B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Press)

If Sarah Slean first appeared on the Toronto live circuit in 1997; the release of her independent debut EP Universe followed soon afterward. Already an accomplished, classically trained pianist, the Pickering, Ontario, native pursued her studies in the music program at the University of Toronto while gradually carving out a name for herself as a charismatic, ebullient live performer. When a number of relatively high-profile opening stints helped Slean sell over 4,000 copies of Universe, the major labels soon came knocking. After much deliberation and a reported bidding war, Slean eventually struck a joint deal with Warner Canada and Atlantic in the U.S. The unorthodox pact allowed Slean to release a full-length independent album before her contract kicked in; the resulting record (1999's Blue Parade, released independently on Big Brother, her own label) showcased Slean's significant maturation as a songwriter. When coupled with her wistful delivery, Slean's contemplative, piano-led pop drew immediate (and well-founded) comparisons to the work of artists like Tori Amos and, to a lesser extent, Sarah McLachlan. In independent terms, Blue Parade was an indisputable success — not only did it frequently register as Canada's most popular independent record on weekly sales charts, but it also helped Slean's burgeoning, intensely devoted fan base develop on an international level. After another slew of live shows (including a living room tour with Tory Cassis), Slean retreated to a New York studio to record her long-awaited major-label debut. An eponymous EP followed on Atlantic in the summer of 2001. And what about that much anticipated ‘debut’ album? Night Bugs was released in 2002 and won critics’ appraisal immediately.

Sarah Slean describes the genesis of her fourth full-length album Day One as occuring in the summer of 2003 when, as she puts it, her house burnt down. It's her metaphor for those periods in life when everything seems to be crashing to the ground at once. The fallout from this particular four alarm fire was so great that it sent Slean scrambling for a change of scenery. Sensing that she needed solitude, she left her Toronto home and took residence four and half hours away, in a remote log cabin just outside of Ottawa. It was there that she spent countless evenings in total isolation, thinking, drawing and composing new material. "I had to go out with my little container to get water every day," she says proudly. "I would recommend it to anyone." By the time she returned home over four months later, she was absolutely bursting to get back into the studio. Renewed and creatively charged, she felt a far cry from the bruised and emotionally exhausted person who began the experiment eighteen weeks earlier. "I went to the woods because I had my 20s explosion," she explains. "'What am I doing, my life isn't noble, this is meaningless.' I knew I had to come back because my piano was going to die over the winter, and when I did I thought 'If I don't make a record right now, I'm gonna lose it.' It was buzzing from my fingertips to my toes." Back in the city, Slean tapped producers Pete Prilesnik (Sarah Harmer) and Dan Kurtz (of live house band The New Deal) to help with production duties. An accomplished programmer and bassist, Prilesnik's rhythmic sensibilities proved the perfect counter to Slean's melody-driven ear. "The reason I chose them was because I figured out in my cabin that what I loved about the music that I collect - Radiohead, Bjork, PJ Harvey - is its rhythmic structure," Slean says, adding that the idea came to her one night as she was dancing to music booming loudly off the cabin's wooden walls. "I had a revelation: duh, it's rhythm! And it's rhythm that I don't understand. I have harmony under my belt, I completely understand the math of it, I've studied it. Western harmony is a beautiful structure that if you understand, it's like you speak a language. But I don't understand rhythm, and Peter and Dan have that."

Recorded in Toronto over a five month period with Prilesnik and Kurtz, Day One is Slean's wisest and best-realized record to date. Ranging from the torch light moodiness of opener "Pilgrim" and the cabaret-noir of "The Score" to the stunning balladry of "California" and the uptempo pop of the album's title track, Day One communicates its central themes of ruin and rebirth while still retaining a sense of optimism and playfulness. "The image I had in my head was someone who's broken down and really struggling, dirty and almost spent, crawling but still going, by the roadside," she says. "Your wings are poking out but in order to get to that stage you have to have suffered. You have to be in the mire, you have to go down into the dark and be terrified by yourself and your fears and your weakness. I wanted the whole flavour of the record to be revolutionary - a really strident awakening, one that occurs after a great amount of sorrow and destruction." Co-produced by Slean herself, Day One includes guest appearances from Toronto singer-songwriter Howie Beck and Billy Talent guitarist Ian D'Sa. Beck appears on "Vertigo," while D'Sa can be heard on the album's lead single, "Lucky Me". "I've known Howie for years and I love and respect his work, so we did a little swap," says Slean, who in turn lent string arrangements to Beck's forthcoming album. "We needed someone who could do a really aggressive guitar tone," she says of D'Sa. "Ian came in and absolutely killed it." Conceived and created entirely by Slean, the mixed media artwork that accompanies Day One is yet another product of that fruitful four month hiatus. "When I was in this cabin, I painted furiously, like I've never painted before. I couldn't believe it. And this is what I was doing - I would cut out little things from books and then I'd start drawing around it. They were all small because I wanted to finish them that sitting, and so I made piles and piles of them."

The vaguely apocalyptic overtones to Slean's artwork aren't just representative of her headspace going in, but also of how she sees the world these days. As evidenced by the lyrics to "When Another Midnight," Day One isn't just about personal rebirth, it's a call for Renaissance; surely not such a bad idea, given the world's current political climate. "Five years ago I thought things were bad but they couldn't get much worse," Slean smiles. "But something's gonna happen, it's gonna be something major, and I really feel that it's going to be artists and people that love art and care about art are going to facilitate that change." "Maybe that's idealistic," she concludes. "But idealism is the only thing in the world that's ever saved anyone."




Universe
- 1997-10-01 -



Weight
I Know
Angel
Me and Jerome
Universe
Pie Jesu
John XXIII
Climbing up the Walls




Blue Parade
- 1999-08-17 -



Playing Cards with Judas
Bonnie's Song
My Invitation
Before Your Time
Habit
Twin Moon
Awake Soon
High
Eliot
Blue Parade
Narcolepsy Weed
I Want to be Brave (Madeleine)
(hidden track)

 


Nightbugs
- 2002-03-19 -

Eliot
Weight
Duncan
St. Francis
Drastic Measures
Book Smart, Street Stupid
Dark Room
Sweet Ones
Me, I'm A Thief
My Invitation
Bank Accounts


Day One
- 2004-09-28 -



Pilgrim
Lucky Me
Mary
California
Day One
Out in the Park
Vertigo
When Another Midnight
The Score
Your Wish is My Wish
Wake Up
Somebody's Arms
(hidden track)
 

Orphan Music
- 2007-01-08 -



Lucky Me
Somebody's Arms
Eliot
Mary
Last Year's War
Out in the Park
Pilgrim
Narcolepsy Weed
The Score
Weight
Wilderness
Little London Night
California
Lucky Me
Pilgrim


The Baroness
- 2008-03-11 -



Hopeful Hearts
Get Home
Euphoria
Goodnight Trouble
Notes From The Underground
Sound Of Water
No Place At All
Please Be Good To Me
Willow
So Many Miles
Shadowland
Looking For Someone
The Lonely Side of The Moon
(Canadian Release)
The Rose (Canadian Release) 

Black Flowers
- 2009-06-02 -



Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
Black Flowers
I'
ll Never Tear You Apart
Lodestar
To Cry About
Dandelion Wine
Eyes Are The Flowers
Monarch
Dress Rehearsal Rag

Beauty Lives
- 2010-12-17 -



Count Me Out
Everything By The Gallon
My Song
Ogoni Star
Sadie
Closer
Hooligans
The Right Words
I Do
Glenn Gould Song
Land & Sea
- 2011-09-27 -



Life
The Day We Saved The World
Set It Free
Everybody's On TV
Amen
I Am A Light
New Pair of Eyes
Girls Hating Girls
Society Song
Cosmic Ballet
Everything by the Gallon
The Devil & The Dove
Napoleon
Attention Archers
You're Not Alone
The One True Love
The Right Words
My Eyes & Your Eyes
Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Closer
Comfortably Numb
Compatriots
Hear Me Out
Lilac Wine
Missing Me
Modern Man I & II
Oh Man!
Parasol
The difference is why
 
Us And Them
What Child Is This


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Universe

Weight

What did I give to you
What did you give to me
A nothing-trail of silences that warp in the rain
You said I don’t really know the reason
It’s just not the same
What a vacant breath when
When you say my name

And do you know the weight i’m under
When everything revolves around you you you you
Soon the shoulder falls

All forgotten handshakes
Names like falling leaves
Apathy will spread like wildfire
Take you away from me
I’m leaning out the window
Gonna catch the august rain
I’m gonna fill your mouth up
Make you live again

And do you know the weight i’m under
When everything revolves around you you you you
Soon the shoulder falls

I know

Loud mouth, suits and ties
Liars, with money and girls
The kind you fit in your pocket
I can’t save them from this darkness
My sisters, I love them all
My faeries pinned against the wall

I know what you want
And I know what you want
And I know

Doll, made of paint and china
Your worth lies only in these
But you’re real to me
Little bones, will you break these legs like twigs now
There’s pain here you’ll never have to feel
Never have to feel

I know what you want
And I know what you want
And I know

And I would fight a thousand men
I’d fight fire and wind and rain
I’d cry a river of tears for them
The bodies floating there
Christ-like and bare
Tell me, is that fair

There are some things I can’t forgive
Some things I just can’t forgive
Some things

Jesus, I thought we had an understanding
The fact that you can buy a woman
Makes me want to die
Where were you last night
Jesus, jesus
Where were you

And I know what you want
I know it all too well
And I know
I know

Angel

I bought my angel on the fourth of july
I didn’t plan it, it just happend that way
And I guess fate stepped in again,
‘Cause I needed him then.

