B i o g r a p h y
 (by Chris True)

Part of the nouveau psych-folk movement that took shape as the first decade of the 21st century drew to a close, the American-born singer/songwriter Alela Diane got her start thanks to a well-received, self-released recording (2003's Forest Parade) and a helping hand from established scenester Joanna Newsom. After a short stint with the group Black Bear and a European vacation, Diane returned to the States and began work on her next album, which saw the light of day as The Pirate's Gospel in 2004. It caught the attention of small label Holocene Music, which reissued the album in 2006 with new artwork and a revised track listing.

The Pirate's Gospel was critically well received, and over the next year and a half, Alela Diane's star was on the ascent. A 10" vinyl five-song EP, Songs Whistled Through White Teeth, was released in the U.K. in 2006, and Diane toured extensively in both the United States and the British Isles during the following year. In 2008, she toured Europe once again and found time to record an album with Headless Heroes, a side project whose debut album, The Silence of Love, was a collection of cover songs. Her next solo LP, To Be Still, marked her debut for Rough Trade in 2009. Although it was universally well-received by critics, Diane ditched the album's hushed, intimate appeal in favor of a beefier sound, which was unveiled on 2011's Alela Diane & Wild Divine. Toward the end of her marriage to Wild Divine's guitarist Tom Bevitori, Diane began writing songs that would ultimately comprise 2013's About Farewell, a stark, honest portrayal of their break-up.




Forest Parade
- Self-released - 2003 -

 

Brown Dirt
Red Tin Roof
Her garden

Unraveling
The Snow
In your voice

You

Blue swallows

The axe

Clothesline

I'm Sorry
Strong daughter

For tonight


The Pirate's Gospel
- 2006-10-24 -



Tired feet
The rifle
The pirate's gospel
Foreign tongue
Can you blame the sky
(a.k.a mother's love)
Something's gone awry
Pieces of string
Clickity clack
Sister self
Pigeon song
Oh! my mama

Gypsy Eyes (Hidden track)

The Silence of Love
- 2008-11-12 - with Headless Heroes



True Love Will Find You In The End
Just One Time
Here Before
Just Like Honey
To You
Blues Run The Game
Hey, Who Really Cares
Nobody's Baby Now
The North Wind Blew South
See My Love

To Be Still
- 2009-02-17 -



Dry Grass and Shadows
White as Diamonds
Age Old Blue
To Be Still
Take Us Back
The Alder Trees
My Brambles
The Ocean
Every Path
Tatted Lace
Lady Divine
 

Wild Divine
- 2011-04-04 -



To Begin
Elijah
Long Way Down
Suzanne
The Wind
Of Many Colors
Desire
Heartless Highway
White Horse
Rising Greatness

About Farewell
- 2013-06-24 -



Colorado Blue
About Farewell
The Way We Fall
Nothing I Can Do
Lost Land
I Thought I Knew
Before the Leaving
Hazel Street
Black Sheep
Rose & Thorn

Cold Moon
- 2015-10-16 -



Quiet Corner
Migration
The Sun Today
No Thought of Leaving
Cold Moon
Shapeless
Shift
Roy

Non Albums Tracks
 - Misc -

Amidst the Movement
Bowling Green
Crying Wolf
I Have Returned
Matty Groves
Slow Your Dancing
Up North
 


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Forest Parade

Brown Dirt

Can I light a match
To scorch away the snow mounts
Creek bad veins
Can I light a match
To scorch away the snow mounts
Creek bad veins

She goes away
Flows from me
Too freely
She goes away
Flows from me
Too freely

I am brown dirt
Left upon the shore
Where boats they once came
To leave what now remains

I am brown dirt
Left upon the shore
Where boats they once came
To leave what now remains

And I am here
I am here
I came into it but real soon
Go to find some other tree bark
To unfold another concrete block
To sit on for a while

She goes away
Flows from me
Too freely
She goes away
Flows from me
Too freely

I am brown dirt
Left upon the shore
Where boats they once came
To leave what now remains

I am brown dirt
Left upon the shore
Where boats they once came
To leave what now remains

And I am here
I am here
I came into it but, will soon
Go to find some other tree bark
To unfold another concrete block
To sit on for a while

Until the days are done
The days are done (x2)
Until the days are done
The days are done (x2)
Until the days are done
The days are done...
The days are done (x2)

Red Tin Roof

A frost covered the ground this way
Bit the lilacs petals, turned them brown
They are not in blue pitchers
On the kitchen table anymore

'Cause my mother is down in Mexico somewhere
And I don't know if she's ever coming back
And my father we talk on the telephone sometimes
But the wires, they're not long enough to fill this hole
And my brother it's nice to hear his voice
And reminisce about how we all used to live there
Under the red red red red tin roof

Now all separate we walked away
But I need a grasp to take the cold from my hands
A place to lean on so I can feel those strong breaths again
To feel the shape without the light
Or to sit in the gleam of the living room again

But my mother is down in Mexico somewhere
And I don't know if she's ever coming back
And my father we talk on the telephone sometimes
But the wire they're not long enough to fill this hole
And my brother it's nice to hear his voice
To reminisce about how we used to live there
Under the red red red red tin roof

Will someone please please help me
Unlock this skeleton from this flesh rest
I think it wants to walk away to some place that no longer exists
Why can't we back track
So we can all sit up on that hill
And watch the trees along the fence grow
All over again
Why can't we back track so we can all sit up on that hill
And watch the trees along the fence grow
All over again

'Cause my mother is down in Mexico somewhere
And I don't know if she's ever coming back
And my father we talk on the telephone sometimes
But the wires they're not long enough to fill this whole
And my brother it's nice to hear his voice
To reminisce about how we all used to live there
Under the red red red red tin roof

But never again will I hear the rain fall
So good
Never again will I hear the rain fall
So good
Like it did on the red, the red tin roof

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

Unraveling

Oh, there's something unraveling
I can hear it pulling on my heart strings
And I'm not sure who put these boots on our feet
But we're still walking, walking, walking
Talking about how it used to be

And if you find a seashell
Do you wonder where the life that lived there once has gone
If you find a seashell
Do you wonder where the life that lived there once has gone
'Cause I do
I do

And will we still remember when the light is
Vacant from the lamp
And how can we plant a garden when the soil has felt these
Seeds of change

And when you feel the heart flames
Do you ask yourself who lit the match
When you feel the heart flames
Do you ask yourself who lit the match
'Cause I do
I do

And we all agree that something
Something must be done
But no one has any suggestions
And no one has any answers
To the questions
So i ask you

When the trees are falling
Do you find yourself covering your ears
When the trees are falling
Do you find yourself covering your ears
Cause if don't hear it you can pretend
If don't hear it you can pretend
If don't hear it you can pretend
They're still standing there

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

The Snow

As I close my eyes, I listen to the freeway
As I close my eyes, I listen to the freeway
As I close my eyes, I listen to the freeway

I miss the days when
I could hear my mother's bracelets
As she walked down the hall
I could hear the sound of her bracelets as she walked

But what happened to you and all the things you used to say
Because today there's a dark cloud
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head

And from now on the snow must fall
But maybe tomorrow it will melt
And I'll look in your eyes now
It brings me down, down, down, down, down, down

The trees in your backyard
They wither somehow
And I feel a lot like them now
And I lay in your bed now
I want to listen to the blood pump through your veins
But I don't feel like I can now

And what happened to you and all the things you used to say
Because today there's a dark cloud
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head

And from now on the snow must fall
But maybe tomorrow it will melt

And soon I'll be back home
And I'll listen to the cars once more
And I'll hope that we'll walk in moonlight
Talk about the world
We'll wake up real early to watch the rising sun
And then I'll look into your eyes
And I'll know that the snow will never fall again

But what happened to you and all the things you used to say
Because today there's a dark cloud
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head
There's a dark cloud up above my head

And from now on the snow must fall
But maybe tomorrow it will melt
I hope that it will melt
You say it might

