One​-​Way Line (Mostly Unplugged)

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A musician ponders the breakup of his marriage as he rides the SkyTrain into Vancouver to start over again. This is a stripped-down mix of the album version, featuring an all-new keyboard track combined with the existing acoustic bass and guitar tracks.

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"One-Way Line"
Words and Music by D. R. Commander
Copyright ©2007 Twelve-Foot Hedgehog Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

[Verse]
Heading into the Vancouver skyline
Staring out the window, I've got nothing but time
Destination: Waterfront Station
I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line

I tried to bury my dreams with the past
Her eyes shone like a diamond in the morning light
Now I can't make this train go any faster
I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line

[Chorus]
I'm moving on a twilight feeling,
Trying to stop my heart from healing,
Wondering why I'd ever let her go
The city lights in different places,
The nameless and the lonely faces
Telling me what I already know

[Verse]
Across the blue of the cold, cold sound
She's standing in the wind and the evening tide
Looking down on that Squamish town
While I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line

She never wanted that neon life,
But she stepped into the shadows thinking everything's fine
It's hard being a musician's wife,
So I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line

[Chorus]
We're moving through the silent midnight,
Reflecting with the harbor moonlight,
Marking time with countless beating hearts
The trees in simulated freeze frame,
The statues in a giant chess game
Moving like a whisper in the dark

[Verse]
The train cuts the city like a knife,
I'm heading into town, leaving Richmond behind
Looking down on that slice of life,
I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line

Heading into the Vancouver skyline
Staring out the window, I've got nothing but time
Destination: Waterfront Station
I'm riding down the rails of a one-way line
Riding down the rails of a one-way line
Riding down the rails of a one-way line

credits

from Seven Cities, released April 17, 2013
Musicians:
D. R. Commander (electric piano, vocals)
Aaron Goldfarb (acoustic guitar)
G. Pat Harris (upright bass)

Recorded by D. R. Commander at Spare Oom Studio, Austin, Texas
Produced by D. R. Commander
Mixed by Pat Manske at The Zone Recording Studio, Dripping Springs, Texas
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin, Texas

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D. R. Commander Austin, Texas

A self-taught pianist, D. R. Commander's approach to the instrument is somewhat non-traditional and is influenced as much by Earl Scruggs and Mark Knopfler as by Bruce Hornsby and Jackson Browne. His songs paint pictures of far-off, beautiful places inhabited by people who are different on the surface but whose lives intertwine in the same universal quest. ... more

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