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Five Miles From Hope – Secular

Mindy Jostyn  •  Album

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Five Miles From Hope showcases Mindy Jostyn’s extraordinary talents as a songwriter, vocalist and musician. With inspiring songs like “Time Be on My Side,” a duet with Carly Simon, and “All Roads,” the gripping “Common Ground” and the delicate, touching ballad “Different Light,” Mindy is sure to add many fans to her long list of admirers.

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All Roads

Three hundred and sixty-nine nights ago
We were in some bar by the harbour down in Montauk Cove
Three hundred and sixty-eight days ago
The car broke down for the last time on some back beach road
And I don’t know how to fix broken engines
any more than I know Why . . . why did I go? I only know
I’m looking over empty pages
I’m looking at a cold year
I’m looking in my heart and I’m seein’
(CHORUS)
All roads lead back to you
God knows, I’ve tried to drive on through
But everytime I turn around a bend, I see what I always knew
All roads lead back to you
Three hundred and sixty-nine nights ago
We slept at that run-down motel outside of town
And three hundred and sixty-eight days ago
I checked out for the last time and caught the ferry across the sound
But the nights we spent in that summer heat remain with me today
And repeat like a song that won’t get out of my brain
The rhythm of the wheels inside me
The white lines rushing by me
Rain falling on the window, and darlin’
(CHORUS)
How can I wait when time won’t let me
How can I stop when I can’t let go
How can I run in no direction, I’m right back where I started from
How can I doubt what I see so clearly
How can I drop what I can’t outgrow
How can I wait even one more day when I know
I’m living in a senseless crisis
I’m giving in, I cannot fight this
I’m coming on home, I swear
I pray you’ll still be there
(CHORUS)

Time, Be On My Side

Time, be on my side
Everything’s lined up, everything’s right
Every step I take I feel I’m walking on light
Time, be on my side
(CHORUS)
Time, be on my side
I’m half a breath away from satisfied
So close, it almost seems this one was meant to be
Time, be on my side
Wheels turning
Change of season
All I do is feel
I’ve lost my reason
So hold me together
Keep us alright
Time, be on my side
(CHORUS)
Don’t delay too long
Don’t turn out all wrong
Don’t turn into one more highway song
Time, if you’d just stand still
We could never tear down this house we’ve built
But since you keep on moving, swift as the tide
Time, be on my side
(CHORUS)

Five Miles From Hope

You picked me up in our hometown
Both knew we’d only stay there
Barely long enough to tear our innocence down
We had the same destination
Both knew a different way there
Flipped a coin, took a shortcut that you found
(CHORUS)
Then we drove as far as we could go
You were holding to the wheel, I was hanging by the end of a rope
Then we said goodbye about five miles from hope
Five miles from hope
Five miles from hope
Should’ve grown up slower
Shouldn’t have scorned our little home town
Could’ve found out so much more that way
I thought it over and over
Should’ve known there’d be a showdown
Should’ve known we’d never outlive that day
(CHORUS)
With all the windows rolled down in your dad’s new Cadillac
Your hair cut short for the summer
The best days we had crumpled in the back seat with the towels
and the sand and the heat of your skin
and it’s much too easy to feel it all again
Wouldn’t have written this story
Wouldn’t have written this ending
Couldn’t have guessed so wrong if I tried
(CHORUS)

Take It As A Sign

Lord said to Moses, “Man, the time has come.
You’ve got to free my people. Moses, you’re the one.”
Lord showed to Moses miracles like dreams.
When Moses doubted the power,
He remembered what he’d seen. He said:
Take it as a sign, I’m in His hands, I take it as a sign
Take it a a sign, He understands, I take it as a sign
Take it as a sign that in the war of faith and doubt
Everything you know turns inside out
Inside out
Jesus walked on the planet in long ago history.
Some men call him fiction, while others, they believe.
Jesus said to the people, if you’ve seen the things I do,
You got to believe in my Father,
He’s the one who sent me to you, so
Take it as a sign, your in His hands, take it as a sign
Take it as a sign He understands, take it as a sign
Take it as a sign, give Him a chance to let you know
He’ll be by your side wherever you go
Wherever you go
I’ve learned from my believing in life below the skies
That looks can be deceiving — I get fooled by my own two eyes.
But there’s times I feel a hunger burning in my soul,
And when I feel deep down inside there’s a whole lot more to know,
I take it as a sign, I’m in His hands, I take it as a sign
Take it as a sign, He understands, I take it as a sign
Take it as a sign that in the war of faith and doubt
Everything you know turns inside out
Inside out

