The Long Time Gone

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Marina Howarth This album is amazing and full of emotion! It tells a great story that takes you along for the ride. I love it! Favorite track: Message in a Coconut Shell.
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This is the story of a sailor who has a few unlucky turns in his life. I hope you enjoy listening to these songs/chapters as much as I enjoyed writing and producing them. This album is for the adventurer, lover, thinker. Every song has a meaning and is a piece of the story. Every line has weight and every word has a purpose.

Welcome to the start of a journey. Sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the melodic sounds of this story.

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released November 30, 2016

Music written, produced, recorded and everythinged by Sebastian Howarth with some very helpful suggestions from his very creative wife.

Cover art by Kimberlee Howarth

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Learn By Sight Johannesburg, South Africa

I am here to communicate my ideas to you through melodic and rhythmic sounds.

"Sit back and relax. After all, music soothes even the savage beast."

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Track Name: It's a Wreck
I've quenched my thirst for adventure
And if I could go back I'd do it again
Like demons knocking on my door, that was a first.
I've finally seen my life before my eyes.

And if I could just change one thing I would die.

Walls of cloud like curtains to the south.
Winds made of hatred rip through the sails.
The surface becoming mountains all around,
Goodbye to the captain and to me.

And if I could just change one thing I would die.

Now I hang onto the light.
I don't know why, I hope it's not a lie.
Now I cling, I cling to anything.
This wood that I hold, my body feels cold.

The waves fight me,
They're pushing me down.
It must be a dream,
Or else I would drown.

I would drown. I would drown.

And if I could just change one thing I would die. I would die.

I would die, die, die. I would die.

I would die, die, die. I would die. I would die.
Track Name: Now I'm Here
Now I'm here, head in the sand
And if I could stand, Well I think I would.
Now I'm here, head in the water.
Sea salt water, it's not good for drinking.

There's a bird pecking at my head.
I'm waking up in stages.
Well I can't see much of anything.

And as I open up my eyes, well I realise,
Now I'm here
I haven't lived life.

So here I stand, me and my mind.
Will anyone find? Will anyone find?
Can they see out from the waves?
Ships pass by, come and fetch me.

Come and fetch me.
Track Name: Little Hut in the Middle of the Island
Materials I find.
Materials I use.

I build a little hut In the middle of the island.
I build a little hut. In the island.

Materials I find.
Materials I use.
Materials I find.

I build a little hut In the middle of the island.
I build a little hut On the island.
Track Name: All For a Girl
It's all for a girl.
And all I ever wanted was her.
Well, we needed money, she needed time.
Everything changed when she fell with child.

Now my moods are tempestuous
And I hope she's got the best of us.
I can't help but think that I'm going to die,
I can't help but see that there's now way off this island.

So I recall the times we had,
Memories and pain mingling with fears of an end.
Well, we needed money, she needed time.
Everything changed when she fell with child.

It’s all for a girl.
Track Name: He Washed up on the Shore
I found a man
In the sand,
He had washed up on the shore.
Drift wood.

And if you’ve ever seen Death
That was him.
I put him back into the Earth
With my own hands.

I found my brother,
My firefly,
My fearless leader,
A sunken stone.

And I cried, "Mother, What now?"
And she replied With thunder.

Is he watching me
From the sea?
Or did the God of Storms steal his soul
And make it wind?

The wind is so cold.
Track Name: The Great Escape
I need to get of this island now.
Tonight I will get all I need.
And if I do survive
Well I could finally see my child.
And I need to get off this island now.

'Cause I will go and find my way home.
I going to build a raft and fly
On the ocean clouds so high.

It's time for me to get away.
The light it deceives me.
The winds have come to kill me
But it's time they learn to fear me.
And I will leave my shelter behind.

’Cause I will go and find my way home.
I going to build a raft and fly
On the ocean clouds so high.
I need to get off this island now.

My great escape,
The plans I made.
I'm going to build a raft and fly
On the ocean clouds so high.
Track Name: The Great Disaster
Have you ever seen a thing break apart so quickly?
The ocean is efficient, it’s the second time I've seen.
Well how did I expect to survive the great seas?
Now I'm back in my prison and my hope was broken clean.

It was a great disaster.

This fire's heat is not enough to warm me.
I have stone inside where my beating heart should be.
I should have built a better vessel, God knows I had time
But it was all too much and I had to get off this island.

It was a great disaster, I should have thought about it.
What pride I had left died out on the water.

Or doesn't it matter? I'm back where I started.

The good thing is that I am still alive.
Alive for now. Alive for now. Alive for now.

Alive for now.
Track Name: My Poor Head
Feels like a fire
Is burning me away in my head.

And I'm frozen,
Cold as an iceberg in the sea.

And it's good to have you here with me.
I reach up to touch your face
And as my fingers hit the air,
You're not there, You're not there.

You’re not there, You’re not there.
Track Name: What Was and Could Have Been
Was I running?
Was I scared?
Shadows and aimless plans.

She was loving,
She was dear.
Take me for the fool I am.

I was trying
To be prepared,
Breed my treasured lamb.

She will be a good mother,
Mother of our child.
She's brave, always been.

The candle's burning, the sun's gone down.
She kissed me softly on the nose.

"I love you honey, this you know,"
This I do. Take me home.

I was running
To be on time,
A Labour Master's man.

Running blindly
Through the crowds.
Shouts and curses be damned.

I knocked her over, caught her as she fell.
Her eyes looked deep into my soul.

I said "I'm sorry about this, ma'am."
Back then I knew She's the one.
She’s the one.
She’s the one.
Track Name: Ships Passing in the Night
Feels like months,
Maybe it's been weeks,
And I can see a light
Out on the sea.

Where's my stone
And my dry leaves?
Brother, if you're the wind
Bring them to me.

You're going the wrong way.
I'm right over here.
See my flames?
Don't leave me here.

The fog rolls in
Insulating eyes.
Tears sting my mind.
Don't leave me.

And I said “Don't leave me here,
Don't leave me here.
Don't be A ship passing in the night.”
Track Name: Message in a Coconut Shell
Dear Dorothy,
I know you miss me.
I'm sure you're going crazy
With no letters from me lately.

Well, I'd like
To let you know
It’s not for lack of trying,
Though my energy is dying.

So you see,
I'm feeling empty.
Your sister should be lively
Trying to talk you into moving on from death.

Well, I believe them.
I've had the thought a thousand times
To let myself become the tides I crave.
No better reason.

But what's a man with reason
If there's nothing left of freedom in his head.

This is just to let you know
That I am still alive and going.
But I won't promise you that I'll
Make it out of here.

Our baby must be growing.
The storm inside me's growing too.
Find a better man than I.
She was right, not you.
Track Name: Change
Time was made for change.
With flowers on my grave I've changed.
With lightning striking waves, I've changed.

Life was made by fools.
With foxes on my side I lose.
With lungs of churning tides I lose.

Feel my pain,
Feel my change.

Kill the fire in my soul,
Be my winter snow.

I am never going home.