D. Shoji Nakamoto

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D. Shoji Nakamoto

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From the CD, "Field of Stones" 

Avalon 
In the evening, I watch fishing boats go by, 
The moon comes dancing on the water from the sky, 
I feel it in the air, I can hear it in the sound, 
That part of me I thought I'd lost, I know now can be found. 
It takes me back like living in a dream, 
A place I knew just yesterday, it seems, 
Where the shadow of the April moon looks like the promise of the coming dawn, 
Sitting on the pier in Avalon. 

Can you see her?  She stands out in any crowd, 
Like the silver lining in a darkened cloud, 
Wandering from sea to sand on this enchanted isle, 
She makes magic in my daydreams for a while. 
Ah, but it's only me, I guess it's just a dream, 
Someone I knew just yesterday, it seems, 
Where the shadow of a woman's smile looks like the promise of the coming dawn, 
Sitting on the pier in Avalon. 

In the evening, I watch fishing boats go by, 
I ponder life's odd mysteries, still I wonder why, 
I hear it in the sound, I can feel it in the air, 
That part of me I thought I'd lost in another world somewhere. 
It takes me back as if it were a dream, 
A place I knew just yesterday, it seems, 
Where the shadow of a star-lit night looks like the promise of the coming dawn, 
Sitting on the pier in Avalon. 

Sighs (in her sleep) 
Too young to know the difference, 
Or too old to be afraid, 
Having broken my resistance, 
She stole my heart away, 
And many times I've wondered 
If her promises are true, 
You know sometimes a love can be too much, 
Even for two. 
There's times when things aren't really clear, 
There's times when we've both shed a tear, 
And times you seem so far when you're right here. 

       But when she sighs in her sleep, 
       Stars turn into diamonds, water turns to wine, 
       When she sighs in her sleep, 
       I thank my lucky stars that she is mine. 

Along the way, we've found 
The road is tougher as we go, 
And sometimes when we fall, 
There isn't much to shield the blow, 
And there's times I think I should have been 
Footloose and fancy-free, 
There's times I think you've kept me from 
The man that I could be, 
There's times when things aren't what they seem, 
I say the things that I don't mean, 
And love seems like it's someone else's dream. 

       But when she sighs in her sleep, 
       Stars turn into diamonds, water turns to wine, 
       When she sighs in her sleep, 
       I thank my lucky stars that she is mine. 
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Field Of Stones 
Would you now lay with me in a cold, hard field of stones? 
Would you hold on to me, never leave me all alone? 
I've no feather bed, no comfort for your head, 
Unlike the dreams you''ve known, 
But I need you, stay with me, 
Lay with me in my field of stones. 

Would you now stay with me as time runs like grains of sand? 
And when the tide turns against me will you take me as I am? 
When I'm down and out, and luck has turned about for me, 
When winds of change blow cold, 
Will you still stay with me, 
Lay with me in my field of stones? 

Would you now lay with me in a cold, hard field of stones? 
Would you hold on to me, never leave me all alone? 
I've no feather bed, no comfort for your head, 
Unlike the dreams you''ve known, 
I need you, stay with me, 
Lay with me in my field of stones. 

Sandcastles In The Rain 
Please don't ask me to explain, 
I've spent many days in frozen thought,
And nights out in the rain. 
And knowing how I am with you, 
I'll have tangled up my heart with words
And not know what to do. 
Should I have known, could I have known how things would be, 
Too much confusion disillusioned you and me. 

          And tomorrow your world will carry on, 
          Mine will stop then start again, still turn when we are done, 
          And I know that nothing stays the same, 
          This innocence, these daydreams, 
          Nothing more than sandcastles in the rain. 

Fortune finds its lucky ones, 
In its warm embrace, it holds them close, 
Like refuge from the rain. 
And who am I to question why? 
I'm the only one who begs a precious gift I dare not claim. 
Too many doubts for all that's said and all that's done, 
Too many questions, 
Love can answer only one. 


Sarah 
Sarah stands in a meadow-land of winds
That whistle as she spins through new dreams yet unborn, 
Standing in a painting on the wall, 
A leaf too young to fall, but the autumn claims us all. 
Rain clouds turning dark again, 
The prophets of a life at end, 
But Sarah only knows the things 
A child would remember in her dreams. 