When I bought him they said, “are you sure
No refunds, returns or exchanges because
Once he’s yours, he’s yours for good”
Now you behave like an angel should

‘Cause I saw it on tv
They were selling pieces of heaven
And I thought, “hey, what about me
When am I considered”

I chained my angel to the eavestrough
It was november and I think I pissed him off
He’s mad but I don’t care
You’re my angel, so there

I figure it’s only about sixty more years
So come on angel, stop all the tears
Come sing me a song or two
Whatever it is you angels do

‘Cause I saw it on tv
They were selling pieces of heaven
And I thought, “hey what about me
When can I make reservations”

My pet angel’s got a long lost friend
Who says he’s coming back when the world ends,
When us humans have lost our touch...
God never liked people that much

‘Cause he saw it on tv
They were selling pieces of heaven
And he thought, “well, how can this be
What in the hell are they thinking”

Me & jerome

Here’s a story ‘bout me and jerome
I just convinced him to come out of his home
Free as freedom with the highways to roam
He said ‘i’ll take a drink, but I don’t smoke anymore, no’

He loosened up when we hit tennessee
Drinking bourbon and laughing at me
I asked him why he disappeared so suddenly,
He said ‘i ran away before they made a movie out of me’

And i’m charmed, charmed, charmed
Glad to take a ride.
You’re a song, song, song my friend
At lunch we split a book and a banana pie

On the interstate I ran out of gas
Had a vision of the motel we passed
The needle was falling, and falling fast
Pulled her in the drive and the whole thing collapsed

I’m charmed, chamed, chamed
Glad to take a ride
You’re a song, song, song my friend
At lunch we split a book and a banana pie

He said ‘I must admit I’ve never done this sort of thing
But I like your eyes and the way you sing
It doesn’t matter where you ought to be
How you get there’s the thing’

I’m charmed, chamed, chamed
Glad to take a ride
You’re a song, song, song my friend
At lunch we split a book and a banana pie

Universe

Once I took the universe to dinner
When she failed to yield to earth’s demands
‘oh,’ she said ‘you mean that little ant farm
I’m alright, dear, I’ve got other plans’

And we’re sad because we think we don’t belong here
We’re guilty ‘cause we think we should be stars
Floating in a navy soup, we’re sailing
There you are
There you are

She’s so bright
And then she’s gone
Don’t mind me
I’m just sailing
On a sunrise
It’s my favourite thing
And when are you
Going to realize
I don’t blame you
I never have

And when she talks she fills the room with sunlight
She can name her babies, every one
I’ve returned to the place of my beginning
And I can see her turning off the sun

And we’re sad because we think we don’t belong here
We’re guilty ‘cause we think we should be stars
Floating in a navy soup, we’re sailing
There you are
There you are

She’s so bright
And then she’s gone
Don’t mind me
I’m just sailing
On a sunrise
It’s my favourite thing
And when are you
Going to realize
I don’t blame you
I never have

Pie jesu

Pie jesu domine
Dona eis requiem
Done eis requiem

Pie jesu domine
Dona eis requiem
Dona eis requiem

Dona dona domine
Dona eis requiem
Sempiternam requiem
Sempiternam requiem
Sempiternam requiem

Pie jesu pie jesu domine
Dona eis
Dona eis
Sempiternam requiem
Sempiternam requiem

John xXIII

Inside the heart
Of freezing boys
Searching for the answer
In a shiny dime

Who beg for sleep
And peace of mind
Why must the aging page
Decide

Me and john the 23rd have
Tasted these sour words and i
Just can’t shake this belief that it’s not a
Test of devotion, or something you read

From the dawn of time
They taught her why
Not to ask those questions
And to never cry

A plate of stars
Could never take the place of the
Boy who swore to catch me
As I run through the rye

I know it’s been quite a long time since I
Sang a hymn without guilt in my eyes
And I believe he truly wouldn’t care
‘Cause if you really tried, he’d save a place for you there

My weary heart
Is looking, restless
Not for a pardon
But just one promise

All the faith that one can deserve
It’s enough to wonder why you punish your girls
Sure he’s facing you now, and not the wall, but wasn’t that
Better than facing nothing at all

Climbing Up the Walls

(Radiohead Cover)

I am the key to the lock in your house
That keeps the toys in the basement
And if you get too far inside
You'll only see my reflection

I am her face when she sleeps tonight
I am the pick in the ice
Do not cry out or hit the alarm
'Cause we are friends 'til we die

And any way you turn I'll be there
Open up your skull I'll be there
Climbing up the walls
Climbing up the walls

It's always better when the light is off
It's always best on the outside
And in the crack of your waning smile
Fifteen blows to your mind

Oh, so tuck the kids in safe tonight
And shut the eyes in the cupboard
Do not cry out or hit the alarm
You'll get the loneliest feeling

That any way you turn I'll be there
Open your skull I'll be there
Climbing up the walls
Climbing up the walls
Climbing up the walls

I am the key to the lock in your house
That keeps the toys in the basement
And if you get too far inside
You'll only see my reflection

Blue Parade

Playing Cards with Judas

Playing Cards with Judas in the lounge of our hotel
And I ask while we’re playing if he likes it there in hell
Judas doesn’t answer, he just laughs and plays his hand
Lights another cigarette and turns toward the band

I have no missionary zeal I say
No armies fighting sin
But I’ll keep playing, I’ll keep playing
Until I win

I always loved the blues he says
from behind that grin
I stack and deal them again
Your friends have good intentions,
But they’re a thousand years too late
A few buildings and commandments
Won’t save you from your fate.

I have no missionary zeal I say
I don’t believe in sin
But I’ll keep playing, I’ll keep playing
Until I win

Bonnie's Song

Innocent Sunday Morning
As Plain as the Sunday before
I thought as she told me her story
I don’t think I can hear these anymore

Charting a map of land mines
Asleep in the settling dust
How come we never remember
How many times you picked yourself up?

Hey that’s the way to go
We need to know pain to grow
But you’re right, it’s a long way home
By the light of Eve
Broken and Bold

I am reminded of Bonnie
When the day breaks into dark
I think there’s nothing more beautiful
Than a face that has come so far

Hey that’s the way to go
We need to know pain to grow
But you’re right it’s a long way home
By the light of Eve
Broken

You’re the bravest girl
In the whole wide world
Light of Eve
Broken and Bold

My Invitation

You are what they call the human season
You are all the alphabet in one
You are every colour of confusion
You are all the silence I've become

Love me for
Stupid reasons
I like those most

Wide-eyed but
Worth believing
God knows

Damn the angry voice that keeps us queit
The editor whose work is never done
Keeping pretty words between my teeth and
Sweet confessions underneath my tongue

Drowsy contemplation
Do I let you in
This is my invitation
But how do I begin?

She has such an awful lot of soldiers
Quite a lovely army all her own
Night and day they stand before the fortress
Very safe but very all alone

Before Your Time

Who wants a genius anyway
Who worries if he's had enough sleep?
I'd take the bad news anyday
If it meant you were mine to keep
Sweet is the certified nervous wreck
Who now and then likes to appear
To lecture the night and the empty space
And sleep in the cradle of my ear

A few pills a day keeps the anger away
"The people can go," he says, "the furniture stays."
Trying to find a warm place to hide

Maybe born before your time
How unfair to our human eyes
How I wish you were alright
'Cause I worry...

Hello to the ghost of the eighty-eight
My favourite Canadian mess
Remembered the sound of the galaxy
and came here expecting no less
How many nights did you lock up in side of that
Terrible lonely streak and those beautiful eyes
Trying to find a warm place to hide?

Maybe born before your time
How unfair to our human eyes
How I wish you were alright
'Cause I worry about you.

Habit

Think I should take up smoking
Maybe even cigars
Think I should be leaving now
I don’t know who you are
Have I a reason?
Am I a liar?
Am I poison?
Am I alive?

There there don’t cry
And I feel fine
Choke and dissolve like a child
I don’t mind

There are two drinks on the table
I trace the design
There are two eyes pleading
But they’re not mine
Stiff resolution
To fight to survive
I maintain indifference
All in favor say I

You want it you want it you try
And I see why
You need her you love her you die
When she’s not
Strapped to your side

Twin Moon

Hey Mister Paper
Better get your story straight
We're not from the sixties
And it's Sarah with an h

And, oh, sometimes
The way you read things
The way you see things
The way you reach things
Hurts my heart

Oh, I fear
Somehow you'll find the need
To spit out my name
Like a watermelon seed

And, oh, sometimes
I think 'what am I doing?
This business of bleeding'
A dime for showing
My heart

Oh, twin moon
You are my twin moon
Take me up-sky
So I can kiss you
Drink your starlight

Oh, twin moon
You are my twin moon
Take me up-sky
So I can kiss you
Drink your start light

I want to show you
I want to show you
I want to show you
My heart

Awake Soon

Awake soon
The mindstorm
I feel I feel the stars out
The fear goes I soar now
As far as I can carry you
As deep as deep
No thief can take away from you
The way you have taken from me
His mouth full
Of loose teeth
I see I see
The liar is weeping
And down on his knees
The light no longer terrifies
The grief gone to sleep
So beauty came with agony
But sweet
Oh every love is sweet

High

Always wondered why your eyes closed
Don't you want to see me closing mine?
Heaven, help me, I'll devour him
See me drawing out his spine

Hey, boy, come sleep
I will turn the ocean into sky
How do you keep
When the love is making you high
Out of sight, out of mind
High

You're afraid of what I'll do to you
Recall the taste of something sweet
Between a thousand sheets of memory
I cannot be blamed because you're weak

Hey, boy, come sleep
I will turn the ocean into sky
How do you keep
When the love is making you high
Out of sight, out of mind
High

Eliot

Armies and ice and dirty green
Newspapers shovels sand on the breeze
I think of Eliot when I smell the street
And it’s sometimes wise just to shut your eyes
Workers and lovers make their living space neat
Bent out of shape over what to eat
I dream of Eliot but I am discrete
Cause its sometimes wise just to shut your eyes

How sure how right
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had hope
I lied

The city in winter, the sewage the steam
You fill buildings with people
And they rip at the seams
And somebody’s suffering infected my dreams
And don’t they know?
It’s just my old soul

How sure how right
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had hope
I lied

So calm so wise
Give him the Nobel prize
He said he had hope
He lied

Blue Parade

I hear them coming
The blue parade
They're throwing snowflakes
And singing my name
In deep blue voices
I hear them say
There's good love out there
Just you wait

You wait oh hold on I'm coming
Don't let anybody in

He don't read stars now 'cause he's
Getting old
So busy neutralizing
So much it leaves me cold
And how could you lie
How could you leave
And take of my body
My hands
My deep blue dream

Oh hold on I'm coming
Don't let anybody in
Oh hold on I'm ready
Lock your doors and wait for me

Now leaves are falling
From the mercy tree
The blue surrounds me
So I can get some sleep and
Katie calls then she'll say
There's good love out there just you wait you wait

Oh hold on I'm coming
Don't let anybody in
Oh hold on I'm ready
Lock your doors and wait for me

Oh hold on I'm coming
Don't let anybody in
Oh good love I'm ready
Lock your doors and wait for me

Narcolepsy Weed

Look at you
Broken bird
Narcolepsy weed
Highway-side
Like a puppet cat
You can’t wake
I can’t sleep

And now they’ve got you
Stealing cars and chasing lullabies
How will I drag you out of motel daydreams
When will you realize?

I don’t make sugar promises
Like dandelion seeds
Lying still
With open palms
I’m only watching you breath

They talk like they know
Like they believe
But I’d bet the brotherhood
That if they found you here
They’d leave

Oh good day orphan town
Peace is raining down
Warm your hands
On my shoulder blades
My parents gave me this peace
Who we are is how we love
That is all I need

So tell the morning
Night is lifting
And mauve is moving in
Like the steam that rises
From the garden beds
Your pain finds the wind

Oh
Good day orphan town
Peace is raining down
Good day orphan town
Peace is raining down

I Want to be Brave (Madeleine)

Madeleine
Shall her story end?
With this aftermath music,
My broken French?

