Godspeed

by Jonah Hirst

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An overtly passionate young person with a few rhymes in his pocket fell in love with a baritone ukulele and produced this nine-track lovechild.

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released September 19, 2012

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Jonah Hirst Orleans, Massachusetts

Jonah Hirst is a songwriter, podcastlistener, dogpetter and bageleater from Cape Cod, MA.

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Track Name: Tantalus
Takin' a trip into the underworld
I see you, Tantalus
You're somewhere stuck outside reality
Far past this earthen crust
Eternally, you're hungry, thirsty for what's
Quite beyond your thrust
In your lust, do you fuss
"Food or bust"? Fuss you must,
Tantalus

Whenever you reach for fruit upon the tree
Its limbs snatch it away
Whenever you try to sip some water, your lake
Drains without delay
Believe it or not, I am quite like you
Hoping that one rainy day
That this game that we play
Finds a way to say "Hey,
I won't stay"

My true love hangs like a fruit on a tree
My true love washes away like the sea
But someday I will have my cup of tea
And he'll come running 'cross lonely Hades
To me

Tantalus, I can't help but feel some pity
For your sorry state
Maybe someday, Zeus will appear to you
And hand you something great
As for today, don't let your hunger and thirst
Keep you filled hate
It's not too late to live great
In your state, don't you hate
You'll live great

My true love hangs like a fruit on a tree
My true love washes away like the sea
But someday, I will have my cup of tea
And he'll come running 'cross lonely Hades to me

As for me, you will see
My love he waits for me in a tree
When I die, don't you cry
My love and I, we will fly
In the sky
Don't you fuss, don't you cuss
If you must, come with us
Tantalus
Track Name: Star-Covered Coast
When the trees are silhouetted on a baby blue sky
And we're driving through the mountains at about sixty-five
When we're tumbling down the cliffs upon a star-covered coast
That is when I love you the most

When you're turning up the music 'cause we both know all the words
When we venture out so far away, we know we can't be heard
When our love for one another is transparent as a ghost
That is when I love you the most

When we both say what we want to without saying it out loud
When our bodies are illuminated under crying clouds
When the thunder sounds, I keep both feet on the ground
When you're around

When we both outgrow our youthful ways but not outgrow our dreams
When we hike the High Sierra 'til we're bursting at the seams
When we both create our perfect lives but we're too kind to boast
That is when I love you the most

When the little girl who's five years old and looks a lot like you, says
"Daddy, please come over here and look what I can do"
In her father's eyes, I see my father's pride
I can't describe

When we both are old enough to have grandchildren on our knees
Who say, "Grandma, I think I'm in love and it's quite new to me"
I will tell them to "Believe in it if one day you find
You love him the most all the time"
You know, I love you the most all the time
Track Name: When They Fall
You left far too early, I met you far too late
When I ask you how you're doing, you say "I'm doing great"
Well, the only thing I want is for you to be happy as you can be
And every once in a while, that you might think of me

You once said that seven hours was far too long a drive
But don't you know that I'll still love you as long as you're alive
I will still hold your heart, my dear, even if I can't hold your hand
You are my sunshine, my shining beacon, no matter where you stand

And if you ever doubt it, don't you worry about it
It will get lonely at times, but don't you let it bother you
None at all
Pretty soon you'll see, love, the gift you've given me, love
The leaves on the trees are just as beautiful
When they fall

The days are getting shorter, it gets colder every day
But every time I think of you, I ask, "How will I have fun today?"
Because, though I'm lonely, I can't help but see
The good you've done for me
And that the best way to repay you is to live happily

And if you ever doubt it, don't you worry about it
It will get lonely at times, but don't you let it bother you
None at all
Pretty soon you'll see, love, the gift you've given me, love
The leaves on the trees are just as beautiful
When they fall

Don't you ever let it bother you
None at all
The stars in the sky are just as beautiful
When they fall
Track Name: Elliot
Elliot sits on a Saturday morning
Sipping a coffee and resting his head on his
Hands as he looks at the sky out the window
While rearranging all the colors of those who walk by
Elliot, what color am I?