I'm Sorry

Oh, I want to say
I'm sorry
I didn't mean to play
Such a sad song

It's clearly about you
It's clearly about you

And I want to say
I'm sorry
For making you recall
What is now gone

And I want to say
I'm sorry
For making you recall
What is now gone

And I want to say
I'm sorry
For this tune has become
A sad song

It's clearly about you
It's clearly about you
And I'm sorry

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

The Pirate's Gospel

Tired Feet

My tired feet
My tired, tired feet
My tired feet
Oh my tired feet
My tired feet brought me to that red boat
So still and foreign waters

And although I've never been here
Although I've never been here
I know that here I've swam before
Here I've swam before

And soon I came
Oh so soon I came
Soon I came
Oh so soon I came
Soon I came to the silent place of choir voices

In excelsis deo
Deo

Where Jesus, he keeps the streets out
Jesus he keeps the heat out
Jesus he keeps the noise out
And here oh here I've sung before
Here I've sung before
I know that here I've sung before

Here I've sat, I've run, I've walked, I've cried
I've died
I've slept in till noon and I've laughed and I've sighed
I know that here I've sung before
Oh here I've before
I know that here I've sung before
Here I've sung before

The Rifle

Oh I've been knocking on that door in my sleep
Fight my fireplace glow
I've been knocking on that door in my sleep
Fight my fireplace glow to keep me away,
To keep me away from home

Papa gets the rifle from its place above the French doors
They're coming from the woods
Oh they're coming from the woods

And mama you're running too
Oh my mama you're running too
Mama you're running too
Oh my mama you're running too

Brother I'm so sorry that you watched the Patens burn
And I've been holding onto the gold
When letting go would free my hands
And I've been tying your tongue in a knot
Oh I've been tying your tongue in a knot
To wrap this death, to wrap this death in a sheet

And Papa gets the rifle from its place above the French doors
They're coming from the woods
Oh they're coming from the woods

And mama you're running too
Oh, my mama you're running too
Mama you're running too
Oh, my mama you're running too

Brother I'm so sorry that you watched the Patens burn
I can't hide the dirty pads down there carpet anymore
No, no I can't hide the dirty pads down there carpet anymore
There were too many heavy boots
There were too many heavy boots
There were too many heavy boots
And there were too many big black boots
And there were too many little brown shoes marching though

So I'm counting it to the sky
Oh I'm counting it to the sky
I'm counting it to the sky
Oh I'm counting it to the sky
And moving back
Oh I'm moving back to
Face the lack of home

The Pirate's Gospel

While some folks row way up to heaven
I'm gonna sing the pirate's gospel
I'm gonna sow these feet for dancing
I'm gonna keep my eyes wide open

Yo ho yo ho
Yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho
Sing the pirate's gospel

Add another flame
To our forest
Where big bellied whales
Keep us chanting
We're slapping firey thighs
For tiny dancers
Where the children creep
Until the morning
When the sun does seep
Into our fair flesh
Until the fingernails
Will take us home

Yo ho yo ho
Yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho
Sing the pirate's gospel

While some folks pray
Their path to Jesus
We're gonna sing
The pirate's gospel
We're gonna sow
Our feet for dancing
We're gonna keep
Our eyes wide open
We're gonna sing
The pirate's gospel
We're gonna chant
The pirate's gospel
You'll find us clap
The pirate's gospel

Yo ho yo ho
Yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho ho
Yo ho yo ho
Sing the pirate's gospel
Sing the pirate's gospel

Foreign Tongue

That sidewalk is a river that I fished dry
Oh that sidewalk is a river that I fished dry
And now it's my heavy hand filling the brim
And it hauled me out of their brim

But my coat of arms burns stronger still
But my coat of arms burns stronger still

And foreign tongue ties me here
Foreign tongue ties me here

So hang my slips out with the words between the lines
Oh hang my slips out with the words between the lines
And bow my head to their ears
Bow my head to those ears

I'll never tip-toe across my home ever again
I'll never tip-toe across my home ever again

Ever again
Ever again

And foreign tongue ties me here
Foreign tongue ties me here

Can You Blame The Sky

Can you blame the sky
When a mama leaves her babies behind
Can you blame the sky
When a mama leaves her babies behind

Can you blame the sea
Oh can you blame the sea
'Cause she's a flowing in that water deep

Is it the dirt that you envy so
'Cause in it her strong roots still grow

No, no, no...

I'll blame those birds flocking so
I'll blame those birds flocking so
Blame those birds flocking so
'Cause with them she's a flying
Oh 'cause with them she's flying

All those mamas are flying
They're watching us from above
They're watching us from above
Dropping their feathers with a mother's love

Something's Gone Awry

This crazy, crazy is caught in the forest
And your parcel's in the sand
A cuckoo wind's blowing
Those sparrows are crowing
And dancing birds slow in the sky

'Cause something's gone awry
Something's gone awry
Something's gone awry
Something's gone awry

The night is much colder
My chest is still older
And love wont pirate my heart

Clenched deeply buttoned
The children are buttoned
And leaves will soon fall to the ground

'Cause something's gone awry
Something's gone awry
Something's gone awry
Something's gone awry

Pieces Of String

I'll have you know
I'll have you know

That if I had one
I'd play this on piano
And if I had one of those
I'd sit it on my knee and count to 1, 2, 3

And if I had one of those other things
You know I'd put it in my mouth

And if I had some of those other things
Oh, I'd put them into jars on the shelf

But I'll have you know
Oh, oh I'll have you know

That if I had 10 or 20
I'd have a choir of little children sing along
I'd have a choir of little children sing along

And I'll have you know
I'll have you know

That if she had one
She'd put it in a paper bag
If she had one
She'd put it in a paper bag, oh

This long gone Grandma, would put it in a paper bag
Labelled pieces of string too small to use
Pieces of string too small to use

But her autumn leaves are now the dirt
And those summer winds did blow her hair
But now she's pieces of string to small to use

Clickity Clack

How do you
How do you do
How do you
How do you do it

Music makes her stop pressing those strings firmly to my down
Ground water is drying up to fill my jars again

But then click clack clickity click click click
Clickity clack
Clickity clack
I'm through having your harsh march stare down my size
And punish what young is left in these eyes

And how do I
Oh how do I
How do I
How did I
How can I
How will I
How did I
How can I pick up and go

'Cause I lack the wind and trees and the sunlight in the afternoon
And my button collections need to find a home

And that click clack clickity click click click
Clickity clack
Clickity clack
I'm through having your harsh march stare down my size
And punish what young is left in these eyes

Oh click clack clickity click click click
Clickity clack
Clickity clack

And when I turn my back
And when I turn my back
I'll twirl my little skirt
And it'll be my shoes instead of yours
My shoes instead of yours
My shoes screaming back
Click clack clickity click click click
Clickity clack
Clickity clack

Sister Self

That pole isn't growing in my black solid sky
Solid sky
And pirate ships pulled these shoulders back
But in morning slumber I gripped the slender palm of my hand
And I felt the soft of my flesh
And I stared into my sister self

And we was running, running, running
We was climbing, we was fighting
We was breathing fast
Praying please

We were singing
We were dancing
We were clapping
Singing, dancing, clapping

We were returning to the hills
Bringing buckets drawn from the wells
Returning from to the hills
Bringing buckets drawn from the wells

But I've got to hold my own hand
I've got to hold my own hand
And this is my skin I feel
And these are the teeth that I clench
And the hazel of my sight
Plus the colors she wears is mine
Oh that color she's wearing is mine

And we was running, running, running
We was climbing, we was fighting
We was breathing fast
Praying please

We were singing
We were dancing
We were clapping
Singing, dancing, clapping

We were returning to the hills
Bringing buckets drawn from the wells
Returning from to the hills
Bringing buckets drawn from the wells

Pigeon Song

Street-wise pigeon we see you
Camp on the sidewalk if we don't
Hear you anymore

Where did you loose your voice
And how did you loose the trees
Did they make your tangled feathers glow
Did they let your tattered chest flow

