The Way

by The Family of Man

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'The Way' was written and recorded by The Family of Man.

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released 18 October 2012

The Family of Man is
Wilfred Galila
Aliyah Cline
Dominic Mercurio

on this record we collectively play the following:
The Voice, Guitar, Banjo, Saxophone, Flute, Accordion, Percussion, Piano, Childen's Toys, Piano-Flute, Whistles, Claps, Stomps, Chants, Laughter.

Violin on tracks 1, 4, 9, & 11 provided by Belen Alvarez

Recorded from July 1st to July 8th 2012 in Humboldt, CA with some additional overdubs recorded in August and September 2012.

Mixed by Dominic Mercurio & Simon Raistrick
Mastered by Simon Raistrick

Album Artwork by Wilfred Galila

Special Thanks to Gail and Jim for hosting us and letting us record at their magical property in Humboldt, CA.

copyright 2012

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The Family of Man San Francisco, California

A foggy blend of aural vistas, earthy rhythms, and enchanting lullabies from the northern woods that lie near the cusp between land and sea over yonder.

A heady mix of folk, blues, and rock blended with a touch of everything in between, their music can be best described as whimsical, poignant, visceral, magical, somber, joyful, and downright real.
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Track Name: Awit Ng Bituin (Star Song)
Written by Wilfred Galila (no lyrics)
Track Name: Yellow Flowers
Written by Wilfred Galila

I see your big brown eyes
they're looking kind of lazy
I hear your soft sweet voice
it's sounding kind of hazy
I wonder if you love me
and you replied maybe
this feeling in my heart
is driving me crazy

but I know that it's true it's true
like a sparkle of morning dew
on a field of yellow flowers
in the sun

you are near and yet so far
when we're alone lately
like a ripple of a distant dream
I want to reach you baby
there's a warm place in my heart
that often time feels empty
and when you are away
I'm feeling kind of lonely

but I know that it's true it's true
like a sparkle of morning dew
on a field of yellow flowers
in the sun

it's true it's true
that I
loved you
Track Name: Illusions
Written by Dominic Mercurio

How far you gonna take this Illusion?
Theres no end in sight
The circular incision makes the cube I hold just not fit quite right
Don't ask me whats a matter It'll only end up starting a fight
Just sit tight

Does it even matter?
Does it even matter now?
Cause nobodies watching
It's all unfamiliar ground

The crackling cement walls left a truth to smother the lies
the vicious teeth sunk in and I'm afraid they're not too fond of the taste
Just sit back, relax, and let your mind do the talkin tonight
Don't fight it

Sure got a lot to go on but the moment...it's already passed
It's only a mistake if you're certain the feeling will last.
Track Name: Hero's Journey
Written by Aliyah Cline

Walking through the snow
she feels alone
but little does she know
her demons are behind her
she stops in the cold to blow her blue nose
and when she does well her demons they find her

but the sky will open above her
to warm her tired soul
she'll look around and discover
the meaning of it all
the meaning of it all

a man might try to trick her
sacrifice her heart
she'll see through his dark veils
and break his web apart
a friend might try to use her
lie, steal, abuse her
she'll turn her back and keep on trudging though the fog

but the sky will open above her
to warm her tired soul
she'll look around and discover
the meaning of it all
the meaning of it all

broken hearts behind her
shattered dreams in front
she carried on forward
despite the demons hunt
and when the night is done
she'll feel quite afraid
but her heart will keep her courage and light her way

but the sky will open above her
to warm her tired soul
she'll look around and discover
the meaning of it all
the meaning of it all
Track Name: Twin Sized Bed
Written by Dominic Mercurio

Let's just stay in your twin sized bed
underneath the sheets of blue and red
do you mind my hand slipped under your head?
and is the subtle sound of my hearts persistent pound...
something you dread?

