Straight Up

by Josef Orlowski

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released July 3, 2012

music by Josef Orlowski

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recorded, mixed and mastered at audioarts by aomahana
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Track Name: borrowed time
borrowed time (he poroporoaki)

you know, we never left the country
hardly ever got out of town
we never left the country
but you took me round the world
around the world, around the world
child, you took me right around the world

a man with a beautiful woman
is living on borrowed time
guess I’m real lucky I had what I had
during the time it was mine
around the world, around the world
you took me child, you took me right around the world

© Josef Orlowski 2010
Track Name: doorways
doorways

some find it in deep meditation
or a megachurch’s crusading zeal
adrenaline junkies breaking their backbones
to discover if they can still feel
some seek it in cocktails of liquor
or in clear melting crystals of P
but to lie in the arms of my sweetheart
was the doorway to paradise for me

if your heart has ever been broken
if you’ve woken up to emptiness each day
you’ll recognize the yearning that I speak of
and you’ll understand exactly what I say
some ride the road of religion
some believe that money holds the key
but now she lies in the arms of another
and that doorway has been closed against me

© Josef Orlowski 2010
Track Name: star sign
Star sign

A man is loneliest in the evening
Right about the time the sun goes down
Makes no difference if he’s out on the road
Or staring out the window in his own home town
Train’s no use on the river
Ferry’s no good on the sand
A fellow’s no use when he’s on his own
And his woman’s no good when she’s with another man


Well I picked up my Spanish guitar
And I made myself this song
But the singing makes no difference
And the evening’s just as long
Train’s no use in the river
Ferry’s no good on the shore
A man’s no use when he’s on his own
When his baby don’t want him no more

There’s a star that passes my window pane
You can see it when the night is clear
It don’t say nothing but it eases me to know
If I look up it’ll always, always be there
Train’s no use on the water
Ship’s no good on the sand
A fellow’s no good when he’s on his own
His woman’s no use when she’s with another man

© Josef Orlowski 2008
Track Name: tomorrow
Tomorrow

I’m gonna give up drinking tomorrow
Just you wait and see
Go out and get me a kickass job
And she’ll come back to me

She’ll come back to me, boys
She’ll come back to me
Go out and get me a kickass job
And she’ll come back to me

I’ll bring peace to the middle east
To the Nullabor i’ll bring rain
I’m gonna impress her mother
And win her back again

Win her back again…

I’m gonna make the wind blow backwards
Make the river run uphill
Gonna bring my lovin’ baby home
And bend her to my will

Bend her to my will…

© Josef Orlowski 2010
Track Name: just before dawn
Just Before Dawn

Now is this for real, and how can it be
I can’t believe that it’s true, that you’re lying with me
You’re so lovely it hurts, I got tears in my eyes
I’m amazed that you’re here, but you don’t seem surprised

To see you again, to hold you like this
To feel our desire fuse into bliss
To know our hearts yearning and beating as one
This union of souls surely can’t be undone

Something’s pulling me out, what’s that terrible sound
My alarm clock is shrilling and spinning around
You’re flying away, I can’t hear what you said
I’m awake, and alone in my cold empty bed

To see you again, to hold you like this
To feel our desire fuse into bliss
To know our hearts yearning and beating as one
This union of souls surely can’t be undone

© Josef Orlowski 2010