From the blatant backs of buildings
Where stagnate airs heat in the sun
From the blatant backs of buildings
Where stagnate airs heat in the sun

So we put our curtains up and ignore the sounds that break walls down
So we put our curtains up and ignore the sounds that break walls down
Break walls down

Do your potted plants really keep you company
Do your potted plants really keep you company

Oh My Mama

Oh my Mama
She gave me these feathered breaths
Oh my Mama
She told me use your voice,
My little bird

She said sing sing sing sing sing sing melodies
And she sang sang sang sang sang sang melodies

Oh my Mama
She did give me fancy feet
I'll be dancing on
And I'll tap tap tap my toes
Into those creaking floorboards

Oh my Mama
She took my little hand and held on tight
Oh the Mamas
Give the waters of their wells
Oh the Mamas
Give the babies this very dirt we're walking on
Oh my Mama
She gave me these feathered breaths
And your Mama
She gave you those feathered breaths too

And when the sky drops all those feathers
And when the birds sing in the morning
I'll be a mama
I'll have a daughter
I'll be a mama
I'll have a daughter

And I'll give her melodies
I'll give her melodies

And I'll give her melodies
I'll give her melodies

And she'll be
My little bird
And then she'll fly
She'll fly

Gypsy Eyes

One, two, three, four

Paper pockets was my pastel
And from marching maps my finger nails
I scratching for a brave
That's not been wrong yet
That's not been wrong yet

'Cause I was a child with fits of fury
I was a child with fits of fury

And I didn't love my god less
And I didn't need my fall skirt
Oh, I didn't love my god less
And I didn't need my fall skirt

To beg green gypsy eyes
To beg green gypsy eyes

But I've seen you in narrow streets
I've turned some rocky ground
So I prune my trees back
For a stand tall garden
And I've counted some closets
So I, counted some closets

But now I'll knock my
Now I'll knock my
Sorrow shadows
I'll knock my sorrow, shadows

'Cause I was a child with fits of fury
Oh, I was a child with fits of fury

And I didn't love my god bless
And I didn't need my fall skirt
Oh, I didn't love my god bless
And I didn't need my fall skirt

To beg green gypsy eyes
To beg green gypsy eyes

Do you see this holy, holy spirit
Round my neck
Do you see I wear
This holy spirit round my neck
But it's for my sister swallow

So play me pardon
Father son
Play me pardon
Father son (x3)

'Cause I was a child with fits of fury
Oh, I was a child with fits of fury

And I didn't love my god bless
And I didn't need my fall skirt
Oh, I didn't love my god bless
And I didn't need my fall skirt

To beg green gypsy eyes
To beg green gypsy eyes
To beg green gypsy eyes

The Silence of Love

True Love Will Find You In the End

(Daniel Johnston)

True love will find you in the end
You'll find out just who was your friend
Don't be sad, I know you will
But don't give up until
True love will find you in the end

This is a promise with a catch
Only if you're looking will it find you
'Cause true love is searching too
But how can it recognize you
Unless you step out into the light, the light

Don't be sad, I know you will
But don't give up until
True love will find you in the end

Don't be sad, I know you will
But don't give up until
True love will find you in the end
True love will find you in the end

Just One Time

(Juicy Lucy)

Mary Anne, hold my hand
Pretty babe, I understand
You say it's time to grab it blind
Cheering crowds they screw my mind
Just one time, I tell you now
Do your thing, do it loud
The desert sand, the secret plan
Lord's own knowledge is in your hand
Grab a hold and ride that freight
Be yourself, don't hesitate
Be yourself, don't hesitate

Just one time, I tell you now
Do your thing, do it loud
Grab a hold and ride that freight
Be yourself, don't hesitate
Be yourself, don't hesitate

Mary Anne, hold my hand
Pretty babe, I understand

Here Before

(Vashti Bunyan)

Once I had a child
He was wilder than moonlight
He could do it all
Like he'd been here before

Once I had a child
She was smiling like sunshine
She could see it all
Like she'd been here before

Then I had a child
Took his while like northern summer
And he knows it all
Like he's been here before

Just Like Honey

(The Jesus & Mary Chain)

Listen to the girl
As she takes on half the world
Moving up and so alive
In her honey dripping beehive
Beehive, it's good, so good
It's so good, so good

Walking back to you
Is the hardest thing that
I can do
That I can do for you
For you

I'll be your plastic toy
I'll be your plastic toy
For you

Eating up the scum
Is the hardest thing for
Me to do

Just like honey
Just like honey
Just like honey...

To You

(I Am Kloot)

The gods and the saints preserve you
'Cause nobody here deserves you
I'm living my life in flashback
Since I lost my card or cashback

And I've gone to wrack and ruin
Since I don't know what you're doing
There's no clear or present danger
That I see in any stranger

Someone, somewhere said to me
Will someone somewhere set me free
Won't hurry up or harry me
Will someone somewhere marry me
To you, to you, to you, to you

The line on the screen has broken
What once was asleep has woken
I cover your face in make-up
Praying you'll one day wake up

I've littered my life with magic
Yet I'm neither dead nor tragic
The gods and the saints preserve you
'Cause nobody here deserves you

Someone, somewhere said to me
Will someone somewhere set me free
From all that I'm supposed to be
Will someone somewhere marry me
To you, to you, to you, to you

Someone, somewhere said to me
Won't someone somewhere marry me
Won't hurry up or harry me
Will someone somewhere marry me
To you, to you, to you, to you

Blues Run The Game

(Jackson C. Frank)

Catch a boat to England, baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

Send out for whisky, baby
Send out for gin
Me and room service, honey
Me and room service, babe
Me and room service
Well, we're living a life of sin

When I'm not drinking, baby
You are on my mind
When I'm not sleeping, honey
When I ain't sleeping, Mama
When I'm not sleeping
Well you know you'll find me crying

Try another city, baby
Another town
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues come following down

Living is a gamble, baby
Loving's much the same
Wherever I have played
Wherever I throw them dice
Wherever I have played
The blues have run the game

Maybe tomorrow, honey
Someplace down the line
I'll wake up older
So much older, Mama
Oh wake up older
And I'll just stop all my trying

Catch a boat to England, baby
Maybe to Spain
Wherever I have gone
Wherever I've been and gone
Wherever I have gone
The blues are all the same

Hey, Who Really Cares

(Linda Perhacs)

Been coming down for a long time
Changes coming down on me
Can't seem to carry 'em all now
Been wishing there was someone else I could be

Hey now, who really cares
Hey, won't somebody listen
Let me say what's been on my mind
Can I bring it out to you
I need someone to talk to
And no one else would spare me the time

I used to think of ferries wheel light sounds
The Friday hum of neons and blue
But now they're like circular cages
Of graded tin and rusted wind

Hey now, who really cares
Hey, won't somebody listen
Let me say what's been on my mind
Can I bring it out to you
I need someone to talk to
And no one else would spare me the time

Nobody's Baby Now

(Nick Cave)

I've searched the holy books
I tried to unravel the mystery of Jesus Christ, the saviour
I've read the poets and the analysts
Searched through the books on human behaviour

I travelled this world around
For an answer that refused to be found
I don't know why and I don't know how
But he's nobody's baby now

I loved him then and I guess I love him still
His is the face I see when a certain mood moves in
He lives in my blood and skin
His wild feral stare, his dark hair
His winter lips as cold as stone
He was my man

But there are some things love won't allow
I held him hand but I don't hold it now
I don't know why and I don't know how
But he's nobody's baby now

This is the dress that I loved best
With the blue quilted violets across the breast
And these are my many letters
Torn to pieces by long-fingered hand

He was a cruel-hearted man
And though I've tried to lay him ghost down
He's moving through me, even now
I don't know why and I don't know how
But he's nobody's baby now
He's nobody's baby now
Nobody's baby now
He's nobody's baby now

The North Wind Blew South

(Philamore Lincoln)

My life was drifting
Too far from home and my guiding light
My mind was lifting
Over a way to a mystical height

'Cause the north wind blew south
'Cause the north wind blew south
'Cause the north wind blew south

Pictures of Heaven
Building before me a way to exist
Telling a story
Trying to tell of a way that we kissed

'Cause the north wind blew south
'Cause the north wind blew south
'Cause the north wind blew south...

