Life Is The Dream (lp)

by John Orr Franklin

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A compilation of all the digital singles I released in 2016. Life is the Dream reflects an artist in transition and a world in turmoil. 2016 was a year that had many highs and mostly lows it seemed. I'm not sure where we're heading but I'm still on board and my boat hasn't gone under yet and for that, I am truly thankful. I'm looking forward to the future and ready to move on into new waters! ;-) - JOF

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released November 29, 2016

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Track Name: I Magi Nation
"I Magi Nation"

Let me take you on a trip inside your mind
Where I can show you everything you are

I Magi Nation

where we’ll face our temptation
I Magi Nation
yeah we’ll dance inside creation
I Magi Nation
evoke the world within your heart

Be very careful that you don’t get lost inside
Just take exactly what you need and then move on
I Magi Nation
can you feel the sensation
I Magi Nation
it’s a dance of creation
I Magi Nation
evoke the world within your heart

Well It’s a gift that lives inside us all
a special place of art inside the minds’ eye

I Magi Nation
the hidden salvation
I Magi Nation
the dance of celebration
I Magi Nation
evoke the world within your heart
Track Name: The Hunger
“The Hunger”

When I was a little boy
I would dream that I could fly
now my years they’re all numbered
from one to forty-five

All my hopes they now ride
on the wind and against the tide
with all my strengths I still wonder
If I’ll ever find my stride

What keeps me going
and why do I even try
and then I remember
the hunger deep inside

All my heroes they’re forgotten
they are gone and dead inside
all my memories gather round her
she’s my love and she’s my pride

What keeps me going
and why do I even try
and then I remember
the hunger deep inside

When I was a little boy
I would dream that I could fly
now my days they’re all numbered
from one to forty-five
Track Name: Melting Down
“Melting Down”

I can barely breathe now - the air is getting thin
I no longer know how – my mind is closing in

I’m melting down as the world keeps spinning round

things have gone too far now - waking up I see
life inside a bug jar - collapsing down on me

I’m melting down as the world keeps spinning round
but I can still be found in the light of your eyes

As all my memories are erased from my mind
they will still live on here within a song
and you know I loved every moment I spent with you
I’d do it all again, exactly just the same

I just don’t remember or even know your names
but there’s something still familiar, the music still remains

I’m melting down but the world still looks the same
It’s time to say goodbye now I’m falling back through time
even if I knew how I could never cross that line

I’m melting down as the flowers still bloom
but I will be found in the light of your eyes

As all my memories are erased from my mind
they will still live on here within a song
and you know I loved every moment I spent with you
I’d do it all again, exactly just the same
Track Name: Timeless
“Timeless”

There is no time
Time for this
There is no time
Time for this

I remember the day your eyes met mine
There under the stars so far away
I never thought the day would come
we would have to say goodbye
embrace the dance as memories move on

There is no time
Time for this
There is no time for this
Track Name: Life is the Dream
On the edge of all desire
where belief and truth conspire
Is a place we’re free to live in clarity
and it’s the path that source requires

So raise the oars and let the currents flow
Where this river goes, there’s no need to row

We separate ourselves from our futures past
And moving on we hope to find a love that always last

So raise the oars and let the currents flow
Where the river goes you don’t need to know
if you just let go and float on down the stream
you’d realize life is the dream

We separate ourselves from the bitter past
And making peace with where we are, is the way to make love last

The path of least resistance
you know what it is you need to do
just take a deep breath and follow your own intuition
and step by step it will surely guide you on your way home

So raise the oars and let the currents flow - forever
As the river rolls you don’t need to know - forever
if you just let go and float on down the stream - forever
you’d realize life is the dream
Track Name: Emotional Vampires
“Emotional Vampires”

Nothing from nothing
That’s what you give
You’ve got to take
Something from something
That’s how you live

So many people only want to have their way
they’ll make you think, they’re giving it all away
disguised as givers they will take just what they need
to further themselves along the way

Nothing from nothing
what’s left to give?
You got to get a share of my something
That’s what it means to live

Nothing from nothing
That’s what you give
You’ve got to take
Something from something
That’s how you live

So many people only want to have their way
they’ll make you think, they’re giving it all away
disguised as givers they will take just what they need
to further themselves along the way
It’s time to take back the control you gave away
from those that tried to drain your heart

Nothing from nothing
what’s left to give?
You got to get a share of my something
That’s what it means to live
Track Name: Just a Man
It’s just the work I do every day
there’s no illusions or games we have to play
whoever said you have to be a star
to love your life and live just as you are
Expression, it’s the only way
to move on from the past and give your love away

With the stars in my eyes
reaching out for your hand
with these scars my soul cries
here I am just a man

I never said I was the best
but with this vision I could never really rest

Yes it’s all that I can be
and I’m not afraid to let
to let you see - all of me
As imperfect as I am
standing tall I’ll walk my way
through each day

With the stars in my eyes
reaching out for your hand
with these scars my soul cries
here I am just a man

It’s just the work I do every day
there’s no illusions or games we have to play
Track Name: Dreaming Out Loud
“Dreaming Out Loud”

For the first time in years I can feel
For the first time I’ve come around
and I can breathe the air

I’m Dreaming out loud
for the first time I’ve opened my eyes
sometimes the bottle
can drown out the dream
I’m Dreaming out loud
straight through the clouds and the skies

with a kiss, grace falls at your feet

so many memories
they seemed to have vanished in the haze
I know you’ll grow

I’m Dreaming out loud
for the first time I’ve opened my eyes
Close the door
and turn the key

I’m Dreaming out loud
there’s so much of life to give