Running Down the Stars

Lyrics and Music ©2009 by Bill Roper

I was on my way home from Confusion and realized that I was really tired and that, with my MP3 player on shuffle, I didn't know all the songs well enough to sing along with them to stay awake. I didn't want to stop to reprogram the player, so I turned it off and started writing a song instead.

Which meant that I had to stop and buy paper to scrawl lyrics on. Obviously, there was something wrong with that plan, but I got a song out of it.

And it was time to be going home.

I'm running down the stars.
I'm riding on the foam.
Distance is the bars
That are keeping me from home.
I've been away too long
And I don't know what to do,
But I know it can't be wrong
      D                 A
If it brings me home to you.

I'm pushing past the speed of light.
I'm breaking all the laws
    D                Dm
And when I push that throttle right,
I've got effect before the cause.
My life is quite improbable.
It had to be with you.
 D                 Dm
Equations might be solvable
And if they are, I'm coming through.

I'm cruising on the energy
Drawn from the quantum field,
Abusing every synergy
To break the laws and crank the yield.
Divide the sum by zero
And fly without a net.
I don't need to be a hero,
Just a gambler who can win a bet.

       D               Dm               Amaj7
In the constants of creation, there are answers to be found.
   D6              Dm6             Amaj7
If no one hears me vanish, would I go without a sound?
       D6             Dm6                  Amaj7
If the clock upon the ship should say that I am running late
        D6            Dm6              E7
Would I say that I am here or there or indeterminably state

I'm looking for solutions
To equations quite complex,
But I've got no resolutions
Where imaginaries twist and vex.
They might tell you that I'm lost.
I know that it's not true.
I only need to pay the cost
To find the root that leads to you.

(Chorus twice)
                        E      D
Yes, I know it can't be wrong
If it brings me home to you.