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© Curious Yello 2001 & © Neal Peterson 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011

 

THE PERSISTENCE OF TIDES 
 

Keep Calm & Carry On

Waking up inside of a coffin ain't as bad as you'd think
There's plenty of things that you can do down there
Like waste away until you disappear

And it's nice and cozy, maybe a little lonely
Like when I was lost at sea, I still remember everything
The ship went down around me like Wallace Hartley
As I played your favorite song

Ere long, not only on these banks,
but on every hill and plain and in every hollow,
the frost comes out of the ground like a dormant quadruped from its burrow,
and seeks the sea with music.
[Henry David Thoreau]

I'm glad that you buried me wearing my favorite jeans
My pockets are empty and the flowers died
At least I didn't go down with any lies

Though my clothes got dusty, my skin and bones weren't rusty
I saw my little brother there, he told me not to care
Still I can't let you go before I tell you
I've been dying to tell you

Keep calm and carry on
If there's nothing in this world that makes you better
Take this song and sing forever until the day we're back together 

 

Hit Me Sweetly

She's a blank page, with a coffee stain, in a typewriter, nobody knows her name
She's a house cat, on a dusty doormat, in a ghost town, never looking back

I hope this was all worth it, darling
It's nice to hear you're broken-hearted
If I turn the other cheek, can I look to you and say:

Hit me sweetly with the truth tonight
I know everything's going to be alright

She's a stained glass, piece of window, pain, where she waits all day for the light to change
She's a sitcom, with some kids in tow, in a suburb, where the drama shows

I hope this was all worth it, darling
It's nice to hear you're broken-hearted
If I turn the other cheek, can I look to you and say:

Hit me sweetly with the truth tonight
I know everything's going to be alright

(It's coming back around)

She's a violin, wearing sun-kissed skin, on a summer night, soaked in cigarettes and gin
She's a blackbird, dressed in silver wings, on the west coast, no one lets her sing

I hope this was all worth it, darling
It's great to hear you're broken-hearted
If I turn the other cheek, can I look to you and say:

Hit me sweetly with the truth tonight
I know everything's going to be alright

Life will give you time, but life will steal your youth
Life will cut you up, and life will gut you with the truth 

 

Downtown

We split our eyelids just to break downtown
Our souls run thinner as we walk the ground
Another year has come to pass us by
We can't fail if we never try

There's something about the way that it drags me on down, downtown
I'm trying to get free in the clouds

Stopped on Nicollet and talked to God
She stole my money, but she gave me love
A cover charge in Heaven makes one think
That Purgatory serves a stronger drink

There's something about the way that she drags me on down, downtown
I'm trying to get free in the clouds

Come take a bow, I'll show you how
We're young and we're free, the possible is everything
I would jump if you would jump with me
Oh those pretty machines, they'll sing you a song for anything
It's just something that keeps dragging me down down down downtown
But I'm getting free in the clouds

In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life
such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for
that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all,
by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
Simplify, simplify. 
[Henry David Thoreau]

I'm free and floating down endlessly
I'm free like you from my memory
Please come and kiss on the pavement with me
We'll see what could have been now will be 

 

Full Bleed

I don't want to be the one that you run to
I don't want to be the knife that you fall through
Time after time, it's up to you

I don't want to be the gold that you shine for
All I want to do is light what you burn for
Year after year (time disappears), it's up to you

If you're sick of love, we'll kill the pain
If you're lovesick love then go insane
Then we'll try to take it slowly
Go on believing that God is our only alibi 

I still want to be the chase that you cut to
I just want to write the song that you sing to
Day after day, it's up to you

I don't want to be the peace that you sleep for
I would rather be the war that you fight for
Night after night, it's up to you

If you're sick of love, we'll kill the pain
If you're lovesick love then go insane
Then we'll try to take it slowly
Go on believing that God is our only alibi 

You wasted my time, I figured out why
Why I'm not a product of your design
It's love or disease, we don't understand
It becomes a part of our master plan