White Magic

You wait for bad luck like you’re waiting for a friend
When it comes around, you wonder why it’s back again
A gypsy reads your palm, she says your future’s looking bleak
You wonder why you feel defenseless and weak
Astrologist tells you there’s madness in your sign
You wonder why you feel something’s wrong with your mind
I hate to see you troubled, hate to see you tangled up
Think you need a little white magic called love
Just a little white magic called love
Come on out into the light
Love will change you for certain
Wanna show you a little white magic
There’s no man behind the curtain
You got dragons and death and demons everywhere
God against the devil, God against fear
You don’t need an exorcist to sanctify your blood
You just need a little white magic called love
Just a little white magic called love
Come on out into the light
Shining from every direction
Wanna show you a little white magic
Wanna take you straight to perfection
There’s no hidden meaning, no thought control
I don’t wanna mystify you, I don’t wanna save your soul
You don’t need a witch doctor, you don’t need permission from above
Just need a little white magic called love
Just a little white magic called love
Come on out into the light
Love will change you for certain
Wanna show you a little white magic
There’s no man behind the curtain
Come on out into the
light
Shining, shining, shining

Bring Love Back

Oh Lord, night’s so quiet again
Just you and me, like long-lost friends
I know I’m in good company
But one of these days, won’t you bring love back to me
(CHORUS)
Bring love back to me, teach me how it’s supposed to be
Show me what I need to know, I know that’s what I need
Bring love back to me, I see my life so differently
Let there be a next time,
Won’t you bring it back to me
I know how bad I’ve misunderstood
A woman with a man, it was meant to be good
And I’ve played my hand out carelessly
But I know it’s in your power to bring it back to me
(CHORUS)
I’m listening
I’m listening to the silence
I’m listening to the wind
Filling me with mystery
Whispering again
I stay far away from the crowd,
Where I can hear your voice just like you’re talking out loud
You fill the sky with stars, and you fill the deepest sea
Now won’t you fill my life with love, won’t you bring it back to me
(CHORUS)

Ring Of Truth

Listen to the thunder of the new crusade
Look at that flag waving red white and blue
They’re talking about progress, talking about change
Talkin’ about tellin’ America the truth
And me, I’m drifting away from here
Called by a voice beyond the news
A voice that makes a comfort in my ear
The sound of sounds, the ring of truth
Took an elevator to the hundreth floor
Stepped out onto the highest roof
Closed my eyes and waited to turn off the roar
I was listening for the ring of truth
It wasn’t in the wind howling in my ear
Or the rumble rising off the avenue
But underneath the din, I could almost hear
The soundless sound, the ring of truth
Underneath the static, underneath the fear is
Something that matters, it’s what I want to hear
It isn’t in the earthquake or the fire or the storm
It’s waiting in the silence, waiting to be born
I’ve been out on the street since I woke up today
Now I’m stepping inside this telephone booth
I wanna hear your voice, I don’t care what you say
I’ll be listening for the ring of truth
We can talk about the weather, we can talk about love
We can talk about whatever’s on the evening news
But more and more, all I ever really hear
Breaking through, is the ring of truth

Common Ground

Woman reads a magazine full of feminine opinions
They tell her what she’s missing, tell her how she’s different
Man comes home, he’s tired and he doesn’t want to listen
And the things they need to talk about, they only talk around
Another restless ride on the road to common ground
Woman’s on the phone tonight, she needs a helping hand
Her girlfriends are the only ones who seem to understand
They talk about the ways that they’re more sensitive than men
And he stays out late, he’s got a date on the other side of town
Just a little break in the search for common ground
But on that freezing New Year’s when the power lines went down
They held each other close back then on common ground
The news is on, it’s nothing new — the usual despair
He watches from across the room, as if she isn’t there
And finally she can’t stand it, she screams, “Don’t you even care?”
Then it’s “Honey pie,” and “Please don’t cry,”
and “Baby, please calm down,”
And “Nothing matters more to me than finding common ground.”
Our souls search on forever
For heavenward they’re bound
Our bodies find their home at last
In common ground

