Pinwheel of Death

Richard Maltby Jr.


SONGS

Writers Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Genres Showtune, Ballad

Recorded 2007

Lyrics BEFORE THE DAWN,
YOU FEEL
A SUDDEN STILLNESS.
BEFORE THE DAWN,
LIFE SEEMS
TO HOLD ITS BREATH.
THERE'S NO WIND
AT ALL,
NO NIGHTBIRDS
CALL,
A SILENT STALL
BEFORE YOUR LIFE
FLIES ON.
A MAN FEELS SMALL
BEFORE THE DAWN.
BEFORE THE DAWN,
MY LIFE STANDS POISED
AND WAITING.
WHAT LIES AHEAD?
IT COULD BE LIFE
OR DEATH,
IT'S NOT MINE
TO CHOOSE,
I WIN,
I LOSE.
BUT I CAN'T STOP
THIS FORCE
THAT DRIVES ME ON.
I'M FILLED WITH LIGHT
BEFORE THE DAWN.

BEFORE THE DAWN,
THE ROAD
SEEMS DARK
AND HOPELESS.
BEFORE THE DAWN,
YOU'RE SURE
YOU'VE LOST
YOUR WAY.
DOWN
THE PITCH-BLACK STREETS,
ONE THOUGHT REPEATS:
IS THIS THE DARK
THAT MEANS
ALL HOPE IS GONE,
OR JUST THE DARK
BEFORE THE DAWN?

BEFORE THE DAWN,
YOU'RE ALWAYS
FLYING BLIND.
THROUGH
THE ICE-COLD DREAD,
I PLUNGE AHEAD.
WITH NOTHING
BUT ONE STRENGTH
TO DRAW UPON,
THIS IS THE DARK
BEFORE THE DAWN.

BEFORE THE DAWN,
THE SKY
IS ALWAYS DARKEST.
BEFORE THE DAWN,
I KNOW
I MUST HOLD ON.
THERE'S NO
MYSTIC SPARK
THAT CLEARS THE DARK.
THERE'S JUST
ONE THOUGHT
THAT KEEPS ME
FIGHTING ON:
THIS IS THE DARK
BEFORE THE DAWN,
BEFORE THE DAWN.
Writers Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Genres Showtune, Ballad

Recorded 2007

Lyrics I'VE CLIMBED
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS
IN SEARCH
OF HIGH ADVENTURE,
I ANSWERED
EVERY CHALLENGE AROUND.
IN MY HEART
I WAS SET
TO TAKE WING,
BUT MY FEET
ALWAYS STAYED
ON THE GROUND.
I'VE SCALED
THE HEIGHTS
OF FINANCE
FROM OPTION
TO DEBENTURE,
THEIR DISTANCE
FROM MY SOUL
WAS PROFOUND.
DEEP INSIDE
I WAS ALWAYS TRYING
TO SING,
BUT MY LIPS
NEVER MADE A SOUND.

EVERY DAY
I REACHED
FOR THE STARS,
BUT MY FEET
STAYED STUBBORNLY
EARTHBOUND.
NOW YOU SAIL
INTO MY LIFE,
AND THE INSTANT
YOU'RE THERE,
I'M LIGHTER-
THAN-AIR.
AND I FLY...

...OVER TREETOPS
AND TOWNS.
SAIL ME OFF
FROM THE WORLD
AND ITS CROWDS.
MAKE ME LAUGH
AS WE LOOK DOWN
ON CLOUDS.
WE'LL GO
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN,
AND THEN
IF YOU STAND
BY MY SIDE,
I'LL NEVER BE
EARTHBOUND AGAIN.
 


Cowriters: David Shire