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Half Moon Bay
When You're Not Near Me
Full Circle
Reason To Run
Once In Love
Whispers In The Wind
This Heart
Reach Haven Postcard
Drawing Pictures
Icarus Ascending
Earth Anthem

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Half Moon Bay
(instrumental)


When You're Not Near Me

When you're not near me
The time don't seem to move as easy
When you're not near me
The sun don't seem to feel the same
The days don't shine as brightly
And the nights don't taste as sweet
And this soul of mine feels lost and imcomplete
When you're not near me
When you're not near me

When you're not near me
I make the sound of one hand clapping
When you're not near me
I leave no footprints in the sand
And I can find no solace in the lonely silver sea
And I'm only half as strong and half as free
When you're not near me
When you're not near me

Don't be long my love
Oh, don't be long my love
It won't be long until
I hold you in my arms again

Don't be long my love
Oh, don't be long my love
It won't be long until
I hold you in my arms again

When you're not near me
There is no laughter in my spirit
When you're not near me
There is no spirit in my laugh

You are like a magnet to that iron part in me
And this longing never seems to let me be
When you're not near me
When you're not near me
When you're not near me
Oo-Oo my love, when you're not near me
When you're not near me.......fade........



Full Circle

Funny how the circle turns around
First you're up and then you're down again
Though the circle takes what it may give
Each time around it makes it live again

Funny how the circle is a wheel
And it can steal someone who is a friend
Funny how the circle takes you flying
And if it's right it brings it back again

Funny how the circle turns around
Ya think you're lost and then you're found again
Though you always look for what ya know
Each time around there's something new again

Funny how the circle is a wheel
And it can steal someone who is a friend
Funny how the circle takes you flying
And if it's right it brings it back again

Funny how the circle is a wheel
And it can steal someone who is a friend
Funny how the circle takes you flying
And if it's right it brings it back again



Reason To Run

Pecos Mountains in the fading light
Shadows stretching 'til they're clean out of sight
How could anything that felt so right
At the same time feel so wrong
At the same time feel so wrong

All these questions, baby, all these fears
Kept me running through the best of my years
I pray this storm inside me someday clears
But these scars run so damn deeply
But these scars run so damn deep in me

There's a reason for everything, they say
That's under the sun
For every reason to stay
I find a reason to run
I find a reason to run

Seems I've always had these friends of mine
The smoke, the bottle, and the fine white line
Keep me company throught the crush of time
But these changes come so slowly
And these changes come so slow to me

There's a reason for everything, they say
That's under the sky
For every reason to love
There's a reason to cry

There's a reason for everything, they say
That's under the sun
For every reason to stay
I find a reason to run
I find a reason to run


Once In Love

Once in love you'll always be a lover
Once is all it takes
You will give your heart up to another
Even if it breaks

You can say this fever's sure to leave you
It's bound to fade with time
And you can lie, but your heart just won't believe you
Hearts just aren't that blind

CHORUS
Some say loves's a game but she holds all the cards
The hands are never ours to choose
And once love has made her play
She never goes away
Win or lose

The well runs dry and it takes its time in filling
And sometimes seems so deep
And even though the flesh is often willing
The spirit gets so weak

(Repeat Chorus)

Once in love you'll always be a lover
Bide your time 'til then
If you should lose there'll always be another
So you can try again
You can try again



Whispers In The Wind

Like a wraith she ambles aimlessly
Through the mists along the shore
She wraps the foggy night around her like a warming shawl
Leaves wildflowers at my door

She come to me when she needs company
Weaves her web around my soul
She comes to me to free those wild, burning, passion fires
She cannot control

And in the morning light I know that she'll be gone
And then the lonely hours begin
And all she leaves behind to find her in the dawn
Are whispers in the wind

And in the shadows of the candlelight
She takes comfort in my touch
And then she pulls away and leaves before the candles die
Or before she feels too much

And in the morning light I know that she'll be gone
And then the lonely hours begin
And all she leaves behind to find her in the dawn
Are whispers in the wind

