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Fun Escape

by JH Sounds

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Created for the National Solo Album Month challenge. A concept album telling the story of a city bus driver who fled the daily grind.

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released 30 November 2014

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Track Name: Fun Escape
feel the coolness, it spreads as the sun sets
leaving worries behind, it's cast away
see the road as it stretches so far ahead
find new friends as a journey begins

because there's no more stress and no more mess
for a fun escape (don't have to worry now)
smiling up at the sky it feels so great

and so relax, no need to be tense
vacation's under way (let's find the light within)
life's a dream when you have a fun escape

oh the doldrums of living's so hard sometimes
keeping schedules and chores piling on
brighten up when you see an opportunity
throw aside what you're told for what you need

because there's no more stress and no more mess
for a fun escape (don't have to worry now)
smiling up at the sky it feels so great

and so relax, no need to be tense
vacation's under way (let's find the light within)
life's a dream when you have a fun escape
Track Name: Next Stop
next stop, drudgery
all of this week, right down this street
next stop, following
sadness repeats, seeking reprieve

same route, same routine
riders I greet, flashing my teeth
big smile, hides the gloom
inside of me

oh the mindless toils of living day to day
like an endless coil, going round and round

Work and work, but you're back at the beginning
to and fro, like it matters much at all
when we grind, it is such a fruitless effort
loop and loop, like a hamster in a cage

oh this route is the same one i've been hitting
years ago, when I started on this path
deviations strictly are forbidden
a simple maze, I know I'm just a rat

at dawn, set out straight
and take a right
at dusk, head on home
done for the night
Track Name: Mad World
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, Worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, Going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, No expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, No tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it's a very very

Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, Happy birthday
And to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, Sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, No one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, Looked right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it's a very very

Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

gotta break out from this cycle
monotony of life
it's more that i can bear
when all the days they look alike

it's difficult expressing
what's going through my mind
when living loses purpose
it's a very very

Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Track Name: Mile After Mile
mile after mile I find things that excite
there comes my smile filled with genuine delight
so many years worth of anguish extinguished tonight
it feels so right, it's okay

no one to ticket to, on endless commutes
nothing but endless field, serene, absolute
I can't believe it took this long to realize the truth
it feels so new, it's okay

I could roll on toward this horizon forever
where the sunlight shoots from the ground
perfect moments such as these won't last forever
have to cherish this while it lasts

day after day, wonders meeting my eye
people and spaces I'd never surmise
that I would meet such adventure by finding my light
it feels so right, it's okay
Track Name: Bus with Wings
I could go all around the world today
if my bus had wings, i'd fly away
no second thoughts, i'd travel the earth in a day

the outer reaches of the east, let's say
check out eurasia and napal, bombay
the endless hills, and mountains, i'm on my-y way

yes i'd go eastward, and westward, and southbound and north
visit venice and london, and hong kong and more
go to places i never had heard of before
just a simple as lifting this bus off the floor

where i'm going, i would not need roads
in my bus with wings i'd like to go
not think too much, there's nothing to fear, much to know

won't need a passport, gotta fly so free
drive along, I've got a front row seat
to countless clouds, the weather's below my-y feet

yes i'd go eastward, and westward, and southbound and north
visit venice and london, and hong kong and more
go to places i never had heard of before
just a simple as lifting this bus off the floor
Track Name: Lady Hitchhiker
saw a girl by the road
had to lighten her load
I was going her way

slung her life on her back
so she threw in her pack
and was welcome to stay

so the freeway was bare
nothing but open air
all we had was ourselves

we were both of a flock
and i liked her a lot
we got comfortable

this lady hitchhiker was a doll
my road trip won't be lonely at all
i'll share my light with her, have a ball
if she could stay with me, that's her call

and there's so much to learn
no obligations concerned
we had so much free time

got to know each other
my path could change with her
she could alter my life

this lady hitchhiker was a doll
my road trip won't be lonely at all
i'll share my light with her, have a ball
if she could stay with me

after hours of talk
she said this was her stop
we went separate ways

so I'm back by myself
the emotions I felt
so tough to convey

that lady hitchhiker was a doll
but now she's gone, i'm feeling so small
it seems so empty here after all
cuz she won't stay with me
Track Name: To Go Home
There's a hole that grows inside of me now
like a tire that burst along this road
it's my soul deflating all of my
expectations, i got a flat
i think it's time to go home

out of fuel, my energy depleted
all my joy is spent and now i'm dry
it's a while before i get to the
refueling station, i'm outta gas
i think it's time to go home

well it seems like people know my name now
and they claim that i'm a local hero
all i did was take my bus and drove
my vehicle's worn out, like my soul
at least i got my way home
Track Name: The Audience
Something about the audience
something about the crowd
Something about the way I feel
and I got to get you now

craving the high publicity
craving a lotta fame
craving the popularity
there's so much I gotta gain

you know me by my story
how I got out from the grind
I'm the mild-mannered bus driver
who ventured way off the line

wanting to be in interviews
wanting to be a name
wanting to be a somebody
and wanting to stake a claim

happy to make to the headlines
happy to be well known
happy to be in prime time
so happy and that's my goal

and you recognize my image
as the guy who fled the grid
and then every time you see my face
you know my familiar grin

and I stroll right down the carpet
at a gala time event
as I enter in the paparazzi's
flashing, then come in tens
Track Name: Yesterday's News
and so it comes to this
my fifteen minutes are up
and so it comes to this
my fifteen minutes are up

all my celebrity status
went away it's too late
and now i'm just singing the blues
cuz i'm yesterday's news

no longer in the papers
i ain't got fame no more
no longer in the papers
i ain't got fame no more

i'm just a regular joe
who met the end of his show
no longer throwing parades
for me, my glamor has faded

and now i'm just singing the blues
cuz i'm yesterday's news

so now i'm all out of options
the end of my rope
i'm nearly at my conclusion
i know there's no hope
how else can i continue
and go back to what i've been through

so now i'm just singing the blues
i'm still yesterday's news
what else can i do?
Track Name: Passenger Stories
Did I tell you the story of Sweeney?
Such a sweet woman, age 82
she would bring me a bundle of cookies
Piece of candy, or gum I could chew

She would thank me for kneeling my bus in
took a moment to lift up her foot
such an honest and long-living lady
and a symbol for all that is good

she inherited such a big fortune
gave her riches away to the poor
so instead she just uses the buses
every morning, she goes through my doors

Did I tell you the tale of Marcelo?
ran for office in fall of last year
shook my hand and he said that his father
was a hard working driver like me

so he catered to all of our wishes
cuz he sorely desired the vote
but he lost in the polls by a landslide
now he rides in the bus with the folks

oh he said he would make our lives easier
if he garnered a seat in the fall
even though he had lost, it was not a waste
cuz my bus has a seat after all

Did I tell you the tale of a driver
Who escaped all the doldrums of life
If I hadn't returned to my city
would've missed out on finding my light

it was there all along in the people
who I served every day from the start
and to top it all off, met a woman
who would go on to fill up my heart

if I hadn't come back, I would miss so much
I would leave out a piece of my soul
it's a life full of passenger stories
and together we ride our way home