HOUSEBROKEN

Blackwing

Oh the rain has the scent of the earth on her bough

And she finds me somehow and I’m laid low

I’m back at the start of the place where my heart

Turned your love into art and let me go

 

Blackwing of water fall to the earth

Fill the lamp with a sigh

Blackwing of water weep for the earth

And weep for you and I

 

The clock on the wall still keeps time for us all

Though there’s one less to call at dinner hour

And my hand fits the glove that was once our love

But I’m too proud to wear it now

 

Blackwing of water fall to the earth

Fill the lamp with a sigh

Blackwing of water weep for the earth

And weep for you and I

 

I put your voice in my head to the side of our bed 

In a box made of red wedding vows

Closed the lid sealed the lock / hope that people won’t talk

bout our long lonely walk through the crowds

 

Blackwing of water fall to the earth

Fill the lamp with a sigh

Blackwing of water weep for the earth

And weep for you and I

Lion

I just want to lay my forehead on the cool floor

Set me down among the dreams lost and broken in this war

Let my insides all run out like water from the shore

Start again with nothing / which is infinitely more

 

I just want to lay my body deep inside the earth

Cover me with roots and berries / scented oil and herbs

Let the rain come down upon my innocent rebirth

Cleanse me of my foolish notion – happiness on earth

 

I just want to / I just want to / I just want to / I just want to

I just want to / lay my body down

 

I just want to find the answers / not to fear the worst

Like a mother lion I must learn to take mine first

Cubs won’t eat another day if mama’s just too weak to pray

My babies please forgive me - I am trying to go first

Sink

Sink to my knees, baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

Sink to my knees, say baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

 

Jamie cries three times a day, his world the deepest gray

Since she left him

He put her pictures all away but he sees her every day

In the sons she made him… and he

 

Sinks to his knees, says baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

Sink to my knees, say baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

 

Michael knows how hard he tries to let go of all the lies

And live for no one

He knows his demons each by name, and he greets them all the same

When the come to show him how to

 

Sink to his knees, says baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

Sink to my knees, say baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

 

He feels time stealing his soul and he reaches out

Finds a small tear, a small hole and goes into the light

 

Sink to my knees, baby please, baby please

Find a way to ease all my troubles

Bridges

They say that anything worth having is worth letting go

Right now I don’t think I believe them, but how am I to know?

Cause you – you know the cold is dry

And you – I wonder why

 

All the bridges that we might have crossed

Are burning down around us

Just imagine what we’ve lost

 

They say that time is all you need before you’re whole again

But time’s a thief come to the ball, masquerading as a friend

And it’s cool here by the window where the light is strong

And I’m a fool for thinking love’s a game that might go on

 

All the bridges that we might have crossed

Are burning down around us

Just imagine what we’ve lost

Ya all the bridges that we might have crossed

Are burning down around us

Just imagine what we’ve lost

 

I loved you baby, don’t know how the river got so wide

Then I saw the spring in your step when you reached the other side

And I’m a poor, I’m a poor source for the truth my friend

Cause I’m sure, I’m sure our story hasn’t reached the end

 

All the bridges that we might have crossed

Are burning down around us

Just imagine what we’ve lost

Ya all the bridgest that we might have crossed

Are burning down around us

Think of everything we’ve lost

 

oh it’s cold in these here parts

Housebroken

He wakes in the basement / rubs sleep from his eyes

Smoothes out the wrinkles of yesterday’s lies

Two floors overhead she lays in their bed

But she never sleeps at all

 

There was joy

There was song

There was love in this house

 

The sun warms the dew on the grass in the yard

The children are waking / today will be hard

Someday they’ll forgive them for playing this card

But that’s a long time now

 

There was joy

There was song

There was love in this house

Once in while never seemed like enough

Once in a while was never enough and now

 

I sat in a room with all of your lovers

I saw through the gloom of artists and others

Crying all is lost / all is lost

 

Where is our hope? / Where is our freedom?

Where are the ghosts to guide us when we need them?

All is lost

 

They gather together for one final round

Lassoing the children who refuse to sit down

They open the wound with the courage they’ve found

 

Once in a while never seemed like enough

Once in a while was never enough

Now… it’s gone

Only Love Will Break Your Heart

(Neil Young)

When you were young and on your own

How did it feel to be alone?