See My Love

(The Gentle Soul)

See my love
So sleepingly sad
See my poet painter
Drawing his words

How I long for him to
Paint me a poem picture
Of himself for me
So that I might see

See my love
Ever now resounding
Striking the purest homes
To colour his world

And I long to know him
He plans to leave tomorrow
Or stay here with me
So that I might see

See him gazing up to nowhere
Or is it some place I don't know
That he dreams of
But he can't go
He can't go
'Til tomorrow

My, my love
So leaving me quiet
Off to find his rainbow lady
Taking his words

And I long for him to
Send me a poem treasure
From some ancient sea
So that I might see

See my love
See my love
See my love

To Be Still

Dry Grass and Shadows

There are things that I've seen in my head
While I'm sleeping in bed
That do not wither in the morning light

I'm taken back
Oh! I'm taken back
To the dry grass and the shadows

Thinking 'I'd like to look at your teeth'
Lined up in perfect rows
A maze of children's feet in orchard trees
Where the flat lands stretch inside your mouth
And when you laugh all the Star thistles stumble out
The flat lands stretch inside your mouth
And when you laugh all the Star thistles stumble out

The strong spines of valley hills, all over grown in gold
Look softer than a spool of old silk thread
But if we walked them with our feet,
I'd be pulling spines and barbs and foxtails from your skin
Oh if we walked them with our feet
I'd be pulling spines and barbs and foxtails from your skin

There are things that I've seen in my head
While I'm sleeping in bed
That do not wither in the morning light

I'm taken back
Oh! I'm taken back
To the dry grass and the shadows

White as Diamonds

I've known mornings white as diamonds
Silent from a night so cold
Such a stillness, calm as the owl glides
Our lives are buried in snow

I was sifting through the piles
In my hand a tangled thread
Each patient tug upon the snarl
Is a glimpse of what has been

Burdened bands gave strong hands
Gaping holes where diamonds should be
Must have been the morning that stole them
A glint of white in the pocket of winter

And some hearts are ghosts
Settling down in dark waters
Just as silt grows heavy
And drowns with the stone

Some hearts are ghosts
Settling down in dark waters
Just as silt grows heavy
And drowns with the stone

I've known mornings white as diamonds
Silent from a night so cold
Such a stillness, calm as the owl glides
Our lives are buried in snow
Our lives are buried in snow

Age Old Blue

The sea beneath the cliff is the blue in my mother's eyes
That came from blue in her mother's eyes
Thrown on down the line by our family who worked the field
On borrowed land, above the ocean
My family worked the field on borrowed land

Higher hills do not provide for
Hearts born of coral and moss
Where rain won't flow beyond the stream
And water is captive to the well

There was a gentle man
I've always known his children's songs
Blue eyes were hardened by the war
But still he went on singing

Night can't hide a man
When his eyes are tearing
The night can't hide his cries
'There's only a few of us left'

Higher hills do not provide for
Hearts born of coral and moss
Where rain won't flow beyond the stream
And water is captive to the well

I've known that age old blue
Eyes and homes with siren's tunes
Has left a deep desire for a home beside the water
Shady rhythm calms the night
And that voice is never still
You know a voice is never still
And a voice is never silent

Shady rhythm calms the night
And that voice is never still
You know a voice is never still
And a voice is never silent

Higher hills do not provide for
Hearts born of coral and moss
Where rain won't flow beyond the stream
And water is captive to the well

To Be Still

Have you been wearing holes in your boots out there
Have you been kicking bones in the desert sand
There's a wolf inside the cave, and another in the clouds
I've seen them chew and gnaw on the shadows in your eyes

And it's here at home I'll wait for your wanders to be still
Oh it's here at home I'll wait for your wanders to be still
And I won't drag my feet in whatever dirt you track in
No I won't drag my feet in whatever dirt you track in

Will you look at me when your face shows the lines of years
While you've been away, I have needed your strong hands
The California hills could surely welcome us back home
But the way toward the crop of gold is not far from the snow
Oh, the way toward the crop of gold is not far from the snow

And it's here at home I'll wait for your wanders to be still
Oh it's here at home I'll wait for your wanders to be still
And I won't drag my feet in whatever dirt you track in
No I won't drag my feet in whatever dirt you track in

Take Us Back

Atop the crags and cliffs the air is thin
So we'll find a mountain path on down the hill
Meet me where the snowmelt flows
It is there, my dear, where we'll begin again
Skipping stones
Braiding hair
Last years antlers mark the trail

Take us back, take us back
Oh! take us! Take us back

I've a friend who lives out by the rivers mouth
He knows the fiddle's cry is an old sound
A lonesome bow, the creaks and moans of empty houses
Are songs like falling rain
Wind blown buildings
Muddy ground
The strength of water can sink a man

Take us back, take us back
Oh! take us! Take us back

When the higher hills have turned to blue
And the waves are lapping where the children grew
All that we have known will be an echo
Of days when love was true
Muted voices, just beyond
The silent surface of what has gone

The Alder Trees

I can hear the elders whispering in words so sweet and low
The alder trees are listening to songs been sung before
My friend and I collecting skeletons of leaves
Making tiny piles, and sifting through the weeds

Wind blows the tiny green
Tiny green
Wind blows the tiny green
Helicopter seeds

Wind blows the tiny green
Tiny green
Wind blows the tiny green
Helicopter seeds

Oh! Wandering in days unfolding
With paths fashioned of mud and snakeskin
Oh! Wandering in days unfolding
With paths fashioned of mud and snakeskin
Of mud and snakeskin

As I think about the ladies who weren't allowed to sing
Sewing all their pretty rows of thread instead of seed
And what about the black braided sisters of Marie
We sat upon their grinding rock as children used to be

Beneath the knotted pine
Knotted pine
Beneath the knotted pine
At the garden's edge

Beneath the knotted pine
Knotted pine
Beneath the knotted pine
At the garden's edge

Oh, laughing!
Little girls clapping
Ghosts weaving our hair to baskets

Oh, laughing!
Little girls clapping
And ghosts weaving our hair to baskets
Our hair to baskets

I can hear the elders whispering in words so sweet and low
The alder trees are listening to songs been sung before
My friend and I collecting skeletons of leaves
Making tiny piles and sifting through the weeds
Making tiny piles oh and sifting through the weeds

My Brambles

Sun is dancing, my darlin'
Arms been holding me all morning
The sea is so far from home, my darlin'

But if we'd only feet it is here that we'd roam
Oh! If we'd just two feet it is here that we'd roam
And your arms would be keeping me all day

'Cause your love calms my brambles
And your hands bring me sweet lavender
Oh your love calms my brambles
And your hands bring me sweet lavender

The glow will dance into the mountain
And darkness falls upon the canyon
And when the heat is gone, my darlin'
Please come gather me
Please come gather me, oh, oh
Please come gather me, oh
Please come gather me my darlin'
Please come gather me, oh, oh
Please come gather me, oh
Please come gather me my darlin'

'Cause your love calms my brambles
And your hands bring me sweet lavender
Oh your love calms my brambles
And your hands bring me sweet lavender

The Ocean

She was always walking
Singing to her footsteps
Dirt ditch paths and pine cones
Digging up glass bottles
Rusty springs from feather beds
Old hubcaps on the picket fence
She planted beds of flowers
And stayed outside for hours

In spirit, she's drifted to the ocean
All those years of waiting for the water
She's watching long shadows call in the tide
But this sunset by the sea is in her mind
The sunset by the sea is in her mind

And she was always hoping
To someday leave the mountain
Domestic chores and children
The darkness of the winter
And painting all these mermaids
Wandering to the seashore
She wanted him to follow
But his heart is with the hillside

