As Game of Dances reflects who we were in 1987,  Djuna’s Lullaby reflects who we are now. The songs on this recording
embrace some of the inner and outward struggles we all face as humans existing in this vast sea –  of calm, or in tumult.

A Day Like This

The rejuvenating moment of optimism we can encounter while staring out at the sometimes blank landscape of humanity.

On a day like this, you’re swinging for the cheap seats
And there’s more blue in the sky
It’s hard to resist the singing of your heart beating
Cause your eyes can’t see that high

On a day like this, you’re kicking down the back streets
Skipping stone on the way
You look for words, you’re drinking from the big well
There’s just nothing else to say

On a day like this, it’s waiting for you
Not to miss
The longing for that one more kiss
On a day like this

Sometimes you feel like you’re caught in the middle of a big fight
And you just want to get away
You can tell yourself
It’s not really worth all this trouble
“But then again” is what you’ll say

On a day like this, it’s waiting for us
Not to miss
The longing for that one last kiss
On a day like this

Soon the sun will set and take its rest
And darkness too will come
And the time we have will be the best
Not what was lost or won

On a day like this, it’s waiting for you
Not to miss
The longing for that one more kiss
On a day like this

IT’S ALRIGHT

Still looking for answers after “last call” may be specific only to musicians. But maybe not. It’s alright.

When all the bars have been closed
And you’re not ready to sleep
‘Cause there are stars you still might reach
You pull your collar up
Walking against the wind
Morning will come too soon but
You still might win
It’s alright now, it’s alright now, it’s alright now

The night can hear, it doesn’t mind
That you’ve been hard to know
‘Cause what is clear, after all
You’re still looking up
Trying to beat the wind
Tomorrow will come too soon but
You still might win
It’s alright now, it’s alright now, it’s alright now

On the corner you might find
A song there, waiting
Maybe you should just go home
And tell her the same thing
While the night is clear
And you can see that
It’s alright now

You’re pulling your collar up
Walking against the wind
Morning will come too soon but
You still might win
It’s alright now, it’s alright now, it’s alright now

The Fate of Me

A love song to our better angels

There are signs in the streets
Of how we disagree
And those in high places telling
People how to be
These things have been and might always be
But loving you has always ben the fate of me

We have children in cages
With no family
And angry men who only bring us
Hate and greed
Still you lend a hand wherever you might be
And loving you has always been the fate of me

So lift up those eyes, those tired eyes
And carry on and lead us
To the prize
Cause these things have been, and might always be
And loving you has always been the fate of me

Now we’re killing everything
Just as fast as can be
It’s a wonder that the Earth puts up with
You and me
In the end it might not matter
If we’re good or free
But loving you will always be the fate of me

So lift up those eyes, those downcast eyes
And carry on and bring us
To the prize
Cause these things have been, and might always be
And loving you has always been the fate of me
These things have been and might always be
But loving you has always been the fate of me

 Waiting for the Roses

The Greeks long have associated Aphrodite, a Goddess of Love, with roses … and Greece has nurtured our hearts and our love since 1986. She calls us. We’re always waiting for the roses…

You’ve been waiting for a while and there’s something in your smile
When your heart is on the line
Like salt water in your hair, and the wind that left it there
Or another glass of wine
While we’re waiting for the roses

There’s no trick to help us find the belief that we can climb
Higher than before
And when the morning starts to show it gets easier to know
That love’s the open door
While you’re waiting for the roses

There’ll be dreams to believe and ones you should leave
Are you crazy enough to say what you mean
I’ve loved you like that, and I won’t take it back
‘Cause the crazy wind knows where we’ve been
And that we’re waiting for the roses

When you’ve been waiting for a while and there’s something in your smile
And your heart is on the line
It’s like the wind that’s in the air and the answer in your stare
That’s been there all this time
While we were waiting for the roses

There’ll be dreams to believe and some we should leave
Are you crazy enough to say what you mean
I’ve loved you like that, and I won’t take it back
‘Cause the crazy wind, the crazy wind knows

There are dreams to believe and ones you should leave
Are we crazy enough to say what we mean
I’ve loved you like that, and I won’t take it back
‘Cause the crazy wind knows where we’ve been
While we were waiting for the roses, waiting for the roses

Thousand Mile Goodnight

Dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make it home
to the one you love.

