Roo Panes Ran Before The Storm

Upwards I climbed, above me stretched the northern sky

Beneath the great night’s height I fought alone

I was at war, both with myself and with it all

My own shadow now my home

No place to call my own

Storms may come

But wild tempests won’t tear me away from your arms

I’ll hold to the good and the true

I’ll weather your storms for the stillness in you

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

All of this time, you said I gave too little

But I say you asked for too much

Cos love’s a two edged sword and though I’m yours I’m mine

And you’d see if you dared that our moments

Were never owned only ever were they shared

For you there must be me, and for me there must be you

Storms may come

But wild tempests won’t tear me away from your arms

I’ll hold to the good and the true

I’ll weather your storms for the stillness in you

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

Ancient love

I ran before the storm

No power to take me

Cause I was ever yours

Ancient love

I ran before the storm

No power to take me

Cause I was ever yours

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

That night I ran, ran, ran before the storm

Roo Panes Tiger Striped Sky

Handsome reader reads through the dappled shadows

Light was pouring down upon the stepping stones

Felt like morning coming for his throne

I don’t know why

But it looked like a tiger striped sky

Half the world was pulling on his colors

As nights turned into day to the hours

A glow was coming down, coming down

I don’t know why

But if felt like a tiger striped sky

Tell me why

I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

Oh tell me why

I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

Tired of seeing adventures on café walls

Think I’ll take a turn from the known road

Think I’ll write a tale of my own

I’m going southbound to where the

Ocean’s flirting with the coast

Tell me why

I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

Oh tell me why

I’m underneath the tiger striped sky

So I’ll be giving up my stripes

Be painting with new colors

Beginning with dove-white

Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes

Be painting with new colors

Beginning with dove-white

(Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes)

(Be painting with new colors)

(Beginning with dove-white)

(Oh I’ll be giving up my stripes)

(Be painting with new colors)

(Beginning with dove-white)

Roo Panes Different Child

You’re homeward bound for wisdom cos you’ve seen the webs you spun

You’re versed in vice and virtue but this time your vice has won

But when hopelessness would tell you that your better days are done

Have no fear you’ll overcome

There are times when you might feel that there’s nothing left to hold

That every time you lift your chin your faults have laid you low

But mercy’s in the mightiest and mighty is the judge

He will lift you up above

And you’ll cry…

Now I am a heart with a head on my shoulders and I say that I’m a different child

Roo Panes Corner Of My Eye

Corner, of my eye

Corner, of my eye

There’s no ignoring you

The lovable, kind, the magnated truth

Always across the room

Faster than thought

Distance is nothing for you

Well I’ve noticed that your star shines brightest

When seen out of the corner of my eye

And when I look at you,

You vanish

Maybe I’m just blinded by your light,

Maybe I’m just blinded by your light.

Somewhere, forever in sight,

If I cannot see

Then I’m blind as the night

North star, steady and true,

If I’m seeing blurred,

It’s me that is spinning ’round you.

But I’ve noticed that your star shines brightest

When seen out of the corner of my eye

And when I look at you,

You vanish

Maybe I’m just blinded by your light,

Maybe I’m just blinded by your light.

Corner, of my eye

Roo Panes Awoken

I want the air I’ve breathed

I want the heart that beats

I want the best of me

I want to rest in peace

I know I said tomorrow will be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

I know I said tomorrow will be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

I feel a dawn in me

A tired man awoken

An opportunity

To live the words I’d spoken

I know I said tomorrow I’ll be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

I know I said tomorrow will be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

So here’s my chance to say

I’m sorry for my old ways

I feel like two different men

The one who tries, the one who fails

Again and again

I know I said tomorrow will be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

I know I said tomorrow will be better than today

I guess I’m just beginning to learn the way

Roo Panes Silver Moon

Down by the waters

Where I once dreamed

Beneath a silver moon they will find me

My heart a pilgrim, my mind a slave

Oh! My eyes can’t stand to see the light of day

‘Cause life is lost without love wouldn’t you say

I want you to would follow, me to my peace

And then meet your hands all beneath your knees

My love is faithful, your love is true

And I know the silver moon will shine for you

Oh! I know the silver moon will shine for you

Roo Panes Hands

I will hold you as you held me

You gave me shelter, you gave me safety

You said, “Hold gently what you wish to grow old with

Like a sparrow in your hands that

Needs to fly

Hold gently what you wish to grow old with

Don’t close those hands.”

Ivory fingers, porcelain haven

Hands that tamed me, that named

And framed me

You said, “Hold gently what you wish to grow old with

Like a sparrow in your hands that

Needs to fly

Hold gently what you wish to grow old with

Don’t close those hands.”

So these hands of mine that have learnt through time

To be a brother, lover, father, friend

To try and let you fly

To circle other skies

To let you go

When you need to go

Oh they’ll be open

They’ll be waiting

Roo Panes I’ll Move Mountains

Time will heal those broken eyes

Fashion you a face from your disguise

Loving never helped that lonely heart

The world a hostile city from the start

And no-one’s towing your slip stream

You’re a tigress with your wild dreams its true

And the leaden sky is drawing in

But I’ll move mountains!

Oh Cry my friend no more

You’ve seen your stars aligning I am sure

You etched all of your circles in the sand

And now your hope’s horizons are at hand

A light against the darkened sky

Your truth must outshine all the lies its true

But from the outside looking in

I say I’ll move mountains!

Oh there’s trouble on the East flank it is true

There’s a wolf pack on your heels it’s after you

And love is not a word that the world knows

Whilst fighting for survival from its foes

And some things take a life to learn

Your innocence forced to discern it seems

But from the outside looking in

I say I’ll move mountains!

Roo Panes Deeper Than Shallow

We were drifting deeper than shallow

Where the ripples went, I don’t know

Mirror waters swam around my toes

I was deeper than shallow

Going deeper than shallow

Sight to see beyond reflection’s dancing eyeline

And half-truth lessons

Like a skylight, you looked up at me

And said, “I see you.”

And you were deeper than shallow

You were deeper than shallow

And I felt known for the very first time

And I felt seen for the very first time

And I felt loved for the very first time

Oh, I felt seen for the very first time

Roo Panes The Original

Well it seems she’ll play the same old piece to play along,

Because the audience never listened to her mermaid song,

That temptation was a sunny isle where all that lives is dead,

Don’t choose its shadows to make your bed.

Behind that painted lady, there’s a masterpiece,

Behind the painted lady, she’s a masterpiece,

But she doesn’t care to think so; no she hasn’t got belief,

That’s what she’s wearing over her face,

Singing, oh! Take me back to me, oh! The original me,

Oh! Take me back to me, the original me.

And when the sun descends she’ll be the swan song silhouette,

And even down the road she’ll be the last to leave your head,

And you’ll feel like your marooned upon that sunny isle instead,

Don’t choose its shadows to make your bed.

Singing, oh! Take me back to you, oh! The original you,

Oh! Take me back to you, the original you.