Across The Ocean

by Dustin Thomas

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Across The Ocean, Part 1...

This is a series of songs that I never intended to write. As they developed, I developed. As they began to grow, I myself began to change. What resulted was 4 separate yet connected stories about unique individuals scattered across the world by war and the struggles and triumphs they face in the course of modern day life. These are tales of real people. This is not fiction.

From the opening "Once" we meet a middle aged man who, distracted by his circumstance and too emotional to be driving, hits a little girl in the small town of Pillager.

Next, in "City For Sale," we meet two young lovers who find their relationship divided by the madness of the world after a protest gone wrong. Imprisoned in their polarized lifestyles, each makes their own separate oaths to allow love to prevail over fear and darkness and to find each other once more.

"Oil Raids" brings us a family history, where we are given the perspective of a soldier abroad, who barely escaping death, returns home to find that the country he left is no longer a country he recognizes. Enveloped in an increasingly pessimistic and arrogant society, he resigns to remain a soldier of the heart; fighting to preserve the truths he refuses to compromise.

The installment comes to a conclusion with "Across The Ocean." A love letter. It is here the story rests, to be continued in the next chapter...



released June 21, 2011

All lyrics, music, and songs, by Dustin Thomas.
All art by Chris Cook.
All engineering, recording, and mixing, by Eric Latterell.


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Dustin Thomas Hilo, Hawaii

Dustin Thomas is a traveling singer-songwriter. He's been to some pretty cool places and met some pretty cool people along the way. He makes beat-boxy, soulful, catchy folk songs and writes a lot about faith, love, and war. For more information email: ... more

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Track Name: Once
I was driving
I let the world fall apart around me
I had given up on faith
I had given up on life
I was blind and behind
This was in the summer
Where summer light, war blinding
I was searching for a faith
I was having trouble finding
As tires spun and cried
Deluded so did I
But I kept driving
I kept driving

There was a girl
Seven years old
Beautiful and wild
Chasing RC cars down the boulevard
In Pillager
A car came down the street,
It stuck her
She flew fifteen feet
Landed on cold concrete
Her parents thought she died
She forgot three years of her life but survived
She survived

I don't know what happens in this life
I don't understand these times
But I try to get by and look up to the sky
And hope in time...
I can open my eyes

Can you explain that?
He's not coming home
Do you know that?

If you've given up on faith,
If you've given up on life,
Just keep trying.
Track Name: City For Sale
Pretty little girl,
You're always on my mind
That's where I saw you first
Where I see you all the time
Pressed against the floor
I swear I feel you there
Your legs wrapped round my waist
My fingers through your hair

It feels so right

According to the newspaper
The world's gone postal
A couple of guys got the whole world in choke holds
Made a world of money and made it go broke
See what they bought it with?
Couple of drums of oil, no problem.
Countries out of line? Start bombing them.
It's like the world's got a drinking problem.

...and I thought I could ask you out...
In the end it will all work out,
Wonder why?

If fire is the forecast for our lives,
Then we will be the rain
Girl stand, I offer you my hand
Please feel the reign
No more shame
No pain
No doubt
I know somehow it will all work out
Then I'll sing your name for all my days
You have me.

Precious little girl
You're always on my mind
I see you in my dreams
So now I'm dreaming all the time
Pressed against the floor
Society so bare
You were protesting the war
With a ribbon in your hair

You feel so right

Come and see what they bought it with
A couple of drums of oil,
No problem.
It's like the world has got a cocaine problem
Countries out of line
Start bombing them
Things change
Fortune and Fame
Hope to god they don't stay the same
Don't know how they're ever gonna change
All I know is when I sing, your face

...I thought I could wear you around as my bride...
In the end it will all work out
Praise the night

If fire is the forecast for our lives
Then be the rain
I offer you my hand
And all of my heart
I want you to know,
No more pain
No shame
No doubt
I know somehow it will all work out
Until I offer you my hand
Sing in the rain,
You have me.

I'll be the rain
Track Name: Oil Raids
My father was a soldier for the oil raids
He used to gaurd the pipelines
He fought the battle of the modern age
And drove over a land mine
He walked away
From the cold steel train
The hellfire and black rain
Waving his banner on the desert plain
Whispering in god's name

I got home in time to see the control
They broadcasted all day
Masons on the street
Giving code handshakes
And whispering in the side bays
Of all the elections money could buy
This one was a landslide
Of all the gold in human kind
This one was a gold mine

No one ever told you in this poor life
You'd ever get the chance to go back in time
And all of us will fade
As "evolved things die"
But this could be our battle cry

I got grown I got a wife and home
My daughter must be your age
She planted seeds when she was just thirteen
On her brother's anniversery
Apples grew, great
They used to fill our plates
She watered them so lovingly
Until Adam came with the soil and chains
To fufill the debt that Eve made

No one ever told you in this poor life
You'd ever get the chance to go back in time
All of us will fade, yeah?
"Evolved things die"

But you keep an open mind
Track Name: Across The Ocean
As you walk through this dark, dark, night
Seeing is believing
But you can't believe your eyes
As you walk through the flames
Shepard's fire calls your name
And you run
But you don't look behind
Because you're running all the time

How could I feel ashamed?
When no one's left
Who still fufills this pain
How could I even know?
I'd just be saying what you already know

Across the ocean
She waits for me
My love, oh when will you return to me?
Oh, come one baby please
This is just the way it's got to be
You and I
Can go outside
And take some time
And see what is for sale

As you look
In those cold, dark, nights
I'm captured by the way
Your hair falls down your face
But you walk through the flames
Every fire calls your name
And you sink
But you don't even try
How come you never say goodbye?

How could I feel this way?
There's no one left who says the things you say
How could I even know?
I'd just be playing games you already know

Across the ocean
She waits for me
My love, and everyone that lies between
Oh come on baby, please
Let's do this right
You stay the night
And you'll see
Oh come on babe,
Don't be this way, please

How could you be so mean to be?
I mean.
How could you be so beautiful?