Heal her, if you can
Pray the lions aren’t waiting
Take her hand
I want to be brave, I want to be brave
But the night goes up in flames
The courage we need
A fury to tame
This madness, madness, madness

No more,
will I count the dead
Bending gathering words
I should have said

When the night falls
It scrapes its knees
We watch the houses on fire
And she says to me
I want to be brave, I want to be brave
But I don’t think I’ll love again
The dark is so deep
I’ve lost my way
In this madness, madness, madness

Over time, luck runs out
And fate is not your friend
Over time, good must go
And are we safe, safe yet?

Madeleine,
Can I escape again?
Out of a dragonfly jar
Am I safe yet?

Nightbugs

Eliot

Armies and ice and dirty green
Newspapers shovels sand on the breeze
I think of Eliot when I smell the street
And it’s sometimes wise just to shut your eyes
Workers and lovers make their living space neat
Bent out of shape over what to eat
I dream of Eliot but I am discrete
Cause its sometimes wise just to shut your eyes

How sure how right
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had hope
I lied

The city in winter, the sewage the steam
You fill buildings with people
And they rip at the seams
And somebody’s suffering infected my dreams
And don’t they know?
It’s just my old soul

How sure how right
Can anyone be on sight?
I said I had hope
I lied

So calm so wise
Give him the Nobel prize
He said he had hope
He lied

Weight

What did I give to you, what did you give to me
A nothing trail of silences that warp in the rain
You said I don’t really know the reason, it’s just not the same
Oh what a vacant breath when you say my name

Do you know the weight I’m under
When everything revolves around you
Soon the shoulder falls

All forgotten handshakes names like falling leaves
Apathy will spread like wildfire, take you away from me
I’m leaning out the window gonna catch the August rain
I’m gonna fill your mouth up, make you live again

Do you know the weight I’m under
When everything revolves around you
Do you know the weight I’m under
When everything revolves around you
Soon the shoulder falls

Duncan

Whatever happened to Duncan?
He was a good boy they say
The girls all wanted him to dance with,
The boys to play, to play

When the policeman came knocking
She didn’t know what to say
Except his shoes and socks were all gone,
It seems he ran away

Oh you fool you fool!
Don’t give in to fate
If this is all we’ve got to fight for,
Rage my darling rage!
Duncan good for you!
Sad but on your way
Well the army never turned his crank
But love sure made him brave

A sweeter infatuation
Oh you’d be hard pressed to find
He loved so deeply and madly
He nearly lost his mind

And oh behold the mayor’s daughter
She was a treat for the eye
Why this is the only thing to live for
Just made you want to die!

Oh you fool you fool!
Don’t give in to fate
If this is all we’ve got to fight for,
Rage my darling rage!
Duncan good for you!
Sad but on your way
Well the army never turned his crank
But love sure made him brave

This is holy war!
We must fight and fight again
And go a thousand times for the sake of love
But never once in vain

St. Francis

Just like St. Francis
The little birds come
Lonely for a little warm
You give them your music
But they just want a song
Oh no, I’ll never learn

But I’d make beautiful sounds,
I’d lay you down like
A lover would
My pride, still standing straight
But looking back
I wasn’t so brave
I wasn’t so brave

Flying through tunnels
At the mouth of New York
Sometimes, I belong here
But it’s funny how leaving
Turns the emptiness up
The hole you never heard before

Oh I laugh in my hands
A kiss from that man like
A melody
My pride, still standing tall
But looking back, I wasn’t brave at all
I wasn’t brave at all, was I?

I’d make beautiful sounds
I’d lay you down like a lover would
On the phone, I started to say
But then I stopped
I used to be brave
I used to brave

Here’s hoping next time we’ll get it right

Drastic Measures

I should go to drastic measures
Steal enormous works of art
Write a piece for eighteen violins
It’s no march
But it’s a start

They rub their eyes and wake distracted
Frantically they fill their days
Please say I will never be like that
Safe, politely dazed
Politely crazed

Don’t you want my love
It’s a cloud it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees in the midnight parks
Oozing danger igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame
Of the universe

I never held a truer notion
Then when my dear I held your hand
May your shadow always follow you
Through our getaway plan
Our master plan

Don’t you want my love
It’s a cloud it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees in the midnight parks
Oozing danger igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame
Of the Universe

Crazy
Don’t you want my love?
It’s a cloud it’s a broken boat
But it might make you laugh a bit
Easier
I’m like the trees in the midnight parks
Throwing tantrums igniting sparks
We’ve been left by the viaducts
With the last flame
Of the universe

Book Smart, Street Stupid

I was born by an old streetlight
Where the men lean out of
Their windows at night
And I was a lead in the orphan choir,
And I sang with all my might
Until I grew up
Too high then oh,

All the notes I used to play
On the double bass in the b-list ballet
With only the night bugs to lead me home
With their sad-luck serenade

The rain was never ending,
The sadness in my heart
Would light and glow in the dark

Oh this will never change,
Time just wears a prettier face
I'm book smart, street stupid

So don't look for me in confession booth,
I'm with my paints and my pens
And my dry vermouth
Trying to uncover
Some small truth
With these cards close to my chest

The rain was never ending
The sadness in my heart
Would light and glow in the dark

Oh, this will never change
Time just wears a prettier face
I'm book smart, street stupid

The rain still never ending
The wonder in my heart
Would light and glow in
It still lights and glows in the dark

Dark Room

The town is crouching
A field of windmills waits, their stupid heads turning
Stirring the night’s bath.

Bundles of vapour hang over the factories
Whose lights blink and loll like sleepy eyelids
The moth in the lighthouse breathes with its prehistoric parts.
I feel the night snicker.

It was here,
Tangled among the litter and old valentines
I found my coma leaking
A branch punched a hole
In the quiet that was keeping me
And
Suddenly
All the sleep fell out

Rolling over the hills in a dark warm wave
Vices of the orphan choirs threaten to overwhelm
Speeding through the skeletons of trees
Pulling their bodies bent

The wind’s terrible symphony tore out my longing by the toes
My ears were emptied and renamed.
The balm slid off like a bubble of oil and
Died pitifully under the choirmaster’s heel
I was gutted and clinging on like a dish rag -

But so on fire with believing
That when the storm introduced itself
I put my finger in its mouth

Sweet Ones

They’re counting on a guilty conscience to save you
But I’m banking on the deep blue eyes and the face too
They always said always said always said you were easy
If I could have just one piece of that I’d be sold

Come over to the sweet ones baby
I’ll tell you where to go
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways I don’t know
I don’t know

Come over to my house I’ll tend to you solo
So fabulous and well dressed up like a talk show
They always said always said always said you were easy
If I could have just one piece of that I’d be sold

Come over to the sweet ones baby
I’ll tell you where to go
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways I don’t know
I don’t know

Oh so sad we
Love you madly
Want to take you home

If I could have just one piece of that I’d be sold
Come over to the sweet ones baby
I’ll tell you where to go
I can’t see them when they’re walking sideways I don’t know
I don’t know

Me, I'm A Thief

Here comes again
Blood in the vein
Seven a.m., the cars come
Gotta fly, gotta say goodbye
Leave them before they leave me

Turning the sheets
Rolling in his sleep
He wants me to go faster
I know that she's somewhere underneath
But I don't know how to find her

Me, I'm a thief
I'm a falling star
I'm a photograph taken
From where you are

I love you still, always will
Here's hoping you'll be waiting, but I
Gotta fly, gotta say good bye
Gotta find out what's aching

Me, I'm a thief
I'm a falling star
I'm a photograph taken
From where you are

So, shed your tears
That's what they're for
I don't expect you to understand this war

I go quietly
No, you don't get me
No, you don't get me

Oh, me, I'm a thief
I'm a falling star
I'm a photograph taken
From where you are

Shed your tears
That's what they're for
I don't expect you to understand this war

Me, I'm a thief
I'm a falling star
I'm a photograph taken
From where you are

Shed your tears
That's what they're for
I don't expect you to understand this war

Me, I'm a thief
Oh, I'm a falling star
I'm a photograph taken
From where you are

So, shed your tears
'Cause that's what they're for
I don't expect you to understand this war

My Invitation

You are what they call the human season
You are all the alphabet in one
You are every colour of confusion
You are all the silence I've become

Love me for
Stupid reasons
I like those most

Wide-eyed but
Worth believing
God knows

Damn the angry voice that keeps us queit
The editor whose work is never done
Keeping pretty words between my teeth and
Sweet confessions underneath my tongue

Drowsy contemplation
Do I let you in
This is my invitation
But how do I begin?

She has such an awful lot of soldiers
Quite a lovely army all her own
Night and day they stand before the fortress
Very safe but very all alone

Bank Accounts

I have a future
I have substantial bank accounts
Make lotsa money
And hope it don’t run out

I am a beauty
It just takes me four, five hours a day
Is this the game I’m supposed to know
How to play?

I had a dram that I
Was carvin’ up the inside track
What a disease when I
Put my faith in

Welcome to Eden
Hope that you’ll have some time to shop
While makin’ investments
Sleepin’ your way to the top

Business is business
Especially this water into wine
Is this the game I’m supposed to play
Every time?

I had a dream that I
Was carvin’ up the inside track
What a disease when I
Put my faith in

All or not at all!

I had a dream that I
Was carvin’ up the inside track
What a disease when I
Put my faith in these

Day One

Pilgrim

A little blood and vomit on the car seat
And the tooth is sitting in my lap
Brother if you’re hungry but not wounded
Then it’s time to stop and check the map

Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Well it won’t work
On the true path
Where the wretched are growing wings

If the ancient wisdom came in bottles
I would tell my terror where to go
But I don’t know who would do the dishes
'Cause I’d be lying wasted in the road

Pilgrim
Where’s your head at?
Are you paying the birds to sing?
Meet me
On the true path
I’ll be dizzy from growing wings

My tears
My tears
My kicking up the love dirt
I fear
It’s the only way

Pilgrim
Whatcha lookin' at me for?
My disaster has come and gone
It left me
By the roadside
With my shadow
And one more song

Lucky Me

Science wears a new suit
To his coffee, toast and eggs
But he has to skip the stairs now
'Cause of two broken legs
Whine, whine, "I cannot climb"
Every time’s the same
I’d be more inclined to help him
If he could remember my name

And you're sad, And you're sorry.
Well let it all out.
What are you running for?
This is your chance
Be ready.
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me

Faith can’t fill the dance hall
'Cause her powers have declined
But at the beauty pageant
She will always take the prize.
Light, light. Easter White
Roll her in the dirt,
When it comes time for kneeling she’ll say " You go first."

And you're sad, And you're sorry.
Well let it all out.
What are you running for?
This is your chance
Be ready.
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me

A wise man once tried to tell me
How to sugar-coat the grave
But the game is for the adults
And I don’t know how to play
O where will I go?
Toss me out to sea
When the jar’s all out of candy
don’t come blaming me.

