DOWN THE HIGHWAY

by David Bowling

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released September 6, 2016

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David Bowling Los Angeles, California

David Bowling

Singer/Songwriter/Audio Production

Influences:
The Beatles, Steve Winwood, Tears for Fears.

Discography:
Colours of Addiction (2006), Something EP (2011), Limelight Afterglow (2011), Small Town, Big City (2012), Decade: i (2014), Down The Highway (2016)
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Track Name: YESTERDAY (5 YEARS LATER)
Not so long ago she left,
Out my doorway,
Felt my heart crumble to a thousand pieces
She felt the same

Thought I’d never see her face again,
Five years later,
There she stood, right in front of me,

Is it alright if we could sit and talk?
I had asked her,
It’s good to see you after all this time,
How time’s gone by,
How have you been and how are you doing now?
I had asked her,
For her words and her honesty,
She said

Yesterday I thought I knew who I was running toward the flame,
Yesterday I went through hell and back with no one else to blame,
Yesterday my life was on a track that was causing me such pain,
Yesterday I chased a daydream that just seemed to just fade away

There’s too much silence,
Too much silence that’s gone on,
We need to balance,
We’ve got to make more right than wrong,
And I know, I know, I know,
We indirectly cause such pain,
But I know, sometimes our troubles bring us gain, oh oh…
Even troubles from yesterday

Not so long ago I said,
That I love you
And in my heart I know that this hasn’t changed,
But time moves on,
There was a reason you and I had met
Five years later,
To be free from yesterday

Yesterday we thought we knew who we were running toward the flame,
Yesterday we went through hell and back with no one else to blame,
Yesterday our lives was on a track that was causing us such pain,
Yesterday we chased a daydream that became real just today
Track Name: TOGETHER NOW
After all the ups and downs,
Through all of the lows to the height of the clouds,
You’re thinking through the thoughts in your head,
The thoughts you’ve made known and the ones left unsaid,

It’s always best to speak your mind, otherwise,
It’ll eat you up inside,
True love never speaks in fear,
So just let it out,
Let it out, in the free and clear,

Wrong or right, we’re here tonight,
Chasing our dreams,
By breaking our silence,
Such a beautiful sight,
At candle light,
Like hearing the sound of,
Shackles releasing,
Chains of fear falling down,
Life appears all around,
To be free together now

As I watch and listen,
To all of your words coming from your red lips just know,
I love you forever,
And there’s nothing you can say,
That will ever endanger this,

You know I’ll be there for your call,
Anytime, anytime at all,
Just like you hold me when I fall,
Falling, falling in love with you

Wrong or right, we’re here tonight,
Chasing our dreams,
While breaking our silence,
Such a beautiful sight,
At candle light,
Like hearing the sound of,
Shackles releasing,
Chains of fear falling down,
Life appears all around,
To be free together now


Bridge:

Wrong or right, we’re here tonight,
Chasing our dreams,
While breaking our silence,
Such a beautiful sight,
At candle light,
Like hearing the sound of,
Shackles releasing,
Chains of fear falling down,
Life appears all around,
To be free together now

To be free together now
To be free together now
Track Name: GOTTA TELL YOU
In this moment I can’t escape,
Nor do I want to,
‘Cuz I’m with you,

Cruising around,
This open tinsel town,
Together, near the ocean blue,

Unexplainable magic feelings,
Irreplaceable place of meeting,
Unbelievable taste of healing, yeah,
Mesmerized by your wondrous spirit,
Mystified I’m adhering to it,
Tantalized we’re wrapped up it’s time to go…

I’ve gotta tell you how much I love you,
I’ve gotta tell you how much you mean to me,
I’ve gotta tell you how much I need you now,
I can hear you calling out to me,
Whispering my name

It’s been two days far too long now,
Since I’ve seen you,
The sands of time are dancing with the starry nights,
You’ve gotta know,
You’ve gotta go, take it, make it through this desert sky,
So very strange, these passing days, watching, waiting, living for tonight

Unexplainable magic feelings,
Irreplaceable place of meeting,
Unbelievable taste of healing, yeah,
Mesmerized by your wondrous spirit,
Mystified I’m adhering to it,
Tantalized we’re wrapped up it’s time to go…

I’ve gotta tell you how much I love you,
I’ve gotta tell you how much you mean to me,
I’ve gotta tell you how much I need you now,
I can hear you calling out to me,
Whispering my name

Bridge:

I’ve gotta tell you how much I love you,
I’ve gotta tell you how much you mean to me,
I’ve gotta tell you how much I need you now,
I can hear you calling out to me,
Whispering my name

I’ve gotta tell you how much I love you,
I’ve gotta tell you how much you mean to me,
I’ve gotta tell you how much I need you now,
I can hear you calling out to me,
Whispering my name