Different Light

You can’t find your star in the morning
Can’t fathom the sea from the shore
You can’t know a man from rumours
I don’t even hear them any more
And when no one stands up to defend you
And everyone seems to agree
Let them say what they want to against you
It really doesn’t matter to me
(CHORUS)
‘Cause I see you in a different light
From my view, there’s no wrong or right
So whatever you do, I know what’s inside
I see you in a different light
You’ve been places where they’ll never travel
You’ve seen colors that they’ll never see
You know secrets they’ll never unravel
I wish you would share them with me
(CHORUS)
And I’ll hold onto
Only what I know from knowing you
Only what I see from my own eyes
‘Cause that’s the light I see
Shining so bright
I see you shining so bright
(CHORUS)

So Far From Anywhere

It’s another hotel room I don’t want to be in
This one has white walls and calico curtains
The last one had yellow walls and flesh-colored phones
And when I tried to call you, you were still not home
And as usual, I start wondering, where could you be?
Perhaps you’re just a figment of my thirsty memory
And sometimes I feel like I’m so far from anywhere
So far from anywhere
Like someplace I can’t recall
When I get home, will I know that I’m really there?
How will I know I’m there?
So far from anywhere at all
There’s a man in the next room, he’s been there for days
He’s blasting the TV, I think he might be crazy
Keeps yelling, “You’re so full of it, you bloody bunch a’ fools!”
And I think he must be talking to the people on the news
And I’ve written you a letter, but I’m wondering what for,
‘Cause I really don’t remember what you look like anymore
And sometimes I feel like I’m so far from anywhere
So far from anywhere
Everyone looks awful small
When I get home, will I know that I’m really there?
How will I know I’m there?
So far from anywhere at all
I’m sitting by the window, looking down at the clouds
Thinking ’bout Siberia, and then I say out loud to the
Texan sitting next to me, “It must have been so cold
Out there fixing oil wells where no one dares to go.”
And he smiles that kind of smile that seems connected to his soul
And I have to look away, don’t ask me why, ’cause I don’t know
Sometimes I feel like I’m so far from anywhere
So far from anywhere
Light years from our fireball
When I get home, will I know that I’m really there?
How will I know I’m home?
So far from anywhere at all

Too Easy

By now, we should’ve had a least one good fight
And I should’ve run into your evil twin brother
By now, the future shouldn’t be looking so bright
And you shouldn’t be such a hit with my mother
This is too easy, much too easy
By now we shouldn’t be getting along
This is too easy, much too easy
We must be doin’ something wrong
By now, we ought’a be making unreasonable demands
And we should be strongly considering alternate plans
By now, I shouldn’t be thrilled to see you all the time
And I definitely shouldn’t be feeling so sublime
This is too easy, much too easy
The feeling is suspiciously strong
This is too easy, much too easy
We must be doin’ something wrong
My friends are leading normal lives of heartache and distress
Pouring out their grievances to their therapists
I watch them and I wonder, am I cursed or am I blessed?
How long can we go on like this?
‘Cause by now, you should at least be getting a little on my nerves
And your words of love, they should just be words
By now, I oughta be checking out some other merchandise
And I should be wondering if the pleasure’s worth the price
This is too easy, much too easy
It feels like some kinda 50’s prime time TV sit-com
It’s just too easy, much too easy
We must be doin’ something wrong

She Cried In Front Of Strangers

The only one she told was little sister
Woke her in the middle of the night
So happy to be leaving, and he was all she ever wanted
Her bags were packed and standing at her side
She wore the coat her mom gave her for Christmas
She waited for a man and for a train
People on the platform must have wondered
Her tears were falling as the morning came
That was the first time she cried in front of strangers
The first time she showed the world her pain
And she swore that it would be the only time they’d see
No stranger would ever see her cry again
But it didn’t matter what she wished for
Didn’t matter what she swore
Didn’t matter how he treated her
She kept on coming back for more
So many strangers, so many years
On city streets, subway cars, movie lines, alone in bars
Strangers pretended not to see her tears
Then finally, she found a way to leave him
There was a man she knew just waiting for his chance
Her father thanked the Lord as he walked her down the aisle
‘Cause he knew this one would treat her good at last
She saw her life behind a secret curtain
No one in that church imagined what she missed
She heard a distant train, and she heard the word forever
He lifted up her veil, and then they kissed
There was a time she cried in front of strangers
But she learned what grownups do with pain
She learned to smile and hide the tears she’ll always feel inside
No stranger would ever see her cry again