And you're sad, And you're sorry.
Well let it all out.
What are you running for?
Tell the whole world!
We're waiting.
I’m taking my seat
O Lucky Me

Mary

She’s looking up and out to
A galaxy
A fateful boat trip 'cross a northern sea
And on a frosty window
She writes her name
O daughter, this is how she became

Mary
Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady

I’ve all the courage
I’ll ever need
I wax poetic on my enemies
The century is raging
But so are we
No matter what I know I ’ve got a
Symphony called

Mary
Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady

Out of dark days, stay up airplane
Take my last name, stay up airplane

Go ahead and have your little baby
Mary
Toughest of the tough but still a lady
Mary
Toughest of the tough

California

I went to California
I met a lovely man
He rubs a wedding finger
Without a wedding band

He knows better anyhow
His kisses are just all in his eyes
I know better
I know better still I wish I was
By your side

The taxi open window
The summer on the wind
I'd ask about a lover
But how would I begin?

He knows better anyhow
His kisses are just all in his eyes
I know better
I know better, still I wish I was
By your side

Day One

I put my head back
Where it belongs up there in the clouds
I’m spreading love like
a terrorist now

O what a morning
O what a day to be alive
Sweet hope is glowing
in your glorious eyes

Pushing paper ain't enough
I bet you think that you’re so tough
But all your green won’t mean a thing at all

On day one
Day ONE

After Boy Wonder
After the dream came out of the mines
Bus boys and bankers
Were wiping their eyes

Be still my lionheart!
A revolution ready to pounce
All passioneers
Up and out of the house!

Beauty faked a heart attack,
Now I feel it coming back
And all your green won't mean a thing at all!

On Day one

Out in the Park

Don’t you know what time it is?
It’s the new time
All disciples gathering by the boats
But your revolution is chasing its tail,
You love to take the wind out of my sail
But not this time

In between commercial breaks
It’s a new war.
Men with books have run away to the coast
All the ladies quit calling them back
And starting plotting a counter attack
You foolish animals!

She’s out in the park conducting the birds
Trying to remember which bicycle’s hers,
Filling her pockets with handfuls of dirt
It’s amazing
Out in the park

For sale, forgetfulness,
At a new price
I saw it advertised on T.V.
But all the children were busy outside,
Building sandcastles skyscraper-high
You foolish animals!

She’s out in the park, conducting the birds
Trying to remember which bicycle’s hers,
Filling her pockets with handfuls of dirt
It’s amazing
Out in the park

By way of the dark...
The summer sun will be ours...

Out in the park, fight the war!
What are your hearts and your
wheelbarrows for?
Lean on me man, I don’t keep score!

Out in the park conducting the birds
Covering France with the trail of her skirt!
Singing a sermon to beautiful earth...
Out in the park


Vertigo

The heavens dropped a bag of red and white lights
Pearls that keep the highway bright
And it feels like being born, night driving
The moon hangs a dangerous height

Terrible calm, Terrible cold
This dream I have, it's gold
Easier now, a place to go
Vertigo

The faces drop like flies their memory fades
Into the rushing road below
I can take this night any night
Just try to tell me no

Terrible calm, terrible joy
This dream I have, it's gold
Easier now, a place to go
Vertigo

I am full of love and consequence
Merciful the sky of coal
The beauty of the cars, electric light
The speed with which their destinies glow

When Another Midnight

When another midnight comes to rest
On the cheek of our sleeplessness
All the crusaders will wake and dress
Pull their flags from their pillowcases

You could hear all of Eden hold its breath
On this the anniversary of wonder’s death
Unholy occasion what a terrible mess
Oh it's time for a new dress

How to live a noble life
In this the age of insanity
When every prophet's face is turning white
It’s the look, the look of
"Can it be?"

It’s shock, it’s horror, it’s despair!
It’s Socrates weeping in a wheelchair
Teacher drooling, unaware
"Where are my students where, oh where?"

Poet to poet, nun to nun
I’ve met a distance that I have to run
No matter what madness must come undone
I’m throwing down a smoking gun

All the commuters will hear our words
And hide in garages like frightened birds but
You can’t stop the moaning of the Earth
And the midnight crackling of my nerves!

Come out, come out! Angels of love
It's just the sound of another midnight falling
Come out come out
It's not the end of the world
It's just the sound of another midnight falling
Come out come out! The time is now!

The Score

Oh I
Rented a motorbike
And all night
I had the Fear...
But onward,
Oh how the terrifying choice was clear

So white!
The moon was a wicked sight
His cruel wife
Had cut off an ear
When the fog cleared
I heard the voices of a million cheer

This time
The pleasure's all mine
I've got your number
I know the score
I'd be a hopeless romantic
But for the fortune I made in gold

My heart bent
Towards the circus tent
A man in red
Beckoned me near
In his wild eyes
I saw the faces of a million cheer

He said,
"This time,
The pleasure's all mine
I've got your number
I know the score
And you and
your hopeless romantics
Will wipe the highway I pave in gold..."

In his wild eyes,
Oh how the terrifying choice was clear

This time...
Oh the pleasure is all mine
I've got your number
I know the score
And I'd be a hopeless romantic...
But for the fortune I made
The fortune I made
The fortune I made in gold

Your Wish is My Wish

In my mind-storm I did carry you
Through the briars of disbelief
Through the woods of lethargy
Through a groaning dark so deep
I thought I died

In the fountain I did cool our feet
Under red and rainless skies
Singing ragged lullabies
Through the grief all advertised
In neon lights

Baby your wish is my wish
And I have only this
From now on

Baby your wish is my wish
Keep on running to the door

I hear Beauty crying in her sleep
So I bent for one more kiss
And her tears will turn and twist
We make bliss to end all bliss
And all time

Baby your wish is my wish
And I have only this
From now on

Baby - your wish is my wish
Keep on running to the dawn
Running to the door...
Keep on running to the dawn

I hear Beauty crying in her sleep

Wake Up

Wake up
Wake up
You don’t want to sleep through this
Night has fallen and all the stars are coming out
O the sky’s a lullaby
Like
That sweet little light of mine

Come out come out
It’s not like we’re strangers here
No more lying here waiting, the sun’s coming up
O that hole made of gold is
Like
That sweet little light of mine

Somebody's Arms

Old record playing on my own radio
And I know it's time to go
Get up and out of this black hole

I gotta get it right
I gotta quit these drugs
I gotta get inside
Somebody's arms
Tonight

Can't remember who I was before
Tonight
Oh my heart is halfway out the door
Tonight

Sweet city come on give me a handful of stars
I'm ready for the midnight show

I'm gonna light a fire
On the street I love
I'm gonna get inside
Somebody's arms
Tonight

Can't remember who I was before
Tonight
My heart is halfway out the door
Tonight

I gotta get it right
I'm gonna quit these drugs
I'm gonna get inside
Somebody's arms
Tonight

Can't remember who I was before
Tonight
Oh my heart is halfway out
My heart is halfway out the door

Tonight
Can't remember who I was before

Orphan Music

Last Year's War

I put this battle in a box
With my military thoughts
And the days where I'm almost at my end
Seems to me quite clear now
Now that you are here how
Easily I could begin again

I'm still bloody from last year's war
With liars and lovers untrue
And hey you with your stars out
I have no angry words for you

You didn't have my heart yet
But you stopped before we started
So now you tell me what you want me to do
I can start believing I can watch you sleeping
But I can't hold my breath 'til she comes back for you

I'm still bloody from last year's war
But no longer drowning in the flood
And hey you with your stars out
You've kissed again, don't you see you've already won?

You're still bloody from last year's war
Your bandages your bullet holes like mine
And I'm here with my stars out
You say you're scared well so am I

Wilderness

When's it gonna come out
Day or night or dream
I'm hiding in the mountains
Waiting for a breeze

I'm no good at keeping secrets
And this one's gonna bleed
Gotta have a baby
On my hands and knees

Oh oh wilderness
Where's the bird that knows the way
I aim my fire at emptiness

Oh I can hear the monster
Scratching at the door
Wake up, wake up, my little darling
I'm back for more

Oh I think about my nightmare
One worm at a time
Leaking all my courage
Waiting for a sign

Oh oh wilderness
Where's the light that leads the way
I aim my fire at emptiness
I aim my fire at emptiness

Little London Night

Little London night
Shiny pavement
Yellow, red and white
Oh that I have seen this
The women and the men
A theatre so thin and
Danced to death
When do they know they mean it?

A grey light in an English Room
My head so full of missing you
You, my lover you.
My lover
Say you know

Oh when we are young
No night's too long
The boys all think they need it
And then it's time to leave
The starlight on the stones under our feet
Did i count to ten or dream it?

A grey light in an English Room
My head so full of missing you
You, my lover you.
My lover, oh, say you know
Say you know
Say
You know

The Baroness

Hopeful hearts

So we take the path not taken
Down into the fields of war
Sword alone, her shield forsaken
This, the right we're fighting for

Hopeful hearts are moving targets
I don't know how i survive
We go out like birthday candles
Then, like suns, we rise, we rise

What's black is white the moment you fall
You'll fly, give us your dead
They live again in our hopeful hearts

Fiends and devils in the garden
Take their fill and leave me scarred
But i still have my secret weapon
This, my brave and hopeful heart

What's black is white the moment you fall
You'll fly, give us your dead
They live again
They live again

What's black is white the moment you fall
You'll fly, give us your dead
They live again

In our hopeful hearts

Get home

Well you can stay the night
You can look me in the eye
You can fake your way
To the finish line
But don't you dare profess to love me
When you're lying to another
That's not love
That's just wishing
Wish and love are not the same thing, yeah

Get home
Get home
Take a look at her
You know
You know
That you love her

Mister masquerade
You're getting good at this charade
Go on fool yourself
With talk of poetry
Don't you dare pretend you're sorry
To me you're just a tourist
You got to stand next to the real ones
But you know you'll never be one, yeah

Get home
Get home
Nothing more to say
You know
You know
That you'll never change
Oh you'll never change
And i don't play the game
With liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
With liars and cowards
Like you

Get home
Get home
Nothing more to say
You know
You know
That you'll never change
Oh you'll never change
And i don't play the game
With liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
With liars and cowards
Like you
With liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
Liars and cowards
Like you

Euphoria

Take me, love me
Invade the portions of me
That are dark and warm and deep

Hero, oh hero
I'm glad that you are here
So take your love and take your leave

Now how will I fall asleep?

I'm onto you
Euphoria
You've been the maze in my lovers face

I'm onto you
Euphoria
This state of grace

I could've held him
But alas the dawn compelled him
To walk into the street

His arms are swinging
And maybe he is singing
With those lips that now taste like me

How am I supposed to fall asleep?

