An Average Day

by Albin Zak

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released May 1, 2002

Cover photos and artwork by Alissa Centivany
All songs by Albin Zak except "Je Te Veux"(Satie/Pacory ), "Yismach Moshe" (Zoe B. Zak)
Arranged and recorded by Albin Zak
Mastered by Daniel Worley at Raven's Lair

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Track Name: Your Outer Atmosphere
Your Outer Atmosphere

Undress me, caress me
It’s alright now
Distress me, second guess me
I am learning how
To please you, to seize you
To freeze you for a moment
To fix you in an instant
Then pass away in the darkness
Of a brand new day

So use me like you like to do
I’m forever waiting
To whisper all those things
You want to hear
I’d like to know
What it does for you
To see me this way
Floating in your outer atmosphere
Never very far or very near

I am with you and without you
I surround you
Safely from a distance
You swallow my existence
This may be heaven
For all we know

So use me like you like to do
I’m forever waiting
To whisper all those things
You want to hear
I’d like to know
What it does for you
To see me this way
Floating in your outer atmosphere
Never very far or very near
Track Name: This Thing
This Thing

This thing will surely work out
I’m leaving all my doubts behind
I am leaving all my fears
Gathered over years gone by

And you will surely know why
And stay by my side
Never say goodbye
I believe that this is true
I believe in you

And so the seed is planted
But what are we to do
With wishes that are granted
In dreams that don’t come true

As the wind takes the sand
This thing is beyond our control
Passing everything we understand

And so the seed is planted
But what are we to do
With wishes that are granted
In dreams that don’t come true

This thing we did not choose
We dare not lose

And wherever we land
This thing will take all our strength
Forever making its own demands

A wish was granted
What else can we do
This thing was planted
And this much is true
This much is true
Track Name: On This Night
On this Night

I don’t know who you are
Or what scars you have to show
But you sure look good tonight
No I ain’t from around here
In fact I ain’t from around anywhere
But anything your heart desires
Baby I’m your guy

On this night of a thousand stars
Won’t you show me who you are

If promises remain unspoken
That will be better yet
Nothing to get broken
Nothing to forget
It’s a balance on a very thin beam of light
Twenty miles up in the sky
And when you look down and when you look around
You say “How’d we ever get this high?”

On this night of a thousand stars
Won’t you show me who you are

When everything you hold sacred
Comes to slip right through your hand
And you look straight into darkness
Then you begin to understand

It’s just a short walk from here
But we don’t have to go alone
Tell me just one secret babe
I promise I will keep it with my own

On this night of a thousand stars
Won’t you show me who you are
On this night of a thousand stars
Won’t you show me
Won’t you break down and show me
Who you are
Track Name: Blame It on the Highway
Blame It on the Highway

Picked up the morning paper and read
Somebody they found dead
On a road outside this town
In cold blood shot down
Somebody somewhere told
They picked up a kid fourteen years old
The judge man looked into his eyes
And said, “Son can you tell us why?”

Was there money involved or did you do it for fun
Just to watch a body smoking at the end of your gun
Well it really don’t whatever which way
Blame it on the highway

Picked up the paper turned the page
In black and white another outrage
Another kid six years old
Tied up in chains and left out in the cold
Her daddy said “I really love my child”
Her mama said “Don’t take away my child”
They took the kid and put her in a home
Safe and warm and all alone

Well nobody wins in this kind of game
Inside or out it’s all the same
And it won’t come right no matter how hard you pray
Blame it on the highway

Well this highway runs but it don’t forgive
You stack up your sins just as long as you live
From the break of the day to the end of the night
You might make it okay
But you never make it alright

There’s something in this world it has no name
Nobody knows where it came from
It never stops keeps coming around
You try to get up keeps on pushing you down
In babies’ eyes you watch it grow
What their mama and their daddy sow
Yeah we pass it along
So it’s always fresh it’s always strong

Well you cast your lot now you got what you got
Now the train keeps on coming if your ready or not
When you walk down to the judgement day
You can blame it on the highway
Blame it on the highway
Track Name: Je Te Veux
Je Te Veux

J’ai compris ta détresse,
Cher amoureux,
Et je cède à tes voeux,
Fais de moi ta maîtresse.
Loin de nous la sagesse,
Plus de tristesse,
J’aspire à l’instant précieux
Où nous serons heureux;
Je te veux.
Track Name: Fall From Heaven
Fall from Heaven

Among these tangled wires
And all these twisted threads
I was walking with desire
And I was lying in her bed
I opened up my hands
To see what they were holding on to
Something old something new

Did these diamonds fall from heaven
May I call them my own
Traveling companions
So far from home
Did these diamonds fall from heaven
Into this dirty street
Come down from the sky
Just to lie here at my feet

