Is That All There Is? (ITATI)

This song started out as a riff that Greg, myself, John Vanderslice-(Keyboards), & Alan Martin-(Drums), used to jam on in 1973 when we were in a fledgling band called, “HELIOS“.

Last year I challenged Greg to finish the tune with lyrics, etc… and boy did he deliver!  It was a lot of fun adding the guitars.

ITATI

I started out to change the world,

Make a difference that would last through time.

Perhaps give meaning to why we’re here,

Leave a painting, a song, a rhyme.

Watching others coast right on by,

As I struggle to scale these rocks.

I came this way, a long, hard way

Just to find this empty box.

There seems to be one story to tell,

While you take heaven, I’m stuck with Hell.

Now walking the tunnel gives quite a fright,

I can clearly see the locomotive’s light.

Is that all there is?

Is that all there is?

The glasses we wear affect the view,

Colors fade in the light of the moon,

Just when you finally get your drink,

Someone throws you out of the room.

Is that all, is that all there is,

The reason for my conscious light?

The message I think is very clear,

You’re born, you live, you die.

There seems to be one story to tell,

While you build heaven, I’m struggling through Hell.

Now walking the tunnel gives quite a fright,

I can clearly see the locomotive’s light.

Is that all there is?

Is that all there is?

She left me on a stormy night.

I saw tears well up in her eyes.

She took her love, her dog and cat,

And strolled right out of my life.

I thought that love, once it’s found

Would make a much bigger splash.

Now I realize you only get life’s best

If you come up with lots of cash.

There seems to be one story to tell,

While you buy heaven, I’m living in Hell.

Moving through the tunnel, the tunnel of time,

I can clearly see the end of the line.

Is that all there is?

Is that all there is?

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