I'm onto you
Euphoria
You've been the maze in my lovers face

I'm onto you
Euphoria

I'm onto you
Euphoria
Oh you've been the maze in my lovers face

I'm onto you
Euphoria
This state of grace

Goodnight trouble

I watch late night planes
Leave cool, white trails
And my trouble took flight
Goodnight trouble

Goodnight

I kissed my friend
And he took my hand
And my trouble took flight
Goodnight trouble

Goodnight

Goodnight
Goodnight, goodnight

Goodnight

Free falling now
In my place among the clouds
Yeah my trouble, it took flight
Goodnight trouble

Goodnight

Goodnight, goodnight, goodnight
Goodnight trouble

Goodnight

Notes from the underground

Notes from the underground
With the mice who must write our lives down
In the night i hear you calling out to say
It's all right love, you're in good hands

Tears on a borrowed bed
Between walls that are painted somebody elses red
If you hear me cry, i'm calling out to say
It's all right love, you're in good hands

Still out on the roof
Howling at the moon
Exile, another exile in the kingdom

Still out on the roof
All i need is you
Exile, oh we are exiles
We do

Love with a love they hide
Dream with a dream they cast aside
Oh the truth will form and fall apart again
It's all right love, you're in good hands

Still out on the roof
Howling at the moon
Exile, another exile in the kingdom

Still out on the roof
All i need is you
Exile, oh we are exiles
We do

Trust the likes of you and i
They kick our purses aside
But we know the road is wide
That's why

Still out on the roof
Howling at the moon
Exile, another exile in the kingdom

Still out on the roof
I'm a dreamer too
Exile, oh we are exiles
We do

Sound of water

Just to hear the sound of water
Just to put the fire on ice
I'm lying down in the shower
Oh mercy, loosen the vice

Sometimes the sword is so heavy
Your pain has a ravenous mouth
In the pits of my own making
Sometimes I don't think I’ll ever get out

Oh the world's stroking their comas
New madmen making the news
Bent over like a beggar
I was saying "it's no use"

This ain't a world for intelligent women
Unless you like swimming in your own dark sea
These are times are for urgent rhymes
But where, the poetry

Then the light
The light is hard to find
When you're walking blind
You only need to change your mind
Your mind

Wide awake and hope infected
I became a glittering queen
Every light in my direction
Was a bright, magnificent green

But go on with invisible riches
I saw my stitches glowing so bright
No, the burden was not heavy
No, it was light

When the light
The light is hard to find
When you're walking blind

You only need to change your mind
You only need to change your mind

When the light
The light is hard to find
When you're walking, walking blind

The light
The light is hard to find
When you're walking blind

You only need to change your mind
You only need to change your mind

No place at all

No place at all to call my own
Still wandering the world
And friends of mine are moving on
Getting comfortable cars, getting married

In someone else’s neighbourhood
I hear a telephone
Who lives in those well lighted homes
With their windows aglow, in the evening

Look at me crying in my sleep
No one has to rescue me
No place at all

The sun goes down beyond the trees
No sound, no trace of wind
The world is calm and beautiful
But it's breaking my heart completely

Look at me crying in my sleep
No one has to rescue me
It's plain to see

I'm no place at all
I'm no place at all

Oh look at me crying in my sleep
No one has to rescue me
It's plain to see

Could it be I’m following this reverie
To nowhere and nobody
To no place at all

To no place at all

Please be good to me

I carried my heart unbuttoned
Across the lonely stage
Where all the fools and actors
Circle like birds of prey
But careful with the rose
She knows every word and every scene

Oh please be good to me

I let the liar have me
The forger and the cheat
Love is the legal tender
They tried to steal from me
Tell me how you lose
What you want to give away for free

Oh please be good
To me

Where loves light shining
Is where the coldest heart shake
But when it's shining on you
The winter melts away
I don't want to know
Oh so I just want to feel the heat

Oh please be good to me

Oh please be good
Oh please be good

Please be good to me

Willow

Willow tree
By the seine
Where the gods lie
How I love to look at you
With all my aching eye
Winter comes
Winter kills
Let it go by

There'll be better days
Willow, don't cry

Little stars
Shine afar
In the dark sky
You're the one I’m wishing on
With all my weary might
Tell the trees
If you please
That it's all right

There'll be better days
Willow, don't cry

Don't cry, don't cry

River bend
River sigh
River so wide
Wash away the worry
From my weary heart tonight
Love comes
Lover goes
Let him go by

There'll be better days
Willow, don't cry

Don't cry, don't cry
Don't cry, don't cry

So many miles

These feet have walked so many miles
And on so many continents
Still this heart is beating wild
Is yet of no great consequence

But oh when the rhythm is right
I'll catch a wind and fly

Far beyond these Paris nights
Into another consciousness
The fortune-teller isn't right
It's scary, it's glorious

And oh i know this time
I'll catch a wind and fly

So many miles, those days are gone
You're still alive, and left us so
So many miles
So many miles

I open up my weary eyes
To gaze upon the furtherment
But again I’m under foreign skies
But longing's all that's permanent

Oh I know this time
I'll catch the wind and fly

So many miles, those days are gone
You're still alive, and after so
So many miles
So many miles

And oh I know this time
I'll catch the wind and fly

So many miles, those days are gone
You're still alive and left us so
So many miles
So many miles

You're still alive and left us so
So many miles
So many miles

Shadowland

I have been to the shadowland
They heard the empty call
Of hatred, anorexia
Misery and alcohol

By their hearths I warmed myself
To escape from the winter years
Until I saw in the window,
Myself crying fire coloured tears

Love, the only alchemy
Love, the killer of despair
Love, the patient samurai
Love, the armour angels wear

Love

And they turned away the prophet
Because she was young and full of longing
Instead they turned to the magistrate
Who was busy yawning

And they tried to sell me holy books
But I can see their eyes are wild
I caught them pouring shame and fear
Into the perfect vessel of a child

But love's the only alchemy
Love, the killer of despair
Love, the true nobility
Love, the armour angels wear

Love
Love will make your eyes clear

The order of the universe
The only reason we are here

Looking for someone

I've been looking for someone
But I don't know his name
All the faces before me
Well they all look the same

But there's got to be one face
And one pair of eyes
That'll light me on fire
When they're looking in mine

Oh I’m looking for someone
Oh I’m looking for someone

For many good years now
I've been walking alone
When I know when I find him
It'll feel like home

When the wedding is over
I'll be able to say
I'm so glad that i waited
For this day

Oh I’m looking for someone
Oh I’m looking for someone
Oh I’m looking for someone
Who's looking for me

When the wedding is over
I'll be able to say
I'm so glad that I waited
For this day

Oh I’m looking for someone
Oh I’m looking for someone
Oh I’m looking for someone

Who's looking for me

Lonely Side of the Moon

The wind makes a terrifying sound
It wants to pull the lid off Earth
It wants to tear the heavens down

It seems like Nature verses Man
But the battle is absurd
All the cards are in her hand

Graceful animal
How clumsy you can be
I will make a mess of you
If you make a mess of me

But there's always the lonely side of the moon
You can live on the lonely side of the moon

Observe the glacier bowing out
Like a brave and threatened queen
Who knows there's no way out

Be afeared if you think gods and men conspire
The human drama burns
While the stage is catching fire

Deep dark ocean
Cherry tree in bloom
If there are no mockingbirds
How will I find a tune

On the lonely side of the moon
If I live on the lonely side of the moon

Oh so beautiful
Can this be the end
Let me learn your miracles
If I am to start again

On the lonely side of the moon
When I live on the lonely side of the moon

The rose

Will the birds be singing
When my life is done
And all the seasons of me have come and gone
Plant me in the garden where the willow grows
And from my sorrow, a rose

How high the moon
How deep the ocean
I never knew
‘Til now

As the curtain closes there'll be no surprise,
When the anthem's playing we know to rise
Every living creature was born to close their eyes
But love the great magician, never dies....

How high the moon
How deep the ocean
I never knew till now

For the years of sadness I will not mourn
For in the deepest darkness courage is born

How high the moon
How deep the ocean....

How high the moon
I never knew
Til now

*** Thanx a lot to Cameron for this one ***

Black Flowers

Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye

(Leonard Cohen)

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But now it's come to distances and both of us must try
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time
Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
Let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

Black flowers

(Lynn Miles)

Well I live beside
This old coal mine
The whistle blows
Everyday on time

But the rain pours down
And the wind blows hard
Black flowers
Grow in my yard

When I lost my man
Down that old coal shaft
I swear I heard
The devil laugh

And the angels left
And they took my heart
Now black flowers
Grow in my yard

And the undertaker is a busy man
He's got a clean blue shirt
He's got soft pink hands
He's got a paved driveway
And a brand new car
Black flowers
Grow in my yard

And when the baby cries
I sing hush little one
But I swear that I'm gonna come undone
When the rain pours down
And the wind blows hard
Black flowers grow in my yard
Black flowers grow in my yard
Black flowers grow in my yard

I'll Never Tear You Apart

(Martin Tielli)

The tiger waits in the bushes by the lake
But I'll never tear you apart
With a love so pure
Our knees will shake and tremble

There were tracks in the silt
Where the stream becomes still
I'll never rip out your heart
You're such a gentle a beast
You never got tough
like I got tough
Like I got tough

The faces in the window
They're just my friends
I promise I won't let them in
Oh, they live in the corn
Where they die and they're born
Where the blades go around
Churn up the ground
To open the over-toiled soil
oh baby, oh baby, oh babe

Slashed 'cross the back
Your spine almost snapped
I put three bullets in its face
And I hung it from a tree
For the other ones to see
What happens if you mess with me

Lodestar

(Sarah Harmer)

Out of the night, into the water
We push the boat from shore
Breaking the air and the stillness of the bay

Intensity of stars reflected in the harbour
Silently ignite
The oar dips into oil like water
And we are away

Your hand won't write
Not tonight
But your mind may wander
Into those deep lagoons that you know
And your boat will go by starlight alone
Da da da da da da da da
You sang to the moon
In the great black night
With no lodestar in sight

Out of the night
Out of the water
We pull the boat back to shore
Breathe in the air and the stillness of the bay
And your boat will go by starlight alone
Da da da da da da da da
Under the moon in the great black night
With no lodestar in sight

And wait for it
There are only two things now
This great black night
And that fireglow

And listen
The darkness rings
The darkness
Listen
The darkness rings

And wait for it
There are only two of us now
This great black night, scooped out
And that fireglow

Listen
The darkness rings
The darkness
Oh, listen
The darkness rings
The darkness
Take off your things
Listen

To Cry About

(Mary Margaret O'Hara)

You take a walk
I'm by your side
You take my life
I'll give you mine
You, you give me something to cry about

You're in my heart
I'm in your hand
You drop me off
I miss you and you
You give me something to cry about