If you're sick of love, we'll try to cure the pain
If you're lovesick love because soft drugs all work the same
What were you thinking when you said that this gets easy?
I just want some truth, because I don't want to hear you tease me anymore 

 

White

You and me, we drink red, it's the color of the wine that distorts my head
You and me, we see blue, like the ocean or your eyes that I drown into

You and me go green
We give the love that we got when we make it, then we sleep through the morning
I remember back in the day, strumming on my ukelele
You would share your absinthe to get me to stay

Without you I'm just white, baby
I kinda thought tonight you'd save me
Your colors shine so bright lately
Let's try and make it right, come paint me now

You and me burn yellow
It's a curious magic spell, only pessimists believe in hell
Sorry but I have to chime in (I screwed it up again)
Love is a virtue and never a sin 

Without you I'm just white, baby
I kinda thought tonight you'd save me
Your colors shine so brightly lately
Let's try and make it right, come paint me 

Without you I'm just white, let's color outside the lines
Conformity just leads to a decline, believe me
How can your colors shine so bright?
they're blinding me in both of my eyes 
A little something like a surprise for you, baby

Without you I'm just white, baby
I kinda thought tonight you'd save me
Your colors shine so brightly lately
Let's try and make it right, come paint me 

 

Taking Time

Oh hey there, love of mine
It seems it's been a while since we sat down to talk
I've set aside some time, we could grab a drink and hopefully catch up
There's a few things I should tell you
So many things I'd love to hear
Like how you're sorry and how I'm still an asshole, dear
I hope you're better now, I hope you're truly taking care
Taking time, love of mine 

 

Beautiful Lies

There's something about the way that you move your mouth
Those sad little lies, oh how do they make it out into these ears of mine
There's something about the way that you roll your eyes
You do it so well, you act like you're so surprised that what I said was not the truth

Now tell me how it feels to pick it apart and play it just like a game
The shame it brings for playing it like you made the rules
You change the rules, you break the rules with all those beautiful lies 

There's something about the way that you cross your heart
And hoping to die, I guess that could be a start to what's the worst you could say
When everything's gone and nothing is left but trust
Your skin and bones will always begin to rust as soon as you spew those beautiful lies

Come tell me how it feels to pick it apart and play it just like a game
The shame it brings for playing it like you made the rules
You change the rules, you break the rules with all those beautiful lies 

Someday you'll see it never comes out the same
People will change, but no one will face the blame of it all
The pain of it all, what came of it all from all those beautiful lies 

 

The Tide

Come slip under the surface, everything with purpose
Tonight, we've come undone
Starfish line the sea floor of everything you've wished for
Tonight, we've come undone

You spend your days building castles of sand, but when the tide comes you don't understand
You try to stop it with the sleight of your hand, until you realize it's not meant to stand
What was your plan? (The message in your bottle's a sham)
Tell me your plan (Quit looking for a pearl in a clam) 

See every single bright star shining down from so far
Tonight, we've come undone
Guide us with your dead light, everything is alright
Tonight, we've come undone

You spend your days building castles of sand, but when the tide comes you don't understand
You try to stop it with the sleight of your hand, until you realize it's not meant to stand
What was your plan? (The message in your bottle's a sham)
Tell me your plan (Quit looking for a pearl in a clam)

The universe is the boat we've been rowing,
Inside of this bathtub with water overflowing
When god pulls the plug, the horizon gets lower
Or is the sun setting slower? Either way, it's all over 

You spend your days building castles of sand, but when the tide comes you don't understand
You try to stop it with the sleight of your hand, until you realize it's not meant to stand
What was your plan?
Tell me your plan

 

Fields of Snow

A long afternoon, singing for you
The winter will pass soon
Flame from a spark, then lightness from dark
I pause as she tells me 

I know that I can't go on without you
Maybe someday all your tired dreams can come true
Keep pushing on, the summer will come, I thought you should know
That I'll be right here, waiting my dear, in fields of snow

Days turn to night and the moon watches over
The temperature drops as your veins turn a pale blue 