Sarah lives in a wonderland of hearts, 
Too young to play her part, and too young to cry for love, 
Looking to the future's not her game, 
And she'll always be the same little Pinkie in the wind. 
Turn around and leave this world,                                                             Turn and leave this world, 
You'll always be a painter's girl,                                                                   Lonely painter's girl, 
But Sarah only knows the things                                                                Close your eyes and dream. 
A child would remember in her dreams. 

Sarah stands in a meadow-land of winds                                                 Sparrow in the storm, fly away, 
That whistle as she spins through new dreams yet unborn.,                Love will keep you warm and safe from harm, 
Silently she turns her eyes to see                                                              Turn forevermore,                                                
What love was meant to be,                                                                        Can you see?  Imaginings become the only dreams worth living for.
And what little time allows. 
Though colors run, and always will,                                                         Close your eyes and see  
This moment in your life holds still,                                                           Love was meant to be, 
But Sarah only knows the things                                                               Close your eyes and dream.
A child would remember in her dreams. 
Something So Right 
Every beginning, yes, has an ending, 
Every tomorrow has a tonight, 
Sand in the hourglass marking my time, 
Is this the one that's supposed to be mine? 
I don't have a clue, 
But she smiles as if somehow she knew. 
 
From evening till morning, sleeping uneasy, 
But she sleeps and dreams like a babe in my arms, 
Breathing so softly, as if Heaven sighs, 
And I'll stay with her till she opens her eyes, 
But what then, my heart? 
Is this just an end, or a start 
Of something so right? 
 
I once had a dream that I wished would come true, 
I wonder if this one's the dream that I knew, 
I've stared in the face of this love once before, 
But I turned away and I closed all my doors, 
So what now, my heart? 
Is this just an end or a start
Of something so right? 
 
Son Of My Father 
He came out of the land of the Rising Sun, 
Came sailing on waves of his hopes and his fears, 
Followed his heart to adventure one day, 
But days turned to weeks, and weeks into years. 
And he said, 
"Come dance in this dream with me, 
Move with the flow, 
Take a chance and we soon will see
How much of this life do we know?" 

          Son of my father, 
          Son of my father's father's son, 
          One foot in the East, one in the West, 
          Third stone from the Rising Sun. 

And he had a daughter and sons that grew strong,, 
Worked in the fields where the sugar cane grows, 
And on the day that he died, his eldest son cried, 
But remembered the words that he said long ago, 
He said, 
"Come dance in this dream with me, 
Move with the flow, 
Let the sorrow and laughter be, 
How much of this life do we know?" 

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I look at him now, and sometimes I see me, 
The tears and the fears of the journey that's been, 
The circle goes 'round as we pass through the years, 
Is he more like me, or am I more like him? 
He said, 
"Come dance in this dream with me, 
Move with the flow, 
When the circle goes 'round again, 
How much of this life will we know?" 

CHORUS

Annie's Prayer 
You may never know her smile the way that I used to, 
You may never see the dancing eyes that I once knew, 
She always knew her path in life, her vision crystal-clear, 
Oh how we take for granted the ones we hold so dear. 

In each passing sunset, there's a part of Annie there, 
Like a watercolor painting of her soul lost in despair, 
I hear her voice in busy streets, in the silence of the dark, 
How did the lonely pain of life finally break her heart? 

          And  now the voice still echoes in me, 
          As if it were Annie's Prayer, 
          Like memories in the heart of me, 
          The lover's cross to bear, 
          In sleep that will not come to me, 
          In every waking hour, she is there, 
          I swear I still remember Annie's Prayer.  

In my dream-like yesterdays are the markers of my past, 
There flashes a reminder of the place I saw her last, 
You said that you'd be back someday, 
When you found what you were looking for, 
How is it that you lost yourself somehow along the way? 

          And now the voice still echoes in me, 
          As if it were Annie's Prayer, 
          Like memories in the heart of me, 
          The lover's cross to bear, 
          In sleep that will not come to me, 
          In every waking hour, she is there, 
          I swear I still remember Annie's Prayer. 

