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The Next Thing

"THE NEXT THING"
All songs by Charlie Braun
Copyright 2007



HERE TO HALLELUJAH


I’M WALKING FROM HERE TO HALLELUJAH
TAKING THE ROAD TO KINGDOM COME
WALKING FROM HERE TO HALLELUJAH
FINDING MY WAY BACK HOME
I’M WALKING FROM HERE TO HALLELUJAH
GIVIN’ ME STRENGTH TO CARRY ON
WALKING FROM HERE TO HALLELUJAH
FINDING MY WAY BACK HOME

I NEVER GAVE IT TOO MUCH THOUGHT, UNTIL I TOOK IT ON THE CHIN
AND IT LEFT ME LOOKING BACKWARDS, FROM THE PLACE WHERE I BEGIN
WALLS AROUND ME STARTED CRUMBLIN’, IN THE CITADEL OF TEARS
TELLIN’ YOU BABY FOR THE LAST TIME, I’M NEVER GOING BACK THERE

THERE’S A REASON FOR THE WITNESS, WHO CAN SEE INTO THE CRIME
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING DEEPER THAN WHAT YOU HAVE IN MIND
THERE ARE FRIENDS WHO WANNA TEMPT ME,
          THERE’S THE ONES I’M GONNA MISS
BUT ITS THE ONE’S WHO WILL ATTEND ME THAT I’LL BE WALKIN’ WITH

I BEEN THROUGH MUDDY WATER, SET MY SIGHTS IN LINE
NOBODY WEARS THAT CROWN OF THORNS, IF THEY GOT SOME PEACE OF MIND



THE NEXT THING


THERE’S A MAN WHO’S SLEEPING BY THE RIVER
DREAMING THAT HE NEEDS TO QUENCH HIS THIRST
WHILE HE’S LAST IN A LONG LINE AT THE FOUNTAIN
IF HE’D OPEN HIS EYES HE’D SEE HE’S FIRST

WE KEEP WAITING FOR THE NEXT THING
WE KEEP WAITING FOR THE NEXT THING
WE KEEP WAITING FOR THE NEXT THING
WHEN THE NEXT THING IS ALREADY HERE

WHEN SHE CALLED I COULD HEAR THE TEARS
I SAID CAN YOU SEE THE SUN OK
I KNOW YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
THAT DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT ITS A BEAUTIFUL DAY

WE KEEP WAITING FOR THE NEXT THING
WHEN THE NEXT THING IS ALREADY HERE

TURN AROUND, TURN AROUND AGAIN AND THERE’S YOUR LIFE
WHAT’S TRUE IS TRUE
IN THE END, IT’S JUST THE SAME THING TWICE
COMING BACK TO YOU

IT WAS LONG BEFORE I MET YOU
SOMEHOW I’D START TO SEE YOUR FACE
I THOUGHT OUR DAY WOULD COME IN JUST A MATTER OF TIME
TURNS OUT IT WAS  REALLY A MATTER OF FAITH

WE KEEP WAITING FOR THE NEXT THING
WHEN THE NEXT THING IS ALREADY HERE



(YOU CAN) MISS SOMEBODY

SHE’S LOOKING WITH AN ARTIST’S EYE
AND NOT TURNING AWAY
GOT HER HANDS ON A PHOTOGRAPH
THAT WAS TAKEN YESTERDAY
HOW FAR INTO HIS WORLD IS SHE GONNA GO
NO ONE CAN TELL, SHE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW

YOU CAN MISS SOMEBODY, EVEN BEFORE THEY’RE GONE AWAY
YOU CAN MISS SOMEBODY, EVEN BEFORE THEY’RE GONE AWAY
NOBODY WANTS TO LEAVE IN LOVE
NEITHER ONE WANTS TO LET GO
STILL YOU BLINK YOUR EYES JUST ONCE
AND ITS TIME TO CARRY ON

SHE’S FEELING HARD PRESSED
TO KEEP IT IN MIND
YOU CAN BE THIS BLESSED
AND STILL WAIT IN LINE
HOW CAN SHE TELL WHAT THIS FEELING’S ABOUT
SHE HAD HER FAITH TIL SHE FOUND OUT

YOU CAN MISS SOMEBODY, EVEN BEFORE THEY’RE GONE AWAY
YOU CAN MISS SOMEBODY, KNOWING THERE’S NOTHING ELSE TO SAY

HOW CAN YOU STAND WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN MOVE
YOU CAN BE STRONG TIL THERE’S NOTHING TO PROVE

YOU CAN MISS SOMEBODY, EVEN BEFORE THEY’RE GONE AWAY
YOU CAN KISS SOMEBODY, AND EVERYTHING ELSE JUST MELTS AWAY



LOVE ANOTHER DAY

THE DOCTOR SAID HE FOUND A HOLE IN YOUR HEART
HE COULD HEAR THE WIND BLOW THROUGH IT
NOT THAT HE CAN FIND A WAY TO START
TO FIX OR EVEN GET TO IT
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANNA DO FROM HERE ON IN
HAS TO HAVE A HEALING EFFECT AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
TO YOUR CURRENT LIFE, A LITTLE CHANGE JUST MIGHT BE
GOOD ENOUGH, CAUSE GOOD ENOUGH RIGHT NOW COULD