I’ve gotta tell you how much I love you,
I’ve gotta tell you how much you mean to me,
I’ve gotta tell you how much I need you now,
I can hear you calling out to me,
Whispering my name
Track Name: FOR ME & YOU
‘Round about a Tuesday,
Sending out a ‘Mayday,’
The week has already gone too long,

Been waiting for helping hand,
Standing on drifting hand,
Our weaknesses show we’re not so strong,

The more we learn the less we know, yes it’s true,
Deep within each one of us yearns to let go of our blues,
And talk about love,
Not talking ‘bout love of the world, no no,
I’m talking ‘bout love from the heavens above,
Oh, oh, oh,
Love for me and you

Still I’m against the grind,
Fighting the ghosts of time,
Been down this shadowland once before,

But still I’ve got the Word in hand,
Sheltering from winds and sand,
Relying on Jesus all the more,

The more we learn the less we know, yes it’s true,
Deep within each one of us yearns to let go of our blues,
And trade them for love,
Not talking ‘bout love of the world, no no,
I’m talking ‘bout love from the heavens above,
Oh, oh, oh,
Love for me and you

A knock is at the door,
A key has turned away all the poisoned thorns,
A book has opened true life,
With living waters to freely drink, both now,
And for all time
Track Name: DOWN THE HIGHWAY
Well I’m a’heading,
Down the highway,
Where the people say,
There’s no turning back,
To the horizon,
Is where I’m heading,
No second-guessing,
Lord, that’s where I’m at with you,

Well I’m a’heading,
Down the highway,
Where the people say,
There’s no turning back,
To the horizon,
Is where I’m heading,
No second-guessing,
Lord, that’s where I’m at with you,

And I carry on,
Despite the wind and storms that keep me from seeing things through,
As You lead me on,
Beyond the broken roads to a path that’s tried and true,
And You lift me upward,
Beyond the desert valley,
Like a pilgrim on a journey,
You lead me,
Down the highway

The sun is rising,
The coffee’s ready,
We’re out the doorway,
In our boots and jeans,

Yes we’re cruising,
Across the country,
In a trusted Chevy,
Lord that’s where I’m at with You

And I carry on,
Despite the wind and storms that keep me from seeing things through,
As You lead me on,
Beyond the broken roads to a path that’s tried and true,
And You lift me upward,
Beyond the desert valley,
Like a pilgrim on a journey,
You lead me,
Down the highway
Down the highway
Down the highway

And I carry on,
Despite the wind and storms that keep me from seeing things through,
As You lead me on,
Beyond the broken roads to a path that’s tried and true,
And You lift me upward,
Beyond the desert valley,
Like a pilgrim on a journey,
Yes You lift me upward,
Beyond the desert valley,
Like a pilgrim on a journey,
You lead me,
Down the highway
Down the highway
Oh yeah
Track Name: LIFT UP
Lift up your head my brother,
Lift up your head,
Lift up your head my brother,
Like the Good Book said,

Lift up your head now brother,
Lift up your head,
Lift up your head now brother,
Like the Good Book said,

Lift up your hands now sister,
Lift up your hands,
Lift up your hands now sister,
Let your soul be fed,

Revival is in the air tonight,
Gonna cast off,
These chains hidden inside,
Gonna throw out,
The politics of pride,
Gonna lift up,
Comradery of life
(Like the Good Book said)

Lift up your head now brother,
Lift up your head,
Lift up your head now brother,
Like the Good Book said,

Revival is in the air tonight,
Gonna cast off,
These chains hidden inside,
Gonna throw out,
The politics of pride,
Gonna lift up,
Comradery of life

Bridge:

Lift up your head now brother,
Lift up your head,
Lift up your head now brother,
Like the Good Book said,

Lift up your head now brother,
Lift up your head,
Lift up your head now brother,
Like the Good Book said
Track Name: MY LIFE ISN'T MINE
I’m not really sure of where I’m heading,
I’m not even sure of where I’ve come from,
Been running in and out of circles,
To run in circles of my own, getting nowhere,

Some people say that nothing matters,
Others say take what you can get,
But I’ve found…

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love

I was cold and shaking at Your doorway,
Uncertain of how I’ve come so far,
Felt used up by the lives behind me,
‘Til You welcomed me home with open arms,

Some say heaven is what you make it,
Others say God helps those who help themselves,
But I’ve found…

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My home is from above

Bridge:

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My home is from above,
Born of a perfect love
Track Name: TO THE RIVER (WALK ON)
Take me to the river,
Right beyond the mountainside,
Take me to the river,
To where both love and peace collide,
Take me to the river,
Free me from this ball and chain,
Take me to the river,
To liberate this life from pain

Walk on, walk on, walk on, when you’re weary
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when your throat is dry,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when you’re teary,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, you feel like you’re gonna die,