Oh, in a pinch you listen to me
You are any scene wants to see, to see
There will be a timed disaster
There's no you in my hereafter
But I, I still feel for you after you go
You, you know better than to cry
Cry about it

You're in my heart
I'm in your hand
You drop me off
I miss you and you
You give me something to cry about

This is your rock
This is your land
Take up your cross
Strike up the band

And I, I still feel for you after you go
And you, you know better than to cry
And I, I still feel for you after you go
And you, you know better than to cry
Cry about it
Cry about it
Cry about it
Cry about, cry about, cry, cry

Dandelion Wine

(Ron Sexsmith)

And when I think of her
It's with the warmest thoughts
I took so much from her
I really learned a lot

How to dust off my heart
How to make it shine
How to take a field of dandelions
And make dandelion wine

Such sweet and simple days
Though bitter tasted the wine
We drank it anyway
For love had made it fine
When the world was young
When the road was bright
And the morning poured
Its golden light
Like dandelion wine

Oh I believed in us
Long before deceit and lust
Had lost the trust
Forgive me girl
Forgive me girl

Now when I sing to you
It's with a heavy heart
I took a love that was true
And tore it all apart

How can I let go
Of all those times
With the memory of her hand in mine
And dandelion wine
And dandelion wine

Oh I believed in us
Long before deceit and lust
Had lost the trust
Forgive me girl
Forgive me girl

Now when I sing to you
It's with a heavy heart
I took a love that was true
And tore it all apart

How can I let go
Of all those times
With the memory of her hand in mine
And dandelion wine
And dandelion wine

Eyes are The Flowers

(John Southworth)

Eyes are the flowers
That I gaze into
Though I may suffer
From a broken moon

I see a world of light
I see a world I can't describe
In the flowers of your eyes

Eyes are the flowers
So alive with spring
Spring is the fire
That my heart once dreamed

Why on my darkest night
Why when I thought that I would die
Was I dreaming of your eyes

And if eyes are the flowers
Then your love must be the rain
That will heal me
And lift me to grow

And if eyes are the music
Then my heart must be the strings
And if I can see your eyes
Then I know I will be going home

Why on my darkest night
Why when I thought that I would die
Was I dreaming of your eyes

And if eyes are the flowers
Then your love must be the rain
That will heal me
And lift me to grow

And if eyes are the music
Then my heart must be the strings
And if I can see your eyes
Then I know I will be going home

And if I can see your eyes
Then I know I will be going home

Monarch

(Feist)

The Queen had a feint and had a fall
Don't give me ether or open my vein I'm sane
I know I'm sane
I don't give a care for the crown or the shield
I will not protect you or happily yield
To the one who makes me come undone

Who was born and in what way
All the fields and poppies ay
Who was born and in what way
All the fields

The Queen is walking away with only her stockings on
Waving having forbidden pears and song
Valiant and the colours are too gold
The colours of the morning old

Who was born and in what way
All the fields and poppies ay
Who was born and in what way
All the fields

Monarch now lay your jeweled head
Monarch now lay your jeweled head
Monarch now lay your jeweled

Monarch now lay your jeweled head
Monarch now lay your jeweled head
Monarch now lay your jeweled head

The Queen saw the beast in the ribs of the garden
Husband dear you are nearer to the eye
Your throne places you in holy pardon

So why the hand of God
Why the hand of God
Through you is so cruel

Who was born and in what way
Who was born and in what way

Dress Rehearsal Rag

(Leonard Cohen)

Four o'clock in the afternoon
And I didn't feel like very much
I said to myself, "Where are you golden boy,
where is your famous golden touch?"

I thought you knew where all of the elephants lie down
I thought you were the crown prince of all the wheels in Ivory Town

Just take a look at your body now
There's nothing much to save
And a bitter voice in the mirror cries
"Hey, Prince, you need a shave"

Now if you can manage to get your trembling fingers to behave
Why don't you try unwrapping a stainless steel razor blade

That's right, it's come to this
Yes it's come to this
And wasn't it a long way down
Wasn't it a strange way down

There's no hot water
and the cold is running thin
Well, what do you expect
with the kind of places you've been living in
Don't drink from that cup it's all caked and cracked along the rim

That's not the electric light, my friend
That is your vision growing dim
Cover up your face with soap, there, now you're Santa Claus
And you've got a gift for anyone who will give you his applause

I thought you were a racing man
Ah, but you couldn't take the pace
That's a funeral in the mirror
And it's stopping at your face

That's right, it's come to this
Yes it's come to this
And wasn't it a long way down
Ah wasn't it a strange way down

Once there was a path
And a girl with chestnut hair
And you passed the summers
Picking all of the berries that grew there

There were times she was a woman
There were times she was just a child
And you held her in the shadows
Where the raspberries grow wild

And you climbed the twilight mountains
And you sang about the view
And everywhere that you wandered
Love seemed to go along with you

That's a hard one to remember
It makes you clench your fist
And then the veins stand out like highways
All along your wrist

That's right it's come to this,
It's come to this
And wasn't it a long way down
Wasn't it a strange way down

You can still find a job
Go out and talk to a friend
On the back of every magazine
There are those coupons you can send

Why don't you join the Rosicrucians
They will give you back your hope
You can find your love with diagrams
On a plain brown envelope

But you've used up all your coupons
Except the one that seems
To be written on your wrist
Along with several thousand dreams

Now Santa Claus comes forward
That's a razor in his mit
And he puts on his dark glasses
And he shows you where to hit

And then the cameras pan
The stand in stunt man
Dress rehearsal rag
It's just a dress rehearsal rag
Just a dress rehearsal rag

Beauty lives

Count me out

A cup of coffee
Out on the freeway
I hear the morning geese
I think of beaches
Maybe of dying
I buy a magazine

Change the channels
Change the bed sheets
Envy my children’s dreams
Frozen dinner
Dull conversation
What does it all mean

If this is the car
That i’m to drive to the job
That i must keep for a house
And a man i don’t love
Then count me out

Measure the minutes
Wait for the weekend
Something will happen then
I’ll drink ‘til something
Comes out of hiding
‘til i believe again

But then it’s
Change the channels
Change the bed sheets
Envy my children’s dreams
Frozen dinner
Dull conversation
What does it all mean

Everything by The gallon

Everything by the gallon
Nothing at all half-way
He said to me
It’s the only way, only way
And when i meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
Cause i’ve heaved and wept and overslept
I’ve squeezed out every drop

Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing, lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet i’ll be dancing soon

When did my fine attentions turn
Away from the task at hand
Drink up drink up,
If you call yourself a man

And when i meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
‘cause i heaved and wept and overslept
I squeezed out every drop

Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing, lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet i’ll be dancing soon

My song

I am not beaten
No not yet
The fire is hot, but not blinding
Vultures are circling
They think i’m dead
But my weary heart still beats

I have my song
I have my song
I have my song

Alone in the ocean
Where’s the life guard?
I wait so long for a boat
Endless horizon
No land in sight
But somehow i’m still afloat

I have my song
I have my song
I have my song

Ogoni star

There’s an ogoni star in the sky shining, shining bright
Do you see their star in the sky shining, shining bright

You can’t say you’re not afraid
You can’t say you’re not afraid
But if i stop to wrestle with why
Dawn will come and i’ll have missed the night

So dance o people
Dance
Sing away your lonely tears
Dance for freedom
Dance
Sing away your lonely tears

Do you see their stars in the sky, shining, shining bright
I see stars of my sisters in the sky, shining, shining bright

You can’t say you’re not afraid
You can’t say you’re not afraid
But if i stop to wrestle with why
Dawn will come and i’ll have missed the night

So dance o people
Dance
Sing away your lonely tears
Dance for freedom
Dance
Sing away your lonely tears

Sadie

Sadie wait a while
I’ve got to prepare the world for that sadie smile
You’re gonna be so strong
Not like your mother who’s been crying
For so long
You know she lets it bring her down
You know she lets it bring her down

Sadie i’m scared for you
Sadie i’m scared for you
Gonna catch all the bad guys
And lock ‘em in the zoo

That’s what i’d do for you
Sometimes i’ve lost your face
I forgot how real you feel and i
Wanted it all to go away
But you’re gonna be so strong
Not like your mother who’s been fighting
For so long
You know she let’s it bring her down
You’re not gonna let it bring you down

Sadie i’m scared for you
Sadie i’m scared for you
Gonna catch all the bad guys
And lock ‘em in the zoo

Sadie i’m scared for you
Sadie i’m scared for you
Gonna mark all the bad guys
With purple tattoos
That’s right that’s what i’d do
For you

Closer

Why do I hide from you
Why do I play this game
Telling myself let go
I know I know i know
O I know
I hear the screaming dark
It’s the misery of my doubt
Yours are the safest arms and still i can’t get out

Paralyzed and freezing
Your truth has left me bleeding
And closer than i’ve ever been

This body of winter bones
The glacier hands I’ve known
Have ripped up the landscape here, but
You make it warm so warm

Paralyzed and freezing
You truth has left me bleeding
And closer than I’ve ever been

Is it that you want me
Or is it that you’re lonely or
Closer than you’ve ever been


Hooligans

Where does the mail go when it rains
Lost in the cartwheel of a plane
Over the ocean blue
I’m sending out my words to you

Tiniest music you ever heard
Tucked in the wings of silver birds
I have just a little light
But i’m shining with all my might

To the hooligans
Poking beauty with a stick again
I’m mad and praying with my dirty hands
That one day we’ll meet

Where did my mail go to the skies
Lost in the trails of butterflies
I’ve been waiting oh so long
But the pain of the world comes to my dreams
Blood and commercials, gasoline
I have just a little light
But i’m shining with all my might

To the hooligans
Poking beauty with a stick again
Mad and praying with my dirty hands
That one day we’ll meet

Worthy friend
Let them race until they understand
‘til it’s dark and all the money’s spent
All the money’s spent

Hooligans
Tip your hat and raise your mighty pen
We’ll be raging ‘til the very end
To the very end

The right words

You will find the right words
Just you wait and see
They’ll be falling from the rooftops
On a blossom-covered breeze

And the song you need to hear
It will be singing through the trees
Are you listening
Don’t you see

You are on the right path
You will realize
That the tears are there to leave you
With a brighter pair of eyes
And the pain that you’ve been fighting
Is an angel in disguise
It is love and love,
Love is wise

Throw your heart into the ocean
Throw your heart into the sea
You will find that all the right words
Just come out naturally
There’s still time to notice
Still time to believe
That a door at last will open
Where doubt and darkness used to be
And that the paradise you long for
Is underneath your feet
What are you runnin’ for
Where’ve you been

Throw your heart into the ocean
Throw your heart into the sea
You will find that all the right words
Just come out naturally

I do

Half afraid of the stars
When i gaze at the skies
Oh my death is a flirt
And he fills up my eyes

Do you wake in the night
To the eyes you don’t see
To the horrible sound
Of your heart being weak

I do know love, i do know love
I do

Should we listen to love
The emergency there
He’s a man with a cane
At the end of the stairs
I erase my sad ways
And i throw myself in
I believe and believe
‘til belief wears thin

I do know love, i do know love
I do

Glenn gould song

I have my favorite shadows
Ghosts and other quotes bizarre
Sometimes i believe i’m your mistress
Sometimes you are dying in my arms

You visit when i am listening to the earth turn
You ask me if i know your name
I can smell the sweetness of the silence
I wonder if your lips taste quite the same

O love, o love bigger than i had planned
Oh love, i love a stranger a lonely man

Can I have a picture of your calm face
You can have the space behind my eyes
When we finally meet to drink some tea
I somehow know it won’t be a surprise

Oh love, oh love, it’s silly, its juvenile
I love, i love a quiet, a dead man’s smile
Oh love, oh love, bigger than i had planned
I love, i love, a stranger, a lonely man

Land & sea

Life

Nights, nights, of the ice age
When soft, the land was asleep
Like the ice, ice in our memories
Melting finally

In the fire of life
Life
Oh, a heat divine
Life
This fire that created universes
Life, life...

