by John Ellis

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released May 13, 2014


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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 Charlie Hunter, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Darcy James Argue, Dr Lonnie Smith, and Helen Sung. John has released ten albums as a leader, three of those featuring his wildly popular New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide. ... more

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Track Name: Sailing
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.
Track Name: Storm
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
Track Name: Rejection
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.

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.

Track Name: Mutiny/Rebellion
We’re not like you
Not like you
We’re not like you
You are garbage.
Track Name: 2nd Rejection
We’re sinking
We’re stinking
We’re rotting
We drift along
From port to port, we're lost at sea
Where to now?
What's left for us?
Friendless, alone
Bales of bone

They twist their heads
And close their hearts
In this cruel world
Thrown out, despised
Far from home

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
The days drip
They melt away
Sleep never comes
Only night
Track Name: Snarl

Come, just come
Come closer

Come here taste it
Come and taste true delight.


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.
Track Name: Self-Knowledge
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.
Track Name: Mourning
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?


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.