I know that I can't go on without you
Maybe someday all our tired dreams can come true
We'll keep pushing on, yes, the summer it will come, I thought you should know
That I'll be right here, still waiting my dear, in fields of snow 

I'll blanket my toes, the sun will not know
the trail will guide you home

The sky opens up, and everything is clearer
The sun lost the stars, the morning is here
Forget the past, the future is what's real
Eternal summer, give us something we can feel 

 

 


CHAOS THEORY, EXPLAINED 
 

Don't Panic

So here we stand again
Don't wake me up, my friend
I've been dreaming since yesterday
About the lives we've led
about these songs I've bled
Writing my revenge
I take it note by note
Check to read what I rewrote
as I rise from myself and go

I said we'd meet again, it's not a test
As life is short, it melts like Summer snow
The water's left to flow into time
and someday yours will run as dry as mine

It's time to take a chance, because it could be

The one to make the change in you
Because what we dream will now come true
Laws attract which path we take
Let's set aside our apathy
because I can see you're just like me and time flies
Wake me up, let's go

 

 

Coup de Grâce

This road runs down to where I want to be
Doped up on hope is where I want to be
Love rules lies, but lies ruin love
Don't keep it in all amongst yourself
Send me a map with you as a tack
and know that you're where I want to be

This road runs down to where I want to be
Fucked up on love is where I want to be
I'll burn down my home so you're all I own
I'll keep and all amongst myself
We'll sleep in the yard and stare at the stars
and see if it's where you want to be

Where you want to be is where I want to be is where you want to be is where I want to be

In my head, you fill it with placebo effect
Keep me in check, and don't forget tomorrow to spec

I don't think you're ever lost
You could just be floating the sea, beautifully
The tides will turn and someday we'll both see
We're where we always wanted to be
You were always turning the key, every degree
Now we're both here and someday...

 

The Butterfly Effect

Everything will come back to me
Suddenly I see memories that drag me along
from where I belong and scream

Every time I pick at the seams notes will spill out
like an old piano croons right along
singing our songs for free

Anything we ever need
Anything we ever want has given it's best
One last request

Would someone please send out some love?
Just give me something here that I can hold on in my hands
and multiply along something to give to you
Would someone please send out some love?
I can't imagine where we'd be with plots that never end
Old stories from a friend
So take it in below the skin
The truth will find the chapters from within

Then we'll sing goodbye
(Everything that I was, everything that I did is melting apart)
Tell me that you want it, tell me that you need it
Then I won't feel so divided
(Everything that I am, everything that I could be is dark energy)
Falling asleep or falling in love
For now we're wide awake
Morning's still at stake
Tonight's the night we analyze ourselves to death to see what we find

You'll think we're on the same page
Turn yours again and we'll bind our separate ways
Define our endless days
Let's write our own epilogue
Keeping in mind how those plots move right along
What's written can't be wrong

 

 

Kill or Cure

Arbitrary borders don't mean a thing
Just help me sing this coup d'état as our hands bury the dead

Take me to see the stars
This conversation is killing me
Pause your thoughts and wave goodbye...

To all your nemeses and fiends forever
To all your lovers, brothers, and friends forever
Pour the champagne into your mind, surrender
Forget about the times that you cried and remember:
Nothing is forever

Tonight we kill our misery, yeah
Just listen if you want to be free, yeah

Cut the pockets out of your shroud if you ever want to see it, ever want to see the light
Or take it as a compliment that you'll never ever get it, never ever get it
One day you'll kill or cure
Take it all back, take it all back, take it yeah

And don't forget that we'll be moving on with or without you, baby
Pushing through the crowd with so much ease
These dreams, getting stronger, getting longer every night
She said
She said
She said
I don't want to be there when you go, go, go
She said
I don't want to be there when you go, go, go, go, go
She paused, I processed what was said, I replied:

Welcome to the Knife Drawer
I wish that I could give you more
I mean all the words that I say, so why don't I just sing them that way?

