Old Gold

by John Christian

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Re-mastered versions of songs previously released between 2004 and 2015.

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released May 17, 2016

John Christian - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, balalaika, organ, Mini Moog, dizi flute, khol drum. finger bells, drums, sampling, vocals

Gary Keller - drums

Steve Brown - bass (on "Hindsight")

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John Christian Windsor, Nova Scotia

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Track Name: Crazy
I’m gonna go crazy someday
Just to see what it is like
I’m gonna buy a red balloon
And ride a yellow bike
I’m gonna stay awake forever
Just so I’ll go insane
I’m gonna write a twisted letter
And forget to sign my name
I’m gonna spin around in circles
Until I fall down
I’m gonna start a scandal
And shout it all over town
I’m gonna dye my head orange
Just to know that it is there
I’m gonna talk you down to nothing
And see if you still care
I’m gonna tell the world I’m not alone
Just to disavow
I’m gonna strip my soul of all its worth
To see who’s laughing now
Track Name: One Day
Can I call you tomorrow
Would that be OK?
You and I could really goes someplace
One day

We could go out dancing
Or down to the beach
There's a thing or two to fix around the home
One day

Can you let me know quickly
I'm impatient that's true
All of us will be together
One day

Can I see you in the morning
Put your legs across mine
You and I got so much to talk about
One day

Can I call you forever
Will you always be there
You and I got someplace to go
One day
Track Name: Light Sweet Magic Feather Touch
If both my tired eyes could see
Then there would be time to wake
And for those who hear my words
Would it cause their hearts to quake?
If you close your eyes like me
And describe all that you see
Light Sweet Magic Feather Touch
That’s what we crave so much….

I would be holding back the truth
If I said I did not see
This blackened storm is brewing now
But one day I will be free
If you close your eyes in hope
That it will not pass you by
Light Sweet Magic Feather Touch
That’s what we crave so much….

These burning eyes; turn them away
They are tortured and abused
I remember all so well
Though it’s clouded and confused
If you open up your eyes
You will find you’re going blind
Light Sweet Magic Feather Touch
That’s what we crave so much….
Track Name: I Know I'm Not The Only One
And you can change the world into anything you want
…and you don’t
Just don’t lose your mind when you’re staring really hard
…oh so hard
I can’t be breathing in all this foreign air
Or I’ll end up as a pawn
Connected to the imaginings of men
I know I’m not the only one

All at once I let the mirror slip away
…without fear
All at once I knew it was the longest day
…of the year
It’ll take a long time for me to talk to you
For that which I hold tight is gone
This shattered glass: I am a splintered man
I know I’m not the only one

What face compels you to soar I do not know the words
…but you do
What lights your way to the still and wonder of your smile
…is it real
For if the sky is clear and the flowers are in bloom
The heat they get is from the sun
But the first sign of frost will curl and dry the leaves
I know I’m not the only one

And you can change your life into anything you want
…and you won’t
Just don’t lose the time when you’re staring really hard
…oh so hard
You can’t be breathing in all this foreign air
Or you’ll end up as a pawn
Connected to the imaginings of men
I know I’m not the only one
Track Name: Ladder Of My Own
What to do when you’re broke and blue
The sunshine’s not breaking through
And all the wealth that you thought you made
Will not help to make you whole

What to say when you look away
From the three and you don’t pray
The water’s cold and you ain’t as bold
So you shiver quake and cry

I need a ladder of my own
Not one that has been used before
And with that ladder of my own
I’ll climb the hill and I’ll be gone

Where to go when I dig my hole
To crawl into the dreams I hold
Like a gopher I’m search for
Something that I can chew

Where to hide no one can trace
I’ll dig myself out of this place
That’s the time I realize
That I am getting old

The money’s gone and the rent is due
The water’s cold but I ain’t through
The sun will come and shine on me
And I will live again

The day is now; no alibi
It should come as no surprise
I’ve broken through the clouds and I find
That it’s a bright new sunny day

I’ve got a ladder of my own
Not one that has been used before
And with this ladder of my own
I’ll climb the hill and I’ll be gone