Their old world in ruins
The dreamers fell to their knees
No common war to arrange them
They dreamt of common peace

It’s the end, end of an empire
No more lines in the sand
And the dawn dawn of a new world
Gone, imperial man

In the fire of life
Life
Oh, a heat divine
Life
This fire that created universes
Life, life

The day we Saved the world

This place
Was in horrible shape
And no one wanted to see

That’s when
Hope rose up again
To shake us all from our sleep

And we woke up singing

Get up get up there’s time there’s time
Get up get up and fight and fight
Get up get up and see the light
That was on the day,
The day we saved the world

One day
You will have to face
The same emergency days

Believe now
That your heart will know how
To make the magical change

And we’ll all start singing

Get up get up there’s time there’s time
Get up get up and fight and fight
Get up get up and see the light
That was on the day
The day we saved the world

I remember the waters rising again
I remember the fields of green
I remember the windmills turning around

When blind
What a beast is mankind
What a god when he sees

And when we all start singing

Set it free

Woman in present danger
Banking on some lost puzzle piece
Somebody rearrange her
Tell her she’s got all she needs

But what do I do with my sorrow
Well if you’re asking me

Set it free
Throw it into the sea
Get it under your feet
Oh let go of the leash
You gotta set if free

Runnin’ your poor self ragged
Trying to outrace these stubborn blues
Baby put down that baggage!
Oh that story’s old news

But what do i do with my sorrow
Well if you’re asking me

So what’s the use
Untie the noose
Feel it, it’s just a moment away

Imagine the peace
When you set it free
So please...

Everybody’s on tv

Oh divided young
Cat has got your tongue
You don’t say anything
When all around you the clock is ticking

Don’t know what to say
Say it anyway
It’s all an opera
With your aria not yet written

And now we’re lining up to see
The movie of our vanity

Everybody
Everybody
Everybody’s on tv

Doctor doctor please
It’s still the same disease
But it’s hard to operate
When the patient’s alive and kickin’

How to slow us down
Enough to look around
‘cause the unexamined life
Well it’s certainly not worth living

Now we’re lining up to see
The movie of our vanity!

Everybody
Everybody
Everybody’s on tv

So beautiful a screen
From the sublime to the obscene
In the land of tv

Who needs a life to lead
When you can watch it all for free

Amen

Tired of this game
Tired of this race
Tired of these chains
That bind me

Wanna be free
Free to let go
Let all that is good
Inspire me

And I
I keep running on empty
Thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
That if I open up my heart will someone say
Amen

Tired of this scene
And all that it means
No company cool
Will define me

Tired of this screen
Staring at me
No radiant box
Can confine me

And I
I keep running on empty
Thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
If I open up my heart someone will say
Amen

And out of the dark, the darkest night
I want to follow my heart into the light
So what am I waiting for

I keep running on empty
Thinking maybe I’ll see a sign
And if I open up my heart someone will say
Amen

I am a light

All are deserving of
This love so great great great
It’s inexhaustible
So give it all away

And don’t ask anymore
What is my way way way
You are a miracle
So let it play play play

I am a light
I am a light
A light a light a light

There is no hurry now
I take it slow - ow – ow
I don’t need anything
I am the one I love

But it’s hilarious
‘Cause all the while-ile-ile
All I can dream about
Is how to make you smile

I am a light
I am a light
A light a light a light

The source of everything
Is in our eye-eye-eyes
I see the good in yours
Seeing the good in mine

I am a light
I am a light
A light a light a light

New pair of eyes

Everything’s tender again
The veil fell apart in my hands
Every tree in the city is marvelling with me
We’re watching the miracle dance

Everything’s coming alive
Strangers are meeting my eyes
It’s like a ray of sun
Shines out of everyone
And I

I have a new pair of eyes
And oh, I
Love how the world, oh it shines

It came for me there in the dark
Where everything luminous starts
I whisper at last, and though i know it must pass
The sails have come out in my heart

A mystery man came to my door
He said “all that you wanted is yours
Throw out your jars of tears
All of the useless fears,
You won’t need them anymore!”

Girls hating girls

You don’t really wanna know me, do you
No, you’d rather overthrow me, it’s alright
I can see it in your mannered lack of manners
Thirty-something can be one big high school
I knew that before i came here, but tonight I don’t care

Line ‘em up, line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
The words we use to light the fuse
Girls hating girls

Line ‘em up, line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
I’ve seen your kind a thousand times
Girls hating girls

All the ones who wanna tear you down are
Always coulda woulda should haves, it’s alright
I don’t blame you for the mannered lack of manners
But I’m not in the demolition business
So you take your party elsewhere ‘cause tonight I don’t care

When you’ve got lovely friends like these
I ask you who needs enemies
You shoot to kill I aim to please

Line ‘em up, line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
The words we use to light the fuse
Girls hating girls

Line ‘em up, line ‘em up
Knock ‘em down, knock ‘em down
I’ve seen your kind a thousand times
Girls hating girls

A game, a crime, a waste of time
Girls hating girls

Society song

Please don’t waste your pity votes on me
I have riches you could never see
So fix your sad eye
On someone worthier
I’ve got somethin’ better up my sleeve

Tuesday night down at the monster’s ball
I’ve got dirty laundry on them all
And I’d crack the whip and burn down this house of cards

But my inner-cinderella calls

Sing your society song
It never changes
I will not sing along
But how did you get it so wrong
In a room of strangers
I’m glad i don’t belong

I’m not one to rage against the scene
A nicer girl there’s surely never been
But you take the grand prize
In ego-tist-icat-acrobatic master of conceit
Too much for me

Sing your society song
It never changes
I will not sing along
But how did you get it so wrong
In a room of strangers
I’m glad I don’t belong

I take it as it comes
No shakin’ in my shoes
That’s for you and truth of

Just who you have become
The company you keep
Bittersweet on the tongue

The cosmic ballet

One said april is the cruelest month
When worn out promises return
But there’s more wisdom in the iris bud
Than all our centuries of words

See as the flower opens
What is there to say
Oh, hear the vow unspoken
In its sweet decay
This eternity of ebb and flowing
Oh the cosmic ballet

All my life I tried to kill this longing
Tried to cure it, make it right
But how it tugs me to my destined places
Like a moon upon the tides

How can the dream be broken
If the dreamer learns
These are the fires I poke in
But I’m never burned
Ebb and flowing of an ancient ocean...
Oh the cosmic ballet

Sweet dancing
Sweet dancing
A dancer you must be

Sick woman in a sick bed waiting
Light fast fading in her eyes
Somewhere else another light is forming
Turning into newborn cries

On the wind is sighing
Calling out our names
Saying no, no there is no dying
Only changing face
You my darling are the rest and motion
Of the cosmic ballet

Sweet dancing
Sweet dancing
And dancers you shall be

Everything by The gallon

Everything by the gallon
Nothing at all half-way
He said to me
It’s the only way, only way

And when I meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
‘Cause I’ve heaved and wept and overslept
I’ve squeezed out every drop

Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet I’ll be dancing soon

When did my fine attentions turn
Away from the task at hand
Drink up drink up
If you call yourself a man

And when I meet my dying day
I won’t be watching the clock
‘Cause I heaved and wept and overslept
I squeezed out every drop

Beauty lives and it’s out there
There’ll be songs to sing lengths to go to
This is just the beginning
I am on my feet I’ll be dancing soon

The devil & the dove

One tall tree in the meadow
One bright bloom on the bough
All of life is this longing
To lay your body down

One hand holding the devil’s
One hand holding the dove
Fools will bet on their horses
Wise men learn to love

Oh, deep
Oh, deep is love

One path grows in the distance
One path now overgrown
It can seem too rough for the walking
But you never walk alone

Endless boats all arriving
On an ever widening shore
There is no door to the kingdom
The kingdom is the door

Oh, deep
Oh, deep is love

Napoleon

Under great golden statues
There is an ancient grave
The emperor’s foot is restless
There’s something he wants to say

To the princes of lazy science
And merchants of holy war
He had but one instruction
Be careful with metaphor

So every nation be warned
As soon as the last one is mourned
Another tyrant is born

To the pirates that came to follow
Itchin’ to wrench on the reigns of force
Napoleon sent a message
Don’t get high on your only horse

Mother I’ve fear of madness
‘Cause I’ve heard him call my name
I followed his ghostly finger
I saw the world in flames

Attention archers

Attention archers, a soldier down
He ran off with a dancer from out of town
Now I’m a widow but I’m not taken out
It’s the way you dance, not the gown

I came to death’s door and turned the key
But over my shoulder, a symphony
Do i hear music, is life not done with me
Back to earth you go, one two three

Dip your feet in the ocean
Warm your hands by the fire
Do not cry any longer
I am on your side

My dear the mission is incomplete
Of course you can cry but you can’t retreat
Where is your wisdom, where is the laugh so sweet
In this marching band, you can’t miss a beat

Dip your feet in the ocean
Warm your hands by the fire
Do not cry any longer
I am on your side

Do not cry any longer
I am on your side
I’m on your side

You’re not alone

Endeavour to go into it
Until sign appears
Don’t be afraid of anything
You are guided

It will never be as we imagine it
Unless we imagine it to be
I wonder where you are now
I hear you calling me

I’m telling you you’re not alone
A kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
Like a waking dream
No you’re not alone

You cannot see or listen to
The very heart of life
It isn’t there, then suddenly
You feel it

Going no direction it is everywhere
Knowing every word it makes no sound
I was no believer
But I am certain now

Certain that we’re not alone
A kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
Like a waking dream
No you’re not alone

There isn’t time for anything but mercy

Everything is giving birth to everything
Nothing in the world is as it seems
Light upon the water
That is the light in me

