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LYRICS

I Drove You Away

I watched your figure sway behind the swinging screen—
You kept your eyes on your feet to keep them from me.
You came walking down the yard,
Holding your heart,
And a suitcase and my old guitar. 
And we got in my car,
And I drove and I drove and I drove you away.
I should've asked you to stay,
But a mind laid out is far too much to pay. 
When I look at you, all my morals die,
And I want to have kids
And hold you every night.
And if they hate us, too,
Well, we did the best that we could do—
And at least you still love me and I love you. 
You shut the door and close your lips,
Because you hate to see me like this.
You know I love your teeth and you can tell I'm having a hard enough time
With my hesitance and my mind, 
Because I love you. I love you. I love you, I love you again.
Because I love you I’ll leave you; I’ll learn how to see through my sin. 
You'll never ask; I'll never tell. 
It's just as well,
Because I don't want to overpopulate hell.
So goodbye for now, my love, I'll pray for neighbouring cells
So I can look at you where the mortals burn,
And still wish we'd had kids
And wish I could've learned
Just to open my mouth,
And you could've shared your fears and doubts.
And you could have loved me like I loved you.

Terminal

Oh dear, for us to start anew,
Camouflage the fear and steer away from truth...
Try as you might to quell the ache,
You'll burn every bridge that's left, but the whispers will remain.
Pick out your novel for the plane.
Shed that wistful stare, for there's still time to waste.
Wide-eyed and breathless, count the days.
The staring eyes won't age, they'll only fill the page.
I caught wind of the end,
But a fleeting light is still a sight to comprehend.
I was fed a wonderful lie.
Won't you tell it again?
Dig out the fortune from your grave,
Everything once left inside to terrify the grey.
Dream of our secrets on the way,
Play them to the field with life, and let them fall away.
I caught wind of the end,
But a fleeting light is still a sight to comprehend.
I was fed a wonderful lie.
Won't you tell it again?

Border Town

On the edge of a border town I
Let my guard down.
In the snow behind the tallest weeds, I
Dropped to my penitent knees to sing.
On the edge of a troubled time,
I left a lifeline.
I have to say, these days have been long
Since you left me
Drinking in your yard alone.
I know your daddy's gone.
I know your daddy done you wrong.
It's all behind me now—
I left your body in the Lord's house.
I left a little when you told me to tell, and I
Fed the lies you caught me with.
In the chaos of your twisted town,
I let myself down.
In the divot in the tallest grains, I
dropped into your range to find
A little light in my mind.
It's all behind me now,
I left you looking at a new lay.
I left a little when you begged me to stay
And I stumbled on a better sound.

Blue Sky

Blue sky, green waves,
and I wish that I were in New York today.
I miss the buildings with pools and valets,
The glass ceilings and the need to get away.
Take me, take me somewhere I wanna go—
Another long day on an empty road.
Daddy, it’s a curse
You passed it down to me—
A little bit of wanderlust, the need to be free.
Take me somewhere I wanna go—
A night ramble down a dusty road...
Daddy, it’s a curse, you know,
But I’m’a take advantage of this blue sky glow.
New sky, old ways,
And I wish that I could find a place to stay.
Just try to keep me here—the street is ablaze,
I know it’s balmy and it’s all the rage,
But I just can’t stay put.
I walk the day away.
I want you, won’t you come and play
Under the blue, blue sky,
In the green waves...
I wish that we were not at work today.
I miss the beaches when the sun is high,
Your new shoes and my bathing suit untied.
You’re old news, but so am I.
Baby, take me anywhere you wanna go.
I need something real, I can’t want what I don’t know.
Daddy, it’s a curse.

Oh, Atlantis!

Wake up in the middle of the day,
With the sun in the noose in the sky.
It’s another chance to try to run,
Cough the iron off your lung, and
We will fly.
All the pressure in my head is holding me down.
It’s a nightmare when I wake up in this go-ghost town.
We can try.
Press your white sheets, crisp and clean,
You can come back down with me.
Wake up in the middle of the street
With your hands in the heated air.
Oh, Atlantis, why so far away,
When I need to breathe your benevolent decay?
Take another pull on the door to my soul.
I’ll take another cigarette.
I’ll take another day.
Oh, where’s the joy in this ballet
I swore that I would dance until I died?
We are implicated by our lives. 
Press your white sheets, crisp and clean,
You can come back down with me.
Wake up a hundred miles down,
With the sun hanging out in shady corners downtown.
Oh, Atlantis! Why so far away,
When I need to believe in judgment day?
Oh, Atlantis, why so far away?
Oh, Atlantis, why so far away?
Press your white sheets, crisp and clean,
You can come back down with me.

Weeknight

The conversations hanging in the hall,
The papers stapled to your name—
You found the carnal comfort in the call of kneeling for your fame.
Okay, I can back against the wall to let you go.
Oh, no…
I bet you feel lonely dear at home.
I’m betting the whirlwind on your drinking on your own.
You fight the standard that has stuck too long,
The words you never got to scream.
The stage is set to settle into something better than it ever seemed.
Oh no, now the corner streetlight burns dry and a little low:
Everything's on fire.
I bet you feel lonely, dear at home.
I’m betting the whirlwind on your drinking on your own.
For every noose that you’ve untied,
You’ve never found any reason to unwind the lies.
Now, it’s back to the daze...
Back into place.

More to Fear

All the wasteful spending,
Yet we can’t pretend we’re on the same end.
It’s only homicide, dear, just break yourself in.
You’ll say we’re close—
A string’s length from the moon.
Your God was wrong
To say there was more to you.
Another cry—exploding satisfaction—
As dust divides, it sets chambers alight.
All the wasteful spending,
Driving dents in worn-out mice,
It’s the way they’re bending
To the weight of loaded dice.
I won’t burn out.
How could I, dear?
I die every night.
I’ll find more to fear.
I won’t burn out.
How could I, dear?
I die every night.
I’ll find more to fear.
I see eyes waiting in the mirror.
Will the dust ignite and reanimate my mind?
I surmise that caution is advice.
If she’s inclined, the toll is more light.
But I won’t burn out,
How could I, dear?
I die every night.
I’ll find more to fear.