Afternoon comes just like Elliot walks on the sidewalk
So leisurely, Elliot sets the world spinning
In an entirely different direction
He paints a masterpiece with all that he lets himself see
Elliot, can you see me?

Evening comes so gracefully
The moon's bright fingers shine
On the earth below
As Elliot turns all the stars around
I wonder what he's thinking
Will I ever know?

Elliot's a filmmaker, changing the world with his
Eyes as he's stroking his scarf made of piano keys
And he opens his mind to unthinkable things
As he sings you a melody of all that he means
Elliot, come sing to me

Evening comes so gracefully
The moon's bright fingers shine
On the earth below
As Elliot turns all the stars around
I wonder what he's thinking
Will I ever know?

Tell me what you're thinking, Elliot
Come sing to me, Elliot
Tell me what you mean, Elliot
Track Name: My Pretty Lady
Somewhere between the sweet confusion of the winter's passing on
And the wild grinning sunlight of the spring
There lies a puzzle of a person, a most ingenious paradox
My sweet enigma, my mysterious thing

My lionness, my readhead warrior, my burning castle queen
Day to day, she lives within a scalding stove
Though the flames may burn her skin, they cannot touch her golden heart
She is my song of hope and diamond treasure trove

And when she comes running to you
You best keep your arms wide open

She is my, my, my pretty lady
I will cherish her each day
She is my, my, my pretty lady
You can't take this love away
You can't take this love away

People gather 'round each other to discuss their petty woes
But my lady, she is quite unlike them all
Her words, though they are wise ones, will too often go misheard
And they will float away like autumn leaves will fall

And when she comes singing to you
You best keep your soul wide open

She is my, my, my pretty lady
I will cherish her each day
She is my, my, my pretty lady
You can't take this love away
You can't take this love away

Do you recall every moment that we ever shared a laugh
Or the countless ones in which we shared a tear?
I no longer have to worry where the future takes me now
It's a damn good one as long as you are near

So, when I come running to you
You best keep your arms wide open

She is my, my, my pretty lady
I will cherish her each day
She is my, my, my pretty lady
You can't take this love away
She is my, my, my pretty lady
I will cherish her each day
She is my, my, my pretty lady
You can't take this love away
You can't take this love away
No, you can't take this love away
Track Name: Free
Do you ever think, do you ever think
What would life be like if we could do
Whatever we wanted all the time?
Do you ever feel, do you ever feel
Just like the walls are closing in around you?
Do you ever feel confined?
Like the songs you write, they always have to rhyme?
Like every step you take in life just brings you
Closer to the day you die?

I always used to think, I always used to think
Whenever I wanted freedom, I could
Buy it with a dollar and a dime
Then I used to think, then I used to think
The answers lay upon a page in
Some old book that I had yet to find
I was getting nowhere fast and I was falling in the trap
Of navigating worlds of somewhere with
One-thousand nowhere maps

So, hear me out
If you're ever feeling trapped in
If we look to one another
We won't have to look again

Do you ever see, do you ever see
The moon all full and lovely at the
Dead of night when you are all alone?
Does it ever hurt, does it ever hurt
To see such majesty when you are
By yourself and silent as a stone?
Never hesitate to knock upon my door
'Cause if you need some liberation,
That's what I was put here for

So, hear me out
If you're ever feeling trapped in
If we look to one another,
We won't have to look again

Open up your eyes, open up your eyes
There's beauty everywhere you look
Your searching has been keeping your eyes closed
Open up your palms, open up your palms
The light will 'luminate your whole wide
Body from your head down to your toes
Open up the shade, the sun will fill the room
And when the night falls and you're all alone
I'll look up at the moon with you

