Half A World Away

by Jon Levy

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released August 4, 2009

Recorded at A Little Greek Production - Hingham, MA
Engineered by Chris Hermann and Jon Levy
Assistants: Wes Kelly, Anna Eliopoulos

Produced by Jon Levy and Chris Hermann
Executive Producer: Joe James
Mixed by Jon Levy and Chris Hermann

Mastered by Tom Carr at 1854 Mastering Milford, MA www.tomcarraudio.com

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Jon Levy Gold Coast, Australia

京都生まれ育ちのシンガーソングライター。Folk/Pop Aussie/Kiwi singer and writer of songs. Made in Japan. Git-Fiddle since 1995. Caffeinated since 2002.

For full bio visit www.jonlevymusic.com

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Track Name: Half A World Away
Black smoke hits and rises
The runways and the ports
Building up an island
Effectively confined
And sitting half a world away
The unaware and all the blind
Told events of yesterday
Through the medias design

Staring at the headlines
And drifting through my thoughts
Praying that you’re home safe and sound
And that the kids are all, all right
Finding out you’re trapped and bound
Strikes deep into my heart
And sitting half a world away
Is everyone calling you home

We are all half a world away
We've only got half a world to waste

Assuring us that everything is fine
The medals and the ties
They sit at home rehearsing all their lines
They prepare to tell the world
They say it with conviction
And expect you to ease up
A world driven by hate and love
Slowly wasting away

We are all half a world away
We've only got half a world to waste

We are all half a world away
We've only got half a world to waste
Track Name: Pocket-Sized
People say I'm doing fine
Playing all my five cards right
It's now that I can finally see
What's going on inside of me

I'm seeing things in two-five-six
But hearing things in black and white
Trying to clarify
Everything I've got

Don't you ever feel
Crowded in this pocket-sized miniature of life
Though I'm terrified
You stir me up inside
You make we want to break free

I’m sitting with you on my mind
But trying to lead my mind astray
Though I know it won’t suffice
I'm gonna do it anyway

How is it I've come to find
Staying up to talk to you
Yet on other nights
I fall asleep to dream of you

Don't you ever feel
Crowded in this pocket-sized miniature of life
Though I'm terrified
You stir me up inside
You make we want to break free

If I was king for just one day
You'd be there by my side
I care for you more each passing day
Speechless from your smile

Don't you ever feel
Crowded in this pocket-sized miniature of life
Though I'm terrified
You stir me up inside
You make we want to break free
Track Name: Where Did We Go
Nobody showed me the way
To how I got here
And where I’m standing today
Is not at all clear

Where did we go
When did we grow old

And I am fighting
For each day I'm living now
And I am driving
To a greater force somehow
There ain't no crying
That I won't allow
There’s no way 'round

Nobody read me the signs
The ones we passed dear
There's nothing left to define
Nothing to adhere

Where did we go
When did we grow old

And I am fighting
For each day I'm living now
And I am driving
To a greater force somehow
There ain't no crying
That I won't allow
There’s no way 'round

I didn't know where I'd wanna go
So I started walking
Where did it all go and disappear
While I wasn't watching

And I am fighting
For each day I'm living now
And I am driving
To a greater force somehow
There ain't no crying
That I won't allow
There’s no way 'round
Track Name: Makes Me Better
Here I'm standing on both my feet
Hands are shaking and my knees are weak
She’s got me captive in her love-tight hold
Close my eyes, don't let the moment go

Does she love me or does she not
I would love her and never stop
Move my pieces and play their game
Leave my future into their fate

'Cuz she makes me better, she brings out the best of me
When we are together, there's no place that I'd rather be

Here's the thing about the place I'm in
Learn to sink or you learn to swim
And though I'm treading the waters thin
Find my foothold and dive right in

Please love me always, don't ever stop
Take my hand, take me to the top
Makes me smile every single day
Give me light and show me the way

'Cuz she makes me better, she brings out the best of me
When we are together, there's no place that I'd rather be

My friends they all can see
The good you make of me
They wonder how I'd be
Without my missing piece

Yes she loves me, she loves me lots
Don't deny it and stay on top
Take everything, take it to heart
Take her hand, this is just the start

'Cuz she makes me better, she brings out the best of me
When we are together, there's no place that I'd rather be
Track Name: Happy Ending
There's a fire in my chest
Where there once burned flames memories ago
And though I thought the kindling wet
The smoke’s built up and brought it to an end

How was she let in while it was dark
I could not see, she crept in past the guards

And though I know there will not be a happy ending
I'll dive head first into the pain I have to bear
And though I think the rules could use a little bending
I'll stick it out until the bitter end, I swear

I told myself I wouldn't fall
But it's hard to see when love is in your way
I didn't see it coming at all
Once my head awoke, my heart was on the floor

It took me some time to realize
But I was done for once I saw her eyes

And though I know there will not be a happy ending
I'll dive head first into the pain I have to bear
And though I think the rules could use a little bending
I'll stick it out until the bitter end, I swear

I don't know what to do with myself
I don't know how to make her see me
People say I'm too good for her
But do you think I really care?

