Falling Toward Orion

Lyrics and Music ©2003 by Bill Roper

I came up with the idea for this song when I looked out the window as Gretchen and I were driving down to OVFF and saw Orion high in the southern sky. I had the chorus quickly enough to use it in a writer's workshop at OVFF; the rest of the song followed not long after.

Cmaj7 Fmaj7       Cmaj7  Fmaj7
High upon a hill, closer to the sky,
Cmaj7  Fmaj7               Cmaj7    Fmaj7
Gazing through a cloudless night
Cmaj7    Fmaj7       Cmaj7 Fmaj7
When the moon is new and  Orion's high
Cmaj7    Fmaj7            A
And lost souls are taking flight.
Em   G          A      Em       G      A
Far above the horizon, hear the galaxy call.
F     G           A       F      G           A
And although I am rising, it's a long way to fall.

	A5      G6              Fmaj7 A5     G6       Fmaj7
	And I'm falling toward Orion  from a terrible height.
	A5      G6              Fmaj7 A5      G6          Fmaj7
	And I'm falling toward Orion  and I'm lost in the night
	With Orion.

Past the atmosphere, nothing left to hear
Except the calling of the stars
Shining brighter now and I wonder how
Things could ever get this far.
Leaping up, soaring higher, reaching into the void
As I'm fleeing the fire that I still can't avoid.

Far away from home, from where the planets roam,
Distant stars are drawing near.
Constellations change, patterns rearrange,
And there's nothing left to fear.
I remember the pain now, but the memory's worn.
And I'm half past insane now, watching new stars be born.

It's so lonely now and I don't know how
I ever came to be this way.
And I miss you all, and it's so far to fall,
But I was never meant to stay.
And I wish I were stronger than the man that you knew,
But I couldn't stay longer in the absence of you.