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On Air

Alan Parsons

℗ 1996 CNR Records 530 01 00

℗ 1996 River North Records 51416 1237

Alan Parsons  1996  On Air

On Air is the second solo studio album by English rock musician ALAN PARSONS. The album's chief creative force was the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT's long-time guitarist, Ian Bairnson. Its concept revolves around the history of airborne exploration. Musically, this album is somewhat different from Try Anything Once and the ALAN PARSONS PROJECT albums, opting for more of a soft rock sound and a more stable band line-up rather than the funky rhythms, symphonic flares or rotating vocalists of the past.

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Blue Blue Sky

I only know what I can see
So I imagine what could be
Where the horizon cuts the air
Look for me out there

Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky
Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky

Too Close to the Sun

There must be a thousand ways
Holding us within this maze
Every path we take leads us astray
Comfort me my only son
Till the day my work is done
There's no earthly reason we should stay

And when the wind gets under these wings
You will feel what freedom brings
Stay right by me, walk don't run
I don't want you flying too close to the sun

Turn your eyes towards the light
Steal away in silent flight
The skies are calling out to you and me
Over sea and over land
God protect us with your hand
Bring us safely to our destiny

And now the wind is under our wings
We can taste what freedom brings
Stay right by me, walk don't run
I don't want you flying too close to the sun

God forgive his fall from grace
The sea conceals his resting place
Can we learn to stay behind the line
If we have the means to fly
Some of us will surely die
Being reckless was his only crime

And now the wind is under our wings
We can taste what freedom brings
Stay right by me, walk don't run
I don't want you flying too close to the sun

Blown by the Wind

All along the shoreline
There are footprints by the sea
They head into the distance...
Then they lead right back to me
I made the break to freedom
Now I'm following the dream
You're never going to get here
If you hold the old routine

Now everything we possess
That fills our empty lives
Is only good for leaving far behind

We are blown by the wind
Just like clouds in the sky
We don't know where we're going,
Don't know why
We just ride with the wind
And we'll drive through the rain
We don't where we'll get to
Or if we'll get back again

Call along the valley
And you just may find us there
I couldn't say for certain
Cause we may be anywhere
Head into the sunset
Or just wander out to sea
Wherever your heart leads you
Is the place you're meant to be

And someone who could be impressed
With ordinary lies
Could really use a little peace of mind

We are blown by the wind
Just like clouds in the sky
We don't know where we'll go,
But we'll get by
We just ride with the wind
And we'll drive through the rain
We don't where we'll get to
Or if we'll get back again

Now everything we possess
That fills our empty lives
Is only good for leaving far behind

We are blown by the wind
Just like clouds in the sky
We don't know where we're going,
Don't know why
We just ride with the wind
And we'll drive through the rain
We don't where we'll get to
Or if we'll get back again

I Can't Look Down

Another passenger
"Your baggage thank you sir"
I don't wanna go
What am I doing here
I feel so sick with fear
God don't let it show

I must control myself
You must control me too

Cover my eyes cause I'm so high
I can't look down
I'm scared to fly and I'm so high
I can't look down

They say they'll care for me
But I would rather be
Both feet on the ground
What if the engine dies
These are no Friendly Skies'
My head's spining round

It's all a twist of fate
But it's myself I hate

Cover my eyes cause I'm so high
I can't look down
Afraid to fly and I'm so high
I can't look down

I must control myself
You must control me too

Cover my eyes cause I'm so high
I can't look down
Afraid to fly and I'm so high
I can't look down
I can't look down...

Brother Up in Heaven

A boy flies for freedom 
But dies for the peace 
In the clouds, he waits for an answer 
But there's no release

It's strange here without you 
And it's so hard to see 
So brother up in heaven 
Please wait up for me

Oh brother up in heaven 
Please wait up for me

I still see his shadow 
His laugh lingers on 
When I dream, we're all back together 
When I wake, he's gone 
It's strange here without you 
This was not ment to be 
So brother up in heaven 
Please wait up for me

And though we try to change the world 
A flower when it's cut will surely die 
So why do men with so much hate 
Destroy what they cannot create 
While we all stand by

We will look back in anger 
But you helped us to see 
So brother up in heaven 
Please wait up for me

Oh brother up in heaven 
Please wait up for me

Fall Free

What's the use of worrying
If we'll be here tomarrow
All we need to be is here today
Don't care if you're rich
Or if you have to beg and borrow
You can always find a way
Dive and breakaway

Fall free
Freedom's in the air
It's calling you
Your heart is there
Fall free
Blaze accross the sky
The perfect fall
The perfect high

Mother earth looks peaceful
As we climb towards the ceiling
We must be ten thousand feet or more
Hear the windrush screaming
While we fight to curb our feelings
As we stand beside the door
Let our spirits soar

Fall free
Freedom's in the air
It's calling you
Your heart is there
Fall free
Blaze accross the sky
The perfect fall
The perfect high

So Far Away

We say welcome to the mission 
Show us all what you can do 
We need a man with vision 
So we put our trust in you 
And now we hope sincerely 
That you'll do the best that you can do

Oh for sure it won't be easy 
And we will have to risk our lives 
Some will try to break us 
And cut us down to size 
But jsut remember 
There can be no consolation prize 
Not in our eyes

It's a long way to go 
We can't wait one more day 
We need someone to light up the way 
We may run out of time 
Can you hear what we say? 
Because heaven is so far away

Although time is getting short 
There's still some sand left in the glass 
And now we have a living breathing 
Rocket man at last 
It's time to take a step 
And nail our colours to the mast

No more talk of great adventures 
When it's movement that we need 
It must be our intention 
That we never loose the lead 
So count us down to zero 
And let's get up to speed 
We're up and away

It's a long way to go 
We can't wait one more day 
We need someone to light up the way 
We may run out of time 
So believe what we say? 
Because heaven is so far away

And so now they cry for justice 
As if justice will be done 
But the eye up in the sky 
Was flying to close to the sun 
The Challenger has fallen 
And the race has now been run....

One Day to Fly

Where does a dream belong
Locked in the mind on the edge of time
Like a ship lost in a storm
How do we find the key
Longing to see, through the artist's eye
Maybe only birds can fly

The man must be insane who knows
A mind alive with images so strange
So close but never rode the sky

Watching the birds as they sail on the wind
Trying to figure out the reason why
Picturing wings held together with string
One day to fly

Someone said and I believe
Try if you dare, you can walk on air
A dream is all you need
A circle that takes you high
Lighter than air as the Earth goes by
Through a spiral in the sky

The man must be insane who knows
A mind alive with images so strange
So close but never rode the sky

Watching the birds as they sail on the wind
Trying to figure out the reason why
Picturing wings held together with string

Just a charcoal sketch on canvas
Made them laugh but now they see
That the artist had a vision
That the wind could set us free
It's a bridge until tomarrow
Taking us beyond the sun
As the artist paints his picture
The story's just begun

Analyzing, criticizing
Fear of the unknown
Theorizing, visualizing
The road to take us home
If it takes forever
Someone's gonna fly
We may never get to heaven
But still we're gonna try

Watching the birds
As they sail on the wind
One day to fly

Blue Blue Sky

I only know what I can see
So I imagine what could be
Where the horizon cuts the air
Look for me out there

Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky
Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky

If I could kiss the Earth goodbye
And cruse the never ending sky
Where the horizon cuts the air
Wait for me down there

Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky
Someday I'll touch the blue blue sky