Common Perceptions 
She drinks coffee from a cup 
Of bitter silence in the morning, 
And her hair, a mess of tangles, 
Doesn't bother with her makeup anymore, 
And he's off to work without a word, 
Never stopping once to wonder 
If their love was but a daydream, 
Just a kiss upon her cheek and out the door. 
And all the while she holds her heart 
So close to her it shatters, 
Scatters pieces on the floor, what does it matter? 

       And oh love, what a tangled web we weave, 
       When we can't say what it is we're thinking of, 
       And oh love, when we practice to deceive,          
       Oh, the deceptions of the common perceptions of love. 

In the evening, when they're home alone, 
And the conversation wanders, 
Will they speak and hear their words? 
Their silence is so loud, it fills the room, 
They make love after the kids have gone to bed, 
Around 10:30, 
Every Friday night like every other one, 
She wishes sleep would free her soon. 
And all the while she holds her heart 
So close to her it shatters, 
Scatters pieces on the floor, what does it matter? 

       And oh love, what a tangled web we weave, 
       When we can't say what it is we're thinking of, 
       And oh love, when we practice to deceive, 
       Oh, the deceptions of the common perceptions of love. 

The Stone That Breaks Still Water 
Alice and Ralphie on the TV, turn it off and kill the lights, 
Now you and me, love, just you and me, 
Home for the rest of the night, 
She tells me her dreams and I tell her my fears, 
confessor and lover of mine, 
She shakes up my soul and she shakes out my conscience 
Like a stone breaks still water sometimes. 
The only hope and reason I'm here, 
The one that I hold so dear. 

          She brings me peace of mind, 
          Love all the time, 
          Always knows before I say it, what I'm thinking, 
          She's my angel fair, 
          My cross to bear, 
          Always throws a saving line just when I'm sinking, 
          She's my heart of gold, 
          The stone that breaks still water in my soul.  

An echo of you is an echo of me, the beat of a heart to a heart, 
And through these years, though you know I'm not perfect, 
you'd never hold that against me, 
The only one who sees who I am, 
The woman that makes me a man. 

          She brings me peace of mind, 
          Love all the time, 
          Always knows before I say it, what I'm thinking, 
          She's my angel fair, 
          My cross to bear, 
          Always throws a saving line just when I'm sinking, 
          She's my heart of gold, 
          The stone that breaks still water in my soul. 

Alice and Ralphie on the TV...

Heart and Chain 
In the night she whispers to me her dreams and fears and tears, 
Tells me all her deepest secrets from her childhood years, 
But all the while I cannot tell her, break her heart in two, 
I'm still dragging this heart and chain that still belongs to you. 
How can I give her my heart when I have no heart to share? 
She tries so hard to show her love and I know it isn't fair.  

          But I'm still shackled to this heart and chain 
          And I never ever will be the same, 
          I'm still shackled to this heart and chain 
          And I can't forget about you.  

Every time I try to tell her and look into her eyes, 
I stop myself and see her tears, and tell her pretty lies. 
How can I deceive her, leave her, pretend that I don't care, 
She tries so hard to say she loves me, I know it isn't fair. 

          But I'm still shackled to this heart and chain 
          And I never ever will be the same, 
          I'm still shackled to this heart and chain 
          And I can't forget about you. 

Slow Burn 
Just last night I heard you calling my name, 
My heart beating louder than thunder, 
With that fire in your eyes, and a tremble in your voice, 
Given up to the spell I was under. 
And when I awoke, I was alone in the dark, 
You were nowhere around to be seen, 
How many times will you keep haunting my nights, 
Will you keep on haunting my dreams? 

          And it's a slow burn, 
          And the heart never learns to be still 
          At the sound of your name, 
          This raging desire, a love burning higher, 
          Fanned by the heat of the flame.  

Just last night, I felt a hot summer wind, 
Blew in from the darkness outside, 
Was it just in the air, or was it you drawing near me, 
The shadow of love long denied. 
And by the light of the moon I was broken, 
There's no forgetting, as hard as I try, 
I saw the ashes of a love turn to embers, 
Sometimes a flame never dies. 

          And it's a slow burn, 
          And the heart never learns to be still 
          At the sound of your name, 
          This raging desire, a love burning higher, 
          Fanned by the heat of the flame. 