In spirit, she's drifted to the ocean
All those years of waiting for the water
She's watching long shadows call in the tide
But this sunset by the sea is in her mind
The sunset by the sea is in her mind

These days, you'll find her walking
Singing to the deep sea
But she will always love him
Lost up in the mountains
The sunset on the ocean
Gathering shells and beach glass
And dancing with the rolling waves
It gives her peace of mind
But she will always love him
Lost up in the mountains
Oh she will always love him
Lost up in the mountains

Every Path

All the back roads
All the highways
Distant countries that I've past through
Every path has led me back to you
Every path has led me back to you

Down by the river by the light of the moon
I feel the echo of your current in my core
As I roam, as I roam, as I roam, as I roam

Every path has lead me back to you
Every path has lead me back to you

When I'm around, I want you near
Handsome fellow, will you hold me dear
I've seen blue eyes and straight white teeth
Golden minds and sturdy feet
But every path has led me back to you
Every path has led me back to you

Down by the river by the light of the moon
I feel the echo of your current in my core
As I roam, as I roam, as I roam, as I roam

Every path has lead me back to you
Every path has lead me back to you

Put your hand upon my breast
My little darling I know of restlessness
My little darling I know of restlessness

Tatted Lace

Gold 'round those fingers shone
Bound for to carry home
Fond of the flattest field
But you know, there are bones buried deep down below

Tatted lace frail figure graced
That has since been torn and stained
Tatted lace frail figure graced
That has since been torn and stained
And put and put so far away
Oh so far away

Novels we don't write
Hearts been lost in fight
Skin in the black of night
Love is a sinking kite

Tatted lace frail figure graced
That has since been torn and stained
Tatted lace frail figure graced
That has since been torn and stained
And put and put so far away
Oh so far away

Gold 'round those fingers shone
Bound for to carry home
Suit case filled with stone
Snow keeps me alone
Suitcase filled with stones
Snow keeps me alone
All alone

Lady Divine

When the day, when the day falls to the line
At the end of my time
I call to the dark 'take the bones off my back!'
And I chant to the black 'you were my lady divine!'
'Cause my children are in hiding
Mortar and pestle they grind

Those songs whistled through white teeth
Do scuff the days
Those songs for children to sing

When the chairs are tucked into the fading song
And the silver of their pores has grown long
They call to the dark 'take the bones off my back!'
And they chant to the black 'you were my lady divine'
And they glowed like a bitter wine in their bellies
'Cause the bones have been removed
From their hunched over backs
And their children are all grown now
Mortar and pestle they grind

Those songs whistled through white teeth
Still scuff the days
Those songs for children to sing

Those songs whistled through white teeth
Still scuff the days
Those songs for children to sing

Wild Divine

To begin

Down the stairs to the stone house
Golden light, oh what a fight
Another sleepless night

Her dress is filigree
She tells me all her secrets
Then I'm back on the Street

It's hard, oh it's hard to help yourself
When you don't know where to begin
It's the devil, it's the boil, it's the black of night
In your head, in your head

Do you see the fire
Heavy lit before this time
Know you the color of the end
Of the end of the end

Silence is dancing to beating drum
Money is nothing but a loaded gun

And it's hard, oh it's hard to help yourself
When you don't know where to begin
It's the devil, it's the boil, it's the black of night
In your head, in your head

It's hard, oh it's hard to help yourself
When you don't know where to begin
It's the devil, it's the boil, it's the black of night
In your head, in your head

And it's hard, oh it's hard to help yourself
When you don't know where to begin
In the midst of a moment can you break the boy
Can you tame the demon

Light a candle in the dark, in the dark, in dark
In the dark, light a candle in the dark, in dark
In dark, in dark

Oh in the dark
Light a candle in the dark, in dark
In dark, in dark

Elijah

I met Madeleine in the South of France
Where she grew with figs and grow red with the moon
Dark eyes of the evening, brought her a son
A blessing and burden for she was

So young, so young
So young, so young

Water is cold, the wayward gale
Much like the leaves I've become frail
Madeleine said "I'd like to follow
But I must stay well to care for Elijah
I must stay well to care for Elijah"

Elijah, Elijah
Elijah, Elijah

The fire in the storm, heart burned calmly
But as she stooked Madeleine, Brooke concerned
She said, these are olive branches
And the wood of the alder is sacred
The wood of the alder is too sacred to burn

To Burn, to burn
To Burn, to burn

Water is cold, the wayward gale
Much like the leaves I've become frail
Madeleine said "I'd like to follow
But I must stay well to care for Elijah
I must stay well to care for Elijah"

Elijah, Elijah
Elijah, Elijah

Long Way Down

When a love grows cold
Like the fine come dawn
It is a bigger tune
Old homes know through and through

When is it too soon to walk
When to run dry of talk
From burning just the same

Was it easier in days gone by
Clear skies and storms alike
And words of ties that bind

From time to time
A man must go
But let me tell you friend
It is a long way down

When is it too soon to walk
When to run dry of talk
From burning just the same

Was it easier in days gone by
Clear skies and storms alike
And words of ties that bind

When the whining is free
But the love's still true
It's been done before
You can work it through

Suzanne

Night falls and I am gathered once again
Going deep into the ricochet of yesteryear
Dwelling on the one place that I know to be long gone
Come see the corners of the property

I was walking along the old rock
Looking through the gags in the vine, tangled fins
When I saw her standing there
Suddenly young with dark brown hair

Suzanne, why do we dream of it
Suzanne, oh dear Suzanne
Suzanne, why are we taken back
Suzanne, oh dear Suzanne

La, di, da, early love
Come see the corners of the property

Some nights later I am gathering once again
This reverie is reoccurring
On the ceiling, hand painted flowers
And in my heart, galloping horses

There was a day, forever lingers
Like the scent of antique roses
I can't go back and say I want to
But mental spirit keeps me haunted

Suzanne, why do we dream of it
Suzanne, oh dear Suzanne
Suzanne, why are we taken back
Suzanne, oh dear Suzanne

La, di, da, early love
Come see the corners of the property
La, di, da, early love
Walk the corners of the property

Some things cannot be understood
Never quite taken in, you cannot leave them
So do you want her, up in the high lakes
Desert stand, beneath the pine trees
A flock geese lost to an airplane
A memory of what is yet to be

This is music, this is madness
Clear the room

This is music, oh, this is madness
Clear the room
Clear the room
Clear the room
Clear the room
Clear the room
Clear the room
Clear the room

The Wind

Woman of the Island
Please send me light
Put it in an envelope
Post it to L.A.

'Cause I'm on the wind
I can't go back
I am a dream
On the wind

The organ cried
Out in the night
A phantom song
Of notes in time

It is I
Pounding out the chords
From the still
Of the unknown

'Cause I'm on the wind
I can't go back
I am a dream
On a wind

Too late darling
It was too late
Too late mama
I've gone to the sky

How can we learn
Learn to lose
How can we learn
Learn to lose

Death is a hard act to follow
Death is a hard act to follow

Now I give grace
To you and yours
From this bright new home
Of silver moon

Sweet sister, I am with you
Forever more

Of Many Colors

Indigo is blue like the you of me or you
Ebony is darker than the deepest
Emerald like the water we swam in for a while
To a man of many colors I give word

He's a charmer, my man of many colors
He sings till hours take him well past midnight
His indigo in evening skies, ebony on moonless night
But he's emerald, come the morning through the window

Indigo is blue like the you of me or you
Ebony is darker than the deepest
Emerald like the water we swam in for a while
To a man of many colors I give word

Amidst the gold there is dust in every heart
And in the blue there is a web of tangled thoughts
Oh, how the crystals mix with shards of broken glass
We tried to take the danger from the plight of crimson red
But all left stare me blindly through the colors and the fog

Indigo is blue like the you of me or you
Ebony is darker than the deepest
Emerald like the water we swam in for a white
To a man of many colors I gave word