The harder that you look
The farther that you go
The more that you will see
And the less that you will know
So gather what you need
And spread it out underneath the sky
Turn around say goodbye

Did these diamonds fall from heaven
May I call them my own
Traveling companions
So far from home
Did these diamonds fall from heaven
Into this dirty street
Come down from the sky
Just to lie here at my feet

Some love is like steel
Some love is like glass
Some love is like a forest we pass through
Moving very fast
And left along the way
The wishes of a lifetime
Some were yours
And some were mine

Did these diamonds fall from heaven
May I call them my own
Traveling companions
So far from home
Did these diamonds fall from heaven
Into this dirty street
Come down from the sky
Just to lie here at my feet
Come down from the sky
Just to lie here at my feet
Track Name: Keeping Me Company
Keeping Me Company

It’s almost dawn
My girlfriend’s gone
But then I knew
It would go this way
It’s nothing new
She never been true
Why I’m so blue
I cannot say

Cause I got a friend
Right here on the radio
Someone I know personally
Yes I’ve got a friend
Right here in my radio
24 hours a day
Keeping me company

Some days are bad
Some days are not so bad
Some of these days never get
Started at all
Never get out of bed
Never leave my head
The world outside my window
Is oh so small

It’s a lucky thing
I got a friend
Right here on the radio
Someone I know personally
Yes I’ve got a friend
Right here in my radio
24 hours a day
Keeping me company

I watch the stars
I search the skies
Hey mister spaceman
I’m counting on you
Send down some rays
Send down some better days
Send me something
Resembling a clue

Is that you
Right here in my radio
For all I know
Well it just might be
Are you my friend
Right here on my radio
24 hours a day
Keeping me company
Keeping me company
Track Name: In the Same Bed
In the Same Bed

He was finally going to tell her
What was really on his mind
Something that had bothered him
For a long time
And he was ready now
He’d gotten up his nerve
But when she walked through the door
He could not say a word

He was choking
On the things that were not said
Through years and years back to back
In the same bed

She felt lonely
And somehow misunderstood
She thought about walking out
But she never could
She just wrote it all down
She put it in a book
And then she hid it away
Somewhere he’d never look

She was choking
On the things that were not said
Through years and years back to back
In the same bed

It’s a hard habit to break
Time follows time
Then it’s all too late

And memories fade
Photographs become
All we have to measure
The distance that we’ve come
Familiar faces
But strangers nonetheless
Each in different worlds
With nothing to confess

Just choking
On the things that don’t get said
Through years and years back to back
Through years and years back to back
In the same bed
Track Name: One Another
One Another

If we come together
And we bleed together
How come we’re so far apart
Words fail again and again
What I never meant to say
Is what you take to heart

We will never understand one another
We will never understand

Now once again
I taste your skin
And I lose everything
I call my own
I lose my grip
And I am over the edge
Destination unknown

We will never understand one another
We will never understand

Everything looks different
When you get up close
What you never were
Is what I miss the most

So go now
And don’t look back
Lose yourself among the crowd
And as you leave
Remember this
Taking souvenirs is not allowed

We will never understand one another
We will never understand
We will never understand
We will never understand
Track Name: Til the End
Til the End

Open up the bottle
And climb behind the wheel
Open up the throttle
And see how it feels
Blow out the candle now
It's better in the dark
Drink this down now
It's what you really are

And I will be your lover
I will be your friend
And I'll be with you
Til the end

She said stop me
Before I go too far
I said go ahead
It's what you really are
Let it come
Let it break all over you
Resistance is useless
And no defense will do

And I will be your lover
I will be your friend
And I'll be with you
Til the end

This is nothing new
You have always known
Open your eyes
It's no surprise
Baby it's you
Baby it's you

I am nameless
And I am you
And every word I say
Is more than true
The promises I make
Are always kept
And I've been everywhere
That you have ever stepped

And I will be your lover
I will be your friend
And I'll be with you
I will be your lover
I will be your friend
And I'll be with you
Til the end
Track Name: An Average Day (for Theresa)
An Average Day
(for Theresa)

Oh weary time
Oh heavy head
Looking for a bed
Where we can rest
Keep on going they say
At any cost
Keep sailing across
That big blue ocean

It’s an average day
The sky is clear
But home is a long
Long ways from here

Sometimes the world begins
To spin too fast
And I become
The last in line
Overhead a cloud covers the sun
Then it’s gone
And I feel fine

It’s an average day
The sky is clear
But home is a long
Long ways from here

So far to travel alone
Still you’ve got to find your way
Oh babe wherever you go
There’s something you should know . . .
I will be waiting

It’s an average day
The sky is clear
But home is a long
Long ways from here
It’s an average day
The sky is clear
But home is a long
Long ways from here