Love Song For The Hopeless

by Christian Lipski

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The protagonist receives a signal from space ( “Love Song For The Hopeless”) and, convinced that the sender is the love of his dreams, takes off to track down the source, leaving just his preparations behind for his friends (“Maps of Mars”). At the beginning of his journey, Our Hero is sad at his departure but hopeful for the future (“Long Night’s Journey”). Meanwhile, his friends think about him often (“Absent Friends”) as they deal with rising temperatures on Earth. After so long alone, though, Our Hero begins to despair of ever reaching his goal, and begins to doubt his convictions (“Lost In The Phantom Zone”). Back on Earth, an expanding sun has begun to create panic, which is handled in different ways (“End Of It All Waltz”). Our Hero, after his nearly unbearable experience, finally reaches the source of the signal (“Starshine”), who stuns him by wondering why he’s alone and insisting they return to Earth immediately. On the remains of the planet, one man describes his surroundings and his options (“Solitary Man Blues”). Upon returning to an lifeless planet, Our Hero realizes that the “hopeless” in the signal referred to all humans, not just him (“How It All Ends”), and he grimly faces his future (“All The Time In The World”).

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released August 10, 2009

All vocals and instruments by Christian Lipski
All songs written by Christian Lipski, except "All The Time In The World" (Barry/David)

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Track Name: Love Song For The Hopeless
Feeling like
I was born at the wrong time
Carving out
Every day like I'm working in stone

I don't care
I just want to be somewhere with atmosphere
I don't care
I just want a place to call my own

Then I close my eyes

"Don't ever feel alone
I've come to call you home
Leave it all behind
I've waited for so long
Come be where you belong
Is anyone out there?
It's just a love song for the hopeless"

Calming down
Trying to make sense of a miracle
Come to terms
Willing to believe what I can feel

I'm on fire
Writing out schematics and ideas
I'm on fire
Knowing with my whole self that it's real

Each time I close my eyes

"Don't ever feel alone
I've come to call you home
Leave it all behind
I've waitied for so long
Come be where you belong
Is anyone out there?"

Trying to relax as I'm working on a plan to escape
'Cause the world's getting over and it's all I can take
Thinking back to the message that I hear in my head
I'm alive but without you then I'd rather be dead
Track Name: Maps Of Mars
Is it in your eyes, the light from all the stars
Is it something that I said?
Did you get the message on your radio
Did you hear it in your head?
You said gravity was pulling you down
You said "Nothing like the sun."
Can I get inside your head and turn you round
Can I ask you what you've done?
Well I hope that you remember me
Out there in your galaxy
Where I won't be
Maps of Mars
Are hanging in your room
And I know you must be leaving
Wave goodbye
As you travel 'cross the Moon
But don't forget to come back to me
'Cause it's cold out there
Past the atmosphere
And so I'll stare,
While I'm waiting here,
Into the sun to find you
If I wandered after you and tracked you down
If I followed you away
Would you recognize me out among the stars
Would you tell me I could stay
Well I hope that you remember me
Out there in your galaxy
Where I won't be
Maps of Mars
Are hanging in your room
And I know you must be leaving
Wave goodbye
As you travel 'cross the Moon
But don't forget to come back to me
Don't forget to come back to me
Don't forget
Track Name: Long Night's Journey
If I could explain
Why I can't remain
Who would be there to hear me?
Do you feel betrayed
By the choice I've made
Please understand what I had to do
Oh this night goes on and on and on
Will I ever see tomorrow?
Thought I travel to hell and gone
When I find her she will take me home
Where am I going?
Reach out to me
Give me a sign
Nothing behind me
Nothing to lose
And nothing's gonna stand in my way
Somewhere there's a light
That's where I can hide
I'll do what it takes to get there
Across the darkened sea
Waiting there for me
Calling across the endless sky
Oh this night goes on and on and on
Will I ever see tomorrow?
Thought I travel to hell and gone
When I find her she will take me home
Take me home
Track Name: Absent Friends
I'm working every day out in the sunshine
I swear it's getting hotter every day
And then it's take the kids to soccer, walk that dog
And don't forget the PTA

I got all that I wished for and then some
I got a wife and kids, my job and short weekends
I got so much to do
I got life enough for two
But I still got time to drink to absent friends

I'm soothing Bobby's sunburn in the kitchen
And helping Molly with her ABCs
When they're in bed it's date night
But it's all that we can do
To sit up watching movies on TV

And every day I wonder where you've gone to
And if you're ever coming back at all
You know we'd make some time for you
If you'd just give us a call

I got all that I wished for and then some
I got a wife and kids, my job and short weekends
I got so much to do
I got life enough for two
But I still got time to drink to absent friends
Yeah, I still got time to drink to absent friends
Track Name: Lost In The Phantom Zone
I've been drifting for so long out in the darkness
That I can't remember any life at all
Reconstructing bits of broken conversation
Playing nightly on my empty bedroom wall

I'm beginning to have doubts about the likelihood
Of anything around me being real
Only fragments of the half-remembered promises
That got me to enclose myself in steel

And all the while it's all the same
The past can never change
The future lays the blame
And all the while you're on your own
Forever leaving home
Lost in the Phantom Zone

Is it distance that makes lovers so appealing?
Should I open up the door and step outside?
Could it be that dreams are only an invention
Meant to occupy our senses for a time?