They can plant a bomb in your bed
Just as easy as a thought in your head
I have faith in what I believe, not in what the others have seen

Now I'm lost in my thoughts once again
And I can't find a way to the end
I'll just walk until I make amends
If you'd like, you could meet my friends
My heroes waiting at the end

 

 

The National and Them

Disenchanted with the architects of the war and their politics
They're just prostitutes without a trick
Slavery, C'est la vie, death will set us free

False flag
Silo
Black books
Roman kingdoms and their crooks
Knock, knock

Why are you bringing a gun to a knife fight?

 

 

Temporary Opportunities

See the colors shine so bright down on me
I hope you can save yourselves before I get the chance
And if I burn in hell, I hope I burn well in spite of you
Temporary Opportunities, you'll see

I'd love to say hello but my hands are tied
Although I'm most impressed I'll save your tainted, warm caress
Finding your safety in the arms of the streets
But still I held your hand as it grew colder and colder

Because nothing really matters to me as long as she belongs
Because maybe tomorrow she'll see my side
I think I should run, but something makes me stay
It's not too late, but not today

 

 

White Space

 

 

Enjoy the Funeral

I'm just killing time between birth and my death
If someone would take the next step
before I go catch the next train

I wasn't just drunk, I was out of my head
Just like that good book I once read
Holden could see right through me

I'm waking up from the American Dream
It's just like a pyramid scheme
with stock footage of my memories

I'll replay this moment inside of my head
Infinite times what I said
The sweet smell of our nostalgia

If you could come back to me
what could've been always will be
the moment my skull hits ground

There's something I want you to see
It starts with "apocalypse, please"
My pathetic fallacies

(On my life)

Tomorrow I start again
Making it up with a friend
Figments of what we regard the end

The sun will still set in the west
My heart will awake in my chest
Surprise party, disguised as death

 

 

 


RIOT IN LUXURY
 

Overture (Riot in Luxury)

Seize the pain
Summer rain drains backwards from my papercup
Filling up, Overflow

Winter nights, just not right
Sometimes we just need a friend, a helping hand
To hold on to...
To hold on to...

In the end, this fixture begins
The enemy's backing away

Just a day
Just the same old mundane chance to fold my hands and look askance
I'm falling down, from the ground (up)

Empty towns sing sad, sad psalms for symmetry
Just like me serenading queens
Death to kings

Listen to me, your manmade machine
Would everyone please take a seat

One last try to show you why I'm giving my everything for you now

Hello, how do you do?
Please curb your apathy
I'd swear it's killing me

Take a seat
Close your eyes
But keep the message on so you can sing along

 

Revolution No. 13

(Chapter One: I rise) through this hell that I call hope
But everything is blurry now, it's distorted now
Just like the times we hate, we love to change, rearrange

We'll sing the Revolution into your homes
We're victims of headphones
This apathetic misery
It's an anomaly and it's destroying me

(Chapter Two: Widespread denial) This burden's got our back
And now it's time to take a stand, to make demands
The ones who write our books: they're the ones who win, who sin

We'll sing the Revolution into your homes
We're victims of headphones
This apathetic misery
It's an anomaly and it's destroying me

(December, 1980) That's how I won the war
Or was it just a battle scene that was blinding me?

We'll sing the Revolution into your homes
With weapons of headphones
This apathetic misery
It's an anomaly and it's destroying me

 

Papercuts

I'm writing a letter to you, hoping you're better
Papercuts on my fingers bleed to prove I can't be wrong
One world, one big white canvas to paint your feet and walk along

I'm fixing a sentence with words stuck in the past tense
I've been lying for so long, it starts to sound just like it's true
Method outwits my madness when my thoughts return to you

Oh, not again, it's my last chance to sin
So bet on me, with any luck, you'll see
My time has come, I say goodnight, my friends
It's just like a song that gets you through the end (the end)

I'm signing sincerely, your friend, sober but leary
Next time I'll send a package after cutting off my ear
Until you say you love me, even if I cannot hear

 

Last Call

So here's to your so-called best friends...

