Long Ago Not So Far Away

by Joshua Blum

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    "The Thirteenth Hour" is an illustrated fairy tale fantasy novel inspired by fantasy and sci-fi movies from the 1980s. This is the original music written for the book that was inspired by the new wave songs and movie scores from that era. Thirteen tracks with a range of musical styles (synthwave, new wave, acoustic) and instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards) digitally mastered onto an approximately 47 minute shrink wrapped CD with full color insert containing illustrations and lyrics.

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The Thirteenth Hour is an illustrated fairy tale fantasy novel that was inspired by 1980s scifi and fantasy movies. This is the novel's soundtrack inspired by that era of new wave, synthesizers, and electric guitars.

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released November 13, 2016

songwriting, arrangement, and recording - Joshua Blum
keyboards, guitars, vocals - Joshua Blum

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Track Name: Searching For Forever
Searching For Forever

Intro
C Am F G

Verse 1
C
Look into my eyes
Am
Can't believe I found you
C
We'll find our way together
F G
In this crazy world

Verse 2
Fly into tomorrow
Riding on a rainbow
The future is ours
So hold on tight

Chorus
F G
Searching for forever
C Am
Who could have known
F G
Searching for forever
C Am F G
I'd find it with you ...

Verse 3
Look how far we've come now
Shoreline under night skies
Aurora borealis
Will guide us home

Verse 4
We'll find our place yet
Dreaming is believing
We only need each other
So don't let go

Chorus
Instrumental solo
Chorus x 2
Track Name: Song of an Unsung Hero
B A
I saw the world today.
B Esus2
A thousand faces laughing through me.
B A
The celebration planned for me,
B Esus2
All forgotten instantly.

C#m
After all I did and gave
B A
I’m still outside in the rain.

B A
Outside, looking in.
B Esus2
Don’t want to leave, can’t bear to stay.
B A
Who am I? Who can I be?
B Esus2
I don’t know; no one to blame.

C#m
So I turned, looked at the ground,
B A
Walking away, without a sound.

C#m A
And the way isn’t lighted, nor are the stars
C#m F#m B A B A
All alone here, here in the dark.

B A
No, I’m not sad.
B Esus2
I realize this was meant to be.
B
But where can I go?
A
And what do I say
B Esus2
To those that helped along the way?

C#m
And I’m turning, looking at the ground,
B A
Walking away, without a sound.
Esus2 C#m
After all I did and gave
B A
I’m still outside in the rain.
Esus2 C#m
And I’m turning, looking at the ground,
B A
Walking away, without a sound.
Esus2 C#m B
Who will speak my name, sing for me?
A A
My song to sing, sing for me,
E A E
My song to sing.
Track Name: I'll Fly Away
I'll Fly Away

I wonder, sometimes
Sometimes -
Where do the dreams go,
When the day breaks?
Breaks -
When I am awake.

Do they fly away,
Away -
Like a bird on the wing.
If a dream's just a wish,
Wish -
Do they find their way home?

If I had wings, I'd fly far away from here,
If I had wings -
If I had wings.
If I had wings, weighing nothing at all,
A dream and a prayer
Is all I would need.

But these are four walls,
Four walls -
Closing in every day
And I feel so alone
Alone -
Is this all that there is?

Can I fly away,
Away -
Far away from here,
Where nothing at all can hurt anymore.
I'll swallow my pride
My pride -
Swallow it whole,
Give up the reins.
If I had wings.

So l wish for wings,
For wings -
To fly away from here,
If I had wings
If I had wings.
If I had wings, weighing nothing at all,
A dream and a prayer
Is all I would need.

But if you would fly
With me
Fly far away -
So much better it'd be
So much better it'd be.

And we would have wings to fly,
Far away from here,
We would have wings -
We would have wings.
If we had wings, weighing nothing at all,
A dream and a prayer
Is all we would need.
All we would need.
That's all we would need.
Track Name: Dreams Go Far
Dreams Go Far

Where are you now?
Won't you tell me
What you're thinking?
I've been there;
No resting for the weary.
But in the end, hold true.
For the best is yet to
Happen to you ...

Sometimes – it's hard,
To keep your head up high.
You walk alone,
Feeling cold and scared inside.
So close your eyes,
Open up your mind.
For it's when you listen
That you hear all there is inside.

'Cause dreams go far,
No matter where you are.
If you wish for me,
I'll wish for you,
And we'll make our
Dreams come true.

Long ago – could you guess
This is where you'd be now?
Yes, I know, it's hard to
Watch your world unfold.
But on this long, winding road,
How you think you are
Is what will come true.
For it's when you look
That see all that you can do.

'Cause dreams go far,
No matter who you are.
If you wish for me,
I'll wish for you,
And we'll make our
Dreams come true.

Dreams go far,
No matter how you are.
If you believe in me,
I'll believe in you,
And then we'll make our
Dreams come true.
Track Name: Dragons' Eyes
Dragons’ Eyes

Intro: Am G Am

Am G
A long, long time ago
Am
From legends dead
G
There comes a tale
F
From which it’s said

Em
There is a place
Dm
It’s hard to see
Em Dm
East of here, and West of there
Em
Where all the eye can see
F
Is made of gold

G
And so it goes –
F
The story rolls –
Em
Twisted ‘round by man
Dm
In ambitions cold.

F
To find the way
G
Of which no man knew
F
Except through dragons’ eyes
G
So, off they flew

F
To hunt them down
G
For dragons’ eyes
F
Could show the path
G
To that magic land
F G
Where all one wished for could come true


Break: Am G Am G F G Am

Am G
And many a ship

Am
Washed up on the sand
G
But never they found
F
That magic land
G
Of gold and wishes at command
F G
For dead dragons’ eyes can not show
F G
And in rage and greed, man’s folly grew.

Am G
So the last dragons fell
Am
In blood and fire
G
Except for two
F
A young male and his heart’s desire
G
That wished to run no more
F
So into a cave they flew
G
To nurse their wounds
F G
As their hunger grew.

F
Too many to fight,
G
Too weak to fly
F
Perhaps the dragons gods
G
Shone bright that night
F G
On courage, and love, one final stand
F G
So the dragon race would not end
F
And so they cast their lot
G
Upon the wind
F G
Into fate’s hands they did swim

Am Em
But dragons still roam
F
As do hate and greed
G F
So let this tale make you brave
G Am
So magic things do not end.
Track Name: Love, Grey Dresses, and Other Things
Love, Grey Dresses, and Other Things


Intro

C
There’s this girl that I know
G Am
Actually, I’ve known her all my life,
F
It seems, to me.

C G
And when she found me, as a child
Am F
All alone, without a soul, to call my own.
C
Best friends were we
G Am F
Did I ever say how much that meant … to me?

C
And so … the seasons go
G Am
Promises of childhood seem so bold.
F
Can they grow old?

C G
Now I hold her hand but
Am
As an adult man, and something is …
F G
Different this time.

C
That grey dress she wears
G Am
Seen it a hundred times before
F
But not like tonight, not like tonight. ‘Cause


C
There’s a fire in her eyes
G Am
The wind catches a lock of her hair
F
And my heart lifts in time.
C
There’s a smile on her face
G Am
One I know that time can not erase …
F
But it feels new.

C G
And then all at once, it hits me like a thousand tons
Am F
How I could’ve been so blind?
C G
And that’s when I knew why songs are sung of love
Am
Because, because, because … it was love
F C
I was falling in … this whole time.


Instrumental: C G Am F C