard to trace the path from where you came from But it’s you that has to shoulder the blame The sacred war you felt you had to fight

The battle scars that keep you up at night But by now you know And I told you so You were dying blind Never saw the signs But it’s hard to keep a soldier from his shame And it’s hard to see the fire through the flame Yeah it’s hard to feed the hunger when you’re chained But it’s you that has to shoulder the blame Eyes Wide Open


There’s a seed There’s a light There’s a veil

There’s a storm passing through, there’s a sail There’s a fist There’s a fire There’s a nail There’s a hunger inside not for sale Oh, even today Don’t Walk Away

There’s a hope There’s a fear There’s a dream And it’s not at all what it seems There’s a sun There’s a moon There is space And a world that has fallen from grace Oh, even today Don’t Walk Away


Eyes defy the face you wear a feeble lie Gone astray Cause of all the things you held at bay When the rain falls Fantasies come under siege When the rain falls You’re a refugee of yourself, you’ll see When the rain falls When the rain falls Got you by Not surprising that you’re living blind Pushed away Cuz the hurt would never go away Clouds of fire Gather round despite your heart’s desire

When the rain falls Fantasies come under siege When the rain falls You’re a refugee of yourself, you’ll see When the rain falls When the rain falls Hiding, denying Fighting the crying Facing the evasion again

When the rain falls Fantasies come under siege When the rain falls You’re a refugee of yourself, you’ll see When the rain falls When the rain falls When the rain falls When the rain falls


tossed out and chastised lately you can’t stand to see my face we used to have an understanding getting tired of your distaste baby  come on let me get on

just take all the best it makes all the sense in the world baby come on let me  get on but now you wanna make me suffer

used to be we’d just have fun babe now you’re all up in my face i’m not the one who messed this up babe to let it go is such a waste baby come on let me get on it makes all the sense in the world let’s take all the best little girl forget all the rest

chain me down to feel your pain when I just wanna keep things simple I just wanna keep things sane baby come on let me  get on


It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah I never once saw you cry You never once recognized What it was I gave to you What it was you put me through What it was you took for granted Now It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah The only thing behind your eyes A look of fear, hypnotized What we had a reckless truth What we had a simple youth What we had another faded lie It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late

It’s too late It’s too late yeah

Was a golden winter day When I turned to walk away No more clipped wing girls No more hollow words There’s nothing you can do or say Cause it’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah It’s too late It’s too late It’s too late yeah


Darlin’ Sweet Darlin’ Oh to live inside your smile Stay with me Baby you will see We could make this turn out right Cause I miss you Like you’re already gone Yeah I miss you Like you’re already gone Darlin’ Sweet Darlin’

Please forgive me and my pride Stay with me For eternity Baby won’t you give us one more try

Cause I miss you Like you’re already gone Yeah I miss you Like you’re already gone Won’t you even try To give our love Just a little more time To let it go now would be so wrong You’re gonna miss me When I’m gone Darlin’ Sweet Darlin’ Oh to live inside your smile Stay with me Baby can’t you see We could make this turn out right Cause I miss you Like you’re already gone Yeah I miss you Like you’re already gone Oh Darlin’ Sweet Darlin’


Far off The distance calls Waylaid By future songs Fade on Could this be done Again

But no one is standing in your way And nothing is here except today Far off The distance calls Waylaid By future songs Fade on Could this be done Again


All original songs by NEIL NATHAN 2010 Still and All Music/CCO Publishing (ASCAP) “Do Ya” by Jeff Lynne, EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.

Illustrations by Has

Design by Neil Nathan and Ryan Gaffney Infinite thanks to Producer Bobby Harlow for his vision, tireless work ethic, magic ears, and friendship. The same goes for Engineer Jim “The Monkey Man” Kissling. Very special thanks to Leah Koss, Lawrence Todd, Nancy & Milton Goldberg, George Georgilakis, Hilary & Adam Comora, Diana & Brian Pessin, Josh Raskin, Eric Nagel, Marc Talbot, Gene Song, Dan Taub, Tristam Steinberg, Pete Rydberg, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, Chris Malcarney, Jason Candler, Frank Caira, Seth Skolnick, Aaron Shafer-Haiss, Raphael McGregor, Mike Davis, Johnny B. Azari, Vaj Potenza, Ric Serena, Kia Kiso, Joseph Krzemienski, Jason Pohlig, Ryan Gaffney, Michael Wartella, Max Frey, Peter Hay, Jim Nelson, Dave Feeny, Andy Gesner, Rob Fitzgerald, Mike Zaccaro, Natalia Nastaskin, Alan Kanoff, Ron Sobel, Marty Silverstone, Stephen Herring, Has, Nick Finney, Guillermo Rodriguez, Nakia Syvonne, Bob Weidman, Laura Baggett, Tim Kaim, Kelly Gorman, Ed Chin, Chris Kneller, Marco Panetta, Dave Barnaby, Durand Trench, Sue Waldman, Adam Collett, Nevin Martell and Rosario Dawson.


Neil Nathan - The Distance Calls - Liner Notes