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MUSIC / Lyrics - One Eye On The Door

We can stop trying

Seems like so long that I really looked at you
Seems I was wrong again and again I know
You never let it go but

Ch
Oh don't you see, you and me
I have been lying here
Oh all the years, all the tears
There's no need for crying now
You can stop trying now

I'm standing here waiting for you to look at me
You seem so near
Please look me in the eye and tell me the reason why

Ch
Oh don't you see, you and me
I have been lying here
Oh all the years, all the tears
There's no need for crying now
You can stop trying now

We can stop lying now
You can stop pretending we're ok
I can stop remembering yesterday
We can save ourselves all this pain

There's no fight left inside
I don't want you to look at me
Time to decide
Don't think back to what went wrong
I know we don't belong anymore but

Ch
Oh don't you see, you and me
I have been lying here
Oh all the years, all the tears
We can stop crying now
You can stop trying now
We can stop lying
We can stop trying now

© Helen Austin 2008

One Eye on the Door

I try real hard to smile
My words are not so sure
Got one eye on the time, one eye on the door
I can't fake a thing and lyings not my style
It's hard to hide away what I've been feeling for a while

Long to feel the force of fresh people in my face
I long to see the day when somebody takes my place
My words feel so clear they get lost when you translate
Instead of hearing I have to go you hear me hesitate

Ch
There's no soul
There's no soul
There's no soul inside these lines
There's no soul

Loving you by numbers
Feelings by the book
I don't think you understand i need a second look
You try to real me in and have me under your control
You can cage my body but you can't lock up my soul

Ch

Is it how we're raised or is it how we're born
I try to take a different path but this one feels so worn
Making changes making plans will only leave a stain
And the marks you left upon me can't be washed up by the rain

Ch

I try real hard to smile
My words are not sure sure
Got one eye on the time, one eye on the door
One eye on the time, one eye on the door
One eye on the time, one eye on the door

© Helen Austin 2008

I'm Still Here

He's not waiting for me to call
He's not sitting wondering anything at all
His day's not panned around mm life
When I don't show up it doesn't seem to cut him like a knife

Ch
It's only time I'm wasting
It's only hopes and fears
I really should be gone
But I'm still here
I'm still here

I've seen it on TV
And I've read the book and I know he's just not that into me
But I still hang around
'Cause I'm too scared to end it all or to say it out load

Ch

I'm still here while you're a million miles away
And you say you can't stay over
Please stay over

You've got an early start
When you leave you take all your things and you pack away my heart
So next time when you go
Please be kind and don't come back
And then I'll really know

Ch

You're not waiting for me to call
I'm still here

© Helen Austin 2008

Going Nowhere

Maybe we could pass some time
If you ever feel inclined
Should there be a sunny day
You should come by my way

Chorus
I'm going nowhere, yeh yeh
I'm going nowhere, yeh yeh

Everyone is rushing by
Say hello quickly say goodbye
Maybe they're so unaware
But i can only stop and stare

Ch

You should stop and watch the world go by
You should stop and watch the time fly

Sit around and watch the sky
When it's cold we'll go inside
Maybe have a drink or two
Maybe just me and you

Ch

I'm not doing anything
You can let it ring and ring
Find a place and sit real still
Take no calls and pay no bills

Chorus

You should stop and watch the world go by
You should stop and watch the world go by
You should stop and watch the world go by
You should stop and watch the time fly

Ch

© Helen Austin 2006

No Plans

I've got what I want, I've got what I need
I'll sit back and watch them grow
Getting older's fine, we've got lots of time
Not so sad to see it go.

Ch
I think I will stay right here
Got nowhere to go has become so clear
I think I will stay right where I am
I've got no plans to move on

I always looked around, never liked what I found
I was always moving on
Now it's time to stay even on a rainy day
My need for change has simply gone.

CH

I can't believe what I see
And all the things I found
I can't believe how good it feels
To feel this safe and sound
x2

Something that I've learned is that my head can't be turned
By pretty things that have no soul
Now I've come to see, it's the mood, it's the history
The little things that have no soul.

