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World In Motion

Released: 1988

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World In Motion

Browne's call to action on World in Motion is also the toughest kind to deny. Even more explicitly issue driven than its politically charged predecessor Lives In The Balance, World in Motion is an album of universal truths bound together by a highly personal focus. Browne's stance is also free of gratuitous pop-star rage, rooted instead in calm, unassailable reason. The beauty of a song like "Anything Can Happen" - which contends that if love can thrive in a climate of violence and dread, so can the promise of change - is that its calm adamancy is actually heightened by its tender elegance. There are a million ways for music to say that people deserve better - better government, better life, better love. On World in Motion, Browne gets your attention by getting under your skin. (RS 556-557)

David Fricke, Rolling Stone, 1989

  • 1. WORLD IN MOTION
    Sun going down in the USA
    Down on Main there's a family sleeping
    in a doorway
    Around the corner you can hear the sound
    People dancing around the golden calf
    Those who have not, those who have

    On the billboards and the T.V. screens
    They got food and cars and toys and trucks
    and jeans
    Like a homeless child's fitful dreams
    Smiling faces free from wanting
    Life's abundances beyond counting

    World in motion - speed your changes
    Close your distances, find your angels
    Lose your fears and meet your dangers
    World in motion

    Once we were running through smoke and fire
    Running into the sun
    In the rush of youth, for love and truth
    Our deeds were done
    Now we awake with a world at stake
    And a race we run
    We run

    Sun going down on the USA
    Sun coming up a hundred years away
    On another world and another time
    Things like hunger, greed and hatred
    One way or another, gonna be eradicated

    World in motion - speed your changes
    Close your distances, drive your angels
    Lose your fears and meet your dangers
    World in motion

    'Till the world I look out at this world and see
    Is the world
    I know this world can be
    You have a volunteer in me
    Now come on

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP, Fair Star Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 2. ENOUGH OF THE NIGHT
    You used to stand on the tables
    You used to shoot out the lights
    You used to stop trucks on I-19
    In your blue leopard tights
    You got the vote of your high school
    Most likely to exceed
    But not likely to ever get enough
    Enough of what you need

    Enough of the night
    Enough of the night

    And now the carnival lights come down
    The sounds of laughter recede
    You sit and drink in this cardboard town
    The fast lane gone to seed
    You used to laugh about the damage done
    But there was no way to know
    How little distance you had actually come
    And how far you'd have to go

    It's tough to do baby
    It's tough to make it
    When the heart is naked
    It's tough for you baby
    It's tough for me too
    Without all this pain to see through

    Now
    I want to see you smile
    You know how
    It's just been a while
    Don't allow
    Another night to close on your empty cup
    You've had enough of those

    Enough of the night
    Enough of the night

    You used to count on the miracles
    The old shot in the dark
    You used to wait for the setting sun
    To help you hit your mark
    You used to stand on the tables
    You used to shoot out the lights
    You dressed right out of the fables
    Like the Arabian Nights

    But you were never the princess
    More like the queen of the thieves
    And my heart was never more than one of the many
    A queen receives

    It's tough to do baby
    It's tough to make it
    When the heart is naked
    It's tough for you baby it's tough for me too
    Without this disdain to see through

    Now
    I want to see you smile
    You know how
    It's just been a while
    Don't allow
    Another heart to pass beyond your reach
    Say "Baby not so fast"

    You've had enough of the night
    To fill the street with tears
    You've had enough of those empty hours
    To last a thousand years

    Enough of the night
    Enough of the tears

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 3. CHASING YOU INTO THE LIGHT
    Lying next to you in the dark
    Listening to your pounding heart
    The sheets are tangled around your waist
    I watch the dream moving on your face
    Feel you shake, hear your cries
    Running in the dark trying to open your eyes
    Come on baby, wake up

    I've followed you across the days and years
    Been there for the thrills and the tears
    Chasing you from state to state
    Waking, dreaming, I try to relate
    Why should I be somebody you fear
    When you're asleep and I'm so near?
    Don't even know why I'm in your dreams
    I got control over none of these things