And though I know there will not be a happy ending
I'll dive head first into the pain I have to bear
And though I think the rules could use a little bending
I'll stick it out until the bitter end, I swear
Track Name: Butterflies In Jars
Street signs show me where to go
Sunrise, blankets of indigo
There's a calming solitude
A wave of morning dew, there's light

Skylines outline the world below
Daylight brings on another glow
There’s colors everywhere
Memories in the air, it's true

Don't you wish you could catch them like butterflies in jars
It's almost like they're a godsend, just pull them down like stars

My mind, like freshly fallen snow
Still finds ways to try and outgrow
The intoxicating ways
The innocence of early days

Don't you wish you could catch them like butterflies in jars
It's almost like they're a godsend, just pull them down like stars

Running through the halls of your mind
Emotions taking shape, thinly disguised
They're bouncing off the walls, flying blind
And the ink it slowly fades, and leaves them all to die
And there’s nothing left today, but to leave them all behind

Don't you wish you could catch them like butterflies in jars
It's almost like they're a godsend, just pull them down like stars
Track Name: Taste This Moment
You've got me on my toes
I'm waiting for your move
I'm trying to hold my breath
But you've got me in this groove

I'm suspended in mid-air
And your holding me by threads
Don't you go and cut me down
And leave me here for dead
'Cuz you know that this moment is true

I want to save this moment on the tip of my tongue
Leave it there to melt until it is done
The taste that is left there is so bitter and sweet
You're the sugar in me

You've got seconds to imprint
The stamp you leave on me
The ink is drying quick
And there are no guarantees

But you’re making me turn red
On the inside and the out
You're digging to my core
I'm not having any doubts
'Cuz I know that your aim is true

I want to save this moment on the tip of my tongue
Leave it there to melt until it is done
The taste that is left there is so bitter and sweet
You're the sugar in me

When was the last time that you
Fell into place like old shoes
Tattered and torn through those leather soles
When can you honestly say
That you’ve found another way
You've got me feeling like there’s no end

I want to save this moment on the tip of my tongue
Leave it there to melt until it is done
The taste that is left there is so bitter and sweet
You're the sugar in me
Track Name: Hold On Me
Your haunting soul
Is floating above my head
Beckoning me
To swim in the deep end
I'm losing control
Over my senses
Just let me be
Because I'm defenseless

Too tired to fight it, you're bringing me down
I have decided to count myself out

I'm running on low, I have collapsed
When will you come around
Where can I go? No going back
Pick me up off the ground
I'm tattered and torn, worn to the bone
And what have I got to show
You've got your hold on me

A drought of words
Is pushing both us apart
Taking its toll
Upon my mending heart
I've never been hurt
To the point of losing sleep
The time that you stole
Is slipping away from me

Too tired to fight it, you're bringing me down
I have decided, to count myself out

I'm running on low, I have collapsed
When will you come around
Where can I go? No going back
Pick me up off the ground
I'm tattered and torn, worn to the bone
And what have I got to show
You've got your hold on me
Track Name: Promises
I found a crumpled letter locked up in a drawer
Written by a former lover years ago
Stained with tears, I feel the fears burning deep inside
I told myself I'd let you go and fade into the past
But now you're back

My full name is printed on the package I received
No extra postage needed is written in blue ink
You squeezed my hands and pressed your nose up against my cheek
You hold on tight, whisper goodbye as we begin to sink

The promises we made
The kind we tried to keep but they'll just fade
They're haunting me today
Maybe I'll just have to walk away

The things we did, the things we do, and whats to come
They're all listed neatly in a card I've kept too long
It finds it's way into my life and starts to take control
It's just a piece of stupid paper, I should have let it go

The promises we made
The kind we tried to keep but they'll just fade
They're haunting me today
Maybe I'll just have to walk away
Track Name: Hour Past Midnight
An hour past midnight, and I'm all alone
Standing on the platform waiting to go home
And it's been too long since I've been at ease
I can't wait to stop and rest my feet
Burning all my candles at both ends
But ask me and I’d do it all again

I will always be the one to carry on
Give me strength to push right through until the dawn

Even though I'm home now, my eyes just won’t close
When will it be over, God only knows
And it’s been too long since I've seen some peace
I can't wait to stop and get some sleep
Drifting through the hours 'til the end
I can see it just around the bend

I will always be the one to carry on
Give me strength to push right through until the dawn

And it's been too long since I've been at ease
I can't wait to stop and rest my feet
Burning all my candles at both ends
But ask me and I’d do it all again

I will always be the one to carry on
Give me strength to push right through until the dawn