And when you're finally free
You'll stop looking for the answers and
Come look for me
Because when you share the beauty in life
You are truly free
Track Name: River
Oh, how these roaring seas have quieted
Oh, how these flowers have bloomed
These grounds are quenched with the last rain
The moon shines bright in our room

Oh, when the stars fall
With open hearts, we'll catch them when they do
Oh, when the day calls
The sunlight will bounce off the morning dew
And I will still love you

My love, how we've painted a masterpiece
With colors no one has seen
My love, we'll walk every city
We'll follow every dream

Oh, when the stars fall
With open hearts, we'll catch them when they do
Oh, when the day calls
The sunlight will bounce off the morning dew
And I will still love you

And when we die, if we live on
I'll spend that life with you
But when we die, if we are done
I'll rest in peace now that I've found you
I've found you

Oh, how these roaring seas have quieted
Oh, how these flowers have bloomed
Look how the stars have started falling
Rest now we'll catch them soon
Track Name: Godspeed
I will wear you like a sweater
When these cold winds, they start to
Chill me to the bone
I will live in your wherever
These cold winds blow you
Within you, I'll be home
But when these shelter walls
They come a-tumblin' down
And these woolen threads are frayed
Well, I'm out of luck, my friend
Until you put 'em back together again

You have peeled away my layers
I am sour like a lemon and
Sweet like a tangerine
Forty-thousand leagues beneath me
You are anchored in
Bittersweet perplexity
So, when you take a bite,
Don't clench your teeth too tight
For I am naked as a lake
And ripples will steal through me with every
Quantum-level move you make

I have shed my skin
I have shed my bones
I have nothing to hide
I have nothing to own
Take heart, take heed
Farewell and godspeed
When you're coming back to me
Godspeed on your way home

So won't you take a step back to me
Nothing you say or do can ever
Make me feel otherwise
In my veins, you're pulsing through me
As long as my heart beats, you will be
Keeping me alive
Keep soft your gentle heart
Before I fall apart
And be aware that when I do
My pieces are in your hands
And you will have to be my superglue

I have shed my skin
I have shed my bones
I have nothing to hide
I have nothing to own
Take heart, take heed
Farewell and godspeed
When you're coming back to me
Godspeed on your way home

I have shed my skin
I have shed my bones
I have nothing to hide
I have nothing to own
Take heart, take heed
Farewell and godspeed
When you're coming back to me

I'm a newborn babe
I'm a woolly sheep
But I am mountain-strong
And ocean-deep
If you can be shore
On which I crash my waves
I will never be alone
Godspeed on your way home
Track Name: Broken
All of my prayers, they dissipate
Unheard by a god of fiction
And I cannot shake this paralysis
Or my addiction

I was a lead weight in the morning
My hands trembled well after midnight
'Til I unclenched my fists and my hardened brow
And ceased to fight

Mother, mother, mother, forgive me
For I can hardly forgive myself
I will leave it broken for everyone to see
And I will place it back upon the shelf
I will leave it broken, I will leave it broken
I will leave it broken, broken

So, I changed the strings on my ukulele
I changed the laces on my shoes
Though it won't repair these worn-out heart strings
It'll help to cure the blues
It'll help the cure the blues
It'll help to cure the blues, yeah

Mother, mother, mother, forgive me
For I can hardly forgive myself
I will leave it broken for everyone to see
And I will place it back upon the shelf
I will leave it broken, I will leave it broken
I will leave it broken, broken

We drank from capless jars
And we claimed the world as ours
We watched as all the stars
Exploded at our fingertips
Don't mistake for desperation
Quiet sighs of liberation
We have reached our destination now
And we've begun again

So, mother, if you can, forgive me
For I've already forgiven myself
I will leave it broken for everyone to see
And I will place it back upon the shelf
I will leave it broken, I will leave it broken,
I will leave it broken
I will leave it broken, I will leave it broken,
I will leave it broken, broken