The Difference Machine (2010 re​-​issue)

by Big Big Train

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This is the 2010 re-issue of The Difference Machine with bonus track.

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released August 30, 2007

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Track Name: Hope This Finds You
Instrumental
Track Name: Perfect Cosmic Storm
Signals go to ground...
For me there is no hope at all.
I speak of every day of my life,
I speak of being alone.
Stars burn through the coins on my eyes.
One last look around the house before it blows
before I go to ground.
The Difference Machine flies,
you can see stars right through it
your mum or your dad or your kids
or the love of your life
bring light to the dark spaces between us.
Stars burn through the coins on my eyes.

Signals go to ground,
distant empty space.
Take on the skyline, take on the deserts,
one more time, one last time.
The Difference Machine flies,
you can see stars right through us.
Track Name: Breathing Space
Instrumental
Track Name: Pick Up If You're There
Draw close and listen up
these words may never reach you,
it doesn't matter it's the road you're on.
We climbed up on a hill
to see a little further
down below a mist hung over the fields.
And the stars are falling away
like raindrops on glass,
further apart,
slowly spinning dark.

These words may never reach you,
it doesn't matter it's the road you're on.
They wanted to go into the field
they wanted to go into the mist
sometimes it's better looking from the outside in.
We're falling to dust
like a butterfly in a rainstorm,
broken kid's heart
slowly spinning dark.
The drawing down of finished things,
you can almost taste the pain
you can almost touch it
- pick up if you're there.

Look for the cranes along the skyline
you will find the open sea
breaking waves along the shore
pebbles scattered on a beach.

There's a star for everyone
look out for mine and hold on.
There's a star for everyone
too many fall, too many fade.
One by one the signals fail
the sky is full of comets' tails
- pick up if you're there.
Track Name: From The Wide Open Sea
Instrumental
Track Name: Hope You Made It
The white sheets and the sun gold
on the curves and the spaces
Rain falls on dry ground
you can almost taste it.

One by one
you'll feel like life will break you
One by one
you'll feel like life escapes you

The sun rise and the stars fall down
like salt and water
The day you came for the rest of your things
I hope you made it

Mercury falling over the snow fields
The passage of time
as the notes in the margins
The last day of summer
The last day you loved her.

One by one
you'll feel like life will break you
One by one
you'll feel like life escapes you
Track Name: Saltwater falling on uneven ground
I'm all hollowed out
just making up the numbers
signals breaking up
I am out of luck
can't keep it all together anymore.

The sky made brilliant by the falling stars,
the stars like rainfall to ground.
The ground is frozen underneath my feet
the ground is frozen underneath me
and it's uneven ground
and every girl's footfalls sound like yours.
The last moment of departure,
the road home.
The sky made brilliant by the falling stars,
the stars like rainfall to ground.
The ground is frozen underneath my feet
the ground is frozen underneath me.

Winter is coming
the leaves have all fallen to the ground.
Out on the skyline I hope that this finds you
safe and sound.
Do you remember those summers?
Days without end
exploding into fire.
The days without end
could be here again,
extraordinary again.
Not why I came
but you were the answer unspoken.
Not my real meaning
but you were the lifeline broken.
Do you remember those summers?
Days without end
exploding into fire.
The days without end
could be here again,
extraordinary again.
Track Name: Summer's Lease
Winter falls too early,
there's love amongst the pain
laughter with the rain.
Stars may fade to nothing
or carve out a space
on the skyline
in our hearts.
Where did you come from
where will you go to?
Don't go away.
Signals fail
a moment of time,
lost, home,
salt water, silence.
Where did you come from
where will you go to?
Don't go away.