The Way Home

by Hugh Hammond

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released November 9, 2012

© & ℗ 2012 Hugh Hammond
All music was written and arranged by Hugh Hammond

Except where otherwise noted, all music was performed, recorded, and mixed by Hugh Hammond

“You Know How to Travel” & “Time Stands Still” were recorded in the Raymond Barker Studio at California State University, Chico

Cover photo by Annie Paige, courtesy of The Orion

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Hugh Hammond Chico, California

My aim is to write music celebrating life, in all its splendor and absurdity.




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Track Name: You Know How To Travel
You flip flop away
I flip flop without you
It’s a holiday
For this street of high-heeled shoes

You know how to travel
You know how to travel

I felt like we all had masks
In a world where no one said hello
You came running past
Unafraid to let your beauty show

And I said
You know how to travel
You know how to travel

And you turned to me and smiled
Like you had nothing to hide

You know how to travel
You know how to travel

And you turned to me and smiled
Like you had nothing to hide
Track Name: Deep Fry Everything
Deep fry everything
Sugarcoat these chicken wings
Won’t you throw some glitter
On this cartoon wasteland?

Extras are running low
Superstars look out below
‘Cause the apple picker’s dreaming of
A ladder to the stars

Name your expiration date
Name your expiration date

I was raised on gasoline
I like this speed
But I’m wondering
If we took it slow
Would we feel more?

‘Cause though I’d like to justify
Breaking down the man tonight
I’m afraid the blame we share
Might be ignored

See I remember
Losing track of time
With you
And now there’s never time
For two
There’s always someone on the line

And I’m screaming
In your headphoned ears
Like a madman
Who can’t leave well enough alone

Deep fry everything
Auto-tune me ‘til I’m singing
Someone else’s dream
Of platinum and gold

Shrink-wrap my love for you
Repackage it for someone new
Who cares what it means?
Just get it sold

And name your expiration date
Name your expiration date

I was raised on gasoline
I like this speed
But I’m wondering
If we took it slow
Would we feel more?
Track Name: Eyes of a Stranger
Eyes of a stranger
Dark as the night
Stranded and lonely
Waiting for light

A terrible sight
This man and his might
At the slightest wind starting to fall
If I gave him the right
His battle of flight
Might have lifted him higher than any wall

Watching me closely
They start to appear
Faces of ages
Hidden by fear

Until such a night
When a boy and his sight
Saw the whole world a little more clear
And taking the hand
Of the stranger inside
He started to disappear

Riding the night
Sleeping under the sun
You run from the light
When the world seems undone
But time is all we’re given for sight
So don’t you fall
Have faith in the light

Out of the darkness
Their voices are rising
Aching for reason
A mirror unwinding

Scenes of the past
Echo blindly at last
And the truth is scorching the night
As the fragments of shadows
Start moving as one
Bound by the light of the sun

Eyes of a stranger
Ready for sight
Lit by the streetlamps
That burn through the night

Their fire is bright
Turning dark into light
So the boy and the stranger can see
That his memories of sorrow
Have been left far behind
And his heart is finally free
Track Name: Someday
Someday you might love me
The way that I love you
Someday you might hold me
Like I always dreamed you’d do

And someday when I awake
I might wake up next to you
Every night I pray tomorrow
Might be that someday

Someday you might trust me
To catch you if you fall
To wrap you in my arms and let you cry
Our love would blaze the more we shared
Heart and soul and all
Enough to lift the shadows of the night

Someday
Might be tomorrow
Someday
Might be today
One truth I’m sure of
Someday I see you smiling

I know there was a time when
I loved you as a friend
And nothing more could ever be desired
Tonight I sing with more in mind
But this is not the end
Losing you isn’t worth this fire

Someday
Might be tomorrow
Someday
Might be today
One truth I’m sure of
Someday I see you smiling
Track Name: Storyteller
-The story of the two wolves is based on Navajo wisdom-


He sits
By the side of the road
He speaks
To lighten his load

He has been
To lands of old
He will go
Where the wind blows

He tells the story of our lives
A man who sees all without eyes
I know he dreams of a sunrise
When night is all around

He says
Two wolves are howling inside my heart
One stands for love and peace

The other wolf fights for war and anger
And only one will lead

Which wolf wins
All depends on

Which one I feed

Some ask
How can you see?
He says
I become what I believe

When the world is dark
And fast asleep
I find light
Inside my dreams

He tells the story of our lives
A man who sees all without eyes
I know he dreams of a sunrise
Where light is all around
Track Name: Time Stands Still
Wish I could be
Falling in love with you

Wish I could be free
To sing out my love for you

I think of days we’ve left behind
A simple phrase still unspoken

Far too many days I’ve
Seen that smile in

Your eyes
Deep as an ocean
Bring me to life

Can you feel
The waves crash down
All around us?

Past one thousand sounds
I can hear your voice calling me

Pounding through my heart
You’re changing the rhythm again
With you
Time stands still

Catch minutes that fall
Moments when everyone looks down

But your eyes and mine
Stay locked for one split second

If this is just me
Let me know
‘Cause I can’t keep waiting
For some star to show

Far too many nights now
I’ve spent staring above
It’s time we both knew
If we share love

Can you feel
The waves crash down
All around us?

Past one thousand sounds
I can hear your voice calling me

Pounding through my heart
You’re changing the rhythm again
With you
Time stands still
Track Name: Step in the Light
You tell me how the world is supposed to spin
In one direction only
We’re suspended here
Year after year

You tell me that the strong will always win
Is it inconceivable that we could live
Without fear?

Year after year I wonder why
The sun seems closer
Now there’s a hole up in the sky
I dare you to step in the light

Tell me when you start to feel the heat
In the weary eyes of every suit you meet
Those who lie are deceived

And those who follow blindly
Never see all the beautiful colors
Coexisting peacefully

Year after year I wonder why
The sun seems closer
Now there’s a hole up in the sky
I dare you to step in the light

Let these walls tumble into the sea
Let them fall
So all of us can see

So grant me the strength to take a path
Unconditioned by my future and my past
Let me breathe

Year after year I wonder why
The sun seems closer
Now there’s a hole up in the sky
I dare you to step in the light