By the light of a match
I caught the colors in my hand
And the sun threw this old stone
It is red on jam, amber, blue and violet
Like graffiti, scattered leaves dropped the cold mat

Indigo is blue like the you of me or you
Ebony is darker than the deepest
Emerald like the water we swam in for a while
To a man of many colors I gave word

To a man of many colors I gave word
To a man of many colors I gave word

Desire

Dark hair and midnight eyes
She's looking like it's nineteen ninety five
And white my steps are made of stone
Hers are light in airing sky

Oh, she's looking for something
She's spinning and circling
She's reckless, she's pining
And she's lost, lost, lost

In the morning, dressed for night
Gypsy red wild flight
Another city calls her name
Where her darkened twin awaits

Oh, she's looking for something
She's spinning and circling
She's reckless, she's pining
And she's lost, lost, lost

D-E-S-I-R-E, can you hear it calling
D-E-S-I-R-E, can you hear it calling
D-E-S-I-R-E, can you hear it calling
D-E-S-I-R-E, can you hear it calling
Oh, can you hear it calling

Heartless Highway

One thing loosened in the sky trailing by
Nowadays distant place pouring change
This is a heartless highway
This is a heartless highway

So long, long gone, so long, long gone
So long, long gone, so long, long gone

Listless in the morning, I'm aloof too soon
Take me in the open, stare at these dark rooms
This is a heartless highway
This is a heartless highway

So long, long gone, so long, long gone, long gone
So long, long gone, so long, long gone

But I got to get back, I got to get back
I got to get my feet back on the ground
I got to get back, I got to get back home

Oh, I got to get back, I got to get back
I got to get my feet back on the ground
I got to get back, I got to get back home

So long, long gone, so long, long gone
So long, long gone, so long, long gone

Take me to the water
Take me to the girl
Take me, won't you take me
Before I'm good as gone

White Horse

Get off your high horse, hey man
Get off your white horse, hey man
Your gallop can't shit nothing on the darkness
The rush of river water knows much more

Everyone must take a road
Take the road, that's all they're on
Everyone must take a road
Take the road, that's all they're on

You let it in, with a gust you take it in
Take in charm from shadow with the dawn
The sun will tell you when you must walk on

Are you like clowns or as headstrong as stones
Do you open with dust to the black night
Be careful with visions when drawn to the sky
Be wary of such constellations

No, we cannot be sure of our gallop or gate
But there's one thing I knew, you know for sure

Everyone must take a road
Take the road, that's all they're on
Everyone must take a road
Take the road, that's all they're on

What of release
What of ravens and the white birds
A mystery, the echo left by deaf

We are hopeful, we are scattered, we are dust
We are hopeful, we are scattered, we are dust
We are hopeful, we are scattered, we are dust

Rising Greatness

At the end of a day
At the end of the day
A song that I sing is the same
A song that I sing is the same

Then a year has been sung
A year is gone and I'm older
Then I've never been so young anyway
Oh, I've never been so young anyway

Too many left behind
On this circle 'round the sun
But Suzanne, she bought more time
She won a wager with the sky

We are the lucky ones, this time
We are the lucky ones

Setting sun in Arizona
Told the story of beyond
That moon was rising greatness
Over flatlands, over us

Tell me about what has been
Tell me why
Tell me about what has been
Tell me why

Too many left behind
On this circle 'round the sun
But Suzanne she bought more time
She won a wager with the sky

We are the lucky ones, this time
We are the lucky ones

Still there are, there are heavy days about us
They are shards of something lost
But there's white gold in the static
Relentless and charged with magic

There is danger in what we know
There is good, there is good
There is good too

There is good, oh, there is good
There is still good in you
There is good, oh, there is good
There is still good

About Farewell

Colorado Blue

I drove you home that autumn day
To your mother's house
The paint was old, the dogs were barking
I sat upon the rug

Oh, I think of you sometimes
Of the snow
And that Colorado winter blue

Your eyes were green, your skin was darker
Than the colour of my own
We took a shower in the dark
Your mother wasn't home

Oh, I think of you sometimes
Of the snow
And that Colorado winter blue

We watched the sunrise over town
From your neightbor's roof
I remember taking photographs
In the cul de sac
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Oh, I think of you sometimes
Of the snow
And that Colorado winter blue

Then you headed east and said her name
I read between the lines
I caught a plane to Denver
Your eyes had turned to stone
From that cold appartement window
I saw you fade into the snow

When you left me for her oh, oh, oh
You left me in the snow
When you left me for her oh, oh, oh
You left me in the snow

About Farewell

It is plain to see that I have one foot at the door
And I know that your dear heart is telling you
To run deep down somewhere
Deep down somewhere

I heard somebody say
That the brightest lights
Cast the biggest shadows
So honey I got to let you go

Seven years to you, dear heart, is all that I can give
And I know that without me, you'll find just what you need
Deep down somewhere, deep down somewhere
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I heard somebody say
That the brightest lights
Cast the biggest shadows
So honey I got to let you go

Living is the hardest part
That's what we've always said
Once upon the other side
It's best not to look back

That's what we say
About Farewell
That's what we say
About Farewell

The Way We Fall

It was back in my home town
Drinking whiskey from the bottle
It was an indian summer
Wild fires were burning

I didn't know it was the last time
You never know when it's the last time
I didn't know it was the last time

I walked miles after midnight
To a filthy attic room
I can still evoke the stale smoke
Of his cigarettes, cigarettes, cigarettes
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I didn't know it was the last time
You never know when it's the last time
I didn't know it was the last time

Tim was on the sidewalk
With his empty, ocean eyes
He was smiling like a shadow
And would never age, never age, never age

I didn't know it was the last time
You never know when it's the last time
I didn't know it was the last time

A vision blurred through colored glass
The white washed walls of summer's passed
The smoldering I do recall
The hopeless fade, the way we fall
The way we fall
The way we fall
The way we fall

Nothing I Can Do

Stained glass pane
Dim half-light
I lie awake
Count back from ten
Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one

Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from yourself

Heavy boots on the stairs
Dance too slowly
You hide the shame
I place the blame
I want to fix your haircut

Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from yourself
Copy paste is a sin, always on the run is better
Say you don't know
How to kill the hurt
How to leave behind
Revolutionize
I'm as helpless as tomorrrow
You're a hound without a collar

Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from
Honey, there is nothing I can do to save you from yourself

Lost Land

A sleeper knows no lying
While a waker hides behind
Yellow curtains in the morning
Heavy drapes upon my mind

Am I in too deep
Am I in too deep too soon
On the turn of a dime
With the wind on a chime
I'm a lost land in the blue
I'm a lost land in the blue
I'm a lost land in the blue

Some things are best if kept in darkness
Only true before the dawn
Ghost ships silent, deathly still
Before the cannons storm
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Am I in too deep
Am I in too deep too soon
On the turn of a dime
With the wind on a chime
I'm a lost land in the blue
I'm a lost land in the blue
I'm a lost land in the blue

I am walking on the shore
I am walking near the ocean blue
I am walking sometimes somewhere
It is beautiful
Like a lost land in the blue
Like a lost land in the blue
Like a lost land in the blue
Like a lost land in the blue

I Thought I Knew

It was the last day of the year
It was coming down in sheets
I was sitting on the street
Soaked through from the sleet
I'd had too much to drink

I called you up
And drew you in
I thought I knew
But I was wrong

You came to my town
I showed you around
But everywhere we went
Reminded me of him
I'd been lying to myself again

I called you up
And drew you in
I thought I knew
But I was wrong

And I took to the sky
With that knowing sinking feeling
I'd only just arrived
But I foresaw the end
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
So I lay on the couch
Helpless to my blunder
You turned off the lights upon me
And went upstairs alone
You knew that I was gone
You knew I was gone

Before The Leaving

There are four white walls in every damn hotel
A light by the bed, stains on the floor
And it's here I will wait out the storm
Killing time on the fringes again

