by John Ellis

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Anticipation 05:40
Sailing 07:45
Breeze on the nape, and it’s A-Okay, A-Okay La la la la We’re floating on the sea Just drifting along We’ll float away, float away, Sunny sunny day not one cloud a sunny sunny day And we’ll bask in the light until sunset We’re riding high today. Dreaming of a pyramid or a castle in the clouds Palaces of gold - horse and chariot too. Breeze on the nape, and it’s A-Okay, A Okay When we’re out here nothing matters. Everything’s okay, don’t you worry Everything’s okay, it’s just A-Okay.
Storm 09:28
Run, run for cover Run for cover now - I’m coming down Run – and forget all your worldly dreams If I see you, you are going to die. There’s no mercy. Hide, hide your children Hide, I’m coming down - they won’t be spared Hide and stay close to the ones you love If I see them they are going to die. You are going to die. Clouds staring down they have it out for us What did we do? Sky so dark and menacing Clouds please forgive us if you’re angry We meant no offense we’re innocent Please.
Rejection 09:47
It’s a life unexpected A world unforeseen Didn’t know what awaited It’s the end of a dream. No thought of a future Nor of any past I’m lost when I wake up I was sure it would last. And the skies creak and whistle And it takes its toll The dark shadows and omens A world with no soul. If our heaven listened It would feel our pain. Would show us the way through And we’d sail away. REFRAIN And then we fly so high To fight the winds that cast us aside We fight on We’re falling, still the winds keep rising And seabirds fly, on and on, on and on And when the storm dies We sink down to earth tired So far away from home All alone. And soon we’ll fly again Fly another day We don’t know what awaits us The great unknown The skies are dark and cloudy We soldier on. The sea has its own language, its own secret song Adrift in its great vastness, with the signposts all gone We grasp for its meaning, grasp for any tune Echoes cacophony from a world so unknown. It’s a search never-ending, no path unexplored Still more questions than answers, I don’t see the way forward No echo from bottom, no sense of its depth The sea swells on and on, past the edges of sight. REFRAIN
We’re not like you Not like you We’re not like you You are garbage.
We’re sinking We’re stinking We’re rotting We drift along From port to port, we're lost at sea Oh Oh Where to now? What's left for us? Friendless, alone Bales of bone Oh-oh-oh Oh. Collected Infected Rejected They twist their heads And close their hearts Cowering Oh Oh Pariahs In this cruel world Thrown out, despised Far from home Oh-oh-oh Oh. Where's your mercy Your compassion Here in filth we lie Sick and hungry Tossed asunder How long till we die? No seconds No minutes No hours Time withers And turns to dust So weary Oh Oh The days drip They melt away Sleep never comes Only night Oh-oh-oh Oh.
Military 01:57
Doldrums 03:32
Snarl 06:03
Come Come Come Oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh Oooh-ooh-ooh. Come Come, just come Come closer Come Oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh Oooh-ooh-ooh-aah. Come here taste it Come and taste true delight. Come Closer Come Closer. Join in our pleasure Last forever Here among the floating, the path is so clear Time doesn’t matter, and troubles disappear. Come and float with us here The world of your dreams Home like you wanted You’ll find your ecstasy. Come , Come, come, come.
I had no eyes before No glasses for A vision like you I had no ears to hear your songs Those echoes of a perfect life So far gone. Cause nothing’s permanent Life drifts on we have no choice. Still somehow that fantasy That waking dream lives on. But the wind blows us on No choice off we go It’s all gone but the memory Once it used to be so good If I had a mouth to sing I’d sing that life is hard It’s short but full of twists. Embrace the fantasy The waking dream Before it all gets away It was something special indeed We won’t be there again. Was life a tragedy, a lunacy a folly of wasted time So many foolish years gone by The errors of my younger days Too late now. Cause life has consequence Paths that haunt us ‘til the end. Nothing but absurdity This deep regret ruins me. Still our life carries on somehow, off we go So old now yet I’m still a fool this my destiny my fate And I’d do it all again In just the same old way the same old fool again. I love the lunacy the comedy the luxury of it all It was something special indeed, we won’t be there again.
Mourning 10:14
Once I saw a man, so naked Tides came in, floating It looked like suicide Soon his clothes they blew away And nothing else was left But quiet and sorrow. Once the morning light caressed me. Once she sang her song, but no more - all is gone And if life just blows away If it just disappears What will come of me? REFRAIN I never thought that it would end How could I ever comprehend The hour of its passing We have traveled so far We have sailed the seven seas What is life without pain? Such a beautiful dream. All dreams have to end. Here the thunder rang, it shook me Here I woke, crying So desperate to get home Memories they run away Soon they will disappear Will fade from the scene. As a child the world it seemed like My playground, my stage A sea filled just for me Now I turn my gaze outward Embracing all I see A world large and wondrous. REFRAIN
Celebration 01:24


released May 13, 2014


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John Ellis New York

John Ellis is widely recognized as one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. With more than 150 album credits as a sideman, John can be heard with artists as wide ranging as Kendrick Scott Oracle, Edward Simon, Darcy James Argue, and Helen Sung. John has released 13 albums as a leader, three of those featuring his wildly popular New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide. ... more

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