    Morning comes, hard and bright
    And I'm exhausted from running after you all night
    Chasing you into the light

    Yeah I've been reaching for you baby
    As if I could reach you when you dream at night
    But I never can quite



    I ain't lying here awake by myself
    You better wake up
    There's something I want to talk to you about
    You better wake up
    I love you girl, tell the world I do
    There's nothing I wouldn't do for you
    I want to rescue you like you rescued me
    From a life of doubt and uncertainty
    That's why I'm chasing you
    Chasing you into the light

    Go for a walk on the pier with me baby
    Now as the dawn comes over the night
    Watching the stars in the sky disappear maybe
    You'll find a way to let go of your fright
    The sea is deep, the world is wide
    Ships are leaving for the other side
    This whole city will be waking soon
    And in the east
    Clouds are strung out behind the moon
    Chasing her into the light
    Wake up

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 4. HOW LONG
    When you look into a child's face
    And you're seeing the human race
    And the endless possibilities there
    Where so much can come true
    And you think of the beautiful things
    A child can do
    How long would the child survive
    How long if it was up to you
    When you think about the money spent
    On defense by a government
    And the weapons of destruction we've built
    We're so sure that we need
    And you think of the millions and millions
    That money could feed
    How long can you hear someone crying
    How long can you hear someone dying
    Before you ask yourself why?
    And how long will we hear people speaking
    About missiles for peace
    And just let it go by
    How long will they tell us these weapons
    Are keeping us free
    That's a lie
    If you saw it from a satellite
    With its green and its blue and white
    The beauty of the curve of the earth
    And its oceans below
    You might think it was paradise
    If you didn't know
    You might think that it's turning
    But it's turning so slow
    How long can you hear someone crying
    How long can you hear someone dying
    Before you ask yourself why?
    And how long will it be 'till we've turned
    To the tasks and the skills
    That we'll have to have learned
    If we going to find our place in the future
    And have something to offer
    Where this planet's concerned
    How long?

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 5. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
    Time will come when we know what happened here
    Change will come in time and make it clear
    We learn one thing if we learn at all
    In the secret wars we call our lives
    Anything can happen
    We watch the days, we make our plans
    We change in ways a life demands
    But what ever pleasure this life may allow
    I'll give you the love I have for you now
    Because anything can happen
    In a world so full of fear
    Dreams are whispered in the dead of night
    And people disappear
    But you hear my heart and you know I'm still here
    Although you know and I know you know
    While I swear I'll never let you go
    Anything can happen
    Yeah, if this love can happen here
    Anything can
    We watch the days we make our plans
    We change in ways a life demands
    I'll always remember this time, this place
    The hope in your voice, the light on your face

    Because anything can happen
    In a world so full of pain
    People give their lives to making war
    And we call those people sane
    But I love you where your dreams remain
    Though you never say it anymore
    One day there'll be an end to this war
    And who knows
    We may see what we're here for
    Anything can happen
    Yeah, if this love has found us here
    Anything can
    Can happen

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 6. WHEN THE STONE BEGINS TO TURN
    I come here for Dr. King
    Who gave the people a precious thing
    He found a light in the darkest hour
    And the strength for speaking truth to power

    And in the years since they shot him down
    You see changes that once were a dream
    Begin to come around

    When the walls have begun to crumble
    When the laws have begun to burn
    When the wind is singing freedom
    When the stone begins to turn

    And I come here to praise Mandela
    And to send this message to his jailer
    Your walls may hold the man inside
    But they'll never ever hold back the tide

    'Cause in the years you've shut him away
    A generation has grown where he stood
    They're gonna see the day

    When the walls have begun to crumble
    When the laws have begun to burn
    When the wind is singing freedom
    When the stone begins to turn

    We come here to sing for freedom
    And to send our voices to the ones who need them
    Freedom for South Africa
    And justice for Nelson Mandela