And all she leaves behind to find her in the dawn
Are whispers in the wind


This Heart

CHORUS
This heart - this heart
Has been beaten down and battered
This heart - this heart
Has been torn apart and scattered
But what's left of this heart of mine
I will lay down in your hands
'Cause in the light of your love
This heart still stands

Well I'd been walking down a one way street
Filled with sorrow and confusion
Searching every single face I'd meet
For some heaven I could hold
And when I felt like I was running dry
And love was always gonna pass me by
You brought me out of the rain and in from the cold

(Repeat Chorus)

Well I believe for every wayward soul
Crying out for its completion
There's another that will make it whole
That's just waiting to be found
And I confess that I was losing faith
And I'd all but given up the chase
When you took hold of my heart and turned it around

(Repeat Chorus)

(After instrumental)
What's left of this heart of mine I will lay down in your hands
'Cause in the light of your love this heart still stands

(Repeat Chorus)
Fade.....




Reach Haven Postcard

Well the first breath of autumn blows through the trees
And the nights are getting long and growing colder
And the maples are turning and the fields have gone brown
And the waves against the shore make such a sad sound

Now there's a meal on the table and a fire in the stove
And a candle burning brightly by the stairway
And a lamp in the window that shines out to sea
And I wish so much tonight that you were here with me

Now the moon is in danger of running aground
As she sweeps the tattered clouds above the island
And the stars lay like diamonds on the breast of the sea
And I wonder where you are and if you're thinking of me

CHORUS
Now I've grown so accustomed to having you near
And I miss you so madly when you are not here
When I think how you love me oh, it brings me to tears
And I wish so much tonight that you were here with me
Oh, I wish so much tonight that you were here with me

Well I dropped you a postcard today in the mail
With a picture of a sailing ship upon it
And I tried to say something that was clever and clear
But the only thing I wrote was that "I wish you were here"

(Repeat Chorus)


Drawing Pictures

Paper people in a raging fire
Trying to keep the cold away
Talking tangled in a thorny briar
Lost with nothing left to say
Always racing for the night to hide us
Never listening to the love inside us

No one ever told us we were wrong
No one said when love is weak
It may be getting strong
She searched for a shoulder
And mine was gone

Drawing pictures in the sand
Trying to tease the time to stay
Wishing water never met the land
To wash the dreams away
Taking turns at being friends and lovers
Hearing what we both believe from others

No one ever told us we were wrong
No one said when love is weak
It may be getting strong
She searched for a shoulder
And mine was gone


Icarus Ascending

Soaring alone upon a threatening wind
Just fix your eyes on the horizon
Cut off from everything you've known or have been
I shouldn't think it's so surprisin'

Spiraling upward on a freshening lift
Reaching the realms of fleet Apollo
You have been given the most sacred of gifts
You must be fearless now and follow

CHORUS
So don't look down
Though your heart may be weary
Don't look down
Though your wings are on fire
Don't look down
Though the night may seem endless
There's a reason you're flying this fast and this far
Let your faith be your strength
And your love be your guiding star

Venturing further than the length of your sight
Out past the reach of your beginnings
There is a gamble in each proud act of flight
But the losses pale before the winnings

Circling and diving with this freedom you've found
Illusion blows apart and scatters
There is no darkness in this place that we're bound
Love is the only thing that matters

(Repeat Chorus)


Earth Anthem

And we are but an island, in an ocean
This is our home, third from the sun
Let it be evergreen, let it be evergreen

And we are but an island, in an ocean
This is our home, third from the sun
God, keep it evergreen
To keep it evergreen, I would lay my life down

And we are but an island, in an ocean
This is our home, third from the sun
Let it be evergreen, let it be evergreen

 


Released May 2003 by Mailboat Records, Inc. All songs written by Dan Fogelberg and published by Sacred Circle Music--ASCAP © 1997, 2002 except "Drawing Pictures" - Hickory Grove--ASCAP 1981; "Full Circle" written by Gene Clark © 1973 Irving Music Inc.(BMI) and "Earth Anthem" written by Bill Martin ©1969 DreamWorks Songs/Dixie Stars Music (ASCAP).