Before the leaving
Before the leaving

There are big trucks that wind and I'd trade them for ours
Side by side, we pass through towns we'll never see
And it's here I will wait out the storm
Killing time on the fringes again

Before the leaving
Before the leaving

There are red velvet seats in the windowless rooms
A curtain to draw, and faces to please
And it's here I will wait out the storm
Killing time on the fringes again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Before the leaving
Before the leaving

Tarmac the freight
Fortress the fate
Scarlet red leaves
The cobblestone streets
The city, the field
The channel, the cape
The smell of cold smoke
Tunnels through slate
It's all brought us back

Now there's wood that you stacked
And it's on our front porch
And it's staring me down
And it tells me you left

Hazel Street

She said you were in the basement
When I knocked upon the door
That August afternoon

Through the kitchen, down the stairs
I found you waiting there
Your hair had grown

On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street

Colored blankets for your walls
A dirty bed upon the floor
You were not mine

Then the girl called down to you
I had a feeling that you knew
I'd be the one to see you through

On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street

Late that night, behind the bar
We surely knew how to play the part of lovers
It was nothing new
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I woke up drunk on that basement floor
And then you asked how I would read the score
You asked me to marry you

On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street
On Hazel Street

I headed south on Highway five
My head was pounding, I was bleary eyed
That August afternoon

You went and broke the young girl's heart
You said we'd have a brand new start
I'd be the one to see you through

Be the one to see you through
Be the one to see you through

Black Sheep

Sometimes I'm riding high in the rusted sky
Sometimes I sit right here miles off from anywhere
Some days I'm a black sheep, baby
Suddenly I'm elegant as evening
Most of the time, I'm on the ride

I remember waiting by the phone pining away the nights alone
A tarnished coin into the slot, my number lost in your coat pocket
Some days I'm a black sheep, baby
Suddenly I'm elegant as evening
Most of the time, I'm on the line
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Ooh a black sheep, black sheep dark as thunder
Ooh evening, evening is harder still
And I am on the line and the line is rusted blue
I am on the line and the line is rusted blue
Rusted blue, rusted blue, rusted blue

Rose & Thorn

Said what I needed to say, I guess
Left those words a-hanging like a red dress
Oh the mess I've made
A crimson rose, a hundred thorns

Don't ask me to explain for I do not know why
I've been keeping secrets for the first time in my life
Oh the mess I've made
A crimson rose, a hundred thorns
Oh the mess I've made
A crimson rose, a hundred thorns
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
So I went up to the mountain for to ease my mind
You drown yourself in sorrow with your drinking friends
Oh the mess I've made
A crimson rose, a hundred thorns
Oh the mess I've made
A crimson rose, a hundred thorns

Crimson rose
Crimson rose
Crimson rose
Crimson rose
Crimson rose
Oh the mess I've made
The crimson rose
A hundred thorns

COLD MOON

Quiet Corner

A blue and windy day
A month or so ago
Was the last gasp of summertime
This year

And now the cold has come in
It's damp and grey again
Rotting all the fruit left on the vine
Our hands can never keep up

We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons

Days grow short
Fade away
Sweet decay of brown and gold
Autumn rain, she cascades
The clouds and the sky above know more
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
In the south of the northwest
The birds have come and gone
With patterns in time
The years pass us by

And now the cold has come in
Again and again and again
Rotting all the fruit left on the vine
Our hands can never keep up

We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons
We never tire of the changing of the seasons

Days grow short
Fade away
Sweet decay of brown and gold
Autumn rain, she cascades
The clouds and the sky above know more

Dark coming in
Light fades to black
Going where the wind goes
Dark coming in
Light fades to black
Going where the wind goes
Dark coming in
Light fades to black
Going where the wind goes

The clouds and the sky above
Know more

Migration

Bright eyed
Curious
Knowing
Something left behind

Above the falling rain
Above the birds' flight
Above the peaks white
Behind the moon
Inside the skin, inside the bone
Inside the veins running blue
Is something true
Is something true
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
Beneath the floorboards
Beyond the basement
Down where the roots grow
In a heart of it all

Inside the skin, inside the bone
Inside the veins running blue
Is something true
Is something true

But we're shouting about something
We're running like fools
Inside the dogs are howling
For someone to return
Within this dire abundance
Blindly staring ahead
The backward way we do things
Destructive as it is

All the buildings torn down
Only to be built back up again
The endless fury of the wrecking ball
But who am I to judge "progress"

Call it God
Call it whatever you'd like
To believe in something
To believe in souls
To believe that death is
When souls go
To some place
Where there are no eyes
Where there are no faces
No hands, no war, no death

Is it a colorless night
Shrouded in white
Do we return here again

Is it a colorless night
Shrouded in white
Do we return here again

The Sun Today

A strangely curved root on the pavement
Had me fooled for a dead bird
And I'm always playing that game
Walking the line between
Watching the ground fall out beneath my delicate feet
And the bright beauty of the moon
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
Have you seen the sun today
How the clouds move through
Do you know the way from here
To where you're going to

Have you seen the sun today
Lost amongst the endless grey
Have you seen the sun today
Lost amongst the endless grey

Have you seen the sun today
Have you seen the sun today
Have you seen the sun today
Have you seen the sun today

No Thought of Leaving

We come here
With no thought of leaving
Beginning marks an end

Thrown into the music
Thrown into the light
Thrown into the beauty
Thrown into the strife
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
We leave here
With no prior warning
With ending we do begin

We become the music
We become the light
We become the beauty
We forget the strife

Cold Moon

There is blue above the clouds
Even on the darkest day
There is black beyond the blue
Boundless, infinite and true

Cold moon came around again
Seems she cannot stay away
Cold moon, cold November moon
Comes to take the days

We go where the roads go
As if these roads will always be
As if the cities are as constant
As the sea
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
There is war out in the East
Even on the brightest day
How the shadows of belief
Root as firmly as a mis-planted seed

Cold moon came around again
Seems she cannot stay away
Cold moon, cold November moon
Comes to take the stage

We go where the roads go
As if these roads will always be
As if the cities are as constant
As the sea
And who know where our lives go
Passing vaguely like the fog
And fading into nothing that can be seen

We have questions for the night sky
We have questions but she won't reply
We have questions...

Shapeless

The tide does rise and fall
Endless in its rhyme
As if it's tied to rope
Hanging from the sky
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
City lights do shine
We can't see beyond
Headlights in the fog
The stars are lost inside
Reflections of the light
From buildings and machines

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light
Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light

The tide does rise and fall
City lights do shine
The stars are lost inside
Reflections of the light
From buildings and machines

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

We can't hold back the night
We can't hold it back
We can't hold it back

Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light
Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light

Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light
Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light

Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless light
Blackness, blackness, infinite black
Take us back to the shapeless

Shift

Rise fall, rise fall
In out, in out
Night descends, clouds move
Day brings, clear blue

The sun heads south
When the summer has passed
The light returns
When the flocks come back

To know a face
You've never seen
A remnant, an uncertainty
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
Rise fall, rise fall
In out, in out

Do you fumble around
Never feel at home
Or did you know from a young age
That you'd been here before

Rise fall, rise fall
In out, in out

The sun heads south
When the summer has passed
The light returns
When the flocks come back

To know a face
You've never seen
A remnant, an uncertainty

To know a place
You've never been
The strangeness of the mystery

The endless vastness
Just beyond
And how we cannot help but breathe

Roy

When you know it is the last time
What can you say
There are no words
That can articulate such a feeling
So we say goodbye, goodbye
We say goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye

By the time that I return there will be
Nothing left but your paintings
All those colors as you left them
In the balmy breeze
To know the moment you had gone, gone, gone
To feel you there when I was far from home
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
How the eyes of a father
Can be see in the face of his daughter
I copy I paste I'm bad I'm a loser
By the time that I return there will be
Nothing left but possessions
All that's scattered as you left it
Dried out in the heat of the sun
Like an embrace without the weight of arms
To feel you there after you'd gone