LET A CHAIN REACTION START TO UNFOLD
GET YOUR ASS IN GEAR, GET YOU ON OUTTA HERE
AND SHOOT SOME SOUL BACK IN YOUR VEINS
AND THERE’LL BE LOVE ANOTHER DAY

YOU LIT UP WHEN I TOLD YOU I WAS GOING
TO DRIVE THE VAN DOWN HIGHWAY ONE
MAN I KNOW THERE’S JUST NO WAY OF KNOWING
WHERE YOU’LL FIND SOME FUN TIL ITS ALL BEGUN
BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE A HANDLE ON YOUR
OWN WAY OUT, YOU CAN TAKE A STAND UNTIL YOU
SCREAM AND SHOUT, AND ITS SAD BUT TRUE
THAT NO ONE WILL EVEN HEAR YOU UNTIL YOU
HEAR YOURSELF TALKING TO YOURSELF AND

LET A CHAIN REACTION START TO UNFOLD
GET YOUR ASS IN GEAR, GET YOU ON OUTTA HERE
AND SHOOT SOME SOUL BACK IN YOUR VEINS
AND THERE’LL BE LOVE ANOTHER DAY

I CAN TELL THE SPIRIT’S COMING HOME
10 YEARS GONE IS LONG ENOUGH
NO ONE EVER WANTS TO BE ALONE
OR WEAR THE GUARD THAT MAKES THEM TOUGH
ITS THE FIRST TRIANGLE THAT REPEATS ITSELF AND
BRINGS YOU BACK AND DEEPER STILL
THE MORE YOU LOOK THE MORE YOU NEED
UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO BE FREED AND

LET A CHAIN REACTION START TO UNFOLD
GET YOUR ASS IN GEAR, GET YOU ON OUTTA HERE
AND SHOOT SOME SOUL BACK IN YOUR VEINS
AND THERE’LL BE LOVE ANOTHER DAY



THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN

MORNING ARRIVES IN THIS LITTLE COUNTRY TOWN
FORTUNES AND FABLES THAT KEEP IT GOING AROUND
AND THE LEAVES IN THE DOORWAY, ARE WAITING FOR YOU
TO WALK ON THROUGH, GET ON INTO YOUR DAY

AND THE RIVER WINDS ITS WAY ALL TWISTED
LIKE A HELIX CHASED ITS TAIL, MAN I ALMOST MISSED IT
SO I PARADE DOWN TO IT AND WADE ON THROUGH IT
ITS THE SAME THAT IT WAS, AND THE SAME IT’LL BE

AND I STARE....PAST THE TREES, AND THE RIVER’S GLARE
THERE’S.....THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN

AND THE REASONS DON’T MATTER LIKE THEY USED TO
IT’S THE SEASONS OF CHANGE YOU GOTTA GET USED TO
GIVE IT ONE LAST LOOK AT HOW MUCH IT TOOK
YEAH, YOU GONNA SAVE YOURSELF NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON

SOME THINGS GET BROKEN, SOME THINGS STAY OPEN
THERE’S SOME THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN

HEARTS AND MINDS DON’T ALWAYS SEE EYE TO EYE
ITS TOO BAD BUT ITS HOW WE’VE BEEN MADE
IF ONE DON’T SHOW....WHAT THE OTHER WANTS TO KNOW
ITS GONNA GET IN YOUR WAY



AS YOU WILL

SHE MET HER KARMA SOUTH OF TOWN
RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD SHE’S KNOWN
SHE’S CASTING OFF HER SHADOWS AND ANCHORS
YEAH, YOU GOTTA LET GO, THEN YOU GOTTA LET IT GO
AND ITS ALL AS YOU WILL, JUST WHAT YOU WILL

GIVEN UP TRYING TO FIX AND UNRAVEL
MADE UP HER MIND TO SHAKE OFF THE DUST
PULLED FROM THE BOTTOM OF HER STACK OF SENSES
SOMETIMES THE FIRST THING YOU NEED, IS THE LAST THING YOU TRUST
AND ITS ALL AS YOU WILL, JUST WHAT YOU WILL

Chorus:
SHE CAN SPIN IT ANYWAY SHE WANTS IT
LOSE OR WIN IT JUST SO SHE IS GETTING ON IT
SHE DOE’NT KNOW WHO SHE’LL BE WHEN SHE ARRIVES
BUT SHE SURE KNOWS WHO SHE IS RIGHT NOW


SHE HAD A SECOND CLASS TICKET
LEFT HER SORROW ON THE GROUND
SHE’S TAKING OFF FOR SAN TORIO
BUT THAT’S NOT REALLY WHERE SHE’S BOUND
AND ITS ALL AS YOU WILL, JUST WHAT YOU WILL



TIME TO TURN IT AROUND

I SEE THAT MORE THAN LESS ITS BEEN A HARD TIME
FOR THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
YEAH, EVEN AT BEST IT’LL BE AN UPHILL CLIMB
GETTING OUT FROM UNDER THE DARKENING CLOUDS
ITS TIME TO TURN IT AROUND


OUR LEADERS SELLING US CHEAP ITS NOT A SECRET NO MORE
THEIR SUITES ARE CUT FOR THIEVES
THEY THINK THEY GOT IT ALL BEAT CAUSE THEY ONLY
HEAR THE THANK YOU’S, THEY NEVER HEAR THE PLEASE RESOUND
ITS TIME TO TURN THAT AROUND

Bridge:
HEY, TIRED GETS A HOLD ON YOU
TIL YOU’RE SICK AND TIRED OF WHAT’S GOING ON
AND NOTHING BUT CHANGING IT WILL DO


I’M GONNA KEEP A VISION WE SEEM TO BE MISSING WHERE
IT ALL COMES TOGETHER
AND MAKE IT MY MISSION LIKE THE DAY THE DALI LAMA
CHANGED THE SPIRITUAL WEATHER IN TOWN
ITS TIME TO TURN IT AROUND

STAND, THERE'S A PLACE THAT YOU COMMAND
RIGHT THERE WHERE YOU LOOK FOR JUSTICE
READY TO MAKE A BETTER PLAN



YET TO COME

THE WIND BLOWS DOWN THE STREET, MIGHT MOVE HIGH OR LOW
IT PASSES INDISCREET, DON’T CARE WHERE IS GOES

AND LEAVES BEHIND A PAST, THAT'S EITHER HOT OR COLD
IT HAPPENS ALL SO FAST, ITS GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW

IS IT WORRISOME
‘BOUT WHAT ITS LEFT UNDONE
NO IT TURNS AROUND DON’T RUN
AND IT LETS IN, WHAT IS, YET TO COME


WHEN I GET STUCK IN TIME, WISHING THINGS HAD CHANGED
WELL THATS LIKE THINKING I, COULD STOP THE WIND OR RAIN

THE PAST CAN HANG ON TIGHT, OR YOU CAN LET IT GO
CAUSE WHETHER WRONG OR RIGHT, THERE’S ROOM FOR WHERE YOU’RE GOIN

ARE YOU WORRISOME
‘BOUT WHAT YOU'VE LEFT UNDONE
I SAY TURN AROUND DON’T RUN
AND YOU'LL LET IN, WHAT IS, YET TO COME


ANGEL MINE

I’M READY TO TRY IT AS WE GO
IT WON’T BE LIKE IT WAS BEFORE THAT MUCH I KNOW, WE'RE GOING
FARTHER THAN BEFORE, FARTHER THAN YOU KNOW
FARTHER THAN BEFORE, HEY I’M READY TO GO

Chorus:
SOMEONE CAN FILL THAT SPACE
BUT NO ONE CAN TAKE YOUR PLACE
MAYBE A MATTER OF OPINION
BUT IT SURE BE A MATTER OF TASTE
I’M NOT LETTING GO- HOLDING TIGHT
ANGEL MINE

LET’S HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GONE AWAY
AS LONG AS WE SOUND THE SIRENS FOR THIS SWEET NEW DAY- WE’RE GOING
FARTHER THAN BEFORE, FARTHER THAN YOU KNOW
FARTHER THAN BEFORE, HEY I’M READY TO GO

Seg:
IF THEY EVER BUILD A ROAD TO HEAVEN, MILLION MILES OR MORE
I’D BE THE FIRST ONE TO MAKE THAT, STANDING OUTSIDE THE DOOR
I’VE ALREADY BEEN TOUCHED BY THE HALO’D INTENTION THIS TIME
I’VE HELD PERFECTION IN MY HAND YEAH, I GOT MINE



THIS IS WHERE I AM

THIS IS WHAT WE DO, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE
THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE, THIS IS IT SO FAR

THIS IS WHERE WE STAND, THIS IS WHERE WE GO
THIS IS WHAT WE PLAN, THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW

THIS IS WHAT WE WANT, THIS IS WHAT WE NEED
THIS IS WHERE WE FIND, THIS IS WHERE WE BLEED

I DON’T NEED TO GO NOWHERE
I’M ALREADY SOMEWHERE
HERE IS WHAT I’VE DONE, HERE’S WHAT I’VE BECOME
THIS IS WHERE I AM

THIS IS WHEN WE STAY, THIS IS WHEN WE LEAVE
THIS IS WHEN WE SAY, THIS IS I BELIEVE

THIS IS HOW WE LOVE, THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES
THIS IS HOW WE FALL, THIS IS WHERE IT BREAKS

THIS IS WHAT ITS LIKE, THIS IS WHAT IT DOES
THIS IS HOW WE TURN, THIS IS WHAT IT WAS

I DON’T NEED TO GO NOWHERE
I’M ALREADY SOMEWHERE
HERE IS WHAT I’VE DONE, HERE’S WHAT I’VE BECOME
THIS IS WHERE I AM