Ch

© Helen Austin 2007

Fall Away

Been around for a little while
And I know how to make you smile
Take my hand and I'll show you how
Take a while and a chance for now

Ch
Fall away

Can imagine that I'm right here
Can you see me I'm so clear
See the sun as it hits the sky
See it all and then don't ask why

Ch

Can you tell if I see you frown
Can I try turn it upside down
For a moment or maybe two
You know I'll stick around for you

Ch

Been around for a little while
And I know how to make you smile
Take my hand and I'll show you how
Take a while and a chance for now

Can you see me I'm right here
Can you see me I'm so clear
See the sun as it hits the sky
See it all and then don't ask why

© Helen Austin 2008

The Next Time Around

You think you're heaven sent and
I never knew what it meant and
Perhaps if you'd paid the rent you could stay
I saw it long ago and no
I won't say I told you so and so
Now you'll never know the way
But you still say

Ch
Hey I'm so high
hey I'll try
hey baby I'll buy the next time around

A child who will never grow
Tell me what you want to know
Then spin on heel and go was that a tear
Don't pull that face don't make that sound
That bottom lip almost hit the ground
Your state of mind is quite renowned around here
But you still say

Ch

You make a fool of you you
play the big guy when you know you're screwed but I
Didn't mean to be so rude I'll keep it down
But take your attitude somewhere else
I hope you dusted off that shelf
You always want to be by yourself anyway
But you still say

Ch

I'v move on you're standing still
I'm long gone you're standing still
Get a move on you're standing still
Maybe the next time around

© Helen Austin 2007

Surrounded

I am an island you see
Passing in the winds of time so violently
I have nowhere to go but down
Failing that I'll stay right here and make no sound

Ch
I am surrounded
I am grounded
I am surrounded
I am grounded

I am an ocean away
I take the tides erosion everyday
This desolation feels profound
I won't even know when you're around

Ch

I am an island unseen
I am what never was, what could have been
I have nowhere to go for now
No one can hear so I won't make a sound

© Helen Austin 2008

Nobody Knows

My heart is an open wound
So I hide away in my empty room
Nobody knows how I feel today

And I have this cross to bare
As I curl up in my only chair
Nobody knows how I feel today

Ch
They say I can't stay this way
And they say I've gotta move on
And they say I can't belong to you
But I still do
I still do

My days are so dull and grey
And my nights are so long since you went away
Nobody knows how I feel today

I can't take this in
I can't comprehend
Why you left just as I needed a friend
Nobody knows how I feel today

Ch

So I beg and I plead
is there something you need
I'll change, I'll try
Just don't say good bye

But your things are packed and you're already gone
This place feels bare and looks so wrong
Nobody knows how I feel today
Nobody knows how I feel today

© Helen Austin 2008

I Let Him Get Away

It seems to me that this could be but now has passed me by
It seems to me he doesn't see and now I can't ask why
Wishing it was meant to be will never make him stay
So I let it be and let him get away

Maybe I was right for him but now I'll never know
Maybe I should fight for him and I should tell him so
But I can't find the words and now he'll never hear me say
And the moment's passed I let it get away

Oh no, what have I done to this
Oh no, I've only just begun to miss
Everything about us that will never be

Oh no, what have I done to this
Oh no, I've only just begun to miss
Everything about us that will never be

Why did I tell him about the girl who said to pass it on
I could have stopped I should have lied
I knew that it was wrong
So now I have to watch them both and smile along the way
While they start their lives I let him get away

I will stop, say how good it was and what a lovely day
Now I have to turn and walk away

© Helen Austin 2008

Don't Come Around Here

You came into my world, now I have to hide from you
You stepped across the line, something you never should do
I've seen it all before but I can't stop it again
What you said and what I saw, will I ever see the end

Ch
Oh oh oh oh oh
Don't come around here all innocent
Oh oh oh oh oh
Don't come around here my friend

I never thought I see someone as stupid as you
You only see what you believe, the only thing to get you through
And so I'll wait and see what you're gonna do now
Now you can wait for me, don't think you can somehow

Ch

What can you do when there's nothing new
Why can't you see i can't pretend
Maybe for now I'll smile somehow
And try to pretend that's what I meant

Chx3

© Helen Austin 2007

Fighting Spirit

You've not been around too long
You're still going, going strong
Gonna make everyday count
Gonna store this away yeh yeh

I see it in your eyes
Those windows tell no lies
I see the hope, see the future
I see it everyday I love your

Ch
Fighting spirit, fighting spirit, fighting spirit
And I'm gonna fight for you everyday

So much to do so don't be late
Settle down, hurry up and wait
You light up when I see you, you light up every room

When the curtain's drawn when the lights are dim
You seem to let the sunshine in
Look around can you feel it
Look around and take it in, I love your

Ch

No one knows what you're going through
No one sees the pain
You can take the world on
And show us the sunshine through the rain, I love your

Ch

© Helen Austin 2007