Been a slave for far too long and I know not what I’m looking for,
The broken chains fall from my hands, my waste, my feet and from my heart,
Been a slave for far too long and I know not what I’m looking for,
The broken chains fall from my hands, my waste, my feet and from my heart,

Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees

Take me to the river,
Right beyond the mountainside,
Take me to the river,
To where both love and peace collide,
Take me to the river,
Free me from this ball and chain,
Take me to the river,
To liberate this life from pain

Take us to the river,
Right beyond the mountainside,
Take us to the river,
To where both love and peace collide,
Take us to the river,
Free us from this ball and chain,
Take us to the river,
To liberate this life from pain

Walk on, walk on, walk on, when you’re weary
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when your throat is dry,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when you’re teary,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, you feel like you’re gonna die,

Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees,
Take us to the river please, we’re begging now on our bended knees

Bridge:

Walk on, walk on, walk on,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when your throat is dry,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, when you’re teary,
Walk on, walk on, walk on, just look up to the sky,

Take me to the river,
Free me from this ball and chain,
Take me to the river,
To liberate this life from pain
Track Name: A NEW BEGINNING
Lost in a haze of a media maze,
With shadows on the wall of a Platonic cave,
Thoughts relented, misperceptions,
Standing up, turning ‘round out from my chair,
Others too afraid so they sit and they stare,
Sweet repentance, filled with gladness

Oh captive apathy,
You’ve lost your hold upon me,
Beyond the end I see,
A new beginning

Whispers from a voice oh so heavenly clear,
Holding my hand to sequester my fear,
Faith, hope, love with encompassed peacefulness,
Tuned into the frequency of the Name,
Blocked are the talking heads of the game,
Freed by truth and absolutes

Oh captive apathy,
You’ve lost your hold upon me,
Beyond the end I see,
A new beginning

Bridge:

Got tired of the game spinning around and around,
Over the edge down to the ground,
Two contenders battling for the hill,
Facing my fears giving in to Your Will,
To break away from the world,
To walk the Way of the Word…

Found the Artist made His way inside of His frame,
Mended up the canvas for a much brighter day,
Behold the Maker makes all things brand new,
Behold the Maker makes all things brand new,
Behold the Maker makes all things brand new
Track Name: MORE THAN FRIENDS
I’ve know you for a while,
And you’ve seen me from day to day,
I love to make you smile,
And you like it when I stay,

So let me tell you what you mean to me oh yes it’s true,
I can’t let it go another day, I just thought I ‘d go and ask you,

‘Cuz we are more than friends,
Seeing each other over and over and over again,
And I ask of you don’t let it go to waste,
‘Cuz we are more than friends

You’ve got me hand-in-glove,
And I’ve got a chance to take,
You look at me with love,
And there’s nothing there to fake,

So let me tell you what you mean to me oh yes it’s true,
I can’t let it go another day, I just thought I ‘d go and ask you,

‘Cuz we are more than friends,
Seeing each other over and over and over again,
And I ask of you don’t let it go to waste,
‘Cuz we are more than friends

Bridge:

Yes we are more than friends,
Seeing each other over and over and over again,
And I ask of you don’t let it go to waste,
‘Cuz we are more than friends,
Yes we are more than friends
Track Name: ELIZABETHTOWN
Still, lullabies floating through,
The heart of Elizabethtown for a tune,
Her heart, beats with laughter and joy,
My darling, she plays with her dolls and her toys,

This, this one-horse town is enough,
Enough of a reason for a father’s love,
Love, coupled with joy renown,
A village that I call, Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown

She watches, with baby brown eyes from above,
While flying with imaginary wings just for fun,
She doesn’t have a single worry,
‘Cuz she knows there’s not a need to hurry,
Down the picketed streets of Elizabethtown,

This, this one-horse town is enough,
Enough of a reason for a daughter’s love,
Love, coupled with joy renown,
A village that I call, Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
Track Name: CASTAWAYS PARK
I’m not really sure of where I’m heading,
I’m not even sure of where I’ve come from,
Been running in and out of circles,
To run in circles of my own, getting nowhere,

Some people say that nothing matters,
Others say take what you can get,
But I’ve found…

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love

I was cold and shaking at your doorway,
Uncertain of how I’ve come so far,
Felt used up by the lives behind me,
’Til You welcomed me home with open arms,

Some say heaven is what you make it,
Others say God helps those who help themselves,
But I’ve found…

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My home is from above

Bridge:

My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My life isn’t mine to lead,
It belongs to the Keeper of Eternity,
I belong to a different family,
Bought with unending love,
My home is from above,
Born of a perfect love
Track Name: AS THE DROPS FALL
Down where the raindrops sway,
Looking for the words to say,
Grab a cane and take a walk,
Through the hills which seem to talk,
Climbing up while looking down,
Listening to droplets hit the ground,

