Distant Shores

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Distant Shores is the best work by Northwind.
The first track The Sentient Man is probably not the easiest entry to Northwind music. It's long and complicated.
Of the pieces on this album, I recommend listening to Stepping Softly before deciding whether you like Northwind or not.

-- Jan Stepka

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released July 1, 1978

Roland Ernest – composer, guitars, keyboards (Just Yesterday), vocals
Jan Stepka – keyboards
Rob Foster – winds
Tim Cahill - drums, percussion, vibes
Joseph Dedischew – sound
Special credit to:
Howard Wells – drums, percussion (after Tim Cahill left)

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Track Name: When Dreams are Lost
WHEN DREAMS ARE LOST
Time's against me.
yet each man finds
his own reward
in the moments of his life
Peace surrenders
salvation is a dying word
yet love is left alive

When dreams are lost
and hopes begin to fade
I see your face
with its wonder smiling inside

What is in the picture
that hangs on the wall?
It's telling me something
but the words never find me

and where are the reasons
that I'm feeling so small?
I wouldn't believe it
but they seem all around me
Turning away
you take my hands
Feeling you touch me
I don't have to understand
But I can't remember back
to when the days
were meant to last
and people smiled
as they went past
and there was laughter

Coldest winter has placed
its icy hands in mine
and leads me
through the days
Crying faces
are reaching out
to hearts of stone
Your love is all that saves

When dreams are lost
and hopes begin to fade
I see your face with it's wonder
smiling, inside

copyright 1978
Track Name: Pretty Face (You're Just Another)
PRETTY FACE (You're Just Another)

You came on
like a debutante
that just stepped out
of some fashion show
Used to getting
whatever you want
So good looking
but your mind was slow

Then you told your life story
five times in the course
of an hour
If you were ten shares of IBM
I would have sold you
right there for a dollar

(Chorus) I tried to teach you
I couldn't reach you
Now I beseech you to let me go
You're just another pretty face
Oh there's no way to disguise
that the light in your eyes
is shining through
the back of your head

(It) seems that there's
a dichotomy
between your good looks
and your mental block
May I prescribe a lobotomy
with the sharp edge of
the nearest rock?
(chorus)
Just another pretty face,
you're just another
pretty face

Copyright 1978
Track Name: Silly Little Will
SILLY LITTLE WILL
Willie was a bad boy
in his youth
Mischievous brat
in a word "uncouth"

Pulling off the wings
of butterflies
Beating little girls
to make them cry
Always fighting after school
He never learned
the golden rule
Had his own view
of right and wrong:
Torment the weak
avoid the strong

Said the old man
to his father's face
"He's of your flesh,
he's your disgrace!"
Silly little Will,
with his childish air
To say the most didn't care

He'd hang up kittens by the tail
Tried to poison the tavern's ale
Before he was
thirteen years of age
Made sure his mommy
met the grave

Said the old man
to his father's face
"He's of your flesh,
he's your disgrace!"
Silly little Will,
with his childish air
to say the most didn't care

Finally Willie's ending came
He'd sent the village up
in flames
The villagers raised
their hands and cried
Swear this time
they'd see him die

Said the old man
with his death-masked face
"Your father's flesh,
You're his disgrace!"
Silly little Will
with his childish air
To say the least, he was scared

Willie was tied
to the miller's stone
To grind his flesh
and crush his bones
Silly little Will
said his final words:
"Doesn't anybody
love me anymore?"

Copyright 1978
Track Name: Jamaica
JAMAICA
Dream of a land down where
the cold winds never blow
Dance to calypso
feel the rhythm
of the music in your soul

Ooh summers
on Jamaica's shore
wild winters
won't find me anymore
I'm on Jamaica's shore

Jamaican ladies
make your bones
melt with a kiss
Jamaican ladies
Rays of sunshine
and as lovers never miss

Ooh darling
caught me with your charms
Ooh darling
hold me in your arms
don't ever let me go
Dream of a land down where
the cold winds never blow
Dance to calypso
feel the rhythm
of the music in your soul

Ooh summers
(golden summers)
on Jamaica's shore
Wild winters (long cold winters)
won't find me anymore
I'm on Jamaica's shore

Copyright 1978
Track Name: Where to Now?
WHERE TO NOW?
Listen, the words you speak
are not too clear
Still I listen
Only time will tell
if I could hear and understand

Circumstantial
evidential moments
can make a man
change his ways
And reactionary
actionary masses
seem to say: Set a course!
But where to now?