Last call,I'm spewing these songs with my back to the wall
Red wine softens the daylight and weakens the time
And if I just take her back, she'll never say sorry again

So here's to your so-called, your love-hate protocol of friends...

Cheers to me, this fixture of false empathy
It's desitiny, I'm burning my own effigy
And I'll be drinking stars all through the night
With all of these visions, all these decisions, good premonitions that I'll just forget

You're so unique, just like everyone
And I really need you, or just anyone
Show me an angel and I will paint you one
Show me an angel
Show me an angel

So cheers to me, this fixture of false empathy

 

The Bride Stripped Bare

So here we stand, we seem to rise
The circles in the smoke break to hypnotize
With my dark thoughts and your bright eyes
It's every touch we make that seems to symplify

So let's go all the way, in spite of what they say
We'll still be sleeping in the same skin
You'll steal my heart away, we'll take it day by day
There's only one thing that we need to say

We need to love
We need to love
We need to love
We need to love

If love is clean, treat me like dirt
Look underneath your pain, it's just a little hurt
I'll catch your eye, we'll say goodbye
Our love is death, and me and you were meant to die

Cause love is poverty, and love will set you free
That is if love is on the rocks... (whiskey)
Convention lies to us, makes us think we must
stop the love before we start the lust

We need to love (Kings will rise)
We need to love (and Kings will fall)
We need to love (A bride stripped bare)
We need to love (for one and all)

So pathetic, I'll regret it
Making love on social credit

So pathetic, I'll regret it
Making love on social credit

So pathetic, I'll regret it
Making love on social credit

 

The World is Flat

She screams out loud: obey the price of empty sounds
Drink up, sell out: citing further
A bomb drops in your head: fading the lives we've seen turn red
Glitter, ashtrays: never ending

Show me a line that I can't lead
Then sell me a battle that's overseas
Tell me the truth within your wine
And sell me your lies not far behind
(I'm blind... you lied...)

Sell high, good buy: give up your life before you die
Outside, rewind: secrets she hides
Take time, decide: consider the things that you confide
Truth lies, inside: where is your mind?

Taking your time will take your soul
Bring back a story before I go
Sell me a culture draped in fear
Sell me a geographic cure
(blur... cure...)

Take it in faster...
Take it in faster if you can...
Take it in faster if you can, my friend...

The world is flat and I'll make you understand

The world is flat and I'll make you understand
They've got the guns, we've got the love
The world is flat and I'll make you understand
I want to die, I want to die like a hero

 

I wind my clocks / OneSixNineTwo

Here I sit, I wind my clocks and wait in line
If only the truth was free, I'd set them to a date and time
We're floating alone inside this tragedy, this majesty
And here I sit, I wind my clocks and wait in line

The time has come, we know by now who built this house
Their hands are cupped with blood, the innocence fell in the flood
And I don't care about your rhetoric, your dogma makes me sick
That's why I sit, I wind my clocks and wait in line

Still Alice Parker loves you
She's been trying so hard just to tell you
She stood up for what was the truth

I'll never forget September
I'll try and always remember the stories from long ago

And I hope you're living your life well
It doesn't really matter cause I'll see you in hell

 

I am the ghost of my former self

I take it back, I thought I'd be another key
Another track in your distraction
But summer's gone and here we stand, bed of clover
All our friends have gotten older

No more waiting
and no anticipating
Or take your place inside the ground
The end has come around

We believed that money was just a thing
We believed that truth would set us free
We believed that war was just a fad
It makes me sad
It makes me sad

 

Summer(')s on the Run / American Heart (denouement)

So long, die young
This fortune frames us, pain defames us
The truth is: Life lies

You'll just say goodbye, time will dry your eyes
It's never easy
Try to please me, try to leave me
Time flies

So here's to my last day
Wishing I could stay just one more cold December
Away from, so far away from

I take it back, my thoughts detract
We could still laugh about, talk about, cry about
Summer(')s on the run

So tell me how it feels
Tell me if it's real
Doped up on love
Love
Love
Love
Love
Love
Love
Love

There'll be no hesitations and no more reservations
To see you again
To see you again

No more long Septembers and no more long semesters
To see you again
To see you again

To see you again
To see you again
Doped up on love, love, love, love

When will I see you again?