And it’s telling me you’re not alone
A kind of light flows through it all
I hear a voice inside my own
Like a waking dream
And no you’re not alone

The one true love

All across the battlefield
Bells of death and sorrow peeled
But in the air above the silence
There were birds
A song that rose from the earth
A song of mourning
The yearning
Yearning of the one true love

The world, at last, our only church
We bow to thank the universe
For blessings and distressing revelations
Every word
Every whisper you heard
Even the darkness is burning
Burning with the one true love

The magic wand of empathy
Said I am you and you are me
But somewhere on the way we have forgotten
Who we are
And we drifted so far
But now and ever
Returning, turning to the one true

Love undoes the mystery
Of time before and yet to be
The axle of a wheel that’s ever-turning is now
As within, so without
Feel it in you, the yearning
Yearning of the one true love

Let us sing a final verse
Lovers dance it unrehearsed
The beating of their hearts is an ovation
For God
This name we give to it all
Wherein the names all dissolve
And turn into the one true love

The right words

You will find the right words
Just you wait and see
They’ll be falling from the rooftops
On a blossom covered breeze
And the song you need to hear
It will be singing through the trees
Are you listening
Don’t you see

You are on the right path
You will realize
The tears are there to leave you
With a brighter pair of eyes
And the pain that you’ve been fighting
Is an angel in disguise
It is love
And love is wise

Throw your heart into the ocean
Throw your heart into the sea
You will find that all the right words
Just come out naturally

There’s still time to notice
Still time to believe
That a door at last will open where doubt and
Darkness used to be
And that the paradise you long for
It’s underneath your feet
Whatcha runnin for
Where’ve you been

My eyes & your eyes

Party of all parties we’re in the middle of the whirl
Laughing, dancing, music and champagne
My eyes and your eyes, we are the axis of the world
And it’s turning, turning

And if I die tonight my heart will be overfull
This is almost too much beautiful
My eyes and your eyes closing underneath the stars
And you kiss me, kiss me

Your mind touches my mind and there’s
A fireworks display
Still burning, burning

Non Albums Tracks

Closer

Why do I hide from you?
Why do I play this game?
Telling myself let go I know I know

I know I know I know
Oh I know

I hear the screaming dark
It's the misery of my doubt
Yours are the safest arms and still I can't get out

Paralyzed and freezing your
Truth has left me bleeding and
Closer than I've ever been

This body of winter bones
The glacier hands I've known
Ripped up the landscape here but you make it warm, so warm.

Paralyzed and freezing your
Truth has left me bleeding and
Closer than I've ever been

Comfortably Numb

(Pink Floyd cover / Pink Floyd Redux LP)

Hello
Is there anybody in there
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone home

Come on now
I hear you're feeling down
I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again

Relax
I need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ships smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I cant hear what you're saying

When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
And now I got that feeling once again
I can't explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
And I have become comfortably numb

Ok
Just a little pinprick
There'll be no more
But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up
I do believe it's working good
That'll keep you going for the show
Come on, it's time to go

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown, the dream is gone
And I have become comfortably numb

Compatriots

(The Baroness Redecorates EP)

I saw my compatriots walking that nightfall
Soccer games blaring from every cafe
It's amazing how life can go somehow unnoticed
Somehow so loud it rattles your brain
My eyes digesting the infinite parcels
Beauty and ugliness, matter and light
Oh saint, oh sinner
Oh ancient beginner
Oh trembling river of life

Forgive me sir
I know not the magic words
Is it the fever first
And then the fire

The neighbour above me is slamming his windows
Insults bounce off me like peppercorn rain
I'll answer him later, return the favour
When I have perfected Parisian disdain
The city is bristling, biting its fingers
Bellies are full of the same butterflies
Countdown the seconds in twenty-five languages
Oh the millions of eyes

Forgive me sir
I know not the magic words
Is it the fever first
And then the fire

Forgive me sir
I know not the magic words
Is it the fever first
And then the fire

Forgive me sir
I know not the magic words
Is it the fever first
And then the fire

I know not the magic words
Is it the fever first
And then the fire
And then the fire

Hear Me Out

(The Baroness Redecorates EP)

I used to know the way inside
How to mend the broken look in your eye
But now the look is out of reach
I can only see the trust you don't have in me

Hear me out, I'm not your enemy
If there's doubt, there doesn't need to be
I'm around, I'm always going to be
So, before you go, hear me out

Think that you're the only one
There's something in your heart blocking out the sun
Everytime the fire went out I would always go to you
Now I don't know how

Hear me out, I'm not your enemy
If there's doubt, there doesn't need to be
I'm around, I'm always going to be
So, before you go, hear me out

Hear me out, I'm not your enemy
If there's doubt, there doesn't need to be
I'm on your side, that's where I want to be
So, before you go

Hear me out, I'm not your enemy
If there's doubt, there doesn't need to be
I'm around, I'm always going to be
So, before you go

Hear me out, I'm not your enemy
There doesn't need to be
I'm on your side, that's where I want to be
So, before you go, hear me out

I used to know the way inside

Lilac Wine

(Words by J. Shelton / Live)

I lost myself on a cool damp night
I gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree

I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see
And be what I want to be

I drink more than I ought to drink
I do things I never should do
I think much more than I ought to think
Because it brings me back you

Lilac wine is sweet and heady
Like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady
Where's my love

Listen to me, I cannot see clearly
Isn't that she coming to me
Nearly here

Lilac wine is sweet and heady
Like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady
Where's my love

Listen to me, why is everything so hazy
Isn't that she, or am I just going crazy, dear

Lilac wine, I feel unready for my love
I feel unready for my love

Missing Me

(The Breithaupt Brothers feat. Sarah Slean / Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Vol. II LP)

I miss the way I was with you
A better person - hey, it's true
I miss the funny way you'd cock your head
When kissing me
I even miss our usual fight
The making up by candlelight
Bu tmore than anything I'd have to say
I'm missing me

I miss that sense of deja vu
The first times I was with you
I miss the way you sometimes laughed
While you were kissing me
I miss the woman I'd have been
If I had really let you in
Yeah, most of all I guess I'd have to say
I'm missing me

And how I would have held you now
And what you might have said
How I'd have made hat solemn vow
If I could just
If I could only, only
If I could just get out of my head

And how I would have held you now
And what you might have said
How I'd have made hat solemn vow
If I could just
If I could only, only

I miss those big ideas and dreams
The lazy nighs, the crazy schemes
I miss the way you held my hand
While you were kissing me
I miss our Sunday Scrabble game

Your picture in that picture frame
I'm missing you and can't help wonder
Are you missing me

Modern Man I & II

(The Baroness Redecorates EP)

This is modern man
Leaning out a window
Lonely for the music of
A ferris wheel or birthday party

Time will take his hand
Lead him to the gate and
When he turns around, he knows
He can't go back
He can't have Eden, no

The road is overgrown
At the end of words
At the end of mathematics
Mystery absurd
At once both fascinates and terrifies and

Oh but nevermind
He's working on the numbers
Take apart the door, he longs
To quantify the miracle
But oh

There are those things that he will never know
Though he can feel them

Pearl of blue and white
Dangling like an orchid
From the unseen fishing rod
Of some amazing architect
Or not

Is this the truth we knew and then forgot
Maybe the lies are all that we've got
But aren't they beautiful

Oh Man!

Oh man, I think I did it again
Oh man I think I messed up the plan
And he calls whenever he please
And I’ll get on my knees
Oh man, oh man, oh man

Oh jees, here come the secret police
The rochester peeps, they’ve got no time for me
And he calls whenever he please
And I’ll get on my knees
Oh man, oh man, oh man

Oh no, we’re at the sarah harmer show
She’s coming up next you know
What else rhymes with show?
And he calls whenever he please
I’ll get on my knees
Oh man, oh man, oh man

Oh no, oh no oh no!
Oh man, Oh man, Oh man…

Parasol

( Exclusive Track when preordering The Baroness )

Long neck, shipwrecked terrified swan
Lies in her mind left a burner on
We crowd into the grand salon
We're watching the mansion burn

And I'm not quite down with the way they roll
They throw knives from their eyes at my parasol
And I'm only human after all
Go easy on me

Oh it's not like a country lane
A day on the beach in Spain
I'm courting a madness
I cannot explain

Oh Virginia
We didn't know you had it in you
Oh Sweet Virginia

And I coughed this up in a sooty perfume
Out of my mouth like a feather plume
And now here's one more crazy tune
Adversity rings my bell

And the wound came loose with a terrible stench
The pain left a stain on my piano bench
And I chased it with a monkey wrench
Cursing in my broken French

It's not like a country lane
A day on the beach in Spain
I'm courting a madness
I cannot explain

Oh Virginia
We didn't know you had it in you
Oh Sweet Virginia

And no you can't play that in this serious hall
Only apes wearing capes get the curtain call
Your invitation to the ball
Must be lost in the mail

And I don't quite feel like working this crowd
The rest has requested that I dumb it down
They'll run your circus right out of town
If you won't abide, but it's suicide

Not like a country lane
A day on the beach in Spain
I'm courting a madness
I cannot explain

Oh Virginia
We didn't know you had it in you
Oh Sweet Virginia

We didn't know you had it in you
Oh Sweet Virginia

The difference is why

( Lenny Kravitz Cover / Live )

I’m just a human
I never said I was God
And each day I wonder where you are
How could our lives once be so together
Now we’re apart
I know we can make it
But where do we start

Sometimes the scales get unbalanced
Don’t you know the reason why
The difference is why, the difference is why

You say you can’t trust me
Have you tried
You say you don’t love me
That’s a lie
There are so many so many rainbows
That we were to climb
But baby baby why can’t we survive

We’ve got to get our heads untangled
And free our state of mind
The difference is why,
Hey yeah, hou!, the difference is why

Sometimes the scales get unbalanced
Don’t you know the reason why
The difference is why
Yeah ! , the difference is why
Does this have to mean goodbye

Us And Them

(Pink Floyd cover / Pink Floyd Redux LP)

Us
And them
And after all
We're only ordinary men

Me
And you
God only knows
It's not what we would choose to do

Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
The general sat and the lines on the map
Moved from side to side

Black
And blue
And who knows which is which
And who is who

Up
And down
But in the end
It's only round and round

Haven't you heard
It's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside

Down
And out
It can't be helped
But there's a lot of it about

With
without
And who'll deny
It's what the fighting's all about

Out of the way
It's a busy day
I've got things on my mind
For the want of the price
Of tea and a slice
The old man died

What Child Is This

(Christmas carol)

What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come, peasant, king to praise Him
The King of kings salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone him

Raise, raise a song on high
The Virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The babe, the Son of Mary

The Son of Mary
The Son of Mary
The Son of Mary
The Son of Mary
The Son, the Son, the Son of Mary
The Son of Mary
The Son of Mary
The Son of Mary

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