I’ll be the wind again
And touch your lips again
And warm your dreams while you’re sleeping
And blow you home in the dying light
A thousand mile goodnight

And when you walk the sand
Between the sea and land
And laughing birds dance around you
Like a song that holds you tight
A thousand mile goodnight

I’ve been walking to you
And feeling the moon
Along the way
Like something that’s true, you don’t need to explain

I’ll be the moon again
And shine a light right in
And share the secrets you’re keeping
I’ll take you home now, it’s alright
A thousand mile goodnight

I’ve been walking to you
And feeling the moon
For all this time
Like something that’s true, in the darkness and light

I’ll be the wind again
Blowing through your dreams again
And warm your lips while you’re sleeping
And fill your arms in the dying light
A thousand mile goodnight

Chances Are

Chances are good that there’s nothing new under the sun, and while we may have no say in what hand we’re dealt,
we can have a say in what hand we play

Chances are we’ve been here before
Same old mountain, same old door
Same horizon that the prophets saw
Same old peace, same old war
Chances are we’ve been here before

I’ve got a feeling that love is more
More than just a candy store
Still water, then a storm
A steady hand when you’re sore
I
’ve got a feeling that love is more

It’s a good day you won’t forget
A walk on a wire without a net
It’s a winning hand when you don’t keep score
I’ve got a feeling that love is more

I know I know what friends are for
And I’m pretty sure I’ve let them down before
I’m just as subtle as a dinosaur
A cold jellyfish on the shore
I know I know what friends are for

People ‘round don’t talk anymore
We just shake our fists and think we know more
‘Cause mine is better, better than yours
But that’s a leaky roof and a hole in the floor
People around here don’t talk anymore

It’s a bad day you won’t forget
A walk on a wire without a net
It’s a Losing hand when we all keep score
People ‘round here don’t talk anymore

Chances are we’ve been here before
Same old mountain, same old door
Same horizon that the prophets saw
Same old peace, same old war
Chances are we’ve been here before

It’s a bad day you won’t forget
A walk on a wire without a net
It’s a losing hand when we all keep score
Chances are we’ve been here before
It’s a good day you won’t forget
A walk on a wire without a net
It’s a winning hand when you don’t keep score
I’ve got a feeling that love is more

Time Again

A love song to the physical – but also to the metaphysical.
A love song to the one that matters most,
but also to the world we’d like to see.

It’s time again
Time to wear the colors of the fearless wind
So take my hand
I want to feel the whispers burning in your skin
Like a song
Singing in the passing of the moon
The night is long
But that’s when you’ll know we didn’t meet too soon

Wake me if I sleep too long
Said the bird to the dawn
It’s time again
Tomorrow will get in your eyes
Well before you want to rise
It’s time again
It’s time to go, like the sun that slowly melts the snow
Will we ever know
Why it is or why it isn’t so?

Let’s tie these flowers in our hair,
Before they’re gone and
Scatter where the wind will blow
Cause all this endless buzz and hiss
Will still your aim, and make you miss
This, I know
Like tears, can somehow be two lovers’ greatest prize
And rain, and then a rainbow shining in your eyes

So round and round, and round we go
While deserts bloom and Empires grow
And fall againBut all through this the fearless wind
left an echo in our skin that
Calls again
Like a song, singing in the passing of the moon
The night is long
But that’s when you’ll know
We didn’t meet too soon
It’s time again, it’s time again

I’m Not Having You On

We read the news and weep. Is it Hell or Heaven you want?

From east to west, the drums are getting louder
Like we’re starting all over again
You can show me the book, the one that you read from
And try to explain “us and them”
But I’m not having you on
Is it hell or heaven you want

There are a lot ways that this could all go
Live right now or die and not know
Reach up high or just get low again
Bouncing off walls of our own design
Or climb up stairs without even trying
It’s just a matter of now, or when
But I’m no having you on
Is it hell or heaven you want

And will the song just stay the same
While the words get rearranged
Where is the blue sky, where’s the rain
Where is the road

So take me home now, down beyond the river
Where the tall grasses grow
I miss those home fires
And love has waited longer than you know

Where is the last piece, the piece of this puzzle
That’s been trouble to us all along
Some need a mouthpiece
And some need a muzzle so the rest of us can carry on
And I’m not having you on

So take us home now down beyond the river
Where the warm winds still blow
I miss the sunshine
And love has waited longer than you know

So take me home – down beyond the river
Where the tall grasses grow
I miss those home fires
And love has waited longer than you know
And I’m not having you on
Is it hell or heaven you want

Hiraeth  (Hee-ry-eth)

A deep longing for those things, loves,
beings, places we’ve cherished.
All of that, all that trails behind us in our wake,
is what has fed us on the road traveled
to who we are in this moment.

