The Way Out West
I was lying there just half awake
I couldn't open up my eyes
I couldn't shake the west bound highway
From the reaches of my mind
With the sun I woke up dreaming
Of the year I moved out west
Like a bird flying out of the nest

I've been thinking about the way everything worked out
How you told me not to worry but I still had doubts
So hard to let your breath flow in and out
When you think you're going to die
Just before you learn to fly

I've been living like a man just half alive
Saving everything for nothing and I don't know why
Don't want to let another good day go dry
Bring me water from the well
There's nothing sweeter in the world

I cried on the way out west, grieving the life I left
I woke up in the ancient trees and I came alive
Tonight I'm going to raise my glass
To every trouble in my past
You made me a man, fool that I am
I'd do everything again

It's like I'm living in a dream within a dream
No one seems to even notice and it troubles me
Somebody dip a glass into a stream
And pour some water over me
I think I've had enough sleep

I want to thank you for the way you stood aside
You watched me flounder like a fool
And I almost died
There was nothing you could do but let me go
And watch me wander through the storm
And pray to God I made it home

I cried on the way out west, grieving the life I left
I woke up in the cool, clear rain and I came alive
Tonight I'm going to raise my glass
To every friend I ever had
You made me a man, fool that I am
I'd do everything again

Now I see it all in a different light
How the early dawn crawls into the night
To show you how the hope you thought was lost
Is on the morning wind
If indeed I have let some love pass
That I wish I'd not let out of my grasp
Well, everybody's lost one true love
They'll never understand

Oh, I've been thinking about the way everything worked out
How you told me not to worry but I still had doubts
So hard to let your breath flow in and out
When you think you're going to die
Just before you learn to fly

I cried on the way out west, grieving the life I left
I woke up in the cool, clear rain and I came alive
Tonight I'm going to raise my glass
To every friend I ever had
You made me a man, fool that I am
I'd do everything again

If I could open my heart up again
I'd fill it with more love this time
I'd set another sail in the wind
And laugh as the world goes round
Everybody wants to go again
One time around is never enough
You never want to lay down and die
When there's still another breath of life

©Michael Tomlinson

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