Leaving (Reissue with Bonus Tracks)

by Justin Winokur

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The 2018 re-release of Leaving features some very rare bonus tracks—previously unreleased anywhere—plus brand new, original cover art by Alex Lambert.

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released June 2, 2017

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Justin Winokur California

Justin Winokur's lush, quirky indie-pop shines a light on the sad beauty of heartbreak. He recently finished his third full- length album, Throwing Paper Airplanes Off A Bridge, which for him, became its own journey of self realization. This intimate tour of his loves, losses, and hopes feels like reading a stranger's diary—and realizing that the handwriting and every single story is your own. ... more

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Track Name: The End Of The Road
life is a journey
uncertain as its destination may be
am I returning
or whirling off into some unknown territory?
well I don't really care how it ends
cause I just want to see you again

and I finally found the end of the road
and the best thing about it
is that I found you standing there
at the end of the road
my life was such a mess, now it's only so much such bliss
with you

whistling past all the brushes with death
just as fast as I could
racing along 'til I ran out of breath
on the sacred ground where you stood
yeah, you gave me my second wind
you made it so easy to start all over again

I finally found the end of the road
when I kicked past that last cobblestone
I found you standing there
at the end of the road
now it's friends and endless summertimes
eternity sublime with you
Track Name: So Alone
Sometimes this love's too much for me
and I don't wanna be in it
no part of it

alone is where I wanna be
an old home locked away inside of me
so alone
I wanna be so alone
so alone
I wanna be so alone

I don't have imagination
I just wanna tell it like it is
how it is
that this world and this love
and the sweetness of life
it's too much
I'll run away inside of me

so alone
I wanna be so alone
so alone
I wanna be so
Track Name: Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye
I can see you I can feel you
I can taste the pain of your goodbye
Goodbye goodbye goodbye

I reveal what I conceal: the way I feel
and so I say goodbye

so I say goodbye
goodbye

I shiver under blankets made from
Memories of you
And I cry
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
I wrap myself up tighter cuz they’re all I have to keep me
And I cry…
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.

so I say goodbye
goodbye
Track Name: It's Better To Be The Fool
I wish I could say that I'm perfect
and not just confused
I beat myself up over everything
try too hard to look cool
It's hard to convince the whole world you're ok
when you know that it just isn't true
Now I'm tipping my hat as I step off the cliff
cuz it's better to be the fool
I wish I could say that I'm brave and more honest
I wish I could say that I knew
how to tell you the truth when you ask how I am
what the hell am I trying to prove?
with my endless to do lists and phone calls to answer
too many things to get through
but why toss and turn wrestling with wish I could says
when it's better to be the fool
when I'm gone
they'll fight over my cars and CDs
dump my ashes in some box
and kinda forget about me.
dust that gathers dust
a fading memory
nobody noticed my endless mistakes but me -- only me -- just me
under my mountain of wish I could says
are my dreams that could've come true
let myself off the hook as I dance off the cliff
it's better to be the fool
the butt of the joke is the part you remember
it's better to be the fool
Track Name: There You Are
The night can be so unsure
a time of fear, a time of wonder
will life go on?
will the morning come?
will we die before we wake?

When I awake will you be there?
I wonder will I see you, sparkling
every day would be so, so wrong
if I awoke and you were gone

But every morning's leap of faith
I make with childlike anticipation
when I open up my eyes
and there you are, there you are
all my sweetest dreams come true cuz there you are

I fall asleep in your milky arms
your breath is the dewy breeze in my mind
at night (but yet) my faith is tested by sleep
will you be there when I awake?

