Lyrics

Here are some of the lyrics from "Halfway up the Stairs"  We'll put up more when we get the chance.

All songs (c) Lorne Warr (SOCAN)


Back to the Island Again
                by
          Lorne Warr

I've traveled this highway from sea onto sea
Asked the wise about wisdom, they asked it of me
The one truth that I hold is my soul longs to be
Back on the island again

Chorus:

Home, goin' home
To arms around me and a place of my own
Where the sound of stillness sinks into the bone
Back to the island again

In the dark mystic forest my footsteps will wind
Along crystal rivers that wash away time
Down to an ocean where waves sing in rhyme
And call back to the island again

Chorus

I've watched the sea rise and I've watched the stars fall
I've gazed out in wonder at the beauty of all
But nothing compares to the heart quiet call
To come back to the island again

Chorus

I've chased a slow sunset through a prairie of red
Crossed cold crooked mountains where the moon laid it's head
I'll take no more rest till I'm warm in my bed
Back on the island again

Chorus (x2)







East Side West Side
             by
   Lorne Warr


The letter arrived a hot day in July
From his brother who lived in the States
It said, " Frankie close up your house in the cove
Come down where the living is great
Brooklyn and Queens are like nothing you've seen
They're  so big that they hardly seem real
And the buildings  rise high as the clouds in the sky
And they're looking for men for the steel

Oh, there's work to be done for a back that is strong
And a heart that beats without fear
And up there on the beam, its like living a dream
And you step like you're walking on air
So Frankie  take Bessie and Billy too
Get the steamer and make a new start
Cause the boys from Twillingate Island are here
And we're dancin' the Streets of New York"

Singing East side west side all around the town
East side west side
Where their feet don't touch the ground

So Frankie and Bessie and Billy too
Stepped out on that long Brooklyn pier
And the boys from the Island all gathered around them
And they laughed like they hadn't a care
They  taught him about rails, and rivets and nails
And how to walk like a cat on a beam
And he watched from his mountain as the city grew round him
And they built the American dream

Singing East side west side all around the town
East side west side
Where their feet don't touch the ground

Bessie made them a home in a building of stone
With 2 baths and a broad Brooklyn view
And after Sunday dinner the boys would all gather
And they'd talk about Newfoundland news
When fall came along his daughter was born
The first time he held her he cried
And the boys raised a glass to all that had passed
And all that was coming besides

And they sang east side west side all around the town
East side west side
Where their feet don't touch the ground

He fell like a sparrow on a cold winter day
An angel whose wings had been broken
And the boys from the Island, all gathered around him
And  barely a word was spoken
Then Bessie and Billy and Marion too
They put on the steamer back home
And Bessie went back to her house in the cove
To raise up her children alone
Some of the boys stayed, some went back home
And some went off to the war
And time slipped along until they were gone
Like the countless who been there before
But their children had dreams
And their children too
Of a life that was lived without care
Where their footsteps were light as an angel in flight
And they stepped  like they were walking on air.

East side west side all around the town
East side west side
Who knows where they'll come down











Come Down to Paris
              By
      Lorne Warr


Come down to Paris
Where romance flows like wine
The girls are pretty here-- but not like you
And the music  breaks your heart
Beneath a Van Gogh moon
As you  watch lovers stroll along the river Seine
Come down to Paris and I'll never leave again

Come down to Amsterdam
Where the flowers are in bloom
The girls are pretty here-- but not like you
There is a small cafe
Beside the Leliegracht
I sit and  watch the boats go by and think of you
Come down to Amsterdam,  that's all you need to do

Watch the winking sun go down
On another street in another town
The world beguiles me like a song
But the nights go on and on

Come down to London
For summer on the Strand
The girls are pretty here-- but not like you
Fish and chips at the Golden Hind
And a pint at Bonaparte's
We'll sit beside Queen Bessie's palace and drink tea
Come down to London, that is where you need to be

Come down to New You City
Where the music plays all night
The girls are pretty here-- but not like you
I play my new guitar
With the boys on Clinton Street
I walk down Broadway like I'm Brando in a play
Come down to New York, we will dance the night away



Watch the winking sun go down
On another street in another town
The world beguiles me like a song
But the nights are all alone

Come down to Paris
Where romance flows like wine
The girls are pretty here-- but not like you
And the music  will break your heart
Beneath a Van Gogh moon
And we'll be  lovers strolling  along the river Seine
Come down to Paris and I'll never leave again
Come down to Paris--I swear,  I'll never leave again


























Edge of the Ocean by Lorne Warr

Just a  little note to say
I thought of you the other day
Nothing special  really, just a flicker of your face
Just a memory
Of a day we spent beside the sea
When life was light and bright and every star was in it's place

On a Sunday afternoon
Through the window of our room
The music drifted softly and woke us gently from our sleep
Without a word, without a plan
Through narrow streets, hand in hand
We followed til we found a crowd around him on the quay

Chorus:
Round and round on the edge of the ocean
The old man played the button box for the children on the quay
Round and round by the sea in the summer
We danced round the dock while the accordion played

Squeezebox jumping on his knee
He played a tune for you and me
"For love," he said, and music soared like the seagulls in the sun
With children dancing on the pier
And a blush of sunlight in your hair
You laughed as I took your hand and gently spun you round

