The Road Ahead

by Martha's Trouble

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released February 1, 2000

Produced by Jerry York & Chris Rosser

Engineered by Chris Rosser

Recorded at Hollow Reed Studios, Asheville, NC
Mixed by Chris Rosser & Jerry York, Hollow Reed Studios, Asheville, NC
Mastered by Bob Boyd at Ambient Digital, Houston, TX

Art Design by Lee Kile

all songs copyright 1999
all songs written by Rob & Jen Slocumb

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Track Name: Hold Me Close
Dreaming of a far away land
Here in the middle of winter
There’s a north wind blowing but it doesnt’ feel the same
Missing my home
I’ve been here too long
I have to stay a little longer so just hold me close

Hold me close and let me dream
Let the fire burn just you and me
The leaves don’t change here
But the time passes by
And I’ll be okay if I know your with me

Saturday’s come and gone
And we’re not getting any younger
This time that I had thought was getting closer
Just seems so far away
Missing my home
I’ve been here too long
I have to stay a little longer so just hold me close

(chorus)

Have we forgotton how I looked away this time
I wonder thinking about it
How you came and stood that way
And I told you

(chorus)
Track Name: Before The Sun Goes Down
Yesterday, we went away on a journey
That took us out east
Traveling with this world as a playground
We’re young and we’re free

These are the days when you hold me in your arms
Finding those words that make my heart melt
And say that you love me before the sun goes down.

Yesterday, we went away on a journey
That took us up north
Following all the dreams that we spoke of
Is there anymore?

These are the days when you hold me in your arms
Finding those words that make my heart melt
And say that you love me before the sun goes down.

We’ll never know where tomorrow will take us
but that’s fine with me
‘cause today I have all that I ever wanted here with me

These are the days when you hold me in your arms
Finding those words that make my heart melt
And say that you love me before the sun goes down.
Track Name: Story of Two Cities
There’s a special feeling that you get
As you arrive along the foothills
There’s a sense of pride among the people
in this mystic mountain town

You can hear the music play on the front porch of western civilization
It is carried by the eagle who dances with the earth

Black Mountain beauty
Blue Ocean sing to my soul
Black Mountain beauty
Blue Ocean sing to my soul

There’s a feel of awe and wonder
That is found along the ocean
There’s no sense of time beneath the stars
As you watch the tide roll in
You can hear the songs of old that were written by our heritage
It is carried by the waves that speak peacefulness to the soul

Black Mountain beauty
Blue Ocean sing to my soul
Black Mountain beauty
Blue Ocean sing to my soul
Track Name: Blue Skies
The sun sets upon this beautiful lake
I’m amazed how fast it falls
There’s another day that’s come and gone
And another day I’ve lost

In the sadness of my memory
In the waves upon the water
I’ve realized that life’s too short
To be consumed by these negative thoughts

So blue skies come find me
Come free me from societal eyes
Blue skies come find me
I’ll be right here

The night is getting quiet
And my eyes a little red
This road that I am travelling on
It’s too dark to look ahead
When I look out all around me
I see tiny lights of hope
And these heavy weights upon my eyes
Makes it hard to see very clear

So blue skies come find me
Come free me from societal eyes
Blue skies come find me
I’ll be right here

So I’ll sit and let this peaceful night consume me
And let the salty water wash away my pain
In hopes that tomorrow when I wake up
I’ll be a better person
Tomorrow when I wake up, I’ll be changed
Track Name: You Never
You never stopped and thought about it
You never realized just how that knife felt
So was I supposed to run that day
With him in my heart
And now I’m standing here and I have hated you long enough

I would walk a thousand miles to feel for you
So I swallow all the pride I have and feel for you

You never said one word about it
And so I’m asking why pretend like nothing happened
And was I suppose to run that day with him in my heart
Now I’m standing here and I’ve hated you long enough

I would walk a thousand miles to feel for you
So I swallow all the pride I have and feel for you
Track Name: The Road Ahead
Driving down the 401 this cold Sunday morning
I’m headed back but I’ll be back home again
A picture’s in my mind
A few good friends and a bottle of wine
And as the snow falls down I wish I didn’t have to leave

Well the snow has turned to rain
As we cross the Mississippi
I already miss the smell of the air in Ontario
When we get back to this place it’s back to the old rat race
and we’ll play to get some change in our hands

And the sun keeps shining on me
Wherever I am
It keeps shining on me

Well it’s now Monday morning and we’re still driving
We’ve only got a few more hours to go
So I close my eyes for awhile and think about my life
And thank God for how far I have come

And the sun keeps shining on me
Wherever I am
It keeps shining on me
Track Name: My Innocence
Come into my world she said
Where I am queen and you can be king
I like to go to this place she said
‘cause there I am safe

She opens the door to her closet
And her imagination runs wild
No one else has been here before she said
Would you like to come inside

Pour me out of my innocence
Pour me down once again
Help me believe in this fairytale
Or make me forget

There’s a castle outside her bedroom walls
With everything a little girl would love
It embraces the thoughts of a better life
Where she’ll never be alone

And as she gets a little tired
She comes back to her place on the floor
But she’ll be back here in while
Where she wears this beautiful crown

And I know that it sits all around me
I can see it in the eyes of a child
I’m amazed to have not let go
And it’s easy to see why
Track Name: My Innocence
Come into my world she said
Where I am queen and you can be king
I like to go to this place she said
‘cause there I am safe

She opens the door to her closet
And her imagination runs wild
No one else has been here before she said
Would you like to come inside

Pour me out of my innocence
Pour me down once again
Help me believe in this fairytale
Or make me forget

There’s a castle outside her bedroom walls
With everything a little girl would love
It embraces the thoughts of a better life
Where she’ll never be alone

And as she gets a little tired
She comes back to her place on the floor
But she’ll be back here in while
Where she wears this beautiful crown

And I know that it sits all around me
I can see it in the eyes of a child
I’m amazed to have not let go
And it’s easy to see why
Track Name: Barren Land
Somewhere across this long highway
Destined for another town
With Vega on the radio singing, “my name is Luca,”
I look out the window and see nothing
but a Barren Land

I wonder what the people are like
In these small towns that I’m traveling through
I’m sure they’ve got their means of happiness
But as I look out the window I see nothing
but a Barren Land

And so many thoughts
So many songs
The day goes by
And we keep moving on

This place looks so familiar
It takes my mind away
Little bugs hit my window and take me back
And all too quickly I find I’m still in this barren land
Track Name: Dreams
There’s a young girl who is sitting by the window
As she stares out with a blank expression on her face
You can see she’s in far away places
This is the place where she likes to come and think

Her body’s frail but you can see that she is strong
She curls her long brown hair around her finger
You’d never believe the dreams that she is holding
But you can see in her eye’s it’s not that far

And her Dreams will never die
As long as she’s alive
In the quiet of her soul she’ll keep holding on

She may be a little bruised but that’s okay
Her motivation may even come from that
And so she’ll paint on a brave face and lift her head up
Look within herself and reach for her strength
Track Name: Facade
What am I doing in this facade
Why should I have to pretend
I’m tired of living by some other standard
Than what I feel from within

‘Cause there is too many games that I’ve played
I’ve cheated and played fair but it’s still the same
I’ve gone round and round and round so many times
So I drop the cards and I lay them down

I’m so confused by all that I know
But it is really nothing
I’ve played my part and now the show is over
Now I can be myself

Let’s live and let live, let’s love and be loved by him
Let’s fill our hearts with the God given gift