How the laugh of a mother
Can be heard in the voice of her brother

Tell me what was it like
To go from here
To say farewell
To leave this place
For the great unknown

The ways we hold onto the past
Are shadows cast

How the dancing of children
Is lost as age takes over
What a shame
How we lose such things
In the moving on
And letting go

The ocean is the color that you saw
The ocean is the color that will always be
With or without your hands
To paint it

As I sang into the night sky
I knew that you were stopping by
To say goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye

Non Albums Tracks

Amidst the Movement

( Alela & Alina EP )

For just a moment, amidst the movement
I am calm and so at ease
Nothing as pure, nothing as silent
As swimming deep in the unknown waters
I held my breath, I prayed to granite
A golden ring down in the depths
You need time, so I had patience
But I gave up just so you know

And shadows can fade if you cast them away
Tie them to this rusty chain,
Down and down to the rocky bottom

You talk of birds, and understand them
And took in and heard the trees
A trail we followed, impossible to snow ???
A stone that shatters with your throw
I watch the air ? upon the surface
Each perfect ring had a perfect glow
My love was for the taking
Now it's been given back to him

And shadows can fade if you cast them away
Tie them to this rusty chain,
Down and down to the rocky bottom

Shadows can fade if you cast them away
Tie them to this rusty chain,
Down and down to the rocky bottom

A golden ring down in the depths
My love's been given back to him
A golden ring down in the depths
My love's been given back to him
My love's been given back to him
My love's been given back to him

Bowling Green

( Alela & Alina EP )

Wish I was in bowling green sitting in chair
One arm my 'round my old guitar
And the other one 'round my dear
The other one 'round my dear
Bowling Green
Oh, good old bowling green
Bowling Green
Oh, good old bowling green

If you see that man of mine
Tell him this for me
If he loves another, I will set him free
I will set free, bowling green
Oh, good old bowling green
Bowling Green
Oh, good old bowling green

If I had a dollar for every song I've sung
I'd live my life in clover till my days are done
Till my days are done
Bowling green
Oh, good old bowling green
Bowling green
Oh, good old bowling green

But I ain't got a dollar
I ain't got one thin dime
But I got me a sweety
He loves me all the time
He loves me all the time
Bowling green
Oh, good old bowling green
Bowling green
Oh, good old bowling green

Crying Wolf

( Alela & Alina EP )

Poppy's golden light shines from the east
Shines to the west
Heartbeats softly speak to my mind and level heads
There was no tomorrow
Like the one that you did bring
Life it carries it on, and so this
Song of love I sing

Run down this old road
We're now beginning now the end
These emotions rarely cease
And so I'm crying wolf again
Fearing quiet nights,
You say I'm crying wolf again

Fearful of these years once more
With freshly opened eyes
Now so often closed, a selfish loving compromise
Constant in the rush disguised
As heroes telling lies
Barely room for knowledge
Of the light towards which we rise

Run down this old road
We're now beginning now the end
These emotions rarely cease
And so I'm crying wolf again
Fearing quiet nights,
You say I'm crying wolf again

I Have Returned

( Alela & Alina EP )

I never planned to come back home to you
I came just as I went, I have returned
Just as the flocs do flee their nasty head down South.
When they go there is a quiet holsem feeling in the weather
The wind keeps us inside, I'd like to be right here forever

But you never know, how the wind will blow
And you never know who's going with it when it goes
You never know how it's gonna go
And you never know who's going with it when it goes

Can't say that I'm rambler, though it's true I know the road
And I shall live the past few years with one foot out the door
My man, he's no carpenter but he wears through his blue jeans
And I bet that he can dig a hole, if ever there were a need

But you never know, how the wind will blow
And you never know who's going with it when it goes
You never know how it's gonna go
And you never know who's going with it when it goes

When light comes through the window dancing colors on the wall
I'm caugth between the morning and the echo of a dream
I thank the sky for knowing what was his, and his will be
I'm a lady as you see me for perhaps a century

But you never know, how the wind will blow
And you never know who's going with it when it goes
You never know how it's gonna go
And you never know who's going with it when it goes

Matty Groves

( Alela & Alina EP )

A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year
Lord Donald's wife came into the church, the gospel for to hear
And when the meeting it was done, she cast her eyes about
And there she saw little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd
"Come home with me, little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight
Come home with me, little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light"
"Oh, I can't come home, I won't come home and sleep with you tonight
By the rings on your fingers I can tell you are my master's wife"
"Well if I am Lord Donald's wife, Lord Donald's not at home
He is out in the far cornfields bringing the yearlings home"

And a servant who was standing by and hearing what was said
He swore Lord Donald he would know before the sun would set
And in his hurry to carry the news, he bent his breast and ran
And when he came to the broad millstream, he took off his shoes and he swam

Little Matty Groves, he lay down and took a little sleep
When he awoke, Lord Donald was standing at his feet
Saying "How do you like my feather bed and how do you like my sheets
How do you like my lady who lies in your arms asleep?"
"Oh, well I like your feather bed and well I like your sheets
But better I like your lady gay who lies in my arms asleep"
"Well, get up, get up," Lord Donald cried, "get up as quick as you can
It'll never be said in fair England that I slew a naked man"
"Oh, I can't get up, I won't get up, I can't get up for my life
For you have two long beaten swords and I not a pocket knife"
"Well it's true I have two beaten swords and they cost me deep in the purse
But you will have the better of them and I will have the worse
And you will strike the very first blow and strike it like a man
I will strike the very next blow and I'll kill you if I can"

So Matty struck the very first blow and he hurt Lord Donald sore
Lord Donald struck the very next blow and Matty struck no more
And then Lord Donald took his wife and he sat her on his knee
Saying "Who do you like the best of us, Matty Groves or me?"
And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free
"I'd rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you or your finery"

Lord Donald he jumped up and loudly he did bawl
He struck his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall
"A grave, a grave," Lord Donald cried, "to put these lovers in
But bury my lady at the top for she was of noble kin."

Slow Your Dancing

( Songs Whistled Through White Teeth EP )

Do you chew till the day
Is as loose as your teeth
Till the sand in your shoes
Is a muse that you choose
'Cause the kids from your moonlight

The dirt from your sheets
And a notebook you dance
You're sewing my sheets
'Cause there came a year when
The bones that you're made of
The clothes that you made
Were not cheaper that way

Slow your dance
Darling please, slow down, mmm
Stop your strutting, mmm
Calm those fingers now
Ah mmmhmm
Ah mmmhmm

Do you stare with your eyes
And things gone awry
You fear that your shadow
Will grow when die
And the salt of the skin was
The stranger within
The arms and your knees
Are big, can you please

Slow your dance
Momma please, slow down, mmm
Stop your strutting, mmm
Calm those fingers now

Slow your dance
Momma please, slow down, mmm
Stop your strutting, mmm
Calm those fingers now

Up North

( Songs Whistled Through White Teeth EP )

Oh the church of Jesus Christ
Came a knocking on my door today
They were young missionaries
Just trying to spread their tired gospel

But I told I'd be singing my own song
Oh I told I'm singing my own song

'Cause I was thinking of my father
When I found a child in the sea cave
And I will fall into the ocean

If I dance upon that roof anymore
If I wear these crazy boots anymore
If I dance upon that roof anymore
Or wear these crazy boots

And I will chew my wrist for cabin blood
I'll sew smooth the rocks into my pillow
Until I'm singing with my husband
And whispering bout the gold

And we'll always head
Up north to find our home
Oh we'll always head
Up north to find our home
Oh we'll always head
Up north to find our home

And I'll be spinning in my skirts
And knitting tiny tiny tiny tiny little hats
And when my breath becomes an island
I won't be dancing upon that roof anymore
I won't wearing these crazy boots anymore
I won't be dancing on that roof anymore
Or wearing these crazy boots

And I will still be singing my own song
And I'll always head
Up north to find my home
Oh I will still be singing my own song
And I'll always head
Up north to find my home
Oh, I'll always head
Up north to find my home