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Morning Star & Bus Ride into the Sunrise

from Above Covered Skies by Axel Quinlan

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a) Morning Star

My eyes now slowly open
The room is perfect black
I fumble for the light switch
Young pupils now contract
And upon the oaken bureau
by the jeans I didn’t pack
some cash to get me out of here
but none to bring me back.

Because maps and miles can’t explain how far
I am going with the morning star.

There’s some bread upon the table
to break the nocturne’s fast
It’s all I have ‘til Pittsburgh
so I’ll have to make it last
My mother left it for me
with a simple cursive note:
I love you and I’ll miss you
and don’t forget to take your coat

Because maps and miles can’t explain how far
you are going with the morning star.

I can hear the dawn a-comin’
but she is not here yet
The air is cool with slumber
the grass is soft and wet
One last look back down the driveway
and the salt constricts my legs
But, before it petrifies my heart
I turn my head away

And a silver shining moonbeam illuminates the road
A simply stated gesture to tell me that she knows
and that she’ll be coming with me, so I won’t be alone
She will be following wherever I may go

Well the driver pulls a lever
and a stairway now appears
It’s time to take my giant leap
time to leave behind my fears
Well, maps and measured miles
just can’t explain how far
I am going with the morning star.

b) Bus Ride into the Sunrise (instrumental)


from Above Covered Skies, released September 1, 2016




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