Produced by Dan Fogelberg for Morning Sky Productions
Recorded by Dan Fogelberg at Mountain Bird Studios, Colorado
Mixed by Elliot Scheiner at Presence Studios, Westport, Connecticut
Mastered by Darcy Proper at Sony Mastering, New York, NY
Assistant engineers: Joe Peccerillo, Jean Fogelberg and David Reynolds
Package design and layout by D.F. and Jean
Front cover photography by Henry Diltz
Booklet photography by Jean Fogelberg

Musicians:

  • Dan Fogelberg -- all guitars (electric, acoustic, lead, rhythm and otherwise), mandolin, bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, lead and background vocals
  • Roland Laboite -- drums, percussion
  • Donny Traut -- bass
  • Sven Birkebeiner -- keyboard
  • Lee Mealone -- congas, percussion
  • Kenny Passarelli and Jean Fogelberg -- background vocals on "This Heart" and "Icarus Ascending"

Dan's Comments On The Tracks

HALF MOON BAY -- "It's just a place in my mind, a nice title, just a name that came into my head one night. I wanted it to feel kind of oceanic. I felt it was a little instrumental signature piece with strings I wanted to revisit, like the opening of Twin Sons (Of Different Mothers), Captured Angel, and Innocent Age. It's separate from 'When You're Not Near Me' (the second track), but I wrote it intentionally knowing it would go into the second track, so I wrote it so it would end in the same key. The sequencing of this album was important to me. When you work on something as long as this it changes obviously. It is one of the reasons it didn't come out last year. Something wasn't quite right. This winter when I was in Hawaii, for some reason it dawned on me to change the sequencing. When I came home I was ready to do that. It flowed better. 'Once In Love' was so strong I didn't want to bury it. Everybody who heard it said, "That's a radio tune." I said, 'OK, great, then I should move it up. Elliot Scheiner, who has won Grammys working with the Eagles and Steely Dan, mixed the album. He's one of the best and is the reason the album sounds so good." WHEN YOU'RE NOT WITH ME -- "I don't want to say 'This is about this person or that person.' The songs on this album span such a long period of time they are probably about a half dozen relationships. More than these songs being about anyone, for the most part I hope they are appreciated by the listener as part of their life so it becomes a more personal experience for them, rather than 'Oh, who did he write that about?' or 'What's going on in his life?' But I want these songs to still reflect emotion and sentiment that should be valid to anyone involved in a mature, romantic situation. Most of them are very hopeful. 'Drawing Pictures' (track 9) is sad, but I wrote it when I was 21. The songs are very hopeful about the nature of relationships. "When You're Not With Me" feels like a George Harrison kind of Beatles thing to me, though nobody else may get that. A lot of songs reflect my earliest influences, like (The Byrds') Gene Clark ('Full Circle'). That was conscious, my doing as a producer."

FULL CIRCLE -- "That song first appeared on the Byrds reunion album in '73 and has always touched me. It's one of my favorite tunes. It's not well known...it's one of their more obscure songs but I thought it had such a great thing happening in the vocals especially. The verse was written in one key and the chorus steps up to the subdominant. It's so uplifting and I like what the song says. It's a great philosophical song about living through life and all it has to show you, because it's going to keep coming around."

REASON TO RUN -- "Usually in life, you have people that leave and people who are left. They are patterns that some repeat for whatever reason. This is a song about that impulse, not about me. It's about someone I knew getting into a relationship and when it got time to get serious and committed, they would consciously leave and go to another partner until it got close to the same point. Musically, I think there is a Buffalo Springfield/Crazy Horse kind of feel. I used my old Gretsch (guitar) all over this record. I hadn't done that in a long time."

ONCE IN LOVE -- "This song was written in 1982 when I was in the middle of doing Innocent Age, or just after it, which is the reason it feels very similar to that period. It's advice to the lovelorn (he laughs). A friend of mine's little sister was in college and had just gotten her heart broken for the first time. She asked me, like I'm some great sage (he laughs again), 'What the hell is this about?' I told her, 'I know it hurts now, but you will get over it and be fine.' This was written for anybody who gets hurt and it doesn't work out like they expected, which probably is most people. It's done with doubled acoustic guitars. I initially was going to do a single vocal without harmonies, but it was screaming for those other two parts."