Out beyond the edge of town, where the wind’s the only sound
And all you can feel is how heavy it all is
There are spirits in the air
The missing ones that pull you there
Where all you can feel is how light it all is

Hiraeth sings that song and you can feel it
It’s like you know
It’s like a wheel that takes you home

How many days will pass ‘til the spring brings the grass
And over that water we will fly like the clouds
|nside the hardest stone there is still a fiery glow
That echoes down the ages when you say its name out loud

Hiraeth brings you gold
though you would steal it
It’s like the snow-covered fields that call you home
Hiraeth is that touch that starts the healing
Like kind words, once unsealed
Can bring you home

So where are you going
Is only tomorrow showing
When the past hasn’t gone anywhere
Tell me where are you going
Is only tomorrow showing
When the past hasn’t gone anywhere

Hiraeth sings that song, and you can feel it
It’s like you know
It’s like a wheel that takes you home
Hiraeth brings you gold
though you would steal it
It’s like the snow-covered fields that call you home

Out beyond the edge of town, where the wind’s the only sound
And all you can feel is how light it all is

Hallelujah One More Time

An invocation of love and peace for those in times of sadness and self doubt.

See how the birds still sing when you’re down
And the moon still dances in the sky
See how tomorrow comes and turns you around
To sing Hallelujah one more time

And when you think you have broken everything you can
And crossed every line
See how you’re still getting one more chance
To sing Hallelujah one more time

Come down, come down to the water now
Come lay your hand in mine
We’ll laugh and cry and make a joyful sound
And sing hallelujah, one more time

When this bridge, it doesn’t seem quite long enough
And the river’s deep and wide
And the fight that you’re in is just too rough
To sing hallelujah one more time

I’ll be here later when you call
Just to tell you that you’re mine
To pick you up again when you fall
And sing hallelujah one more time

Come down, come down to the water now
Come lay your hand in mine
We’ll laugh and sing and make a joyful sound
And sing hallelujah, one more time

See how the colors are all there for you
And how the music finds the rhyme
See how our wounds will be healing soon
If we sing hallelujah one more time

See how the birds still sing when we’re down
And the sun is dancing in the sky
See how tomorrow comes and turns you around
To sing hallelujah one more time

Come down, come down to the water now…

Summer’s Island

Longing for that voice that makes us want to hear…

The rain is frozen in the trees
And waiting for the light
Soon will be midwinter and that long and silent night
When the moon lies before you
And the sun behind
You awaken from your dreams
And they’re not always kind

It’s just music to your ears boy
It’s just magic to your soul

Is this just another town for you
Just another place
Something that’s just out of reach
Something you can chase
And all the things you’ll never do are written on your face
And all the songs you’ll ever sing
Are all that will remain

It’s been a long way from summer’s island
Out here on this road you’ve come to roam
With a song to say the sun was smiling
Go on and pack your bags and go on home

Go on, sing that song again
One more time for me
One more time before we go down to the naked sea
We won’t know the other side until we’re gone and free
So while we’re here we might just dream
A dream that we can see

It’s a song that’s in the wind
It’s tugging at your ear
And a longing in her voice that makes you want to hear
And all the clouds that roll away and make it all too clear
That it’s a long way, a long way home- a long way home

It’s just music to your ears, boy
It’s just magic to your soul

It’s been a long way from summer’s island
Out here on this road you’ve come to roam
With a song to say the sun was smiling
Go on and pack your bags and go on home
Go on and pack your bags and go on home

Djuna’s Lullaby

The Rev. Djuna Cupcake sent this one to us from the world of spirits, and we sing it to remind ourselves that those who have left us in our grief want us to carry on and love one another

Your light’s still on
Why worry the night away
Go on and sleep now, go on and sleep now
I’m watching out
No one will find you here
Go on and sleep now, go on and sleep now

Go on, sleep now under mountains of dream clouds
And stars you can reach
Go to sleep now
Follow the sun down to the fountain we come from
And everything’s free
Go to sleep now

You are alright
As long as your heart is true
You have done nothing wrong, you have done nothing wrong
It’s black and white, if ever your world is blue
Yours is the sweetest song, yours is the sweetest song

Go on, sleep now under mountains of dream clouds
And stars you can reach
Go to sleep now
Follow the sun down to the fountain we come from
And everything’s free
Go to sleep now, go to sleep now, go to sleep now.