Chorus
The music swirled as we twirled in dance
The children laughed,  the seagulls pranced
And a breeze bobbed the white sails behind us on the bay
And an old couple on the pier smiled and joined us dancing there
As you put you arms around my neck and we began to sway

Chorus
Time goes by, we get older
Sundays seem a little colder
That's alright, things are just the way they have to be
And we all know from the start
That people change and lovers part
It's just now and then I think about that Sunday by the sea

Chorus (x2)

From the Heart by Lorne Warr

We are sailers and we've been
Cast upon a stormy sea
Searching for that land where treasure can be found
Through the trials and the years
We have fought away our fears
Keeping in our hearts the dream of where we are bound

Our will is deeper than the sea
Our hearts are strong as at the starts
Our hands are ready on the ropes
Now haul together from the heart

Chorus
From the heart now from the heart
From heart, from the heart
From the heart now from the heart
From heart, from the heart

Storms have tried to drive us down
Hold us under until we drowned
Sirens lured our ships to shallows and to doubt
On the quiet nights we've pined
For the love we left behind
Our souls cried out to bring our ship about

But we take our bearing from that star
That shone to guide us from the start
Our hands are steady on the wheel
As long as we steer from the heart

Chorus
We are sailers on a sea
Sailing on to what will be
And our dreams are the winds that carry us along
Though the storms may drag us down
We will find that sacred ground
And reach that golden land where we belong


From the heart now from the heart
From heart, from the heart
So one more time
Our sails unfurl
Steer where the sky and ocean part
And all our voices
Rise up in song
Now all together from the heart

Chorus

And we will sail away
And we will sail away
And we will sail away
On the dream







The Cowboy Song by Lorne Warr

When I was a kid my dad and me
Would watch old westerns on TV
Singing cowboys beneath a Prairie sky
They were doing right and righting wrongs
Maybe taking time to sing a song
And I knew someday, so would I

Then when sunset came and the credits rolled
I knew the story was still untold
Cuz that's when they sat around the fire
They sang about dreams and riding free
And how a hero had to be
Everything a boy like me desired

They sat and they sang their songs
While the moon moved cross the Prairie
Oohh
And when the dawn came they climbed into the saddle
And they rode off into the sun

Well that was long ago
Where the years went I don't know
I don't think about hero's much these days
I guess the trail ain't what it seems
Between grown up life and cowboy dreams
Sometimes even good guys lose their way

But there's times I wish
I was out there on the Prairies
Oohh
And when the dawn came I'd climb into the saddle
And I'd ride off into the sun

There's a ghost on the trail tonight
Riding down the hill in the bright moonlight
Coming down to sit beside the fire
Come to sit and sing old songs
About doing right and love gone wrong
Lonesome trails and objects of desire



I'll sit and I'll sing along
Till I'm out there on the Prairies
Oohh
And when the dawn comes I'll climb into the saddle
And I'll ride off into the sun

And when the dawn comes I'll climb into the saddle
And I'll ride off into the sun







Joy by Lorne Warr

Bob's busking by the donut shop
When the rain comes falling down
He's been waiting for his break for years
But it's never come around
But as he's closing up his case
Melina stops to say
"Those songs you sing when I walk by
are what get me through my day"

Susan stumbles on the stairs
Sending grocerys flying round
She's just had a day from hell
Her world is tumbling down
But there's flowers in the kitchen
Dinners almost done
She's back home with the ones she loves
Her day has just begun

Chorus
And there is Joy
There is joy
There is joy

Robert stumbles out of bed
At a quarter after eight
Works starts sharp at nine o'clock
And the boss hates when he's late
Now panic is an awful thing
But it can't stand up to bliss
When Linda meets him at the door
With a coffee and a kiss

Clara and Jerry on the couch
Beside a dying fire
Fifty years they've been together
Through joy, frustration, and desire
Maybe their days are fading now
But in love their is no doubt
She smiles as he takes her hand
And they blow the candles out

Chorus

Delilah dances in the park
Spinning in the sun
She doesn't care if people stare
Its all part of the fun
Cuz music sets her soul on fire
And joy jumps from the flame
She gives a bow to those that watch
And spins around again

There's laughter out on Gordon Street
Swirling through the trees
As old friends talk of days gone by
And the kids they used to be
Well, life is strange
Things sure changed
But one thing they know is true
When life seems to come apart
Good friends are the glue

Chorus

A million tiny moments shine
Like stars in the summer sky
A million choirs of laughing friends
A million grateful sighs
Joy is all around us
Just keep it in sight
Cuz lifes the song your singing
Sing it out with all your might

Chorus

There is joy ....





Liliana by Lorne Warr

In the golden moonlight
Shining on your bed
Angels of a new night
Sprinkle dreams on your sleepyhead
A teddy bear in bow tie
Sits in vigil at your feet
Liliana
May all your dreams be sweet
Liliana
May all your dreams be sweet

Dreams drift around you
Like summer clouds in the moonlit sky
Mystery surrounds you
A world of wonders pass your eye
Questions to be answered
Of things you see and those you meet
Liliana
May all your dreams be sweet
Liliana
May all your dreams be sweet

The universe keeps turning
Beneath that golden moon
And in your years of learning
Sometimes the answers come to soon
But the golden light surrounds you
In all the things you do
Liliana
May all your dreams come true
Liliana
May all your dreams come true

May all your dreams come true
May all your dreams come true
May all your dreams come true