LOOKING ALIVE

 

A Stone

 

Love has left and you got in the way

Theres just one more thing to do today

Its to send you off with something from my room

Youll remember me on a cloudy day

 

Youll take it out when no one is around 

And swear that after all these years it still smells the same, again

 

A stone they say can last

Forever and I hope this one will do

A stone they say can last

Forever and I give this one to you

 

You and I got off to something grand 

But, oh, the tides have turned and turned this mountain into sand

No Im off and (often) on my way to other lands

Standard issue empty heart, no one to hold my hand

 

Youll take it down when no one is around

And swear that when that flag came home you never loved no one the same again, oh no.

 

A stone they say can last

Forever and I hope this one will do

A stone they say can last

Forever and I give this one to you

 

 

Perfect Disguise

 

Darlin, if we make it through the winter

I will find another love 

And be strung from up above

 

Is she a saviour, a whore, or another opportunist?

I will bend my knees in time

Underneath these tattered lines

 

Oh it is fine

Waiting on everything

Thats mine

You just came over me

 

Somewhere in the springtime lies a lover

She is fare in ways youll never know

Underground her bones are thawing slow

 

Bring me to her 

Like you done me to the water

Where I saw myself in peaks and troughs

Let me stay here a little while 

While this all wears off

 

Oh it is fine

Waiting on everything

Thats mine

You just came over me

 

Oh it is fine

Waiting on everything

Thats mine

It just occurred to me

 

You are a perfect disguise

Ive got a lot of them to see

Oh, but Ill turn away

Cant let em follow me

And I can see in your eyes

I got a lot of space in there for me

Oh, but Ill turn away

Cant let em swallow me

 

Lately, while the rivers laughing at me

Wander back behind a strangers face

You and I will grey in our separate place

 

But bring me to her

Like you done me to the water

Where I saw myself in peaks and troughs 

Let me stay here a little while 

While this all wears off\

 

Oh, it is fine

 

 

Lookin Alive

 

Lookin alive downtown at the break of day

Wanderin around in the shadows of a greyscale day

We took our time lettin light barge across the table where we sat

Resigning a sleep that couldnt face the day

 

The coffee's run dry

Or maybe just enough to help us decide

That freedoms alive and under orders spends the day by our side

So we finish lines and alone I wander out

To stand beside the car

Unwinding a dream that had us on the run

 

Slow and easy

Were goin down

Slow and easy

And down, and down

 

The scenery is wild

Yellow and green but soon enough itll all settle down

Aint it the same when we convince ourselves to finally leave town

Awake in the fog the morning far away 

I lay my head against the wheel well, turning

Afraid until the morning light  

 

Slow and easy

Were goin down

Slow and easy

And down, and down

And down, and down

 

 

Shine on

 

Lord, I leave this place behind

Little darlin I dont wanna have to see you cry

Dont you know that the worry is mine

Ill be missin your sweet touch darlin all the while

Tell my friends I wish them well

Dont ya know they all taught me somethin about myself

 

It aint fair that I gotta cash it in

As sure as the sun does set it will rise again

 

Let it shine on me

 

Many years have passed us by

Standin here in front of me I feel the sunlight pierce the sky

Caress your face, its much rougher than before

I know it hasnt changed little darlin

No, its just seen more

It aint fair that I gotta cash it in

As sure as the sun does set it will rise again

 

Let it shine on me

Just remember me babe

Everyday that it shines for you

 

Late Night Stroll

 

All the backyard creatures are stayin up late tonight

Wondering whos calling at this unbelievable hour

All your daylight features are softened in olive light

The kind where its never enough to catch sweet lovin glances

 

Oh, someones alone tonight

Dont be alone tonight

Its alright

 

Feel yourself outnumbered

Sharp is a blade

Strong is a fire ant who gets to stay up longer

 

Oh someones alone tonight

Dont be alone tonight

Dont be alone tonight

Its alright

 

When We Awoke

 

Once, I drifted off by the seaside

When we awoke I was amazed that we were still alive

Cause in that deep sleep I dreamed a dream that Is not who Is raised to be

And no one saved me from doin things that someone does

When theyre completely free

 

Dont be afraid

Dont be alarmed back home

Dont be afraid

Dont be alarmed back home

 

I took a wander through times unknown 

And then I wandered back through that old, cold corridor

I took a lover who had no form

And then I left them wanting more

 

 

Dont be afraid

Dont be alarmed back home

I wouldnt stray too far away

Just far enough to know Ive grown

 

 

The War Never Made it Here

 

Its been so long without a sound

Grey is old and clouds refuse to bow

Any day now, theyll be coming home

Theyll bring their fire

Theyll bring fire

 

Word is slow and weve been holding out

For stories, stale, on hilltops way down south

Magnolias would be in bloom by now

But theyre on fire

Theyre on fire

 

No one ever locked the outer gate

Grab your rifle and investigate

Alone now, dont go alone

Cause they will fire

They will fire

 

 

Genesee Woman

 

The timing's just right 

We are finished with our running around

I forgot your name on the first night I was in town

The temperatures fine and the weathers always working for us

But the wind is causin trouble in the valley where we lay in the dust

You can worry all night that youre never gonna make it til day

And I know a way we can keep each others worries at bay

 

You gotta spend some time alone with the woman you love

You gotta spend some time alone with the stars up above

You gotta spend some time wanderin around down

Down in the rivers of gold

 

The ice cream man sells a Gennee for a dollar or two

I can buy you one baby if you dont mind walkin a few

You hurry up town but the snows slowin down all the trains

And I know a way we can fit a little time in the day

You gotta spend some time alone with the woman you love

You gotta spend some time alone with the lord up above

You gotta spend some time wanderin around down

Down in the rivers of gold

 

 

Lovers Shouldnt Waste Their Time

 

I stole you from New York

We ran to the hills to ease our minds 

And live a life that we thought would suit us quite right

Youre wanderin lost in town and cursin your life

Im sittin here with a scowl on my face 

And we both have no idea why

 

A long time has passed with you and I gettin on fine

You tell me you love me and well be best friends for all time

Youre drivin around, Philadelphias a town we both like

Youre flailin your hands and Im screamin your name

And we both have no idea why

 

Its too late for fightin on Saturday night

Darlin what are we thinkin?

It goes to show that we both oughta know 

That lovers shouldnt spend their time drinkin

 

Wanderin around lost in town is a feelin I like

Youre sittin there with a scowl on your face

And we both have no idea why

 

Its too late for fightin on Saturday night

Darlin what are we thinkin?

It goes to show that we both oughta know 

That lovers shouldnt spend their time thinkin

 

 

Lonely Life

 

A long time has passed since Ive been awake

You hurt the same no matter what time of day

When youre living cold and the suns tucked away

 

They say hold on to all that is gold

But, Im hung up here on the eastern coast

Ive never been a miner, but its in my blood

 

And so is hard thought and pining for another life

But I kept my guard, somehow they crept into mine

And now Im here at last

In this lonely life

 

The storm wont calm itself

No, it needs all kinds of help

Or it just rolls on, and on

Until youre here at last 

In this lonely life

 

Ive known some girls, but never long enough for them to break my heart

And so, I do my share so much it feels like its become an art

And Im starving here

Its just like me to find me a love thats somewhere out of reach

I thought I swore all that off but it makes it easier

On us both

 

The storm wont calm itself

No, it needs all kinds of help

Or it just rolls on, and on

Until youre here at last 

In this lonely life

Once more youre here at last

In this lonely life

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