In my skin, not in my bed
In my mind, not in my head
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again
I'll see you again

 

 

 


SONGS FOR THE WHISKEY CONVENTION
 

Somedays..

Somedays I wish for nothing but rain
Somedays I wish for nothing but rain
Somedays you drive me insane
Odd days I wish we felt the same

Somedays I wish for nothing but night
Somedays I wish for nothing but night
Somedays I wish your eyes weren't so blind
But now I know so I'll keep you in mind

(Bucknastee. Thanks, bro.)

 

This Empty Sound

Our luck has closed my eyes
So close, yet we seem so far apart

If your walls should crumble down
the stinging from this empty sound will take away your pain
If my hope should drag you down
our dream will share this lonesome sound that tries so hard

That tries so hard...

Your eyes, I love the way they look when you smile
But if I ever had to change my mind, I think I could find a way

You tried to hold on to me, but I let you go
Everything will be alright... Alright.

 

She Fades Away

Something she said to me, that I replied faithfully
Although, I can't recall that first symbol

But then I think about her as she fades away
Then I think about my own time

I might say, that things could never go that way
That just covers me from this tragedy

But it was nothing, it was nothing that you did or said
Now I can't get you into my head
This time has taken away the worst mistake I could have made

Still I think about her as she fades away
Then I think about my own time, as it fades away
Then I think about the way we say goodnight and how it makes you feel
But I don't know

 

American Heart

(une, deux, trois, quatre)

Am I crazy? Have I give you the hint to take with you on this long vacation?
Now I'm back, left you a call, setting aside my chance to fall.
Bring it on with the song, it's only us now.

It's not you and it's not me
We can hide the things they can't see
There's always something to tear apart
Blame it on my american heart

I've got your lifeline, and I don't care
They're coming for me, wish they could only know what I see
But they don't care, I'm getting lost inside my stare
They're coming to get me now, I've got to get out of here somehow
I'll try to save myself, but god knows I won't stop

My American Heart

 

Temporary Opportunity

And the colors shine so bright down on me
I hope you can kill yourself before I get the chance
And if I burn in hell, I hope I burn well, in spite of you
Temporary Opportunity, you'll see

I'd love to say hello, but my hands are tied
Though I'm most impressed I'll save your tainted warm caress
Finding your safety in the arms of the streets
But still I held your hand as it grew colder and colder

Cause nothing really matters to me as long as she belongs
Maybe tomorrow she'll see my side
I think I should run, I think I should stay
It's not too late, but not today

 

Strawberries and Pain

I know a road that goes insane
To the only place where I can get away
I think I'll take a walk and send my thoughts astray

This life is nothing but strawberries and pain
As time moves forward, this clock admits delay (delay...)
It seems nowdays I only dream in grey
Just like the words that melt away

I know it's been a while since I've been gone
So many miles apart
I wish I could hold on to this day because I can't see tomorrow

(It's time to go home...)

 

Soul for Sale

If the ocean waves turned the nights to days,
would you still try to act the same?
When the stars at night all run out of light,
will your candle still burn as bright?

You will never see, LOVE IS POVERTY
Maybe next time you'll take a chance
Cause we're all the same in this endless game
Only winners will play again

 

Lost Vegas

We're two of a kind, who've left it behind
I've waited so long for this to come along

I've seen you before, in my dreams, on the floor
The streets may be wrong, but the truth's in this song

I think that I said I felt lonely
You just replied, "Would you like some company?"
I'll take what I can if you'd like to hold my hand
Cause I'm not the type that will leave you here tonight

Too long apart, my black queen of hearts
Love can't be sold, but if the cards lie, I'll fold

If I wake up, will you still be there tomorrow?