    'Cause in the years they've shut him away
    A generation has grown where he stood
    We're gonna see the day

    When the walls have begun to crumble
    When the laws have begun to burn
    When the wind is singing freedom
    When the stone begins to turn

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 7. THE WORD JUSTICE
    A man stands up before his God and country
    Raises his right hand and takes an oath
    Swears he has acted in the line of duty
    And he more than anyone wants to tell the truth

    But there is a need to keep some things a secret
    Some weapons shipments - some private wars
    In the future democracy will be defended
    Behind closed doors

    Now the men of Congress who convene to determine
    If covert war is a business or a crime
    Are the same men who routinely give
    their permission
    For the shedding of blood in security's name

    And there is a need to keep some things a secret
    The names of some countries - the terms of
    some deals
    And above all the sound of the screams
    of the innocent
    Beneath our wheels

    Does the word justice mean anything to you?
    Are the features of a lie beginning to come through?

    In the streets of America the children are buried
    Caught in an avalanche of weapons and drugs
    They live and they die in the bowels of a business

    That's disguised as a war between The Crips and
    The Bloods
    And there is a need to keep some things a secret
    The C.I.A. deals protecting the source

    And the government policies directly connecting
    The drugs and our wars

    Does the word justice mean anything to you?

    As the battlefield comes home and democracy
    falls through

    I am waiting for the time to come
    When the word will be real for everyone
    And not just a word but a thing that can be done
    But justice must be won

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 8. MY PERSONAL REVENGE
    My personal revenge will be the right
    Of our children in the schools and in the gardens
    My personal revenge will be to give you
    This song which has flourished without panic
    My personal revenge will be to show you
    The kindness in the eyes of my people
    Who have always fought relentlessly in battle
    And been generous and firm in victory

    My personal revenge will be to tell you
    good morning
    On a street without beggars or homeless
    When instead of jailing you I suggest
    You shake away the sadness there that blinds you

    And when you who have applied your hands
    in torture
    Are unable to look up at what surrounds you
    My personal revenge will be to give you
    These hands that once you so mistreated
    But have failed to take away their tenderness

    It was the people who hated you the most
    When rage became the language of their song
    And underneath the skin of this town today
    Its heart has been scarred forevermore

    And underneath the skin of this town today
    Red and black, its heart's been scarred
    Forevermore

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Hereford Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 9. I AM A PATRIOT
    And the river opens for the righteous
    Someday

    I was walking with my brother
    And he wondered whats on my mind
    I said what I believe in my soul
    Aint what I see with my eyes
    And we cant turn our backs this time



    I am a patriot
    And I love my county
    Because my country is all I know
    I want to be with my family
    The people who understand me
    Ive got nowhere else to go

    And the river opens for the righteous
    And the river opens for the righteous
    And the river opens for the righteous
    Someday

    And I was talking with my sister
    She looked so fine
    I said, "Baby, whats on your mind?"
    She said, "I want to run like the lion
    Released from the cages
    Released from the rages
    Burning in my heart tonight."

    And I aint no communist
    And I aint no capitalist
    And I aint no socialist
    And I aint no imperialist
    And I aint no democrat
    And I aint no republican
    I only know one party
    And it is freedom

    I am, I am, I am
    I am a patriot
    And I love my country
    Because my county is all I know

    And the river opens for the righteous
    And the river opens for the righteous
    And the river opens for the righteous
    Someday

    And the river opens for the righteous . . .

    By Steven Van Zandt
    1984 Blue Midnight Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 10. LIGHTS AND VIRTUES
    Here's to lights and virtues
    Here's to truths yet to be known
    Knowledge to light the darkness
    The search for things of your own

    Here's to lights and virtues
    Here's to reaching higher ground
    A life of hope and purpose
    Here's to strength yet to be found
    Honor - though it goes unrecognized
    And truth - though liars abound

    The pleasure of love and friendship
    The courage to be alone

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1989 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved