Momentous Change

by Justin Hillman

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released February 21, 2012

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WRITTEN, RECORDED, PRODUCED, AND MIXED BY JUSTIN HILLMAN AT THE MICRO STUDIO IN RICHMOND, MA

MASTERED BY JEFF LIPTON AT PEERLESS MASTERING IN BOSTON WITH ASSISTANT ENGINEER MARIA RICE

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BMI, JUSTIN W. HILLMAN

COPYRIGHT 2012 JUSTIN W. HILLMAN
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Track Name: Momentous Change
When we were kids out on the ridge
Rolling through dust we would laugh
With scraped knees through the burdocks wrath.
How I wish I could go back

As we grow
Life grabs hold
Swept up by the undertow
Love will part the sea
And set you free

Momentous change is on its way
We’ve always had time we’ve had space
But we hesitate, it goes to waste
Light from inside sparks a flame

As we grow
Life grabs hold
Swept up by the undertow
Love will part the sea
And set you free
Track Name: Landlocked
If you’re the leak in my boat, I’m the tear in your sail
If you’re the sea at my shore, I’m the wind in your hair
If you’re the taste in my mouth, I’m the smile when you frown
If you’re the crack in my glass, I am the spill on the stairs
That sent you slipping down, that sent you slipping down

You can wait for me and keep yourself landlocked and lost at sea
Or, you can run like hell, break for the shoreline and save yourself

If I’m the rose in your cheeks, you’re the thorn in my side
If I’m the stutter when you speak, maybe you’re the love of my life
If I’m the stones at your feet, you’re the mountain I will climb
If we are the snow at its peak, we are frozen in time
We are frozen in time

You can wait for me and keep yourself landlocked and lost at sea
Or, you can run like hell, break for the shoreline and save yourself

Yeah, I’m moving on
I think It’s time I’d be moving along
So you can let me go
Track Name: Keys To The Time Machine
I'll unfold my map, and set a course
We'll travel far, but not from shore to shore.
I have built a ship, not for sea or sky
Gathered a loyal crew to leave it all behind.
I'll put on my driving gloves and buckle up,
with the present day I've had enough

My machine can take us
Wave goodbye and travel time

I wanna dance with the natives on Manhattans forest floor
Sing to the heavens, feel like I've been here before
(Om Namah Shivaya Gurudev)
Trek the ancient himalayas, live like a monk,
Walk with the Buddha, know the purest forms of love
(Hare Rama)
Help build the pyramids, maybe find an egyptian wife.
(Jai Jai Ma!)
There's so many different lives to live

My machine can take us
Wave goodbye and travel time

And now I've arrived, only to find
Everything I ever wanted, it had always been mine
I've made a grave mistake, lets just go home.
I turn to my first mate, he says "Shit, we locked the keys inside..."
Track Name: The Seed
The seed was sewn on a hill behind the school yard
But it would not grow, old man winter has a heavy heart

All I want are roots
to break right through the soles of my shoes.
In this concrete world
even the lowest of weeds
has courage to fight for room to breathe

A bird in flight swoops down to claim mother natures prize
She feeds her fledgling babe, oh, love it comes in winged waves

All I want are roots
to break right through the soles of my shoes.
In this concrete world
even the lowest of weeds
has courage to fight for room to breathe
Strength to conquer city streets
From a crack in the sidewalk grows an evergreen

This is who I am, I am the seed.
We are the seed.
Track Name: After All
You and your fast car, c’mon and slow down
Pretty little thing caught your eye in her summer gown
I saw a sickle shaped moon flying high as Orion’s belt
I’m tired, tattered, torn, Oh well, what now?

After all your alcohol and one night stands
Do you really feel like a man? Like a man?

Wipe your hands on that party dress, ooo babe
It was a waste of money, anyway
Make an escape, perhaps greater than your entrance
So fashionably late

After all your alcohol and one night stands
Who would want to have your hand? Have your hand?

My memories of you will always dance to the tune of
“Alison, my aim is true”
Track Name: The In Between
Choices I’ve made
They’ve scared up my name
Now, consequence, bitter sweet consequence
Is knocking at my door

But nobody’s home, no one is home

Now I can see the beauty of the in between

Options I’ve weighed
They all seem the same
So, clarity, pristine clarity
Is what I’m praying for my lord

And, some time on my own, time on my own

Now I can see the beauty of the in between, being in between
Track Name: My Heart Is Full
I’ve been trying to reach you
By phone, by song, and by letter
The old fashioned way, the old fashioned way
Just to let you know
Whenever I day dream
I see your smiling face
I hope it’s not to late

I don’t want my love to go to waste
Or the spirit that fills my physical space
My blood no longer runs cold
My heart is full
My heart is full

I’ve been trapped and lost here
And all I see are these endless fields of green
But, I know your wolf will keep you warm,
As the lion shelters the lamb from the storm
And if I don’t reach you in time
I will send my regards
Hope you find what you’ve been looking for

I don’t want my love to go to waste
Or the spirit that fills my physical space
My blood no longer runs cold
My heart is full
My heart is full
Track Name: Look Back & Laugh
It’s always a late september afternoon
When the summer leaves, it steals the green
And I shed my skin.
Like always, as usual, a little bird bears good news

Everything north of here is frozen over
But my worlds on fire

If you asked me how I am
I’d say “We all look back and laugh,
I’ve let go of my past, and here I am.
And, If all I have got is you,
then I guess I have got it all.
I mean what more could I want,
or have the nerve to ask for?”