Through the night I swear I held your body tight
but instead
In the morning you had fled

Well I got to thinkin' I knew just what this meant
the projected patterns I saw were left unspent
and the stick i pulled just had a different intent
but your perfect smile despite my denial now seemed...
so crooked and bent

we lost our leaves and shed our branches with ease
the ground around the trees carried an auburn tint of release
well what I sent
for you it came and went
for you it came and went.
Track Name: Interlude
Written by Wilfred Galila (no lyrics)
Track Name: Crazy as You
Written by Wilfred Galila

It's been a long while forgotten how to be
running the whole mile young, wild, and free
bright rays of sunshine too blinded to see
and in the darkness doubted where we'll be

for I have never loved anyone as
beautiful and wonderful but quizzical and temperamentally crazy as you

a tender moment fleeting as the wind
quite discerned for things that we did
never quite knowing all clouded by fun
a tiny distance how far we have come

for I have never loved anyone as
beautiful and wonderful but quizzical and temperamentally crazy as you

swift turning tables
curious as a whim
confusing fragments it's time to be still
for I have never loved anyone as
beautiful and wonderful but quizzical and temperamentally crazy as you
Track Name: Is It Possible?
Written by Dominic Mercurio

how can it be that a calendars weeks
will fly by when I sit around punching machines
yet the form takes a new when its waiting for you
oh the seconds tick by with miles in-between

mama said 'follow your heart or you'll surely fall apart'
but does it apply when we can't finish what we start
I wouldn't say I need too much but surely I think it's true
I like you so much that I wish that I was with you

you know I got someplace to be
but I cant say goodbye and leave
I'd rather wait it out, cause it's just you as far as my eyes see
but you know we gotta face the facts
maybe this is too much to carry on our backs
but if I traded it all, i know I'd only want you back

mama said 'follow your heart or you'll surely fall apart'
but does it apply when we can't finish what we start
I wouldn't say I need too much but surely I know it's true
I need you so much that I wish that I was with you

distance can only take you so far
but it feels like we got there so quick
its not quite something that you or me could easily fix
but please don't worry bout the imperfections
my feet can only walk in your direction
well what we lack in opportunity, we make up with connection

mama said 'follow your heart or you'll surely fall apart'
but does it apply when we can't finish what we start
I wouldn't say I need too much but surely I know it's true
i like you so much that i think that i need you…
i need you so much that i think that i love you…
I love you so much that i think that i need you
Track Name: Until July
Written by Dominic Mercurio

would it help you sleep
if I said 'soon we'll meet'?
cause it sure doesn't help me.

every time I see you
it's just red green and blue...
and I remember just how far we are apart

can't wait till next year
we'll switch hemispheres
for just a little while we'll travel miles to share our trials swapping smiles
some things are better in my dreams

you know its not so bad
considering all the luck we had
but this distance, well it sure don't feel right

the wick of your smile
keeps me happy for a while
but when that candle runs short it burns my little hand

can't wait till next year
we'll switch hemispheres
for just a little while we'll travel miles to share our trials swapping smiles
some things are better in my dreams

if my arms can't reach you
I'll stare at your eyes glowing blue
just killing time till July...
Track Name: Bittersweet Relief
Written by Wilfred Galila

It's a bittersweet relief
all that's left is to sigh and believe
that it's all gone gone gone

memories have turned to blue
soon will come the time when thoughts of you
will all fade fade fade away

fly away blue jay with my aching heart
i gave it all away right from the start
it's all very clear now that we're apart
that things between you and me was never meant to be

it's a bittersweet relief
all thats left is to sigh and believe
that it's all...
Track Name: The Way
Written by Wilfred Galila

what comes up must come down
a smile into a frown
a strange force of gravity that tugs at you and me

and when your boat on the river is sinking low
the stars in your eyes have lost their glow
and down is the only way to go
just be and enjoy the flow OH OH!

yesterday has gone away
tomorrow aint here today
its just the truth of reality that happens to you and me

and when some silly scary nightmare has replaced your dream
you're weighted down and stuck in between
your friends pretty faces have all turned green
just be and enjoy the scene

stay with how you feel
know that it is real
let go and face your fears
with all the love in your heart
you will find the way

all good things must come to an end
one day we will all be dead
its just the truth of reality that happens to you and me

and when all the silly thoughts running through your head
that keep you everyday from getting out of bed
just know it aint real but just an illusion
a bad case of mental pollution

what is wrong could be right
think of it hard as you might
a good dose of reality is good for you and me

and when all the signs proclaim that the end is near
everyone ends up living in fear
all thats left to do is come out and play
for all we have left is today

stay with how you feel
know that it is real
let go and face your fears
with all the love in your heart
you will find the way

hey hey hey
you'll find the way