The Wishing Tree 
In our younger days, we carved our names upon your wishing tree, 
Drew a heart around them, promised it would be just you and me, 
And we lay back in the shade and watched the clouds fly high above,  
Two children in our innocence, in love. 

As we climbed the twisted branches, fears were lost and knees were skinned, 
Told each other stories, heard the song of leaves and wind
And the kiss I stole when you weren't looking took you by surprise, 
Do you recall the promises we made? 

         If a million tears should fall, I'll be there to dry them all, 
         A thousand dreams untrue, I'll be there to see you through, 
         And if a hundred years go by like stars across the sky, 
         Here I am, there I'll be, 
         The heart carved upon your wishing tree. 

Our school days turned to weeks and years, and we made other friends, 
Little girls turned into women, young boys into men, 
And the kisses I once stole from you belonged to someone new
But I remembered promises, did you? 

One day I learned from an old school friend that you had moved away, 
Gone off to chase your dream, he said, somewhere in L.A., 
I wrote a letter, never sent it, kept it by my bed, 
It was filled with silent promises, it said...

          If a million tears should fall, I'll be there to dry them all, 
          A thousand dreams untrue, I'll be there to see you through, 
          And if a hundred years go by like stars across the sky, 
          Here I am, there I'll be, 
          The heart carved upon your wishing tree. 

Just yesterday they carved their names upon your wishing tree, 
Drew a heart around them, promised love, the same as you and me, 
And they lay back in the shade and watched the clouds fly high above, 
Two children in their innocence, in love. 

They will climb the twisted branches, fears to lose and knees to skin, 
Tell each other stories, hear the song of leaves and wind, 
He will steal a kiss when she's not looking, take her by surprise, 
Fill her heart with promises and say... 

         If a million tears should fall, I'll  be there to dry them all, 
          A thousand dreams untrue, I'll be there to see you through, 
          And if a hundred years go by like stars across the sky, 
          Here I am, there I'll be, 
          The heart carved upon your wishing tree. 

By The Light of Summer's Moon 
I know the face, a sweet remembrance, 
By the light of summer's moon, 
A memory of a rose in bloom. 

In my dreams, I see the times that used to be, 
And in my darkest, longest nights, 
They fill my sleep, 
Warm and comfort me. 

How far away, as if a daydream, 
Was it I who lost my heart? 
Was it my world that fell apart? 

I hear the voice, as sweet as music, 
By the light of summer's moon, 
Just like an old, familiar tune. 

And as the time goes by, 
When other dreams run dry, 
In my darkest, longest nights , 
They'll make smile, 
And I won't remember why. 

When I'm old and gray, 
And years have flown away, 
By the light of summer's moon, 
You'll fill my sleep, 
Warm and comfort me. 

All songs copyright 2003 Derek Shoji Nakamoto

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From the CD, "Songs The Wind Whispered"  

Kite Song 
So high, will you ever come down?  
I'm afraid you'll never come back to the ground, 
So free, you're dancing on air, 
Spinning high, higher than I'd ever dare.  

Leave me, you can ride on the wind, 
Take this line to where you've never been, 
Fly far, you can fly like a dove, 
And tear the ties that bind you to our love.  

I hold you only by a string, 
I see you only on the wing, 
You are a kite that sails against the sky  
Away from me, too far to see 
You cannot be my love.  

Among the clouds floating over the pines, 
Will you fly until you run out of line?  
On the ground, I stand far below the view, 
Holding tight to the string that's holding you.  

I hold you only by a string, 
I see you only on the wing, 
You are a kite that sails against the sky 
Away from me, too far to see 
You cannot be my love.  
She Loves   
In the morning, while she slept,  
I was sitting by her window in the light, 
And the moon lingered on through the coming of dawn, 
Still, her eyes were a tender shade of night.  

Like a dancer in the night, 
She's the one who fills these thoughts and dremas till dawn, 
And I wonder what song must dance in her head, 
Which promise of love left unsaid?  

        She gives her love so freely, 
        While I hide my heart inside, 
        She stirs the soul within me
        Where once a true and real love had died. 

        And she loves without hesitation, 
        She loves without reservation, 
        She loves without explanation, 
        She loves like I wish I could.     