And all the while it's all the same
The past can never change
The future lays the blame
And all the while you're on your own
Forever leaving home
Lost in the Phantom Zone
Track Name: The End Of It All Waltz
I saw Maria standing out in the street
She had a knife in her hand and the devil at her feet
She was a working lady
Got no time for a baby
Now it's much too late to a damn thing other than
Dance
Like the night wasn't burning and turning to day
Dance
To forget it'll all be swept away

At St. Michael's there ain't nowhere to stand
There's people sweatin' and prayin' "Jesus, give me your hand"
While Johnny takes their wallets,
Saying "While we've got it
It's a shame to waste our time asking why, hell, we might as well
Dance"
Squeezin' out every beat of our cheating hearts
Yeah, dance
Holding nothing inside as we fly apart

To the End Of It All Waltz
Spinnin' 'round to a dead-end one-way melody
The End Of It All Waltz
Hoping someone will carry on with the memory

I've got so much more to do
(why is this happening to me?)
Life to live before I'm through
(there's no way out that I can see)
I've got songs that I can sing
(if there were hope I could believe)
But there's nobody listening

The End Of It All Waltz
Spinnin' 'round to a dead-end one-way melody
The End Of It All Waltz
Hoping someone will carry on with the memory

Now me and Gina we got nowhere to go
We got us front-row tickets to see a hell of a show
Down on the 101
We're waiting for the sun
We said goodbye all night and now it's time to get up and
Dance
Letting all of our tears and our fears run dry
Yeah Dance
Turning under the rays of a blazing sky

To the End Of It All Waltz
Spinnin' 'round to a dead-end one-way melody
The End Of It All Waltz
Hoping someone will carry on with the memory
The End Of It All Waltz
Trying not to remember the way it used to be
Track Name: Starshine
At a time of your choosing
I am losing where I am
Only confidence keeps me on my feet
After searching for ages
While the stage was being set
Now the principal actors finally meet

There'll be no empty night time anymore
I have stepped into your sunlight

Starshine
Lifeline
Something more than ordinary
Starshine
Fall into my life

You were calling forever
But I never heard my name
Only something that I could not resist
Crossing infinite distance
Your insistence drove me on
With the promise of paradise like this

There'll be no empty night time anymore
I have stepped into your sunlight

Starshine
Lifeline
Something more than ordinary
Starshine
Fall into my life

Thoughts of home
So long alone
To be where I am with you
Face to face
Inhuman grace
And the stars will light the way
Out of the darkest night

But you're making me worry
What's your hurry to return?

Starshine
Lifeline
Something more than ordinary
Starshine
Fall into my life

Contact
Come back
Share the secrets you've been keeping
Starshine
Fall into my life
Track Name: Solitary Man Blues
Mercy mercy mercy
What is to become of me?
Mercy mercy mercy
What is to become of me?
Ain't no birds up in the sky now
Ain't no fishes in the sea

Looked 'round to find my woman
I saw nothing there but bones
Looked around to find my woman
There was nothing there but the bones
She caught fire early this morning
And I lost my happy home

I know a burnin' mornin'
Gonna come 'round by and by
Another burnin' mornin'
Gonna come 'round by and by
There is noone left to cling to
Think I'll hang my head and die

I asked the Lord for water
And he gave me only sand
I asked the Lord for water
He gave me only sand
There ain't nothin' quite as thirsty
As a solitary man

Mercy mercy mercy
What is to become of me?
Mercy mercy mercy
What is to become of me?
Ain't no birds up in the sky now
Ain't no fishes in the sea

Ain't nothin' quite as thirsty
As a solitary man
Track Name: How It All Ends
The night is overhung with stars
There's no one here to give me sympathy
It's cold
And I'm alone
That's how it all ends

The man that I used to be
I just don't know him anymore
He's gone
And I'm alone
That's how it all ends

I'd shed a tear for innocence and oh,
I'd shed a tear for now
I'd try to reach beyond the emptiness
If I know how

Your love was never just for me
The song has ended now for good
My hope left me alone
That's how it all ends