Leave us
don't stand there
leave us like an old man
move on blind dreamer
move on
You're a young fool!

Young man
you've been thinking
is there anything here
for me?
Make up your mind
and they'll do the rest
but my ladies do nothing
for free

Ooh you're a young boy
a bad risk but there's
no need to fear
Sign on the line
and I'll take your like
but I swear you'll be rich
in a year

Hold on give me one minute Heartless cold bastards!
You'd steal from the poor
I'll move on
as love is my witness
But where to now?
Where to now?
Where to now?

I've been searching
searching so long
I just need
I need someone
who cares for me
Oh I need you now

Listen, the dawn is breaking
the time is near
As I listen
there's no mistaking
I've got to run
but I don't know where
don't know where

Inconsistencies
and contradictions
can make a man
lose his head
And retaliation's
consequential actions
seem to say: Set a course!
But where to now?
Where to now?
Leave us
don't stand there
leave us like an old man
move on blind dreamer
move on
You're a young fool!

Copyright 1978
Track Name: Just Yesterday
JUST YESTERDAY

Just yesterday
Seemed I was always alone
so alone
Just yesterday
My cards were down on the table
Just yesterday
Really had no direction no
no direction
Just yesterday
I would try anything I was able

(chorus)
You're the seed in my garden
Take my heart
and love will surely grow
And the words
that you've spoken
are the words
a man should know

Just yesterday
you were just
a lonely man's fantasy
Just yesterday
I never knew
your touch would be ecstasy
Lighting the candle
that burns in your eyes
Feeling the love
that is your disguise
Lady of ladies
Fulfiller of dreams
Lady, you know
you're the queen of queens

Just yesterday
it seemed I carried the world
on my shoulders
Just yesterday
It seemed I was so much older

(chorus)
Only yesterday
just yesterday
Only yesterday
I was just a poor boy
Oh just yesterday
you made me a rich man

Copyright 1978
Track Name: As It Stands
AS IT STANDS

Telling long lost tales
the old man finds his peace
wishing that before too long
that he may find release
from all of life's worries
He's known them all before
but slowly turns
the grinding wheel
which evens up the score

And still the rain beats down
upon the weary soul of man
needing freedom
like a bird upon the wing
wanting time
that time will never bring

See the movie queen
who's lost her golden age
knowing that the future
has seen its final page
Now with her head held high
she tries to hide the pain
realizing much too late
its all been lost in vain

You're like a gypsy
spinning fortune's wheel
Like a beggar
learning how to steal

You turn the pages
skipping every line
You'd love to read them
if you could find the time

Will you laugh
when you loose your way,
And your friends
are calling you
by the wrong name?

Like the autumn leaves
which wither and decay
Each one had its
chance to breathe
before they drift away

And soon the winds of time
will open up their door
showing you the secrets
that you've never known before
And still the rain beats down
upon the weary soul of man
Craving power
fear the dark before the dawn
See the cowards
run to hide before the storm
Golden hours
lost before too long

You're like a gypsy
spinning fortune's wheel
Like a beggar
learning how to steal

Will you laugh
when you loose your way,
And your friends
are calling you
by the wrong name?

Copyright 1978
Track Name: Distant Shores
DISTANT SHORES

Like the dreams
of darkest night
I take my leave
at dawn's first light
As the morning breaks
upon the distant shore
and the tides take the sea
without warning

When the waves
which melt away the sands
are reaching out
to take my hands
Then I wander
towards the distant shore
And I know that the waters
will flow forever more

Copyright 1978