 

Eleven

I had just woken up to the sun
I tried to close my eyes
And everything around me is changing
as it burns my skin

The end begins again

 

Just in Case

I would jump in line and I would sail away
if I cared that you felt the same
Maybe someday I'll find my way back home
Until then, I will walk alone

So gather up your dreams and hold them in your heart
In case we fall in love or if we fall apart
I can thank my hope for every dream I fake (stake)
I can thank my luck for every fall I take

When we rearrange our the stars above
we can spell everything but love
...is the only star that I see fall
maybe then, we could have it all

Now my walls are bare, noone even cares
Summer's gone, I can smell the fall
Time to pack all my shit in a cardboard box
If you'd like, you can come with me

 

Until the light goes dark

Try a little harder and I might come around when you care
If you wait a little longer until the light goes dark dancing in my head

If you hold onto me and don't leave my side
It's not our place, it's not our time

Time is getting longer. I would turn it back, slow it down
If you stray any further you could lose yourself and your mind

If you hold onto me, I might leave your side
Forget this place, forget this time

 

The good and the bad

I had my girl, we took a walk upon the hill
She smiled at me, she looked me in the eyes and told me: "I love you."
And that's alright. I took my baby out of sight
Where noone could see, we sat underneath a tree
We talked about the times we've had, we talked about the good and the bad
The sun sat down and noone could hear the sound of my gun

I killed my baby that night, I didn't want to scream and yell and fight
So I shot my girl, then I carried her body down the hill

Put my baby into the water
It doesn't seem any harder now that she's been gone
She's floating further down the river
Every now and then I get a shiver thinking about that night

Have you ever felt betrayed?
Like when Heaven starts to fade?
Every now and then I go back to the hill where I killed that girl,
and I cry, "I miss you."

 

The Blackest Son

Have we forgotten who we are?
What we've become, addiction
This king has raped us of our trust
The blackest son, submission
This day has met you with your chance
to fall or run, decision

I'd rather die than make believe
this light brings hope for nothing

 

The End

(...)
The sun is setting down
fading everything around
Silhouette, just a shadow left behind in my mind
Horizon line

Then I look away from another day
I'm lost for words

Yet I look away from another day, to say:
"I'm lost for words."

 

 

 

 


WISH
 

Wish

I wish, I wish that we could see through the same eyes
Then we could become one as faith and love combined
I wish, I wish that I could understand your fears
Then we could cry and find grace among our tears

Wish upon a distant star, wonder how we've gone so far
Are we forging the truth about who we really are

I wish, I wish that this were easier for me
Then you would understand what truely sets us free
I wish, I wish our love would conquer over this
So then the thought of losing you would not exist

My wish, is your wish, is our wish, is no wish

 

Blonde Eyes

She came to me with blonde eyes and green hair
I wonder, as I stare
Now if I can conquer my fears, will I be able to care?

Another scribble on my hand or was it another paper napkin
Why did it seem so different, this blonde-eyed girl, she has got me bent

Am I tempted to please her in the way that seems so fragile in my brain
How can I ask to take a backseat to my faith without bringing us any pain

Another day goes by, I wonder why she chose to let me in her life
We haven't trusted anyone in so long, I begin to think it's time

She came to me with blonde eyes...

 

December

We would dance in a dangerous ring, we took a chance, we took alot of things
We had a plan, the green was white. She tied my hands, I couldn't see the light
It's December...

Caught in a room, the walls were dripping heat. I got the news, stuck to the sheets
Coming to terms in a brand new life, curled in the dark, twisting the knife

Now December's coming, can't get her out of my mind
I feel like laying down, I tried, I tried
I think I'll waste away under these Christmas lights
It's December....

Love and hate, means to an ends. I clean the slate, I (touch) my friends
Spinning tricks, an empty plan. Tied to a brick, it's who I am

 

Gamble & Lose

How many years of life have you wasted so far?
How many times will he knock without you answering the door?
So don't waste your time by turning and running away.
Open up the word, listen to what he has to say.