WHISPERS IN THE WIND -- "It was written for a lady, probably in '85. It was a very brief, very romantic situation. The nature of that relationship felt to me like an old Gordon Lightfoot song like 'Softly She Comes.' Gordon wrote a lot of that stuff: great, mysterious women would show up in the middle of the night and disappear. Lightfoot is one of my greatest influences. I admire his songwriting. Melodically and lyrically, this is a tribute to Lightfoot."

THIS HEART -- "It's a very positive song. People should be able to go on and improve in their life. I want to encourage people that, no matter what life dishes out, you've got to go on and it gets better. That's what this song is about. It evolved from the mid-'90s to the late '90s."

REACH HAVEN POSTCARD -- "It's a very pretty little acoustic tune. I love the imagery in it, one of those cinematic songs where you can really see a physical place. I was sitting on an island writing the song, looking at my surroundings and thinking, 'Here I am and this is what is going on tonight.' What I like about the imagery of this song, more than anything, is that it's a rather clever little item to do as a post card. The tritest thing to write on a post card is 'Wish you were here.' I like how I wove that in. When you're not with someone you love, the natural thing is to say 'Wish you were here.' "

DRAWING PICTURES -- "Sometimes a song confirms why it is I should be doing this. This is very mature stuff by someone who at the time (age 21) had never been in a serious relationship. I do find the song just as relevant now as when it was written. I wrote it in '72 or '73 probably. This CD starts off like that period, so I thought, 'Why not bring a song from that time?' I always loved 'Drawing Pictures.' It was one of those songs that kept getting pushed aside. Irving Azoff, my manager at the time, used to love it and would say, 'You've got to put this on that album.' But for one reason or another through the years I didn't. Finally 30 years later, this beautiful song made it to an album. I don't know who it was written for or about, or where I was when I wrote it. I honestly don't remember. But it was a song always there that kept saying, 'Hey, don't forget about me.' "

ICARUS ASCENDING -- "This is the high water mark of this record for me. This is one of the most recent, a very important song to me as a songwriter. It's a statement of my personal philosophy of being an artist. It does give hope for those who are willing to plumb the depths of individualism in any endeavor, in any art. The gift of art is an incredible blessing from the creator. I believe that. It's not an easy life, not a popular choice to make if you want to be everybody's friend. You have to listen to that unwavering voice that says, 'You're special, but it's not going to be easy.' It will be very difficult, but if you choose to pursue it unfailingly, I believe you will be greatly rewarded in a way people who are not given this creative spark will ever understand. It's perhaps as close as I will ever come to really expressing my core philosophy. I'm not talking financial here, but spiritual rewards. Many great artists never realized financial rewards. This is a song to those artists, more than someone like me, who has had every reward I can possibly think of. So many great artists struggled all their lives and will never see the perks. This song says you have to have enormous courage to follow the muse and that's Icarus. The Greek story is one of the great stories of optimism and foolishness, that he would make wax wings to fly to the sun. But as an artist you've got to be fearless and keep flying to the sun even though you know you might crash. ' There is a gamble in each proud act of flight' is one of the best lines I've ever written."

EARTH ANTHEM -- "This album is full of hope. My core philosophy about the nature and importance of art is in 'Icarus Ascending,' and 'Earth Anthem' represents the nature of my own being to protect and preserve and love nature. I still want to make sure people are reminded they have a sacred duty as the human species to be caretakers of this planet. Bill Martin wrote this in the mid-60s. It is one of the first environmental songs I can remember. It was on a Turtles album. Howard (Kaylan) and Mark (Volman) (of the Turtles) did this song with the Turtles in '65 -'66, on an album called Battle of the Bands, in which the Turtles did songs as different bands. Mark Volman used to be a neighbor of mine when I lived up in Laurel Canyon in L.A. I've sung this Bill Martin song at political rallies through the years. I did it at the 'No Nukes' concert in Washington, D.C., in 1980, on the Capitol steps. It's a very inspirational song."




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