When I awake will you be there?
I wonder will I see you, sparkling
every day would be so, so wrong
if I awoke and you were gone

But every morning's leap of faith
I make with childlike anticipation
when I open up my eyes
and there you are, there you are
all my sweetest dreams come true cuz there you are
Track Name: Song To Fall In Love To In The Summertime
I made a list of my favorite things
and you're on it
and I thought about my favorite dessert
well, it's you
so I thought I should give you a gift
a little something (like a thank you)
just to thank you for all that you are and all that you do

so close your eyes, it's a surprise. Ready? Good. Then I can sing my...

song to fall in love to in the summertime for you
it's the best thing I could think of, I hope you like it, too
a song to fall in love to in the summertime for you
and I wish I could sing it forever

I rode a bicycle built for two to your window
and I really wish you would come along for a ride
so close your eyes, it's a surprise
ready? good. then I can sing my...

song to fall in love to in the summertime for you
it's the best thing I could think of, I hope you like it, too
a song to fall in love to in the summertime for you

put the radio on, and every song as it comes on I'll dedicate to you they're all...

songs to fall in love to in the summertime with you
every one our favorite, each one just for you
songs to fall in love to in the summertime for you

it's a song about beautiful weather
it's a song for us
a song about being together
Track Name: Be Glad That You're Not Here
I guess that was the last time
that I'll see you for a while
but I'm hoping I can leave
each one of you with a smile
so let me ease your minds, let me alleviate your fear
things are great
the food is fine
but I'm so glad that you're not here
and when it's time to join me on the other side my dear
you'll be stuck with me forever
so be glad that you're not here
Track Name: So Far Away
You're so far away
so far away from me
I look into my the dark
your face light I do not see there, shining

and if I walk away
and if I walk away I'm free
free to dance the night away—
free to see the sky is falling

then I don't mind anymore
that you're not mine anymore
so (and) don't think you'll find me
waiting outside your door

as the fog in my heart clears
now I finally can see
if I can dance each night away
I'd rather dance without you, darling

cuz I don't mind anymore
that you're not mine anymore
so don't think you'll find me
waiting outside your door
Track Name: Don't Fence Me In
Oh give me land, lots of land
Under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
and listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
just turn me loose
let me straddle my old saddle underneath the western skies
on my cayuse let me wander over yonder til I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge
where the west commences
and gaze at the moon til I love my senses
and I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences
don't fence me in
no, papa don't you fence me in
Track Name: Leaving This Town (Part 4)
Foot after foot—it feels like I'm floating
my old house disappears behind me like morning
I latched that last window and shut my last door
I think I remembered the lights

now I'm leaving, leaving this town
I didn't want to go so soon
but I'm leaving, leaving this town
so you won't see me around

sometimes this life isn't what we expected
prayers don't get answered
dreams don't come true
like I never had courage to say how I loved you
so I'm leaving this note behind

as I'm leaving, leaving this town
cuz I've said all I wanted
and I've done all I hoped for
I'm leaving, leaving this town
cuz you don't want me around

now I'm leaving, leaving this town
I've seen all I wanted—I did all I could
leaving, leaving this town—cuz you don't want me around

now I'm leaving, leaving this town
I've said all I wanted
and done all I hoped for
leaving, leaving this town
cuz you don't want me around
Track Name: Fly Away (acoustic version)
It's time to fly away from here;
it's time to fly away my dear.
Look into the sky, and how it's missing you!
It's time to fly away my dear.

So fly so far away, take your love away!

Can you go—can you go—
go so far away?
Can anyone ever go away?
As far as they dream?
As far as far away seems?
Can anyone ever go away?
I don't know...

So fly so far away, take your love away!
Track Name: I Loved You More (acoustic version)
I never loved you
like you thought I did before.
The truth comes out,
I loved you more.
And now you walked out,
it doesn't matter anymore.
The truth's too late,
I loved you more.

I know I don't know a way to turn back time
and I can't erase this image in my mind
of moment's lost, a chance I missed
a dream I will not find.
But it's all too late, it's all too late,
the tears fall on the floor.

I never loved you
like you thought I did before.
The truth comes out,
I loved you more.
And now you walked out,
it doesn't matter anymore.
The truth's too late,
I loved you more.