In the morning, while she slept, 
I was sitting by her window in the light, 
And the song in her sigh is like a sweet lullaby 
That echoes in the night, on and on.  

She's the light in my darkness, 
She's the one who turns the deepest night to day, 
And the song in her eyes is like a sweet lullaby, 
The reason for wanting to stay.  

CHORUS 


Cool Water   
Every dusty road I travel 
Looks the same as yesterday, 
For every shiny mirage in the desert, 
There's another farther away, 
But I remember my way to the river, 
Somewhere under this raging sun, 
I can see her cool waters flowing, 
I know where she runs. 

She's like cool water, 
Showering me like a waterfall will, 
Cool water, 
In her river of love, I will drink my fill.  

In this urban wasteland 
Blows a dry and constant wind, 
Wearing dreams and cutting stone 
To the bone beneath the skin, 
But I remember my way to the river, 
Quench my thirst in love renewed, 
I can see her cool waters flowing, 
She can see me through.  

She's like cool water, 
Showering me like a waterfall will, 
Cool water, 
In her river of love, I will drink my fill.  

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I remember my way to the river,  
When things have come undone. 
I can see her cool waters flowing, 
I know where she runs.  

She's like cool water. 
Showering me like a waterfall will, 
Cool water, 
In her river of love, I will drink my fill.  



Believe In You  
If you take a look outside, I may be standing, 
Waiting on you like a child, 
I'm not demanding your reply, 
Still I wonder why 
Whenever I ask a question, 
I can't tell the truth from lies, 
Can I believe in you?  

Closer I get to you, the farther from you I seem, 
So hard to understand your hopes and dreams, 
I lose my head and lose my mind, 
I get crazy when you're near, 
Still I'm filled with fear 
That you might let me go, 
Can I believe in you?  

If you take a look inside, I'm so uncertain 
If love is new, 
Or is it time to close the curtain on this show, 
Still I think you know 
That it would be much better 
If we just let it go, 
Can I believe in you?      
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Prisoner of Love 
She keeps me wondering sometimes, I can't sleep, 
Sometimes I'm out of my mind, 
Making promises she just can't keep, 
She holds my heart on the line.  
Then she tells me I'm the one who keeps her out on a limb, 
That she's waiting by the telephone, about to give in.  

She spends an evening running 'round the town, 
And wonders why I don't call. 
She takes me for a fool or a clown. 
Someone with no heart at all.  
Then she tells me I'm the one who never gives her a chance, 
What a hopeless situation for a hopeless romance.   

       And she says she's a prisoner of love, 
       Though she pulls all the strings, 
       She says she's a prisoner of love, 
       The victim of a lover's fling.   

She keeps me wondering sometimes, I don't know 
If I should leave her or stay, 
I think that I should let her go, and let this love fade away,  
Then she tells me I'm the only one she holds in her heart, 
And just how could I think we were growing apart?  

      And she says she's a prisoner of love, 
      Though she pulls all the strings, 
       She says she's a prisoner of love, 
       The victim of a lover's fling.    



Beautiful Fire  
She lives in the city where the streets are on fire, 
Where she waits for the days to turn into night, 
She's anything that ever was your heart's desire, 
Anything that ever was your heart's delight.  

She can steal my soul with the wink of her eye, 
Glow in the evening like a neon sign. 
An angel from heaven or the devil herself, 
She can be what she wants, but she can never be mine.  

      How many times can a woman break my heart in two? 
      I know I'm playing with the heat of a flame 
      That's burning me through and through, 
      Burning me through and through.  

      She's a beautiful fire, keeper of the flame lighting up my eyes, 
      She's a beautiful fire, angel in a heavenly woman's disguise.  

She turns men's heads on a swivel it seems, 
Quickens your pulse with just a glance, 
She finds her way into your deepest dreams, 
You never really stood a chance.   

CHORUS  


In The Morning  
Tears from heaven, falling rain, 
Wind will blow 'till windows strain, 
And she will wander through my mind, 
Like the sunrise, she will find a way 
To shine colors through the haze, 
Light the spark that starts a blaze.  

      And in the morning, you will be thousand dreams, 
      In the blink of dawning's eye, as if the world had passed us by,  
      In the morning, like a child in a world of men, 
      I'll have no hand or heart to lend, 
      But I'd only like to be your friend again.   