You’ll need a ladder of your own
Not one that has been used before
And with that ladder of your own
You’ll climb the hill and you’ll be gone
Track Name: Some Thoughts Before I Go
I sense you looking in here
Although I’ve not the eyes
To try to see your colour
Your cut of dress or size
I do not like religion
Nor attempts to have it show
Your favourite things envelope me
Some thoughts before I go

I’m at a disadvantage
Although it is my choice
You’ve glimpsed what makes my person
And heard my inner voice
Laid bare for your inspection
Myself I offer so
With a deep comprehension
Some thoughts before I go

I did this all in hoping
That you might leave behind
A couple of your daily cares
And eased your daily grind
If by chance you hear about
The one that makes us glow
I hope you tell a friend of yours
Some thoughts before I go

For simple things of gentleness
Can bridge so many miles
Are really all it takes
To reap rewards of smiles
For if a single tender thought
Should I chance to go
To smooth a furrow brow
Some thoughts before I go

If what I’ve shared by some chance
Ease a burdened mind
Or random acts of kindness
Soothe a worry left behind
Then my day is better for
The things that I have known
Kinder hearts are all around
Some thoughts before I go
Track Name: Wound Of Time
A little further on,
A little more to come.
More to see, more to know,
more for those in need to go.
Come to tend the soul,
Come to heal the wound,
Heal the wound of time,
Time that’s never mine.

As we are in time,
Time is what we know to be,
Time is then, time is now,
All is what the soul is not.
Now we come to rest,
Rest of soul, rest of peace,
Peace of mind at last.
Peace that wipes away the past.

Through in time we ride
Cooling on the side of free
Breathing in and out in time
Find the center of the mind
Impermanent this time
This we realize but still we
Hang on for the time to lead us
No time to make it mine. No.

I believe there comes a rest
A slowing down in spite of all
Time is now compressed
Peace is what it’s made to be
Keeping centered will
Carefully though ruthlessly
Time and peace collide
In the end peace prevails.
Track Name: Hindsight
Hindsight; it don’t bite
Take another taste and you’ll be in delight
Go down and build a wall of stone
It shouldn’t really matter that you’re all alone
See it there crawling everywhere
You can climb a mountain only if you care
C’mon hold up that wine
Don’t leave it ‘till tomorrow
You don’t have the time

Right there in the heart of all
Everybody sees you cry and call
Future ahead so tall
Hindsight prevents the fall

Hindsight; it won’t cry
No matter what you think, no matter how you try
It lines up with history in context for all to see
If you believe al that you’re told
Don’t be surprised when you grow old
There are no boundaries here
Yet people see them everywhere

Right there in the heart of all
Everybody sees you cry and call
Future ahead so tall
Hindsight prevents the fall

Hindsight; it don’t lie
Compare it to the truth and you will see it fly
One dose of its energy will no doubt bring your mind to see
These days there are many who deceive
Never lose sight of what you believe
Hindsight is there to guide
So trust not your changing pride

Right there in the heart of all
Everybody sees you cry and call
Future ahead so tall
Hindsight prevents the fall
Track Name: Empty Cup
The perfect way is without difficulty
Save that it avoids picking and choosing
Only when you stop liking and disliking
Will all be clearly understood
Then heaven and earth will split apart
If you want to get to the truth be not
Concerned with right and wrong
This is the conflict
Between right and wrong is the sickness of the mind


One day I wiped out all the thoughts and notions from my mind
I gave up all forms of desire which I had known
I spoke but my words had lost all meaning
No longer was there need for assumptions
No longer was my reality conformed to any idea
My cup had become empty
Track Name: In The Engine Room
Do you like yourself? Do you know who you are?
Do you live in the light? Do you live in the dark?
Do you hope for life? Do you see it end?
Do you face the facts? Do you still pretend?

Do you assert yourself? Do you follow behind?
Do you enjoy life? Do you not have time?
Do you live in the streets? Do you live in a home?
Do you have enough friends? Do you feel alone?

They’ve locked you in the engine room

Do you know yourself? Do you wonder how?
Do you live in the past? Do you live in the now?
Do you sleep on a bed? Do you sleep on the floor?
Do you have enough? Do you still want more?

Do you believe yourself? Do you seek for the truth?
Do you long to be old? Do you long for your youth?
Do you dance through life? Do you carry a load?
Do you conceal your wealth? Do you have none to hold?

They’ve locked you in the engine room