Watch the Sky

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Up in the Air's 3rd album recorded live in Sutton's Sound Studio in Atascadero on 8/29/1993. Engineered by Rick Sutton. Edited, added tracks and remastering done at Tin can Studios in Santa Margarita in 2001 by John. Cover graphics by Larry Hoffmann.

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released September 15, 1993

John Beccia-vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards
Mark Pierce-vocal harmonies ,electric guitar
Larry Hoffman-flute, sax, harmonica...
Tyson Leonard - violin...
Bobbie Smith- vocals...
Sarah Battalino & Victor Rocha- latin and african percussion
Mike "Doc" Lorenzo - bass
Geoff Land- trumpet

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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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Track Name: Julia
Julia
by John Beccia

My eyes they stare into your face
Nothing in this world ever can replace
The happiness of love so real
Your fragileness inside my arms I feel

CHORUS Julia,
Expressions of growing love
Thinking of
My little girl, Julia

The tiny cries, the tender tears
They crumble down barriers built for years
My heart lies open deep and wide
You give me the strength that I need inside

REPEAT CHORUS twice

(Julia...........growing love
Thinking of..............Julia)-3 times


The years and lives have came and went
The generations that you represent
Your mother’s glow, your father’s smile
We all get reborn in a little child

REPEAT CHORUS 4 times

A brand new world
A precious pearl
My little girl, Julia
Track Name: Must We Die
Must We Die?
John Beccia
(lyrics written with Susan Rocha)

Said the earth to the stars,"I want to be like Mars
With no people or cars."

Said the earth to the moon,"The end will be soon
For me and you

CHORUS-Why,why,why must we die?
Why,why,why must we die?

Said the earth to the sky, and the birds passing by
"Everything must die."

Said the earth to the bay,"There will come a day
When we'll all fade away."
REPEAT CHORUS

Said the sun to the earth,"Where there's death there is birth
To carry it on."

Said the earth to the sun,"You'll always be the one
Till the day is done.

Repeat Chorus (twice)

Porque morier? (Repeated 8 times)
Track Name: Really Here
Really Here?
by John Beccia

Time can move slow in the morning, then fly quickly by in the day
Death mostly comes without warning,
while birth gives you time to make way
There's such a feeling of calmness before the storm fills up the air
How do I know if I'm dreamin' or if we are really here?

Is each new moment a waking, or has it all happened before?
Are we an ocean that's breaking, or simply the sand on the shore?
Life sometimes seems like a burden while other times is without care
How do I know if I'm dreaming or if we are really here?
How do I know if I'm dreaming or if we are really here?


Some nights the moon is a sliver, and some nights a golden ball
Life can flow on like a river, or drop like a waterfall
Though we must face any future, there's one thing that each of us fear
How do I know if I'm dreaming or if we are really here?

Moments of laughter are fleeting, moments of sadness will pass
Sometimes the future will meet us, at times we get lost in the past
The sky can be clouded with darkness, then turn to a blueness so clear
How do I know if I'm dreaming, or if we are really here?
How do I know if I'm dreaming or if we are really here?

Photographs give you a picture, but never can capture what is
Do we live life for a reason, or simply just breath to exist
Will we spend life just accepting, or search evermore in despair
How do I know if I'm dreaming, or if we are really here?


Repeat 1st verse
How do I know if I'm dreaming, or if we are really here?
Track Name: Moonlit Night
Moonlit Night
by John Beccia

On a moonlit night, that is strung so tight
I delight at the stars
In a water mirror that reflects so clear
And the sound of one lone guitar
And a man who's shoutin' out so loud
Tryin' to grab a heart out of a crowd
To communicate what's in him now is so hard
It's really so hard

On a moonlit night, like a scorpion's bite
Stinging truth will fill up the sky
We will never see what we hope we can be
So we just make due with this life
There's a man who's cryin' out so loud
Tryin' to grab a tear out of a cloud
To communicate a love so proud is so hard
It's really so hard

On a moonlit night, it's a constant flight
Seems like each event is a sign
In the winds of change we're in constant play
In the ways of heart and of mind
Only flesh and blood, and earth and clay
In a web that breaks and respins each day
There's a child inviting us to play
That we grow out of, then hide away
Tryin' to make love last, tryin' to make love stay is so hard
It's really so hard