Someplace off route 41,
there’s a little room half way underground.
Where the only sound, so sweet to my ears
is the echo of a hymn, so strong it could erase all your fear.

And everything north of here is frozen over
But my worlds on fire

If you asked me how I am
I’d say “We all look back and laugh,
I’ve let go of my past, and here I am.
And, If all I have got is you,
then I guess I have got it all.
I mean what more could I want,
or have the nerve to ask for?”

I know I’ve got it all.
Track Name: Times Weren't So Hard
Standing straight my back pressed
against the frame of an open door.
Pencil marks where my height once met
dated 1944.
Crooked fingers make the dash, “My, how tall you are”

Times weren’t so hard

I still feel my bare feet on the grass,
It’s dusk on swamp road at the family farm.
As he lights a cigar, Grandfather laughs.
Us cousins chase the cat back behind the barn
Where young lovers lips first crossed paths beneath the summer stars.

Times weren’t so hard

And I would marry in the spring,
so young and full of yearning.
With a little house to call our own,
a ship to sail, the learning.
Though we’d bear no children of our own,
our house would still be full.

Times weren’t so hard

Now my heart beats harder against my chest,
as this life ends, I could not ask for more.
To have had a taste of human breathe,
I take a grateful step, back into the spirit form.
Where all beings live as one, I am home.

Times weren’t so hard

Give me love
Give me peace
Set me free
Track Name: Children Climbing Trees
We’re still clawing over mountain ranges
reaching peaks to cross valleys
so we can be the children climbing trees while the other kids,
they collapse in the streets.

The sun and the moon, they hang parallel, never to cross paths.
But, they’ll exchange smiles and eye contact, just like you and I.

La la la, La la la.

Now I’m drinking tea in the place we sang our hearts out
every sunday for the last few weeks.
Etching memoirs of friendships & revelations into these walls

Where they live on, long after where gone,

La la la, La la la.

A woman falls down at an altar, in all of her beauty and grace she prays
“Please lift this suffering and pain from my lover, I can’t bare his weight.”
And, I still have the wooden beads she hung round my neck
as we mapped them in the stars,
so we would never forget our love.
We’ll be reminded by the constellations.

La la la, La la la.

Now we lay in empty open fields like the one
where all of this began.
Remembering our lives gone past, childhood,
Can you see it in the night sky?

Where they live on, long after where gone,

La la la, La la la.
Track Name: Be Where You Are
How can I love you when I know I have to leave you?
When everything is a selfish thing and I am far from home.
Could never measure my fortune by way of coins by currency,
just the riches of experience and these friendships on the road.

With a laugh I shed the last of my bitterness
We are only spirits born from vapors burn to smoke

And I want a love that is not afraid
I want to be a friend with intent to stay
I want to grow til I can soul perpetuate, and

Be where I am
Just be where you are

Cheap hotels, high rises and fourteen hour drives,
you shook my soul but this strange life someone has to keep alive.
Never knowing, but always open are these truths I’ve found,
so tell it to a stranger, inside we are always homeward bound.

With a laugh I shed the last of my bitterness
We are only spirits born from vapors burn to smoke

And I want a love that is not afraid
I want to be a friend with intent to stay
I want to grow til I can soul perpetuate, and

Be where I am
Just be where you are

So why don’t you just laugh and shed the last of your bitterness.
We are only spirits born from vapors burn to smoke.
We are only spirits born from vapors burn to smoke.
Track Name: The Cat's Paw
We’re born into this world like spilling spools of wool.
Fate, she is the cat’s paw, she bats us round, our paths cross.
Divide and separate
Divide and separate

Memories of my youth have been removed
like someone tore the page, I don’t know what to do.
I’d like to stand at the top of the slide,
to be a child again.
How I’d love to be a child again.

You can try and cut the thread, but the knot, it will be tied again.
Aren’t you tired of searching for answers, when all you want is to dance, girl?
Dance in the question with me,
Won’t you dance in the question with me

We’re born into this world like spilling spools of wool.
Fate, she is the cat’s paw, she bats us round, our paths cross.
Divide and separate
Divide and separate

You’ve been written into my page
You’re the water mark that I can’t erase
Track Name: Victorious Love (Jai Ram)
Be not bound by anything
Nor spread too thin
Victorious Love
Victorious Love

Jai Ram, Jai Ram
Hare Krishna, Hare Rama