With many trees and grassy pines,
Barbed-wire fences and ‘keep-out’ signs,
Where packs of deer and rabbits roam,
A place where I once knew as home,
Me oh my how seasons change,
Been gone so long but come back in the same,

I feel my grandfather by my side,
Telling me there’s no place to hide,
Take the challenge and take the reins,
Carry on despite the pain,
A hope that’s floating through the air,
Where angels will be sure to note with care,

As the drops fall to the ground,
As the drops fall to the ground,
As the drops fall to the ground,
The drops fall,
As the drops fall to the ground

Need a shelter for the night,
In the distance a cabin’s light,
Beckons near a warming thought,
But to my dismay the door was locked,
Looked inside, people fast asleep,
Nice and warm but with finite heat,

I carry on through winding hills,
Where coyotes yulp with shuttering chills,
Stumble through a barren tree,
Wondering what it is I see,
Despite the cold, despite the night,
I sit below Golgotha’s sight with He,

And looking up despite the dark,
A dead man hangs to heal my heart,
A sacrifice to lift my curse,
His bruises couldn’t be any worse,
Under His feet I lay my head,
Knowing for me that He’s hung and bled

As the drops fall to the ground,
As the drops fall to the ground,
As the drops fall to the ground,
The drops fall,
As the drops fall to the ground

In the end there’s no mystery,
For one to guess or make-believe,
The scars are all too clear to see,
Un-faltered love for both you and me,
To the left or to the right,
The choice is yours to make tonight,
It begins all eternity,
The cleansing rain for all history,
The Lamb of God has now overcome,
The dragon’s throne with unending love
Track Name: ROAD TO EMMAUS
On this trailside I walk,
Down passed the meadows thinking,
Of the times we shared, both good,
With bitter-sweet reminiscing,

You know I can feel your presence glimmer,
And how I do wish you were here,
So you could hear my thoughts of worry,
And make my woes disappear,

I’m not so sure of what had happened,
It just doesn’t sit right yet,
So I guess I’ll just keep on walking,
Kicking dust up step by step

To you I confine my words,
Through the hills and rocks and trees,
Until I saw a distant figure,
One much like you I see,
He said to me my friend where have you come from,
And where are you headed,
And may I join you on your way,
So we had walked until it was sunset,
As I heard He had much to say,

My heart it burned, like a kindled flame,
His welcomed word, not spoken in vain,
Upon a cross, I watched you die,
But now you live and so do I

Bridge:

On that trailside, I walked,
And found what had been concealed,
Has been, revealed
Track Name: LAODICEA
Falling, falling away
Falling, falling astray

Here I stand I’m knocking at your door, waiting for you,
You say you know me but I am not so sure, and that is the truth,
I heard you say you were quite comfortable with yourself and what’s to bother,
You have it all so it seems but I’m telling you you’re as poor as pauper,

You’re falling, falling away,
You’re falling, falling astray,
Yet still I reach for you in this final hour,
And still I offer you gold refined by fire

Here you are so afraid to claim your closure, which is tried and true,
So you, synthesize the winner with the loser, which is lost through and through,
I saw you mix up my words with the words of an antithetical wonder,
It seems you have all the best of both worlds but it’s all just a grand fool’s blunder,

You’re falling, falling away,
You’re falling, falling astray,
Yet still I reach for you in this final hour,
And still I offer you gold refined by fire

Wake up Laodicea, blessed is he who overcomes this world,
Wake up Laodicea, blessed is she who overcomes this world,
Wake up Laodicea, blessed is he who overcomes this world,
Wake up Laodicea, blessed is she who overcomes this world,
Wake up, wake up
Track Name: PATMOS (GIFT OF LIFE)
Even though I am growing old,
Each day dying a little,
More and more,
I breathe this life, You’ve given me,

Pressing onward despite twists and turns,
Looking upward passed this universe,
I feel Your hand,
Upon my head

I walk this island merely, one more time,
I watch the sunset capture, waves of light,
I see my boat as it has come to shore,
I know my time has come to, run to my Lord

I am entering the gift of life,
Given to me ‘cuz of Jesus Christ,
I’ve done nothing to earn His love on high,
But chose His Name over mine

The world I know it offers prize and gain,
Power and position, and soul-less pain,
But I see a better way,
And a better place,

Many times we’ve been told, every day,
The world is bound for judgment,
But there’s a way, to be free,
He is the Way, the Way to life

I walk this island merely, one more time,
I watch the sunset capture, waves of light,
I see my boat as it has come to shore,
I know my time has come to, run to my Lord

I am entering the gift of life,
Given to me ‘cuz of Jesus Christ,
I’ve done nothing to earn His love on high,
But chose His Name over mine
I’ve done nothing to earn His love on high,
But chose His Name over mine