Repeat last six lines
Track Name: Watch the Sky
Watch the Sky
by John Beccia


This world is moving fast
But still I'm much to slow
Another war has passed
Still there's so many more
What can a poor girl do but stay at home and cry
What can this poor boy do but watch the sky

I hope the clouds I see
Will still be pure and white
I hope the orange I see
Is just the bright sunlight
What can a poor bird do but stay aloft and fly
What can this poor boy do but watch the sky

The grey that's moving  in
May only be the night
The blackness of the time
Can sometimes blind your sight
What can the people do but simply live to die
What can this poor boy do but watch the sky
Track Name: Oh Babe
Oh Babe
by John Beccia
(lyric with D. Foxworthy)


If I was on the road, I'd be runnin' right on home to you
Runnin' straight that way 'cause it's the easiest thing to do
Keep your fire goin' just to warm my bones
Love to hear you speakin' but there ain't no phones around
Oh babe, I'm on the ground


If I was like a bird, I would fly right thru the sky to you
High above the crowds, within the clouds within the sky of blue
Heading for your door because it's turning grey
Hide me from the rain until it goes away, oh babe
It's on the ground I lay

If I could swim the ocean like the fish down in the water do
I'd ride upon the wave that was takin' my love to you
Gonna make my entrance with a mighty crash
Splash into your arms, and I would never dash away
The ground's so cold, oh babe
The ground's so cold, oh babe
Track Name: Oh Ay Oh
Oh Ay Oh

All of the world is so full of pollution
I don't see anywhere that we can go
The whole world is full of loves' dissolution
Nothin' more can be done, say it's not so

CHORUS Oh ay oh (oh ay oh)
Raise up your voices and shout out what's wrong
Oh ay oh (oh ay oh)
If we must cry, we'll cry singin' a song

Plutonium creators, the scientist soldier
Hasn't man done everything and much more
We've printed our feet on the surface of moonstone
But it's all forgotten in nuclear war

REPEAT CHORUS(first 3 lines)
If we must die, we'll die singin' a song


Let's kill war with peace, let's fight for tomorrow
Let's live on mountaintops being so free
Let's make a circle that cannot be broken
Singin' our hearts out to change destiny

REPEAT CHORUS(first 3 lines)
If we must fight, we'll fight singin' a song

REPEAT CHORUS(first 3 lines)
If we must fight, we'll fight singin' a song
If we must die, we'll die singin' a song
If we must cry, we'll cry singin' a song
Track Name: Hey de Hey
Hey de Hey
by Mike Lorenzo


The Mississippi River comes clean on down and part of it comes fron Ohio
And all that crap they’re flushin’ keeps on a gushin’, and ends up in the Bayou


CHORUS Singin’ hi-hi de hi, hey hey de hey
Hey hey de hey, dance the night away


Danced all night by the light of the full moonlight down in the Delta
Met a little lady named Crawfish Katie, mm-mm ours hearts a melt -a

REPEAT CHORUS


I remember New Orleans where people were brawlin, and crawlin’ around in the streets
The barkers were callin’, Hey look at this darlin’, and get some relief from the heat

REPEAT CHORUS


If you knew what I knew that she knows what you do, you’d run and you’d hide on the shelf
You’d run and you’d hide, you’d sneak and you’d lie but you’d only be foolin’ yourself

REPEAT CHORUS
Track Name: On the Rise
On the Rise
by John Beccia

We're on the rise, honey
We're on the rise
Thought love was gone but it's back on the rise

Quite a suprise, lover
Quite a suprise
Thought love was gone but it's back on the rise

We used to be oh so happy
So tell me where are we now?

It's in the skies, sunny
It's in the skies
Thought love was gone but it's back on the rise


We're on the rise, honey
We're on the rise
Thought love was gone but it's back on the rise

We used to be so scared of living
So afraid of losing ourselves
There's always need of forgiving
We grow as we go thru this hell

But sun's on the rise,
Morning sun's on the rise
It's all about lovin, we're on the rise


We're on the rise, honey
We're on the rise
Thought love was gone but it's back in your eyes
It's in the skies
We're on the rise

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