I was always thinking of games that I was playing

Trying to make the best of my time

 

But only love can break your heart

Try to be sure right from the start

Yes only love can break your heart

But if your world should fall apart

 

I have a friend I’ve never seen

She hides her head inside a dream

Someone should call her and see if she can come out

Try to lose the down that she’s found

 

But only love can break your heart

Try to be sure right from the start

Yes only love can break your heart

But if your world should fall apart

 

I have a friend I’ve never seen

She hides her head inside a dream

Yes only love can break your heart

Yes only love can break your heart

Yes only love can break your heart

Yes only love can break your heart

My Friend Dez

Maybe you know my friend Dez Pare / he seeks the drink the cut the dark

He likes to take you out for / walks with the devil in the park

He’s familiar with the back bone and it’s double jointed hinge

And he’ll always keep you company when you’re on a binge

 

I’ve seen the darkness at the bottom of the trough

The oceans rise above the silence of the cloth

Cloak of many colours / clock of thousand nights

The endless minutes rise against this gift of second sight

 

Still I rail against the days / against my face / against my chance

I fight instead of play / I curse instead of dance

In the morning I’ll be back among the lost in this romance

Sending keystrokes out like breadcrumbs across the vast expanse

 

And now you know my friend Dez Pare / he seeks the drink the cut the dark

He likes to take you out for / walks with the devil in the park

He’s familiar with the back bone and it’s double jointed hinge

And he’ll always keep you company when you’re on a binge

 

Maybe you know my friend Dez Pare

I think you know my friend Dez Pare

I think you know my friend Dez Pare

 

 

Unforgiven

 

I left this lying by your door many years ago

I was heading out as you were coming in

I thought someday that you might need / to open it and read

of the wages and the cost of my sin

 

Cause now your days are only shades of grey

Your soul is trying to find a way to explain all the pain you’re in

So sit right down in that old chair / feel the wind blow through your hair

Read it now / I am right there

 

But I’m unforgiven

Ya I’m unforgiven

Oh I’m unforgiven

 

I only wanted to settle down / I tried to do my best

Towed the line / played the cards I was dealt

But my heart was in another place / I knew that day he touched my face

in the summer heat / I was gonna fall

 

And now I’m unforgiven

Ya I’m unforgiven

Oh I’m unforgiven

 

You asked the cold how you found such pain

Well you know I might’ve had something to do with it

Even though we can never go back again

I hope your soul finds a way through with it

 

Well a life it goes by very fast

You never know which part will last

Which decision will somehow carry on

I know you’re wondering what it was you did

When your soul was mine and I was his

But I got to tell you I wouldn’t take it back

 

Even unforgiven

I’m not unforgiven

We’re not unforgiven

 

Unforgiven

I’m not unforgiven

So alright, forgive

Like a Rose

She’s like a rose that’s fading fast

Always knew it couldn’t last

Her crimson joy runs cold now

Her mocking kingdoms growing old now

 

He flew across the Prairie on a bird that doesn’t sing

He left because she asked him to / he never asks for anything

His mind runs still where it used to sing / a thinned out silence under everything


Time goes on / time goes on and they

learn the words to the song that they

couldn’t sing before they knew what

love would bring / before they knew anything

 

And they lay down by the grotto by the bower by the sea

They let the waves reflect their loss / tell them how to be

Each rise and fall a little tragedy

Don’t fall in love the waves refuse to see

 

Time goes on / time goes on and we

learn the words / to the song that we

couldn’t sing before we knew what

love would bring / before we knew that

 

Time goes on / [let her do it all] /time goes on and we

Learn the words / [let her do it all] / to the song that we

couldn’t sing / [gonna do it all] / before we knew what

love would bring /[let her do it all] / before we knew

 

Time goes on / [let her do it all] /time goes on and we

Learn the words / [let her do it all] / to the song that we

couldn’t sing / [gonna do it all] / before we knew what

love would bring /[let her do it all] / before we knew

 

Anything at all

 

Let her do it all

Learn the words

Gonna do it all

Love. Will. Bring.

Bed of Stars

Close your eyes and make a space

When darkness comes you find your place

On the bed of stars / in the web of lace

 

And Aurora Borealis is holding you beside the moon

 

So fold your arms beneath your head

Dreams will come when you are led

To the bed of stars / in the web of lace

 

And Aurora Australis is holding you beside the moon

 

So close your eyes and make a space

When darkness comes you find your place

On the bed of stars / in the web of lace