Lyrics – The Long Way Around


All lyrics by Noah James Hittner. 

1. Not Feelin’ Like a City-Boy Anymore – He said I’m not feelin’ like a city-boy, anymore. And I don’t wanna feel like a little toy, on a string, tied to a door. So if you would like to come with me, I would be honored. If not, don’t worry, I won’t take it personal, you’re my brother. He said I know I left that woman, for good reason, but my heart is still broken. And although my gun has been unloaded for seasons, the barrel is smokin.’ Let me tell you now, there’ve been so many nights, I cried myself to sleep. I’d like to say it was just a few tears that came and went, but the truth is, I had to weep (and it sounded like this). And he said now I’m out here, on the open road, so far from home, I’m all alone. But there is such a curious smile across my face, I must condone, that the more miles I put underneath my tires, well it seems to grow. So if you don’t see or hear from me in some time, my brother, please forgive me. Cuz I gotta pull myself completely outta this line. I gotta figure out how to live me. And then one day we’ll get together again my friend, and celebrate. All the history we have, today, and the future we’ve made. And I said “until then, heal well my friend, until then.” Oh until then, heal well my friend, until then. Until then, heal well my friend, heal… I’m not feelin’ like a city-boy, anymore. I’m not feelin’ like a city-boy, no-no…[repeat].

2. Safe to Say – I think it’s safe to say that I, I don’t know nothin’ about you. I think it’s safe to say that you, you don’t know nothin’ about me too. And that’s why, we gotta get together, and talk it out. I think it’s safe to say that the truth, ain’t always playin’ on the evening news. I think it’s safe to say that the tube, well, it don’t know nothin’ about me and you. And that’s why, we gotta come together, and talk it out (we’re gonna talk it out now). Because, my friend once told me, it all comes clean in the wash. Yeah my friend once told me, it all comes clean in the wash. That same friend he told me, Noah, all you gotta do is go over the rocks. That same friend he told me, Noah, all you gotta do is go over the rocks. I think it’s safe to say that we, got a good thing goin’ on between you and me. I think it’s safe to say that the more we talk, the more we see, life don’t really look like it do on the TV. Especially now, that we got together, and talked it out (we’re gonna keep talkin’ now).

3. You – And once, I saw a mountain, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. And once, I climbed a glacier, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. And once, I fell from the sky, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. And once, I swam the ocean, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. And once, I prayed to god, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. And once, I heard a song, and it was beautiful, but not as beautiful as you, not as beautiful as you. Now, I wanna see the mountain, but I wanna see it with you, hand-in-hand with you. And now, I wanna climb the glacier, but I wanna climb it with you, hand-in-hand with you. And now, I wanna fall from the sky, but I wanna fall with you, only for you. And now, I wanna swim the ocean, but I wanna swim it with you, only with you. And now, I wanna pray to god, but I wanna pray with you, hand-in-hand with you. And now, I wanna sing this song, but I wanna sing it for you, only for you.

4. The Storm – (Instrumental)

5. Sunrise Over Annapurna – I call on you in the mornin’, I call on you in the evenin.’ Big ole’ Sun-o-mine, well, I thank you for your time. I thank you now. I feel so warm, I feel so warm. Big ole’ Sun-o-mine, well, I thank you for your time. I thank you for your time. I thank you now. And tomorrow, we’re gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day. Tomorrow, we’re gonna rise, gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day. Tomorrow, we’re gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day. You make me smile, you make me smile. Big ole’ Sun-o-mine, well, I thank you for your time. I thank you now. I call on you in the mornin’, I call on you in the evenin.’ Big ole’ Sun-o-mine, well, I thank you for your time. I thank you for your time. I thank you, for, your time. I thank you now. I thank you, for your time. And tomorrow, we’re gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day. Tomorrow, oh tomorrow, we’re gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day. Oh and tomorrow, I said tomorrow, we’re gonna rise together now, and celebrate, another day.

6. Magical – Airport lobby, my god what a body. She had a smile that everyone saw, without even lookin’ at all. And there’s nothin’ wrong, with callin’ her magical. I never even knew her name. But there’s nothin’ wrong, with callin’ her magical. And I may never be the same. There ain’t nothin’ wrong with callin’ her magical. She says “I love you” to the lottery winner, on the other end of the phone. Well her laugh was light it hung in my ears, she got up, and then she was gone. And there ain’t nothin’ wrong, with callin’ her magical. I never even knew her name. But there ain’t nothin’ wrong, with callin’ her magical. And I may never be the same (one more time).

7. A Picture of You in My Car – And here I am. I’m on the road again. I’m on my own again. I’m on the phone again, with you. And there you are. You’re back home again. You say I’ve got that tone again. I’m feelin’ alone again. Oh, but I’ve got you. You say to keep you in my heart, with a picture of you in my car. To remind me that you’re not, you’re not so far away, you’re not so far. And here I am. A hotel room again. I’m thinkin’ of you again. You’re pullin’ me through again, from 500 miles away. And I’m keeping you in my heart, with a picture of you in my car. It reminds me that your not, you’re not so far away, you’re not so far. You’re not so far away [repeat]…and I’m not so far away.

8. Build This Home – Well I, I can’t do this on my own, I can’t build this home, by myself. Well I, I been on my knees at night, I pray to the sky and I, I just need a little help, I need a little help. I need a little help. I just need a little help. I need a little help. And then one day you appeared, with a smile, not a trace of fear, by my side. We didn’t share a language, didn’t know each other’s name. Doesn’t matter cuz we’re all the same. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. You’re a friend of mine. Tell me stranger from overseas, tell me why did you come to me? For I am shocked, awed and surprised, at the love in your eyes. I came for reasons all my own. I don’t know why I gotta build this home. I guess I finally realized, I gotta put my love on the rise. Put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise, I gotta put my love on the rise. Put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise, I gotta put my love on the rise. Put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise, put my love on the rise.

9. Sunday Morning – Well I was alone, it was a Sunday mornin.’ The stars were gone, still their light was callin.’ And it said…and it said. And it said…and it said. Well I was alone, it was a Sunday mornin.’ The leaves were gone, winter wind was callin.’ And it said…and it said. And it said…and it said. Well I was alone, it was a Sunday mornin.’ Back at home, where my dreams were callin.’ And they said…and they said. And they said…and they said. I was alone, it was a Sunday mornin.’ My thoughts were my own, memories were callin.’ And they said…and they said. And they said…and they said. Well I was alone, it was a Sunday mornin.’ I picked up the phone, love was callin.’ And she said…and she said. And she said…and she said. And she said, she always says. She always says, she always says.

10. The Long Way Around – I’ll take the back roads, avoid the highway lights. Let the moon and the stars, guide me home at night. I take the long way around. I take the long way around. I’ll come off the field, smiling ear-to-ear. I left the buck on the plain, I’ll take the shot “next year.” And take the long way around. I take the long way around. I’ll take my boy, out on the river today. Stay afloat with old poles, teach’im my way. And that’s the long way around. We’ll come home with bounty, even if the Walleye run. You see, the day was a success, cuz I was with my son. We took the long way around, all day. We took the long way around, all day. For my love, it barely makes a sound. And my laugh, can quickly turn a frown. My only speed, is to slow it down. And my only route, is the long way around. I took the long way round, ’til the end. I took the long way round, ’til the end. I’ll take back roads, avoid the highway lights. Let the moon and the stars, guide me home at night. I take the long way around. I take the long way around.

All lyrics by Noah James Hittner. 


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