The sparrows sing in praise of dawn, 
Dew sits frosted on your lawn, 
The clouds hold fast, the valley wakes, 
The trembling mist will dare to shake the leaves, 
And shake the branches off the trees, 
Wake romances from my sleep.  

CHORUS  

Darkness yields to morning in clouds that burst in rain, 
The still and silent wonder, like a dream, all that remains, 
My lady of the morning, the first light of the dawn, 
If you would only say so, I'd be willing to stay on.  

Leaving night where it should be, 
She weaves her way back into me, 
The sky's her bed, and she can choose 
Which morning glory, ghostly hues will run 
Down in rivers from the sun, 
Shower me with love when night is done.  

CHORUS  
August Nights  
I don't take your love so lightly, 
That I forget about my own, 
All the tears and fears of all the years 
Will know how much we're grown,   
I've come to know your smile 
Like a mother knows her child, 
I've come to know you in your nights, 
Lying in your darkness and your light, 
In the shining eyes of sleepless August nights.  

I will run because I have no wings, 
I'm no angel that can fly, 
Chasing dreams that float away from me, 
Watch them sail across the sky.  
But I've come to know your eyes, 
And your bittersweet goodbyes, 
I've come to know your highs and lows, 
In the midst of our life's ebb and flow, 
In the shining eyes of sleepless August nights.  

I don't take your love so lightly, 
That I forget how much we've cried, 
'Cause the tears and fears of all the years 
Will make us strong and wise.  
I've come to know you now, 
How we've come so far somehow, 
I've come to know what winter, spring, 
Autumns past, and summers bring 
In the shining eyes of sleepless August nights.   
When the Evening Falls  
Give a little, give a lot of yourself to me, 
We're in the middle of something that we never thought could be, 
If we're not lovers, and we're not friends, then what are we?  
We've one another, do we pretend or just let it be?    

In the time that we have, while the feeling can still surround us, 
Give it a chance to start, no need to give your heart, 
Just let the darkness rain all around us 
When the evening falls,  

I know you hear it, voices whisper through the moon-lit haze, 
Senseless resistance, your mind commands but your heart betrays, 
I know you feel it, it's like a burning way down inside, 
We've one another, don't keep this yearning unsatisfied.  

There's still a darkness I see 
where a warmer light should have found us,  
Our night has just begun, hold back the morning sun, 
Just let the darkness rain all around us 
When the evening falls.  
Ashes of Roses  
She wore ashes of roses, the color of woe, 
Though there once was a love burning bright, 
Did the dawn kill her flame, made love lose its glow, 
Which one of her dreams died tonight?  

She wore ashes of roses, her heart on her sleeve, 
Her soul held in chains by her past, 
Her sorrow behind her dark eyes tonight, 
Love's promises seem not to last.  

     I see her heart through her eyes,  
     I see the part of her she can't disguise, 
     I feel it beating inside,   
     I see the part of her laughter can't hide, 
     As the shadows of night moved slow, 
     She wore ashes of roses, 
     The color of woe.  

She wore ashes of roses, and held in her hands 
A heart that will bleed bitter tears,  
What is it that turns all her dreams into dust,  
All her past heartaches into fears?  

     I see her heart through her eyes,  
     I see the part of her she can't disguise, 
     I feel it beating inside, 
     I see the part of her laughter can't hide, 
     As the shadows of night moved slow, 
     She wore ashes of roses, 
     The color of woe.  
Memories  (C. Arakawa)   
Memories, 
Like a running stream, 
Flowing through life,  
Eventually into the sea.  

A silent breeze 
Whispers through the trees, 
Bringing back memories 
Of you and me.    

And through the darkest night, 
There shines a memory, 
On a rough and stormy sea, 
It lead me to a better day.    

On a timeless shore 
Remains a memory, 
Shared by two people 
Who made their home at sea.  

And love is free, 
This she gave to me, 
A lesson in life, 
Captured in a memory.  

And all the treasures of our lives  
Are stored in a memory, 
And the joy of knowing you 
Makes me smile today.   
All songs copyright 2017 Derek Shoji Nakamoto, 
            except "Memories" copyright 2017 C. Arakawa