Ask me what I think, and I'll tell you (to chose) (the truth)
Doesn't matter who you are, if you gamble, you lose

Sick and tired of sorry, it won't happen anymore
Time to change, time to answer the door
You know that we all deserve to be nailed to a tree
Not by works, but grace sets us free

 

Transatlantic

Just try to sleep, don't go too deep, the shrink-wrapped seal protects you
Got my gloves on to weed these bitter little seeds, I smell piccadilly in July

We've gone transatlantic, and I'm going to make you mine
When you come across that sea, I won't try to hide
We've gone transatlantic, but I'm going to make you mine
When you come across that sea, you won't be crying

They're shaking my bed just for revenge. Your faced bathed in an akward purple hue
I touch you and I run away from your eyes. We dance from the edge of our dreams

It occurs to me, from what I can see, the best thoughts are the ones you never think
It's so hard to apply when you always want to ask why. What really matters anyway?

It's transatlantic...

 

Perfect Imperfection

Have you heard about the girl who can steal my heart away?
I know I'm not the type to try and make her stay
She is lonely on her own, she won't change her plans for me
No reason for her worries, if this love is meant to be

I'm her perfect imperfection, but why does she love me so?
Well I created isolation, make my perfect imperfection grow

You might have heard a story about the one that got away
I'm not your average boy, I have not silly games to play
It would be much easier for me if I didn't miss her so much
Now I cry myself to sleep longing for her touch

When she happens to hear it, I know she'll understand this verse
Cause no other could inspire these perfectly imperfect words

 

American Heart

(2, 3, 4)
I hope when I see you next,
you're not the one that's going to tear apart my american heart...

I know I've been gone for a while, there's things I had to do
But now I'm back, and I'm still searching for somebody just like you
And I don't want to say goodbye, cause I don't want to see you cry
Now it's all left up to me, how come you couldn't see?

There's people that they fall in love, while others, they just fall apart
Now I open up the eyes in my american heart

Am I crazy or is that just something I've heard before?
How many times do I have to ask, what's the point anymore?
It's not you, it's not me. We'll hide the things that they can't see
Now it's all left up to me, how come you couldn't see?

There's people that they fall apart, while others they just fall in love
Now I open up the eyes in my american heart

When will I see you again? not in my eyes, but in my head.
I feel my time is wearing thin...

 

Serenading the Queen

Only she knows why, I just can't figure out
Should I ask her now, what is this all about?
Will she answer me with truth or maybe a lie
She says to me: you're not like other guys

I can't help it, no I don't understand
I'm not going to worry if this will ever end
A great royalty, kind of like a dream
Now I can't quit laughing, I want to scream

Not your name, but your sting
It's not your money that makes me feel like a king
I will cry out for this feeling
You are the queen I am serenading

I went to leave a flower on your purple bed
I then decided to leave my heart instead
Cause you don't need any flowers to know that I was there
Her royal highness can feel me in the air

You're the queen...

 

Lavender

Who recieves this song, like a gift to who I belong
Alone again, with words inside my head
A code to break, a line to fake
You need a breath to live, my lonely fugitive

When you're away, I know you'll be there
Inside my head pretending you care
Now it won't stop (look through my eyes), we don't look far
There's nothing left except for lavender

A challenge is set, the odds don't look good
As if I can or if I should
Take the one who's hard to find
She lingers out, inside my mind

 

The Longest Yard

A trip down this road is all it takes
I can smell the burn, now I'm awake
Sitting exposed with wind blown skin
Feeling the tingle, is setting in

Feel it below, look, but don't stare
The longest yard attacks the air

Fingers are frozen, my vision is blurred
Face full of white, but I can not be heard
Shots to the face, the sweet powder candy
Skipping through pines, I am a diaper dandy

Hellroaring Peak is calling me out
Lay with cold vacancy is spreading about
Higher before now and burning up fast
How long can a yard really last?

Find area fifty one, and it lingers
Pick out another line with those sticky fingers...